Sunday Link-Off: Foreign Affairs

penelope-cruz-esquire14-03One of the results of having such an interconnected world is that it seems that something that happens in one country will have an impact on many others. For example, a effects of a war in another part of the world will be front page news in this part. A lot of the news stories in this week’s SLO have an international impact.

So with that preamble out of the way, it’s time for the links. Here’s Penelope Cruz who was named Esquire’s sexiest woman alive. Before anyone complains, realize that it’s all marketing for everyone involved.

Former Prime Minister Jean Chretien wrote an op-ed supporting a non-combat role against ISIS which once again puts him opposed to Stephen Harper’s Middle East military policy. Chretien was right in 2003. Could he be right again here? (The Globe and Mail)

A Canadian man is selling Trader Joe’s in Vancouver using his grey market store. It’s an ingenious way to make money and get around all the legal hoops Trader Joe would have to go through to legally export into Canada. (Priceonomics)

American banks are opening up branches in high schools. How else are you going to take from the suckers? (Salon)

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Entertainment Link-Off: End of the World

This weekend marks the release of the swashbuckling-fest Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides. If ‘At World’s End’ didn’t quite drive you away from the franchise, feel free to have another go at it. So instead of having Keira Knightley in the flick, this film features Penelope Cruz as the lead. So here she is kicking off this edition of the ELO.

After the jump, William Shatner sings O Canada, Kevin Smith is now trying a new way to cast people in his films, lots of movie sequels related news, Transfomers 3 tidbits and go behind the scenes at a Jerry Bruckheimer pitch meeting! Continue reading

Sunday Link-Off: Stuff You Gotta Watch

The Oscars are tonight which means I have to put in a couple of token movie links. But the good news about the Oscars is that Penelope Cruz is there and nominated for an award.

Tecmo Bowl is back! I need this game in my life. (LA Times) If anyone at Tecmo is reading this, I’d love to review this one against the original Tecmo Bowl… Assuming that I can get my old NES working.

In honour of last night’s Razzies and tonight’s Oscars, it’s a look at the ten worst sports movies of all-time. (Sports Pickle) Hey! I liked #10 as a kid! Especially the soundtrack. The Band’s Stuff You Gotta Watch is on my iPod. Now if I can find it.

And while I’m talking movies here’s a look at 20 of the weirdest ratings rulings handed down by the MPAA. No, I’m not talking about the original X rating for Zack & Miri Make A Porno. (Gunaxin)

After the jump, armed robbers go all in, a couple a wrestling links, and Jesus hates Klingons. Continue reading