Sir Bruce Forsyth has died at the age of 89.
The veteran entertainer and former Strictly host passed away peacefully at home on on Friday afternoon, his family announced.
Sir Bruce, whose career in show-business started at the age of 14 and spanned 75 years, had been unwell for some time, and earlier this year spent five days in intensive care with a severe chest infection.
With stints hosting popular British shows including The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and The Price is Right, Sir Bruce was renowned for his catchphrases including “Nice to see, to see you nice!”
He fronted popular BBC dance competition Strictly Come Dancing with co-host Tess Daly for a decade from 2004, until failing health forced him to step back from the limelight in 2014.
A statement from his manager, Ian Wilson, said: “It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children.
“A couple of weeks ago, a friend visited him and asked him what he had been doing these last 18 months.
“With a twinkle in his eye, he responded ‘I’ve been very, very busy… being ill!'”
Sir Bruce’s family expressed their thanks to “the many people who have sent cards and letters to Bruce wishing him well over his long illness and know that they will share in part, the great, great loss they feel”.
They said there would be no further comment for the and asked for their privacy to be respected “at this most difficult time”.
This girl I like, really likes horrormovies. When we look for a film to watch, she often proposes to see a horrormovie. The problem is that I really don't like the feeling of being 'scared' and jump scares have a big effect on me. Until now I declined every proposal of watching such a film, explaining that I'm not scared in real life but that I just don't like to fill up my free time with watching movies I don't like. She always reacts dissapointed though, saying that I throw away an entire genre. Which horrormovie that is still considered scary, but still suits me the best should I propose? I don't want to propose a horrormovie she doesn't consider scary. (I know you shouldn't ask these kind of vague things, but I really don't know anything about horrormovies. Only thing I can say is that spooky little girls freak me out the most, and normal human murderers spook me out the least)
After looking through the comments and past the people who took umbrage with the fact that I admitted my favorite comic books series wasn’t perfect, I got the feeling that many in the comments wanted me to talk about Fabian Nicieza, Kurt Busiek, and Tom Grummett’s New Thunderbolts series from 2004.
That’s fine, because, when I first started reading Thunderbolts, this was the era I started in. I started around Civil War, and this title had dropped the New from the title in favor of original numbering and the traditional Thunderbolts name. Zemo was back by this point, and he was rounding up any villain he could to join up with the team while working for the Registration Act and Iron Man.
When I started collecting the trades, I started with the New Thunderbolts, specifically Vol. 2: Modern Marvels. This was just a random choice really. I was a lot younger then and far less obsessed with reading everything in order. I’m willing to fudge that rule still from time to time.
Nicieza and Grummett’s Thunderbolts are easily in my top three eras of the Thunderbolts. The other two, well we’ll get to that in later installments.
The bigger team with a more scattershot membership is interesting. Radioactive Man is a natural fit for the lineup. Seeing Mach IV trying to work out as a leader while keeping his own secrets is compelling. Songbird, my all-time favorite Thunderbolt, trying to figure out her new identity is an enthralling character arc. Atlas is great. Blizzard is sympathetic. Speed Demon is a charming asshole. Genis-Vell is crazy and interesting. I just love all of it.
The villains, Baron Strucker, Purple Man, Atlantean terrorists, and, later, the freaking Grandmaster, are great. Swordsman plays an interesting role later on. Moonstone’s return was dramatic and shocking.
Tom Grummett’s artwork is very much in the vain of Mark Bagley’s style, and, as a result, it fits the book so damn well. There is an old comic charm to it with some new comic sensibilities. The figures are striking, the faces are unique and expressive, the action is kinetic; it all just works so well. The only drawback is some of the side profiles of male characters, which can look a bit horrid and caveman-ish at times.
Chris Sotomayor’s color work is fantastic and skips around the color wheel. It keeps the pages interesting and allow for them to really pop for the reader.
The story of the first volume of New Thunderbolts is as follows. Abner Jenkins, former Beetle and current Mach IV, is starting up the Thunderbolts once more to give other villains who want to make an attempt at a change the chance to do so. His first recruits are Atlas, Songbird, and Blizzard.
They’re quickly called to action when Atlantean terrorists attack the World Trade Center. Genis-Vell (Captain Marvel/Legacy/Pulsar/Photon) shows up to lend a hand. Before he’s offered a membership, Atlas has a breakdown and beats him nearly to death.
