March 3, 2006

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Friday, March 3, 2006        Edition: #3231
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TODAY the verdict is scheduled to be announced at former glam-rocker Gary Glitter’s molestation trial in Vietnam (even his own lawyer expects a ‘guilty’ finding) . . . TONIGHT FOX-TV airs the 37th “NAACP Image Awards” hosted by Cuba Gooding Jr (taped LAST WEEKEND) with awards to Alicia Keys (‘Best Female Musical Artist’), Jamie Foxx (‘Best Male Musical Artist’), Mariah Carey (‘Best Album’), and Carlos Santana (‘Hall of Fame Award’) . . . SATURDAY the “Canadian Radio Music Awards” will be handed out at a gala luncheon at Toronto’s Royal York Hotel at which Blue Rodeo will be inducted into the “Canadian Music Industry Hall Of Fame” . . .
SATURDAY & Sunday “Canadian Idol” holds auditions in Regina SK’s Cornwall Centre . . . SATURDAY actress Naomi Watts serves as ‘Honorary Chair’ for the “2006 Independent Spirit Awards” being handed to the year’s top indie films in Santa Monica CA . . . SATURDAY at the 20th “Soul Train Music Awards” in Pasadena CA, John Legend will pick up the prize for ‘Entertainer of the Year’ . . . SATURDAY nominations for the annual pre-Oscar spoof “Razzie Awards” for Hollywood’s worst are led by the sequels and/or remakes “Son of the Mask”, “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo”, “The Dukes of Hazzard”, and “House of Wax” (individual nominees include Tom Cruise, Will Ferrell, Jenny McCarthy, and – of course – Paris Hilton) . . . MARCH 21st CTV will launch MTV on its Talktv specialty channel, but it will be MTV with 71% Cancon in primetime (meaning we can look forward to “Real World Moose Jaw”, “Making the Bagpipe Band”, “Pimp My Snowmobile”,etc).

• All-American Rejects – TONIGHT they guest on the “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson”.
• Avril Lavigne – She’s just put the Toronto home she bought in 2003 up for sale at the bargain price of $599,000 although it’s thought the 3-story townhouse on Broadcast Lane in Cabbagetown will go for a lot more.
• Carrie Underwood – LAST NIGHT she returned to “American Idol” to sing her #1 country hit, “Jesus Take the Wheel”.
• Elton John – SUNDAY his annual Oscar-night charity party features a performance by John Legend and goodie bags full of bling from Chopard, Audi & VH1. His after-party is only matched by the lavish $2-million “Vanity Fair” magazine bash.
• Fall Out Boy – TOMORROW they’re the musical guest on NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live”, hosted by Natalie Portman.
• Jason Mraz – SATURDAY he guests on FOX-TV’s “Mad TV”.
• Sara Evans – After watching a close friend battle anorexia, she’s signed on as an official ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association.

• “Aquamarine” ( PG Family Comedy ): Teeny-bop singer JoJo & Emma Roberts play friends who meet a mermaid (Sara Paxton) who’s on a quest to prove to her pop that true love exists. The cool part is (if you’re 12), she’ll grant any wish to the girls if they help her hook up. Shot in Australia.
• “Block Party” ( R-Rated Comedy Documentary ): A mix of Dave Chappelle’s sketch & stand-up comedy with musical interludes, inspired in part by the 1973 documentary “Wattstax”. Guests include Kanye West, Erykah Badu & The Fugees, reunited for the first time since 1997.
• “16 Blocks “ ( PG-13 Crime Thriller ): Bruce Willis plays an aging cop (surprised?) assigned the easy task of escorting a fast-talking witness (Mos Def) from police custody to a courthouse. However, there are forces at work trying to prevent them from making it. Partly shot in Toronto.
• “Ultraviolet” ( PG-13 Sci-Fi Thriller ): Milla Jovovich (“Resident Evil”) plays a late-21st Century woman infected with a peculiar disease that causes enhanced speed, strength & intelligence. It’s up to her to restore peace as the world teeters on the brink of chaos. Shot entirely in China.

