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Love battles lust in Streisand film Critics sort of slammed it, but I can’t help loving the ego-fest that is “The Mirror Has Two Faces” (1996), director Barbra Streisand’s unintentionally hilarious love story about a homely gal who gets a makeover and lands the man of her dreams. Our story takes place in New York, where we meet Rose Morgan (Streisand, who also stars) a beloved English literature professor at Columbia University. Although she dresses in big ugly tents (what is up with that suspender dress?), never wears makeup and hides behind enormous glasses, Rose still radiates charm and enthusiasm as a teacher. Students love her lectures (completely unrealistic) and flock to her classes. The classroom is about the only place Rose is confident, though. She still lives at home with her domineering mother Hannah (Oscar-nominated Lauren Bacall), a former beauty queen and in the shadow of her stunning sister Claire (Mimi Rodgers). Now in her late 40s, Rose has given up hope of ever finding the right guy, or any guy for that matter. She’s resigned to being a frump who bickers with her mother, wears hideous sweaters and stuffs her face with SnoBalls. No man will ever want her. One does, though. Gregory Larkin
Mary Anne Hempe Forgotten Video ( Jeff Bridges, who reportedly did not get along with Streisand) teaches math at Columbia and is looking for just such a gal. Sick of meaningless affairs with gorgeous models, the handsome professor is seeking something deeper in a relationship. Sex only complicates things; a true friendship lasts far longer. So Gregory decides to post an ad in the personals searching for an intellectual who doesn’t want sex, with an emphasis that looks don’t matter. Rose never reads the personals, but Claire does. When she sees Gregory’s listing, she sends in Rose’s picture, listing her own phone number as a contact. She’s thrilled when Gregory calls to say he’s interested, quickly explaining her sister knows nothing about this but that she’s sure Rose would love to meet him. After a visit to one of Rose’s classes to catch her in action, Gregory’s mind is made up. This is the one; she’s brilliant, funny and kind — and he has absolutely no physical attraction to her. Rose, however, is smitten. Gregory is not only smart; he’s the best looking man to ever be interested in her, even if
Films playing at Warren Theatre New Releases: • The Other Guys: Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg star in this film about two cops often overshadowed by the heroes of the New York City police department. PG-13. • Step Up 3D: A close group of New York City street dancers team up with a college freshman for a hip-hop showdown. PG-13. Now Playing: • Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore: Canines and felines join forces when a rogue cat threatens world domination. PG. • Charlie St. Cloud: When Charlie’s younger brother passes away, his life is derailed by grief. His special bond with his brother allows him to see
him. Charlie continues to build a relationship with his sibling until he falls in love, causing him to choose between the future and the past. PG13. • Despicable Me: Steve Carell is the voice Gru, an evil world dominator with plans to steal the moon. His plans are foiled when he meets three orphaned girls. PG. • Dinner for Schmucks: Tim (Paul Rudd) scores big in finding the biggest buffoon for his bosss monthly “dinner for idiots” when he comes across Barry (Steve Carell) PG-13. • Inception: Dom Cobb is a thief of dreams. His job has cost him many precious things in his life. With one task, he could get it all back. PG-13. • Ramona and Beezus: This
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it is only for her mind. After several months of dating without so much as a kiss, Gregory asks her to marry him — with the firm understanding that it will be a sex-free union. Rose doesn’t hesitate to accept. She claims she’s OK with twin beds and a honeymoon that consists of watching “Lawrence of Arabia.” Underneath, however, Rose is starting to simmer. To her surprise, Rose soon realizes she really does want more than her man’s mind. But will Gregory ever want more from her? Not until some selfdiscovery, a disastrous attempt at seduction and that makeover! Although Babs (who was 54) does indeed look amazing when she finally reveals her new chic, svelte self, the transformation is so startling, you can’t help but laugh. “The Mirror Has Two Faces” has a number of genuine funny moments, too (like the first Rodgers-Bacall scene), but most of the time it’s just over-the-top fabulous, down to the cheesy street dance Streisand and Bridges do over the closing credits (love it when she grabs that scarf and artfully arranges it before dashing downstairs). You can find “The Mirror Has Two Faces” (PG-13) free online at Hulu.com. Check it out!
