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Oscars tension mounts as 'Brokeback Mountain' rides

Posted on 03/05/2006 3:24:29 AM PST by albyjimc2

HOLLYWOOD (AFP) - Tension reached fever pitch as Hollywood began the final countdown to Sunday's Oscars, with a posse of "serious" films, led by "Brokeback Mountain," set to overrun the big night.

As workers frantically put the finishing touches on preparations for the 78th annual Academy Awards, which start with the legendary red carpet celebrity fashion show, the anxious nominees are crossing their fingers.

In a year laden with small-budget movies packing weighty political or social messages, Taiwan director Ang Lee's film about gay cowboys is the frontrunner for the top awards, including best picture and best director.

"We're almost there and I think 'Brokeback' is still leading the race," said veteran Hollywood Reporter online columnist Marty Grove.

But the aching story of two macho farmhands who fall in love despite themselves and pursue an unfulfilled 20-year romance faces a last-minute challenge from a dark horse, Paul Haggis's racial drama "Crash."

"The buzz is that the threat to 'Brokeback' from 'Crash' is now very real," awards expert Tom O'Neil of the website theEnvelope.com said of the tiny independent movie that may crash Ang Lee's party.

"'Brokeback' has a passionate following, but you also have 'Capote' and 'Transamerica' this year and they may have created a gay fatigue," he told AFP.

But like other pundits, O'Neil is still betting that the offbeat Western which has swept Hollywood's awards season and led the Oscars race from the start will still rope in five statuettes Sunday.

It rides into the Oscars armed with a leading eight nominations, including best picture, director, best actor for Australia's Heath Ledger and best supporting role nods for Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams.

The movie faces off against the six-times nominated "Crash," about a group of ethnically diverse people whose lives collide in a Los Angeles car accident, and George Clooney's political drama Good Night, and Good Luck," which is also up for six awards.

Also competing for best picture are "Munich" -- Steven Spielberg's epic about the aftermath of the Palestinian massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics -- and "Capote," about US author Truman Capote, both of which are up for five Oscars.

"Capote" star Philip Seymour Hoffman is widely favoured to win the best actor Oscar for his staggering title role in Bennett Miller's biopic, facing off against the Australian star of "Brokeback," Heath Ledger, 26.

Also vying for the award is Joaquin Phoenix, who played country star Johnny Cash in the biopic "Walk the Line," nominated for five Oscars, David Strathairn, for his role as newsman Ed Murrow in "Good Night," and Terrence Howard for "Hustle and Flow."

"The Oscars upsets almost always happen in the supporting actor categories, so we may see the jaw-dropper of the evening be Jake or Michelle winning for 'Brokeback,'" O'Neil said.

Most pundits predict that Briton Rachel Weisz will win the women's award for her role as an activist fighting the pharmaceutical industry in Kenya in "The Constant Gardner," with Williams -- Heath Ledger's real-life fiancee -- trailing for her portrayal of his cuckolded wife in "Brokeback."

Also competing for best supporting actress are Frances McDormand for "North Country," Amy Adams for "Junebug" and Catherine Keener, who played writer Harper Lee in "Capote."

Heartthrob Clooney is tipped to beat out Gyllenhaal and win best supporting actor for his role as a CIA spy in the oil industry thriller "Syriana."

Clooney, who is up for three Oscars, also faces competition from Paul Giammati for "Cinderella Man," Matt Dillon for "Crash," and William Hurt for "A History of Violence."

Facing off against frontrunner Ang Lee for best director are "Capote's" Miller, Haggis for "Crash," Clooney as director of "Good Night," and Spielberg for "Munich," the only big-budget film in the major categories.

The politically outspoken Clooney is also nominated for his best original screenplay for "Good Night," the story of newsman Ed Murrow's crusade against the repression of the US and-Communist witch hunt of the 1950s.

The political current running through this year's Oscars is further stoked by the Palestinian best foreign language film contender "Paradise Now," about two friends who become suicide bombers, a nomination that infuriated many Israelis.

