Girl in the Spiders Web

The Girl in the Spiders Web is out on DVD on 25 March. It based on the novel of the same name by David Lagercrantz and is a sort of sequel to David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and the second installment in the American produced Millennium film series. The movie stars Claire Foy, taking over the role of Lisbeth Salander from Rooney Mara, it also stars Sverrir Gudnason, LaKeith Stanfield, Sylvia Hoeks, and Stephen Merchant.

It concerns a Computer scientist named Frans Balder who suddenly abandons a prestigious job in Silicon Valley and returns to Sweden to take custody of his autistic son August. However Balder is informed by several law enforcement agencies that he is in danger from a criminal organization who call themselves the “Spider Society”, however he dismisses their warnings. Meanwhile A former associate of Frans Balder’s named Linus Brandell, informs investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist about Balder and his tumultuous history, mentioning that some of his activities were aided by Lisbeth Salander.

Elsewhere Salander is attempting to track down someone from her past, which leads her to the Spider Society. She helps a group of hackers gain access into NSA servers, much to the fury of the agency’s top cyber security agent, Ed “The Ned” Needham. So NSA agent Alona Casales and FRA agent Gabriella Grane are given the task of pursuing Salander and the evil Spider Society and their leader “Thanos”.

Grane calls Balder who hires Milton Security for protection and Blomkvist contacts Salander, hoping to harness her talents to the investigation. Eventually August’s mother is unable to cope with his disorder and remands him to a care facility. However, Blomkvist realizes that August is drawing a picture of his father’s killer.

Then August is almost assassinated however Salander rescues August and Tries to contact Blomkvist and Millennium editor Erika Berger for assistance. Grane, a friend of Berger’s, offers her beachfront vacation property as a safe house. Blomkvist learns from Balder’s former associates that he had hired Salander to confirm that someone had robbed him, implicating executives inside Solifon, the company he worked for, in the theft.

Balder discovers that Solifon were collaborating with both the NSA and the Spider Society. Needham and the NSA attempt to cover up the agency’s involvement. He learns of an individual known as “Wasp”. Meanwhile, a woman calling herself Rebecka Mattson attempts to seduce Blomkvist. However Salander’s former guardian, Holger Palmgren, has some rather worrying news concerning Rebecka. Needham tries to contact Blomkvist, Concerning Salander and the NSA. Meanwhile Salander and August are located by the Spider Society and soon find themselves in grave danger ….

Aquaman

The exciting DC super hero film Aquaman is being released on DVD on 8 April 2019. It stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman with Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison and Nicole Kidman.

It begins In 1985 Maine, when lighthouse keeper Thomas Curry rescues Atlanna (Kidman), the princess of the underwater nation of Atlantis, during a storm. They eventually fall in love and have a son named Arthur, who is born with the power to communicate with marine life forms. Atlanna is forced to abandon her family and return to Atlantis. her loyal advisor Nuidis Vulko trains Arthur (Momoa) and under Vulko’s guidance, Arthur becomes a skilled warrior. However he is rejected by the Atlanteans for being a half-breed and leaves Atlantis under exile.

Arthur confronts a group of pirates attempting to hijack a Russian Naval nuclear submarine. Their leader, Jesse Kane, dies and his son, David Kane, vows revenge against Arthur. David later targets Atlantis at the behest of Orm, Arthur’s younger half-brother and Atlantis’ king uses the attack as an excuse to declare war on the surface. King Nereus of Xebel swears allegiance to Orm’s cause, but his daughter Mera, (Heard) who has been betrothed to Orm, refuses to aid them and asks Arthur for help. They consult Vulko, who urges Arthur to find the Trident of Atlan, a magic artifact that once belonged to Atlantis’ first ruler in order to reclaim his rightful place as king.

