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  • On "Mad Men", We Are All Sally Draper

    01/29/2012 3:20:48 PM PST · by OrangeHoof · 62 replies
    na | 01-29-2012 | OrangeHoof
    I didn't start watching the television series "Mad Men" until this past September. I had heard things about it from Rush Limbaugh and others and decided to watch the first few episodes online to see if it was worth my time (and because ensemble series always require that you start at the beginning to understand the show). I eventually watched all four seasons on DVD and often went back and listened to the audio commentary to catch the director's perspective. For those not familiar, the series is about a small advertising firm at the turn of the 1960s and centers...
  • What indoor antennas do FReepers recommend for digital TV receptions (for Super Bowl)

    01/28/2012 2:05:41 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 73 replies ^ | 1-28-2011 | Paleo Conservative
    Due to an ongoing dispute between Time-Warner and my local NBC affiliate KRIS, NBC is not currently carried on my cable system. It's pretty likely this dispute won't be resolved before the Super Bowl next weekend, so I want to find out what model of antennas, I should buy in order to watch the Super Bowl next week. I bought a Terk amplified antenna prior to the Houston Texan's game in the first round, and it didn't work at all. The clerk at the return desk at Best Buy said that lots of people were returning that model.
  • Monty Python members to reunite for new film

    01/28/2012 6:19:13 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | 1/26/12 | AFP Newscore
    Members of iconic British comedy group "Monty Python" will reunite for a new film, a science fiction farce, ex-Python Terry Jones said in comments published Thursday. "Absolutely Anything" will not be a Python film as such, but key members of the gang -- John Cleese, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam -- are involved, said Jones, who will direct the movie. US comic Robin Williams will also lend his voice to the film, which will combine animation and live action, while producers are attempting to sign up the other surviving Python member, Eric Idle, for the project.
  • True Crime-Cowardice at Sea; Rev-The Revolution-The "Experts" Lecture Us-The Stupid

    01/27/2012 8:10:55 AM PST · by Fishtalk · 2 replies
    Pat Fish's Blog ^ | 1/27/12 | Pat Fish
    The Crime of Cowardice at Sea, a Couple of Delaware True Crimes Ongoing, MORE The Revolution-The Intelligent Make Over Us, The Stupid
  • Why Do We Like These Clips? Maybe Because Most Of Us Regard Criminals As Slimeballs…

    01/26/2012 11:18:07 AM PST · by sussex · 4 replies
    The Aged ^ | 26/01/12 | The Aged P
    This suspicion that we have exorcised the fear of the law from the criminal mind with soft policing and a “caring” judiciary is often reinforced by the actions of the law when an ordinary citizen seeks to defend his or her property or physical safety when confronted by lawbreakers – hence the frisson of delight most of us have in movie scenes where the tables are turned on some criminal who expects his victim to be terrified into meek obedience when faced with the threat of violence by knife….
  • Glen Beck going ROGUE: Conservative? Independent? No I don't think so, Beck's bought and paid for!

    01/23/2012 11:46:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Nolan Chart ^ | January 23, 2012 | Mark Vogl
    Governor Mitt Romney, moderate from Massachusetts, father of Romney Care, wealthy, Mormon, and blue blood took a pretty good stomping in South Carolina. Why? Well, one reason appears to be he would not reveal his tax returns. By his own admission Mr. Wealth admitted that he was paying about 15% as his federal income tax rates! What's that mean? It means he is so wealthy he lives off his long term investments. Now this is the politician who creates a state health care program in Massachusetts, and wants the tax payers of the state to pay for it. Romney's plan...
  • President Blames Media for Bad Image

    01/22/2012 2:01:41 PM PST · by John Semmens · 30 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 Jan 2012 | John Semmens
    President Obama laid the blame for impressions that he is “cold and aloof” at the feat of what he called “a largely hostile media.” “It’s lonely at the top,” Obama complained. “The average person has plenty of equally situated people who share similar day-to-day experiences. But who shares what I go through on a daily basis? I’m one-of-a-kind. No one is my equal. I can’t hang out with anyone without having to reach down to a lower social strata.” “Instead of praising my magnificence, though, the media foments criticism and complaints,” Obama continued. “A person reading a newspaper or watching...
  • Marianne Doubtful

