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I saw the second preview of Frankenstein at the National Theatre last night which had Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature and Johnny Lee Miller in the role of Victor Frankenstein. We sat in the second row from the front (towards the left which was the best spot imho as most of the stuff happened on that side) and had an absolutely brilliant view of the stage and actors. Now I won't say just yet if I hated or loved it, because that'd be spoilers (see Sandra, you can read your flist without getting spoiled!) but if you don't mind and are interested in a somewhat longish and detailed report of the show just click the cut.

Official spoiler warning. Spoilers are within. Beware of spoilers. Etc.Collapse )

Obviously we made our way to the stage door afterwards and while waiting for Benedict we saw several people going in amongst which Alan Carr, Richard Curtis and Vinette Robinson (or Sally Sherlock as she was called as we didn't know her real name *hangs head in shame*). During the wait for Ben I managed to get signatures from Mark Gatiss and Catherine Tate again (as Season's Greetings is still running) and I got my Frankenstein programme signed by George Harris (also Kingsley Shacklebolt in Harry Potter) and Karl Johnson. Also saw Rebecca Hall come out but did not have anything for her to get signed (next time I'm bringing a notebook!). When Sally Sherlock Vinette came out I asked if I could have a picture with her which seemed to take her completely by surprise but she did not seem to mind, so yay that's the fifth Sherlock actor in my collection! I really regretted not having my DVD on me though as she would've been a cool addition on it as well (will not stagedoor without it again!).

Benedict came out at about 11.15 and was looking visibly tired after his performance. It was very sweet of him that he came out at all as he left his bike helmet inside and after he was done signing things disappeared through another exit so he solely came out of the stage door for the people waiting on him <3 I got my programme signed as well as my copy of Equity magazine with him on the cover and when we asked for a picture he said he'd rather not because he was tired, which was completely understandable. Highly annoying though were the people who still begged him for one as, polite as he is, he obliged to a few (though with obvious hesitation shown on his face and with each picture backing more towards the door).

Also, just to show how physical the role of the Creature actually is (or how serious Benedict takes his role - as I have obviously got no idea how Johnny will perform it): as a result of the crawling around and extreme and awkward movements that come with the performance of the character he has cuts on his feet and legs and last night alone popped two joints in his wrist and had a back spasm! Or as he summarised it "Suffering for Danny Boyle". It's very admirable that he continues to give such a physical performance regardless, but poor guy <3
 
 
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Zarina
29 January 2011 @ 08:46 pm
After discovering Misfits a few months ago (and because of that the awesomeness that is Iwan Rheon) I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that Iwan's also a musician. I saw some of his Spring Awakening performances on YouTube and he sounded absolutely brilliant so of course I was stoked when I heard that he regularly performs in London as well. The gig I went to this week was in Belham and when I got out of the tube station there was a very familiar guy walking in front of me, guitar case in hand: Iwan himself! I didn't bother him, but it was pretty neat to see him before the show like that. As soon as we got to the pub/venue he went over to a table where some of his friends were seated and started chatting to them, so I just I went to the area where the gig was going to be held.

There were several acts that night, the first one a group called The Dunwell Brothers Band and their music was upbeat and really fun imho. They were followed by a guy who's name I don't remember and tbh I didn't care much for his act. After a short interval it was finally Iwan's turn and he was brilliant (despite the fact that he kind of lost his voice because of too much drinking the night before roflmao). He played for about half an hour which didn’t give me a lot of time to take pictures because I also recorded a few of his songs, but I still managed to get a few half decent shots (mostly because I was sitting at a table at the front XD). After Iwan, Rich Hall was supposed to be on but he had apparently cancelled last minute so instead the host of the night (and former member of Iron Maiden and Cutting Crew) Tony Moore did a few songs, amongst which the Cutting Crew's most famous single "(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight". Pretty fun, but of course not as awesome as Iwan was <3



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Zarina
24 December 2010 @ 05:02 pm


Or Merry Christmas to those of you who have no clue what I'm on about and assume I've been sipping mulled wine since I woke up (for the record I haven't. 'Meretricious' is a Sherlock reference - what else did you expect!). I hope each and every one of you has a great one! ♥ ♥ ♥ I shall be spending mine with my family, doing very little (besides hanging on the couch with a fleece and a good book and possibly trying my hands at some cooking and baking) and trying not to think of the fact that I have to brave the weather in a few short weeks again to try to get back to England…

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Zarina
I should probably start with explaining that I started watching Misfits a few weeks ago (a brilliant British show that all of you should check out btw!) and coincidentally just after I joined the main LJ-community for it I saw a post that the cast would be doing a Q/A at the Apple store in Regent Street. Sounds awesome, yes? Of course I went to check it out. And I met some lovely, lovely girls who's LJ-names I don't remember by heart at the moment other than rabbitfacts and we happily chatted away the 3 hour wait (I didn't even get one third through my book and my initial plan was to finish it during the wait!) until the start of the Q/A. And we all scored front row seats, because we are awesome like that.

