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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 19:08

Mysteries on the moon The Cassandra Project'

Sci-fi novel offers space race conspiracies

What if we went to the moon before we went to the moon? That is, what if Neil Armstrong wasn't the first?

That's the central conceit of 'The Cassandra Project' (ACE, $25.95), a team-up offering from science fiction mainstays Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick.

The year is 2019. Jerry Culpepper is the main spokesperson for a rapidly deteriorating NASA; the government has been increasingly less interested in funding the sort of blue sky science that the Agency does. The Space Age has lost its luster - the shuttle program is shut down, orbiting space stations are considered boring and the logistics of a manned Mars mission remain inscrutable.

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 18:44

Awards season big-league style

Predicting MLB's 2012 award winners

The 2012 Major League Baseball season is in the books. The World Series is over and the San Francisco Giants have been crowned the champions for the second time in three years. Now, 30 MLB teams get to gather round the hot stove and start planning for next year. We're looking at a few months of minor league hype, trades and free agent signings to get us through to the spring.

However, before that happens, MLB has to dish out its individual awards. Here are one man's thoughts on how that hardware might be distributed:

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 17:42

Celebrity Slam - Nov. 7, 2012

Impersonating an agent

As regular readers of this space well know, we feel strongly that some of the best idiocy is drunken idiocy. When the rich and famous are in their cups, we tend to get a glimpse of how they really feel; that sense of 'I'm above the rules' entitlement really comes to the forefront 'In vino veritas' and all that.

Our latest entrant in that particular intoxicated moron pageant is actor Sam Worthington.

Thursday, 01 November 2012 11:04

The powerful ambition of Cloud Atlas'

Film offers look at the constancy of the soul

There's something to be said for ambition.

The current cinematic culture doesn't appear to have a whole lot of room for ambitious undertakings anymore at least in terms of storytelling. It's all about massive CGI extravaganzas and franchises, remakes and reboots. It sometimes seems that no one is willing or able to tell an original story in an original way anymore.

Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:59

Fun Size' not much fun

Teen comedy unfunny and uninspired

Making movies for tweens and teens isn't easy. With the proliferation of demographic-specific television shows and the vast and untamed world of the internet, finding the sweet spot for a film that is 'grown-up' enough for the 12-17 crowd to enjoy while avoiding the kiss of death that is an 'R' rating. Unfortunately, that balancing act often results in condescending crap that is both unfunny and uninteresting.

Crap like 'Fun Size.'

Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:47

Down the Rabbit Hole'

Play explores the aftermath of tragedy

EDDINGTON Ten Bucks Theatre Company is bringing a heartbreaking tale of love and loss to the stage.

The company is presenting its production of 'Rabbit Hole,' the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire, at Eddington's Comins Hall from November 1 through November 11.

Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:31

Patriots Progress Report Second Quarter

We've reached the halfway point of the 2012 NFL season, and the Patriots are once again in their accustomed place atop the AFC East. While their 5-3 record might not be quite what fans were hoping for at this stage of the season, those three losses have come by a total of four points. The team has looked much stronger especially on the offensive side since starting the season at 2-2.

Considering the sad state of the division, it seems unlikely that New England will face much of a challenge to their lead over the second half of the season. Never say never, obviously this team certainly has the potential to become incredibly frustrating to fans. But considering where the Jets, Bills and Dolphins are in terms of talent and tenacity, Pats fans can probably rest easy.

Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:29

A Boston Celtics preview

Thoughts on the upcoming season

The 2012-2013 NBA season is upon us. After last year's lockout-shortened tilt, basketball fans can look forward to a full 82-game slate this time around. While the reigning champion Miami Heat is looking stronger than ever, there are a few teams out there that look poised to mount a challenge to wrest that title away.

The Boston Celtics are one of those teams.

Thursday, 01 November 2012 09:53

Celebrity Slam - Oct. 31, 2012

Baby on board

It's probably unfair to paint all rich and/or famous people with the 'bad parent' brush. In fact, it's likely that the vast majority of celebrities out there are perfectly responsible, wonderful parents or at least, no worse than anybody else. However, due to the nature of fame, we tend to hear a lot more about the few bad apples/terrible parents than we do about the good ones.

Which brings us to Kelsey Grammer.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 20:40

Celebrity Slam - Oct. 24, 2012

No Love lost

You would think that celebrities would learn from their mistakes. All they would have to do is turn on TMZ or check the gossip blogs once in a while to know that certain actions are always going to backfire.

For instance: pulling a gun in an argument.

Alas, increasingly unstable comedian Katt Williams refuses to learn that particular lesson. According to reports, Williams recently became embroiled in a heated exchange with actor Faizon Love outside a Hollywood nightclub. It is unclear what the argument was about, but it went to the next level when Williams allegedly went to his car and grabbed a gun, then proceeded to brandish the weapon in Love's face.

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