Saturday, February 19, 2005

Jon Stewart signs a great new deal with Comedy Central. The network finances his production company, but he gets complete freedom, and if Comedy Central passes on his projects he can sell them elsewhere. He can even offer them to other networks first, as long as Comedy Central eventually gets the right of first refusal.


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Great conversation starter in the New York Times: In Secretly Taped Conversations, Glimpses of the Future President. Bush's friend reveals their taped conversations 1998-2000.


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Cannes comes over to the dark side of the force. "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith will open the 58th Cannes Film Festival." To tell you the truth, I think that is kinda cool, and I'm glad to see Cannes make room for a "popular" film. I just hope, for Lucas's sake, that it doesn't suck as bad as the last two (or three) Star Wars films.


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Casino says "no fat chicks"


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Dickens's A Christmas Carol as told in the style of Bob Dylan


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Here's the trailer for A Scanner Darkly, the new film from Richard Linklater.
  • "Set in a future world where America has lost the war on drugs, undercover cop Fred (Keanu Reeves) is one of many agents hooked on the popular drug Substance D, which causes its users to develop split personalities. Fred, for instance, is also Bob, a notorious drug dealer. Along with his superior officers, Fred sets up an elaborate scheme to catch Bob and tear down his operation. Based on the Philip K. Dick novel."


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Here's the trailer for House of Wax. You know this modern version has to kick ass, because it stars that master thespian, Paris Hilton.


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Constantine takes the #1 spot for Friday. Hitch remains in a strong #2, and may still take the weekend. The other two new releases, Because of Winn-Dixie and Son of the Mask, did manage to take the next two spots, but were far behind with unimpressive grosses.


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South African 'Carmen' wins top prize at Berlin Film Festival


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OOPS! NOT sssssssssssssmokin' - Son of the Mask - 5% positive reviews.


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Bono nominated for Nobel Peace Prize. That sounds sort of silly until you realize that Henry Kissinger has won one of those.


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"A Chinese man can blow up balloons and blow out candles with his ears." I suppose thsi gives new meaning to the expression "blow it out your ear!"


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Stuntmen look for Oscar respect. I agree with these guys. The most powerful allure of movies is magic, and these people do as much as anyone to create the illusions we enjoy.


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At Other Crap, we love this guy: AbeVigoda.com


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Sin City - Jessica Alba - 'nuff said


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EXCLUSIVE: New Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith images!!!


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Huge 'star-quake' rocks Milky Way. "If the explosion had been within just 10 light-years, Earth could have suffered a mass extinction."


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Mud-Wrestling Soldier Gets the Boot. Booted for mud wrestling? Shouldn't she be promoted to special forces or something? Isn't mud-wrestling something they use at boot camp to toughen soldiers?


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