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Special Favors Come in 31 Flavors: Five Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | July 1, 2012 | Comments ()


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I find the Important Stuff so you don't have to.

Happy Canada Day!


5. I'll Take Famous People for $1000, Alex...

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Beloved "Jeopardy" host, Alex Trebek suffered a heart attack, but thanks to his wife he's doing fine. The 71 year old was doing chores around his home when he felt a squeezing pain he thought was just muscle strain. "(Jean) was very adamant (I seek treatment) and had tears in her eyes. I didn't want to upset her more than I had already so I went - and she was right." Trebek said his body cleared the blockage itself, so after a short hospital stay, he was released.

4. The Scientology Did It!

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While you probably heard about The End of Romance, you may have been left wondering WHY? Is Tom gay? Too Controlling? Is it because his career overshadows everything? Not enough time together? Well, wonder no more; "Sources" say the Scientology did it. Katie has never been fully committed to Scientology, even though she has had ties with the church. We're told the couple had been arguing over Suri -- that she's now of the age where Scientology becomes a significant part of her life. We say, good on you, Katie! Run as far from Xenu as you can get, and when you're clear of the Thetans, can you please get together with Nicole and Mimi to write the tell-all of the century? (I do believe Paul Thomas Anderson may have some contributions to make as well.)


3. Alec Baldwin Got Married Again.

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The actor wed Hilaria Thomas Saturday, at Manhattan's St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, in front of family and friends, including Tina Fey, Lorne Michaels, Jimmy Fallon and Baldwin's recent director, Woody Allen. Let's hope the benefits of this marriage (she's a yoga instructor) include helping Alec learn to breathe deeply instead of letting his anger get the better of him.


2. Disney and Marvel Announced Joint Venture Big Hero 6.

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Disney confirmed Big Hero 6, a Marvel comic about a group of superheroes who protect Japan, is in development as an animated feature. The characters are: "Sunfire, who can harness the power of solar energy to blast his enemies. Silver Samurai, a sword-swinging warrior with a history of tangling with Wolverine. Hiro, a 13-year-old boy genius. Honey Lemon, who can draw practically any object she needs from a mystical purse that's a portal to another dimension. Baymax, a giant robot--created by Hiro--who can shapeshift into a dragon form. Go-Go Tomago, a woman in a high-tech, voice-controlled suit, who can propel herself through the air in an egg-shaped ball of energy." The film is set to be directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and a 2014 release.


1. Oscar Isaacs Signed on with Viggo Mortensen for The Two Faces of January.

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While Viggo will first film the Eastern Promises sequel with David Cronenberg and Vincent Cassel, he's also signed on to make another thriller: Hossein Amini's The Two Faces of January. Amini has written the screenplays for Drive, Snow White and the Huntsman, Killshot, The Four Feathers and now, January. Now, Viggo has been joined by Oscar Isaacs (The Bourne Legacy, Drive, Revenge for Jolly, Sucker Punch) who, from the looks of his imdb page is as intent as Jeremy Renner to get himself noticed. The Two Faces of January is based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith (Strangers on a Train, The Talented Mr. Ripley) and follows a con artist "who accidentally kills a Greek police officer who was investigating him." The con artist's wife and an American student help cover up the murder and the group try to flee the country. Presumably, Viggo is the con artist; I mean, who wouldn't help this guy

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get rid of a dead body?



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  • e jerry powell

    Alec Baldwin keeps breaking my fucking heart, but I always crawl back to him...

  • BWeaves

    Her name is Hilaria Thomas Saturday? Now that's hilarious. (I know her last name isn't Saturday, but her name is still funny.) The other thing I find funny is that she's only 28. She looks at least 40 in most pics I've seen.

    Also, what does this "purse" look like? I don't see it in the drawing. Is it a Mary Poppin's carpet bag, or a Birkin, or a bejeweled minaudiere? Is it like the Doctor's pockets, or Hermione's beaded bag? So many rip-offs here.

  • KatSings

    Honey Lemon, who can draw practically any object she needs from a mystical purse that’s a portal to another dimension.
    Mary Poppins is a super hero?? I KNEW IT!

  • BWeaves

    That's what I thought, too.

