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Sochi, Russia — My first thought when I picked up Sports Illustrated this week with ice skater Gracie Gold on the cover was how quickly America’s skiing superstar Lindsay Vonn, who opted out of the Sochi Olympics due to injury, has been replaced in the Olympics media spotlight.
In what is a personality-driven marketplace bets are on that America’s newest emerging sports star, Gold, 18, has the potential to become the Tiger Woods of ice skating and lure back an American audience that has gone Awol. But as she prepares for her final big test of these games, her budding celebrity will only heighten the pressure she feels on Thursday while competing for what could be a life-changing gold medal in the ladies free skating competition.
Gold arrives in the role of rising star with newfound credibility having just won the U.S. National Ladies Singles Championship. But until she »
- Donna de Varona
Ncm Fathom Events, Mr. Wolf, Arts Alliance Media and the Royal Opera House invite you to experience the timeless tale of good and evil with Tchaikvosky’s Swan Lake when it comes to the big screen in a special one-night event on Thursday, February 20 at 7:00pm (local time) to select cinemas nationwide.
Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet. The twinned role of the pure White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan, performed by Principal Dancer Zenaida Yanowsky, tests the full range of a ballerina’s powers. Other highlights include American Nehemiah Kish dancing the role of Prince Siegfried as well as the charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendor of the royal palace.
- Movie Geeks
The concept of the work of art that is unappreciated by the masses immediately, but gains a passionate and overwhelming following decades later is almost as old as time itself. A book, or piece of music, or painting, or sculpture, or film is unveiled to an indifferent public, save a few devout fans, and is only revived once newer generations approach it with fresh eyes. So many films we now consider to be the greatest of all time were not as warmly received (if they were received warmly at all) upon their initial release. Some classics, such as Citizen Kane and Vertigo, benefit now primarily from home media releases, repeated airings on Turner Classic Movies, and the impassioned voices of critics and historians to emphasize to general audiences how important and daring and dramatically satisfying these films truly are. Then there are the films that received a second wind of »
- Josh Spiegel
With anticipation building for Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent," due May 30, it's worth noting that the source of her live-action remake, Disney's animated "Sleeping Beauty," marks its 55th anniversary this week. Released on January 29, 1959, the movie was only a modest hit at the time, but over the years, it earned acclaim for its gorgeous wide-screen visuals, its memorable music, and its unforgettable villainess.
It's a movie you probably watched many times as a child, and yet there are still some things you probably don't know about "Sleeping Beauty," including its connections to Bugs Bunny, "The Andy Griffith Show," and the British royal family.
Here's a list of 25 such items you can stack on your spindle -- but be careful to shield your fingertip.
- Gary Susman
4 items from 2014
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