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"...as human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience."
Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point.
WOLVERINE WINS: Hugh Jackman, who we remember as Wolverine from the X-Men, was just picked as the sexiest man alive. His wife seconded the opinion and Nicole Kidman said women's "jaws drop" when the burly Aussie walks in a room. Oy, oy, oy! (RL)
BLOOD SUCKERS: For your consideration, for our DVD pick of the week. Near Dark. With today's opening of the teen vampire love story Twilight, check out 1987's overlooked vampire romance, Near Dark. Adrian Pasdar of Heroes stars as Caleb Colton, a young man in small-town Oklahoma whose romantic interests in a female stranger, Mae (Jenny Wright), results in his transformation into a vampire. But Mae's nomadic vampire family, which includes Bill Paxton and Lance Henriksen, doesn't trust Caleb, and wants to kill him. Directed and co-written by Kathryn Bigelow, Near Dark is a cult classic that adds a unique Southern twist to the well-worn genre of Gothic bloodsuckers. (KB)
ODD COUPLE: Paris Hilton and Prince WIlliam? A British blue blood and American hotel heiress? Not so strange to us on the Thin Slices staff. And imagine the reality show that these two could come up with. (RL)
YEAH, RIGHT!: Just so you know, it is your "constitutional right" to remain at the bar as long you want, according to The Bachelor season six winner, Mary Delgado. Overruled say Del Rio, Texas cops. (KC)
TREKIE CONVENTIONS TO RESUME: This is not your father's Star Trek. Mr. Spock throwing a punch? You will never watch William Shatner again without thinking about the contrast with the new Captain James T. Kirk. (KC)
THEY WANT YOUR BLOOD: Vampires are back in the bright lights of Hollywood -- somebody better tell them that's not a good thing -- with the release of the highly-anticipated Twilight this week. (Look for Kirk Baird's review in Thursday's Blade), but not all blood suckers are created equal when it comes to sex appeal. (RL)
LET THE TRASH TALK BEGIN: TV sports talking heads, and former Ohio State University Buckeye football players, Chris Spielman and Kirk Herbstreit don't give Michigan much of a chance in this Saturday's rivalry game. In fact, they give them NO chance, but that "dead men walking" comment might be a bit strident. But then again, nah. (Full disclosure: this Thin Slice staffer is an OSU graduate.) (RL)
CELEBRITY BAND: Kevin Costner, 53, and his band, Modern West, released their debut CD, "Untold Truths," last week. The sound is roots-rock with elements of country. Hold your hard-earned. Kevin says: "I grew up with Motown because I was born in Compton, but every time I do a song it sounds like something in Oklahoma." (KC)
THROWS LIKE A GIRL: Oh yeah? Will try hitting it. Eri Yoshida is a 16-year-old schoolgirl with a mean knuckleball, and she has been selected as the first woman ever to play alongside the men in Japanese professional baseball. Yoshida (5 foot, 114 pounds), says she wants to follow in the footsteps of Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. (KC)
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