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SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 1:11PM

Tony Curtis, Arthur Penn and Gloria Stewart: Saying Farewell

 

This week has been a sad one. Two landmark actors and one landmark director (not to mention film editor Sally Menke, whom I wrote about earlier) have left us. While we know that this is the way of things and that these moments are inevitable, it still hits hard/

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OCTOBER 13, 2009 10:56PM

Liz Cheney Wants To Keep America Safe. And Misinformed.

 

 

cheney200Those kooky Cheneys... What will they do next? Perhaps all those chants of "Cheney for President 2012!" were actually referring to Dick's daughter Liz. Liz Cheney, whom Huff Post editor Roy Sakoff called, "a chip off the old block. And I don't meant that as a complimen

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AUGUST 13, 2009 2:25PM

Les Paul Lives On


Picture 2As the proud owner of a gorgeous Gibson Les Paul 1960 reissue, I was saddened to hear today of the passing of the great Les Paul himself. Paul was 94 and died of complications from pneumonia. Among other things, Paul was the inventor of the solid body electric guitar

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JULY 30, 2009 3:43PM

Racist Anti-Obama Sentiment Inevitable


barack-obama-1Did anyone really think America could elect a half-black president and not see the racism inherent both here and around the world rear its ugly head? Well, what may seem quite discouraging may, in fact, be a good start toward moving beyond this ancient brand of intolerance. Allowing these

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JULY 15, 2009 1:45PM

Soderbergh Distresses About The Current State Of Film

 


Steven-Soderbergh-on-the--001In an interview with Henry Barnes of The Guardian UK, director Steven Soderbergh laments what currently feels like an industry that no longer has room for artists and visionaries like Soderbergh. And with increasing reports that studios are "taking even more control" and not allo/

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JULY 6, 2009 1:13PM

Obama, Medvedev Agree To Pursue Nuclear Arms Reduction


Picture 3Once again, it's a long road with many traps along the way and a far cry from a world without war or threat of nuclear attack, but once again, Obama is aiming in the right direction, a direction badly damaged by 8 years of the Bush Administration and the

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JULY 1, 2009 2:08AM

7 Yr Old Reviews TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN

 

transAdam Jahnke's Electric Theater, in conjunction with The Digital Bits, posted a review of the new movie TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN. It turns out that Mr. Jahnke couldn't bring himself to see the new TRANSFORMERS movie himself.

"Under the circumstances, if I were

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JUNE 30, 2009 2:54PM

Finally! Franken Can Take His Senate Seat


30franken-337The Minnesota Supreme Court has come to a unanimous decision that Al Franken is, indeed,  the winner in the Senate race against Norm Coleman. After a seven month-long battle, it's nice to put this behind us and even better to see another Democrat take the seat making Franken the

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Palin DishEarlier today, Politico reported that middle-America's favorite Italian restaurant, Olive Garden, was pulling its ads from The Late Show With David Letterman. However, recent reports from Olive Garden spokesman Rich Jeffers state:

“Information reported tod

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JUNE 5, 2009 2:52PM

Pat Buchanan & The Down-Trodden White Man

Between Dick Cheney's constant historical rewriting and the lunatic fringe Sarah Palin devotees, Pat Buchanan continues to spread fear that it is now the "white man" who is in danger of being under the thumb of "reverse" racism.

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JUNE 4, 2009 12:26PM

David Carradine Dies In Bangkok


Obit CarradineSad news today as reports surface of the apparent suicide of actor David Carradine. According to the Huffington Post:

The Web site of the Thai newspaper The Nation cited unidentified police sources as saying Carradine was found Thursday hanged in his luxury hotel room.

It sai

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JUNE 4, 2009 12:01PM

Life.com Unveils Rare Color Photos Of Adolf Hitler


originalIt's amazing how color can change perspective. I'm a lover of black and white photography, both in stills and cinema, but there is something undeniably "life-like" about seeing real-life individuals in color. 

According to Life.com:

Between 1936 and 1945, German photographer Hugo J

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MAY 5, 2009 11:58PM

Dom Deluise: So Much Magic...

