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Early Friday morning it looked like Sacha Baron Cohen had done it again with his new film Brüno. With post-midnight ticket sales in the neighborhood of $1.6 million some Hollywood insiders were predicting around $50 million for the opening weekend   Well, $50 million didn't happen. Brüno finished the weekend with a respectable $30.4 million. But, $20 million is a pretty big gap... what caused such an erroneous projection? Well, TIME thinks Twitter is to blame.

Did Twitter cost Brüno millions? Tell us what you think.

"Brüno's box-office decline from Friday to Saturday indicates that the film's brand of outrage was not the sort to please most moviegoers — and that their tut-tutting got around fast. Brüno could be the first movie defeated by the Twitter effect."

With techsavvy moviegoers tweeting their opinions to literally millions of followers, the micro-blogging site can make or break a film in one day.


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Do you know what your kids are really eating at school? Explore the Hungry For Change Cafeteria and learn what schools are actually serving for lunch. 

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Friends and family of actress Farrah Fawcett -- including longtime partner Ryan O'Neal and their son Redmond, who was temporarily freed from jail for the service -- gathered Tuesday to say goodbye. Fawcett, the blond-maned actress whose best-selling poster and "Charlie's Angels" stardom made her one of the most famous faces in the world, died Thursday. She was 62, and had suffered from anal cancer off and on for three years.

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Institute for Human Continuity

The IHC has uncovered evidence indicating that the disasters of 2012 are both real and unavoidable. We believe with 94% certainty that ... cataclysmic events will devastate our planet and many who inhabit it. December 21, 2012 cannot be ignored.

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Christine Smith's Blog

The “us” versus “them” mentality is prevalent in American culture, as is the need for an “enemy” to which the people look to government to protect and save them…never questioning that the government may have motive to keep its subjects in fear.

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Movie website (h/t LewRockwell)

[Ernie will be soooo pleased! A remake of his favorite movie.] 2081 depicts a dystopian future in which, thanks to the 212th Amendment to the Constitution and the unceasing vigilance of the United States Handicapper General, everyone is finally equal

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...we asked filmmaker Kevin Smith what he thought about recasting Khan in a “Trek” sequel. (Order you Star Trek lunchboxes now before you are placed at the end of the 200 year back order list :)

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Boing Boing

Chambers' death was a "total shock," [fellow adult star Ron] Jeremy said, because they had been scheduled to sign a contract Monday to perform together in an off-Broadway "tongue-in-cheek" re-enactment of "Deep Throat

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Roderick Long

Back in 1999, Richard Hatch (who played Apollo on the original BSG and who plays Zarek on the new one) created a trailer for a proposed BSG continuation that would ignore Galactica 1980.

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Pro Liberate

I earnestly hope the film generates a wave of positive word-of-mouth, because it is a nearly ideal family film ...because it is gently subversive in promoting the idea that the increasingly militarized government law enforcement system is at best use

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Will 2009 be the year that 3-D movies finally come of age and captivate audiences? Will old-school characters like Robin Hood and Sherlock Holmes bury comic book characters at the cineplex, or will sci-fi and superheroes continue to slap the box offi

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An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer. (How much you want to bet that "G.I. Joe" supports a global military force?)

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