Hockey Love. Fans of pro hockey may be celebrating the end of the National Hockey League’s labor dispute. But how many are showing the love of the sport the way Justin Bieber has — with a new tattoo?
Popdust.com notes that the Canadian Bieber recently showed off some new ink, which looked to some like the logo of the Chicago Blackhawks. Right sport, wrong team, says the site: “It’s the insignia for the Stratford Cullitons, a team of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, which has produced such future NHLers as Hart Trophy winner Chris Pronger and NBC color announcer Eddie Olczyk. Bieber used to attend Stratford games with his grandfather.”
More Bones. Fox has ordered a ninth season of Bones, the drama starring Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz. “After more than 150 episodes, Bones continues to be one of television’s most dynamic and consistent dramas,” Fox Entertainment boss Kevin Reilly said in a news release. “We at Fox, along with millions of zealous fans, look forward to seeing where the incredible creative team takes the series next season.”
New episodes resume Monday with a two-hour telecast, “The Diamond in the Rough/The Archeologist in the Cocoon.” According to Fox: “The Jeffersonian team investigates the death of a professional ballroom dancer who was murdered three days before her audition on a popular dancing competition show,” with Deschanel and Boreanaz going undercover as dancers. Then “the team investigates the murder of a well-known archeologist with a questionable reputation, who came upon a career-defining discovery right before his death.”
Diamond Due. Dustin Diamond, the actor and comedian best known for playing Screech on Saved by the Bell, will make his second visit to Cuyahoga Falls’ Funny Stop comedy club Jan. 25-26. Shows will be at 8 and 10:30 p.m. each date. Admission is $20.
Saying Goodbye. Former Clevelander Chuck Lutz got some media attention recently just for showing up for work. Lutz, who is retiring today, was the last remaining employee of the old Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, which ended publication in 1989. Lutz stayed on to help shut down the newspaper building — and then to keep an eye on things as the structure was used as a movie location.
“We have a bar, a jail set, a flophouse hotel, an apartment, a hospital, a vault, a police station,” he told Steve Lopez of the Los Angeles Times. “Remember The Usual Suspects? The police station where they did all that talking was right here.” Lutz, 68, now plans to move to Nevada and run a horse ranch with his brother.
Lopez, by the way, also wrote The Soloist, the book about former Clevelander Nathaniel Anthony Ayers; it was made into a 2009 movie, partly shot in Cleveland, with Jamie Foxx as Ayers and Robert Downey Jr. as Lopez.
Rich Heldenfels writes about popular culture for the Beacon Journal and Ohio.com, including the HeldenFiles Online blog, www.ohio.com/blogs/heldenfiles. He is also on Facebook and Twitter. You can contact him at 330-996-3582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.