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  • Disney says JJ Abrams to direct next ‘Star Wars’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's official. The force is with J.J. Abrams.
    The Walt Disney Co. issued a statement Friday night confirming reports that had been circulating for two days that Abrams, Emmy-award-winning creator of TV's "Lost" and director of 2009's "Star Trek" movie, has been pegged to direct the seventh installment of the "Star Wars" franchise.
    "J.J. is the perfect director to helm this," said Kathleen Kennedy, the movie's producer and president of Lucasfilm, which was acquired by Disney last month for $4.06 billion.
    "Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience," Kennedy said in the statement.
    The movie will have a script from "Toy Story 3" writer Michael Arndt and a 2015 release.
    Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" in the original trilogy, will work as a consultant on the new project.
    Abrams has already headed the reboot of another storied space franchise, "Star Trek," for rival studio Paramount Pictures. The next installment in that series, "Star Trek: Into Darkness," is set to hit theaters May 17.

  • ‘Argo’ on a roll with big win

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A few weeks ago, the Oscar race looked wide open. The stately, historical "Lincoln" seemed like the safe and likely choice, with the provocative "Zero Dark Thirty" and the quirky and inspiring "Silver Linings Playbook" very much in the mix for the Academy Award for best picture.
    But now, an "Argo" juggernaut — an "Argo"-naut, if you will — seems to be rolling along and gathering momentum as we head toward Hollywood's top prize.
    The international thriller from director Ben Affleck, who also stars as a CIA operative orchestrating a daring rescue during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, received the top honor of best ensemble cast in a movie at Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, their equivalent of the best-picture Oscar. It's a decent indicator of eventual Academy Awards success, with the two matching up about half the time.
    The film, which also stars John Goodman and Alan Arkin as Hollywood veterans who help stage a fake movie as a cover, has received nearly unanimous critical raves and has proven to be a box-office favorite, as well, grossing nearly $190 million worldwide.

  • Clift composition wins competition

    Paul Clift, a composer living in New York City, submitted the winning composition titled, “1950c, for classical guitar,” in the 2012 University of New Mexico John Donald Robb Musical Trust Composers’ Competition.
    He will be honored with the premiere of his composition at the 2013 John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium,  which takes place from March 24-27 at UNM.
    Clift, a doctoral student at Columbia University, designed his winning composition as a musical metaphor to the style of abstract impressionist painter Clyfford Still.
    “I sought to create a work for solo guitar in my own musical language that made abstract reference to the folk music of the South in the United States,” he said. “The J.D. Robb field-recording archives proved to be of immense value for me, in particular the Matachines field recordings of 1952.”
    Clift, an Australian composer, has been living in New York City since receiving a Columbia doctoral fellowship in 2009.
    He earned a master’s degree in music at King’s College in London and a bachelor’s degree at Monash University Conservatorium in Australia. His works have been performed at festivals in North America, Europe and Australia.

  • Marsalis comes to Santa Fe

    Wynton Marsalis is a musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a national treasure. He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz. He will perform March 6 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
    Marsalis was born in New Orleans, La. in 1961. At age eight, he performed traditional New Orleans music in the Fairview Baptist Church band, led by legendary banjoist Danny Barker, and at 14, he performed with the New Orleans Philharmonic.
    At age 17, Marsalis became the youngest musician ever to be admitted to Tanglewood’s Berkshire Music Center. He assembled his own band in 1981, performing more than 120 concerts every year for 15 consecutive years.
    Marsalis’ love of the music of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and others drove him to pursue a career in classical music, as well. He recorded the Haydn, Hummel and Leopold Mozart trumpet concertos at age 20. His debut recording received positive reviews and won the Grammy Award for “Best Classical Soloist with an Orchestra.”

