For nominees, Oscar season is a lot like being pregnant. (Am I qualified to make this claim? Heck no, but I'm comfortable with that.) The waiting period is all nervous excitement, months of tingly ups, queasy downs and one call after another from jealous friends who are just thrilled for you.
Among athletes at the Winter Games, there is a polite--and uncharacteristically modest--dispute about what sport is the most white-knuckle terrifying. Pull aside a skeleton slider, a freestyle aerialist and a ski jumper and they'll each make a compelling case for the other guy.
Rest assured, Mom, it's very safe here. The NEWSWEEK Olympic team can't vouch for all of Salt Lake City just yet, but if the security out there is anything close to the lockdown here at the Main Media Center, located in the old Salt Palace where the Utah Jazz used to play, the only thing we have to worry about is burning ourselves on McDonald's coffee.
The only thing that approaches the fun of getting an award is giving a few out. And seeing as how I failed to write, direct, produce, edit, appear in or compose the score for any movies this past year, it looks as if I'm going home empty-handed on Oscar night again.Fortunately, NEWSWEEK provides us with this cyberpulpit from which to pay homage to the Year in Entertainment.
Shy, frizzy-haired Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) is struggling through teendom in San Francisco when her grandmother (Julie Andrews) shows up and spills a family secret: Mia is the princess of a tiny country named Genovia. ("Shut up!" cries Mia.) Should she inherit the throne or stay in school?
Bob Gibson was one of the most intimidating starting pitchers in baseball history. He won two Cy Young Awards and two World Series tiles with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1960s, and, in 1968, he had what many consider to be the most dominant season ever by a pitcher: 23 wins, 7 losses, with a 1.12 earned-run average.
For almost a decade, no tennis player, male or female, dominated the sport as thoroughly as Martina Navratilova. Powerful and relentless, Navratilova peaked in pressure situations, winning a record nine Wimbledon singles titles as part of her 167 career wins.
Watch closely during the jousting scenes in Sony's medieval fantasy starring Heath Ledger, and you'll notice something odd amid all that wood from the shattering lances. "Linguine," says writer-director Brian Helgeland. "It looked good." After an awful experience directing "Payback" for Mel Gibson, Helgeland itched for some big-screen payback.
It is a terrible thing when a suggestion you make ends the lives of three decent, hard-working people. In my case, it is particularly awful because one of those lives happens to be my own. "Gentlemen," I said to my two roommates about a month ago, when everything was so much simpler, "I think it's time for us to get digital cable." The living room fell silent.