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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:33

Turtledove continues Supervolcano' series

Second book carries on story of disaster's aftermath

Science fiction and fantasy have a tendency toward the epic. That tendency means that many authors within those genres will create extended series of three or more books to tell their single story. Sometimes, these series focus on a single character or event. Other times, they are more exercises in world-building.

Few authors exhibit a mastery of the series quite like Harry Turtledove.

Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:58

Patriots Progress Report Third Quarter

What a difference a month makes.

Over the past four games, the New England Patriots have played at an incredibly high level. An argument could be made, in fact, that they have been the best team in football over the past four games. The offense has been as high-octane as ever, while the defense has made a significant turnaround. Add to that some high-quality special teams play and it's no wonder that the Pats have won their last four.

Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:43

Celebrity Slam - Dec. 5, 2012

Boy band brawler

It's easy to forget that in a lot of ways, famous people are more or less just like us. While they have made their livings by placing themselves in the spotlight, that doesn't mean they don't occasionally want to just do stuff like regular people.

Of course, it also means they have to behave like regular people something they don't necessarily have a firm grasp on.

Wednesday, 05 December 2012 11:47

The sun will come out

PTC bringing Annie' to life in Bangor

BANGOR - This holiday season, Penobscot Theatre Company is undertaking one of its most ambitious projects to date.

The musical classic 'Annie' will be gracing the stage at the Bangor Opera House this December, with performances running from Dec. 5 through 29.

'Annie' is based on the long-running comic strip 'Little Orphan Annie' by Harold Gray. The strip ran for over 85 years, inspiring film adaptations and a radio show (a show that made an appearance of its own in last year's PTC holiday production of 'A Christmas Story'). However, it is the 1977 stage musical not to mention the 1982 film version of that musical that is the 'Annie' that holds the most meaning for us.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 22:34

Life of Pi' more style than substance

Film visually stunning, somewhat lacking in story

For many years, when a novel was referred to as 'unfilmable,' movie studios accepted it as such and more or less ignored it. Recently, however, it seems that Hollywood has taken that unfilmable label and viewed it as almost a dare.

The latest accepted challenge is 'Life of Pi,' based on Yann Martel's 2001 novel of the same name. The fantasy novel was adapted for the screen by David Magee ('Finding Neverland') and directed by Ang Lee ('Taking Woodstock').

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 22:31

Always darkest before Red Dawn'

Remake fails to match spirit of original

The 1980s were a simpler time. America was America and we knew exactly who the bad guys were. That's what made a film like 1984's 'Red Dawn' such a success; it was rah-rah jingoism built around showing those Russkies who was boss.

In the 21st century, however, those lines of demarcation aren't so clear. This leads to the 'Red Dawn' remake. Since the circumstances aren't nearly so clear cut these days the movie's main enemy even had to be changed before the film was released you get a film that falls short of the plucky 'America! Fk yeah!' spirit of the original.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 22:09

Mystic mysteries in the City of Dark Magic'

Fantasy thriller blends and transcends genres

Prague is a city of mysteries. While many European cities have histories filled with intrigue and mysticism, Prague might well surpass them all. It was once a place of vast wealth and cultural depth; even today, after years of damage done by Nazis and communists, it remains a place of significance.

And according to Magnus Flyte, Prague is also the 'City of Dark Magic' (Penguin, $16). Flyte the shared pseudonym of writers Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch has taken this city that has been home to royalty and rabble and alchemists and artists and constructed a tale of mystical mystery and intrigue.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 21:57

Another laugh riot lands in Brewer

Fourth annual Comedy Riot to feature four funnymen

BREWER It's that time of year again. The Comedy Riot is making its triumphant return to Brewer.

The fourth annual Comedy Riot is set to take place at Jeff's Catering in Brewer on Dec. 1 starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for this show, featuring four exceptional stand-up comedians, are available for $12 in advance or $15 at the door. The event will be emceed by educator and radio personality Rich Kimball, who has done his own fair share of comedy as a founding member of local improv collective The Focus Group.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 21:52

A visit to Grover's Corners

Orono Community Theatre presents 'Our Town'

ORONO Here in Maine, we tend to have an inherent understanding of small-town life the pros and the cons alike. So it makes sense that a play like Thornton Wilder's 'Our Town' would resonate with area audiences.

Orono Community Theatre is giving us a chance to experience that resonance firsthand with their production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The show runs from November 29 to December 2 at the Keith Anderson Community Center in Orono. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 17:32

Celebrity Slam - Nov. 28, 2012

Thanksgiving throwdown

The holidays can be a stressful time. Every family unit has its own unique quirks; these quirks can definitely lead to strained interpersonal relations. We've all had to deal with a horrifyingly racist grandparent or a druncle or two; it's all a part of dealing with the season. But there are certain lines that shouldn't be crossed, no matter how awkward the circumstances.

For instance, getting into a full-on brawl with your baby mama's new man on her front lawn in front of your kid on Thanksgiving morning is not acceptable behavior. And yet that's exactly what Gabriel Aubry father of Halle Berry's 4-year-old daughter Nahla did.

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