Thursday, March 8, 2012
- My mind is like a steel trap - rusty and illegal in 37 states.
- Quantum mechanics: The dreams stuff is made of.
- The only substitute for good manners is fast reflexes.
- Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have.
- When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane and going the wrong way.
- If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
- A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
- For every action there is an equal and opposite criticism.
- Never do card tricks for the group you play poker with.
Surpassing his creative and personal boundaries, Richie comes full circle with the innovative and personal Tuskegee, performing 13 of his most revered “anthems of our day” with some of the biggest names in country music, including Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Little Big Town and Jason Aldean.
1. Lionel Richie With Blake Shelton – You Are
2. Lionel Richie With Rasmus Seebach – Say You, Say Me
3. Lionel Richie With Darius Rucker – Stuck On You
4. Lionel Richie With Little Big Town – Deep River Woman
5. Lionel Richie With Kenny Chesney – My Love
6. Lionel Richie With Rascal Flatts – Dancing On The Ceiling
7. Lionel Richie With Jennifer Nettles – Hello
8. Lionel Richie With Jill Johson – Sail On
9. Lionel Richie With Shania Twain – Endless Love
10. Lionel Richie With Billy Currington – Just For You
11. Lionel Richie With Kenny Rodgers – Lady
12. Lionel Richie With Willie Nelson – Easy
13. Lionel Richie With Jimmy Buffett & Coral Reefer Band All Night Long
14. Lionel Richie With Pixie Lott – Angel
It makes you wanna “Shout!”
The misfit frat boys of “Nation Lampoon’s Animal House” will be singing a new tune on Broadway.
Universal Pictures announced Monday that the 1978 comedy that brought John Belushi to the big screen — and put him in a toga — is being made into a musical.
Canadian alt-rockers Barenaked Ladies will provide the score for the show, which is set in the 1960s and centres on the audacious Delta Chi Fraternity. Playwright Michael Mitnick will adapt the story that essentially launched the gross-out comedy film genre.
Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, director and choreographer of “The Book of Mormon,” will repeat those duties on the new show.
Production dates are to be announced.
‘Killer Elite’ is the sort of movie Australia used to make in the 1970’s. Taking its cue from ‘The Man from Hong Kong’, it attempts to mix a globe-trotting romp with a uniquely local flavour. Whilst matching it with rough and ready action, ‘Killer Elite’ surpasses it in terms of mediocre plotting. Almost entirely shot in Melbourne and based on a Ranulph Fiennes novel, it showcases the technical expertise for which the industry is renowned.
When Danny’s (Jason Statham) friend Hunter (Robert DeNiro) is captured, he accepts an offer he doesn’t want. As a former mercenary, he is forced to arrange an assassination of 3 SAS agents so his colleague may live. His mission captures the attention of enforcer Spike (Clive Owen). Matching skills with the best in the field, Danny searches for a way out in the hope of returning to the safer life he craves.
Apparently the secret SAS organisation protecting its own in ‘Killer Elite’ actually exists. If only this intriguing-sounding element was used effectively as this overly long adventure yarn lacks any stylish flair. Plodding from one episodic sequence to the next, there is never a sense of urgency making for a fast moving tale. This poor handling highlights Gary McKendry’s leaden direction and Matt Sherring’s vastly over-written script with a generally interesting story given short shrift.
Headlined by the trio of Statham, Owen and DeNiro one would have expected more. Sadly their unfocussed performances dilute any genuine tension with the admittedly well filmed action devoid of spark. It is easy becoming lost in the increasingly convoluted tale with the constant struggle between realism and spectacular hi-jinx jarring. There’s a very good movie in there somewhere but the whole simply doesn’t gel.
Devoid of any dynamic flavour or excitement ‘Killer Elite’ isn’t terribly impressive. Although having potential most is wasted with only the cinematography and landscape registering on the radar.
Movie Review Rating 4 / 10
Movie Review by Patrick Moore
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Patrick Moore's Movie Review is an alternative look at current movie releases in Australia.
- The average person walks the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime.
