PRO November 13, 2015

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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 13, 2015

This is day 317 of 2015. There are 48 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Producer-director-actor Garry Marshall is 81

• Joe Mantegna is 68

• Chris Noth is 61

• Whoopi Goldberg is 60

• Neil Flynn (Scrubs) is 55

• Jimmy Kimmel is 48

• Steve Zahn is 48

• Gerard Butler is 46

• Aisha Hinds (Under the Dome, True Blood) is 40

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1974: Nuclear activist Karen Silkwood was killed in a car crash while she is traveling to an interview with New York Times reporter David Burnham.

• 1982: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington D.C. after a march to its site by thousands of Vietnam War veterans.

• 1990: The World Wide Web first began.

• 1990: The U.S. issued a patent (#4,969,317) to April Ode of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, for the Animal Hat, a cowboy hat designed to protect animals from heat and sunlight. It was held on by a Velcro chin strap.

• 1995: Officials at a Danish veterinary hospital in Copenhagen announced the discovery of history’s first known green cat. Vets said the green would not wash out, and the 2-month-old kitten’s color might be caused by a metabolism defect. Owner Pia Bischoff named her kitty “Miss Greeny.”

• 1998: Warner Brothers released “The Wizard of Oz” on the big screen 59 years after its original release.

• 2003: Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was thrown off the bench by a judicial ethics panel for having “placed himself above the law.” He had refused to remove his granite Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse.

• 2005: Chicago Bears cornerback Nathan Vasher returned a missed field goal 108 yards against the San Francisco 49ers, the longest play in NFL history.

• 2006: A woman in Brazil was released from the hospital just one day after she was shot in the head six times in an attack police blamed on her ex-husband. Doctors could not explain how the 21-year-old survived the attack. The .32-caliber bullets didn’t break through her skull and didn’t even need to be immediately extracted.

• 2014: Representatives for Islamic State announced that the group would begin minting its own currency in order to remove itself from the world financial system, which it considers ‘satanic’.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• World Kindness Day

• Sadie Hawkins Day

UPCOMING

• November 26: Thanksgiving

• November 27: Black Friday

• November 28: Small Business Saturday

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.

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DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

• D.B. Sweeney is 54. Laura San Giacomo is 54. Rapper Reverend Run of Run-DMC is 51. Patrick Warburton is 51. Josh Duhamel is 43. Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live) is 34. Cory Michael Smith (Gotham) is 29.

• International Girls Day. Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day. Teddy Bear Day. Spicy Guacamole Day. Pickle Day. Operating Room Nurse Day. World Diabetes Day. International Selfie Day.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15

• Judge Joseph Wapner is 96. Ed Asner is 86. Petula Clark is 83. Yaphet Kotto (Homicide: Life on the Street) is 76. Sam Waterston is 75. Beverly D’Angelo (National Lampoon’s Vacation) is 64. Country singer Jack Ingram is 45. Chad Kroeger of Nickelback is 41. B.o.B is 27. Shailene Woodley is 24.

• America Recycles Day. I Love to Write Day. Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. Raisin Bran Cereal Day.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

22: Percentage of offices that provide free snacks and beverages. But there is a downside: A study found that snack runs accumulated to 2.4 billion hours of lost productivity annually in the United States.

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NEWS ATTACK!

A billionaire paid $77 million for a pair of rare diamonds, and then renamed them after his 7-year-old daughter. [First name: Spoiled. Last name: Brat.]

Rolls Royce is the latest automaker to announce a recall. Rolls Royce is recalling a total of one automobile. [There was something wrong with the backseat cappuccino maker.]

Rowan Atkinson, Mr. Bean, is now divorced after 24 years of marriage. [I know. You’re thinking: Mr. Bean was married?]

Jessa Duggar revealed that her new baby boy has been named Spurgeon after her husband’s hero, a 19th century British preacher. [He’s best known for his fiery sermons about retribution against schoolyard bullies who make fun of people’s names.]

Real Housewives hubby Brooks Ayers says that he’s sorry that he fabricated documents in an effort to prove that he was suffering from cancer. [And he swears that he’s genuinely sorry because regret is something that he would never lie about.]

