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George Lucas Sundance Quotes — Jedi Grand Master George Lucas descended onto Sundance last night, bestowing the Force on fellow filmmakers alongside Robert Redford in "Power of Story: Visions of Independence," a sold-out conversation moderated by Leonard Maltin at the Egyptian Theatre.
Jan 31, 2015

'Star Wars isn't Sci-Fi' and other things George Lucas said at Sundance

Jim Webb And The Merits Of Being Half-Right — Prospective presidential candidate Jim Webb has said something that has made some people very angry, some other people a little angry, and some people simply disturbed at the way he said something that's more than half-true, but not a lot more than half-true.
Jan 31, 2015

I link to this for my British friends as much as my American ones (& not just because Charles Pierce is...

Oklahoma Shakes - Esquire — Who has the worst job in the world? My choice this week is Austin Holland, the state seismologist for the state of Oklahoma. For years, this must have been a very sleepy job, tantamount to having a job studying coastal erosion in Iowa. But then Oklah...
Jan 31, 2015

Here's an interesting take on earthquakes in Oklahoma.… via @EsquireMag

Jan 30, 2015

Oklahoma Shakes: Earthquakes And Their Connection To The Oil Industry

Celebrity Tintype Portraits Sundance 2015 — At last year's Sundance Film Festival, photographer Victoria Will challenged herself to take tintype portraits of various celebrities, and convinced Bill Hader, Anne Hathaway, Nick Cave, and dozens of others to sit for the process.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @Esquiremag: 49 striking vintage photos of @SundanceFest's most famous faces: By @vwillphoto @PenumbraNYC

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Out On The Weekend — Permanent Musical Accompaniment To The Last Post Of The Week From The Blog's Favourite Living Canadian) We have had our fun here with The Learning Channel, from which you learn almost nothing, and which is on an unrelenting search for its perfect program, which would be about a married couple of 600-pound little people who have 34 kids.

Remembering TNR's Racism, Among Other Things — By Charles P. Pierce on January 30, 2015 For those of us who spent the 1980's and the 1990's watching Marty Peretz turn The New Republic into his personal supermarket flyer, this has been just a fabulous few days, a tasty flagon of delightful Schadenfreude Winter Lager.

Super Bowl 2015 Craigslist — Depending on who you ask, Super Bowl XLIX will bring anywhere from a $30 million to $500 million economic boost to the Arizona economy this weekend. The game will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, and the Host Committee expects some 100,000 out-of-towners to descend on the greater Phoenix area for the game.

Here's Some Stupid For Lunch — By Charles P. Pierce on January 30, 2015 Here at the Cafe, the morning regulars were chewing on The Daily Caller, the skeletal tree on which Tucker Carlson has hung the bloody remains of his career. The Caller seems to have had something of a revelation as regards Princess Dumbass Of The Northwoods.

Best Movies Sundance 2015 — This year's Sundance Film Festival, which is closing this weekend, may not have launched an instantly anointed "masterpiece" on the level of last year's Boyhood, which is now steamrolling toward the Oscars. But that's an unfairly high bar.
Jan 31, 2015

Congrats to WOLFPACK on best US doc award #Sundance. An endlessly fascinating story. In my best-of-fest riff here:…

Jan 31, 2015

Congrats to the brilliant, crucial (T)ERROR on best US doc award. I included it in my best-of-fest roundup here:…

Jan 31, 2015

& congrats to Me and Earl and the Dying Girl for Dramatic Audience prize. I riff here:… & here…

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Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, John Krasinski and Others Claim Responsibility for Deflategate on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' — The biggest of the many pieces that still need to fall into place before we can get to the bottom of the Deflategate controversy that has been dominating Super Bowl coverage is the identity of the Patriots' ball boy.

Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer — Hardcore fans of Game of Thrones got quite a treat last night: the first trailer for the fifth season of the HBO series. The trailer was shown in IMAX theaters, before nationwide showings of the final two episodes of season four. Because this is the Internet, a grainy version was uploaded to YouTube almost instantly.
Jan 30, 2015

!!! —> RT @Esquiremag: In better Game of Thrones news: That extended trailer leaked instantly!

George R.R. Martin: — And so we keep waiting. On the very day that HBO released its trailer for season five of Game of Thrones into theaters, George R.R. Martin's publisher, HarperCollins, confirmed that the author has no plans to release the newest installment of his A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter, during 2015.

Mitt Romney Against The World: Haterz Gotta Hate — He's Mitt Romney, bitches. And he's still all you've got left. Regular visitors to the shebeen will recall that, during the previous presidential election, I took some time off occasionally to help the campaign of G.I. Luvmoney with some speechwriting advice, which he never took, poor man. But he was listening.

Justin Bieber Apologizes for the Past Year of His Life — Like many people confined to their homes during the miserable months of midwinter, Justin Bieber has been doing some soul-searching. He has taken a long look at the man in the mirror and has been troubled by what he saw there. He did not see the cherubic teen who sang a song called "Eenie Meenie."

Ted 2 Movie Trailer — Even people who don't typically like movies that feature vulgar bro-humor have to admit that Ted, a movie about the friendship between a grown man and his foul-mouthed teddy bear, is pretty fucking funny. But while it is certainly fun and even moving, it still falls into the category of "stupid movie to watch while getting high."

Eddie Murphy SNL Return — Eddie Murphy has revealed that he'll be returning to Saturday Night Live for the first time in more than three decades. Murphy confirmed the news in a phone interview with TV One's Roland Martin, formerly of CNN.

Steve McQueen, Elvis, and Other Stylish Men Caught Doing Unstylish Stuff

Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski Play Video Games with Conan — You wanted more from Marshawn Lynch? You got it. In an extended segment from last night's Conan, the controversially soft-spoken Seahawks running back joined Conan and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski to play Mortal Kombat X in the Navajo Meeting Room of a Phoenix-area Courtyard Marriott.

Loretta Lynch Is Going To Be Attorney General — Unless the Senate starts listening to Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (R-Twelve Oaks), Loretta Lynch is going to be the new Attorney General. The way you know this is that her confirmation hearings have gone round the bend and ended up at a place where their real function is to beat up on Eric Holder.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @brianefallon: Esquire: Unless Senate starts listening to Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, Loretta Lynch is going to be Atty Gen…