Monthly Archives: September 2010

Premiere of Disney’s “Secretariat” will be in Lexington

Disney’s Secretariat will be released on Oct. 8, but Kentucky-area residents will have the chance to get a sneak peek at the film. A special screening of the movie is on Oct. 3 at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington, according to a press release from Gov. Steve Beshear‘s office.

Tickets for the screening go on sale on Wednesday. Individual tickets start at $125 and include general admission to the screening and a cocktail reception, the press release states. A $250 ticket includes reserved seating at the screening and the cocktail reception. Proceeds from the screening will benefit the Secretariat Foundation, a charitable organization that serves the thoroughbred racing community, the press release states.

“The spectacular story of Secretariat is tightly woven into the horse legacy of Kentucky – truly, this film could not have been made anywhere else but here in the horse capital of the world,” Gov. Beshear said in the press release.  “I worked hard to create film credits as part of our new economic development incentives package that will attract movie projects like Secretariat, and our efforts have clearly paid off.  I speak for the citizens of the Commonwealth when I say we can’t wait to see Big Red on the big screen.”

Tickets can be purchased beginning Wednesday at


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Observations from watching part of the VMAs

There was a time not so long ago that I was a teeny-bopper, tween or whatever other cutesy name you might want to give a young, almost teenager. From the ages of 12 to 14, I LOVED the Backstreet Boys. I remember the late 90s and its pop music fondly. Part of that love led me to watch MTV’s Video Music Awards to see what awards the BSB, N Sync, Britney Spears, etc. might take home.

As my music taste has evolved, my desire to watch the VMAs deminished. Much of my favorite music was recorded between 20 and 40 years ago, and I don’t think I’ll be seeing The Beatles on MTV anytime soon. Last night, I happened to catch the first hour or so of the VMAs, and I can’t say that I feel like I’m missing out much on most of today’s “popular” music.

My first question is how can MTV still host the VMAs when it hardly shows any music videos? Total Request Live was its last countdown show, and it went off the air awhile ago. I don’t believe it has been replaced. Last night’s broadcast was simulcast on VH1 — at least it still has its weekly Top 20 countdown. I most often watch music videos on YouTube. It seems to me YouTube would be a good sponsor for the show.

Maybe I’ve just outgrown the VMAs, but I can’t say I was too impressed with what I saw. I wish Taylor Swift and Kanye West had performed together. West caused controversy last year when he interrupted  Swift’s acceptance speech to tell viewers and voters that Beyonce made a better video. What better way to rehash the incident than to find a cool and creative way for them to perform together? Instead, they performed separately — and I didn’t think either performance was earth shattering.

Did you catch last night’s VMAs? What did you think? For more coverage, check out the Los Angeles Times The  Envelope and Entertainment Weekly.


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