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Friday Morning Roundup


by Stephen Becker 22 May 2009

BREAKING DOWN ‘ANGELS AND DEMONS’: The adaptation of Dan Brown’s best-seller Angels and Demons was the No. 1 movie in the country last weekend, debuting with a so-so $46 million. Those who took in the movie required the same level of belief-suspension as when they saw Angels‘ predecessor, The Da Vinci Code. But don’t take […]

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BREAKING DOWN ‘ANGELS AND DEMONS’: The adaptation of Dan Brown’s best-seller Angels and Demons was the No. 1 movie in the country last weekend, debuting with a so-so $46 million. Those who took in the movie required the same level of belief-suspension as when they saw Angels‘ predecessor, The Da Vinci Code. But don’t take my word for it: SMU physics professor Fredrick Olness picks apart the science behind the fiction in an article on the university’s Web site. A plot point in Angels revolves around antimatter stolen from the CERN particle physics laboratory in Switzerland, a subject Olness knows a thing or two about as he spend a year at CERN. My favorite nit that Olness picks in his article? “While it is also true that CERN has created antimatter, it would take more than a billion years (with current technology) to make the quantity of antimatter described in the movie. If you collected all the antimatter that CERN has ever created, it would only power an electric light bulb for a few minutes.” But try not to think too much about that if you go see the movie.

SINGING HIS PRAISES: The Dallas Opera announces that James Valenti is the winner of the Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year award. The prize is given annually to the performer making the most memorable debut with the company. Valenti sang the part of Rodolfo in La bohème. Scott Cantrell reviewed his performance back in February, writing, “What a voice! He can send clarion sounds soaring over full orchestra, but his tenor also softens into tender intimacies.” The award is voted on by season subscribers.

STATE CHAMP: Congratulations to Anthony Cervantes of Keller Central High School, who took home the best-actor prize at last weekend’s UIL Class 5A one-act play state championships in Austin. Cervantes and his Keller Central classmates performed The Rivers and Ravines, which earned them the ensemble silver medal. Not bad for a guy who tells DFW.com that all he really ever wanted to do was play football. In other high school theater news, the Buckley Awards were handed out on Thursday night. The awards recognize the best in Tarrant County high school musicals. Birdville High School’s The Boyfriend took home the night’s top prize.

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