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Five popular franchises walk into a bar

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As the summer of 2009 draws to a close, it leaves behind a memorable movie season filled with financial successes and critical failures. Though interspersed with gems like Up and District 9, the summer was dominated by big action blockbusters: X Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Terminator Salvation and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. (I could include Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in this, but that ended up being a romantic comedy.)

Live Five opens with a mix of humour and the bizarre

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Live Five opens their sixth season of independent theatre with an imaginative, dark whirlwind ”” Ground Cover Theatre's debut of Dysmorphia. The production, which was developed in Saskatoon, was inspired by Oscar Wilde's The Portrait of Dorian Gray. Director Natasha Martina, a professor of movement and acting at the U of S, gathered together a group of creative and adventurous students to develop a piece based upon the disintegration of moral standards in exchange for physical beauty.

8th Street Books now on 8th Street

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Pat Thompson took over 8th Street Books and Comics in 1994. Now, in its 26th year of operation, 8th Street Books has moved next door. Located in the same building, but facing directly onto 8th Street, it may seem like a small change but Thompson says it's making a huge difference. “It's been a boom to the business like you can't believe,” said Thompson...

Outdoor rock shows celebrate summer

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Around this time of year, a person looks back on the summer months in an attempt to recreate an accurate image of what has taken place over this brief interval. For me, most of the memories worth keeping are the times I have spent outside. I remember the summer as a series of tennis matches, drunken barbecues, days spent at the beach, highway drives and reading books on the balcony­ ”” these are the blissful, defining moments. Naturally, when I heard that Sonia Dickin was, for the second year in a row, putting on a massive, free outdoor show, I got excited. I couldn't think of a better way to cap off these ephemeral summer months than to sit in the grass and listen to a bunch of my favourite local bands...

Zombies attack!

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“As long as you're soaked in blood and everything you're wearing is bloody, I think you've done a good enough job,” said organizer Scott Jamison on how to dress like a zombie. He also encourages wearing clothes you're not afraid to ruin. The second annual Saskatoon Zombie Walk took place on Aug. 15. The zombies gathered at the Vimy Memorial downtown, then walked to the Broadway Theatre to watch a zombie flick...

Tarantino gets revenge on the Nazis

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There are few people who would dare revise the history of the Second World War and the Holocaust. Luckily, Quentin Tarantino is not afraid to get his hands dirty. The 46-year-old director of such films as Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction is at it again with his latest film Inglourious Basterds. Whereas his previous efforts have been homages to crime, martial arts and blaxploitation genres, war films are a sacred genre of film few have dared to mess with. Tarantino handles the genre with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer...

Rise of the ‘produser’

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Established in 2002, the Creative Commons licence system allows artists, both professional and amateur, to copyright their work with as many restrictions as they choose ”” including the ability to un-copyright works completely. According to their website, “Creative Commons provides free tools that lets authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry.”

Higgs Bozon explores the unknown

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Paul Kuzbik was about to call it quits on the music front after finding himself in a place where he was no longer happy with it. “I needed to break the mold and woodshed, and I almost quit performing. But then all these other things happened;” he explained of his near abandonment of music, and the subsequent year off that he spent redefining his sound.

The Dude abides

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In these uncertain times there doesn't seem to be much a person can count on. Fortunately, one can still take solace in the fact that the Coen brothers' comedic masterpiece The Big Lebowski refuses to go away. Unlike the economy, its cult status continues to grow with each new generation.

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