Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mid-week musings

- One of the best shows ever about the baby-boomer generation is finally arriving to DVD. Thirtysomething, which aired from 1987-1991, will have its first season released on DVD on August 26. Much like the movie, The Big Chill, which preceded it in 1983, the young couples and singles in this TV series were bonded together by their involvement in the 1960's counterculture and anti-war movement.

- The late Dale Earnhardt, Sr., “The Intimidator,” would have turned 58 today. As one of my NASCAR buddies pointed out, Big E would have been smiling down during the final lap of racing at Talladega last Sunday. The finish was highlighted by Carl Edward’s spectacular wreck and then sprint across the finish line, a la Ricky Bobby (Talladega Nights.)

As Big E would say, "The winner ain't the one with the fastest car, it's the one who refuses to lose."

- Get ready—the sequel to the 1987 movie Wall Street, which propelled Michael Douglas to an Academy Award for Best Actor, is coming. Douglas will reprise his role as Gordon Gekko and Fox Studios is in negotiations with Shia LeBeouf to play another young Wall Street trader under Gekko’s spell—basically the same role as that played by Charlie Sheen in the original. The film is scheduled to go into production this summer.

According to early reports, the movie will continue to focus on Gekko. His exploits will seem very similar to the greed and other fun activity that has marked Wall Street over the past few years.

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