Saturday, September 03, 2005

Scientists prove chicks are dumb. The measurement used was their opinion of "The English Patient." Seriously, scientists will debate the implications and causations for years, but I think this is the most interesting conclusion of the study: "Up to the age of 14, there was no difference between the IQs of boys and girls. But beyond that age and into adulthood there is a difference ... "


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Family Guy - The Seven Prostitutes (Don't miss the last line.)


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Lasse Hallstrom's Casanova to premiere at Venice


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Chief Justice Rehnquist has died.


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John Grisham to Donate $5M to Katrina Relief, challenges others to get involved.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Grisham has now donated 5 times as much as the whole National Football League. That must make the NFL proud.

 

If you want to donate money or time to the Katrina recovery, contact the American Red Cross


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QUESTION: What is "Gavin, the singing and dancing penis."

(MY GUESS: I believe this is what his fellow students used to call John Ashcroft.)


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President Bush Orders Mardi Gras Moved to Astrodome
  • "Moving swiftly to stem criticism that his response to the devastation in New Orleans has been 'slow, indifferent, and sadly inadequate,' President Bush announced last night that by executive order Mardi Gras 2006 will be held in Houston's Astrodome. Bush also announced that naming rights for the event had been purchased by Federal Express for an undisclosed seven-figure sum."


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The trailer for Nine Lives
  • "'Nine Lives' is a moving exploration of the individual experiences of nine women as told through nine single unbroken takes. As characters from one story reappear in supporting roles in others, Rodrigo Garcia interweaves a grand tapestry of universal resonance that hinges on performances from an incredible ensemble. By depicting nine different characters at emotional crossroads, 'Nine Lives' examines how we so often find ourselves captive in relationships, both past and present. Sandra (Elpida Carrillo), is literally in prison and wants desperately to connect with her visiting child. Diana (Robin Wright Penn) confronts the sudden flash of a past relationship long after she has moved on to a new life. Holly (Lisa Gay Hamilton) can�t seem to move forward until her stepfather acknowledges the pain he has caused her. Sonia (Holly Hunter) reels from her boyfriend's disclosure of an intimate secret to their closest friends. Teenager Samantha (Amanda Seyfreid) is caught in a static loop as the peacemaker between her parents. Lorna (Amy Brenneman) attempts to comfort her ex-husband after his wife's suicide and finds herself implicated in the tragic death. Ruth (Sissy Spacek) considers straying from married life during a motel rendezvous. Camille (Kathy Baker) faces the limitations of her previously dependable body. Maggie (Glenn Close) allows her own life to be eclipsed by that of her young daughter, Maria (Dakota Fanning). Filmmaker Rodrigo Garcia (Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her) plumbs the depths with these nine everyday women who meet the travails and disappointments of life with a resilience that is at once heartening and heartbreaking."


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A clipf rrom Keane, a drama in convenient thriller format.
  • We first meet William Keane (Damian Lewis) in the Port Authority bus terminal where he is desperately searching for his 6-year-old daughter, who has been missing for months. Repeatedly drawn to the site of the purported abduction, Keane wanders the bus station compulsively going over the events of that fateful day. Veering between days of relentless searching and nights of alcohol and drug induced extremes of self-destructive behavior, he seems to be teetering precariously on the edge of sanity. Then one day he meets a financially strapped young woman, Lynn Bedik (Amy Ryan), and her 7-year-old daughter, Kira (Abigail Breslin), who are also staying at the same transient motel in New Jersey. He reaches out to them and soon the mother entrusts him to pick up Kira after school and bring her home. As he becomes increasingly attached to the child, the story moves to a whole new level of poignancy and tension, as Keane searches for redemption through the little girl. Working in a handheld verité style, director Kerrigan and DP John Foster, plunge us directly into Keane's profoundly unsettled universe. Damian Lewis's riveting, visceral performance of a man grappling with the effects of a profound loss makes "Keane" a complex, deeply humane and unforgettable portrait.


