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Music, Movies and the Not So Mundane

{CommentsCant} · Monday, December 19, 2011
Radiohead has released “The Daily Mail” and “Staircase,” two tracks previously recorded during The King of Limbs sessions. The two songs are available through digital retailers starting today but you can stream them here to make sure you’ll dig 'em. The King of Limbs: Live From the Basement will also be released digitally on iTunes on Dec. 19 and on DVD and Blu-Ray in the States on Jan. 31.  
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{CommentsCant} · Friday, December 16, 2011
Christian Bale was attacked by Chinese police while trying to visit blind lawyer and activist Chen Guangcheng, who has been living under house arrest since his release from prison last year. Footage shot by CNN, which was invited on the journey by Bale, shows police telling Bale to leave and trying to grab the video camera he was carrying. When Bale said, “But I’m the goddamn Batman,” he was roughed up a bit. Bale was in Beijing to promote his new partially state-funded movie, The Flowers of War. Oops. "What I really wanted to do was to meet the man, shake his hand and say what an inspiration he is," Bale said.  
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{CommentsCant} · Thursday, December 15, 2011
There is a trailer up for Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest film, The Dictator. While the director has given up on trying to fool unsuspecting people to be in his movie, he has hired A-listers Ben Kingsley, John C. Reilly and Megan Fox to be in the film. Patton Oswalt was booted from the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for texting. There is a (maybe fake) video here. The Screen Actors Guild Award nominees have been announced, and The Help is leading with four nominations. Also of note, Hugo and Harry Potter received no recognition.   
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{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The Coast Guard is worried about having too many obese people on boats. On Dec. 1, it amended a federal rule that recalibrated the average weight of a passenger at 185 pounds, a 25-pound jump, which means the maximum capacity for vessels has dropped dramatically. “The U.S. Coast Guard feels the U.S. people have gotten fatter over time,” said Capt. Ed Sparrow, owner of a Miami-based charter yacht called Holiday of Magic. The Holiday of Magic has seen its own legal capacity drop from 49 to 35 passengers. Some don’t see a problem with the new regulations, so long as they can still make their cruise. “Oh, God, yeah. I’m 251 with sandals,” David Kushner of Chenango Bridge, N.Y., said as he boarded the Key Largo Princess glass-bottom boat last week for a sunset cruise with his wife of 43 years.  
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{CommentsCant} · Monday, December 12, 2011
Barack Obama set off metal detectors Friday on his way back into the White House. "I just wanted to see what it was like getting in here," Obama said. "I think I beeped a couple of times." Obama shook hands with the gatehouse guards and talked football as he set off the metal detectors. The guard told the president it was probably just his cellphone and then asked if he was going to put Aaron Rogers in his starting lineup for his fantasy team. Obama replied, “Oh, Jeff. You know I can’t tell you that. I will tell you, Rogers will throw 17 for 30 for 281 yards and two touchdowns.” But Obama declined to predict the future regarding the latest Republican tax cut bill.  
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{CommentsCant} · Friday, December 9, 2011
David Fincher’s protégé Noble Jones is working on a low-budget remake of American Psycho. Originally a novel by Bret Easton Ellis (Rules of Attraction), American Psycho tells the tale of a yuppie serial killer by the name of Patrick Bateman running amok in the streets of New York City. The 2000 release, directed by Mary Harron, starred an excellent Christian Bale. Jones hopes to strip down the original to a more raw film, updating the scenery so to see how Bateman would fare in a modernized New York.  
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{CommentsCant} · Thursday, December 8, 2011
The Walmart security team (read: elderly men who think they’re still in Korea) had it pretty easy when Timothy Randall Clark decided to try and steal $500 in video game products (read: a copy of the new Call of Duty for each one of his cousins) during the “Shop With a Cop” community program. Apparently it’s incredibly difficult to steal from a Walmart when there are 50 police officers hanging out in the home and garden section. Go figure.  
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{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Alec Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight due to depart from LAX after refusing to put away his phone before take off. Baldwin tweeted, "Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt."
An airline representative declined to comment on the incident, only offering this statement: "We're sorry but owing to privacy concerns regarding our customers, we don't comment on something that might or might not have happened."
Baldwin again tweeted, "Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's find jobs as flight attendants."  
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{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Rapper 50 Cent says Hip Hop is lost. “The whole culture, I think, is a little … confused,” 50 said in an interview with XXL. “It’s not what I fell in love with, you know? So my job is to make a album that doesn’t have any holes in it, that is a representation of all of the elements I fell in love with.” Which is why he wants to be your Hip Hop safari guide. “You know, I see the bloggers. My audience hasn’t grown with me. They keep saying, ‘Aw, man, I want the old 50!’ ’Cause those people, it would take them on a safari. I was bringing them close enough to the animals, without being able to get hurt. I was taking them into my neighborhood, where you can very well get your ass killed.”  
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{CommentsCant} · Monday, December 5, 2011
According to the Washington Post, the Pole Fitness Association is campaigning for pole dancing to become an Olympic sport. "Nowadays there are very few who are training to perform in a strip club," Anjel Dust, an organizer at the California Pole Dance Championships, told LA Weekly. "It's all about fitness or competitions. There is no longer the stigma. I think pole dancing is being seen more as an art form."