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Wednesday, 05 September 2012 12:36

Celebrity Slam - Sept. 5, 2012

The end of an era

The Celebrity Slam banner is flying at half-mast these days, because one of our constant sources of spotlight-seeking shenanigans has announced that it is coming to a close.

That's right 'Jersey Shore' will be no more.

After six seasons, the MTV 'reality' show is coming to a conclusion. The decision was announced just before Season 6 episodes began airing, with network executives saying that the time had come the show's stars were growing up and moving in new directions with their lives. The Situation went to rehab and is now living sober. Deena, Sammi and Ronnie are all dealing with maturing relationships. And of course, there's Snooki's new baby (she was pregnant throughout the season's filming).

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.

Thursday, 30 August 2012 09:42

'The Expendables 2' explodes

How many action stars can comfortably fit in a film?
Sylvester Stallone seems bound and determined to find out with 'The Expendables 2,' the second installment in Stallone's ongoing deconstruction of the 1980s action film. The first movie felt like a bit of a novelty, but for this second one to succeed, Stallone was going to have to take things to the next level.
5 out of 5 - Read full review
Thursday, 30 August 2012 09:26

A vote of confidence for The Campaign'

2012 is an election year, so it shouldn't be a surprise to see politically themed movies make the scene over these next few weeks leading up to November. What is surprising at least a bit is who fired the first satiric salvo of the season.
It's Will Ferrell.
4 out of 5 - Read full review
Thursday, 30 August 2012 09:16

A franchise re-Bourne'

The 'Bourne' franchise has been incredibly popular over the past decade. All three films have managed to be both commercial and critical hits nine figure box office takes don't combine with rave reviews all that often. Matt Damon's Jason Bourne (loosely based on the novels struck a chord. He was a hero that matched up well with the uncertain, gray-area-laden mood of the first few years of the 21st century.
3 out of 5 - Read full review
Current conventional wisdom (or what passes for it in Hollywood, anyway) indicates that there's very little room in the Cineplex for original ideas. It's all about creating and maintaining franchises or else buffing a modern sheen onto repackaged old ideas, so the fact that Hollywood rebooted a movie like 'Total Recall' isn't nearly as surprising as the fact that it took over 20 years for them to get around to it.
3 out of 5 - Read full review
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 14:15

Premium Rush' delivers kind of

Bike courier movie goofy, but entertaining

Let's be clear: Right now, we're in the process of watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt become a movie star. He's pulled supporting roles in epic Hollywood blockbusters ('The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Inception') and led the way in more intimate fare ('50/50,' '500 Days of Summer').

So why, you might ask, is he doing a movie about bike messengers?

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 14:10

Hit and Run' more run than hit

Chase comedy has moments, but falls flat

August's end also marks the end of the summer movie season. This means that the last couple of weeks of that month are the repository for many of the studios' also-rans. These are films that don't fit the blockbuster bill, nor do they warrant inclusion in the fall's lineup of more sophisticated movies. Calling it a wasteland is probably harsh, but not overly so.

This is where we find movies such as 'Hit and Run,' a comedy that seems to be the pet project of actor Dax Shepard (TV's 'Parenthood'). By all appearances, this is Shepard's magnum opus not only did he star in the film, but he wrote and co-directed it as well. Heck, he's even listed in the credits as an editor.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:45

A biography of brilliance

New book recounts the life of David Foster Wallace

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines 'genius' thusly:

      - A single strongly marked capacity or aptitude.
      - Extraordinary intellectual power especially as manifested in creative activity.
      - A person endowed with transcendent mental superiority.

The late writer David Foster Wallace was an embodiment of all of these definitions. The author of the seminal novel 'Infinite Jest' along with a wealth of beloved work both fiction and non died in September of 2008 by his own hand. He was just 46 years old.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 12:53

Kind of a big deal

Red Sox, Dodgers make massive trade

Any doubts the Boston faithful may have had about 2012 being a lost season have officially been eliminated.

In one of the biggest money trades in baseball history, the Red Sox sent pitcher Josh Beckett, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, outfielder Carl Crawford and utility player Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a package of first baseman James Loney and four minor leaguers: pitchers Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa, infielder Ivan DeJesus and outfielder Jerry Sands.

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