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They’re not standing around the watercooler, but Cheryl Sadler, Mark Meszoros, Mark Podolski and Nicole Franz are talking about what they’ve been watching, listening to and playing during their free time.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Podcast: Superman at 75

Can you believe Superman is 75? The Man of Steel looks pretty good for his age, doesn’t he? In honor of this special year for Supes, News-Herald Community Media Lab blogger Chris Lambert (Comics: Don’t Get Me Started), Sports Editor Mark Podolski and Entertainment Editor Mark Meszoros talk about the superhero’s Cleveland roots and the upcoming movie “Man of Steel.” Read the first part of Lambert’s three-part series on Superman of The News-Herald at and look for the others at and in The News-Herald’s Sidetracks section on upcoming Sundays.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Make your own #OfficePaperBuddy

Want to see your Office Paper Buddy on this blog?

After you print and assemble your Office Paper Buddy, tweet a picture of it using the hashtag #NH140. Post yours by 8 p.m. Thursday, and it may appear right here in time for the series finale.

Get creative! Color your Office Paper Buddy. Pose him or her on your desk or in your own office. Have your Office Paper Buddy photobomb a picture of your co-workers.

Need some inspiration? Check out my Office Paper Buddies, Pam and Jim:

You can do better than I did, right? Show me, by printing your own and tweeting them with #NH140.

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

'Iron Man 3' earns $175 million in opening weekend

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. "Iron Man 3," $175.3 million ($175.9 million international). (Review by The News-Herald's Mark Meszoros: 'Iron Man 3' is strong but has a few more cracks in armor)
2. "Pain & Gain," $7.6 million. (Review by The Associated Press' David Germain: Director Michael Bay's bombast puts the pain in 'Pain & Gain')
3. "42," $6.2 million. (Review by Germain: '42' a classy but tame telling of Jackie Robinson tale, features fine effort from Harrison Ford)
4. "Oblivion," $5.8 million ($6.5 million international). (Review by Meszoros: 'Oblivion' a solid, brainy sci-fi adventure with stunning visuals a few missteps)
5. "The Croods," $4.2 million ($17.4 million international). (Review by The AP's Christy Lemire: Semi-prehistoric script cliches hurt, don't sink 'The Croods')
6. "The Big Wedding," $3.9 million ($2.5 million international).
7. "Mud," $2.2 million.
8. "Oz the Great and Powerful," $1.8 million. (Review by Lemire: 'Oz the Great and Powerful' a prequel that won't really wow old or new fans)
9. "Scary Movie 5," $1.4 million ($4 million international).
10. "The Place Beyond the Pines," $1.3 million.

— The Associated Press

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Music from Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'

I am beyond excited that my Thursday afternoon is going to include listening to the music from Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," which hits theaters May 10.

NPR's First Listen has commentary on the "Gatsby" soundtrack, where you can stream the entire album or individual songs. I'm 13 minutes into the album and loving it, and totally getting excited for the movie's release next week.

Big thanks to @BriReagan for tweeting this.

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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