Arthur learns that Atlanna was executed and Orm offers Him the opportunity to live in exile, but Arthur instead challenges him to a duel. Mera intervenes, Arthur and Mera journey to the Sahara desert where the trident was forged then to Sicily. Meanwhile Orm provides David with Atlantean armor and weaponry and sends him to stop them. He finally confronts Arthur and Mera In Sicily and Upon Arriving at their next destination, Arthur and Mera are attacked by amphibious monsters before ending up in an uncharted sea Where they meet someone unexpected and Arthur confronts the mythical monster Karathen, in order to obtain the Trident and become ruler of the Seven seas. Meanwhile Orm and his allies are trying to unite the seven underwater kingdoms against the surface world and it is up to Aquaman to stop them…

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gelert Grindelwald

The film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gellert Grindelwald is being released on DVD on 18 March 2019. It stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterstone and Johnny Depp. It features the evil and powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald who was captured with the help of Newt Scamander in New York at the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

However you can’t keep a bad wizard down for long and  Grindelwald soon manages to escape whilst being transported from the Ministry of magic in London. Grindelwald arrives in Paris with his followers, Nagal, Krall, Carrow, Abernathy Kraft, Rosier and Macduff, with a sinister agenda to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings and he soon causes chaos.

Meanwhile former Hogwarts student Newt Scamander is summoned to see Dumbledore and given the mission to go and find a confused youngish wizard with a troubled past who is looking for a lost “chosen one” to guide him. Meanwhile Gellert Grindelwald is also looking a suitable person to guide. During his travels Scamander finds himself reunited with Queenie Goldstein, Tina Goldstein and Jacob Kowalski. Along the way Newt encounters many other people including his government bureaucrat brother Theseus, a circus sideshow changeling named Nagini and the auror Leta Lestrange and he soon finds himself in great danger as he searches for Credence in Paris.

Events and National Holidays happening 19 February

Prevent Plagiarism Day
Iwo Jima Day
National Chocolate Mint Day

Prevent plagiarism day occurs annually on 19 February. It was created by freelance writer, columnist and “Queen of Holidays” Jace Shoemaker-Galloway to call attention to the rampant problem of high-tech theft of words, images and ideas that is all too easy in the Internet age. However many may not realise the thin line between copying and pasting from a source or merely being inspired by And sharing information as opposed to outright theft? Checking out Copyright notices, and not copying something word for word may help.

In order to lessen plagiarism and protect content makers, The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) became law in 1998. Copyscape gives specific information about responding to plagiarism. It also has advice on how to prevent it and has a free search function to find out if your web page has been copied. Small SEO Tools checks chunks of text at once. IPWatchdog has further information about the steps to take when writing a takedown letter

The Harvard College Writing Program’s also has guidelines which help students define and avoid both overt and subtle forms of plagiarism. It’s also an excellent resource for writers trying to determine whether or not someone has met the criteria of a plagiarist. Plagiarism involves the taking and passing off another persons ideas or words as one’s own without crediting the source or presenting an idea derived from an existing source as new and original without permission or attribution.

Oscar nominations 2019

The 91st Academy Awards is taking place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on February 24. Here is the full list of nominations:

Best Picture
BlacKkKlansman
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favorite
Green Book
Roma
A Star Is Born
Vice

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)
Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)
Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)
Adam McKay (Vice)
Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War)

Best Supporting Actress
Yalitza Aparicio (Roma)
Glenn Close (The Wife)
Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born)
Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Best Actor
Christian Bale (Vice)
Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)
Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate)
Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)

Best Actress in a  Role
Amy Adams (Vice)
Marina de Tavira (Roma)
Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Emma Stone (The Favourite)
Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman)
Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born)
Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Sam Rockwell (Vice)

Best Costume Design
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Mary Zophres)
Black Panther (Ruth E. Carter)
The Favourite (Sandy Powell)
Mary Poppins Returns (Sandy Powell)
Mary Queen of Scots (Alexandra Byrne)

Best Sound Editing
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
A Quiet Place
Roma

Best Sound Mixing
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
Roma
A Star Is Born

Best Animated Short
Animal Behaviour
Bao
Late Afternoon
One Small Step
Weekends

Best Live-Action Short
Detainment
Fauve
Marguerite
Mother
Skin

Best Film Editing
BlacKkKlansman (Barry Alexander Brown)
Bohemian Rhapsody (John Ottman)
The Favourite (Yorgos Mavropsaridis)
Green Book (Patrick J. Don Vito)
Vice (Hank Corwin)

Best Original Score
Black Panther (Ludwig Goransson)
BlacKkKlansman (Terence Blanchard)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Nicholas Britell)
Isle of Dogs (Alexandre Desplat)
Mary Poppins Returns (Marc Shaiman)

Best Documentary Feature
Free Solo
Hale County This Morning, This Evenin
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons
RBG

Best Documentary Short Subject
Black Sheep
End Game
Lifeboat
A Night at the Garden
Period. End of Sentence.

