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Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:36

A vote of confidence for The Campaign'

Satirical political comedy crass, crude and better than you think

2012 is an election year, so it shouldn't be a surprise to see politically themed movies make the scene over these next few weeks leading up to November. What is surprising at least a bit is who fired the first satiric salvo of the season.

It's Will Ferrell.

You have to call Ferrell's latest film 'The Campaign' a political satire, if only because there's really nothing else you can call it. It's as broad and goofy and crass as anything else Ferrell has done. Throw co-star Zach Galifinakis into the mix and you can expect things to get seriously weird.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 14:32

A franchise re-Bourne'

Series tries to move forward with new star, story

The 'Bourne' franchise has been incredibly popular over the past decade. All three films have managed to be both commercial and critical hits nine figure box office takes don't combine with rave reviews all that often. Matt Damon's Jason Bourne (loosely based on the novels struck a chord. He was a hero that matched up well with the uncertain, gray-area-laden mood of the first few years of the 21st century.

However, Damon's Jason Bourne days appear to be behind him; he's moving on to other things. But the Bourne brand is still viable; there are a lot of parts to that universe that have yet to be explored.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 13:20

Magic send Howard to Lakers

Nuggets, 76ers also involved in four-team deal

After two years of rampant speculation and a few almost-executed blockbuster deals, disgruntled Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard finally has a new home. After a four-way trade was finalized, Howard is now a Los Angeles Laker. The Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets were the other participants in the deal.

When the dust settled, here's what each team got out of the deal (each player's original team in parentheses):

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 12:57

Celebrity Slam - Aug. 15, 2012

Cinco de drinko

If there's one thing that I've learned about the rich and famous over the years, it's that far too many of them have no grasp of the concept of drinking responsibly. Often, it's very much the opposite. A number of celebrities have appeared in this space due to their ridiculous deeds and actions while under the influence.

Still, this last one has been a big one for drunken hijinks. Let's go to the rundown, shall we?

The big one is of course Randy Travis. The country star was popped for his second DWI in six months after he crashed his car. What makes this arrest particularly spectacular is the fact that Travis was allegedly completely naked at the time he was apprehended. In addition, there's apparently security footage from a nearby convenience store that has Travis stopping to buy cigarettesalso while naked. Travis was also charged with retaliation and obstruction according to police, Travis verbally threatened an officer during his arrest.

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 16:08

Memories light the corners of your mind

Total Recall' remake explores the nature of memory

Current conventional wisdom (or what passes for it in Hollywood, anyway) indicates that there's very little room in the Cineplex for original ideas. It's all about creating and maintaining franchises or else buffing a modern sheen onto repackaged old ideas, so the fact that Hollywood rebooted a movie like 'Total Recall' isn't nearly as surprising as the fact that it took over 20 years for them to get around to it.

The works of author Philip K. Dick have served as the basis for something like a dozen films his stories led to films such as 'Screamers,' 'Minority Report,' 'Paycheck,' 'The Adjustment Bureau' and more but 'Total Recall' was only the second Dick-based work ('Blade Runner' was the first.). It was based on Dick's short story 'We Can Remember It for You Wholesale' and it was far from a sure thing.

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 16:06

Johnny Baseball' takes the mound

New musical offers new look at old curse

ORONO It's Game Four of the 2004 American League Championship Series. The Red Sox are on the verge of being swept by the New York Yankees. A group of fans in the bleachers is living and dying with every pitch, sitting in fear of the fabled Curse of the Bambino.

Only it turns out it might be a curse of a different sort.

So begins 'Johnny Baseball,' the new musical being presented by the University of Maine's Summer Music Theatre Festival. Directed by Tom Mikotowicz, the show - with book by Richard Dresser, music by Robert Reale and lyrics by Willie Reale will run through Aug. 12 at Hauck Auditorium on the UMaine campus.

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 15:49

A different kind of ghost story

Giving Up the Ghost' a haunting, haunted memoir

Being a teenager can be difficult. Being a teenager who's a little (or a lot) different can be even more difficult. Being a teenager who's a little different in a small town can border on the impossible or at least it can feel that way.

That's the way Eric Nuzum felt growing up in Canton, Ohio in the early 1980s. That's according to Nuzum's memoir 'Giving Up the Ghost' (Dial Press, $15), a thoughtful, poignant and painfully funny look back at the ghosts of childhood.

But there is more than one kind of ghost.

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 14:15

Celebrity Slam - Aug. 8, 2012

An old-school feud

There are few things we here at Celebrity Slam enjoy more than a good old-fashioned celebrity beef. Watching the veneer drop and the claws come out is just delightful. And every once in a while, when the legends step to the plate we're talking the uberfamous - you get a really epic p---ing match.

Our sincerest thanks to Sir Elton John. In an interview recently given to an Australian television station, Mr. John took the Material Girl herself to task.

That's right he started taking shots at Madonna. You know this is going to be good.

Wednesday, 01 August 2012 15:41

Too much to watch in The Watch'

Comedy overwhelmed by its three leads

We're entering the tail end of blockbuster season. Now that the last of the three monster superhero releases has hit screens, with 'The Dark Knight Rises' flying by the $500 million mark in global box office, we can look forward to the gradual tapering off of the big showy premieres.

That's not to say we won't get some good movies over the next month or so. In fact, the chances are good that we're going to get some high-quality stuff.

Unfortunately, 'The Watch' doesn't really fall into that category.

Wednesday, 01 August 2012 15:28

Step Up Revolution' stumbles

Film offers elaborate dance numbers and not much else

As a film critic, I have the opportunity to see a lot of films that I wouldn't necessarily choose to see. I'm a pretty easy audience I have a fairly wide range of interest but even then, I occasionally wind up seeing a film that is completely outside of my typical area of enjoyment.

Which brings us to 'Step Up Revolution.'

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