From the shadows, Baron Strucker and the Purple Man run separate schemes against them in the shadows, the latter being responsible for Atlas’ attack on Genis.
When the Thunderbolts battle the Wrecking Crew next, they are joined by Speed Demon to help defeat the villains. He is their next recruit.
Matters worsen when Namor is attacked by the Game at the UN Embassy in New York. A bomb goes off which almost brings the building down. This brings Radioactive Man to the scene, as China and Atlantis have had strained relations of late. Atlas manages to hold the building up against all odds, while a new mysterious Swordsman begins tracking down Baron Strucker.
Wolverine is on Strucker’s trail as well, and this leads to a showdown between the Swordsman and Wolverine. Purple Man has orchestrated this encounter between the three men.
With Joystick of the Game and Radioactive Man of China now working with the Thunderbolts, another Atlantean attack on New York occurs. The Thunderbolts respond. However, after that is over, the Strucker and Hydra make a move. The Thunderbolts respond to this threat as well, and Genis-Vell makes a return in a new form, calling himself Photon this time. The Thunderbolts win the day and make a name for themselves once more in the absence of the Avengers.
As luck would have it, I stumbled upon a trade called Tales from the Marvel Vault, which is a collection of Marvel stories that were never printed prior to their inclusion in this paperback.
Among these stories is an issue of Thunderbolts that Fabian Nicieza put together in case he and the creative team ever needed a month to breathe. It tells of what could have been with the character of Jack Monroe, AKA Nomad, and his attempts to make atonement for his actions as Scourge. He tracks down the people who knew the Thunderbolts before they were the Thunderbolts, and he sees how their lives were in contrast to how they are now. He ends up running across Rock Python, a former member of the Serpent Society, working as a security guard at a bank. He convinces the former villain to stay on the new path he’s chosen instead of giving into the temptation of his old life. The issue ends with the implication that Monroe will continue this path across the U.S.
This was a neat little “what could have been” for Nomad, who was actually killed by the Winter Soldier in Ed Brubaker’s Captain America not too long after this was originally written.
So yeah, Nicieza’s Thunderbolts is actually what sparked my interest in the team originally. I loved everything about his run, and it sparked a love in me that has yet to die out. Give Nicieza and Grummett’s New Thunderbolts a read if you ever see it in your local comic shop. It’s fantastic and worthy of the mantra, “Justice…like lightning.”
I’m not sure where to go next with this discussion. I could continue with New Thunderbolts, jump around to Jeff Parker‘s Luke Cage-led team, or I could go over Zub and Malin’s new run. Let me know what you guys think in the comments! Until next time.
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I’ve written a bit about the Archie Digests in the past. Some I’ve been pretty fond of, while others fell squarely into “okay” territory. But the main constant throughout all of them has been the small town, welcoming feeling you get from reading Archie comics. Under usual circumstances, Riverdale is a pleasant place with a cast of characters wide enough for everyone to find a favorite. And while mischief may run afoot and rivalries will be made, there is always a undercurrent of camaraderie throughout the whole ordeal.
Except in World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #71.
World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #71 starts off as most Archie Digests do: with a brand new tale. I was pretty eager to sink my teeth into this one after reading the new story Hitting A Sour Note. It’s short and sweet, but with a fun little plot that doesn’t drag out the conclusion. For some it may end abruptly, but I think it’s a smart choice. We all know that Archie isn’t going to leave Riverdale permanently and dragging that decision out would have just been painful. Instead, Hitting A Sour Note shows you where Archie’s heart lies and leaves it at that.
The problem is that the further you read into World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #71, the more apparent it becomes which kind of comics are collected in this volume. For some reason, it seems as if every comic where Archie is straight-out rude to the female cast is highlighted. In fact, it’s not just Archie who falls prey to this straightforward dismissal of characters such as Betty, Veronica, and Ms. Grundy. Jughead, Reggie, and even Mr. Weatherbee get in on the mean-spirited, “it’s a man’s world” rhetoric.
Some of the most glaring examples show up in the Weatherbee and Grundy-centric issue, Sheer Poetry. Despite needing his help he’s incredibly dismissive of her talents and ability to do her job. And though Ms. Grundy does get her comeuppance in the end, it doesn’t feel like a real win thanks to it relying on the “domineering wife” trope. Add that to Archie coaching “powder puff” football complete with stereotypically buff female players in “Coach Reproach” and the reactions that come with it, and you’re left with some cringe-worthy moments.
