Sunday, August 28, 2005

Steven Spielberg will take over the producer role from Stephen Sommers for Paramount sci-fi remake When Worlds Collide. He may or may not direct.


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WTF? Invisible Donkey Removal


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Swazi princess whipped for refusing to turn down the music. Who could blame the people of Swaziland for getting their lederhosen in a bunch over this matter? How much of that fucking yodeling and pan flute music could anyone endure?


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A certified major hit! Wedding Crashers has now achieved the second highest gross of any R-rated comedy in history.
  • Beverly Hills Cop is #1. Wedding Crashers passed Pretty Woman and There's Something About Mary in the past week or so. Scary Movie is #5.
  • If the films are ranked by the number of tickets sold, Beverly Hills Cop is still #1, but Blazing Saddles becomes #2. Both of those films would have grosses in the astronomical $500m range if one assumes $8 ticket prices!


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Modernity and the Maniac: The Fall of Janet Leigh


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Sam, the World's Ugliest Dog


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The official site for Cry Wolf is now live . (Horror thriller featuring eight high school seniors trapped by their own internet lie game.)


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This week's movies: Undiscovered - 2.5% positive reviews. With one positive review and 39 negatives, it offers some strong competition for Supercross among the early Razzie contenders. (Supercross is hanging in there at 1.9%, one positive and fifty negatives, with Movie Mom offering the only positive.)


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The Virgin holds off the new releases to top the weekend box office again.
  • I don't see any major surprises in the chart below. The Penguin results are not as bad as they appear. The large negative number results from an aggressive prediction. The Warrior predicted only a 5% week-to-week decline for that film, and it dropped 30%. A thirty percent decline is still not so bad at all. It was the third best retention rate of the week, trailing only the two popular comedies (Virgin and Crashers).
  • There was a third wide release this week, a gal-pal movie called Undiscovered, starring Ashlee Simpson. It bombed completely and apparently will remain permanently undiscovered. It grossed less than $700,000, despite being on 1300 screens. The $529 per screen average, assuming three showings per screen per day, works out to a per-screening average of $59. That represents about six or seven people.
  • On the other hand, Undiscovered seemed like the next Titanic compared to Supercross, which dropped 72% and averaged $231 per screen (about three people per screening), while tying up 1600 screens which could have been used for good instead of evil.
  • The Top 12 declined 2.5% from last year.


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Borowitz: IRAQIS REJECT DEMOCRACY, FEARING OBESITY MAY BE NEXT ... Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds Report Worrisome Weight Gains Since U.S. Invasion


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Trailers for The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005), a Disney golf drama about one of the greatest real-life underdog stories of all time, Francis Ouimet's famous triumph over the great Harry Vardon in the 1913 U.S. Open at Brookline.
  • Every dedicated sports fan knows the story. Ouimet, a 20-year-old amateur, came from a working class family which lived near the club, and was a caddy there. At the time, Vardon was a five-time British Open champion and a former U.S. Open champion. He was golf's senior ambassador and its most recognizable name. Imagine Jack Nicklaus at age 43, and you'll get the picture. Vardon even had a grip named after him, and that name is still used today. He was also Ouimet's idol.
  • Ouimet, Vardon and another English pro named Ted Ray went into the final round tied, and they all shot the same score, so the tournament ended in a three-way tie which was settled by a Monday playoff. Talk about a sympathetic home-town crowd! Playing against two established foreign champions, both professionals, Ouimet was not only the only American in the playoff, and the only amateur, but was basically just a hopeful kid teeing off within sight of his own house, using a local 10-year-old as his caddy! If his story were fictional, nobody would believe it. It's surprising that it has taken so long to become a movie.
  • Here's the scoring recap.
  • The film's script is based on the book linked below, which is a rhapsodic celebration of golf, an incredibly detailed account of the tournament, and a must read if you are interested in golf lore and the way it intertwines with American history and sociology. (The author of the book also wrote the screenplay.)



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Missouri passes law restricting strip clubs, Judge declares it unconstitutional.


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Newsweek Q&A with a prickly Jerry Lewis


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The US Mint has seized 10 Double Eagle gold coins - some of the rarest and most valuable in the world - from a woman checking their authenticity. (The coins are worth more than $50 million to collectors, based on the price of the last one to be auctioned.)


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Mandatory evacuation order issued, as New Orleans prepares for the worst.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm ashamed to say that sometimes I root for the hurricane.

 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad to see that the suffering of others is amusing to you. This is the greatest disaster to ever hit this country far and beyond 9/11.

 

Macgyver for President - 2008


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'Suge' Knight shot at Miami Beach party


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In the booming world of online poker, anyone can win. Especially with an autoplaying robot ace in the hole. Are you in, human?


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Has Google Peaked?


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