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Bears emerging from slumber

...Conservation, said he's received about five to seven calls about waking bears Juneau-something he says is normal for the season.Black bears, or their sign, have been spotted in the highlands area above Juneau-Douglas High School, at Twin Lakes, Lemon Creek...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-04-18/bears-emerging-slumber
Outdoors
Delta performs Juneau test runs

...end of August, company spokesman Anthony Black said.Because Delta hasn't flown in...configured for takeoffs and landings in Juneau, Black said.The tests are more than idle practice...could expand service to year-round, Black said."We're committed to the seasonal...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-04-17/delta-performs-juneau-test-runs
Local
The Indie Bestseller List

...Hyperbole and a Half," by Allie Brosh7. "Quiet," by Susan Cain8. "The Plantagenets," by Dan Jones9. "Orange Is the New Black," by Piper Kerman10. "The Girls of Atomic City," by Denise Kiernan MASS MARKET1. "A Game of Thrones," by George R...

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Art
MLB marks 67th anniversary of Robinson debut

...peaking at about 18 percent at times from the mid-1970s to mid-1980s.Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, who is black, says some of this generation's players don't know of Robinson's accomplishments."They don't know a lot about the...

http://juneauempire.com/sports/2014-04-16/mlb-marks-67th-anniversary-robinson-de
Sports
Untold reality of state's minimum wage debate

...office, that doesn't mean lawmakers could "effectively repeal" the initiative by drastic amendment next year."It's not black and white," said assistant attorney general Cori Mills. "It has to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but it can...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-16/untold-reality-states-minimum-wage-deba
State | AK legislature
My Turn: Keep public court documents public

...money.The Alaska Press Club believes these records are of enduring public interest because we believe that cases are rarely black and white. We believe that adequate safeguards already exist to protect those who are merely charged or who have been found...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-04-17/my-turn-keep-public-court-documents-p
Opinion
Kung Fu Panda 3

Opens Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015 Synopsis: DreamWorks Animation presents this third animated feature film starring the ever-so unlikely hero, the kung-fu panda, Po (voiced by Jack Black. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi Cast: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Rebel Wilson, Mads Mikkelsen, Bryan Cranston Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

Grimsby

Opens Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 Synopsis: Louis Leterrier directs Sacha Baron Cohen in this Paramount Pictures spy comedy centering on a British black-ops agent forced to go on the lam with his estranged, soccer hooligan brother from the north. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

The Signal

Opens Friday, Jun 13, 2014 Synopsis: Three bright young students venture deep into the Nevada desert in search of a notorious hacker, and discover they have been drawn into an enigmatic plot with terrifying repercussions in this mind-bending sci-fi thriller. Intrigued by reports that a mysterious hacker named Nomad has breached MIT's advanced security system and exposed its flaws, freshmen Nic (Brenton Thwaites) and Jonah (Beau Knapp) hop in the car with Nick's girlfriend Hailey (Olivia Cooke), and attempt to track down the elusive computer genius. Eventually, the trail of clues leads the three students deep into the Nevada desert. There, they finally come face-to-face with Nomad just before everything goes black. Later, regaining consciousness in a high-security government facility, a confused Nic quickly finds that the worst is yet to come. Laurence Fishburne co-stars. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Brenton Thwaites, Sarah Clarke, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Rebel Without a Cause

Opens Friday, Apr 18, 2014 Synopsis: This landmark juvenile-delinquent drama scrupulously follows the classic theatrical disciplines, telling all within a 24-hour period. Teenager Jimmy Stark (James Dean) can't help but get into trouble, a problem that has forced his appearance-conscious parents (Jim Backus and Ann Doran) to move from one town to another. The film's tormented central characters are all introduced during a single night-court session, presided over by well-meaning social worker Ray (Edward Platt). Jimmy, arrested on a drunk-and-disorderly charge, screams "You're tearing me apart!" as his blind-sided parents bicker with one another over how best to handle the situation. Judy (Natalie Wood) is basically a good kid but behaves wildly out of frustration over her inability to communicate with her deliberately distant father (William Hopper). (The incestuous subtext of this relationship is discreetly handled, but the audience knows what's going on in the minds of Judy and her dad at all times.) And Plato (Sal Mineo), who is so sensitive that he threatens to break apart like porcelain, has taken to killing puppies as a desperate bid for attention from his wealthy, always absent parents.

The next morning, Jimmy tries to start clean at a new high school, only to run afoul of local gang leader Buzz (Corey Allen), who happens to be Judy's boyfriend. Anxious to fit in, Jimmy agrees to settle his differences with a nocturnal "Chickie Run": he and Buzz are to hop into separate stolen cars, then race toward the edge of a cliff; whoever jumps out of the car first is the "chickie." When asked if he's done this sort of thing before, Jimmy lies, "That's all I ever do." This wins him the undying devotion of fellow misfit Plato. At the appointed hour, the Chickie Run takes place, inaugurated by a wave of the arms from Judy. The cars roar toward the cliff; Jimmy is able to jump clear, but Buzz, trapped in the driver's set when his coat gets caught on the door handle, plummets to his death. In the convoluted logic of Buzz' gang, Jimmy is held responsible for the boy's death. For the rest of the evening, he is mercilessly tormented by Buzz' pals, even at his own doorstep. After unsuccessfully trying to sort things out with his weak-willed father, Jimmy runs off into the night. He links up with fellow "lost souls" Judy and Plato, hiding out in an abandoned palatial home and enacting the roles of father, mother, and son. For the first time, these three have found kindred spirits -- but the adults and kids who have made their lives miserable haven't given up yet, leading to tragedy. Out of the bleakness of the finale comes a ray of hope that, at last, Jimmy will be truly understood.

Rebel Without a Cause began as a case history, written in 1944 by Dr. Robert Lindner. Originally intended as a vehicle for Marlon Brando, the property was shelved until Brando's The Wild One (1953) opened floodgates for films about crazy mixed-up teens. Director Nicholas Ray, then working on a similar project, was brought in to helm the film version. His star was James Dean, fresh from Warners' East of Eden. Ray's low budget dictated that the new film be lensed in black-and-white, but when East of Eden really took off at the box office, the existing footage was scrapped and reshot in color. This was great, so far as Ray was concerned, inasmuch as he had a predilection for symbolic color schemes. James Dean's hot red jacket, for example, indicated rebellion, while his very blue blue jeans created a near luminescent effect (Ray had previously used the same vivid color combination on Joan Crawford in Johnny Guitar). As part of an overall bid for authenticity, real-life gang member Frank Mazzola was hired as technical advisor for the fight scenes. To extract as natural a performance as possible from Dean, Ray redesigned the Stark family's living room set to resemble Ray's own home, where Dean did most of his rehearsing. Speaking of interior sets, the mansion where the three troubled teens hide out had previously been seen as the home of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. Of the reams of on-set trivia concerning Rebel, one of the more amusing tidbits involves Dean's quickie in-joke impression of cartoon character Mr. Magoo -- whose voice was, of course, supplied by Jim Backus, who played Jimmy's father. Viewing the rushes of this improvisation, a clueless Warner Bros. executive took Dean to task, saying in effect that if he must imitate an animated character, why not Warners' own Bugs Bunny? Released right after James Dean's untimely death, Rebel Without a Cause netted an enormous profit. The film almost seems like a eulogy when seen today, since so many of its cast members -- James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Nick Adams -- died young. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi Cast: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Corey Allen, Sal Mineo, Dennis Hopper Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

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