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week end what to do, hear, see, watch, read, listen to, visit and eat in Gwinnett and Atlanta ‘The Fighter’ a must-see movie ..................Pg. 11

Special Photo: Paramount Pictures

Christian Bale, and Mark Wahlberg, right, are shown in “The Fighter.”

The Dish ....................................................................Pg. 4 Movies...................................................................Pg. 7-19 Showtimes ..............................................................Pg.14 By Venue ................................................................Pg. 20 Art Beat ..................................................................Pg. 21 Gwinnett Calendar ............................................Pg. 22 Metro Calendar....................................................Pg. 23 The “Weekend” arts and entertainment guide includes select events in the coming week. To be considered for a listing, send a fact sheet to: Weekend, Features Department, Gwinnett Daily Post, 725 Old Norcross Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045; or call 770-963-9205, e-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com or fax 770-339-8081. Weekend design: Kristen Ralph

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DINING GWINNETTTASTES A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post: • Shroomers Pizzeria and Sandwich Shoppe Relaxed as a college pizza joint, the newly opened Shroomers in Suwanee offers cozy booths for enjoying signature “cold method” pizzas devised by owner Steve Henry, a veteran Atlanta restaurateur. Shroomers’ bread and butter is pizza — especially the margarita and meaty Shroomer’s Special — but it separates itself with offerings of Angus-beef burgers and sandwiches that run the gamut from corned beef to tuna salad. The garlicky cheese sticks are a particular craze at the moment. 2855 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Suwanee, 678478-5930.

• Tim’s Rib Joint Walking into Tim’s Rib Joint feels like arriving at a neighborhood backyard barbecue. Owner Tim White wanted a rustic feel for the barbecue joint, which serves sandwiches, dinner combos and more. One favorite is Tim’s Big Plate, which features pulled pork, beef brisket, chicken and two sides. Be sure to try Tim’s Potato Salad — it’s been featured in a Duke’s Mayonnaise commercial. 465 Dacula Road, Dacula. 770-236-9580 • Mazzy’s Owner Lee Christiansen has set up an open, spacious place to watch your favorite teams play on TV. But he also wanted a menu that strived for more than traditional pub fare. Mazzy’s does just that, with wings and burgers being joined by

daily specials and signature dishes such as grouper, fish tacos and meatloaf, which is made from his grandmother’s recipe. Other customer favorites are the bourbon chicken platter and the Old Fashioned burger. Mazzy’s has 19 beers on tap and 53 varieties available in bottles. 7160 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross. 678-822-9888 • Brown Bag Deli Inspired by his son-in-law’s deli business in Pennsylvania, owner Joe Stackhouse created the Brown Bag Deli with a specialty in creating a variety of New York style sandwiches. The breakfast menu offers a diverse amount of options to choose from, such as a spinach, egg and a cheese sunrise sandwich. For lunch, customers prefer the California club, reuben and

hot pastrami. Brown Bag Deli’s desserts include brownies, cheesecakes, the Big Apple Pie and the Big New York black and white cookie. 340 Town Center Ave., Suite A2, Suwanee. 678682-3496 • Luciano’s Executive Chef John Soilis revamps the menu of the upscale eatery every three to four months to coincide with seasons and what ingredients are available fresh. A popular dish is the scallops and artichokes, which is made with linguine, pancetta and a garlic lemon butter sauce. Another popular menu item is the flatbread, which comes with a variety of toppings, including pepperoni, smoked chicken, prosciutto and more. Pasta, salads, steak and seafood dishes round

out the dinner menu, while the lunch menu includes paninis. 6555 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite 309, Duluth. 770-2551727 • Maracas Cantina Maracas Cantina, known for its various fish platters, combines Dominican, Mexican, Portuguese and Cuban flavors, resulting in an exotic and rich Latin fusion. One popular menu selection is the Pescado Culiacan, a tilapia filet marinated with herbs and garlic in spicy chipotle-habanero sauce and bacon wrapped shrimp smothered in jalapeno pepper cheese. The California Burrito, another popular item, is stuffed with rice, black beans, lettuce, tomato, avocado, sour cream and a choice of meat. 320 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. 678-765-6611

• Grand Bakery and Cafe Grand Bakery and Cafe has added a popular Polish food to its menu of sandwich offerings. Customers can now order up steaming hot pierogi — boiled dumplings of dough that come stuffed with a choice of fillings, including sauerkraut, sauerkraut and mushrooms, potatoes and cheese, sweet cheese and meat, potatoes and cheddar cheese. The cafe’s hot lunch special includes six pierogi, a drink and a dessert for $5.99. In addition to pierogi, the cafe serves a variety of sandwiches, the most popular of which are the chicken salad and the pastrami. Customers can building their own sandwich selections, choosing from a combination of meats, cheeses and breads. 439 W. Pike St., Lawrenceville. 770-277-3377

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THE DISH

Italy’s Pizza and Pasta Company 2590 Hamilton Mill Road, Suite 106, Buford

770-932-7121

in Italy by the family. Far from pretentious, diners usually like to “get in and out” of the small but ample dining room, Scotto said, ordering their • Open since: February often favorite pizza and pasta 2010 dishes to go. • Location: Italy’s Pizza • Menu: Italy’s Pizza and Pasta Company is located in a shopping cen- and Pasta Company churns ter between Sardis Church out more than 1,200 New Road and Interstate 85, in York style pizzas on any given week, making it front of Walmart their No. 1 seller. “We cook everything on • Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sat- stone, so the pizza doesn’t urday, noon to 9 p.m. Sun- come greasy, it doesn’t get soggy or anything,” Scotto day said. That said, the menu • Owner: Oliviero Scotto was born in New Jersey offers much more, from before moving back to bruschetta to more than a Naples, Italy, with his fam- dozen pasta dishes and a ily as a small child. He and healthy handful of subs, all brother Pippo moved back prepared authentically Italto the United States as ian. Scotto said their teenagers and arrived in lasagna dish and a pasta Georgia because of less plate offering sausage, Staff Photos: Jonathan Phillips competition for true Italian onions and peppers in food. They have owned marinara sauce are cus- Italy’s Pizza and Pasta Company serves the Italy’s special pizza with sausage, pepperoni, onions, green peppers, olives and mushrooms. Also served is the lasagna and the antipasto salad with homemade bread. and operated Napoli’s in tomer favorites. Salads, calzones, stromFlowery Branch for about bolis, specialty pizzas like 10 years. ONTHEMENU margherita and white Pizza Appetizers • Atmosphere: Though chicken broccoli and by• Cheese — 14-inch • Garlic knots — homeround and thin, $9.50; made garlic knots in garit looks like your run-of- the-slice ordering are also 18-inch round and thin, lic butter sauce, $3.95 available. Children’s pasta the-mill pizza joint from $11.50; 18-inch round • Bruschetta — homeoutside, it becomes readily plates are $5. and thick, $12.50. Addimade bread toasted and Top it all off with cannoapparent that Italy’s Pizza tional toppings $1.50 to topped with marinated lis or tiramisu. and Pasta Company is $2.50 tomatoes, $5.25 much more once you open • Italy’s Special — pep• Things you might not peroni, sausage, mushPasta the door. rooms, onions and green • Lasagna — $6.95 Sprawling murals of know: Italy’s PIzza and peppers, $14.00 to lunch, $8.95 dinner Pasta Company provides Tuscany, the Coliseum and $18.95 • Sausage — Sausage, the pizza for football Naples cover the walls, onions and peppers in surrounded by framed games at nearby Mill Calzones and strombolis marinara sauce over photos of the Scotto home- Creek High School, Scotto Italy’s Pizza and Pasta Company is located at 2590 pasta. $6.95 lunch, $8.95 • Various specials — Hamilton Mill Road in Buford and offers patrons $7.50 dinner land, most actually taken said. table seating and take-out. BY TYLER ESTEP

STAFF WRITER tyler.estep @gwinnettdailypost.com

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ARTS

Entertainment tonight BY KAITLYN PEEL Staff Intern

Thank you ladies and gentlemen for riding the L&L railroad. You have reached your final destination: End of the Line. End of the Line is the newest entertainment

installment in Gwinnett. Located in Loganville, End of the Line brings theater, concerts, recitals, orchestra and many more events all together at one local venue. End of the Line recently opened and already has begun to put on shows. It

is showing “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge.” The name comes from the Loganville and Lawrenceville (L&L) Railroad, which was founded in 1898 and was later incorporated into the Seaboard Air Line Railway in 1901.