To not make this ramble too long I'll post some bullet points with some of the funny moments/comments made by the actors behind the cut. The full thing will be up on iTunes for free at some point so I'm not going through the trouble to decipher all my notes right now (I have so much to do before leaving for the Netherlands still…) for a full transcript. I've also made tons and tons of pictures from which I posted a small selection of reasonably okay ones behind the cut. They're not amazing because flash photography wasn't allowed (even though the lighting was flippin' purple!) and I uploaded them to Facebook which also resizes them, but I guess they're decent.

Oh and afterwards, while I was checking my e-mails at the Apple store, we saw a girl ran past us and in a moment of spontaneity we followed her and managed to catch the actors at a side entrance outside! It was brief and really busy but Lucy and I managed to get a pic with Iwan (sort of, I had to take it myself Ventimiglia style and I'm crap at that, but at least we're all three on it and Iwan looks adorable! ♥ Night was made, let me tell you that.



Robert: 'When we were filming that scene on the boat I turned the other way to piss in a bottle but I mainly pissed on myself.'Collapse )
 
 
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Zarina
13 September 2010 @ 10:38 pm


"Written by Mick Ford (Ashes To Ashes, William And Mary), Single Father is a touching yet humorous drama which tells the story of Dave (David Tennant), a photographer facing the seemingly impossible job of bringing up four kids alone after the sudden death of his wife, Rita (Laura Fraser). Things get even more complicated when he begins to fall in love with his wife's best friend, Sarah (played by Suranne Jones). Single Father asks how soon is too soon to fall in love again?"
I went to the BAFTA screening of the first episode of Single Father tonight and it was utterly amazing. And on a completely surperficial note: David on the BIG screen. Holy crap! I've done my best to try and remember what happened during the episode and decipher my notes as to what was said during the Q/A for those interested :)

Non spoilery info

• We got shown episode 1 (out of 4) which lasted one hour, as well as separate previews for the other episodes.
• There is no official air date yet, but it's on the BBC Autumn schedule.
• The episodes will air weekly (when someone asked when episode 2 will air the answer was "one week after episode 1").
• David uses his lovely Scottish accent in the series.
• Murray Gold has composed the music.
• I can warn you that it (episode one at least) is an absolute tearjerker.
• Rupert fucking Graves! Uh... yeah. I had no idea he would be in it, so I got excited when I found out XD He wasn't in the first episode but from the previews I gather he has a reasonably large part in the rest of the series.
• Laura Fraser plays Rita, which provides for a little Casanova reunion.

Q/A (no spoilers)
(not much though because I can't decipher most of my scribblings...)

• The Q/A was with Suranne Jones (Sarah), Sam Miller (director), Mick Ford (writer) and Nicola Shindler (Executive Producer)
• For the casting of the children the production team scouted local schools in Glasgow and drama workshops.
• The children cast for Evie, Paul and Ewan are a lot like the characters they portray.
• Often the cameras were still rolling without the cast being aware of it. This, to get a more natural look and slightly documentary style; to pull the audience in.
• Mick Ford wrote the original draft for Single Father 5 years ago, but it went through many changes since. Amongst others it went from 6 episodes to 4.
• Suranne had been talking about David with other people before shooting started and apparently David Morrissey calls David Tennant "The nicest man in the world" (yes, this is relevant to my interests).
• She also said "Not to praise David anymore, but.." and then continued to tell how amazing he was in amongst others the scene where Dave finds out about Rita's death.
• Suranne talked about a "family bonding" they did with the kids, which was that they all went bowling together. They had to make teams and all the kids wanted to be in David's team.
• The director mentioned how he'd occasionally tell David to play a scene another way (Ie angrier) but at the end of the day he'd always end up using the first cut, the one where David used his own interpretation of the scene.
• There are a lot of times where in the script the last part of an actor's line would be in brackets followed by upside down exclamation marks, indicating that the actor had the choice of using that part of the sentence or leaving it out.

WRITE UP OF THE FIRST EPISODE = SPOILERSCollapse )

This was written down really rushed so sorry for any spelling errors... Let me know if you have any questions :D
 
 
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Zarina
14 August 2010 @ 08:46 pm
Sherlock (yes the new BBC adaptation everyone is raving about): I just LOVE the characterisations of Sherlock and Watson in this one. Sherlock is so unintentionally hilarious, it's brilliant. And while it's a modern day version of the famous detective stories I find it pretty accurate with what I know of it as well. Even thought we haven't seen nearly enough of Lestrade and Moriarty and the storylines in particularly the second episode and partly the third left something to be desired I am completely drawn in by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman's portrayals of the iconic characters (and undoubting Steven Moffat and co's mostly fantastic writing). I find it difficult to put into words just how much I enjoyed these episodes, so let's just say A LOT. However, I can not believe they left it where they did and we'll likely have to wait at least another year on the new series! Having only three episodes to rewatch obsessively is hardly enough to bridge that huge gap :(

Bonus: Benedict Cumberbatch being very close with David Tennant.

