SHOW PREP JANUARY 13, 2009
HOLLYWOOD 411 . . .
Comic Kevin James and his wife just had a baby girl, and like a number of celeb couples who preceded them, gave her an ‘uncommon’ name. The littlest James will go by the name Shea. Daddy is apparently a huge Mets fan and named the little girl after the recently demolished Shea Stadium. Shea is much better than Zuma or Buster! (Perez Hilton)
Teen superstar Miley Cyrus touted for a new job as a red-carpet fashion commentator during the Golden Globe awards on Sunday night. The singer/actress was invited to the Los Angeles bash as a nominee for the song she and country rocker Jeffrey Steele wrote for the movie Bolt. And accompanied onto the red carpet by her father Billy Ray, Cyrus confessed her awards show obsession. The Hannah Montana star said, “I love fashion. I’ve been standing here commenting on everyone’s dresses.” (Teen Hollywood)
Jennifer Lopez and hubby Marc Anthony have found a way to bask in Barack Obama‘s glow – even though they didn’t publicly support him until after he got elected. Anthony agreed to sing and Lopez said she would “speak” at the Latino Inaugural Ball in DC on Jan. 18, two nights before the swearing-in. But some Latinos for Obama are furious that the wealthy couple didn’t support the Democratic nominee until he’d won. One power player called them “vile opportunists for worming themselves into anything Obama related even though they had nothing to do with his win.” According to the source, Anthony refused to perform for Obama during a crucial get-out-the-Latino-vote event in Orlando, Fla., two weeks before the election and Lopez refused to endorse Obama unless he called her himself, which he didn’t. The Orlando event went on without them and featured Bill Clinton and Jimmy Smits. The Latino Ball, at Union Station, is scheduled to attract a list of boldface names, including Rosario Dawson, Wilmer Valderrama and “Ugly Betty” actor Tony Plana. Some Dems are also upset that Lopez and Anthony didn’t donate. “They haven’t given him, his campaign or the inauguration a cent,” a source said – likening the couple to Sean Combs, whose reps tried to procure inauguration tickets for him for free. But a friend of Lopez and Anthony said, “Unlike Puffy, they are doing something – they are performing. And lots of people, including Rihanna and Mariah Carey, are performing and didn’t donate. A lot of celebrities are showing up as guests of magazines or political people and not paying anything or doing anything. Marc and Jennifer shouldn’t be reviled for that.” A rep for the couple didn’t return calls. (Page Six)
Now that Madonna isn’t as interested in him anymore, Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez is playing the famous-faces field. He got hit on in Parrot Cay over New Year’s by Donna Karan, and last week he took Kate Hudson out on a date. Our spy says they had a three-hour meal at the Lure Fishbar with friends and were very cozy. Later, A-Rod went with Hudson to the Rose Bar, where they met up with her friend Ron Burkle. Hudson, currently starring in “Bride Wars,” has been single since Lance Armstrong dumped her. Said her rep: “Kate was at Lure with a group of 10 people.” (Page Six)
A day after their Malibu wedding, newlyweds Fergie and Josh Duhamel arrived Sunday at Los Angeles International airport around 2 p.m. to leave for their honeymoon. A source tells Usmagazine.com they’re headed to a tropical locale. At the airport, photographers asked the singer (who flashed her wedding bands) if kids were in the works. “I’m pregnant with twins,” she cracked. Fergie and Duhamel tied the knot under magnolias filled with white roses Saturday at an ultra-private ceremony at the Church Estates Vineyards in Malibu, Calif., her manager confirmed to Us early Sunday morning. “The Black Eyed Peas were all there,” he said. “The ceremony was incredible! And they’re still partying!” (US Weekly)
How were things at the Jolie-Pitt household the morning of Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards “Same as every morning: chaotic and messy!” Brad Pitt said on the red carpet. Both he and Jolie were up for awards – Pitt for his leading dramatic role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Jolie for her leading dramatic role in Changeling. “We haven’t even talked about it yet – we haven’t,” he said when asked about their nods. The two — who went home empty-handed — were affectionate throughout the show. When Steven Spielberg was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, they stood together, whispering in each other’s ears. Jolie — in Atelier Versace — also rubbed Pitt’s back, a witness said, and he kept his arm around her as he sipped a Heineken beer. At the end of Spielberg’s movie montage, Jolie looked at Pitt and said, “That was great!” The Golden Globes weren’t the only major event for the couple: On Jan. 8, they celebrated daughter Zahara’s 4th birthday. “It was great,” Jolie told Usmagazine.com of the bash. “It was princesses, lots of pink, just easy, you know?” (US Weekly)
Before presenting Vicky Christina Barcelona with best comedy, Sacha Baron Cohen joked at Sunday’s Golden Globes about how the recession was affecting Hollywood. Victoria Beckham hasn’t eaten for days, he cracked, and Charlie Sheen has been forced to have sex without paying for it. But he drew boos when he ripped on Madonna. “Madonna has had to get rid of one of her personal assistants,” Cohen said. “Our heart goes out to you, Guy Ritchie.” He wasn’t the only celeb to give a quirky speech. Tracey Morgan cracked up the crowd while accepting the award for best comedy series for 30 Rock. “Tina Fey and I had an agreement,” he said. “If Barack Obama won, I would speak for the show from now on. Welcome to post-racial America!” Fey — who won best leading actress in a comedy series — later brushed off all of her online critics while accepting her award. “If you ever start to feel too good about yourself, they have this thing called the Internet,” she told the crowd. “You can find a lot of people who don’t like you.” She then listed screen names of some of her online haters and told them all to “suck it.” (US Weekly)
Hugh Laurie still has warm memories of ex-girlfriend Emma Thompson. The “House” actor told Playboy of his time as Thompson’s beau: “Those were blissful days, I must say. We couldn’t even imagine a life in Hollywood back then. Hollywood was as distant and impossible as El Dorado. It was all about fun. Watching Emma was like watching the sun or wind or some other elemental force. Her talent even then was inescapable.” If acting ever fails him, Laurie – who’s been married for 20 years – could write romance novels. (Page Six)
On his KIIS-FM radio show Monday, Ryan Seacrest spoke out about Angelina Jolie dissing him on the red carpet at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. Seacrest had gotten up next to the actress and beau Brad Pitt, hoping to score an interview on E!’s pre-show. “Hi, guys. Brad? Angelina?” he said, but they ignored his advance and brushed by him. Seacrest’s take on the incident? “I don’t think Angelina thinks I’m that important,” he said on his show Monday. “I don’t think I’m top of mind for Brad and Angelina. I honestly don’t believe they’d know who I was if I walked over there.” When guest Perez Hilton told Seacrest that that’s impossible, as he hosts the No. 1 show American Idol, the TV personality shot back: “Yeah…but they live in France!” Jolie and Pitt did stop for NBC’s Billy Bush, but Seacrest said, “there’s an NBC deal there. NBC hosted the Globes, and they have a deal to talk to the people who come to the Globes. “Here’s what I realized when I went down there,” Seacrest went on. “I realized quickly that it’s against the rules to walk down onto the carpet from the platform. “Then we went back down there and caught up with Tom Cruise, who I think is a terrific guy. I think he’s really cool,” he said. “By the way, have you seen his skin tone up close lately? You should!” Seacrest clashed with Jolie before: At the 2006 Golden Globes, he asked her what she fed her children that day and she icily replied ” Cereal — we made cereal.” He later called her “cold” for being so unresponsive. Turns out, Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, was on her death bed at the time. (US Weekly)
Forget the Super Bowl party, it’s time to plan a wedding. Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady are making some major post-season plans after getting engaged in Los Angeles over the weekend, PEOPLE has learned. The New England Patriots quarterback, 31, proposed with a diamond solitaire to the Brazilian supermodel, 28, on Friday. “He asked and she accepted,” a source close to the couple tells PEOPLE. Family and friends were informed over the weekend. An official announcement, as well as preliminary wedding details, are being planned by Bündchen and her closest friends this week. “The couple is discussing a huge fashionista event in the spring or a more intimate and quicker ceremony in Costa Rica, where Gisele has a home,” the source adds. First Marriage for Both While engagement rumors flew – and were denied – before Christmas, the January engagement will mark the first marriage for both. Bündchen’s agent told PEOPLE, “We don’t comment on our clients’ private lives.” Though Bündchen had ended her longtime relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio in 2005, Brady was romantically involved when the couple met. Shortly after, he broke off his relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan. In August 2007, Moynahan gave birth to Brady’s son, John Edward Thomas. (People)
As we mentioned earlier this month, 23 year-old Lily Allen was dating 45 year-old multi-millionaire at gallery owner, Jay Jopling. The two were even spotted together in the Caribbean vacationing during the holidays and acting all happy and in love. Well, the same way Lily can’t keep her career on top, it seems she can’t keep men either! Reports now claim that the two have split ways. According to the British media, the “happy couple” have split called it quits after less than a month of being together. A source close to Allen says, “It’s all over – it was basically just a holiday romance. Lily is going away for a year on tour, so it’s unlikely she will have much time for a relationship. They have had a lot of fun together, but Lily has said it’s finished.” Sucks for Lily. Especially considering that she was trying to get with Jopling for a while. Another source said, “Lily had been on a mission to get Jay for more than four months. She never normally sticks to a diet or weight-loss plan but she was so determined to get Jay she managed it. She even changed her hair just for Jay. She loves the sort of circles he moves in and she was pretty in awe of his lifestyle.” We’re sure her dad, comedian Keith Allen, is happy. Jopling was friends with him! The source adds, “Keith wasn’t happy they were dating. But Lily had the most amazing time with Jay in St Barts. He introduced her to some very cool people.” A rep for Allen has just said “She is very well and busy promoting her new record.” (Perez Hilton)