The L&L was completely abandoned in 1932. Several people in the community wanted to keep the memories of the old switching station flowing with entertainment. Thus, End of the Line was created. The goal of End of the

End of the Line opens in Loganville

Line is to bring the community an opportunity to experience entertainment quality, that is only thought to be found in downtown Atlanta, for a better price and hometown convenience. People and families of all types will really enjoy the type

of entertainment that is performed at End of the Line. If you want it all to yourself, End of the Line allows private parties to rent out their venue. End of the Line is located at 307 Main St. in Loganville.

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LOCAL EVENT

Laugh out loud BY HEATHER DARENBERG STAFF WRITER heather.darenberg@ gwinnettdailypost.com

STONE MOUNTAIN — Bill Oberst Jr. has toured the United States spreading Lewis Grizzard’s unique writings and love of the South. For the ninth consecutive year, Oberst will return to ART Station in Stone Mountain to honor Grizzard with the best of the humorist’s stand-up comedy and selections from books and columns. Performances of “Lewis Grizzard: In His

Bill Oberst Jr. will perform as ‘Lewis Grizzard’ for the ninth consecutive year at ART Station

presentation will be held at noon Jan. 10. ART Station presents a Bill Oberst lunchtime series that Jr. will play strives to create a fresh Lewis Grizand stimulating lunch zard in an option for area business upcoming professionals, shop presentaowners, retirees and tion of more. The presentation “Lewis will showcase Oberst Grizzard: and offers a boxed lunch In His Own for a ticket price of $10. Words” at To purchase tickets, ART Station at call the box office at Stone 770-469-1105 or visit Mountain. www.artstation.org. All performances are in the ART Station Theatre located at Special Photo 5384 Manor Drive in Own Words” are sched- 12, 8 p.m. Jan. 13 to 15 ets cost $27 for adults students. historic Stone Mountain uled for 10:30 a.m. Jan. and 3 p.m. Jan. 16. Tick- and $23 for seniors and Additionally, a special Village.

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‘Phillip Morris’ a great side-splitting thinker I Love You Phillip Morris (R) ★★★★ BY MICHAEL CLARK Movie Critic

Mixing genres isn’t anything new, but neither is it something filmmakers attempt with any regularity — mostly because it rarely works. Last month’s “Love and Other Drugs” is a prime example — a bad film comprised of two good, but ill-fitting, halves. Not content with juggling two genres, the team of filmmakers who came up with “I Love You Phillip Morris” tossed in a third, and on paper none of it should work. The first two — crime caper and prison drama — are distant cousins so that part isn’t so much of a stretch but when you add in

romantic comedy — gay romantic comedy — you’re just begging for trouble. Rather than the tired and often misleading “inspired by a true story” or “based on actual events,” the opening credits include “everything that happened here is true” and then follow it with “no, it really is true.” After some postscreening fact-checking, this claim can be confirmed and it’s a good thing; no one could make this kind of stuff up and have it come off as even remotely believable. Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) grew up in Texas and by all accounts seemed destined for a normal life. Married to a beautiful wife (Leslie Mann) and the father of two children, he worked as a policeman and played organ at his church on Sundays. Even as a child, Steven was pretty sure he was gay but kept it a secret for a good

stretch until living a double life becomes tedious and futile. After leaving his family Steven moved to Miami Beach where he quickly discovered that being gay — at least comfortably gay — was “really expensive.” Unfazed, he drew on his police training and was able to successfully execute major credit fraud but eventually got caught for being too flamboyant and greedy. Not long after landing in prison, Steven met Phillip (Ewan McGregor), a faired-haired, soft-spoken type and their mutual attraction was immediate and unwavering. In the close-quartered prison context their situation wasn’t unusual by any means — it was in how Steven chose to change things that their story became interesting. Practically mirroring Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in “Catch Me If You

Can,” Steven was able to reinvent himself at will which, given the lax and inept staff at the Texas penitentiary where he and Phillip were housed, and it wasn’t all that difficult. Still it required big brass orbs and a bottomless moxie — both of which Steven had in ample supply. In adapting Steve McVicar’s book, co-directors Glenn Ficara and John Requa walk an ultra-thin tightrope. As they did with their blisteringly profane screenplay for “Bad Santa,” Ficara and Requa make no attempt to soften the language or the situations which, by their sheer nature, require brutal frankness. People in prison aren’t concerned with political correctness or

decorum and they speak their minds freely. The dialogue here is deep blue and raw and completely appropriate for the story. Peppering a screenplay with four-letter words and relatively graphic sexual situations isn’t difficult nor is offering up softer-hued romantic counterbalance. What is near impossible is doing so with two homosexual leads without turning them into caricatures, stereotypes or ripe targets for heterosexual disgust and/or ridicule. It is the exact opposite of the pathetic, offensive and unfunny “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.” It helps a great deal that both Carrey and McGregor lose themselves complete-

ly in their characters and never once wink at the camera. Of the two, McGregor’s Phillip is more effeminate than Carrey’s Steven but never comes off as swishy, and neither man takes the easy route of going over the top or turning it into parody. Both performances are textbook studies in measured restraint and behavioral finesse. The film’s greatest achievement is taking a love story between two gay men and not making it into something only gays and lesbians will want to see. It’s not sad, it’s not political and no one dies, but it will make you think and often double over with laughter. (Roadside Attractions)

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MOVIES

‘You Know’ when to not see a movie How Do You Know (PG-13) ★★★ ★★ At about the midway point in this romantic comedy from filmmaker James L. Brooks, a reference to the title is made in a conversation between two major league baseball players. One asks the other, “How do you know when you’re in love?” After a few seconds of what appears to be quiet contemplation, an answer is given and it is the last thing you’d expect to hear in a film geared toward women and couples. It is so rude and distasteful that it can’t even be paraphrased here. When it was uttered at the preview screening, every woman present let out a collective gasp of shock and dismay. Not a single one of them laughed. This is Hollywood’s idea of romantic holiday cheer? “How Do You Know” is only the sixth feature film in 27 years from Brooks, a once talented writer who made his mark while working on landmark TV series “That Girl,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” its various spin-offs and more recently, “The Simpsons.” He knows comedy, he knows drama and he knows women, but he can only make all three fit together in movies about half of the time. This film is no different than any one of the thousands of love triangle come-

ical Rudd role), a fumblemouthed white collar executive whose non-stop fawnMICHAEL CLARK ing and overeager demeanor would place him in the minds of most women firmly into the “just friends” category. In George’s defense he does have a valid reason for his spastic behavior. He is currently under investigation by the feds for a crime he genuinely knows nothing about. His father/boss dies that have come before it yet is surprisingly lacking Charles (Brooks regular in appeal, humor or a single Jack Nicholson) is torn between helping his son original thought. fight the charges and The mostly miscast Reese Witherspoon stars as answering to his board of Lisa, a 31-year-old woman directors who want George who has no career or signif- served up as a sacrificial icant other and whose only lamb. Once the assorted goal appears to be landing a motives and characteristics spot on the U.S. Olympic of the four principals have softball team. When that been established, Brooks falls through, Lisa spends spends the remaining 90 the rest of the movie flipminutes attempting to flopping between two men weave the various plot who couldn’t be more difpoints together while tossferent. ing in an occasional Matty (Owen Wilson) is insignificant, diversionary a high-priced relief pitcher for the Washington Nation- thread or two along the way. If Lisa was dim, desperals who goes through women like most people go ate or as vacantly blonde as through paper towels. In his Matty, we could understand her dilemma, but she’s not. bathroom he has a drawer Lisa’s vacillation between full of new toothbrushes the two men in her life isn’t and a closet full of pink so much her inability to petite women’s sweatsuits. The morning after the night make a choice but rather Brooks’ failure to lend her before, Lisa — in one of only two moments of clarity character anything resembling depth. We like her — realizes Matty is a funenough, but Brooks never loving, but commitmentphobic lothario who intends gives us a reason to admire on sleeping with every babe her or root for her cause. We don’t reach the same in D.C. and its surrounding suburbs. Does she turn and conclusion regarding Matty run? Yes, but only temporar- or Charles; they pretty much remain petty and ily. loathsome throughout — Lisa’s other option is George (Paul Rudd in a typ- but with a sort of snake oil

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charm. Only George is able to snare the audiences’ empathy and enthusiasm. He’s not Lisa’s perfect match but he has all the right intentions and never fails to behave in a truly gentlemanly manner.

