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I picked up “Unfinished Business” on a whim at Redbox, based on the trailer. High art this isn’t, and it was pretty universally scorned by critics, yet there are some interesting things happening within the project as a whole that kept it mostly watchable.
Vince Vaughn plays Dan Trunkman, who works for a corporate ice queen, oddly named Chuck, and played by Sienna Miller. Dan arrives at work one day to find she has reduced his commission for his latest deal, and the confrontation becomes personal. And in some ways, unrealistic as most managers aren’t going to tell someone to their face that they’re replaceable, in front of a roomful of people. Yet because of how stuff happens in workplaces in a less overt manner, what the scene portrays will still resonate with a lot of people.
Probably one of the most famous songs to barely make it into Billboard’s Top40 singles chart, Radiohead’s mopey generation X anthem “Creep” whined and wailed itself into just the #34 spot in 1993. At the time of its ascendence, the song seemed exactly like the kind of attention-grabbing recording that was designed to make a splash and then leave the band stranded in a particular place and time as a 1-hit wonder. Then something a little unexpected happened. Radiohead became one of the most adored and lauded bands of its generation. But could a group showered with praise and given the “genius” label manage to escape the 1-hit wonder stigma? For a while that was a real question…but you’ve noticed the title of the article, right?
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Since I found that two of the tasks on my Disneyland Bingo card were not possible to accomplish while I was on my trip, I have replaced those tasks with new ones that will hopefully be both fun and possible. If you’re keeping score at home, “Dinosaur Eggs in Tomorrowland” has been replaced with “See World of Color,” and “Echo Spot in Tomorrowland” has been replaced with “Ride a Red Car.” Both replacement tasks are indeed things that I did while I was in Anaheim. As one reader has pointed out, a high percentage of these tasks are specific to the original Disneyland park. Eleven of them are possible to complete outside of that park, but there are now three that absolutely must be done somewhere else. If you decide to try this out, feel free to report back on your experience and be sure to have fun!
The final day of my trip to Disney’s California theme parks was here, and there were some things I had to experience that had not fit in to my first day at California Adventure or second day in Disneyland proper. This third day had not been assigned a touring plan prior to departing for the trip because I felt like I wanted to make it a day for finishing up what we had not succeeded in doing on the previous two days and repeating attractions we had particularly loved. I also had a few more squares on my Disneyland Bingo card to “X” out. That is precisely how we approached this day, with a touring plan quickly conceived based on input from everyone involved.
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Tobey Maguire is best-known as the first movie Spider-man. But before he donned the blue and red tights, Maguire was a promising actor who seemed destined for a long career. During the 90’s, Maguire built a reputation as a talented actor in a string of independent movies. After he crossed over into the mainstream, Maguire continued supplementing his super hero duties with high profile dramatic roles. But after he hung up his Spidey-suit, Maguire practically disappeared from the big screen.
What the hell happened?