The Big Bang Theory: I have been flailing about this show on Twitter while watching all three seasons in a couple of weeks time, but I don't think I've mentioned on here yet how completely obsessed with it I've become in the last month or two. Despite not particularly liking Sheldon (I know 99.9% of TBBT fandom will disagree with me on that one) I have to admit the "Bazinga", *Knock. Knock. Knock.* "Penny?" and all his amazing one-liners ("I cry because others are stupid and that makes me sad." "I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested." "If I'm permitted to speak again, Dr Sheldon Cooper for the win!") are at the core of the comedy in this series and I do love him for that. But as a character his lack of social skills make him kind of annoying and I feel much more drawn to Leonard (who I think is absolutely adorable <3 Even though I don't find the actor appealing at all - must be the geek glasses), Raj and even Howard and all his crazy womanising antics. And I finally understand all the icons talking about "rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock", yay! As I've been pretty much ignoring everything TBBT for the past few years because I didn't think I'd like it (how wrong I was) I have no clue who else loves this show, so let me know in the comments because I need to discuss and flail with you guys!

In the mean time, look at this amazing photoshoot I came across:



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Zarina
When I went to the theatre yesterday Jude Law was sitting in the seat in front of me!!! Those of you on Twitter already saw me squeeing about this but I'll try to write a little more coherent about it today:

I went to the final performance of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street as performed by the National Youth Music Theatre at the Village Underground. Now I couldn't stand the Johnny Depp movie and I normally don't know about amateur performances but I saw the NYMT perform a few of the songs during West End Live in June and was incredibly impressed (especially by the two leads Matt Nalton and Lizzie Wofford). I'm still not very fond of the storyline itself, but I was amazed by every single performance given during the show and couldn't believe the actors were only aged between 8 and 21 years. They were brilliant. And if I had gone earlier this week I would've probably tried to get a ticket for a second performance, they were just that good.

The show was set in the Village Underground in Shoreditch, which I hadn't been to before and looks like a space that might usually be a club? They had four rows of seats in a half circle around the stage area (which was just the floor really) and the actors used every inch of it. The barber shop was set up in the far back but the rest of the space varied in use between the judge's home, the pie shop and the general streets of London. Before the show and partly during the intermission the assemble was just wandering the "streets" looking very homeless and/or mental, which was a great way to set the mood. The show itself was just incredible. I really can not put into words how amazing it was. I was probably most impressed by Matt Nalton, who played Sweeney Todd, who looked and sounded as if he'd been performing on the West End all his life. I'm sure we'll be hearing plenty from him soon enough.

The reason Jude was there (I assume) is because he started off with the NYTM himself, many, many years ago (in fact, he's from Lewisham, were I currently live *random fact of the day*) and recently became a patron for them. Still, he currently lives in the States, there were ten performances all-together and loads of places he could've sat for each of them so the fact he was sitting in the seat in front of me during the one show I went to? Pretty damn awesome.

He was with two of his kids so I didn't bother him but that didn't stop me from glancing in his direction quite often. Partly because I had to look his way to catch what was happening on the stage in front of him, partly well, because he was looking so damn fine. He was wearing a tight grey t-shirt with very short sleeves making his upper arms look huge and his hair looked all crazy and amazing and he kept leaning on his hand giving him a dreamy look and... Okay I admit I was looking at him for pretty much 3 hours straight. I did see the whole show properly though, so it wasn't that bad. I can't help it he was sitting within my eye sight of the stage ;)

Afterwards I was a bit disappointed I didn't have any pictures (though I do not regret not bothering him, it wasn't the place for it) until I realised I already have his picture and signature from when I saw him during the the film festival in Toronto in 2006 XD

And that was my random celebrity encounter of the day story.
 
 
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Zarina


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Unrelated, but is anyone here on Blogspot? I decided to start up a book blog over there for all my reviews, author signings (as I never seem to be up to date on rl stuff on LJ and at least this will hopefully force me to sit down straight after a talk/signing to write something for Blogspot instead) as well as general book babble. I haven't come up with a decent enough name yet (everything I think of has already been taken *sadface*), so I will probably change it soon but for now you can find me on (changed it!):

http://bibliophilreviews.blogspot.com

Let me know if you have an account on there as well and/or if you know any blogs I should follow. Thanks ♥
 
 
Zarina
25 July 2010 @ 07:43 pm


Huge write-up with pictures and videos (including the 11th Doctor appearance) behind the cutCollapse )
 
 
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Zarina
25 July 2010 @ 12:40 am

Please don't take or hotlink! (btw this is not my best shot of Karen but she looks so cute in it!)

