Monthly Archives: October 2008

10.31.08

 SHOW PREP OCTOBER 31, 2008

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

 

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 Imais 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)

 

 

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.

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 . . .

 

Halloween Lore:

1.  To cure the plague and leprosy, one might swallow a buttered what?

A.  turnip
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.

A.  dwarf
B.  snake
C.  owl
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?

A.  nose
B.  tongue
C.  middle finger  ****
D.  big toe

 

5.  What color will a flame turn if a ghost is near?

A.  blue  ****
B.  red
C.  green
D.  white

 

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?

A.  Thailand
B.  Denmark
C.  Russia  ****
D.  Iceland

 

10.  T or F: Jack O’ Lantern is really a legendary folk hero, mainly in Britain, but also in parts of the U.S.

            A.  True

 

 

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.

http://www.pumpkinfresh.com/facts.htm

 

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!

 

(http://www.bonita.k12.ca.us/allen/Fun/Halloween.htm)

 

 

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.

 

Creepy Snippets

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 . . .

 

October 31st:

–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)

 

November 1st:

–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)

 

November 2nd:

–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 . . .

 

October 31st:

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)

 

November 1st:

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.

 

November 2nd:

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.

TODAY IS

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.

CONVERSATION STARTERS

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.

PHONE TOPICS

·         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!

WEIRD NEWS

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

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!

PURSE-ONALITY PROFILE

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.

Analysis:

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”

FRANKENSTEIN FRIDAY

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

Trick-or-Treaters:

·         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

Parents:

·         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

Homeowners:

·         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

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OCTOBER 30, 2008

 SHOW PREP OCTOBER 30, 2008

 

HOLLYWOOD 411 . . .

 

Jessica Simpson stood up two dates on Tuesday night – boyfriend Tony Romo and … Elmo?  The singer – who designs clothing, shoes and handbags for Macy’s – was supposed to fly from Nashville to New York Tuesday to celebrate the department store’s 150th anniversary. But driving rain caused serious flight delays, forcing Simpson to miss her scheduled gig singing “Happy Birthday” with Elmo. In fact the Macy’s party – which included guests like Eva Mendes, Tommy Hilfiger and Martha Stewart – had nearly ended by the time Simpson finally arrived at 8:30 p.m. “I’m so, so sorry!” she said as she rushed into Gotham Hall with her B.F.F. hairstylist Ken Paves. “[I wish] I could be God and control the weather.” But her injured NFL boyfriend, for one, was hoping she’d miss the event. “Tony was just praying [that I wouldn’t make it out],” Simpson admitted. “He had planned a really romantic date in case I didn’t make it [to New York] tonight.” And while a date night was tempting, “I decided to come,” she continued. “I’m like, ‘Honey, I have to go.’ ” So what make’s the quarterback such a catch? “His heart!” she told PEOPLE. (People)

 

Say what? Joaquin Phoenix dropped quite a shocker at Monday’s Paul Newman tribute, announcing his plans to quit acting. “I want to take this opportunity … to give you the exclusive and just talk a little bit about the fact that this will be my last performance as an actor,” the two-time Oscar nominee told Extra. “I’m not doing films anymore.” “Are you serious?” asked the stunned interviewer Jerry Penacoli. “Yeah. I’m working on my music,” Phoenix insisted. “I’m done. I’ve been through that.” His rep confirmed the retirement to Extra. The 34-year-old performer gave no further details on his career plans – but he has been working on a record for some time British band The Charlatans. Phoenix, who costars in the upcoming romantic drama Two Lovers with Gwyneth Paltrow, first learned to play guitar for his Academy-Award-nominated role as Johnny Cash in 2005’s Walk The Line. He was also nominated in 2000 for his supporting role in Gladiator. (People)

 

Actress Ashley Olsen credits her business-savy parents for grooming her and sister Mary-Kate into media moguls – because they let them sneak into meetings at a young age. The 22-year-olds began filming their first starring roles in U.S. TV series Full House at nine-months-old before launching a media empire with the start of their company Dualstar in 1993. Ashley says, “There’s a very specific language with financing and things like that. We definitely have a different perspective on running a business.” The pair was ranked among the world’s richest women in entertainment, earning an estimated $100 million last year, according to Forbes magazine. (Teen Hollywood)

 

Naomi Campbell will never be accused of modesty. The supermodel superdiva will host the Dec. 2 opening of a photo exhibition at Art Basel Miami featuring images of herself, many showing her in states of undress. Among the fashion photographers whose shots of her will be featured: David LaChapelle, Bruce Weber, Patrick Demarchelier, Ellen Von Unwerth and Albert Watson. (Page Six)

 

Elisabeth Hasselbeck gets more death threats than anyone else on “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg revealed Monday night at Cooper Union. Whoopi – part of a panel discussion on Art and Educational Justice hosted by the Stella Adler Studio with Rosie Perez, Phylicia Rashad and Anna Deavere Smith – said of her conservative co-host: “Politically we could not be more opposite, but I respect her tremendously. Truth is, we could not have a dialogue without Elizabeth. It’s not that we have to agree, the important thing is that we have the conversation.” The Post’s Sandra Guzman also reports Perez confessed she used to enjoy smoking pot and watching “American Idol,” which she found “hilarious.” (Page Six)

 

Pop star Britney Spears has vowed to stay away from men while she bids to make her career comeback. Britney Spears has sworn herself off men while she bids to make a comeback. With her next album, Circus, out next month insiders have told Showbiz Spy Britney doesn’t want any distractions. “Britney has always found it difficult not to have a man in her life but right now boyfriends are out of the question,” the source claims. “She’s concentrating on her career and getting back to where she once was. Although she would love to be in a relationship she’s aware that it’s the kind of blow that comes with being let down by a partner that has seen her lose it in the past. She won’t make that mistake again.” (Handbag)

 

Denis Leary finally says he’s sorry for his scathing remarks about autistics – but still insists they were twisted by the media. “I apologize for any pain the out-of-context quotes from my book may have caused,” the “Rescue Me” star, author of “Why We Suck,” told the Boston Herald. Leary has been under the gun for a chapter called “Autism Schmautism,” in which he blames a boom in autism on “inattentive mothers and competitive dads” who send their “dumb-ass kids” to shrinks “to get back diagnoses that help explain away the deficiencies of their junior morons.” (Page Six)

 

Rocker Adam Levine is still getting cozy with sultry actress Sophie Monk. Page Six reported in August that they smooched at the Chateau Marmont, and on Sunday they returned to the scene for a soiree. Martin + Osa hosted a garden screening of “All About Eve” Sunday night at the Hollywood hotel. One attendee told us, “Adam rolled up on his motorcycle and it was obvious that he was there to see So phie. Once the film began, they cuddled on the patio . . . they sat extremely close and were whispering in each other’s ears.” Monk’s rep confirmed she was there but had no comment. (Page Six)

 

Jennifer Hudson‘s Dreamgirls co-star is devastated about what happened to the Oscar winner’s family “I love her to death, and I know that she’s going through this – and my thoughts and prayers are with her, of course,” Sharon Leal told Usmagazine.com at the Soul Men premiere in NYC Tuesday. “I can’t even imagine what she must be going through,” Leal added. “But she is a beautiful person, and I hope that there’s enough friends and support and people to go through it with her.” Leal says she can’t believe Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew, Julian, were shot to death inside their south side Chicago home. “It’s unimaginable,” she said. “I don’t know what to say.” On Tuesday, the Chicago Cook County medical examiner’s office announced Julian died from multiple gunshot wounds. The announcement follows an autopsy on Julian’s body, which was found in the back of an SUV Monday. While no one has been charged in the slayings, police are eyeing William Balfour – ex-husband to Hudson’s sister, Julia – as a person of interest. (US Weekly)

 

What does it take to keep the Jolie-Pitt household running smoothly? A fleet of cars and a half-dozen nannies, for starters. “We’ve provided them with more than 20 Volkswagens while they’re here in Berlin,” Mya Walters, a public-relations manager for the car company, told Life & Style magazine. The magazine reports that the Pitt-Jolie Berlin digs also have a dinner table that seats 16 — that’s just a couple extra seats when you factor in their own family of eight and the six nannies the couple sometimes requires. During their recent trip to New Orleans, the magazine reports that they tried to make do with four nannies, but needed to fly in an additional two to combat the chaos. Don’t judge: it’s all for the sake of the family. Family friend Wyclef Jean said, “They make plenty of time for the kids, they’re great parents.” (Scoop)

 

Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole and husband Ashley Cole are to renew their wedding vows. X Factor judge Cheryl Cole and husband Ashley are to renew their wedding vows next year the singer has told OK! magazine. The couple almost split in January after a hairdresser claimed she had slept with Ashley, but Cheryl insists the couple are now back on track. “We’re a work in progress. We’re going to build our married life together, not thinking about what if it ever ends,” Cheryl explains. “I wasn’t looking for a relationship when I met Ashley and certainly not a long-term one. But pretty soon after I met him I knew something was different and I knew I had never felt that before He does little things now that he doesn’t even know he’s doing. My heart goes and I just think, God you’re so perfect.” (Handbag)

 

During the scenes in “W.” when it was difficult to tell whether you were watching a “Saturday Night Live” sketch or good character acting, Richard Dreyfuss, who played Dick Cheney, was among the standouts. Which is why it’s a touch disappointing that Dreyfuss slammed the film during his Oct. 28 appearance on “The View,” calling it “six-eighths of a great film” and said that he did it only for “the money.”  Everyone needs a paycheck, but saying six-eighths instead of three-fourths is nearly unforgivable. Moreover, Dreyfuss went on to say director Oliver Stone was a fascist. “Imagine working for Sean Hannity … you can be a fascist, even when you’re on the left,” he told the ladies of the “View.” Anyone know what spurned such a sharp attack? One theory: The film isn’t exactly breaking any box office records, and could be in danger of not recouping the $30 million or so it needs to break even. Perhaps this comes down to paycheck issues. (Scoop)

 

Following in her husband David Beckham’s hugely successful footsteps as the face and stellar body of Emporio Armani’s underwear collection, Victoria Beckham is stripping down for the venerable Italian designer. She will debut as the “worldwide testimonial” for Emporio Armani Women’s underwear in the Spring/Summer 2009 campaign shot by renowned fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. In a release, Giorgio Armani said, “Who better than Victoria Beckham to launch our new global Emporio Armani underwear campaign? Victoria is a style icon, a dynamic lady whose influence and recognition will add great excitement to the continued international growth of our Emporio Armani women’s underwear business.” (People)

 

Lindsay Lohan’s mother Dina has blasted rumors of a rift between her daughter and Ugly Betty star America Ferrera on the set of the hit show. Recent reports suggested Lohan’s guest role in the series had been cut because of tension between the pair. Sources told the New York Post Lohan brought an entourage onto the New York set with her, and that the actresses engaged in a power struggle over who was the biggest star. But Dina Lohan insists the gossip is untrue, telling People.com, “It was just silly. America’s a doll. And they said (Lindsay) brought a posse. It was my mother and myself, and (sister) Ali. It was not a posse.” (Teen  Hollywood)

 

 

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

 

Michael Caine will co-host the 2008 Nobel Peace Concert honoring this year’s laureate, organizers said Tuesday. The 75-year-old two-time Oscar winner will host the Dec. 11 show with Scarlett Johansson. The show is headlined by Diana Ross and includes Feist, Dierks Bentley, Julieta Venegas and Seun Kuti. The selection of Caine was exclusively released to The Associated Press by organizers a day ahead of the general announcement. Johansson’s role as co-host was announced a week ago. The concert has in the past been shown on television in 100 countries and is the most popular event on the Nobel calendar. Caine won the Academy Award as best supporting actor in 1986’s “Hannah and Her Sisters” and 1999’s “The Cider House Rules.” He and Johansson appeared together in the 2006 film “The Prestige.” Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari won the coveted prize for his peace efforts on several continents over many decades. The Nobel concert is held the day after the Nobel peace awards ceremony. (Daily Record)

 

Trick-or-treaters won’t find the light on outside Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey mansion this Halloween. Springsteen and his wife, Patti Scialfa, say they won’t be having their usual elaborate Halloween display featuring masked characters and decorations. Writing on his Web site, Springsteen blames “catastrophic success.” The 59-year-old rocker and his wife say too many visitors to their Rumson neighborhood raised concerns for the safety of children and parents. (Daily Record)

 

It looks like Cloris Leachman is having the last laugh. Last year, the acting legend was told by Mel Brooks, producer of Broadway’s “Young Frankenstein,” that, at 81, she was too old for the role of Frau Blucher (the character she originated in his 1974 movie). Despite a stellar audition, Brooks was concerned that Leachman didn’t have the “stamina” for eight shows a week. But, after watching her hoof and ham it up on “Dancing With the Stars,” Brooks has changed his mind about hiring Leachman, who won an Oscar for her supporting role in “The Last Picture Show” in 1971. Now 82, she’s a huge hit with “Dancing” audiences despite low scores from the judges. According to Broadway gossip site billymasters.com, “Mel has reached out to Leachman to see if they could make a deal – which I’m sure has nothing to do with the show’s somewhat soft box office.” But Leachman, who’s being inundated with offers – including a role in Quentin Tarantino‘s “Inglorious Bastards,” an eponymous one-woman show, and the grand marshal gig in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day – is letting him sweat. A rep for Leachman told us, “Cloris has received several interesting offers. We cannot confirm that ‘Young Frankenstein’ is one of them. For the time being, Cloris is focusing all her attention on dancing.” A rep for “Young Frankenstein” didn’t return calls. Last year, Leachman said she was “heartbroken” over her “Young Frankenstein” rejection, and noted that at a dinner party in 2006, Brooks told guests, “Cloris is going to steal the show – all she has to do is walk on the stage – she’ll bring the house down.” The Blucher role instead went to Andrea Martin. At the time, Brooks told Variety’s Army Archerd, “We’re afraid the show . . . could kill [Leachman] . . . We don’t want her to die onstage.”  (Page Six)

 

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have selected an outspoken rabbi who once battled the New York Times to convert her to Judaism for their upcoming nuptials, a source tells us. As we reported in 2001, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein of Congregation Kehillath Jeshurun on East 85th led his flock to boycott the Times over “biased and unfair coverage” of Israel and the Mideast, and got 1,000 subscribers to bail. Meanwhile, Trump’s conversion is going nicely. “She and Jared were in shul during all the holidays and ate in the sukkah every night,” our spy says. Ivanka declined to comment. (Page Six)

 

Burlesque star Dita Von Teese has uncovered what she plans to wear on Halloween. Dita Von Teese has revealed what fancy dress costume she’s planning on wearing this Halloween. “For Halloween, I’m going to look like a normal girl, put some bronzer on, some spray tan on and wear some jeans,” she told Channel 4. “People will ask me where my costume is! I would never do this in normal life, that’s why I’ll do it at Halloween. It’s a bit funny and people think I’m not wearing a costume but I really am.” Oh, the wag! (Handbag)

 

No grudge here! Tina Fey says Sarah Palin offered to have her 17-year-old daughter babysit Fey’s 3-year-old kid while filming Saturday Night Live two weeks ago. “Gov. Palin was like, ‘Oh, did Alice go home? Oh, ’cause Bristol woulda’ babysat. She offered Bristol Palin to babysit Alice,” Fey told Conan O’Brien Tuesday. “And it was Bristol’s birthday, too,” Fey said. “I was like yeah, that’s exactly what 17-year-old Bristol Palin wants to do at SNL…babysit the toddler of the lady that gooks on her mom….” “But they’re a nice family,” Fey added. Fey also dished on 30 Rock guest star, Oprah Winfrey. Hugging the talk show host was “everything you want it to be,” she said. “It’s like going to the spa for a week.” (US Weekly)

 

The bitterness between Joe Francis and Samantha Ronson that erupted at the VMA Awards last month is getting worse. On today’s “Tyra Banks Show,” the “Girls Gone Wild” czar calls Lindsay Lohan‘s deejay girlfriend “very jealous. Samantha tried to start a fight with me. I care about Lindsay – she’s not gay. She’s being controlled by this . . . wretched woman, this Samantha.” Told by Page Six of Francis’ cracks, Ronson fumed: “I think he’s one of the more disgusting human beings in the world because of what he does . . . He’s a [bleep]bag.” Ronson says when Francis approached their table during a VMA party, “He said hello to Lindsay and looked over at me as if I wasn’t a human being. He’s got no manners.” On her blog a few weeks back, Lohan ranted, “Joe Francis has no place in saying anything about Samantha . . . especially after all the [bleep] he has done.” Ronson told us: “He should find something else to talk about.”  (Page Six)

 

A cookbook author involved in a lawsuit with Jerry Seinfeld’s wife says she wasn’t amused by jokes the comedian made last year on late-night television. In federal court papers for a December hearing, Missy Chase Lapine says her 7-year-old daughter was upset after Seinfeld joked that people with three names – James Earl Ray and Mark David Chapman, for instance – turned out to be assassins. Lapine claims Jessica Seinfeld got ideas for the “Deceptively Delicious” cookbook from Lapine’s “Sneaky Chef.” The Seinfelds’ attorney said Wednesday: “As a comedian, Jerry has a right under the First Amendment to tell jokes. Ms. Lapine, on the other hand, was not joking when she maliciously accused Jessica Seinfeld, who also has young children, of plagiarism, a charge that is demonstrably false.” (Daily Record)

 

Reports suggest Guy Ritchie has turned down a £20 million divorce settlement deal from Madonna because he wants their children to stay in the UK. The breakdown in their marriage became public two weeks ago, and it appears that the education of their children, Rocco and adopted David Banda, is the sticking point between them. Madonna wants them to live with her and her daughter, Lourdes, in New York, while Ritchie wants them educated in England. A source said: “I do think it’s going to get nasty. He and Madonna are very angry now, no doubt about it but they are willing to put that aside for their children.” It’s also been reported that Guy Ritchie has stopped their UK country home swimming pool being filled with “blessed Kabbalah water” – instead opting for chlorinated water which is the more common choice. (British Glamour)

 

Hulk and Linda are at each others’ throat again, and this time we’re told it’s over a combination of Hulk’s prized Rolls-Royce and his worst enemy — Linda’s 19-year-old boyfriend. The Rolls-Royce in question was to sit in storage until their marital assets were divided — because the car loses value if driven. But Linda recently wanted to take it on a joy ride anyway. Once Hulk’s counsel got word Linda was having the car prepped to drive, they had the Rolls moved to an undisclosed location. Sources tell us the car’s insurance was “woefully inadequate,” and Hulk had fears Linda’s 19-year-old boyfriend Charley Hill would drive it — which could have put the extremely expensive car at risk. It wouldn’t be the first thing of Hulk’s Charley has ridden. (TMZ)

 

The author of the book “Rollin’ With Dre” is also allegedly rolling in Dre’s money, and the good Doctor wants it back. Stat. In a lawsuit dripping in betrayal, filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, Dr. Dre claims he loaned Bruce Williams $101,377.85 and was stiffed worse than Biggie Smalls.  Williams book, released last March, chronicles the struggle of Dre and others in the world of hip-hop. Williams sequel, “How to Use Someone Else’s Money to Change Your Identity,” will debut on Amazon.com soon. (TMZ)

 

Busted for what police said was a rock of cocaine on the driver’s seat of his car, William Balfour could have been spending the past few months behind bars for a parole violation. The 27-year-old felon was instead allowed to remain free and is now considered a suspect in the deaths of Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew. On the day the victims were fatally shot and the young boy went missing, Balfour told his parole agent he had missed a meeting because he was baby-sitting, records show. By midnight, investigators involved in a frantic search for 7-year-old Julian King had contacted parole officials and requested emergency addresses, visitor lists, telephone numbers and “anything further” connected to Balfour, according to documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. No one has been charged in the killings. An Amber Alert issued on Friday named Balfour as a suspect in the deaths of Hudson’s mother, 57-year-old Darnell Donerson, and brother, 29-year-old Jason Hudson. Julian, Balfour’s stepson, was found Monday shot to death in the back of an SUV on Chicago’s West Side. The Illinois Department of Corrections issued a warrant for Balfour on Saturday for violating terms of his parole by possessing a weapon and failing to attend anger management counseling and a substance abuse program, according to his parole report. Now that Balfour is in custody, detectives have time to dig deeper into his life, including his relationship with his ex-wife, Jennifer Hudson’s sister Julia, and his exact whereabouts during the weekend. Balfour was paroled after serving seven years for a 1999 attempted murder and vehicular hijacking conviction. On June 19, police pulled over Balfour’s car after hearing gunshots in the area, according to the officers’ report. They found a rock of cocaine in plain view on the driver’s seat, the report stated. It had a street value of about $100. A parole supervisor declined to issue a warrant to revoke Balfour’s parole after the arrest, records show. “Per supervisor … no warrant,” the report reads. “Agent to monitor offender, impose sanctions.” Corrections Department spokesman Derek Schnapp said officials who reviewed the cocaine-possession case against Balfour determined “the evidence that was presented during that time wouldn’t have necessarily warranted a violation.” A judge dismissed the charge for lack of probable cause in July, though no reason was cited in court records. However, a felony arrest usually is sufficient reason for corrections officials to revoke parole, said Thomas Peters, a Chicago criminal defense attorney who represents parolees. “Even though the criminal case is dismissed does not mean that you necessarily get a pass on a parole violation because the standard of proof is much less,” he said. In Balfour’s case, a parole violation could have sent him back to prison for as long as the remainder of his parole – until May 2009 – minus a day off for each day of good behavior. That would have meant a release date in mid-December at the earliest. Balfour’s parole history also shows that a woman at Balfour’s home refused to open the door during an agent’s visit on Aug. 27. The woman told the agent during the 8:30 a.m. visit that Balfour was at work but Balfour’s boss told the agent he wasn’t due until noon. “Agent heard other people inside the host site and suspected maybe suspicious activities going on,” the report said. “Agent will be following up for a possible warrant on parolee.” Parolees must agree to allow agents to visit their homes and consent to searches. There’s no warrant mentioned in following days on the report, which does note, however, that Balfour passed a drug test. Schnapp said the evidence again wasn’t sufficient to warrant revoking parole. Jennifer Hudson, who won a best-supporting-actress Oscar last year for “Dreamgirls,” has thanked fans for their support on her MySpace page but has been in seclusion in Chicago. (Daily Record)

 

There’s evidence this morning suggesting there may have been another person involved in the murder of Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother, and nephew. Investigators have honed in on William Balfour’s movements after the killings on Chicago’s South Side, according to the Chicago Tribune, and “are trying to determine” if someone else drove the prime suspect to the West Side, where the body of 7-year-old Julian King was found. Witnesses have told cops they saw Balfour drive a teal Chrysler to the Hudsons’ block on Friday morning, and that car was eventually found about a mile away. The SUV in which Julian was discovered ended up about 13 miles away from the Hudson house. (TMZ)

 

El DeBarge will be feeling the rhythm of the night all right—in a jail cell. A Los Angeles judge has sentenced the ’80s hitmaker to two years in state prison for a drug bust earlier this month. DeBarge (born Eldra Patrick DeBarge), whose hit “Who’s Johnny” video featured him in a courtroom, appeared in the real deal Tuesday to learn his fate for getting caught with crack cocaine. (Eonline)

 

Lindsay Lohan’s former bodyguard has dropped his lawsuit against the actress and abandoned his attempt to retrieve $55,000 in ‘unpaid wages’. David Kim filed a lawsuit against the actress back in April claiming he was owed the sum for work he carried out in 2006. Kim alleged he coordinated her security arrangements and drove her and her entourage. But the lawsuit has been dropped, reports TMZ.com. Representatives for Lohan could not reached to reveal if the actress settled the case out of court. (Teen Hollywood)

 

 

MUSIC . . .

 

Taylor Swift is plastic fantastic. The country cutie is the latest celeb to give Barbie a run for her money, with Jakks Pacific debuting a new collection of Taylor Swift fashion dolls. The scaled-down versions of Swift are exclusively available at Wal-Mart stores nationwide for just under $15, and come in advance of her sophomore album, Fearless, set for release Nov. 11. Upping the collectible ante, one of the Swift dolls even comes complete with the singer’s trademark bedazzled guitar, while others are themed: the Taylor Swift Sundress Medley, Pretty in Pink and Red Carpet Ready dolls—all wearing outfits inspired by clothes donned by Swift in real life—are among the versions already launched. Meanwhile, the Joe Jonas Camp Rock figurine is, as expected, sold separately. As are the requisite voodoo pins. (Eonline)

 

AC/DC will earn its second No. 1 album — and first chart-topping debut — as “Black Ice” will bow atop The Billboard 200 tomorrow (Oct. 29). The Columbia set sold a whopping 784,000 units in its first week of U.S. availability, according to Nielsen SoundScan.The entry marks the second biggest sales week of the year, trailing only Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” (Cash Money/Universal Motown) with 1,005,000. It’s also AC/DC’s best sales frame since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. “Black Ice,” which was released exclusively in the U.S. through Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and AC/DC’s official Web site, is the group’s first studio album since 2000’s “Stiff Upper Lip.” That set debuted and peaked at No. 7 with 130,000 in its opening week. AC/DC last crowned The Billboard 200 in early 1982 with “For Those About To Rock We Salute You.” The band begins an extensive world tour tonight in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Billboard)

 

NBA superstar LeBron James and Grammy-winning recording artist Jay-Z want people to get out early to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. James and Jay-Z will host a rally Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland which will include a free concert by the hip-hop star. James attended a Cleveland rally earlier this month to encourage people to vote for Obama. He’s also contributed $20,000 to a committee supporting the presidential nominee. (The Huffington Post)

 

Janet Jackson had to exert a little extra “Discipline” during her concert last night (Oct. 28) at the Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit. The singer trimmed a three-song section of her Rock Witchu Tour show, including the sexually explicit “Discipline,” in order to comply with a Michigan state law prohibiting simulated sex acts in a public performing space. Palace officials approached Jackson’s camp with concerns about the segment Tuesday afternoon. An arena spokesman says that “we explained the law, asked her not to do it, she complied. We did not ask her to cut the song. That was her call.” In a statement, Jackson’s manager Kenneth Crear, who was on site, said that “Janet did not want to disappoint her Detroit-area fans again, so we adhered to Michigan’s state ordinance and trimmed the ‘Discipline’ segment of the show so it would not be canceled.” Jackson’s show was a make-up date for an original Sept. 27 show that was one of several postponed when she was sidelined with a bout of migraine-induced vertigo. During the segment, Jackson usually pulls a male fan from the crowd, ties him down and “molests” him while her dancers mime various sexual acts, including masturbation. She’s done the same thing on previous tours, including performances at the Palace and other Michigan venues.  During her encore Jackson explained the omission to the crowd of 8,000 and apologized, adding, “We hope you enjoyed the show we gave you.” She made no mention of the postponement, however.  Jackson wraps up the North American leg of the Rock Withchu Tour on Saturday at New York’s Madison Square Garden. (Billboard)

 

Coldplay and Leona Lewis have been added to the performance lineup for the American Music Awards, Billboard.com can reveal. The event will be held Nov. 23 at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. Also on the bill are Kanye West, Jonas Brothers, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, New Kids On The Block, Pussycat Dolls, Taylor Swift, P!nk, the Fray and Annie Lennox. David Archuleta, Ashley Tisdale, Demi Lovato and T-Pain will present awards at the event, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Winners are being determined by fan vote at AMAvote.com, through Nov. 7. (Billboard)

 

Guitarist Duane Eddy picked his rumbling “Peter Gunn” instrumental and Rolling Stone Keith Richards jammed with The Crickets on “Not Fade Away” as a host of musicians and producers were honored during the Musicians Hall of Fame induction ceremony Tuesday. Richards, who formally inducted The Crickets, best known as Buddy Holly’s band, said that without them “you probably wouldn’t have the Beatles, and you wouldn’t have the Stones.” “Here was a unit that could operate together, and it turned us all on,” said Richards, who also sat-in with the group for “Peggy Sue” and “That’ll Be the Day.” “Without them we would be nowhere. The whole idea of any of us anywhere else sprung from this idea of these guys we loved.” Joining Eddy and the Crickets as new inductees were the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Booker T. and the MGs, the Memphis Horns, rock producer/musician Al Kooper and Nashville producer Billy Sherrill. “There simply wouldn’t be a music business or hit records without them,” said Barbara Mandrell, who hosted part of the ceremony. Eddy, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, called his induction an “honor above honor” and joked, “All of the wives of the musicians are happy because now they have a place to put their old junk.” Formed in 1967, the Alabama-based Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section played on hundreds of recordings by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Paul Simon, The Staple Singers and Bob Seger. Kid Rock joined them for Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” while former “American Idol” contestant Melinda Doolittle sang Franklin’s “R-E-S-P-E-C-T.” Earlier, George Jones sang his Sherrill-produced hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and received a standing ovation. This year’s additions have a strong Memphis connection with Booker T. and the MGs and the Memphis Horns. Kix Brooks of the country duo Brooks & Dunn said Booker T. and the MGs “listened and could create something on the spot. They were really great because in a time of racial segregation they were black and white.” The integrated group served as the studio band for Memphis-based Stax Records in the ’60s, playing on hits for Otis Redding, Sam and Dave and others. They played on Southern soul classics like “Soul Man,” “Dock of the Bay,” and “In the Midnight Hour” and had a major hit of their own with the instrumental “Green Onions.” Their guitarist, Steve Cropper, recalled doing odd jobs as a kid to save money to buy a $15 guitar and his father telling him if he learned to play it, he’d buy him a better one. “And he kept his word,” said Cropper, who then introduced his father sitting in the audience. (Daily Record)

 

 

MOVIE . . .

 

Here’s some Stark reality for you. The rejuvenated Robert Downey Jr. has inked an extensive deal with Marvel Studios that will have him not only suiting up for two more Iron Man films but also reprising the role of Tony Stark and his heavy-metal alter ego in the upcoming superhero all-stars film The Avengers, reports Variety. While planning for Iron Man 2 has been in full swing for some time, with the most recent announcement being that Don Cheadle will be playing Col. James Rhodes instead of Terrence Howard, Marvel had not confirmed that Downey and director Jon Favreau would be back. Well, not only will Favreau be behind the camera again, but he will also serve as a producer on The Avengers, featuring the Marvel characters Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America and Thor (and not to be confused with the laughable 1998 film of the same name starring Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman). But really, why wouldn’t he and Downey want to give it another go? (Eonline)

 

It was only fitting that “Milk,” the film about Harvey Milk’s life and death, premiere Tuesday night in the Castro. Milk, San Francisco’s first openly gay leader who was slain 30 years ago, used to call himself “the Mayor of Castro Street,” referring to the main drag through the neighborhood he represented on the Board of Supervisors and the center of the city’s gay and lesbian community. The world premiere of his biopic brought considerable star power to Milk’s beloved Castro Theatre, including director Gus Van Sant and stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch and Diego Luna. The film follows Milk’s rise to office and his and Mayor George Moscone’s assassination at City Hall by fellow Supervisor Dan White in 1978. Van Sant said he had been talking about making this film for 18 years. “He’s an American hero,” Van Sant said. “He’s a great example of a man representing his community and his city.” Milk received another tribute earlier in the day, when a historic streetcar featured in the film was dedicated to him. The supervisor had been a champion of public transportation. Tuesday night’s premiere also brought out many of Milk’s old friends who helped usher in the gay rights movement that has led, a generation later, to a fight over the right of same-sex couples to marry. Gay rights activist Cleve Jones, played in the film by Emile Hirsch, said Milk would have been thrilled at the film but angry that the fight over civil rights continued. He pointed across the street, where hundreds were rallying against Proposition 8, a Nov. 4 ballot measure that would rewrite the California constitution to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. (Daily Record)

 

The true story of international drug dealer and U.K. spy Howard Marks is aiming to give moviegoers a buzz. Rhys Ifans, Chloe Sevigny and David Thewlis are in final negotiations to star in “Mr. Nice,” writer-director Bernard Rose’s adaptation of Marks’ 2002 best-selling autobiography. Ifans will play Britain’s one-time most-wanted man, a late-’60s-era Oxford grad and teacher who turned to drug smuggling to impress his future wife Judy (Sevigny). While enlisting the help of an Irish Republican Army boss (Thewlis) for a job, he was recruited by a British intelligence officer for a loose network of informants. The charming criminal assumed the alias Mr. Nice. After encounters with the Mafia and CIA and nearly 30 tons of pot smuggling, he spent seven years in prison. U.K.-based Independent is producing the film and repping international sales. CEO Luc Roeg is producing, and execs Michael Robinson and Andrew Orr are exec producing. Spain-based KanZaman’s Denise O’Dell and Mark Albela also are producing. Ifans is repped by UTA/ITG and Brillstein. Sevigny is with Endeavor/Brillstein. Thewlis is repped by Endeavor and Julian Belfrage Associates. Rose is with Casarotto Ramsay & Associates. (Hollywood Reporter)

 

Pascal Laugier, whose horror film “Martyrs” stirred controversy in his native France, is in final negotiations to write and direct Dimension’s re-imagining of “Hellraiser,” one of horrormeister Clive Barker’s best-known creations. Released in 1987, “Hellraiser” told the story of an unfaithful wife who attempts to assist her dead lover in his escape from hell. The movie introduced viewers to a race of demons called Cenobites, most notably one nicknamed Pinhead — who became one of the most enduring horror characters of the decade — who was summoned using an antique puzzle box.  Dimension has been hoping to relaunch the franchise for the past couple of years, first hiring Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo to write and direct a remake then tapping Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton to write a new draft. ICM-repped Laugier at least seems to have thematic sympathies with the material, with his “Martyrs” beginning as a revenge movie then entering the grounds of spiritual horror, with torture figuring as a focal point. Torture — though not the so-called horror subgenre of torture porn — also is a key point in “Hellraiser.” “This is a dream project for me,” Laugier said. “I know Clive Barker’s work very well, and I would never betray what he has done. Fans are expecting a definitive ‘Hellraiser,’ and I don’t want to take that away from them.” “Martyrs” has been dividing audiences since appearing at the Festival de Cannes because of its unrelenting violent nature. The movie was hit with a 18+ rating — a rarity in France and an equivalent of NC-17 in the U.S. — sparking a protest by the country’s Society of Film Directors. At the Toronto International Film Festival, several people reportedly fainted during its midnight screenings. The Weinstein Co. is the domestic distributor, but no dates have been announced.  The remake is part of Dimension chief Bob Weinstein’s master plan.  “If I could make all my films from franchises, I would,” the Weinstein Co. co-chairman said at the recent Media and Money conference in New York. At the event, presented by Dow Jones and the Nielsen Co., parent company of The Hollywood Reporter, he rattled off a list of other films that he hopes to continue sequelizing, including “Scream” and “Scary Movie.” (Hollywood Reporter)

 

Sony Pictures Entertainment is ready to make Crackle pop. The studio is shaking up its online video hub with new management, headquarters and an infusion of full-length TV and movies from the Sony library to complement the increasing slate of short-form originals already rolling out. Sony has been gradually transforming Crackle, which it acquired in August 2006 when the site was a user-generated content depository known as Grouper, into an online version of a programmed channel. Eric Berger, who formerly oversaw strictly mobile entertainment at Sony, will extend his oversight to Crackle. He’ll take the reins from Jonathan Shambroom, who was elevated to the top job at Crackle in February. “What we want to do with Crackle is make it a next-generation TV network,” Berger said.  Previously based in San Francisco, Crackle will move to Culver City, Calif., and be formally folded into Sony’s digital content operations, which include brands Minisode Network and Pix.  Redundancies will mean a few positions will be eliminated, but some employees will make the move south, where Crackle will function as a 20-man team. In keeping with its vision of Crackle as a cable network without actually being on cable, Sony will begin supplementing the originals with library films including “Jerry Maguire” and “Ghostbusters,” as well as TV series including “Married…With Children,” “The Tick” and “Voltron.” Most cable channel are built on a foundation of library content, supplemented with originals that shape brand identity. But a key ingredient to Crackle that differentiates it from traditional television is a suite of interactive tools including DVD-like content extras and chats with content creators. Crackle is something of a subtle but fundamental departure for Sony, which has always stayed away from the channel business in favor of remaining a content supplier. But with little of the barriers to entry that come with formal multichannel distribution, more and more content companies are bypassing MSOs and satellite services to go online, as Warner Bros. recently did with a resurrected version of defunct brand The WB. “We’re controlling our own distribution and building direct consumer relationships and that’s critical for an independent studio,” Berger said. With a mix of comedy, action and unscripted material, Crackle is being positioned by Sony as a brand that transcends genre but appealing to video enthusiasts, particularly the demographic focus of men 18-25. In keeping with its channel orientation, Crackle plans to roll out as many as five 13-episode original series each quarter. Each of those four seasons will be anchored by one main attraction beginning in the first quarter, with “Angel of Death,” an action thriller from comic-book artist Ed Brubaker. In addition to selling advertising for Crackle video, Sony will seek additional revenue streams by repackaging content for DVD and licensing it internationally. For original content, Crackle is expected to find new talent as well as bank on Sony to bring in more established stars. Crackle has already put TV stars including Brad Garrett and Penn Jillette in programs on the site.  In addition to the Crackle.com destination site, content will also be syndicated to leading portals including YouTube and MySpace. However, not everything on Crackle.com will be available with the content partners, which are expected to drive traffic back to the destination site. Now senior VP digital networks, Berger reports to Sean Carey, senior executive VP Sony Pictures TV, the division led by president Steve Mosko.  Shambroom, who was with the site before the Sony acquisition, took over for original founders Josh Felser and Dave Samuel amid a layoff of eight employees in February. (Hollywood Reporter)

 

IF “Pride and Glory” – the cop-corruption movie starring Ed Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voightseems particularly realistic, thank Murray Weiss, criminal justice editor of The Post. Director Gavin O’Connor features the paper in the story. One of the dirty cops even confesses to an intrepid Post reporter who breaks corruption stories. To get it right, O’Connor had Weiss read the script before filming started and make improvements. Weiss said, “He had some things in there that were preposterous.” (Page Six)

 

The release of the newest James Bond film is weeks away, but “Quantum of Solace” star Daniel Craig fears the economy could prevent another 007 film from being put into production any time soon. He told Britain’s Daily Mirror, “As far as the next film is concerned, there is nothing scheduled. Economically, the world is in quite a lot of trouble, so who knows if we can afford to do another Bond movie any time soon?”  Is Craig being something of a Debbie Downer? Scoop votes yes. Certainly studios will be thinking twice about plunking down upward of $100 million per movie, but “Casino Royale” pulled in more than $400 million at the box office — doesn’t that count for something? Also, how about we shake things up and film in New York City? The Big Apple’s tax incentives could cut some costs from the overall price tag if nothing else. Oh, and by the way, the people have spoken. I confessed a few weeks back that I had never seen a James Bond flick and asked you to vote on which one I should rent. It was a tight race, but just slightly more of you voted for “Goldfinger” than “Casino Royale.” Netflix, here I come. (Scoop)

 

It was a typically windy day in San Francisco for the world premiere of Gus Van Sant‘s new film, Milk, on Tuesday night. The movie – which recounts the life of California’s first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk – screened at the legendary Castro Theatre, amid a crowd of No On Prop 8 supporters. Milk stars Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, and Diego Luna were in attendance, braving the blustery conditions. We’re so excited to see this film! A Gay Rights activist, Harvey Milk was such an important figure. He was the first openly gay man elected to a public office in the United States. He served on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors until he was tragically assassinated in 1978. Only a decade before, Martin Luther King, Jr., also a prominent leader for Civil Rights, was assassinated. (Perez Hilton)

 

 

TV . . .

