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Disney sets out to make 'The Passion for Kids'
UK Telegraph ^ | March 6, 2005 | Chris Hastings and Charles Laurence

Posted on 03/06/2005 2:25:27 PM PST by Coastal

Walt Disney is to promote its $100 million adaptation of C S Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a "Passion of the Christ for kids" in an attempt to secure worldwide Christian support for the film.

Disney executives have organised private meetings with several church groups in America to emphasise the themes of Christian redemption and sacrifice contained in the film, which will open in December with an all-star cast.

They have also hired a public relations company to market the film directly to Christian groups to ensure that the powerful evangelical movement, which is particularly strong in America, is happy with the content.

The film, which stars the British actors Tilda Swinton, who will play the White Witch, and Brian Cox, who will provide the voice of Aslan the lion, will be the first in a series of Disney blockbusters inspired by the seven books in the Narnia series, whose author was known for his strong Christian beliefs.

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1 posted on 03/06/2005 2:25:27 PM PST by Coastal
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To: Coastal

Could it be? Disney isn't going to mess with the themes that undergird CS Lewis' immortal classic?

I'll believe it when I see it...


2 posted on 03/06/2005 2:27:57 PM PST by ECM
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To: Coastal
"Hey Christians!

You can't worship in our parks any more. But we're willing to work together with you so we can fleece you."

Sincerely

The Disney Team
3 posted on 03/06/2005 2:28:47 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: ECM

Looks like they're going about it the right way.


4 posted on 03/06/2005 2:30:20 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: Coastal

I'm honestly a little frightened by what Disney could have done in Chronicles of Narnia.


5 posted on 03/06/2005 2:30:32 PM PST by wk4bush2004
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To: Coastal

***They have also hired a public relations company to market the film directly to Christian groups to ensure that the powerful evangelical movement, which is particularly strong in America, is happy with the content.***


And just to get things started off right they've decided to cast a lesbian in one of the lead roles!!!!

(Hint: Tilda Swinton)


6 posted on 03/06/2005 2:33:39 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: PetroniusMaximus

Ouch. That ought to go over big...


7 posted on 03/06/2005 2:37:01 PM PST by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: PetroniusMaximus
And just to get things started off right they've decided to cast a lesbian in one of the lead roles!!!! (Hint: Tilda

Then I'd say that the White Witch (evil masquerading as goodness) is a perfect fit.

9 posted on 03/06/2005 2:39:03 PM PST by lightman (The Office of the Keys should be exercised as some ministry needs to be exorcised.)
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To: Coastal

Donate the profits to ministry.


10 posted on 03/06/2005 2:40:49 PM PST by Raycpa
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To: Coastal

The Chronicles of Narnia speaks for itself with regard to the Christian message. Any attempt on the part of Disney and it's associates to impose their personal agenda upon the message, or to rewrite the story as they adapt it to film and dilute the intent will cost them in ticket sales.

Whether it's Homer's 'The Iliad', or George MacDonalds 'Lilith', people want authenticity and not compromise. Grant it, in order to adapt a story from paper to the big screen compromises must be made, but not at the expense of the story's message. Whether the audience views the movie as Christian or not is irrelevant.

Compare Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter' with Demi Moore to that of Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' with Elijah Wood. There is not comparison.


12 posted on 03/06/2005 2:51:13 PM PST by This Just In ((In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king))
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To: PetroniusMaximus

Never heard of her. Here's a photo. Google showed up a bunch of photos, some naked. It wasn't a pretty sight.

