1. " Mega-marsupials once roamed Australia": And all I can think to say is, "Crikey!"
["Marsupial lions, kangaroos as tall as trucks and wombats the size of a rhinoceros roamed Australia's outback before being killed off by fires lit by arriving humans, scientists said on Thursday. The giant animals lived in the arid Nullarbor desert around 400,000 years ago, but died out around 50,000 years ago, relatively shortly after the arrival of human settlers, according to new fossil skeletons found in caves. Fossilized remains were uncovered almost intact in a series of three deep caves in the center of the Nullarbor desert—east of the west coast city of Perth—in October 2002."]
2. "10-year-old filmmaker sues for creative control": Say hello to my little friend.
["Most 10-year-olds are happy with an allowance and some video games. Budding filmmaker Dominic Scott Kay wants creative control, along with a shot at the Sundance Film Festival. And, as often happens in the entertainment business, to get what he wants he's headed to court with one of Hollywood's top litigators in tow. The child actor, whose credits include Steven Spielberg's "Minority Report" and voicing Wilbur the pig in Paramount Pictures' recent "Charlotte's Web," is in a creative battle with Conroy Kanter, the financier of the short film Kay directed. The two met when Kay played with Kanter's son on a soccer team. "She wanted to make all the decisions and stuff," Kay said. "She wanted final cut and everything." Kay alleges in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court that Kanter, his Malibu neighbor, is trying to wrestle away control of "Saving Angelo," starring actor Kevin Bacon, which she helped bankroll with $11,000."]
3. "Hollywood From the Fringes": Jonathan Rosenbaum on INLAND EMPIRE.
["Writing about Wild at Heart in 1990, I suggested that Lynch's career seemed to dispute William Butler Yeats's memorable formulation In dreams begin responsibilities. He seemed to be in determined denial about the implications of the violence he trafficked in, with a child's view of good and evil, a formalist attitude toward images and sounds, a solipsistic desire to remain politically disengaged, and a lack of interest in understanding or addressing how the grown-up world works. "To claim that Lynch is ideologically innocent and naive about his neofascist fun seems fair enough," I wrote. "But to claim that he's ideologically neutral is to succumb to that same innocence and naivete.""]
4. "Prince Charles Arrives In Philadelphia": Mothers lock up your daughters...
["Britain's Prince Charles and his wife arrived in Philadelphia on a commercial flight Friday afternoon, accompanied by a staff of 18. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were to be in the city until Sunday morning, when they are scheduled to leave on a private train for New York after church, KYW-TV reported. Their itinerary includes a visit to Independence Hall, where American independence from Britain was proclaimed."]
5. "Real Life Simpsons intro": Animation shmanimation!
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