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White Sox 4, Indians 3: Pierzynski HR beats Tribe in 9th

August 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

CLEVELAND – Manny Ramirez was on deck to pinch hit for the White Sox in the ninth inning of a tied game at Progressive Field on Tuesday night.
Turns out the Sox didn’t need their newly acquired slugger after all.
With runners on first and second and one out in the ninth, Chicago’s antagonistic catcher A.J. Pierzynski […]

White Sox 4, Indians 3: Pierzynski HR lifts Sox past Tribe

August 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

A.J. Pierzysnki hit a three-run home run off Frank Herrmann in the ninth inning to lift the White Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Indians at Progressive Field on Tuesday night.
The game was tied at one when Pierzynski connected on an 0-1 pitch and sent it into the seats in right-center field.
Justin Masterson pitched […]

Tuesday’s Indians notes: Carrasco coming up to start series finale with Sox

August 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

CLEVELAND – Not only will the Indians promote right-hander Carlos Carrasco from Triple-A Columbus today, he will start in the series finale against the White Sox.
Carrasco, who is 10-6 with a 3.65 ERA in 25 starts for the Clippers, has been on the Indians’ radar for awhile. He made five starts for Cleveland last year […]

Great customer service at Medina’s Busy Bee Muffler

August 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

You know how sometimes you worry about taking your car in for repairs? The mechanics seem to speak a different language, they find problems with your car you didn’t even know you had, and paying the bill forces you to eat macaroni and cheese for a week.
I am happy to say that, after 10 years of living in Medina, I believe we have an auto mechanic we can trust.
None of this is to imply that auto mechanics are somehow not trustworthy. I just know nothing when it comes to car repair, and get nervous that I won’t understand what a mechanic would be explaining to me, and would wind up paying to fix something that didn’t need to be fixed. My husband, bless his heart, is only modestly better at this than me.
Thankfully we stumbled upon Busy Bee Muffler, which seems funny to…

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L’Amour du Vin

August 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

Title: L’Amour du Vin
Location: Avon Oaks Country Club
L’Amour du Vin: “The Premier Wine & Food Tasting Event” in Lorain County!
Sample delicious signature wines and dishes from seven international wineries and more than fifteen of the best restaurants from Cleveland’s West side. This year’s event is presented by the EMH Regional Healthcare System. Event proceeds will […]

“Machete”, at a theater near you

August 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

michette“Machete” came when star-to-be Danny Trejo was doing an autograph signing in England. “These guys came up and they had pictures of ‘Machete’ tattooed on their backs,” Trejo said. “Talk about responsibility.”

“He took pictures and e-mailed them to me,” laughed director Robert Rodriguez. “I said, ‘That’s insane.’ Danny said, ‘We’ve got to make the movie now.”

Up until then, “Machete” – which opens Friday and co-stars Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, Robert De Niro, Don Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin and Steven Seagal – was just a counterfeit trailer tacked onto another exploitation movie, “Grindhouse” (2007), the Rodriguez-Quentin Tarantino homage to trashy ’70s drive-in movies. In between the two “features” that made up “Grindhouse” – “Death Proof” and “Planet Terror” – were trailers for equally cheesy-albeit-imaginary features, including “Werewolf Women of the SS,” ”Hobo With a Shotgun” and “Machete,” the story of a Mexican federale who becomes embroiled in the cross-border drug trade.

Except “Machete,” for which Ethan Maniquis is credited as co-director, wasn’t entirely a pipe dream.

“Robert Rodriguez told me about ‘Machete’ when we were doing ‘Desperado’ 15 years ago,” said Trejo, referring to the Salma Hayek-Antonio Banderas film. “And it was funny, no one knew who Antonio Banderas was in Mexico – he was from Spain and he talked funny. So when I showed up on the set all the people on the set gravitated toward me because they’d seen me in 80 movies. That’s when Robert came up and said, ‘I have this idea for this movie. It’s called ‘Machete,’ kind of in the Clint Eastwood-Charles Bronson genre.”

Which it is, except with a level of cartoon violence that’s only palatable because it’s funny. (Rodriguez said that when they showed their soon-to-be-infamous scene involving a bad guy’s large intestine at July’s Comic-Con in San Diego, “It was like a rock concert. People were screaming.”) But Machete is also a hero, one who finds himself at the center of a criminal/political conspiracy involving an immigrant-baiting Texas state senator (De Niro), his malevolent aide (Fahey), the aide’s licentious daughter (Lohan), a border vigilante (Johnson), a taco-flipping insurrectionist (Michelle Rodriguez), an Immigration agent (Alba), and Machete’s brother, a radical priest (Marin). The timing of the film, in terms of current events, couldn’t be more on-the-money.

