Sunday, August 28, 2005

Sean Astin joins the cast of "24"!

"Sean Astin, who starred in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, is joining the cast of Fox's real-time drama "24," which will again kick off its season with four episodes screening on two consecutive nights.

Astin will portray a new addition to the Counter Terrorist Unit in the drama series, which stars Kiefer Sutherland as agent Jack Bauer.

The fifth season will premiere with two episodes from 8-10 p.m. January 8, followed by two from 8-10 p.m. January 9 (the second episode January 9 will be the show's 100th). On January 16, the fifth hour of "24" will air in the show's regular 9 p.m. Monday slot..."- Reuters

Totally cool! Sean Astin is a great actor, and will be a great addition to the already great "24" cast!

Saturday, August 27, 2005

New Movies!

Hi all,

Through my wanderings through the Internet, I have come upon a list of movies to be released over the next few years. Which ones are you guys looking forward to? Here's the list:




2005:


1. KING KONG ( December 14th)

"Set in the 1930s, this is the story of a group of explorers and documentary filmmakers who travel to the mysterious Skull Island (near Sumatra) to investigate legends of a giant gorilla named Kong. Once there, they discover that King Kong is a real creature, living in a massive jungle where creatures from prehistoric times have been protected and hidden for millions of years. As the explorers search for the great ape, their quest puts them up against both Kong and his dinosaur enemies. Ultimately, it is the attention of a beautiful human woman (Watts) that soothes Kong long enough for him to be subdued by the explorers and shipped back to New York, where his bleak future involves being put on display in front of humans... but how long can even the mightiest shackles of man hold back an ape 25 feet tall?"


I saw a trailer for this one..... :)



2. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE ( December 13th?)


" Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a lion messiah......"

I am so excited about this movie!






2006:




1. X-MEN 3 ( May 5th)



"Rumor, with some support, says the plot will focus on the Dark Phoenix storyline which originally appeared in the comic book series. Bryan Singer has left the series in favor of restarting the Superman movie franchise, no replacement yet named, but Famke Janssen will play Jean Grey's dark alter-ego, Patrick Stuart and Ian McKellen the wise old rivals, James Marsden again is Cyclops and Hugh Jackmen is the mean man with the titanium-bladed hands."



2. SUPERMAN RETURNS ( June ?)



"Bret Rattner directs this origin tale, the first of a trilogy written by J.J. Abrams (Felicity, Alias), only rumors on who (Keanu Reeves) will wear the red cape for now."

Please not Keanu Reeves!!!



3. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST ( July 7th)



"Depp, Knightley and Bloom will all be back for this sequel, as will director Gore Verbinsky......Johnny Depp's Capt. Jack Sparrow owes a blood debt to the legendary Davey Jones, ruler of the ocean depths and captain of the ghostly Flying Dutchman, and if Jack can't figure a way out he'll be cursed to an afterlife of eternal servitude and damnation...."



4. INDIANA JONES IV ( July ?)


"Spielberg, Lucas, and Ford bring back an Indy whose in his early '60s, the movie's set in the 1950s, and the script is by Frank Darabont (Green Mile, Shawshank Redemption). Sean Connery and some of Indy's girlfriends will be back, at least in cameos, as well."




2007:


1. SPIDERMAN 3 (May 4th)



" Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst are signed to return for the third film about the Webbed Wonder.... Thomas Haden Church, who was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor in Sideways, has been cast as Spidey's new archenemy in the next chapter of the Spider-Man franchise but the name of his character hasn't been revealed."



2. THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM (May ?)


" Just announced, Matt Damon will be back as one of my favorite screen heroes of recent years for the third installment. Paul Greengrass, director of the second Bourne and the upcoming graphic novel group of superheroes Watchmen, also returns. Tony Gilroy will script, as he did for the first two.

