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Kevin Bacon knows everything there is to know about eggs, because he’s Kevin Bacon

Yes, he’s heard those puns before.

The American Egg Board has hired Kevin Bacon, the most breakfast-appropriate celebrity, to feature in its new campaign that highlights the health benefits of eggs.

Bacon, who was lauded as Hollywood’s best-smelling celebrity by Tom Hanks, will star in the American Egg Board’s print and online ad campaign as one of many complements to the humble egg.

“With a last name like Bacon, I'm the obvious choice, and I'm excited to be a part of the new Incredible Edible Egg campaign," Bacon said in a statement. "I like the creativity behind the idea, and I've always been a big fan of eggs. They're a nutritional powerhouse and I never get tired of them because there are so many ways you can eat them.”

In the television spot below, the actor plays himself, appearing suddenly when a woman cooking breakfast muses aloud that there is probably no better side to a plate of eggs than a side of bacon. “Nobody knows eggs better than Bacon,” he tells her, before sharing some nutritional facts about eggs.


A short history of embarrassing celebrity endorsements

David Beckham's face has been used to promote Asian hair gel Cock Grease

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H e's a famous former footballer and long-term fashion icon, recognised and adored by fans around the world. He's endorsed high-end brands like Haig Club whisky and Armani, and global behemoths Gillette and Adidas.

But now David Beckham is the face of a slightly more dubious product. Cock Grease, to put it bluntly. Thankfully, Cock Grease isn't what you might initially thing: despite its 'Xxtra hard' tagline, the product is a hair gel that's popular in China and Japan.

It remains unclear whether Beckham has officially endorsed the company (a source indicated to The Mirror that he has not), which in the past has used the faces of actors Bradley Cooper and Jamie Dornan to hawk its wares. Either way, the image has now been seen by flocks of people on social media.

Poor Becks is not the only celebrity caught in advertising controversy this week. Gordon Ramsay, famed for insulting wannabe chefs and degrading bedraggled American restaurateurs, was accused of hypocrisy after endorsing a beer considered by some to be "the worst beer in the world".

In the advert, Ramsay can be seen praising Cass as a "great beer" and "bloody fresh".

Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsey endorses Korean beer brand - would be like endorsing Spam as a quality Parma ham: https://t.co/FTiqvVlF19

&mdash Anders Riel Müller (@AndersRiel) November 15, 2017

T his week's events are merely the latest in a long history of horrific celebrity endorsements. From Harvey Keitel's spoof of his own Pulp Fiction character to Ringo Starr's cringeworthy Japanese ads, here's a brief history of what happens when the rich and famous sell out.

1. Ringo Starr promoting Japanese apple juice

A mispronunciation provides the backbone for this embarrassing plug as the Beatles drummer's name gets lost in translation.

2. EE's Kevin Bacon overload

K evin Bacon killed five birds with one stone in this installment of his long-running EE endorsement. It's possibly the least funny in a series of desperately unfunny ads.

3. Harvey Keitel kills his Pulp Fiction character

L egendary actor Harvey Keitel, of Taxi Driver, Reservoir Dogs and Thelma & Louise fame, reprises his much-loved Winston Wolfe role from cult classic Pulp Fiction for a series of questionable Direct Line adverts.

One of the most embarrassing is this number, in which Keitel sorts a replacement car for a bunch of hen girls, only to find a blow-up sex doll in the trunk.

4. Pepsi fail to do their research on Madonna

T here's nothing inherently wrong with this commercial, a great song and a reasonable premise.

In 1989 Pepsi gave Madonna over $5 million to use "Like a Prayer" to plug its product in a commercial broadcast to almost 250 million people during The Cosby Show.

What Pepsi failed to realise is that in Madonna's music video for the same song she is seen witnessing a rape and gyrating around a burning cross – controversial to say the least. Needless to say Pepsi soon pulled the ad.

5. Snoop Dogg gets down with car insurance

S noop Dogg is popular for his laid-back attitude, extensive back catalogue and humorous commentary on pop culture. But he's never come across as a stickler for the best car insurance deals.

E ven Snoop fails to make car insurance cool.

6. Ozzy Osbourne can't believe it's not butter

I f anything's going to make you want to buy a butter substitute, it's probably not a rambling old metalhead cracking an egg onto a skull to make fairy cakes.

The only thing that makes that sentence stranger is that this ad featured two rambling old metalheads making fairy cakes.

7. More old rockers and butter

I t seems advertising executives in the noughties thought old rockers and butter were a match made in heaven.

Here John Lydon (previously Johnny Rotten), espouses the taste of Country Life butter in a very un-punk tweed suit - and manages to slip in a risque pronunciation of country while he's at it.

8. The weird Iggy Pop doll

T here's a bit of a formula emerging here. Insurance companies + stars in need of a quick buck = cringe.

Iggy Pop already looks like a Spitting Image puppet, so to see him tucked into bed with an actual puppet of himself is disconcerting to say the least.

9. Bob Dylan sells out

B ob Dylan used to stick it to the man, but can now be found peering creepily at younger models to promote multi-billion dollar corporations.


6 places where Tater Tots rule in the San Gabriel Valley

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My family had a strange relationship with Tater Tots. My mother never read the directions on packages, and she didn’t realize that they were supposed to be baked, and served crispy.

Instead, she steamed them in a sort of weird frat house casserole. She’d take a heavy pot, pour a layer of Tater Tots on the bottom, drop a frozen hamburger patty on top of that, and then pour ketchup all over the concoction. Then, she’d put it on the oven, turn the heat on low, and go out to visit friends.

Sometimes she got home before it had turned into a burnt offering. More often, she didn’t. It didn’t make much of a difference. The resulting dish was kind of an edible archeological dig — a layer of tan, topped by a layer of gray, topped by a layer of reddish-brown.

It wasn’t until I had my own apartment, and did my own shopping, that I read the package — and realized what she had made weren’t Tater Tots, they were Tater Mush. (Something I should have realized from looking at the package.)

In the years since, Tots have been a staple in my freezer. And something I order when I see them on restaurant menus. Not when they’re generic Tots – I can make those myself. But when they’re quirky, sui generis, oddball, out-in-left-field Tots. Which often they are. Though never Casserole Tots.

Tater Tots come, of course, with a history. But not one that tracks back to antiquity. They were invented in 1953, when the founders of Ore-Ida were trying to figure out what to do with all the slivers of cut-up spuds they had. According to Wikipedia, “They chopped up the slivers, added flour and seasoning, then pushed the mash through holes and sliced off pieces of the extruded mixture. Thus, tots were born…”

The name was created in an effort to find something alliterative — which they did.

Apparently, it got off to a slow start. But once it caught on, Tater Tots became (almost) as popular as french fries. These days, 70 million pounds of Tots are consumed in the USA alone per year. That’s 3.7 billion Tots. Other companies have introduced competitors made of broccoli and cauliflower. But, you know, only a spud is a spud.

For the record, there are competing brands as well, selling under names like Oven Crunchies, Tasti Taters, Tater Treats, Spud Puppies, Hash Bites, Cheesy Tots, Mexi-Nuggets, Potato Oles, Totchos and Potato Locos.

And, to my surprise, my mother’s creation was not unique — Wikipedia informs there’s a popular Midwestern casserole made of Tots, ground beef and veggies. Amazing – I always thought my mother was born and raised in the Bronx.

There also are the one-of-a-kind Tots, served an assortment of Retro-Modern local restaurants. Some of which are happily beyond the beyond. Tots like these:

93 E. Green St., Old Pasadena 626-683-0808, www.doghaus.com

The beer menu here is, in what’s becoming an increasingly grand tradition, a fine collection of brews you’ve heard of — and brews that ring no bells at all. Hanger 24 Alt Beer? Iron Fist Renegade Blonde? Avery Joe’s Premium American Lager? Darned if I know, but I’m happy to try them all. Though if I do feel confused, there’s always Pabst Blue Ribbon. When in doubt, turn to your roots.

But, you know, ultimately the beer is just a lubricant for the dogs. And the dogs are many — and kind of wonderful, if a dog is what you’re up to. The dogs are actually divided into all-beef, skinless “Haus Dogs,” and quirky-as-could-be “Haus Sausages” — the latter packing more of a punch, and more heft than the former, though with enough toppings, they both need two hands to eat.

The most popular of the dogs seems to be the Sooo Cali, which would be over-the-top at Dodger Stadium, but here it’s one of the simplest of the creations — topped with “only” arugula, crispy onion, avocado, tomato and a spicy aioli mayo.

I need to add that the dogs are served on toasted King’s Hawaiian bread, which is sweeter than most hot dog buns, and somewhat softer — and also admirably delicious. It’s a fine touch it makes the bun worth eating as much as all the stuff crammed into it. And let me tell you — that stuff tends to be so much the whole concoction can begin to crumble if you let it sit around too long. When the buns get too moist, they…I don’t know…evaporate?

And then there are the tots, which seem to be everywhere. You want tots plus, order The Love Boat — a combo of Tots, chili and slaw. With a choice of sauces for dipping. Maple syrup Sriracha? But of course.

The Grand Slam Dog has smoked bacon, a fried egg, Tater Tots (on the dog!) and maple syrup Sriracha. And then, there’s the dog called Another Night in Bangkok — a spicy Thai currywurst with peanut sauce, Asian slaw and crushed peanuts. The Kung Pao Cajun has an andouille sausage and kung pao sauce. And how about The Pig and the Fig? A sausage stuffed with Emmental cheese under a fig and onion relish. With sliced almonds? Why? Why not? All that, and a sausage called The Pig Lebowski.

The Gaff is, on one level, a cheerful, modern neighborhood joint to go to for a cold mug of draft craft beer, and a bit of a happy hour snack. But that would be to severely underrate the place. For this is a fine destination for some dishes o’ the moment, served in a rough setting, with lots of benches and stools, and nothing that even approached a tablecloth.

You don’t go here to be fancy. But you do go here for good. At very good prices.

Consider the yellowfin tuna tostada — a hillock of fresh fish, cut into largish cubes, turned into poke, and layered atop an oversized tostada, along with avocado puree, a spicy ponzu sauce, and a second hill of peanut-flavored slaw on the side. It is, in its own way, a perfect dish — the ahi is generously served, the avocado and the ponzu are a fine counterpoint to the sharpness of the poke, the slaw on the side offers a very tasty salad.

And there’s more. Many tables have a big order of crispy calamari, served with almost enough cocktail sauce you may have to ask for more, if you get too enthusiastic with your slathering. I’m not sure I’ve ever encountered roasted corn esquite — which is the corn prep of the moment, the corn smeared with jalapeño mayo, cotija cheese and spicy Tajin Powder made with crab. It’s a bit hard to say what it is — a vegetable dish, a seafood dish, a spice-orama that goes well with the beer. Whatever, it’s unique. Good for the kitchen for doing it.

