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Published: Monday, 3/23/2009

Joe the Plumber, Barack Obama share gaffe time

"...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.



GAFFES ALL AROUND: Who'd a thunk that Joe the Plumber and President Barack Obama would still be showing up in the same stories? They are, thanks to Obama's strange "punch drunk" moment on 60 MInutes and Joe's (shouldn't we call him "The Ex-Plumber"?) bizzaro "horny" remark before a bunch of conservative media gadflys. Here they are, together again. (RL)

FLYING CLOSE TO THE SUN: Anne Hathaway has signed up to play Judy Garland in both the Broadway and film versions of the star's life story. Be careful with the whole method acting thing, Anne, because we think Judy's life isn't one you want to get to wrapped up in emulating. (RL)

THOSE ROTTEN PAPARAZZI: The stars of the box office smash, teen-vampires-in-love flick Twilightare being hassled by the paparazzi. Goes with the territory kids, so get used to it and don't flip out. (RL)

ICEPACKS AND FOXTROTS: Perhaps Dancing With the Stars ought to have some kind of injured reserve system, given how many of the contestants are dropping with injuries. The weird thing is, they "play hurt." (RL)


YOU GO, BRUCE: Actor Bruce WIllis this weekend married British lingerie model Emma Heming in a ceremony that included his ex-wife, Demi Moore. Willis is 54, making him 24 years older than his new bride. And while we're being old lady-like, isn't there kind of a weird resemblance between Heming and Moore? (RL)

SPEAKING OF... Old actors and their young girlfriends/wives/fiancees, check it out: Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart are apparently engaged to be married. Ford's a spry 66 and she's 44. (RL)

YOU'RE KNACKERED: Someday the Thin Slices crew is going to convince our bosses to send us to the South By Southwest music festival. Why? Because of musicians like Alice Russell and to see lots of other cool new bands. (RL)

Rod Lockwood


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