SUNDAY Jon Stewart hosts Hollywood’s 78th annual night of self-congratulation, the “Academy Awards”, live on ABC-TV (CTV in Canada). A few highlights …
• “Brokeback Mountain” leads the field with 8 nominations, including ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Actor’, ‘Best Supporting Actor’ and ‘Best Supporting Actress’.
• Also in the running for ‘Best Picture’: “Capote”, “Crash”, “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “Munich”.
• Director Robert Altman (“M*A*S*H”, “The Player”) receives an honorary award for ‘Career Achievement’.

5. Nicole Kidman (1997)
4. Elizabeth Taylor (1960)
3. Marlon Brando (1955)
2. Audrey Hepburn (1956)
1. Grace Kelly (1955)
– “Glamour Magazine”

Domino’s Pizza founder and devout Catholic Tom Monaghan is spearheading a $500-million development in Florida called ‘Ave Maria‘. The 11,000-home community, next to a Catholic college also built by Monaghan, will feature bans on birth control, condoms, and obscenity in any form of media. There have already been 7,000 inquiries about living in the puritan community, however, civil liberties groups predict there will be big legal battles over the bans.
– “Daily Mirror”

A Charlotte NC family is engaged in a battle with a local utilities company over who’s responsible for cleaning up the aftermath of – a toilet explosion. It was discovered afterward that the incident was the result of a blockage caused by neighbors pouring grease down the drain. The family says that should have been dealt with by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities (CMUD). The utility company claims no responsibility. Oh, and the now-homeless family’s name? Colon.
– “The Register”

For the first time it its 10-year history, the “Consumer Reports” list of top 10 automobiles includes no North American cars.

A new restaurant where diners eat in pitch black darkness has opened in London UK, based on a similar venue in Paris. Customers at Dans Le Noir (In the Black) have no idea what they are eating, which is said to heighten the senses and liberate the taste buds. Service is provided by partly-sighted or blind waiters, who are accustomed to total darkness. Cellphones, and anything else that might shed some light on the subject, are strictly forbidden.
– “Daily Telegraph”

According to a newly-released Pew Internet survey, here are the main reasons we surf …
4. Just for fun.
3. To get news.
3. To search info.
1. To use e-mail.
– AP

Stone-age cave painters have long been revered as the great artists of their era, but now research reveals that many were nothing more than – hormone-charged teens intent on vandalism. In France’s legendary Lascaux caves there are indeed colorful scenes of deer and woolly mammoths, but the majority of prehistoric work shows little more than human genitalia crudely scratched into stone. American professor Dale Guthrie, an expert in the field of palaeolithic art, has determined that much of this material was generated by adolescent boys.
– “The Independent”

According to fans of the genre, these are the coolest of all super-powers …
5. X-Ray Vision.
4. Telepathy.
3. Super Strength.
2. Invisibility.
1. Flying.
(What super-power would you like have? ‘Super-Bladder’, ‘Invisible Blemishes’, ‘Grow Nose Hair At Amazing Rate’, ‘Superhuman Armpit Odor’, ‘Atomic Colon’?)
– Netscape Fun & Games

With the Beijing Olympics now only 2 years away, the local Capital Ethics Development Office has declared spitting the city’s #1 one bad habit and police have been ordered to track down offenders. Closed circuit TV cameras will also be used to provide justification for stiff fines. For those who simply can’t kick the habit, there is an alternative – hundreds of uniformed ‘Mucus Monitors’ will patrol the streets handing out free ‘spitting bags’.
– BBC News


1958 [48] Miranda Richardson, Southport UK, movie actress (“Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire”)

1971 [35] Brett Warren, Tampa FL, country singer (Warren Brothers-“Better Man”)

1982 [24] Jessica Biel, Ely MN, movie actress (“Elizabethtown”)/TV actress (“7th Heaven” 1996-2001)

Movie actress Catherine O’Hara (“Lemony Snicket”) is 52; TV actress Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) is 48; Rock bassist Jason Newsted (Metallica) is 43; Country singer Jason Sellers (“A Matter Of Time”) is 35; TV actress Andrea Bowen (“Desperate Housewives”) is 16.

Classic rock musician Alan Clark (Dire Straits) is 54; Magician Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller) is 51; Rock guitarist John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 36; Movie actress Eva Mendes (“Hitch”) is 32; Movie actor Jake Lloyd (“Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace”) is 17.

