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Synonyms for change-of-pace

a baseball thrown with little velocity when the batter is expecting a fastball

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After a change-of-pace dinner including filet mignon and grilled shrimp, the evening's program began with heartfelt speeches from mentors, parents and children whose lives have been changed by the fund.
Three of those - Denzel Washington's change-of-pace ``Training Day'' psycho cop, Halle Berry's emotionally mercurial ``Monster's Ball'' widow and Will Smith's intriguingly contained portrayal of world-champion extrovert in ``Ali'' - also make up the most progressive trend in this year's race.
He then adds that that offbeat quality may make it a perfect change-of-pace vehicle for a couple of big stars.
We can confidently guess that the other Best Actor nominees will be ``Ryan's'' Tom Hanks, ``Life Is Beautiful's'' Roberto Benigni, ``Truman's'' change-of-pace Jim Carrey and Nick Nolte, who does career-crowning work in the grim but mesmerizing, aptly titled ``Affliction.
With a cast headed by the always-thoughtful Meryl Streep, Renee Zellweger and William Hurt and change-of-pace direction by the hugely talented Carl Franklin (``One False Move,'' ``Devil in a Blue Dress''), it can hardly help but maintain a certain dignity, even as it barrels full-out toward weepy martyrdom.