Friday, February 26, 2010

MOVIE REVIEW: A SINGLE MAN

He won't win the OSCAR, but he must be seen: Colin Firth in A SINGLE MAN.

Great flick starring the chicly buttoned up English actor as gay lit professor George Falconer; with his Yeatsian last name he stands on the brink of a cultural riptide, L.A. circa 1962. The film is adapted from the Christopher Isherwood novel; fashion designer and first-time director Tom Ford pulls us right into the opening shots. From overhead, we watch the professor stride into view (it could be Ford himself in elegant black and white), and follow this single man through a single day. His longtime lover has died and he is unable to mourn openly, or do anything openly for that matter. The style of the film reiterates the condition of the man: a perfectly composed surface barely containing the life beneath. Everything about the film is muffled-- George's perfectly calibrated voice, pristinely controlled manner, surroundings, and dialogue; there are wide spaces between the words which hold an aching sea of grief and desire

Firth quietly absorbs us with his eyes behind heavy framed glasses. We cannot look away. (Except when Julianne Moore is onscreen, overacting as the beautiful lush next door. Love her hair; hate the performance.)

Check out A SINGLE MAN and understand the difficult choice OSCAR voters have to make.
Click on the box below to see A SINGLE MAN trailer!

Later--
stay tuned!

Monday, February 22, 2010

AMERICAN IDOL? LISTEN TO THIS!

I spent this weekend at Foxwoods--NOT GAMBLING; instead, I listened as singers gambled on a shot at the big time: the chance to win the grand prize on COMMUNITY AUDITIONS, New England's oldest and Emmy-award winning talent showcase! I am the center judge, but more like Simon than Paula. We just kicked off the new season and taped 12 shows over two days, and the talent BLEW MY MIND! No kidding. Some of these performers sang rings around some of the 24 finalists on this season's AMERICAN IDOL.

There was the 14 year-old with braces, who, out of nowhere knocked us out with a blindingly fresh rendition of IT'S ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE! She could sing in any NYC supper club tomorrow. But she's 14.

Then there was the 16 year old blonde high schooler whose vocals nearly blew the roof off the casino with the DREAMGIRLS power ballad AND I'M TELLING YOU I'M NOT GOING.

And then there was the 41 year old Jamaican who was so laid back he came with only two songs and one shirt. He has no idea how good he is. But you'll know when you hear him.

And how about the 44 year old choir director who showed up with her church group and gave us goosebumps while breathing new life into AT LAST. She made Beyonce look dull. We are recalibrating our rating system because A PERFECT 10 is no longer what it used to be. These people went to 11.

Think you've got it? I've got two suggestions:

1)Audition. Find out how at www.community auditons.com, and watch COMMUNITY AUDITIONS on WBZ Saturdays at noon, Sundays at 12:30am, and on TV38 Friday nights at 9:30pm!

2)Join me at SCULLERS in Cambridge TUESDAY APRIL 13 for STARS OVER BOSTON "SHOWER SINGERS"-- as a performer, or in the audience!

To download a contestant application, to buy tickets or for more information
Check out www.allwomeninmediaboston.org

Good night--
And stay tuned!

Friday, February 19, 2010

TIGER TIGER

It's unavoidable in light of today's big news conference. But I MUST blog about TIGER WOODS and how irritated I am at the notion that he thinks anyone besides his family, and perhaps his business associates(since this hurt his business) requires an apology--privately. I certainly don't, and neither does that idiot man on the street I saw interviewed on the news who said he "didn't accept" Tiger's apology. HUH??? If people thought Tiger personally owed them good behavior, they're delusional. I don't care if he's having sex with wild yaks in heat--don't involve me by apologizing to me.

The guy is a golfer. Period. The end. He has not marketed himself as a paragon of virtue. Nor should he have. Nor is he a hero. He is a highly skilled athlete, and that has NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS CHARACTER off the green. Clearly. So why do we look up to these people??? He said he didn't want to repeat the mistakes he made. Well neither should we. Let's stop the madness, stop inflating these people until they explode in our faces. He's a golfer. I repeat, he's a guy who golfs. All he owes us is a good game if we're paying to see it. It's presumptuous for him and anyone else around him to think he owes anyone anything else. So save it.

