Move over, James Bond. There’s a new spy patrolling the globe, and if his affectations seem comparatively pedestrian – he can’t handle a martini, shaken or stirred, and he sports a thick coat of rust where Her Majesty’s favorite sleuth prefers finely fitted Savile Row – he is, dents and all, more recognizably human.
He is Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy), a happy-go-lucky tow-truck whose best friend, Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), happens to be the world’s fastest racer.
They say beauty's on the inside. That's never been more true than at the 23rd annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest, which took place last night at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair in Petaluma. 29 dogs, mostly from Northern California, competed for the distinction.
But the winner last night was Yoda, a two-pound Chinese crested-Chihuahua cross, whose owners originally thought she was a rat. Yoda won $1,000 and the 2011 crown as the World's Ugliest Dog.
Check out photos of some of the other uglies above.
Eva Gabrielsson was Stieg Larsson’s longtime partner and his collaborator on the wildly popular and internationally bestselling series, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. After Larsson's unexpected death in 2004, she learned that due to an obscure bit of Swedish inheritance law, their work was no longer under her control. Forced to rebuild her life during a protracted and ongoing legal battle, Gabrielsson wrote a memoir, There Are Things I Want You To Know about Stieg Larsson and Me. In anticipation of her conversation about the book with Roy Eisenhardt at Herbst Theater on Monday night, she stole time from her travel schedule to answer a few questions by email for 7x7.
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