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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced yesterday nominees for the 74th annual Academy Awards, which will air on ABC March 24, at 5 p.m.
Everyone remembers shocking moments in Oscar history: appeals to ease world-hunger, one-arm pushups, violent emotional outbursts (Roberto Benigni in 1998) and everything else entirely non-cinematic.
While this year very well may shrink to a forgettable smudge in the dawn of next year's 75th anniversary, at least the well-chosen nominees have the potential to redeem last year's disappointments.
Popular commercial releases like "Pearl Harbor" and "A.I." take a backseat to the more original and artistic releases "Amlie," "In the Bedroom" and "A Beautiful Mind."
The first film up for Best Picture is "A Beautiful Mind," starring Russell Crowe (nominated for Best Actor) as John Nash, the schizophrenic, Pulitzer Prize-winning mathematician.
Jennifer Connelly, playing Nash's wife Alicia, is a great candidate for winner of the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category.
"The Shipping News" has all the ingredients for a successful big-screen adaptation of a popular novel: a director, Lasse Hallstrm, who has experience in adapting works of literature to film -- including 1999's "Cider House Rules" and 2000's "Chocolat"-- and world-renowned stars such as Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench.
However, this movie can only be classified as an underachieving disappointment that falls short of the lofty standards set by the book.
The film centers around a meek newspaper ink-setter named Quoyle (Spacey) whose rebellious wife (Blanchett) leaves him and, before killing herself in a car accident, attempts to sell the couple's daughter to a black-market adoption agency.
Adding to his troubles, Quoyle's parents pass away.
Upon hearing of their death, Quoyle's long-lost aunt Agnis (Judi Dench) arrives.
With its recognizable cast and string of flowery Beatles covers, one could treat "I Am Sam" with the laxity of just another surface-skimming tear-jerker.
Bridging the gap between two musical genres is a very difficult task. Covering several different genres is something close to amazing.
That is exactly what Uri Caine does with "The Goldberg Variations," a Bach"based performance that he will perform tonight in Spaulding Auditorium.
Caine's interpretation of the famous piece features a wide variety of musical instruments and themes.
Whether you're into pop, hip-hop, classical, new-age or rock, Friday night's concert by the World Music Percussion Ensemble at Spaulding Auditorium would have left you screaming for more.
Cupcakes and deejays accompany student artwork show
La Gran Scena puts pizzazz into opera with humor and sex
The Dartmouth theater department will begin a multi-day run of "La Celestina" tonight at the Moore Theater, performing a new version of the tragicomedy adapted by Pamela Howard and Robert Potter from the University of California-Santa Barbara.
The "Metamorphosis," Ovid's story-bag of shiftings -- usually about people turning into trees and other assorted foliage -- could never be produced in full.
With a hundred tales that span over 15 books (in dactylic hexameter!), any director should have to drop such stories as Orpheus and his lyre, Pygmalion and his lovely statue, and Leda the Swan.
The most recent production of Ovid's work, by Northern Stage in White River Junction, however, does not drop the most important part: the beach party.
Just as the theme of "Metamorphosis" is change, it is also water, that most polymorphic of substances.
Chris Isaak is an enigma in today's metal, pop and hip-hop dominated music scene. Drawing heavily upon the styles of such rock pioneers as Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley, Isaak has created his own alluring brand of modernized vintage rock and roll.
On "Always Got Tonight," his first studio release in four years, Isaak shows that after 17 years of honing his craft he has an undeniable mastery over his musical direction and songcraft.
The album boasts some of Isaak's best work to date and as a whole the record easily ranks among his crowning achievements.
The opening track, "One Day," is an ideal introduction.
In the fine new production of the classic Spanish tragicomedy, "La Celestina," the hidden recesses behind the curtain become a new space for theater in the round.
On a special tour through America, the Academy of Ancient Music enchanted a full audience of concertgoers last night in Spaulding Auditorium.
Conducted by Christopher Hogwood and joined by fortepianist Robert Levin, the performance was a beautiful blend of classical performance with a contemporary approach to perfection.
The repertoire included a number of brilliant pieces from the everlasting scribe, Mozart.
Bringing together a world-renowned ensemble of performers, the Academy represents a traditional approach to playing music.
"If you get high on life, don't leave me behind," sings Starsailor front man James Walsh on "Lullaby," a track from the band's debut album, "Love is Here." Unfortunately, James, that is exactly what I would like to do with you and the other three members of your sub-par indie rock quartet: leave you behind, and forget about you.
Starsailor has been hyped up for over a year now.
Eminem's performance of "Stan" -- in which Dido was noticeably lacking -- last year at the Grammys was a surprise to most.
Theology, Fibonacci and metaphysics. These are not the topics you would expect to be discussed by members of a band.
Ben Folds, former singer/songwriter of Ben Folds Five will perform at 8 p.m. in Spaulding Auditorium today as part of his first-ever solo tour.
Although his entire top-40 career consists of one song, Ben Folds has had a large presence in the music scene for many years.
If there is one thing that is completely certain about the French film "Brotherhood of the Wolf," it is that one cannot call it simple or bland.
In Spaulding "get your foot off the boat" Auditorium last night, Ben Folds lived up to his reputation as a great performer and then some, as the former frontman of Ben Folds Five put on an all-around excellent show.
Folds immediately set the tone for the concert when he crawled on his hands and knees onto the stage.
During the Golden Age of punk and new-wave music in the late 1970s and early 1980s, many renowned groups like the Clash, Sex Pistols, Talking Heads, Ramones and Cars emerged and found a high degree of success, both commercially and artistically.
However, no artist that originated from that movement has lasted as long and has made as many landmark albums as Elvis Costello.
Recently, Rhino Records released expanded versions of some of Costello's LPs, the most notable of these reissues being his 1978 classic, "This Year's Model."
Released in the wake of Costello's stunning debut record, "My Aim Is True," "This Year's Model" expands on the sounds of his first release and produces some of the angriest, most passionate music of Costello's career.
The first track, "No Action," functions as a perfect introduction to the set of songs.
In her youth, Iris Murdoch lived by words, generously caressing intellects by rolling brilliant phrases from her lips and pen.
In the film "Iris," directed by Richard Eyre, her aging mind becomes the celebrated British novelist's greatest weakness.