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F2 Wednesday, June 13, 2012 ENTERTAINMENT Breaking news at calgaryherald.com Sandler returns to raunch in father and son comedy I mrli? i i i ill i ill ill 1 JT v. i- Yi -TS -1 BOB THOMPSON Postmedia News LOS ANGELES Sometimes, Adam Sandler is naughty in movies. Sometimes, he's nice. For contrast, refer to the 2009 adult-oriented Funny People and 2008's kids' fantasy, Bedtime Stories. In his latest, That's My Boy, out Friday, Sandler is definitely rated for raunchy.

He plays Donny, who as a teen fathers a son after an illicit affair with his high school teacher. Donny raises Todd until his 18th birthday, becomes a dubious media star, and later is estranged from him. Calgary's Strugglah upholds a tradition of music and the philosophy behind it that make its sound such he veteran band is getting back together to support a Mustard Seed fundraiser on Thursday. Strugglah back to Reggae for the Homeless event Thursday night at the Blues Can along with Juno-winning performer Youssou Seek. The fundraiser for the Mustard Seed, the fourth Jahfire has shepherded since 2008, will actually be the first show in almost two years for the band, which has been together in one form or another for the past 17 years, bringing authentic sounds of the islands to prairie ears in clubs and its many cultural festivals.

"It's maybe like that tool, you know," he says of the group and its recent inactivity. "You've probably got a few tools in your house, but some you use more than some, and the one that you probably use less, it's still there. And whenever you need it you know where to find it and you can put that same tool to work." And it is, he thinks, the perfect tool for this particular job. The native of Nevis, the small Caribbean island, not the central Alberta hamlet, thinks Strugglah's music is the best way to celebrate Demme filming Chesney show Courtesy, Jahimba Hutson a match for its charity work, work "So the music, itself, come (Thursday), we're proud enough to put the music to work to do something for humanity for more than just entertainment." That's not to say Strugglah isn't a first-class act, it should be noted. In the band's long, rich history members have shared the stage and held their own with such luminaries as the Wailers, Burning Spear and Jimmy Cliff.

And perhaps it's because, like those other artists, they uphold the true tradition of the music and, more importantly, the philosophy behind it, that Strugglah's reggae sounds are the perfect pairing for a fundraiser for the poor. "The music projects an energy of true love, unity and respect for all of humanity and it is a music that uplifts, enlightens and also educates," Jahfire says. "Whether you have a lot or you have a little, we're human beings. One human family." MBELLCALGARYHERALD.COM TWITTER.COMMRBELL23 show, a special homecoming concert for the Brothers of the Sun stadium tour with Tim McGraw in Nashville on June 23, followed by another show June 14 in Charlotte, N.C. Chesney, his voice raspy from two shows over the weekend, laughed at the full-tilt boogie of his schedule.

"It's a hell of a week, man, but you know what? I thrive on it. I love it," Chesney said. "I love it, all that stuff is happe ning in my life. I mean, that's what you dream about." Chesney's never released an album and put on a tour at the same time. In an interview in Nashville this spring, he talked about all the moving parts of his life and the new album, his 13th.

There's a melancholy feel that runs through the album on such songs as El Cerrito Place and Always Gonna Be You. "I'm very in touch with that emotion," Chesney said. "I think there is a thread on this album. There is searching, there is a longing Several key songs have that in it. And I think when you're as busy as I am and you've given your whole life to one thing basically, there's a constant search for balance.

I think when people hear this album they're going to hear that thread." Calgary the event has initiated over 40,000 volunteer hours to local charities while raising over $100,000 for local artists, McDonough says. This year 28 works of art by up-and-coming artists will be up for auction. Thirty charities will be on hand to volunteer for, including the Calgary Drop-In Rehab Centre, the YWCA, the Terry Fox Foundation and Calgary Family Services. The key to Timeraiser's success, says McDonough, is that: "We're able to use the art as a conduit to connect people to causes they're passionate about." For more information about Timeraiser see www.timeraiser.ca. HMCCOYCALGARYHERALD.C0M When Donny, older but not SPOTLIGHT wiser, gets a huge bill for his back income taxes, the lousy father figure decides to That's My Boy is in theatres Friday reconnect with his now successful son Todd (Andy Samberg) a week before his wedding.

