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Other Comics / The Magic Order
« on: January 06, 2019, 08:45:36 am »
I"m a huge Mark Millar fan, and this new series does it again. And the art by Oliver Copiel is unbelievable. I'm on pins and needles for the next issue.

Other Comics / WINTER SOLDIER #2
« on: January 06, 2019, 08:43:13 am »
First issue great and the second one even more amazing.  Love the Bill Seinkevitz inspired art.

Latest Flicks / The Favorite
« on: January 04, 2019, 07:59:12 am »
Who has seen this period film?


How Rami Malek survived the "very difficult" 'Bohemian Rhapsody' shoot
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Rami Malek needed singing lessons, dance tuition and a dialect coach to transform himself into Freddie Mercury for Bohemian Rhapsody. He tells Screen about the challenging shoot.

Rami Malek’s usual method for creating a character is to start from the inside out. But when it came to playing Freddie Mercury in 20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Malek worked first on the legendary Queen frontman’s flamboyant physicality before delving into the psychological.

“I watched all the archive footage you could ever find,” recalls the Mr Robot star, who has scored a Golden Globe nomination for his extraordinary performance, “and I keep searching for more because I’m even more of a fan than I’ve ever been. I really did look at him as a rock god, an icon for all of us. He did anything he wanted to do on stage. Just to capture that aspect of him was going to be a challenge. And I thought the only way to do it would be to have time. If I had enough time, I was giving myself a fighting chance.”

So long before the film was even greenlit, Malek embarked on an intense period of research and preparation, informing Los Angeles-based producer Graham King of GK Films: “‘I’m flying to London. I’m going to try and find some singing classes and some piano classes; I’ve never done any of those in my life. I need your help. I need a choreographer. I need a dialect coach.’ [Freddie] had a very specific way of speaking. He had a very specific way of doing anything.”

Malek was particularly keen to work with a movement coach. “I’m not a dancer and I knew I needed to be spontaneous. I looked at what Eddie Redmayne did in The Theory Of Everything and tried to find his.”

Alas Alexandra Reynolds was busy, but “someone led me to Polly Bennett and within a day we were working on ballet moves,” continues Malek. “[Freddie] was very elegant in his footwork and he got a lot of that from Bob Fosse and Liza Minnelli, so we watched Cabaret quite a bit. At one point Polly [had] me do ‘Killer Queen’ as a Shakespearean soliloquy as performed by Marie Antoinette. Essentially, she was getting me to be as spontaneously Freddie as possible. To not mimic him in any way, or try to do an impersonation, so that I, in any moment, whether it be a straight scene or a concert, felt as though he was existing in my body, and it was all grounded in my physicality and my performance.”

Together, they looked into Mercury’s family and upbringing to discover what made him the man he was. “Almost from the very beginning we started to look at his mother, how her facial structure moved, how his sister moved, how they spoke. Then we started to look at his early work. Sometimes we’d watch him in an interview in the ’70s, then an interview in the ’80s and see how his physicality matured and evolved. [Polly] calls it heritage movement. Everything stems from your youth. The punches he throws in Live Aid, those are born out of his early boxing days at St Peter’s boarding school in India.”

Malek’s on-set physical transformation was equally intensive, requiring multiple wigs, makeup and even a prosthetic nose. Then there were Mercury’s famously protruding teeth, which earned him the childhood nickname Bucky. For Malek, it meant wearing a false set. “I wore them every night, almost, for a year to get used to them,” he says. “I felt incredibly insecure when I first put them in. I felt I needed to compensate in some way, and my posture elongated almost immediately, and I thought, ‘Wow, what gorgeous posture Freddie had. Was he doing the same thing?’ I never really had an answer for that.”

Leading man

Malek’s performance is even more remarkable in light of the film’s behind-the-scenes drama. Bohemian Rhapsody’s credited director Bryan Singer was fired by Fox after his continued absences from the set forced the studio to halt production with two weeks left to shoot. Eventually, he was replaced by Dexter Fletcher who finished filming and supervised the edit. In previous interviews, Malek has tended to be circumspect about what went down with Singer.

