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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: fahrenheit 9/11
« on: July 23, 2004, 03:02 PM »
This is not entirely movie related, but I found it interesting that the Reuters writer keyed into the fact that the movie was not showing within 30 miles of Crawford.  Crawford is as big as a postage stamp and they probably have to go all the way to Temple or Waco to get any decent groceries or to go to Wal Mart.  

I suspect the small town will be overwhelmed.  Rob, take all the food you think you will need with you.  Take a ton of OFF with DEET.  The last major stop is Waco.  In fact I think the last decent hotel is in Waco too.  I'd bet the media types are going to take all the good ones and I don't know if I would want to sleep on the ground Woodstock style out there.

Another thing I read was that the President was going to spend the time of the Democratic National Convention at Crawford, so who knows, he might accept the invite and bring a lawnchair and a cooler full of Pabst and join y'all.  Oh yeah, I think Waco's dry.  So if you want any of the good stuff, take it with you.

And politics aside, any movie theater owner who is short sighted enough not to show a "controverisal" movie or whatever their excuse is, is in my opinion crazy.  Look at what this thing has banked so far.  (And everybody knew it would whether they admit it or not)  Both sides of the political fence flock to see it, some mulitiple times.  It is a guaranteed profit center.  That being said I have to admit to having not gone to see it yet.  I was hoping Rob might video tape it for me when he goes to Crawford...

JD Sports Forum! / Re: College Football 2004-2005
« on: July 21, 2004, 10:18 PM »
Ah yes, by looking at the schedule,  I can firmly believe that my Texas Tech Red Raiders will have high hopes, win 7 and be in a Pre-New Years Eve Bowl in either Shreveport or Houston.  And I can live with that. Heck we can probably be 4-0 going into the OU game.  Probably have a QB that throws for more yards than most teams travel and gets ZERO Heisman consideration.

Sat 09/04/2004 SMU Dallas, Texas   TBA
Sat 09/11/2004 New Mexico Albuquerque   TBA
Sat 09/18/2004 TCU Lubbock, Texas Fox Sports Net 11:30 a.m.
Sat 09/25/2004 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. Fox Sports Net 2:30 p.m.
Sat 10/02/2004 Oklahoma Norman, Okla.   TBA
Sat 10/09/2004 Nebraska Lubbock, Texas   TBA
Sat 10/23/2004 Texas Lubbock, Texas   TBA
Sat 10/30/2004 Kansas St Manhattan, Kan.   TBA
Sat 11/06/2004 Baylor Lubbock, Texas   TBA
Sat 11/13/2004 Texas A&M College Station, Texas   TBA
Sat 11/27/2004 Oklahoma St Lubbock, Texas TBA TBA

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: fahrenheit 9/11
« on: July 21, 2004, 10:13 PM »
I mentioned this to KBZ earlier today I thought it would make for a good road trip for some of the members.

Coming soon to a bedsheet or TV

By Bud Kennedy

Star-Telegram Staff Writer

What do the Texas cities of Alpine, Greenville, Seguin and Sherman have in common?


This is tough to believe, but Greenville doesn't have a Dairy Queen.

What Greenville and all those other cities do have, though, is Fahrenheit 9/11.

But not Waco.

Waco is larger. But up to now, it has been a Fahrenheit-free zone.

Filmmaker Michael Moore's political broadside against President Bush will finally open Friday in suburban Woodway, its first showing anywhere near his McLennan County ranch.

The movie will come even closer Aug. 14, when peace activists plan to show it on a bedsheet in the front yard of a house in Crawford.

Until now, the nearest Fahrenheit theater has been 40 miles away in Temple. A small movie house in a mall there has the only showings between Fort Worth and Pflugerville, north of Austin.

The idea for the Crawford show started when Waco Tribune-Herald columnist John Young wrote a tongue-in-cheek letter asking Moore to send a DVD for Fahrenheit-deprived fans to watch on a big-screen TV somewhere -- "if it's not a football weekend."

Moore offered to come to show the movie if someone would provide "the sheet and the barn."

The activists camped in Crawford took him up on the idea. They're already thinking about moving the event to the high school football stadium, which might give a whole new meaning to the term "political football."

Now, a Central Texas clash is about to unreel. All because until now no Waco theater has been showing the movie.

Love it or hate it, Fahrenheit is closing in on "blockbuster" movie earnings. It was showing on 2,004 screens nationwide last week and has brought in $93.8 million, meaning it is holding up better than Anchorman or Dodgeball.

I haven't rushed out to see it. From what I've read, Moore argues a few valid points and takes a lot of gleeful cheap shots.

But America has survived 16 years of radio hosts turning politics into showbiz. We can handle one movie.

At least one prominent Waco Democrat is uneasy about the Crawford showing.

State Rep. Jim Dunnam, leader of the Texas House Democrats who bailed for the Oklahoma border during a rumble last year in the Texas Legislature, said he thinks that Fahrenheit is "thought-provoking" and that showing it in Waco is a great idea -- but maybe not at a showboating peace event in Crawford.

"I think that'll detract from the experience for people who just want to go and watch the movie," he said by phone Monday from his law office. "Both sides will create a furor over this. It's unnecessary."

Johnny Wolf, owner of the Crawford Peace House, said Moore's crews visited there when they were scouting scenes.

The movie's message is the same as peace activists', he said.

"I understand that the Democrats have their issues," said Wolf, 49, owner of a business near Dallas that builds stage sets and props. "But if they had been doing their job against the war all along, we wouldn't have the mess we have today."

