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The Boss' fails to take charge

McCarthy's performance can't elevate sub-par script

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:43

Judgment Day jollity This Is the End'

Apocalyptic ensemble comedy proves surprisingly entertaining

I'm a firm believer in the humor potential inherent to actors playing themselves. There's something wonderfully anarchic about performers playing hyperstylized versions of themselves; it can really make for a phenomenal guest-starring turn.

But the idea of making an entire movie that way? Where every one of the main players is playing him or herself or at least, a version thereof? Could you really build a quality film on that sort of foundation? It seems unlikely, no?

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:29

Identity Thief' an identity crisis

McCarthy vehicle struggles to find fun

Since Melissa McCarthy broke out with her supporting role in 'Bridesmaids,' it seems like Hollywood has been trying to figure out what to do with her. Her television bona fides are set she's an Emmy winner for 'Mike and Molly' but movie stardom is a different animal. Pairing her with a talented foil to her brand of broad physicality someone like Jason Bateman and letting her loose probably seemed like a good idea. And maybe it was.

Unfortunately, the end result this time was 'Identity Thief,' a film struggling to understand its own identity.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 21:57

Another laugh riot lands in Brewer

Fourth annual Comedy Riot to feature four funnymen

BREWER It's that time of year again. The Comedy Riot is making its triumphant return to Brewer.

The fourth annual Comedy Riot is set to take place at Jeff's Catering in Brewer on Dec. 1 starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for this show, featuring four exceptional stand-up comedians, are available for $12 in advance or $15 at the door. The event will be emceed by educator and radio personality Rich Kimball, who has done his own fair share of comedy as a founding member of local improv collective The Focus Group.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 12:41

The Nite Show' to tape two shows at Husson

Taping will take place on Nov. 28 at Husson University Student Center

BANGOR 'The Nite Show with Danny Cashman' will take its show on the road at the end of this month to Husson University in Bangor. The Maine-based late night talk show will tape two shows at the campus's student center, marking only the second time the show has gone on the road.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 17:40

A master at work

Notes on watching Louis C.K. live

PORTLAND I am sitting in perhaps the best seats I have ever had for a live performance. We're in the second row and I'm right on the aisle. I am about to get up close and personal with a master of the craft.

I'm about to see Louis C.K.

For those who are unfamiliar, Louis C.K. is perhaps one of the most prominent stand-up comedians out there today. His FX television series 'Louie' is providing a whole new insight as to what is possible with scripted television. With his show, C.K. has a degree of autonomy unseen in the TV world; not only is he the star, but he writes and directs every episode. He even edited much of the first season-plus himself, though those duties have apparently been at least partially handed off as of late. The end result is a deconstruction of the situation comedy; something old is new again.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 11:17

What's new on the networks

a fall 2012 TV preview

Being a television executive is much like being a professional gambler: It's a business built around taking huge risks. Sometimes, those risks pay off hugely. More often, they don't. So it is with new network television shows. For every breakout hit, there are half a dozen flops. And that doesn't even count the scores of filmed pilots that ultimately fail to find a home.

Still, hope springs eternal, even in the entertainment business. The network dial is riddled with new offerings this fall. Any one of them could conceivably capture the public's imagination and become a mainstay for the next five years. Of course, that just means the rest of them will be boring, bland and ultimately forgettable assuming they aren't epically terrible. We can probably count on at least one of those as well.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 15:41

Too much to watch in The Watch'

Comedy overwhelmed by its three leads

We're entering the tail end of blockbuster season. Now that the last of the three monster superhero releases has hit screens, with 'The Dark Knight Rises' flying by the $500 million mark in global box office, we can look forward to the gradual tapering off of the big showy premieres.

That's not to say we won't get some good movies over the next month or so. In fact, the chances are good that we're going to get some high-quality stuff.

Unfortunately, 'The Watch' doesn't really fall into that category.

Published in Movies
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