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  • Brandenburg film company produces geek culture projects

    In a land far, far away — or Brandenburg — a production company is striving to produce fantasy and science fiction movies and Web series based on geek culture.

    The company, d20 Entertainment, is led by Ken Whit­man and already has produced two seasons of a Web series called “Brothers Barbarian.” Now there are a few other projects in the works.

    From 1994 to 1995, Whitman worked for the company that made Dungeons & Dragons.

  • Open auditions to be held for 'Glad It's Not Me'

    Auditions will be held Saturday for a play titled “Glad It’s Not Me.”

    Those 16 and older can attend the open audition from 1 to 4 p.m. at 401 W. Poplar St. in Elizabethtown.

    Participants will read from provided scripts and should be prepared to sing a song of their choice.

    “Glad It’s Not Me” was produced and written by Karl and Esther Butts and will be directed by Phillip Cherry.

    The performance schedule has not been determined.

    For information, call 502-650-5341.

  • A puppy in a splint is still a puppy

    So we’re in the final days of our Pomeranian puppy wearing his splint.

    About a month ago, Zorro broke his front leg while we were on vacation when he decided to jump out the window of our parked car — apparently to beg attention from a passerby. While the splint is noticeable to us of the human sort, Zorro hasn’t seemed to give it much attention.

  • Country singer J.D. Shelburne returns to Elizabethtown

    Taylorsville native J.D. Shelburne returns to Elizabethtown for a concert that begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    “I have added a lot of new fans in the area and plus Taylorsville really isn’t that far away to bring more,” Shelburne said. “I am really excited to come back home and share my journey in song at one of the state’s most historic theaters.”

    Shelburne said audiences can expect a “laid back, storytelling acoustic show.”

  • Touring high school performers will address teen issues

    A group of high school students from Ohio will perform a drama in Vine Grove in an effort to address topics including abortion, alcohol, drugs, religion, sex and suicide.

    “Dead Serious ... About Life,” a musical drama, will be presented by Mischpachah Inc. at 7 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday at J.T. Alton Middle School.

  • 'Edge of Tomorrow' is 'Groundhog Day' on steroids

    “Edge of Tomorrow”
    Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material.
    Release date: June 6
    Runtime: 113 minutes
    Rating: Surprisingly good

    Tom Cruise has had some good movies but he’s also had several duds. Last year’s “Oblivion” was one of those duds.

    “Edge of Tomorrow” is a welcome surprise that erased some preconceived notions going into the film.

  • Heights plus cracking glass equals a bad idea

    I never will understand people’s obsession with heights or being suspended in high places. I’m OK in a plane, but leaning over a high object looking down toward certain death has no appeal to me.

    If you are as clumsy as I am, you would understand. My mother didn’t name me Grace for a reason.

    This is why I always thought the glass box observation areas on the Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower, in Chicago was a bad idea. The boxes are enclosed but the view is a frightening image of the street thousands of feet below.

  • 'Maleficent' is far from magnificent

    “Maleficent”
    Rated PG for sequences of fantasy action and violence, including frightening images.
    Release date: May 30
    Runtime: 97 minutes
    Rating: Not an improvement on the original

     

    If you grew up loving the Disney fairy tale movie “Sleeping Beauty,” you know its villain Maleficent always has been considered one of the best animated villains in movie history.

    For fans, anticipation is high for the live action Disney flick “Maleficent.”

  • HCP tackles crumbling traditions in 'Fiddler on the Roof'

    IF YOU GO
    Hardin County Playhouse will present “Fiddler on the Roof” 7 p.m. today, Saturday and June 12-14; and 3 p.m. Sunday and June 15 at Plum Alley Theater n the Historic State Theater complex, 209 W. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 seniors (55 plus), students, military/military dependents and groups of 10 or more. For information, call 270-351-0577.

    By ROBERT VILLANUEVA
    The News-Enterprise

  • Vine Grove concert to raise funds for playground project

    Vine Grove Optimist Park will host a concert tonight to raise money for a charitable cause. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. and features singer/songwriter Mike Jones.

    Jones, who is from Elizabethtown, began performing with Nashville session musicians as Mike Jones and PG-43.

    Described as easy listening adult contemporary, Jones’ original songs are aimed at those who are 43 and older. The website for PG-43 says it offers “melodies you can remember and lyrics you can understand.”