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The bad outweighs the good and the cringes outnumber the laughs in “Bruno,” the new disappointment from Sacha Baron Cohen, whose “Borat” was one of the funniest movies of the decade. His new film is grounded in a doomed comic strategy, one that’s intellectually dishonest and unfair in its application: to expose homophobia by wallowing in and trading on ugly gay stereotypes.
I wish I had teenage kids just so I could forbid them to see “I Love You, Beth Cooper.”
A miscast and misjudged graduation-night comedy, “Cooper” occasionally — only occasionally — wanders into harmless. Much of the time it’s sending bad messages about just about everything: driving without your lights on after dark, using sex to score beer and letting peer pressure determine your sexuality.
‘I Love You, Beth Cooper’
By JUSTIN PAPROCKI • 843-706-8143
The day before Zach Deputy was scheduled to appear in the studio to start recording his new album, his livelihood was stolen.
His tour truck, which included his instruments and clothing, was swiped from a La Quinta parking lot in Paramus, N.J. He was en route to Woodstock, N.Y., where had planned to begin recording his second studio album.
But he didn’t let the theft deter him. The next day, Deputy was demonstrating his technique on a borrowed acoustic guitar for the musicians who’d serve as his backing band. The day after, he was laying down vocal tracks. The resulting album has a title that reflects the optimism that got Deputy through those troubled days: “Sunshine.”
The Bluffton Town Council interviewed its third and final candidate for the town manager position Wednesday evening.
The council will be ready to make its final decision within several days, council member Charlie Wetmore said before Wednesday’s interview with candidate Anthony Barrett, a former county administrator for Spotsylvania County, Va.
“Based on what I’ve seen, I’m ready to move,” Wetmore said. He said the council hasn’t recently discussed a timeline for making a final decision.
The Spay/Neuter Alliance and Clinic, or SNAC, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing high-volume, low-cost spays and neuters. Located in Ridgeland, SNAC is the first high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic in the region. With as many as six million pets euthanized each year, SNAC’s mission is to help reduce the euthanization and shelter intake rates. It does that by providing high-quality and low-cost spays and neuters to individuals, shelters, animal rescue groups and feral cat colony keepers.
Hilton Head Island High School has chosen to promote from within for its boys basketball head coaching vacancy. Athletics director Lew Kent said Tuesday that he has recommended three-year assistant coach Ken Updike for the position, pending approval from principal Amanda O'Nan and the Beaufort County School District, he said.
I must admit that if you seek reassurance of life’s inherent goodness, the newspaper can be an awful thing to behold some days. Killings and other untimely deaths. Natural disasters. Scandals. Political intrigue.
So I understand when I get phone calls like the one I fielded from a gentleman late last week, imploring us to quit harping on the bad stuff and print more “good news.”
Developers of a massive, mixed-use shopping center at the intersection of U.S. 278 and S.C. 170 apparently expect the project to draw wealthy customers from across the world to Hardeeville.
In the first noticeable movement on the 300-acre project in months, The Sembler Co. recently sent out promotional materials for luxury outlet shops called The Colony, slated to arrive in July 2011.
By JEFF VRABEL • 843-706-8140
Here’s what I did at work last Friday: Held an alligator. With my hands. Both of them. That is an essential strategy, because holding an alligator with one hand is a terrible idea, because no matter how you do it the gator is going to be hanging in some fashion, and that is highly unsafe, especially if the hanging portion contains the mouth. So I used both, which was good news for the alligator, because when you’re being held by someone who is quivering uncontrollably, the effect is probably that of a pleasant massage.
I was holding an alligator because it was brought to the office by gator wrangler/guy who could snap my spine in half like a pretzel stick Joe Maffo of Critter Management, a company that specializes in the removal of alligators from things, such as pools, ponds, baby seats and refrigerators. If there’s an alligator that needs to be relocated — often, it seems, because of tourists trying to impress someone by playing a minivan version of “Man Vs. Wild” or attempting to snap a cool picture for the breakroom bulletin board — it is his job to do so, which is the mathematical opposite of my job, which involves trying to tap-tappity funnies at 2 a.m. for one of these “newspapers” that my grandkids will be asking me about in the way that I ask about, say, stegosauruses, like: “Wait, they really had those?”
Out this week is one for the families, “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” Ok, so first off, where did this one even come from? I remember the vast amount of hype that the first one got back in 2002 and now here we are with number three and it’s barely even making it into T.V. spots. Nevertheless, it looks like all the original characters are back as well as new ones, including a few angry dinosaurs out for vengeance after Sid swipes one of their eggs.