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MindPilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:24 PM
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Got your popcorn ready? Atlas Shrugged --- The Movie!!
Yes, part one opens at theaters everywhere tomorrow. I was reading an article in the Hollywood Reporter just this morning; it is a very low-budget production...only $10m and the distributors are counting on the tea-bagger buzz to do the marketing.

If this is as successful as other attempts to round up some right-wing movie dollars, I think somebody is gonna lose $10 mil.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480239/
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Brigid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:25 PM
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1. I hope people stay away in droves.
There is no way this can be anything but drivel.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:27 PM
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3. Yeah that's what they said about "The Passion of the Christ"
nuff said.
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:15 PM
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20. No actually not. Gibson had won best director for Brave Heart
among other things. He might be many things, but he was at the time he made that very difficult film an experienced director, producer and had been an actor under many far more experienced directors. There is no comparison whatsoever. The people making this film are not Mel Gibson. Who might be a very bad man, but he was never a bad director, kind of good at it actually.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:23 PM
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21. Nota Bene: The Gibster went Flaky Froot Loops after the brutal torture-fest of 'Christ'
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 03:27 PM by SpiralHawk
...and he ain't come back from la-la land since he exploited that story to max out the blood lust & fear factor in the, um, so-called fAiThfUl. Meanwhile, the RepubliCon Faux xTians went on their own blood-lust torture-fest Crusade at Abu Gharib, Gitmo, and elsewhere. Co-incidence? Um hmmmm...

As usual, the Republicon faux-xTiaNs pay no attention to the message of the REAL J. Christ: "As you do unto the least of these you do unto me."
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Hugabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:52 PM
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48. Hold on, let me correct that for you.
among other things. He might be many things, but he was at the time he made that very difficult film torture porn an experienced director, producer and had been an actor under many far more experienced directors.


There, fixed.
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Dorian Gray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 06:32 AM
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74. That's true
Mel is crazy and ugly, but he can make a good film (Violent, but good). This just looks like a total turd.
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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:24 PM
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22. that was a great film...
and he marketed it very well
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Keith Bee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 10:18 AM
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59. With a HUGE assist from Abe Foxman,
blasting the film for eight months prior to release. Didn't anybody tell him, "there's no such thing as bad publicity"?
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NYC Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:37 PM
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27. Well...at least Passion of the Christ inspired one of the funniest DU threads evah
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:25 PM
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28. holy.fucking.shit THAT WAS AWESOME
How did I ever forget about that??

Lots of long lost names in that thread, too :-(
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hifiguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:23 PM
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37. Oh man, that predates my first incarnation on DU.
Funniest thread EVAH! :rofl:
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thelordofhell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:53 PM
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40. I have the Director's Cut
15 more minutes of Jesus beating footage and a Mary Magdaline nude sex scene.
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LTR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 02:00 AM
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56. I always thought the funniest one was...
..."I am the son of God. Ask me anything". The poster was named Jesus Christ, and he was tombstoned and asked to find a different username, IIRC.

I'd have to go look for the thread. It was a classic!
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Le Taz Hot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 10:15 AM
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58. I remember that poster!
He was brilliant and did absolutely nothing to get banned except that the religious fanatics Alerted on his screen name. Apparently, the 11th Commandment is Thou Shalt Not Have a Sense of Humor. :shrug:
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Dorian Gray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 06:34 AM
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76. Damn
didn't know he was banned. I loved that poster.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 02:12 AM
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70. oh my god
I wasn't a member then and missed that. laughing so hard here
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 06:11 AM
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73. MoFo... I'm laughing so hard it hurts, and I'm on post #4
Focker. How could you do this to me? To us?
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Dorian Gray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 06:33 AM
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75. I never saw that thread before
awesome!

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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:22 PM
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36. If I wanted 2 hours of S&M I would go to that porn store on 6th and Mission
except, it's closed while they put out that burning, masturbating dude.
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Joe Bacon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:26 PM
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23. I smell a RAZZIE contender!
And I will fill my RAZZIE ballot full of nominations for this MESSTERPIECE!
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deacon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 12:49 AM
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53. CNN may preempt all scheduled programming to show it in it's entirety. :)
Edited on Fri Apr-15-11 12:49 AM by deacon
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:27 PM
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2. Must . . . fight . . . urge . . . to . . . see . . . crapfest
If I'm patient, the magic of the market place will allow me to see this dreck (be still, my heart!) for free or practically free. As big a fan as I am of movie schlock, I must resist the urge to see this before it becomes a midnight movie cult show for people to mock and make rude comments about.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 01:34 AM
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67. The problem is that it's only part 1
I can't see hipsters staying up until 6 AM to heckle all three parts. :shrug:
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:27 PM
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4. My entire reaction:
:shrug:
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last_texas_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 10:38 AM
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60. MineralMan Shrugged- Part 1!
haha
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Vinnie From Indy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:27 PM
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5. The political version of Battlefield Earth
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EOTE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:30 PM
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9. Foolish man-human! Battlefield Earth is far more realistic than anything Rand has ever written! NT
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:18 PM
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34. Ebert had the best review of Battlefield Earth, if I remember correctly.
He had some line about "there's a moment when you realize you're not just watching a bad movie, you're watching a movie that is transcendentally bad, that is simply epic in it's terribleness" ...something like that.
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FVZA_Colonel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:42 PM
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44. At least that had lines like "YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURHOOD BARKEEP?!",
the dummy cow, and the thousand-year-old sign.

