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Cinematical asks a question that always bugged me:

In the original Karate Kid, during the beach scene, Daniel and Ali are flirting while bouncing the soccer ball back and forth between each other. Remember this scene? Okay, now right before Johnny and his crew race down on their motor bikes, Ali — for whatever absurd, nasty reason — takes the soccer ball and kicks it toward the water. Now, if her and Daniel were having such a good time, why on earth would she do this since in no way does she appear to be playing a joke. In fact, she looks pissed off when she grabs the ball, turns and punts it toward the ocean … on purpose! Yeah, thanks Ali!

They also post the clip in question. The answer is really obvious but it always escaped me as a child. I think I just assumed that girls are jerks for no reason sometimes.

In other news: Brad Pitt, Vin Diesel, and Hugh Jackman signed on to do Thundercats, the live action movie. The trailer is below:

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There’s a new poem from Geri Doran at the New Republic.

Here is my previous post for Geri Doran and a link to my review of her first book “Resin”.

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These are the unique awards from the WFCC for 2008. My favorite categories are: Best Equality of the Sexes Award and the Most Offensive Male Character Award.

BEST MOVIE ABOUT WOMEN
Changeling

BEST MOVIE BY A WOMAN
Frozen River

BEST STORYTELLER [Screenwriting Award]
Jennifer Lumet: Rachel Getting Married

BEST ACTRESS:
Melissa Leo: Frozen River

BEST ACTOR
Mickey Rourke: The Wrestler

BEST YOUNG ACTRESS:
Abigail Breslin: Kit Kittredge and Definitely Maybe

BEST COMEDIC ACTRESS: *TIE*
Sally Hawkins: Happy-Go-Lucky
Meryl Streep: Mamma Mia!

BEST FOREIGN FILM
I’ve Loved You So Long

BEST FEMALE IMAGES IN A MOVIE:
The Secret Life Of Bees

BEST UNRELEASED MOVIE:
How The Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer

BEST EQUALITY OF THE SEXES:
Nothing But The Truth

BEST MUSIC:
Cadillac Records

BEST ANIMATED FEMALE:
Eve: WALL-E

BEST FAMILY FILM
WALL-E

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Meryl Streep

ACTING AND ACTIVISM:
Natalie Portman

ADRIENNE SHELLY AWARD: For a film that most passionately opposes violence against women:
Changeling

JOSEPHINE BAKER AWARD: For best expressing the woman of color experience in America:
Ballast

KAREN MORLEY AWARD: For best exemplifying a woman’s place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity:
Battle In Seattle

COURAGE IN ACTING:
Deidra Edwards in DisFigured: For redefining conventional standards of female physical beauty and pride on screen, and promoting positive images of big bodied women.

BEST DOCUMENTARIES:

GROUNDBREAKER:
A Walk To Beautiful

ABOVE AND BEYOND:
Wings Of Defeat

COURAGE IN FILMMAKING:
Traces Of The Trade

MOST OFFENSIVE MALE CHARACTERS
Aaron Eckhart: Towelhead
Sam Rockwell: Choke,
Larry Bishop: Hell Ride
Paul Rudd, Sean William Scott: Role Models
Jason Mewes: Zack And Miri Make a Porno

TOP TEN HALL OF SHAME
Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired
House Of The Sleeping Beauties
The Women
The Life Before Her Eyes
The Hottie and the Nottie
Savage Grace
Made Of Honor
The Family That Preys
Hounddog
Zack And Miri Make A Porno


from Slashfilm:

MOST $100M+ HITS IN A CAREER
-including animated films & excluding cameos -
1. Tom Hanks – 15
2. Tom Cruise – 14
3. Eddie Murphy – 13
4. Will Smith – 12
4. Harrison Ford – 12
6. Jim Carrey – 11
6. Robin Williams – 11
8. Mel Gibson – 10
9. Matt Damon – 9
10. Bruce Willis – 8
10. Jack Nicholson – 8

Will Smith, however, has done something unprecedented – a feat never done by the Toms – Hanks and Cruise. Hancock was his 8th consecutive $100M+ grossing blockbuster. Hanks and Cruise both had career-best streaks of 7 films topping $100M.

2002 – Men in Black II – $52.1M opening – $190.4M cume
2003 – Bad Boys II – $46.5M opening – $138.6M cume
2004 – I, Robot – $52.1M opening – $144.8M cume
2004 – Shark Tale – $47.6M opening – $160.8M cume
2005 – Hitch – $43.1M opening – $179.4M cume
2006 – The Pursuit of Happyness – $26.5M opening – $163.5M cume
2007 – I Am Legend – $77.2M opening – $256.4M cume
2008 – Hancock – $62.6M opening – $227.9M cume

In other news, apparently Will Smith found out who won the election from his son two days after the fact.

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From Sufjan Stevens’ music label comes The Welcome Wagon, a presbyterian pastor and his wife get the Sufjan treatment. Their first single “Sold! To the Nice Rich Man” is for freebies.

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