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Caan’s “The Gambler” to be redone with Wahlberg

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Coming off his explosive performance in “The Godfather,” James Caan delivered another terrific turn in “The Gambler” (1975, Paramount, R), a slow-burn drama about an intellectual college professor name Axel Freed who leads a double life as a compulsive risk-taker.“The Gambler,” soon to be remade with Mark Wahlberg in the title role, is light on plot. In fact, until the final 30 minutes or so, nothing really happens in the movie except Axel crisscrosses Manhattan trying to pay off a $44,000 debt he owes his bookie pal Hips (part-time Scranton resident Paul Sorvino).


“Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor”

Other than “Dungeons and Dragons”, there hasn’t been a series that has impacted the fantasy genre then the J.R.R Tolkien’s epics “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings”. It is one of my favorite series and there are a ton of games rehashing the same subject with varying success. Most of the games have spanned the spectrum from pretty decent to lousy. There haven’t been any that truly make you feel like you belong in the world till now. “...

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‘Book of Life’ stuns the eyes, numbs the mind

“The Book of Life” is very pretty. In fact, it is the prettiest film you’ll see all year. It’s so pretty it’s probably being wasted as a movie. It should have been a gallery show or an oversized coffee-table book. Visually speaking, “The Book of Life is something that shouldn’t be watched but instead, carefully taken in and absorbed. The visual palette is Mexican folk art crossed with the plastic, dayglow, skull aesthetics of a carnival dark-ride from...

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I’D TAP THAT: Grab a fatty

Description – Fat Jack pours a pour rich copper color with soapy beige head that lingers long and leaves a hefty lacing behind on the glass. The aroma is full of pumpkin spice notes with nutmeg and ginger being the most pronounced, followed by cinnamon and hints of caramel backed by very subtle hints of smoked malts that imparts a freshly baked pumpkin bread smell. Luckily the taste backs up the nose since the inviting aroma gives the impression that this beer will be l...

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Have you ever played the Oujia board?

In the new movie “Ouija” hitting theaters on Friday, Oct. 24, a group of teens turn to an Ouija board in hopes of making contact with a friend that was killed in a car accident. Then, in style of any supernatural horror movie released around Halloween, shit hits the fan.According to legend, the board game used to connect the living with the dead when Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo isn’t available to text back is an invitation to open up the gates of hell. Stori...

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QUICK CHORD: Bring the Heat, Brosef Gordon-Levitt, and Semiotics

Bring The Heat Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Sounds like: Beatdown hardcore — heavy guitar riffs with massive breakdowns. Fun fact: Brandon, Bill and Mike used to be in the band To Outlive The Beginning and Jim, their new vocalist, used to come to all the...

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Man of the Week: Donnie Kirchner

Full name: Donnie KirchnerAge: 26Hometown: ScrantonFavorite Weekender feature: Quick Chord, DUH.Favorite bar/restaurant: Eden, A Vegan Cafe.What are you passionate about? My Wife, Animals, and Hardcore Punk.Who do you admire? The Boss, The Souls, and Sick of it allWhat’s something most ...

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This week’s top DVD picks

Top 12 DVDs according to Gallery of Sound1. Million Ways To Die In The West2. Alabama & Friends - At The Ryman3. Saw - Complete Collection4. Godzilla 20155. South Park - Season 176. Metallica - Live Sh*t Binge & Purge7. Neighbors8. Queen - Live At The Rainbow9. Walking Dead - Season 410. Eraserhead11. Guns N Roses - Appetite For Democracy12. Rob ...

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Water runs dry

Last week I spent some time at Ricketts Glen State Park and as always, it was beautiful. As I was there I couldn’t help but think about what’s going to happen to Lake Jean next year and how it will affect the park and its inhabitants. In late August the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced their plans to drain the lake in order to perform maintenance on the dam. The construction won’t start until 2015 but the plans have a lot of people concerned.

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Charts, 10.15.14-10.21.14

Top 8 at 8 with Ralphie Aversa8. Ed Sheeran-Don’t7. Charli XCX-Boom Clap6. Jason Derulo-Trumpets5. Echosmith-Cool Kids4. Tove Lo-Habits (Stay High)3. Jessie J/Ariana Grande/Nicki Minaj-Bang Bang2. Taylor Swift-Shake It Off1. Meghan Trainor-All About That BassTop 10 Albums at Gallery of Sound1. Jason Aldean - Old Boots New Dirt2. Sixxx...

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Fagbug parked at Penn State -Wilkes Barre

Erin Davies never intended on becoming a gay rights activist, but her fearless to stand up for herself after being a victim of a hate crime, created a path on which she is changing the world one state at a time.Davies was at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus last week with her rainbow painted Volkswagen Beetle, known as the Fagbug. While at school in upstate New York, Davies car was vandalized with the words “fag” and “u r gay” spray painted on the driver&#...

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I’D TAP THAT: A fall classic

Description – Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale pours a slightly cloudy orange color reminiscent of a fall sunset with small amount of white head that disappear quickly and leave little to no lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves) but in a more reserved way as compared to other pumpkin beers, suggestions of hops and malt make their presence known as well. The taste follows the aroma, but is not as cloying as other pumpkin beers can beco...

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Create your own edible monsters this Halloween

What’s Halloween without a few monsters?These little guys are a cute and tasty treat, sure to brighten up any Halloween party spread.First blend your 1 egg, 1/2 cup (or one stick) of room temperature butter, 1 pack of softened cream cheese and dash of vanilla in a bowl. Mix it until it is fluffy. You will be able to see the consistency change.Next add in the box of white cake mix. Adding it gradually will allow all the ingredients to mix a little easier....

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Catch up on what you missed in the news last week

Heroin found in car with 2-year-old girl• Pittston Township police said a large amount of heroin and prescription pills were in arm’s reach of a 2-year-old girl when they stopped a traffic violation, according to charges filed.Police said they stopped Rebecca Anne Kammerer, 27, of John Street, Pittston, when she didn’t use a turn signal as she exited Knights Inn motel on state Route 315 at about 7 p.m. Monday.During the stop...

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Our furry friends

Name: Thumper Breed: RatChiOwners: Donna and James ParsonsHometown: Wilkes-BarreName: Lilly-Bear Breed: Dumbo ratOwner: Brittany gunshoreHometown: harding

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Make a splash this Halloween with this homemade costume

Ever thought about being a creature from the sea but just couldn’t find the perfect costume?Then make your own. Here’s how to make your own light-up jellyfish costume.Purchase a clear umbrella, this will be the most expensive part of the costume, but is the main attraction, so go ahead and splurge.Buy some sheer, shiny cloth from a fabric store (Joann’s Fabric and Walmart have some pretty good deals going on right now) to cover the umbrella. ...

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A pumpkin keg. What’s cooler than that this Halloween season?

Halloween is fast approaching and many bars, restaurants, and homeowners will be celebrating in style. This year while unveiling your delicious Halloween treats and costumes why not really wow the crowd with your very own homemade pumpkin keg.This is a very easy project to complete and if you can carve a pumpkin, then you already have enough skills to get the job done.Here is what you will need:1 Medium Pumpkin1 Large Carving Knife1 Small...

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