Tag: Hugh Jackman


Well this morning was not the morning to have to wear loose fitting summer trousers to the hospital to get an MRI scan on my knee!!
Thick ice on the car and -3.
Anyway, I came home and went out for a naughty breakfast with the hubby.
1st one this year.

I am now doing a bit of research for places to eat in London that will take the voucher we got from Xmas ready for our trip next week.

I am listening to Spotify and on comes ‘This Is Me’ by Keala Settle.
I crank the sound up and OMG!
I am going to the cinema tonight with 2 of my daughters to see the ‘Sing a long’ version of ‘Greatest Showman’ and……

NOPE!! I can’t do it!!

I can’t even sing it in front of my computer on my own without getting so emotional that it brings me to tears and I have a HUGE lump in my throat so I can’t even make a sound.
The thought of an entire cinema singing it is giving me goose bumps.
How does Keala sing this live?

I’ll try an get some video to post.
Watch this space.


The only good thing about the beginning of a new year is the buzz around films and awards.
I have always loved the Oscar buzz and as a little girl I used to stay up and watch the Oscars live on TV.
Unfortunately, the BBC stopped showing the Oscars years ago here in the UK and now we have to hunt around for anyone showing ‘highlights’ or streaming online.
Apparantly, this year, Sky Cinema will set up a channel (304) and show the Oscars live.

Whoopie!! (Can you feel the snark?)

I refuse to pay for a Sky package just to be able to watch the Oscars.

So it looks like I will be waiting for results in the news the next morning or watching pathetic highlights with the bulk of the ‘show’ cut out and absolutely no red carpet footage.

Anyway, now that I have that off my chest.

Academy members are currently voting on their choices. The voting closes on Jan 12th and the nominations will be announced on January 23 with the Oscars themselves on March 4th.

The BAFTAs announce their nomination on Jan 10th with the final show being aired on Feb 18th.

Tomorrow evening, we have The Golden Globes.

The BAFTAs and the Golden Globes are usually a pretty good indication as to where nominations for the Oscars will go but the Oscars regularly surprise us with the final outcome.

Anyway, I can’t wait to find out the nominations for Best Motion Picture Oscar.
I try to make it a thing that I see as many of the ‘Motion Picture’ nominees as possible before the awards themselves, so that I can see if I agree with the Academy.

Last year was the first year I’d actually managed to see ‘all’ of the nominations and I virtually didn’t agree with ANY of the winners.

Best picture ‘should’ have gone to Hacksaw Ridge or Hidden Figures.
Best Actor ‘should’ have gone to Andrew Garfield.
Best Actress I could live with. I hadn’t seen the other movies so couldn’t really comment.
Best Director ‘should’ have gone to Mel Gibson.
Best Cinamatography ‘should’ have gone to Silence.
Best Visual Effects ‘should’ have gone to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The supporting Actor and Actresses are probably the only winners I really agreed with.

Anyway, back to 2018 and the Golden Globes.
The nominations, and I will only be listing my favourite film categories here.
I don’t watch an awful lot of TV these days, so I can’t really comment on it.

I also have a lot of catching up to do on some of the films so I can’t really comment on a few categories.
As we learn more about nominees and Globe and BAFTA winners, I will ‘hopefully’ be able to give more of an opinion when it comes to the Oscars themselves, so for now….

Best Motion Picture, Drama nominations……

Call Me By Your Name
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

I have only seen 2 of these movies so far.
I’m hearing a lot of buzz around Three Billboards but as it stands, I REALLY want to see Call Me By Your Name win this one. It’s a stunning film.

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Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy nominations…….
Why do the Globes split the motion picture nominations??

The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

How does ‘Get Out’ get put into the musical or comedy category?
Anyway, I would love to see The Greatest Showman win this one.

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Best Performance in a Motion Picture, Drama – Actor……..

Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Tom Hanks, The Post
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J Israel Esq.

My vote goes to Timothee Chalamet all day long!!
Look out for this young man, although he’s up against some tough competition.

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Best Performance in a Motion Picture, Drama – Actress…..

Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins, Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Meryl Streep, The Post
Michelle Williams, All The Money In The World

I’ve only seen Molly’s Game, which is the biggest snore fest so far this year, so I can’t really comment.

