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Mel Wins Friday: #1 'Apocalypto' Bigger Opening Weekend Than 'Braveheart'
Deadline Hollywood Daily ^ | December 8, 2006 | Nikki Finke

Posted on 12/09/2006 3:38:57 AM PST by Mel Gibson

Call it a Hollywood shocker: Mel's Apocalypto will have a bigger weekend opening than his Braveheart. Despite scandal, an R-rating, subtitles because of an ancient dialect, no stars, and direct competition from movieland AAA-listers Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz, Gibson's Mayan epic won Friday's matinees and evenings, I'm told. At first, box office gurus were warning me that the weekend victor among three very competitive films all opening against each other would be too close to call. cameron_jude.jpgBut now I've learned it looks certain that Apocalypto will win the weekend -- bearing out my reporting back on December 1st when I was told that early tracking showed Mel's movie (playing in 2,465 theaters) would edge ahead. Tonight, I'm told Mel's movie took in nearly $6 million Friday for what's expected to be at least a $15 mil, and possibly $16 mil, weekend total -- exceeding Disney's hopes for the box office gross. That easily beats Mel's Braveheart, which made $9.9 mil for Fri-Sat-Sun when it opened in 2,037 theaters during Memorial Weekend back in 1995 ($12.9 mil for the four-day holiday) and went on to make $75.6 mil in the U.S. and $210.4 mil worldwide, helped by winning the Best Picture Oscar. Based on today's matinees, the No. 2 spot went to Sony's The Holiday (in 2,610 playdates), a date movie from director-writer Nancy Meyer, known for capturing that man-woman zeitgeist. The studio's hard work to deftly market this PG-13 debut (also starring Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Jude Law) obviously paid off because the movie earned $4.5 mil Friday despite all the rivalry. In 3rd place was Warner Bros' Blood Diamond (in 1,910 theaters), an African-set action-adventure pic. Important to note that this film is playing in 500-to-700 less theaters than the other two films...

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To: Mel Gibson

"My life would be complete if I could squeeze..."



TACKY ALERT needed next time you post something like this, 'Mel' ...


2 posted on 12/09/2006 4:05:23 AM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: Mel Gibson
I love how many held up the violence as an example that Mel was mentally ill.

Crazy like a fox is more like it. Gratz once again.

3 posted on 12/09/2006 4:10:07 AM PST by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Manic_Episode

Having a big box office doesn't prove anything. I still think he's nuts. Hope you enjoyed the movie.


4 posted on 12/09/2006 4:11:39 AM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, thank you for Mozart Lover's son's safe return, and look after Jemian's son, please!)
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To: Miss Marple

Haven't seen it. Has anyone ever said that Tarentino was nuts?


5 posted on 12/09/2006 4:14:52 AM PST by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Manic_Episode

My 18yo daughter saw it last night. She really liked it, gave it 4 stars out of 5. She goes to all of the movies, like most of her generation, so she doesn't hand out high marks like that very much. It doesn't really appeal to me right now, but maybe I'll see it when it comes out on DVD.


6 posted on 12/09/2006 4:24:50 AM PST by IrishRainy (The only way BJ Clinton would have nailed bin Laden is if Ossama had been a White House intern.)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance

he ain't gettin my money!!!


7 posted on 12/09/2006 4:25:14 AM PST by hnj_00
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To: Mel Gibson
See also:
Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto" - It's No Bloody Good
  Posted by TaraP
On General/Chat 12/08/2006 9:26:29 AM PST · 24 replies · 561+ views


Crosswalk ^ | Dec 8th, 2006 | Christian Hamaker
 

Mel Gibson Finds Eternal GORY in 'Apocalypto' Movie
  Posted by Dr. Scarpetta
On News/Activism 12/08/2006 4:56:23 AM PST · 91 replies · 1,808+ views


