Monday, June 12, 2006

Say what? Ambitious movie mogul JERRY BRUCKHEIMER is keen to reteam TROY stars BRAD PITT and ERIC BANA in an "architectural musical comedy" with JENNIFER LOPEZ.
  • I didn't know that Bruckheimer was into architecture, but every time I think of him I am immediately reminded of a flying buttress


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Baby Born to Brain-Dead Woman, but Tom Cruise says he still loves them both.


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Net neutrality or not? CNN presents both sides of the issue.


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A pretty funny interview with Sandra Bullock and Keanu


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The Straight Dope: What does "OK" stand for?
  • The answer is "oll korrect," and it first appeared in the Boston newspapers in 1839.
  • It was part of a local "silly abbreviation" fad that began the prrevious year. Other examples included OW = "oll wright," KG = "know go," and NS = "nuff said."
  • That having been said, the Martin Van Buren story does hold some water. The term was popular in 1840 and Van's followers did jump on the fact that Old Kinderhook was Oll Korrect.


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The great Lost in Translation mystery*** SUPER SPOILER *** Don't read this post if you don't want to know what Bill Murray whispered to Scarlett Johansson in that scene.
  • This link is the actual sound track amplified.
  • I suppose you need better ears than mine, but according to people who have analyzed it with top sound equipment, the dialogue is, "“I’ll always remember the past few days with you … Don’t part mad, tell him the truth, okay?” "OK."
  • I think the director made the correct decision to make the sound inaudible. The mystery allows each viewer to complete the screen relationship in his/her own way. Does Murray offer fatherly advice? Does he make plans to call her back in the States? Does he offer a confession of love and/or passion? The choice involves you, and you get to decide based upon your own interpretation.
  • (I faced almost the exact situation once myself, leaving a foreign city and breaking off a really great relationship before it had really gotten a chance to begin, so I pretty much penciled in what I said in that moment.)


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Greatest 500 Albums of the 20th century (And a system to order tracks from them as MP3s - it's for profit, but very useful and convenient, anyway.)


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Carol Lynn Price: Super Patriot (Anne Coulter parody)


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URL says it all: WeGotUsSomeMedicalWaste.com


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From our "ooga-chucka" department: "Get The Hoff to Number 1"
  • Think what he's given to the world. Knight Rider. Baywatch. The reunification of East and West Germany. Untold laughter from forwarded e-mails of him in hotpants. He's given a lot. It's time we gave something back."


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Entertainment Weekly's complete list of the most controversial movies
  • They did include Birth of a Nation, Caligula, and Triumph of the Will; but the earlier AP story never mentioned them.
  • They did not include Women in Love, in which two major male movie stars (Oliver Reed and Alan Bates) did a lengthy nude wrestling match with all their manly bits on display. To imagine how controversial this was, imagine a movie today with Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp wrestling naked for five minutes, with nothing hidden by camera tricks. Even after three decades, that scene still remains the all-time highlight of male nudity in mainstream films.
  • They did not include Pretty Baby. This film is still so controversial that it is screened far less often than even Birth of a Nation, and the nude scenes with Brooke Shields do not appear on my nudity site or on Mr Skin's! Although many people consider it art, and it was directed by the distinguished Louis Malle, many consider it kiddie porn by the modern definition, and the movie could probably not get made or released today.. (In all fairness, you can probably buy it from the shelves at Frye's or Best Buy, so it has stayed under the radar of both the left and right wings of nutbag America.)
  • Two others I'd add to the list (removing some not-really-so-controversial films like United 93) would be Salo and The Sign of the Cross.
  • The list omits Brokeback Mountain. I'm not sure whether I agree with that.


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A three-minute preview of 30 Rock, Tina Fey's new series.


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Political Arithmetik: Presidential Approval in Historical Perspective
  • The graphs are interesting. I never thought of it before looking at the charts, but most Presidents' approval ratings have declined steadily throughout most of their tenure (excluding extraordinary events.) This is true of both Bushes, LBJ, the Trickster, Jimmah Carter, Truman, Kennedy. In general, we get fed up with our leaders.
  • A few exceptions: Reagan and Ike held fairly steady. Clinton and FDR improved.
  • The biggest surprise: JFK's downward trend was a sharp as anyone's, but martyrdom salvaged his reputation.


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AL-QAEDA WILL CHOOSE ZARQAWI'S SUCCESSOR WITH A REALITY SHOW ... "Jihadist Idol" Debuts on Al-Jazeera


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Which celebrity would you like to invite to dinner?
  • If it's at my expense - Nicole Richie. Definitely not John Goodman or Charles Barkley


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One of the animators for A Scanner Darkly: "There are a couple of scenes in which Winona is topless. I'm sorry to have to break this to you but she filmed the scenes with an exercise top on. The animators had to imagine what her specific attributes might look like. So there won't be any bootleg video floating around of nude Winona."


