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Posted in: ‘Dune: Part Two’ brings spice power to the box office with $81.5 million debut See in context

Dune 1 only made $400mil because it was simultaneously streamed which severely limited box office numbers. Dune 2 has already made almost $180mil in its opening weekend almost reaching half of Dune 1's total. This bodes well for part 3 - Dune Messiah and hopefully the studio will greenlight it faster than it did Dune 2. There isn't a Villeneuve film that I don't like.

I really hope its success can encourage studios to take on more hard sci-fi with more mature content rather than the typical YA crap that barely passes as sci-fi. I'm equally keen to see the Three Body Problem coming soon on Netflix. Really good book.

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Posted in: More than one billion worldwide now afflicted by obesity: Lancet See in context

Every time friends and family visit Japan they're happily surprised because they lose weight. All that walking, taking trains, up & down stairs. Then most gain the weight back once they return home. They say one third of Americans aren't just overweight but obese.

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Posted in: 'Dune: Part Two' sustains the dystopian dream of 'Part One' See in context

albaleoToday  07:12 pm JST

The first “Dune,” released in 2021

So what did I watch in 1984?

A laughable, incoherent, awfully paced, and horribly written film manipulated by Dino de Laurentis and directed by Alan Smithee, because Lynch wanted nothing to do with it, that tried to cram everything in 2hrs that bombed at the box office and was universally derided by book fans, critics, and the casual movie goer.

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Posted in: 'Dune: Part Two' sustains the dystopian dream of 'Part One' See in context

It's nice to see a film actually going on-location and using actual sets instead of making everything CGI. Villeneuve always delivers: Sicario, Enemy, Blade Runner2049, Arrival, Dune. Even his earlier films like Incendies and Polytechnique are great.

I've heard there are some major changes from the book which I think had to happen because so much happens in it and some of it doesn't transfer well to the screen.

His films are raising the cinematic bar for sci-fi instead of the watered-down, kiddie crap like Star Wars which isn't even sci-fi.

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Posted in: At 79, Rod Stewart shows no signs of slowing down, with a new swing album with Jools Holland See in context

He rocked hard when he was with the Faces. Stopped listening when he went solo.

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Posted in: Audience favorite 'True Detective' to return for fifth season See in context

Season 1 was awesome. Both McConaughey and Harrelson were stellar. Season 2 not as good but still better than most other TV series. I hope this matches the level of season 1. Casting Foster and the location is a good start.

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Posted in: Itochu plans to acquire scandal-hit used car dealer Bigmotor: sources See in context

BigMotor couldn't have have continued so much insurance fraud without a partner which turns out was Sompo Japan. Equally corrupt and criminal. Makes you question the whole used car sector and insurance as well.

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Posted in: Starbucks Japan apologizes for overcharging Frappuccino customers, offers refunds See in context

Starbucks. An overpriced and overrated sweets shop.

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Posted in: McCartney reunited with his missing 'Beatlemania' bass guitar See in context

One reason why Paul liked the Hofner Bass was because he's left-handed and the bass is symmetrical in shape. But partly because Paul used it, it's overpriced and overrated. The pickups are weak, loses intonation, and the strings sometimes slide off the nut. The plus is that it's got unique tone. There are a lot better basses out there.

Peter Frampton has his legendary black Les Paul Custom returned to him after 31yrs after it was thought to have been destroyed in a plane crash in South America. The crash security guard didn't have security on his mind. He ended up paying a fortune to get it back after it was clearly stolen. So now he calls it the The Phenix. Great, underrated guitar player.

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Posted in: Osaka university globalizes with fall start date; governor wants English as official language See in context

Similar to Shiseido and Rakuten deciding to use English as their official language. It may take a long time and there will be lot's of obstacles but it's a goal.

It's not always about achieving that goal quickly. It's about constantly striving to reach that goal. Sometimes it's the process to reach the goal not the actual achievement of that goal that's paramount.

You can say it's impossible or unrealistic and never try or you can use it a constant goal to achieve and chances are you will eventually reach it.

So either you give up and never even try or you set lofty goals knowing that you may not achieve them quickly but focus on the process.

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Posted in: Woman, boyfriend arrested after her 5-year-old daughter dies from hypothermia See in context

GaijinjlandFeb. 16  08:24 pm JST

I want to say this is a problem unique to Japan but it’s not. There is the American woman in the UK now awaiting extradition for killing her two children in the US around Christmas because of a custody dispute with her ex. Mental illness + children = varying degrees of tragedy anywhere in the world.