The lone interesting scene in the movie belongs to an unwed mother who has just given birth to her boyfriend’s son. The father shows up unexpectedly at the hospital and delivers an impassioned monologue

that had every female at the screening melting in their seats. He too is far from perfect but was at least heartfelt and authentic — everything the rest of this movie is not. (Sony/Columbia)


MOVIES DISC SPOTLIGHT MICHAEL CLARK

Despicable Me Blu-ray (PG) Movie: ★★★★ Disc: ★★★★ Owing a great deal to the TV versions of “Rocky & Bullwinkle” and “The Addams Family,” Mad Magazine’s “Spy vs. Spy” and a little of Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove,” “Despicable Me” might not be to everyone’s liking but it is easily the most interesting animated film since “Wall-E.” With an unidentifiable Eastern Bloc accent, Steve Carell voices Gru, an evil scientist who is planning the ultimate heist: stealing the moon. In order to do so, he must thwart a competitor which will require him to adopt three orphaned girls who start off as pawns but eventually become the center of his universe. Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1080p, 1.85:1), audio: English (Dolby 5.1 HD MA), French and Spanish (DTS 5.1), subtitles: English, French and Spanish. Special features include: • Three new minimovies • Three interactive games • Secret cookie recipes • Two making-of featurettes (Universal, $39.98)

NOWSHOWING Recently reviewed films now playing in theaters: • Black Swan (R) This erotic thriller from director Darren Aronofsky is to the world of ballet what “All About Eve” is to the film industry. An Oscar-worthy Natalie Portman stars as a paranoid and emaciated ballerina who snares the lead in “Swan Lake” and promptly sabotages herself. 3 stars — Michael Clark

familiar touches but also takes a lot a chances and has just enough snarky attitude to make it impossible

to resist for discerning adults. 4 stars — MC • Due Date (R) Director

Todd Phillips’ follow-up to “The Hangover” is an occasionally funny road flick. “Hangover” sick puppy Zach

Galifianakis gives us more and less of the same while paired with a rigid Robert Downey Jr. 21⁄2 stars — MC

• The Tourist (PG-13) A gorgeously framed but vapid romantic thriller starring Angelina Jolie as a mysterious British chanteuse that seduces a clueless American tourist (Johnny Depp) for the purpose of throwing off the cops and the mob who are hot on the trail of her lover. 11⁄2 stars — MC • Love and Other Drugs (R) Starting as a bawdy sex comedy and ending as a weepy disease drama, director Ed Zwick’s movie is all over the place but is worthy for its accurate portrayal of Parkinson’s disease and the performances of Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. 2 stars — MC • Morning Glory (PG-13) Because it was penned by the same person who wrote “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Morning Glory” looks and feels a lot like its predecessor only for an a.m. news show. Rachel McAdams carries the entire production skillfully. 21⁄2 stars — MC • Unstoppable (PG-13) Better than it should be, this action/thriller is bolstered by some get-it-done, blue-collar attitude and excellent chemistry shared by coleads Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. 3 stars — MC • Tangled (PG) Disney’s 50th animated feature contains all of the studio’s

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Southeastern film critics pick top films for ’10 FROM STAFF REPORTS This week the Southeastern Film Critics Association named “The Social Network” the Best Picture of 2010. Director David Fincher’s incisive account of the founding of Facebook earned a total of four awards, with its other victories coming in the categories of Best Ensemble, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. According to SEFCA president Curt Holman, the association’s 19th annual awards saw ballots from 43 members, all film journalists working in print, radio and online media in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The historical dramedy “The King’s Speech” won

Best Adapted Screenplay and two major acting winners, with Colin Firth taking Best Actor for his role as the speech-impaired King George VI, and Geoffrey Rush winning Best Supporting Actor as his unconventional speech therapist (in a narrow victory over Christian Bale as a crack-addicted ex-boxer in “The Fighter”). Natalie Portman won Best Actress as “Black Swan’s” mentally unstable ballerina, and Hailee Steinfeld won Best Supporting Actress as a spunky, vengeful frontier teen in the Coen Brothers’ remake of “True Grit.’” Other winners include Charles Ferguson’s account of the U.S. financial collapse, “Inside Job,” as Best Documentary; the Korean thriller “Mother” as Best Foreign Language Film; Pixar’s pop-

Best Actress ular “Toy Story 3” as Best Winner: Natalie Portman Animated Film; and “True Grit” for Best Cinematogra- (Black Swan) Runner-up: Jennifer phy. This year SEFCA introduced awards in the Best Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) Cinematography and Best Best Supporting Actor Ensemble categories for the Winner: Geoffrey Rush first time. (King’s Speech) Runner-up: Christian Top Ten Films Bale (The Fighter) 1. The Social Network 2. The King’s Speech Best Supporting Actress 3. Winter’s Bone Winner: Hailee Steinfeld 4. Black Swan (True Grit) 5. Inception Runner-up: Melissa Leo 6. True Grit (The Fighter) 7. Toy Story 3 8. 127 Hours Best Ensemble 9. The Fighter Winner: The Social Net10. The Kids Are All Right

work Runner-up: Winter’s Bone Best Director Winner: David Fincher, The Social Network Runner-up: Christopher Nolan, Inception Best Original Screenplay Winner: The King’s Speech Runner-up: Inception Best Adapted Screenplay Winner: The Social Network Runner-up: Winter’s

Bone Best Documentary Winner: Inside Job Runner-up: Exit Through the Gift Shop Best Foreign-language Film Winner: Mother Runner-up: Biutiful Best Animated Film Winner: Toy Story 3 Runner-up: How To Train Your Dragon Best Cinematography Winner: True Grit Runner-up: Inception

Best Actor Winner: Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) Runner-up: James Franco (127 Hours)

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MOVIES ‘Fighter’ a must-see movie The Fighter (R) ★★★★

with a bona fide promoter but falls back to square one because of his misplaced loyalty to Dickey (also his trainer) and his manager/mom Alice BY MICHAEL CLARK (Melissa Leo). Movie Critic A chain smoker with a badly cropped blonde dye Ask 100 people who like job, Alice is a spitfire and both sports and movies to the mama lion of nearly a name their favorite boxing dozen children fathered film and 99 of them will by at least two men. Her answer “Rocky” or “Raging heart is in the right place, Bull.” There are other great but Alice is completely boxing movies but none lacking in social skills or stick in the collective mem- business acumen and will ory like those two. turn on anyone — includFalling somewhere in ing her own children — if between, “The Fighter” is even slightly provoked. the fact-based story of Alice’s most formidable Micky Ward (Mark foe isn’t either of her sons Wahlberg), a boxer from or the outsiders trying to Lowell, Mass., who right Micky’s career path, achieved modest success in but rather Micky’s new the mid-’80s and then girlfriend Charlene (Amy retired after suffering four Adams), a former athlete straight defeats. The movie and now a local bartender opens in the early ’90s with who depends on skimpy Mickey and his older half blouses and Daisy Duke brother Dickey (Christian shorts for tips. Bale) spreading asphalt, Although outwardly recounting their glory cool, aloof and composed, days and ignoring their Charlene isn’t beyond now relative low stations going toe-to-toe with in life. Alice and her gnarled, Also a boxer of some unkempt band of Greekrenown, Dickey — who chorus daughters. While once shared the ring with initially amusing, the Sugar Ray Leonard — is repeated, calculated now a drug addict who appearance of Alice’s mistakenly believes the ragamuffin girls soon HBO film crew following starts feeling like a weak him around is chronicling device used to elicit his comeback. In reality, laughs where none are HBO is making a docuneeded. Speaking of mentary about Dickey’s which ... descent into crack cocaine Unlike the bulk of the and it’s the first of many ultra-serious, mostly indicators pointing out his downbeat, brow-furrowmyopic self-delusion. ing, award-seeking late Certain he still has fall movies of this or any what it takes to be a legit- other season, “The Fightimate contender, Micky er” is overflowing with starts training in earnest, humor and has already establishes a relationship been referred to by some

as the best comedy of the year. This is especially high praise as the story is mostly tense and dramatic. The title — while certainly referring to Micky — could easily be applied to any of the other main players or all of the characters as a collective. These are people who seem to revel in confrontation and don’t feel complete unless there is friction and an enemy — real or imagined — that can result in a good tussle and make them feel more alive. Based solely on the nature of their characters, Wahlberg and Adams are likely to be overlooked come Oscar time, but you can bet on Bale and Leo being nominated. Both have already placed at or near the top of virtually all critics’ associations’ year-end polls and both are fully deserving of their many accolades. Someone else who probably won’t get any notice is director David O. Russell, a man with a spotty record when it comes to dealing with actors but is also a guy deeply committed to his art. He’s made some great films (“Flirting with Disaster,” “Three Kings”) and some bizarre misfires (“I Heart Huckabees,” the unreleased “Nailed”) but is never less than interesting with his choices of material and slightly askew style. “The Fighter” is not only Russell’s most commercially friendly movie to date, it’s the best effort of his spotty career. (Paramount)

