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Wednesday, 03 April 2013 12:26

The Host' with the least

Author Stephanie Meyer has a legion of adoring fans thanks to her best-selling 'Twilight' series of books. And the movies based on those books have grossed over $2 billion (yes, with a 'b') at the worldwide box office. So it stands to reason that Hollywood would leap at the chance to make a film of 'The Host,' Meyer's latest novel.

This time, it's aliens instead of vampires and werewolves. But never fear the empty-headed romances and ludicrous plot developments are still there. And really, what more could you want?

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 12:13

Mars noir Red Planet Blues'

Sci-fi detective story a ripping good read

Science fiction is first and foremost a literature of ideas. However, without an engaging story behind them, those ideas tend to fall flat.

What makes a good science fiction writer great is the ability to infuse gripping sci-fi with ideas that are both grandiose and grounded feasible futures. Robert J. Sawyer is one of the most consistent authors out there in bringing readers that dynamic blend.

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:55

An explosion of extensions in MLB

Teams signing players to lengthy, high-dollar deals

Back at the turn of the 21st century, the world of baseball economics experienced a complete overhaul. The massive multiyear contracts of players like Alex Rodriguez (10 years, $252 million) and Manny Ramirez (eight years, $160 million) introduced the sports landscape to the concept of the $20 million-a-year player.

However, while those contracts were (mostly) successful in their way, there were also a number of lesser players who received deals that far outweighed their actual value. Forgettable pitchers such as Darren Dreifort and Chan Ho Park got multi-year deals and huge paydays. The failure of those deals helped to stabilize the market.

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:51

Celebrity Slam - Apr. 3, 2013

Bieber's big week

Pop singer Justin Bieber remains for the moment one of the biggest stars in music. He is beloved by fans all over the world following his explosive trip to the top of the industry. In a mere five years, he has gone from one of the faceless millions on YouTube to a global icon.

But how much longer will he last?

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 14:30

Some wonderful one-acts

Judging the state one-act festival

FREEPORT - I'll be honest - I'm a bit of a curmudgeon. As a rule, I have relatively little use for the young people of today. To be truthful, though, I didn't have much use for young people even when I was one of them. And I enjoyed my curmudgeonly attitude. Relished it even.

So imagine my surprise when my fist-shaking, 'Get off my lawn!'-shouting ways are met full on by a group of teenagers whose passion, enthusiasm and talent force me to reconsider my sweeping generalizations about the younger generations.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 14:25

Can you dig it?

An exclusive chat with the King of the Mole People

BANGOR In recent weeks, the news has been filled with incidences of sinkholes opening up seemingly at random all over the country. There has been no discernible pattern to these occurrences; they have happened beneath houses, on golf courses even in the middle of Lincoln Street right here in Bangor.

After some typically in-depth and not-at-all-made-up investigation, we have determined the cause of this sinkhole epidemic.

The Mole People are coming.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 14:18

Selectman Sasquatch

Bigfoot wins office in small northern Maine town

ST. POMME DE TERRE Big things are afoot in one tiny northern Maine town.

The ever-elusive cryptozoological phenomenon known colloquially as Bigfoot has revealed itself to the population of the sparsely-populated village of St. Pomme de Terre, nestled away deep in the woods of northwestern Aroostook County.

This alone would be staggering enough, but it is the once-thought-mythical man-beast's reasoning for self-revelation that makes this story truly astonishing. You see, Bigfoot came out of hiding for one reason and one reason only: he wanted to run for town selectman. So he did.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:40

Not quite worth the price of Admission'

College-bound comedy can't make up its mind

As someone who goes to the movies with regularity, I have grown accustomed to a certain level of misdirection when it comes to movie trailers. Trailers are one of the primary ways to get your movie onto the radar of the general population. So of course, you want to make your film as appealing as possible.

But I don't care for feeling deceived.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:37

Die Hard' in D.C. - Olympus Has Fallen'

Action movie shoots up the White House

There was a stretch of time when Hollywood was struggling to figure out who the bad guys were going to be. Since the Cold War ended, our conflicts with foreign powers have been seen as standing on murky moral ground. 

However, recent years have granted studios another go-to foreign bad guy to antagonize the red, white and blue. North Korea has been making increasingly frequent appearances as the generic 'country that tries to fight with us.'

Maine native's latest explores the power and perils of family

Elizabeth Strout was born in Portland and raised in a variety of small towns across Maine and New Hampshire. After an academic and professional career that sent her far and wide, she still spends time living in Maine, splitting her time between here and New York City.

She is also a Pulitzer Prize winner, having taken the award for fiction in 2009 for her short-story collection 'Olive Kitteridge.'

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