Italian authorities are investigating seven companies for selling ordinary olive oil labeled as extra virgin. [Don’t you hate it when you meet a nice olive oil, and then you find out that it’s been lying about its entire past?]

A Raiders linebacker is facing a possible 10-year sentence as authorities consider pressing serious charges against him for barking at a police dog at the football stadium. [Really? An NFL player barks at a dog, and he may go to jail meanwhile NASCAR drivers intentionally shove each other into walls and the world cheers.]

Astronomers say that they have found the object in our solar system that’s the farthest away from us. [They’ve named it “Donald Trump’s Heart.”]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

WWII VETERAN IS 110 TODAY _ Frank Levingston was an Army private and served during the war in the Naples-Foggia Campaign in Italy, which lasted from September 1943 to January 1944. He was discharged in 1945. He turned 110 today. Born in 1905, Levingston grew up in North Louisiana and was one of seven children. Now living in the Louisiana city of Lake Charles, Levingston said he doesn’t go a day now without being thankful for his long life.

AUTONOMOUS BUSES WILL HIT SWISS STREETS THIS SPRING _ Autonomous cars are the hot topic in the transportation world right now. However, buses could also benefit from leaps forward in driverless technology. CarPostal, the company leading public transportation in Switzerland, is launching a two-year autonomous bus pilot program. Starting in spring 2016, the small fleet of nine electrified passenger buses will troll the streets of Sion, Switzerland, and autonomously transport residents and tourists through the city.

A RARE COLLISION BETWEEN EARTH AND SPACE JUNK IS HAPPENING TODAY _ Today (Friday) an unlucky hunk of space junk called WT1190F will meet its end. WT1190F was first spotted on February 18, 2013, but scientists suspect that it’s been in orbit around Earth since 2009. At around (1:20 PM ET) the space junk will fall to Earth and burn up in the atmosphere. The point of re-entry will be over a patch of Indian Ocean about 62 miles off the coast of Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, only residents of the southern province of Sri Lanka will have the chance to see the event. However, the online observatory Slooh plans to get some of the first observations of the object on its approach toward Earth.

… Though it is nearly impossible to know what WT1190F is, the European Space Agency suspects it could be a chunk of a fuel tank that once powered a rocket to space and was then discarded.

CAMPERS WHO KILLED AND GRILLED RATTLESNAKE FINED $200 _ Four young men got more than a meal when they killed and grilled a timber rattlesnake in western Maryland — they were hit with fines of $200 each in court. The rattlesnake is a state-protected species. Maryland Natural Resources Police say the men were camping in August when they killed the snake with a BB gun and grilled it.

MAN SETS WORLD RECORD FOR TIME SPENT DRIVING IN A ROUNDABOUT _ On October 13 Oran Sands, a 64-year-old software designer from Carmel, Indiana, drove his 1987 Volkswagen Cabriolet around a local roundabout for over three and a half hours. Sands was struck with the idea to try for the record when he missed his turn headed to work one day. Even though there was no previous record, Sands set out to make his official time a lengthy three hours and 34 minutes to ensure that it would hold up to future challengers.

GATOR BITES MAN DOING YARD WORK _ A Lake County, Florida, man is in the hospital after an alligator bit him while he was doing yard work. William Bechard said he was pulling weeds less than a foot way from water when the 7-foot-7 gator jumped up and chomped down on his arm.

WOMAN SAYS DATE DEMANDED SHE PAY HIM BACK FOR COFFEE AFTER SHE REJECTED HIM _ Lauren Crouch’s story about a date gone wrong is going viral after she shared it on her blog. Crouch, who lives in London, blogs about her experiences on the dating scene at No Bad Dates, Just Good Stories. Her latest story began when she met a guy on Tinder and they agreed to meet up at a train station. She thought they’d find a good pub and chat over a few drinks. Instead, she says it started to go down hill when the man told Crouch he wanted to get coffee at a chain coffee shop on his side of the street because it “saves crossing” the road. After about 30 minutes, he told her he had to leave because he was expecting a grocery delivery.

