September 26, 2011

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

Last Update - September 26, 2011 at 12:04 PM EDT

Junior's 'Reading And Viewing List' for September 11 through September 20, 2011 contains title links, along with snippet teasers, from items published in the middle of September 2011.

A whole lot of news on television shows, films, Washington Capitals hockey, music, Formula One racing and WRC rally events can be found here.

September 20, 2011

Predators 2, Capitals 0
By Associated Press - Posted at

...It was the first hockey game in the city since the Baltimore Bandits of the American Hockey League left town 14 years ago. The Capitals last played in Baltimore in 1992, against their then-AHL affiliate, the Baltimore Skipjacks.

Dubbed the 2011 Baltimore Hockey Classic, the game drew a near-sellout crowd of 11,082 - even though ticket prices ranged from $34 to $147...

Predators - Capitals game highlights and postgame report
from Baltimore - 9/20

Posted at CSN - Washington, DC

Washington Capitals 2011-2012 Previews: Jeff Halpern
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

...Halpern returns as a role player in the latter stages of his career. But not, perhaps, as just a fourth liner filling out a roster. He did record 11 goals last season for the Montreal Canadiens, and he averaged almost 18 minutes of ice time in the post-season in four games after he returned to the ice from a lower-body injury...

Season premiere review: 'Two and a Half Men' - 'Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt': And good riddance, Charlie Harper
By Alan Sepinwall at What's Alan Watching? via

...some of those people may have just sworn the show off altogether after Sheen was canned, but I imagine many of them tuned in last night out of curiosity about how the show will be without their man. (Those big overnight numbers weren't made up entirely of new fans.) And to those people - and people somewhere in between, who maybe think Sheen is a jerk but wish he was still on the show - the funeral scene and many of the scenes that followed must have played out as a big eff-you to them as much as to Sheen...

Washington Capitals 2011-2012 Previews: Jason Chimera
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

Jason Chimera has scored three goals in the post season in his career. Each of them was a game-winning goal. If only he could do that more often…score goals, that is. Chimera is gifted as one of the fastest skaters in the league, capable of beating defensemen wide with speed or jumping into a rush to pressure defenses...

September 19, 2011

Videos From Sunday's The Dark Knight Rises Shoot
Posted at Super Hero Hype

Filming for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises is still going on in Los Angeles and thanks to 'smokeysify', here are some videos of the action that took place on Sunday. They include a truck crashing from a road to a lower level road as well as explosions on Grand Avenue...

Pirates! Gets It's First Screening
Posted by Jack at David Tennant - Fan News Blog

David's new movie, Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists got it's first public screening yesterday and it went very well.

David voices the character of a young Charles Darwin and the creative director of Aardman, Peter Lord, praised his role saying "David Tennant gives an absolutely fabulous comic performance...

Metallica, Lou Reed Post First Track Clip
By mdome at Classic Rock

...The track is The View, which is to be released as a digital single on September 27. You can hear the clip now...

British heroes shine at Rallyday
Posted at

Britain's World Rally Championship stars Kris Meeke and Matthew Wilson wowed several thousand fans at the Rallyday event in the United Kingdom last weekend (17 September)...

Washington Capitals 2011-2012 Previews: Troy Brouwer
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

Last year at this time, Troy Brouwer was coming to camp with the Chicago Blackhawks basking in the glow of a defending Stanley Cup champion. This year, he comes to camp for a team wanting to experience that glow. And he is expected to be one of the bricks-and-mortar pieces to see that that happens...

September 18, 2011

Washington Capitals 2011-2012 Previews: Nicklas Backstrom
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

...Backstrom’s 2010-2011 season was by no means a disaster, but it was a step backwards. Backstrom finished the 2010-2011 season 18-47-65, plus-24. And it was something of an across the board drop in numbers. In his career year of 2009-2010 Backstrom was 22-42-64 at even strength, but these numbers dropped to 13-29-42 last season. On special teams he dropped from 11-26-37 in 2009-2010 to 5-18-23 in 2010-2011...

