Monthly Archives: January 2011

Another award show, another win for Colin Firth

The Screen Actors Guild awards were last night, and Colin Firth and The King’s Speech were again big winners. Firth took home the award for best performance by an actor,  and the film won the ensemble acting award, which is the SAG equivalent to Best Picture. The SAGs also honor television performances, and Betty White was a winner for actress in a comedy for Hot in Cleveland. Check out the Los Angeles Times for full coverage of the event.

The Academy Awards are on Feb. 27, and a New York Times special section offers a variety of coverage to keep you up-to-date on Oscar buzz until the award show.

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Weekend events in Owensboro

There are several activities taking place in Owensboro this weekend.

A preview for Carnivale, a retrospective featuring the works of Neil DiTeresa, is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, Ninth and Frederica streets. DiTeresa will lead a gallery talk at 7:30 p.m.

DiTeresa is leading marionette-making workshops for children as part of the Bluegrass Roots Marionette Festival on Friday and Saturday, and pre-registration was required. The festival’s puppet performance of Blue Moon of Kentucky is at 2 p.m. Sunday at the art museum. For more information, call 685-3181.

Theatre Workshop of Owensboro‘s production of The Real Inspector Hound opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Trinity Centre, 407 W. Fifth St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. For more information, call 683-5333.

The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra‘s performance, The Drama, is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the RiverPark Center. The performance includes Brahms’ Double Concerto, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1.  Tickets are $41, $34 and $20. Students with ID are admitted for $10. For more information, contact the OSO at 684-0661 or the RiverPark Center box office at 687-2787.

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Author finally writes promised novel

If you’re like me, you’ve probably not heard of author Barnaby Conrad. He’s had just one best seller, 1952’s Matador, but he’s kept writing. The Second Life of John Wilkes Booth, his 35th novel, was recently published. The New York Times published an engaging story about Conrad, who promised renowned author Sinclair Lewis he would write the novel, which is about Booth escaping to the frontier after assassinating President Lincoln.

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Oscar nominations announced

The Academy Award nominees were announced at 5:30 a.m. Pacific time today. There weren’t many surprises this year, even with the field for Best Picture extended to 10 films for the second consecutive year. I was pleased to see that Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for Best Actress for Winter’s Bone. Click here to see the complete list of nominees.

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Razzie nominations announced

Actors, producers, directors and others in the film industry are anxiously awaiting Tuesday morning wake-up calls telling them they’ve been nominated for an Academy Award. Today, however, a group of performers and others in Hollywood learned they were nominated for a much more dubious award — The Razzie Award. The Razzie is given to what it deems the worst in movies for a given year. This year’s nominees include Jennifer Aniston, Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Billy Ray Cyrus. Click here for all the nominations.

Some performers are known for having a better sense of humor about the “honor” than others. Last year, Sandra Bullock attended the Razzies so she could pick up her Worst Actress award for All About Steve. That’s the same year she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Blind Side.

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Louisville family received “Extreme Makeover” house

The Courier-Journal has a behind-the-scenes look at the Lampe family’s home. The Louisville family was recently profiled on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Click here for a story on the family, and click here for photos of the house.

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Steven Tyler discusses ‘Idol’ gig

The revamped version of  American Idol returns to Fox tomorrow night with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and singer/actress/dancer Jennifer Lopez joining long-time judge Randy Jackson. I’m mildly interested to see how a Simon Cowell-less Idol goes. The Daily Beast interviewed Tyler about Idol, Aerosmith and his bandmates’ reaction to his new gig.

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