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After Steven Tyler’s departure from Aerosmith, the remaining members of the band are reportedly in the market for a new frontman. It’s not known yet if they will continue as Aerosmith or form a new ‘supergroup’ (a ‘la Chickenfoot). The question is, can any band continue once the lead singer has left the building?

I’d say that in 99% of the cases, the frontman makes the band so if you lose the lead singer, the band is no more.

Here’s 10 bands, minus the lead singer, see if you can name them…

 

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Answers will be posted in a weeks time….

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This is very cool news for zombie fans. Filming has now wrapped for the french horror film ‘La Horde’. Written by Yannick Dahan, La Horde is about four corrupt cops who plan to avenge the death of one of their own by killing the gangsters responsible. Things don’t go to plan though, and just before the gangsters execute the cops, their building is attacked by a massive horde of zombies.

What’s even more interesting is the fact that La Horde is preceded by the short film ‘Rivoallan’, which tells the tale of how the corrupt cops ended up being one man down. Rivoallan was released in 2007 and is a totally straight movie, not a zombie in sight.

I think that’s such a fresh idea, although most of the impact will be lost on anyone who didn’t see Rivoallan when it was released. The idea of making a straight film to introduce characters and then drop them slap bang in the middle of a horror film is exceptional.

Here’s the trailer for Rivoallan:

And here’s La Horde:

La Horde should be released in France before the end of the year but expect a lengthy wait before it get’s an international DVD/ Blu-Ray release.

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It seems as though DC Comics will try their hand with a forray into the zombie world with ‘Blackest Night’. The Publisher has commenced the story which will be the climax to the Sinestro Corps War (green lantern) story arc.

Blackest night will be more of a solid arc for DC, rather than the tongue in cheek Marvel Zombies graphic novels. The first edition was released In June of this year and will run until spring next year. If DC can nail this, it could potentially release the stranglehold that Marvel has on the comic book market.

Marvel are coming to the end of the Dark Reign storyline which led directly from Secret Invasion. The events of Dark Reign will come to a climax during the new years ‘Siege’ story. Brian Michael Bendis has gone on record to say that after the events of siege, there won’t be another massive event that will encompass the whole of the Marvel universe like Reign, writers will be concentrating more on individual characters’ storylines.

If Blackest night performs well in stores it could pave the way for DC to capitalise on the gap left by Marvel for a long running crossover event and bag DC some much-needed new readers.

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Billed as a companion to Band of Brothers, Pacific takes place during the events of Band.. and follows a group of US Marines whilst War rages in the East. Spielberg and Tom Hanks are back on board, so expect this HBO produced series to be EPIC.

 

 

The miniseries will air in the states in March next year and the UK TV rights have been purchased by Sky for a spring 2010 release.

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 There’s only two episodes to go until David Tennant bows out of Doctor Who and Matt Smith will be introduced as the 10th Doctor on New Years Day. If you didn’t see the waters of mars; the penultimate Doctor Who story for David Tennant; you missed an absolute treat.

 

Tennant was in blistering form and the story was probably one of the best that i’ve ever seen.Tennant’s run as the Doctor will finish on New Years Day, and what a run it was. I’ll be gutted to see him go and there’s some HUGE shoes for Matt Smith to fill. I’m really not convinced that he can pull it off but to be fair, I said the same about Tennant when he replaced Christopher Eccleston in 2005.

Smith will be joined for the new series by Karen Gillian who you may have seen in The Kevin Bishop Show on Channel 4. I’m kind of used to the Doctor by himself now so seeing the 10th Doctor with a new companion will be a clean slate all round.

Tennant will be leaving with Russel T Davies who is pretty much solely responsible for the current Dr Who revival and he’ll be replaced by Stephen Moffat. Moffat wrote the Brit comedy drama Coupling and has also tried his hand to various ‘Who’ storylines during the past 5 years, with great success – even managing to bag a couple of Hugo awards in the process.

It’s a crucial time now for fans of the Doctor. If Moffat is good enough, he’ll cement the series and it will run on prosperously for many years to come. If he bombs, Doctor Who could slip away like it did prior to the 1996 feature film. Let’s hope the new series does do well, my only criticism of Russel Davies is his insistence to re-use Dr Who villains. We’ve had the Daleks every series now since 2004, the Cybermen returned for two series and even the Master will be back during ‘The End Of Time’. If Moffat can come up with a new menace or some fresh ideas rather than ‘monster of the week’ style creatures, I think all will be well.

With that in mind, here are my all time favourite Doctor Who episodes of the past five years:

No 5:

The Parting Of The Ways

This was Eccleston’s Swan song and the episode where we actually found out what the hell ‘Badwolf’ meant. After cropping up all through the series at various points in time, it turns out that Badwolf basically means that Rose Tyler is B-A-D-A-S-S. After facing certain death at the hands of a Dalek fleet, the Doctor get’s saved by Rose, albeit at the expense of his 9th incarnation. Full of emotion, the final words uttered by Eccleston were a great way to say goodbye..

