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Algonquin native's independent film earns award nomination

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 01:29:00 GMT

It all began for Kurt Larson years ago in a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Jacobs High School in Algonquin.

'300' sequel rules box office with $45.1M debut

Sun, 09 Mar 2014 18:25:00 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — The stylish combat film "300: Rise of an Empire" topped the box office with a strong debut of $45.1 million seven years after the original "300" became an unlikely sensation.

Baseball field groundskeeper shares lawn tips
CINCINNATI – Each day, Doug Gallant focuses on keeping a nearly two-acre grassy field looking lush and green for potential critics, who range from star athletes who trod on it to tens of thousands of people who sit near it, to many more around the nation who see it on television.

New on DVD: Scorcese’s ‘Shutter Island’ haunting on many levels
You know there is some kind of lunacy in Martin Scorsese taking on a horror movie.

New on DVD: Sparks’ ‘John’ one of his better stories
Go ahead and cry. You know you want to.

New on DVD: Eastwood's ‘Invictus’ more than a sports film
Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus” may look like a sports movie, but the veteran director-actor is again exploring the theme of community, which has shown up in films as widely varied as “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and “Gran Torino.”

New on DVD: ‘Legion’ puts apocalypse in Mojave Desert
It’s a grim week for releases – and we’re not simply talking about the quality of the new films.

New on DVD: ‘Nine’ on DVD rather flashy flash in the pan
Any film that has Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson and Fergie parading around and shaking their booties isn’t unwatchable.

New on DVD: 'Pirate' makes airwaves in '60s England
“Pirate Radio,” from writer-director Richard Curtis, is a whimsical telling of the story of rebel broadcasters who reign supreme off the coast of England in the mid-1960s.

Munchkin from ‘Oz’ dies at 94
Meinhardt Raabe, who played the Munchkin coroner in “The Wizard of Oz” and proclaimed in the movie that the Wicked Witch of the East was “really most sincerely dead,” has died. He was 94.

New on DVD: Herzog, Cage take ‘Lieutenant’ down to New Orleans
LOS ANGELES – Werner Herzog’s “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” is like falling in and out of a hallucinogenic dream.

New on DVD: Downey plays swashbuckling ‘Sherlock’
In Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes,” the famous detective still has brains but adds brawn, catlike reflexes and a bit of a penchant for violence.

New on DVD: Does ‘Blind Side’ have a blind spot?
“The Blind Side,” from a book by Michael Lewis, is a feel-good movie that not everybody feels good about.

‘Alice’ still reigns 
at box office
LOS ANGELES –Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” took in $34.5 million to remain the No. 1 movie for a third-straight weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

New on DVD: Sweet emotions mark 'Precious,' 'Up in the Air'
When Oscar decided to open the best picture category to 10 from five, it was obvious that some films would be afterthoughts. “Up in the Air” and “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” though, are two that would have made the list.

Japan defends dolphin hunt in ‘Cove’
TAIJI, Japan – The Japanese fishing village featured in “The Cove,” which won an Oscar for best documentary, defended its practice of hunting dolphins Monday as a part of a long tradition.

Drama in best picture race
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Too predictable. That’s the persistent complaint about the Academy Awards, whose drama generally is sapped by a glut of earlier award shows that spell out what films will win at the Oscars before the show starts.

Audiences are mad as hatters about Johnny
Audiences are mad as hatters about Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” helping it earn a whopping $41 million in its first day.

New on DVD: Spike Jonze takes a walk on the ‘Wild’ side
Spike Jonze’s surreal comedies “Being John Malkovich” (1999) and “Adaptation” (2002) might be described as sophisticated and quirky.

‘Locker’ producer sorry
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is considering action against a producer of “The Hurt Locker” who sent multiple e-mails urging academy members to vote for his movie in the Oscar best-picture race and “not a $500 million film” – an obvious reference to close-competitor “Avatar.”