Saturday, December 09, 2006

Today's salute is from Other Crap's "Great Performance" series


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Clint Eastwood's second Iwo Jima film resonates in Japan
Hiromasa Murakami went to see Clint Eastwood's "Letters from Iwo Jima" to find out if an American could tell the Japanese side of a battle that became a symbol of U.S. patriotism, but for Japan was a bitter memory of defeat. After viewing the film on Saturday when it opened it Tokyo, Murakami thinks Eastwood got it right.
Eastwood is quite unusual in that he's currently at the top of his game, and very, very few directors, if any, were doing their best work at his age. These two Iwo Jima films were an ambitious undertaking at 75. At ANY age.


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Brad and Angelina set for fairytale Christmas wedding in South Africa
The Hollywood couple will tie the knot in a small village outside Johannesburg, according to reports in the US. Sources claim they were persuaded to pick the venue after talking to chat show queen Oprah Winfrey. An insider said: "They are treating their marriage like a spiritual affirmation and don't need big Hollywood glitz like Tom Cruise had in Italy." The ceremony will include traditional African music and will be 'simple and elegant.'

The simple non-Hollywood-glitzy guest list includes Oprah, George Clooney, the new James Blond, and Madonna. Now THAT's low profile. They must have just gone to Google and invited everyone with more hits than them. How did they miss Britney Spears? My own simple, elegant invitation must be a little slow to arrive because of the heavy mail volume around Christmas time.


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Whoa - looks like Cruise and Katie have been doing some serious eating.


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Online Users Show Little Love for Blu-ray
Instead, 26 percent of online posters express a general dislike for the format, citing Sony's history of proprietary formats which fail to capture a marketplace (like BetaMax and MiniDisc, and, it's looking like, Sony's UMD movie discs). Many posters also felt Sony was an "arrogant" company. Another 21 percent of online consumers based their dislike for Blu-ray on Sony's decision to include Blu-ray in the PlayStation 3 gaming console. Cymfony's analysis found the competing HD DVD format garnered 46 percent more "positive discussions" than Blu-ray.


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What code DOESN'T do in real life (that it does in the movies)
#5. Code does not make blip noises as it appears on the screen. This goes for ANY text, not just code. When text appears on my monitor it doesn't make blip sounds - this isn't 1902 (or whenever monitors used to do that).


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A Romanian priest has decreed that women will have to pay a 'white dress fine' if they are not virgins when they walk up the aisle to get married.
'The fine depends on how intimate a couple have been before they get married. If they have just moved in together it will be around ten pounds but it goes up to 60 pounds if the bride is pregnant or already has a child.' Thus introducing the interesting concept of a sliding scale of virginity.

At last, an explanation for why Pam didn't include Romania in her multiple 'round-the-world weddings to Kid Rock.


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Famous TV Outtakes: The crew surprises Soupy Sales with a stripper


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WTF Happened to Jennifer Love Hewitt's Ass!?
I'm pretty sure I remember a time when Jennifer Love Hewitt was hot. Sadly, that time is long since passed. I never thought I'd see the day that Jennifer Love Hewitt would have a bigger ass than Jennifer Lopez, but here it is.


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Little Superstar Video
(Don't quit early. The ending is the shiznit)


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Paris Hilton's bikini waxer takes credit for her flashing
Cindy told Us Weekly magazine: "Paris is a customer of ours. I haven't done Britney, but we do see Paris for bikini waxes. I feel that if you do a completely bare wax, you feel cleaner, more comfortable and more groomed - it seems a little sexier. "I think that with the completely bare waxing, they just feel comfortable enough with their bodies that they can skip the underwear. And, oops, if they do happen to flash someone, it's not as embarrassing because the area is groomed."


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Daily Box Office for Friday, December 8, 2006
Apocalypto was on top of a very weak pack. It failed to hit the five million mark, and only one other film (The Holiday) was significantly over three million!


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'Dear Santa' letters flood North Pole, Alaska
Gabby Gaborik is among several dozen volunteers who believe in the Santa cause, opening crates full of letters, as many as 12,000 a day come crunch time. With 6,000 now arriving daily, volunteers are hustling to send off preprinted replies to children who sent return addresses. "We try to keep the big guy mystical, so we sign off as Santa's elves and helpers," Gaborik said.


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YEAR IN REVIEW: GOP ‘TAKES A PERP WALK ON THE WILD SIDE’


Tom DeLay never once gave it away
Everybody had to pay and pay
A hustle here and a hustle there
K Street's the place where they say,
Hey Duke, take a walk on the perp side
I said, Hey Cunningham
Take a walk on the perp side


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Howard Stern talks to Chyna


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How Microsoft fights off 100,000 attacks per month
Microsoft IT said it was the target of more than 100,000 intrusion attempts per month. Currently, Microsoft filters out about 9 million spam and virus e-mails a day out of 10 million received.


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Celebhead: Being Paris Hilton
Get a glimpse into the life of everyone's favorite celebutante - including her arrest for DUI, making up with Nicole and recording her hit record.


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