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Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:58

The Three Stooges' surprisingly fun

Farrelly brothers' effort full of slapstick and sweetness

Watching people get hurt is sad. Watching them get hurt without injury or consequence is hilarious. That's why the Three Stooges were able to become some of the biggest stars of Hollywood's younger days. In real life, poking eyes and thumping heads with hammers ends up with bloodshed and hospital visits, but in the world of the Stooges, no permanent harm is ever done.

Bobby and Peter Farrelly have taken it upon themselves to update that world with 'The Three Stooges.' However, this isn't your typical Farrelly gross-out jam. It's their first-ever foray into the more family-friendly realm of a PG rating.

The story begins at an orphanage where a duffel bag is unceremoniously dumped on the doorstep in a drive-by. The three babies in the bag immediately make a negative impression on the dour Sister Mary-Mengele (Larry David, TV's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm') before initially charming the rest of the nuns. However, when we flash forward 10 years, we quickly learn that these boys are far more of a handful than anyone could have guessed.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 11:23

A Morning in the Life

A behind-the-scenes look at local morning news

BANGOR It's 5:30 AM. Early. I'm still prying the sleep seeds from the corners of my eyes and stifling yawns. My fingers clutch desperately at the cup of coffee that stands as my sole defense against a return to dreamland. My feet make a scuffling noise as I walk across the WVII parking lot because I just can't raise the energy to lift them properly. It's 5:30 AM.

For me, it's early. For Nicole Gerber and Clay Gordon, anchors of the ABC 7/FOX morning news program, it's just another morning.

The morning news program, which airs from 6:30 to 7:00 on ABC and from 7:00 to 8:00 on FOX every weekday morning, has been rolling strong since last fall. The first broadcast was in early September and the rest, as they say, is history.

I'm not unfamiliar with the workings of the program; some of you might know that I do a weekly segment on the show every Wednesday morning. It's a preview of this very publication that is currently holding your gaze, actually. It's been happening since the program's inception and it has been a lot of fun for me. I even got to spend a morning as a guest anchor.

Friday, 13 April 2012 13:42

Celebrity Slam - April 11, 2012

The Amanda Show

There are a lot of trashballs out there among the celebrity elite. These are people who despite their fame or more often because of it behave like irresponsible degenerate morons. We just shrug it gives us something to fill this space and it's not like we have high expectations of the Snookis and LiLos of the world.

And then there are the surprises. Surprises like Amanda Bynes.

Bynes apparently was clubbing it up in West Hollywood and got behind the wheel when she shouldn't have. According to law enforcement sources, Bynes attempted to pass a police car and sideswiped it, banging into the right real panel. Obviously, she was pulled over; officers determined that she was not fit to drive. She was arrested and carted off to jail.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:48

Getting together with American Reunion'

The gang from American Pie' grows up

The movies we see and love as young adults often go on defining our cinematic tastes long after we have supposedly 'grown up.' However, the opportunity to see the cast of one of those movies after they too have grown up is pretty rare.

'American Reunion' is that opportunity.

The film, officially fourth in the 'American Pie' canon (though there are a slew of straight-to-video offerings that co-opted the 'American Pie' name), sees the original crew returning to East Great Falls for their high school reunion. Jim (Jason Biggs, TV's 'Mad Love') and Michelle (Alyson Hanigan, TV's 'How I Met Your Mother') are married with a child. They still love each other, but the passion seems to have left their marriage. Oz (Chris Klein, 'Caught in the Crossfire') is a sportscaster and minor celebrity with a model girlfriend. Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas, 'InSight') is a work-at-home husband, while Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas, TV's 'How to Make It in America') simply reappears after vanishing for years, telling wild globetrotting stories. Former flames such as Vicky (Tara Reid, 'Last Call') and Heather (Mena Suvari, 'Restitution') are also back.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:12

Belfast theater to go All In'

Poker documentary to be screened at the Colonial Theater

BELFAST - Poker is big business. There's no disputing that the game has experienced an exponential surge in popularity over the past decade or so. It's been so big, in fact, that it can be easy to forget the years of ups and downs the game faced before this recent explosion.

'All In: The Poker Movie' is a documentary that aims to determine the root causes behind this 21st century poker boom. The movie is currently being screened in theaters all over the country, including a number of Maine locales. The film has already screened at the Portland Museum of Art and will be coming to Belfast's Colonial Theater on April 19.

