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PCR #202. (Vol. 5, No. 6) This edition is for the week of February 2--8, 2004.
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Hello, gang! Not a lot this week, so shall we begin?

Two La Floridianas, Photographically Revisited
 by Will Moriaty
"Lost In Translation"
 by Mike Smith
VH1's Bands Re-United, Part 2: Frankie Goes To Hollywood
 by Andy Lalino
The Ranting, The Raving....Michael Jackson....White Wolf Games
 by Clayton Smith
Pirate Movies for Gasparilla
 by Terence Nuzum
Riding The Ferry-Go-Round....The Masters Of Horror
 b Matt Drinnenberg
You're Outta Here....How About That Superbowl?....Meet The Beatles, Part 4
 by Mike Smith
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After 27 years of membership, the Motion Picture Academy is beginning proceedings to revoke the membership of actor Carmine Caridi, who lent more then 60 screener tapes to a friend he considered a "big movie fan." Said fan, Russell Sprague, uploaded several of the on to the Internet, which resulted in his arrest on piracy charges.

It used to be that after the biggest football game of the year, the discussion the next day was the game. I can remember saying to Matt, "Man, can you believe Jackie Smith dropped that open pass in the end zone?" In later years, the conversation turned to the commercials. I can remember Matt saying to me, "Man, that Michael Jackson can dance. And he seemed so friendly to the kid dancing with him. I wish I could be like him." Now, everyone is talking about Janet Jackson's nipple! Big deal! Hey, CBS, lighten up! And please don't play so innocent. If you had no idea what was about to happen, why did the camera angle on the show go from a close up of her and Justin Timberlake to a long shot of the entire stage at the moment of truth? I was watching the game at my former in-laws house on a huge screen, and I had to question if we had just seen a breast or not. Almost like the cameraman knew what was coming, don't you think? Of course, the apologies came flooding the next day. Then CBS pressures the Grammy Awards to un-invite Janet (Miss Jackson if you're nasty) from participating in an already scheduled tribute to Luther Vandross. Then the NFL tells Timberlake's N-Sync bandmate J.C. Chaves that he won't be allowed to perform at the Pro Bowl this weekend, as if they are afraid he was going to pull off Warren Sapps' jersey, which would really offend some people. But my favorite complaint has to come from Spike Lee, who called the act "a new low in attention-getting stunts by celebrities. What's next," Lee inquires? I don't know Spike, maybe some idiot will sue a cable station because he's afraid that their name will make them think of him! I mean, what kind of attention-getting stunt is that!?

February 5, 1964 - It's been 5 years since one of the boys' idols, Buddy Holly, died. The lads enjoy their first day off after a tour of France. Tomorrow they will pack their bags as they prepare for a plane ride that will change the world forever. Their destination? AMERICA!

Well, that's all for now. Have a great week. See ya!

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