But JOHN EDWARDS??? I can barely contain myself when I contemplate this dirtbag's level of hypocrisy. He and his cronies actively courted our belief in him as a real family guy, as he touted his solid all-American, Christian sensibility. And people actually, seriously considered him an appropriate candidate for the highest office in the land. Perhaps if he had demonstrated extraordinary political acumen, a vast intellect, and forceful leadership grounded in wide-open, heartfelt common sense and decency--any ONE of those, maybe. But the guy was a scoundrel on all fronts, lying to our faces about WHO HE WAS, and asking for our vote at the same time. This is so despicable, and alas, so commonplace.

I'm off to the theater, where things are openly not what they seem. I'll take that over the melodrama of today's stunt news conference and the book John Edwards will no doubt write.

Later--
Stay tuned!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

MOVIE REVIEW: SHUTTER ISLAND

It opens tomorrow, but we saw it tonight: SHUTTER ISLAND will make you shudder. And think. And keep you guessing. And maybe bore you a little bit too--somewhere 2/3rd of the way through I found my attention going slack, but mostly it's pretty engaging, and this was agreed upon by me, Marji, my daughter and four of her 15&16 year old friends. Not bad.

This time Scorsese's pre-occupation with man's violent nature at war with the moral order of things is cloaked in a gothic horror film. We first encounter Marty's muse-the actor Leonardo DiCaprio-- as a U.S. Marshall throwing up on a slow boat to an insane asylum; its come-hither moniker? Ashcliffe. Picture a crumbling edifice atop barren rocks loaded with rats, a stormy night, creepy guards, ominous music, clanging gates, a spiral staircase al la "Vertigo," a cemetery, nazis, bloody flashbacks, horrible nightmares, haunted inmates; throw in Max von Sydow and Ben Kingsley as the heads of the institution and you've got a party!!!

As Leo enters the grounds, he says to the guard who tries to relieve him of his gun,"You act like insanity is catching." (or words to that effect) And so we catch a glimpse of what Scorsese is up to: leave your defenses at the door, and get ready for the ride. And what a ride! Is the lawman paranoid? Or is there something fishy going on? Or both? Is he crazy? Or asleep? Or dead? Or suffering post-traumatic stress? Or survivor's guilt? Or what???

The script accounts for the ending which I did not see coming, though a second viewing would probably settle my stomach, and a few details, if Scorsese didn't cheat--and Scorsese isn't a cheater. I don't want to risk giving anything away and only say that it works--and the last question is a humdinger: satisfying and a bit of a cliffhanger all at once, if not as emotionally cathartic as I might have wished...

SHUTTER ISLAND opens Friday February 19. SEE IT AND TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK!!!

Good night--
And stay tuned.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Yo Yo Ma & Yo Mama

You may have seen this stunning piece of digital art already, but my friend Cindy brought it to my attention again, and I thought you'd like to be reminded. If you haven't seen it, you are in for a visual treat. In either case, it's simply lovely.

Just go to this link:

http://www.artgallery.lu/digitalart/women_in_art.html



More later..
stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

KING TUT/CHATROULETTE

THIS JUST IN: Malaria killed King Tut! No kidding. The latest forensic tools have revealed this info, and it was just made public today. It may be the oldest cold case on record. What a relief--I thought it was his cat allergies.

And speaking of cats--have you heard of "chatroulette"??? When I first saw that written down I was horrified- "What? They're playing russian roulette with cats in France????"


