Saturday, February 24, 2007

More Little Superstar

Saturday, February 24, 2007 1
Not only does Little Superstar dance like a total pimp, it appears that he can hold his own in a slap fight as well. I found the translation for the dialogue on Wikipedia but it's not really necessary. Movies this good stand on their own.

Thavakalai (Little Superstar): Boss, you shouldn't bother for this small matter. I'll take care of this with my hands.

Rajinikanth (pimp on the daybed): Right.

(Thavakalai clambers up a person's tie and starts slapping him)

Thavakalai: Boss, how (am I doing)?

Rajinikanth: Great!

Rajinikanth: That's enough. He's going to die (at this rate).

(Thavakalai lets go of tie and returns back to cot)

Rajinikanth: Now then, is what he dished out enough for you, or do you want me to give you some more?

Friday, February 23, 2007

Little Superstar

Friday, February 23, 2007 1
It only makes sense I guess...I love Bollywood...I love midgets...I love breakdancing. I guess it was just a matter of time before Little Superstar danced his way right into my widdle heart.

Much love to Recon over at Monkeysforhelping for bringing Little Superstar into my life.


For those who are interested, I tracked down the translation for this clip. Again, it's not really required for full enjoyment but I was curious so here's what I found (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Mother: Hey, hey. What's with the party this early in the morning. Everyone leave, shoo, shoo. (Speaking to Rajinikanth, who's lying on the cot) Why not get some rest, honey. Go ahead and rest.

Rajinikanth (Pimp on bed): All right (lights up a beedi).

Thavakalai (Little Superstar): Boss, give me a beedi.

Rajinikanth: Hey! Little kids shouldn't smoke.

Thavakalai: Brother, I'm ten years older than you, you know. You should give it to me.

Rajinikanth: And if I don't...?

Thavakalai: I'll skin you alive.

Rajinikanth: Here you go

Speaking from the Heart

This is a little long but it's really worth watching. It's easy to make fun of people like Brittany Spears and Lindsay Lohan and just sort of revel in the schadenfreude of their respective train wrecks/lives. Late night talk show host Craig Ferguson calls a bit of a time out here from everyone who is piling on Brittany and stops to remember for a second that at the end of the day we're talking about a 25 year old mother of 2 babies who, as he rightly states "clearly needs help". This is a rare TV moment of what appears to be genuine empathy by a late night host who really seems to be a class act. Kudos to Mr. Ferguson for having the courage to show a little kindness.

Write-Your-Own-Episode of 24

If you're anything like me, you love 24. You love everything about it. You love the explosions. You love the gunplay. You love the way Jack Bauer can kill a terrorist with his hands tied behind his back by ripping the bad guys throat out with his bare teeth. The trouble is, even with all the re-runs in syndication now, you can just never get enough. So I came up with a solution. By simply using the tools that I have provided here in this quick reference, now you can write your own episode of the Emmy Winning television juggernaut that is 24. No more waiting for Monday evening to roll around to get your Jack Bauer fix. Now when you start jonesing you can just look at this list and roll your own so to speak. For even more fun - enlist your friends to play your favorite 24 character (you get to be Jack of course, but get your cousin Lucille to play Chloe and that weird guy you see at the library all the time to sit in as CTU chief Bill Buchanan and you are in business my friend.)

Write your own Episode of 24 (starter kit)

"Get me the White House"
"That's not good enough Bill"
"Chloe, it's Jack"
"Bill, it's Jack"
"Bill Buchanan speaking"
"Send the data to my PDA"
"Chloe, I need you to monitor this location"
"I need a TAC team now"
"I don't have time to explain"
"Mr. President you have to trust me"
"Thousands of people are going to die IF YOU DON'T START TALKING TO ME RIGHT NOW"
"Jack, I'm sending a schematic of the buildings ventilation system to your PDA"
"This is Chloe O'Brien at CTU."
"I need to speak to the President"
"Jack, I'm so glad you're OK"
"We're running out of time Jack"
"Biological Weapons"
"Chloe, how long 'til we establish satellite coverage of the area?"
"Chloe, I need you to set up a priority one channel with the White House"
"It's encrypted Jack"
"There was an explosion but we were able to salvage a hard drive from one of the terrorists laptops"
"Take her back to CTU and debrief her"
"The image is still rendering Jack...I need 5 more minutes"
"I don't want to hurt you but I will if I have to"

A few things to keep in mind when you're writing your episode...

  1. Keifer Sutherland is contractually obligated to shout at least 80% of his lines per episode. Sometimes this may mean yelling during the course of a normal conversation.
  2. Don't get bogged down by notions of "believability" or "reality" - they will only detract from the story.
  3. Jack Bauer doesn't say goodbye when he ends a phone conversation. He must sign off all communications with the more official sounding "copy that". It's most effective if he can shout it into the phone as he's jumping into or out of a helicopter.
  4. The mundane details that plague our lives have no bearing on Jack Bauer in his world. Do not concern yourself with things like eating, sleeping, using the bathroom or cell phone battery life.
  5. Geographic proximity is of no consequence. Even in a city the size of Los Angeles there will always be a CTU helicopter within 3 minutes of Jack's location. In a worst case scenario, you can substitute the chopper for a fleet of SUV's. In those situations, you are permitted to extend the ETA to 5 minutes.
  6. Finally, feel free to kill off anyone you wish (except for Jack of course). If you like, you can always bring them back later under the guise that they were not actually killed at all but were in fact able to escape just in time. As a reference point, see Secretary of Defense James Heller in Season 5. In fact, it's a good practice to randomly kill off a major character at least once or twice per season. It keeps all the plain bellied sneeches out there in TV land guessing.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Paris Hilton looks bored at Vienna's Opera Ball

Friday, February 16, 2007 0

From our Stop the Presses file...

Paris Hilton looks bored at Vienna's Opera Ball
She could have danced all night. Instead, she stifled yawns. Hotel heiress/reality TV star Paris Hilton certainly didn't look like she was having a ball Thursday night at the Vienna Opera Ball, Austria's society event of the year.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Breaking News - Lawyer says Anna Nicole Smith has died after collapsing in Florida

Thursday, February 08, 2007 1
What a long, freaky, tragic trip this has been...

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Sent: Thursday, February 08, 2007 3:51 PM
Subject: Breaking News - Lawyer says Anna Nicole Smith has died after
collapsing in Florida

MSNBC Breaking News: Lawyer says Anna Nicole Smith has died after
collapsing in Florida

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