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     Updated 06/08/2014 – View TV Trailer!

     NBC’s Constantine TV show is set to air on 24th October with Matt Ryan in the lead role so there’s plenty of time to familiarise yourself with Vertigo’s paranormal PI.

     Grubby, British, sociopolitical and astute, Constantine’s adventures will appeal to those who want smarts with their supernatural.

     There are bigger, more epic story arcs than the standalones in this graphic novel collection but time in Constantine’s company is always well spent.

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Hello Blogsprites,

     if you have been having trouble viewing the movie trailer in the previous post things should be up and running now so just head to the homepage or click this link for Heart String Marionette (Warning ~ Adult Content).

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     Seek out this remarkable film wherever you can!

     Click for more information 🙂

     *Warning* Trailer Contains Adult Content.

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     Updated 22/07/2014

     Billy Majestic’s arresting Graphic Novel, Humpty Dumpty is a Science Fiction/Horror yarn and definitely not recommended for children.

     Vivid colours and smooth digital blending achieve a film-like look; entirely appropriate for a snappy origin tale which plays like a movie storyboard and makes no qualms about its B-Movie intentions.

     Redneck grotesques, small-town cops and ethereal aliens provide familiarity whilst the titular Humpty is an atrocity to remind you of the heyday of direct-to-video prosthetic horrors.  Humpty’s conception and birth stray into uncomfortable exploitation territory but once the monster madness is underway sequels seem both likely and gory good fun.

     For more unique images follow the link to The Gallery.

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     The wonderful Sherry Key has been inspired to create someone strange and beautiful for Puppets & Marionettes Month!

     Just click the pic to find out more about Crazy Marion and where to purchase Sherry’s work.

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This Entertainment Weekly cover has been outed as fake, but will the surge of interest in Matt Bomer secure him the coveted role of Christian Grey?

Click here for more photos 🙂

 

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Thanks for this, Stephen. It’s a lovely post.

Stephen Kelly Creative

In what I think is a wonderful show of support, The Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale visited with victims of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shootings yesterday, pictured above with patient Carey Rottman.

Bale spent two and a half hours with victims, medical staff and first responders, and then visited the memorial set up outside the theater (below). As he walked among the 12 crosses erected for each of the slain victims, many people didn’t realize who he was or chose to leave him alone.

Bale was there on his own (with wife Sibi Blazic) and not as a movie studio representative. “Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers,” a representative for the studio told the Denver Post. Bale had wanted to keep the visit private and media were not notified.

Janie Bowman-Hayes, assistant vice president of surgical services at Swedish Medical Center, said Bale thanked…

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Amazing art from Arcane Arrangements.

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     It is a long time since I won a netball trophy and I fear I have missed the selection process for the 2012 Olympics Egg And Spoon Relay.  I am however suitably chuffed with the blog awards recently presented to me by the following Blogsprites.

Kreativ Blogger Award from http://sherrykey.wordpress.com/

The Versatile Blogger Award from http://parlorofhorror.wordpress.com/ 

One Lovely Blog Award from http://bluebutterfliesandme.wordpress.com/

One Lovely Blog Award from http://goodoldworld.wordpress.com/ 

One Lovely Blog Award from http://emelinemimiemorin.wordpress.com/

One Lovely Blog Award from  http://dbryantsimmons.com/ 

Daisy Award from http://letterstodom.wordpress.com/ 

 

     Huge virtual squeezes to the presenters of these awards and do take a peak at their websites and blogs x

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     I heard of this truly shocking incident just moments before heading out to the cinema to watch Batman, The Dark Knight Rises.

     Films, television and music have been frequently blamed for inspiring singular acts of inexplicable and horrific violence but this is unlikely to provide solace for the victims’ friends and families.

     I sincerely hope the media do not rush to sensationalize such a tragic crime by implicating the film itself, its themes and content or those involved in its making.

     Click here for link to story 😦

 

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     Emmy Award winning Vidtronics television production of Pinocchio.

     Head to YouTube to view the entire film in parts from “secretlypsychotic”.

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     If you enjoy the trailer you can link here to see Pinocchio’s Revenge in full (yikes)!

     You can view the entire film in parts on YouTube courtesy of codogan09.  Here’s part one to get you started (Certificate 18  Adults Only).

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     Puppets and marionettes all month (July 2012) at www.lilywight.com

     Click for another film you may enjoy 🙂

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     We could not allow Puppet Month to go by at The Arcade of Arts & Arcana without wishing a very Happy Birthday to Mr. Punch who is celebrating 350 years of terrifying minors with his anger-management issues.

 

     Here are a few Punch facts to peruse if the pictures haven’t made you run screaming from this post ~

*  Punch & Judy performers are known as “Professors” and are sometimes assisted by a “Bottler” who corrals the audience, collects money and provides musical accompaniment. 

*  Mr. Punch is a manifestation of the mythological Trickster archetype.  His current anglicized form was adapted from the sixteenth century Neapolitan character Pulcinella from the Italian Commedia Dell’ Arte. 

*  Diarist Samuel Pepys recorded Punch’s début in London’s Covent Garden in 1662.

*  Punch regularly beats the other characters with a wooden baton known as a “slapstick”, a name now used as a collective term for a genre of physical comedy.

*  The Punch & Judy Show was originally intended for adults.  Contentious characters such as The Devil and Punch’s mistress Pretty Polly were sidelined in the late Victorian era as the performances were adapted for children.

*  The device which creates Punch’s familiar rasp is called a swazzle.

 

     Click the smiley for lots more information 🙂

 

 

Punch & Judy Pub, Norfolk, UK.

