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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Thursday, April 24, 2014

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1. Some possible picks for Point Fish Fry & A Flick's lineup
This morning, Point Fish Fry and a Flick announced that it'd be making a triumphant return to the lakefront late this summer. One important detail left out of this morning's press release? The titular flicks to be shown. The lineup - bumped back up to five screenings from just three last year - will be revealed on May 19, but until then, allow me to throw some ideas into the ring.
2. "Jungle Book 2" a great Blu-ray companion to the original
"The Jungle Book 2" on Blu-ray is simply is a nice companion to the original film, building on the relationships of the characters in and out of the jungle.
3. Scatterbrains podcast: Chauntelle Tibbals, Ph.D.
For the second episode of the Scatterbrains Podcast, besides promising to stop talking in the third person (seriously, no clue) I bring to you, the people, Chauntelle Tibbals, Ph.D. Or, as everyone else knows her, "Dr. Chauntelle." Besides being a kickass brunch companion, her sociological research on the adult entertainment industry is significant to our ever-changing culture. Yet is highly underrated, degraded, and unfunded.
4. Arnie's comeback turns ugly in "Sabotage"
"Sabotage" finds Arnold Schwarzenegger briefly pushing his persona in a new direction. It's not simply that the film is unexpectedly more murder mystery than action thriller; "Sabotage" is easily the meanest, most vulgar and most violent movie on Arnold's resume. Credit where credit is due for trying something new, but considering the film's brainlessly scummy ugliness, it qualifies merely as a not-quite-noble failure.
5. 25 years later, Corbin Bernsen reflects on "Major League"
It's hard to believe that the classic baseball comedy, "Major League," is 25 years old. Filmed largely in Milwaukee, everyone here of a "certain age" seems to have a story to tell about the making of the movie.
6. "The Pirate Fairy" is a fun, new tale from Neverland
On Tuesday, Disney releases "The Pirate Fairy" on a Blu-ray, DVD and digital combo pack, telling another tale from a place that's beyond the second star to the right and straight on till morning.
7. Disney's "Frozen" makes a billion, entertains millions
The film with the voice cast of Kristen Belll, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad is on its way to becoming one of the biggest hits at the box office.
8. "Run & Jump" is a messy examination of a struggling family
Steph Green's "Run & Jump," last night's Milwaukee Film monthly members screening at the Oriental Theatre, banks on heartfelt melodrama as it examines an Irish family that experiences loss, fragility and mixed emotions in the wake of near fatal trauma. Unfortunately, the film stumbles and instead fixates on predictive, restrained territory.
9. There's a lot of heart at the center of "Delivery Man"
Vince Vaughn's "Delivery Man," out on Blu-ray and DVD today, meanders before hitting on a journey of rediscovery.
10. Marvel comic characters take title roles in new anime feature
Black Widow and the Punisher team up to take on terrorist group in "Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher" out on Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy on Tuesday.
11. Digital tool can help track March Madness
This year, the NCAA, Turner Sports and CBS Sports offer the most ways ever to track all 64 teams involved in the main games of the tournament. NCAA March Madness Live will provide streaming access to every game.
12. Blessed art thou who skippeth "Son of God"
"Son of God" isn't based on the much-ballyhooed History Channel miniseries "The Bible." It literally is "The Bible," albeit vigorous edited down from 10 hours to 138 minutes with a few deleted scenes added in for a bonus. To call "Son of God" a new movie is like a date reheating leftovers and saying he cooked dinner for you, then asking for $10 to cover the cost. And it was Chinese takeout to begin with.
13. WZTI-AM Martini Radio airs on AM and FM dials
In radio land, there are two dials we usually jump around when we search for a set of songs or a talk show to listen to. And the difference between the quality of the signal between AM and FM can vary depending on where you are located. That's one of the reasons why WZTI-AM 1290 Martini Radio will make the move to be heard on both AM and FM.
14. Matt's picks for who will win - and should win - at the 2014 Oscars
We are just on the outskirts of 24 hours before the Academy Awards finally begin, so I suppose that makes it about time to grab a ballot and actually start making some picks.
15. An idiot's guide to the 2014 Oscar Best Picture nominees
After a month and a half of buzz, conflicting awards results and Hollywood gamesmanship, yes, the Oscars are finally happening this Sunday night. So as a little refresher for your Oscar parties and betting pools, here's a quick guide to the big nominees, listing off why or why not each movie has a chance.
16. Olivares ready for more Brewers' Spanish play-by-play
Andy Olivares is entering his seventh season as the Spanish play-by-play announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers.
17. Dead pools a fixture in newsrooms for decades
When I worked in a traditional newsroom, for daily newspapers, television and radio news, we had a dead pool too. It wasn't meant for betting, but it was for taking the time to be organized, gathering the assets needed to cover the passing of someone important or notable in the community.
18. The game is done, let's break down the Super Bowl
The big game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos is over. However, the next 24 hours will be spent looking at every aspect of the media spectacle that is the Super Bowl.
19. MPTV story shares Kosciuszko's connection to Milwaukee
"Memorializing Kosciuszko" on Milwaukee Public Television tells the story of the American Gen. Tadeusz Kosciuszko and the restoration work done on his monument in Kosciuszko Park.
20. Panel features range of public radio options in Milwaukee
As part of its Coffee Connections series, the East Town Association kicks off 2014 with a talk on the status of public radio in Milwaukee.
21. A viewing guide to the 2014 Oscar nominations
To help with your pre-Oscar binge-watching, here's a list of all the nominees listed in alphabetical order and where you can currently find and watch them. Then, come March 2, you'll be able to impress all of your friends with your knowledge about the nominees for Best Sound Mixing. Maybe impress isn't the right word ...
22. The 2014 Oscar nominations are in
Bright and early this morning, the president of the Academy Cheryl Boone-Isaacs and Chris Hemsworth announced the nominees for the 86th Oscars. "American Hustle" and "Gravity" led the way with 10 nominations each, including Best Picture. Here are the rest of the nominees for us to debate and discuss endlessly for the next month and a half (is it really going to be that long? Oh dear).
23. WTMJ-TV Ch. 4 launches 4:30 a.m. newscast
WTMJ-TV Ch. 4 officially announced today that starting on Monday, its weekday morning newscasts will start at 4:30 a.m. Now, all commercial TV news operations in Milwaukee will start at 4:30 a.m.
24. Oriental Theatre reopens after cold closes doors
After locking its doors for a week thanks to a busted boiler, the legendary 86-year-old movie house has finally popped back to life.
25. Updated: Oriental Theatre closed through the weekend
The Oriental Theatre has temporarily closed this week due to a malfunctioning boiler. According to the theater's answering machine message, the fix will leave them closed through the weekend.