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Best of: British Legends of Stage & Screen

    With a lot of encouragement and advice from RunPee C.O.O. Jill I’ve been doing occasional biographical articles about British talent and what they bring to the big — nay — huge blockbuster franchises. It’s one of those mysteries lost in the depths of time…how did this actually start? My recollection is that I […]

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Of Wizards and Mutants – A Look at Ian McKellen

Who’s the last actor to create a character written by Shakespeare? By that I mean who was the last person to get a part written by Shakespeare and be the first one to actually perform it. Edward Alleyn? David Garrick? William Kempe? You might be surprised to hear that it is none other than Magneto/Gandalf […]

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Celebrate Captain Picard Day with Jean-Luc’s top Next Generation episodes (and one movie)

If you’re looking forward to a glass of Chateau Picard — red — or a cup of Earl Grey — hot — then you’re off to a great start, celebrating like they do on the Enterprise NCC1701-D. Captain Picard Day (June 16th by our calendar) was introduced to the viewers of Star Trek: The Next […]

All About A Christmas Carol

So Many Retellings Of A Short Story Scrooge, a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner… let’s make a Christmas favourite of him! I’m going to luxuriate in the knowledge that I’ll be talking about a story that is nearly two centuries old and, therefore, will be paying no heed to the usual dread […]

Hobbitses – A Tolkien history – Behind the Lord of the Rings in epic fantasy films

  Typical! Wait decades for a film with hobbits in, and six come along at the same time! At least, that’s how it felt. Like many teens of the time, I had my copy of the single volume paperback edition of The Lord Of The Rings, shortly after it was first published in 1968, having […]

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RunPee Weekly Newsletter 19th edition (July 22nd, 2020)

The app that tells you the best time to run and pee during a movie without missing the best scenes.   There’s an E.T. sequel and it’s awesome This 4 minute sequel to the classic movie ET is a must-watch. It’s the most tasteful example of product placement (for Xfinity) I’ve seen.  Kudos to the […]

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Sir Patrick Stewart turns 80 – a retrospective of an extraordinary actor

Sir Patrick Stewart turns 80 this year. Happy Picard Day Birthday! The man’s been around the world of entertainment for over sixty years. Film and TV mind you, not just theatre, but it wasn’t until towards the end of the last millennium that he ‘appeared’. Making it so Surprised that Star Trek was still popular […]

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Ranking the X-Men Movies

Superhero ensemble films owe a huge debt to the X-Men franchise. Without the thoughtful world-building, frequent levity, and sparkling dialog characterizing the best of the X-Men films, we’d have no Marvel Cinematic Universe. No Avengers, no Endgame, no Iron Man!…just somber Batmen parading by in rubber suits. X-Men blew jaded audiences away, until the franchise […]

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Jean-Luc Picard Writes a Quarantine Starlog – A playful Star Trek ‘episode’ for troubled times

The newest Star Trek television show, called simply Picard, is not immune to the effects of the world (galaxy?) spanning quarantine.  Star Trek: Picard showrunner, writer, and director Akiva Goldsman playfully imagines what Trek would be like in the wake of social distancing and isolation. Here’s our favorite ex-captain, ex-ambassador Jean-Luc himself, drafting a Starlog […]

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What to rewatch before Star Trek Picard

I haven’t seen the new Picard show yet, but I’m extremely excited, and according to the trailers, it picks up where the long-running (non-JJ Abrams) Star Trek TV and movie series left off… Just 20 years later. And Patrick Stewart, like the rest of us, are 20 years older. Will Star Trek: Picard, be a […]

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