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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

'Brokeback' leads Oscar field with 8 nominations

Brokeback Mountain Tragic cowboy love story Brokeback Mountain grabbed a leading eight nominations for the 78th annual Academy Awards, including best picture and honours for director Ang Lee and star Heath Ledger.

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Announced Tuesday morning at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif., other nominations for best picture include:

* Capote, a film about celebrated author Truman Capote;
* Crash, a hard-hitting ensemble drama about race relations;
* Good Night, and Good Luck, a story about Edward R. Murrow; and
* Munich, which details the aftermath of the killings of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Brokeback Mountain, potentially the first film with explicit gay themes to claim the Oscars' grand prize, also scored nominations for Jake Gyllenhaal as supporting actor and Michelle Williams as supporting actress. Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana received recognition for their screenplay adaptation Annie Proulx's short story.

The Taiwan-born Lee, who won the Directors Guild of America honour Saturday for Brokeback, is the clear favourite to win the best-director Oscar.

But there was great news nonetheless for London, Ont. native Paul Haggis, who was nominated as best director for Crash. The film won the coveted Screen Actors Guild Award on Sunday for overall cast performance.

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Canadian auteur David Cronenberg's A History of Violence was also recognized -- with Josh Olson winning a best adapted screenplay nomination and veteran character actor William Hurt receiving a best supporting actor nod for a scene-stealing performance.

George Clooney As far as individual performances go, it was a big day for George Clooney, who picked up nominations for directing and co-writing the original screenplay for Good Night, and Good Luck, as well as a supporting actor nod for his portrayal as a CIA agent in Syriana.

The Johnny Cash biography Walk the Line was shut out from getting a best picture nod, but its two stars Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon earned actor nominations.

Crash Three films were tied with six nominations each: Memoirs of a Geisha, Crash, and Good Night, and Good Luck. Geisha, however, was shut out in the top categories.

Spielberg's Munich, despite a muted advertising campaign and a lukewarm reception, performed well with five nominations, including best director for Steven Spielberg.

Peter Jackson's epic King Kong, meanwhile, was ignored in the major categories, earning only technical nominations.

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The awards will be handed out March 5 in Hollywood's Kodak Theatre and will be aired live on CTV. Jon Stewart of The Daily Show will host.

Acting categories

There were a mix of old and new faces in the acting categories.

Capote Philip Seymour Hoffman's best-actor nomination came as no surprise. As the category's front-runner, Hoffman has already won a Golden Globe for his uncanny and illuminating portrayal of author Truman Capote in Capote.

Along with Hoffman, Ledger and Phoenix, the other best actor nominees were Terrence Howard as a small-time hood turned rap singer in Hustle & Flow and Strathairn as newsman Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck.

Past best actress winners Judi Dench and Charlize Theron were joined by some notable first-timers.

Along with Witherspoon, Keira Knightley won her first best actress nomination as the romantic heroine of the Jane Austen adaptation Pride & Prejudice. Felicity Huffman, meanwhile, won recognition for her gender-bending role as a man about to undergo sex-change surgery in Transamerica.

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Witherspoon beat Huffman on Sunday for the best-actress prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Joining Brokeback's Williams in the best supporting actress category was newcomer Amy Adams, for her hilarious and touching portrayal of a pregnant southern waif in Junebug.

Catherine Keener in Capote, Frances McDormand in North Country, and Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener also won best-supporting actress nominations.

Weisz is considered a favourite for that honour after winning the supporting-actress prize at both the Golden Globes and SAG awards.

Besides Gyllenhaal, Clooney and Hurt, nominees for supporting actor were: Matt Dillon as a racist cop in Crash and character actor Paul Giamatti as boxer Braddock's manager in Cinderella Man.

Hurt's nomination was a bit of surprise since he appears only briefly at the end of the film in his scene-stealing role.

In the best director category, Lee and Haggis are joined by Spielberg, Clooney, and Bennett Miller for Capote.

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Oscar nominees in most categories are chosen by specific branches of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, such as directors, actors and writers. The full academy membership of about 5,800 is eligible to vote in all categories for the Oscars themselves.

*CTV.ca News Staff

TROY - Yea, Yea, Yea

Does anyone hear wedding bells?


To be continued...

A Mad Cow Found in Montana...


