- LOCAL BOUNTY: Last week, Gov. John Kitzhaber broke news of a TNT pilot starring Geena Davis to be shot in Oregon. Now, more details about the show, in which Davis plays a bounty hunter: The pilot was co-written by Scott Prendergast, who grew up in Portland and was president of the class of 1988 at Southwest Portlandâs Wilson High School. âI wrote the original pilot with Geena Davis in mind,â he tells Scoop via email. â[Sheâs] perfect for the role. Very smart, and very funny. I always loved her as a kid, mainly because she was so funny in the movies I saw when I was growing up.... I told her when we first had lunch that I am also a Mensa member.â Per TNT, the untitled drama stars the Oscar-winning actress as a bounty hunter with an âeccentric personality and unusual tactics.â Itâs based on a real-life bounty hunter from California. Dean Devlinâwho directed and produced the recently canceled Leverageâwill direct when filming begins in April.
- LOST AND FOUND: The Funhouse just got less fun. On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Clown Room in comedy venue Funhouse Lounge was stripped of its publicly accessible Wii, which contained a Super Mario Kart game. âThey can bring it back, no questions asked,â said co-owner Trenton Shine, who says the Southeast Portland bar will attempt to replace the Wii and âlock it down.â The bar had been open for over a year without locking the console. Meanwhile, the rifles used by John Wayne in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and by William Holden in The Wild Bunch are back at Movie Madness, after being stolen from the video store last July. The guns were apparently found in a garbage bag at Mount Tabor Park, and were returned to the store. Erick Duane Johnson, the suspect in the theft, is still at large.
- THROUGH THE WIRE: Local rapper Vinnie Dewayne is recovering from a serious car accident last week. Although details of the accident are sketchy, the St. Johns-raised MC posted a photo on his Facebook page showing the side of his vehicle almost completely collapsed, along with a photo of him lying in a hospital bed wearing a neck brace. Dewayne sustained a broken leg, ribs and collarbone, and required surgery on his leg, according to a Facebook message. Although still suffering from dizzy spells, Dewayne reports he is âdoing better.â
- LA TAQ ATTACKS: Rodney Muirhead, owner of WWâs 2011 Restaurant of the Year, Podnahâs Pit, is opening a bar called La Taq next to his barbecue joint on Northeast Killingsworth Street. The kitchen will be âcompletely separateâ from the restaurant, Muirhead says, and will focus on the type of Mexican fare often found at Podnahâs. The bar, also owned by Laika creative director Kirk Kelley, is tentatively slated to open in June.