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Tuesday, 14 April 2015 23:05

Weird National Briefs - (04/15/15)

Gone gator gone

BELLE VERNON, Pa. - An alligator reportedly spotted in a western Pennsylvania river may never be found - or even confirmed - but police continued to search for it Friday, the local police chief said.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 22:44

Two for one night

It’s always nice when we’re able to find two distinct happenings that warrant mockery in the same place at the same time. It makes our jobs here at Celebrity Slam a whole lot easier. And as far as events that invite this sort of double-dip, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything better than a music festival – a place jam-packed with scores of musicians and tons of famous folks looking to see and be seen.

For your consideration, we present Drake’s performance at Coachella on Sunday night.

Film can’t live up to fascinating real-life inspiration

Making films about real events is a tricky proposition. Stick too closely to the story and you might wind up with a movie that lacks dramatic tension. Deviate too much and you’ll need to brace yourself from the onslaught of suddenly-expert armchair historians. It’s a delicate balance.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 10:28

In ‘Joe Steele’ we trust

Turtledove’s latest foray into alternate history

My affinity for the sub-genre of science fiction that I affectionately refer to as what-if lit is well-documented at this point. Alternate history allows authors to revisit a tipping point in the past not to explain what happened, but rather to extrapolate what could have happened.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 10:22

‘The Longest Ride’ aptly titled

Latest Sparks adaptation saccharine and predictable

There’s probably no name in Hollywood that is more synonymous with “emotional manipulation” than Nicholas Sparks. The best-selling author has seen books such as “Message in a Bottle,” “Dear John” and – of course – “The Notebook” become films that could be considered the epitome of the chick flick.

Novel offers post-apocalyptic reimagining of Lewis and Clark

Post-apocalyptic fiction is everywhere you look, with slowly-rebuilding societies and crumbled civilizations as far as the eye can see. And when subject matter becomes this popular, there’s a real difficulty in trying to bring something new to the table. Many authors struggle to find true inspiration amidst the oversaturation.

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 23:01

Weird National Briefs - (04/08/15)

Un-husbanded

NEW YORK - A judge has given a New York City woman permission to file for divorce from her elusive husband via a Facebook message.

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 22:47

Celebrity Slam - (04/08/15)

Denny’s dustup

We spend a lot of time in this space talking about the ridiculous beefs that spring up between famous people. There are few things that celebrities love more than getting up into the business of other celebrities. Regardless of the validity of their issues, it’s an easy way for them to obtain that which they love the most – the attentions of strangers.

One family’s fortitude in the face of tragedy

The tight-knit family unit is a keystone of literature. Plenty of writers try to create it, but relatively few are truly successful in their efforts. In short, family drama is everywhere, but good family drama, well … that’s a bit more difficult to find.

Franchise goes bigger even as it says goodbye to one of its own

Does anyone even remember when “The Fast and the Furious” was a movie about underground street racing culture? When it was a surprise success at the box office? Or when Vin Diesel wasn’t even interested in doing the sequel?

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