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Published: Friday, 6/19/2009

What makes 'The Proposal' work? Nude scenes and chemistry

"...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.



THEY'RE SO CUUUUUTE!: Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds are in cinemas with The Proposal, which sounds like an ultra chick flick, but we're OK with that. There's a nude scene, after all, and The Blade's Kirk Baird said the two actors have that elusive chemistry that makes these things work. Just don't expect to see us at the old megaplex this weekend. (RL)

CLIPPED BY A CAB: Twilight star Robert Pattinson was hit by a New York City cab while fleeing from crazed -- or crazy -- "fans." I wonder if that ever happened to The Beatles? (RL)

D-I-V-O-R-C-E?: Looks like Kate and Jon Gosselin, "reality stars (what a weird term; aren't we all stars of our own reality?) are headed toward divorce. We here at Thin Slices can only say this for the umteenth time: if you're really serious about having a healthy family, then it's probably a good idea to never, never, ever, ever, be in a reality show. (RL)


THAT CRAZY DAVE: Picking a fight with David Letterman is never a good idea as Sarah Palin is finding out. He's meaner, smarter, and funnier than you. While his ill-advised joke about Palin's daughter wasn't exactly brilliant comedy, he apologized and probably would've moved on. Except he's still having fun with it, because Palin's backers won't let it drop. (RL)


A NEW DAWN: Who doesn't long for the good old days, when our worst fears were nuclear annihilation or an invasion by the Russians? Fortunately, you can go back again, or at least filmmakers can. Word is they're remaking the '80s classic Red Dawn about a group of teens turned guerrilla fighters (including Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, and Jennifer Grey) who take on the country's Soviet invaders. Among the new cast members will be Friday Night Lightsstar and area native, Adrianne Palicki. (RS)

COMMANDER IN FLY SWATTING: President Barack Obama is a cool customer, no matter your politics as his dispatching of this pesky fly indicates. No dramatic arm waving or crazy running around the room looking for a magazine for him. Thwak! And the fly is dead. (RL)


YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP: Heidi Montag, who is or is not posing nude in Playboy -- oh, heck, we all know she is so let's not be cagey -- actually compared herself to Mother Teresa in explaining why it's OK for Christians to drop trou for a magazine. Next up, Roger Clemens says he's a lot like Bishop Desmond Tutu, which is why it's OK to take steroids. (RL)

Rod Lockwood


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