Monday, January 16, 2006

Baseball statistics: history or marketable property?


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Michelle Trachtenberg is set to topline the horror remake Black Christmas, from the filmmaking team James Wong and Glen Morgan (Final Destination)
  • Morgan will write and direct


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Golden Globe award summary


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Golden Globe fashion overview


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The sex industry has always been able to exploit niche markets that the rest of the economy misses. I give you www.crashcargirls.com - ....sexy women smashing cars


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Timing is everything - photos taken at exactly the right moment!


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President Pledges To Personally Hunt Down Sniveling Bureaucrat Who Spilled the Beans About Totally Legal Spying On Citizens (WHITEHOUSE.ORG)


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"WATCH TV THIS INSTANT ... No, you may not do your homework."


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Manboobs - We're Fat And We're Proud !


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Weekend Box Office Results, January 13-16, 2006
  • Most films fell right where expected except Hoodwinked, the 3-D animation film from Weinstein Studios, which was expected to open about #5 and ended up winning the long weekend in a three-way photo finish! (Maybe - these are estimates.)
  • Hoodwinked got stronger every day. On Friday it was fourth and could have been as low as sixth with just a few dollars less at the box. On Saturday it was first, but barely so. On Sunday it won convincingly. On Monday it pulled away from the field.
  • Grandma's Boy tanked down to 21st, despite continuing to play on 2000 screens. (It took in about half as much as Woody Allen's Match Point, which is on 300 screens.) BloodRayne never came out of its corner for a second round.
  • Absent a strong champion, the Top 12 were down 12% from last year. This year's champion grossed only $16 million. On last year's MLK weekend, Coach Carter pulled in $29 million, and two other films pulled in $18 million or more.
  • NOTE: The numbers below are for four days, not three.




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Ewe Boll update: no box office reign for BloodRayne
  • The first week it played, they created and shipped 1900 prints, but only 985 of those theaters actually showed the movie. He tried to by-pass the studio distribution system, but without that system there is no way to lock in the screen count. The second week - I don't know. Did it actually play anywhere?
  • Boll said details on the DVD launch, including whether his "harder" director's cut of the film will be released, are still being worked out, but it will be out in April.
  • Boll is now editing a $60 million film called In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, starring Jason Statham, Leelee Sobieski, Ron Pearlman, and Ray Liotta.
  • Boll is a genius at raising money, but he needs to promote himself to producer and hire somebody to direct. The dream connection: imagine what Robert Rodriguez could do with Ewe's money!!!


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Online Film Critics pick winners
  • They had the balls (and the insight) to pick the Mickster for his role in Sin City, and to give Sin City some other awards as well. Most of the hoity-toity groups have chosen to ignore that film altogether.
  • The OFCS also awarded last year's Best Picture to Eternal Sunshine, and nominated Terrence Howard for Best Actor this year, so they have been showing some better judgment than the big name award groups. (Howard lost to Philip Seymour Hoffman, but that's nothing to complain about. Pick Hoffman, Straithain, Howard ... just a matter of what one thinks at the moment the ballot is cast.)
  • They picked A History of Violence as best picture this year, and Downfall as best foreign-language film. I'm OK with both of those choices. Downfall is a masterpiece, so obviously no problem there, and it doesn't seem to me that there is one clear-cut selection for Best Picture - A History of Violence is one of a dozen or so reasonable candidates, along with about five others I have seen, and probably five others I have not seen.
  • On the other hand, of the Best Director nominees, I would have picked any of the others over Cronenberg, and would have picked Rodriguez over Cronenberg if he had been nominated. But Cronenberg is still a decent choice. I just think there may have been better ones.


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Street theater presents: McDonald's Bathroom Attendant


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There is one billboard - in Sioux Falls, South Dakota - that does not currently advertise the new ABC show "Emily's Reasons Why Not" with a giant size photo of star Heather Graham.
  • “This is obviously an error by our midwest advertising booker,” ABC VP of marketing Lynne Brann told me when I informed her of the snafu. “I can promise you she’s going to be out of a job tomorrow.”


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RYAN SEACREST SHAKING UP E! NEWS AS NEW MANAGING EDITOR ... E! News blows lid off Bush wiretapping scandal under Seacrest’s leadership
  • Seacrest said. “My first act was to recruit a crack team of experienced investigative reporters and tell them to go out there and win a Pulitzer. And also to find out what Reese Witherspoon is wearing to the Golden Globes.”


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BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN DIRECTOR FOLLOWING UP WITH FILMS ABOUT GAY INDIANS, GAY COPS, GAY CONSTRUCTION WORKERS
  • Ang Lee got the idea while working out at the YMCA


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The trailer for Akeelah and the Bee, the film about the cute little poor girl who becomes a national spelling bee champion.


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The trailer for The Lady in Question is Charles Busch
  • "In Catania and Ignacio's first feature documentary we look deep inside the world of one of the most prolific, talented, and outrageous New York theater artists of the last two decades, beloved playwright, actor, novelist, drag artist, and leading lady, Charles Busch. Splashed on the map in 1984 as one of the burgeoning artists of New York's East Village arts scene, Busch's scandalously sex-charged, cross-dressing classic, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom became a theater phenomenon, running an unprecedented five years and securing its place as one of the longest-running shows in Off-Broadway history. His legendary Theater-in-Limbo plays, produced originally at the dingy yet inspired Limbo Lounge, brought together an eclectic troupe whose talents are on display in rare archival footage."


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BUSH CALLS ‘OPERATION ALIENATE PAKISTAN’ A SUCCESS ... Airstrike Succeeded in Pissing Off Nation of 162,000,000, President Says
  • Elsewhere, the Reverend Pat Robertson said that God ended the New England Patriots’ Superbowl hopes to punish Massachusetts for legalizing gay marriage.


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Brokeback Mountain, as reviewed by The Filthy Critic, who watched it with a theater full of gay cowboys.


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DAMON AND AFFLECK TO REMAKE BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID.
  • Damon will write and play both parts. Affleck will play those guys, as in "Who are those guys?"


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According to a report in the Irish press this morning, Johnny Depp will star in the long-awaited screen version of J. P. Donleavy's novel, The Ginger Man.


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Zoom in or out on Hubble's Sharpest View of the Orion Nebula


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I-Mockery's "Albums That Suck" - Carmen Electra!


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