SHOW PREP NOVEMBER 27, 2008
HOLLYWOOD 411 . . .
Carson Daly has another reason to be staying up late: diaper duty. The 35-year-old Last Call host and girlfriend Siri Pinter are expecting their first child together, E! News has learned. “They’re both thrilled,” says rep Heather Lylis. “He’s always wanted to be a dad, and he’s excited about the holidays and spending them together with family and friends.” Daly’s lady love, an NBC producer who has worked on Last Call (natch) and Last Comic Standing, is about midway to term, and the child is due in the early spring. The couple have been dating a little more than a year. In addition to lording over his late-night gabfest, the former TRL ringmaster will also return to host the Peacock’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly. (Eonline)
How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders and actor Taran Killam are expecting their first child. Smulders, 26, who plays Robin Scherbatsky on the CBS hit, is due in late spring, Smulders’s rep confirms exclusively to PEOPLE. The couple met through a mutual friend, and have worked together on HIMYM. (People)
Hollywood star Tom Cruise has credited the paparazzi for taking photographs of his daughter Suri. Tom Cruise has said he gives credit to the paparazzi for their “incredible” shots of his two-year-old daughter Suri. “I have to say some of those paparazzi shots of my daughter are incredible,” he told Australian Grazia magazine. “As a parent you protect your children, but Suri is a very open and warm child and she’ll just wave to people on the street. It’s certainly different these days with the media, but people have been very good to us and do give us space, so I am not going to be critical.” Later in the interview Tom said Suri can expect a younger brother or sister in the future, but dismissed rumors that his wife Katie Holmes is already pregnant. (Handbag)
Ellen DeGeneres knows how to put a possible baby-carrier in a corner. Hey, the Emmy-winning talk-show host had to ask about guest Mariah Carey’s rumored expectant status. But while she pretended to let the pop diva off the hook Tuesday after receiving an elusive, “No, that’s OK [to ask],” DeGeneres instead offered up a glass of champagne to ring in the nonnews. “You don’t have to answer that. Let’s just toast with champagne,” the chat maven benignly offered, after which Mimi became all flustered, first going the feigned shock route and then trying to insist that 3 p.m. was too early for her to start drinking. “I can’t believe you did this to me, Ellen,” laughed the Grammy winner, who swapped vows with now 28-year-old Nick Cannon in April. “This is peer pressure!” “No, let’s toast to you not being pregnant,” Ellen insisted. “I can’t believe her,” Mariah said. “Why would we toast to that? How about to the future? For both of our futures, who knows what they hold.” She then only pretended to sip the bubbly. So on second thought…”You’re pregnant,” Ellen said. But still Mariah resisted: “I didn’t say that. No, no, no. My mother would be at home like, on the computer like, What are you talking about? We will let you know when we’re going to have a family.” Well, maybe Mariah wasn’t thirsty this afternoon, but who doesn’t want to clink-and-drink with Ellen? Other than pregnant people, that is? (Eonline)
Twilight star Peter Facinelli is urging single men looking for love to check out the vampire movie – because it could land them a date for Christmas. Young girls are flocking to see the romantic movie, which debuted at the top of the U.S. box office last weekend – and the actor, who plays the patriarch of a vampire ‘family’ in the film, believes Twilight screenings are a great place for love to blossom. He tells Wenn, “I’m glad that girls like the movie but I hope that boys go out and see the movie. I think it has a bit of everything for everybody. “It’s got the action and the vampires for the boys and the love story for the girls. Also if you’re a single guy out there the best place to be is in the movie theatre. You can find a date at Twilight.” (Teen Hollywood)
The parents of Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal are broke. The spend-now, pay-later life has caught up to Stephen Gyllenhaal and estranged wife Naomi Foner. “I have repeatedly asked Stephen to pay his one-half share of our bills, and he has refused to do so,” Foner claims in LA divorce papers published yesterday by TMZ.com. Foner also filed an e-mail from her ex in which he advocates bankruptcy: “I have been clear that if worse comes to worse, I will let all of this collapse into ruin, just as I believe letting the markets crash and burn [is] the right approach. Pain now for clarity and balance later.” (Page Six)
Angelina Jolie has denied that she is pregnant again following American tabloid reports that she is expecting her seventh child. In Touch magazine, who broke the news that the actress was pregnant with twins earlier this year, said that Jolie announced her latest pregnancy to a waiter in a London restaurant when he tried to pour her an alcoholic drink. Despite this latest denial, the couple have made no secret that they would like to expand their family. “It’s chaos in our house, but it’s so much fun. We’ll definitely have more,” Angelina said earlier this month. (British Glamour)
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are planning the have more children, the Valkyrie actor has confirmed. “We have already heard she’s pregnant but it’s not true. But yes, we will have more children. I’m saying this, but Kate’s not here! She’s working and we’re enjoying this time right now. It’s very precious, we don’t get this time back.” Cruise, who also has two adopted children with former wife Nicole Kidman, enjoys being a father: “When Suri was born we shut everything down for months, just to be with Suri and the kids. But now I’m making movies and Kate is loving being on Broadway because it has been a dream of hers, so we are enjoying this time too.” (British Glamour)
Despite all the rumors and divorces, Madonna and Alex Rodriguez have never been seen cavorting together … until now. The 50-year-old pop diva and the 33-year-old Yankee were spotted exiting a private jet in Miami early Tuesday morning, along with their manager, Guy Oseary. Madge then got into A-Rod’s waiting Maybach and the two drove off into the sunrise. Looks like A-Rod & Madge will be celebrating the end of the U.S. leg of her appropriately-titled “Sticky and Sweet” tour in Miami tonight. (TMZ)
Recently divorced Madonna is being “put off” Alex Rodriguez by his reluctance to study kaballah. Madonna is said to be going off rumored new man Alex Rogriguez over his lack of commitment to kaballah, sources tell msnbc.com. The New York Yankees star has been backing out of his private kabbalah classes and it’s said to be driving a wedge between him and Madonna. “Madonna did drag Guy into kabbalah, she’s doing the same now with Rodriguez. He’s basically a kabbalah school dropout,” a source said. “This is certainly off-putting to Madonna. He hasn’t even finished kabbalah 1 and the majority of the time he’s spent so far was for counseling, not study.” Meanwhile, Madonna has spoken publicly about her divorce for the first time. “I’m sad about my personal life, but I feel very blessed and very lucky that I have the opportunity to do what I do in my professional life,” she told the Associated Press. “It would be horrible if I was just thinking about getting a divorce and had nothing to do.” (Handbag)
Pamela Anderson is ready to ditch her image as a sexy blonde pin-up – so she can reinvent herself as a serious actress. Now she’s 41, the former Baywatch babe is keen to keep her clothes on and be a better role model for her two sons. And that means more straight acting roles, instead of reality shows like her disastrous recent stint in Pam: Girl on the Loose. A source tells America’s Star magazine, “Pam felt her management team just saw her as a sexy pin-up, and she wants to be taken more seriously.” (Teen Hollywood)
On Monday, Kate Moss and her boyfriend, rocker Jamie Hince, hit the Stella McCartney London store holiday lighting ceremony sporting some injuries to their faces. She had scratches on the left cheek and he a black eye. They explained to friends at the event that they were both injured while doing some holiday decorating. A snitch reported to the Daily Mail: “He said he was on a ladder and she was waiting at the bottom for him to pass down the boxes of decorations. But he lost his grip on one and heavy decorations landed on their heads.” What a boring explanation! The truth is probably more exciting! (Perez Hilton)
Singer Lily Allen has revealed the tactic she uses for attracting men. Lily Allen has explained the method she uses for attracting men. The Smile star has told the Mirror she used nudity to get the men she wants. “I got drunk and lied to him,” she said of her relationship with music exec Seb Chew. “I said, ‘I’ve lost my keys and I can’t wake my mum. Can I stay on your sofa?’ He went to brush his teeth. I took my clothes off and jumped in his bed. It’s the only way I can ever get together with people.” (Handbag)
New parents Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz gave their baby son the middle name Mowgli, because they fell in love over the Jungle Book. Bronx Mowgli was welcomed into the world on Thursday at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The choice of names has left fans and celebrity pals scratching their heads. Wentz reveals Mowgli was inspired by the lead character in Rudyard Kipling’s classic story – but he’s refusing to reveal why they chose Bronx, also the name of one of New York’s five boroughs. Speaking on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show on Tuesday, Wentz says, “The Jungle Book was something that me and Ashlee bonded over. It’s a cool name. “We came up with the idea Bronx. We’ve been throwing (ideas) back and forth for a while. It’s kind of cool to just leave the narrative what it is. People are stoked or p**sed or whatever… I don’t think anyone really has the real story. (Teen Hollywood)
Reality TV star Kelly Osbourne has called fellow rock star’s daughter Peaches Geldof “sad”. Kelly Osbourne has called Sir Bob Geldof’s daughter Peaches “sad” and labeled her recent wedding “a cry for help”. “The way I see it is that Peaches is a very lost, sad little girl,” the 24-year-old daughter of Ozzy Osbourne told Star magazine. “It’s all a bit sad to be honest with you. And at one point I was like that, so I don’t want to judge. Instead of everyone picking on her, they should try to help. If she loves him then good for her, but if it was done for attention, it’s a bit sad. I did stuff like that when I was 19 as well, like get a tattoo because it p***ed my mum off. It’s just a great big cry for help. Maybe all she needs is a hug.” (Handbag)
R+B star Brandy lost the will to live after the terrifying 2006 car crash that left another driver dead – admitting she felt “in limbo” after the accident. The singer, full name Brandy Norwood, walked away from the California freeway collision, but 38-year-old Awatef Aboudihaj died from her injuries. Brandy tells Vibe magazine she prayed every day after the accident, adding, “There was a point when I didn’t feel like it was Ok to live on – because someone else lost their life. “I really didn’t know what to do. I was in limbo for a long time… I didn’t go outside for months.” The Afrodisiac hitmaker was never charged with any wrongdoing in the crash, but Aboudihaj’s family are pursuing a $50 million civil action for wrongful death against the star. The trial is set for April 2009. (Teen Hollywood)
THE OTHER STUFF . . .
