Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Betty White roasts William Shatner

Roast is a show on Comedy Central where comedians and other entertainment people make fun of a particular guest. In this case, William Shatner.
The woman doing the jokes here is Betty White, who was in Golden Girls and also appeared in many TV shows (Love Boat, Diagnosis Murder, That 7os show, Boston Legal...) She is just hilarious, hope you will enjoy it.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

More movies to see

Now I haven't yet gone through the Imdb top 250 movies, so imagine my despair reading the Observer this week end: they have a list of "50 Lost Movie Classics". All I need!
Forgotten films from the 30s, first features, weird ones ("Le Petomane", by Ian MacNaughton, about a man with an elastic anus)... there's even a movie starring Kevin Costner (Tin Cup)!!
Definitely an interesting list.
And if you feel that a movie is missing, they've opened a page on their blog for your suggestions.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Spanish Goyas

The Goyas are Spanish cinema's own awards. Alastriste, Volver and Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno) received 15, 14 and 13 nominations respectively. The competition will be fierce!
The award ceremony will be held at the end of January.

Friday, December 15, 2006

No more bullfights in Barcelona?

The owner of Barcelona's bullring will not be running bullfights in 2008.
The plaza de toros Monumental was built in 1913 and, as well as bullfights during the season (around march to september), also hosts concerts.
The decision is apparently purely economic, and has nothing to do with the Barcelona townhall's decision to call the town "antitaurina" (against bullfights). With every bullfight, the owner was losing € 24 000. Simple as that. Animal lovers, please shut up and stop boasting, it has nothing to do with you!

So, the question is, is it a sign of the end of bullfights?

Friday, December 08, 2006

McGregor at the Royal Ballet

The choreographer Wayne McGregor was named resident choreographer at the Royal Ballet on the 1st December.

Monica Mason, Royal Ballet director, said to her dancers: "You challenged me to find challenges for you, and this is what I have done". There has been no resident choreographer at the Royal Ballet since 1993, and, in the 75 years of the company, only 3 people had the job: Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan and David Bintley, who now runs the Birmingham Ballet. Big names, then.

McGregor is only 36. At 22, he was running his own dance troupe, Rambert Dance Company, with his own choreographic style: "
I have very long limbs, but no flexibility in the joints, and when I was dancing I made a style for myself that suited my body". He's also studied neuroscience, created art installations, directed operas...

His latest creation for the Royal Ballet, Chroma (pictured) was a big success, both among the audiences and the dancers themselves.

"It is a new world for the Royal Ballet".

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Jacques Brel - Amsterdam

There's nothing like a Jacques Brel song to stir you up.