    01/21/2012 12:43:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 20, 2012 | Elise Cooper
    Newt Gingrich's personal life has become an issue. What a surprise! I was waiting to see how long it would take. Personally, I would rather have the candidates and media focus on what is needed to make America great again, instead of this sideshow. Marianne Gingrich, the former Speaker's second wife, has made allegations in an ABC interview about her relationship with her former husband, which has turned into a "he said, she said." She has accused him of requesting an open marriage and asking for a divorce shortly after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. During the South Carolina...
  • The Best and Worst of Newt

    01/20/2012 6:02:49 PM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 14 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 1/17/12 | Noman
    Newt Gingrich had a good night in Fox News's South Carolina debate. All of the candidates besides Ron Paul did in Noman's estimation. Newt was especially strong when deflecting Juan Williams's race baiting (on Martin Luther King day), and generally by laying out intelligent ideas in compelling language. His only faux pas was going after Mitt Romney's super-pac for running misleading ads, when his own has been less than circumspect. It's hard not to like Newt when he's demonstrating how smart he is, and exposing how smart Lefty reporters aren't. But, it's hard to like him when he gets strategic,...
  • And Then There Were Four

    01/20/2012 12:02:02 PM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 3 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 1/19/12 | Noman
    The second South Carolina Republican presidential debate started off with a bang, or was it a thump? Newt Gingrich demonstrated why he is dangerous enough to the media's agenda setters for ABC and the rest of the establishment to take him out by flattening--and Noman means crepe thin--their mouthpiece, CNN moderator John King, over his opening question about Marianne Gingrich. Both Gingrich and King handled it well--especially King, who had just had his posterior kicked up to his anterior--as did the other candidates, who were invited to opine. They more-or-less rallied around Gingrich, and agreed to talk about issues that...
  • Gingrich's Explosive Remarks "Could Win Him South Carolina"

    01/20/2012 1:23:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Neon Tommy - Annenberg Digital News ^ | January 19, 2012 | Paige Brettingen
    The Southern Republican Presidential Debate Recap: Thirty-six hours before polls open in South Carolina, the four remaining GOP candidates were fired up- starting with Newt Gingrich. Gingrich began the night slamming the network broadcasting the debate, saying CNN "should be ashamed" for asking him about his open marriage. He called the open marriage accusation by his ex-wife "despicable." His explosive response got him a standing ovation and CNN's recap said he could win South Carolina for his answer. To spark the tax-return issue, Gingrich had released his an hour before the debate. When the inevitable got tossed to Romney, he...
  • the Age of Kardashian

    01/18/2012 9:53:08 AM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 26 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 1/13/12 | Noman
    The ubiquitous Kim Kardishian is in the news for apparently no longer being newsworthy. [quote] Everything the reality family touches turns absolutely toxic — with party promoters, magazine editors and television execs all scrambling to blacklist them, insiders told The Post. Ratings for the family’s reality show have plummeted, sales of magazines with Kim Kardashian’s mug go unsold, and her products are unmarketable, insiders say. [end quote] The writer opines that her fall from grace stems from her publicity-stunt marriage to New Jersey Net's forward Kris Humphries, which afforded those who consume celebrity objects only 72 days of vicarious thrills....
  • Whitey Bulger Wants Sitdown With Mark Wahlberg

    01/16/2012 5:42:10 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 01/15/12 | Friends of Ours
    Irish mobster Whitey Bulger has reached out to Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg as reported by Shelley Murphy for The Boston Globe: Wahlberg, a Dorchester native, startled listeners during an interview Friday on The Hill-Man Morning Show on WAAF radio when he revealed that he'd been asked to a jailhouse meeting with Bulger. "He wants me to come down and visit," Wahlberg said on the show. "Maybe he'll give me the exclusive rights to tell his story. 'Cause he knows, you know, we can do it better than anybody else." Bulger was on the lam for sixteen years after being tipped...
  • 10 Best Survival Movie Lessons

