Award season is heating up. The Golden Globe nominations were announced last week. And while sometimes controversial, they are considered to be fairly accurate prognostications for the Oscars. And, as always, the snubs are as provocative as the selections.
Before the annual stroll around The Galleria in search of holiday gifts both selective and silly, it’s time to contemplate what occurred on local stages in the past 12 months.
Story: Annie, a contestant on the reality TV series Looking for Love, is ecstatic when she outlasts the competition and receives a wedding proposal from the focal eligible bachelor Matt, taped of course for a later broadcast. Meanwhile, producer Josh informs Annie and Matt that they are legally obligated to keep quiet about the results until the show airs or they will forfeit their winnings.
Newport, Rhode Island, is a Christmas wonderland from November to January, with three of the most spectacular mansions (The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House) decked to the nines and the downtown harbor transformed into a quaint ice-skating rink with Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving via yacht.
Story: War is raging in Europe, but novelist Charles Condomine enjoys the good life at his English country estate. Wishing to include an element of the occult in his next book, he invites Madame Arcati, a local eccentric who claims she is a medium to the spirit world, to his home.
Story: When last we visited the Armadillo Acres trailer park in Starke, Florida, Donna (“Pickles”) was convinced she was pregnant, even though everyone else thought she was experiencing hysterical pregnancy. Guess what? Pickles was right, much to the surprise of her friends Betty and Linoleum (“Lin”).
Story: Singer/musician J.R. “Johnny” Cash was born in Arkansas in 1932 and died in Nashville in 2003. His impoverished childhood was grounded by a hard-working, God-fearing family, values that shaped his own philosophy. He was married twice, divorced once and briefly widowed after the death of his second wife, June Carter Cash, his spouse and oft-times performing partner for 35 years.
Story: Living in an orphanage is no picnic, and the Great Depression makes it even worse. Still, 11-year-old Annie has faith that she’ll find the parents who left her as an infant on the Municipal Girls Orphanage doorstep in New York City back in 1922.
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Almost everyone has some sort of Christmas/holiday television tradition. Whether it's football, the Frosty cartoon, or forcing the younger set to watch an old black-and-white movie, we all enjoy a bit of holiday entertainment. Now, I'm the first to admit my mistletoe tastes are less serious than most, shall we say. I love Bing Crosby, but the only way I'm watching White Christmas is at gunpoint. Like most movies, the way I decide if something is a classic is simple: If it came on at 10:30 at night, would I stay up and watch it? So without further ado, these currently are my 10 favorite holiday comedies. I limited the list to comedies, although I'm not sure it would be much different if I opened the contenders up to all holiday films.
What are you doing New Year’s Eve?
Story: In 1883 Alferd Packer is put on trial for the murder and cannibalism of five other miners he had led in 1873 from Provo, Utah in search of gold in the Colorado Territory. Packer returned alone from that expedition, claiming that one of the men, a minister named Shannon Wilson Bell, had murdered all of the others in a deranged state and then himself was killed by Packer in self-defense.
This movie is exactly what you expect. I say that with a kind of psychological surety because this film is sort of a cinematic Rorschach test: You see what you want to see. If your faith is unshakable and your fandom unwavering, this is a brilliant setting-of-the-stage for the big finale: the less-spectacular but still awe-inspiring fireworks before the grand finish. If you're a little less invested, you might find this third Hunger Games installment to be like watching a lit fuse as it slowly burns toward dynamite without ever getting there.
Traditions must start somewhere; and this holiday season, Butler’s Pantry says it’s time to create a few new ones. Jeanne Whitworth and Bridget Pelster, both VPs of sales and catering with Butler’s Pantry, share fresh, fun and festive ideas that are sure to set your party apart from the rest.
Right about now, you should be contemplating a cold turkey sandwich while the booth reviews the call on the field. Here's a little quiz for halftime entertainment:
We all need to get from point A to point B, but what if you could make doing so a treat rather than a chore? One sure way to turn your commute or errand into a pleasurable experience is to get there in a comfortable and pleasurable luxury car. For those willing and able to pay for luxurious motoring, numerous car manufacturers offer a plethora of enticing options.
Millions of small businesses around the country are discovering that Small Business Saturday is a great way to kick-off the holiday shopping season. It also is a wonderful way for customers to support local small business and help boost their city’s economy.
Since the fear of public speaking is one of the main fears people have, facing it is the first step in lessening it. But we really don’t want to eliminate it completely! Toastmasters tells us to take the “butterflies in our stomach and teach them to fly in formation.” A Toastmasters club is the perfect setting for this. It is a nurturing environment where many have been in your shoes and can easily relate to the courage you’re demonstrating.
Story: It’s another deadly dull day for Angela and Stu. The couple, who’ve been married for some 20 years, aren’t nearly as passionate as they were when they met in high school, at least not Angela. She’s grown weary of their threadbare existence and the livelihood that depends on their moribund convenience store.
I still can’t figure out exactly how Michael Henderson did it. It is one of the most incredible pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps, never-say-die, never-surrender, life-changing stories I’ve ever heard.
Story: The place is England and the time is the 1930s, between the two world wars of the 20th century. Richard Hannay is an unadventurous British chap, much taken to pondering his dull life but not inclined to do much to alter it. Then, one night while attending a performance by “Mr. Memory” at the London Palladium, he is approached by a beautiful but mysterious young woman who convinces him to escort her back to his home.