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Doubling Down with David & Anthony – Episode 5, June 25, 2010

This week, Anthony Breznican and I discuss The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, rumors that Peter Jackson is set to direct The Hobbit, and the possible move of the Oscars to January.

3 Responses to “Doubling Down with David & Anthony – Episode 5, June 25, 2010”

  1. LexG says:

    HEY POLAND, call me on this SKYPE shit tomorrow night and let’s do one of these where I can discuss the Eclipse in my pants.

  2. LexG says:

    Nah I’m just kidding, I don’t have Skype.
    I have a PAY AS YOU GO phone from 7-11 that I got in 2002, like one of the Barksdale crew when they go to the burners.

  3. IOv2 says:

    John C. Dvorak only uses burners, so do not feel that bad about yourself Lexy G.

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