Thursday, 24 January 2008

Helping A Country Decide

Not much news on the Bowie front right now. But nobody keeping an eye on the newspapers could fail to be assailed with news of the US Presidential primaries.

Who to pick, that's the question? Barack or Hillary? McCain or Huckerbee? It's all so confusing. But not to worry, because David is on hand to help you decide. Watch the video, and all will soon be clear.

Monday, 14 January 2008

China Girl Has Stars In Her Eyes

The hit BBC television show Strictly Come Dancing has been exported all around the world, with many English speaking countries choosing to name the program Dancing With The Stars. New Zealand is the lastest to succumb to the charm of watching professional dancers team up with named celebrities. And going into its second series, among the contestants who will be taking part in the Kiwi version of the show is former model Geeling Ng

Ms Ng has, of late, mainly been busying herself growing orchids and running a successful restaurant, as well as presenting a cooking segment on the Asia Down Under television show. But as well as modelling she also, in former years, made a name for herself as an actress, doing bits of TV work and appearing in the film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

But of course, what she is best known for, is her appearance in the controvertial Bowie video for the song China Girl.

The series will be showing from late February on the TV One channel.

Thursday, 10 January 2008

New Bowie Movie at Sundance

August, a new movie from director August Chick, stars Josh Hartnett and Naomie Harris, and follows the life of a dotcom entrepreneur in New York in the last month before the 9/11 attacks. Bowie plays a British businessman by the name of Ogilvie, described as "a bit of a hardman who eats newcomers for breakfast." On his official website he has this to say:

"My bit was filmed last year not that far from where I live so it felt a little like wandering down the road for a morning paper, dropping into a quiet building and making a quick cameo appearance in a movie and continuing on home to read. Nice."

Initially slated for release in 2009, it will be getting its first showings at the Sundance Film Festival at the end of this month. Screening times as follows:

Tue. January 22, 5:30pm, Library Center Theatre, Park City
Wed. January 23, 2:30pm, Library Center Theatre, Park City
Thu. January 24, 9:45pm, Broadway Centre Cinemas V, SLC
Sat. January 26, 11:30am, Library Center Theatre, Park City

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Happy Birthday Uncle Dave!

And a Very Merry Bowiemas to you all!

Sunday, 6 January 2008

Party On Dudes!

If you happen to be in Sheffield tonight and feel like celebrating the great man's birthday a couple of days early, get down to West Street Live (which is in West Street if you can't figure it out) for BOWIEFEST IV. Now an annual event, entry is free and it all kicks off at 7.00pm. Live entertainment is presented by The Repomen, Anna Hague, Scott Pilkington (The Candy Gods), Pisco Sour Hour, Chris Murphy & Boxer Genius and culminating in a performance (apparently their last ever) by tribute act The Bowie Contingent

For those who won't be there, here's a montage of photos from BOWIEFEST 2006.

Friday, 4 January 2008

Bowie News of the Day 04/01/2008

In an article on the recently released David Bowie Box five album set, Mike Schiller muses on the PopMatters site that the cycle of albums issued in the set constitutes essentially a "mid-life crisis" reinvention for Bowie, as a conscious effort to get away from the "mature artist" comfort zone he had occupied for much of the eighties.

It’s hard to ignore the timing of the transformation coinciding with the tremendous popularity of one Trent Reznor and his Nine Inch Nails. Perhaps Reznor’s success was the reason he couldn’t put off this persona he’d been toying with for so long. Perhaps, rather than inspiration, Reznor provided context, a way that Bowie could finally step into the new character(s) that had been nagging at him for years previous. It was a way out of the rut he had dug for himself.

Read the whole of the article here

Meanwhile, here's the two men together on one stage in 1995, performing the Nine Inch Nails classic "Hurt"

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Bowie News of the Day 03/01/2008

Afro-German singer Ayo has begun to make waves with her fusion of reggae, soul and folk music. Already a hit in Europe she has begun to make inroads on the US music scene. In a recent interview for MSNBC she had this to say:

"One thing that I’m really getting into is David Bowie. I mean, I knew David Bowie, but I never listened to the entire records. But now they’re on my iPod, I started listening to them, and I’ve fallen in love with them. The song 'Andy Warhol' is incredible. That’s what I’m listening to right now."
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