In Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the Spengler family returns to where it all started – the iconic New York City firehouse – to team up with the original Ghostbusters, who’ve developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level. But when the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second Ice Age.
Amazon Prime has released the first trailer for Ricky Stanicky.
When three childhood best friends pull a prank gone wrong, they invent the imaginary Ricky Stanicky to get them out of trouble! Twenty years after creating this ‘friend,’ Dean, JT, and Wes (Zac Efron, Andrew Santino, and Jermaine Fowler) still use the nonexistent Ricky as a handy alibi for their immature behavior. When their spouses and partners get suspicious and demand to finally meet the fabled Mr. Stanicky, the guilty trio decide to hire washed-up actor and raunchy celebrity impersonator “Rock Hard” Rod (John Cena) to bring him to life. But when Rod takes his role of a lifetime too far, they begin to wish they’d never invented Ricky in the first place. From director Peter Farrelly and featuring additional cast members including William H. Macy, Lex Scott Davis, and Anja Savcic.
In the cinematic wasteland of January, “The Beekeeper,” under the direction of David Ayer and starring Jason Statham, emerges as a beacon of light. Despite being an unapologetic off-brand John Wick, Ayer’s direction breathes life into a thin script, offering a refreshing escape from the usual awards-bait.
Statham fully embodies the character of Adam Clay, a beekeeper and retired assassin, on a mission to foil online scammers preying on the vulnerable.
The narrative revels in its unsubtle, unexplained quirks, injecting a layer of amusement for the audience. As Adam sets out on his vendetta, the film skillfully traces the money trail, revealing a satirical crypto bro, Derek Danforth (Josh Hutcherson).
Ayer successfully saturates the film with colour, crafting an entertaining atmosphere, but the central character retains an air of mystery. The lore may be shallow, but there’s potential for sequels. This whimsically, absurd and over the top action flick is the ideal choice for a popcorn-filled movie night.
In the ever-expanding Doctor Who universe, the Paternoster Gang – Strax, Madame Vastra, and Jenny Flint – have always fascinated me. It always felt like there was more to tell, so much untapped potential. Well, after a long break from their audio series and nearly a decade away from our TV screens, it’s high time to catch up with these characters. This audio is a delightful return to their world.
The first episode, “The Ghost and the Potato Man,” sets the stage for an exciting adventure. Our trio finds themselves in a tangle of mysteries involving a vanishing magician’s act and some criminals. The plot expertly navigates the mystery of said criminals, who seem to vanish into thin air after their misdeeds. Adding a fresh twist to the group, fan-favourite, Ellie from the Jago & Litefoot series joins the gang.
Strax’s unexpected talent as an on-stage comedian is sure to have you in stitches, and there’s a heartwarming scene that deepens Jenny and Vastra’s relationship.
Let’s talk about the core trio. Dan Starkey, who embodies Strax, seamlessly blends humour and warrior prowess into the character. He’s a standout in the quirky dynamics of the Paternoster Gang and makes Strax one of the most endearing figures in the Whovian world.
Neve McIntosh, known for her role as Madame Vastra, delivers a captivating performance that peels back the layers of her character. Her ability to convey Vastra’s complex personality, from her stoic exterior to her genuine affection for Jenny, enriches the story.
Catrin Stewart, who plays Jenny, infuses the character with an infectious energy, bringing her to life with authenticity. The chemistry between McIntosh and Stewart is palpable, making the Paternoster Gang’s dynamics even more engaging.
Throughout the series, McIntosh and Stewart play crucial roles in breathing life into the Paternoster Gang’s adventures, adding to the charm and authenticity of this beloved trio’s escapades.
In “Trespassers,” Dan Starkey takes on an additional role as the writer for the second story, “Symmetry of Death,” crafting a complex plot enriched with sci-fi elements. His ability to bring out Strax’s unique humour adds depth to the character, making him even more endearing.
In a series that heavily relies on character dynamics, Dan Starkey’s portrayal of Strax shines, contributing to the charm of the Paternoster Gang’s latest audio adventures. His impeccable comedic timing and unwavering commitment to the character deserve recognition.