 

 

     Finally, a little treat from Stop-Motion Maestro Jan Svankmajer.  Don’t have nightmares, Blogsprites! 

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     The Beverley Arts Trust are hosting their popular biennial Puppet Festival from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th of July this year!  If you have never visited the market town or its colourful festival before I can heartily recommend both.

     The event features a wide range of performances, exhibitions and workshops for all age groups with free and ticketed shows.

     The Puppet Festival has a very comprehensive website featuring printable programmes and details of all shows, activities and prices.  Just click the picture of The Three Billy Pigs to link to all the information you will need.

     If you require any more persuading here are a few clips showcasing 2012’s performers and if you live close by please share this link and help to promote The Beverley Puppet Festival 🙂

     I may see you there… 

     Noisy Oyster from Frome, Somerset, UK.

     Stephen Mottram (Oxford, UK) Animata.

     Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre.

     Indigo Moon Theatre.  Alice And The White Rabbit, Beverley (East Yorkshire, UK).

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     I would like to present some Very Inspiring Blogger Awards to the Blogsprites listed on the honours roll below.

     Please check-out their blogs and take a little time to get to know them as I have 🙂

     Congratulations everybody, keep those comments coming! xxx

http://loonyliterature.com/

http://anthonysramblings.wordpress.com/

http://bluebutterfliesandme.wordpress.com/

http://philipwardlow.com/

http://stephenkellycreative.wordpress.com/

http://kyotzeta.com/

http://thelifeandtimesofaforeverwitch.wordpress.com/

     Award etiquette can be needlessly complicated so here are my refined, abridged and preferred Blog Award Rules.

     1.  Display the award certificate on your website.

     2.  Announce your win with a post and include a link to whoever presented your award.

     3.  Present 7 awards to deserving bloggers.  Create a post linking to them and drop them a comment to tip them off.

     4.  Post 7 interesting facts about yourself.

     Keep dropping by at https://lilywight.wordpress.com for a month dedicated to petrifying puppets and macabre marionettes!

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     Audrey Niffenegger, best known as the author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, spins a macabre yet enchanting novel in pictures.

     The Adventuress, an ethereal yet tenacious heroine, is created by an alchemist, has a love affair with Napoleon and gives birth to a cat in a quest of Fairy Tale subversions and surreal post-feminism.

     The text may tell us of wedding revelry and honeymoons but the fragile images betray subjugation and abuse as The Adventuress is repeatedly betrayed by the promises of love and motherhood.  This is a story in which transformation can lead to madness and happy-ever-afters may only be attained through cleansing fire or the release of death.

     Niffenegger’s images combine the uncanny distortions of German Expressionist cinema with  a sketchiness which invites universal interpretations.

     A truly beautiful, unique and inspiring work.

     < Click the pic for a book you might like.

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     Another post you might enjoy 🙂

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     I am very grateful to have received some awards for my website and blog, Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana.

     It is inspiring to know that people out there are reading and enjoying my posts.  Please continue to leave your comments, drop by the homepage for a chat, peruse the Gallery and share the links.

     A huge thank you and virtual squeezes to the folk who presented me with the following awards (links to their sites are included) xxx

 

     Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  Presented May 2012 by Christopher Charron at Off The Wall.

     One Lovely Blog Award.  Presented June 2012 by Julie A. Eastin  at Butterfly Julz.

     Liebster Blog Award.  Presented July 2012 by Sal Kaye at Still Dark @ Heart.

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I would love to see this Hamlet Marionette Show in Brussels!
Such a lovely find for Puppet & Marionette month at http://www.lilywight.com

Browsing The Atlas

In search of something new to do in Brussels, I stumbled upon a sandwich-board sign for a marionette show at Theatre Royal de Toone. It pointed down an alley to a courtyard and a cafe/bar, so I wandered down to find out more. The bartender said that there would be a show at 8:30. “Hamlet,” he said. 

A marionette show of Hamlet? How could I resist?

With an hour to kill, I headed back outside for a Kriek (Belgium’s famed cherry beer). The surroundings were strange, to say the least. There were a few tables on the broken brick path and a few more plastic white tables in the unmown grass. We seemed to be in a courtyard behind buildings that were never meant to be seen from the back. It was rundown, but also had a backyard feel to it. Most of the people sitting there seemed to know…

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Amazing Nasa Moon Tour! It’s not made of cheese after all.

Nader Nazemi

Nasa offers detailed HD tour of the moon… including the dark side | Mail Online.

Unless you are extremely wealthy, the chances are you’ll never get to see the Moon up close.

But thanks to this new detailed video from the U.S. space agency Nasa, you can now see the Moon like never before.

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     Hello Blogsprites!

     Summer 2012 is a total wash-out here in the United Kingdom so I will endeavour to make this month at The Arcade of Arts & Arcana as enchanting and enticing as possible!

     July will be dedicated to strings and things; to the cute puppet friends who delighted us in childhood to the creepy, pant-wetting, spindle-limbed horrors that still haunt our adult nightmares…  no?  Just me then 😉

     I also hope to squeeze in a few reviews and recommendations for some unusual Graphic Novels and present some Blog Awards whilst saying thanks for those I have recently received.

     I have updated and launched a brand new album in the Gallery (you can click the header tab to visit, free entry as usual) or simply click the sample pictures below…

 

 

 

 

 

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     Hello Blogsprites,

     

     If you like rude and musical puppets (who doesn’t ?)  I can recommend Avenue Q at Hull’s New Theatre (UK)  from tomorrow night until Saturday 7th July 2012.

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