Thursday, August 17, 2006

GRACE Cock-Flavoured Soup
  • Lindsay Lohan loves it
  • Jodie Foster? Eh ... not so much.


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Seven clips from Hollywoodland, the film about George Reeves, TV's Superman.


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The trailer for Let's Go To Prison, a comedy from Bob Odenkirk, the Mr Show guy.


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Four clips from Harsh Times, a crime thriller with Christian Bale and Eva Longoria


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The trailer for Al Franken: God Spoke, a documentary about Franken's metamorphosis from whatever he used to be (comedian?) to whatever he is now (gadfly?politician?).


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The trailer for Surviving Eden, The Movie, which is currently scheduled to open in four theaters.
  • Loser takes all. Loser loses all... in "Surviving Eden," a sardonic send-up of reality television and the culture that devours it. In the tradition of "Waiting for Guffman" and "Take the Money and Run," a documentary film crew captures the pitfalls and pratfalls of fame as reality show winner Dennis Flotchky (Michael Panes) is thrust into the whirlwind world of instant celebrity. Dennis, a fat, charismatically challenged assistant manager of convenience store, becomes a contestant on reality show Surviving Eden when his roommate Sterno (Peter Dinklage) enters him into the casting competition as a joke. In spite of his utter lack of personality and ability, underdog Dennis develops a cult following and ultimately wins the competition. One million dollars richer and 150 pounds thinner but none the wiser, Dennis quickly and hilariously falls prey to the machinations of the Hollywood celebrity maker and the vultures and hangers-on that accompany it.


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A clip and the trailer from Crossover, a new basketball film.


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The trailer and six clips from Sherrybaby
  • Three years after entering prison for robbery as a 19-year-old heroin addict, Sherry Swanson (Maggie Gyllenhaal) begins her first day of freedom, clean and sober. A model prisoner who has undergone personal transformation, she immediately sets out to regain custody of her young daughter Alexis (Ryan Simpkins), who has been cared for in her absence by her brother Bobby (Brad William Henke) and his wife Lynn (Bridget Barkan). Unprepared for the demands of the world she's stepped back into, Sherry's hopes of staying clean, getting a job, and becoming a responsible mother are challenged by the realities of unemployment, halfway houses, and parole restrictions. Bobby and Lynn's concerns about Sherry's ability to care for Alexis, and her inability to prove them wrong, threaten to destroy the already delicate relationship she has with her daughter, as well as her newfound sobriety. Disillusioned and haunted by wounds from her childhood, Sherry is eventually confronted with life-altering questions about her own survival and what it means to be a good mother. Ultimately she learns that as the harsh realities of life often get in the way of her best intentions, sometimes it's best to take life one small step at a time.


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The trailer from a guide to recognizing your saints
  • "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, N.Y., during the 1980s. As his friends end up dead, on drugs or in prison, he comes to believe he has been saved from their fate by various so-called saints.


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The trailer for History Boys, an award-winning British play which has been made into a movie
  • "The History Boys" tells the story of an unruly class of bright, funny history students in pursuit of an undergraduate place at Oxford or Cambridge. Bounced between their maverick English master (Richard Griffiths), a young and shrewd teacher hired to up their test scores (Stephen Campbell Moore), a grossly out-numbered history teacher (Frances de la Tour), and a headmaster obsessed with results (Clive Merrison), the boys attempt to sift through it all to pass the daunting university admissions process. Their journey becomes as much about how education works, as it is about where education leads.


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Hillary Offers to Housesit for Bush ... Would Water Plants, Read Presidential Briefings in Oval Office


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Some great signs from around the world
  • Note on the non-English sign: "Die Kn├╝ller des monats" is a perfectly normal phrase in German - it means "the scoop of the month," and might be used in a newspaper or magazine. Nothing funny aboiut it at all - in German. However, this is a Swedish web site and it seems funny to them because "knull" is the Swedish equivalent of "fuck."
  • If I remember my Scandinavian languages correctly (and I'm rusty, so I may be wrong), the joke actually works better in Norwegian, where knuller is an actual verb form. (I think it is "knullar" with an "a" in Swedish.)


