Theatre Review: Floating

In: Dan, Random Reads, The Arts

Alasdair and I took in the opening night performance of the spectacular theatre production, Floating, presented by the Arts Club Theatre Company, at the Revue Stage on Granville Island in Vancouver. The production is part of the PuSH International Performing Arts Festival. I am happy to report that this was my first PuSH performance EVER, and it was brilliant!

Going into the show I knew absolutely nothing about the production, helping to keep my excitement and surprise maximized as the characters took to the stage and the plot rolled out before us. Two actors; one man and one woman, Shon Dale-Jones, playing Hugh Hughes and Sioned Rowlands playing herself, performed the entire stage show. These two masters of their craft took to the stage from moment one and captured the audience’s attention instantly. They. Were. Fantastic.

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It’s finally here. The premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3 is mere hours away. And just like Ru’s hair, this season promises to be bigger than ever. Before the awesomely dragtastic show crown’s “America’s Next Drag Superstar“, Logo will present the show’s first-ever casting special starting at 9pm. That’ll be followed by Season 3′s 90-minute season opener at 10pm. An if that wasn’t enough, a brand new season of “Untucked: RuPaul’s Drag Race” sashays back to the runway at 11:30. It’s official… Monday’s are a drag, but in a good way.

If you’re a regular visitor of the site, you’ll know we’re huge fans of the show and can’t wait for this season. We were fortunate enough to have Logo send us the first episode a month ago. Trust me when I say, there are a couple of “surprises” you won’t expect. It’ll blow your respective wigs off. Leading up to tonight’s episode, we’ve talked to RuPaul herself and new judge, Michelle Visage. You’ll have to check our awesome sit down with the two ladies, if you haven’t already done so.

find out where we’ll be for tonight’s season premiere after the jump

A song recorded by Alanis Morissette called “Professional Torturer” is making it’s rounds on the web, now that he soundtrack for the movie Radio Free Albemuth (for which it was recorded) is available. It’s not a single, just a song from the soundtrack. The film that it’s from is based on the 1985 science fiction novel of the same name (Radio Free Albemuth), and stars Morissette in the lead role, Sylvia. Filming for the movie began way back in 2007, and it was released in 2010.

The song itself is actually quite beautiful and very much like her older stuff. I’m sure we all have had our own share of “Professional Torturers” in our lives at some point. The “life ruiners” that do it with a smile. I can think of a few myself. Luckily her life has been filmed with more joy than torture lately, having got married last May to Mario “MC Souleye” Treadway, and the two having their first baby this past Christmas Day.

Listen to the track after the jump…

31st Razzie Nominations Announced

In: Donovan, Movies

Like clockwork, the day before the Academy Award nominations are announced celebrating the best in cinema from the previous year, the Razzies take stage front and center highlighting the worst movies. The annual awards were created in 1980 as a logical antidote to Hollywood’s annual of self-congratulatory awards. The voting members of The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation sifted through all the crappy movies of 2010 and picked the bottom of the barrel to single out.

In a year where Hollywood saw declining attendance numbers, perhaps the Razzies will serve as a wake-up call to studio execs to ease up on remakes, reboots, awful sequels or gratuitous usage of 3D. The number of films that exploited the gimmicky technology was so high, the Razzies created a special category for 2010 specifically for 3D movies.

Leading the packing with 9 nominations a-piece, were repeat offender M. Night Shyamalan and his badly-reviewed “The Last Airbender” and the third installment of the Twilight Saga, “Eclipse”. Other notable movies receiving the dishonor were the much maligned ” Sex and the City 2″ and pretty much anything that starred Jennifer Aniston. The actress was nominated for her turns in “The Bounty Hunter” and “The Switch”. Other thespians receiving worst acting nods include Cher, Ashton Kutcher, Miley Cyrus and the entire casts of “Sex and the City” and “Twilight: Eclipse“.

You can check out the complete list of the 2011 Razzie nominations below. The 31st Razzie Awards will announce the “winners” at Hollywood’s Barnsdall Gallery Theatre on Saturday February 26 at 7:30 PST, the night before the Oscars.

view all the nominations after the jump

New Releases Out This Week: January 24th

In: Charge It, Movies, Music, Tyrell

Hitting your DVD shelves this week is the action/adventure comedy Red. This gem stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman just to name a few. The film follows Frank, a a former black-ops CIA agent who lives a quiet life at home until one day, a hit squad shows up to kill him. With his identity now compromised, Frank reassembles his old team to still prove they have a few tricks up their sleeve.

Reviewers weren’t too hard on this flick but many said that ever since Die Hard, Bruce Willis only plays one character. Many ratings came back as 3 out of 5 stars or B grade. However, many loved the ensemble of the cast and what they brought to the story.

The DVD packs some special features like extended and deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes looks and interviews with the cast and crew. If you like the simple action/comedy with an all-star ensemble cast then I recommend you check this out. It is available on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray Special Edition.

Check out more New Releases after the jump.

“Mic check, 1, 2 ,3…” Britney Spears looks incredible in this first shot of her highly anticipated video for her worldwide smash hit “Hold It Against Me.” She kept fans updated over the weekend while shooting the Jonas Åkerlund-directed video, tweeting the photo above, along with these messages:

  • Saturday: “Day 1 of the HIAM shoot with Jonas. Such an incredible experience. I think this will be one of the best videos I have ever done.”
  • Sunday: “Day 2 is a wrap! #HIAM video coming soon.”

Britney had previously tweeted that she had been rehearsing a lot of the dance sequences for the video, “Dance, dance, and more dance…,” she tweeted, as she prepared for the big shoot. Needless to say, fans were thrilled about the thought of her dancing, nostalgic about her fierce dance moves from her earlier videos.

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Oprah’s Big Family Secret Revealed

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Patrick

All weekend, there was buzz about Oprah having a huge family secret she was going to reveal today. What’s the secret? In the promo, Oprah says:

“In the past 25 years, The Oprah Show has reunited a lot of people. I thought I had seen it all, but this my friends is the miracle of all miracles. I was given some news that literally shook me to my core. This time, I’m the one being reunited. Only a handful of people in my life know about this. I’ve been keeping a family secret for months, and you’re going to hear it straight from me.”

So what’s the big secret?

Click here to find out what Oprah’s big family secret is…

We are a few weeks away from Super Bowl XLV (45) in Texas, and Division Championship games played this past Sunday decided which teams will be competing for the ultimate Football trophy on February 6, 2011.

The NFC (West) Championship saw the Chicago Bears host the Green Bear Packers in one of the coldest play off games this season, with one of the most legendary rivalries in history. The sod at Soldier Field in Chicago was rumored to have a huge effect on the Packers, being one of the muddiest (okay, worst) outdoor turfs, placing the Bears with the at-home advantage. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case for the dismal Chicago Bears who failed to show up for this important match up. The first half saw the Green Bay Packers leading the Bears 14-0, stifling the noise of the crowd.

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