SHOW PREP FEBRUARY 26, 2009
HOLLYWOOD 411 . . .
Tommy Hilfiger, who has four children from his first marriage, is overjoyed he’s getting a fifth. Beautiful blonde Dee Ocleppo, who married the fashion designer in December, is three months pregnant. (Page Six)
Like many people, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus admits she struggles when it comes to maintaining her weight. “I have to work at not being fat,” Louis-Dreyfus, 48, tells Shape in its April edition. “I’m always trying different things to see what sticks.” Whether it’s running for four miles at a park or jumping on the elliptical machine at home, the New Adventures of Old Christine star says finding balance between her indulgences and discipline helps her stay slim – and sane. “I feel like I deserve a treat when I work hard,” said Louis-Dreyfus. “It’s important to give yourself a little of what you really want so you don’t feel like you’re in food prison.” So what does the former Seinfeld star indulge in? “I have a chocolate drawer in my desk where I keep treats at all times,” she says. “As long as I can have one or two pieces, I’m fine.” So is there anything she simply can’t resist? “My biggest food vice is bacon,” Louis-Dreyfus confesses. “In fact, I don’t keep bacon in my house – that would be way too tempting.” (People)
They’ve been to the Oscars, they’ve been to Disneyland, and now the two main child actors from the Oscar-laden Slumdog Millionaire are heading to brand new homes. Indian government authorities are providing new residences in Mumbai for Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Ismail, who portrayed the younger versions of the movie’s central characters, Latika and Salim, played as adults by Freida Pinto, 24, and Dev Latel, 18, Reuters reports. “These two children have brought laurels to the country, and we have been told that they live in slums, which cannot even be classified as housing,” said Gautam Chatterjee, head of the state-run Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority. There have been protests in some quarters over the fact that the while the movie was earning millions around the world – nearly $100 million in North America alone – its young actors were living in squalor. The movie’s Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle and producer Christian Colson have denied claims that children were exploited to make their movie – saying that the youngsters were paid above local Indian wages. The children, say the filmmakers, were also enrolled in school for the first time with a fund established to provide for their education, medical emergencies and “basic living costs.” (People)
Paris Hilton wasn’t satisfied with having just one 28th birthday party. After throwing herself a fete at Butter last week, she held a second celebration at My House in LA, where guests were encouraged to wear pink. Hayden Panettiere, Elisha Cuthbert and Kevin Connolly stopped by, while Snoop Dogg and Jermaine Dupree came to the after-party at the home of Lindsay Lohan‘s lawyer, Mike Heller. Hilton’s current flame, “The Hills” periphery-player Doug Reinhart, left the party early after Hilton spent too much time trying to rap with Snoop. (Page Six)
The Jonas Brothers can’t decide who they’d rather cast in one of their music movies: Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Aniston. Asked Tuesday at the Hollywood premiere of Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience for their choice, the boys all laughed. “That’s a hard one. I don’t know,” Joe Jonas told reporters. “We’ll take both.” As for their dream girl, Nick Jonas said she must possess one quality. “Someone who’s good to our mom,” he said. “That’s very important. And someone who has a good sense of humor.” At Tuesday’s premiere, the boys got support from their pal Demi Lovato, who also appears in their movie, and Hannah Montana star Emily Osment. “‘Hold On’ is, like, an awesome one,” she told Usmagazine.com when asked what her favorite Jonas Brothers song was. Added her costar Jason Earles, “They’re good guys, they come from a good family, and they’re good role models. Their music is cool and upbeat, and they put on good live shows.” Osment had one message for the band’s fierce female followers: “Don’t chase the boys!” (US Weekly)
Kim Kardashian has issued an apology for posting photos of her new chimp Suzy on her Web site the same week a simian mauled a Connecticut woman. “I understand my timing was not appropriate and it was insensitive of me, so I want to explain,” she blogs. “The pictures I posted are from six months ago when we were filming season three of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. I had held onto these pictures for months and preset them to run the month before my show was going to air, to give you guys exclusive glimpses into season three. “My mom has been begging Kourtney, Khloe and I to settle down and have kids, so we thought it would be funny to rent a baby chimpanzee for a week and leave her with my mom! We don’t still have Suzy, she was just rented for a week! You guys will see what happens this season with Suzy! “What happened to the woman that was attacked by the chimpanzee was devastating!” Kardashian says of 55-year-old Charla Nash, who was attacked last week and remains under sedation at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio (police shot and killed the chimp). Adds Kardashian, “My mom and I saw it on the news and heard the 911 calls and we both cried!” Before signing off, she writes, “Our family is praying for everyone involved in that traumatizing attack. In no way did I mean to insult or offend anyone by posting these pictures.” (Page Six)
Trying to find Mr. Right these days isn’t easy, says Denise Richards. Asked on Wednesday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show if she is dating, Charlie Sheen‘s ex says, “dating-ish. It’s hard.” DeGeneres then asks if “dating-ish” is one guy or a bunch of guys. “Just -ish,” says Richards, 38, who will star on the upcoming season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. “We’ll leave it at that.” As a single mom (Sam is 4; Lola is 3), “I don’t want to bring someone around my children who have been through enough.” “If you’re out in public with someone, then [people] automatically think you’re with them, so….” she continues. How does she ever get a chance to meet somebody? “I haven’t quite figured that out,” she says. “That’s the -ish part.” She then adds, “Let’s say I’m not engaged to anyone.” DeGeneres asks her if she would ever go for Ryan Seacrest, who is executive producer of her E! reality show. “I know him, and he knows way too much about me,” she says. “He sees the dailies of our show and everything else … it’s almost embarrassing!” Asked how she got through her rocky split with Sheen and the death of her mother, Richards says, “it was probably the worst few years of my life.” “A lot of public scrutiny and humiliation,” she says. “Before my Mom passed away, during the public humiliation of different things I was dealing with, my mom would always say, ‘You’re a lot stronger than you think. You’ll get through it.'” “Then, you know, she passed away, so I had to deal with that, which was really difficult,” she continues. “But I think it’s, you know, my kids. I could’ve gone one way or the other, and I have two little girls, so I needed to be a parent…. There is a lot of stuff obviously they don’t know, but I had to move forward.” (US Weekly)
Transformers star Megan Fox has split from her fiancé Brian Austin Green, according to Usmagazine.com. “The relationship had run its course,” an insider said. “It’s completely amicable, and they are remaining friends.” Megan met Brian, who is a regular on TV show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, in 2004 and they got engaged two years later. The pair are now planning to focus “on their careers” (British Glamour)
Samantha Ronson dedicated a song to Lindsay last night — a song that was very telling about their volatile relationship. During the acoustic concert at Genghis Cohen in L.A., Sam got “awwwws” from the crowd when she told ’em “This is for Lindsay,” but the song included lyrics like “I’ll follow you out of control … I’m falling after you, in and out of love.” In her dedication Sam also said “You get your heart broken sometimes and then you unbreak it and break it again.” Linds was there — sitting front row with a digital camera — and said the song made her mad. Fight 3,173 on the way? (TMZ)
No wonder Jennifer Aniston received so much affection from John Mayer on Oscar night. It turns out that while the singer was happy to provide “moral support” to his girl at the Academy Awards, he was also “very, very nervous” about attending. “It’s not my world, the Oscar thing,” Mayer told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM show Wednesday. “But [Jen] was so sweet to me that night, because you can go from a Grammy winner to a water boy when you walk into the Kodak Theatre on Oscar night.” He added, “While it was really, really fun, the whole thing is very odd to me.” “I basically stepped into the picture frame of Hollywood,” he explained. “And you have to really be with someone you know has your back in that situation, and she did, and it was really great.” As for why the normally low-key couple chose such a high-profile event to go so public with their relationship, John told Ryan, “At some point, you feel comfortable and say this is the choice I want to make. I think a year is a pretty good period of time with which to say, yeah, let’s go have a really good time at the Oscars.” (Eonline)
Music mogul Simon Cowell has laughed off reports he wants his body frozen after his death – insisting he was just joking. The reality TV judge told guests at a private dinner hosted by Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown earlier this year that he planned to have his body preserved in liquid nitrogen – in the hope scientists can find a way to bring him back to life. He was quoted as saying, “I have decided to freeze myself when I die. You know, cryonics. You pay a lot of money and you get stuck in a deep freeze once you’ve been declared dead. “Medical science is bound to work out a way of bringing us back to life in the next century or so, and I want to be available when they do. I would be doing the nation an invaluable service.” But a spokesperson for Cowell says the claims were exaggerated and never meant to be taken seriously. (Teen Hollywood)
Jennifer Love Hewitt is using music to get over her split from fiancé Ross Mccall – insisting she finds comfort in emotional rocker Alanis Morissette’s records. The Ghost Whisperer actress got engaged to McCall in November 2007 after two years of dating, but broke off the relationship last December. And despite McCall recently telling reporters the pair were “working it out”, Hewitt is adamant the romance is finished – and has discovered useful tactics to try and move on. She says, “I’m just taking things one day at a time. Lots of chocolate and Alanis (Morissette) is helping too. “Everybody has to get through it in their own way. I choose to believe that some people are just not right for you, and there’s somebody else who will be.” (Teen Hollywood)
THE OTHER STUFF . . .
