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In: Ali Larter. After a single week atop the box office the ethereal Zack Efron was bested from the box office mountaintop by the deliciously evil, over-the-top Ali Larter. Temptress! Yes, Beyonce put in a perfunctory performance, and Idris Elba was spectacular; but it was Larter who carried the film into the crazy bitch, high-octane fundament.
Though she was on the losing end of a catfight -- does anyone really ever lose in a hot, moist catfight scenario? -- Larter shone as the psychotic other woman. And we mean that in the nicest possible way ..
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Out: Pontiac. The Pontiac, which has been around as a brand for 80 years, is going the way of Oldsmobile. Although Bloomberg had been reporting this all weekend, it came as surprise today that GM will by the end of next year cut 21000 hourly jobs and eliminate its Pontiac brand. 13 plants will be closed sometime next year. From WashPo:
"The company also said it plans to cut its U.S. dealer network at a faster pace than previously announced, from about 6,200 in 2008 to 3,605 by the end of 2010. Its original plan aimed to trim that network down to 4,200 by 2014."
GM also said it needs to borrow before the June 1st deadline another $11.6 billion -- ! -- from the U.S. government or it will have to file for bankruptcy protection. Great.