We bet the current keepers of the Britney Spears kingdom, Larry Rudolph and Daddy Spears , aren’t happy about this! Johnny Wright, a ‘former’ music manager for Brit Brit, $poke to OK! magazine about the pop tart. His interview appears in the latest issue. Here’s what he had to say: “A comeback is not what I wish for Britney. What I wish for her is to settle down and find real happiness. All her essential relationships have been torn apart. She’s been divorced twice, she doesn’t have custody of her kids, she’s being pushed back into being a money machine. I want her to be happy in her heart, then go back to the business because she wants to, not because people are convincing her she has to, or that it would be good therapy for her. It’s too soon for her to be a part of a manufactured machine that is pushing her to have to be a success. It was very telling when I found out Wade and Andre were no longer with the tour. They helped create the best tours we ever had with Britney. Wade is a really good influence and understands her. When I heard he was no longer involved, I knew there was a problem, and it is probably just the beginning of more problems to come. Britney has to rival Madonna out there, but Madonna really wants to do it. Seeing Britney do it by the numbers isn’t a good sign. It means she might not want it as much as those around her do. In the beginning, in her mind, she could stop at any time. Now she’s thinking, ‘I’ve got 170 people on payroll, my dad quit his job, my mom relies totally on me and I can’t take a break. I can’t go back to my friends in Kentwood. I can’t step back… that’s tough for an adult, never mind a kid… When a parent becomes an employee of a child, they worry about getting fired, so they stop being parents in order not to get laid off. Her career can wait. Now it should be about spending time with her kids. That’s where she’ll bring herself back to herself. But she’s gearing up for much more time away from them while on the road. Even if she’s gone for a month, the growth of those boys during that period is significant. She won’t see that and will really miss that. Those are moments she’s not going to get back.” It’s hard to tell. Does this guy really care about Brit or is he trying to do some underhanded sabotage??? Keep in mind that he was ‘let go’ by BritBrit! (Perez Hilton)
Chloe Sevigny can be bought – for a high price. The “Big Love” star was paid a cool $50,000 to host a New Year’s Eve party at the Gansevoort Hotel in South Beach, according to musictoob.com. (Guests, on the other hand, had to shell out $225 to attend.) Sevigny – who told this month’s Esquire, “I don’t know how much things cost. Like a BMW. Or a quart of milk. It’s embarrassing” – spent New Year’s Day on the beach reading The Post. (Page Six)
Madonna is being targeted by an extremist Muslim group for being an outspoken follower of Kabbalah. Queen of pop Madonna is a target for a Muslim extremist group sources have told the People newspaper. “Madonna is well known for her Kabbalah faith and support for Israel, having visited the country several times,” an insider claims. “This seems to upset extreme Muslims who forget she respects people of all faiths whether Islamic, Christian or Buddhist. Like anyone else she would like to see a peaceful end to the problems in Gaza, but she is beside herself with worry, not just for her own safety, but for that of the children.” Palestinian leader Abdel-Al has said that he would like to “cut the head off Madonna” for her supposed anti-Islamic stance. (Handbag)
Modest rapper Kanye West has said he’d like to have fewer fans. Kanye West wants fewer fans so that he could be free to pose naked. “I want the freedom of having less fans,” he told Vibe magazine. “It’s like the freedom of having less money. If you have less money, you have less responsibility. It’s like Björk. If she wanted to pose naked, you’d be like, ‘Oh, that’s Björk.’ But if I wanted to pose naked, people would draw all type of things into it. I definitely feel like, in the next however many years, if I work out for two months, that I’ll pose naked.” He went on to explain where he sees himself in the grand scheme of things. “I want to break every rule and mentality of hip-hop, of black culture, of American culture. I believe I am the greatest entertainer of this generation,” he told the magazine. (Handbag)
Don Randall, the marketing dynamo who gave Fender’s Stratocaster guitar its name and led the brand to onstage ubiquity, has died. He was 91. Randall died of age-related causes Dec. 23 at his home in Santa Ana, his son, Tim, told the Los Angeles Times. Randall’s marketing savvy elevated electric guitar designer Leo Fender’s instruments, played by such musicians as Ritchie Valens, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, into a hugely successful franchise during the brand’s first two decades. Tom Wheeler, a former editor of Guitar Player magazine, said Randall changed the way the public viewed guitars and playing music, adding: “It’s highly unlikely that Fender could have achieved anywhere near as worldwide success without Don Randall.” Randall was born Oct. 30, 1917, in Kendrick, Idaho, and moved with his family to California when he was 10. He was managing an electric parts wholesaler in Santa Ana when he learned about the lap steel guitars and small amplifiers Fender was building in his small radio shop in nearby Fullerton. The two teamed up to form what is now the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Fender Musical Instruments Corp. He named Fender’s first commercially available guitar the Broadcaster in 1950, then renamed it the Telecaster following a trademark dispute with another company. In 1954, he tapped into his background as an aviation enthusiast and pilot to dub Fender’s newest guitar the Stratocaster. Randall negotiated the 1965 sale of Fender’s firm to CBS for $13 million. In 1970, he founded Randall Instruments in Irvine, which he sold in 1987. Fender died in 1991. (Daily Record)
French actor, director and producer Claude Berri, an institution in French cinema for more than half a century, died Monday at age 74. President Nicolas Sarkozy hailed him as “legendary.” Agent Dominique Segall said Berri died of a “cerebral-vascular” problem – language often used for a stroke. Berri produced Roman Polanski’s “Tess” in 1979 and directed movies including “Jean de Florette” in 1986 and “Manon des Sources” (“Manon of the Spring”), both adapted from Marcel Pagnol’s vision of the French countryside. Berri’s short film “Le Poulet” won an Oscar in 1965. He was in the midst of directing “Tresor” (“Treasure”) – his 20th directing project – when he died, Segall said. “It will continue despite his departure,” the agent added. Berri was involved in every aspect of cinema over more than a half-century as actor, writer, director and producer. But his reach into international mainstream cinema was limited and worldwide Berri was not the grand figure that he was in France. Sarkozy paid tribute to Berri as “the most legendary figure of French cinema” and “the great ambassador” of French film in the world. Berri earlier acted in films by Claude Chabrol. (Daily Record)
THE OTHER STUFF . . .
The robot romance “WALL-E” won the Golden Globe for best animated film Sunday, while Sally Hawkins earned the best-actress prize in a musical or comedy as an eternal optimist in “Happy-Go-Lucky.” Hawkins, a relatively unknown British actress and newcomer to Hollywood’s awards scenes, was visibly nervous accepting her prize. “I’ll try and get through as much as my voice and nerves and knees will let me,” said Hawkins, thanking family, cast mates and collaborators on the film, including director Mike Leigh. “WALL-E” director Andrew Stanton thanked producer Pixar Animation and distributor Walt Disney, saying the unusual love story between two robots who communicate in beeps and squeaks “couldn’t have been made anywhere else.” Kate Winslet won the supporting-actress Golden Globe for “The Reader,” in which she plays a former Nazi concentration camp guard in a romantic fling with a teenager. Winslet also was up for best dramatic actress at the Globes with the domestic drama “Revolutionary Road.” The Globe wins could boost recipients’ prospects for the same prizes at the Academy Awards, whose nominations come out Jan. 22. Winslet has been nominated five times at the Oscars but has yet to win. “You have to forgive me because I have a habit of not winning things,” Winslet said as she opened what she acknowledged was a long acceptance speech. “Sorry this is going on a bit, but I’m going to make the most of it,” she said amid thanking everyone from her children to the film’s makeup artists. Bruce Springsteen received the best song prize for the title track to “The Wrestler.” “This is the only time I’m going to be in competition with Clint Eastwood,” said Springsteen, referring to the filmmaker who had a song nomination for writing the title tune to his “Gran Torino.” “It felt pretty good, too.” A year ago, Hollywood labor strife shut down the Globes, but organizers promised their show would be back, bigger and better than ever. The 66th annual Globes, the town’s second-biggest movie celebration after the Academy Awards, returned to their somewhat boozy glory. A looser, more relaxed affair than the Oscars, the Globes are a televised dinner party where Hollywood’s elite share a meal and drinks, sometimes cutting loose with unexpected antics (this is the place Jack Nicholson once mooned the crowd for a laugh). The tables were decorated with white lilies and roses; oversized bottles of champagne awaited guests. The show could be punctuated with a solemn moment, though. Nearly a year after his death, Heath Ledger might be honored as best supporting actor for his frenzied performance as the Joker in the Batman blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” Other acting nominees include Angelina Jolie for “Changeling” and romantic partner Brad Pitt for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; “Titanic” co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Winslet for their reunion film, “Revolutionary Road”; Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr. for “Tropic Thunder”; and Anne Hathaway for “Rachel Getting Married.” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Doubt” and “Frost/Nixon” lead the field with five nominations each. Last year’s Globe show was scrapped after stars said they would stay away in honor of picket lines by the Writers Guild of America, which was engaged in a bitter strike against producers. In its place was a briskly paced news conference where winners were announced from a podium. One of 2008’s scheduled honorees finally will get his prize. Globe organizers had intended to present Steven Spielberg with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, but the strike delayed it a year. The Globes serve as a barometer for potential Oscar contenders, often singling out deserving newcomers who might have been overlooked among bigger-name stars. Relative unknown Hilary Swank won for dramatic actress at the Globes for 1999’s “Boys Don’t Cry,” then went on to an upset win at the Oscars over Annette Bening, who had been considered the front-runner for “American Beauty.” This year’s Oscar ceremony comes on Feb. 22. The Globes are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of about 90 reporters covering show business for overseas outlets. (Daily Record)
List of winners of the Golden Globe Awards. Complete list of winners at the Golden Globes held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association: (Daily Record)
- Picture, Drama: “Slumdog Millionaire.”
- Picture, Musical or Comedy: “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”
- Actor, Drama: Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler.”
- Actress, Drama: Kate Winslet, “Revolutionary Road.”
- Director: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire.”
- Actor, Musical or Comedy: Colin Farrell, “In Bruges.”
- Actress, Musical or Comedy: Sally Hawkins, “Happy-Go-Lucky.”
- Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight.”
- Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, “The Reader.”
- Foreign Language Film: “Waltz With Bashir.”
- Animated Film: “WALL-E.”
- Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire.”
- Original Score: A.R. Rahman, “Slumdog Millionaire.”
- Original Song: “The Wrestler” (performed and written by Bruce Springsteen), “The Wrestler.”
- Series, Drama: “Mad Men.”
- Actor, Drama: Gabriel Byrne, “In Treatment.”
- Actress, Drama: Anna Paquin, “True Blood.”
- Series, Musical or Comedy: “30 Rock.”
- Actor, Musical or Comedy: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock.”
- Actress, Musical or Comedy: Tina Fey, “30 Rock.”
- Miniseries or Movie: “John Adams.”
- Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney, “John Adams.”
- Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Paul Giammatti, “John Adams.”
- Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Dern, “Recount.”
- Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Tom Wilkinson, “John Adams.”
Cecil B. DeMille Award: Steven Spielberg.
