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Here is my polling Summary for today:
Blumenthal (D) 55 % , Schiff (R) 32 % (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Rick Snyder (R) 46 % , Dillon (D) 26 % (Public Policy Polling Survey)
Hoekstra (R) 41 % , Bernero (D) 34 % (Public Policy Polling Survey)
Hoekstra (R) 41 % , Dillon (D) 32 % (Public Policy Polling Survey)
Bouchard (R) 39 % , Bernero (D) 34 % (Public Policy Polling Survey)
Bouchard (R) 38 % , Dillon (D) 29 % (Public Policy Polling Survey)
Cox (R) 38 % , Bernero (D) 36 % (Public Policy Polling Survey)
Cox (R) 40 % , Dillon (D) 32 % (Public Policy Polling Survey)
Bernero (D) 31 % , George (R) 30 % (Public Policy Polling Survey)
George (R) 32 % , Dillon (D) 31 % (Public Policy Polling Survey)
Vander Plaats (R) 43 % , Culver (D) 38 % (Public Policy Polling Survey)
Roberts (R) 40 % , Culver (D) 38 % (Public Policy Polling Survey)
WOW, Democrats are going to be WIPED OUT in the Midwest come November. This really bodes well for a lot of House Races in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, etc.
MI-GOV GOP Primary:
MI-GOV DEM Primary:
Snyder (R) 50 % , Dillon (D) 31 % (EPIC-MRA Survey)
Hoekstra (R) 47 % , Bernero (D) 34 % (EPIC-MRA Survey)
Hoekstra (R) 47 % , Dillon (D) 35 % (EPIC-MRA Survey)
Bouchard (R) 48 % , Bernero (D) 32 % (EPIC-MRA Survey)
Bouchard (R) 49 % , Dillon (D) 33 % (EPIC-MRA Survey)
Cox (R) 46 % , Bernero (D) 36 % (EPIC-MRA Survey)
Cox (R) 46 % , Dillon (D) 37 % (EPIC-MRA Survey)
News: At this Point Republicans looks like have this in the Bag as all 4 Top Challengers lead the Dems by double digits.
NV-SEN GOP Primary:
Suffolk nailed down the PA-SEN Democratic Primary showing Sestak up 49-40 4 Days before the Primary (Actual Result Sestak 54-46 over Specter). IF Angle wins this, Reid could win Re-Election and IF that happens I SORELY BLAME the NRSC for it for not getting U. S. Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV) to run against Reid. Heller would have won this hands down.
NV-GOV GOP Primary:
WOW, an Incumbent Governor getting clobbered in his own Primary. That’s even more embarassing then 2006 when Incumbent Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski lost to whom, yes Sarah Palin.
The bad News continues for the GOP:
Missouri Senate (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Blunt (R) 45 %
Carnahan (D) 44 %
[ Cuomo accepts the nomination from the Democratic party…..]
A mere formality……
And 40% above his nearest challenger…..
Not a bad way to move towards your Dad’s old job…..
Mr. Cuomo’s appearance at the convention capped his crowning as the party’s nominee that has been in the making for the last year, as Gov. David A. Paterson had faltered to the point that he did not even attend the speech.
“When you go around the state, from Montauk to Buffalo, you hear over and over and over again the betrayal people feel towards the government,” Mr. Cuomo said, adding, “That has to be restored, and we’re not going to do it with words.”
His speech was received with sustained applause at points, if not exuberance, perhaps underscoring his arm’s length approach to some elements of his own party. He came closest to recalling the rhetorical flourishes of his father when he spoke of social justice.
“We have to remember what is at the soul of the Democratic party,” he said, his voice rising. “You can go to schools on one side of town, and they will take you to first graders who are on the Internet, and you can go to the other side of town, and they don’t even have a basketball net,” he said, adding that the most impressive piece of technology at some schools was the metal detector.
Mr. Cuomo’s was introduced by William C. Thompson Jr., the former New York City comptroller; Kathy Hochul, the Erie County clerk; and Vivian Viloria-Fisher, a Dominican-born Suffolk County legislator — an African-American, an upstate woman and a Latina, respectively. There have been grumblings from some Democrats that the party is putting forth a slate of candidates that fails to reflect the diversity of the state.
Mr. Thompson’s comments echoed those of Mr. Cuomo.
“Let’s be clear,” he said. “Our state, New York State, is in crisis, our government is gridlocked, our finances are in shambles, our people have lost trust, and with good reason.”
