"The Theory of Everything"As we on Movieweb.com know, major studios spend tons of money advertising their flicks to steer members of the Academy to vote for their particular films and actors. Low budget productions struggle for attention, and many times these independent films produce outstanding performances which should be acknowledged.

So it is with Victor Lundin, who is being considered for a Best Supporting Actor Nomination for his work in The Theory of Everything. His portrayal of an elderly genius in physics who is approaching dementia, is over the top; and encompasses every emotion imaginable.

You may experience a spiritual renewal after seeing this extraordinary film, which comes close to answering the question, “what is the equation of faith?” David De Vos, who wrote and directed the film, and also stars as Victor’s son, is a pilot, who discovers his long lost dad, but really discovers himself. They both fly high in this beautifully directed film. We hope that it receives the attention and accolades it deserves.

We spent a delightful afternoon at the Los Angeles Opera with Placido Domingo and their new Musical Director, James Conlon. They announced the details of the Company’s 2006/07 Season, which runs from September 9th, 2006 to June 16, 2007, and features 75 performances of ten operas. Included is a special production of Verdi’s La Traviata starring Renee Fleming, and the Company premiere of Wagner’s Tannhauser, starring Peter Seiffert.

Domingo's Angels - Marc Stern, Carol Henry, Placido Domingo and new Musical Director James Conlon at L.A. Opera

Domingo emphasized that the coming season spans the entire history of opera, from masterpieces composed in the earliest days of the art form, to four works dating from the 20th Century. You will have the opportunity to see Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny starring Tony Award winners Patti Lu Pone and Audra McDonald, and even Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Lehar’s Merry Widow are on the eclectic schedule.

After luncheon, we were treated to a one time only performance of Dmitri Hvorostovsky in Concert. This internationally acclaimed Russian baritone has appeared in all the major opera houses throughout the world. His most notable roles include the title role in Eugene Onegin and the title role in Don Giovanni. And the best part is that he is absolutely gorgeous. Sort of Brad Pitt with a voice to match!

The primarily Russian audience was thrilled with his “Songs of the War Years” and enthusiastically applauded his sensitive and dramatic performance. His encores included the classic “ Dark Eyes” and “ Moscow Nights” – the perfect way to end a musical mélange on the Hollywood Beat.