Monday, September 27, 2004

"Since its publication in 1971, John Kerry's book 'The New Soldier' has acquired almost legendary status. Copies now sell on Ebay for upwards of $500. In this section we present an overview of the book, along with most of the text and selected photographs."


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The Red Sox clinch an appearance in the post season games.


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For sheer entertainment, it's tough to beat topless Page Three girls on yachting trip.


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Latest Electoral Vote Predictor - Bush 280. Kerry 234. In this week's changes. Kerry got good news only in Florida and New Jersey. The President received positive shifts in eight states, and gained in all-important California: (1) Florida from neutral to barely Kerry (2) New Mexico and Oregon from strong Kerry to barely Bush. (That strong Kerry result in New Mexico seems to have been a fluke) (3) Iowa from barely Kerry to barely Bush (4) Minnesota from barely Kerry to undecided (5) Arkansas from undecided to barely Bush (6) Maine from barely Kerry to barely Bush (7) New Hampshire from barely Kerry to undecided (8) New Jersey from barely Bush to barely Kerry (9) Not a change, but California went from strong Kerry to weak Kerry. Kerry's sixteen point lead in California dropped to five points. California is for all the marbles, so that trend could spell disaster for Kerry, assuming it is real.


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The Post/ABC poll shows Bush leading 51-45-1 among likely voters.


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"Voting arrangements do not meet basic international requirements". Take a guess. Which third world location is the subject of this article? Iraq? Zimbabwe? Cuba? Guess again. It's Florida.


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Hummer - the cologne.


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All of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's films are completely brilliant, so this is probably much, much better than it sounds ... The trailer for A Very Long Engagement: " From the director and star of 'Amelie' (Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Audrey Tautou) comes a very different love story, 'A Very Long Engagement,' based on the acclaimed novel by Sebastien Japrisot. The film is set in France near the end of World War I in the deadly trenches of the Somme, in the gilded Parisian halls of power, and in the modest home of an indomitable provincial girl. It tells the story of this young woman's relentless, moving and sometimes comic search for her fiancee, who has disappeared. He is one of five French soldiers believed to have been court-martialed under mysterious circumstances and pushed out of an allied trench into an almost-certain death in no-man's land. What follows is an investigation into the arbitrary nature of secrecy, the absurdity of war, and the enduring passion, intuition and tenacity of the human heart. "


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The trailer for Tarnation: "'Tarnation' is as fiercely personal a self-portrait as can be recalled. Having documented his life since the age of eleven, Jonathan Caouette weaves a psychedelic whirlwind of snapshots, Super-8 movies, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of '80s pop culture and dramatic reenactments to create an epic portrait of an American family torn apart by dysfunction and reunited through the power of love. The film begins with 31-year-old Caouette learning of his mother's lithium overdose and his trip home to aid in her recovery. Slipping back into the archives of his youth, we watch Caouette grow up on camera, seeking escape from family trauma through musical theater, grade-B horror flicks and the forging of his identity through popular culture. "


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The trailer for Callas Forever: "At the beginning of this engrossing story, Larry Kelly (Jeremy Irons) has become a manager of rock bands - much easier to handle, he asserts, than a temperamental opera star. Managing Maria Callas's late career has left him scorched by the star's brilliant fire. Visiting her palatial Paris apartment, Kelly is shocked to find a broken and reclusive Callas (Fanny Ardant) humiliated by the deterioration of her voice. Determined to re-ignite her passion and restore her legacy, he convinces her to take on an important project: a film of the opera Carmen, in which she will lip-sync her own, glorious recording of many years previous. Thus begins a reawakening of their former relationship, mixing creative passion, genius, and drive in an incendiary cocktail. The stars are ably supported by a feisty Joan Plowright as their mutually supportive journalist friend, newcomer Jay Rodan as Larry's handsome artist boyfriend, and a wonderfully steamy performance from sexy Gabriel Garko as the tenor who worships Callas and yearns for his own opportunity for greatness."


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Phil Spector lashes out at "Hitler-like" prosecutors as he's indicted for murder


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Record cache of Bardot memorabilia on the auction block as the French screen siren turns 70


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Heroic First Ladies Laura and Barbara Bush Bravely Outflank Off-Message Guerillas and Free Speech Insurgents During Patriotically Scripted Town Hall Meeting


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It seems that Alan Keyes' daughter has outed herself as a lesbian. It must be lesbian week.


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A bunch of stills from The Grudge - the new horror film starring Buffy


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NBC announced Monday that Conan O'Brien will take over from Jay Leno as the host of Tonight. The tall redhead will have plenty time to polish his material because the planned succession won't happen until 2009.


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First look at the trailer for Mr and Mrs Smith, with Pitt and Jolie. A sexy spy adventure-romance. John and Jane Smith are an ordinary suburban couple with an ordinary, lifeless suburban marriage. But each of them has a secret -- they are actually both legendary assassins working for competing organizations. When the truth comes out, John and Jane end up in each other's cross-hairs.


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First look at the trailer for Mr and Mrs Smith, with Pitt and Jolie. A sexy spy adventure-romance. John and Jane Smith are an ordinary suburban couple with an ordinary, lifeless suburban marriage. But each of them has a secret -- they are actually both legendary assassins working for competing organizations. When the truth comes out, John and Jane end up in each other's cross-hairs.


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Urban Legends finally caught up with that supposed 1954 picture of what a 2004 home computer would look like.


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Paris Hilton is busy with a film, plus TV and merchandise projects. Has anyone ever milked a good tan for as much as this girl? OK, maybe George Hamilton, but who else?


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Mischa Barton, star of Fox's 'The O.C.', has signed on to topline 'Hexxx' a voodoo movie set in N'awlins.


