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I Page 10 POST-GAZE'l-rE, JANUARY 23, 2015 Liiii!iiii , ................ "" i!l I ..... ---- by Bob Morello ! WS . . . more than meets the eye oooee@eoeeeeeeeeeeeeaoeeeoegoeeeee WINGS: SKY FORCE HEROES (DVD) Lionsgate Home Ent. When Ace (Josh Duhamel) a cocky young firefighter, defies his Colonel's (Tom Skeritt) orders and recklessly attempts a solo mission, it leads to disastrous conse- quences. Ace, along with Fred (Rob Schneider) -- his trusty copilot -- quits Sky Force and resigns himself to hauling coal for ~Mr. Steinway (Russell Peters), until the day a fire breaks out in the mines! With the help of his friends Windy (Hilary Duff) and T-Bone (Jesse McCartney), Ace must overcome his fears and become the hero he was destined to be. GIRLS: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (DVD) HBO Home Ent. In this third season, Hannah (Lena Dunham) is in a committed relationship with Adam (Adam Driver), and the two are settling into a newfound domesticity in Hannah's apartment. Hannah is also working on rehabilitating her writing career and concentrating on delivering her eBook to her eccentric publisher. Marnie (Allison Williams) is meticu- lously working to achieve the life she feels she de- serves. Nearing graduation, newly single Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) masterminds a plan to create a healthy (at least on paper) balance be- tween partying and her stud- ies. And, continuing on a streak of disrupting the lives of those around her, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) strikes up an ambiguous friendship with a flamboyant father figure. RED VS. BLUE: SEASON 12 (Blu-ray) Cinedigm Shipwrecked, separated and still sort of ... dumb, the Red and Blue soldiers of Project Freelancer are con- tinuing their misadventures on Chorus in the twelfth season. With their leaders captured, Tucker, Grif, Simmons and Caboose now find themselves caught in the middle of a planet-wide civil war and if they want to save their friends, they'll have to lead a hopeless army of rebels to victory. Between alien artifacts, subpar sub- ordinates and mysterious mercenaries, the heroes of Blood Gulch have got their work cut out for them, and they really hate work! THE BRITTANY MURPHY STORY (DVD) Lionsgate Home Ent. "The Brittany Murphy Story" tells the story of the talented young actress who became a breakout star with the support and determina- tion of her mother, in the 1980s and '90s. With high profile roles in "Clueless," "8 Mile," and "Girl Interrupted," Brittany achieved her Holly- wood dream, but her des- peration for approval and insecurity about her looks made her personal life a disaster. The men in Brit- tany's life would come ind go, her mother re- mained the grounding force in her life. But that endur- ing maternal love wasn't enough to save Brittany from the dangers of Hollywood life. Four years later as new reports swirl around the mystery of Brittany's death, her father's claims continue that she was poisoned. BANSHEE: THE SECOND SEASON (DVD) Lionsgate Home Ent. This action drama charts the continuing twists and turns that follow Lucas Hood (Antony Stair), an ex-convict who improbably assumes the identity of sheriff of the rural Amish-area town of Banshee, where his former lover and partner-in-crime (Ivana Milicevic) lives under the alias Carrie Hopewell. Season 2 follows the Season I finale when Carrie's fa- ,ther, gang kingpin Rabbit (Ben Cross), was left for dead after a climactic warehouse shootout. Carrie, now ex- posed and estranged from her husband and kids, is torn between her devotion to her family and her connec- tion to Lucas, who had given himself up in order to save her years earlier. LOOKING: THE FIRST SEASON (DVD) HBO Home Ent. This new HBO series re- volves around three 30- something friends living in San Francisco, who explore the exciting, sometimes over- whelming options available to a new generation of gay men. Friendship may bind them, but each is at a mark- edly different point in his journey: Patrick, a 29-year- old video game designer returns to the dating world in the wake of his ex's engagement. Aspiring artist Augustin, 31, questions the idea of monogamy amid a move to domesticate with his boyfriend; and the group's oldest member, long- time waiter Dom, 39, is fac- ing middle-age dreams still unfulfilled, as they search for happiness and intimacy. GET ON UP (Blu-ray) Universal Pictures Home Ent. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, "Get On Up" gives a fearless look inside the mu- sic, moves, and moods of James Brown, taking audi- ences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential fig- ures of the 20th century. Chadwick Boseman stars as Brown, and is joined by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Jill Scott, Craig Robinson, and Dan Aykroyd. An explosively soul-packed story filled with stunning remixes of Brown's original recordings, plus the singer's memorable stage moments, highlighted by a mesmeriz- ing star performance by Boseman. The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani ANTHONY GAETA LATEST GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARDEE Anthony Gaeta is the North End's Mr. Clean for decades down at his corner of Fulton and Richmond Streets going back to the seventies, For his decades of helping to clean up his neighborhood, Janet Gilardi from "the North End/ Waterfront Residents Asso- ciation presented Anthony with the NEWRA's December award. PATAKI AND PERRY MAKING N.H. TRIPS IN '15 Former New York Governor George Pataki and former Texas Governor Rick Perry have already eyed New Hampshire and are the first 2016 maybe candidates to make it up there talking to the folks. Pataki met with GOP activists in the Manchester area. Reportedly, Perry will be here for a two- day trip February 11th-12th just in time for some of those Lin- coln Day dinners that are a must for presidential hopefuls over the years. THE FROG OF ADVERTISING A frog is now the subject of a federal lawsuit. Dave Phillips of Medford created six frog sculptures near the Frog Pond in the Boston Common back in 2003. He is now su- ing Macy's for showing a win- dow display replica of his "Fishing Frog" at Macy's in Downtown Crossing this past Christmas season facing Summer Street. Phillips wants Macy's to stop