August 29, 2012 INTL

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012        Edition: #4819

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Producer George Lucas is following through on his promise that all the “Star Wars” films will be re-released in 3D, announcing “Episode I – The Phantom Menace” is coming in February and Episodes II and III next Fall (cuz $1.9 billion just isn’t enough) . . . Firefighters have been called to Tyler Perry’s sprawling film studio complex in Atlanta GA following reports the building’s roof was aflame; the 2nd blaze at the studio in 4 months (when your first insurance claim doesn’t go through …) . . . LAPD have reportedly named famous person Lindsay Lohan and her assistant Gavin Doyle as suspects in a theft of $100,000-worth of watches and sunglasses during a party, but the host of the bash, Sam Magid, is now saying nothing was stolen (someone sobered up and returned the loot?) . . . Actor Brad Pitt has reportedly chosen the wine for his upcoming wedding and will include his own vintage, ‘Pink Floyd’, made from grapes grown on Brangelina’s Miraval Estate in France where the wedding will be held (homemade wine at a wedding – how tacky!) . . . And 22-year-old actress Kristen Stewart is said to be stressed over the upcoming “Toronto Film Festival” (September 6-16), not due to the premiere of her film “On the Road” but over her pending meet-up with co-star Tom Sturridge, her ex Robert Pattinson’s best friend, whom she wants to ask help restore the relationship (bet he’ll be giving her the what-for).


• “Conan” (TBS) – Owl City w/Carly Rae Jepsen (“The Midsummer Station”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated) – Coldplay (“Mylo Xyloto”). Rerun.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC) – Jordin Sparks (“Sparkle Soundtrack”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Foster the People (“Torches”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC) – Wilco (“Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS) – The Chevin (“Borderline”).
• “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX) – The dancers perform; contestants face elimination; guest judge Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC) – Tristan Prettyman (“Cedar & Gold”).


• Cee Lo Green – Tonight his semi-permanent residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas begins. The show’s called “Cee Lo Green Presents Loberace” (not a typo). Weird.
• John Mayer – He’s apparently chopped of his trademark shoulder-length brown hair after splitting up with fellow singer Katy Perry. Next he’ll go clothes-shopping?
• Katy Perry – Though she’s now dated a couple of guys since divorcing 37-year-old Russell Brand, she’ll likely be stunned to read Brit tabloid reports suggesting he’s now dating 40-year-old ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell.
• Michael Jackson – Today his mother Katherine & his 3 children have returned to the former family home in Gary, Indiana for a candlelit vigil to mark what would have been his 54th birthday. Tonight Pepsi continues its year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of his “Bad” album with a concert at NYC’s Gotham Hall, headlined by Ne-Yo.
• Taylor Swift – Insiders say she’s ‘inseparable’ from boyfriend Conor Kennedy, even sending a plane to fly him to her Nashville home because she missed him so much. He’s been with her ever since and his family doesn’t know when he’ll return. Pals admit they wouldn’t be surprised if they elope.
• – Yesterday his track “Reach For the Stars” became the 1st song from Earth to ever be broadcast from another planet. The new song was played by NASA’s ‘Curiosity’ rover, which landed on Mars earlier this month.


• “Lawless” ( R-Rated Crime Drama ): Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by a new deputy and other authorities who want a cut of their profits. Stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jason Clarke. Shot entirely in Georgia.
• “The Oogieloves In the Big Balloon Adventure” ( G-Rated Family ): In this interactive kids’ movie, ‘Goobie’, ‘Toofie’, and ‘Zoozie’ search for magical balloons that will make a birthday party for good friend ‘Schluufy’ extra-special. Voice cast includes Jaime Pressly, Cloris Leachman.
• Opening in limited release: “Little Birds”.


