Thursday, May 19, 2005

'Sith' Draws $16.5M at midnight showings alone!


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Man, Tonya Harding is lookin' good, eh?


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Software piracy will get worse throughout the world, study says. As more and more people come online in developing nations, the cost of software becomes ever greater relative to their disposable income, thus magnifying the incentive to seek pirated copies. The study estimates that in Vietnam, for example, 75% of all software is pirated. And don't even get me started on the Barbary Coast.


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"... the online search engines represent the key points of the future technology, and the leader in this domain, none other than Google, is destined to perish in less than five years." The purveyor of this wisdom? Microsoft's CEO.


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Netscape is still alive and has just released version 8.0.


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BitTorrent - The future is trackerless, and it's in beta.


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IMDb is listing a definite release date for Havoc in Germany - Aug 18. This is the film in which formerly prim Anne Hathaway participates in extensive sexual scenes with surprisingly graphic nudity. Based on the history of The Gift (Katie Holmes's topless scene), the scenes will probably hit the internet about 15 minutes after the first screening. The film is still supposed to be released in the USA this year as well, but no definite date has been announced. If uncut, it would have to get an NC-17 rating.


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Opie's daughter (Bryce Dallas Howard) bares it all in von Trier's 'Manderlay'


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Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, as reviewed by The Filthy Critic's nephew - Day 4


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The original script for I'll Do Anything. (It was written as a musical.)


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Store Wars | Join the Organic Rebellion


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Olbermann says: I smell the ink drying on Scott McClellan's resignation


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Amid reports that the new Star Wars film contains not-so-subtle anti-Bush messages, President George W. Bush today took to the national airwaves to vow revenge against the Sith.


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Celebrity Lookalike Pamela Sandersin Makes First Video


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More info about the casting of X3, and more details about how Sideshow Bob will portray Beast


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Some tremendous trailer ads for Dark Sector (Playstation 3)


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Trump pushes his own Ground Zero plan. His plan: make it look just like before, except with the word TRUMP on the roof.


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eBay item - Silicone Testicular Implant (My Right Nut -used). With a great commentary by the seller.


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Deputy Survives Being Hit by Pickup With video!!


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Russian lake disappears, baffling villagers.
  • "I am thinking, well, America has finally got to us," said one old woman, as she sat on the ground outside her house.
  • And I am thinking that it doesn't take a lot to baffle a Russian villager


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"Christians, Jews, and Buddhists don't lash out in homicidal rage when their religion is insulted," except maybe for Mormons. If I were an Islamic leader in the Middle East, I would take a page from Scientology's book - get the Saudis and others to use that oil money to corner the world's market on lawyers, and then let the lawsuits begin!


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Star Wars III already online, all studio countermeasures futile, Lucas will get rich anyway. Although it just opened today, this film has already broken even from licensing deals alone.


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Headline of the Day: "Tiny ninjas minimize Shakespeare's Hamlet"


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Find your Star Wars twin. My Star Wars twin is Yoda. OK, I would have preferred Han Solo, but I guess it could have been worse, like Palpatine, Jar-Jar, or Admiral Ackbar.


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ReallyBadJobs.com


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Tampa Bay's 10 News rides the new Busch Gardens roller coaster


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Bad news for Donovan McNabb - he made the cover of Madden 06.


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From the "whatever happened to ... ?" department. One word: Ogre.


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The history of chain letters. You must read this article and pass the link on to five friends, or bad luck will befall you. Kenny Chesney passed the link on. Corey Haim did not.


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Maynard G. Gilligan is recuperating from surgery. He underwent a quadruple by-pass and was also treated for severly infected hat burns. Fortunately, he will have no memory of the traumatic surgery thanks to a successful experimental procedure in which a monkey hit him over the head with a coconut.


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Thighs offend Thais. Miss Universe organizers scrambled on Thursday to calm a furor over photos of bikini-clad contestants posing near an ancient Buddhist temple in Thailand after the images infuriated religious leaders. My observation has been that religious leaders must spend a good portion of their lives infuriated.


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Sex bracelet sends out wrong message


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WTF? Kelsey Grammer to play Beast in X3? Whatever. Ol' Frasier will be 50 in February, so it should be interesting to see him perform the action scenes in a costume designed to make him seem a 350 pound brute. At the same time, Vinnie Jones was also signed to play Juggernaut.


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I think they may go the Golum route and do it CGI. Or maybe it will be prosthetics. But look at the Thing in the Fantastic Four. He actually looks pretty decent...

 

"THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DUCT TAPE!"


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Here is an entirely new trailer from 'War of the Worlds'


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The Advanced Rutabaga Studies Institute
  • The institute is located in Forest Grove, Oregon - the Rutabaga Capital of the World since 1951!!
  • You may not have noticed, but May is National Rutabaga Month, and you still have a dozen more days to enjoy it.
  • While you are there, don't miss the live Ruta-cam. Catch it now, before it becomes a pay site.
One question. Where the hell was the world's rutabaga capital in 1950? It is inconceivable to me that we could have gone without one. Perhaps it was behind the Iron Curtain, and the CIA is suppressing the information.