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BY DAVID GERMAIN The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Dan Aykroyd has been rehearsing for the lead voice in “Yogi Bear” for half a century. Aykroyd, whose killer vocal impersonations on “Saturday Night Live” included Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and Robert Stack’s Eliot Ness of “The Untouchables,” was doing Yogi in childhood, when the smarter-than-your-average bear provided solace after a long school day in the arctic Canadian winter. Chatting about his role in the live-action, computer-animation combo that features Justin Timberlake providing the voice of sidekick Boo Boo, Aykroyd recalls in vivid detail his devotion to Yogi — down to the call letters of the Ottawa TV station on which he watched the cartoon as a boy in Hull, Quebec. Aykroyd, 58, recounts how at age 8 or 9, he would leave home at 7 a.m. zipped up in a snowsuit, walk past

ON THE WEB The movie review of “Yogi Bear” was not available at press time. To read the review, visit www.gwinnettdailypost.com.

a den of timberwolves, scramble over a stand of greasy cut timber, cross a frozen river (sometimes falling in) and race across a highway in a bad neighborhood to his school. Then the real fun would begin. “I would get my books thrown around, and people would beat me up. I’d go in, I’d have to take my pants off and put them on the radiator in front of all the girls in class because I was frozen,” Aykroyd said in an interview to promote “Yogi Bear,” which hits theaters today. “Then I’d have to, at 3 in the afternoon, leave and do the whole thing again and go back. “So when I got home, with the twilight, the light fading at 4 o’clock in Hull, Quebec, Canada, in February, March, believe me, the only warmth was Yogi Bear. My brother and I would immediately turn on the TV coming home from school and sit there and watch

Yogi, when my mother didn’t catch us. My mother thought that cartoons and things like ‘The Untouchables’ were beneath us.” “Yogi Bear” director Eric Brevig said the role was Aykroyd’s as soon as he came in to audition and nailed the nuances of Yogi, whose big, goofy voice on the 1960s cartoon was inspired by Art Carney’s Ed Norton on “The Honeymooners.” “Dan’s been doing Yogi Bear for 40 years,” Brevig said. “Dan’s version isn’t actually identical. You can’t hear them side by side, so you don’t recognize it. I didn’t want them to imitate the characters. I wanted them to be the characters as you remember it, especially people who know the characters from their childhood. You know, ‘There’s that old friend I had when I was a kid.’” Aykroyd, who hopes to reunite with Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis and other collaborators for a third installment in their “Ghostbusters” franchise, has had the broadest movie career of the original “SNL” cast, which included his comedy partner John Belushi, who died of a drug overdose in 1982.

“SNL” co-star Chevy Chase, with whom Aykroyd co-starred in “Spies Like Us,” “Caddyshack II” and Aykroyd’s disastrous directing debut “Nothing But Trouble,” had bigger success early on in big-screen comedy. But Aykroyd and Belushi turned one of their “SNL” creations into a comedy epic with 1980’s “The Blues Brothers.” Aykroyd went on to score a blockbuster with 1984’s “Ghostbusters,” which remains one of the top-grossing comedies ever and was followed by “Ghostbusters II” in 1989. He and Ramis had written the original movie for Belushi, whose role was inherited by Murray, Chase’s replacement when he left “SNL.” With the sequel “Blues Brothers 2000,” his House of Blues clubs and tours alongside Jim Belushi substituting for his late brother, Aykroyd has kept the spirit of his old comedy soul mate alive. “I miss him every day, and I miss him every time I walk into these magnificent House of Blues that we built. Blues palaces, I mean,

God, he would have just loved that,” Aykroyd said. While Aykroyd had to watch Yogi and “The Untouchables” behind his mother’s back as a boy, he was able to razz her in his “SNL” era impersonating Stack’s Ness and now can do the same with Yogi. “When I did ‘The Untouchables,’ I said, ‘See, Mom, you wouldn’t let me watch that, but look, look. I’m on TV with it now,” Aykroyd said. “So finally, she’s just given up, and I'm going to be taking her, at 93, to see ‘Yogi Bear.’”

Dan Aykroyd voices Yogi in ‘Yogi Bear.’ Special Photos: Warner Bros.

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BY DAVID GERMAIN The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Dan Aykroyd has been rehearsing for the lead voice in “Yogi Bear” for half a century. Aykroyd, whose killer vocal impersonations on “Saturday Night Live” included Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and Robert Stack’s Eliot Ness of “The Untouchables,” was doing Yogi in childhood, when the smarter-than-your-average bear provided solace after a long school day in the arctic Canadian winter. Chatting about his role in the live-action, computer-animation combo that features Justin Timberlake providing the voice of sidekick Boo Boo, Aykroyd recalls in vivid detail his devotion to Yogi — down to the call letters of the Ottawa TV station on which he watched the cartoon as a boy in Hull, Quebec. Aykroyd, 58, recounts how at age 8 or 9, he would leave home at 7 a.m. zipped up in a snowsuit, walk past

ON THE WEB The movie review of “Yogi Bear” was not available at press time. To read the review, visit www.gwinnettdailypost.com.

a den of timberwolves, scramble over a stand of greasy cut timber, cross a frozen river (sometimes falling in) and race across a highway in a bad neighborhood to his school. Then the real fun would begin. “I would get my books thrown around, and people would beat me up. I’d go in, I’d have to take my pants off and put them on the radiator in front of all the girls in class because I was frozen,” Aykroyd said in an interview to promote “Yogi Bear,” which hits theaters today. “Then I’d have to, at 3 in the afternoon, leave and do the whole thing again and go back. “So when I got home, with the twilight, the light fading at 4 o’clock in Hull, Quebec, Canada, in February, March, believe me, the only warmth was Yogi Bear. My brother and I would immediately turn on the TV coming home from school and sit there and watch

Yogi, when my mother didn’t catch us. My mother thought that cartoons and things like ‘The Untouchables’ were beneath us.” “Yogi Bear” director Eric Brevig said the role was Aykroyd’s as soon as he came in to audition and nailed the nuances of Yogi, whose big, goofy voice on the 1960s cartoon was inspired by Art Carney’s Ed Norton on “The Honeymooners.” “Dan’s been doing Yogi Bear for 40 years,” Brevig said. “Dan’s version isn’t actually identical. You can’t hear them side by side, so you don’t recognize it. I didn’t want them to imitate the characters. I wanted them to be the characters as you remember it, especially people who know the characters from their childhood. You know, ‘There’s that old friend I had when I was a kid.’” Aykroyd, who hopes to reunite with Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis and other collaborators for a third installment in their “Ghostbusters” franchise, has had the broadest movie career of the original “SNL” cast, which included his comedy partner John Belushi, who died of a drug overdose in 1982.

“SNL” co-star Chevy Chase, with whom Aykroyd co-starred in “Spies Like Us,” “Caddyshack II” and Aykroyd’s disastrous directing debut “Nothing But Trouble,” had bigger success early on in big-screen comedy. But Aykroyd and Belushi turned one of their “SNL” creations into a comedy epic with 1980’s “The Blues Brothers.” Aykroyd went on to score a blockbuster with 1984’s “Ghostbusters,” which remains one of the top-grossing comedies ever and was followed by “Ghostbusters II” in 1989. He and Ramis had written the original movie for Belushi, whose role was inherited by Murray, Chase’s replacement when he left “SNL.” With the sequel “Blues Brothers 2000,” his House of Blues clubs and tours alongside Jim Belushi substituting for his late brother, Aykroyd has kept the spirit of his old comedy soul mate alive. “I miss him every day, and I miss him every time I walk into these magnificent House of Blues that we built. Blues palaces, I mean,

God, he would have just loved that,” Aykroyd said. While Aykroyd had to watch Yogi and “The Untouchables” behind his mother’s back as a boy, he was able to razz her in his “SNL” era impersonating Stack’s Ness and now can do the same with Yogi. “When I did ‘The Untouchables,’ I said, ‘See, Mom, you wouldn’t let me watch that, but look, look. I’m on TV with it now,” Aykroyd said. “So finally, she’s just given up, and I'm going to be taking her, at 93, to see ‘Yogi Bear.’”

Dan Aykroyd voices Yogi in ‘Yogi Bear.’ Special Photos: Warner Bros.

