I'd forgotten how much I missed Harrison Ford. When he makes his first appearance in Cowboys & Aliens to punish an incompetent ranch hand, people applauded. A girl next to me swooned, which I didn't know was possible to do in a movie-theater seat.
In the '70s, Ford helped invent the Hollywood summer blockbuster with his part in Star Wars. But if I try and fit my image of the young Han Solo into the last decade of action films, I have a hard time finding a place for him.
His last Indiana Jones co-star Shia Labeouf, however, is everywhere. There, I think, is the problem. Young Harrison Ford still carried himself like an adult, and Shia LaBeouf comes off like a kid, and will probably stay that way well into his 30s. We don't have men actors anymore; we have boy actors.
I hate to think what that will lead to. Woe to the generation that has no Robert Mitchum.
Here's hoping this is the last murder news before we go off for the weekend. Jesus Christ.
A woman's body was found early this morning on the deck of a house near North 17th St. and Cleveland Ave. in KCK, police say. An official cause of death has not been released, but media reports indicate that the woman had been shot multiple times.
Police were looking for Rufus L. Young ever since his ex-girlfriend, Naushay Riley, and her mother, Jackie M. Riley, were found dead in their home early Thursday morning.
But before he could be apprehended, police say, he shot himself in the head last night at an Independence motel.
This feels like it came out of nowhere. The Chiefs announced today that they were putting tight end Tony Moeaki on the physically unable to perform list.
Moeaki had a hell of a first year with the Chiefs in 2010. His stunning one-handed catch into the end zone against San Francisco was a season highlight. Moeaki is one of the reasons I'm looking forward to the new season, along with the fact that the Chiefs signed his former Iowa Hawkeye QB, Ricky Stanzi. If I can digress for a second here, Stanzi is erratic, yes, but that dude keeps his cool and he can come back when he's in a hole. Which I can't say about certain nameless players with arrowheads on their helmets ...
Watch your back, Cassel.
The ACLU of Kansas & Western Missouri intervened on behalf of a man who was charged with violating the city's trespassing ordinance in May. The ACLU asked that the case against Nicholas "Wick" Thomas be thrown out because he was using a sidewalk in Westport at the time of his arrest. On July 18, the city prosecutor dismissed the charge.
The case highlights the occasional ambiguity between what is private and what is public space in Westport. Thomas is not the first individual to complain that the line gets a little fuzzy in the shopping and entertainment district.
With two restaurants up and running, a regular series of traveling chef gigs and steady sculpture commissions, Stretch has set his sights on television. He's determined to "Stretchify" the small screen, figuring out how to squeeze his oversized personality and diverse interests into 22 compelling minutes of programming.
On Wednesday, he talked about leaving Philadelphia to pursue a career as a toy designer, and yesterday, he shared the events that led him to eating goat from the back of a pickup trick.
Forgot to mention: All-lady quartet the Coathangers will bring their playful, searing punk rock to the RecordBar on August 2. The band's recent Daytrotter session was a fine one. Take a listen. Doors open at 10 p.m. 18-plus. Maren Parusel and Parts of Speech open.
Tim Kasher, frontman of Cursive, is returning to Lawrence. He'll play a solo gig at the Jackpot Saloon on September 9, where he'll sell his EP, Bigamy: More Songs from the Monogamy Sessions, which is a show/Saddle Creek webstore exclusive -- joys!. The Jackpot will also host The War on Drugs on November 1. Purling Hiss and Carter Tanton will support.
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