Sunday, November 05, 2006

William Styron, Novelist, Dies at 81
  • "Mr. Styron’s early work, including “Lie Down in Darkness,” won him wide recognition as a distinctive voice of the South and an heir to William Faulkner. In subsequent fiction, like “The Confessions of Nat Turner” and “Sophie’s Choice,” he transcended his own immediate world and moved across historical and cultural lines."


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Kazakh cinemas 'won't show Borat'
  • It isn't because of the content. It's just that both Kazakh cinemas have Grumpy Old Men booked through 2008, and there's no reason to change: all 25 seats are filled for each showing, and sometimes they even add some folding chairs when Janko is not using them for his poker club. Kazakhstan's foreign minister did say that Borat will probably be shown eventually, when it is shown on airliners, because the Delta stewardess sneaks them an airline copy.


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CNN interviews Borat


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Weekend Box Office Results for November 3–5, 2006
  • The phenomenal Borat pulled in $31,511 per screen. The two biggest opening weekends of all time are Pirates of the Caribbean with $32,800 per screen, and Spider-Man with $31,800. No other wide release has ever gone above $30,000 per screen.
  • The other two wide releases finished #2 and #3. Flushed Away performed within the analyst's range of expectations, but Santa Clause was down a bit.
  • The Departed continued to be strong, dropping only 19% from last week, and passing $100m. It is now within a hair's breadth of The Aviator's total, and will thus become Scorsese's biggest hit in a day or two.
  • The Queen was a surprise top ten finisher, given that it was only on 350 screens. It bulled its way into tenth with nearly $8,000 per screen. That would have been the big story of most weeks, but this was Borat Week.
  • Overall, the weekend was about even with last year. (Down 3%) It had been expected to be much worse by analysts, but Borat saved the day. The weekend was about $14m higher than the average of the experts' predictions, and Borat accounted for all of that, with an extra $16m above expectations.



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The speech accent archive


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Miracle attributed to John Paul II.
  • Turns out the Sorvinos asked the Pope to intercede for Mira's Oscar for Mighty Aphrodite


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Saddam sentenced to death by hanging, sponsors line up for televised event.


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Actress Adrienne Shelly found dead in New York office at age 40


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Funny Campaign Ads: "a sampling of some of the funnier campaign ads from recent weeks"


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Borat is placed in charge of The Sun's Bizarre section for a day. Wawaweewa.


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