Friday, September 28, 2007 Edition: #3623
Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Edition!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
Organizers of an LAPD fundraiser have decided DUI-charged actor Kiefer Sutherland is an ‘inappropriate’ choice to honor “24“ producer Brian Grazer at a gala benefit THIS WEEKEND and have removed him from the roster (the blacklisting has begun) . . . “Two & a Half Men” actor Charlie Sheen’s fired nanny, Diana Alvarez, is backing his ex-wife Denise Richards’ court request that their 2 young daughters no longer be allowed to stay overnight at his home by claiming she noticed ‘inappropriate’ behavior during her tenure (3 words – ax to grind) . . . Bosom buddies Denise Richards & Pamela Anderson are said to be considering a $1-million offer to pose nude in “Playboy” – together (not a smart move for Richards after loudly trashing her ex’s behavior) . . . Denise Richards/Charlie Sheen top Britney Spears/Kevin Federline and Alec Baldwin/Kim Basinger in a new “In Touch Weekly” ranking of ‘Hollywood’s Nastiest Custody Battles’ . . . Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie’s latest adoptee is reportedly a dog – a pit bull of all things (just what you need in a household of 4 kids!) . . . Despite denials from his camp, rumors persist that Michael Jackson has secretly wed his kids’ long-serving nanny, 40-year-old Grace Rwaramba, in Las Vegas earlier THIS YEAR (he needs another baby carrier to hatch Prince Michael v3?) . . . The producers of George Clooney’s new movie “Burn After Reading” aren’t happy about his recent motorcycle accident – movie contracts often preclude dangerous activity by stars (meaning he could be liable if there’s any downtime) . . . Actress Jessica Biel is in talks to play ‘Wonder Woman’ in the upcoming movie “Justice League of America” (typecasting?) . . . Paris Hilton says she’s planning a ‘goodwill mission’ to Rwanda as part of her post-prison commitment to use her celebrity for good – as soon as she finishes filming her new movie, “Repo! The Genetic Opera”, this NOVEMBER (try reading a newspaper, hon’ – you’re about 13 years late on this one) . . . And a group that promotes conventions & tourism in Milwaukee WI is raising money for a sculpture of ‘The Fonz’, Henry Winkler’s cool character in the classic TV show “Happy Days” (1974-84) which was set in the city (great idea – if you wanna attract an AARP convention).
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Bif Naked (Beth Hopkins) – SATURDAY she weds “Vancouver Sun” sports writer Ian Walker in a traditional church wedding followed by an Indian-inspired reception. She was born in New Delhi, India and adopted by missionary parents who relocated to Canada.
• Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band – TONIGHT a 3rd ‘rehearsal concert’ takes place at an East Rutherford NJ arena. Fans who’ve paid $100-a-ticket for a preview of the band’s upcoming tour seem to be satisfied … the last rehearsal ran 2 hours & included 21 songs. THIS MORNING Springsteen is on the “Today Show” (NBC).
• Clay Walker – TODAY the country star (“Fall”) is set to wed model Jessica Craig in New Orleans LA, according to “Country Weekly”.
• Dierks Bentley – SUNDAY the “Every Mile a Memory” hitmaker hosts his annual “Miles & Music for Kids” charity motorcycle ride & concert in Nashville TN. Also participating: Big Kenny of Big & Rich, Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, and Shooter Jennings.
• James Blunt – TONIGHT he performs on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC).
• Jennifer Lopez/Marc Anthony – Their first joint tour kicks off SATURDAY at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City NJ. Online scalpers are looking for over $300-a-ticket.
• Maroon 5 – The 28-city North American leg of their “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long” tour kicks off SATURDAY at the Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit MI. Opening act is The Hives.
• Reba McEntire – “Reba Duets“ has become her first-ever #1 album.
• will.i.am – THIS AFTERNOON the Black Eyed Peas founder promotes his new solo album, “Songs About Girls”, on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CityTV).
WEEKEND SHOW BIZ SKED:
• Directors Guild of Canada Awards – SATURDAY these annual awards for movies & TV are handed out in Toronto. Film nominees include: “Away from Her”, “Bon Cop, Bad Cop” & “Fido”, TV nods include “Corner Gas”, “Degrassi: The Next Generation“ & “Little Mosque on the Prairie”.
• “Ghost Whisperer” (CBS/CTV) – TONIGHT movie actress Anne Archer guest stars alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt in the show’s 3rd-season premiere.
