Entertainment

What your kids will want

By summer’s end, 18 new video games will line the shelves of your favorite gaming store. What will make your kid say, “I want?” Let’s take a sneak peek.


There are two racing games due out this summer. The first is DIRT Showdown. It’s a down and dirty racing game with the trailer mantra of “Race Hard, Party Hard.” It’s rated E+10 for everyone older than 10 but includes a few choice hand gestures as racers crash and bang into each other to reach the finish line.

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‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lopez

Directed by: Kirk Jones

Rated: PG-13

If it only takes nine months to have a baby, why does this movie about having babies seem to last more like nine years? If this is the best that Hollywood can deliver about the business of giving birth, then let’s segue quickly to the next superhero.

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Battleship! Is it a board game, a movie or a video game? Well, it’s all three.

The Hasbro board game originally produced by Milton Bradley in 1943 has launched yet another first person shooter video game, available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii on May 15. The movie, a sci-fi action flick, was released in the U.S. on May 18. Obviously, the operative phrase this month is, “Prepare for battle.”

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Comedian, actor, author and one of the funniest rednecks on the planet will perform his stand-up routine at Nutty Jerry’s on Saturday, May 26 with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show are $100 (VIP Chairs), $75 (VIP Table Seats), $55 (reserved), $35 (General Admission) and can be purchased at the Nutty Jerry’s box office, online at nuttyjerrys.com or by phone at (877) 643-7508.

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‘The Avengers’


Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson


Director: Joss Whedon


Rated: PG-13

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A little bit of everything to enjoy

 

The name may have changed but the fun and excitement will remain the same. Once called the Texas Cajun Heritage Festival has now been renamed the Spring Music Fest and 2012 Fishing Classic, which will be held at 700 Simmons Drive in Orange near the City Boat Ramp.

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Even Harry Potter had an ending – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.” It took eight movies, but now it’s over. With certain video game series, we consumers might not be as lucky.

There’s no end to the possibilities of creating new, better, upgraded versions of the most popular video game series. Just this year, expect Max Payne III, LEGO Batman II, Dead or Alive V, Epic Mickey II, Resident Evil VI, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Assassin’s Creed III and Halo IV.

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‘The Five-Year Engagement’

Starring: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt

Director: Nick Stoller

Rated: R

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Who says you can’t entertain your whole family for $1 these days?

I rented a couple of video games like Smarty Pants, a trivia video game, and Bowling Pinbusters, a bowling game, from Blockbuster for one buck each, and the family enjoyed a lively night of video gaming fun.

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The Beaumont Country Club will host Deliver the Difference, an appreciation luncheon benefiting Meals on Wheels. Tickets are $40, and funds raised from this May 10 event will go toward increasing the number of meals prepared daily to serve those seniors on the Meals on Wheels waiting list.

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