Eartha Kitt fans were surprised and disappointed with the Oscars telecast when the In Memoriam segment – which featured Charlton Heston, Paul Newman, Sydney Pollack and dozens of others who passed away in 2008 – omitted Kitt, who died at 81 on Christmas Day. “The producers are either 12 or have been living under a rock for the past 60 years,” Kitt’s publicist, Andrew Freedman, told us. Although most known for her singing and playing Catwoman on the “Bat man” TV show, Kitt also co-starred in movies with the likes of Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr. and Sidney Poitier. “It’s clear that they thought that publicist Warren Cowan was more of a household name,” said Freedman. “Go figure.” (Page Six)
Will Iman be popping up on “Project Runway” soon? We heard the show’s producer, Desiree Gruber, tell the supermodel, and “Call me tomorrow,” as they left Glasshouse 21 in Chelsea. The gal pals were guests of Glamour magazine Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive and publisher Bill Wackermann, who hosted a swanky dinner following the opening of the Glamour Project at Lehmann Maupin gallery Monday night. Other glittery guests included Rachel Feinstein, Jason Wu, Ciara, Marisa Marchetto, Amanda Peet, Tory Burch and Lyor Cohen. (Page Six)
Ronnie Wood‘s band mates aren’t exactly leading by example. The Rolling Stone, who has a history of alcohol abuse, was told by guitarist Keith Richards to sober up or risk being dumped from the group’s upcoming US tour, according to British press reports. But it didn’t stop Richards from drinking the night away with friends at Plunge rooftop bar at the Gansevoort in Miami. Wood, 61, is still seeing Ekaterina Ivanova, the 20-year-old Russian cocktail waitress for whom he left his wife of 23 years in July. (Page Six)
The whole world, it seems, wants to know: What kind of dog are the Obamas getting and, for goodness sake, when? Speaking to PEOPLE at the White House recently, Michelle Obama leaned in and confided: “You’re getting some scoops here.” So, when? In April, Mrs. Obama says – after she and the President take daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, on a vacation for spring break. Here’s a sample of a typical family conversation on the matter: “So Sasha says, ‘April 1st.’ I said, ‘April.’ She says, ‘April 1st.’ It’s, like, April!,” Mrs. Obama recalls. “Got to do it after spring break. You can’t get a new dog and then go away for a week.” And what kind of dog will soon be frolicking on the South Lawn? Mrs. Obama says the family is looking for a rescue Portuguese Water dog who is “old enough” and a “match” for the family dynamic. “Temperamentally they’re supposed to be pretty good,” she says of the breed that Sen. Ted Kennedy has also lobbied for (he has two Water dogs of his own). “From the size perspective, they’re sort of middle of the road – it’s not small, but it’s not a huge dog. And the folks that we know who own them have raved about them. So that’s where we’re leaning.” The Name Game The only thing still up in the air is the name. And Mom’s not feeling it with some of the names her girls have come up with. “Oh, the names are really bad. I don’t even want to mention it, because there are names floating around and they’re bad,” Mrs. Obama says with a laugh. “You listen and you go – like, I think, Frank was one of them. Frank! Moose was another one of them. Moose. I said, well, what if the dog isn’t a moose? Moose. I’m like, no, come on, let’s work with the names a little bit.” Asked if she can believe the public interest in her family dog search, Mrs. Obama shakes her head. “Okay, that’s surprising,” she says. “One of the things I didn’t anticipate is the level of the excitement about the dog. I knew my kids were excited. They’ve been excited for years. They’ve even calmed down, because they feel like, ‘They said we’re going to get one, so let’s just shut up about it.’ ” Diplomatically, and careful not to insult enthusiastic dog-lovers, she adds: “It’s all great and gracious attention. People are just being as helpful as you can imagine. So I know that we will find the perfect breed. And we’ll find people who are caring folks who will help us find the dog of our dreams.” (People)
Make no mistake about it: Tiger Woods is eager to return to the golf course after being sidelined for eight months with a knee injury. He’s ready to feel what he calls “that rush of playing and competing.” But the PGA superstar, who plays Wednesday at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz., says he found unexpected joys in being home with wife Elin, daughter Sam, 2, and newborn son Charlie Axel Woods. “It was a blessing in disguise to have an opportunity just to see Sam grow that fast and that much,” he said at a news conference Tuesday. “As players, you travel so much that I would have missed a lot of that, so I was very lucky there.” He adds: “I didn’t realize how much I loved being home and being around Sam and E and now Charlie. I mean, I’ll tell you what, that’s something that is just so important to me.” Sleep Deprivation What surprised him, Woods, 33, says, is “the closeness that I feel” to family. “We’ve had so much fun, so many great times, and I would have missed some of those things,” he says. Fatherhood, however, has meant “a little less sleep,” he says. “That’s been one of the tougher parts.” Now that he’s back to work, “This is my week to get some sleep, get some rest, so I’ll take full advantage of it,” he jokes. “But on a serious note, it’s great. To have Charlie healthy and Elin healthy and obviously Sam just doing great, it just couldn’t be any better.” And with everybody doing well at home, he says, he can focus on the game. “I miss that rush of playing and competing,” he says. “I really do, getting on that first tee and feeling it. I miss that. As much as you can have money games at home with the guys, it’s not the same. This is what I do for a living, and this is what I’ve always wanted to do my entire life, and not being able to do it at the highest level was frustrating at times.” (People)
Kate Walsh didn’t think she’d end up splitting from Alex Young after just 15 months of marriage. “I don’t think anyone gets married thinking that they will get divorced,” the Private Practice actress, 41, says in the March issue of Redbook. “We certainly did not. “Alex and I still care for each other, and I wish him nothing but the best,” she continues. “The silver lining to this, however, is that I have a wonderful family and a great group of friends who really showed their support and encouragement, and for that I am truly grateful.” The pair separated last November due to irreconcilable differences, according to court papers Young filed. Walsh says her friends don’t judge her for divorcing so quickly. “I have gone through ups and down, and it’s human nature for someone to judge and say, ‘Here’s what you need to do,'” she says. “But the most truly useful thing to do is to shut up and listen and tell the person that you’re there for them unequivocally.” She’s resolved to move forward. “I have always been the girl who keeps on trying. I try! I try!” she says. Walsh also opens up about being deeply insecure when it comes to dating. “I second-guess myself all the time. I make a decision and then wonder if I made the wrong choice,” she says. “Sometimes I come off as confident, but really I am a quivering little wharf rat underneath who is radically insecure and deeply in need of love and understanding,” she goes on. (US Weekly)
OctoMom is used to having multiple people inside of her at once — and now one porn company is willing to shell out big bucks to harness that skill on film. Major porn distributor Vivid Entertainment has just fired off a letter to Nadya Suleman, offering her 1 million bucks to star in a skin flick of her own. Vivid is willing to go one step further, by telling us they’ll give her family full medical and dental insurance if she becomes a “contract girl”… meaning she’ll have to do multiple videos. No word if Octo will take them up on the offer — but she definitely needs the scratch for a down payment on a house… (TMZ)
In a last minute attempt to salvage whatever crumbs are left of his career, Chris Brown has decided to take a handful of anger management classes, according to The NY Daily News>The alleged woman beater has no legal obligations to take the class – yet – rather “he believes it will make him look better to the public.” Hmm. Shouldn’t Brown be taking the classes because he actually wants to learn something from them and not solely as a publicity stunt? Just a thought! Chris is also bitching left and right about how Princess RiRi should be attending the classes as well!!! “Rihanna is temperamental, too. They’re both too-hot headed for their own good,” blabbed one of Chris’ friends. Another snitch added fuel to the fire, “It didn’t help that Rihanna grabbed the keys out of his rented Lamborghini and threw them down the street. She knew it would really infuriate Chris, and it worked.” Why are Chris’ friends placing part of the blame on Rihanna???? We’re sure the tragic incident would have happened eventually, whether RiRi grabbed his keys or not! Abusers don’t learn to use violence overnight! (Perez Hilton)
An arrest warrant has been issued for Britney Spears‘s paparazzo ex-boyfriend to face felony charges of trying to avoid a process server – with the help of some German engineering. According to L.A. prosecutors, the victim was serving a temporary restraining order, obtained by Spears’s father, at Adnan Ghalib’s apartment complex in Encino on Feb. 11 when Ghalib got into his Mercedes and drove it toward the victim. To avoid being penned against a trash truck, the victim jumped on the hood and hung on as the car served, eventually falling off and breaking his wrist, among other injuries, the District Attorney alleges. Ghalib allegedly drove away without stopping. Ghalib was slapped Tuesday with three felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run and battery, all worth up to seven years in prison if convicted. The charges include special allegations: use of a deadly weapon – a car – and great bodily injury. Prosecutors are asking bail be set at $110,000. (People)
The woman who was injured in a car crash with Morgan Freeman last year claims the actor was boozing all over town before he got behind the wheel. According to a lawsuit filed today in Mississippi federal court, Demaris Meyer claims on the night of the crash, she first met up with Freeman at dinner — where she noticed “throughout the course of dinner and afterward drinks were consumed by Freeman.” Meyer then says she left dinner and met up with Freeman and others at a friend’s home. She claims Freeman “had at least one more drink” while there. She claims Freeman then invited her to stay at his home for the night — guaranteeing her not only her own bedroom, but her “own house.” She says she agreed. Meyer claims at around 11:30 PM, while Freeman drove her to his home, Morgan lost control of the car and “ran off of the right side of the highway.” Meyer says she suffered a broken left wrist and right scapula, a torn labrum in her right shoulder and numerous bruises and lacerations. At a press conference today, Meyer said she and Freeman were “just friends” — despite widespread rumors that she was his mistress. Meyer is suing for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, permanent disability (short term memory loss) and additional damages. (TMZ)
MUSIC . . .
