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     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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Lily Wight

     Post updated 16/07/2013

     Here is a magical little something for fans of Once Upon A Time and Grimm.

     Do you remember The 10th Kingdom…

     

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     Sub-Indiana Jones nonsense.  What’s wrong with that?

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     If you are a confirmed Movie and Cult TV fanboy what do you do if you can’t find a buzzing but affordable event in your area?  The answer is simple: create your own.

     In 2008 special events company Hullywood Entertainment™ launched in Yorkshire with support from The Prince’s Trust.  You can support their dedication and share their enthusiasm by adding these dates to your diaries:

     ~ 10am – 4.30pm, Saturday 10th November 2012, Staff House, The University Of Hull, East Yorkshire.

     ~ 10am – 4.30pm, Sunday 2nd December 2012, The Royal York Hotel, York (by the railway station), East Yorkshire.

     You’ll find a link to the events’ official website in the homepage sidebar all month.  Please share this information and – you never know – you might even run into a certain elusive blogger 😉

 

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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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     Please don’t be concerned Blogsprites!  The title quote comes from the BBC’s superlative little series The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff.

     The show was first broadcast on the radio and was bumped-up to television status with a Christmas Special in 2011.

     Heavily influenced by the searing wit and irreverent comedy of Blackadder The Bleak Old Shop is a must-see for Dickens’ fans or anyone with a taste for Victoriana and a sense of humour.

     Watch wherever you can!

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     Updated 13/05/2014

     Carr’s self-deprecating camp infuses this autobiography which unfortunately stops short before his fame gets started, suggesting all the good stuff has been saved for later volumes.  It’s a shame because despite the good humour there is nothing remarkable here, unless you count the fact that Carr is surprisingly well-adjusted for a comedian.

     Alan’s formative years seem no different to those of any ordinary middle-class thirty-something;  nice family, depressingly menial part-time jobs, a pointless degree and some fun holidays.

     Unfortunately the opportunity to offer advice on the perils of building a stand-up career is overlooked, with Carr being unduly brief and modest about such a difficult profession.

     If you like Carr you’ll like this, but the best is probably yet to come.

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Updated 06/05/2014

 Pure trash of course but also a fascinating insight into celebrity culture’s evolution throughout the noughties.

     As the founding editor of Heat magazine Frith makes for a flawed and fabulous narrator, jealous of the success of fellow publications, often derogatory about the stars he refers to as “playthings” and covetous of fame.   Frith is also fiercely loyal to his team and dedicated to a refreshing and  worthy ethos to de-bunk celebrity myth.
     Ironically and unfortunately, normalising celebrities created a space for ordinary folk from reality shows to seize the spotlight.  The subsequent rise of savvy PRs has enabled celebs to play the once revelatory magazines at their own game.
   
     It’s a fascinating insight into a unique period of modern history by a smart, flawed guy who was actually there.

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     Post updated 16/07/2013

     Here is a magical little something for fans of Once Upon A Time and Grimm.

     Do you remember The 10th Kingdom…

     

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     Television production company Hallmark have made a number of successful adaptations of Fairy Tales. 

     Here is another version of Snow White which proves that it’s all about the Step-mother!

     

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     Hello Blogsprites,

     Many of you may remember the Cannon Fairy Tale films.  Here is a little reminder for Dark Fairy Tale Month, the music accompanying the opening credits is enough to give you nightmares!

     While you are here don’t forget to check out April’s Magickal Thing with a link to Brian Froud in the sidebar. x

     

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     Updated 13/05/2015

     You will find lots of links to forgotten favourites right here at Lily’s Arcade of Arts & Arcana 😉

     

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     Updated 26/02/2015

     There’s always lots of Scary Faerie at Lily Wight 🙂

     

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I saw the HBO mini-series a few years ago and loved it, thanks for reminding me! It would be nice to see a production tackle a more radical representation of the angels though.
This is a brilliant piece x

Thoughts on Theatre

“In this world, there is a kind of painful progress. Longing for what we’ve left behind, and dreaming ahead.”
― Tony Kushner

Angels, angels everywhere. Ever since Kushner’s acclaimed play burst onto the scene in 1993, it’s taken the theatre world by storm – a tempest kicked up by the wings of hundreds of different iterations of the angel figure. Take a stroll down memory lane and see how a number of different productions imagined this pivotal role:


1993, Original Broadway production

1997, Theater Dortmund

2001, Guilford College

2003, HBO series

2004, American Conservatory Theatre

2010, Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf’s commemoration of Amsterdam’s DeLaMar Theatre’s opening

2010, Signature Theatre

Which version is the most effective? It’s remarkable that despite their physical/design differences, these angels are all relatively close in terms of presentation.

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