“I would love everyone to know exactly what happened day-to-day,” he says. “It was a very, very difficult, complicated time on set. All I wanted to do was honour this man and do him justice. I had put so much effort into doing just that, day in and day out. I’m very, very proud of the way I conducted myself. I have never felt I could be more of a leader than I was on that set.

“I gathered every ounce of strength I had in me, to step up and not only make sure I was taking care of Freddie by being there for everyone, cast and crew. I look back on it as a period of immense maturation, and I feel a strong sense of dignity. I have to thank my fellow actors for lifting me up every day. I also had great producers on my side. The crew on this, almost all English, saw the dedication we had as a cast, and the work I had already put in, and were never going to let me down. I have to hand it to every single one of them for stepping up, even under moments of great duress.”

But while Malek has received near universal praise for his portrayal of Mercury, the film has been criticised in some quarters for whitewashing the more excessive side of the Queen singer’s lifestyle to paint a more palatable portrait. “If it goes into a hedonistic, very promiscuous, illicit aspect of his life, I think we start to really limit our audience,” contends Malek. “The fact we are getting millions of people to go out and hear about Freddie Mercury’s story and Queen’s story, introducing so many fresh ears to great music, and perhaps sending a message of living a defiant, authentic, inclusive life, I’m very proud of that.

“Of course, there are a number of ways to tell Freddie’s story,” Malek continues.

“The one thing I was told he said before he passed, to the band and to [manager] Jim Beach, was, ‘Do what you want, just never make me boring.’ I don’t think we’ve made him boring.”

Acting / the next level actors of 2018
« on: December 31, 2018, 12:16:30 am »
which actors do you think went to the next level in 2018?  I would say:

Bryan Tyree Henry

Constance Wu, Awkwafina and the whole damn cast of Crazy Rich Asians

Trevante Rhodes

who else?

Comic Reviews and Spoilers / BATMAN Annual #3
« on: December 30, 2018, 12:34:49 pm »
This was the best single issue Batman story I've read in years.  Wow. 

Kudos to Tom King and Otto Schmidt.

Comic Reviews and Spoilers / Bendis' SUPERMAN
« on: December 30, 2018, 12:33:22 pm »
I just read ACTION #1006 and Superman #6 and thoroughly enjoyed both.  They also both have exceptional covers. 

Both have great art and Superman says things that are perfectly in character that we've never heard him say before.  Good stuff. 

Latest Flicks / BIRD BOX
« on: December 27, 2018, 05:24:05 am »
This seems like one of the most talked about movies of the year.  It's similar to A QUIET PLACE, but very different in its own way.  And great work by the entire cast, led by Sandra Bullock.

« on: December 20, 2018, 01:02:51 pm »
It's a fascinating thing. They recreate the locations, tone and style of the original perfectly.  But then I realize I've never seen all of the original. 

Latest Flicks / VICE
« on: December 15, 2018, 12:10:22 am »
If you liked his last film, THE BIG SHORT, and if you liked Oliver Stone's W. then see this movie.  So many crucial facts!


Black Panther, Spider Man and the Oscars all make an appearance in the latest post at so go read all about it then post!

Other Comics / IRONHEART
« on: December 02, 2018, 04:16:55 pm »
Did you guys read this?  I was really surprised how good it was! 

« on: December 02, 2018, 04:16:08 pm »
The new Coen Brothers movie.  In some theaters...and Netflix.  Who has seen it? 

It's an anthology film.  All of the segments are interesting but the first two are like hot hit songs on an otherwise good album.  What do you all think?

Feel The Funk / irving azoff interview
« on: November 28, 2018, 04:34:27 pm »
The Azoff Tape

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3:53 PM (40 minutes ago)

to me

Students of the game know that Jeffrey interviewed Irving at the "Billboard" touring conference. I was in Iceland, but I just watched the tape, and a number of things stood out.

1. Don't take it personally.

Jeffrey said Irving always told him this.

