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by Jessy Krupa

13 Feb 2010

A crowd of about 60,000 people was present at Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Details about what exactly would happen were kept secret, though expectations were high because of Beijing’s expensive and critically renowned 2008 ceremony. In America, it garnered publicity because of the debut of the music video for the remake of “We Are the World”, which will raise money to aid Haiti. (Actually, the video aired about 13 minutes prior to the event.) $30 to $40 million dollars was spent on the LED screens that simulated tribal animal constellations, fabric hangings designed to look like icebergs and totem poles, high-wire acrobatics, pyrotechnics, lighting, costumed performers, and 108 projectors as Canadian celebrities including Bryan Adams, Nelly Furtado, Nikki Yanofsky, Sarah McLachlan, and k.d. lang performed.

by John Lindstedt

12 Feb 2010

If you’re one of those people who scour the internet for the latest viral clips and haven’t checked out Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, you probably should. The show has plenty of those clips (hope you like vomiting!), as well as guest appearances from infamous web celebrities attempting to redeem themselves.

The show is very in tune with web 2.0 culture and has many interactive features. The show has a well-kept blog showcasing highlights, lowlights, games, and viewer submissions. You even live tweet with host/comedian Daniel Tosh (@danieltosh) as the show airs.

This week Apple sent the tech savvy host the much-discussed iPad. Here’s the demonstration:

Tosh Destroys an iPad
Web Redemption2 Girls, 1 Cup ReactionDemi Moore Picture

by Crispin Kott

12 Feb 2010

The pomp and circumstance of the Winter Olympics are set to kick off in Vancouver tonight. And while athletes and enthuisiasts alike are girding their high-fives for triumph, there’s also plenty of room for tribulation. Thanks to the internet, the failed feats of Olympians both past and present are available at our fingertips. A rudimentary search of YouTube on the morning of the joining together of the world’s nations provides plenty of Olympic bloopers, including one set to the jarring tune most recognizable to anyone ever subjected to the high-speed bawdy chase scenes on the old Benny Hill Show. Hold the torch aloft, Olympians. Just hold it perfectly still, or you may soon wind up in a montage of infamy.

by Rene Rodriguez / McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)

12 Feb 2010

HAPPY TEARS (R) — Parker Posey and Demi Moore are estranged sisters forced to reunite to take care of their ailing father (Rip Torn), who suffers from dementia. Sounds grim, but this is actually a quirky comedy. Having Posey back in a starring role is a treat, and her sisterly bond with Moore is wholly convincing. But director Mitchell Lichtenstein lays on the whimsy a bit too thickly.

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SHUTTER ISLAND (R) — Delayed from October, Martin Scorsese’s first feature film since his Oscar-winning The Departed centers on U.S. marshals (Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo) who investigate the disappearance of a prisoner at a remote asylum for the criminally insane. The movie downplays the surprise twists from the Dennis Lehane novel in favor of atmospherics, a creepy Gothic mood, DiCaprio’s intense performance and Scorsese’s bravura directorial stylings.

by McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT)

12 Feb 2010

These are the Top 10 renting video game titles at U.S. BLOCKBUSTER stores for the week that ended Feb. 7:

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 — X360

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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