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Michael Mustard? Ugh! Since when did he get that awful name?
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I think it was either when it was first released, or from the hammy UK tv series.

I prefer Algernon, Reginald or Clifford myself...

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I went to see the Barber of Seville at the Metropolitan Opera yesterday, and it's made an opera fan out of me.
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I loved The Rabbit of Seville as a kid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrupqdGvsoc

I just bought the new Michael Buble CD. I swear, I am in love with that man.

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Adam106 wrote:I prefer Algernon, Reginald or Clifford myself...
Algernon or Reginald for me...
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Nothng beats What's Opera, Doc?

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Wow... Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize? What for? Looking good in his suit? Because I don't see how many of his campaign goals he's achieved... This is just ridiculous.
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He reversed George Bush's ban on federal funding to global establishments that allow abortion, eased the requirements for filing employment discrimination lawsuits, re-authorized the State Children's Health Insurance Program, repealed a former Bush law that prevented federal tax dollars from being used to research on embryonic stem cells, appointed Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court, is working to limit greenhouse gas emissions, and then there's the whole health care issue...he did quite a bit, actually. He just hasn't yet tackled the major social issues that democracts always talk about, like abortion and gay marriage.
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Don't forget his pulling troupes out of Iraq. That probably has to do more with peace than other things he's done so far.
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Yes but did he do all this in his first 11 days of office? As thats when nominations for the prize ended. He has basically won the Nobel 'You're Not Bush' Prize.

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Poirotfrmda818 wrote: Don't forget his pulling troupes out of Iraq. That probably has to do more with peace than other things he's done so far.
I wasn't quite sure whether to include that or not because on the one hand, he did announce troops will be pulling out eventually; on the other, he set the date a bit later than most people expected (in August 2010, I believe). There's another thing he did that I forgot to mention: He finally made a statement that both liberals and conservatives can agree on. Kanye West, anyone? :wink:
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Lmao. Who could ever forget "jackass!"? :lol:

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I wouldn't be surprised if a dance re-mix of that quote were to be released on the internet within the next few months, right up there with "Why is the rum gone?" and "I'll take a potato chip...and EAT IT!" (That alone has made me want to see Death Note )
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I'll be away for a few days. I'll probably be back Monday afternoon.
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I read a comic book for the first time last night. Actually, I read two. Although...there were 13 issues in each, so does that make it 26? Or are they graphic novels? I don't know how that works.

The first one was Batman: The Long Halloween. A mysterious killer known only as "Holiday" murders members of the crime families all across Gotham city on holidays, starting on Halloween. Batman, Commissioner Gordon, and District Attorney Harvey Dent form their own special task force to track down this killer. Tensions run high among mob families when Falcone, the head of the mob, thought to be completely untouchable, starts hiring "freaks" like the Joker and Poison Ivy to help him get rid of this holiday killer. And it seems that even Gotham's White Knight is not immune to suspicion, as Batman and Gordon begin to suspect him of taking the law into his own hands.

It was a great story, one which I really enjoyed. I had heard that The Dark Knight was based on it, and while the Gordon/Dent/Batman thing was there, other than that, I didn't see much connection in terms of story. There are a lot of great subplots. For instance, Batman and Catwoman fight often, while their other personalities Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle date. I've really only ever seen Catwoman portrayed as a villain in films and television, but here she is much more ambiguous. She helps out Batman, but the whole time you can tell she's in it for herself. Very interesting character. I also really liked Harvey Dent. Two Face was always a villain I could somehow see something to like about. I think that if half of my face were destroyed, I too would go crazy. But there's interesting stories about him and his wife, Gilda, and of course we see him go from district attorney to villain in a story very different from the one The Dark Knight created. If you are into comics, I would check this one out.

Then I read Batman: Dark Victory, the sequel to The Long Halloween (and, supposedly, what the next Batman movie will take elements from). Falcone is dead. The Holiday killer is locked up. The crime family lies in shambles. Falcone's daughter, Sofia, becomes the new head of the family, against her brother Mario's wishes. Mario wants to bring his family's name away from all that is synonymous with it: crime, corruption, murder. Meanwhile, Gordon and Batman deal with the loss of their friend, Harvey, as the new District Attorney, the beautiful yet icy Janice Porter, takes over his old job. Exactly one year after Falcone was murdered (which was Halloween), there is another murder. This time a cop, found hanging off a bridge, a game of Hang Man pinned to his chest. Each holiday following, another police officer is found, each of them hanging, and each of them with a game of hang man. All the clues point to Harvey Dent, who went into hiding after his disfigurement. Meanwhile, Gotham is thrown into turmoil as "freaks" like the Joker, Poison Ivy, Penguin, Mr. Freeze, and others fight it out with mob families for control of the city.

This one was also good, and I think the most important element the new film will take from this is the isolation that Bruce Wayne/Batman feels. He and Gordon can no longer work like they used to, due to the DA Porter's influence. The cops don't like working with Batman, and become increasingly more upset as more and more of their friends are killed. And Batman starts to blame himself for people like the Joker showing up. Without him, would freaks be there trying to destroy Gotham?

There are some interesting new characters, particularly Janice Porter, the new DA. I think I was actually supposed to dislike her, but I couldn't. Perhaps because she was so beautiful (she was drawn to look like Lana Turner), or perhaps because she was just doing her job, albeit differently than Dent did it. The freaks have a bigger role in this one. In fact, they dominate the pages they are in, becoming larger than life in some cases. They are also far more interesting on paper than I have ever seen on film. The only thing I could say I disliked was the inclusion of Robin. His story appears late in the series and feels rushed. He's also drawn to look about 8 years old, which makes Bruce Wayne's motives seem creepy. But still a good story with a lot of great subplots. I would also recommend this one, but you definitely should read Long Halloween first.

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EDIT. Nevermind.

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Sure is slow today...
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Come on... why is there still next to no news on Batman 3?
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I'm back from four days of listening to the folks in the next hotel room making love while trying to figure out why my Ipod isn't working. Huzzah.
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because superhero films are s***.

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