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Names in the news, Dec. 20

By From wire service reports

As William Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a Stooge.” OK, so maybe it was Moe Howard, who was a Shakespearean actor before becoming one of the Three Stooges. But does it seem like the world’s most famous slapstick trio is popping up everywhere these days? Soitenly! There are, appropriately, three reasons: 1. They’re the focus of a comic book called “Comics: The Three Stooges.” It’s the latest in a biography series about comedians who, according to the publisher, Bluewater Comics, “have made a huge impact on popular culture.” Bluewater might have added that the Stooges made a huge impact with any number of devices, including fists, mallets, saws, sledgehammers and, of course, pies. The comic book is due out in January and will sell for $3.99. 2. The boys are the subject of a movie titled “The Three Stooges.” Due out in April, the big-screen comedy will star Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe, Sean Hayes as middleman Larry Fine and Will Sasso as fan favorite Curly Howard (photo). Here, according to IMDb, is the plot: “While trying to save their childhood orphanage, Moe, Larry and Curly inadverte ntly stumble into a murder plot and wind up starring in a reality TV show.” The lowlight is when Moe pokes “Jersey Shore” star Snooki (“Hiya, toots!”) in the eyes. Obviously the filmmakers were trying to think, but nothing happened. 3. The actual Stooges can be seen on AMC and Antenna TV, which are airing the team’s legendary short subjects. Meanwhile, in 2012, Stooges fans will mark the 60th anniversary of Curly’s death (Jan. 18). They’ll also utter a celebratory ee-bee-bee as they mark the 90th anniversary of the team’s founding. In 1922, Moe and his older brother Shemp Howard joined vaudeville comedian Ted Healy as sidekicks, or “stooges.” Larry joined in 1925. So there you have it, knuckleheads. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!

“REVIVE THE MEMORY OF THE MARTYRS” A Bahraini man passes a wall Monday in the Shiite village of Karzakan, Bahrain, that is sprayed with images of people who died in anti-government unrest. The writing says: “Revive the memory of the martyrs.” On Sunday police fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-government slogans. At least 40 people have been killed since February, when Bahrain’s Shiite majority started campaigning for more rights from Sunni rulers in the Persian Gulf kingdom that is the home of the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.

AP Photo/Hasan Jamali

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