• “Giving – Live at the Apollo” – SATURDAY this roundtable discussion on youth activism at Harlem’s Apollo Theater features a panel that includes Alicia Keys, former prez Bill Clinton, Bono, Chris Rock, and Shakira. The event will be webcast live & edited for a future MTV special.
• “High School Musical” – SUNDAY the original TV musical and its sequel air back-to-back on the Disney Channel. Just in case there’s a pre-teen under a rock somewhere who missed them.
• “Las Vegas” (NBC/Global) – TONIGHT the 2-hour 5th-season premiere introduces Tom Selleck in the role of a casino owner. He’s replacing series regular James Caan. Country duo Montgomery Gentry are also featured, performing their hit “Hell Yeah”.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) – The 33rd season premiere, hosted by NBA star LeBron James, features musical guest Kanye West (Amy Winehouse was originally scheduled).
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “Feast of Love” ( R-Rated Drama ): Greg Kinnear plays a nice-guy coffee shop owner whose life is thrown into turmoil when his wife leaves him … for another woman. Selma Blair, Alexa Davalos & Morgan Freeman co-star.
• “The Game Plan” ( PG Comedy ): The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) stars as a superstar NFL quarterback whose party-hearty lifestyle is upended when a 7-year-old daughter he never knew he had shows up on his doorstep. Co-stars Kyra Sedgwick & Madison Pettis.
• “The Kingdom” ( R-Rated Thriller ): Jamie Foxx plays an FBI agent who’s dispatched with his team to find those responsible for a bomb that claimed the lives of American workers in Saudi Arabia. Chris Cooper & Jennifer Garner co-star. Shot on an elaborate set in the Arizona desert.
• “Lust, Caution” ( NC-17 War Drama ): Ang Lee (“Brokeback Mountain”) directs this WW2-era story set in Shanghai, where a female college student attempts to ensnare a major Japanese collaborator in an affair so her cohorts can kill him. Stars Tang Wei & Joan Chen. Filmed in Malaysia & China.
• “Postal” ( R-Rated Action Comedy ): A laid-off loser (Zack Ward) teams with his cult-leading uncle (Dave Foley) to plan an amusement park heist. But it turns out the recently arrived Taliban (huh?) are planning the same thing for a far more sinister purpose. As an indication of the level of humor: Verne Troyer (‘Mini Me’ in “Austin Powers”) co-stars … as himself. Shot in Vancouver.
• “Trade” ( R-Rated Drama ): This controversial thriller starring Kevin Kline concerns a young Mexican girl who’s been kidnapped and turned into a sex-slave. Her brother teams up with a cop in an attempt to hunt down the kidnappers and free his sister.
UNDER THE SEA:
Two of the world’s most respected scientists, Britain’s James Lovelock & Chris Rapley, are proposing a radical new method of tackling global warming. Their idea is to install a series of giant tubes in the world’s oceans, which would bring nutrients from the deep up to the surface, resulting in carbon dioxide being sucked from the atmosphere. (It’s the ‘Hoover Theory’.)
– “The Guardian”
THIS SOUNDS FISHY:
You’ve likely seen that fake ‘crabmeat’ made from Alaskan pollack. Now scientists have managed to breed actual trout from salmon using a new technique they hope will also allow them to create tuna from mackerel. The Japanese researchers hope to produce stocks of valuable, endangered species by injecting their cells into sterilized embryos of other species. (Next up, creating a silk purse from a sow’s ear.)
THE RUTHLESS TOMATO:
Do fruits and vegetables have actual personalities? Yes, according to research carried out by Robert Sommer at the University of California at Davis. According to his studies, lemons are seen as ‘dislikable’; onions as ‘stupid’; and mushrooms as ‘social climbers’. (But there’s none friendlier than a banana.)
– “New Scientist”
HOLEY T-SHIRTS STILL ON THE OUTS:
The age of guys wearing a tie to work is long gone. ‘Smart casual wear’, which includes shirt but no tie, trousers but not jeans, and loafers but no trainers, is now acceptable in more than half of large companies. (Don’t be surprised if suits & ties make a comeback. Lots of guys will tell you ‘smart casual’ is a lot more difficult – and expensive – to pull off than a traditional business suit.)
– “Daily Telegraph”
DID YOU KNOW?
Travelers who take long international flights get only about 4 hours sleep in business class and 3 hours-or-less in coach. (Where all the babies are screaming.)