13 posted on 03/06/2005 2:51:38 PM PST by Richard Kimball (It was a joke. You know, humor. Like the funny kind. Only different.)
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To: Coastal

The Chronicles of Narnia (3 disc set)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000069CFH/103-7177045-4623007?v=glance

Editorial Reviews
Amazon.com
The Chronicles of Narnia, a seven-volume, Bible-based children's fantasy series written in the 1950s by British theologian C.S. Lewis, draws young readers into the magical, dangerous land of Narnia and plunges them into the age-old battle of good and evil. Lewis envisioned these stories as pictures before he wrote them, so it seems only proper that the books would eventually make it to the small screen. In the late 1980s and early '90s, three adventures in this series--The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (169 minutes), Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (168 minutes), and The Silver Chair (168 minutes)--were faithfully adapted into a TV series by the BBC and Home Vision Entertainment, then edited to feature-length productions. All three of these discs (nine hours of viewing!) are included in this boxed set of DVDs, along with interactive trivia games and more.
Youngsters expecting special effects like those found in The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone may miss the subtler charms of these sweet but rather homespun productions, with humans dressed as woodland creatures and patched-in animation. And kids expecting fast-paced action adventures may snooze after a few hours of these relatively slow-moving scripts. But those who want a refresher course in all things Narnia will be thrilled to see these well-loved fantasies come to life in gorgeous snowy landscapes--the good lion Aslan (played by a large, talking stuffed animal), the horrible White Witch (performed with deliciously over-the-top zeal by actress Barbara Kellerman), the four siblings, fauns, dwarves, deadly sea monsters, and all. --Karin Snelson

And for more of a shock the BBC actually followed the book!
The special effects are really dated, but for the 70's and limited budget not bad.

"And kids expecting fast-paced action adventures may snooze after a few hours of these relatively slow-moving scripts."

A friend of mine who has two ragrats borrowed my copy. Her kids couldn't get enough of them.


14 posted on 03/06/2005 3:05:31 PM PST by Valin (DARE to be average!)
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To: Coastal

C.S. Lewis is immensely popular among Evangelicals. They desperately need to persuade them to see the film.

If Disney doesn't want to screw this up, they will be wise to get a director and writers who can understand the Christian message and won't mess with it, detract from it, or add to it, but just play it as Lewis wrote it.

That means they have to resist the temptation to do what Disney usually does with most of their films: make it cutesy, and make it politically correct.

Disney is sometimes capable of keeping its hands off movies it sponsors. Among these are some of the Pixar films, and recently some of the films directed by the great Japanese anime director Miyazaki.

"Spirited Away" is warmly recommended for family viewing. I just saw "Porco Rosso" and that was unspoiled by Disney tampering, too. I have just ordered that, "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind," and "The Cat Came Back" for my DVD library, all just released, sponsored by Disney but directed by Miyazaki. I have all his earlier movies on DVD. They're all terrific.


15 posted on 03/06/2005 3:06:50 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

Thanks for the recommendations of good films. :)


16 posted on 03/06/2005 3:11:41 PM PST by bd476
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To: PetroniusMaximus

And just to get things started off right they've decided to cast a lesbian in one of the lead roles!!!!


Remind me again why this is suppoesed to be a problem? Is she a good actress? Does she look like the White Witch?
If you're looking for Christians to star in this you're going to be disappointed.

I'm not real thrilled with her "lifestyle" but it won't be the deciding factor weather I go or not.


17 posted on 03/06/2005 3:12:13 PM PST by Valin (DARE to be average!)
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To: Coastal; NYer; Salvation

BTTT


18 posted on 03/06/2005 3:16:34 PM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Coastal
RED flag.

DINSEY "PASSION" --
Jesus will be black.
Mary will be Oriental.
Joseph will be a homosexual.
The Romans will be the ugly, horrid beasts, slobbering and slathering all over the picture.
I can see it now. Jesus won't be a carpenter; he will be a camel jockey or some such thing.
Satan will be a blue-eyed, blond German (but of course).
Peter will be a whining, feckless moron with no redeeming values.
The rest of the Apostles will be portrayed as worthless men who abused their wives and ran away from them to join the confused man fron Nazareth.

Disney studies are run by pimps who hate Christianity, God and anything resembling Christian spirituality or morality.

They will make it a musical, with heavy metal group punishing our ears with putrid music.
Mary Magdalene will be dressed like a Hollywood hooker, also with no social redeeming values.
And Judas? He will be treated in a very sympathetic way, poor misunderstood fellow that he was.

