It's popsicle cold TODAY! BRRR true story The Schwan man came this past Friday. I ordered my favorite ice-cream 'Rainbow Serbet' and had no room in the freezer. I stuck it outside this morning before i left for work and when i got home at noon it was still frozen solid! I mean this block of very tastey goodness could have been used in a episode of the Soprano's as a killing instrument LOL!
When its this cold outside you stay home and watch T.V.
On the Tube tonight:
HOUSE (8p ET, FOX) -- A new episode. A new "24" follows.
THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) -- Everything on CBS is repeats tonight, starting with "Bang".
THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) -- The nine remaining bachelorettes learn they must "sing for their supper" to earn the coveted one-on-one date. A new "True Beauty" follows.
THE LAST TEMPLAR (9p ET, NBC) -- This mini-series concludes tonight. A new "Superstars of Dance" airs before.
SEASON PREMIERE: THE CLOSER (9p ET, TNT) -- Brenda and the team investigate an apparent suicide that the medical examiner believes was actually a murder.
SERIES PREMIERE: TRUST ME (10p ET, TNT) -- Eric McCormack ("Will & Grace") and Tom Cavanagh ("Ed") star is this new drama series about two best friends working as creative partners at a top-ranked Chicago ad agency.
I have to admitt I am a total MOVIE nerd, I own nearly 1500 movie titles, see major geek here. Now you might ask, why, or who cares, hang on let me set up my next point....
I was curious about the way the award shows were going to be scored and shown soon. I did a little bit of reading and found out some pretty interesting stuff check this out:
A lot of people were upset that The Dark Knight got snubbed for Best Picture. Now there's word that some Academy Award voters plan to cast write-in vote for the film. Really? A write-in vote on the Oscar ballot? Well, yes. According to the book All About Oscar: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards:
... One of the factors that prompted the creation of write-ins was the 1935 snubbing of actress Bette Davis for what many considered to be one of the best performances of the year in John Cromwell’s Of Human Bondage. Outraged at this development, celebrities demanded the ability to write-in votes for Davis. Even The Hollywood Reporter got into the act, insinuating that the voting process that year was somehow mishandled. In response, in February 1935, Academy president Howard Estabrook announced that voters could write-in their personal choices for the winner of each category. Write-in votes would then be counted, just like any other votes.
... At the 1936 Oscar ceremony, Hal Mohr became the first person in history to win an Oscar based on write-in votes alone. Mohr won an Oscar for cinematography for his work in the 1935 film A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
... But due to the myriad of issues that were generated by the write-in process, not to mention the general confusion for all parties, the Academy changed the rules to forbid write-ins after 1936. This made Hal Mohr the first and last person ever to win an Oscar through a write-in campaign.
... Which means there's is no way The Dark Knight will be taking home a Best Picture or a Best Director trophy come February 22nd. (see now you know?)
Lets talk movie box office:
TOP TEN MOVIES
1. Paul Blart: Mall Cop, $21.5 million
2. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, $20.7 million
3. Gran Torino, $16 million
4. Hotel for Dogs, $12.3 million
5. Slumdog Millionaire, $10.5 million
6. My Bloody Valentine 3-D, $10 million
7. Inkheart, $7.7 million
8. Bride Wars, $7 million
9. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, $6 million
10. Notorious, $5.7 million
... The #1 movie this week last year was Meet the Spartans.
IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND
NEW IN TOWN (PG)
• Renee Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr.
• A high-powered consultant in love with her upscale Miami lifestyle is sent to a middle of nowhere town in Minnesota to oversee the restructuring of a blue collar manufacturing plant. After enduring a frosty reception from the locals, icy roads and freezing weather, she warms up to the small town's charm, and eventually finds herself being accepted by the community. When she's ordered to close down the plant and put the entire community out of work, she's forced to reconsider her goals and priorities, and finds a way to save the town.
• Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace.
• A former spy relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been forced into the slave trade.
THE UNINVITED (PG-13)
• Elizabeth Banks, Arielle Kebbel, David Strathairn, Emily Browning
• Anna Rydell returns home to her sister (and best friend) Alex after a stint in a mental hospital, though her recovery is jeopardized thanks to her cruel stepmother, aloof father, and the presence of a ghost in their home.
Way off topic here, but wait I am always off topic:
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR
Today (January 26) begins Chinese New Year 4707 -- The Year of the Ox.
Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal's year would have some of that animal's personality. Those born in ox years tend to be painters, engineers, and architects. They are stable, fearless, obstinate, hard-working and friendly. Jack Nicholson, Jane Fonda, Walt Disney, and Anthony Hopkins were all born in the year of the ox.
BRAIN BUSTER this Morning: According to a survey, 84 percent of kids say they do what at lunchtime at school? (Trade foods with their friends)
The JOKE of the Day sent to me by 'Big Daddy Carl' thats what he wrote anyway, and by the way he lives with two teenage daughters:
A teenage girl had been talking on the phone for about half an hour, and then she hung up. "Wow!" said her father, "That was short. You usually talk for two hours. What happened?" "Wrong number," replied the girl.