Take That

Claim to fame? / Social media interaction is awesome

Well this is definitely the first, and probably the last time I'll ever appear in a music video. Those that have met me/seen enough photos of me should be able to spot me in this video, just released today. Official music video for Scott Grimes - Hide:

(and if not for me, watch it for Russell Crowe, Kevin Durand, and Alan Doyle. See, that got your attention!)




The background to this? Via Twitter (and probably Facebook- I wouldn't know) Scott Grimes and co-writer Dave Harris asked fans to submit their own video of themselves lip-syncing the song Hide from their most recent album. The above is the result. It was a good laugh to do. Social media can be fun no? :D

If you want to see the entire video I submitted it is still up on you tube. As a challenge I attempted to learn some BSL (British Sign Language) to sign the song (this is waaay more fun than learning 'Hello my name is...' - even if that is more practical!) If anyone reading this knows BSL please critique it - I only had access to free resources to get the translations/signs.

My full video entry with some BSL.

If your wondering about the music itself you can buy the album Drive (includes the song Hide) on itunes, amazon, or on CD here. Do it!
Superman

Peter Pan flew with children Lois, in a fairy tale.

I was saddened more than I care to admit to hear that Tom Mankiewicz passed away last week. If nothing else the Superman documentaries on the Superman: The Movie DVD release reveals the great creative partnership between director Richard Donner and creative consultant Tom Mankiewicz when working on Superman The Movie and Superman II. Christopher Reeve may have delivered the tone of Superman down to perfection for many fans, but it is Donner and Mankiewicz that created that tone for him to deliver. See:



Thanks for the stories Tom. :)
Edgar Wright

Edgar Wright Double Bill

So last Sunday I had a great time at the Ritzy Cinema once again - this time to watch a double bill of Shaun Of The Dead/Hott Fuzz. This will come as no surprise to anyone frequently reading my journal or anyone who has seen the no of tags I have on these movies ;) Sadly missy_manic could not make it but it was great to finally meet cirquemachine and catch up again with redderz and matirx7. The lucky _faeriequeen won a Scott Pilgrim t-shirt. It was also the first time I ever introduced myself to someone who I only previously knew through the realm of twitter. I've done that many time before here on LJ and am pleased that social media really does mean meeting new people from time to time.

I am finding it impossible to keep up with the publicity tour of the USA for Scott Pilgrim but loving all the Edgar Wright and Brandon Routh interviews. I cannot wait to see the movie :) Also thanks to someone on my twitter feed I was alerted to a Q&A with Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish at the bfi next week and so managed to get tickets for myself and missy_manic. Excited about this also :D
Wall-E

Movies 2010

Seen at the cinema:

Up In The Air
Legion
Freestyle
Capitalism: A Love Story
Shutter Island
Green Zone
Kick Ass
Iron Man
Robin Hood
The Karate Kid
Inception

Toy Story 3

Trailer:



Another great movie from Pixar. Didn't leave me as emotional as Wall-E but you would have to be a tough nut not to get a emotional from this movie more than once. Ned Beatty as Lotso is quite possibly my favourite villain from cinema this year so far. Certainly the best evil teddy bear but its not quite as simple as that. Pixar's bad guy is not as 1 dimensional as the bad guys in The Karate Kid ;) (the 2009 version should be called the Kung Fu Kid, it would be more accurate!) Michael Keaton as Ken made me LOL several times. And that's what is great about this movie - it is both funny and sad - there is I am sure a metaphor going on in this movie as other critics and reviewers have pointed out. If the toys = humans, and sunny side = care homes for the elderly, you've got a dark theme underlying this movie, questioning what do we do when we as humans have 'lost their value' :( That is actually really rather depressing, because there is a real truth to it :( Don't let that put you off watching the movie - it is great for all ages :)
Kirk & Spock - Star Trek TOS

