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Friday, October 26, 2007

Favoritest Photo of the Week: Boo Bear

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(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Normally, we're not big fans of zoos, but we're staying objective for the selection of our Favoritest Photo of the Week. Nothing this week has simultaneously put The Slug in the Halloween spirit and made us say "awwwwww!" more than this grizzly bear stuffing her face in a jack-o-lantern. Carve out the original caption:

Kachina, a 4-year-old female grizzly bear, eats treats as she plays with a pumpkin at the San Francisco Zoo, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007. The bear treats are part of the Zoo's annual Halloween "Boo at the Zoo" and "Dia De Los Muertos" celebration. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Friday, October 19, 2007

Favoritest Photo of the Week: Run for the Border

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(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Question: Why are Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt from "The Hills" posing in formal wear at a Taco Bell? Answer: Uhhhh. Something to do with raising awareness for World Hunger Relief Week? Yes, we're being serious — and that's why were making this bizarre image our Favoritest Photo of the Week. This photo begs the question: Were Heidi and Spencer the only TV personalities available? Jeez. They could've at least brought that talking chihuahua out of retirement.

TV personalities Heidi Montag, left, and Spencer Pratt pose for photographers inside a Taco Bell in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles to raise awareness and funds for World Hunger Relief Week on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Friday, October 12, 2007

Favoritest Photo of the Week: Hands On

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(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Slug doesn't care whether Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon are, aren't or were ever a special item. However, we did think this candid image of a bearded Gyllenhaal getting touchy on the "Rendition" premiere red carpet was cute enough to proclaim our Favoritest Photo of the Week. Grab the original caption:

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, left, moves the camera away from photographer Steve Granitz to see who was yelling "It's me" at the premiere of "Rendition" in Beverly Hills, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Friday, October 05, 2007

Favoritiest Photo of the Week: Son of a Gun

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(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Usually, our Favoritiest Photo of the Week features some sort of entertainment or pop culture connection. Sometimes, however, we come across an AP image that's just too visually striking to resist. This photo of a gun closet looks like something James Bond or The Terminator might have installed in their abodes. Of course, that's not the case. Take aim at the original caption:

Guns line the walls of the firearms reference collection at the Washington Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Washington on Sept. 28, 2007. Most of the guns, used now for forensic research, were seized during crimes under a 31-year-old law in the nation's capital that bars handgun ownership for nearly everyone except law enforcement. That ban is now in jeopardy. The law was struck down by a federal appeals court this year, and now the District of Columbia is asking the Supreme Court to weigh in. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Friday, September 28, 2007

Favoritiest Photo of the Week: Buy a Vowel

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(AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

Our mother thinks photos featuring folks with closed eyelids are automatically bad. However, we think if Vanna White, Pat Sajak and a giant "Wheel of Fortune" cake are involved, all is forgiven. However, there's one thing that does bug us about our Favoritiest Photo of the Week this week. How come there's no "Bankrupt" or "Lose a Turn" spaces on that cake?! Whatever. You know we'd still eat a slice. Take the original caption for a spin:

"Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak and co-host Vanna White arrive at Radio City Music Hall to celebrate the 25th anniversary of "Wheel of Fortune" sponsored by People magazine in New York, Thursday Sept. 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Favoritest Photo of the Week: Elite Squad

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(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Our Favoritest Photo of the Week comes to us from Rio de Janeiro where movie posters are apparently gigantic. We love the proportions in this image — OK, OK — and the woman just strolling by in her bikini. The controversial movie advertised here is about the shady workings of Rio's Special Operations Police Battalion. It's caused quite a stir in Brazil. Here's the original caption:

A woman walks past a billboard advertising the film Elite Squad at the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007. Elite Squad, a feature film about the shady workings of Rio's Special Operations Police Battalion, wasn't supposed to be released until Thursday, but pirated copies illegally leaked before the premier proved so controversial that police tried to keep the film out of theaters. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Favoritest Photo of the Week: Head Gear

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(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

It's a two-peat for the Favoritest Photo of the Week. AP photographer (and Pulitzer Prize winner) Oded Balilty impressed The Slug once again with another photo from New York Fashion Week — even though this image looks like it could be from a horror flick. Hey, fashion kills, right? You'll never believe what's really going in this photograph. Wrap your head around the original caption (and see more from this series at Far & Wide, the AP news blog):

A model waiting to get dressed wears protective headgear after hair and makeup preparations backstage at the Willow 2008 spring/summer show during Fashion Week in New York, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Friday, September 07, 2007

Favoritest Photo of The Week: Sittin' Pretty

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(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

It's Fashion Week here in New York. Again. Instead of selecting a Favoritiest Photo of the Week from the runway — boring! — The Slug is picking this hauntingly beautiful and well composed shot from AP photographer Oded Balilty of some mannequins hanging around the Goldsmith factory. (Yes, we're suckers for mannequin photos.) If you squint, maybe you can see Kim Cattrall in this image. Feast your eyes on the original caption: 

A Goldsmith employee carries a mannequin at the Goldsmith factory in New York Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007.As Fashion Week gets underway in New York, rail thin models will still be on the runways, but when garments reach the stores, many of them will be displayed on mannequins that more realistically reflect the human form - and the shapes of customers shopping for clothes. Goldsmith also has a line of full-figured mannequins.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Friday, August 31, 2007

Favoritest Photo of the Week: Worlds Collide

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(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

What happens when you mix America, Italy and China? See above. Our Favoritest Photo of the Week comes to us from the other side of the planet where the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel opened this week. Just like the Venetian in Las Vegas, there's even a faux canal with singing gondoliers. (We once witnessed a proposal there ourselves.) Sail away with the original caption:

Gambling tables are set inside the casino during the opening ceremony of the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007. Casinos like the Wynn and Sands have already helped this southern coastal Chinese city surpass the Las Vegas Strip as the world's most lucrative gambling center. American billionaire Sheldon Adelson aims to take a step further with the US$2.4 billion (euro1.8 billion) Venetian scheduled to open Tuesday. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Friday, August 24, 2007

Favoritest Photo of the Week: TV of the Future

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(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

If you showed us our Favoritest Photo of the Week last year, we would've thought it was from the future. Oh wait. Then it would've been from the future, huh? Well, we would've thought it was from the distant future — or at least before December 21, 2012, which is the end of time according to the Mayans. We blame this line of thinking on that woman's ensemble.

A model holds a glass panel encasing a 29 millimeter (1.1 inches) thick prototype TV that Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. unveiled in Tokyo Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007. Sharp said the prototype TV is the thinnest, lightest and lowest energy-consuming liquid crystal display in the world. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)