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Author appearances, poetry and spoken word events in London this week Thursday 10 October Helen Fielding is at Foyles signing copies of the new Bridget Jones novel. Yes, it’s out. You may have missed the news due to limited press c...
Author appearances, poetry and spoken word events in London this week Thursday 10 October Helen Fielding is at Foyles signing copies of the new Bridget Jones novel. Yes, it’s out. You may have missed the news due to limited press coverage. You’re pretty much going to have to book a place just to get in the queue. Free event + price of book, 12pm Some tickets seem to have become available for Michael Palin at Wimbledon BookFest (£15, 8.15pm); and/or you can see Roy Hattersley (£12.50, 6.15pm). Conn Iggulden has a new historical series, this time set in the Wars of the Roses. Find out about it at Waterstones Piccadilly. £5 / £3, 6.30pm Jeanette Winterson is reading at the Wapping Project. £6, 7pm Roger Robinson and Stan Skinny are the guests at Bang Said the Gun stand up poetry night in SE1. £7 / £5, 8pm London Liming meets Chill Pill at Rich Mix, with Simon Mole, John Agard, Jessica Care Moore, Deanna Rodger, Raymond Antrobus, the Roundhouse Poets and more. £10 / £8, 7.30pm Jean Sprackland, Christopher Reid and Helen Mort perform Poetry at the Print Room in Notting Hill. £10, 7.30pm Poetry meets biomedical science at Keats House tonight. Free, prebook, 7pm Friday 11 October The Wood Green Literary Festival starts with Travis Elborough and Max Décharné talking about the way London history can be stranger than fiction. £3, 7pm Fleur Adock, Kevin Ireland and CK Stead read their poetry at Birkbeck University. £7 / £5, 7pm Nigel Williams sets his comic novels around Wimbledon; it’s only appropriate he should be at the Wimbledon BookFest. £10, 8pm Saturday 12 October Saturday at Wimbledon BookFest has David Wood and Tim Vine for the kids, and Jay Rayner, Melissa Benn with Viv Groksop and Roddy Doyle talking to James Naughtie for the grown-ups. Wood Green gets into full swing. We recommend Lucy Inglis on Georgian London (£3, 1.30pm), John Rogers on This Other London (£3, 3.30pm), Jake Arnott and Cathi Unsworth talking noir (£3, 4.30pm) and Crap London (£3, 5pm). There’s loads of stuff for kids, too. Children’s author Trish Cooke is at Camberwell Library at 11am and Peckham Library at 2.30pm Oscar Guardiola-Rivera is at Housmans to recount the overthrow of Chilean president Salvador Allende. Free, 6.30pm Sally Pomme Clayton tells a story of a night visit, with sound and film accompaniment, at Rich Mix. £9 / £7, 8pm Sunday 13 October Authors shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize read from their novels at the Southbank Centre. £12 / £10, 7.30pm It’s the last day of Wimbledon BookFest, going out in style with Margaret Drabble, Paul O’Prey, Darcey Bussell, Michelle Paver and Cerys Matthews. Wood Green also draws to a close. Start early with a literary bike ride (£5, 9am), or for the less active try some short crime fiction (£3, 1pm), London’s history through crime fiction (£3, 3pm), the Big Green Bookswap (£3, 3.30pm) or a big quiz with Greg Stekelman (£10 a team, 7.30pm). And again, don’t forget the young ‘uns. HKB Finn, Grim Chip, Burn After Reading, Domingo Candelario and Cecilia W Anderson join Jumoke Fashola for Jazz Verse Jukebox at Ronnie Scott’s. £8, 7.30pm Enfield Poets make the trip to Kentish Town as the guests at Torriano Poets. £5 / £3, 7.30pm Monday 14 October See Simon Mole’s spoken word journey through a family’s evening meal, at the Southbank Centre today and Tuesday. £8, 7.30pm Ross Sutherland, Amy Acre and Richard Marsh perform at Hammer and Tongue at the Green Note in Camden. £5, 7.30pm Philip Oltermann and Miranda Seymour talk about the Anglo-German relationship, at the Courtauld Institute for the Royal Society of Literature. £8 / £5, 7pm Tall Lighthouse presents an open mic night at the Poetry Cafe. 8pm Tuesday 15 October Gary Younge and Hannah Pool talk about the forgotten heroes of black history, at the Southbank Centre. £10, 7.45pm Valerie Russ, who found 10,000 lions in London’s streets (and told us about it) is at the City of Westm
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Exclusive Excerpt from David Thomson's 'Moments That Made the Movies:' From 'Citizen Kane' to 'Burn After Reading'
Exclusive Excerpt from David Thomson's 'Moments That Made the Movies:' From 'Citizen Kane' to 'Burn After Reading'
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Alibaba Group released today the 4.0 version of Laiwang, a social networking service which helps users to keep in touch with their good friends, to tap into instant messaging market after the e-commerce giant established Internet Communi...