displaying his frog and is seeking $150,000 reportedly for copyright infringement. Score this one for Kermit. HOTEL AT KING ARTHUR'S??? I had to chuckle when I read of the sale of the old King Arthur's in Chelsea and the hopes of the new owner to turn it into a hotel for cus- tomers of the proposed Wynn casino to be located nearby. I know if I were coming to the casino I would love to be living in the middle of the wholesale produce center and all the noise and tractor-trailers that go with the place. Someone said a hotel might work, but I say it's jaded and seedy past seems unable to make any hotel seem viable. King Arthur's after-all was King Arthur's where there was reportedly plenty of action and appar- ently beds available too. Driv- ing by this site for years, I laughed at the sign reading, "Try our steak tips." Has any- one out there ever dine on steak tips there during those old shows on stage? MORE ON COCOANUT GROVE FIRE Back in November I did a piece on the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire back in 1942 that killed 499 patrons in a matter of minutes. There was a great book written by Paul Benzaquin, a former WEEI talk-show host for. years who wrote Fire back in 1959. I recently read the 1967 25th anniversary edition and found it compelling. There was one paragraph in his book that seem to say it all, "There are doctors and nurses, busboys and cab driv- ers who will never forget the suffering they saw. There are countless women and men whose lives still reflect the trauma of that night ... for the Cocoanut Grove fire burned with ferocious swift- ness, causing in just 12 min- utes the loss of at least 490 lives. (The final death count was 499). I KNOW THIS IS OLD STUFF, BUT I NEEDED TO GET IT OFF MY CHEST Former Gov. Deval Patrick over his last weekend in of- rice held a public event one evening to unveil his own of- ficial State House photo- graph. This was an unusual event since sitting gover- nors never unveil their own portraits which usually hap- pens after they leave office. Patrick, I guess couldn't wait and wanted to do the honors himself. Sounds awful big of him, huh? BOSTON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY Boston's International Women's Day will be held on Sunday, March 84 at 1:00 pm at Spinelli's Function Facil- ity on Route 1 in Lynnfield. For further information, please call Francesca at 781-558-0841. IRISH SOCIAL CLUB'S 70th ANNIVERSARY The Irish Social Club of Bos- ton was founded in Dorchester back in 1945 and will be celebrating its anni- versary this coming June. The June date is also the 35th anniversary of the club's move to West Roxbury. The club is organizing right now for a big June event. Stay tuned. My uncle Neal Harrington by the way was one of the founders back in 1945, which is why I love the Irish Social Club and my membership in it. DUNKIN' DONUTS STILL ON THE MOVE Latest news is that Dunkin; Donuts is again looking to expand its chain of shops. Newest locations an- nounced are both outside the United States. They are talk- ing Mexico and China. Too bad, they just don't focus on making a better donut first. And don't ask me about-their coffee. AREOSMITH'S JOEY KRAMER IS TALKING COFFEE NOW This old rocker has been to well over 30 cities across the globe, but lately he's talking North Attleboro where he is hoping to launch a second career in coffee. Joey now intends to open his first cof- fee shop, Kramer's Rockln' & Roastin' Cafe at the intersec~ tion of Routesl and 1A. A short ride south Of Foxboro and the Patriots. EASTIE AND REVERE ROTARY TAKE POLAR PLUNGE JANUARY 31st The East Boston and Revere Rotary Clubs will be hosting their own Polar Plunge on Saturday, January 31St at Long Beach in Gloucester at 11:15 am as part of the Ro- tary International's ongoing campaign to eradicate polio in our lifetime. For more info, contact Tom Hankard at REVERE PAROCHIAL SCHOOL ALLEGATIONS TROUBLING Three staff members at the Immaculate Conception School in Revere has report- edly resigned following allega- tions of indecent exposure at the school. The three re- signed after a school worker allegedly exposed himself. Reportedly, the worker's al- leged actions were not re- ported after being accused of such actions. The worker was placed on administrative leave pending an investiga- tion and law enforcement is now involved. The pastor, principal and teacher all resigned for fail- ing to report the incidents "in a timely manner." What seemed puzzling to me were quotes to the media by many school parents who seem to downplay the serious allega- tions against the school worker. I would have been livid had I had a child at that school. The protection of chil- dren is a primary responsi- bility of pastors, principals and teachers. There seems to be no excuses to be made for such serious charges. MT. CARMEL CELEBRATES 2015 HOLIDAY IN STYLE The our Lady of Mt. Cannel Survivors Group recently held its New Year's Holiday Party at the Embassy Suites Hotel at Logan Airport. A large crowd gathered at the hotel on Saturday, January 17th to dine on some great food and listen to the music of Matteo Fabiano and Luigi Grasso. These entertainers played a number of great American and Italian music as folks made it to the dance floor. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parishioners have gathered together since the Archdio- cese of Boston shuttered the church building back in October 2004. Each week former parishioners meet at the Embassy Suites to pray together and celebrate their faith. Every so Often, this group of East Boston Catholics also celebrate their struggle with a party or two. January 17th was the latest party for these survivors of Mt. Carmel Par- ish who refuse to give up their faith and their hope. ONLY THEIR LIVES SEEM TO MATTER, HUH? Last Thursday, January 15% the local chapter of Black Lives Matter snarled morn- ing rush hour traffic and endangering the public safety on 1-93 both in Medford and down in East Milton Square. Dozens were arrested after blocking traffic entering Bos- ton from the north and south. TEACHER RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL, AGAIN Dorchester resident and Boston Public School Teacher Annissa Essaibi George is once again running for an at large seat on the Boston City Council this coming fall. She finished fifth in 2013 behind Stephen Murphy.