February 26, 2007

I Didn't Do Too Bad

I guess I didn't do too bad. I was a little upset that Cars lost to Happy Feet in the best animated feature category. The lines in italics are the winners. Bold italics are the ones where I guessed right:

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Leonardo DiCaprio - BLOOD DIAMOND
Ryan Gosling - HALF NELSON
Peter O'Toole - VENUS
Will Smith - THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS
Forest Whitaker - THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Alan Arkin - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Jackie Earle Haley - LITTLE CHILDREN
Djimon Hounsou - BLOOD DIAMOND
Eddie Murphy - DREAMGIRLS
Mark Wahlberg - THE DEPARTED

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Penélope Cruz - VOLVER
Judi Dench - NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Helen Mirren - THE QUEEN
Meryl Streep - THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Kate Winslet - LITTLE CHILDREN

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Adriana Barraza - BABEL
Cate Blanchett - NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Abigail Breslin - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Jennifer Hudson - DREAMGIRLS
Rinko Kikuchi - BABEL

Best animated feature film of the year
CARS
HAPPY FEET
MONSTER HOUSE

Achievement in directing
BABEL
THE DEPARTED
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
THE QUEEN
UNITED 93

Best motion picture of the year
BABEL
THE DEPARTED
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
THE QUEEN

Posted by Valkyre at 07:20 AM | Comments (0)

February 25, 2007

12 Priests

Saw this joke posted in a forum and I wanted to share. I'll probably go to hell, but who cares, it's funny:

12 Priests

Twelve priests were about to be ordained.

The final test was for them to line up in a straight row, totally nude, in a garden while a sexy, beautiful, big breasted, nude model danced before them.

Each priest had a small bell attached to his weenie and they were told that anyone whose bell rang when she danced in front of them would not be ordained because he had not reached a state of spiritual purity.

The beautiful model danced before the first candidate, with no reaction.

She proceeded down the line with the same response from all the priests until she got to the final priest, a handsome young man; Carlos.

Poor Carlos.

As she danced, his bell began to ring so loudly that if flew off, clattering across the ground and laid to rest in nearby foliage.

Embarrassed, Carlos quickly scrambled to where the bell came to rest and bent over to pick it up.

Then all the other bells started to ring....

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February 24, 2007

My Uneducated Oscar Picks

It's that time of year. Every year, around Oscar time, I try to pick the winners. And, like all the other years, I have yet to see any of the movies that are up for Best Picture. Here's the list of the "big" categories. The ones in bold are who I think will win:

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Leonardo DiCaprio - BLOOD DIAMOND
Ryan Gosling - HALF NELSON
Peter O'Toole - VENUS
Will Smith - THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS
Forest Whitaker - THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Alan Arkin - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Jackie Earle Haley - LITTLE CHILDREN
Djimon Hounsou - BLOOD DIAMOND
Eddie Murphy - DREAMGIRLS
Mark Wahlberg - THE DEPARTED

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Penélope Cruz - VOLVER
Judi Dench - NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Helen Mirren - THE QUEEN
Meryl Streep - THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Kate Winslet - LITTLE CHILDREN

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Adriana Barraza - BABEL
Cate Blanchett - NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Abigail Breslin - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Jennifer Hudson - DREAMGIRLS
Rinko Kikuchi - BABEL

Best animated feature film of the year
CARS
HAPPY FEET
MONSTER HOUSE

Achievement in directing
BABEL
THE DEPARTED
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
THE QUEEN
UNITED 93

Best motion picture of the year
BABEL
THE DEPARTED
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
THE QUEEN

Posted by Valkyre at 07:06 PM | Comments (0)

February 20, 2007

Ghost Rider

Since this got a "rotten" over on rottentomatoes.com, my expectations were low. So, it came as somewhat of a pleasant surprise when it turned out to be pretty good. I wonder if the critics realized that the whole thing was camp. I really don't think any of the actors were taking themselves too seriously. This wasn't an art house movie, it was a movie based on a comic book. I think Nicolas Cage did a great job as Johnny Blaze, daredevil motorcycle rider during the day, and then transforms into Ghost Rider during the night. His motorcycle transforms too. There is a really cool scene in the latter half of the movie where Ghost Rider rides across the desert with a Ghost Rider from the past, (Sam Elliot), that was really cool. This is one I actually wouldn't mind seeing again. My daughter sent me a link to one critic who felt the same way I did about the movie.

