Critic nixes flix

Critic nixes flix

Limited engagement: Movie critic Leonard Maltin will halt production of his movie guide next year with the 36th edition of his book. Maltin cited an “alarming decline” in readership because of the prevalence of online reviews (Page D4).

That, and he wanted to get out before he had to review another soul-sucking “Transformers” sequel.

Young MacDonald had a farm, LO-LOL: Bucking the trend elsewhere of fewer and larger farms, New England is seeing a growth of smaller farms run by young farmers in their 20s and 30s, people interested in organic and sustainable practices and looking to supply upscale markets and restaurants (Page A10).

If any hipster farmers are looking for local agricultural opportunities, we have 40 head of Chia Pets heading for auction. Easy to care for and good eatin’.

Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1858, the play, “Ten Nights in a Bar-room,” about the perils of drinking alcohol, opened in New York (Today in History, Page D4).

Only slightly rewritten, the script was used as the pilot episode of “Cheers” in 1982 and then again in 2005 for the pilot of “How I Met Your Mother.”

—Jon Bauer, Herald staff