Boldly going to a talk. London Film & Comic Con 2010

Well today was a gloriously geeky day. Arrived at LFCC a bit later than planned and missed most of londongqmfs but then found some of them again later on. All of us were there to meet the legend that is William Shatner either for an autograph, photo, or talk, or maybe all of them. It was a little chaotic. You can imagine the crowds. The talk was a bit chaotic - we had to wait for extra chairs to be found and I hear the photo queue numbering went squiffy which can be a bit stressful for all involved. I am glad I did not opt for that. I have only ever done one photo op before and didn't really enjoy it. Myself and missy_manic queued early for the William Shatner talk despite not really needing to because the ticket no = chair no. And we got great seats. And found ourselves next to another londongqmfs / ontd_startrek members who took our names for a write up - that is what I call dedication! :) Once the talk started it was great. Shatner was entertaining, I was amused by his squeeky "Khaaan" In response to a request by one fan to do the "KHHHAN!" line from Star Trek II. And he has so many projects on the go I don't know where he gets his energy from. The down side was it was over way too quickly.

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It felt busier this year than last. I loved the Evil Ex Scott Pilgrim posters hanging from the walls,Collapse )

There was a great DC Comics 75 Years Stall which I had no idea till I saw it - had on display Daily Planet front page papers from the Reeve movies. That was a great surprise :D I wanted to take those home with me but they were not for sale :( I did buy a Reeve Superman painting postcard from a different stall though :)

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Thanks as ever to missy_manic for taking the snaps :)
Yellow, Superman Returns

Movies 2010

Seen at the cinema:

Up In The Air
Legion
Freestyle
Capitalism: A Love Story
Shutter Island
Green Zone
Kick Ass
Iron Man
Robin Hood
The Karate Kid

Inception

Trailer:



Well the expectation level for this movie was high. I liked it. I'd watch it it again to get another perspective. It's hesit movie meets old school sci-fi. Matrix, meets Solaris. Just watch it get your own view. There are some great special effects in this movie but it never gets in the way of the story. (And if Nolan does end up producing a Superman movie I hope he ensures the effects don't get in the way of a good story for that too).
Wall-E

Movies 2010

Seen at the cinema:

Up In The Air
Legion
Freestyle
Capitalism: A Love Story
Shutter Island
Green Zone
Kick Ass
Iron Man
Robin Hood

The Karate Kid

Trailer:



I was lucky enough to attend the UK Premiere. Being a big fan of the original movie which as an 11 year old inspired me take up karate myself (no joke) I had to take my dad with me too. When I was growing up and even now we both still quote the now famous "Wax On Wax Off" and "Man Who Catch Fly With Chopstick Accomplish Anything." So we were going in as fans. I was not expecting it to replace my love for the original, I was happy Hollywood wanted to retell the story. And as a remake it has been done well. Jaden Smith does a great job in the lead role, and Jackie Chan is superb. I've not really seen him do serious and I felt ridiculously silly when he managed to make me cry a bit (shhh!) with his portrayal of Myagi now called Mr. Han. The bad guys are just as one dimensional as the original too! It still remains a movie about good guys overcoming bad guys and I'm a sucker for those.
Yellow, Superman Returns

Today's Tweets

  • 23:50 Urgh ugly Hollywood :( RT @heyuguysblog Don't Make Edward Norton's Agent Angry, You Wouldn't Like Him When He's Angry: bit.ly/bw3com #
  • 12:20 Its #LFFC on Sat/Sun! Came around fast! Who is going? I will be there on Sunday. #
  • 13:06 Start panicking about how difficult it will be to get tickets. Reports that Take That will tour next summer with Robbie re-joining. #
  • 21:14 In #Chuck do Lana Lang (Kreuk) and Clark Kent (Routh) meet? #
  • 21:17 Shaw set someone's face on fire?! How very un-Superman like! #Chuck #BrandonRouth #
  • 21:59 Oooh so The Ring are out to kill Shaw? Nice little cliffhanger to the episode #BrandonRouth #Chuck #
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