Thursday, October 11, 2007 Edition: #3632
Here’s More Bull Roar!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
TODAY 55-year-old ‘recovering’ alky David Hasselhoff is due at a mediation hearing regarding custody of his kids, not the best timing considering he checked himself into an unnamed clinic after suffering a booze relapse earlier THIS WEEK (eating a hamburger while crawling around on the floor again?) . . . As many as 40 staffers at New Jersey’s Palisades Medical Center have been suspended without pay for allegedly leaking medical records regarding the condition of actor George Clooney & his girlfriend after their motorcycle accident LAST MONTH, a move Clooney says isn’t fair to medical staff . . . Seems we just can’t get enough of ‘Spidey’ – a new cartoon series called “The Spectacular Spider-Man” is expected to premiere on TV NEXT FALL . . . The American flag from the back of actor Peter Fonda’s jacket in the classic film “Easy Rider” has sold for almost $90,000 in a personal auction that also included movie memorabilia (doe we detect a Hollywood has-been running short of cash?) . . . Only 3 new TV series (“Pushing Daisies”, “Private Practice”, and “Bionic Woman”) are in the top 30 shows in the latest ratings – none is in the top 10 . . . Meantime, the drama “Gossip Girl“ (CW) has become the first new series picked up for a full season . . . He’s had a series of successful movies and now actor/screenwriter Tyler Perry is hatching plans to launch his own family values TV channel, aimed at providing ‘a more positive outlook on life’ (his latest movie, “Why Did I Get Married?”, opens FRIDAY) . . . And Hollywood star Charlize Theron has been named the ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’ in a new poll for the NOVEMBER issue of “Esquire” magazine, beating out Jessica Biel, Scarlett Johansson, and Angelina Jolie (Courtney Love came in 6-billionth … just behind Oscar de la Hoya.)
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Bruce Springsteen – He may release another album as soon as NEXT SPRING made up of songs already recorded that didn’t quite fit with the material on his new album “Magic”.
• Green Day – Billie Joe Armstrong says their next album is being delayed due to … too many tunes. They’ve already recorded some 45 tracks and are having a tough time choosing.
• Kid Rock – He’s demanding ex-wife Pamela Anderson return her $500,000 wedding ring. They divorced after a 3-month marriage LAST YEAR.
• Lenny Kravitz — He’s fired his entire business staff because he wasn’t happy with the direction his career was heading. He decided on the drastic changes before heading into the studio to record the new album “It Is Time For a Love Revolution”.
• Lonestar – They’ll be performing & doing some cooking on an upcoming episode of “Emeril Live!” (Food Network).
• Oasis – Frontman Liam Gallagher will finally wed Nicole Appleton (ex-All Saints) in London later THIS MONTH after a 7-year relationship. They already have a 6-year-old son.
• The Police – They’ve been forced to cancel 2 shows in Europe THIS WEEK due to Sting suffering from a throat infection. Their next scheduled gig is SATURDAY in Dusseldorf, Germany.
• R Kelly – He’s announced a tour before actually being given permission by the court in his long-postponed underage-video trial. If he gets the go-ahead, the tour will open in Columbus GA NOVEMBER 14th, with Keyshia Cole, Ne-Yo, and J Holiday as opening acts.
• Toby Keith – “Love Me If You Can” is the 23rd #1 country single of his career.
• U2 – Manager Paul McGuinness denies recent speculation that Bono is writing a new song for the Spice Girls. Wonder who started that one? Likely some guy name of Simon Fuller.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• Babyface – The producer/performer is on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” (syndicated/CTV).
• Billy Crystal – He receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC (PBS). Past recipients of the funny-yet-serious honor include Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg, and playwright Neil Simon.
• Cheap Trick – The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the organization behind the “Grammy Awards”, honor the legendary rockers in Chicago. The Plain White T’s will be performing 2 songs at the gala and rumor has it Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander & Rick Nielsen will join the T’s on stage for some of the performance.
• Miley Cyrus & Billy Ray Cyrus – They guest on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CityTV).
• Tori Amos – She takes time out from her North American tour to appear on “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS).
• Vanessa Carlton – She sings on the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC).
A BS guide to movies in the making …
• “Brothers” – In this English-language remake of a 2004 Danish film, Toby Maguire will play a soldier sent to fight in Afghanistan, while his brother (Jake Gyllenhaal) looks after his wife and child back home. We’re guessing hijinks ensue. Natalie Portman has signed on to play the young wife.
