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2008-08-28 21:00:25

* DEATH RACE: H 1/2 Marquee Cinemas, Park Place Stadium Cinemas. This remake of Roger Cormans 1975 B-movie re-imagines this cars-and- carnage thriller as a video game come to life. The plot is non- existent, the dialogue is dopey, the dead stretches between races are dull, and the resolution is laughable. But no matter, as the movies really about the creative ways these nuts find to kill each other. Rated R. n THE HOUSE BUNNY: HH 1/2 MC, PPSC. Essentially a female remake of Revenge of the...

2008-08-07 12:01:01

By DAVID GERMAIN By David Germain The Associated Press LOS ANGELES IN COMEDY, Hollywood has learned that raunch sells. Studios prefer their funny flicks in the benign PG-13 mold, a rating that keeps the audience broad to fill as many seats as possible. More and more, however, they are taking chances on R- rated comedies that ratchet up the rawness, allowing the "Sex and the City" gal pals to strut their stuff, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to expose body parts in "Step Brothers"...

2008-08-06 18:00:14

A case before a U.S. appeals court could limit privacy expectations for on-line communications. U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper, sitting in California, ruled last year that a hacker who broke into a file-sharing company's e-mail didn't violate the 1968 Wiretap Act. Cooper ruled that the e-mail messages Rob Anderson obtained were being stored, although momentarily, and not in transmission. Her decision in Bunnell vs. the Motion Picture Association of America is being reviewed by...

2008-08-05 06:00:29

By Greg Toppo Researchers know what your tween saw last summer: savage beatings, severed heads, murder, rape and torture. In a study released Monday in the journal Pediatrics, researchers from Dartmouth Medical School estimate more than 2.5 million children ages 10 to 14 watch the typical violent, R-rated movie. A few movies, such as Blade, Hollow Man and Bride of Chucky, claim what researchers say are huge child audiences -- as many as 7.8 million, including an estimated 1...

2008-08-02 00:00:26

By The Dallas Morning News Aug. 2--AUSTIN -- More schools from North Texas and across the state improved their annual performance ratings this year -- helped by higher student test scores -- but dozens of districts and hundreds of campuses got special exceptions from the state that helped them avoid lower ratings. A report from the Texas Education Agency on Friday indicated a slight decrease in the number of school districts and campuses that were rated "academically unacceptable" -- the...

2008-07-31 15:00:42

ALPS The producers of "Everest" take their cameras to Europe's largest mountain range while following one man's quest to conquer the mountain that killed his father. This Imax adventure features the music of Queen. (Not Previewed.) ALEXANDRA 3 stars. Russian director Alexander Sokurov uses the incongruous image of a dignified old woman waddling around a shabby army base on a desolate patch of land to get at the futility and ugliness of war. A slow-moving and fastidiously staged affair with...

2008-07-25 15:00:48

Step Brothers Rating: R for crude and sexual content and language. What it's about: Two obnoxious slacker, live-with-their-parents 40-year-olds must come to terms with being stepbrothers when their parents marry. The kid attractor factor: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and lots of naughty language. Good lessons/bad lessons: Sooner or later, even the most understanding, doting parent must kick junior out of the nest. Violence: Slapstick slap fights and goofball wrestling. Language:...

2008-07-25 12:00:54

By GERRY BRAIDEN SCOTS who download music and films illegally could now be identified through 'filtering' technology or have their broadband usage limited to prevent them file-sharing, under new proposals. The UK Government has also refused to rule out users paying an annual levy to download, with money then channelled back to the rights holders and the artists receiving a bigger slice of the monies. It insists the proposal is not part of the consultation with internet service providers...

2008-07-25 09:00:57

The following DVDs will be released Tuesday: -- "Doomsday" (Rogue, $29.98) -- ** -- A dopey sci-fi thriller that copies "28 Days Later" and every other "virus wipes us out" movie of recent vintage. Extras: Includes both an unrated cut of the film, plus the R- rated theatrical version. Not rated, probable R (violence, gore, profanity, sex, nudity) -- Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel -- "Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay" (New Line, $28.98) -- ** -- This stale,...

2008-07-25 09:00:57

By Sharon Kennedy Wynne St. Petersburg Times Summer boredom should be settling in fast by now, but it can be tough to keep up with what's appropriate for kids to read, play or watch. Luckily we can get some tips from people who have already slogged through these things. For video games, WhatTheyPlay.com gives parents a fast insight into game content. For example, if your 10-year-old wants to rent "Assassin's Creed" for his PS3 from Hollywood Video, a quick search will tell you that the...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'