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Coming not too soon to a theatre near you

In 2015, the remake/reboot/franchise chickens come home to roost in an unprecedented way. To sum up, studios have announced that year will see a new Star Wars movie, the Ben Affleck-starring Batman-meets-Superman movie, a new Jurassic Park movie (titled Jurassic World), the first of a new Terminator trilogy, the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron (along with Marvel offshoot Ant-Man), yet another Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, Smurfs 3, and maybe Independence Day 2.

And they say Hollywood isn't doing anything original.


Massive overhaul as SNL enters its 39th season

Since it premiered back in 1975, change has been a constant for NBC's Saturday Night Live, with cast members departing and new players arriving every year. But the launch of the 2013-14 season (Sept. 28, at 10:30 p.m. on NBC/midnight on Global) brings one of the biggest shuffles in SNL's storied history, with reliable veterans Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis gone and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers slated to take over Tonight Show-bound Jimmy Fallon's late-night show in February. Six new names have been added to SNL's "starring" slate: Beck Bennett, Brooks Wheelan, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Michael Patrick O'Brien and No´l Wells. Is there a Bill Murray or a Tina Fey among them? Stay tuned.


Where's Principal Krupp when you need him?

The Captain Underpants children's book series is getting all sorts of free publicity this week. The American Library Association has highlighted it as the most-challenged title in its annual Banned Books Week. Apparently many prudish parents feel that Dav Pilkey's goofy superhero parodies contain "offensive language" and are "unsuitable for (their) age group." No word if Professor Poopypants and Tippy Tinkletrousers are planning to defend themselves.


Cabaret by Cariou

The University of Winnipeg will kick off its inaugural ArtsFest on Sept. 27 with a wine-and-cheese gala and cabaret performance by Manitoba's only Tony Award winner, Len Cariou. The stage and TV star will lead his audience at Eckhardt-Gramatt© Hall on a musical journey from St. Boniface to Broadway, where he won his 1979 Tony for his performance as the murderous barber in Sweeney Todd. Count on hearing some iconic tunes composed by his pal Stephen Sondheim.


Super Size Me App

There are plenty of nutritional apps available in Apple's iTunes store or from Google Play. What makes this one different? Nearly 10 years after Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock's eye-opening documentary on the impact of our fast-food habits on our health, the director has launched a new mobile app that will help you analyze nutritional information from popular fast-food chains in North America and see what percentage of your daily allowances you have consumed after scarfing down that double cheeseburger combo and milkshake (

The app costs 99 cents in iTunes. No word on yet when it will be available for Android or other devices.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 26, 2013 C2

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