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The Approval Matrix: September 26, 2005

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.


Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, currently working on their third film together, The Departed, plan another feature, The Rise of Teddy Roosevelt, based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning book by Edmund Morris. . . . New York punk act The Ramones continue to make pop-cultural waves: A museum devoted to their legacy recently opened in Berlin, and a book is on the way from drummer Marky Ramone. . . . Sex and the City impresario Darren Star will produce two new projects for UPN, including a drama about two wealthy teens living with their aunt and uncle in New York City. . . . Napoleon Dynamite star Jon Heder will star in Mama’s Boy, a film in which he’ll play a would-be intellectual whose lifestyle is threatened by his mother’s impending marriage. . . . To celebrate its eightieth birthday, the Grand Ole Opry will come to New York for a rare, one-time show at Carnegie Hall on November 14; performers include Alison Krauss, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, and a host of other country-music A-listers.