May 1, 2010

Junior's Reading And Viewing List:
April 22 - 24, 2010

Last Update - May 1, 2010 at 2:16 AM EDT

Here is another sampler post. In this blog entry, you'll find links to Washington Capitals playoff hockey, WRC and Formula One racing news, as well as updates on music and entertainment. We're looking over the second half of this past week here in Junior's 'Reading And Viewing List' for April 22 through April 24, 2010.

April 24, 2010

Doctor Who, "The Beast Below": Thar she blows!
By Alan Sepinwall at What's Alan Watching?

A quick review of the second "Doctor Who" episode of the Matt Smith/Steven Moffat era coming up just as soon as I abdicate...

Even more than last week's "The Eleventh Hour," "The Beast Below" was a clear sign Moffat isn't throwing out most of what Russell T. Davies did. As Davies so often did around this point in the season, we travel to a far future version of Earth (or, here, a temporarily nomadic Earth civilization traveling the galaxy while waiting for their planet to stop burning)...

Space, the final frontier...
By Joe at The Forbidden Planet International Blog Log

I know a lot of my fellow science ficiton geeks are as fascinated by real life space exploration as we are by the fictional; the BBC site has a wonderful five minute slideshow of some of the finest deep space images produced over the last twenty years by the Hubble Space Telescope (is it really twenty years already?). Even if you aren’t especially interested in astronomy and space exploration it’s well worth five minutes of your time as some of the images are remarkable. All the more so when you consider we’re not just being shown sights from across incredibly vast distances but also looking back into time itself -- sometimes very deep time, closer to the actual origin of the universe itself...

Boudreau: 'I was a little too hot-headed last night'
By Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider

...*Boudreau on Friday's loss: "The first 10 minutes, Montreal wanted it way worse than we did. Or we didn't believe that they would play as hard as they actually did. If that was their thoughts, they were highly misguided."

*Boudreau conceded that he might have overreacted with his "five or six passengers" comment.

"That was the coach's frustration," he said. "My assistants were coming up to me and saying, 'Relax'. I was a little too hot-headed last night."...

Eric Belanger loses eight teeth
By Barry Svrluga at Capitals Insider

With about 7 minutes 30 seconds remaining in the first period of Friday night's 2-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals forward Eric Belanger approached Canadiens defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron near center ice. Bergeron passed the puck away, and his stick came up and smacked Belanger in the face, causing him to double over in obvious pain. There was no penalty called, the sell-out crowd at Verizon Center responded with boos, Belanger made his way to the bench - and returned to play more than 10 minutes in the game.

That brief synopsis, though, masks what actually happened. The sum total: Belanger lost "seven or eight" teeth, he said, had some exposed roots in his teeth trimmed in between periods...

Video: Caps fans stay positive despite loss
By Mark Abramson at Capitals Insider

After the Capitals' 2-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, fans at Verizon Center stay optimistic about Washington's ability to win its first-round playoff series:...

Bret Michaels Suffers Brain Haemorrhage
By mdome at Classic Rock

Bret Michaels has had a brain haemorrhage.

The Poison frontman was rushed to hospital after complaining of acute headaches. Dctors discovered bleeding at the base of his brain stem...

April 23, 2010

Postgame Notebook: Canadiens 2, Capitals 1
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at

No Late Thunder – A trademark of the Capitals in this series has been the team’s ability to score goals in bunches, and to do so late in games. The Caps didn’t score in bunches in Friday’s Game 5 at Verizon Center, and they didn’t score late. The result was a 2-1 loss to the Habs, sending the series back to Montreal for Game 6 on Monday night at Bell Centre...

Montreal Canadiens at Washington Capitals
EC Quarterfinal Game 5 Highlights

Posted at Comcast SportsNet - Washington, DC

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'Doctor Who' Star Matt Smith Recalls His Season-Ending Debut... And David Tennant's Exit
By Rick Marshall at MTV's Splash Page

The second episode of the new season of "Doctor Who" airs this weekend on BBC America, and that means it's time for me to roll out another segment from my recent interview with the wildly popular science-fiction series' new stars, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.

In this portion of the interview, Smith offers up some thoughts on his debut in the final moments of last season's finale, when he took over the role from the previous Doctor, David Tennant...

Trouble In Black Country : Is New Supergroup
Featuring Bonamassa, Hughes, Bonham & Sherinian
Doomed To Go Down Like A Lead Balloon?

By Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

As previously reported, the album from the highly anticipated "Supergroup"- consisting of guitarist Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, UFO, Foreigner) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, KISS) - is done and in the can in anticipation of a September 2010 release.

Now comes word directly from the album's producer, Kevin Shirley that the project may have imploded before even the album's release, due to that oh too familiar of the seven deadly sins -greed. Apparently on the part of some of the musicians' management teams...

Green Named Norris Finalist
By Mike Vogel at Dump 'N Chase

Caps defenseman Mike Green was named a Norris Trophy finalist for 2009-10 today, along with Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Green led all NHL defensemen in goals (19), assists (57), points (76) and power play points (35). He was second among all NHL rearguards in even-strength points (40) and plus-minues (plus-39)...

Accept Stream New Track
By mdome at Classic Rock

The first track from the new Accept album is now being streamed.

Check out The Abyss. We reckon it’s very Accept-like!

This comes from new album Blood Of Nations. Due for release by Nuclear Blast in mid-September, it’s the first time most people will have heard new singer Mark Tornillo...

'Alien' Prequel Will Investigate The 'Space Jockey',
Says Ridley Scott

By Larry Carroll at MTV's Splash Page

FROM MTV MOVIES: It isn't overstating things to say that Ridley Scott is among the greatest filmmakers of all time, and "Alien" is among the greatest films of all time. So how could anyone not be eager to learn every little detail about his prequel to the 1979 classic?