I doubt this'll have anything that... good.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 01:39 AM
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68. I found the review
http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AI...

He didn't say that, but he did say, ""Battlefield Earth" is like taking a bus trip with someone who has needed a bath for a long time. It's not merely bad; it's unpleasant in a hostile way. The visuals are grubby and drab. The characters are unkempt and have rotten teeth. Breathing tubes hang from their noses like ropes of snot. The soundtrack sounds like the boom mike is being slammed against the inside of a 55-gallon drum."
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 12:49 AM
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52. +1 I was thinking this myself- and why all similar productions are bound to fail.
PB
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:27 PM
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6. I'll wait for the porno version in the adult video store. Atlas Schtupped! n/t
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FVZA_Colonel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:44 PM
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45. Atlas Sharted.
Wait a second...
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Joe Bacon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 01:03 AM
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64. ...Atlas Shagged...
:rofl:
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:28 PM
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7. I'm Going Galt so I won't be seeing it
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EOTE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:29 PM
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8. Where did that $10m go?
Jeebus. Sam Raimi did the "Evil Dead" films for a few grand a piece. $10 million and they couldn't get one decent actor in the entire cast? I saw a clip of Dagny Taggert confronting the Union Representative before the maiden voyage of her new train. The production values were MST3K bad and the acting was even worse. What's even more priceless is that you'd have NO IDEA who the protagonist is by watching that scene, if you were to assume anyone, it would be the Union rep. Here's Dagny thumbing her nose at such quaint issues like "Human rights" (said with a vicious sneer, of course) while the Union rep is simply trying to have the Union workers he represents not get killed. By Rand's standards, that's as evil as a person can get.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 01:43 AM
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69. I didn't think that the production values were THAT bad
The acting, however, was terrible. Dagny and the union rep are supposed to be having a heated argument about The Fate of Her Business vs. The Lives of His Workers and instead they sound like they're talking about whether the train should have a white stripe or a taupe stripe, and the scene ends with them deciding to put it to a vote. :P

For a film that's all people sitting around bullshitting, with the occasional train whizzing by, you'd think 10 mil would be a lavish budget.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:32 PM
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10. Right-wingers don't "get" the arts.......

They might as well screen this at a coin-operated peep show booth.


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hifiguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:33 PM
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11. It has to be a piece of unmitigated garbage, if for
no other reason than that it is based on one of the worst-written books in the history of printing.
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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:40 PM
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12. Sales of Ambien will flatline as the Nation's Insomniacs finally get a good night's sleep.
Thank you, Atlas Shrugged!
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peace frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:13 PM
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13. Unless you want it messy, don't sit too far away from
the Vomitorium when you see the film.
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frylock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:22 PM
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14. a handfull of reviews are up on RT..
it's sitting at 0%. will prolly stay in single digits.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/atlas_shrugged_part_i/
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Brother Buzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:26 PM
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15. Straight to DVD release and bargain bin
Bank on it
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romantico Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:30 PM
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17. I
I do not recognize ANYONE in the cast.The acting in the trailer looks so campy.
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Brother Buzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:44 PM
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18. With a 10 Million dollar budget they couldn't afford Charlie Sheen
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:41 PM
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29. They would have in six months or so...
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:10 PM
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31. Michael O'Keefe--Caddyshack and ex of Bonnie Raitt. That's all I got. nt
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 06:12 PM by blondeatlast
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:28 PM
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16. Fine. If they want to make it into a movie, then depict it exactly as rand wrote it...
then watch the halfwit teabaggers heads explode.

They will then see how much of an elitist jerk rand was and how she hated people like the tea baggers.

