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Night & Day

January 7, 2010

30 entertainment ideas for the new year


12. “Volume Two” by She & Him — Actress Zooey Deschanel and singer-songwriter M. Ward made a new album that sounded classic — an ode to pop and soul records gone by. Here’s hoping the duo can continue the magic in March. (March 23)

13. “Clash of the Titans” — Sure, it’s a remake, but ... Ralph Fiennes? Liam Neeson? A summer-worthy blockbuster in March, with a few heavy hitters in starring roles. This exists somewhere between “300” and “The Lord of the Rings.” (March 26)

14. Buffalo Niagara Film Festival — It will be the fourth annual edition of the festival, which deserves more notice. The BNFF features independent films from around the country, and it usually features one or two special events, as well. (April 16-25)

15. “Jersey Boys” at Shea’s — Another recent Best Musical Tony winner (2006), “Jersey Boys” has been a phenomenon. As the story of the Four Seasons, this is a musical where you already know you’ll be hearing great songs. (April 21-May 9)

16. “Iron Man 2” — Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson joined the “Iron Man” world, which swaps out Terrence Howard for Don Cheadle. The key, however, is still the film’s star, Robert Downey Jr. A favorite for the biggest blockbuster of the year. (May 7)

17. “Robin Hood” — However, there may be competition from yet another remake of “Robin Hood,” starring Russell Crowe. (May 14)

18. “Congratulations” by MGMT — This young duo showed off a flair for innovation and melody on 2008’s “Oracular Spectacular” album. MGMT just might be the future of music, but even if it’s not, the group is still worth a listen. (Spring)

19. “The A-Team” — The summer of Neeson? Liam Neeson is Hannibal. MMA fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson takes over Mr. T’s role as B.A. Baracus. Aren’t you at least a little bit curious? (June 11)

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