THE BEEF: Perennial champion John Cena is the WWE’s resident superhero, a mix between Hulk Hogan and Marky Mark who’s hugely popular with children. Current champ Mike “the Miz” Mizanin is a former reality star whose arrogance and sense of entitlement annoys both the fans and his fellow wrestlers. Their long-simmering feud started with the Miz routinely needling Cena in interviews throughout 2009 and 2010. The match is complicated by the involvement of the Rock, who returns to the WWE as WrestleMania’s guest host. The Miz, feeling disrespected as Cena and the Rock engaged in an increasingly hostile verbal war over several episodes of “Monday Night Raw,” sneak attacked Cena repeatedly during the buildup to WrestleMania. All three brawled on Monday’s episode of “Raw,” which ended with Cena standing over a downed Miz and Rock.
WHO SHOULD WIN: The Miz. Mizanin earned his main event slot with excellent promos and dramatic in-ring improvement. A victory over Cena would cement him in WWE’s upper echelon.
WHO WILL WIN: John Cena. WrestleMania almost always sends the crowd home happy. Cena hears more than his fair share of boos from older fans, but kids worship him and he’s the company’s number one merchandise seller.
When we saw the news this morning, we first thought it was an April Fools' Day joke. But no, alas, it's true: Marcia Bansley, the founding executive director of Trees Atlanta, was retiring from the nonprofit she helped launch more than 25 years ago.
For decades, Bansley has led the organization — and its army of volunteers — in a mission to preserve and build the city's green canopy with tree plantings and arboreal awareness. Its LEED-certified, badass Reynoldstown headquarters isn't too shabby either.) From the press release (.doc) announcing her exit:
Ahead in her career when she departs in May are the formal study of architecture and the development of her growing but largely invisible practice as an international non-profit consultant and “Appleseed” advocate to the world. She will also continue to be involved with Trees Atlanta as an advocate and fundraiser as Ms. Connie Veates steps in as Interim Director. Ms. Bansley “feels very confident about the involved board, the committed long-serving staff, and passionate volunteers at Trees Atlanta as they continue protecting and improving Atlanta’s urban forest for the next 26 years and beyond.”
She will leave behind in America's historically fastest growing urban area a hardwood tapestry of her own making: hundreds of groves of new and, now, not so new trees. Oaks and elms mostly, the 81,000 trees she counts as her legacy will continue to bring soft green touches to busy boulevards, the marble hard faces of corporate towers, and asphalt parking lots by the score.
Not bad for a city that was losing up to 50 acres of trees a day to development in the 1980s and 1990’s, so said NASA in its satellite scans of the American landscape in those go-go days.
The fact that Bansley will remain closely involved surely brings some relief to Trees Atlanta supporters. The former lawyer is close with many of the city's movers and shakers — many of whom help keep the nonprofit in the black and out planting trees. For more on Trees Atlanta's history, click here.
Paul McTeeth — “Rocket Man” — LOLZ, the Interscope Records guy said, “If this doesn’t work out, we’ll put you in some toothpaste commercials.” Really, I don’t think anyone can touch covering this song after Shatner and Stewie Griffin epically mastered this jam, but McTeeth channeled a little bit of Rod Stewart, like he does, and kind of knocked it out of the park for me. He kept the song tender like a steak from Rathbun's, and Christ, do I love meat.
James Aspergers — “Saturday Night’s Alright” — S-A-TUR-DAY NIGHT! Oh wait, wrong song. Ooooh, he started in the upper deck of the audience. That’s different! I’m engaged. And I lost it when he ran around the rest of the audience. Again. Man, that’s like all he does anymore. Oh hey, but wait! There’s a PIANO on FIRE. That’s awesome! I can’t hear what he’s saying any more because there’s a PIANO on FIRE! I’m totes voting for Aspergers.
