Well occasionally on here I will report on something NOT movie or video game related, and this time it’s my personal favorite band Garbage. They recently collaborated with the talented group ‘Screaming Females‘ for a cover of the Patti Smith classic ‘Because the night’. Check out the official video below…
Also on May 27 / 28 the band are releasing a Blu-ray / DVD of their concert ’One Mile High’ filmed at the Ogden Theater in Denver, Colarado in 2012. I am so looking forward to it. The release will also features the official music videos for ‘Blood For Poppies’ and ‘Big Bright World’, as well as several other extras. Can’t wait!
- Music Video Of The Day: Garbage & Screaming Females ‘Because The Night’ (chicagoist.com)
- Garbage and Screaming Females channel Patti Smith’s Because the Night (lostateminor.com)
- First Look: Garbage & Screaming Females Release A Music Video For ‘Because The Night’ (pinkisthenewblog.com)
- Garbage Covers Patti Smith’s ‘Because The Night’ For Record Store Day (news.radio.com)
Just a quick post to wish all the visitors to The Movie Report a great Christmas. Hope Santa was good to you!
Of the gifts I received this year, I had a set of Sony blue tooth ear phones, Kelly Clarkson greatest hits cd, the best of Family Guy on DVD, the official Scarlett Johansson calendar, Mad Men season 5 on Blu-ray as well as clothing, smellies etc.
Thank you to everyone who got me things and hope you like what I got you!
Ho ho ho.
I was shocked and saddened today to learn that much celebrated director Tony Scott (brother of Ridley Scott) had apparently committed suicide off the Vincent Thomas Bridge, San Pedro, California. Considering he remained one of the top directors in Hollywood with recent hit movies like Unstoppable and The Taking Of Pelham 1,2,3 this came as quite alarming news.
On a personal note my favourite Tony Scott movie will always be True Romance, working from a screenplay by Quentin Tarantino. He collaborated with stars like Denzel Washington, John Travolta and Tom Cruise, and had been rumoured to have been working on a sequel to Top Gun.
My thoughts go out to his family and those that were closest to him, and as one of the best directors in the business, he will be sorely missed.
21/06/1944 – 18/08/2012
- Top Gun director Tony Scott dies after jump from bridge in apparent suicide – Metro (metro.co.uk)
- RIP Tony Scott: Celebs Mourn the Filmmaker’s Death on Twitter (eonline.com)
- Directors react to Tony Scott’s death on Twitter (variety.com)
- ‘Top Gun’ Director Tony Scott Commits Suicide (hollywood.com)
Viewed – 08 July 2012 Blu-ray
I grew up loving The Muppets, more so their late seventies / early eighties The Muppet Show than the poorly advised Muppets Tonight. Their brand of humour, celebrity guests and just great characters really made my childhood. Over the years The Muppets went on to star in several movies, most notably Muppets Christmas Carol and Muppets Treasure Island. Yet in subsequent years, they seem to have fallen out of favour and until now I began to think those cuddly creations were all but extinct.
That is where this latest big-screen outing kicks off, with a young Muppet called Walter who has grown up with a human ‘brother’ Jason Segel, and on his chance to go to Hollywood and meet his heroes, discovers they have disappeared from the public eye, with their famed studio under threat from a ruthless tycoon. Yet Walter intends to get the old gang back together and convince them to save the studio. Playing wisely on how The Muppets may seem a bit outdated these days, it was certainly hard to ignore just how funny and infectious they still remain, and as soon as the likes of Kermit The Frog, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear appeared on-screen, I found myself transported back.
Supporting cast handle the material well next to their Muppet counterparts, especially the gorgeous Amy Adams reprising her musical song & dance skills from Enchanted, and along with a few celeb cameos, including Jack Black and Whoopie Goldberg – this was pure feel-good entertainment. The in-jokes were also priceless, especially Animal being in anger management and Miss Piggy working at Vogue. That being said, the comedy does get very silly at times, the concept isn’t anything particularly fresh or imaginative, and a couple of the songs are rather limp (especially the Oscar-winning Man or Muppet) – but its the larger than life characters we’re here for and in that respect – this delivered brilliantly.
Long live The Muppets!!
Verdict: 4 /5
So being a common or garden Englishman without a subscription to Sky television, I did not get to watch the Academy Awards last night. However I was pleased to see that a few of my predictions were bang on the nail, namely Christian Bale getting Best Supporting Actor and Colin Firth getting Best Actor. I think 127 Hours’ James Franco, also the host for the evening, was robbed however as his performance in that film simply amazed me, but at least the academy made up for such a oversite with Natalie Portman getting Best Actress. Well deserved. I was hoping that Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky had got the nod rather than the guy who made The King’s Speech, but at least that particular movie got just four awards, for Best Picture and Original Screenplay also, rather than the gushing ridiculousness that was the Baftas.
- Colin Firth wins best actor Oscar (alternet.org)
- Oscars: The King’s Speech wins best picture; Colin Firth takes best actor while Natalie Portman is best actress! (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Oscars 2011: Backstage with Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, Melissa Leo, Christian Bale, and more (insidemovies.ew.com)
- The 83rd Academy Awards – The Oscars (thenewroyalty.wordpress.com)