August 20, 2010

Junior's Reading And Viewing List:
August 1 - 7, 2010

Last Update - August 20, 2010 at 12:54 AM EDT

The 'Reading And Viewing List' for August 1 through August 7, 2010 contains links to some interesting web items posted during the first seven days of this month.

Among the topics covered below are super hero comics movies, music, hockey (Washington Capitals) and racing (Formula One and WRC).

August 7, 2010

Glenn Hughes : Black Country Wanted 500K For Name
Posted by Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

Rock Radio UK is reporting that Glenn Hughes tried to negotiate with the owners of the name 'Black Country' when he decided to use it for his supergroup – but they wanted half a million dollars for the title, he says...

Advice to Sports Personalities
By Ted Leonsis at Ted's Take

If you are going to blog or use Facebook; Twitter; Tumblr, or hang out on message boards – or text and leave messages – or respond to emails; – you must consider doing the following:

Do it yourself; you can’t outsource it; someone else can’t write this stuff for you!...

August 6, 2010

Marvel Considering 'Iron Fist' & 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Movies,
'Black Panther' & 'Guardians Of The Galaxy,' Too!

Posted by Josh Wigler at MTV's Splash Page

With two "Iron Man" films already released, "Thor" and "The First Avenger: Captain America" currently in production and "The Avengers" not too far on the horizon, Marvel Studios is building up its slate to a massive crescendo — but what happens after Earth's mightiest heroes assemble on the big screen?...

Queen Exhibition At Knebworth
By mdome at Classic Rock

There’s a Queen exhibition happening at Knebworth House.

Called Queen Rock Magic, it’s being staged in the banqueting hall and organised by the Official Queen International Fan Club. This commemorates the iconic band’s performance at Knebworth on August 9, 1986 – their last with Freddie Mercury...

Van Halen In The Studio – It’s True!
By mdome at Classic Rock

An official statement from the band’s publishers, Warner/Chappell Music, not only confirms that their agreement with Eddie and Alex Van Halen has been extended, but tellingly ends with the following line:

‘The group is currently in the studio recording an album with [David Lee] Roth that is due for release in 2011.’...

Webber: Red Bull ready to take on anyone, anywhere
Posted at

As he showed to great effect at the recent Hungarian Grand Prix, Mark Webber in a Red Bull is a winning combination. And at the start of this month’s summer break the Budapest victor has sent out a warning call to his rivals that he plans to be just as strong at the season’s remaining seven races...

Styx To Play Classic Albums Live
By mdome at Classic Rock

Styx are planning to play in their entirety two of their most celebrated albums during the upcoming US tour.

The band intend to perform 1977’s The Grand Illusion and 78’s Pieces Of Eight on the tour, which begins in October...

August 5, 2010

How Did Kenneth Branagh Become The 'Thor' Director?
Kevin Feige Explains...

Posted by Rick Marshall at MTV's Splash Page

Sure, when it was announced that "Swingers" director Jon Favreau would be getting behind the camera for "Iron Man," it came as a bit of a surprise. "Rocketeer" director Joe Johnston for "Captain America"? Okay, that makes sense. Joss Whedon for "The Avengers"? Another surprise — but a pleasant one, for sure.

But for many fans of comics and comic book movies, all those surprises put together still didn't match up to the shock of finding out that Shakespearean veteran Kenneth Branagh would direct "Thor" — a big-screen, live-action film about Marvel's god of thunder. So how did he land the gig? Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige explained the course of events to MTV News...

Latvala: job done, now for the fun
Posted at

Just five days after realising the dream of all Finnish rally drivers - winning Rally Finland - Jari-Matti Latvala has turned south. He’s in Lahti and still driving a Ford. But this one’s quite a different beast to the Focus RS WRC 09 he used to defeat the might of Citroen in Jyvaskyla on Saturday. This one’s an BDA-engined Escort. And he’s warming up for the Lahti Historic Rally...

MINI’s return to the WRC - David Richards Q&A
Posted at

Subaru’s decision to withdraw from rallying in 2008 sent a shockwave through the sport and ended an association with British motorsport firm Prodrive that stretched back almost two decades.

Now Prodrive is back, with a new partnership with BMW Motorsport and MINI, and a new World Rally Car, the Countryman, under development ahead of a WRC debut in 2011...

Massa: Red Bull in a different league
Posted at

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa has admitted Red Bull were in a league of their own at last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix. The Austrian team’s Sebastian Vettel clinched pole position in Budapest with a 1.2 second margin, while his team mate Mark Webber took victory 17.8s ahead of Massa’s Ferrari colleague Fernando Alonso.

At the previous round in Germany Ferrari seemed to have the edge, with Alonso and Massa scoring a dominant one-two at Hockenheim, but just a week later at the Hungaroring Red Bull had returned to form...

August 4, 2010

Some Call It Kidnapping
By Kameron at I May Have Been Born Yesterday
But I Stayed Up All Night

"Some Call It Kidnapping", the cover story of the 28 July 2010 issue of the Salt Lake City Weekly, examines “How Utah adoption laws take babies from the nation's unmarried fathers".