It competes against France's World War I story "Joyeux Noel," Italy's story of sex abuse, "Don't Tell," Germany's "Sophie Scholl -- The Final Days" and South Africa's crime drama "Tsotsi," by Gavin Hood.

"Oscar has gone very serious this year," Grove said of the nominees. "In the past, the Oscars were only about great filmmaking and entertainment, but now its about passing on an important message."


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"US and-Communist witch hunt of the 1950s."

Witch hunt? Yeah, I love Coulter and I will use her as a reference, but hundreds of Communist spies within the government is hardly a "witch hunt." Russia was only pointing nuclear arms at us for 40 years and killing MILLIONS of it's own people, why can't we all be Communists and spread a Communist agenda? It frustrates me to the bone sometimes.

I am a young guy, and I find it sad that up until I read about McCarthy, I seriously thought he was a bad guy. Because that is what I grew up seeing and learning in class and the television. This crap just plain infuriates me!

1 posted on 03/05/2006 3:24:31 AM PST by albyjimc2
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To: albyjimc2

Buttcrack Mountain: Where two grown men can kiss and fondle each other while stealing 2 hours of your lifetime.


2 posted on 03/05/2006 3:31:25 AM PST by Emmet Fitzhume (Memo to Al Franken: Read Ecclesiastes 7:9, and get back to me.)
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To: albyjimc2
Brokeback, John Stewart, Clooney.

Think I'll watch Russian Cable, in Russian.

4 posted on 03/05/2006 3:36:58 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: albyjimc2
Tension reached fever pitch

Gosh, the suspense is killing me. Which film that I will never see will win the big awards? Will it be Crash or will Capote stun us all? How will I make it through the day?

5 posted on 03/05/2006 3:40:03 AM PST by jalisco555 ("Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us and pigs treat us as equals" Winston Churchill)
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To: Semper Paratus

" It rides into the Oscars armed with a leading eight nominations, including best picture, director, best actor for Australia's Heath Ledger and best supporting role nods for Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams. "

As much as I loved OCTOBER SKY and Gyllenhaal in it , I'm
nor sure I can ever watch it in the same light again .


6 posted on 03/05/2006 3:40:15 AM PST by sushiman
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To: albyjimc2
"Tension reached fever pitch"

Boring crap, as far as I am concerned.
7 posted on 03/05/2006 3:44:07 AM PST by Ninian Dryhope ("Bush lied, people dyed. Their fingers." The inestimable Mark Steyn)
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To: albyjimc2
I for one want Bareback Mountian and the other fruity films to sweep the Oscars. Hollyweird has thrown down the gauntlet, pushed in all it's chips by saying "these films are now our standard and future and there's nothing you can do about it." I'll love showing them how wrong they are.

Plus I'll thoroughly enjoy pointing out how Hollyweird has completely disconnected from real Americans and only flaming leftist moonbats will be able to defend it, with no cover from the movie wackos.
8 posted on 03/05/2006 3:47:10 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: albyjimc2
If humpback wins 5 Oscars than everyone who bought a ticket to see the movie could get one.

As far as for Cloonie's "All Commies go to Heaven" I love the way nobody mentions that Murrow's friend Duggan who is portrayed in the film as the unjustly persecuted victim, did turn out to be a soviet spy. Sure, his guilt wasn't known for sure during the time when Murrow was defending him, but released soviet documents have long ago settled the matter.

Maybe Clooney can make a anti-death penalty movie about the guy in Virginia that maintained his innocence to the end, even getting on the cover of Time or Newsweek. Ten years after his execution his supporters got the governor to authorize DNA test that weren't available at the time of his execution. The left was abuzz with anticipation, but they got real quiet when the DNA test established his guilt beyond any doubt. If Clooney could ignore the guys guilt the same way he ignored Duggan's, he would have one heck of a movie.
9 posted on 03/05/2006 3:47:42 AM PST by NavVet (“Benedict Arnold was wounded in battle fighting for America, but no one remembers him for that.”)
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To: albyjimc2
LINK ?
10 posted on 03/05/2006 3:48:36 AM PST by BlessedBeGod (Benedict XVI = Terminator IV)
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To: GBoettner

"The top 5 movies nominated have only been seen by 10 percent of the population."I believe it.Hollyweird becoming irrelevant?People should simply boycott the Oscars.Would they get the message?I haven't pd to see a film for a couple yrs now,and i don't forsee that changing anytime soon.It's not just the liberal agenda/point of view of films like BB+Munich,but most of the movies they crank out are simply not entertaining.