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Newsweek Publishes Controversial "Bush Ass Rapes Allah" Story
  • This is an humor article from Mad "Guerilla", which is something like a "guerrilla". I have been curious about these two correct spellings, and had never looked it up before. I figured this was as good a time as any. The two spellings have developed in parallel, according to the OED, and the earliest English language citations of each spelling come from the same period - right around the time of the Napoleonic Wars.
  • I realize that the spelling with one r seems to make no sense, since the word for war in Spanish is "guerra," and in French is "guerre." But the single r version has a legitimate provenance - it derives from the French word "guérilla", which is spelled with one r, for reasons unknown to me. The Spanish equivalent is guerrilla, with two rs.
  • Oh, yeah, another sidebar - for you pedants who are fond of saying that apostrophes should never be used to form the plural, I'd point out that only Siths think in absolutes, and when you wrote that rule you forget to dot your is and cross your ts. There are at least two occasions when you form plurals with apostrophes: (1) words within quotations. EXAMPLE: In Elizabethan English, one offered insult by changing all forms of direct address to "thou's" instead of "you's." (2) Letters used as words in proverbial expressions. EXAMPLE: Remember to mind your p's and q's, while you dot your i's and cross your t's.


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John Cleese wrote a Superman comic. I don't want to spoil it for you, but ... two words: "silly flight." Here is an unfavorable review of the comic, entitled Superman: True Brit.


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The commenter pointed out that the Ananova story is incorrect, in that John Cleese is not currently writing this comic. In fact, it has been out for months.

 

It was a very good year. Kenny Chesney wins all the major annual Country Music awards, right after winning his movie star wife


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The Upfront - a humorous flash animation about the process of opening each new TV season. It is designed to sell a book (Life After the 30-Second Spot), but it is entertaining in its own right.


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Revenge Of The Sith meets Dodgeball. A slick professional commercial for the new Sith video game.


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A gallery of posters from adult and exploitation films of the 1960s and early 1970s


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Obscure fetish of the day: Fighting Women Fan Club - women punching men


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Morgan Spurlock ('Super Size Me') has scored a pilot commitment for a new one-hour documentary/reality series that plants an individual for 30 days in a completely different lifestyle, whether religious, economic or ethnic.


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Here's a QuickTime trailer from Lipstick & Dynamite, a documentary on the female pioneers of pro wrestling.


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Here's a trailer from Milwaukee, Minnesota (limited release June 3rd)
  • The past meets the present when Milwaukee's best fisherman, Albert Burroughs, a young man perceived to be mentally disabled, finds himself the target of two separate con artists out to steal his money.
I have a friend who has really tried to become Milwaukee's best fisherman, but he can never finish higher than third or fourth in the annual rankings. Seriously, I wonder if Milwaukee can point proudly to one man and say - "he's our best fisherman." Do they have a tournament? Does the tournament stop there, or can the Milwaukee champion go on to defeat the champs from Green Bay and Kenosha, and maybe someday go one-on-one with the top guy from Bangkok for the world title. You know ESPN 2 would carry it.


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Here's one I actually want to see, but I'm disappointed that it isn't in IMAX format. Look at the trailer and you'll see that it would have made a perfect IMAX film. A very cool trailer from National Geographic's oceanic documentary, Deep Blue.
  • "Deep Blue" is an epic cinematic 'roller coaster' ride whose images will mesmerise viewers with their beauty and stun them with their grandeur. One of the most singular and comprehensive projects ever undertaken in the field of documentary filmmaking, "Deep Blue" plunges the audience into the spectacle of the seas and takes it on a journey from the vast stretches of the open ocean to the nocturnal landscapes of the ocean's deepest chasms. Despite the fact that the sea constitutes two-thirds of our planet, we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the deep oceans. Directors Alastair Fothergill and Andy Byatt assembled 20 specialised camera teams, shot over 7,000 hours of footage in more than 200 locations around the world for more than 5 years, and descended as far as 5,000 meters in the most powerful submersible crafts. New species of ocean dwellers were discovered, and many photographed for the first time ever."


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A new R-rated clip from the French thriller, High Tension


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Here's a second clip from The Devil's Rejects, Rob Zombie's sequel to "1000 Corpses". The characters are riffing on Star Wars.


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The trailer from Mysterious Skin, the latest from Gregg Araki. Here is the official blurb:
  • "The summer I was eight years old, five hours disappeared from my life. Five hours, lost, gone without a trace..." These are the words of Brian Lackey (Brady Corbet), a troubled 18 year-old, growing up in the stiflingly small town of Hutchinson, Kansas. Plagued by nightmares, Brian believes that he may have been the victim of an alien abduction. Local Neil McCormick (Joseph Gordon Levitt) however, is the ultimate beautiful outsider. With a loving but promiscuous mother (Elisabeth Shue), Neil is wise beyond his years and curious about his developing sexuality, having found what he perceived to be love from his Little League baseball coach (played by Hal Hartley veteran Bill Sage) at a very early age. Now, ten years later, Neil is a teenage hustler, nonchalant about the dangerous path his life is taking. Neil's pursuit of love leads him to New York City, while Brian's voyage of self discovery leads him to Neil – who helps him to unlock the dark secrets of their past. Based on the acclaimed novel by Scott Heim, "Mysterious Skin" explores the hearts and minds of two very different boys who come to find the key to their future happiness lies in the exorcism of their collective demons.


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The trailer and six clips from Saint Ralph, "a beautiful, bittersweet comedy of an awkward, ninth grade Catholic school boy who sets out to make a miracle happen."


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A new clip from A History of Violence, the David Cronenberg thriller strarring Viggo Mortensen


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Watch the Yahoo-exclusive trailer for 'Fantastic Four,' the long-awaited big-screen adaptation of Stan Lee's Silver Age heroes.


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Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx and Josh Lucas in the latest trailer for 'Stealth.'


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Britney Spears opens up in first part of "Chaotic"


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Adding fuel to the current controversy over Senate filibusters, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) today threatened to speak for a solid hour on the Senate floor, an act which several prominent legal scholars said could be in violation of the Geneva Conventions against torture.


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Jessica Alba: cold day. Not sure what happened to her hair.


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Here's one Hollywood would envy - newsreel footage of an explosion in a fireworks factory


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