Singer and guitarist for the Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page, has split from the rest of the band “by mutual agreement.” The announcement appeared on their website last night. It had been a rocky year for the band, with Steven busted for drug possession last July, escaping more severe consequences with a deal to stay out of trouble. And in late August, band mate Ed Robertson miraculously escaped with his life when the float plane he was piloting went down in a forest. He and 3 passengers all survived. During their 20 years together, the Canadian band has recorded 11 albums, achieved top singles, and received multiple Juno awards. The band, however, plans to continue to tour and record without Page, who is said to have solo and theatrical projects in the works. And maybe rehab too! In an email, drummer Tyler Steven said, “The band is happy to be moving forward and can’t wait to get into the studio to record new material” and on the website Page wrote, “These guys are my brothers. We’ve grown up together over the past 20 years. I love them and wish them all the best in the future.” Which is all very well and diplomatic, but we can’t help but feel like the band may have tired of Page’s druggie ways or that maybe Page quit them! (Perez Hilton)
Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” claims a 10th non-consecutive week atop the Billboard 200 despite a 32% drop in sales from last week, a feat unmatched by any album since Santana’s “Supernatural” collected 12 weeks at No. 1 in 1999 and 2000. Only eight other albums by solo female artists have earned 10 weeks or more at No. 1. The Big Machine set moved 62,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The chart’s highest debut comes from Charlie Wilson, whose “Uncle Charlie” (Jive) starts at No. 2 with 58,000. The R&B singer’s last set, 2005’s “Charlie, Last Name Wilson,” debuted and peaked at No. 10 with an opening week of 71,000. The Fray’s self-titled Epic album, which topped the chart two weeks ago, rebounds 4-3 despite a 29% sales decline to 53,000. Much like the week after Christmas, many titles experience sales drops and shift around the top tier after an active week of post-Grammys and Valentine’s Day shopping. For example, climbing back into the top tier 11-4 is Nickelback’s Roadrunner effort “Dark Horse” with 43,000 (-23%). Beyonce’s “I Am… Sasha Fierce” (Music World/Columbia) follows suit, ascending 12-5 with 41,000 (-25%). Jamie Foxx’s “Intuition” (J) leaps 14-6 with 33,000 (-19%) and India.Arie’s Universal Republic set “Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics” takes a 57% hit to 32,000. Selling 32,000 (-11%), Kanye West’s “808s & Heartbreak” (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) climbs 16-8. Grammy Award-winning “Raising Sand” (Rounder) by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss falls 2-9, also with 32,000 (-58%). Lady GaGa earns a new chart peak this week as “The Fame” (IGA) moves up 26-10 with 32,000 (+11%). Morrissey’s “Years of Refusal,” his first for Lost Highway in conjunction with his own Attack imprint, debuts at No. 11. It shares the same position as his other high water mark, which came with the No. 11 peak of 2004’s “You Are the Quarry.” His last studio album, 2006’s “Ringleader of the Tormentors,” entered and topped out at No. 27. Singer/songwriter M. Ward scores his best charting solo album yet with “Hold Time” (Merge) at No. 31 with 19,000. His previous “Post-War” only reached No. 146 in 2006, though his collaboration with Zooey Deschanel on She & Him’s “Volume One” last year scored No. 71 upon entry. Other debuts this week include Annie Lennox’s CD/DVD set “Annie Lennox Collection” (Sony) at No. 34 with 16,000 and the double-disc indie-rock benefit compilation “Dark Was the Night” (4AD/Beggars) at No. 49 with 13,000. At 7.41 million units, sales are down 13.3% compared to last week and down by 7% compared to the same week in 2008. (Hollywood Reporter)
Mötley Crüe will reprise their multi-act hard rock tour this summer with Crüe Fest 2: The White Trash Circus. The Live Nation-produced tour begins July 19 in Camden, N.J., and runs through September 5 in Darien Lake, N.Y. Full tour details, including the line up, will be revealed at a press conference broadcast from FUSE TV studios in New York on March 16, before Mötley Crüe hits the stage across the street at Madison Square Garden that evening. Crüe Fest 2 pre-sale tickets will be available exclusively to Mötley Crüe fan club members beginning today (Feb. 25). Beginning on March 2, pre-sale tickets will be available to the public. Fans can go to www.cruefest2.com for pre-sale information. Last year’s debut Crue Fest featured Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx:A.M. and Trapt. The festival played for nearly half a million rock fans at Live Nation amphitheaters and arenas in 40 cities across North America. The activities surrounding the announcement of this year’s line-up and ticket on-sale include launch parties in local venues and in-theater special screenings of a performance documentary on Crüe Fest 1, which will also be released on DVD on March 24th. More details on all of these activities are available at www.motley.com. (Billboard)
MOVIE . . .