OMFG.


The Doctor Who Prom was bloody amazing! I don't have much time right now to elaborate as I have to leave again in about 8 hours for tomorrow's (well technically today's) Prom, but in short: There was adorable, adorable Matt Smith both as the Doctor and later on as host. Karen Gillan was gorgeous as ever. And Arthur Darvill is so cute irl <3 <3 <3 There were vampires, Daleks, Jadoon, Cybermen, Silurians & Sontarans. A compilation of songs from S5 where the Vincent van Gogh bit was overwhelmingly beautiful. There was an amazing montage of all past regenerations (the cheering when Ten came on was insane). They performed Gallifrey: Our Childhood, Our Home as well as Vale Decem (my two favourite Who scores) and everything was just wow. I've got a few hundred pictures from it all (I was standing second row from the front) so I'll make a more proper post tomorrow. I seriously can't wait to see and hear it all again!
 
 
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Zarina
23 July 2010 @ 04:25 pm

source

Hot damn.


Is it just me or is Matt Bomer totally chanelling Zach Quinto there? (funky hat, stripey outfit, Converse, grandpa glasses, ll&p)
 
 
Zarina
02 June 2010 @ 08:44 pm


I wish I had time right now to make a really big picspam like I have done for this occassion for the past 3 years, but since I'm moving to London in two weeks from today (yes, I am freaking out) I unfortunately lack the time for this (the fact my laptop died a few weeks ago and all my pictures are scattered on discs and external harddrives doesn't really help either). So instead of a dial up killing picspam a smaller one consisting of some of my favourite Zach related pictures, videos and quotes.

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Zarina
03 January 2010 @ 12:32 am


Say what you will but the Tenth Doctor's final two parter was epic. And heartbreaking. And while there were of course a few ridiculously written bits in the episodes overall the story was just fantastic. The last episode gave a proper closure to a lot of things and was I suppose a suiting ending for this very human version of the Doctor. I am not quite ready to let go of him just yet, which is probably why I spent the past day(s) writing my review for both parts of The End of Time (which actually turned into a picture and quote spam). It was nice rewatching the episodes a few times for that though.

Anyway, if you've seen both parts already have a look. And if you'd like discuss the episode please drop a comment as I'd love to talk about the The End of Time with fellow weeping fans. Anything to postpone the inevitable ending just a little longer, yeah? ♥

'This is the Doctor and now the end of time is nigh. The Master is in control, the Time Lords are returning and it's time to face the final battle...'Collapse )
 
 
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Zarina
19 December 2009 @ 08:32 pm


In honour of the start of the Tenth Doctor's final two-parter next week - The End of Time - I wanted to make a picspam of his most memorable scenes/episodes. It took a lot longer to make than I expected (though obviously it was no punishment having to rewatch all these episodes again to get the quotes to match the pictures), but I am fairly certain I managed to include all the moments that impressed me the most while watching them the first time around. The ones that made me laugh the hardest, cry the most and broke my heart. Ten is my Doctor and I will really miss him :(

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Zarina
25 November 2009 @ 08:12 pm


I bought the most awesomest Harry Potter DVD-box ever!! I am seriously squeeing because it's so damn pretty. I've been wanting to buy the Harry Potter DVDs for a very long time, but never did as I wanted to get a boxed set with the 2-disc editions and was only able to find the 1-disc versions that way, until I came across this one that is. The box is so pretty and the DVD cases are even made to look like books, I am seriously in love <3 The box holds the DVDs to the first 5 movies (including bonus discs), a disc with extra documentaries on the movies, a DVD game and a pretty envelope with 20 collectable cards. They're all tied together with an elastic band and are set on a piece of foam so when when I take that out there is enough space to store the last two movies in the same box as well.

I posted more detailed pictures behind the cut and I also included a few pics from movies I bought last week in steelcase covers. I am not sure if it's something common in other countries, but some movies get released as a special edition in the Netherlands that way and they're so pretty <3

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very muchCollapse )
 
 
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Zarina
29 September 2009 @ 03:48 pm


Happy Birthday Zac! ♥Collapse )
 
 
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Zarina
21 July 2009 @ 12:01 pm
Mood: || Stressed
Tune : Watching Flight of the Conchords




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Zarina
20 July 2009 @ 09:24 pm
Mood: || Rushed
Tune : Watching How I Met Your Mother




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Zarina
19 July 2009 @ 08:46 pm
Mood: || Stressed
Tune : Watching Masterchef Australia




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