• Washington DC – A local resident who ordered a flat-panel TV online has instead had delivered to his door … a high-powered assault rifle. The box was simply left in the hallway of his apartment building. When the buyer contacted police, they told him that it was illegal to transport the gun in a car and therefore it couldn’t be sent back.
• Miami Beach FL – Kung Fu Kitchen & Sushi has introduced ‘Naked Sushi’, a meal artfully arranged on leaves that are strategically placed on a reclining naked model. Originally, the idea was to hire professional models, but restaurant staff eagerly volunteered. Each is ‘professionally bathed’ beforehand. And if you request a male model … he’ll have a thong on.
– “South Florida Sun-Sentinel”
• Oswego IL – A local salesman has put the windshield of his car up for auction because it has a bird dropping he says looks like … Michael Jackson. The 29-year-old says he was driving along US Highway 30 near Big Rock when his Cadillac was dive-bombed. He immediately saw a resemblance to the ‘King of Pop’ (poop?) and says it became more obvious ‘after it hardened’.


Leading water scientists  at the Stockholm International Water Institute have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying the world’s population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages. Humans derive about 20% of their protein from animal-based products now, but this may need to drop to 5% in order to feed the extra 2 billion people expected to be alive by 2050. (Learn to love broccoli.)
– “The Guardian”


Based on total earnings over the past year …
5. Music producer Dr Dre ($110 million).
4. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer ($115 million).
3. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg ($130 million).
2. Movie director Michael Bay ($160 million).
1. Oprah Winfrey, for the 4th straight year ($165 million).


Have you ever noticed that herds of grazing animals all face the same way? That’s the claim of scientists who’ve used images from Google Earth to confirm that cattle tend to align their bodies in a north-south direction. Wild deer also seem to display the behavior, a phenomenon that has apparently gone unnoticed by herdsmen and hunters for thousands of years. Researchers think Earth’s magnetic fields may be what influences the animals. (OK, now why do birds on a wire all face the same way?)
– BBC News


A BS breakdown of who we are and what we do …
• 90% of women surveyed say they’d rather their husband cook dinner than bring them flowers.
• 70% of people polled say they’ve enjoyed ice cream during a tornado or thunderstorm.
• 44% of adults worldwide have experienced a one-night extra-marital affair.
• 40% of parents of college-bound students believe their son or daughter will run out of money during the first month at school.
• 34% of women admit they’ve checked their partners’ phone or email messages without their knowledge.

Want to know what social media users are taking pictures of RIGHT NOW in 12 different cities around-the-world? The ‘This is Now’ project is a visual composition which uses images in real time from Instagram users worldwide. The tool streams pics instantly as they’re uploaded in order to capture a city’s movement in a fluid story.  The site’s pretty simple. Just click on the clock for each city, and you’re given an unfiltered look at the random photos people are taking there right now. As the site suggests, it can become ‘highly addictive’. (There goes 3 more hours wasted.)

New terms leaking into our lingo …
✓’Do-ocracy’ – An organization or movement where power and respect go to people who get things done. Individuals propose actions, others join in (or not), and then the ‘brand name’ is slapped on the result.
✓’Dual Screening’ – Using 2 electronic screens at the same time, typically watching TV and posting instant reactions online.
✓’Eco-Bot’ – A robot with an ecologically beneficial function. They remain self-sustainable by collecting their energy from material, mostly waste matter, in the environment.


• A snail can crawl across a razor blade without getting injured. This is possible because it excretes slime that protects it.
• There is no single boss in the human brain. It has millions of local processors making important decisions on their own.
– “Discover Magazine”


1956 [56] Dan Truman, Flagstaff AZ, country musician (Diamond Rio-“I Believe”, “Beautiful Mess”)

1971 [41] Carla Gugino, Sarasota FL, movie actress (“American Gangster”, “Night At the Museum”)

1975 [37] Kyle Cook, Frankfort IN, rock guitarist-vocalist (Matchbox Twenty-“Unwell”, “Bent”)

