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The Entertation Index: August 17

August 17, 2009

Danza, Tony — If you’re repeatedly asking yourself “When will Tony Danza return to the airwaves?” you might want to re-evaluate your priorities. Then, you might want to take a look at the following link from the Huffington Post. I don’t know if Danza’s new project is going to be successful, but if he keeps garnering headlines like this one from the Post, he’ll at least raise eyebrows. And send students scurrying beneath their desks.

Link: Tony Danza’s Teacher Reality Show May Shoot in Philly Schools (Huffington Post)

Dylan, Bob — On a New Jersey street last month, a young police officer stopped to question a disheveled Bob Dylan, who was wandering aimlessly and talking to himself. From what I’ve heard, anyone who’s seen him live in the past five years has done the same thing. No offense meant, of course.

Link: Police “Did Not Recognise Dylan” (BBC)

Eko, Mr. — Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, best known for his roles on Oz and as the mysterious Mr. Eko on Lost, has begun talking to media about the return of the deceased Eko to Lost for the show’s final season, after Akinnuoye-Agbaje removed himself from the show in season three, claiming his character was complete. I’m not really in”the biz,” but if I was, I might say things like “Here in ‘the biz,’ we call this a case of ‘didn’t get as famous as I thought I would.'” Of course, saying those kinds of things when I’m not in “the biz” just makes me look stupid. As well as using the phrase “the biz.”

Link: Mr. Eko Wants to Stage His Comeback (Entertainment Weekly)

Fire, St. Elmo’s — ABC has garnered the rights to the 1985 smash St. Elmo’s Fire and plans to adapt it into a television series. Thrilled to hear the news was Andrew McCarthy, until he was informed that it wouldn’t be an actual reunion of the original actors, whereupon he shed one solitary tear to himself and continued emptying the wastebaskets of ABC executives.

Link: “St. Elmo’s Fire” Headed to TV (Hollywood Reporter)

Hammer, MC — Out of ideas on how to make his comeback, MC Hammer has announced plans to release a “companion piece” to the 1990 smash Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em, stating that the project will “capture again the very essence and vibes of Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em, but updated with the sonic quality of today.” Upon hearing the news, an excited Ralph Macchio immediately called his agent, ecstatic because he “didn’t know making Karate Kid again was within the rules,” and planning his own return to the spotlight.

Link: MC Hammer Plans Companion Piece for 1990 Hit Album (Reuters)

Man, Super — The Siegel family, who, being the descendents of Superman co-creator Jerome Siegel, some claim to be the rightful heirs to the Superman fortune, are currently warring with Warner Brothers in an attempt to claim their own stake in the Superman ethos. According to reports, the Siegels have reclaimed the Superman origin story of Krypton, as well as Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, and Superman’s ability to fly. One thing neither the Siegels or Warner Brothers have claimed, however, is the ridiculous idea to cast Richard Pryor in Superman III.

Link: The Siegels Win Back Pieces of Krypton (Cinematical)

Michaels, George — The former pop star had a run-in with the law once again yesterday when he crashed his Range Rover into the back of a truck at 100 miles per hour. Michaels apologized profusely and insisted upon his sobriety, claiming that “I rarely am guilty of moving violations — normally I only rear-end people at rest stops.”

Link: “I Was Stone Cold Sober” Says George Michael… (Daily Mail)

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