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Book chronicles baseball life one step away from the majors

The return of baseball is one of the highlights of the springtime. We fans of the game are all bound together by the notion that “hope springs eternal.” But that hope isn’t reserved exclusively for fans; there’s plenty of hoping coming from the players on the fields of spring training. 

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:37

Becoming a Beatle

Bangor man plays music icon in new film

Bangor native Joe Bearor, an actor currently working in Los Angeles, has undertaken a Herculean task.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:35

‘3 Days to Kill’ dead on arrival

Formulaic action thriller fails to deliver

Hollywood groupthink tends to come in waves. Once it is decided that an idea is a good one (“good” referring to profitability rather than quality), all of the studios tend to introduce their own ever-so-slight variations on that singular idea.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 23:22

And the Oscar goes to…

Predicting the 2014 Academy Awards

Once again, we’ve reached that point in the year where the Hollywood folks roll out the red carpets and indulge in blatant self-promotion and self-congratulation. That’s right – it’s the Academy Awards!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:19

Weird National Briefs - February 19th, 2014

Sneak attack!

SEATTLE - Seattle police say a muddy, bloodied man flagged them down in a park to report he’d been run over with a bicycle and punched by a man who growled at him.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:09

Simply extraordinary

“The Museum of Extraordinary Things” exceptional

The best historical romances are the ones that manage to blend narrative with exhaustive research. They are the ones that fully and effortlessly transport the reader to another time and place. They are the ones that fill their fictionalized past with an engaging story, genuine characters and a wealth of detail steeped in truth. Only the very best accomplish all this while unspooling elegant, graceful prose.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 23:29

Celebrity Slam - February 19th, 2014

So far gone

It’s important to remember that we – the great unwashed – can never know what celebrities are really like as they spend their lives in their ivory towers of fame and fortune. The people who seem like tremendous jerks might well be decent sorts. And the nice guys might actually be jerks.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 23:17

Time Waster - Celebrities Reading Mean Tweets

Twitter is a strange and wonderful place where ordinary folks can rub virtual elbows with celebrities of all stripes. Said ordinary people can also be incredibly mean about those lofted up on pedestals. For Twitter’s sixth anniversary, Jimmy Kimmel decided to have the celebrities who have been trashed by your average Joe and Jane read those tweets aloud to hilarious results.

I suppose it must be said that even though the expletives have been blurred out, you may want to use discretion if you’re easily offended or have small children you don’t want speaking in bleeps.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 20:23

‘Winter’s Tale’ not worth telling

Magical romance a convoluted mess

Sometimes, you walk out of a movie theater overwhelmed. Maybe you find yourself teeming with emotional energy. Maybe you find yourself deconstructing technical achievement or powerful performance. Maybe you find yourself grasping at big, new ideas. Or maybe – just maybe – you find yourself asking “Just what in the holy hell was that all about?”

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 20:20

‘RoboCop’ reborn

Remake can’t match original’s appeal

In this age of remakes and reboots, it is inevitable that Hollywood is going to attempt a new version of a film whose original incarnation holds a special place in your heart. It’s the nature of the beast; nothing is sacred and cash is king.

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