Then I realized it was something even more insane--it's "chat" as in "chatting," as in "ChatRoulette" a website that automatically turns on your webcam and suddenly you're faced with random people all over the globe, one at a time!! If you like the looks of them you can interact. If not, you just click "next" and go on to a new face. And they can do the same to you. It's an endless cycle of acceptance and rejection, nirvana and nightmare...and imagine the scenarios one stumbles into. Sam Anderson in NEW YORK magazine reports coming upon a guy fornicating with a head of lettuce (and that's just the tip of the iceberg), hot babes who click him off,a Swedish artist speed drawing people's portraits, musicians coming up with ditties on the spot, and assorted pervs, wackos, and psychopaths.

What would King Tut have thought?

Now I'm really out of here..

A DIRTY JOB

Today I was up for it: tackling my insurance companies, and cleaning the litter boxes. These tasks have a lot in common. They both require wading through loads of crap with only a burning resolve to clean things up, and a strong stomach.

After a good night's sleep and a dark cup of coffee, I tackled BCBS of RI and MA at the same time. There were endless automated questions, evasive perfunctory answers by listless and/or condescending representatives, quarter hours on hold (good time to empty the dishwasher, fold the laundry, check e-mail), missing records, misinformation leading me in circles. But like a dog with a bone, I never let up. I know that scent:the rotting carcass of bureaucratic avoidance, and it makes me pursue them even harder. They have evolved diabolical means of denying claims, not making good on their end of the deal. The time, paperwork, and manpower they waste in delaying, is costing us all. One hour and one supervisor later, I got my due. After that, cleaning the litter boxes was a walk in the park.

DON"T GIVE UP. Insist on your due. Line up your paperwork, take names, dates, and phone numbers. Go over people's heads. Ask to speak to supervisors. Hold their feet to the fire and DON"T take no for an answer. This will pay off 90% of the time.

I'm tired now, but strangely exhilarated.

Good night--
and stay tuned!

Monday, February 15, 2010

TO TWEET OR NOT TO TWEET

'Tis time to tweet.
To wit, that's what they tell me. So I twittered my first tweet, and what do you think happened? Nothing. Something is amiss in the twittosphere--it kicked me out. And then in. And then back out. It never fails; whenever I try to do something technological,that everybody else has no trouble doing--like tweeting-I always run into some strange complication. Is the zeitgeist trying to tell me something? Is it some little micro-climate of dysfunction that I radiate? Or is my own frequency just incompatible with the electromagnetic field around me (No I haven't been drinking.) Am I just too volatile, or unstable, or digitally out of whack???? I need a good physicist.
Boston, we have a problem.

My team: Eric, Marji, and Steve, tell me it will all be cleared up by tomorrow. Perhaps it's not me after all; TWITTER might be re-loading? re-booting? re-gurgitweeting? over the holiday. And as soon as Washington's birthday is over(does everyone know he was sterile?)everything will resolve itself, I hope better than his teeth.

So tonight, over pasta, wine and cupcakes, we gave it a go, and within 24 hours we'll see where it went. The grand plan is to have me tweeting so I can tweet through the Oscars!!! Yes!!!
And my tweets will appear on Facebook.

Goodnight-
and stay tuned. (until we tweet again)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturday Night Live

Just finished having dinner with internationally renowned Chinese cooking expert and cook book writer-- and dear friend Nina Simonds, and her delightful husband Don Rose, formerly of RykoDisc Records and now antique car afficionado and international trader. We are high on snapper, wine,and chocolate,and many stories from Andy Warhol to our crazy families--there's no difference among us is there? We all have crazy families...!

Tomorrow I will be performing at the Museum of Fine Arts as part of their Signature series with the Boston Lyric Opera!! I will play the interviewer (a stretch?)--and I will be interviewing the librettist (Hugo von Hoffmannstall) and composer (Richard Strauss) of the opera ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (had a wild dream about her years ago).Christopher Lydon will play Herr Hoffmannstall and David MacNeil will play Strauss! There will also be assorted singers from the BLO!!
The whole thing is hysterical. Sometimes I just can't figure out what I'm doing in this century. But we all have our place and time.

So come to the MFA Sunday from 2pm-3pm and check this out if opera--or Ariadne-- is your thing. Ariadne was caught between two lovers--Theseus and Dionysus. Quite the menage aux trois.But we'll get into the behind the scenes menage: Lydon, MacNeil and Kulhawik!

