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Published: Friday, 5/1/2009

Chris Pine ready for role as Captain Kirk in new 'Star Trek'

"...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.

BOLDLY GOING: Chris Pine has the unenviable task of filling the shoes of William Shatner as Capt. James T. Kirk in the new Star Trek movie but he appears up to the task. After all he has "fighter-pilot cockiness and surfer dude Zen." Check out Blade Pop Culture Editor Kirk Baird's Trekbreakdown in Sunday's Blade. (RL)

IDOL FALLOUT: The American Idol universe is still shaking a bit over Adam Lambert nearly getting the boot -- we thought he was a fave -- but it's Matt Giraud who's licking his wounds and talking about making a "soulful rock" album. (RL)

TIME TO RAWK: Thin Slices favorite undead King of Country and Western Troubadors -- Unknown Hinson -- is back in Toledo Saturday night for a show at Frankies Inner City. With the Polka Floyd Show opening, trust us, this will be a good time. And maybe you'll catch some of the wisdom of Hinson. (RL)

MEET MY GIRLFRIEND: Mel Gibson paraded his new girlfriend (heck, she could be his old girlfriend for all we know) down the red carpet Tuesday for the Hollywood premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine just a couple of weeks after his wife filed for divorce. The girlfriend is Russian singer Oksana Grigorieva. Hmm, she looks a lot younger than him. Funny how that works, isn't it? (RL)

IDOLATRY: The gang at American Idol tackled Rat Pack songs Tuesday night and they wore suits and stuff. Frank Sinatra tossed and turned in his grave, we would imagine. Here's a catch-up from Monday, breaking down the performances with all the necessary snark. (RL)

ARIZONA WOLFMAN: Hugh Jackman took the premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine on the road and out of Hollywood to, of all places, Tempe, Arizona. The folks there were understandably thrilled and hopefully we will be too when the movie opens here on Friday. (RL)

NO BOUNCING BABY BEYONCES: Despite her role as a mother in the Fatal Attraction, clone flick she's in now, Obsessed Beyonce Knowles says that she and her husband Jay-Z aren't ready for kids just yet. (RL)

SIMON SEZ: Always the spoil sport, Simon Cowell says that Susan Boyle's got some work to do if she's going to win Britain's Got Talent, including sing even better than she has before. We suppose he's right, but did he have to say that about her never being kissed? (RL)

Rod Lockwood


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