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Jagger hits 65, Fleet Foxes, Sylvia Hauser, Monkey-faced Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 28, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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MICK JAGGER turned 65 on Friday, unlocking the door to a world of state benefits, including fee Viagra prescriptions. To mark the occasion, here are selections from the first three decades of Jagger's career -- "I Am Waiting," "Tumblin' Dice," and "Hang Fire."  ALSO: The Rolling Stones have split with longtime label EMI and inked a new deal with the Universal Music Group. The pact covers not only future studio albums but the band's lucrative back catalog from 1971's "Sticky Fingers" onward. PLUS: A young aide to the Rolling Stones is believed to have received a million-dollar payment after accusing their troubled guitarist, Ronnie Wood, of sexual harassment.

FLEET FOXES perform for the latest in World Cafe's Lillywhite Sessions series from Avatar Recording Studios in NYC.

SPIRITUALIZED played a gig at DC's 9:30 Club Friday night; you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig Finn and Tad Kubler let the New York Times know about what they're listening to now.

THE PRETENDERS' new album, Break Up the Concrete, is due Sept. 23, but MP3 downloads of each track on the album will pop up before the actual release. The first track, "Boots Of Chinese Plastic," is available at Spinner.

SYLVIA HAUSER, longtime Friend of Pate, has lifted operational security to allow me to announce her recent marriage in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Her husband is almost out of Jedi training and has yet -- afaik -- to turn to the dark side.  Obviously, you cannot celebrate a marriage without "Proud Mary," so I give you the choice of Creedence Clearwater Revival or Ike & Tina Turner.

EX-SMASHING PUMPKINS James Iha and D'Arcy Wretzky-Brown are suing Virgin Records America, claiming the label has screwed them out of ringtone fees and other stuff.

MILES BENJAMIN ANTHONY does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter -- all unreleased, including a cover of Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere."

SUPERSUCKERS are claiming the title of the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band. Guitarist Rontrose Heathman contends: "If you tell enough people, at least half of them will believe it. That's just the way it works ... so even if you don't think we are, if we tell you enough times, you will think it. We're just brainwashing people."

THE FALL: The autobiography of iconoclastic frontman Mark E Smith is reviewed by Spiked.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Dark Knight took in 75 million, breaking the 300 million total mark in record time.  Indeed, it beat the prior record-holder, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, by six days.  It will almost certainly become the fastsest to top 400 million (which took Shrek 2 43 days).  The gross dropped 52 percent from last weekend, but that is not bad at all, considering that the first weekend was so ginormous.  If the estimates for this weekend hold, TDK will have become the top earning movie of the year, vaulting past Iron Man in a mere ten days.  Step Brothers places with 30 million, larger than expected, though only about average for a Will Ferrell opening. Mamma Mia! shows with 17.8 million, on a respectable 35.6 percent drop.  The musical has grossed over 140 million worldwide on a 52 million production budget.  The X-Files: I Want to Believe attracted fewer believers with a fourth place, 10 million debut ( the first X-Files movie had a 30 million opening).  Even with a modest 30 million budget, this one may have to break even on DVD. Journey to the Center of the Earth showed legs rounding out the Top Five, dropping 23.7 percent with 9.4 million; this has about broken even on US tickets, with another 11 million worldwide to date.

SHIA LaBEOUF was busted on a DUI charge after rolling his car early Sunday morning.  It looks to be a misdemeanor charge, but the actor underwent surgery to his left hand from injuries suffered in the incident.

BRADGELINA: French police say camouflaged paparazzi who managed to get onto the grounds of Jolie and Pitt's chateau in southern France on Thursday fought with the Hollywood couple's guards.  The couple reportedly wants Bono to be the godfather of their twins, and settle all family business.

BRITNEY SPEARS' nearly two-year ongoing custody drama with Fed-Ex ended Friday in L.A. County Superior Court.  The pop wreck will get more visitation with her two sons, working toward co-parenting.

MADDONA reportedly ghost-wrote parts of her brother's tell-all book.  Hubby Guy Ritchie says all is well with his marriage to Madge -- as far as he knows.