Good night--
and Stay tuned!

Friday, February 12, 2010

FOR THE BIRDS

Hey Kids--it's the GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT!!
I love the little critters--there's a party at my feeder every morning. I love the way those finches and cardinals show up as couples (especially the green lady cardinals with their fat and flashy red mates). Then there are those swinging singles-- the blue jays. I have sat for hours watching them all, the nuthatches, and chickadees and sparrows, and my cat Sprinkles watches them like TV, every morning, chattering her teeth involuntarily as they flit by the glass ignoring her while I know she's imagining some kind of fricassee.

So get ready for THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT! It's already started! Let's do it!Here's some info and you can get even more detailed info at this link: http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/

GBBC participant newsletter - February 2010

The Great Backyard Bird Count is almost here! It starts this Friday, February 12, and continues through Monday, February 15. It's easy and fun to participate. Just watch birds for at least 15 minutes at any locaton on one or more days of the count and report the highest number of each species you see together at one tme. For more information and birding tips be sure to visit the GBBC website and check out this year's great drawing prizes for GBBC participants. You must do your bird counts over the four days of the GBBC but you have until March 1 to enter your information through the GBBC website and to send us your entries for the GBBC photo contest.

Snazzy New Maps

We've just added new and improved navigable Google maps to the GBBC website. Use the plus/minus buttons to zoom in closer and move around the map of North America (or any state and province map, including Hawaii, in the results section). The maps will be updated every half-hour during the GBBC so you can see them change as the reports pour in.

Join us for what promises to be the greatest Great Backyard Bird Count ever!
Call: (888) 448-2473 or (519) 586-3531

(What would Hitchcock say???)

Good night--
and Stay tuned!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

ONSTAGE: DREAMGIRLS/GATZ

I just saw two of the best productions in town!! First, get to the Colonial Theater for DREAMGIRLS!!It's not the explosive 1981 original pre-Broadway extravaganza starring Jennifer Holiday who had us screaming and crying and on our feet before the curtain came down on her volcanic first act closer. I was there. I will never forget. I still have goosebumps.

But it's SOOOO much better than the tepid miscast (except for Jennifer Hudson)movie version most people remember. The show is loosely based on The Supremes rise to musical Motown power in the early 60's when black music looked and found a white audience. The voices are amazing, if crudely over the top--they must have to re-attach the roof in between performances-- but it's still a wildly entertaining show! See it through Feb 14--and bring your Valentine.

Then there was GATZ at the A.R.T. in Harvard Square. This was one of wildest,most satisfying days--yes days--I've ever spent in a theater. This is what happens when you read a whole book out loud on stage. Now before you run screaming from my blog, let me explain!!

Here's the set up. A guy walks into his shabby old office, finds a copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald's THE GREAT GATSBY lying around, picks it up and starts reading aloud. Gradually, all the people in the office start to become, then act out-- all the characters on stage!! They read the WHOLE BOOK--verbatim--and it's mindblowing! This is what would happen if you read a book and all the characters suddenly popped right out of your head,came alive in front of you and acted out the story --in two acts, with two intermissions, and a break for dinner! I was in the theatre for six of the most exhilarating hours of my life. No kidding.

The show has been performed all over the world and is on its way back to New York City next season, where it was created by a group called Elevator Repair Service. I'll have whatever floor they're having.

Good night--
and stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

EDIBLE ART:RICE PADDIES

After all my griping about the weather, I thought I'd show you something beautiful-- and fantastic-- brought to you by my friend Cindy (the one who escorted a leg of lamb on board an aircraft awhile back). Leave it to Cindy to discover this agriculturual amazement!

RICE FIELDS OF JAPAN
















Stunning crop art has sprung up across rice fields in Japan, but this is no alien creation. The designs have been cleverly planted.

