Wikipedia Entries Cleaned Up By Political Staffers
- "Online 'encyclopedia' allows anyone to edit
entries, and congressional staffers do just that to
Screen Actors Guild announces winners
- Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, 'Capote'
- Actress: Reese Witherspoon, 'Walk the Line'
- Supporting actor: Paul Giamatti, 'Cinderella
- Supporting actress: Rachel Weisz, 'The Constant
The scoop on Dreamgirls
- "One of the biggest anticipated films this year
is the upcoming diva story of The Supremes in
DREAMGIRLS, which has an all-star cast with Jamie
Foxx, Eddie Murphy, and Beyonce Knowles."
"First Look: In The Land of Women"
- It's a new romantic comedy with Meg Ryan. This
is the directorial debut of Jon Kasdan, Jake's
brother. That would make him Lawrence's son, if
you're scoring at home.
- Speaking of the Kasdans, Jake (Zero Effect) will
also have a movie coming out this year, and it will
have some pretty big names in the cast..
Top 11 Reasons the American Government is Spying on
- ... You get lots of e-mail from the widows and
brothers of prominent corrupt Africans.
Videotape Proves Bush House-Trained Barney on U.S.
- Oh, hell, you'd barely notice it. LBJ used to
have them take it out every night so he could piss
Ford Motor Co., in Cost-Saving Measure, to Cease
Here is a video of the original Nosferatu, the
first great vampire movie. It is a legal download, in
the public domain.
Italian PM Berlusconi, 69, says he won't have any more
sex until his next election.
- That's election, with an "l."
- Or maybe he has a Japanese press secretary.
Academy Awards Best Picture Odds
- Brokeback has become a prohibitive favorite at
1.25:1, having now left everyone else in the dust.
Ang Lee wins Director's Guild Award.
- The DGA winner goes on to win the Best Director
Oscar about 90% of the time, although one of the six
who failed to convert a DGA trophy into Oscar gold
was Lee himself, who won the DGA award for Crouching
Tiger, but lost the Oscar to Soderbergh. That was
the year Soderbergh had two of the five Oscar
nominations in the category. (And the same two films
- Traffic and Brockovich - were also nominated for
Best Picture and Lost)
Incensed by more fibs, Oprah book club withdraws My
- "Mr. Bush claimed that he had originally
intended to call his 2003 State of the Union address
a work of fiction, but at the suggestion of Vice
President Dick Cheney he changed that designation to
nonfiction in order to make the weapons claims more
2006 Sundance Film Festival Announces Awards
- For the first time in the festival's history,
the audiences and the jury agreed on both major
awards (documentary and dramatic).
- The winning dramatic film was QUINCEANERA, which
they summarize as follows: "Disaffected Latino
teenagers come of age in a gentrifying community in
the Echo Park district of Los Angeles. Westmoreland
and Glatzer have molded their mostly unknown
ensemble into a tender portrait of a changing world
and in doing so, have illuminated modern realities
of family and hope."
Captain Nemo alert:
"Video captures giant Pacific octopus attack on
TV anchor Bob Woodruff and his cameraman were
seriously wounded in Iraq
Weekend Box Office Results, January 27-29, 2006
- There are some suprises, but they are not so
surprising if you follow this every week. Comedies
almost always do better than predicted, sometimes
much better. That seems to affect every type of
comedy at every level of success.
- Big Momma's House 2 was expected to lead the box
office, but was not expected to come so close to $30
million. It exceeded expectations by nearly 50%. It
did so well that it was very close to the all-time
best January opening for a first-release film. It
seems to be in second place, but could still end up
in the top spot when the final numbers some in. The
current Momma estimate is $28 million. The record,
held by Blackhawk Down, is $28.6 million.
- Nanny McPhee was supposed to be an also-ran, but
ended up a powerful #2 with almost twice as much per
screen as last week's champ Underworld: Evolution
- The Matador had been off the experts' radar, but
put up some great numbers in limited distribution
and finished tenth.
- In the non-comedy division, Brokeback Mountain
added 450 more screens and held steady.
- Underworld dropped nearly 60%
- According to this report, Syriana was expanded
to 1700 screens. That represented an addition of
1200 screens in its tenth week. Is this a
misprint???? If it isnt a misprint, the guy who came
up with this idea must wish it was. Although the
movie had previously been a modest success, this
maneuver seems to have tanked completely. It
averaged $712 per screen - by far the lowest among
the top 30. It grossed less per screen than Cheaper
by the Dozen 2
- Oddly enough, even though the films below
performed far better than expectations (16%,
thirteen million dollars), the weekend was still
below last year (5%, five million dollars). If they
had come in as predicted, the weekend would have
been down about 20%. I don't know if that is
indicative of poor predictions, extreme market
volatility, or a combination of both.
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
The Dicktator (1974) is a sex farce based on the premise that the US president, obviously Richard Nixon, convinced the world to give all men sterilization pills to solve the over-population problem. What he neglected to mention was that the effect was permanent. After three years of no pregnancies anywhere in the world, they went on a search to find any man who had not taken the pill. They found a few candidates. A Peruvian shepherd who would rather have sex with sheep, a gay Jewish drag queen, a Soviet author in jail in Siberia, a Japanese drunk and dope addict and an African tribal chief. We see each of them on their first assignment.
The film opening has the Nixon character calling world leaders on the hot line. His secretary is madly taping everything, and all of the world leaders are having sex while on the phone to him.
Nudity includes Rene Bond, Elke Vann, Yolanda Beckham, Joanna Stevens, Mara Sonara and Marissa Laine as women serviced by the dictators, all of whom give three B performances. A host of unknowns also show body parts.
There are not enough votes at IMDb for a score, and no reviews. This was made by the same folks responsible for Deep Jaws, but is nowhere near as good in story, acting, or production value. It is a theme that has been explored before, and much better. This is barely a C- as a 70s sex farce.
'Caps and comments by Dann:
National Lampoon's "Barely Legal"
If you are one of those that think movies released under the National Lampoon banner in the last few years have gone downhill, this 2003 comedy won't do anything to change your mind.
Three high school guys make extra money pirating porn videos from the place where one works after school. When he loses his job, they decide to make their own porn, and of course that leads to a series of disasters.
Although there are a few extremely funny bits in this film such as when they set the basement on fire, overall it's lacking. It's just not all that funny, extremely predictable, and lame in spots. Even worse, we once again have strippers that don't strip and porn stars that don't get naked. Sarah-Jane Potts plays a stripper, but in the strip scene, she's wearing patches. Later, she does some porn scenes but this time she's in a see-through, and you can see her nipples easily, so why the hell the patches in the strip scene? Then later she does a topless scene, but uses a body double. The double's figure doesn't really look like Sarah-Jane's, and the double didn't have Sarah-Jane's naval jewel. Either get naked or don't, for crying out loud.
There's some nudity in this movie, and even more in the extended scenes on DVD, but I really get pissed that filmmakers keep casting women who won't get naked in roles that require nudity. I don't blame the actress; I blame the numb-nuts that cast them. Another complaint: I like Amy Smart a lot as an actress, but at 27 years old (when this was filmed), she's simply getting too old to play a teenage girl. Get real, folks.
This movie is worth a quick look with the fast-forward button handy, and not much else.