Ellen DeGeneres is making a return to the animated big screen. Warner Bros. has picked up “Dog Show,” an animation pitch from Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons, the writers behind DreamWorks Animation’s’ “Master Mind,” which is in production with Robert Downey Jr. and Tina Fey as the lead voice actors. With “Show,” writer John Glenn (“Eagle Eye”) and producer David Manpearl developed the idea with Schoolcraft and Simons before approaching DeGeneres, who stamped it with her unique sensibilities. The team took the project around town, with Warners beating several suitors to take best in show. While plot details are being kept on a leash, the story centers on a stray dog and her misfit friends who shake up the famed and pure-bred world of a Westminster-like dog show. Glenn will produce with DeGeneres, and Manpearl will exec produce. Sarah Schechter and Niija Kuykendall are overseeing for Warners. Schoolcraft and Simons, who have their comedy spec “All About Adam” set up with Scott Rudin at Disney, are repped by ICM and Brian Lutz Management. DeGeneres, who continues to host her Emmy-winning, Warner Bros.-distributed daytime talker, hasn’t been involved in a big-screen project since 2003’s “Finding Nemo.” She is repped by ICM and the Gold Co. (Hollywood Reporter)
Paul Newman, the late actor and 10-time Academy Award nominee, has been honored by lawmakers as a screen legend and humanitarian. Newman died Sept. 26, 2008, at age 83 after a long battle with cancer. The House on Tuesday night approved a resolution recognizing Newman’s achievements on and off screen. The resolution said Newman’s “humanitarian works and incomparable talents have made him an American icon who will never be forgotten.” The Hollywood star won one Oscar and took home two honorary ones, and had major roles in more than 50 motion pictures, including “Cool Hand Luke,” “Exodus,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Verdict,” “The Sting” and “Absence of Malice.” Newman and his popular food company, Newman’s Own, have given more than $250 million to charity over the years. He also helped to start “Hole in the Wall” camps across the world for children with life-threatening illnesses. The resolution is H.R.18. (Hollywood Reporter)
Of all the people watching how “Watchmen” does at the box-office, Larry Gordon might have the most complicated feelings. The veteran producer has an A-list backend deal on Warner Bros.’ R-rated graphic novel adaptation and stands to gain financially if it becomes a hit. But if Warners has its way, Gordon also could be on the hook to Warners for a hefty percentage of the film’s grosses based on his role in the legal debacle that ended with Fox owning a piece of the “Watchmen” property. For this reason, Gordon and Warners have put off until after the $130 million Zack Snyder epic opens next Friday to resolve their standoff over what amount — if anything — Gordon should reimburse the studio for the cost of settling the litigation. A clear idea of what Gordon might be liable for won’t emerge until the film has largely played out, which could be a month or two, but if the pic is a mega-grosser, it could be tens of millions. Fox sued Warners last February, claiming copyright infringement based on agreements the studio had with Gordon in the early 1990s. The case was a rare public showdown between studios over a potential blockbuster and highlighted the challenge of maintaining a clear chain of title on projects that bounce around in development over many years. When Judge Gary Feess ruled Dec. 24 that Gordon did not secure proper rights to “Watchmen” from Fox, Warners settled the case rather than face a possible injunction against the film’s release. The Warners settlement gave Fox a $1.5 million reimbursement for development costs as well as up to 8.5% of the film’s worldwide grosses, although the percentage is lower until the film breaks even. That could put Gordon in a strange position: The better the film does, the more he could pocket as a profit participant but the more he might have to fork over to make Warners whole. That’s because Warners claims its agreements with Gordon contain an indemnity clause requiring the producer to reimburse it for any unforeseen problems with the pic. Neither Gordon nor his litigation lawyer Dale Kinsella would comment, but they have maintained in court filings that Gordon is not responsible for the litigation and owes Warners nothing. Reps for Warners also declined to comment, but several sources said the studio plans to aggressively pursue Gordon for the settlement costs. In court papers Warners said Gordon should be liable “for all damages Warner Bros. suffers as a result of Fox’s claims.” Complicating matters further is Gordon’s position in the litigation that his own transactional attorneys who negotiated the deals are in part to blame for the mess. Gordon’s litigation lawyers, who are not in the same firm as the transactional attorneys, wrote to Judge Feess that Fox’s lawsuit might be traced to errors in the negotiation process by Fox as well as by Gordon’s own counsel at the Jake Bloom law firm. Gordon, who is still repped by the Bloom firm, is now said to be pushing for that firm’s malpractice insurance carrier to make a contribution to any financial settlement. The Bloom firm declined to comment. But the amount of any settlement will depend on how well the film does. “Watchmen” premiered Monday night in London to mixed reviews, with the critic from tabloid News of the World (which is owned by Fox topper Rupert Murdoch) calling the 2-1/2 hour epic “spirit-crushingly disappointing” but several others predicting approval from fans of the Alan Moore-Dave Gibbons graphic novel. (Hollywood Reporter)
TV . . .
Fans of The Hills (and Laguna Beach before that) who’ve witnessed Lauren Conrad have her heart broken over and over again will be happy to know she’s learned from her mistakes. “I think there was a time when I let a guy, if not several guys, walk all over me — which I would never let happen now,” she tells Seventeen magazine for its April issue. “I’ve grown to realize you can’t allow yourself to be a victim.” Unlike her past romances with Brody Jenner and Jason Wahler, Conrad has kept her current relationship with actor Kyle Howard away from the cameras. In fact, the fashion designer won’t even officially call him her boyfriend. “He’s a friend,” she tells the magazine. “I’m a fan of labels, but girlfriend doesn’t always look good on me. Ha!” MTV star is a label she won’t have for much longer: Conrad tells Seventeen the show’s upcoming fifth season (season 4 bonus episodes will premiere in March) will be her last. “My biggest thing with the show was that I wanted to walk away from it while it’s still a great thing,” she explains. “I always want to remember it that way. I gave MTV a deadline and said, ‘This is as long as I can do it and stay sane.’ (People)
“The Amazing Race” host Phil Keoghan is getting ready for an amazing ride: a multitasking bicycle trip across America. Keoghan said he’s cycling cross-country to encourage people to pursue a healthy life. He also intends to spotlight the battle against multiple sclerosis, a cause he’s supported for several years. Keoghan will set off from Los Angeles on March 28 and end in New York on May 9 — the day before the “Amazing Race” season finale airs on CBS, the network said Wednesday. He plans to average 100 miles a day, and said he hopes people will join in as he passes through their area. “I feel like where we’re at in the economy, the bicycle is a pretty good solution to helping people’s waistlines, wallets and the environment,” Keoghan said by phone from Auckland during a visit to his native New Zealand. “This is saying to people, look, it’s time to make a choice in your life. We have way too much obesity and way too many people sitting back and not getting involved in life,” he said. The ride, sponsored by nutritional retailer GNC, also is intended to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Bike MS fundraising effort, with Keoghan attending rallies nationwide. A member of Keoghan’s family, a cousin, has the disease, a CBS spokesman said. Keoghan’s path will take him to more than 30 cities including Las Vegas; Denver; Lincoln, Neb.; Des Moines, Iowa; Chicago; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Columbus, Ohio; Pittsburgh; Washington; Baltimore; Philadelphia; and New York. (Hollywood Reporter)
The cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” is reuniting for an episode of “Family Guy,” a mash-up made in geek heaven that Fox will air next month. In the episode titled “Not All Dogs Go to Heaven,” the “Next Gen” crew (Patrick Stewart, Levar Burton, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton, Denise Crosby, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes) will provide guest voices as the Griffin family heads to the annual Quahog “Trek” convention. “Stewie blows a fuse when he doesn’t get a chance to ask his favorite ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ cast members any questions,” reads the logline. “He devises a plan, builds a transporter and beams the entire cast to his bedroom so they can spend a fun-filled day together in Quahog.” A member of the “Trek” cast let some of this news slip into the blogsphere awhile back, but Fox has now confirmed, announced the cast and set a March 29 airdate. In other Fox-fanboy news, the network is hinting that a two-part episode of “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” will be a “game-changing” episode, which is often (but not always) shorthand for “somebody dies.” The description: “Today is the Day, Part 1 of 2”: In the first part of a game-changing two-part installment, Jesse (guest star Stephanie Jacobsen) flashes back to a life-altering mission aboard her submarine, the Jimmy Carter. Meanwhile, Sarah (Lena Headey) and John (Thomas Dekker) decide they can’t continue living in their house and make plans to leave. Okay, so a flashback while making plans to leave a house doesn’t exactly sound like riveting drama. But here’s part two: “Last Voyage of the Jimmy Carter, Part 2 of 2” The exciting two-parter continues as Jesse’s submarine mission in the future takes a fatal turn that has unforeseen consequences for John, Sarah and Derek (Brian Austin Green) in the present. Also, Sarah deals with Cameron, who has become a liability, and John steps up and makes a life-or-death choice. (Hollywood Reporter)
And the first actor cast in the new “Melrose Place” is … Michael Rady. The “Swingtown” alum landed the gig Wednesday morning, a day after the CW officially greenlighted the pilot for the “Melrose” update, to be directed by Davis Guggenheim. On the project, penned by “Smallville” exec producers/co-showrunners Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer, Rady will play Jonah Miller, a cute and quirky 25-year-old aspiring filmmaker who makes his living as a videographer of weddings and bar mitzvahs for the rich and famous after moving to Los Angeles with his fiancée a year ago. The role is somewhat reminiscent of struggling writer Billy (Andrew Shue) from the original Fox series. In addition to his role as Doug Stephens on “Swingtown,” Rady co-starred in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” and recurred on Showtime’s “Sleeper Cell” and ABC Family’s “Greek.” He is repped by Gersh and Station 3. (Hollywood Reporter)
TODAY’S IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION . . . (Mike Butts Creative)
Q. Experts say the best way to keep your luggage from being stolen is to do THIS?
A. Buy ugly-shabby looking bags!!!
TODAY’S QUOTE (By Ella Wheeler Wilcox)
“THERE IS NO CHANCE, NO DESTINY, NO FATE, THAT CAN HINDER OR CONTROL THE FIRM RESOLVE OF A DETERMINED SOUL.”
