Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Pop Culture Palace is updated with the top ten MOVIES of the 50s, with clips from each. Good stuff.


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Political Quiz: how liberal or conservative are you?


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"In the future, Tom Cruise will be worshipped like Jesus"
I'm willing to approach this idea with an open mind. Let's crucify the little fella, and if he comes back from the dead, I'll worship his ass.


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PETA's spokeswoman offers its State of the Union address - naked
I hope the presidents don't start doing this, although if they do we can give thanks that Cheney and Ted Kennedy aren't president.


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Uncle Scoopy's Guest House presents Private Collections, an anthology of erotic short films from three noted directors of soft-core classics: Borowczyk (Immoral Tales), Terayama (Fruits of Passion), and Jaecklin (Emmanuelle). This DVD comes out a week from today, as does another anthology, Immoral Women. Rare Licensed DVDs is offering a "buy one get one free" deal deal with each of these new releases. Click on the images below for details.


Uncle Scoopy Promo Private Collections DVD + Bonus  
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Uncle Scoopy Promo Three Immoral Women DVD + Bonus


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Connery may come back to play Indy's father


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Owner of ritzy shop sues homeless for $1 million
So if they can panhandle ten bucks a day, they'll be able to pay up in just a bit less than 300 years. Or, they could go to prison, where it's warm and they'll get medical care and three meals a day. Hey - wait a minute. They benefit by getting sued!


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Comics to do an entire show based on 19th century humor
... thus placing them a century ahead of Jay Leno


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Headline of the day: "Syphilis is the best disease people may catch after having unsafe sex"


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"Bush's State of the Union Address to be Simulcast in English" ... President Hopes to Reach Broader Audience, Aides Say
"Once the decision was made earlier in the month to launch the historic first English simulcast of a speech by President Bush, then began the hard work of translating the text of the address from Mr. Bush's language into English."


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The List of Oscar nominations
The big surprise to most people: no Best Picture nomination for Dreamgirls. I'm relieved to see that, since that movie didn't blow me away at all.

The second-biggest surprise: no nomination for Jack Nicholson. That one also made sense. His nomination went to Wahlberg, who did a great job as the film's most interesting minor character.

The biggest surprise to me: Wordplay, with 95% positive reviews, was not nominated for best documentary. I guess it doesn't matter. Al Gore is going to win that category. (And if he doesn't, you KNOW he'll ask for a recount.

The cinematography nominations are interesting: two films by great Mexican directors (Children of Men and Pan's Labyrinth), both of the magician movies (The Prestige and The Illusionist), and a DePalma movie (The Black Dahlia). Amazingly enough, that's pretty close to the right list, although The Painted Veil could have been in there just as easily!

As usual, one director snuck in without his picture. The four which lined up were Scorsese, Eastwood, Inarritu, and Frears. The oddball: Little Miss Sunshine was nominated for Best Picture, but the fifth director nomination went to Greengrass (United 93) rather than the dual directors of Little Miss Sunshine

Borat was nominated for best screenplay - in fact, for best ADAPTED screenplay. I suppose that's because the character originated on TV.


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