 

Cloris Leachman’s silly antics are over on “Dancing with the Stars.” The outspoken actress and her professional partner, Corky Ballas, were eliminated Tuesday from ABC’s popular dancing competition. The pair received the judges’ lowest score – 15 out of 30 – for their cha-cha routine Monday. After viewer votes were combined with the judges’ scores, the competition’s oldest – and most spontaneous – performer was sent home. “I’m not leaving,” the 82-year-old Oscar-winning actress declared before she was dismissed. “I’m afraid you are,” host Tom Bergeron responded. In recent weeks, the judges had been gunning for Leachman, who consistently received low scores but remained in the competition thanks to viewer votes. Carrie Ann Inaba told Leachman after her cha-cha Monday that she was sad singer Toni Braxton was eliminated last week instead of Leachman. The funnywoman seemed to let the comment roll off her back. “I know you didn’t mean what you said, and I love you,” she told Inaba before she departed. Julianne Hough was missing from the dance floor Tuesday. The 20-year-old professional dancer and country music singer who’s partnered with actor Cody Linley, had surgery Tuesday to remove her appendix. Linley will be paired with professional dancer Edyta Sliwinska, who was previously partnered with comedian Jeffrey Ross, while Hough recuperates. “Her operation went as planned,” Linley said on the show. “She’s at home and resting.” Other celebrities remaining in the competition include TV personality Brooke Burke, singer Lance Bass, former NFL star Warren Sapp, Olympian Maurice Greene and actress Susan Lucci. Braxton, Ross, chef Rocco DiSpirito, reality TV star Kim Kardashian and actor Ted McGinley were previously dismissed. Olympian Misty May-Treanor dropped out of the competition after rupturing her tendon during a rehearsal. (Daily Record)

 

Having done well with a remake of “Beverly Hills 90210” this season, the CW network is considering a remake of that show’s spinoff, “Melrose Place.” The CW and the studio CBS Paramount Network Television are exploring whether to put the remake in development for the 2009-10 TV season, network spokesman Paul Hewitt said Tuesday. The new “Beverly Hills 90210” isn’t the cultural phenomenon of the original, but it has improved the CW’s performance among women aged 18-to-34 by 46 percent over its Tuesday time slot a year ago. That’s the youthful audience that the CW is trying to attract to establish itself. “Melrose Place” aired on Fox from 1992 to 1999, a prime-time soap about a mythical Los Angeles locale. Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Marcia Cross were among its stars. It was created by Darren Star. The relative success of “90210” and “One Tree Hill” this fall have helped the CW stave off rumors that it might fold. (Daily Record)

 

Yes, here he is, the one you’ve all been waiting for: Major Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), better known around here as Major Hottie, is back on Grey’s Anatomy this week. (Much to Cristina’s chagrin, apparently.) He’s working at Seattle Grace, but will he be sticking around? Check back Thursday for the scoop on his long-term prognosis. Also, not to spoil anything, but _____ and _____ have been sleeping together for a week?! Whaaat?! Check out the four additional bonus clips below to see what that’s about, and be sure to tune in Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC to catch Anatomy‘s latest episode, “Life During Wartime.” (Eonline)

 

Patrick Swayze may be suffering from pancreatic cancer, but he’s still clocking 12-hour days on the set of his new TV drama, The Beast. “I just love to work hard,” the 56-year-old actor tells the New York Times in his first interview since his January diagnosis.  “I do find myself, at the end of the day, riding home sort of catching myself with a smile on my face,” he added. “I’m proud of what I’m doing.” The actor has piled on 20 pounds over the past few months by relying on “muscle-building shakes,” he said. Show staffers say he’s only missed a day and a half of work. “I’m still fine to work. I haven’t changed – oh, I have changed, what am I saying?” Swayze admitted. “It’s a battle zone I go though. Chemo, no matter how you cut it, is hell on wheels.” The actor says he thought he was suffering from a persistent case of indigestion while filming the show’s pilot in December. “Then all of a sudden real symptoms start showing up,” he told the Times. “You see it in the mirror and you go: ‘O.K., better go get checked out.'” Swayze’s reaction after the biopsy and the devastating diagnosis? “Hello, goodbye, welcome to my world.” Swayze has been leaning on his wife of 33 years, Lisa Niemi, for support in fighting the disease. Experts say pancreatic cancer only has a 5 percent five-year survival rate. “How do you nurture a positive attitude when all the statistics say you’re a dead man?” Swayze asked. “You go to work.” The actor says he hasn’t accomplished everything he’s set out to do yet. “There is probably that little bird that flies through your insides and says, ‘I sure would like to make a mark in life,'” he said. “I’ve made a pretty decent mark so far – nothing to scoff at. But it does make you think: Wait a minute. There’s more I want to do. Lots more. Get on with it.” (US Weekly)

 

Poor Brooke Shields.  She might be looking good, but we can’t say the same for her show. Turns out that Lipstick Jungle got a series LOW of only 4.3 million viewers last week. And that’s not a good sign considering it dropped from a low of 5 million from it’s October 8th episode. But, to make matters even worse, NBC has announced that they are changing their lineup. Lipstick Jungle is now being shafted to the Friday time slot.  And, that of course means, more likely than not, that the series will soon die out or be cancelled! (Perez Hilton)

 

The BBC indefinitely suspended two of its most popular broadcasters, Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross, on Wednesday for leaving a series of lewd phone messages on an actor’s answering machine. The prank calls to 78-year-old Andrew Sachs, played on state-funded BBC radio, have sparked condemnation in Parliament and an investigation by Britain’s media regulator. The calls were broadcast Oct. 18 on Brand’s national radio show and have drawn more than 18,000 complaints. In the messages Ross jokingly claimed Brand had slept with the granddaughter of Sachs, best known for playing Spanish waiter Manuel in 1970s sitcom “Fawlty Towers.” Brand and Ross have apologized, but even Prime Minister Gordon Brown was among those who said the calls were unacceptable. On Wednesday, the BBC’s director general said the pair would be suspended until an investigation was complete. BBC chief Mark Thompson said he was making a “personal and unreserved apology” for the “completely unacceptable broadcast.” “BBC audiences accept that, in comedy, performers attempt to push the line of taste. However, this is not a marginal case,” he said. “I have decided that it is not appropriate for either Russell Brand or Jonathan Ross to continue broadcasting on the BBC until I have seen the full report of the actions of all concerned.” Ross, 47, and Brand, 33, also have apologized for the calls. But several politicians have called on the BBC to fire the pair, who are among the network’s most popular broadcasters. Brand has a burgeoning U.S. profile thanks to film appearances and a job hosting last month’s MTV Video Music Awards. He offended some viewers of the awards show by mocking clean-cut pop act the Jonas Brothers and referring to President George W. Bush as “that retarded cowboy fellow.” Ross hosts a TV talk show, a movie-review program and a weekend radio program. He is one of the BBC’s highest-paid personalities. Last year he signed multi-year-multimillion-pound (-dollar) deal with the broadcaster. Brown said the BBC and regulators had to decide what action to take. “This is clearly inappropriate and unacceptable behavior,” the prime minister said Tuesday. Telecommunications regulator Ofcom said it would investigate whether the calls breached the broadcasting code, which sets standards for fairness and privacy. (Daily Record)

 

It was billed as the season of foreign formats. Of the 12 new scripted series premiering this fall on the Big Four networks, only six were homegrown. Five were based on international formats, and the other, NBC’s “Crusoe,” was foreign-made. But one month into the season, all of the rookie ratings standouts are U.S. born and bred, and the imports are struggling. Four new series — all created by American writers — have been picked up for a full season so far: “Fringe” on Fox, “The Mentalist” at CBS and two spinoffs of old American series, the CW’s “90210” and NBC’s “Knight Rider.” Meanwhile, the freshman immigrants saw their first casualty with “The Ex List,” CBS’ dramedy based on an Israeli format, which was pulled this week.  Despite being given some of the best real estate on the broadcast networks, format-based rookies have been stumbling. What was expected to be the battle of British imports “Eleventh Hour” and “Life on Mars” at 10 p.m. Thursdays has become the hour of the British also-rans, with the freshmen squandering their respective “CSI” and “Grey’s Anatomy” lead-ins to fall behind 15-year veteran “ER.” Similarly, CBS’ British transplant “Worst Week,” which landed behind TV’s top comedy, “Two and a Half Men,” has managed to hold on to just about 60% of its lead-in, prompting CBS to try out its U.S.-developed new comedy, “Gary Unmarried,” in the time slot on Monday. “Gary” retained 76%. After a promising start, NBC’s “Kath & Kim” has faded on Thursday and already has been canceled in Australia, home of the original series. That follows the quick demise of foreign-based dramas “Viva Laughlin” on CBS and “Wild at Heart” on the CW in fall 2007.  Network executives are cautious to draw conclusions about a possible end to the international formats fad. “I don’t think there is anything tainting the water of what comes from outside the border,” one executive said. “It’s all about execution.”  And patience. As important as patience is for nurturing any new series, it is imperative for shows based on international formats that often introduce a different sensibility and style of storytelling that requires getting used to in a new country. NBC’s “The Office,” based on the BBC series, faced cancellation after a dismal first season but found an audience and acclaim in its second year.  “Eleventh Hour” also seems to be slowly finding legs, while “Worst Week” and “Life on Mars” earned some of the best reviews for new series this fall. (Hollywood Reporter)

 

Veteran comedy writer-producer Will Gluck has lined up a couple of half-hour projects. At Fox, he has a Sony TV-produced single-camera comedy about a construction crew. “It’s ‘The Office’ from a blue-collar point of view,” Gluck said. “Throughout one season, we will go to someone’s real house; we’ll tear it up and build it up again.” Construction is a popular setting in this year’s development. CBS has handed a put pilot commitment to a drama exec produced by Shawn Ryan that is based on the book “Confessions of a Contractor.” Gluck said that the interest is tied to the rough economic environment. “People are not buying to sell but to live,” he said. “It’s a nesting syndrome; they are fixing their houses to live in them.” Additionally, ICM-repped Gluck has “The Frozen Family,” about an organic frozen-food family business, at ABC. The hybrid multicamera comedy from CBS Par and DreamWorks TV, sold before the strike, has been rolled over. He also supervises Rob Roy Thomas, who is penning a project for Sony TV. Gluck’s main focus for the past year has been on his feature directorial debut, the Sony/Screen Gems comedy “Fired Up,” set for a March release. (Hollywood Reporter)

 

 

TODAY’S IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION . . . (Internet)

 

Q.  According to superstition, at midnight on Halloween, if you stare into a mirror you’ll see THIS?

            A.  Your future spouse

 

 

TODAY’S QUOTE (By Denis Waitley)

 

“HAPPINESS CANNOT BE TRAVELED TO, OWNED, EARNED, WORN OR CONSUMED. HAPPINESS IS THE SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE OF LIVING EVERY MINUTE WITH LOVE, GRACE AND GRATITUDE.”

 

 

MIND BOGGLERS . . .  (QuickTrivia)

 

Q.  How many circles are there on a “Twister” mat?

            A.  30

            B.  12

            C.  18

            D.  24  ****

 

Q.  Which studio gave us such musicals as “The Wizard of Oz,” An American in Paris,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” and “Gigi”?

            A.  Warner Brothers

            B.  20th Century-Fox

            C.  Metro-Goldwin Mayer  ****

            D.  United Artists

 

Q.  On what show did a character’s fiancé die after licking cheap envelopes?

            A.  The Simpsons

            B.  Seinfeld  ****

            C.  The Drew Carey Show

            D.  Home Improvement

 

Q.  Mathematician Danica McKeller co-wrote the Chayes-McKeller-Winn theorem, a proof regarding two-dimensional magnetism, and had been Winnie on what TV show?

            A.  What’s Happening

            B.  The 70’s Show

            C.  Full House

            D.  The Wonder Years  ****

 

Q.  What was the name of Richard Nixon’s cocker spaniel that he mentioned in one of his most famous speeches?

            A.  Coffee

            B.  Checkers  ****

            C.  Sweeney

            D.  Max

 

Q.  All these countries are ruled by Monarchs except?

            A.  Austria  **** (The small European nation is governed by a president and parliament)

            B.  Spain

            C.  Bhutan

            D.  Saudi Arabia

 

 

TRAVEL TIPS . . . (Peter Greenberg Worldwide)

 

RESTAURANT WEEKS:

 

Want to eat local and save big? You don’t have to spend a lot of money to dine out—just make sure to visit a city during its Restaurant Week. A number of cities offer “Restaurant Week,” which is a time when local restaurants offer a prix fixe menu during the off season.  In Boston’s Restaurant Week, you can have a three-course lunch for 20 dollars or dinner for 33 dollars during the first three weeks of March. Think Manhattan restaurants are too expensive? New York’s Restaurant Week is a 10-day event at the end of January, when more than 200 restaurants offer three-course prix fixe menus. You can eat at high-end restaurants like 5’s at the Peninsula for only 24 dollars, and dinner for 35 dollars. And at the end of January in Washington, D.C., more than 170 restaurants offer lunch for just 20 dollars and dinner for.

 

(Peter Greenberg is North America’s preeminent expert on Travel. An Emmy Award-Winning writer and producer, Peter is the Travel Editor for NBC’S “TODAY SHOW,” MSNBC and CNBC. A Best-Selling author of the “Travel Detective” series and host of the nationally syndicated “Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show.” Visit WWW.PETERGREENBERGWORLDWIDE.COM to learn more about Peter Greenberg and his adventures.)

 

 

BIRTHDAYS . . .

 

–1735  Second President John Adams (d. 7-4-1826)

–1839  Impressionist Painter Alfred Sisley (d. 1-29-1899)

–1872  Manners author Emily Post (Etiquette) (d. 9-25-1960)

–1885  Poet Ezra Loomis Pound (d. 11-1-1972)

–1893  Bodybuilder, physical culturist Charles Atlas (d. 12-24-1972)

–1912  Photographer/Author Gordon Parks

–1932  Director Louis Malle (Au Revoir Les Enfants) (d. 11-23-1995)

–1937  Actor Dick Gautier (When Things Were Rotten)

–1939  Singer Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane/Starship) (“Somebody To Love”)

–1939  Songwriter Eddie Holland (Holland/Dozier/Holland)

–1940  Actor Ed Lauter (The Longest Yard)

–1941  Singer Otis Williams (The Tempations) (“My Girl”)

–1945  Actor/Producer Henry Winkler (Water Boy)

–1947  Musician Timothy B. Schmidt (Poco, The Eagles) (“I Can’t Tell You Why”)

–1951  Actor Harry Hamlin (L.A. Law)

–1953  Actor/Director Charles Martin Smith (American Graffiti)

–1954  Country Singer T. Graham Brown

–1958  Actor Kevin Pollak (Grumpy Old Men)

–1967  Singer Gavin Rossdale (Bush)

 

 

THIS DAY IN HISTORY . . .

 

Today is DEVIL’S NIGHT.

–1888  John H. Loud patented the ballpoint pen. Because of problems with ink, however, it didn’t come out into common use until 1945.

–1920  Fredrick Banting scribbled the note which led to the discovery of insulin.

–1938  Orson Welles presented his famous radio dramatization of H.G. Wells “War Of The Worlds,” changing the locations of the story, for dramatic effect, to real places in New Jersey.  Thousands flee from a realistic sounding alien invasion.

–1941  The Reuben James (where’s that Kenny Rogers record???) went down off Iceland – the first US warship to be sunk by the Germans in WW II.

–1964  Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali, became the world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Sonny Liston.

–1967  Prime Time TV Tonight:

             ABC – Cowboy In Africa – Rat Patrol – Felony Squad – Peyton Place – Big Valley

             CBS – Gunsmoke – Lucy Show – Andy Griffith Show – Family Affair – Carol Burnett Show

              NBC – The Monkees – Man From U.N.C.L.E. – Danny Thomas Hour – I Spy

–1968  Johnny Cash’s “Live At Folsom Prison” goes gold.

–1982  Top 5 Records : 1). Who Can it Be Now – Men At Work  2). Jack & Diane – John Cougar 3). Eye In The Sky – Alan Parsons Project 4). I Keep Forgettin’ – Michael McDonald 5). Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker/Jennifer Warnes

–1984  Linda Ronstadt and Gary Morris star in the NY opening of “La Boheme.”

–1987  John Cougar Mellencamp takes his “Lonesome Jubilee” tour on the road, starting in his home state of Indiana.

 

 

RADIO ONLINE® DAILY SHOW PREP. . .

 

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1925, the very first crude TV images were created. Technical crude, not “South Park” crude.

In 1945, the government ended shoe rationing. Finally, we could all go back to wearing two.

On this date in 1974, Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in a fight. Foreman said his head hit the canvas like a grill… and the rest, as they say, is history.

TODAY IS

It’s Halloween Eve. Do you open your bags of candy on Halloween Eve or Halloween morning?

Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, turns 27. Why she hasn’t sued him for that name yet is beyond me.

Gavin Rossdale turns 41 today. He’s with Bush… not THAT Bush, the band.

Harry Hamlin whio appeared on ‘Dancin’ with the Stars’ earlier this year is 57 today. I guess that answers my “Grecian Formula” question.

Henry Winkler, “The Fonz,” turns 63 today. There was a time he was so cool. Now, he’s too cold and sits around in his leather sweater.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

·         Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have six kids and six fulltime nannies, one for each of their kids who are all under the age of 8.

·         In April of next year, the 100-year-old Christian Science Monitor will shift from a daily newspaper to a web-based paper.

·         Trick-or-treaters won’t find the light on outside Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey mansion this Halloween. It seems their usual elaborate Halloween display attracted too many visitors to their neighborhood raising concerns for the safety of children and parents.

·         Country singer Jo Dee Messina is expecting a baby boy. She and her husband just celebrated their first anniversary last week.

·         Britney Spears’ father will retain control over her personal and business affairs for an indefinite period, a Los Angeles judge ruled. Spears can request it to be lifted at a later date.

·         Joaquin Phoenix, who turned 34 Wednesday, announced at a fund-raiser that he is quitting acting.

·         Following its success with “Beverly Hills 90210,” the CW network is considering a remake of “Melrose Place.”

·         If you’re keeping track of Kellie Pickler, she’s says she’s joining Carrie Underwood in becoming a vegetarian.

·         Robert Downey Jr. will reprise his role as Tony Stark in “Iron Man 2,” plus he’ll appear in the superhero team effort “The Avengers.”

·         It’s said that Guy Ritchie turned down a $40 million settlement offer from Madonna.

·         The head of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum was fired Tuesday after museum officials discovered he had been arrested twice for shoplifting items from a mall, including $40 worth of DVDs.

·         Word is that tension on “The View” between Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck is getting so bad, Barbara Walters is probably going to have to pick one or the other.

·         By the way, Whoopi Goldberg said in a speech the other night that Elisabeth Hasselbeck gets more death threats than anyone else on “The View.”

·         John Travolta has turned down a chance to star in a “Hairspray” sequel.

CONVERSATION STARTERS

Our greatest fear is being in plane crash, according to new survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the American Diabetes Association. Here’s the top five things we fear the most:

1.      Being in a plane crash, 16%

2.      Snake bites, 13%

3.      Being hit by lightning, 5%

4.      Getting a disease, 5%

5.      A shark attack, 4%

When asked about their fear of disease, 49% said they had a fear of cancer, while just 3% said they feared diabetes.

Get this — men want to wear pantyhose, or more specifically, “mantyhose.” News.com reports that mantyhose is the latest male fashion trend with some diehards working hard to establish this as a regular clothing item for men. They say everyone from truck drivers (it improves their circulation) to cowboys (keeps them warm on the cold prairie) is wearing mantyhose. As if “manscara” and “man-bras” weren’t enough. What makes mantyhose different from pantyhose? It contains a “male comfort panel” that better fits a man’s shape, as well a fly opening.

According to Cosmopolitan, 36% of guys keep mementos from ex-girlfriends.

Marijuana kills… infections! The Journal of Natural Products report the antibiotic resistant staph infection MRSA is becoming a major medical problem. Once seen only in sick patients in hospitals, it’s now being found among otherwise healthy people in the community at large. Know antibiotics have little effect on MRSA and it can be fatal. However, researchers in Great Britain and Italy have found that five chemicals in marijuana can kill MRSA germs in a flash. The chemicals, called cannabinoids, bypass bacterial resistance because they employ different pathways from antibiotics. (Sun)

PHONE TOPICS

·         What’s the first thing the new president should do?

·         What do YOU wear to bed?

·         Anyone have their minds changed during this campaign? Or did you end up where you started out?

·         Did you watch the Obama infomercial last night? Was it ad overkill?

·         What’s the worst candy given out at Halloween?

·         Are you throwing an election night party?

·         Is Obama a sure thing?

·         Oldest person you’ve dated.

·         I’m more environmentally conscious, I’ve started to _____.

·         Why won’t my parents let me _____? Do this one early for ages 19 and under.

·         25% of married people surveyed would divorce their spouse if they won the lottery. Anyone listening who’s done just that?

·         Wedding horror stories?

·         Anyone listening who reads their kid’s diary? (Then get ’em to read a little…)

·         The time you were really stupid?

·         The average adult sleeps 7 hours every night. How many hours of sleep per night do you need?

Movie star Tara Reid recently talked with People and talked about her liposuction in 2004, which was done so poorly it required reconstructive surgery two years later. Have you ever had plastic surgery? Any regrets? Or do you recommend it to others?

How much is your cell phone worth to you? If you lose it, do you just curse a few times and decide to pay for a replacement? Or, do you risk life and limb trying to get it back? A 26-year-old man went for option B, and ended up getting his arm caught in a toilet for two hours on a French high speed train. Have you ever dropped your phone in the toilet? How did you fish it out? I dropped my cell phone in the toilet once and for some reason, I felt I had to grab it by hand the second it went in. Reflex I guess.

Relationship guru Dr. Phil insists that users of Internet porn are cheating on their partners. McGraw says women should not put up with their partners looking at porn, which he described as an addiction. It’s estimated 17.5 million visiting porn sites every month. Phoner: Ladies, do you feel if your guy is cheating if he views porn on the web, or is it harmless?

You’ve used your kitchen dishwasher to do what? Listener answers ranged from defrosting turkeys, poaching salmon, and cooking crab legs, to cleaning engine parts, ball caps, silk plants, and tennis shoes.

We had a 20-year-old listener call in who told us how he had gone online and tracked down his father, whom he’s never met. They have plans to get together for the first time later this summer. It was great radio since a lot of people can relate. That prompted a bunch of similar calls, including a guy who also tracked down his long-lost father and then found out he has a younger brother that his mother gave up for adoption. It sort of turned into a support group with people calling in to give advice to others in the same boat.

Men’s Health asked, “Would you dump somebody for…?”

·         Cheating on you, 96%

·         Lying to you, 55%

·         Someone better looking, 40%

·         Not wanting sex often enough, 35%

·         Being bad in bed, 32%

·         Someone younger, 20%

We got a surprisingly strong response when we asked how many people have remarried an ex. Pretty interesting stories and most of ’em have lasted after the second time. Sometimes you just don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. They paved paradise and… whoops. Flashback.

According to a recent survey, two-thirds of the American population don’t know all the words to the National Anthem. Phoner: Did anyone sing the song with the wrong lyrics, because they misheard it?

My co-host is a new homeowner and this is the first time for her to do a little yardwork/landscaping. Lots of people calling in with advice on neat, but inexpensive stuff you can do and what kind of plants to buy, etc. Or you could fire up the nuts who think their yard is an extension of the wall-to-wall carpeting and have ’em go off on the neighbor whose yard is filled with dandelions!

We asked listeners for their favorite things that are no longer made. Remember Pudding Pops? Hmmmm… Lots of phones — this was a really fun phoner.

Is their something creative that you thought of and never acted on and now someone is making millions? Everybody has one — good phones.

Did you crave a strange food when you were pregnant? Here are some of our favorite celebs cravings during their pregnancy:

·         Denise Richards’ pregnancy craving was French toast.

·         Cate Blanchett loved sardines.

·         For Jodie Foster, Baskin Robbins Rocky Road ice cream was the ticket.

·         Kelly Preston gorged on Spam. Spam? Yeah, Spam.

·         Brooke Shields wanted the taste of nutmeg.

·         Catherine Zeta-Jones craved Marmite and Branston Pickles. They’re British relishes.

·         Debra Messing wanted Frosted Mini-Wheats cereal.

Phoner: Ladies, tell us about the odd food combos you craved while with child?

Who thinks their neighbors probably hate them and why? I do because I hate mowing and my yard is the worst kept one on my road. (Not to mention that my motorcycle is a tad on the loud side and I leave for work a little after four each morning.)

We took calls from listeners about life changing events that happened to them. Lots of calls about some heavy, yet happy ending situations that our listeners had gone through. A good “feel good” phoner. Everybody seems to have a wedding story — we took from people whose weddings were ruined by others. Crazy stories about drunk relatives at the reception, practical jokes gone wrong, and a lady who “leaked” and ruined her wedding dress just seconds before walking down the aisle.

You can tell a little bit about what part of the country you’re in by the sundaes on the menu. In Keene, New Hampshire, you can get a fruit-salad sundae, in Foley, Alabama, there’s a chocolaty-thick sundae called Lower Alabama Mud. What’s your favorite ice cream sundae creation?

One of our jocks has three teenage kids who could be considered spoiled. They have essentially every toy possible – computers, video cameras, video game systems, cable in their rooms, dorm refrigerators in their rooms, etc. So we took some calls about spoiled kids – they’re more common than you think. It’ s crazy to compare what kids have today vs. what we had when we were their age.

We talked about the mean things brothers and sisters do to each other when they’re young. Holy cow! It was one of those responses that gives me a headache. They wouldn’t stop calling. We got a bunch of good stories, though, so if you haven’t done it yet… just do it! It’s amazing any of us grew to adulthood. I hadn’t realized how many kids got stuffed into dryers by their big brother or in one case, put in a refrigerator “to see if the light really does go off.”

WEIRD NEWS

Dumbest Criminal Ever
You’ve got to be the dumbest criminal ever when you drive a stolen car to court the same day the jury is to decide whether to convict you on a separate car theft case! But police in San Anselmo, California say that’s exactly what one man did. Police arrested him after they watched him approach the stolen Lexus SUV in front of the courthouse with its keys in hand. Officers were called to the SUV after bystanders noticed several Yorkshire terriers mulling around it. So our friend was also charged with animal cruelty and leaving animals in an unattended vehicle. Oh — and the jury did find him guilty in the other case. (Marin Independent Journal)

Happy Anniversary — Now Here’s Elvis!
In Bartonville, Illinois, the owners of Endsley Funeral Home are celebrating their 80th anniversary in business. So they decided they’d put a little “fun” into funeral — if that’s possible. For their open house this past Saturday, they put a replica of Elvis Presley’s 650-pound casket on display and hired Elvis impersonator Dave Stovall to dance around it and sing a few of the King’s most famous songs. Stovall said he was so impressed by the casket he wanted to lie down in it for a while. Nearly 300 people came by to enjoy the show. (Journal Star)

Don’t Turn Grandma Into a Rapper
In West Palm Beach, Florida, 18-year-old Michael Alfinez has been sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention for coaxing his senile grandmother into appearing in his own homemade “gangster rap” video. In the video, the 85-year-old grandmother is seen holding a handgun, wearing a black mask and threatening to shoot “all the pigs.” Alfinez pleaded guilty to elder abuse charges but his family has said the case was just a big misunderstanding. In the video Alfinez and others were also seen shooting a pistol around town so the charges included firing a weapon out of a moving vehicle and into a building. (myway.com)

Open Water For Real!
Have you seen that movie “Open Water” where the tourist couple gets stranded in shark infested waters after their scuba diving tour boat leaves them behind? It happened for real off the shores of Fiji. Thomas Holz, a 40-year-old German tourist, was accidentally left behind on a dive trip and swam all night over six miles through shark infested waters until he finally reached land. Tom said, “The currents were strong, and my main fear was for my family in Germany. Even though I was tired, I hung on to the oxygen cylinder and kept swimming. Then early this morning (Tuesday), I felt the seabed and just screamed out for help before I collapsed on the shore.” A local woman heard his cries and helped him from shore. (myway.com)

Just Pay the Fine Lady!
In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 24-year-old Christina Downs was determined not to pay the speeding ticket she got for going 44 mph in a 25 mph zone. The officer who gave her the ticket even reported that she arrogantly sped off again immediately afterward and had to be stopped a second time! Nevertheless, Christina mounted a full-blown defense, acting as her own lawyer at the trial and put the officer through a meticulous, 96-point cross-examination about such matters as his work schedule, training, engineering studies of road speeds, radar technology, weather conditions, traffic flow, and the use of a tuning fork to calibrate the radar device. All that and the judge still ruled against her. So she took the case to the state Supreme Court — who ordered her to pay the $100 ticket. (Portsmouth Herald)

Don’t Bring Donuts To a Knife Fight
In Atlantic Beach, Florida, a man on a bicycle decided to pursue the teenager driving a car who had thrown a Krispy Kreme glazed donut at him. However, when the victim finally caught up with his attacker, instead of more doughnuts the teen pulled out knives and the two men began fighting. Fortunately no one was injured and arrested the donut-throwing-knife-wielding teen. (AHN News)

No More Small-Chested Motorists in Vietnam?
Wonder bras may soon become best-sellers in Vietnam where the country’s communist rulers are set to ban all small-chested motorists. Apparently anyone with a chest under 28 inches will be banned from driving a motorbike– which makes up 90% of the traffic in the country. The logic behind the new law — if there is any — is to prevent people who are too thin, too short or too sickly from riding a motorbike. But Hanoi stockbroker Le Quang Minh says while the new law sounds funny, many Vietnamese people could become the victim of the joke. He says, “Many Vietnamese women have small chests. I have many friends who won’t meet these criteria.” Vietnamese bloggers have been poking fun at the plan, envisioning traffic police with tape measures eagerly pulling over female drivers to measure their chests. (Ananova)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

·         “Calif. Man Accused Of Driving Stolen SUV To ____!” (Court)

·         “Lobster Fishermen Feel ____ Of Global Crisis!” (Pinch)

·         “Reluctant Groom Sets ____ On Fire!” (Hotel)

·         “Fore! ____ Buggies In Low-Speed Highway Chase!” (Golf)

·         “Illegal Immigrants Head For UK In A ____!” (Bentley)

·         “Study Says The Woman In ____ Drives The Men Crazy!” (Red)

·         “Big Tokyo Quake Could Highlight ____ Shortage!” (Toilet)

·         “Restaurant Closed After Dead ____ Found In Kitchen!” (Deer)

·         “Spicy Pork Sausage Found In ‘Soiled ____s’!” (Diapers)

·         “Man Drives Off In Car Being Towed By ____ Worker!” (Repo)

·         “Man Drives ____ To Protest Drink-Drive Charge!” (Drunk)

·         “Freak Shot Lands Korean Golfer In Court And Caddy In ____!” (Hospital)

PASS THE BUCK

Get two callers on the line. The first has the choice to answer the question or “pass the buck” to the other caller. If they manage to last 3 rounds they win concert tickets. The questions vary in category and in toughness. Since folks don’t know which will be the easy question or the tough one, they take a real chance passing it on to the challenger. Someone can even come in and steal the game at the last minute.

INFORMATION EXCHANGE

It’s still one of our most popular bits. We do it maybe once a month. People call in with questions about anything they’ve always wondered about. We’ll try to answer them or other callers will. It’s just a constant question-answer fest, but it’s usually fun, because many of the subjects are so dumb. For instance, why do painters always wear white? Try it!

TOP FIVE REASONS EMERILL LEGASSE WOULD BE A BAD PRESIDENT

1.      He’d want to change the song to “Hail to the Chef”

2.      Sitting so close to the nuclear button, you just don’t want a guy who keeps yelling, “Bam!”

3.      White chef’s outfit would clash with White House

4.      Keeps saying “Economy just needs more seasoning”

5.      Press conferences only shown on the Food Channel

HUNTER’S HUMOR by Tim Hunter

“Dancing with the Stars” gave Cloris Leachman the orthopedic boot this week.

The Smurfs turn 50 this year! In the words of Grouchy Smurf, “I hate turning 50!”

I don’t remember where the Smurfs lived. All I remember is that it’s always been a blue state.

The Federal Reserve has cut interest rates to a record-low 1%…which ties it with President Bush in the approval ratings.

Price of gas is falling down, falling down, falling down… gasoline is falling down, Nyeh, Nyeh, Opec!

From my long-time radio buddy, Skip Tucker: “Some people call me a space cowboy. Some call me the gangster of love.Something tells me this year’s Halloween costume still needs a little work.”

SLOGAN OFF

Classic Edition

·         “How do you handle a hungry man?” (The Manhandlers)

·         “There’s always room for __________” (Jell-O)

·         “lda knows what women like” (Asti Spumante)

·         “The Joy of Cola” (Pepsi)

·         “Just like a chocolate milkshake, only crunchy” (Cocoa Pops)

Modern Edition

·         “So you can be ready anytime the moment is right” (Cialas)

·         “Leggo my ______” (Eggo waffles)

·         “It’s beer. HOORAY BEER!” (Red Stripe Jamaican lager)

·         “The one and only” (Cheerios)

·         “Taste the rainbow” (Skittles)

BEER HELMET CAM

We have come up with new technology that put our local TV camera people to shame! It’s the “Beer Helmet Cam!” We’ve attached a camera to the top of one of those beer helmets made famous by crazed fans on game day. We give away the privilege to a lucky listener to come in when we have celebrity guests in studio. They get to shoot the behind the scenes video of when we’re off mic. Hang out with the celeb and partake of all our refreshments. Then we upload all their video to our web site for listeners to check out after the show. Sponsors are standing in line for the opportunity to be connected with this as you can imagine.

NO I DIDN’T!

Solicit for callers. They call in with someone’s name and number… could be a husband, wife, friend, whoever, but we then call them on the air and the first listener has to trick the other person into saying “No, I didn’t” for at least five times. It’s actually pretty comical and it helped us to also discover that every time a husband and wife are on the phone together, they always agree regardless of whether or not they actually said something in the first place.

YOU SAY HELLO

How you say goodbye reveals your true personality. You can tell a lot about a person based on how they end a conversation, says psychiatrist Dr. Raymond Chaitin. For example:

·         Abrupt Departer — They say, “So long,” and they’re gone. They’re not anti-social, but people whose minds are always occupied. Like the absent-minded professor, they tend to live in their heads.

·         Advice Giver — This man or woman ends conversations by reminding you to “Drive carefully,” “Get some rest” or “Take care of yourself.” This person is kindhearted and enjoys taking care of others.

·         Hanger-On — They say things like, “I must be going,” but can’t break away, they love company, and are joiners and extroverts.

·         Date Maker — They tend to make a definite appointment for a future meeting. You can be confident of knowing where you stand with such a person.

·         Clock Watcher — They end a conversation by saying, “I’m running late.” They are sensitive to people’s feelings. Rather than hurt someone or give the impression they’d rather be elsewhere, they blame a lack of time.

·         Well Wisher — They end a conversation by sending regards. They are truly interested in others and are never happier than when asked for advice.

·         Stroker — They end conversations with a stroke, a pat, a hug or a handshake. They believe actions speak louder than words. They are dynamic, decisive and have little patience with details.

·         Complimenter — They end conversations by saying that being with you has been the highlight of their day. They are born politicians and have a knack for maintaining social harmony.

WANNA BET?

Next time you and your partner want to make an on-air bet of sorts, try this: loser kisses the other’s butt-literally! All last week my partner and I bagged on each other over a big NFL game. Loser had to kiss the winners big, hairy, pimply rear! He paid up Monday morning. All morning people called to ask if he’d really done it. Good street talk!

RIDE ‘EM COP?!

Every Friday we’ll have a different cop from a different jurisdiction stop by. My partner will take off running down the jail and the cop will have to catch her and cuff her. We’ll do for a few months, the cop with the three fastest times will come by at the same time and compete again for fastest time with prize going to winner. Should make for great audio and cause talk. Plus, the cops are into it.

TRIVIA

·         In 1972, who became Sports Illustrated’s, first female Sportsman of the Year? (Billie Jean King)

·         Which of the “Friends,” once a rising tennis star, became addicted to a pain killer called Vicodin? (Matthew Perry)

·         In 1977, 130 million Americans saw at least one episode of which eight-part TV series? (“Roots”)

·         Who recorded the song “Photograph” in 1973? (Ringo Starr)

·         For a while, a certain branch of the military was considering using this Village People song as a recruitment song, until they found out what it meant? (“In The Navy”)

·         Which country did 5,000 U.S. troops invade in 1983? (Grenada)

·         The Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie household is jam-packed, including, how many nannies? (6)

·         According to reports, Madonna is planning to do what with all the gifts she received from ex-husband Guy Ritchie? (Bury them)

·         The wardrobe budget on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” has been slashed and what is the new limit that can be spent on a pair of women’s shoes? ($250)

·         Lindsey Evans, the reigning Miss Teen USA from what state, has been stripped of her crown after being arrested for what? (for marijuana possession and skipping out on a restaurant tab)

·         The New York Yankees are teaming up with which National Football League team to form their own stadium concession company? (Dallas Cowboys)

·         Apparently coming up short, Circuit City says it may close what percentage of its stores? (20 percent)

·         The average U.S. male will spend 2,965 hours doing this during his lifetime. (shaving)

·         The three best-known western names in China are: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and who? (Elvis Presley)

·         George Washington, even though he was known as the “Father of the Country,” never had these. (children)

·         Women do this 4 times more often than men. (shoplift)

·         Americans spent over $360 million last year to avoid having this. (Bad Breath)

·         Which company claims “Tooth Fairy” as a registered trademark? (Colgate)

·         If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will do this. (keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom)

·         While sleeping, one man in ten does this. (grinds his teeth)

GORSEFEATHERS by Patrick Gorse

Can you believe all the hubbub over Sarah Palin’s wardrobe? Republicans are labelling Democrats as sexist–and Democrats are calling Palin a Sak’s-ist.

Barack Obama says he’s in pretty good shape but he’s “not in Mario Lopez shape.” So Obama thinks he’s God, but he doesn’t think he’s a Greek god.

Memo to Mario Lopez…that tired ‘Let’s do it’ opening you do for “Extra TV,” let’s stop doing it.

Brad Pitt says he won’t marry Angelina Jolie because he’s afraid of getting divorced. Guess he isn’t afraid of going to hell.

82-year-old Cloris Leachman was eliminated from “Dancing With the Stars” Tuesday night. When they asked Leachman what she thought of her elimination Cloris said she used Metamucil — so she’s just fine.

A 26-year-old French man traveling on a train to Paris dropped his cell phone in the toilet, and when he tried to retrieve it, the suction drew his arm down the pipe, and he had to be rescued from the toilet by emergency personnel. The fire captain explained that the suction down the basin has been made ten times stronger by the force of the entire world economy.

Firemen in New York had to use a pneumatic saw to cut a 73-year-old man’s manhood out of a pipe he was using as a sex toy. The problem was the old guy’s vision. What he thought was KY Jelly turned out to be Poly Grip.

French winemakers are complaining that an atmosphere of anti-alcoholism in France and a drive to raise the drinking age is killing the French wine industry. Hey, you guys! Would you like a little wine with your whine?

A teen has been arrested after he pulled a knife on a bicyclist who confronted the boy for throwing doughnuts at him. The teen is going to jail, but his idea of throwing doughnuts at bicyclists will be used at next years World Naked Bike Ride.

PETA picketed a Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen book-signing party in New York City on Tuesday. Is that right? If there are any people in the world who haven’t eaten very much meat, it’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Both John McCain and Barack Obama are fighting it out in swing states for the so-called “soft Republicans.” You know, like Bob Dole when he runs out of Vieira.

There is a big difference between “voter registration fraud” and “voter fraud.” Voter registration fraud is when Democrats try to register Mickey Mouse. “Voter fraud” is when sitting Alaskan Senator and convicted felon Ted Stevens casts a vote for himself in Tuesday’s election.

Senator Ted Stevens is still eligible to vote until he’s sentenced. Being an 84-year-old Senator, he eats early, he’ll vote early and he’ll get out of jail early.

On Tuesday, John McCain’s campaign bus got a flat tire, and Sarah Palin’s bus broke down on the side of the road. Today they changed their campaign slogans to, “Yes We Can Fix Our Own Flat Tire,” and “An Oil Change You Can Believe In.”

Barack Obama gave a speech in the pouring rain before 25,000 screaming supporters on Tuesday. The John McCain camp says this proves Obama and his supporters are so stupid they don’t even know to come in out of the rain.

VAMPIRE QUIZ

·         What do Vampires not have (other than a day job)? (a reflection)

·         What will keep a Vampire at bay? (garlic and/or a cross)

·         How do you kill a Vampire? (a wooden stake through the heart or put him in sunlight)

·         When do Vampires need to be in bed? (before sun-up)

·         The first Vampire in life was know for doing something gruesome to his enemies. What? (Vladimir Dracula used to impale them)

·         Where did the first Vampire come from? (Transylvania)

TOP COMPLAINTS OF MODERN VAMPIRES

·         Grunge look makes it tough to tell the living from the undead!

·         Nutrasweet or not, fat-free blood tastes like crap!

·         Three words: Daylight Savings Time!

·         Can’t enjoy a meal at Burger King without some redneck screaming, “Look Ma! It’ Elvis!”

·         After 45 years of Communist rule, it’s impossible to find clean, uncontaminated soil for the bottom of the coffin!

·         After 100 years of trying, still can’t score with Elvira!

·         Buxom wenches of old replaced by aerobicized hardbodies!

·         Baboon hearts make everything taste gamey!

·         Sick and tired of being mistaken for Keith Richards!

PUMPKIN PICKUP

We’ve told listeners that on we’ll be doing a “Pumpkin Pickup” the day after Halloween. Just call (e-mail/fax) us with your name and address. We’ll send out our intern (in a hearse, but your van would do) to pick up as many pumpkins as is feasible. Not only do you get rid of your old pumpkins, but we’ll use the pumpkins (one to a listener) in a contest, back here at the station. You could do something different–we’re going to set them in an empty part of the parking lot, and then blindfold air talent, in the middle, with a sledgehammer, spin them around, and tell them to start swinging. Each pumpkin will have the owner’s name. First pumpkin to get smashed, wins football, concert and hockey tickets. We plan on missing, the first couple swings, and wrapping the sledge with pie-pans so it will give us some good audio. Then all the pumpkins go in the garbage.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A PUMPKIN

Some things to keep in mind when picking a pumpkin for carving:

·         Choose one that sits up straight and shows no skin damage.

·         Look for a long sturdy stem.

·         Avoid pumpkins with dry stems; they have been picked for awhile and will deteriorate sooner.

·         Once picked, uncarved pumpkins will last into December.

·         Carved pumpkins will last up to a month.

PUMPKIN TRIVIA

Pumpkins were once recommended for?

a.       Cleaning horses

b.      Treating acne

c.       Removing freckles and curing snakebites ***

d.      Curing impotence

Some Indians used pumpkins as?

a.       Doormats ***

b.      Masks

c.       Birthing aids

d.      Skin cream

Indians used pumpkin seeds for?

a.       Medicine ***

b.      Facial masks

c.       Birth control

d.      False teeth

Pumpkins originated in?

a.       Cuba

b.      Central America ***

c.       Ecuador

d.      San Pedro

DOWN WITH LOVE

Cosmopolitan offers these signs your man is way over you.

·         He gives you an itemized bill of everything he’s paid for since you began dating and asks you to pay up.

·         You find another chick’s earring in the backseat of his car, and he doesn’t try to come up with an excuse.

·         He cancels Saturday night plans with you because he “really needs to do a load of whites.”

·         He digs out his retainer from junior high and starts wearing it to bed so that kissing isn’t a temptation.

·         When you go to sleep at night, he draws an imaginary lien down the bed and says to stay on your side.

·         He comes back two days late from his buddy’s bachelor party in Vegas and doesn’t bother to call.

Phoner: Have listeners add to the list.

TOP FIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH ALL THAT HALLOWEEN CANDY

1.      Eat them all, so they just go away

2.      Save ’em and hand ’em out next year

3.      Snickers smoothies

4.      Butterfinger sandwiches

5.      Three Musketeers casserole

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OCTOBER 30, 2008

 SHOW PREP OCTOBER 30, 2008

 

HOLLYWOOD 411 . . .