In “Symmetry of Death,” the trio investigates a locked-room disappearance alongside a simultaneous murder. While there are moments that might feel a bit otherworldly, Neve McIntosh’s emotionally rich performance stands out.
The final episode, “Till Death Us Do Part,” introduces Paul McGann’s 8th Doctor to the Paternoster Gang. Jenny’s determination to marry Vastra, despite her hesitation, takes them on an unexpected journey. The story is character-driven, especially for Jenny, offering a refreshing departure from the typical Victorian escapades, with a revelation that lingers.
“Trespassers” is an exciting comeback for the Paternoster Gang, with a deep dive into character development. While it might not convert those unimpressed by the trio, it undeniably hints at new possibilities.
Overall Rating: 8/10
The Paternoster Gang: Trespassers 1: Rogues Gallery is avaliable here.
Join Joe Ford and Martyn Havell in this thrilling first episode of Bite Me, as they delve into ‘The Harvest’.
Get ready for a rollercoaster of supernatural adventures, witty banter, a dash of nostalgia and some therapy.
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Introducing “Bite Me” – Your New Favourite Podcast About Buffy the Vampire Slayer!
Grab your stakes and get ready to dive deep into the supernatural world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with an exciting new podcast, “Bite Me”! Hosted by the dynamic duo, Martyn Havell and Joe Ford, this podcast is bound to become your Saturday ritual!
In “Bite Me,” Martyn and Joe take you on a thrilling journey through the beloved cult classic, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With their infectious passion for all things Buffy, they’ll dissect each episode, share behind-the-scenes secrets, and explore the show’s impact on pop culture. It’s like a Watcher’s Guide for fans old and new!
Martyn and Joe bring their unique blend of humour, wit, and genuine love for the show to every episode, making “Bite Me” a podcast that feels like hanging out with your Buffy-loving friends.
Whether you’re Team Angel or Team Spike, a die-hard Scooby Gang member, or just dusting off your old DVD box sets, “Bite Me” has something for everyone. Expect lively discussions, hilarious anecdotes, and even some surprise guest appearances.
Join us every Saturday for a dose of nostalgia, witty banter, and the Scooby Gang’s adventures in Sunnydale. “Bite Me” is your one-stop shop for all things Buffy, and it’s coming to your favourite podcast platform on Saturday 9th of September, 2023. Subscribe now, and be part of the Scoobies!
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In a recent interview, I had the pleasure of speaking with the talented actor and writer, Kiell Smith-Bynoe. We delved into the creative process behind his upcoming Edinburgh show, “String V Spitta,” and discussed his experiences in the industry. From the inspiration behind the show to the collaborative process with his co-writer Ed MacArthur, Kiell shared valuable insights into the world of acting and writing. In this article, we will explore the main themes that emerged from our conversation, providing a comprehensive analysis of the creative process and its implications. The podcast is linked below.
The Inspiration Behind “String V Spitta”
Kiell’s journey with “String V Spitta” began when he met his co-writer Ed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016. The show was born out of their shared love for music and comedy, as Kiell explains:
“Producer Phoebe Burke introduced us, knowing that we were both very musical and had a similar sense of humor. We started talking about our careers and realised that we both had experience in children’s entertainment and a passion for music. That’s when the idea for ‘String V Spitta’ was born.”
Kiell and Ed initially focused on creating the songs for the show before building a narrative around them, a process that deviated from the traditional approach. Kiell explains:
“We did songs first and then built a narrative around that, which is not the orthodox way, I don’t think, but it worked for us. We would meet up every couple of months and stay in the studio until we had a song. We always aimed to find the funniest thing, even if it didn’t make sense. Sometimes the idea of the joke is that it doesn’t really make sense what’s been said.”