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Three clips and a trailer from Everything is Illuminated, a drama starring Elijah Wood, directed by Liev Schreiber
  • "Based on the critically-acclaimed novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, 'Everything is Illuminated' tells the story of a young man's quest to find the woman who saved his grandfather in a small Ukrainian town that was wiped off the map by the Nazi invasion. What starts out as a journey to piece together one family's story under the most absurd circumstances turns into a surprisingly meaningful journey with a powerful series of revelations -- the importance of remembrance, the perilous nature of secrets, the legacy of the Holocaust, the meaning of friendship and, most importantly, love."


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Three clips from An Unfinished Life
  • "A pair of grizzled old farm hands (Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman) find their lives interrupted by a woman from the past (Jennifer Lopez). "


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Two clips from The Matador, starring Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan.
  • "A chance encounter between a travelling salesman and a lonely hitman triggers a strangely profound relationship which provokes each to act in ways neither would have imagined possible. Fate steps in to form a friendship between two men from irreconcilable worlds that will alter the lives of both forever."


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Two new clips from Lord of War, which features Nic Cage as an arms dealer in crisis.


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A trailer and a featurette for Bee Season, a drama about spelling.
  • "Eliza Naumann (Flora Cross) has no reason to believe she is anything but ordinary. Her father Saul (Richard Gere), a beloved university professor, dotes on her talented elder brother Aaron (Max Minghella). Her scientist mother, Miriam (Juliette Binoche), seems consumed by her career. When a spelling bee threatens to reaffirm her mediocrity, Eliza amazes everyone: she wins. Her newfound gift garners an invitation not only to the national competition, but an entree into the world of words and Jewish mysticism that have so long captivated her father's imagination. But Eliza's unexpected success hurls the Naumann family dynamic into a tailspin, long-held secrets emerge and she is forced to depend upon her own divination to hold the family together. 'Bee Season' is based on the nationally best selling Myla Goldberg novel of the same name."


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AstroPic o' the Day - The appearance of Venus beneath all those clouds.


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Zimbabwe president says CIA is behind Kidman movie: "President Robert Mugabe's government has attacked the suspense thriller 'The Interpreter,' starring Nicole Kidman, claiming it is part of a propaganda campaign by the CIA." I think the CIA may have been behind Deuce Bigalow as well.


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Transporter 2 wins the Friday box office race. The Constant Gardener matched it per screen, but was in only 2/5 as many theaters, finishing third in total $. The other two new releases were, as expected, weak also-rans.


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Modern humans, Neanderthals shared France for centuries, claimed scientists after seeing a Gerard Depardieu film festival.


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Vacation is Over... an open letter from Michael Moore to George W. Bush
  • I'm not a big fan of the flabby filmmaker, but he threw some pretty good punches here, and did so with some wit.
  • "Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag. Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are?"


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"The six broadcast networks are setting aside their traditional rivalries and joining together to produce a prime-time benefit concert to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina."
  • My mom and dad were always nostalgic for World War Two because, even though it was a scary time for mankind, it was also a time when good people set aside partisan quibbling and worked together for a common cause. My folks really missed that spirit, and felt that it had passed forever from the American soul.

    Maybe they were wrong.


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'Sound of Thunder,' smell of garbage : "Movie a waste of everybody's time -- especially yours" By Paul Clinton For CNN.com
  • "That sound you hear while watching 'A Sound of Thunder' is actually audience members thundering toward the exits in an effort to get away from this ghastly film. People at the studio screening I attended began fleeing after 10 minutes -- and they got in for free. The overall look of the film resembles a cheap video game you could find at your local mall back in 1984."
  • Geez - I almost went to this today because the idea sounded kinda cool. I guess I saved eight bucks.


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Kanye West Rips Bush During NBC Concert. He claimed "George Bush doesn't care about black people," which simply isn't fair. President Bush loves rich black Republican people.


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For the hard-to-please woman on your Christmas list: a $1500 vibrator. ... "Made from sterling silver and handmade in 18 K gold-plate, it is rechargeable, splash proof and extremely quiet."


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