April 8th, 2010

Movies

Netflixin': The Princess and the Frog

In the first five minutes of The Princess and the Frog, Disney establishes that they're really stepping outside their comfort zone, and IMHO, they hit it out of the park. Yes, it's a princess story, but dramatically different and much more modern than most of what you expect from them these days. The voice cast really excels, which is a bonus because the characters are much better defined than you expect from the average animated fairy tale. Clearly the best (non-Pixar) thing they've done in years, and definitely a good movie for parents and kids alike.

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News

American assassinations, Kyrgyzstan, and Fox News

"Just imagine what the reaction would have been among progressive editorial pages, liberal opinion-makers and Democratic politicians if this story had been about George Bush and Dick Cheney targeting American citizens for due-process-free and oversight-less CIA assassinations."

THURSDAY NEWS:
* Oh, and there's a revolution underway in Kyrgyzstan.
* First responders to the World Trade Center attack have permanent lung damage.
* "Now that the health bill is a reality, people are - properly and wisely - less interested in the political arguments, and have turned their attention to figuring out how it affects their lives."
* Oh, and, it turns out it really isn't that unpopular after all. Who knew!
* One year later, planning a gay marriage in Iowa.
* Howard Kurtz on Murdoch's views of Fox News.
* Chris Cillizza on what to expect from the upcoming Southern Republican Leadership Conference.
* '2-million-year-old fossils may help fill key gap in human evolution.'