No plot details yet though of course their may be some connection to Ludlum novel of the same name ;) One wonders how much connection is possible, however, since the novel depicts a "final battle" between Bourne and Carlos the Jackal, his terrorist arch-rival, but this relationship hasn't been mentioned at all in the previous movies. More likely, I think, is that the connection will be limited to the way Bourne is drawn out from a settled life lived under a new name with a family who know nothing of his past."




Well, what do you think?

Thursday, August 18, 2005

BTK Killer

Did any of you see the court hearing today, where the victims' family spewed their anger towards the monster? Some of the family members were reserved and quiet, trying not to let him see the pain that he had caused in their lives. But some had really moving messages. Some called him a "walking cesspool", a "demon", and a hideous "monster". Telling him how dare he associate himself with their religion
( Christianity), and what gave him the right to take away their loved ones. There were sons, daughters, husbands, and friends..

Dennnis Rader is an animal, who deserves to be put to death. But was sentenced to the maximum punishment available- life in prison. I hope that God has some special punishment/ torture saved up for him in hell. The BTK killer looked annoyed and angry in the courthouse, no remorse. No feeling. I am really upset that he was not eligable for the death penalty, but that is the law. The families now have to move on, leaving him to rot in a prison cage for the rest of his life, waiting for his eternal punishment at the hands of the Almighty God.

Baseball's Post-Season

Does anyone have a guess at which teams will make the post season, which ones will make it to the League Championship Series, and eventually the World Series? I hope the Yankees make it all the way, but I don't think it's going to happen. My guess is that the World Series will be - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim versus Atlanta Braves- with the Braves being the champions of baseball.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Archaeologists Find Ancient Treasure



"Bulgarian archaeologists have unearthed about 15,000 tiny golden pieces that date back to the end of the third millennium B.C. — a find they said Wednesday matches the famous treasure of Troy.

The golden ornaments, estimated to be between 4,100 and 4,200 years old, have been unearthed gradually during the past year from an ancient tomb near the central village of Dabene, about 75 miles east of the capital, Sofia, said Vasil Nikolov, an academic consultant on the excavations.

"This treasure is a bit older than Schliemann's finds in Troy, and contains much more golden ornaments," Nikolov said.

Heinrich Schliemann, an amateur German archaeologist, discovered the site of ancient Troy in 1868 and directed ambitious excavations that proved he was right.

The treasure consists of miniature golden rings, some so finely crafted that the point where the ring is welded is invisible with an ordinary microscope.

"We don't know who these people were, but we call them proto-Thracians," Nikolov said.

They likely were ancestors of the Thracians, who lived in what is now Bulgaria and parts of modern Greece, Romania, Macedonia and Turkey until the 8th century A.D., when they were assimilated by invading Slavs.

"The buried man was cremated, and then an earth mound was piled over his ashes and his riches, suggesting that he was part of these people's social elite," Nikolov said.

Bozhidar Dimitrov, director of the National History Museum of Bulgaria, said the site consisted of a settlement and three mounds, and excavations would continue.

"This is the oldest golden treasure ever found in Bulgaria after the Varna necropolis," Dimitrov said.

The golden artifacts from a vast burial complex discovered in the 1970s near the Black Sea port of Varna date back to the end of the fifth millennium B.C. and are internationally renowned as the world's oldest golden treasure."- Yahoo news


This is really, really cool!!

Armed, dangerous, and left alone



"Recently declassified documents show that the State Department warned the Clinton administration in July 1996 about the danger of Osama bin Laden. Michael F. Scheuer, who from 1996 to 1999 led the Central Intelligence Agency unit that tracked bin Laden, said the documents reflected awareness of the danger posed by bin Laden's relocation to Afghanistan: "The thinking was that he was in Afghanistan, and he was dangerous, but because he was there, we had a better chance to kill him. But at the end of the day, we settled for the worst possibility--he was there and we didn't do anything."- World Magazine


More evidence of Clinton's failure as a president. I mean now he could be anywhere in the world. When a couple of years earlier, we could have caught him.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Mom to Continue Protest Against War




"Undaunted by counter rallies and even a neighbor's gunshot blasts into the air, a woman whose son died in Iraq said she will continue her anti-war demonstration near President Bush's ranch for three more weeks

"We can't give up, no matter hard it gets," Cindy Sheehan said Sunday, more than a week after she started the protest in memory of her 24-year-old son Casey.

