If, like me, you have a hankerin' for some adventurin' this weekend, and want to see "The Mummy: Curse of the Dragon Emperor," you should be aware of the following information.
"TM:COTDE" (now there's an unwieldly acronym) is not directed by Stephen Sommers, who, after giving us the highly entertaining "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns," almost killed his career with the cinematic atrocity known as "Van Helsing."* No, this third installment in the Brendan Fraser "Indy"-wannabe series is directed by a Mr. Rob Cohen.
What happened to the Looney Tunes?
When I woke up this morning, one of the 73 HBO channels I get was showing 2003's "Looney Tunes: Back in Action," a quasi-sequel to "Space Jam" that I'm guessing you either forgot existed, or never knew existed at all. As I watched some of it, I realized that I could not remember the last time I saw a Looney Tunes cartoon on television.
Talk of big new casinos paying for roads and schools has been the focal point of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's construction spending proposals. But the key component is leasing out the Illinois Lottery for decades in exchange for billions of dollars upfront for the state. The state gets gobs of cash now to spend, a private company would collect the losing lottery players cash.
Chicago Democratic state Sen. John Cullerton and former lottery director Michael Jones sent out this piece delving into some possible pitfalls regarding the lottery deal.
By Senator John Cullerton and Michael Jones, former Director of the Illinois Lottery, 1981-1985