    01/15/2012 9:29:12 PM PST · by Kartographer · 87 replies · 1+ views
    Here is a look at the 10 best survival lessons from the big screen. From time to time the motion picture industry produces movies and TV shows which convey a good representation of “worst case scenarios” that mankind could face in a post-apocalyptic world.
  • Final Score: SF 36 - NO 32

    01/15/2012 3:17:29 PM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 10 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 1/14/12 | Noman
    Noman got the score wrong, but not the result! The San Francisco 49ers scored a touchdown in the final seconds to defeat the New Orleans Saints in a thriller. Vernon Davis, shown above crying in his coach's arms after making the game winning catch with :09 seconds remaining, was magnificent. He came to play. His final line: 7 catches for 180 yards--a single game, post-season record for tight ends--and 2 touchdowns. And, that doesn't capture how well he performed, especially in the clutch with the game on the line. Davis's catch and tears of joy reminded 49er fans everywhere of...
  • Obama re-election team has celebrity endorsement wish list

    01/14/2012 8:35:19 AM PST · by Justaham · 36 replies · 1+ views ^ | 1-14-12 | Taylor Bigler
    President Barack Obama’s December wish list didn’t include what he hoped to get from Santa Claus. Instead, he listed big names whose endorsement he hopes to secure before Election Day in November. The star-studded list, dated December 5 and published on Wednesday by The Tennessean, contains past and current “surrogates” who Obama hopes will support him this year. In all, the list of Hollywood heavyweights, professional athletes and Washington power players is seven pages and 194 names long. It includes entertainers like Jay-Z, the Counting Crows, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Lea Michelle, Robert Cray, the Jonas Brothers and Oprah Winfrey...
  • Ron Paul's bizarre appearance on "The Morton Downey Jr. Show" (July 4, 1988)

    01/13/2012 10:35:15 AM PST · by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard · 33 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 4, 1988 | Me
    Libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul ranting, raving and screaming for drug legalization 24 years ago on "The Morton Downey Jr. Show". With special guest appearance by Charles Rangel, as The Voice of Reason. Lunacy on parade (on all sides in this freak show of a debate). Ron Paul on Morton Downey Jr. - 1988
  • Angelina Jolie’s ‘Blood and Honey’ directorial debut a ‘flop’

    01/12/2012 10:43:29 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 17 replies
    1389 Blog - Counterjihad! ^ | January 12, 2012 | Peter Brock
    The critics and movie-goers “doth protest too much.” Make that a silent protest because apparently they have better things to do than say much of anything about Angelina Jolie’s inaugural attempt at writing/directing “In the Land of Blood and Honey.” The first month’s box office take will likely not even amount to a .01-percent trickle of the $13 million blown on this celluloid cliché that promoters had tried to hype as a Romeo and Juliet tragedy set against the recent Bosnian war. By late January, the three-week mini-run that soaked $90,000 in ticket sales from gullible movie-goers is sputtering. Only...
  • Under the Hammer (Milt as BJ Clinton, Newt wins straw poll, BHO recess appointments)

    01/12/2012 12:30:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Greensboro Rhino Times ^ | January 12, 2012 | John Hammer
    Maybe I just wasn't reading the correct articles, but most of the reports I have read on the recess appointments made by President Barack Hussein Obama have left out some key facts. The main one is that the Senate is not in recess. There is no question about that. The technique of pro forma sessions was first implemented by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to prevent President George Walker Bush from making recess appointments. These current pro forma sessions are certainly not Reid's idea, since he is a supporter of the president. But in order for a house of...
  • Iron Lady, Feeble Film