 

Jessica Simpson stood up two dates on Tuesday night – boyfriend Tony Romo and … Elmo?  The singer – who designs clothing, shoes and handbags for Macy’s – was supposed to fly from Nashville to New York Tuesday to celebrate the department store’s 150th anniversary. But driving rain caused serious flight delays, forcing Simpson to miss her scheduled gig singing “Happy Birthday” with Elmo. In fact the Macy’s party – which included guests like Eva Mendes, Tommy Hilfiger and Martha Stewart – had nearly ended by the time Simpson finally arrived at 8:30 p.m. “I’m so, so sorry!” she said as she rushed into Gotham Hall with her B.F.F. hairstylist Ken Paves. “[I wish] I could be God and control the weather.” But her injured NFL boyfriend, for one, was hoping she’d miss the event. “Tony was just praying [that I wouldn’t make it out],” Simpson admitted. “He had planned a really romantic date in case I didn’t make it [to New York] tonight.” And while a date night was tempting, “I decided to come,” she continued. “I’m like, ‘Honey, I have to go.’ ” So what make’s the quarterback such a catch? “His heart!” she told PEOPLE. (People)

 

Say what? Joaquin Phoenix dropped quite a shocker at Monday’s Paul Newman tribute, announcing his plans to quit acting. “I want to take this opportunity … to give you the exclusive and just talk a little bit about the fact that this will be my last performance as an actor,” the two-time Oscar nominee told Extra. “I’m not doing films anymore.” “Are you serious?” asked the stunned interviewer Jerry Penacoli. “Yeah. I’m working on my music,” Phoenix insisted. “I’m done. I’ve been through that.” His rep confirmed the retirement to Extra. The 34-year-old performer gave no further details on his career plans – but he has been working on a record for some time British band The Charlatans. Phoenix, who costars in the upcoming romantic drama Two Lovers with Gwyneth Paltrow, first learned to play guitar for his Academy-Award-nominated role as Johnny Cash in 2005’s Walk The Line. He was also nominated in 2000 for his supporting role in Gladiator. (People)

 

Actress Ashley Olsen credits her business-savy parents for grooming her and sister Mary-Kate into media moguls – because they let them sneak into meetings at a young age. The 22-year-olds began filming their first starring roles in U.S. TV series Full House at nine-months-old before launching a media empire with the start of their company Dualstar in 1993. Ashley says, “There’s a very specific language with financing and things like that. We definitely have a different perspective on running a business.” The pair was ranked among the world’s richest women in entertainment, earning an estimated $100 million last year, according to Forbes magazine. (Teen Hollywood)

 

Naomi Campbell will never be accused of modesty. The supermodel superdiva will host the Dec. 2 opening of a photo exhibition at Art Basel Miami featuring images of herself, many showing her in states of undress. Among the fashion photographers whose shots of her will be featured: David LaChapelle, Bruce Weber, Patrick Demarchelier, Ellen Von Unwerth and Albert Watson. (Page Six)

 

Elisabeth Hasselbeck gets more death threats than anyone else on “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg revealed Monday night at Cooper Union. Whoopi – part of a panel discussion on Art and Educational Justice hosted by the Stella Adler Studio with Rosie Perez, Phylicia Rashad and Anna Deavere Smith – said of her conservative co-host: “Politically we could not be more opposite, but I respect her tremendously. Truth is, we could not have a dialogue without Elizabeth. It’s not that we have to agree, the important thing is that we have the conversation.” The Post’s Sandra Guzman also reports Perez confessed she used to enjoy smoking pot and watching “American Idol,” which she found “hilarious.” (Page Six)

 

Pop star Britney Spears has vowed to stay away from men while she bids to make her career comeback. Britney Spears has sworn herself off men while she bids to make a comeback. With her next album, Circus, out next month insiders have told Showbiz Spy Britney doesn’t want any distractions. “Britney has always found it difficult not to have a man in her life but right now boyfriends are out of the question,” the source claims. “She’s concentrating on her career and getting back to where she once was. Although she would love to be in a relationship she’s aware that it’s the kind of blow that comes with being let down by a partner that has seen her lose it in the past. She won’t make that mistake again.” (Handbag)

 

Denis Leary finally says he’s sorry for his scathing remarks about autistics – but still insists they were twisted by the media. “I apologize for any pain the out-of-context quotes from my book may have caused,” the “Rescue Me” star, author of “Why We Suck,” told the Boston Herald. Leary has been under the gun for a chapter called “Autism Schmautism,” in which he blames a boom in autism on “inattentive mothers and competitive dads” who send their “dumb-ass kids” to shrinks “to get back diagnoses that help explain away the deficiencies of their junior morons.” (Page Six)

 

Rocker Adam Levine is still getting cozy with sultry actress Sophie Monk. Page Six reported in August that they smooched at the Chateau Marmont, and on Sunday they returned to the scene for a soiree. Martin + Osa hosted a garden screening of “All About Eve” Sunday night at the Hollywood hotel. One attendee told us, “Adam rolled up on his motorcycle and it was obvious that he was there to see So phie. Once the film began, they cuddled on the patio . . . they sat extremely close and were whispering in each other’s ears.” Monk’s rep confirmed she was there but had no comment. (Page Six)

 

Jennifer Hudson‘s Dreamgirls co-star is devastated about what happened to the Oscar winner’s family “I love her to death, and I know that she’s going through this – and my thoughts and prayers are with her, of course,” Sharon Leal told Usmagazine.com at the Soul Men premiere in NYC Tuesday. “I can’t even imagine what she must be going through,” Leal added. “But she is a beautiful person, and I hope that there’s enough friends and support and people to go through it with her.” Leal says she can’t believe Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew, Julian, were shot to death inside their south side Chicago home. “It’s unimaginable,” she said. “I don’t know what to say.” On Tuesday, the Chicago Cook County medical examiner’s office announced Julian died from multiple gunshot wounds. The announcement follows an autopsy on Julian’s body, which was found in the back of an SUV Monday. While no one has been charged in the slayings, police are eyeing William Balfour – ex-husband to Hudson’s sister, Julia – as a person of interest. (US Weekly)

 

What does it take to keep the Jolie-Pitt household running smoothly? A fleet of cars and a half-dozen nannies, for starters. “We’ve provided them with more than 20 Volkswagens while they’re here in Berlin,” Mya Walters, a public-relations manager for the car company, told Life & Style magazine. The magazine reports that the Pitt-Jolie Berlin digs also have a dinner table that seats 16 — that’s just a couple extra seats when you factor in their own family of eight and the six nannies the couple sometimes requires. During their recent trip to New Orleans, the magazine reports that they tried to make do with four nannies, but needed to fly in an additional two to combat the chaos. Don’t judge: it’s all for the sake of the family. Family friend Wyclef Jean said, “They make plenty of time for the kids, they’re great parents.” (Scoop)

 

Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole and husband Ashley Cole are to renew their wedding vows. X Factor judge Cheryl Cole and husband Ashley are to renew their wedding vows next year the singer has told OK! magazine. The couple almost split in January after a hairdresser claimed she had slept with Ashley, but Cheryl insists the couple are now back on track. “We’re a work in progress. We’re going to build our married life together, not thinking about what if it ever ends,” Cheryl explains. “I wasn’t looking for a relationship when I met Ashley and certainly not a long-term one. But pretty soon after I met him I knew something was different and I knew I had never felt that before He does little things now that he doesn’t even know he’s doing. My heart goes and I just think, God you’re so perfect.” (Handbag)

 

During the scenes in “W.” when it was difficult to tell whether you were watching a “Saturday Night Live” sketch or good character acting, Richard Dreyfuss, who played Dick Cheney, was among the standouts. Which is why it’s a touch disappointing that Dreyfuss slammed the film during his Oct. 28 appearance on “The View,” calling it “six-eighths of a great film” and said that he did it only for “the money.”  Everyone needs a paycheck, but saying six-eighths instead of three-fourths is nearly unforgivable. Moreover, Dreyfuss went on to say director Oliver Stone was a fascist. “Imagine working for Sean Hannity … you can be a fascist, even when you’re on the left,” he told the ladies of the “View.” Anyone know what spurned such a sharp attack? One theory: The film isn’t exactly breaking any box office records, and could be in danger of not recouping the $30 million or so it needs to break even. Perhaps this comes down to paycheck issues. (Scoop)

 

Following in her husband David Beckham’s hugely successful footsteps as the face and stellar body of Emporio Armani’s underwear collection, Victoria Beckham is stripping down for the venerable Italian designer. She will debut as the “worldwide testimonial” for Emporio Armani Women’s underwear in the Spring/Summer 2009 campaign shot by renowned fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. In a release, Giorgio Armani said, “Who better than Victoria Beckham to launch our new global Emporio Armani underwear campaign? Victoria is a style icon, a dynamic lady whose influence and recognition will add great excitement to the continued international growth of our Emporio Armani women’s underwear business.” (People)

 

Lindsay Lohan’s mother Dina has blasted rumors of a rift between her daughter and Ugly Betty star America Ferrera on the set of the hit show. Recent reports suggested Lohan’s guest role in the series had been cut because of tension between the pair. Sources told the New York Post Lohan brought an entourage onto the New York set with her, and that the actresses engaged in a power struggle over who was the biggest star. But Dina Lohan insists the gossip is untrue, telling People.com, “It was just silly. America’s a doll. And they said (Lindsay) brought a posse. It was my mother and myself, and (sister) Ali. It was not a posse.” (Teen  Hollywood)

 

 

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

 

Michael Caine will co-host the 2008 Nobel Peace Concert honoring this year’s laureate, organizers said Tuesday. The 75-year-old two-time Oscar winner will host the Dec. 11 show with Scarlett Johansson. The show is headlined by Diana Ross and includes Feist, Dierks Bentley, Julieta Venegas and Seun Kuti. The selection of Caine was exclusively released to The Associated Press by organizers a day ahead of the general announcement. Johansson’s role as co-host was announced a week ago. The concert has in the past been shown on television in 100 countries and is the most popular event on the Nobel calendar. Caine won the Academy Award as best supporting actor in 1986’s “Hannah and Her Sisters” and 1999’s “The Cider House Rules.” He and Johansson appeared together in the 2006 film “The Prestige.” Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari won the coveted prize for his peace efforts on several continents over many decades. The Nobel concert is held the day after the Nobel peace awards ceremony. (Daily Record)

 

Trick-or-treaters won’t find the light on outside Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey mansion this Halloween. Springsteen and his wife, Patti Scialfa, say they won’t be having their usual elaborate Halloween display featuring masked characters and decorations. Writing on his Web site, Springsteen blames “catastrophic success.” The 59-year-old rocker and his wife say too many visitors to their Rumson neighborhood raised concerns for the safety of children and parents. (Daily Record)

 

It looks like Cloris Leachman is having the last laugh. Last year, the acting legend was told by Mel Brooks, producer of Broadway’s “Young Frankenstein,” that, at 81, she was too old for the role of Frau Blucher (the character she originated in his 1974 movie). Despite a stellar audition, Brooks was concerned that Leachman didn’t have the “stamina” for eight shows a week. But, after watching her hoof and ham it up on “Dancing With the Stars,” Brooks has changed his mind about hiring Leachman, who won an Oscar for her supporting role in “The Last Picture Show” in 1971. Now 82, she’s a huge hit with “Dancing” audiences despite low scores from the judges. According to Broadway gossip site billymasters.com, “Mel has reached out to Leachman to see if they could make a deal – which I’m sure has nothing to do with the show’s somewhat soft box office.” But Leachman, who’s being inundated with offers – including a role in Quentin Tarantino‘s “Inglorious Bastards,” an eponymous one-woman show, and the grand marshal gig in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day – is letting him sweat. A rep for Leachman told us, “Cloris has received several interesting offers. We cannot confirm that ‘Young Frankenstein’ is one of them. For the time being, Cloris is focusing all her attention on dancing.” A rep for “Young Frankenstein” didn’t return calls. Last year, Leachman said she was “heartbroken” over her “Young Frankenstein” rejection, and noted that at a dinner party in 2006, Brooks told guests, “Cloris is going to steal the show – all she has to do is walk on the stage – she’ll bring the house down.” The Blucher role instead went to Andrea Martin. At the time, Brooks told Variety’s Army Archerd, “We’re afraid the show . . . could kill [Leachman] . . . We don’t want her to die onstage.”  (Page Six)

 

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have selected an outspoken rabbi who once battled the New York Times to convert her to Judaism for their upcoming nuptials, a source tells us. As we reported in 2001, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein of Congregation Kehillath Jeshurun on East 85th led his flock to boycott the Times over “biased and unfair coverage” of Israel and the Mideast, and got 1,000 subscribers to bail. Meanwhile, Trump’s conversion is going nicely. “She and Jared were in shul during all the holidays and ate in the sukkah every night,” our spy says. Ivanka declined to comment. (Page Six)

 

Burlesque star Dita Von Teese has uncovered what she plans to wear on Halloween. Dita Von Teese has revealed what fancy dress costume she’s planning on wearing this Halloween. “For Halloween, I’m going to look like a normal girl, put some bronzer on, some spray tan on and wear some jeans,” she told Channel 4. “People will ask me where my costume is! I would never do this in normal life, that’s why I’ll do it at Halloween. It’s a bit funny and people think I’m not wearing a costume but I really am.” Oh, the wag! (Handbag)

 

No grudge here! Tina Fey says Sarah Palin offered to have her 17-year-old daughter babysit Fey’s 3-year-old kid while filming Saturday Night Live two weeks ago. “Gov. Palin was like, ‘Oh, did Alice go home? Oh, ’cause Bristol woulda’ babysat. She offered Bristol Palin to babysit Alice,” Fey told Conan O’Brien Tuesday. “And it was Bristol’s birthday, too,” Fey said. “I was like yeah, that’s exactly what 17-year-old Bristol Palin wants to do at SNL…babysit the toddler of the lady that gooks on her mom….” “But they’re a nice family,” Fey added. Fey also dished on 30 Rock guest star, Oprah Winfrey. Hugging the talk show host was “everything you want it to be,” she said. “It’s like going to the spa for a week.” (US Weekly)

 

The bitterness between Joe Francis and Samantha Ronson that erupted at the VMA Awards last month is getting worse. On today’s “Tyra Banks Show,” the “Girls Gone Wild” czar calls Lindsay Lohan‘s deejay girlfriend “very jealous. Samantha tried to start a fight with me. I care about Lindsay – she’s not gay. She’s being controlled by this . . . wretched woman, this Samantha.” Told by Page Six of Francis’ cracks, Ronson fumed: “I think he’s one of the more disgusting human beings in the world because of what he does . . . He’s a [bleep]bag.” Ronson says when Francis approached their table during a VMA party, “He said hello to Lindsay and looked over at me as if I wasn’t a human being. He’s got no manners.” On her blog a few weeks back, Lohan ranted, “Joe Francis has no place in saying anything about Samantha . . . especially after all the [bleep] he has done.” Ronson told us: “He should find something else to talk about.”  (Page Six)

 

A cookbook author involved in a lawsuit with Jerry Seinfeld’s wife says she wasn’t amused by jokes the comedian made last year on late-night television. In federal court papers for a December hearing, Missy Chase Lapine says her 7-year-old daughter was upset after Seinfeld joked that people with three names – James Earl Ray and Mark David Chapman, for instance – turned out to be assassins. Lapine claims Jessica Seinfeld got ideas for the “Deceptively Delicious” cookbook from Lapine’s “Sneaky Chef.” The Seinfelds’ attorney said Wednesday: “As a comedian, Jerry has a right under the First Amendment to tell jokes. Ms. Lapine, on the other hand, was not joking when she maliciously accused Jessica Seinfeld, who also has young children, of plagiarism, a charge that is demonstrably false.” (Daily Record)

 

Reports suggest Guy Ritchie has turned down a £20 million divorce settlement deal from Madonna because he wants their children to stay in the UK. The breakdown in their marriage became public two weeks ago, and it appears that the education of their children, Rocco and adopted David Banda, is the sticking point between them. Madonna wants them to live with her and her daughter, Lourdes, in New York, while Ritchie wants them educated in England. A source said: “I do think it’s going to get nasty. He and Madonna are very angry now, no doubt about it but they are willing to put that aside for their children.” It’s also been reported that Guy Ritchie has stopped their UK country home swimming pool being filled with “blessed Kabbalah water” – instead opting for chlorinated water which is the more common choice. (British Glamour)

 

Hulk and Linda are at each others’ throat again, and this time we’re told it’s over a combination of Hulk’s prized Rolls-Royce and his worst enemy — Linda’s 19-year-old boyfriend. The Rolls-Royce in question was to sit in storage until their marital assets were divided — because the car loses value if driven. But Linda recently wanted to take it on a joy ride anyway. Once Hulk’s counsel got word Linda was having the car prepped to drive, they had the Rolls moved to an undisclosed location. Sources tell us the car’s insurance was “woefully inadequate,” and Hulk had fears Linda’s 19-year-old boyfriend Charley Hill would drive it — which could have put the extremely expensive car at risk. It wouldn’t be the first thing of Hulk’s Charley has ridden. (TMZ)

 

The author of the book “Rollin’ With Dre” is also allegedly rolling in Dre’s money, and the good Doctor wants it back. Stat. In a lawsuit dripping in betrayal, filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, Dr. Dre claims he loaned Bruce Williams $101,377.85 and was stiffed worse than Biggie Smalls.  Williams book, released last March, chronicles the struggle of Dre and others in the world of hip-hop. Williams sequel, “How to Use Someone Else’s Money to Change Your Identity,” will debut on Amazon.com soon. (TMZ)

 

Busted for what police said was a rock of cocaine on the driver’s seat of his car, William Balfour could have been spending the past few months behind bars for a parole violation. The 27-year-old felon was instead allowed to remain free and is now considered a suspect in the deaths of Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew. On the day the victims were fatally shot and the young boy went missing, Balfour told his parole agent he had missed a meeting because he was baby-sitting, records show. By midnight, investigators involved in a frantic search for 7-year-old Julian King had contacted parole officials and requested emergency addresses, visitor lists, telephone numbers and “anything further” connected to Balfour, according to documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. No one has been charged in the killings. An Amber Alert issued on Friday named Balfour as a suspect in the deaths of Hudson’s mother, 57-year-old Darnell Donerson, and brother, 29-year-old Jason Hudson. Julian, Balfour’s stepson, was found Monday shot to death in the back of an SUV on Chicago’s West Side. The Illinois Department of Corrections issued a warrant for Balfour on Saturday for violating terms of his parole by possessing a weapon and failing to attend anger management counseling and a substance abuse program, according to his parole report. Now that Balfour is in custody, detectives have time to dig deeper into his life, including his relationship with his ex-wife, Jennifer Hudson’s sister Julia, and his exact whereabouts during the weekend. Balfour was paroled after serving seven years for a 1999 attempted murder and vehicular hijacking conviction. On June 19, police pulled over Balfour’s car after hearing gunshots in the area, according to the officers’ report. They found a rock of cocaine in plain view on the driver’s seat, the report stated. It had a street value of about $100. A parole supervisor declined to issue a warrant to revoke Balfour’s parole after the arrest, records show. “Per supervisor … no warrant,” the report reads. “Agent to monitor offender, impose sanctions.” Corrections Department spokesman Derek Schnapp said officials who reviewed the cocaine-possession case against Balfour determined “the evidence that was presented during that time wouldn’t have necessarily warranted a violation.” A judge dismissed the charge for lack of probable cause in July, though no reason was cited in court records. However, a felony arrest usually is sufficient reason for corrections officials to revoke parole, said Thomas Peters, a Chicago criminal defense attorney who represents parolees. “Even though the criminal case is dismissed does not mean that you necessarily get a pass on a parole violation because the standard of proof is much less,” he said. In Balfour’s case, a parole violation could have sent him back to prison for as long as the remainder of his parole – until May 2009 – minus a day off for each day of good behavior. That would have meant a release date in mid-December at the earliest. Balfour’s parole history also shows that a woman at Balfour’s home refused to open the door during an agent’s visit on Aug. 27. The woman told the agent during the 8:30 a.m. visit that Balfour was at work but Balfour’s boss told the agent he wasn’t due until noon. “Agent heard other people inside the host site and suspected maybe suspicious activities going on,” the report said. “Agent will be following up for a possible warrant on parolee.” Parolees must agree to allow agents to visit their homes and consent to searches. There’s no warrant mentioned in following days on the report, which does note, however, that Balfour passed a drug test. Schnapp said the evidence again wasn’t sufficient to warrant revoking parole. Jennifer Hudson, who won a best-supporting-actress Oscar last year for “Dreamgirls,” has thanked fans for their support on her MySpace page but has been in seclusion in Chicago. (Daily Record)

 

There’s evidence this morning suggesting there may have been another person involved in the murder of Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother, and nephew. Investigators have honed in on William Balfour’s movements after the killings on Chicago’s South Side, according to the Chicago Tribune, and “are trying to determine” if someone else drove the prime suspect to the West Side, where the body of 7-year-old Julian King was found. Witnesses have told cops they saw Balfour drive a teal Chrysler to the Hudsons’ block on Friday morning, and that car was eventually found about a mile away. The SUV in which Julian was discovered ended up about 13 miles away from the Hudson house. (TMZ)

 

El DeBarge will be feeling the rhythm of the night all right—in a jail cell. A Los Angeles judge has sentenced the ’80s hitmaker to two years in state prison for a drug bust earlier this month. DeBarge (born Eldra Patrick DeBarge), whose hit “Who’s Johnny” video featured him in a courtroom, appeared in the real deal Tuesday to learn his fate for getting caught with crack cocaine. (Eonline)

 

Lindsay Lohan’s former bodyguard has dropped his lawsuit against the actress and abandoned his attempt to retrieve $55,000 in ‘unpaid wages’. David Kim filed a lawsuit against the actress back in April claiming he was owed the sum for work he carried out in 2006. Kim alleged he coordinated her security arrangements and drove her and her entourage. But the lawsuit has been dropped, reports TMZ.com. Representatives for Lohan could not reached to reveal if the actress settled the case out of court. (Teen Hollywood)

 

 

MUSIC . . .

 

Taylor Swift is plastic fantastic. The country cutie is the latest celeb to give Barbie a run for her money, with Jakks Pacific debuting a new collection of Taylor Swift fashion dolls. The scaled-down versions of Swift are exclusively available at Wal-Mart stores nationwide for just under $15, and come in advance of her sophomore album, Fearless, set for release Nov. 11. Upping the collectible ante, one of the Swift dolls even comes complete with the singer’s trademark bedazzled guitar, while others are themed: the Taylor Swift Sundress Medley, Pretty in Pink and Red Carpet Ready dolls—all wearing outfits inspired by clothes donned by Swift in real life—are among the versions already launched. Meanwhile, the Joe Jonas Camp Rock figurine is, as expected, sold separately. As are the requisite voodoo pins. (Eonline)

 

AC/DC will earn its second No. 1 album — and first chart-topping debut — as “Black Ice” will bow atop The Billboard 200 tomorrow (Oct. 29). The Columbia set sold a whopping 784,000 units in its first week of U.S. availability, according to Nielsen SoundScan.The entry marks the second biggest sales week of the year, trailing only Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” (Cash Money/Universal Motown) with 1,005,000. It’s also AC/DC’s best sales frame since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. “Black Ice,” which was released exclusively in the U.S. through Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and AC/DC’s official Web site, is the group’s first studio album since 2000’s “Stiff Upper Lip.” That set debuted and peaked at No. 7 with 130,000 in its opening week. AC/DC last crowned The Billboard 200 in early 1982 with “For Those About To Rock We Salute You.” The band begins an extensive world tour tonight in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Billboard)

 

NBA superstar LeBron James and Grammy-winning recording artist Jay-Z want people to get out early to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. James and Jay-Z will host a rally Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland which will include a free concert by the hip-hop star. James attended a Cleveland rally earlier this month to encourage people to vote for Obama. He’s also contributed $20,000 to a committee supporting the presidential nominee. (The Huffington Post)

 

Janet Jackson had to exert a little extra “Discipline” during her concert last night (Oct. 28) at the Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit. The singer trimmed a three-song section of her Rock Witchu Tour show, including the sexually explicit “Discipline,” in order to comply with a Michigan state law prohibiting simulated sex acts in a public performing space. Palace officials approached Jackson’s camp with concerns about the segment Tuesday afternoon. An arena spokesman says that “we explained the law, asked her not to do it, she complied. We did not ask her to cut the song. That was her call.” In a statement, Jackson’s manager Kenneth Crear, who was on site, said that “Janet did not want to disappoint her Detroit-area fans again, so we adhered to Michigan’s state ordinance and trimmed the ‘Discipline’ segment of the show so it would not be canceled.” Jackson’s show was a make-up date for an original Sept. 27 show that was one of several postponed when she was sidelined with a bout of migraine-induced vertigo. During the segment, Jackson usually pulls a male fan from the crowd, ties him down and “molests” him while her dancers mime various sexual acts, including masturbation. She’s done the same thing on previous tours, including performances at the Palace and other Michigan venues.  During her encore Jackson explained the omission to the crowd of 8,000 and apologized, adding, “We hope you enjoyed the show we gave you.” She made no mention of the postponement, however.  Jackson wraps up the North American leg of the Rock Withchu Tour on Saturday at New York’s Madison Square Garden. (Billboard)

 

Coldplay and Leona Lewis have been added to the performance lineup for the American Music Awards, Billboard.com can reveal. The event will be held Nov. 23 at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. Also on the bill are Kanye West, Jonas Brothers, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, New Kids On The Block, Pussycat Dolls, Taylor Swift, P!nk, the Fray and Annie Lennox. David Archuleta, Ashley Tisdale, Demi Lovato and T-Pain will present awards at the event, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Winners are being determined by fan vote at AMAvote.com, through Nov. 7. (Billboard)

 

Guitarist Duane Eddy picked his rumbling “Peter Gunn” instrumental and Rolling Stone Keith Richards jammed with The Crickets on “Not Fade Away” as a host of musicians and producers were honored during the Musicians Hall of Fame induction ceremony Tuesday. Richards, who formally inducted The Crickets, best known as Buddy Holly’s band, said that without them “you probably wouldn’t have the Beatles, and you wouldn’t have the Stones.” “Here was a unit that could operate together, and it turned us all on,” said Richards, who also sat-in with the group for “Peggy Sue” and “That’ll Be the Day.” “Without them we would be nowhere. The whole idea of any of us anywhere else sprung from this idea of these guys we loved.” Joining Eddy and the Crickets as new inductees were the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Booker T. and the MGs, the Memphis Horns, rock producer/musician Al Kooper and Nashville producer Billy Sherrill. “There simply wouldn’t be a music business or hit records without them,” said Barbara Mandrell, who hosted part of the ceremony. Eddy, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, called his induction an “honor above honor” and joked, “All of the wives of the musicians are happy because now they have a place to put their old junk.” Formed in 1967, the Alabama-based Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section played on hundreds of recordings by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Paul Simon, The Staple Singers and Bob Seger. Kid Rock joined them for Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” while former “American Idol” contestant Melinda Doolittle sang Franklin’s “R-E-S-P-E-C-T.” Earlier, George Jones sang his Sherrill-produced hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and received a standing ovation. This year’s additions have a strong Memphis connection with Booker T. and the MGs and the Memphis Horns. Kix Brooks of the country duo Brooks & Dunn said Booker T. and the MGs “listened and could create something on the spot. They were really great because in a time of racial segregation they were black and white.” The integrated group served as the studio band for Memphis-based Stax Records in the ’60s, playing on hits for Otis Redding, Sam and Dave and others. They played on Southern soul classics like “Soul Man,” “Dock of the Bay,” and “In the Midnight Hour” and had a major hit of their own with the instrumental “Green Onions.” Their guitarist, Steve Cropper, recalled doing odd jobs as a kid to save money to buy a $15 guitar and his father telling him if he learned to play it, he’d buy him a better one. “And he kept his word,” said Cropper, who then introduced his father sitting in the audience. (Daily Record)

 

 

MOVIE . . .

 

Here’s some Stark reality for you. The rejuvenated Robert Downey Jr. has inked an extensive deal with Marvel Studios that will have him not only suiting up for two more Iron Man films but also reprising the role of Tony Stark and his heavy-metal alter ego in the upcoming superhero all-stars film The Avengers, reports Variety. While planning for Iron Man 2 has been in full swing for some time, with the most recent announcement being that Don Cheadle will be playing Col. James Rhodes instead of Terrence Howard, Marvel had not confirmed that Downey and director Jon Favreau would be back. Well, not only will Favreau be behind the camera again, but he will also serve as a producer on The Avengers, featuring the Marvel characters Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America and Thor (and not to be confused with the laughable 1998 film of the same name starring Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman). But really, why wouldn’t he and Downey want to give it another go? (Eonline)

 

It was only fitting that “Milk,” the film about Harvey Milk’s life and death, premiere Tuesday night in the Castro. Milk, San Francisco’s first openly gay leader who was slain 30 years ago, used to call himself “the Mayor of Castro Street,” referring to the main drag through the neighborhood he represented on the Board of Supervisors and the center of the city’s gay and lesbian community. The world premiere of his biopic brought considerable star power to Milk’s beloved Castro Theatre, including director Gus Van Sant and stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch and Diego Luna. The film follows Milk’s rise to office and his and Mayor George Moscone’s assassination at City Hall by fellow Supervisor Dan White in 1978. Van Sant said he had been talking about making this film for 18 years. “He’s an American hero,” Van Sant said. “He’s a great example of a man representing his community and his city.” Milk received another tribute earlier in the day, when a historic streetcar featured in the film was dedicated to him. The supervisor had been a champion of public transportation. Tuesday night’s premiere also brought out many of Milk’s old friends who helped usher in the gay rights movement that has led, a generation later, to a fight over the right of same-sex couples to marry. Gay rights activist Cleve Jones, played in the film by Emile Hirsch, said Milk would have been thrilled at the film but angry that the fight over civil rights continued. He pointed across the street, where hundreds were rallying against Proposition 8, a Nov. 4 ballot measure that would rewrite the California constitution to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. (Daily Record)

 

The true story of international drug dealer and U.K. spy Howard Marks is aiming to give moviegoers a buzz. Rhys Ifans, Chloe Sevigny and David Thewlis are in final negotiations to star in “Mr. Nice,” writer-director Bernard Rose’s adaptation of Marks’ 2002 best-selling autobiography. Ifans will play Britain’s one-time most-wanted man, a late-’60s-era Oxford grad and teacher who turned to drug smuggling to impress his future wife Judy (Sevigny). While enlisting the help of an Irish Republican Army boss (Thewlis) for a job, he was recruited by a British intelligence officer for a loose network of informants. The charming criminal assumed the alias Mr. Nice. After encounters with the Mafia and CIA and nearly 30 tons of pot smuggling, he spent seven years in prison. U.K.-based Independent is producing the film and repping international sales. CEO Luc Roeg is producing, and execs Michael Robinson and Andrew Orr are exec producing. Spain-based KanZaman’s Denise O’Dell and Mark Albela also are producing. Ifans is repped by UTA/ITG and Brillstein. Sevigny is with Endeavor/Brillstein. Thewlis is repped by Endeavor and Julian Belfrage Associates. Rose is with Casarotto Ramsay & Associates. (Hollywood Reporter)

 

Pascal Laugier, whose horror film “Martyrs” stirred controversy in his native France, is in final negotiations to write and direct Dimension’s re-imagining of “Hellraiser,” one of horrormeister Clive Barker’s best-known creations. Released in 1987, “Hellraiser” told the story of an unfaithful wife who attempts to assist her dead lover in his escape from hell. The movie introduced viewers to a race of demons called Cenobites, most notably one nicknamed Pinhead — who became one of the most enduring horror characters of the decade — who was summoned using an antique puzzle box.  Dimension has been hoping to relaunch the franchise for the past couple of years, first hiring Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo to write and direct a remake then tapping Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton to write a new draft. ICM-repped Laugier at least seems to have thematic sympathies with the material, with his “Martyrs” beginning as a revenge movie then entering the grounds of spiritual horror, with torture figuring as a focal point. Torture — though not the so-called horror subgenre of torture porn — also is a key point in “Hellraiser.” “This is a dream project for me,” Laugier said. “I know Clive Barker’s work very well, and I would never betray what he has done. Fans are expecting a definitive ‘Hellraiser,’ and I don’t want to take that away from them.” “Martyrs” has been dividing audiences since appearing at the Festival de Cannes because of its unrelenting violent nature. The movie was hit with a 18+ rating — a rarity in France and an equivalent of NC-17 in the U.S. — sparking a protest by the country’s Society of Film Directors. At the Toronto International Film Festival, several people reportedly fainted during its midnight screenings. The Weinstein Co. is the domestic distributor, but no dates have been announced.  The remake is part of Dimension chief Bob Weinstein’s master plan.  “If I could make all my films from franchises, I would,” the Weinstein Co. co-chairman said at the recent Media and Money conference in New York. At the event, presented by Dow Jones and the Nielsen Co., parent company of The Hollywood Reporter, he rattled off a list of other films that he hopes to continue sequelizing, including “Scream” and “Scary Movie.” (Hollywood Reporter)

 

Sony Pictures Entertainment is ready to make Crackle pop. The studio is shaking up its online video hub with new management, headquarters and an infusion of full-length TV and movies from the Sony library to complement the increasing slate of short-form originals already rolling out. Sony has been gradually transforming Crackle, which it acquired in August 2006 when the site was a user-generated content depository known as Grouper, into an online version of a programmed channel. Eric Berger, who formerly oversaw strictly mobile entertainment at Sony, will extend his oversight to Crackle. He’ll take the reins from Jonathan Shambroom, who was elevated to the top job at Crackle in February. “What we want to do with Crackle is make it a next-generation TV network,” Berger said.  Previously based in San Francisco, Crackle will move to Culver City, Calif., and be formally folded into Sony’s digital content operations, which include brands Minisode Network and Pix.  Redundancies will mean a few positions will be eliminated, but some employees will make the move south, where Crackle will function as a 20-man team. In keeping with its vision of Crackle as a cable network without actually being on cable, Sony will begin supplementing the originals with library films including “Jerry Maguire” and “Ghostbusters,” as well as TV series including “Married…With Children,” “The Tick” and “Voltron.” Most cable channel are built on a foundation of library content, supplemented with originals that shape brand identity. But a key ingredient to Crackle that differentiates it from traditional television is a suite of interactive tools including DVD-like content extras and chats with content creators. Crackle is something of a subtle but fundamental departure for Sony, which has always stayed away from the channel business in favor of remaining a content supplier. But with little of the barriers to entry that come with formal multichannel distribution, more and more content companies are bypassing MSOs and satellite services to go online, as Warner Bros. recently did with a resurrected version of defunct brand The WB. “We’re controlling our own distribution and building direct consumer relationships and that’s critical for an independent studio,” Berger said. With a mix of comedy, action and unscripted material, Crackle is being positioned by Sony as a brand that transcends genre but appealing to video enthusiasts, particularly the demographic focus of men 18-25. In keeping with its channel orientation, Crackle plans to roll out as many as five 13-episode original series each quarter. Each of those four seasons will be anchored by one main attraction beginning in the first quarter, with “Angel of Death,” an action thriller from comic-book artist Ed Brubaker. In addition to selling advertising for Crackle video, Sony will seek additional revenue streams by repackaging content for DVD and licensing it internationally. For original content, Crackle is expected to find new talent as well as bank on Sony to bring in more established stars. Crackle has already put TV stars including Brad Garrett and Penn Jillette in programs on the site.  In addition to the Crackle.com destination site, content will also be syndicated to leading portals including YouTube and MySpace. However, not everything on Crackle.com will be available with the content partners, which are expected to drive traffic back to the destination site. Now senior VP digital networks, Berger reports to Sean Carey, senior executive VP Sony Pictures TV, the division led by president Steve Mosko.  Shambroom, who was with the site before the Sony acquisition, took over for original founders Josh Felser and Dave Samuel amid a layoff of eight employees in February. (Hollywood Reporter)

 

IF “Pride and Glory” – the cop-corruption movie starring Ed Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voightseems particularly realistic, thank Murray Weiss, criminal justice editor of The Post. Director Gavin O’Connor features the paper in the story. One of the dirty cops even confesses to an intrepid Post reporter who breaks corruption stories. To get it right, O’Connor had Weiss read the script before filming started and make improvements. Weiss said, “He had some things in there that were preposterous.” (Page Six)

 

The release of the newest James Bond film is weeks away, but “Quantum of Solace” star Daniel Craig fears the economy could prevent another 007 film from being put into production any time soon. He told Britain’s Daily Mirror, “As far as the next film is concerned, there is nothing scheduled. Economically, the world is in quite a lot of trouble, so who knows if we can afford to do another Bond movie any time soon?”  Is Craig being something of a Debbie Downer? Scoop votes yes. Certainly studios will be thinking twice about plunking down upward of $100 million per movie, but “Casino Royale” pulled in more than $400 million at the box office — doesn’t that count for something? Also, how about we shake things up and film in New York City? The Big Apple’s tax incentives could cut some costs from the overall price tag if nothing else. Oh, and by the way, the people have spoken. I confessed a few weeks back that I had never seen a James Bond flick and asked you to vote on which one I should rent. It was a tight race, but just slightly more of you voted for “Goldfinger” than “Casino Royale.” Netflix, here I come. (Scoop)

 

It was a typically windy day in San Francisco for the world premiere of Gus Van Sant‘s new film, Milk, on Tuesday night. The movie – which recounts the life of California’s first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk – screened at the legendary Castro Theatre, amid a crowd of No On Prop 8 supporters. Milk stars Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, and Diego Luna were in attendance, braving the blustery conditions. We’re so excited to see this film! A Gay Rights activist, Harvey Milk was such an important figure. He was the first openly gay man elected to a public office in the United States. He served on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors until he was tragically assassinated in 1978. Only a decade before, Martin Luther King, Jr., also a prominent leader for Civil Rights, was assassinated. (Perez Hilton)

 

 

TV . . .

 

Cloris Leachman’s silly antics are over on “Dancing with the Stars.” The outspoken actress and her professional partner, Corky Ballas, were eliminated Tuesday from ABC’s popular dancing competition. The pair received the judges’ lowest score – 15 out of 30 – for their cha-cha routine Monday. After viewer votes were combined with the judges’ scores, the competition’s oldest – and most spontaneous – performer was sent home. “I’m not leaving,” the 82-year-old Oscar-winning actress declared before she was dismissed. “I’m afraid you are,” host Tom Bergeron responded. In recent weeks, the judges had been gunning for Leachman, who consistently received low scores but remained in the competition thanks to viewer votes. Carrie Ann Inaba told Leachman after her cha-cha Monday that she was sad singer Toni Braxton was eliminated last week instead of Leachman. The funnywoman seemed to let the comment roll off her back. “I know you didn’t mean what you said, and I love you,” she told Inaba before she departed. Julianne Hough was missing from the dance floor Tuesday. The 20-year-old professional dancer and country music singer who’s partnered with actor Cody Linley, had surgery Tuesday to remove her appendix. Linley will be paired with professional dancer Edyta Sliwinska, who was previously partnered with comedian Jeffrey Ross, while Hough recuperates. “Her operation went as planned,” Linley said on the show. “She’s at home and resting.” Other celebrities remaining in the competition include TV personality Brooke Burke, singer Lance Bass, former NFL star Warren Sapp, Olympian Maurice Greene and actress Susan Lucci. Braxton, Ross, chef Rocco DiSpirito, reality TV star Kim Kardashian and actor Ted McGinley were previously dismissed. Olympian Misty May-Treanor dropped out of the competition after rupturing her tendon during a rehearsal. (Daily Record)

 

Having done well with a remake of “Beverly Hills 90210” this season, the CW network is considering a remake of that show’s spinoff, “Melrose Place.” The CW and the studio CBS Paramount Network Television are exploring whether to put the remake in development for the 2009-10 TV season, network spokesman Paul Hewitt said Tuesday. The new “Beverly Hills 90210” isn’t the cultural phenomenon of the original, but it has improved the CW’s performance among women aged 18-to-34 by 46 percent over its Tuesday time slot a year ago. That’s the youthful audience that the CW is trying to attract to establish itself. “Melrose Place” aired on Fox from 1992 to 1999, a prime-time soap about a mythical Los Angeles locale. Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Marcia Cross were among its stars. It was created by Darren Star. The relative success of “90210” and “One Tree Hill” this fall have helped the CW stave off rumors that it might fold. (Daily Record)

 

Yes, here he is, the one you’ve all been waiting for: Major Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), better known around here as Major Hottie, is back on Grey’s Anatomy this week. (Much to Cristina’s chagrin, apparently.) He’s working at Seattle Grace, but will he be sticking around? Check back Thursday for the scoop on his long-term prognosis. Also, not to spoil anything, but _____ and _____ have been sleeping together for a week?! Whaaat?! Check out the four additional bonus clips below to see what that’s about, and be sure to tune in Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC to catch Anatomy‘s latest episode, “Life During Wartime.” (Eonline)

 

Patrick Swayze may be suffering from pancreatic cancer, but he’s still clocking 12-hour days on the set of his new TV drama, The Beast. “I just love to work hard,” the 56-year-old actor tells the New York Times in his first interview since his January diagnosis.  “I do find myself, at the end of the day, riding home sort of catching myself with a smile on my face,” he added. “I’m proud of what I’m doing.” The actor has piled on 20 pounds over the past few months by relying on “muscle-building shakes,” he said. Show staffers say he’s only missed a day and a half of work. “I’m still fine to work. I haven’t changed – oh, I have changed, what am I saying?” Swayze admitted. “It’s a battle zone I go though. Chemo, no matter how you cut it, is hell on wheels.” The actor says he thought he was suffering from a persistent case of indigestion while filming the show’s pilot in December. “Then all of a sudden real symptoms start showing up,” he told the Times. “You see it in the mirror and you go: ‘O.K., better go get checked out.'” Swayze’s reaction after the biopsy and the devastating diagnosis? “Hello, goodbye, welcome to my world.” Swayze has been leaning on his wife of 33 years, Lisa Niemi, for support in fighting the disease. Experts say pancreatic cancer only has a 5 percent five-year survival rate. “How do you nurture a positive attitude when all the statistics say you’re a dead man?” Swayze asked. “You go to work.” The actor says he hasn’t accomplished everything he’s set out to do yet. “There is probably that little bird that flies through your insides and says, ‘I sure would like to make a mark in life,'” he said. “I’ve made a pretty decent mark so far – nothing to scoff at. But it does make you think: Wait a minute. There’s more I want to do. Lots more. Get on with it.” (US Weekly)

 

Poor Brooke Shields.  She might be looking good, but we can’t say the same for her show. Turns out that Lipstick Jungle got a series LOW of only 4.3 million viewers last week. And that’s not a good sign considering it dropped from a low of 5 million from it’s October 8th episode. But, to make matters even worse, NBC has announced that they are changing their lineup. Lipstick Jungle is now being shafted to the Friday time slot.  And, that of course means, more likely than not, that the series will soon die out or be cancelled! (Perez Hilton)

 

The BBC indefinitely suspended two of its most popular broadcasters, Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross, on Wednesday for leaving a series of lewd phone messages on an actor’s answering machine. The prank calls to 78-year-old Andrew Sachs, played on state-funded BBC radio, have sparked condemnation in Parliament and an investigation by Britain’s media regulator. The calls were broadcast Oct. 18 on Brand’s national radio show and have drawn more than 18,000 complaints. In the messages Ross jokingly claimed Brand had slept with the granddaughter of Sachs, best known for playing Spanish waiter Manuel in 1970s sitcom “Fawlty Towers.” Brand and Ross have apologized, but even Prime Minister Gordon Brown was among those who said the calls were unacceptable. On Wednesday, the BBC’s director general said the pair would be suspended until an investigation was complete. BBC chief Mark Thompson said he was making a “personal and unreserved apology” for the “completely unacceptable broadcast.” “BBC audiences accept that, in comedy, performers attempt to push the line of taste. However, this is not a marginal case,” he said. “I have decided that it is not appropriate for either Russell Brand or Jonathan Ross to continue broadcasting on the BBC until I have seen the full report of the actions of all concerned.” Ross, 47, and Brand, 33, also have apologized for the calls. But several politicians have called on the BBC to fire the pair, who are among the network’s most popular broadcasters. Brand has a burgeoning U.S. profile thanks to film appearances and a job hosting last month’s MTV Video Music Awards. He offended some viewers of the awards show by mocking clean-cut pop act the Jonas Brothers and referring to President George W. Bush as “that retarded cowboy fellow.” Ross hosts a TV talk show, a movie-review program and a weekend radio program. He is one of the BBC’s highest-paid personalities. Last year he signed multi-year-multimillion-pound (-dollar) deal with the broadcaster. Brown said the BBC and regulators had to decide what action to take. “This is clearly inappropriate and unacceptable behavior,” the prime minister said Tuesday. Telecommunications regulator Ofcom said it would investigate whether the calls breached the broadcasting code, which sets standards for fairness and privacy. (Daily Record)

 

It was billed as the season of foreign formats. Of the 12 new scripted series premiering this fall on the Big Four networks, only six were homegrown. Five were based on international formats, and the other, NBC’s “Crusoe,” was foreign-made. But one month into the season, all of the rookie ratings standouts are U.S. born and bred, and the imports are struggling. Four new series — all created by American writers — have been picked up for a full season so far: “Fringe” on Fox, “The Mentalist” at CBS and two spinoffs of old American series, the CW’s “90210” and NBC’s “Knight Rider.” Meanwhile, the freshman immigrants saw their first casualty with “The Ex List,” CBS’ dramedy based on an Israeli format, which was pulled this week.  Despite being given some of the best real estate on the broadcast networks, format-based rookies have been stumbling. What was expected to be the battle of British imports “Eleventh Hour” and “Life on Mars” at 10 p.m. Thursdays has become the hour of the British also-rans, with the freshmen squandering their respective “CSI” and “Grey’s Anatomy” lead-ins to fall behind 15-year veteran “ER.” Similarly, CBS’ British transplant “Worst Week,” which landed behind TV’s top comedy, “Two and a Half Men,” has managed to hold on to just about 60% of its lead-in, prompting CBS to try out its U.S.-developed new comedy, “Gary Unmarried,” in the time slot on Monday. “Gary” retained 76%. After a promising start, NBC’s “Kath & Kim” has faded on Thursday and already has been canceled in Australia, home of the original series. That follows the quick demise of foreign-based dramas “Viva Laughlin” on CBS and “Wild at Heart” on the CW in fall 2007.  Network executives are cautious to draw conclusions about a possible end to the international formats fad. “I don’t think there is anything tainting the water of what comes from outside the border,” one executive said. “It’s all about execution.”  And patience. As important as patience is for nurturing any new series, it is imperative for shows based on international formats that often introduce a different sensibility and style of storytelling that requires getting used to in a new country. NBC’s “The Office,” based on the BBC series, faced cancellation after a dismal first season but found an audience and acclaim in its second year.  “Eleventh Hour” also seems to be slowly finding legs, while “Worst Week” and “Life on Mars” earned some of the best reviews for new series this fall. (Hollywood Reporter)

 

Veteran comedy writer-producer Will Gluck has lined up a couple of half-hour projects. At Fox, he has a Sony TV-produced single-camera comedy about a construction crew. “It’s ‘The Office’ from a blue-collar point of view,” Gluck said. “Throughout one season, we will go to someone’s real house; we’ll tear it up and build it up again.” Construction is a popular setting in this year’s development. CBS has handed a put pilot commitment to a drama exec produced by Shawn Ryan that is based on the book “Confessions of a Contractor.” Gluck said that the interest is tied to the rough economic environment. “People are not buying to sell but to live,” he said. “It’s a nesting syndrome; they are fixing their houses to live in them.” Additionally, ICM-repped Gluck has “The Frozen Family,” about an organic frozen-food family business, at ABC. The hybrid multicamera comedy from CBS Par and DreamWorks TV, sold before the strike, has been rolled over. He also supervises Rob Roy Thomas, who is penning a project for Sony TV. Gluck’s main focus for the past year has been on his feature directorial debut, the Sony/Screen Gems comedy “Fired Up,” set for a March release. (Hollywood Reporter)

 

 

TODAY’S IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION . . . (Internet)

 

Q.  According to superstition, at midnight on Halloween, if you stare into a mirror you’ll see THIS?

            A.  Your future spouse

 

 

TODAY’S QUOTE (By Denis Waitley)

 

“HAPPINESS CANNOT BE TRAVELED TO, OWNED, EARNED, WORN OR CONSUMED. HAPPINESS IS THE SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE OF LIVING EVERY MINUTE WITH LOVE, GRACE AND GRATITUDE.”

