Daniel Faraday from Lost. Courtesy popularmechanics.com
A lot of bombs were dropped during the course of this episode. Let’s enumerate them, shall we?
Bomb #1: Penny is pregnant! Or rather… was pregnant. She and Desmond are now the proud parents of Charlie (…presumably named after Charlie), who by my count is approximately 3 years minus 9 months old and cute as a button. They’re living on a yacht and hiding from Penny’s father, which is going to be a real cup of tea while Desmond is lurking around Britain in a baseball cap and sunglasses searching for Faraday’s mother.
(Via Triangle Music Blog) After a strange decision to play at the seated Carolina Theatre last autumn, Of Montreal will be making a return to the Cat’s Cradle Monday, April 13. Swedes Peter, Bjorn, and John will also stop by Carrboro’s favorite venue Monday, May 4. Ticket information on both shows is TBA.
Every day, I strive to be a better person and a better journalist. And today, Paris Hilton showed me how to do that. At the launch party for the Nokia 5800, once-pop star Paris Hilton interviews likely future icon Lady Gaga. The path to a great interview, it seems, is letting questions dissolve into obsequious, empty comments. It also helps if you slutted around at the same coked-out UES prep school.
If the Oscars were a game, Harvey Weinstein would win. Courtesy Salon.
Here is the second entry in our weeks-long analysis of the most coveted categories in the Academy Awards. For more posts, check here. Today, the category is Best Adapted Screenplay.
The Nominees The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Eric Roth)
Every other screenwriter came into this category with only one nomination. Roth comes in with three and a win for Forrest Gump in 1994 (perhaps explaining the similarities between the two films). But Ben Button has a lot working against it. For one, the film rides on its technical marvels. The screenplay is certainly nice, but it’s a visual film through-and-through. More importantly, it’s the only screenplay to have a short story as source material. And although Brokeback Mountain, another adapted short story, took the win in this category in 2005. The last time before that? All About Eve. In 1950. But this is a film that could sweep the technical categories and a win here could be the Academy’s concession toward David Fincher’s epic, similar to what the Brokeback win was in 2005. Unfortunately, this is a very loose adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s shorty story and that could hurt its chances.
Doubt (John Patrick Shanley)
John Patrick Shanley joins Roth as the only previous winner for Moonstruck–his only previous nomination. Plays tend to be unsuccessful–the last winners were Sling Blade and Driving Miss Daisy–in this field. Shanley’s picture, however, is one that hinges almost exclusively on acting and the screenplay. But its hype is minimal at this point and as mildly topical as it is, it’s almost too heavy-handed to merit serious consideration.
A few weeks into the semester, the Duke Coffeehouse has released its schedule and it is excellent. Phosphorescent, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and Durham’s own John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats will be making stops. Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu has also rescheduled his cancelled show from last semester. K Records is also sending Mahjongg Sound out and the hotly anticipated (at least for me) new Hammer No More the Fingers album will drop at the Coffeehouse.
Feb. 12 – K records recording artist Mahjongg Sound
Feb. 28 – Jamie Stewart (of Xiu Xiu)
March 19 – the Mountain Goats (solo), John Vanderslice (solo)
March 21 – Battle of the Bands
March 26 – Phosphorescent, Deertick
March 28 – Katastrophe, Athens Boy Choir, Midtown Dickens
April 4 – Hammer No More the Finger’s Viking Storm CD Release Party
April 10 & 11 – Inside Joke (Duke Sketch Comedy Group)
April 18 – Thao and the Get Down Stay Down