“It’s amazing how sometimes the stars align for a project and make it feel really timely,” said director Rodriguez. “Because in the exploitation days, that’s what they would have done, move really quickly with a low-budget production and done the whole ‘ripped from today’s headlines’ thing. This happened in reverse: We shot ‘Machete’ over a year ago, the first trailer was five years ago and the script was 15 years ago.”

For Trejo, his first starring role came with some perks. “I love to work with women who God worked overtime on,” he said of his three female co-stars. “But they weren’t Sally-come-lately’s – they were strong ladies. Even Lindsay, the nun with a gun.”

Lohan, who’s presence in the film will bring it a little extra notoriety, does in fact use a nun’s habit and some automatic weaponry. (Her character’s nude scene makes pretty obvious use of a body double). In terms of screen time, though, she takes a backseat to Alba and Michelle Rodriguez.

“He called me up,” Michelle Rodriguez said of her director, “and said, ‘I have this project, it’s insane but I think you might be good for it” and I said, ‘That’s awesome. As long as I don’t have to rip my clothes off and die at the end, I’m a happy camper.” He said “We’ll see about that.”

One of the things that attracted Michelle Rodriguez and, presumably, the rest of a very-high-profile cast to a deliberately low-rent movie, was the director’s irreverent attitude, something that’s been at the heart of everything from “El Mariachi” to the “Spy Kids” franchise. “There’s not a lot of people who do what he does,” she said. “I just think when you play that joker card, you can get away with murder.” The ‘joker card,’ she said, is about making films that are “too crazy to be taken seriously in any way, shape or form.” And thus being able to say whatever you want without getting in trouble.

“Machete” is brewing with trouble, political and otherwise. But Michelle Rodriguez said she had other motives for getting involved with “Machete.” ”Robert has an innate ability to make everybody in his movies look sexy. Even the 60-year-old (he’s 66) Danny Trejo. There are moments in the movie where he actually looks great!” She laughs. “Robert makes everything look pretty.”


Danny Trejo, the star of “Machete,” has more film and video credits than almost anyone in Hollywood – partly because he’ll apparently do anything for anybody. “I just did a film called ‘Blacktino,’” he said from Los Angeles. “They gave me $100. But I like to do as many student films and first-time directors as I can.”

Still, the actor with the indelible face has never played the lead, not until “Machete,” the title character of which is arguably the first Latino superhero. “It feels pretty cool,” he says, “because we haven’t really had one. And I don’t have to wear tights. And I get to kill Steven Seagal.”

He has played a Machete before – namely, the kindly uncle in the “Spy Kids” series directed by his second cousin, Robert Rodriguez. “I have heard, ‘Look Mom, its Uncle Machete’ in 40 different languages all over the world,” Trejo said. “And the funny part is, I always know which parents monitor what their kids are watching, because when the kids go crazy and the parents don’t know who I am, I say, “Aha, you just let them sit in front of the TV and watch whatever they want …”

Part of the satisfaction for Trejo – who spent years in California prisons and is a recovering drug addict and a 12-step advocate – is what his acting career has done for his own children: Danny Boy, a computer whiz (”I call him a vidiot; he invents games and stuff”); Danielle, an actress; and Gilbert, who Trejo said is about to produce a movie called “Skinny-Dip.”

“He better hire me,” Trejo joked. “I don’t want to hear, ‘Dad, you’re too old for the part

Browns’ Shaun Rogers fined game check, not suspended

August 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

BEREA — The Browns got a break Tuesday afternoon, as nose tackle Shaun Rogers avoided suspension after an offseason gun arrest at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
The NFL announced Rogers would be fined a game check for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Rogers is due to make $6.9 million in 2010, so the fine would […]

Medina boil alert scheduled for Wednesday

August 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

MEDINA — A portion of the city’s south side will be under a boil alert starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday as crews work on the $350,000 Koons Avenue water pump station upgrade.
During the alert, residents are advised to boil tap water used for drinking for at least one minute.
Click here to view a map of […]

Brothers charged with assault after allegedly beating Litchfield Twp. man

August 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

LAFAYETTE TWP. — Two brothers are charged with aggravated assault after they reportedly beat a Litchfield Township man outside a party early Saturday morning.
Adam Robinson, 21, of 5951 Buffham Road, Westfield Township, is being held in the Medina County Jail on $50,000 bond. John Robinson, 22, of 5830 Heatherhedge Drive, Lafayette Township, is being held […]

Medina to flush hydrants along municipal roads next week

August 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

The city of Medina will flush fire hydrants along a myriad of municipal streets during the week of Sept. 6-8, which is a change from the original start date of Monday.
Discolored water might be temporarily present in running faucets of homes and businesses because of the flushing process, according to a prepared statement from the […]