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Thursday, December 10, 2009

In the News: December 10, 2009

Warning: This is a long post
It's been a busy couple weeks!

I have to lead off with this:
Pee-Wee Herman comeback!

"Pee-Wee Herman's ready for a comeback -- and he's starting in Los Angeles with a stage play.

"I'm opening a big show in January -- 'The Pee-Wee Herman Show' -- based on my original stage production, but completely new and rewritten," Herman, played by creator Paul Reubens, said.

The play could lead to a national tour and maybe another Pee-Wee Herman movie, show producer Scott Sanders told CNN."

"All of the original actors from the TV show will reprise their roles for the stage play, except for Laurence Fishburne, who played Cowboy Curtis."

You read that right. Laurence Fishburne was on the Pee-Wee Herman Show.
Before there was Morphius.

 There was Cowboy Curtis.

Florida woman accused of hitting man with raw steak

"A 53-year-old was arrested after alledgedly hitting a man in the head with a raw steak. According to a Marion County Sheriff's Office report, the man told deputies Elsie Egan repeatedly hit him with the uncooked meat and slapped his face after he refused a piece of sliced bread. The man said he wanted a bread roll."

Egan denied hitting the man with the steak but did admit to slapping him, saying she did it "so that he could learn.""

So he could learn!

Jones wants to play in WNBA

Yup. That Marion Jones. (Who could tell she did steroids?)

"San Antonio Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes confirmed Monday night that Jones has been training with his assistants to possibly play in the WNBA, more than a year after the 34-year-old was released from federal prison for lying about doping."

""I thought it would be an interesting journey if I decided to do this," Jones said. "It would give me an opportunity to share my message to young people on a bigger platform; it would give me an opportunity to get a second chance."

Jones played college basketball at North Carolina, where she was the starting point guard on the Tar Heels' national championship team in 1994. She told the Times that she hopes to play in Europe this winter and in the WNBA next season."

More after the jump!


Former Miss Argentina dies after plastic surgery

"Solange Magnano, 37, died in a hospital after being transferred from a clinic where she underwent an elective surgery on her buttocks on Wednesday, the agency reported." (link)

"When Argentine beauty queen Solange Magnano approached Dr. Guillermo Blugerman in 2004 about helping her achieve a flatter stomach, the plastic surgeon says, he obliged with liposuction. But when she returned five years later requesting silicone injections for a higher, firmer rear end, he turned her away.

"I said this was not allowed to be done in Argentina," Blugerman said on the telephone from his Buenos Aires office.""

'Arthritis risk' for middle-aged exercise addicts
"Middle-aged men and women may be risking arthritis if they overdo their exercise regime, research suggests.

A US study of more than 200 people aged 45 to 55 and of "normal" weight found those doing the most exercise were the most likely to suffer knee damage."

The key word here is moderation. Other studies have shown running can also stave off arthritis and is good for you. (Surprise! Exercise is good for you!)

Hideous Naked Mole Rat Strikes Again, This Time With Clues for Surviving Stroke
They're back!
In addition to being immune to cancer, apparently they're also resistant to strokes.

"The cancer immunity in mole rats is genetic, but their seeming immunity to brain damage from strokes is less nature, more nurture. Naked mole rats live about six feet below the ground in hive-like colonies of up to 300, tight conditions for any species (note the picture above). Those living conditions spawn serious air quality problems. The air that mole rats breathe is so horribly foul and so rich in carbon dioxide that it would be fatal -- or at the very least cause irreversible brain damage -- to any other mammal."

Fox says 'Avatar' is costliest film it's ever made
Which is unfortunate, because I also heard it was awful.

"Guessing the multi-million dollar sum of the latest film from director James Cameron has been a popular game for industry watchers for some months: a recent article in the Wall Street Journal speculated the film's final tally could exceed $300 million."

"Nevertheless, if some of the projected numbers are right, "Avatar's" budget would exceed the current most expensive film ever made. Currently, that crown is held by "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," with a budget of an estimated $300 million, according to box office-tracking Web site boxofficemojo.com.

But then Fox has been here before with Cameron. "Titanic" (1997), his previous feature, cost a record-breaking estimated $200 million at the time.

It was an investment that paid off -- "Titanic" bagged more than $1.8 billion worldwide as well as a clutch of movie awards including a best director Oscar for Cameron himself

Best analogy I've heard is that it is like George Lucas' Episode I. What happens when a director has a dream and too much time on his hands...
Let's hope it's a hit, but early reviews aren't looking too good.

Iran nuclear scientist 'abducted by US'

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki

"Iran has accused the US of abducting one of its nuclear scientists who has been missing since June.

Shahram Amiri disappeared in Saudi Arabia while on a Muslim pilgrimage."

""Based on existing pieces of evidence that we have at our disposal the Americans had a role in Mr Amiri's abduction," Mr Mottaki said. 

"The Americans did abduct him. Therefore we expect the American government to return him.""

That's All Folks!

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