“This is 40” is the new Judd Apatow flick that’s apparently a “sort of sequel to Knocked Up,” I believe it was termed. Reviews so far aren’t exactly glowing, as is to be expected when you bust out a 2:15 minute RomCom, but hey, don’t knock it ’til you watch it, I suppose. (It’s out this weekend, for those interested.)
What we do know for sure, is that a number of Philadelphia Flyers make a cameo in it – Ian Laperrière, Scott Hartnell, JVR, and Matt Carle, among the players I recognize – and at one point the amazing Megan Fox puts Ian Laperrière’s teeth in her mouth, as seen above.
If you’re a hockey fan diligently following the NHL lockout, you’re likely following Nick Cotsonika on Twitter, and hopefully reading his columns. To me, he’s been one of the media’s shining stars during this mess – he’s informed and careful in what he does, but allows himself the freedom to speculate on what could be going on, because what’s the harm? He’s more informed than you or I, he might as well let us know which way he thinks things are leaning.
Nick is also a family man, and apparently spent some time last night reading a book to his 5-year old, which sums up the NHL lockout better than any analogy I’ve heard throughout the entire debacle: the melting ice cream cone.
It’s that time of the year, and Shawn Thornton knows it: Christmas is a-comin’. And, without hockey to play, guys are apparently looking for other gigs. Courtesy CBS Eye on Hockey and Days of Y’Orr, here’s Shawn Thornton narrating “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” for us, accompanied by the Boston Pops.
There's a sign on the door that reads: "We have nothing to do with the NHL lockout. Please stop asking."
Remember during the NBA lockout when President Obama started going on about how much it sucked and everyone was all “oh, he’s so awesome. He has opinions on sports. He’s just like us!” Well, the decidedly less awesome Stephen Harper hasn’t exactly done the same for the NHL lockout. In fact, the only thing we’ve heard from our ant overlord is he has no interest in getting involved. However, that hasn’t stopped the NHLPA from keeping parliament up to date on the goings on of the lockout because Canada.
Last night at the American Music Awards, Carrie Underwood was up for best country album, so naturally, she brought her hubby Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators along with her. Well, she won, and they gave us an excellent “Stars: they’re just like us!” moment when she made the purse hand-off.
Heh. Most men don’t carry purses, you see, so this is funny. I love that he immediately looks for somewhere to put it down. He did have a sense of humour about it though, so that’s cool. We’ve all been there, my man.
I’m not sure if you’ve heard this or not, but not everyone loves Gary Bettman. The anger and frustration so many fans feel while hockey continues to not be played has to be directed somewhere, and the current commish has willingly made himself the target, taking the heat off, well, almost everyone and everything else.
Few public figures can be the object of so much scorn and keep their position for too long, so some day, somewhere down the road, Gary Bettman will hang up his commishing boots, take his shmillions of dollars, and go do whatever the hell it is that he likes to do in his spare time (skin kittens?).
So, given that yesterday was election day (yay/boo your guy won/lost!), we here at Backhand Shelf figured it’d be a good day to asses who would be the most popular replacement in the eyes of us, the fans. Read the rest of this entry »