Sheehan's makeshift campsite along the road leading to the ranch has grown to more than 100, and hundreds more have stopped by to show their support.

On Sunday, as about 60 in Sheehan's group held a religious service, neighbor Larry Mattlage fired his shotgun twice into the air. Sheriff's deputies and Secret Service agents rushed to his house but did not arrest him.

"I ain't threatening nobody, and I ain't pointing a gun at nobody," Mattlage said. "This is Texas."

Mattlage said he was initially sympathetic toward the demonstrators, but that they have blocked roads in the area and caused traffic problems.

He said he fired his gun in preparation for the dove-hunting season, but when asked if he had another motive, he said, "Figure it out for yourself."

Sheehan, 48, said she was not concerned with her own safety but has told others to be aware that "this could get physical, even though we are peaceful."

"I think we knew of the risks when we came down here," said Sheehan, of Vacaville, Calif. "I'm surprised we haven't had more of that since we're in Bush country."

Sheehan says she won't leave "Camp Casey" until Bush meets with her during his monthlong ranch visit, or until his vacation ends. She met with two top Bush administration officials on her first day of the protest.

Bush has said he sympathizes with Sheehan but has not said if he will meet with her.

Sherry Bohlen of Scottsdale, Ariz., whose son Thor has been in Iraq for a month, drove with two friends to Crawford last week. She didn't leave Sunday as planned.

"This is history in the making, and it's hard to walk away from that," Bohlen said."
Yahoo news




This story is getting way too much attention. Who cares what this woman thinks. The media is going wild. I understand her loss, but......


Baby Terrorists?

"....Infants have been stopped from boarding planes at airports throughout the U.S. because their names are the same as or similar to those of possible terrorists on the government's "no-fly list."

It sounds like a joke, but it's not funny to parents who miss flights while scrambling to have babies' passports and other documents faxed.

Ingrid Sanden's 1-year-old daughter was stopped in Phoenix before boarding a flight home to Washington at Thanksgiving.

"I completely understand the war on terrorism, and I completely understand people wanting to be safe when they fly," Sanden said. "But focusing the target a little bit is probably a better use of resources..."-Yahoo news



We need to work on something......:)

Monday, August 01, 2005

Reaction to John Bolton's Appointment





"Reaction to President Bush's recess appointment of John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations:



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"At a time when we need to reassert our diplomatic power in the world, President Bush has decided to send a seriously flawed and weakened candidate to the United Nations. It's an unnecessary result, and the latest abuse of power by the Bush White House. ... Bolton arrives at the United Nations with a cloud hanging over his head." — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

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"The president did the right thing by sending Mr. Bolton to the U.N. He is a smart, principled and straightforward candidate, and will represent the president and America well on the world stage." — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.

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"We look forward to working with him as I do with the other 190 ambassadors and we will welcome him at a time when we are in the midst of major reform. I think it is the president's prerogative, and the president has decided to appoint him through this process." — U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan
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"Let's not prejudge his behavior. Let's wait for how he comes and what he says here. ... The tendency here at the United Nations is for us to work together. So I hope that this general tendency will prevail." — Brazil's U.N. Ambassador Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg

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"The president has taken an action that is fully within his authority, is in concert with a clear majority of the Senate, and is in the interest of achieving constructive reform of the United Nations." — Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Dick Lugar, R-Ind.

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"The abuse of power and the cloak of secrecy from the White House continues. ... It's a devious maneuver that evades the constitutional requirement of Senate consent and only further darkens the cloud over Mr. Bolton's credibility at the U.N." — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.

