Saturday, July 16, 2011

Saturday morning coffee

- I am shocked about the news of J-Lo's split with Marc Anthony. Shocked, I say...

- Ricky Bobby turns 44 today. Happy birthday to actor Will Farrell!

- Much has been written about the passing of Friday Night Lights. Let's just say it again here, about the show which ended a five-year run last night--FNL was one of the best shows ever about the ins-and-outs of small-town life, featuring a terrific ensemble cast and a classic depiction of husband and wife, so masterfully acted by Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton.

- Speaking of J-Lo, Weeds star Mary Louise Parker had this to say about Lopez and her antics at the BAFTA Brits to Watch event which Prince William and Kate Middleton attended on their recent visit to the States. Said Parker, "I didn't meet them (Prince William and Middleton)--I was shoved out of the way by Jennifer Lopez. Uh oh, I shouldn't have said that."

- "We are sorry." That is the headline today in British newspapers as Rupert Murdoch tries to quell the uproar over the phone-hacking scandal which has shaken News Corp. It could be too little too late as Murdoch and his son and presumed successor, James, appear in front of Britain's parliament on Tuesday.

- Social media now accounts for one out of every six minutes spent online in the United States. (Source:

- A letter appeared in the Baltimore Sun on July 7 attacking U2 lead singer Bono's ONE campaign and accusing the band of moving their business to a tax haven in Holland in order to avoid the strict tax rates in Ireland. The Edge fired back with his own letter, writing that there are "so many inaccuracies that it is pointless to correct them all." He insisted that "U2 and individual band members have a totally clean record with every jurisdiction to which they are required to pay tax and have never been and will never be involved in tax evasion." The Edge, Bono, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, a k a U2, will appear at Busch Stadium in St. Louis tomorrow evening. Interpol will open the St. Louis show.

- And, finally, in the category of "I'm not making this stuff up," a prison inmate in Michigan is suing his jail for the right to read pornography. The convicted bank robber claims that he has "Chronic Masturbation Syndrome," and that the jail's ban on pornographic materials constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment."

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