by John Walters

Happy 26th, Candace Swanepoel! Life’s a beach.

Starting Five

Lorelai and Rory are returning to Stars Hollow. Coffee! Coffee! COFFEE!

1. More Gilmore

Great news! What, Jaylon Smith is returning for a fourth year? No, not that great, silly. NetFlix has ordered four 90-minute episodes of Gilmore Girls, a show that loved side quips as much as it did Friday night dinners. Sookie and Richard Gilmore won’t be back, but count on seeing Lorelai, Rory, Luke, Emily, Taylor Doose, Kurt and hopefully, a performance or two by Hep Alien.

I have no idea if Logan Huntzberger will return, but really he and Christopher can go suck an egg.

So we might be getting those “final four words” that creator Amy Sherman-Palladino always wanted to put into the series finale.

2. You Had To Be a Big Short, Didn’t Ya?

Bale as Michael Burry should be fabulous

I only read one book about the 2008 sub-prime mortgage disaster — I was too busy throwing darts at photos of Lloyd Blankfein — but the book I did read was The Big Short by Michael Lewis, and it was exquisite. The book takes you through the financial crisis by focusing on the outliers, the few people who had the insight to see the approaching bubble, to bet against the system and conventional wisdom, and to reap huge sums of money. A truly spectacular read and a lesson in sticking to your guns when you know you are right.

Anyway, Hollywood is all in on this one, with a December 11 release and starring roles for Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling (nearly unrecognizable) and Brad Pitt.

3. Poutine Heartthrob

Trudeau is the son of former PM Pierre Trudeau. Canada also believes in political nepotism.

That’s Justin Trudeau, who was either just elected as Canadia’s next prime minister or Canadia’s Next Top Model. He’s even more popular than Jose Bautista right now. Trudeau won on a platform of building a wall — made of ice — between the USA and Canada and promising that the country will produce a Stanley Cup winner while he is in office.

4. Jan Hammers

Frodeno brings that 6’4″ frame crashing toward the finish line

A week or so late here, but Germany’s Jan Frodeno won the Hawaii Ironman two weekends ago in Kona. Frodeno won the gold medal in Beijing in the Olympic triathlon, which is a far shorter course. He becomes the first person, man or woman, to win an Olympic gold medal and the Hawaii Ironman, and that feat probably won’t be seconded until Michael Phelps takes up jogging.

5. Where In The World?

Hint: It’s not Hawaii

Friday’s Answer: Amedi, Kurdistan

Music 101

Room At The Top

Happy 64th birthday to Tom Petty (we love you, but you’re not bumping Candace Swanepoel from that perch, babe; unique views and all)! Gainesville’s favorite son becomes our first repeat offender in this space and instead of posting one of his biggest hits, here’s one from his 1999 album, Echo. Just a consistently excellent musician; yes, I’m a Petty-file (come after me, Chris Hansen, I dare you!).

Remote Patrol

The Grinder

FOX 8:30 p.m.

Yes, we have DAY BASEBALL from Toronto, as well as a playoff game from Wrigley Field tonight, but I’m putting in a little pitch for The Grinder, a FOX sitcom that’s pretty smart and pretty funny. If not tonight, give it a try soon. Rob Lowe and Fred Savage already have fantastic chemistry.


3 thoughts on “IT’S ALL HAPPENING!

  1. I’ve been watching Gilmore Girl reruns on UP the past 2 weeks (2-3 per weeknight) & I love it as much as the 1st time. I’d be more excited about the Netflix development if I actually had access to Netflix. Sigh. Question – do you remember the bad thing Rory did that got her on probation & living with Emily & Richard for a while? Of course YOU do, but I couldn’t & it was driving me crazy so I scanned the Episode list on Wikipedia. I was shocked to see that Rory had actually dropped out of Yale over it – how did I forget that?!

    And I totally agree about Christopher.

  2. When I hear the name Candace Swanepoel, I think of Ed Kranepool. Less so when I see her.

    Petty’s 65! Room at the Top is vastly underrated. If they still had B sides, it’d be one.

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