You might not think Ne-Yo and Barbra Streisand have many fans in common. But just wait until next month when Streisand is honored at the Kennedy Center Honors gala. I’ve just got word that Ne-Yo will be one of the performers paying tribute to the legendary diva. Yes, the 26-year-old R&B crooner will be singing a Streisand tune, according to a source. He’s not the only performer I’m hearing about… Queen Latifah is this close to also singing for Babs, another source tells me. Beyoncé Knowles recently confirmed she’s on the Streisand bill. She’ll be belting out “The Way We Were.” Knowles and Latifah performed at the Kennedy Centers Honors three years ago for honoree Tina Turner. Streisand, Morgan Freeman, choreographer Twyla Tharp and Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey of the Who will be honored at the 31st annual gala in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 7. The star-studded affair, hosted by Caroline Kennedy, airs on CBS on Dec. 30. Reps for Ne-Yo and Latifah did not comment. (Launch)
A Britney Spears Comeback Tour wouldn’t quite be the same without a Rolling Stone cover—especially since the mag helped launch her underage sex-kitten image back in ’99 and then documented her Frapp-guzzling, pap-loving downfall just this past February. Rolling Stone’s job now, along with everyone else in the Brit camp, is to reassure all of us that Old Britney is totally back and ready to rock this Circus! They accomplish this with a relatively tame, Parade-esque cover showing off Brit’s flat stomach and big blond mane. In fact, the only tangible evidence the article ever provides that Old Britney is back forreal is her blond hair. The article itself echoes Brit’s previous complaints that her life is like Groundhog Day. The interviewer sticks to preapproved questions as a Brit-guard hovers and the pop star hints at how bored she is… “I feel like an old person now,” she mentions. “I go to bed at, like, 9:30 every night, and I don’t go out or anything, you know what I mean? I just feel like an old fart.” When she does go out on something like a date—and she is dating, because her manager Larry Rudolph has decided a boyfriend is the next step in Brit’s recovery—she is accompanied by her own assistant and a colleague of Rudolph’s. Needless to say, things aren’t working out too well in that department. But maybe that has something to do with a little bit of K-Fed hostility she’s holding on to. Talking about her boys and the importance of being a mom, she says, “I didn’t think my husband was gonna leave me, otherwise, I’d be with my babies 24/7.” She also blames her ex for the bad language the boys seemed to have picked up recently. “It’s weird ’cause they’re starting to learn words like ‘stupid,’ and Preston says the F-word now sometimes. He doesn’t get it from us. He must get it from his daddy.” Her troubled time is not to be mentioned at all—Rudolph is the only one who vaguely acknowledges it, explaining, “It’s about the journey for Britney, and the journey has taken her to this place now, which is a much, much better place. I mean, she’s not there yet, but she’s in an infinitely better place…She’s very happy now.” The thing is, Old Britney isn’t going to come back, no matter how blond her hair is or how many times Rudolph insists she’s happy. Present Britney has been through too much to just go back to being Old Britney, and that’s cool. That’s just how people change and grow up and eventually become Future Britney. And that’s the Britney we’re most excited to see. The one who emerges from this highly protected and guarded bubble to find herself on her own terms. But now we’re just getting all cheesy, so we’ll direct you over to where Circus is streaming in its entirety a week before its release. It’s a pretty good time. (Launch)
Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, the reality-TV couple whose on-again, off-again relationship has been chronicled by MTV’s “The Hills” and celebrity magazines, appear on the Wednesday cover of Us Weekly with the headline “Heidi & Spencer Elope!” But were their nuptials a legal marriage, or just an elaborate photo shoot? Images given to Us Weekly by the couple, show the pair at various stages of a wedding ceremony at a chapel near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Nov. 20. The accompanying story features an interview with the Montag and Pratt, as well as details about the rings, Montag’s dress, and the content of their handwritten vows. The story does not address whether they obtained a marriage license or took part in a separate civil ceremony, which is required by Mexican law to make the union binding. A couple can register their marriage up to 10 days after a ceremony, but California does not recognize marriage ceremonies outside the United States, according to the state’s Department of Public Health. A couple can petition a court later to have their marriage legally recognized. “We had a beautiful ceremony here at One and Only Palmilla officiated by a minister and photographed by the hotel photographer. We’ve never been happier,” said the couple in a statement provided by Us Weekly. “And, like other elopements that happen outside the country, we’ll take care of the legal details when we get home.” Their publicist, Rick Rhodes, said he knew nothing about the marriage. “I’m not privy to any of that information,” Rhodes wrote in an e-mail. “If there was a wedding I wasn’t invited … Sorry!” Us Weekly’s report, which was picked up by numerous celebrity magazines and blogs, said that none of the couple’s friends or relatives was in attendance. Some people close to the couple said they were caught off-guard. “Everybody’s pretty upset,” Montag’s sister, Holly Montag, told MTV on Monday. Montag’s father, Bill Montag, told People magazine that he’d be dismayed if his daughter got married and didn’t invite him. If the story were true, he added, “Then we just have to have another wedding here!” Us Weekly, which has recently featured the couple in numerous cover stories and photo spreads, reported that they decided to get married while drinking margaritas on the beach. An hour later, they were exchanging vows, the magazine said. Americans who wish to get married in Mexico must first go through a process that takes about five days, according to Mexico’s foreign relations department Web site. They must obtain a health certificate, including blood test results from a local doctor; and provide official translations of legal documents, such as birth certificates. Only civil, nonreligious marriages conducted in Mexico are valid internationally. Peter Grossman of Us Weekly, who conducted the wedding-day interview with Pratt, 25, and Montag, 22, would only confirm Tuesday that the two exchanged rings and handwritten vows in front of a minister. “Heidi and Spencer are two people in love who had a beautiful wedding ceremony to celebrate that,” Grossman said. “The pictures and words in our issue this week bear that out.” It wasn’t immediately clear whether MTV captured the wedding ceremony for its show, but an MTV spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement late Tuesday that the network “wishes Heidi and Spencer the best and can’t wait to share their special moment with ‘The Hills’ fans later this season.” Since their relationship came to light on the MTV reality show, Pratt and Montag have been ever camera-ready, willing to pose or invite photographers to capture their “private” moments – including an intimate, champagne-and-roses Valentine’s Day celebration aboard a chartered boat earlier this year. (Daily Record)
A year after Kanye_West’s mother, Donda, 58, died while recovering from plastic surgery, PEOPLE has learned that California authorities have launched a probe into the possible role of Donda West’s nephew, Stephan Scoggins, 46. A registered nurse, Scoggins was supervising West’s post-surgery care with West’s assistant and a friend when, according to a source familiar with the situation, he left the house to attend a baby shower the day after West underwent breast augmentation and liposuction last Nov. 10. West died that evening at a Los Angeles hospital. At the time, the death of the rapper’s mother was described by a family spokesman as “the result of complications from a cosmetic surgical procedure,” a statement that placed intense scrutiny on West’s surgeon, Dr. Jan Adams. But last January, a Los Angeles coroner ruled that West died of “multiple post-operative factors,” effectively clearing Dr. Adams of responsibility. In this new development, an investigator with the California Department of Consumer Affairs has issued subpoenas asking individuals “to testify in the matter of the investigation of Stephan Scoggins,” a source tells PEOPLE. WEST’S CONDITION The California Department of Consumer Affairs represents the California Board of Registered Nursing, of which Scoggins is a member. A public information officer for the consumer affairs department, Russ Heimerich, told PEOPLE: “We do not comment on ongoing investigations.” Scoggins – who risks losing his nursing license if complaints against him are substantiated – could not be reached for comment. According to an autopsy report, a heavily-bandaged West was able to walk out of the medical facility after nearly five and a half hours of surgery last November. The report further stated, “[West] opted to return to her home for care even though she was advised that she receive post-operative care at another facility.” That night, West took Vicodin for pain, slept and felt better in the morning. Later in the day, a source tells PEOPLE, Scoggins left West’s home to attend a baby shower and was unreachable when her condition worsened. According to the autopsy report, West experienced pain, a sore throat and tightening in her chest before collapsing in the early evening. A friend at the house called 911 and West was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead in the emergency room. The source also says investigators are looking into the possibility that Scoggins administered too much Vicodin in a short period of time. In an interview with PEOPLE last year, Dr. Adams said he and Scoggins discussed West’s care briefly, but did not establish a detailed plan. “There’s no set regimen, like you need to do this and this,” he said. A rep for Kanye West did not return repeated messages seeking comment. (People)
