Sunday, January 29, 2006

Wikipedia Entries Cleaned Up By Political Staffers
  • "Online 'encyclopedia' allows anyone to edit entries, and congressional staffers do just that to bosses' bios"


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Screen Actors Guild announces winners
  • Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, 'Capote'
  • Actress: Reese Witherspoon, 'Walk the Line'
  • Supporting actor: Paul Giamatti, 'Cinderella Man'
  • Supporting actress: Rachel Weisz, 'The Constant Gardener


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The scoop on Dreamgirls
  • "One of the biggest anticipated films this year is the upcoming diva story of The Supremes in DREAMGIRLS, which has an all-star cast with Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, and Beyonce Knowles."


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"First Look: In The Land of Women"
  • It's a new romantic comedy with Meg Ryan. This is the directorial debut of Jon Kasdan, Jake's brother. That would make him Lawrence's son, if you're scoring at home.
  • Speaking of the Kasdans, Jake (Zero Effect) will also have a movie coming out this year, and it will have some pretty big names in the cast.. Info here.


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Top 11 Reasons the American Government is Spying on You
  • ... You get lots of e-mail from the widows and brothers of prominent corrupt Africans.


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Videotape Proves Bush House-Trained Barney on U.S. Constitution
  • Oh, hell, you'd barely notice it. LBJ used to have them take it out every night so he could piss on it.


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Ford Motor Co., in Cost-Saving Measure, to Cease Automobile Production


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Here is a video of the original Nosferatu, the first great vampire movie. It is a legal download, in the public domain.


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Italian PM Berlusconi, 69, says he won't have any more sex until his next election.
  • That's election, with an "l."
  • Or maybe he has a Japanese press secretary.


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Academy Awards Best Picture Odds
  • Brokeback has become a prohibitive favorite at 1.25:1, having now left everyone else in the dust.


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Ang Lee wins Director's Guild Award.
  • The DGA winner goes on to win the Best Director Oscar about 90% of the time, although one of the six who failed to convert a DGA trophy into Oscar gold was Lee himself, who won the DGA award for Crouching Tiger, but lost the Oscar to Soderbergh. That was the year Soderbergh had two of the five Oscar nominations in the category. (And the same two films - Traffic and Brockovich - were also nominated for Best Picture and Lost)


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Incensed by more fibs, Oprah book club withdraws My Pet Goat
  • "Mr. Bush claimed that he had originally intended to call his 2003 State of the Union address a work of fiction, but at the suggestion of Vice President Dick Cheney he changed that designation to nonfiction in order to make the weapons claims more compelling."


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2006 Sundance Film Festival Announces Awards
  • For the first time in the festival's history, the audiences and the jury agreed on both major awards (documentary and dramatic).
  • The winning dramatic film was QUINCEANERA, which they summarize as follows: "Disaffected Latino teenagers come of age in a gentrifying community in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles. Westmoreland and Glatzer have molded their mostly unknown ensemble into a tender portrait of a changing world and in doing so, have illuminated modern realities of family and hope."


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Captain Nemo alert: "Video captures giant Pacific octopus attack on submarine"


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TV anchor Bob Woodruff and his cameraman were seriously wounded in Iraq


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Weekend Box Office Results, January 27-29, 2006
  • There are some suprises, but they are not so surprising if you follow this every week. Comedies almost always do better than predicted, sometimes much better. That seems to affect every type of comedy at every level of success.
  • Big Momma's House 2 was expected to lead the box office, but was not expected to come so close to $30 million. It exceeded expectations by nearly 50%. It did so well that it was very close to the all-time best January opening for a first-release film. It seems to be in second place, but could still end up in the top spot when the final numbers some in. The current Momma estimate is $28 million. The record, held by Blackhawk Down, is $28.6 million.
  • Nanny McPhee was supposed to be an also-ran, but ended up a powerful #2 with almost twice as much per screen as last week's champ Underworld: Evolution
  • The Matador had been off the experts' radar, but put up some great numbers in limited distribution and finished tenth.
  • In the non-comedy division, Brokeback Mountain added 450 more screens and held steady.
  • Underworld dropped nearly 60%
  • According to this report, Syriana was expanded to 1700 screens. That represented an addition of 1200 screens in its tenth week. Is this a misprint???? If it isnt a misprint, the guy who came up with this idea must wish it was. Although the movie had previously been a modest success, this maneuver seems to have tanked completely. It averaged $712 per screen - by far the lowest among the top 30. It grossed less per screen than Cheaper by the Dozen 2
  • Oddly enough, even though the films below performed far better than expectations (16%, thirteen million dollars), the weekend was still below last year (5%, five million dollars). If they had come in as predicted, the weekend would have been down about 20%. I don't know if that is indicative of poor predictions, extreme market volatility, or a combination of both.





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