We'll miss you, Dom... 
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APRIL 23, 2009 2:52AM

Fox's Shep Smith Drops Appropriate F-Bomb

Shepherd Smith seems to be the only person at Fox News who actually gets angry when people lie and/or mislead. So what the hell is he still doing at Fox!? Well, after dropping the F-bomb on air today while discussing the torture memos, he may not be for much longer. Which… Read full post »
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MARCH 25, 2009 2:11AM

Inferior Subtitles Plague LET THE RIGHT ONE IN On DVD/Blu


blurightbIt seems that there's been quite a buzz through the online community of DVD and Blu-ray fans over the English subtitles used for the home release of the popular Swedish vampire flick, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. It seems the film's distributor, MAGNET, chose to use a different translation

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MARCH 16, 2009 11:36AM

Cheney: Bush Administration Not To Blame For Economic Crisis

Former Vice President and Mister Potter look-alike Dick Cheney told John King of CNN's "State Of The Union" that the Bush Administration is not responsible for the current economic crisis. He claims it's too easy to blame the "previous administration."  He then goes on to suggest that it is, in… Read full post »
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FEBRUARY 25, 2009 12:17AM

This Is What A President Is


r-obama-speech-hugeHow wide is the gap between our last president and our current. That is not a question, but a statement. Listening to Obama address Congress and the nation this evening was another fresh and welcome reminder that the man who ran for office is the same man we elected.

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JANUARY 22, 2009 1:21AM

Obama Takes Oath Of Office AGAIN! Just In Case...


56554917After Chief Justice John Roberts' little flub during the inauguration, both he and Barack Obama got together again, this time in the White House Map Room, to allow Mr. Obama to say the oath of office just one more time in what White House counsel Greg Craig called, "an

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JANUARY 21, 2009 11:45PM

Bush, Katrina, Obama’s First Full Day As Prez


picture-5According to the White House Official site under "Agenda" and "Additional Issues", it states:

President Obama will keep the broken promises made by President Bush to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. He and Vice President Biden will take steps to ensure that the federal gove

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JANUARY 20, 2009 1:47PM

Relive The Moment: Obama Inauguration Speech

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DECEMBER 18, 2008 3:02PM

Obama Discusses Rick Warren Choice

Though I thoroughly understand the questionability of the choice of Rick Warren to give the inaugural invocation, I also think that it's an extremely brave move on Obama's part. Obama appears to be a more highly-evolved individual than any other president in my lifetime. Of course the proof

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NOVEMBER 20, 2008 6:43PM

Quote Of The Week: GOP Hitman Roger Stone Regrets Bush


img-bs-top-sarlin-stone-174_061744447265Roger Stone, according to thedailybeast.com, "has had a hand in everything from Nixon's dirty tricks to Eliot Spitzer's resignation to spreading discredited rumors of a Michelle Obama 'whitey' tape during the 2008 Democratic primaries."

However, the biggest

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OCTOBER 27, 2008 2:22AM

Conservative Thoughts: Uncovering The Soul Of America


It's so easy to forget that not all people who ascribe to any particular political party, ideal or belief all think alike. During these past 8 years of Bush/Cheney, it's been hard to keep that in mind as so much of what I personally value about this country was

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OCTOBER 26, 2008 3:04AM

West’s Interview of Biden: An Embarrassment Of Incompetence


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Barbara West

Florida WFTV anchor Barbara West interviewed Sen. Joe Biden last Thursday and Sen. John McCain back on October 14th. Comparing these two interviews, it seems pretty clear exactly who West is biased toward. But Sen. Biden is quick to put her in her place

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OCTOBER 23, 2008 1:45PM

New RNC "Terrorist" Flyer & The Goldwaters Endorse Barack

With less than 2 weeks before election day, McCain's campaign continues to slip deeper and deeper into the muck. Now understand, McCain and his advisors are hyper-aware that Republicans are leaving him en masse and endorsing Barack Obama instead. And two of the top reasons are 1). The belief that

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