‘Watson, Come Here. I Want You.’

bush_and_chips In a scene that was somewhat reminscent of the first days of the telephone, 56 local and not-so-local liberals showed up at Luna Stage tonight to hear filmmaker Michael Moore via internet transmission at a “Turn Up the Heat” party. The event was one of 3,000 being held nationwide and at least three held in Montclair, and was organized by the anti-Bush group, moveon.org.
The technology was impressive, except when it wasn’t. On the plus side, there was a map that showed great big white dots representing “Turn Up the Heat” parties and listing the numbers of participants.And the set-up allowed people to send text questions to Moore. On the minus side, a Moveon.org slide show prepared for the event wouldn’t play. And the lib-erati had to content itself with looking at the interactive map, rather the gargantuan Moore himself, during his talk.
The technological glitches didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd, which included people from Pompton Lakes, Westwood, Roseland, Roselle — and even a visitor from Hong Kong. The room roared with delight when Moore told them that his movie, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” was not just the #1 movie this past weekend, but the #1 movie in all the red states. Take that, Mel Gibson… I mean, George Bush.
crowdAfter Moore’s talk, moveon.org recruited people to run telephone parties on July 11th to sign up unregistered voters. The party was hosted by local actor Michael Aquino, who rented the room from Luna Stage.

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  1. At https://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/weeke…um=m2025&p=.htm, you’ll find a list of the top 260 opening weekends of all time. If you insert Lord Porky’s take of $$23,920,637 into it, he falls with a thunderous thud at #187. Not quite the big deal it’s being made to appear as.
    The Corpulent Crook’s Magnum Opie falls in behind such legendary successes as “The Addams Family” (#185), “Forrest Gump” (#178), “The Rugrats Movie” (#150), “Starsky and Hutch” (#141), “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed” (#129), “Liar Liar” (#109), “A Bug’s Life” (#102), “Scary Movie” (#60), “The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps” (#58) and “Monsters, Inc.” (#20).
    The highly assaulted “The Passion of the Christ” resides at number eight, having grossed $83,848,082 in it’s opening weekend. That would be more than a million tickets sold.
    The top grossing opening weekend of all time was that of “Spider-Man”. This heroic story took in $114,844,116 in it’s first weekend of release.
    It does seem that movies about good, heroic characters do rather well. Spiderman, Harry Potter, the X-Men, Jesus Christ, a Star Wars movie and the lighthearted good guy Austin Powers make up the majority of the top ten.
    Sorry Moore, in the big picture you just don’t matter.

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