MIND BOGGLERS . . . (QuickTrivia)
Q. Before starring on the Canadian show “Check It Out!” Don Adams played which US TV character?
A. Maxwell Smart
Q. What Canadian actor is the great-grandson of Prime Minister Sir John Abbott?
A. Christopher Plummer
Q. Who had his first gig at age 2 as a model in ads for Baskin-Robbins?
a) Sean “Puffy” Combs ****
b) Leonardo Di Caprio
c) Edward Norton
d) Nicolas Cage
Q. What Western series is forever associated with an overture about Swiss hero William Tell?
A. The Lone Ranger
Q. What radio program created a national panic on October 30, 1938?
A. Mercury Theatre of the Air (feature: “War of the Worlds”)
Q. What comedy team was famous for its “Who’s On First?” baseball routine?
A. Abbott and Costello
Q. This Danish thinker defined anxiety as “the dizziness of freedom”
A. Soren Kierkegaard
MIKE BUTTS CREATIVE . . .
WHAT GRAMPS TOLD ME: J
AGE IS INTERESTING ISN’T IT? WHEN YOU’RE 14 YOU CAN’T WAIT TO BE 16 SO YOU CAN GET YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE—THEN YOU CAN’T WAIT
UNTIL YOUR 21 SO YOU CAN DRINK LEGALLY.
THEN YOU’RE COOL FOR AWHILE UNTIL YOU HIT 30 AND THEN THE DAYS JUST FLY BY! MY GRAND FATHER TOLD ME THE THING HE HATED ABOUT
GETTING OLD WAS:
FIRST YOU FORGET NAMES—THEN YOU FORGET FACES
THEN YOU FORGET TO PULL UP YOUR ZIPPER—BUT IT’S EVEN WORSE WHEN YOU FORGET TO PULL IT DOWN.
I MISS GRAMPS—BUT NOT THE CLEANING BILLS!
3 DEAD BODIES/ TODAY’S STORY:
3 BODIES TURN UP IN THE MORTUARY AND WITH BIG SMILES ON THEIR FACES—THE CORONER ASKS THE POLICE WHAT HAPPENED?
THE OFFICER SAYS- THE FIRST MAN IS A 21 YEAR OLD IRISHMAN WHO WON A THOUSAND DOLLARS IN THE LOTTERY AND SPENT IT ALL ON
BOOZE—HENCE THE DRUNKEN SMILE.
THE 2ND WAS A 72 YEAR OLD FRENCHMAN WHO HAD A HEART ATTACK WHILE MAKING LOVE WITH HIS 25 YEAR OLD MISTRESS—YOU’D SMILE TOO.
THE CORONER ASKS—BUT WHAT ABOUT THIS BODY—THE WOMAN? THE COP SAID OH THIS WAS NANCY PELOSI—SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE—SHE
WAS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING! THE CORONER ASKED,”BUT WHY IS SHE SMILING”? THE COP SAID—SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS GETTING HER PICTURE
ROCK AND ROLL BIRTHDAYS . . .
—1802 Author Victor Hugo (Les Miserables) (d. 5-22-1885)
—1829 Inventor Levi Strauss (d. 1902)
—1832 Author John George Nicolay (d. 9-26-1901)
—1846 Frontiersman William Frederic “Buffalo Bill” Cody (d. 1-10-1917)
—1852 Nutritionist Dr. John Kellogg (d.)
—1914 Actor Robert Alda (d. 5-3-1986)
—1916 Actor Jackie Gleason (d. 6-24-1987)
—1919 Actor Mason Adams (Lou Grant) (d. 4-26-2005)
—1920 Actor Tony Randall (The Odd Couple) (d. 5-17-2004)
—1921 Actress Betty Hutton (Annie Get You Gun) (d. 3-11-2007)
—1928 Musician Antoine “Fats” Domino (“Blueberry Hill”)
—1929 Actress Madeleine Carroll
—1932 Musician Johnny Cash (“A Boy Named Sue”) (d. 9-12-2003)
—1943 Paul Cotton – guitarist for Poco (“Crazy Love”)
—1945 Musician Mitch Ryder (Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels) (“Sock It To Me Baby”)
—1945 Bob ‘Bear’ Hite – vocalist for Canned Heat (“On The Road Again”) (d. 4-6-1981)
—1948 Actress Priscilla Lopez (A Chorus Line)
—1950 Musician Jonathon Cain (Journey) (Don’t Stop Believin”)
¾1953 Singer Michael Bolton (“To Love Somebody”)
—1954 Michael Bolton (“To Love Somebody”)
—1959 Basketball’s Rolando Blackman
¾1966 Actress Jennifer Grant (daughter of Cary Grant & Dyan Cannon)
¾1972 Singer Erykah Badu
THIS DAY IN ROCK & ROLL HISTORY . . .
Today is FOR PETE’S SAKE DAY and NATIONAL CHILI DAY
—1846 William F. Cody – Buffalo Bill – was born in Iowa. A contract to supply meat for railroad workers in the West was the origin of his nickname; they say he killed more than 4000 buffalo in his life.
—1855 The first public school system in the South opened, in Nashville.
—1870 The first New York City subway opened.
—1919 Congress created the Grand Canyon National Park.
—1966 Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” is the top single in the US.
—1970 Beatles’ “Hey Jude” is released.
—1980 Israel and Egypt exchanged ambassadors for the first time in modern history.
—1983 Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” knocks Men At Work off the top of the US album chart, where they had been for 14 weeks.
—1985 Capping her comeback, Tina Turner wins three Grammys. Lionel Richie’s “Can’t Slow Down” wins Best Album over Prince’s “Purple Rain” and Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.”, but Bruce finally wins one for “Dancing In The Dark.”
—1986 A U.S. Air Force jet flew Ferdinand Marcos and his family & fortune out of the Philippines, a day after Corazon Aquino was sworn in as President.
—1986 Congress named Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Penn Warren as the nation’s first official Poet Laureate.
—1987 The first four Beatles CDs are released.
—1993 World Trade Center bombing anniversary. A 1,210 lb. bomb packed in a van exploded in the underground parking garage, killing 6 people and injuring more than 1,000 (mostly from smoke inhalation)
—1996 A Detroit judge orders the owners and producers of The Jenny Jones Show to stand trial in a $25 million lawsuit related to the slaying of a homosexual who revealed that he had a crush on Jonathon Schmitz, a guest on the show.
¾1998 The Grammy for song of the year went to Shawn Colvin/Sunny Came Home
¾2003 Mister Rogers (Fred Rogers) of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood died at age 74. Mr. Rogers show ran for more than 30 years. He had cancer. He was survived by his wife, his two sons and two grandsons.
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ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1863, President Lincoln signed the National Currency Act. It only made sense. Later, he signed another bill that made dollars.
In 1869, the 15th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was sent out to the states. It guaranteed the right to vote and that there would be a 16th amendment.
On this date in 1930, New York City installed traffic lights. They’ve been red ever since.
In 1960, Home fallout shelter kits went on the market in New York for $105. Unfortunately, there were knockoffs and some people mistakenly bought hair fallout shelters.
Oksana Baiul turns 32 today. It was always tricky when she skated. Whenever the judges announced her name, it sounded like they were getting sick.
Michael Bolton turns 56 today. Love is a wonderful and I said I loved you, but I lied.
Fats Domino celebrates his 81st. He had a thrill. On Blueberry Hill. He’s now over the hill. And that thrill.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
· After 33 years, the New York Post has dropped 86-year-old gossip columnist Liz Smith.
· The CW has just announced that “Gossip Girl,” “One Tree Hill,” “90210,” “America’s Next Top Model,” “Smallville” and “Supernatural” will all be back in the fall.
· Victoria’s Secret supermodel Adriana Lima has eloped with NBA player Marko Jaric, who plays for the Memphis Grizzlies. The two were married in a small civil ceremony on Valentine’s Day that took place in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, reports People magazine.
· Researchers at Harvard Medical School in Boston conducted a long-term study founding that people who eat just one egg a day are 58% to 77% more likely than non-egg-eaters to develop type 2 diabetes.
· Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will play himself later this year in a movie by Sylvester Stallone. The governor said he has done just three cameos for friends since becoming governor in 2003.
· One of the gossip web sites out there has pictures of the “wardrobe malfunction” Beyonce experienced at the Oscars Sunday night. Brief, but photos show there was a nipple-slip.
· Rosie O’Donnell says that she gave up drinking because her 13-year-old son told her that she might be ready to join “the drunk club.”
· Andy Richter is reuniting with Conan O’Brien and joining him June 1 as Conan’s announcer and sketch player.
· Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green have called off their engagement.
· Jennifer Aniston and her steady John Mayer have been hanging in New York lately… and doing lots with their friends, Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld.
· The trendy tattoo: Rihanna, Lily Allen and Lindsay Lohan all have “Shhh…” on their index fingers.
· Where do you think the Slumdog kids went immediately after their Oscar appearance: Disneyland!
· Hitting the hay can give you a mental edge. The brain is better able to cement new information after you get your beauty rest, the journal Learning & Memory finds.
· The Killers are in a legal battle in Nevada, countersuing their former manager.
· Nicole Richie is pregnant with child #2.
· July 15, 2011. Write it down. That’s the date the final Harry Potter movie will hit theaters.
(Self) Nope, ladies, when it comes to worrying, it’s just not you:
· 85% of women say worries keep them up, wake them up or otherwise interfere with their sleep.
· 73% worry frequently or constantly about not having enough time to finish their to-do’s.
· 71% of women say they’re more irritable as a result of stress.
· 65% of women take their concerns out on a family member, husband or partner.
· 63% worry about their job frequently or all the time.
· 60% report stress induced muscle and body aches; roughly half have headaches, stomachaches or memory lapses.
Cynics be darned. Science has finally proven what passionate poems, sappy songs and romantic novels have been telling us for ages true love exists and never dies. Psychologists scanned the brains of old married folks and discovered that many of the spouses’ minds lit up just like randy teenagers at the sight of their mates even after more than 20 years of wedded bliss. “The findings go against the traditional view of romance that it drops off sharply in the first decade but we’re sure our results are real,” says lead researcher Arthur Aron, a psychologist at Stony Brook University in New York. “Their relationships are intense and sexually active, too, without many of the downsides of first love.” The scientists trained MRIs on the brains of couples who had been married an average of 21 years. The scans revealed that about 10% of the couples still love each other as much as the day they fell head over hells. “This is what brain scans tell us,” says Aron, “and people can’t fake it.” (National Examiner)
A recent AARP poll say that if your woman seems happy in your marriage, you better watch out. Lori Buckley, a Los Angeles sex therapist, says that when women make up their mind that the relationship is over — they stop talking about the relationship. Men interpret the lack of complaining as satisfaction. More often the woman has just given up. 14% of divorced men say they never saw it coming.
Married folks apologize twice as often as those who are single, divorced, or separated even if they feel they’re not to bale, says a Zogby poll of 7,590 adults.
Women ages 35 to 54 are less likely than the overall U.S. population to consider themselves very happy, according to a recent poll by Pursuant Inc. of more than 1100 women who have at least one living parent. USA Today reports that 20% of the women were “very happy,” compared with 34% of the overall population who said that in a Pew Research Center survey conducted earlier this year. Worries about money, time and health, as well as taking care of elderly parents and other family members were the biggest reasons for unhappiness.
The most attractive feature in a woman is her smile. At least that is what 78% of men told the British magazine Grazia. to find out the ultimate attractive man and woman. Men overwhelmingly said they are most attracted to women who have curves, rather than skinny women, and prefer brunettes with “long, wavy hair.” Three-quarters of men also said the hobby they find most attractive in the opposite sex is cooking. So what do women want in a man? 93% are looking for someone who makes them laugh, while 73 percent want someone who will “automatically” pay for a meal. And, men who own their own home are five times more attractive than a man who does not.
· Which songs do you ALWAYS sing along with?
· Do you have friends storing some of your stuff? What?
· Which magazines do you still subscribe to? Ever read ’em?
· If you could take back one thing you’ve said, what would it be?
· What’s the farthest distance you’ve ever driven without stopping?
· How many times a year is it okay to get together with the in-laws?
· Who do you quote most often?
· Things you can definitely put off until tomorrow?
· What stupid things do you and your spouse argue over?
· What’s the most amount of times you ever broke up with the same person?
· Do you get mad when your significant other looks at another?
· What do you wear to bed?
· Ever date someone before they became famous?
· What’s the strangest thing you ever cooked in the microwave?
· When did you really know you were in love?
Did you hear about the man (Daniel Seddiqui) who’s lined up 50 jobs – one in each state? He’s been a park ranger in Wyoming, a corn farmer in Nebraska and a wedding coordinator in Las Vegas. Last week, in Week 23 of his yearlong saga, he was a cheesemaker in southeast Wisconsin. He mixed ingredients, hoisted slabs of cheddar — and tasted plenty of his work. This made a great launch to a phoner for us: Who’s worked in the most states? The most jobs?
If you want some interesting stories, ask for confessions from people who work in restaurants and how they got back at idiot customers. A friend of mine has a really rude, daily customer who picks up a to-go order. When the woman is mean, my friend always shakes her Pepsi up before she sets out her order.
What are the three hardest things to say? I correctly guessed “I love you” and “I’m sorry.” We took calls on the last one and someone finally guessed “Will you help me?” We heard a lot of other things, too, so I guess it’s a personal thing.
What is the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you during a job interview? Spilled coffee? Fly undone? Anyone ever been so nervous that they threw up during the interview? You’re sure to get some good stories here!
With all this money in this recovery package, it’s good to know we’re spending tax dollars promoting marriage! According to the facts I’ve seen, the federal government is funding a $5 million national media campaign that advertises the virtues of marriage for 18- to 30-year-olds. Should the government spend money to promote marriage?
On the same topic, here are some more stats about marriage, according to The National Healthy Marriage Resource Center. Its researchers identified five groups:
· 14 percent who express strong sentiments against marriage.
· 22 percent who aren’t ready but say they eventually plan to wed.
· 23 percent who have a practical view of marital unions and often live together first.
· 19 percent who are enmeshed in the magic of love.
· 22 percent who have a strong belief in the institution of marriage.
The average age at first marriage is almost 26 for women and 28 for men. A growing percentage of Americans aren’t marrying. Federal statistics report 7.1 marriages per 1,000 people in 2008, down from 10 per 1,000 in 1986.
For the guys… have ’em call in with stuff that other men should never buy. For instance, I just bought a pressure washer and found that those actually make you work more because you go looking for stuff to clean. Plus, exercise machines, kid’s toys that require more than one tool to assemble.
What makes a man/woman sexy or romantic? We set it up with examples from a Cosmopolitan survey that claimed women found things like “three buttons unbuttoned on a work shirt,” “clean, smelling sweat (huh?)” and “taking charge of all the plans for a date” as sexy. Our best listener response was a woman who said she gets turned on by a man that knows how to operate vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, etc.
Anyone listening who has tried to trade in their gas-guzzling SUV on a Honda, or other gas-friendly car, and has been shocked at how little they were offered for their trade?
A fun topic was what women most want to change in a man. I forget where I saw this, but the number one thing was his clothing. That set me off on why women can’t just accept a guy for the way he is instead of always wanting to change him and how it’s ironic that men don’t want the woman to change and she always does. In addition to what he wears, the ladies were calling in to explain that they also want to change his habits and who his friends are.
What type of music annoys you and why? Is there a song that every time you hear it brings you to tears? What is it and why do you think it moves you so much?
Anyone listening who:
· Traveled around the world?
· Made the news?
· Had your own TV gig?
· Been a sports star athlete?
· Made your own music or movie release?
· Written a book?
· Saved someone’s life?
· Posed nude?
· Has ever been on a sinking boat? (tons of calls on this one)
· Walked in on their folks getting their groove on?
· Had a terrible accident with a lawn mower?
· Injured their private parts? (Yow!)
My co-host revealed that somehow when driving, she just suddenly “snaps to” and realizes that she’s driving! Frighteningly enough, she’s not the only one who does this.
Yesterday, we did “Somebody found my sex toy!” It was huge. One lady called to say she had been teaching her 3-year-old how to brush his teeth. One morning the little one came out to the kitchen in front of mom, dad, grandma, and grandpa… brushing his teeth… with her vibrator! They use electric toothbrushes so the kid figured with the vibrating thing must me a toothbrush.