The movie is regularly selling out a 98-seat auditorium in Temple. News reports brought business from as far away as the northern suburbs of Austin, said Tony Delgado, manager of the Premiere Cinema 12.

One couple drove from Midland, apparently not knowing that Fahrenheit is now showing in Abilene, Odessa and San Angelo. Not to mention Alpine.

"People stop and thank us for running the movie," Delgado said. The sellouts don't reflect criticism of Bush, he said. "The people are smart moviegoers. They know it's just a movie."

A vice president of the Big Spring-based Premiere Cinemas said that if Moore wants to promote the movie near Bush's ranch, he should do it in Temple.

"I'm not sure what he would accomplish" in Crawford, Joel Davis said. "I would think he'd want his movie shown in a proper venue."

After Fahrenheit hit No. 1 the first week, Lions Gate and IFC Films expanded distribution into cities such as Amarillo and Wichita Falls. Outside Texas, it's showing in towns such as Ponca City, Okla.; Russellville, Ark., and Mandeville, La.

In Greenville, northeast of Dallas, theater owner Loyd Brigance said the movie isn't doing much business there.

"Ten, 12 people at a time," he said gruffly.

"Most of the folks who come are disappointed. They expected to see a movie. All this does is bash the president."

If Greenville is big enough to offer Fahrenheit as an option for moviegoers to cheer or ignore, why did it take so long to get to Waco?

Waco's a big city. It has 10 Dairy Queens.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: July 12, 2004, 08:01 PM »
Did anybody else notice that Leia doesn't have pegholes for her feet?

I can pretty much agree with Jesse on his assessments.  I too was really hoping she'd have her blaster.

Han Solo is the Ultimate Star Wars figure in the Modern line for me now.  I am just hoping enough can be found for a custom Bespin or Endor version.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: It's a girl!!!
« on: July 5, 2004, 10:56 PM »

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: July 2, 2004, 08:59 AM »

Happy Birthday to her today....even though my local news station claims that there is some rumor that she is actually 23.....

The Original Trilogy / Re: Rebel Uniforms
« on: June 30, 2004, 09:05 PM »
ok not exactly Uniform related, but is the RFT blaster the same one used by the Death Star Trooper in ANH?

Ok here is a Uniform you think Lando's Uniform is typical of a Rebel Flight General?  Or is he a "peacock" ala the flamboyance of most young generals of the American Civil Custer or Stuart...





Sail Barge I'd probably pay $100

Cloud City $70-150 depending on size

Death Star $75-100 also depending on size

I know these may seem like high numbers to some of you, but now that my 3 year old daughter has discovered the "Pink" Aisle at TRU, I noticed that the Barbie Dream House is $159 and the Dream Castle is even more.    I bet those things are impossible to find around Christmas time, that being said, I don't buy into the whole "Nobody will buy it" crap that Hasbro puts out.  If you don't OVER-produce it, you won't lose money.  If Mattel can make it work, surely Hasbro can.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: June 29, 2004, 09:42 PM »
The arm on Lando worries me, if it is not able to be moved out of that position, then it is just a POTJ version with a different sculpt.........

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: AFI 100
« on: June 23, 2004, 05:58 PM »
These are all that I've seen.  And I guess it shouldn't come as a shock then that I disagree with about 60% of the AFI list.  

6.WIZARD OF OZ, THE (1939)
15.STAR WARS (1977)
48.JAWS (1975)
71.FORREST GUMP (1994)
83.PLATOON (1986)
89.PATTON (1970)
95.PULP FICTION (1994)

Watto's Junk Yard / Necessary Evils
« on: June 20, 2004, 10:10 AM »
I tried to make sure this wasn't a duplicate topic so if it is I apologize....

After spending the better part of yesterday cleaning out the garage, I came up with a point to ponder with my JediDefender buddies.....

What is your number 1 necessary evil?  I mean that one thing that annoys you to no end, but you have to have.

Maybe it was just the setting of where I came up with the idea, but here is mine....

Packing Peanuts...the little foam pellets that most people use to pack stuff when they ship it.  No matter how careful one is, they will always Spill, Fall out or otherwise escape from the package and since I order 90% of my figures online, then  I end up with a ton of these things. They don't Sweep up well, they have no other uses (for me).

Anybody else have one?

Ok since my rooting Jinx is apparently in Turbo right now (sorry Leaf fans, see my rooting chart from days agao)

I have decided to sell/rent my rooting Jinx.  So get your bids in early, I will root for the "other" team during the conference finals for a low low price.

I just want Hockey back on TV, it has been a long 3 days.  

The most Hockey I've seen is what I DVR'ed from the last few weeks.  The best hit/aftermath of the whole playoffs is the guy in the last Philly/Toronto game who got hit and didn't know where he was, but was warrior enough to try to find his bench.  Having had my bell rung a few times and never even having the sense to know where I was, this guy (can't remember his name) is truly a player.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL Offseason '04
« on: May 3, 2004, 09:25 PM »
...hire her back ABC!!!!!!!!!!  We need more Melissa

Something the Viking fans and Cowboy fans can BOTH get behind....

I support the idea.  And I realize it is a tough decision to put any restrictions on an open forum.  I don' t think it is a decision to stop any of the current members, but as the forum grows, it is a genie that you wouldn't be able to put back in the bottle and you would end up with the RS situation.

But at the same time, I have to admit, I don't go into the Political Threads.  I get enough politics when I'm not in the forums.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Greatest Quiz of all time.
« on: April 24, 2004, 10:58 PM »




Told you Cassie dont give a **** about me, P'Dubbs.



But it was right, my first pet is dead.  I have her body in the freezer to prove it....

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