February 3, 2012 INTL

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Friday, February 3, 2012        Edition: #4683

Here’s More Bull Roar!


Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie are expecting twins again, at least according to “OK!” magazine, which claims they’ve only spilled the good news about numbers 7 & 8 to very close friends and family (since making “Moneyball”, he’s trying to field a full team) . . . E! News has confirmed that Paul Brittain has left “Saturday Night Live” after a 1-year stint as a featured player and will not be appearing on this weekend’s episode hosted by Channing Tatum (no more ‘Sex Ed’) . . . Veteran journalist Barbara Walters is denying reports that she and Oprah Winfrey are locked in a vicious bidding war for an exclusive interview with Pippa Middleton (famous for wearing a tight dress) . . . Selena Gomez says in the new issue of “Cosmopolitan” that she & BF Justin Bieber would like to be ‘as normal as possible’ (yeah, we all rent out entire arenas to have dinner & a movie, don’t we?) . . . According to her Twitter feed, Miley Cyrus may have cracked her tailbone and broken an arm while trying to ‘do a flip on her couch’ (who the heck is Flip?) . . . Filmmaker James Cameron is preparing to leave California and move to a 1,000-hectare farm in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand, where he’ll reportedly start filming his “Avatar” sequel later this year (he’s so rich he doesn’t bother with hotels anymore) . . . Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman is set to become a first-time TV producer with an adaptation of the 1978 best-selling Judith Krantz novel  “Scruples”, which will be turned into a 1-hour ‘sexy soap set in the late 1970s’ (your grandma will be thrilled) . . . And Ashton Kutcher is warning unfriendly entertainment journalists that he may block them from his Twitter feeds (please, do us all!).

• “CMT Crossroads: Steven Tyler & Carrie Underwood From the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam” (CMT) –  Live from Indianapolis Saturday night, on the eve of the Super Bowl.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated) – Today Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Christina Aguilera (“The Voice”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC) – Tonight Young the Giant (“Young the Giant”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight M83 “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC) – Tonight Fitz & The Tantrums (“Pickin’ Up The Pieces”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS) – Tonight Ziggy Marley (“Wild & Free”).
• “Live From the Artists Den” (PBS) – Tonight Adele performs in a show that was pre-recorded at California’s Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) – Host Channing Tatum (“Haywire”); musical guest Bon Iver (“Bon Iver”).
• “Super Bowl 46” (NBC) – Sunday night’s NY Giants-New England Patriots NFL championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis will likely generate the largest TV audience of the year. A few facts …
– Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert perform “America the Beautiful” prior to the game.
– Kelly Clarkson sings the pre-game anthem.
– Madonna’s halftime show (with guests MIA and Nicki Minaj) will have 8 minutes to set-up, 12 minutes of performance, and 7 minutes for take-down. All of that is being overseen by a creative team from Cirque du Soleil.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC) – Tonight Bush (“Sea of Memories”).
• “The Voice” (NBC) – Sunday the 2nd season debut following the Super Bowl features a lineup of ‘guest mentors’. Voice coach Adam Levine’s team will include Robin Thicke & Alanis Morissette; Cee Lo Green welcomes Ne-Yo & Babyface Edmonds; Christina Aguilera gets help from Jewel & Lionel Richie; Blake Shelton works with wife Miranda Lambert & Kelly Clarkson.

• Katy Perry – “Rolling Stone” reports that she’s in talks to create a 3-D movie documenting her live show. A source close to the deal says Paramount Pictures hopes to follow the template of Justin Bieber’s hit 3-D movie, “Never Say Never”.
• Keith Urban – Tonight he’s scheduled to appear at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry in his first onstage performance since undergoing vocal cord surgery late last year.
• K’Naan – He’s let it be known he’s not pleased with wannabe Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for using his song “Waving Flag” at an appearance in Florida this week. He says he’d never have given consent … had he been asked. (So sue! The guy can afford it.)
• Lady Gaga – She’s bought a home away from home in London, a luxurious apartment in a new development that’s not yet completed. The property is located in Fitzrovia, an area of London that’s become popular with celebrities in recent years.
• Motley Crue – Tonight they begin a residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, performing 12 shows in total through February 19th. Frontman Vince Neil has hinted this could be his last go-round with the band that’s been active since 1981.
• Neil Young – This week he told the “D: Dive Into Media” conference that he spoke with late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs about creating a higher fidelity format than current digital files. Young claims Jobs was such a fan of music that he listened to vinyl rather than his iPod.
• Tim McGraw – His 11th studio album, “Emotional Traffic”, debuts atop this week’s “Billboard” magazine ‘Country Albums’ chart, marking his 13th career #1 debut.


