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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 11,2012 . . . .V.'. = .::: ". . [ i l TYLER PERRY'S MEET THE BROWNS: SEASON 5 (DVD) Lionsgate The fun begins with Mr. Brown getting mixed up in everything from making body-cream commercials and exercise videos to per- forming magic and hawking celebrity baby photos. Con- tinuing the humor as the Colonel finds religion and Will and Sasha try to deal with their growing foster kids. The Brown Meadows Home houses the humor and the laughs will spill out over 20 episodes! IRON MAN ANIME/ X-MEN ANIME (2-DVD) Sony Pictures Home Ent. Iron Man: Tony Stark ar- rives in Japan to help imple- ment his goal of world peace by building the Arc Reactor, a carbon-neutral power plant that, once operational, will be able to provide limitless (thus free) energy to the world. Set to retire his Iron Man persona and about to mass-produce a line of Iron Armor labeled "Iron Man Dio". Stark's plans are de- railed by a series of high tech Mech monsters. Zodiac, a top secret organization funded by the terrorist group A.I.M. is out to disrupt the Arc Station, steal the Dio armor and put an end to Iron Man. The Armored Avenger's fight is only the beginning. X-Men: The X-MEN are re- united following the death of a teammate and are sum- moned by Charles Xavier to Japan following the abduc- tion of Hisako Ichiki. There, they confront the U-MEN, a lunatic cult that steals and transplants mutant organs to further strengthen their own army, and the battle for justice is on. DARK TIDE (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Kate (Halle Berry) is a shark expert whose busi- ness has been failing since a shark attack killed a fel- low diver under her com- mand. Once dubbed "the shark whisperer," Kate is haunted by the memory of the attack and unable to get back into the water. With bills piling up and the bank about to foreclose on Kate's boat, Kate's ex-boyfriend Jeff (Oliver Martinez) presents her with a lucrative oppor- tunity: lead a thrill-seeking millionaire businessman on. a dangerous shark dive ... outside the cage. Kate con- tinues to battle with her self- doubts and fear, but accepts the proposal -- and sets a course for the world's dead- liest feeding ground: Shark AlleyI THE FRONT LINE (DVD) Well Go USA Entertainment Toward the end of the Korean War, an uneasy cease-fire is ordered, but out on the eastern front line of the Aerok Hills, in an expanse of land called the Aero-K, fierce fighting con- tinues. A race to capture a strategic point to determine a new border between the two Koreas is the ultimate prize. At the Eastern bordel stands the "Alligator Com pany," the best soldiers o the front line. They are the only unit to have survivec the worst battle of the wal at Pohang. When a Soutt Korean bullet is found in th dead body of a company com- mander, Lieutenant o' Defense Security Commanc is ordered to investigate Al ligator Company for the mur. der. With a truce promisec for years, but no end in sight one man struggles to makt sense ,of a crime in the face of countless lives sacrificec for war. MIMIC: 3-FILM SET (Blu-ray) Lionsgate It's a three-peat for Lions gate as they debut 'Mimic 3-Film Set' on Blu-ray. Tht battle of man and naturt tells the story of a deadl) genetic engineering experi, ment gone badly. Starrin{ Mira Sorvino and Jost Brolin, about a disease car, ried by common cockroache, killing children in Manhat tan. Susan (Sorvino) create, a mutant breed of insect tha; secretes a fluid to kill the roaches, only to find three years later that the species, has survived and evolved int a large, gruesome monstel that can mimic human form Set includes 'Mimic: The Director's Cut' plus 'Mimic 2' and 'Mimic 3: Sentinel. THE DARKEST HOUR: SURVIVORS (Blu-ray) Summit Ent. 'The Darkest Hour: Survi- vors' is a sci-fi thriller fea- turing mind-blowing special effects, following the rebel resistance around the globe[ The story of five young people reveals freedom fighters ila Tokyo, Malibu and Afghani- stan working together to develop new technology and strike a major blow to the alien invaders. The sus- pense never lets up as the invaders begin their assault on Earth, targeting the planet's power supply. Bonus features galore! SINGING WITH THE STARS (DVD) Warner Home Video Dance and sing along with this star-studded special from Sesame Street! With songs focusing on encour- aging children to feel good about whom they are, boost- ing self-esteem and build- ing self-confidence, This delightfully musical fea- tures performances that will educate children about the joys of song and dance, with celebrity appearances by Alicia Keys, the Dixie Chicks, Andrea Bocelli and Adam Sandler, plus R.E.M.'s "Furry Happy Monster." The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings FLOJO ON THE MEND Gold Star Mother Florence Johnson of Charlestown is finally home after being laid up from hip surgery. Soon, she'll be bouncing around the neighborhood once again. Nothings going to stop her, not even a broken hip. SOUTHIE MISSES JACK LEARY I enjoyed Peter Gelzinis' most recent column on how much South Boston misses the likes of Jack Leary who spent 25 years working as Chief Probation Officer at South Boston District Court. When he wasn't working at the court house, his mission in life 24/7 became to assist folks struggling with family members doing drugs. The politicians always turned to him to help the community but most of the time they never even had to ask, he was already there doing the job. A few years ago, the South Boston neighborhood was shocked that Jack had taken his own life. Everyone thought he was problem-free but