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For actor Donald Faison of TV’s “Scrubs” and “The Exes,” Maine reminds him of his brother – and his car. “My brother went to UMaine and he loved it there,” Faison told me in a recent phone interview. “I remember loaning him my car to use for the winter, thinking he would only drive it around town.”  

Faison’s brother may have loved Maine, but he also missed New York. “He ended up driving from Maine to New York almost every weekend and put almost 100,000 miles on my car. That’s what brothers are for,” Faison said, laughing.

They start lining up outside the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas early every morning. Some bring items for sale with hopes that they might appear on TV. Others are just there to make a pilgrimage to a place they welcome into their home every Thursday night. 

The name of the business proved prescient when the History Channel began airing episodes of “Pawn Stars” in 2009. The show chronicles the daily activities and interaction at the pawn shop and airs each Thursday at 9 p.m.  

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 23:05

My Maine Edge 2014 - Mike Dow

You want me to write about things I like and interview a gaggle of groovy people along the way? Let me think about that. Yes!  

Actually, the original commission was slightly different. Five years ago, Mike Fern, publisher of The Maine Edge, asked me to submit a “Best of 2009 in Music” article. 

“The Princess Bride,” director Rob Reiner’s 1987 romantic comedy-adventure-fantasy, is celebrated in “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride” (Simon & Schuster).  

Written by the movie’s lead, Cary Elwes (Westley), with Joe Layden, and using the original film call sheets as a guide (give to Elwes by producer Norman Lear), Elwes received input from his fellow cast members to deliver a richly intimate account of a film which occupies a lofty position in the pop-culture pantheon but very nearly didn’t get made.  

Evangeline Lilly is known for playing tough characters on the big and small screens. But if she were to play herself, she says the character would have to be an introverted loner.  

Lilly was fugitive survivor Kate Austen in six seasons of ABC’s “Lost.” As Tauriel, she is head of the Mirkwood Elven guard in Peter Jackson’s second and third installments of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” The trilogy concludes with “The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies” in theaters Dec. 17.  

Fifty-five years into a career that he admits he stumbled upon almost by accident, legendary producer and engineer Glyn Johns has finally done something he swore he would never do – write the story of his life recording the greatest artists in rock.  

“For many years, people have brought it up and I always said, ‘No way,’” Johns says with a laugh during a recent phone interview. Fortunately for classic rock fans, Johns changed his mind.  

Episode “Packing Heat” scheduled to air Tuesday, December 9 at 9:00 pm on Travel Channel.  

As I drive onto the parking lot of Vacationland Inn on Wilson Street in Brewer, I look for signs of anything out of the ordinary.   

For writer Fred Schruers, his new book, “Billy Joel – The Definitive Biography” (Crown Archetype) has been a long, strange trip - but ultimately a satisfying one.   

Schruers, a longtime Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly contributor, was contracted by Joel in 2008 to ghostwrite his autobiography “The Book of Joel” for Harper Collins.   

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 12:08

Janis Joplin vividly recalled in new book

With his new book “On The Road with Janis Joplin” (Berkley Hardcover/Penguin Group) author, historian, photographer and musician John Byrne Cooke has presented possibly the most significant written portrait of the iconic singer yet published.

In June 1967, Cooke was part of director D.A. Pennebaker’s camera crew at the Monterey Pop Festival when Janis Joplin took the stage for two sets with Big Brother and the Holding Company. Six months later, he became their road manager, overseeing day-to-day band concerns, travel arrangements and money collection after gigs.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:07

Aztec Two-Step – a classic duo returns to Maine

It was a chance meeting that brought Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman together 43 years ago and a friendship built on mutual respect for their music and audience that keeps them together today.  

Fowler and Shulman, of acoustic folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step, will bring their “Classic Duos” concert to Maine on Friday, Nov. 21 at Portland’s One Longfellow Square. “We’ll be having some fun with the music of our predecessors,” Fowler says. 

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