June 15, 2006
The Break-Up What It's About: A couple (Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston) decide to break up, but neither wants to give up the condo they share. Rated: PG-13 The scoop: This is half of a great movie: a biting look at exes taking off the gloves. But it fails to explain how these characters got together in the first place. Grade: B Cars What It's About: Pixar's latest animation miracle envisions Al Gore's worst nightmare - a universe peopled entirely by cars. Rated: G The scoop: It's a vehicle for beguiling comedy and drama about a hot-shot racer (Owen Wilson)
June 15, 2006
Pop-rock solo The lowdown -- Rhett Miller, the vocalist and rhythm guitar slinger of the Dallas-based alt-rock band Old 97's, brings his pop-rock solo project to Rams Head Live on Sunday. Although he began his musical career in 1993 with the quartet he leads, he's also put out three albums on his own. His current tour is in support of his latest effort, The Believer. If you go -- Rams Head Live is at 20 Market Place. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20 in advance and $22 the day of the show.
May 19, 2006
THE DA VINCI CODE Rating -- PG-13 for disturbing images, violence, some nudity, thematic material, brief drug references and sexual content. What it's about -- A murder in the Louvre sends a researcher and a cop on the quest for the Holy Grail, or its factual equivalent. The Kid Attractor Factor -- Codes and treasure hunts and chases. Good lessons/bad lessons -- That Leonardo was one clever cat. And the Bible wasn't "faxed down from heaven." It was written. And edited. By men. Violence -- Shootings, stabbings, bludgeonings.
April 8, 2006
LONDON -- A British High Court judge ruled yesterday that similarities between author Dan Brown's best-selling novel, The Da Vinci Code, and an earlier nonfiction work did not constitute copyright infringement. Judge Peter Smith, pronouncing his verdict in the packed courtroom No. 61 in London's Royal Courts of Justice, dismissed the claim that Brown's novel "appropriated the architecture" and central theme of a 1982 work written by the plaintiffs. The three-week trial, which saw Brown take the witness stand, attracted huge publicity and at times became a real-life potboiler followed by readers and writers.
July 23, 2005
In the News Amazon.com uses star-studded delivery service Clay Aiken lurked outside a house, Emmylou Harris stopped by a university, Nick Lachey dropped in on a stranger's workplace and Moby played with dogs while making special deliveries in honor of online retailer Amazon.com's 10th anniversary. Over 10 days, 23 Amazon customers received a surprise visit from a celebrity associated with their order. American Idol runner-up Aiken dropped off his memoir, Learning to Sing. Lachey delivered all three seasons of MTV's Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica on DVD, while musicians Moby and Harris showed up with their CDs. Other celebrities who participated in the surprises included Harrison Ford, Don Cheadle, Jeff Bridges, Minnie Driver, Fat Joe and Michael J. Fox. `Spamalot' to tour next year Those Monty Python boys will be looking for the Holy Grail across America (and in Canada, too)
June 6, 2005
Spam was haute cuisine in New York last night when Monty Python's Spamalot -- a send-up of everything from King Arthur's Round Table to Broadway itself -- was named the best musical at the 59th-annual Tony Awards. Spamalot took home three Tonys, out of 14 nominations. Sara Ramirez was honored for her portrayal of the Lady of the Lake, a character only mentioned in passing in the musical's source, the 1975 movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The show's third award went to director Mike Nichols, bringing his career total to nine Tonys.