Friday, May 09, 2008

Clinton, Anchorman 2, and other news...

Obama is wrong on the gas tax. It worked in Illinois, only he denies that it worked.
CBS News says Obama voted for the temporary lifting of the tax three times in the state Senate. The tax holiday was finally approved during a special session in June of 2000, when Illinois motorists were furious that gas prices had just topped $2 a gallon in Chicago. The moratorium lifted the state's 5 percent sales tax on gasoline through the end of 2000.

Obama told constituents that gasoline prices would drop: "Gas retailers must post on each pump a statement that indicates that the state tax has been suspended and that this temporary elimination of the tax should be reflected in the price per gallon of gas."

During one state Senate floor debate, Obama joked that he wanted signs on gas pumps in his district to say, "Senator Obama reduced your gasoline prices."

Now, running for president, Obama says the tax reduction was a complete failure, and that "the oil companies, the retailers" ended up benefiting most because they raised prices by the entire amount of the tax cut.

"I voted for it, and then six months later we took a look, and consumers had not benefited at all," Obama said. Having learned this hard economics lesson from his Illinois "mistake," Obama now argues that a federal tax holiday also will fail for the same reason -- the oil companies will take it all.

But Obama is wrong. He did not learn this lesson. In fact, the only scientific study done on the pass-through of the tax holiday savings to Illinois consumers (and those in Indiana, as well, whose citizens enjoyed a similar holiday) found that it actually worked to a large extent.
In Judd Apatow news, Dateline Hollywood has recieved word that he plans to have a movie released every week!
Luckily that won't be the case next year. Dateline Hollywood has learned that Apatow has come up with a foolproof way to have a new movie EVERY WEEK next year: just give all his friends camcorders and film whatever ideas pop into their heads.

"At first, Judd was really worried about well revised scripts with lots of planning and preparation, but 'Sarah Marshall' proved you could just throw together a few of Judd's buddies with a vague idea and out pops a movie that people will pay to see," said the source.

So now Judd has bought top-of-the-line Sony camcorders and given them to Rogen, Segal, and other members of his burgeoning "crew" (some of whom are pictured together above), like Jonah Hill, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Martin Starr, and even his toddler daughter Sadie, who we have to admit was pretty damned funny as baby Sadie in "Knocked Up."

"Just hang out with your buddies and if you feel like it, shoot something that kinda looks like a movie," Apatow said in a note accompanying the camcorders. "If it's at least 80 minutes long, Universal will release it in 2009."
Don't worry, I know it was pure satire!

Is Anchorman 2 on the way?
Adam McKay: I'm looking to do another movie, I might do this other movie called Channel 3 Billion which is kind of this science fiction/Brazil type comedy. Then after that, Will and I are like let's do Anchorman 2…so you're talking like 2 years maybe we'll do it. But we're going to do it, for sure.

Collider: That's like 100%?

Adam McKay: Yeah, yeah, yeah. We're dying to do it. Unless we can't get the cast together, which is always kind of a tricky thing. But, I think, with that cast we're all friends, so yeah, we want to do it.
Sixty Years of Israel in Sixty seconds.

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