Sunday, November 20, 2005

Man haunted by sex-hungry ghost seeks medium's help
  • "A man sought the help of a medium after he got tired of a female ghost who wanted to have sex with him every night for the last 16 years."
  • He was thinking of consulting a medium after six months, but ... well, he was a guy, after all.



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Film Jerk's Early Report for November 20
  • This week's Early Report covers the 52 known new movies opening in theatres or expanding their runs between Wednesday November 23 and Wednesday December 28


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Colts go 10-0 in offensive free-for-all. Two minutes into the second half, they had already allowed 34 points - and were still ahead!


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Video: High pressure car dealer with a tough-ass wrinkle.


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Washington Post watchdog says Bob Woodward committed 'journalistic sin'.
  • Thou shalt not covert thy neighbor's sources? The most intriguing part of the article, at least to me, is this sentence: "Woodward has indicated that Libby was not his source."



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This year's "Ten Worst Toys" from W.A.T.C.H.
  • "It is illegal for slingshots to be sold in Massachusetts."
  • Man, the North better avoid a rematch on the Civil War. In Texas kids get a free AK-47 at 7-Eleven with every large Slurpee.


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The Essex Mountain Sanatorium. Some guys get obsessed with a mammoth abandoned building. (It used to be a TB facility, but was standing more or less intact for some years after its closing.)


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Custom Motel Sign


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Two clips from and a featurette about Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
  • "Flipping back and forth between the 18th Century and the hapless efforts of the 21st Century filmakers, "Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story" is the making of a movie adapted from the notoriously unfilmable English literature masterpiece, "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Sahndy, Gentlemen," written by Laurence Sterne. The story begins with Tristram Shandy (Steve Coogan) narrating his life story as he sees it. Crammed with literary jokes and dark humor, Shandy's warped childhood tales are constantly interrupted by his family and household, inadvertently revealing far more about himself than any conventional autobiography. At the dramatic moment of Tristram's birth, the 1st Assistant Director calls cut, marking the end of a filming day on the set of Tristram Shandy. We then see Steve Coogan, the other actors and crew through the course of a chaotic evening on set. Steve Coogan's wife arrives with their six month old baby, a journalist is chasing him about a scandalous story, his agent has arrived with a load of Hollywood scripts and the film financiers are threatening to pull the plug. A clever, post-modern take on the construction of a film, from an intricate hilariously complex autobiographical novel."


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The trailer for Something New
  • "Sanaa Lathan plays an African-American professional who's well aware that 42.4% of her race never gets married. Determined to find love, she falls for a white landscaper."


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REPUBLICANS DEMAND VOTE ON DROWNING OF KITTENS ... Latest Attempt to Embarrass House Democrats


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Weekend Box Office Results, November 18-20
  • Harry Potter opened at $101 million, the fourth best opening weekend of all time, and the best non-summer opening ever.
  • Harry owns the cold weather months. Except for the other Harry Potter movies, the best non-summer opening weekend is far, far, behind. The Passion of the Christ took in $84 million in February, but excluding that unusual circumstance, the highest cold weather opening without the word "Potter" in the title is The Return of the King at $72 million. Considering only November weekends, the non-Potter record is a mere $70 million for The Incredibles.
  • Although Potter had the #4 opening weekend in history, it was not the best of 2005! Revenge of the Sith opened at $108M. The second-best opening weekend of this year had previously been $65 million from War of the Worlds.
  • Casey Kasem fact of the day. Which 2005 film had one of the forty best opening weekends of all time, but finished with a lower total gross than another film which opened the same weekend? That really happened! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opened with$56 million on July 15-17, far ahead of Wedding Crashers. Months later, Wedding Crashers emerged as the long-term champion, $208-$205. Charlie did about what one would expect from its opening weekend, but Wedding Crashers ended up with a gross multiple of six times the opening weekend. (The norm is in the threes)
  • Here is the list of all-time opening weekends.
  • Harry's domination didn't have any effect on the major adult-themed movies. Pride and Prejudice held on to tenth place with an outstanding $9,000 per screen. Walk the Line opened bigger than expected. Derailed exceeded expectations.
  • Harry did cut into the other kiddie flicks. Zathura, for example, dropped 63%, which is unusual for a film with good reviews and solid word-of-mouth. It just had the bad luck to come out against the wrong competitor. Chicken Little also fell below expectations.
  • Thanks to the boy wizard, the weekend finished 19.5% higher than the comparable 2004 weekend.




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