A series of weird and wild events follow the reunion. Sandler will be back on safer ground, soon. He's currently filming the sequel to Grown Ups set for release next summer. The 2010 mainstream comedy earned whopping $271.4 million US worldwide. That's My Boy, however, is a farce with a few controversial comedy twists, even for Sandler.

"I don't want to repeat myself too much," says the 45-year-old at a Beverly Hills hotel suite. "(I've) always got to figure out other creative things to do." For instance, his cast and crew are a little different for That's My Boy. He plays opposite Saturday Night Live's Samberg for the first time. Missing are Sandler's usual crew, including David Spade, Chris Rock and Rob Schneider, who has co-starred in 15 Sandler pictures. Leighton Meester, known more for drama than comedy, is one of new ones, too.

She plays Todd's manipulative wife-to-be. "I thought it would be fun and a lot of laughs," Meester says of acting opposite Sandler and his improvising comedy friends. "But really, for me, it was actually a life-changing experience to work alongside people who are so creative, and so funny, and so giving." And, there are more interesting cameos. Susan Sarandon and her daughter, Eva Amurri, share a then-and-now role, while James Caan portrays an Irish priest with a great right hook. Vanilla Ice plays himself, pop singer Tony Orlando is Todd's boss, and look for Diff 'rent Strokes' Todd Bridges to show up as a short-order cook.

Also new to the Sandler crew is director Sean Anders and co-writer John Morris, who made the 2008 teen comedy, Sex Drive. "They are great guys, and have great instincts," Sandler says, "and we have similar tastes in what we think is funny in Rated R-ville." As usual, the headliner, who runs the show, made sure everybody had a good time during the shoot in and around Cape Cod, last year. "I liked the idea of hanging out with all these guys," Sandler says of filming That's My Boy at a billionaire's home. "We were on the Cape by the beach for five weeks, and we got to be funny, curse and get a tan." In fact, Sandler says that playing the rude, party dude Donny wasn't hard for him. He grew up in Manchester, N.H., and was familiar with the New England type.

"I heard that voice on many, many drunk people," admits the actor. "And I got beat up by that voice many times." Getty Images Archive Adam Sandler grew up in New England, the backdrop of his new film, That's My Boy. SV 3 PREVIEW Strugglah perform at the Reggae for the Homeless benefit for the Mustard Seed Thursday at the Blues Cart. Tickets are $12 in advance from the Blues Can and the Roti Hut (920 36th Street N.E.); and $15 at the door. and show his love, support and appreciation for the work that the Mustard Seed does for the city's growing population of the needy and downtrodden.

"We're able to put the music to work, beyond entertainment," he says. "We, as Rastafarians, we acknowledge the entertainment side of the music, it's such a versatile kind of music. But roots Rasta reggae, you know, is a music that originated from the confrontation and struggle in Jamaica based on our past and history. We see the music as a tool and a vehicle: a tool to build and strengthen our mind in a positive way; and a vehicle to transport a positive message for all of humanity. ing the Heart of Gold concert film, will direct the livestream of the 75-minute performance from the beach Wildwood, N.J.

Chesney and the credit card company have given 20,000 fans free tickets to the seaside show, which will be framed by a roller coaster and a Ferris wheel in a boardwalk setting. Kenny Chesney "I love doing shows where I can smell the sea, that's for sure," Chesney said. Fans at home can watch live and repeats for 12 hours after on YouTube. The show also can be seen on VEVO's mobile apps. It's the 10th Unstaged event following pairings like Monday's Usher-Hamish Hamilton collaboration in London or last month's Jack White-Gary Oldman instalment.