Best Performance in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy – Actor………

Steve Carrell, Battle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

I would dearly love to see Hugh Jackman get this one.

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Best Performance in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy – Actress…..

Judi Dench, Victoria and Abdul
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Emma Stone – Battle of the Sexes

I haven’t seen any of the movies so I can’t comment.

Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture, Actor…..

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Armie Hammer!!! His onscreen chemistry with Timothee Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name was spinetinglingly good! I cannot tell you the ‘feels’ I had in the closing few minutes of the film with the ‘phone call’. My heart broke.

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Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture – Actress…..

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Haven’t seen any so can’t comment.

Best Director…..

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Ridley Scott, All the Money In the World
Steven Spielberg, The Post

Only seen one so I can’t comment.

Best Original Song…..

Home – Ferdinand
Mighty River – Mud Bound
Remember Me – Coco
The Star – The Star
This Is Me – The Greatest Showman

This Is Me ‘HAS’ to win this one!!!!

So there you have it!
I have a lot of catching up to do before the Oscars but the race is now on.
I can pretty much guarantee that none of the ones I want to win will actually win, but it’s fun to try and guess!
Thankfully I’m not back at Uni for a while so I can sneek in as many movies as I can before Oscar day. Starting today!!


Eddie the Eagle did not disappoint!
I found myself smiling the whole way through, chuckling a lot and laughing out loud occasionally.
For anyone who remembers Eddie the Eagle in the 1988 Winter Olympics and just what a character he was on TV afterwards, the film is actually quite poignant.
For everyone else, it’s certainly an eye opener at what one man can achieve with will and determination and complete balls!
Taron Egerton plays Eddie perfectly and Hugh Jackman shows his comical side once again playing Bronson Peary, the man who reluctantly takes on the challenge of training Eddie.

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We came home to a quiet house and decided to book our next cinema trip.
We have been lucky enough to get tickets for the IMAX presentation of Batman vs Superman on Sunday 27th and this time we are taking Marjorie with us.
I can’t wait to see her reaction to what a difference IMAX makes to a film.


So the new blog layout I chose was driving me nuts because it was aligned to the left.
You may have noticed I changed it again.
I actually think I like this one better and it’s centred so it’s not going to annoy me.

Anyway, I’m a little bit excited today.
I’ve just remembered I’m going to an Unlimited preview screening of Eddie the Eagle tomorrow night.
Can’t deny it, this actually looks like it’s going to be fun!

I think the fact I actually grew up with Eddie the Eagle on my TV during the 1988 Winter Olympics and his subsequent fame on chat shows is going to make a difference to how I see this film.
He was and still is a character.
He was certainly a tryer and inspired people to never give up.


Oh dear!!
It looks like I’m developing a bit of a crush on Michael Fassbender!

I’ve only seen him in his 2 X-Men movies, Prometheus and Eden Lake but that has been enough to peek my attention.
After seeing him goof around with Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy promoting X-Men Days of Future Past, I have really warmed to him.
That accent and that shark of a smile are incredible!!

It only seems right that he officially becomes my Dish of the Week number 57.

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Killer smile

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There is no denying I have a soft spot for the younger Magneto.

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Prometheus was intriguing but I’m not sure about the blonde.

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Eden Lake started off beautifully…..

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But ended rather badly!!

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These three are a real hoot together.

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I am holding my breath for the release of Assassins Creed that seem to have been in pre production for…. forever!!
See my posts from Jan 2013 and Feb 2014



Michael Fassbender is still the only name listed in the cast.
I really hope this film gets off the ground.
I can’t imagine a better story to bring to the big screen.
If it’s done right it could be amazing.


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OK, I actually managed a bit of a lay in today.
Now I’ve sat at the computer listening to some quite stirring movie music and making a shopping list for the next few days of food it’s about time I actually got dressed and did the shop.
The house just needs a quick straighten up and then the afternoon is all mine.
Including the bottle of wine I’ve just added to the shopping list!

I have decided that today is going to be an X-Men marathon day in preparation for the new film on the 22nd May.
I may even include the Wolverine movies.
A bit of Hugh Jackman never goes amiss!

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One of the landmarks of Bedfordshire has always been the incredible Cardington Hangers.