And get this: There are sweet Tater Tots for dessert. Talk about pushing the edge of the culinary envelope! Not sweet french fries. But sweet Tater Tots. A permutation that makes the Tot one of nature’s most perfect foods.

180 S. Glendora Ave., West Covina 626-699-1188, www.bunstreet.com

Bun Street, a very good name, is one of the best burger and craft beer joints in West Covina, a destination well worth seeking out, if your cholesterol is under control, for a platter of Tater Tot poutine so out of control, it’s hard not to laugh (somewhat sardonically) when it lands on the table. Ditto the Buffalo Chicken Tots, the Pizza Tots and the basic Bun Street Tots. This is a hotbed of Totitude.

Beyond the Tot obsession, the menu is built around hand-formed, never-frozen top choice Angus beef, a good sized patty, cooked as you want it cooked. After you decide on your protein, there’s a choice of five buns, including both a terrific brioche, and a ramen bun, made in-house, that sets you on the path of some major eating. (On the flip side, you can have your burger lettuce-wrapped, but that never made much sense to me, for the lettuce turns soft and ick.)

Further, there’s a choice of 12 spreads — bacon chipotle aioli anyone? There are four cheeses. And seven toppings. And then, there’s the poutine, a French-Canadian calorie bomb that’s found its way south to give hungry Americans one more way to get properly stuffed. Up there, poutine is made with french fries, cheese cruds and brown gravy. At Bun Street, the cheese is far tastier mozzarella, and along with gravy, there’s duck confit. And putting it over Tater Tots works wonders.

The Tots are also tossed with Buffalo chicken, with pizza toppings, with bacon and onions, and turned into nachos. This is crazy food.

Not surprisingly, there’s a righteous fine mac and cheese to be had here, along with some notably crunchy onion rings. And yes, there are salads — though even the Caesar is chargrilled. And the Buffalo Chicken Salad, with bacon and cheese — well, it’s not a diet dish, even if it is salad. But it sure is good.

72 N. Fair Oaks Blvd., Old Pasadena 626-219-6054, www.thederwolfpasadena.com

At Der Wolf (which used to be Der Wolfkopf), they serve Wolfstyle Tots, which are a meal in themselves — along with a beer, of course. The Tots are topped with sauerkraut, peppers, beer cheese, jalapeños, caramelized onions and bacon. It’s quite a dish — and though I’ve bent my elbow happily in both Munich and Berlin, it’s not a dish I’ve ever seen over there.

When the world opens again, we’ll be able to enjoy this American take on a German beer hall, where the servers dress in jeans and sneakers — and they’ve got a lot less heft (if you catch my drift) than their equivalents in Deutschland.

The music here leans toward 1960s rock — I could make out Manfred Mann singing “The Mighty Quinn,” and I think it was Donovan singing “Season of the Witch.” (In Munich, there was an oom-pah band that never took a break.)

There are long tables, just like in the Old Country, low lighting (the place is downright dim, which makes me look that much better), enough beer to keep most anyone well-lubricated — and an assortment of dishes that range from the deeply Teutonic to just plain California Cuisine. As in the kale salad with quinoa and farro, garbanzo beans and sunflower seeds and a choice of chicken or tofu.

I haven’t been in Germany in a while, but I feel fairly certain that tofu is not a notable menu item. If there’s one other dish (aside from beer) you simply have to order, it’s the Bavarian pretzels, which arrive soft and hot and salty, with mustard and beer cheese. Add on the sausage and cheese plate, and you’ve got a pretty good, and very casual meal.

There are potato pancakes too. There’s also a mac and cheese that seems far more cheese than mac. German cooking does a yeoman job filling you up it’s not what you eat if you’re heading for the beach.

LeRoy’s Restaurant

Going for a meal at the venerable LeRoy’s — “A Meal Fit for a King” — is like slipping into your favorite pair of well-worn jeans. It’s a neighborhood restaurant with no pretense, no airs, no sense of superiority — despite its logo of a noble lion wearing a crown.

It simply is what it is, with a cheerful staff, who will gladly chat about whatever you need them to chat about. Which includes the history of the place (it used to be called Breakfast King), and the wonders of the long-gone pottery outlet store that used to sit across the street — replaced by a nondescript shopping mall in the midst of a street of nondescript shopping malls. Progress and all that.

The place has, over the years, become an exercise in restaurant whimsy, with walls decorated with signs that read: “Don’t Worry, Our Staff Is Accustomed to Dumb Questions” and “Coffee! You Can Sleep When You’re Dead!” Gotta love stuff like that. There’s another sign that reads: “Today’s Menu: Take It or Leave It.” Which I guess can be said of everyday’s menu.

This is not a restaurant that bristles with specials — what’s on the menu is what there is, except for the occasional extra dish on a board. And what’s on the menu is chow we’ve come to know well over the years.

This is not a hotbed of madcap culinary creativity. About the wildest dish is the Hobo Sandwich, served for lunch, made with roast beef, ham, turkey, Swiss and American cheeses with lettuce and tomato, and mayo, on a French roll. Three meats! Two cheeses! Crazy town!

Otherwise, this is the land of the Salisbury steak, liver and onions, and a Denver omelette for breakfast. Even the toast options hew to the straight and narrow — wheat, white, sourdough, rye, raisin, pumpernickel, English muffin and a bagel, with nary an artisanal loaf in sight.

I will bet that when LeRoy’s first opened back in 1976, there was no breakfast burrito on the menu. But you know, times change, and so do demographics. And so, there’s a breakfast burrito back with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, hash browns or Tater Tots bacon, sausage, ham, chorizo or chili.

On the other hand, Grandma’s Coffee Cake, a wonderful thing, virtually a meal in itself, does smack of being a dish from the beginning — double layered, and thick with cinnamon, walnuts, brown sugar and icing. A sugar rush? Do you even need to ask? A joy, but that Breakfast Burrito with Tater Tots? What a multi-ethnic pool shot, hitting all the right balls. This is a dish that’s SoCal incarnate!

Umami Burger

“Umami” is the fifth taste — after sweet, sour, bitter and salty. It’s often described as the “meaty” flavor. And “meaty” is indeed the flavor that dominates at the fast-growing Umami Burger chain. Which isn’t nearly as ubiquitous as The Counter. But then, The Counter had a five-year head start.

In terms of burgers, they don’t bother with mix-and-match at Umami. Instead, the chain’s many obsessed fans go for the “Kombu Meal #1” — a basic (and very juicy) Umami Burger with thin fries and a Thai Nakhon Lager.

There’s a certain built-in quirk to some of the burgers at Umami — like the Triple Pork Burger of fresh ground pork, chorizo and bacon, topped with manchego cheese and a pimento-garlic mayo. The Manly Burger is made with beer-cheddar cheese, smoked salt onion strings and bacon lardons. There’s a Truffle Burger with truffle cheese and truffle glaze. (It’s sort of Truffle Lite.) There’s a veggie burger (the Earth Burger) as well, made with mushrooms and edamame.

By all means, make room for the Cheesy Tots — Tater Tots in excelsis, topped with gobbets of wonderfully gooey cheese. And yes, they make their own ketchup. Of course they do.


Watch: Here’s Kevin Bacon in an Ad About Eggs - Recipes

Bob Woodruff Shocked ABC Coworkers with a Surprise Visit to the Newsroom Musical Anchor Chairs will Over Soon Have Some Ads Gone too far? Taylor Hicks, on for "People" Magazine`s Hottest Bachelors Winner of the Grilled Cheese Sandwich Eating Contest Kevin Bacon on his New movie "Lover Boy" and His Family

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A.J. HAMMER, CO-HOST: Online privacy and the personal information on the web about the stars and you. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York
BROOKE ANDERSON, CO-HOST: And a look at the hottest bachelors in Hollywood. I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. TV`s most provocative entertainment news show starts right now.

HAMMER (voice-over): On SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, Bob Woodruff`s triumphant return. The wounded former ABC anchor makes a surprise trip to the newsroom for the first time since he was nearly killed while covering the war in Iraq. Tonight, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT takes you inside the emotional visit.

Shocking ads from car safety to anti-smoking campaigns. We`re taking a look at a wave of ads that once you see them are hard to forget.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Nothing will ever be the same again.

Are these disturbing images an effective way of making a point or shock value that crosses the line? SHOWBIZ TONIGHT investigates.

ANDERSON: Hi there, I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood.

HAMMER: I`m A.J. Hammer in New York. Brooke, a TV newsman is making news himself in a very emotional and a very triumphant way. It`s really quite amazing.

ANDERSON: It is A.J. You remember ABC news anchor, Bob Woodruff was really close to being killed in an explosion while covering the war in Iraq. Well, he`s making unbelievable progress from his devastating injures. So much so, he shocked everyone by making a surprise visit to the network newsroom, a newsroom that`s seen turmoil you only read about. But, you`ll want to see this, how it all took a break for Bob.

BOB WOODRUFF, ABC NEWS ANCHOR: Man, it`s good to be here.

ANDERSON (voice-over): Who says cynical, hard bitten journalists can`t show emotion? There was plenty of it on display at ABC headquarters in New York, where ABC News anchor, Bob Woodruff, paid a visit, his first since he was nearly killed by an explosion in Iraq, this January.

WOODRUFF: Woke up in this hospital, and I looked up, and I just thought about you guys. And I thought about everything that I wanted badly to come back to.

Anderson: Media critic Howard Kurtz tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT that it was an emotional day.

HOWARD KURTZ, MEDIA CRITIC: I was in the ABC newsroom the day that Bob Woodruff left on that ill-fated trip to Iraq. And it was very emotional when he came back. I talked to all sorts of people who were just so moved to see their friend and colleague be able to talk and chat and joke and come back to the newsroom that he loves.

ANDERSON: It was hard to imagine that, just a few short months ago, Woodruff was fighting for his life. This past January, while on assignment in Iraq, an explosive device blew up near the military vehicle Woodruff was riding in. He suffered injures to his skull and began what has been described as a slow, painful recovery. The going has been hard at ABC News ever since anchor Peter Jennings died of lung cancer last August. I was there last December when the co-anchor team of Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas were named Jenning`s official replacement.

(on camera): How are you feeling?

ELIZABETH VARGAS, ABC "WORLD NEWS TONIGHT" CO-ANCHOR: Thrilled, honored, overwhelmed, but mostly honored. This is a great honor.

WOODRUFF: I was very nervous when I came in this morning. But we talked to "World News" and the staff down there, and I have to say, it was like being amongst family.