Films playing at Robinson Crossing • Iron Man 2: Robert Downey Jr. returns as the cocky billionaire Tony Stark. Now that the world knows of his secret identity as Iron Man, Stark faces pressure to share the secret of his technology. PG-13. • The Karate Kid (2010): A maintenance man, who is secretly a master of kung fu, teaches 12-year-old Dre Parker that kung fu isn’t just about punches and parries, but maturity and calmness. PG • Knight and Day: Is he crazy or is he safe? That’s what June Havens must find out after her life gets tangled with that of a secret agent. PG-13. •Sex and the City 2: The continuing story of Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha as they struggle to manage their love lives, friendships and careers in New York City. R • Marmaduke: Everybody’s favorite Great Dane pushes his way to the big screen, wreaking havoc in Orange County along the way. PG. • Shrek Forever After: A tamer, milder Shrek longs for the days when he felt like a “real” ogre. He makes a deal with Rumpelskiltskin, which launches him into an alternate version of Far, Far Away. PG.
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Now Playing: • Despicable Me: Steve Carell is the voice Gru, an evil world dominator with plans to steal the moon. His plans are foiled when he meets three orphaned girls. PG. • Grown Ups: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider play five grown-up friends who reunite. PG-13. • Inception: Dom Cobb is a thief of dreams. His job has cost him many precious things in his life. With one task, he could get it all back. PG-13. • Ramona and Beezus: This story focuses on the relationship between Ramona Quimby and her big sister Beezus. G. • Salt: After she is accused of her being a Russian spy,
CIA officer Evelyn Salt goes on the run. PG-13. • The Kids Are All Right: Two siblings, conceived through artificial insemination, contact their sperm donor father. R. • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Balthazar Blake is a modern sorcerer in Manhattan who recruits a young protegé. PG. • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: An army of newborn vampires is created to destroy Bella, who is also torn between her feelings for Edward and her friendship with Jacob. PG-13. • Toy Story 3: The toy box heroes take on a local daycare center where they are donated when Andy, their owner, heads to college. PG.
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Off, off and away • Off Boyd Jazz joins Norman scene
By Johnnie-Margaret McConnell Special to pop
By Aaron Wright Gray pop editor
While most beginning bands are pleading for gigs, taking everything that comes their way, the six members of Norman’s newest jazz group already maintain a pleasantly full schedule. Off Boyd Jazz formed between six to eight months ago. The group is composed of college friends who share a mutual love for jazz. “We all like jazz, as well as the other things we play,” said Kyle Reid, guitarist. Laura Wiederhoeft, the lone female of the group, takes the spotlight in the shows, her sultry voice providing lyrics for the outstanding performances of the band members. Trevor Galvin often performs long solo stretches on saxophone, as does Chris Schroeder on trumpet. David Hickey plays stand-up bass and Tyler Metcalfe keeps the beat on the drums. The group focuses on jazz standards, songs by legendary artists like Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Almost since their first gig, the group has maintained a strong presence on the Norman music scene, playing about two shows a month. Their sounds have been heard at The Brewhouse, Second Wind Coffeehouse, Sonder Music, Dance and
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Off Boyd Jazz performs at The Brewhouse on July 22.
“We don’t really think of it as work.” David Hickey, stand-up bass for Off Boyd Jazz Hear samples from Off Boyd Jazz’s July 22 performance at The Brewhouse at www.normantranscript.com.
Primarily, the band has stayed in the Norman area, which works out great for the members, most of Art and University of which are OU students, Oklahoma although venues. none are They were music also a part majors. of the The gigs See Off Boyd Jazz at Norman are a labor of Dreamer Concepts Studio Music love. and Foundation, 324 E. Festival “We don’t Main St. They will perform this year. really think as part of the organizaThe of it as tion’s fundraiser, which group is work,” runs 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday. playing Hickey said. Tickets are $15 and Saturday Galvin include food and performat Dreamsaid the pay ances from Off Boyd Jazz, er Congoes to cover Bungalouski, the Stumbles, cepts things like Ali Harter and Red River Studio and beer money, Revolt. Foundawith none of tion for them really the organization’s fundraisrelying on the gigs for er. income.
