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Wednesday, 02 November 2011 20:28

The Rum Diary' worth a shot

Film more character study than story

As a longtime fan of the work of Hunter S. Thompson, I was thrilled to hear about the film adaptation of his early novel 'The Rum Diary.' However, when I then heard about how much difficulty the film had in finding a distributor, my excitement was tempered.

Overall, it could have been worse.

'The Rum Diary' has at its center journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'), a mildly fictionalized version of Mr. Thompson. He goes to work for the San Juan Star in Puerto Rico in 1960, a tumultuous time for both the island and the people who live there. Kemp meets a motley crew of journalistic cast-offs and characters. Guys like Sala (Michael Rispoli, 'Kick-Ass') and Moberg (Giovanni Ribisi, 'Avatar'), a photographer and reporter respectively who have addled their brains with booze and drugs and largely settled into a life of low-rent hedonism. You've also got Lotterman (Richard Jenkins, 'Hall Pass'), the Star's editor/publisher and a guy who is clearly barely in control.

Wednesday, 02 November 2011 09:09

Why aren't you rioting?

Third annual Comedy Riot brings stand-up to Brewer

BREWER - Get ready to riot.

The third annual Comedy Riot will be descending on Brewer on Nov. 5 with two shows. The performances will be held at Jeff's Catering with shows starting at 7 and 9:30 pm.

'This will be our third show,' said event promoter Jeremy White. 'In our first year, we had 400 people turn up. Last year, that went up to 600. We're expecting another great crowd this year.'

Wednesday, 02 November 2011 16:11

Celebrity Slam - 11-02-11

Until death?

Everyone makes mistakes. Even famous people. However, there are varying levels of 'mistake.' Celebrity Slam isn't interested in your everyday accidents or errors in judgment. Nobody's perfect in this world; CS doesn't hold celebrities to a higher standard than anyone else. Just the same standard. It's when the spotlight seekers fail to live up to even that standard that they appear in this space.

This brings us to Kim Kardashian.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011 14:26

All for none

The Three Musketeers' uninspired and uninteresting

There's nothing inherently wrong in adapting a classic story to the screen, even if it has been done numerous times before. There's a reason certain stories are classics - they're good stories. If someone has a new take to bring to a classic, why not take a shot?

However, too often these sorts of remakes are simple rehashes of what has gone before. Sure, there are some cosmetic differences and a few changes in style, but at their core, they're essentially the same movie. They simply cash in on the name recognition connected with the story, leaving audiences with nothing more than yet another steaming heap of mediocrity.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011 11:28

Celebrity Slam - 10-26-11

Sneaky peacock

There are a lot of different ways to become famous. You can be extremely talented or just brazen and self-involved. You can be in the right place at the right time - or the wrong place at the wrong time. Many are famous for their pros, while many more are famous for their cons.

Casey Anthony falls into the latter group.

Apparently, the class acts at NBC have set some of their team to the task of getting Ms. Anthony a book deal. NBC has long contended that they will not pay for an interview with her, but it seems Anthony's representatives have said that they'll give NBC an exclusive hour-long interview - free of charge - if they can help her land a deal with a publisher.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011 11:27

Kids in the Hall.com

Internet startup offers new ways to collaborate

There's a lot going on out there in the internet ether. Millions upon millions of websites and services floating around, just waiting to engage us. It's funny to think about, but the vast majority of those same sites and services, no matter how enormous and ubiquitous they may seem to us now, began in someone's garage or basement.

Yahoo, Google, Twitter, Facebook - go far enough back in the timeline and you'll find a beginning that consists of nothing more than a bare handful of people passionately pursuing their idea. Everyone starts small and hopes for success. Everyone wants to be the next big thing.

Perhaps it's Hall.com?

Wednesday, 14 September 2011 05:39

Putting your best foot forward

Valentine Footwear opens in downtown Bangor

BANGOR - Downtown Bangor's got a little more sole these days.

Valentine Footwear, a women's boutique devoted to footwear and hosiery, opened this month on Main Street in Bangor. The store offers a number of stylish offerings from across the spectrum. Summer Allen is the store's owner/proprietor.

"I grew up in a small business shoe store," said Allen. "So I've always had that frame of reference. But I also wanted to do things a bit differently. I always wanted to own my own business. I was going through a career change, so I figured I might as well look into it."

Wednesday, 07 September 2011 05:39

Red Sox Report Card - August

We're coming up on the home stretch of the 2011 Major League Baseball season. As things stand right now, the Boston Red Sox look to be almost assured of a playoff spot. While they're still in a close race for the American League East title with the Yankees, it is all but a certainty that the loser in that battle will take the AL wild card spot.

Boston's August wasn't its best month; their record was a rather pedestrian 17-12. Mounting significant momentum in the dog days of summer is no easy task, however, so a record of five games over .500 is nothing to sneeze at. With just four short weeks left, it's time for the Red Sox to get their ducks in a row for what we hope will be another deep playoff run.


Wednesday, 07 September 2011 05:39

Let's roll!

Roller derby team starting in Bangor

BANGOR - The sport of roller derby has always existed on the fringe. However, despite its relative obscurity, it inspires an almost fanatical devotion in its adherents.

So it's no surprise really that when Hillbilly Nelson and Cereal Suicide (Editor's note: All participants in this story are referred to by their Roller Derby names only) arrived in the area after moving from central New York state and saw that there was no roller derby presence in Bangor, they decided to take the bull by the horns and try to make a local women's team happen.

Wednesday, 07 September 2011 05:39

Collins Center for the Arts celebrates 25th season

CCA has lots to offer for 2011-12

ORONO - For the past two-plus decades, the Collins Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Maine has served as one of the area's preeminent performance venues. It has hosted hundreds of nationally and internationally renowned performers - musicians, dancers, actors, comedians; the list is a lengthy one.

This year, the CCA will be celebrating its 25th season of bringing the highest quality of entertainment to the audiences of central Maine.

"For the first 20 years, our focus was mostly classical music and dance," said Adele Adkins, associate director at the CCA. "Over the last couple of years, we've shifted our focus. Audiences have dwindled, so we've looked for programming with wider appeal."

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