New York Daily News ^ | 12/8/06
 

SACRIFICE [Professors say Gibson's Apocalypto is biased against Mayan bloodletting]
  Posted by freedomdefender
On News/Activism 12/05/2006 11:45:28 PM PST · 142 replies · 2,274+ views


Newsweek ^ | December 5, 2006 | Newsweek
 

'Apocalypto': Bloody lessons
  Posted by Lorianne
On General/Chat 12/08/2006 1:21:21 PM PST · 19 replies · 320+ views


Toronto Star ^ | Dec. 8, 2006 | GEOFF PEVERE
 

First, the Jews; Now Gibson Angers the Maya
  Posted by paudio
On News/Activism 12/07/2006 7:11:02 PM PST · 101 replies · 1,518+ views


IMDB.com ^ | 7 December 2006

8 posted on 12/09/2006 4:26:50 AM PST by RonDog
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To: Miss Marple
Many successful artists are considered "nuts".

Goes with the territory, MM.

9 posted on 12/09/2006 4:28:39 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: Manic_Episode
I think he's nuts, too.

Technical expertise doesn't prove sanity. Neither does artistic skill.

Tarantino I have always thought disturbed. I just haven't seen his name in a story lately, while Gibson's came up this week.

Both men are exhibiting an unhealthy obsession with violence, as far as I am concerned. I realize a lot of people don't agree with me, and that's ok.

Mark my words, though. Gibson one day will act so nutty even his staunchest defenders will finally realize that he's gone round the bend.

10 posted on 12/09/2006 4:30:20 AM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, thank you for Mozart Lover's son's safe return, and look after Jemian's son, please!)
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To: Mel Gibson

“Apocalypto” is a Rorschach inkblot test for Mel. Here he is with several hundred million dollars in the bank, complete artistic, funding, and production freedom, and this is the very first thing he comes out with.

The 'test results' are very revealing indeed. Mel needs help.


11 posted on 12/09/2006 4:31:05 AM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: Manic_Episode
I saw it yesterday...for $5. (real estate dead this time of year)

It was a terrific film.

Mel Gibson has tapped into a money making genre.

Braveheart, Passion, Apocalypto has made him a very rich man.

All that creativity would make a normal man drink, IMO.

12 posted on 12/09/2006 4:32:20 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: DCPatriot
Quite true. A lot of people think that being a successful movie-maker proves sanity. It does not.

However much money Mel makes from his movies, I still think he is nuts.

There you have it.

13 posted on 12/09/2006 4:32:57 AM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, thank you for Mozart Lover's son's safe return, and look after Jemian's son, please!)
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To: Miss Marple
"Both men are exhibiting an unhealthy obsession with violence, as far as I am concerned. I realize a lot of people don't agree with me, and that's ok."

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I understand your sentiment, but I also understand that violence is a part of life. Just ask our men in Iraq, or the deer I shot a few weeks ago.

Matthew 11:12

12And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

14 posted on 12/09/2006 4:44:35 AM PST by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Miss Marple

I am so glad Mel has another hit on his hands. Good on ya mate!


15 posted on 12/09/2006 4:45:29 AM PST by Blue Turtle
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To: Miss Marple; AmericaUnited

Mel is one very disturbed man.

Just because a movie makes money, it doesn't mean it is worthy. It just means that people are attracted to this violence as the Romans were to the gladiators. Nto saying much about our society is it?

An 18 yr old girl likes it? Yeesh.


16 posted on 12/09/2006 4:55:09 AM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: Manic_Episode

"Has anyone ever said that Tarentino was nuts?"

DING DING!


17 posted on 12/09/2006 4:57:43 AM PST by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
It's amazing to see how clueless so many are with regards to violence, with zero redeeming value, i.e. just for the sake of it. It's like little boys who kill and torture animals because they 'like doing it', versus legitimate hunters.
18 posted on 12/09/2006 5:05:26 AM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: Mel Gibson
Mel's Apocalypto will have a bigger weekend opening than his Braveheart. Despite scandal, an R-rating, subtitles because of an ancient dialect, no stars, and direct competition from movieland AAA-listers Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz, Gibson's Mayan epic won Friday's matinees and evenings, I'm told.