ANDERSON: But then came Bob Woodruff`s injury earlier this year. And the day after that, Vargas announced that she was pregnant. She was later replaced, permanently, in the "World News Tonight" chair by Charles Gibson, a move that angered women`s group.

Joe Hagen who profiled ABC News in this week`s "New York" magazine, challenges ABC`s official line that Vargas stepped aside voluntarily.

JOE Hagan, "NEW YORK" MAGAZINE: She was not happy about it, contrary to some of the things that they`re saying publicly.

ANDERSON: And ABC News reportedly endured a struggle among some of its biggest names for that coveted anchor job, "World News Tonight" as lost more than 900, 000 viewers in the months since Jenning`s death. But now that Gibson is in place, the good news for TV news fans is that the game of musical anchor chairs will soon be over.

KURTZ: In September we`re going to see the major league play offs of the anchor wars. Katie Couric, the big X factor, how many people can she draw to the "CBS Evening News?" Brian Williams, can he hold his lead on top at "NBC Nightly News?" And Charlie Gibson, a very comfortable presence for a lot of people, but hardly a fresh face, taking over at ABC. Each network news division now has its best team on the field, and it will be very a tough competition for all of them.

ANDERSON: As for when Bob Woodruff will rejoin the TV news game, no one is making guesses. But in light of what he`s been through, TV gurus say the more impordant (SIC) story now is not just the TV news horserace, but a more human one.

HAGAN: It`s somebody who is determined to come back from some terrible tragedy, it reminds me of anything like, you know, Lance Armstrong, gets cancer, beats it, and then goes on to be this world champion, you know, bicycler. And I think that a story that people can relate to, and think because they want to imbue it with their own optimism. They want to see him succeed. I think anybody would.

ANDERSON: And the news ratings out today, ABC "World News Tonight" was in its normal spot in second place. It has 7.1 million viewers behind "NBC Nightly News`" 7.8 million.

HAMMER: Well, Woodruff was, of course, injured while covering the war in Iraq. And now, a mission to help keep U.S. troops safe over there is getting some major star power. Cher is going to Capitol Hill tomorrow to ask for better helmet lining for the troops. Cher`s going to speak to a House Armed Services Subcommittee along with the founder of Operation Helmet, which is a nonprofit group that gives troops helmet upgrade kits. Cher has donated more than 130,000 to that group over the past two years. Operation Helmet has given more than 8,000 kits to troops.

Well, it certainly is one thing for TV shows to cause outrage, but TV commercials? Well, that is indeed the case of a slew of new ads that some say have just gone too far. Linda Kaplin Thaler is a branding expert with the advertising entertainment firm, the Kaplin Thaler Group.

Linda, let`s get right to these ads that are just pushing people`s buttons. This very first one I want to show is put out by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It`s encouraging moms to breastfeed after their children are born. But it is pretty shocking. Take a look at this.

ANNOUNCER: Recent stories show that babies who are breastfed are less likely to develop ear infection, repertory illnesses, and diarrhea. Babies were born to be breastfed.

HAMMER: All right. I get what they`re going for, but are they kidding? I mean, hasn`t this really gone too far? A lot of moms are outraged over this.

LINDA KAPLIN, THALER KAPLIN THALER GROUP: OK, first of all, I`m a mom and I`m outraged. Because, I don`t think the government -- they are in our wallets, they`re in our gas tanks, they don`t have to be in our blouse now. OK, this is just absolutely irresponsible and they should take it off the air. And I predict that it`ll be taken off the air within a month, absolutely.

HAMMER: It just has gone too far despite the fact it is trying to make a point as all advertising.

KAPLIN: Well, what`s the point? If you haven`t breastfed your child, you`re just going to feel really guilty and you`re going to have a stressed out mother who`s going to be a worse mother because of it. And, if you have, OK, so now you feel gratified that you may have done the right thing. This is not a choice that the government should be making. They should not be advertising on the air. It`s very offensive. Every woman that I`ve spoken to has -- and I`ve had women in my office crying -- crying about this ad. It is totally irresponsible and should be absolutely taken off the air.

HAMMER: Well, I`m a guy and I`m offended. Well, let`s get on to another ad that`s actually grossing a lot of people out. This one is put out by the New York City Department of Health, it`s been running locally here in New York where we are. It`s an anti-smoking campaign and it is graphic. Take a look at this.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was 39 when I got throat cancer from smoking cigarettes. I almost died. Now there is a permanent hole in my throat. Nothing will ever be the same again.

HAMMER: All right. I am not a smoker, but that would definitely keep me from smoking. However, if I`m sitting at home eating dinner, I don`t know if I want to see that. It certainly, again, makes its point, but does it cross a line?

KAPLIN: You know what it crosses the line in a good way. When you have to really make a bang to get noticed because people are TiVoing you out and muting you out, but you look at that ad and you are transfixed, you have to watch it. And, if I was about -- somebody, a teenager thinking about whether to smoke or not, hands down, that would convince me not to. And not only that, the proof is in the pudding because the Department of Health has had 15,000 more calls than last year after that ad has run. It is absolutely an effective -- it`s an effective grossout, if you will.

HAMMER: OK, but can doing a grossout sometimes backfire because of a backlash?

KAPLIN: I don`t think so. I mean, I think somebody who`s watching that, they can decide to turn off the TV and they don`t have to watch it if they don`t want to. But it is going to have an effect on somebody. If you remember the old advertising for anti-drug advertising, well, this is your brain on drugs, it was an egg, and then the egg was fried. And they went, you can`t do that on TV. You know what? It stopped a lot of kids from taking drugs.

HAMMER: It did, but truth be told, that`s a lot tamer than watching this, but this is actually reality and we`re actually seeing what can truly happen.

KAPLIN: Absolutely, the ante`s up, now. You have to be much more outrageous than before.

HAMMER: Well, let`s move on to something that is not a public announcement. It`s an outrageous ad from a car manufacturer and it certainly grabs people`s attention. Take a look at this from Volkswagen.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I wasn`t crying, OK?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I mean seriously man, I don`t know why.

HAMMER: As I mentioned, not a PSA, grabs you by the neck, basically. Are they going to sell cars with an ad like that?

KAPLIN: You know what? That ad is a smash in every sense of the word.

KAPLIN: Yes. Volkswagen, what happened, right after that ad started running, is, they have had an increase in 20 percent in sales.

KAPLIN: There you go. And 30 percent or even up to maybe even 40 percent of people are more prone now to want to buy that brand than before. So it is absolutely having an impact.

HAMMER: That`s interesting because car -- you don`t necessarily think Volkswagen, that`s the car I`m going to look at for its safety and I guess that`s what they`re trying to sell.

KAPLIN: That`s right. Well, that`s what -- Volvo is all about safety and they`re trying to usurp that territory and I think they did a great job and you have to shock people into it. And I think that`s one of those ads that just grabs you and you go, oh, my god, and then you go, maybe I should look into buying that car.

HAMMER: Interesting to see if this opens up the floodgates for more shocking ads. Linda Kaplin Thaler, always a pleasure to have your insight. Thank you.

ANDERSON: We`ve got some exciting news to share with you, so spread the word to your friends, your family, your colleagues, starting this weekend, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT airs seven nights a week. That`s right. We are bringing TV`s most provocative entertainment news show to your weekends starting June 17. Be sure to tune in to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 p.m. Eastern, 8:00 Pacific.

HAMMER: It is a family affair for Kevin Bacon`s new movie. What was it like for him to direct his wife and kids and star alongside them? We`re going to find out next in the interview you`ll see only on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

ANDERSON: Plus, it is good to be Taylor Hicks. First he wins "American idol," now he`s on the cover of "People" magazine`s "Hottest Bachelor" issue. We`re going to tell you who else made the list, coming up. We`ll also have this:

We are very stupid in this country. This is spoon feeding criminals.

HAMMER: A shocking look at the personal details that anyone can find out online about the stars and about you. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT investigates online privacy, coming up.

ANDERSON: First tonight`s "Entertainment Weekly" "Great American Pop Culture Quiz." In "Forrest Gump" what rival football team does Forrest`s Alabama squad play against? Was it Georgia, Miami, Atlanta, or Tennessee? Hang tight we`ll be right back with your answer.

ANDERSON: Thank you, Charlie. So, again, tonight`s "Entertainment Weekly" "Great American Pop Culture Quiz." In "Forrest Gump" what rival football team does Forrest`s Alabama squad play against? Georgia, Miami, Atlanta, or Tennessee? The answer is "D," Tennessee.

HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, TV`s most provocative entertainment news show I`m A.J. Hammer in New York. It is time now for stories that made us say, "That`s Ridiculous." From the wonderful world of competive eating, ladies and gentlemen, we have a new world record holder in the grilled cheese category. I believe it deserves a round of applause tonight. Check this guy out. Mr. Joey Chestnut has set a new record in Las Vegas. He ate 47 grilled cheese sandwiches in 10 minutes -- 47. Which happens to be 11 more than the old record. But, Brooke, that is not a contest for the lactose intolerant.

ANDERSON: No, it`s not. And that`s more than four sandwiches per minute. That`s pretty darned crazy. The A.J., the big dog, so to speak, of all eating contests happens next month, that big 5th of July hot dog eating completion.

HAMMER: Yes, the big wiener eating contest that`s going to be taking place for the holiday weekend.

HAMMER: We say, Brooke, a grilled cheese eating world record, "That`s Ridiculous."

ANDERSON: Now, "That`s Ridiculous."

HAMMER: Yeah, that`s cheesy and that`s that. Well, you know, when some people think grilled cheese, they think Bacon. When you think Kevin Bacon, you might think "Foot Loose" or "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon." I`m sorry I had to travel that road. But, now, think director Kevin Bacon. His new movie`s called "Lover Boy" and it stars his wife Kyra Sedgwick, and pretty much the rest of his family. It`s the story of a very overprotective mother whose nurturing of her son borders on obsession. I sat down with Kevin to talk about the movie and how he protects his own family.

HAMMER: Your wife, Kyra Sedgwick, incredibly powerful in this role, an incredibly powerful film, and something that a lot of parents can relate to because her character is overprotective to an extreme, not wanting to let any outside influences affect her child in any way. But, overprotectiveness, something -- and you as a dad, I`m sure, can relate to and all parent`s, really can relate to.

KEVIN BACON, ACTOR/DIRECTOR: Sure. I mean, I think that one of the hardest things to learn as a parent is that balance between holding on too tight and pushing your kid out the door too soon. And I think it`s something that you kind of deal with, you know, we have teenagers now, so it`s -- it comes up again and again and again. And this is the story of a woman who is a great mother, is a magical kind of mother in a lot of ways, but is ultimately a very unbalanced person and really does not have the ability to let the kids spread their wings and fly.

