Thursday, October 25, 2007

4th\SW Quadrant 10/29 '07

The Approval Matrix: Week of October 29, 2007

2nd Cab Strike

Yahoo! News - A second strike in six weeks by New York City cabbies did little to slow the city Monday, as familiar fleets of yellow cabs lined up as usual outside transportation hubs.

The cabbies called their second walkout to protest new rules requiring installation of equipment that would let passengers watch TV, pay with credit cards and check their location using a global-positioning system.

The taxi drivers say the technology is a costly invasion of their privacy and works erratically at best. The Taxi and Limousine Commission has said its tests showed the technology worked more than 99 percent of the time.

It wasn't immediately clear how many drivers were honoring the 24-hour strike. But the city said the vast majority of the city's 44,000 licensed taxi drivers were working.

Spice Girls @ Victoria's Secret

Richard Driver posted on Bloggingstocks that Billboard reported last night [October 16, 2007] that the new Spice Girls Greatest Hits album will be sold exclusively at Victoria's Secret stores, a division of Limited Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LTD), starting November 13, until it is released in other retail outlets starting January 15. According to the same report, fans will have a 24-hour period to pre-order the album from the Victoria's Secret website starting tonight at midnight. The album will also be available in digital stores from November 13, while the Spice Girls begin a worldwide tour in early December.

The deal that Capitol Music Group made with Victoria's Secret will also see the quintet performing at the "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," which will be broadcast by CBS (NYSE: CBS) on December 4.

"Transformers" MLB Game Ad

Sam posted on the blog Sam vs Kevin, "Not only is it underhanded, but it’s also intrusive. For example, during the 2007 baseball playoffs on FOX, instead of a normal screen wipe, a "Transformers" movie title would flash. Now granted, Transformers is a great piece of cinema, but it had no relation to anything else in the FOX broadcast. It was an artificially created spot for product placement where none should have been, and it detracted from the overall professional feel of the telecast."

"Samantha Who?"

Plot Outline: A psychiatrist suffers from amnesia and is forced to find out who she really is.

Ginia Bellanfante of the New York Times wrote in her review of "Samantha Who?," "The show works because Ms. Applegate is the kind of comic actress who could never be completely believable as a goody-two-shoes. She puts a healthy ironic distance between herself and that dreaded entity, the better person her character must become. You look in her eyes, and, happily, you see a recidivist."

ABC has full episodes of the show on its website.

"The Game Plan"

Plot Outline: An NFL quarterback living the bachelor lifestyle discovers that he has a 8-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

Todd Gilchrist of IGN Movies said, "To paraphrase David Spade, I liked this movie the first time I saw it -- when it was called Kindergarten Cop," but Cynthia Fuchs PopMatters wrote, "You can't not like The Rock."

"The Game Plan" grossed $22.9 million in 3,103 theaters in its opening weekend and was the #1 movie at the U.S. and Canadian box office. The film was also the #1 movie in its second weekend, grossing $16.6 million. (Wikipedia)

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