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Friday, June 25, 2004
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It's been a good week for Democrats. Earlier this week, Bill Clinton's memoirs hit the bookstores, selling over 2 million copies and now Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 opens nationwide today in theaters. I have to say that I have next to no interest in either one. But I will give them this--as much as I may agree or disagree with what each of these men has to say, I fully support their right to get out there and say it. I don't think we should shut down Michael Moore from having his own opinion on things and presenting them as an op-ed piece. But it also means I have the right to not accept his view on things and not reward him with paying my hard earned money to see his movie. What I do find of great interest is how polarizing the movie has become. One article in USA Today was of particular interest on this subject: 'Fahrenheit 9/11': Will it change any voter's mind? I also found some comments in The Tennessean's AP review of the film interesting.

"Like Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, which had both supporters and detractors in a tizzy before they'd even seen a minute of it, Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 has liberals and conservatives alike scrambling to spin the film's content for their political and personal purposes.

And like The Passion, the director's new documentary will reinforce whatever opinions people had when they walked into the theater — about both President Bush, its subject, and Moore himself."

Entertainment
USA Today continues to stoke my excitement for Spider-Man 2, this morning giving us a look at Alfred Molina, the man who plays Doc Ock in the film that, quite frankly, doesn't open soon enough for my liking. (In a sidenote: We've now had articles on Toby Maguire and Alfred Molina, so I think we should have one about Kirsten Dundst early next week!!) The article is here. There's also an interesting discussion of what makes a great movie villain as well and a poll for the best movie villain of all-time. No surprise that Darth Vader is winning the poll.

Speaking of movies that I'm excited about, the web site for Serenity is up. (Serenity is the movie continuation of the superlative Joss Whedon created TV series Firefly). It includes a blog about the filming of the movie. I hate to say it, but I am probably more excited about this movie than I am the next Star Wars movie. (I can hear Barry's exclamation of disbelief even now!)

'Jeopardy' Champ Passes Half-Million in Winnings
All I can say is--wow! I also like how late in the article there is mention of fans of "Jeopardy" saying that it's not as good as it used to be and they've changed the rules too much! It just goes to show you that Star Trek fans aren't alone in lobbing this criticism at our favorite show. (Also, can a game show really Jump the Shark?)

The Tennessean has a nice article about one of my favorite country singers Carolyn Dawn Johnson. I really liked her first CD, Room With a View, and her second CD, Dress Rehearsal is growing on me.

Jenna, Jenna, Jenna...
I first became aware of this story thanks to Vicki over at Magnolia Glen. Jenna Lewis, of Survivor: Borneo and All-Star fame apparently has taken a page from Paris Hilton's book. But instead of getting her name out there before a reality show hits the air, Jenna has found a way to extend her fifteen minutes of fame with an alleged video of her wedding night now making its way around the Net. As I said in the comments over at Magnolia Glen, Jenna has apparently learned the wrong lesson from Paris's little adventures. Also, if I remember my Survivor history correctly, Jenna turned down a very lucrative offer after the first season to appear in Playboy. I guess the profit from the videotape was a bit more lucrative. Also of interest is the conflicting stories going around about who leaked the videotape--there is some speculation that Jenna and her new hubby were the ones who leaked the tape out. Ah, the lengths we'll go to for our fifteen minutes of fame...

Sports
And then there were none.
South Carolina, the last SEC team still in the College World Series, bowed out yesterday, losing 4-0 to the Cal State Fullerton Titans. So now without an SEC team in there, I really don't have any idea who to root for. I will have to do some research and go back to my usual system of pulling for one team or another--namely, which team last beat the Vols. That's the one I will root against.

Tampa Bay 19, Toronto 13
Was there a football game played?!? Not much defense in this one, but a whole lot of offense. Also of note--one day after their club-record 12 game winning streak came to end, the Devil Rays set a record for most runs scored in a game. I continue to stand by my prediction that the Devil Rays will win it all this year! Meanwhile, one day after clobbering the Yankees, the Orioles lost 5-2 and also lost the series 2 games to one. Damn Yankees!

And Now For Something Completely Different.
Priest Beats Up Would-Be Robbers
Rick and Bubba were having a field day with this story this morning--Rick's impression of what the priest was saying to the thief nearly had me driving off the road I was laughing so hard. A couple of amusing things about this. The priest was named Matt Foley. How bizarre is that?!? (For those of you who don't remember, Matt Foley was the name of the motivational speaker played by Chris Farley on SNL, famous for the line, "A van...down by the river!"). Second, the priest learned how to fight from his brothers and sisters and that he used a headlock to keep one of the thieves from getting away.

It's just sad that these two guys had several meals at the church before deciding to steal the money from the box. This may punch a one-way ticket to hell for them. Also, can you imagine the hell this guy is going to get in jail when they find out what he's in for and that he was caught by a priest?!?

posted by Michael Hickerson at 6/25/2004 08:18:00 AM | |
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