HAMMER: She does seem well intended, as all parents are, but it has gotten more difficult over time, you know, 50 years ago they weren`t dealing with child predators, for instance, in the way they are now, something you dealt with, actually in your film "The Woodsman." And now with the internet and all of that, I imagine -- is that something you concern yourself with as a dad? Have you sat down with the kids and.

HAMMER: . talk about their internet habits?

BACON: Of course. I think you really have to be. I mean, it`s the only responsible thing to do as a parent. You know, I mean, in the old days you had the -- just the sex talk and then eventually, as society evolved, we had to have the drug talk, too, you know. But nowadays you definitely have to discuss the internet and you have to discuss the possibility of people wanting to harm you. And that`s -- it`s hard. It`s a hard moment to do it. And it`s a hard thing as a parent to live with those possibilities, but it`s just the reality.

HAMMER: Part of the deal. One of the things I love about this film, and I`m sure everybody`s talking to you about the fact that it is a big family affair. Your wife Kyra Sedgwick and I were talking about this last week. You got a bunch of Sedgwick`s, you got some Bacons in it, you even got the family dog acting in it.

HAMMER: And Sosi and Travis, your two teenage kids, who -- and this is something Kyra and I spoke about, the fact that it`s well-known you had not wanted them to get into acting. You made that very clear early on, had a change of heart for this film. What were the reasons that you opposed them getting into your profession?

BACON: Well, it`s, I mean, I feel like whatever they want to do when they are adults is what they want to do. But when you`re a kid, it`s more a question of, you know, I don`t want them, you know -- I just don`t want them working and I want them to go to school and be focused on school and their friends and to have some kind of like a normal life. And I don`t think that being a child actor is necessarily the most normal of lives.

HAMMER: Do you get the sense they caught the bug doing this.

BACON: No. I got the sense that they got it out of their system.

HAMMER: Oh good, that must make you happy.

BACON: Well, you know, again, if they become actors I`ll support them in whatever they want to do. But I think that, you know, at this point I want them just to enjoy their childhood.

HAMMER: Well, your wife gets some great press for "The Closer," you know, record breaking numbers in its first week of the season. And she talked about with me the idea that, you know, she`s out there in L.A. working on this, and you`re essentially a stay at home dad. She said you don`t like being called Mr. Mom, so I won`t do that.

HAMMER: But, when you`re not working you`re the primary caregiver.

HAMMER: What do you think the one thing she told us is that you do better than her in terms of taking care of the kids?

BACON: I couldn`t -- don`t know.

HAMMER: Shall we see what she said?

HAMMER: Let`s take a look. Here`s your wife.

KYRA SEDGWICK, ACTRESS: He`s a really good cook.

HAMMER: What`s Kevin`s specialty.

SEDGWICK: Gosh, anything grilled.

HAMMER: She says you`re a really good cook. You`re better than her. True?

BACON: I`d say that`s true. Yeah, the difference between -- I think we`re -- to me, you know, I`m not a good cook. I`m just like, I throw it in a pot and you know, hopefully.

HAMMER: Or on the grill, she said.

BACON: Or on the grill. I throw things on the grill and that`s fine. The difference between me and her is that when I cook, I don`t get really stressed out. She really wigs out when she`s cooking, because she wants so -- like everything else in her life, she wants it to be perfect.

BACON: Yeah. And, you know, and if it`s not, she just, you know, goes ballistic.

HAMMER: "Lover Boys," one of the best films I`ve seen this year. You can see Kevin and his family in the film when it opens on Friday in limited release in New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, it will be in other select cities beginning June 30.

ANDERSON: "American Idol`s" Taylor Hicks is on the cover of "People" magazine`s "Hottest Bachelors" issue. And coming up, we`re going to have a look at some of the other hottest bachelors in Hollywood. But first, we want to hear from you. It`s our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day." Taylor Hicks: Is he your bachelor of the year? Vote at cnn.com/showbiztonight or send us an e-mail to this address, [email protected]

HAMMER: Big exciting news starting this weekend, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is on seven nights a week. That is right. We are bringing you TV`s most provocative entertainment news show to your weekends. Beginning June 17 make sure you tune in to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 p.m. Eastern, 8:00 p.m. Pacific.

ANDERSON: Jerry Lewis, recovering from a heart attack. Daryl Hannah out of jail. We`ll update you on both stars coming up in "Hot Headlines."

HAMMER: Plus, "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks, a new honor, the cover boy for "People" magazine`s "Hottest Bachelor" issue. We`re going to tell you who else made the list, coming up. We`ll also have this:

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Everybody should not have information telling exactly where to come and murder me.

ANDERSON: A shocking look at the personal details that anyone can find out online about the stars and about you. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT investigates online privacy. That`s coming up.

HAMMER: Tomorrow, Hollywood`s most powerful people. We have the "Forbes" "Celebrity 100 List." So, who are the kings and queens of tinseltown? Tom? Oprah? Brad? Jen? Angelina? SHOWBIZ TONIGHT shows you which stars have the most pull. That`s tomorrow.

HAMMER: Grammy winning R&B singer Usher is in the Gulf Coast region rolling up his sleeves and helping clean up areas that are still a wreck after Hurricane Katrina. In New Orleans, he helped clean up a school that has been closed since the hurricane. He said it was just devastating to see New Orleans in the state it`s in. and he said he is hoping to motivate other people to get involved and help out. Usher also has a group project called "Project Restart" which is to help families on the Gulf Coast find housing.

ANDERSON: Wonderful. They haven`t been forgotten nearly a year later and they shouldn`t be.

OK, we have some exciting news to share with you. Starting with weekend, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT airs seven nights a week. That`s right. We`re bringing TV`s most provocative entertainment news show to your weekends. Starting June 17, be sure to tune in to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. Eastern, 8:00 Pacific.

HAMMER: So, who are the hottest bachelors in Hollywood? Well, we have the list. See if you agree with it. Coming up.

ANDERSON: Plus, it`s the Oscars of the internet, the Webby Awards. We`re going to tell you whey Prince won a Lifetime Achievement Award for his website, next.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We are very stupid in this country. Very stupid. This is spoon-feeding criminals.

HAMMER: A shocking look at the personal details that anyone can find out online. You can go online and find out these details about that stars, people can also find out these details about you. And it should have you worried. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT investigates online privacy. That`s coming up, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, for Wednesday night, coming right back.

HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT for a Wednesday night. It is 30 minutes past the hour. I am A.J. Hammer in New York.

ANDERSON: I am Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. This is TV`s most provocative entertainment news show.

A.J., they`re sexy and they`re, most importantly, available, right? "People" magazine is out with its annual "Hottest Bachelors" issue. We`re going to tell you who graces the cover you might be surprised.

And also, what makes these singles so attractive? It`s about more than just appearance, of course.

HAMMER: All right. Also on the way, the Webby Awards. Nothing having anything to do with Spiderman. They`re actually kind of like the Oscars of the Internet, Brooke. The cool thing about this particular award show is the acceptance speeches have to be five words or less. And it was such a cool show even a prince showed up. We`re going to take you to the Webbys coming up in just a couple minutes.

ANDERSON: Refreshing those speeches didn`t drag on and on and on.

But first, what if with just a few clicks of your mouse you could find some very personal information about a total stranger online? We`re talking Social Security numbers, addresses and much more. It`s even happened to some big-time celebrities, and definitely something that`s got us worried around here.

Now the scary thing is, there may not be much you can do to protect yourself. Here`s CNN`s Drew Griffin for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

BJ OSTERGREN, "THE VIRGINIA WATCHDOG": Let`s see if anyone else`s is there.

DREW GRIFFIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): What this woman knows about you - or more accurately, could know about you - is frightening.

OSTERGREN: Yes, it is so easy, it is quick, and - and let me show you.

GRIFFIN: BJ Ostergren, also known as the Virginia Watchdog, is infuriated about how easy it is for her to find your name, Social Security number, date of birth and even your signature.

OSTERGREN: Look, here`s a Bank of American learn (ph) number.

GRIFFIN: Anything anyone would need to steal your identity, right online, and put there by the government.

OSTERGREN: This is another divorce I printed out this morning. The father was in the Air Force, and there`s his Social Security.

GRIFFIN (on camera): He would die if he knew this.

OSTERGREN: They have no clue.

GRIFFIN (voice-over): How did it happen? Ostergren says there was a big push in the last decade to push the access of government records into the 21st century, a paperless society - everything accessible at your fingertips via the Internet. Including government records, historically kept inside courthouses, inside clerks` offices, behind government counters.

Now many of those government records, across the country, can all be accessed by BJ Ostergren right here in the crowded office of her rural Virginia home.

OSTERGREN: But are they public records? Yes, they`re public. But there is a huge difference from driving to the courthouse and looking at it right here. Would I drive there to look at this and go through the record? No. Would I have driven to Miami-Dade to get Jeb Bush`s? No.

GOV. JEB BUSH (R), FLORIDA: This meeting was a very productive one.

GRIFFIN: Did she say Jeb Bush? Yes, the president`s brother. To prove her point she has drawn on celebrity-style identity hunts. The governor of Florida`s Social Security number, posted along with other Floridians.

OSTERGREN: I sat right at this very computer and got that record off the Florida Web site.

GRIFFIN: Jeb Bush has since had his Social blacked out, but plenty of records in Florida are still there for taking.

OSTERGREN: Well, let`s see. Here is Brevard County.

GRIFFIN: With information like your Social Security number, your signature, even your date of birth, a thief can pretend he`s you. And it could cost you dearly.

OSTERGREN: Oh, you could get bank loans. You could get fake papers. You could come into this country using this man`s information. You could have - look, document fraud is a big thing. Mortgage fraud is a huge thing.

GRIFFIN (on camera): She can access almost any record on anyone anywhere, even perfect strangers here in New York City - many who would be shocked to learn that a retired woman in rural Virginia can learn so much about them from Web sites provided by the government that she could easily steal their identity.

(voice-over): Upon searching further, we also found talk show host Kelly Ripa and her husband.

OSTERGREN: Yes, and with their home addresses. They own, apparently, two places.

GRIFFRIN: Ostergren made exposing this electronic privacy gap her mission four years ago, when a concerned stranger warned her that her personal information was about to go online. Now she wants everyone to be warned.

She has set up a Web site to lobby governments and financial institutions to stop posting this information. And she now takes the time to call strangers herself and let them know the risks.

OSTERGREN: It infuriates me no end. But what can I do? I - I just think that people should see what I`m showing you. And people should see, you know, what - you wanted to see Colin Powell`s.

GRIFFIN: On a Virginia Web site she found the former secretary of state`s Social Security number, his wife`s, their Virginia address, even signatures.

