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  • Grimm, Horror

    The Last Post for Vampires?

    07.08.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on The Last Post for Vampires?

    Neil Gaiman thinks that vampires might be on the way out. He put it like this in an EW interview: “if they could go back in their coffins 25 years and come out the next time as something really different, that would be cool.”

    Among other things NG acknowledges the important role that The Count (as in Sesame Street) has played in establishing vampires as loveable rogues, which is a triumph for preschool popular culture.

    So what might the “something really different” be? Discover it and you could be the next big thing.

    In the mean time, if you’re a bit sick of studying classic literature (or you’re dreading having to) then here’s a pretty cool thing:


    Trivia: The Last Post is the bugle call you hear on ANZAC Day.

  • Grimm, Movies, News

    Some More Quick News From the Newsdesk

    26.06.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Some More Quick News From the Newsdesk

    Fans of the Avatar DVDs will be very pleased to hear about the movie The Last Airbender, directed by M Night Shyamalan (who sees dead people, for example, in The Sixth Sense). The cast has many interesting people, for example Dev Patel (Skins, Slumdog Millionnaire), Jackson Rathbone (he of the pained-looking Jasper in Twilight),  and the great Cliff Curtis. The official site is here, the IMDB page here, and then here’s the trailer:


    Speaking of Twilight, as with Twilight and Twilight, there’s going to be a new New Moon book cover to tie in with the Twilight: New Moon movie. It’ll make Team Jacob happy – here’s a link.

    More on Cassandra Clare and web2.0-ness: her publisher is promoting City of Glass with the aid of a widget that you can grab from their site (here) and stick on your blog and share for example (from thebookseller.com).

    Shaun Tan fan? Have a look at this interview in the School Library Journal. [Shaun Tan and Pixar? I thought. Well, he was a concept artist on Wall-E. Fun.]

    Twitterature is hot; but  who needs 140 characters when you can do it in 17 syllables? (I feel a competition coming on.)

    It’s less than a month to Harry Potter number 6. Then, finally, Coraline on the 6th of August, in glorious 3D.

  • Internet, Movies, Music, Simon

    Doo doo doo

    14.05.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Doo doo doo

    I told Grimm that we mustn’t write ‘check this out’ on the Teen Blog too often, but really, you should check this out.

  • Almost Amazing Race, Jack

    Almost Amazing, Almost Here

    17.03.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Almost Amazing, Almost Here

    You know how in the post below it says there will be another Almost Amazing Race video up soon? Well how soon is now?

    Thanks this time to me for doing all the running and Ella for the direction/camera work. Remember to sign up soon, because places are filling up fast!

  • Almost Amazing Race, Facebook, Happenings, Jack, Movies

    Almost Amazing Video Part II

    25.02.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Almost Amazing Video Part II

    Due either to popular demand, or just the fact that I like playing with iMovie, here is the second ad for The Almost Amazing Race. This one gives away a few more details (possibly about locations) and once again stars Adrienne who is such a good sport for running everywhere I told her to on a very hot day.

    Registrations will be opening very soon. We’ll let you know when on this blog and if you become our fan on facebook, we’ll let you know even sooner.

  • Books, Grimm

    Paper Towns Visual Art

    18.02.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Paper Towns Visual Art

    I seem to be using John Green’s blog a lot as a reference point at the moment (apologies), but this I thought was quite cool and an intriguing teaser for Paper Towns, which we like a lot (which will make a very good movie, by the way). You should definitely read the book if you haven’t already; it’ll make you laugh (there’s this one piece of pure comic timing genius that almost made me choke – it has to do with beer bottles and moving vehicles) as well as think.

  • Almost Amazing Race, Jack, Movies

    Almost Amazing Video

    05.02.09 | Permalink | 6 Comments

    We’ve made a trailer teaser promo video for the Almost Amazing Race! Keep an eye on this blog for more details – we will ask for registration soon. The event will take place on Saturday, the 28th of March.

    Director – Jack
    Editor – Jack
    Camera – Jack
    Sound – Jack
    Starring – Adrienne
    No Security Guards were harmed in the filming of this production.

  • Jack, Music, Reviews, Top 10

    Top 10 Albums for 2008

    11.12.08 | Permalink | 2 Comments

    Even though most people just download remixes from the Hypemachine these days, lots of albums were still released this year and some of them were really good. Here are the ten of the best we have at the library. Some are in the YA section, and some aren’t (so will cost to issue).

    1. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
    A couple of weirdo hippies making a psychadelic-electro album with Prince-esque disco moments sounds like a fantastic idea. And it was, even if ‘Kids’ ends up as this year’s ‘Hey Ya’ in terms of ubiquity. Perfect for summer.

    2. TV on the Radio – Dear Science
    This is TV on the Radio’s third album and also their most danceable. David Bowie is a huge fan and so am I.

    3. Black Seeds – Solid Ground
    The Black Seeds keep on pushing out the reggae/dub and this, their fourth album shows that they might just be the best around at doing it.

    4. Radiohead – The Best Of
    You could pretty much burn a cd of 18 random Radiohead songs and it would rule. A great starting point for a great band.

    5. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles
    Electro + Punk Attitude = Awesome. Mathematics never lies.

    6. Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of the Understatement
    Artic Monkey, Alex Turner’s “other” band delivered this fine effort and I for one hope that it won’t be a one-off side project. One of the coolest sounding albums I’ve ever come across.

    7. Ladyhawke – Ladyhawke
    Finally! It’s Blondie for the new millenium. And she’s from Wellington. And she’s really cute, sigh.

    8. The Black Keys – Attack & Release
    I went to see these guys live earlier this year and they were mighty impressive. The production by Danger Mouse adds an extra layer to their potent blues rock.

    9. Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours
    Australian electro at its very best. Another great summer album.

    10. These New Puritans – Beat Pyramid
    This makes it on the list for a few reasons; Cross by Justice came out in 2007 so I needed one more, Simon really likes them, and I’ve had Elvis stuck in my head for at least 6 months. Oh yeah, it’s a really good album too.

    Here are the videos from each (after the Read more …):

    Read more…

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