Best Foreign-Language Film
Capernaum (Lebanon)
Cold War (Poland)
Never Look Away (Germany)
Roma (Mexico)
Shoplifters (Japan)

Best Production Design
Black Panther (Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart)
The Favourite (Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton)
First Man (Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas)
Mary Poppins Returns (John Myhre and Gordon Sim)
Roma (Eugenio Caballero and Barbara Enriquez)

Best Visual Effects
Avengers: Infinity War
Christopher Robin
First Man
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story

Best Original song
All The Stars from Black Panther, by Kendrick Lamar, SZA
I’ll Fight from RBG by Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson
The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
Shallow from A Star Is Born by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice
When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs by Willie Watson, Tim Blake Nelson

Best Cinematography
The Favourite (Robbie Ryan)
Never Look Away (Caleb Deschanel)
Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
A Star Is Born (Matty Libatique)
Cold War (Lukasz Zal)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Border
Mary Queen of Scots
Vice

Best Animated Feature
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Adapted Screenplay
A Star Is Born (Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters and Eric Roth)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)
BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel and Kevin Willmott)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty)

Best Original Screenplay
The Favourite (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara)
First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
Green Book (Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga)
Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
Vice (Adam McKay)

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)

Tony Iommi, the guitarist and songwriter with Pioneering heavy Metal band Black Sabbath was born 19 February 1948 Birmingham, His mother’s family were vineyard owners in Italy. The family were Catholic but rarely attended mass. The family home in the Park Lane area of Aston also housed a shop which was a popular meeting place in the neighbourhood. The family living room doubled as the shop’s stockroom. His mother ran the shop while his father was a carpenter by trade. Born and raised in Handsworth, Birmingham, Iommi attended Birchfield Road School, where future bandmate Ozzy Osbourne was also a student one year behind him. At age 8 or 9, Iommi fell and badly cut his upper lip as another boy chased him. As a result, he gained the nickname “Scarface” which caused him to become self-conscious of the scar, and he eventually grew his trademark mustache as a means of covering it.

When he was ten years old Iommi took up judo, karate, and later boxing as a means of protecting himself from the local gangs which congregated in his neighbourhood. He became so good at boxing that he envisioned a future as a bouncer in a nightclub, thus avoiding a career in a boring factory job. Iommi initially wanted to play the drums, but due to the excessive noise he chose the guitar instead as a teenager, after being inspired by the likes of Hank Marvin and The Shadows. He has always played guitar left-handed.

After completing school, Iommi worked briefly as a plumber and later in a factory manufacturing rings. At the age of 17, Iommi lost the tips of the middle and ring finger of his right hand in an industrial accident on his last day of work in a sheet metal factory. After the injury Iommi considered abandoning the guitar entirely. However, his factory foreman played him a recording of famous jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, Inspired by Reinhardt’s two-fingered guitar playing, Iommi decided to try playing guitar again, though the injury made it quite painful to do so. Although it was an option, iommi never seriously considered switching hands and learning to play right-handed and continued playing left-handed. To do so, he fitted modified homemade thimbles to his injured fingers to extend and protect them, however this created technical problems. so he used banjo strings instead, until around 1970–71 when Picato Strings began making light-gauge guitar strings. He also used the injured fingers predominantly for fretting chords rather than single-note solos. He also began tuning his guitar to lower pitches, sometimes as far as three semitones below standard guitar tuning (e.g., on “Children of the Grave”, “Lord of this World”, and “Into the Void”, all on the album Master of Reality). This creates a bigger heavier sound and slackens the strings tightness.

Iommi had played in several blues/rock bands, the earliest of which was the Rockin’ Chevrolets from 1964 to 1965. The band had regular bookings and when they were offered work in Germany, Iommi decided to leave his factory job to take up the opportunity. From 1966 to 1967 Iommi played in a band named The Rest. It was in The Rest that Iommi first met future-Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, who performed drums and vocals in the band. During 1968 Iommi was guitarist in Mythology, with Ward joining a month later in mid-February. In May 1968 police raided the group’s practice flat and found cannabis resin. Mythology subsequently split up after a gig in Silloth in 1968. Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne joined with Iommi and Ward after the duo responded to an advert in a local music shop proclaiming “Ozzy Zig Needs Gig – has own PA”. Osbourne mentioned his former Rare Breed bandmate Geezer Butler, who was subsequently hired along with slide guitarist Jimmy Phillips and saxophonist Alan “Aker” Clarke.

