Thursday, October 25, 2007 Edition: #3641
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BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
YESTERDAY British rocker & former Kate Moss bf Pete Doherty was released from a drug treatment order, ending 18 months of court supervision (oh oh, here comes trouble!) . . . Rocker Tommy Lee is reportedly stoked to follow former wife Pamela Anderson down the aisle, so he’s been calling all his former girlfriends and proposing over the phone (what class) . . . Movie actor Laurence Fishburne (“The Matrix”) will return to Broadway NEXT SPRING in “Thurgood”, a one-man show about the late Thurgood Marshall, first black member of the US Supreme Court (just call him ‘Judge Morpheus’) . . . Has-been singer Courtney Love has been banned from booking a $3,000-a-night suite at the 5-star Claridges hotel in London because she caused thousands of dollars-worth of damage during her last stay, even starting a fire in her room . . . Word has it Britney Spears failed to pay in full the dancers who appeared with her at the “MTV Video Music Awards” (guys, better to forget the money & pretend you were never part of that fiasco!) . . . Rapper Foxy Brown has been given 76 days in ‘punitive segregation’ (aka ‘The Hole’) at NYC’s Rikers Island prison after getting into a tussle with another inmate and she’s still awaiting trial for assault with a cellphone (the definition of a walking train wreck) . . . New stats show the DVD version of summer blockbuster “Transformers” sold 4.5 million copies on its first day of release – a sales record for the year . . . And “Vanity Fair” magazine has named Prince’s “Purple Rain” the greatest-ever rock-oriented movie soundtrack in its new “Movies Rock” issue, ahead of The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night”; Jimmy Cliff’s reggae soundtrack for “The Harder They Come”; Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”; and Simon & Garfunkel’s music for “The Graduate” (c’mon now, what about “Across the Universe”?).
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Amy Winehouse – She ran off stage 6 times during a recent gig in Amsterdam, Holland to be comforted by her husband Blake Fielder-Civil. Then she changed the lyrics of one of her songs to, “Blah, blah, blah. My husband looks like a model with his new haircut.” Somebody needs to see the optometrist.
• Flaming Lips – They’ve been honored in their hometown of Oklahoma City OK with a street in the trendy Bricktown district that’s been officially renamed ‘Flaming Lips Alley’.
• Keith Urban – His compilation album “Keith Urban Greatest Hits: 18 Kids” drops NOVEMBER 20th. He says the songs on the collection are like his children … thus explaining the odd title.
• The Police – They’ve announced they’ll be extending their world tour in order to make up shows that were postponed due to Sting’s vocal problems.
• Radiohead – They’re set to challenge iTunes for offering their 1994 “My Iron Lung” EP as a download. They contend iTunes has no legal permission to their music. The band is offering their latest album, “In Rainbows” on their own website on a pay-what-you-wish basis.
• Reba McEntire – “Reba Duets” has been certified Platinum for sales of over 1 million copies. Her duet with Justin Timberlake, “The Only Promise That Remains”, is scheduled to be the 2nd single off the CD.
• Seether – Frontman Shaun Morgan says the only track on their new album, “Finding Beauty in Negative Places”, that’s about his ex-girlfriend Amy Lee is “Breakdown”. Lee wrote the putdown tune about him, “Call Me When You’re Sober”, which she recorded with Evanescence.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• Barenaked Ladies – THIS MORNING they do “Live With Regis & Kelly” (syndicated/CTV). TONIGHT Steven Page is on the genealogy show “Who Do You Think You Are?” (CBC).
• Chris Cornell – The former Audioslave frontman performs on the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC).
• “CMT Giants: Hank Williams Jr” – A 2-hour special that’s taping TONIGHT at LA’s Gibson Amphitheatre will air NOVEMBER 17th. Among those paying tribute: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Brad Paisley, Gretchen Wilson, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tim McGraw, and Toby Keith. Jimmy Kimmel & Terry Bradshaw are the hosts.
• Faith Hill – She performs on “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS).
• illScarlett/Sum 41 – They’re on “MuchOnDemand” (MuchMusic).
• Interpol – “The Heinrich Maneuver” band does Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC).
• Kid Rock – He’s on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CityTV). She better not get him upset ‘cause he’s ready to rumbllllleeee!
• Lonestar – TONIGHT they’re taking part in the taping of “Holiday Notes from Home” at the Opry House in Nashville TN. The event will air on Armed Forces TV on Christmas Day.
A BS guide to select movies getting made …
• “The Burning Plain” – 53-year-old Kim Basinger is set to play 32-year-old Charlize Theron’s onscreen mom in the directional debut of “Babel” screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga. Shooting on the drama begins in Mexico early NEXT MONTH with a release date scheduled for 2009.