The Collaborative Process
Collaboration is a crucial aspect of the creative process, and Kiell emphasises the importance of working with someone like Ed, who shares his sense of humour and passion for music:
“It’s really fun because Ed is extremely funny, and we’re always searching for the funniest thing. We started out working on the songs and then built a narrative around them. We meet up every couple of months and stay in the studio until we have a song. We always had great songs, even some that didn’t make it into the show.”
Kiell’s and Ed’s collaborative process involves constant editing and refining, even during live performances:
“Even as we’re doing the show in London, we’re still trying to edit and find the funniest thing. We make each other laugh and constantly strive to improve the show.”
Incorporating Songs into the Narrative
One of the challenges Kiell and Ed faced was incorporating the songs into a cohesive story structure. Kiell explains their approach:
“For example, we have a rap battle in the show. We wanted to show the rivalry between the characters, and a rap battle was the best way to do that musically. We had to decide where to place it in the narrative. We explored different options, such as whether the characters had met before or were writing based on their stereotypes of each other. Eventually, we found the perfect place for it, right in the middle of the show, as the peak of their rivalry before it all blows up.”
Adapting “String V Spitta” for TV
With the success of “String V Spitta,” there are plans to adapt it for television. Kiell reveals:
“We’re working on the pilot script for the BBC with Ben Bailey Smith, who is the perfect person for it. We’re lucky to have someone with his musical background and experience as a dad. We’re really excited about the potential for a TV series.”
When asked about the difference between writing for the stage and writing for TV, Kiell highlights the freedom and constraints of each medium:
“With stage shows, you have more freedom to do whatever you think is funny. You don’t have to worry about budget constraints or pleasing different companies. On the other hand, TV writing involves more notes and feedback. You have to consider the commercial aspects and the opinions of various stakeholders. But both mediums offer unique opportunities for creativity.”
The Journey of an Actor
Kiell’s journey as an actor began at a young age, and he knew from an early age that he wanted to pursue acting as a career:
“I started acting in school plays and church nativity plays when I was little. But it wasn’t just something I did for fun; I knew I wanted to be an actor. I had a defining moment when I was four years old and played the innkeeper in a nativity play. The audience laughed at my line, and I thought, ‘This is what I want to do.'”
However, Kiell’s path to success was not without its challenges. He spent six years after drama school trying to make it happen, while many of his peers chose different paths:
“It was a long journey to become a full-time actor. I had to work in a call center while pursuing my acting career. Many of my peers from drama school decided to pursue other careers, but I stuck with it. It was a challenging time, but I never gave up on my dream.”
The Transition from Acting to Writing
Kiell’s transition from acting to writing was a natural progression driven by his desire to create:
“I started writing because I wanted to act more. I thought I could make things funnier than what was coming through. I didn’t start calling myself a writer until later, but I always had a clear vision of what I wanted to create.”
Kiell’s experience as an actor has influenced his approach to writing, allowing him to understand the fluidity of scripts and the potential for improvisation:
“I’ve learned that scripts can change even during the final stages of production. On set, you can play with the lines and make adjustments based on what works best. This understanding has made me more open to collaboration and less precious about the words on the page.”
The Challenges and Rewards of Producing
In addition to acting and writing, Kiell has also taken on the role of producer. He discusses the challenges and rewards of producing:
“I’m always looking for ways to make the vision come to life. I’m not the person who says something is too expensive; I believe in investing in the production to make it the best it can be. As a producer, I bring my vision to the table and work with others to bring it to fruition.”
Kiell’s attention to detail and commitment to the creative vision have made him a valuable asset in the production process:
“I have a clear vision in my head, and I’m open to input from others. I want to make the vision as best as possible, rather than cutting corners. I believe in going the extra mile to create something truly special.”
In this interview with Joe Pasquale, the renowned comedian and performer, we delved into the fascinating details of his career spanning over 40 years. From his new tour to his experiences on reality TV and performing at prestigious events like the Royal Variety Performance, Joe shares his insights and reflections on the entertainment industry. In this article, we will explore the key themes discussed in the interview, providing an in-depth analysis of each topic and its potential impact. Let’s dive in!