The livestream concert is just one of several large-scale events Chesney has scheduled for next week. He clicked off items on the itinerary one after the other: His new album, Welcome to the Fishbowl, is out next Tuesday, and he tapes the NBC Fourth of July special that evening, then June 20 in Wildwood, June 21 on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, up early June 22 for the Today Toronto in 2003 which has now spread to 12 cities across the country. The Calgary Timeraiser on Thursday, which is sold out, is now in its seventh year. "We're the ideal city for a Timeraiser when you think about the fact that so many in Calgary are from somewhere else, especially the demographic that this event is aimed at people in their twenties and thirties," says Stewart McDonough, co-chairman of the Calgary Timeraiser. "Those people may have a love of art, but they often don't have the cash for it, and they also don't have the cash to support charitable organizations.

"But they do have time and they have skills." Since Timeraiser started in Veteran reggae band reunites to help the homeless MIKE BELL Calgary Herald The pause is long and lingering. And when Iwango Jahfire eventually provides an answer to the introductory question of how he's doing, it is, predictably, thoughtful. "I won't complain, you know," the local musician says. "When you look at your situation and sometimes look at others you realize you're not so much on the losing side, you're on the winning side. Some people are so less fortunate than you." It's for that reason he's reactivating his veteran reggae act Strugglah to participate in the Onion boss gives the silent treatment ERIC VOLMERS Calgary Herald It seemed an appropriate gesture from the Onion, a lift of the middle finger to the very idea of1 the keynote speaker.

Pencilled in as a replacement for Larry King Tuesday morning, president and CEO of the parody news organization, Steve Hannah, attracted a healthy crowd at the Banff World Media Festival. Sporting a bow tie and the dour look of a slightly irritated professor, Hannah shuffled on stage, rearranged papers and magazines from his briefcase and gave a multimedia half-hour presentation that showcased the various facets of The Onion, all without uttering a word. No tips on comedy. No pontificating about the importance of parody to keep news organizations honest. No career advice for would-be writers looking to break into the fake news business.

Hannah, backed by ragtime piano and old-fashioned silent movie-style subtitles, Hannah simply showed clips from the Onion network and pictures of their headlines, which went after everybody from dumb Americans, to imbecilic children, Canadians, VHi "sluts," Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush. In an windy introduction read by a hapless sponsor, the Onion was compared to Mother Teresa, Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. "If you've never had the opportunity to hear Mr. Hannah speak, you are in for a wonderful surprise.

So sit back, listen and learn." Before leaving the stage, Hannah did issue a farewell of sorts to Canadians, albeit a very dated one. "Take off, eh," he said. EV0LMERSCALGARYHERALD.COM Director has made three Neil Young documentaries CHRIS TALBOTT The Associated Press NASHVILLE And now for something a little bit different: Kenny Chesney and Jonathan Demme are working together. Country music's king of the road and the Academy Award-winning director will collaborate on the next instalment of the American Express Unstaged music series on June 20. "I think it's a unique situation for both of us because odds are we never would have worked together without this thing, you know?" Chesney said.

"And I think it's a good thing. I love meeting and working with people who can push me and inspire me creatively in a different way. And I think that all creative people look for inspiration. That's the thing I'm looking forward to the most about this, because it is left of centre and it is combining two worlds." Demme, whose credits include The Silence of the Lambs and three Neil Young documentaries, includ- Time is money at art auction HEATH MCCOY Calgary Herald Perhaps you're an art lover who can't afford to spend the big bucks on art. Perhaps you're a big-hearted sort who lacks the finances to give to charities.

Or, maybe, you're both. If any of the above categories apply to you, you need to know about the annual Timeraiser event taking place Thursday at Flames Central Timeraiser is a silent art auction wherein people who don't have the money to bid major dollars on art can instead make their bids by volunteering their time to various charities. It's an idea that originated in.

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