 

 

MIND BOGGLERS . . .  (QuickTrivia)

 

Q.  How many circles are there on a “Twister” mat?

            A.  30

            B.  12

            C.  18

            D.  24  ****

 

Q.  Which studio gave us such musicals as “The Wizard of Oz,” An American in Paris,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” and “Gigi”?

            A.  Warner Brothers

            B.  20th Century-Fox

            C.  Metro-Goldwin Mayer  ****

            D.  United Artists

 

Q.  On what show did a character’s fiancé die after licking cheap envelopes?

            A.  The Simpsons

            B.  Seinfeld  ****

            C.  The Drew Carey Show

            D.  Home Improvement

 

Q.  Mathematician Danica McKeller co-wrote the Chayes-McKeller-Winn theorem, a proof regarding two-dimensional magnetism, and had been Winnie on what TV show?

            A.  What’s Happening

            B.  The 70’s Show

            C.  Full House

            D.  The Wonder Years  ****

 

Q.  What was the name of Richard Nixon’s cocker spaniel that he mentioned in one of his most famous speeches?

            A.  Coffee

            B.  Checkers  ****

            C.  Sweeney

            D.  Max

 

Q.  All these countries are ruled by Monarchs except?

            A.  Austria  **** (The small European nation is governed by a president and parliament)

            B.  Spain

            C.  Bhutan

            D.  Saudi Arabia

 

 

TRAVEL TIPS . . . (Peter Greenberg Worldwide)

 

RESTAURANT WEEKS:

 

Want to eat local and save big? You don’t have to spend a lot of money to dine out—just make sure to visit a city during its Restaurant Week. A number of cities offer “Restaurant Week,” which is a time when local restaurants offer a prix fixe menu during the off season.  In Boston’s Restaurant Week, you can have a three-course lunch for 20 dollars or dinner for 33 dollars during the first three weeks of March. Think Manhattan restaurants are too expensive? New York’s Restaurant Week is a 10-day event at the end of January, when more than 200 restaurants offer three-course prix fixe menus. You can eat at high-end restaurants like 5’s at the Peninsula for only 24 dollars, and dinner for 35 dollars. And at the end of January in Washington, D.C., more than 170 restaurants offer lunch for just 20 dollars and dinner for.

 

(Peter Greenberg is North America’s preeminent expert on Travel. An Emmy Award-Winning writer and producer, Peter is the Travel Editor for NBC’S “TODAY SHOW,” MSNBC and CNBC. A Best-Selling author of the “Travel Detective” series and host of the nationally syndicated “Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show.” Visit WWW.PETERGREENBERGWORLDWIDE.COM to learn more about Peter Greenberg and his adventures.)

 

 

BIRTHDAYS . . .

 

–1735  Second President John Adams (d. 7-4-1826)

–1839  Impressionist Painter Alfred Sisley (d. 1-29-1899)

–1872  Manners author Emily Post (Etiquette) (d. 9-25-1960)

–1885  Poet Ezra Loomis Pound (d. 11-1-1972)

–1893  Bodybuilder, physical culturist Charles Atlas (d. 12-24-1972)

–1912  Photographer/Author Gordon Parks

–1932  Director Louis Malle (Au Revoir Les Enfants) (d. 11-23-1995)

–1937  Actor Dick Gautier (When Things Were Rotten)

–1939  Singer Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane/Starship) (“Somebody To Love”)

–1939  Songwriter Eddie Holland (Holland/Dozier/Holland)

–1940  Actor Ed Lauter (The Longest Yard)

–1941  Singer Otis Williams (The Tempations) (“My Girl”)

–1945  Actor/Producer Henry Winkler (Water Boy)

–1947  Musician Timothy B. Schmidt (Poco, The Eagles) (“I Can’t Tell You Why”)

–1951  Actor Harry Hamlin (L.A. Law)

–1953  Actor/Director Charles Martin Smith (American Graffiti)

–1954  Country Singer T. Graham Brown

–1958  Actor Kevin Pollak (Grumpy Old Men)

–1967  Singer Gavin Rossdale (Bush)

 

 

THIS DAY IN HISTORY . . .

 

Today is DEVIL’S NIGHT.

–1888  John H. Loud patented the ballpoint pen. Because of problems with ink, however, it didn’t come out into common use until 1945.

–1920  Fredrick Banting scribbled the note which led to the discovery of insulin.

–1938  Orson Welles presented his famous radio dramatization of H.G. Wells “War Of The Worlds,” changing the locations of the story, for dramatic effect, to real places in New Jersey.  Thousands flee from a realistic sounding alien invasion.

–1941  The Reuben James (where’s that Kenny Rogers record???) went down off Iceland – the first US warship to be sunk by the Germans in WW II.

–1964  Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali, became the world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Sonny Liston.

–1967  Prime Time TV Tonight:

             ABC – Cowboy In Africa – Rat Patrol – Felony Squad – Peyton Place – Big Valley

             CBS – Gunsmoke – Lucy Show – Andy Griffith Show – Family Affair – Carol Burnett Show

              NBC – The Monkees – Man From U.N.C.L.E. – Danny Thomas Hour – I Spy

–1968  Johnny Cash’s “Live At Folsom Prison” goes gold.

–1982  Top 5 Records : 1). Who Can it Be Now – Men At Work  2). Jack & Diane – John Cougar 3). Eye In The Sky – Alan Parsons Project 4). I Keep Forgettin’ – Michael McDonald 5). Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker/Jennifer Warnes

–1984  Linda Ronstadt and Gary Morris star in the NY opening of “La Boheme.”

–1987  John Cougar Mellencamp takes his “Lonesome Jubilee” tour on the road, starting in his home state of Indiana.

 

 

RADIO ONLINE® DAILY SHOW PREP. . .

 

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1925, the very first crude TV images were created. Technical crude, not “South Park” crude.

In 1945, the government ended shoe rationing. Finally, we could all go back to wearing two.

On this date in 1974, Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in a fight. Foreman said his head hit the canvas like a grill… and the rest, as they say, is history.

TODAY IS

It’s Halloween Eve. Do you open your bags of candy on Halloween Eve or Halloween morning?

Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, turns 27. Why she hasn’t sued him for that name yet is beyond me.

Gavin Rossdale turns 41 today. He’s with Bush… not THAT Bush, the band.

Harry Hamlin whio appeared on ‘Dancin’ with the Stars’ earlier this year is 57 today. I guess that answers my “Grecian Formula” question.

Henry Winkler, “The Fonz,” turns 63 today. There was a time he was so cool. Now, he’s too cold and sits around in his leather sweater.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

·         Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have six kids and six fulltime nannies, one for each of their kids who are all under the age of 8.

·         In April of next year, the 100-year-old Christian Science Monitor will shift from a daily newspaper to a web-based paper.

·         Trick-or-treaters won’t find the light on outside Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey mansion this Halloween. It seems their usual elaborate Halloween display attracted too many visitors to their neighborhood raising concerns for the safety of children and parents.

·         Country singer Jo Dee Messina is expecting a baby boy. She and her husband just celebrated their first anniversary last week.

·         Britney Spears’ father will retain control over her personal and business affairs for an indefinite period, a Los Angeles judge ruled. Spears can request it to be lifted at a later date.

·         Joaquin Phoenix, who turned 34 Wednesday, announced at a fund-raiser that he is quitting acting.

·         Following its success with “Beverly Hills 90210,” the CW network is considering a remake of “Melrose Place.”

·         If you’re keeping track of Kellie Pickler, she’s says she’s joining Carrie Underwood in becoming a vegetarian.

·         Robert Downey Jr. will reprise his role as Tony Stark in “Iron Man 2,” plus he’ll appear in the superhero team effort “The Avengers.”

·         It’s said that Guy Ritchie turned down a $40 million settlement offer from Madonna.

·         The head of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum was fired Tuesday after museum officials discovered he had been arrested twice for shoplifting items from a mall, including $40 worth of DVDs.

·         Word is that tension on “The View” between Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck is getting so bad, Barbara Walters is probably going to have to pick one or the other.

·         By the way, Whoopi Goldberg said in a speech the other night that Elisabeth Hasselbeck gets more death threats than anyone else on “The View.”

·         John Travolta has turned down a chance to star in a “Hairspray” sequel.

CONVERSATION STARTERS

Our greatest fear is being in plane crash, according to new survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the American Diabetes Association. Here’s the top five things we fear the most:

1.      Being in a plane crash, 16%

2.      Snake bites, 13%

3.      Being hit by lightning, 5%

4.      Getting a disease, 5%

5.      A shark attack, 4%

When asked about their fear of disease, 49% said they had a fear of cancer, while just 3% said they feared diabetes.

Get this — men want to wear pantyhose, or more specifically, “mantyhose.” News.com reports that mantyhose is the latest male fashion trend with some diehards working hard to establish this as a regular clothing item for men. They say everyone from truck drivers (it improves their circulation) to cowboys (keeps them warm on the cold prairie) is wearing mantyhose. As if “manscara” and “man-bras” weren’t enough. What makes mantyhose different from pantyhose? It contains a “male comfort panel” that better fits a man’s shape, as well a fly opening.

According to Cosmopolitan, 36% of guys keep mementos from ex-girlfriends.

Marijuana kills… infections! The Journal of Natural Products report the antibiotic resistant staph infection MRSA is becoming a major medical problem. Once seen only in sick patients in hospitals, it’s now being found among otherwise healthy people in the community at large. Know antibiotics have little effect on MRSA and it can be fatal. However, researchers in Great Britain and Italy have found that five chemicals in marijuana can kill MRSA germs in a flash. The chemicals, called cannabinoids, bypass bacterial resistance because they employ different pathways from antibiotics. (Sun)

PHONE TOPICS

·         What’s the first thing the new president should do?

·         What do YOU wear to bed?

·         Anyone have their minds changed during this campaign? Or did you end up where you started out?

·         Did you watch the Obama infomercial last night? Was it ad overkill?

·         What’s the worst candy given out at Halloween?

·         Are you throwing an election night party?

·         Is Obama a sure thing?

·         Oldest person you’ve dated.

·         I’m more environmentally conscious, I’ve started to _____.

·         Why won’t my parents let me _____? Do this one early for ages 19 and under.

·         25% of married people surveyed would divorce their spouse if they won the lottery. Anyone listening who’s done just that?

·         Wedding horror stories?

·         Anyone listening who reads their kid’s diary? (Then get ’em to read a little…)

·         The time you were really stupid?

·         The average adult sleeps 7 hours every night. How many hours of sleep per night do you need?

Movie star Tara Reid recently talked with People and talked about her liposuction in 2004, which was done so poorly it required reconstructive surgery two years later. Have you ever had plastic surgery? Any regrets? Or do you recommend it to others?

How much is your cell phone worth to you? If you lose it, do you just curse a few times and decide to pay for a replacement? Or, do you risk life and limb trying to get it back? A 26-year-old man went for option B, and ended up getting his arm caught in a toilet for two hours on a French high speed train. Have you ever dropped your phone in the toilet? How did you fish it out? I dropped my cell phone in the toilet once and for some reason, I felt I had to grab it by hand the second it went in. Reflex I guess.

Relationship guru Dr. Phil insists that users of Internet porn are cheating on their partners. McGraw says women should not put up with their partners looking at porn, which he described as an addiction. It’s estimated 17.5 million visiting porn sites every month. Phoner: Ladies, do you feel if your guy is cheating if he views porn on the web, or is it harmless?

You’ve used your kitchen dishwasher to do what? Listener answers ranged from defrosting turkeys, poaching salmon, and cooking crab legs, to cleaning engine parts, ball caps, silk plants, and tennis shoes.

We had a 20-year-old listener call in who told us how he had gone online and tracked down his father, whom he’s never met. They have plans to get together for the first time later this summer. It was great radio since a lot of people can relate. That prompted a bunch of similar calls, including a guy who also tracked down his long-lost father and then found out he has a younger brother that his mother gave up for adoption. It sort of turned into a support group with people calling in to give advice to others in the same boat.

Men’s Health asked, “Would you dump somebody for…?”

·         Cheating on you, 96%

·         Lying to you, 55%

·         Someone better looking, 40%

·         Not wanting sex often enough, 35%

·         Being bad in bed, 32%

·         Someone younger, 20%

We got a surprisingly strong response when we asked how many people have remarried an ex. Pretty interesting stories and most of ’em have lasted after the second time. Sometimes you just don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. They paved paradise and… whoops. Flashback.

According to a recent survey, two-thirds of the American population don’t know all the words to the National Anthem. Phoner: Did anyone sing the song with the wrong lyrics, because they misheard it?

My co-host is a new homeowner and this is the first time for her to do a little yardwork/landscaping. Lots of people calling in with advice on neat, but inexpensive stuff you can do and what kind of plants to buy, etc. Or you could fire up the nuts who think their yard is an extension of the wall-to-wall carpeting and have ’em go off on the neighbor whose yard is filled with dandelions!

We asked listeners for their favorite things that are no longer made. Remember Pudding Pops? Hmmmm… Lots of phones — this was a really fun phoner.

Is their something creative that you thought of and never acted on and now someone is making millions? Everybody has one — good phones.

Did you crave a strange food when you were pregnant? Here are some of our favorite celebs cravings during their pregnancy:

·         Denise Richards’ pregnancy craving was French toast.

·         Cate Blanchett loved sardines.

·         For Jodie Foster, Baskin Robbins Rocky Road ice cream was the ticket.

·         Kelly Preston gorged on Spam. Spam? Yeah, Spam.

·         Brooke Shields wanted the taste of nutmeg.

·         Catherine Zeta-Jones craved Marmite and Branston Pickles. They’re British relishes.

·         Debra Messing wanted Frosted Mini-Wheats cereal.

Phoner: Ladies, tell us about the odd food combos you craved while with child?

Who thinks their neighbors probably hate them and why? I do because I hate mowing and my yard is the worst kept one on my road. (Not to mention that my motorcycle is a tad on the loud side and I leave for work a little after four each morning.)

We took calls from listeners about life changing events that happened to them. Lots of calls about some heavy, yet happy ending situations that our listeners had gone through. A good “feel good” phoner. Everybody seems to have a wedding story — we took from people whose weddings were ruined by others. Crazy stories about drunk relatives at the reception, practical jokes gone wrong, and a lady who “leaked” and ruined her wedding dress just seconds before walking down the aisle.

You can tell a little bit about what part of the country you’re in by the sundaes on the menu. In Keene, New Hampshire, you can get a fruit-salad sundae, in Foley, Alabama, there’s a chocolaty-thick sundae called Lower Alabama Mud. What’s your favorite ice cream sundae creation?

One of our jocks has three teenage kids who could be considered spoiled. They have essentially every toy possible – computers, video cameras, video game systems, cable in their rooms, dorm refrigerators in their rooms, etc. So we took some calls about spoiled kids – they’re more common than you think. It’ s crazy to compare what kids have today vs. what we had when we were their age.

We talked about the mean things brothers and sisters do to each other when they’re young. Holy cow! It was one of those responses that gives me a headache. They wouldn’t stop calling. We got a bunch of good stories, though, so if you haven’t done it yet… just do it! It’s amazing any of us grew to adulthood. I hadn’t realized how many kids got stuffed into dryers by their big brother or in one case, put in a refrigerator “to see if the light really does go off.”

WEIRD NEWS

Dumbest Criminal Ever
You’ve got to be the dumbest criminal ever when you drive a stolen car to court the same day the jury is to decide whether to convict you on a separate car theft case! But police in San Anselmo, California say that’s exactly what one man did. Police arrested him after they watched him approach the stolen Lexus SUV in front of the courthouse with its keys in hand. Officers were called to the SUV after bystanders noticed several Yorkshire terriers mulling around it. So our friend was also charged with animal cruelty and leaving animals in an unattended vehicle. Oh — and the jury did find him guilty in the other case. (Marin Independent Journal)

Happy Anniversary — Now Here’s Elvis!
In Bartonville, Illinois, the owners of Endsley Funeral Home are celebrating their 80th anniversary in business. So they decided they’d put a little “fun” into funeral — if that’s possible. For their open house this past Saturday, they put a replica of Elvis Presley’s 650-pound casket on display and hired Elvis impersonator Dave Stovall to dance around it and sing a few of the King’s most famous songs. Stovall said he was so impressed by the casket he wanted to lie down in it for a while. Nearly 300 people came by to enjoy the show. (Journal Star)

Don’t Turn Grandma Into a Rapper
In West Palm Beach, Florida, 18-year-old Michael Alfinez has been sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention for coaxing his senile grandmother into appearing in his own homemade “gangster rap” video. In the video, the 85-year-old grandmother is seen holding a handgun, wearing a black mask and threatening to shoot “all the pigs.” Alfinez pleaded guilty to elder abuse charges but his family has said the case was just a big misunderstanding. In the video Alfinez and others were also seen shooting a pistol around town so the charges included firing a weapon out of a moving vehicle and into a building. (myway.com)

Open Water For Real!
Have you seen that movie “Open Water” where the tourist couple gets stranded in shark infested waters after their scuba diving tour boat leaves them behind? It happened for real off the shores of Fiji. Thomas Holz, a 40-year-old German tourist, was accidentally left behind on a dive trip and swam all night over six miles through shark infested waters until he finally reached land. Tom said, “The currents were strong, and my main fear was for my family in Germany. Even though I was tired, I hung on to the oxygen cylinder and kept swimming. Then early this morning (Tuesday), I felt the seabed and just screamed out for help before I collapsed on the shore.” A local woman heard his cries and helped him from shore. (myway.com)

Just Pay the Fine Lady!
In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 24-year-old Christina Downs was determined not to pay the speeding ticket she got for going 44 mph in a 25 mph zone. The officer who gave her the ticket even reported that she arrogantly sped off again immediately afterward and had to be stopped a second time! Nevertheless, Christina mounted a full-blown defense, acting as her own lawyer at the trial and put the officer through a meticulous, 96-point cross-examination about such matters as his work schedule, training, engineering studies of road speeds, radar technology, weather conditions, traffic flow, and the use of a tuning fork to calibrate the radar device. All that and the judge still ruled against her. So she took the case to the state Supreme Court — who ordered her to pay the $100 ticket. (Portsmouth Herald)

Don’t Bring Donuts To a Knife Fight
In Atlantic Beach, Florida, a man on a bicycle decided to pursue the teenager driving a car who had thrown a Krispy Kreme glazed donut at him. However, when the victim finally caught up with his attacker, instead of more doughnuts the teen pulled out knives and the two men began fighting. Fortunately no one was injured and arrested the donut-throwing-knife-wielding teen. (AHN News)

No More Small-Chested Motorists in Vietnam?
Wonder bras may soon become best-sellers in Vietnam where the country’s communist rulers are set to ban all small-chested motorists. Apparently anyone with a chest under 28 inches will be banned from driving a motorbike– which makes up 90% of the traffic in the country. The logic behind the new law — if there is any — is to prevent people who are too thin, too short or too sickly from riding a motorbike. But Hanoi stockbroker Le Quang Minh says while the new law sounds funny, many Vietnamese people could become the victim of the joke. He says, “Many Vietnamese women have small chests. I have many friends who won’t meet these criteria.” Vietnamese bloggers have been poking fun at the plan, envisioning traffic police with tape measures eagerly pulling over female drivers to measure their chests. (Ananova)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

·         “Calif. Man Accused Of Driving Stolen SUV To ____!” (Court)

·         “Lobster Fishermen Feel ____ Of Global Crisis!” (Pinch)

·         “Reluctant Groom Sets ____ On Fire!” (Hotel)

·         “Fore! ____ Buggies In Low-Speed Highway Chase!” (Golf)

·         “Illegal Immigrants Head For UK In A ____!” (Bentley)

·         “Study Says The Woman In ____ Drives The Men Crazy!” (Red)

·         “Big Tokyo Quake Could Highlight ____ Shortage!” (Toilet)

·         “Restaurant Closed After Dead ____ Found In Kitchen!” (Deer)

·         “Spicy Pork Sausage Found In ‘Soiled ____s’!” (Diapers)

·         “Man Drives Off In Car Being Towed By ____ Worker!” (Repo)

·         “Man Drives ____ To Protest Drink-Drive Charge!” (Drunk)

·         “Freak Shot Lands Korean Golfer In Court And Caddy In ____!” (Hospital)

PASS THE BUCK

Get two callers on the line. The first has the choice to answer the question or “pass the buck” to the other caller. If they manage to last 3 rounds they win concert tickets. The questions vary in category and in toughness. Since folks don’t know which will be the easy question or the tough one, they take a real chance passing it on to the challenger. Someone can even come in and steal the game at the last minute.

INFORMATION EXCHANGE

It’s still one of our most popular bits. We do it maybe once a month. People call in with questions about anything they’ve always wondered about. We’ll try to answer them or other callers will. It’s just a constant question-answer fest, but it’s usually fun, because many of the subjects are so dumb. For instance, why do painters always wear white? Try it!

TOP FIVE REASONS EMERILL LEGASSE WOULD BE A BAD PRESIDENT

1.      He’d want to change the song to “Hail to the Chef”

2.      Sitting so close to the nuclear button, you just don’t want a guy who keeps yelling, “Bam!”

3.      White chef’s outfit would clash with White House

4.      Keeps saying “Economy just needs more seasoning”

5.      Press conferences only shown on the Food Channel

HUNTER’S HUMOR by Tim Hunter

“Dancing with the Stars” gave Cloris Leachman the orthopedic boot this week.

The Smurfs turn 50 this year! In the words of Grouchy Smurf, “I hate turning 50!”

I don’t remember where the Smurfs lived. All I remember is that it’s always been a blue state.

The Federal Reserve has cut interest rates to a record-low 1%…which ties it with President Bush in the approval ratings.

Price of gas is falling down, falling down, falling down… gasoline is falling down, Nyeh, Nyeh, Opec!

From my long-time radio buddy, Skip Tucker: “Some people call me a space cowboy. Some call me the gangster of love.Something tells me this year’s Halloween costume still needs a little work.”

SLOGAN OFF

Classic Edition

·         “How do you handle a hungry man?” (The Manhandlers)

·         “There’s always room for __________” (Jell-O)

·         “lda knows what women like” (Asti Spumante)

·         “The Joy of Cola” (Pepsi)

·         “Just like a chocolate milkshake, only crunchy” (Cocoa Pops)

Modern Edition

·         “So you can be ready anytime the moment is right” (Cialas)

·         “Leggo my ______” (Eggo waffles)

·         “It’s beer. HOORAY BEER!” (Red Stripe Jamaican lager)

·         “The one and only” (Cheerios)

·         “Taste the rainbow” (Skittles)

BEER HELMET CAM

We have come up with new technology that put our local TV camera people to shame! It’s the “Beer Helmet Cam!” We’ve attached a camera to the top of one of those beer helmets made famous by crazed fans on game day. We give away the privilege to a lucky listener to come in when we have celebrity guests in studio. They get to shoot the behind the scenes video of when we’re off mic. Hang out with the celeb and partake of all our refreshments. Then we upload all their video to our web site for listeners to check out after the show. Sponsors are standing in line for the opportunity to be connected with this as you can imagine.

NO I DIDN’T!

Solicit for callers. They call in with someone’s name and number… could be a husband, wife, friend, whoever, but we then call them on the air and the first listener has to trick the other person into saying “No, I didn’t” for at least five times. It’s actually pretty comical and it helped us to also discover that every time a husband and wife are on the phone together, they always agree regardless of whether or not they actually said something in the first place.

YOU SAY HELLO

How you say goodbye reveals your true personality. You can tell a lot about a person based on how they end a conversation, says psychiatrist Dr. Raymond Chaitin. For example:

·         Abrupt Departer — They say, “So long,” and they’re gone. They’re not anti-social, but people whose minds are always occupied. Like the absent-minded professor, they tend to live in their heads.

·         Advice Giver — This man or woman ends conversations by reminding you to “Drive carefully,” “Get some rest” or “Take care of yourself.” This person is kindhearted and enjoys taking care of others.

·         Hanger-On — They say things like, “I must be going,” but can’t break away, they love company, and are joiners and extroverts.

·         Date Maker — They tend to make a definite appointment for a future meeting. You can be confident of knowing where you stand with such a person.

·         Clock Watcher — They end a conversation by saying, “I’m running late.” They are sensitive to people’s feelings. Rather than hurt someone or give the impression they’d rather be elsewhere, they blame a lack of time.

·         Well Wisher — They end a conversation by sending regards. They are truly interested in others and are never happier than when asked for advice.

·         Stroker — They end conversations with a stroke, a pat, a hug or a handshake. They believe actions speak louder than words. They are dynamic, decisive and have little patience with details.

·         Complimenter — They end conversations by saying that being with you has been the highlight of their day. They are born politicians and have a knack for maintaining social harmony.

WANNA BET?

Next time you and your partner want to make an on-air bet of sorts, try this: loser kisses the other’s butt-literally! All last week my partner and I bagged on each other over a big NFL game. Loser had to kiss the winners big, hairy, pimply rear! He paid up Monday morning. All morning people called to ask if he’d really done it. Good street talk!

RIDE ‘EM COP?!

Every Friday we’ll have a different cop from a different jurisdiction stop by. My partner will take off running down the jail and the cop will have to catch her and cuff her. We’ll do for a few months, the cop with the three fastest times will come by at the same time and compete again for fastest time with prize going to winner. Should make for great audio and cause talk. Plus, the cops are into it.

TRIVIA

·         In 1972, who became Sports Illustrated’s, first female Sportsman of the Year? (Billie Jean King)

·         Which of the “Friends,” once a rising tennis star, became addicted to a pain killer called Vicodin? (Matthew Perry)

·         In 1977, 130 million Americans saw at least one episode of which eight-part TV series? (“Roots”)

·         Who recorded the song “Photograph” in 1973? (Ringo Starr)

·         For a while, a certain branch of the military was considering using this Village People song as a recruitment song, until they found out what it meant? (“In The Navy”)

·         Which country did 5,000 U.S. troops invade in 1983? (Grenada)

·         The Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie household is jam-packed, including, how many nannies? (6)

·         According to reports, Madonna is planning to do what with all the gifts she received from ex-husband Guy Ritchie? (Bury them)

·         The wardrobe budget on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” has been slashed and what is the new limit that can be spent on a pair of women’s shoes? ($250)

·         Lindsey Evans, the reigning Miss Teen USA from what state, has been stripped of her crown after being arrested for what? (for marijuana possession and skipping out on a restaurant tab)

·         The New York Yankees are teaming up with which National Football League team to form their own stadium concession company? (Dallas Cowboys)

·         Apparently coming up short, Circuit City says it may close what percentage of its stores? (20 percent)

·         The average U.S. male will spend 2,965 hours doing this during his lifetime. (shaving)

·         The three best-known western names in China are: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and who? (Elvis Presley)

·         George Washington, even though he was known as the “Father of the Country,” never had these. (children)

·         Women do this 4 times more often than men. (shoplift)

·         Americans spent over $360 million last year to avoid having this. (Bad Breath)

·         Which company claims “Tooth Fairy” as a registered trademark? (Colgate)

·         If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will do this. (keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom)

·         While sleeping, one man in ten does this. (grinds his teeth)

GORSEFEATHERS by Patrick Gorse

Can you believe all the hubbub over Sarah Palin’s wardrobe? Republicans are labelling Democrats as sexist–and Democrats are calling Palin a Sak’s-ist.

Barack Obama says he’s in pretty good shape but he’s “not in Mario Lopez shape.” So Obama thinks he’s God, but he doesn’t think he’s a Greek god.

Memo to Mario Lopez…that tired ‘Let’s do it’ opening you do for “Extra TV,” let’s stop doing it.

Brad Pitt says he won’t marry Angelina Jolie because he’s afraid of getting divorced. Guess he isn’t afraid of going to hell.

82-year-old Cloris Leachman was eliminated from “Dancing With the Stars” Tuesday night. When they asked Leachman what she thought of her elimination Cloris said she used Metamucil — so she’s just fine.

A 26-year-old French man traveling on a train to Paris dropped his cell phone in the toilet, and when he tried to retrieve it, the suction drew his arm down the pipe, and he had to be rescued from the toilet by emergency personnel. The fire captain explained that the suction down the basin has been made ten times stronger by the force of the entire world economy.

Firemen in New York had to use a pneumatic saw to cut a 73-year-old man’s manhood out of a pipe he was using as a sex toy. The problem was the old guy’s vision. What he thought was KY Jelly turned out to be Poly Grip.

French winemakers are complaining that an atmosphere of anti-alcoholism in France and a drive to raise the drinking age is killing the French wine industry. Hey, you guys! Would you like a little wine with your whine?

A teen has been arrested after he pulled a knife on a bicyclist who confronted the boy for throwing doughnuts at him. The teen is going to jail, but his idea of throwing doughnuts at bicyclists will be used at next years World Naked Bike Ride.

PETA picketed a Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen book-signing party in New York City on Tuesday. Is that right? If there are any people in the world who haven’t eaten very much meat, it’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Both John McCain and Barack Obama are fighting it out in swing states for the so-called “soft Republicans.” You know, like Bob Dole when he runs out of Vieira.

There is a big difference between “voter registration fraud” and “voter fraud.” Voter registration fraud is when Democrats try to register Mickey Mouse. “Voter fraud” is when sitting Alaskan Senator and convicted felon Ted Stevens casts a vote for himself in Tuesday’s election.

Senator Ted Stevens is still eligible to vote until he’s sentenced. Being an 84-year-old Senator, he eats early, he’ll vote early and he’ll get out of jail early.

On Tuesday, John McCain’s campaign bus got a flat tire, and Sarah Palin’s bus broke down on the side of the road. Today they changed their campaign slogans to, “Yes We Can Fix Our Own Flat Tire,” and “An Oil Change You Can Believe In.”

Barack Obama gave a speech in the pouring rain before 25,000 screaming supporters on Tuesday. The John McCain camp says this proves Obama and his supporters are so stupid they don’t even know to come in out of the rain.

VAMPIRE QUIZ

·         What do Vampires not have (other than a day job)? (a reflection)

·         What will keep a Vampire at bay? (garlic and/or a cross)

·         How do you kill a Vampire? (a wooden stake through the heart or put him in sunlight)

·         When do Vampires need to be in bed? (before sun-up)

·         The first Vampire in life was know for doing something gruesome to his enemies. What? (Vladimir Dracula used to impale them)

·         Where did the first Vampire come from? (Transylvania)

TOP COMPLAINTS OF MODERN VAMPIRES

·         Grunge look makes it tough to tell the living from the undead!

·         Nutrasweet or not, fat-free blood tastes like crap!

·         Three words: Daylight Savings Time!

·         Can’t enjoy a meal at Burger King without some redneck screaming, “Look Ma! It’ Elvis!”

·         After 45 years of Communist rule, it’s impossible to find clean, uncontaminated soil for the bottom of the coffin!

·         After 100 years of trying, still can’t score with Elvira!

·         Buxom wenches of old replaced by aerobicized hardbodies!

·         Baboon hearts make everything taste gamey!

·         Sick and tired of being mistaken for Keith Richards!

PUMPKIN PICKUP

We’ve told listeners that on we’ll be doing a “Pumpkin Pickup” the day after Halloween. Just call (e-mail/fax) us with your name and address. We’ll send out our intern (in a hearse, but your van would do) to pick up as many pumpkins as is feasible. Not only do you get rid of your old pumpkins, but we’ll use the pumpkins (one to a listener) in a contest, back here at the station. You could do something different–we’re going to set them in an empty part of the parking lot, and then blindfold air talent, in the middle, with a sledgehammer, spin them around, and tell them to start swinging. Each pumpkin will have the owner’s name. First pumpkin to get smashed, wins football, concert and hockey tickets. We plan on missing, the first couple swings, and wrapping the sledge with pie-pans so it will give us some good audio. Then all the pumpkins go in the garbage.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A PUMPKIN

Some things to keep in mind when picking a pumpkin for carving:

·         Choose one that sits up straight and shows no skin damage.

·         Look for a long sturdy stem.

·         Avoid pumpkins with dry stems; they have been picked for awhile and will deteriorate sooner.

·         Once picked, uncarved pumpkins will last into December.

·         Carved pumpkins will last up to a month.

PUMPKIN TRIVIA

Pumpkins were once recommended for?

a.       Cleaning horses

b.      Treating acne

c.       Removing freckles and curing snakebites ***

d.      Curing impotence

Some Indians used pumpkins as?

a.       Doormats ***

b.      Masks

c.       Birthing aids

d.      Skin cream

Indians used pumpkin seeds for?

a.       Medicine ***

b.      Facial masks

c.       Birth control

d.      False teeth

Pumpkins originated in?

a.       Cuba

b.      Central America ***

c.       Ecuador

d.      San Pedro

DOWN WITH LOVE

Cosmopolitan offers these signs your man is way over you.

·         He gives you an itemized bill of everything he’s paid for since you began dating and asks you to pay up.

·         You find another chick’s earring in the backseat of his car, and he doesn’t try to come up with an excuse.

·         He cancels Saturday night plans with you because he “really needs to do a load of whites.”

·         He digs out his retainer from junior high and starts wearing it to bed so that kissing isn’t a temptation.

·         When you go to sleep at night, he draws an imaginary lien down the bed and says to stay on your side.

·         He comes back two days late from his buddy’s bachelor party in Vegas and doesn’t bother to call.

Phoner: Have listeners add to the list.

TOP FIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH ALL THAT HALLOWEEN CANDY

1.      Eat them all, so they just go away

2.      Save ’em and hand ’em out next year

3.      Snickers smoothies

4.      Butterfinger sandwiches

5.      Three Musketeers casserole

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OCTOBER 30, 2008

 SHOW PREP OCTOBER 30, 2008

 

HOLLYWOOD 411 . . .

 

Jessica Simpson stood up two dates on Tuesday night – boyfriend Tony Romo and … Elmo?  The singer – who designs clothing, shoes and handbags for Macy’s – was supposed to fly from Nashville to New York Tuesday to celebrate the department store’s 150th anniversary. But driving rain caused serious flight delays, forcing Simpson to miss her scheduled gig singing “Happy Birthday” with Elmo. In fact the Macy’s party – which included guests like Eva Mendes, Tommy Hilfiger and Martha Stewart – had nearly ended by the time Simpson finally arrived at 8:30 p.m. “I’m so, so sorry!” she said as she rushed into Gotham Hall with her B.F.F. hairstylist Ken Paves. “[I wish] I could be God and control the weather.” But her injured NFL boyfriend, for one, was hoping she’d miss the event. “Tony was just praying [that I wouldn’t make it out],” Simpson admitted. “He had planned a really romantic date in case I didn’t make it [to New York] tonight.” And while a date night was tempting, “I decided to come,” she continued. “I’m like, ‘Honey, I have to go.’ ” So what make’s the quarterback such a catch? “His heart!” she told PEOPLE. (People)

 

Say what? Joaquin Phoenix dropped quite a shocker at Monday’s Paul Newman tribute, announcing his plans to quit acting. “I want to take this opportunity … to give you the exclusive and just talk a little bit about the fact that this will be my last performance as an actor,” the two-time Oscar nominee told Extra. “I’m not doing films anymore.” “Are you serious?” asked the stunned interviewer Jerry Penacoli. “Yeah. I’m working on my music,” Phoenix insisted. “I’m done. I’ve been through that.” His rep confirmed the retirement to Extra. The 34-year-old performer gave no further details on his career plans – but he has been working on a record for some time British band The Charlatans. Phoenix, who costars in the upcoming romantic drama Two Lovers with Gwyneth Paltrow, first learned to play guitar for his Academy-Award-nominated role as Johnny Cash in 2005’s Walk The Line. He was also nominated in 2000 for his supporting role in Gladiator. (People)

 

Actress Ashley Olsen credits her business-savy parents for grooming her and sister Mary-Kate into media moguls – because they let them sneak into meetings at a young age. The 22-year-olds began filming their first starring roles in U.S. TV series Full House at nine-months-old before launching a media empire with the start of their company Dualstar in 1993. Ashley says, “There’s a very specific language with financing and things like that. We definitely have a different perspective on running a business.” The pair was ranked among the world’s richest women in entertainment, earning an estimated $100 million last year, according to Forbes magazine. (Teen Hollywood)

 

Naomi Campbell will never be accused of modesty. The supermodel superdiva will host the Dec. 2 opening of a photo exhibition at Art Basel Miami featuring images of herself, many showing her in states of undress. Among the fashion photographers whose shots of her will be featured: David LaChapelle, Bruce Weber, Patrick Demarchelier, Ellen Von Unwerth and Albert Watson. (Page Six)

 

Elisabeth Hasselbeck gets more death threats than anyone else on “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg revealed Monday night at Cooper Union. Whoopi – part of a panel discussion on Art and Educational Justice hosted by the Stella Adler Studio with Rosie Perez, Phylicia Rashad and Anna Deavere Smith – said of her conservative co-host: “Politically we could not be more opposite, but I respect her tremendously. Truth is, we could not have a dialogue without Elizabeth. It’s not that we have to agree, the important thing is that we have the conversation.” The Post’s Sandra Guzman also reports Perez confessed she used to enjoy smoking pot and watching “American Idol,” which she found “hilarious.” (Page Six)

 

Pop star Britney Spears has vowed to stay away from men while she bids to make her career comeback. Britney Spears has sworn herself off men while she bids to make a comeback. With her next album, Circus, out next month insiders have told Showbiz Spy Britney doesn’t want any distractions. “Britney has always found it difficult not to have a man in her life but right now boyfriends are out of the question,” the source claims. “She’s concentrating on her career and getting back to where she once was. Although she would love to be in a relationship she’s aware that it’s the kind of blow that comes with being let down by a partner that has seen her lose it in the past. She won’t make that mistake again.” (Handbag)

 

Denis Leary finally says he’s sorry for his scathing remarks about autistics – but still insists they were twisted by the media. “I apologize for any pain the out-of-context quotes from my book may have caused,” the “Rescue Me” star, author of “Why We Suck,” told the Boston Herald. Leary has been under the gun for a chapter called “Autism Schmautism,” in which he blames a boom in autism on “inattentive mothers and competitive dads” who send their “dumb-ass kids” to shrinks “to get back diagnoses that help explain away the deficiencies of their junior morons.” (Page Six)

 

Rocker Adam Levine is still getting cozy with sultry actress Sophie Monk. Page Six reported in August that they smooched at the Chateau Marmont, and on Sunday they returned to the scene for a soiree. Martin + Osa hosted a garden screening of “All About Eve” Sunday night at the Hollywood hotel. One attendee told us, “Adam rolled up on his motorcycle and it was obvious that he was there to see So phie. Once the film began, they cuddled on the patio . . . they sat extremely close and were whispering in each other’s ears.” Monk’s rep confirmed she was there but had no comment. (Page Six)

 

Jennifer Hudson‘s Dreamgirls co-star is devastated about what happened to the Oscar winner’s family “I love her to death, and I know that she’s going through this – and my thoughts and prayers are with her, of course,” Sharon Leal told Usmagazine.com at the Soul Men premiere in NYC Tuesday. “I can’t even imagine what she must be going through,” Leal added. “But she is a beautiful person, and I hope that there’s enough friends and support and people to go through it with her.” Leal says she can’t believe Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew, Julian, were shot to death inside their south side Chicago home. “It’s unimaginable,” she said. “I don’t know what to say.” On Tuesday, the Chicago Cook County medical examiner’s office announced Julian died from multiple gunshot wounds. The announcement follows an autopsy on Julian’s body, which was found in the back of an SUV Monday. While no one has been charged in the slayings, police are eyeing William Balfour – ex-husband to Hudson’s sister, Julia – as a person of interest. (US Weekly)

 

What does it take to keep the Jolie-Pitt household running smoothly? A fleet of cars and a half-dozen nannies, for starters. “We’ve provided them with more than 20 Volkswagens while they’re here in Berlin,” Mya Walters, a public-relations manager for the car company, told Life & Style magazine. The magazine reports that the Pitt-Jolie Berlin digs also have a dinner table that seats 16 — that’s just a couple extra seats when you factor in their own family of eight and the six nannies the couple sometimes requires. During their recent trip to New Orleans, the magazine reports that they tried to make do with four nannies, but needed to fly in an additional two to combat the chaos. Don’t judge: it’s all for the sake of the family. Family friend Wyclef Jean said, “They make plenty of time for the kids, they’re great parents.” (Scoop)

 

Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole and husband Ashley Cole are to renew their wedding vows. X Factor judge Cheryl Cole and husband Ashley are to renew their wedding vows next year the singer has told OK! magazine. The couple almost split in January after a hairdresser claimed she had slept with Ashley, but Cheryl insists the couple are now back on track. “We’re a work in progress. We’re going to build our married life together, not thinking about what if it ever ends,” Cheryl explains. “I wasn’t looking for a relationship when I met Ashley and certainly not a long-term one. But pretty soon after I met him I knew something was different and I knew I had never felt that before He does little things now that he doesn’t even know he’s doing. My heart goes and I just think, God you’re so perfect.” (Handbag)

 

During the scenes in “W.” when it was difficult to tell whether you were watching a “Saturday Night Live” sketch or good character acting, Richard Dreyfuss, who played Dick Cheney, was among the standouts. Which is why it’s a touch disappointing that Dreyfuss slammed the film during his Oct. 28 appearance on “The View,” calling it “six-eighths of a great film” and said that he did it only for “the money.”  Everyone needs a paycheck, but saying six-eighths instead of three-fourths is nearly unforgivable. Moreover, Dreyfuss went on to say director Oliver Stone was a fascist. “Imagine working for Sean Hannity … you can be a fascist, even when you’re on the left,” he told the ladies of the “View.” Anyone know what spurned such a sharp attack? One theory: The film isn’t exactly breaking any box office records, and could be in danger of not recouping the $30 million or so it needs to break even. Perhaps this comes down to paycheck issues. (Scoop)

 

Following in her husband David Beckham’s hugely successful footsteps as the face and stellar body of Emporio Armani’s underwear collection, Victoria Beckham is stripping down for the venerable Italian designer. She will debut as the “worldwide testimonial” for Emporio Armani Women’s underwear in the Spring/Summer 2009 campaign shot by renowned fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. In a release, Giorgio Armani said, “Who better than Victoria Beckham to launch our new global Emporio Armani underwear campaign? Victoria is a style icon, a dynamic lady whose influence and recognition will add great excitement to the continued international growth of our Emporio Armani women’s underwear business.” (People)

 

Lindsay Lohan’s mother Dina has blasted rumors of a rift between her daughter and Ugly Betty star America Ferrera on the set of the hit show. Recent reports suggested Lohan’s guest role in the series had been cut because of tension between the pair. Sources told the New York Post Lohan brought an entourage onto the New York set with her, and that the actresses engaged in a power struggle over who was the biggest star. But Dina Lohan insists the gossip is untrue, telling People.com, “It was just silly. America’s a doll. And they said (Lindsay) brought a posse. It was my mother and myself, and (sister) Ali. It was not a posse.” (Teen  Hollywood)