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HOWTIMES S MOVIE TIMES FOR FRIDAY, DEC. 17

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3333 Buford Drive 678-482-9263 www.regalcinemas.com

5:00, 8:00 Legend of the Guardians: The Owl of Ga’Hoole

4:10, 7:10, 9:40 Paranormal Activity 2 (R)

4:15, 7:15, 9:50 RED (PG-13)

4:05, 7:05, 9:35 Skyline (PG-13)

5:40, 7:50, 10:05 Black Swan (R)

10:40, 1:20, 4:20, 7:10, 9:45, 12:20

SNELLVILLE

Burlesque (PG-13)

10:20, 1:30, 4:15, 7:25, 10:10

CARMIKE 12 SNELLVILLE

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 3-D (PG)

1905 Scenic Highway Presidential Market Center 770-979-1519 www.carmike.com

1:00, 3:40, 6:40, 9:20, 12:10 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)

2:00, 4:40, 10:30

Black Swan (R)

Due Date (R)

4:55, 7:20, 9:40, 12:10

1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 10:00

The Fighter (R)

11:05, 12:50, 1:40, 3:30, 4:15, 6:20, 6:50, 9:25

10:40, 12:00, 1:35, 3:10, 4:40, 6:30, 7:30, 9:15, 10:20, 12:05

11:50, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

The Fighter (R)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (PG-13)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (PG-13)

12:30, 3:45, 7:05, 10:15 How Do You Know (PG-13)

How Do You Know (PG-13)

10:30, 11:30, 1:15, 2:15, 4:00, 5:00, 6:45, 7:45, 9:30, 10:30, 12:15

10:55, 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 10:10 Tangled (PG)

Love and Other Drugs (R)

The Tourist (PG-13)

11:50, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40, 12:00

12:35, 3:40, 6:55, 10:00

11:25, 1:55, 4:25, 7:05, 9:35

Megamind (PG)

11:35, 2:00, 4:35, 7:15, 9:45

12:05, 2:20

1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:10, 9:50

Tangled (PG)

10:05, 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 8:00, 10:25 Tangled 3-D (PG)

11:00, 1:25, 3:50, 7:10, 9:35, 12:05 The Tourist (PG-13)

10:30, 11:50, 1:00, 2:20, 3:40, 4:45, 7:00, 7:45, 9:30, 10:15, 12:15 Tron: Legacy: An IMAX 3-D Experience (PG)

10:15, 1:10, 4:05, 7:00, 9:55, 12:50

Tron: Legacy (PG)

Tron: Legacy 3-D (PG)

11:00, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20

Unstoppable (PG-13)

7:35, 9:55

Yogi Bear (PG)

11:10, 12:30, 1:15, 2:40, 3:20, 4:50, 5:25, 7:20, 9:30 Yogi Bear 3-D (PG)

12:00, 2:10, 4:20, 6:45, 8:50

Tron: Legacy (PG)

12:00, 2:50, 6:10, 9:05, 11:55 Tron: Legacy 3-D (PG)

DULUTH

10:45, 1:40, 4:35, 7:30, 10:25 Unstoppable (PG-13)

12:35, 2:55, 5:20, 7:50, 10:10, 12:40 Yogi Bear (PG)

11:20, 1:30, 3:35, 5:50, 8:10, 10:20, 12:30 Yogi Bear 3-D (PG)

10:05, 10:45, 12:10, 12:45, 2:15, 2:55, 4:20, 4:55, 6:25, 7:00, 8:35, 9:05, 10:40, 11:10

REGAL CINEMAS, MEDLOCK CROSSING 18 9700 Medlock Bridge Road, Suite 170 770-814-8437 www.regalcinemas.com Black Swan (R)

DACULA GREAT ESCAPE THEATERS: HAMILTON MILL 14 2160 Hamilton Creek Parkway Dacula, GA 30019 678-482-0624 www.greatescapetheaters.com

11:50, 2:45, 5:30, 8:05, 10:50 Burlesque (PG-13)

10:20, 1:15, 4:05, 7:00, 9:55

The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader 3-D (PG)

11:30, 2:15, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25

Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)

10:45

Love and Other Drugs (R)

10:10, 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 9:50 Megamind (PG)

11:35, 2:05, 7:10

12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (PG-13)

12:45, 1:15, 4:00, 4:30 7:20, 8:00

10:05, 1:00, 4:10, 7:30, 10:30

127 Hours (R)

Faster (R)

10:35, 1:00, 3:35, 5:55, 8:30

11:30, 2:05, 4:45, 7:25, 10:05, 12:30

Tangled (PG)

The Fighter (R)

12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:00, 9:30

11:10, 1:55, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15

10:05, 12:55, 3:45, 6:50, 9:40, 12:20

Tangled 3-D (PG)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (PG-13)

12:00, 1:00, 2:20, 3:20, 4:40, 5:40, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30

11:00, 2:30, 5:50, 9:15

The Next Three Days (PG-13)

Tron: Legacy (PG)

Tron: Legacy 3-D (PG)

12:20, 4:40, 7:50, 10:50

The Tourist (PG-13)

10:25, 11:50, 12:55, 2:30, 4:00, 5:10, 7:25, 7:55, 10:10, 10:40 Unstoppable (PG-13)

Black Swan (R)

Burlesque (PG-13)

10:50, 4:25, 7:25

11:25, 2:20, 5:20, 8:20

How Do you Know (PG-13)

11:15

Morning Glory (PG-13)

Due Date (R)

12:45, 1:30, 3:25, 4:15, 6:15, 7:10, 9:20, 9:50 1:35, 4:15, 7:00, 9:45

11:45, 2:35, 5:25, 8:10, 10:35

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)

10:10, 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20

10:25, 11:45, 1:25, 2:35, 4:20, 5:30, 7:15, 8:30, 10:10, 11:20

Yogi Bear 3-D (PG)

9:50, 11:30, 12:35, 2:20, 3:25, 5:10, 6:05, 8:00, 8:50

Tangled (PG-13)

11:30, 2:00, 4:25, 7:20, 9:40

The Fighter (R)

10:25, 1:25, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10

10:30, 1:10, 3:45, 6:25, 8:55 The Tourist (PG-13)

REGAL SNELLVILLE OAKS 14

10:00, 11:00, 1:35, 2:30, 4:50, 6:10, 8:20, 9:30

10:55, 12:25, 1:35, 3:20, 4:15, 6:10, 7:10, 9:00, 9:50, 11:40, 12:25

2125 E. Main St., Snellville 770-972-7469 www.regalcinemas.com

10:40, 11:40, 1:40, 2:50, 4:50, 6:00, 8:00, 9:10, 11:00, 12:10

Burlesque (PG-13)

Yogi Bear (PG)

VENTURE CINEMA 12 3750 Venture Drive, Duluth 678-957-9545 www.venturecinema12.com

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (PG-13) How Do You Know (PG-13)

10:10, 1:10, 4:05, 7:00, 10:00 Megamind (PG)

How Do You Know (PG-13)

Tron: Legacy (PG)

1:20, 4:15, 7:10, 10:00 Unstoppable (PG-13)

12:45, 3:10, 5:35, 10:00

10:50, 1:25, 4:05, 6:50, 9:30, 12:05

9:30, 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:15

Tron: Legacy 3-D (PG)

Tangled (PG)

10:00, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Unstoppable (PG-13)

12:45, 3:00, 5:10, 7:30, 9:45

9:55, 10:40, 12:25, 1:15, 2:55, 3:55, 5:35, 6:30, 8:15, 9:20

10:35, 1:15, 3:50, 6:35, 9:25, 11:50

1:15, 4:15, 6:55, 9:15

9:45, 12:15, 1:45, 3:05, 5:50, 8:40, 10:20

11:10, 1:30, 3:55, 6:20, 8:45

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)

12:55, 3:50, 6:40, 9:20

9:30, 10:20, 11:55, 1:20, 3:00, 4:20, 6:00, 7:20, 9:00, 9:55

10:10, 12:30, 2:40, 5:10, 7:30, 9:45

11:45, 2:10, 4:35, 7:00, 9:25, 11:50

10:05, 1:05, 3:45, 6:20, 8:55

GEORGIA THEATRE CO., TOWN CENTER VALUE

Alpha and Omega (PG)

1:10, 3:55, 7:15, 9:30

Despicable Me (PG) Easy A (PG-13)

Hereafter (PG-13) Inception (PG-13)

1:35, 5:05, 8:50

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

The Tourist (PG-13) Tron: Legacy (PG)

Unstoppable (PG-13) Yogi Bear (PG)

Yogi Bear (PG)

Yogi Bear 3-D (PG)

12:50, 3:00, 5:15, 7:30, 9:50 1:25, 4:20, 7:00, 9:25

10:30, 12:50, 3:10, 5:30, 7:45, 10:05

700 Gwinnett Drive, No. 216 678-985-2222 www.georgiatheatrecompany.com

1:20, 4:25, 7:15, 9:45

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Alpha & Omega (PG)

Red (PG-13)

Yogi Bear 3-D (PG)

Paranormal Activity 2 (R) Salt (PG-13)

4:50, 9:45

Black Swan (R)

