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RANDALL KING / MOVIES

Hybrid vehicle

 

Equal parts star-crossed romance, epic destruction and gladiatorial combat, the new movie Pompeii was likely pitched along the lines of: "It's Titanic meets Gladiator!" What we can tell you is that, in the role of the fiendish General Corvus, Kiefer Sutherland is definitely channelling Billy Zane's over-the-top ne'er-do-well in Titanic. That's not a good thing.

 

BRAD OSWALD / TV

Survivor switches it up with a three-tribe split

 

As it enters its 28th season (Wednesday, Feb. 26, on CBS and Global), there's no question that Survivor has endured as the granddaddy of mainstream-TV reality shows. Along the way, the series' producers have made constant tweaks and twists in order to keep viewers interested. This time, it's Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty; interestingly, the "Brawn" tribe has a player named Lindsay Ogle, the "Brains" tribe has someone named David Samson, and the "Beauty" bunch has a member named Jefra Bland. Think they were having a bit of fun in the casting office?

 

KEVIN PROKOSH / THEATRE

A gentleman caller

 

With a revival of The Glass Menagerie on stage at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, a noted Tennessee Williams expert arrives at McNally Robinson Booksellers Friday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. to talk about the significance of the American playwright's work. Robert Bray, who teaches at Middle Tennessee State University, has published three books and several essays on Williams. He also edits The Tennessee Williams Annual Review, the only journal dedicated exclusively to the creator of such iconic stage characters as Blanche Dubois and Amanda Wingfield.

 

BEN MACPHEE-SIGURDSON / WINE

Brangelina wine gets critical buzz

 

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are picking up some positive press for the second vintage of the Miraval rosé, a dry pink wine produced in at the couple's French Provençal estate in conjunction with the Perrin family of Chateau Beaucastel. Jane Anson of Decanter magazine describes the 2013 Miraval rosé as "charmingly pretty in colour," with "a delicate structure that deepens on the palate" and a "delicious, mouth-watering finish." The wine was released last Friday, and will appear on shelves worldwide next month. No word yet on whether the power couple's pink wine will make it to Manitoba shelves.

 

JILL WILSON / MUSIC

Four strings that sing

 

Winnipeg guitarist Rob Pachol (the Wind-Ups) also happens to be a dab hand at the ukulele, which he plays under the Sanfordandsong moniker. His new video, in which he contributes uke accompaniment to As the Living Do, a track performed by local songwriter Adrien Sala and vocalist Tesia Rhind, is in the running for Video of the Year 2013 at the Ukulele Hunt website. Voting closes at midnight Feb. 23; visit http://wfp.to/Tki to listen to the contenders and cast your vote.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 20, 2014 C2

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