Quote of the Day #3

14 01 2009

A lot has been going on work-wise behind the scenes at the moment, so apols for any lack of blogging. Will have some great news to report next week but in the meantime, here’s another quote and this time it’s from the lovely Thaila Zucchi. I interviewed her for the Sunday Life a couple of years ago and she was a good laugh. She was over to host the NI’s Sexiest Male Awards so naturally enough I had a good time slagging her off about it.

“I have to say I’ve fancied a lot of Irish men in my time and I don’t think that’s going to change any time soon…” Thaila Zucchi, Sep ’07


Quote of the Day #2

8 01 2009

Ever since I first decided to become a features journalist, I never wanted to be a punk writer or a genre writer. I always wanted to write about everything under the sun and I hate the idea of pigeon-holing myself.With that in mind, my quote of the day comes from Neighbours heart-throb Jason Donovan. A couple of years ago he was fresh out of I’m a Celebrity and in Belfast for a press junket. I headed down to the Europa hotel nice and early and sat waiting for him to arrive. We ended up getting on like a house on fire and it turned into a really great piece. He even stopped his next interview mid-way to come over and say goodbye and he was a thoroughly candid, charming and decent bloke. A lot of music journos may balk at the idea of saying Jason was cool, but they’re all dicks anyway. The moral of this story? Never judge a book by it’s cover.

“I took the job as Joseph because it paid the bills. Everyone needs to work and that was just another job for me. I remember one specific night where I was standing backstage in a loin cloth and I was listening to Nirvana wondering what the hell I was doing with my life. I think that was the start of my arsehole phase.” Jason Donovan, March ’07.

Quote of the Day #1

7 01 2009

Over the last six years, I’ve interviewed hundreds of people.Some were great, others not so great (I’m looking at you Chris Rea). Partially inspired by a character from Veronica Mars (Logan Echols) I’ve decided to do a regular post featuring quotes from  random interviews I’ve done in the past. It won’t be a daily thing (I only use the internet for work not fun, so if I’ve a day off I’m never online.I’ll explain my strict working from home regime someday) but any day I’m using a computer I’ll do one. So without further ado, here’s quote number one.

“I fuckin’ thrive on adversity,man,” Juliette Lewis.,Jan ’07.

Edwin’s Tippy Tips

6 01 2009

This week I’m still getting into the swing of things in terms of writing, to be honest.It’s a relatively quiet week with Animal Collective, White Lies and Secret Machines album reviews,a Coldplay live review, an NI bands music column,an opinion piece on Russell Brand and my weekly Teenage Kicks and Bar Review as well as my comics pages for AU keeping me occupied  and out of trouble. So while I do have a rare five mins I’ve taken on the task of up-dating my little black contacts book.Most people these days keep all their numbers on a computer but I’m old school coz I’m an old fool.

Never let it be said that I’m out of touch though, because today I’m also finally figuring out Facebook! If you want to add me up go here http://www.facebook.com/people/Edwin-Mcfee/628078760

I fully realise that this latest blog is pretty boring so in a bid to liven it up-here’s a video of Curry-Man from TNA to keep you amused.

How’s Your Pauline?

6 01 2009

On Sunday night I ended up going to see the Mighty Boosh at the Odyssey. About this time last year I wrote that “The Mighty Boosh has not only jumped the shark,it’s made it into an Olympic event” so I was a bit wary of what was on offer.

Now don’t get me wrong. I loved the first series.I loved the zoo, the stupid jokes and all the rest, it’s just that after that it’s gone nowhere.Needless to say all the “wacky” students were there dressed up as various characters and muggins here ended up sitting behind some tool in a white cowboy hat and his female chum who made the Joker’s laugh seem sane. Fun, fun,fun….


2 01 2009

Next week I plan on watching the Wrestler.Yes, you can all turn your noses up at my love for pro-wrestling, but quite frankly I don’t give a fuck. The Wrestler looks set to finally capture the highs and lows of the business like no-one else has before and who knows, it might even change some people’s opinions too.