Alibaba Group released today the 4.0 version of Laiwang, a social networking service which helps users to keep in touch with their good friends, to tap into instant messaging market after the e-commerce giant established Internet Communication Department earlier this month. Compared with similar IM tools of WeChat and EasyChat by NetEase and China Telecom, Laiwang targets at a pure friend interaction platform and Alibaba has no plan to introduce e-commerce elements into the platform, said Lu Zhaoxi, CEO of the company. Laiwang rolled out a slew of new features to guarantee the privacy of users, such as automatic message eliminating function, “burn after reading”. Zou Mengrui, head of the project, added that they are also developing private picture albums, screen lock, etc. Laiwang planned to include VOIP function into the platform. In addition, users can establish discussion groups with up to 500 members, much higher than WeChat’s 40 members. Other features of the new version are emoticons, doodling and vocal photo-sharing. But the company does not plan to introduce games into the app as WeChat did. Laiwang aims to cater for the communication demands of users in a bid to connect them under different scenarios, such as social networking, life and consumption, said Lu Zhaoxi. He added that Laiwang can draw upon the huge user base secured by other platforms under Alibaba Group. Laiwang debuted in 2011, the same year of WeChat’s launch. After two years, however, the registered users of WeChat surpassed 400 million, while Laiwang only records 1 million users. This is because Laiwang is mostly used by internal employees in a bid to perfect the product and no promotion activity was launched, said Zou Mengrui. Alibaba released a series of promotion activities with the release of 4.0 version. Newly registered or active users can win the gifts of iPhone 5s, Ali Cloud Phone and Wasu Rainbow, etc. Related Posts: Fleetbit Making Cab Companies More Efficient A Crowdfunding Site-turned VC Investor? UCWeb Hits 400 Million Global Users, Claiming 25% of India Market LBS Service Jiepang Launches All New App for iPhone and Android Jack Ma on Alibaba's Investment in Sina Weibo: We Don't Want it Transform into An E-commerce Platform ?? Related posts: Alibaba’s Mobile Social Network? LaiWang.com Quietly Launched'>Alibaba’s Mobile Social Network? LaiWang.com Quietly Launched Alibaba Promoting Its Own Mobile Messaging App Internally, with Cash Rewards Alibaba Jumps into Mobile Social with Wangxin
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Tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 24, The Wrong Mans explodes onto BBC2, with only its own Hollywood-style trailer to beat. You can hardly have failed to notice that it’s one of many attempts on the popular imagination of Mr James...
Tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 24, The Wrong Mans explodes onto BBC2, with only its own Hollywood-style trailer to beat. You can hardly have failed to notice that it’s one of many attempts on the popular imagination of Mr James Corden this autumn, which has also included the Toronto Film Festival premieres of imminent Billy Elliot-style Paul Potts biopic One Chance, in which he stars, and an American romcom Can A Song Save A Life?, in which he has a supporting role, plus a seventh run of A League Of Their Own on Sky1 as we speak. Of these, you get the feeling that, for the mutliple-stringed-bow-wielding Corden, The Wrongs Mans has the most riding on it, personally, and for self-evident reasons. It’s a comedy thriller, in six parts, a feat that’s rarely attempted. A half-hour comedy that comes on like a Hollywood blockbuster – thanks to the resourceful acumen of director Jim Field Smith, and an injection of US cash from the Netflix-like Hulu. It stars Corden and co-writer Horrible Histories’ Mathew Baynton as two lowly Bracknell Council employees (actually, one actually works as a post boy for a company outsourced by the council) who get sucked into a dangerous underworld plot after Baynton picks up a discarded phone after a car crash in the opening minutes of Episode One that was make-or-break for the production. The pair almost talked themselves out of the expensive stage direction, second-guessing that it would prove a barrier to being commissioned. (It’s possible they’re being coy here – my fervent hope is that someone who co-wrote and starred in Gavin & Stacey has a bit of auto-clout in BBC pitch meetings.) I’ve seen the first two episodes and they work on all of the levels they’re supposed to work on. They’re funny and thrilling. The action and jeopardy are real, the reactions of the clownish lead characters are comedic, but no matter how stupid they are, their decisions drive the plot. It works. When I say I’ve seen the first two episodes, I’ve seen them three times, because I hosted a preview in Edinburgh at the TV Festival last month, and a follow-up at Bafta in London at the start of this month. The pics above and below were taken by official Bafta photographer Jamie Simonds and reflect the grandeur and high cast attendance levels of the latter gig. (James couldn’t get the day off of filming Into The Woods, the Hollywood musical shooting in Pinewood and starring Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, and sadly missed out on Edinburgh.) For Bafta, we had Jim Field Smith, co-star Sarah Soleman, Baynton and Corden – with co-stars Nick Moran and Emelia Fox, script editor Jeremy Dyson and urbane BBC exec Mark Freeland in the audience, among other key crew – and it was a fine evening. I’ll give a few highlights of the conversation we had, but your best bet is to download or stream the Bafta podcast, which is available here. (There are plenty of others here on the Bafta Guru mini-site, too, including one from July with the cast and creators of Chickens.) Corden and Baynton first met on the set of Telstar: The Joe Meek Story (a fine British music industry film, directed by Nick Moran, who challenged the three stars it is awarded in the Radio Times when I met him in the bar afterwards and proudly proclaimed it “a four star film”), but they came up with The Wrong Mans – terrible title, but you get used to it – when working together on Gavin & Stacey, where Baynton played Deano. Corden: “It was at that time when everyone was starting to watch those American box sets – 24 and so on … TV with higher production values and where the stakes seemed to be a lot higher. We wondered why no one’s trying to do that in a a half-hour comedy. We’d also been to see Burn After Reading, the Coen Brothers film, and both really liked it and thought it was very funny and thought, ‘We should have a go at d
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LOUISVILLE — “2nd Serve” – a romantic comedy set in the world of local, club tennis, starring Josh Hopkins of “Cougar Town,” Cameron Monaghan of TV’s “Shameless” and “Click” and Alexie Gilmore of “World’s Greatest Dad” and “Grey’s ...
LOUISVILLE — “2nd Serve” – a romantic comedy set in the world of local, club tennis, starring Josh Hopkins of “Cougar Town,” Cameron Monaghan of TV’s “Shameless” and “Click” and Alexie Gilmore of “World’s Greatest Dad” and “Grey’s Anatomy” – is now available for purchase on DVD and for digital download. “2nd Serve” is available for purchase on Amazon.com here: http://www.amazon.com/2nd-Serve-Hopkins/dp/B00CQRNLAQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378146972&sr=8-1&keywords=2nd+Serve as well as at Blockbuster here: http://www.blockbuster.com/browse/catalog/movieDetails/589479, at Best Buy here: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/2nd-Serve—DVD/21539039.p?id=2714745&skuId=21539039, at Kmart here: http://entertainment.kmart.com/2nd-serve/818768010632, and Family Video here: http://www.familyvideo.