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PCR #448 (Vol. 9, No. 43) This edition is for the week of October 20--26, 2008.
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"Pride and Glory"  by Mike Smith
ScreamFest '08  by ED Tucker
Trick or Treat?  by Lisa Ciurro
It Was A No Brainer .... .... ....  by Matt Drinnenberg
Nostra-biden .... Finally (maybe) .... Sorry Dolph .... Passing On .... .... .... .... .... And The Oscar For 1974 Should Have Gone To...  by Mike Smith
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If vice presidential nominee Joe Biden is to be believed, a vote for his candidate is a vote for terror! This week Biden told a crowd at a fund raiser, "Mark my words,it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."

Translation? When Iran attacks Israel President Obama will surely volunteer to talk about it with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Makes me feel better already. How about you?

FINALLY (maybe)
As someone who waited 8 years for Boston to release its third album, I can certainly sympathize with fans of Guns and Roses, who have waited almost twice that long for "Chinese Democracy." Well wait no more. The album is scheduled to go on sale on November 23, with the title song hitting airwaves earlier this week. Keep your fingers crossed.

In spite of the success of "The Dark Knight" and "Ironman," Warner Brothers has pulled the plug on a promised "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" film. This came after directors Doug Liman and Bryan Singer both passed on the job, citing a very uninspiring script.

Sometimes events you should be cognizant of have a habit of falling through the cracks. Such is the passing of Mr. Frank Mundus. Mr. Mundus was a shark fisherman on whom Peter Benchley allegedly based the character of "Quint" on in his novel, "JAWS." Mr. Mundus died on September 10 of a heart attack. He was 82. Though Benchley never officially identified Mundus as the inspiration for "Quint" (no doubt for legal reasons), he had gone on a fishing trip with Mundus in the early 1970s and was aware of Mundus' catch of a 4,500 pound great white shark by harpoon. In 1974, while the movie of "JAWS" was being filmed, Benchley hosted an episode of television's "American Sportsman" that highlighted Mundus. In 1986 Mundus set a world record by catching a 3,427 pound great white off Montauk, the largest shark ever caught by rod and reel.


Coppola vs Coppola. And look, it's Fred Astaire!

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Well, that's all for now. I'm New Jersey bound. Have a great week. See ya!

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