Tuesday, September 05, 2006

A clip from Rescue Dawn
  • Christian Bale and Steve Zahn will star in "Rescue Dawn," an action drama by Werner Herzog and based on the director's acclaimed 1997 documentary, "Little Dieter Needs to Fly". The film recounts the true story of German-born Dieter Dengler, who dreamed of being a pilot and eventually made his way to the United States, where he joined the military during the Vietnam War era. He was shot down over Vietnam and captured. Eventually he organized an escape with a small band of captives. Bale will play Dengler, and Zahn will play an ill-looking and bent POW.


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A teaser for Peter O'Toole's new movie about a very old actor. Guess which part Peter plays.


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A truly strange video. Kung-Fu Fuck You. Don't quit before the ending.


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Whiff Fecal Deodorizer


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A clip from Fido
  • Welcome to Willard, a small town lost in the idyllic world of the 50's, where the sun shines every day, everybody knows their neighbor, and rotting zombies deliver the mail. Years ago, the earth passed through a cloud of space dust, causing the dead to rise with a craving for human flesh. A war began, pitting the living against the dead. In the ensuing revolution, a corporation was born: ZomCon, who defeated the legions of undead, and domesticated the zombies, making them our industrial workers, our domestic servants - a productive part of society. ZomCon would like the people of Willard to believe they have everything under control… but do they? Timmy Robinson doesn't think so. At eleven, Timmy already knows the world is phony baloney - Mom and Dad just won't admit it. Now ZomCon's head of security has moved in across the street, and Timmy's Mom refuses to be the only housewife on the block who doesn't have a zombie of her own. When she brings a zombie servant home, Timmy discovers a new best friend, and names him Fido. And even though Dad has a bad case of zombie-phobia, Timmy is determined to keep Fido, even if he does eat the odd person... Sometimes, it takes a dead man to teach us all what it means to be alive.


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Both trailers and two clips from DOA, a video game adaptation.


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Seven clips and a trailer from Gridiron Gang (The Rock's new movie)


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In honor of the release of Hollywoodland ... The Straight Dope Mailbag: Was "Superman" star George Reeves a suicide--or murder victim?


Submitter's comments:

My own take for what it's worth is this. The evidence is consistent with accidental suicide. I have seen this before. He was screwing around with the most dangerous kind of firearm in the world, an " unloaded" gun. As to the evidence (or lack of evidence) against suicide:

  • "No fingerprints were found on the gun." (*Depends on how the grip is held, mine wouldn't show prints either.*)
  • "There were no powder burns on the head wound, which would imply the gun was held several inches from the head at the time it was fired, pretty unusual for a suicide." (*Much has been made of the lack of powder burns and the odd angle of the shot, i.e. upward towards the ceiling. These are both inconsistent with intentional suicide, but totally consistent with accidental death by stupidly screwing around. People who aren't suicidal don't like the feel of a muzzle against their head. So they hold it away from their heads. If you are using your index finger on the trigger, you would have to hold it at an upward angle.*)
  • "The spent shell was found under his body and the gun was found between his feet." (*Normally when a person is shot, they drop like a puppet whose strings have been cut. However at .27 blood alcohol (fatal dosage is usually pegged at .35 by the way) on top of pain killers, systemic shock would not have set in immediately. He might have been able to stay on his feet for a full second.*)


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The Truth about Penis Enlargement Surgery
  • The most fascinating thing about this documentary is the fact that men who submit to penis enlargement surgery are the same pre-op size as those who do not.


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Popemobile Sold To Glasgow Ice Cream Vendor, where it will be outfitted with a melodic chime.


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Aronofsky's new film is booed at the Venice film festival.


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More of Rupert Everett's recollections of his life as confidante to the divas
  • It's a good read. He refers to Sharon Stone as "utterly unhinged."




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Rupert Everett's recollections of Madonna - before she became the Material Girl


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"A Japanese man was arrested after trying to steal a mannequin from a display window, claiming it was love at first sight"


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KYRA PHILLIPS TO BROADCAST EXCLUSIVELY FROM CNN RESTROOM
  • CNN has decided to relocate anchor Kyra Phillips from the news desk to the ladies restroom for her newscasts. "We got a lot of attention with Kyra in the restroom last week," said CNN spokesperson Michael Jarvis. "That's why her newscast has been renamed 'Toilet Talk with Kyra Phillips.'"


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BROOKE SHIELDS SLIPS TOM CRUISE PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATION


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E! TO COUNT DOWN 101 SEXIEST CELEBRITY VAGINAS
  • Amongst the experts E! recruited to judge celebrities’ vaginas were “America’s Next Top Model” stylist Jai Rodriguez, actor Charlie Sheen, and “E! News Daily” host Ryan Seacrest. “Sexual appeal is an important element in judging a vagina, but it’s only one of many important qualities including shape, texture, aroma, and durability,” noted Harbert. “By selecting this diverse group of judges, we made sure that sex wouldn’t become a predominant factor.” Because recent photos of the vagina of only one star on the list, Pamela Anderson, were available, judges relied primarily on reputation, secondary sources, and in the case of Sheen, personal experience.
  • "Sources at E! confirmed that other celebrity vaginas ranked in the top 20 include Anderson, Angelina Jolie, Anne Heche, Venus and Serena Williams, and, in a surprise selection, director Penny Marshall.


