Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Elgin Theatre, Toronto

I've only been out east for just over a year, and I'd never heard of the Elgin Theatre and Winter Garden in Toronto until yesterday. It looks like a fabulous piece of architecture, though--on my must-see list for next time I travel up to the big TO. Read more at Suite101: Elgin Theatre, Toronto: History, Shows and Visitor Info

Friday, 17 December 2010

Hammer Horror 101

2010 has seen the passing of two Hammer horror greats: director Roy Ward Baker and scream queen Ingrid Pitt. It's time to educate yourself on the output of the great British Gothic horror studio, which made such classics as Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein and The Devil Rides Out. Read my introduction to the Hammer horror films at Squidoo: Hammer Horror 101

Pentecostal Beliefs: An Introduction

The main belief that sets Pentecostals apart from other Christians is the doctrine of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, an experience of God's power available to all believers following conversion. Speaking in tongues--other languages, human or heavenly--is the main evidence of this experience, according to traditional (or classical) Pentecostals. To find about more about Pentecostal beliefs and practices, read here: Suite 101: Pentecostal Beliefs: An Introduction

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Gremlins (1984): Movie Review

A cute pet spawns a legion of monsters in this 1984 horror-comedy from director Joe Dante and producer Steven Spielberg.

The movie could have been darker, but Spielberg reportedly steered the production in a more family-oriented direction. The result still has a few scares, however, and Gremlins remains a lot of fun today, providing ... [Read more at Hub Pages: Gremlins (1984): Movie Review]

Is Operation Repo Fake or Real?

Is Operation Repo Fake or Real?

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Love Never Dies: The Changes

After being open less than nine months, Love Never Dies, the stage sequel to the hit musical The Phantom of the Opera, has been given a revamp. The production opened in London's West End in March 2010 to mixed reviews and a barrage of complaints from die-hard "Phans" of the original show. Criticisms ranged from the banality of Glenn Slater's lyrics to the improbable plot turns and character twists of Ben Elton's story and book.

To rescue the show, impresario and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber shut down performances for three weeks in November so the cast could rehearse a new version ... [Read more at Hub Pages: Love Never Dies: The Changes]

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Read Edgar Allan Poe Online

Need to Find Edgar Allan Poe's Poems on the Web?

Finding Edgar Allan Poe poems online is thankfully pretty easy, since Poe's works are out of copyright--the American literary giant died in 1849. If you need to read Poe's fiction, poetry or short works for your school essay, college term paper, university research paper or just for the sheer delight of enjoying a master of the macabre ... [Read more at Hub Pages: Read Edgar Allan Poe Poems Online]

Best Liverpool Attractions

Five Great Places to Visit in Liverpool, England

It was for good reason that the European Union designated Liverpool its 2008 City of Culture. Although to many people Liverpool is all about The Beatles and Liverpool Football Club, there's so much more to explore and discover in this historic city. ... [Read about Liverpool Cathedral, the Walker Art Gallery and more at Hub Pages: Best Liverpool Cultural Attractions]

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

The Wind in the Willows: New Movie Remake

A look at Kenneth Grahame's book The Wind in the Willows, its film and TV adaptations, and the Ray Griggs/Weta Workshop film version, due out in 2012.

Director Ray Griggs turns his hand to an established classic of children's literature for his next movie, adapting Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. With the help of Weta Workshop, the special effects giant behind Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, Griggs will breathe life into Ratty, Mole, Mr. Toad and Badger, along with a host of other well-known animal characters.

The Wind in the Willows: The Book

In The Wind in the Willows, the Scottish author Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) combined a sense of ... [Read more at Suite 101: The Wind in the Willows: 2012 Movie Remake]

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Vampire Circus on DVD & Blu-Ray at Last

Classic 1972 Hammer Horror on DVD December 2010

Horror film fans can't wait to get their fangs into the new DVD and Blu-Ray combo release of the classic Vampire Circus. Made in 1972, the film is one of the most adult tales ever put out by Hammer Films, the studio best-known for Gothic horrors such as The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Horror of Dracula (1958) and ... [Read more at Hub Pages: Vampire Circus on DVD & Blu-Ray]

Friday, 26 November 2010

What Is a Sectional?

In Glee, the hit Fox TV show about a high school "glee club," Will always seems to be telling people to "get ready for sectionals." It's almost a running gag. But in case you're not a regular "Gleek," what is a sectional?

If you've ever belonged to a glee club, a choir, a band or an orchestra, you'll know that a sectional is ... [Read more at Hub Pages: What Is a Sectional?]

What Is a Pentecostal?

What is a Pentecostal church? What is a Pentecostal Christian? What do Pentecostals believe?

Pentecostals are evangelical Christians who believe in an experience of God's power called the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, an event usually accompanied by speaking in tongues or other supernatural ... [Read more at Hub Pages: What Is a Pentecostal?]

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Who Was the Best Scrooge?

We're still in November, but in a few days, this author will be eagerly dusting off his Christmas DVDs and settling down with a carton of eggnog to enjoy a handful of movie adaptations of A Christmas Carol.

The British character actor Alastair Sim has traditionally claimed the title of best Scrooge, for his sterling performance in the 1951 film. But does he deserve the accolade, or are there other actors who have excelled in the role? The competition is surprisingly fierce.

One of the earliest screen Scrooges was Seymour Hicks, in the ... [Read more at Hub Pages: Scrooge: Which Actor Played Him Best?]