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Kayak On The Ocean

Trunk Monkey - click here

Click above for this awesome movie. (wmv - ~400KB)
Makes me want to Kayak in the ocean!!!!

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Get yer facts straight, eh?

Here is what you'll learn!** H2O is hot water, and CO2 is cold water.

*To collect fumes of sulphur, hold a deacon over a flame in a test tube.

*When you smell an oderless gas, it is probably carbon monoxide.

*Water is composed of two gins, Oxygin and Hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is water and gin.

*A super saturated solution is one that holds more than it can hold.

*Liter: A nest of young puppies.

*Magnet: Something you find crawling all over a dead cat.

*Momentum: What you give a person when they are going away.

*Vacuum: A large, empty space where the pope lives.

*The pistol of the flower is its only protection against insects.

*A fossil is an extinct animal. The older it is, the more extinct it is.

*To remove dust from the eye, pull the eye down over the nose.

*For a nosebleed: Put the nose much lower that the heart until the heart stops.

*For head colds: use an agonizer to spray the nose until it drops in your throat.

*Germinate: To become a naturalized German.

*The tides are a fight between the Earth and moon. All water tends towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.

*Blood flows down one leg and up the other.

** If you think these are facts, God help ya!
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Driving test for men

Most men will get this right!!

You are driving along a narrow two lane road with a NO PASSING sign posted, and come upon a bicycle rider. Do you follow this slow-moving bicycle rider for the next 2 miles, or do you break the law and pass?

Which is the correct choice?

Scroll down...

Big Buns on Bicycle

Why take unnecessary risks?

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How to stay young...

1. Try everything twice. On Madams tombstone (of Whelan's and Madam) she said she wanted this epitaph: Tried everything twice...loved it both times!

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
(keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches;)


3. Keep learning:

Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain get idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!

4. Enjoy the simple things.


5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with HIM/HER.


6. The tears happen:
Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. LIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love:
Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.


8. Cherish your health:
If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips.
Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.


10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Dog in wagon

11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second time.

And if you don't send this post to at least 4 people - who cares?

4 children

But do share this with someone.

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Firewall (2006)

Harrison Ford. Paul Bettany, Jimmy Bennett, Virginia Madsen, Beverley Breuer, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Matthew Currie Holmes, Zachary De Wilde, Eric Keenleyside, Jennifer Kitchen

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Summary of Firewall:

Computer security specialist Jack Stanfield (Harrison Ford) works for the Seattle-based Landrock Pacific Bank. A trusted top-ranking executive, he has built his career and reputation on designing the most effective anti-theft computer systems in the industry, protecting the bank's financial holdings from the constant threat of increasingly sophisticated internet hackers with his complex network of tracers, access codes and firewalls.

Jack's position affords a comfortable life for him, his architect wife Beth (Virginia Madsen) and their two young children - a standard of living that includes a beautiful home in a residential community just outside the city.

But there's a vulnerability in Jack's system that he has not accounted for: himself. It's a vulnerability that one very ruthless and resourceful thief is poised to exploit.

Harrison Ford in Firewall Bill Cox (Paul Bettany) has been studying Jack and his family for many months; monitoring their online activity, listening to their calls and learning their daily routines with an arsenal of digital and video recorders and parabolic microphones that tap into the most personal of information. He knows the names of their children's friends, their medical histories, and the I.D. code for the security station that guards their neighborhood.

Having spent the better part of a year methodically infiltrating every aspect of Jack's identity, Cox is now ready to make good on his investment.

Leading a tight team of mercenary accomplices, he seizes control of the Stanfield house, making Beth and the kids terrified hostages in their own home and Jack his unwilling pawn in a scheme to steal $100 million from the Landrock Pacific Bank.

With every possible escape route shrewdly anticipated and blocked by Cox, every potential ally out of reach and the lives of his wife and children at stake, Jack is forced to find a breach in his own formidable security system to siphon funds into his captor's offshore account - incriminating himself in the process and eradicating any electronic evidence that Cox ever existed.

Under constant surveillance, he has only hours to accomplish the risky transactions while desperately hunting for a loophole in the thief's own impenetrable wall of subterfuge and false identities to save his family and beat Cox at his own game.

