Archive for the ‘Television’ Category

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Battlestar Galactica- My Take

April 2, 2008

After what feels like I have run a marathon, I think it’s all over. Dang it it’s not, The new and “Final” series is out soon. Many a sleepless night was spent wondering how the next episode would turn out. ( I have to apologise to Stu.Art from MWM) I was wrong it is more adictive than crack. The One more episode syndrome bites, and as I had one last disk to go tonight I ran that Marathon. And Boy has it left me floored.

Now unlike some sites I won’t give you spoilers, I won’t hope that you don’t read further down. I will stress an opinion though. The missing cylons either were flawed and taken from the ressurection ship or rebelled.

 I have to thank both cast and crew from both the original series and the new series for torturing me so much. I loved every fracking second of the ride

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Ioan Gruffudd Valleys Boy to Mr Fantastic

March 14, 2008

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Gruffudd was born on 6 October 1973 in the village of Llwydcoed near the town of Aberdare, in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taff, South Wales. His family later moved to Cardiff. The popular Welsh name “Ioan” is an equivalent of “John”, and “Gruffudd” corresponds to the Anglicized “Griffith”. He has been quoted as saying, “I’m determined not to lose my name. It’s who I am. It has neither aided my progress nor hampered it. It’s just who I am. My character… my make-up. My culture and heritage is a very rich one. So what if it’s difficult for people to pronounce? We all learned how to say Schwarzenegger.”

Gruffudd’s parents, Peter and Gillian Griffiths, were teachers. He has two siblings; a brother, Alun, who is two years younger, and a sister, Siwan, who is seven years younger than he is.

Gruffudd started his acting career at the age of 12 in a Welsh television film called Austin (1986) and then later moved on to the Welsh soap opera Pobol y Cwm (People of the Valley) from 1987 to 1994. At the age of 18, he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. He won his first major English language role a few years later in the 1996 TV remake of Poldark.

After playing Oscar Wildes lover John Gray in 1997’s Wilde he took his first international role as Fifth Officer Harold Lowe in the blockbuster film Titanic. He later landed his best-known role as Horatio Hornblower in Hornblower, the Meridian production of the C.S. Forester novels (1998–2003), shown on ITV1 and A&E. Gruffudd has said: “It was quite something for an unknown actor to get the lead. So I will always be grateful to Hornblower. … I would love to play this character through every stage of his life. I think it would be unique to have an actor playing him from the very early days as a midshipman, through till he’s an Admiral. So, I would love to play this character till he perishes.” Since February 20, 2007, Gruffudd has been making plans to obtain rights to the Horatio Hornblower novels in order to produce a film for the big screen.

Gruffudd’s TV work includes playing the character Pip in the BBC TV production of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations (1999) and architect Philip Bosinney in ITV’s adaptation of The Forsyte Saga (2002). As regards films, he has starred in 102 Dalmatians (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001) and King Arthur (2004). In 2007 he starred in the historical drama Amazing Grace as William Wilberforce, the British slavery abolitionist, receiving critical acclaim for the role. Gruffudd has also portrayed characters of both Marvel Comics and DC Comics, having appeared as Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards) in Marvel’s Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), and provided the voice of Mister Miracle in DC’s Justice League Unlimited(2004–2006).

Apart from television and film work, he also starred in the music video of Westlife’s version of “Uptown Girl” (2001) alongside Claudia Schiffer, and on 7 July 2007 he was a presenter at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, London.

Gruffudd is a native Welsh speaker. He was accepted into the Gorsedd Beirdd Ynys Prydain (the Bardic Order of Great Britain) at the highest rank in the National Eisteddfod at Meifod, Mid Wales, in 2003, with the bardic name “Ioan”.

Gruffudd lives with his wife, British actress Alice Evans, in Los Angeles, California. The couple met during the production of 102 Dalmatians. They married on September 14, 2007 in Mexico.

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Pratchett funds Alzheimer’s study

March 13, 2008

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Best-selling fantasy author Terry Pratchett is to donate $1m for research into Alzheimer’s disease.

The creator of the Discworld series was diagnosed with a rare early-onset form of the disease in December.

Pratchett, 59, announced the pledge of about £494,000 at the Alzheimer’s Research Trust annual conference.

Telling leading dementia specialists of his determination to find a cure, he said: “I intend to scream and harangue while there is time.”

Personally, I’d eat the arse out of a dead mole if it offered a fighting chance
Terry Pratchett

There are 15,000 people in the UK with early-onset dementia, which strikes under the age of 65 years.

Mr Pratchett has a rare form of the disease called posterior cortical atrophy, in which areas at the back of the brain begin to shrink and shrivel.

He says he is starting to notice its effect on him.

“I’ve given up my driving licence because I didn’t feel confident driving. And if I’ve got something inside out, it’s a little bit puzzling getting it the right way round again.”

He added: “The curious thing is that writing goes on, although the typing doesn’t.”

Mr Pratchett is paying for the Alzheimer’s drug Aricept because the NHS says he is too young to get it for free.

Lack of funds

The author told the conference he is prepared to go to extreme lengths in order to beat the disease.

He said: “Personally, I’d eat the arse out of a dead mole if it offered a fighting chance.

“I am, along with many others, scrabbling to stay ahead long enough to be there when the cure comes along.

“Say it will be soon – there’s nearly as many of us as there are cancer sufferers, and it looks as if the number of people with dementia will double within a generation.

“In most cases, alongside the sufferer you will find a spouse suffering as much.

“It is a shock to find out that funding for Alzheimer’s research is just 3% of that to find cancer cures.”

In total, an estimated 700,000 people in the UK have Alzheimer’s disease.

However, the Alzheimer’s Research Trust estimates that just £11 per patient is spent annually on research into the disease – compared with £289 for each cancer patient.

Rebecca Wood, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, said the trust currently had to turn down two out of every three research projects due to lack of funds.

She said: “Whilst we were deeply saddened to learn of Mr Pratchett’s diagnosis, we are delighted that he has chosen to speak out about his experiences with Alzheimer’s disease, to raise awareness about its impact and the desperate need for more research.

“Research is the only way to beat this disease and help people like Terry – to prevent them losing their thinking skills and keep them doing the things they love.”