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Caprica

(Universal) 2009, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Maybe it’s because the fad hasn’t worn off, but prequels seem to be far less objectionable than sequels. It makes sense in that with a prequel you have to be somewhat loyal to an end point, whereas a sequel has to make up a bunch of new stuff that might or might not live up to the original. So is the situation the producers of Battlestar Galactica found themselves in when their series recently wrapped up. The notion of Carpica telling the back-story to BSG was formulated in the latter’s second season and came to fruition late last year.   

Comedy: Mike Epps

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 21, 2009
A class clown, Mike Epps entered a stand-up comedy competition in his teens and was so encouraged by the response that he decided to move to Atlanta to pursue his new found passion. He became so successful in Atlanta that a club owner there suggested the young Epps head on to New York City, which Epps did almost immediately. Since then he's moved to Los Angeles and been in movies like Next Friday. 8 p.m. Saturday at the Taft Theatre.  

Skins: Volume 2 (BBC Warner)

2009, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2009
This show was getting some notice even before one of its actors (Dev Patel) turned up as the star of Slumdog Millionaire.  

Comedy: Mark Eddie

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Steubenville, Ohio, native Mark Eddie started his stand-up career in Pittsburgh. He performed serious songs in coffeehouses on college campuses before parlaying his storytelling talent and musical ability into a comedy act. Today, guitar in hand, he entertains audiences with original and parody songs.  

Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.0

Universal, 2008, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Last winter’s writer’s strike reeked havoc across the television universe. And while that hastened the demise of the likes of Back to You, a lot of good scripted TV suffered.  

The Founding of America

A&E, 2009, Not Rated

0 Comments · Monday, March 9, 2009
This box set collects virtually every documentary and movie about the American Revolution shown by The History Channel over the past few years. Anchored by 'Founding Fathers' and 'Founding Brothers,' no historical stone is left unturned and no angle left unexamined.  

Comedy: John Rathbone

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 3, 2009
What’s new with comedian and Canton native John Rathbone? “Absolutely nothing has changed,” he states. “Except I ache more and I have less hair.” Actually, Rathbone does have some interesting news to report. “I just auditioned for Def Comedy Jam,” he says. “I headlined a show at a club and after my show they had an urban show. I asked to go on after that…and they thought I was crazy. But I’ve played a lot of urban shows before and I did real well, so they asked me to come back and audition for Def Jam.” To give you an idea of just how diverse his appeal is, two nights later he was performing essentially the same set for a church convention in Pittsburgh. He performs at the Funny Bone Thursday-Sunday.  

Cocked and Loaded

Shiny Toy Guns mix the spirit of the '80s with Modern Rock and dancefloor sounds

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 3, 2008
"They knew the lyrics to every song," Jeremy Dawson says. "It was freaking me out. They knew more of the lyrics than I did." Parents are rocking out to Shiny Toy Guns, and their '80s-like sound is bringing in the kids. "Maybe. Kids like what kids like, and normally they don't like what Mom and Dad like."  

Comedy: Gary Conrad

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Comedian Gary Conrad found his way into hypnosis rather serendipitously. The former stockbroker, looking for a way to improve his concentration while bodybuilding, discovered hypnosis in 1980. At first he pursued it clinically, even traveling to England to study. He eventually took his skills to the stage and has been performing ever since. Not unlike his peers, Conrad’s show uses high-octane audience participation. He’s not out to embarrass anyone, of course — it’s all good clean fun. Well, maybe not clean. He does offer a few “erotic” shows in each town. Along the way he also mixes in suggestions for weight control, smoking cessation and so on. Oddly, folks will often come back to his shows three or four times in the same week, in the same town. Maybe sit in back the first time and lay low. Conrad performs Wednesday-Sunday at Go Bananas in Montgomery. $8-$12.  

The Office Season 4 (Universal)

2007, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Arguably the show’s best season, viewers are again compelled to get the DVD in order to pick up on all of the subtle gags that might have been missed the first time around.