Casey Abrams — “Your Song” — I’m glad that Interscope Records guy made Casey watch his Jack Black-Like performance, which he hated, and HOLY SHIT, our favorite Muppet was forced into a barbershop. Is the beard still there? I don’t know! OMG, did he actually shave it off? Nahhh, but he did go for a deep trim, which kind of suits him. While the Case-Monster had a couple of fleeting Jack Black-y moments, he stayed seated next to the once-flaming piano and gently rocked this song OUT. What’s that Tenacious D song that talks about doing something gently? Yeah, Casey just did THAT to this song.
Haley Something — “Bennie and the Jets” — To me, this is Haley’s last chance. She.has.got.to.nail.this.B, and I really hope she does. Well, hello Lily Allen, welcome to the show! Haley finally found her muse in Ms. Allen, and she got diiiiiiirty, y’all. Haley’s working her bluesy growl and even though she’s shouting at the top of her lungs, I LOVE IT. Honestly, I think this child has finally figured out who she is as a budding artist and I hope hope hope the rest of American gets what she just did there. I mean, even RDog said it was the best performance of the night! I TOTES agree!
While this weekend's much anticipated release of Source Code gives audiences the opporuntity to time travel eight minutes at a time, starting this Sunday, Marietta's Strand Theatre promises to transport viewers over eighty years back.
All the way back to the silent era.
The series starts this Sunday, April 3, at 3 p.m. with 1925's Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ .
According to their press release, "In the early days of cinema, going to the movies was a way to experience escapism from reality and to daydream about other worlds...Patrons will feel like royalty when they first enter the lobby with beautiful plastered walls, an antique chandelier, and gold leaf designs on the walls."
Over the course of the next six months, the Strand will screen four silent classics—the original Ben-Hur, F.W. Murnau's poetic masterpiece Sunrise, Flesh & the Devil starring a stunning Greta Garbo, and the original Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with a landmark performance by John Barrymore—all complete with live organ accompaniment by Ron Carter on The Strand’s Mighty Allen Theatre Organ.
As a Strand board member, Strand organist, and active member of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society Ron Carter is keen to replicate the 1920's movie experience for the series' patrons, "The common man would enter the theatre palace of splendor, be ushered to a cushioned seat by an usher with military bearing, and feel like royalty."
Other bonuses that make a show at the Strand special include a pre-screening live organ pops variety show and sing-along at 2:30 PM, as well as the theatre's capacity to sell wine, beer, or mixed drinks (even on Sundays!).
Having announced the first half of its 2011-2012 season, the Alliance Theatre ends the suspense by revealing the rest of the line-up, which includes the delayed world premiere musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County by novelist Stephen King and rocker John Mellencamp. In 2008 the Alliance originally announced that Ghost Brothers would bow in its 2008-2009 season, only to subsequently drop the show from the slate. Here's the press release descriptions of the Alliance's "Final Four:"
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (April — May 2012)
One of the world's most popular authors and one of our most honored songwriters have created a riveting Southern gothic musical fraught with mystery, tragedy, and ghosts of the past, along with a roots and blues-tinged score that is sure to leave audiences asking for more. Stephen King’s script brings the power of suspense and John Mellencamp brings his original songs and new music to the Alliance production which will be directed by Artistic Director Susan v. Booth with musical direction by legendary producer T Bone Burnett.
In the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi in 1957, a terrible tragedy took the lives of two brothers and a beautiful young girl. During the next forty years, the events of that night became the stuff of local legend. But legend is often just another word for lie. Joe McCandless knows what really happened; he saw it all. The question is whether or not he can bring himself to tell the truth in time to save his own troubled sons, and whether the ghosts left behind by an act of violence will help him — or tear the McCandless family apart forever.
On April 15, staffers will say adios to the Northyards Complex near Georgia Tech and say "why, hello there" to a former retail space in the Vinings Jubilee shopping center, CL Associate Publisher Edward Leslie told staffers during a special Friday meeting.
“The decision was made to benefit our customers, employees and business,” he said.
The new digs will also enable CL's team of writers, editors and salespersons to be closer to an area Leslie says is fast becoming metro Atlanta's cultural center.