Supermodel Jessica Stam might want to reconsider her taste in men. The Canadian catwalker, who previously dated Adam (DJ AM) Goldstein and Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis, has been seeing Austin Cregg, 23, the son of ’80s music icon Huey Lewis, since the summer. Cregg is facing possible jail time for failing to complete a community service stint stemming from his arrest last March on marijuana possession charges and for scrawling graffiti on West Fourth Street. Cregg, a recent NYU graduate, pleaded guilty and was ordered to work 10 days in a downtown soup kitchen. However, last Friday, after completing only seven days, Cregg was ordered back to court and instructed to finish the remaining three days of his sentence before February – or face jail time. The night before Cregg’s most recent court date, Stam, 22, told friends she’d have to cancel the couple’s planned vacation to Montana in the event the judge didn’t grant Cregg an extension. A pal of the aspiring musician said Cregg has been using Stam’s lawyer so that his father doesn’t find out about his legal trouble. “Jessica has been funding the whole affair,” said the friend. Stam has also been joking with friends about how she’d have to sneak into jail for conjugal visits if her beau gets hauled off. Earlier this year, Stam and Cregg were reportedly living together in the same SoHo apartment as model Daisy Lowe and actor Kieran Culkin. Stam, who now lives on Fourth Avenue, has some experience dating the offspring of the famous – she previously shacked up with Malcolm Ford, 21, son of Harrison Ford. Stam’s IMG rep said, “We don’t typically comment on our clients’ personal lives.” (Page Six)
Now that “Scrubs” is in its last days, star Zach Braff is ready for his next project. During a trip to Tel Aviv, Braff told the Haaretz daily newspaper he wants to make a movie about “an American Jew who visits Israel. As a Jew, I think it’s really important to come to this place . . . I love it.” Braff also added that his travel experiences were limited when he was on “Scrubs” because, “when you work on a television series, they own you.” (Page Six)
With a cig in hand and her two little girls standing right next to her, that lying liar Kim from “Real Housewives of Atlanta” insinuated that she’s locking up a deal to strip down for Playboy — but she also lied about having cancer on last night’s reunion show, so who knows what to believe?!!? (TMZ)
Scott Weiland finally admitted to what everyone who watched the AMA’s this week already knew — that he still hits the bottle … hard. On his way to Vegas, the man who’s been in and out of drug rehab AND who got a DUI last year, told us, “I still drink, I’m not perfect … you know?” It’s too bad. Hours later, cameras caught Weiland with a drink in his hand at the Lavo Lounge at the Palazzo. No word on what was in that drink. (TMZ)
Linda Hogan’s 19-year-old boycandy Charley Hill says Hulk Hogan’s out to get him — but a court isn’t buyin’ what he’s sellin’. We’ve learned a Florida court just nixed the poolboy’s request for a temporary restraining order against the Hulk. Charley claimed Hulk “dangerously followed” him in his car a couple weeks ago and “pulled up next to him and stared at him” at a stoplight — a crime in no states. Charley says he “fears [Hogan] will attempt to injure or kill him” because Linda is his girlfriend. The aspiring seaman also claims Hulk tailgated him and intimidated him on another occasion, and thinks Hulk is even more dangerous because he had weapons charges against in 1979. UPDATE: Hulk’s lawyer David Houston tells us, “This is just another blatant attempt by Linda Hogan to try to defame Hulk Hogan’s character. We commend the judge on seeing through this ridiculous stunt and denying these baseless claims.” (TMZ)
For the love of child protective services, please say this ain’t so. Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown have been spotted together in recent days, reports the Chicago Sun-Times, and “clearly looking very romantic while dining together” at that. Apparently, the couple’s baby girl Bobbi Kristina is “eager” for her parents to remarry. Whit -– who’s dealing with a million-dollar lawsuit we reported from her stepmama – says she and BB are just “good friends.” (TMZ)
MUSIC . . .
Pop singer Britney Spears is heading to London this week to perform live on “The X Factor” TV show. She also is giving two concerts in London in June. A Spears’ representative announced those concerts Wednesday and said they will be her only European stops on a world tour. Spears is expected to sing “Womanizer” on television this Saturday. The popular single was recorded for a soon-to-be-released album. Famous singers often coach “X Factor” contestants during the show, but the representative says Spears will only be performing – not coaching. The British singing contest is similar to “American Idol” in the U.S. Spears is now on a comeback from a two-year downward spiral that included a divorce, a custody battle and public meltdowns. (Daily Record)
Nobody thought Britney Spears could come to New York for her birthday and not have an outrageous bash. Spears has long planned to drop her album, “Circus,” on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday to coincide with her 27th birthday. That night, Page Six hears, an all-out bash is planned at Tenjune that will be “a very private, Circus-theme event.” The pop tart is quite familiar with the place, having spent many pre-rehab nights there dancing on the tables. (Page Six)
Britney Spears has pretty much done the impossible. When it looked like all was lost, homegirl got straight, and now, almost a year after her dramatic trip to the loony bin, she’s gearing up to tour with her new album, Circus. Today, the Comeback Kid’s camp confirmed her European tour dates. And, unfortunately, if you want to see Britney over there, you’re pretty much screwed. BritBrit will be playing only 2 shows on the Euro leg of her upcoming tour, and they will both be at London’s O2 Arena the 3rd and 4th of June. Oops! Tickets go on sale December 5th. (Perez Hilton)
Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson says that he and brother Chris Robinson, the group’s frontman, have “tons of songs around. Chris and I are always writing.” They just have to figure out what to do with them. “We want to make another record” with the Crowes, the younger Robinson tells Billboard.com, which likely means a 2009 follow-up to this year’s “Warpaint.” That was the Crowes’ first set of new material in seven years and the band’s first for its own Silver Arrow Records imprint. “We still want to do this,” Robinson says. “Having all this sort of new enthusiasm and this newfound sense of identity as a band, I think we want to put it to good use and make another great record and really do some different and interesting things.” The Crowes resume their Euphoria Or Bust Tour on Dec. 5 for a dozen dates, finishing with a five-night stand Dec. 15-20 at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Now shows have been announced yet for 2009, and Robinson notes that recording will be a priority. “Right now I’m just writing what I write, and Chris is writing what he writes,” the guitarist says. “When we get together and put all of our songs together, I think it’ll dictate what common direction it’s going to go. Once that happens, that’s when I think everyone’s gonna come in and we’ll solidify everything.” The Robinsons also hope to do some more work as Brothers of a Feather, which they launched with a 2006 duo acoustic tour. “Chris and I had so much fun doing it, we’re talking about making a new Brothers album of all originals,” Robinson reports, adding that they’re not concerned about having to make a Solomon’s choice between songs for that project and for the Crowes. “I think the context will dictate that pretty easily,” he says. “I think there will be songs that are more suited to that (acoustic) presentation than what would be right for the Crowes. We’ll just keep writing and come up with things and suss through ’em all. It’s better to have too much material than too little. (Billboard)
Beyonce scores her third straight No. 1 debut on The Billboard 200 this week as the double-disc “I Am … Sasha Fierce” (Music World/Columbia) shifts a whopping 482,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album, split between material credited to Beyonce and her new alter-ego Sasha Fierce, has already spawned the hits “If I Were a Boy” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).” Beyonce’s 2003 solo debut, “Dangerously in Love,” started with 317,000, while 2006’s “B-Day” moved 541,000. In a week with seven top 20 debuts, Nickelback’s “Dark Horse” (Roadrunner) sold 326,000 to start at No. 2. The Canadian rock outfit spent an astonishing 156 weeks on the chart with its prior album, 2005’s “All the Right Reasons,” which is at 6.97 million to date. Reigning “American Idol” champion David Cook’s self-titled 19 Recordings/RCA debut arrives at No. 3 with 280,000. That’s more than double the first-week numbers of 2007 champ Jordin Sparks’ self-titled debut, which sold 119,000 copies and has gone on to shift 956,000. Last week’s No. 1, Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” (Big Machine), slips to No. 4 on a 63% sales decline to 217,000. New at No. 5 is multi-national vocal group Il Divo’s “The Promise” (Syco/Columbia) with 162,000. The act’s previous album, 2006’s “Siempre,” debuted at No. 17 with 108,000. Chop Shop/Atlantic’s soundtrack to the runaway hit film “Twilight” is down 5-6 despite a 17% uptick to 125,000. The multi-label “Now 29” compilation slides 3-7 after a 33% decline to 115,000. Walt Disney’s “High School Musical 3” soundtrack drops 7-8 on a 9% sales downturn to 86,000, while Enya’s “And Winter Came” (Reprise) falls 8-9 on a nearly identical sales slide to 83,000. AC/DC’s “Black Ice” rounds out the top 10 after falling from No. 6. The album sold 73,000 copies in its fifth week of exclusive release via Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club, bringing its total to a remarkable 1.39 million. Other debuts this week include Dido’s “Safe Trip Home” (RCA) at No. 13 with 51,000 and the Zac Brown Band’s “The Foundation” at No. 17 with 44,000. The new Atlantic signing is enjoying its first country hit with “Chicken Fried.” The compilation “Cities 97 Sampler Vol. 20,” rounding up live-in-studio performances from the Minneapolis radio station of the same name, debuts at No. 21 with 35,000. The double-disc album features tracks from Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow and Jason Mraz, among others. Former 112 member Slim’s solo debut, “Love’s Crazy” (M3 Productions/Asylum) starts at No. 32 with 27,000, while country artist Blake Shelton’s “Startin’ Fires” (Warner Nashville) debuts at No. 34 with 26,000. At 9.45 million, sales this week are up 6% from last week but down 32% from the same week last year (13.96 million). (Billboard)
MOVIE . . .
