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The movie grossed $82,258,456 in the U.S. and $139,000,000 worldwide, considered to be disappointing, considering its large $46,000,000 budget. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Effects and Best Music.
Footnote: It has been suggested that the alien race of living machines were the predecessors of the Borg. In the movie when the probe Ilia tries to resist the programming given to it because of residual memories and feelings for Decker. When V’ger becomes aware of this, it is aware that “the resistance was futile, of course”.

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I don’t see what the big huppla is all about. I guess this would explain his male disciples all following him around. Judas betraying him with a kiss. And Jesus would be in good company. I’ve always thought that Krishna was so gay. And look, it seems that he even went for Jesus. Go on Jesus, play his flute.

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Despite the death of lead vocalist Layne Staley & extended periods of inactivity, Alice in Chains have maintained a loyal & global fan base. The 3 remaining members of Mike Inez (bass), Jerry Cantrell (guitars) & Sean Kinney (drums) reunited in 2005 and as of 2008 are working on their first studio album in 14 years with new lead vocalist William DuVall.

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