11 posted on 03/05/2006 3:50:45 AM PST by Thombo2
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To: albyjimc2
Oscars tension mounts as 'Brokeback Mountain' rides
12 posted on 03/05/2006 3:53:15 AM PST by BlessedBeGod (Benedict XVI = Terminator IV)
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To: albyjimc2

There is not one best picture nominee here I would consider seeing.

Compare that with, say, some of the nominees for 1942, another year we were at war:

Mrs. Miniver, Kings Row, Wake Island, Pride of the Yankees, Yankee Doodle Dandy.

If we had the press and the Hollywood elite we have now in 1942, we would all be speaking German.


13 posted on 03/05/2006 3:56:04 AM PST by I still care (")
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To: I still care

Or Russian:

Hollywood seems to hold a candle not only for fascists who murder Israeli athletes, but they also celebrate the communists and atheists behind the DNC.


15 posted on 03/05/2006 4:00:16 AM PST by Emmet Fitzhume (Oh senseless death and destruction, thy name is Islam.)
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To: albyjimc2

This is the first year that not one single movie is worth seeing. No buzz generated from the nominations, doubt there will be any buzz generated from the awards.


16 posted on 03/05/2006 4:00:56 AM PST by McGavin999 (I suggest the UAE form a Joint Venture Partnership with Halliburton & Wal-Mart)
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To: GBoettner

Chronicles of Narnia
The Great Raid
March of The Penguins
Walk The Line
Batman Begins


The five great movies of 2005 completely SNUBBED by the fools at the "Academy."


17 posted on 03/05/2006 4:02:25 AM PST by Emmet Fitzhume (Oh senseless death and destruction, thy name is Islam.)
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To: albyjimc2
I just watched Walk The line last night. It was a wonderful film and I hope it wins something. But I'm not holding my breath.

When Hollywood comes out of the closet tonight and sucks up to the gay agenda I pray it tolls it's own death knell.

The true face of Hollywood is not bronzed and beautyfull./ It's slickly and pale from years in the closet and exposed to the light of day may it rot and die.
18 posted on 03/05/2006 4:03:57 AM PST by BigCinBigD (Merry Christmas!)
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To: Emmet Fitzhume
Sissies from coast to coast will be glued to their television sets this evening in anticipation of this great triumph.

By the way remember Brokeback Mountain is a "love story".
19 posted on 03/05/2006 4:04:10 AM PST by saneright
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To: Emmet Fitzhume

March of the Penguins is up for best documentary. Walk the line is up for a couple of awards.

Actually, all of the films you mentioned are up for some award or another.


20 posted on 03/05/2006 4:06:00 AM PST by durasell (!)
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To: saneright

Brokeback
Hoffman
Witherspoon
Giamatti

Changing tired subject.


21 posted on 03/05/2006 4:08:06 AM PST by Syberyenta
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To: durasell

Nominated, yes, you are right.

But we all know they won't actually win anything.

Perhaps "Walk The Line" may win something, but the rest will probably win nothing.

A film celebrating the true bravery of US Army Rangers and their rescue of POWs would never win something from "The Academy."

But the flaming homosexuals, black racists, angry atheists, destructive Muslims and goose-stepping Communists will instead triumph.


22 posted on 03/05/2006 4:14:00 AM PST by Emmet Fitzhume (Democrats need adult supervision at all times.)
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To: Emmet Fitzhume

March of the Penguins will probably win against Darwin's Nightmare.

Witherspoon will probably win for Walk the Line.

Narnia will probably win for Visual Effects.