Farmers creating the huge displays use no ink or dye.
Instead, different color rice plants have been precisely and strategically arranged and grown in the paddy fields.

As summer progresses and the plants shoot up, the detailed artwork begins to emerge.




A Sengoku warrior on horseback has been created from hundreds of thousands of rice plants.
The colors are created by using different varieties. This photo was taken in Inakadate, Japan.




Napoleon on horseback can be seen from the skies.
This was created by precision planting and months of planning by villagers and farmers located in Inkadate, Japan.



Fictional warrior Naoe Kanetsugu and his wife, Osen, whose lives are featured on the television series Tenchijin,
appear in fields in the town of Yonezawa in the Yamagata prefecture of Japan.


This year, various artwork has popped up in other rice-farming areas of Japan, including designs of deer dancers.
Smaller works of crop art can be seen in other rice-farming areas of Japan such as this image of Doraemon and deer dancers

The farmers create the murals by planting little purple and yellow-leafed Kodaimai rice along with their local green-leafed Tsugaru, a Roman variety, to create the colored patterns in the time between planting and harvesting in September.

The murals in Inakadate cover 15,000 square meters of paddy fields.


>From ground level, the designs are invisible, and viewers have to climb the mock castle tower of the village office to get a glimpse of the work.




Closer to the image, the careful placement of the thousands of rice plants in the paddy fields can be seen.

Rice-paddy art was started there in 1993 as a local revitalization project, an idea that grew from meetings of the village committees.
The different varieties of rice plants grow alongside each other to create the masterpieces.
In the first nine years, the village office workers and local farmers grew a simple design of Mount Iwaki every year.
But their ideas grew more complicated and attracted more attention.

In 2005, agreements between landowners allowed the creation of enormous rice paddy art.
A year later, organizers used computers to precisely plot planting of the four differently colored rice varieties that bring the images to life.

SNOW OR BUST

THEY BLEW IT AGAIN. This has to be one of the most frustrating winters on record--for me and the precipitation prognosticators. At this point, Harvey and Company must be ready to go into the meteorological witness protection program--as one of them aptly put it today--for all the ill will they've stirred up after blowing the forecast. Schools cancelled, work cancelled, plows idling, carpools and childcare jumbled, earnings lost, reporters left reportless, the governor in a fleece muttering something about a sanding truck at the mouth of the Mass pike... I mean, just looking out the window this morning, it was clear the storm wasn't setting up right. That meant it was time to go back to square one, throw out all the models, and recalculate. Granted, the weather is unpredictable--especially in New England. But even as late as this morning, the weather gurus were all still pretty gung ho, even in the face of no snow.

So if we can't predict this micro -climate, how can we be so sure about predicting global weather patterns?? My brother raised the question. It's a good one. Let's put it this way. Nothing is a slam dunk. We're a drop in the vast universe; how much perspective can a drop have? Even with doppler radar? Today, make that dopelar radar.

One thing I did notice--there was no rush hour traffic--undoubtedly because many people stayed home. But it was also because of the staggered release of employees from work--why don't we commit to this anyway to alleviate annoying rush hour traffic? Just a thought, among many, on what was supposed to be a snowy day. I'm just a tad grumpy, now, like a kid who was promised a snow day and didn't get it. Some people just never grow up.

More later...
Stay tuned!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Oscar nominee and Me at the Casa B


(photo courtesy of Matthew Healey)
Ok. Here it is. The photo we've all been waiting for. Jeremy Renner and yours truly pre-awards ceremony Saturday night at the Casablanca restaurant in Harvard Square. I read somewhere that women of a certain age should tilt their heads up toward the light so their necks look better. Don't do this. Though my neck looks almost fetching, my jowls look like they're filled with a winters worth of food. And my eyebrows don't look too happy either. Renner looks as perturbed about this as I do. Either that, or he hadn't had his scotch yet. In any case, we actually had a lovely chat, and apparently he went out and partied all night. I, on the other hand, am re-contemplating several surgical procedures. Or not. Jocelyn Wildenstein haunts me forever. But at least you know I was actually there with the Oscar nominee, and not making this stuff up.