Robert Downey Jr. is concerned about the upcoming remake of comic book classic The Avengers – urging moviemakers to get it right or “it will really suck”. The Hollywood actor has signed on to reprise his role as Iron Man Tony Stark for an appearance in the new film, which is scheduled to hit cinemas in 2011. The movie will bring together Marvel superheroes Iron Man, Hulk and Captain America. But Downey Jr. is adamant that producers need to be extra careful when making the picture, as he doesn’t want to see the movie flop. He tells MTV.com, “It has to be the crowning blow of Marvel’s best and brightest because it’s the hardest thing to get right. It’s tough to spin all the plates for one of these characters. If they don’t get it right, it’s going to really, really suck.” And Downey Jr. is convinced the key to The Avengers’ success is to keep the movie realistic. He adds, “The danger you run with colliding all these worlds is (director) Jon (Favreau) was very certain that Iron Man should be set in a very realistic world. Nothing that happened in Iron Man is really outside the realm of possibility. Once you start talking about Valhalla and supersized super soldiers and jolly green giants it warrants much further discussion.? (Teen Hollywood)
Some roles just don’t suit Natalie Portman. At the junket for the film version of his “Doubt,” playwright John Patrick Shanley was asked how Amy Adams won the role of an emotionally conflicted nun. “I’m trying to think of what the etiquette is on this,” Shanley chuckled, blushing a bit. Urged on by a blogger for gossipsauce.com, he continued, “Well, we asked Natalie Portman, and Natalie was very interested but kept saying she had a problem. And we finally nailed down as to what the problem was. She basically said she didn’t understand celibacy.” (Page Six)
When Seth Gordon was lugging bundles of cash and a video camera around rural Kenya 11 years ago, he didn’t see it leading to a gig directing Vince Vaughn in a big-budget Hollywood comedy. But hey — sometimes that’s just where altruism takes you. With “Four Christmases,” a New Line release co-starring Reese Witherspoon that bows today, Gordon has reached a new peak in a filmmaking journey that began on a volunteer mission to Africa in 1997. Several documentaries (“Shut Up & Sing,” “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters”) and a fortuitous pitch meeting later, and Gordon is about to unveil his feature directorial debut on thousands of screens. He sees it all as part of the same cinematic mission. “I’m really interested in stories about identity — who I am now versus who I used to be,” Gordon said. “I think that’s really what ‘Kong’ was about. That’s what ‘Four Christmases’ is about, too. That’s a real throughline for me.” Landing at Yale via high school in Seattle and a childhood in Chicago, Gordon pursued an architecture degree until he realized that New Haven was not his kind of town. So he decided to teach high school for six months in the wilderness of Shimanyiro, Kenya (not far from President-elect Barack Obama’s father’s village). After discovering that the Kenyan infrastructure leaves school-building to the locals, he helped get philanthropic U.N. financing to finish up Shimanyiro’s school and then filmed the students and residents as they experienced the ensuing changes. “How you learn in Kenya is you behave and you get whipped if you don’t behave, and I was trying to break them out,” Gordon said. “I had them debating gender equality and the importance of AIDS training. So I would record them arguing about that.” The result was “Building Shimanyiro,” a documentary that he edited about “the difference between Third World corruption and what we understand as corruption, and how problematic that was to be in the middle of it.” This led to a gig directing behind-the-scenes spots for the touring Dixie Chicks that became a global phenomenon when Natalie Maines dropped her infamous remark slamming President Bush onstage in London in 2003. Gordon, who caught it on video, continued on tour with them as one of the cinematographers and contributing producers of the resulting documentary, “Shut Up & Sing,” which covered the vituperative aftermath. Similar fortuitous timing hit “New York Doll,” a documentary he produced, edited and shot about the New York punk band’s reunion that deepened when bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane discovered that he was dying of cancer. “Kong” then became his first full-length documentary, a fanciful 2007 drama about two men vying for the ultimate high score on the classic arcade game “Donkey Kong.” The popular doc got great word-of-mouth, and a (pirated?) disc ended up in Vaughn’s DVD player. (Hollywood Reporter)
Look at most movie databases, and you’ll find no mention of a new film called “Paper Hearts.” But talk to indie film insiders and the unconventional comedy, which stars Michael Cera and boasts other credits from Judd Apatow’s talent stable, and you’ll quickly realize how high expectations are running for this semi-secret project that’s expected to debut at next year’s Sundance Film Festival. “It’s pretty much ‘the one,’ at least as far as festival programmers are concerned,” one seller said. You can’t blame programmers or buyers for investing their hopes in the title. It’s not every day that the star of two movies in the boxoffice top 25 from the previous year toplines a movie whose rights are available — let alone one on which word has been kept very quiet. Those familiar with “Hearts” describe it as part-documentary, part-scripted comedy about the real-life relationship between Cera and his girlfriend, Charlyne Yi, another member of the Apatow acting crew (she played the pigtailed stoner in “Knocked Up”). Like Cera’s recent “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist,” music also is a key theme. Nicholas Jasenovec, a relative unknown who has worked on past Apatow titles, makes his directing debut with the pic. (Hollywood Reporter)
Christopher Ciccone, who has directed music videos for his sister Madonna, will make his feature directorial debut with Usonian Entertainment’s teen thriller “Twist.” Usonian’s Nathan Folks and Andrew Nagel will produce the feature, co-produced and written by Jay Milner and Karyn Milner of Clouded Leopard Prods. Keith Middlebrook of FICO Financial Services serves as exec producer. (Hollywood Reporter)
In my family, the day after Thanksgiving is the one day of the year when we Hazletts manage to mobilize to see a movie together. So in the spirit of that tradition (and since there’s no column again until Monday, Dec. 1), I bring you a look at the weekend box office a little bit early. The two big ones this holiday weekend are “Australia” and “Four Christmases.” Without a doubt, “Australia” should benefit a little from the attention star Hugh Jackman is receiving for being People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, but I doubt it will beat out last weekend’s big successes, “Twilight” and “Bolt.” If you want to be part of the water-cooler talk come Monday and see something the entire family can watch, “Four Christmases,” my prediction for number one, is your best bet. It’s PG-13, opening in more than 3,200 theaters, and if Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon don’t really ring your bell, the supporting cast is fantastic: Robert Duvall, Jon Voight and Jon Favreau all give great performances. (Scoop)
TV . . .
Brooke Burke waltzed away with the mirror ball trophy on the “Dancing with the Stars” finale. The 37-year-old TV personality and mother of four dominated the seventh season of the popular ABC dancing competition and bested former NFL player Warren Sapp and former ‘NSync member Lance Bass during the Tuesday night finale, in which she reprised an emotional Viennese waltz routine that earned her a perfect score from the show’s panel of judges. “Unbelievable,” was all Burke could muster after winning amid a flurry a confetti. From the outset, the slinky former host of E!’s “Wild On” and CBS’ “Rock Star” commanded the ballroom this season, coming in first place eight out of 10 times and receiving a 10 – the judges’ top score – 16 times. Burke was crowned the latest “Dancing with the Stars” champion after the judges’ scores – 88 out of 90 – were combined with viewers’ votes. “I actually can’t believe it,” said Derek Hough, Burke’s professional partner, who’s never won the competition. “I really can’t. I honestly can’t. The journey’s been so long. It’s been tough. It’s been wonderful. It’s been everything I could ever hope for. Wow. I can’t believe we actually did it, girl.” Burke maintained an eight point lead over Sapp, the charismatic 35-year-old fan favorite whose technique was consistently criticized by the judges. Sapp still managed to hustle his way into second place with professional partner Kym Johnson, despite receiving one point less from the judges than the third place finisher, 29-year-old singer Bass. “From the moment you start, you make me smile,” head judge Len Goodman told Sapp. Bass and his professional partner, Lacey Schwimmer, were upbeat about their loss. The pair danced away after their dismissal. And he’s not hanging up his dancing shoes just yet. The former boybander will join professional dancers and other former contestants for the 38-city “Dancing with the Stars” tour, which is set to kick off Dec. 17 in San Diego. “You never took the safe road once,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba told Bass during the finale. Previously dismissed celebrities – actor Cody Linley; sprinter Maurice Greene; actresses Susan Lucci and Cloris Leachman; chef Rocco DiSpirito; reality TV star Kim Kardashian; actor Ted McGinley; and comedian Jeffrey Ross – also returned for a last dance. Injured volleyball player Misty May-Treanor and singer Toni Braxton remained off their feet. (Daily Record)
A look at the winners of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and what they’ve been up to since taking home the trophy:
– Kelly Monaco: The 32-year-old “General Hospital” star was the first celebrity to win the show’s mirror ball trophy when only six contestants competed in 2005. The actress – who infamously almost lost her top during a Latin routine when a strap on her dress broke – has continued in the role of Sam McCall on “General Hospital” since winning the show.
– Drew Lachey: The former 98 Degrees boy-band member waltzed out of big brother Nick’s shadow after winning the popular dancing competition in 2006. The 32-year-old singer returned to the show for three weeks during the fifth season as co-host while Samantha Harris was on maternity leave. Earlier this year, Lachey starred on Broadway in “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”
– Emmitt Smith: The National Football League’s all-time leading rusher and three-time Super Bowl champion was the first of several athletes to become a “Dancing with the Stars” champion. After besting runner-up Mario Lopez with his moves in 2006, the 39-year-old former Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals football player joined ESPN as an NFL analyst in 2007.
