Wednesday, October 10, 2007

4th\SW Quadrant 10/15 '07

The Approval Matrix: Week of October 15, 2007

TBS Billboard

The TBS billboard was unveiled near Times Square before the postseason began, but the Atlanta Braves, and New York Mets didn't make the playoffs.

“Sex and the City”
Plots Revealed

(SPOILER ALERT!) Shooting for the “Sex and the City” film is underway in New York with photos from the Upper East Side set revealing prim Charlotte (Kristin Davis) is pregnant and not pleased with perennial bad boy Mr Big (Chris Noth). (Nine MSN)

Bricks and Stones Gossip related that reports claim that the film adaptation will see the character Carrie Bradshaw marry her on-off lover in the TV show, Mr Big. Pictures show cast members Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon dressed for a wedding outside New York’s St Patrick’s Cathedral.

And James Edstrom over at Times Square Gossip blogged, “The entire cast signed agreements promising not to reveal any details of the film adaptation of the hit TV show. But this week Kristin let slip: "I can't divulge any plot points. But you know what I can say? There is some thing to do with the New York Post." It has already been revealed that Sarah's character, columnist Carrie Bradshaw, gets a more demanding job in the movie and has to hire a personal assistant. A movie insider revealed: "Miss Bradshaw's career has blossomed since we last saw her. She's so busy and successful these days, she'll have a snazzy and smart young assistant who will play a big part in the film." Oscar-winning actress and former 'American Idol' contestant Jennifer Hudson is to play assistant Louise.”

Hannah Montana $2,565
Concert Ticket

Fans are so desperate for seats to her 54-date tour, kicking off later this month, that venues have sold out in as little as four minutes and scalpers are getting four to five times the face value — creating a torrent of complaints from frustrated parents.

"We knew it was hot, but we had no idea it was this crazy," said Debra Rathwell, senior vice president of AEG Live, which is handling her tour. "It's like the Beatles."

About 12,000 seats for the Memphis show were gone in 8 minutes. It took 15 minutes in Columbus, Ohio, and swift sellouts have been reported across the country — Nashville, Miami, Lexington, Kentucky. The Kansas City Council is investigating the matter.

One ticket for the show in Charlotte, North Carolina, sold for $2,565 (€1,800).
(International Herald Tribune)

Isiah Thomas, Boss of the Year?

A jury decided Tuesday [October 2] that New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas sexually harassed a former top team executive, subjecting her to unwanted advances and a barrage of verbal insults, but also said he does not have to pay punitive damages. (SFGate)

Mike Bloomberg

The federal government announced this afternoon [September 27, 2007] that it had filed a lawsuit against Bloomberg L.P., the financial services company founded by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, accusing the company of discriminating against women.

In its lawsuit, filed this afternoon [September 27, 2007] in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said the company engaged in a pattern of discrimination against pregnant women, including "decreasing their pay, demoting them, diminishing their job duties and excluding them from employment opportunities." (Huffington Post\via NY Times)

New York Mets

The New York Mets, who led the NL East by seven games with 17 to play on Sept. 12, completed one of baseball's greatest collapses with an 8-1 loss Sunday [September, 30] to Florida. Tom Glavine gave up seven runs in the first and got just one out at Shea Stadium as the Mets lost for the 12th time in 17 games.

New York became just the third team to have a seven-game lead in September and not finish first, joining the 1934 New York Giants and 1938 Pittsburgh Pirates. (International Herald Tribune)

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