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Wednesday, 29 August 2012 14:10

Hit and Run' more run than hit

Chase comedy has moments, but falls flat

August's end also marks the end of the summer movie season. This means that the last couple of weeks of that month are the repository for many of the studios' also-rans. These are films that don't fit the blockbuster bill, nor do they warrant inclusion in the fall's lineup of more sophisticated movies. Calling it a wasteland is probably harsh, but not overly so.

This is where we find movies such as 'Hit and Run,' a comedy that seems to be the pet project of actor Dax Shepard (TV's 'Parenthood'). By all appearances, this is Shepard's magnum opus not only did he star in the film, but he wrote and co-directed it as well. Heck, he's even listed in the credits as an editor.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:45

A biography of brilliance

New book recounts the life of David Foster Wallace

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines 'genius' thusly:

      - A single strongly marked capacity or aptitude.
      - Extraordinary intellectual power especially as manifested in creative activity.
      - A person endowed with transcendent mental superiority.

The late writer David Foster Wallace was an embodiment of all of these definitions. The author of the seminal novel 'Infinite Jest' along with a wealth of beloved work both fiction and non died in September of 2008 by his own hand. He was just 46 years old.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 12:53

Kind of a big deal

Red Sox, Dodgers make massive trade

Any doubts the Boston faithful may have had about 2012 being a lost season have officially been eliminated.

In one of the biggest money trades in baseball history, the Red Sox sent pitcher Josh Beckett, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, outfielder Carl Crawford and utility player Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a package of first baseman James Loney and four minor leaguers: pitchers Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa, infielder Ivan DeJesus and outfielder Jerry Sands.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 12:14

Celebrity Slam - Aug. 29, 2012

Been caught stealing

Believe it or not, one of our constant hopes here at Celebrity Slam is that our column regulars find ways to keep themselves out of our snarky crosshairs. It would be nice to think that these celebs can figure out how to function as normal humans and avoid saying and doing the idiotic things that result in their being lambasted in this space. Every once in a while, one of them even manages it.

Lindsay Lohan is not one of them.

These new allegations spring from a house party held at the Hollywood Hills home of rich guy Sam Magid reportedly a close friend of Lohan's. Magid called the police to report the theft of $100,000 worth of watches, sunglasses and other items. According to reports, LiLo frequently visits the estate, even attending an all-night rager a couple of weeks ago.

The LAPD have added LiLo and her assistant to the list of suspects, even though the erstwhile 'actress' has already tried to throw at least one acquaintance under the bus Andrew Knight, a young man who claims to be the son of rap producer/lunatic Suge Knight. However, the cops didn't buy her story.

According to Magid, Knight and another young man who was present at the house told him that Lohan had handed them a bag containing some of the stolen items wrapped in one of her T-shirts. The two men returned the items. Magid also said that Lohan explained some of the other missing items by saying she had hidden them around the house because she feared they'd be stolen. Of course, she also confessed to being on Ambien at the time, so the whole mess is rather conveniently hazy.

Magid has since recanted the story, saying nothing was stolen, but the cops aren't buying that either; they've got independent witnesses who point the finger at Lohan and her assistant. So the investigation continues.

Do you follow all of that? Because I'm not sure I do.

Here's a quick tip for you, Lindsay: you are never going to get away with anything ever again. Ever. You have thoroughly torched any chance you'll have of getting the benefit of the doubt especially from the LAPD. Your flimsy stories and Ambien excuses just aren't going to cut it anymore. The truth is that you're going to have to start sucking it up and taking responsibility for your actions. Think of it this way: when authority figures are more inclined to believe Suge Knight's kid than you, you've pretty much bottomed out in terms of credibility.

Whatever deluded concept you have of your own celebrity, it's time to face facts: it's not the shield it once was. Your fame doesn't protect you anymore. You have created a world where the public is willing to believe literally anything that we hear about you. You are no longer untouchable.

Alas, poor LiLo, the time has come for you to take responsibility for your actions. A harsh lesson, perhaps, but it's time to grow up.

The Prince's new clothes

This next item is less a Slam and more of a Wrist Slap ('Celebrity Wrist Slap' doesn't have quite the same ring to it [Sweet band name, though]).

If you haven't heard, Prince Harry (he's the one who's not going to be King of England) took a recent trip to Las Vegas and got up to all kinds of shenanigans. For instance, the Prince engaged in a semi-clothed swim race against Olympian Ryan Lochte. However, the bigger faux pas came in the wee hours after that silly, but innocent dip in the pool.

