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Road trip nation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristin Macdonald & Jeffrey Bloomer, Michigan Daily (U. Michigan)   

(U-WIRE) ANN ARBOR, Mich. - It's hard not to wax poetic on the eternal allure of the open road -- radio up, bucket seats tilted back, black asphalt stretching into the hazy far-off and the window cracked just so for a deafening stream of breeze. And then you hear a backseat whine for a bathroom break and more griping against the radio station and a careless foot digging into the back of your seat, and you realize that it's actually just the road you love and the trip itself you hate.

Most road movies will make sure to have one of those postcard Zen moments. But the majority of them, and certainly the most interesting, focus more on the inevitable conflict of any number of people squashed up against one another for hours at a time. Note: mere quest movies don't count -- thus the omission of such classic travelogues as "The Wizard of Oz" or any of "The Lord of the Rings." The little boys of "Stand by Me" are also excluded for walking along railroad tracks, as are dependable on-the-road Westerns like "The Searchers" for moseying along on horseback. A real road trip movie needs a vehicle.

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The Reality Downfall PDF Print E-mail
Written by Colleen Boltz   

The television is plastered with them. Every year there is a new one set to air. At what point will these shows stop or are these reality shows already losing their luster?

The first reality television show, Candid Camera, aired in 1948. Candid Camera pulled pranks on unsuspecting victims, usually ordinary people. This show is similar to MTV’s Punked that pulls pranks on celebrities. Reality TV really started to grow in the early 1990’s and throughout the past years has grown enormously.

The unpredictability of what one will see while viewing these shows is what pulled in the audience. But that unpredictability has now failed. What once was exciting to watch a group of singers compete for a contract has now turned into what appears as an extravagant stage show with judges that bicker amongst themselves. The survival techniques of humans on deserted islands have turned into racial tribes fighting for superiority. Why has the focus of these reality shows strayed?

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Death of a President PDF Print E-mail
Written by Colleen Boltz   

The Toronto Film Festival has not seen a film like it. On September 10th, the docudrama, “Death of a President” will make its debut. The film made by a British film company and set to air on the More4 TV channel (British TV) later this year has caused a stir in America, Canada and overseas.

The film’s goal was to focus on the affects of the War on Terror, but the main talk of the movie surrounds the gruesome assassination of President Bush. Ten minutes into this docudrama, Bush is shot by a sniper after making a speech in Chicago in October of 2007. Enclosed by spectators, Bush is only shown a few seconds after being shot. Later in the film, the investigation turns out facts that the suspect is a Syrian born man and the country has to deal with the post-war on terror aftermath.

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Segregated Survivor: Sink or Swim? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Colleen Boltz   

As the age of reality TV is coming to a close, one of the first ever reality shows is in its last attempt to pull in viewers and has played the race card. Controversy has always been a key element to make the public want to watch more. Mark Burnett, the producer, has acknowledged this fact making Survivor Season 13: Cook Island the most controversial competitive reality show yet.

This season is set to have for racially divided tribes, African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American and White, who will initially compete against each other. From the moment the announcement was made that this season’s plot was to position certain races against each other, the debate began. Did CBS cross the line by taking this step or will it finally fill the void of an ethnically diverse cast that most reality shows lack?

 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 September 2006 )
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Box office breakouts for August 8, 2006 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wikinews.org   

The highest grossing films in the United States box office for the three day period of August 4 - 6, 2006 are:

  1. Talladega Nights with $47.0 million
  2. Barnyard: Original Party Animals with $15.8 million
  3. Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest with $11.0 million
  4. Miami Vice with $10.2 million
  5. The Descent with $8.9 million
*Source "Weekend Box Office Actuals (U.S.) Aug 4 - 6 weekend". Yahoo!, August 8, 2006
Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 August 2006 )