• “I Want You To Be Happy Day”, a day to show love, care & concern for others … for once.

• “National Anthem Day” in observance of the bill designating “The Star Spangled Banner” as the American National Anthem being passed by US Congress and signed into law by President Hoover 75 years ago on this date (1931).

• “Hug a GI Day”. After all, it’s not their fault things are falling apart in Iraq & Afghanistan.
• “Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race XXXIV” starts mushing 1,049 miles from Anchorage to Nome AK. Is this the world’s toughest race?
• “Scrapbooking Day”, honoring the hobby that’s experienced a huge surge in popularity. More than just saving mementoes, modern scrapbooking involves sorting, cropping, pasting, and writing captions for chosen pictures. Professional ‘scrapbooking kits’ are now hot sellers.
• “Poundcake Day”, honoring the hearty dessert that sits in your stomach like a lead anchor. (When’s ‘Pound Salt Day’?)

• “Mother-in-Law Day”, first celebrated 72 years ago on March 5, 1934. A similar “Mother-in-Law’s Day” is held on the 4th Sunday in October. To stay out of trouble, best to remember both!
• “Multiple Personalities Day”, saluting the adage ‘We have only one person to blame, and that’s each other.’ (How interesting this falls on “Academy Awards” day.)
• “Unique Names Day”, honoring people with unusual handles … the poor suffering offspring of celebrities, for instance.

1875 [131] By some accounts, the 1st recorded ‘Hockey Game’ is played in Montréal

1919 [87] 1st ‘International Air Mail Service’ (Seattle WA-Victoria BC)

1939 [67] 1st ‘Live Goldfish Swallowing’ sets off a popular fad (Lothrup Withington Jr at Harvard University)  FACTOID: The world record is 199!

2005 [01] 1st ‘Solo, Non-Stop, Non-Refueled Airplane Flight Around-the-World’ is completed as the ‘Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer’ piloted by Steve Fossett successfully lands at Salina KS after 67 hours, 2 minutes, 38 seconds

[Mon] Frozen Food Day
[Tues] Stop Bad Service Day
[Tues] “Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire” DVD release
[Wed] Aunts Day
[Wed-Mar 12] 12th “US Comedy Arts Festival” (Aspen CO)
[Wed] International Women’s Day
[Thurs] Barbie’s Birthday
[Thurs] Employee Appreciation Day
This Week Is . . . Save Your Vision Week
This Month Is . . . Music in Our Schools Month


• It was a good year for low-budget films. Only 1 of this year’s ‘Best Picture’ nominees had a budget over $15 million. Which? [“Munich” was the most expensive, with a reported $75-million budget.]
• Who has become the 1st to be nominated for acting in and directing different films in the same year? [George Clooney, who’s up for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for “Syriana”, and ‘Best Director’ for “Good Night, and Good Luck”.]
• For the first time in 25 years, all 5 nominees for ‘Best Picture’ also share this nomination. [‘Best Director’. It’s only the 4th time in Oscars history that the 2 short-lists have been the same.]
• Which of this year’s ‘Best Picture’ nominees has made the most money? [“Brokeback Mountain” ($127 million worldwide) has slipped past “Crash” ($83 million) since Oscar nominations were announced.]
• At age 71, Dame Judi Dench (“Mrs Henderson Presents”) is the oldest ‘Best Actress’ nominee since 1990. Which senior citizen was nominated that year? [80-year-old Jessica Tandy, who won for “Driving Miss Daisy”.]
• On the other end of the scale, 20-year-old Keira Knightley (“Pride & Prejudice”) would be the youngest ‘Best Actress’ winner if she wins. Who holds the current record? [Marlee Matlin, who won for 1987’s “Children of a Lesser God” at age 21.]
– Internet Movie DataBase / BBC /

What’s the all-time iconic movie moment … the one scene everyone knows and remembers? (A recent poll was topped by Marilyn Monroe’s skirt-raising scene in “The Seven Year Itch”.)

Today’s Question: According to a women’s magazine, THIS is the #1 lie husbands tell.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: “I’ll never lie to you.”

A real friend never gets in your way – unless you happen to be on your way down.


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