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These things are HUGE and can be seen from miles away.
Photos don’t really do the size any justice at all.

They are probably most famous for the ill fated R101 Airship.

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The R101 was the largest flying craft at the time and crashed on it’s maiden voyage in France in 1930.

Airship production has never really ceased at the sheds and back in the 90’s I was lucky enough to go up in one from the hangers.

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OK, the ship wasn’t quite as big and impressive as the R101 but it was a great experience.
The good news is……

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Yep! The airships are returning. Big ones too!
I would love to know if they plan on doing any trips around Bedfordshire again.

Anyway, the sheds themselves have another use.
From as early as the 1960’s, film makers have found them the perfect place to use for filming certain scenes.
Some scenes from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang were filmed there. Most of Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines was filmed there.
Most recently, Christopher Nolan filmed his Batman Trilogy there.
Huge sets can be constructed inside the sheds.
The sheds themselves make an appearance in some of the opening scenes of Batman, The Dark Knight Rises.

They also make a great place for musicians to rehearse.
Over the years musicians such as Paul McCartney, Take That and U2 have all used the hangers to rehearse their big stage productions.

This Summer they are being utilised again by Warner Bros for their new production of ‘Pan’
This is apparently the origin story of Peter Pan and looks to be starring ‘Hugh Jackman’ as Blackbeard and ‘Garrett Hedlund’ as Hook.
There is no listing on IMDB for Pan himself yet.

Hugh Frickin Jackman and Garrett Hedlund, here in Bedford, all Summer!!!!


A Casting call has gone out to people in the general vicinity via http://www.castingcollective.co.uk/
Looks like they are looking for a lot of circus type performers but they have also stated it’s not a necessity and anyone can apply.
I just wish I was a little younger, fitter and not tied to a job.
I was never brave enough to try anything like this. It would be nice to give it a go.

Time to keep the cameras handy.
You never know who your going to bump into around here this summer.


It’s been a lazy day.
Not that I haven’t got anything done.
I did gut the bathroom as it was growing a few lifeforms in the shower cubicle.
I even washed the towels and the shower curtain.

I’ve also just cooked a dinner…. for me and Marjorie at least.
Dharma ate at Nan’s, Murron can fend for herself when she gets in and Ian rarely eats a big meal when he’s on nights.
He says it’s like trying to eat a roast dinner for breakfast!

So, what have I been doing in between all that?
I’ve watched a new film.
Prisoners with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Not a bad film although it started to drag a little towards the end.

What do I have planned for tonight?
Well, I’m going to be watching a foreign film.
I Skuggan av Värmen‘ (In Your Veins)


I thought I would never get to see this film as it is no longer available on DVD and has never been available with English subtitles.
However, I played around a little on the computer this afternoon and discovered the subtitle files for lots of different languages to this film.
I also managed to find an AVI copy of the film. Bit naughty I know but if it was available to buy, I’d buy it!!
I’ve plonked the files together in VLC Media player and voila!
The film complete with subtitles.
I’ve actually impressed myself, I honestly didn’t think it would work.

Time to grab a box of tissues because I think it’s going to be an electrically charged emotional roller coaster to watch.
I’ll let you know later.


I’ve just seen Les Miserables.
Can’t say it’s one I’ll be getting on DVD.

Don’t shoot me!!
As good as it was, I have a real problem with story lines that are just song after song squashed together by lines that are sung to no particular tune.
Cough…. Moulin Rouge…. cough cough

Films like Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Calamity Jane…. now they get me stirred up.
The Jolsen Story and the King and I on stage.
Actual script that’s interspersed with the odd burst of song.
That’s what I consider to be a musical.

Please don’t get me wrong.
I can see why people like it.
I can see the film doing very well at the BAFTAs tomorrow night and the Oscars in a few weeks.
They did a beautiful job with the film.
I’d like to see Hugh Jackman with an Oscar in his hands.

What I can’t see is just why it’s as successful as it has been, both on stage and on film.
Apart from ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ and ‘Do You Hear the People Sing’ I found most of the songs instantly forgettable.

Think I may just dig out my copy of Hugh Jackman’s ‘Oklahoma’ though.
Quite fancy watching that again now.