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Battleship hasn't come out yet and Rihanna's possibly landed herself a plum role in the upcoming Fast Six movie. The film is the latest in the strangely successful Fast and the Furious franchise, proving that it's able to jam-pack the basic elements that make America so great in two hours: fast cars, beautiful women, men with square jawlines, and The Rock and Vin Diesel punching the living spit out of one another.

Another surprising casting tidbit is that David Tennant of Doctor Who fame is also reportedly in talks to star in the movie. Whether the TARDIS will be outfitted with rims has not been specified.

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On his weekly address today, President Obama outlined some of his plans with a continued effort in Afghanistan, as well as how to bring the U.S. debt down to soften the currently economic climate. To wit:

Because of their bravery and dedication, the tide of war has turned in Afghanistan. The goal that I set - to defeat al Qaeda, and deny it a chance to rebuild - is within reach.

When addressing domestic plans, Obama said:

I've called on Congress to take the money we're no longer spending at war, use half of it to pay down our debt, and use the other half to rebuild America.

With summer on the horizon, the president's reelection bid will go into hyperdrive, with a rally today and stops in Seattle and Los Angeles.

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It's easy to peg The Avengers as a fringe movie as it's based on a comic book and is helmed by Joss Whedon, a name that is synonymous with indoor kids and people who love to mix musical numbers with their vampire slayers. Well, the nerd dog days are over as The Avengers was been welcomed in other countries and earned a pretty penny: $178.4 million, to be exact. It also has the prestige of having the biggest opening weekend in 12 regions. While the movie won't open stateside until May 4th, America is already preparing to make Whedon its new movie overlord.

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Newt Gingrich's financially unstable bid for the presidency will finally have its long awaited death on Tuesday, according to several reports. Gingrich's campaign has had its fair share of financial trouble. Gingrich came into a particularly ugly (re: sad) final attempt to stomp for delegates during the Delaware primary last week. It's unsure whether Gingrich can afford a trumpet player to play "Taps" in honor of his dead attempt to be president.

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Hunger Games actor and professional teenager, Josh Hutcherson, had to learn the hard way that when you're famous, you can't waltz into a grocery store to buy booze, despite being a minor, and think that the world will not know -- but he did it anyway. Not to say that minors don't drink alcohol (probably shouldn't), but since Peeta didn't get hit with a "Minor in Possession" charge, he just proved that celebrities can pretty much get away with most petty crimes.

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In a story that can be adapted for another Flipper sequel or reboot, rescuers are trying to save a dolphin that's stranded in wetlands along the California coast. It's difficult to tell whether the dolphin just doesn't know how to get back to the open waters of the ocean, or if it's trying get a plum role in an episode of How I Met Your Mother.

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This guy was on the receiving end of a taser and an all-around police beatdown and obviously lost. When the case went to trial, the Portland city attorney, representing the arresting officer, tried using the reasoning that the suspect owned a kung-fu movie collection, so the brutality was justified. The jury wasn't convinced and now the city is paying out $250,000, which should buy some decent self-defense lessons in addition to new kung-fu DVDs.

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Patrick Dempsey plays a doctor on Grey's Anatomy, so naturally, when he saw a car flipped over in Malibu, the actor pulled the teenage driver out and stayed with him until paramedics arrived. While this definitely makes Dempsey a do-gooder, one can hope that he could perform his role from Loverboy, where he played a pizza delivery boy/gigolo, as his next screen-to-real-life project.

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