Happy St. Pat’s / Favorite Irish Stars?

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Of course today’s blog will be about something – or someone – Irish, so sit tight and we’ll get to it. But first, some news. And, because nothing says bring on the green beer like a multimillion-dollar DVD release, here goes: Avatar will be available April 22.  (For format specifics, Fox says they’ll release the big blue moneymaker  “in 2D on DVD and Blu-ray on Earth Day, April 22. A four-disc 2D release with numerous extras follows in November, and a 3D version on Blu-ray arrives next year.” So I’d say ‘get yours April 22!’ but I don’t want to insult you in case you’re waiting for the more souped –up version to buy. Speaking of buying, did you know that pretty soon you’ll be able to tell loved ones/ family members/ benefactors & coworkers  that what you really, really want for the holidays is “the new Michael Jackson album” and no one will look at you funny? That’s right. According to CNN, the King of Pop left this world in debt, but he also left enough unreleased material for at least 10 new albums over the next 10 years – and us regular folks will actually be able to buy it. They’re going to happen. A Jackson insider says there’s music and more music, enough to “ bring in $250 million to the late pop star’s trust”. Of course it makes you wonder how they’ll do it…will they start playing a “single” on local radio stations? Then will they, say, release new tracks for folks who want to download “the latest” from MJ? And will it be weird when a song gets “leaked” on the internet? Just saying, it seems like sort of a strange posthumous proposition all around. Don’t get me wrong, I’d be right there waiting for it  – having eagerly purchased  over the years his music on LP, cassette, cassingle, 45, eight-track and CD. Still, let’s hope they handle it tastefully. Now let’s get to St. Patrick’s Day. The day that’s not really a holiday in the US, but the day when thousands of bars are spilling over with patrons by noon who think it should be. With this in mind, let’s talk about Irish stars. There are lots of them in Hollywood. In fact, so many that we may do Favorite Irish Actors and add Favorite Irish Actresses in the weeks to come. But for now, voice your choice in today’s featured poll and let us know which one of these Emerald Isle stars is your favorite:

1)    Liam Neeson

2)    Pierce Brosnan

3)    Colin Farrell

4)    Gabriel Byrne

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