  • Ticket Sales 01-24-13

    Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included.
    1. “Mama,” $28.1 million.
    2. “Zero Dark Thirty,” $17.6 million. ($770,000 international.)
    3. “Silver Linings Playbook,” $11.4 million. ($700,000 international.)
    4. “Gangster Squad,” $9.1 million. ($5.7 million international.)
    5. “Broken City,” $9 million.
    6. “A Haunted House,” $8.3 million. ($1.6 million international.)
    7. “Django Unchained,” $8.2 million. ($48.1 million international.)
    8. “Les Miserables,” $7.8 million. ($19.4 million international.)
    9. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” $6.4 million. ($13.2 million international.)
    10. “The Last Stand,” $6.3 million. ($1.3 million international.)

  • Chastain films takes top spots

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jessica Chastain easily outmuscled Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mark Wahlberg over the weekend, topping the box office with both her supernatural horror film “Mama” and the Oscar-nominated Osama bin Laden hunt thriller “Zero Dark Thirty.”
    “Mama” opened well above expectations with a box-office topping $28.1 million for Universal Pictures, according to studio estimates Sunday. Chastain also held the second spot with “Zero Dark Thirty,” for which she’s nominated by the Academy Awards for best actress. In its second week of wide release, “Zero Dark Thirty” took in $17.6 million.
    The films’ strong performances made an unlikely box-office queen out of a chameleon-like actress that even fans of “Mama” might have trouble picking out of a lineup. Chastain, whose credits range from Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” to “The Help” (for which she was also Oscar nominated), even accomplished the rare feat by besting a couple more traditional box-office stalwarts.
    Schwarzenegger’s post-governorship comeback got off to a terrible start. His action flick “The Last Stand” opened with just $6.3 million for Lionsgate, one of the worst debuts for the brawny 65-year-old star. The film came in 10th.

  • This Week on PAC-8, Jan. 25-31

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, January 25, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (1-08-13)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Peaceful Solution
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, January 26, 2013
    FSTV

    Sunday, January 27, 2013
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Take another look at Watergate

     Politics are not everyone’s cup of tea, but the subject is sometimes hard to ignore — especially when it involves scandal.
    Most people would probably say that the Watergate scandal was not only one of the most corrupt times in political history, but also left a black smudge on the face of American politics that won’t be forgotten. And while most people have probably put that time period in the backs of their minds, there are some that still feel that former President Richard M. Nixon got off easy.
    Directed by Courtney Lounsbury and produced by Kate Ramsey and Brad Lounsbury, Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest production, “Frost/Nixon” tackles the aftermath of the Watergate scandal and one media personality’s aspirations for fame.
    Grady Hughes portrays the sharp, witty, sometimes humorous, almost always sarcastic, Nixon. Don Monteith portrays the suave, silver-tongued talk show host and ladies man, David Frost. Together, they take the audience through Nixon’s struggle with reality after his resignation and Frost’s hopes of getting the politician to admit his guilt in the Watergate scandal on television.

  • This week on PAC-8, Jan. 18-24

    THIS WEEK ON PAC-8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, January 18, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (1-08-13)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony Fall 2012
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, January 19, 2013
    FSTV

    Sunday, January 20, 2013
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Sweet Daddy BC to sign CDs in Santa Fe

    Independent record label Tate Music Group announces Sweet Daddy BC’s new album, “Chosen For Today,” which will be available at Hastings during a meet and greet CD signing at 1 p.m. Jan. 19. Hastings is at 542 N. Guadalupe, Santa Fe. Produced by Tate Music Group, the album offers 10 tracks and is available for purchase online at the iTunes Store, Amazon.com or directly from TateMusicGroup.com. Sweet Daddy BC is Ben Cordova, a singer and songwriter who is also a teacher and a minister. He is a father of two children. The singer and composer said he hopes he will touch a lot of lives with his new album, as all his songs are about uplifting the name of the Lord. “Chosen For Today” displays Sweet Daddy BC’s ability to sing and compose. Tracks include “What Will You Do” and “Time To Get Down.”