They named themselves the Polka Tulk Blues Band. Phillips and Clarke were dismissed from the band, which soon after shortened its name to Polka Tulk. Iommi, Butler, Ward and Osbourne renamed the band Earth. Iommi briefly departed to join Jethro Tull. However, after only one performance (an appearance on “The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus” in which the band mimed “A Song for Jeffrey”, which Ian Anderson sang live), Iommi was back with Earth once more. In 1969 Earth renamed themselves Black Sabbath. His factory accident inadvertently affected the Black Sabbath sound; by 1970 Iommi had detuned his guitar from E to E♭ (a minor second down),and from Master of Reality album, had detuned it further to D♭ (a minor third down), to ease the tension on his fingers. Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler did the same to match Iommi. Sabbath was among the first bands to detune, and the technique became a mainstay of heavy metal music. Iommi combined blues-like guitar solos and dark, minor-key riffing with a revolutionary high-gain, heavily distorted tone with his use of a modified treble-boosting effect-pedal.

By the late 1970s, Black Sabbath were suffering from substance abuse, managerial problems, and touring exhaustion. In addition, the band’s slow, blues-driven riffs were outmoded against the rising generation of metal bands such as Judas Priest and Motörhead. After the albums Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die! were released Iommi and Butler decided that Sabbath needed a fresh start, so in the summer of 1979, they fired Osbourne and replaced him with Ronnie James Dio, the former vocalist for Rainbow. With Dio, Black Sabbath produced Heaven and Hell, which attempted to update Black Sabbath’s sound for the 1980s and featured soaring vocals Bill Ward dropped out due to alcohol problems and displeasure with the direction that Dio was taking the band. He was replaced by Vinny Appice. With Iommi and Geezer Butler the only original members, this line-up produced Mob Rules. Dio quit the following year to begin a solo career, so Sabbath went through a revolving door line-up for the next decade with a succession of frontmen – Ian Gillan (formerly of Deep Purple), Glenn Hughes, Tony Martin and Ray Gillen. After Ian Gillan departed the band in 1984, Geezer Butler left as well. With Sabbath in effective hiatus, Iommi recorded his first solo album, entitled Seventh Star. The album featured Glenn Hughes (also formerly of Deep Purple) on vocals, but due to label pressures, it was billed as a release by “Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi.”

In 1992, Iommi appeared at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, playing four songs with the remaining members of Queen and other guest artists. Geezer Butler also returned to Sabbath that year. In 1993 Iommi teamed up with fellow Black Country band Diamond Head and co-wrote the song “Starcrossed (Lovers in the Night)” for their 1993 Death and Progress album. At Ozzy’s “farewell” concert at Costa Mesa in 1992, Dio refused to perform and abruptly left the band. As a result, Rob Halford was recruited to perform as the vocalist for two gigs (Halford also sang at one of the dates on the 2004 Ozzfest tour, when Ozzy couldn’t perform due to bronchitis). Following Osbourne’s solo set, the show concluded with Ozzy bringing out the other members of the original Black Sabbath line-up for a 4-song reunion. Black Sabbath recorded two further albums with Tony Martin before the original line-up reunited as a touring band in 1997. While Bill Ward played at the two initial reunion shows at Birmingham NEC in December 1997, he was not present for the following two reunion tours, his second absence due to a heart attack. Ward was replaced by Mike Bordin and then Vinny Appice.

On 11 November 2011, the original band members announced that they were reuniting and recording a new album, although Bill Ward did not participate and Vinny Appice took his place at drums for the sessions. The new album, 13, was released in June 2013. Sadly though Guitarist Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma on 9 January 2012, which forced the band to cancel all but two shows (Download Festival, and Lollapalooza Festival) of a previously booked European tour. an intimate show was played in their hometown Birmingham. It was the first concert since the reunion and the only indoors concerts that

On 21 May 2012, at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, Black Sabbath played their first concert since 2005, with Tommy Clufetos playing the drums. In June, they performed at Download Festival, followed by the last concert of the short tour at Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago. Later that month, the band started recording an album. In 2013, the band announced that the album would be released in June under the title 13. Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine was chosen as the drummer, and Rick Rubin was chosen as the producer.. The standard version of the album features eight new tracks, and the deluxe version features three bonus tracks. [ The band’s first single from 13, “God Is Dead?”, was released in 2013. Black Sabbath also commenced their first Australia/New Zealand tour in 40 years, followed by a major North American Tour The second single of the album, “End of the Beginning”, debuted in a CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode, where all three members appeared. In 2013, 13 topped both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. “God Is Dead?” earned Black Sabbath their first Grammy Award in 14 years for Best Metal Performance in 2014.

