RANDALL KING / MOVIES
Too much of a bad thing
Scuttlebutt has it that The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with its trio of ne'er-do-wells Electro, the Green Goblin and Rhino, is setting us up for Spidey taking on the Sinister Six (Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Rhino, Kraven the Hunter, the Vulture and Mysterio) in the next instalment. Just pointing out that the weakest of the previous Spider-Man trilogy -- the third one -- was primarily afflicted with too many villains. Looks like this series is in danger of following that pattern.
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BRAD OSWALD / TV
Proton accelerates the laughs (again) for Big Bang bunch
When it comes to TV comedy, there's always room for the classics. And that's why it's such good news that Professor Proton -- a.k.a. guest star Bob Newhart -- is making his third appearance in this week's instalment of The Big Bang Theory (Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m., CBS and CTV). Newhart -- one of vintage TV's classiest classics -- won a guest-acting Emmy for his previous work as Sheldon and Leonard's boyhood TV idol, and it's bound to be big Bang fun when Prof. Proton returns to help Sheldon deal with a personal crisis.
BEN MACPHEE-SIGURDSON / BOOKS
Galloway bringing Houdini to town
Harry Houdini's life and death has never received the type of treatment Steven Galloway provides in his latest novel The Confabulist. The author of 2008's acclaimed The Cellist of Sarajevo blends facts from Houdini's life with fiction, including narration by Martin Strauss, the man who purports to have killed Houdini. Galloway, a creative writing prof at the University of British Columbia, comes to Winnipeg May 15 to read from The Confabulist and engage in a conversation with publisher/musician John K. Samson. The event takes place at McNally Robinson Booksellers at 7 p.m. For a review of The Confabulist, see the May 3 Winnipeg Free Press books section.
ANTHONY AUGUSTINE / MUSIC
Wild about Harry
Now living in Vancouver, Harry Chan was a longtime fixture of the Winnipeg music scene before departing for the West Coast. One of the DJs who helped lay the foundation of the city's electronic music culture, Chan will be back in town to spin alongside Chicago house veteran DJ Diz on Saturday, May 3, at Chill Bar and Grill (423 McMillan at Confusion Corner). Locals J. Funk and Solidaze are also on the bill. Tickets are $15 in advance from Music Trader and are also available at the door.