'Max Payne 3' video game has potential for huge success

CREDIT: Rockstar Games

Daybreak Daily’s afternoon jog around the track with the pop-culture world setting the pace finds a computer game, a note rapper, other things, and the mystery music video.

REVIEW: Not sure about the game but the writing here is good, per the New York Times, “After the better part of eight years in development (the last Max Payne title was released in 2003), Max Payne 3 is a taut and compelling action game wrapped in the sumptuous, gritty and delightful production detail that is the Rockstar hallmark. That means pitch-perfect writing and voice acting, luscious and realistic visual design, and by far the finest musical taste in gaming.”

POTUS POTENTIAL: Jay-Z has a high-ranking someone in mind for his Philadelphia festival, per Rolling Stone, “Ah, yeah, that guy. I'm gonna try. I'm gonna tell you guys right now: I'm gonna give him a call and I'm gonna try to get him to perform – do a little rendition of Al Green – but I doubt it. I think that opens up the political season. He'll be so far into helping the world that he probably won't have time, but I'm absolutely going to ask him.”

MEANWHILE: Mr. Z talks about the politics of gay marriage, per The Hollywood Reporter, "I've always thought it as something that was still, um, holding the country back," the star told CNN, referring to bans on same-sex marriage. "What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That's their business. [It] is no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination plain and simple."

NICE DEBUT: Howard Stern is both good and well-behaved on ‘AGT,’ per the Los Angeles Times, “Stern himself played the part, for a minute: "These executives at NBC must be out of their mind taking a risk on me." To the audience: "I say I won't make it through the first show -- what do you think?" But it quickly became evident that, like fellow judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel, he meant to play the game the way the game is meant to be played, because, to a deep degree, he believes in it.”

FILLING A VOID: Actually, two voids, per Deadline Hollywood, “Dan Fogelman’s alien family comedy The Neighbors landed the coveted post-Modern Family slot for a block of single-camera comedies about unconventional families. Freshman soap Revenge was handed ABC’s signature Sunday 9 PM slot occupied for the last eight seasons by Desperate Housewives.”

DEATH: Of a salesman, per Newser, “A tough-as-nails Cajun alligator-hunting star of the History Channel's Swamp People dropped dead in his boat yesterday. The cause of death was not immediately known, but witnesses said Mitchell Guist, who would have turned 49 on Friday, appeared to suffer a seizure shortly after launching his boat for another day of snagging alligators.”

Nono Gaga: Taking the Ed Sullivan route, per the AP, “Lady Gaga will have to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia following protests by Islamic hard-liners and conservative lawmakers, who said her sexy clothes and dance moves will corrupt young people.”

SHOULD BE GOOD: This man is always good, per Variety, “Martin Scorsese is teaming with Lord Richard Attenborough and Anthony Haas to produce "Silver Ghost," a drama based on the true story of the founding of Rolls Royce that will be a co-production between the "Hugo" helmer's Sikelia Prods. banner and Zuma Prods.”

TOM CRUISE: The Interview, per Playboy, “As he nears 50, Cruise has put his temporary career crisis in the rearview mirror and is once again among the handful of stars whose participation gets a movie made. Seven years after being on the precipice, Cruise is coming off the biggest box office hit of his career in Mission: -Impossible—Ghost Protocol, a crowd-pleasing film he also produced.”

WHATEVER: To repeat, “whatever,” per Radar, “The second masseur suing John Travolta for sexual assault and battery sent several e-mails to his bosses the day after the alleged incident occurred and made no mention of Travolta, nor the alleged incident, is exclusively reporting.”

OF COURSE HE SAYS THIS: What else is he going to say?, per TMZ, “Simon Cowell isn't bothered one bit at the prospect of Britney Spears falling apart during a live episode of "X Factor" ... insisting whatever happens will be ratings GOLD!!”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)