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The Entertation Index: October 19

October 19, 2009

Cage, Nicolas — Actor Nicolas Cage is suing his former manager for poor investment decisions which “sent him down a path toward financial ruin.” Never mind that the actor is having to sell his castle in the United Kingdom (bad investment #1), but it’s hard to feel sorry for someone who not only made Ghost Rider, but has announced that he’s going to go back and make it again (bad investment #2). You know, it’s like my mom always said: “When you point a finger at someone, there are four fingers pointing at Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage.”

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Link: Actor Nicolas Cage Sues Ex-Manager, Claiming “Ruin” (Bloomberg)

Costner, Kevin — The Bull Durham star and his band Modern West are currently touring Germany to rave reviews and massive crowds. Attention, people of Germany: as an ambassador of the United States, and in the best interest of peace, I hereby declare that you may have Kevin Costner.

Link: Is Kevin Costner Germany’s New David Hasselhoff? (People)

Jeopardy — Classic game show Jeopardy was taken advantage of when contestant Jeff Kirby, who appeared on the show in 1999, recently slipped through the cracks to appear again on the program in 2009. Observant fans pointed out the repeat appearance, which violated Jeopardy rules stating that a contestant cannot appear twice. The real story here, however, is that there are apparently people out there so obsessed with Jeopardy, a program which airs every weeknight all year round, that they can tell when a contestant from ten years ago shows up again. Wow.

Link: Double Jeopardy (NY Post)

Leppard, Def — Memorable hard-rockers Def Leppard have reportedly cancelled the North American leg of their current tour, claiming “personal matters.” Apparently, they’re taking it personally that they don’t matter anymore.

Link: Def Leppard Cancels Third Leg of Tour (Associated Press)

Mueller, Herta — Romanian writer Herta Mueller has received the illustrious Nobel Prize for work that, “with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed” in her native country. Don’t blame me — I voted for Wink Martindale’s autobiography Winking at Life.

Link: Herta Mueller Wins Nobel Prize for Literature (USA Today)

Polanski, Roman — Noted director and noted felon Roman Polanski is undergoing tests for an undisclosed illness before returning to a Swiss prison, though Polanski’s lawyer says Polanski’s condition “is not of exceptional gravity.” Given Polanski’s tendency for flight when jail seems possible, it’s safe to say there’s a lot about Polanski which “is not of exceptional gravity.”

Link: Roman Polanski Undergoing Medical Tests (Huffington Post)

Sleevie, The — Kudos to the Live Feed for discovering this clever ad for the Blood Center of Central Texas, which is not only sharp and nicely played, but an interesting take on advertising an industry not known for being particularly “wacky.”

Link: Snuggie Parody Ad — The Sleevie (THR)

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