  • The_Ghost_of_Bo_Crowder

    Yes Katie. You're much better off raising your child in the Catholic faith with it's infallible dear leader and weekly mock cannibalism rites. Stay well away from those Scientology weirdos.

  • benji

    You know, the only organized religion I'm down with is science & logic, but I'm beginning to hate the rabid, mouth-frothing anti-JudeoChristian freaks as much as the rabid, mouth-frothing JudeoChristian freaks.
    And when you leave the Catholic church, they don't send men in SUVs to follow your every movement.

  • purplejebus

    Not in this country, and not at this time. Give 'em a little time to recover from the pedopriest thing and we'll see.

  • BiblioGlow

    ...Her name is Honey Lemon, and her superpower is a purse?
    A PURSE?
    HONEY LEMON??
    Her superpower is a fucking PURSE???
    If this is Disney's attempt to answer the girl-power of Brave, they are failing already.

  • Well, considering that Disney owns both Pixar and Marvel, they should be considered equally responsible for the production of Brave and Big Hero 6. Also, I don't think that there's anything progressive about implying that Disney should force creative changes on the depiction of established characters.

  • BiblioGlow

    Wait, so then who should I be mad at for creating a female superhero whose superpower is a purse? Marvel? I don't rage that often (lies) so when I do I like my rage-lasers to be aimed in the right direction.
    And I don't consider Disney to be equally responsible for anything Pixar does. Partially responsible, sure. Very partially. But not equally.
    Also, I think it's only logical that if there is something that needs tweaking about the source material before it is made into a movie and brought before the masses, that those things are tweaked. Every adapted story has changes. For the moment, I am trying to have faith in both Marvel and Disney that they wouldn't create a female superhero whose only outstanding trait is a purse.

  • thaneofmemphis

    Tom and Mimi split when Mimi was 33. Tom and Nicole split when Nicole was 33. Katie? You guessed it. 33.

  • BWeaves

    When hobbits come of age?

  • Groundloop

    A woman that I was in a band with dated a yoga instructor for a while. He would randomly and regularly fly into rages. All kindsa rages. Now, I have no idea if he was a good yoga instructor, but there might not be the type of correlation that we'd expect. That is to say, that just because someone is employed in a profession nominally associated with promoting calm, tranquility and balance, doesn't mean they can't get uber angry because their partner bought the wrong brand of multi-grain bread.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Viggo Mortensen, the man who can make you disregard the fact that he wanted to superglue a broken tooth, that he broke toes and you can see the moment in the movie and crazy Day-Lewis level of method acting because he was so damn hot in Lord of the Rings.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    What scene was it that he broke some toes? I vaguely remember the tooth story but I hadn't heard about his toes.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    The scene by the pile of burnt orcs in Rohan, where he kicks the helmet.

  • ScienceGeek

    Yeah, that scream he let out wasn't so much 'Oh my poor dead hobbit friends' as 'That HURT, motherfucker!'

  • chanohack

    Hold on... the girl super hero is named Honey and her power is a magic purse? Laaaame.

    "Go-Go" at least can fly. If I could fly, I wouldn't mind if people called me Go-Go.

  • Rebecca Hachmyer

    Yeah she can fly, but her power comes from her outfit and her ball of energy is shaped like an "egg." Not exactly thinking outside the female box here.

  • chanohack

    It's better than a damn purse! Why can't the kid genius who made a robot dragon be a girl? And we wonder why girls don't get into math and science... because their "heroes" are powerful because of magic purses, maybe.

  • Kip Hackman

    Please. The girls (at least in my experience) that are into comics pick books to read with heroines that are actually engaging, interesting and strong. Honey whatever is not in that movie so girls have someone to look up to, she's in there so they don't get sued for sexism. There are good female characters out there, they just aren't that mainstream, because the people in charge at DC and Marvel still behave as though their fans are males who are either actually children, or stuck in a man-child mindset. My theory is they believe a truly strong female character with powers other than super strength or magic would drive readers away.

  • $27019454

    Thank for this. I skipped mass this morning so the sweet sweet benediction of the Viggo header photo was much needed. An Eastern Promises sequel? I just went all hard and soft at the same time.

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