Good for him. Crazy like a fox. I guess all those people still angry about his Jesus flick will have to deal with him a while longer.

19 posted on 12/09/2006 5:08:13 AM PST by Hacksaw (Don't pick your nose at red lights..)
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To: Mel Gibson

I guess we'll never have movie stories which compare number of tickets sold instead of dollars. When movies are years apart, box office income is difficult to compare.


20 posted on 12/09/2006 5:09:15 AM PST by carolinalivin
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
Just because a movie makes money, it doesn't mean it is worthy.

I guess the violence angle will be the new talking point after "Who wants to see a movie about a bunch of Mayans" didn't work.

21 posted on 12/09/2006 5:10:18 AM PST by Hacksaw (Don't pick your nose at red lights..)
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To: Mel Gibson

Of course one offended by violence can always go and watch the old Yul Brynner/ George Chakiris movie KINGS OF THE SUN.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057225/


22 posted on 12/09/2006 5:10:39 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (ISLAM "If you donít know what you have to fear, you will not survive."---Hirsi Ali)
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To: Manic_Episode
What I find nutty is the number of posters who haunt these Apocalypto threads howling about a movie they have no intention of seeing.

This was a very good movie and I was glad to see that it isn't anywhere near as violent as some reviewers pretend it is. Certainly it deserves the "R" but it breaks no ground on violence. I recently rented "American Werewolf in London" and Mel's movie violence reminded me of that.

I really liked the little references to his past movies (Signs, Braveheart, We Were Soldiers) and especially the reference to Satan among the civilized people.

I'll definitely catch this again but this time I'll look for a theater with DLP projectors. The Theater I was in didn't have them and the picture quality suffered for it. This is said to be the best digital movie and maybe digital projection will do it justice.
23 posted on 12/09/2006 5:37:28 AM PST by Varda
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To: Manic_Episode
****Has anyone ever said that Tarentino was nuts?****

To my knowledge -- only his Psychiatrist.

Don't get me wrong, I love his movies. From Reservoir Dogs to Kill Bill I & II. Heck I must have seen both Kill Bill's 20 times each. And Pulp Fiction a 'gazillion' times.

IMO the guy is a near genius, but I don't think his elevator goes all the way up. ;-)

24 posted on 12/09/2006 5:39:03 AM PST by Condor51 (Tagline Under Construction - Kindly Wear Your Hardhat)
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To: Hacksaw
Actually, to infer that this is a talking point means that you believe that there is an organized effort to discredit Mel.

Strange as it may seem, there are people who simply don't think that the glorification of violence, particularly human sacrifice, is particularly healthy.

The first amendment allows Mel Gibson to produce whatever type of movie he desires. It also allows me to point out how reprehensible I think "Apocolypto" is.

25 posted on 12/09/2006 5:40:32 AM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, thank you for Mozart Lover's son's safe return, and look after Jemian's son, please!)
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To: Miss Marple

The prisons are full of people that think violence is just a normal part of life.


26 posted on 12/09/2006 5:52:10 AM PST by claudiustg (Delenda est Iran)
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To: Condor51
****Has anyone ever said that Tarentino was nuts?**** To my knowledge -- only his Psychiatrist. Don't get me wrong, I love his movies. From Reservoir Dogs to Kill Bill I & II. Heck I must have seen both Kill Bill's 20 times each. And Pulp Fiction a 'gazillion' times. IMO the guy is a near genius, but I don't think his elevator goes all the way up. ;-)

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While I agree with you, my point was that Mel is under attack at all times, though some of it was admittedly self inflicted, I have never seen Tarentino under such attacks even though the choice of genres are comparable, but one is given a pass and the other is not.

The difference? Mel is a Christian.

Those of us who call ourselves Christians should not fall for this double standard.