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Excellent animated version of Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart, narrated by James Mason


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Amazing police video: The Best Getaway Driving Ever


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"One fingered salute" vent design draws ire from neighbors


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Teen actor Haley Joel Osment faces up to six months in jail on charges that he was driving drunk and possessing marijuana


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Film superstar Mel Gibson was sentenced to three years'probation and a year of alcohol abuse treatment


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Colbert looks at the Connecticut senate race


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The latest update on Hungary's Steven Colbert bridge


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Colbert: The Berlin Wall: was it really that bad?


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Colbert makes his case to be Cuba's next leader


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The Daily Show is fortunate that correspondent Rob Corddry is Macacan


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Jon Stewart discusses President Bush's interest in Albert Camus's The Stranger


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Jon Stewart rips on CNN's anti-terror coverage.


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The new Buddhism? Buddhist monks brawl at peace protest


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The Allen and Glenn show
  • Strangely entertaining oddball comedy/magic act


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Another fun night out with Lindsay and her mom


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Altoids makes the gayest commercial ever


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The trailer for The Marine, starring wrestling superstar John Cena


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Rumsfeld Admits He'd "Totally Dig" a Foursome with Dixie Chicks


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A rare interview with author Philip K Dick


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Return of the Ghostbusters (official trailer for a fan film)


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The forger who fooled the world


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Letterman: Top Ten Signs Your Bought A Bad Computer
  • Runs on Windows '78
  • Tech support number is a Silicon Valley Applebee's
  • For better internet reception, salesman includes pair of rabbit ears


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Some crazy technology: The Supersonic Shape-Shifting Bomber


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Joe Lieberman will run as a turtle


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"Hybrid mutant" found dead in Maine.
  • Damn you, evil scientists. Isn't it bad enough that you create mutants and hybrids separately? Must you combine them? I say we close your mutant-breeding farms forever.
  • Well, except for the one that made Rebecca Romijn in X-Men. He's obviously not an evil scientist, but is doing the Lord's own work.


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Drunken, naked teen interrupts Bible study.
  • Here's the best part: the Bible study was in a bakery. I guess they were studying the Sermon on the Mount. I hope there was a fishmonger nearby.


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George Allen's "macaca" statement


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It's August 17th and .... you're on notice.

Today's notes:

  • When will the U.N. step in and put a halt to the brutal supermodel war? If not checked, it must eventually put the world on the path to WW3, while destroying humanity's greatest natural resource, our precious supermodels, in the process. And why won't George Bush ease the pressure by releasing part of America's strategic model reserve? He's obviously owned by the powerful runway-builders union, which benefits from the destruction.
  • Lucky whale vomit. For one little girl, a vacation to remember. For Alaska, the greatest-ever name for a scratch-off game.
  • If ever there was a reason to shut down the federal grand jury system, it is this: they indicted a country singer for being a good American and a good Christian. The constitution does not guarantee us the right to "cat weapons" or "dog ordnance," but specifically gives us the right to "bear arms." Why would the founding fathers have done that if they did not want us to hunt down and slaughter the godless killing machines in our midst. Tame bear, my ass. "Tame" bears are just working undercover.
  • Macacas. I misjudged George Allen. I figured he was just another dumb bohunk politico, but it turns out he's a genius. Most people would insult an Indian guy by calling him a gunga din, curry muncher, slurpee jockey, towelhead, nerka derka, swami, sultan, or untouchable, but not Allen. He chooses to insult the guy by calling him a name normally used only for Moroccans who emigrated to Belgium. Then he disguises it still further by adding an extra syllable! That's an insult James Joyce would have labored on for two years, burning the midnight candle in library after library, and Allen just spits it out as an ad-lib! My hat is off to the guy. He must have an IQ in the thousands.


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