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Posted at 4:34 PM on August 17, 2006 by Euan Kerr

Minnesota Public Radio's Jon Gordon produced a great little piece on the "Snakes on a Plane" hype on his Future Tense show this morning. It's interesting to hear the theory that the folk behind the web-frenzy on this film opening this weekend actually hope it will be a stinker. They feel it will add to the mystique. Traditionalists will observe the film has not been available to critics before opening, which is usually an indication of anticipated odor.

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We have a couple of movie stars coming to town in the next few days.

Chris Tucker plays the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis on Sunday. He's a man some people love to hate, but who I must admit I quite enjoy ("The 5th Element" in particular.)

Meanwhile Lassie (that would be the latest Lassie) is coming to town on Monday and Tuesday to do appearances and to shill for a boutique brand of dog chow. We media types got an e-mail asking if we would like an interview. Here at MPR the message went to the head of the Classical Music Service.

That is a set-up for so many jokes from all directions, but I am restraining myself.


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