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    Next Big Things - The five biggest attention-getters at E3

    Yet another Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) has come and gone, and this one was the biggest yet. Exhibitors know all too well that a strong showing at E3 -- an event heavily covered by both industry and mainstream press -- can turn a great prod...

    by Gary Hodges on May 25, 2006
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    Your Show of Shows

    Boston Legal: Season One (Fox) David E. Kelley's latest legal drama is nothing more than a TV show about TV shows; hence the casting of Captain Kirk and Murphy Brown, with guest shots by Diane Chambers, Golden Girl Rose Nylund, and Alex Keaton. It...

    by Jordan Harper on May 25, 2006
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    New Times's top DVD picks for the week of May 23

    Africa Screams (Image) April's Shower (Liberation) Back Door to Hell (Fox) Bloodrayne (Uwe Boll Productions) The Closer: The Complete First Season (Warner Bros.) Deadwood: The Complete Second Season (HBO) The Devil's Miner (First Ru...

    on May 25, 2006
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    Hey, Hey, We're the Junkies - The heroin of our story

    The heck with rehab. Anyone wanting to kick narcotics addiction should just go see Stray Cat Theatre's gloriously ugly production of Harry Gibson's Trainspotting. Crammed to capacity with pitch-perfect performances and almost unbearably realistic sce...

    by Robrt L. Pela on May 18, 2006
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    All Aboard - Less fun and more drugs than the movie

    It was a book and a play before it was a film, but, as ever, folks will still want Trainspotting, the play, to mirror the movie. It doesn't. Here's how. Character: Spud, the beloved spaz Fate in book and movie: Goofy speed fanatic who hates wo...

    by Robrt L. Pela on May 18, 2006
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    Woodsman: Is What It Is Theatre all but vanished last year, but resurfaces this month with an original adaptation (and world premire) of the 2004 film that starred Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick. The story follows Walter, who's just been released fro...

    by Robrt L. Pela on May 18, 2006
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    The Brain Game - Can Nintendo really make you smarter?

    Mom always says that videogames rot your brain. Hell, some say that Grand Theft Auto trains kids to kill. So Nintendo's claim that its new portable offering, Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!, actually makes players smarter has been re...

    by Gary Hodges on May 18, 2006
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    This Time It's Serious

    Winter Passing (Fox) Try this, should you be inclined to rent this downer from writer-director Adam Rapp: Skip from chapter to chapter and see whether they all don't begin with exactly the same image, accompanied by exactly the same sound. There i...

    by Michael Atkinson on May 18, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of May 16.

    All You've Got (MTV) American Soldiers (Velocity) The Big Valley: Season One (Fox) Con Air: Unrated Extended Edition (Buena Vista) Crimson Tide: Unrated Extended Edition (Buena Vista) Doogal (Weinstein) Duma (Warner Bros.) Funny ...

    on May 18, 2006
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    Magical Mystery Tour - Exploring the life and art of the late Sean O'Donnell

    Sean O'Donnell waves at visitors from the window of his paint-peeling brick home; his fingertips splayed in greeting, his face mashed against the glass. "The first time I saw that, I forgot he was dead," says artist Janet de Berge Lange, pointing ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on May 11, 2006
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    Art Scene - Current exhibitions, installations, and shows

    Reviews by Wynter Holden "Holy Land: Diaspora and the Desert" at the Heard Museum: Something is definitely missing here. Only one Israeli artist is represented, and the closest thing to Jewish art is a photographic series exploring the Dead Sea. ...

    by Wynter Holden on May 11, 2006
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    Beat Down - This DJ simulator is nothing to rave about

    If you've gazed at a record player and imagined you could scratch as well as the next guy, you're not alone. Guitars, drums, bass -- all these instruments appear to require real skill or at least blisters. But who can't drop a needle? The problem ...

    by Chris Ward on May 11, 2006
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    Beauty at Buchenwald

    Fateless (THINKFilm) I've no patience for the Holocaust docudrama -- didn't even see Schindler's List 'til years after its 1993 release, to my parents' everlasting shame. And so it was I avoided Lajos Koltai's acclaimed adaptation of Imre Kertsz...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 11, 2006
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of May 9

    The Barbie Diaries Gift Set (Family Home Entertainment) Battle in Heaven (Tartan) The Best of Rocky and Bullwinkle: Volume 1 (Sony Wonder) Big Momma's House 2 (Fox) Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist: Season One (Paramount) The Facts of ...

    on May 11, 2006
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    Cinco de Drinko - Porque? Because it's all

    Odelay! Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, so you'd better dust off your sombrero and bust out your rusty knowledge of Spanglish, because there are plenty of phat fetes going down in P-town from Thursday, May 4, through Sunday, May 7. Wann...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on May 4, 2006
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    No Kidding, or What's It All About, Albee? - Not baaad at all

    Despite what you may have heard, The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? is not a play about bestiality. The subject hovers over the story, but goat-fucking is more an allegory than a theme. Playwright Edward Albee is concerned here with the boundaries for "dece...

    by Robrt L. Pela on May 4, 2006
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    Marshall Mason - If it's not one thing, it's your mother

    Marshall Mason is back in town. After several years as drama professor at ASU (and theater critic at New Times!), Mason -- who's been nominated five times for Broadway's "Best Director" Tony Award -- returned to New York and his renowned career. This...

    by Robrt L. Pela on May 4, 2006
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    Theater Scene - What's running now

    Epic Proportions: This comedy by playwrights Larry Coen and David Crane came about after the pair noticed an extra in a biblical epic they were watching on television being crushed by a falling column. Coen and Crane (who's best known as co-creator a...

    by Robrt L. Pela on May 4, 2006
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    Hero With a Thousand Faces - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion earns our highest score

    The biggest innovation videogaming saw in the past decade or so was the invention of the "sandbox": Programmers create settings and consequences, but give you, the user, free license to do with them what you want. Grand Theft Auto is certainly th...

    by Gary Hodges on May 4, 2006
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    Embarrassment of Riches

    Tennessee Williams Film Collection (Warner Bros.) All that's missing from this boxed set -- six movies, one doc, eight discs -- is a jar of sweat; even Williams is here, in a 1973 documentary. Then there's Brando, Beatty, Newman, Taylor, Burton, G...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 4, 2006
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