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Bueller at Starbucks

10 points to hufflepuff for the guy at starbucks that said his name was "Bueller" and left before his coffee was done, leaving the chick calling home over and over.


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Woody Allen’s Wolverine

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The Sequel To ‘300’

It’s not called 301, unfortunately, but rather 300: Rise of an Empire. The original film depicted the Battle of Thermopylae in August of 480 BC, in which 300 Spartans plus a few hundred other soldiers admirably and surprisingly held off a Persian army a thousand times greater. After a few days, they were defeated however — partly due to a betrayal — and at the same time, the Persians also won the naval Battle of Artemisium. So, after being defeated on both land and sea, the Greek allies retreated and the Persians occupied Athens.

However, the Greeks regrouped shortly thereafter and in September defeated the Persian navy at the Battle of Salamis. This was the turning point of the war, and will likely be the focus of the movie, along with the Battle of Artemisium. Several months later, in the summer of 479 BC, the Greeks decisively defeated the Persians at the Battle of Plataea, which ended the Persian invasion of Greece.

Salamis is one of the most important battles in world history, because had it been lost by the Greeks, it would’ve likely meant the premature end of Western civilization. Without the Ancient Greece which rose to power after the failed Persian invasion, the West would’ve turned out quite differently. For example, Socrates, one of the most important figures in Western philosophy, was born ten years after these events.

The main characters in the film are the Greek general Themistocles and the Persian queen and commander of the navy in the Battle of Salamis, Artemisia (played by Eva Green — Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale). Two characters from the original, Persian King Xerxes I and Spartan Queen Gorgo (played by Lena Heady — Queen Cersei on Game of Thrones) also seem to have prominent roles. It opens on March 14th, 2014.

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Google’s Movie, ‘The Internship’, Is About 8 Years Late

As The Onion points out, The Internship has everything a 2005 audience could want from a comedy:

  • Great cast: both Vince Vaugh and Owen Wilson were very popular in 2005, after the success of Wedding Crashers and Dodgeball
  • Interesting plot: having an Internet job and struggling with video chat technology were both hot topics in 2005
  • X-Men jokes: also very topical in 2005, with the trilogy ending in 2006
  • Quidditch: very big in 2005, when the fourth film in the Harry Potter series opened, in the hayday of the franchise

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First Trailer For ‘Thor 2’

Thor: The Dark World is scheduled for November 8th, 2013. The villain is Malekith, the leader of the Dark Elves of Svartalheim.

From YouTube, via The Superficial

Matt Damon and Jodie Foster Are In A Sci-Fi Movie About Immigration

You probably know South African director Neill Blomkamp from his first and only movie, District 9, which was about a ghetto full of aliens that look like giant shrimp. Well, it looks like he’s found his calling: after having tackled the especially South African issue of racial segregation in District 9, his next movie will look at the Western issue of immigration. It’s called Elysium, and it’s about a future in which a terrorist uses deadly force to illegally immigrate into America Elysium, in order to steal medical technology and destroy The Great Satan.

From YouTube, via Laughing Squid

Third Trailer For ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Is Even Longer

The marketing machine must be gearing up for May 17th opening of the second Star Trek 2, because we have two new trailers in less than two weeks. This one has less Millennium Falcon than the last one, and more Benedict Cumberbatch — who everyone is in love with all of a sudden.

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The New Star Trek 2 Has A Millennium Falcon In It

Back in December, J. J. Abrams released the teaser trailer for the second movie in his rebooted Star Trek franchise, which will be called Star Trek Into The Darkness. Since then, it was announced that he would also be directing Star Wars VII and now we suspiciously have a new trailer for Into The Darkness which includes a ship that looks exactly like the Millennium Falcon, with Kirk as Han Solo and Spock as Chewy.

Either Abrams shot this before he got the Star Wars gig, because he thought it would be his only chance to fly the Falcon, or he shot it after, because he wanted to bring the two universes closer together. In either case: no! Bad Abrams.

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The Iron Man 3 Trailer Is Awesome

Hopefully the movie will be every bit as awesome. But just as promised, Iron Patriot seems to be prominent in the movie, alongside the Mandarin.

This is the second trailer; the first one, was released in October:

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Nate Silver Predicted Most Of The Oscar Winners, Too

Nate Silver is now a famous statistician, after correctly calling the presidential election in every state for 2012, and all but one state for 2008. For his next trick, he’s applied his calculus on the movies: on the Friday morning before the Oscars, he published predictions for the main categories and got four of the six right:

  • Best picture: correctly called Argo, with Zero Dark Thirty being a distant second
  • Best director: incorrectly called Spielberg (Lincoln) as a narrow favorite over the actual winner, Ang Lee (Life of Pi). In the write-up, he explains that this was a shaky prediction to make, because his top two choices — Ben Affleck for Argo and Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty — were actually not even nominated.
  • Best actor: correctly called Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), with Bradley Cooper being a distant second (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Best actress: correctly called Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), with Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) not being far behind
  • Best supporting actor: this was a pretty big mistake, as he predicted the winner would be Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), with Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) as a second possibility not that far behind. But he forecast that the actual winner, Cristoph Waltz (Django Unchained), was third most likely to win — though very closely behind Hoffman.
  • Best supporting actress: correctly called Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables), with Sally Field (Lincoln) being a distant second.

Not bad at all. He made the predictions by looking at historical data for 16 other awards shows, like the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and BAFTAs. Now if only he could bring that kind of forecasting accuracy to economics.

Nate Silver


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From The New York Times, via Slashdot