Monday, September 21, 2020

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Sum 41 mixes comedy and song on inconsistent album

Sum 41 Half Hour of Power (Island Records) Sum 41 shows off a decent sense of humor on its new album, “Half Hour of Power.” Unfortunately, it’s supposed to be a band, not a stand-up comedy troupe. The album starts off with a satiric poke at Satanic-themed heavy metal with “Grab the Devil by the Horns and **** Him up the ***.” The band redoes a pack of familiar-sounding 1980s thrash metal riffs over a wordless minute, which, combined with the title, clearly skewers the excesses of the genre that spawned Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer. The rest of Sum 41’s album is not quite as clever.

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King works on latest novel, film projects

His résumé reads like an American Film Institute Top 100 list, recording his work with unforgettable films such as “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Misery,” “Stand By Me” and “The Green Mile.” His movies have created genuine feeling in people for more than two decades, whether those emotions be extreme horror, deep sadness, divine absolution or even witty cheerfulness.

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Forget almost, Crowes Famous is perfect film

It is truly amazing when a film captures the audience members’ collective heart; when every person sitting in the theater can’t help but feel all the trivial pains and pleasures put forth in the story. Unfortunately for audiences everywhere, this only occurs once in a great while. However, it did in many theaters this weekend when writer and director Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous” caught its first batches of well-deserved attention. The movie, Crowe’s first film since his double Academy Award-nominated “Jerry Maguire,” is set in one of rock ’n’ roll’s most cardinal eras, the 1970s - back when everything was on vinyl.

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Copacabana portrays drama of life in show biz

Like many who go to the Big Apple to try to make it big in show business, Darcie Roberts got her break in New York.Tonight, Roberts plays a similar role as Lola Lamar, the leading lady in Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana,” who heads to New York to break into the business.The play is inspired by Manilow’s Grammy award-winning song “Copacabana.” “Copacabana” is the story of a small-town girl from Tulsa, Okla.

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Racy book shares too many sordid sex details

Run to the library, catch a better book and kiss this story line goodbye - “Run Catch Kiss” by Amy Sohn (Scribner Paperback Fiction, $12) falls far short of its potential. Just out of college, Ariel Steiner, 22, is an aspiring actress in New York City who becomes discouraged after being cast in “fat-girl” roles and after going on countless letdown auditions. The novel tells of a young woman with low self-esteem who essentially sells herself to the lowest bidder to make extra money.

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Mockingbird conveys lesson

LANSING - “To Kill a Mockingbird” reveals the racial tensions of life in a small town in the Deep South in the 1930s. The show opened Thursday at Boarshead Theater, 425 S.