OSTERGREN: Yes, and you can get that record. And on the first page of that document - here it is right here - you can see Page 1 with his home address here.

GRIFFIN: We decided to check for ourselves. Ostergren suggested we look at Phoenix, Arizona - Maricopa County. Per capita, it has the highest rate of identity-theft fraud in the country. Sitting at a computer in Atlanta, we were a bit taken back when we went to the Maricopa County Recorder`s Office Web site and found just about every document you could imagine, and personal information that you would never want others to get.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And his Social Security number right there.

GRIFFIN: So we physically went to the Maricopa County`s Recorder`s Office, and ran into a local resident, Phyllis Montgomery (ph), who was shocked when we showed her all of her personal information.

(on camera): A little surprising?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Very surprising. Very scary. Very scary, because this is private information. Everybody should not have information (INAUDIBLE) exactly where to come and murder me or pick me up or.

GRIFFIN (voice-over): The Recorder`s Office here posts a sign warning people their information will be made available on the Internet.

But available where? And who is the warning for?

Using the Internet, we randomly looked up Michael Russo (ph), who lives in Phoenix. He has never used a computer and doesn`t remember ever being in the Recorder`s Office.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Your privacy - lose your privacy. That was (INAUDIBLE) they come out with these computers.

GRIFFIN: Michael Russo ripped up our copies of his personal documents right in front of us. But we can easily print out another copy right on the county Web site.

Recorder Helen Purcell says she is working with the state of Arizona to figure out how to cleanse the records, like blackening out Social Security numbers. But she admits that in their rush to post the information online, they did not realize how easy they were making it for criminals intent on committing fraud.

UNIDENTIFED FEMALE: Maybe at the outset of that, all of these things weren`t thought about.

GRIFFIN: BJ Ostergren, the Virginia Watchdog.

GRIFFIN: .couldn`t agree more. The question now, she says, what if anything is anyone going to do about it?

OSTERGREN: We are very stupid in this country, very stupid. This is spin (ph) feeding criminals.

ANDERSON: That`s pretty frightening. That was CNN`s Drew Griffin for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

HAMMER: It`s time now for tonight`s "HOT HEADLINES." For that we fly out to Hollywood for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Sibila Vargas.

Well, Darryl Hannah went from a tree to jail to home. The "Splash" star was one of about 40 people arrested during a protest in Los Angeles. Hannah climbed up a tree as part of an effort to save a community garden. Now the owner of the land wants to put a warehouse there instead, and that`s not making her too happy. And as people tell us, she`s out of the slammer now.

Well, tonight Jerry Lewis is recovering from a heart attack that he called - quote - "a mild one." SHOWBIZ TONIGHT has learned that the 80- year-old comedian had the heart attack on Sunday, but he`s doing great now and is expected to be released from a San Diego hospital early next week. Lewis was scheduled to perform in Las Vegas for the first time in more than five years next month, but is soon to be canceled (ph). We wish him the best.

And Nielsen Media wants to know what you watch, how you watch and where you watch everything. The company that gives the weekly TV ratings says that it`s creating a system that can track - keep track of what you`re listening to, watching on iPods, cell phones, video game players and everything else in between. That`s in the works. They`ll start testing out in the fall. But it sounds a little like big brother`s watching and listening to me.

And those are tonight`s "Hot Headlines," A.J.

HAMMER: I don`t know. It kind of makes perfect sense to me. They got to know so the ratings can come in and be properly calculated, Sibila. It`s all very scientific.

VARGAS: Great, but they`re going to know everything. They`re - they`ll know everything though.

HAMMER: Well, not too much, I hope.

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s Sibila Vargas, thanks for joining us from Hollywood.

ANDERSON: All right. We know sometimes award shows can be painful to watch. Yes, even we admit it. But bad comedy routines, endless speeches and thank you`s.

Well, at the Webbys, the Oscars of the point-and-click crowd - the Internet - you have no choice but to keep it to the point. And that even applies if you are one of the biggest music stars of all time.

Here`s CNN`s Jeanne Moos for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDET (voice-over): One thing you can count on at the Webbys.

MOOS: You can count on one hand the number of words in every acceptance speech.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Happiest moment of my evening.

MOOS: Five words - that`s the limit, whether you`re nationalgeographic.com.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: More than just bare breast.

MOOS: Or Arianna Huffington winning "Best Political Blog" for her Huffington Post.

HUFFINGTON POST, BLOGGER: Darlings, make blogs, not war.

MOOS: .more than you usually get out of Prince.

PRINCE, ENTERTAINER: Everything you think is true.

MOOS: Prince won a lifetime achievement award for using his Web site to distribute his music.

Another lifetime achievement award went to Dr. Robert Khan. The co- inventor of the Internet gave his speech in binary computer code.

It was hard to compete with Al Gore`s speech from last year.

AL GORE, FMR. VICE PRESIDENT: Please don`t recount this vote.

MOOS: The winners tend to agonize over choosing a pithy phrase. At the Huffington Post, readers weighed in on suggestions.

"I`m not Zsa Zsa Gabor" had a nice ring to it.

HUFFINGTON: I`m like "I`m not Zsa Zsa Gabor." I like that. "It`s all Greek to me."

MOOS (on camera): That was a good one.

HUFFINGTON: Do you like that one?

MOOS: Because that`s right - you`re Greek.

MOOS (voice-over): There was nothing Greek about this guy`s marriage proposal. Dave Garr won a Webby for creating daveloveselizabeth.com to propose to the woman who is now his wife.

DAVE GARR, WWW.DAVELOVESELIZABETH.COM: So I want her to go up and say.

ELIZABETH GARR, WWW.DAVELOVESELIZABETH.COM: You had me at www.

D. GARR: I proposed, Elizabeth said.

MOOS: Dave got booed for ceding the five-word limit.

MOOS: A site called Cute Overload, featuring nothing but cute animal pictures, won a Webby.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Not bad for posting kitten.

MOOS: "Cats and Rats" is the most loved and hated part of the Web site. It features a combo of just that.

No one objected after Prince`s five-word speech. But when he sang a few more words.

MOOS: But whatever you do, don`t try this with your PC.

ANDERSON: CNN`s Jeanne Moos reporting. Thanks. That`s backwards.

By the way, this was the 10th anniversary of the Webbys, and the selection committee includes David Bowie and "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening.

A.J., five more words for everybody: watch SHOWBIZ TONIGHT every day.

HAMMER: Well done. Congratulations.

Well, we know it is the season of beach and barbecues. But, you know, after you`re playing outside on a weekend, we want you to come inside and hang out with us. Starting this Saturday, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s going to be on seven nights a week. That`s right we are bringing TV`s most provocative entertainment news show to your weekends. It all begins June 17. Make sure you tune and tell all your friends: SHOWBIZ TONIGHT Saturday and Sunday at 11 p.m. 8 Pacific.

ANDERSON: Coming up, if you just love to head on down the highway, we`ve got a great job for you. But we still think it`s ridiculous. That`s next.

HAMMER: Plus, they`re sexy and single: "People" magazine`s out with its annual "Bachelors" issues. See if your favorite hot hunk has made the cut. That`s coming up next.

ANDERSON: And Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock are doing something they haven`t done in more than a decade, and it`s got a lot of people talking. What is it? SHOWBIZ TONIGHT is right there and we`ll have that.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Music under go, Camera 3, stand by, A.J. Pre-set 4, open his mic, dissolve 4, go.

HAMMER: Welcome back to SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, TV`s most provocative entertainment news show. I am A.J. Hammer in New York. It`s time now for another story that just made us say "That`s Ridiculous!"

And this one`s for you if you`re a recent college grad, or maybe you`re thinking about a career change. Some very interesting jobs are out there waiting.

For example, recruiters are actually paying up to $11 an hour for people to sit in a truck on the highway. That`s it. Just sit. It seems that these trucking companies want to use those express lanes to save time. And, you know, you need more than one person to do that. You got have a couple people in the truck, at least. I guess they heard that the blow-up doll idea doesn`t quite work.

Now Brooke, there`s another great opportunity out there for those who may be interested in something a little different: a gross-stunt coordinator. This is somebody who produces those special stomach-churning exhibitions we see on the reality shows. Very special skills involved there.

ANDERSON: Yes, what kind of skills are you learning with these jobs?

Also, A.J., dog-food testers, horse dentists, and jellyfish farmers. So a lot of unusual jobs out there. But we say, $11 an hour to just sit a truck on the highway? Now, "That`s Ridiculous!"

But A.J., something that women everywhere find anything but ridiculous is "People" magazine`s "Bachelors of the Year" issue. So ladies, grab a pen and a paper because it`s time for these gorgeous to show us how they are sexy and very single.

ANDERSON (voice-over): He is the most recent bachelor. He is going through a very public divorce. There`s the Oscar nominee that can cook, and the Oscar winner who can belt out a tune. They are "People"`s bachelors of 2006.

There are some from our past that now find themselves, well, taken. But have no fear: here are some very enticing fallbacks.

Pitt may be off the market, but Lindsay Lohan`s costar in "Just My Luck," Chris Pine, isn`t.

CHRIS PINE, ACTOR: Is it just me, or did I just get lucky?

ANDERSON: We all know Tom Cruise has found his special someone. But Brandon Routh has the potential to be - well, the Superman of bachelors.

Some bachelors are so hot, like Fantastic Four`s Chris Evans, they sizzle.

Some are so easy on the eyes and so idolized millions took time out of their day to vote.

And then there are your real-life folk: those who have graced your TV, and those who can rescue you out of any real-life situation, like these real-life heroes: fighting fires, fighting wars and fighting to rescue those in need.

ANDERSON: And joining me from New York with more on "People"`s hottest bachelors of 2006 is "People"`s senior editor, Julie Dam.

JULIE DAM, "PEOPLE" SENIOR EDITOR: Thanks for having me.

ANDERSON: OK, is what you`re telling us true - that broken hearts really make the best bachelors? I - you put Matthew McConaughey on the list. We know that he and Penelope Cruz just recently broke up.

ANDERSON: What is it about this guy that people just cannot resist?

DAM: Well, you know, he is our reigning "Sexiest Man Alive." And he`s - you know, he is a good guy from - from Texas. He likes to - you know, he knows how to kick back. His idea of fun is kind of hanging out, drinking a few beers, driving around in his truck. You know, he`s just - he`s kind of a man`s man, I have to say.

ANDERSON: He is. And that Southern drawl is pretty darn adorable.

ANDERSON: OK, Nick Lachey also on the list - a recent bachelor himself. Now I listened to the lyrics of his recent song "What`s Left of Me," and he sounds genuinely wounded. Why would you want to date someone who`s wounded? It`s dangerous territory when - when people are on the rebound sometimes, Julie.