You're only addressing one part of the problem in Japan; the parents. The other is the incompetence and impotence of supposed social workers who seem to have no appropriate academic background, experience, or training. There always a few that fall through the cracks but the level of professionalism in western countries is far higher than in Japan where it's just about going through the motions.

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Posted in: Godzilla, Oscar newbie, stomps into the Academy Awards See in context

-1 doesn't need Oscar vindication. It's already had an impact overseas for the people who matter and has made Hollywood rethink their bloated budgets, amateur writing, and awful CGI. A well crafted film with characters and a narrative audiences can connect with and a menacing monster with tons of symbolism.

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Posted in: Kim's powerful sister says N Korea, Japan can open 'new future' See in context

And next month she’ll say that Japan needs to annihilated from the face of the earth.

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Posted in: Woman in adult entertainment industry arrested after bodies of 3 infants found at her home See in context

The third child was born last June. Yamashita told police she wrapped the bodies in towels and placed them in plastic bags which she put in a closet. Police said all the bodies had decomposed.

I think I'm going to throw-up.

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Posted in: A new exhibition aims to bring Yoko Ono's art out of John Lennon's shadow See in context

Bob FosseToday  10:07 pm JST

He knew her art better than any of us. But yes, art is entirely subjective. Which is why trashing someone’s art because you don’t like it is an entirely pointless endeavor.

You didn't write her art. You wrote art. You aren't even sure what you write. It's called expressing an opinion good or bad because art is subjective. Trashing art is fine as it's freedom of expression (unless you believe in communism) and not pointless. It got you all up in arms didn't it.

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Posted in: A new exhibition aims to bring Yoko Ono's art out of John Lennon's shadow See in context

Bob FosseToday  06:16 pm JST

*John would have disagreed with the Yoko haters and knew art and her *far better than any of us.

Without a doubt he knew her better than any of us but you have no idea if he knew art better than any of us. You should only speak for yourself. One doesn't have to 'know' art to say that one doesn't like a work of art.

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Posted in: Parents arrested over fatal poisoning, drugging of 4-year-old daughter in Tokyo See in context

The center said Wednesday it had been contacted five times in 2022 by Yoshiki's nursery school with reports of bruises and bumps on her face but had concluded that they were simply the result of accidents after questioning the girl and her father.

Twofold problem. Barbaric parents and incompetent and utterly useless abuse centre staff.

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Posted in: Pain, sweat and sandworms: In ‘Dune 2’ Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and cast rise to the challenge See in context

I have to laugh when people say the 1984 Dune was better. I can see why some love seeing Sting in a codpiece...LOL!....in a disaster of movie that Lynch refuses to talk about and pulled an Alan Smithee on. As for the book, well.....pearls before swine.

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Posted in: A new exhibition aims to bring Yoko Ono's art out of John Lennon's shadow See in context

I find her ‘art’ more palatable than her singing. At least it doesn’t cause pain. To each their own when it comes to art. Why do Rothko’s paintings garner so much attention and money. Beats me. But I’m not the one paying for it. Ah….the beauty of aesthetics.

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Posted in: Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Cher, Sade, Oasis and Ozzy Osbourne among Rock Hall nominees See in context

JimizoToday  03:46 pm JST

If they want want to cater to the pedantic, maybe they should rename this.

I wouldn’t bother and just carry on giving awards to successful artists.

All successful and you could make a case for them.

Fair enough.

So let's hear your case why Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Cher, Eric B. & Rakim, etc., belong in the rock HOF when there's a pop HOF and a soul HOF. Based on this 'logic' why bother categorizing music at all. We don't need to call it rap, jazz, classical, electronic, etc. Just call everything...music...LOL!

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Posted in: Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Cher, Sade, Oasis and Ozzy Osbourne among Rock Hall nominees See in context

kohakuebisuToday  02:54 pm JST

Dunno if Ozzy deserves to get in as a solo artist. What's it for? "Over the Mountain"? I can't think of that many great solo Ozzy songs.

Are Rainbow in? Motorhead? It took Rush years to get in, and they have way more great songs than Ozzy.

Ozzy also had Crazy Train and No More Tears which are actually decent songs but beyond them, there isn't much else. He's clearly getting in from his Sabbath days.

