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PagelO POST-GAZ'E-TTE, MAR'C'H" 2012 i liiiiiii i....i ..... . i.,,__,r,e,,,Con,,nued omPagea .. • I China's state-owned oil com-weekly newspapers, I know !rE! ~’~ ) . . . more than moots theeye ~J pany to become the first that the Angel Gabriel has foreign firm to produce oil in been considered the patron • * * * * • • • * • • • * * • * • • * * • • • • * * • I Afghanistan. Did you? Why? saint of Catholic journalists GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (DVD) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) accePts an invitation to sur- reptitiously investigate a 40-year-old unsolved murder on behalf- of the victim's uncle, Swedish industrialist Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer). Meanwhile, tat- tooed hacker Lisbeth Salan- der (Rooney Mara), hired to investigate Blomkvist, dis- covers the truth behind the conspiracy that led to his fall from grace. Thrown to- gether by fate, the unlikely duo uncovers a secret history of murder and sexual abuse festering beneath the veneer of Sweden's industrial past, all the while :drawing elo~er only gets his foot in the door, but lands a coveted job behind the bar -- and front-row tick- ets to the most legendary party on the planet. Featur- ing the hottest music of the disco era and a stunning star list! DEJA BLUE (Blu-ray) NFL Films-Vivendi Entertainment The New York Giants' magical run to their fourth Lombardi Trophy is captured in 'D6jfi Blue, as they de- feated the New England Pa- triots 21-17. The Big Blue took down the Falcons, Packers and 49ers to reach the super bowl for the second time under their head coach Tom Coughlin. In the rematch of Super Bowl XLII, the results were the same: another Giants victory over the AFC's top-seeded New England Patriots. Venture down the sidelines, on the field and into the locker rooms. Every thrilling mo- ment is caught in action! REINDEER GAMES: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Ben Affleck teams up with Gary Sinise in this explosive story of high-stakes crime and deception. Upon release from prison, Rudy (Affleck) poses as his old cellmate Nick who was killed in a prison riot, in order to meet Nick's to a quiet evil waiting to sexy pen pal Ashley (Charlize engulf them both. Fasclnat- Theron). But things heat up iI1 , c0gv0r-tnc-xat tllrillcf! f0[ Ituo wncn ne r0rca rot0 ANSWERS TO NOTHING (DVDI Lionsgate It all begins when an 11- year-old girl goes missing in Los Angeles, a chain of events is unleashed that will affect several strangers, all strug- gling to find their own paths to redemption. Starring Dane Cook, Julie Benz Elizabeth Mitchell and Barbara Her- shey, these lost souls together find the "Answers to Nothing." " ELMO'S LEARNING ADVENTURE (Blu-ray) Warner Home Video "Elmo's Learning Adven- ture" includes a 3-in-1 Triple Feature including "Elmo's Animal Adventures," "Elmo and the Bookaneers," and "Elmo and Friends: The Let- ter Quest." Great stories filled with excitement to help pre- schoolers learn about ani- mals, the fundamentals of reading, books, letters and so much more. Each title in- cludes hours of the Sesame Street gang providing learn- ing and laughs! Nell Patrick Harris drops by the neighbor- hood as the hilarious Shoe Fairy in "Letter Quest" and "Other Magical Tales"! 54 (Blu-ray) Lionsgate The stars shine bright when Mike Myers, Neve Campbell and Salma Hayek give a provocative peek be- hind the glimmering lights Of the hottest nightclub ever! When the mastermind be- hind New York's infamous Studio 54 plucks young Shame (Ryan Phillippe) from the sea of faces clamoring to get inside the club, Shame.not an armed robbery plot being hatched by Ashley's brother (Sinise). An arresting story! LION KING 1 1/2 + LION KING 2 (2-Blu-ray) Disney Lion King 1 1/2 is a comedy- adventure that takes you way back to the beginning before Simba's tale began, as Timon and his windy pal Pumbaa reveal where they came from, how they helped Simba save the Serengeti and what really happened behind the scenes. Lion King 2 is the final chapter of 'The Lion King' trilogy, now both Special Editions breathtakingly beau- tiful in 2-Disc Bin-ray. Fea- turing the original all-star voice cast, breathtaking ani- mation and enchanting songs, Kiara and Kovu's adventure thrills audiences of all ages as the glorious "Circle of Life" continues for a new generation. CARNAGE (DVD) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment A razor-sharp, biting com- edy centered on parental dif- ferences. After two boys duke it out on a playground, the parents of the 'victim' invite the 'bully' over to work out their issues. A polite discus- sion of child-rearing soon es- calates into verbal warfare, with all four parents reveal- ing their true colors. None of them will escape the carnage. Roman Polanski's adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play stars Academy Award winners, Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and Academy Award nominee John- C.. Reflly. - Since 2001, the war there has cost us an astounding $500 billion, with 2,000 dead and 15,000 injured ... Mean- while, China is slapping new tariffs on U.S. cars being sold over in China because the Chinese say American automakers are undersell- ing Chinese cars. God forbid that the 2010 sales of U.S. made cars over there were up 134 percent. Could it be, American cars are better? Of course, this paper also is showing signs of being somewhat right wing-nut; the paper blasted the Tea Party Express of backing Michele Bachmann instead of Paul. You know, much of what Ron Paul says makes sense but