    01/11/2012 7:23:51 PM PST · by stolinsky · 18 replies ^ | 01-12-12 | stolinsky
      Iron Lady, Feeble Film David C. Stolinsky Jan. 12, 2012 The current film “The Iron Lady” purports to give an account of the life and career of Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of the United Kingdom. In this the film fails. It does provide a superb vehicle for Meryl Streep to display her well-known acting talent. But instead of an overview of Lady Thatcher’s career and accomplishments, it portrays a version so slanted that one might suspect it was written and produced by leftists who were no admirers of Thatcher. Oh wait, it was. We are shocked...
  • Fox News, your Sarah Palin reminder service (Wimpy WaPo Weeper weeps)

    01/11/2012 2:27:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 11, 2012 | Erik Wemple
    Media analysts make their money drawing contrasts among the nation’s three premier cable news networks: Fox News (right-leaning, self-righteous); MSNBC (left-leaning, outraged); CNN (hurricane!). These carefully cultivated news identities did surface Tuesday night, though not in striking form. MSNBC generated a lively discussion with a panel that included the Rev. Al Sharpton, Lawrence O’Donnell, Republican strategist Steve Schmidt and Rachel Maddow. The highlight came when Chris Matthews beamed in from New Hampshire and started hassling the Republican strategist. Hey, why hasn’t Mitt Romney released his tax forms? Hey, what’s up with the Republicans essentially deporting President Obama to Europe via...
  • Fox News zings CNN and MSNBC on holiday card, just like last year (Portrays viewers as sheep)

    01/11/2012 9:40:22 AM PST · by opentalk · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News -Cutline ^ | December 21, 2011 | Dylan Stableford
    (Fox News)In what's becoming an annual media tradition, Fox News used its holiday card to wish friends and family well this holiday season--and take a swipe at CNN and MSNBC. The front of Fox News' 2011 card--distributed to media journalists including this one--features a cartoon fox leading ABC, NBC and CBS in a sheep-sled race, with the jockeys for MSNBC and CNN watching from the sidelines. (The idea is that Fox News, the top-rated cable news network, is so far ahead, it's now competing against the the Big Three networks.) Representatives for CNN and MSNBC did not immediately respond to...
  • Christopher Moltisanti Endorses Mitt Romney for President

    01/10/2012 2:43:57 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 6 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | January 10, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    "Maybe it's the hair... reminds me of Pauly!" New Jersey underworld figure Christopher "Chrissy" Moltisanti made a surprise endorsement of Mitt Romney for president today with an impromptu press conference at the renowned Bada Bing nightclub just off Exit 13  (behind The Carpet Warehouse) in picturesque Trenton, NJ. "He's got a big crew, and yeah- we've known them for some time now... Ralphie actually did some work on some of the Bain take-downs, classic pump-n-dump" said the temperamental thug. Noting strong union support, Moltisanti stated "I sent Patsy down to the docks, da boys say Mitt's OK with them... and so as long...
  • No BCS National Championship Game This Year

    01/09/2012 1:50:51 PM PST · by kathsua · 101 replies
    town hall ^ | 1/09/12 | reasonmclucus
    For the first time since the BCS held its first "national championship" game after the 1998 season, there won't be any bowl game that can realistically be portrayed as a "national championship" game. This year's game can only be considered as giving the University of Alabama an opportunity to avenge its loss against Louisiana State University(LSU). The two schools can only play for the championship of the western division of the Southeast Conference(SEC). Alabama cannot even claim the championship of the SEC from a victory because that would require Alabama to defeat eastern division champion , the University of Georgia....
  • You Stay Classy, Ron Paul Supporters

    01/05/2012 9:14:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies ^ | January 5, 2012 | Leon H. Wolf (Diary)
    So Jon Huntsman can speak Mandarin and also he adopted a little Chinese girl who was abandoned in a market. Providing us with yet more evidence that they are mostly liberal Democrats who are mad that Obama has governed too far to the right, Ron Paul supporters decided this was a good reason to produce a video putting Huntsman in a Mao hat and jacket, complete with what is I guess supposed to be a Chinese version of blackface: [video] Clearly Paul’s supporters are smarting a bit from finishing well behind a guy with no money and no campaign organization...
  • An Open Letter to Kevin Bacon