- The average porcupine has about 30,000 quills.
- The average US male will spend 2,965 hours shaving during his lifetime.
- The B'52's, were named after a Fifties Hairdo.
- The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland's baby
- The background radiation in Aberdeen is twice that of the rest of Great Britain.
- The bagpipe was originally made from the whole skin of a dead sheep.
- The balls of purring fluff in the Star Trek series were 'Tribbles'.
- The band Duran Duran got their name from an astronaut in the 1968 Jane Fonda movie "Barbarella.
- The band, Buffalo Springfield, was named after an American Tractor.
- The bar used for weightlifting weighs 20 kilograms.
- The Barbary Apes in Gibraltar are well protected by the resident British. The tradition is, when the apes leave the rock, the British will not be far behind.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Robert Sherman, one half of The Sherman Brothers, has died. He and his brother, Richard, wrote the songs to Mary Poppins, the theme songs for The Tiki Room and It's A Small World and a ton more.
Songwriter Robert B. Sherman, who co-wrote memorable songs in films such as Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book, as well as the ubiquitous Disney tune It's a Small World (After All), has died. Sherman died peacefully in London on Monday at the age of 86, his agent Stella Richards confirmed on Tuesday.
"His rule in writing songs was keep it singable, simple and sincere," said his son, Jeffrey Sherman. "He was a very simple guy — complex but simple. If you ever want to know about my Dad, listen to the lyrics of his songs."
Robert Sherman and his younger brother Richard were the sons of Rosa and Al Sherman, who was a successful composer on New York's Tin Pan Alley. Together, the brothers became an award-winning song writing duo who created wrote more than 150 songs for Walt Disney films.
In addition to songs for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the prolific pair also wrote the musical scores for such films as:
The Sword and the Stone
The Parent Trap
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Snoopy, Come Home
The Tigger Movie
The duo's catchy, family-friendly tunes earned them a raft of honours, including gold and platinum albums, two Academy Awards, a Grammy, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and entry into the U.S. Songwriters Hall of Fame.
When former U.S. president George W. Bush awarded the brothers the National Medal of Arts in 2008, he hailed them for creating music that "helped bring joy to millions."
War hero-turned-songwriter Sherman grew up in New York and Beverly Hills, Calif. In 1943, at the age of 17, he joined the army and was stationed in Europe during the Second World War. He eventually received multiple honours for his military service, including a Purple Heart medal.
In the early 1950s, Sherman also married Joyce Sasner and the couple began their family.
Selected songs by the Sherman Brothers:
It's a Small World (After All)
A Spoonful of Sugar
Chim Chim Cher-ee
Me Ol' Bamboo
Trust in Me
Wanna Be Like You
The first Sherman Brothers Top 10 hit arrived a few years later: Tall Paul, sung by Annette Funicello in 1958. The successful track for the former Mousketeer helped draw the attention of Disney executives and led to the Sherman Brothers being hired as staff songwriters for Walt Disney Studios.
It's a Small World (After All), which the pair wrote for the 1964 World's Fair in New York could be considered their most enduring composition. It is one of the most translated and performed songs on the planet since it plays on a continual loop at Disney theme parks worldwide.
- "Starship Enterprise, Uhura here, can you hold please? -- Captain, there is a transmission coming in on hailing frequency seven, do you want it on screen?" (silence...beep)
- I can't come to the phone now because I have amnesia and I feel stupid talking to people I don't remember. I'd appreciate it if you could help me out by leaving my name and telling me something about myself. Thanks.
- Andy Warhol said that one day everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. Well, your 15 minutes was last week, but since you weren't ready, we gave it to Vanna White. Sorry.
- A bubble in the space-time continuum has connected your line to a channeller in the 23rd Century. Any message you leave will be broadcast into the future....
- I can't come to the phone right now because I'm down in the basement printing up a fresh new batch of 20 dollar bills. If you need any money, or if you just want to check out my handiwork, please leave your name, number, and how much cash you need after the tone. If you're from the Department of the Treasury, please ignore this message.
