If you listened to the radio or watched MTV in the 1990s there’s a good chance you heard a Gin Blossoms song. The band from Tempe, Ariz., churned out hits such as “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You” and “Follow You Down.” Their jangle-pop style of chiming guitars, pensive lyrics and easy-flowing melodies cracked the Billboard Hot 100, and their songs were featured in popular movies like “Wayne’s World 2” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”
On the series finale of “Parks and Recreation,” one of the show’s more likable losers finally made good with a best-selling advice book titled “Failure: An American Success Story.” That joke has a second bounce. This NBC sitcom, which starred Amy Poehler as a dedicated civil servant and ardent feminist in Pawnee, Indiana, was never a ratings giant, but it had a well-deserved following.
Rock band Boston is scheduled to perform at Intrust Bank Arena on Aug. 9, according to the concert-industry website Pollstar. Christine Pileckas of Intrust said she anticipated a formal announcement soon.
There was no epic selfie. No overwhelming award upset. In fact, the 87th Annual Academy Awards might be best remembered for host Neil Patrick Harris’ tighty whities and award winners Patricia Arquette’s and John Legend’s impassioned cries for equality.
There are certain cliches you can count on at the Academy Awards, so why not make a game out of them? Hand out these bingo cards at your Oscar party or play by yourself as you watch Sunday’s telecast. Mark off a square each time you notice one of these moments. The first person who gets five across, down or diagonally wins.
Sure, heading into Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards, there are some categories that are clearer than plastic wrap. But three major ones are downright neck-and-neck, almost anyone’s call. And that makes for an exciting Oscar show.
It’s Academy Awards time! Send in the gowns. While the women on the red carpet who have been buffed and polished, moussed and manicured, gelled and jeweled strike photo pose after pose and answer the same questions again and again, we can curl up and watch. Let them wear their Spanx, corset bodices and five-inch heels. I’ll be in my favorite old robe and fleecy socks.
The Wichita Eagle’s annual Oscar Ballot Contest offers a top prize of $350 worth of gift certificates to the Warren Theatres that are good not only for movie admission but also for anything else the theater sells.