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Posted in: Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Cher, Sade, Oasis and Ozzy Osbourne among Rock Hall nominees See in context

bass4funkToday  12:49 pm JST

I understand, but when you look at sales per unit and overall worldwide popularity, all of these performers blow Ozzy out the water and I like Ozzy, but from a sheer global perspective and reach, he comes nowhere lose to this people.

It's not the largest sales / most popular musical performer HOF.

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Posted in: College students called on to help prevent suicides among young See in context

There is a service in Japanese and English called Inochi no Denwa / Tokyo English Life Line (TELL) that provides telephone counseling from trained volunteer telephone counselors that must undergo weekly all day trainings for 3 months and also pay for it. This helps weed out those not 100% into it. TELL is also part of the Federation of Life Line Services so is required to maintain service standards. Sadly, both services get little support from the government and many people are unaware. I think Inochi no Denwa even has a kids line or at least they used to.

Attending one seminar while perhaps helpful, in no way provides enough training to deal with suicidal people which is often a very complicated problem with many issues. Giving the wrong advice or support could push the person to go through with it. Others are going to do it regardless. Training is also to help the supporter deal with these issues as well which can be traumatic in of themselves.

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Posted in: Don't spread out See in context

151EToday  09:00 am JST

Both the pelvis and femoral neck angle are different in males and females. As a result, the natural resting state for men’s legs is open, not closed. It takes active muscle engagement for men to sit with their legs parallel. Of course, some men take this to an extreme; but, generally speaking, it is due to anatomy rather than a lack of manners that most men sit with with their legs slightly splayed open.

Nobody or very few people including women sit with their legs completely closed. Some women do when wearing miniskirts. Is anybody saying that men need to sit with their legs completely closed. There's plenty of space for the average man to sit normally with legs open without touching or pushing against another person's legs. This behavior is from men who are frustrated with life and their jobs or have a weird sense of territoriality due to insecurities. I'm 6' tall and have no problem sitting normally. I guess someone who is really tall or big may feel the need to but being fat isn't an excuse either. Lose weight then.

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Posted in: Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Cher, Sade, Oasis and Ozzy Osbourne among Rock Hall nominees See in context

The rock and roll hall of fame is a really bad joke.

For those that downvoted, have the guts and rationale to explain why Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, etc., belong.

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Posted in: High school girl killed, likely after being dragged 5 km by car See in context

Stephen ChinToday  06:22 am JST

If he knew nothing about the girl underneath his car while he was driving it, how did he find out she was under his car when he stopped driving it?

It clearly stated:

he found the girl stuck underneath his car after hearing a strange sound while driving

It's also a very short article.

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Posted in: Dog that bit 12 people not vaccinated for rabies See in context

RoyToday  05:24 pm JST

*The vaccination does not prevent transmission or infection and would actually have made it more likely for the dog to get rabies. *Also, rabies is just like the flu, in fact it is the flu, and only old dogs and dogs with preexisting conditions are in any danger. Pure MSG fearmongering!

Rabies is a viral infection and in that regard similar to the flu but it is NOT the flu. All mammals are susceptible and in danger for rabies not just old dogs and those with preexisting conditions. Where do you get your information? As others have mentioned, if left untreated, it's almost always fatal. Fearmongering? Well then contract it on purpose and see what happens.

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Posted in: Coming in 2026: The Oscars will add Academy Award for casting directors See in context

Casting directors have no final say on the main cast. Directors and producers do. And in some cases, aren’t even involved at all with A list actors especially with experienced well known directors. Many cases and may already = not a hard and fast rule. Verbosity and saying the obvious changes nothing.

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Posted in: Coming in 2026: The Oscars will add Academy Award for casting directors See in context

HawkToday  07:23 pm JST

They select and assemble a group of actors for a role but the producers and directors filter after callbacks and have final say. 

The director has final say in a lot of decisions for which Oscars are awarded to others in the collaborative process; cinematography, editing, costuming, sound editing, makeup, visual effects, score...

In many cases especially when dealing with A list actors, major roles may already be set before the casting director is even involved.

*Many, and may. *Hardly a hard and fast rule, is it? And a point I already made.

Did I say it was a hard and fast rule? No. I said 'in many cases & may already.' Take a chill pill.

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Posted in: Chiefs, 49ers clash as Las Vegas eyes Super Bowl classic See in context

3RENSHOToday  03:05 pm JST

Is an American Football match scheduled to be played? I wonder what time it begins...however, I really must clean up the garden.

You should be cleaning up your garden now. Don't break a nail.

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