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It’s radio time again!

Wednesday, 4 February 2009
BBC4, 3:30 PM

Three Stories by Haruki Murakami
Series of three short stories by the Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami.
2/3: The Year of Spaghetti. A man reminisces about his gastronomic obsession.

Read by Jack Davenport.

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We already knew it, but now it’s official:

CBS CANCELLS SWINGTOWN, REMAINS BORING WHILE DOING SO

Make sure to have some bleach for your brain at hand – after wading through the comments, you’ll need it…

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News about the movie ranking among my “five most anticipated” list for 2009!

First: I won every bet, so send the chocolate and prepare to pay a round of cider, because I was spot on with guessing what sort of character Jack would play in “The Boat That Rocked”! (OK, it wasn’t that difficult.)

From the official synopsis:

“(…) The explosive movement of rock ‘n’ roll clashes with the government’s Marine Offences Act, an attempt to outlaw the pirates and remove their ghastly influence from the land. All this is spearheaded by the fearsome Minister Dormandy (Kenneth Branagh), his aide Dominic Twatt, and assistant Miss Clitt. (…)”

Dominic Twatt is Jack Davenport, as you know, and while “Twatt” and “Clitt” make me cringe (who came up with that – a spotty 12 year old? Russell Brand?), the idea of having the 60ies version of Norrington chasing beatnik!Davy Jones is hilarious.

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In other news:

The new release date for “The Boat That Rocked” is 1 April, 2009!

No joke! And the movie has its official website now. So far, you can find only the trailer and the synopsis there, but more will be coming soon!

The Boat That Rocked – Official Website

If that’s not a good start into 2009, then I don’t know what is. More to come, we’ll keep you posted!


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Sci Fi Wire has done an interview with Brannon Braga about “Flash Forward”. He gives some very interesting insights into the concept of and his vison of the series. “Flash Forward” begins to look like the love-child of “Lost” and “24”; there’s definitely a huge audience for that type of series.  never managed to “get” into Lost and 24, mostly because I have the low attention span of a trout.

“(…) “Yeah, the structure’s not dissimilar from 24 [on which Braga is a co-executive producer], and we want to reset the show at the end of each year, where we’ll do another flash forward at the end of the first season, and then potentially another flash forward at the end of the second season, each one kind of resetting the core characters’ visions of the future and introducing new characters,” Braga said in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Hollywood premiere party for 24’s seventh season, which kicks off this weekend. (…)”

Read the complete interview here on Sci Fi Wire.

It’s difficult to tell at this point if the character Jack Davenport will play can still be considered a “core character” of the series (compared to the book). I’d hate to see him “flashed backward” after one season. Right now, things look very promising, though. Good!

Filming starts in February, and just like you, I’m looking very much forward to the pilot (even if there are only 30 seconds of Jack Davenport. Yes, I had to mention it again.)

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2009 started with mails, questions and information. I’ll need some time to dig through this pile (lovely as it is), and within the next days, I’ll get the website up-to-date where needed. If you currently encounter longer loadtimes, then it’s due to the interest in Jack Davenport, which has skyrocketed since it was announced that he’ll be in “Fast Forward”. I’m not talking “ten hits more per day”; it’s a steady, increasing number of hits. That’s great, the more, the merrier, and at the moment, the site manages. But I have to count on your patience if “Good Boy, Sparky!” shouldn’t load as fast as other pages. This is not a professional enterprise, just the cyber-equivalent to collecting stamps…

So, what’s new? “Swingtown” seems to have kicked up the wolken; I doubt we’ll see a second season. Then there’s a little tidbit for “The Keyman”, staring Hugo Weaving and Jack Davenport (two of my favourites in one movie, how great is that?) – credit for finding it goes to April and Lulu. If you click on the small picture below, you’ll get to the myspace page of “Bones”. He took a neat “Keyman behind the scenes” picture.

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“Flash Forward” is hot topic on the internet. I have neither the means nor the time to track down all information, so I’ve added the two (so-far) most informational links here to the navigation bar. They are FastForwardTV and the blog of “Fast Forward” author Robert J. Sawyer. Of course I’ll keep you updated on important news, but if you want to know everything there is to know about that new show, then consult the specialists. 🙂

More soon.

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