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The Approval Matrix: Week of January 9, 2006

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


Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock has announced plans for a new documentary adapted from the best-selling book The Republican War on Science. . . . The Who have announced plans for a North American tour in 2006; specific venues have not yet been announced. . . . Sacha Baron Cohen (a.k.a. Ali G) has signed on to star in Curly Oxide and Vic Thrill, a comedy by Saturday Night Live’s Tina Fey, which tells the true-life story of a New York band formed by a Hasidic Jew and an aging rock musician. . . . Eighties pop star Cyndi Lauper will make her Broadway debut next year as Jenny in The Threepenny Opera, a role originally expected to be filled by Sopranos star Edie Falco. . . . Jimmy Fallon has joined the cast of the Edie Sedgwick biopic Factory Girl, which already includes Sienna Miller, Mena Suvari, and Guy Pearce. . . . Sex columnist Grant Stoddard, who made his name chronicling his sexual experiments on, is turning those experiences into a book called Working Stiff, due out from HarperCollins in March 2007.