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going Godwin on ‘Toy Story 3′; why ‘Splice’ isn’t sci fi (and neither is ‘Minority Report’ anymore); more: leftover links

Every week my browser gets cluttered up with tabs for stuff that I stumble across and figure I might be able to use as a Question of the Day or a WTF Thought for the Day or grist for some other post. And inevitably, I end the week with most of that material unused. But there’s no reason to let this stuff go to waste: I can still share it with you, for your amusement, and start the new week with a clean slate.

Herewith this week’s leftover links, in no particular order:
How Toy Story 3 Will Make You Think About Auschwitz

Why Minority Report was spot on

Why Splice isn’t science fiction

Race row erupts over casting of Angelina Jolie as Cleopatra

Can Ridley Scott give Alien new life with 3D prequels?

Twilight of the Gods (of Film Criticism)

The 10 Stupidest Moments in Glenn Beck’s New Novel

Confidential From Dwight Garner to David Carr: Your Book Didn’t Sell Because You’re Not Pretty Enough

Media Decoder: ‘Ulysses’ a Little Too Graphic for Apple

David Yates for The Hobbit?

Sam Raimi May Direct ‘Wizard of Oz’ Prequel

Free WiFi Coming To All U.S. Starbucks Stores Beginning July 1

Why Everything Sucks, Why That’s Awesome, and How It’s Changing Us

Do Reusable 3D Glasses Need a Clean-up?

Big films cost NZ millions

You’re Damn Right I’m A Fanboy.

Facebook Status Leads FBI to Make Arrest in UK

A Blogger’s Rant: The Pajama Jokes Are Getting Really Old

Women Are Expendable On Criminal Minds

‘Skins’ movie set to roll

Gender Apartheid Online

Nicolas Cage to return for Ghost Rider sequel?

Lacking Nicolas Cage In Your Netflix? There’s A Hack For That

Warner Bros. Mixes and Matches Writers for ‘Clash of the Titans 2′


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  • http://toniokruger.blogspot.com Tonio Kruger

    To paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld, who was offended by his dentist’s bad Jewish jokes as a comedian rather than as a Jew, I object to characterizations like Risen’s not as a blogger but as a reader. Bloggers may frequently be too lazy to pick up the phone and break news of their own, but when it comes to finding novel ways to make fun of people, we’re the very soul of enterprise.

    That’s the best defense he could come up with? Bloggers don’t all wear pajamas and we’re good at insulting people?

    Call me a cynic, but I’ve come to expect a bit more from my favorite bloggers than that.

  • nyjm

    MAJ, I’m curious: how do you accumulate all of this? Is it just the product of surfing the net for a few hours coupled with free-association clicking and bookmarking – or is there some method involved?

    You often turn up some fascinating stuff that I would never find…

  • Mo

    Uh… Cleopatra was an inbred Macedonian. Her family as I understand it didn’t mix with the locals (or anyone else for that matter…) She was the first in her family to embrace the local language and customs, but she was more or less Greek by decent, not African.

    I’m sorry but political revisionist history really bugs me.

  • MaryAnn

    MAJ, I’m curious: how do you accumulate all of this? Is it just the product of surfing the net for a few hours coupled with free-association clicking and bookmarking – or is there some method involved?

    No special method, just surfing and clicking around.