Open Thread for May 19 2011

The American Idol finale, M-Bone, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, and the week of May 20th

Hey kids! How about a nice, refreshing glass of Open Thread?

What goes on this week? Christopher Nolan began filming The Dark Knight Rises, the concluding entry in his Batman trilogy. The hip hop community mourned the murder of M-Bone from the Cali Swag District (of “Teach Me How To Dougie” fame). And you’ll already know who won American Idol, though we won’t by press time. SPOILER ALERT: Randy Jackson thought they were a little pitchy.

If that’s not enough for you, there’s also the finale of The Office, the continued success of Bridesmaids, the inexplicable Pirates of the Caribbean 4, and Lonely Island’s new album Turtleneck and Chain. So don’t go to sleep yet.

Comment of the Week: corbmac on Lee’s Statistical Analysis of Movie Title Lengths:

while there’s no correlation apparent in the first graph, there definitely appears to be a frontier ie the longer your title, the lower the highest gross for films at that length.

i banded the films by length in multiples of 6 letters (initially did it with multiples of 5 letters but avatar was distorting the results) and the correlation coefficient with the max gross for films in that band was -0.91.

Following up on another researcher’s work is good Overthink – and good academic practice. Can I presume you’re a grad student? I’m going to go ahead and presume that. Presumed.

Could Captain Jack Sparrow steal the show from an SNL digital … wait, no, that already happened. Can you come up with a better pop-culture mashup? Or is there something we missed? Sound off in the comments, for this is your … Open Thread.