Nearly one year after his death, the late Heath Ledger is one trophy closer to an Oscar nomination – and possible win – for his anarchic take on the Joker in the Batman blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” Ledger, who died last January of an accidental drug overdose, was honored posthumously Sunday as best supporting actor at the 66th annual Golden Globe Awards. “It’s always beautiful to think of him and remember him,” co-star Aaron Eckhart said on the red carpet before the show. The crowd rose to its feet as Ledger was named, the first standing ovation of the night inside the glitzy Beverly Hilton ballroom. “Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan, who accepted the trophy on behalf of Ledger, said the award came with an “awful mixture of sadness but incredible pride” and said that Ledger’s untimely death represented “a hole ripped in the history of cinema.” “He will be eternally missed, but he will never be forgotten,” Nolan said. Ledger has long been considered a likely supporting actor Oscar nominee, but his Golden Globes victory increases the likelihood of an Oscar win for Ledger, who’s also been lauded for his “Dark Knight” role from several film critics associations, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Boston Society of Film Critics. He also won Critics’ Choice and People’s Choice awards for the role, and is nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award. Balloting for the Oscars closed Monday. “I’m really happy to see that ‘The Dark Knight’ is making a last-minute run at recognition,” director and Cecil B. Demille Award winner Steven Spielberg said backstage. “I was really happy to see Heath win tonight. I’m looking forward to some more momentum. I think that balances everything out.” It’s unusual for a popcorn-friendly flick like “Dark Knight” – and a villainous role such as Batman’s arch nemesis – to be the source of such speculated Oscar acclaim. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters tend to honor highbrow films that don’t rake in $1 billion in worldwide theatrical grosses. In 2006, Ledger was nominated for a best actor in a drama Oscar for his performance as lovesick cowboy Ennis in “Brokeback Mountain” but lost to Philip Seymour Hoffman for his role in “Capote.” It would be a somber moment if Ledger is nominated for a supporting actor Oscar: The nominations are scheduled to be announced Jan. 22, the one-year anniversary of Ledger’s death. (Daily Record)
Heath Ledger’s father is thrilled with the late star’s Golden Globe win. Despite rumors Kim Ledger would accept the prize on his tragic son’s behalf, personal reasons meant Ledger Sr. watched the event from his home in Perth, Australia. But he passed on his joy to People.com soon after The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan collected the Best Supporting Actor award. (Teen Hollywood)
Dirty Dancing star Patrick Swayze has contracted pneumonia as he continues his battle with pancreatic cancer. Patrick Swayze has been struck down with pneumonia as he battles pancreatic cancer it has been announced. The Dirty Dancing star was due to attend a meeting of the Television Critic’s Association in Los Angeles to publicize his new show, detective drama The Beast, but was unable to make it. “Patrick has asked that I tell you that this morning he checked himself into the hospital for observation,” Robert DeBitetto, a spokesman for TV channel A&E told the meeting. “Chemotherapy can take its toll on the immune system and illnesses are a part of that. Patrick wishes me to tell you that he’s very sorry he cannot attend but plans to get back to promoting The Beast soon.” Swayze’s spokeswoman, Annett Wolf, confirmed that the actor was in hospital. (Handbag)
When we think of Renee Zellweger on the red carpet, visions of sleek blonde hair and retro strapless gowns come to mind. So, we were a little surprised by the Oscar winner’s appearance at the Golden Globes in a look that seemed to pull from a Victorian inspiration. Gone was the recent short hair, replaced by an updo of corkscrew curls. In place of the usual shoulder-baring gown was a see-through blouse over a nude corset and fishtail skirt — all still by Carolina Herrera, of course. We always applaud stars for trying new looks — isn’t that the fun part of fashion? (People)
What’s the best thing that happened? The worst? The most “OMG, I can’t believe what happened” moment? Read on. Best Showstopper/Buzz Kill: Ever wonder what it’d be like to be the child of a famous person like J.Lo? Wonder no more, TV audience. The singer-actress-perfume let the chatty celebrities know who’s boss when she shushed them with a stern “Hello, hello—mama talkin’.” Are you impressed—or scared? Kate Winslet Is the Reader! No, really. She totally read a super long list of people and near-people (agents, eh) she wanted to thank, and, well, as much as we like to be read to, we prefer historical romance. Sting—WTF? The singer seemed to have been replaced by an 18th-century buccaneer. Mind you, we aren’t complaining… The Curious Place Setting of Benjamin Button: The camera caught Brad Pitt asking a tablemate, “What’s that for?” We’re pretty sure he was curious at the award being given, and not one of those tiny forks at the table. Best Performance by a Non-nominated Actor: Ricky Gervais, who came out to shush the crowd—”How rude are you lot?”— and then proceeded to turn in an impromptu comedy routine that was at least as good—and as long!—as Tom Cruise‘s in Tropic Thunder. Most Newsworthy: No, David Duchovny didn’t win an award for pretending to be a writer who has sex a lot (Calific-tion!), but he did mention his “wife” in his speech, which led every celeb reporter and editor watching to start preparing a story on the state of his marriage. Best Reactions: Tina Fey. Tom Hanks. Tom Cruise. Some stars earn their awards/paychecks/creepy celebrity followers by remembering that fans are watching them at these shows sitting, eating, giving speeches. And they remember to look like they’re enjoying it. Good job, folks. Can you get some of your bored-looking colleagues to follow suit? Least Best Role Model: Sure, Tom Wilkinson is an awesome actor and got a much-deserved award, but Paul Giamatti blew our buzz when he revealed, “[The guy] got me smokin’ again.” Encouraging the competition to smoke is no way to get better parts, Wilkinson. Best Writing: “Mind-reading barmaid in love with a vampire,” “veteran, experienced stripper,” “marijuana-dealing suburban mom.” We don’t know who composes the descriptions of all the nominated roles, but that writer should get a deal. That’s some crazy stuff. Least Helpful Insider Tip: We don’t want to suggest we have any insider knowledge, but we are pretty confident Slumdog Millionaire has some Oscar buzz. Bruges, Brother: Colin Farrell won for this small comic caper film, and gave a long, deeply entertaining speech that touched on more emotions than most films. Biggest Upset: Did you know the awards were in HD? (OK, we were surprised by this.) Best Speech: Newcomer Sally Hawkins gave a humble, winning speech that lacked the kind of breathless “Who me?” bunk that some winners try to pull off. Forgetting, of course, that this is an awards show and they are one of five possible winners, so why be surprised? Worst Absence: Heath Ledger. Best Animation: Those delightful Jonas Brothers handed out the award to Wall-E, and we were totally convinced they were real. It’s amazing what computers can do these days. Best Ad: Tracy Morgan is just one of the reasons to watch 30 Rock, but letting him give a speech full of his special brand of loony onstage was inspired: “I’m the face of post racial America: Deal with it, Cate Blanchett!” Whatever that meant, it was funny. Most Promising: Onstage with Frieda Pinto from Slumdog Millionaire, Bollywood film star Shahrukh Khan said he would do “a pelvic Indian dance, but they would shoo [him] off the stage.” Um, actually, we think half the audience would be tossing dollar bills onstage, but still it was probably best to let the moment pass. Hottest Presenter: We’re going with Johnny Depp, because he seemed like he just woke up from some sexy dream, and because Glenn Close looked like an excited schoolgirl when he came onstage. Trust us, it ain’t easy to get Close to squeal. This Speech Has Been Rated R: Mickey Rourke‘s speech was filled with plenty of heart and tough, salty talk, and it was punctuated by Rourke’s Wrestler director giving him the finger. Thankfully, it was followed up by the producer of big winner Slumdog Millionaire, who blurted out a bleepable word when he found his stage time was being wrapped up. (Eonline)
One of our favorite red carpet trends of the evening? Stars who swapped basic black for the more interesting aubergine—or as Hayden Panettiere described her Gianfranco Ferré gown, “deep purple.” The grape-ish hue was also a winner on Miss Golden Globe, Rumer Willis, and True Blood‘s Best Actress darling Anna Paquin, dressed in Hervé Leroux. (Eonline)
President-elect Barack Obama and his family are close to picking a First Dog. He told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week that his family “seem to have narrowed it down to a Labradoodle or a Portugese water hound. “So we’re now going to start looking at shelters to see when one of those dogs might come up,” he said. “This has been tougher than finding a commerce secretary.” He also said his daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, are also adjusting well to their new school, Sidwell Friends. “They seemed to thrive,” he said. “I’m trying to figure out why it is that they don’t seem to be fazed by anything. They just don’t seem to be intimidated. “People think — you know, folks think I’m cool,” he said. “They are a lot cooler than I am. They just don’t seem to be intimidated.” Obama will be sworn in as president on Jan. 20. (US Weekly)
Prince Harry has at least one big backer in the UK –- no less than the Prime Minister himself. Gordon Brown says Harry’s still a “role model” despite getting caught using the terms “Paki,” “rag head,” and “queer” on video, referring to fellow soldiers in the British army. The family of the cadet who had to endure the “Paki” comment, however, calls him a “coward.” PM Brown says Harry’s apology was “genuine” and “cannot be doubted.” (TMZ)
Jeremy Piven is in the deep stuff with his ex-producers after bailing on his Broadway show, but he’s still sticking to that mercury-poisoning tale. He tells Fox News he found he had a heart rate of 47 and his mercury levels from eating too much fish over the years was “off the charts.” Piven says he’s smoothed things over with his ex-co-stars, who were not at all shy about sharing their displeasure with JP publicly. Meanwhile, it was unclear whether Piven ate the entrée at Sunday night’s Golden Globes –- sea bass. (TMZ)
Its official – the Blue Parrot, the beloved Tex-Mex joint in East Hampton, will reopen in May after being dark for two years. Ronald Perelman, Jon Bon Jovi and art dealer Larry Gagosian, who all own houses in the area, bought the lease last week from Lee Bieler, the Porsche-driving surfer/actor who owned the restaurant for 25 years before moving to Hawaii. “It’ll have the same old honky-tonk vibe,” said a source who loved the boite’s potent margaritas and karaoke nights. “They won’t modernize or go trendy.” Perelman, who owns Revlon and Panavision, is also an investor in Graydon Carter‘s Monkey Bar. (Page Six)
A lawyer for the husband of Amy Winehouse says he is seeking a divorce on the grounds of the soul diva’s infidelity. Attorney Henri Brandman says he has been instructed by Blake Fielder-Civil “to commence divorce proceedings on the grounds of Amy’s adultery.” Winehouse and Fielder-Civil married in Miami in May 2007, but he was arrested six months later and jailed over an assault. He was released into a drug rehab center in November but sent back to prison weeks later for breaching his bail conditions. Winehouse shot to stardom with the multi-Grammy-winning album “Back to Black” in 2006. But her music has been overshadowed by reports of drug use, run-ins with the law and her tempestuous marriage. Winehouse’s spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment. (Daily Record)
Dr. Jan Adams–the man who performed plastic surgery on Kanye West’s mother Donda, shortly before she died–has been jailed for a year for drunken driving. Adams pleaded guilty to the charge last year, after he drove his car the wrong way on Interstate 680. His blood (Launch)
MUSIC . . .
This could be the last year for Clive Davis‘ legendary pre-Grammy party. Last week, he announced he’d throw the $1 million-plus gala next month, not with its usual sponsor – Davis’ company, Sony Music Group – but with the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), which hands out the Grammys. An insider said, “Sony told Clive it wasn’t going to pay for the party this year. It was a bad year for them, and [Sony chief] Howard Stringer feels the party doesn’t help sell any albums and only serves to promote Clive’s ego . . . Clive then tried to get his own sponsors but couldn’t, so NARAS stepped in. But forget about next year. It’s over,” said our source. Last year, Alicia Keys, Fergie, the Foo Fighters and Leona Lewis performed. This year, Whitney Houston, a Davis discovery in the ’80s, will sing. Her comeback album drops in March. Reps for Davis and Sony didn’t return calls. (Page Six)
Bruce Springsteen won the Golden Globe last night (Jan. 11) for best song for the title track from “The Wrestler,” while A.R. Rahman won best original score for “Slumdog Millionaire.” It’s Springsteen’s second Golden Globe; he won in 1994 for “Streets of Philadelphia” from “Philadelphia.” That year, the same song also won the best song Oscar. “The Wrestler” was released as a digital single last month and will appear as a bonus track on Springsteen’s new album, “Working on a Dream,” due Jan. 27 from Columbia. It was Rahman’s first Golden Globe nomination and win. Long considered one of the masters of Bollywood music, he has won nine Filmfare Awards and four Silver Lotus Awards, India’s two most prestigious film ceremonies. Western audiences may be most familiar with his work in 2007’s “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” and 2001’s “Lagaan: Once Upon a Time In India.” Winners of the Golden Globes are determined by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and are often considered a precursor of contenders for the Academy Awards. Nominations for the Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 22; the Oscars will be held Feb. 22. (Billboard)
A variety of Motown alumni returned to Hitsville USA today (Jan. 12) — in Studio A, which the Four Tops’ Abdul “Duke” Fakir referred to as “hallowed ground” — to officially kick off a year-long celebration of the famed label’s 50th anniversary. Fakir was joined by other Detroit-based Motown artists, including Bobby Rogers of the Miracles, Rosalind Ashford of Martha & the Vandellas and Rare Earth’s Gil Bridges, Funk Brothers Uriel Jones, Ivy Joe Hunter and Dennis Coffey, producer/arrangers Paul Riser and Johnny Allen, Motown manners coach Maxine Powell and songwriter Melvin Moore. Many will spend the week as celebrity docents at the Motown Historical Museum, housed in the company’s original Hitsville Headquarters in midtown Detroit, as part of an In Their Own Words series. “Fifty years is a wonderful anniversary,” Fakir told Billboard.com. “You’ve got to give credit to the songs, but of course you’ve got to give credit to (Motown found) Berry Gordy for the vision. He had the whole vision, and he made it come true. It’s just great to be part of that legacy and still be alive to talk about it.” Today marked 50 years since Gordy borrowed $800 from his family to start his own label. Gordy did not attend Monday’s event but sent a message that was ready by Robin Terry, his grand-niece and CEO of the Motown museum. Gordy said he was “honored” by the celebration and noted that, “Motown music was for everybody, and it grew out of love. It has spread around the world and has become part of the culture and consciousness in all seven continents, and it all started right here.” Federal, state, county and local government officials appeared at the ceremony, each delivering a proclamation declaring Monday as Motown Day in their respective jurisdictions. The State of Michigan proclamation also “encouraged all citizens to…grab your favorite record and sing along.” Many of the artists expressed deep emotions, some with tears in their eyes, as they looked at the images and instruments around them. Funk Brothers drummer Jones noted that “I just hate to think what my life would’ve been like without Motown,” while Rare Earth’s Bridges said that “being with Motown is a very spiritual thing for me…I still am in awe of being part of this family.” Hunter, meanwhile, brought things to a close by declaring, “God bless the dream. God bless the dreamer. God bless the result.” A variety of projects will mark Motown’s 50th anniversary celebration. Gordy and former executive Suzanne DePasse are working on a feature-film documentary that will likely debut in September, as well as a series of long-form DVDs and archival album releases to follow the December release of the “Motown: The Complete No. 1’s” box set. A Broadway musical is set for 2010. A special Marvin Gaye exhibit is expected to open later this year at a facility outside Detroit, and the Motown museum is partnering with the Smithsonian Institution for a traveling exhibit that’s slated to hit the road in 2010. The museum will also be displaying Annie Lebovitz’s photos for Vanity Fair’s Motown story in the months ahead. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum in Cleveland has also joined the party with Motown: The Sound of Young American Turns 50, an exhibit that opened Jan. 1 and will run for the entire year. Hallmark Gold Crown stores are selling a line of Recordable Cards for Valentine’s Day featuring Motown music, as well as a 10-song CD compilation “Heart & Soul — Celebrating 50 Years of Motown.” (Billboard)
U2 will play its new single, “Get on Your Boots,” at the BRIT Awards ceremony on Feb. 17 at London’s Earls Court. The band’s new album, “No Line on the Horizon,” arrives March 2 internationally and a day later in North America. The band has previously won seven Brit awards, five of them for best international group. The BRIT Awards will live on ITV1 and are sponsored by MasterCard. The other confirmed performer is Pet Shop Boys, recipient of the outstanding contribution to music award. BRIT Awards nominations will be unveiled Jan. 20. (Billboard)
Flight Of The Conchords’ eponymous HBO show returns to the airwaves on Jan. 18, and this time around, fans will be able to purchase music from each episode the day after it airs, Billboard can reveal. Shortly after the conclusion of the 10-episode season, an as-yet-untitled album featuring 10 tracks from the show plus five additional songs will be available on April 14. The first song, “Angels,” goes live Jan. 19 on iTunes. Fans can also pre-order the album through SubPop.com and receive one track per week. The New Zealand duo, whose bumbling adventures in life and the music business are at the heart of the show, has emerged as one of the biggest success stories in comedy over the past two years. Its 2007 Sub Pop debut, the EP “The Distant Future,” won a Grammy for best comedy album. And its self-titled full-length, released in April 2008, has sold 237,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and is up for a Grammy in the same category. Because the songs used in the show are often only a minute long, the versions on the upcoming album will be quite different. “More than one of them leans on a ’70s soul sound,” Sub Pop head of A&R Tony Kiewel tells Billboard.com. “I’ve also heard this choir-y sort of thing, a Meat Loaf-y sort of thing and a crazy top 40-type jam.” Mickey Petralia, who produced the debut, is back on board, while Kiewel says Sia provides backing vocals on at least one song. A Flight Of The Conchords North American tour is being targeted for April or May. (Billboard)
Country legend Loretta Lynn is preparing two projects this year to follow up her 2004 crossover hit, “Van Lear Rose.” Lynn, 74, is working on an album of new material that she says could be ready by late spring. The album will be in her traditional country style but will deal with modern issues. “(A friend) told me: ‘Loretta, don’t quit writing, because if you do, no one in Nashville is writing songs,'” Lynn tells Billboard. “I write about what’s happening today and how I feel.” The second project, an album of re-recorded versions of her No. 1 hits from the past four decades, is being produced by John Carter Cash and could hit stores this summer. Lynn says the idea for that album came out of her live performances, at which she finds crowds clamoring for old favorites, particularly “Dear Uncle Sam.” Lynn released that anti-Vietnam War song in 1966, and it became her first self-penned track to make the top 10. But, she says, it has gained new resonance with anti-war crowds today. “I want to make sure that they get all the old No. 1 hits over the years,” she says. “They holler for them.” Lynn’s children and grandchildren usually join her on stage for live performances these days, and have also been in the studio to help with the album. Cash, the only child of Johnny Cash and June Carter and a country music singer and songwriter himself, is easy to work with because Lynn and his father were close, she says. The Grammy-winning “Van Lear Rose” was produced by the White Stripes’ Jack White, who also contributed vocals and guitars. The two stay in touch, but Lynn says she doesn’t get to see him very often. But she says she plans to call him soon “see what the devil he’s up to.” (Launch)
Norwegian would if they could. Beatles fans hoping that a loophole would allow them to finally legally listen to the Fab Four’s tunes for free online are going to have to say hello goodbye to a series of Norway radio podcasts. The blogosphere has been abuzz in recent days after Norwegian public radio network NRK planned 200-plus episodes, each showcasing one of the band’s classic songs in its entirely and the history behind it. (Sure, the commentary was in Norwegian, but beggers can’t be choosers.) Although the Beatles’ music company Apple has yet to seal a deal to release the band’s catalog for download, NRK believed it could get away with the podcasts thanks to an agreement with the International Federation of the Photographic Industry trade group. The deal allowed podcasts to be made out of radio shows broadcast the previous four weeks. But because the podcasts were taken from Our Daily Beatles, a program NRK aired in 2007, the network was contractually obliged to remove them. Norway’s version of NPR hoped to present a podcast for all 212 episodes of Our Daily Beatles by the end of the month, but managed to give away only 14. There’s still no word on when Apple will finally put the Beatles’ music online. In a terse statement, the company would only say the NRK podcasts “are not authorized.” While iTunes and Amazon.com are still without downloadable Moptop tunes, Beatlemaniacs can take some solace in the band licensing their music for a Rock Band-like strum-along video game expected to hit stores around Christmas ’09. (Launch)
The New York Philharmonic says it will perform for the first time in Hanoi and Abu Dhabi next season and is getting Alec Baldwin to host its national radio broadcasts. The Philharmonic has performed in 59 countries – including in North Korea – but never in Vietnam or in the Middle Eastern country. Alan Gilbert, in his debut season as music director of the nation’s oldest orchestra, will led the musicians in the tour in October. The 2009-2010 season officially starts Sept. 16 with a gala concert featuring soprano Renee Fleming and the world premiere of a work by Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg. The announcement of Baldwin’s selection comes a day after he won a Golden Globe for best comedy actor for NBC’s “30 Rock.” (Daily Record)
MOVIE . . .
Vanessa Hudgens has reportedly auditioned for a part in the Twilight sequel New Moon. The High School Musical star is hoping to land the role of Leah Clearwater in the much anticipated second film in the vampire franchise, according to MTV. The first big screen adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s cult series of books was one of 2008’s biggest box office hits. And Twilight star Ashley Greene, who plays Alice Cullen, believes Hudgens would be a perfect addition to the cast: “I think she’d be great.” Greene also told MTV that the script to New Moon, which will be directed by Chris Weitz, will be rewritten before filming starts. (Teen Hollywood)
Steven Spielberg, who accepted the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s Cecil B. DeMille Award on Sunday, recalled the massive train wreck in DeMille’s 1952 circus epic “The Greatest Show on Earth” during his speech at the Golden Globes. Spielberg had a year to compose his remarks because he originally was chosen to receive the lifetime achievement honor last year. But when the 2008 festivities were postponed because of the WGA strike, the HFPA moved its Spielberg toast to this year. But he appeared to be summoning a primal recollection — “one of my first and most vivid childhood memories” — as he recalled how, when he was just 6, his father took him to see the DeMille movie. “My fate was probably sealed that day in 1952,” he recalled. At first, though, that meant that young Spielberg became obsessed with staging wrecks with his Lionel model trains. When his father told him to knock it off, he used a Kodak 8mm camera to film one smash-up. “It actually brought the same feeling of gratification watching that little home movie again and again instead of actually wrecking the same thing,” he said. In presenting the award to Spielberg, fellow director Martin Scorsese paid tribute to the “images that are genuinely transcendent” that Spielberg would go on to create during his career. Spielberg used the occasion to discuss the importance of mentors in the film business. “None of the movies that I’ve made throughout my whole life would have been possible … without somebody first believing in me, and I really believe that being a mentor to talented newcomers is a very time-honored tradition,” Spielberg said. He expressed special thanks to former Universal Studios head Sidney Sheinberg. “He said, ‘I will be there for you in success, but I will also always be there for you during the tough times,’ ” Spielberg said. The filmmaker went on to describe his own efforts to support up-and-coming filmmakers as “an opportunity (that) was given to me to be an enabler” of other directors, actors, writers and other film craftsmen. Although he has enjoyed enormous success as a popular entertainer, Spielberg urged his audience not to abandon their individual visions to chase mass audiences. “I think, in a way, there’s a feeling floating around during these hard economic times that the impulse and the future might be to make more movies for broader audiences,” he said. “And I just want to say we can’t ever forget that we are also an audience of individuals, and without the kinds of movies nominated tonight, we would be in danger of losing that very thing that none of us can live without.” That Spielberg’s own career remains a work in progress was underlined when he ventured backstage and was peppered with questions about future projects. He didn’t rule out a fifth Indiana Jones movie, saying, “George (Lucas) and I have had a couple of conversations — ‘What if we made another Indy film?’ — but we’re not in a position to say we’re going to do it. … Someday, there might be another Indiana Jones, but I can’t say. I said that 15 years ago, and it took me 15 years.” Spielberg’s film about Abraham Lincoln is looking like a more immediate possibility. It is “coming together really quickly,” the director said without committing to a start date. (Hollywood Reporter)
French actor Samy Naceri, who starred in the World War II film “Days of Glory,” was jailed Sunday after being charged with stabbing his ex-girlfriend’s companion in a confrontation on a Paris street, judicial officials said. Naceri, 47, was charged with armed voluntary violence. He was also charged with making repeated death threats, the actor’s lawyer Francoise Cotta said. The preliminary charges, which could be dropped if an investigation fails to turn up clear evidence, followed a confrontation Thursday near Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue. Naceri and his ex-girlfriend were arguing, and her boyfriend was called to the scene, the judicial official said. The man was stabbed, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening. The official was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and asked not to be named. Naceri, who suffers from a liver illness, was recently freed from prison for medical reasons. He has had frequent run-ins with the law. He was most recently convicted in November and given a six-month prison term for striking a police officer with his car as he drove without a license. He is appealing that case. A member of the cast of “Days of Glory” who shared Best Actor honors at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006, Naceri was unable to show up for the honor. He was being questioned by police in another case. The movie is about North African soldiers from France’s colonial army. (Hollywood Reporter)
TV . . .
