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  • ‘Hobbit’ bests ‘Rings’ with $84.8 million opening

    NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” led the box office with a haul of $84.8 million, a record-setting opening better than the three previous “Lord of the Rings” films.
    The Warner Bros. Middle Earth epic was the biggest December opening ever, surpassing Will Smith’s “I Am Legend,” which opened with $77.2 million in 2007, according to studio estimates Sunday. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” also passed the December opening of “Avatar,” which opened with $77 million. Internationally, “The Hobbit” also added $138.2 million, for an impressive global debut of $223 million.
    Despite weak reviews, the 3-D adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s first novel in the fantasy series was an even bigger draw than the last “Lord of the Rings” movie, “The Return of the King.” That film opened with $72.6 million. “The Hobbit” is the first of another planned trilogy, with two more films to be squeezed out of Tolkien’s book.

  • Adele voted AP Entertainer of the Year

    NEW YORK (AP) — Though Adele didn’t have a new album or a worldwide tour in 2012, she’s still rolling. After a year of Grammy glory and James Bond soundtracking, Adele has been voted The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year.
    In 132 ballots submitted by members and subscribers of the AP, Adele easily outpaced other vote-getters like Taylor Swift, “Fifty Shades of Grey” author E.L. James, the South Korean viral video star PSY and the cast of “Twilight.”
    Editors and broadcasters were asked to cast their ballot for the person who had the most influence on entertainment and culture in 2012.
    Adele’s year began in triumph at the Grammys, took a turn through recording the theme to the 007 film “Skyfall,” and ended with the birth of her son in October. The ubiquitous Adele was that rare thing in pop culture: an unqualified sensation, a megastar in a universe of niche hits.
    By the end of the year, her sophomore album, “21,” had passed 10 million copies sold in the U.S., only the 21st album in the Nielsen SoundScan era (begun in 1991) to achieve diamond status. Buoyed by hits like “Someone Like You” and “Rolling in the Deep” long after its release in early 2011, “21” was also the top-selling album on iTunes for the second year running.

  • This week on PAC-8, Dec. 21-27

    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, December 21, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (12-18-12)
    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, December 22, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, December 23, 2012
    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

    Monday, December 24, 2012
    Christmas Eve – no local programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    12:00 AM – 8:00 A.M. Wednesday - Free Speech TV

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012
    Merry Christmas – no local programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau

  • Learn the truth about Santa

    On Saturday, Los Alamos Little Theatre will host the Southwest Rural Theatre Project, performing “The Truth About Santa,” by Greg Kotis.
    This is not holiday fare in the “Miracle on 34th Street” vein, as a philandering Santa has to explain his bastard kids to Mrs. Claus ... and hope to survive her wrathful revenge. Parents,  think “PG-13” before bringing the kids.
    The show was described by one critic as “ ... a play that has every right to become the ‘Christmas Carol’ (or Mahabharata) for weird theater geeks across the world.”
    The New York Times called it “a holiday show for people sick of holiday shows.”
    For those that have been missing their annual shot of melodrama, this performance encourages marshmallow throwing and hissing or booing at the villains of the play.
    Southwest Rural Theatre Project is staging this play at a variety of venues around the state.
    The Los Alamos show will start at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation. Those still wondering what to do New Year’s Eve, might consider going to the opening performance of “Frost/Nixon” by Peter Morgan.

  • Christmastime is near

    The sound of a choir performing Christmas carols is a sure sign that Christmas is near. This choir happens to be composed of instrumentalists — tubas and euphoniums (which can be thought of as small tubas). The group, aptly named the Christmas Tubas, was formed in 2002 by local musician Jerry Morzinski, who gathered other low brass players and played the first concert in the Los Alamos library. The library venue proved to be too small as the group grew over the years to include high school students, typically those who make all-state band. This year, there will be 10 musicians playing a mix of sacred and secular carols, with arrangements specifically created for a tuba-euphonium choir.
    The concert is free, and will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