    01/05/2012 10:58:12 AM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 15 replies
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | January 5, 2011 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    I was part of the Footloose generation. I used to shake my ass to the theme song countless times at junior high school dances, and have followed your career with some interest through the years (full disclosure: Tremors is still my favorite Bacon flick). How disappointing it was then to read this morning of your recent slide into the cult of EnviroCelebs regarding the protesting of Alberta’s oil sands and their associated proposed Keystone XL and Northern Gateway pipelines. We as Albertans are used to seeing certain celebrities getting face time in front of the camera protesting against our energy...
  • Imagine if Biblical events were to happen in the age of television . . .

    01/05/2012 2:16:14 AM PST · by BluesDuke · 11 replies
    Yours truly ^ | 5 January 2012 | Yours truly
    An acquaintance on another forum (not a political forum) pondered whether believing that man walked on the moon was faith-based. I told my acquaintance that I didn't exactly need faith to believe it, I had seen the coverage on live television in the summer of 1969 (our summer camp's director made an event out of it, rounding everyone to the camp canteen to see it, even though it was way past our bedtimes!), not to mention having seen, in the years to follow, other footages (including Alan Shepard's rather Chaplinesque attempt to play golf on the moon surface) and written...
  • The Five: Why Would Ron Paul Fill His Ad With Only Liberal Supporters?

    01/02/2012 6:30:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 2, 2012 | Jon Bershad
    Today on The Five, the gang discussed Sarah Palin’s talk of possible third party candidates and focused on Ron Paul. After Eric Bolling joked that Paul’s fans may be “too stoned” to make it to the polls, the topic of conversation turned to a recent ad for Paul which featured a number of liberal commentators. The hosts questioned whether it would be effective or simply a turn off. The ad, entitled “Believe,” will be airing in New Hampshire and Boston and features Ron Paul supporters talking up the candidate’s strengths and ideals. Amongst them are quotes and sound bites taken...
  • Friends, colleagues not surprised by Joe Bodolai’s suicide!

    01/01/2012 1:26:35 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 46 replies · 1+ views ^ | Dec 30, 2011 | harry68
    The body of "Saturday Night Live" writer Joe Bodolai, who committed suicide, was found on Monday in a Los Angeles hotel room by a cleaning crew, with a mix of anti-freeze and Gatorade nearby. The matter was immediately reported to the police and after investigations it was found that he passed away after committing suicide. The LA coroner's office officially ruled the death a suicide.
  • Did Greg Gutfeld Ace His O’Reilly Factor Anchoring Task? (Ted Baxter retiring?)

    12/30/2011 8:16:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 28, 2011 | James Crugnale
    Fox News’s Greg Gutfeld tackled the often vexing world of prime time on Tuesday when he tried to fill some big shoes hosting Fox News’s top-ranked show The O’Reilly Factor. It was an equal-parts bold and odd choice, putting the network’s oft-times unpredictable, distinctly snarky and libertarian-minded funnyman as replacement host of the Fox News flagship program. But would Gutfeld measure as O’Reilly’s FNC tent-pole? Gutfeld handled the reins of hosting The Factor with aplomb, putting his quick-hit comedic commentary aside just enough to fit in on O’Reilly’s self-described “traditionalist” program. At several points during last night’s show, the Red...
  • Sarah Palin lost Alaska reality TV spot to ecofriendly celebrity Jewel? (No proof given)

    12/30/2011 1:06:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Green Celebrity Network ^ | December 29, 2011 | Jason Grant
    Eco-friendly singer Jewel is a bright green celebrity. As a clean water advocate, she has been helping improve living conditions around the world and in her home state of Alaska. As a famous humanitarian and eco-friendly celebrity, she’s also knocked gun-toting Republican guru Sarah Palin out of the top spot as a reality television star. Will Jewel use her star power wisely with her own family’s new reality TV show special feature on the Discovery channel about living a more sustainable lifestyle off the grid and being Alaskan? You can bet your caribou on it. Even though she lives in...
  • Rebel Evolution Trailer

