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Critics got their first look War Horse over the weekend, Steven Spielberg's non-Tintin Christmas movie. The director also sat down with Mark Harris of Entertainment Weekly for an interview at Lincoln Center that was live-streamed into screenings across the country. Our takeaway from the siz-minute highlight reel: Spielberg really, really wants to win another Oscar. And he's willing to note that his boy-and-his-horse movie is "really about connections" to do it. [MSN via IndieWire]
Despite being a quasi-sequel to The Firm, NBC's upcoming series based on The Firm is still just called The Firm, which seems likely to confuse people who don't remember the 20-year-old John Grisham novel or 18-year-old Sydney Pollack film. Did either make enough of a cultural impact to justify the show's new promo spot, in which Josh Lucas, gamely trying to fill Tom Cruise's panicky shoes, screams "It's happening again!" into a phone? The kids will probably just think he's talking about Poseidon. [NBC]
In the 1963 Grey Cup -- Canadian pro football's championship game -- Hamilton Tiger Cats defensive lineman Angelo Mosca knocked British Columbia Lions running back Willie Fleming out of the game with a dirty hit en route to a 21-10 victory. It never sat well with Lions quarterback Joe Kapp, now 73, who managed to get into a canes-a-swingin' brawl with Mosca at a press luncheon on Friday before this year's Grey Cup. He exacted a small measure of revenge with a right hook that sent Mosca flying off the stage, but he did take several shots to the head in the process. In the U.S., this would be treated as a horrifying and regrettable, but because it happened in Canada, everyone involved is delighted. [Shutdown Corner]
Argentinian home appliance company BGH has launched a new line of microwaves that does away with the traditional, informative 'Ding' sound in favor of a musical chime that you select by plugging in a flash drive. In the pantheon of unnecessary and complicated electronic devices, it's right there with 3-D television, though the microwaves have the added advantage of giving consumers the chance to spill boiling soup in a USB port [Fast Company]
The launch of NASA's new, plutonium-powered Mars rover Curiosity went smoothly, which is more than Russia can say for its efforts to launch a rock-collecting rover earlier this month. Come, relive the exact moment the Mars Science Laboratory broke away from the launching pad, and the hugging that ensued. [NASA]
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