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Curt Schilling’s video game finally gets on base

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Curt Schilling, the former pitcher and two-time World Series champ is more nervous about his new video game than he ever was about baseball.

He told a New York crowd at an event put on by Electronic Arts on Tuesday that he slept like a baby before World Series games in 2007 -- but didn't catch a wink on Monday night ahead of the release of his company's first video game.

Schilling's personal fortune is on the line with "Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning," a fantasy-action game that hit stores Tuesday. Schilling told Reuters last July he had invested between $30 million to $35 million of his own money into the 400-person company he founded that made the game.

"'This is opening day of career 2.0," he told the crowd . And it's an opening day that's seven years in the making--Schilling founded the company called 38 Studios (after his jersey number) in 2006.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Two and a Half Morons?

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Faithful readers of this blog know that I have pitched some high-concept ideas for movies and television shows in the past, stories like The Love Market! and that extra bonus season of "24."

NBA/Surprisingly, Hollywood has kept me at arm's length, mostly through restraining orders, but that will change when they see my latest treatment for a TV sitcom.

from Fan Fare:

Hey Mel (Gibbons), we got your picture right here!

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Gibbon2Celebrity news website Radaronline.com on Friday dropped its latest bomb on Mel Gibson when it published a picture of a chip-toothed Oksana Grigorieva, who claims Gibson is responsible for her damaged front teeth. The two are locked in a bitter legal battle revolving around the custody of their daughter, and in the past week Radar has been publishing audio tapes of Gibson ranting at Grigorieva.

While the tapes sound like Gibson, there has been no formal confirmation it is him, and we can't vouch for the authenticity of the photo, either. But they are all up on the Radar site, if you want to see. And whether authentic or not, they've helped turn up the heat on Mel.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

We do have some job openings, Lamar

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Mr. Johnson, it's me. They told me I had to show up in person at the employment office to prove I'm willing to take work. So here I am, what do you have for me?

Ah. Let's see here, Lamar, we have several slots for workers who can put large stones into bags, lug them out into a raging river and hurl them to reinforce some dikes in a flood.

from Fan Fare:

Mel Gibson: We heard the tapes, too.

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GibsonWe heard the tapes, too. And they are not good. Mel Gibson (if, in fact, the voice on the tapes is his, and it sounds a lot like him) comes across angry, irrational, foul-mouthed and exhausted from ranting at his former girlfriend and the mother of his infant daughter.

If you don't know what we're talking about, in the past few months, the "Braveheart" Oscar winner has been caught up in a pitched legal battle over the failed relationship with his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, and has filed a restraining order against the other. But in the past two weeks, the publishing of audiotapes by celebrity website Radaronline.com has raised the stakes in the legal skirmishing and threatened to hurt Gibson's career -- maybe even ruin it. On the tapes, a voice said to be Gibson hurls expletives and racial slurs at a woman who is purportedly Grigorieva. You can read about the first tape with the racial slur here. A second tape was posted by Radaronline.com on Monday.

from Fan Fare:

Mel Gibson finds comeback going tough

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The art of the come-back should never be underestimated -- especially if you're Mel Gibson.

Gibson, back on the big screen after an eight-year  absence, is having a tough time fielding the inevitable questions about his infamous drunken anti-Semitic outburst in 2006.

from Fan Fare:

Mel Gibson shoots music video for girlfriend

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Mel Gibson just released his latest movie. Well, actually, it's a music video he directed for his pregnant 39-year-old girlfriend, Russian singer/pianist Oksana Grigorieva. 

mel"Say My Name" is the first video from her upcoming debut album, "Beautiful Heartache," which will be released through Gibson's Icon Records label. The clip can be downloaded from her Web site, along with a new track "Flying Upside Down."

from For the Record:

Oscar special: Journalists on film

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dean-150Dean Wright is Global Editor, Ethics, Innovation and News Standards. Any opinions are his own.

It’s Oscar time, and I’m again reminded of the debt Hollywood and journalists owe each other. Journalists supply Hollywood with great stories and Hollywood sometimes makes us look cool—or at least worth a couple of hours of time and the price of a ticket.

from Fan Fare:

Obama’s top aide comes with Hollywood connection

Barack Obama's first appointment as U.S. president-elect comes with an inside-Hollywood connection.  His newly chosen White House chief-of-staff-to-be, Illinois congressman Rahm Emanuel, is the older brother of Ari Emanuel, a founding partner of the A-list, Beverly Hills-based talent-management firm Endeavor.

So colorful and well-known a showbiz figure has he become that he inspired the character of the sly Hollywood agent Ari Gold, played by Jeremy Piven, on the HBO series "Entourage." The role has earned Piven two Emmy Awards.

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