The other photo features Jeremy Renner with Julia Child's niece--Philadelphia Cousins, accepting the Best Actress award on behalf of Meryl Streep! "Phila"--rhymes with "dial a"--was absolutely delightful and engaging in the way that Julia was--and clearly they're swimming in the same gene pool.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

SYMHONIC RELIEF.ORG

I JUST REALIZED--it's on TV tonight!!!

SYMPHONIC RELIEF FOR HAITI--a Global Concert!! I hosted this event,live, a week ago at JORDAN HALL, with sister concerts taking place all over the world, and musicians representing 11 countries participating--the goal to raise $250,000.00 for Haiti!

The concert is being broadcast on TV 38 10-11pm TONIGHT Sunday February 7, as I blog this! Tune in to see some of the finest musicians in the world come together in harmony to help the beleaguered Haitian people.

To donate log on to www.symphonicrelief.org

Stay tuned!!

HELP HAITI

BASKING IN THE AFTERGLOW

So I spent the night with Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. Wait. That doesn't sound quite right. I spent the evening with Jeremy Renner--star of THE HURT LOCKER who was honored with the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor, last night at the Brattle Theater! He graciously accepted the award onstage, then stayed for a screening of the film and a Q& A with the audience! He's down to earth, a bit shy, slyly funny, and a little rough around the edges in person--like his character. He actually was sipping scotch on stage while answering questions, but it didn't seem to dull his responses. He says shooting the film was a bear--and it took a while to come down from the experience. He's just finished shooting BEN AFFLECK's last movie in Boston with Jon Hamm (mmmmm) called THE TOWN. Renner will appear on Oprah next week along with other Oscar nominees.

Renner is an L.A. boy and seems to be taking his recent catapult into the Oscar limelight in stride. He made our evening, coming to Boston to accept his award. He acknowledged that the Boston Critics were instrumental in his road to the nomination. We were certainly ahead of the curve in recognizing the movie(we named it BEST PICTURE) and his performance--weeks ahead of just about every other critics group in the country. Studios pay attention, momentum was gathered, and now he'll be sitting at the Kodak Theater in L.A. on Oscar night waiting to see if his name will be called.

I emceed the event, and while the film (which I had already seen and loved) was being shown, I ducked out for dinner (as did Mr. Renner) at Henrietta's Table at the Charles Hotel with Marji Borkow my longtime producer. As we sat at the bar we met a guy who volunteered that he had once been on a plane hijacked to Cuba! This info tumbled out after I had barely finished one glass of syrah. He was drinking--what else-- a Cuba libre. It's amazing the people you meet and the stories they spill.

I raced back to the Brattle to introduce Renner's Q & A, and a good night was had by all. Meryl Streep (our Best Actress for JULIE & JULIA) autographed a copy of Julia's MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING-- that we raffled off -- some of the proceeds going to Partners in Health for Haiti.
Julia Child's niece-- Philadelphia Cousins--unbelievably cool name--accepted on behalf of Meryl, and "Phila" as her intimates call her-- is a doll!! She is tall like Julia and resembles her in manner and personality--very sunny and gregarious. She flew in from Denver with words from Meryl, and it was wonderful to meet her!!!

I WILL POST PICTURES AS SOON AS I GET THEM!! I AM STILL GETTING THE HANG OF THIS BLOG!

Thanks for your loyalty and patience!

Good night--
and stay tuned!

Friday, February 5, 2010

OSCAR NOMINEE COMING!!!

I'm just back from CT where mom is all right after minor surgery--so now I'm ready to blog again!!
The Oscar nominations came out while mom was on the table, but having my priorities straight, I hadn't had time to comment til now! The nominations are pretty much what we all expected, a little boring even. But the two points of dramatic interest for me? 

1) Kathryn Bigelow and ex-husband James Cameron are duking it out for best director!!!
She's up for THE HURT LOCKER with 9 nominations including best picture, while he's up for the billion dollar blockbuster AVATAR also with 9 nominations including BEST PICTURE. May the best spouse win.

