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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:43

The return of Douglas Adams (kind of)

New book adapts Adams's never-aired television scripts

When I first glanced at the copy of 'Shada' (ACE, $26.95) on my desk, I was dubious mostly because of the bold 'Doctor Who' that shared the book's cover. Novelizations of TV shows rarely prove to be anything worth writing home about, but then something else caught my eye.

'The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams.'

Now you have my attention.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:06

2012: The year of the no-hitter?

One of the great things about great sports moments is that you never know when you're going to get one. Or more than one.

In 1990 and 1991, major league baseball saw an unprecedented number of no-hitters. Each season saw seven; a number unmatched in the entirety of the game's modern era and surpassed only once in baseball's entire history (In 1884, the age of spitballs and a mound just 50 feet away, there were eight). That two-year period represented a spike of pitching dominance that was unlike anything baseball had ever seen.

2012 has a chance to be another one of those spikes. Maybe the biggest ever. So far this season (and bear in mind there are still roughly 100 games to go), there have been five no-hitters two of them perfect games.

Thursday, 14 June 2012 22:47

The frantic farce of The Foreigner'

UMaine summer theatre kicks off third season

ORONO The University of Maine Summer Music Theatre Festival is back with their 2012 season.

This season debuts with 'The Foreigner' by Larry Shue. The production is actually a collaboration between UMSMTF and Bangor Community Theatre. Performances are at the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre on the University of Maine campus and run through June 17.

Charlie Baker is a bit of a dull guy nice, but dull. Charlie's friend Froggy LeSueur is a British explosives expert who occasionally comes to the U.S. to run training sessions. Froggy brings Charlie along with him on one of these jaunts, putting him up in a rural fishing lodge in Georgia.

However, Froggy must tend to his duties and leave Charlie alone at the lodge, which serve only to exacerbate Charlie's feelings of shyness. In an attempt to help his friend, Froggy tells Betty, the lodge owner, that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and neither speaks nor understands English.

Novel filled with humor, heartbreak and hubris

Weddings are complicated business. Not only do you have to deal with your own family, but with that family whose fate will soon be intertwined with yours. There are so many particulars that need to be addressed; crossing t's and dotting i's. Everyone is emotionally charged and walking on eggshells. Whether you're the bride or groom or just a family member on the periphery, weddings are often incredibly complex.

That said, wonderful stories can be mined from those complexities. Author Maggie Shipstead has created one such story with her debut novel 'Seating Arrangements' (Knopf; $25.95). It's a tale of a single weekend in a man's life the weekend his eldest daughter is getting married. Unbeknownst to him, however, he is set to gain much more than a son-in-lawand lose much more than a daughter.

Thursday, 14 June 2012 07:52

Prometheus' rises

Ridley Scott prequel lives up to the hype

Ridley Scott is a master of creating atmosphere. His films always have a lush visual aesthetic that elevates them. He's also got some wonderful horror sensibilities; the first 'Alien' mined epic scares with cardboard cutouts and lighting tricks. His bromance with Russell Crowe has gotten to be a bit much as of late, so it was probably time for Ridley get some alone time.

So we get 'Prometheus.' Scott is returning to the near-future universe of 'Alien' only this time with a multimillion studio budget. Would the money enhance what Scott already brings to the table? Or would he get bogged down by the budget's temptations and expectations?

Turns out it's the former.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 15:34

An ambivalent NBA Finals prediction

A look ahead from someone who doesn't really care

I've long had a lukewarm relationship with the NBA. As a fan of sports in general and New England teams specifically, I check in with the Celtics from time to time throughout the season, but I rarely pay any real attention until the playoffs start and only then when the Celtics are in contention.

The 2012 Celtics took us on quite a ride, but they ultimately came up short, leaving us with a Miami Heat/Oklahoma City Thunder matchup in the finals. While this is admittedly the dream outcome for the NBA powers that be, most of my personal interest ticked away along with the final seconds of Celtics/Heat Game 7.

Still, it would be remiss of me not to engage my exceedingly inaccurate powers of prediction for this series, and so here's how I see it:

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 14:51

Celebrity Slam - June 13, 2012

Miss Informed?

Beauty pageants are serious business. While the millions of television watchers out there get a chance to watch the ceremony unfold and see all the glitz and glamor, there's a dark underside to events such as the Miss USA competition. One contestant in this year's pageant Miss Pennsylvania is trying to bring some of those dark machinations into the light.

There's only one problem: she's a lunatic.

Sheena Monnin represented the state of Pennsylvania in the recent Miss USA pageant. She didn't win, but according to her, it wasn't because she failed to measure up. Oh no it was because the entire thing is rigged. Her evidence? She claims that one of her fellow contestants (Miss Florida) saw a list of the five finalists before they were announced. Proof! The fix is in!

Not so fast.

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 15:06

Who's the lamest of them all?

Latest Snow White' adaptation both overwrought and dull

We live in an age of recycled creativity. The number of original stories that are being told in our popular media seems to shrink with each year that passes.

This shrinkage is what leads us to the release of 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' the second reboot of the classic fairy tale to debut in less than three months ('Mirror Mirror' hit screens at the end of March). So not only is it a story that has been told countless times before, it's a story that was just told a few weeks ago.

They're different movies, to be sure 'Snow White and the Huntsman' adopts a darker, more adult tone than its predecessor. However, that darkness and thematic maturity doesn't change the fact that this movie simply isn't very good.

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 14:50

Don't change a thing

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change' at PTC

BANGOR Love matters.

Once we grow past the 'girls/boys are icky' stage, love is one of our primary fixations as humans. It's one of the few journeys in life that every one of us has embarked upon. Love is a battlefield; engaging in that battle of the sexes can be scary, sure, but it's also one of the most meaningful parts of our lives.

'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change,' a musical written by Jimmy Roberts and Joe DiPietro, is the sort of show that springs up as a response to the humor and heartbreak of romance not to mention the absurdity of love. Penobscot Theatre is producing the show through June 17 at the Bangor Opera House.

The show consists of a series of musical vignettes, songs and sketches that all share the same basic focal point love. Moments all along love's timeline are explored. There's a look at the complicated world of dating both early on and late in life. Couples are drawn close by passion, only to slowly cool due to familiarity. There are beginnings and endings and everything in between. The wins and losses pile up, but through it all love. 'ILYYPNC' manages to make a stop at all of love's various checkpoints, illustrating truths that are sweet and poignant.

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:45

Red Sox Report Card May

There's no disputing that the 2012 Red Sox season has been a bit of a disappointment thus far. Sure, there have been extenuating circumstances the number of injuries has bordered on astounding but those problems are no different than those shared by half the teams in the league.

After a less-than-ideal start, the Sox spent the month of May slowly digging themselves out of the hole April put them in. In fits and starts, the team managed to drag itself above the .500 mark and enter June with a winning record.

Sure, they're still planted at the bottom of the division, but the American League East is going to be won by a war of attrition there are only a couple of games currently separating first from last. But if the Red Sox want to be a serious contender, they need to build on what successes they've had this month and find a way to make some significant upgrades.

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