DAM: Well, yes. But there`s also something irresistible about somebody who needs to be nursed back, you know what I mean?

ANDERSON: And also those biceps don`t hurt at all.

ANDERSON: .with Nick, either.

DAM: OK, Taylor Hicks is on the cover of "People" magazine, and he`s got quite a spread in the issue as well. We at SHOWBIZ TONIGHT were debating him. It`s our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day," in fact. But we were debating his new status as "People" magazine`s hottest bachelor.

What do you know about the "American Idol" winner that maybe our audience just doesn`t know?

DAM: You know, he talks about how he may have come off kind of goofy on air. But he`s not like that in person at all. He is, like, a really a nice guy he has a sense of humor. You know - and did you know he`s 6 foot - 6 foot 1? He`s like.

DAM: .a tall, nice-looking guy in person.

DAM: Yes. And, you know, he`s the only "American Idol" this season who needed a bodyguard, because his fans were so avid.

ANDERSON: He has a lot of fans. All right. Continue.

DAM: Absolutely. Absolutely.

And, you know, he kind of likes a - a normal girl who likes him for him. In fact, he locked eyes with a girl on an airplane recently and says, you know, if you`re that mystery woman, write in and - and maybe you can hook up with - with Taylor Hicks.

ANDERSON: And they locked eyes. That`s pretty Southern.

OK, now the alternative angle is always great: the oldies, but the goodies. Well, they`re not really old. But Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, also Johnny Depp - they`re no longer bachelors. But now we have Brandon Routh, T.R. Knight - they`re on your list.

I mean, what do these guys have that can really hold a candle to Pitt and company?

DAM: Well, for instance - you know, since Brad taken, there is Chris Pine, who was in a movie with Lindsay Lohan recently. And he`s got the same buzz-cut hair and beautiful eyes. So - and he`s single, you know? He`s available.

With Brandon Routh, he`s - you know, he`s sort of the action hero like Tom Cruise. But one good thing: he`s 6 foot 3. So, how about a more strapping guy than Tom?

So these are the up-and-coming guys who, you know, are on the market and are totally available.

ANDERSON: Well, thanks for letting us in on all of them. Julie Dam of "People" magazine, always fun to talk about this issue. We appreciate it.

ANDERSON: You can pick up "People" magazine featuring the Bachelors of 2006 on Friday.

HAMMER: So what do you think about that cover guy, "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks? It is our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day." "Taylor Hicks: Is he your bachelor of the year?" Please let us know by getting on line to cnn.com/showbiztonight, or e-mailing us at [email protected]

ANDERSON: Last night we told you about the growing celebrity trend, stars hiring male nannies, or mannies, to take care of their kids, including Britney Spears. So we asked you to vote on our SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day." "Britney Spears` manny: would you hire a male nanny?" Sixty-two percent of you said yes you would 38 percent of you said no, you wouldn`t.

OK, believe it or not, it`s been about 12 years since (AUDIO GAP) Sandra Bullock teamed up in "Speed." Remember that movie? Bullock had to keep the bus going over 50 miles per hour. Otherwise, boom. The pair is now starring together for the first time since "Speed" in the upcoming romantic drama "The Lake House."

SHOWBIZ TONIGHT was there as Keanu and Sandra walked the red carpet for the world premiere in Hollywood. "The Lake House" opens this Friday.

HAMMER: Very exciting news to share with you. Staring this weekend, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT airs seven nights a week. That`s right we are bringing TV`s most provocative entertainment news show to your weekend. So make sure you tune in. Starting June 17, tell all your friends about it. Tell the family. Tell the kids. SHOWBIZ TONIGHT on Saturday and Sunday nights at 11 p.m. Eastern. That`s 8 p.m. Pacific.

And SHOWBIZ TONIGHT for a Wednesday night coming right back.

ANDERSON: "People" magazine has picked "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks as one of its hottest bachelors of the year. So we`ve been asking to vote on tonight`s SHOWBIZ TONIGHT "Question of the Day": "Taylor Hicks: Is he your bachelor of the year?" Keep voting: cnn.com/showbiztonight. Write to us: [email protected] We`re going to read some of your e-mails tomorrow.

HAMMER: Let`s find out what`s coming up on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT tomorrow. Here comes your "SHOWBIZ Marquee."

And tomorrow, it`s Hollywood`s powerful: we`ve got the Forbes Celebrity 100 list. Who are the kings and queens of Tinseltown? Tom? Oprah? Brad? Jen? Angelina? SHOWBIZ TONIGHT tells you which stars have the most pull tomorrow.

Also tomorrow, what`s it like to hang out with and interview some of the biggest stars in the world? Talking about Brad Pitt, Madonna, Ben Affleck? Jancee Dunn gets paid to do it for "Rolling Stone." It`s a nice gig, and she tells us all about it tomorrow on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT.

And that is it for SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. Thanks for watching. I`m A.J. Hammer in New York.

ANDERSON: I`m Brooke Anderson in Hollywood. Have a great night. Stay tuned for more from CNN Headline News.


Studio owners: The light at the end of the recital tunnel is in sight, and your summer intensive won't start for a few weeks after that. Now is the time to tackle all those pesky studio-upkeep projects that you can't deal with while dancers are literally underfoot. Longtime studio owners Marisa Mailhes (of Red Door Dance Academy) and Misty Lown (of Misty's Dance Unlimited) have both relied on this timing in the past to upgrade their buildings' dance flooring—and they're here to show you how Stagestep Flooring helped them get it done with a minimum of stress.

A Clean Routine

No shame: Many of us weren't cleaning studio flooring close to often enough before COVID-19 forced a collective rethink. "Prior to COVID, it really felt like a chore to get the floors clean," Lown says. "And it can become easy to get frustrated with the performance of your floors, when actually it's probably not a product issue—it's a stewardship issue." If nothing else, use this breather between spring performances and summer session to overhaul your floor-cleaning routine so that the floor can perform at its best.

It's a common misconception that cleaning dance flooring too often will harm the surface. That's not the case if you're using products and procedures approved by your floor manufacturer. Stagestep Flooring alone offers a whole range of specialized cleaning products, plus multiproduct cleaning kits that include everything you'll need. When in doubt, check your flooring company's website for cleaning solutions (pun intended).

Courtesy of Misty's Dance Unlimited

Decisions, Decisions

There are pros and cons to every marley and subfloor option out there, depending on your particular needs. Do you want the elegant look of a permanent installation with welded seams? Or does your troupe perform often in unusual settings, meaning the flexibility of taped-down marley is more convenient? There are multipurpose floors that suit all dance genres and specialty floors for specific needs—Stagestep Flooring even has flooring that mimics wood (plus more than one real hardwood option) and super-thick, sprung flooring that can be laid directly on top of concrete.

Does all that variety sound overwhelming? "Don't feel like you have to do all of the research yourself," Mailhes says. "Whenever I've seen Stagestep at trade shows, they're happy to talk it all through. Even when I've called and asked a million questions about each type of floor, they've laid out the options honestly and helped me hash out what the right fit is for my dancers—not just what the most expensive choice is. Tell them your space and what you use it for, and they'll help you."

Red Door Dance Academy's Stagestep floors are perfect for in-studio showcases.

Taylor Waters, Courtesy Red Door Dance Academy

If You Don’t Know Where to Begin

Even if you're a total novice or in a major time crunch when it comes to your dance floors, the information and service you'll need to upgrade your flooring game is out there. This time last year, Lown found herself about to open a second location, but in the midst of repeated pivoting due to the coronavirus, flooring and other facility needs had fallen by the wayside. "I called Stagestep and they came to the rescue," she recalls. "The floor came ASAP, and it was beautiful."

Mailhes has both installed her own floors DIY-style and hired professional contractors, and she says that Stagestep provided plenty of guidance (including detailed how-to videos) that eliminated much of the guesswork from the entire process. If you choose a flooring company known for its speedy and reliable customer service, that all-important foundation for classes and rehearsals will be there when you need it.

Stagestep's customer service representatives eliminate the guesswork out of choosing the perfect floor for your needs.

Marcie Parker, Courtesy Red Door Dance Academy

Even If You Think You Don’t Need To

Flooring is obviously a huge investment, one that can pay for itself over time if taken good care of. But Lown adds that studio owners should always be setting aside funds to replace or restore existing floors, or to install flooring in a new location: "Take a dedicated percent of your revenue and set it aside for capital improvements." That way you and your bottom line will be ready when your floors need a refresh, like the next time that this between-recital-and-summer season rolls around.


Way Better Than Your Morning Bowl of Oatmeal: Why Chefs are Cooking Savory Porridge

Quick—what do you think of when we say the word "porridge"? Like most people, you probably pictured a bowl of hot oatmeal, drizzled with maple syrup or sprinkled with brown sugar, perhaps even dotted with a few raisins. This makes for a fine breakfast, but it's only the tip of the iceberg. Influenced by Asian rice dishes and Southern grits, this dish is being doctored with cured meats, roasted veggies, and even fish sauce, and offered up for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in some of the country's best restaurants. Here's what makes savory porridge so irresistible, even Goldilocks couldn't turn it down. (If you can't wait to dive in, check out the recipe for BA 's very own Breakfast Porridge with Soft Egg and Pea Shoots , pictured here at the top of the page.)

It's a New Trend…And an Old Tradition

Rice, oats, farro, and other grains may be getting the star treatment on restaurant menus these days, but savory porridge has been a tradition for a lot longer than tasting menus. Chef Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery in New Orleans explains that the savory rice porridge on his menu was influenced by Asian broken rice-style dishes, like congee . Influence also comes from closer to home. Devillier points to Southern-style grits, that are never doctored up with sweet toppings like syrup, as inspiration for his porridge. The dish at La Petite Grocery changes with the seasons but frequently features fried country ham, funky-fishy bottarga , and grated cured meats.

New restaurant Porridge and Puffs in Los Angeles is leading the way with an entire menu comprised of savory porridge options (and fried dough "puffs") that are a nod to other cultures. Says owner Minh Phan, "Grød, groats, kasha, risotto, polenta, grits, atole, champurrado, genfo, jook, juk, congee, okayu, lugaw are all porridge. I'm Vietnamese and grew up with cháo ." It's undeniable proof that porridge is officially trending—and only a matter of time before it shows up on menus at Panera, and then, dare we say, McDonald's. Kevin Sbraga of Sbraga in Philadelphia cites the need for more gluten-free options as one of the reasons he offers an oatmeal porridge on the dinner menu, rounded out with roasted turnips, fried Brussels sprouts, and pickled apples. Gluten-free or not, minimally processed grains allow for the flavor to take center stage—upgrading them from a "blank canvas" to a starring ingredient.