LINDSAY LOHAN was clipped by a motorcycle Friday following a night of clubbing with galpal Samantha Ronson.  LiLo was taken to Beth Israel Medical Center, treated and released at 4 a.m. Saturday.

HEATHER MILLS' publicist issued a statement Thursday announcing that she has quit because Paul McCartney's ex has become too difficult.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR got daily phone calls from ex-hubby Richie Sambora while in rehab, a source tells the Chicago Sun-Times.  Locklear claims she entered rehab to deal with anxiety and depression, but the source claims there also may have been prescription drug issues.

MATTHEW BRODERICK was sneaking around with a young redhead earlier this year, while wife Sarah Jessica Parker was filming Sex & the City -- according to the ubder-reliable Star magazine.

JOHN CLEESE launched a tirade against his estranged third wife during a talk at the Bristol Zoo which was supposed to focus on raising money for conservation work.

CHARLIE SHEEN & DENISE RICHARDS may be ecalating their war again. Sheen is reportedly so angry over last week's "emergency" child-custody hearing that he is considering suing ex-wife Richards for defamation and full custody of their kids.

SEAN BEAN was arrested after his wife claimed he had assaulted her.

SIENNA MILLER reportedly has has fled to New York - where her father, banker Ed Miller, lives - to escape the backlash over her affair with Balthazar Getty.

MAD MEN: Season 2 premiered last night, and should be available through on demand services today.  The Chicago Tribune has been all over the show, with a feature theat links to transcripts of the underlying interviews with creator Matthew Weiner, star Jon Hamm (Don Draper), John Slattery (who plays Roger Sterling), and supporting cast members Rich Sommer, Michael Gladis and Aaron Staton, plus a story on the show's retro design.

IRAN: Pres. Ahmadinejad said that Iran had more than 5000 centrifuges. One Iranian news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying Iran had 6000 centrifuges working, before taking the report off its website.  In theory, 6000 centrifuges running continuously can produce enough weapons-grade uranium for one bomb in six months.  A report by the International Atomic Energy Agency in May said Iran had about 3500 centrifuges running, but last month, IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei said Iran would need six months to a year to enrich enough uranium for a bomb.  BONUS: Mystery explosions point to Iran's secret arms shipments to terrorists.

IRAQ: According to "analysis" by the Associated Press, "The United States is now winning the war that two years ago seemed lost." Coalition forces launched a long-expected offensive in southern Diyala province early Friday morning only to find that most of the insurgents in the area had already fled. Iraqi and US forces are maintaining the pressure against the Mahdi Army in central and southern Iraq.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A Chinese piglet with a monkey face.

HEY, NICE BEAVERS! Why, thank you -- they're the first to be born in Britain in 400 years.  Pics at the link.

KNUT UPDATE:  The once cuddly polar bear is still crazy, and now the subject of an ownership battle between Berlin zoo and Neumuenster zoo in northern Germany, which claims it's due a slice of the Knut millions.

FOX BITES WOMAN, husband shoots woman.

A BABY ELEPHANT born at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is the second born there this month.  And there was much trumpeting.

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Shivaree, Grizzly Bear, Cutout Bin, Wascally Wabbit   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 25, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

... with SHIVAREE! Originally airing on September 18, 1965, Part 1 features the Hollywood Persuaders ("Drums a Go-Go"), P.J. Proby ("Mission Bells") and The Supremes ("Baby Love"). Part 2 features Raquel Welch ("I'm Ready To Groove") and The Temptations ("My Girl" and "The Way You Do The Things You Do"). In Part 3, P.J. Proby returns ("Somewhere") as do the Hollywood Persuaders ("Drive Them To The Back Of The Hat").  And of course, the Shivaree Dancers plus your host, Gene Weed.

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig Finn & Tad Kubler talk to NPR's Morning Edition, which is also streaming a few tracks and a bonus clip in which Finn talks about playing with Springsteen at Carnegie Hall. And while Finn talks Catholicism with NPR, he talks about the band's Protestant work ethic with Drowned In Sound. Finn also talks to Michaelangelo Matmos for The Stranger.

BRENDAN CANNING of Broken Social Scene talks to JAM! about his solo entry in the "Broken Social Scene Presents..." series.

HALLELUJAH THE HILLS do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, two previously unreleased. Recommended.

