Time’s Great Performances features several of this year’s Academy-Award nominated actors, including Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and James Franco (127 Hours). The magazine also recognized Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush for their portrayals of King George VI and Lionel Logue, respectively, in The King’s Speech. Logue is the speech therapist who worked with King George to overcome stammering. I really enjoyed “The King’s Speech” and “True Grit.” What do you think of the performances Time highlighted?
Did they seem to give away fewer awards during last night’s telecast of the Grammy Awards? I guess it is hard to squeeze in time for too many awards when there are 17 performances. I was rather underwhelmed by most of last night’s performances. The highlight for me was Cee-Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow‘s collaboration with The Muppets for a fun performance of Green’s Forget You. There were plenty of collaborations last night, but I would have enjoyed seeing a few more legends performing with this generation’s musicians, like Bob Dylan‘s rendition of Maggie’s Farm with Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers. Time magazine’s Claire Suddath reviewed last night’s performances. Click here for a complete list of winners.
It seems like people tune into the Super Bowl for the commercials as much as the games. Though I caught a fair amount of the match-up between the Packers and the Steelers, I didn’t pay as much attention to the commercials as usual. From what I read on Facebook and Twitter, however, it seems like the commercials were a bit of a letdown this year. Even before the Super Bowl, the Los Angeles Times cited a Darth Vader/Volkswagen commercial as being the Super Bowl ad winner. What do you think? Did you have a favorite?
The Kennedys, a mini-series commissioned by History, has been a source of drama for the past several weeks as the cable outlet decided not to air the program. Several other cable outlets declined to air the project as well before ReelzChannel picked it up. According to a Los Angeles Times story, there is some speculation that the Kennedy family pressured History not to air the mini-series, which stars Greg Kinnear as President John F. Kennedy and Katie Holmes as First Lady Jackie Kennedy.
ReelzChannel is premiering the mini-series on April 3. ReelzChannel is available in Owensboro to Dish Network and DirecTV customers.
Kentucky native/movie star George Clooney will be filming near his home state later this month. Scenes for the upcoming Ides of March will be shot in Cincinnati in February. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that one scene will be shot at Fountain Square, but other locations haven’t been announced.
The film is about “an idealistic staffer for a newbie presidential candidate (who) gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail,” according to the Internet Movie Database. It is based on the play by Beau Willimon. Other cast members include: Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman, according to IMDB.
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.
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.