+ Congratulations to Scrap Irony, winner of The Park Bench's first ever giveaway! Scrap chose the number 79 which was closest without going over to the husband's number of 81, which sadly did not relate to anything nerdy. Please e-mail me, Scrap, at editors at theparkbenchonline dot com and I'll get the Appleseed DVD in the mail for you. Thank you to everyone who played along. Hopefully I'll have more stuff to give away in the future.
+ And now on to the news of the day. Yahoo ran a disconcerting and insulting (I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked!) photo essay yesterday in which the girls of "Beauty and the Geek" were transformed into "nerds." Which was kind of equivalent to putting glasses on a sheepdog and calling him Einstein, but whatever.
+ Who says the quiet girls can't have fun...and by fun, I mean engage in self-destructive behavior just like Britney? It came out yesterday that Dawn Wells, Mary Ann from "Gilligan's Island," got caught for pot possession in late February. She was sentenced to five days in jail, fined $410.50 and placed on probation after pleading guilty to one count of reckless driving. Dawn Wells is now the owner of my favorite celebrity mug shot ever:
She's so cheerful! Ten bucks the booking officer asked her to make him a coconut cream pie...
+ An all-star cast has been revealed for Dreamworks' upcoming animated feature, "Monsters vs. Aliens," which will be the first film produced in Ultimate 3-D technology. The cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Seth Rogan, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert, Kiefer Sutherland ("Dammit, there's no time! Hand me my man-purse!") and Paul Rudd. Too bad it's going to be animated. I'd love to see Paul Rudd in Ultimate 3-D. Le rowrrrr.