And I certainly hope they use all the wooden dialog that rand wrote, it's laughably artificial.
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Zax2me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:44 PM
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19. I heard the book was long and boring.
Have no interest in seeing the movie.
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:28 PM
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24. My favorite thing about the whole story is that they actually call it
'Part One'. That is just so very, very funny to me. Link to Ebert's review, the poor man has to watch this crap for the greater good. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AI...
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:50 PM
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47. I especially liked this part of Ebert's review:
"Oh, and there is Wisconsin. Dagny and Hank ride blissfully in Taggarts new high-speed train, and then Hank suggests they take a trip to Wisconsin, where the states policies caused the suppression of an engine that runs on the ozone in the air, or something (the films detailed explanation wont clear this up). They decide to drive there. Thats when youll enjoy the beautiful landscape photography of the deserts of Wisconsin. My advice to the filmmakers: If you want to use a desert, why not just refer to Wisconsin as "New Mexico"?"

:rofl:
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MindPilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 09:58 AM
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57. That must be how those palm trees got planted in
Edited on Fri Apr-15-11 09:58 AM by MindPilot
downtown Madison.
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:32 PM
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25. Word is you can see every penny of that $10 mil in the special effects.
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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:33 PM
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26. Atlas Shat.
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:00 PM
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30. A titanic fail.
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TNLib Donating Member (683 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:16 PM
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32. huh I wonder if anyone is going to see this mess
From Eberts review it sounds pretty pathetic.
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JHB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:18 PM
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33. JHB Shrugs
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 06:18 PM by JHB
mmmmmmmeh!
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:21 PM
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35. Telemachus Sneezed.


...When are they going to make the movie version of Illuminatus!, that's what I want to know.
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hifiguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:26 PM
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39. If done well, that would be a mind-roasting film
Might even get the bong out of storage for that one. :hippie:
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 09:04 PM
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42. I never thought they could do justice to Fear and Loathing, and I was wrong
so I suppose anything's possible.
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hifiguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:25 PM
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38. I am reminded of Dorothy Parker's immortal review
of some poor sap: "This is not a book to be tossed aside lightly. It should be flung with great force." Applicable to both source material and film adaptation in this case, I should think.
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:58 PM
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41. I'd rather get...
.. an emetic.
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FVZA_Colonel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:39 PM
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43. Apparently, Armin Shimerman is in this.
Yep, Quark. And Andrew Ryan.

I just find that hilarious.
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Frank Cannon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 06:04 AM
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71. Poor Armin was in "What the *$(# Do We Know?" too
Guy's had an amazing career since his Star Trek days.
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white_wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:48 PM
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46. 5$ says Scream 4 makes at least twice as much as this piece of trash.
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FVZA_Colonel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 01:24 AM
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54. Being the 4th film in a slasher franchise, getting even 62% on Rotten Tomatoes is incredible.
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white_wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:57 PM
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49. So far, it has a 0% rating on Rottentomatoes.
Enjoy reading about the trainwreck: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/atlas_shrugged_part_i/
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Hugabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:58 PM
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50. Directed by the same genius who directed the TV series "One Tree Hill"
Paul Johanssen...check out his impressive resume:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0424035/#Actor

:rofl:
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deacon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 12:45 AM
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51. scott walker will get busted with a video camera inside the theater. :)
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FVZA_Colonel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 01:25 AM
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55. Well, he'd be staying true to it's moral vision.
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 10:38 AM
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61. Objectivism is a great philosophy...for teenage boys.
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Jakes Progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 10:40 AM
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62. This book is a good test.
If you read it and it rings true, if it feels like reality to you, then you need help, serious help.
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FVZA_Colonel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 11:40 AM
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63. Well, it finally got a positive review,
and what a shock, it's from Kyle Smith at the New York Post: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/atlas_shrugged_part_i/c...
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backscatter712 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 01:06 AM
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65. Sounds like epic material for Joel, Crow and Tom Servo. n/t
Edited on Sat Apr-16-11 01:07 AM by backscatter712
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varkam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 06:05 AM
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72. May they rest in peace
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backscatter712 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 05:11 PM
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77. Ah, but the show goes on!
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varkam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 08:00 PM
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78. Be still my overjoyed heart!
:rofl: That's awesome!
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-16-11 01:34 AM
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66. Atlas Shrugged just before he disappeared into the rugged Black Hills of South Dakota.
Edited on Sat Apr-16-11 01:34 AM by krispos42
This is The Onion Radio News.

Historians and Ayn Rand fans worldwide were stunned to find that the ancient Greek god Atlas, a member of the powerful Titan deity race, had shrugged off the weight of the world from his shoulders and left for solitude in South Dakota.

"I'm just tired of being associated with her," he said through his lawyer. "Have you read her stuff? Have you seen the movie? Can you blame me for wanting to disassociate myself?" When pressed, his lawyer said "Atlas plans to live off the land for a century or two, until he feels conditions are right for his return to his former position of prominence in culture".


Ancient Greek historians quickly formed search parties in the Black Hills National Forest but were quickly overcome by the scent of pine and a complete lack of cell-phone coverage.



This has been Krispos42, reporting for The Onion Radio News, online at TheOnion.com


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