Rix Mix: The Case of the Vanishing Career

According to Internet Movie Database  Renee Zellweger stars as “a social worker who stumbles upon a dark mystery” in the Fall 2010 release Case 39.

The real mystery here is what happened to her formerly hot career.

Have you seen My Own Love Song, My One and Only, New in Town, Appaloosa or Miss Potter?

Yeah, that’s what I mean.

Rix Mix: Those Oldies But Goodies

Swinging octogenarian Betty White won an award (Best Guest Actress in a Comedy series) at this year’s Primetime Creative Arts Emmys for guest hosting a memorable edition of Saturday Night Live last May. (And she deserved it. Thanks to her droll comic presence the veteran show was actually funny for a change.)

John Lithgow, 64,  took home the Guest Actor in a Drama award for his chilling turn as the “Trinity Killer” on the fourth season of HBO’s  Dexter. (I’m watching it on DVD and I gotta say this may be the compulsively watchable actor’s most twisted  performance in a career full of them.)

Ann-Margret (yes, she’s still alive!) received a standing ovation after winning for her  appearance on Law & Order: SVU. The Swedish-American star (born Ann-Margret Olsson in 1941) copped an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

Speaking of oldies but goodies …. Sylvester Stallone`s idea to film a straight ahead, blow-èm-up-good action movie pairing him up with aging action stars Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke and (in cameo roles) Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis seems to be paying off. The Expendables rules the North American box office for the second week in a row with $16.5 million in box office receipts (raising its two week total to $64.9 million.)

Rexxbitz: Streets of Blood

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By Rexx T. Wunderdawg B.A. (Bachelor of Action, Chuck Morris University)

STREETS OF BLOOD is the movie that asks the question: WTF?

As in, what the (bleep) is going on here?

Near as I can figure it’s about dirty cops taking advantage of the chaos created after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.

The acting talents of a valiant cast (including Val Kilmer as a New Orleans narcotics cop and Sharon Stone as a police department psychologist) are wasted in this wannabe thriller (or maybe they are just wasted, period. That would explain the performances.)

As for rapper 50 Cent (cast in the role of Kilmer’s cop partner) he acts about as well as he raps (draw your own conclusions.)

I’m gonna be charitable here and assume director Charles Winkler (The Net 2.0) is using murky cinematography, mumbled dialogue and an incoherent storyline to mirror the chaos and confusion in post Katrina New Orleans.

But then again maybe he is just sloppy and/or short of time and money. Or maybe the studio suits bullied their way into the editing room and butchered the movie in post production.

The problem with studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in English is that we were trained to look for metaphors in everything (especially scary at tax time.)

Zen and the Art of Motormouth Maintenance

“She had the idea that she must somehow restrain this person from making a fool of himself. He was looking into the candlelight with a Zenlike concentration, and Ann knew how, after a certain amount of wine, Zen talk leads straight to embarassment.”

CAROL SHIELDS “Eros” from her 2000 short story collection Dressing Up for the Carnival

Hmmm … if I didn’t know better I’d swear the late great Ms. Shields wrote this story during a visit to the West Coast. (She and her husband Don moved to Victoria in 2000.)

Media Watch: Newspapers Get Down with Digital

(Newspapers) have always been the content creators,” proclaims PAUL GODFREY, newly minted chief exec of  Postmedia Network, (which has gobbled up newspaper and online assets formerly owned by now defunct Canwest Global Communications Corp.)

But … “I would expect most reporters are going to carry video recorders so they can put their stories on the Web immediately, to cells, iPhones and social networks.”

” … if Postmedia wants to fulfill its core mission of journalism, it’s going to have to give people the information they want on the platforms they want ….”

(Excepted from Campbell River Courier Islander as reprinted in Business Vancouver Island (August 2010)

Keeping Abreast of the Situation:

Male breast reduction is a growing part of the plastic surgery business,  according to  Dr. Frank Lista of The Plastic Surgery Clinic in Mississauga, Ontario who says he  went from doing one to two a year to between 200 and 300 cases last year alone.

“A woman wants her breasts to look better with her clothes on,” says the doc. “A man wants his chest to look better with his clothes off.”

Male breast reduction is not covered by provincial health insurance; the average cost is between $4,000 and $8,000