– Apolo Anton Ohno: After winning three medals at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, the 26-year-old speedskater outdanced former ‘NSync member Joey Fatone on the “Dancing with the Stars” finale in 2007. Ohno returned to the ice rink after dominating the ballroom, recently competing in the World Cup and training for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
– Helio Castroneves: After winning in 2007, the 33-year-old two-time Indianapolis 500 winner called off his engagement to Aliette Vazquez and is now entangled in a legal mambo. Castroneves was charged with conspiracy and tax evasion involving about $5.5 million in income stashed in offshore accounts. He pleaded not guilty and is free on a $10 million bond.
– Kristi Yamaguchi: The 37-year-old figure skater became the first woman to win “Dancing with the Stars” since Monaco won the show’s first season. After beating NFL player Jason Taylor and actor Cristian de la Fuente in the finale earlier this year, the Olympic gold medalist became the first woman to wave the green flag to start the Indianapolis 500.
– Brooke Burke: The former host of E!’s “Wild On” and CBS’ “Rock Star” defeated former NFL star Warren Sapp and former ‘NSync boyband member Lance Bass at the conclusion of the latest season of “Dancing with the Stars.” The 37-year-old mother of four currently sells maternity products, such as a belly wrap she designed for women after they’ve given birth. (Daily Record)
Hey, Brooke Burke, you just won Dancing With the Stars! So where are you going now? No…not Disneyland. “I’d love to do a sitcom!” This is precisely what the dancing queen told us in an interview Tuesday night, moments after she and her partner Derek Hough clinched the magic disco-ball trophy. So, um, is she serious about the sitcom thing? (Hint: Yes.) What else did Queen B.B. tell us? And how do Lance Bass and Warren Sapp really feel about her win? Well, here’s what went down backstage… “This goes out to all the moms who think because they have kids, they can’t do it!” a still very glowy Brooke told us after the final curtain closed on Tuesday’s finale. “You gotta get out there and try everything.” “She’s silenced all the stereotypes,” Derek added. “The pretty girl, the model who leaves early. She came out here and danced amazingly.” So what will the mother of four and former E! host do now? “I’d love to do a sitcom! And I love hosting. I just want to make sure that I’m really passionate about the next thing I do, because I poured my heart and soul into this for the past three months. I think anything after this is going to be easy.” Meanwhile, Lance (third place) and Warren (second) were most concerned about what their buddies were going to say. “[When] I was standing there, I was like, if I come in third, they’re gonna kill me for two years and they’re gonna ride me!” Warren said of his teammates. “He’s so going to rub it in,” Lance said of ‘N Sync buddy Joey Fatone, who competed in season four of DWTS. “It’s not even funny. Yesterday, he was like, ‘You better not win, or you’re never going to hear the end of this!’ ” Still, both runners-up seemed legitimately happy for Brooke taking home the win. “Rightful owner, no doubt about it,” said Warren. “My baby went out and rocked it every day she was here. I can’t deny.” (Eonline)
What could possibly be such fantastic news that Taylor Kitsch had to rip off his shirt? Well, mark your calendar, Panther fans: NBC has at long last announced the network premiere date for the third season of Friday Night Lights! It all begins Friday, Jan. 16 at 9 p.m. New episodes of this critically acclaimed fan favorite have been airing on DirecTV’s 101 Network on Wednesdays, and those of us who’ve seen them can assure you season three is most definitely worth the wait. (Eonline)
Most advertising slots for the 2009 Super Bowl that weren’t sold in September still haven’t moved, a change from earlier in the year when NBC announced the air time had been selling faster than usual. Super Bowl regulars like FedEx Corp., Garmin Ltd., Salesgenie.com and General Motors Corp. are sitting out this year’s football championship, to be held Feb. 1 in Tampa, Fla. But NBC says it is negotiating with other potential advertisers for the eight 30-second advertising spots that remain open. “We’re hearing from a lot of companies,” said Brian Walker, senior director of communications at NBC Sports in New York. “This is a time to show strength and confidence in their brands in a challenging economy,” Walker said NBC had a total of around 67 spots for Super Bowl XLIII and has sold about 59, or 88 percent. In September, NBC said 85 percent of the 30-second spots had sold for about $3 million each. Typically, 60 percent of Super Bowl slots sell by then. The National Football League championship is considered the premier advertising event of the year, and it often heralds new trends in advertising sales and styles. Walker said NBC could technically sell ad spots up to the last minute before the event. He declined to say whether NBC – a unit of NBC Universal, which is owned by General Electric Co. – is facing pressure from companies to discount rates. GM, which bought airtime during the Super Bowl for about a decade, is cutting costs as part of a restructuring plan that was in place even before the automaker requested federal help. FedEx spokeswoman Carla Boyd said that the company has “no plans to advertise” in the game for now, though she declined to give a reason. The shipping company, which this month reaffirmed its long-term plans to grow revenue by 10 percent and earnings per share by 10 to 15 percent per year, was a Super Bowl advertiser for a dozen years. Garmin, which has bought ads in the past two Super Bowls, said it won’t do so in 2009. Spokesman Ted Gartner said the shift wasn’t related to the economy but to a change in strategy. Salesgenie.com also confirmed it won’t be in the 2009 Super Bowl after participating in the event for the last two years. The company declined to say why. Many traditional Super Bowl sponsors are staying on, Walker said, including prepackaged goods and beverage companies and nearly every major movie studio. He declined to provide or confirm details. At least one sponsor is returning after an extended absence: Monster Worldwide Inc., whose last Super Bowl appearance was in 2004. Monster spokesman Steve Sylven said the return to the championship is part of a multiyear advertising partnership with the NFL that kicks off at the games, as the job-search company unveils a redesigned Web site on Jan. 10. In addition to job listings, the new site will help people manage their careers and improve their work lives, Sylven said. The core concept is that if people are happy at work, they’ll be happy about life, he said, declining to comment further on the ads. Anheuser-Busch Cos. Ltd. is one company that’s going to keep advertising. It bought 10 30-second spots, some of which will be combined to run as 60-second spots. “It’s a bit of a scary time for marketers, but I think this is the best time of all to put out a positive image,” said the company’s chief creative officer, Bob Lachky. “It’s one little island of normalcy in a time when things are a little crazy.” The company filmed its commercials on a Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank, Calif., under balmy skies last week. One features a Clydesdale who immigrates from Scotland. The horse tries its hand – or hoof – at different jobs ranging from racehorse to buggy puller with limited success, until it finds its true calling. The spot’s elaborate set included a turn-of-the-century New York streetscape with dozens of extras, overseen by top-shelf ad director Joe Pytka. The crew also shot on location in Scotland, demonstrating the extent to which Anheuser-Busch will go for its Super Bowl ads. Budweiser ads in Super Bowls date back to 1975 when a hotrodding skier revealed she was a Bud girl. The self-proclaimed King of Beers has reigned over the alcoholic beverage segment at the Super Bowl since securing exclusive rights in the category in a 1989 deal set to last through 2012. InBev SA, known for its cost-cutting, last week closed its $52 billion buyout of Anheuser-Busch. The deal led to speculation that the thrifty Belgium-based company could slash some of the U.S. brewer’s sports sponsorship and advertising deals. Lachky said the Super Bowl is worth the price because it reaches 100 million viewers who are generally in a feel-good, party environment where beer is a perfect fit, setting the marketing tone for the rest of the year. “It really does kick off our selling season,” he said. (Daily Record)
Jason Butler Harner has joined the cast of Showtime’s drama pilot “Possible Side Effects.” Meanwhile, two recurring players on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” David Hornsby and Artemis Pebdani, have been added to Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot “Boldly Going Nowhere,” from the “It’s Always Sunny” trio of Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton. Tim Robbins’ “Side Effects” revolves around the Hunt family, which runs a pharmaceutical firm. Harner will play the middle son, Silas, peacekeeper and perhaps the only sane member of the clan. Jason London originally was tapped for the role. The recasting was done after the table read for the pilot this week. Harner is repped by Endeavor. “Nowhere,” from 20th TV, is about what happens day-to-day on an intergalactic spaceship helmed by the rogue Capt. Ron Teague (Ben Koldyke). Hornsby will play Lt. Lance Grigsby, the captain’s devoted right-hand man, who supports his most misguided orders while dealing with a cheating wife and a thieving brother-in-law back home. Hornsby, who also is a writer on “Boldly,” is managed by Ted Schachter. Pantheon-repped Pebdani plays Startemis, the female alien communications officer. (Hollywood Reporter)
ABC won the weekly ratings race and took the lead in the November sweep with help from the American Music Awards and a surging “Dancing With the Stars.” For the sweep, ABC broke its tie with CBS and moved into a slight lead in the adult demo Tuesday, averaging a 3.2 rating compared with CBS’ 3.1. CBS will win the month among total viewers. ABC also overthrew CBS in the weekly race thanks to the best-rated American Music Awards (12.2 million viewers and a 5.1 rating/12 share in the key adults 18-49 demographic) in four years Sunday night as well as the Nov. 17 “Dancing” (11.6 million, 4.3/10) ramping up to its fall finale. Continuing to have one of the top-rated dramas with “Grey’s Anatomy” (15.9 million, 6.2/15) — which this week came in first place in the demo — helped too. CBS and Fox tied for second place, with the former posting a season-high rating from “How I Met Your Mother” (9.9 million, 4.4/11) as part of its strongest Monday since premiere week. Several other shows also hit season highs among total viewers, including the Wednesday comedy block of “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (7.9 million, 2.4/7) and “Gary Unmarried” (7.9 million, 2.7/7). Fox was headlined by the two-hour “24: Redemption” (12.1 million, 4.0/9), which delivered a solid performance against steep competition Sunday, as well the ongoing strength of Tuesday’s “House” (13.3 million, 5.6/15) and “Fringe” (9.2 million, 4.1/10), the latter regaining control of its 9 p.m. period. NBC was fourth, with “Sunday Night Football” (15.2 million, 5.6/14) — featuring a last-minute thriller between the Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers — leading the way and “ER” (8.9 million, 3.4/9) continuing to top Thursdays at 10 p.m. Fifth-place CW was strengthened by Wednesday’s “America’s Next Top Model” (4.8 million, 2.3/7) finale. For the week, ABC averaged 10.1 million viewers and a 3.2/8 in the demo, followed by CBS (12 million, 3.0/8), Fox (8.4 million, 3.0/8), NBC (7.1 million, 2.6/7) and the CW (2.2 million, 1.0/3). (Hollywood Reporter)
