Saturday, January 07, 2006

Capote, the screen biography of writer Truman Capote, was named 2005's best film on Saturday by the National Society of Film Critics
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman won best actor in Capote's title role.
  • Best actress went to Reese Witherspoon in another real-life role as June Carter Cash, the wife of country singer Johnny Cash in "Walk the Line,"
  • Canadian David Cronenberg was named best director for the drama "A History of Violence."
  • A goose egg for Brokeback Mountain
  • This society includes pretty much every major print critic in America. Here's the roster


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A new P2P / media player project could allow mobile music devices to transfer media files automatically from other players running the same software in the vicinity.


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Daily Box Office - Friday, January 6, 2006
  • Holy Moley! I knew Hostel would do fine, but I never expected this. It took in more than Narnia and Kong added together! And it was only in two thousand theaters, compared to 3500 apiece for the big boys.
  • Kong, by the way, fell all the way to fourth. I can't wait to hear the positive spin they come up with to explain this week's failure!
  • Grandma's Boy couldn't crack the top 10, and BloodRayne was left in the dust.


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Bank Robbers steal active GPS device.
  • With all the dumb crooks in the world, given Hollywood's thirst for movie ideas, Michael Rapaport will never be out of work.
  • I was robbed three times when I worked in 7-Eleven stores in my early career. Two of the incidents were scary, but the third robber was a role for Rapaport. The guy parked his car in the central spot by the door, with his license plate visible from the sales counter. His weapon was a potato peeler. He robbed me of a whopping $67, or which fifty of the dollars were in a banded and store-stamped pack of one dollar bills. He thanked me for being such a good player, as if he were a game show host. I told the police that he pulled out of my store going west on a main road. He never made a turn! The police caught him only 15 blocks from the store, still on the same road, still going west, with the roll of ones still banded and store-stamped.


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"Waterborne" is the first film to debut on Google video.
  • This is a 13 minute preview of the 85 minute movie.
  • One of the stars is Uncle Rico, but I'm pretty sure it isn't a comedy. "Three sets of area residents band together after a terrorist attack against L.A.'s water supply."
  • Here is a review, if it interests you.


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The trailer for Hard Candy
  • A smart, charming teenage girl, Hayley probably shouldn't be going to a local coffee shop to meet Jeff, a 30-something fashion photographer she met on the Internet. But Hayley's ready to have fun, and soon she's mixing screwdrivers at Jeff's place and stripping for an impromptu photo shoot. It's Jeff's lucky night – until his vision blurs and he passes out. Turns out Hayley isn't as innocent as she looks after all. In fact, she has a lot on her mind. Like getting Jeff to confess to his penchant for teenage girls – and to what he did to Donna Mauer, the girl who disappeared from Jeff's favorite coffee shop. When Jeff awakens, he's tied to a chair. If he doesn't cooperate, Hayley has something to help him along--a little surgical procedure she picked up on the Internet. All she needs is an ice pack. And a knife... An edge-of-your-seat psychotic thriller, "Hard Candy" exposes the visceral terror and violence that lie at the heart of the battle of the sexes.


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"Britney Spears's Rack has gotten HUGE!"
  • He seems to be right but, upon further examination, I'd have to conclude that her other body parts have followed suit


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Letterman celebrates the kitty who dialed 911: Top Ten Signs Your Kitty Is A Genius. One of the best of his recent lists:
  • Earned the 2005 Nobel Prize in yarn-related sciences
  • Keeps putting the dog on Ebay
  • Not only calls 911 for you, also calls Z-100 whenever you need your Aerosmith fix


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Venezuelan President Chavez offers warm Christmas Eve message: "The descendants of the Christ-killers control the world"
  • Italian soldiers control the world? They couldn't even control Ethiopia!
  • Ah, anti-semitism: not only the true meaning of Christmas, but a very special way to say Happy Hanukkah.


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"The popular Amish Adult Store chain today announced that it will sell franchises in an attempt to go nation-wide."


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Liberals Defend Al Qaeda's Right to Privacy
  • You have to see the picture of Ted Kennedy in a bathing suit! He's on the Brando diet


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The Sermonator strikes again
  • "And the Rev. Pat Robertson preacheth today that the Lord smote Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for messing with His turf."


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Dare to dream, Dr. Boll. Dare to Dream. It is possible that BloodRayne is not the worst movie of the week! Right now it is getting stiff competition from: Grandma's Boy - 11% positive reviews


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BloodRayne blows the zero. There is one positive review.
  • I think it got screwed. Here is what that "positive" review says (I know it doesn't seem grammatical, but this is an exact quote): "If you enjoy campy, over the top, fantasy films that have little substance or your like to get your drink on before a movie, then you’re sure to enjoy this film. Others might want to stay away and learn that the name of Uwe Boll means 'director to be wary of.'"


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Gotta love the headline: "Doherty angry after penis appears on website"


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The Daily Show's tip to Abramoff: "When you're accused of multiple felony accounts, try not to go to court looking like a criminal."


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The Daily Show: "The White House authorized wiretaps presumably during Fourth Amendmentless Fridays."


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The Daily Show looks at illegal NSA wiretaps


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George Packer, author of "The Assassin's Gate" talks to The Daily Show about the mishandling of the Iraq war.


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Daily Show: "Unless God was force-feeding Sharon knishes, it was diet, age and stress that caused his stroke."


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Daily Show: "It's a good old-fashioned Coot-Off between Senators Ted Stevens and Robert C. Byrd."


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A preview of 'The L Word' - Season 3.
  • Two words: lesbian vampires
  • Three more words: I'm not kidding.


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The trailer for The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam
  • Kamran (Adam Echahly) is a 12-year-old boy who discovers his ancestor is the 11th Century mathematician, astronomer and poet of Persia: Omar Khayyam. Although the story of his great ancestor has survived in his family's lore for generations, the tale is now at the risk of extinction. It is Kamran's job to keep it alive. As he hears the story, he visualizes an epic past. Meanwhile, we are introduced to significant historical figures such as the brilliant Omar Khayyam (Bruno Lastra), Hassan Sabbah (Christopher Simpson) and the powerful Sultan Malikshah (Moritz Bleibtreu). Through the story of Khayyam, Kamran learns about love, loss and loyalty. Vanessa Redgrave co-stars.


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The Guest House presents Brittany Daniel in Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders


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USA TODAY. The 10 most anticipated stories of 2006!


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"A warning that consumers shouldn't use a heat gun that produces temperatures of 1,000 degrees as a hairdryer has won an anti-lawsuit group's award for the wackiest label of the year."


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'FINDME' License Plate Helps Nab Suspect In Attempted Bank Robbery


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Conan begs Apple for a video IPod


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The trailer for The Secret
  • "Based on a Japanese novel by Keigo Higashino that was turned into a film, "Himitsu" in 1999, the thriller is about a man whose life changes suddenly after the bus carrying his wife and daughter goes off a cliff. The wife dies at the hospital, but the daughter lives. When she regains consciousness, she appears to be possessed by the dead wife."


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