Envelope, Please -- Over the past four years, Golden Globe honorees have matched up less and less with Oscar winners. This year seems likely to reverse that trand, with most of the early front-runners for the Academy Awards having already won a Globe. The Oscar horse-race hype will be over Lord's 11 nominations and Master's 10, but the Bin would like you to give it up for the only five films that garnered two or more acting nominations apiece: Mystic River (Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Marcia Gay Harden), In America (Samantha Morton and Djimon Hounsou), House of Sand and Fog (Ben Kingsley and Shoreh Aghdashloo) and 21 Grams (Benicio del Toro and Naomi Watts) and Cold Mountain (Jude Law and Renee Zellweger). Among the noms that really count - in the categories of acting, writing, music and of course Best Picture and Director - Mystic led with five (Picture and Adapted Screenplay, along with Penn, Robbins and director Clint Eastwood). Time to do some movie-watchin' before the Oscar ceremony (this year, on Leap Day). Instead, of course, you could always go see this week's top box office movies, Along Came Polly and The Butterfly Effect -- early contenders for Oscars next year in the categories of Demeaning Actor and Unoriginal Screenplay.
Shutting Our Pie Hole -- Who knew that a random bit of Buzz Bin pie-lust would result in such bounty? The nice folks at Cyrus O'Leary's read our shameless pastry plea last week and helped us celebrate National Pie Day with a surprise delivery of four huge delicious pies, complete with forks, plates, even a special Cyrus O'Leary's server. We got to try their award-winning sour cream lemon and lemon meringue, as well as two staff favorites, marionberry and chocolate cream. Thanks, and you guys rock!
Interplayers Changes -- With the resignation last week of Robin Stanton as Producing Artistic Director at Spokane Interplayers Ensemble, attention turns to the identity of her potential successor. John Deen, president of Interplayers' Board of Directors, says that a task force will convene soon to grapple with the questions of Stanton's replacement and the theater's debt load. Meanwhile, Interplayers co-founder Robert Welch is expressing pessimism about the future of the theater -- which he and his wife Joan intended as their legacy to Spokane. Welch states that "anyone who goes in there will be facing a huge load of debt." Former associate artistic director Michael Weaver, in the meantime, while still forging ahead with plans for his Actors' Repertory Theater of the Inland Northwest, will also take on the project of directing The Miser at Spokane Civic Theater. This game of musical chairs is getting, well, theatrical.