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=419844/. Written by USPTA tennis pro James Markert of Louisville, Kentucky and produced by Gill Holland, also of Louisville, and Jay Thames of 77 Films, “2nd Serve” is a “snobs vs. slobs” film that is part “Caddyshack” part “Dodgeball” part “Wimbledon” and all heart. The movie follows tennis pro Owen Match (Hopkins) who gets fired from his cushy country club gig at the affluent Fountain Club and is forced to take a job at the gritty public courts of the Derby City Rec Center. Along with his new co-workers, a ragtag group of tennis goofs, their boss, the strong-willed single mother club manager Sherry (Gilmore) and her son Jake (Monaghan), a goth teenager with a tennis crush, Owen might just have one last shot at redemption, for him and everyone else. As Owen begins to win over his colleagues, mend his broken relationships, and help Jake improve his serve, he develops a romantic connection with Sherry — despite her insistence that she doesn’t date tennis pros. Just when things start to look up, Owen’s former boss and tennis nemesis Charles (Dash Mihok) challenge the Derby Club to a showdown at the annual Combo Cup tennis tournament. As he leads his team of oddballs, Owen learns the most valuable lesson of all – whether you are on the court or off – everyone deserves a “second serve.” “There really aren’t many movies that have tennis as a main theme and that alone makes ’2nd Serve’ so unique,” said Holland. “’2nd Serve’ has a feel of a being tennis version of ‘Caddyshack,’ and you can’t help but smile and laugh throughout the movie.” “’2nd Serve’ is a movie with a huge heart and, it’s a crowd pleaser,” said Thames. “It’s a must-see for anyone who has played tennis, whether at a private club or a public facility or taught tennis in any regard, or simply anyone who loves an endearing feel-good movie.” “2nd Serve” also stars Kevin Sussman (Big Bang Theory, Burn After Reading, Hitch), Guillermo Diaz (Weeds, The Terminal, Half Baked), Sam McMurray (Raising Arizona, Christmas Vacation, LA Story) and Mihok (Silver Linings Playbook, The Day After Tomorrow, I Am Legend). The movie premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival in New York and the AMFM Film Festival in Palm Springs. It was filmed in Louisville, primarily at the Louisville Boat Club and the Jewish Community Center. Fans can follow “2nd Serve” on Facebook and follow the movie on Twitter at @2ndServeMovie “2nd Serve” – the movie
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Review by arcane-beautiful — (I'm guessing the album is called 9 cause there is 9 tracks on it)Norway's prog scene has seen some interesting acts emerge. From Black Metallers Enslaved & Borknagar taking extreme metal to the prog si...
Review by arcane-beautiful — (I'm guessing the album is called 9 cause there is 9 tracks on it)Norway's prog scene has seen some interesting acts emerge. From Black Metallers Enslaved & Borknagar taking extreme metal to the prog side and bands like Leprous now taking the firm interest This album is very different to their first two albums, mainly due to the more melodic style which the band has now infused into their style. I'm not saying there was no melody before, but on this album, the melody is definitely a major highlight on this release. In fact, the highlight on melody is such a massive point that most of the songs give off a poppy vibe.The album does bode a lot of interesting moments and return to forms, but this is definitely a step in the right direction for these guys, and really bodes well for the future.A lot of people always give bands like these guys a bad name, mainly because they sound like Dream Theater. Now let's get it clear. Dream Theater are the world's biggest Progressive Metal band. Just cause these guys play prog metal doesn't mean they are a rip off. Of course there would be similarities, they are in the same genre, but these guys aren't a copycat band.The opening epic "Architect Of Fortune" is definitely one of the best tracks on the album. The album's longest song, it is definitely one of the better tracks on the album. With an intro that sounds like Opeth jamming with Dream Theater. The song does progressive into a rather interesting epic, with some brilliant instrumental work. The lyrics of the song also paint a interesting picture and bring up a lot of topics including religion, God and humanism."Namaste" is a rather interesting track. With some rather interesting rhythms in the verse, it really is one of the most original prog metal songs I've heard in a while. One of the most interesting songs has to be "Reach Within." Pretty much a cheesy pop song, but it works well. You may be humming this song for years, so...a warning for those with sensitive ears.One of the most 'metal' songs on the album has to be the track "Used." Showing the band's more heavier sound, this song is definitely one of the album's most kick ass moments.The album's second epic "Burn After Reading" is another interesting track. Like the opener, it has a lot of diversity throughout it, especially with a very nice acoustic opening.The closing track "Last Goodbye" is a rather interesting song. Lyrically, the song deals with saying goodbye to someone, and it's rather good, but also rather cheesy at the same time. Michael's vocals really do shine in this song. The ending is very beautiful as well.In conclusion, this is something different, and I rather enjoyed it. This really isn't best prog metal album ever, but this is something a bit different. If you like good songwriting with some amazing musicians playing, then I would recommend giving this album a listen.7.6/10
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Price: £15 book, $12 .pdf / Players: 3-5 / Time: 90 minutes There are two things you should know about Fiasco (and you should know about Fiasco). The first is that it's the funniest game I've ever played.As "a game of powerful ambition a...
