Daily entertainment update with Scripps National Spelling Bee tonight on ESPN, a recipe for Baked Acorn Squash and a movie review for "X-Men: First Class."

Dinner idea: Baked Acorn Squash




1 acorn squash

2 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided

2 tablespoons brown sugar, divided

2 teaspoons dark rum (optional), divided

Break off the stem. Slice squash widthwise and remove seeds and membrane. Invert on sheet and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove squash from oven and put in 1 tablespoon butter and brown sugar into the cavity of each half. Return to oven, and bake upright for about 15 minutes or until tender. Serves 2 in the shell.


On TV: ‘National Spelling Bee’ on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. EDT/ 7:30 p.m. CDT


Tonight is the finals of the 84th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee outside Washington, D.C. The competition began with 275 participants ages 8 to 15. See if you can keep up with these young spellers, and see who wins in the end.


Movie review: ‘X-Men: First Class’


“X-Men: First Class” wisely goes back to the beginning to relight the fading embers of a concept that seemed to have run its course. It’s not entirely successful, but it is a huge step up over the last two films. The conflicts as well as the meetings of the minds between Professor X and Magneto are as intriguing as they are thrilling. That’s especially true early on, when each thinks they’ve found a kindred spirit in the other. It’s the two lead performances, though, that send the movie soaring, with accomplished thespians James McAvoy (“Atonement”) and Michael Fassbender (“Inglourious Basterds”) fleshing out portrayals of franchise mainstays Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto). 3 stars out of 4. Al Alexander/ GHNS


-- GateHouse News Service