Monday, January 30, 2006

Bitchin' News (01/30)

  • The Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials offers a Top-40 countdown Saturday at 8 p.m. on CBS. In between this year’s best ads, the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers play Super Bowl XL, starting Sunday at 6 p.m. on ABC.
  • Director Steven Spielberg has said US film-makers are more politically vocal since President George Bush was voted back into office in 2004. Spielberg, whose film Munich deals with the killing of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics, said directors were “trying to declare their independence.” “No-one is really representing us, so we’re now representing our own feelings and trying to strike back,” he said.
  • As if the close proximity of delicious, fattening foods weren’t bad enough, obesity might actually be infectious. That’s the incredulous finding from new research involving overweight chickens; the study suggests that a contagious virus can make fat cells fatter.
  • Criminals taking tips from TV crime shows; prosecutors say CSI, similar programs teach people how to conceal crimes. “They’re actually educating these potential killers even more,” said Capt. Ray Peavy, also of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and head of the homicide division. “Sometimes I believe it may even encourage them when they see how simple it is to get away with on television.”
  • Tom Cruise gets nod for worst acting in ’05; War of the Worlds role scores Razzie nomination. Tom Cruise may have survived a Martian attack in last year’s remake of War of the Worlds, but he has failed to elude Hollywood’s movie police. Cruise will compete for the year’s worst actor award with Will Ferrell (Bewitched, Kicking & Screaming), Jamie Kennedy (Son of the Mask), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Doom) and Rob Schneider (Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo).
  • When it comes to romance, women prefer someone who tickles their funny bone while men opt for those who catch their eye, according to an international survey released on Wednesday. The survey, conducted in 16 countries by Canadian romance publisher Harlequin Enterprises, asked men and women on six continents about traits they liked or disliked and how they went about trying to meet Mr. or Ms. Right.


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