Sunday, January 21, 2007

It's Colts vs Bears
Boy, am I an idiot! I pulled a "Heidi." The Colts were down 21-3 and I shut the game off and went to work, thinking Indy was dead. At that point Manning was 6 for 11 for a whopping 38 yards, and seemed to be destined for a trip to PetsMart to get fitted for his annual playoff choke collar. I'm thrilled that they came back to beat the unbeatable Brady, and I'm ashamed for my lack of faith.


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Legend: Kids can die from snorting Dust-Off compressed air. Status: TRUE


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Washington Post Magazine scores a rare Garry Trudeau interview and pictures
Very long article. Interestingly, he also feels that he hasn't been relevant or funny since the 1970s. Kidding. Warning - the file is in .pdf format, if that scares you.


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This exact clip is what I think of when I remember Sinatra-- One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)


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The Hitcher, as reviewed by the man who puts the "me" in mise en scene - The Filthy Critic
"If The Hitcher were a person instead of a movie, he'd be an obscenely fat, friendless slob in a greasy T-shirt, underwear with holes in it and stringy thin hair matted on his head. And he'd be watching the 1986 The Hitcher on TNT, conscious enough only to tell people in commercials they were fat, stupid or hot. The only physical exercise he'd get would be putting on some sweatpants so he can drive to Wendy's to buy a Biggie fries and a Biggie Frosty. And he'd be trying to come up with a way to avoid getting dressed. The Hitcher would whistle through his nose when he exhaled, and critique his farting while alone. Which would be almost all the fucking time, because he's so damn unlikable, tiresome, worthless and soul-crushing. If The Hitcher were a person instead of a movie, you'd wish he were dead. See this movie and you'll wish you were.

What a fucking turd. The movie looks as cheap as plywood. The action is paced with no flair or imagination. Worse is that the drama never escalates. Bean proves to be a psychopath ten minutes into the movie and the next 75 are spent watching repetition on that theme. One Finger for The Hitcher.

Maybe it should have just stayed in the basement, watching the original Hitcher on TNT and eating another bag of Cheetos."


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Johnny Carson interviews Bugs Bunny and other Mel Blanc characters


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American Pie #1 and #2 Trailers - re-cut as horror films (very nicely done, especially the first one!)



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Cate Blanchett is visible from space


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Look At This...: Celebrities When They Were Kids
Don't despair, kids. George Clooney was completely average, and Demi Moore was an ugly duckling. The most shocking one to me is Pam Anderson, who was really cute, but looked nothing like our current version of Pam 3.1.


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Target Gets Some New Wii Units, Sells Out In 6 Minutes


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Oscar nominees seem easy to pick, says CNN
Their call: Babel, Dreamgirls, The Departed, Little Miss Sunshine, and The Queen

Movies with better reviews than Dreamgirls which will be left in the cold: Children of Men, Borat, United 93

IMDb top 250, not nominated: The Prestige

The remaining films with superior reviews will either be nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film (Pan's Labyrinth, Letters from Iwo Jima, Volver) or Best Documentary (Wordplay, An Inconvenient Truth)

Peter O'Toole is expected to receive his eighth nomination for Venus, but is expected to be an also-ran yet again behind Forest Whitaker.

Helen Mirren seems virtually a shoo-in for Best Actress, since the field comes from obscure films. Very few of the top films have a major role for a woman. (Dreamgirls and the Spanish-language films, Volver and Pan's Labyrinth, are the only exceptions.)


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Sarah Silverman: A VERY Convenient Truth


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Weekend Box Office Results for January 19-21, 2007
The analysts predicted a bad weekend, and they were right, but they were off on the details.

The one and only new release with any major distro bombed to high heaven. The Weekend Warrior had predicted The Hitcher to come in first with about $17.6 million. That was a perfectly reasonable prediction considering it was the only new movie, and was competing against a sorry group of top carry-overs. The top two last week were the critically-panned Stomp the Yard and the shopworn Night at the Museum, a solid hit which has grossed more than $200 million, but has been around about as long as Gone With The Wind. Surprise! The Hitcher could do no better than fourth, losing to those two and to Dreamgirls, which got a nice lift from a Golden Globes win and actually did better than last week.

The good news is that there are people who go the movies every weekend and when there are no new movies to see, they catch up on ones they missed. Each of the top six carry-overs did better than predicted.

Pan's Labyrinth did much better than predicted. It managed to make the top seven, although it is only in 600 theaters. It easily took the #1 spot in "revenues per theater."

The Queen, arguably the best-reviewed film of the year, disappointed a bit in its expansion. I suppose that may have something to do with the fact that it has been around for four months and many of those who want to see it have already done so.

Babel, the other film fueled by a Golden Globes win, failed to crack the top ten and did not impress with its tepid average per theater. That's not so much of a surprise. This film has been out for three months, and is a depressing, arty, small-audience film to begin with, so one might assume that much of its small audience has already found it.

The Pursuit of Happyness had another solid weekend, and has reached $146 million overall.



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Jeremy Piven auditions to play George Costanza in the Seinfeld within Seinfeld


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"It's A Wonderful Life" a remake starring George Bush (JibJab)


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"Guy Love" from the singing episode of Scrubs


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The Surfer's Silver junk is on display.


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Criminal genius of the day: Thief steals 14 GPS devices, forgets to turn them off


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