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"I am truly concerned that a recess appointment will only add to John Bolton's baggage and his lack of credibility with the United Nations. That said, the president has made this decision, and I will do everything in my power to support Mr. Bolton as he takes this new position." — Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio

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"John Bolton has placed his faith in a unilateral, go-it-alone foreign policy that has stretched our military thin, and I believe his inability to be an effective and constructive ambassador could produce dire consequences for American foreign policy." _Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

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"I accept and understand why the president had to do this. I think it's unfortunate that he had to use this option because John Bolton was denied the fairness of an up-or-down vote. I think John Bolton is well qualified. He is principled. And he will advocate for the U.S. taxpayers." — Sen. George Allen, R-Va.

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"Making this recess appointment is certainly the president's right, but it is not right for America. Appointing John Bolton to the United Nations sends a terrible message to our intelligence professionals. It is the wrong signal for our intelligence reform efforts." — Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.

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"The president has the right to make this recess appointment, but it's the wrong decision. It only diminishes John Bolton's validity and leverage to secure America's goals at the U.N." — Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

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"He is the right man to provide leadership in achieving much-needed U.N. reform." — Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev.

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"He is exactly the wrong person to send to the United Nations at a time when we are trying to rebuild our credibility around the world. ... I now fear that we have lost an important opportunity to help re-establish the United States' global role as a moral and responsible leader." — Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.

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"It's sad that even while the president preaches democracy around the world, he bends the rules and circumvents the will of Congress in appointing our representative to the United Nations." — Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J."




These democrats are such jerks ( especially the wonderful Senator from my home state)! I like Sen. Kennedy's take on it..." a devious maneuver.."

NASA to Conduct Spacewalk to Mend Shuttle




" NASA said Monday it will send out a spacewalking astronaut to fix two worrisome pieces of filler material protruding from Discovery's belly — a high-stakes operation to repair a problem that could threaten the shuttle during re-entry.

Engineers simply do not know enough about the problem and its consequences to leave it unattended, so the fabric strips will be pulled out or cut Wednesday "to set our minds at rest," said deputy shuttle program manager Wayne Hale.

"At the end of the day, the bottom line is there is large uncertainty because nobody has a very good handle on the aerodynamics at those altitudes and at those speeds," Hale said. "Given that large degree of uncertainty, life could be normal during entry or some bad things could happen."

It will be a spacewalking first: Astronauts have never ventured under an orbiting shuttle before, and have never attempted to fix their ship's thermal shielding in flight.

Mission managers spent three days trying to decide whether the dangling strips of stiff ceramic-fiber cloth could cause dangerous overheating during re-entry and lead to another Columbia-type disaster. The possibility of exceeding the shuttle's certified limits was very real, Hale said, calling it "a place we don't want to go."

Both pieces are sticking out about an inch; they're supposed to fill the thin gaps between thermal tiles.

It will be a largely unrehearsed operation, with the risk that the astronaut repairman, Stephen Robinson, might accidentally damage Discovery's fragile thermal shield and make matters worse.

The plan calls for Robinson to perform the operation on the end of the international space station's 58-foot robot arm, which would bend and wrap around the side of Discovery to enable him to reach all the way underneath.

Robinson will first try to tug the protruding strips out with his gloved fingers. If that does not work, he will use a hacksaw to cut them off while holding the material taut with forceps.

Discovery's other astronauts and Mission Control would see him the whole time via robot arm cameras, but he would be out of sight of his spacewalking partner, Soichi Noguchi, who would be busy elsewhere doing other things. NASA decided two astronauts would be too many for the work site and might cause too much banging around.

Removal of the two gap fillers will not jeopardize the shuttle in any way, Hale said. The risks of the spacewalk are fairly well understood, and have been alleviated as much as possible, he said.

Space shuttles have returned in the past with drooping gap fillers, almost all of them shorter. The trouble is, NASA does not know if the strips started out longer and simply burned off during re-entry, or perhaps fell out altogether. In that sense, the space agency was unwittingly playing Russian roulette with every flight, Hale said.

