May 8th, 2005


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The fight over the judiciary is the new front in the culture war.

Well then. Turns out Abramoff's ties go right to the White House.

Howard Kurtz: "The runaway bride has turned into a runaway television embarrassment."

Baptist congregation kicks out members who don't support Bush.

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Comics take over Hollywood, and Marvel moves to take their piece of the pie. Also, the NYTimes looks at the rise of the comic book movie.

Spielberg, Dick, and Harryhausen inducted into Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

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After the slowest dinner ever at the Columbia Lone Star last night, RQ and I headed over to Snowden to catch Kingdom of Heaven. I fully agree with the City Paper reviewer who wrote 'better than Troy, but not as good as Gladiator.' It's a fun historical epic romp, but is lacking that last bit of oomph to put it over the top into 'great movie' territory. On the other hand, an excellent supporting (B-level) cast including the likes of David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson, and more. Oh, and the guy playing Saladin is excellent, and he's the historical character I care about the most, so there's that. Good summer movie, albeit a two and a half hour one, and don't go looking for Oscar-material.

New Trailers:
* Cinderella Man - As pointed out, most unfortunate title of the year.
* The New World - Ehn. Also, I think I'm done with Colin Farrell.
* The Greatest Game Ever Played - Name long enough there guys? It's a golf movie, might as well give up now. Oh, wait. It's *directed* by Bill "Game over, man!" Paxton. Also, we get Peter Firth, since they needed a British guy.
* Legend of Zorro - You know what the first Zorro was missing? An annoying little kid! Score. No, I give this one some leeway, because I secretly adore the first one. Ain't getting my hopes too high, though. Also, we get Rufus Sewell because Colin Firth was busy making some golf movie.