… The date ended awkwardly, with the guy asking Crouch if she wanted to come home with him where he would cook them dinner. She told him she couldn’t possibly go back to the home of someone I’ve literally just met.” Later that night, the man texted Crouch to ask her out again. But she said she wasn’t feeling it and decided to be straightforward. That’s when the guy asked to be reimbursed for the coffee he bought her. Crouch decided to be classy. She offered to donate the money, about five bucks, to a charity of his choice instead. He said he preferred to have the cash.

RESTAURANT OFFERING FREE MEAL TO LONELY ON THANKSGIVING _ Senate Coney Island in Michigan is offering a free meal to any lonely diner on Thanksgiving day. The restaurant owner told media that he does it every year. The owner, who moved to the United Sates at age 23 from Greece, left home at 12 years old and moved to Athens. He homeless for a time, and depended on others for food. But now he pays it forward and captures the full spirit of Thanksgiving, offering lonely folks and people in need a free hot meal every year.

WOMEN HAVE OVERTAKEN MEN IN THE OBESE CATEGORY _ Obesity is still rising among American adults, and new government research shows women have now overtaken men in the obese category. For the past several years, experts thought the nation’s alarming, decades-long rise in obesity had leveled off. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report Thursday that the obesity rate has climbed to nearly 38% of adults, up from 32% about a decade earlier. The report also found a tipping of the scales toward women. Obesity rates for men and women had been roughly the same for about a decade. But in the new report, the rate was significantly higher for women, at 38%, compared with 34% for men.

POLICE RESPOND TO LONELY COUPLE’S CALL WITH TEA _ Police officers in England came to the aid of an elderly couple who dialed 911 (999) because they were lonely. The two Greater Manchester Police officers were sent to the home of Fred Thomson and his 95-year-old wife Doris. One of the officers tweeted, “Just dealt with a 95 year old couple who called the Police as they were lonely. What else could we do but make them a brew and have a chat.” The officers spent about 30 minutes with the couple.

FACE-SLAPPING ALARM CLOCK REFUSES TO LET YOU SLEEP IN _ Having a hard time waking up when the alarm clock goes off? YouTuber Simone Giertz has created an alarm clock that gets your attention by slapping you awake. | VIDEO

BEER DISGUISED AS PEPSI SMUGGLED INTO SAUDI ARABIA _ Legally, alcohol is banned in Saudi Arabia. In reality, there are people in the country who drink. If you’re wondering how exactly they actually get that alcohol, Saudi authorities at the border with United Arab Emirates caught a man with 48,000 cans of Heineken — all disguised as Pepsi cola. A truck carrying what first seemed to be normal cans of Pepsi was stopped and after the standard process of searching the products, it became clear that the beers were covered with Pepsi sticker logos.

PARKING PROBLEMS? PAY TICKETS IN CANNED FOOD INSTEAD OF CASH _ Parking tickets can be paid with donations of canned food instead of cash during a monthlong “Food for Fines” program in Lexington, Kentucky. The city’s parking authority will accept cans for citations from November 16 to December 18. Those who donate 10 canned food items will receive a $15 credit on citations. Customers with multiple citations may bring in 10 cans per citation for the credits. A local food bank will use the food to stock shelves at its four Lexington locations.