Franchise = Everything made on the Movie…Box Office, Doll, Toys, Books (Ah, Ha! )….Comic Books , Clothing, etc……Everything
The answer is Harry Potter folks……
[ James Bond and Harry Potter characters….]
The most successful movie franchise of all time is the “Harry Potter” series, which recently edged out another famous Brit: James Bond.
According to Box Office Mojo, the first six adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s beloved books have earned a staggering $5.4 billion worldwide, not adjusted for inflation.
The 22 films considered part of the official Bond canon (the 1967 spoof “Casino Royale” and the 1983 out-of-continuity “Never Say Never Again” don’t count) have earned an estimated $5 billion globally. But even if the earnings of those two films were included, it still wouldn’t be enough to put 007 on top.
If only U.S. box-office totals are counted, then the six-film “Star Wars” saga would be the top draw, with $1.9 billion in receipts, compared to $1.7 billion for the “Harry Potter” movies and $1.6 billion for Bond films. (Worldwide, the “Star Wars” movies have earned $4.2 billion.)
But the box-office receipts may not tell the whole story. When other sources of money such as merchandising are included, then George Lucas’ Star Wars universe of Jedi, droids and Wookiees is Hollywood’s highest-grossing franchise. In 2005, Forbes estimated the Star Wars Empire had grossed $20 billion from movie tickets, books, games and anything else you could possibly license.
Still, Bond is certainly Hollywood’s greatest franchise in terms of endurance and longevity. Since the first Bond adventure, “Dr. No” in 1962, it has thrived for 48 years, although the 23rd Bond picture is reportedly on hold for now.
Bond may need to stick around awhile to have any chance of overtaking Potter.
The last of Rowling’s books, “The Deathly Hallows,” is being adapted into two films, the first of which is scheduled to arrive in November 2010. With millions of people still captivated by the Harry Potter phenomenon, the film series may pad its lead as the worldwide box-office leader.
It’s important to note these dollar amounts are not adjusted for inflation; otherwise, the Bond series and Star Wars would be well ahead of the boy wizard in terms of global box office earnings.
Meanwhile, Director James Cameron is reportedly working on two “Avatar” sequels…..
Note.…..Pictured above as James Bond is Daniel Craig……who IS actually British and Harry Radcliffe who plays Potter….. and is also British……
Who said the Movie Theatres where going to go out of business?
Not with all of this fine stuff coming at us!……
I’m waiting for the Avengers, Star Trek, Thor, Captain America and Transformers……
Whew…..and I’m going to see Iron Man this weekend…….
BDog sends us this piece he found out there surfing the net’……..
It was announced last week that Warner Bros. Pictures had signed a new deal with IMAX to release 20 upcoming films over the next three years in the giant-sized format. That’s big news on its own, but that wasn’t the real bombshell: included on the lists of titles was “Batman 3,” with a release date set for July 20, 2012.
Christopher Nolan, director of “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight,” stated this past March that he was planning to finish his Bat-trilogy with a final movie. But this is the first time a release date has been established. After the last movie brought in just over $1 billion worldwide, anticipation for another movie has been sky high. Still, there are some other giant movies coming in the summer of 2012 to be plenty excited about as well.
More Comic Book Action
The summer ’12 movie season will kick off with “The Avengers,” the movie that will bring together Marvel Comics’ biggest heroes. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the Hulk will team up in a massive movie opening the first weekend of May. Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson are definitely on board for the flick, which will reportedly be directed by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon.
If that’s not enough comic book action for you, the Fourth of July weekend will bring Spider-Man back to the big screen. Directed by the appropriately named Marc Webb (“(500) Days of Summer“), the movie will be a franchise restart, sending Peter Parker back to high school. No casting announcements have been made for that movie yet, but it will be in 3D.
Of course, there will be sequels that summer, and leading the pack will be the next installment of “Star Trek.” With J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot having earned 2 1/2 times more money than any previous “Trek” movie, it was inevitable that his young Enterprise crew would return for another mission. Abrams hasn’t committed to directing yet, but the script is currently being written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman — who wrote the first movie — and “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof.
Next Year’s Blockbusters
None of this is to say that the summer of 2011 won’t have giant movies as well. It was just announced that the prequel “X-Men: First Class” will bring Marvel’s mutants back to theaters. Thor and Captain America will get their own solo movies before joining “The Avengers.” Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” A third “Transformers” movie is planned for the July 4th holiday. Animation can’t avoid sequels either, with Pixar’s “Cars” and DreamWorks’ “Kung Fu Panda” getting second movies. And the last half of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” will mark the boy wizard’s final big-screen adventure.
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