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Friday, February 5, 2010

New Ketchup Packets

Heinz's new Dip & Squeeze ketchup packets let on-the-go-eaters choose how they apply their favorite condiment.

Now you will be able to squeeze or dip as you pick, thanks to a redesign of the classic squeeze packets most of us grew up with.  The new packets give you a choice and they say, are less likely to break open, explode and ruin your new dress or business suit.

Dumbing down America from the right , how much of what you swear is true is?

Poll shows Americans don't know economy expanded with tax cuts

The Obama administration cut taxes for middle-class Americans, expects to make a profit on the hundreds of billions of dollars spent to rescue Wall Street banks and has overseen an economy that has grown for the past four quarters. 

"The public view of the economy is at odds with the facts" said J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer &; Co., a Des Moines, Iowa-based firm that conducted the nationwide survey.

Thomas Jefferson says that an educated rational informed electorate is needed for this experiment called Democracy to work and flourish. Are we risking the loss of this grand nation due to slogans, special interest groups and hate?  Will Tea Party and right wing slogans that are not grounded in research and fact turn this nation into a nation of hate? And what about those who drive cars with Obama and Reid and other bumper stickers off the road rather than respect their right to have to read and form educated opinions based on facts? Or at least compromise rather than invent history and settle only for one view of the world?

"And Crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea" - America the Beautiful

Sources: Washington Post, and various rhetoric studies, neutral third party auditors of campaign claims and advertising, the Congressional Budget Office, actual bank records and even conservative financial media.

Know a kid who wants to be a star?

Hugh Jackman film seeking young unknown actor to co-star

Variety reports "DreamsWorks will celebrate Valentine's Day in an unusual way -- hosting a nationwide casting call for the adolescent lead in Hugh Jackman starrer "Real Steel."
 The daily trade publication addes "The only other time DreamWorks has done a public casting call was for the role of Effie in Bill Condon's "Dreamgirls." The part ultimately went to Jennifer Hudson, after the nationwide search turned up empty-handed."

Those interested in playing the son have two options. They can either submit a videotaped audition or attend one of two open call auditions. The first will be held Feb. 14 in Chicago. The next will be in Gotham on Feb. 20.

The press release from Dreamworks, with contact web site, follows:
Disney’s Touchtone Pictures and DreamWorks’ have issued a public casting call, searching for the lead role for Shawn Levy’s futuristic robot boxing movie Real Steel.

The film, set to hit theaters on November 18th 2011, tells the story of a father and his estranged 11-year-old son who enter the world of robotic boxing. You see, in the future, human boxing has been outlawed, replaced with sports combat between human-trained 2000-pound heavy steel robots. Levy has described the story as “rousing sports movie”. Hugh Jackman will an ex-fighter who has “to reinvent himself when human boxers are replaced by robots” and finds that he has an 11-year-old son. He decides to become a promoter , but “access to sub-standard robot parts hampers his hopes for glory in Robot Boxing, until he discovers a discarded robot that always seems to win.” He bonds with his son over the robot fights.

They are searching fora 10-14 year-old boy to play the role of Max, described as “a street-smart, tough, charming kid with a hard, untrusting outer shell which hides a warm enthusiastic spirit beneath. He is a complicated, strong-willed and resourceful boy.” Full press release, which includes a link to the casting sides (a small portion of the script), after the jump.


LOS ANGELES, CA (February 4, 2010) - DreamWorks Studios has launched a nationwide casting search to fill a lead role in its upcoming movie “Real Steel,” it was announced today by DreamWorks Studios.

Actors interested in the role have two ways to audition. Beginning immediately, individuals can submit a videotaped audition through Complete instructions are available on the website.