HOT TUB SEX LEADS TO HEART ATTACK AND DROWNING _ (CAUTION) A Canadian couple died while having sex in a hotel hot tub after the husband had a heart attack and then inadvertently squashed and drowned his wife. Even more heart-breaking, the couple, who were both in their sixties, were only at the Mexican hotel because of their wedding’s daughter. The tragic incident unfolded just two days before their 35-year-old daughter was due to exchange vows.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MASKED BANDITS AT ART GALLERY WERE FOUR RACCOONS _ Oregon police investigating a report of suspicious activity at an art gallery snapped a picture of the “masked bandits” — a quartet of raccoons.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TWO EAGLES TAKE DOWN DRONE _ Some people love drones — others can’t wait to take them out of the air. In the past, soccer players knocked a drone out of the sky by kicking a ball at it, a fisherman reeled in a lurking drone on a pier and even animals are getting in on the action. Last year, a hawk was captured on camera attacking a drone in Massachusetts and before that, a clip of an eagle taking out a drone in Australia went viral. Well, the animal kingdom isn’t done with its war against the drones. A new clip uploaded by YouTuber Patrick Pircher shows two eagles not only attacking a DJI Phantom 3 drone, but taking it right to the ground, probably thinking it was a delicious meal. Fortunately, Pircher was able to recover the drone and it looks relatively unharmed. | VIDEO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ATTEMPTED BANK ROBBER FOILED BY BAD HANDWRITING _ Good handwriting counts — even when attempting to rob a bank. Late Tuesday afternoon in Salt Lake City, Utah, a man walked into a bank, told the teller he had a gun, and demanded money. But when the teller asked the man what denominations of money he wanted, she was unable to understand him. So the teller told the suspect to write what he wanted on a note. The man wrote something on the notepad, but the teller was unable to read it. The frustrated would-be bank robber eventually left with no money.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN HIDES IN DRAIN TO LOOK UP WOMEN’S SKIRTS _ Police arrested a 28-year-old man in Japan for allegedly hiding in a drain trying to take pictures up women’s skirts. He was caught when passers-by spotted his hair sticking out of the grate.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HANDICAPPED PARKING DOUBLE OFFENSE _ Nigel Graham had to appear in court after being charged with illegally parking in handicapped spaces. He admitted to misuse of his mother’s disabled parking badge after she died in 2002. He pleaded guilty to charges of misuse of a “blue badge” and fraud. Four months later, Graham was back in court admitting to misuse of a blue badge again. He had used it to park at the courthouse at his first case. He was fined $600 for the new offense.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FAKE HOMELESS GUY WITH HONEST SIGN _ An undercover officer was dressed up as a homeless man, carrying a sign as if he was looking for a handout. But he was really looking for something else as he stood on a busy intersection in Bethesda, Maryland — drivers texting from behind the wheel. When he spotted a violation, he called it in on his radio for marked cruisers to pull people over. In just two hours, the team handed out 56 citations. And how’s this for irony: the fake homeless man’s sign read: “I am not homeless. I am a Montgomery County police officer looking for cell phone texting violations.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS _ When Nicole Squires unpacked after her flight from Edmonton, Ontario, to Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, she discovered some new items in her checked luggage: a man’s outfit, jeans, one shoe, slippers, and five Coors Lights. She went to Twitter to ask the airline, WestJet, for an explanation, and the airline responded: “What happens in Vegas…” — and that’s it.

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ON TELEVISION

THE AMAZING RACE (8p ET, CBS) — New

LAST MAN STANDING (8p ET, ABC) — New

UNDATEABLE (8p ET, NBC) — New

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (8p ET, FOX) — Season Two winner Logan returns to offer some advice to the remaining contestants in this new edition.

REIGN (8p ET, CW) — New

DR. KEN (8:30p ET, ABC) — Margaret Cho guest stars in this new episode.

TRUTH BE TOLD (8:30p ET, NBC) — New

HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — Kristoffer Polaha (Backstrom) and Julie Benz (Defiance, Dexter) guest star in this new episode.

SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — The sharks meet President Obama in this new edition.

GRIMM (9p ET, NBC) — New

WORLD’S FUNNIEST (9p ET, FOX) — Sherri Shepard, Tone Bell and Jen Kirkman are the featured panelists in this new edition.

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (9p ET, CW) — Model Chrissy Teigen makes an appearance in this new edition.

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — A.J. Buckley (CSI: NY) guest stars in this new episode.

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — New

DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New

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ENTERTAINMENT

ANGELINA JOLIE SAYS SEX SCENES WITH BRAD PITT WERE AWKWARD _ Angelina Jolie says filming sex scenes with husband Brad Pitt was an awkward experience. The real-life couple portray an estranged wife and husband in the forthcoming drama By the Sea, and filmed intimate scenes for the movie. Jolie tells Entertainment Weekly, “It’s the strangest thing in the world to be lying naked in a bathtub with an iPad that’s showing you the shot outside, while your husband is at the door and you’re directing him to come in and make love to you. In front of a bunch of other men with cameras. Love scenes are strange anyway, but when you’re doing a love scenes with a person that you really have sex with? The only way to get through it was for us to all talk about the absurdity of it and make sure no one was feeling awkward. We made as many jokes as possible.”

