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5.8 Magnitude Quake Hits Southern California, Lauren Conrad Reported to be OK

Posted by thelanetrain on July 29, 2008

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California today at about 2:45 eastern time.  Reports are that the epicenter is roughly 28 miles ESE of Downtown Los Angeles in San Bernardino County.  No immediate damage occured, but nearby residents claim they saw buildings shake and sway all various parts of the city.  The quake was felt from Los Angeles to San Diego, and even some residents in Las Vegas felt rumbling.

More details to come in tonight for sure.  Just watch your local or national news.

[Source: NYT]


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Hiatus? Oh Shit…

Posted by thelanetrain on July 28, 2008

The blog will be going on hiatus for a few days.  Why?  We’ll never tell you…

Actually, I just want to re-evaluate the format and see what’s working and what’s not.  I’ll be back in a few days with some brand new posts.

And don’t worry, if something really juicy or newsworth DOES occur in the next few days, I’ll be there.

In the meantime, enjoy Dramatic Chipmunk:

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Caped Crusader Bags Another Weekend at the Top

Posted by thelanetrain on July 28, 2008

It should be no surprise that thanks to this weekend’s so-so new releases, The Dark Knight remained at the top of the box office.  It raked in over $75 million and almost became the highest grossing summer movie this season.  By the time this post is completed, there is no doubt in my mind it will be, but as of now, Iron Man still holds that title.  Step Brothers, the Will Ferrell and John C. Reiley comedy, debuted at the #2 slot, taking in half of The Dark Knight‘s gross.  Rounding out the top five were Mamma Mia!, The X Files: I Want To Believe, and Journey to the Center of the Earth.

After The Jump: This weekend’s top ten movies

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Weekend Movie Preview: Immature, Paranormal, and Some Teenagers

Posted by thelanetrain on July 25, 2008

Three brand new movies out this weekend for your viewing pleasure.  First, there’s Step Brothers, the latest Will Ferrell comedy that proves there’s no limit to how stupid you can be (on film, at least).  Also, sci-fi freaks and die-hards will be most likely flocking to The X-Files: I Want To Believe, which marks the first time Agents Scully and Mulder have reunited since the series’ end.  And finally, for those who favor more non-commercial fare, the documentary American Teen, which shadows the lives of five Indiana high schoolers in their senior year, is sure to please your palate.  I’ll just assume anyone who goes and see one of these three movies has probably seen The Dark Knight already.

After The Jump: Plot Details and Reviews

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Banned Snickers Commercial

Posted by thelanetrain on July 25, 2008

Snickers recently pulled this ad because apparently, it was offensive to gays.  I really don’t see why.  I think it’s offensive mostly to effeminate male speedwalkers, and Mr T.  But regardless of sexual orientation, any guy who exercises like this in public has balls (or lack thereof, most likely).

[Source: Gawker]

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No, You Can’t Name Your Child That

Posted by thelanetrain on July 24, 2008

Found this story via AOL News.  A New Zealand judge has decided in the favor of a nine-year-old girl in allowing her to change her name from something other than what her parents named her.  The girl, who was formerly known as “Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii”, will have her name legally changed to something more sensible.  According to New Zealand law, she can change it to any other popular common girls name, or a string of approved “specialty” names, like Number 16 Bus Shelter or Violence.  However, she can’t rename herself “Fish and Chips”.  That’s a no-no.

The more interesting item on this page was the Orlando couple featured below who actually sold the naming rights to their unborn son to a local radio station in exchange for a $100 gas card.  You can’t do that!  First of all, you’re letting a bunch of shock jocks take over your baby’s moniker (and they could have named him something obscene, like Pussy Wagon, but luckily, they’re just naming the kid after themselves).  Second, you’re letting the Arabs win!  Imagine what a weird place this country would be if we had $6 gas and everyone was named like a celebrity baby.  Jeez.

They should have just named the damn kid “Unleaded”.

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And Now, a Special Message From Amy Winehouse

Posted by thelanetrain on July 24, 2008

‘Ello fuckers.  I’m Amy Winehouse.

