Monday, January 10, 2011

Odds 'n' ends

- Peter Yates, who directed the 1968 classic Bullitt, died yesterday at the age of 82. Yates also directed Breaking Away (1979), one of the better but less known sports dramas.

- Colin Farrell will star in the remake of Total Recall, directed by Len Wiseman. The original starred, of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger and was directed by Paul Verhoeven.

- We apparently have an inter-tour match-up going on off the links--LPGA Tour pro Natalie Gulbis confirmed that she's dating PGA Tour golfer Dustin Johnson. This isn't Gulbis' first turn with a fellow professional athlete as she previously dated Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

- Lost in the focus on non-BCS conference powers such as TCU and Boise State was the year had by Nevada. The Wolfpack capped off a 13-1 season with their Fight Hunger Bowl win last night over Boston College.

- Wow, Hugh Hefner has had a busy couple of weeks. First, the 84-year old gets engaged to his 24-year old sweetheart, and now has completed a deal to buy back control of Playboy from his stockholders. Word is that Hef paid $207 million to make the buy out and plans to pass control of the media empire over to his two sons.

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