THE BLASTERS' Phil Alvin sorts through the unholy mess they've made of American music for Metroactive.

GRIZZLY BEAR debuted a new song, "Two Weeks" for Dave on the Eye network the other night.

SAM PHILLIPS performs a mini-set for the World Cafe you can stream on demand via NPR.

TED NUGENT talks about hunting and shooting with JAM!, which asks him two questions supplied by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. 

SUPERGRASS frontman Gaz Coombes talks to Pitch about the secrets of the band's longevity. There's also a stream of "Rebel In You" at the link.

PETE DOHERTY has been ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation to a photographer whose camera he smashed.

CUTOUT BIN:  From Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper to Fleetwood Mac, from Led Zeppelin to Chicago, from Green to the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, from Liz Phair to the Five Stairsteps and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds can be jukeboxed or streamed separately via the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The X-Files: I Want to Believe, currnetly scoring 29 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, and Step Brothers, which is currently scoring 60 percent.

BRADGELINA turned to in vitro fertilization to quickly conceive twins Knox and Vivienne, a source tells US Weekly.  What was Pitt thinking?

CHRISTIAN BALE: British tabloids like The Sun are picking up on the claim that Bale flipped during a row with his mother and sister over a request for £100,000 to help the sister raise her three children.

PAM ANDERSON & TOMMY LEE are living together again, with the pneumatic bombshell admitting, "It's kinda silly. I don't know where that's gonna go."

SIENNA MILLER will have computer-generated hair in her upcoming movie, Hippie Hippie Shake.  Guess where?

ANNE HATHAWAY could be drawn deeper into the fraud scandal of her ex-boyfriend, Raffaello Follieri, now that FBI agents have seized the actress' private journals, sources tell the NYDN's Rush & Molloy.  The Princess Diaries joke writes itself.

AMY ADAMS is engaged to boyfriend of six years Darren Legallo, according to People magazine.

MEGAN FOX  is annoyed at being named FHM magazine's Sexiest Woman in the World.  So I linked to it again for Gratuitous Friday.

IRAN signaled that it will no longer cooperate with UN experts probing for signs of clandestine nuclear weapons work, confirming the investigation is at a dead end a year after it began.  I am so glad the US and EU gave them two weeks to come up with an answer.  I wonder what it will be...

IRAQ: US forces in Iraq said on Thursday that three suspected al-Qaeda leaders surrendered to Iraqi security and coalition forces in Sinjar. Al-Qaeda's foreign fighters are increasingly going to Afghanistan to fight instead, the Iraqi ambassador to the United States said Wednesday. Saladin province saw more than 1100 former Iraqi combatants reconciled with local security and Multi-National Forces since May.

WASCALLY WABBIT has been credited with saving an Australian couple from a fire that started in their house while they slept.

A WILD DEER fleeing summer storms brought chaos to an Italian city center when it ran amok. Pic at the link.

LIVE FISH are being worn as jewelry by teenage girls in Japan.

DRUNKEN ELK pays dearly after attacking a toddler playing in a sand pit at her home in Kungälv in western Sweden on Monday.

PET HOARDING: Humane society workers have found 117 cats, a raccoon and a rabbit in a north Omaha house. The discovery came Wednesday after Council Bluffs, Iowa, police caught the 54-year-old woman who lives at the house reportedly stealing cat food. Officials say she smelled like cat urine.

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Matthew Sweet, Feelies, Blakes, Fugitive Chimp   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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GNARLS BARKLEY gets a bit graphic in the new video for "Who's Gonna Save My Soul," premiering on the MTV.

SHE & HIM frontwoman Zooey Deschanel talks to Metromix about making the Maxim Hot 100, getting mix CDs from fans, and more...

MATTHEW SWEET is streaming three new songs via SweetSpace.

GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME: Playing the drums for a rock band requires the stamina of a top soccer player, research suggests. Tests on Clem Burke, the veteran Blondie drummer, revealed that 90 minutes of drumming could raise his heart rate to 190 beats a minute.

THE FEELIES: Sound Opinions has an interview plus four songs from their exclusive performance at Maxwell's.

THE BREEDERS "Walk It Off" in their new video from the Mountain Battles LP.

