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July 29, 2010

Overnight Open Thread

Happy Thursday all.

More Needless Movie Remakes and Sequels

So Hollywood has been on a tear the last few years remaking or rebooting every hit movie it can get the rights to. Of course most of these were great the first time so the odds of a remake improving on it are pretty low but that won't stop the industry from trying. Here's a list of 75 remakes/reboots that are currently in production. And recently the hot thing seems to be re-doing actions hits from the 80's which is why remakes for Robocop, Total Recall, and Conan are being considered. Only the impending MGM bankruptcy has stopped the new Robocop - for now at least.

But finally there's a sequel coming out that you never would have suspected possible - Titantic 2. It's so unexpected that it's creative in its own way. It comes from The Asylum, a low budget production company that specializes in direct to DVD movies, but it actually looks semi-entertaining and contains 100% less Leonardo. So there's that. Now if they could only combine this with Sharktopus they could have a true hit.


Annoying Leftist Bumperstickers (Part 2): The Revenge
Kurt Schlichter of Big Peace covers some of the other annoying Leftist bumperstickers besides the loathsome 'COEXIST'.

My personal rule of thumb is to never have a bumpersticker on my car that would please Hitler, Stalin or Osama bin Laden. “War Is Not The Answer” would delight them.
Well my rule is that if someone has more than 3 bumperstickers on their car that aren't military or school-related, they're probably a loon.
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JournoList: No Absence Of Malice
Historically it's been hard to win a defamation suit against reporters because you had to prove that what they said was false and that they knew it was false or had "reckless disregard" towards the truth. Dan Riehl links to this American Thinker article that points out that the leaked emails from Journolist make a pretty strong case for outright malice if not casual disregard to false claims against figures on the right.

Uncertainty and fear among members of the now-defunct Journolist cabal seem rampant. Some of the emails demonstrate certain liberal journalists willing and eager to employ malice as part and parcel of their professional duties.
The malice exhibited in the e-mails is about more than journalistic ethics, and it may have legal consequences, with the immediate potential to cause jitters in the bars of Georgetown and Manhattan.
If I was Spencer "plate glass" Ackerman, I'd be very worried about any upcoming defamation suits.
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Deepak Chopra Gets Pwned on His Own Petard
You would have thought he'd see that coming.

Scientists Find World's Oldest Stash in Chinese Tomb
The stash of marijuana is believed to be at least 2,700 years old and was clearly used for intoxication. It was found next to the body of a light-haired man with blue eyes who is believed to have been a shaman.

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Child-Rearing Made Simple
Well mothers have known for a long time that a little rum or whiskey most definitely did relax babies so I'm not sure if they're saying that it doesn't work or just that you shouldn't do it.

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Top Ten Things Women Can Do (That Men Can't)
Sometimes double standards work in women's favor too.

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Amazon Strikes Back at the iPad With a New $140 Kindle
It's Wi-Fi only but amazingly thin and light - 1/3 of an inch thick and weighing 8.7 ounces.

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Polanski Loved the Squeakhole
So now a third woman has come forward with claims that Roman Polanski raped her in the 70's. And his MO seems pretty clear by now: first some drugs followed by dry anal rape.

"I did not expect to be entered this way. There was no foreplay, nothing. No kissing, no tenderness, nothing. I thought, maybe this is what they do in Hollywood."
Well actually Hollywood is either doing it or they're down with it. Because hey - it's not like it's anal rape-rape.
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Man Drinks 13 Beers While Running 13 Miles
Of course either of these is probably enough to leave you down on the ground. But he attempted it anyway and contrary to his friends' prediction he did not die, but I don't think he had a particularly fun time either:

I puked three times, blacked out for miles 11 and 12, and needed five hours to finish. This is my story.

Perhaps even more problematic are the goddamned do-gooders and paramedics on hand in case of medical emergencies. They will take your swerving, stumbling, and vomiting as signs of delirium or fatigue, and then get all interventionny and try to take way your beer. That can not happen.

Read his whole account here. (thanks to Fa Cube Itches)
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