‘Rome’, ‘Darkness’ & Baby Tips from Mel G.

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It’s Friday…are you ready? First up today, some fond farewells. Zelda Rubinstein, the fabulous and very creepy ghost-whisperer from Poltergeist passed away this week.  Also, reclusive literary giant J.D.Salinger died at age 91, leaving behind a stunning legacy and even more mystery. While millions know about him (know anyone who didn’t have to read The Catcher in the Rye?) very few actually knew him. Now we can expect to hear a lot of talk about making movies from his work ( strictly forbidden while he was alive).  In TV news, DWTS  has one less co-host: Samantha Harris will be leaving the popular show and told People Magazine: “‘Dancing with the Stars’ could not have been more of a dream job. I loved every single second of it and I’ve made lifelong friends at the show.” Well, at least she’s  got a good attitude about it. Now, to movie openings. There’s When In Rome, starring  Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel (that’s Mr. Fergie to us). It’s a romantic comedy, complete with shenanigans, a mixup and one of those “curses” that frequently befall pretty young ladies who find themselves stuck in exotic foreign cities.  Like, say, Rome. Word is it’s not bad – and it also stars Anjelica Huston, Will Arnett and Dax Shepard (Bell’s real-life beau). Or, you can check out  Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson. This is Mel’s first starring role in about 8 years (you’ll recall he took a few years off to direct  a couple controversial and very lucrative movies, and also to tangle with the law and shoot off his mouth in less-than-savory ways). So he’s back starring in a noir thriller about a Boston detective  investigating his daughter’s death. They’re saying it’s the kind of gritty, vengeance- based role Gibson does best. Plus it stars Danny Huston (which means that both Danny and half-sister Anjelica Huston have movies opening the same weekend. Random). Mel is also a new father (for the 8th time!). When asked how best he deals with being a father after age 50 , he revealed the secret:  “earplugs!” Worth a try. Now, let’s take a look at some of Daddy’s other acting ventures. Voice your choice in today’s featured poll and let us know which of these Mel Gibson films is your favorite.

1)    Lethal Weapon

2)    Mad Max

3)    What Women Want

4)    Braveheart

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