27 posted on 12/09/2006 6:09:42 AM PST by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Manic_Episode

Or Sam Peckinpah? I think not.


28 posted on 12/09/2006 6:12:47 AM PST by rabidralph (The pajama-wetters are at it again.)
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To: rabidralph
Or Hitchcock.

Were realy dating ourselves ;)

29 posted on 12/09/2006 6:19:35 AM PST by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Manic_Episode
Has anyone ever said that Tarentino was nuts?

Only those who know him.

30 posted on 12/09/2006 6:19:54 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard ("A suicide bomber may be a weak weapon, but not against a suicide culture." - Steyn)
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To: Manic_Episode

ReaLLy that is.


31 posted on 12/09/2006 6:20:27 AM PST by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Condor51
Have you seen one of my all time favorites Boondock Saints?
It never hit the big screen but IMO an outstanding movie.
32 posted on 12/09/2006 6:22:03 AM PST by Kimmers
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To: DCPatriot

I loved the scene in South Park where he puts on the Braveheart makeup and chases Stan and Kyle while wearing jockey shorts, carrying his Braveheart sword and shouting like Daffy Duck. He may be nuts, but he makes a good movie.


33 posted on 12/09/2006 6:26:34 AM PST by Richard Kimball (I get no respect. I went to the proctologist and he put his finger in my mouth - Rodney Dangerfield)
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To: RonDog

With all those bad reviews, it MUST be good.


34 posted on 12/09/2006 6:30:28 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Hacksaw
Yup... great movie for conservatives to champion. The US is destroying the environment, the rain forest, is warmongering... and if that's not enough, you get free violence to sate the appetite. /sarcasm

A few excerpts from a Time Magazine early article...

Gibson and his rookie cowriter on Apocalypto, Farhad Safinia, were captivated by the ancient Maya, one of the hemisphere's first great civilizations, which reached its zenith about A.D. 600 in southern Mexico and northern Guatemala. The two began poring over Maya myths of creation and destruction, including the Popol Vuh, and research suggesting that ecological abuse and war-mongering were major contributors to the Maya's sudden collapse, some 500 years before Europeans arrived in the Americas.

Those apocalyptic strains haunt Apocalypto, which takes place in an opulent but decaying Maya kingdom, whose leaders insist that if the gods are not appeased by more temples and human sacrifices, the crops will die. But the writers hope that the larger themes of decline will be a wake-up call. "The parallels between the environmental imbalance and corruption of values that doomed the Maya and what's happening to our own civilization are eerie," says Safinia.

...

Gibson, who insists ideology matters less to him than stories of "penitential hardship" like his Oscar-winning Braveheart, puts it more bluntly: "The fearmongering we depict in this film reminds me a little of President Bush and his guys."

35 posted on 12/09/2006 6:31:22 AM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: Varda

Thank you for your sensible review of the film.

I do not understand how people that have not seen the film can condemn it.

It is like the people who say they hate Rush but have never listened to his show.


36 posted on 12/09/2006 6:37:30 AM PST by Kimmers
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To: Miss Marple

The first amendment allows Mel Gibson to produce whatever type of movie he desires. It also allows me to point out how reprehensible I think "Apocolypto" is.
______________

You are absolutely correct. The same amendment permits me to suggest that it is very challenging to find a movie review credible when it is made by one who has only read other reviews.


37 posted on 12/09/2006 6:40:01 AM PST by dmz
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To: Manic_Episode

He's not just a Christian, he is a Roman Catholic which also makes him a target from a few bigots.


38 posted on 12/09/2006 6:45:33 AM PST by StolarStorm
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To: Miss Marple

How many times have us Freepers been called flakes or nuts in the media? Maybe you all should drop the psycho-analysis babble since none of you know him personally.


39 posted on 12/09/2006 6:47:59 AM PST by StolarStorm
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To: Miss Marple

I had a friend who refused to take her then 12-year old to see Patriot becauee of the violence. That may or may not have been a good decision, but one can hardly study the story of the American Revolution without understanding the sacrifices made through violence, blood, gore and death. Same with Passion of the Christ and Braveheart. Bloody movies all.

