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Mixed Notes - Oct. 18

By Rich Heldenfels Published: October 18, 2012

Newsweek magazine will stop being a print entity in December, instead becoming a digital-only brnad. One story is here.I was more of a Time magazine guy, but still read Newsweek often and subscribed for many years. But its increasingly nutty, let's-be-provocative approach under Tina Brown, not to mention the elitist tone that infected some copy, made me less and less interested. When our subscription lapsed, I felt no need to renew. More about the change is here.

I have a review of "Alex Cross" here. The movie is of extra local interest because it was shot partly in Cleveland and Akron (although the movie relocates local landmarks to Detroit, where "Alex Cross" is set). But it is a terribly, murky, woman-hating effort; Tyler Perry shows his acting limitations, but the script and direction don't help him. And I am not the only one to lament the movie, as you can see here.

Today's mailbag, including an appreciation of Dennis Haysbert, is here.

In case you missed the this and that of Wednesday's HeldenFiles, it is here.

After catching up on some viewing last night, the bride and I flipped over to check on "The X-Factor," and were caught up in the chaos around it because of the rain delay in the baseball playoffs. The show started late, then ended abruptly, leaving Fox to announce that the whole two hours will air on Tuesday,


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