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James Bond’s Lotus Esprit Sumersible Car for Sale

James-Bonds-Lotus-EspritI want just about everything James Bond has touched. From the watches to the women and everything in between. One of the coolest Bond items could be yours (assuming you’re willing to shell out the cash and you have a little luck on your side) later this year. The Lotus Esprit (the submarine car from “The Spy Who Loved Me”) is headed to auction this September. Of course, if you want to be the proud owner of this bad boy, you’re probably going to have to throw down a few million.

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Adam Yauch’s ‘Fight for Your Right Revisited’

They fought for their right to party in hilarious movies like Stepbrothers, Pineapple Express & School of Rock. And now Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Jack Blackand & Elijah Wood are teaming up to star in “Fight For Your Right Revisited,” a short film written and directed by Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch. The flick will premiere at Sundance in the spring. One film I can’t wait to see.

SoulBoy

Can’t wait to see this….

Joe McCain (Martin Compston) is a young man in the slump of his life – he’s not educated enough to escape from his rural village in Nowheresville up North, and has found nothing in his life to stir passion, other than girls. A gorgeous hairdresser, Jane (Nicola Burley) catches his eye, as does her collection of Northern Soul badges and records, and in a weak attempt to impress her, he attempts to bluff his way into the scene. Before long, Soul music becomes his life, with weekly trips to the Wigan Casino to manage. Drugs are a natural extension to this lifestyle.

Compston is an affable, engaging actor, who delivers what is easily the most interesting performance in the movie, mixing swagger and vulnerability well. Initially dancing with the grace of a pig stuck with a cattle-prod, he convinces as a man who’s just found his creative outlet. Felicity Jones as Mandy – Joe’s art-school wannabe friend – is also impressive, with an affable mix of Zooey Deschanel cuteness and girl-next-door amiability. They are excellent at bouncing off one another.

The rest of the cast are a mixed bag: the record shop owner Dee Dee is a funny caricature of ageing hippy and daft businessman. Nicola Burley as Jane is as cool and lifeless as an iceberg, with far less under the surface. The one-note pantomime villainy also disappoints. Joe’s wife beating customer is a sneering nitwit, and the chief preening peacock on the dance floor has nothing going on, other than being a twat.

Ultimately, SoulBoy is a strange, lifeless work. Its script is crammed with cliché, stock characters, crummy gags and screenwriting formula (one can almost hear Robert McKee bellowing in the background!) to such an extent that not even an excellent lead performance can save it. If you think of the obvious stories of romance, coming of age, overcoming adversity, the usual stuff, and dress it into a script without the wit to back it up, you’re on the right track.

It has a good go at getting the period right. The details are there, the costumes are just the right shade of cool and crap: the bright red tank top leading the girls to dub him “a right little Soul Boy” and the startlingly awful suits. The set-design is great, capturing the late Seventies Northern Soul movement very well, and the Wigan Casino has been rejuvenated superbly.