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Orchestra Director Dedicates YouTube Video in Touching Tribute to ‘Allo ‘Allo! Star

19 Feb

Gorden Kaye w/ 'Allo 'Allo! cast members Carmen Silvera (left) & Vicki Michelle (right).

Gorden Kaye w/ ‘Allo ‘Allo! cast members Carmen Silvera (left) & Vicki Michelle (right).

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

In a touching tribute to a ‘Allo ‘Allo! star, the director of the Gimnazija Kranj Symphony Orchestra has dedicated a YouTube video to actor Gorden Kaye. Kaye who died in a Knaresborough care home on January 23rd at the age of 75 played café owner and lady’s man René Artois on the popular television series. Kaye’s career started in the 1960’s and spanned theatre, radio, television, and film. Kaye played Bernard Butler, Elsie Tanner’s nephew, in the ITV television series Coronation Street and as middle class Ray Benge in the Thames comedy drama Born and Bred. He also guested on such series as Are You Being Served?, Come Back Mrs. Noah, Last of the Summer Wine, and All Creatures Great and Small.

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There’s No Real “Turncoat” in this Week’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

8 Feb

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

*Spoiler Alert

The premise of the latest episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, “Turncoat,” has the potential to be a commentary on the “problems” with the state of troublesome affairs going on in the States. What’s said would have been spectacularly great when considering how influential Rory was the first president. I’m sure some people are wondering what’s going behind a certain new president’s head, and who shaped his philosophies … but instead, this latest story creates a diversion, a trap, for the Legends team who are out to save history yet again. The Legion of Doom wants them out-of-the-way so they can reshape the world.

At the same time, this late entry is also the Christmas episode. To see this episode nearly a month later after the day feels odd. We can blame the broadcasters than the show creators, but this is a holiday episode. Sara Lance said we’re supposed to be at our best during the yuletide season and I liked this moment of clarity. Jax wanted to go postal, but thankfully he’s not the type to commit cold-blooded murder.

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Shout! Kids Brings Kuu Kuu Harajuku to Home Video!

7 Feb

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Gwen Stefani’s animated series Kuu Kuu Harajuku is coming to North America courtesy of Shout! Factory and DHX Media. This modern variation on the Josie and the Pussycats concept is a fun diversion for those looking for something different and it can now be enjoyed at home as the company rolls out home video release in the U.S. and Canada. 26 Episodes are made.

Mark Shoeman, Territory Manager at DHX Media, said: “The US market is a huge territory for us and one where Kuu Kuu Harajuku is proving to be widely popular with its audience on Nickelodeon, so it was crucial for us to appoint a strong home entertainment company in the region. Shout! Factory understands the market, and importantly for us, the kids’ sector, and we feel they are the ideal company to take this highly original series beyond broadcast into DVD.”

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CW’s Legion of Doom, er Legends of Tomorrow, is Not Necessarily Doomed

2 Feb

DC's Legends of Tomorrow --"The Chicago Way"-- LGN208a_0307.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk, John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn and Matthew Letscher as Eobard Thawne -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights ReservedBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

  • Spoiler alert

“The Legion of Doom” is showing their true colours in this latest episode of CW’s Legends of Tomorrow. Viewers almost got to see them torture poor Rip Hunter to death. Although most of it was handled off-camera, actor Arthur Darvill had to put himself into the right psychological head-space to sell those scenes. I was cringing when it came time to pull his tooth out.

But this group of deviants is not really keen on each other since day one. The divide has been obvious since their introduction and the question of why Eobard Thawne has always been so dodgy is finally revealed. This later half of season two is far more satisfying to follow but I’m starting to find a few weaknesses in the handling a massive all-star cast. Darhk wants to prevent his death in the future but his one-sided nature of wanting to kill everyone is reminding me of the days Vandal Savage was the stock villain. Malcolm wants to change his past and he’s doing fine on screen. Thawne, the least visible, is running away from … well, I won’t spoil that detail. You just have to see it. In this universe, the question is if anyone’s destiny can be changed at all.

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