23 posted on 03/05/2006 4:16:42 AM PST by durasell (!)
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To: albyjimc2

""Oscar has gone very serious this year," Grove said of the nominees. "In the past, the Oscars were only about great filmmaking and entertainment, but now its about passing on an important message.""

Evidently, in this era of the "Great Satan" (to them - Bush, of course), Hollywood en masse has seen fit to come out of the closet, beat its collective chest (like King Kong) and shout out: "WE'RE LIBERALS, WE'RE PROUD, AND WE'VE GOT AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE!"

Why do I have a feeling no one's going to be listening this year?


24 posted on 03/05/2006 4:20:38 AM PST by Pravious
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To: albyjimc2
Tension reached fever pitch

No, that's just another symptom of your latest STD, you sick, twisted, Hollywood freaks.

25 posted on 03/05/2006 4:21:20 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: albyjimc2

I'm calling in sick...


26 posted on 03/05/2006 4:21:29 AM PST by Dallas59 ((“You love life, while we love death"( Al-Qaeda & Democratic Party))
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To: albyjimc2

The awards is all about queers and immoral people awarding immoral people, do they really think that they are fooling anyone?


27 posted on 03/05/2006 4:23:39 AM PST by garylmoore (Homosexuality: Obviously unnatural, so obviously wrong.)
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To: GBoettner

"Man On Fire",I'll probably ck it out when it comes on cable."Capote"may be worthwhile if it's reasonably accurate.What a strange man.Anyways,I love a good war flick,but the pervasive anti-war/anti-US message tends to ruin the enjoyment.Hollyweird seems compelled/entitled to ram their philosophy down our throats.


28 posted on 03/05/2006 4:27:33 AM PST by Thombo2
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To: Thombo2

Man on Fire isn't a war flick. It's a re-make of an action/adventure/thriller from a book by AJ Quinnell


29 posted on 03/05/2006 4:29:35 AM PST by durasell (!)
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To: albyjimc2
Oscars tension boredom mounts...
30 posted on 03/05/2006 4:29:36 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Democrats are guilty of whatever they scream the loudest about.)
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To: saneright

I went to see Brokeback Mt yesterday.
If you put aside the story line is about 2 gay cowboys,and the story was about heterosexuals.. this is most definitely NOT a "great love story". It is about two people having a twenty year "affair". What was all the hype about? it is Not a "love story>"

The movie is depressing, boring and way too long. The main characters are unsympathetic, self-centered boring, whining guys. The women are portrayed as dumb and pathetic.
there is virtually no plot or character development.

If this wins an award..especially for directing or acting..it will be very undeserved ( from even a film perspective.) However, the Oscars have always been about political statements, not film.


31 posted on 03/05/2006 4:32:35 AM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Google would sell out America to the highest bidder!)
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To: Emmet Fitzhume
I saw Batman Begins a couple of weeks ago on cable. It was one of the best movies I'd seen in quite a while. March of the Penguins was very good as well, but probably too hard for Hollywood types to understand. Still waiting on the rest mentioned to reach on demand since I refuse to step into a theater.
32 posted on 03/05/2006 4:34:17 AM PST by whershey
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To: Pravious

I mistakenly thought the Academy Awards was last night. Now, I'll have to avoid watching the show again.


33 posted on 03/05/2006 4:34:30 AM PST by Carolinamom (I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves. ---Ronald Reagan)
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To: albyjimc2
Its a liberal party. America is racist, filled with evil homophobic conservatives and persecutes Commies. Quite an Oscars evening tonight.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

34 posted on 03/05/2006 4:35:28 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Squantos
I just bet you have the VCR all set to record. (/sarcasm)

The contractor I work with has about 250 or so temps working a program. The majority of them are kids right out of high school. I am betting that all I hear tomorrow is "oscar this" and "oscar that." Tiring to hear and sorrowful to see.
35 posted on 03/05/2006 4:36:57 AM PST by SLB (Wyoming's Alan Simpson on the Washington press - "all you get is controversy, crap and confusion")
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To: albyjimc2

Brokedick Mountain? Hollyweird libs wonder why they're so disconnected from reality? Fire up the buldozer and level the scummy place...Surely there are real directors and producer's coming up like Gibson, and Eastwood, in America that will honor their/our country.