The history of mankind is replete with violence, blood and gore. So we're supposed to make movies only about Mary Poppins? Mel Gibson is NOT Walt Disney.

His likely personal nuttiness should be segregated from his artistic product. So far, his sins seem to be related to an innate anti-semitism. That is not ok according to the secular Jews who rule Hollywood (or most of us, for that matter). That would be fine, except that other, 'acceptable' Hollywood moguls are outright perverts, whose rtistic output is ok by Tinsel Town.


40 posted on 12/09/2006 6:48:31 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: StolarStorm

Mel Gibson rocks! He has almost singlehandedly transformed Hollywood from the inane and banal to something spectacular.


41 posted on 12/09/2006 6:50:51 AM PST by varina davis
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To: Miss Marple

Creative genius and insanity often ride together.


42 posted on 12/09/2006 6:57:20 AM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: StolarStorm
The Roman Catholic church has some questionable beliefs that are based on tradition, not on the bible, and in fact run exactly counter to the bible. Questioning false beliefs is not bigotry. I was raised Roman Catholic, went to Catholic School and was an alter boy. I read and studied the bible for myself and am no longer a Catholic.

Belief in Christ is the basis of Christianity.

You will notice I did indeed refer to Mel as a Christian, did I not? I base that on his faith in Christ, nothing else, and I defend him on that basis alone.

43 posted on 12/09/2006 7:04:37 AM PST by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Miss Marple
The first amendment allows Mel Gibson to produce whatever type of movie he desires. It also allows me to point out how reprehensible I think "Apocolypto" is.

You never saw the movie and yet you say its reprehensible? Try this; Open up your mind, see the picture, then judge it on what it is from what you witnessed, instead of what you think it is from people who may or may not have seen it! You can't point out what you can't see, 1st admendment or not! Go see it and then review it!

44 posted on 12/09/2006 7:05:10 AM PST by Bommer (If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?)
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To: savedbygrace

I looked up the other night and saw Farhad Safinia being interviewed. My guess is that his is part of Iranian expat. He is a gorgeous young man and completely rational American, a good rebuttal to those who argue there is no hope for those barbarians in the ME who have been doing bad things for thousands of years.


45 posted on 12/09/2006 7:05:43 AM PST by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: Miss Marple

I think he is very, very angry. I don't know why, but everytime I see him I become convinced of this more. Just the things he says and the way he looks.

The violence in his movies is a byproduct. Sometimes I think he is bipolar (they are often very angry, and they drink) but who knows.


46 posted on 12/09/2006 7:09:16 AM PST by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: EDINVA

>>>I had a friend who refused to take her then 12-year old to see Patriot becauee of the violence.<<<

"The Patriot" is one of my favorite movies.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0187393/


47 posted on 12/09/2006 7:09:23 AM PST by PhilipFreneau (God deliver our nation from the disease of liberalism!)
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To: Miss Marple
However much money Mel makes from his movies, I still think he is nuts

So? People have been calling me nuts for years. And I don't even get the compensation of having lots of money.

48 posted on 12/09/2006 7:12:34 AM PST by SauronOfMordor (A planned society is most appealing to those with the arrogance to think they will be the planners)
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To: RonDog
LOL. Personally, I never listen to the "critics".

After this weekend, it looks like a lot of folks don't.
49 posted on 12/09/2006 7:12:48 AM PST by khnyny (God Bless the Republic for which it stands)
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To: Manic_Episode

I read and studied the bible for myself and am no longer a Catholic.
Belief in Christ is the basis of Christianity.

We had to wait 2000 years till you were born to tell us who God is?

You were an altar boy and say Catholics don't believe in Jesus Christ????? Please tell me what the duties of an altar boy are during Mass.


50 posted on 12/09/2006 7:12:56 AM PST by Irisshlass
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