Semin Speaks
By Mike Vogel at Dump 'N Chase

...I conducted a short interview in English with Semin on Saturday, the first he has ever granted in English to my knowledge. While there are those who believe Semin can speak English and chooses not to, I can refute that...

September 17, 2011

2011-2012 Capitals Training Camp -- Day 1
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

Day 1, or as the players might call it, “Are You #@$%ing Kidding Me Day”.

All three groups took the ice today in what is the official opening... or un-official... or quasi-official... whatever... of the 2011-2012 season. History will record (if by “history”, you mean “me”) that Brooks Laich was the first Capital to take to the ice for the season...

Review: 'Doctor Who' - 'The God Complex':
The minotaur's labyrinth

By Alan Sepinwall at What's Alan Watching? via

...last week's "The Girl Who Waited" (by Tom MacRae) was one of my favorite episodes of the modern "Who" era, and the Toby Whithouse-penned "The God Complex" was pretty damn splendid as well, both as a creepy iteration of the show's familiar "Ten Little Indians" riff(*) with a random group of characters(**) being hunted and killed while the Doctor tries to save them, and as a character study for Amy and the Doctor...

Quo Making Documentary
By mdome at Classic Rock

To be called Hello Quo!, it’s being directed by Alan G. Parker, but won’t be released for another year...

September 16, 2011

YES Legends Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman To Undertake
Fall U.S. Tour

Posted by Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

Music legends and former YES members Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman will be playing a select number of engagements this coming Fall 2011. The legendary duo performed a series of successful concerts in the UK in 2010 in support of their critically acclaimed CD release 'The Living Tree', and are now bringing their highly anticipated show to America...

Hopes of new Ford deal increase
Posted at

Hopes that Ford will continue to fight for World Rally Championship glory in 2012 have improved after Gerard Quinn, the company's European motorsport boss, confirmed talks are ongoing over a new five-year commitment to the series...

September 15, 2011

Caps Fall in Philly
By Mike Vogel at Dump 'N Chase

Washington’s complement of rookie camp freshmen piled onto a bus early Thursday afternoon for a trek up I-95 and a date with Philadelphia’s own bunch of kids. The fifth annual Caps-Flyers rookie game was a late afternoon affair played at Wells Fargo Center in Philly. The Caps kids were seeking to do what neither the 2007 nor the 2009 bunch could do, namely come home with a win gained in enemy territory...

Slash To Release Stoke Live Album
By mdome at Classic Rock

Slash is to release a live album in mid-November. Titled Made In Stoke 24/7/11, it was filmed and recorded with Slash returned to his childhood home of Stoke, to play at Victoria Hall on July 24 this year...

Metallica to headline at F1 Rocks™ in India
Posted at

Rock aficionados are in for a treat at next month's 2011 Formula 1 Airtel Grand Prix of India after organisers announced award-winning USA heavy metal band Metallica are to headline the inaugural F1 Rocks™ in India concert...

France the focus for Oliveira
Posted at

Daniel Oliveira has refused to get downhearted following his early exit from Rally Australia last week and is instead looking ahead to the upcoming Tarmac round, Rallye de France Alsace...

September 14, 2011

Bad Wilf Podcast: Episode 44
By Martyn Havell and Imran Charles at Bad Wilf

In Which Martyn returns for one last outing. Vodka is drunk. We talk about Fight For The Remote and Doctor Who:The Girl Who Waited.

FILM REVIEW - Fright Night
By Martyn Havell at Bad Wilf

I approached this remake with a lot of trepidation. But, unlike most remakes, this is entirely enjoyable. It’s faithful enough to the fun, of the original, whilst ramping up the tension and putting a modern spin on it. It’s a good, strong cast. Farrell is really intimidating as Jerry. He owns every scene he is in. The dialogue is sharp and witty and the movie is well paced. Dare I say it, but the acting is so much better in this, than the original. In fact, the only thing letting this movie down is the 3D...

West End Bares Auction Back On!
Posted by Jack at David Tennant - Fan News Blog

We could make a joke about the pants being back up, but we're like well classy so we won't...

The Much Ado About Nothing pants signed by the cast for the Make A Difference Trust are back up for auction on eBay. The pants were removed from the site last week after it was noted that David actually hadn't had the chance to sign them yet..but fear not! David has managed to sign them now and you can bid for them here!

