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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 27, 2012 .WE..W.S:: ::re::n=::::e::e..i MADONNA: TRUTH OR DARE (Blu-ray) Lionsgate America's Queen of Pop opens up to critics and fans alike in this tantalizing documentary that chronicle her unforgettable "Blonde Ambition" tour. Madonna is revealed entirely onstage and off, as den mother to her family of dancers, sex god- dess to her millions of fans, businesswoman, singer and dancer. Join the biggest star in the world of music and experience an intimate back- stage look -- from hotel room to her dressing room, from her stage show to her bou- doir. Madonna -- outrageous, hilarious, and uninhibited[ KAWA (DVD} Wolfe Video A critically acclaimed psy- chological drama depicting a family in crisis. When suc- cessful businessman Kawa (Calvin Tuteao) in Auckland, New Zealand, finds the cour- age to tell his wife and kids, his parents and his tradi- tional Maori community that he's gay, the struggle he endures is not an easy one. A powerful coming out movie, "KAWA" is a gorgeously cin- ematic drama that tells a transcendent tale of bravery, love, family and pride. KATE & LEOPOLD: DIRECTOR'S CUT (Blu-ray) Lionsgate In modern day New York City, Kate's (Meg Ryan) ex-boyfriend Stuart (Liev Schreiber) unknowingly finds a rip in time that takes him back to the 1870s. Puzzled by the strange man with the tiny camera photographing his surroundings, 19 th cen- tury man (Hugh Jackman), she follows the man into the 21 st century. Unaware, Stuart leads Leopold straight into the arms of his ex. What unfolds is a hilarious and sincere love story between a man and a woman from dif- ferent times, as they quickly turn into star-crossed lovers. SESAME STREET: BIG ELMO FUN (DVD) Warner Home Video Elmo embarks on some gigantic adventures in Sesame Street: Big Elrno Funl In *Elmozilla" he is ac- cidentally enlarged and tow- ers over all of Sesame Street. Elmo's BIG problem in *Elmo and the Monarch Butterfly," children will learn about science and observa- tion. Finally, in a spoof of the hit cooking show 'Iron Chef,' Elmo stirs up even more fun in a silly cooking competi- tion "Cast Iron Cooks." In all three episodes, children are introduced to a new vocabu- lary, such as fascinating, metamorphosis, ingredient and measure, along with two brand-new songs. BOUNCE (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Academy Award winners Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow light up the screen as two strangers who find love amid tragedy, Buddy Amaral (Affleck) is a smooth- talking, skirt-chasing ad exec who is enjoying his high-powered career. A sud- den twist of fate changes everything and leads him into the life of Abby Janello (Paltrow), when Buddy gives up his seat to Abby's hus- band on an airplane that crashes. Abby not knowing that Buddy is, in part re- sponsible for her spouse's death. File under unex- pected love! CAR 54 WHERE ARE YOU?" SECOND SEASON (4-DVD} Shanachie Ent. 'Car 54 Where Are You?' was set in the Bronx's 53 rd Precinct, where the cops de- picted are all great comedic characters, as are the resi- dents of the neighborhood they patrol. The central fig- ures are the Mutt & Jeff squad car team of Toody and Muldoon, played by Joe E. Ross and Fred Gwynne. The ensemble of supporting actors was perfectly cast with Beatrice Ports as Toody's domineering shrew of a wife, circus veteran Al Lewis as the irascible Of- ficer Leo Schnauser, Char- lotte Rae as Schnauser's moody, hot-tempered wife, and Catskill comic/body builder Hank Garrett as Officer Ed Nicholson. CREW 2 CREW (DVD) Lionsgate Luca Santoro (Andres Londono) longs for more in his life than what his small town has to offer. After join- ing a break-dancing troupe and traveling the world, he finds himself torn between his family, his girlfriend, and the life he knew and the chance to do something more. Luca struggles to choose between his love for dancing and the love of his life. A drama inspired by true events. CHARLIE DANIELS BAND: LIVE AT ROCKPALAST (DVD) MIG Charlie Daniels' 1980 Roekpalast concert at West- falenhalle, is released for the first time on DVD and CO. It's honest, handmade music, staged in an unspec- tacular way, yet performed in a spectacular way. They open with *Funky Junky," a sweeping and swinging song that wins over the audience right away. Daniels delivers an enter- taining feast for the ears and eyes to experience, in d 76-minute show that con- tains 15 songs, and ends his show with a fiery, almost ten minute version of the coun- try classic *Orange Blossom Special." Southern rock music concert in which Charlie has included his abundant collection of hits[ SWANS RETURN TO THE PUBLIC GARDEN Mayor Thomas M. Menino, After wintering at the for the official Return of Boston Parks Commissioner Franklin Park Zoo, Romeo the Swans ceremony at Antonia Pollak and Four and Juliet will reside for 11:45 am. Seasons Hotel Boston Gen- the summer in the Public The accompanying enter- eral Manager Bill Taylor will welcome Boston's most famous waterfowl back dur- ing the 24 th Annual Return of the Swans celebration in the Public Garden on Tues- day, May I, The festivities begin with entertainment at 11:00 a.m. "We are pleased to wel- come our summer guests Romeo and Juliet back to the Public Garden lagoon," Mayor Menino noted. "These beautiful birds are as impor- tant a part of Boston's land- scape as the historic Swan Boats that share the water with them." Garden. The swans will be returned to the lagoon fol- lowing a parade that begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Beacon and Charles Street corner of the park near the Make Way for Ducklings statue. Carts beautifully decorated by Boston's Winston Flowers will help usher the swans to the release site. Led by a brass band, the parade will continue to the George Washington Statue at the Commonwealth Avenue/Ar- lington Street entrance, over the pedestrian bridge, and end on the Boylston Street side of the lagoon tainment program, spon- sored in part by The Friends of The Public Garden, begins at 11:00 a.m. The celebra- tion will include a brass band, face painters and read- ings of Make Way for Duck- lings led by the