With the move will come a new focus on the issues facing
Viningians Viningsites Vinings residents. Among them: What's the real story behind that train that chugs through the middle of the area's commercial district? (We'll figure out more stories once we arrive.)
"What a great opportunity," CL Staff Writer Gwynedd Stuart said in a statement. "I'll say it again — what a great opportunity."
CL will continue to focus on Atlanta with in-depth daily traffic reports, movie listings and coupons to the city's plethora of massage opportunities.
Any questions? Send us a line.
UPDATE, 12:53 p.m.: April Fools, folks.
Film Love's Yoko Ono retrospective concludes, Ponce Crush returns, and more this weekend. Details after the jump.
HOP (PG) Everyone dreams. In this animated comedy, E.B. (Russell Brand) heads to Hollywood in hopes of becoming a drummer in a big time rock 'n' roll band instead of taking over his father's role as the Easter Bunny.
INSIDIOUS (PG-13) Some of the creative team behind the Saw and Paranormal Activity movies collaborated for this praised haunted-house drama about a family whose young son slips into a coma shortly after they move into their new home.
THE KING’S SPEECH 4 stars (PG-13) Colin Firth won the Best Actor Academy Award for this light-hearted docudrama about the Duke of York’s struggles with his speech impediment on the eve of World War II. The film doesn’t touch on as many contemporary themes as such other Royal dramedies The Queen or The Madness of King George, but offers an entertaining account of one man’s self-actualization, with Firth and Geoffrey Rush (as the king-to-be’s unconventional speech therapist) volleying the elegant dialogue back and forth like old pros. Re-released with the f-bombs muffled to allow a PG-13 rating.— Curt Holman
OF GODS AND MEN 4 stars (NR) Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, this French docudrama depicts a group of Trappist monks in Muslim Algeria who become increasingly at risk during an Islamist insurgency. Based on a real incidient from 1996, Of Gods and Men focuses less on the violence and more on the monks’ dilemma over whether they should continue to minister in their adopted home, or flee from the very real threat to their safety. With long scenes free of dialogue and sharp debates over religious duty, Of Gods and Men movingly captures the costs and rewards of devoting one's life to serving God and man. Starring Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale. — Holman
SOURCE CODE 3 stars (PG-13) Helicopter pilot Colter Stephens (Jake Gyllenhaal) experiences multiple cases of déjà vu when mysterious government forces repeatedly send him into the body of a commuter onboard a train due to explode in eight minutes. Moon director Duncan Jones takes a premise worthy of second-hand Philip K. Dick and crafts a surprisingly compelling time-loop thriller, grounded by Gyllenhaal’s terrific performance as an ordinary soldier trying to process his increasingly complicated predicament. With Michele Monaghan as a comely train passenger and Vera Farmiga as Colter’s enigmatic military controller. — Holman
WIN WIN (R) Mike Flaherty, a New Jersey attorney and wrestling coach, seems to be losing on both sides. He struggles to keep his family, his wife and two daughters, happy. His at home situation is made worse by the fact that his New Providence High School wrestling team is on a losing streak. Just when he thinks he's found the key to success in troubled teenager turned star athlete Kyle, Kyle's mother shows up fresh out of rehab and broke threatening to derail the teams chance at fulfilling their motto, finally, "The Home of Champions."
LAST TRAIN HOME (NR) Like Planes, Trains and Automobiles on a scale of over 100 million, this documentary follows “the largest human migration on the planet” as Chinese workers travel from their remote jobs to be home for the holidays. Independent Chinese Cinema. Free-$7. Sat., April 2, 8 p.m. Rich Theatre, High Museum, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.high.org.
YOKO ONO: REALITY DREAMS (NR) Film Love, Emory University and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center present a five-night series of experimental films by Yoko Ono, with and without John Lennon, including “Smile” and “Bed-In.” March 25-April 8. The Plaza Theatre, Emory University and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. http://www.frequentsmallmeals.com/OnoLennon.htm
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