… Jolie, who also directed the film, enlisted 14-year-old son Maddox to work as a production assistant on set, but shielded the teenager from the movie’s more adult moments.

JUDGE DISMISSES TAYLOR SWIFT COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT _ On Tuesday, a California district court judge sent a musician packing after he tried to bring a copyright infringement lawsuit against Taylor Swift. But the judge didn’t just dismiss Jessie Braham’s case — she did so in a closing statement comprised of Taylor Swift lyrics. Braham had copyrighted his own song, Haters Gone Hate, in February 2013. The song included the phrase “Haters gone hate, playas gone play. Watch out for them fakers, they’ll fake you everyday.” When he heard Swift’s 2014 hit Shake It Off, Braham felt that its main stanza was a ripoff of his song. Braham sought $42 million from Swift and her label.

… Unfortunately for Braham, going solo against powerful Sony entertainment lawyers did not pay off at all. In the judge’s ruling, she said that Braham wasn’t able to provide evidence of the musical theft beyond mere speculation. The judge wrote in the closing statement of the dismissal order: “At present, the court is not saying that Braham can never, ever, ever get his case back in court. But for now, we have got problems, and the court is not sure Braham can solve them. As currently drafted — the Complaint has a blank space, one that requires Braham do more than write his name.”

JOHN OLIVER, WIFE KATE NORLEY WELCOME BABY BOY _ John Oliver and wife Kate Norley recently welcomed their first child. An HBO rep confirmed the 38-year-old English television personality and Norley are proud parents to a son.

DANIEL FLEETWOOD’S WIDOW POSTS TOUCHING TRIBUTE VIDEO _ Daniel Fleetwood — the Star Wars fan who was granted his dying wish of seeing The Force Awakens before it opened — is gone, but he’s certainly not forgotten. Fleetwood’s widow, Ashley Fleetwood, posted a touching tribute video of her late husband, who died at age 32 this week, to her Facebook page Thursday. The video includes images from Fleetwood’s life, spanning from childhood onward. His love for Star Wars is greatly acknowledged in the clip. | VIDEO

ANDY SERKIS REVEALS THE FORCE AWAKENS DETAILS _ Andy Serkis will bring new villain Supreme Leader Snoke to life in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The actor, famous for his motion capture work in films like Lord of the Rings and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, will do the same for the epic sci-fi franchise’s latest heavy. The character hasn’t been seen in any of the promotional material released thus far, but Serkis discussed his physical appearance in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. He said it was the first time he’d been on a set “not yet knowing what the character’s gonna look like.” According to Serkis, Snoke is “strangely vulnerable” for a character that wields so much power: “He has suffered a lot of damage.”

TLC SETS THANKSGIVING SPECIAL BROADWAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE _ TLC has partnered with Broadway greats and First Lady Michelle Obama to give talented high school students a Thanksgiving to remember. Airing November 26, the special Broadway at the White House will follow high-school students who have been chosen for an all-day symposium at the White House that will cover careers in theater. The 40 students from both public arts high schools and after-school arts programs will attend master classes in acting, directing, hair/make-up/costume design, music composition and musical theater. There will also be a Q&A panel with Broadway stars and, in the evening, performances featuring material from musicals. Broadway at the White House will be hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison.

… In addition to Obama, guests will include Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Estefan, Christian Borle, Cicely Tyson and other current Broadway performers.

GAVIN ROSSDALE DIDN’T LEAVE GWEN STEFANI AT HOSPITAL TO CHEAT WITH NANNY _ While a report this week alleged Gavin Rossdale left ex Gwen Stefani in the hospital after the birth of their son Apollo to cheat with their former nanny, a source close to Rossdale says the story “is 100% untrue..”