  • Christmas week Big Band dance

    The Annual Big Band After Christmas Dance will be from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road, Los Alamos.
    The dance is a memorial for Catherine LeClaire, who was a longtime member of the quartet, the Mountainaires. Proceeds from the dance will be used to purchase a new organ fro the church, in her name.
    Music will feature the Los Alamos Big Band and for this dance, the featured vocalist will be Rene LeClaire, Cathy’s widower. Rene was also a member of the Mountainaires. The Los Alamos Big Band has played at dances throughout Northern New Mexico since 1984, under the direction of Jan McDonald, who for many years, was the bandleader at Los Alamos High School.
    The band features the music of the Big Band era, such as “In the Mood,” String of Pearls,” Sing, Sing, Sing” and “Moonlight Serenade.” They also play other music such as “Moon River,” Latin numbers like “Besame Mucho” and even “Rock Around the Clock.” Several Christmas tunes will be featured at the dance.
    Decorations and refreshments at the dance will be provided by the IHM Youth Group.
    The Big Band started in 1984, when Dick Souder retired from Chrysler in Michigan and started working at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • It's Christmas Tuba Time

    The sound of a choir performing Christmas carols is a sure sign that Christmas is near. This choir happens to be composed of instrumentalists — tubas and euphoniums (which can be thought of as small tubas). The group, aptly named the Christmas Tubas, was formed in 2002 by local musician Jerry Morzinski, who gathered other low brass players and played the first concert in the Los Alamos library. The library venue proved to be too small as the group grew over the years to include good high school students, typically those who make all-state band. This year there will be 10 musicians playing a mix of sacred and secular carols, with arrangements specifically created for a tuba-euphonium choir.
    The concert is free, and will be held in Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22

  • This week on PAC-8, Dec. 14-20

    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, December 14, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (12-11-12)
    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 “A Brief History of Wendover Airfield”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, December 15, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, December 16, 2012
    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

    Monday, December 17, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM Amy Goodman at Fuller Lodge – “The Silenced Majority”
    02:30 PM Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2012
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau

  • ‘Belly Flop!’ release party slated for Monday

    Local cartoonist Stephen McCranie will throw a release party for his recently published graphic novel, from 4-6 p.m. Monday at the Mesa Public Library.
    The free event will include a short talk by the author and a chance to purchase a signed copy of the book for $10.
    The new book, “Belly Flop!” is the third volume in the kids graphic novel series, Mal and Chad. The story follows the boy genius inventor, Mal and his loyal dog, Chad.  
    For all Mal’s inventions, he still can’t seem to get the attention of his school crush, Megan.
    But Megan becomes the least of Mal’s worries when his weather machine goes haywire and engulfs the town in a freak snowstorm.
    McCranie began Mal and Chad as a comic strip for The University of New Mexico school newspaper.
    A publisher from Penguin spotted the strip online and contacted McCranie about making the feature into an all-ages comic book series.
    McCranie has since created three Mal and Chad books, including: “The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever!,” “Food Fight!” and most recently, “Belly Flop!”
    Leading up to the release party, McCranie will visit Piñon and Mountain elementaries to teach students about cartooning and what it’s like being a cartoonist.

  • ‘Skyfall,’ ‘Guardians’ duel for box office win

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Bond is in a box-office photo finish with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny over what looks to be the last slow weekend of the holidays.
    According to studio estimates Sunday, Sony’s Bond tale “Skyfall” took in $11 million to move back to No. 1 in its fifth weekend.
    That put it narrowly ahead of Paramount’s “Rise of the Guardians,” the animated adventure of Santa, the Easter Bunny and other mythological heroes that pulled in $10.5 million.
    The two movies inched ahead of Summit Entertainment’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” which had been tops for three-straight weekends. The “Twilight” finale earned $9.2 million, slipping into a tight race for No. 3 with Disney’s “Lincoln,” which was close behind with $9.1 million.
    The top movies were bunched up so closely that rankings could change once final weekend revenues are released Monday.
    The weekend’s only new wide release, Gerard Butler’s romantic comedy “Playing for Keeps,” flopped with just $6 million, coming in at No. 6.