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Monday, January 30, 2006

Games for dumb blondes of either sex

Blonde Game

Blonde Game

Blonde Game

Blonde Game

Blonde Game

Blonde Game

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What's Up with The Book of Daniel and NBC?

Book of Daniel

Put your name and City, Country in the comments and I will forward this as a petition to NBC.

From the article:

NBC drops 'Book of Daniel' from schedule

Book of Daniel (LOS ANGELES) (AP) — The last chapter of the controversial religious drama The Book of Daniel has been written at NBC.

Although the network stopped short of saying the low-rated show was canceled, a spokeswoman said Tuesday it has been dropped from the schedule.

The series, which starred Aidan Quinn as an Episcopalian priest with a pill habit who holds regular conversations with Jesus, has a promiscuous son and a daughter who deals marijuana, proved better at drawing criticism than viewers.

Conservative Christian groups condemned the depiction of Jesus as blasphemous, accusing the writers of portraying Christ as tolerant of sin in talks with the priest. Seven NBC affiliates refused to air it.

The Book of Daniel drew an audience of 6.9 million on its first night. By its fourth airing, the number had dipped to 5.8 million viewers.

NBC's move was lauded by the Tupelo, Miss.-based American Family Association, which had condemned the show as a sign of what it called the broadcaster's "anti-Christian bigotry."

The group, along with James Dobson's Focus on the Family, asked supporters to lobby their local NBC affiliates to refuse to carry it. In an article posted on its website, the AFA credited viewer complaints for forcing the network's hand.

"This shows the average American that he doesn't have to simply sit back and take the trash being offered on TV, but he can get involved and fight back with his pocketbook," "AFA founder and chairman Donald E. Wildmon said in the posting.

The network had no comment on the statement.

The show's creator and executive producer, Jack Kenny, has said his goal was to depict how "humor and grace" help a flawed man struggle with his faith and family. He said the writers never meant to mock religion or Jesus.

Sign your name, city and country in the comments! I will forward this to NBC

Did God Create Everything?

This is a really great answer to a question you may be asked or have asked. Did God create everything that exists? Does evil exist? Did God create evil?

A University professor at a well known institution of higher learning challenged his students with this question. "Did God create everything that exists?" A student bravely replied "Yes He did". "God created everything?" the professor asked. "Yessir, He certainly did." the student replied.

The professor answered, "If God created everything, then God created evil.

And since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are, then we can assume God is evil."

The student became quiet and did not answer the professor's hypothetical definition. The professor, quite pleased with himself, boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.

Another student raised his hand and said, "May I ask you a question, professor?" "Of course", replied the professor. The student stood up and asked, "Professor, does cold exist?" "What kind of a question is this?

Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?" The other students snickered at the young man's question.

The young man replied, "In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Every body, or object, is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body, or matter, have or transmit energy.

Absolute zero (-460 F) is the total absence of heat; and all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat.

The student continued, "Professor, does darkness exist?" The professor responded, "Of course it does."

The student replied, "Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact we can use Newton's prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn't this correct?

Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present." Finally the young man asked the professor, "Sir does evil exist?"

Now uncertain, the professor responded, "Of course, as I have already said, we see it everyday. It is in the daily examples of man's inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.

To this the student replied, "Evil does not exist, sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat, or the darkness that comes when there is no light."

The professor sat down.

Albert Einstein
The young man's name was Albert Einstein.

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Fun with Animation...


Weird cat

smokin' cat

mouse brushup

laughin' cat

cat sucked into straw

2 wheeler

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Hand-Eye Coordination Test

This one will drive you nuts!!

The object of the game is to move the red block around without getting hit by the blue blocks or touching the black walls.

If you can go longer than 18 seconds you are phenomenal.

It’s been said that it's for fighter pilots preliminary training. They are expected to go for at least 2 minutes.

Give it a try!!

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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Just imagine sand fantasy

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New York police halt pranksters' annual "No Pants Subway Ride"

No Pants Subway Ride NEW YORK (AP) - From the waist up, they looked like perfectly normal commuters. That wasn't good enough for police.

Eight pranksters who dropped their pants and showed their underwear on the subway on Sunday were taken into custody and issued summonses for disorderly conduct. All were ultimately released, said Improv Everywhere, the group that organized the stunt.

The group said more than 160 riders participated in the fifth annual No Pants Subway Ride before police halted their No. 6 train about 5 p.m.

