Friday, 31 October 2014, 6:52 am

Niagara College’s sponsor Sawyer is noted Canadian science fiction writer

By BECKI CREWE
Staff Writer 
Hermine Steinberg, co-founder and leader of the Writers’ Circle, is excited to celebrate the second annual Rising Spirits Contest on Oct. 31.  PHOTO BY BECKI CREWENiagara-on-the-Lake’s Writers’ Circle is a chance for imaginations to run free without boundaries. Its second annual Rising Spirits Contest is excited to welcome Robert J. Sawyer as an award presenter and Niagara College as a contest sponsor.
A Writers’ Circle is exactly what it is. Different writers with various experiences, pasts and stories to tell, sit in a circle and share their original pieces of work. 
“Being part of a writing community that supports our efforts and provides us with constructive feedback keeps us motivated and challenged. It allows us to continue learning and honing our craft,” said Hermine Steinberg. 
Steinberg is the Writers’ Circle co-founder and leader. It was launched in March 2013 to bring together people in Niagara-on-the-Lake who share a passion for writing. 
“Everyone in here is so humble. They try to make excuses for everything they don’t do,” said Myrtle Burton, a Writers’ Circle author...

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The missing bride

By JEN HARDY
Staff Writer
Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel will keep you at the edge of your seat. Gone Girl tells the story of Nick and Amy Dunn, five years into their marriage and how things have taken a horrible turn for them.
Amy is gone the morning of their five-year anniversary and all evidence points towards a murder case, putting Nick in the middle of the investigation. 
As the story unfolds, you will be wondering if you belong to Team Nick or Team Amy. Which team you count yourself to is irrelevant to the roller coaster the story takes you on.
Flynn tells it captivating and you will have a hard time putting the book down. 
The story has a dark feel to it and it will make you feel uncomfortable at times, especially because Flynn tells the story with lots of details. “In the beginning she makes the character Amy loveable and...

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Time to get your comic-on

By MAZIE BISHOP
Staff Writer
Lou Ferrigno flexes his 64-year-old muscles. PHOTO BY MAZIE BISHOPExcitement and anticipation rang through the air outside the Hamilton Convention Centre as everyone lined up to meet some of their favourite celebrity legends at Hamilton Comic Con.
The costumes freshly made the night before smelled of spray foam, paint, nylon and passion. Convention staff awaited the opening of the doors, freeing the stampede. 
On Oct. 4 Comic Con brought some comic culture stars like Lou Ferrigno, the original Incredible Hulk, Garrett Wang from Star Trek Voyager, and the original Cat Woman, Julia Newmar.
Convention officials announced they had more than 7,000 attending, which is more than they expected for a newer convention like Comic Con.
Just as fans buzzed with excitement waiting in lines to meet their heroes, the celebrities were thrilled to meet their biggest fans.
Garrett Wang, the actor who played Ensign Harry Kim in Star Trek Voyage, was especially excited to spend the day getting to know...

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Keeping viewers guessing the entire time, Gone Girl is twisted entertainment

By LUCA GUARDARI
Staff Writer
Already receiving Oscar buzz, Gone Girl is a chilling thriller that will leave you guessing, “Where is Amy?” until the end.
It’s hard not to mention anything about Gone Girl without it being considered a spoiler. It is one of those movies that must be experienced to understand it is pure movie magic. Smashing box office records already, it’s no surprise Gone Girl is being considered Oscar-worthy.
The movie begins by showcasing a truly passionate relationship between Nick and Amy Dunne. Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike perfectly bring these characters to life. You can see every emotional expression on their faces during each scene that can only be shown in certain actors. This relationship doesn’t go without its fair share of arguments and instability, though. 
When Nick comes home on the day of his five-year wedding anniversary he finds his house turned upside down and Amy nowhere to be...

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Tragically Hip to play Meridian C​entre

By LUCA GUARDARI
Staff Writer
Feb. 17, 2015 will mark The Hip’s first ever performance in St. Catharines.
 SUBMITTED PHOTOGet Fully and Completely ready, The Hip will bring its tour close to home.The Tragically Hip announced a 2015 North American tour. Naming the tour after The Hip’s 1992 Diamond certified album Fully and Completely, it will commemorate the re-issue of the Canadian rockers’ third full album.
Remastered by Bob Ludwig, the re-issue will be available on Nov. 17. Formats include vinyl, a two-CD Deluxe set and a Super Deluxe edition. 
The tour begins Jan. 13 with two nights in Chicago. 
The band will play several closer to home shows in Canada: Windsor, Burlington, London, hometown Kingston and a special show at St. Catharines Meridian Centre.
The Hip’s first ever appearance in St. Catharines will be on Feb. 17, 2015.
Ken Noakes, general manager of the Meridian Centre, is thrilled to have The Hip play.
“We couldn’t be more excited. I mean, really, is it even a Canadian venue until...

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Would you like to play a game?

By JAMIE BURTON
Columnist
Alien: Isolation takes place 15 years after the film and is available for PC, Xbox 360, XboxOne, PS3 and PS4.  SUBMITTED PHOTOOctober is the month of things spooktacular and terrifying, with all manner of ghouls and ghosts haunting, creeping and skulking about. It’s the perfect time of year to willingly put yourself into a bone-chilling fright, and while many outlets of entertainment attempt to offer this spine-tingling sensation, none do it better than survival horror video games.
2014 saw the release of Alien: Isolation, a first-person survival adventure pitting the player alone against the stealthy, stalking Alien aboard the Sevastopol, a ship similar to the Nostromo of Ridley Scott’s Alien film. With few ways to defend yourself, the only goal is to try to survive the cold, dark spaceship while being hunted by a monster out for a feast of your flesh. The AI of the Alien is standout, able to track the player through sight, sound and smell; simply running and ducking under a desk isn’t going 

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Bringing back the clay days of old

By JAMIE BURTON
Staff Writer
Following in the footsteps of their previous films, ParaNorman and Coraline, LAIKA’s The Boxtrolls is an impressive display of technical detail that shows how beautiful claymation can still rival the flashy CGI of Pixar, Disney and Dreamworks.
The Boxtrolls follows the story of Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright, Game of Throne’s Bran Stark) as a human raised by the titular boxtrolls in the underside of cheese-obsessed town of Cheesebridge. When aptly-named Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) begins to hunt down the trolls as his ticket into the cheese-eating, “White Hat” upper class, it’s up to Eggs to show the town that maybe the trolls aren’t the baby-stealing monsters the town believes they are.
The real star is the gorgeous eye candy in every frame. A great deal of care went into the visual aesthetic of everything from the character models to the background buildings to the floors...

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