Still trying to kick myself back into UK time, and catching up on emails and so on, I will do proper blog posts when I'm awake again. Working on a full breakdown of our American adventure, and also want to talk about my visit to a school this week, which was just brilliant fun (don't worry, I was invited, I didn't just turn up at a school and demand to be let in, although I *could* do if I felt like it, I'm TV's James Moran, for fuck's sake, I can do anything I want). Anyway. While I'm catching up, some cool things:
Cool Thing 1: Short Trips: Transmissions is out, and I got my copies today. I am officially in a proper book. Well, my first published short story is, I'm not actually in the book myself, that would be uncomfortable. Check it out:
That's my name! My story! Wheee! It's very exciting for me, because it's my first ever published story (and not my first ever story, as Wikipedia says, that would be the one I wrote when I was 4 years old - this one is much better than that one). By the way, the glowing light at the top of the photo is my angelic halo of goodness.
Cool Thing 2: Harvey Keitel has been cast as Gene Hunt in the US remake of Life On Mars. With Michael Imperioli as Ray Carling. And it will now be set in New York city. Dude. Mr White and Christopher Moltisanti in 70s New York, busting heads and driving cars through cardboard boxes. THROUGH NEW YORK CARDBOARD BOXES. Speaking of 70s coppers, two adverts that still make me laugh: This one, and this one. Both featuring Phil Cornwell, soon to star in Doctor Who spin-off series "The Pompeii Stallholder" (this may not be true).
And finally, Cool Thing 3: I managed to avoid all spoilers and reviews before going to see The Dark Knight (don't worry, no spoilers here). I knew nothing about the story, and it was such a treat to go into it that way. It's getting more and more difficult to do that now, but it's well worth it.
Just one last thing - has anyone experienced sound problems when watching movies at the Odeon Leicester Square (the bigger one, not the one with 2 screens)? The last two we saw (Indy 4 and The Dark Knight), we were up in the circle, and missed a good half of the dialogue, it was quiet, distorted, and I had to strain to hear what I could. Not really good enough for those prices. We usually go along for the big movies, the whole point is to get the West End experience, big screen, big sound, and all that, but it's just not worth it anymore. The Empire Leicester Square is great, as is the Odeon West End (also in Leicester Square, and the Apollo West End, so if a movie's not playing in those, we'll just stick to our local multiplex.
But while I'm on the subject - if you're paying 15 quid a ticket to see the latest exciting movie at the Odeon Leicester Square, why the hell would you arrive TEN MINUTES late? And then go to the toilet 2 or 3 times? Once, sure, but 2 or 3 times? Movies aren't that long, I mean, most are overlong, but surely you can hold it in? I'm not talking a few people, it was a constant, steady flow, some people went several times (I recognised them because they kept walking in front, *really* slowly, blocking the screen for our whole section). Hey, here's an idea: arrive on time, go to the fucking toilet, find your fucking seat, turn off your fucking phones, shut the fuck up, and sit the fuck down. Or I will crush your head between two bricks.
Okay, I think I need more sleep now, I'm getting violent again.