Ridley Scott: A couch potato's best friend

Posted by Sean Stangland on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 19:04

Ridley Scott has been directing landmark films ever since I was born, and his latest movie, "Body of Lies," will be released on Friday. His first big splash on the international scene, "Alien," hit theaters three months after I was born in 1979, and it loomed large over my childhood. I had known of it from a very early age as the movie that made my mom leave the room whenever my dad was watching it. (We had a Betamax and a library of movies that I'm pretty sure weren't actually available on the market ... but enough about that.) By the time I saw actually saw it, James Cameron's far more spectacular sequel had pretty much killed it for me -- why watch a movie with one alien when you can watch a movie with many "Aliens"?

My opinion of "Alien" is much higher today, of course, and Scott is one of those directors whose films I will always pay to see. (The others are Spielberg, P.T. Anderson, Fincher, Zemeckis, Nolan and, begrudgingly, Burton.) In the last 26 years, Scott has given us acclaimed films like "Blade Runner," "Thelma & Louise," "Gladiator," "Black Hawk Down" and "American Gangster," underrated gems like "Matchstick Men," "A Good Year" and "G.I. Jane," and misunderstood epics like "Hannibal" and "Kingdom of Heaven."

But as a film buff and a couch potato, I mostly love Ridley Scott for his DVDs.

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No Easy Way To Hear Bad News, Unless It Is Delivered From One... / Are you ready for tonight's debate?

Posted by Cj on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 17:23

Really if your going to hear that the dow dropped 800 points, you might as well hear it from one of these top newscasters.

Top 25 Sexiest Newscasters
by David Schwartz

And to take your mind off our Chicago basesball teams:

A couple videos to get you ready for tonight's debate.

Vice Presidential Common Man-Off
Sarah Palin and Joe Biden participate in an old-fashioned common man-off.

The Word - Maverick Without A Cause
If you want real candidates of change, go with the team that is so committed to a brighter tomorrow they won't discuss what happened yesterday.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Ready for Game 4

Posted by scotgreg on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 15:52
It's football season in most parts of the country, but there is some great baseball weather on the South Side for Game 4 of the ALDS. It's do-or-die for Gavin Floyd and the White Sox today, so we'll see what happens. Here are the lineups for the game, which you can catch at 4:07 p.m. on WTBS: Tampa Bay Iwamura, 2B Upton, CF Pena, 1B Longoria, 3B Crawford, LF Floyd, DH Navarro, C Gross, RF Bartlett, SS Sox Cabrera, SS A.J., C Dye, RF Thome, DH Konerko, 1B Griffey Jr., CF Ramirez, 2B Wise, LF Uribe, 3B Note: Floyd is making his first-ever appearance vs. the Rays today. Only five Tampa Bay hitters faced Floyd when he was with the Phillies. DH Cliff Floyd (3-for-11) had the most success, hitting a home run off Gavin.

Suburban Political Recount

Duckworth campaigns for Obama in Wisconsin

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 10:25
Tammy Duckworth’s recent brush with Illinois ethics laws hasn’t put her out of favor with Barack Obama. The Illinois veteran affairs chief is campaigning for Obama in Wisconsin today, hitting events in Fond Du Lac, West Bend, Kenosha and Whitewater. Obama previously granted Duckworth, who lost both her legs in the Iraq war, a primetime speaking roll during the Democratic convention in Denver that positioned her as the party’s spokeswoman on veterans’ issues. But in mid-September Duckworth hit an ethical snag when she showed up to a Wheeling campaign event for Democratic congressional challenger Dan Seals in a state car.

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Cubs fans erect shrine to futility / If the Cubs were a bird, I am this poor poor poor reporter

Posted by Cj on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 09:31

If the Cubs were a bird, I am this poor poor poor reporter:

I and most Cubs fans felt like someone just died this weekend, therefore a shrine was built.

Check out the story written by Maureen O'donnell:

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder lets his passion for the Cubs shine through in this tribute song to the Chicago Cubs.

Suburban Political Recount

Mark Kirk up in polls, but Seals close

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Sun, 10/05/2008 - 23:44
A new poll out over the weekend gives U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk a 6 percentage point edge in his north suburban 10th District race against Democrat Dan Seals. The poll commissioned by the liberal Daily Kos blog shows Kirk of Highland Park with 44 percent and Seals of Wilmette with 38 percent. The poll was conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday among 400 respondents with a 5 percent margin of error. The results are much closer than an earlier poll conducted by the Kirk campaign that puts the incumbent Republican at 51 percent and Seals at 29 percent with 21 percent undecided. That poll was taken on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11. Both polls focused on ‘likely voters’ and they both have relatively high margins of error, calling their validity into question.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Sox look good for Game 4

Posted by scotgreg on Sun, 10/05/2008 - 21:16
I’m still sticking with the original prediction after Game 2 of the American League division series. The White Sox, after dropping the first two in Tampa Bay, win the next two at home before losing Game 5 back at Tropicana Field. The Sox have an obvious advantage in the Game 4 pitching matchup. Gavin Floyd has been a beast this season, and the big right-hander leads the staff with 17 wins. Floyd is 10-3 with a 3.55 ERA at home. Floyd’s mound opponent, right-hander Andy Sonnanstine, is a 13-game winner and 6-5 (4.35 ERA) on the road. Sonnanstine looked like a Cy Young candidate while pitching a complete-game, 3-hit shutout against the Sox at the Trop in April. As the season progressed, Sonnanstine faded. He hasn’t won a game since Aug. 18 and is 0-3 in his last seven starts.

Bear Essentials

Vasher sitting out

Posted by Bob LeGere on Sun, 10/05/2008 - 11:05
Cornerback Nate Vasher, who said after Friday's practice: “I expect to be out there 100 percent,” was 100 percent inactive on Sunday. Vasher suffered a dislocated thumb in Week Four but finished the game and then had a minor surgical procedure but returned to the practice field Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday. “I had full practice and I’m looking forward to it,” Vasher said Friday of today's game at Detroit's Ford Field. Instead Corey Graham started in place of Vasher, as he had done in Week Three when the Bears preferred going with a bigger more physical lineup.

All That Glitters - Celebrity news

No, not Helio!

Posted by mipplet on Sun, 10/05/2008 - 10:26
Former "Dancing with the Stars" champion Helio Castroneves, who also happens to be a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, was indicted on tax evasion charges on Friday. Helio pled not guilty and is free on $10 million bail. He went on to come in first place in an auto race in Georgia on Saturday. I really hope these tax fraud charges aren't true! Helio is adorable and seems like such a sweetheart. That smile of his is absolutely charming, and I loved watching him on "Dancing with the Stars." Hopefully he doesn't turn out to be just another crook.

Suburban Political Recount

Democrat hopefull takes hits on pay-to-play

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Sat, 10/04/2008 - 18:30
Democrat Aurora Austriaco's law firm gave more than $130,000 to Gov. Rod Blagojevich and it has won nearly a $1 million in state contracts over the last four years. Austriaco is a proficient fundraiser in her bid to unseat Republican state Rep. Rosemary Mulligan in the northwest Cook County's 65th District. Austriaco has hit cable TV already with ads that paint Mulligan out of touch and she has been railing against "pay-to-play" on the campaign trail. But Mulligan is now getting started. The veteran incumbent from Des Plaines dropped a mailer this weekend that paints Austriaco as buying state contracts with campaign donations to Blagojevich.