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Zak Penn directing a poker movie to star Ben Affleck


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Cast Negotiating 'Italian Job 2'


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Man dies after being bitten by pet hamster.


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King-sized chocolate bars are coming under attack in the latest move to tackle Britain's growing obesity epidemic.


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Newsweek has a long article about The Book of Bob, Bob Dylan's autobiography.


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Danger: Cheese


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RollingStone.com: "The defining images of rock & roll: Artists as seen by the photographers who knew how to turn up the volume "


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Weekly World News says: MEXICANS USE GIANT SLINGSHOT TO SNEAK INTO U.S.


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Jack LaLanne, 90 years old and still the muscle man


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Movies making a killing off zombie flicks this year


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The trailer for Woman Thou Art Loosed: "An adaptation of Bishop T.D. Jakes' self-help novel, chronicling a woman's struggle to come to terms with her legacy of abuse, addiction and poverty."


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Here's the trailer for Tying the Knot : "When a bank robber's bullet ends the life of cop Lois Marrero, her wife of thirteen years, Mickie, discovers a police department willing to accept the women's relationship, but unwilling to release Lois's pension. When Sam, an Oklahoma rancher loses his husband of 25 years, cousins of his deceased spouse challenge his will and move to evict Sam from his home. As Mickie and Sam take up battle stations to defend their lives, Tying the Knot digs deeply into the meaning of marriage today. From an historical trip to the Middle Ages, to gay hippies storming the Manhattan marriage bureau in 1971, this eye-opening exploration of the embattled institution looks at rights, privilege and love as gay activists and right-wing politicos lock horns in the fight for marriage."


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The trailer for Sex, Cocktails and Politics: "Unable to tie the knot with his prozac captivated girlfriend, Cuban Filmmaker Sebastian Cortez, finds himself 30-years old and never in love. On his quest to finding...'The One!', Sebastian turns to friend/tour guide Daria who introduces Sebastian to her sandbox of gay co-horts and the adventure of his life! From penis make overs, unlikely 3-ways to learning how to have the best climax, the unsophisticated but sexy Sebastian finds himself navigating through the uncharted waters of Hollywood, sexual politics and getting trapped between Mr. Big Time and...Toilet Man? Is this 'Queer Eye for the Bi-Guy'? Can a girl turn a straight man queer? Or is it just the endless margaritas talking? All these questions answered in this sardonic, hilarious and universal film about the pursuit of finding someone to permanently spoon with. A comedy for audiences of all persuasions regardless who is giving you that orgasm."


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The trailer for The Holy Girl: "'The Holy Girl' intimately explores the burgeoning sexuality and religious fervor of two teenage girls. Artfully piecing together a mosaic of nuanced details, fragments of sounds, and small moments, Martel creates a potent and specific portrait of adolescent life. In the town of La Cienaga, Amalia lives with her attractive, divorced mother and her uncle in the crumbling, run-down Hotel Termas, which her family owns and runs. After choir rehearsals the girls gather in the parish church for further instruction in faith and vocation. What does God want from me? How do I discern between the temptation of the Devil and the calling of God? In between the teachings, the girls gossip and whisper secretively. The lives of the girls and their families intersect with those of a group of visiting orhinolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat specialists) staying at the hotel for a medical convention, including the married, middle-aged Dr. Jano. One day, a crowd of people gather in the street to watch a man play an unusual, exotic instrument: a theremin. Amalia is in the crowd when a man standing behind her presses himself sexually against her. Later, in the hotel, she discovers that this man is Dr. Jano, one of the doctors attending the conference. Amalia finds herself drawn to the Doctor and for days she spies on him. Dr. Jano never notices her presence, but he does notice her mother, Helena. Helena greatly enjoys the attention from this man, but she has little hope as she knows he is married and has a family. Days afterward Amalia confides in Josefina what occurred in the street with Dr. Jano and of her secret mission: to save one man from sin. Dr. Jano becomes caught up in Am"


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The trailer for Black Cloud : "'Black Cloud' is an inspirational story about a young Navajo, Native American boxer, who overcomes personal challenges as he comes to terms with his heritage, while fighting his way for a spot on the US Olympic boxing team."


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The trailer for Beautiful Boxer: "Based on the true story of Thailand's famed transgender kickboxer, 'Beautiful Boxer' is a poignant action drama that punches straight into the heart and mind of a boy who fights like a man so he can become a woman. Believing he's a girl trapped in a boy's body since childhood, Parinya Charoenphol sets out to master the most masculine and lethal sport of Thai boxing to earn a living and to achieve his ultimate goal of total femininity. Touching, funny and packed with breathtaking Thai kickboxing sequences, Beautiful Boxer traces Nong Toom's childhood, teenage life as a traveling monk and grueling days in boxing camps."


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A trailer and four clips from Around the Bend (see JoBlo review just below this for details)


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Astronomy Picture of the Day - The Great Nebula in Orion


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JoBlo's movie review of Around the Bend (Christopher Walken, Michael Caine). (Walken won the "Best Actor" award for his role in this film at this year's Montreal Film Festival).


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The world's greatest movie critic, The Filthy Critic, reviews Shaun of the Dead.


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A Buffalo, NY Church is the first in America with its own fast food restaurant. They held the Subway grand opening inside the church. Ancillary benefit: this church offers the best communion in town!


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Adults in the UK were asked which cartoons they enjoyed most in their childhood. The results may surprise you.


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Did you know there were originally EIGHT deadly sins?


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More topless pictures of Shell from Big Bruv UK


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That is one enormous pussy!


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URL says it all: BeatriceArthur.com


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