Opera to Travel Up Brokeback Mountain

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We’ll see if she’s still this happy when she walks into the tent…

Opera just got gayer! Yup, Rufus Wainwright’s favourite pastime is going gay with a new operatic version of a Hollywood hit – but no silly sniggering about bum notes, because the adaptation is of sobering Oscar-winning drama ‘Brokeback Mountain’.

Annie Proulx’s novella is perfect tragic material in keeping with the operatic tradition, and the Pulitzer winner has written the libretto for the new theatrical endeavour set to premiere in Madrid later this month.

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The ‘cowboys in love’ saga famously starred Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal and won an Academy Award for director Ang Lee.

The new two-act opera features music by US composer Charles Wuorinen and will run from 28 January until 11 February at the Teatro Real. The project is a revival of an original commission made by the New York Opera in 2008 and is directed by Ivo van Hove.

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Here’s to a Geeky 2014

This geek’s been hibernating.

Since my last post, the geek landscape has gone through some significant changes: we’ve witnessed the launch of not one but two next-gen consoles (and I own neither, tut), Doctor Who regenerating and celebrating his big birthday (not in that order), Buffy’s debut on Twitter (@TheRealSMG if you didn’t already know), and Bilbo swapping Gollum for Smaug in the second ‘Hobbit’ movie.

Because that’s just the tip of the geeky iceberg, I feel like it’s time I got on top of all the latest genre news and pop culture shake-ups by returning to the blog and giving you all the latest in geek.

This week, I’ll be running down the 14 things to be excited about in 2014 from movies, games, books, music & more. However, to see in the New Year, I’m happy to announce my first prize giveaway. Simply head over to my Twitter page (@nicetogeekyou), follow and retweet, and while you’re there feel free to tell me the top geeky thing you’re excited about this year – one lucky winner will be selected at random and win a hardback copy of ‘Batman: The World of the Dark Knight’ from Penguin Books.

Holy cow, Batman!

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Prize giveaway Terms & Conditions
Prize giveaway open to anyone in the UK aged 18 or over. Entry closes 11:59pm on 19/01/2014. One winner will be chosen at random and notified shortly thereafter via Twitter, whereupon a postal address for delivery of prize will be requested. Entry methods as stated above. The prize is as stated, with no alternative offered unless the advertised prize becomes unavailable. If a response is not received from the selected winner within 7 days, that winner will effectively forfeit his/her prize and another winner will be selected in his/her place. Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms & Conditions.

Christian Grey’s Gonna Kill You

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Following the news that Jamie Dornan has stepped into the birthday suit left vacant by Charlie Hunnam, ladies who like their lashings, chains & ass paddles beware: if you didn’t see this year’s ahhhhmazing BBC series ‘The Fall’, then seek it out and get scared. Christian Grey is scary.

Hopefully, the Hollywood hype machine that is ’50 Shades of Grey’ won’t get in the way of Dornan getting together with Gillian Anderson for a second series of the electric crime drama. Watch out, Scully!

Batman Returns As Beetlejuice?

The ghost with the most may return to make my millennium, if reports are to be believed. Yup, Tim Burton is in talks with Michael Keaton to reprise the latter’s role for a sequel to ‘Beetlejuice’. Ooh-er!

Sure, naysayers may poo-poo the idea and I’d hope the original’s use of Harryhausen-style practical effects would not be displaced by shiny CGI, but I’m in the ‘pro’ camp. And if they don’t get Keaton to sign on, I vote Russell Brand put on his best stripy suit and go all-out zany in his place. Say it with me: Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetle…

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The Fat Gleek Has Sung, Showchoir is Cancelled

There will be no encore for ‘Glee’ after next year’s sixth season.

Show creator Ryan Murphy confirmed the curtain will fall on the award-winning musical comedy following its 2014-15 season, a decision that has no doubt been influenced by the untimely death of male lead Cory Monteith.

Currently in its fifth season, the show about a bunch of misfit showchoir geeks singing to survive teen angst will be missed – but not sorely, as the latest couple of seasons have lacked the subversive qualities, witty retorts and zeitgeist zippiness that the first two displayed. Still, where will I get a weekly dose of Jane Lynch on TV now?!

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Book in a Man Booker Prize Winner

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Bookshelf bare? Need a new novel to wrap up with this winter?

Unfortunately, no, a new ‘Scott Pilgrim’ chapter has not been announced, but if you’re into critically lauded book club material then you’ll be happy to know the Man Booker Prize winner is announced this eve, so you can make a trip into Waterstones in your lunch hour tomorrow.

From a tale spun from the discovery of a diary washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox to an account of Mary’s grief following her son’s death by crucifix, the six books and writers up for the prize are as expectedly diverse and experimental as ever. The money is on Jim Crace’s ‘Harvest’ and, following the predicted wins of Hilary Mantel and Julian Barnes the past two years, I wouldn’t be surprised – but turn the page later on Twitter to find out for sure!

American Psycho Doctor

Apologise for the hacket job below, but a hacket job really is on theme.

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Fresh from news that Ben Affleck is to take over a role he made truly iconic, Christian Bale’s celluloid rendering of ‘American Psycho’ is to get a stage revamp by none other than frickin’ Doctor Who. Poor Affleck, as this casting twist has been a hit with fans who have flocked for tickets to the stage show of Bret Easton Ellis’s most controversial novel.

Hopefully, it will get an extended run as most of the initial December/January dates at London’s Almeida Theatre are already sold out. Which is news enough to get one’s nail gun from out the cupboard, or at least to axe some poor sop to death during a Huey Lewis & The News number. I wonder what the music will bring to the production, but Matt doing Ellis already has me more than intrigued.

Shields Up for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

With ‘Dexter’ spilling its final bloodshed and ‘Breaking Bad’ heading for a combustible finish next week, cult TV fans are likely chomping at the bit for a new obsession.

It may be lighter and shinier, but ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ is a good bet – and is unlikely to get a short-shrift early cancellation after debuting on ABC with the strongest ratings for a US drama in nearly four years.

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Joss Whedon’s hot new property, following the exploits of supposedly deceased Agent Coulson and his fellow superhero shepherds, has done something unexpected following Whedon’s former glories that were all brilliant but, ‘Buffy’ aside, largely unwatched: it’s attracted viewers!

Of course, there was no doubting a Marvel TV show was going to do well following the mega-bucks earnings of its cinematic canon, so now us UK viewers can relax ahead of the C4 premiere tomorrow night knowing full well that it will at least get a full season.

Ready to assemble?! UK taster trailer below: