SHOW PREP OCTOBER 31, 2008
HOLLYWOOD 411 . . .
I do – again! Soleil Moon Frye and her husband, producer Jason Goldberg, renewed their vows at their Hollywood Hills home on Oct. 25. Joined by their daughters Poet, 3, and Jagger, 7 months – not to mention close friends including Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and Eric Dane – the couple reaffirmed their love for each other after 10 years of marriage. “Besides the days my children were born – and my first wedding – it was the best night of my life,” Frye, who co-owns L.A.’s eco-friendly children’s boutique, The Little Seed, tells PEOPLE. The intimate ceremony, held in the couple’s garden at sunset, “was magical,” adds Frye, who wore a gown from Les Habitudes. Amid roses, hydrangeas and gardenias, the couple’s loved ones also enjoyed a “home-cooked feast” including brisket and pasta along with a white cake with chocolate filling. In honor of the occasion, Poet and Jagger planted a pomegranate tree. Friends were also sent home with their own tree to plant. (People)
Prince Harry turned out to help Daniel Craig celebrate the world premiere of Quantum of Solace in London Wednesday night. So he must be a huge fan of the blond Bond, right? Well … not exactly. Before the movie began, Harry and his older brother, Prince William, spent a half-hour outside chatting with 200 servicemen, military veterans and their families. And high-spirited Harry made no secret of his favorite 007 star. “There’s only one Bond,” he told Stan Pepper, an 88-year-old veteran. “Sean Connery.” That might comes as a bit of a blow to Craig, the reigning James Bond, who strutted the nearby red carpet with girlfriend Satsuki Mitchell. But the actor – who earned raves for his first super-spy outing in Casino Royale – was also happy to play favorites. Asked which Bond Girl he prefers, Craig told reporters, “the one on my arm, of course.” His good arm, that is. The actor – who continues to recover from shoulder surgery – wore a sling over his tuxedo. (People)
Celebrities usually want to talk only to other celebrities. But there are exceptions. At the launch party for the BlackBerry Bold device Tuesday, Julianne Moore declined to meet supermodel Tyson Beckford, explaining, “I don’t know him. Sometimes I’m embarrassed to just to go over and say hello if we’ve never met before.” Beckford also begged off meeting the actress, but for a very different reason. Noticing the ravishing redhead was with her husband, director Bart Freundlich, the hunk said, “Husbands don’t like it when their wives are introduced to Tyson Beckford.” (Page Six)
Talk about getting into character. Philip Winchester , the shipwrecked star of NBC’s new “Crusoe,” proposed to longtime girlfriend Megan Coughlin while filming the show in South Africa. One source overheard Coughlin telling friends during a promo tour for “Crusoe” in Times Square, “He got down on one knee and proposed to me in the treehouse.” Despite the lack of champagne and fireworks, the newly engaged gal was “proudly displaying her ring around,” said our spy. (Page Six)
Costumed celebrities will swarm the city tomorrow night. Heidi Klum is bringing her famous Halloween spookathon back after having it in LA the past two years. She’ll host at 1Oak, where Absolut 100 is sponsoring cocktails for 300 guests, including her husband, Seal, pal Debra Messing and “Project Runway” winner Christian Siriano. On Madison Avenue, Alexander Dexter-Jones and MAC cosmetics will host Diane Kruger, Joshua Jackson, Matt Dillon, Agyness Deyn and Julian Schnabel at the Morgans Hotel penthouse, while at Ilili, Denise Rich is expected to perform. Ice-T and wife Coco will be raging at the Plumm until 4 a.m. (Page Six)
Mark Ronson learned to watch what he eats at P. Diddy‘s famed White Parties. “I hadn’t eaten all day, and I was starving. They were coming around with this bowl of brownies, and I grabbed three of them and just started scarfing them down,” the deejay tells Paper. After that, “every lyric sounded like it was the Cookie Monster yelling in my ear, and I started feeling really [bleep]y, but I had to play through the set. I couldn’t just go up to Puffy and say, ‘Sorry, I ate a [bleep]-load of hash brownies, I can’t do your White Party.’ ” (Page Six)
The chaste Jessica Simpson of days past is long gone. The pop singer turned country crooner dishes about the heat between her and Tony Romo to Cosmopolitan: “[Tony and I] are definitely compatible in all areas.” And marriage is still on her mind. “Any person who I’m gonna date for longer than six months, I definitely am investing in something long-term,” she said about her boyfriend of two years. “If I get married again, then it will be the last time.” (Page Six)
Wyclef Jean says Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are juggling their six kids just fine. “Everything is going good,” he told Usmagazine.com Wednesday at the ProjectOVC Halloween Masquerade Ball in NYC. “Actually, last time my wife was in California, she and Angelina got in touch, and my daughter got a chance to spend some time with her son. So that was great, and they had a great time.” Jean added that their twin son Knox is “a little bit” like papa Pitt. “The energy! He has Brad’s energy!” Jean told Us. While Jolie recently told Today‘s Matt Lauer that she and Pitt were already considering adopting another baby, Jean told Us he had no idea. “We actually haven’t spoken about that,” he said. An adoption may not be imminent – but could a wedding be? Jolie recently told the Italian edition of Vanity Fair that she and Pitt are under pressure from their kids to get hitched. “Usually people fall in love and everything revolves around the ritual of marriage, children are an afterthought. We did everything backwards,” she said. “But sooner or later it will be the kids who ask us [to get married],” she added. “You know, they see films and start asking questions. Such as, ‘Why are Shrek and Fiona married and you’re not?'” (US Weekly)
Gwen Stefani has officially introduced the world to her newborn son Zuma. On Wednesday, she posted an adorable portrait of her and her 2-month-old on her Web site. “We wanted to share with you the first photo of Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale,” she writes. “Gwen, Gavin, Kingston and Zuma are all doing well and enjoying being a party of four.” On Wednesday, Stefani gave photographers a glimpse of Zuma as the two visited a library in Beverly Hills. “He’s amazing, he’s very sweet,” pop Gavin Rossdale told Usmagazine.com of their newborn at Us Weekly‘s Hot Hollywood bash last week. Stefani and Rossdale – who recently celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary – welcomed the baby this past August. Their son Kingston is 2. (US Weekly)
Miley Cyrus’ boyfriend, Justin Gaston, will soon be able to land any underwear modeling gig he wants … on cellblock H. On Tuesday, a Kentucky appeals court upheld Gaston’s Wilhelmina Models agent Allen Osborne’s 2006 conviction for conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Osborne will spend 15 months in jail and have to pay back over $187K. Back in 2000, Osborne and his client, Michael Wilson, a trade show director for Fruit of the Loom, set up a scam to bill the underwear company fraudulently through Osborne’s company, Talent Services, and to use the money to pay off Wilson’s son’s drug debts. Osborne used the proceeds from the fake bills to pay Wilson and would, at times, FedEx the money to him. When you absolutely, positively have to pay the kickback overnight! In addition, Osborne provided models to “entertain” Wilson after hours and used Wilson’s portion of the cash to pay the escorts. Wilson got doubly screwed! In 2006, Osborne and Wilson, along with one of the models, were indicted for mail fraud conspiracy. While Wilson pled guilty, Osborne and the model went to trial and were found guilty. TMZ contacted Osborne’s lawyer but he had no statement. (TMZ)
The primary suspect in the murders of Jennifer Hudson’s family insists he’s innocent –- but won’t take a lie-detector test. William Balfour told cops he had a “good relationship” with the Hudson family, reports the AP, but when they asked him to take a polygraph, refused and “stopped cooperating” with detectives. Balfour still hasn’t been charged, but cops are still honed in on him as the possible killer. The handgun found yesterday by cops is thought to be a .45 caliber weapon, the same that was used in the murder of Darnell Donerson, Jason Hudson, and Julian King. (TMZ)
David Beckham has talked exclusively in the December issue of GQ, out today, about his chances of playing in the next World Cup. “It’s a long time to 2010 and the World Cup. At the moment I’m taking each game as it comes and if I do reach that, then amazing. Amazing. But I’m not setting my goal at that. I’ve seen how quickly things can change playing for England,” the footballer said. It seems that Beckham has a lot of respect for the new England coach. “I feel lucky to be in a team with Fabio Capello. I respect him and I’ve always respected him as a person and a manager. He’s always looked after me and been a positive influence on me, but who knows?” The actor ended his year-long high profile romance with the Charlie’s Angels beauty in July. Gossips have since linked him to another Hollywood starlet, Kirsten Dunst, but Long insists he’s not interested in another A-list romance. He tells People magazine, “It’s not something I would ever consider a good thing. I still have a hard time handling that people know about my personal life. When you’re with somebody and you make the choice to be with them, you take the good with the bad.” And if he does date another actress, he promises he’ll be keeping it secret: “The one thing that I have learned is that I will be very careful about how I conduct my personal life and how publicly I conduct it.” (Teen Hollywood)
Paris Hilton has parted ways with her longtime manager Jason Moore. Moore had represented the heiress for 10 years, but he has walked away from his biggest client – amid rumours of a rift between Hilton and Moore’s wife. A source tells Us Weekly magazine, “His new wife threatened to divorce him because he was always gone with Paris.” But Moore insists, “There were a lot of reasons – both personal and professional – for the split, but nothing had anything to do with my marriage.” (Teen Hollywood)
“American Idol” finalists have been largely unlucky when it comes to post-show commercial success, but season seven winner David Cook, who is about to begin promoting his self-titled major-label debut, has a good luck charm to accompany him — second-season finalist Kimberly Caldwell. The two have been dating since Cook asked Caldwell out in May, and Cook told In Touch Weekly, “as long as I don’t screw it up, hopefully she’ll be around to hear a lot more of my songs.” She’ll likely be on hand for Cook’s first major promotional appearance for his new album Nov. 2 on “Saturday Night Live.” (Scoop)
THE OTHER STUFF . . .
Were Carol Alt‘s tears on the witness stand real, or an act to win her $9 million face-off this week with Ron Greschner? That’s what one trusted source, who’s seen her in action before, wonders. “I was moonlighting as a limo driver in late ’89 and ’90 when I was called to pick her up on East 84th Street, and she gets in with this huge Harvey Weinstein-type,” recalls our spy, now a prominent Manhattan mover and shaker. “She was livid and starts screaming and crying, ‘I was so close to Warren [Beatty], and he gave Madonna that role! And he promised me that [bleep]ing role! She was referring to ‘Dick Tracy.’ ” But when the ride ended in SoHo, Alt “just turned it off and was as sweet as anything, saying ‘Thank you, young man.’ She can just turn it on and off like that. Those were crocodile tears. She’s a good actress.” A rep for Alt had no comment. (Page Six)
Comedian Russell Brand has resigned from his Radio 2 program following complaints about a phone prank. Russell Brand has resigned from presenting his Radio 2 weekend show after his, and fellow DJ Jonathan Ross’, prank calls to Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs. During Russell’s 18 October show the pair left four lewd messages on Sachs’ answer phone relating to his granddaughter, model Georgina Bailie. After apologizing on air for his remarks this weekend, Brand later said in statement he took “complete responsibility” for the incident and said he’d simply become “caught up in the moment”. Earlier today it was announced that the BBC had suspended both Brand and Ross for their comments. (Handbag)
Wearing his biological Michael Myers “Halloween” mask, reassembled actor Mickey Rourke left a London club on Wednesday and inadvertently flashed his pink man-panties. The 56-year-old should check himself before he re-wrecks himself. (TMZ)
Senior members of the kabbalah church are helping Guy Ritchie and Madonna negotiate a quick divorce. Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s divorce settlement is being helped along by senior members of the Kabbalah church, sources have told the Daily Mail. “Rabbi Berg [the religion’s most senior member] has now given Madonna a 24-hour deadline to come back to him with a plan to mediate towards a swift divorce resolution using a round-table of kabbalah leaders chaired by him,” an insider claims. “Berg’s ultimate hope would be a reconciliation. But that seems rather a distant hope.” The source also said Guy could do better out of any deal the leaders suggest, rather than through a standard divorce hearing. “Kabbalah might also give Guy better access [to the couple’s children] than British law might. Let us not to forget that Guy and Rabbi Berg were also very close. Guy really studied kabbalah. There was a feeling in certain quarters that Madonna’s interest in kabbalah was linked more to her ego. Guy, on the other hand, was more interested in the fundamentals of it, in dissecting it. Consequently he had a much greater intellectual bond with the kabbalah leaders.” (Handbag)
Is it over between John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth? “The wedding band is missing,” the Washington Post reported yesterday after covering a speech the cancer-stricken mother of two gave in DC on Monday night. Edwards, the former North Carolina senator who ran for president twice, finally acknowledged three months ago that he had an affair with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter. He denies he’s the father of Hunter’s baby girl, although he has been spotted visiting mother and child. A source said Edwards is no longer living with Elizabeth and that the couple have separated. But reps for Elizabeth Edwards did not return calls and e-mails. (Page Six)
Don Trump Jr. and wife Vanessa brought their baby girl, Kai, to Geisha for the launch of Japanese fur designer Chie Imai‘s new eco-friendly collection. So the conversation was baby-centric. Hampton Sheet publisher Joan Jedell told Trump Jr. her 3-year-old granddaughter, Emily, gave Don’s baby half-brother, Barron (son of The Donald and Melania), his first kiss on Park Avenue. Trump Jr. quipped, “Where were those girls when I was 3?” Other guests included Spike Lee and Janice Combs. (Page Six)
Another Dancing With the Stars member is sick. Lacey Schwimmer tells The Insider that she suffers from endometriosis, the same condition as Julianne Hough. Schwimmer, 20, told The Insider that she saw a doctor after realizing that she had many of the same symptoms as Hough, and that she never would have gotten it checked out if it weren’t for her colleague. “A few days ago, I started feeling very shaky, very weak, and I had awful cramps going on, and I didn’t really know what was going on,” she said. “I went to go get checked out today, and I actually have the beginning onset of what Julianne has … and it hurts very bad.” “Right now I’m insanely weak, and the room is spinning,” she said. She said she only has the early stage of endometriosis — a painful medical condition that involves the development of uterine-lining tissue outside the uterus on the surfaces of organs. It affects 5-10 percent of women. She is currently only taking medication for it and that no surgery is necessary at this time. Hough underwent surgery related to her endometriosis on Tuesday. “I won’t be dancing for two weeks,” she said on her Web site. (US Weekly)
In a move that is bound to upset many of his fellow Republicans….Arnold Schwarzenegger is urging Californians to vote NO on Prop 8, which seeks to ban gay marriage and write discrimination into the state constitution. (Perez Hilton)
Let’s take spoiled bitches for 500. Here’s the answer: My dad used to run Yahoo, I’m a really mean chick and I will now beat the crap out of you. The question: Who is Courtenay Semel? A security guard at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas is suing the daughter of former Yahoo honcho Terry Semel for allegedly pummeling him in a drunken stupor. In a lawsuit filed yesterday in L.A. County Superior Court, Jaroslaw Jarczok claims he was working security last August at 4:00 AM at PURE Nightclub when Courtenay was “quite intoxicated due to alcohol and/or chemical or other substances.” He claims she got all foul-mouthed on him. One thing led to another and he eventually handcuffed Semel, the GF of Tila Tequila. That’s when she allegedly struck Jarczok in the face and uttered these soon-to-be immortal words, which deserve a separate line in bold type: “Do you even know who I am, f**king idiot?…Google me, you dumb f**k.” Jarczok says he’s been humiliated and “anxious about receiving harassing comments by friends…” He wants unspecified damages. In case you missed what she said: “Do you even know who I am, f**king idiot?…Google me, you dumb f**k.” (TMZ)
For the amount of money Bill Gates is spending on office furniture for his new digs, you could buy yourself an entire office building. Not much is known about Gates’ new venture, bgC3, but TMZ spies tell us the new offices are going to be dope. For his private office alone, he is spending over $2.5 million on furniture from high-end designer B&B Italia. IKEA, it ain’t. He’s also shelling out $75K for the coffee bar — no alcohol will be served on site. Everything is so top secret at Gates’ new office compound, we’re told shipments have to go through a metal detector and be inspected by bomb-sniffing dogs. I’m a PC! (TMZ)
David Beckham has talked exclusively in the December issue of GQ, out today, about his chances of playing in the next World Cup. “It’s a long time to 2010 and the World Cup. At the moment I’m taking each game as it comes and if I do reach that, then amazing. Amazing. But I’m not setting my goal at that. I’ve seen how quickly things can change playing for England,” the footballer said. It seems that Beckham has a lot of respect for the new England coach. “I feel lucky to be in a team with Fabio Capello. I respect him and I’ve always respected him as a person and a manager. He’s always looked after me and been a positive influence on me, but who knows?” (British Glamour)
MUSIC . . .
Randy Newman is postponing his 18-date European tour. The 64-year-old “I Love L.A” and “I Love to See You Smile” singer-songwriter cited “physical limitations and severe pain caused by stenosis in the lower back and neck,” a statement posted Thursday on his Web site said. The European tour was scheduled to begin Saturday in Berlin. “I deeply regret not being able to come,” the multiple Grammy and Oscar winner said. “I like it so much in Europe, and I’ve always been treated so well. I’ll get there as soon as I can.” The tour was in support of “Harps and Angels,” Newman’s first collection of new material in nine years. Details of rescheduled dates will be announced later. (Daily Record)
Jermaine Jackson told the Australian Associated Press yesterday that the Jackson 5 will be reuniting and that it will be just like old times. He says the brothers – including Michael – are going to go on a world tour next year AND that Janet will be their opening act. How appropriate! Thus far, Jermaine is the only one talking. Neither Michael nor any other Jackson is confirming this news. Jermaine was in Aussie Land to help launch a new “greatest hits” television channel. He said, “It is just the timing, so what we’ve been doing is working on the music and all the logistics. It is going to be more like a family affair, Janet’s going to open and, of course, the original Jackson 5…Michael, Randy and the whole family. We’re in the studio, we’re planning on being out there next year.” The fam must be hard up for cash, with rumors of an MJ world tour and Janet’s tour tanking. Really? A reunion? That sounds like a feat greater than trying to dry Wino out. But if and when it does happen, we don’t want to miss it! (Perez Hilton)
Janet Jackson made her “triumphant” return to Detroit on Tuesday, performing to an arena filled to 33% capacity!!! The singer’s troubled – on many fronts – Rock Witchu tour hit the Palace at Auburn Hills this week, and according to Billboard, attendance was at 8,000 people. The capacity of the Palace is 21,000!!!!!! This will likely be Janet’s last solo arena tour ever. In the future, expect to see her headline much much smaller venues! (Perez Hilton)
Music from the Beatles is coming to videogames … but not to “Rock Band.” MTV Networks and Harmonix — the game developer behind the popular “Rock Band” franchise — together with the Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd., are developing an entirely new interactive music game based solely and exclusively on the entire Beatles catalog. The game, which does not yet have a title or release date, will not be part of the “Rock Band” franchise, but will be based on the same platform. Since the project is still in early development, all parties were stingy on details during a conference call this morning (Oct. 30). But here’s what is known so far: — The game is designed to take users on an “experiential journey” through the Beatles’ career, music and vision. It will also include new types of interactive gameplay associated with the Beatles’ imagery in addition to its music. Surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, are involved in the vision and creative direction. — The music will come from master recordings of the Beatles’ U.K. releases, but will not be remixed or remastered. Giles Martin, the son of original Beatles producer George Martin and co-producer of the Beatles’ “LOVE” project, will serve as music producer. — A fourth-quarter 2009 release is in the cards. There are numerous details still unconfirmed. Neither MTV or Apple Corps would comment on whether Beatles content will be available for the “Rock Band” franchise as downloadable content at any point, and Apple Corps CEO Jeff Jones said the announcement was in no way meant as a precursor to the Beatles’ catalog arriving at digital music services. It’s also unclear whether the new game will be compatible with any existing “Rock Band” game peripherals — such as the plastic guitar and drums controllers — or if new custom instruments can be expected. Both MTV/Harmonix and rival Activision, which publishes the competing “Guitar Hero” franchise, have actively courted the Beatles for some time in an attempt to score content from high-profile artists. Jones cited the fact that MTV/Harmonix was the first to introduce a full-band interactive music game as a significant factor in the decision, as well as MTV’s long history of working with artists. Little is known about the deal structure. Neither company would characterize the terms in any specific way, but hinted that all involved essentially “owned” a piece of the project, suggesting it is not a typical licensing deal. “Nothing is typical about the Beatles,” Jones said. (Billboard)
T.I. remains the most dominant force on the Billboard Hot 100, as “Whatever You Like” is No. 1 for a seventh non-consecutive week and “Live You Life” featuring Rihanna is No. 2 and is the greatest airplay gainer. Beyonce earns her 10th Hot 100 top 10 single as a solo artist as “If I Were a Boy” bounces 68-3 on the strength of 190,000 downloads. She was last in the chart’s upper tier with “Beautiful Liar,” her duet with Shakira, in the spring of 2007. Pink’s “So What” drops 3-4, and Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” is down 5-4. Katy Perry’s “Hot N Cold” slides 6-5, while Kevin Rudolf’s “Let It Rock” featuring Lil Wayne and Ne-Yo’s “Miss Independent” hold at Nos. 7 and 8, respectively. Rihanna’s “Disturbia” falls 6-9, with Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” rising 13-10 as the greatest digital gainer. The week’s top debut comes from British singer Adele’s “Chasing Pavements” at No. 82. Following a recent “Saturday Night Live” performance, sales of the artist’s debut album, “19,” rose from 11,000 to 25,000. “Miss Independent” jumps 2-1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, giving Ne-Yo his first No. 1 there as a lead artist. The singer had stalled at No. 2 with three singles as a featured artist, most recently in June on Plies’ “Bust It Baby Part 2.” (Billboard)
Neil Young‘s concert tonight (Oct. 30) at the Los Angeles Forum has been canceled at the request of the artist. After his annual Bridge School Benefit Concert over the weekend outside San Francisco, Young was advised that the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) union, Local 33, planned to picket his show at the Forum. Striking workers at the indoor arena are engaged in a contract dispute with the venue’s owner, Faithful Central Bible Church. Young elected to cancel the performance rather than cross what IATSE told his representatives would be a picket line at his show. Young and his wife are honorary lifetime members of the IATSE. “I am extremely disappointed to have to choose between satisfying my fans or backing my brothers and sisters of the IATSE,” Young says in a statement from San Diego. “I will miss playing in Los Angeles and apologize to my fans for the inconvenience this has caused.” Young showed solidarity for workers in the song “Union Man,” from his 1980 album “Hawks & Doves.” The Los Angeles date will be rescheduled for sometime in 2009. Ticket holders can obtain refunds at points of purchase. (Billboard)
Even though Joss Stone can’t vote in the U.S. presidential election, the British soul singer is still encouraging others to go to the voting booth next week. The 21-year-old is teaming up with HeadCount, a nonpartisan organization devoted to registering voters, to get more Americans get involved in Tuesday’s election, which pits Republican John McCain against Democrat Barack Obama. “America is a large, major power and it affects everywhere, so I can’t just sit down and shut up,” she said in an interview last week. “Just because I can’t vote doesn’t mean I can’t say what I mean and what I feel. I just hope that people will vote. … I’m not here to say Barack or McCain, I’m hear to say, ‘Have a voice and use it.’ It’s so important.” The singer released a song, “Governmentalist,” to help spread her message: “I feel like it needs to be heard now and if I’m going to speak I feel the loudest way to speak is through music.” Stone will perform the track at HeadCount’s “Get Out the Vote Party” on Monday, the eve of the election, in New York. Other performers include Robert Randolph, ?uestlove of the Roots and Stanton Moore of Galactic. Stone, who grew up in a small village in Devon, England, says she hopes people don’t dismiss her message because she’s British. “I hope people don’t get angry at me for saying what I am saying, but I could understand that they would,” she said. “Because if someone came over to my country and said, ‘You should vote, you should vote,’ I’d be like, ‘How about you go back to your country.'” But Stone said too many people in America and abroad don’t exercise their vote. “It’s so sad. And so how can you moan if you’re not voting?” she asked. “Governmentalist” was released as a free download on Stone’s Web site as well as HeadCount’s. Stone said that it will also appear on her upcoming CD, set to be released early next year. She recorded the album at her home. “We wrote and recorded the album in a week, and it was awesome,” she explains. “It was like the best week ever. … It’s very raw and it’s how music should be made.” (Launch)
U2 frontman and activist Bono said Wednesday that next week’s presidential election provides a great opportunity to “relaunch Brand USA” amid worldwide scrutiny. “The whole world has a stake in how things turn out,” the Ireland native told thousands of Starbucks Corp. employees in New Orleans for a leadership conference. The coffee company and Bono’s (RED) label, which helps raise money for the Global Fund that pays for AIDS programs in Africa, also announced a partnership Wednesday. The singer talked about brands and what they stand for. In Starbucks’ case, he said some might see it as a place to hang out and get coffee — but that brand can also signify social responsibility. The way the U.S. is perceived — “Brand USA” — also means something, he said. And it’s never been so closely watched, said Bono, who didn’t endorse either candidate for president. Regardless of who wins, “it’s a great chance to relaunch Brand USA,” he said. Bono has been a leading advocate for Africa, drawing attention to issues ranging from poverty and hunger to AIDS. (RED) aims to partner with private companies to sell products such as coffee drinks, with some proceeds going to the Global Fund. More than $112 million has been raised in the two years since (RED) launched. (RED) helps pay for medication and other services for people in Africa suffering from AIDS and HIV, according to its Web site. (Launch)
MOVIE . . .
Disney really has the Midas touch! There’s no denying they can make a star out of almost any teen. Hilary Duff got her big break on Disney, as did Shia LaBeouf, and some Disney slut too. And, now, it looks like Selena Gomez really might be their next big hit. The star of the Disney show Wizards of Waverly Place, Gomez has revealed some interesting news. The head honchos at the Mouse House are turning her sitcom into a major motion picture! Similar to what they did with Hillary’s show, Lizzie McGuire, or the upcoming Hannah Montana film. And in a recent interview, Selena opens up about the future flick. She even reveals they plan on filming in NY. Gomez says, “Yes! We actually want to shoot it here in New York.” And in case you haven’t watched the show, it deals with a family of wizards whose kids (Selena and two brothers) have magical powers. As for the plot of the movie, she says, “I think it would have to be that our secret is about to be exposed.” But in the mean time, she hasn’t forgotten where she started at, and Selena keeps her focus on the show. And talking about the show’s second season she says, “I think that my fans will expect more magic and crazy stuff going on. I think you see Alex (played by Gomez) more mature this season. She gets her first boyfriend. His name is Daniel, and he’s just this really sweet guy who, I honestly think, has a lot of potential. I think he’s going to do great.” In a cute attempt to get her crush, Shia LaBeouf on the show, or movie, Gomez makes another plea. She jokes, “You’d think that as much as I promote it (Shia would be guest starring). I’m, like, begging, but it’s not happening. I know I’m a nerd! Please, Shia, come on my show!” (Perez Hilton)
Oscar winner Julia Roberts has shot down rumors of a planned Pretty Woman sequel. Julia Roberts has laughed off rumors that she is to appear in a sequel for classic rom-com Pretty Woman. In the 1990 original, the 41-year-old actress played a Hollywood call girl with a heart of gold who falls in love and changes the life of Richard Gere’s ruthless big business high-flier. She told Extra she won’t be reprising her most famous role. “No one wants to see an old hooker! Do they?” The actress also gave her thoughts on the news that Republican vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin had spent £75,000 on her campaign wardrobe. “I could give two sh–s about her wardrobe,” Julia remarked. “I don’t think it’s her wardrobe we have to worry about.” (Handbag)
Dylan McDermott, Zoe Saldana, Lake Bell, Nick Stahl, Paz Vega and Shannen Doherty are about to set Los Angeles on fire. They’re heading into “Burning Palms,” writer-director Christopher Landon’s satire of Angeleno stereotypes as told through five interlacing stories. The large ensemble cast also includes Adriana Barraza, Colleen Camp, Jamie Chung, Robert Hoffman, Peter Macdissi, Emily Meade, Anson Mount, Rosamund Pike, Austin Williams and Tom Wright. Each of their characters confronts taboos and an uncertain, often darkly humorous fate. Oren Segal, Steven Prince and Jason Hewitt are producing the indie feature with exec producers Tyler Thompson, Vince Morella and Naz Jafri. Landon (“Disturbia”), who recently wrote “The Flock” for Warners, makes his directorial debut with “Palms.” “It’s kind of like a John Waters version of ‘Short Cuts,’ ” Segal said. The segments are based on popular stereotypes of West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Westwood and Holmby Hills. Several members of the ensemble are on the verge of breaking out in prominent projects, including Saldana (as Uhura in “Star Trek”), Bell (“Pride & Glory”) and Meade (“25/8”). The production is financed with private equity arranged through Films in Motion. Principal photography is under way in Los Angeles and moves to Baton Rouge, La., next week. (Hollywood Reporter)
It’s another heavy role for Samuel L. Jackson. Having most recently played a dirty cop in “Lakeview Terrace,” Jackson is set to star as a bad guy again in Columbia Pictures’ remake of Berry Gordy’s 1985 cult classic “The Last Dragon.” Jackson will play Sho’nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, a role played in the original by the late Julius Carry, whose spiel included asking ego-driven questions like “Am I the baddest mofo lowdown around this town?” Each time his gang of thugs answered, “Sho ’nuff!” Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and Gordy’s son Kerry Gordy are producing. Penning the screenplay as well as producing is Dallas Jackson, who heads up the urban family label DJ Classicz with Davis. Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA is co-producing. The updated plot will be along the same lines of the original, centering on young martial arts student Leroy Green in his quest through the streets of New York to achieve the highest level of martial arts accomplishment, known as the Last Dragon. Those who achieve the high ranking possess the Glow, making them the greatest fighter alive. The project, announced by Columbia presidents Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, will take a new look at “Last Dragon” coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Motown next year. “We’re thrilled to be working with Kerry Gordy as he continues his father’s legacy, and we’re confident that he along with John and Dallas are the perfect team to develop the project,” Belgrad said. “They will capture everything that people love about the original while also bringing a fresh edge to the remake.” The original, which also starred one-namers Taimak and then-Prince protégé Vanity, was released in March 1985 by TriStar Pictures and received lukewarm reviews by critics like Roger Ebert, who gave it 2 1/2 stars and said it was a “great near-miss.” Despite the reviews, “Last Dragon” did well at the box-office, grossing nearly $26 million. It soon became a cult classic for scenes like Bruce Lee follower Green remaining so loyal to the martial arts star that he eats his popcorn in a movie theater with chopsticks. “I’m a huge fan of the original and look forward to bringing Sho’Nuff into the 21st century,” Jackson said. Jackson, repped by ICM and Anonymous Content, made a surprise cameo in the summer blockbuster “Iron Man” and the sci-fi action film “Jumper.” He also stars with the late Bernie Mac in “Soul Men,” which opens Christmas Day, and Frank Miller’s upcoming “The Spirit.” (Hollywood Reporter)
Fox Searchlight and Marc Webb could be entering a new age. The specialty division has signed on for a dystopian tale titled “Age of Rage” and is negotiating with Webb to direct and potentially write. The story combines elements of “Children of Men” and “Lord of the Flies,” according to those familiar with the project. “Rage” would mark the second pairing for the director and the studio; Webb is making his directorial debut with “500 Days of Summer,” a quirky romantic comedy starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt that Searchlight will release next year. The Gersh-repped Webb is a noted music-video director who has helmed videos for Snow Patrol, Miley Cyrus and Green Day. “Rage” would add to Searchlight’s diverse production slate; the company has such titles as rap biopic “Notorious” and Hess Bros. comedy “Gentlemen Broncos” set for next year. (Hollywood Reporter)
The specialty division has signed on for a dystopian tale titled “Age of Rage” and is negotiating with Webb to direct and potentially write. The story combines elements of “Children of Men” and “Lord of the Flies,” according to those familiar with the project.
“Rage” would mark the second pairing for the director and the studio; Webb is making his directorial debut with “500 Days of Summer,” a quirky romantic comedy starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt that Searchlight will release next year.
The Gersh-repped Webb is a noted music-video director who has helmed videos for Snow Patrol, Miley Cyrus and Green Day. “Rage” would add to Searchlight’s diverse production slate; the company has such titles as rap biopic “Notorious” and Hess Bros. comedy “Gentlemen Broncos” set for next year.
TV . . .
Would Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford ever appear on the buzzed-about Melrose Place spin-off? Maybe. “If they offered me a lot of money!” she joked with Usmagazine.com Wednesday at a bash for the FURLA Talent Hub in NYC. “I don’t know, maybe, as a guest spot.” Added Rutherford (who played Dr. Michael Mancini’s wife Megan on the Fox primetime soap): “It would really depend, I think, on the script and how they would want me to come back.” For now, “I’m on Gossip Girl, which seems to be going well,” she told Us. She said the season is heating up. They recently filmed a death scene for an upcoming episode that “is really sad,” she said. “But in a way, it spins the show in a really cool direction, and you see a lot of emotions in everybody. “It’s cool,” she went on. “It bonds everybody in a very different way.” (US Weekly)
It’s a sad day for cable TV. Variety reports that E! has ordered more episodes of Denise Richards: It’s Complicated. Production is scheduled to start in the early part of 2009. Did Denise and/or Ryan Seacrest sleep with people to get the re-up?! (Perez Hilton)
If Barack Obama fails to win the election, perhaps the networks should hire him to entertain viewers on Wednesday nights. On average, Obama’s 30-minute primetime infomercial managed to outperform the usual broadcast programming in the 8 p.m. time period. The Obama special was seen by 26.3 million viewers across broadcasters CBS, NBC and Fox, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings. The tricky question is: What do you compare Obama’s ad to? After all, such a national pre-election special hasn’t been attempted in 16 years. The entertainment programming that usually runs in the slot on those three networks has averaged a cumulative 23.1 million viewers each week since the start of the season — 12% lower than the Obama ad total. Put another way, the time period averages about 7.7 million viewers and a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating per network. In the preliminary ratings, the ad pulled an average of 9.2 million viewers and a 2.7 average rating per network — boosting the advertiser-friendly adult demo by 13%. But the usual shows are comedies and dramas. Can one realistically compare “Knight Rider” to a political ad? That would normally seem unfair — to the politician. Obama improved NBC’s rating by 43% and CBS by 10% compared with last week. And keep in mind Obama was competing against himself. The lowest-rated of the three presidential debates received a 52.4 million viewers — but that was carried by more networks and was, after all, a debate. The Ross Perot specials in 1992 averaged 11.6 million viewers, but those were 15 separate specials that ran on different nights. NBC was the most-viewed and highest-rated network for its presentation of Obama’s ad, pulling 9.8 million viewers and a 3.0 rating. CBS had 8.6 million (2.3) and Fox had 7.9 million (2.8). And keep in mind, the Obama ad aired on more networks than just those three broadcasters. MSNBC, Univision, BET and TV One also carried the ad. Nielsen will release a total viewership number that includes other telecasts later today. The measurement company has released a cume metered market household rating for the ad — 21.7. As for ABC’s underdog “Pushing Daisies,” airing on the only major broadcaster not to carry the ad, the counterprogramming still came in fourth place in the adults 18-49 demo. “Daisies” (6.8 million, 2.2) was up by 16% from last week, which isn’t as big of a boost as the network had likely hoped for. The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” (3.9 million, 2.0) didn’t receive a bump and was on par with last week. (Hollywood Reporter)
Following the casting of Ben Koldyke as the lead in Fox’s comedy pilot “Boldly Going Nowhere,” another unknown, Lennon Parham, has landed the top female role. Chad L. Coleman also is cast in the 20th TV-produced project. “Nowhere,” from the “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” trio of Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton, is about what happens day-to-day on an intergalactic spaceship helmed by the rogue Capt. Ron Teague (Koldyke). Parham will play Joyce, the ship’s by-the-book pilot. Coleman will play Cobalt, the self-absorbed, intimidating head of security. McElhenney admits that he and other co-creators had never heard of Upright Citizens Brigade performer Parham until Tony Hale, whom they cast in the pilot, suggested her. “She was a diamond in the rough,” McElhenney said. “Really, unbelievably funny.” Coleman comes from “The Wire,” which “you wouldn’t normally say it in the same sentence with a broadcast comedy, but we’ve been going for fresh faces and strong actors,” McElhenney said. Parham is repped by CAA. Coleman is repped by TalentWorks and Vanguard Management. (Hollywood Reporter)
It’s tough to know whether this is good news or bad: a sitcom starring Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears is not in the works. While you might have been busy watching the new voting PSA starring Leonardo DiCaprio, a rumor that HBO was working on a sitcom that would star Spears, Hilton and Lohan playing versions of themselves began to circulate. Among the most intriguing details of the rumor: “Lindsay will be a little like Joey from ‘Friends.’” When asked if there was truth to any part of this story, Lohan’s rep Leslie Sloane was the first to respond with “none at all.” So what’s really next for the threesome? Hilton is focusing on the release of her new film “Repo! The Genetic Opera,” Spears is putting final touches on her new album “Circus,” and Lohan’s got her line of leggings. Lohan’s rep didn’t respond with any info about future singing or acting projects in the works. (Scoop)
A small-market team and a short series often are guarantees of low television ratings for sports in this age of fractured audiences. The 2008 World Series added to that double whammy the disjointing impact of a long rain delay and a suspended game. The Philadelphia Phillies’ five-game victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Fox drew record-low ratings. The series averaged an 8.4 rating and 14 share, the network said Thursday. That’s down 17 percent from the previous low, a 10.1 for the five-game Cardinals-Tigers series in 2006. “This World Series got off to a solid start last week and was poised to build momentum as we expected it to,” Fox Sports president Ed Goren said. “The rain delay on Saturday and suspended game on Monday, combined with only going five games, obviously worked against the Series reaching its maximum viewership potential, but even with that, FOX was No. 1 most nights, posted some of its best nights in many weeks and was No. 1 last week in prime time.” Game 5 was the first suspended game in World Series history, starting Monday and concluding two days later. The final innings Wednesday earned an 11.9/18, and the entire game averaged a 9.6/14, the highest of the series. Game 3, which didn’t start until after 10 p.m. on the East Coast on Saturday because of rain, received a record-low 6.1 rating. “We had a very good rating (Wednesday),” MLB commissioner Bud Selig said. “There’s no question that if the Series had gone further, the ratings would have gone up.” The rating is the percentage watching a program among homes with televisions, and the share is the percentage tuned into the broadcast among those households with TVs on at the time. When Brad Lidge struck out Eric Hinske for the final out to give the city its (Daily Record)
TODAY’S IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION . . . (Internet)
Q. Since today is Halloween, about 35% of people will do THIS?
A. Wear a costume to work
TODAY’S QUOTE (By K Denis Waitley)
“A DREAM IS YOUR CREATIVE VISION FOR YOUR LIFE IN THE FUTURE. YOU MUST BREAK OUT OF YOUR CURRENT COMFORT ZONE AND BECOME COMFORTABLE WITH THE UNFAMILIAR AND THE UNKNOWN.”
MIND BOGGLERS . . .
1. To cure the plague and leprosy, one might swallow a buttered what?
B. spider ****
C. goat’s tongue
D. thumb nail
2. To cure a toothache, spit into the mouth of a ___ and ask it to carry away the pain.
D. frog ****
3. If a person were to throw dust from their footprint at another person then they would be attempting to release the other person from what?
A. witch’s spell
B. possession by a ghost ****
C. curse of the werewolf
D. fear of Halloween
4. What part of the body is said to be poisonous and if touched to an open wound, the wound will never heal?
C. middle finger ****
D. big toe
5. What color will a flame turn if a ghost is near?
A. blue ****
6. What will happen to a corpse if, during the burial, a cat jumps over the coffin?
A. they will return as a cat in their next life
B. the first born of the deceased will die in 10 days
C. they will become a vampire ****
D. the spirit will remain in limbo for eternity
7. In many cultures, the use of nose rings originated from the belief that the nose is what?
a. the quickest exit for your soul
b. the entrance for demons and spirits ****
c. the center of spiritual direction
d. receptacle for most witch’s spells
8. The German household spirit “Friar Rush” is said to be responsible for what?
A. spoiled food
B. getting people drunk ****
C. tormenting pets
D. dust balls
9. Baba Yaga, a cannibalistic witch with teeth and breasts of stone, is a folklore of what country?
C. Russia ****
10. T or F: Jack O’ Lantern is really a legendary folk hero, mainly in Britain, but also in parts of the U.S.
HALLOWEEN FUN FACTS . . . (Internet)
Pumpkin Fun Facts:
● Pumpkins originated in Central America.
● The name pumpkin originated from “pepon” – the Greek word for “large melon.”
● Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A.
● Pumpkins are fruit.
● Pumpkin flowers are edible.
● Pumpkin seeds can be roasted as a snack.
● Pumpkins are used to make soups, pies and breads.
● Pumpkins are used for feed for animals.
● Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.
● The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.
● In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
● Colonists sliced off pumpkin tips; removed seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. This was baked in hot ashes and is the origin of pumpkin pie.
● Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
● The largest “official” pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,340 pounds.
● The largest “unofficial” pumpkin ever grown weighed 1’458 pounds, but was not awarded due to damage.
● The Connecticut field variety is the traditional American pumpkin.
● Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
● Eighty percent of the pumpkins supply in the United States is available in October.
● Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats.
● Native Americans called pumpkins “isqoutm, or isquotersquash.”
● Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for food and medicine.
According to the National Retail Federation’s Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, the most popular Halloween costume in 2004 was Spiderman, with 2.15 million children dressing as their favorite superhero. Other popular costumes included princesses (1.8 million children), witches (1.3 million) and vampires (899,000).
The world’s record for biggest pumpkin is currently held by a gigantic gourd weighing a whopping 1,385 pounds!
Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
Jack o’ lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!
Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1.
Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
Black cats were once believed to be witch’s familiars who protected their powers.
Monster Trivia & Folklore
Signs of a werewolf are a unibrow, hair palms, tattoos, and a long middle finger.
Vampires are mythical beings who defy death by sucking the blood of humans.
In 1962, the Count Dracula Society was founded.
To this day, there are vampire clubs and societies with people claiming to be real vampires.
There really are so-called vampire bats, but they’re not from Transylvania. They live in Central and South America and feed on the blood of cattle, horses and birds.
Many people still believe that gargoyles were created by medieval architects and stone carvers to ward off evil spirits.
If you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved on watching over you.
Worldwide, bats are vital natural enemies of night-flying insects.
The common little brown bat of North America has the longest life span for a mammal it’s size, with a life span averaging 32 years.
In about 1 in 4 autopsies, a major disease is discovered that was previously undetected.
The Ouija Board ended up outselling the game of Monopoly in its first full year at Salem. Over two million copies of the Ouija Board were shipped.
HALLOWEEN MOVIE DETAILS:
- Halloween” was made in only 21 days in 1978 on a very limited budget.
- The movie was shot in the Spring and used fake autumn leaves.
- The mask used by Michael Meyers in the movie “Halloween” was actually William Shatner’s mask painted white.
- The character Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis was named after John Carpenter’s first girlfriend.
- While the setting for the story is in Illinois, the license plates on the vehicles have California plates.
- Halloween is on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday, honoring the dead. Holloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over 2000 years ago.
- Halloween fun facts (http://www.halloween-website.com/trivia.htm)
BIRTHDAY’S . . .
–1795 Poet John Keats (d. 2-23-1821)
–1860 Girl Scout Founder Juliette Gordon Low (d. 1-17-1927)
–1896 Singer Ethel “Sweet Mama Stringbean” Waters (d. 9-9-1977)
–1912 Actress/Evangelist Dale Evans (d. 2-7-00)
–1922 Actress Barbara Bel Geddes (Dallas) (d. 8-8-2005)
–1929 Actress/Director Lee Grant (Shampoo)
–1931 CBS Anchorman Dan Rather
–1931 Astronaut Michael Collins
–1934 Singer Ray Smith (“Rockin’ Little Angel”)
–1936 Actor Michael Landon (Little House on the Prairie) (d. 7-1-1991)
–1937 Musician Tom Paxton
–1942 Actor David Ogden Stiers (M*A*S*H)
–1947 Musician Russ Ballard (Argent) (“Hold Your Head Up”)
–1948 Actress Deirdre Hall (“Marlena” Days of Our Lives)
–1949 Musician Bob C. Benberg (Supertramp)
–1950 Broadcast Journalist/TV Host Jane Pauley
–1950 Actor/comedian John Candy (Uncle Buck) (d. 3-4-1994)
–1952 Musician Bernard Edwards (Chic) (“LeFreak”)
–1961 Drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. (U2)
–1963 Baseball’s Fred McGriff
–1963 Actor/Comedian Rob Schneider (SNL)
–1963 Actor Dermot Mulroney (Young Guns)
–1963 Musician Johnny Marr (The Smiths, Siouxsie & The Banshees)
–1965 Singer Annabella (Bow Wow Wow)
–1978 Actress Keiko Agena (“Lane” Gilmore Girls)
–1871 Author Stephen Crane (The Red Badge of Courage) (d. 6-5-1900)
–1920 Journalist James Jackson Kilpatrick
–1926 Actress Betsy Palmer (I’ve Got A Secret)
–1935 Golfer Gary Player
–1939 Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
–1939 Actress Barbara Bosson (Hill St. Blues)
–1940 Singer Barry Sadler (“Ballad of the Green Berets”)
–1941 Actor Robert Foxworth (Falcon Crest)
–1942 Publisher Larry Flynt (Hustler)
–1942 Actress Marcia Wallace (Bob Newhart Show)
–1945 Musician Rich Grech (Blind Faith) (“Had To Cry Today”) (d. 3-17-1990)
–1950 Musician Dan Peek (America) (“A Horse With No Name”)
–1951 Singer Ronald Bell (Kool & the Gang) (“Celebration”)
–1954 Chris Morris – guitarist for Paper Lace (“The Night Chicago Died”)
–1957 Singer Lyle Lovett
–1958 Actress Rachel Ticotin (Lost)
–1959 Musician Eddie MacDonald (The Alarm)
–1961 TV Host Jeff Probst (Survivor)
–1962 Musician Magne “Mags” Furuholmen (a-ha)
–1963 Drummer Rick Allen (Def Leppard)
–1967 Singer Sophie B. Hawkins
–1972 Actress Jenny McCarthy (Jenny)
–1734 Explorer/Frontiersman Daniel Boone (d. 9-26-1820)
–1735 French Ruler Marie Antoinette (d.)
–1795 11th President James K. Polk (d. 6-15-1849)
–1865 29th President Warren Gamaliel Harding (d. 8-2-1923)
–1913 Actor Burt Lancaster (Field Of Dreams) (d. 10-20-1994)
–1918 Actor Ray Walston (Picket Fences) (d. 1-1-00)
–1920 Actress Ann Rutherford (Leave It To The Girls)
–1941 Musician Bruce Welch (The Shadows)
–1942 Baseball’s Ron Reed
–1942 Actress Stefanie Powers (Hart To Hart)
–1942 Author Shere Hite (The Hite Report)
–1944 Musician Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake, & Palmer)
–1944 Musician Dave Pegg (Jethro Tull)
–1945 Musician/Actor J.D. Souther (thirtysomething)
–1958 Musician Bobby Dall (Poison)
–1961 Singer k.d. Lang
–1974 Singer Nelly
THIS DAY IN HISTORY . . .
Today is HALLOWEEN, MAGIC DAY and NATIONAL UNICEF DAY. Also NATIONAL KNOCK KNOCK DAY
–1854 A Midwest newspaper reports that there are 128 women holding the office of postmaster in the USA. The main point of the article was that the female postmasters received the same pay as their male counterparts. At the time, no other occupation in the nation could make that claim.
–1864 Nevada was admitted to the Union as the 36th state. It’s Admission Day in the Silver State.
–1941 After 14 years of work, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial was completed.
–1950 Earl Lloyd became the first black ever to play in an NBA game when he took the floor for the Washington Capitols in Rochester, NY. Lloyd was actually one of three blacks to become NBA players in the 1950 season. The other, Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton (signed by NY Knicks) and Chuck Cooper (drafted by Boston Celtics and debuted the night after Lloyd).
–1964 Bob Dylan plays a Halloween concert with Joan Baez at the Philharmonic Hall in New York.
–1964 The Supremes’ “Baby Love” is the top single in the US.
–1975 Queen release their single “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
–1981 At LA’s Sports Arena, Clarence “Renfield” Clemons opens a coffin releasing guitar-wielding Bruce “Count Dracula” Springsteen.
–1982 Pope John Paul II canonized Marguerite Bourgeois, declaring her Canada’s first woman saint, because of her heroism and life-long concern for family life.
–1984 Indian Prime Minister Indira Ghandi was assassinated by two of her own bodyguards. She was succeeded by her son Rajiv Ghandi, a former airline pilot.
–1986 Roger Waters files suite in London to prevent Nick Mason and David Gilmour from using the name Pink Floyd for their new album, and to permanently end their erstwhile partnership.
–1989 The Cramps sign a new recording contract over the grave of Bela Lugosi.
–1989 Top TV Shows Around The World: England – Coronation Street (Soap Opera); Spain – The Price Is Right (Game Show); Yugoslavia – A Better Life (Soap Opera); Denmark – Wheel Of Fortune (Game Show); Sweden – The Department Store (Soap Opera)
Today is ALL SAINTS’ DAY, NATIONAL AUTHORS’ DAY, and NATIONAL FAMILY LITERACY DAY, also SADIE HAWKINS DAY This is also NATIONAL FIG WEEK.
—1512 Michelangelo’s famous painting on the ceiling of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel was unveiled for the first time.
—1800 Philadelphia had served as the nation’s capital from 1790 to 1900. On this day, President John Adams and his family moved into the newly-completed White House, as Washington, DC became the new capital.
—1848 First medical school for women opened in Boston. It was founded by Samuel Gregory. The original enrollment was twelve students.
—1870 The U.S. Weather Bureau made its first forecast.
—1941 The Rainbow Bridge between Niagara Falls, N.Y. and Niagara Falls, Ontario was opened.
—1950 Charles Cooper of the Boston Celtics became the first black man to play in the NBA.
—1957 “That’ll Be The Day” by the Crickets is the number one single in Britain.
—1959 The Hockey Mask was invented. Montreal Canadians goalie Jacques Plante was tired of stopping hockey pucks with his face. After receiving another wound, reemerging from the
locker room with seven new stitches — and a plastic facemask he had made from fiberglass and resin. Although Cliff Benedict had tried a leather mask back in the ‘20s and the idea didn’t catch
on then, after Plante wore his, goalies throughout the NHL began wearing protective face shields.
—1964 The Dave Clark Five appear on the Ed Sullivan Show. Sullivan compares them to the Stones, saying that, “unlike the Stones, they are nice, neat boys.”
—1968 George Harrison releases the “Wonderful Music” album, the first solo album from a Beatle.
—1968 O.C. Smith, former Count Basie vocalist, receives his first and only gold record for “Little Green Apples.”
—1969 The Beatles release the last album they recorded together, “Abbey Road.”
—1969 The Faces, with Rod Stewart as lead singer, sign a recording contract with Warner Bros.
—1974 Queen releases their “Sheer Heart Attack” album.
—1980 Graham Bonnet leaves Rainbow for a solo career, just a few weeks after Cozy Powell had left the group. Replacements Joe Lynn Turner and Bob Rondinelli become the 15th and 16th
musicians to play in Ritchie Blackmore’s band.
—1985 The parents of 19- year old John McCollum make public demands that Ozzy Osbourne’s “Suicide Solution” helped cause the death of their son. The couple sue Osbourne in January.
—1988 Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis uses Bruce Hornsby’s “Look Out Any Window” in TV ads.
—1989 A Post Office is opened at the Graceland mansion in Memphis, offering a Graceland postmark.
—1990 McDonald’s Corporation announced it would phase out its use of polystyrene plastic-foam containers, and begin using paper containers.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME … (fall back an hour) STANDARD TIME RESUMES AT 2:00am. Today is ALL SOULS’ DAY, and PLAN YOUR EPITAPH DAY.
—1889 Admission of North Dakota becoming the 39th state.
¾1889 Admission of South Dakota becoming the 40th state.
—1918 New York Subway Accident. The Brighton Beach Express, exceeding its speed limit five times over (going 30 mph) while approaching the station near Malbone Street tunnel in
Brooklyn, jumped the tracks killing 97 people and injuring 100.
¾1920 Station KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA broadcast the results of the presidential election. By 1922 there were about 400 licensed radio stations in the US.
—1936 The Ottawa Parliament created the Canadian Broadcast Commission (parallel to our FCC)
—1955 Billboard published the first top 100 singles chart.
—1963 After complaining that go-go dancers around him are too distracting, Dion walks out of a live taping of “Ready, Steady, Go.”
—1966 Blues musician John Hurt dies at the age of 73.
—1968 Cream play their farewell American concert, before 12,000 fans at Madison Square Garden in NY.
—1968 Stevie Wonder releases “For Once In My Life.”
—1973 Cheech & Chong’s ad for “Sister Mary Elephant” reads, “Congratulations to the Singing Nun on the tenth anniversary of her hit `Dominique.'”
—1974 George Harrison becomes the first ex-Beatle to embark on a solo tour, by beginning a 50-date tour in Vancouver, Canada.
—1982 Elton John begins his first tour in several years with the original Elton John Band.
—1987 Dave Mason releases the album “Two Hearts.” Also out the same day: “Surveillance” by Triumph and the soundtrack to Hail!Hail!Rock-n-Roll.
—1988 Chet Atkins complains the CMA is disrespectful to musicians when he’s told he can’t accept his Musician Of The Year award on the telecast.
—1988 Smokey Robinson receives ASCAP’s highest honor, the Founders Award.
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ON THIS DAY
It was on this date, back in 1517, that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the church. The church tried to settle out of court and move a few priests around, but no… On this date in 1864, Nevada became our 36th state. What were the odds? They could have told you…
In 1952, the U.S. set off the first hydrogen bomb in the Marshall Islands. At first, they denied it and blamed the dog.
On this date in 1956, an American landed a plane at the South Pole for the very first time, in one of the worst time-share swaps in recorded history.
Vanilla Ice has a Halloween birthday and turns the big 4-0 today. How scary is that? The good news is, he can go out trick or treating as himself.
Director Peter Jackson turns 47 today… although directing all three “Lord of the Rings” movies make him feel like 90. The guy’s gotta lose some weight. If you haven’t seen him lately, he’s got an awful lot of “middle earth” going on there.
Jane Pauley turns 58 today. She used to host the Today Show. Seems like Yesterday. No, wait, that was a different show…
Country singer and Texas author Kinky Friedman turns 64 today.
Dan Rather celebrates his 77th birthday today. He plans to go “trick or treating” as a newscaster.
All Hallows Eve — Wonder what your neighbors will be passing out this Halloween? Hershey Foods did a telephone survey to find out everything you ever wondered about the spookiest holiday of the year. Typically, 73% of American households will hand out chocolate, followed by lollipops, hard candy, bubble gum and gummy candy. Plus:
· 86% will participate in Halloween festivities.
· 81% of parents will take their kids trick-or-treating in their neighborhoods.
· 46% of all homes will carve a pumpkin.
· 44% will decorate their homes.
· 25% of adults will dress up in a costume.
· 21% will visit a haunted attraction.
· 20% will attend a Halloween party.
· 16% will visit a mall for trick-or-treating.
Additionally, 75% of Americans will buy candy treats for Halloween, but only 68% will actually give them to the kids.
THIS MONTH IS
National Pizza Month and Halloween is the third busiest pizza day of the year, behind Super Bowl Sunday and New Year’s Eve. Even though pizza may be fattening, it’s perfect for those days when we’re too busy to cook or have too many people to feed. Here are some pizza facts, according to How Stuff Works, FranchiseHelp and USA Today:
· 94% of Americans eat pizza regularly.
· 93% of Americans have eaten pizza in the last month.
· Pizza is America’s fourth most-craved food, behind cheese, chocolate and ice cream.
· Americans consume over 100 acres of pizza a DAY, about 350 slices per second. And that’s on a regular day* not Super Bowl Sunday or Halloween!
· Pizza accounts for more than 10% of all food service sales.
· 3 billion pizzas are sold in the United States each year, plus an additional one billion frozen pizzas.
· There are approximately 61,269 pizzerias in the United States. These pizzerias represent 17% of all restaurants.
· Frozen pizzas that could be purchased in grocery stores were first introduced in the United States in 1957 and soon became the most popular of all frozen food.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
· Headlines: Halloween tonight, it’s the time change weekend, election next Tuesday.
· A new study shows that men think that women wearing red are more sexy.
· The remaining members of Led Zeppelin say they may go on tour without Robert Plant. Sure, that’ll work.
· Victoria Beckham is going to take her clothes off for Italian designer Giorgio Armani. She’ll become the new “face” for Emporio Armani women’s underwear line debuting in Spring/Summer 2009.
· Bruce Springsteen used to always deck out his house for the local trick or treaters. But not this year. Bruce writes on his website that “catastrophic success” is to blame.
· Brad Pitt’s divorce from Jennifer Aniston is a big part of why he hasn’t married Angelina Jolie… but their kids are starting to ask, “So why aren’t you married like Shrek & Fiona?”
· If you want to lower your blood pressure naturally, start eating grapes. According to new research from the Cardioprotection Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan, grapes help lower blood pressure and improve heart function.
· Olga Kurylenko, the Bond girl in the latest James Bond movie, is the marrying type. So much, she’s been married and divorced twice in the past four years.
· Nebraska’s governor is asking for an emergency legislative session to rethink the “Drop your child off and leave ’em here” law. So far, 23 kids have been dropped off at Nebraska hospitals. The latest, a 17-year-old. The law was intended for newborn babies but wasn’t written clearly.
· Eva Mendes says she hangs upside down every day to keep blood flowing to her head and help keep your youthful looks.
· E! has ordered more episodes of the Denise Richards reality show, “It’s complicated.” Great…
· George Strait will receive the Academy of Country Music’s Artist of the Decade award in recognition of his nearly 25-year career. Only four other acts have received the distinction: Marty Robbins in 1969, Loretta Lynn in 1979, Alabama in 1988 and Garth Brooks in 1998.
· Estelle Reiner died Saturday at her home in Beverly Hills at 94. The wife of Carl and the mother of Rob, she’ll be best remembered in the movie “When Harry Met Sally” as the one with the line, “I’ll have what she’s having.”
· Reports have Courteney Cox teaming up with “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence for a new TV series called, “Cougar Town.”
· What’s Cloris Leachman going to do now that “Dancing with the Stars” is over? She’s off to Berlin to star in a new movie with Brad Pitt. Aw, those jet-setters.
In honor of the upcoming election on Tuesday, TV Guide senior writer Damian Holbrook names Television’s Top 10 Presidents — both real and fictional:
1. William Jefferson Clinton — Boxers or briefs! Sax-playing on Arsenio! Monica-gate! You gotta love a guy who had the guts to put it out there and play along for an eight-season soap opera of scandals, sex tales and Southern charm. Even though he was from Arkansas, there was nothing little about his rocks.
2. Jed Bartlett (The West Wing) — Never mind that he brokered peace between Israel and Palestine. Or that he was able to reform Social Security in less than a season. The classy head of state – a New Hampshire Democrat – had the sexiest staff Washington will ever see and far better ratings than some real-life counterparts.
3. David Palmer (24) — Second only to Jack Bauer in terms of having the worst days in history, the Democrat from Maryland with the booming voice and bitchy ex-wife may have been offed by a sniper, but he’ll live on in our hearts as the maverick who made it cool for presidents to keep trigger-happy ex-heroin-addicted CTU agents on speed-dial.
4. Gerald Ford (SNL) — There wasn’t a set prop or staircase safe from Chevy Chase’s pratfalling riffs on our 38th POTUS. And while he looked absolutely nothing like Ford – who earned his klutzy rep after a single stumble coming off of Air Force One – Chase still risked life and limb to entertain us. And for that, he’s earned the thanks of a grateful nation.
5. Bobby McCallister (Jack & Bobby) — Aside from his youth as the sickly son of a stone liberal who grew up idolizing his charismatic (read: doomed) older brother, no much is known about “The Great Believer.” Mostly because the WB had so little faith in this gorgeous series that they vetoed a second season.
6. George W. Bush (Frank TV) — Whether he’s telling Letterman about his “planification” to win the war or taking on the “economy-ologists” over how great a depression can be, Frank Caliendo’s goofy good ol’ boy impersonation could teach the real deal a thing or 50 about how to make us laugh. Intentionally, that is.
7. Mackenzie Allen (Commander in Chief) — A heartbeat away from the presidency wasn’t so far for this moderate Republican vice president who made history as the first female prez after her boss was felled by a stroke. Unfortunately, wishy-washy Mac turned out to be a lame duck, so ABC made some sweeping changes by impeaching her from their schedule.
8. Mike Brady (The Brady Bunch in the White House) — Thank God he only served for the duration of a TV-movie, because otherwise 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. would have ended up with an Astroturfed rose garden and a poet laureate named Johnny Bravo. Only plus side? World-leader potato-sack races!
9. Laura Roslin (Battlestar Gallactica) — Thrust into the top spot after the Cylons wiped out every ranking official above her, the space-aged secretary of education is no schoolmarm. So far, she’s championed torture, fixed an election and stolen a baby – all while battling cancer and bewitching Adama. Now that’s a pit bull in lipstick.
10. Caroline Reynolds (Prison Break) — For most politicos, a dirty campaign means shooting slam ads and dodging debate questions. For this shrew, it meant fraud, betrayal, and, of course, poisoning the big guy to move up from veep to chief. Not exactly a profile in courage, although we can think of skeevier things that have gone down in the Oval Office.
If you wake up cranky, we know why. You aren’t getting enough sleep. Women are worse than men when it comes to morning crankiness. In a survey conducted by The Sleep Council in Great Britain, 24% of men said they never wake up grumpy, compared with just 14% of women. Women not only have more frequent bad moods in the morning, they stay in them much longer than men. For 13% of women, the crankiness lasts two to four hours, but it only lasts that long for 10% of men.
According to a poll by TV Guide magazine Charlie Sheen, who plays a wealthy, womanizing bachelor on the top-rated sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” made more than any other TV actor this year with earnings of $825,000 per episode. Want more?
· Charlie Sheen Two and Half Men), $825,000 per episode
· William Petersen (CSI), $600,000 per episode
· Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order SVU), $275,000 per episode.
· Oprah Winfrey, $385 million annually
· Simon Cowell, $50 million per year
· David Letterman, $32 million per year
· Katie Couric (CBS News), $15 million per year
34% Americans say they believe in ghosts and just as many are absolutely positive there are UFOs, according to an AP/Ipsos poll. That’s the same number of people who in recent polls say they are baseball fans. Plus 19% believe in the existence of spells or witchcraft and nearly half believe in ESP. Nearly a quarter of people insist they not only believe in ghosts, but have seen one or believe they have been in the presence of a ghost.
· OK, so when is it OK to start putting the Christmas stuff up?
· What is mandatory to carry with you in your car?
· Which do you do more — write checks or debit card?
· Have you ever hit a deer with your car?
· Who’s your favorite TV witch?
· Have you ever tried to dispel a nasty rumor about yourself?
· Anyone giving out full-sized candy bars for Halloween? Your address?
· Strangest thing someone’s given you for Halloween.
· At what time tonight do you stop giving out candy?
· Cutest kid costume.
· What’s the strangest thing you ever saw along the side of the road?
· Who’s the hottest actor in Tinseltown? How about the hottest actress? Who was your big Hollywood crush when you were a teen?
· Are you related to anyone famous? Who is it?
· What’s the strangest event you’ve ever attended or saw an ad for?
· Ever been in jail?
If you woke up this morning to find toilet paper in your trees, a smashed pumpkin on your porch or egg on your car, blame Mischief Night. The night before Halloween could have brought you a prank or 2. Anyone get struck by mischief last night?
Rumor has it that Michael’s on Board for a Jackson 5 reunion. My cohost is a huge Jackson 5 fan. If you could see one disbanded band get back together, who would you want it to be?
I heard that Madonna is planning to bury all the gifts she received from ex-husband Guy Ritchie. When my ex broke up with me, I shredded all of the photos of us together. Phoner: What did you do to your “sweetheart’s stuff” when they dumped you?
Who was the first one to say, “I love you?” A recent survey says that 80% of the time it’s the woman. I said it first to my wife. I think that’s more the way it works. It’s really the guy that says it first. Tons of calls telling me I was wrong. One woman said she didn’t think her husband has ever said it.
Can money buy love? Ask listeners how much money it would take for them to marry an ugly or old, or idiot person. Would you do it to inherit his 10 million. if you knew it was sure thing?
From a recent Msn.com Dating and Personal Article, “How to Wow an Older Woman”:
· Do talk her talk – Ask her questions about her job, her hobbies, what type of music she likes. Just don’t be discouraged if you can’t find common ground. So what if she’s a wine enthusiast, but you’re a beer man? Ask her to pick out a glass of red she thinks you’d enjoy. Accept that this relationship, however serious, will be built less on common ground and more on exploring new territory.
· Don’t play around – If you want to land an older woman, then the only time you should be playing games is when you turn on your Xbox. That means ditching those dating rules you developed in high school — like waiting days to call in order to make yourself look cool. The wonderful thing about being older is that you just don’t have time for games.
· Do stay cool – Burt Reynolds and a 19-years-older Dinah Shore made waves in the ’70s when word broke that they were an item, and 30 years later the public still goes slack-jawed over Ashton and Demi — proving that the older woman-younger man relationship may be the last taboo in dating. And the uncomprehending responses aren’t confined only to Hollywood love lives. You’ll have to deal with looks and remarks from friends, family, and even strangers. Don’t date an older woman if you can’t handle that attention.
· Don’t mention the numbers – You don’t need to be a mind-reader to know that women, no matter how poised and confident, aren’t keen on being reminded of their age. In this case, that also means not constantly referencing the spread between your years and hers. A line like, “It’s so great that we get along despite the generation gap,” sounds good in your head, but comes across as, “I’m glad we get along even though you’re so old.”
· Do act your age – Fact is, if she wanted to date a man her age, she would, so don’t pressure yourself to act more sophisticated than you are. In this instance, exploring her “less mature” side can be a huge kick — for both of you!
Does age make a difference in relationships? What’s the biggest age gap that you believe is acceptable for a relationship and does gender make a difference in the age gap?
This one rocked! Toilet injuries? It’s amazing how many people have been injured on or around the toilet.
This was a fun one too. Goofy things you did as a kid to show you were in love. We received calls on everything from singing dopey songs to picking flowers (weeds) in the yard.
Who has had a dream come true? There are plenty of people who claim they dreamnt about a loved one’s passing and found out the next day it was true. Another variation of that is to ask people to call in and describe their naughty dream about a co-worker and then call that person and let them know about it. It’s not harassment if it’s a just a dream, right?
We asked Internet daters whether or not they had good or bad experiences with it. Again with so many listeners stuck in traffic or in the office already the lines lit up. Everyone has tinkered with it at some point or another and to some extent whether it was just chatting on instant messenger or getting married, we covered it all.
Check out this list of annoying habits from AskMen.com:
1. Men leave a wake of empty containers
2. They splash the mirror when they brush their teeth
3. Leave hair in the sink after shaving
4. Use 10 drinking glasses a day instead of one
5. Pee on the toilet seat
6. Litter the ground with laundry
7. Don’t do house work
8. Burp and fart indiscriminately
9. Develop a martyr complex when sick
10. Channel surf rapidly (and seemingly aimlessly)
Phoner: Have your listeners add to the list.
TV commercial mascots. What works and what doesn’t? Most people loved the Geico gecko and Aflack duck but many took issue with my opinion that the Snuggles bear is creepy and could be in a Chuckie-style horror movie. Almost universally hated were the Lamasil toe-nail fungus spots.
When’s the most dangerous time to drive? According to a recent study, you should avoid the drive after noon, on Friday, Saturday or Sunday or on holidays. Is this really true, or is always dangerous out there?
According to entrepreneurial feces finders, paying someone to pick up your pup’s poop is no more odd than dishing out the dough for someone to prune your yard or wash your car. Yes, people are paying to have this done. What’s the strangest “service” you’ve ever bought for your pooch?
Men — do you still ask your significant other for fashion advice in the morning? Do you think your spouse has a better fashion sense that you do? Ladies, what’s the biggest fashion mistake your man makes?
We asked for “evil ex stories.” This one works for any station, any format. Apparently, a lot of people have one. One poor lady’s ex-husband married her best friend/receptionist. Another guy called in and just said, “Well, I married a stripper…” Enough said on that one!
The Most Honest Bargain Hunter in the World
Here’s your feel good story of the day. Nice to know there are still some very honest young people out there — even when they’re bargain hunters. 11-year-old Mikela Mercier was looking through the used video tapes at the Salvation Army thrift store in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, when she settled on a Richard Simmons tape. She was all set to buy the tape for 50 cents when she discovered it was worth much more. Inside the box was $1,000 cash — ten 100-dollar bills to be exact. But rather than make off with the find of the century, little Mikela immediately looked for her mom who was inside the dressing room and told her they needed to turn it in. Store manager Jimmy Thennes put out a news release on the discovery, praising Mikela for her honesty. Her mother, Jodi Mercier, said she is very proud of her daughter who she says knew it belonged to the Salvation Army so the agency can help more people in need. (myway.com)
Wrong Time To Find a Traffic Cop!
In Frisco, Texas, police officer Jerry Varner was directing traffic outside of a concert when he noticed something very familiar about a truck driving by. It was his truck — being driven by somebody he did not know! The startling sight led to the arrest of 22-year-old James Matthew Herring who is charged with theft and evading arrest. Officer Varner had parked his maroon pickup about 100 yards from where he was directing traffic and didn’t notice anyone breaking in but certainly recognized his truck coming toward him. Varner ordered the driver to pull over. Instead, the suspect put the truck in reverse and attempted to flee, striking several vehicles. Police cars eventually surrounded the truck. Herring tried to run but was soon caught. (myway.com)
Don’t Shoot the Gas Pump!
Imagine this — you’re filling up at the pump and the guy next to you pulls out a shotgun and starts firing into the pump! That’s what happened in Naugatuck, Connecticut at a Sunoco station. Amazingly nobody was hurt and the pump did not explode. The suspect drove off, struck two cars and was injured in a crash following the shooting incident. Police have an arrest warrant for the shooter and his hospital room is being guarded 24-hours a day by two police officers. No motive is known for the shooting. (Republican-American)
The Prosecution Calls Scooby Doo!
For the first time ever in France, and possible in the world, a dog has been called as a formal witness in a murder trial! Prosecutors in Paris called a dog named “Scooby Doo” to the stand so that the judge in the case could watch how he reacted when he approached the defendant, who was accused of killing Scooby’s master. The dog reportedly “barked furiously,” helping convince the judge to recommend the case go to trial. (Daily Telegraph)
Another Coffee Lawsuit
Perhaps one of the most talked about lawsuits is that case where the woman was awarded 2.7 million from McDonalds after spilling their hot coffee on her lap while driving. Well it’s happening again — and this time to Starbucks! 23-year-old Jordan Triplett says she bought her coffee via a Starbucks drive-through window in Knoxville, Tennessee. According to the lawsuit, she balanced the extremely hot cup of coffee on her thigh with her hand on top of the cup as she pulled away from the window and negotiated a turn onto the roadway. However, she then noticed “the lid of the coffee container was loose and not affixed properly. Before she could get a better grip, the lid dislodged from the cup, thereby causing scalding coffee to spill and splash onto her lap, right thigh and right hand. This caused severe blisters and burns on her hand, inner thigh and “private parts.” A doctor later classified the injuries as first- and second-degree burns, that caused scarring and disfigurement. Triplett immediately contacted the Starbucks franchise to inform them of the incident and to request that the employees be more careful in attaching the lids to the container and monitor the temperature of the coffee. She says the Starbucks worker was incredibly unresponsive. She later filed a complaint with the firm’s corporate headquarters that netted her a gift certificate offer instead of restitution for her medical bills. So that’s when she got fed up and decided to sue. (Knoxville News)
Fact follow-up: A little known fact about that infamous McDonald’s coffee lawsuit. While the jury found that McDonald’s had engaged in willful, reckless, malicious, or wanton conduct, and rendered a punitive damage award of 2.7 million dollars — which is the equivalent of just two days of coffee sales — an appellate judge later lowered the award to $480,000, a fact not widely publicized in the media. Usually when you hear the story — it stops at 2.7 million.
No More iPodding and Driving!
We’ve had legislation banning cell phone calls while driving, legislation banning texting while driving, and now our Canadian friends want to ban switching songs on your iPod while driving. The “anti-iPodding” legislation also targets portable DVD and video game players, Blackberrys and hand-held global positioning systems. Violators would be meted a fine of $500 under a distracted driving law. It does not cover changing radio stations on the mounted stereo, but includes talking on the phone or texting while the red light is on at an intersection or slowed down by traffic. Ontario Transportation Minister Jim Bradley said the strict and more defined regulations seek to ensure the motorist has both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road to prevent accidents. (AHN News)
The Rich Just Get Richer!
So New York has just rolled out a new scratchcard game that pays a whopping $1 million dollars a year for life! And the first winner — a British man who was already a multimillionaire! 33-year-old Keenan Altunis is a London-based banker and admitted, “It’s not going to materially change my life. I’ve been a very blessed and fortunate person.” But since he lives in Britain, Mr. Altunis will have to pay New York but not federal taxes on his winnings. He bought three $30 tickets while visiting his parents, who moved to Long Island from Turkey when he was five. The University of Pennsylvania graduate said, “It turned out to be the best return on any investment I’ve ever made.” (Ananova)
SPY THE LIE
All of the following were inventions from the mind of Thomas Edison except for one: Spy the lie!
· The light bulb
· Paraffin paper
· The power stapler ***
· The electric voting machine
· The stock ticker
All of the following celebrities measure in at 6-foot 5-inches except for one: Spy the lie!
· Craig Kilborn
· John Cleese (actually lists his height as 6-4 and ¾) ***
· Vince Vaughn
· Ryan Stiles
· WNBA star Lisa Leslie
All of the following famous folks were diagnosed with epilepsy EXCEPT for one: Spy the lie!
· Danny Glover (supposedly cured at age 35)
· Neil Young
· TV’s Batman, Adam West ***
· Truman Capote
· Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac
WHO HAS THE BEST LIFE?
There was a “King of Queens” episode where they took the wrong pictures home from the store and were upset because the people had a better life then they did. When they went back to the store to return them, they started looking through all the other peoples photos and discovered that everyone has pretty much had a better life then they did. Couldn’t find one family with a worse life. Have listeners send photos of their life to post on the web site and then have folks vote on who has the best life.
BEAT THE CELEBRITY
We have a corn hole game in our studio and when celebrities come in we have them play each other for listeners. Pretty good way to give stuff away especially tickets to their shows or copies of CD’s.
TOP FIVE LEAST SCARY LINES EVER SPOKEN IN A HORROR MOVIE
1. “I vant to drink your Snapple”
2. “Every month, when the moon is full, I turn into a… fast food joint and binge!”
3. “The mummy, he… he… smelled so bad!”
4. “We need to drive a stake through his heart. A porterhouse… no, better yet, a T-bone!”
5. “If I ever became a zombie, I’d just die”
HUNTER’S HUMOR by Tim Hunter
Friends of Guy Ritchie says he’s planning a tell-all movie about his marriage to Madonna, so he can get his side of the story out. Oh, great… they’re going to drag us through that AGAIN?
To add insult to injury, for the part of Madonna, he’s going to use Cloris Leachman.
A group of Peruvian faith-healers have endorsed Barack Obama. I don’t know about you, but that’s the one I was waiting for…
Got a busy couple of days coming up: Halloween, the clocks fall back an hour this weekend and next Tuesday, we get to turn back the country 8 years.
Those who hate Christmas say “Bah! Humbug!” Those who hate Halloween say “Boo! Humbug!”
THE AVERAGE GUY AND HIS DOG
According to Men’s Health, the Average Guy and His Dog:
· 2 is the number of pooches the average dog owning guy has
· $24,084 is what he’ll spend on both of them for food, vet bills, and training
· Number one reason the average guy doesn’t choose a cat for a pet instead is because cats don’t worship their owners.
· 21% of men have tried to teach their dogs how to fetch the newspaper
· Labrador is the average guy’s favorite breed
· 85% of men consider their dogs part of the family
· 71% of men think their dog understands them in some telepathic way
· 1 out of 3 will choose the dog if it came down to their dog or the woman they love
PLAY BY PLAY
Get a local play by play guy to do the play by play of regular things like bringing an order to a table or delivering a letter. Listener must guess what he is doing play-by-play of to win.
Laundromat Lotto is huge for us. Our stunt boy takes a bag of numbered golfballs (one for each possible number in the lottery) and dumps them into a dryer at a public Laundromat. Then, he fires up the dryer and pulls out 6 numbers for our listeners to play. Great audio! And, so far, we’re eight-for-eight. We’ve drawn losing numbers each of the past eight times!
USE BODY LANGUAGE TO STAY SAFE
(Cosmopolitan) The way you carry yourself can prevent an attack by communicating confidence and invulnerability. Here’s some important advice:
· Hard as it might be, put down the cell phone and iPod headphones. They can distract you and scream “easy target.”
· There are times when a leisurely stroll is in order, but when you’re by yourself and just trying to get from point A to point B, use a brisk stride as if you know exactly where you’re going.
· Every once in a while, do a 360 degree spin while you’re walking to glimpse what’s behind you.
· When heading for a car or building, have your keys at the ready so you don’t need to fish for them in that oversize handbag you love so much.
· Avoid situations where you’re weighed down with lots of packages. Ask the store staff for help getting them to your car.
· Though high heels are clearly difficult to run in, they can actually be used as a defensive weapon in an extreme emergency.
IT’S ALL RELATIVE
Looking for more ridiculous ways to give away prizes? You’ve come to the right place: It’s time for “It’s All Relative!” Get a contestant on the phone and ask them three personal questions. Stuff like: “What size bra do you wear?” “What brand of feminine hygiene products do you use?” “What brand of condoms do you prefer?” Then, conference them with a relative (mom, dad, brother, sister, etc.) and ask them the same questions. If they match two out of three, they win a wonderful prize!
You can tell a lot about a woman by checking out her handbag. From enormous satchels to classy little clutches, the accessory no woman would be without is a key to her personality. Here’s a list of what you can find out about a woman by the handbag she carries:
· Tote — If you stuff everything but the kitchen sink into your big bag, you’re laid back, relaxed and put more importance on your personal life than your job. Here’s betting it holds a favorite book along with the essentials – you’re a gal who enjoys life.
· Compact Shoulder Bag — You may be a little on the rigid side, but you never have to fish for your keys. Your pocketbook is loaded with pockets and zippers to keep everything in its proper place, indicating you are focused and organized. Your attitude is definitely “can do!”
· Small Pouch — You’re dainty, soft-spoken and prefer pastel colors over loud reds and dark blues. You carry only the essentials to enhance your femininity, like a small billfold, lipstick, compact and a tiny package of tissue.
· Briefcase Style — You’re all business, whether you’re running a household or your own company. There’s no room for clutter – either in your bag or your life. You like classic clothes and sensible shoes, and you refuse to wait on your husband and kids hand and foot. They all have their chores to do and heaven help them if they mess up.
GORSEFEATHERS by Patrick Gorse
John McCain made a campaign appearance in Defiance, Ohio, on Thursday. Not to be outdone, Barack Obama spoke in Overconfidence, Virginia, and Joe Biden stumped in Loose Lips, Louisiana.
Britney Spears has signed to host “Saturday Night Live.” Brit said, “I hope this comes off without a hitch. I’m keeping my fingers and my legs crossed.”
To make sure they attract a huge audience for the “Saturday Night Live” episode hosted by Britney Spears, “Weekend Update” will be followed by a skit called “Peek-End Up-Skirt.”
The Screen Actors Guild has announced they’re opposing a California ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage. So Hollywood has come out against a gay marriage ban. Is this news? Knock me over with a feather boa.
I tell ya’, I get no respect at all. I asked my stock broker if there’s a safe place to put your money in this market. He said, “For you, yeah. Try your underpants.”
Barack Obama’s half-hour campaign infomercial did great in the ratings. Over 26 million un-real Americans watched it.
With apologies to comedian Bill Saluga… Philadelphia Phillie fans were very cruel to the Tampa Bay Rays, calling their third baseman Evan Longoria “Eva” Longoria, and the Tampa team the “Tampon” Bay Rays. A spokesman for the Rays said, “You can call us the Tampa Bay Rays or you can call us the Tampa Rays. You can call us the Tampa Bay Devil Rays or you can call us the D-Rays. You can call us the T.B. Rays or you can call us the T.B.D. Rays… But ya’s don’t has to call us Tampons!”
500 people showed up to welcome convicted felon Senator Ted Stevens at a rally in Anchorage Thursday morning–Or as law enforcement refers to 500 friends of Ted Stevens — co-conspirators.
Congratulations to the Philadelphia Phillies for winning the World Series. Although Tampa Bay continues to insist they’ve got the Phils right where they want them.
DARE TO WEAR
Just because the night of fright is full of unspeakable terrors, it doesn’t mean that your Halloween costume has to be one of them. Luckily for you, AskMen.com has a little do-not-do guide, or costumes guys should never dare to wear:
· Ghost — How many times have you been at a party where you’ve seen a handful of single guys wearing their soiled bedsheets? This pathetically unimaginative Halloween costume lets women know three things about you: you’re uncreative; you leave things to the last minute; and if she returns home with you, she’ll be sleeping on a sheet with a pair of cut-out eye holes. Ghost costumes, like ghosts themselves, should simply disappear, as it’s definitely a Halloween costume guys should never wear.
· The opposite sex — Sure, it might seem like a good idea to throw on a wig and slap on an oversized pair of falsies for your big, creative Halloween costume. But before you know it, you’ll be slipping out of work early to go shopping for shoes and accessories. Just as marijuana is a gateway to harder drugs, dressing up like a woman for Halloween is a gateway to becoming a full-time cross-dresser. Besides, no self-respecting woman would ever make out with someone who looks (and possibly smells) like her great aunt Edith. Halloween is the perfect excuse to play up your sex appeal, so stick with flattering Halloween costumes that present you in the best light possible.
· Scarecrow — In addition to being uncomfortable and sadly outdated, the scarecrow is also a grade-A fire hazard that has the potential to go up in flames faster than a rear-ended Pinto. If you only had a brain you’d know that this inherently flawed getup is a Halloween costume guys should never wear. Dorothy said goodbye to the scarecrow, and so should you.
· Anything with leotards — Unless you’re an Olympic gymnast or a professional wrestler, you have no excuse whatsoever for leaving the house in a pair of leotards. That means giving the court jester the gong and leaving Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest right where he belongs. Some other leotard-laden Halloween costumes guys should never wear include Superman, Henry VIII and anything else that looks like it could be used during a male figure skating competition. Unless you want to be perceived in the same pink light as Robin of Batman, you’ll avoid leotards at Halloween
· A mascot — Although the thought of dressing up like the Easter Bunny or Frosty the Snowman at Halloween may at first seem amusing, keep in mind that these poorly constructed mascot costumes are generally cumbersome and difficult to communicate through. They’re also inadequately ventilated, which means that you’re going to be hotter than a snake’s ass in a wagon rut within minutes of fastening your head into place. If you thought your cologne could be off-putting, just wait until women catch a whiff of the three gallons of sweat that has collected in your crappy Halloween costume.
· Captain Jack Sparrow — There’s nothing worse than arriving at the tail end of a popular trend, which is precisely what will happen if you dress up in this jaunty pirate’s outfit, and it’s precisely why it makes our list of Halloween costumes guys should never wear. Although Captain Jack was something of a novelty when Pirates of the Caribbean first hit theaters in 2003, it’s now more played out than a Village People record at a gay disco. If you’re looking to emulate a more contemporary cinematic icon this Halloween, we recommend one of the Spartan warriors from 300, McLovin from Superbad or the unforgettable breached baby head from Knocked Up. Come on, everyone loves babies!
· Charles Manson — If you thought it was difficult to attract women when you were dressed in a floral blouse, try doing it with a swastika temporarily tattooed on your forehead. You’ll quickly discover that most Halloween partygoers aren’t interested in mingling with someone whose idea of a good time involves mass murder and consensual homicide. Manson is an especially creepy Halloween costume choice because he’s still alive and kicking at California’s Corcoran State Prison, where he is known as inmate #B33920. If you still insist on dressing like a serial killer, stick with fictional characters like Norman Bates, Freddy Krueger or Michael Myers instead. After all, everyone likes to be scared, but not by someone who is eligible for parole in 2012, which makes this one a Halloween costume guys should never wear.
HOW GOOD IS YOUR MEMORY?
(Sun) If you feel like your memory is slipping away, you’re not alone. Most people have trouble remembering as they get older. Take this quiz to reveal the technique best suited for boosting your memory. You’ll find out the secret to your learning style in the analysis.
The trait you admire most about your mate is:
a. Physical attractiveness.
b. Sense of humor.
c. Loving support.
When learning a new game, you:
a. Skim the rules before beginning.
b. Ask other players to explain the rules.
c. Figure things out as you play.
If you got lost, you’d:
a. Take a look at a map.
b. Turn back and retrace the last 10 minutes.
c. Stop at a gas station and ask someone for directions.
Your favorite way of reaching out to a friend is to:
a. Write an e-mail.
b. Have a long phone conversation.
c. Drop by for a visit.
Mostly “a” – You need to see something in order to commit it to memory. Try imagining maps, diagrams or vivid images to lock in the information and you’ll have instant recall when you need it.
Mostly “b” – The best way for you to retain information is by listening. You’re keenly attuned to the tone, pitch and speed of what you hear. Make it stick by repeating aloud what you want to remember.
Mostly “c” – You learn by doing. The hands-on approach allows you to create a memory through physical movement. Try tapping your toe or gesturing with your hands to recall the information you seek.
CANDIES YOU WON’T BE STEALING FROM YOUR KIDS’ HALLOWEEN SACK
1. “Reeses Peanut Butter Cow Pies”
2. “Bad ‘n Plenty”
3. “Sweet Farts”
4. “Goats Milk Duds”
5. “Bit ‘O Broccoli”
The classic horror flick “Frankenstein,” starring Boris Karloff as the monster, is celebrating its 77nd anniversary this year. Grab a bunch of “Frankenstein” videos and give them away, or set up a costume contest for Frankie look-alikes or brides of Frankenstein. Here’s some trivia about the movie from the Internet Movie Database:
· Not long before filming began, Colin Clive (Dr. Frankenstein) broke a leg in a horse riding accident. Consequently, most of Dr. Frankenstein’s scenes were shot with him sitting.
· When filming the scene where the monster emerges from the burnt windmill, Karloff, Boris slipped and fell into the water-filled well. Upon being helped out, he realized he had broken a leg in the fall. The metal struts used to stiffen his legs (for the famous “monster lurch”) helped keep the bones in place until they could be properly set.
· The musical soundtrack for this film proved so popular, it was used again in the “Flash Gordon” serials starring Crabbe, Buster.
· When Frankenstein’s castle is self-destructing, the Doctor can be seen against the far wall. Yet he is next seen outside in the arms of his beloved, watching the explosions.
· There were two endings originally: the first had Doctor Frankenstein dying within the castle and this was filmed. But the producers judged this a bit harsh and wanted a happy ending, so they shot the extra footage (too expensive to re-film the explosions).
· The movie was shot in 46 days at a cost of approximately $400,000. Boris Karloff sweated off 20 pounds laboring in the hot costume and makeup.
· The “body count” in the original cut was 21. This was trimmed to 10 after pressure from the censors.
· Director Whale, James originally did not want to do a sequel to “Frankenstein.”
· Bela Lugosi (known for his Dracula roles) was offered the role of the Monster, but refused on the grounds that his character would not speak (though he eventually played the role in “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” (1943)). Lugosi also insisted on creating his own makeup for the Monster, but his design was rejected.
· John Carradine turned down the part of the Monster because he considered himself too highly trained to be reduced to playing monsters.
HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
· Carry a flashlight
· Walk, don’t run
· Stay on sidewalks
· Obey traffic signals
· Stay in familiar neighborhoods
· Don’t cut across yards or driveways
· Wear a watch you can read in the dark
· Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground
· Shoes should fit (even if they don’t go with your costume)
· Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house
· Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props
· (If no sidewalk) walk on the left side of the road facing traffic
· Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape
· Approach only houses that are lit
· Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know
· Make your child eat dinner before setting out
· Children should carry quarters so they can call home
· Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult
· If your children go on their own, be sure they wear a watch, preferably one that can be read in the dark
· If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material
· Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home
· You should know where they’re going
· Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything
· Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect
· Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip the young ones
· Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them up to protect them from cars or inadvertently bitting a trick-or-treater
· Battery powered jack o’lantern candles are preferable to a real flame
· If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing
· Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won’t be blown into a flaming candle
· Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later
· Non-food treats: plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins
HOW HALLOWEEN JUST ISN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE
1. Headless Horseman now driving a hybrid
2. To make ends meet, Freddy Kruger now working at Benihana’s
3. Dracula now insisting all of his victims first get a blood test
4. Wolfman constantly mistake for Wolverine
5. Invisible man recently getting invisible hair transplants