Sunday, October 23, 2005

Evo Morales promises that if elected president of Bolivia, he will decriminalize all coca farming.


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White Sox win again, up 2-0. Lidge couldn't get the job done. He gave up a home run to a guy who didn't hit a single homer all year. End of story.


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You vill vatch it, und you vill like it!
  • UNESCO has passed a cultural diversity resolution which essentially says (as usual) that a country's leaders, and not its people, should decide which forms of entertainment they like! In almost every country of the world, American movies are more popular than the ones produced locally, so the French culture minister said nations had a right to set "artistic quotas" because 85% of the world's spending on cinema tickets went to Hollywood.
  • Apparently the alternate tactic - making movies which their people will like better than American movies (which shouldn't be so goddamned hard considering how American movies have sucked lately) - seemed to be unreasonable to them.


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Now THAT'S a Christmas gift! Breast implants with built-in MP3 player.


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Rapper Cam'ron Shot In Failed Attempt to Carjack his Lamborghini


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Nigerian president's wife dies, needs your help to unfreeze her assets.


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"Fellowship 9/11" - reimagining the Lord of the Rings as told by Michael Moore.
  • Submitter wrote: "My favorite scene: the innocent citizens of Mordor being portrayed as happy kite-flying Orcs before a coalition of evil neocon Hobbits began their illegal war."


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Saints likely done in New Orleans, San Antonio is their likely home for 2006. Who knows after that?
  • The city of New Orleans wants to retain the rights to the current logo, colors, etc., in the hopes of attracting a new team - the so-called "Cleveland deal."
  • That seems cool. The San Antonio Saints sounds silly, anyway. (Although not as silly as the NBA's Utah Jazz, another displaced New Orleans team. I suppose if the Saints also move to Utah, they could be The Utah Latter-Day Saints.)
  • The USFL team was called the San Antonio Gunslingers. The WLAF team was the San Antonio RoughRiders. Other Texas-themed names from the world of sports: Broncos, Drovers, Colt 45's, Chapparals, Longhorns, Mavericks, Rattlers, RoadRunners, Scorpions, Outlaws.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least the Saints would make more sense in Utah than the Jazz. I don't think I've seen any jazz musicians in Salt Lake.

 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least the Saints would make more sense in Utah than the Jazz. I don't think I've seen any jazz musicians in Salt Lake.

 

Roethlisberger returns, beats the Bengals.


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Rough year for the Pack (1-5): they blow a 17-0 halftime lead against the Vikings


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Some crazy comedy from Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn as the hot-shot salesmen of Delco Cat Toys


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Gabrielle Union's Birthday marred by racial bigotry? Or is it a slanderous rumor?


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Astro Pic o' the Day - The Black Hole At the Center of the Milky Way


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Steve Martin Receving Mark Twain Humor Award


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just when was the last time Steve Martin was funny? Maybe I'm not old enough.

 


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Did you ever see The Jerk?

OK maybe it has been a while.

 

Weekend Box Office Results, October 21-23, 2005
  • It was another anemic weekend, anchored by more weak new releases. The Top 12 films posted grosses 27% lower than the comparable group from last year.
  • The top film of the week was based on a video game, and received only 21% positive reviews. And that was the week's winner. That kind of says it all.
  • Moviegoers rejected the preachy Hollywood puffery of North Country. The Oscar-hopeful's debut weekend was a paltry six million dollars, although it appeared on more than 2500 screens.
  • Dreamer, the family-oriented Seabiscuit clone from Dream Works, received generally good reviews, did better than expected, and finished in second place.
  • The fourth new release, Stay, was expected to bomb, and did so even more convincingly than anticipated, finishing out of the Top 12. It grossed less on 1600 screens than Good Night and Good Luck grossed on 225
  • George Clooney's Murrow film showed that a highly targeted film can make a profit - if it is made for a modest cost. Although it has not yet reached 300 screens, Good Night has already crept up to $5 million at the box office, and it only cost $7 million to make. Similar lessons were learned previously from The Gospel and Waiting ..., which will turn substantial profits without monumental grosses. I see that as a good lesson for Hollywood to learn. I'd rather see them invest $140 million in ten to twenty small pictures than in one Stealth. The updraft of that is more choices for the audience, and I'm happy to see the industry economics start to point in that direction.




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Four clips from Stay, the struggling psychological thriller which opened Friday


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TIME Magazine - The top 100 novels (English language, since 1923)


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