MTV will be broadcasting from President-elect Barack Obama’s “Youth Inaugural Ball” on Jan. 20, the cable network announced Sunday. Obama is scheduled to speak at the event, one of 10 official inaugural balls. The Presidential Inaugural Committee has said the ball for people ages 18-35 will celebrate “the role young Americans can play to serve their communities.” Tickets cost $75, half the price of most inaugural ball tickets. MTV said the program will also include performances by “top recording artists,” although the inaugural committee has yet to announce them. The broadcast will also include “footage from service activities around the country on Martin Luther King Day, in addition to showing young people imparting change real-time through major service projects taking place in the United States and in Kenya,” MTV said. ServiceNation, a campaign to get more Americans involved in public service, is teaming with MTV to produce the broadcast, called “Be The Change: Live From The Inaugural.” MTV, owned by Viacom Inc., had planned to host an inaugural ball at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington on Jan. 20. That event has been canceled. (Daily Record)
The glitz and glamour returned to the Golden Globes, but not all the audience. An estimated 14.6 million people watched Sunday night’s ceremony from Hollywood. That’s certainly better than the star-free Globes from last year, held during the writer’s strike. Only 6 million watched in 2007. But Nielsen Media Research said it was the smallest audience since the awards moved to network television in 1994. Two years ago, 20 million people watched the Globes on NBC. “Slumdog Millionaire,” a movie set in India with no stars, was a big winner this year. So were actresses Kate Winslet and Tina Fey. (Daily Record)
Two programs derailed by last year’s writers strike returned Sunday to considerably smaller ratings than when they were last seen in 2007, yet both the Golden Globes and Fox’s “24” managed to draw competitive audiences. The 66th annual Globes averaged 14.6 million viewers across its three hours on NBC, earning a 4.8 rating among adults 18-49 and an 11 share. That’s down 26% in the adult demographic compared with two years ago (last year’s short Globes press conference is not considered comparable) and marks the lowest-rated Globes since NBC took over the telecast in 1996. A red carpet special served as lead-in (7.7 million, 1.8/5).The Globes were upstaged in the 9 p.m. hour by a drama series that was shut out from this year’s nominations — ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” (13.8 million, 5.2/12), which ranked as the top-rated entertainment program of the night. On Fox, “24” (12.5 million viewers, 4.2/9) returned to face the similarly strike-exiled Globes head on. The action-drama came in second place at 8 p.m., but slipped into third when the “Housewives” stepped in. The “24” rating is up 5% from November’s prequel “Redemption” movie, but down a sharp 31% from the program’s 2007 series premiere. This is the lowest-rated “24” debut in the adult demo, though not among total viewers. Reviews of the Globes: “A safe, notably apolitical show that delivered a three-hour feel-good respite to a depressed nation,” writes THR. Best/worst moments from EW. “Was actually good this year,” writes Newsday. Golden Globes live blog. Complete list of winners. Reviews of “24:” “God may have rested on the seventh day, but Jack Bauer will receive no such luxury,” writes THR. “Now that his show seems back on track, [Bauer is] rolling at top form,” writes USA Today. “The first four hours of ’24’ are self-conscious and self-referential about the issue of torture,” writes Time. Despite all the fireworks among these heavy hitters, CBS actually won the night because of some high-rated NFL overrun early in the evening. CBS also had “60 Minutes” (15.6 million, 4.0/9), “Cold Case” (12.4 million, 3.0/7) and “The Unit” (10.4 million, 2.7/7). NBC was second with the Globes. ABC placed third and had “Extreme Makeover” (10.3 million, 3.4/8) and “Brothers & Sisters” (9.1 million, 3.4/8) included in its lineup. Fox was close behind in fourth with “24” and repeats. (Hollywood Reporter)
CBS Corp. and Verizon said Monday that they have extended and expanded a program carriage agreement. It includes retransmission consent for CBS’ TV stations, the CBS network, as well as local and national VOD content for Verizon’s FiOS TV video service and Verizon Wireless’ V Cast mobile video service. The new arrangement follows a more limited three-year deal unveiled in 2006. The companies would say only that the new deal is a multiyear agreement and adds new components, such as the inclusion of full TV episodes for VCast. Not included was CBS Corp.’s Showtime, which has a separate carriage arrangement with Verizon. Financial terms weren’t disclosed, but sources said CBS Corp. is getting more money in the new deal, including cash for its retrans portion. Both parties in such deals generally stay tight-lipped on financial details, citing confidentiality clauses. The previous deal was believed to pay CBS about 50 cents per subscriber. FiOS TV’s fast subscriber growth should be a boon for CBS under the new pact, observers said. The Verizon arrangement comes a week after CBS Corp. unveiled a broad carriage deal with Time Warner Cable, which some analysts saw as a major step in the company’s efforts to get paid for retrans. CBS Corp. president and CEO Leslie Moonves has said he expects to get $200 million-plus in retrans profits in the next few years. But others on Wall Street have criticized that these carriage deals are so broad and complex that it is impossible for them to break out which part of the puzzle brings in how much money. “We are extremely pleased to have reached this broad long-term agreement that recognizes the value of our programming,” Moonves said about the Verizon deal Monday, adding that the V Cast component of the deal “enhances our profile on a key emerging platform.” Under the new agreement, Verizon secured mobile rights for full episodes of several top-rated CBS entertainment and news programs, including “60 Minutes.” The telecom giant also got expanded national VOD rights for such hit shows as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “NCIS,” “Survivor,” and “Numbers,” as well as VOD rights for local news. All those VOD rights cover the standard and high definition TV formats. (Hollywood Reporter)
TODAY’S IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION . . . (Mike Butts Creative)
Q. 55% of men cannot do THIS?
A. Tie a tie
TODAY’S QUOTE (By Roger L’Estrange)
“IT IS NOT THE PLACE, NOR THE CONDITION, BUT THE MIND ALONE THAT CAN MAKE ANYONE HAPPY OR MISERABLE.”
MIND BOGGLERS . . .
Q. In 2008, what singer-songwriter’s Home Before Dark became the first No. 1 album in his four decade career?
A. Neil Diamond
Q. What is widely thought to be the first play written by William Shakespeare?
A. Henry VI, Part I
Q. What import automaker produces an SUV called the Touareg?
Q. The basenji dog breed is different than most because it does not:
Q. “The horror, the horror!” is the last line of what celebrated war film?
A. Apocalypse Now
Q. In the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure, what causes the cruise ship to capsize?
A. a tsunami
TRAVEL TIPS . . . (Peter Greenberg Worldwide)
VACCINES FOR ADULTS WHEN TRAVELING ABROAD:
If you’re planning to travel, here’s what you should know about vaccine recommendations. All decisions regarding vaccinations should be made in cooperation with a healthcare provider, but here are some general guidelines you should know. Ideally, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor or travel medicine clinic 4-6 weeks before your departure. Your body needs time to build immunity after you receive a vaccine, and some need to be given in a series over a period of time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention separate vaccinations into three categories: routine, recommended and required. The only vaccine that is required by the CDC is for Yellow Fever if you’re traveling to parts of Africa and South America. If you’re traveling to South Asia, you may need a typhoid vaccination, and if you’re planning to spend a lot of time outdoors, consider getting a rabies vaccine.
(Peter Greenberg is North America’s preeminent expert on Travel. An Emmy Award-Winning writer and producer, Peter is the Travel Editor for NBC’S “TODAY SHOW,” MSNBC and CNBC. A Best-Selling author of the “Travel Detective” series and host of the nationally syndicated “Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show.” Visit WWW.PETERGREENBERGWORLDWIDE.COM to learn more about Peter Greenberg and his adventures.)
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BIRTHDAYS . . .
—1834 Author Horatio Alger (d. 7-18-1899)
—1919 Actor Robert Stack (Unsolved Mysteries) (d. 5-14-2003)
—1926 Actress/Dancer Gwen Verdon (Cocoon) (d. 10-18-2000)
—1930 Actress Frances Sternhagen (Sibling Rivalry)
¾1930 Singer Bobby Lester (The Moonglows) (“Sincerely”) (d. 10-15-80)
—1931 Actor Charles Nelson Reilly (Match Game P.M.) (d. 5-27-2007)
—1933 Artist/Sculptor Frank Gallo
—1934 Comedian Rip Taylor
—1943 Actor Richard Moll (The Flintstones)
—1947 Guitarist John Lees (Barclay James Harvest)
—1949 TV Executive Brandon Tartikoff (d. 1997)
—1950 Baseball’s Bob Forsch
¾1954 Musician Trevor Rabin (Yes) (“Owner Of A Lonely Heart”)
—1955 Musician Fred White (Earth, Wind, & Fire) (“September”)
—1955 Musician Paul Kelly (Paul Kelly & The Messengers)
—1955 Writer Jay McInerney (Bright Lights, Big City)
—1959 Musician James Lomenzo (White Lion)
—1960 Actor Kevin Anderson (Sleeping With the Enemy)
—1961 Actress Julia Louis Dreyfuss (“Elaine” Seinfeld)
¾1962 Country Singer Trace Adkins (“You’re Gonna Miss This”)
—1964 Actress Penelope Ann Miller (Adventures in Babysitting)
—1966 Actor Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy)
—1970 Actor Keith Coogan (Adventures in Babysitting)
¾1972 Actress Nicole Eggert (Baywatch)
¾1977 Actor Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean)
THIS DAY IN HISTORY . . .
—1854 Anthony Faas of Philadelphia patented the accordion.
—1885 Alfred Fuller was born in Nova Scotia. He invented the twisted-wire brush and began selling them door to door to country people, thus launching the Fuller Brush company — and a million “farmer’s daughter & traveling salesman” jokes.
—1910 Radio pioneer and electron tube inventor Lee Deforest arranged the world’s first radio broadcast to the public — in New York City. He succeeded in broadcasting the voice of Enrico Caruso along with other stars of the Metropolitan Opera.
—1935 Amelia Earhart took off from Honolulu on the final leg of her flight to become the first woman to fly the Pacific solo. (She was already the first woman to solo across the Atlantic, in 1932.) She landed in Oakland, California 18 and a half hours later.
—1957 Elvis Presley records “All Shook Up.”
—1962 Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” is the number 1 single in the U.S.
—1964 The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” hits record stores.
—1968 Berry “Pops” Gordy, Sr. and his wife Bertha celebrate their 50th anniversary by renewing their vows at Detroit’s Bethel AME Church with many Motown family members present.
—1969 Elvis Presley returns to Memphis for the first recording sessions there since he left Sun Records in 1955.
—1971 Apollo 14 took off for the moon.
—1973 Eric Clapton performs a comeback concert at the Rainbow Theatre in London, which is recorded as the live Lp “Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert.”
—1976 Gregg Allman is subpoenaed by a grand jury investigating drug charges. This proves to be the catalyst to be the breakup of the Allman Bros. Band.
—1977 “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon is the top single in the U.S.
—1979 Donny Hathaway falls 15 floors to his death from New York’s Essex House.
—1982 An Air Florida jet crashed on take-off into Washington’s Fourteenth Street Bridge, killing 78.
—1986 John McCollum’s father sues Ozzy Osbourne and CBS, claiming that John killed himself over Ozzy’s “Suicide Solution.” McCollum loses eventually.
¾1999 Premiere of The Sopranos, the HBO show was a mob drama. Featuring James Gandolfini as “Tony.” Last episode aired June 10, 2007.
¾2003 World renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti (67) and longtime girlfriend Nicoletta Mantovani (34) welcomed their daughter Alice into the world. Luciano has 3 adult daughters from a previous marriage.
