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‘G.I. Joe’ opens to little fanfare

It’s the biggest movie of the summer that practically no one has seen. “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” opens today, but Paramount Pictures didn’t screen the blockbuster for critics’ …


LC grad, 19, lands lead in ‘Miss Saigon’

More than 300 people showed up in New York to audition for the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s production of “Miss Saigon,” according to producing artistic director Roger Welch. Imagine his …


Apatow chases tears, laughs with ‘Funny People’

With “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up,” Judd Apatow, Hollywood’s one-man laugh factory, made his mark with tales that mostly wallowed in all-out comedic bliss. Now, for his next act, …


‘Fast & Furious’ proves fun, frantic

‘Fast & Furious’ “Fast & Furious” refires the high-speed adrenaline and the fuel-injected bromance between Vin Diesel and Paul Walker that began in 2001’s “The Fast and the Furious.”


Soaking up Spongebob

It’s a recipe as tasty as the one for a Krabby Patty: Take one naive yellow sponge with a disposition so sunny that he makes Pollyanna seem like an old …


House in ‘Connecticut’ reveals chilling secret

‘The Haunting in Connecticut”’ Solid acting and handsomely realized effects depicting ghostly visions and visitations make this a chilling occult tale.


Cowboy Junkies, Son Volt hit Fox

Two seminal alt-country acts are coming to town, both at mid-stride in a retrospective step in their careers. Son Volt and Cowboy Junkies are co-headlining a tour that comes Thursday …


Helio Sequence’s latest album shines with critics

When the lead singer and chief songwriter for the Helio Sequence lost his voice mid-tour, Brandon Summers feared it was the end of his career. During the several months that …


‘Half-Blood’ poised to keep Harry Potter’s run rolling

The previous Harry Potter movie was a big deal, yes, but it came out less than two weeks before the seventh and final chapter of J.K. Rowling’s phenomenally popular series …


Horton Heat shows more groove, a little less rude

The Reverend Horton Heat is, of course, just a stage name for the band. Bandleader Jim Heath certainly ain’t no saint. “Reverend Horton” was just a nickname from the club …


‘Knowing’ both silly, depressing

“Knowing” John Koestler (Nicolas Cage), comes across a 50-year-old list of numbers that somehow seems to have predicted – down to the precise date and location – every major disaster …


Sacha Baron Cohen’s new film divides the gay community

Among those poised to get lathered up over “Bruno” – comic-critic Sacha Baron Cohen’s new exercise in carefully calibrated bad taste – are Jews, blacks, hunters, wrestling fans, the military, …


North by Northwest set to tackle Carpenter thriller

North by Northwest’s next movie project will be a thriller titled “The Ward,” directed by John Carpenter, the veteran director famous for “Halloween” and “Escape From New York.” It’s scheduled …


CdA Summer Theatre to stage record-breaking musical

After 12 Tony Awards and two movie versions (37 years apart), most of us know that “The Producers” is rude, hilarious and filled with raucous Mel Brooks humor. This musical, …


Interest in Jacko memorabilia spikes following death

The first customers in the door this morning at The Long Ear in Coeur d’Alene were looking for the same thing as Thursday’s last customers – something from the King …


Fox goes from unknown to mega star, thanks to ‘Transformers’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – If stares were lasers, Megan Fox would be Swiss cheese. Every eye – man and woman – is glued to the 23-year-old actress, wearing a purple …


Oblivious ‘Shopaholic’ begins, ends with Fisher

“Confessions of a Shopaholic” Is Rebecca Bloomwood the embodiment of irresponsible consumership? Absolutely, which makes the timing of the film either genius or fatal, but two things weigh in its …


Review: ‘Away We Go’ sparkles

Movies about pregnancy all too often feature mad dashes to the maternity ward, delivery-room histrionics and bumbling, hovering relatives. “Away We Go” rejects those cliches and instead takes an honest, …


Regan’s stand-up is moving

Brian Regan is a stand-up, but not a stand-still, comic. His loping restlessness proved troublesome for one early observer, a New Jersey TV cameraman who couldn’t keep up the pace.


Review: ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ truly is a keeper

“My Sister’s Keeper” is a horror movie for parents and a righteous weeper that earns its tears. Directed with a sure, sensitive hand by Nick Cassavetes (”The Notebook”), it is …


Raising a glass to Pink Martini

Pink Martini was considered a quirky and somewhat mysterious Portland cult act when it first arrived in Spokane in 1998. Back then, most Spokane Symphony SuperPops subscribers had no idea …


‘Taking of Pelham’ an uneven remake

The way the title of the original 1974 film – “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” – has been condensed tells you everything you need to know about the …


Eastwood shines in ‘Torino’

‘Gran Torino’ Clint Eastwood delivers a breathtaking performance in a by turns appalling and hilarious role that recalls great ghosts of Eastwood vigilante thrillers past.


BOBfest expands range of genres

In previous BOBfest competitions, it was simple: You could tell the punk bands from the metal bands based on their names. That’s still true to a certain extent. Between Ekson …


Eddie Murphy comedy not as funny as imagined

Eddie Murphy finds his Inner Cosby in “Imagine That,” a comedy that is long on Cosbylike, kid-friendly charm even if it falls short in the funny department. He keeps the …


Club listings

Among the live acts at local venues over the coming week: Alter Knit Lounge, 915 W. First Ave.: Sunday, Mark Cally jazz guitar trio, 7 p.m. $15.


Comic Wanda Sykes bringing brash act to Fox

Fresh off of a command performance for the commander-in-chief, Wanda Sykes brings her brash, blunt stand-up comedy act to Spokane on Saturday in a benefit for Planned Parenthood of the …


‘Joseph’ back in full Technicolor

The Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre kicks off its four-show season with “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” – which, in 1999, was the biggest production this summer-stock theater had ever …


Winslet’s face carries ‘Revolutionary Road’

“Revolutionary Road” Sam Mendes’ dirgelike adaptation of the 1961 novel by Richard Yates exerts an undeniable pull as its beautiful, doomed protagonists navigate the ennui of adult life in 1950s …


A pretty good ‘Hangover’

If there is any justice in the universe, “The Hangover” will make Zach Galifianakis a household name. As the odd man out in a quartet of bachelor partiers, Galifianakis’ bearded …