Based on stories from R Truth, Ernest “the Cat” Miller, Necro Butcher and Greg “the Hammer” Valentine as well as featuring a song by the Boss which was especially written for the soundtrack, I think the Wrestler will end up being one of my favourite films of all time and I haven’t even seen it yet. It’s currently nominated for three Golden Globes and fingers crossed it’ll get a nod at the Oscars too. I really can’t wait to see this one, plus,who doesn’t love a bit of Mickey Rourke?


Apparently Rowdy Roddy Piper was in tears during the film’s premiere. He said “It’s not my story, but it is my story.” Check out a review here, http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/wrestling/article2080187.ece

Crystal Balls

2 01 2009

As it’s the New Year, here’s a few predictions for what’s hot in ’09 in the comics world…..

Top Ten Comic Events of 2009


Dark Reign (Marvel)

At the time of going to press, it’s unsure what Marvel’s Dark Reign is all about. Spinning off from events in the soon to be concluding Secret Invasion, Dark Reign is what happens after the huge battle between the Skrulls and the assembled might of Marvel-dom. Do the Skrulls take over or does Thor die for a second time? Find out in a few months True Believer.



Ultimatum (Marvel)

Marvel’s Ultimate universe (a line of books that are continuity-free and set in a world where Peter Parker became Spider-Man in this decade rather than the 60s) is set for a shake up and we’re being promised that no-one is safe in the line-wide cull. Not even Spidey. Will the book live up to the hype? We’ll see. But if something happens to loveable lush Ultimate Iron Man we’re gonna be pissed. And not in a good way.


Batman Cacophony (DC)

Cacophony marks the return of slacker icon Kevin Smith to the four-colour world. The three issue mini-series features Bats taking on Smith’s own creation Onomatopoeia and is sure to become a mainstream smash hit (providing he can make his deadlines of course).


Mighty Muggs Wave Five Released (Marvel)

If you’re like me then not only do you love comics, but you also adore action figures and having them do sweet poses beside your trades and hardcovers. Marvel’s Mighty Muggs line are a cool little twist on the usual action figures and Wave Five will be released in 09 and feature Iron Man (Mark I) the Vision, Ultimate Captain America and my personal favourite the Skrull (check out his ears!). If you haven’t yet picked up any Mighty Muggs then check out the Dr Doom figure. Homeboy’s cape is worth 10quid alone.


Watchmen released (DC)

After years and years of speculation, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ much-lauded comic Watchmen gets the silver screen treatment in a few months time. The trailers look phenomenal but then again so did the trailer for Lethal Weapon 5 and look how that turned out. Love it or loathe it, it seems Watchmen will be one of the most talked about films in ’09 and if it turns some new readers onto comics then that’s no bad thing.


Hulk and Skaar confrontation (Marvel)

For those out of the loop, Skaar is the son of the Hulk and two years ago old green genes left him behind on the planet Sakaar thinking him dead. While both characters have their own series and are unaware of each other we think it’s only a matter of time before they have a family reunion.


Movie debut of Deadpool (Marvel)

The Merc with a Mouth makes his silver screen debut in ’09 in the up-coming Wolverine: Origins. Van Wilder, Party Liason plays Deadpool (or Ryan Reynolds as his mum calls him) and he’s a perfect fit for the character.


More Lenore (Slave Labour)

Roman Dirge’s goth comic is back in ’09 and once again features Pooty, Ragamuffin, Taxidermy and more in what’s sure to be one of the independent releases of the year.


Return of Cap (Marvel)

It’s been two years since Brubaker killed Captain America and we think it’s high time he returned. Hopefully this will be the year Steve gets his resurrection.


Mark Millar’s Ultimate Avengers (Marvel)

Millar returns to the universe he co-created with fresh new take son some old characters. Promising Ultimate debuts of Ghost Rider, Blade and She Hulk, Ultimate Avengers will fly off the shelves.

(this is an extract from the recent issue of AU).