Michael Moore will LOVE it, as will all of Hollywood, the leftist media, Ebert and what's-his-name, all the critics, the New York Times and the rest of those rags.
The 4000 Screen Actors Guild will vote it as the Best Picture.
Oprah and Halle Berry will cry again when the actor who plays Jesus wins the academy award for best actor. Yet another victory for people of color. Snerf.

RED flag. Ole Walt would turn over in his grave if he saw what his beloved Disney has turned into.

19 posted on 03/06/2005 3:17:39 PM PST by starfish923
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To: Coastal
an attempt to secure worldwide Christian support for the film

Gee, I wonder if they will throw in 'gay-days in the parks', and whatever tv and film fare that have won them such . . . praise in liberal circles, as well? Let the new Disney just be themselves, and see what kind of "support" they can find.

20 posted on 03/06/2005 3:18:11 PM PST by sevry
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To: Coastal
'The Passion for Kids'

A Michael Jackson production.

21 posted on 03/06/2005 3:19:34 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: Cicero

>>"Spirited Away" is warmly recommended for family viewing. I just saw "Porco Rosso" and that was unspoiled by Disney tampering, too. I have just ordered that, "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind," and "The Cat Came Back" for my DVD library, all just released, sponsored by Disney but directed by Miyazaki. I have all his earlier movies on DVD. They're all terrific.<<

Good choices!!! I love Studio Ghibli films. We own all of them in original Japanese and are slowly collecting them in English. I want my girls to watch with subtitles because it forces them to read. They Love "Castle in the Sky" and I refuse to get in in English.

Have you seen "Grave of the Fireflies?" It has an anti war message but is extremely well done. One cries for hours at this film.
And if you have kiddies, make sure you get "My Neighbor Totoro." The Soot Sprites from "Spirited Away" make their debut!
My kids love, "Panda Go Panda" but basically it's eye candy.

I'm dying to see "Howl's Moving Castle." It's openning here in the US in June. I think it's a Disney release as well.

(have you seen the English Dub of "Kiki's Delivery Service"?
That was the first we saw. Phil Hartman as the cat Jiji, makes the film!)


22 posted on 03/06/2005 3:25:19 PM PST by netmilsmom (I once put instant coffee in a microwave and went back in time.)
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To: Valin

****Remind me again why this is suppoesed to be a problem? ***

Ummm... older children get into characters - they read up on them and have posters of them on their walls. A leading lady lesbian white witch = influence and normalization of the idea of homosexuality in a "Christian" movie.


***If you're looking for Christians to star in this you're going to be disappointed. ****

And choosing a lesbian to lead a movie targeting Evangelicals shows just how far Disney has their foot up their hind side.


***I'm not real thrilled with her "lifestyle"***

Hey, it's just about sex right!


***but it won't be the deciding factor weather I go or not.***

You are not in the primary target market.


23 posted on 03/06/2005 3:26:52 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: ECM
Considering Disney's history it will be a tale of environmentalism with a Peta and Elf being the hero's.
24 posted on 03/06/2005 3:28:34 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Certified cause of Post Traumatic Redhead Syndrome)
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To: Coastal

Think Disney will get the same reception from churches that Mel Gibson did? I doubt it.


25 posted on 03/06/2005 3:29:54 PM PST by WestTexasWend
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To: starfish923

***Ole Walt would turn over in his grave if he saw what his beloved Disney has turned into.***

He truly would. I saw an interview with him about his plans for EPCOT and he was talking all about using it to show the world the greatness of American Free Enterprise. (His vision of EPCOT was quite a bit grander that what it actually became).

He must have used that phrase, "American Free Enterprise" 10 times.

I never heard him say "diversity" once.


26 posted on 03/06/2005 3:36:14 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Cicero; american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; ...
If Disney doesn't want to screw this up, they will be wise to get a director and writers who can understand the Christian message and won't mess with it, detract from it, or add to it, but just play it as Lewis wrote it.