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February 12, 2007

Yeah.... I Think it Was Time to Get a New Hard Drive

The one on the left is the drive that came with my new Dell. The pink is the available space. The blue is what's been used. As you can see, I didn't have any room. Mike added another drive. I've been cleaning out a lot of files before I move them to the new drive. A lot of the C: drive is taken up with TV shows I've been recording to the disc. Veronica Mars and Ugly Betty. I need to go through those, edit out the commercials and burn them to a disc. That will free up a ton of space.

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February 08, 2007

A Tragic Figure

I can't help but feel sorry for her. I've never really been into the celebrity scene. But, hearing about Anna Nicole Smith's death actually has depressed me. It shows that no matter how rich, or famous one is, you can't really escape lifes problems.

Article here:

Anna Nicole Smith, 39, dies at Florida hotel

Officials will perform an autopsy Friday on the celebrity and tabloid phenomenon.

The Associated Press

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Anna Nicole Smith, the pneumatic blonde whose life played out as an extraordinary tabloid tale — Playboy centerfold, jeans model, bride of an octogenarian oil tycoon, reality-show subject, tragic mother — died today after collapsing at a hotel. She was 39.

She was stricken while staying at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and was rushed to a hospital. Edwina Johnson, chief investigator for the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office, said the cause of death was under investigation and an autopsy would be done Friday.
PCH Helicopters

Just five months ago, Smith's 20-year-old son, Daniel, died suddenly in the Bahamas in what was believed to be drug-related.

Seminole Police Chief Charlie Tiger said a private nurse called 911 after finding Smith unresponsive in her sixth-floor room at the hotel, which is on an Indian reservation. He said Smith's bodyguard administered CPR, but she was declared dead at a hospital.

Through the '90s and into the new century, Smith was famous for being famous, a pop-culture punchline because of her up-and-down weight, her Marilyn Monroe looks, her exaggerated curves, her little-girl voice, her ditzy-blonde persona, and her over-the-top revealing outfits.

Recently, she lost a reported 69 pounds and became a spokeswoman for TrimSpa, a weight-loss supplement. On her reality show and other recent TV appearances, her speech was often slurred and she seemed out of it. Some critics said she seemed drugged-out.

"Undoubtedly it will be found at the end of the day that drugs featured in her death as they did in the death of poor Daniel," said a former attorney for Smith in the Bahamas, Michael Scott.

Another former Smith attorney, Lenard Leeds, told the celebrity gossip Web site TMZ that Smith "always had problems with her weight going up and down, and there's no question she used alcohol." Leeds said it was no secret that "she had a very troubled life" and had "so many, many problems."

"She wanted to be like Marilyn her whole life and ironically died in a similar manner," Leeds said. Monroe died of a drug overdose at age 36 in 1962.

Smith attorney Ron Rale told The Associated Press that he had talked to her Tuesday or Wednesday, and she had flu symptoms and a fever and was still grieving over her son.

"Poor Anna Nicole," he said. "She's been the underdog. She's been besieged ... and she's been trying her best and nobody should have to endure what she's endured."

The Texas-born Smith was a topless dancer at strip club before she entered her photos in a search contest and made the cover of Playboy magazine in 1992. She became Playboy's playmate of the year in 1993. She was also signed to a contract with Guess jeans, appearing in TV commercials, billboards and magazine ads.

In 1994, she married 89-year-old oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II, owner of Great Northern Oil Co. In 1992, Forbes magazine estimated his wealth at $550 million.

In a 2005 interview with ABC, Smith recalled meeting Marshall at what she called a "gentleman's club' in Houston. "He had no will to live and I went over to see him," she said. "He got a little twinkle in his eyes, and he asked me to dance for him. And I did."

Marshall died in 1995 at age 90, setting off a feud with Smith's former stepson, E. Pierce Marshall, over his estate. A federal court in California awarded Smith $474 million. That was later overturned. But in May, the U.S. Supreme Court revived her case, ruling that she deserved another day in court.

The stepson died June 20 at age 67. But the family said the court fight would continue.

