Happy birthday, MTV

1. People For Good

The “People For Good” campaign running in large cities throughout Canada on transit shelters, buses, billboards and the like encourages people, to, well, do good, with messages like “Give Your Fellow Driver Five Fingers. Wave.” The brains behind it have no ulterior motives, they just wanted to start a positive social movement. For more ideas on doing good in your community, check out their website Peopleforgood.ca or download their People For Good iPhone app. Then go out and do good.

2. Ashley Picks… J.P.!

So J.P. proposed and Ashley said “Yes!”, on the Bachelorette finale Monday. Only time — or the “dot dot dot” (thanks Bentley) — will tell whether they make it to the altar, as the batting average of couples who actually stay together from past Bachelor seasons is something like .150. As for runner-up Ben? Dude had to to fly straight from his proposal rejection in Fiji to his buddy’s wedding. Talk about adding insult to injury.

3. Atwood For Mayor

A public feud between Margaret Atwood and Toronto city councillor Doug Ford (Mayor Rob’s older bro) that began over public libraries — he wants to close branches to save cash, she says no way — has led Atwood supporters to begin a cheeky, viral “Atwood for Mayor”  campaign on social media and around Toronto. Atwood’s not biting: “Noo, not running for Mayor.. too old. Used to think Too Ignorant, but that hasn’t stopped some. :D Appreciate the kind thoughts however!” she tweeted out to her 235,000 followers.

4. Kings of Leon In Trouble?

Frontman Caleb Followill walked off the stage in Dallas last weekend citing exhaustion, and didn’t return. In an act of commendable transparency, his brother, bassist Jared, sent out a couple tweets: “Dallas, I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am. There are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed. No words”, and  “I love our fans so much. I know you guys aren’t stupid… There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.” The band has cancelled the rest of their U.S. tour., and reportedly wants Caleb to go to rehab to address his drinking problems.

5. The Change-Up Opens

This body-switching comedy starring Jason Bateman and Canada’s Ryan Reynolds starts today, with Bateman playing an overworked lawyer, hubby and dad, and Reynolds a single, man-child. Directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers), think an alpha-male version of Freaky Friday on steroids, and you’ve got a couple of escapist hours of outrageous, over-the-top LOL hi-jinks.

6. MTV Turns 30

MTV turned 30 earlier this week (yes, it was born in 1981; Canada’s MuchMusic began three years later), and for a time had the impact on the music industry that Rolling Stone magazine did when it launched in 1967. In recent memory, of course, it has become much more about pop culture than the music, but college kids still want their MTV. They just watch it while also listening to iTunes, texting and checking out YouTube videos.

7. Neil Armstrong

Happy 81st birthday to the first man to walk on the moon, on July 20th, 1969. To celebrate, since Mr. Armstrong shares a birthday with Adam Yauch from the Beastie Boys, may we suggest a listen of Intergalactic today?

8. Robbie Alomar

His No. 12 is now hanging from the rafters at Rogers Centre after being retired. The Hall of Famer, possibly the best second baseman in history, was the anchor on the team that won back to back World Series championships in 1992 and 1993 in the Glory Days of the Blue Jays. Hope the next celebration he can be a part of is another Jays World Series. 2012 will be their year.



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