David To Co Host Manchester Rocks For Children In Need
Posted by Jack at David Tennant - Fan News Blog

Children In Need Say:

Gary Barlow is bringing together the biggest and brightest stars of the music industry for BBC Children in Need Rocks Manchester, a one-off concert to help change young lives right here in the UK.

Performing live will be an international stellar line-up including Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, JLS, Elbow, N Dubz, Hugh Laurie, Snow Patrol, Michael Buble and the fabulous Lady Gaga!...

*Dan, Jr. / Junior's Eyes Note: "...sold out within minutes
of going on sale!"

David Wins Best Actor At TV Choice Awards
Posted by Jack at David Tennant - Fan News Blog

David Tennant picked up the award for Best Actor for his role as Dave in the BBC drama Single at last night's TV Choice Awards!

David beat off stiff competition for the award from Colin Morgan (Merlin), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Matt Smith (Doctor Who)...

CBS developing Sherlock Holmes TV pilot! The lame's afoot?
By Dan Owen at Dan's Media Digest

In possibly the most unnecessary development news of recent times, The Hollywood Reporter have revealed that CBS have ordered a script for a modern-day take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. All this despite the fact there already exists Sherlock; a brilliant contemporary version on the BBC starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman...

Father’s praise for Wilson
Posted at

...The young Briton’s capture of fourth spot on the New South Wales event means he has now scored points on eight WRC rallies this season at the wheel of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC he shares with co-driver Scott Martin. Only Mikko Hirvonen, Jari-Matti Latvala, Sebastien Loeb and Petter Solberg possess more consistent finishing records in 2011...

September 13, 2011

'Amazing Spider-Man' Villain Describes Transforming
Into The Lizard

By Josh Wigler at MTV's Splash Page

We've known for a while that Spider-Man is fighting the Lizard in his next big-screen battle, but we still don't know what the reptilian menace will look like. Now, courtesy of Rhys Ifans, we have a clearer picture… and it looks a lot like Ifans!...

DVD REVIEW: X-Men: First Class
By Martyn Havell at Bad Wilf

After the abysmal X-Men 3 and the enjoyable, but forgettable Wolverine. I’ll admit that I was skepticle about another trip to the X-Men well.

I was wrong, X-Men:First Class is brilliant...

Whitesnake To Release Major Box Set And Tour
By mdome at Classic Rock

...Titled Box O’Snakes: The Sunburst Years 1978-1982, the box has every studio and live album from the period, two previously unreleased BBC concerts, a limited edition seven inch, a DVD and a 90-page book with new interview and unseen photos...

September 12, 2011

'Dark Knight Rises' Is 'Massive' And 'Beautiful',
Says Nestor Carbonell

By Kara Warner at MTV's Splash Page

Obviously there are many things to be excited about as we inch closer and closer to the release date of "The Dark Knight Rises", chief among them for me, is seeing a cast of the highest quality assembled in order to bring beloved characters, old and new, to life. And while a lot of attention is paid to the high profile roles that Batman newcomers Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy and Marion Cotillard are playing, I'm always intrigued about what Christopher Nolan's equally impressive returning cast will be up to...

Kerrang Magazine
Posted at Home Of Metal

This week's Kerrang Magazine features a great article about our Home of Metal Exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, which is now into it's final fortnight...

Judas Priest To Release Compilation Chosen By Other Musicians
By mdome at Classic Rock

Judas Priest are to release a new compilation next month, with tracks chosen by other musicians.

Called The Chosen Few, the full track listing is:...

Nicko McBrain To Hold Drum Clinics
By mdome at Classic Rock

...In association with Premier Drums, he will be showcasing his talents on dates being dubbed An Evening With Nicko – A Night Of Drums, Drumming And Entertainment With Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain...

September 11, 2011

REVIEW – The Girl Who Waited
By Martyn Havell at Bad Wilf

The Girl Who Waited heralds something we haven’t seen in a while: three episodes in a row that are good. Let’s think about that – the past three episodes have all been good...

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