Now I've got a hard problem with this, especially in deals. You agree on one thing, and then the attorney comes back with another. It messes with my notions of fairness and trust. But really, it's just a game. With an underside of duplicity. The attorney wants to claw back some of the money, lock you up even more and it all comes down to how much leverage you've got, whether or not you can say no. If you can't say no, you're never gonna get a good deal. Stand up to them and they hem and haw, but if you're willing to forgo the entire deal, you can usually get most of what you want. But are you willing to pass? It's scary being talent, you may not get another chance. But if you're a true artist, you must go with your gut. If they won't give you what you want (or need!) now, good luck getting it in the future, the same way they send a limo while they're wooing you, but you Uber on your own dime after the deal is done.

2. Time passes.

One of Irving's main skills is transitioning to the future. He embraced the internet earlier than anybody of his age and power. Jeffrey said how Irving now even texted with acts, even though he didn't always know the lingo of the medium. He got STFU, but missed LOL. Does anybody still remember texts were SMS, i.e. "short message service"? And texts go via the cellular network and iMessages go via the internet but the point is the landscape changes and if you don't adjust to it you're left behind.

3. Time passes 2.

Jeffrey asked Irving what the best label was.

Irving answered "Giant"!

And there were crickets.

It was a good joke, but Giant, which started in 1990, was sold to Warner in 2001, almost twenty years ago. Meaning, a student of the game would have to be fortysomething to get the reference.

It was scary.

But the truth is the business is comprised of wholly different people with wholly different perspectives these days. If you're thirtysomething... Chances are you were in high school during Napster. If you're twentysomething, you might have never owned a CD. Meanwhile, oldsters look through their own lens and miss the market.

4. Artists first.

We're all beholden to the artist. Irving has always been on the side of the artist. That's his bitch with "Billboard," for the industry "Bible," it's not always artist-friendly. Without acts, you're nothing. You could be the best manager in the world, but with nothing great to manage... Artists need representatives, people on their side. Since the advent of the Mottola era, the business people have been in cahoots with the artists left outside the circle. You see the business remains, the acts come and go. That is changing with the younger generation, if for no other reason than the label is not the big daddy it once was, advances are lower and attorneys and managers have to make their bank in other places. But this business runs on artists. We admire artists. We need more people on their side, defending them, giving them good advice.

5. Songs.

That's why the Eagles survived, Henley says it every night on stage. Great songs can live forever. If you write them... And Irving's philosophy is to always write the song you're gonna close your set with. A manager's job is to inspire the artist, to push them just a little bit, like a coach, but without all the b.s. testosterone.

6. Nepotism.

That was one of the questions from the audience. Which was reluctant and unimpressive. One manager asked if the Azoffs would come see his K-Pop band. As my friend Jake Gold says, if you're the manager, if the act's already got a manager, WHY SHOULD I COME? It's business, it's money, time is valuable. The Azoffs said they'd be on the road on that date, but it made me laugh how the asker was a wanker. As was the person asking about her career. You always get this question at presentations, what advice do you have for ME? How can you help ME? Those on stage roll their eyes and try to escape. Meanwhile, re nepotism, Jeffrey said he was at his first settlement at 11, that when he went to work for Jordan Feldstein at 21, he knew things others his age did not. And Irving said that Shelli told him that Jeffrey was a drug dealer, why else did he have all that cash on his bed during high school. Turns out Jeffrey was doing after-prom parties. Irving winced and said WITHOUT INSURANCE! Jeffrey said he had insurance, who knows what the truth is.

Watching this interview, before the audience questions, was the college education I never got. Sure, I went to a liberal arts institution, where business wasn't even taught, but the truth is I wasn't interested in a single subject. And they always wanted to study classical theory whereas I was interested in my own theories! Those who work for themselves, like managers, get to act on their own feelings and insights. Some people just cannot be held back. Irving was making more money than his parents in high school, he paid for his tenure at college himself.

You see some things interest me, and some things don't. And when I care, I cannot get enough. And to sit at the feet of giants and experience their lessons is...PRICELESS!

P.S. If you weren't there, the interview will be broadcast on SiriusXM Volume 106 on Tuesday December 11th at 8 PM east and 5 PM west.

Feel The Funk / best music of 2018?
« on: November 24, 2018, 08:38:01 am »
Tell me your favorite songs, albums, concerts of this year.

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