Heather Rajamani of Dino in Brooklyn offers another reason why porridge is a smart option for chefs: It mimics the texture of the ubiquitous restaurant risotto without the time-consuming labor. Dino's kitchen serves a farro porridge with rosemary, pecorino, prosciutto, extra virgin olive oil, and two poached eggs. Like most restaurants that serve a savory porridge, Dino cooks its grains in a large batch and reheats them to order with a little stock, making dinner service easier and quicker. And in fact, to convince skeptic customers to give their menu a try, Phan at Porridge and Puffs describes it as "risotto-like California porridge."

The savory rice porridge at La Petite Grocery. Photo: La Petite Grocery

Go With the Grain—Variety and Quality

Because the grains are the main event, chefs are choosy about which ones they feature. Devillier likes to cook with rice when the add-ins are subtly flavored, but for big, bold toppings (say, braised meat), he'll choose a hardier grain like barley. Brooklyn's Dino chose farro because the owners love the distinctive, nutty flavor of the grain. In fact, a farro salad was originally featured on the menu, but it wasn't a hit with diners—they kept the grain and revamped the dish.

The less processed the grains, the better they taste. Many chefs also seek out heirloom farmers and small-batch millers. Sbraga's oat porridge was influenced by a visit to Anson Mills , where the quality of the grains blew him away. "We had to find a way to feature them on the menu," he says.

It's a Spoons-Only Affair

A proper porridge—savory or sweet—should be smooth and loose. Gluey, gloopy, and concrete-like bricks signify a porridge fail, so chefs are careful to cook them with plenty of liquid for a custardy consistency. La Petite Grocery uses a 12:1 water-to-oats ratio, cooking it slowly so it's entirely soaked up by the grains. The kitchen then purees half of the porridge and stirs it back in to the pot for a creamy consistency. Sbraga aims for a more austere 3:1. Both chefs agree, though, that the grains should be simmered slowly a rapid boil will cause the liquid to evaporate before it can be absorbed.

And although the porridge should be loose and soupy, the individual grains should retain a chewy bite. Says Sbraga, "I grew up not liking porridge, and it was completely because of the texture," he explains. A well-made porridge should "eat like a stew," according to Devillier, meaning that it should be hearty and hefty—not gummy. Phan's porridge is described as "creamy al dente," and is achieved through a rigorous three-day cooking process (par-cooked on day one, finished with more stock and salt on day two, and reheated for service on day three).

It's (Yet Another) Excuse to Break Out the Sriracha

Unlike sous vide steak or duck confit, this is one restaurant trend you can easily replicate at home. For starters, take a tip from Sbraga and swap your cooking water for stock. The oats at Sbraga are cooked in a house-made mushroom stock, but regular old chicken or veggie stock will add flavor to your grains.

Toppings and mix-ins are what make a savory porridge shine, but don't overload the porridge with bossy flavors. Fish sauce? Great. Miso? Awesome. Hot sauce? We're into it. But add in all three and you're basically just riding a crazy condiment train. "It should be deep and rich and warming, all at the same time," says Sbraga, whose pickled apples add a much-needed bright and acidic note in his oat porridge. Roasted vegetables, meats of all varieties (cured, seared, braised, you name it), and aromatics of the allium variety (onions, leeks, scallions) are all welcome here. Phan of Porridge and Puffs describes a customer favorite as thickened with squash, brown butter, and cream. Another menu option is like a porridge version of surf-and-turf, with wine-braised short ribs and hot sauce-cooked scallops. When all else fails? Put an egg on it .

Lastly, don't forget the importance of presentation. There should be varying textures, flavors, and, of course, colors. "You hand someone a bowl of any kind of plain oats, and it's just this murky brown and boring thing," says Sbraga. But a bowl of porridge with all the fixin's? That's juuust right.


[Misc]TIL: Arin's Bacon Number is 3

I just tried allowing all options, and through Rick and Morty , Dan Harmon and The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards , Arin's Bacon number is 2!

Edit: Through the Co-optitude , Felicia Day and The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards , Dan's number can be 2 as well!

Edit 2: Scratch that, here's a better one for Dan and Arin: Game Grumps, Steve-O, Skum Rocks! (2013) - Bacon number of 2!

If Let's Plays count, do high schools count? I'm 4 I think if so. My personal Let's Play with my friend who was close friends with Eliza Dushku just before/during True Lies, Bill Paxton in True Lies was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Sorry for asking a noobish question, but what website is that?

Google has this feature too if you just type in "[actor's name] bacon number", in case anyone wanted to do it without that site. Not sure what database they use but it didn't work for the Grumps.

Ahh, but what is his Erdos number? He might have one with Brian around.

Brian has a Erdős number of 4, for those interested:

Brian Wecht coauthored with Cumrun Vafa,

Cumrun Vafa coauthored with Shing-Tung Yau,

Shing-Tung Yau coauthored with Ronald L. Graham,

and Ronald L. Graham coauthored with Paul Erdős.

Before I clicked this link I thought it was a reference to Arin's AWESOME home-cooked bacon he's going to make for Danny. I'm totes crossing my fingers for it to be an exclusive Starbomb pre-order bonus on their next album.

Starbomb: Eggs and Bakey edition

I don't. think Jaleel White has been Sonic for a looooong time.

They were both in a sonic fan film

If you allow every option, then he has a Bacon number of 2!

This is basically the hitler game on wikipedia, but with bacon on imdb?

Kinda. It's basically people you are linked to that are also linked to Kevin Bacon/other people who are linked to Kevin Bacon. It's fun to see how far away you can get from being directly linked to Kevin Bacon.

For example, Adolf Hitler has a Bacon Number of 3, as he appeared in 'Tonight and Every Night' with Gary Bruce, who appeared in 'Kiss and Tell' with Shirley Temple, who appeared in the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2006 with Kevin Bacon.


Notes

1. "Eat Yourself Fitter" is a slogan used to sell Kellogg's All-Bran breakfast cereal. This particular ad campaign seems to have begun sometime prior to 1982: "The TV campaign for All-Bran, in area test at the time, went national from July 1982" (Twenty Advertising Case Histories, second series, edited by Charles Channon, Cassell, 1989 thanks to Dan).

See More Information below for a couple of versions of the ad.


'EAT YOURSELF FITTER'. ARE YOU ATTACKING HEALTH FOOD FREAKS (laughter in the background)

-MARK E. SMITH:- Its like a journal, really. A very 'me' journal, all sorts of things I had a go at on that.

YOU DIDN'T GET THE NAME OFF THE BACK OF AN 'ALL BRAN' PACKET?

MARK E. SMITH:- I didn't write it like that, no, I'd never seen that until I'd written the song, I must have seen the television advert or som'at to get the name, I thought it was a unique name, strange that, isn't it? Somebody showed me, I hope they sue us. (laughter)

2. Cretonne, a kind of cotton fabric used for upholstery, has also been suggested. Ex-worker man suggests that it's "Can't stick the cretin on the number three lathe," i.e. the singer dislikes or can't stand one of his co-workers. It's not a word one sees in songs often (although surely more so than "cretonne," but consider "Cretin Hop" by the Ramones.

3. Perhaps this refers to the size of the lathe: "Numbers 3 and 7 are Bent and straight cut-off tools."

4. Presumably a "heavy metal" club. Reader Georgec submits: " Per 'HM Club,' as is often the case, MES clarifies obscure slang for a foreign audience. At Larry's Hidaway, Toronto, 4/21/83, he sings 'Went down the town/to a Heavy Metal club.' It doesn't scan quite as nicely with the added syllables, but there you have it."

It has also been suggested to me that the letters HM commonly stand for "His/Her Majesty's" in many abbreviations.

Dan points out that the video for "Eat Y'Self Fitter" features the group and associates walking down Whitworth Street West, in Manchester, towards the Haçienda nightclub, which seems to represent the "HM club" in the video.

On "I Feel Voxish" from the album Austurbaejarbio (05/06/1983), at 2:16 MES says "those dirty little weirdos/wouldn't let me in their HM club." This seems to me to suggest that these lines may be based on an actual event. Thanks to Jeff Lewis for pointing this out.

5. For the sake of Americans, it may be necessary to add that this is "smart" in the sense of well-dressed. In a 1998 interview with Vox, MES remembers getting bounced for being too darn smart:

Vox: So did you used to strut your Travolta stuff on the dancefloors of Manchester?

MES: I never really went to any of the disco places in Manchester, I could never afford to. Places like Pips, they'd have four or five floors, a soul floor, a Roxy floor, a Bowie floor, and so on - and you had to have the right haircut. It's getting like that again in Manchester. They won't let you in if your hair's too long, or too short, or even if you're dressed too smart. I've had that recently!

6. Gustopher: "Up the stairs mister will refer to the fact that many, if not most, Manchester clubs of the era were in warehouse basements Iincluding the Hacienda, although that was massive) and so you weny doen to get in and when being barred would be told 'up the stairs.'"

7. Psychoanalysis is the reference here, presumably some kind of group therapy, as evidenced by the references below to a "cuddly group" and "musical chairs."

From Paul Hanley's book, Leave the Capital, p.176, note 167:

An extract from Peter Hook's book, How Not to Run a Club (2009). This could be Paul Hanley's source, but since he says "legend has it" he may of course have been aware of the story from personal contacts.

9. In the video for "Eat Y'Self Fitter," a lyric sheet is briefly held up which indicates this line is "elusive fig. 1." A contemporary Melody Maker advertisement includes this passage of the lyrics, and the line is recorded as "Elusive Big L." The lyrics are often messed with when they get written down (see the two lyrics books), and it sounds to me, on both Perverted by Language and The Complete Peel Sessions, like "big one," so I have left it that way above. But this alternate rendering should be kept in mind.

10. These obscu re lines possibly refer to computer keys. They may have just been floating around, too--in the Blue Lyrics Book, MES includes a piece called "Amsterdam," which reads, in part:

CUT!!
The Amsterdam Office
Bertlan Van Diggaboom
"Print!"
"We know what we want!"
Printed
"G.O.H.O.F. unplot"
"On G.O.H.O."
"Lets service and recall"
"And Plus Power"
"Newline Answer"
"We want. "|
Cut!!

Zack has discovered that MES read this on his 1983 Greenwich Sound Radio Creatures What You Never Knew About appearance (along with one "Centimeter Square," see note 12).

11. Kevin Ayers is a British musician who founded the psychedelic group Soft Machine in the 60s.

12. Probab ly a reference to "casual Friday," where business people are allowed to dress down on Fridays. The practice goes back to the 1950s in the US, when employees of Hewlitt Packard were expected to work in the warehouse on Fridays. Casual Friday may have been influenced by "Aloha Friday" in Hawaii, promoted by a group called the Hawaiian Fashion Guild, which encouraged people to wear "aloha shirts" (often called "Hawaiian shirts") to work on Fridays.

