RIP James Gandolfini

20 06 2013

I switched on the television in work this morning to hear the sad news that James Gandolfini of Tony Soprano fame had passed away at only 51 years of age whilst on holiday in Italy.

Whilst the official cause of death hasn’t been announced yet it is being suggested that the Soprano’s star suffered a heart attack.

Whilst Gandolfini will be best remembered for his iconic performances in the Sopranos, his film credits included Zero Dark Thirty and Killing Them Softly, and he appeared in the Broadway production God Of Carnage.

The three time Emmy award winning actor was in Italy for the 59th Taormina film festival.

A great actor, a great man and a great loss.

 





Sebastien Squillaci, Man of Steel

14 06 2013

There are no words to describe this





The Dark Knight Rises

11 07 2012

Only 9 more sleeps until Batman is back yay!!

Am I excited about the Dark Knight Rises? Hell yes I am! I have always found Batman to be one of my favourite superheroes, probably because he is semi-plausible.

He isn’t from Krypton, he wasn”t bitten by a spider or zapped with gamma rays.

Nope he is just a rich dude with a grudge against lowlife scum who uses his money to buy awesome gadgets with which to mess their collective shit up. Don’t tell me that isn”t what you would do with a lottery win. I know I would.

That some of the film and TV adaptations of the caped crusader have been a little crap is ok. From the days of Adam West and his overly camp escapades through to Arnie as a wise cracking Mr. Freeze I have enjoyed them all.

But the new Batman, the darker,edgier, nastier Batman. Well he is just pretty damn awesome.

Batman Begins was a great film and really served to relaunch a franchise which a lot of people kinda looked down upon. Dark Knight was the perfect follow-up, I defy anyone not to have found Heath Ledger’s Joker to be the perfect counter point to Bale’s Batman.

That is why I am so frigging excited about Dark Knight Rises. The artwork looks great, the trailers have been amazing and I think that Tom Hardy as Bane is a great choice.

Bring on the 20th





Pete Hoekstra racist advert

10 07 2012

I know I am behind the times but I have only just seen this incredibly racist Super Bowl advert from Pete “Spend it not” Hoekstra having a pop at political rival Debbie  “Spend it now”

Wow, just wow. ” Your economy get very weak…Our’s get very good…We take your jobs”  All of this delivered by a pretty Asian American woman cycling through what appears to be a rice paddy.

Maybe Mr. Hoekstra could have delivered an even harder hitting message by having her wear a Coolie hat or a novelty Fu Manchu mustache

Seriously now, surely he has PR people and media relations guys to advise him? Did they all take the day off when this advert was commissioned or were they just rounded up from the local branch of the KKK.

This shit is nearly as bad as this racist gem from KFC





DREDD trailer….

4 07 2012

Dredd Poster

In a quiet moment during my otherwise hectic day,I have just taken a brief moment of respite to check out the trailer for the new Judge Dredd film; Dredd.

Yeah I know, I know for a self confessed nerd like me this is a little bit like saying I haven’t watched Starwars but cut me some slack here. I’m a busy guy with wayyyyy too many conflicting interests!

So what did I think of it? Well on first glance things look quite promising, for starters there isn’t hide nor hair of Sylvester Stallone, this of course is a massive plus!

If I had to pick two things the really, really destroyed the 1995 film adaptation for me it would have to be Sly and his oh so irritating comedy sidekick Rob Schneider, what the fuck was that shit about, seriously?!?!

Douche bag

I happen to think that on first glance the new, improved Judge Dredd looks to be far more in keeping with the old stony face that we know and love from 2000AD.
Karl Urban seems like a far better casting for Dredd himself and everything that has been shown of Mega City One so far just seems to have a more gritty, edgy feel to it.

Have a look below and make up your own mind perps….

 





HBO Developing Series Based on Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

22 04 2011

The series based on Gaiman’s 2001 novel would showcase his new pantheon of deities based on American culture.

 The details are scarce, but HBO is currently in talks to write and film a pilot for a new fantasy series. Interestingly, the series would be produced by Playtone – the outfit of Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman who made Big Love and Band of Brothers. Gaiman first gained notoriety as a comic book writer with his Sandman series in the late eighties but he’s since branched into writing novels, short stories and movies (Beowulf). Gaiman’s works are no stranger to adaptation as his novella Coraline become the 2009 animated film and his Graveyard Book is also tapped to be a feature film. No one knows who would write the script for American Gods or when production would begin, but it seems that HBO is becoming more interested in genre content with the success of True Blood and the imminent Game of Thrones.

The main character in American Gods is an ex-convict called Shadow, who starts working as a bodyguard for a mysterious con-man named Mr. Wednesday. As Wednesday travels across the United States meeting with strange people, Shadow eventually figures out that his employer is an incarnation of the Norse god Odin and that he is recruiting other mythological figures whose power has diminished to fight a war against new American “deities” such as the Internet, media, and mass transportation.

Typically I don’t watch a lot of telly but I really have to take my hat off to HBO who in recent years have pumped out some absolute crackers;  Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire and Six Feet Under to name a few.

Having watched the first episode twice so far it seems that Game of Thrones is set to be another classic and if they do even half as good a job with American Gods it will be outstanding.

Original source Hollywood Reporter




Louis Theroux: America’s Most Hated Family In Crisis

3 04 2011

America’s Most Hated Family In Crisis is a follow-up to his acclaimed 2007 documentary The Most Hated Family In America, and sees Theroux return to Topeka, Kansas for a second visit to the Westboro Baptist Church.

A fire-and-brimstone Christian group, made up of 80 members of the Phelps family, has garnered worldwide notoriety thanks to their funeral picketing of soldiers killed in action.

Believing they were killed as God’s punishment for America’s toleration of homosexuality, the family wield anti-gay placards while singing their own disturbing lyrics to Lady Gaga tunes.

In the four years since Theroux’s first documentary, a series of defections of family members has shaken up the church. They’ve also been at the centre of a landmark supreme court case (the court ruled that vicious anti-gay rhetoric was constitutionally protected) and their beliefs have become increasingly bizarre.

For Theroux the story has moved on, which is partly why he wanted to return. That and the fact he admits he’s “fascinated” by the Phelps family.

“It sounds really odd to say this but there are aspects of them that are quite nice, given how hateful they and the pickets are,” he says, adding he found his attitude towards them “modulated”.

“When you’re on the pickets you find yourself shocked and sometimes upset by what they’re doing, and then at other times you see them as normal people. The challenge is to try and manage your reaction,” he explains.

“I mean we’re human beings, they’re human beings, in some way you have to guard against demonising them too much, and against becoming desensitised by being around them.”

The documentary is being broadcast tonight at 9pm on BBC2 – make sure you tune in.








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