none of us are that. He spent so much time helping others even I thought like many we forgot about Jack himself. I knew Jack since my days at Boston State College when we became friends. Over the years we stayed in touch laughing about how long ago those college days were when both of us were so much younger. South Boston today could use a Jack Leary but sadly "Jack Learys" are not born every- day. Today, South Boston misses him greatly. QCAP NEW HEAD START EARLY LEARNING CENTER DEDICATION Down in my former hood, the City of Quincy, over 200 folks packed into the Quincy Community Action Pro- gram's new Rosemary and Archie Wahlberg Head Start Early Learning Center on April I to dedicate the build- ing and to also honor former U.S. Representative Bill Delahunt. Said QCAP Execu- tive director Beth Ann Strollo, "We have traveled a long way to get to this build- ing. We knew this was the right building for us and we knew this location was perfect." The new location is 22 Pray Street and will have the capacity to serve over 240 kids in 16 classrooms. This new learning center by Sal Giarratani is the old St. Joseph's Gram- mar School in Quincy Point. Rosemary and Archie have been good friends of mine for many years and I also have been a friend and supporter of Bill Delahunt too. These are three great people who deserved their recent hon- ors. Delahunt was always there for working class fami- lies and QCAP during his long political career. I KNEW THIS GUY'S FATHER I must be getting old be- cause when I saw the first anniversary advertisement for the passing of James Devlin, Jr., in the Charles- town Patriot Bridge who passed away last April at age 87, I remembered talking to him a few years ago over a cup of coffee at Lorraine's Coffee Shop and found out I knew his father when I was a kid: My mother grew up with the elder James Devlin and he worked for many years with one of my uncles Jimmy Callahan down at Ward's Potatoes at the old Potato Shed. SUCCESS GETS SOBER CELEBRATION Over in Charlestown on Saturday, April 28, The Group of Drunks Charles- town "25 th Group Anniver- sary" was held at St. Cather- ine's Hall in Hayes Square. Congrats go out to the entire group celebrating their con- tinued sobriety. KNIGHTS OF DUNKIN' DONUTS TURN INTO DOUGHBOYS No, I am not talking about the bulky Knights who show up at the Bennington Street donut shop, I'm talking, about the menu they ordered from. Fresh Doughboy Donuts im- ported from South Boston. Of course, I did see Larryette, Moette and Curlyette show up with their own jelly-filled donuts from Market Basket. I hate to say this, but you need a search party to find the jelly within the in-store jelly donuts. Hey, the coffee does taste okay. NOT THAT IT MATTERS, BUT ,.. The April 28 GOP caucuses to select delegates to the GOP Convention in Tampa later this summer did not go as scripted. The Ron Paul slate won the delegate race beating up on Romney sup- porters. Big names losing in- cluded Sheriff Frank Cous- ins, House Minority Leader Brad Jones, former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey and even Charlie Baker. It looks badly for the vaulted Romney ma- chine but in the end, it means very little and is more of an embarrassment. COMEDY NITE MAY 18 TO BENEFIT ANIMAL SHELTER An evening with Come- dian Chris Zito to benefit the Quincy Animal Shelter is planned for Friday, May 18 at the Adams Heights Club, 63 Bower Road, Quincy. Tickets will be available at the door. For further information, visit I have a great cat named "Nica" which I adopted from the Quincy Animal Shelter. Remember this is a no-kill shelter. Do what you can to help. Come out for a few laughs for a good cause. SAVING A PIECE OF DORCHESTER HISTORY A historic firehouse on Harvard Street near Four Corners in Dorchester has been purchased by Stephen Frederick and Katherine Bergeron. The old Engine 18 firehouse dates back to 1869 and needs lots of work before the couple, who are artists can move in and use the place for both their home and studio space. The sale cheered by neighbors and preservationists who had worried the structure would eventually be in too much disrepair to be saved. The building was converted into a day care center in the '60s after the firehouse was merged with the Peabody Square firehouse in 1960. The daycare center re- mained there until 2005. A church group purchased the property from the day care center but they went into foreclosure. The church group put the building back on the market in 2010 and now this young couple hopes to make a go of this historic building. Whenever old municipal structures go on the market, it is good to see them get re- used for new use rather than =, be demolished. Hopefully, this couple will find success in bringing this building back to life for them and the surrounding neighborhood. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MICHAEL McCORMACK Former City Councilor Michael McCormack and I found ourselves dining at the same West Roxbury spot on a recent Saturday evening. At one point, we met in passing. He still has the full head of hair like back in the old days. I guess ev- eryone knows about The West Restaurant on Centre Street because the place was hopping. I had to wait with friends for a while before my table opened up, Michael and I hadn't seen each other in a while and joked about how long ago, long ago was. He told me his 66 th birthday was creeping up on May 16 and he told me he still looks 46 years old. Of course, he said that statement with that wide McCormack smile of his, an old trademark from his days serving on the Boston City Council. WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM (Continued on Page 15)