July 20, 2011

Junior's Reading And Viewing List:
June 11 - 20, 2011

Last Update - July 20, 2011 at 2:29 AM EDT

Junior's June 11 through June 20, 2011 'Reading And Viewing List' presents title links, with article snippets, from items published in the middle of June 2011.

Upcoming films, Washington Capitals hockey, music, Formula One racing and WRC rally news are among the things covered here.

June 20, 2011

2010-11 Rink Wrap: George McPhee
By J.P. at Japers' Rink

Since a general manager's season is hard to quantify beyond a team's regular season numbers and projections about prospects and draft choices, we figured we'd have a roundtable discussion on what McPhee did well and what he may not have done so well...

2010-11 Rink Wrap: Bruce Boudreau
Posted by Becca H at Japers' Rink

Since a coach's season is hard to quantify beyond the numbers above, we figured we'd have a roundtable discussion on what Gabby did well and what he may not have done so well...

Remember When A 'Doctor Who' Star Played Batman,
And Reed Richards Stripped?

By Rick Marshall at MTV's Splash Page

Yes, you read that headline correctly, and yes, it is possibly the most ridiculous headline I have written in my entire career. The best part? It happened...

Alguersuari and Red Bull wow Hong Kong
Posted at Formula1.com

The weekend between Canada and Europe gave Red Bull's showcar team the chance to head to Hong Kong and give the locals a thrilling taste of Formula One power, with Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari in the driving seat...

June 19, 2011

'Green Lantern' 101: Get To Know Earth's Other Green Lanterns
By Matt Adler at MTV's Splash Page

...Hal Jordan was chosen as Abin Sur’s replacement due to his honesty and fearlessness, but 1968’s Green Lantern #59 reveals that Hal was not the only possible choice. Sur found that there was another worthy candidate, Guy Gardner, a physical education teacher from Baltimore, Maryland...

BMAG exhibition now open - sneak peak
Posted at Home Of Metal

Welcome to the Home of Metal exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, which opened yesterday to the public. Here is a sneak peak at what we've got in the show - make sure you get down there to check it out for yourselves...

...In our resource section you can have a go yourselves playing a selection of Gibson guitars - including Flying V's...

June 18, 2011

Bill Ward welcomes you to Home of Metal
Posted at Home Of Metal

Bill Ward, founding member and drummer of Black Sabbath, welcomes you to Home of Metal in this exclusive recording made on 7 June 2011...

June 17, 2011

The 'Green Lantern' Aliens: Here's What You Need To Know!
By Rick Marshall at MTV's Splash Page

...Don't worry if you're a Green Lantern newbie, though, we've got your back. Along with having the "Green Lantern" cast explain their characters, we also put together a quick primer on some of the alien members of the Corps...

Martin Popoff's "Black Sabbath FAQ"
By Joe Siegler at Black Sabbath Online

One of the things I get asked from time to time (usually after people read my timeline page) is why I don't write a book. The reason I usually give them is "What's the point? - There's a ton of books out there, and I'm not sure what unique perspective I could bring". So it was with that frame of mind that I first approached the news that a new Black Sabbath book was coming out from Martin Popoff. Martin's an old friend of mine, and I've got a couple of his older books as a customer. So I was thinking "Hey dude, you've already written a Sabbath book, what's with a second one?" Then I got a look at it. Martin figured out a proper angle for a repeat book on the same subject, not to present the band's history in a linear fashion like most every biography does. Here's the official blurb about the book:...

Europe preview quotes - Williams, Ferrari, Force India & more
Posted at Formula1.com - Updated June 22, 2011

After the streets of Montreal's Ile Notre Dame, Formula One racing heads to the streets of Valencia. But in the place of the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve's high-speed, low-downforce layout, come the Spanish track's demanding twists and turns. There are 25 corners in total - the highest number of any currently-used circuit - all of which test the drivers to the maximum. They and senior team personnel look ahead to the forthcoming 2011 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe...

June 16, 2011

Capitals Hire Olie Kolzig as Associate Goaltender Coach
By Mike Vogel at Dump 'N Chase

...Having spent nearly a decade establishing himself as an elite NHL netminder and having risen to Vezina Trophy and all-star levels thereafter, Kolzig has known the depths and heights along the way. And being just a couple years away from his own retirement, Kolzig should be able to impart the wisdom of his years in the game on talented youngsters who don’t yet have the benefit of their own experience...

2010-11 Rink Wrap: Dennis Wideman
By Becca H at Japers' Rink

When the team acquired Wideman at the deadline for a draft pick and a prospect, they knew they were bringing in someone who could potentially boost the power play and bring a bit of stability to a blue line that had been worn away by injuries, most notably to Mike Green. And for the 14 games in which he dressed, Wideman was a more than adequate fill-in, skating just over 24 minutes a game for the Caps and providing the team with another puck-moving defenseman who could jump-start the attack...

Sochi to host Formula One spectacular for Russian fans
Posted at Formula1.com

Russian fans will get a taste of Formula One racing in July when the Renault and Virgin teams take to the streets as part of a promotional event in Sochi. The Black Sea resort is set to host the F1 calendar's first Russian round in 2014...