TRACY MORGAN IN TALKS TO PLAY REDD FOXX _ Tracy Morgan is in talks to play comedian Redd Foxx in Lee Daniels‘ biopic of Richard Pryor. Mike Epps will star as Pryor, while Kate Hudson will play his wife, Jennifer Pryor. Eddie Murphy and Taraji P. Henson will co-star as Pryor’s parents, though Oprah Winfrey will play the woman who raised him — his grandmother.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE SHOWS UP TO ASHTON KUTCHER AND MILA KUNIS’ HOUSE UNINVITED _ Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have been spending a lot of quality time with Jennifer Lawrence — whether they like it or not. The actress has been battling a case of boredom since taking some time off from her busy filming schedule, so she’s turning to her neighbors for a source of entertainment. Lawrence tells Vogue: “Downtime is normally the bane of my existence. It makes me depressed, not relaxed. But I was actually enjoying myself this time.” That’s because Kutcher and Kunis’ house is just around the corner. She says, “They’re awesome. I go over there uninvited. They’re probably getting pretty sick of me.”

SHONDA RHIMES SAID SHE KILLED A CHARACTER BECAUSE SHE DIDN’T LIKE THE ACTOR _ The creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal stopped by Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore to discuss her new book and her role in delivering gasp-worthy moments as part of ABC’s Thursday night lineup. Wilmore asked, “Have you ever killed off a character because you didn’t like the actor? And extra bonus points, who was it…” After a beat she said, “Yes, and I’m not naming names.”

JAMES AND KIMBERLY VAN DER BEEK EXPECTING FOURTH CHILD _ James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly are expecting their fourth child. The couple’s baby on the way will join brother Joshua, 3½, and big sisters Annabel Leah, 21 months, and Olivia, 5.

GWYNETH PALTROW NOT SELLING GOOP _ Gwyneth Paltrow is not selling Goop, despite a new report. A rep for the actress calls the tabloid story a lie. According to Star, Paltrow “is in talks to sell her lifestyle brand Goop for eight figures. … She’s had a great time building Goop, but it’s time to pass the torch.”

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BITS & BREAKS

FRUSTRATING JOBS

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the must frustrating job you have ever had? The weirder the better!

IF / OR

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: If you had a choice of being stranded on an island for a year by yourself OR with your worst enemy which would you choose?

NEW IN THEATERS TODAY

THE 33 (PG-13) Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days.

• James Brolin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Antonio Banderas
website, trailer, reviews

LOVE THE COOPERS (PG-13) When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.

• Olivia Wilde, Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei, Anthony Mackie, Diane Keaton, John Goodman
website, trailer, reviews

MY ALL AMERICAN (PG) Freddie Steinmark, an underdog on the gridiron, faces the toughest challenge of his life after leading his team to a championship season.

• Aaron Eckhart
website, trailer, reviews

… OPENING NEXT WEEK _ The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2; The Night Before; The Secret in their Eyes

NEW ON DVD THIS WEEKEND

Terminator Genisys

Trainwreck

Selfless

Mr. Holmes

Dick Van Dyke Show: Complete Remastered Series

FRIDAY THE 13TH

• Very little is known about the origins of the day’s notoriety. Some historians believe that the superstitions surrounding it arose in the late 19th century. The first documented mention of the day can be found in a biography of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, who died on a Friday 13.

• Experts claim that friggatriskaidekaphobia — fear of Friday the 13th — affects millions of people and estimate that businesses, especially airlines, suffer from severe losses.

• All years will have at least one Friday the 13th. There can be no more than three. This is 2015’s third. 2016 will have just one.

• Friday the 13th is not universally seen as a day of misery. For example, in Italy, Friday the 17th and not Friday the 13th is considered to be a day that brings bad luck. In many Spanish speaking countries and in Greece, Tuesday the 13th is seen as a day of misfortune.

• There is very little evidence to show that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. Many studies have shown that Friday the 13th has little or no effect on events like accidents, hospital visits and natural disasters.

• Since 1995, Finland has dedicated one Friday the 13th in a year to observe National Accident Day. The day aims to raise awareness about safety — on the roads, at home and at the workplace.

WORD SPY!

From the website that tracks new words.

WORD SPY!

ANTI LIBRARY – A person’s collection of unread books.

DISTRACTION ADDICT – A person whose attention is easily and constantly drawn away from the task at hand.

SOCKMAGEDDON – A long or intense struggle with washing, folding, or pairing socks.

MIRDLE – An undergarment designed to give a man a slimmer appearance, particularly at the waist.