Price: £15 book, $12 .pdf / Players: 3-5 / Time: 90 minutes There are two things you should know about Fiasco (and you should know about Fiasco). The first is that it's the funniest game I've ever played.As "a game of powerful ambition and poor impulse control," it sets out to simulate disastrous crime capers. If you've ever witnessed the downward spiral of films like Burn After Reading, In Bruges or Bottle Rocket, you'll know what to expect. My own games of Fiasco have seen me fretting over such miserable tasks as (i) trying to rob Holdenby Falconry Centre, with no knowledge of birds or, indeed, robbery and (ii) discovering my getaway car is a stick shift, which I couldn't drive, then fleeing the police in 1st gear.Read more…
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I know you're all going to be quite busy today filling up on pints and seeing the best damn movie of the summer. Trust us, just go see it. While you're watching The World's End and the jokes are zinging past and the pathos is subtly cr...
I know you're all going to be quite busy today filling up on pints and seeing the best damn movie of the summer. Trust us, just go see it. While you're watching The World's End and the jokes are zinging past and the pathos is subtly creeping in, take a minute and appreciate just how goddamn delightful it is to watch two real-life friends play up there on the big screen. When the friendship is real, the obvious, joyful chemistry is downright infectious. Here's a brief and by no means comprehensive list of other on-screen pairings that give you the warm fuzzy friend tingles. I skipped the more romantic couplings because that's a different kind of tingle altogether (ahem, Gosling and Stone, good god DAMN). I also only picked those partnerships that span more than one film franchise. Otherwise, this list would be dominated by my love for these cats... ...and these kittens. So now that I've exhausted what this list is not, here's what it is. Read it over a pint on your way to the theater. TRUST US. Paul Newman and Robert Redford: The Butch and Sundance pairing is one of the finest in film history, but these two spark just as brightly in The Sting. It's a pity they didn't work together more often. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson: On the one hand, the rumored Zoolander sequel is a terrible idea. I'm not sure you can recapture that delicious lighting in a bottle. On the other hand, anyone who doesn't embrace Hansel and Derek as one of the best on-screen pairings can derelick my balls. Stiller and Wilson don't work together as much as they used to, but Wilson's molasses delivery always brought out the best in Stiller. Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor: Though friendly, apparently Wilder and Pyror weren't as close as they could have been due in large part to the latter's issues with drug abuse. But you wouldn't know it from the four giddy comedies they made together. Brad Pitt And George Clooney: Ah, the fact that these two worked together in Burn After Reading means they just squeaked by the arbitrary rules I set up for myself. Of course these two are best friends, of course they are. Who else would understand the burden of being that handsome, rich and charming? Though the Oceans franchise was fueled by their affable, frat boy brotherhood, it's on the red carpet that these two seem to have the most fun. Work together more, please, and often. Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant: I know I said I wasn't including romantic couplings but I never got the knee-quaking trembles from these two. They just always seemed...matey. Especially when compared to the pop fizz of other screwball partners like Powell and Loy or, especially, to the roaring fire of Hepburn and her real-life love Spencer Tracy. No Grant and Hepburn just always seemed to be palling around be it with leopards, tumbling or Stewarts. One thing is for certain, they were always having fun. James Franco And Seth Rogen: You could probably pick any combination of the Apatow kids and get a similar warm, gooey vibe. But Pineapple Express is a movie that sadly didn't work on SO many levels and was only saved in part by the chemistry between Rogen and Franco. The fact that they resurrected that relationship in spoof form for This Is The End only makes me love them more. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau: These two worked together for 32 years. That's longer than I've been alive. I cannot even fathom liking someone enough to work with them for that long. And even if most of their movies were variations on a theme, it was an amazing theme. We were lucky to have them. Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (and Edgar Wright): Nick Frost famously got his start in acting because his mate Simon Pegg wanted to spend more time with him. So he asked him to come work on his show "Spaced." And, lo, something beautiful was born. But lest you think the magic hinges on just these two, it's worth mentioning that writer/director Edgar Wright is absolutely
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