Thursday, August 16, 2007

Media-Whore's D'Oevres

(image via ammansbakery)

"The buzz in Republican circles is that GOP Rep. Chip Pickering (Miss.), who has served in the House since 1996, is ready to announce his retirement. Several House GOP insiders say the announcement could come within a day or two ... Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio) announced her retirement today, and former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) is expected to do so on Friday. Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) also has announced that he will step down, and GOP aides say party leaders are pressing Republicans to make a decision soon if they are going to leave. At least a dozen Republicans are on the "watch list," although Pickering was not one of them." (Politico)

"Remember when a $100 million was the benchmark for box-office success? That number seems also quaint compared to this summer's record breaking run. For the first time ever, four films have broken the $300 million barrier at the dometic box office: Spider-Man 3 ($336.4 million), Shrek the Third ($321 million), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End ($307.6 million) and Transformers ($303.7 million). Another stat for the record books--13 summer movies have made more than $100 million." (Portfolio)

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