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Wednesday, 06 August 2014 11:31

Weird National Briefs - 08/06/14

Turtle power

ALHAMBRA, Calif. - A giant tortoise found ambling down a street in suburban Los Angeles has been reunited with its owners.

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 11:20

Winds of change blow in Boston

Red Sox make big moves at trading deadline

The 21st century has been very good to fans of the Boston Red Sox. The Sox have been consistent playoff contenders for the past 15 years – with a couple of notable exceptions, of course. As an added bonus, the Red Sox are the only team thus far this century to win three World Series titles.

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 11:15

Celebrity Slam - 08/06/14

A Bieber-Bloom battle

One of the downsides of writing a feature such as Celebrity Slam on a weekly basis is the fact that we have little control over when exactly famous people will do and say the ridiculous things for which we so greatly enjoy mocking them. We go to press on Tuesday evenings so that our fine publication can hit the streets bright and early on Wednesday morning.

Humor, action abound in debut novel

Alternate history has long been a mainstay in the realm of speculative fiction. History is rich with tipping points, pivotal people and actions whose impacts resonate long after they’ve become memory. Writers have been using simple “what if” questions to imagine wholly different worlds – worlds similar to, but not exactly like our own – for generations.

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 11:10

Adventure and adversity in the Arctic

“In the Kingdom of Ice” offers true tale of polar exploration

One of humanity’s most primal urges has always been the need to explore. There’s an inherent desire within us to make the unknown known. And while we’ve reached a point where man has been almost everywhere there is to be on this planet, it wasn’t always that way.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” hilarious and visually spectacular

There’s no arguing the fact that the folks at Marvel are masters of their cinematic domain right now. They are churning out blockbuster after blockbuster – their superheroic properties are proving to be some of the biggest box office cash cows in movie history.

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 10:55

Soul Brother No. 1 – ‘Get On Up’

James Brown biopic features transcendent performance

Biopics can be a tricky thing. Bringing someone’s real life to the silver screen is a process that requires a good deal of delicacy. Frankly, anyone famous enough to warrant a film biography probably has at least a few skeletons in their closet. No one’s looking for a whitewash - squeaky clean is pretty boring – but too many of those less-than-exemplary moments and your subject becomes unsympathetic. Most biopics choose to err on the side of their subject’s upstanding citizenship; this usually results in a more palatable – though arguably less interesting - movie. 

Sunday, 03 August 2014 17:46

Blame it on the brain – ‘Lucy’

Action film offers loud, lunatic fun

At the risk of incurring the wrath of the moviegoing public, I’ve got to say that I don’t really get the fascination with Scarlett Johansson. I think that she’s reasonably attractive and a good actress, but I don’t believe her to be transcendent in either looks or talent. In that opinion, I accept that I’m firmly ensconced in the minority.

Film offers different take on ancient Greek hero

So – it would seem that we all have to come to terms with the fact that the Rock is a movie star.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:03

Weird National Briefs - 07/30/14

Overloud Ogres

PORTSMOUTH, N.H.
- A musical being performed in a New Hampshire park has drawn some noise complaints, but the deputy police chief says he’s “not giving Shrek a ticket.”

“Shrek the Musical” is enjoying a summer run in the seacoast city of Portsmouth, but some neighbors want the volume turned down.

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