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ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1794, Congress agreed to add more stars to the U.S. flag. They immediately began a star search.
In 1854, Anthony Foss received a patent for his invention: the accordion. So he’s the one to blame!
On this date in 1920, a New York Times editorial claimed that “rockets can never fly.” I guess there’s the difference between being right at the time and right forever.
In 1972, the New York State Supreme Court ruled that a woman may become a professional umpire. And why not? For years they’ve never believed a man was safe when he was out.
The YMCA filed a suit against the Village People in 1979 — Oh, they didn’t have a problem with their song; they just wanted them to stay out of their showers!
Ooooh, its Tuesday the 13th!
Orlando Bloom turns 32 today. See, I keep telling everyone, he’s much younger… and besides, he’s an inch shorter than I am. I don’t understand why you keep confusing us.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus turns 48 today. I’m sure if she were here with us right now, she’d be saying, “Shut up!”
THIS WEEK IS
Manwatcher’s Week — the second week in January. We’re going to take nominations for Watchable Men and all our nominated guys have to agree to stand out near a highly visible roadside location between 7:30 and 8:30 am the Thursday of Manwatcher’s Week. We’re going to let listeners vote by car phone or by phone when the arrive at work. The guy who gets the most votes wins $200. The woman who nominated him gets $100. Runner-up guy gets $50. We’ve suggested to the men they can wear whatever they want or as little as they want to get votes.
Top 5 Ways To Guarantee You Won’t Be Manwatched:
1. Trim your nose hairs with a crab fork.
2. Consume four cans of chili before church and put the pew in pew.
3. Don’t leave the house until you’ve applied the entire quart of Aqua Velva.
4. Take in a WNBA game.
5. Tell Anna Nicole Smith you’re broke… whoops, wait a minute.
Men To Avoid At All Costs:
1. Men who wear gold chains
2. Men who smoke thin, brown French cigarettes
3. Men with sideburns that exceed 4-inches.
4. Balding men who comb long strands of their remaining hair across the top of their head.
5. Men who speak of their ex-wife’s sexual shortcomings in colorful detail.
6. Men who order for you in restaurants.
7. Professional clowns.
8. Men with visible nose hair.
9. Men who live with their mothers.
10. Men with tattoos.
Universal Letter Writing Week — Most of the time we get really positive responses from our listener e-mail, but in the event that we receive a tacky one, we always like to ask the listeners to help us reply. After reading the ugly e-mail on-air, we ask listeners to call and give us one sentence they would like to include in the reply. We write them down in the order they are received and pretty soon we have a pretty stupid, but funny letter. Try it.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
· Patrick Swayze has pneumonia and has checked himself into a hospital for observation.
· Actor Steven Gilborn, who appeared in scores of movies and television shows, most notably as Ellen DeGeneres’s father on her mid-1990’s sitcom, lost his battle with cancer on January. He was 72.
· An author has been given permission to write a third “Winnie the Pooh” book, the first sequel since the 1920s.
· Jennifer Love Hewitt has won a restraining order against a 62-year-old man she says has been stalking her.
· Name one of the industries that was great last year? Comic books. Sales were up 5%. The best seller of all: Marvel Comics “Secret Invasion #1.”
· Polaroid cameras aren’t coming back, but the company is coming out with the “Pogo”: a digital camera with built-in color printer.
· Jimmy Page’s manager has said once and for all that Led Zeppelin will never reunite again.
· Black Eyed Peas star Fergie and actor Josh Duhamel are officially husband and wife after tying the knot in Malibu, California on Saturday.
· Amy Winehouse’s incarcerated husband has launched divorce proceedings after seeing photos of her frolicking with another man in the Caribbean.
· Billy Mays, that screaming infomercial guy, is getting his own show on the Discovery Channel, called “But Wait, There’s More!”
· For the record, men are losing jobs in this recession faster than women. Current unemployment rate: 7.2% for men, 5.9% for women.
· Last Friday, in the town of Normal, Illinois, a couple exchanged wedding vows at a Taco Bell. They wanted to keep the ceremony simple and stress-free.
· Not everyone is down-sizing. New government statistics show that 34% of Americans are obese, compared to 32.7% who are just overweight.
· Jon Hager, who performed in the musical comedy duo The Hager Twins on “Hee-Haw,” has died. He was 67.
· Cheryl Holdridge, one of the Mouseketeers from the 1950s “The Mickey Mouse Club”, has died. She was 64.
· Taylor Swift will appear on an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” as a teenage girl whose family manages a seedy Las Vegas motel.
· Jennifer Lopez was not the first choice to open the Golden Globe Awards. Rumor has it that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were originally scheduled, but bowed out fearing it could cost them a chance to present at the Oscars.
· American troops in Iraq will be allowed to drink beer without fear of court-martial for this year’s Super Bowl – an exception to a strict military ban on drinking alcohol in combat zones.
· Charlotte Church finally gave birth to her second child, a boy, at her home in Wales on Sunday.
· The Obama’s haven’t made their final decision yet on the first dog, but they have whittled down the list of possible breeds to just two: Labradoodle or a Portuguese water hound.
· Yes, that was Alex Rodriguez out on a date last week with someone other than Madonna. In fact, it was Kate Hudson.
· Those who get the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday off next Monday are heading into a 3-day weekend.
So boys and girls, what is the most irritating invention? When that question was asked of 2,500 adult Britons, the karaoke machine was the biggest offender. Here’s the top 5 most irritating inventions:
1. Karaoke machines (22%)
2. 24-hour sports channels (17%)
3. Computer game consoles (12%)
4. Cell phones (11%)
5. Alarm clocks (7%)
If you put that soft drink down now, you might be able to save your waistline. The typical American drinks almost 50 additional calories from sweetened beverages than they did 20 years ago, for an average of 300 calories daily, says new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. What does this mean? If you eat the exact same diet as you did in 1988 — except for the extra 50 calories from the soda — you’ll gain five pounds a year. If you cut 300 liquid calories from your daily diet, you’ll lose 2.5 pounds a month.
When a woman asks if her pants make her look fat and you both know she’s gained 5 pounds, what goes through his head? Women’s Health contributing editor, Larry Smith’s answer is: Dread. Hope. Fear. Dread because it’s a lose-lose question, no answer is going to make you happy. Hope because when we tell you, “You’re beautiful and I love you,” we hope you know we mean it, and really hope you won’t keep asking. And fear because it’s not that 5 pounds is a big deal, we’ve had ups and downs ourselves and feel lucky that your love isn’t calibrated to the scale.
Men’s Health compared a survey from 1990 to one taken today about what’s important for a successful marriage. Here’s what they found:
· Fidelity, 95% in 1990 compared to 93% in 2007
· A happy sexual relationship, 67% in 1990 compared to 70% in 2007
· Shared household chores, 47% in 1990 compared to 62% in 2007
· Adequate income, 46% in 1990 compared to 53% in 2007
· A comfortable home, 42% in 1990 compared to 51% in 2007
· Shared religious beliefs, 45% in 1990 compared to 49% in 2007
· Shared tastes and interest, 44% in 1990 compared to 46% in 2007
· Children, 65% in 1990 compared to 41% in 2007
Getting married boosts mental health, especially if you are depressed. According to a recent study conducted by Ohio State University, taking a walk down the aisle perks up anybody who’s feeling blue. On the other hand, happy people might be better off remaining single than entering into a marriage cursed by conflict or distance.
Technology is supposed to increase productivity but a recent survey shows that it’s having the opposite effect, as people are working more and accomplishing less. In 1994, researchers say American employees averaged completing three-quarters of their daily workload and these days they finish only two-thirds. Experts blame e-mail, instant messaging, cell phones, voice mail and web surfing.
Who would you turn to during a time of crisis? A growing number of adults can’t say. One quarter of people have no one to confide in, more than double the number 20 years ago, American Sociological Review finds.
· How long is it OK to keep the Christmas lights up?
· What’s missing on TV? We’re watching it less and less? Why?
· Where’s the most unusual place you’ve ever heard of having a wedding?
· Which is the least appealing awards show?
· Do you ever the instructions on anything? Certain things?
· Funniest thing you did to someone when they were passed out?
· Best cure for a hangover?
· Anyone addicted to a Cable TV News channel? Which one?
· Ever meet someone on TV?
· If you got a new car today, what would the first song you’d want to hear on your new stereo?
· The best thing about being a kid was?
· If the ATM machine gave me $20 too much I would…?
· Anyone seen an extreme case of PDA (public display of affection)?
· Anyone ever bowl a perfect game? A hole in one?
· What do you have that you could sell on E-Bay for a lot, but haven’t?
· Which video game is your weak spot? How much time do you play each week?
Are you obsessed with texting on your cell phone? Does your kid rack up your cell phone bill every month? My cohost sends text messages all during the show and it drives me crazy. We heard about one teen that puts her to shame. A 13-year-old girl in California racked up an astonishing 14,528 text messages in one month. The online AT&T statement ran 440 pages. It works out to 484 text messages a day, or one every two minutes of every waking hour.
Do you think the state lottery can make you rich? My brother-on-law thinks that buying lottery tickets is for “people who aren’t good at math.” I still like to buy them. In fact, more than half of all states with lotteries have reported rising sales over the past six months, and some researchers say financial insecurity might be driving people to risk more of their money than usual on $1 and $5 instant scratch-offs and other daily games in hopes of a big payoff. Is buying a lottery ticket a good investment or are you just plain dumb?
On the same topic of the rotten economy, there’s also another batch of businesses that are thriving: astrologers, psychics and clairvoyants. Since the credit crunch began to bite, astrologers across the world have reported a surge in customers. Have you ever paid a psychic? Do you believe they have the power to foresee or contact the dead?
It’s not hard to tell when a guy is “happy to see you.” The twinkle in his eye, his swagger, that sexy smile — all are clear signs he’s in the mood. And, at least subconsciously, a woman can also tell by the scent of his sweat, according to new research. Really? Guys, does that mean you should run right out and get Axe body spray? Ladies, does a man scent draw you closer? What scent attracts you the most?
A friend of mine was telling me how her brother and sister-in-law came to visit with their 18-month old triplets. When they informed her she couldn’t touch the babies unless she applied some hand sanitizer, she said, “Then I don’t want to hold your babies.” Apparently they were making everyone do that because the kids were born premature, but as she pointed out, “that was 18 months ago.” I guess they didn’t have a problem with the kids crawling around on the floor and picking up dog toys. Tell us about the new parent you know who’s over protective.
What’s the best part time job that you’ve ever had? According to Careerbuilder.com, here are some great ones:
1. Pharmacy Technician – Average Salary: $12.32/hour (higher pay for weekend shifts and certified technicians) Job Description: Techs work in hospitals, health care facilities and retail pharmacies helping pharmacists prepare prescriptions for patients.
2. Tax Preparer – Average Salary: $32.21/hour Job Description: Tax preparers help people and businesses file their annual income taxes. They know what expenses can be deducted and what forms need to be filled according to the law.
3. Dental Assistant – Average Salary: $14.53/hour Job Description: Dental assistants help dentists with procedures by preparing equipment, taking X-rays and tending to patients.
4. Personal & Home Care Aide – Average Salary: $8.45/hour (higher pay for more experienced aides) Job Description: Personal and home-care aides work at the homes or assisted-living residences of elderly, ill or disabled patients. They help patients perform daily tasks and ensure their surroundings accommodate their needs.
5. Receptionist – Average Salary: $11.01/hour (Medical offices pay higher than the average rate.) Job Description: Receptionists greet and assist guests when they visit a business. Their duties depend on the type of business, but generally they perform administrative tasks. In medical offices they handle patient records.