2)Did I ever imagine a world where Sandy Bullock and Meryl Streep would be going head to head for Best Actress? I'm sure Sandra--a doll--is just as amazed as we are. She certainly seemed so at the Golden Globes, and later at the SAG awards where she beat La Streep!!!! Bullock was good in THE BLIND SIDE, but not as good as she was in CRASH several years ago. Meryl is invariably good--a record-breaking 16 nominations good. But I think people forget that she has not won an OSCAR since 1982!! I'd like to see her do it this year and cook us up a marvelous speech a la Julia:  Bon appetit!

All of which leads me to what's happening this Saturday night February 6!! BEST ACTOR OSCAR NOMINEE Jeremy Renner from the OSCAR NOMINATED film THE HURT LOCKER is coming to Cambridge to accept his BEST ACTOR AWARD from the Boston Society of Film Critics! His film THE HURT LOCKER will be screened right after the ceremony at the Brattle Theater, after which he will do a Q & A with the audience.
 JULIA CHILD'S NIECE will also be there accepting on behalf of Meryl Streep whom we named BEST ACTRESS!! And Meryl has autographed one of Julia's Cookbooks to be raffled off, 
 proceeds going to Partners In Health for Haiti.

Please come! Check out the press release below for details!

 

 
 

STAR OF ACCLAIMED DRAMA THE HURT LOCKER, JEREMY RENNER, TO BE FETED AT BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS AWARDS CEREMONY

 
JULIA CHILD’S NIECE TO ACCEPT AWARD FOR MERYL STREEP
 
BOSTON — Jeremy Renner, star of the acclaimed Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker, will accept his best actor honor from the Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC) at the BSFC’s third annual awards ceremony Saturday, February 6 at 7 p.m. at the Brattle Theatre, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA.
 
Renner, who plays a volatile soldier defusing bombs, has made a career out of playing edgy characters. His past credits include the title role in Dahmer, as well as roles in The North Country and 28 Weeks Later.
 
Also attending will be Philadelphia Cousins, niece of celebrated chef and author Julia Child, who will accept the BSFC award forMeryl Streep, the BSFC awardee for best actress for her performance as Child in Julie & Julia.
 
Other special guests are expected as well and veteran arts and entertainment critic and BSFC member Joyce Kulhawik will emcee the evening.
 
Tickets to the event are available to the public through the Brattle Theater. There will be a pre-event cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. at Casablanca restaurant in Harvard Square and a screening of The Hurt Locker following the awards presentation. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, January 20th.
 
The ceremony will also honor several members of the Boston film community cited by BSFC for their contributions in 2009. Local awardees include Gerald Peary and Amy Geller, director and producer of For the Love of MoviesHaden GuestDavid Pendleton and the staff of the Harvard Film Archive; and David Bramante of the Stuart Street Playhouse.
 
In addition to commending Renner’s performance, the BSFC cited The Hurt Locker with a record four other awards including best film. The BSFC honored Kathryn Bigelow as best director, Barry Ackroyd for cinematography and Chris Innis and BobMurawski for film editing.
 
The BSFC’s annual awards ceremony has become a much-anticipated event for the Boston film community. The BSFC’s first awards ceremony in 2008 featured Frank Langella, named best actor for Starting Out in the Evening. In 2009, producer Maureen A. Ryan presented the acclaimed documentary Man on Wire, which went on to win the Academy Award.
 
Formed in 1981, the BSFC is made up of 20 professional film critics working in the print and broadcast media in and around Boston. Visit the BSFC website at www.thebsfc.org for more information on the organization and for a complete list of winners.
 
For more information or to purchase tickets to the awards event, visit the Brattle Theatre website at www.brattlefilm.org

Members of the BSFC will also be on hand to introduce films that are part of the Brattle’s Best of 2009 series which runs from February 5th through February 11th.
 
Event sponsors are The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Globe and Big Picture Framing.