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The Force Awakens Slowly

We've still got to wait another 13 months for the arrival on the big screen of Star Wars: The Force Awakens - aka, Star Wars Episode 7.

But the team at LucasFilm is already putting out trailers to pique our interest.

Two hit the internet this week. So check them out.

Will you wait to pass judgment? Or are you currently salivating like a Wookie?

 
 
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Bye Bye Clydesdales?

Schlitz may have been the beer that made Milwaukee famous - for better or worse - but Budweiser is the beer that made Clydesdales famous.

When you think of the giant draught horses, don't you instantly think of them pulling a Budweiser beer wagon?

If you're between the ages of 21 and 27, maybe not. And you're the target market that Budweiser's after, in an attempt to regain its market share, which has been slipped steadily for the past ten years.

And the folks who market Budweiser don't think that the majestic Clydesdale is the best way to reach that demographic.

I'm not a Bud guy, but I have to admit, I'm tempted to give it another try every time I see an ad like this. How about you?

 
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"I See a Darkness in You"

The debut of Season 5 of Game of Thrones is still months away, but the folks on the production team don't want us to forget about them.

So why not tease us with a 10-second glimpse into what's to be?

This one's all about Arya, the headstrong and fiercely independent youngest daughter of the House of Stark.

Don't blink - you don't want to miss anything.

And if you sign up with the website - ThreeEyedRaven.com - you'll be able to receive further updates via Twitter as they come along.

What GOT fan wouldn't want something like that?
 
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Robin Williams, Back on the Silver Screen

We knew it was coming.

When Robin Williams passed away earlier this year, he left behind a handful of completed film projects.

One of them was Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

It's due out on Christmas Day, and features Robin reprising his role as Teddy Roosevelt.

Check out the trailer for a little glimpse of Robin.

One of this lines is oddly prophetic. "I think it's safe to say that we're in a bit of trouble."

 
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Sew Watt, Its Juss a Tipo!

Maybe it's time for the signmakers in Los Angeles to invest in SpellCheck - or maybe just a proofreader.

Earlier this month, a sign sub-contractor installed a new highway marker on the northbound side of the 710 Freeway.

The sign marked the exit for Olympic Boulevard.

Except it said "Olimpic" Boulevard instead.

It took someone at CalTrans a full day to recognize the problem. A few days later, it was covered up with a black tarpaulin. And it will be replaced by the sub-contractor at no charge to the city.

Except for the cost of the embarrassment of having hung in there in the first place.
 
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Barack & Meryl, Sitting in a Tree?

On Monday afternoon, President Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the nation's highest civilian honor to singer Stevie Wonder, TV journalist Tom Brokaw, and Ethel Kennedy, wife of the late Robert F. Kennedy.

Oh, and he gave one to his girlfriend too.

That would be Meryl Streep, the actress.

“I love Meryl Streep,” the president said in front of all assembled "Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There's nothing either of them can do about it.”

No real scandal there. Just a nice bit of affection.

Oh, and he poked a little fun at his love too - pointing out that she sang Abba - "which, you know, that's something."

 
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How Much for That Lion in the Window?

On Monday, the costume that Bert Lahr wore as the Cowardly Lion in the 1939 classic film, The Wizard of Oz, went up for auction.

It was part of a group of memorabilia offered for sale at Bonhams auction house - "TCM Presents: There's No Place Like Hollywood."

Other items up for sale included Sam's piano from Casablanca, a gown worn by Marilyn Monroe, and Clark Gable's jacket from Gone With the Wind.

As you sit and maybe watch The Wizard of Oz over the holidays, think about this.

That outfit worn by the King of the Forest just sold for $3 million.
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Vader Versus Batman - Who Wins?

Stumbled on this one while doing a little surfing today.

What happens when you pit the Dark Knight against the Dark Sith Lord?

An epic battle, for sure.

Check out this very well-done bit of fantasy lore, pitting Robin's best bud, Batman, against Luke and Leia's papa, Dark Vader.

 
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"Something Chases You, Run!"

It's the first "genetically-modified hybrid."

With those ominous words, we welcome you to Jurassic World.

It's 23 years later, and the interactive park envisioned by Richard Attenborough's character in the original Jurassic Park movies is up and running.

It's a hybrid between Disney World, Sea World and Busch Gardens, featuring real live dinosaurs - plus a new concoction, cooked up by the scientists.

That would be the "genetically-modified hybrid," and of course, it will run amok.

Check out the trailer for the film - the film will be released in June of 2015.

What do you think? Exciting and new - or just a rehash of the originals?

 
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Forget the Hail Mary - This One's the Rosary!

Okay, sportscasters are given to hyperbole. That I'll grant you.

But they may be on to something with the touchdown catch Odell Beckham Jr made on Sunday for the New York Giants against the Dallas Cowboys.

One sportcaster calls it, "Impossible!" And watching it in slow-mo, he and everyone else might just be right.

And the more amazing part, after the game, Odell told Bob Costas that he and some of his teammates practice catches like that all the time.

 
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