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Thursday, 19 July 2012 09:06

Celebrity Slam - July 18, 2012

Fallen Idol'?

It's pretty safe to assume that every single person who reads this has heard of 'American Idol.' The Fox singing competition has been one of the most popular programs on television for the entirety of its 11-season run. It spent seven straight years from 2005 to 2011 atop the Nielsen rankings, the first show in history to achieve that feat.

That epic run may be coming to an end.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 16:48

A rock and a hard place

Visiting New Brunswick's Hopewell Rocks

HILLSBOUROUGH, New Brunswick Here in Maine, it's easy to become accustomed to being constantly surrounded by the beauty of nature. We're lucky enough to see it every day so much so that many of us take it for granted.

The beauty of New Brunswick is comparable in many ways to what we have here at home: lush, verdant greenery, magnificent vistas, intricate coastlines and the like. However, while there are many similarities, there are also some unique differences that are well worth the few hours it might take for you to get to them.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:37

You won't catch their 'Drift'

New 'Ice Age' movie a formulaic rehash

One of the most welcome developments in cinema over the past 15 or 20 years is the marked increase in quality from films aimed at children. It used to be that your choices were Disney or a bunch of condescending, derivative crap (the occasional Don Bluth offering notwithstanding). But now that heavy hitters such as Dreamworks and Fox are doing their own kid-oriented movies, the bar for once-easily dismissed 'kid stuff' has never been higher.

Which is why a movie like 'Ice Age: Continental Drift' is so disappointing.

The gang from the previous three installments is all here again. Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano, TV's 'Men of a Certain Age') and his wife Ellie (Queen Latifah, 'Joyful Noise') are raising their willful daughter Peaches (Keke Palmer, 'Joyful Noise') in yet another generic prehistoric setting. The gang from the previous movies is here too: Diego the saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary, TV's 'Rescue Me') and Syd the sloth (John Leguizamo, 'One for the Money') are both still part of the picture.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:12

Summer (blockbuster) reading

5 examples of The book was better'

One can never have too many recommendations when it comes to books. It's always nice to have a few recommendations to work from when you're picking out your next beach read. However, there are plenty of books out there that may never catch your attention because you think you already know the story.

You saw the movie, you see.

But sometimes, seeing the movie is no indication of the quality of the book. Sometimes, the story gets altered or rewritten or occasionally outright ignored. Occasionally, the only resemblance between the two will be a title.

Here are five books that warrant your attention this summer, along with the five movie versions of said books that are for whatever reason inferior. This is not to say that these films are all bad though many of them certainly are that so much as that the books that inspired them are so very much better.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012 12:11

The end of the world as we know it

The Apocalypse Codex' a fantastic, funny sci-fi spy thriller

There are a lot of science fiction series being written out there. Scores of writers churning away, assembling trilogies and quadrilogies and what have you up to and including the ominous 'open-ended' series. There's so much that it can prove tough to cut through the noise and find a series that speaks to your personal sensibilities.

Finding that series is exciting; receiving the latest book in that series even more so. Charles Stross is one of the best authors working in the genre today; 'The Apocalypse Codex' (ACE; $25.95) is the latest in his Laundry series featuring accidental paranormal secret agent Bob Howard.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012 11:01

MIFF turns 15

Maine International Film Festival returns to Waterville

WATERVILLE When we think about movies in the summertime, more often than not, we tend to think of big-budget blockbusters. And with good reason: explosion-laden action epics, superhero sequels and movie star vehicles abound at this time of year.

But that's not all there is. Here in Maine, summer movies also means the coming of the Maine International Film Festival. The 15th annual festival gets underway on July 13 and runs through July 22 and features over 50 filmmakers and nearly 100 films over the course of the 10-day run.

As you might guess, a whole lot of work goes into those 10 days.

Tuesday, 03 July 2012 12:15

Celebrity Slam - July 4, 2012

Tom - Kat

Well, anyone who had 5 years, 7 months and 11 days in the TomKat Marriage Length Pool, you are the winner of a brand new set of bragging rights! That's right, Scientology's power couple has called it quits. Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise late last month, setting the rumor mill abuzz.

Now, I'm not going to get into the reasons for the split here, nor am I going to speculate on the rumors that Katie did this to keep Tom from sending their 6-year-old daughter Suri to an intensive Scientology institute called SeaOrg, Or that the Church was tailing Katie as of late. Nope, those are rumors that haven't been confirmed, so we, as the bastion of journalism we so clearly are, cannot in good faith report those claims.

What I am going to focus on here is the child, Suri. Sweetie, you are young, and you have your whole life ahead of you. Do yourself a favor and get interested in math or accounting or something boring like that. Just don't go into the entertainment field. America would probably love to see you be the next Miley or Lindsay, but don't give in. You are better than that.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012 15:19

Revisiting historywith an ax

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' gory fun and completely insane

By any measure, Abraham Lincoln was one of the greatest presidents this country has ever had. They don't put you on Mount Rushmore for being a slouch. But according to 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,' there's a whole lot more to the legend of Honest Abe than America could have ever dreamed.

Directed by Timur Bekmambetov and adapted by Seth Grahame-Smith from his own 2010 novel of the same name, 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' promised to be the wildest, most gloriously absurd offering of the entire summer. Frankly, the title tells you everything you need to know.

New book offers differing perspectives on the state of America

While I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the most politically aware person in the world, even one as ambivalent as I can see that our political system has largely become one of bickering partisanship. Democrat and Republican, left-wing and right, liberal and conservative gone are the days of cooperation between ideologies. Each side has become more shrill and strident in its insistence that it is the only correct one.

It's a bit of a turn-off, truth be told.

That's why the new book 'America, You Sexy Bitch' (Da Capo, $26) seemed to offer promise. The new book subtitled 'A Love Letter to Freedom' is co-authored by one of the odder politerary (Yes, I made that word up; 'political' + 'literary' = gold!) couples you're likely to find.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012 14:42

Happy trails, Youk!

Saying goodbye to a Red Sox favorite

As sports fans, we become attached to those who play for our beloved teams. While fandom has become more about rooting for laundry than individuals in recent years, we still develop feelings for the athletes who go out there day after day and do their best to contribute to the cause.

Alas, the day inevitably comes when we have to bid farewell to our favorites. That day arrived for Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who was traded to the Chicago White Sox this weekend in exchange for pitcher Zach Stewart and utilityman Brent Lillibridge.

Youkilis has been a beloved member of the Red Sox since he was first called up from the minor leagues in 2004. He was a part of Boston's two 21st century World Series wins and a vital piece of the puzzle in 2007. He finished in the top six in MVP voting twice. He won one Gold Glove and could have easily won more, despite playing third base, first base, left fieldwhatever the team needed.

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