– “Detroit Free Press”
BS CHRONOMETER 09.28.07
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1964  Janeane Garofalo, Newton NJ, TV actress (‘Janis Gold‘ on the new season of “24“, “The West Wing” 2005-06)/movie actress (“Ratatouille”, “The Wild“)
1967  Mira Sorvino, Tenafly NJ, movie actress (“Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion”, 1996 Oscar-“Mighty Aphrodite”)
1968  Naomi Watts, Shoreham UK (raised Australia), movie actress (“Eastern Promises”, “The Ring”)
1977  Young Jeezy (Jay Jenkins), Columbia SC, rapper (f/R Kelly-“Go Getta”, f/Akon-“Soul Survivor”)
1987  Hilary Duff, Houston TX, pop singer (“With Love”, “Come Clean”)/movie actress (“Material Girls”, “Cheaper by the Dozen”)
Rock n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis (“Great Balls of Fire”) is 72; Incarcerated movie actor Tom Sizemore (“Black Hawk Down”) is 46.
Oldies crooner Johnny Mathis (“Chances Are”) is 72; Country singer Marty Stuart (Grand Ole Opry) is 49; Country singer Eddie Montgomery (Montgomery Gentry) is 44; Alt-rock bassist Robby Takac (Goo Goo Dolls) is 43; Tennis player Martina Hingis is 27.
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Ask a Stupid Question Day”, created by some unknown keener who decided that ‘asking a stupid question is better than repairing a stupid mistake’.
• “James Dean Festival”, the 32nd annual through Sunday in his hometown of Fairmount IN will attract thousands of fans from around-the-world, despite the fact he only made 3 major movies (“Giant”, “East of Eden”, “Rebel Without a Cause”) and died 52 years ago in 1955.
• “Native American Day”, observed annually on the 4th FRIDAY in SEPTEMBER.
• “Okanagan Wine Festival” through October 7th, a celebration of fabulous wine and great food with over 165 events throughout BC’s Okanagan Valley.
• “Vancouver International Film Festival”, the 26th annual through October 12th. More than 150,000 are expected to attend 500-plus screenings of some 300 films.
• “Michaelmas”, the feast day of St Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of exorcists. It’s also known as “Goose Day” in some places, thanks to the old English proverb which says, “If you eat goose on Michaelmas Day, you will never want money all the year round.”
• “Pumpkin Day”, celebrating the orange member of the squash family best known for being carved into jack-o-lanterns or made into pie filling. Did you know that pumpkins are 90% water? Or that they were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites?
• “Do Something Wacky with a Grandparent Day”. Just don’t get caught.
• “Mud Pack Day”, proving there’s a day to honor just about any old thing you can think of.
• “St Jerome’s Day”, patron saint of librarians. In order to celebrate … shhhhhhh!
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1997  The ‘DVD’ format is unveiled at the 103rd convention of the Audio Engineering Society in NYC (thereby turning your VCR into a $300 doorstop)
2006  The Salma Hayek-produced TV comedy “Ugly Betty” premieres (ABC/CityTV) and becomes an immediate hit
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENT . . .
1991  Garth Brooks’ “Ropin’ the Wind” album debuts at #1 on both country & pop charts
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
1995  1st MLB pitcher to pitch with both hands (not at the same time) as Montréal Expo Greg Harris faces 4 Cincinnati batters, throwing to 2 of them right-handed and 2 left-handed
TODAY’S RECORD . . .
1919  Quickest-ever Major League Baseball game as Giants beat Phillies 6-1 in just 51 minutes
BS MONTHLY PLANNING CALENDAR . . .