• “Big Miracle” ( PG Romantic Drama ): In smalltown Alaska, a news reporter recruits his Greenpeace volunteer ex-girlfriend for a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. Stars Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski.
NET: http://www.everybodyloveswhales.com
• “Chronicle” ( PG-13 Sci-Fi Thriller ): After making an incredible discovery, 3 high school friends gain superpowers. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control. Stars Michael B Jordan, Michael Kelly, Alex Russell. Shot in Cape Town and Vancouver.
NET: https://www.facebook.com/Chronicle
• “The Innkeepers” ( R-Rated Horror Thriller ): During the final days at the ‘Yankee Pedlar Inn’, 2 employees determined to reveal the hotel’s haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay. Stars Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis.
NET: http://www.facebook.com/theinnkeepersmovie
• “The Woman in Black” ( PG-13 Horror Thriller ): A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. Stars “Harry Potter” actor Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer.
NET: http://www.facebook.com/theinnkeepersmovie

Received messages from Google regarding changes to its privacy policy? Here’s the straight talk on what’s going on – up until now, data that Google collected on you when you used its search engine or YouTube was kept separate from its other products. That will change March 1st when the company begins using that data to ‘improve & customize’ your experience on other services, such as Google-plus. Google is attempting to justify the removal of these privacy partitions by describing the change as ‘treating you as a single user’. A few tips on protecting your search privacy here …
NET: https://www.eff.org/wp/six-tips-protect-your-search-privacy
– EFF.org
● BS FACTOID: Mozilla’s open-source Firefox browser allows you to ‘Always Use Private Browsing’ and ‘Tell Websites I Do Not Want to Be Tracked’.

A new ranking of the hottest fairly-famous females who are gingers …
5. Jaime Edmondson – Former ‘Playmate Of the Month’ (January 2010 “Playboy”); former Miami Dolphins cheerleader; 2-time “Amazing Race” contestant.
4. Rachel Nichols – ‘Ashley Seaver’ on TV drama “Criminal Minds”; appeared in the movie reboot “Conan the Barbarian”; in 2012, she’ll appear in the films “I, Alex Cross” and “Raze”.
3. Lily Cole – The 23-year-old British model added acting to her resume in 2011 with the film “The Moth Diaries”. This year, she’ll appear in “Snow White & the Huntsman” (June 1st).
2. Christina Hendricks – Finally after more than a year she returns as ‘Joan’ in a new season of “Mad Men” (AMC) on March 25th. In that year off she acted in several films, including “Drive”.
1. Cintia Dicker – The 25-year-old Brazilian model appeared in the “Sports Illustrated” swimsuit issue for a 3rd time in 2011. She’s also the face of Aerie lingerie.
– Guyism.com


Sure, sugar’s bad for you. But should we establish a drinking age for sugary soft drinks? According to University of California at San Francisco researcher Robert Lustig, the answer is emphatically ‘yes!’ He claims added sweeteners such as fructose and sucrose can be addictive and have health effects comparable to alcohol and tobacco. Lustig and his colleagues argue that regulations should be created to block access to sugar, such as zoning ordinances to control the number of fast-food outlets and convenience stores around schools. (Is social control really practical? Why not just ban the stuff outright?)
– Condensed from io9.com

By some estimates, 46,000 pieces of plastic trash float in every square mile of ocean. Massive quantities of waste, often tinier than salt grains, have created huge ‘garbage patches’ formed into slowly rotating rings or ‘gyres’. These giant dead spots formed by currents and winds push trash toward the becalmed centers. One of these, known as the ‘Eastern Garbage Patch’, which lies midway between California and Hawaii, is estimated to be twice the size of Texas. (Cool, soon we’ll be able to walk to Waikiki!)
– “Los Angeles Times”

• The cells that make up the antlers of a moose are the fastest growing animal cells in nature.
• The opening to the cave in which a bear hibernates is always on the North Slope.
• A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
– ListsOPlenty.com


1956 [56] Nathan Lane, Jersey City NJ, Broadway actor (“The Producers”, “Guys & Dolls”)/movie actor (“Swing Vote”, “The Birdcage”)

1965 [47] Maura Tierney, Boston MA, movie actress (“Baby Mama”, “Semi-Pro”)/TV actress (“ER” 2000-08)

1976 [36] Isla [‘EYE-luh’] Fisher, Muscat, Oman, movie actress (“Confessions Of a Shopaholic”, “Wedding Crashers”)/wed to comedian-actor Sacha Baron Cohen since 2010

1982 [30] Jessica Harp, Kansas City MO, country singer (The Wreckers-“Leave the Pieces”)

1990 [22] Sean Kingston (Kisean Anderson), Miami FL, reggae/pop singer/rapper (“Fire Burning”, “Beautiful Girls”)

1990 [22] Sterling Moore, Antioch CA, NFL cornerback (New England Patriots)
● BS FACTOID: On January 22nd he made the biggest play of his young career by stripping Baltimore Ravens WR Lee Evans in the end zone with 22 seconds remaining to help preserve the Patriots’ win and trip to the Super Bowl.