Want to get some outrageous calls? Ask for real-life examples of poor sportsmanship by parents at their kids’ games. Bust those idiots! It’s especially effective if you’re in a smaller market and the offending parent is more likely to hear it or hear about it.
Is it absolutely necessary to warm up your car for a few minutes in the morning? The girls say yes, and the guys say no. What do you do? Isn’t this a terrible waste of gas?
What surprising thing did you find out about your parents after you were an adult? One of our callers described her surprise when she found out this was actually her mother’s second marriage. Mom just never mentioned the first guy ever.
Bad Day Today, Great Day Tomorrow
In Danville, California, Brad and Susan Wells were facing the anxiety of an uncertain future just like a lot of Americans after Brad found out he was being laid off. But their lives took a remarkable turn for the better the very next day when Susan found out they just won a $2 million house in a raffle! Susan, who bought the ticket as a surprise to celebrate the couple’s 16th anniversary said, “I can’t believe this has happened. Needless to say, my husband is very surprised.” The house is in upscale Marin County, just north of San Francisco but if they choose not to move, they can opt for $1.2 million in cash. In the meantime, the couple is celebrating by having dinner with their neighbors and as Susan said, “We’re bringing a very good bottle of champagne!” (myway.com)
Don’t Mess With Grandpa!
In Stuart, Florida, a 75-year-old robbery victim turned the tables on his 29-year-old mugger and chased the guy down! The victim was waiting for his wife in front of a department store. The mugger, seeing what he thought was an easy target, grabbed the victim’s new lap top computer he had just purchased and ran. But he only made it about eight feet before the victim grabbed him and wrestled him to the ground. An off-duty deputy saw what was happening and joined the struggle. So our mugger was charged with robbery by sudden snatching and battery on a person over age 65, which carries an extra penalty. (myway.com)
You Can’t Spend Old Money
In Texas Township, Michigan, trying to spend an antique $1,000 bill proved to be the undoing for three teenagers who allegedly stole a safe containing the antique money from one of the teen’s parents. They then drove a stolen van to Birmingham, Alabama where an 18-year-old tried to exchange the $1,000 bill Thursday at a Service First Bank branch. Clearly these boys didn’t pay much attention in school because the U.S. Treasury stopped printing $1,000 bills in 1945, so the bank called police. Officers arrested the teen and two 15-year-old companions. What a wonderful way to start life. (myway.com)
PlayStation Causes Lumps?
Look out video gamers! According to Swiss scientists, keeping too tight a grip on your gaming console and furiously pushing the buttons can cause a newly identified skin disorder marked by painful lumps on the palms! They call it “PlayStation palmar hidradentitis”– a skin disorder that causes painful lesions on the palms similar to patches found on the soles of children’s feet after taking part in heavy physical activity. The report by Vincent Piguet and colleagues at University Hospitals and Medical School of Geneva is reported in the British Journal of Dermatology. A spokesman for Sony Corp, which makes PlayStation, did note that the study involved only one person and said Sony had sold hundreds of millions of the consoles since the product was introduced in 1995. Sony spokesman David Wilson said, “We would not wish to belittle this research and we will study the findings with interest, but this is the first time we have ever heard of a complaint of this nature.” Wait a minute? Only one person in the study? How does that even get published? Why are we even talking about this? Play away game freaks! (Reuters)
Save Your Marriage, Save the Planet!
Want to help make the planet a greener place to live? Then you better work out those problems with your spouse and stay married. New research says divorce leads newly single people to live more wasteful lifestyles because when couples separate, they needed more rooms, more electricity and more water. Speaking before a Senate hearing in the Australian capital Canberra, Senator Steve Fielding said this increased the couple’s carbon footprint and contributed to climate change. In other words it would be better for the planet if couples stayed married. (Reuters)
Pot Tax in California?
California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano is hoping to make his state the first in the nation to tax and regulate recreational marijuana in the same way we do alcohol. He’s introduced legislation to reap state revenue from what is arguably the biggest cash crop in California and help stem that state’s burgeoning budget crisis. Ammiano said, “I know the jokes are going to be coming, but this is not a frivolous issue. California always takes the lead — on gay marriage, the sanctuary movement, medical marijuana.” Of course he faces stiff opposition from a number of groups who think taxing cannabis would “open another door in Pandora’s box.” Calvina Fay, executive director of Save Our Society From Drugs, says, “Legalizing drugs like this would create a whole new set of costs for society.” (AHN News)
Car Wash Robber Gets Clean!
In Portland, Oregon, a masked man recently tried to rob the Washman carwash but in the middle of the holdup his gun literally broke apart and fell to the ground. Nevertheless he stayed the course and continued to demand money. Realizing he was now unarmed and not much of a threat, an employee grabbed the nearest weapon he could find– the wand of a pressure washer that sprays water to the tune of 2,000 pounds per square inch– and quite successfully hosed the robber away, sending him fleeing. (KGW-TV News)
HOLE IN THE HEADLINE
· “New Mexico School District Institutes A ‘____ Sandwich Policy’!” (Cheese)
· “Booze Bust In Brunei Nets 1,382 ____ ____ On Boat!” (Beer Cans)
· “College Dean Resigns Over ____ ____ Incident!” (Spray Paint)
· “Try At Passing Old $1,000 Bill Foils Safe-____s!” (Robbers)
· “Stay ____-ed And Save The Planet!” (Married)
· “Too Much Playstation Can Cause Painful ____s?!” (Lumps)
· “City Forbids ____ Clothes For Public Servants!” (Bright)
· “Spray Your ___ On West Bank Wall!” (Tag)
· “Florida Tests Using ____s To Repel Crocodiles!” (Magnets)
· “Scientists Build Computer Model For ____s!” (Snowflakes)
· “Topless Cafe In Maine Gives Neighbors The ____s!” (Jitters)
· “Man ____s Son For Wearing Hat In Church!” (Stabs)
We do a bit on the show called “Bachelor Refrigerator.” Confirmed bachelors call in and describe the most foul, disgusting, and rotting thing in their frige. Most gross wins.
GARAGE SALE GARBAGE
We get three contestants conferenced together. Then we read the description of a really unusual item we found in the classified ads. The person who comes closest to the asking price without going over wins what ever prize we’re giving away. We put “The Price Is Right” theme in the background for atmosphere and our producer does his best Johnny Olsen voice when describing the item. Silly fun.
TOP FIVE SIGNS IT’S TIME FOR A NEW FINANCIAL ADVISOR
1. His latest suggestion: put the rent on 23-black
2. Says he’d like to take all your money and personally invests it in the Caribbean
3. His office is a booth at IHOP
4. He tells you now is a great time to buy Republican stock
5. Grocery stores refuse to accept your cash
HUNTER’S HUMOR by Tim Hunter
Meryl Streep admits it: in her younger years, she used to stuff her bra with paper towels to get film parts. She found Bounty towels to be the quicker role picker upper.
A new Harvard study suggests that Vitamin D may be more helpful in fighting off colds than Vitamin C. Going from C to D: this reminds me of college.
Beyonce apparently had a small dress malfunction at the Oscars Sunday night during her dance number. That’s too bad. I mean, about the small part.
· “Thank you for your support” (Bartles and Jaymes wine coolers)
· “We try harder”
· “Flick my _____” (Bic lighter)
· “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride” (Listerine)
· “Magically delicious” (Lucky Charms)
· “What a soup should be” (Progresso)
· “The nation’s first 3g network” (AT and T)
· “Live ___________ clear” (Clariton)
· “Let’s build something together” (Lowe’s)
· “Thinking of you” (Electrolux appliance)
Have people e-mail you about unique people who live in their towns and you send your intern out to a different town to talk to different ones everyday or one day a week. Makes you sound local and people love to hear their towns and people from them on the air. It especially works well when you promote it.
CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN AND PERSONALITY
(Sun) Whether it’s stripes, plaids or florals, the type of pattern you favor in your clothes and furnishings reveals clues about your personality. Choose the one you love the best from the examples, then read all about the real you:
· Plaids or Pinstripes — You’re a detail-oriented person who successfully completes whatever task in set before you. You also thrive on a daily routine that holds no surprises.
· Florals — You enjoy entertaining family and friends with your legendary parties. But when you’re not socializing, much of your time is spent volunteering in your community.
· Zigzags or Swirls — You’re an imaginative thinker who often solves problems with one-of-a-kind solutions. Loved ones also appreciate your laid back approach to life.