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CELEBRITIES SWEPT UP IN PHOTOSHOP DIET CRAZE
  • “I tried Atkins, I tried the South Beach diet, but none of those made me look as great as the Photoshop Diet,” said Couric.


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The Weekend Warrior's box office predictions for the upcoming weekend
  • He's basically calling it a disaster, with $64 million for the top twelve, compared to $73 million last year. (Last year featured a break-out performance from The Exorcism of Emily Rose. This year, the sum of the top THREE films is not expected to match Emily Rose's total.)
  • None of the new films will force the government to print any additional money. The only full release is The Covenant, which is expected to finish first, but with a tepid $15 million performance, as compared to Emily Rose's $30 million this time last year. The other two newcomers are in fewer than 1600 theaters. (Although the Superman Suicide movie has some good reviews, and may surprise.)
  • The Illusionist is expected to move up once again, this time to #3. I confessed mixed feelings in my review of The Illusionist. On the one hand, I was really disappointed that the auteur took one of the greatest short stories ever written and converted it to a conventional Hollywood thriller in period garb. On the other hand, I really liked the damned thing. It may follow a standard genre formula, but it just does everything so well! In the end, I have to concede that the film I wanted would have been an Oscar nominee and a box office disaster. The film he made is still a very good movie and has solid mass audience appeal, as it is now demonstrating. NOTE: my review does not reveal the surprise ending, but you may fairly infer it from other comments, and therefore you need the SPOILER ALERT. Instead of reading the damned review, go see the movie, which is one of the few worth seeing this year.


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This week's new releases:
  • Hollywoodland - about 1400 theaters - 71% positive reviews. The noir about the death of TV's Superman
  • The Covenant ... teenage warlocks - no advance reviews - about 2600 theaters
  • The Protector - Thai Martial Arts - no advance reviews - about 1500 theaters


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True or false? "Dan Brown claims heretic originally meant 'choice' but was given its present meaning by the Roman emperor Constantine."


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The trailer for Nina's Heavenly Delights
  • "Nina Shah is a feisty young woman who left home under a cloud after a row with her father. After his sudden death, Nina returns to the family owned Indian restaurant. Her return brings her face to face with many surprises - her father's gambling debts, potent friendships from her childhood, Bollywood spectacle all blended with romance and laughter. With courage and enormous vitality Nina battles to win back the family business, win the Best of the West curry competition... and finds the divine taste of love in this spicy, mouth-watering, feel-good comedy."


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The trailer for Everything's Gone Green
  • "'Everything's Gone Green' is about when you get older and you feel certain doors closing very quickly on you. It deals with that feeling of now or never," says Douglas Coupland. In what is a sly comment on the times since his first publication of "Generation X" over a decade ago, "Everything's Gone Green" is the first story from popular writer Douglas Coupland written specifically for the screen.
    Ryan, late-twenties and not getting any younger, is tempted into a money-laundering scheme but struggles with his ill-gotten gains while trying to find happiness. In this comedy, Ryan tries hard not to try hard but is surrounded by over-achievers. His hippie friend has gone capitalistic in a not-so-legal way. His older brother has always been capitalistic in a legal if not-so-ethical way. His father, after losing his job and his faith in the system, has found profitable promise outside of the establishment. Even the woman he desires is comfortable to be cared for by a big-time car thief. As Douglas Coupland has done in the past, new questions are raised about the period we live in. Is it possible to just drift into the new century? Are the middle-class facing extinction? When is "enough" enough? And is there any hope that not everyone wants to be a millionaire.


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"German spies hid secret messages in drawings of models wearing the latest fashions"
  • Ah, der Feuhrer, there was a dress designer! He could create an entire evening ensemble in one afternoon. Two coats! Not to mention two pairs of pants.


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"Child, 11, Left Behind" ... Sign That President's 'No Child Left Behind' Law May Not Be Working, Critics Say


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Little Miss Sunshine, as seen through the eyes of The Filthy Critic
  • "I saw Little Miss Sunshine. Far as I can tell, it's a remake of National Lampoon's Vacation designed for the the annoying NPR fucks who listen to Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me! and laugh at the non-Lake Wobegon parts of Prairie Home Companion.


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New Eva Mendes Flaunt Magazine Pictures


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The Straight Dope: Is it possible to be allergic to sex?
  • And I thought I had it hard being allergic to tone poems!


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Kyra Phillips - Top Ten Excuses - video from the Letterman show


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Bill Maher, impressed by Spike Lee's work, has created his own Katrina documentary 'How The Rich Got Soaked'


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