After TiVo reported record quarterly profit Tuesday, CEO Tom Rogers focused on a looming “crisis” in the television-advertising industry. The crisis is that, in the near future, “two-thirds of the households that most advertisers care about will be avoiding the commercials.” Rogers was telling analysts that TiVo’s advertising and audience research businesses are the cure to the crisis that, ironically, TiVo created by introducing ad-skipping DVRs a decade ago. As for TiVo’s fiscal third-quarter financials, they mostly beat expectations. Its record net profit of $100.6 million came courtesy of a $105 million court-ordered payment from EchoStar for damages TiVo incurred when the satellite TV company infringed some patents. Without that, TiVo would have lost a penny a share, but that still would have bested analysts’ predictions of a 6 cent loss per share. Revenue declined 15% to $64.5 million, and service and technology revenue fell 11% to $51.7 million. But revenue was expected to fall because TiVo has been losing DirecTV subscribers at a fast clip. TiVo ended the quarter with 3.5 million total subscribers, nearly half of which were the more profitable “TiVo-owned” variety that generated $8.34 average revenue per user, per month. The remaining subscribers come primarily by way of an old DirecTV relationship, with a smidgen coming from new deals with Comcast, Cox and some international TV companies. A year ago, TiVo boasted 4.1 million total subscribers. Besides touting TiVo as a way to beat an advertising crisis, Rogers bragged that it’s one of the cheapest ways to enjoy a variety of content on TV screens, especially now that it has deals with Netflix, YouTube, Amazon and other Internet companies. And he boasted of TiVo’s having $200 million in cash with no debt, an especially advantageous position to be in considering a faltering economy in which credit is tough to come by. He warned, however, that consumer electronics products, including TiVo boxes, might not sell well this Christmas season because of the troubled U.S. economy. A bankruptcy at Circuit City — a primary retailer for TiVo — won’t help matters, either. During the conference call Tuesday, some analysts seemed anxious about the EchoStar situation. Although TiVo has won every step of the way, the legal question remains as to whether DVRs from EchoStar, now known as Dish, still infringe TiVo’s patents. Either way, TiVo is due more money from Dish/EchoStar, but how much depends on what a judge has to say after a hearing scheduled for February. Investors have grown weary of the nearly 5-year-old case, and when an analyst asked Tuesday whether it could be dragged out further by more EchoStar appeals, TiVo general counsel Matthew Zinn said that it could. He added, though, that damages could accrue under that scenario, setting the stage for another hefty payment for TiVo in the future. TiVo shares closed 5% lower Tuesday to $4.43 and are off 47% so far this year. (Hollywood Reporter)
TODAY’S IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION . . . (Internet)
Q. Half of all Americans to win the Nobel Prize in Literature had something in common?
A. They were alcoholics
TODAY’S QUOTE (By Burton Hills)
“HAPPINESS IS NOT A DESTINATION. IT IS A METHOD OF LIFE.”
MIND BOGGLERS . . . (Disney Insider)
Q. What are the names of the counties in which Disneyland in California and the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom in Florida are located?
A. Orange County. The same name in each state
Q. “Little Toot,” from the 1948 production “Melody Time,” includes a catchy little tune by what famous trio?
A. The Andrew Sisters made an encore performance in a Disney feature and performed the music for the “Little Toot” section
Q. Name any of the three-railroad engines that make up the Western River Railroad at Tokyo Disneyland?
A. Colorado, Missouri, and the Rio Grande
Q. The music for the film “Sleeping Beauty” was adapted from music by what famous composer?
A. Composer George Bruns adapted his own score for the film
Q. In your best estimate, how many granite stone blocks did it take to construct Cinderella Castle?
A. Zero. Cinderella Castle is an architectural wonder; six hundred tons of street were used for the framework, and fiberglass was used for the exterior and interior walls, sculped to resemble granite.
RADIO ONLINE® DAILY SHOW PREP™ . . .
Editor’s Note: RADIO ONLINE will not published the Daily Show Prep on Friday, November 28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The next prep sheet will be posted for Monday, December 1.
HAPPY TURKEY DAY!
• Butterball turkey tip #117. When sticking a meat thermometer in the turkey, make sure it is first dead.
• (Turkey) How can anything that ugly cost so much?
• Surgeon General has announced that stuffing your turkey should not be considered as safe sex.
• If you want to know just how to pluck a turkey, just ask me about my last divorce.
• After Thanksgiving dinner. I took off my shoes, put my feet up and un-did my pants, which is when they asked me to leave (restaurant).
• Today on the program: “How to stuff a turkey without becoming emotionally involved.”
• I was just about to kill my own Thanksgiving turkey when we got a last minute call from the governor.
• Thanksgiving is the time of year you hear all the turkeys learning to “meow.”
• We always go to grandma’s on Thanksgiving. She owns a McDonalds.
• Tough: It took me almost an hour, just to carve the gravy.
• A time for families to get together for the first time in years and ignore each other while they watch football.
• _____ never picks a Butterball, or a Holly Farms. Instead they always choose their favorite turkey, “Swanson.”
• It’s hard to describe my wife’s turkey dressing. Just imagine Alpo laced with chestnuts.
• As far as leftovers. First day I love turkey, second day I like turkey, third day I tolerate turkey, fourth day, we clean it off the ceiling.
• My favorite food is the pumpkin pie. It’s the greatest thing to put whip cream on, next to (sexy star).
• _____’s turkey dinner is famous. In fact, last year it was offered to inmates awaiting death row, who didn’t like the electric chair.
On June 20, 1676, the governing council of Charlestown, MA, held a meeting to determine how best to express thanks for the good fortune that had seen their community securely established. By unanimous vote they instructed Edward Rawson, the clerk, to proclaim June 29 as a day of thanksgiving, our first. President George Washington proclaimed November 26, 1789 as the first Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. Both Houses of Congress had requested him to recommend a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to acknowledge Almighty God who afforded them the opportunity to peaceably establish a form of government for their safety and happiness. In 1863, President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt set it one week earlier. He wanted to help business by lengthening the shopping period before Christmas. Congress ruled that after 1941 the 4th Thursday in November would be a federal holiday proclaimed by the President each year.
THANKSGIVING MYTHS VS FACTS
Myth: The first Thanksgiving was in 1621 and the pilgrims celebrated it every year thereafter.
Fact: The first feast wasn’t repeated, so it wasn’t the beginning of a tradition. In fact, the colonists didn’t even call the day Thanksgiving. To them, a thanksgiving was a religious holiday in which they would go to church and thank God for a specific event, such as the winning of a battle. On such a religious day, the types of recreational activities that the pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians participated in during the 1621 harvest feast — dancing, singing secular songs, playing games — wouldn’t have been allowed. The feast was a secular celebration, so it never would have been considered a thanksgiving in the Pilgrims minds.
Myth: The original Thanksgiving feast took place on the fourth Thursday of November.
Fact: The original feast in 1621 occurred sometime between September 21 and November 11. Unlike our modern holiday, it was three days long. The event was based on English harvest festivals, which traditionally occurred around the 29th of September. President Franklin D. Roosevelt set the date for Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday of November in 1939 (approved by Congress in 1941). Abraham Lincoln had previously designated it as the last Thursday in November, which may have correlated it with the November 21, 1621, anchoring of the Mayflower at Cape Cod.
Myth: The pilgrims wore only black and white clothing. They had buckles on their hats, garments, and shoes.
Fact: Buckles did not come into fashion until later in the seventeenth century and black and white were commonly worn only on Sunday and formal occasions. Women typically dressed in red, earthy green, brown, blue, violet, and gray, while men wore clothing in white, beige, black, earthy green, and brown.
Myth: The pilgrims brought furniture with them on the Mayflower.
Fact: The only furniture that the pilgrims brought on the Mayflower was chests and boxes. They constructed wooden furniture once they settled in Plymouth.
Myth: The Mayflower was headed for Virginia, but due to a navigational mistake it ended up in Cape Cod Massachusetts.
Fact: The Pilgrims were in fact planning to settle in Virginia, but not the modern-day state of Virginia. They were part of the Virginia Company, which had the rights to most of the eastern seaboard of the U.S. The pilgrims had intended to go to the Hudson River region in New York State, which would have been considered “Northern Virginia,” but they landed in Cape Cod instead. Treacherous seas prevented them from venturing further south.
TURKEY DAY AND YOUR WALLET
The cost of food for Thanksgiving won’t gobble up your bank account this year. The American Farm Bureau Federation said Thursday the average cost of a ten-person Thanksgiving dinner this year is $35.68. That’s 60 cents less than last year. The group also said the average price for a 16-pound turkey is $14.23, down eight cents from a year ago.