It’s not just the ladies who are the target of some bumpy comics. Even poor Moose has a rough go at it in his Archie 1: The Dawn of Time issue. They seem to be the biggest offender in the bunch from the Archie gang’s mocking of Moose to their painting of Archie as someone who doesn’t want girls anywhere his “new” sport “flog”.
There are a lot of great comics tucked away in this digest. The music-themed issues such as The Teen Club are great with cameos from Archie and Jughead’s grandparents and the two-parter Power Mad is a fun read. But they can’t make up for the sudden and startling animosity in the comics they’re sandwiched between.
World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #71 is available now for $6.99.
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With all the happenings in the world, sometimes what’s needed is some light diversion to entertain and put a smile on people’s faces. To that end, Something Rotten! does deliver. Coming off of a 742-performance run on Broadway, the national tour has landed in San Francisco for a three and a half week run (until September 10th) at the Orpheum Theater. It’s a comedic look at late 16th-century London and the rock-star status of The Bard, William Shakespeare (played here by Adam Pascal, who also played the original cast of Rent as Roger Davis).
With all of London swooning at Will’s every word, two playwrights: Nick (played by Rob McClure) and Nigel Bottom (Josh Grisetti) are struggling to come up with any idea for a play of their own. Nick without inspiration and in desperation seeks out the help of a soothsayer (Blake Hammond) – who turns out to be the historical Nostradamus’ nephew, Thomas. Looking into the future for “the next big thing on the stage,” Thomas overshoots the mark and reveals the big thing to be musicals. His visions lead him into a fabulous song and dance number which is a who’s who of musical theater history. If you’ve ever wanted to geek-check your friends to see how versed they are in musicals, by the end of Something Rotten’s first act – you’ll know. From Cats to South Pacific to Phantom of the Opera to Avenue Q and most points in-between.
There’s a blossoming love between Nigel and the local Puritan leader’s daughter, Portia (Autumn Hurlbert). There’s Nick’s wife Bea (Maggie Lakis) who will do any job she can find to help make ends meet so that he can continue to write his plays. And amongst it all is the Bard strutting around – even giving a performance in a local park. To which Nick exclaims, “Shakespeare in the Park?” That’s the kind of jokes you’ll get; this is no show to change the the history of theater (not every show can be Hamilton), but it is a great way to spend an evening. The songs are catchy, the plot straightforward, and the two acts over two and a half hours goes by before you know it.
The cast’s performances were fine, with Grisetti’s Nigel Bottom amongst the men and both Hurlbert and Lakis amongst the women giving the best vocal performances of the night. There seemed to be some audio challenges, both with the opening song, sung by The Minstrel (Nick Rashad Burroughs), and then the first few songs by Pascal sounded muddy over the Orpheum’s sound system and the clarity of the lyrics not as crisp as many of the others. By act 2, things did improve by the time Pascal breaks into the number, Hard to be the Bard, where Shakespeare bemoans how hard it is to be him. That latter nitpick I expect will be dialed in by the sound crew within the first few nights.
Nearly every character in the play has a reflection from Shakespeare’s plays (like Nick Bottom is the comedic relief character from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Bea is a spin on Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing). One other notable is the local moneylender to whom Nick is in debt to, a jew named Shylock (who is thrilled to hear that Shakespeare might put him into one of his plays). With everything going on in the world at the moment, it’s a delicate line that some of the jokes play with, but they hit more often than they miss. In our performance one show-stopping moment occurred when the soothsayer is divining future hit scenes, which includes a nun, and singing children… running away from the Nazis. Nick asks if the Naxi’s are the good guys or the bad guys. Nostradamus replies, “I’m not sure, but it seems important that we get that one right.”- to that the audience cut loose with a three minute ovation. So at least one solid statement was made, and for the rest of the evening, it was time to just relax and enjoy some escapism and to entertain ourselves with how many in-jokes we could catch in the first pass.
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With Doctor Noah Burstein, the man who gave young Carl Lucas his powers and transformed him into Luke Cage, the Power Man, revealed to be a live, questions Luke Cage has had about the doctor are beginning to bubble to the surface. Luke isn’t sure he likes the answers.
