September 4, 2010

Junior's Reading And Viewing List:
August 15 - 21, 2010

Last Update - September 4, 2010 at 9:17 PM EDT

The 'Reading And Viewing List' for August 15 through August 21, 2010 contains links to some interesting web items posted from that week. If you missed them, or want to revist them, I hope you can still enjoy them.

The topics covered below include movies, music, hockey (Washington Capitals) and racing (Formula One and WRC).

A couple 2010 WRC Rally Germany Preview posts and a 2010 F1 Belgian Grand Prix Preview post made it into this list.

August 21, 2010
Bruce Boudreau on potential NHL rule changes
By Katie Carrera at Capitals Insider

After spending two days in Toronto this week for the NHL's research and development camp, Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau said he has been mulling over the way several potential rule changes demonstrated could "really change some of the strategies for a coach."

Many of the changes on display at the camp were aimed at increasing offense, as the league has been wont to do since the lockout...

*Dan, Jr. / Junior's Eyes Note: Enough already! More goals
doesn't automatically mean more excitement.

Special Randy Rhoads Tribute On The Market
Posted by mdome at Classic Rock

...It’s actually a wine, the Rhoads special edition 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. A limited edition, it’s been produced and bottled by the D’Argenzio Winery, which is co-owned by Rhoads’ sister, Kathryn Rhoads D’Argenzio...

August 20, 2010

Capitals Farm Report: The Season Approaches
By EmilyB at Japers' Rink

...Forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, defenseman Dmitri Orlov, and the Team Russia U-20s have just completed a three-game sweep of a badly overmatched Team France. The French squad was visiting Russia as part of the celebration of the "Year of France in Russia," and their hosts welcomed them with a tour of the Kremlin and consecutive shellackings of 8-0, 7-4, and 7-1. They played the three games over four days in three different cities, with the final match contested on a "Canadian" dimensioned rink in a Moscow shopping mall...

'Thor' Actor Tom Hiddleston Says Loki's Helmet Fried His Brain
Posted by Rick Marshall at MTV's Splash Page

Although we've seen a few images of "Thor" actor Tom Hiddleston in costume as Loki, Thor's villainous adopted brother, we've yet to see a good, high-res image of him in the character's iconic horned helmet — not officially, at least. (Anyone able to attend the Marvel Studios panel at Comic-Con got a good look at Loki as comics fans know him best, and others got a look at him in the "Thor" trailer that leaked online a little while ago.)

When MTV News had a chance to sit down with Hiddleston, we asked him about the familiar horned helmet Loki is known to sport...

Ovechkin and Kovalchuk training in Moscow
Posted by tj at Alex Ovetjkin

From KHL on Facebook, Aug. 19, 2010 "Kovy and Ovy training in Moscow"

*Dan, Jr. / Junior's Eyes Note: Contains high quality photos.

Belgium preview quotes - Virgin, Cosworth, Ferrari, Renault
& more

Originally posted at on August 20, 2010

After three weekends off, the Formula One teams return to competition next Friday at the Belgian Grand Prix. With its long straights, variable weather and demanding mix of corners, the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit is one of the calendar’s toughest prospects and a firm favourite with the drivers. Here they and their colleagues discuss their chances...

Sebastian Bach Rules Out Skid Row Reunion
Posted by mdome at Classic Rock

Sebastian Bach has dismissed any notion of a reunion with Skid Row.

Blabbermouth report that the frontman said: “Let me answer it as honestly as I can. You’re talking about… When Skid Row was last good… We broke up in ‘96, but I don’t even count that. I would say ‘91 was when we were last really a good band. I just don’t live in 1991 in 2010, and I’m talking about four other guys that I haven’t seen in 15 years...

August 19, 2010

Now Ovechkin knows who gave him a 'favor'
Posted by tj at Alex Ovetjkin

Excerpts from "The Ovechkin Project: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Hockey’s Most Dangerous Player"...

Blondie To Release New Album
By mdome at Classic Rock

Blondie are about to release a new album – and Australia will get it first.