sometimes the folks who love him make me just a bit nervous. There are times I think some of them are drinking far too much Kool-Aid for my way of think- ing and for their own good. You can't debate these people because they don't debate since they are the holders of all true belief. You are either with them or with the en- emy. The Ron Paul Army is a hard bunch to like. It's their way or the highway. Did You Know That ... It only took three years for President Obama to spend as much as it took from Presi- dent George Washington to President George W. Bush's time. Our long-term debt continues to soar while the president talks about cut- tin tile flefiCit. We C011, tinue, to spend more than we have. At some point, we must stop pretending we must recognize we just can't keep printing new money to fix our dying economy. It's All in How You Pose the Question, Isn't It? Recently, The Patriot Ledger down on the South Shore polled readers on a question over deporting illegals. Here's the question: "Should federal immigration au- thorities spend their time on deporting criminal illegal immigrants instead of those who have not committed crimes?" First off, this ques- tion presupposed that being in this country illegally isn't a crime. It is. However, the way the question was asked, even Ronald Reagan would have been forced to answer in the affirmative. Even I would have had no alterna- tive but to say "yes" too. The real question is about just deporting criminals who are illegal immigrants but also about the ongoing influx of illegals in this country. Refraining the question would easily get the oppose polling results In this poll the vote was 69 percent yes and 31 percent no. I do not believe illegal im- migrants even those hiding in the woodwork as opposed to committing crimes ought to have a dispensation from getting deported if they are unlucky enough to become part of a lawful police stop. What part of 'illegal' don't liberals get? Saint Fulton J. Sheen? As a working journalist but having grown up in the '50s and '60s, I remember well listening to both radio and televised programs fea- turing Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. He was a man ahead of his times in the way he understood the importance of the media in Presenting morality to the general pub- lic often non-churched. I recently came upon a 1965 Sheen telecast on EWTN and listened and watched Sheen bring religion out of the church and into society. I believe after reading the recent story on the possibil- ity of Archbishop Sheen be- ing canonized as a long over- due recognition of his saint- hood in post WWII America. He understood where the Church should be and what it should stand for. I remem- ber going to hear him speak in Boston back in 1975. For many Americans of both my parent's and my own genera- tions how important his messages were for us. While, I speak no ill of the Angel Gabriel, I believe his 15 minutes of fame in Scripture cannot compare with the overwhelming pres- ence Fulton J. Sheen had on America during the Cold War years. He spoke to all of us in clear and understand- able terms. He wasn't on ra- dio and TV to raise funds, he was there to raise aware- ness in all of'us. I look forward to the day when I can call him Saint Fulton J. Sheen. * Achievement Awards (Continued from Page i) Viterbo. "I want to do all that's possible to build the relationship between the two cities," he said. Antonio Nunziante re- ceived the "Public Service" award for his long career working for the City of Bos- ton. Born in the Italian city of Fondi, Nunziante moved to Boston in 1962. He has been instrumental in promoting numerous cultural and en- tertainment-related events throughout the city, includ- ing celebrations for the 500 anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of America and the city's suc- cessful bid to host part of the 1994 Soccer World Cup. Tha a el Taah- nology" award was given to MIT Professor Emilio Bizzi. After earning his M.D. from the University of Rome in 1958 and his Ph.D. from the University of Pisa in 1968, Bizzi moved to the United States to continue his scientific career. He chaired the MIT Depart- ment of Brain and Cognitive Sciences from 1986 to 1997, and is currently an investi- gator at MIT's McGovern Institute for Brain Research, as well as president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Brunn Petrarca Boyle re- ceived the achievement award in "Education" for her outstanding efforts to pro- mote the teaching of Italian language in schools. A lec- turer at the University of Rhode Island and president of the Rhode Island Teach- ers of Italian Association, Petrarca Boyle is also the author of the "AP Italian Language and Culture Teacher's Guide." The "Solidarity" award was given to Guido Vittiglio, co- founder of Casa Monte Cassino. Founded in 1987, the Casa provides a refuge for people of all nationalities who need a temporary place to stay. "Guido embodies what Italians do best," said Consul Pastorelli, "working hard, giv- ing back to the community laaking othgra." Finally, the "Giovane Promessa" -- Young Promise -- award was given to Giovanni Abbadessa. The 35- year-old vice-president of Clinical Development at ArQule was awarded for his remarkable career advance- ments since moving to the United States in 2005, as well as for his efforts in pro- moting collaborations among Italian professionals in the Boston area. Abbadessa is co-founder of Professionisti Italiani a Boston, a group with over 700 members whose successful model of network- ing and event planning has been replicated with dozens of similar groups around the world.