Because great hair can only get you so far at a cocktail party, we roundup the five most conversation worthy topics for the week to make you seem that much more interesting (or at least allow you to look smart).
(1) Linsanity continues
If you haven’t heard of Jeremy Lin by now, you clearly don’t live in New York. The Knicks phenom has helped turn around the team and has captured hearts across the US in the process. Although sportscasters are still struggling to find race appropriate puns for this NBA star, the unexpected combination of a Chinese American and Harvard graduate has surprised everyone. Although he’s not quite Lebron James, he’s got quite a big following of his own!
(2) It’s Oscar Weekend
It’s that time of year again when the Oscars tell us what movies to watch. The favorites for the year include The Artist, The Descendant and The Help, but with nine movies nominated in the Best Film Category, it’s even harder to keep track of all the films in the running. Here’s to hoping Brad Pitt finally wins an Oscar, because it’s about time something good came to him. (jk)
(3) The Oscars Withdraw Sasha Baron Cohen’s Ticket
If the best film nominees didn’t remind you of how stuffy the Oscars can be, this news bite definitely will. Sasha Baron Cohen, famous for his Ali G, Borat and Bruno, was originally invited to the Oscars for his role in Hugo, which has been nominated 11 times. However, after hearing about his plans to attend in character to promote his new film, The Dictator, the Academy has since withdrawn his invite literally quoting, “Unless they’re assured that nothing entertaining is going to happen on the red carpet, the Academy is not admitting Sacha Baron Cohen to the show.” Well, that’s probably not the line I’d use to promote the event!
(4) Super PACs
Super PACs have been dominating headlines for a few weeks now, but have remained relevant due to the role they’ve been playing in the Republican primaries. With Romney lossing the last three primaries to Rick Santorum, it’s hard to deny the role of Super PACs in this campaign. In fact, Rick Santorum’s and Newt Gingrich’s campaign is basically being e by individual wealthy donors, Foster Friess and Sheldon Adelson, respectively.kept aliv
(5) Maryland will likely Become the 8th State to Approve Gay Marriage
The Maryland senate passed legislation this week that would allow for same sex marriage, which the Democratic Governor is expected to approve. We toast to Maryland this weekend as we inch closer to marriage equality across the nation!