On Thursday (April 22), we caught up with the "Robin Hood" director to speak with him for next week's MTV Summer Movie Preview. And when he mentioned that he was feasting his eyes upon the latest "Untitled 'Alien' Prequel" script pages, we couldn't help but ask some questions...

How the WRC made it several means
Posted at

Getting to Istanbul for Rally of Turkey, round four of the FIA World Rally Championship, was the easy part. Getting home amid the chaos brought about by the pan-European flight restrictions due to the volcanic ash cloud in Iceland proved to be anything but for the bulk of the WRC contingent.

To make matters worse, the world championship’s top teams were under pressure to make it back to base as quickly as possible in order to begin the painstaking task of preparing their cars in time to fly them to New Zealand, where the series resumes from 6-9 May...

Lewis Hamilton Q&A: I know I can win in this car
Posted at

Whilst McLaren team mate Jenson Button has racked up two wins, Lewis Hamilton’s hard-fought finishes - he’s overtaken 32 rivals this season - have gleaned the British driver just two podiums. However, Hamilton has warned he doesn’t plan on playing second fiddle to Button for much longer. Thanks to the hard work he and his fellow team members have put in, the 2008 world champion believes he’ll be back on the top step very soon, as he explained in an interview with his official website...

Rallying returns to Auckland Domain
Posted at

Rally New Zealand organisers have confirmed that the route for the May 6-9 event includes a return to the all-asphalt Auckland Domain stage last run in 1990.

The Auckland Domain stage is an all asphalt 1,500-meter blast through one of the city’s picturesque parks. The Friday evening stage will start at 1845 local time and run in the dark. This is the first time this stage has been used since 1990...

Caps Look to Close Out Habs
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at

The last time the Montreal Canadiens’ skates graced the Verizon Center ice, the Habs were less than 90 seconds away from going up 2-0 in the series and heading back to Montreal for some home cooking and Games 3 and 4.

Now, as they prepare for Friday’s Game 5, the Habs are 60 minutes away from the possible end of their season, needing three straight wins – including two on District ice – in order to advance...

April 22, 2010

A long trip home
By Gene Wang at Capitals Insider

If you think you had a long night watching the Capitals beat Montreal, consider what the team endured on its trip back to the D.C. area in the hours following its 6-3 victory in Game 4.

The ordeal began as the charter flight was approaching Dulles airport, where the Capitals were scheduled to land. But because of excessive fog, the flight was redirected to Reagan National. Players then were told there was too much fog there as well, so the plane had to land at BWI...

Jenson Button Q&A: It's been an incredible start to the season
Posted at

Although some doubted his move to McLaren, reigning world champion Jenson Button has proved the naysayers wrong, clinching two wins and 60 points from the opening four races. In an interview on his official website, Button reflected on his progress so far...

Wilson targeting top five
Posted at

Matthew Wilson is targeting a return to the top five when the World Rally Championship resumes in New Zealand next month.

The 23-year-old Briton was fifth on the Jordan Rally at the start of April but had to settle for second on Rally of Turkey last weekend in his Stobart M-Sport Ford Focus, which he shared with regular co-driver Scott Martin. He is now hoping for a step up in form on round five of the WRC, which takes place from 6-9 May...

Horner: Late homecoming shouldn’t affect Red Bull
Posted at

With the dust cloud over Europe from the Icelandic volcano disrupting flights, the Formula One fraternity has endured a difficult trek home following Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner describes his five-stage journey back to the UK and discuses whether the disruption will affect the team’s preparations for next month’s Spanish race...

Suddenly, It’s a Short Series Again
By pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog

We’ll get to Boyd Gordon’s remarkable shorthanded, late second period heroics in a minute. But first, you can see the way this whole thing in the East is setting up, can’t you? The Caps are all but certain to move on, vanquishing the 8th seed and drawing next the 7th — Philly — in a bid for a berth in the Eastern Conference finals. Could you draw it up any more benignly — going through an 8 and a 7 to enter hockey’s final four?

Actually, you can, because on Wednesday word arrived that the Flyers’ best player, Jeff Carter, was donesy for the duration of the postseason. And Simon Gagne — admittedly only a fraction of his once lethal presence on the wing, is shelved for weeks. Both will undergo surgery on Friday...

Ozzy Plays The Roundhouse
By mdome at Classic Rock

...Says Ozzy: “This has all the makings of a great gig, I’ve never performed before at the legendary Roundhouse, and it’ll be fantastic to do an intimate show there for the fans.

“We’re also recording it, so if you can’t make it to the gig, it’ll be available for download on iTunes.”...

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game 4:
Capitals 6 - Canadiens 3

By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

Game, set...

Well, not quite match, but based on tonight’s 6-3 thumping of the Montreal Canadiens, you might be forgiven for thinking that “match” is only a couple of days away. It might have been a 2-2 game after 40 minutes, but the Caps, who outscored the Habs 5-3 in the third period of Games 1 through 3, outscored the Canadiens 4-1 in the third period tonight to cement the win and put their skate blades to the jugular of the Canadiens heading into Game 5 on Friday...

Caps get into Carey Price's head in Game 4
By Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider

The Caps have not only taken a 3-1 series lead against Montreal. Apparently, they've also gotten to Carey Price, who came unraveled in the third period.

After Jason Chimera scored to make it 4-2, Price flipped a puck toward the Caps' celebration in the corner, hitting Jeff Schultz. Then, after Nicklas Backstrom's empty-net goal, Price, from the bench, reportedly took a swipe at Backstrom with his stick...

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