November 15, 2006

Zune Rhymes With a Word That Means Butt in Persian

Sorry, but it's true. I have respect for them as competitors but they are getting hammered, Serge points us to the following and summarizes it eloquently when he says, and I quote...“Ouch”.

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November 14, 2006

Wanna Work At Apple?

My team is growing so why not apply? Or send a hot shot developer my way? I'll give you a tour of campus if your referral leads to a hire. Check it.

Written while groovin' to Me & This Army (Ft. Sev Statik from the album “Me & This Army: Radiohead Remixed and Mashed Up” by Radiohead

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November 10, 2006

Borat Redux

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The buzz is still high. Let's take a moment to read a quick post and go to some terrific links provided by this page (props to DrewW.):

Written while groovin' to Night Ripper from the album “Night Ripper” by Girl Talk <-- HOTNESS, check it

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November 05, 2006

Borat Wins at the Box Office

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Borat rocked the house this weekend. And his picture got The Wall Street journal effect!

1. “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” $26.4 million.
2. “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause,” $20 million.
3. “Flushed Away,” $19.1 million.
4. “Saw III,” $15.5 million.
5. “The Departed,” $8 million.
6. “The Prestige,” $7.8 million.
7. “Flags of Our Fathers,” $4.5 million.
8. “Man of the Year,” $3.8 million.
9. “Open Season,” $3.1 million.
10. “The Queen,” $3 million.

Borat Takes Top Spot at Box Office,
Surpassing Hollywood Expectations
Associated Press
November 5, 2006 5:40 p.m.

LOS ANGELES -- Sacha Baron Cohen's Kazakh alter-ego Borat made glorious returns at the box office, surprising Hollywood with a No. 1 debut.

“Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” 20th Century Fox's big-screen incarnation of Cohen's Kazakh journalist from “Da Ali G Show,” took in $26.4 million during its opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
[Sacha Cohen]

“This picture was playing to full houses,” said Bruce Snyder, head of distribution at 20th Century Fox. “The planets aligned, the moons aligned, the stars aligned, and everything came together perfectly for us on this weekend.”

Box-office analysts had expected Disney's “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause,” with Tim Allen returning as St. Nicholas, to win the weekend. It was No. 2 with $20 million, followed by the Paramount-DreamWorks animated comedy “Flushed Away” in third place with $19.1 million.

With great Internet buzz and a built-in following from “Da Ali G Show,” “Borat” succeeded where another cyber-sensation, “Snakes on a Plane,” failed. “Snakes” opened last summer to modest crowds despite months of Internet hoopla.

The raucous, raunchy “Borat” follows the adventures of British comedian Mr. Cohen's TV journalist from Kazakhstan in a blend of fiction and improvised comic encounters as he travels the U.S., meets and mocks Americans and reports back to his home country.

“It is what you go to the theater for,” said Hutch Parker, the studio's head of production. “You get that infectious, outrageous, interactive experience. There are people yelling at the screen, there are cheers.”

“Borat” played in only 837 theaters, fewer than one-fourth the count for “The Santa Clause 3” and “Flushed Away.” Averaging a whopping $31,511 a theater, “Borat” easily outdistanced “The Santa Clause 3,” which averaged $5,784 in 3,458 cinemas and “Flushed Away,” which averaged $5,152 in 3,707 theaters. Fox plans to expand “Borat” to as many as 2,500 theaters this Friday.

“The Santa Clause 3” pits Mr. Allen's St. Nick against Jack Frost (Martin Short) as they battle for control of Christmas. “Flushed Away” features the voices of Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet in the story of a pampered pet mouse forced to make his way among sewer rats.

The two movies split the family audience, but their opening weekends were solid starts for the holiday season. Disney and Paramount expect their movies to hang tough through year's end, even with the Warner Bros. animated penguin tale “Happy Feet” coming just before Thanksgiving. “The Thanksgiving holiday is going to be just rocking,” said Disney head of distribution Chuck Viane.

The previous weekend's top movie, Lionsgate's horror sequel “Saw III,” held up solidly at No. 4 with $15.5 million, raising its 10-day total to $60.1 million. However, the strong crop of new movies and holdovers didn't quite stack up to the same weekend a year ago, when “Chicken Little” opened at No. 1 with $40 million and “Jarhead” debuted at No. 2 with $27.7 million. This weekend's top 12 movies took in $116.2 million, down 3% from the same period last year.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.

Copyright © 2006 Associated Press

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