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By admin Published: August 9, 2009

We're hiding from the 90-plus degree heat right now (golf on TV), although we did make it out to church -- and have survived a brief power failure at home.

From today's Beacon Journal: Another chat with Yvette Nicole Brown, whom you have seen in many commercials and small movie roles, and who is in the cast of the NBC sitcom "Community."

Also, the DVD column concentrates on available titles from John Hughes and Budd Schulberg, both of whom died last week. As the DVD column notes, the fine "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" is getting reissued on DVD later this year.

And regarding Schulberg, I forgot to mention that there is also a DVD of a TV production based on his novel "What Makes Sammy Run." It's a 1959 version with Larry Blyden and John Forsythe, directed by Delbert Mann. The DVD extras include an interview with Schulberg.

As a sort of DVD bonus here, let me also mention that "17 Again" hits stores on Tuesday, on both DVD and Blu-ray. This was meant to be a demonstration of star Zac Efron's ability to carry a movie that doesn't have "High School Musical" in its title, and it was a modest box-office success. And a dud qualitatively, with Efron as a middle-aged man transformed into his 17-year-old self, albeit in the present day. So he's back in high school (with his children), dealing with his estranged wife (Leslie Mann) and generally going through bits that are exhausting in their tediousness. About the only thing saving the movie are the supporting performances by Thomas Lennon (as Efron's adult best friend) and Melora Hardin as the school principal, whom Lennon desires. But they can't save the movie.

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