Monday, February 19, 2007

Magistrate judge to decide if couple will be prosecuted for 'stalking' officer
Stalking, in this case, is defined as "reporting the cop for breaking the law!"


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Is the novelty of Wii wearing off?
"Despite it still being completely sold out in the US and UK, Wii sales are showing signs of slowing in Japan as players settle into Nintendo's new generation..."


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Scientists discover vast lakes beneath Antarctic ice sheets
This is not a global warming phenomenon. "These lakes lie some 2,300 feet below compressed snow and ice, too deep for environmental temperature to reach"


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Would you wear this? Condom Couture.
She designs clothing entirely made from condoms which have failed the quality assurance tests. (Meaning they were destined for the scrap heap until she made something from them.)


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The new NASA astronaut screening test. - By Christopher Buckley


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The lastest member of HAGS (the Hollywood Anoerxic Gals Society) - Reese Wither down to nothing spoon
The article may be crying "wolf." Reese was always tiny.


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MovieJuice does a smart-ass take on Ghost Rider
Peter Fonda, of the famed Fonda acting clan, is the devil. "My dad, Henry, was never proud of me," said Peter, "but I’m sure Ghost Rider will change all that."


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Four complete episodes of The Winner
It's a new series about a late bloomer, starring Rob Corddry, created by Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy. I watched the first episode and it was just so-so


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Somehow I missed this for yesterday's Bad Music Salute: Pop Goes My Heart - Hugh Grant sings a preposterous song from Music & Lyrics.
It is arranged so that the other singers can do their best to cover Hughie, but it is still at an incredible near-Yokoesque level of suckitude, with Grant (basically William Hung plus a British accent minus a comb) delivering a hammy performance that would embarrass Hasselhoff. One can only hope that it is deliberately trying to be bad as part of the character development and humor in the movie.


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On The Lot
"On the Lot is the groundbreaking new show brought to you by reality show mastermind, Mark Burnett, and legendary producer and director, Steven Spielberg. Over the season, the 16 filmmakers will produce short films in every genre every week and the viewers will vote on who gets eliminated. The winning filmmaker will take home a $1 Million development deal!"

You can already view many of the films


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Weekend Box Office Results for February 16-19, 2007
As mentioned yesterday, it was an incredible weekend, nearly 30% above last year, following a string of double-digit deficits! The 3-day total of $140 million is a decent weekend for mid-May, spectacular for February.

Looking at the chart below, you will see that the great success of the weekend is entirely attributable to just three of the seven films. The carry-overs performed as expected, as did the Tyler Perry film and the Hugh Grant musical. The three surprises were: (1) Ghost Rider - 34% above the prediction; (2)Bridge to Terabithia - 58% above; and (3) Breach - 95% above. Those three films accounted for an additional $28 million above the predictions, while the sum of the other group was actually a bit below the prediction.

The success of two of the three is easily explainable. There hasn't been anything good to take the kids to since Night at the Museum, and Terabithia is supposed to be an excellent movie. Breach also got great reviews and the trailer was good enough that I thought, "I have to see that."

The other was Ghost Rider. I can't tell you how it could have had such a big opening. The fanboys haven't had anything to sink their braces into this year and Ghost Rider, while crap, was at least their kind of crap! I guess. As I see it, it is the only film on the list targeted at the male 12-29 audience.

One reason for the week's success: if you look at the five new movies, you'll see that there is basically a new movie for every demographic group. Ghost Rider is for the hardcore young male audience. Terabithia is for the kiddies. Words and Music is for the date crowd. Daddy's Little Girls is for the black female audience. Breach is for the white guys who have outgrown Ghost Rider (And go to movies without dates. Sigh!)

There's good news and bad news about being in that last group. The bad news: no hanky-panky after the movie. The good news: no Hugh Grant during the movie. I like sex as much as the next guy (well, unless the next guy is Warren Beatty), but that's a decent trade-off!



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Lincoln Resumes Position as Americans' Top-Regarded President
Reagan had held the position following his death


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Dane Cook Parlays New Burger King Menu Item Into Hour-Long HBO Special


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