The Fighter (R)

11:40, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:25

10:00, 12:45, 4:15, 8:00, 11:00

1:00, 4:00, 7:05, 9:35

Skyline (PG-13) Takers (PG-13) The Town (R)

1:05, 4:05, 6:45, 9:20

Due Date (R) The Fighter (R)

11:00, 12:20, 1:30, 2:55, 4:10, 5:35, 7:05, 8:15, 9:35, 10:55, 12:05 Love and Other Drugs (R)

11:50, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40, 12:00 Megamind (PG)

10:35, 12:45, 2:55, 5:05 The Social Network (PG-13)

5:20, 7:35, 9:45

12:05, 2:40, 5:40, 8:20, 11:00

7:00

12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 6:55, 8:00, 9:20, 10:30, 11:45

5:15, 7:40, 9:55

12:00, 2:45, 5:30, 8:15, 11:00

The Tourist (PG-13)

Buried (R)

Black Swan (R)

Easy A (PG-13)

Tron: Legacy 3-D (PG)

11:20, 2:10, 5:00, 7:50, 10:40

5:25, 7:45, 10:00

10:45, 1:30, 4:15, 7:00, 9:40, 12:15 Yogi Bear (PG)

10:50, 2:00, 4:55, 7:55, 10:50

5:30, 8:30

10:30, 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30, 8:30, 10:30

11:30, 2:05, 4:45, 7:25, 10:05

12:05, 3:45, 7:35, 10:55

Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader 3-D (PG)

10:15, 12:15, 1:05, 3:55, 4:20, 7:15, 7:45, 10:15,

The Chronicles of Narnia: The

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10:30, 12:55, 3:20, 5:45, 8:10, 10:35

5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite 415 678-847-9265 www.amctheatres.com

Burlesque (PG-13)

How Do You Know (PG-13)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 3-D (PG)

10:35, 12:40, 2:50, 5:20, 7:30, 9:45, 11:55

9:40, 11:50, 2:10, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10

1:05, 4:05, 7:10, 9:40

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (PG-13)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 3-D (PG)

Faster (R)

11:40, 2:10, 4:35, 7:00, 9:25

10:00, 1:10, 4:30, 7:25, 10:05

Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)

COLONIAL 18 THEATRES

10:05, 12:50, 3:40, 6:40, 9:30, 12:15

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Tangled (PG)

1:00, 4:00, 7:05, 9:25

Due Date (R)

LAWRENCEVILLE

Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)

Despicable Me (PG)

Hereafter (PG-13) Inception (PG-13)

Tron: Legacy (PG)

Yogi Bear 3-D (PG)

11:30, 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30, 11:30


MOVIE TRIVIA CONTEST Lights, camera,

questions Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark So, you think you’re good at movie trivia? Every week, we give readers the opportunity to flex their movie muscles by answering five trivia questions from our movie critic, Michael Clark. Congratulations to last week’s winner, Jackie Dove of Lawrenceville. Here are last week’s questions again and the answers: 1. Name someone who has acted in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Chris Nolan,

Woody Allen and Danny Boyle. A: Leonardo DiCaprio 2. Who was Kevin Costner’s original choice for the role that eventually went to Whitney Houston in “The Bodyguard?” A: Madonna 3. What characters in “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction” were blood-related? A: Victor and Vincent Vega 4. How many characters died on or off-screen in “Fargo?” A: 7 5. Prior to “Toy Story 3,” what was Pixar studio’s highgrossing film? A: “Finding Nemo”

dan Gleason, Christian Slater, Albert Finney and Richard Burton? 3. What was the nationality of the Ralph Fiennes character in “The English

Patient?” 4. Name the last movie adapted from a play by Shakespeare to win the Best Picture Oscar. 5. What Elton John song

was heard at the beginning of “Dog Day Afternoon?” The first person to respond with all the correct answers receives a prize package of movie-related goodies.

Please e-mail your answers, along with your name to clarkwriter@mindspring. com. Include “Gwinnett Daily Post he Trivia Contest” in the subject line.

“MIND-BLOWING!” Sandie Newton, CBS-TV/DALLAS

“SPECTACULAR.” Pete Hammond,

“UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU’VE EVER SEEN.” Jake Hamilton, FOX-TV/HOUSTON

“HIGH-STYLE

ADVENTURE.”

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Now, for this week’s questions: 1. What non-fictional TV game show is featured in the opening scene of “Catch Me If You Can?” 2. What is the common acting bond shared by Timothy Spall, Rod Taylor, Bren-

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MOVIES IN BRIEF New Ebert movie review show to premiere in January ■ CHICAGO — Film critic Roger Ebert’s new movie review television show has been cleared to air in 192 markets across the United States and worldwide on the Armed Forces Network. A post on Ebert’s Twitter feed this week says “Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies” will debut Jan. 21. The Armed Forces Network broadcasts to more than 1,000 outlets in more than 175 countries, U.S. territories and aboard U.S. Navy ships. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago SunTimes critic lost his ability to speak and eat after cancer surgeries. Ebert announced in September he would return to television using his computer voice on a special show segment called "Roger's Office." The half-hour review program will air weekly. It will feature thumbs up and thumbs down reviews made famous with his late partner Gene Siskel. — From wire reports

Kidman getting back to old self THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES — Nicole Kidman is giving audiences grief with her latest drama, “Rabbit Hole,” playing a disconsolate woman coping with the death of her child. Yet 10 years after one of Hollywood’s most-publicized splits, the breakup of her marriage to Tom Cruise, Kidman is in the happiest of places, with little to sob about. After a shaky few years when she made such duds as “The Stepford Wives,” “Bewitched,” “The Golden Compass” and “The Invasion,” Kidman is back in Academy Awards contention for the first time since back-to-back nominations for 2001’s “Moulin Rouge!” and 2002’s “The Hours,” which earned her a best-actress Oscar. Kidman also is a producer on “Rabbit

Hole,” the first release from her production company, Blossom Films. She’s four years into her marriage with country music star Keith Urban. Kidman, who had a miscarriage while married to Cruise, now has a 2-year-old daughter with Urban. The family has settled so comfortably at their Nashville home that Kidman is not terribly inclined to rush out looking for work. “I’m in a place where I just don’t want to take on too much,” Kidman, 43, said in an interview. “It’s not about, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve got to get all these things for myself,’ because I love being at home. But you know, my husband and my mother will say, ‘You shouldn’t just abandon your talent. You should still get out there and do some things every now and then, because you'll appreciate that over the next couple of decades.’ “And I suppose deep down, I know

they’re right, because part of me could easily just keep nesting and staying at home. It’s really nice.” Kidman never seems to stay in nesting mode for long. She is preparing to shoot the HBO movie “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” playing war correspondent Martha Gellhorn opposite Clive Owen as Ernest Hemingway. Then she is signed for director Lasse Hallstrom’s “The Danish Girl,” based on a novel inspired by painter Einar Wegener, the first man to have a sex-change operation. Kidman also has a supporting role in Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s comedy “Just Go With It,” coming next year. All this comes on top of her own filmmaking chores, some only as producer, some to develop good roles for herself, always an issue for older actors.

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Film Fans don’t see eye to eye on ‘Tourist’ EDITOR’S NOTE: Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: “The Tourist.” Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

★★★★ ★ Overall, this movie was pretty good. It has a good amount of suspense and intrigue thrown in and keeps you wondering. Pay attention and see if you can figure out some of the mystery or just relax and enjoy the journey. Angelina Jolie did a fine job as Elise as did Johnny Depp (as Frank), who I enjoyed in his role as the tourist. The scenery in Venice is very pretty. After the movie, you’ll most likely find yourself rethinking some scenes following the conclusion. So if you need a break from Christmas shopping, this may be a good, fun fit. — Cindy Evans, Duluth

