The Who2 Blog March 2009

The Head of Descartes

René Descartes was born on this day in 1596. He's still being talked about in the 21st century. Even his head makes the news.

Descartes was French, but he died in Sweden in 1650. Fans from his native country went to Sweden in 1666 and moved his body back to France. Along the way a bone and a finger were taken as souvenirs, and his head disappeared.

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Maurice Jarre, 1924-2009

Big-screen composer Maurice Jarre died yesterday (March 29) at the age of 84. He got his start in France but came to Hollywood in the 1960s. He won three Oscars doing movie scores for David Lean: Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago and A Passage to India.

Jarre did the music for more than 150 movies in his career, including The Man Who Would Be King, The Year of Living Dangerously, Fatal Attraction and Ghost.

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Norah Jones Turns 30

Norah Jones turns 30 today, and maybe it's a sign of The Modern Age that her big peak (so far) was already seven years ago, when she released the hit album Come Away With Me.

It's not clear what she's up to these days. Her official site lists nothing in the "Tour" section and still says "copyright 2007."

Come Away With Me won eight Grammy Awards, so she's still averaging better than one Grammy per year.

Casting the Stooges: Is it April 1st Already?

In one of the most bizarre casting revelations in recent Hollywood memory, MGM and the Farrelly brothers are closing in on the actors who will become the new Three Stooges. And their choices to play the updated versions of three impetuous nitwits who whack each other over the head with lead pipes? Oscar-wining actors Sean Penn and Benicio del Toro, along with Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey.

So says MTV.

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Letterman Gets Hitched

"I had avoided getting married pretty good for, like, 23 years, and I -- honestly, whether this happened or not -- I secretly felt that men who were married admired me... like I was the last of the real gunslingers, you know what I'm saying?"

Dave Letterman got married.

Are You With Me, Doctor Chu?

Dr. Chu brings certain assets that none of his peers or predecessors have had: a Nobel Prize, a YouTube following (for his lectures on climate change) and an unofficial theme song ("Dr. Wu" by Steely Dan). He is a major celebrity in Taiwan, where scientific achievement is rewarded with rock star status.

From a NY Times profile of Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu.

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