Nothing like a Hollywood theme to hold it all together for a week. And some of this stuff actually sounds like it was written for the silver screen, because it's hard to believe it's true.
1. Costner Quits the Queen City
If you haven't heard by now, the group behind Kevin Costner's football film decided the Dawg Pound was a better venue for his upcoming gridiron tale, "Draft Day." Apparently, Cleveland offered a better incentive package than Buffalo to win the production. At least it wasn't Boston or Miami, or Cost would be reliving his recent "Hatfields and McCoys" story with Buffalo fans. Hopefully, Cleveland will read the contract closely to make sure there is no clause that allows for the production to sneak out in the middle of the night and end up in Baltimore. One little tidbit: "Draft Day" isn't listed on Costner's IMDB page.
2. Return of the Princess
Not news for everyone, but followers of the Star Wars franchise should be happy that Carrie Fisher has publicly announced that she will be returning to the big screen to reprise her role as Princess Leia. As a matter of fact, an interview with George Lucas has the Star Wars creator and former owner saying that Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford are all on board. Will Leia be donning the metal bikini again? Probably not. But, if you are a Star Wars fan, having that trio return even to introduce the new generation is a good thing. And with today's special effects, who knows what's possible. This film is actually listed on IMDB. So there must be some truth to it if it is on the Internet.
3. Man The Lifeboats
Apparently, the public authorities of New York State are doing their own remake of a film - "Titanic." The Albany Times-Union reports that the network of authorities in the state owe some coin, to the tune of $244 billion. The authorities, all initially established for the public benefit, have taken criticism over the years for their shady and not so transparent ways of doing business. Traditionally, they have also been to patronage jobs what Hooters is to underwire. That ruffles some feathers. Nowadays, the authorities employ about 150,000 people in the state. Almost 12 percent of those people make over $100K per year. How do you get those jobs?
4. Face Off... to Jail that Is
Criminals aren't always very smart. That's actually one of the good things about them. If you need proof, witness this stunning new arrest technique. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has contributed to 2500 arrests since 2010 by using high-tech facial recognition software to nab baddies as they get their pictures taken for a new driver's license or photo ID. This sort of reminds me of that creepy scene in "Minority Report" when Tom Cruise walks into a store and holographic advertising greets him by name.
5. Filibustering SKYNet
After watching a "Terminator" films marathon on AMC, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul knew he had to do something to stop the SKYNet scenario of the films from happening here and now. The good Senator took to the Senate floor to execute a 12 hour and 52 minute filibuster in protest to the unmanned drone program. Rumor has it that earlier in the week, Paul was asking his aides to quietly locate young women named Sarah Connor. Additionally, after the filibuster passed, the Senator was seen in the hallways brandishing a picture of the original Terminator and yelling, "I know I've seen this guy somewhere" Unconfirmed reports circulated of an order being placed for "No SKYNet 2016" presidential campaign buttons.
That's this week's Friday Five and in the words of the Terminator: I'll be back.