A 'passionate' bump for C. S. Lewis!

Catholic Ping - Come home for Easter and experience God’s merciful love. Please freepmail me if you want on/off this list

American Catholic - Lent Feature

27 posted on 03/06/2005 3:38:02 PM PST by NYer ("The Eastern Churches are the Treasures of the Catholic Church" - Pope John XXIII)
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To: PetroniusMaximus
***Ole Walt would turn over in his grave if he saw what his beloved Disney has turned into.***
He truly would. I saw an interview with him about his plans for EPCOT and he was talking all about using it to show the world the greatness of American Free Enterprise. (His vision of EPCOT was quite a bit grander that what it actually became).
He must have used that phrase, "American Free Enterprise" 10 times.
I never heard him say "diversity" once.

Bump.

28 posted on 03/06/2005 3:38:56 PM PST by starfish923
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To: ECM

the only thing Disney sees if the green of dollars.

This is no different than democrats trying to change their words but not their objectives.

How the heck did disney end up with this project?


29 posted on 03/06/2005 3:41:31 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: WestTexasWend
Disney will have to pry my money from my cold, dead fingers!

Ever since Walt died, they've displayed a remarkable talent to turn finery into filth...

30 posted on 03/06/2005 3:42:23 PM PST by Lurking2Long
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To: Richard Kimball

Gag...heave...barf...


31 posted on 03/06/2005 3:42:55 PM PST by Lurking2Long
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To: Coastal

Isn't this being co-produced by Walden Media - the same group that brought us "Because of Winn-Dixie"? I'm still holding out hope that this will be a good series.


32 posted on 03/06/2005 3:45:56 PM PST by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: netmilsmom
You have good taste! And making your girls read the subtitles is good, too - no matter how good the dub, there's always something subtly wrong about it. And Japanese is a lyrical, beautiful language, so it's no hardship to listen to.

I can't wait to see "Howl's Moving Castle" either. I'm slightly hopeful it'll be the movie to convince my mother that anime can be a-ok. But I'm torn about seeing it dubbed in the theater versus waiting for the subtitled rental.

33 posted on 03/06/2005 3:47:02 PM PST by JenB
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To: lightman

hmmm an EVIL lesbian. That will go over well with the homo clique at disney.

There is a pillow talk joke inthere somewhere....


34 posted on 03/06/2005 3:50:29 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: Coastal
What the Lion King with Jesus put back IN.?.
Except the weasle and warthog will be the producer and director..
35 posted on 03/06/2005 3:50:45 PM PST by hosepipe (This Propaganda has been edited to include not a small amount of Hyperbole..)
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To: PetroniusMaximus

Exactly. You evil mean-spirited Christians can't criticize our pro-gay policies but we're happy to take your money . . . we'll even pretend our movies are pro-Christian if you'll pay us. They'd have done better just by stretching out several movies from the Marnia Chronicles instead of just one with the first making people want to see the second etc. I guess they didn't get the hint from the LOTR triolgy. Loving parents should just read the books to their children and try to develop their imaginations; skip Disney.


36 posted on 03/06/2005 3:55:08 PM PST by SouthCarolinaKit
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To: starfish923

Did you bother to read the article?


37 posted on 03/06/2005 3:57:02 PM PST by stands2reason (Mark Steyn on GWB: "This is a president who wants to leave his mark on more than a cocktail dress.")
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To: PetroniusMaximus

Where did you read she was a lesbian? Just wondering because her IMDB biography (not always the most accurate info) lists her as having a husband.


38 posted on 03/06/2005 3:57:28 PM PST by CSM43 (Spare me your sixth grade Michael Moore logic.)
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To: JenB

You have to go see it in theaters! Need to convince Dinsey, etc., that we'll pay for this stuff so we get more!

Steamboy also debuts in theaters in 3 weeks--can't wait!


39 posted on 03/06/2005 4:00:09 PM PST by ECM
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To: ECM

That is a valid point. Money talks and BS walks.


