To get you in the mood for this Sunday's 86th Annual Academy Awards, we have LN's longtime movie critic, Debbie Baldwin, comparing notes with Brandon LaMew, who's been ranked No. 15 among Netflix's top film reviewers worldwide.
Well, we are mid-awards season—an underwhelming awards season at that—and we’re finally through January, notoriously the worst month of the year for movies. It’s gray outside and grim in the cineplex. Nevertheless, refusing to give up on a Hollywood that seems to have done nothing but disappoint over the past year, we look to the future. We cling to the hope that when the new buds appear, so will a new crop of movies--a bountiful harvest of action, comedy, drama and suspense. So, renew your Netflix account and Hulu Plus for the next couple of weeks, and then get excited to go to the movies.
There has been much discussion about The Sound of Music Live!, a recently aired musical special on NBC, which drew some 22 million viewers.
Well, if the Golden Globe nominations are any indication—and they usually are—it's shaping up to be a strange awards season. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has announced their picks for the best films, made-for-TV movies, television series and mini-series of 2013. Everyone seems to agree there were a few surprises, a few shocks, and more than a few snubs.
Happy Birthday, Ol’ Blue Eyes. The Four Seasons Winery, located within the Four Seasons Country Club in Chesterfield, will be celebrating FRANK SINATRA’s birthday with a special five-course dinner on Thursday, Dec. 12. Entertainment will be provided by local favorite TONY VIVIANO and his band. Admission to dinner, dancing and the tribute show is $35 person (includes tax and gratuity), and a cash bar will be available. The evening will also give diners an opportunity to preview the planned full-scale launch of Four Seasons as a wine and fine-dining venue. Proprietor Mehdi Rouhani, of the popular Candicci’s and Talayna’s restaurants, says he plans an official launch of the expanded facility early next year. For reservations, call 956-6266.
America’s most beloved brother-sister singing duo, Donny & Marie, will bring their festive holiday show to St. Louis. LN spoke with Marie Osmond about the pair’s Christmas tour, her favorite show business memories and more.
A capacity crowd at New York’s Carnegie Hall greeted the St. Louis Symphony’s performance of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes last month, on what would have been the composer’s 100th birthday. The Nov. 22 program featured music director David Robertson; the Symphony chorus, under the director of Amy Kaiser; and tenor Anthony Dean as Peter Grimes, and soprano Susanna Phillips as Ellen Orford. The performance received an extended standing ovation, as well as praise from critics, including The New York Times. The Carnegie program was previewed at Powell Hall Nov. 16.
If all you really wanted for Christmas was a movie you could go to without contemplating asking for your money back, Hollywood may be able to help…finally. Here’s what coming in December:
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I wouldn’t be surprised if the term ‘household name’ originated in and around 1968, with the likes of Vietnam, RFK, MLK, Laugh-In and love-ins, peace signs, beanbags, Warhol, Tupperware and Apollo 8 dominating our nation’s stream of consciousness during that tumultuous year. The Missouri History Museum’s new 1968 Exhibit captures how and why the events of the year that was established the course of our nation in the years to come.
The eleventh month is also the eleventh hour for award consideration. While one would think an Oscar-caliber movie would stay with a viewer, contenders seem to want their film fresh in voters’ minds. So with a few brain breaks for popcorn premieres November should prove to be a heady cinematic month.
What’s being billed as a ‘play-and-stay creative café' is coming to St. Louis: The Nest aims to be the area’s first modern-day community center, restaurant and membership club for children and their families. Conceived by local event planner Christina McHugh, The Nest in Frontenac will offer daily breakfast, lunch, high-tea service and play areas, as well as drop-in childcare, family-friendly activities, membership programs and private events. A special preview will be held Sunday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Frontenac location at 10440 German Blvd. in the old Calico’s building.
Starring up-and-coming Canadian triple-threat Jake Stern, Godspell is coming soon to the Peabody Opera House.LN recently spoke with director David Hogan about the new spin on this classic musical.
This week signals an exciting time for us at Ladue News, an energy that extends all the way to the Central West End, where our third annual Show House opens beginning this Saturday, Oct. 5.
With the early horses out of the gate and a smattering of expected disappointments out of the way, it’s time to get serious--awards-show serious. Here’s what to look forward to in October.
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Beyond the gates of one of the most coveted streets in the historic Central West End neighborhood sits the third annual Ladue News Show House: a grand World’s Fair-era manse created to rival the greatest of English estates.
The Outstanding/Older Women’s League (OWL) has announced its 23rd annual Woman of Worth honorees. This year’s list includes NANCI BOBROW, RONNIE BROCKMAN, RUBY CHRISTIAN, LAURA CANNON, DEBRA HOLLINGSWORTH, PHYLLIS LANGSDORF, SUSAN NALL, GWEN PACKNETT, CHERYL POLK, LINDA SHER and CAROL VOSS. The 2013 Lifetime Achievement awardees are HENRIETTA FREEDMAN and LENORE PEPPER. The honorees, who are being recognized for their longtime service to the community, will be celebrated during an Oct. 24 dinner at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac.
Way back in the days when I was a lad, Labor Day marked the beginning of the school year. Now, of course, school districts and universities get their fall semesters underway a couple of weeks earlier.
The third annual Ladue News Show House opens to the public next month. This year’s Show House, 23 Lenox Place in the Central West End, is filled with details of Old World craftsmanship and touches of Gilded Age elegance.