Hearne: The KC Confidential Movie Ratings Shakeup

1046447A, b, c, d, e, f, g…

Take a number if you sang those letters in your mind as you read them. Now scratch the letter “g” and you’ll have KC Confidential‘s new, improved movie ratings system.

Starting immediately, we’re leaving the stars, ticket stubs, popcorn bags, fingers – you name it – ratings systems behind.

Beginning with KCC movie maniac Jack Poessiger‘s review of  The Wolverine, we’ll be dishing out Report Card movie rating grades. You know, like A is as good as it gets, B is pretty darn good. A grade of C is about average, if that’s the sort of film fare you prefer, go for it! And while D doesn’t stand for Dog, it’s close.

F means the only one who liked it was Fox 4 critic Shawn Edwards. Continue reading

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Donnelly: Vermes Gets Contract Extension; Wingert Suspended for Cheap Shot on Kei

Sporting Kansas City manager and technical director Peter Vermes recently inked a contract extension that keeps him with the club through 2017 – a deal that has been rumored for some time.

Though there are certainly some detractors around the city, it’s hard to argue with Vermes’ overall track record, especially lately.

KC has finished as the Eastern Conference champions the last two years running, and appear poised to make a run at doing it again this year.  And they won some hardware last season in the Open Cup – which is the first trophy since Vermes was a player on the field for the Wizards.    Continue reading

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Edelman: It’s All happening @ The Fringe

KC-fringe-festivalLions and tigers and bare women, oh my…

The 9th annual KC Fringe Festival is upon us. CherylKimmi (a/k/a Wonder Woman) and her 200 volunteers have rounded up another 134 artists to put on 363 shows now thru Sunday. How all of this gets done is beyond me; that it does is a testament to the creative teams that put it out there and the thousands of KC hipsters who show up.

So go Fringe yourself. Continue reading

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Hearne: It’s Official; ‘Stanford’s on Broadway’ to Debut Next Month

91725*304This is huge…

It’s been like for-ev-er since Kansas City has had a comedy club. A real comedy club. You know, like Stanford & Sons.

No mas.

As of right now, that’s about to change. Because Stanford’s on Broadway is slated to open in late August in the Uptown Theater‘s “Conspiracy Room.”

“I’m going to sign the lease today,” says Stanford’s main man Craig Glazer. “So we’ll be open by the end of August barring some unforeseen circumstances. We’ll start with comic Mike Steenberg and then I’m going to call in some favors and bring in some big names early on. Continue reading

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Whinery: The Trial You Should be Paying Attention To

327813Bradley Manning… memba him, as TMZ would say?  

He’s a member of the military who gave a bunch of national security related documents to WikiLeaks and is being court-martialed for “aiding the enemy” among other charges. When in actuality, Mr. Manning (and Mr. Snowden for that matter) should be having statues erected for them for their bravery and outstanding acts of patriotism in revealing huge criminal acts by our Government.

Instead, Mr. Manning is facing the death penalty while Mr. Snowden is stuck at the Moscow Airport. Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Ward Parkway 14—One Year Past Conversion

25AMC’s visionary founder Stan Durwood would’ve loved to have seen what has become of his historic movie theater in South Kansas City….

I’m talking about the AMC Ward Parkway 14 which in another life, in 1963 – became the first multiplex (twin screen) movie theater anywhere.

Its immediate success changed the way America would choose movie theaters and watch movies.

Decade later two screens turned into a dozen and additional screens on the ground floor of the mall were later added. And while AMC never gave up on the theaters, the complex had begun to show its age.

So what happens to older theaters having to compete against newer and fancier operations? Some are turned into so-called dollar or discount houses. Others just attempt to keep up with changing times in the hopes of they going on forever.

And of course, many fail. Continue reading

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Paul Wilson: The Weak in Review Starts Now…Geraldo vs The Scribe

Geraldo SelfieGeraldo Takes a Selfie

In a picture that I can’t unsee, Geraldo Rivera took the Craig Glazer “Battle of the Best Bods” contest a step too far.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, equipped with nothing more than a cell phone and clad only in his rose colored glasses and a towel barely around his waist, Rivera shot this self-portrait.

I’m just hoping it was a tequila infused lapse of judgment, because otherwise, he’s taken his Trayvon Martin anti-hoodie movement two or three pieces of clothing a little too seriously. If you’re seeing the pubic region with the towel slung that low, it crosses the line from, “I’m hot for 70” to “I’m a 70 year old perv.”

