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oh no...this has to be an April Fool's joke, right?

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Love that Hugo and The Artist have the most nominations as both are uplifting/happy ending movies that pay homage to the silent era of filmmaking.

I'm rooting for Woody Allen or Scorsese to win Best Directing. Most think The Artist will win Best Picture, and I think in a year where there weren't many amazing films, it has a great chance. Once again, this speaks to the Weinsteins' power of campaigning. Say what you will about Harvey Weinstein, but he is a mastermind.

Still wondering what my New Year's resolutions will be, but here's to hoping for the best in 2012. Love this poem by Tennyson. Happy New Year('s Eve)!


Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out thy mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

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Interesting marketing for Open Road's movie, The Grey. Haven't seen a trailer so heavy on highlighting social media. Not sure if it helps or hurts to use the average joe's reviews instead of critics, but haven't seen it done much before -- with the exception of parodies. :)

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Walter Isaacson's first interview about Steve Jobs will air on 60 Minutes this Sunday, the night before the release of the Steve Jobs biography. Really curious to hear the stories he's going to share! And I wonder how the anecdotes will play out in Sony's movie adaptation which is likely being fast-tracked for next year. Hope the bio and film do Steve justice.

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Is it me or is Halloween everywhere already? SNL just aired their Halloween show this past weekend, and sites like GiltCity are having Halloween deals right now.

I am an annual procrastinator when it comes to this "holiday". Every year, I vow to stay home since I truly am too old for slutty costumes and don't have kids to dress up. But I always cave to peer pressure and ultimately end up enjoying the clever outfits that others come up with (G+ logo, perhaps?). Here's a pic to keep in mind this Halloween. There's always a few pumpkins who seem to forget beer before liquor never been sicker... :)
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Filming Mountain Climber Alex Honnold

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Moneyball is a well-executed movie. It's actually one of the best films I've seen in awhile, but not sure I'd call it this year's Social Network which was a more engrossing character study of a public figure, and there was inherently more drama to create a compelling conflict at the heart of that movie.

Perhaps I just related more to SN because I'm familiar with Facebook. Just to be clear, I'm not dissing Moneyball and am jealous I didn't have anything to do with it (I'm sure my old chairman is too since he gave all the film execs a copy of the book when it was first published as a lesson on how we should operate). While sabermetrics, like outliers, is a fascinating methodology, baseball is a sport that I find a bit slow to watch, and there are just too many games in one season to track.

After leaving the theater, I felt inspired and want to watch baseball now. I guess that shows the power of a good movie! In the film, Billy Beane says, "How can you not be romantic about baseball?" Well, maybe I didn't give the sport a fair shake. I'm excited to watch some games soon and see if I will feel that way too.

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Funny and topical given this week's overload of techie news...There are some cool new features here, and with G+ open to everyone now, it'll be interesting to see who shows up and how the site will evolve.

Wow, my stream is flooded with FB updates from F8. I wonder, how much is too much sharing? I'm still figuring out the new redesign and can't even process the new FB timeline yet.

Man, I'm starting to feel old!
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Hmmm, not sure if Zuck should be #1 again on this New Establishment list...
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