1. "Another Study, Another Reason to Drink Red Wine": YES!
["Scientists have found another clue to explain why red wine may be good for you, identifying substances in vin rouge that appear to be associated with increased longevity in parts of France. Researchers have long been fascinated by the "French paradox"—the fact that French people tend to have relatively few heart attacks despite a rich diet—and many studies have suggested that a glass or two of red wine every day is beneficial."]
2. "Critics' Poll(s) Revived, But Not at Voice": Good news from The Reeler blog.
["When it rains it pours on the Village Voice criticism beat—or at least on the outskirts of that beat: Following the news that internal tumult had snuffed out the paper's annual critics' poll and that interim film editor Allison Benedikt had officially inherited Dennis Lim's old job comes word that Lim is working with indieWIRE to revive a comprehensive year-end survey. The style will evidently not be too different from the list-and-quote format that readers came to expect from the Voice polls; iW is said to have been working overtime for weeks to develop an electronic voting site for invitees, of which Lim said today via e-mail there are more than 100. No specific names were mentioned, but as you can probably assume from Lim's involvement—to which most observers attribute the longevity and success of the Voice's previous "Take" polls—the list will be deep and well-connected."]
3. "DeVito Drunk During Interview?": I'd be drunk too (on red wine) if I had to promote Deck the Halls.
["Danny DeVito appeared on TV show The View yesterday morning still tipsy after a night of heavy partying with pal George Clooney. The star was promoting his new movie Deck The Halls on the show, and admitted he hadn't been to bed the night before. DeVito then cursed his seventh limoncello (a lemon liqueur) from the previous evening and launched into a boozy rant against President George W. Bush, much of which was bleeped out by network censors. The former Taxi star also revealed he and his wife Rhea Perlman made sure to "utilize every surface available" in the famous Lincoln Bedroom when they stayed at The White House as overnight guests of former President Bill Clinton."]
4. "Make way for the 'Preacher'": The Passion of the Deutch.
["The series was created by Irish-born writer Garth Ennis and British artist Steve Dillon. Mark Steven Johnson, the writer-director behind comic adaptations "Daredevil" and the upcoming "Ghost Rider," is writing the pilot, while Howard Deutch is attached to direct. Johnson also wrote "Grumpier Old Men," which Deutch directed."]
5. "Violent Video Games May Rev Up Teen Brain": Boy, nothing gets past Fox News. They must've had their red wine today.
["When teens play violent video games, they may get more emotionally revved up than if they play nonviolent video games. That's according to research presented yesterday in Chicago at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). "Our study suggests that playing a certain type of violent video game may have different short-term effects on brain function than playing a nonviolent—but exciting—game," Vincent Mathews, MD, says in an RSNA news release."]
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