Boston Park Rangers. The Four Seasons Hotel Boston will provide refresh- ments and in-kind sponsor H.P. Hood LLC will offer tasty product samples. For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at (617) 635-4505 or visit the Department on Facebook. News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) pay for less than a day of fed- eral spending." By the way, did you know that President Obama's income tax rate is about 20 percent which means his White House sec- retary pays a higher income tax rate than her boss? Musta Been Some Partay, Huh? The Government Services Administration apparently threw a party to remember back in October 2010 at a Las Vegas conference cost- ing taxpayers $823,000. The regional executive who hosted the party recently invoked his Fifth Amend- ment rights aild his chair remained empty for the rest of the House Oversight and Government Reform hearings. Maine Gets Independent in U.S. Senate Race Former independent Maine Governor Angus King has shaken up things for the upcoming U.S. Senate race to take place this fall. By an- nouncing he is running for the U.S. Senate now that in- cumbent U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, (R-ME) announced she is retiring. King said the Senate needs an indepen- dent. He decried the partisan gridlock that forced Snowe to retire and Said he wouldn't be beholden to Democrats or Republicans but only to "the people of Maine." As gover- nor, he did a great job and now he is hoping for the op- portunity to do likewise up on Capitol Hill in the U.S. Senate. Judge Blocks Arizona Law A federal judge has blocked police in Arizona from en- forcing a section of the state's 2010 immigration enforcement law that bans people from blocking traffic while seeking day labor ser- vices on the street. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the state's appeal. Under the law, the police could question peoples' im- migration status if they sus- pected the person was here illegally. Hardly surprising, that the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund oppose the law. "Scandal" Looks to be a Winner A few weeks back I caught the premier episode of ABC- TV's new hit series "Scan- dal" starring actress Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, the head of a crisis manage- ment firm in Washington, DC. The team's task if they should choose to accept it (a Mission Impossible flashback) is to help folks escape from some super- killing scandal. It comes on following another great ABC hit, Grey's Anatomy. By the way, is it just me or does City Councilor Ayanna Pressley look like a double for Kerry Washington? NBC Badly Edits Zimmerman's 911 Call NBC-TV ought to be ashamed of itself for so badly editing George Zimmer- man's 911 call to the Sanford police dispatcher. It made Zimmerman sound like the grand wizard of the KKK. NBC says it was reportedly done due to time constraints. Funny on the network's web- site, the same edited ver- sion is available. Time con- straints on the web, hmm? Datsun is Back Nissan Motor CEO Carlos Ghosn recently stated that Nissan will revive its Datsun nameplate as a low-cost brand for entry-level car buyers in emerging markets around the world. The Datsun name was shelved over 30 years ago. I wonder if Datsun will bring back that ugly Datsun orange again. Should We Just Call Obama Moneybags for Short? In the month of March, the Obama campaign raised $53 million dollars toward his re-election bid. Money seems to be no "problem" for this president and no prob- lem seems fixable under this command. He keeps adding to the long term debt of this country. He keeps spending money like it's just a piece of green paper. He keeps pitting us against each other in his class .war- fare agenda. Latest thing is throwing out surrogates to demean stay at home moth- ers as mothers who don't work. Democrats keep talk- ing about the Republican War on Women but to date, the only shots fired in this war are from Democratic guns like Hilary Rosen. How- ever, no injuries to date, as the shots keep backfiring at the shooter. In the Name of Transparency, Obama Challenges Romney to Release Past Tax Returns President Obama has called on Mitt Romney to re- lease his past tax returns, saying that candidates need to be *As transparent as pos- sible." The president thinks candidates need to let voters know their financial back- ground. Said Obama, "I think it's important for any candi- date in public office to be as transparent as possible, to let people know who they are (and) what we stand for." Ironically, isn't Obama the same president who kicked and hollered about the re- lease of his birth certificate? President Obama did finally release the long form birth document but he has yet to be transparent on his actual birth certificate. Meanwhile, Mitt pledged to release his 2011 tax returns before November. I think he should do it much sooner. After all for him it isn't about looking at receipts in a cof- fee jar or going down to H&R Block. He's got a whole Rom- ney team that just does his taxes. Show them quickly and give Obama nothing to rant about. Can You Believe This? One of the largest student religious groups on campus at Vanderbilt University is being forced to leave campus over the school's non-dis- crimination policy that bans student groups from man- dating their leaders adhere to specific beliefs. Leaders' of this Catholic student group, which has about 500 members, says the rule makes no sense. Meetings are already opened up to all but only Catholic students are allowed to hold leader- ship positions. The univer- sity says religious groups are free to choose their lead- ers but must allow any stu- dent to be a member or run for office. The non-discrimi- nation policy is meant to pro- tect religious groups but in this case not so much. Stu- dent groups must decide to drop faith-based require- ments or leave campus. If a Catholic group can't have only Catholic leaders, what is the sense to have this student group at all? Once again, it appears political correctness has run arnok. Do we think a campus group called the Black Political Al- liance or, maybe, Latino Caucus would be required to let other races or ethnic groups run for officers in their groups?