- Thanks for calling Dial-A-Shrink. I can't come to the phone right now, so after the tone, please leave your name and number, then talk briefly about your childhood and tell me what comes to mind when you hear the following words: orange... mother...unicorn...computer. I'll get back to you with my diagnosis as soon as possible.
- Next on Public Radio 91 we'll be hearing music of Antonin Dvorak. This is the Beep Serenade in C-Sharp Minor, Opus 72....
- This is a test. This is a test of the Answering Machine Broadcast System. This is only a test.
- Hi, you've reached __'s answering machine. ___ isn't home right now, but whatever you have to say to him, you can tell me. We're VERY close and we tell each other everything.
- You have reached the number which you have dialled.
Francis Albert Sinatra (born December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey; died May 14, 1998 in Los Angeles, California) was an Italian American Grammy Award winning jazz singer, Academy Award winning actor, founder of Reprise Records and member of The Rat Pack. Beginning his musical career in the Swing Era along with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra became a highly successful solo artist, releasing 59 studio albums and becoming the idol of the ‘bobby soxers’. Sinatra was the recipient of eleven Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Trustees Award, Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
1 Come Fly With Me
2 You Make Me Feel So Young
3 My Funny Valentine
5 Young At Heart
6 In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
7 I’ve Got You Under My Skin
8 Three Coins In The Fountain
9 All The Way
10 The Lady Is A Tramp
11 One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
12 Nice N’ Easy
13 The Very Thought Of You
14 Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
15 Night And Day
16 My Kind Of Town
17 It Was A Very Good Year
18 Strangers In The Night
19 Somethin’ Stupid (with Nancy Sinatra)
20 That’s Life
21 It Had To Be You
22 Mack The Knife
23 My Way
24 Theme from New York, New York
- The average age of a female Olympic competitor is 20.
- The average bank teller loses about $250 every year.
- The average height of a man in the Middle Ages was five feet six inches.
- The average human body contains enough: iron to make a 3 inch nail, sulphur to kill all fleas on an average dog, carbon to make 900 pencils, potassium to fire a toy cannon, fat to make 7 bars of soap, phosphorous to make 2,200 match heads, and water to fill a ten-gallon tank.
- The average human brain weighs 1.3 kg
- The average human produces 25,000 quarts of spit in a lifetime, enough to fill two swimming pools.
- The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
- The average person is about a quarter of an inch taller at night.
- The average person laughs about 15 times a day.
- The average person releases nearly a pint of intestinal gas by flatulence every day. Most is due to swallowed air. The rest is from fermentation of undigested food.
Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan has said the band have 20 songs lined up for their next album.
The singer reckons the band will be hitting the studio in April to lay down tracks for their first LP since 2009's 'Sounds Of The Universe'.
Gahan told Rolling Stone: We've got about 20 songs demoed and we're going to begin recording at the end of next month.
He added: "It's a very different process from what it used to be.
"You've got to put interesting people around you, you've got to work with people who are going to inspire you to take the songs you've written into a completely different direction, because there's nothing more boring than going to the studio and predictably knowing what is going to happen."
Founding member Martin Gore also recently said that the band hope to have their new album finished by the end of this year.
His VCMG side project with ex-Mode member Vince Clarke will release their debut LP 'Ssss' in the UK on March 12.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Cyndi Lauper teams with Harvey Fierstein and director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell for a musical stage adaptation of the 2005 hit comedy Kinky Boots, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Kinky Boots will pair music and lyrics by Lauper with a book by Fierstein, who previously wrote Torch Song Trilogy and the book for the musical adaptation of La Cage aux Folles. Mitchell, celebrated for his work with the annual Broadway Bares benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and for his work on both Hairspray and the 2005 revival of La Cage, will direct and choreograph the new show.
The musical will open at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre in October and could transfer to Broadway some time next season. No casting has been announced.
The 2005 British comedy starred Chiwetel Ejiofor as a drag diva named Lola who helps a man save his late father’s shoe factory from bankruptcy.