Smith starred in her own reality TV series, "The Anna Nicole Show," in 2002-04. Cameras followed her around as she sparred with her lawyer, hung out with her personal assistant and interior decorator, and cooed at her poodle, Sugar Pie. She also appeared in movies, performing a bit part in "The Hudsucker Proxy" in 1994.

After news came of Smith's death, G. Eric Brunstad Jr., the lawyer who represented Marshall, said in a statement: "We're very shocked by the news and extend the deepest condolences to her family."

In a statement, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner said: "I am very saddened to learn about Anna Nicole's passing. She was a dear friend who meant a great deal to the Playboy family and to me personally."

Smith's son died Sept. 10 in his mother's hospital room in the Bahamas, just days after she gave birth to a daughter.

An American medical examiner hired by the family, Cyril Wecht, said he died accidentally of a combination of methadone and two antidepressants. Last month, a Bahamas magistrate scheduled a formal inquiry into the death for March 27.

Meanwhile, the paternity of Smith's now 5-month-old daughter remained a matter of dispute. The birth certificate lists Dannielynn's father as attorney Howard K. Stern, Smith's most recent companion. Smith's ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead is waging a legal challenge, saying he is the father.

Debra Opri, the attorney who filed his paternity suit, said Birkhead "is devastated. He is inconsolable, and we are taking steps now to protect the DNA testing of the child. The child is our No. 1 priority."

Smith was born Vickie Lynn Hogan on Nov. 28, 1967, in Houston, one of six children. Her parents split up when she was a toddler, and she was raised by her mother, a deputy sheriff.

She dropped out after 11th grade after she was expelled for fighting, and worked as a waitress and then a cook at Jim's Krispy Fried Chicken restaurant in Mexia.

She married 16-year-old fry cook Bill Smith in 1985, giving birth to Daniel before divorcing two years later.

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February 06, 2007

Another One of Those Stories I Love

Another hero dog:

Story here:

Dog Pulls Woman To Safety After Crash

THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- A dog who helped rescue a Georgia car wreck victim might have the right stuff for search and rescue work.

Next week, Thomasville, Ga., dog trainer Heidy Drawdy will take the two-year-old German shepherd, now named "Hero," to see if he's cut out for the job. Hero's previous owners had signed him over to the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society shelter because he kept wandering from his yard.

First item on Drawdy's agenda for the wandering canine: obedience training.

The fact that the dog would refused to stay in his yard probably saved Shannon Lorio's life Jan. 26 after her car crash. Lorio said she lost control of the car and it tumbled down an embankment in a heavily wooded area.

The wayward dog found her bruised and battered on the vehicle's trunk. She said her legs were still inside the car and her upper body was sticking out the rear window.

"I was bleeding from my face and my nose," Lorio told the AP. "All of a sudden, I felt a presence -- a really huge presence. He was straddling me. I have watched too many horror movies about werewolves and vampires. I thought he was going to eat me."

Instead, the dog licked her face and locked his jaws on her shirt collar, she said.

Lorio said the dog pulled her by the shirt collar about 50 yards through briars to a highway and let her lean against him so she could flag a passing motorist.

"That dog is always going to have a special place in my heart," Lorio told The Associated Press Friday during a tearful reunion with the dog. "He's my hero.

Posted by Valkyre at 08:29 PM | Comments (0)

February 04, 2007

Parking Lot Pig

Since I'm not really into sports, it didn't twig on me that probably the last thing I would want to do is go shopping on Super Bowl Sunday. But, I pull into the lot and see wall to wall cars. Found several empty spaces in the last row that was about the farthest one could get from the front door. That's why they are always empty. You don't expect people to walk an extra 30 feet now, do you? I parked my car all by it's lonesome self, with several empty spaces on each side and walked to the door. When I came out, I found this pig over the line into my space. There was no need for this, there were plenty of other spaces. If one is going to drive such a large vehicle, they should learn how to park it. The doors on my little car are actually quite long and need some space to open. I was able to get into my car, fortunately for the person in the truck. It was a bit of a squeeze and I had to contort to get in and pull my feet in. The other option was to climb in on the passenger side and then attempt to crawl over the stick shift and center console. And no, I didn't put my door into hers. I had to fight temptation to run a key along the paint, though. I park out in the boondocks to avoid this shit.

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