36 posted on 03/05/2006 4:38:36 AM PST by Issaquahking (Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.)
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To: Issaquahking

Clint Eastwood made Million Dollar Baby and Mystic River, both of which won some kind of awards -- either Oscars or Golden Globes.


37 posted on 03/05/2006 4:46:58 AM PST by durasell (!)
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To: albyjimc2

"Tension reached fever pitch as Hollywood began the final countdown to Sunday's Oscars, with a posse of "serious" films, led by "Brokeback Mountain," set to overrun the big night."

Laughing out loud here.... The only fever was on the screen when those two guys found each other on the prarie alone with their horses. I guess they could have chosen the horses over each other....that would have really gotten them into Oscar contention.


38 posted on 03/05/2006 4:47:30 AM PST by armydawg1 (" America must win this war..." PVT Martin Treptow, KIA, WW1)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
Joel Seigel the long time film critic for WABC TV in New York City was one of the few critics who actually trashed the movie. He hit on the same points you have. He said the movie was not a love story at all but a movie about a person stalking another for no other reason than to have a sexual liaison with him. He also stated it was too long and very boring.

Of course he was then trashed by some queer group (I can't remember which one). I do recall their spokesperson said he didn't understand gay love or something to that effect.
39 posted on 03/05/2006 4:49:44 AM PST by saneright
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To: armydawg1
I'm wonder why the pro bestiality crowd didn't come out against this movie because the sheep were left unmolested.

I plan on reading the book that came with my copy Of "The Great Raid" instead of watching this drivel.

40 posted on 03/05/2006 4:54:02 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: albyjimc2
"...now its about passing on an important message."

And that message is, "We now deliberately make movies that only 5% of America, tops, would pay to see." Nice strategery, Einstein.

41 posted on 03/05/2006 4:56:35 AM PST by HHFi
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
I'm wonder why the pro bestiality crowd didn't come out against this movie because the sheep were left unmolested.

I'm not sure the sheep were left unmolested...

'BROKEBACK ABUSED SHEEP'

42 posted on 03/05/2006 4:56:44 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: whershey
March of the Penguins was very good as well, but probably too hard for Hollywood types to understand.

I know some human parents who could learn a lot from those penguins.

43 posted on 03/05/2006 4:58:47 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: albyjimc2

The moldy msm has really been pushing this perverted Oscar ceremony. And to make it seem as though there is a horse race when the votes were all cast weeks ago tells us they think the public is really stupid.


44 posted on 03/05/2006 4:59:28 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: Emmet Fitzhume

REVENGE OF THE SITH. No STAR WARS movie EVER won a major Oscar, and SITH made MORE money than all the nominees combined.


45 posted on 03/05/2006 5:03:37 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Emmet Fitzhume

Will this year's stautes be pink, lavender, or if Looney wins one, red?


46 posted on 03/05/2006 5:04:59 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: albyjimc2

This stupid movie is about gay "shepherds", not about gay cowboys.

If we'd all start talking about the shepherds being gay, it would make it funny...... and leave the legend of the cowboy with honor.

It's GAY Shepherds. Got it?


47 posted on 03/05/2006 5:07:15 AM PST by i_dont_chat (I defend the right to offend!)
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To: albyjimc2

And the stupid movie was filmed in Canada, and the movie makers have been accused of mistreatment of the sheep.

That's the story here, folks. Run with it.


48 posted on 03/05/2006 5:09:12 AM PST by i_dont_chat (I defend the right to offend!)
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To: mewzilla

I meant on film.


49 posted on 03/05/2006 5:13:09 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: i_dont_chat

Are they trying to say our Mountains as backgrounds aren't gay enough?


50 posted on 03/05/2006 5:13:11 AM PST by Dallas59 ((“You love life, while we love death"( Al-Qaeda & Democratic Party))
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