Monthly Archives: October 2016

Did You Know That Big Budget Movies Actually Copy Scenes All The Time?

Director Ed Wood was infamous for piecing together stock footage to complete his low-budget films. As a result, his cult classic Plan 9 from Outer Space is widely regarded as, well, the worst movie of all time. But he’s not the only director guilty of copying and pasting to save a buck.

It’s no surprise that producing a blockbuster tends to cost a studio tons of cash. Even the smallest special effect can add up to thousands (or millions) of dollars, so it’s kind of understandable why they might try to cut a corner here and there. But when the movie connoisseurs over at Screen Rant took a second look at these big-budget films, they couldn’t help but think the producers probably could have been a bit more subtle. Each one was caught giving their audience a strange sense of déjà vu:

1. This is actually one of the least terrible things about the unfortunate prequel franchise.

2. Michael Bay got hit with a truth bomb when people noticed something eerily familiar in the Transformers franchise to one of his earlier films.

3. Set phasers to stun…ningly obvious.

4. The film may have been based on a video game, but most of the backstory was taken from Jessica Alba’s debut show.

5. Film execs wanted a happier ending for Ridley Scott’s 1989 classic Blade Runner

So they spliced in the ironically idyllic intro from Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 thriller, The Shining.

6. Even film virtuoso Orson Welles borrowed stock footage for his iconic film, Citizen Kane.

Notice the unusually large birds flying around in this picnic scene? Rumor has it they’re actually from the 1933 film, Son of Kong.

7. Bill and Ted might not have time traveled back quite as far as they thought for this scene.

8. Back in the day, Disney animators frequently reused old frames for new films.

(via Mental Floss)

If you think about it, your next movie ticket could really be a two-for-one deal. But somehow, I’d still feel short-changed.

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Biggest joke of all at #WHCD: Kathleen Sebelius makes cameo!/HuffPostPol/status/462783949723295744

President Obama and disgraced former HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius actually think their job-killing, innovation-undermining, market-distorting, website-choking, insurance-sabotaging Obamacare failure is funny.!/HouseCracka/status/462784016056594432!/ryankath/status/462784330155053056

These people really have no shame.


Update: Here’s the video.

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Menendezgate intrigue: Who is ‘Nexis de los Santos Santana’?!/Patterico/status/312453648066150400

On March 4, a widely-cited Washington Post article by Carol D. Leonnig and Ernesto Londoño seemed to debunk The Daily Caller’s reporting linking Sen. Bob Menendez to underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic:

An escort who appeared on a video claiming that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) paid her for sex has told Dominican authorities that she was instead paid to make up the claims and has never met or seen the senator, according to court documents and two people briefed on her claim.

The woman said a local lawyer had approached her and a fellow escort and asked them to help frame Menendez and a top donor, Salomon Melgen, according to affidavits obtained by The Washington Post.

The escort, Nexis de los Santos Santana, 23, said in an affidavit she was hired by lawyer Miguel Galvan to do a taped interview with journalists in mid-October. Galvan explained to her that a false account was needed for a divorce case. De los Santos said she was surreptitiously taped implicating Menendez, Melgen and prominent Dominican lawyer Vinicio Castillo Selmán, Melgen’s cousin, in hiring prostitutes.

Inside the Beltway, the recantation by de los Santos Santana was widely hailed as proof that The Daily Caller’s reporting on Sen. Menendez was bogus even though the Post article itself was flawed and was quietly changed after publication.

Now the Daily Caller has posted a new article raising further questions about the credibility, veracity, and even existence of de los Santos Santana:

In the affidavit, Nexis de los Santos Santana’s voter ID number — what Dominicans call a cedula — was presented as an 11-digit number. Dominican cedulas have 12 digits.

Using the Dominican government’s online voter registration database to insert the digits 0 through 9 in each of the possible places where a digit may have been missing, TheDC was unable to identify any voters who reside in the Vista Catalina neighborhood of the city of La Romana — the area where the affidavit said de los Santana resides.

In addition, the street on which she claimed to reside does not exist in any of more than a dozen maps TheDC has examined. Multiple sources on the ground in the Dominican Republic have been unable to locate that street, where the affidavit said de los Santos resides in a house with no number.

Here’s the affidavit in question.

This is where things get confusing.

Last fall, ABC News’ Brian Ross interviewed three Dominican Republic escorts about the Menendez story. Ross didn’t air the interviews because he didn’t think the women were credible.

ABC News says one of the three escorts is de los Santos Santana.  Here she is:

ABC News

At the time of the interview with ABC News, however, this woman said her name was Michelle Rodriguez.

The Daily Caller says neither of the two women it featured in its Nov. 1 interview was named de los Santos Santana.

TheDC appears to say here that one of the two women featured in its video was named “Michelle.”

Is TheDC’s “Michelle” the same as ABC News’ “Michelle Rodriguez” aka “Nexis de los Santos Santana”?

Watch Ross’ video here and watch The Daily Caller’s video here, and judge for yourself.

Last week, Jonathan Strong, a reporter for Roll Call, asked Brian Ross for clarification:


— Brian Ross (@BrianRoss) March 6, 2013

Real helpful, Brian.


ABC: Menendez prostitution story not worth reporting until debunked; Daily Caller: Debunked? Try again

Did WaPo lie about emailing Tucker Carlson for comment on the Menendez prostitution story? Update: Reporter altered the story after publishing

Caught out there: Sleazy WaPo secretly changes Menendez escort article

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