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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)

by Jonas Jacobs

11 Feb 2010


I remember looking through a friend’s Rolling Stone as a freshman in college. It was the issue that touted the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. Being a list fiend and a music geek, I devoured the list, skimming through 500 - 101. The top 100 was what I really cared about. Hell, the Top 25 was I all I really cared about. I wanted to make sure I had every one in my music library so I could make my own iTunes playlist based on the Rolling Stone list. 

There were a few songs I didn’t have, so I bought them on iTunes to complete my playlist. However, there was one song I didn’t own that I was completely blown away by and that was #12, Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”. For some odd reason, I had NEVER heard the song until 2005, when the list came out. The first time I did hear it, in my stuffy college dorm room, I was nearly moved to tears. Since then, the song seems to have become a staple of American cultural literacy. President Obama even referred to the song directly in a speech after he was elected as President of the United States in 2008, saying “It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, change has come to America.”

Below are various versions of the song, in chronological order. First, Sam Cooke’s original recording, released after his death in 1964. Otis Redding included the song as “Change Gonna Come” on his 1965 album Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul. In 1971, Chicago underground soul legend Baby Huey recorded his version of the song that was released posthumously in 1971 on The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend.

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