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Ellen crashes Twitter thanks to a gaggle of friends and some crafty product placement

The Star Wars Trilogy was playing last night on Spike TV, but apparently some awards ceremony called the Oscars was also playing at the same time. And as host of the Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres naturally commingled with the audience that was full of Oscar hopefuls.
Early in the show, Ellen took the opportunity to whip out a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone to take a selfie with a virtual Who’s Who in Hollywood including Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, and Kevin Spacey.

But, that’s no big deal, right? Celebrities pat themselves on the back all the time. However, once Ellen posted the image to Twitter to share with her nearly 27 million followers, the “selfie” took on a life of its own. The photo seen around the world was enough to crash Twitter for roughly 20 minutes (to which Twitter apologized).

As of this hour, the photo has been retweeted 2.5 million times, setting a new record. The previous record hold was a photo of Michelle and Barack Obama after the President won reelection in 2012. That photo garnered only 781,000 retweets.

Sources: Twitter, NPR

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RE: One of the best moment
By bsd228 on 3/3/2014 3:41:37 PM , Rating: 3
Take that stupid movie Hunger Games--the idiotic twitch-cam helped me to turn off the movie only a few minutes into it. It was seizure inducing with less attention than a typical four-year old with undiagnosed ADHD sucking on a sugar-creme bar after snorting three pixie sticks and downing a bag full of jellybellys. Battle Royale was far superior--but alas, I wouldn't even consider that an intellectual tour-de-force.

I don't think Hunger Games was ever sold as an intellectual tour-de-force. And if you actually read portions of the books themselves, it really doesn't have much more depth. Just like the bulk of the Star Wars novels were barely deeper than the shallow screen play.

But...if you turned it off after just a few minutes, you're hardly qualified to review it in any meaningful way. You just sound like Abe Simpson shaking his fist on the lawn.

Odds are you're middle aged and you've seen all the basic movie concepts by now, so it takes a more impressive/unique movie to make an impression on you. But the teenagers that swarm to movies like HG haven't seen it before. It's new to them. How do you think Adam Sandler makes a living?

RE: One of the best moment
By MrBlastman on 3/3/2014 3:58:06 PM , Rating: 2
Odds are you're middle aged and you've seen all the basic movie concepts by now, so it takes a more impressive/unique movie to make an impression on you.

Bingo! I'm 38. :)

I turned it off because it was hurting my brain. It can't handle poor camera-work like that.

Now, give me something thoughtful like say Bringing out the Dead or Adaptation (only a coincidence Cage was in both)--or brilliantly written like Inglourious Basterds... or perhaps a little bit of both with fantastic cinematography like 2001, Full Metal Jacket, Dr. Strangelove--aw hell, anything Kubrick and now we're talking.

Adaptation in particular is one film I enjoyed immensely. I have only seen it one time as that was enough--it is so layered and deep the average person might need to see it several times to even begin to grasp where it went and what it was getting at.

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