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Cross my heart, I’m not going to start every column so morbidly, but if you haven’t already done so, add Merv Griffin to summer’s entertainment death toll. The creator of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune died of cancer on Sunday. He was 82.

Yes, the Grim Reaper has me down, too, pets. Dr. Darling suggests dropping your Bergman memorial movie marathon plans (respectfully), rounding up your friends, and enjoying Superbad while it’s still painfully funny (read: before everyone commences quoting it; see Napoleon Dynamite). Do not mix with prescription drugs.

Of course, it might not be Friday yet for you, reader, in which case, one of two midweek perks should do the trick: Last Friday’s release, Stardust, is actually quite wonderful (and totally non-existential), and the season premiere of Weeds airs all week long on Showtime. (Followed by David Duchovny’s new show, Californication. How ridiculous were those ads on IMDb? Somewhere, Téa Leoni’s laughing her ass off.)

In the way of local premieres, students John Strong and Antonio Rodriguez’s 30-minute film Doldrums will be presented at SAY Sí on Friday, August 17, at 7 and 8:30 p.m., free of charge. Check the Curblog for a review next week. XO.


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