13. Barratt Hom es is a major property developer in Britain, sometimes criticized for shoddy workmanship. In any case, a contrast between the archaic "heritance" and the new money implications of Barratt is doubtless intended.

14. "Mit dem" mean s "with the. " in German, with the definite article "dem" in the masculine dative case. At times Smith is likely saying "victim," and there may also be a pun on "amid them." In the video to the song from Perverted by Language Bis, at 5:29 (about 5:29 and a half, really) the screen displays the words "don't wanna be a victim (MIT DEM)" (thanks to Dan).

Clay refers us to the Varukers' "I Don't Want to Be a Victim," which came out in 1982 ("Eat Y'Self Fitter" debuted on March 21, 1983).

15. The Second S udanese Civil War, which lasted for a horrifying 22 years, was just to begin shortly after this song was recorded, although the Peel session (which already has the "Sudan" line) was in March, and Martin, who was in Sudan at the time, says the line is probably just random and doesn't reflect the situation there in the Spring.

Wardour is a street in Soho, London, which was for a time a major center for British filmmaking. The Marquee club, a venue for many famous rock acts, was located on Wardour Street. And, the Jam had a song called "A-Bomb in Wardour Street." Gustopher says "Wardour is the HQ of the British record industry and can be used as shorthand (much like Fleet St refers to the newspaper press)."

North West England was called "Granadaland" in reference to Granada television, centered in Manchester. Also, around this time (1983) the United States invaded the Carribean island nation of Grenada, ostensibly to liberate American medical students who were being held captive after a coup. The coup took place on October 14th, 1983 the US invasion ensued on the 25th. On the Peel version in March, Granadaland is not mentioned, so it is possible that MES intended the lyric to have a (possibly ironic) resonance with the recent events in Grenada (Perverted By Language was released on the 12th of December, although I'm not certain when the song was actually recorded).

16. This is may be a reference to LSD, which is often sold on squares of blotting paper roughly a centimeter on each side (in fact, E3 has just informed me that in the video what looks like a hit of blotter is flashed at this point). The psychedelic element adumbrated by the appearance of Kevin Ayres in an earlier verse here joins the banal account of the harried narrator, suggesting a possible secondary meaning to the title phrase "eat y'self fitter". the song ends here, however, so whether things get better, or just weirder, is left undetermined.

Zack sniffed this out: MES recited a short poem called "Centimeter Square" on his 1983 Greenwich Sound Radio Creatures What You Never Knew About appearance. And Dan provides a transcript:

"The rouge smeared on the agèd profile of the local THF cologne branch chairman was sore and inched well away from prints. The centimetre oblong lipstick compounded fear. For him I did not care a jot. The centimetre square purges fear!"


Studio owners: The light at the end of the recital tunnel is in sight, and your summer intensive won't start for a few weeks after that. Now is the time to tackle all those pesky studio-upkeep projects that you can't deal with while dancers are literally underfoot. Longtime studio owners Marisa Mailhes (of Red Door Dance Academy) and Misty Lown (of Misty's Dance Unlimited) have both relied on this timing in the past to upgrade their buildings' dance flooring—and they're here to show you how Stagestep Flooring helped them get it done with a minimum of stress.

A Clean Routine

No shame: Many of us weren't cleaning studio flooring close to often enough before COVID-19 forced a collective rethink. "Prior to COVID, it really felt like a chore to get the floors clean," Lown says. "And it can become easy to get frustrated with the performance of your floors, when actually it's probably not a product issue—it's a stewardship issue." If nothing else, use this breather between spring performances and summer session to overhaul your floor-cleaning routine so that the floor can perform at its best.

It's a common misconception that cleaning dance flooring too often will harm the surface. That's not the case if you're using products and procedures approved by your floor manufacturer. Stagestep Flooring alone offers a whole range of specialized cleaning products, plus multiproduct cleaning kits that include everything you'll need. When in doubt, check your flooring company's website for cleaning solutions (pun intended).

Courtesy of Misty's Dance Unlimited

Decisions, Decisions

There are pros and cons to every marley and subfloor option out there, depending on your particular needs. Do you want the elegant look of a permanent installation with welded seams? Or does your troupe perform often in unusual settings, meaning the flexibility of taped-down marley is more convenient? There are multipurpose floors that suit all dance genres and specialty floors for specific needs—Stagestep Flooring even has flooring that mimics wood (plus more than one real hardwood option) and super-thick, sprung flooring that can be laid directly on top of concrete.

Does all that variety sound overwhelming? "Don't feel like you have to do all of the research yourself," Mailhes says. "Whenever I've seen Stagestep at trade shows, they're happy to talk it all through. Even when I've called and asked a million questions about each type of floor, they've laid out the options honestly and helped me hash out what the right fit is for my dancers—not just what the most expensive choice is. Tell them your space and what you use it for, and they'll help you."

Red Door Dance Academy's Stagestep floors are perfect for in-studio showcases.

Taylor Waters, Courtesy Red Door Dance Academy

If You Don’t Know Where to Begin

Even if you're a total novice or in a major time crunch when it comes to your dance floors, the information and service you'll need to upgrade your flooring game is out there. This time last year, Lown found herself about to open a second location, but in the midst of repeated pivoting due to the coronavirus, flooring and other facility needs had fallen by the wayside. "I called Stagestep and they came to the rescue," she recalls. "The floor came ASAP, and it was beautiful."

Mailhes has both installed her own floors DIY-style and hired professional contractors, and she says that Stagestep provided plenty of guidance (including detailed how-to videos) that eliminated much of the guesswork from the entire process. If you choose a flooring company known for its speedy and reliable customer service, that all-important foundation for classes and rehearsals will be there when you need it.

Stagestep's customer service representatives eliminate the guesswork out of choosing the perfect floor for your needs.

Marcie Parker, Courtesy Red Door Dance Academy

Even If You Think You Don’t Need To

Flooring is obviously a huge investment, one that can pay for itself over time if taken good care of. But Lown adds that studio owners should always be setting aside funds to replace or restore existing floors, or to install flooring in a new location: "Take a dedicated percent of your revenue and set it aside for capital improvements." That way you and your bottom line will be ready when your floors need a refresh, like the next time that this between-recital-and-summer season rolls around.


Where to watch the royal wedding in Tampa Bay and beyond

Come Saturday, Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle. It sounds almost musical, and for Americans, this tune is our jam.

Local pubs are having watch parties, movie theaters are having special showings and there will be wall-to-wall coverage on cable and broadcast stations starting at 3 and 4 a.m. for those of us setting our alarms and raising a teacup to toast the couple.

Viewership is expected to top the almost 23 million American viewers who tuned into Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding in 2011. Around the world, 3 billion are expected to tune in to Harry and Meghan's, thanks to smart phones and social media making the wedding more accessible.

Saturday's nuptials start at noon London time. That means we'll need to be tuned in by 7 a.m. here in Florida, earlier if you want to ogle the gorgeous getups and fancy hats.

That's an hour later than the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, which was held on a Wednesday, making many a groggy worker and students that hump day. The Saturday wedding is a break from the royal tradition of holding a morning ceremony on a weekday and declaring a national holiday to give workers the day off.

As you prepare to pin a fascinator on your head, here's everything you need to know to tune in to the royal wedding.

Tegan Foster, the co-owner of St. Petersburg's Hawthorne Bottle Shop, said patio seating for the lounge's royal wedding watch party has already sold out, but barstools and tables inside are still available.

"People are really excited about this," said Foster, whose mother is British. "I've got a really nice dress and we all have fabulous hats."

The doors open at 6 a.m. It's $25, but a $100 VIP table for four gets you two bottles of champagne and platter of British breakfast foods. Reservations required. 2921 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 800-2810.

At Jacks London Grill in St. Petersburg, the call is to "come dressed in your pajamas, or dressed to attend a wedding." There will be a variety of English breakfast foods for sale and a wedding champagne peach mimosa ($4.99). Doors open at 6:30 a.m. 1050 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 289-7170.

The Pub at International Plaza will have a Royal Brunch starting at 6 a.m. Saturday, offering $3.25 Old Speckled Hen, drink specials and giveaways. 2223 N West Shore Blvd. Tampa. (813) 443-5642.

In Seminole Heights, London Heights British Pub will open at 6:30 a.m. offering bottomless mimosas, coffee, tea and pastries. 7701 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 231-7200.

The Chattaway in St. Petersburg will open at 7 a.m. and provide seven TV screens for watching the wedding. A traditional English breakfast will be served with eggs, bangers, beans, crumpets, marmalade, bacon, potatoes, grilled mushrooms, tomatoes and tea for $13.99. 358 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-1594.

Or, sleep in and catch a 10 a.m. screening of Harry & Meghan: The Royal Wedding, a commercial-free presentation of the royal wedding that will screen in nearly 200 theaters across the U.S. Reserve your tickets at fathomevents.com for screenings at Park Place 16 in Pinellas Park and Citrus Park 20 in Tampa.

For those watching at home, the choices are immense.

• Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon will cover the wedding live for HBO. They will revive their characters, health and fitness expert Cord Hosenbeck (Ferrell) and L.A. Law alum Tish Cattigan (Shannon). The special, produced by Funny or Die, will air live on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and repeat at 9:45 p.m.

• PBS coverage begins at 4:15 a.m. when public television stations will carry the BBC's live coverage led by BBC veteran Huw Edwards, Kirsty Young and Dermot O'Leary. Based at the moat outside Windsor Castle and on the roof of the Guard Room within the walls of Windsor Castle, the BBC is at the very heart of proceedings with views of the castle and the gathering crowds.

• ABC begins a five-hour live edition of Good Morning America at 5 a.m. hosted by Robin Roberts and World News Tonight anchor David Muir.

• CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King and Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier start live coverage at 4 a.m. on CBS. Also shown live on 24/7 streaming news network CBSN.

• NBC will air a special six-hour edition of Today starting at 4:30 a.m. from Windsor anchored by Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb. It will be live streamed on TODAY.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

• A special Fox & Friends episode with Ainsley Earhardt begins at 5 a.m., and then Fox news anchor Shepard Smith and America's Newsroom's Sandra Smith will anchor coverage from outside St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle beginning at 6 a.m.

• BBC America will have a live direct simulcast and streaming of coverage by the BBC in the U.K. with commentary by BBC experts and limited commercial interruption.

• E! News coverage starts at 5 a.m. with Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski hosting a five-hour show from Windsor. There will be a one-hour recap at 7 p.m.

With a five-hour time difference, here's what to expect in Eastern Standard Time.