 

 

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

 

Michael Caine will co-host the 2008 Nobel Peace Concert honoring this year’s laureate, organizers said Tuesday. The 75-year-old two-time Oscar winner will host the Dec. 11 show with Scarlett Johansson. The show is headlined by Diana Ross and includes Feist, Dierks Bentley, Julieta Venegas and Seun Kuti. The selection of Caine was exclusively released to The Associated Press by organizers a day ahead of the general announcement. Johansson’s role as co-host was announced a week ago. The concert has in the past been shown on television in 100 countries and is the most popular event on the Nobel calendar. Caine won the Academy Award as best supporting actor in 1986’s “Hannah and Her Sisters” and 1999’s “The Cider House Rules.” He and Johansson appeared together in the 2006 film “The Prestige.” Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari won the coveted prize for his peace efforts on several continents over many decades. The Nobel concert is held the day after the Nobel peace awards ceremony. (Daily Record)

 

Trick-or-treaters won’t find the light on outside Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey mansion this Halloween. Springsteen and his wife, Patti Scialfa, say they won’t be having their usual elaborate Halloween display featuring masked characters and decorations. Writing on his Web site, Springsteen blames “catastrophic success.” The 59-year-old rocker and his wife say too many visitors to their Rumson neighborhood raised concerns for the safety of children and parents. (Daily Record)

 

It looks like Cloris Leachman is having the last laugh. Last year, the acting legend was told by Mel Brooks, producer of Broadway’s “Young Frankenstein,” that, at 81, she was too old for the role of Frau Blucher (the character she originated in his 1974 movie). Despite a stellar audition, Brooks was concerned that Leachman didn’t have the “stamina” for eight shows a week. But, after watching her hoof and ham it up on “Dancing With the Stars,” Brooks has changed his mind about hiring Leachman, who won an Oscar for her supporting role in “The Last Picture Show” in 1971. Now 82, she’s a huge hit with “Dancing” audiences despite low scores from the judges. According to Broadway gossip site billymasters.com, “Mel has reached out to Leachman to see if they could make a deal – which I’m sure has nothing to do with the show’s somewhat soft box office.” But Leachman, who’s being inundated with offers – including a role in Quentin Tarantino‘s “Inglorious Bastards,” an eponymous one-woman show, and the grand marshal gig in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day – is letting him sweat. A rep for Leachman told us, “Cloris has received several interesting offers. We cannot confirm that ‘Young Frankenstein’ is one of them. For the time being, Cloris is focusing all her attention on dancing.” A rep for “Young Frankenstein” didn’t return calls. Last year, Leachman said she was “heartbroken” over her “Young Frankenstein” rejection, and noted that at a dinner party in 2006, Brooks told guests, “Cloris is going to steal the show – all she has to do is walk on the stage – she’ll bring the house down.” The Blucher role instead went to Andrea Martin. At the time, Brooks told Variety’s Army Archerd, “We’re afraid the show . . . could kill [Leachman] . . . We don’t want her to die onstage.”  (Page Six)

 

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have selected an outspoken rabbi who once battled the New York Times to convert her to Judaism for their upcoming nuptials, a source tells us. As we reported in 2001, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein of Congregation Kehillath Jeshurun on East 85th led his flock to boycott the Times over “biased and unfair coverage” of Israel and the Mideast, and got 1,000 subscribers to bail. Meanwhile, Trump’s conversion is going nicely. “She and Jared were in shul during all the holidays and ate in the sukkah every night,” our spy says. Ivanka declined to comment. (Page Six)

 

Burlesque star Dita Von Teese has uncovered what she plans to wear on Halloween. Dita Von Teese has revealed what fancy dress costume she’s planning on wearing this Halloween. “For Halloween, I’m going to look like a normal girl, put some bronzer on, some spray tan on and wear some jeans,” she told Channel 4. “People will ask me where my costume is! I would never do this in normal life, that’s why I’ll do it at Halloween. It’s a bit funny and people think I’m not wearing a costume but I really am.” Oh, the wag! (Handbag)

 

No grudge here! Tina Fey says Sarah Palin offered to have her 17-year-old daughter babysit Fey’s 3-year-old kid while filming Saturday Night Live two weeks ago. “Gov. Palin was like, ‘Oh, did Alice go home? Oh, ’cause Bristol woulda’ babysat. She offered Bristol Palin to babysit Alice,” Fey told Conan O’Brien Tuesday. “And it was Bristol’s birthday, too,” Fey said. “I was like yeah, that’s exactly what 17-year-old Bristol Palin wants to do at SNL…babysit the toddler of the lady that gooks on her mom….” “But they’re a nice family,” Fey added. Fey also dished on 30 Rock guest star, Oprah Winfrey. Hugging the talk show host was “everything you want it to be,” she said. “It’s like going to the spa for a week.” (US Weekly)

 

The bitterness between Joe Francis and Samantha Ronson that erupted at the VMA Awards last month is getting worse. On today’s “Tyra Banks Show,” the “Girls Gone Wild” czar calls Lindsay Lohan‘s deejay girlfriend “very jealous. Samantha tried to start a fight with me. I care about Lindsay – she’s not gay. She’s being controlled by this . . . wretched woman, this Samantha.” Told by Page Six of Francis’ cracks, Ronson fumed: “I think he’s one of the more disgusting human beings in the world because of what he does . . . He’s a [bleep]bag.” Ronson says when Francis approached their table during a VMA party, “He said hello to Lindsay and looked over at me as if I wasn’t a human being. He’s got no manners.” On her blog a few weeks back, Lohan ranted, “Joe Francis has no place in saying anything about Samantha . . . especially after all the [bleep] he has done.” Ronson told us: “He should find something else to talk about.”  (Page Six)

 

A cookbook author involved in a lawsuit with Jerry Seinfeld’s wife says she wasn’t amused by jokes the comedian made last year on late-night television. In federal court papers for a December hearing, Missy Chase Lapine says her 7-year-old daughter was upset after Seinfeld joked that people with three names – James Earl Ray and Mark David Chapman, for instance – turned out to be assassins. Lapine claims Jessica Seinfeld got ideas for the “Deceptively Delicious” cookbook from Lapine’s “Sneaky Chef.” The Seinfelds’ attorney said Wednesday: “As a comedian, Jerry has a right under the First Amendment to tell jokes. Ms. Lapine, on the other hand, was not joking when she maliciously accused Jessica Seinfeld, who also has young children, of plagiarism, a charge that is demonstrably false.” (Daily Record)

 

Reports suggest Guy Ritchie has turned down a £20 million divorce settlement deal from Madonna because he wants their children to stay in the UK. The breakdown in their marriage became public two weeks ago, and it appears that the education of their children, Rocco and adopted David Banda, is the sticking point between them. Madonna wants them to live with her and her daughter, Lourdes, in New York, while Ritchie wants them educated in England. A source said: “I do think it’s going to get nasty. He and Madonna are very angry now, no doubt about it but they are willing to put that aside for their children.” It’s also been reported that Guy Ritchie has stopped their UK country home swimming pool being filled with “blessed Kabbalah water” – instead opting for chlorinated water which is the more common choice. (British Glamour)

 

Hulk and Linda are at each others’ throat again, and this time we’re told it’s over a combination of Hulk’s prized Rolls-Royce and his worst enemy — Linda’s 19-year-old boyfriend. The Rolls-Royce in question was to sit in storage until their marital assets were divided — because the car loses value if driven. But Linda recently wanted to take it on a joy ride anyway. Once Hulk’s counsel got word Linda was having the car prepped to drive, they had the Rolls moved to an undisclosed location. Sources tell us the car’s insurance was “woefully inadequate,” and Hulk had fears Linda’s 19-year-old boyfriend Charley Hill would drive it — which could have put the extremely expensive car at risk. It wouldn’t be the first thing of Hulk’s Charley has ridden. (TMZ)

 

The author of the book “Rollin’ With Dre” is also allegedly rolling in Dre’s money, and the good Doctor wants it back. Stat. In a lawsuit dripping in betrayal, filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, Dr. Dre claims he loaned Bruce Williams $101,377.85 and was stiffed worse than Biggie Smalls.  Williams book, released last March, chronicles the struggle of Dre and others in the world of hip-hop. Williams sequel, “How to Use Someone Else’s Money to Change Your Identity,” will debut on Amazon.com soon. (TMZ)

 

Busted for what police said was a rock of cocaine on the driver’s seat of his car, William Balfour could have been spending the past few months behind bars for a parole violation. The 27-year-old felon was instead allowed to remain free and is now considered a suspect in the deaths of Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew. On the day the victims were fatally shot and the young boy went missing, Balfour told his parole agent he had missed a meeting because he was baby-sitting, records show. By midnight, investigators involved in a frantic search for 7-year-old Julian King had contacted parole officials and requested emergency addresses, visitor lists, telephone numbers and “anything further” connected to Balfour, according to documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. No one has been charged in the killings. An Amber Alert issued on Friday named Balfour as a suspect in the deaths of Hudson’s mother, 57-year-old Darnell Donerson, and brother, 29-year-old Jason Hudson. Julian, Balfour’s stepson, was found Monday shot to death in the back of an SUV on Chicago’s West Side. The Illinois Department of Corrections issued a warrant for Balfour on Saturday for violating terms of his parole by possessing a weapon and failing to attend anger management counseling and a substance abuse program, according to his parole report. Now that Balfour is in custody, detectives have time to dig deeper into his life, including his relationship with his ex-wife, Jennifer Hudson’s sister Julia, and his exact whereabouts during the weekend. Balfour was paroled after serving seven years for a 1999 attempted murder and vehicular hijacking conviction. On June 19, police pulled over Balfour’s car after hearing gunshots in the area, according to the officers’ report. They found a rock of cocaine in plain view on the driver’s seat, the report stated. It had a street value of about $100. A parole supervisor declined to issue a warrant to revoke Balfour’s parole after the arrest, records show. “Per supervisor … no warrant,” the report reads. “Agent to monitor offender, impose sanctions.” Corrections Department spokesman Derek Schnapp said officials who reviewed the cocaine-possession case against Balfour determined “the evidence that was presented during that time wouldn’t have necessarily warranted a violation.” A judge dismissed the charge for lack of probable cause in July, though no reason was cited in court records. However, a felony arrest usually is sufficient reason for corrections officials to revoke parole, said Thomas Peters, a Chicago criminal defense attorney who represents parolees. “Even though the criminal case is dismissed does not mean that you necessarily get a pass on a parole violation because the standard of proof is much less,” he said. In Balfour’s case, a parole violation could have sent him back to prison for as long as the remainder of his parole – until May 2009 – minus a day off for each day of good behavior. That would have meant a release date in mid-December at the earliest. Balfour’s parole history also shows that a woman at Balfour’s home refused to open the door during an agent’s visit on Aug. 27. The woman told the agent during the 8:30 a.m. visit that Balfour was at work but Balfour’s boss told the agent he wasn’t due until noon. “Agent heard other people inside the host site and suspected maybe suspicious activities going on,” the report said. “Agent will be following up for a possible warrant on parolee.” Parolees must agree to allow agents to visit their homes and consent to searches. There’s no warrant mentioned in following days on the report, which does note, however, that Balfour passed a drug test. Schnapp said the evidence again wasn’t sufficient to warrant revoking parole. Jennifer Hudson, who won a best-supporting-actress Oscar last year for “Dreamgirls,” has thanked fans for their support on her MySpace page but has been in seclusion in Chicago. (Daily Record)

 

There’s evidence this morning suggesting there may have been another person involved in the murder of Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother, and nephew. Investigators have honed in on William Balfour’s movements after the killings on Chicago’s South Side, according to the Chicago Tribune, and “are trying to determine” if someone else drove the prime suspect to the West Side, where the body of 7-year-old Julian King was found. Witnesses have told cops they saw Balfour drive a teal Chrysler to the Hudsons’ block on Friday morning, and that car was eventually found about a mile away. The SUV in which Julian was discovered ended up about 13 miles away from the Hudson house. (TMZ)

 

El DeBarge will be feeling the rhythm of the night all right—in a jail cell. A Los Angeles judge has sentenced the ’80s hitmaker to two years in state prison for a drug bust earlier this month. DeBarge (born Eldra Patrick DeBarge), whose hit “Who’s Johnny” video featured him in a courtroom, appeared in the real deal Tuesday to learn his fate for getting caught with crack cocaine. (Eonline)

 

Lindsay Lohan’s former bodyguard has dropped his lawsuit against the actress and abandoned his attempt to retrieve $55,000 in ‘unpaid wages’. David Kim filed a lawsuit against the actress back in April claiming he was owed the sum for work he carried out in 2006. Kim alleged he coordinated her security arrangements and drove her and her entourage. But the lawsuit has been dropped, reports TMZ.com. Representatives for Lohan could not reached to reveal if the actress settled the case out of court. (Teen Hollywood)

 

 

MUSIC . . .

 

Taylor Swift is plastic fantastic. The country cutie is the latest celeb to give Barbie a run for her money, with Jakks Pacific debuting a new collection of Taylor Swift fashion dolls. The scaled-down versions of Swift are exclusively available at Wal-Mart stores nationwide for just under $15, and come in advance of her sophomore album, Fearless, set for release Nov. 11. Upping the collectible ante, one of the Swift dolls even comes complete with the singer’s trademark bedazzled guitar, while others are themed: the Taylor Swift Sundress Medley, Pretty in Pink and Red Carpet Ready dolls—all wearing outfits inspired by clothes donned by Swift in real life—are among the versions already launched. Meanwhile, the Joe Jonas Camp Rock figurine is, as expected, sold separately. As are the requisite voodoo pins. (Eonline)

 

AC/DC will earn its second No. 1 album — and first chart-topping debut — as “Black Ice” will bow atop The Billboard 200 tomorrow (Oct. 29). The Columbia set sold a whopping 784,000 units in its first week of U.S. availability, according to Nielsen SoundScan.The entry marks the second biggest sales week of the year, trailing only Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” (Cash Money/Universal Motown) with 1,005,000. It’s also AC/DC’s best sales frame since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. “Black Ice,” which was released exclusively in the U.S. through Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and AC/DC’s official Web site, is the group’s first studio album since 2000’s “Stiff Upper Lip.” That set debuted and peaked at No. 7 with 130,000 in its opening week. AC/DC last crowned The Billboard 200 in early 1982 with “For Those About To Rock We Salute You.” The band begins an extensive world tour tonight in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Billboard)

 

NBA superstar LeBron James and Grammy-winning recording artist Jay-Z want people to get out early to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. James and Jay-Z will host a rally Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland which will include a free concert by the hip-hop star. James attended a Cleveland rally earlier this month to encourage people to vote for Obama. He’s also contributed $20,000 to a committee supporting the presidential nominee. (The Huffington Post)

 

Janet Jackson had to exert a little extra “Discipline” during her concert last night (Oct. 28) at the Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit. The singer trimmed a three-song section of her Rock Witchu Tour show, including the sexually explicit “Discipline,” in order to comply with a Michigan state law prohibiting simulated sex acts in a public performing space. Palace officials approached Jackson’s camp with concerns about the segment Tuesday afternoon. An arena spokesman says that “we explained the law, asked her not to do it, she complied. We did not ask her to cut the song. That was her call.” In a statement, Jackson’s manager Kenneth Crear, who was on site, said that “Janet did not want to disappoint her Detroit-area fans again, so we adhered to Michigan’s state ordinance and trimmed the ‘Discipline’ segment of the show so it would not be canceled.” Jackson’s show was a make-up date for an original Sept. 27 show that was one of several postponed when she was sidelined with a bout of migraine-induced vertigo. During the segment, Jackson usually pulls a male fan from the crowd, ties him down and “molests” him while her dancers mime various sexual acts, including masturbation. She’s done the same thing on previous tours, including performances at the Palace and other Michigan venues.  During her encore Jackson explained the omission to the crowd of 8,000 and apologized, adding, “We hope you enjoyed the show we gave you.” She made no mention of the postponement, however.  Jackson wraps up the North American leg of the Rock Withchu Tour on Saturday at New York’s Madison Square Garden. (Billboard)

 

Coldplay and Leona Lewis have been added to the performance lineup for the American Music Awards, Billboard.com can reveal. The event will be held Nov. 23 at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. Also on the bill are Kanye West, Jonas Brothers, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, New Kids On The Block, Pussycat Dolls, Taylor Swift, P!nk, the Fray and Annie Lennox. David Archuleta, Ashley Tisdale, Demi Lovato and T-Pain will present awards at the event, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Winners are being determined by fan vote at AMAvote.com, through Nov. 7. (Billboard)

 

Guitarist Duane Eddy picked his rumbling “Peter Gunn” instrumental and Rolling Stone Keith Richards jammed with The Crickets on “Not Fade Away” as a host of musicians and producers were honored during the Musicians Hall of Fame induction ceremony Tuesday. Richards, who formally inducted The Crickets, best known as Buddy Holly’s band, said that without them “you probably wouldn’t have the Beatles, and you wouldn’t have the Stones.” “Here was a unit that could operate together, and it turned us all on,” said Richards, who also sat-in with the group for “Peggy Sue” and “That’ll Be the Day.” “Without them we would be nowhere. The whole idea of any of us anywhere else sprung from this idea of these guys we loved.” Joining Eddy and the Crickets as new inductees were the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Booker T. and the MGs, the Memphis Horns, rock producer/musician Al Kooper and Nashville producer Billy Sherrill. “There simply wouldn’t be a music business or hit records without them,” said Barbara Mandrell, who hosted part of the ceremony. Eddy, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, called his induction an “honor above honor” and joked, “All of the wives of the musicians are happy because now they have a place to put their old junk.” Formed in 1967, the Alabama-based Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section played on hundreds of recordings by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Paul Simon, The Staple Singers and Bob Seger. Kid Rock joined them for Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” while former “American Idol” contestant Melinda Doolittle sang Franklin’s “R-E-S-P-E-C-T.” Earlier, George Jones sang his Sherrill-produced hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and received a standing ovation. This year’s additions have a strong Memphis connection with Booker T. and the MGs and the Memphis Horns. Kix Brooks of the country duo Brooks & Dunn said Booker T. and the MGs “listened and could create something on the spot. They were really great because in a time of racial segregation they were black and white.” The integrated group served as the studio band for Memphis-based Stax Records in the ’60s, playing on hits for Otis Redding, Sam and Dave and others. They played on Southern soul classics like “Soul Man,” “Dock of the Bay,” and “In the Midnight Hour” and had a major hit of their own with the instrumental “Green Onions.” Their guitarist, Steve Cropper, recalled doing odd jobs as a kid to save money to buy a $15 guitar and his father telling him if he learned to play it, he’d buy him a better one. “And he kept his word,” said Cropper, who then introduced his father sitting in the audience. (Daily Record)

 

 

MOVIE . . .

 

Here’s some Stark reality for you. The rejuvenated Robert Downey Jr. has inked an extensive deal with Marvel Studios that will have him not only suiting up for two more Iron Man films but also reprising the role of Tony Stark and his heavy-metal alter ego in the upcoming superhero all-stars film The Avengers, reports Variety. While planning for Iron Man 2 has been in full swing for some time, with the most recent announcement being that Don Cheadle will be playing Col. James Rhodes instead of Terrence Howard, Marvel had not confirmed that Downey and director Jon Favreau would be back. Well, not only will Favreau be behind the camera again, but he will also serve as a producer on The Avengers, featuring the Marvel characters Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America and Thor (and not to be confused with the laughable 1998 film of the same name starring Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman). But really, why wouldn’t he and Downey want to give it another go? (Eonline)

 

It was only fitting that “Milk,” the film about Harvey Milk’s life and death, premiere Tuesday night in the Castro. Milk, San Francisco’s first openly gay leader who was slain 30 years ago, used to call himself “the Mayor of Castro Street,” referring to the main drag through the neighborhood he represented on the Board of Supervisors and the center of the city’s gay and lesbian community. The world premiere of his biopic brought considerable star power to Milk’s beloved Castro Theatre, including director Gus Van Sant and stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch and Diego Luna. The film follows Milk’s rise to office and his and Mayor George Moscone’s assassination at City Hall by fellow Supervisor Dan White in 1978. Van Sant said he had been talking about making this film for 18 years. “He’s an American hero,” Van Sant said. “He’s a great example of a man representing his community and his city.” Milk received another tribute earlier in the day, when a historic streetcar featured in the film was dedicated to him. The supervisor had been a champion of public transportation. Tuesday night’s premiere also brought out many of Milk’s old friends who helped usher in the gay rights movement that has led, a generation later, to a fight over the right of same-sex couples to marry. Gay rights activist Cleve Jones, played in the film by Emile Hirsch, said Milk would have been thrilled at the film but angry that the fight over civil rights continued. He pointed across the street, where hundreds were rallying against Proposition 8, a Nov. 4 ballot measure that would rewrite the California constitution to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. (Daily Record)

 

The true story of international drug dealer and U.K. spy Howard Marks is aiming to give moviegoers a buzz. Rhys Ifans, Chloe Sevigny and David Thewlis are in final negotiations to star in “Mr. Nice,” writer-director Bernard Rose’s adaptation of Marks’ 2002 best-selling autobiography. Ifans will play Britain’s one-time most-wanted man, a late-’60s-era Oxford grad and teacher who turned to drug smuggling to impress his future wife Judy (Sevigny). While enlisting the help of an Irish Republican Army boss (Thewlis) for a job, he was recruited by a British intelligence officer for a loose network of informants. The charming criminal assumed the alias Mr. Nice. After encounters with the Mafia and CIA and nearly 30 tons of pot smuggling, he spent seven years in prison. U.K.-based Independent is producing the film and repping international sales. CEO Luc Roeg is producing, and execs Michael Robinson and Andrew Orr are exec producing. Spain-based KanZaman’s Denise O’Dell and Mark Albela also are producing. Ifans is repped by UTA/ITG and Brillstein. Sevigny is with Endeavor/Brillstein. Thewlis is repped by Endeavor and Julian Belfrage Associates. Rose is with Casarotto Ramsay & Associates. (Hollywood Reporter)

 

Pascal Laugier, whose horror film “Martyrs” stirred controversy in his native France, is in final negotiations to write and direct Dimension’s re-imagining of “Hellraiser,” one of horrormeister Clive Barker’s best-known creations. Released in 1987, “Hellraiser” told the story of an unfaithful wife who attempts to assist her dead lover in his escape from hell. The movie introduced viewers to a race of demons called Cenobites, most notably one nicknamed Pinhead — who became one of the most enduring horror characters of the decade — who was summoned using an antique puzzle box.  Dimension has been hoping to relaunch the franchise for the past couple of years, first hiring Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo to write and direct a remake then tapping Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton to write a new draft. ICM-repped Laugier at least seems to have thematic sympathies with the material, with his “Martyrs” beginning as a revenge movie then entering the grounds of spiritual horror, with torture figuring as a focal point. Torture — though not the so-called horror subgenre of torture porn — also is a key point in “Hellraiser.” “This is a dream project for me,” Laugier said. “I know Clive Barker’s work very well, and I would never betray what he has done. Fans are expecting a definitive ‘Hellraiser,’ and I don’t want to take that away from them.” “Martyrs” has been dividing audiences since appearing at the Festival de Cannes because of its unrelenting violent nature. The movie was hit with a 18+ rating — a rarity in France and an equivalent of NC-17 in the U.S. — sparking a protest by the country’s Society of Film Directors. At the Toronto International Film Festival, several people reportedly fainted during its midnight screenings. The Weinstein Co. is the domestic distributor, but no dates have been announced.  The remake is part of Dimension chief Bob Weinstein’s master plan.  “If I could make all my films from franchises, I would,” the Weinstein Co. co-chairman said at the recent Media and Money conference in New York. At the event, presented by Dow Jones and the Nielsen Co., parent company of The Hollywood Reporter, he rattled off a list of other films that he hopes to continue sequelizing, including “Scream” and “Scary Movie.” (Hollywood Reporter)

 

Sony Pictures Entertainment is ready to make Crackle pop. The studio is shaking up its online video hub with new management, headquarters and an infusion of full-length TV and movies from the Sony library to complement the increasing slate of short-form originals already rolling out. Sony has been gradually transforming Crackle, which it acquired in August 2006 when the site was a user-generated content depository known as Grouper, into an online version of a programmed channel. Eric Berger, who formerly oversaw strictly mobile entertainment at Sony, will extend his oversight to Crackle. He’ll take the reins from Jonathan Shambroom, who was elevated to the top job at Crackle in February. “What we want to do with Crackle is make it a next-generation TV network,” Berger said.  Previously based in San Francisco, Crackle will move to Culver City, Calif., and be formally folded into Sony’s digital content operations, which include brands Minisode Network and Pix.  Redundancies will mean a few positions will be eliminated, but some employees will make the move south, where Crackle will function as a 20-man team. In keeping with its vision of Crackle as a cable network without actually being on cable, Sony will begin supplementing the originals with library films including “Jerry Maguire” and “Ghostbusters,” as well as TV series including “Married…With Children,” “The Tick” and “Voltron.” Most cable channel are built on a foundation of library content, supplemented with originals that shape brand identity. But a key ingredient to Crackle that differentiates it from traditional television is a suite of interactive tools including DVD-like content extras and chats with content creators. Crackle is something of a subtle but fundamental departure for Sony, which has always stayed away from the channel business in favor of remaining a content supplier. But with little of the barriers to entry that come with formal multichannel distribution, more and more content companies are bypassing MSOs and satellite services to go online, as Warner Bros. recently did with a resurrected version of defunct brand The WB. “We’re controlling our own distribution and building direct consumer relationships and that’s critical for an independent studio,” Berger said. With a mix of comedy, action and unscripted material, Crackle is being positioned by Sony as a brand that transcends genre but appealing to video enthusiasts, particularly the demographic focus of men 18-25. In keeping with its channel orientation, Crackle plans to roll out as many as five 13-episode original series each quarter. Each of those four seasons will be anchored by one main attraction beginning in the first quarter, with “Angel of Death,” an action thriller from comic-book artist Ed Brubaker. In addition to selling advertising for Crackle video, Sony will seek additional revenue streams by repackaging content for DVD and licensing it internationally. For original content, Crackle is expected to find new talent as well as bank on Sony to bring in more established stars. Crackle has already put TV stars including Brad Garrett and Penn Jillette in programs on the site.  In addition to the Crackle.com destination site, content will also be syndicated to leading portals including YouTube and MySpace. However, not everything on Crackle.com will be available with the content partners, which are expected to drive traffic back to the destination site. Now senior VP digital networks, Berger reports to Sean Carey, senior executive VP Sony Pictures TV, the division led by president Steve Mosko.  Shambroom, who was with the site before the Sony acquisition, took over for original founders Josh Felser and Dave Samuel amid a layoff of eight employees in February. (Hollywood Reporter)

 

IF “Pride and Glory” – the cop-corruption movie starring Ed Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voightseems particularly realistic, thank Murray Weiss, criminal justice editor of The Post. Director Gavin O’Connor features the paper in the story. One of the dirty cops even confesses to an intrepid Post reporter who breaks corruption stories. To get it right, O’Connor had Weiss read the script before filming started and make improvements. Weiss said, “He had some things in there that were preposterous.” (Page Six)

 

The release of the newest James Bond film is weeks away, but “Quantum of Solace” star Daniel Craig fears the economy could prevent another 007 film from being put into production any time soon. He told Britain’s Daily Mirror, “As far as the next film is concerned, there is nothing scheduled. Economically, the world is in quite a lot of trouble, so who knows if we can afford to do another Bond movie any time soon?”  Is Craig being something of a Debbie Downer? Scoop votes yes. Certainly studios will be thinking twice about plunking down upward of $100 million per movie, but “Casino Royale” pulled in more than $400 million at the box office — doesn’t that count for something? Also, how about we shake things up and film in New York City? The Big Apple’s tax incentives could cut some costs from the overall price tag if nothing else. Oh, and by the way, the people have spoken. I confessed a few weeks back that I had never seen a James Bond flick and asked you to vote on which one I should rent. It was a tight race, but just slightly more of you voted for “Goldfinger” than “Casino Royale.” Netflix, here I come. (Scoop)

 

It was a typically windy day in San Francisco for the world premiere of Gus Van Sant‘s new film, Milk, on Tuesday night. The movie – which recounts the life of California’s first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk – screened at the legendary Castro Theatre, amid a crowd of No On Prop 8 supporters. Milk stars Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, and Diego Luna were in attendance, braving the blustery conditions. We’re so excited to see this film! A Gay Rights activist, Harvey Milk was such an important figure. He was the first openly gay man elected to a public office in the United States. He served on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors until he was tragically assassinated in 1978. Only a decade before, Martin Luther King, Jr., also a prominent leader for Civil Rights, was assassinated. (Perez Hilton)

 

 

TV . . .

 

Cloris Leachman’s silly antics are over on “Dancing with the Stars.” The outspoken actress and her professional partner, Corky Ballas, were eliminated Tuesday from ABC’s popular dancing competition. The pair received the judges’ lowest score – 15 out of 30 – for their cha-cha routine Monday. After viewer votes were combined with the judges’ scores, the competition’s oldest – and most spontaneous – performer was sent home. “I’m not leaving,” the 82-year-old Oscar-winning actress declared before she was dismissed. “I’m afraid you are,” host Tom Bergeron responded. In recent weeks, the judges had been gunning for Leachman, who consistently received low scores but remained in the competition thanks to viewer votes. Carrie Ann Inaba told Leachman after her cha-cha Monday that she was sad singer Toni Braxton was eliminated last week instead of Leachman. The funnywoman seemed to let the comment roll off her back. “I know you didn’t mean what you said, and I love you,” she told Inaba before she departed. Julianne Hough was missing from the dance floor Tuesday. The 20-year-old professional dancer and country music singer who’s partnered with actor Cody Linley, had surgery Tuesday to remove her appendix. Linley will be paired with professional dancer Edyta Sliwinska, who was previously partnered with comedian Jeffrey Ross, while Hough recuperates. “Her operation went as planned,” Linley said on the show. “She’s at home and resting.” Other celebrities remaining in the competition include TV personality Brooke Burke, singer Lance Bass, former NFL star Warren Sapp, Olympian Maurice Greene and actress Susan Lucci. Braxton, Ross, chef Rocco DiSpirito, reality TV star Kim Kardashian and actor Ted McGinley were previously dismissed. Olympian Misty May-Treanor dropped out of the competition after rupturing her tendon during a rehearsal. (Daily Record)

 

Having done well with a remake of “Beverly Hills 90210” this season, the CW network is considering a remake of that show’s spinoff, “Melrose Place.” The CW and the studio CBS Paramount Network Television are exploring whether to put the remake in development for the 2009-10 TV season, network spokesman Paul Hewitt said Tuesday. The new “Beverly Hills 90210” isn’t the cultural phenomenon of the original, but it has improved the CW’s performance among women aged 18-to-34 by 46 percent over its Tuesday time slot a year ago. That’s the youthful audience that the CW is trying to attract to establish itself. “Melrose Place” aired on Fox from 1992 to 1999, a prime-time soap about a mythical Los Angeles locale. Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Marcia Cross were among its stars. It was created by Darren Star. The relative success of “90210” and “One Tree Hill” this fall have helped the CW stave off rumors that it might fold. (Daily Record)

 

Yes, here he is, the one you’ve all been waiting for: Major Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), better known around here as Major Hottie, is back on Grey’s Anatomy this week. (Much to Cristina’s chagrin, apparently.) He’s working at Seattle Grace, but will he be sticking around? Check back Thursday for the scoop on his long-term prognosis. Also, not to spoil anything, but _____ and _____ have been sleeping together for a week?! Whaaat?! Check out the four additional bonus clips below to see what that’s about, and be sure to tune in Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC to catch Anatomy‘s latest episode, “Life During Wartime.” (Eonline)

 

Patrick Swayze may be suffering from pancreatic cancer, but he’s still clocking 12-hour days on the set of his new TV drama, The Beast. “I just love to work hard,” the 56-year-old actor tells the New York Times in his first interview since his January diagnosis.  “I do find myself, at the end of the day, riding home sort of catching myself with a smile on my face,” he added. “I’m proud of what I’m doing.” The actor has piled on 20 pounds over the past few months by relying on “muscle-building shakes,” he said. Show staffers say he’s only missed a day and a half of work. “I’m still fine to work. I haven’t changed – oh, I have changed, what am I saying?” Swayze admitted. “It’s a battle zone I go though. Chemo, no matter how you cut it, is hell on wheels.” The actor says he thought he was suffering from a persistent case of indigestion while filming the show’s pilot in December. “Then all of a sudden real symptoms start showing up,” he told the Times. “You see it in the mirror and you go: ‘O.K., better go get checked out.'” Swayze’s reaction after the biopsy and the devastating diagnosis? “Hello, goodbye, welcome to my world.” Swayze has been leaning on his wife of 33 years, Lisa Niemi, for support in fighting the disease. Experts say pancreatic cancer only has a 5 percent five-year survival rate. “How do you nurture a positive attitude when all the statistics say you’re a dead man?” Swayze asked. “You go to work.” The actor says he hasn’t accomplished everything he’s set out to do yet. “There is probably that little bird that flies through your insides and says, ‘I sure would like to make a mark in life,'” he said. “I’ve made a pretty decent mark so far – nothing to scoff at. But it does make you think: Wait a minute. There’s more I want to do. Lots more. Get on with it.” (US Weekly)

 

Poor Brooke Shields.  She might be looking good, but we can’t say the same for her show. Turns out that Lipstick Jungle got a series LOW of only 4.3 million viewers last week. And that’s not a good sign considering it dropped from a low of 5 million from it’s October 8th episode. But, to make matters even worse, NBC has announced that they are changing their lineup. Lipstick Jungle is now being shafted to the Friday time slot.  And, that of course means, more likely than not, that the series will soon die out or be cancelled! (Perez Hilton)

 

The BBC indefinitely suspended two of its most popular broadcasters, Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross, on Wednesday for leaving a series of lewd phone messages on an actor’s answering machine. The prank calls to 78-year-old Andrew Sachs, played on state-funded BBC radio, have sparked condemnation in Parliament and an investigation by Britain’s media regulator. The calls were broadcast Oct. 18 on Brand’s national radio show and have drawn more than 18,000 complaints. In the messages Ross jokingly claimed Brand had slept with the granddaughter of Sachs, best known for playing Spanish waiter Manuel in 1970s sitcom “Fawlty Towers.” Brand and Ross have apologized, but even Prime Minister Gordon Brown was among those who said the calls were unacceptable. On Wednesday, the BBC’s director general said the pair would be suspended until an investigation was complete. BBC chief Mark Thompson said he was making a “personal and unreserved apology” for the “completely unacceptable broadcast.” “BBC audiences accept that, in comedy, performers attempt to push the line of taste. However, this is not a marginal case,” he said. “I have decided that it is not appropriate for either Russell Brand or Jonathan Ross to continue broadcasting on the BBC until I have seen the full report of the actions of all concerned.” Ross, 47, and Brand, 33, also have apologized for the calls. But several politicians have called on the BBC to fire the pair, who are among the network’s most popular broadcasters. Brand has a burgeoning U.S. profile thanks to film appearances and a job hosting last month’s MTV Video Music Awards. He offended some viewers of the awards show by mocking clean-cut pop act the Jonas Brothers and referring to President George W. Bush as “that retarded cowboy fellow.” Ross hosts a TV talk show, a movie-review program and a weekend radio program. He is one of the BBC’s highest-paid personalities. Last year he signed multi-year-multimillion-pound (-dollar) deal with the broadcaster. Brown said the BBC and regulators had to decide what action to take. “This is clearly inappropriate and unacceptable behavior,” the prime minister said Tuesday. Telecommunications regulator Ofcom said it would investigate whether the calls breached the broadcasting code, which sets standards for fairness and privacy. (Daily Record)

 

It was billed as the season of foreign formats. Of the 12 new scripted series premiering this fall on the Big Four networks, only six were homegrown. Five were based on international formats, and the other, NBC’s “Crusoe,” was foreign-made. But one month into the season, all of the rookie ratings standouts are U.S. born and bred, and the imports are struggling. Four new series — all created by American writers — have been picked up for a full season so far: “Fringe” on Fox, “The Mentalist” at CBS and two spinoffs of old American series, the CW’s “90210” and NBC’s “Knight Rider.” Meanwhile, the freshman immigrants saw their first casualty with “The Ex List,” CBS’ dramedy based on an Israeli format, which was pulled this week.  Despite being given some of the best real estate on the broadcast networks, format-based rookies have been stumbling. What was expected to be the battle of British imports “Eleventh Hour” and “Life on Mars” at 10 p.m. Thursdays has become the hour of the British also-rans, with the freshmen squandering their respective “CSI” and “Grey’s Anatomy” lead-ins to fall behind 15-year veteran “ER.” Similarly, CBS’ British transplant “Worst Week,” which landed behind TV’s top comedy, “Two and a Half Men,” has managed to hold on to just about 60% of its lead-in, prompting CBS to try out its U.S.-developed new comedy, “Gary Unmarried,” in the time slot on Monday. “Gary” retained 76%. After a promising start, NBC’s “Kath & Kim” has faded on Thursday and already has been canceled in Australia, home of the original series. That follows the quick demise of foreign-based dramas “Viva Laughlin” on CBS and “Wild at Heart” on the CW in fall 2007.  Network executives are cautious to draw conclusions about a possible end to the international formats fad. “I don’t think there is anything tainting the water of what comes from outside the border,” one executive said. “It’s all about execution.”  And patience. As important as patience is for nurturing any new series, it is imperative for shows based on international formats that often introduce a different sensibility and style of storytelling that requires getting used to in a new country. NBC’s “The Office,” based on the BBC series, faced cancellation after a dismal first season but found an audience and acclaim in its second year.  “Eleventh Hour” also seems to be slowly finding legs, while “Worst Week” and “Life on Mars” earned some of the best reviews for new series this fall. (Hollywood Reporter)

 

Veteran comedy writer-producer Will Gluck has lined up a couple of half-hour projects. At Fox, he has a Sony TV-produced single-camera comedy about a construction crew. “It’s ‘The Office’ from a blue-collar point of view,” Gluck said. “Throughout one season, we will go to someone’s real house; we’ll tear it up and build it up again.” Construction is a popular setting in this year’s development. CBS has handed a put pilot commitment to a drama exec produced by Shawn Ryan that is based on the book “Confessions of a Contractor.” Gluck said that the interest is tied to the rough economic environment. “People are not buying to sell but to live,” he said. “It’s a nesting syndrome; they are fixing their houses to live in them.” Additionally, ICM-repped Gluck has “The Frozen Family,” about an organic frozen-food family business, at ABC. The hybrid multicamera comedy from CBS Par and DreamWorks TV, sold before the strike, has been rolled over. He also supervises Rob Roy Thomas, who is penning a project for Sony TV. Gluck’s main focus for the past year has been on his feature directorial debut, the Sony/Screen Gems comedy “Fired Up,” set for a March release. (Hollywood Reporter)

 

 

TODAY’S IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION . . . (Internet)

 

Q.  According to superstition, at midnight on Halloween, if you stare into a mirror you’ll see THIS?

            A.  Your future spouse

 

 

TODAY’S QUOTE (By Denis Waitley)

 

“HAPPINESS CANNOT BE TRAVELED TO, OWNED, EARNED, WORN OR CONSUMED. HAPPINESS IS THE SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE OF LIVING EVERY MINUTE WITH LOVE, GRACE AND GRATITUDE.”

 

 

MIND BOGGLERS . . .  (QuickTrivia)

 

Q.  How many circles are there on a “Twister” mat?

            A.  30

            B.  12

            C.  18

            D.  24  ****

 

Q.  Which studio gave us such musicals as “The Wizard of Oz,” An American in Paris,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” and “Gigi”?

            A.  Warner Brothers

            B.  20th Century-Fox

            C.  Metro-Goldwin Mayer  ****

            D.  United Artists

 

Q.  On what show did a character’s fiancé die after licking cheap envelopes?

            A.  The Simpsons

            B.  Seinfeld  ****

            C.  The Drew Carey Show

            D.  Home Improvement

 

Q.  Mathematician Danica McKeller co-wrote the Chayes-McKeller-Winn theorem, a proof regarding two-dimensional magnetism, and had been Winnie on what TV show?

            A.  What’s Happening

            B.  The 70’s Show

            C.  Full House

            D.  The Wonder Years  ****

 

Q.  What was the name of Richard Nixon’s cocker spaniel that he mentioned in one of his most famous speeches?

            A.  Coffee

            B.  Checkers  ****

            C.  Sweeney

            D.  Max

 

Q.  All these countries are ruled by Monarchs except?

            A.  Austria  **** (The small European nation is governed by a president and parliament)

            B.  Spain

            C.  Bhutan

            D.  Saudi Arabia

 

 

TRAVEL TIPS . . . (Peter Greenberg Worldwide)

 

RESTAURANT WEEKS:

 

Want to eat local and save big? You don’t have to spend a lot of money to dine out—just make sure to visit a city during its Restaurant Week. A number of cities offer “Restaurant Week,” which is a time when local restaurants offer a prix fixe menu during the off season.  In Boston’s Restaurant Week, you can have a three-course lunch for 20 dollars or dinner for 33 dollars during the first three weeks of March. Think Manhattan restaurants are too expensive? New York’s Restaurant Week is a 10-day event at the end of January, when more than 200 restaurants offer three-course prix fixe menus. You can eat at high-end restaurants like 5’s at the Peninsula for only 24 dollars, and dinner for 35 dollars. And at the end of January in Washington, D.C., more than 170 restaurants offer lunch for just 20 dollars and dinner for.

 

(Peter Greenberg is North America’s preeminent expert on Travel. An Emmy Award-Winning writer and producer, Peter is the Travel Editor for NBC’S “TODAY SHOW,” MSNBC and CNBC. A Best-Selling author of the “Travel Detective” series and host of the nationally syndicated “Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show.” Visit WWW.PETERGREENBERGWORLDWIDE.COM to learn more about Peter Greenberg and his adventures.)

 

 

BIRTHDAYS . . .

 

–1735  Second President John Adams (d. 7-4-1826)

–1839  Impressionist Painter Alfred Sisley (d. 1-29-1899)

–1872  Manners author Emily Post (Etiquette) (d. 9-25-1960)

–1885  Poet Ezra Loomis Pound (d. 11-1-1972)

–1893  Bodybuilder, physical culturist Charles Atlas (d. 12-24-1972)

–1912  Photographer/Author Gordon Parks

–1932  Director Louis Malle (Au Revoir Les Enfants) (d. 11-23-1995)

–1937  Actor Dick Gautier (When Things Were Rotten)

–1939  Singer Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane/Starship) (“Somebody To Love”)

–1939  Songwriter Eddie Holland (Holland/Dozier/Holland)

–1940  Actor Ed Lauter (The Longest Yard)

–1941  Singer Otis Williams (The Tempations) (“My Girl”)

–1945  Actor/Producer Henry Winkler (Water Boy)

–1947  Musician Timothy B. Schmidt (Poco, The Eagles) (“I Can’t Tell You Why”)

–1951  Actor Harry Hamlin (L.A. Law)

–1953  Actor/Director Charles Martin Smith (American Graffiti)

–1954  Country Singer T. Graham Brown

–1958  Actor Kevin Pollak (Grumpy Old Men)

–1967  Singer Gavin Rossdale (Bush)

 

 

THIS DAY IN HISTORY . . .

 

Today is DEVIL’S NIGHT.

–1888  John H. Loud patented the ballpoint pen. Because of problems with ink, however, it didn’t come out into common use until 1945.

–1920  Fredrick Banting scribbled the note which led to the discovery of insulin.

–1938  Orson Welles presented his famous radio dramatization of H.G. Wells “War Of The Worlds,” changing the locations of the story, for dramatic effect, to real places in New Jersey.  Thousands flee from a realistic sounding alien invasion.

