Thursday, August 23, 2007

4th Quadrant 8/27 '07

The Approval Matrix: Week of August 27, 2007

NBC Expands "Today"

On January 14, 1952, TODAY made history when Dave Garroway and the TODAY show made its network debut — the first two-hour morning program of its kind. In September, 2000, the program did it again and expanded to three hours. And now, in the midst of an unprecedented 11-year run as the number-one morning news program, TODAY will once again make its mark on television history, and expand to four hours. The new hour will launch in September, 2007. (TODAY)

Home Run Apple

Gothamist reports that the Home Run Apple will not be moved to the Mets’ new Citi Field baseball stadium when the team moves in 2009; however, fans can still sign a petition at to prevent the Apple’s retirement.

The Home Run Apple has been sitting behind the center field wall in Shea Stadium for 27 years.

"Rehab" Singer Winehouse in Rehab

Hollyscoop has a link to a Sun story that reveals that Amy Winehouse went on three-day drug bender before collapsing from an overdose. She took ecstasy, cocaine, and horse tranquillizer - washed down with vodka and whisky.

Winehouse was eventually rushed to the hospital at 1 A.M. on Wednesday August 8, 2007 for an emergency adrenaline shot, and to get her stomach pumped. She subsequently checked into a private wing at The Priory rehab facility in Roehampton, South West London.

Her song “Rehab,” which has been nominated for several MTV VMAs, is about her manager’s attempts to send her to a rehab facility.

Dinner with Brett Ratner

eBay auctioned off a dinner with “Rush Hour 3” director Brett Ratner with the proceeds benefiting the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum in Los Angeles. Bidding has ended with a winning bid of $15,800.00. (eBay)

“Daddy Day Camp”

“Daddy Day Camp” is a 2007 comedy film directed by Fred Savage, and is a sequel to “Daddy Day Care.” All returning characters have been recast, with Cuba Gooding, Jr. assuming the lead in place of Eddie Murphy.

Plot Summary: After “Daddy Day Care,” Charlie (Gooding, Jr.) starts Daddy Day Camp with Phil Ryerson (Paul Rae) and the new Lance Warner (Lochlyn Munro) after Charlie's son chooses to go to camp. Subsequently, the camp director leaves Charlie and Phil to tend for the camp. Starting with 35 kids, by the second day there are only seven kids remaining, leaving Camp Driftwood facing foreclosure. Those kids band together when Charlie's Father, Col. Buck Hinton, starts to control the whole camp. Eventually the kids start to form a team instead of fighting each other. They battle the rival day camp in an Olympian, hoping to increase attendance, and thereby prevent foreclosure. (Wikipedia)


"Rush Hour 3"

Plot Outline for “Rush Hour 3” from IMDb: After an attempted assassination on Ambassador Han, Lee and Carter head to Paris to protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads' secret leaders.

N.V. Cooper of E! Online says, “… Chan and Tucker have such a delightful rapport that they come close to perfecting the buddy-cop genre,” but Nigel Andres of the Financial Times says, “None but the mad will want to see Rush Hour 3.”