At least Craig had the good sense to wear a sleeveless shirt and dark shades.  Continue reading

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Hearne: Movie Sequel Bash Rehash Misses Point

THE LONE RANGERYesterday’s news, anyone?

The front page headline in today’s Kansas City Star: “Hollywood faces epic year of flops.”

Never mind that the story was written by a New York Times writer, not a Star staffer. The inconvenient truth is it’s little more than a rehash of what other entertainment media have been reporting for weeks.

“There was nothing new to the story,” says KCC movie meister Jack Poessiger. “It’s what all the magazines and television media have already said – that the big movies have flopped.”

However the NY Times / Star front pager totally misses the mark. Continue reading

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Donnelly: 97th Minute Goal Lifts Sporting Over Real Salt Lake

It was a matchup between Eastern Conference leader Sporting Kansas City and the Western Conference leader Real Salt Lake, in Salt Lake City.

Saturday night’s game was one of the biggest measuring sticks of the season so far, and both teams delivered gutty, entertaining performances worthy of the top handful of squads in MLS.

Both sides were missing players to national team duty, but Real was depleted a bit more than Sporting without midfielder and captain Kyle Beckerman, along with starting keeper Nick Rimando.  KC was missing center defender Matt Besler, but it was his replacement that would score the shocking winner deep, deep into added time. Continue reading

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Paul Wilson: Garrison Keillor Keeps Romance Radio Alive @ Starlight

Keillor in crowd at StarlightThe Radio Romance Tour 2013 and its cast of colorful characters rolled into Starlight Friday…

Yet as much as I’d looked forward to this event, Friday was one of those ultra difficult days where nothing seemed to fall in place as it should have.

Arriving later than planned – because twenty minutes early is five minutes late in my world – I found myself standing with an usher, and not yet seated, when I heard those first few notes and the refrain that opens every Prairie Home Companion radio show;

“Oh hear that old piano, from down the avenue.”

Usually on my “NPR Saturdays” that line is trans-formative to my spirit.

But on this gruesome Friday, it was a question of who or what would win – the oppressive 90 degree heat (taken up a notch by the 90 percent humidity and not a breath of air), the $50.00 worth of margaritas from Starlight’s free flowing Jose Cuervo on tap, Keillor’s show, or my rotten attitude.

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Starbeams: Chiefs Get ‘Silent Treatment,’ Hot Chicks, New Popemobile & Take KCC to Work!

3wksold_postbandingGuinness is giving Chiefs fans a chance to compete for Loudest Sports Facility.  The official record is 131.7 decibels at a soccer stadium in Turkey.  Arrowhead currently holds the world record for loudest GROANS.

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Thirteen peregrine falcon chicks have hatched in the KC area this year.  Experts say this goes a long way toward replenishing our falcon population.  Locals say, FIRE UP THE GRILL!

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A family in Michigan found a hash pipe inside their kid’s Happy Meal…or as I call it:  The REALLY happy meal.

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Leftridge: Royals Midyear Awards, Because Why Not?

ASMOandSalSo the All Star Game is in the books—a delightfully pointless affair that serves only to illuminate the pageantry in professional sports—and we’re left with nothing but the memories. Neil Diamond warbling his way through a cacophony of boos that FOX attempted to hide. A genuinely touching moment honoring the greatest closer in the history of baseball. A ROYALS PLAYER GETTING A HIT FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE BO JACKSON. Three Royals on the field at once, nearly making my head explode. The AL winning 3-0, thereby securing home field advantage in the World Series.

You know all of this, I’m sure.

Now we’re at the unofficial midpoint—the real halfway mark having occurred weeks ago—the time at which lawn-chair GMs decide whether their team should be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, and baseball writing know-it-alls bestow meaningless “Midyear Awards” upon a bunch of millionaires who have no idea they’re being lauded with such prestigious honors.

And because I am no better than the lowest common denominator, here are my picks. Continue reading

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Sutherland: It Has A Disco Beat & The Kids All Love It!

Steve_Rose_Mainstream_CoalitionThere is a local lawyer, who is a little older than I am, who came back from college on the East Coast with that absurdist line in his repertoire.  (I think it is from some long forgotten TV show in the 60’s.)

I pulled it out of my memory bank a few years ago when confronted by a Kansas City Star reporter demanding to know why I had registered the name “The Mainstream Coalition” with the Kansas Secretary of State’s office for clients of mine to keep Dr. Bob Meneilly and his high-tech hate group from using it.