–1941  The Reuben James (where’s that Kenny Rogers record???) went down off Iceland – the first US warship to be sunk by the Germans in WW II.

–1964  Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali, became the world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Sonny Liston.

–1967  Prime Time TV Tonight:

             ABC – Cowboy In Africa – Rat Patrol – Felony Squad – Peyton Place – Big Valley

             CBS – Gunsmoke – Lucy Show – Andy Griffith Show – Family Affair – Carol Burnett Show

              NBC – The Monkees – Man From U.N.C.L.E. – Danny Thomas Hour – I Spy

–1968  Johnny Cash’s “Live At Folsom Prison” goes gold.

–1982  Top 5 Records : 1). Who Can it Be Now – Men At Work  2). Jack & Diane – John Cougar 3). Eye In The Sky – Alan Parsons Project 4). I Keep Forgettin’ – Michael McDonald 5). Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker/Jennifer Warnes

–1984  Linda Ronstadt and Gary Morris star in the NY opening of “La Boheme.”

–1987  John Cougar Mellencamp takes his “Lonesome Jubilee” tour on the road, starting in his home state of Indiana.

 

 

RADIO ONLINE® DAILY SHOW PREP. . .

 

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1925, the very first crude TV images were created. Technical crude, not “South Park” crude.

In 1945, the government ended shoe rationing. Finally, we could all go back to wearing two.

On this date in 1974, Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in a fight. Foreman said his head hit the canvas like a grill… and the rest, as they say, is history.

TODAY IS

It’s Halloween Eve. Do you open your bags of candy on Halloween Eve or Halloween morning?

Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, turns 27. Why she hasn’t sued him for that name yet is beyond me.

Gavin Rossdale turns 41 today. He’s with Bush… not THAT Bush, the band.

Harry Hamlin whio appeared on ‘Dancin’ with the Stars’ earlier this year is 57 today. I guess that answers my “Grecian Formula” question.

Henry Winkler, “The Fonz,” turns 63 today. There was a time he was so cool. Now, he’s too cold and sits around in his leather sweater.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

·         Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have six kids and six fulltime nannies, one for each of their kids who are all under the age of 8.

·         In April of next year, the 100-year-old Christian Science Monitor will shift from a daily newspaper to a web-based paper.

·         Trick-or-treaters won’t find the light on outside Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey mansion this Halloween. It seems their usual elaborate Halloween display attracted too many visitors to their neighborhood raising concerns for the safety of children and parents.

·         Country singer Jo Dee Messina is expecting a baby boy. She and her husband just celebrated their first anniversary last week.

·         Britney Spears’ father will retain control over her personal and business affairs for an indefinite period, a Los Angeles judge ruled. Spears can request it to be lifted at a later date.

·         Joaquin Phoenix, who turned 34 Wednesday, announced at a fund-raiser that he is quitting acting.

·         Following its success with “Beverly Hills 90210,” the CW network is considering a remake of “Melrose Place.”

·         If you’re keeping track of Kellie Pickler, she’s says she’s joining Carrie Underwood in becoming a vegetarian.

·         Robert Downey Jr. will reprise his role as Tony Stark in “Iron Man 2,” plus he’ll appear in the superhero team effort “The Avengers.”

·         It’s said that Guy Ritchie turned down a $40 million settlement offer from Madonna.

·         The head of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum was fired Tuesday after museum officials discovered he had been arrested twice for shoplifting items from a mall, including $40 worth of DVDs.

·         Word is that tension on “The View” between Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck is getting so bad, Barbara Walters is probably going to have to pick one or the other.

·         By the way, Whoopi Goldberg said in a speech the other night that Elisabeth Hasselbeck gets more death threats than anyone else on “The View.”

·         John Travolta has turned down a chance to star in a “Hairspray” sequel.

CONVERSATION STARTERS

Our greatest fear is being in plane crash, according to new survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the American Diabetes Association. Here’s the top five things we fear the most:

1.      Being in a plane crash, 16%

2.      Snake bites, 13%

3.      Being hit by lightning, 5%

4.      Getting a disease, 5%

5.      A shark attack, 4%

When asked about their fear of disease, 49% said they had a fear of cancer, while just 3% said they feared diabetes.

Get this — men want to wear pantyhose, or more specifically, “mantyhose.” News.com reports that mantyhose is the latest male fashion trend with some diehards working hard to establish this as a regular clothing item for men. They say everyone from truck drivers (it improves their circulation) to cowboys (keeps them warm on the cold prairie) is wearing mantyhose. As if “manscara” and “man-bras” weren’t enough. What makes mantyhose different from pantyhose? It contains a “male comfort panel” that better fits a man’s shape, as well a fly opening.

According to Cosmopolitan, 36% of guys keep mementos from ex-girlfriends.

Marijuana kills… infections! The Journal of Natural Products report the antibiotic resistant staph infection MRSA is becoming a major medical problem. Once seen only in sick patients in hospitals, it’s now being found among otherwise healthy people in the community at large. Know antibiotics have little effect on MRSA and it can be fatal. However, researchers in Great Britain and Italy have found that five chemicals in marijuana can kill MRSA germs in a flash. The chemicals, called cannabinoids, bypass bacterial resistance because they employ different pathways from antibiotics. (Sun)

PHONE TOPICS

·         What’s the first thing the new president should do?

·         What do YOU wear to bed?

·         Anyone have their minds changed during this campaign? Or did you end up where you started out?

·         Did you watch the Obama infomercial last night? Was it ad overkill?

·         What’s the worst candy given out at Halloween?

·         Are you throwing an election night party?

·         Is Obama a sure thing?

·         Oldest person you’ve dated.

·         I’m more environmentally conscious, I’ve started to _____.

·         Why won’t my parents let me _____? Do this one early for ages 19 and under.

·         25% of married people surveyed would divorce their spouse if they won the lottery. Anyone listening who’s done just that?

·         Wedding horror stories?

·         Anyone listening who reads their kid’s diary? (Then get ’em to read a little…)

·         The time you were really stupid?

·         The average adult sleeps 7 hours every night. How many hours of sleep per night do you need?

Movie star Tara Reid recently talked with People and talked about her liposuction in 2004, which was done so poorly it required reconstructive surgery two years later. Have you ever had plastic surgery? Any regrets? Or do you recommend it to others?

How much is your cell phone worth to you? If you lose it, do you just curse a few times and decide to pay for a replacement? Or, do you risk life and limb trying to get it back? A 26-year-old man went for option B, and ended up getting his arm caught in a toilet for two hours on a French high speed train. Have you ever dropped your phone in the toilet? How did you fish it out? I dropped my cell phone in the toilet once and for some reason, I felt I had to grab it by hand the second it went in. Reflex I guess.

Relationship guru Dr. Phil insists that users of Internet porn are cheating on their partners. McGraw says women should not put up with their partners looking at porn, which he described as an addiction. It’s estimated 17.5 million visiting porn sites every month. Phoner: Ladies, do you feel if your guy is cheating if he views porn on the web, or is it harmless?

You’ve used your kitchen dishwasher to do what? Listener answers ranged from defrosting turkeys, poaching salmon, and cooking crab legs, to cleaning engine parts, ball caps, silk plants, and tennis shoes.

We had a 20-year-old listener call in who told us how he had gone online and tracked down his father, whom he’s never met. They have plans to get together for the first time later this summer. It was great radio since a lot of people can relate. That prompted a bunch of similar calls, including a guy who also tracked down his long-lost father and then found out he has a younger brother that his mother gave up for adoption. It sort of turned into a support group with people calling in to give advice to others in the same boat.

Men’s Health asked, “Would you dump somebody for…?”

·         Cheating on you, 96%

·         Lying to you, 55%

·         Someone better looking, 40%

·         Not wanting sex often enough, 35%

·         Being bad in bed, 32%

·         Someone younger, 20%

We got a surprisingly strong response when we asked how many people have remarried an ex. Pretty interesting stories and most of ’em have lasted after the second time. Sometimes you just don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. They paved paradise and… whoops. Flashback.

According to a recent survey, two-thirds of the American population don’t know all the words to the National Anthem. Phoner: Did anyone sing the song with the wrong lyrics, because they misheard it?

My co-host is a new homeowner and this is the first time for her to do a little yardwork/landscaping. Lots of people calling in with advice on neat, but inexpensive stuff you can do and what kind of plants to buy, etc. Or you could fire up the nuts who think their yard is an extension of the wall-to-wall carpeting and have ’em go off on the neighbor whose yard is filled with dandelions!

We asked listeners for their favorite things that are no longer made. Remember Pudding Pops? Hmmmm… Lots of phones — this was a really fun phoner.

Is their something creative that you thought of and never acted on and now someone is making millions? Everybody has one — good phones.

Did you crave a strange food when you were pregnant? Here are some of our favorite celebs cravings during their pregnancy:

·         Denise Richards’ pregnancy craving was French toast.

·         Cate Blanchett loved sardines.

·         For Jodie Foster, Baskin Robbins Rocky Road ice cream was the ticket.

·         Kelly Preston gorged on Spam. Spam? Yeah, Spam.

·         Brooke Shields wanted the taste of nutmeg.

·         Catherine Zeta-Jones craved Marmite and Branston Pickles. They’re British relishes.

·         Debra Messing wanted Frosted Mini-Wheats cereal.

Phoner: Ladies, tell us about the odd food combos you craved while with child?

Who thinks their neighbors probably hate them and why? I do because I hate mowing and my yard is the worst kept one on my road. (Not to mention that my motorcycle is a tad on the loud side and I leave for work a little after four each morning.)

We took calls from listeners about life changing events that happened to them. Lots of calls about some heavy, yet happy ending situations that our listeners had gone through. A good “feel good” phoner. Everybody seems to have a wedding story — we took from people whose weddings were ruined by others. Crazy stories about drunk relatives at the reception, practical jokes gone wrong, and a lady who “leaked” and ruined her wedding dress just seconds before walking down the aisle.

You can tell a little bit about what part of the country you’re in by the sundaes on the menu. In Keene, New Hampshire, you can get a fruit-salad sundae, in Foley, Alabama, there’s a chocolaty-thick sundae called Lower Alabama Mud. What’s your favorite ice cream sundae creation?

One of our jocks has three teenage kids who could be considered spoiled. They have essentially every toy possible – computers, video cameras, video game systems, cable in their rooms, dorm refrigerators in their rooms, etc. So we took some calls about spoiled kids – they’re more common than you think. It’ s crazy to compare what kids have today vs. what we had when we were their age.

We talked about the mean things brothers and sisters do to each other when they’re young. Holy cow! It was one of those responses that gives me a headache. They wouldn’t stop calling. We got a bunch of good stories, though, so if you haven’t done it yet… just do it! It’s amazing any of us grew to adulthood. I hadn’t realized how many kids got stuffed into dryers by their big brother or in one case, put in a refrigerator “to see if the light really does go off.”

WEIRD NEWS

Dumbest Criminal Ever
You’ve got to be the dumbest criminal ever when you drive a stolen car to court the same day the jury is to decide whether to convict you on a separate car theft case! But police in San Anselmo, California say that’s exactly what one man did. Police arrested him after they watched him approach the stolen Lexus SUV in front of the courthouse with its keys in hand. Officers were called to the SUV after bystanders noticed several Yorkshire terriers mulling around it. So our friend was also charged with animal cruelty and leaving animals in an unattended vehicle. Oh — and the jury did find him guilty in the other case. (Marin Independent Journal)

Happy Anniversary — Now Here’s Elvis!
In Bartonville, Illinois, the owners of Endsley Funeral Home are celebrating their 80th anniversary in business. So they decided they’d put a little “fun” into funeral — if that’s possible. For their open house this past Saturday, they put a replica of Elvis Presley’s 650-pound casket on display and hired Elvis impersonator Dave Stovall to dance around it and sing a few of the King’s most famous songs. Stovall said he was so impressed by the casket he wanted to lie down in it for a while. Nearly 300 people came by to enjoy the show. (Journal Star)

Don’t Turn Grandma Into a Rapper
In West Palm Beach, Florida, 18-year-old Michael Alfinez has been sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention for coaxing his senile grandmother into appearing in his own homemade “gangster rap” video. In the video, the 85-year-old grandmother is seen holding a handgun, wearing a black mask and threatening to shoot “all the pigs.” Alfinez pleaded guilty to elder abuse charges but his family has said the case was just a big misunderstanding. In the video Alfinez and others were also seen shooting a pistol around town so the charges included firing a weapon out of a moving vehicle and into a building. (myway.com)

Open Water For Real!
Have you seen that movie “Open Water” where the tourist couple gets stranded in shark infested waters after their scuba diving tour boat leaves them behind? It happened for real off the shores of Fiji. Thomas Holz, a 40-year-old German tourist, was accidentally left behind on a dive trip and swam all night over six miles through shark infested waters until he finally reached land. Tom said, “The currents were strong, and my main fear was for my family in Germany. Even though I was tired, I hung on to the oxygen cylinder and kept swimming. Then early this morning (Tuesday), I felt the seabed and just screamed out for help before I collapsed on the shore.” A local woman heard his cries and helped him from shore. (myway.com)

Just Pay the Fine Lady!
In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 24-year-old Christina Downs was determined not to pay the speeding ticket she got for going 44 mph in a 25 mph zone. The officer who gave her the ticket even reported that she arrogantly sped off again immediately afterward and had to be stopped a second time! Nevertheless, Christina mounted a full-blown defense, acting as her own lawyer at the trial and put the officer through a meticulous, 96-point cross-examination about such matters as his work schedule, training, engineering studies of road speeds, radar technology, weather conditions, traffic flow, and the use of a tuning fork to calibrate the radar device. All that and the judge still ruled against her. So she took the case to the state Supreme Court — who ordered her to pay the $100 ticket. (Portsmouth Herald)

Don’t Bring Donuts To a Knife Fight
In Atlantic Beach, Florida, a man on a bicycle decided to pursue the teenager driving a car who had thrown a Krispy Kreme glazed donut at him. However, when the victim finally caught up with his attacker, instead of more doughnuts the teen pulled out knives and the two men began fighting. Fortunately no one was injured and arrested the donut-throwing-knife-wielding teen. (AHN News)

No More Small-Chested Motorists in Vietnam?
Wonder bras may soon become best-sellers in Vietnam where the country’s communist rulers are set to ban all small-chested motorists. Apparently anyone with a chest under 28 inches will be banned from driving a motorbike– which makes up 90% of the traffic in the country. The logic behind the new law — if there is any — is to prevent people who are too thin, too short or too sickly from riding a motorbike. But Hanoi stockbroker Le Quang Minh says while the new law sounds funny, many Vietnamese people could become the victim of the joke. He says, “Many Vietnamese women have small chests. I have many friends who won’t meet these criteria.” Vietnamese bloggers have been poking fun at the plan, envisioning traffic police with tape measures eagerly pulling over female drivers to measure their chests. (Ananova)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

·         “Calif. Man Accused Of Driving Stolen SUV To ____!” (Court)

·         “Lobster Fishermen Feel ____ Of Global Crisis!” (Pinch)

·         “Reluctant Groom Sets ____ On Fire!” (Hotel)

·         “Fore! ____ Buggies In Low-Speed Highway Chase!” (Golf)

·         “Illegal Immigrants Head For UK In A ____!” (Bentley)

·         “Study Says The Woman In ____ Drives The Men Crazy!” (Red)

·         “Big Tokyo Quake Could Highlight ____ Shortage!” (Toilet)

·         “Restaurant Closed After Dead ____ Found In Kitchen!” (Deer)

·         “Spicy Pork Sausage Found In ‘Soiled ____s’!” (Diapers)

·         “Man Drives Off In Car Being Towed By ____ Worker!” (Repo)

·         “Man Drives ____ To Protest Drink-Drive Charge!” (Drunk)

·         “Freak Shot Lands Korean Golfer In Court And Caddy In ____!” (Hospital)

PASS THE BUCK

Get two callers on the line. The first has the choice to answer the question or “pass the buck” to the other caller. If they manage to last 3 rounds they win concert tickets. The questions vary in category and in toughness. Since folks don’t know which will be the easy question or the tough one, they take a real chance passing it on to the challenger. Someone can even come in and steal the game at the last minute.

INFORMATION EXCHANGE

It’s still one of our most popular bits. We do it maybe once a month. People call in with questions about anything they’ve always wondered about. We’ll try to answer them or other callers will. It’s just a constant question-answer fest, but it’s usually fun, because many of the subjects are so dumb. For instance, why do painters always wear white? Try it!

TOP FIVE REASONS EMERILL LEGASSE WOULD BE A BAD PRESIDENT

1.      He’d want to change the song to “Hail to the Chef”

2.      Sitting so close to the nuclear button, you just don’t want a guy who keeps yelling, “Bam!”

3.      White chef’s outfit would clash with White House

4.      Keeps saying “Economy just needs more seasoning”

5.      Press conferences only shown on the Food Channel

HUNTER’S HUMOR by Tim Hunter

“Dancing with the Stars” gave Cloris Leachman the orthopedic boot this week.

The Smurfs turn 50 this year! In the words of Grouchy Smurf, “I hate turning 50!”

I don’t remember where the Smurfs lived. All I remember is that it’s always been a blue state.

The Federal Reserve has cut interest rates to a record-low 1%…which ties it with President Bush in the approval ratings.

Price of gas is falling down, falling down, falling down… gasoline is falling down, Nyeh, Nyeh, Opec!

From my long-time radio buddy, Skip Tucker: “Some people call me a space cowboy. Some call me the gangster of love.Something tells me this year’s Halloween costume still needs a little work.”

SLOGAN OFF

Classic Edition

·         “How do you handle a hungry man?” (The Manhandlers)

·         “There’s always room for __________” (Jell-O)

·         “lda knows what women like” (Asti Spumante)

·         “The Joy of Cola” (Pepsi)

·         “Just like a chocolate milkshake, only crunchy” (Cocoa Pops)

Modern Edition

·         “So you can be ready anytime the moment is right” (Cialas)

·         “Leggo my ______” (Eggo waffles)

·         “It’s beer. HOORAY BEER!” (Red Stripe Jamaican lager)

·         “The one and only” (Cheerios)

·         “Taste the rainbow” (Skittles)

BEER HELMET CAM

We have come up with new technology that put our local TV camera people to shame! It’s the “Beer Helmet Cam!” We’ve attached a camera to the top of one of those beer helmets made famous by crazed fans on game day. We give away the privilege to a lucky listener to come in when we have celebrity guests in studio. They get to shoot the behind the scenes video of when we’re off mic. Hang out with the celeb and partake of all our refreshments. Then we upload all their video to our web site for listeners to check out after the show. Sponsors are standing in line for the opportunity to be connected with this as you can imagine.

NO I DIDN’T!

Solicit for callers. They call in with someone’s name and number… could be a husband, wife, friend, whoever, but we then call them on the air and the first listener has to trick the other person into saying “No, I didn’t” for at least five times. It’s actually pretty comical and it helped us to also discover that every time a husband and wife are on the phone together, they always agree regardless of whether or not they actually said something in the first place.

YOU SAY HELLO

How you say goodbye reveals your true personality. You can tell a lot about a person based on how they end a conversation, says psychiatrist Dr. Raymond Chaitin. For example:

·         Abrupt Departer — They say, “So long,” and they’re gone. They’re not anti-social, but people whose minds are always occupied. Like the absent-minded professor, they tend to live in their heads.

·         Advice Giver — This man or woman ends conversations by reminding you to “Drive carefully,” “Get some rest” or “Take care of yourself.” This person is kindhearted and enjoys taking care of others.

·         Hanger-On — They say things like, “I must be going,” but can’t break away, they love company, and are joiners and extroverts.

·         Date Maker — They tend to make a definite appointment for a future meeting. You can be confident of knowing where you stand with such a person.

·         Clock Watcher — They end a conversation by saying, “I’m running late.” They are sensitive to people’s feelings. Rather than hurt someone or give the impression they’d rather be elsewhere, they blame a lack of time.

·         Well Wisher — They end a conversation by sending regards. They are truly interested in others and are never happier than when asked for advice.

·         Stroker — They end conversations with a stroke, a pat, a hug or a handshake. They believe actions speak louder than words. They are dynamic, decisive and have little patience with details.

·         Complimenter — They end conversations by saying that being with you has been the highlight of their day. They are born politicians and have a knack for maintaining social harmony.

WANNA BET?

Next time you and your partner want to make an on-air bet of sorts, try this: loser kisses the other’s butt-literally! All last week my partner and I bagged on each other over a big NFL game. Loser had to kiss the winners big, hairy, pimply rear! He paid up Monday morning. All morning people called to ask if he’d really done it. Good street talk!

RIDE ‘EM COP?!

Every Friday we’ll have a different cop from a different jurisdiction stop by. My partner will take off running down the jail and the cop will have to catch her and cuff her. We’ll do for a few months, the cop with the three fastest times will come by at the same time and compete again for fastest time with prize going to winner. Should make for great audio and cause talk. Plus, the cops are into it.

TRIVIA

·         In 1972, who became Sports Illustrated’s, first female Sportsman of the Year? (Billie Jean King)

·         Which of the “Friends,” once a rising tennis star, became addicted to a pain killer called Vicodin? (Matthew Perry)

·         In 1977, 130 million Americans saw at least one episode of which eight-part TV series? (“Roots”)

·         Who recorded the song “Photograph” in 1973? (Ringo Starr)

·         For a while, a certain branch of the military was considering using this Village People song as a recruitment song, until they found out what it meant? (“In The Navy”)

·         Which country did 5,000 U.S. troops invade in 1983? (Grenada)

·         The Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie household is jam-packed, including, how many nannies? (6)

·         According to reports, Madonna is planning to do what with all the gifts she received from ex-husband Guy Ritchie? (Bury them)

·         The wardrobe budget on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” has been slashed and what is the new limit that can be spent on a pair of women’s shoes? ($250)

·         Lindsey Evans, the reigning Miss Teen USA from what state, has been stripped of her crown after being arrested for what? (for marijuana possession and skipping out on a restaurant tab)

·         The New York Yankees are teaming up with which National Football League team to form their own stadium concession company? (Dallas Cowboys)

·         Apparently coming up short, Circuit City says it may close what percentage of its stores? (20 percent)

·         The average U.S. male will spend 2,965 hours doing this during his lifetime. (shaving)

·         The three best-known western names in China are: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and who? (Elvis Presley)

·         George Washington, even though he was known as the “Father of the Country,” never had these. (children)

·         Women do this 4 times more often than men. (shoplift)

·         Americans spent over $360 million last year to avoid having this. (Bad Breath)

·         Which company claims “Tooth Fairy” as a registered trademark? (Colgate)

·         If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will do this. (keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom)

·         While sleeping, one man in ten does this. (grinds his teeth)

GORSEFEATHERS by Patrick Gorse

Can you believe all the hubbub over Sarah Palin’s wardrobe? Republicans are labelling Democrats as sexist–and Democrats are calling Palin a Sak’s-ist.

Barack Obama says he’s in pretty good shape but he’s “not in Mario Lopez shape.” So Obama thinks he’s God, but he doesn’t think he’s a Greek god.

Memo to Mario Lopez…that tired ‘Let’s do it’ opening you do for “Extra TV,” let’s stop doing it.

Brad Pitt says he won’t marry Angelina Jolie because he’s afraid of getting divorced. Guess he isn’t afraid of going to hell.

82-year-old Cloris Leachman was eliminated from “Dancing With the Stars” Tuesday night. When they asked Leachman what she thought of her elimination Cloris said she used Metamucil — so she’s just fine.

A 26-year-old French man traveling on a train to Paris dropped his cell phone in the toilet, and when he tried to retrieve it, the suction drew his arm down the pipe, and he had to be rescued from the toilet by emergency personnel. The fire captain explained that the suction down the basin has been made ten times stronger by the force of the entire world economy.

Firemen in New York had to use a pneumatic saw to cut a 73-year-old man’s manhood out of a pipe he was using as a sex toy. The problem was the old guy’s vision. What he thought was KY Jelly turned out to be Poly Grip.

French winemakers are complaining that an atmosphere of anti-alcoholism in France and a drive to raise the drinking age is killing the French wine industry. Hey, you guys! Would you like a little wine with your whine?

A teen has been arrested after he pulled a knife on a bicyclist who confronted the boy for throwing doughnuts at him. The teen is going to jail, but his idea of throwing doughnuts at bicyclists will be used at next years World Naked Bike Ride.

PETA picketed a Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen book-signing party in New York City on Tuesday. Is that right? If there are any people in the world who haven’t eaten very much meat, it’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Both John McCain and Barack Obama are fighting it out in swing states for the so-called “soft Republicans.” You know, like Bob Dole when he runs out of Vieira.

There is a big difference between “voter registration fraud” and “voter fraud.” Voter registration fraud is when Democrats try to register Mickey Mouse. “Voter fraud” is when sitting Alaskan Senator and convicted felon Ted Stevens casts a vote for himself in Tuesday’s election.

Senator Ted Stevens is still eligible to vote until he’s sentenced. Being an 84-year-old Senator, he eats early, he’ll vote early and he’ll get out of jail early.

On Tuesday, John McCain’s campaign bus got a flat tire, and Sarah Palin’s bus broke down on the side of the road. Today they changed their campaign slogans to, “Yes We Can Fix Our Own Flat Tire,” and “An Oil Change You Can Believe In.”

Barack Obama gave a speech in the pouring rain before 25,000 screaming supporters on Tuesday. The John McCain camp says this proves Obama and his supporters are so stupid they don’t even know to come in out of the rain.

VAMPIRE QUIZ

·         What do Vampires not have (other than a day job)? (a reflection)

·         What will keep a Vampire at bay? (garlic and/or a cross)

·         How do you kill a Vampire? (a wooden stake through the heart or put him in sunlight)

·         When do Vampires need to be in bed? (before sun-up)

·         The first Vampire in life was know for doing something gruesome to his enemies. What? (Vladimir Dracula used to impale them)

·         Where did the first Vampire come from? (Transylvania)

TOP COMPLAINTS OF MODERN VAMPIRES

·         Grunge look makes it tough to tell the living from the undead!

·         Nutrasweet or not, fat-free blood tastes like crap!

·         Three words: Daylight Savings Time!

·         Can’t enjoy a meal at Burger King without some redneck screaming, “Look Ma! It’ Elvis!”

·         After 45 years of Communist rule, it’s impossible to find clean, uncontaminated soil for the bottom of the coffin!

·         After 100 years of trying, still can’t score with Elvira!

·         Buxom wenches of old replaced by aerobicized hardbodies!

·         Baboon hearts make everything taste gamey!

·         Sick and tired of being mistaken for Keith Richards!

PUMPKIN PICKUP

We’ve told listeners that on we’ll be doing a “Pumpkin Pickup” the day after Halloween. Just call (e-mail/fax) us with your name and address. We’ll send out our intern (in a hearse, but your van would do) to pick up as many pumpkins as is feasible. Not only do you get rid of your old pumpkins, but we’ll use the pumpkins (one to a listener) in a contest, back here at the station. You could do something different–we’re going to set them in an empty part of the parking lot, and then blindfold air talent, in the middle, with a sledgehammer, spin them around, and tell them to start swinging. Each pumpkin will have the owner’s name. First pumpkin to get smashed, wins football, concert and hockey tickets. We plan on missing, the first couple swings, and wrapping the sledge with pie-pans so it will give us some good audio. Then all the pumpkins go in the garbage.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A PUMPKIN

Some things to keep in mind when picking a pumpkin for carving:

·         Choose one that sits up straight and shows no skin damage.

·         Look for a long sturdy stem.

·         Avoid pumpkins with dry stems; they have been picked for awhile and will deteriorate sooner.

·         Once picked, uncarved pumpkins will last into December.

·         Carved pumpkins will last up to a month.

PUMPKIN TRIVIA

Pumpkins were once recommended for?

a.       Cleaning horses

b.      Treating acne

c.       Removing freckles and curing snakebites ***

d.      Curing impotence

Some Indians used pumpkins as?

a.       Doormats ***

b.      Masks

c.       Birthing aids

d.      Skin cream

Indians used pumpkin seeds for?

a.       Medicine ***

b.      Facial masks

c.       Birth control

d.      False teeth

Pumpkins originated in?

a.       Cuba

b.      Central America ***

c.       Ecuador

d.      San Pedro

DOWN WITH LOVE

Cosmopolitan offers these signs your man is way over you.

·         He gives you an itemized bill of everything he’s paid for since you began dating and asks you to pay up.

·         You find another chick’s earring in the backseat of his car, and he doesn’t try to come up with an excuse.

·         He cancels Saturday night plans with you because he “really needs to do a load of whites.”

·         He digs out his retainer from junior high and starts wearing it to bed so that kissing isn’t a temptation.

·         When you go to sleep at night, he draws an imaginary lien down the bed and says to stay on your side.

·         He comes back two days late from his buddy’s bachelor party in Vegas and doesn’t bother to call.

Phoner: Have listeners add to the list.

TOP FIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH ALL THAT HALLOWEEN CANDY

1.      Eat them all, so they just go away

2.      Save ’em and hand ’em out next year

3.      Snickers smoothies

4.      Butterfinger sandwiches

5.      Three Musketeers casserole

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10.29.08

 SHOW PREP OCTOBER 29, 2008

 

HOLLYWOOD 411 . . .

 

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has told People magazine she’s expecting pressure from her children to marry partner Brad Pitt. “Usually people fall in love and everything revolves around the ritual of marriage – children are an afterthought. We did everything backwards,’ she explains. “But sooner or later it will be the kids who ask us to get married. You know, they see films and start asking questions. Such as, “Why are Shrek and Fiona married and you’re not?” (Handbag)

 

She may be the most photographed woman in the world. But even Angelina Jolie can fly under the radar. The actress – who recently returned from a humanitarian mission in Afghanistan – made a surprise appearance at Monday night’s Hollywood Film Festival Awards Gala, where she payed tribute to director Clint Eastwood. In fact, Jolie’s appearance was so unexpected, the A-list crowd gasped audibly when she was introduced. The mother-of-six took time out of her busy schedule to present Eastwood – who helmed her most recent move, The Changeling – with the director of the year award. “There are some people in this business that are icons, and we often wonder if, when we meet them, they’ll live up to what we imagine them to be,” she told the audience. “And Clint Eastwood in person is even better.” “Clint is what every great director should be,” she continued. “He is a great leader. And I certainly would follow him anywhere.” That admiration appears to be mutual. As he accepted the honor, Eastwood noted, “Working with someone like Angelina Jolie is a great privilege, because you get to look on that gorgeous beauty every day. And she’s a great talent.” The two walked arm-in-arm from the stage. Then Jolie, wearing a floor-sweeping black gown and minimal makeup, slipped out of the event as stealthily as she’d arrived. (People)

 

Teen singer/actress Selena Gomez has no confidence in her driving skills – predicting it’ll be another 14 years before she gets her license. The Disney star began the application process for a California driving license after turning 16 in July, but admits she is put off getting behind the wheel by all the bureaucracy. And although she’s booked to take her driving test next week, she doubts she will pass first time. She tells People.com, “I had to take 19 tests in California! It’s the weirdest thing ever. I have to take, like, an online course, and then I have to go take my actual permit test at the DMV. So I will take that November 4, but I don’t know. “I’m not feeling that confident about it. I’m assuming I’ll be 30 before I get my license!” (Teen Hollywood)

 

Heart-throb Zac Efron was overwhelmed to find out Michael Jackson is a fan of his work – and was left “speechless” when the pop superstar called to congratulate him on his success. The Thriller hitmaker is a big fan of Efron’s High School Musical franchise and is a close friend of the films’ director Kenny Ortega. And Efron admits he was delighted when Ortega handed him his cellphone and told him that Jackson was on the line for him. He says, “I’ve been wanting to talk to Michael Jackson my whole life, but as soon as Kenny handed me the phone, I was at a loss for words. I have never been so speechless. “He said he loves High School Musical. It was motivation for us, and encouragement? (Teen Hollywood)

 

Trouble may be brewing in teenybopperville. We cornered the Jonas brothers at the glittery Carousel of Hope affair in Beverly Hills. We demanded an up-to-date rundown, of sorts, about who’s taken and who ain’t.  There’s some urgent juice here, so read on:  The Awful Truth: There’s so much speculation about your love lives. Can we go on record and make it official—who is single, who is not?  Joe: Single.  Kevin: [looking around at his bros] Always dating, but in the end, single, yeah.  Nick: Single.  Shocker? Everybody be aware that Nick’s GF (until recently?) Selena Gomez was confirmed to attend the biannual benefit but never showed. We so smell a recent young breakup, sad as that makes us, but trust, this crowd will move on fast. (Launch)

 

Sadly for Kate Hudson, the men dressed in police uniforms who arrived at her pre-Halloween party around 1 a.m. Sunday morning were real LAPD officers. The cops came to Hudson’s Brentwood home to move her party indoors and keep the noise down for the neighbors. A source told us that the single mom “was dressed as a ’60s flight attendant” and her son, Ryder Robinson, “was nowhere in sight.” Among the guests: Courteney Cox went dressed as a witch with husband David Arquette as a warlock, Winona Ryder was a mouse, Rachel Zoe donned a flapper costume, and Cindy Crawford dolled up as Amy Winehouse. But cowboy-clad Gerard Butler was the main attraction. Our insider reports, “All the girls at the party were lining up to talk to Gerard . . . he left with two very sexy vampires.” (Page Six)

 

Lawyers in the Britney Spears conservatorship case have just asked the court commissioner to make her conservatorship permanent. And the judge said she would grant the request. The conservatorship was scheduled to end on December 31. Sources say one reason why Brit & Co. wanted to extend the conservatorship is that it makes it easier for her to regain custody of her kids — the family law commissioner will feel more comfortable giving her added face time if there is a safety net. The conservators will now also be responsible for handling her business affairs and career opportunities. As for why they suddenly asked for a permanent conservatorship — we’re told the commish doesn’t want to keep extending temporary power…that it makes more sense to make the conservatorship permanent and then just lift it when Brit is safe and sound. Under the permanent conservatorship a medical team will oversee Britney’s career to make sure what she does will not compromise her mental health.  The commish said, “The conservatorship is necessary and appropriate for the complexity of financial and business entities and her being susceptible to undue influence.” (TM?Z)

 

Congratulations to Ashleigh Banfield. The Canadian-born truTV anchor was sworn in as a US citizen Friday, “14 years after coming to America via Texas, where George W. Bush was my governor and then became my president . . . I will now get to vote,” Banfield told Page Six. Her co-workers surprised her with a party in her office with red, white and blue cupcakes and signs that said “Banfield for President.” She said, “Perhaps the 28th Amendment will allow naturalized citizens to be president one day, and Arnold [Schwarzenegger] will lead the way.” (Page Six)

 

Kate Moss is to try and heal the rift between father and daughter Ronnie and Leah Wood, the Daily Star reports. The pair have been estranged since the Rolling Stone star left Leah’s mother Jo for 21-year-old Ekaterina Ivanova. “Kate and Ronnie used to be great friends, but when he ran off with Katia, she stood firmly by Jo and the family,” a source claims. “Now that Leah’s pregnant, though, some line of communication needs to be opened and none of the family want to speak to Ronnie directly yet. The idea of having lawyers open discussion about mediations with the family was discussed, but in the end it was decided that this was the job for a mutual friend. Kate was the obvious choice, of course, she’s a great friend and very loyal and discreet. The family have asked her to arrange to see Ronnie this week. Kate will confirm the news about Leah’s pregnancy and pass on the family’s feelings about Ron’s involvement in the first few years of the little one’s life.” (Handbag)

 

Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s divorce could settle as early as next week after their daughter Lourdes pleaded with them to be nice, sources have told the Sun. “Lourdes is heartbroken. Although Guy isn’t her biological dad she loves him to pieces and loves living with him in London,” the insider tells the paper. “She wants to visit Guy as often as possible. She’s known him for most of her life, after all. Rocco and David are too young to fully understand what’s going on, but Madonna told them they will live with Mummy in New York but will see Daddy often. Lourdes is more worldly wise though, and she got very upset. She knows how it might go because of the sometimes strained relationship her mum has had with her birth father.” (Handbag)


The chick behind the Pussycat Dolls found herself behind a 911 call last week — when she caught some dude trying to get into her home in the middle of the night. TMZ has learned L.A. County Sheriffs raced over to the home of PCD founder Robin Antin around 10PM Thursday night, only to find a guy who appeared to be drunk hanging out in the front yard. Law enforcement sources say the man may have just been trying to get home, but in his allegedly drunken state, got confused and tried to enter the wrong house. Paging Robert Downey Jr.! The man was arrested and booked on one misdemeanor count of being drunk in public. (TMZ)

 

 

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

 

Hollywood who’s-who turned out for an annual fundraiser for Paul Newman’s children’s camp that doubled as a tribute to the late actor. The lineup for a dramatic reading of “The World of Nick Adams” on Monday night at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall already was set when the acting legend died of cancer Sept. 26 at the age of 83. The event benefited The Painted Turtle, a camp for children with life-threatening illnesses, that was started by Newman in 1999. “We expected Paul to be with us and so this kind of turned into kind of a tribute,” said Danny Glover, who joined Jack Nicholson, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Warren Beatty, Sean Penn and other big names in the reading. “This is the first time we are doing this without Paul – there is a void there, without a doubt.” Some 2,500 people attended the star-studded benefit, which began with a video in which Newman discussed his work with the Association of Hole in The Wall Camps, which runs 11 camps around the world including The Painted Turtle. “What I was trying to do was acknowledge luck,” Newman said in the video narrated by Nicholson. “If you acknowledge it, you have to do something about it – something for the less fortunate.” There was no mention of Newman during the scripted 90-minute reading, which are the words of Ernest Hemingway adapted for television by A.E. Hotchner, who started the food company Newman’s Own with the actor. But after the performance, children from the camp joined the 17 actors on stage as singer Bonnie Raitt performed “Put a Little Love Into Your Heart,” which she dedicated to Newman. Newman and the Newman’s Own brand have given more than $250 million to charity over the years. Hanks, who starred with Newman in 2002’s “Road to Perdition,” remembered him Monday as a down-to-earth actor who was always willing to share the screen. “Paul was a member of the ensemble more than anything else,” Hanks said. “He didn’t care about the hierarchy, but he was a guy, quite frankly, who should have won the Nobel Peace Prize.” (Daily Record)

 

American Idol judges Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul are expressing their well wishes to season three contestant Jennifer Hudson, whose mother, brother and nephew were violently killed by an unidentified assailant last week in Chicago “What has happened is absolutely horrendous,” Cowell tells Usmagazine.com in a statement. “My thoughts go out to Jennifer and all her family. This is absolutely horrible.” Abdul tells Entertainment Tonight the domestic-related murders are a “horrific tragedy and my thoughts and prayers go out to Jennifer and her entire family. “The time I had to get to know Jennifer and forge a wonderful friendship with her while she was on [American] Idol was very special to me, and I personally can’t imagine a greater loss for any family.” Police are questioning William Balfour — the estranged husband of Jennifer’s sister — as a person of interest in the Hudson family deaths. Meanwhile, neighbors and well-wishers dropped off teddy bears and flowers outside the Hudson family’s Chicago home on Monday. According to the Chicago Tribune, no one planned the vigil ahead of time; all the neighbors said they gathered in a common grief. The Hudson family deaths reflect the violence that is too often a part of the neighborhood. “Everybody is touched by this,” Kevin Smith – who brought his 5-year-old son, Kevin – told the Tribune. “You just wish there was more that you could do. You can’t do nothing but come by here and pay your respects.” (US Weekly)

 

You’re the new music director of the nation’s oldest orchestra, so what do you plan for your opening concert? Alan Gilbert decided on a daring program for his debut next fall at the helm of the New York Philharmonic. In a nationally televised concert from Avery Fisher Hall, Gilbert will lead the orchestra in the world premiere of an unnamed work by Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg and Olivier Messiaen’s “Poemes pour Mi,” with soprano Renee Fleming as soloist. The latter, completed in 1937 and never performed by the Philharmonic, is a 30-minute work written by the French composer as a love letter to his wife. “It’s the French `Tristan,'” Gilbert said in announcing the program Monday. For the gala audience that may not be familiar with those composers, Gilbert also selected another French work – Berlioz’s crowd-pleasing “Symphonie fantastique.” “I’d like to build up a relationship with the audience in this city and create a sense of trust that we will hold the performance up to a standard of trying to make every piece worthy in some sense, that people will come to believe that, and they will come to know that,” the 41-year-old Gilbert said. “They’ll know that we’re not just programming for an arbitrary reason. I hope that we build up a rapport in the relationship.” The Lindberg work will mark the start of a two-year residency for the 50-year-old composer, who will write at least two pieces commissioned by the Philharmonic. In addition, baritone Thomas Hampson will begin a yearlong stint as artist in residence, allowing him to set programs and hold master classes in addition to performing with the orchestra. And Russian conductor Valery Gergiev will lead a three-week festival featuring the music of Stravinsky in the spring of 2010. The son of two Philharmonic violinists, Gilbert begins his five-year tenure in the fall. He is the first native New Yorker to be the orchestra’s music director and will be its second-youngest. He succeeds Lorin Maazel and follows such predecessors as Gustav Mahler, Arturo Toscanini and Leonard Bernstein. “To have selected Alan, we were not just looking for a conductor and a musician. We were looking for a creative personality that can help this remarkable city and this remarkable orchestra to go on and achieve even greater heights,” said Zarin Mehta, the Philharmonic’s president and executive director. “He’s going to inherit, I think you’ll all agree, an extraordinary instrument, and it’s for him to now play with it and see what he can now make out of it.” (Daily Record)

 

Kendra Wilkinson may be moving on from the Playboy Mansion, but she’s not making friends with the new girls in the house. Wilkinson, the youngest star of ‘Girls Next Door,’ recently told E! cameras that Hugh Hefner’s new twin girlfriends have it too easy when it comes to the show, The Huffington Post reports. “There will only be original ‘Girls Next Door.’ We built this show. We worked our butts off to be here. Now these girls are coming in afterwards. We’ve made this for them, and I’d appreciate it if they’d be a little bit more thankful … I don’t feel like they’re thankful,” she says Wilkinson, along with Bridget Marquadt and Holly Madison — the stars of ‘Girls’ — have broken up with Hefner, making way for his new love interests, twins Karissa and Kristina Shannon. (Pop Eater)

 

Not long ago Kellie Pickler was a red-meat-eating country girl. Now, the country star tells PEOPLE, “I can’t do it!” About five months ago, she joined pal Carrie Underwood, a long-time vegetarian, in giving up eating meat. “Most country girls do like their meat!” she laughs. “I used to eat steak rare all the time. I’d just throw it on the grill for two seconds, flip it over and it was done and everyone was like, ‘That’s so gross – that thing is still moving!’ ” So when she made her big decision, she got some moral support quickly. “I texted Carrie and was like, ‘You’re never going to believe this!’ And she was like, ‘No way! I’ll give you three days!’ ” Two weeks later, Pickler text messaged Underwood again to tell her she still on the veggie wagon. “She was like, ‘Wow, I’m so proud of you! You’re doing better than I thought!’ So we have this little vegetarian thing going on. I’ll text her and be like, ‘Is fish considered a meat?’ And she’ll be like, ‘Well, different people look at it differently.’ ” Pickler says she first decided to go veggie for health reasons, but a TV ad that vegetarian Pam Anderson did for animal rights group PETA piqued her curiosity. “One night I couldn’t sleep and I was up and just Googling random stuff and I’m like, ‘Hmmm, PETA.’ I saw all the videos and I just thought it was horrible. It’s animal cruelty. A lot of it has to do with knowing what happens to the animals and it really bothered me and so I will not eat meat.” As one of only a small group of vegetarians in the country genre (Shania Twain is another), Pickler says tries not to be militant about her conversion, but says she just feels better meat-free. “It’s not like I’m not going to go to dinner with someone if they’re going to order a chicken,” she says. “It’s just a personal thing to me and I’m not preaching about it to anyone. But I feel more healthy.” (People)

 

Fond of Jessica Alba but lukewarm on Leighton Meester? Make a trade. The actresses, along with the likes of Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Hayden Panettiere, Scarlett Johannson, Giovanni Ribisi, Nick Cannon and Eva Mendes, are all to be featured on baseball-style trading cards. The PopCardz series will include stats such as the celeb’s favorite song, book, food, even their fears. “I’m afraid of the dark,” admits Jessica Biel on the back of her card. Benefiting charities like The Art of Elysium and Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York, the cards, which run about three dollars per pack of five, will launch the first week of November. Select retailers will be listed on popcardz.com. “PopCardz is the next generation of trading cards,” says Ashley Tisdale who is among the list of 40 celebrities who are featured on cards. “I was excited to participate because they can help raise awareness for charities like St. Jude’s Children’s Research.” Adds Biel: “When I was a child these types of cards were geared towards the boys, so it is refreshing to see that PopCardz will appeal to both boys and girls.” (People)

 

Now that Brandon Davis has moved to New York, the Left Coast has a new heir-head-apparent – Matt Marciano, the son of Guess! Jeans founder Georges Marciano. Spies said young Matt, who goes out “a lot,” got into a two-hour shouting match with his best friend, Brannon Castleberry, at the Hollywood Roosevelt the other night. They were asked to leave when Castleberry, best known for representing Paris Hilton‘s Swedish pizza boy Alex Vaggo, tried to hit Marciano with a glass tabletop as Baron Hilton, Caleigh Peters, Adam Moonves and Crystal Audigier looked on. Fortunately, he missed. (Page Six)

 

Lydia Hearst is being less than truthful about quitting her column in Page Six Magazine. The pub- lishing heiress/model claims she wrote all her columns. She didn’t. She was inter viewed by a reporter, who put her thoughts into cohesive paragraphs. She claims she never criticized Hearst Corp. But she did. Exact words: “They’re having events every night and shutting down magazines. I think it’s excessive . . . People should focus more on work. It’s a lot more important than parties at the moment.” After Hearst canceled its Christmas party, Page Six Magazine went back to Lydia for further comment, and this is her e-mailed reply: “I do think they should cut back on events, but it is a bit sever [sic] to cut back on the Christmas party, that’s like the joke in the Scrooge films where the holiday parties and bonuses are canceled.” A Page Six Magazine editor said, “As this statement seemed overly harsh towards her family company, we decided to edit it out to protect her.” With Hearst falsely accusing her editors of fabricating, she no longer deserves such protection. (Page Six)

 

Yes, that really is Lauryn Hill! The retired former multi-platinum singer apparently loves her some Martha Stewart. The ex-Fugee took her kids to a signing the domestic diva did of her new book, Martha Stewart’s Cooking School Lessons for the Home Cook, at a Williams Sonoma store in New Jersey on October 20th. Oh, Lauryn. What ever happened????? (Perez Hilton)

 

Auditions for the lead roles in a new stage version of hit musical Dreamgirls have been put on hold out of respect for the film’s star Jennifer Hudson, after her mother, brother and nephew were murdered. Open castings to the show’s stars were scheduled to begin on 1 November, but theatre bosses have postponed them until 22 November. Producer John Breglio, who is overseeing the new Dreamgirls U.S. national stage tour, says the project is too closely linked to Hudson – who won an Oscar for her portrayal of ousted girlgroup star Effie White – for the auditions to go ahead. He says, “Our prayers and thoughts are with Ms. Hudson and her family at this tragic time. Due to this horrific tragedy, we feel this is not the time for a talent search for a role that is so closely connected with Ms. Hudson.” Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and brother, Jason Hudson, were shot dead at their Chicago, Illinois home on Friday. The postponement of the Dreamgirls auditions comes just a day after the singer/actress reportedly identified the body of her missing seven year old nephew, Julian King, who was found dead in the back of a car on Monday. (Teen Hollywood)

 

Actress Ashley Olsen is convinced she has below average social skills. The 22-year-old revealed her deepest fears in a questionnaire printed in her new coffee table book, penned with twin sister Mary-Kate. And Olsen admits her crippling shyness often holds her back and makes her scared about interacting with others – listing the affliction as her “principal defect”. She explains: “I’m really not great with crowds or big groups or public speaking. I just get very anxious. It’s just something about being in front of that many people. I guess I black out – I never really remember how an interview went.” But Olsen is pleased to be finally conquering her fears after seeking help. She adds, “You work with it. It gets easier. I haven’t done press in so long.”  (Teen Hollywood)

 

 

MUSIC . . .

