BOP Daily News

July 1, 2006

The spirit of BOP News lives on in
This is So Last Week,
our pop culture week-in-review,
presented in a pleasing quiz form.

Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith will be spending the Fourth of July with the Boston Pops. In concert. On Boston's Charles River Esplanade. And we are so jealous! Let's give this story a little context - we were in high school when Aerosmith reunited for their "Back in the Saddle Tour." The fact that Aerosmith is still performing and touring not only makes the BOP News Staff sparkle with glee, some of us are anticipating our 20th year high school reunion for the chance to collect on a bet we made with Brian Barton when the band reunited way back when ("Aerosmith rocks HARD, man! They're still gonna be touring when we're really really OLD, like 30 or sumthin'. Maybe even 35!"). But back to the story at hand ... . Arwen's father and friend will perform a few Aerosmith tracks with the Pops on a show carried live on CBS (and hosted by Dr. Phil!). The band (Aerosmith, not the Boston Pops) will finish their next studio album while preparing to tour with Motley Crue. The album will be released in about a year, with the band slated to begin its own tour around the same time. We only wish we could live a permanent vacation, too.

A pay raise is much better than jail time. Now we have a reason to set of fireworks ... . A week before production is supposed to start on the final (sniff!) eight episodes of The Sopranos, four more stars have finalized negotiations over how much they'll be paid to continue working on the show. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lorraine Bracco (Dr. Melfi) will receive around $225,000 per episode (47,358 packets of sparklers); Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Meadow) and Robert Iler (Tony Jr.) will earn about $115,000 per episode (65,714 10-ball Roman candles); and Aida Turturro (Janice) will get about $135,000 per episode (6,753 bricks of Black Cat firecrackers). Steven Schirripa (Bobby Baccala) reportedly remains in negotiations with HBO over how much he'll be paid, as well as perennial hold-outs Tony Sirico (Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri) and Steven Van Zandt (Silvio Dante). Perhaps we're in store for some surprises right off the bat when the show re-airs in January 2007.
The police of Jakarta, Indonesia, are investigating Playboy Indonesia magazine on charges of violating the country's indecency laws ... even though the magazine operates under a "no nudity" standard. We collectively scratched our heads while sitting around the BOP Lunch Room over the idea of any Playboy magazine not including nudity, then we tried figuring out what sort of indecencies could be accomplished while being fully clothed. One of us was reminded of his seventh grade biology teacher, Sister Regina Mary McSweeney, and her quite vague (and utterly uninformative) explanation of what "impure thoughts" were, but Sister Regina could not be reached for comment. Playboy Indonesia's first issue sparked several protests throughout the country, even though it featured less exposed flesh than other magazines on sale at the same newsstands. However, if the charges hold, the three suspected indecency purveyors could face up to 32 months in jail. Obviously, this man does not like boobies.

"Do you honestly think a Playboy centerfold would have nothing better to do on a night like this than show up at a Kappa party with a bunch of kids?"
Previous edition's quote: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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