SOCIAL BANKRUPTCY – The condition of being so overwhelmed by social media that the only solution is to close all one’s accounts.

SADSCAPE – A depressing or pathetic situation or landscape.

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA:A schoolteacher named Charles Dowd is credited with first proposing the idea of what each and every one of us uses every day. (Time zones. He first proposed his idea in the 1860s.)

TRIVIA: There are 285 of these under the world’s oceans. (Communications cables)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

(CAUTION) A man and a woman are sitting beside each other in the first class section of the plane. The woman sneezes, takes a tissue, gently wipes her nose and shudders quite violently in her seat. She seems OK, so he goes back to his reading. A few minutes pass. The woman sneezes again. She takes a tissue, gently wipes her nose and shudders quite violently in her seat. The man is becoming more and more curious about what’s going on. A few more minutes pass. The woman sneezes yet again. She takes a tissue, gently wipes her nose and shudders violently again. The man has finally had all he can handle. He turns to the woman and says, “Three times you’ve sneezed and three times you’ve taken a tissue and wiped your nose then shuddered violently! Do you want me to call the stewardess for you?” The woman replies, “I’m sorry if I disturbed you. I have a rare condition: when I sneeze, I have an orgasm.” The man, now feeling a little embarrassed but even more curious, says, “I’ve never heard of such a thing before. What are you taking for it?” The woman looks him straight in the eye and says, “Pepper.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Very large dog fears something very small.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY


Submitted by Sharpe Dunaway

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• In 2007, a cruise ship called the Balmoral was brought into the dry docks to be extended.

• Museum of Endangered Sounds. (Play a contest where people have to guess the endangered sound.)

Here Is Today. (Click ‘okay’.)

• The 1M Hauly is designed for the discreet, comfortable carry of up to $1 million.

• If you need to find someone in a crowd, use your smartphone as a beacon.

• I had a speech coach analyze my voice and found out I’m making four mistakes.

• Rules for email.

• The First Baskets of 50 All-Time NBA Greats.

Toaster radio.

• In this short video, augmented reality startup company Magic Leap used their cool technology to make 3D magic happen in a school gym.

• The first person to run a marathon without talking about it.

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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 16, 2015

This is day 320 of 2015. There are 45 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• David Leisure (Empty Nest) is 65

• Marg Helgenberger (CSI) is 57

• Jazz singer Diana Krall is 51

• Martha Plimpton is 45

• Maggie Gyllenhaal is 38

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1896: The first transmission of electricity between a power plant and a city was sent from the Niagara Falls hydroelectric plant to industries in Buffalo, New York.

• 1977: Close Encounters of the Third Kind opened in theaters.

• 1981: Luke and Laura married on the soap opera General Hospital.

• 1991: A Cromwell, Connecticut, construction worker was arrested for reckless endangerment for allegedly driving too close to a police officer with his steamroller.

• 1996: Mother Teresa received honorary U.S. citizenship.

• 1996: The $127.5 million Jumbotron at Buffalo’s HSBC Arena fell to the ice hours before a hockey game; no one was injured.

• 1999: Autobahn 33, a major German highway, was closed for several hours after a truck flipped and spilled 16 tons of apples on the highway. Three cars and two trucks crashed as they slid on the smashed apples. No one was killed, but one person was injured. Applesauce was four inches thick.

• 2001: The first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was released in theaters.

• 2005: Anthony Sheppard of Oakland, California, shocked his mother with a telephone call, a day after he was reported dead. Oakland police had messed up after finding Sheppard’s identification card on a shooting victim. Authorities alerted his mother of the shooting, and released the details to reporters. The 23-year-old Sheppard said he was shocked when he walked up to friends who were crying about a newspaper account of his death. Sheppard told police he had lost the I.D. card several years earlier.

• 2012: Hostess Brands revealed its plan to file for bankruptcy and liquidate its assets.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week

• Rodents Awareness Week

• International Day for Tolerance

• Button Day

• Have A Party with Your Bear Day

• Fast Food Day

UPCOMING

• November 26: Thanksgiving

• November 27: Black Friday

• November 28: Small Business Saturday

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.

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