• “The Fighter” – Even though the film doesn’t start shooting for another 8 months, star Mark Wahlberg has already been in training for a year. His goal is to convince audiences he’s believable playing boxing legend Mickey ‘Irish’ Ward. He’s been hitting the gym each morning at 5 even though he’s currently filming another movie, “The Happening”.
• “Leatherheads” – This George Clooney-directed football film has been postponed form DECEMBER until APRIL, purportedly due to his busy schedule and his recent motorcycle injury. Clooney co-wrote and stars in the romantic comedy about the owner of a pro football team who falls for the fiancée of one of his players.
• “The Spirit” – Graphic novelist Frank Miller’s debut as a solo director will feature a stellar ensemble cast that includes Scarlett Johannson, Samuel L Jackson, Eva Mendes, Jamie King, and Paz Vega. The story centers around a young cop who is murdered on duty then reborn as a mysterious masked man.
• “Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins” — Warner Bros has confirmed production on a 4th “Terminator” movie will begin in early 2008. Rather than following the previous storyline it will serve to reinvent the series as the first film in a brand new trilogy. So far, there’s no word on stars … but none will be named ‘Ahnold’.
• “A Thousand Words” – Eddie Murphy is in final negotiations to star in this comedy about a somewhat shallow guy who learns he has only 1,000 words left to speak before he dies. Nicolas Cage is on board as a producer.
CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH, HAGAR?
In her new book, “Queen Elizabeth’s Wooden Teeth & Other Historical Fallacies”, researcher & author Andrea Barham debunks the following myths …
• Vikings wore horned helmets. In fact, no examples of such helmets have ever been found.
• Slaves built the pyramids. Slavery wasn’t widespread in Egypt, and it was actually a skilled work force that did the work, with manual labor provided by peasants when it wasn’t farming season.
• Sir Walter Raleigh brought tobacco back from the New World. Tobacco was doing the rounds several years before Sir Walter’s birth in 1552. He was introduced to it by Sir Francis Drake.
– “Globe & Mail”
IF WE COULD TALK TO THE ANIMALS:
According to a recent Gallup Poll, 97% of pet owners talk to their pets when they’re alone with them. 34% say they speak with them ‘all the time’, 34% ‘most of the time’, and 24% ‘occasionally’. (What’s scary is 48% take their advice!)
BUZZ HAS IT JUMBO’S SCARED OF BEES:
Scientists have discovered that the sound of bees is more likely to send an elephant running than the sight of a mouse. When the sound of angry bees buzzing was recently played to a herd of elephants in Kenya as an experiment, virtually all the animals ran away. The findings could be used to help eliminate conflicts between farmers and elephants.
– “The Times”
IT AIN’T FAIR:
Not only do bullies push others around to get their way, a recent study suggests they are healthier than the weaklings they beat on. According to the journal “Archives of Disease in Childhood”, British researchers found that bullies suffer from less nausea and far fewer colds, coughs and other physical ailments than the children they terrorize. (A related study finds they are not, however, immune to a 2-by-4 upside the head.)
– PA News
HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN:
University of Chicago researchers say we can expect to have no more than 5.3 unhappy years during the rest of our lives after age 30. Research shows that once we reach that landmark, we can look forward to mostly good times. Women can expect close to 46 happy years after 30; and men 43. (Yee haw!!!! …. where’d I put my teeth?)
– “The Independent”
• According to a survey in “Glamour Magazine”, 60% of women say they can’t have an orgasm unless they use a specific position. (Like the Heimlich maneuver?)
• With something like 30,000 words on average, women have a much larger vocabulary than men. (Only because swearing doesn’t count.)
• Another study suggests that women are more likely to have cold hands than men. (However, men are more likely to have cold feet when it comes to commitment.)
BS AMAZING FACT:
When he dies, British retailing mogul Mohammed al Fayed wants to be mummified and placed in a glass mausoleum on the roof of his exclusive Harrods department store in London.