The film, directed by Douglas Tirola, explores some of the history of poker, looking back at a time when the poker player was viewed as a somewhat shady, almost sleazy character. We get introduced to some of the legendary underground poker rooms in New York City (a number of which served as inspiration for the seminal poker film 'Rounders'). The game's popularity ebbed and flowed in Las Vegas, but in 1973, Binion's put together a six-man tournament that they called 'The World Series of Poker.'

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:02

A brief history of thrash metal

Murder in the Front Row' offers a peek at the birth of a genre

While I've never been much of a music connoisseur, even I went through certain phases of musical fandom. And like just about every other kid who grew up in the sticks, I went through a heavy metal phase. As with all phases, it eventually fell by the wayside and was largely forgotten, resurfacing only when a chance radio encounter brought forth some thrashy nostalgia.

Said nostalgia received an exponential bump when 'Murder in the Front Row' (Bazillion Points Press) landed in my lap. It's essentially a coffee table book devoted to the early days of the Bay Area thrash metal scene.

And it's even cooler than it sounds.

The majority of the photos come from the collections of a handful of enthusiasts who were vital parts of the burgeoning scene back in the early 1980s. Guys like Harald Oimoen, Brian Lew and Ron Quintana were just hardcore fans that happened to be there when metal icons such as Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth first took root in the California soil and began to blossom. It's a moment in time, preserved by a couple of kids armed with nothing more than cameras and a deep passion for the music.

Pitcher's memoir a story of more than just baseball

David Foster Wallace once wrote a wonderful piece about how disappointing an athlete's autobiography can be. While he used Tracy Austin's 'Beyond Center Court' as an example of the general vapidity of the athlete's biography, the truth is that there are hundreds of hastily ghost-written books out there that, while providing the basic nuts and bolts information about an athlete, never really tell us anything about who they are.

However, when that is not the case when both the athlete and co-author are both literate, expressive and willing to speak truthfully the reader is treated to a very real, very raw peek behind the curtain at an athlete's real personality; warts and all. The reader gets an actual memoir one that just happens to star an athlete.

The reader gets 'Wherever I Wind Up' (Blue Rider Press, $24.95) by R.A. Dickey with Wayne Coffey.

Thursday, 05 April 2012 15:14

Ink' leaves interesting impression

PTC presents world premiere play

BANGOR Penobscot Theatre has brought the first world premiere in the organization's long history with their current production of the play 'Ink' by Alice van Buren. The show is running through April 15 at the Bangor Opera House.

'Ink' is the story of Mary Rowlandson, a minister's wife in New England. In 1676, at the height of the now mostly forgotten King Philip's War, Rowlandson was kidnapped by a band of Native American warriors. For 82 days, she was their captive. Finally, she was ransomed and released.

After trying and failing to move past the trauma of the experience, Mary was eventually persuaded by community leaders to write down her story. This captivity narrative would become the first true literary sensation in the United States.

Thursday, 05 April 2012 11:59

Corned Beef and Cabbage

A couple of weeks ago, I thought I'd take a shot at some quintessentially Irish (or Irish-American anyway) cuisine. Why not? It was St. Patrick's Day tis the season and all that.

Socorned beef. Food of the gods.

We briefly entertained the thought of actually corning our own beef, but upon further reflection we decided that that might be a little advanced for a neophyte such as me. After some scouring of cookbooks and the internet, we found some recipes that we liked and sort of mashed them together, leading to a recipe that was ours and ours alone.

And not to brag, but it was freaking delicious.

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 17:11

Celebrity Slam - April 4, 2012

Community strife

The NBC show 'Community' has had a bit of a rough go recently. The show just came off a winter hiatus and its status in the network lineup is unclear after this season. Happily, those tensions haven't affected the on-set environment and everyone is pleased as punch to be working together for however much longer it lasts.

Ha! Just kidding. There's a full-on blood feud developing between Chevy Chase, one of the show's stars, and creator Dan Harmon.

While this conflict has allegedly been simmering for a while now, things came to a head during the filming of the season's final episode. Apparently, Chase wasn't feeling a scene and asked Harmon for a rewrite, saying that he wouldn't do the scene as it was currently written. Harmon refused and Chase left the set. There was some tension, but overall, things looked amicable.

Looks can be deceiving.

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