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SUN, MON, January 27, 28, 2013

ONE-EYED BANDIT -- Celebrating its 25th birthday this week, "Phantom of the Opera" which debuted on January 26, 1988, has played eight times a week to audiences totaling 130 million, and has raked in a staggering $5.6 billion in box office receipts.  Repeat -- $5.6 billion.  And you wonder why the leading man wears a mask? 

INFANTIPRIDE -- Responding to rampant rumors bouncing around Tabville, Angelina Jolie has confirmed that she is, indeed,  gestating an heir.  In fact, she's already made arrangements to give birth to the child in Malaysia, claiming it just wouldn't seem like a real kid unless its born in an underdeveloped country.



PRRRRFECT -- PGA phenom Rory McElroy has signed a 10-year, $250 million endorsement deal with Nike.  But super cautious Nike insisted on some pretty stringent conditions.   For instance, no strip clubs before, during or after tournaments... no fraternization with Tour Groupies... and definitely no Thanksgivings at Tiger Woods's house. 

FAW DOWN -- Television's crowned queen of news, info and chat Barbara Walters is in seclusion at home in Manhattan recuperating from a serious fall.  She claims she did it in her apartment,  but reliable sources say it happened on the set of "The View" when she tripped over Joy Behar's tongue.


 

L'IL RASCALS -- The first of its kind in the nation, Hip Hop is now being offered as a minor at the University of Arizona's School of Music.  Hands-on classes guaranteed to prepare the student for a successful stage career include "Clever Phrasing," "Get to Know Your Rhyming Dictionary" and "How to Avoid Being Shot by Another Hip Hop Artist."
 


(Contents Copyright (c) 2013 by Robert L. Mills  All Rights Reserved)

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