    12/30/2011 8:43:34 AM PST · by mnehring · 4 replies
    In 2005 he was gunning for revolution, less than two years later he had switched his allegiance to 'the man'. Far-left activist turned FBI informant Brandon Darby reflects on this trip through the political divide in Rebel Evolution, an exploration of the adage that ‘liberals are the ones with hearts, and conservatives the ones with brains’ that runs into the nexus of activism and morality. Also featuring Joe England, Ted Hayes, Kevin DuJan, AlfonZo Rachel, and Bill Ayers. (Video at link)
  • HBO Cancels Taxpayer-Supported 'Hung'

    12/30/2011 6:46:17 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/28/2011 | Tom Gantert
    HBO recently announced it was cancelling the show “Hung” after three seasons. The show was filmed in Detroit and the surrounding area. The Michigan Film Office estimates the production company spent $7 million from 2010 to 2011 and received $2.7 million back from the film subsidy, comprising about 38 percent of expenditures. The Michigan Film Office receives the film subsidy money from taxpayers. Michael LaFaive, director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, says that the $2.7 million is actually an opportunity cost sunk in expensive subsidies, such as those allocated for "Hung"'s production...
  • In Beck’s Shadow, Rise of ‘The Five’

    12/27/2011 10:02:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 25, 2011 | Brian Stelter
    When Fox News and Glenn Beck broke up in June, the network’s chairman, Roger Ailes, knew he could not put any single man or woman in that 5 p.m. time slot, lest he or she be compared to Mr. Beck or be pummeled in the press if the ratings tumbled. So, about a week and a half before Mr. Beck signed off, Mr. Ailes wrote the words “The Five” on a piece of paper. Looking to the ABC talk show “The View” and to the time of day as inspiration, he pictured five co-hosts who could argue about the day’s...
  • TV Reality Check: 'NCIS' Is All Wet on Public-Sector Salaries

    12/27/2011 3:29:34 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 19 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/27/2011 | Tom Gantert
    "NCIS" may be the one of the most popular TV crime shows on the air, but it is off the mark when it comes to a discussion about public-sector compensation in a recent episode. In episode 11, “The Newborn King,” the character Jimmy Palmer shows his future father-in-law around the office. The father-in-law doesn’t like Palmer’s public-sector job, where he is an assistant during autopsies. “He actually thinks I am stuck in some government job that pays too little and requires too many hours,” Palmer tells his colleagues of his father-in-law to be. “You are,” Special Agent Jethro Gibbs interjects....
  • Lord of the Rings - Yearly Ritual

    12/26/2011 5:31:35 PM PST · by dagogo redux · 51 replies
    12/26/11 | dagogo redux
    Every year now for a number of years my wife and I watch the entire six disc extended version of the Lord of the Rings during the gloomy Northwest winter around the Thanksgiving-to New-Years time. It helps us through the winter gloom, but since Obama's election it also helps us maintain hope and courage. I grew up on Tolkien before he was well known, and it probably shaped me in ways I can scarcely appreciate. My wife on the other hand, from the Third World, had no inkling of Tolkien until this movie cycle came out. We are both very...
  • Top Movies of 2011

    12/26/2011 5:33:29 PM PST · by Neoavatara · 64 replies · 1+ views
    Neoavatara ^ | December 26, 2011 | Neoavatara
    That time of the year again. Frankly, I thought this was, at best, a mediocre year at the movies. A lot of movies that I had expectations for last year were letdowns. That said, there were certainly movies I enjoyed, and I hope you caught a few of them along the way. Please note that the links take you to my reviews of the movies, where available. Honorable Mentions: 50/50, Another Earth, The Artist, Bridesmaids, Captain America, Cars 2, The Descendents, Drive, Green Lantern, The Help, Horrible Bosses, Midnight in Paris, Mission: Impossible, Ghost Protocol, Moneyball, The Muppets, Pirates of...
  • ...Mike Huckabee On Ron Paul’s ‘Fanatical Believers’ And ‘Decent, Patriotic’ Barack Obama