“Rose, before I go I just wanna tell you — you were fantastic…absolutely fantastic…and d’you know what? So was I!”

No 4:

 The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit

This was brilliant two-parter that introduced us to The Ood. The Doctor and Rose arrive on a planet orbiting a black hole and shortly after the docile Ood start to talk of ‘the beast’. It turns out that the beast is in fact held prisoner in the depths of the planet and has taken over a crew members’ body in order to escape his black hole prison. The special effects are spot on here and we’re given your typical bread-and-butter Doctor Who story. Fantastic.

“Maybe that’s what the Devil is, in the end. An idea.”

No 3:

Blink

Blink was a standalone Who story (as some of the best are) written by Stephen Moffat, so any doubts you may have about him taking the helm for Doctor Who should be eased if he continues to produce work as good as this. We’re introduced to the Weeping Angels, who feed from peoples ‘time energy’. They’ve already got the jump on the Doctor and sent him back in time (minus the Tardis) to the 1960’s. Enter Sally Sparrow, an unlikely heroine who is given various clues in order to solve the riddle of how to save the Doctor. Intelligent, Jumpy and well written, Blink should be high on anyone’s favourite Who episodes of recent years.

“Don’t blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink. Good Luck.”

No 2:

Human Nature/ Family of Blood

As a standalone two-parter, Human Nature and Family of Blood were exceptional, but what the episodes served to do was to pave the way for the Master’s return towards the end of the series. Here the Doctor is being attacked by the ‘Family of Blood’ and in order to survive, he takes up human Form in the early 20th Century. His memories are transferred to a watch via the Chameleon Arc and is given false memories by the Tardis in order to hide from the family. The story gives us a glimpse into the other side of the Doctor’s persona and both episodes are equally important during the first part of the season finale, ‘Utopia’. Once Martha realises that she’s seen a watch similar to that carried by Professor Yana, all hell breaks loose…

“He’s like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun.”

No 1:

The Waters of Mars

The most recent Who story was a proper belter. The Doctor arrives on Mars in 2059 and finds the first human colony on Mars. The problem is that all is not well here. The crew are unaware but they don’t actually make it back to Earth, the expedition goes missing in 2059 never to be heard from again. This is a massive event in time and one that the Doctor knows he can’t alter. After the colony vanishes, the knock on effect for humankind is great. The missing Astronauts inspire generations after them to reach for the stars and although they disappear, fantastic things come out of the tragedy. It quickly transpires that the Colony doesnt simply vanish, they are killed at the hands of the Ice Warriors of Mars. The Doctor is ready to leave and let time take its cause but after the realisation that he’s the last time lord, he decides to intervene and save the remaining colonists. This action has massive repercussions and the result will end with the death of the 10th Doctor Who….

“There are laws of time. Once upon of time there were people in charge of those laws but they died. They all died. Do you know who that leaves? Me! It’s taken me all these years to realise that the laws of time are mine and they will obey me!”

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The Crazies trailer is now available on-line and the remake should be ready for a February 2010 release:

 

 

The original was a low-budget horror film Directed by the legend that is George Romero and was released in the years between Night of the living dead and Dawn of the dead. Although it wasn’t a complete success, over the years it’s gained a cult following and even though the acting wasn’t the best, the story of a small town under siege from the military and infected towns-folk was decent enough to warrant a remake.

Will it be any good though? Well, it stars Timothy Olyphant and it’s got zombie/ infected in it. Of course it’ll be good…

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Fish-faced ‘model and business woman’ Jordan has walked from I’m a celebrity. I hope that her decision is after the realisation that not many people actually like her. I’m surprised that even Jordan was so blinkered to think that another appearance on the ITV show would boost her public image after her divorce from Peter Andre.

After getting paid over five times more than the other contestants, it’s a kick in the teeth for the remaining celebs who have to see her walk. It’s a typical tantrum for Jordan and things aren’t looking too good elsewhere in her empire. Her latest children’s book sold only 19 copies and out of her last five books (I say her books but they’re actually ghost written), there has only been 1043 sales. The bubble has burst with her fragrance range that is getting trounced in the shops and things are so bad that she’s even offering to sign any one of her products with a personal message – hardly something a successful business woman needs to do.

So what’s the news?

The UK press is going wild at the moment with the speculation that John & Edward Grimes will replace Jordan. £100,000 has been put on the table for them to join the rest of the muppets in the Jungle and a decision should have been made late yesterday evening.

John & Edward were voted off the X-Factor on Saturday night after finding themselves in the bottom two with Olly Murs (!) and I’ve got to say, I ended up quite liking them. They can’t sing and one of them can’t actually dance but they managed to bring a smile to my face every week. They had to put up with people in the crowd booing them during the live shows and they didn’t complain once, they just got on with it. They even had to contend with Calvin Harris invading their performance and also the ridicule that Cowell put their way in the first few weeks of the live shows. I say fair play to them. I hope they do go to the jungle, it’ll earn them a few quid and they’ll be a lot more entertaining than the celebrities already out there.

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