THE BLAKES do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter. Kinda garagey, kinda Stones-y, kinda Stripes-y.

THE VERVE frontman Richard Ashcroft tells the BBC's Steve Lamacq that it wasn't easy to start again with guitarist Nick McCabe. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

GLEN CAMPBELL covers Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)," along with songs from Tom Petty, The Replacements and the Velvet Underground on his upcoming album.

SONGS FOR THE JOKER: "Rare is the actor who has kissed both Gyllenhaals."  You should be able to stream them via the Hype Machine.

CHRISTIAN BALE confronted his mother after she allegedly insulted his wife, a source close to the 34-year-old actor says: "Christian was stressed, but he didn't lay a finger on anyone. Instead, he flew off the handle and cussed his mother. He just got very loud because his mother was saying some very outrageous things about him, and his wife." Sources in Bale's camp tell TMZ Bale has had a long-standing difficult relationship with his mom and the motivation for the whole assault charge may be money.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS ex-fiancé of the late Heath Ledger, has started dating film director Spike Jonze, ex-husband of Lost In Translation director Sofia Coppola -- according to the ever-reliable Star magazine.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY and his longtime love Camila Alves, have Levi Alves's pics published in OK! magazine.

ETHAN HAWKE and his wife Ryan Shawhughes welcomed Clementine Jane Hawke last Friday in NYC.  The girl is Hawke's third child.

BRAD PITT is being blasted for giving daughter Shiloh a ride on his lap while driving a golf cart.  According to The Smoking Gun, Brad is threatening legal action against news outlets who publish the pix.  The Daily Mail story with the pics has been removed from its website.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR is home after successfully completing four weeks of treatment for anxiety and depression.

TOM CRUISE will not be doing a sequel to Top Gun, to the relief of moviegoers everywhere.

HOLLYWOOD'S BEST PAID ACTORS, according to Forbes magazine, are not the same as those with the best return on investment.

SIENNA MILLER is suing photo agency Big Pictures and British tabloids News of the World and the Sun over the topless photos of her vacationing with new beau Balthazar Getty.

DON'T FEAR THE REAPER... unless you are a member of the Taliban in Afghanistan.  More UAV!

IRAN: Pres. Ahmadinejad insisted on Wednesday that Tehran would not "retreat one iota" from its atomic work, which includes the enrichment of uranium.  Glad the US and EU are giving them two weeks for an answer.

IRAQ is massing 30K troops in advance of an assault on one of al-Qaeda's surviving strongholds in Diyala province that will be a litmus test of the country's growing security forces.  There may also be operations in Babil and and Wasit provinces.  Wired's Danger Room looks at the status of the Iraqi Navy.  As expected, Iraq's presidential council rejected the draft provincial elections law (over the Kirkuk dispute that caused Kurds to boycott the parliamentary vote) and sent it back to parliament for reworking.  Thus elections may not occur before the UN mandate expires this year.

ESCAPED CHIMP disarms a zookeeper; zoo standoff ended by banana exchange. Video at the link.

A HERD OF RED DEER take a dip in a London stream.  Pics at the link.

POODLES should not be learning to drive.

DENIAL OF SERVICE FERRET prompts an accessability complaint against Ottawa's public transit company.

30 HUNGRY RUSSIAN BEARS have trapped a group of geologists at their remote survey site in the Far East after killing two of their co-workers last week.  During the Cold War, the Russian Bear threat was nuclear, but less probable.  Also, note that the remote site is in Kamchatka, a place well-known to those who play Risk.

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Devendra Banhart, Ting Tings, Pat Beach, 6-Legged Fawn   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 08:00 AM
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DEVENDRA BANHART has a new Bollywood-themed video for "Carmensita," featuring new squeeze Natalie Portman.

PAUL WESTERBERG: PopMatters thinks that 49:00 -- a single 49-minute track where the songs bleed into each other, layered over one another, with some of them nothing more than snippets (as if some invisible hand is spinning a radio dial) -- might be one of the best releases of his solo career.  Billboard has some backstory for the project, including the 'Mats-like mash-up at the end.

THE TING TINGS played DC's 9:30 Club last night, so you should be able to stream the gig on demand via NPR now.

