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Movie Quotes made into charts

Posted by LiveFor on May 5, 2010

Lovely stuff and rather clever. Anyone got any more?

Source: io9

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The Oscars to have 10 Best Picture Nominees.

Posted by LiveFor on June 24, 2009

The Motion Picture Academy announced Wednesday that for the first time in more than 65 years, the field of best picture nominees will be expanded to 10 contenders for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards according to Variety.

“Having 10 best picture nominees is going allow Academy voters to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize,” said Academy President Sid Ganis in announcing the shift. “I can’t wait to see what that list of 10 looks like when the nominees are announced in February.”

The last time the Oscar race featured 10 best pic contenders was the 16th annual contest in 1943, when “Casablanca” emerged with the top prize. There were 10 best picture nominees for most of the Academy Awards’ first decade. In 1935 there was a bumper crop of 12 nominees.

The Oscar nominations will be announced on 2nd February 2010 with the awards handed out 7th March 2010 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

When I first heard this news I thought “Great, lots of films in the running.” Then my second thought was “Hold on a minute.” If there are more nominess for best picture then doesn’t that sort of devalue the prestige of having a Best Picture Nominee?

It brought to mind that bit from The Incredibles when Dash is talking to his Mum.

Helen: Everyone’s special, Dash.
Dash: [muttering] Which is another way of saying no one is

What if there are not 10 films worthy of a nomination? What do you think of the news? Have we seen any films in the first half of the year that should be nominated for Best Picture – Moon, The Hurt Locker, Let the Right One In?


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Free Humphrey Bogart films at the Bombed Out Church in Liverpool

Posted by LiveFor on November 30, 2008

Del pointed this out to me and it all sounds rather splendid.

The good folks over at Urban Strawberry Lunch have been running all sorts of things at St. Luke’s Church in Liverpool (it’s at the top of Bold Street). This week they start a run of movies leading up to Christmas and they are all free. The church was designed by John Foster, and construction of the building began on April 9, 1811, with consecration taking place on January 12, 1831.On Monday, May 5, 1941, St Luke’s was hit and burned by an incendiary bomb. Today it still stands as a burnt out shell, commonly known locally as “the bombed-out church”, and its churchyard is a public park.

This week is Humphrey Bogart week and they’ve got the following films on:

Tuesday 2nd December – 4pm
Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Wednesday 3rd December – 4pm
Key Largo

Thursday 4th December – 4pm & 6pm
To Have and Have Not

Friday 5th December – 4pm & 6pm
The Big Sleep

Saturday 5th December – 4pm & 6pm

Sunday 7th December – 4pm
The Maltese Falcon

If you get the chance go along to at least one of them and show your support by leaving a little donation, but as their flyer says don’t forget to take your own chair, blanket and flask. For more info call 0151 709 7562 or check out their site.

Next week they are showing films made by Liverpool film makers and in the week before Christmas it will be Christmas movies such as It’s A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. Oh and they told me today that they may have Coffee Union going along so you may be able to get hot drinks there. Here’s looking at you kid.
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Oh No! Barack is a Mac User!

Posted by LiveFor on November 13, 2008

Why Barack why? It was all going so well! Cool Pac Man sticker though. Here are 50 things about Barack Obama you may not have known.

• He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics

• He was known as “O’Bomber” at high school for his skill at basketball

• His name means “one who is blessed” in Swahili

• His favourite meal is wife Michelle’s shrimp linguini

• He won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his memoir, Dreams From My Father

• He is left-handed – the sixth post-war president to be left-handed

• He has read every Harry Potter book

• He owns a set of red boxing gloves autographed by Muhammad Ali

• He worked in a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop as a teenager and now can’t stand ice cream

• His favourite snacks are chocolate-peanut protein bars

• He ate dog meat, snake meat, and roasted grasshopper while living in Indonesia

• He can speak Spanish

• While on the campaign trail he refused to watch CNN and had sports channels on instead

• His favourite drink is black forest berry iced tea

• He promised Michelle he would quit smoking before running for president – he didn’t

• He kept a pet ape called Tata while in Indonesia

• He can bench press an impressive 200lbs

• He was known as Barry until university when he asked to be addressed by his full name

• His favourite book is Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

• He visited Wokingham, Berks, in 1996 for the stag party of his half-sister’s fiancé, but left when a stripper arrived

• His desk in his Senate office once belonged to Robert Kennedy

• He and Michelle made $4.2 million (£2.7 million) last year, with much coming from sales of his books

• His favourite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

• He carries a tiny Madonna and child statue and a bracelet belonging to a soldier in Iraq for good luck

• He applied to appear in a black pin-up calendar while at Harvard but was rejected by the all-female committee.

• His favourite music includes Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Bach and The Fugees

• He took Michelle to see the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing on their first date

• He enjoys playing Scrabble and poker

• He doesn’t drink coffee and rarely drinks alcohol

• He would have liked to have been an architect if he were not a politician

• As a teenager he took drugs including marijuana and cocaine

• His daughters’ ambitions are to go to Yale before becoming an actress (Malia, 10) and to sing and dance (Sasha, 7)

• He hates the youth trend for trousers which sag beneath the backside

• He repaid his student loan only four years ago after signing his book deal

• His house in Chicago has four fire places

• Daughter Malia’s godmother is Jesse Jackson’s daughter Santita

• He says his worst habit is constantly checking his BlackBerry

• He uses an Apple Mac laptop

• He drives a Ford Escape Hybrid, having ditched his gas-guzzling Chrysler 300

• He wears $1,500 (£952) Hart Schaffner Marx suits

• He owns four identical pairs of black size 11 shoes

• He has his hair cut once a week by his Chicago barber, Zariff, who charges $21 (£13)

• His favourite fictional television programmes are Mash and The Wire

• He was given the code name “Renegade” by his Secret Service handlers

• He was nicknamed “Bar” by his late grandmother

• He plans to install a basketball court in the White House grounds

• His favourite artist is Pablo Picasso

• His speciality as a cook is chilli

• He has said many of his friends in Indonesia were “street urchins”

• He keeps on his desk a carving of a wooden hand holding an egg, a Kenyan symbol of the fragility of life

• His late father was a senior economist for the Kenyan government

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