1980 [32] David Desrosiers, Sept-Iles QC Canada, rock bassist (Simple Plan-“Untitled [How Could This Happen To Me?]”, “Welcome to My Life”)

1986 [26] Lea Michele (Sarfati), Bronx NY, TV actress (‘Rachel Berry’ on “Glee” since 2009)/movie actress (“New Year’s Eve”)

1993 [19] Liam Payne, Wolverhampton UK, boy-band pop singer (One Direction-“One Thing”, “What Makes You Beautiful”)  BS Factoid: Sunday his girlfriend Danielle Peazer threw a surprise birthday party, inviting all his pals to the early bash which featured a Batman-themed cake.


• “According to Hoyle Day”, honoring Britain’s Edmond Hoyle on the anniversary of his death in 1769. He’s the guy who took the time to formalize rules to many popular games. Thus the expression ‘according to Hoyle’ has come to mean ‘playing by the rules’.

• “International Day Against Nuclear Tests”, a UN observance to underscore the need for a unified attempt to prevent any further nuclear weapons testing. Since 1945, nearly 2,000 tests have taken place.

• “La Tomatina”, the world’s largest tomato fight, celebrated on the last Wednesday in August in Buñol, Spain. Some 35,000 will hurl 120 tons of tomatoes at each other for 2 hours.

• “More Herbs, Less Salt Day”, because it’s ‘healthier, zestier and lustier!’ So go ahead, spice up your life! What’s the world’s most-used spice? Black pepper.

• “Paralympic Games”, the 14th edition, open in London. The concept was born in Stoke Mandeville UK, where a disability sports competition was held at the same time as the 1948 Olympic Games in London.


1982 [30] Swedish-born actress and 3-time Academy Award-winner Ingrid Bergman dies of cancer in London UK on her 67th birthday


1977 [35] 3 men are arrested in Memphis TN after attempting to steal Elvis Presley’s recently-deceased body from a mausoleum, causing the Presley family to move the remains to their present location in the ‘meditation garden’ at Graceland


1934 [78] 1st Boy Scout Camp in America opens at Hawk Mountain PA (the next day, the 1st ‘wedgie’ is reported)

1965 [47] 1st ‘Parachuting Bullfighter’, Luis ‘The Conceited’ Rios, misses a Spanish bullring and lands in the city dump


1982 [30] ‘Longest Recorded Kite Flight’ lasts 180 hours, 17 minutes in Washington DC

2005 [07] Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the US Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing more than 1,800 and causing over $115 billion in damage


[Thurs] Holistic Pet Day
[Thurs] Toasted Marshmallow Day
[Fri] “For a Good Time, Call…”; “The Possession” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Love Litigating Lawyers Day
[Fri] Full ‘Blue’ Moon
[Fri] Invent a New Sandwich Day
This Week Is … Safe at Home Week
This Month Is …What Will Be Your Legacy Month


• He’s begun chasing cars … oncoming cars.
• Refuses to eat ‘Friskies’, now only eats ‘Gloomies’.
• Your pitbull can only muster up the energy to maim not kill.
• Just stands there and lets the Frisbee bounce off the side of his head.
• Your goldfish has purchased a rope and a helium balloon.
• Keeps running at the electric fence with the sprinkler in his mouth.
• Obligingly thrusts at your leg for a few seconds and then wanders off to watch TV.
• He lies on his back in the gerbil wheel for hours at a time, smoking cigarettes and staring at the top of his cage.
– Adapted from


☎ You lose your wallet and someone returns it. How much should the ‘good Samaritan’ be rewarded? (By law, a good Samaritan in Japan has the right to demand 5-to-20% of the value of the goods that have been returned to the owner. And if the police hold the goods for 6 months and the owner is not found, the finder is given the goods to keep.)


One good turn gets most of the blankets.


Question: THIS game was invented by a bored couple who were just looking for something to do aboard their boat.
Answer: Yahtzee.


Sometimes you have to be silent to be heard.

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