What’s Your Ice Cream Flavor?


It could become the new pickup line – what’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Last week, NBC Nightly News aired a segment, no less on National Ice Cream Day, about a new unscientific survey Baskin Robbins conducted on ice cream and personality types. A few days later it got picked up by ABC on its ‘The Lookout’ consumer show.

I totally forgot about it until I saw the survey a second time; I wanted to pass this information along, just because it’s fun and lively and a conversation starter.

Baskin Robbins partnered with Dr. Alan Hirsch for its published survey. In case you didn’t know, Hirsch is the founder of Smell &Taste Treatment Research Foundation.

So let’s get to it –

First up – vanilla. If this is your favorite flavor you are more likely to be impulsive, easily suggestible and an idealist. I love vanilla. And I had no idea that this boring flavor could be such a delicious personality trait! Watch out world!

Chocolate – who doesn’t love chocolate?! I had a torrid affair with the flavor when I was younger, and now I’m paying for that affair with migraines…..If you love this flavor you are lively, charming, seductive, gullible and dramatic.

Very Berry Strawberry – you are an introvert, tolerant and devoted. Oh la la!

Mint Chocolate Chip – another fav of mine – is popular among frugal, cautious and argumentative personality types.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – seriously, this is torture for my head! – You are a visionary, competitive and ambitious. Wonder if Steve Jobs ate this?!

Pralines n’ Cream – I’m more surprised this one was even on the list but it’s a good thing since those people are loving and supportive and shun attention.

Coffee – mmmmmm – a moral perfectionist, conscientious and scrupulous. Wonder if that changes for actual coffee drinkers? Starbucks may want to pay attention.

Chocolate chip – we really love our chocolate America! – you’re generous, competent and a go-getter.

Rainbow Sherbet – this one seemed odd to me – you’re more likely to be decisive, pessimistic and analytic. This ice cream just conjures up hippies to me, so I have a hard time understanding the traits. Plus, how can you be decisive with all those flavors just in that *one dessert? Or maybe you just want them all! This flavor just seems more ‘loose’ to me.

Lastly, there’s Rocky Road. If this is your favorite, you are a good listener, engaging and aggressive.

Do you agree with these findings? Does your favorite flavor stack up with the mentioned personality traits? I want to know what you think!

To look at the survey, go to http://news.baskinrobbins.com/Press-Releases/BASKIN-ROBBINS-REVEALS-WHAT-YOUR-FAVORITE-ICE-CREAM-FLAVOR-SAYS-ABOUT-YOU-43a.aspx


Jason Sudeikis Leaving ‘SNL’ Cast


After eight years on the air at “Saturday Night Live,” Jason Sudeikis says he’s calling it quits.

Sudeikis used another late-night institution to make his announcement, telling David Letterman in the taping of Wednesday’s show that he’s leaving NBC’s weekend program. Sudeikis had a busy election year on “Saturday Night Live,” portraying both Republican Mitt Romney and Vice President Joe Biden.

Sudeikis told Letterman that his time on the show has been “really, really amazing.”

It’s an exodus of male cast members at “SNL.” Both Fred Armisen and Bill Hader previously announced they were leaving the show. Seth Meyers will be replacing Jimmy Fallon on his late-night talk show when Fallon moves up to the “Tonight” show. (AP)

Britain’s New Prince Heads to Grandparents’ House

Britain’s new royal baby is doing a lot of meeting and greeting in his first 24 hours out of the hospital.

This morning, Queen Elizabeth met her new great-grandson for the first time, during a visit to Kensington Palace. She spent about a half-hour visiting the new Prince of Cambridge, her third great-grandchild.

Prince William and his wife Kate then took the baby to visit his maternal grandparents outside London.

Palace officials say Prince Harry has also been to see his new nephew.

There’s still no name for the boy who is third in line to the British throne. In addition to choosing a name — or more likely, four names — William and Kate will soon choose a photographer for the baby’s first official portrait. (AP)








Grandparents Visit New Royal Baby Boy


Carole Middleton and her husband Michael visited their daughter Kate and her new baby boy today at the London hospital where the baby was born yesterday. She said her daughter and grandson are “both doing really well,” and that the grandparents are “so thrilled.”

Kate and her husband, Prince William, are expected to remain at the hospital with their new son until this evening or tomorrow morning. For now, the appearance of the future king — and his name — remain a royal mystery. The boy may not be named for days or even weeks.

Meanwhile, tourists and well-wishers have gathered outside Buckingham Palace, taking pictures of the golden easel on which the birth announcement was displayed. One man who took a two-mile detour on his run to work said, “Yet again our royal family is bringing everyone together.” He calls it a “great event.” (AP)







Toronto Film Festival Unveils Lineup

The Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled most of its high-profile lineup, including the upcoming adaptation of Tracy Letts’ “August: Osage County” and the WikiLeaks drama “The Fifth Estate.”

Bill Condon’s “The Fifth Estate,” which stars Benedict Cumberbach as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, will open the festival. John Wells’ “August: Osage County,” which stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, is among the 16 galas announced Tuesday.

Also to premiere at Toronto is the Nelson Mandela biopic “Long Walk to Freedom” and “The Railway Man,” the World War II POW drama starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.

