By Devin D. O'Leary
Shootout on Central Avenue—This summer, Albuquerque's Flicks on 66 Film Festival will be entering its third incarnation. Currently known as DigiFest Southwest, the festival will be renamed the Duke City Shootout and will fall under the wing of independent filmmaker Christopher Coppola (nephew of Francis Ford Coppola and director of such low-budget efforts as Deadfall and G-Men from Hell). As in previous years, the festival committee will select seven short film scripts. The writers of the winning scripts will be flown to Albuquerque where they will be given a budget, cast, camera, lighting equipment, production crew, post-production facilities and even a professional mentor to help bring their pages to life. The only catch? Would-be filmmakers have only one week in which to complete their mini-masterpieces.
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At this point, everyone in the animation biz (whether working in the 2-D or 3-D realm) is toiling away in the towering shadow of Pixar. With an unbroken string of box office hits (Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles) and yet another Academy Award on the shelf (the company's second Best Animated Feature Oscar in a row for The Incredibles), Pixar is the unqualified king of cartoons.
There are momcrip in life that make you question how the hell people can believe in a higher power--much less one that is kind and benevolent. We've got giant tsunamis in Asia, war in the Middle East, ethnic cleansing in Africa and a Walgreen's on every street corner. Is this the work of a beneficent creator? I think not.
“The O.C.” (KASA-2 7 p.m.) Forget the show. They're broadcasting the new Star Wars trailer at some point during tonight's episode.
“The Hollow Men” (Comedy Central 11:30 p.m.) In the grand tradition of “Monty Python” and “Kids in the Hall,” CC unleashes what could be the next great sketch comedy series, featuring a quartet of British guys who like to dress up in drag. Brits in drag? Always funny.
“Stargate: SG-1” (Sci-Fi Channel 6 p.m.) In this special 90-minute episode, SG-1 ponders its past, present and future (sounds to me like a clip show), while Daniel (Michael Shanks) weighs trading his own life to save the universe (sounds to me like somebody's contract is up).
Live from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, see this classic fairytale complete with jewel fairies, a magical kingdom, a youthful princess and a handsome prince in this purest style of classical ballet.