 

In another setback on her “Rock Witchu” tour, Janet Jackson has lost her opening act: LL Cool J. The rapper’s publicity firm announced Monday that he has dropped out as the headliner for Jackson because of unnamed scheduling conflicts. It’s the latest problem on Jackson’s tour, her first North American outing in seven years. The 42-year-old singer was forced to cancel a string of earlier concerts because of a bout of migraine-associated vertigo. She recently resumed while being treated for the illness, which is characterized by dizziness, imbalance and other symptoms. Jackson’s upcoming shows are Tuesday in Auburn Hills, Mich., and Saturday in New York. She is expected to announce more dates. (Daily Record)

 

50 Cent has declared he is looking forward to Kanye West’s new album, despite a previous rivalry between the pair. Accepting that they are “opposites,” the G-Unit man played down any feud after 50 Cent and West released albums on the same day last year. On that occasion, West easily sold more records. (Launch)

 

Britney Spears dons short shorts in a new video on her website showing her workout. In the clip, Spears, 26, lifts weights with a personal trainer while her hit “Gimme More” plays in the background. The singer has been hard at work.  Her single “Womanizer” was released on Sept. 26. A week later, the sexy video – featuring Spears writhing naked – was released on 20/20. It’s the first single off her sixth album, Circus, which drops Dec. 2 – her 27th birthday. (US Weekly)

 

At the Coldplay concert at the Izod Center in NJ on Monday night, Chris Martin dedicated their song The Hardest Part to Jennifer Hudson. (Perez Hilton)

 

When it comes to Good Charlotte, everything old is new again – at least when their new album is concerned. Good Charlotte Greatest Remixes calls on their deejay and producer friends to reinvent some of their original songs. Jay-Z remixes “Fight Song,” while Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump tries his hand at reinterpreting “Little Things.” The album also features Metro Station’s cover of “I Don’t Want to Be in Love.” There will be some new music as well: the album will also feature the new single “War”, which the band says reflects the current political situation. The song has lyrics like, “What about AIDS in Africa? Poverty? If it ain’t about us, well I don’t know.” The CD will be available Nov 25, but the band has already posted the track list and other information on their celebrity MySpace page. (People)

 

The non-singing members of Led Zeppelin apparently aren’t waiting around for Robert Plant to sign off on a reunion tour and/or album. In an interview with BBC Radio, bassist John Paul Jones said he and guitarist Jimmy Page and drummer Jason Bonham “are trying out a couple of singers.” “We want to do it,” he said. “It’s sounding great and we want to get on and get out there.” But he cautioned Plant sound-a-likes were not the goal, and that “it’s got to be right. There’s no point in just finding another Robert. You could get that out of a tribute band, but we don’t want to be our own tribute band.” With Plant, Zeppelin reunited for a well-received one-off concert last December in London. But Plant, who has been touring with Alison Krauss for most of 2008, recently said he has no plans to work with the band again. In recent months, Page, Jones and Bonham have logged rehearsal time together in the hopes Plant would agree to tour. Rumors have also circulated that Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy is in the running to step in for Plant. On Nov. 4, Rhino will release a 10-disc boxed set featuring Led Zeppelin’s nine studio albums plus the rarities album “Coda” in mini-LP replica sleeves with artwork from the original U.K. vinyl releases. (Billboard)

 

Linkin Park is planning what singer Chester Bennington calls “a concept record” for its fourth album, which the group will start recording in early November and be ensconced in making by the time its new live album, “Road to Revolution,” rolls out Nov. 25. Bennington is mum on details — “I’m not sure I’m allowed to say what the big plan is,” he notes — but tells Billboard.com that Linkin Park “never envisioned ourselves doing a concept record, but we see an opportunity to do something really cool so we jumped on it, and we’ll see how it comes out. I think it’s a challenge and we’ll see if we can rise to the occasion.”  The singer says Linkin Park has already started writing music for the follow-up to last year’s “Minutes to Midnight,” which has been a different process as well. “If we’re writing a song with a specific purpose you’re allowed to step out of the realms of commercialism a little bit,” he explains. “You don’t want to dilute that purpose with something that doesn’t have anything to do with it, which is really interesting.” While Linkin Park is starting the new album, Bennington will be putting the finishing touches on his first solo album, which he’s been recording with producer Howard Benson and hopes to have out next spring or summer. “I’ll probably be finished in the next couple months,” reports Bennington, who describes the set as “a lot more straightforward rock, with a little bit of an electronic element to it, lots of keys and snyths and stuff like that. And there are a few elements where I think you’ll be able to see what my influence on (Linkin Park) is.” Bennington also hopes “to do as much touring as possible” to promote the solo album but adds that he’s wary of “putting myself in a situation where I can’t finish the Linkin Park record because I’m supposed to be on a tour. It’s a really delicate kind of balancing act I’m gonna try to pull off here.” Linkin Park’s “Road to Revolution,” meanwhile, is an 18-track CD/DVD package recorded at a June concert in England. Jay-Z appears on two tracks (“Jigga What/Faint” and “Numb/Encore”); the set also includes Linkin Park’s current single, “Leave Out All the Rest,” which has been adapted for an episode of CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” that will air on Nov. 6. (Billboard)

 

Barenaked Ladies singer and guitarist Steven Page is due back in an upstate New York courtroom Tuesday to answer cocaine possession charges. The 38-year-old Toronto musician was arrested in July while visiting two women at their suburban Syracuse apartment. Police were checking on a car they found parked across the sidewalk with its driver’s side door open outside the apartment. Authorities charged Page with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of up to 15 years in prison. Page’s case has been adjourned several times but a court clerk says it is on the calendar for Tuesday evening. (Launch)

 

Lil’ Wayne is a BIG DOUCHE! All he cares about is being a mi-mi-millionaire, and he’s already forgotten and disrespected (repeatedly) the people that have made him rich and famous. According to a slew of emails from our Perezcious readers, Lil’ Wang stood up 20,000 fans Monday night in Boston at the TD Banknorth Garden. The Biggest Diva Alive was one of the headliners for the Monster Jam concert hosted by radio station Jam’n 94.5, along with Jay-Z and Ne-Yo. The stage crew built his set and his DJ even came out to spin. But after about an hour of anticipation, the set was broken down and just like Sunday night’s show in Rochester, Lil’ Wayne was a no show. Jay-Z saved the evening by extending his own set like the pro he is, with the aid of DJ A.M.. Fans were understandably pissed, as many of them had come exclusively for Wheezy, but a lot of the folks who wrote into us said they were blown away by Jay-Z’s performance. The rumor is that Lil’ Wayne – who recently became a Lil’ Dad – refused to comply to standard procedure and pass through a metal detector. So either he was packing or he simply turned his “pretty boy” nose up – totally disrespectful to the fans who have made him what he is. However, this isn’t the first time Doucheezy has had problems with guns, bitches, and bling. The Dirty South rapper has become a lil’ delusional, dragging the dramz around. If he’s not careful, he’s gonna end up the Poorest Rapper Alive. Hey, how about next time you check your Louis Vuitton at the door, huh? (Perez Hilton)

 

 

MOVIE . . .

 

The Jonas Brothers are taking their dreamy selves to the big screen, with a little help from a seriously flatulent canine. Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas, along with younger brother Frankie (aka the Bonus Jonas) will make their first feature-film foray toplining Walter the Farting Dog. Based on the hugely popular kids’ books, the film focuses on some musical siblings (apparently the Jonases subscribe to the Method acting camp) who must take care of their aunt’s odiferous pooch. According to Variety, another set of famous siblings obsessed with bodily function hijinks, Bobby and Peter Farrelly, are in talks to direct for 20th Century Fox. Among the other A-listers taking a spin on today’s casting couch: Natalie Portman, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lopez… (Eonline)

Natalie Portman is getting all indie on us again, leading the Don Roos-directed family drama Love and Other Impossible Pursuits as a young mother trying to connect with her stepson.

Amy Adams has landed an Oscar-bait role in Daughter of the Queen of Sheba, playing a woman struggling to deal with her mother’s dementia.

Jennifer Lopez has been locked up by Universal to develop several TV projects for NBC and its cable networks, potentially bringing the former Fly Girl back to the small screen.

• Move over, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas is hot for Mary-Louise Parker. The Weeds woman will play the much younger romantic interest of Douglas’ down-on-his-luck bigwig. Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito and Jenna Fischer costar.

Adrien Brody makes a run for it as The Courier, an indie film about a deliveryman trying to avoid the cops and hand over a prized package to a mysterious mobster.

 

Michael Douglas is getting a new girlfriend: Mary-Louise Parker. The “Weeds” star will begin a May/December romance in “Solitary,” the tale of an ex-auto dealership owner whose career and marriage have collapsed because of his less-than-ethical behavior. Parker will play Jordan, a high-powered society beau of Douglas’ character, Ben. Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito and Jenna Fischer are co-starring in the Millennium Films feature. Brian Koppelman and David Levien will direct from Koppelman’s script. Paul Schiff and Steven Soderbergh are producing alongside exec producers Avi Lerner, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, Moshe Diamant and Joe Gatta. The shoot, set to begin next month in New York, will be a perfect fit for the Manhattan-based, WMA-repped Parker. She’s gearing up to play Hedda Gabler in the Roundabout Theatre Co.’s new take on Henrik Ibsen’s classic play of the same name. Following the January-March run, Parker will return to her hit Showtime series. (Hollywood Reporter)

 

Fox Searchlight has picked up “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,” a project which reunites the “Milk” team of director Gus Van Sant and writer Dustin Lance Black. Richard Gladstein and his Film Colony banner are attached to produce. “Kool-Aid,” based on a 1968 Tom Wolfe book, was first packaged last year after Gladstein, who had the rights, enlisted Van Sant and Black. The project was then hunting for a financier. “Kool-Aid” is Wolfe’s account of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” author Ken Kesey and a group dubbed the Merry Pranksters as they drive across the country in a DayGlo-painted school bus dubbed Furthur, reaching personal and collective revelations through the use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs.  “Milk,” which stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Emile Hirsch, already is generating advance awards buzz for its telling of California’s first openly gay elected official, San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. Focus Features open the film Nov. 26 in limited release. (Hollywood Reporter)

 

Jay Sebring, who was one of Hollywood’s reigning celebrity hairstylists in the 1960s and died at the hands of Charles Manson’s followers in 1969, will be the subject of a documentary that his nephew Anthony DiMaria is directing for 1010 Films. Jacob Strunk and Johnny Bishop are producing, with Voss Boreta serving as exec producer. The film, aiming for a 2009 release, will include interviews with Sebring’s protégé Joe Torrenueva as well as Stuart Whitman, Debra Tate and former Los Angeles Times film critic Charles Champlin. (Hollywood Reporter)

 

We may never get to see the glory that is Jessica Simpson’s star vehicle “Major Movie Star.” But if you live in Russia, you were treated to a generous helping of Jess, which according to FOX News, opened to “top box office” in Putin-land. There’s no release date set as yet in the US, either in cinemas or on DVD, nor for any other English-speaking country. Of course, if you do want to see the “Private Benjamin” knock-off, you can always go to Bulgaria, where it opens Nov. 9. (TMZ)

 

 

TV . . .

 

Peaches Geldof is to be offered a part in the new series of Ugly Betty, sources have told the Daily Star. The socialite has been presenting videos for Nylon magazine while living in New York and writers of the hit show are impressed. “They were looking for someone to play a vacuous Trust Fund brat when they stumbled across Peaches on Nylon TV,” the insider claims. “She was sending herself up a treat. It was clear that she is aware of how the public might perceive her and how she really is. Peaches has a precocious wit. It’s important to get guests on the show who are in on the joke and the Brits seem to do this the best. Just look at Victoria Beckham’s cameo. Get a star who takes herself too seriously and you get problems.” (Handbag)


The hourlong comedy about a woman searching for true love among her ex-boyfriends has been pulled from the network lineup, CBS said Monday. Its Friday time slot will be filled this week by a rerun of “NCIS.” There was no comment from the network on whether the freshman show might return. It was a weak link for CBS, which has gotten off to a strong start with returning shows including “NCIS” and some newcomers, most notably “The Mentalist.” “The Ex List” had aired four times. Last week’s show dropped about 1 million viewers from the previous week, bringing the total audience to less than 5.5 million. Based on the Israeli TV series “Mythological X,” “The Ex List” stars Elizabeth Reaser as a 30-something woman who’s told by a psychic that she must wed within a year or never – and her dream man is among the guys she’s already dated. That leads her to give each another chance. Reaser, who played a disfigured patient last season on “Grey’s Anatomy,” portrays Esme in the upcoming film “Twilight,” based on the first installment in Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling series. Diane Ruggiero, the executive producer originally in charge of “The Ex List,” left the series last month after creative disagreements with CBS. (Daily Record)

 

One ego towers above all others on the set of TBS’s “Tyler Perry‘s House of Payne” – and it’s not hard to guess whose. “Tyler makes everyone on his staff – the crew and cast – call him ‘Mr. Perry’ to his face. He won’t respond to anyone who calls him Tyler,” one insider told us. “That’s totally preposterous. I call him Tyler,” fumed a Tyler rep. “Some people do call him ‘Mr. Perry,’ but it’s out of respect.” (Page Six)

 

Fresh off of being dismissed from Dancing With the Stars, Rocco DiSpirito’s former partner, Karina Smirnoff, says she hopes current contestant Cloris Leachman lands a win in the competition. Smirnoff also defends the 82-year-old award-winning actress against recent harsh rumors. “I love Cloris Leachman—I’m definitely gonna vote for her,” said Smirnoff Saturday at Best Buy’s Guitar Hero World Tour VIP Launch Event in Hollywood. “The things Cloris would say backstage [on the set of Dancing], when the cameras were off, were so funny. Our first reaction was, “Whoa! She didn’t just say that!” But then you’re like, “Oh, that’s pretty cool, actually. Who else can get away with this?” And what about those pesky rumors that people on DWTS are annoyed with Leachman’s behavior? “People love to build up a hero and then have that hero fall,” said Smirnoff. “I think that’s our human nature.” “At the end of the day, I got to spend some time with her, and I got to know her, and she’s an amazing woman, Smirnoff added. “She’s got so much to offer, and she’s so witty and charismatic. People always criticize; people always have something to say. We all do it; we all are judges in our own minds.” And if Smirnoff’s No. 1 pick gets eliminated? “I think Warren Sapp is amazing,” she said. “He’ll be my pick if Cloris doesn’t make it through.” Smirnoff showed up to Saturday’s event walking hand in hand with fellow dancer—and rumored Cheryl Burke ex—Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Other attendees at the bash included Mischa Barton, Holly Montag, Adam Gregory, Dean McDermott, Audrina Patridge, Mark McGrath and E!’s own Ashlan Gorse. Celebs and other guests played Guitar Hero, while also enjoying a live performance by the Smashing Pumpkins. (Launch)

 

Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel are back together – on TV anyway. Silverman will appear as a guest on Kimmel’s late night show Thursday. The couple split in July after five years of dating, but all signs have been pointing to a reunion.  Earlier this month, they attended the wedding of pals Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky together. A few days later, Silverman said they were “talking about” reconciling on Stern’s Sirius radio show. In September, they were spotted holding hands at a Thai karaoke bar in Hollywood. A rep told Usmagazine.com then: “They remain close friends.” Silverman thanked Kimmel after winning an Emmy for satirical music video for “I’m F—ing Matt Damon.” “Thanks to the person for whom this whole video was made: Jimmy Kimmel, who broke my heart – ohh, who’ll always have a place in my heart,” Silverman said. (US Weekly)

 

Megan Dodds has inked a talent holding deal with Fox and 20th Century Fox TV to star in an hourlong series project. The deal stems from Dodds’ performance in the Fox/20th TV dramedy pilot “Courtroom K,” which impressed executives at the network and studio. “She just stood out,” Fox head of casting Marcia Shulman said of the Juilliard-trained Dodds. “To me, she looks like a classic movie star, a woman from the 1940s. And she is just a terrific actress.” The pact with Dodds comes a week after Fox signed a talent deal with another thirtysomething actress of solid pedigree, Yale School of Drama alum Kathryn Hahn. “It’s the year of strong women,” Shulman said. “I think women are a great audience for television, and we should be servicing them.” Once a mostly testosterone-driven network, Fox has been opening its schedule more to shows targeting women with the runaway success of the female-skewing “American Idol.”  Dodds co-starred in NBC’s untitled Luke Reiter pilot and ABC’s pilot “Gramercy Park.” For the past several years, Dodds has lived and worked in the U.K., doing theater and appearing on such BBC shows as “Spooks” (aka “MI-5”) and “Viva Blackpool.” She also headlined one-woman show “My Name Is Rachel Corrie” on London’s West End, which had a sold-out run off-Broadway. Dodds is repped by ICM, Thruline and U.K.’s Independent Talent Group. (Hollywood Reporter)

 

The seams of Project Runway are unraveling at record pace. In seasons past, the only allegations of sabotage to emerge from the hit reality series stemmed from the designers themselves. But the wannabe couturiers apparently have nothing on the cutthroat conniving taking place offscreen—at least judging by new court documents courtesy of the Weinstein Co. In a 23-page counterclaim filed in New York Federal Court Friday, the series’ production company accused Runway‘s lame-duck network, Bravo, of intentionally failing to properly promote the fifth season of the reality hit and is seeking unspecified damages as a result. Can’t they all just get along make it work? Bob and Harvey Weinstein claim Bravo gave the latest run of the series the promotional shaft in an attempt to dwindle ratings before Runway jumped ship to Lifetime. Among other fashion show faux pas, the Weinsteins claim Bravo undermined the ratings and overall value of the show by changing the series’ airtime, running it an hour earlier in a slightly less prestigious slot, releasing spoilers about upcoming episodes, running a bare minimum number of ads hyping the new season—the siblings called what few ads that did run “mundane and unappealing”—and failing to provide adequate information to the press about the season premiere, thus making the show lose out on the all-important buildup buzz. Per the court documents, Bravo didn’t begin promoting the new season, which began July 16, until June 26. “This 20-day notice was the shortest in Project Runway’s history, providing a short amount of time…to promote the new season,” the studio said. The Weinsteins also claim that Bravo failed to update the show’s page on its website, which in seasons past had included detailed biographies of both the designers and models to be featured on the show. This time around, contestant information was not posted until July 14, just two days before the season premiere. For its part, Bravo’s parent company, NBC Universal, roundly denied the claims. “Not only do we categorically disagree with the Weinstein Company’s assertions, but the fact is that Season 5 was the most-watched and highest-rated Project Runway cycle ever,” NBCU said in a statement. True enough. The Oct. 15 fifth-season finale averaged 3.58 million viewers, though the Weinstein Co. claimed “this achievement was in spite of, and not a result of, Bravo’s tactics.” The company also shot back at the studio’s claims that they began production on a copycat Project Runway, dubbed Fashion House, after growing suspicious that P.R. might leave their airwaves. They say the show—which, as announced in July, follows fashion designers who compete against each other—is based on a U.K. show of the same name. The Weinstein Co.’s counterclaim, lodged in U.S. District Court, was the latest response to a pending breach-of-contract suit NBCU first filed back in April. Last month, the judge issued a temporary injunction barring the show from moving to Lifetime and transferring the case to federal court. While season six of the show recently wrapped production, it could take up to a year before the new cycle begins airing—on any network. (Eonline)

 

 

TODAY’S IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION . . .  (Mike Butts Creative)

 

Q.  For me it’s pretty easy . . . probably for you also . . . but 2 out of 3 people cannot do THIS?

            A.  “Snap” their fingers

 

 

TODAY’S QUOTE (By George Burns)

 

“TOO BAD ALL THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW HOW TO RUN THIS COUNTRY ARE BUSY RUNNING TAXICABS OR CUTTING HAIR.”

 

 

MIND BOGGLERS . . . (mental_floss and QuickTrivia)

 

Q.  Pick the company that has the slogan “Like a good neighbor, ________ is there”?

            A.  State Farm  ****

            B.  Glenfiddich

            C.  All State

            D.  Aetna Retirement Services

 

Q.  From 1985 to 1987, Lynette Woodard was the first woman on what team?

            A.  New York Cosmos

            B.  Ferrari Grand Prix

            C.  Harlem Globetrotters  ****

            D.  Florida Marlins

 

Q.  For what movie did Rock Hudson get an Oscar nomination?

            A.  Giant  ****

            B.  Pillow Talk

            C.  Ice Station Zebra

            D.  A Farewell to Arms

 

The Name Behind the Initial:

 

Q.  P.T. Barnum

            A.  Paxton Tain

            B.  Philo Teagan

            C.  Phineas Taylor  ****

            D.  Pindar Theodosius

 

Q.  K.D. Lang

            A.  Kaleigh Dale

            B.  Kari Day

            C.  Kassidy Diane

            D.  Kathryn Dawn  ****

 

Q.  Alex P. Keaton

            A.  Passionbird

            B.  Peace  ****

            C.  Perfection

            D.  Phoenix

 

 

TRAVEL TIPS . . . (Peter Greenberg Worldwide)

 

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE AUCTIONS:

 

If you want a great trip, why not try bidding on travel experiences via online auctions, where the proceeds go to charity. Charitybuzz dot com auctions off high-end experiences, such as five nights in a luxury safari lodge for two in South Africa, with the minimum bid starting at $2,750. The proceeds of these auction go toward nonprofit partners, such as Musicians on Call, which brings live music to people in healthcare facilities. Another site called GenerousAdventures dot com offers outdoor adventure experiences, lodging packages, and ecotours, with proceeds benefiting nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity and the Rainforest Action Network.  BiddingforGood dot com offers online auctions where you can bid on luxury cruises, Caribbean vacation packages and roundtrip tickets, with the proceeds going toward organizations such as the Red Cross and the United Way.

 

(Peter Greenberg is North America’s preeminent expert on Travel. An Emmy Award-Winning writer and producer, Peter is the Travel Editor for NBC’S “TODAY SHOW,” MSNBC and CNBC. A Best-Selling author of the “Travel Detective” series and host of the nationally syndicated “Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show.” Visit WWW.PETERGREENBERGWORLDWIDE.COM to learn more about Peter Greenberg and his adventures.)

 

 

BIRTHDAYS . . .

 

–1740  Biographer James Boswell (d. 5-19-1795)

–1815  Composer Daniel Decatur Emmett (d. 6-28-1904)

–1884  Actor Bela Lugosi (d.)

–1921  Cartoonist Bill Mauldin

–1925  Musician John Haley “Zoot” Sims

–1944  Musician Denny Laine (Moody Blues) (“Go Now”)

–1945  Singer Melba Moore (“Lean On Me”)

–1946  Musician Peter Green (ex-Fleetwood Mac) (“Man of the World”)

–1947  Actor Richard Dreyfuss (Mr. Holland’s Opus)

–1948  Actress Kate Jackson (Charlie’s Angels)

–1954  Musician Stephen Luscombe (Blancmange)

–1955  Musician Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot) (d. 11-19-2007)

–1955  Football’s J.T. Smith

–1960  Actress Finola Hughes (How Do I Look?)

–1961  Musician Randy Jackson (The Jacksons) (“ABC”)

–1967  Actress Joely Fisher (Till Death) (daughter of Connie Stevens)

–1971  Actress Winona Ryder (Little Women)

 

 

THIS DAY IN HISTORY . . .

 

–1618  Sir Walter Raleigh, the man who introduced potatoes and tobacco into England, died. After King James had him locked up on treason charges in the Tower Of London, Raleigh told his jailers a story about a city of gold – El Dorado – which existed somewhere in South America. They let him go on the condition that he find it and claim it for the crown.  Unfortunately, ‘ol Watler was unable to produce the goods, and really lost his head over it. Really!

–1929  Stock Market Crash. Prices on the Stock Exchange plummeted and virtually collapsed four days after President Herbert Hoover had declared “The fundamental business of the country . . . is on a sound and prosperous basis.” More than 16 million shares were dumped and billions of dollars were lost.

–1947  For the first time in history, man created rain – in a cloud seeding operation near Concord, New Hampshire, which was used successfully to put out a forest fire.

–1966  Beale St. in Memphis is declared a national landmark and dubbed “home of the blues.”

–1966  The number one single in the US is “96 Tears.”

–1967  “Hair” opens off Broadway in Greenwich Village at NY’s Public Theater.

–1981  TV premiere of “Gimme A Break” starring Nell Carter.

–1983  Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” sets a records on the US album charts, with its 491 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200, surpassing “Johnny’s Greatest Hits” by Johnny Mathis.

–1998  John Glenn (former Senator and Astronaut) became the oldest man in space on this date.  He was 77  years old at the time.

 

 

RADIO ONLINE® DAILY SHOW PREP. . .

 

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh was executed in London by a guy trying to quit smoking.

In 1911, American newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer died in Charleston, SC. So, big deal? What does he want? An award named after him?

On this date inn 1923, the republic of Turkey was founded. Their official motto: “E pluribus gobble gobble.”

TODAY IS

Winona Ryder turns 37 today. She plans to pick up a birthday cake on the way home and celebrate her birthday quietly… that is, unless they catch her picking up the cake.

Actress Joely Fisher turns 41 today. She was in the short-lived talking baby series, “Baby Bob.” We offered her the chance for us to not bring that up, but she didn’t come up with the money.

One of the original “Charlie’s Angels,” Kate Jackson, hits the big 6-0 today. By the way, she’s not a member of the Jackson family. Well, a Jackson family, just not that one.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

·         A jury has been seated in a paparazzo’s civil trial against Keanu Reeves in Hollywood. Reeves says he slowly moved his Porsche forward to get a paparazzo to move out of the way, but never hit him.

·         “Dancing with the Stars” Julianne Hough was diagnosed with endometriosis and had an appendectomy yesterday.

·         Gerard Damiano, director of the porno flick “Deep Throat” has died. He was 80. Damiano died Saturday at a Fort Myers hospital.

·         The Jonas Brothers are set to star in a movie based on the children’s book “Walter the Farting Dog.” No, we’re not making that up.

·         Amy Winehouse was hospitalized over the weekend… they’re saying, “because of emphysema.”

·         What kind of costumes do they wear in Hollywood? Jennifer Love Hewitt and her fiancé Ross McCall are dressing up as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

·         In Indiana, some three dozen workers at a telemarketing call center walked off the job rather than read a McCain campaign script attacking Barack Obama.

·         Donny and Marie Osmond have been selling so many tickets in Las Vegas that they’re going to extend their current stay to 2010.

·         Expect the invitation in the mail: Fergie and Josh Duhamel plan to get married next June.

·         Next up for Nicole Richie and her boyfriend: adopting a baby.

·         Track star Marion Jones will give her first post-prison interview to Oprah Winfrey since she was released September 5 from a Texas federal prison for lying about steroid use.

·         So why were flights and landings delayed for a while Saturday night at Boston’s Logan airport? Runaway poodle… got loose from her cage and was running all over the runways.

·         Composer Tex Allen (brother of choreographer Debbie Allen) is suing Terrence Howard for $5 million, claiming Howard punched him in the mouth last January. Wow, slow reaction!

·         Word is that Michael Jackson’s people are working on putting together a 30-city concert tour.

·         Due to a public outcry, a Belgian public broadcaster scrapped his plans to do a television show on Adolf Hitler’s favorite meal last Monday.

·         LL Cool J has drooped out as the opening act for Janet Jackson’s “Rock Witchu” tour.

·         Michael Phelps is cashing in nicely from his Olympic adventures. The other day, he was paid $100,000 just for appearing at a Los Angeles area pool party and swimming some laps.

·         Martial arts legend Bruce Lee didn’t graduate from the University of Washington, but he did attend there three years. Right now, there’s a group of students pushing for a “Bruce Lee Garden” in front of the student center.

CONVERSATION STARTERS

If you’re overweight, chances are you eat mindlessly. Not only do you serve yourself differently than people of normal weight, but also you eat differently, say researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The study found that when it comes to buffets, obese people sit closer to the food — and even try to face it — as well as chew less so they can eat more food faster. Want more?

·         42% of obese people positioned themselves so they were facing the buffet, compared with 27% of normal-weight people.

·         The obese participants sat an average of 16 feet closer to the food.

·         38% of normal-weight diners sat at a booth, compared to 16% of obese people.

·         71% of the normal-weight people browsed at the buffet before choosing food, only 33% of the obese people did this.

If you really want a scary thrill this Halloween, watch classic horror movies like “Psycho” or “Jaws.” A cinematic studies expert at the University of New Hampshire says these films are scarier than blood-and-gore flicks because they engage your imagination. Delia Konzett, assistant professor of English at UNH, says more modern horror films have lost their edge because they show too much gore. We’re far more frightened when the scariest moments take place partially off-screen, leaving what happens to the viewer’s imagination.

It’s more important to men than it is to women that their kids resemble them, says a new study perhaps because men think it validates their paternity, which scientists say they’re prone to doubt. Females are more concerned that a baby looks healthy and cute. (Cosmopolitan)

According to a recent study from Emory University, guys are more likely to look at a female’s face before any other areas when looking at pictures of naked women.

A Cosmo Web Poll found 65% of guys have daydreamed at some time about their wedding day. C’mon!

PHONE TOPICS

·         Which sport did you use to be really good at?

·         Years from now, what story will you be telling your grandkids about what’s going on in the world today?

·         Do they need to move the baseball season up so the World Series ends in early October?

·         Have you ever met a Predident? Presidential Candidate?

·         Have you been able to sway someone’s vote to your candidate? How?

·         Anyone watching the half hour infomercial with Obama tonight?

·         What’s the motto you live by?

·         Are you still living at home? Why?

·         What TV show that’s not on anymore do you miss?

·         Annoying things other people do while driving?

·         If you could trade jobs with anyone, who would it be?

·         Have you ever been secretly taped by a “significant other?” How did you catch him/her? What were they going to do with the tapes?

·         What home remedies do you have that sound disgusting, but work really well? What do they cure?

·         Sure fire ways to get a man’s attention?

·         Does a family member have a job you hate?

Are pets people too? I just read a crazy report on msnbc.com, that says some pets across the country suffer from OCD. Yes, licking, chewing, spinning, tail-chasing and running after shadows or beams of light can be normal behaviors in dogs and cats, but in some cases they become repetitive and harmful, according to some pet experts. Do you think a pet can have OCD? And would you give yours anti-anxiety medication?

Are you a snooper? My cohost is. And for parents and suspicious spouses who have no regard for the privacy of others, there is now TechGuard. It’s a program that allows you to track the calls and read text messages sent to and from a cell phone. Do you think this service should be shut down, or should the technology be readily available?

Are you a jerk? Maybe now you can blame it on genetics. An Australian psychologist has aggregated the results of hundreds of studies on human behavior and found 40 per cent can be put down to human genetics. He was quick to add that genes were not “destiny”. Do you think jerks run in families? How about nice people?

Hahaha! When was the last time you got a good case of the giggles and let yourself go until you snorted and tears rolled down your cheeks? Who or what makes you laugh the most? We had fun with this phoner. You can start off talking about a new “laughter yoga class” in Billings, Montana.

My co-host was talking about how her stove went “kaput,” and how repair prices are out of this world. The digital clock went out which also controls the oven temperature, so the whole device has to be replaced at a cost almost a much as a new one. Should she fix the darn thing or just buy a new one? We couldn’t get off the topic even if we wanted to. Turned into the “get in a free plug for your appliance store on the radio” bit.

The average ATM fee is up this year again (no big surprise right?). Here are some ATM STATS:

·         It actually was first inspired by a chocolate vending machine.

·         There are now 1.64 million around the world, dispensing cash of all currencies.

·         The reach of ATM has even gone as far as the South Pole – a machine at the remote McMurdo station serves a small permanent team of Antarctic scientists.

·         The inventor of the cash machine, John Shepherd Barron, said he struck upon the concept after being confronted with a shut door at his local bank.

·         The total number of machines in existence around the world is expected to hit two million by 2010.

I met a co-worker’s fiancee the other day and he was totally covered in tattoos. And I always try not to stereotype people with lots of tattoos, but I can’t help myself. I still do. I always think of them as those kids in high school that weren’t loved by their parent’s and had to do something to stand out. You know who I’m talking about, the rebel kids. I mentioned it yesterday on the show and my co-host blasted me, and I know I’m totally stereotyping, but is there anyone else that thinks the same thing of people who have too many tats? Ask your listeners with body tats if they are usually discriminated against when it comes to getting jobs, etc.

Would you be more or less upset if your significant other cheated on you with a very attractive person? Some people said that they would be less upset because they knew it was just sexual and not emotional. Good phones.

A recent study came out saying that women are more often the violent partner in domestic abuse cases. We took calls from women who have beat up men but the funnier calls were from men who got beat up by women.

If you have little girls, at what age do they start to get boy crazy? We heard that the average age is 11, but it can start much, much younger. At what age should you start to be concerned that your kids haven’t taken an interest in the opposite sex?

Tell us something you own that you’re using for something it’s not made for! We got a bug-zapper for a reading light, and tons of duct tape stories.

People are working longer hours these days, so no wonder many are trying to combine their jobs with their love lives. A survey by the job-finding service Vault.com determined that 58% have had an office romance. Here’s what else the survey found:

·         39% have no official company policy on office romances.

·         26% successfully kept the secret from the whole office.

·         23% told only close friends.

·         23% did the “nasty” at work.

·         22% tired to hide it, but a few people found out.

·         22% married someone they met at work.

·         19% didn’t hide the affair.

·         19% dated a subordinate.

·         10% percent dated a boss or superior.

Every once in a while, we like to go for relationship-based topics, sometimes set up by an “e-mail” we received. For instance, “Dear _____, my 26-year-old daughter recently found out that she is pregnant. She’s not married and now she wants to move back home with me. Although I think it would be fun to have her and a new baby in the house, I wonder if this is really the right thing to do. Any advice?” Now, open up the phones and watch ’em melt!

Phoner: Did you ever get stuck in something as a kid? As an adult? Did emergency workers have to help you? Anyone ever get their tongue frozen to metal?

Who has gotten jealous of an animal? A classic case is when a couple decides to get a dog and the dog ends up bonding more with the person who really didn’t care if they got one or not. One woman told us how she moved in with a guy who had a cat and it became a real sore spot in the relationship because the cat liked her better. They eventually split up and she has the cat.

We talked about how lousy customer service is everywhere. You just can’t get good service anymore. Open the phones and ask for customer service horror stories and you’ll get a ton. And/or ask for local businesses that do give good service. Either way, it’s local and you’ll get calls.

We also got some funny stuff with the weird in-laws topic. Most of the callers said their marriage didn’t last and their mate turned out to be as weird as his/her parents, but one woman who met her husband on-line grew to love her in-laws even though the first time she met them in Indiana, they served her squirrel for dinner then took her coon hunting! Another funny phoner might be asking guys if they learned the hard way by not following the “check out the mother first” rule.

WEIRD NEWS

What’s That In Your Diaper?
Customs inspectors in Hidalgo, Texas, thought something just didn’t look right when a 21-year-old South Texas woman declared several dirty baby diapers at a U.S.-Mexico border crossing. The diapers apparently looked just a little too chunky as far as the inspectors were concerned — and they were right. Inside the diapers wasn’t what you’d expect to find — instead they were filled with several links of spicy pork sausage, or chorizo, the woman was trying to smuggle into the U.S. So she was fined $300 and her sausage was seized. But we give her 2 points for creativity. (myway.com)

Tow This!
In Laurel, Delaware, state police are looking for the man who drove his car off a tow truck as a repo man tried to take it. The 37-year-old man came out of his home as a worker from Complete Auto Recovery was putting his car on the tow truck. The man interfered when the worker attached a chain to the car and put it on the truck’s lift. He then jumped in the car and put it in reverse– despite warnings that he could tear off the bumper–and then drove off. He hasn’t been seen since. (The Wilmington News Journal)

Flights Delayed Because of Poodle
At least eight flights were delayed at Boston’s Logan International Airport after “Choochy” the poodle escaped from her kennel as she was being unloaded after a flight from Detroit. Choochy scampered across runways and taxiways and managed to evade airport personnel for more than 17 hours! About 15 state police, firefighters, operations personnel and even electricians chased Choochy late into the night, delaying flights for up 30 minutes. Coochy was frightened, tired and hungry when she was finally lured to safety with food. We would seriously like to interview the people who named their dog Choochy. (myway.com)

How To Cancel Your Wedding
In Tokyo, 39-year-old Tatsuhiko Kawata found himself in a real mess. He was apparently having an affair with a young woman, despite being already married. The affair got way out of control to the point that Tatsuhiko and his mistress planned a wedding. But when the wedding day arrived, he knew he had to do something to stop the madness. So rather than just confess to his bride to be, he set fire to the hotel where the wedding was to take place. He later told police, “I thought if I set a fire I wouldn’t have to go through with the wedding.” Guests at the hotel were evacuated but no one was injured. Along with Arson charges, now Tatsuhiko has some serious explaining to do! (Reuters)

I Love You… As Much as Legos
In Windsor, England, 27-year-old Simon Burfield is a self-professed Lego fanatic! But as geeky as that sounds, he is finally getting married after meeting a girl he says he loves as much as his Lego bricks. In fact, Stephanie Nicholls is so accepting of his obsession that she proposed to him — by giving him a Lego rose and a ring at — where else — Legoland! Simon said, “I never thought I’d find a girl I love as much as my Legos. I wanted to make sure Stephanie was OK with it by mentioning it on our first date. One of my previous girlfriends found it really odd.” Simon’s hobby costs him around $600 a month and he has more than 200 Lego models cluttering up his home. Stephanie said, “When he took me back to his home the first thing I thought when I walked through the door was that he had kids. There were Legos everywhere– Harry Potter scenes in the kitchen cupboards instead of food, an Indiana Jones scene in the living room, Lego pirates in his bedroom.” But the couple is now planning a Lego-themed wedding next year including a Lego bride and groom to go on top of the cake.” (Ananova)

Excuse Me, Are You Wearing Any Pants?
In Murray, Utah, a woman was escorted from a TRAX train after fellow riders reported that she was not wearing any pants. Utah Transit Authority officers asked the woman to get off the train for questioning but then realized she was in fact wearing a miniskirt. But her jacket covered the skirt, leading fellow riders to believe she was not wearing anything below the waist. After the “do you have anything on” interview, officers let her get back on the train and continue her ride. Something tells me there’s a lawsuit coming. (Salt Lake Tribune)

Ironical Moment of the Day
In Atascadero, California, 39-year-old Patrick Dodenhoff was being chased by police after he allegedly exposed himself to some local citizens. Police finally caught up with him and arrested him — ironically at a well-known local nude beach. (Monterey County Herald)

MATCH THE MOUTH

“Everything’s okay. I’m going to hopefully be back, if everything goes as planned, next week.”

·         Matt Hasselbeck

·         Julianne Hough ***

·         John McCain

·         Tina Fey

·         Lindsay Lohan

“It’s a, you know, perfect way to say goodbye to somebody that we all know and love.”

·         Tom Cruise

·         Matt Lauer

·         Dick Cheney

·         Samuel L. Jackson *** (talking about his “Soul Men” co-star Bernie Mac)

·         Sarah Palin

Who said this about Madonna? “She’s a very good friend. I’m supporting her in all the ways that I can. I’m just there for her. I speak to her a lot!”

·         Alex Rodriguez

·         Britney Spears

·         Gwyneth Paltrow ***

·         Paul McCartney

·         Guy Ritchie

REFRIDGERATOR SLAM OFF

It never ceases to amaze us how small the prize can be, and yet we still attract callers for this game. Take three callers, each one slams their refrigerator door as hard as possible, best audio wins. The beauty of this game is the contestant’s reaction as butter oozes out of the bottom of the fridge after the slam.