· Wide Stripes — Your strong personality is a magnet that encourages people to follow your lead. You enjoy being in the limelight as the spokesperson for your group.
· Polka Dots — Your lighthearted sense of fun charms nearly everyone you meet. You’re also a champion diplomat who can remain open-minded in the midst of disagreements.
BE MY GOON
Find a contestant that is at home or at work online and have them track down information on the Internet. This could be anything, but obviously has to have a final ending, something factual. Simple but fun and very easy to do.
It’s winter, and we’ve got a good relationship with all of the local TV stations, so we’ve started the Snowfall Challenge. We’ve invited all the meteorologists to come in and give us their predictions for the amount of snow in a certain time frame.
· In what city in Australia was the late Heath Ledger born? (Perth)
· What actor said, “I can’t hit on a girl in public like I used to”? (Jack Nicholson)
· According to the coroner, what killed Ike Turner at age 76? (Cocaine overdose)
· In 1971 the Patriots changed their name to the “New England” Patriots from what? (The Boston Patriots)
· Kermit the Frog was the master of ceremonies on what show? (The Muppet Show)
· Which actor played millionaire Thurston Howell III on “Gilligan’s Island”? (Jim Backus)
· If you suffer from misopedia, what do you have an abnormal aversion to? (children)
· When Bill Gates formed his first company to sell a computerized traffic counting system to cities, how old was he? (14)
· What does the French word Mardi Gras literally translate to in English? (Fat Tuesday)
· According to the Chinese, 2008 is the year of the what? (Rat)
· Who said, “No matter how much I spend or how I dress, I’m still gonna look cheap”? (Dolly Parton)
· What nation has the most lighthouses? (The United States)
· What do you call the fear of one’s mother-in-law? (Pentheraphobia)
· Who is the father of modern chemistry? (Antoine Lavoisier)
· A synonym for hippie specifically in San Francisco during 1967 which was the summer of love. (Flower Child)
· What is the most played song in the history of radio? (You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – The Righteous Brothers)
· In general, what is the difference between Cajun and Creole cooking? (Cajun is from the country, Creole is city cooking)
· What do we call the second toe when it is longer than the hallux? (Morton’s toe)
· What bird provided the quills used for writing? (Most often Geese)
· Which came first, Fahrenheit or Celsius? (Fahrenheit was proposed in 1724; Celsius was proposed in 1744)
GORSEFEATHERS by Patrick Gorse
Simon Cowell says he plans to have his body cryogenically frozen when he dies. You thought this guy was cold before.
So Simon Cowell is going to be cryogenically frozen when he dies. In a related story, Paula Abdul says that when she dies, she’s having her margarita pitcher cryogenically frozen.
Can you imagine being cryogenically frozen for years and years? Until you’re reanimated, there’s absolutely nothing to look forward to. Well…expect Ted Williams giving you frozen head occasionally.
Actually…there’s a positive side to having Simon Cowell cryogenically frozen. We can hate him forever!
Actress Keira Knightley says she likes men who “keep you guessing,” make you laugh and they have to have “good shoes.” She also said she likes politicians who keep moving, have great reflexes and can dodge good shoes.
President Barack Obama gave a “sort of State of the Union Speech” before a joint session of Congress Tuesday night. Alan Keyes, Senator Dick Shelby and Rush Limbaugh said that was fitting because until they see Obama’s birth certificate, they feel he’s ‘sort of like’ the president.
President Barack Obama’s speech before a joint session of Congress was inspiring. Watching him standing their before Vice President Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi let every American know that some day, if you work hard, you’ll be able to afford a BlackBerry, hair plugs and botox injections.
Boy have times changed. This year, the Oscars finished on time, and the President’s ‘State of the Union’ speech ran long.
President Obama started to deliver his speech before he was introduced by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. This, on the same day he announced his plan to withdraw troops from Iraq. I guess Obama suffers from premature Iraq-ulation…
We live at an amazing moment in history. American politics has delivered to us two distinct and opposing ideological forces. Joe Biden…and Bobby Jindal. The Village Idiot… and the Grinning Idiot.
In the Republican response to President Obama’s Tuesday night speech, the collegiate looking, forever grinning, Governor Bobby Jindal cartoonishly referred to a proposed rail line from Los Angeles to Las Vegas as being “from Disneyland to Las Vegas.” I’ve got first dibs on this nickname for Jindal: The Cheshire Frat
Republican Governor Bobby Jindal’s response to Barack Obama’s speech lasted twelve minutes and eighteen seconds. The networks offered Jindal twelve minutes and twenty three seconds, but the governor refused five of the seconds on “principle.”
During his response to Obama, Jindal referred to what he suggested were days past in Louisiana politics, where “at any given time, half of Louisiana was thought to be half underwater, and the other half under indictment.” Okay, so where does that leave Senator David Vitter? Half under the sheets with a middle-aged whore?
Sen. Barbara Boxer characterized Obama’s Tuesday speech as “a home run, a touchdown and a three pointer.” Alex Rodriguez replied, “Somebody’s been juicing!”
President Obama was briefly heckled by a Republican lawmaker as he talked about ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. I’ve heard of “standing up for the little guy,” but standing up for the “little-taxed rich guy,” not so much…
The Obama heckler wasn’t actually in the building. He phoned in his heckle by speaker-phone from a tax-shelter in the Cayman Islands.
“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade was critiqued by both his co-hosts, Steve Doocy and Gretchen Carlson, early Wednesday morning, after Kilmeade found fault with President Obama’s recognition of an eighth grade South Carolina student, and ostensibly, with the student herself, for a letter she wrote to Congress pleading for the rebuilding of her dilapidated school that was built in 1896. Kilmeade disingenuously suggested that recognizing the girl was a criticism of the Bush administration saying, “I don’t think that’s the previous administration’s fault.” And then he seemed to dismiss the girl’s situation altogether claiming that he was in “portable classrooms that came on a tractor for all four years” he was in high school, adding “We went outside to these portable classrooms that must be worth $1.87.” Yeah, Brian, and look at what a great human being you turned out to be! Thank you, Steve and Gretchen for putting Brian Kilmeade in his place.
But look on the positive side, GOP…at least Brian Kilmeade made Bobby Jindal look good in comparison!
TOP 10 FASCINATING FACTS THAT ARE WRONG
TheListUniverse.com gives us this list of facts and anecdotes all have a science related slant and are wrong!
1. Peanuts — False Fact: A scientific study on peanuts in bars found traces of over 100 unique specimens of urine
2. Elevator Freefall — False Fact: Elevators have killed or can kill when their cable snapped
3. Folding Paper — False Fact: You can’t fold a piece of paper in half more than 7 times
4. Jumping Elephants — False Fact: Elephants are the only mammal that can’t jump
5. Old Dogs — False Fact: One dog year is equal to seven human years
6. Offer To Buy — False Fact: If someone wrongly advertises goods for the wrong price, they have to sell it to you at that price
7. Space Dust — False Fact: NASA invented the DustBuster
8. Polar Bears — False Fact: Polar Bears are left handed
9. McDonald’s Wars — False Fact: No two countries with McDonald’s franchises have ever gone to war
10. The Great Wall — False Fact: The Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure visible from space
COSMO’S WAYS TO BAIL ON A BAD DATE
· Lie right away — “If it’s instantly obvious things are tanking, tell your escort that you got an urgent phone call as you were walking out the door to meet him and can only stay for one drink.”
· Lie Midway — “If things get deathly dull-or take a sudden severe turn for the worse-and half the night is still ahead of you, shorten the date by inventing a morning appointment or huge work project that prevents you from lingering. Tell him, ‘Unfortunately, I have to make tonight an early one.'”
· Be Blunt — “If it comes out in conversation that he lives for the weekend camping and you’re more of a mall-and-movie girl, admit as much. Say, ‘Listen, I’ve enjoyed meeting you, but I don’t think we’re clicking. Do you mind if we call it a night?’ He might be relieved.”
· Run — “Renounce tact if Mr. Wrong gets rude or crude-you don’t have to take that from a guy you barely know. Mumble whatever the heck you like in his general direction and head straight for the door.”
TOP FIVE SIGNS ITS TIME TO CLEAN OUT THE SHOWER
1. There’s more hair in the drain than on your head
2. The black linoleum walls used to be white
3. Looking carefully at the mold you can see several fossils
4. The state is considering the shower as a form of punishment
5. The soap keeps trying to escape