Raikkonen set for tough WRC return
Posted at WRC.com

Kimi Raikkonen has said that he is delighted to be back competing in the World Rally Championship after missing the last two events but conceded he will face a tough test when he competes on the Acropolis Rally for the first time...

Wilson unsure of WRC outings beyond Greece
Posted at WRC.com

Despite his consistent start to the campaign in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC, the Briton doesn’t have the funding finalised for the rest of the year...

June 15, 2011

'Green Lantern' 101: The Cast Introduce Their Characters
By Splash Page Team at MTV's Splash Page

...While many of you are probably well aware of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, there's a good chance that the new film will be the first introduction to DC's cosmic police force for much of the audience. With that in mind, we had the stars of the film provide a brief explanation of their characters and role in the "Green Lantern" universe...

Bad Company Announce Live Release
By mdome at Classic Rock

...Titled Live At Wembley, it’s to be made simultaneously available in CD, DVD and Blu-ray on June 28. Filmed and recorded during the reunited band’s show at Wembley Arena in April 2010, the full track listing for the DVD and Blu-ray is:...

Hamilton and NASCAR's Stewart swap seats at Watkins Glen
Posted at Formula1.com

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton got the chance to try out some rather different high-speed machinery on Tuesday when he traded cars with double NASCAR Sprint Cup series champion Tony Stewart during a special promotional event organised by Mobile 1, at the Watkins Glen International circuit...

Acropolis podium a strong possibility for Petter
Posted at WRC.com

Petter Solberg has a "big opportunity" to claim his second podium finish of 2011 when the world championship resumes on the Acropolis Rally, which starts in the Greek capital Athens on Thursday evening...

Acropolis preview notes: Part two
Posted at WRC.com

...Owner/driver Solberg will start the Acropolis Rally on the back of a short test in Greece on Monday, which he conducted in the same Citroen DS3 WRC he will use on this week’s world championship qualifier. The Norwegian was a winner in Greece in 2004 and emulating that success would be the ultimate revenge for Rally Argentina when power steering failure cost him and British co-driver Chris Patterson a shot at victory...

June 14, 2011

Home of Metal at Download Festival
Posted at Home Of Metal

Last weekend Home Of Metal was at Download festival. We had a huge wall of fans portraits taken by Steve Gerrard within the exhibition area to help promote our forthcoming season of exhibitions and events...

Acropolis preview notes: Part one
Posted at WRC.com

...The Blue Oval has been a winner in Greece on seven of the last 10 occasions and is desperate to extend that sequence this week. Ford’s failure to win in the WRC since Rally Sweden in February with its Fiesta RS WRC means it is now 33 points behind Citroen in the manufacturers’ table, while Mikko Hirvonen is 13 points adrift of Sebastien Loeb in the drivers’ title battle. But it has come extremely close of late with a plethora of fastest stage times and will be boosted by an expanded test in Greece prior to Rally Argentina, which Hirvonen and team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala declared was a success...

June 13, 2011

Jon Favreau & Robert Downey Jr. Discuss 'Iron Man 3',
'The Avengers', And Marvel's Movie Universe

By Danica Davidson at MTV's Splash Page

...“I just thought ‘How are you gonna put all of us clowns together? He’s wearing a suit, he’s all jacked up, he’s so-and-so, and poor Mark Ruffalo, he’s gonna out do us", continued Downey. "And we’re about six weeks in and I have to say [director] Joss Whedon is nailing it. He’s so smart and so good. And it’s gonna be great. I can’t believe I just said it, I never could’ve believed this, but it’s gonna be great.”...

[Second of two videos by GeekTyrant included in post.]

Ryan Reynolds Was 'Blown Away' By 'Green Lantern' Visuals
By Danica Davidson at MTV's Splash Page

“Green Lantern” will finally arrive on the big screen later this week, and star Ryan Reynolds seems to be very happy with how the ambitious film turned out. Speaking with MTV News, he assured fans that it’s even better than he had hoped...

Block to make Formula One debut!
Posted at WRC.com

World Rally Championship star Ken Block will get a taste of Formula One power when he tests a Toyota TF109 at Monza in August...

Crews braced for tough opening day in Greece
Posted at WRC.com

...Greece returns to the WRC schedule for the first time in two years later this week with a demanding route based around the town of Loutraki, 90 kilometres west of the capital Athens...

June 11, 2011

Review: 'Doctor Who' - 'A Good Man Goes to War':
Are you my mommy?

By Alan Sepinwall at What's Alan Watching?

...Obviously, the big thing to talk about with "A Good Man Goes to War" is the revelation that River Song is, in fact, Amy and Rory's daughter, and I'll get to that in a moment. But that news comes at the end of the episode, and what struck me before that was how overwhelmingly the hour was about how other people respond to the Doctor. That's obviously a running theme of the show, particularly in the way he upends the lives of his companions, but this episode felt like it was more about that than any other point in the modern series...

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