★★ ★★★ As we left the theater, my husband summarized the movie thusly: “Angelina Jolie’s lips for two hours” (but don’t listen to him — he fell asleep halfway through the movie). While I agree with him, I also missed any

chemistry between the two main characters. Johnny Depp portrayed a Wisconsin schoolteacher admirably, but the lines the writers gave him were hokey and unbelievable. In addition, it was the audience’s great misfortune to be made to endure every boring, anti-climactic exchange between the two characters from start to finish of their acquaintanceship, in which Jolie’s character falls so deeply in love with a simple, lackluster man that she is willing to betray the glamorous, exciting adventurer she’s been waiting to kiss for the last two years. It frustrated me to constantly hope the plot was about to get better, like crossing the sand dunes in the desert and thinking that the oasis is just beyond that next hill. But as the movie progressed to the end with no improvement, just so did my enthusiasm wither and die. On the other hand, the Venice scenery and occasional language gaffes from Depp’s character were worth one star (i.e., “Bon Jovi” instead of “Bonjour”). All in all, I do not recommend seeing this movie unless you are a diehard Venice or Depp fan, and even then, be prepared to be disap-

pointed. — Jenni McKinney, Buford

★★★★ ★ The start is slow as molasses and it takes at least 30 minutes to get this flick off the ground and airborne which is not good. Then the intrigue intensifies but it takes time to unravel the mystery as it’s camouflaged with a lot of stuff that’s more distracting than entertaining. Nevertheless, the scenery of Venice, Italy, is quite beautiful; an impressive side bonus for sure. So here you have Angelina Jolie who’s been on the lamb with a bad guy who swiped millions from a bunch of mafia types who are not so happy. Jolie’s character meets Johnny Depp’s character, who plays a nerd, on a European train ride and the puzzlement begins. You have the police, the bad guys and the two stars mixing and mingling as you try to unravel the key which in the end makes for a rather dull and minimally entertaining movie. So if you hold yourself out as a puzzle solver you might like this, otherwise it probably will not be your cup of tea. — Rick Wright, Auburn

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‘Toy Story 3,’ ‘The Town’ on AFI’s top 10 movies Rock’’ and ‘‘The Walking sen by two 13-member panDead.’’ els, one each for movies and The top 10 lists were cho- television. LOS ANGELES — The blockbusters ‘‘Inception’’ and ‘‘Toy Story 3,’’ the Facebook drama ‘‘The Social Network,’’ the heist thriller ‘‘The Town’’ and the WestBE ST ACTOR - JOHNNY DEPP ern ‘‘True Grit’’ are among BEST ACTRESS - ANGELINA JOLIE the American Film Institute’s top 10 movies of the year. Also on the AFI’s list Sunday were the ballet drama ‘‘Black Swan,’’ the boxing saga ‘‘The Fighter,’’ the lesbian-family tale ‘‘The Kids Are All Right,’’ the survival story ‘‘127 Hours’’ and the Ozarks crime thriller ‘‘Winter’s Bone.’’ Unlike other film honors, AFI does not rank films or pick one as the year’s best. The filmmakers behind the top-10 choices will be honored at a luncheon Jan. 14. The British monarchy drama ‘‘The King’s Speech,’’ an Academy Awards favorite, was ineligible because it is a British production, and the AFI awards honor films with largely American backing. But the AFI did present a special award to ‘‘The King’s M . osé Persico, CTV, MONTREAL Speech.’’ Another special award went to the education documentary ‘‘Waiting for A FLORIAN HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCK FILM ‘Superman.’’’ It was ineligible for the AFI’s top 10, which honors narrative films. This is the first time the honors included special awards, which allow the GK FILMS AND COLUMBIA PICTURES PRESENT IN ASSOCIATION WITH SPYGLASS ENTERTAINMENT group to acknowledge ‘‘outA GK FILMS AND BIRNBAUM/BARBER PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH STUDIOCANAL JOHNNY DEPP ANGELINA JOLIE “THE TOURIST” standing work outside the PAUL BETTANYCOSTUME TIMOTHY DALTON STEVEN BERKOFF RUFUS SEWELL CHRISTIAN DE SICPRODUCTION A CASTINGBY SUSIE FIGGIS MUSIC BY JAMES NEWTON HOWARD DESIGNER COLLEEN ATWOOD EDITORS JOE HUTSHING, A.C.E. PATRICIA ROMMEL DESIGNER JON HUTMAN traditional AFI criteria,’’ said EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN SEALE, ASC, ACS PRODUCERS LLOYD PHILLIPS BAHMAN NARAGHI OLIVI ER COURSON RON HALPERN Bob Gazzale, AFI president. PRODUCED BY GRAHAM KING TIM HEADINGTON ROGER BIRNBAUM GARY BARBER JONATHAN GLICKMAN The AFI also picked its SCREENPLAY BY FLORIAN HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCK AND CHRISTOPHER MCQUARRI E AND JULIAN FELLOWES top 10 TV programs of 2010: DIRECTED BY FLORIAN HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCK ‘‘The Big C,’’ ‘‘Boardwalk Empire,’’ ‘‘Breaking Bad,’’ ‘‘Glee,’’‘‘Mad Men,’’‘‘ModCHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR THEATERS AND SHOWTIMES ern Family,’’ ‘‘The Pacific,’’ ‘‘Temple Grandin,’’ ‘‘30 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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‘Tron: Legacy’ makes you feel trapped in the Grid sequel “Tron: Legacy,” which is in 3-D (of course) but is actually best viewed in IMAX 3-D, if that option is available to you. The whole point of the story and the BY CHRISTY LEMIRE aesthetics are that they’re AP Movie Critic meant to convey an immersive experience. We’re supposed to feel just as trapped Hugely high-tech and inside this challenging and forward-thinking in its day, dangerous electronic realm “Tron” now looks cheesy and quaint in retrospect, with as the film’s characters. And at more than two its blocky graphics and simplistic blips and bleeps. The hours, we are indeed trapped original film from 1982 was — there is no justifiable reason for such a lengthy runall about the possibility of ning time, especially given technology and the human imagination, and the adven- that the original got in, did what it had to do and got out tures that could result from in about an hour and a half. marrying the two, but only now are the computer-gener- While director Joseph Kosinated effects available to ren- ski’s feature film debut is thrilling and cool-looking for der this digital world in its about the first half, its races, fullest potential. games and visuals eventually Hence, nearly three grow repetitive, which only decades later, we have the

‘Tron: Legacy’ (PG) ★★★★ ★

draws attention to how flimsy and preposterous the script is from Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. “Tron: Legacy” is a mishmash of pop culture references and movie rip-offs, Eastern philosophy and various religions, and one insanely cute, strategically placed Boston terrier. And with the return of Jeff Bridges in the lead role, there’s plenty of Dude-ishness for you fans of “The Big Lebowski.” (At one point he complains, “You’re messing with my Zen thing, man.”) It’s all giddy, ridiculous fun for a while, set to an ideally integrated techno score by the French duo Daft Punk. But a little of this goes a long way, and eventually you realize there’s not much “there” there, no real point beyond exhilaration.

Bridges’ video game developer Kevin Flynn was aiming for deeper meaning, or at least a new level of consciousness, when he created the Grid all those years ago. Now, his estranged son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund), discovers that’s where Dad’s been all this time — sucked into the Grid and stuck there for the past two decades. The place Flynn built with high hopes is now dominated by the tyrannical and not even vaguely fascist dictator Clu (also Bridges, digitally tweaked to look like a 35year-old version of himself), the doppelganger Flynn created to oversee the operation. Younger Bridges is uncanny and nearly seamless — until he opens his mouth, and then everything goes kinda wobbly. But for the most part, it’s a neat trick.

The confident and goodlooking Sam similarly gets drawn into this parallel universe and quickly finds himself thrust into the middle of a sort of floating gladiator arena. Throngs illuminated in deep orange cheer ravenously as opponents try to shatter each other, literally, by hurling the discs that are attached to the backs of their neon-glowing bodysuits. Next up, Sam is forced to take part in the deadly lightcycle races — which look infinitely better here than in the original — and, being your typically rebellious, motorcycle-loving loner, he naturally fares rather well. But this spectacle is as overwhelming for Sam as it is for us — even though Sam has the benefit of his dad’s DNA — and so he’s happy to accept help escap-

ing from the mysterious Quorra (Olivia Wilde, bringing complex emotion to what could have been a beautiful but forgettable character). She has long served as Flynn’s protege and does the honors of reuniting father and son; should they stay or should they go becomes their ultimate debate. The moment Flynn and Sam first see each other isn’t filled with wistful emotion so much as confusion, and it takes place at Flynn’s distractingly stylish, glowing white-on-white lair. The place suggests what might have happened if the Dude had matured a bit and moved into a loft designed by Philippe Starck — although, unfortunately, there is no rug that really ties the room together. (Disney)

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• Saturday: Jon Guthrie Tribute Show • Dec. 31: Of Montreal • Jan. 13-15: Drive-By Truckers • Jan. 28: Best Coast and Wavves AARON’S AMPHITHEATRE AT LAKEWOOD 2002 Lakewood Ave., Atlanta 404-443-5000 www.livenation.com/venue/aaronsamphitheatre-at-lakewood-tickets

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Orchestra of New York • Feb. 18: Cirque Mechanics’ “Boom Town” • Feb. 19: Margaret Cho • March 5: Doug Varone and Dancers • March 12: Melinda Doolittle FOX THEATRE 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta 404-881-2100 www.foxtheatre.org

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Hudgens Center has holiday gifts galore The malls are crowded, catalogs are impersonal, and time is getting short for purchasing those important holiday gifts. For many who wait until almost the last minute, shopping can be a stressful experience. There is a solution to this problem, however, and it is conveniently located at Sugarloaf Parkway and Satellite Boulevard. The Hudgens Center for the Arts, located in the Gwinnett Center complex, is an unexpected treasure trove of gift ideas. Obviously, The Gift Shop, located just inside the Hudgens’ front doors, is a fine place to start. Beautiful gift ideas abound, from hand-painted silk and knitted scarves, to museum quality boxes of note cards featuring Van Gogh and Monet, to glass objects of all kinds, the shopper will have no problem finding something special. There are wonderful pieces of pottery as well as jewelry, objects one does not find in” cookie cutter” chain stores. If uniqueness is desired, The Gift Shop is the right place for you. If you would like to give a gift that has a shelf life longer than Christmas Day, the Hudgens Center has fantastic art experiences to offer. The gift of an eight-week long art class is the gift that keeps giving, opening up a whole new world of accomplishment and appreciation to the recipient. The Hudgens Center has art classes for every age and many interests.