Utah’s laws make it difficult for unmarried fathers to dispute when girlfriends want to arrange adoptions for their newborns. In fact, some legal experts suggest that “Utah is one of the toughest—if not the toughest—state for unmarried fathers to stop an adoption"....

Quiet Riot Documentrary: Your Chance To Get Involved
By mdome at Classic Rock

Drummer Frankie Banali is currently putting together a documentary, telling the full and complete story of Quiet Riot, one of the biggest bands in the world in the mid-80s, and the one that gave guitarist Randy Rhoads his start...

Rival teams welcome MINI to the WRC fold
Posted at

Bosses of the Ford and Citroen teams have welcomed MINI’s decision to tackle a selected programme of world championship rallies in 2011 ahead of a full attack from 2012.

Citroen team head Olivier Quesnel said the announcement by MINI last month was a firm indication that the WRC was set for a bright future, while Malcolm Wilson, his counterpart at Ford, said the move sent out a “great message” for the WRC...

Alonso: Ferrari must remain calm for final push
Posted at

The dark days following last month’s British Grand Prix saw Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso fall almost 50 points off the championship lead. Now he is riding high, just 20 shy of standings leader Mark Webber, and fresh from his second podium in as many races in Hungary, the Spaniard believes the title is still firmly in his sights...

August 3, 2010

Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010 To Land On DVD, Blu-Ray November 9th
Posted by Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

Rhino Entertainment captured every epic note from that blistering summer day in Chicago and will release over four hours in High Definition on CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2010. Fans around the world will have a chance to experience many of the festival’s greatest moments including performances by Clapton, ZZ Top, Steve Winwood, B.B. King, Jeff Beck...

Capitals Renew ECHL affiliation with South Carolina Stingrays
By Justin Creech at

The Washington Capitals have renewed their affiliation agreement with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL for the 2010-11 season, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

“Our affiliation with South Carolina has been beneficial for the Capitals, our prospects and the Stingrays...

Confidence high for Citroen in Germany
Posted at

Citroen team chief Olivier Quesnel says he is confident his squad will return to winning ways when the world championship continues in Germany later this month.

The French make has never been beaten on the asphalt event since its elevation to the WRC in 2002, with Sebastien Loeb taking victory on all seven rallies that have run during that time...

Q&A with Cosworth’s Mark Gallagher
Posted at

Engine supplier Cosworth enjoyed a strong showing at Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Not only did Williams’ Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg both score points, but all three new teams - Virgin, Lotus and HRT - recorded two-car finishes. General manager of Cosworth’s F1 business unit, Mark Gallagher, reflects on the Budapest weekend and his hopes for 2010’s remaining races...

August 2, 2010

'Captain America' Star Chris Evans Is Researching
As Many Origin Stories As Possible

Posted by Josh Wigler at MTV's Splash Page

Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in 1941, Steve Rogers brings a considerable amount of published history to the table as Captain America. With well over 600 issues of the star-spangled superhero's adventures published in print, there's no question that the cast and crew of "The First Avenger: Captain America" are aware of the character's rich history.

If nothing else, it's a history that leading man Chris Evans has found extraordinarily useful in approaching the role of Steve Rogers, the scrawny youth turned super-soldier at the center of director Joe Johnston's currently shooting Marvel Comics adaptation...

Joe Elliott, Ian Hunter ‘Attacked Roadies’ At High Voltage
By gbarton at Classic Rock

The truth is out. As many of you have speculated, there was indeed a major bust-up at Classic Rock’s High Voltage Festival involving Joe Elliott, Ian Hunter and a bunch of roadies. The incident occurred at approximately 8.10pm on Sunday, July 25...

Alice Cooper To Play Halloween Shows In London
By mdome at Classic Rock

Alice Cooper is to perform two special shows in London, to celebrate Halloween, the time of the year we’d most associate with him.

Alice will appear at the Roundhouse on October 31 and November 1, with Jim Rose (of Jim Rose Circus fame) and Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction...

AC/DC To Put Out Live Album
By mdome at Classic Rock

Watch out for an AC/DC live release.

While appearing on BBC Radio 2 last week, frontman Brian Johnson revealed that the band, who’ve just finished the hugely successful Black Ice tour, will “probably bring a live album out”...

August 1, 2010

Dying for Love Fan Video
Posted by Joe Siegler at Black Sabbath Online

I was taking a stab at my inbox this afternoon. Not much has happened with it, I got seriously backlogged yet again (this email was sent on Nov 16th last year!). Anyway, I found this pretty cool little gem. It's a fan made video (by John Belantakis) for the Cross Purposes track, "Dying for Love". Check it out:...

Ovechkin talks to Russian media
Posted by tj at Alex Ovetjkin

*Dan, Jr. / Junior's Eyes Note: Contains Russian interview video, with transcript in English.

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