Okay, I'm curious: how are people doing on their NaNoWriMos? Because... I am not doing so well. In the sense that I didn't even open Word several days this week.
jennnk: "Don't know if you've seen this (NY Times, might have to log in), but one of the targets of Dateline's 'To Catch a Predator' series killed himself rather than getting taken by police. A bit more serious than that usual linkspam, but more important than Lohan could ever hope to be." To wit:
Prosecutor Kills Himself in Texas Raid Over Child Sex
Allison Gollust, an NBC News spokeswoman, said the crew for Dateline NBC’s “To Catch a Predator” series was taping as the police approached the house. But Ms. Gollust added that no one from Dateline had had contact with Mr. Conradt and that there was nothing to suggest that he had seen the crew before he turned the gun on himself.
“There’s absolutely no evidence that would suggest that he was aware of us,” Ms. Gollust said. “We don’t anticipate making a change to our reporting.”
Unlike some suspects in pedophile stings that appear on “Dateline NBC,” Mr. Conradt had not actually met the person he thought was the teenager, but Sergeant Robertson said he planned to do so. Perverted Justice staff members found profiles from Mr. Conradt on AOL, Yahoo and MySpace.com, Mr. Von Erck said. He also said that he thought Mr. Conradt had tried to erase at least one online profile, on MySpace.com, a popular online social networking community used mainly by teenagers, in the moments before he shot himself.
Venice mayor: Flood barriers a mistake.
FedEx threatens to sell sex tape. Britney can either give him $30M and the kids, or he'll sell it for $50M. On one hand, I don't want the useless sleaze to get any of her money--or anyone else's--but on the other, I'm hoping some quiet philanthropist will buy it up and nuke it from orbit. Haven't we all suffered enough?
'Borat' banks $29M, keeps top movie spot (AP). Okay, this time, I actually saw it coming. By contrast, Stranger Than Fiction debuted with less than half that sum, which, sadly, I also saw coming. (Want to seeee!)
Maguire's fiancee gives birth to girl; world replies, "He was dating someone?"
Ban religion, says Elton John. Oh... oh dear.
Kylie Minogue dazzles in return to stage. Make sure you check out the accompanying picture of La Minogue in her Satine-esque showgirl costume.
New items at the Noble Collection, including new Harry Potter character wands (I actually woke up this morning from a dream where Lupin was complaining bitterly that replicas of his wand were for sale); a completely awesome Narnia wardrobe jewelry chest that I would snap up if the NC prices weren't ridiculous; and all of Captain Jack's rings, from people who, if I didn't know better, I would think were reading my journal.
modpixie: "According to a source on i_heart_sofia (I know, I know) the news about the Tipping the Velvet movie is fake and Sofia is not happy. Which, granted, is news from a random person on the internet, but there's so much that looks wrong with that news report..." As I said in the comments to my original entry on the subject, there were so many things that struck me as being off about the article: Longoria quoted as emphatically saying "It's true"; Beyoncé (who, as someone else mentioned, criticized the Madonna-Britney kiss by saying that Jesus would never let her do that) and Eva Longoria being "excited" about filming love scenes, which, let's face it, no one actually filming them is ever "excited" about; Beyoncé and Longoria being cast in the first place in a novel about 19th-century lesbians; and the idea that if anyone's going to get revisionist-diversity about something, it would be Sofia Coppola. I'm not saying she wouldn't; I'm just saying she's never expressed any interest in that direction. If you'd said Mira Nair was going to direct, given her slightly Indian-flavored adaptation of Vanity Fair, I could possibly believe it. And if you go to the i_heart_sofia entry, the original poster is claiming that Coppola is really, really pissed about the article.
Is a burrito a sandwich? Judge says no.
25 years later, Luke and Laura wed again. "Seeking a place where he could freely walk unrecognized, [Anthony Geary] moved all the way to Amsterdam, where he still lives today. 'He'd go to events and women would come up to him and go, "Rape me, Luke," which I guess is a bit disorienting,' Hinsey [editor of Soap Opera Weekly] said." Understatement Weekly was unavailable for comment.