Aiming to whip up flagging interest in The National Pastime and simultaneously boost TV revenue, Major League Baseball is planning to introduce additional play-off games next season in which one more wild-card team will be selected at the end of the season for the playoffs in each league. The additional playoff tier is expected to increase baseball's revenue by as much as 25-60 percent, the Wall Street Journal reported, while at the same time stimulating viewer interest in the sport. Word of The Changes received mostly positive comment from team owners. And David Levy, president of Turner Sports, said, "We hope the additional Wild Card spots will draw added interest from baseball fans around the country." Additionally, the Houston Astros will be moving to the American League, resulting in each league having 15 teams. It also sets up cross-state rivalry between the Astros and the Rangers, potentially boosting attendance and TV ratings for the two teams.
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It shames flashy movies like The Matrix sequels, which adopt surface style and frenetic movement but lack sheer, sumptuous vision. Altman's movie isn't just a pretty sheen ("I hate pretty!" snaps Malcolm McDowell as the head of the ballet company), it's a full audio-visual experience. For all the limbs blown apart in Matrix Revolutions it's got nothing on the Company dancers bandaging their bruised heels and toes, or the horrifying moment when a tendon snaps during a rehearsal. It's something we can respond to, relate to. It's emotion pictures, corresponding to the vibrant, emotive images of the dance.
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Gosford Park is the name of an English country estate, where, in 1932, a gaggle of royals and wannabes -- including a horde of locals plus a popular British actor and a Charlie Chan-obsessed Hollywood movie producer -- gather to attend a weekend hunting party. Upstairs, it's the usual hoity-toity, drawing room chitter-chatter, while downstairs an army of servants does little but gossip about the visitors above.
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