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Friday, August 31, 2007

Favoritest Photo of the Week: Worlds Collide

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(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

What happens when you mix America, Italy and China? See above. Our Favoritest Photo of the Week comes to us from the other side of the planet where the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel opened this week. Just like the Venetian in Las Vegas, there's even a faux canal with singing gondoliers. (We once witnessed a proposal there ourselves.) Sail away with the original caption:

Gambling tables are set inside the casino during the opening ceremony of the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007. Casinos like the Wynn and Sands have already helped this southern coastal Chinese city surpass the Las Vegas Strip as the world's most lucrative gambling center. American billionaire Sheldon Adelson aims to take a step further with the US$2.4 billion (euro1.8 billion) Venetian scheduled to open Tuesday. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

"Big Brother" Keeper

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(AP Photo/HO/CBS)

As suspected, Amber was evicted from the "Big Brother 8" house and that means no post-eviction interview with The Slug. That's because we weren't willing to agree with CBS to not to ask Amber (or Jameka, if she's evicted from the game) about those controversial remarks that Amber made a few weeks ago. However, even if Zach had been evicted last night, CBS wasn't granting evictee interviews. We're wondering what's gonna go down in the sequester house when Amber realizes that Dustin and Jen were interviewed and she wasn't. Anyway, now that Zach Attack has won Head of Household, who do you think he's going to nominate for eviction?

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Posh is Always a Bridesmaid on "Ugly Betty"

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(AP Photo/Rene Macura)

The rumors are true! Victoria Beckham is guest starring as herself in an episode of "Ugly Betty" this fall. Posh will be bridesmaid to — spoiler alert! — bridezilla Wilhelmina Slater, who's getting hitched to boss-man Bradford Meade next season. Hmmm. Wonder if Becks will hobble down the aisle alongside his wife? That would make this a wedding we'd definitely want to RSVP yes to!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

"Big Brother" From Another Mother

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(AP Photo/HO/CBS/Cliff Lipson)

Oh, what a crazy season of "Big Brother" this has been. Since the Golden Power of Veto wasn't used by Eric last night, Amber and Zach are stayin' on the block. We think Amber will be the one walking out the door this Thursday, if you take that whole "America's Player" thingie into account. Unfortch, we don't think we'll be asking her about her eviction or anything else, for that matter.

While The Slug has interviewed each evicted houseguests all season long, we won't be interviewing Amber (or Jameka, if she's evicted down the road) because CBS has stated that we must agree not to ask those houseguests about those controversial remarks Amber made a few weeks ago. The journalist part of us says that's just not something we can agree to do — so we won't.

"Dancing" with the Old Geezers

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(AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Marie Osmond? Wayne Newton? Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman? This sounds less like a "Dancing with the Stars" cast and more like the folks who join our mother for Bingo Night at the Elks Lodge. Yes, we're a little jaded, probably because we discovered the oh-so-vibrant "So You Think You Can Dance" this summer. Mark Cuban, you are no Neil Haskell. Whatever. We'll probably tune in to see the Latin moves from Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown and Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves, anyway.

"Superbad" Saves the Summer

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(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

The Slug finally got around to seeing "Superbad" last weekend. Apparently, we weren't alone. The raunchy but smart and totally hilllllarious comedy topped the box office two weeks in a row, which is surprisingly refreshing since 2007 has been the summer of one-weekend wonders, you know, movies that open huge then disappear the next weekend. Let's hope Hollywood gets the hint that audiences aren't into over-hyped Goliath flicks that dominate the mega-plex. We're just want some McLovin.

"BioShock" Rocks

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(AP Photo/HO/2K Games)

The Slug ain't the only one heralding "BioShock" as the perfect example of how video games can be compelling, artful, engrossing and intelligent. However, we're pretty sure we're the only ones out there who think "BioShock" is this generation's "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." For the full argument, navigate your Wonkavator to this "Up Down Left Right" review.

Monday, August 27, 2007

"Beauty and the Geek" and the Girl and the Stud

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(AP Photo/HO/20th Century Fox)

As we were perusing the new "Beauty and the Geek" contestants in a CW press release, we were shocked to see that one of the nerdy dudes was named Nicole. How embarrassing: a geek with a girl's name! But then we realized we skipped over the part that explained, "in their first days, they learn they have to compete against one pair that's the complete opposite — a hot guy and a geeky girl — which immediately throws the rest of the house into turmoil."

The hot guy is a Sam, a 26-year-old party promoter from Davis, Calif. The geeky girl is Nicole, a 25-year-old musicology graduate at Tufts University. This could be a verrry interesting twist for the four-year-old reality series. Let's just hope this real-life "Ugly Betty" has the chance to blossom into a butterfly or at least hookup with a bunch of her fellow nerds.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Send Us Your Questions for "Heroes"

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(AP Photo/HO/NBC)

Get excited 'cause we are! Next week, The Slug is interviewing Noah Gray-Cabey, James Kyson Lee, Zachary Quinto and Dania Ramirez from NBC's "Heroes." The unlikely foursome will be in town for a "Heroes" World Tour stop. So if you wanna know something about genius Micah, sidekick Ando, eeeevil Sylar or new girl Maya, hit us up with your queries at theslug@ap.org. We're fairly sure they'll be tight-lipped about the new season, but maybe we can squeeze something out of them.

Favoritest Photo of the Week: TV of the Future

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(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

If you showed us our Favoritest Photo of the Week last year, we would've thought it was from the future. Oh wait. Then it would've been from the future, huh? Well, we would've thought it was from the distant future — or at least before December 21, 2012, which is the end of time according to the Mayans. We blame this line of thinking on that woman's ensemble.

A model holds a glass panel encasing a 29 millimeter (1.1 inches) thick prototype TV that Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. unveiled in Tokyo Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007. Sharp said the prototype TV is the thinnest, lightest and lowest energy-consuming liquid crystal display in the world. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)