    12/25/2011 4:40:55 PM PST · by markomalley · 67 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 25th, 2011 | Tommy Christopher
    Former Iowa Caucuses-winner Mike Huckabee apparently wants to spend his post-Christmas days deleting hate mail from his inbox. In an interview with Fox News Sunday‘s Chris Wallace, Huckabee delivered a fairly blistering assessment of Iowa frontrunner Rep. Ron Paul and his “fanatical believers.” As if pissing off the Ronulans wasn’t enough, Huckabee denounced his party’s candidates for being too mean to President Obama, whom he called a “decent, patriotic American.” Wallace began by trying to suck Huckabee into his own feud with Ron Paul fans, asking if a win by the Texas congressman would discredit the Iowa Caucuses. The former...
  • What happened to Christmas on network television? (Vanity)

    12/23/2011 2:13:15 PM PST · by Ge0ffrey · 30 replies
    This is the letter I've written to the television networks: More than 80% of the United States is Christian, yet there are almost no Christmas specials on your network this year. It's as if there were no such holiday as Christmas. Not like the old days, that's for sure. It's a shameful trend by you secular humanists who run our culture, unfortunately. So now I break out my own commercial-free Christmas recordings, and spend an ABC/NBC/CBS-less Christmas with my family! God bless America.
  • THE HOBBIT Trailer HD

    12/21/2011 6:47:19 AM PST · by Kartographer · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/20/11
    THE HOBBIT Trailer HD - For more movie news and interviews go to Synopsis: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers....
  • Commentary: Governor Should Veto Film Incentive Bills

    12/20/2011 3:38:41 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/20/2011 | James Hohman
    Michigan will continue to write million-dollar checks to Hollywood movie producers under legislation passed last week, but the state will still have little to show for its generosity except an acknowledgment as the credits roll. Gov. Rick Snyder should veto this bill — not just because it’s an unfair and ineffective use of taxpayer money, but because it goes against his vision for the program to be flexible. The Legislature voted to give subsidies not to exceed 32 percent of a film’s expenditure, down from 42 percent. But other than this cap the film office will have no control over...
  • Republican-led Legislature Votes Overwhelmingly to Continue 'Big Hollywood' Film Subsidy

    12/20/2011 6:31:25 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/20/2011 | Jarrett Skorup
    The Michigan House overwhelmingly passed a bill allowing the state’s film subsidy program to continue, with handouts to movie and television companies of up to 32 percent of the cost of a production’s payroll expenses (Who Voted 'Yes' and Who Voted 'No'). SB 569 was originally passed by the Senate on Nov. 3. The bill’s sponsor is Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, who previously said he would like to budget as much as $100 million for the film subsidy program. The bill passed by a wide margin in both the Republican-led House and the Republican-led Senate. The House passed...
  • Our Accomplished Leader

    12/14/2011 8:50:02 PM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 3 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 12/14/11 | Noman
    It isn't often that Noman agrees with President Obama. So, he wants to acknowledge when their assessments coincide. One such moment occurred at the end of a recent interview with 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft. [quote] As you said yourself, Steve, you know, I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president -- with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln -- just in terms of what we've gotten done in modern history. [end quote] Noman couldn't agree more. In terms of the legislative blitzkrieg and regulatory carpet bombing unleashed on the...
  • Sending Religious Christmas Cards Like Sending Mel Gibson A Hanukkah Card [Joy Behar-The View]

    12/14/2011 7:40:01 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 32 replies
    TheCivilRightsMovement ^ | DECEMBER 13, 2011 | DAVID BADASH
    Joy Behar on The View says that if she were Jewish, sending her a religious-​themed Christmas card would be like sending Mel Gibson a Hanukkah card. Then, Sherri Shepherd offensively, I think, tells Barbara Walters, who’s Jewish, that she prays for her, as if Walters needs it?
  • Random Harvest (1942)

