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Eleven injured on Cruise film set

August 20th, 2007 2 comments

How sad our journalistic culture is these days. My favorite (i.e.- the most sickening) part of the news story attached to the headline above was this gem:

Police said there were “no findings to suggest anyone famous was involved”.

words fail me…

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July 2nd, 2007 15 comments

Apple called and offered iPhones for the guys, so I gladly accepted but told them that Tom and Clint were not fans of Steve Jobs and Apple. I guess it will be me up to me to test and report on the little device..

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What $1.84 will buy you…..

June 21st, 2007 5 comments


I am blogging to you live from Shanghai, yes THAT Shanghai, the one in China. Walking back to my hotel from dinner tonight I passed the street vendor selling DVD’s. I figured that I would do a little field work for Audioholics and AV Rant and take a look. Any movie you could think of, old and new, was available. Movies that have just opened were there – Pirates, Shrek 3, Spidey, Oceans 13, etc. In fact, they even had Transformers, which doesn’t open until July 4th. (Someone grabbed it as I was standing there and it was the only one they had)

I figured I would try 2 things. Obviously, the current theatrical releases are gonna be bootlegged, probably camcorder. But I wondered about some old material, such as concert videos. Of course what I am wondering is, how is the quality of the pirated material we read about so much.

So I snagged Fantastic 4 Rise of the Silver Surfer and also Music For Montserrat, a DVD from 1997. The grand total for my purchase? RMB 14, which is exactly $1.84.

Well, you’ve heard them say, “you get what you pay for…”
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Behind the scenes….

June 20th, 2007 10 comments


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DLP at the movies

June 15th, 2007 2 comments

Saw my first DLP cinema projector last night – okay, I didn’t see the projector, but saw the movie being shown on a DLP. Holy cow!!! Saw Oceans 13 at the Westwood Village theater, and I could not believe the clarity. Of course as always, the sound at the Village was stunning. Probably the only theater I have been to in the past 10 years that sounded better than my room…

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