--Natalie Portman makes a Top Chef appearance next season and that's a very good thing. As is her leading female role in Thor.
--Hong Kong Phooey the cartoon = great.
Hong Kong Phooey the live-action movie = oh dear God
--I’m just about to wrap up Season 2 of The Wire so I guess I’m step closer to being introduced to Marlo Stanfield. Apparently the actor Jamie Hector and friends are well known to certain people in Brooklyn who shot up Jamie and his wife’s baby shower. Following a guy you shot to the hospital to finish the job is so very Wire.
--My only complaint about UFC 100 was we didn’t get to see enough of the fights that weren’t on the televised card. Especially since there were a ton of names and by all accounts the fights were strong. I can’t believe Stephan Bonnar got beat down by Mark Coleman. Bye, bye Bonnar. I think that’ll be the last time for quite a while that Jon Jones isn’t part of the televised card. Although we’d have to wait a long time for this, Brock v. Shane Carwin would be freakin’ awesome. And okay GSP we get it, now move up in weight.
--Vanessa Hudgens is getting her stripper role out of the way early because you're not really an actress until you've stripped. Am I right Ms. Lohan? Ms. Biel?
--Wait, Lauren Conrad has been atop the NY Times best seller list for two weeks in a row?! What the hell did I miss?
--I can’t stand people who walk and text….if they suck at it. 15-year-old Alexa Longueira sucks at it. She was in Staten Island texting a likely life-changing message when she took a step into an uncovered sewer manhole. Apparently workers were in the process of getting some cones to put around the hole because the fact that it was a gaping hole in the sidewalk wasn’t warning enough. She suffered some scrapes and that’s about it. Of course, the parents will be filing a lawsuit because of this atrocity which Mom describes, "Oh my God, it was putrid. One of her sneakers is still down there."
--If Tony and Jessica can’t make it what hope do the rest of us have?
--After the Home Run Derby we know one thing for sure, no one, and I mean no one, likes Chris Berman on that broadcast. The only guy who has been more unlikable over the past week is Brock. What I hate more than anything? That stupid ass ball tracker tail type thing. That and the eight hours it took. HR Derby is on life support.
--There’s a reason there’s not a Sex Games Tennessee show. Rebecca Bargy and her husband decided to get a little freaky so she tied him up and gagged him…and then left him alone in their mobile home (shocking I know). Husband suffocated. Wife went off on Internet date and didn’t come back for 20 hours. Boom, 18 months is jail for wifey.
--This six fighter super middleweight tournament that Showtime is putting together is a damn good idea and hopefully starts a trend in boxing. The boxers will initially go through a round-robin group stage a la The World Cup. Points for a win and bonus for a knockout as the group gets pared down to four who will fight a single elimination tourney to determine the super middleweight champ. The six who are in are Mikkel Kessler, Carl Froch, Jermain Taylor, Andre Ward, Andre Dirrell and Arthur Abraham.
--So it’s Jackie Chan joining Will Smith’s son in the Karate Kid remake? Just another in a long line of unnecessary remakes. Twenty five years later it holds up on its own greatness. And good luck trying to match that soundtrack.
--Someone named Jessica Raffa was dropped during rehearsal on Australia’s version of Dancing with the Stars, which must be far superior to our version since Jessica’s partner who dropped her is, you know, blind.
--I may stop dry heaving at the mention of Jon & Kate if Jon is going to start doing things like date Kate’s plastic surgeon’s 22-year-old daughter.
--Fallon “Slow Jamming the News” = ehh.
Auto-tuning the News = awesome.
--You thought Michael Vick mistreated dogs, holy crap Vick ain't got nothing on David Santuomo. Dude is a firefighter in Ohio who was going to go out on a vacation, but couldn't afford to board his dogs. So what to do, what to do? This piece of crap tied his two dogs up on a pole and promptly emptied 11 shots from a .22 caliber rifle into them. Then a-hole wrapped the carcasses in plastic and dumped them behind his firehouse. Classy. David was so classy that he actually bragged about doing all this which disgusted his fellow firefighters and prompted an investigation. He tried a lie and that didn't work so he faces a few months in jail (to be served in 10-day increments over two years?). As you might expect the fire department has received a ton of complaints wanting him fired immediately, which for whatever stupid reason hasn't happened yet.
--RIP Arturo Gatti...
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