BREAKING GAME

Like the refrigerator game, we’re looking here for audio. It’s simple: Call us and break something over the phone. If it sounds good, you win. If not, you broke something for no good reason. Best ones so far: The guy that sledgehammered his TV, the woman who tried to flush her phone down the toilet only to have it backup on her and the woman who broke her son’s piggy bank.

TOP FIVE LEAST FAVORITE HALLOWEEN CANDIES TO HAND OUT

1.      “Sugar Doodies”

2.      “York Peppermint Putty”

3.      “Sweet Farts”

4.      “Good ‘n not very much”

5.      “Three Muskrat Ears”

HUNTER’S HUMOR by Tim Hunter

CBS has pulled “The Ex List” from their lineup. It’s now officially an ex-show. Now you can put it on the list!

Lisa Marie Presley used a psychic to introduce her new twin daughters to her dad, Elvis. Elvis warned her to keep the girls away from Charlie Sheen’s upcoming twin boys.

This is the weekend that we turn the clocks back an hour… NOT because of going back to standard time. They just needed time to run even more political ads.

All of the networks are going to show a half-hour Obama show on Wednesday night except for ABC. Instead, they’re showing an episode of “Pushing Daisies.” I guess they consider that a McCain show.

TIMES YOU SHOULDN’T TEXT A GUY

(Cosmopolitan) Casual electronic notes have become a huge part of dating, and experts speculate that texts have surpassed actual phone calls between many couples. But beware: There’s such a thing as too much texting. “Overdoing it can freak guys out,” says relationship expert Arlene Krieger, Ph.D. “They feel pressured into sending an instantaneous response.” Here are times when texting can torpedo a relationship before it’s barely gotten off the ground:

·         After your first few dates — It may be tempting to contact a guy after an amazing date, but resist the urge. “Reaching out lessens the thrill of the chase for him,” says psychologist Diana Kirschner, Ph.D., author of the upcoming book Love in 90 Days.

·         When you’re drunk — Since phones don’t come with Breathalyzers, it’s up to you to sop yourself from sending a tipsy message especially one that suggest you two meet up ASAP. “Being too available lets a guy know he has all the leverage,” Krieger says.

·         When you’re angry — It’s annoying when a guy flakes, but sending a “Why haven’t you called me?” inquiry makes you look massively insecure. Avoid angry texts once you’re in a relationship too. “When it’s in writing, you can’t easily take it back,” Kirschner says.

·         When you’re trying to be funny — “When relayed nonverbally, sarcasm and joking can come off as aggressive,” according to Kirschner. A dude could read message like “OMG, you were out of control last night” literally, which makes you sound pissed when you were actually just fondly remembering his funny behavior.

·         When you’ve already text him that day — Once you’re in an ongoing relationship, you may be tempted to rely on texting as a regular form of communication discourages phone conversations and one on one time. Also, guys like brief updates, not a blow by blow of your life.

EARLY BIRD WORD

We do an early bird word every morning at 6:10 and pay it off somewhere later in the show. We usually try to tie it into a bit we’re going to be doing. Sometimes as late as 2 1/2 hours later, and phone never fails to ring off the hook. It scares us cause we like to repeat bits.

100 YARD DRAG RACE

Guys dressed as women all race 100 yards playing for their lady. The guy wearing the least amount at the end of the race wins.

THINGS A GUY DOESN’T WANT TO HEAR ON A FIRST DATE

·         Don’t worry about that. I had a knife fight with my ex old man’s new lady a few nights ago and she grazed me.

·         How about that I go standing up too.

·         Hey you, wheel that dessert tray over here and leave it.

·         Darn, do you happen to have a tampon on you?

·         Okay, lets start with all the stuff you’ve got that I can catch. I doubt I don’t already have it but a girls gotta be careful.

·         I come from a show business family. They’ve all been on Maury and they were all the father.

·         I’m looking to have a baby within the next 9 months.

·         You know you’re so cool I would have gone out with you back when my name was Rob.

·         Should I purge here or wait till we get to your place.

·         My last relationship didn’t work out. He got bent out of shape just because I tried to kill him 3 times.

·         We’re going to have incredible wild meaningless sex tonight if you can name all of the characters on Desperate Housewives.

·         The last guy I dated was such a jerk, so full of himself. You should have seen his face when it hit my windshield.

·         You kiss much better then my uncle.

·         I hope that you’ve got money cause I’m eating for three. I’ve got twins comin’.

·         The last time I had sex was 2000. I think you’re gonna be 2001.

·         Well I can tell you about myself or we can just go on the internet and watch the video. Do you like horses too.

·         I used to just sleep with everyone. Then I realized I’m worth so much more then that.

·         I’d really love to see you again sometime. Here’s my pimps number.

MORNING OF 1,001 LAUGHS

Periodically, we like to do “A Morning of 1,001 Laughs,” where we run short bits (:30 or :60 cuts) of a comedian/jokes. Listeners come out full force with their jokes. We award prizes to those listeners with the funniest (and most original) joke.

HEADLINE TRUTH OR TRASH

“Man on Golf Cart Outruns Police!”
Truth! In Morgan, Utah, a golf cart actually outran police cruisers. But we should tell you that this was no ordinary golf cart. It had been tricked out a bit and was fitted with a car engine rather than the original electric motor. The suspect got away when he drove the cart through an alfalfa field and jumped irrigation ditches that the sheriff’s cruisers just couldn’t navigate. However the driver arrested the following day at his grandmother’s house.

“Ralph Nader Might Win Election!”
Trash! That was our gimme question.

“Thieves Actually Steal an Entire Beach!”
Truth! Police in Jamaica are looking for the guys who actually made off with about 500 truckloads of sand from a planned resort site at Coral Spring. Rival resorts in the tourism sector could be suspects because a good beach is a valuable asset to hotels on the Caribbean island. With no more beach, developers have had to put their plans on hold for now.

“Guy Ritchie Wants All of Madonna’s Bra’s in Divorce Settlement!”
Trash! He doesn’t want to leave her flat busted.

“Engineers Create House That Walks Away From Floods!”
Truth! A group of American scientists have teamed up with some artists in Denmark to create a house that can actually walk– on six hydraulic legs. The 10-foot high home is solar and wind powered and has a living room, kitchen, bathroom, bed, wood stove and mainframe computer which controls the legs and that can stroll at walking pace across all terrains. The big advantage is the house can simply walk away from floods and rising water levels.

“Obama Plans An Election Day Tax!”
Trash! Just as much as Palin is promising a ‘Take your moose to work’ Day.

“Man Breaks Into Church To Play Drums!”
Truth! In Bridgeport, Connecticut, police arrested 47-year-old Michael Smith after he allegedly broke into the Holy Ghost Deliverance Church — not to steal — to drum! Smith had spotted the drum set through a window in the church and decided he just couldn’t resist having a go. Police found him in the middle of a spirited solo after the church’s alarm system went off.

“McCain Wants to Open Oil Drilling at Disneyland!”
Trash! That idea is just plain Goofy.

“Two Planes Collide in Mid-air and Nobody Dies!”
Truth! Amazingly, six people miraculously survived without injuries after the two planes they were riding in collided with each other over Grand Junction, Colorado. A Cesna 210 plane flown by two sheriff deputies and carrying two prisoners to a Colorado Department of Corrections facility returned and landed safely at the Grand Junction Regional Airport while a Cesna 180 with a father and son aboard landed upside down in a field 15 miles southeast of the airport. Authorities are investigating how the collision could have happened in the first place.

HELLO HANDSOM

Ladies, on the prowl for a cute guy, but just don’t know how to start a conversation with one? Cosmopolitan has some suggestions. Here are conversation starters for every situation, including:

On the beach:

·         Ask him to put sunscreen on your back.

·         Make up a game in which you and your girlfriends have to run around and cheer a lot. Soon, the guys will start crowding around, asking if they can play too.

In a bar:

·         Ask the guy near the jukebox if he has four quarters for a dollar.

·         Tell the guy playing pool that you and your friend have a bet riding on the fact that he’s going to win the game.

·         Pretend to lose your earring and ask a guy to help you look for it.

In the bookstore:

·         Sit down next to a guy with a stack of intriguing books, like a massage manual or a guide to mountain-climbing. Then ask the guy to “watch them” for you while you go make a call.

·         If he works there, special-order an out-of-stock book and tell him to call you any time when it comes in.

In the gym:

·         Lie down on the mat next to the guy doing crunches and ask him for suggestions on how to get a six-pack.

·         Ask a guy to help you take the heavy weights off the leg-press machine.

·         Ask a guy where he got his cool, state-of-the-art workout shoes.

In the coffee shop:

·         If he’s got a laptop or a Palm Pilot, ask him how he likes it, ’cause you’re thinking of buying one.

·         Ask if you can borrow the movie section of the paper; ask him for recommendations on any good flicks he’s seen lately.

·         Order coffee with whipped cream, take a big sip, and ask the guy if you’ve got any on your lip. Then lick it off — slowly.

GORSEFEATHERS by Patrick Gorse

The fifth game of the World Series had to be suspended because of rain with three innings left to play, so everybody left after the sixth inning… Or as we call that in Los Angeles — a Dodger game.

The director of the classic porn movie, “Deep Throat” has died. It’s going to be a closed casket ceremony so nobody gets any ideas.

Joan Collins was photographed shopping at a Target store last week. Apparently Bush and Clinton’s aren’t the only ‘dynasties’ hitting the skids.

Tom Cruise showed up to tell jokes at a celebrity roast of Matt Lauer last week. Everyone who saw it said it was very uncomfortable. They hadn’t seen that much tension since Hillary Clinton campaigned with Barack Obama.

Lindsay Lohan’s appearances on the show “Ugly Betty” have been cut from six to four. The producers of “Ugly Betty” say they made the decision after the number of substances they caught Lindsay abusing went up from four to six.

The star of “Ugly Betty,” America Ferrera, says she’s glad Lindsay Lohan’s episodes have been cut because she really wasn’t looking forward to the love scenes in shows five and six.

A poodle broke free from its crate at Boston’s Logan International Airport two days ago and officials chased her for 17 hours before apprehending the dog. Nice to know security has been improved at Logan International. Great job people, keep up the good work!

Even though Wall Street is getting a $750 billion bailout by the taxpayers, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch still plan to give out nearly $20 billion in Christmas bonuses to their employees–an average of $152,000 per employee! To put this in easier terms, every employee at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch can now afford to buy Sarah Palin’s wardrobe.

The Jonas Brothers will make their movie debut starring in the film, “Walter the Farting Dog.” The boys say the movie will help offer a plausible explanation as to why their bedroom smells like ass.

The Jonas Brothers will make their movie debut starring in the film, “Walter the Farting Dog.” It’s coming out the same day as the movie, “Joe the Farting Plumber.”

Sales for everything else are tanking in the bad economy, but gun sales are going through the roof. They’re going through the roof because lot’s of people who don’t know how to use guns are buying them.

Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska was convicted on seven criminal counts Monday involving his failure to disclose to the Senate $250,000 in home improvements he received. The 84-year-old Stevens claims he “never knowingly submitted a false disclosure form.” Of course, Stevens doesn’t knowingly leave his reading glasses in the microwave or his dentures soaking in the toilet — but that’s where the maid keeps finding them.

Ted Stevens has represented Alaska as Senator since 1968 and this is the first time he’s been in hot water. Well, that’s if you don’t count the $15,000 Jacuzzi he didn’t list on those disclosure forms.

Looks like Ted Stevens will be going to jail, where ironically, on his first night, he’ll be dealing with a series of tubes.

HALLOWEEN HOLIDAY TRIVIA

·         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.

·         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.

·         Halloween is the second 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.

PUMPKIN PATCH WISDOM

Farmer John Muller and his wife, Eda, grow over 100,000 pumpkins on their farm in Half Moon Bay, CA (farmerjohnspumpkins.com). Here’s their advice for picking right pumpkin for your need.

GUESS THE CANDY

Send stunt boy out with various kinds of candy (Butterfinger bars, Hershey bars, Milk Duds, etc.) and blindfolds. Contestants put on the blindfold and stunt boy gives them a piece of candy. If the contestant can identify it, they win something fabulous.

·         Like people, pumpkins come in almost every shape and color. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

·         Never pick a pumpkin up by the stem; it may break off.

·         Look for solid, non soft pumpkins.

·         Best Jack-O’-Lantern picks are Chioggia, Jarrahadale, Orange Smoothie and Baby Bear varieties of pumpkins.

·         For face painting on pumpkins, choose a pumpkin that can easily lie on its side so that the stem can be the nose.

·         For delicious pies, select Sugar Pie, New England, Pik-a-pie, or Long Island Cheese varieties of pumpkins.

·         Don’t forget to bring your camera visiting a pumpkin pact is a great photo opt.

BIRTH ORDER DETERMINES LOVE LIFE

How you do in the game of love depends on your birth order, here’s the breakdown:

·         The Only Child — Plays by the rules, but will break them behind the scenes. The only child is most likely to stray in a relationship, especially in a situation where it’s least likely they’ll get caught, such as a solo vacation when their mate is gone for an extended period.

·         First Born Child — First born children are leaders and make boundries. The first born will most likely marry their high school sweetheart. They are also most likely to stay in troubled relationships to try and fix them. These relationships will last a lifetime.

·         Middle Child — Middle children tend to marry very early, in an effort to be first at something, or late in life when they’ve found their perfect match. They are great lovers; their desire to please their partner comes from an upbringing of learning how to cooperate and coexist. But be warned, although they are generous most of the time, middle children are the fiercest competitors.

·         Youngest Child — The youngest child is, of course, the most outgoing. They are low-maintenance lovers. While they may be competent lovers, don’t try to over dominate them. They live to question authority. The youngest children have the best sense of humor in the family.

TOP FIVE SIGNS YOU’RE A BAD BOWLER

·         You have your own set of clubs

·         After two decades, you finally bowled double digits

·         Seriously, bowling with bumpers is manly

·         Last three strikes you bowled were on someone else’s lane

·         You have to use a custom 6-foot wide ball

 

 

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10.28.08

 SHOW PREP OCTOBER 28, 2008

 

HOLLYWOOD 411 . . .

 

Benji Madden is desperate to clear up rumors suggesting his relationship with Paris Hilton is on the rocks – insisting they are “very happy” together. The Good Charlotte rocker’s romance with the hotel heiress was called into question when rumors the pair had both cheated on each other began circling gossip websites. The reports were further fuelled after Hilton spent a boozy night out in London allegedly flirting with young British royals Princes William and Harry. But Madden has hit out at the rumors, insisting it’s hard to have a high-profiled relationship without being easy targets for gossip-mongers. He tells People.com, “It’s very frustrating when you finally find yourself in a good relationship and people attack it. I wear my feelings on my sleeve. I’m very open about how in love I am – Paris and I are very happy.” And the rocker claims he takes inspiration from his idol Johnny Cash, who was never parted from his wife June for any prolonged period. Madden adds, “I read this Johnny Cash book and it said they were never were apart for more than four or five days. So when Paris and I started getting serious, I was like, ‘We shouldn’t be apart that much.’ We try not to go longer than a week without at least seeing each other for a day or two. That’s kind of our rule.” (Teen Hollywood)

 

Actor Matt Damon has explained how he hopes to teach his children how to make a difference in the world. “The way you have to parent them is to show them the world,” Damon revealed at the OneXOne children’s charity event in San Francisco. “Explaining the world can only go so far. You can read about devastation every morning – it’s on the front page of the newspaper – but when you actually go there and see it, you realize this isn’t something you can turn the page on.” (Handbag.com)

 

Cindy Crawford was also unrecognizable when she dressed up as Amy Winehouse to join a host of other celebrities at Kate Hudson’s Halloween bash in LA. The model turned up dressed as the singer, complete with tattoos, bloody arms and a beehive hairdo. Other stars that got in the spirit included Courteney Cox and husband David Arquette, who dressed as a witch and wizard with his ‘n’ hers pointy hats while Gwen Stefani left onlookers confused when she turned up dressed as a fried egg. (British Glamour)

 

Elle Macpherson is standing by the new man in her life, Brian Burgess, after details of his past as a drug dealer emerged in the media. The 44-year-old model met Burgess, who owns a London removals company, when he helped her move house. But on Sunday, it emerged that Burgess was a convicted drug smuggler, who had been deported from Australia in 2000. John Hess, a manager at Burgess’ firm, said: “I’m not sure of the precise details, but that’s all in the past.” He added: “Brian’s a good man now who does a lot of charity work and spends his time counseling addicts.” A friend close to the model said she is unfazed by the allegations: “She knows about his past and is fine with it. He’s a good man inside.” (British Glamour)

 

Ashley Olsen has lashed out at the paparazzi – blaming aggressive photographers for turning her into a nervous “wreck.” The 22-year-old actress is fed up with flashbulbs because her small stature makes it difficult to escape snappers desperate to take her picture. She tells the New York Times: “Honestly, I’m a wreck, Every time I see a camera, I’m a wreck. I don’t tend to react as though ‘I have to do this, it’s my job.’ I am reacting as a woman who is five-foot-one whose space is being invaded by a bunch of men whose aggression I can literally feel.” And Olsen insists her fears extend beyond her own safety – defending celebrity mums and innocent civilians who can get caught up in dangerous car chases. She adds: “In L.A. it is even worse because they are running red lights behind you, and I worry all the time about something terrible happening, someone getting hurt because of me, how I could ever possibly live with that. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have kids in the back seat and have to go through this and pretend for their sake that you are not scared.” (Teen Hollywood)

 

On the heels of a British report that Madonna has asked her assistant to gather all the items she received from Guy Ritchie so she can bury them, a source close to the Material Girl says that friends are worried Madonna is in “full meltdown mode.” “In recent years she’s really relied on her Kabbalah advisors, but more for big decisions. She’s barely functioning without a consult at this point,” says the source. What does this mean for the singer’s friendship with Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez? “Madonna’s going through some tough times, but she’s still planning a trip to Malawi when the divorce is finalized and her tour is over, and she still expects A-Rod to come on the trip with her,” says the source. “There’s very much a deep relationship there, even when she’s going through what she is now.” (Scoop)

 

Exhibiting much the same public-relations skills as his father did during his tenure as NY Knicks prez, Isiah Thomas’ son continued to slam reports his dad OD’d on sleeping pills, blaming a 911 Friday morning on his sister. Joshua Thomas tells the NY Daily News his dad is going back to work for the Knicks today and again denied his father was hospitalized after taking too many prescription sleeping pills. Joshua said it was his 17-year-old sister’s hypoglycemia which triggered the phone call. This despite multiple law enforcement sources insisting it was Isiah and not his daughter who was found on the floor at his home. (TMZ)

 

It’s good to know Jennifer Aniston isn’t taking John Mayer too seriously. Just days after they had a cozy dinner at LA’s Tower Bar, Aniston was seen eating there with hot Brit (and Anna Wintour fave) Gerard Butler. “They were very affectionate to each other,” a spy said. “There was another man at the table, but he looked like he was a chaperone – or just there to stop tongues wagging. They basically ignored him.” (Page Six)

 

Lindsay Lohan has denied turning her back on men for good despite embarking on a lesbian romance with DJ Samantha Ronson, according to a pal. The Mean Girls actress, 22, was romantically linked to Ronson when they were spotted kissing and cuddling at a party in Cannes, France earlier this year. The pair has been inseparable ever since, with rumors claiming they are to wed – but Lohan’s friend and celebrity insider Jo Piazza insists she has not ruled out dating men altogether. Piazza says, “Linds has been adamant about the fact that she’s not a lesbian and still loves men. In fact, Linds says Sam is the only girl she would go for.”

A source adds, “She (Lohan) has been telling everyone over and over that she’s still into guys. “She keeps saying that if anything went wrong with Sam she would date a guy next.” (Teen Hollywood)

 

Another rough weekend for Amy Winehouse. The 25-year-old British songbird was hospitalized Saturday for a “chest infection,” the latest medical setback for the troubled star. “Amy is in the hospital being checked out for a chest infection,” the Grammy winner’s rep said in a statement. “She is not back in rehab. She should be fine and is expected to return home soon.” The Daily Mirror reported that Winehouse’s latest hospital foray came after a doctor paid the ailing star a house call on Thursday. Winehouse’s health has been an issue for months. In August, Winehouse scrapped a Paris festival gig due to illness. She was hospitalized in July after suffering a bad reaction to medication to treat her drug habit. A month earlier she logged nearly two weeks in the sick bay for what her father claimed was emphysema from smoking crack and cigarettes. However, Winehouse’s camp later clarified those comments, insisting tests showed she merely had early symptoms of the chronic respiratory disease. (Eonline)

 

The pain that sent Julianne Hough from a “Dancing with the Stars” taping to the hospital has turned out to be more serious than a stomach ache. The 20-year-old professional dancer has been diagnosed with endometriosis, a common condition in which tissue from the uterus lining grows outside the uterus, causing painful cysts and possibly infertility. Hough went to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following the last week’s live results show and later said she had a stomach ache and was feeling fine. An announcement about Hough’s immediate future on ABC’s popular dance competition was expected during Monday’s show, where she was scheduled to perform a samba with partner and “Hannah Montana” actor Cody Linley. (Daily Record)

 

 

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

 

Brother-and-sister entertainers Donny and Marie Osmond are extending their variety show at the Flamingo Las Vegas for two more years. The hotel made the announcement Monday. Flamingo President Don Marrandino cited the success of Donny and Marie’s 90-minute greatest-hits multimedia show, which opened September 9. They will continue to appear at the Flamingo Showroom through October 2010. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. Donny and Marie took over as Flamingo headliners after Toni Braxton’s show ended in April due to Braxton’s health concerns. (Daily Record)

 

Celebrities who live in Greenwich Village may want to run out and buy paper shredders. Their garbage is being sifted through by creepy trash-trollers who want to bare their secrets. One recent victim is Mary-Louise Parker, the sexy star of Showtime’s “Weeds,” who lives in a luxury apartment building overlooking Washington Square Park. An anonymous letter was sent to Page Six from someone who claims to have sifted through the actress’ refuse and included photocopies of Parker’s drug prescription receipts from Bigelow Pharmacy on Sixth Avenue. They show that last year she shelled out a $20 insurance co-payment for a supply of 30 tablets of a medication that’s commonly used to treat low-thyroid function and prevent goiters. It was prescribed by a Manhattan internist. A rep for Parker had no comment, but sources say the South Carolina-born beauty, 44, has been treated for an underactive thyroid for years. Other celebrities who live on some of the Village’s best blocks are even more vulnerable than Parker because they have private townhouses and place their trash in cans easily accessible to passers-by. They include Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, Liv Tyler, Charlie Rose and Graydon Carter. One longtime village resident told us, “This is incredibly creepy. It’s like nothing is sacred. I hope they find the nut job who’s doing this.” Fishing through the garbage of movers and shakers is nothing new. In the 1960s, Yippie writer A.J. Weberman became notorious for sifting through the trash of Bob Dylan, Norman Mailer and Richard Nixon. Weberman, who claimed studying refuse was a research tool, even penned a book called “My Life in Garbology.” (Page Six)

 

Publishers are lining up for the manuscript penned by Peter Buffett, the musician/ composer son of America’s richest man, Warren Buffett. Titled “Life Is What You Make It,” the book deals with Peter’s experiences “growing up Buffett” and the Midwestern core values he learned from his dad, who counseled that success comes by earning your own reward doing the thing you love – and that “a silver spoon in the mouth too often becomes a silver dagger in the back.” (Page Six)

 

Michael Lohan has apologized for calling Lindsay’s girlfriend Sam Ronson “a drug” earlier this summer. “I definitely regret all the things I said about Samantha,” Michael told New York magazine at a book party Oct. 21. “I’m a Christian,” he added. “I should not pass judgment on anyone.” In September, Michael went off on Ronson, calling her a “dark, hideous and a disgusting representation of humanity.” Lindsay snapped back, calling her dad a “coward” on her MySpace celebrity blog. Michael says he’s now learned not use the media to reach out to his daughter.  “In the past, I felt that the best way to get to her was to speak out publicly,” Michael said. “And it was the wrong choice.” Michael says he’s in contact with Lindsay these days, and recently spent four days with his college-aged son, Michael.  As for providing more details on Lindsay’s life, Michael is keeping mum. “Family matters should be kept private,” he said. “I’ve learned that now.” (US Weekly)

 

Tom Cruise has made light of his infamous 2005 Today show spat with US news anchor Matt Lauer at a dinner for the TV host. Tom appeared to lose his cool three years ago when interviewed by Lauer and asked about his views on Scientology and psychiatry. However, during a lunch at the New York Hilton Tom joked and poked fun at the pair’s relationship. “Matt and I talk two, three, four times a day,” Cruise said. “I get to go from international locations to movie sets to more international locations to movie sets. You have found happiness doing the same thing every day. You sit on a couch all day and interview the car from Knight Rider and cook radishes with Rachael Ray! I can’t believe I flew all the way out here. Lose my number, you glib putz.” Lauer managed to get the last word though saying, “Why don’t you sit down? We’ll get you a booster seat!” (Handbag.com)

 

Hulk Hogan is still dealing with his son, Nick’s, jail sentence for reckless driving. “You know, I just had to regroup, and you know, just really rely on what was in my heart and what I believe in, ’cause Nick is my son 24 hours a day,” Hulk told E! Friday. “Whether he hits a home run, or whether he strikes out, he’s still my son.” The wrestler says his estranged wife had a different attitude. “You know, Linda says because she was visiting in L.A., she’s not responsible in any way, shape or form what happened,” he said. “Well, that’s not me.” Hulk says Nick has changed his life since getting out of jail Oct. 20. “He was on a roll,” he said. “He was a young professional driver. He had the show going, and it all got real busy, and then when he went to jail, he got stripped of everything.” He got stripped of clothes, of watches, he got stripped of his identity, and he found out what’s important in life,” Hulk added. “He knows what’s real, and what’s not real. “And before he went in there, he was accountable, and he was responsible. And I think that’s what he found out in jail, the most important thing. He understands what real life is. You know, it’s about helping people, being positive, moving forward. “He was a good kid before, he’s a great kid now,” Hulk says. “He’s not the same man he was when he went in there.” Nick served 166 days of an eight month sentence. In May, he pled no contest to reckless driving charges stemming from an August 2007 crash that left his best friend, John Grazing, in critical condition.  The day of his release, his sister, Brooke, bogged how excited she was to see her brother again. “I’m going to make him every kind of food you can possibly think of!” she said. “He’s been living on bread and potatoes so far, and I know some Mac-n-Cheese is going to hit the spot!” (US Weekly)

 

Russell Brand has apologized for offending Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs while recording a prank for his Radio 2 show. The actor, best known for his role as Manuel on Fawlty Towers, was said to be “very upset” after Brand and fellow DJ Jonathan Ross left a series of rude messages on his machine relating to Sachs’ 23-year-old granddaughter. However, Russell said sorry during his show this past weekend and added, “you musn’t swear on someone’s answer phone, but it is funny.” (Handbag.com)

 

Police in Chicago say the license plate on the white SUV found containing a child’s body matches the vehicle listed in the Amber Alert issued for Jennifer Hudson’s missing nephew. Authorities say the body is that of a young black boy, but the child hasn’t yet been identified. The vehicle was found early Monday on Chicago’s West Side. Police officials confirmed that the license plate matches the vehicle listed on the Amber Alert issued for 7-year-old Julian King on Friday after Hudson’s mother and brother were found shot to death in their home. The Oscar-winning actress on Sunday offered a $100,000 reward for Julian’s safe return. He’s the son of Jennifer Hudson’s sister, Julia Hudson. Police on Sunday transferred custody of a “person of interest” in the killings to state authorities. (Daily Record)

 

A top FBI official said Monday that a body found in an SUV is believed to be that of Jennifer Hudson’s missing 7-year-old nephew, the focus of a desperate search since the Oscar winner’s mother and brother were found shot to death in their home three days earlier. While the body has not been positively identified, FBI Deputy Director John S. Pistole said authorities believe it to be that of Julian King, who also lived in the home. Chicago police said the body of a black male child was found shortly after 7 a.m. in the rear seat of an SUV. An autopsy was planned for Tuesday. The SUV was found parked on the street in a neighborhood of brownstone homes and apartment buildings, and matched the one sought in an Amber Alert issued after Hudson’s mother and brother were found slain Friday, police Cmdr. Wayne Gulliford said. In Washington, Pistole said at a news conference on child exploitation that authorities found a body “who we believe to be the missing victim in Chicago, the nephew of Jennifer Hudson. We are working with Chicago police to get a positive identification of the victim.” Hudson had offered $100,000 Sunday for information leading to Julian’s safe return. He is the son of Jennifer Hudson’s sister, Julia Hudson. Telephone and e-mail messages left Monday for Hudson’s publicist, who had been releasing statements on behalf of the family, were not answered. Chicago police have characterized the killings as “domestic related” and have been questioning William Balfour, who is the estranged husband of Julia Hudson and is being held in state custody on a parole violation. Balfour is not the boy’s father and has not been charged in the slayings. Balfour, 27, was taken into custody Friday by Chicago police for questioning in the killings. On Sunday, he was transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections “based on his active parole violation unrelated to this investigation.” Records from the Corrections Department show Balfour is on parole and spent nearly seven years in prison for attempted murder, vehicular hijacking and possessing a stolen vehicle. Balfour’s mother, Michele Balfour, has said Hudson’s mother kicked Balfour out of the family home last winter. She denied her son had anything to do with the killings. Corrections spokeswoman Januari Smith said Balfour would probably remain in state custody until the Illinois Prisoner Review Board looked at his case. She would not say where Balfour was being held, and it was unclear whether Balfour had an attorney. Hudson, who won an Academy Award in 2007 for her role in “Dreamgirls,” was in Chicago during the weekend. The medical examiner’s office confirmed Hudson, 27, identified the bodies of her mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and 29-year-old brother, Jason Hudson. The deaths were ruled homicides. Neighbors and well-wishers brought stuffed animals and other items to a makeshift memorial outside Donerson’s two-story white clapboard home as news of Monday’s discovery spread. “Everybody knows Jennifer Hudson, but I would be here even if it was little Suzy on the corner,” said Tacara Juarez, 26, who doesn’t know the family but lives in the neighborhood. On Sunday, Hudson appealed to the public for help, offering the reward and asking any information be given to Chicago police. “Jennifer and her family appreciate the enormous amount of love, support and prayers they have received while she and her family try to cope with this tragedy and continue the search for Julian,” said a statement from her publicist. (Daily Record)

 

 

MUSIC . . .

 

Aubrey O’Dea = out. D Woods=out. And now, Z100 in New York is reporting that Shannon has quit Dainty Kane too. Shannon is described as the nice, married, quiet one. She was allegedly ‘tired of the drama, cat fights and Daddy.’ What’s the next move, Dads? (Perez Hilton)

 

Motown Records icons are joining hundreds of other mourners at a Detroit church to remember the late Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs. Lines into the sanctuary of Greater Grace Temple started to form more than an hour before Monday’s funeral service. Former Temptations singer Dennis Edwards called Stubbs “the greatest lead singer ever.” Martha Reeves, a Detroit city councilwoman and former lead singer of Martha and the Candelas, called Stubbs “my Pavarotti.” Stubbs died in his sleep at his Detroit home on October 17. He was 72. (Launch)

 

Now that TRL is ending its 10-year run on MTV, Christina Aguilera is taking to the Web to premiere her new music video for her hit single, “Keeps Getting’ Better,” on Monday afternoon. The singer, 27, chose iLike.com, a social music Web site and Face book application, to release her new video. In it, Aguilera travels through time – and costumes – to the present day. “I really enjoyed making the video,” Aguilera says. “Being an artist who likes to play around with different looks, it was a lot of fun to portray various characters within the same shoot.” The song will be featured on her greatest hits CD, which includes 10 of her best singles and another brand new song, “Dynamite.” It will be available exclusively at Target stores on Nov. 11. (People)

 

 

MOVIE . . .

 

Catherine Zeta Jones is to star as Cleopatra in a musical about the queen’s relationship with her lover Anthony. But instead of being set in ancient Egypt, the film will be based in 1920s America, says the Hollywood Reporter. Hugh Jack man, of X-Men fame, will star as the male lead and the film will be directed by Steven Soderburgh, the man behind Traffic and Erin Brockovich. (British Glamour)

 

John Travolta has decided not to reprise his role as Edna Turnblad in an upcoming sequel to movie musical Hairspray. The Hollywood actor caused a sensation with his critically acclaimed portrayal, cross-dressing and donning a fat-suit for the role. But Travolta is adamant that he won’t be returning for a second installment – because he is not a fan of movie sequels. He tells Moviehole.net, “I think once is enough. I did it and I did it well but I’m not a big sequel guy.” (Teen Hollywood)

 

That was one diverse crowd at the multiplex. The sunny, G-rated High School Musical 3: Senior Year and the beyond-dark, R-rated Saw V came together to gross a combined $72 million for a blockbuster weekend box office that included a strong debut for the Angelina Jolie true-story thriller Changeling. HSM3 ruled the school, and the standings, with $42 million—the best opening ever for a movie musical, Disney said. Saw V carved out a $30.5 million debut for a second-place finish that would have been a first-place finish in any other weekend this fall. All together, Troy Bolton and Jigsaw helped Hollywood buck the worldwide economic crisis yet again. How’d they do it? Fast starts. HSM3 blew away any doubt that the franchise wouldn’t translate to theaters from cable TV with an unexpectedly big $17 million opening day. Saw V, showing no sign of sequel fatigue, countered with a $14 million Friday. Disney saw HSM3’s success as a product of director Kenny Ortega’s and the cast’s hard work. Lionsgate saw Saw V’s as an ascendance of the franchise’s signature serial killer to Great Pumpkin status. “Jigsaw has become as much a part of Halloween as pumpkins and trick or treating,” Lionsgate president of theatrical films Tom Ortenberg said in a statement. Guess the kids in the Wildcats costumes next Friday better beware. Other box-office tidbits: • The Clint Eastwood-directed Changeling ($501,615 from 15 theaters) grossed more money per screen, a whopping $33,441, than any movie in release. The Jolie Oscar vehicle breaks wide next weekend.   • Business for HSM3 and Saw V fell on Saturday, where grosses for most movies go up on that day. What happened? Exhibitor Relations’ Jeff Bock thinks the films’ most rabid fans got their fixes on Friday.   • Bock says HSM3’s Saturday dip—it “only” grossed $15 million—could be a bad sign for the film’s longevity. “But the film cost $11 million, so the Mouse House is already eating cake—or cheese as it were,” he wrote in an email.   • Disney gorged on cake and cheese worldwide, with HSM3 grossing nearly as much overseas ($40 million) as it did here. Per the studio, HSM3 is the first movie since The Dark Knight to open No. 1 domestically and internationally.   • So, HSM3 is just a kids’ movie, right? Wrong. According to Disney, half the audience was over 18.   • So HSM3 is a pretty much a chick flick, right? Yup. Two-thirds of the audience was female.   • HSM3 wasn’t the weekend’s only hit TV-based movie. Jumping off from the Logo series, Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom did nearly as well in limited release as Changeling, coming up with $161,302 at five theaters.   • Lionsgate issued a press release saying Saw was about to become the “top-grossing horror franchise of all-time”—if you don’t count the Hannibal Lecter, Jaws, Alien and Exorcist movies, which Exhibitor Relations does.   • The luck of the Irish cop was not with Edward Norton and Colin Farrell’s debuting Pride and Glory ($6.3 million).   • Writer-director Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York scored a solid $173,000 at nine theaters, per Box Office Mojo, thanks to moviegoers who persevered and asked for the film by name.   • Among holdovers, Max Payne ($7.6 million; $29.7 million overall) swooned, W. ($5.3 million; $18.8 million overall) held up OK, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua ($6.9 million; $78.1 million overall) continued to make pretty much everyone else look bad. Here’s a recap of the top-grossing weekend films based on Friday-Sunday estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations: • High School Musical 3: Senior Year, $42 million   • Saw V, $30.5 million   • Max Payne, $7.6 million   • Beverly Hills Chihuahua, $6.9 million   • Pride and Glory, $6.3 million   • The Secret Life of Bees, $5.9 million   • W., $5.3 million   • Eagle Eye, $5.1 million   • Body of Lies, $4.1 million   •  Quarantine, $2.6 million. (Launch)

 

Geoffrey Rush will add the role of missionary priest to his repertoire, after signing to join the cast of indigenous musical “Bran Nue Dae,” producers said Monday. Rush will co-star with aboriginal actor Ernie Dingo and Australian musicians Missy Higgins and Dan Sultan in what he calls a “kick arse road movie.” The film, set in Broome in tropical northwest Australia, is a coming-of-age musical comedy that celebrates family, forgiveness and aboriginal reconciliation. Rachel Perkins adapted for the screen and its creator Jimmy Chi. Perkins will direct and will have cinematographer Andrew Lesnie behind the camera. Perkins, whose previous films include “Radiance” and “One Night the Moon” has her landmark documentary series “First Australians” is screening here on SBS. Producers are Robyn Kershaw and Graeme Isaac; Stephen Page, artistic director of the indigenous dance company, Bangarra Dance Theatre is the films choreographer and Omnilab Media’s Christopher Mapp, Matthew Street, Jason Moody and David Whealy are executive producing. “Bran Nue Dae” is being funded by state agencies ScreenWest and Film Victoria, federal agency, Screen Australia, the Melbourne International Film Festival Premiere Fund, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. and Omnilab Media. Local distribution is by Transmission Films and Bankside Films is handling international sales. (Hollywood Reporter)

 

Lionsgate has hired newbie screenwriter Andrea McCloud to pen its workplace comedy “Cover Your Assets.” Jon Shestack and Ginny Brewer are producing. Lionsgate VP production Jim Miller is overseeing for the studio. Described as a reverse “Working Girl,” McCloud’s pitch explores modern gender-role complications in a story about a wealthy and powerful female executive who gets involved with a new guy. “Assets” had been in turnaround at New Line when Lionsgate picked it up. McCloud, who is repped by Endeavor and Energy Entertainment, wrote a spec titled “Abbie & Weber 4ever” while studying screenwriting at UCLA that garnered buzz and helped her get the “Assets” gig. Lionsgate declined comment. (Hollywood Reporter)

Geoffrey Rush joins musical cast

Rachel Perkins adapted story and will direct

By Pip Bulbeck

Oct 27, 2008, 11:25 AM ET

 

 

TV . . .

 

According to a well-placed source at NBC, there’s a “good chance” that ER won’t be checking out of the network after the 19 episodes originally scheduled for this, its final season. “The show’s doing well. Look what else there is to work with in primetime, it would be crazy not to try to keep it alive a little longer,” says the source. The change in thinking comes from the sudden boost in “ER” ratings the past two weeks. The medical drama has outperformed ABC’s “Life on Mars” and CBS’s “Eleventh Hour,” both new shows. The medical drama, once a lion of primetime, has declined in the ratings year after year, and is in its final season. But don’t expect that to change, at least not now. If “ER” does receive a stay of execution from the network, “no one is talking beyond this season yet in any realistic terms,” says the source. Expect just a handful of additional episodes. (Scoop)

 

Lifetime has lined up big-name talent for the first two of its four upcoming movie adaptations of Nora Roberts novels. Emilie de Ravin, Ivan Sergei and Cybill Shepherd topline “High Noon,” while Jerry O’Connell, Lauren Stamile and Faye Dunaway lead the cast of “Midnight Bayou.” The four Roberts adaptations, which also include “Tribute” and “Northern Lights,” are produced by Peter Guber’s Mandalay TV and Stephanie Germain Prods., the companies behind the four previous Roberts movies for Lifetime that scored big ratings in 2007. In “High Noon,” written by Terri Kopp and to be directed by Peter Markle, hostage negotiator Lt. Phoebe McNamara (de Ravin) juggles her career with the demands of raising her young daughter and contending with her agoraphobic mother (Shepherd). Phoebe becomes the object of affection of a bar owner (Sergei) and the target of a psychopathic killer. In “Midnight Bayou,” penned by Stephen Tolkin and to be directed by Ralph Hemecker, lawyer Declan Fitzpatrick (O’Connell) impulsively gives up his settled life to buy a newly restored — and possibly haunted — plantation manor near New Orleans. In the house, Declan begins to see visions from a century past and, with the help of a Cajun local (Stamile) and her grandmother (Dunaway), he uncovers a shocking secret. De Ravin, Stamile and Sergei are repped by Gersh and managed by 1 Management, Schumacher Management and the Burstein Co., respectively. Dunaway and Shepherd are repped by Fortitude. Shepherd is managed by Hofflund/Polone. O’Connell is repped by UTA and 3 Arts. (Hollywood Reporter)

 

Italian TV bosses have offered Victoria Beckham £10million to make a series of shows following her husband David’s transfer to AC Milan sources have told the Mirror. “It will be similar in format to the US documentary last year but this time, the budget is absolutely huge. It will be a really polished, professional production,” an insider said before claiming Italian Prime Minister, AC Milan figure head and owner of three TV stations Silvio Burlesconi is behind the offer. “With Silvio 100 per cent behind the project, as part of his vision to expand the AC Milan brand, it really will be no holds barred. Berlusconi is desperate to get Posh on board and will pull out all the stops to make sure it happens.” If the deal goes ahead it would make Victoria the highest paid star ever on Italian TV. (Handbag.com)

 

Former United Nations ambassador Andrew Young, an advocate for peace around the world, is now taking aim at gun violence in the U.S. through a new TV documentary that focuses on the rapper T.I. – a young man making amends for federal firearms offenses. Young premiered the hour-long film, “Walking With Guns,” on Sunday in Atlanta. It includes extensive footage of the Grammy-winning artist visiting a rehabilitation hospital in New York to meet patients paralyzed by gang violence. The film also shows T.I. and Young telling young people how to avoid violence, and follows a former gang member who is now a social activist. The film, part a series called “Andrew Young Presents,” is expected to begin airing Nov. 2 on TV stations around the country. “Violence would still be around without guns,” T.I. said to over 400 attendees during a question-and-answer session after the screening. “But there would be an increased value of life.” The 76-year-old Young – a veteran civil rights activist who went on to become a Georgia congressman, President Carter’s ambassador to the U.N. and Atlanta’s mayor – began filming this year shortly after he began to mentor T.I., 28. The rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, pleaded guilty to several charges last March and was sentenced to prison time, community service and supervised home detention. His community service includes warning young people about the pitfalls of guns, gangs and drugs. “Some of my colleagues are disappointed with me taking this young man in,” Young said of T.I. “But sometimes us old folks have to shut up and listen to the young folks to understand where they are coming from.” (Daily Record)

 

Former United Nations ambassador Andrew Young, an advocate for peace around the world, is taking aim at gun violence in the U.S. through a TV documentary that focuses on the rapper T.I. — a young man making amends for federal firearms offenses. Young premiered the hourlong film, “Walking With Guns,” here Sunday. It includes extensive footage of the Grammy-winning artist visiting a rehabilitation hospital in New York to meet patients paralyzed by gang violence. The film also shows T.I. and Young telling young people how to avoid violence, and follows a former gang member who is now a social activist. The film, part a series called “Andrew Young Presents,” is expected to begin airing Nov. 2 on TV stations around the country. “Violence would still be around without guns,” T.I. said to more than 400 attendees during a question-and-answer session after the screening. “But there would be an increased value of life.” The 76-year-old Young — a veteran civil rights activist who went on to become a Georgia congressman, President Carter’s ambassador to the U.N. and Atlanta’s mayor — began filming this year shortly after he began to mentor T.I. The rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, pleaded guilty to several charges last March and was sentenced to prison time, community service and supervised home detention. His community service includes warning young people about the pitfalls of guns, gangs and drugs. “Some of m