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  • Does Kevin James' new comedy bring the boom?

    “Here Comes the Boom”
    Rated PG for bouts of MMA sports violence, some rude humor and language.
    Runtime: 105 minutes
    Release date: Oct. 12
    Rating: Not great but not bad

     

    After suffering through “Paul Blart Mall Cop” a few years ago, I wasn’t thrilled about seeing “Here Comes the Boom,” expecting the same level of stupidity.

    When I left the movie I was surprised, but only slightly.

  • The loss of an amazing man

    A little girl often thinks her daddy is the most amazing man on the planet. She looks to him for advice, protection, guidance and what team to follow in sports.

    My dad was the most amazing man on the planet. He was the strongest man I ever knew in both physical strength and in his faith.

    I lost him this month to a farming accident. I cannot even explain the hole his absence has left but I can tell you a little bit about the man I called Daddy.

  • HCP seeks large cast for 'Joseph'

    Hardin County Playhouse will hold auditions for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Plum Alley Theater in the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    Rock, calypso, country and Broadway-style numbers are included in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on the Bible story of Joseph of Canaan.

    Participants will be asked to sing a short selection of a song from the show. All materials are provided and advance preparation is not required.

  • Christian artists bring acoustic show to E'town

    Two standouts in Christian contemporary music will bring an acoustic show to The Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown tonight.

    An Acoustic Evening with Jason Gray and Todd Agnew Tour launched in September, said spokeswoman Janet Bozeman.

    “Not only is it going to be great musically … it is going to be so entertaining,” she said, noting both musicians have a flair for comedy.

  • State Theater shows ‘The Ghost and Mr. Chicken’

    The Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown will offer a family-friendly entertainment option for the Halloween season Friday and Saturday with “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.”

  • Finding the treats in the not-so-scary Halloween season

    The zombies are coming.

    Really. The zombies are coming.

    As I wrote in a column not long ago, it is getting to be that time of year. You know, autumn and the Halloween season.

    And this Saturday downtown Elizabethtown is being taken over by zombies.

    Dancing zombies, no less.

    OK, so maybe not all the zombies will be dancing, but at least some of them will.

  • Excitement, community involvement part of appeal of flash mobs

    At any given moment in any given location around the world, groups of men, women and children might spontaneously begin dancing in a synchronized routine.

  • Farcical fun at Hardin County Playhouse

    Mortimer Brewster, a New York drama critic, gets engaged and then finds out his two sweet aunts are murdering lonely old men by serving them elderberry wind laced with arsenic, an act of mercy, they say.

    Brewster tries to deal with this news and questions the sanity of his entire family in the mad capped comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

    The classic dark comedy begins showing at the Hardin County Playhouse this weekend.

  • A bleak future in "Looper"

    “Looper”

    Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and drug content.

    Runtime: 118 minutes

    Release date: Sept. 28

    Rating: It’s a downer

     

     

    As any time-traveling futuristic movie, “Looper” is a bit hard to explain.

    Think harsh like “12 Monkeys” and not light and fun like “Back to the Future.”

    In fact, “Looper” gives a very bleak view of the not so distant future.

  • Even off-key parents perform little miracles

     

    After more than 30 years of piano teaching, I had experienced all kinds of different parents: Parents who were always two minutes early, parents who were always five minutes late, parents who quibbled over money and parents who arrived at the start of each term with their checkbook open.