PAT BEACH, longtime friend of Pate and features writer for the Austin American-Statesman, ran afoul of liberal megasite Daily Kos over a snarky piece he wrote about their convention, which his editor has pulled from the Internet.  Ironically, he called the Kossacks humorless.  Doubly ironic, afaik, he's still a pretty liberal guy, but is getting defended by right-leaning sites like Newsbusters and Michelle Malkin.

JAYHAWKS Gary Louris and Marc Olson both talk to Paste about getting back together and making an album.

BECK has posted the video for "Orphans" from his Modern Guilt album.  No cameo from Cat Power, alas.

THE HOLD STEADY stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via MPR.

JOHN LYDON, a/k/a Johnny Rotten, has responded to allegations of his involvement in a racist assault on Bloc Party's Kele Okereke by saying his accuser is a liar and in need of the publicity.

THE MURCURY PRIZE nominees for 2008 have been announced.

BLACK KIDS and their blog buzz are covered by Reuters. Their debut is streaming for a second week at Spinner.

CHRISTIAN BALE denied allegations of assault made against him by his mother and sister.  Bale voluntarily submitted to police questioning in London on Tuesday and was released without being charged. There are reports circulating that the arrest was for verbal assault, and one of Bale's reps is echoing that. Sources directly connected to the case tell TMZ there was physical contact between Christian and his mom, but it amounted to next to nothing.

ALEC BALDWIN is said to have turned testy when Diane Sawyer had to reschedule an interveiw about his divorce memoir because of her husband Mike Nichols' heart surgery.  But a Baldwin pal sticks up for him: "The interview was rescheduled at least four times. Then the air conditioning wasn't working. Alec was a little annoyed, but not with Diane."

DAVID DUCHOVNY & GILLIAN ANDERSON talk to Dark Horizons about the X-Files movie opening Friday, with observations about Mlder, Scully, etc.

MADONNA was ordered by medical experts to take her foot off the pedal on the punishing dance routines because her body simply cannot cope.

ZACHARY QUINTO talks to Sci-Fi Wire about taking over the role of Spock from Leonard Nimoy in director J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Trek reboot movie.

MILEY CYRUS denies she is interested in the lead role in "Undiscovered Gyrl," an R-rated movie with nude scenes.

EBERT & ROEPER are to be supplanted by E! Entertainment critic Ben Lyons and Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz on a revamped "At the Movies" aimed at a younger demo.

ESTELLE GETTY of The Golden Girls died Tuesday morning at her Los Angeles home at 84.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS have updated their textbooks; they still teach hatred for infidels.

IRAQ's parliament on Tuesday passed a law setting guidelines for provincial elections, despite a boycott by Kurdish lawmakers. Officials have targeted sometime in autumn for the polls, but the political dispute -- coupled with parliament's one-month break beginning July 31 -- makes it unclear when elections could be held. The measure now goes to the country's presidency council. Coalition forces discovered a massive cache of weapons during an operation targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq elements near Samarra that concluded July 19.

A SIX-LEGGED FAWN had one of its two tails removed after being attacked by dogs in Rome, GA.

GUINEA PIGS dress for dinner in Peru.

CANADIANS: Be on the lookout for a cat in a pink dress.

A DEAD HERON is hanging around a tennis tourney in Vancouver.

THE WORLD'S FASTEST SNAIL was crowned at the annual World Snail Racing Championships in Congham, Norfolk.

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New Releases, Westerberg, Calexico, Feral Aussie Donkeys   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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DR. DOG performs "The Old Days" for the redhead on the Peacock.

NEW RELEASES: Dr. Dog, CSS and compilations of The Individuals and Dio-era Sabbath are among the albums streaming in full this week from Spinner.

PAUL WESTERBERG is offering 49 minutes of music for just 49¢.

CALEXICO debuts a new track, "Two Silver Trees" at Paste magazine.

JOANNA NEWSOM, the best indie harpist evah, plays a new song, after joking, "it's not like people can put recordings of this song and place them in some sort of metaphysical forum for other people to see and comment on."

TODD RUNDGREN's  "pinball-like" career is surveyed by the Houston Chronicle ahead of his next album, Arena.  So here is the Nazz with "Open My Eyes" and Rundgren's classic "Hello, It's Me" for Twofer Tuesday.  BONUS: "We Gotta Get You A Woman" is just audio... but what audio!

