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1. "Virtual Gallery Opening!": Because Klaus Kinski must always occupy the top spot.

["If I were a millionaire I'd open a gallery containing nothing but original paintings (made for posters and VHS boxes) of Klaus Kinski. But I'm not a millionaire... nor even a thousandaire. Luckily, here at Scarecrow I can browse the shelves, for free, with the hope of coming across a box cover graced with Kinski's likeness. While I'm sure our collection is incomplete (many titles that come out on DVD drop the beautiful paintings used to promote the film theatrically in favor of floating heads or gaudy Photoshop jobs that have nothing to do with the movie), at least I can scan these covers and keep them in a virtual gallery for all to see. Welcome to the Virtual Gallery of Klaus Kinski Paintings!"]

 

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2. "Top 11 Uses Of Classic Rock In Cinema": By Jordan Hoffmann of Underground Online.

 

["He started it and he killed it. You are looking at a photo of Martin Scorsese and he is the one responsible for the marriage of awesome movie sequence and classic rock tune. No, it wasn't Easy Rider because those songs were still new at the time. It was Mean Streets, really, with its slo-mo barroom intro to the Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash," a pool hall brawl to "Please Mr. Postman" and car chase shootout to "Steppin' Out" by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers that really blew the door open. It seems like a cliché now - from Nike and Cadillac ads to kiddie flicks (none better than James Brown's "I Feel Good" in Soccer Mummy) but at the time it was revolutionary. With fists in the air we roll the projector: here's our Top 11 Classic Rock Moments in Cinema."]

 

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3. "Love as an Illusion: Beautiful to See, Impossible to Hold": Dennis Lim on Ang Lee's upcoming Lust, Caution.

 

["In "Brokeback Mountain," the 2005 critical hit and cultural flashpoint that won Ang Lee an Academy Award for best director, love is a haunting, elusive ideal briefly attained but forever out of reach. Mr. Lee's new movie, "Lust, Caution," which will have its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival this week, is also a tragic melodrama, one in which the lovers are up against forces beyond their control, but it takes a harsher view of romance. This time love is a performance, a trap or, cruelest of all, an illusion."]

 

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4. "Whatever Happened to the Whoopee Boys?": Blue Mag's Fred Schroeder posits the question.

 

["The other day I saw the rather forgettable new comedy "Hot Rod." In the background of one scene appeared the poster for the 80s sex comedy "The Whoopee Boys," another forgettable movie. For some unfathomable reason this juxtopositioning of two forgettable films within each other like the renderings of a medium-talent Escher caused me to become obsessed with "The Whoopee Boys" and more importantly its director John Byrum."]

 

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5. "'Star Wars' lightsaber will fly aboard shuttle": May the g-force be with you.

 

["May the force be with shuttle Discovery and seven astronauts on an October mission to the International Space Station. Coming from a galaxy far, far away, the lightsaber wielded by Luke Skywalker in Star Wars will fly aboard the orbiter three decades after the classic movie opened."]

 

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Quote of the Day: Robert Frost

 

 

"I never dared to be radical when young/For fear it would make me conservative when old."

 

 

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Image of the Day (click to enlarge): "Hoppered Up"; Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

 

 

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Clip of the Day: The "Theme Song Sondheim" does Back to the Future

 

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"Links for the Day": Each morning, the House editors post a series of weblinks that we think will spark discussion. Comments encouraged.

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