The Ninth Ward gang prepare for their attack on Luke, Warkhawk, Lenore, and Burstein.
Cyril Morgan talks to a mysterious benefactor who is displeased with his handling of the situation. This person calls in a small brigade of hitmen to deal with the problem of Cage, Warhawk, and Burstein.
The story is really beginning to get some traction with Luke Cage #4. Where the previous issues were setting up the mystery and the shock turn in #3, this one begins to move into the answers and solutions part of the Burstein mystery.
The complex relationship between Luke and Burstein explodes as the doctor wants to take credit for everything Luke Cage has ever done. Worse yet, he talks of Warhawk, the Ninth Ward gang, and even Luke himself as if they are more things than people. Despite this, he insists on calling all of them “his sons,” which irks Luke Cage even more.
The blow up between Luke and Burstein is aptly cathartic and gives this issue a lot of power and impact.
This comic characterizes an individual in the Ninth Ward gang really well, and he becomes an interesting antagonist in this story. He is smarter than most of the other members, he’s more ambitious, and he isn’t even given a name yet. This character is given a lot of depth, and I hope he sticks around for another issue or two.
There’s a large fight scene towards the end where Nelson Blake II gets to strut his stuff a bit more. The armored hitmen look pretty cool, and Luke and the Ninth Ward guys kicking their asses looks pretty sweet. As always, Blake manages to show a lot of emotion with facial expressions and body language. The panels are clean and detailed. I’ve had issues with this being done in a Luke Cage comic in my last reviews on this site, but it’s clicking for me now.
Marcio Menyz’s color work strikes an interesting balance that sticks more in the green-yellow range than the others. This fits very well given that yellow has always been Luke Cage’s principal costume color. It really works.
This is my favorite issue of the series thus far. I put my faith in Power Man and Iron Fist scribe David F. Walker to continue his success trend with Luke Cage, and that faith has been rewarded. The man understands the character, and I look forward to his continuing work with Marvel’s greatest hero. You need to check this one out.
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Seth Rogen on Twitter: During the MPAA screenings of Superbad they said we were the first movie to sFriday, 18 August 2017 15:12
I'm definitely looking forward to some decorating and gardening and putting our mark on the new place.
Speaking of things for moving, we've found Lucy a new therapist down there - recommended by her current one. We've met a few times and they seem to get on, and she seems LGBT and poly friendly so that's always a relief. Lucy's also got a yoga class sorted and is looking at the various support groups that are available to her. She's definitely stressed and struggling with her mental health but nowhere near as bad as I was dreading. I wish I could help her more. *sigh emoji*
Samantha's leg is healing well. She's got the cast off and now just has a very cumbersome plastic boot on the foot. Shes still walking on crutches and bitching about physios being evil sadistic bastards so I think she'll be just fine!
Tomorrow, incidentally, is my and Samantha's 13th wedding anniversary ♥
She's up to something. I know her well enough to know she's got something planned. She won't tell me. Neither will Lucy.
So yes. Things continue to tick over nicely in Casa Anderson which is always nice to be able to say. Now, we head to the local cinema to see The Dark Tower.
I know I'm a little late in seeing it, but I just recently saw don't breath and I'm not really a fanFriday, 18 August 2017 15:29
As the title suggests I saw the film Don't Breathe and didn't really enjoy it, so when I see it has extremely positive reviews I feel like I missed something.
I didn't really like many of the characters, and when the twist happened I just found that the small pool of characters that I did like shrunk even more.
Other than the main twist I didn't really find many of the scares, well... scary. Although I did like the premise of the film I felt like most of what happened was fairly obviously going to happen [(aside from the main twist) Which to be honest really just grossed me out more than anything].
So now I beg the question. What did I miss?
Edit: And or could someone share something that they liked about that movie or thought that the movie did well?
So i recently subscribed to netflix and spent 2 months on it and i have to tell it was ok for the first day. But after a week i pretty much didnt use it or if i wanted to use i just had no content i was looking for. So i ended up looking for alternatives and sadly illegal sources are still better than netflix. I would be happy to pay a montly subscription up to $100 a month if i get every episode from a ssries and not just the last 5 season. I stick to torrenting stuff in the future because i can get whatever content i need, and paying more for less is just the simple not worth it.