Called Panic Of Girls, it’ll be out down under, because the band are touring there at the end of the year. The rest of the world will get in 2011...

ADAC Rally Deutschland on
Posted at

The rally is based in Germany's oldest city, Trier, close to the border with Luxembourg and on three vastly different types of road.

Initially, the action is cantered on the bumpy, narrow roads in the Mosel vineyards, but the competition soon switches the faster and more flowing public roads of the Saarland region. The final part of the mix are the roads on the fearsome Baumholder military ranges, including the epic 48km Arena Panzerplatte test - used for tank training by US soldiers - which is the longest of the season...

Duval looking for full-time WRC return
Posted at

One-time world rally winner Francois Duval has admitted he’s hoping his Stobart Ford World Rally Team drive on this week’s Rallye Deutschland could be the start of a full-time return to the sport.

Duval hasn’t competed since the 2008 season - and looked to have retired from rallying earlier this season - but the 29-year-old has been reinvigorated by the chance to drive at the highest level again...

Eric Clapton Announces New Solo Album
By mdome at Classic Rock

Eric Clapton releases his 19th solo album next month, and it’s simply called Clapton. His first album in five years, it comes out on September 28 through Reprise, and features guests Steve Winwood, Sheryl Crow and Derek Trucks among others. The full track listing is:...

August 18, 2010

Capitals Report - August 18, 2010
Originally streamed live at

Mike Vogel and Brett Leonhardt are joined by former Capitals beat writer Tarik El-Bashir.

Five Years of Matt Bradley
By Becca H at Japers' Rink

Today marks the five-year anniversary of the day a scrappy 27-year-old free agent named Matt Bradley signed on with a young, unproven team, eager to shed his Penguin feathers and start his new life in Washington.

Over the course of that half-decade, Bradley has become more than just a fourth-line winger. He's carved out a niche for himself as a pugnacious, hilarious, quotable, paper-faced, Enrique-loving, captain-saving machine whose legend as a cult hero among Caps fans grows on an almost daily basis...

Burt Impressive at Capitals Development Camp
By Chasta Piatakovas at Love the Game, Don't Like Puck Bunnies

It has been over a month since the 2010 Capitals Development Camp, but one unforgettable skater is invitee Cameron Burt.

The number of black players in the NHL is on the rise and making their presence known, including Burt. Burt definitely made his presence known...

Hirvonen keeps his fingers crossed for a dry Deutschland
Posted at

Three weeks after his favourite round of the season bit back, Hirvonen faces an enormous challenge in Germany; an event which has been won by Citroen for the last eight times and by his arch rival Sebastien Loeb for the last seven.

This will be the Ford team-leader’s sixth start in Germany, third in 2007 being the 30-year-old Finn's best result. "I have a love, hate relationship with this rally!” admitted Hirvonen. “When it's dry the stages are really nice to drive but when the conditions are wet it makes the roads very tricky...

Learning is the priority in Germany, says Raikkonen
Posted at

The Citroen Junior team driver impressed on the opening day of Rally Bulgaria and was fourth overall until stage four when he went too fast into a right-hand corner and rolled his Citroen C4 WRC. He re-started on Saturday and went on to finish 11th.

Having showed some of his sealed surface potential in a rally car, Kimi is determined to capitalise on the experience in Germany this weekend...

August 17, 2010

Dee Snider Gets Town Named After Him
By mdome at Classic Rock

...The Twisted Sister frontman is to be honoured by Cridersville, Ohio, which will become Snidersville on August 21. The reason? He’s bringing the March Of Dimes Bikers For Babies charity into the town. Snider is the national spokesman for the organisation, which aims to find the cause for premature birth...

Legendary Rolling Stones Concert Film From 1972 Tour
To Be Screened in Theaters In September

Posted by Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock is reporting that a legendary 1970s Rolling Stones concert film has been remastered and will be screened worldwide in September.

'Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Rolling Stones,' was filmed on the band's 1972 'Exile on Main Street' tour, and will appear at more than 800 cinemas this autumn...

Pirelli begin Formula One tyre testing
Posted at

Pirelli have started their first Formula One tyre development test, with former Mercedes GP reserve driver Nick Heidfeld at the wheel of a 2009 Toyota TF109. Heidfeld is to be Pirelli's official test driver as the Italian firm prepares to return to Formula One racing in 2011 as the sport’s sole supplier following an absence of 20 years...

Heidfeld becomes official Pirelli test driver
Posted at

Nick Heidfeld has been released from his contract as Mercedes GP reserve driver in order to become the official tester for Pirelli, who return to Formula One racing next year as the sport’s sole tyre supplier.

Heidfeld, who boasts over a decade of F1 experience, will join the Italian company for a series of tests to assist with their development work on the compounds to be used by teams in 2011...

The Secret Life of Robert Kubica
Posted at

He’s Polish; he’s driven for BMW Sauber and Renault; in five seasons on the Formula One grid he’s scored one win, 11 podiums, one pole position and 226 points; and many tip him to be a future world champion. These are just some of the things you probably do know about Robert Kubica. Now find out a few you don’t, with the help of the latest installment in our Secret Life series...

August 16, 2010

'Red' Opening Scene Is Straight From The Comic, Say Creators
By Rick Marshall at MTV's Splash Page

We have a few months to go before the premiere of "Red," director Robert Schwentke's live-action film based on Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner's comic book, but that doesn't mean the project is far from our minds these days.

When I had a chance to sit down with Ellis and Hamner during Comic-Con, I asked them about the adaptation process for their 2003 Wildstorm comic, which featured a small cast of characters in a fast-moving, violent narrative. With the live-action film expanding the core story, adding some humor, and casting an impressive ensemble of Hollywood's biggest names, I asked Ellis and Hamner how much of their original book is actually in the film...

'X-Men: First Class' Casting: Nightcrawler's Dad Confirmed,
Moira MacTaggart In Talks

Posted by Josh Wigler at MTV's Splash Page

When Matthew Vaughn's "X-Men: First Class" rolls into theaters next June, the filmmaker will have at least one familiar face by his side in the form of Jason Flemyng (pictured), the English actor who has appeared in every single one of Vaughn's productions.

At this past weekend's Movie-Con in England, Flemyng informed audiences that he'll have a role in "First Class" as Azazel, the demonic mutant father of Kurt "Nightcrawler" Wagner...

Interview with Eric Fehr and Nicklas Backstrom
Posted by tj at Alex Ovetjkin

By Jim Bender, Winnipeg Sun, Aug. 14, 2010:

Every week, a Sun staffer gets to know a local sports personality a little better and Jim Bender caught up to Winkler’s Eric Fehr, who recently re-signed with the NHL’s Washington Capitals and was in town to participate in the Believe in the Goal Foundation events...

Aftonbladet, "We must learn how to play playoff hockey":

KARLSKRONA. Nicklas Backstrom went through two real knocks this season. But the summer has been a hit. When Nicklas Backstrom came home to Gävle the newly-built 520 sq. m dream house was waiting for him in a ten-minute drive outside the town...

Rosberg follows Button’s triathlon example
Posted at

Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg is the latest Formula One driver to catch the triathlon bug. Following Jenson Button’s recent outing in the London event, Rosberg was in action in Kitzbuehel, Austria, over the weekend...

August 15, 2010

All Eyes on Semyon Varlamov
Interview by Slava Malamud at Sport Express
Posted by tuvanhillbilly at Japers' Rink

"Turning Point" is a stock phrase, and in this instance is not quite correct. What does 22 year old Washington goaltender Semyon Varlamov need to "turn" at this stage of his career? On the contrary, considering his medical history for the past two years, the best thing would be to immediately knock on wood and hope that the guy doesn't turn (or stretch or tear) anything else. So let's not be quite so harsh and simply state that Varlamov has reached a key moment in his career...

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