6. Clerical Library Assistant – Average Salary: $10.40/hour Job Description: Library assistants check out and reshelve books; they notify customers of overdue items; and ensure the library’s materials, such as books, movies and music, are in good condition.
My cohost was taking a shower this morning and he was listening to the radio as he was getting ready. He began to ponder about the other places that he listens to the radio so he decided that we should head to the phones and ask listeners… (As boring as this sounds it was actually quite interesting, as we had listeners call in from the cemetery, another who was in an embalming room, someone else on the toilet, another in the trunk of a car on his way to work… yeah, go figure, and numerous others.) Where’s the weirdest place you’re listening to us right now?
Is there anyone listening over 25 years old who doesn’t have a credit or debit card or a checking account?
Is there anyone listening who has been a part of a couple bridal shower or had just a man’s bridal shower?
Speaking of weddings, apparently the new fad is for the bride to not only spend a stupid amount of money on a bridal gown, but then spend big bucks on a different dress for the reception. We took calls from people who’ve been at weddings like that and found out what they thought about it.
Tell us about your childhood fears. my cohost’s grandmother used to constantly warn her about staying away from vans and it took her the longest time to be able to walk by one. (Apparently mini-vans are okay, just not the full size ones.) We heard from a woman who’s still afraid to go into her basement alone at night and another who’s nervous about one of the bridges at the zoo because of the trolls that live underneath it. The best call was from a woman whose brother was terrorized when their mom snuck back into the house when they thought she had left and hid under her bed. She made noises until they came to investigate and then she yanked the boy under it. That mom ain’t right.
A recent national data show school bus-related accidents send 17,000 U.S. children to emergency rooms each year, more than double the number in previous estimates that only included crashes. Here are some more stats:
· 23.5 million children travel on school buses nationwide each year
· Some 17,000 children up to age 19 have been hurt each year
· 42% are because of crashes
· 25% of accidents occur when children are boarding or leaving school buses
Why do unhappy people stay together? My co-host has a friend who would divorce her husband in a heartbeat except that she fears trying to make ends meet without the dual income. We got plenty of calls from people who were in the same boat and agreed and then others who argued that even without violence or whatever, it’s still not worth it to stay in a loveless marriage.
Recent reports in the US have shown that certain areas of the internet (social sites in particular) are susceptible to Phishing, with “success rates” sometimes as high as 70% in certain quarters! The criminals tend to hit high profile sites, which are guaranteed to have many many users (sometimes in the millions) with the like of eBay, PayPal and the major financial institutions regular targets. When I get a phishing email, I fill out the forms with some “choice” words. It’s fun to feel like you’re getting some revenge. Anyone else mess with Phishers?
Clueless husbands and childbirth? One woman who described her husband as a girly-man said he didn’t want to go to the emergency room not looking his best and asked if he had time to take a shower first.
I had an ad for a personal assistant on my car, last week. Do us regular Joes use this type of service very often? I can understand nannies, but who uses a personal assistant for daily life? We got a lot of calls from people who spend the extra cash on people to run their errands.
I developed a toothache last week and as required by “man-law” I whined about it for a couple of days because I figured it would go away on its own. That prompted the ladies to call in and complain about how stupid guys are for avoiding doctors. (I did eventually call the dentist and he put me on antibiotics, but I think it was just a coincidence that the pain stopped shortly after that.) Our best call was a woman whose husband has actually asked her to go to his appointment, describe what’s wrong with him to the doctor and just pick up the medicine on the way home.
Anybody Seen the Fat Ninja?
Police in West Palm Beach, Florida are looking for a ninja — an overweight one at that. They say a heavyset man, dressed in a ninja costume with a visible pot belly, has unsuccessfully tried to steal two different ATM machines over the last two weeks. Security video from the two machines showed the man dressed in a black ninja outfit with a hood that showed only his eyes. Police would not say exactly how our donut-loving ninja tried to steal the machines but let’s just say his ninja skills leave a good bit to be desired. (myway.com)
Flirting For Geeks
Thanks to a new course being offered to budding IT engineers at Potsdam University near Berlin, even the geekiest computer nerds can learn to flirt with finesse! The 440 students enrolled in the master’s degree course will learn how to write flirtatious text messages and emails, impress people at parties and cope with rejection. A disc jockey, Phillip von Senftleben, who is also an author, will be teaching the course and said he’ll be teaching how to “get someone else’s heart beating fast while yours stays calm.” The course is part of the social skills section of the IT curriculum and is designed to ease entry into the world of work. Students also learn body language, public-speaking, stress management and presentation skills. A university spokesperson justified this nonsense by saying, “We want to prepare our students with the social skills needed to succeed both in their private life and their work life.” (Reuters)
Phoner: Let’s Do It Now! Flirting 101 on the air! Come on you players. How do you successfully flirt with girls? Or lady players — what do you do to catch that guy’s attention. We want to talk to some pros!
U.S. Army Now Using Video Games To Recruit!
While the U.S. Army is struggling to ensure it has enough manpower for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, they’ve taken to the world of video games to woo new recruits. Gone are the days of the metal tables and uniformed soldiers in a drab military building– the Army has now invested $12 million in a facility that looks like a cross between a hotel lobby and a video arcade. Dubbed the U.S. Army Experience Center, it’s located at the Franklin Mills shopping mall in northeast Philadelphia and has 60 personal computers loaded with military video games, 19 Xbox 360 video game controllers and a series of interactive screens describing military bases and career options in great detail. Potential recruits can hang out on couches and listen to rock music in the center that is the first of its kind and is part of a two-year experiment. So far, it has signed up 33 full-time soldiers and five reservists — roughly matching the performance of the five traditional recruiting centers it replaced. (Reuters)
New World Record — Getting to the South Pole!
Three Canadian folks have set a new world record for the fastest trip walking across Antarctica to the South Pole. Ray Zahab, Kevin Valley and Richard Weber reached their destination after walking 800 miles unaided on skis, snowshoes and on foot. Took the boys 33 days, 23 hours and 30 minutes. That’s bad news for American adventurer Todd Carmichael who made the same journey in 39 days and 7 hours and also set a new world record just a month ago. Despite covering their body and faces, the men still got sunburns from light reflected off the snow. Their daily diet included Gatorade and other high-fat foods totaling 7,000 calories. (AHN News)
I Got A Groom — Now I Just Need Some Guests!
A bride from Ukraine, who is getting married in London, is advertising on a web site for “decent” guests to fill her side of the church. As most of her family and friends won’t be able to make the wedding, she’s looking for 30 people to sit with her. She also wants bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers. Her web ad reads: “My partner has loads of family around to invite to the wedding. Unfortunately for me, my family is all in Ukraine so they all can’t make it. Only my mom and dad will be there.” Those who want to volunteer have to send a photograph and write about themselves, but in return they get invited to the reception. (Ananova)
Best Job in the World!
The heads of Australia tourism are offering up what they say is the best job in the world — they need a caretaker for a paradise island. The job pays $70,000 for the six-month gig but given the minimal work required, it works out to about $1,000 an hour! The new position on Hamilton Island, on the Great Barrier Reef, requires no academic qualifications, but applicants must be able to swim and have an “adventurous attitude”. Included is a free three-bedroom house and free flights. So what exactly do you have to do? Well those doing the hiring say they want the person to promote the island to a “global market” and the only requirement is that he or she keeps a blog of what’s going on– a job that should take less than three hours a week. The rest of the time they can go diving, help marine biologists or come up with ideas for new activities for visitors. Tourism Queensland spokesman Jonathan Sloan said, “This is the best job in the world, there’s no question about it.” The job is being advertised in 18 countries and the successful candidate will be announced in May. (Ananova)
Help! I’ve Been Buried Alive!
In Central Brazil, 73-year-old Freud de Melo operates an interesting theme park that features stone models of Noah’s Ark and other sculptures, but also features a tour of his own unusual crypt. De Melo suffers from taphephobia– the fear of being buried alive — so his giant crypt, which he designed, features a TV and fruit pantry, has access to fresh air, and features two built-in plastic cones that act as megaphones to the outside so that if he is buried too soon, he will be able to get help. He demonstrates this for tourists by going inside the crypt and then yelling, “Help me! Come quick! I’ve been buried alive!” Taphephobia was more common in centuries past when doctors more notoriously pronounced patients dead, who were in fact still alive. One of the more famous taphephobia suffers was President George Washington. (Wall Street Journal)
THIS OR THAT
Two choices: you gotta pick one and tell us why!
· Superbowl Party with no food or Superbowl Party with Black & White TV
· 50 extra pounds or Homeless
· No coat on a cold day or Too many clothes on a hot day
· Mexican food or Thai Food
· Having taxes done or Doing them yourself
· Polka music or Classical music
· Baking a cake from scratch or Mowing your neighbor’s lawn
· Church picnic or Lodge meeting
· 10-mile hike or 20-mile bike ride
· Upset stomach or Headache
WHERE IS MY CO-HOST?
We had a promoter dumped a wad of concert tickets on us. So, I sent my co-host out in the station van (starting at 5:30am) and sent her to numerous places in our area. We never said exactly where she was, just gave clues. We gave a clue the morning before and had people waiting at the right location at 4:30am. Apparently, they’ll do anything for tickets.
Birthdays come but once a year, so we make it special weekdays at 6:50am by announcing birthday wishes. Listeners are asked to submit their special day to our “Birthday Club” for a chance to win tickets, CD’s, etc. It’s simple to enter. We set up a form on our web site where listeners can send the birthday boy/girl’s first and last name, age, place of work or school, and who the birthday wish is from.
TOP FIVE GOOFS IN PRESIDENT BUSH’S FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE
1. Say he was here to put the “oaf” in “Oafal Office”
2. Reminding everyone that there “Is no P in President Bush, if you ignore the president word”
3. Calling the President-Elect Barrack O’Conner
4. Talking about Middle East residents as “Gaza Strippers”
5. Referring to Vice-President Shane Dicky
HUNTER’S HUMOR by Tim Hunter
“Slumdog Millionaire” won four Golden Globe Awards Sunday night. At the risk of being redundant, the movie about a big winner was a big winner.
Michelle Obama’s mom is going to live in the White House, at least in the beginning of the new first family’s time there. An economic crisis, turmoil in the Middle East AND your mother-in-law moving in with you? How much can one man take?
President Bush held what is expected to be his final press conference yesterday. Too early to pop the cork yet, but you might as well put it on ice!
For those of you who don’t know what a Ponzi scheme is, go back to “Happy Days”… and think of a get-rich scheme created by Fonzie… but executed by Potsie.
FILL IN THE BLANK
· A new government survey shows that one out of every 200 kids are ___________. (vegetarians)
· A new study shows that for every 1% drop in government spending, ___________’s go up to 30% the following year. (traffic tickets)
· A 13-year-old in California had 14,528 _________’s last month! (text messages… yes, in one month!)
GARGLE & WIN
Ten callers must gargle a song. If they guess what it is, they win! Once again, so simple, but lots of fun because the listening audience has the chance to play, even if they’re not on your line. Kinda like the people in the office can all play along type thing. Gag prizes like a case of Scope, cough drops, an electric toothbrush go along great with the usual t-shirt giveaway.
WE START YOU FINISH
It’s a contest where you cue up a song to any lyrics you want. You then play a line and then cut if off. The listener has to sing the next line. It’s great when your caller has no idea what the lyrics are, but they try valiantly not to sound goofy. Ten times out of ten they sound goofy.
