July 10, 2010

Junior's Reading And Viewing List:
June 26 - 30, 2010

Last Update - July 10, 2010 at 11:39 PM EDT

This 'Reading And Viewing List' entry includes title links and teaser snippets for items posted to the internet from June 26 through June 30, 2010. It's just a taste of what caught Junior's Eyes during that period of time.

I'm quite late in posting this, but hopefully the stuff in this list can still be of interest. The usual topics are covered, including super hero comics movies, music, hockey (Washington Capitals) and racing (Formula One and WRC).

June 30, 2010

2010 Capitals Free Agency Primer
By David M. Getz at Japers' Rink

Around the League general managers, agents, mainstream media pundits, bloggers, and, of course, fans are all getting ready for the opening of free agent season tomorrow at noon. With the Capitals having acknowledged there will be personnel changes and ownership willing to spend, there's good chance George McPhee and his staff will active in tomorrow's free agent frenzy. With that in mind, here's a quick look at where the Caps stand as of right now:...

'Ant-Man' Will Have Same Level of Comedy As 'Iron Man',
Says Edgar Wright

By Blair Marnell at MTV's Splash Page

Following the release of "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" later this summer, director Edgar Wright will presumably jump back to his other comic book movie, "Ant-Man".

And while Wright has primarily become known for his comedy films like "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz", the filmmaker insists that "Ant-Man" will not be a comedic send-up of other superhero films...

Loeb predicts tough Rally Finland
Posted at WRC.com

With less than a month to go until Rally Finland gets underway, Sebastien Loeb has highlighted the high-speed gravel contest as the event where he expects to see Ford’s challenge for World Rally Championship honours reignited this season.

The Citroen C4 WRC driver is 50 points clear of Ford’s nearest challenger, Mikko Hirvonen who is running third in the WRC standings. But the Frenchman is taking nothing for granted despite winning three of the first six rallies of the season...

Chris Patterson Q&A
Posted at WRC.com

After beating two other candidates at a shoot-out test on Monday, Northern Irishman Chris Patterson has been named as Petter Solberg's new co-driver.

Patterson, 41, will tackle his first event with Petter next week, when round seven of the WRC, Rally Bulgaria, gets underway on 8 July...

Alonso transforms anger into energy
Posted at Formula1.com

Back on home soil and with a heavily upgraded car, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was convinced he would get his title campaign back on course at last weekend’s European Grand Prix, but things didn’t quite go to plan. Alonso left Valencia frustrated and disappointed with his eighth-place result. However, after some reflection, the Spaniard is ready to refocus his energies on the forthcoming British race...

WIN a VIP trip for two to Rally Finland with FxPro
Posted at WRC.com

Up for grabs in the latest competition on wrc.com is a fabulous VIP trip to Neste Oil Rally Finland (28 - 31 July 2010).

FxPro, the official forex trading partner of the World Rally Championship and the team behind the 'Miss FxPro' contest, are giving away a VIP Rally experience for two people to one of the classic fixtures of the season...

June 29, 2010

Draft Wrap
By Mike Vogel at Dump 'N Chase

Washington’s 2010 NHL Entry Draft netted a total of five players, the team's fewest since 1979 and tied for the fewest in franchise history. Although the ’10 draft may be short on quantity for the Capitals, the team believes it will prove to be a good one quality-wise.

Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov went to Washington in the first round (26th overall). One of the most commonly uttered draft day phrases is a variation of, “we couldn’t believe he was there when we picked.” In Kuznetsov’s case, that’s true. The Caps had him ranked 12th on their list, and they tried to make a deal to move up and grab Kuznetsov about 10 picks earlier...

Award Winning Documentary 'Rock Prophecies' Coming To DVD
In September

Posted by Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

...Knight has spent the past 40 years photographing some of the rock world’s biggest legends in their most intimate moments. The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith have all been captured through his camera lens. However, Knight is more than just a famous rock photographer. He is someone with a genuine passion for music and musicians, which has transported him from behind his lens and into rock history.

ROCK PROPHECIES, winner of Audience Awards at the AFI Dallas Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival and Maui Film Festival, ROCK PROPHECIES arrives on DVD on September 14, 2010, the same month the documentary will be broadcast on PBS...

It's almost July, and that means...
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

In the United States, Independence Day is July 4th. In the NHL, it is July 1st, the day on which a lot of players will have the freedom to sign with whomever they choose among the 30 teams in the NHL. What might the Capitals do when it strikes noon Eastern time on July 1st? Will they bid for Ilya Kovalchuk? Well, of course not – the salary cap does have its limitations. But there are a lot of potential free agents out there that might fit the Caps’ budget. Will they fit the Caps’ grand design, though?...

June 28, 2010

Bad Company Announce North American Tour
By mdome at Classic Rock

Bad Company are to go back on the road in North America, with a series of shows stretching into the Autumn.

Vocalist Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke are to reunite for the tourm starting on July 16 in Indio, California. And they’ve teamed up with Abbey Road Live to sell CDs of every show.

Find out more at http://www.badcompany.com/

'X-Men: First Class' Will Be 'As Practical As Possible',
Says Producer

By Blair Marnell at MTV's Splash Page

During a recent interview with Collider, "X-Men" producer Lauren Schuler Donner indicated that "First Class" will start shooting in London in August.

While recent location scouting seemed to indicate that part of the film will take place in South America, Schuler Donner stated that the film would be shot both in studio and on location. "We're trying to do everything as practical as possible," she related. "But sometimes we have to build it just to control it."...

Mining for Gems Deep in a Draft’s Bedrock
By pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog

SI.com’s Allan Muir has offered a glowing assessment of the Capitals’ draft work in L.A. this past weekend. George McPhee bolstered his status as a procurer of top-end talent deep in round one, Muir claimed, and the team added skill guys of intrigue afterward. He termed the Caps’ class the “crop we may be talking about most in five years.”...

June 27, 2010

'Doctor Who' Review: Episode 5.10, 'Vincent And The Doctor'
By Rick Marshall at MTV's Splash Page

..."Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Love Actually" screenwriter Richard Curtis makes his debut in the "Doctor Who" universe with this episode, and brings his knack for witty dialogue and poignant, emotional moments to the time- and space-traveling duo's adventure with one of the world's most famous artists.

Fresh off the loss of Rory in last week's episode, The Doctor and Amy travel back to 1890 to investigate the mysterious creature's presence in Van Gogh's painting, and they find that the painter (expertly played by Tony Curran) is far from the world-famous artist that the world knows him as today...

June 26, 2010

Every Draft a Snowflake
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

Every draft is like a snowflake, each different and special in its own way. And that tempers our remarks here, which address a component of the Caps governing philosophy concerning personnel. The draft is an important, if not the most important, part of stocking and re-stocking talent on the parent roster. It is the engine that will make them a perennial contender for the Stanley Cup, according to the game plan...

McPhee on Kuznetsov: 'It was unanimous'
By Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider

Moments after drafting Evgeny Kuznetsov with the 26th overall pick, GM George McPhee revealed that he had been willing to trade up as many as 10 spots to nab the player he and his scouts had targeted as their 2010 first-round selection.

Turns out he didn't need to. Kuznetsov was right there when Gary Bettman announced that it was Washington's turn...

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