Morning News - Frank McCourt DiesBrett Singer
Frank McCourt, the author of “Angela’s Ashes“, died on Sunday of cancer at the age of 78. “Angela’s Ashes” wasn’t published until he was 66; the L.A. Times describes him as a “late bloomer” of a writer.
Paula Abdul may not be back on “American Idol” next year. Oh. OH! Quelle horror. Seems she is “hurt.” And “angry.” Also very, very stupid. Two words Paula — Brian Dunkelman.
The Daily News says that there may be more Gubernatorial grotesqueries going on. (I know that’s probably not the right usage of the word “grotesquerie” but I liked the alliteration. Sorry.) The paper says that a lady of the evening has told them about three “dates” with the Governor of a state that hasn’t already had a sex scandal. Rumor, of course. Then again, would anything surprise you at this point?
Speaking of governors, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour says that if the GOP wants to win back the White House in 2012, they need “Gubernatorial Stars”. You know. Like him. Assuming he isn’t brought down by a scandal before then. Not saying he will be. Just… like I said, would anything be a surprise? Mark Sanford said that he was on his way to hike the Appalachian Trail, and then — oops! — he wound up in Argentina having sex with a woman he isn’t married to. After that, what’s left?
Speaking of Sanford, he says that “God will make him better“. That’s the headline from the AP. So who was it that made him sleep with Maria Belen Shapur? Oh! Satan. That’s right. What happened to “personal responsibility?” I guess that’s only for welfare mothers. More Sanford news: his spokesperson, Joel Sawyer, quit. He was making $65,000 a year. That is so not enough money to be dealing with all of this crap.
Apparently Diana Ross wasn’t at Michael Jackson’s memorial. She said it was because she was “trying to find closure.” BUT! An “insider” (who are these people?) claims that the real reason is because she doesn’t get along with Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother.
Cliché phrase alert — Movie audiences are wild about “Harry“! “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” has already brought in more than $150 million at the box office. That’s good, I was worried about how J.K. Rowling was handling this economic downturn. Coming in at number two was “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” with $17.7M ($152M cume) and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” was third with $13.8M ($363.9M cume — choke). “Brüno“ dropped all the way to fourth place, with just $8.4 million. Clearly Barbara Walters has more power than we thought.
Personal movie note: the wife and I saw “500 Days of Summer” this weekend. We liked it a lot. It’s cute, but not too cute, well-acted, and very enjoyable. Here’s a review from the New York Times that does a good job of explaining its appeal. I don’t think it gives anything away, but if you worry about that kind of stuff, don’t read it. Besides, you’ll just take my word for it that it’s a good movie, right? That’s what I thought. (For those who care about such things, “500 Days” was 12th in total box office this weekend, but number one in per screen average.) If you need more convincing, here’s the trailer:
And finally, astronauts are doing space walks. Blah blah blah. I know I keep harping on this, but why isn’t the space program bigger news? Shouldn’t we be more excited about this than we are? To be fair, the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing is getting a lot of coverage. And the astronauts who were there want NASA to go to Mars. But still. There seems to be a lack of enthusiasm amongst the general population.
Well, at least there were no attacks by giant fish. That’s something.