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So far, the only recording the group has done is a short demo recorded at Reid’s house, to be used primarily for promotional purposes. They have looked at recording in the future, but it doesn’t seem to be a priority for the band members. Right now, they’re enjoying the opportunities to play lots of shows in front of well-receiving audiences. Aaron Wright Gray 366-3533 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lyric concludes its summer season with the retrospective musical “Buddy:The Buddy Holly Story.” Ben Hope plays the young, headstrong guitarist from Lubbock,Texas. Hope’s detailed study of Buddy comes through in his forward leaning, striding walk and performance mannerisms. Planted behind the microphone with his guitar, Hope accentuates each song with a swaying head that nudges forward with each emphasized word and stationary, jittery legs. “Buddy” tells the story of Texan Charles Hardin Holley’s move from KDAV’s weekly Sunday country radio in Lubbock to rock-’n-roll stardom. Nicknamed Buddy by his mother, his rise to international fame was quick and lasted only 19-months when he died in a plane crash along with The Big Bopper and Richie Valens while on a three-week tour with GAC’s Winter Dance Party. Holly’s output during this time was
massive. “Buddy” features more than 20 of his greatest songs, including “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be The Day,” “Oh Boy” and “Everyday.” DJ Salsbury returns to Lyric this summer to direct Hope and a cast of talented actor/musicians. Recreating the true essence of musical creation and performance; all play a variety of instruments, sing and act. Act one highlights Buddy’s experimentation with different musical textures during the recording process and broken racial barriers. Buddy’s marriage and final concert are the focus of act two. Audience participation is crucial to the success of act two. Matthew Alvin Brown gets the audience stirred up and excited as the MC for Holly’s final performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Brown is dramatically goofy as he welcomes audience members from all over, cracking seven-year jokes while stumbling across the stage. Jayson Elliot and Ceasar Samayoa make their debuts as The Big Bopper and • See DAY page 5
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Bingo, barbecue highlight Day: Celebrating Buddy Holly Dreamer fundraiser Continued from page 4
pop staff reports Dreamer Concepts Studio and Foundation (DCSF) is pulling out all the stops for a fundraising evening of barnyard bingo, brewhouse beer and barbecue. Old McDonald’s Jam to Support the Arts is set for 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the DCSF gallery, 324 E. Main St., downtown Norman. The family-friendly event will feature live music, delicious barbecue, barnyard bingo with animals from the Little River Zoo, artisan beers, prizes and a raffle. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and can be purchased on the DCSF website, www.dreamerconcepts.org, or at Native Roots Market, 132 W. Main St., downtown Norman. Tickets purchased online will be available the day of the event at the DCSF gallery’s store front.Tickets to the event include a meal of pork and chicken barbecue, tabbouleh, okra and fresh Oklahoma peaches and watermelon, as well as a raffle ticket. The event is modeled after a red-dirt community block party with live performances by the Off Boyd Jazz, Bungalouski, the Stumblers, Ali Harter and Red River
Jam info. • When: 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday • Where: DCSF, 324 E. Main St., Norman
Revolt. Each hour, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a game of bingo, with prizes for each round. In addition to prizes awarded for each bingo round, the event will include raffle drawings throughout the evening. Prizes for the Barnyard Bingo rounds include a guitar and a month of lessons from McMichael Music Studios, a $200 gift certificate to any Hal Smith restaurant, plus a limo for the evening, a day of beauty at Lollie’s Beauty Bar, a night at the Riverwind Hotel, plus $100 in chip play and $100 gift certificate to O Asian Fusion and a year’s subscription to the Norman Transcript. Additional prizes will be announced at the event. There are plenty of opportunities for everyone to have a good shot at winning a gift package while enjoying a little barnyard entertainment. Of course, animals are needed to complete the barnyard theme and provide
bingo markers. Little guests will also get a chance to meet a few visiting critters from Little River Zoo, including a skunk, a pot-bellied pig, a tortoise, a baby goat and a chicken. “This is the first time we’ve hosted a fundraiser for Dreamer Concepts Studio and Foundation, and we wanted it to be something that would appeal to as many people as possible,” said Amber Clour, DCSF executive director. “DCSF’s mission is to encourage, promote and provide opportunities for growth for new artists in our community and, to do that, we want to engage our community as much as we can.” The Old McDonald’s Jam to Support the Arts event is made possible by the generosity of the following sponsors: Campus Liquors, Centennial Roofing, Coach’s Brewhouse, Hal Smith Restaurant Group, Lollie’s Beauty Bar, McMichael Music Studios, Native Roots Market, Norman Music Center, O Asian Fusion, Peachcrest Farms, Riverwind Hotel and The Norman Transcript. For more information about DCSF, call 701-0048 or visit www.dreamerconcepts.org.
Richie Vallens, respectively, with Holly on stage. The three perform a rousing rendition of “La Bamba.” Tuesday night, many were transported back in time, as evidenced by the clapping and hollering that ensued. Salsbury keeps a light touch with the background swing musicians, keeping the focus on the three rock-and-rollers. More than 50 years have passed since Buddy Holly died, yet his music continues to be played on airwaves across the world, influencing countless musicians. Salsbury keeps the focus on the music, not allowing
characterization to take over the show’s focus. Music lovers of all ages will enjoy Lyric’s production of “Buddy.” “Buddy” runs 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave., Oklahoma City. To purchase tickets, go to www.lyrictheatreokc.com, call 524-9312, come by Lyric Theatre’s ticket office, 1727 NW 16 St., Oklahoma City, or call the Civic Center Box office at 297-2264 or 1800-364-7111. Lyric’s next season begins in October with “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at The Plaza, NW 16th St.
