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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 WWW.BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.COM I I ! i i'''"""" i i [. Iz.o00o 00han ,e;, by Bob the More,,o BURTON AND TAYLOR (DVD) BBC Home Ent. Tempestuous, funny and outrageously glamorous, Hol- lywood's most famous on- again-off-again lovers flare to life in their last battle. Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West star as the charmed and reckless couple, one-time lovebirds now locked in an ill-fated revival of Noel Coward's play, 'Private Lives.' You'll be glued to your front-row seat for Burton and Taylor's final act together. A BBC Drama/BBC America co-production, drip- ping with diamonds! HOUSE OF VERSACE (DVD) Lionsgate Home Ent. 'House of Versace' is the story of fashion icon Dona- tella Versace and her tri- umph over tragedy, following the death of her brother, Gianni (Enrico Colantoni). Based on Wall Street Journal reporter Deborah Bali's book 'House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Mur- der, and Survival,' the Life- time movie follows Donatella (Gina Gershon) as she is thrust into the spotlight as head designer of her brother's fashion empire. Following scathing reviews and the company hemor- rhaging money, Donatella falls into drug addiction and nearly bankrupts the busi- ness. With the help of her family -- daughter Allegra, Aunt Lucia (Raquel Welch) and brother Santo (Colm Feore) -- Donatella enters rehab and comes back with her own vision to reignite Versace as a powerful fash- ion house! MY DOG THE CHAMPION (DVDI Anchor Bay Ent. Dora Madison Burge stars as Madison, a spoiled big city 16-year-old with a full teen- age social life. When her mom is deployed overseas for three months, Maddy is sent to live with her hard-nosed grandfather (Lance Henrik- sen) at his rural cattle ranch. There Maddy meets a cute 17-year-old dog trainer Eli (Cody Linley), and they grow to love and respect her stub- born grandpa, and bond with an old cattle dog who just may have the potential to be a blue ribbon champion. Through a mutual sense of displacement, the two out- casts form a special bond in this heartwarming story about the true meaning of family, the courage of out- casts and the promise of new beginnings. Inspiring story that the whole family can enjoy! THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER & PETE (DVD) Lionsgate Home Ent. One sweltering summer in New York City, 13-year-old Mister's hard-living mother is apprehended by the police, leaving him and nine-year- old Pete to survive on their own while dodging child protective services, the cops and the gangs of the Brook- lyn projects. But through sheer force of will, the two forge a bond strong enough to face down the world -- and claim their place in it. Acclaimed for its breakout performances and bold real- ism, the story builds to a transcendent climax and becomes an unforgettable experience! CROSBY-STILLS NASH & YOUNG - FIFTY BY FOUR (DVD) MVD Ent. This is CSNY's story, a journey of breakthroughs, breakdowns, break-ups and incredible music. Featuring exclusive interviews, seldom- seen footage, classic and raw performances, plus in- teresting contributions from those who worked closely with CSNY across the years. Alongside occasional col- laborator Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash refused to be labeled 'a band,' rather describing themselves as a loose collective of mutual friends free from the inhib- iting confines of the music business. CHUGGINGTON: BREWSTER LEADS THE WAY (DVD) Anchor Bay Ent. Everyone's favorite blue and yellow chugger is mak- ing tracks on his very own DVD. Featuring six traintastic episodes -- plus 'Chugger Spotlights, a Bonus Badge Quest Episode,' and a new music video. Watch as Brewster starts the digging of a new tunnel, saves new chuggineers Zack, Tyne and Fletch from a flash flood caused by a bursting river, and pitches in to fix Old Puffer Pete. And with friends like Wilson and Koko along for the ride, Brewster learns the importance of helping others and working together. Limited Edition copies in- clude a bonus pack with an Old Puffer Pete die-cast engine. ESCAPE PLAN (Blu-ray) Lionsgate One of the world's foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called "The Tomb." Deceived and wrongly im- prisoned, Ray Breslin (Sylves- ter Stallone) must recruit fel- low inmate Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) to help de- vise a daring, nearly impos- sible plan to escape from the most protected and for- tified prison ever built. 'Escape Plan' is the first pair- ing of action legends Sylves- ter Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in leading roles and co-stars Jim Caviezel, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Vinnie Jones and Vincent D'Onofrio. An action thriller that takes you on an exciting, out of control ride. 