Monday, August 9, 2010

Musings for a new week

- That Charlie Sheen is quite the guy. First, he scores a nice plea deal in his assault case, then decides to party it out at the Playboy Mansion. That's what most actors in the middle of a rocky marriage situation do, huh?

- "It wasn't a lie. It was ineptitude with insufficient cover." (Don Draper in Episode Two of the current season of Mad Men)

- Former Sopranos actress Jamie Lynn Sigler is no longer dating New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. There was no word out of Sigler's camp as to whether she intended to re-unite with Turtle (Entourage.)

- ranks Kansas City as a top 10 city for young adults. Our metro area was listed in some heady company--Austin, Houston, Washington, Portland and New York also made the list. The criteria for this list are low cost of living, rich culture and active nightlife, as well as the number of people in the area who are less than 35. KC received props for below-average rent costs, low cost of living, and innovative jobs in sectors like technology and research. The city was dinged, though, for limited cultural offerings.

- Speaking of Entourage (i.e., for the ill-informed, picking up on the Turtle reference above), next season will be the last for the HBO series. And, it sounds like series' execs are talking about a "short order" season--perhaps six episodes--in order to pave the way for a coming feature film, which has been long-rumored but never verified. A film could be a good thing as this season's storyline is, honestly, aimless and boring thus far.

- Bad word-of-mouth is building for Dinner for Schmucks.

- And, on this date in 1988, Wayne Gretzky was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings in one of the most controversial player transactions in hockey, and sports, history. The trade left many Canadians feeling victimized and caused Gretzky to be branded a "traitor" by many in his home country.

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