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Live Blog: Rockin’ The Bee ‘07

Who’s ready to get their bee on? We’re live bee-logging the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals along with the ABC telecast. To get you caught up from today’s earlier rounds, A List Of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago has an outstanding recap of the action. Darren Rovell at CNBC.com handicaps the bee and gives some analysis on the favorites. You can see all the results here at spellingbee.com. Here are the big stories so far: Maithreyi Gopalakrishnan (No. 45) was my favorite to win, but got smoked by “castresian” in Round 5. And Samir Patel (245), considered the favorite to […]

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They’rrrrrrre (Almost) Heeeeeeere!

The 1982 movie Poltergeist seems to have been ahead of the times in predicting “ghosts in the machine” (i.e., the television viewing machine), since that appears to be the trend these days. Back in the pre-cable, antenna era, I suppose it was possible in a way to see “ghosts” of the staticky, disrupted signal sort on your screen, but nothing truly scary (unless you were trying to focus in on Charlie’s Angels and couldn’t quite make it out). Today, while ghosts are not literally reaching their hands out to pull us into the TV screen like poor Carol Anne, those […]

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Waterlogged Ashley Judd: Sexy Or Not Sexy?

So here’s there’s a heated debate brewing around the office in which Cubicle QB’s cubicle resides: Was a rain-soaked Ashley Judd at the Indy 500 Sexy or Not Sexy? I watched the end of the race and remarked to myself how Not Sexy I thought she looked. Here are some more moistened Ashley Judd Sexy/Not Sexy photos. Johnnysweeptheleg finds a saturated Ashley Judd to be Sexy, but due to his exceedingly low standards (he’s got a thing for Smurfette), I cannot trust his judgment on the matter. A certain female who blogs here seems to think it’s Sexy. But I […]

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“The Kill Point” Countdown: Part 3

While on the set in Pittsburgh for Spike’s action/drama series The Kill Point, I had a chance to sit down with actor Frank Grillo, who plays one of the ex-soldiers turned bank robbers. Grillo’s had steady gigs in TV and film, highlighted by roles on The Shield and Prison Break. Soap opera fans might remember him from the few years he worked on Guiding Light. He’ll have a prominent role in The Express, a film currently in production about Ernie Davis, the first black player to win the Heisman Trophy. He also filled me in on a cool new project […]

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ESPN Erodes “Classic” Even More

I know they’ve been scraping for ESPN Classic content lately, and here’s another example: Indianapolis 500 an Instant Classic; ESPN Classic to Re-Air Thursday ESPN Classic will re-air Sunday’s dramatic Indianapolis 500 as an Instant Classic with a two-hour telecast at 4 p.m. ET Thursday. The 91st running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” won by the popular Dario Franchitti, ranks as one of the best in the storied history of the event. It featured dramatic moments, including several lead changes throughout the rain-delayed race, which ended under caution 34 laps shy of the scheduled distance. Among the highlights was […]

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Bikinis, Tankinis and Speedos — Oh My!

Hey, gang, it’s bathing suit season, and according to E! network, swimsuits have been turning people’s heads “since the dawn of time.” While I doubt that one of Homo sapiens‘ first achievements was the creation of the thong bikini, there is no doubt that swimwear has been a prominent (and sexy) part of pop culture starting in the 20th century. So E! has taken on the rough task of choosing the 25 most memorable swimsuit moments from film, television and magazine history. While the list is primarily populated by women, there is a little something for the ladies with a […]

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The 4th OT: Honk If You’re Hornish

The Indy 500 is one of those events on the calendar that has lost a lot of its luster, but I still feel compelled to watch every year out of pity, or because I suppose I should watch the biggest event in open-wheel racing. Plus, it’s a long weekend and I don’t mind spending a few hours of it in a state of temporary Danicamania. Last year’s race had a sweet finish, with Sam Hornish Jr. nosing .0635 seconds ahead of Marco Andretti, so maybe IRL’s starting to turn this thing around. Here’s a supersized edition of the 4th OT […]

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Live Bee-Log Announcement!

I thought I was borderline insane when I thought it might be fun to live blog the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but I see it was done last year. So now I don’t feel so alone in my psychosis. I’m excited/crazy to announce we’re live blogging (bee-logging) the bee finals along with the ABC (and ABC HD!) broadcast. Join us here on May 31 at 8pm ET for lots of temerity and schadenfreude. Perhaps I’ll break out my mad glottochronology skills on all y’all. ESPN’s announcement that Mike Greenburg and Mike Golic are going to join the […]

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“The Kill Point” Countdown: Part 2

In Part 2 of our posts from my set visit to Pittsburgh for the filming of the Spike action/drama series The Kill Point premiering July 22, I talked to cowriter and co-producer Todd Harthan (at left in the photo) about the series’ origin, why it ended up taking place in Pittsburgh and more about his plans for world domination. How did you come up with the series? Todd Harthan: [Co-writer James] DeMonaco and I, two of our favorite movies are Dog Day Afternoon and Heat, so we were big fans of bank robbery shows. The problem is there are a […]

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8 Questions With … Jake Thomas

1. What’s the strangest fan encounter you’ve ever had? Jake Thomas: I can recall one, when I was at Universal Studios with a couple friends. It was years ago, but I still remember it. This little girl runs up to me and screams, “Matt McGuire!” and she actually, like, body slams me! My friends had to, like, pry her off of me. 2. You’re in front of a magazine rack that has everything. What three do you grab? Macworld — I’m a big Apple buff; TopGear magazine. I’m a gearhead — I love foreign cars. That’s big with me. And […]