Archive for July, 2006

The Release

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Written by: Brian Burns & Doug Ellin

In the wake of the record-breaking Aquaman, Queens Boulevard is picked up for wide release. Vince and E’s joy at the news is quickly muted when they learn that the film has been re-cut and colorized (“Aquaman-ized,” says director Billy Walsh). Worse, Vince has to go tout the film to the Hollywood Foreign Press in a matter of hours, and he’s not sure he wants anything to do with what was once his passion project.

Drama lands an audition for Ed Burns, but he loses his laser-sharp focus on the role after a series of distractions fan the flames of his notorious temper. He misses the audition, and after briefly contemplating anger management classes, he takes a call from Burns. He missed the audition too, and he wants to offer the gig to Drama – no audition necessary.

The heads of the major talent agencies are on to Ari’s big plans, and they ambush him ‘five families’ style at a restaurant. When Ari comes clean, Terrance announces that he plans to spend $50 million in legal fees to avoid paying him the $11 million sum they negotiated. All looks lost until Barbara Miller, the woman who led Ari into the ambush, offers to buy into his new agency. After a quick negotiation, the Miller Gold agency is announced – to a table full of eager young agents ready to sign on.

But Ari’s agency troubles have kept him from attending to his star client, and when he shows up at Vince’s Press event, he’s in for a surprise. “The movie I loved you will never see,” Vince announces to the gathered cameras. “These execs ripped out its soul.”

That’s So Suite Life of Hannah Montana (Special)

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

Raven is stranded at the Tipton, while Zack and Cody prepare a surprise party for Carey. Cody believes that he’s in for a nasty surprise himself when Raven alludes that he might be in danger. Maddie makes a promise to Raven that may be hard for her to keep. Hannah Montana arrives at the hotel & runs into several of her starstruck fans.

On the Road Again

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

Hannah Montana isn’t the only Stewart family secret! Miley discovers that Robbie was once a pop star in his own right, but just as his career was taking off, he disappeared. Without asking her father if he even wants to make a comeback, Miley gets him a singing gig so that he can get on the road again.

Super Tools: Skyscraper

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

Skyscrapers are an extraordinary feat of human engineering: exposing millions of pounds of concrete and steel to the enemy forces of wind and gravity. Starting with the foundation and on through the support structures and concrete flooring, every piece of these superstructures has to be super-strong. Go behind the scenes with the five tools that make these buildings possible: the foundation drill rig, the tower crane, the impact wrench, the power trowel, and the total station.

World’s Biggest Machines 5

Thursday, July 27th, 2006
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Join us for another look at big machines. At NASA’s Ames Research Center, we visit the world’s biggest wind tunnel, part of the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex, and one of the biggest and most complex flight simulators, NASA’s Vertical Motion Simulator, or VMS. At the Joy Mining Machinery plant in Franklin, Pennsylvania, giant machine tools form, cut, and measure the enormous individual parts that make up a Continuous Miner, the biggest underground mining machine in the world. But big machines aren’t limited to science and commerce. Ride with us on the biggest observation wheel in the world, the London Eye, which stands 443 feet high and provides a 360 degree unobstructed view of London. And we take a look at IMAX technology. The film, cameras, projectors, and theater screens are the largest in the world. Finally, we take a ride on every lawn tender’s dream machine–the Claas Cougar, the world’s biggest lawnmower.

Boneyard: Where Machines End Their Lives

Thursday, July 27th, 2006
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Where do machines go when they die? From B-52 Bombers to massive aircraft carriers, from passenger cars to Cold War cruise missiles and remnants of the Twin Towers, all that we manufacture has a lifespan. But reaching the end of their original purposes can be just the beginning.

Strange Days

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Directed by: Mark Mylod
Written by: Marc Abrams & Michael Benson

E is still sweating the fact that he woke up cuddling with Tori rather than Sloan during their threesome. To try and ease his conscience, he tracks down Tori at her hotel to apologize, but in doing so manages to creep her out even more.

Ari’s break from Terrance is nearly complete when he negotiates an $11 million severance package – on a handshake. He quickly goes scouting for colossal office space (for what will be the biggest agency in LA, he tells his wife), and is spotted by former co-worker (and Terrance stooge) Adam Davies.

Eric can’t get Tori out of his mind, and he has to see her again at the charity auction Sloan is organizing. While Sloan is busy auctioning off Vince to the highest bidder (a septuagenarian), the prize movie star is busy in the coatroom with a cocktail waitress, and Tori is suggesting another three-way to Eric (no rules this time, she says, if he can convince Sloan). Queasy with nerves, Eric ends up fleeing the party. And as Sloan’s father hobnobs, Adam Davies approaches Ari with an offer: he wants a partnership and a million-dollar contract at his Ari’s new agency, or tell Terrance all about Ari’s big plans. Realizing he’s over a barrel, Ari agrees to take him on.

Tori ends up crashing on Sloan’s couch for one more night, keeping Eric up until he gets the chance to talk to her one final time. She doesn’t deny an attraction, but suggests that Eric not let a girl like Sloan slip away.

Colliding Continents

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

All of the Earth’s landmasses were once clumped together, forming one giant “supercontinent” known as Pangea. Slowly, it was torn apart, broken up into the modern day continents. Those same forces are still at work beneath the planet’s surface, moving the continents and constantly reshaping our planet as they collide, buckle, and rise up to form new mountain ranges. Looking ahead hundreds of millions of years, the Earth will look nothing like the one we know today, the continents having reshaped the surface completely.

New York City Hurricane

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

What would happen if a hurricane struck New York City.

East Coast Tsunami

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

What would happen to the East Coast if a massive landslide from a volcanic eruption in the Atlantic Ocean should occur.