Friday, 20 October 2017

DVD Review: 30 Years Of Survivor Series

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Written By: Mark Armstrong

Running Time: 437 Minutes
Certificate: 12
Number Of Discs: 3
Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
Released: October 23 2017

(Thanks to Fetch Publicity for arranging this review.)

Survivor Series is the second longest-running Pay-Per-View event in WWE history, behind only WrestleMania. It was there when Hulkamania was running wild, when Attitude was all the rage, and when John Cena and Batista were establishing themselves as the leaders of the Ruthless Aggression era. Even today, Survivor Series has major significance, enhanced by major moments in recent years involving The Rock, Sting and Goldberg.

This latest DVD offering from WWE covers the three-decade history of Survivor Series, released just in time for the 31st instalment on November 19 in Houston. The main focus of this compilation is a feature lasting just over an hour, which highlights what are considered to be the 30 top moments in Survivor Series history (though the programme itself doesn't state this; the DVD box art does, though). This is followed by a series (no pun intended) of matches spanning the years 1988-2016.

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Business News: Alex Stewart International Accredited To ISO Standards

Written By: Mark Armstrong

Provided By: Alex Stewart International

The following story is courtesy of Alex Stewart International ...

Alex Stewart International is delighted to announce to the industry that its head office and principal laboratories in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom – AS International Corporation Ltd - has been accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service - UKAS - to ISO 17025 Standards.

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Theatre Interview: Claire Sweeney & Warren Donnelly - "There's Nothing Quite Like Pantomime"

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Written By: Mark Armstrong

Nothing beats a good panto. Whether you're young, old or somewhere in between, a pantomime is a great experience filled with capers, music, dancing and a fair few risqué jokes! Sleeping Beauty is the next such panto on the agenda, as it heads to St. Helens Theatre Royal. Before the cast down their hats, frocks and capes, we spoke to two of the main players in Sleeping Beauty, Claire Sweeney and Warren Donnelly, who provided an insight into the show and their backgrounds in pantomime, theatre and beyond!

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Theatre Review: Flashdance - Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool

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Written By: Alison Jones

Format: Musical
Genre: Romantic Drama
Date: October 16 2017
Location: Liverpool Empire Theatre

Well, the audience that first appreciated Flashdance are probably a bit long in the tooth for leotards and legwarmers these days, but we were transported back to the early 80’s without too much of a problem. I even sighed for my permed hair (maybe not ...)!

This performance didn’t have a slow-burn start; we were straight into an energetic music and dance number – Flashdance ... What A Feeling, and off we went!

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Monday, 16 October 2017

Music Interview: Astroid Boys On Their Rise, Their Success & Their Future

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Written By: Mark Armstrong

(Thanks to Chuff Media for arranging this interview.)

One of the fastest-rising bands in the UK are the Astroid Boys. Formed back in 2012, they have made strides and built their fanbase year-on-year, whilst gaining exposure through gigs and festivals around the country. Perhaps their biggest project is on the horizon, as they will be the support for Enter Shikari for a major nationwide tour which begins in Liverpool on Thursday November 16. We caught up with the group - consisting of Benjamin Kendall, Phillip Davies and Elliot Brussalis - to learn more about their formation, their rise up the ranks and other tidbits which fans may not know about one of the UK's brightest up-and-coming bands!

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Friday, 13 October 2017

Alternate Universe: What If WCW Had Survived?

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Written By: Mark Armstrong

In 2001, the wrestling business changed dramatically. Both ECW and WCW went under, the latter being purchased by the WWF. The short-term fall-out included the Invasion angle by what would become a WCW/ECW Alliance, followed by the Brand Extension split of the WWF/WWE which set the course of history on a new path. But what if WCW had remained in existence?

Although ECW had a loyal following, it simply would not and could not have grown into a mainstream powerhouse, unless it was acquired by a larger parent organisation; and if that had been the case, the vulgar style of the company may have been forced to change. However, WCW was a major mainstream wrestling promotion, even during its final months of life. Therefore, its demise had a much bigger impact. But it's interesting to consider how things might have transpired had the company managed to continue.

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Theatre Review: Rita, Sue and Bob Too - Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

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Written By: Scott Gunnion

Format: Play
Genre: Comedy Drama
Date: October 10 2017
Location: Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

What is there to say about Rita, Sue and Bob Too? It is the most unpretentious of beasts, if you care to be blunt about it.

Uninhibited by inhibitions and hard-faced with bare-faced cheek, this show was full frontal - and that’s not a reference to the naked arse shots that were full and prominent. The producers, Out of Joint, certainly know how to put on a show.

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

DVD Preview: 30 Years Of Survivor Series

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Written By: Mark Armstrong

Provided By: Fetch Publicity

The following story is courtesy of Fetch Publicity ...

On Thanksgiving Day thirty years ago, WWE's second pay-per-view event was born with a new twist. In the early days, teams of five strived to survive. Over the course of the next three decades, Survivor Series evolved into one of the greatest spectacles on the WWE calendar, where championship matches, iconic face-offs and unforgettable moments take place. Join us as we countdown the 30 greatest moments from 30 remarkable years of Survivor Series.

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A Spectacular Season Of Entertainment At Liverpool's Theatrical Gem!

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Written By: Mark Armstrong

The Epstein Theatre are continuing their exciting season of entertainment for autumn/winter 2017 - from thought-provoking drama to sing-along musicals, great music, hilarious comedy and fun for all the family. You can book tickets for the shows at www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk/whats-on.

Former Never Mind The Buzzcocks chairman Simon Amstell is embarking on his fifth UK tour, What Is This, which promises to be a deeply personal, funny exploration of beauty, intimacy, freedom, sex and love. See him on November 2.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Music Review: The Big Moon

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Written By: Mark Armstrong

Format: Music Show
Genre: Indie Rock
Date: October 6 2017
Location: Magnet, Liverpool, England

The Big Moon are one of the more recognisable and respected indie rock bands coming out of the UK right now. Juliette Jackson, Soph Nathann, Celia Archer and Fern Ford have advanced their status year-on-year since their formation in 2014, which has culminated this year with the release of their debut album Love In The 4th Dimension, and their subsequent European tour which is still ongoing as I write this.

As part of the tour, The Big Moon visited the wonderful city of Liverpool, performing live from Magnet. And it was an appropriate site to play at, since the four-piece band drew their audience into the show akin to a magnetic attraction: from start to finish, the crowd were well into the show and peaked, as ever, for their most famous tunes, all of which made for a very entertaining gig.

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