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Wednesday, June 23,2010

’Dragon Tattoo’ leaves its mark

Spellbinding shocker is vicious, frightening and even touching

by James Sanford
Every year on his birthday, Swedish industrialist Henrik Vanger receives a package containing framed flowers. The gifts come from all over the world, but Vanger isn’t delighted: He suspects they are being sent by the person who did away with his beloved niece, Harriet, 40 years ago.
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Friday, June 18,2010

Woody and Buzz's last round-up

Delightful

by James Sanford
The fear of becoming obsolete. Abandonment issues. The threat of Death By Monkeys.They’re all part of the psychological backdrop of “Toy Story 3,” a first-rate — and long-overdue — sequel that both lives up to and builds on the legacy of 1995’s “Toy Story” and 1999’s “Toy Story 2.”
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

The Screening Room

The Pixar Generation

by James Sanford
Back in April, I received an invitation to a screening of “Toy Story 3” via Facebook. How exciting, I thought: Pixar Animation Studios is actually going to show the movie two months ahead of its release. So I set about trying to RSVP ' only to find I had been invited by accident.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

’I don't have anything to cover up anymore’

Country star Chely Wright speaks out about being a lesbian — even though she knows it might cost her her career

by James Sanford
Chely Wright’s memoir, “Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer,” begins with what could easily have been the end of her story: It’s January 2006, and a tormented and heartbroken Wright stands in front of her bathroom mirror, with the barrel of a 9-mm handgun in her mouth.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

The Screening Room

On the Waterfront

by James Sanford
There are plenty of reasons to go to the lakeshore in June, but every year around this time Saugatuck provides us with one more: the Waterfront Film Festival. Since 1999, this four-day event has brought filmmakers, actors, writers and movie fans to the resort town for screenings, Q
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

Big Apple boozing

Celebration and inebriation coexist in ’Drunken City’

by James Sanford
So does a chance meeting with a couple of guys, both of whom have been doing some celebrating of their own. The various connections between the out-of-towners linger long after last call and well into the messiness of the morning after..
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Wednesday, June 2,2010

Haunted by HUAC

’The Value of Names’: John Peakes stars in a look at life after the witch hunts

by James Sanford
To pave the way ' and raise some money ' Stormfield has been presenting a series of staged readings at various locations. “The Value of Names,” playing June 4 to 6 at Red Cedar Friends Meeting House, is the latest, and it has given Thatcher a chance to reconnect with some longtime friends and associates.
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Wednesday, May 26,2010

Wright on

Country star is grand marshal for Pride March June 12

by James Sanford
Wright will be grand marshal of the Pride March June 12 in downtown Lansing; it’s part of the Michigan Pride Diversity Festival. The march begins at noon at Grand Avenue along Riverfront Park and proceeds south on Grand, west on Shiawassee Street and south on Capitol Avenue to the Capitol steps.
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Wednesday, May 26,2010

Rattling the rafters, stirring the heart

’Phantom’ retains its allure at Wharton Center

by James Sanford
It’s been nearly a quarter of a century since Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” made its debut in London’s West End and the show has remained a money-spinner ever since. That’s quite remarkable in the theater world, where today’s hot ticket can easily turn into tomorrow’s big yawn.
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Wednesday, May 26,2010

The Screening Room

'Sex' and the sandy: Fun is just a mirage

by James Sanford
Once upon a time ' way back in 1998 ' there was a fresh new HBO series about four single women slashing and sashaying their way through the Big Apple dating scene. It was called “Sex and the City,” and it was witty and sophisticated and steamy and, in some eyes, scandalous.
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