Tuesday, January 20, 2004

The L Word: Sex And The Singlet GirlsLas Catch Up

Continuing to catch up with some of last week's news stories you might have missed, so a mixture of old and new in this news round-up.

First up, US lesbian drama The L-Word is set to be snatched by the BBC (not safe for work). The sapphic soap is set to feature the love lives of six glamorous Los Angeles lesbians in a cross between Sex and the City and Friends. The cast is headed by ex-Flashdance star Jennifer Beals and the first episode apparently features copious nudity, threesomes and oral sex. Heterosexual men appear to be the target audience and I admit it, I'm caught in the crosshairs.

Meanwhile, there's been much comings and goings at Upton Park as Hammers boss Alan Pardew rings the changes in an attempt to revive the club's flagging fortunes - Wimbledon's precocious talent Nigel Reo-Coker has agreed terms to join while former Celtic midfielder Peter Grant is being lined up to take over as first team coach from Paul (Sarge) Goddard. Both moves, though yet to be finalised, look like good business to me.

Thanks to Uncle Grambo for pointing out Larry Clark's Ken Park is available on Region 2 DVD from Norway. KP has never been shown in the UK following Clark going postal in a restaurant brawl with the distributor, I caught it in Stockholm last summer and, although it's far from Clark's best work, it's worth a watch and this might be your best chance of seeing it uncut in the near future.

In other news, Spalding Grey appears still missing - let's get mefi on the case! Logan's Run is set to be re-made possibly with X-Men director Bryan Singer at the helm. Hope Of The States guitarist James Lawrence killed himself last week on the same day as the NME glorified suicide rockers like Sid Vicious and Kurt Cobain. Oh, and can I be the very last person on the internet to tell you that Bob Mould has a blog? Only time will tell if it's gonna be much husker du about nothing. Also my Secret Santa gift 'Underachievers, Please Try Harder' by Camera Obscura gets an enthusiastic 8 out of 10 from Pitchfork. The album's certainly a grower, and I must admit I've had a lot of pleasure being beguiled by it's old skool indie charms.

And finally, via Ben I've discovered a fantastic new weblog called Crumbling Loaf. Irreverent and all over the place, it's clearly the work of someone with only the most tentative grasp on his sanity. Which is just as it should be, don't you think?

And yes, my wisdom tooth still fucking hurts.


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