    12/12/2011 8:18:28 PM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 9 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 12/10/11 | Noman
    It was movie night around No-house again, and last night's was a sentimental beauty: Random Harvest starring Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, and the lovely Susan Peters. The movie is based on a book by James Hilton who also wrote the novels-turned-movies Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939, starring Garson) and Lost Horizon (1937, starring Colman). Set in England, the story involves an amnesiac, John Smith, who lost all memory in a French foxhole during WWI. Ronald Colman is spectacular in the role. His face is a veritable exemplar of emotional complexity, puzzlement, confusion, frustration and resignation. He is simply pathetic, and lovable,...
  • GLENN BECK: If Tea Party Votes For Gingrich It's Because Obama's Black

    12/12/2011 2:41:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 135 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 12, 2011 | Glynnis MacNicol
    No one can ever accuse Glenn Beck of toeing the line. Over the weekend Beck followed up last week's headline-making interview with Newt Gingrich with an appearance on Judge Andrew Napolitano's Fox Business show. Beck, who is no fan of what he terms Gingrich's "progressive" politics, declared that Gingrich is the "only candidate I cannot vote for" before taking a rather brutal (if totally true to form)swipe a Tea Party supporters. If you have a big government progressive, or a big government progressive in Obama… ask yourself this, Tea Party: Is it about Obama’s race? Because that’s what it appears...
  • 'Sarah Palin country? It's Deliverance in ice,' says documentary maker Nick Broomfield

    12/10/2011 6:25:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | December 10, 2011 | Nick Broomfield
    OUR COLD WELCOME October 24, 2010: We’ve arrived – or I have. Half my film crew have been arrested and deported. Everything is going fine at Seattle airport until they find out we are doing a film about Sarah Palin. The authorities go mad. They search our bags and detain my two researchers. Sarah, 22, is subjected to a urine test against her wishes – just in case she is pregnant and tries to get citizenship by giving birth on US soil. Her colleague Mark is spreadeagled against the wall and given a rectal search before being handcuffed. The 25-year-old...
  • How About The Political Apprentice Instead?

    12/09/2011 11:26:02 AM PST · by CaroleL · 2 replies ^ | 12/09/11 | CaroleL
    After only two of the GOP presidential contenders agreed to participate, business mogul Donald Trump is considering canceling the debate he planned to moderate. Reasons given by the no-show candidates range from the polite (Texas Governor Rick Perry cited scheduling conflicts) to the insulting (former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman called the event "show business over substance"). But regardless of why the event seems to have fizzled, there's a project that could make better use of Mr. Trump's time and talents. Call it The Political Apprentice.
  • From Here To Eternity (1953)

    12/08/2011 3:32:19 PM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 13 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 12/8/11 | Noman
    This being the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Noman enjoyed one of the great ones, "From Here To Eternity," starring Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Donna Reed, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra, Ernest Borgnine and others. It is very much a guy's movie with lots of grunting masculinity, suppressed emotions and informal codes that rule in a very structured world of honor, courage and spirit. The first commandment on this army base is: Thou shalt not complain of abuse, or let the abuser know that he's getting to you. The second is the same with the two terms reversed. This code ends...
  • Dead Tree Alert: The Trump Primary

    12/08/2011 2:00:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | December 8, 2011 | James Poniewozik
    To the list of absolutely crucial wedge issues distinguishing the Republican primary candidates, this week added a new one: What is your position on Donald Trump? In my latest TIME column (subscription required), I look at the latest step in the reality-TV-ification of the Republican primary—Trump’s plan to moderate a GOP debate later this month—and how it reflects the bifurcated race between (for now anyway) “frontrunner” Newt Gingrich and “favorite” Mitt Romney. Gingrich and Romney’s responses to the debate offer showed the difference between their style and their political positioning. Gingrich accepted almost instantly, seeming to relish what a hoot...