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Classes for 2011’s Session 1 begin the week of Jan. 10. Consider giving your sweetie artistic opportunities that remind him or her each week just how creative they are! Prices are lower for members, some include materials, most continue for eight weeks, and many classes qualify as a 20hour continuing education class. The selection of classes is intriguing as well. Jewelry-making is a hot topic these days, and the Hudgens offers two classes, Jewelry Making for Beginners and Jewelry Making for the Intermediate Level. Both classes are taught by Chad Buice. Intermediates begin Jan. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. Beginners will meet starting Jan. 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Photography is another popular class, and there are two available, both taught by Joel Conison. Basic Photography begins Jan. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Photoshop begins Jan. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. Secrets of Masterful Painting sounds intriguing. Taught by Elizabeth Stallings, it begins Jan. 12 and is a day class,

meeting from 10 to 12:30 p.m. Stallings also teaches Mixed Mediums — Contemporary Painting Techniques beginning on Jan. 12 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Creative Drawing and Painting, taught by Bill Stevens, meets from 10 to noon or from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 13. If a multi-week commitment is too much, perhaps a one-day workshop is the answer. The Hudgens offers many: Glazing Fundamentals on Jan. 8; Start Painting in Just One Day on Jan. 25; Handcrafted Cold Process All Natural Soap Making on Jan. 28; and Dichro Slide Glass on Jan. 29. Many more one-day workshops are available in February. There are art classes for children as well, a wonderful gift for tweens and teens that introduces them to a whole new world of creativity. Classes are available in Oil Pastel Drawing, Chalk Pastel Drawing, Drawing and Cartooning, Beginning Pottery, and a Pottery class for Home Schoolers. To get details about these wonderful gift opportunities, call the Hudgens Center for the Arts at 770-623-6002 or visit the website for a complete listing of classes, dates, prices, and more details at www.thehudgens.org. Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. E-mail her at hcalmes@mindspring.com. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010 • WWW.GWINNETTDAILYPOST.COM • PAGE 21


GWINNETT CALENDAR Ongoing events The Buford Artists’ Group will present an exhibit of art work titled “Visionary Reflections — Studies in Aesthetics” through February at the George Pierce Park Community Center Gallery, 55 Buford Highway in Suwanee. For more information, call 770-831-4173 or visit www.gwinnettparks.com. Kudzu Art Zone will present “The Artist’s Intention,” an exhibit of juried artwork, as well as a bonus exhibit, “The Wall of Small,” through today. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The exhibit is free to attend and Kudzu is at 116 Carlyle St. in Norcross. For more information, visit www.kudzuartzone.com. Lionheart Theatre Company will present “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” today, Saturday and Sunday. For more infor-

mation, call 770-855-0425 or visit www.lionhearttheatre.org. New Dawn Theater Company will present “A Candle in the Window” at 8 p.m. today, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at 3087 Main St. in Duluth. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. For more information, call 678887-5015 or visit www.newdawntheatercompany.com. The Aurora Theatre will present “Christmas Canteen 2010” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Thursday. The theater is at 128 E. Pike St. in Lawrenceville. Tickets start at $16. For more information, call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com. Fifth Row Center will present “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play” today and Saturday, times vary, at 6553 Spout Springs Road, Flowery

Branch. For more information, call 678-357-7359. St. Edward’s Episcopal Church will be holding an art gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays through Feb. 18. It is located at 737 Moon Road in Lawrenceville. For more information, call 770963-6128. Split Silk Theater presents “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday at 307 Main St., Loganville. For more information, visit www.splitsilktheatre.org. The Hudgens Center for the Arts will present the Finalists Exhibit for the Hudgens Prize through Feb. 19. The center is at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300, in Duluth. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and admission is $5 for adults, $3

for seniors and students and free for children younger than 2. For more information, call 770-623-6002 or visit www.thehudgens.org. “Who Broke Christmas?” a kids’ dinner theater event, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30

p.m. today and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at various park facilities throughout the county. The event will include a kid-friendly buffet dinner and an interactive holiday mystery. Tickets are $15 and the event is for children ages 3 and

older. Registration is required. For more information, call 770-814-4914 or 770-4172200. For a list of which park facilities will host the event on specific dates, visit www.gwinnettparks.com and click “Happenings” in the left side menu.

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METRO CALENDAR Ongoing events The ART Station Theater Company will present “Christmas Gift” through Thursday at 5384 Manor Drive in Stone Mountain. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Matinee and additional performances are available. For more information, call 770469-1105 or visit www.artstation.org. Jackson Fine Art will present “Trigger” by Angela West and “Boarding House” by Roger Ballen through Thursday at 3115 E. Shadowlawn Ave., Atlanta. For more information, call 404-233-3739. Theatrical Outfit will present “A Christmas Memory” through Thursday at The Balzer Theater, 84 Luckie St. N.W. in Atlanta. For more information, call 678-5281500 or visit www.theatricaloutfit.org. ART Station will host “Quilting in the Heartland,” an exhibit of quilts made by members of the Cotton Boll Quilt Guild of Covington through Dec. 31. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. ART Station is at 5384 Manor Drive in Stone Mountain. For more information, call 770469-1105 or visit www.artstation.org. The High Museum of Art will present the exhibit “Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting” through Jan. 2. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and college students, $11 for children ages 6 to 17 and free for children younger than 6. The museum is at 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. in Atlanta. For more information, call 404-733-4437 or visit www.high.org. Fernbank Museum will present the exhibit “Water:

H20=Life” through Jan. 9. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors 62 and older and students, $13 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for children 2 and younger. Fernbank is at 767 Clifton Road N.E. in Atlanta. For more information, call 404-929-6300 or visit www.fernbankmuseum.org. The High Museum of Art will present the exhibit “Salvador Dali: The Late Work” through Jan. 2. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and college students, $11 for children ages 6 to 17 and free for children younger than 6. The museum is at 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. in Atlanta. For more information, call 404-733-4437 or visit www.high.org. The High Museum of Art will present the exhibit “Signs of Life: Photographs by Peter Sekaer” through Jan. 9. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and college students, $11 for children ages 6 to 17 and free for children younger than 6. The museum is at 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. in Atlanta. For more information, call 404-733-4437 or visit www.high.org. Theatrical Outfit will present “The Young Man From Atlanta” from Jan. 26 through Feb. 20 at The Balzer Theater, 84 Luckie St. N.W. in Atlanta. For more information, call 678-528-1500 or visit www.theatricaloutfit.org. The High Museum of Art will present “ToulouseLautrec and Friends: The Irene and Howard Stein Collection” from Jan. 29 through May 1 at 1280

Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. For more information, call 404-733-4437. The High Museum of Art will present “Fifty Works for Fifty States: The Dorothy and Herb Vogel Collection” from Jan. 29 through June 5 at 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. For more information, call 404-733-4437. The High Museum of Art will present “Iranian Film Today,” Film Festival from Jan. 7 through 22 at 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. For more information, call 404-733-4437. Georgia Ensemble Theatre will present the romantic comedy “Tokens of Affections” from Jan. 6 through 23 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St. in Roswell. For show times, ticket prices and more information, call 770-6411260 or visit www.get.org. Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company will present “Black Nativity” by Langson Hughes from until Dec. 30 at 659 Auburn Ave. Suite 25, Atlanta. For more information, call 877-7258849.

The ART Station Theater Company will present “Christmas Gift” through Dec. 23 at 5384 Manor Drive in Stone Mountain. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Matinee and additional performances are available. For more information, call 770-469-1105 or visit www.artstation.org.

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