A year later during the general election my clients asked me to record the following message: Continue reading

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Hearne: WTF? Star Celebrates ‘Creepy-Ass Crackers’ & White Trash

WT classy

Very classy

Does it strike anybody else as hypocritical that after days of preaching political correctness, championing racial harmony and calling for more sensitivity where stereotypes are concerned, that up pops a giant photo spread on the Kansas City Star website celebrating -wait for it – creepy-ass crackers.

One alert KCC reader was a little shocked. Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘The Way, Way Back’ a Summer (and Movie) You Won’t Easily Forget

THE-WAY-WAY-BACKRemember when the family station wagon had that second row of back seats?
You know, the one that faced the back window. That’s where the kids used to sit and goof with the cars driving behind them.
Hence the movie title, THE WAY, WAY BACK.
This is not an easy movie to explain or market. Suffice it to say, the TV commercials promoting it certainly don’t do it justice.
So what do we have here?
Actually it’s one of the most poignant coming-of-age movies I’ve seen in some time.
But don’t let that scare you off. Continue reading
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Paul Wilson: Cover of the Rolling Stone, Terrorist Edition

o-ROLLING-STONE-TSARNAEV-570We take all kinds of pills that give us all kind of thrills

But the thrill we’ve never known

Is the thrill that’ll getcha when you get your picture

On the cover of the Rollin’ Stone

That was Dr. Hook’s musical homage to that great institution and what it meant to land that coveted spot, the COVER of Rolling Stone magazine.

But if you can find a copy when its released this week at the store of your choice, its famous cover this month isn’t going to Kanye, The Kinks, R Kelly or The Killers, its being bestowed upon – Ka-Tump Ka-Thump – the Boston Marathon Bomber.

That’s right; the cover of this iconic rag has been given up to a terrorist. In the words of Larry the Cable Guy, “Where do we live; RUSSIE?” Continue reading

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Edelman: Smoke em if You Got em @ Danny Cox Birthday Bash Saturday @ Raphael Hotel

Danny CoxThis Saturday from 4-7pm in front of the Raphael Hotel on the Plaza, a KC icon turns 70…

I know what you’re thinking– 70. Old fart. Who’s this, some KemperKauffmanHall chip
off the old Block? A captain of industry, titan of finance, chairman of this or that chamber or something.

Those guys would get lost in a room when blues and jazz singer Danny Cox flashed a smile. Let loose with his mellow baritone and you can call KCP&L and tell em to turn off the Montrose Power Station.

Like so many lucky locals, I have had the pleasure to know and work with Danny over  the years.  Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Globe-Trotting Geriatrics Save the World…Again

 

s-RED-2-TRAILER-largeToo much of a good thing can sometimes kill the golden goose…

Case in point, RED 2, the sequel to 2010’s over- the-hill gang action-comedy that surprisingly hit strong across the spectrum.

How do they keep the magic going?

I hate to say it, but they don’t.

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Hearne: Bombs Away as Developers Aim to Develop Olathe ‘Flyway’

cropped_plane_crash_05_t640Talk about flying low…

The horsies are history but the airport is still alive and kicking. And therein lies the problem, says Olathe homeowner Bill Nigro.

Let’s begin with a moment of silence for the fabled Hilltop Stables near the Johnson County Executive Airport in Olathe.

“You know what? It closed down about a month and a half ago and nobody’s written anything about it,” Nigro says. “And the developers have plans for the property even though it’s in the flyway of the airport.”

Meaning, planes that come and go at Executive pass over the property.

This isn’t the first time developers have tried to develop the grounds, Nigro says. Continue reading

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Sounds Good: La Guerre @ Replay, Bad Rabbits @ Granada, Chubby Carrier @ Knuckleheads

Last weekend I had the chance to finally catch Radkey, that band of brothers from St. Joe that have been steadily making a name for themselves nationally – and most recently, in the UK.

They were featured in NME and several other music rags in jolly old England, and their record has been selling pretty well there.  Then yesterday I heard their song Cat & Mouse as bump music on the Jim Rome Show, which was being hosted by the Sklar Brothers, who always pimp new indie music.

I caught them closing out Friday night’s lineup of Lawrence Field Day Fest at the Bottleneck, and I was impressed with their extremely polished set, a clue that these boys have been putting in mad time, and are already rather seasoned vets when it comes to performing.

For example, near the end of their set, bassist Isaiah informed the crowd, “Sol is gonna put this drumbeat in your ass, balls first!”

That’s just a veteran move…    Continue reading

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