Night at the … Planetarium?

One week after offering free admission to hordes of bargain-hunting Valley residents, the Arizona Science Center is opening its Dorrance Planetarium from midnight Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday for free planetarium shows navigated by the audience. The free Astronomy Day 2009 celebration is part of a weekend of special shows, giveaways, and astronomy experiences.

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‘The Cage’ re-gilded: ‘Star Trek’ pilot episode remastered

While J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek opening May 8 in theaters is getting a lot of attention, this weekend will see another treat for fans: the classic sci-fi franchise’s original pilot episode will air in syndication for the first time in remastered form with updated special effects. Something the two productions have in common: no William Shatner […]

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Nintendo downloads dig up ‘Nobunaga’s Ambition’

Here’s another peppy press release from Nintendo about their weekly releases for the Wii Shop Channel and DSi Shop: Poker, Planes and Platform Games Fuel Players’ Ambition The table is set for card-flipping fun with this week’s release of Clubhouse GamesTM Express: Card Classics on Nintendo DSiWareTM, while the new Paper Airplane ChaseTM packs portable […]

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‘Wolverine’ premiere packs them in

Hugh Jackman arrives at Tempe Marketplace for the premiere of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” on Monday. Thomas Boggan, Tribune. After defeating over 1,300 other cities in an online contest for the opportunity, thousands of people gathered at the Tempe Marketplace on Monday for the world premiere of the summer’s first big movie, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” The […]

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New video games: Week of April 27, 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($29.99-$59.99 by Activision/Blizzard, multiple systems, ratings vary) Party Pigs Farmyard Games ($19.99 by Destineer, Nintendo Wii, rated E for everyone) Next week: New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (Wii) and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (multiple) This list is not exhaustive. See something I overlooked? How dare I! […]

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Weekend Reading

I’m still reading Laurie R. King’s Language of Bees, a gripping Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes story that should be available in stores Tuesday. King is scheduled to make an appearance 3 p.m. May 9 at The Poisoned Pen, 4014 N Goldwater Blvd., Suite 101, Scottsdale. However, The Language of Bees briefly lost its grip […]

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Hunting season returns

It has been announced that director Robert Rodriguez (Desperado, Sin City) has been selected to restart the ‘Predator’ franchise with a new movie entitled ‘Predators’. After two solo films, the intergalactic big-game hunters were last seen in the lackluster, but profitable ‘Aliens vs. Predator’ movies. Judging by the title, the flick may be following the […]

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