Archive for September, 2008

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Paul Newman Dies Friday, another Legend gone

September 28, 2008

Tributes have poured in from around the world for Hollywood legend Paul Newman, who has died of cancer at the age of 83.

Newman – whose brilliant blue eyes, good looks and talent made him one of Tinseltown’s top actors over six decades – died on Friday at his farmhouse near Westport, Connecticut, surrounded by his family and close friends.

He appeared in some 60 films – including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Hustler, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Sting – earning him nine Oscar nominations for acting and the best actor honour for 1986’s The Color of Money.

The movie heart-throb donated all profits and royalties from his Newman’s Own range of food products to thousands of charities.

Newman said: “I wanted to acknowledge luck; the chance and benevolence of it in my life, and the brutality of it in the lives of others, who might not be allowed the good fortune of a lifetime to correct it.”

Robert Redford, who starred alongside Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting, said: “There is a point where feelings go beyond words. I have lost a real friend. My life – and this country – is better for his being in it.”

Oscar-winning British director Sam Mendes, who worked with Newman on the 2002 film Road to Perdition, said it had been “the highlight of my professional life”.

He added: “To say he was an extraordinary man would be an understatement.

“It seems to me to be one of the great 20th-century lives. He was famously generous, with his extraordinary and unstinting work for his charities; he was a passionate advocate for the adrenaline and danger of his beloved racing cars; he was a shining example of how to use global fame for the greater good; and most of all he was one of the great movie actors of this or any other age.”

British actor Daniel Craig, who appeared alongside Newman in Road to Perdition, said: “He was one of the greatest screen actors of all time and a beautiful man. I think an era just ended.”

Australian star Russell Crowe said Newman was an inspiration.

He said: “Earlier, I read a quote from him which I find to be really amusing. It speaks so much to who he is.

“He said that regardless of his status, he was always a character actor – he just looked like Little Red Riding Hood.”

Newman was born in the Cleveland, Ohio, suburb of Shaker Heights. He briefly attended Ohio University before joining the US Navy, where he served as a radio operator and gunner in torpedo bombers in World War II.

After the war, he returned to college and graduated in 1949, when he enrolled at Yale University to study acting and subsequently joined Lee Strasberg’s Actors’ Studio in New York City.

Newman made his debut on Broadway and starred in his first movie in 1954, playing boxer Rocky Graziano in Somebody Up There Likes Me, later followed by Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Elizabeth Taylor.

His films The Hustler, in 1961, Harper in 1966 and Cool Hand Luke in 1967 made him a global superstar.

Newman married twice. He wed Jackie Witte in 1949 and the marriage ended in 1958. The couple had a son and two daughters. In 1978, his son Scott died of a drug overdose and the star opened the Scott Newman Centre for drug rehabilitation.

In 1958, Newman married actress and fellow Oscar-winner Joanne Woodward and they had three daughters together.

The couple had one of Hollywood’s rare long-term marriages. Asked if he had ever been tempted to stray, Newman told Playboy magazine: “I have steak at home, why go out for hamburger?”.

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Will Smith as Captain America

September 27, 2008

Crossing the boards and being a massive Captain America fan I stumbled upon that title on Newsarama. As a fan of Will Smith he’d certainly be a good character in the story but lets look at the factors.

1. The coloured soldiers that were injected with a flawed version of the super soldier serum, all ended up crippled or dead (granted for some it took longer to take hold)

2. They were never given the title Captain America.

3. Captain America or Steve Rogers is a legacy character and as Marvel are bringing out the films as legacy characters then I can’t see this working.

4. Marvel have already stated that this is the Marvel War film, In WW2 sad as it is Coloured soldiers were not a accepted part of the Military, They were used for menial tasks.

5. Part of what Captain America after the Super Soldier Serum was the fact that here was a man who if he was German was a poster boy for Nazism, and that’s what scared the Nazi’s, why couldn’t they do the same. If it was a coloured soldier it would have radicalised both the American army and the allies. Sad Fact but true.

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Kapow holy credit crunch, vat bills, valuations and others

September 22, 2008

A COMIC shop is having £325,000 worth of stock sold at auction after being hit by the credit crunch.

The Comic Guru Presents was visited by bailiffs in June after running up debts of £22,000.

While the store is keen to point out that it is not closing, next week 44,000 collectible items will go under the hammer at Newport Auctions.

Thousands of comics, including valuable first editions, are likely to go to the highest bidder for a fraction of their normal market value.

Collectible memorabilia is also being sold off from comics like Spiderman, TV shows such as Doctor Who and films including Star Wars.

Owner Kristian Barry will have been running his shop in Cardiff’s Wyndham Arcade for five years on October 4, which is his birthday.

The 36-year-old complained the number of shoppers had dropped dramatically since work began on the nearby St David’s 2 development in 2007.

He said: “It was not so bad until David Morgan closed. Then business dropped off. If it was not for my website, I would not have been able to carry on after that point.”

Mr Barry is determined to get through his problems.

He said: “I’m not going anywhere, I refuse to give in. What has happened is not my fault.

“You could say a lot of what has happened is down to inexperience. But how can you predict a collapse in the international credit markets?”

The stock will be sold next Tuesday.

Mr Barry has been arguing with the Inland Revenue that his business rates should be cut because of the effect of the St David’s 2 project.

In a letter from Cardiff’s Valuation Office, valuation officer Peter Grant said his request would be considered.

HM Customs and Revenue, which includes the Valuation Office, was unavailable for comment.

Butchers View: Well having heard all kinds of excuses I can only conclude that the comic guru has brought this on himself. Over the years varying excuses for late deliverys or no deliverys have been.

A personal vendetta with the Delivery Driver ( would that be TNT for vendetta)

a vendetta with a member of the bank staff (would that be teller for vendetta)

Flood Damage

Fire Damage

Diamond hasn’t delivered

Diamonds delivery late

and now it’s the vat man/taxman (holy tax bill vatman, you have a vendetta against me, vat for vendetta)

it’s a pity as a person the comic guru is a great guy as a business man he fails to realise that people talk to each other so we hear 7 different stories for each one he gives us. Perhaps whoever stole his cloak should return it as his powers seem to have gone without it

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Iron Man 2 Plot Details

September 14, 2008

First up, as thoroughly hinted at in the first instalment, Col. James ‘Rhodey” Rhodes (Terrence Howard) will get a chance to don armour and become War Machine for the film, in news that will surprise no one but please everyone Secondly, while Favreau sees the Mandarin as the overarching villain behind the series (he’s thinking three as well as two), he doesn’t know how to do him onscreen, what with the arcane powers and racial stereotyping that don’t fit that well into Iron Man’s world. But since he talked about his fascination with the new Cold War that seems to be brewing, we might see a villain like Crimson Dynamo, of whom there have been twelve comic incarnations but who would at least fit in Iron Man’s world, being another man in a suit, but this tme one who can use electricity to devastating effect.