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by Crispin Kott

12 Feb 2010

The pomp and circumstance of the Winter Olympics are set to kick off in Vancouver tonight. And while athletes and enthuisiasts alike are girding their high-fives for triumph, there’s also plenty of room for tribulation. Thanks to the internet, the failed feats of Olympians both past and present are available at our fingertips. A rudimentary search of YouTube on the morning of the joining together of the world’s nations provides plenty of Olympic bloopers, including one set to the jarring tune most recognizable to anyone ever subjected to the high-speed bawdy chase scenes on the old Benny Hill Show. Hold the torch aloft, Olympians. Just hold it perfectly still, or you may soon wind up in a montage of infamy.

by Rene Rodriguez / McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)

12 Feb 2010

HAPPY TEARS (R) — Parker Posey and Demi Moore are estranged sisters forced to reunite to take care of their ailing father (Rip Torn), who suffers from dementia. Sounds grim, but this is actually a quirky comedy. Having Posey back in a starring role is a treat, and her sisterly bond with Moore is wholly convincing. But director Mitchell Lichtenstein lays on the whimsy a bit too thickly.

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SHUTTER ISLAND (R) — Delayed from October, Martin Scorsese’s first feature film since his Oscar-winning The Departed centers on U.S. marshals (Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo) who investigate the disappearance of a prisoner at a remote asylum for the criminally insane. The movie downplays the surprise twists from the Dennis Lehane novel in favor of atmospherics, a creepy Gothic mood, DiCaprio’s intense performance and Scorsese’s bravura directorial stylings.

by McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT)

12 Feb 2010

These are the Top 10 renting video game titles at U.S. BLOCKBUSTER stores for the week that ended Feb. 7:

1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 — X360

by Sarah Zupko

12 Feb 2010

Geez, now you can be a walking, talking store with your iPhone in your hand. Next time someone bores you to death through a date, ask them for their credit card and charge them for your time. I’m definitely carrying this along for my next doctor’s visit. Yes, that’ll be $100 an hour for the inconvenience of sitting in this bloody waiting room in a paper gown. Get that Amex ready.

by Kevin Amorim / Newsday (MCT)

11 Feb 2010

The supergroup—that pop-music phenomenon where already-famous musicians collaborate to create a new, sometimes short-lived band—is still alive and well.

Just last year, several supergroups went supernova—from the hard-rocking and unfortunately named Chickenfoot (Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Pepper Chad Smith and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani) to the power-poppy Tinted Windows (Hanson’s Taylor Hanson, Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha, Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger and Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos).

Included in that list is the classic alt-rock trio Them Crooked Vultures—Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Dave Grohl from Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme.

Here are 10 other supergroups, by era.

—Kevin Amorim / Newsday (MCT)

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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