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 NEAD FAMILY DINNER m The Crocini Family Dave and Melanie with children Lucy and Carlo. NEAD FAMILY DINNER TALK GREAT TURNOUT Once again North End Against Drugs put on an- other in its series of family dinner/talks at the Nazzaro Community Center. Nearly 60 families showed up for the pasta and listened atten- tively to guest speaker Steve Siciliano who came from the North End and is now Chief Probation Officer at the South Boston District Court. He spoke on the warning signs parents should be pay- ing attention to in their chil- dren and the need for good communications between parents and kids. This fam- ily dinner was made possible through a grant from the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. The next NEAD family din- ner will be on May 19 th. EVERYONE ENJOYED THE DON ORIONE VALENTINE'S BASH Smokin' Joe crooning in his bright red blazer playing all those hits from yesterday. Last week at the Don Orione Home, the place was hopping as the residents strutted their stuff on the dance floor to the music of Smokin' Joe. I am surprised the neighbors weren't com- plaining about all the music and laughter coming from the fourth floor dance hall. The place was packed as guests rolled themselves onto the dance floor in their wheelchairs. The punch was spiked with Italian red wine and no one was whin- ing just having fun. The color of the evening of course was bright red. Good food to eat and drink and plenty of table talk. A group of young people from the Salesians even came over for the fun. Young and old alike seemed to be enjoying the night i@a: -- ,' Frank and Mary Romano with their son J.R. MARDI GRAS PARTY Saturday night March 1 St is Mardi Gras Nite for folks from Mt. Carmel to cele- brate together the arrival of Lent the following Wednes- day. The party is on for DeMainos in Revere. For further details come over to the Embassy Suites Hotel this Sunday morning at 10:00 am. CHARLESTOWN COMMUNITY AWARDS The 22 d Peter Looney Charlestown Appreciation Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, April 25 a at the Knights of Columbus at the bottom of Medford Street. The purpose of these awards are to recognize those who have enriched the quality of life in Charlestown. For more details, call Tommy Cuhna at 617-777-8011 or Dave Whelan at 617-201-3802. KUDOS TO CVS PHARMACY The announcement that CVS Pharmacy will be ban- ning the sale of tobacco prod- ucts in all its stores is great news nationwide. A few years back, the City of Boston banned tobacco products in all drug stores within the confines of the city. I opposed that government-ordered ban as an overreach by govern- ment deciding things best left in the hands of busi- nesses. The decision by CVS and hopefully other national chains should be seen as a welcomed sight. However, as usual liberals out there are going over- board. Derrick Jackson in the Boston Globe opined the other day to ban potato chips, sodas, candy and other trash foods at CVS too. Why not ban bags of sugar, over the counter drugs containing too much sugar for Derrick's apparent own good? This is still America, protected by the Bill of Rights. Jackson lost me when he went after tonic and chips. RAISING MINIMUM WAGES NOT KEY IN WAR ON POVERTY An old associate of mine Lew Finfer from Dorchester wrote an opine in the Dorchester Reporter stating his belief that hiking the minimum wage would be a key to progress in the war on poverty. I disagree. Most folks working for minimum wage are usually not heads of households but rather young people adding income to their family's overall income. The idea shouldn't be to raise the minimum for a low-skilled job, but to create more and NEAD FAMILY DINNER D Guest Speaker Steve Siciliano. for all. The wage issue is the wrong issue to be fighting. SCOTT BROWN NEEDS TO GET OFF THE ^#@ If former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-MA wants to run for U.S. Senate up in New Hampshire, time is a wast- ing. He needs to move quickly one way or the other so that N.H. Republicans can offer up the strongest possible candidate against U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH who of late has been getting plenty of assistance from U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA. If Brown has a desire to return to Capitol Hill, he can't wait that much longer to launch his bid. ST.. PATRICK,S DAY CELEBRATION This year the Irish Social Club in West Roxbury will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day with the Noel Henry Irish Show Band. Remem- ber, Monday, March 17 th 8:00 pm to midnight. For more info on this event visit www. irishsocialclub, com. KEEP SOUTH STATION "SOUTH STATION" The Legislature up on Bea- con Hill is planning on re- naming South Station after former Governor Michael S. Dukakis, quite an honor but there is a good reason why Boston has a South Station, it is called North Station. Who by the way wants to tell someone to pick them up at the "Governor Michael S. Dukakis Transportation Center at South Station"? The station isn't big enough for that mouthful name of a train station. Sometimes things like names should be just left alone. REVERE CASINO VOTE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 th Lately the anti-casino folks in Revere have been getting lots of media attention as Election Day draws near. The anti-casino "Don't Gamble Revere" crowd has lots of clergy support and held a forum earlier this week at the First Congregational Church. There will be a rally at Immaculate Conception Church on February 16 th at 1:00 pm. FINEGOLD RUNNING FOR TREASURER State Senator Barry Fine- gold, D-Andover recently announced his candidacy for state treasurer at the Georgetown Housing Com bette-r jobs-with higher-pay- -ptex-in-Hyde-Park:- .....