Smart film with excellent cast “The Ghost Writer” is a political thriller directed and co-written by the critically acclaimed Roman Polanski. The story follows a ghost writer as he is hired at the last minute to complete the memoirs of the former British Prime Minister. During the course of their collaboration, the former Prime Minister is accused of war crimes by a former Cabinet member. In the process of trying to finish this book, he uncovers more than he should and begins to question the validity of some of the stories. What immediately hooked my attention was the stellar cast. Starring Ewan McGregor as the ghost writer, Pierce Brosnan as former Prime Minister Adam Lang, Kim Cattrall as the office manager Amelia, and Olivia Williams as Lang’s wife, I had high expectations for this film. I had no idea that Polanski had directed and co-written the film until the credits ran, cementing my high opinion of this film. The film opens ominously with the death of Lang’s original ghost writer. It is due to his death that McGregor’s character
Kelsey Martyn-Farewell DVDs On Parade is hired to polish and finish what already had been done. However, when Lang is accused of war crimes, the ghost writer is invited to live with the Langs and their staff to avoid the media circus. When living in his dead predecessor’s living quarters, the ghost writer discovers some information that contradicts what Lang had included in the book. As he investigates these things, he begins to question the circumstances surrounding his predecessor’s death, as well as his own safety. What makes this good is an incredibly smart script that draws you in and keeps you guessing. Unlike other films that drag on, this one grabs your attention. There are several special features on this DVD. First, there is an interview with • See DVD page 6
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Ferrier to speak on craft of poetry pop staff reports Norman author Robert Ferrier will present a twohour workshop on writing the craft of poetry beginning 10 a.m. Aug. 14 at the University Lutheran Church, 914 Elm Ave., Norman. Topics will include — but are not limited to — rhythm, meter, rhyme, simile, metaphor, alliteration, assonance, imagery, subject matter, revision and submission for publication. Participants should bring writing materials. Ferrier is the author of four published novels at SynergEbooks.com. His poems have appeared in 10 literary journals. He was a 2006 nominee for Poet Laureate of Oklahoma. Ferrier’s collections, “Rhythms and Ambient Light,” each won Best Book of Poetry awards at contests sponsored by the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. He has judged numerous writing
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Continued from page 5 Roman Polanski. There is also an interview called “Cast of The Ghost Writer,” where the actors talk of their admiration for Polanski and their thoughts about the film. Finally, there is a feature called “The Ghost Writer: Fiction or Reality.” This DVD is now available for rent. For a smart movie with an excellent cast that will keep you guessing until the end, check out “The Ghost Writer.”
THE OTHER GUYS • (PG13) 12:30 1:15 3:40 4:30 7:00 7:35 9:35 10:10 STEP UP 3-D (PG13) 12:50 4:00 7:15 9:15 DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS • (PG13) 12:45 3:35 6:35 9:20 CHARLIE ST CLOUD (PG13) 1:10 4:15 7:25 10:15 DESPICABLE ME 3-D (PG) 1:25 4:10 6:50 9:15 INCEPTION (PG13) 1:35 6:30 9:45 J
CATS AND DOGS THE REVENGE 3-D • (PG) 1:30 4:40 7:30 9:55 CATS AND DOGS THE REVENGE 2-D • (PG) 12:35 4:05 6:40 9:10 SALT (PG13) 1:20 4:25 6:45 9:25 SORCERER’S APPRENTICE (PG13) 12:55 3:45 6:55 9:30 TOY STORY 3 3-D (PG) 1:00 3:50 7:05 9:40 KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (R) 1:05 3:55 7:20 10:05 GROWN UPS (PG13) 12:40 7:10 TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (PG13) 3:30 10:00
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7 Jamie Bramble and Tim Miller, singer/ songwriter, 8 p.m., Othello’s American Glamstand, 80s rock, 9 p.m., $5 cover, The Brewhouse
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Chocolate, the exhbit, Sam Noble Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $5
Mimicking Birds, 7 p.m., $10, the Opolis SWAN open mic night, Michelangelo’s Coffee and Wine Bar
Wanderlust, travel and photography exhibit, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave., $5. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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