Anyone who thought that R. Kelly would never work again after being accused of doing nasty things to underage girls — you would be wrong. He’s back and in a big way, playing Madison Square Garden. He was found not guilty. Maybe that helps.
Unfortunate double entendre-style headline from the Wall Street Journal – Colleagues Finger Billionaire. No, it wasn’t a hazing prank. According to the Journal, traders that did business with Raj Rajaratnam and his hedge-fund the Galleon Group, gave him up to the Feds. Rajaratnam is accused of insider-trading.
Scary series in the Times about reporter David Rohde being held by the Taliban for seven months. It’s called “Held by the Taliban.” Here’s a sample — after being captured at gunpoint, “I thought of my wife and family and was overcome with shame. An interview that seemed crucial hours earlier now seemed absurd and reckless. I had risked the lives of Tahir and Asad — as well as my own life. We reached a dry riverbed and the car stopped. ‘They’re going to kill us,’ Tahir whispered. ‘They’re going to kill us.’” Yikes.
Weekend movie box office: “Where The Wild Things Are” takes the top spot with $32,470,000. Some are wondering if that’s enough money for a “family film”, and therefore they wonder if the movie is indeed a family film. $32 million sounds OK to me. For what it’s worth, I liked it, and so did my kids. “Law Abiding Citizen” took the number 2 spot with $21,250,000. Third was “Paranormal Activity” with $20,163,000; this is a movie that cost $11,000 to make and has sold over $33 million so far. “Couples Retreat” came in fourth with $17,949,000 ($63,339,000 cume), and fifth was “The Stepfather” with $12,300,000. I think this is the first time in years that I saw the number one movie on opening weekend and it didn’t feature superheroes. Amazing.