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Friday, 29 September 2017 09:45

'American Made' flies high

Are we running out of movie stars?

One of the unanticipated side effects of the current trend toward blockbuster franchise building is a sense of interchangeability with regards to the actors. That’s not to say there aren’t gifted actors floating around in spandex or grittily shooting bad guys; there certainly are. It just doesn’t matter as much anymore which specific gifted actor it might be. These films are about the property, not the performer.

Thursday, 28 September 2017 13:38

Kibbles and Picks 2017 - Week 4

So as of the end of Week 3 … I’m winning.

I’ll be honest, I’m not sure how to feel right now. Granted, I’m only winning by a single game – hardly a dominating lead. And I got that lead only because my own consummately mediocre performance (8-8) barely topped Stella’s frankly hocking sub-.500 tilt (7-9).

Thursday, 28 September 2017 11:37

'Gerald's Game' well worth playing

We’re in the midst of a Stephen King moment.

If it seems like the master of horror has achieved a sort of pop culture ubiquity recently, well … that’s because he has. Big-screen cinematic projects (“IT,” “The Dark Tower”) and television series (“Mr. Mercedes,” “11/22/63,” “The Mist,” “Under the Dome”) have been abundant over the past couple of years, but the latest new offering lands somewhere in the middle.

The end of another long Major League Baseball season is upon us. At the time this piece is going to press, a handful of games remain, but as far as making predictions for MLB awards, the season is effectively over.

A number of players have had spectacular seasons in 2017. In a year where both home runs and strikeouts have come at an unprecedented pace, we’ve seen some incredible individual performances.

Again, it’s possible that a truly monstrous final week – in either the good or bad sense – could alter the trajectory of one or more of these players. However, the likelihood of that is slim. The reality is that what we see is almost certainly what we get at this point.

And so, my final predictions for MLB’s 2017 award winners.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:51

Perchance to dream - ‘Sleeping Beauties’

A haunting collaboration from Stephen & Owen King

There’s a compelling argument to be made – and many have made it – that comic books serve as the mythology of contemporary American culture. These brightly-colored, spandex-clad archetypes of good and evil have become ubiquitous, a pop culture pantheon that serves as a common reference point spanning generations.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:43

‘Friend Request’ should not be accepted

As much as we might like to believe that the movie business is about creating quality entertainment for audiences, the reality is right there in the term – it’s a business. With very few exceptions, it’s all about that sweet, sweet box office cash.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:01

Celebrity Slam (09/27/2017)

Flat Earth fundraising

Obviously, we enjoy celebrity beefs and cutesy couple portmanteaus here at Celebrity Slam – they are our bread and butter, after all – but sometimes, we’re given something that far surpasses our wildest imaginations as far as weirdo mockability. It’s a rare and precious gift when one of those moments comes along.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 09:59

Weird National Briefs (09/27/2017)

Doggone!

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Police in western Washington state say they’ve recovered a stolen motor home and reunited its owner with about 10 dogs that were inside.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 09:57

Criminal Mischief (09/27/2017)

Possible abduction attempts in Knox County

THOMASTON – Investigations continue after a second possible attempted kidnapping incident took place in Knox County.

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