Charlie Todd, who founded Improv Everywhere in 2001, said it's not his group's intent to offend. He said he wants to create scenes of chaos and joy in public places around New York.

"It was our intent to make people laugh," he said. "We try to give people a great story to tell."

Todd, a teacher and performer, said the police overreacted when they turned a harmless event into something that inconvenienced lots of subway riders. A judge will determine whether those issued summonses will be punished.

* © The Canadian Press 2006

Heaven and Hell

An observant woman died one day, and found herself waiting in the long line for judgment. As she stood there, she noticed that some souls were allowed to march right through the pearly gates into heaven.

Others, though, were led over to Satan, who threw them into the burning pit.

But every so often, instead of hurling a poor soul into the fire, Satan would toss a soul into a small pile off to one side.

After watching Satan do this several times, the woman's curiosity got the best of her. So she strolled over to find out what the devil he was doing.

Excuse me, Prince of Darkness," she said.

"I'm waiting my turn for judgment, but I couldn't help wondering,

Why are you tossing those people aside instead of flinging them into the fires of hell with the others?"

"Ah, those..." Satan said with a groan.

"They're all from Vancouver; they're too wet to burn!"

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Free Test

This is a free Canadian Medical Test


Compliments of our medical system!

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Marketing ....

The buzz word in today's business world is MARKETING. However, people often ask for a simple explanation of "Marketing."

Well, here it is:

You're a woman and you see a handsome guy at a party. You go up to him and say, "I'm fantastic in bed,"

That's Direct Marketing.

You're at a party with a bunch of friends and see a handsome guy. One of your friends goes up to him and pointing at you says, "She's fantastic in bed," That's Advertising.

You see a handsome guy at a party. You go up to him and get his telephone number. The next day you call and say, "Hi, I'm fantastic in bed," That's Telemarketing.

You see a guy at a party, you straighten your dress. You walk up to him and pour him a drink. You say, "May I," and reach up to straighten his tie, brushing your breast lightly against his arm, and then say, "By the way, I'm fantastic in bed." That's Public Relations.

You're at a party and see a handsome guy. He walks up to you and says, "I hear you're fantastic in bed," That's Brand Recognition.

You're at a party and see a handsome guy. He fancies you, but you talk him into going home with your friend. That's a Sales Rep. Your friend can't satisfy him so he calls you. That's Tech Support.

You're on your way to a party when you realise that there could be handsome men in all these houses you're passing. So you climb onto the roof of one situated towards the centre and shout at the top of your lungs, "I'm fantastic in bed!" That's Junk Mail.

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The Pink Panther

The Pink Panther Starring: Henry Czerny, Kevin Kline, Jean Reno, Steve Martin, Emily Mortimer, Beyoncé Knowles

Directed by: Shawn Levy

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A world-famous soccer coach has been murdered and his priceless ring has been stolen - a ring set with the stunning diamond known as the Pink Panther. The French government needs a master detective to solve the crime and recover the gem...but he's not available, so they recruit Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Comic superstar Steve Martin stars as Clouseau in an all-new adventure of The Pink Panther.

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A stunning pop star (Beyoncé), a soccer player, a Chinese assassin - who committed the crime? And can anyone solve the case? Clouseau and his partner, Ponton (Reno), must unmask the murderer and keep their boss, Dreyfus (Kline), from taking credit for the victory, all without bringing the French legal system to a screeching halt. Get ready to be tickled pink.

On the list of movies that did not need to be remade, The Pink Panther is close to the top, somewhere below Willy Wonka and maybe a step or two above Sam Raimi’s confusing proposal to remake his own movie, but have no real involvement in it . Of course since most remakes are generally a bad idea, the greatness of the original movie means nothing if someone thinks there’s money to be made. At least with Willy Wonka Burton can throw around the excuse that it’s a new adaptation of the book, not a remake of the original movie. The Pink Panther can make no such claim.

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But, if you’re dead set on making The Pink Panther, at least get talented people involved. Were this 1995, they’d have done that, since in addition to playing Inspector Clouseau Steve Martin also helped write the film’s new screenplay. However it is in fact not 1995, it is 2006, a good ten years since Steve Martin has been funny or relevant. That realization is frankly a bit depressing.