40 posted on 03/06/2005 4:02:36 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: ECM

Hah, I am looking forward to getting a roommate next month so I can spend $150 a month, instead of just $50, on anime. My poor pocketbook - there are two series coming out now I have to buy, plus the "Full Metal Panic Perfect Collection" next month.

Steamboy should be good! Hope there's a theater near me showing it. I'll almost certainly go see "Howl". I want to see what Miyazaki-san has done with the source material.


41 posted on 03/06/2005 4:03:22 PM PST by JenB
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To: Coastal
Disney doing a Christian film?

This ought to be a hoot.

42 posted on 03/06/2005 4:09:01 PM PST by FarRightTexan
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To: PetroniusMaximus

My family followed the LOTR closely. Games, books costumes..all made at home. When we found out about the proclivities of the actor who played Gandalf, it changed the last movie for us. It gave us a distance we didn't have with the first two. Oh we watched it, but it was different. They had somehow "soiled" our story by trying to normalize something that we felt was "ours."

Looks like they are going to "soil" another story.


43 posted on 03/06/2005 4:09:22 PM PST by mlmr (The "Naked and the Fred"....is back!)
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To: Coastal

I read this account with the same degree of suspicion as reports of Zarqawi's arrest.


44 posted on 03/06/2005 4:11:02 PM PST by savedbygrace ("No Monday morning quarterback has ever led a team to victory" GW Bush)
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To: Great Prophet Zarquon

Does Hillary have a role somewhere?


45 posted on 03/06/2005 4:11:20 PM PST by ladylib
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To: mlmr

Remember that Harrison ford movie which just died in theaters because of the then lesbian actress? I forgot her name.

He movie creer pretty much died.


46 posted on 03/06/2005 4:11:44 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: Valin
Remind me again why this is suppoesed to be a problem?

And when she's out promoting the film, you don't think the subject will come up?

47 posted on 03/06/2005 4:14:38 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: longtermmemmory

Remember that Harrison ford movie which just died in theaters because of the then lesbian actress? I forgot her name

No, I am not aware of that film.

Why is his career dead? I dont really follow films and rarely watch...Although I bought and saw Napoleon Dynamite yesterday and laughed so hard that I cried.


48 posted on 03/06/2005 4:17:30 PM PST by mlmr (The "Naked and the Fred"....is back!)
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To: JenB

Look on e-bay for Howl in Japanese when it is released to DVD. That's where we got our collection. It was only 50.00 for 10 movies of the original Ghibli collection and Spirited Away. I have rented Spirited Away in English (and saw it in the theater) but again I make them watch it as is.

When I watched "The Cat Returns" all I could think of is how much better it would be with Haru in Japanese. Although I have to admit that Cary Elwes made the Baron just HOT!

Have your mom watch "Grave of the Fireflies". She will know that anime is serious. Did you know that "My Neighbor Totoro" was released with "Grave" in Japan?!? Can you imagine a darling story about happy children shown with a depressing story of children in WWII Japan?


49 posted on 03/06/2005 4:18:52 PM PST by netmilsmom (I once put instant coffee in a microwave and went back in time.)
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To: netmilsmom

Ack! You bought a bootleg!

I can't say this with 100% certainty, but 95%+ of anime that's available on ebay is bootlegged. Did it come all in one box, which folds out, and maybe two movies per disk? And are there Chinese subtitles or Chinese characters on the back?

I know the real stuff is expensive, but bootlegs are produced by the Chinese mafia, not the world's nicest people.

I'm not sure I'll be up for watching "Grave of the Fireflies" again any time this decade, which is why I haven't watched it with Mom.

If you like anime movies, you might like to start branching out into series. I've seen a lot so if you're interested, I can recommend a few for you. There's a lot of lousy stuff, all right, but a lot of good stuff too, shows that would just never be produced here because there's no audience for it.


50 posted on 03/06/2005 4:24:13 PM PST by JenB
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