Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Looks Like Cleveland Won't Be Talking About Kevin After All

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 9:46 AM

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The Cedar Lee Theatre was all set to finally open the acclaimed late-2011 movie We Need to Talk About Kevin on March 9.

Then the Chardon tragedy happened, and the film — which is about a troubled boy who goes on a shooting spree at his high school — was pulled from the schedule.

Too bad, because Tilda Swinton's performance, as a mother trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life after her kid's killing rampage, is terrific (she was nominated for way too many awards to list here, including a Golden Globe).

And unfortunately it doesn't look like you'll have a chance to see the movie on the big screen in Cleveland.

A spokesman for Cleveland Cinemas says there's no new date “at this time,” which means you'll probably have to wait until May 29, when the movie comes out on home video, to see Swinton's great performance. —Michael Gallucci

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Wednesday Morning Ticket/CD Giveaway

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 9:10 AM

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We're giving away a pair of tickets to Mutemath's concert at House of Blues on Sunday.

We also have a stack of the band's CDs for you here, including their latest, Odd Soul.

Want all this? All you have to do is leave us a comment below about the most bizarre R&B song you've ever heard (get it? Odd soul?).

We'll pick a winner by the end of the day.

The tickets will be waiting at House of Blues' box office on day of show. You'll have to come to our office in beautiful downtown Cleveland to pick up the CDs.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lil Rickie in the ’Hood Tomorrow

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 2:57 PM

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GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has loaded up his Leadership for Life bus to hit Ohio — and he’ll be coming our way tomorrow with an early afternoon Cleveland stop sandwiched between touchdowns in Toledo and Youngstown.

Naturally, with his tight schedule, you’d think he’d head for the biggest pool of reliable Republican primary voters. So he’s going to — East 112th & Buckeye? The heavily African-American neighborhood generally votes about 90% Democratic — that is, when a Republican even bothers to run for office on this side of town.

But surely, residents of Buckeye will be eager to hear what Republicans are offering on the community’s most pressing issues, like unemployment, foreclosure, education, access to health care, and crime. So Santorum is going to talk about — abortion and gay marriage. He’s even bringing along the dour-faced Maggie Gallagher, who founded the National Organization for Marriage to fight against marriage for gay people.

Here’s what he’ll be trying to sell to the denizens of Buckeye, according to his campaign release:

While all the candidates in the GOP primary are pro-life, Rick Santorum stands out as a proven leader in this great human and civil rights cause of our time. It was Rick Santorum who successfully led the fight to ban the gruesome partial-birth abortion procedure, and he proudly co-sponsored and fought for every single piece of pro-life legislation while in the U.S. Senate.

Folks here would probably be happier to hear he fought to get some decent jobs in their community. But never mind that.

Head on down to the Subway parking lot at 11217 Buckeye at 1:45 p.m. to meet the Leadership for Life bus and see if Lil Rickie will be dropping jams. Apologies to Jay-Z and Kanye West, who most likely will be voting for someone else. — Anastasia Pantsios

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Media Hunts for School Shooting Info, Interviews on Twitter to Mixed Results

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 2:09 PM

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You know the old dig at the media? That when the blood's sticky on the pavement and the siren ring is still knocking around everyone's eardrums, they're we're always jamming microphones and cameras into the victims' faces, looking for comment, tell us how it felt, tell us tellustellustellustellus? Fortunately, we didn't see a lot of that kind of behavior out of the Fourth Estate when it came to the Chardon High school shooting. In part, everyone seemed to respect the sensitive situation. That doesn't mean there weren't a lot of pushy news folk jonesing for an exclusive. They just took to Twitter to sniff out info.

We're hearing a lot of noise about how social media played a leading roll in all this. Twitter, sure, it's a great way to pass along info (not always correct info, as we, and 19ActionNews, now know). And sure, this is a good way to connect with people involved. But the medium just doesn't put the outside world within reach, it puts the outside world in your family room and pours it a drink — and if you're a kid who just witnessed the murder of schoolmates, do you really need news people pestering you directly for the details?

Yeah, we get that most of these journalist are just doing their jobs, been there, but what happened to the ol' knocking on doors, asking questions, verifying the answers bit? Crowd sourcing info just churns rumor. Most of these kids are probably too brain-numb and confused right now to feel like their privacy is being ransacked, much less able to judge whether the information they know is accurate or speculative. Maybe we should ask it like this: If you were a parent of a Chardon High School student, would you want a CNN or CBS News producer blowing up your kid's Twitter feed right now?

Not to pick on these news people in particular, but they seemed to come up a lot. Here's @katywithawhy, the Twitter handle for Katy Conrad, a producer with CBS:

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MGK Grabs Nuts, Makes Funny Face on Cover of XXL

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 2:04 PM

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Yep, that's Machine Gun Kelly grabbing his nuts and doing that face thing he does on the cover of the latest issue of XXL.

The hip-hop magazine's latest issue celebrates the Freshman Class of 2012, an annual list of selected rappers from around the world primed for world domination over the next 12 months. (Just ignore the comment on the magazine's website that calls the list "supper wack.")

MGK is one of 10 artists to make this year's cut.

You can get a better look at the cover, and MGK's nut grip, here. —Michael Gallucci

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Pic of the Day: Albert Belle is Old

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Halloween-enthusiast and 1990s Tribe star Albert Belle stopped by Indians spring training in Arizona today, a special guest joining other golden-era Wahoos like Kenny Lofton, Carlos Baerga, and Sandy Alomar in Goodyear.

Belle retired after his hips began breaking down, a sign of a degenerative disease or a mystical symptom of Belle's super-accelerated aging. The latter theory is backed up by this snapshot.

Um, who wants to join Albert at The Olive Garden for dinner at 4:15?

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(Pic via @caminotribe) (Close-up of Belle here.)

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Ohio Man Pulled Over Twice in One Hour for Driving With a Suspended License

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 11:51 AM

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It's illegal and wrong to drive with a suspended license. That being said, more than a few unlicensed wayfarers travel our roads each day with fingers crossed, hoping to make it to their destination and back without drawing the attention of Johnnie Law.

Of course, some are not so lucky.

Ryan Williams, a 40-year-old Sandusky man is one example. He was nabbed Friday for driving under suspension when cops pulled him over for wheeling about without headlights, according to the Sandusky Register.

But the cops, they weren't that bad. In fact, once they handed over the ticket, they helped Williams push his Mustang into a parking lot before he walked home.

End of story, right? He got caught, car is stuck, oh well.

Not so fast. This unlicensed driver has balls of steel. Or a complete lack of short-term memory. One or the other.

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