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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 23:11

Skewed View - (04/22/15)

by Katy England

With the mountains of snow receding and the ice out the Penobscot, this view from Brewer is easier to access. The stone is from around here, and is called just what you would expect. (Photo by Katy England)

Last view came from Bangor and was of the imposing new façade of the Federal Building on Harlow Street. (Photo by Katy England)

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 23:09

Poisons, potions and mystery

by Katy England

Maine author Mary Lawrence talks about ‘The Alchemist’s Daughter’

“The Alchemist’s Daughter” ($15, Kennsington Books) follows the work of Bianca Goddard, who lives in the gritty underbelly of Victorian London, usually dispensing cures from her “Medicinals and Physicks” while avoiding the occult nature her name has gotten from her father’s dabbling in alchemy. However, it’s her own name (and neck) on the line when her good friend who came into her room for a cure suddenly dies in her care. Both Bianca and the constable suspect poison – but unfortunately, the constable believes Bianca is the culprit.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 23:07

The horrors of adolescence

by Allen Adams

‘When We Were Animals’ offers skewed take on coming of age

There has never been a shortage of books about the rigors of adolescence. Growing up has always been hard to do, and literature reflects that. But with a preponderance of literary explorations, it becomes more and more difficult to bring new perspectives to the subject.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 22:54

Who you gonna call

by Allen Adams

Ernie Hudson talks showbiz, rumors and reboots

Ernie Hudson is well known for his role as Winston Zeddemore in the special effects comedy “Ghostbusters,” and he’s been seen in HBO’s critically acclaimed “OZ” as the Warden Leo Glynn and more recently as King Poseidon in “Once Upon a Time.” He will be coming to Bangor for the Bangor Comic and Toy Convention to meet fans and appear in a question and answer session. He was kind enough to answer our questions during a phone interview discussing the business, the rumor mill and reboots.

Fascinating concept undermined by thin narrative

There’s no disputing that the found-footage subgenre of horror has become a bit of a cottage industry in its own right over the past decade or so. While it originated as a way to break free from and/or reimagine the tired tropes of the genre, it has developed its own clichés along the way.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 22:48

The pain of a broken Blart

by Allen Adams

“Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” even worse than you think

In a Hollywood landscape filled with sequels and prequels and reboots, it’s no surprise that any film that has had even a modicum of success is in line to be brought back to the big screen. That can even be a good thing sometimes. However, it is far more often a bad thing – a bad, bad thing.

With literally hundreds of appearances in television and film dating back to the 1960s, you might think that Ed Begley, Jr. (“St. Elsewhere,” “Arrested Development,” “Best in Show”) could be a little jaded about the idea of returning to series television.   

But as Begley reveals in the following interview, after reading the script and seeing the pilot for a new one-hour domestic comedy called “Your Family or Mine” (Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on TBS), he couldn’t say “yes” fast enough.  

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