- July 2004 -
07\27\04 - 7:58 PM GMT
blockbusters fail to bust blocks
is much concern in the entertainment industry now that
this year's crop of summer blockbusters have failed
to bust even a single block. "Major studios are
pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into these movies,"
noted film industry analyst Mort Flogg, "and for
that kind of money, they expect a lot of busted blocks
in return. This year, that simply hasn't been happening."
A string of eminently forgettable movies such as Van
Helsing, Troy, King Arthur, I
Robot, and The Day After Tomorrow, have
been leaving blocks intact all across America. A down-trodden
Hollywood is pinning all its hope on the late summer
release of Aliens vs. Predator.
07\14\04 - 4:46 AM GMT
urged to take one final leap
Ralph Nader still working determinedly to get himself
on the ballot in all fifty states, the Democratic National
Committee today issued a desperate plea asking actor
Scott Bakula to revive his role as Sam Beckett of TV's
Quantum Leap, so that he might "temporarily
leap into the body of Ralph Nader and drop out of the
race". Bakula was last employed by the democrats
in 1998 to keep Hillary Clinton from divorcing her husband,
and says that although he would like to do his part
to prevent a Bush win in '04, "just taking a single,
last jump" is never possible, and that he "would
not look forward to another stretch of months, possibly
even years spent leaping from life to life, striving
to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time
that his next leap will be the leap home".
07\9\04 - 3:05 PM GMT
and Bush to stay united
rumors that President Bush may be looking to drop Vice-President
Cheney for a new running mate in this year's election,
White House spokesman Scott McClellan made clear today
that "Bush needs Dick", and that any other
pairing would be "wrong and unnatural". "Some
people have suggested that George's own brother Jeb
would make for a better Vice-Presidential choice,"
"and while there is something exciting about the
idea of two Bushes together, most people would rather
not see two siblings like that. Others argue that what
Bush really needs is a Dick Armey [R, Texas]. But at
the end of the day, people have to recognize that the
time-honored combination of Bush and Dick is the only
one that can truly be productive."
07\7\04 - 12:25 AM GMT
Testament book coming this Fall
A new Brick
Testament book will be arriving in stores this Fall.
Brick Testament: The Story of Christmas will retell
the classic biblical story of the birth of Jesus of
Nazareth as never seen before. With more than forty-five
full-page color illustrations, The
Story of Christmas follows the success of The Rev.
Brendan Powell Smith's first book The
Brick Testament: Stories from the Book of Genesis.
Destined to become a holiday favorite, The
Story of Christmas will hit stores starting in September
and October, and is already available for pre-order
with online retailers such as