BON IVER does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

JAMES McMURTRY tells the L.A. Times he now embraces those who describe his music as literary, and explains why he formed a rockin' trio.

FLEET FOXES offer no apologies for drawing on music's past. "We try to draw from the traditions of folk music, pop, choral music and gospel, baroque psychedelic, sacred harp singing, West Coast music, traditional music from Ireland to Japan, and film scores," says frontman Robin Pecknold.

BLACK MOUNTAIN gets some in-depth local vove from the Vancouver Sun.

MADONNA is at the center of a £1million sex-video scandal, according to the uber-reliable Daily Star. A sleazy cameraman is trying to flog a tape he alleges shows the singer romping with US baseball hunk Alex Rodriguez. Legal experts say if his claims are true the lensman could face prosecution for voyeurism and burglary. Meanwhile, friends of Alex Rodriguez claim the Yankee slugger is actually an "emotionally abused" husband whose wife, Cynthia, gave him permission to see other women.

JESSICA SIMPSON, whose debut country performance drew boos at the Country Thunder USA Festival, may also have a sex tape with her ex-husband Nick Lachey, according to the Daily Sport, which I have never heard of before now.

THE DARK KNIGHT is even bigger than thought -- grossing an official $158.3 million over the weekend.  Michael Caine talks to the WaPo about Heath Ledger and more.

CHARLIE SHEEN & DENISE RICHARDS both say they couldn't be happier with the latest courtroom custody battle -- which appears to have to do with the kids "acting out" at home.  Sounds like Sheen is the happier one.

AMY WINEHOUSE didn't turn up to see husband Blake sentenced to 27 months in prison today for grievous bodily harm and perverting the course of justice.

BILL MURRAY will be skydiving at Chicago's Air & Water Show to bring attention to the USO of Illinois and the work that organization does on behalf of American troops here and overseas.

TOM CRUISE has been asked to dust off his aviator shades for a Top Gun sequel.

PATRICK SWAYZE is looking like his old self again, even in the midst of fighting cancer.

HALLE BERRY offered her first glimpse of daughter Nahla Ariela Aubry since her March 16 birth. Berry never sold sold baby photos.

EBERT & ROEPER are both leaving the "Ebert & Roeper" movie-review show, apparently due to contract problems with Disney. "&" was unavailable for comment at presstime.

THE NAME IS BOND: To celebrate the centenary of Ian Fleming's birth, Times Online have created an exclusive 100 year interactive Fleming and Bond timeline. Packed with articles and photography from the Times Archive and the original reviews of Bond novels and films, it shows how closely Bond's fictional life paralleled Fleming's.  BONUS: Sean Connery his son Jason that he would never receive a penny of his £85million fortune.

THE END: Critics from the Times of London pick the best movie endings ever, from E.T. to Casablanca. But be warned -- it does contain spoilers.

IRAN was not being serious at weekend talks about its disputed nuclear program, despite the presence of a senior US diplomat, and may soon face new sanctions, according to Sec of State Condoleezza Rice. Iran's chief nuclear negotiator said on Monday that Iran wanted no confrontation over its nuclear program and was optimistic about the future course of the nuclear talks. Iran and the six world powers negotiating a settlement to the standoff over the Islamic state's nuclear program have both requested Turkish help.

IRAQ's government spokesman is hopeful that US combat forces could be out of the country by 2010. The Multi-National Forces (captured on Monday a suspected propaganda specialist of the Hezbollah Organization during a raid in the New Baghdad district.  Iraqi authorities have trained 130 women from Sunni tribes to seek out and prevent attacks carried out by al-Qaeda's aspiring female suicide bombers.  The Counterterrorism Blog looks at whether Iraq remains the "central front" in America's war on terrorism.

FISH PEDICURES: The latest in spa pampering.  Slideshow and video at the link.

FERAL AUSSIE DONKEYS: The key to a better sex life?

SNAKE UNDER THE BED in Montreal.

IGUANA: Exploding in Monroe County, FL.

CURIOUSITY got the cat's head stuck in a Mason jar.

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