This was the first time the problem was noted in orbit because of all the photography and laser imaging devoted to Discovery, a post-Columbia requirement. It also was a "new NASA" analyzing the problem, Hale said.

"If we cannot prove that it is safe, then we do not want to go there. This exceeded our threshold and we needed to take action," he said.

The belly of the shuttle normally sees 2,300-degree temperatures during re-entry, and the dangling pieces of cloth could crank the heat up there by hundreds of degrees, said Chuck Campbell, an engineer specializing in thermal dynamics.

Discovery lifted off with a crew of seven July 26 on the first shuttle flight since the Columbia disaster 2 1/2 years ago. Columbia broke up on re-entry after the wing was pierced during liftoff by a chunk of foam insulation that fell off the big external fuel tank."- AP



I hope they can fix all the problems with this ship......

New Cast Clocks in for "24"




"Jack's back with a whole new set of friends--and enemies.


As Fox's 24 heads into its fifth adrenaline-filled, sleep-deprived day, producers are restocking the cast with fresh blood, including former Designing Women star Jean Smart and young actors Brady Corbet and Connie Britton.


Details for the new season are being kept under lock and key--the network wants to make sure nothing leaks before Day Five kicks off in January. Producers and publicists are not even publicly confirming that series star Keifer Sutherland will be back as CTU agent Jack Bauer to save the world from yet another dastardly conspiracy. (Surprise: He will.)


When last we left our hero at the end of Day Four, Bauer had faked his own death and gone underground. (Long story short: Bauer broke into the Chinese embassy to kidnap an informant; during the raid, the consul got killed and the Chinese wanted to pin it on Bauer. The White House disavowed any knowledge of the mission and an agent was sent to take Bauer out.)


"I'm pretty sure Kiefer's going to have to come back," Mary Lynn Rajskub, who will be back as CTU computer whiz Chloe O'Brian, tells E! Online. "I'm just making a guess. I think in order to make the show happen, I'll bet he's going to be there."


Asked about the top-secret nature of the series, Rajskub, adds: "I never have anything to say because there are so many red warnings: 'DO NOT TELL ANYBODY WHAT'S GOING ON!' And then we get the scripts at the very last second anyway."


Also among the confirmed returnees: Gregory Itzen as President Logan and Carlos Bernard as Tony Almeida, despite the character seemingly exiting the show for good at the end of last season, when Tony and Michelle Dessler ( Reiko Aylesworth) appeared ready to give up the terrorist-hunting lifestyle to rekindle their marriage.


As for the newcomers, Smart, who won two Emmys for guest stints on Frasier and most recently appeared in the indie hit Garden State, will play Logan's first lady.


Britton, best known for her work on Spin City, is apparently going to be Bauer's latest love interest (good luck with that). And Corbet, whose credits include the indie drama Mysterious Skin, will reportedly play Britton's son, who has a strong bond with Bauer early on in the season.


Fox declined to elaborate on any plot points for next season. Last week, speaking to the Television Critics Association, Fox Entertainment President Peter Liguori, made it clear that any news pertaining to 24 was strictly classified and on a need-to-know basis.

"It's going to take some bamboo shoots for me to talk about 24," he said.


A revolving door of characters has become something of a tradition for 24 as producers seek to keep things interesting and the twists moving at a breakneck pace. Previous key cast members like Elisha Cuthbert (Kim Bauer) and Dennis Haysbert (President David Palmer) only made limited appearances last year, while several popular players hit the unemployment line after seeing their popular characters killed off, including Leslie Hope (Jack's wife, Terri Bauer), Sarah Clarke (Nina Myers) and Penny Johnson Jerald (Sherry Palmer).


Like last season, the upcoming fifth installment will premiere on the network as a four-hour, two-evening event in January and run straight through until May with new episodes. Before the launch, Fox will make available a podcast recapping the fourth season and setting the stage for Day Five. "- E! Online


I'm really excited about this next season, last season was so nerve-racking!!