• “A Christmas Carol” – Jim Carrey will play ‘Scrooge’ as well as the ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’, ‘Present’ & ‘Future’ in this new special effects-laden version of Dickens’ holiday classic. Director Robert Zemeckis will use the same ‘Performance Capture Technology’ seen in his 2004 film “The Polar Express”. Bill Murray, Michael Caine, Patrick Stewart, and Albert Finney co-star.
• “Hart’s Location” – 71-year-old veteran actor Bruce Dern (“Big Love”) is making his directorial debut a family affair, starring himself, his actress-daughter Laura Dern (“Jurassic Park”), and his ex-wife Diane Ladd, a 3-time Oscar nominee (“Rambling Rose”). Dern is also producing the drama which begins shooting in Louisiana in FEBRUARY.
• “The Lovely Bones” – 36-year-old Mark Wahlberg has replaced 26-year-old Ryan Gosling as the grieving father of a murdered girl in director Peter Jackson’s upcoming adaptation of Alice Sebold’s best-selling novel. The initial word was Gosling left over ‘creative differences’ but now it seems he was fired for being ‘too demanding’. Gosling packed on 20 lbs and grew a beard for the role. Rachel Weisz co-stars as the mother while newcomer Saoirse Ronan will play the girl.
• “Spider-Man IV” – Director Sam Raimi has confirmed the superhero will be back on the bigscreen but with some new personnel involved … including in the director’s chair. A new writer is currently being sought to replace Raimi on the next instalment as well. He’ll still hang in as producer … cuz that’s where the big money is!
PASS THE ANTS, PLEASE:
Insects may become the next food frontier for space cuisine during extended missions. A long stay on Mars, for example, would require travelers to grow their own food but a vegetable- and grain-based diet doesn’t efficiently supply fats and amino acids. Japanese researchers believe that insects, which reproduce rapidly and often consume materials inedible to humans, could help fill in nutritional gaps. The scientists have already made cookies from silkworms. (We’ll wait for the maggot burgers thank-you.)
– “Discover Magazine”
DRIVING THE BIG WHITE BUS:
TODAY the new A-380 super-jumbo made by European aircraft manufacturer Airbus is scheduled to make its first commercial flight. The world’s largest passenger aircraft, which can hold up to 853 passengers, is touted as being both quieter and less stressful to the environment than Boeing’s 747 jumbo. Singapore Airlines first scheduled Airbus flight is to Sydney, Australia. (The line-ups for restrooms will stretch to Johannesburg.)
– “The Guardian”
GOOGLE EYES USERS:
According to a new statistical compilation of all Google searches since 2004, here are the top 3 countries generating the most searches for various keywords …
• ‘Burrito’ – US, Argentina, and Canada.
• ‘Hangover’ – Ireland, the UK, the USA.
• ‘Hitler’ – Germany, Mexico, and Austria.
• ‘Gay’ – Chile, Mexico, and Colombia.
• ‘Jihad’ – Morocco, Indonesia, Pakistan.
• ‘Marijuana’ – Canada, the US, Australia.
• ‘Sex’ – Egypt, India, and Turkey.
– Reuters News Agency
YOU’VE GOT NO MAIL!
Dr Ken Siegel, an LA-based psychologist and president of Impact Group management consulting, encourages his business clients to organize ‘No E-mail Fridays’ in order to increase productivity. (Won’t it take longer to walk down the hall and tell a co-worker a joke in person?)
– “ Christian Science Monitor”
TOP MEN OF 2007:
According to more than a million online votes these are the real he-men of the year, for one reason or another …
10. “Batman Begins” and ”3:10 to Yuma“ actor Christian Bale.
9. F-1 race driver Lewis Hamilton.
8. Movie star George Clooney.
7. Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
6. ‘James Bond’ actor Daniel Craig.
5. Pop singer Justin Timberlake.
4. Tennis player Roger Federer
3. Music producer Timbaland.
2. Movie actor Matt Damon.
1. Soccer star David Beckham.
WIDE WORLD OF BS:
• In Devon, England it took firefighters a half-hour to remove a traffic cone from the head of a 3-year-old boy using cutting tools and pliers. Why did he have a traffic cone on his head? Trying to look like ‘Harry Potter’. (Actually, most of them look like Dr Seuss hats nowadays.)
