LOS ANGELES -- As video gamers have matured, game content has grown up, too -- and it seems to be supporting itself on a life of crime. The upcoming holiday season has brought digital mayhem to stores as a mob of combative, adult-themed titles led by "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" and "Hitman 2" and "BMX XXX" target older gamers. Some see it as a backlash against "Pokemon"-type kid games. "Older gamers have been playing 'cutesy' for a long time and there's been a large shift to make up for what's been missing in the market," said game enthusiast Ned Jordan, 36, editor of the Web site GamersTemple.com.
From Associated Press Reports RALEIGH, N.C. — Joshua Jackson, who plays Pacey on the WB series "Dawson's Creek," was arrested and charged with drunkenly assaulting a security guard at a hockey game. The 24-year-old actor was arrested Saturday night at a game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins. He's scheduled to appear in court on the misdemeanor charge on Dec. 4. Arrest warrants allege that Jackson grabbed 40-year-old guard Drew Grissom around the neck and struck him. In jail, tests showed his blood alcohol content registered 0.14. He posted $1,000 bail early Sunday and left. Reached on his cell phone Sunday, Jackson declined to comment to The News & Observer of Raleigh. The native of Vancouver, British Columbia, appeared in the "Mighty Ducks" series of hockey movies before joining the cast of the teen-oriented "Dawson's Creek," which films in Wilmington.
LOS ANGELES -- The American Film Institute is trying to separate the good from the bad, announcing plans Tuesday for a new top-100 list that will rank the top screen heroes and villains. Voters can choose among 400 nominated characters from American film history and decide which should be considered wicked or virtuous. That may seem easy when considering Kevin Spacey's serial killer from "Seven" or the pure-hearted pig from "Babe" -- but voters may have a tougher time when categorizing nominees such as Robert De Niro's loner vigilante Travis Bickle from "Taxi Driver."
Buster Keaton was a creative giant of the silent film era. His subtle, dead-pan humor ranks with the best of comedy. A single twitch of his eye says a thousand words. Last Friday you could see Keaton in one of his best films, "The Cameraman" (1928), which played as part of the City Lights Film Series. The series plays classic movies every Friday at 7 p.m. in Ballantine Hall, room 013. All viewings are free to the public. Keaton plays a sidewalk New York photographer making a grim living taking "tintype" pictures of passersby for dimes.
Long held to be the masters of modern dance, the nationally-renowned dance troupe Pilobolus will be performing their gravity and flexibility-defying dances tonight at the IU Auditorium at 8 p.m. The troupe, founded by a Dartmouth College dance class in 1971, has won several eminent honors, including the Berlin Critic's Prize, Brandeis Award, the New England Theater Conference Prize, and a Primetime Emmy for outstanding achievement in cultural programming.
This past Sunday I saw the performance of a very unique and relatively unheard type of orchestra. Yet despite its uncommonness, it was the only type of orchestra that existed for almost a century. That kind of orchestra is the Baroque orchestra, and IU's own Baroque orchestra performed this past Sunday at Auer Hall. The Baroque orchestra is a very up-close-and-personal type of orchestra, having a small number of musicians and a smaller array of instruments. Also, the director plays violin as well, which adds a more personal flavor than the aloofness of the orchestral conductor.
LOS ANGELES -- The anticipated online movies-on-demand venture formed by five major Hollywood studios was launched Monday, marking the first time a large supply of recent, popular films are available legally on the Internet. The effort, called Movielink, allows people to download films over a high-speed Internet connection. It is the industry's alternative to the distribution of pirated films over peer-to-peer computer networks — services such as Napster that threatened the music industry.
Halloween has come and gone. Thanksgiving will be looked over. So come the end of November, that leaves one month, one day until Hanukkah starts and twenty-five days until Christmas. This does not leave much time to go out and buy presents for families and friends.
"Cubic Zirconia" opened at 10 p.m. Thursday at the Bloomington Playwright's Project following the mainstage show "Kate Crackernuts." Written by Keith Tadrowski and created through the Chicago Dramatists Workshop, the show is satirical in its depiction of what goes on in dysfunctional homes where husbands are physically and emotionally abusive, and the wives are lushes.
Trelawny of the 'Wells'" is a play worth seeing, but only if you can make it through the first act. I sat bored stiff through act one, wondering what I had gotten myself into. With no apparent plot until act two, and a complete lack of comedic relief from the bland dialogue, I began to wonder, "So what's the point?" But like I said, if you can make it through the first act, it's worth seeing.
The decadent society of the late 1780's could not be better portrayed than in Christopher Hampton's "Les Liaisons Dangereuses." The play, based on the novel by Choderlos de Laclos, premiered at the John Waldron Arts Center Friday. It is a story of intrigue, jealousy and, most of all, the constant search for pleasure.
It's a kingdom of light and bright colors. The atmosphere gets the creative juices flowing, and the end result -- a personalized vase, plate or picture frame -- breathes with the spirit of The Latest Glaze. Bill and Mary Jo Benedict wanted to try something new and different. She has been a first and second grade teacher for the past 26 years. He worked with adults with disabilities for 25 years. The result of their joint venture are two locations of The Latest Glaze, a paint-your-own-pottery studio that gives young and old, IU students and not, the opportunity to paint various pieces of pottery as gifts or just because.
NEW YORK -- Run-DMC star Jam Master Jay, his killer still at large six days after he was shot in his recording studio, was mourned at his funeral Tuesday as "the embodiment of hip-hop." A fleet of white stretch limousines was parked outside the Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in Queens, the borough where the rapper, whose real name was Jason Mizell, first met up with his bandmates, Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels. "Jam Master Jay was not a thug," McDaniels told the overflow crowd inside the church.
NEW YORK -- If she had to do it over again, Sharon Osbourne says she wouldn't have invited MTV's cameras into her home. At least, that's what the cancer-stricken matriarch of television's favorite dysfunctional family told ABC's Barbara Walters when she talked to her earlier this fall. Osbourne said, in an interview to air on a special "20/20'' edition Wednesday, that she's calling it quits after an upcoming, 10-episode season is through. "We can't do it anymore," she said.
While many of us are cracking the books for history, biology or business exams, the students in the music school are preparing for their big recitals. The amount of rehearsal time and effort they put into their recitals is immeasurable. Almost any student can perform a recital, but it must be done with the approval of the major professor. Most students are required to do a recital in both their junior and senior year for the undergraduate degree in music, but they must first pass a recital "hearing" where teachers from their department listen to the song excerpts for the recital.