In July 2013, Black Sabbath embarked on a North American Tour (for the first time since July 2001), followed by a Latin American tour in October 2013. In November 2013, the band started their European tour which lasted until December 2013. In March and April 2014, they made 12 stops in North America (mostly in Canada) as the second leg of their North American Tour before embarking in June 2014 on the second leg of their European tour, which ended with a concert at London’s Hyde Park. Black Sabbath began work on their twentieth studio album in early 2015 with producer Rick Rubin, followed by a final tour in 2016. On 3 September 2015, it was announced that Black Sabbath would embark on their final tour, titled The End, from January 2016 to February 2017. The final shows of The End tour took place at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, England on 2 and 4 February 2017.

Falco

The late great Austrian Rock Musician and Rapper Falco (Johann Hölzel) was born 19 February in 1957. Falco began to show signs of unusual musical talent very early. As a toddler, he was able to keep time with the drumbeat in songs he heard on the radio. He was given a baby grand piano for his fourth birthday; a year later, his birthday gift was a record player which he used to play music by Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, and the Beatles. At age five, he auditioned for the Vienna Music Academy.

In 1963, Hölzel began his schooling at a Roman Catholic private school; four years later, at age ten, he switched to the Rainer Gymnasium in Vienna. Shortly thereafter his father Alois Hölzel left the family. From then on, Hölzel was raised by his mother and grandmother. He left school at sixteen in 1973 due to absenteeism. His mother then insisted he begin an apprenticeship with the Austrian employee pension insurance institute, At seventeen, he volunteered for eight months of military service with the Austrian army. He then entered the Vienna Music Conservatory in 1977, but left after one semester to “become a real musician”. He moved to West Berlin while singing in a jazz-rock band and exploring the club scene. When he returned to Vienna he was calling himself “Falco”, in tribute to the East German ski jumper Falko Weißpflog. From 1978 He played bass with the Austrian hard rock-punk rock band Drahdiwaberl until 1983 and also played bass with the space disco band Ganymed in 1981.

Falco’s first hit was “Der Kommissar” from the 1982 album Einzelhaft, which combines German rap verses with a sung chorus. Shortly after British rock band After the Fire recorded an English cover version, based on Falco’s lyrics and also called “Der Kommissar” and American singer Laura Branigan also recorded a version of the song with new English lyrics under the title “Deep in the Dark” on her album Branigan2. Sadly though his second album, Junge Römer (Young Romans) failed to provide a repeat to his debut single’s success.

Falco then began to experiment with English lyrics in an effort to broaden his appeal, and this resulted in his most popular album and single of his career “Rock Me Amadeus” with it’s distinctive guttural delivery, which was inspired in part by the Oscar-winning film Amadeus, and the song became a worldwide hit in 1986. The Follow-up single “Vienna Calling” was another international pop hit. The third song “Jeanny” became Highly controversial when it was released in Germany and the Netherlands, because the story of “Jeanny” was told from the point of view of a possible rapist and murderer. In 1986, he released the album Emotional, which included the Songs “Coming Home (Jeanny Part II, One Year Later)”, “The Kiss of Kathleen Turner”, “Kamikaze Capa” which was written as a tribute to the late photojournalist Robert Capa and “The Sound of Musik”. In 1987 he went on the “Emotional” world tour and also released a duet with Brigitte Nielsen, “Body Next to Body” and an album in 1988 entitled Wiener Blut (Viennese Blood).

Sadly though, Falco died of severe injuries received on 6 February 1998, just a few days before his 41st birthday, when his Mitsubishi Pajero collided with a bus on the road linking the towns of Villa Montellano and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. It was later determined that the bus driver was speeding, for which the driver served three years in prison. However, at the time of the accident, Falco was under the influence of significant amounts of alcohol, cocaine and THC.At the time of Falco’s death, he was planning a comeback with the album Nachtflug (Night Flight) which included the song “Titanic”, and was released posthumously. He is buried in the Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetery) in Vienna, Austria.