The Impact of the Pandemic on the Entertainment Industry
Joe discussed the profound impact of the pandemic on the entertainment industry, highlighting the challenges faced by performers and the entire ecosystem of the business. He emphasised the symbiotic relationship between performers, crew members, and various professionals involved in the industry. Joe explained that the shutdown of theaters and venues not only affected performers but also backstage staff, musicians, crew members, and many others. The process of rebuilding the industry after such a long hiatus takes time and effort.
“The business was on its backside for so long. It wasn’t just performers, it was people in theater. It was just backstage people. It was musicians, it was crew, it was front of house people, it was box office people, it was wardrobe people, wig people, makeup people, all of that stuff.” – Joe Pasquale
Questioning Established Theories and Beliefs
During the interview, Joe shared his thoughts on Darwin’s theory of evolution and the importance of questioning established theories and beliefs. He expressed his fascination with learning and his recent studies in geoscience. Joe challenged the notion that Darwin’s theory of evolution is an absolute truth, highlighting the word “theory” in the concept. He proposed his own theory, suggesting that aliens may have played a role in the development of different species on Earth.
“What they seem to forget is there’s one word in the middle of that that everybody seems to bypass. And the word that they just seem to bypass is the word theory. It’s just a theory, and they sell it as if it’s a fact.” – Joe Pasquale
The Power of Comedy and Distraction
Joe discussed the role of comedy in providing a temporary escape from life’s concerns. He emphasised the importance of understanding what the audience wants from a show – a momentary freedom from their worries. Joe believes that comedy has the power to create a symbiotic relationship between the performer and the audience, allowing both parties to be free of concern. He shared his approach to stand-up comedy, highlighting the need to be free of concern himself in order to provide that freedom to the audience.
“If you can let people be free of concern for that amount of time, then you’ve done your job. The only way to do that is for me to be free of concern as well.” – Joe Pasquale
The Impact of Art and Satire
The conversation touched upon the impact of art and satire in addressing sensitive topics. Joe shared his experience performing in “The Producers,” a musical that satirises Hitler and the Nazi regime. He acknowledged the potential controversy surrounding such a production in today’s climate but highlighted the power of comedy and satire to open up conversations and challenge established beliefs. Joe recounted a touching story of how the show enabled a man to open up about his experiences in a concentration camp, providing a cathartic release.
“The show itself enabled him to break that barrier and talk about it again, which I think is an extraordinary thing.” – Joe Pasquale
The Thrill of Skydiving and Performing
Joe’s passion for skydiving was evident throughout the interview. He described the exhilaration and sense of freedom that comes with jumping out of a plane. Drawing a parallel to his experience in stand-up comedy, Joe highlighted the similarities in the adrenaline rush and the feeling of being fully alive. He emphasised the importance of embracing new experiences and taking risks, both in skydiving and in performing on stage.
“When you’re on that plane and before you fall out, you go, ‘Oh my God, what am I doing?’ And then when you’re out, you go, ‘I’m out!’ And it is, isn’t it? And then you feel that it’s so exhilarating.” – Joe Pasquale
Conclusion and Future Outlook
In conclusion, our interview with Joe Pasquale provided a glimpse into the extraordinary life and career of a seasoned comedian. From the impact of the pandemic on the entertainment industry to the power of comedy and the thrill of skydiving, Joe shared his unique perspectives and experiences. As the industry continues to recover and adapt, performers like Joe will play a crucial role in bringing joy and laughter back into people’s lives. With his unwavering passion and willingness to embrace new challenges, Joe Pasquale is sure to continue entertaining audiences for years to come.
The interview is linked below, as part of our new podcast ‘Mart Meet’s where I sit down with interesting people. It’s also available on on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon music, Spotify. We also have a smart link.
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Join us for an exciting episode as we sit down with the talented writer and actress, Elizabeth Morton.
We dive into her latest book, “The Orphans from Liverpool Lane,” her career in audio dramas, and her fascinating life as the wife of Peter Davison, step-mother to Georgia Tennant, and mother-in-law to David Tennant.
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