Photos soon surfaced of Prince Harry engaged in all manner of naked naughtiness in a hotel suite. There was all kinds of unclothed horseplay with an assortment of equally-unclad young women. The highlight has to be the nude billiards. That's right nude billiards.

There's nothing really wrong with what Harry did especially if one subscribes to the 'What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas' mantra. His only mistake (albeit a really, really big one) was allowing his nude companions to take pictures. Come on, Harry you're royalty, dude. You have to know that there are always going to be people out there looking to make a quick buck off your image. Don't make it easier for them by letting the crown jewels dangle in the wind asking to be photographed by the first opportunistic chick to come along. You're smarter than that.

Again, it's hard to judge a dude for embracing the spirit of Sin City and having what by all appearances was an epic time. But when future debauchery rears its head, make them check their cell phones at the door. Go get em, champ.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 11:55

Try, try again: 2012 NFL season predictions

It's time once again for a feeble attempt at predicting the 2012 NFL season. My less-than-stellar track record with sports prognostication has become a bit of a running joke in these parts, but I refuse to be beaten. I am knowledgeable enough about the NFL that one of these years, I'm bound to nail it.

Will it be this year? Probably not.

Come then! Poor pigskin prognostication awaits!

*Denotes playoff pick

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:28

The Expendables 2' explodes

Action homage/parody full of exciting excess

How many action stars can comfortably fit in a film?

Sylvester Stallone seems bound and determined to find out with 'The Expendables 2,' the second installment in Stallone's ongoing deconstruction of the 1980s action film. The first movie felt like a bit of a novelty, but for this second one to succeed, Stallone was going to have to take things to the next level.

So he did.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:19

A happening Half Acre

New nightspot opens on Harlow Street

BANGOR There's a new club in town.

The latest addition to the ever-expanding Bangor nightlife scene arrives on August 24. The Half Acre is a new nightclub located at 190 Harlow St.

Matt Brann and Mike Bjork are at the helm of this exciting new business. Brann is the former owner/proprietor of Club Gemini, a nightspot that occupied the same space a few years ago.

'We hadn't had any tenants for a while, so we wanted to renovate the space as a turnkey business,' said Brann. 'But when Mike and I got to working together, we eventually decided to dig up some resources and open the place up ourselves.'

Seattle ace throws 2012's sixth no-hitter and third perfect game

A couple of months ago, I wrote in these pages that 2012 had a chance to be 'The Year of the No-Hitter.' To that point, five no-hit games including two perfect games had been thrown in the majors this season. I proposed that this would be the year that set the new modern standard for most no-hitters in a season, breaking the record of seven set in both 1990 and 1991.

As one might expect with my track record of poor prognostication, the no-hitters promptly stopped happening. Until now.

Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez brought the no-hitters record back into play last week when he pitched the 23rd perfect game in major league history against the Tampa Bay Rays, striking out 12 batters along the way.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:35

Celebrity Slam - Aug. 22, 2012

Not necessarily news

Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Apparently, when it comes to driving, Amanda Bynes is certifiable.

It hasn't been a good stretch for Bynes. She was busted for DUI back in April and was involved in three, count em, three hit-and-run incidents two in May and one in the beginning of August.

Time to add another automotive mishap to the list.

According to reports, Bynes was involved in yet another accident on the night of August 20. She was driving in the San Fernando Valley around 8 pm when her rental car was rear-ended by another vehicle. The driver of the other car is claiming that Bynes made a reckless maneuver and that caused the collision. Police officers showed up, but no tickets were issued.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:07

A few fine films for fall

With the shift in the seasons, we also get a bit of a shift in our cinematic offerings. After a summer that featured blockbuster after blockbuster, a season of nine-figure box office dynamos led by all-time high-grossing superhero movies such as 'The Avengers' and 'The Dark Knight Rises,' things are calming down a bit this fall.

That's not to imply that there aren't some potentially great films coming out over the coming months.

The fall of 2012 has an awful lot to offer. You've got the triumphant return of a great director with Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master.' You've got a once-in-a-generation talent like Daniel Day-Lewis taking on the title role in the biopic 'Lincoln.' There's melodrama and intrigue, goofy animation and gritty science fiction. It looks like there could be some really good movies coming our way.

And also 'Twilight.'

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