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

How to Write a Copyright Page

Learn how to create a copyright page for your essay, research paper or document

If you're writing a document or booklet, or a term paper or dissertation for school, a copyright page is advisable and may even be required. As the author of the work, you automatically own copyright under the law, but a copyright page identifies you clearly as the owner of the intellectual property and warns potential thieves to think twice before using or duplicating it without permission.

Copyright information is usually found on a page of ... [Read more at Hub Pages: How to Write a Copyright Page]

What's the Difference between Copyright and Copywriting?

Copyright and Copywrite: Definitions and Differences

A copywriter holds the copyright on her work. Confusing? This author was once confused, too, until he learned the difference between copywriting and copyright.

Copyright is the ... [Read more at Hub Pages: What's the Difference between Copyright and Copywriting?]

What Does 'Bah, Humbug!' Mean?

"Bah, humbug!" You've all read Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol or seen Ebenezer Scrooge in one of his film incarnations, such as that of British character actor Alastair Sim in the definitive 1951 movie adaptation. And you've probably wondered what Scrooge meant by the familiar refrain "Humbug!"

Its exact origin is unknown, but ... [Read more at Hub Pages: What Does 'Bah, Humbug!' Mean?]

What Is Hammer Horror?

In 1957, The Curse of Frankenstein presented movie audiences with Mary Shelley's classic horror tale in vivid color for the first time. Severed heads and spattered blood satisfied the cinema-going public's new appetite for gore and spawned a new era in horror that lasted until the early 1970s.

The film was the first truly Gothic horror by the small British studio Hammer Films, a company founded in 1935, which had experienced modest success with low-budget adaptations of TV and radio serials such as Dick Barton and The Quatermass Xperiment. It was to find its niche with the classic movie monsters, such as Dracula, Frankenstein and ... [Read more at Hub Pages: What Is Hammer Horror?]

Monday, 6 September 2010

Love Never Dies: Songs from the Phantom Sequel

Song list from Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit sequel to the musical The Phantom of the Opera.

Almost 25 years after the hit musical The Phantom of the Opera opened on London's West End stage, Andrew Lloyd-Webber raised the curtain on the equally lavish sequel, Love Ne
ver Dies. Critics offered mixed reviews, and "Phans" either loved or reviled the hyper-dramatic twists and turns of the show's plot and characters.

Even for those who dislike the story, the show contains some fine tunes from the pen of the composer who gave musical theater shows such as Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita and Aspects of Love.

Love Never Dies, Act I: Songs

After a haunting prologue, the audience is introduced to ... Read more at Suite101: Love Never Dies: Songs from the Phantom Sequel

Monday, 23 August 2010

Love Never Dies: Story Synopsis of the Phantom Sequel

Plot summary from Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit sequel to the musical The Phantom of the Opera.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, the composer and theatrical impresario behind West End and Broadway shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Cats, spent 20 years bringing Love Never Dies to life. The musical follows on from the events of The Phantom of the Opera, which had its premiere in London in 1986.

Lord Lloyd Webber has refused to call Love Never Dies a sequel, however, preferring to describe it as a "stand-alone piece." It features the main characters from the original Phantom, but ... Read more at Suite101: Love Never Dies: Story Synopsis of the Phantom Sequel

Saturday, 7 August 2010

What is Prop 8?

Facts on Proposition 8, the California same-sex marriage ban, the vote and the decision, and Perry v Schwarzenegger and its results.

In 2008, conservative and liberal campaigners locked heads in a fight to decide the future of same-sex marriage in California. The debate centered around Proposition 8, a proposed amendment to the Californian Constitution that would make gay and lesbian marriage illegal in the state. Visit Suite101 to read more of What Is Prop 8?

Monday, 26 July 2010

Becoming a speech therapist in the UK

A brief guide to becoming a speech and language therapist in the UK, including experience, qualifications, professional bodies and finding a job.

A speech therapist helps people of all ages to overcome problems with speaking, such as stuttering, verbal apraxia, and slowness of speech following a stroke. The field extends to related issues, such as swallowing and breathing problems, and mental health. In the United Kingdom, a speech therapist is a health professional employed privately or by ... Visit Suite101 to read more about how to become a speech therapist in the UK.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

How to become a writer

A step-by-step guide to the basics of becoming a published writer.

Do you write, even if just for your own pleasure? Congratulations: You are already a writer. But perhaps you are thinking about taking it a step further, sharing your work with others, getting published and establishing yourself as a professional writer. This short guide will take you through the essential steps towards fulfilling your writing goals. ... Read more at Suite101: How to Become a Published Writer

Billy Liar filming locations

Billy Liar's Bradford

Billy Liar was the film that made Julie Christie a household name, but the Yorkshire town of Bradford was equally a star of this swinging sixties classic.

The 1963 British film Billy Liar memorably captured the beauty and charm of Julie Christie, then a youthful 22. But dazzling and delightful as Christie's portrayal of the spontaneous and carefree Liz was, this comic drama also put its main filming location on the screen for posterity.

While some scenes were shot in nearby Leeds and Manchester, as well as London, the movie's fictional setting of Stradhoughton was chiefly the real-life West Yorkshire industrial town (and city, since 1974) of Bradford. Some 46 years after Billy Liar was released in theaters ... Read more at Suite101: Billy Liar Film Locations