Oldies singer Alice Cooper (“School’s Out”) is 64; Rock guitarist-vocalist Noodles (The Offspring) is 49; Rock bassist Rick Burch (Jimmy Eat World) is 37; Pop singer Natalie Imbruglia (“Torn”) is 37; Pop singer Gavin DeGraw (“In Love With a Girl”) is 35.

Rock bassist Duff McKagan (Jane’s Addiction) is 48; Movie actor Michael Sheen (“Midnight in Paris”) is 42; Country singer Sara Evans (“Suds In the Bucket”) is 41; Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal Nationals) is 27.


• “Bubble Gum Day”, an annual FUN-draising idea in which kids & teachers who donate to a charity get to chew bubble gum at school.
• “Give Kids a Smile Day”, when dental students provide free oral health care & education to children in their communities.
• “Mawlid al-Nabi”, the Muslim celebration of the “Prophet’s Birthday”, begins at sunset.
• “Solo Diners Eat Out Weekend”, a time to enjoy a solitary meal in a restaurant or at home. After all, sooner or later, everyone faces the challenge of eating alone. (How do you cope? Take along a book to read? Pretend to be constantly texting? Hit on the server?)
NET: http://www.solodining.com
• “Wear Red Day”, the 9th annual observance for women created by the Heart Association to raise awareness about heart disease, the #1 cause of death among women in North America.
NET: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/hearttruth/wrd/index.htm

• “Ice Cream for Breakfast Day”, a tongue-in-cheek holiday invented to brighten up the dreary days of Winter.
NET: http://www.itzahckret.com/icecreamforbreakfast.html
• “USO Day”, honoring the 71st anniversary of the United Service Organization, which continues to provide support for American troops and their families worldwide.
• “World Cancer Day”, an annual observation to encourage the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer. It’s led by the International Union Against Cancer, a global consortium of more than 280 cancer-fighting organizations in over 90 countries.

• “Dump Your Significant Jerk Day”, a time to clean house before suffering through an awkward “Valentines Day”.
• “Weather Forecasters Day”, commemorating the 1744 birth of Boston MA physician Dr John Jeffries, one of the first to keep detailed records of weather conditions (1774-1816).
• “World Nutella Day”, the 6th annual celebration of the chocolate-y hazelnut spread that’s best eaten right out of the jar … by the handful.
NET: http://www.nutelladay.com

2001 [11] The XFL (Xtreme Football League), founded by WWE mastermind Vince McMahon in cooperation with NBC-TV, plays its first games (folds after 1 season, leaving the remote-control overhead camera as its sole legacy)


2003 [09] Legendary music producer Phil Spector is arrested for allegedly murdering actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, California home (later sentenced to 19 years-to-life in prison, meaning he’ll be 88-years-old before becoming eligible for parole)


2002 [10] New England Patriots defeat heavily favored St Louis Rams 20-17 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans to take home their 1st Super Bowl (Sunday they try for a 4th)


1947 [65] North America’s ‘Coldest Recorded Temperature’, -63 C (-81.4 F) at Snag, Yukon Territory


[Mon] “Smash” premieres (NBC)
[Mon] Chinese Lantern Festival
[Mon] Waitangi Day (New Zealand)
[Tues] Full ‘Snow’ Moon
[Tues] Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day
[Wed] Laugh & Get Rich Day
This Week Is … Patient Recognition Week
This Month Is … Celebration of Chocolate Month


✗ Guy who is way too excited for the halftime show.
✗ Degenerate gambler glued to phone/laptop, betting on every play and prop bet.
✗ Guy who won’t shut up about his office pool and how he almost won it last year.
✗ Socially awkward guy who tries too hard to fit in by overreacting to mundane things.
✗ Guy who hangs on broadcasters’ every word, hoping they’ll misspeak so he can ridicule them.
✗ Girl who hates football, but loudly cheers for her boyfriend’s team to show him she’s loyal.
✗ Guy who coaches youth football and has to break down game strategy for us ‘amateurs’.
✗ Desperate girl with no self-esteem who pretends to love football and beer so guys will like her.
✗ Guy who continually high-fives everybody, even when celebration isn’t warranted.
✗ Fat ass who just came for the snacks.
– Condensed from FunnyOrDie.com

Not everyone’s a football fan. What will you be doing INSTEAD of watching the Super Bowl?


A banker is someone who lends you his umbrella when the Sun is shining but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.


Question: Perhaps surprisingly, a recent study has found that eating THIS every day can help lower your cholesterol.
Answer: Ketchup.


Humor is the lubricating oil of life.

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