Saturday, January 01, 2005

Friday Box Office > 12-31-2004
  • With nothing new this week, Meet the Fockers continues to steamroll over the competition.
  • Besides Fockers, the big winner in the results - you ain't gonna believe it - was National Treasure, which (in its seventh weekend) made the #6 spot and beat Spanglish, The Life Aquatic, Phantom of the Opera, Darkness, and Beyond the Sea.
  • Scorsese's spectacular The Aviator showed some signs of life, averaging $2000 per screen despite a long running time that restricts the number of showings per screen.


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Download 1 Night in Chyna, the nude wrestler thingy.


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Tales of the South Dakota Citizens Against Nude Juicebars and Pornography.
  • Nude juicebars? I weep for the youth of South Dakota!
  • Mostly, I weep in jealousy, because in my day the only way to see a nude juicebar was to get Dirty Deb Deniro to eat a popsicle before blowing you.


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Coast Guard to use computerized buoys to boost security.
  • I wonder why "buoy" is never listed as one of the most confusing words in our language to pronounce. While it is not really "mis"pronounced, since several alternatives are acceptable, I have actually heard people corrected for pronouncing the word correctly as "boy"! People have forgotten that "boy" and "bwoy" were the original English pronunciations. According to the OED, those are still the only two correct pronunciations in Britspeak. American dictionaries now list "BOO-ee" as the most common American usage. It's a strange one, too, because Americans usually pronounce "buoyant" in the traditional way as "BOY-ent", but have often taken it upon themselves to alter "buoy" from "BOY" to "BOO-ee".
  • My guess - just a guess - is that it is a case where spelling dictated pronunciation. The first known example of this word in writing occurred in 1466, and it was spelled "boy". This spelling was still common as late as 1677, although "buoy" first appeared in 1668. Other olden spellings included "boigh" and "bwoy". (Remember that there were no official standardized English spellings until the 1750s, so all were correct, and none were correct.) After the publication of Dr Johnson's dictionary in 1755, I can find no further examples of any other spelling but "buoy". The other three spellings made the pronunciation fairly evident, but when the modern spelling of "buoy" became the standard in the 18th century, it seems to have gotten most everybody (well, especially Americans) dancing in a different direction on the pronunciation.


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ABC News has declared Bloggers to be the "People of the Year", just edging out drawbridge oilers.


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Two jury members were kicked off, the foreman was ousted, and the case was nearly deadlocked. Now jurors in the Scott Peterson case tell the story of their decision to sentence him to death.


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Slideshow of 99 weird and human interest news photos from 2004


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Surfer 'rides tsunami to safety'


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German court sets copyright levy on new PCs: "The country is now poised to become the first on the Continent to impose a copyright levy, similar to a royalty collection, on new PCs."


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'Open Water' filmmakers survive tsunami.


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Urban Legend: "A good Samaritan who saves Richard Nixon from drowning asks only one reward: that no one tell his father. "


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The New York Times - 2004 in pictures


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Rock stars as children. The site is in Portuguese, but it doesn't matter.


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22 words and expressions on the annual 'List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness'"


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First look at Miranda Richardson as Rita Skeeter in that new Harry Potter film.


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South Park co-creator Matt Stone has vowed not to make another picture with partner Trey Parker


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How To Make Firefox Faster


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Unforgettable Images Of 2004


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IMDb has released its top 25 stars for 2004, based on searches.


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Now THIS will give you a happy new year. Kirsten Dunst caught topless by paparazzi in St. Barts


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The Kill or Be Killed Museum
  • "Tucked away in a forgotten corner of the American Southwest desert is a place that experiences life and death on a daily basis. It's called "The Kill or Be Killed Museum," where you pit your human ingenuity versus the forces of nature for a small admission fee of 7 dollars. It's great fun and horrible tragedy all wrapped into one. For kids of all ages."


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The best way to say Happy New Year


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