[Oct 1] Homemade Cookie Day / Child Health Day / Universal Children’s Day / World Habitat Day / World Vegetarian Day
[Oct 2] Name Your Car Day / World Farm Animal Day / Custodial Workers Day / 3-CD retrospective “Dylan” is released / Bruce Springsteen releases “Magic” album / “Queer Eye” final season begins (Bravo)
[Oct 3] “Little Mosque on the Prairie” season debut (CBC)
[Oct 4] International Bluegrass Music Awards (Nashville) / Toot Your Flute Day / “30 Rock” 2nd-season premiere (NBC)
[Oct 5] 13th National Denim Day / Techies Day / Story Telling Day / World Teachers Day / “Feel the Noise”; “The Heartbreak Kid”; “The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising” open in movie theaters
[Oct 6] Come & Take It Day / Frugal Fun Day / Physician Assistant Day / Lawyers Day / World Smile Day
[Oct 7] Diversity Day / Grandparents Day
[Oct 8] Thanksgiving Day (Canada) / Columbus Day (USA)
[Oct 9] John Lennon Peace Tower lighting (Reykjavik, Iceland)
[Oct 10] Kelly Clarkson tour begins (Verona NY) / International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
[Oct 11] Emergency Nurses Day / Dessert Day
[Oct 12] International Moment Of Frustration Scream Day / Farmers Day / World Egg Day / Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day / “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”; “The Final Season”; “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?”; “We Own the Night” open in movie theaters
[Oct 13] Ramadan ends (Muslim) / VQA Wine Day / School Librarian Day / International Rock-Paper-Scissors Championships (Toronto) / BET Hip Hop Awards [Atlanta)
[Oct 14] Be Bald & Be Free Day / Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day
[Oct 15] Grouch Day / Poetry Day / Hurricane Thanksgiving Day (Virgin Islands)
[Oct 16] Dictionary Day / World Food Day / Kiefer Sutherland due in court on DUI charges
[Oct 17] Gaudy Day / London Film Festival opens
[Oct 18] Persons Day (Canada) / No Beard Day / Ozzy Osbourne-Rob Zombie tour begins (Seattle)
[Oct 19] Evaluate Your Life Day / “Search for the Next Great American Band“ debuts (FOX) / “30 Days of Night”; “The Comebacks”; “Gone Baby Gone”; “Rendition”; “Things We Lost in the Fire” open in movie theaters
[Oct 20] Sweetest Day
[Oct 21] Babbling Day / Reptile Day / Bosses Day / Western Canadian Music Awards (Moose Jaw SK)
[Oct 23] Canned Food Day / TV Talk Show Host Day / Make a Difference Day / Carrie Underwood releases “Carnival Ride” album
[Oct 24] United Nations Day / Bologna Day
[Oct 25] Punk For A Day Day / Cartoonists Against Crime Day / International Greasy Foods Day
[Oct 26] Frankenstein Friday / “Dan in Real Life”; “Saw IV”; “The Signal” open in movie theaters
[Oct 27] Cranky Co-Workers Day / 22nd Gemini Awards (Regina)
[Oct 28] Mother-In-Laws Day / Chocolate Day / Plush Animal Lovers Day
[Oct 29] Hermit Day / International Internet Day
[Oct 30] Devils Night / Mischief Night / The Eagles release “Long Road Out of Eden” album
[Oct 31] Halloween / National Magic Day / Increase Your Psychic Powers Day / UNICEF Day
[Nov 1] Vegan World Day / 14th MTV Europe Music Awards (Munich)
[Nov 4] NYC Marathon / Daylight Saving Time ends (2 am)
[Nov 7] 41st CMA Awards (Nashville TN)
[Nov 8] 8th Latin Grammy Awards (Las Vegas)
WHAT YOUR COCKTAIL SAYS ABOUT YOU:
• Martini – You probably have a few bucks to spare and don’t mind living it up when you go out. You display a sophisticated edge but only if you order it straight up, with olives, or a twist of lemon. Ordering it ‘dirty’ – with olive juice – is oh-so-passé don’t you know.
• Cosmopolitan – Once made popular by TV’s “Sex & the City”, it says you’re sophisticated and fun at the same time. You like going out for a good time, but you’re also a class act.
• Beer With a Shot of Tequila – You’re tough and independent, down-to-earth and ready for any adventure. You will be well respected if you have the attitude to pull it off.
• Margarita – Signals to others that you’re feeling sexy and you came to party. You’re a cheerful person who probably has friends in every walk of life.
• Long Island Iced Tea – You’re someone who might be a little shy about getting out there and meeting people. This is the drink for you because you’ll lose all those inhibitions, but just be careful you drink with a trusted pal who can serve as the DD.
• Flavored Vodka or Rum w/Soda – You’re able to get out and have a good time and enjoy the nightlife, but you’re also a mystery. You’re an enigma and probably have a lot of admirers.
BS TOP SWAPS:
The week’s most requested music files online …
5. 50 Cent – “I Get Money”
4. J Holiday – “Bed”
3. Kanye West – “Stronger”
2. Fergie – “Big Girls Don’t Cry”
1. Sean Kingston – “Beautiful Girls”
– Big Champagne online music measurement
BS PHONE STARTER:
What’s the all-time best catch-line from a movie? (Possibilities: “I coulda been a contender”; “I’ll be back”; “Go ahead … make my day”; “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid”; “I’ll have what she’s having”; “Life is like a box of chocolates”.)
BS RANDOM JOKE:
To do this show I have to get up really early. Sometimes I wake up grumpy, but most of the time I let him (her) sleep.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Today’s Question: By the time we turn 30, the average person has done THIS 7 times.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Changed jobs.
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Women like to spoon in bed; men just like to fork.