• In Jinhua, China the Royal Decor Jewelry Company has created a bra loaded down with more than 2,500 diamonds. Priced at 10 million yuan (about $1.25 million) and named ‘Perfect’, the foundation garment is formed from natural diamonds weighing more than 100 carats set in 300 grams of white gold. (Whoa! And you thought they were hanging before …)
• In Ratekau, Germany cops had to rescue a driver after he pulled over to allow a police cruiser with flashing lights to pass, and got stuck in fresh concrete. Schplook! While the driver was hauled from the car within minutes, the vehicle itself had to be towed out later. (Are they shooting “Mr Bean 3” by any chance?)
• In Stockholm, Sweden a 9-year-old actor has been fired from a local stage production of “The Sound of Music” after he bit another actor during the show’s final scene. A rep for the theater thinks the loud commotion during the play’s climax caused the aggression. The axed actor, you see, is a German Shepard hound by the name of ‘Hetz’. (Seems Hetz sensed climax and looked for the nearest leg.)
BS AMAZING FACT:
Unlike Earth, summer at the south pole of the planet Neptune lasts for an amazing 40 years. But before you plan to move there, keep this in mind: summer temps are only about 18 degrees warmer than winter temps … around 300 degrees below zero.
BS CHRONOMETER 10.25.07
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1958  Mark Miller, Dayton OH, country singer (frontman/founder of Sawyer Brown-“Thank God For You”, “Some Girls Do”)
1962  Chad Smith, St Paul MN, rock drummer (Red Hot Chili Peppers-“Snow [Hey Oh]”, “Dani California”)
1970  Ed Robertson, Toronto ON, pop singer/guitarist (Barenaked Ladies-“Another Postcard”, “One Week”)
1970  Chely Wright, Kansas City MO, country singer (“Single White Female“, “Shut Up and Drive”)
1985  Ciara (Harris), Austin TX, pop singer (“1, 2 Step”, “Goodies”)
BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Canadian Healthy Workplace Week”, set aside each year to increase awareness about the importance of workplace health to personal and organizational performance.
• “Cartoonists Against Crime Day”. OK varmint, on the count of 3 … draw!
• “International Greasy Foods Day”, a celebration of our love of fatty foods, foods cooked in oil, foods smothered in butter, etc. One of the grossest we’ve heard of is the Dutch tradition of saving bacon grease or ‘spek’, then spreading it cold on toast.
• “Punk For A Day Day”, so get on your faux-hawk, your stick-on tats, your imitation leather and strut your stuff!
• “St Crispin’s Day”, the patron saint of shoemakers and leather workers. Wouldn’t that be ‘St Nike’?
• “World Pasta Day”, honoring one of Italy’s greatest gifts to the world.
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1971  Roy Disney dedicates “Walt Disney World” in Orlando FL (we liked it better when it was an orange grove)
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1955  1st home ‘Microwave Oven’ is introduced by the Tappan Co, which slaps a $1,200 price tag on the new appliance that ‘cooks eggs in 22 seconds, bacon in 90 seconds’
1960  1st ‘Electronic Wristwatch’ introduced by Bulova (before that, everyone had to wind their watch each day!)
1982  Canada’s July 1st national holiday is officially changed from ‘Dominion Day’ to ‘Canada Day’
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1998  Denver Bronco kicker Jason Elam boots 63-yard field goal in the thin air of Mile High Stadium, tying Tom Dempsey’s 28-year-old NFL record (it still stands)
COMING UP . . .
[Fri] Frankenstein Friday
[Fri] “Dan in Real Life”; “Saw IV” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Cranky Co-Workers Day
[Sat] 22nd Gemini Awards (Regina)
[Sun] Mother-In-Laws Day
[Sun] Chocolate Day
[Sun] Plush Animal Lovers Day
[Mon] International Internet Day
This Week Is … International Infection Control Week
This Month Is … Depression Education & Awareness Month
WHAT WOMEN ARE READING:
• “50 Ways to Keep on Smiling” – Woman’s Day
• “Is He Listening?” – Redbook
• “The Many Faces of Fall Beauty” – Vogue
• “What’s Your Scent Style?” – Chatelaine
• “Shinier Hair! Whiter Teeth! More Energy!” – Glamour
WHAT MEN ARE READING:
• “Decode Her Halloween Costume” – Men’s Fitness
• “Tips on Spicing Up Your Phone Sex” – Maxim
• “World’s Hottest Ball Girls!” – FHM
• “Ultimate Air Guitar Playlist“ – Stuff
• “10 Best Things to Tell a Naked Woman” – Men’s Health
BS PHONE STARTER:
Describe yourself in one word.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: Fully 81% of people say, given the option, they’d love to do THIS at this time of year.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: A Halloween party.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Some see the glass as half-empty; others see the glass as half-full. No one ever asks what’s in the glass.