Saturday, December 10, 2005

A new Ocean is forming in Africa.
  • As Drudge would say ... "breaking ... "
  • Check back with this column in 900,000 years for additional details


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'Brokeback Mountain' tops L.A. crix picks
  • This is the first pre-Oscar indicator.
  • Other winners:
    • Best Actor - Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote
    • Best Actress - Vera Farmiga in Down to the Bone
    • Supporting Actor - Bill Hurt in A History of Violence
    • Supporting Actress - Catherine Keener in four different films.
    • Best Screenplay - Capote and The Squid and the Whale
    • Best Director- Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountain
    • Best Cinematography - Good Night and Good Luck


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OOPS! I guess the Longhorns can forget about winning the championship in all three major sports.
  • They started the season 8-0, and were #2, but #1 Duke showed them that they are nowhere near ready for prime time. For a while there it looked as though Redick would outscore Texas on his own. He had 16 when Texas had 19!


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MPAA gives film about itself an NC-17!!
  • 'This Film is Not Yet Rated' Investigates Hollywood's Best-kept Secret: the MPAA Film Ratings System and its Impact on American Culture
  • I assume the film is highly critical of the MPAA, and they don't want people to see it. (The NC-17 will prevent wide distribution.)
  • Of course I don't know anything about the movie, but ... well, you don't need to be Plato to figure out this syllogism. (1) All true statements about the MPAA must be negative (2) It's a documentary about the MPAA (3) Ergo ...


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Mets sign a two-year multi-million deal with 47-year-old Julio Franco
  • He will be the only major leaguer with a Depends allowance in his contract, but that is offset by the fact that he gets a lower road trip allowance for food and entertainment because of his senior discounts at cinemas and early bird buffets.
  • In the Mets' defense (and this marks the only time "Mets" and "defense" have ever been mentioned in the same sentence without the word "bad"), Franco hit .275 last season with nine homers and 42 RBI in 233 at-bats for the Braves - that's equivalent to 22 homers and 104 rbi in a 575 at-bat season. So the old fella can still hit. On the other hand, I can't help but think he sould be DHing and pinch hitting in the AL, where old geezers don't have to bend over to field grounders and dig out low throws. Just sayin'.


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Dateline Hollywood : THE YEAR IN FILM


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Bush wins the Heisman, thanks Cheney for his help.


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Dateline Hollywood : THE YEAR IN THE 'WOOD


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Dateline Hollywood : THE YEAR IN THE INDUSTRY


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Dateline Hollywood : THE YEAR IN TELEVISION


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Dateline Hollywood : THE YEAR IN CELEBRITIES


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The North American trailer for The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, directed by Tommy Lee Jones. Sounds like a Peckinpah film.


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Five clips from Woody Allen's Match Point


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The trailer for Imagine Me and You
  • "Imagine Me & You" is the story of a girl who falls in love on her wedding day...but not with the man of honor. Heck (Matthew Goode) and Rachel (Piper Perabo) are a happy young couple about to embark on life together. But at the church, Rachel catches the eye of an unexpected guest. In that moment, she realizes that maybe Heck isn't the one for her. Of course, they will never know for sure unless they give it a shot. What follows is the romantic, humorous and sometimes poignant journey familiar to anyone who's ever been lucky (or unlucky) enough to be under love's spell.


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A Scene From Kurt Wimmer's Ultraviolet, starring Milla.


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"Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan let us know that piracy supports terrorism. Let's terminate it!"
  • This 30 second clip cost nearly $200,000. Your 'Moment of Zen' from the Daily Show.


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Former Sen. Eugene McCarthy is dead at 89
  • This is not going to be a very good obit, but this is one celebrity that I actually met and talked with for hours, so I have an anecdote, for good or bad.
  • I once attended a small dinner party in Gables by the Sea, around 1973 or so, and McCarthy was there. Before that dinner, McCarthy had been a hero of mine for his principled stand against Vietnam. He was basically the man who drove LBJ from the White House, after all. He was an honest and principled man whose education was so refined that he could quote from Buddha and Clausewitz in the same breath.
  • Unfortunately, I had enough to drink at dinner that I felt like goofing on him, so I nudged my friend and stood up to offer a toast. I started in on effusive praise for the great job Senator McCarthy had done in Washington, and how much he had meant to the country with his principled stands against the status quo ... yadda, yadda ... generic stuff ... until I got to the part about how he had been so effective in getting those Communists out of the government! I kept a straight face, and did my best Fred Willard impersonation, as if I were truly clueless. There were about 20 people at the table, about four of whom (the ones who knew me) fell out of their chairs laughing, while the rest sat in silence, confused, embarrassed, and unwilling to laugh because they didn't know if the others were laughing at my stupidity, or were acknowledging my put-on. They waited for McCarthy's reaction.

    McCarthy never realized I was kidding. He gently pointed out that although his name was Eugene Joseph McCarthy, he was not known as Joe, and that I had him confused with a different senator. My friend and his sister fell out of their chairs laughing, which McCarthy showed no signs of understanding - he apparently thought his witty "middle name" response had electrified the room - but I politely thanked him for clearing up my confusion and went into another conversation with someone else, because I didn't think I could keep a straight face any more, and I didn't want our host to get upset with me. I went back to McCarthy's circle a few more times during the night, and McCarthy continued to prattle on for hours about the failure of government processes, in conversation so tedious that the number of people talking to him dwindled to one, and even our host could no longer pretend convincingly to be interested!


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Comedian Richard Pryor dies at 65.
  • He will be missed. One of the greatest stand-ups of all time. But how the hell did he ever make it to 65? That alone is miraculous.


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A map of the world drawn by the size of the population. Canada gets quite a bit smaller!


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Headline of the day: "Clinton wants more women"


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Claim: Photographs show a pen-sized personal computer system. Status: True


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The largest nuclear bomb ever detonated


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It is illegal to fling a dead possum in New Zealand?
  • Jeez, if that were illegal here, ever single Texan would be in jail.
  • And how would we celebrate Christmas? Are you telling me we would have to throw dead raccoons and armadillos instead? Does tradition mean nothing to these anti-Christmas warriors?


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Narnia opens even bigger than expected.
  • It pulled in $24 million Friday, and appears to be on track to do far more than the 50-55 range predicted by industry prognosticators. It took in far more than the rest of the Top 10 combined, and its gross was six times that of the second place finisher.
  • I realize that I'm stretching to find a record here, but I believe it is the highest December Friday in history. (Return of the King opened on a Wednesday.)
  • Although far behind Narnia, Syriana did fairly well, taking the #2 spot from Harry Potter


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What will Howard Stern do when he escapes to satellite, free from the FCC?


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Lone Star Times - Merry Christmas, Texas!


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Iowahawk: "KANSAS PROF BEATEN BY MYSTERY NASCAR RACERS", and other news niblets


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Zarqawi's blog: I'm Surrounded By Idiots (Satire from Iowahawk)


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Monday Night Football's Lisa Guerrero to expose her big uns in upcoming Playboy, preview pics already on usenet


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Raunchy 'South Park' Virgin Mary Episode Angers Catholics


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Bad news. The Playmobil - Security Check Point is sold out.


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Oops, man opens $500,000 bar in a dry county


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Director Steven Soderbergh will make his next film 'Guerilla', a biopic about Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara that will star Benjamin Bratt


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Conan takes a tour of FAO Schwarz


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Conan looks at foreign holidays


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