Speakin’ o’ which, that’s ain’t me up in that pic up there.  I gots me a wax person made o’ meself recentsly.  It’s pretty accurate, doncha agree?  I mean, I’m skinnier’n that but damn, they mades me look good.  I can’t wait til Blakesy is out of the lockup so he can see myself at Tussauds.  They real gots all the details down pat, even that tattoo on me arm.  Looks jest like me, doesn’t it?  I thinks they shoulda put more bags o’ coke on me though.  It’s not really me.

Anyway, I’ve been hangin’ low latesly.  With my emphysema an’ all.  I pufohmed still fo’ some bloke’s birthday or whatever.  And Blakesy is goin’ back to the lockup.  Fuckkk.  The docs’ been sayin’ that I really needs to get off my blow or crack or somethin’.  I’d’es know fo’ sure whether r not they know that Amy neeeds her white stuff to live.  But I’m glads that I’m finally gettin’ some good news ’bout me with this wax thing.  At least she ain’t eva gonna go to rehab.



(Photograph via Rediff News)

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Less Than 24 Hours Until Total Doomsday

Posted by thelanetrain on July 24, 2008

Alright New Yorkers, listen up.  Whatever you do tomorrow, avoid Rockefeller Center, and avoid it like the plague.  Why?  Oh nothing, it’s just that teen pop sensation and recent troublemaker Miley Cyrus will be hitting The Today Show for a free concert tomorrow.  Yes, you heard me right.  So if you’re a mother, prepare to be woken up at 3am tomorrow morning so you can bring your teenage and tweenage girls out to Manhattan to catch a glimpse of the megastar, all while battling tens of thousands of anxious young fans.

And if you commute through the area, consider changing your route.  Chances are you’re probably not going to make it into work tomorrow if you even think about going within a 4 block radius of the plaza.

(Photograph via The Guardian)

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Real World Will Cement Red Hook as New York’s Scariest Neighborhood

Posted by thelanetrain on July 23, 2008

Yes, yes, we all know that MTV’s stupid drunk juggernaut The Real World is going to be in Brooklyn very soon, but like, stuff keeps happening, you know?  At first, the Real Worlders were going to be living in an exclusive Brooklyn Heights penthouse loft, but according to Gawker, renovations were coming along a little too slow for the producers’ tastes, so they decided to move the cast to a giant pier building in an up-and-coming neighborhood that’s getting gentrified by the minute: Red Hook.  So the lovable neighborhood that was once home to stevedores, hookers, and underground drug trafficking is now home to an Ikea, Fairway, and soon, seven drunk twenty somethings who love to bitch and fight.  Sweet.

(Photograph via Klarinetic)

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Confirmed: “From G’s to Gents” is Really Really Boring

Posted by thelanetrain on July 23, 2008

So last night I caught the second episode of MTV’s From G’s to Gents, against my better wishes.  In this episode, the G’s learned fashion tips and put on a runway show to display certain looks for different social functions (sorta like this show, with less pretense).  Then, the Fonz elminated two completely likeable (by both audience and contestant standards) Gs.  Mikey P, because this “wannabe” was really a gent all along (Fonsworth cited his car, motorcycle, and four bedroom house as dubious factors), and Zenel, because he also had everything going for him (apparently he’s an actor slash model). Even though over half the house voted for Kesan to go home, Bentley kept him in the game because he “really needed this”.  Whatever, you know its really because this show couldn’t be any more boring and you had to keep the most troublesome characters in the game (example: Mikey P and Zenel were keeping to themselves while the rest of the cast was caught on tape screaming, yelling, causing fights, starting drama, so typical of MTV).

Next week looks vaguely promising: they all wear matching sweater vests, learn to play cricket, play basketball in said outfits against a bunch of thugs, and Kesan tries to run away!  But to be honest, this show is kind of a bore.  I didn’t even care about anything until the end of the episode.  Could the writers and producers at least try to spice things up?  Even a little bit?  And can someone make this show a little more convincing?  I think Creepa could be replaced with Lil’ John and nobody would really know the difference.

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