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Feb 23,2007
If music were like boxing, you might expect an introduction like this when guitar mavericks Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz perform together: "In the left corner, ladies and gents, is Greg Leisz, a man so versatile he's played on albums by Beck, Wilco, Smashing Pumpkins, Joni Mitchell, Paul Westerberg, k.d. lang, Bad Religion, Matthew Sweet, Brian Wilson and Fiona Apple. BILL FRISELL - Guitar maverick Bill Frisell has played with Lucinda Williams, Chet Baker, John ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
Heading south from the quirks of "Twin Falls Idaho," the Polish brothers (Mark, Michael) have gone to New Mexico, which subs for Texas, and made a sweet, congenial comedy of dreams. "The Astronaut Farmer" contains no murderously jealous astronauts. Billy Bob Thornton, looking more than ever like a Dust Bowl version of Humphrey Bogart, is the dreamer named Farmer who wants to be an astronaut. Charles Farmer was once a hot Air Force pilot, but ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
In an orderly hotel suite, two formally polite men in neatly conservative attire are ready to talk. This is your debriefing on "Breach." It goes down easy: no sweat, no wires, no bad guys. The good guys are Billy Ray, 37, director of "Breach," and Eric O'Neill, 33, one of the movie's two main subjects. O'Neill was the sly young FBI agent whose key role in a sting led to the arrest of his boss, ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
Heather Graham was a fixture on magazine covers a couple of years ago, when show business insiders were proclaiming her to be Hollywood's newest "It Girl." In 1999, the nation's theater owners named Graham their "Female Star of Tomorrow", in light of her featured roles that year in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" and "Bowfinger." Even in the midst of the hoopla, Graham was aware that the Hollywood spotlight can burn out fast.   HEATHER GRAHAM ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
Producer Lindsay Doran is searching for the right words to describe the work of screenwriter Zach Helm, in particular his curious, quirky and enormously entertaining romantic-comedy "Stranger Than Fiction" (Sony, 3 1/2 stars). Doreen stumbles mentally, then blurts, "He fires on all syllables." Syllables. I think she's got something there. Helm fires on every page in his immensely clever script. And with enormous good fortune, he lands Marc Forster ("Monster's Ball," "Finding Neverland" and soon-to-be ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
A sound that "can't be classified." Mangled metaphors comparing the music to trains barreling down iced-over lakes into your brain. Boilerplate sentiment that really, truly is B.S. Band bios are stupid, repetitive and conjured up for nearly every band. Thankfully, Jacob Lynam took the history of his rock band, Lynam, into his own creative hands. LYNAM - Jacob, left, and Mark, center, adopted the last name of David Lynam, right, for band-mythology purposes. CNS Photo. ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
Jive Records recording artist Justin Timberlake returns back to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart with his latest hit single "What Goes Around ... Comes Around." With this release Justin Timberlake enjoys his third straight #1 from his smash album FutureSex/LoveSounds. "What Goes Around ... Comes Around" follows in the footsteps of his hits "My Love" featuring T.I. and "Sexyback" featuring Timbaland and continues his domination on the charts worldwide. The video for ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
Game: "Rogue Galaxy" Publisher: Sony System: Sony PlayStation 2 Cost: $40 ESRB rating: T Review rating: 3 1/2 stars Just when you might think the PS2 is nearly dead and buried, along comes a delightful role-playing game to occupy your time - lots and lots of time. "Rogue Galaxy" isn't your typical RPG. It uses cel-shading to give it a gorgeous look and incorporates an action-packed battle system to keep your fingers busy. Players assume ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
"Petropolis" by Anya Ulinich; Viking; 325 pages; $25. Life in Asbestos 2, a dreary, crumbling Siberian town in the dreary, crumbling Soviet Union, wasn't going to hold back young Sasha Goldberg. Not if her mother had anything to say about it, and her mother had something to say about everything. "Children of the intelligentsia don't just come home in the afternoon and engage in idiocy," she tells her daughter. Two problems: 1) The Goldbergs' membership ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
The latest in convenience-TV gadgetry lets you watch your favorite TV shows when you want to watch them. It is flexible and (mostly) easy to use. And unlike your VCR or digital video recorder, it almost never loses the last 30 seconds of "Lost." MOUSE POTATO - With online TV, your favorite shows are just a click away. CNS Photo Illustration by Scott Linnett. But the best news about this liberating technology is, you probably ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
Sundance Institute & GSMA Unveil 'Made for Mobile' Short Films at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona At a recent press conference at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Sundance Institute and the GSM Association (GSMA) unveiled the five original 'made for mobile' short films commissioned as part of the Sundance Film Festival Global Short Film Project. In one of the first collaborations of its kind, six new and established independent filmmakers created short films ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
Amy Berg's Acclaimed and Controversial Documentary to Make International Debut at the 5th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival Lionsgate, the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, capped the news that writer/director/producer Amy Berg's “Deliver us from Evil” has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature with the announcement that the film will have its international premiere at the upcoming 5th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival on February 17th. Ms. Berg, a two-time Emmy ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
'The Queen' Receives 6 Nominations, including: Best Picture Helen Mirren for Best Actress Stephen Frears for Best Director Peter Morgan for Best Original Screenplay Alexandre Desplat for Best Achievement in Music (Original Score) Consolata Boyle for Best Achievement in Costume Design Peter O'Toole Receives His 8th Best Actor Nomination For 'Venus'   Helen Mirren stars in “The Queen”, a film nominated for six Academy Awards. When the nominations for the 79th Annual Academy Award nominations were announced ... [full story]
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