PETS ARE BETTER COMPANY
A recent survey of dog and cat owners by insurance group Direct Line reveals that pets are better company than our mates:
· Nine out of 10 animal lovers say that after a bad day, their pets make them feel like a million bucks.
· 86% of respondents say Fluffy or Rover helps relieve their stress and tension.
· 45% of women would rather be with their four-legged friends than hubbies or boyfriends.
· 30% of guys like their fuzzy pals better than their wives or girlfriends. Docs say our animal friends may even help us to live longer by lowering blood pressure.
THE CITY’S UGLIEST DOG
Ask listeners if anyone has ever told them, “You have an ugly dog!” Then have them send in pictures of their “ugly” dog for posting on the web site. Narrow them down to 10 or so dogs and let your listeners vote for the Ugliest Dog in your city. Our grand prize winner receive a doggie makeover from a local pet groomer and a $100 gift certificate at a local pet shop.
HAIR’S THE THING
(National Examiner) It’s easy to color your world when you know what hues go best with your hair. You can use your wardrobe to bring out the color in your face or your locks, or help downplay them, say experts. For instance, like the sunshine, yellow brightens anything it touches. Here are some other hints:
· Redheads — Wear colors that compliment red tones, such as deep beige, green and peach. If your tresses are more auburn, bright rust will de-emphasize the hue of your hair. You should not wear pink unless it is muted in some way. Russet or maroon is better. Orange is also good for auburn hair. Blue-violet is very flattering.
· Brunettes — Yellow is very flattering. Pale brunettes should not wear light blue because it gives you an orange-yellow tint. Dark reds are a good choice.
· Blondes — Purple clothes will augment your complexion, while bright yellow ones will tone down your hair. Wearing clashing orange can make your hair look dull and faded. Blue-green shades are the most flattering.
BEST EXCUSE FOR CALLING IN SICK
Ask listeners to e-mail you with their “Best excuse for calling in sick for work.” Read the entries on the air and have either the morning show (or listeners) vote on the best ones and give them cash.
BATTLE OF THE SEXES
· Which is not an Abba song? Dancing Queen, S.O.S., or Roman Nights ***.
· Lollipop, Sunny Daze, and Sweetberry are all characters in what animated TV show? Strawberry Shortcake ***, My Little Pony, or Rainbow Brite.
· If you’re buying a sweater, which one is more expensive? Acrylic, cashmere ***, or wool.
· Who wrote the book “Little Women”? Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen or Louisa May Alcott ***.
· A soccer ball is made up of how many leather panels? 24, 32 ###, or 12.
· Who did the Pittsburgh Steelers recently beat to get into this year’s AFC championship game? The Chargers ***, the Cowboys, or the Saints.
· Which car was just awarded Car of the Year by a panel of 50 automotive journalists at this year’s (2009) Detroit auto show? Hyundai Genesis ***, Ford Fiesta, or Honda Accord.
· Approximately how many yards wide is a football field? 20 yards, 70 yards, or 53 yards ***.
GORSEFEATHERS by Patrick Gorse
The commanding U.S. General in Iraq, Raymond T. Odierno, has signed a special 24-hour waiver allowing beer in a combat zone so American G.I.’s can celebrate the Super Bowl. Odierno said that if NFL players like Plaxico Burress can shoot themselves in drinking zones, his soldiers ought to be able to drink in a shooting zone.
Amy Winehouse’s former boyfriend says that Amy smokes crack cocaine for breakfast. This gives a whole new meaning to the term, “the crack of dawn.”
Six Somali pirates have drowned with their share of a $3 million ransom that was parachuted to the Saudi Arabian oil tanker they’d hijacked. The deaths weren’t accidental. The Somali pirates jumped into the open seas after discovering the $3 million was paid in Zimbabwean currency.
Republicans are going to try to block the confirmation of Barack Obama’s Attorney General designate Eric Holder because he aided Chiquita Banana in a lawsuit charging them with hiring a terrorist group to protect their banana fields in Colombia. I believe the terrorist group was called Al-Quita, and their leader was an iconic recluse named Obanana bin Rotten.
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich held a news conference on Friday in which he featured a teenage boy whom Blagojevich claims is alive only because his health plan secured him a liver transplant. Gov. Blagojevich maintains there is no taint attached to the boy, because he sold the boy’s taint for a liver.
Economic expert Harry S. Dent, who last year published an optimistic book about the stock market titled, “The Next Great Bubble Boom,” has just come out with a new pessimistic stock market book called, “The Great Depression Ahead.” If only the U.S. auto industry could develop a turning radius that good, the Big Three wouldn’t need a bailout.
Lisa Bonet, one of the daughters from “The Cosby Show” – who’s also known as Lilakoi Moon– has given birth to her third child, a son, that’s she’s named Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa. And she says she’s going to resume her acting career—Probably to earn enough money to pay for monogrammed towels.
Two arrests have been made following the burglary of Greg Allman’s Georgia home. I’m guessing they were drug busts. The guys said, “They’re not our drugs. We stole ‘em from Gregg Allman.”
The tabloids are all over this story in Great Britain. Prince Harry, who usually gets in trouble for drinking, is in hot water now for using ethnic slurs. And what makes it worse; he was slurring his slurs.
The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the San Diego Chargers Sunday. No offense, Charger fans, but I’m glad Pittsburgh won. It would have been embarrassing for a team that finished the regular season 8-8, to host the AFC Championship in their stadium… Almost as embarrassing as George Bush hosting state dinners at the White House.
The NFC Championship Game will be the Eagles and the Cardinals. And after the Bush administration’s environmental policies, they’re the only birds left flying.
Paris Hilton is trying to fight the image that she’s a skank claiming that she’s only slept with a couple of men…I’m guessing she means, at once.
On Sunday, President-elect Barack Obama suggested that all Americans would have to sacrifice to get the country out of its economic crisis. He said, “Everybody is going to have to have some skin in the game.” And thanks to the Giants’ performance against the Eagles, “Tonight Show” announcer John Melendez has a lot more skin on his head as a result of the game!
On ABC’S “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” President-elect Barack Obama stressed his philosophy of reaching across the aisle saying he’s “not trying to jam anything down people’s throats.” So, contrary to what the Republicans are saying, Obama’s presidency isn’t going to be Bill Clinton’s third term.
So Barack Obama says he doesn’t want to “jam anything down people’s throats.” Good to know there won’t be a Clintonian “second cumming” in the Oval Office while Obama’s President…
Republican House leader John Boehner criticized Barack Obama’s $750 billion dollar economic stimulus plan on Sunday saying why can’t we just “Tax less and spend less?” Duh! He’s a Democrat, Boehner… Why can’t you smoke less?
The Northeastern part of the U.S. is experiencing frigid temperatures. It was so cold in New York City; the Statue of Liberty was renamed the Statue of Librrrrrrrrty.
Secretary of Sate Condoleezza Rice said this week that she thought she “would be 80″ by the time a black person became president. Which means Rice thought it would never happen…because under the GOP health plan, black people don’t live to be 80.
Bill O’Reilly says that even though he’s ending his syndicated A.M. talk-show, “The Radio Factor,” his two minute “Talking Points” segment will continue to air. However, now that George Bush is leaving the White House, it’s yet to be determined who will be giving Bill O’Reilly his talking points.
A New York court has decided that $50 billion dollar Ponzi scheme architect Bernie Madoff didn’t violate the terms of his house arrest enough to require throwing him in jail. Everyone expected the judge to throw the book at Madoff, but Bernie threw him a mitten first.
According to a just-released book by the New York Times’ David Sanger, Israel asked President Bush for bunker-buster bombs, and permission to fly over restricted Iraqi airspace so the Israelis could attack Iran, but Mr. Bush said no. The Bush administration still insists that all military options for Iran remain on the table…it’s just the table in Dick Cheney’s dining room.
On Sunday, President-elect Barack Obama stressed the need for national sacrifice in order to beat the country’s economic crisis saying, “Everybody is going to have to have some skin in the game.” To which Larry Flynt replied, “I do! Now where’s my bailout?”
I never watch football games live anymore because I don’t have the time. I’m too busy getting material for the jokes. Here’s what I do. While I’m recording the game–I read a couple of hard-copy newspapers, and when I know the game has to be over, I play it back and fast-forward through the commercials. Unless it’s a Detroit Lions game — then I watch the commercials, and fast-forward through the game.
WHAT YOUR HANDBAG SAYS ABOUT YOU
Ladies, forget about what your daily apparel says about you it’s your purse that reveals your personality to the world. Kathryn Eisman, an Australian analyst and author of “How to Tell a Woman by Her Handbag,” says the inner contents of your purse are also an important source of information. Here’s what you handbag tells the world about you:
· You prefer a spacious shoulder bag with lots of compartments that you can fill with a variety of stuff — You’re an eternal optimist who manages to accomplish your goals even thought it’s often at the last minute. The miscellaneous contents of your bag assure that you’re prepared for any and all situations. You try every day to make the world a better place.
· You appreciate the sleek, clean lines of a clutch because you only carry the bare necessities — You’re elegant, sophisticated and focused, and amaze family and friends with your organizational skills. You’re a champ at solving problems with little fuss. You also play your cards close to the vest, revealing little of your true feelings to those around you.
· You like a sensible shoulder bag in a basic color that’s roomy enough for all you “to do” lists — You prefer to stick to the rules because you believe following tried and true constraints is the best way to tackle a situation. You may lose your cool in chaotic circumstances, but your disciplined approach to life usually keeps you in control of your environment.
· You love an eye catching purse in bright colors or embroidery you can fill with mementoes — You wear your heart on your sleeve and the loyalty and love of your friends and family are far more important than material things. You also have a unique perspective that’s reflected in your unusual handbag you believe life should be lived as a great adventure.
· You adore a squashy tote that matches your mood and features one large space. — You’re intelligent, fun loving and endlessly curious about everyone and everything. No matter what the problem, you’re a master at boiling complex ideas down to their bare essence to produce smart solutions. Loved ones regularly look to your for innovative ideas.
ASKMEN’S WAYS WOMEN ANNOY MEN
· Use sex as a weapon — It’s a man’s universal weak spot, and therefore unfair to use for gain.
· Talk incessantly — With guys, you don’t need so much detail.
· Shop till they drop — If that’s unavoidable, leave us home, don’t force us along for the hell.
· Become too emotional — we suck at dealing with a crying woman on our shoulder, we don’t know the first thing about comforting woman. Don’t lose it during every minor setback.
· Invade our personal space — You know the hell we’d pay for doing this to you, so stay out of our drawers! Well, at the least the ones that hold our clothes.
· Speak in code — The old “What are you thinking?” is timeless for testing how we feel about you. Please be specific or else we just don’t get it.
· Become needy — Don’t turn us into emotional crutches and overly use us for moral boosters, it can become too much.
· Act jealous — A strip club is just another place to talk football… and watch nude women.
· Criticize other women — It’s not a crime if shoes don’t match the purse. Why must everything be criticized from weight to hairstyle.
· Pretend to be virtuous — be honest, you’ve slept with just as many men as we have women… but you won’t admit it. Find a man that appreciates your past.
TOP FIVE WAYS TO KEEP WARM ON A COLD WINTER’S DAY
1. Stare at that Jessica Alba pin-up on the wall and think warm thoughts.
2. Take up a new hobby… like fire walking.
3. Try that old “fire eating trick” that got you kicked out of the 8th grade.
4. If you’re a nudist, try wearing clothes, for a change.
5. Go to the local fast food joint, ask if you can go bobbing for French fries!