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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Lights, Camera, Boom Boom

The Oscar nominations are out today and the Academy, Leonard Maltin-like, seems to have taken the usual safe road down the middle of potential controversy and not given any major nominations to either "The Passion" and "Fahrenheit 911" (although "Passion" did get a couple of minor nominations). They did however decide to recognize "Super-Size Me" in the documentary category.

"Super-Size Me" is, of course, the story of the making of "Honey, I Blew Up the Baby", only with more McDonald's product placement ads. I've heard rumors that it was actually a tale of a bloke who ate only McDonald's food for his meals and developed severe health problems because he was too stupid to realize that even the Hamburgler cooks in every once in a while. I found the whole concept a little hard to believe though, given Hollywood types' insane proclivity for eating caviar by the case, and going through vodka martinis like they were the Bond triplets. Surely he snuck in a tin of foie gras or pate' du Campignon every once in a while, and that stuff will bloat you like the Barney balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.


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