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2011 Oscars Recap

Whenever you have a former host introducing a tribute to another long dead host of the Oscars and would take either to replace current hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway you know there's a problem. Franco appeared stoned and disconnected while Hathaway was bubbly but awkward. To be fair, the material they had to work with didn't make their jobs any easier. Along with the predictable out come of the major categories just set the evening on snooze.

Luckily, a winner or two would provide some life to the broadcast. Best Supporting Actess Melissa Leo let out a surprising F-bomb, Best Doc winner Charles Ferguson admonishing the financial big wigs, Cate Blanchett uttering "gross" after the clip from Best MakeUp nominee "Wolfman", and the aforementioned tribute to Bob Hope from Billy Crystal.

All in all a nice production with a preditable outcome but it's always good to see the beautiful people get together to award themselves golden statues. Maybe next y…

Carmelo is Finally Traded to the Knicks but NY Still Needs Help

After months of rumors, meetings, deals, broken deals, and more and more speculation, Denver trades Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks and leaves New York's cupboard bare. Sure, Anthony gives the Knicks a dynamic scorer able to score from virtually anywhere on the floor and as clutch as any player in the league who's going to support team defensively? Considering what they got along with Melo, the Knicks will be hard pressed to stop gritty, hard-nosed teams like the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls. Not to mention the super talented and emerging defensive stalwart Miami Heat. They're going to have to build around Amare and Carmelo and hopefully for overly hyped Knick fans they find a defensive identity in a couple of years to truly become a relevant force in the East.

"Wonder Woman" has it's Leading Lady but Does it Have a Chance?

"Adrianne Palicki will star in the title role of “Wonder Woman,” a new series pilot from David E. Kelley."

Now the above statement, straight from Wonder Woman's own Facebook page (yes, that's right), should be glorious news to comic book fans. However then I read this:
"The series pilot is a reinvention of the iconic DC Comics title in which Wonder Woman – a.k.a. Diana Prince – is a vigilante crime fighter in Los Angeles but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance... all of the elements of her extraordinary life."

What worries me the most is that the character will be vastly different from the one I've known. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not a stubborn and unreasonable fan boy. Updating the Amazon makes sense to reintroduce her to a new and younger audience. You want to change the costume? Fine. You want to revamp her backstory and make her a corporate exec? Go ahead. You want an actress that's an acceptable…

Players That Can be Had for Lakers’ $5 Million Trade Exception

Laker trade talk 2011 is heating up and Chris Broussard of ESPN is the one fanning the flames. One of the hottest trade rumors being bandied about by Broussard is the Denver Nuggets trading NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony for Laker center Andrew Bynum. The proposed trade has not be substantiated by anybody in the Laker brass and the local Laker beat writers such as Kevin Ding of the O.C. Register are reporting that no plans to move Bynum are in the works for the Lakers.

Every year around this time trade rumors ranging from reasonable to completely ridiculous run rampant on sports TV shows, sports talk radio, and especially and probably most irresponsibly, on the internet. All it takes is a Twitter account, an imagination and an unnamed source to get one of these rumors to go viral.

What we usually end up with once we pass the trading deadline and all of the dust settles is either inaction or minimal player movement involving some of the lesser known players in the N…