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A quirky clip from Linklater's live/animated curiosity, A Scanner Darkly, which is based on a story by Philip K Dick (Also the source of Blade Runner, Minority Report, and Total Recall)
  • The early reviews are not positive. Two thumbs down from Variety and Hollywood Reporter. One reviewer wrote, "Without the rotoscoping, the movie would be completely undistinguished, competent but only mildly entertaining."


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Six clips from Click, Adam Sandler's new film.


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16 Foot, One Ton Golden Fisherman Statue Missing


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Amid all the bad news we read each day, it's good to know there are life-affirming moments of hope and redemption, like in a Cameron Crowe movie. "A main ingredient in beer may help prevent prostate cancer "


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Ohio filled with the un(claimed)dead


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"Another funny Lord of The Rings Parody - or funny in a fucked up way ..."


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"Night of the Living Doo"
  • Scooby-Doo parody. Nicely done.


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Tom Petty's video for Into The Great Wide Open - starring a young Johnny Depp, and featuring Faye Dunaway


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The trailer for Borat's guide to America.


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The ultimate teenage weapon: "a ring tone that adults cannot hear"
  • The scientific principle behind it is that humans gradually lose the ability to hear high-pitched sounds. The science seems to be right-on, because the website includes an .mp3 of the sound, and I could not hear it.
  • That also explains why old people are so disappointed by that Broadway show about Frankie Valli


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Seth MacFarlane's Harvard Class Day Speech 2006


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What happens when you put liquid nitrogen in the swimming pool?


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The National Safety Council warns: drinking and lapdancing don't mix


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The Chosen One returns to LA, where she stopped at a temple to discuss theology with the doctors.
  • She was too young to walk on water to America, but she did crawl part of the way.


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Britney Spears denies that she has Federline chained up in the basement.


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The small-town West Texas boy who created 'Conan the Barbarian'


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Heterosexual wins a Tony!
  • Nah. Just kidding.


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British actress Redgrave protests open-air gold mine project in Romania
  • Vanessa is protesting its impact on the enviroment, and I have no idea what that might be, but she sure seems to be on the right side of the protest, if possibly for the wrong reasons. Consider these facts
    • Building the mine would require the destruction of half a city -- including its churches and cemeteries -- and force the relocation of some 2,000 people.
    • It will cause the destruction of an archeological site at Rosia Montana, unique in Europe, where a vast network of Roman mining tunnels, dating from the second century, have still not been completely explored!
  • That must be one shitlode of gold


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Websites take bets on Hurricanes


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Pizza Man Dressed As Superhero Comes To Rescue
  • Gotham City has Batman and Minneapolis has Luke Pie Walker. That seems appropriate in a way I can't quite describe. I'll bet he has one of those Fargo accents.


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Judge Allows Public to See R. Kelly Sex Tape
  • Hell with R Kelly. We need to get that guy to rule on some other sex tapes.


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Shaquille O'Neal vs. Reporter


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The Millionaire Fair
  • It's like an Auto Show for people in tuxedos


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The "Art" of Science Competition / 2006 Gallery


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Roethlisberger hurt in motorcycle crash, has surgery


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World Cup mania - USA loses 3-0. Three? In soccer terms, that should be a "mercy rule"


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Storm Watch - Alberto


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A Family Guy Blog "Peter tells his family his dirty secret, he didn't like The Godfather."


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"Airbus to build seven story airliner ... Passengers will have choice of restaurants and theatres"


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U.S. MILITARY TO ATTACK INSURGENTS WITH PARIS HILTON ALBUM


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"This is a collection of 'spy equipment' we have found for sale around the internet. Everything here is completely real"


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"Online marketplace eBay Inc. is set to unveil a keyword advertising system for eBay sellers to promote auctions on other Web sites, borrowing from the strategies of Google and Yahoo."


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BUSH SEEKS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BANNING GAY MAKEOVERS ... Angry Metrosexuals March on Washington
  • President George W. Bush today said that he would seek a constitutional amendment banning so-called “queer eye” or gay makeovers in an effort to protect the institution of heterosexual makeovers in America. “Our country was founded on the principle of women making over the slobs they date and marry,” Mr. Bush told a Republican rally in Erie, Pennsylvania today. “Only a constitutional amendment can protect the sanctity of those traditional makeovers.”


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