The 38th Toronto Film Festival runs Sept. 5-15. (AP)

British Law Firm Admits Leaking Rowling’s Alter Ego


A British law firm admitted Thursday that one of its partners inadvertently revealed that J.K. Rowling had authored a mystery novel, “The Cuckoo’s Calling.”

The Sunday Times newspaper revealed over the weekend that the “Harry Potter” author had penned the book under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

The newspaper said it had received a tip-off on Twitter, and there was speculation that Rowling or her publisher were behind the revelation – which has sent sales of the thriller skyrocketing.

But law firm Russells said Thursday that one of its partners, Chris Gossage, had let the information slip to his wife’s best friend, Judith Callegari – the woman behind the tweet. Her Twitter account has now been deleted.

A phone message left for Callegari was not immediately returned.

Russells said in a statement that “we apologize unreservedly” to Rowling.

It said that while Gossage was culpable, “the disclosure was made in confidence to someone he trusted implicitly.”

Russells, a specialist in entertainment law, said it had informed Rowling and her agent once it learned what had happened.

“We can confirm that this leak was not part of any marketing plan and that neither J.K. Rowling, her agent nor publishers were in any way involved,” the statement said.

“The Cuckoo’s Calling” had garnered good reviews but sold in the hundreds of copies since being published in April, ostensibly as the first novel of a former soldier. Since Rowling was outed as the author, it has topped best-seller lists, with publisher Little, Brown and Company commissioning a new printing of 300,000 copies.

The Sunday Times followed up its tip-off by asking language experts to compare the style of “The Cuckoo’s Calling” to work by Rowling and leading crime writers. Patrick Juola, a computer science academic at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, used specialist style-comparison software to identify Rowling as the likely author.

Rowling said that “only a tiny number of people knew my pseudonym and it has not been pleasant to wonder for days how a woman whom I had never heard of prior to Sunday night could have found out something that many of my oldest friends did not know.”

“To say that I am disappointed is an understatement,” she added. “I had assumed that I could expect total confidentiality from Russells, a reputable professional firm, and I feel very angry that my trust turned out to be misplaced.” (AP)

Online Series ‘House of Cards’ Makes Emmy History


The Netflix series “House of Cards” is making Emmy history.

The political intrigue saga received a best drama series nomination Thursday. It’s the first top Emmy nod for a program delivered online, not on TV. The series received a total of nine bids, including acting nominations for stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.

The most Emmy nominations, 17, went to “American Horror Story: Asylum.” Close behind was “Game of Thrones” with 16 nods, while “Saturday Night Live” and the Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra” earned 15 nominations each.

Netflix series “Arrested Development” missed out on a best comedy nomination, but Jason Bateman was nominated for his acting. If Mad Men wins its fifth best drama award, it’ll break the record held by “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law” and “The West Wing.” “Modern Family” will try for its third straight best comedy award. Its competition is “The Big Bang Theory,” “Girls,” “Louie,” “30 Rock,” and “Veep.”

Nominees for best actor in a TV drama are: Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”; Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”; Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”; Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”; Damian Lewis, “Homeland”; Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards.”

Nominees for best actress in a TV drama are: Connie Britton, “Nashville”; Claire Danes, “Homeland”; Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”; Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel”; Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”; Kerry Washington, “Scandal”; Robin Wright, “House of Cards.”

Actor, Comedy Series: Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development,” Netflix; Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS; Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes,” Showtime; Don Cheadle, “House of Lies,” Showtime; Louis C.K., “Louie,” FX Networks; Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock,” NBC.

Actress, Comedy Series: Laura Dern, “Enlightened,” HBO; Lena Dunham, “Girls,” HBO; Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie,” Showtime; Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation,” NBC; Tina Fey, “30 Rock,” NBC; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Adam Driver, “Girls,” HBO; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family,” ABC; Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family,” ABC; Ty Burrell, “Modern Family,” ABC; Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live,” NBC; Tony Hale, “Veep,” HBO.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS; Jane Lynch, “Glee,” FOX; Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family,” ABC; Julie Bowen, “Modern Family,” ABC; Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie,” Showtime; Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock,” NBC; Anna Chlumsky, “Veep,” HBO.

Heidi Klum will try to end her 12-time losing streak. She’s up for best host of a reality show, along with her “Project Runway” co-host Tim Gunn. Her competition is Ryan Seacrest for “American Idol,” Tom Bergeron for “Dancing With the Stars,” Betty White for “Off Their Rockers,” Cat Deeley for “So You Think You Can Dance” and Anthony Bourdain for “The Taste.”

Is this the year “American Idol” finally wins its first Emmy for best reality show? It’s up against “The Amazing Race,” “The Voice,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “Project Runway,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Top Chef.” “The Amazing Race has won this award nine times.

“Saturday Night Live” has added to its record for most Emmy nominations for a program. It picked up another 15, for a total of 171. Justin Timberlake, Louis C.K., Melissa McCarthy and Kristin Wiig are all nominated for hosting. Timberlake has already won four Emmys for his appearances on SNL. Wiig has never won. Bill Hader is up for the characters he plays on the show. Former SNL cast members Will Forte and Molly Shannon are nominated, Forte for his guest shot on “30 Rock” and Shannon for her guest-starring role on “Enlightened.”

Other nominees include Michael Douglas and Matt Damon for their Liberace movie.

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 22 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and airing live on CBS.

Full list is available at http://www.emmys.com (AP)