BS CHRONOMETER 10.11.07
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1925  Elmore Leonard, New Orleans LA, best-selling novelist (“Up in Honey’s Room”) whose stories constantly get made into movies (“Out of Sight”, “Get Shorty”, “3:10 to Yuma”)
1949  Daryl Hall (Hohl), Pottstown PA, adult contemporary/oldies singer (Hall & Oates-“Do It For Love”, “Maneater”)
1961  Steve Young, Salt Lake City UT, NFL analyst (ESPN)/former NFL QB (1994 Super Bowl XXIX MVP-San Francisco 49ers)/Pro Football Hall of Fame (2005)
1962  Joan Cusack, NYC, movie actress (“Friends with Money”, “School of Rock”)/actor John Cusack’s sister
1968  Jane Krakowski, Parsippany NJ, TV actress (‘Jenna Maroney’ on “30 Rock” since 2006)/Broadway actress (2003 Tony Award-“Nine”, “Grand Hotel”)
1976  Emily Deschanel, LA CA, TV actress (‘Dr Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan’ on “Bones” since 2005)
1985  Michelle Trachtenberg, NYC, movie actress (“Black Christmas”)/ former TV actress (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” 2000-03)
1989  Michelle Wie [‘wee’], Honolulu HI, 6′-1”pro golf phenom who began playing at age 4/youngest female to make the cut in a male pro tour event, at age 16 (2006 SK Telecom Open)
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day”, a great opportunity to show off your beloved pal to work associates … and don’t forget to dress him up for the big event!
• “Dessert Day”, honoring the tasty treat that tops off dinner. Nowadays just 14% of families regularly consume dessert, as opposed to 24% only 2 decades ago. But that number may be a little misleading because studies show that younger people (under 45) eat dessert foods more often, occasionally having them in place of regular meals.
ARGUMENT STARTER: So what’s the all-time most sinfully delicious, can’t stop snortin’ it dessert? Cherry cheesecake? Maybe tiramisu? (It’s been called ‘Heaven In Your Mouth’.)
• “National Coming Out Day”, a day to ‘announce your sexuality and be proud of it’, sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign to encourage gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender people to ‘Talk About It’ with their families and friends.
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1975  “Saturday Night Live” debuts on NBC-TV, hosted by comedian George Carlin
1975  Bill & Hillary Clinton wed in Fayetteville, Arkansas (it’s their Latex Anniversary!)
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1997  Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind 1997” debuts at #1 on pop singles charts (goes on to become biggest-selling single of all-time)
TODAY’S FIRSTS. . .
1919  1st ‘In-Flight Meals’ served by an airline (box lunches on a KLM flight from London to Paris)
1952  1st televised hockey game in Canada (Detroit at Montréal)
TODAY’S RECORDS . . .
1972  Australian Michael Gallen devours record 63 bananas in 10 minutes, live on TV
1987  ‘World’s Largest Pizza’ is cut into 94,248 slices (Havana, Florida)
1992  Deion Sanders plays pro football AND pro baseball on the same day, for the Atlanta Falcons (NFL) and the Atlanta Braves (MLB)
COMING UP . . .
[Fri] International Moment Of Frustration Scream Day
[Fri] Farmers Day
[Fri] World Egg Day
[Fri] Nobel Peace Prize winner announced
[Fri] “Control”; “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”; “The Final Season”; “Lars & The Real Girl”; “Michael Clayton”; “We Own the Night”; “Why Did I Get Married?” open in movie theaters
[Sat] Ramadan ends (Muslim)
This Week is … Credit Union Week
This Month is … Polish History Month
THIS WEEK is “Pet Peeves Week”, a good time to vent some of yours and let listeners air out theirs. Here’s a few to get you going …
LIFE’S LITTLE ANNOYANCES:
• Customers who aren’t ready to pay in a grocery line. They wait for their $100 order to be rung in and THEN start hunting through their wallet or purse for money. These are the same people who’ll then spend 5 minutes searching for the exact change to pay with.
• People who insist on talking on a cellphone while they’re doing something else – walking through a mall, cleaning the house, shopping, and – of course – driving. It’s demeaning to the person being called if the caller can’t take 2 minutes to focus solely on the conversation.
• People who pronounce km, ‘ki-LO-metre’. By that logic it should then also be ‘cen-TI-metre’ and ‘ki-LO-gram’.
• And here’s what really ticks people off according to a “Men’s Health” magazine poll – telemarketers (64%), lousy drivers (63%), and products that break or don’t work (57%).
BS PHONE STARTER:
Where is your favorite place to sleep? Where is the strangest place you’ve ever slept?
According to the Random House Specialty Dictionary, there are at least 10 euphemisms for the ‘F’-word. Name any 5. [‘Ferk’, ‘flak’, ‘forget’, ‘fork’, ‘fouled up’, ‘frap’, ‘freaking’, ‘fricking’, ‘frig’, ‘futz’, and ‘motorcycle’ … huh?]
BS RANDOM JOKE:
If you ever find yourself in the presence of the Pope, be sure to sneeze.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: 23% of New Yorkers have never seen one of THESE in person.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: A cow.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
The secret to success is knowing when to let things happen and when to make things happen.