Monthly Archives: August 2011

Rachel Weisz Tuesdays

It's a Terence Davies film. Don't expect uplifting, do expect poignancy aplenty...

Rachel Weisz, favourite actress of this blog, is in a whole bunch of things this autumn.  I’m struggling to keep up, frankly.

We’ve just seen her in “Page Eight”, and Empire magazine reports that she’s book-ending the 55th BFI London Film Festival by starring in opening film “360”, the latest by Fernando Meirelles.  The keen-eyed amongst you might have spotted that they last collaborated on “The Constant Gardener”, which, of course, won Weisz her Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

Closing the festival is “The Deep Blue Sea”, Terence Davies’ latest, a tale of self-destructive love and – I’m just guessing here, as this is a Davies film – abject sadness set in 1950’s Britain.

It also stars Tom Hiddleston, whom you might remember from “Thor”, this summer’s Marvel Comics extravaganza, where he played Loki, not so much as a typically hammy villain as more eerily redolent of Peter Mandelson on a super heroic power trip.

Just a guess - this will not end well.

And that’s only the early part of the Autumn.  We’ve also got “The Whistleblower” and “Dream House” to look forward to.  Well, that’s if you want to see “Dream House” – it’s possessed of the most ludicrously, spoiler-filled trailer that I’ve seen in an age.

You genuinely don’t feel that you need to see the film – it would appear that each twist is lovingly and carefully revealed without regard for paying punters who might not want to know the entire freaking story before seeing the flick.

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Bloodstock 2012 – the first two bands!

True Kvlt Metal - it's a growling Dragon thing, you wouldn't understand...

Blimey, the Bloodstock bookers don’t mess about.

The 2011 festival happened earlier this month and the first two bands have been confirmed for next year’s shindig, according to Metal Hammer’s story.

Rockers, gird your loins for sets from Canada’s own revitalised success story Anvil and the big smoke’s own purveyors of sludgy grooves, Orange Goblin.

Sounds like good times to me.

 

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Coming soon, to an Arena near you…

If Tommy Lee's Rollercoast drum riser makes the trip, I'll eat my shoes...

…are Def Leppard, Motley Crue and Steel Panther.

Let's Get Rocked, muthatruckers!

Per Classic Rock’s story, the package tours the UK from December 6 – 14 and are being decent enough to include a Sheffield date on the 13th of December.

Feel the Steel...in Sheffield.

Tickets will be mine. Oh yes, they will be mine.

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Cultural Activities, Edguy edition

Why look! It's only the new Edguy album

Yes, friends,  the new Edguy album, “Age of the Joker” has made its way into my greasy paws and I look forward to giving it the aural once-over tonight.

Amazon have furnished me with the two-disc Digipack version – the regular album, in a fold-out case, with a second bonus disc of Edguy ephemera, including the single mix of “Robin Hood”, a cover of Slade’s “Cum On Feel The Noize” and the intriguingly titled “Aleister Crowley Memorial Boogie”.  Oh Tobias, you are a one…

The bit where it all splits in two...

The reviews are pretty damn good – a solid 8 out 10 score by Dave Ling in the latest issue of “Metal Hammer” magazine, for example – and I understand the record to be following the same pathway as recent albums in blending a Power Metal energy and speed with touches of classic Hard Rock melody , and Tobias Sammet’s always engaging wordplay.  A German bloke writes wittier songs in his second language than most rockers manage in their first.  Hmm…

Look - it's the first disc....

...and Disc the Second, too. What larks!

All that needs to be said now is that I am quite prepared to make the lads a really nice cup of tea if they fancy playing Sheffield on the next leg of their tour next year.  And that offer should carry some weight, as I make a lovely cuppa…

 

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Rachel Weisz Tuesdays

Yep, still lovely.

You know, if we are to continue along this road of printing a random picture of Rachel Weisz, why not make it somewhat more worthwhile?

To whit – Rachel Weisz Tuesdays (Now incorporating Fluffrick’s ‘Rachel Weisz Movie of the Week’).

This week – “The Brothers Bloom”. Rian Johnson’s follow-up to “Brick” is a much lighter affair, a caper movie about cons, con artists and multiple layers of duplicity, obfuscation and confusion.

It’s a load of fun, certainly as idiosyncratic as “Brick” was, and very much the product of a film maker who has a singular vision which is really worth seeing. Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody star as the titular brothers, grifters who have become estranged and reunite to reel in eccentric heiress, Penelope (the Weisz).

Let’s count it off – great cast, wonderful European locations, whimsy to spare, fantastic score, Ricky Jay narration, cool cameos from previous Rian Johnson collaborators and the Weisz rocking a skateboard.

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“The Hunger Games” – a teaser awaits you…

Now that Harry Potter has vanquished Voldemort for the last time and  “Twilight” has but two films left in its yearly cycle of routinely busting blocks, studios are looking left, right, and centre to find a suitable young adult novel series to hopefully add some black ink to the annual bottom line.

Cue Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” trilogy.

Think "Battle Royale" for teens who don't do subtitles...

 

There have been set pictures (see above), “Entertainment Weekly” cover stories and even a motion poster – now there’s actually some live action footage to enjoy.

If you pop over to SFX (nice people, they introduced me to Mrs Rolling Eyeballs), you can behold all one minute and 3 seconds of preamble and actual Katniss Everdeen action.

Should tide us over until the end of the year, when I imagine we’ll see something a wee bit more substantive.

 

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That Tony Iommi signing in Sheffield…

…will be on Wednesday 19th October 2011, at 5:30pm, in the Orchard Square branch of Waterstones, despite what the Waterstones website states.

Tony Iommi signing ticket acquired - now I just have to buy my book at the signing...

Tickets are free – but there’s no admission without one.  You can call in at the Sheffield Orchard Square branch or call for your ticket on 0114 2728971.

I’ve had a look at the Waterstones site and it appears that Tony’s signing tour isn’t scheduled for any other branches at the moment.  His site isn’t listing the other UK signing sessions as yet, so I would suggest checking back early and often.

In other news, that heavily rumoured Black Sabbath reunion?  Not imminent, at least according to Jack Osborne, who you have to think is somewhat in the loop.  In the manner of these things, we’ll know once the deals are done, the tour’s booked and all concerned want us to buy a ticket.  The law of averages suggests that at least one more go-round for the classic Sabbath line-up is at least a possibility before everybody’s too old and sensible to consider this kind of massive trek.

 

 

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