• The turkey is a variety of the pheasant. The origin of the name is unclear, but some interesting theories exist. Christopher Columbus thought the New World was connected to India. He called the unusual bird “tuka,” which is peacock in the Tamil language of India. Another tale says the merchants who sold turkeys in Spain changed the Tamil “tuka” to the Hebrew “tukki,” which then evolved into the English “turkey.” Others maintain the American Indian name for the bird was “firkee.” Another theory says the present name “turkey” came from the alarm call of the bird, which sounds something like “turc, turc, turc.”
• Christopher Columbus and later Hernando Cortez both acquired a taste for turkey in the Western Hemisphere and both took some back to Europe. By 1530, turkeys were being raised domestically in Italy, France and England. When the Pilgrims and other early settlers arrived on American shores, they already were familiar with eating turkey.
• Recent fossil evidence has been dated to show that turkeys have roamed the Americas for about 10 million years. Who first domesticated the turkey? There is archeological evidence that turkeys were at least confined, if not domesticated, by the Southwest Indians as long as 2,000 years ago. Some scientists believe the Aztecs were the first to domesticate the turkey.
• History associates turkey with the first Thanksgiving feast celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621. However, some argue that the settlers of Virginia’s Jamestown earlier celebrated America’s first Thanksgiving as their extension of England’s Harvest Home Festival, a sort of homecoming weekend.
• Ben Franklin suggested the national bird be a turkey and not the bald eagle. Turkey feathers are dyed and used in making Indian costumes. It is estimated that turkeys have approximately 3500 feathers at maturity. At least one company in Texas cures turkey skin and uses it as leather for custom-made cowboy boots. Turkey down is used in pillows. Wing feathers are used in fletching arrows. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving as a national holiday in 1863 in response to a campaign by a woman magazine editor, Sara Josepha Hale. Ms. Hale also was the author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
• Domesticated turkeys cannot fly. Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 miles per hour and can run 25 miles an hour.
• A tom turkey can produce as many as 1,500 poults during a hen’s six-month production cycle.
• Only tom turkeys gobble. The hens make a clicking noise.
• Weight records show that a commercial turkey grower in the United Kingdom, Leacroft Turkeys Limited, raised a turkey weighing 86 pounds, believed to be the world’s heaviest turkey.
• In the early West, turkeys were trailed like cattle in “drives” to supply food where needed. One of the earliest turkey drives was over the Sierras from California to Carson City, Nevada. Hungry miners coughed up $5 apiece for the birds.
• Abraham Lincoln’s son, Tad, had a pet turkey. When it was suggested that the bird might make a fine holiday dinner, the boy set up such a howl of protest that the president finally issued a “presidential pardon” for Tad’s pet.
• Out of this world meal. When U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin sat down to eat their first meal on the moon in their historic 1969 voyage, their foil food packets contained roasted turkey and all the trimmings.
• In 1970 the average American ate 8.2 pounds of turkey. By 1980 that verage had jumped to 10.3 pounds. In the 1990’s, U.S. per capita turkey consumption has been between 18 and 19 pounds.
• About 300 million turkeys are produced each year. About 45 million (15%, or about 675 million pounds) are consumed at Thanksgiving.
• According to a recent survey by the National Turkey Federation, 91% of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving.
• The American Farm Bureau reported that in 2001 the traditional Thanksgiving meal cost $35.04 to serve 10 people. This was about 8% above the $32.37 recorded in 2000. The menu included turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, peas, rolls with butter, cranberries, a relish dish, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee or milk.
• Sandwiches are the most popular form of turkey consumption. American households consume turkey more often as a sandwich than any other way, with sandwiches accounting for 51 percent of all turkey consumption.
TOP 10 THINGS OVERHEARD AT THE FIRST THANKSGIVING
1. John Smith – boy, your parents must have some imagination.
2. Which one are you again, Pochohontas or Sachajawea?
3. What time are the Cowboys on today?
4. Whoa there, Jebediah. Is that your rifle or are you just happy to see me?
5. Columbus or DeSoto… I don’t know, Regis, I think I’d like to smoke signal a friend.
6. Plymouth Rocks, but what time do the bars in Boston close?
7. Excuse me, but I have to make my next pilmgrimage to the men’s room.
8. Wos! Now I know why they call you Miles.
9. What the hell was Kathie Lee Gifford doing on the Mayflower?
10. What’s up with all the trees and natives? The brochures promised casinos and hookers.
TURKEY DAY TOPICS
• Turkey cooking nightmares.
• How big is your bird?
• I keep the secret ingredient in my stuffing a secret because _____.
• Kindergarten Kitchen. (small children tell you how to cook a turkey)
• Find out where people are going for turkey day. Out of town, or are the out of town turkeys coming to your house.
• How do you make the perfect turkey for Thanksgiving?
Uses for the turkey carcass after Thanksgiving. I said they make great party hats, just joking. But people called up with actual uses! One lady boils the meat off it and says it makes a great little Santa sled for the kids to play with!
Since most people travel this week, ask callers if they routinely talk to strangers when flying? The folks at Fodor’s say 64% of traveling Americans talk to strangers on planes, trains and buses.
Always fun to discuss how dumb turkeys are like: If a turkey hears a train coming it’ll run onto the tracks or if you put an empty barrel in a turkey pen they’ll all jump in and smother.
• Packin the puddin’
• Fluffing the stuffin’
• Creaming the corn
• Basting the Butterballs
• Whip the potatoes
• Riding the Mayflower
• Trimmin the turkey
• Glazin’ the ham
• Snaping the Wishbone
• Sailin on the Santa Maria
• Candyin’ the yams
If you’re meeting your boyfriend’s family for the first time this Thanksgiving, here are a few tips from relationship experts:
• Get briefed — Get the skinny on his parents before you meet them – where they grew up, what their hobbies are, what kind of things they detest.
• Come bearing gifts — Any gift, big or small, says you’re a thoughtful person.
• Be yourself — Sure you’re trying to impress, but don’t change your personality.
• Look them in the eye — Upon meeting, stand up straight, be confident and shake the parent’s hand, all the while looking him or her in the eye.
• Watch your language — Try not to swear too much.
• Lend a hand — Just one or two polite offers are enough to impress.
• Watch the PDA — Once they get more comfortable with you, they’ll probably put up with a little more pawing and nibbling.
USELESS THANKSGIVING TRIVIA
• When the Pilgrims were sailing to America in 1620, what game did they play? (Darts)
• Ben Franklin tried to get the turkey, named the national bird.
• Neil Armstrong’s first meal on the moon was turkey.
• A turkey has about 3,500 feathers.
• What was one of the main reasons that the Pilgrims stopped at Plymouth Rock? (Because they ran out of beer)
• At the very first Pilgrim Thanksgiving in 1621 they feasted on deer meat, turkey and what else? Popcorn brought by the Indians
• How much vitamin turkey feed is necessary to raise a 30 lb turkey? (84 lbs.)
• Running speed of wild turkeys? (25 mph)
• Turkey meat gobbled up last year by the average American? (18.1 pounds)
• The first settlers weren’t called Pilgrims. Instead, they referred to themselves as Saints.
• They didn’t wear big hats with buckles either! That was invented by artists.
• The first Thanksgiving was no solemn religious occasion. It was instead a 3-day party that included drinking, gambling and target shooting.
• It didn’t take place in November but sometime between late September and mid-October.
• There’s no evidence they celebrated Thanksgiving the following year.
THE TURKEY SHOT OUT OF THE OVEN
(by Jack Prelutsky)
The turkey shot out of the oven and rocketed into the air,
it knocked every plate off the table and partly demolished a chair.
It ricocheted into a corner and burst with a deafening boom,
Then splattered all over the kitchen, completely obscuring the room.
It stuck to the walls and the windows, it totally coated the floor,
There was turkey attached to the ceiling, where there’d never been turkey
It blanketed every appliance, it smeared every saucer and bowl,
There wasn’t a way I could stop it, that turkey was out of control.
I scraped & I scrubbed with displeasure, & thought with chagrin as I mopped,
That I’d never again stuff a turkey with popcorn that hadn’t been popped.
BREAD STUFFING FIGHTS CANCER!
Strike a blow against cancer at this year’s holiday dinners by spooning out double helpings of bread stuffing. Scientists have proven that the crusts are full of antioxidants, the chemicals that combat cancer-causing biochemical reactions in the body. Healthy-minded cooks should make sure they load up on crusts while making stuffing for the turkey. Bread crusts contain eight times’ more of the antioxidant pronyl-lysine than the rest of the loaf, say German researchers who published their findings in the Journal Of Agricultural And Food Chemistry. Surprisingly, the anti-cancer compound didn’t even exist in the original flower, which means it was created in baking. Pronyl-lysine increases the body’s level of phase II enzymes, which have been identified as successful cancer-fighters. And darker breads like pumpernickel and whole wheat pack more antioxidant punch than whiter breads.
Invited listeners to recite a Thanksgiving gone bad (we have all been there). Great stories. A sister told us about her brother, he brought home a turkey, said he won it at the grocery store. Mom has it all prepared and ready to serve when a knock comes on the door… police. Seems as though someone stole a turkey from the neighbor. Ooops, busted. Cops confiscate Thanksgiving dinner, turkey and all. Mom calls her parents, who say they will bring them dinner. In the meantime the police got a case of the guilty conscience, they bring food back to the house, the kids and mom have to hide that food so that when gramps and granny show up, they look starved and destitute!
CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING
How about some Charlie Brown Thanksgiving trivia?
• What does Snoopy serve for Thanksgiving? (Toast, pretzels, popcorn, jellybeans)
• Who hollered at Charlie Brown for such a lousy Thanksgiving dinner? (Peppermint Patty)
• What is Peppermint Patty’s real name? (Priscilla)
• What time is Charlie Brown supposed to be at grandmother’s house? (4:30pm)
• What kind of car do the kids ride in, to grandmother’s house? (a station wagon)
• Where does Charlie Brown’s grandmother live? (in a condominium)
• After everyone has gone, what delicious dessert do Snoopy and Woodstock share? (pumpkin pie with whipped cream)
If all you do is pig out and watch football, don’t feel guilty. You are doing yourself some good. Here’s the rundown:
• Stuffing a turkey, burns 54 calories.
• Baking a pie, burns 120 calories.
• Eating the feast, burns 70 calories.
• Watching the football game, burns 144 calories.
WHY DID THE TURKEY CROSS THE ROAD?
Question: Why did the turkey cross the road?
Pat Buchanan: To steal a job from a decent, hard-working American.
Louis Farrakhan: The road, you will see, represents the black man. The turkey crossed the “black man” in order to trample him and keep him down.
Bill Gates: I have just released the new Turkey 2001, which will both cross roads and balance your checkbook, though when it divides 3 by 2 it gets 1.4999999999.
Freud: The fact that you thought that the turkey crossed the road reveals your underlying sexual insecurity.
Los Angeles Police Department: Give me ten minutes with the turkey and I’ll find out.
Richard M. Nixon: The turkey did not cross the road. I repeat, the turkey did not cross the road.
Dr. Seuss: Did the turkey cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes! The turkey crossed the road, but why it crossed it, I’ve not been told!
Martin Luther King, Jr.: I envision a world where all turkeys will be free to cross roads without having their motives called into question.
Mulder: It was a government conspiracy.
Scully: It was a simple bio-mechanical reflex that is commonly found in turkeys.
Darwin: Turkeys, over great periods of time, have been naturally selected in such a way that they are now genetically dispositioned to cross roads.
Darwin #2: It was the logical next step after coming down from the trees.
Oliver Stone: The question is not “Why did the turkey cross the road?” but is rather “Who was crossing the road at the same time whom we overlooked in our haste to observe the turkey crossing?”
Jerry Seinfeld: Why does anyone cross a road? I mean, why doesn’t anyone ever think to ask, “What the heck was this turkey doing walking around all over the place anyway?”
The Pope: That is only for God to know.
Ernest Hemingway: To die. In the rain.
O.J.: It didn’t. I was playing golf with it at the time.
KIDS’ TURKEY RECIPES
Mrs. Dee Morrison took the 25 kindergarten students from Howells, Nebraska, Public School to the Burenheide Turkey Farm. After they returned, she asked the students how to prepare the turkeys for Thanksgiving Dinner. You might want to take notes.
Derek: Pet him. You have to hold him. Feed him. Cut their stuff up and get the meat. Then you have to throw the skin in the junk pile. Burn it up. Put the turkey in a pan. Get the bones out. Look at him. Just have fun with it. Cook it about 10 minutes.
Jessica: I’d like to have a turkey party. We’ll have Chicken Turkey. You cut it all up. Then we get some Pizza Hut. Then I’ll play in the dark. Sometimes I ride my bike.
Jacie: We butcher it. Take a knife and butcher it. Go down to my grandpa’s and butcher it. My mom cooks it 10 minutes. Then we eat it. Fix peas. Grandpa and Grandma will come to eat it. We wash up our hands. We watch TV. Moms and dads talk and then we go home.
Carly: Pull off the feathers. Cut him up. Bake him. Cut all the guts out. Then cut the beak off and that red stuff and the feet. I’d say cook him 12 minutes. Set the oven on hot. Get his bones out.
Cody: Butcher it. Take a sharp knife and butcher it. Cook it in the over an hour. (Right?) You wash dishes. Eat him. Then you put the dishes away. We go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. We go and play. The dads talk about tractors. The moms talk about baby Darin. Then we go home. Then dad takes a nap.
Kenny: Get it out of the field. Kill it with a gun. Cook him and then eat him. Put him in the stove. Put his wings on him. Cook him 5 minutes. Go get corn out of the field. Eat corn and turkey.
A.J.: Catch ‘um. Kill him. Shoot him or stab him with a knife. Cook him 30 minutes in the stove. We will know it is done by the smoke detector. Eat him. Fix a pheasant, cornbread and milk. Fix pumpkin pie. All of us set the table.
Tela: Shoot it. Put it in the pickup. Drive it home. Take the feathers off. Put the feathers in a bag. Then we can put them in the ripped pillow at home. Cook it 45 seconds. Fix dip and vegetables.
Mitchell: Kill ‘um. Butcher ‘um. Catch ‘um. Cut him in half. Cook him. Put him in a big pan. Cook him in the house 10 minutes in the fry pan. Look at the clock to see if he is done. Cut him up. Fix roast.
Sidney: Buy one at Bill’s. Bake it 30 minutes. When it buzzes, it is done. Eat it with corn, mashed potatoes, green beans, pumpkin pie and Kool Aid. After we eat, we play. The moms will do the dishes. The dads will watch the football game.
Kourtney: First, catch a turkey. Tear the feathers off. Throw the feathers in the trash. Put sugar or something on it. Put it in the oven for 6 hours. Mom will know when it is done. Then we eat. Maybe we need more than 1 turkey.
Chelsea: I pet the turkey. Shoot him with a gun. Cook him in a microwave. And take him out and eat him. Cut the turkey and chicken up. Drink water or milk. Eat it all. Watch TV. Then sleep.
BELIEVE IT OR DON’T!
We give you a Thanksgiving fact. You tell us whether you Believe It or Don’t! Two right wins a Pilgrim’s hat full o’ prizes.
The settlers at the first Thanksgiving were actually called Pilgrims. (Don’t! They didn’t even refer to themselves as Pilgrims, they called themselves “Saints”.)
It was three days of games, drinking, gambling and target shooting with English muskets. (Believe It! By the way, the shooting contest was a friendly warning to the Indians that the Pilgrims were prepared to defend themselves.)
It took place in November. (Don’t! It was some time between late September and the middle of October, after the harvest had been brought in.)
The Pilgrims wore large hats with buckles on them. (Don’t! Seems the 19th century artists who painted them that way did so because they associated black clothing and big buckles with being old-fashioned.)
There was no turkey at the first Thanksgiving. (Believe It! They ate deer.)
The Pilgrims skipped Thanksgiving the next year. (Believe It! The harvest was a flop in 1622, plus a whole bunch of new Pilgrims showed up, and had to be fed and housed through the winter.)
REAL THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS
Fast, simple and delicious suggestions for revitalizing cooked turkey:
1. Turkey Bruschetta. Brush slices of Italian bread with olive oil. Top with minced garlic and toast in the oven. Spoon on a combination of turkey, shredded mozzarella cheese and chopped fresh basil. Broil until cheese melts.
2. Hot and spicy turkey chili. Combine sauteed green pepper and onion with turkey, canned tomatoes, canned red kidney beans and a touch of crushed red pepper. Top with corn chips.
3. Turkey grape salad. Combine turkey with halved green grapes, toasted sliced almonds, sliced green onions, orange zest and light mayonnaise.
4. Turkey stir fry. Stir turkey into stir fried broccoli florets and red bell pepper strips. Add minced garlic, fresh ginger, soy sauce and a sprinkle of sesame oil.
5. Turkey and spinach Tetrazzini. Combine turkey with cooked spaghetti, chopped sun dried tomatoes, a thawed package of frozen creamed spinach, minced garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Bake until heated through.
6. Breaded turkey Italian style. Dip turkey slices in beaten egg, coat with fine bread crumbs and brown in melted butter. Transfer to baking dish and top with spaghetti sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, chopped mushrooms and green pepper. Bake until cheese melts.
7. Dry turkey flakes in the oven and sneak ’em into a box of corn flakes.
If all you do is pig out and watch football, don’t feel guilty. You are doing yourself some good. Here’s the rundown:
• Stuffing a turkey, burns 54 calories.
• Baking a pie, burns 120 calories.
• Eating the feast, burns 70 calories.
• Watching the football game, burns 144 calories.
HOW TO COOK A TURKEY WHEN THE IN-LAWS ARE COMING
• Step 1: Go buy a turkey
• Step 2: Take a drink of whiskey, scotch or JD to calm your nerves
• Step 3: Put the turkey in the oven
• Step 4: Take another 2 drinks of whiskey
• Step 5: Set the degree to 375 ovens
• Step 6: Take a couple more swigs
• Step 7: Turn oven the on
• Step 8: Tip the bottle some more
• Step 9: Turk the bastey
• Step 10: Whiskey another bottle get
• Step 11: Stick a turkey in the thermometer
• Step 12: Glass yourself a pour of whiskey
• Step 13: Bake the whiskey for 4 hours
• Step 14: Take the oven out of the turkey
• Step 15: Take the oven out of the turkey
• Step 16: Floor the turkey up off the pick
• Step 17: Turk the carvey
• Step 18: Get yourself another scottle of botch
• Step 19: Tet the sable and pour yourself a glass of turkey
• Step 20: Bless the saying, pass and eat out