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Today, April 26th is a good day. It is the last night of production which means I will never have to spend countless hours at the Herald again.

No more not being able to go home till 2 or 3 in the morning. (The worst was when I was here till 4:30 but that was because it was an eight page issue.)

It is funny though how there is a circle to anything we do.

When we were in the ninth grade, and at the top of the chain, it was a great feeling to be the top dogs.

But then you enter the 10th grade, and suddenly you are right back to where you were a mere two years ago. At the bottom, feeding off the scraps from the kings and queens of the 12th grade. I was one of the lucky ones because when I entered high school, it was the same year that 9th grade got to move up too. So people focused their attention on them.

And so here I am again.

Top of the food chain as editor. Just to have it taken away once again when I graduate and have to take a low-level entry job where I probably won’t even get a byline. There is definitely a circle-of-life feeling to that.

And it makes me want to hurl.

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terrence-howard-300a0118071Terrence Howard is not pleased he was replaced in the “Iron Man” sequel over a reported salary dispute.

“Marvel made a choice, and it was a very, very bad choice,” the actor told Parade.com. “They didn’t keep their word. They didn’t honor my contract.”

Howard says producers didn’t share the profits of the flick – which earned over $318 million – with most of the actors.

According to Howard, the only person to get a raise was Robert Downey Jr.

“One of the things that actors need to do is always stick together, one for all, and all for one,” Howard said.

Howard is not revealing anything about the movie, even though he has seen the script of the anticipated sequel which will star Gwyneth Paltrow, Downey, and Don Cheadle – who is replacing Howard.

“I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the movie. I want to see Don Cheadle become me. No, I want him to do better than me,” Howard says. “That’s what I really want to see. Cheadle was the reason I got ‘Crash,’ so I have a lot of love form him.”

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Maybe Scrubs will actually have an audience now.

While on the Jimmy Kimmel show, Scrubs star Zach Braff plugged the porno that is poking fun of the comedy that airs on ABC.

The porno parody is being released by NewSensations after its success with other parody pornos such as The Office XXX and Seinfield XXX.

I have to give them props for their likeness of the show. Just judging from the trailer, the parody does well in capturing the actual Scrubs characters. The only one I was disappointed with is the Janitor. His parody opposite looks nothing like him. Braff said, it’s like they just asked anybody to do it.

Playing Braff is being played by AVN male performer of the year James Dean who also played Jim in the Office parody. ( For those of you who don’t know AVN is like the Oscar for porn. It’s a pretty big deal.)

 

Ralph Long is playing the Janitor.

Ralph Long is playing the Janitor.

The movie is scheduled to hit shelves in late May.

I think it is funny that Braff had no problem plugging the movie and thought it was cool that they were making a parody of the show.

Check out the article on CRAVE which has videos of interviews with the cast.

I honestly think that Sarah Chalke is hotter than her counterpart but it is a pretty good likeness.

 

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ept_sports_mlb_experts-54271263-1240160708As if the Nationals didn’t have enough problems.

It was the uniform company’s fault that Washington Nationals Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman wore jerseys reading ‘Natinals’ during a game last week, according to Majestic Athletic, the company that designed the misprinted shirts.

Dunn and Zimmerman donned the shirts that were missing an ‘O’ for the first three innings of Washington’s 3-2 loss to the Florida Marlins on Friday night. They eventually changed into jerseys with the team nickname spelled correctly.

“All of us at Majestic Athletic want to apologize to both the Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball for accidentally omitting the ‘O’ in two Nationals jerseys,” Majestic Athletic president Jim Pisani said in a statement distributed at Nationals Park on Tuesday.

This is coming right before the Nationals decided to total revamp their bullpen.

After starting the season 0-6, Washington’s first homestand of the year wasn’t much more pleasant. The Nationals sent centerfielder Lastings Milledge to the minors April 14 and got rid of three relievers April 19 after three blown leads turned what could have been a weekend sweep of the Marlins into three losses.

Nationals 4, Braves 3

However, with a revamped and more confident bullpen, Washington is back on track. For the second straight night, the Nationals preserved a one-run lead in the ninth, with closer Joel Hanrahan hanging on to record the save. Rookie right-hander Shairon Martis set the tone with six strong innings to earn his second win in three starts.

Back to back wins over the Braves give the Nationals a 3-10 record. Still nothing to be proud of but more of a glimpse of hope for the pesky Nats.

Read the original Yahoo blog here.

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text_messageTwo central Pennsylvania friends spent most of March in a text-messaging record attempt, exchanging a total of 217,000 messages to each other.

However, one of the two was surprised when he had a $26,000 bill.

Nick Andes, 29, and Doug Klinger, 30, were relying on their unlimited text messaging plans to get them through their elaborate plans for breaking some sort of record, so Andes didn’t expect such a big bill.

Andes said that his bill came in a box that cost him an additional $27.55. Andes said he “panicked” and called T-Mobile, which told the Associated Press it had credited his account and was investigating the charges.

Before beginning their attempt at this thumb sore, Andes searched for the largest monthly text message total, and found that a man named Deepak Sharma in Indian had sent 182,000 in one month.

Andes and Klinger were able to set up their phones to send multiple messages. During a February test run they found they could send 6,000 or 7,000 messages on some days, prompting the March messaging marathon.

“Most were either short phrases or one word, ‘LOL’ or ‘Hello,’ things like that, with tons and tons of repeats,” Andes told the Associated Press.

Andes sent more than 140,000 messages, and Klinger sent more than 70,000 to end the month with just a totalof just over 217,000, he said.

Read the full article, here on Yahoo.

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200px-lego_logosvgAnd you thought Lego Indian Jones was bad.

Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has confirmed they will release a version of the popular party game Rock Band to incorporate the LEGO universe.

The game, LEGO Rock Band, is being created by TT games ( LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Batman) in partnership with Rock Band developers Harmonix, says a statement from Warner Bros.

So far, the publisher has released five of the songs that will be available when it releases this Christmas:

  1. Blur – Song 2
  2. Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting
  3. Europe – The Final Countdown
  4. Good Charlotte – Boys and Girls
  5. Pink – So What

Players will be able to “customize their minifigure avatars, band and entourage, including roadies, managers and crew.” The games will appear on the Nintendo DS and Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

According to an article on IGN, managing director of TT games Tom Stone said, “Lego Rock Band combines two compelling properties, and creates an experience that family members of all ages will enjoy playing together as a group.

I guess there is no end to marketing a product.

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observe_and_report1Seth Rogen has surged onto the entertainment scene recently because of movies like Knocked Up, Pineapple Express and Zack and Miri.

But his recent movie, Observe and Report, has put Rogen into a role where even though he is the central character, he’s not exactly “hero” but is more or less a type of bad guy.

One scene, in particular, is being criticized for crossing the line.

 The scene  in question involves Seth Rogen’s character, delusional mall cop Ronnie Barnhardt, in bed with the women on his dirty dreams, Brandi (Anna Faris). At dinner, Ronni had plied his date with Valium washed down with tequila shots to the point where she pukes and passes out. But there’s Ronnie on top of Brandi in bed, grunting away over her dead-to-the-world body.

It appears to be a classic date rape case, until Brandi wakes up to say, “Did I tell you to stop motherfucker?”

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said, “The thing that must be pointed out is that the bipolar Ronnie is acting totally in character. Consent or no consent wouldn’t faze Ronnie, who has completely lost touch with his moral center, if he ever had one.”

So what do you think, is it rape or consensual?

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