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The plan with them was always that their version of whatever kind of romantic attraction they had for each other was going to be a really slowly developing thing that was punctuated by different moments. The only danger is if suddenly this nice ensemble cast show about people who work in this police precinct, if it ever feels like it’s becoming about that thing, then I think we’re screwing up. By the end of the year, there will be other development, but it’s not the focus of the show.
You have an impoverished school with high needs kids, a lot of ESL, and a lot of them needing help in any number of ways in rudimentary skills. Should you invest in just those basic skills, like math and English, and put all your energy and resources there? These teachers are saying, “Nope, not at all.” You give kids goals and challenges, you give them dreams, and they’re going to learn those ABCs and rudimentary skills in pursuit of those dreams. If you give a kid a worksheet and say, “Learn multiplication,” they’re bored, and they won’t do it. But if you give kids a robot and say, “Assemble that, and it could drive across the floor,” they’ll learn everything they need to know. That was a powerful concept.
I look at The Longest Journey as a three-part structure, where you have the opening which is sort of naive… actually the comparison I’ve used is April in the first one is the young inexperienced Frodo, you know? In the second she is more the Aragorn type character and… I’m not going to say more than that, but it does change. The game also matures, I think the first one was lighter. Like you said, it was happier. Although it had an ending that was ambiguous and that probably sent her down the path where she is today, and that’s what we want to do to the characters. We want to change them, we want to change the worlds, and hopefully we’ll get to make the third chapter of the saga and if we get to do that you’ll see that it’s going to be completely different from the mood of Dreamfall.
—  Ragnar Tornquist in a 2006 interview following release of Dreamfall

Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno slams ‘square’ Brit Awards and ‘pop’ nominees Clean Bandit and Ed Sheeran

30/01/15

The guitarist says that his band’s snub by the Brits judges is “bull****, an outrage” and believes the competition has slipped into its safe and cosy pre-Britpop ethos

They are already miffed about not being nominated at this year’s Brit Awards – now Kasabian have had a pop at Clean Bandit and Ed Sheeran, who got nods instead.Guitarist Serge Pizzorno insists he would not want to be nominated alongside the groups – but at the same time rants that being snubbed is “bulls**t”.He tells 3am: “We’ve had one of the most incredible years, so to overlook that is bulls**t. It’s an outrage.”We represent a lot of music lovers who go to gigs and buy albums. Clean Bandit don’t even write their own tunes. I don’t know what kind of message that sends out.“If that is what the Best British Group is, you can’t put us in the same category. That’s a pop category.
"The Brits need to figure out what they mean by Best British Group. There is something amiss upstairs but f*** them.”(FYI, Serge, Clean Bandit do pen their own songs and often team up with other writers.)Yesterday, we revealed that Jessie J was “gutted” not to receive a nomination. But even though pop acts were left off the list, Serge reckons the ceremony is less rock ’n’ roll.Speaking at Spotify’s HQ in London, he adds: “The Brits are so square – they are trying to shut our kind of thing out."Before 1995 there was Phil Collins and all these squares and everyone realised, ‘God, this is boring’. Then it returned with Oasis and Jarvis Cocker – they were the best nights – so hopefully this will be the last one. It’s about the people who run the competition.”
In fairness, it is the same voting academy as when Kasabian were nominated nine times over the past 10 years.Next month the band – Serge, frontman Tom Meighan, bassist Chris Edwards, and drummer Ian Matthews – will open the Baftas.And Serge reckons he would prefer to do that than perform with the likes of Ed Sheeran, 23, who is up for Best Male and Best Album at the Brits.He says: “Playing the Baftas means way more than, say, playing with Ed Sheeran. I ain’t really a**** about that.”

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#TokioHotel Facebook [30.01.2015] - "A quick recap by Billboard of our NYE performance at the Brandenburg Gate."

Spanish Translation by TOKIO HOTEL ALIENS SPAIN HERE

Fresh off the release of their fifth full-length Kings of Suburbia, German band Tokio Hotel performed two songs from the album in front of a massive crowd at Berlin’s famous Brandenburg Gate on New Year’s Eve. Today Billboard is exclusively premiering footage from the show, which includes the band playing their latest single, “Love Who Loves You Back,” and their first live performance of “Feel It All.”


The twin brothers in Tokio Hotel — Bill and Tom Kaulitz — moved from Germany to Los Angeles before making Kings of Suburbia. Bill calls this period “the first real life we’ve ever had. We had come out of school at 15, started the band, and from that moment on, there was no private life, only Tokio Hotel.” In L.A., the German superstars were relatively unknown. Tom says, “We wanted to do regular stuff, things we couldn’t do before. I was riding my bike, bought groceries, and went to the DMV. It was great.

"The band wasn’t necessarily looking to play a show in Berlin on New Year’s Eve. "Usually we reserve that night to party," Bill jokes, "But it was hard to say no when you get to perform in front of more than half a million people!

"We had a blast," he continues. "All of our friends and family were there. We got super drunk after the performance and went out all night. We left the last club at 6:30 in the morning. It was definitely a night to remember!" 

I want to support young girls who are in their 20s now and tell them: You’re not just imagining things. It’s tough. Everything that a guy says once, you have to say five times.
—  Björk
[Women] are the people I want to talk about, they’re the people I want to protect, they’re the people I want to put in my movies and see fail or win. As a writer, as a human being, and as a young man, it’s easier for me to express my anger, to ask questions, to seek answers, to talk, to cry as a woman in a movie. I connect with those figures more than I connect with men. Men are born privileged in the scale of things - I’m generalizing, but it’s true. Women have to define themselves in the eyes of men. They have to fight for their rights, especially in a society that will pretend that there is no fight or no battle, that it’s a cliche, that feminists are reactionary, all these things. As a young man who struggled to find his identity and to find his place, I relate to that quest for belonging in society. With mothers, especially, with their flaws, the way they have made huge sacrifices in order to be good moms or just moms. They probably sacrificed a part of their career, they sacrificed some desires, some dreams. I cannot relate, but I love to talk about it.
—  Xavier Dolan for Interview Magazine
AN INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL FAUDET

With the release of Dirty Pretty Things last November, Michael Faudet’s private persona has shifted from an internet enigma to a lustful mystery on print. Although, Faudet can be found on all social platforms, his existence has aligned itself to the likes of an urban legend. A writer and an artist living in New Zealand, we know a few details about Faudet. From his carefully curated erotic Tumblr, it is fair to declare that Faudet is a romantic with a dirty mind.

Reaching Amazon’s number one spot in poetry and selling out in all major bookstores, including Barnes & Nobles, it is no surprise that Faudet has achieved worldwide success. Recognized for his seductive prose, Michael Faudet has the uncanny ability to undress you with his words. He can make the most audacious reader blush, tremble and bat their eyelashes in a fervor.

Lucky for us, WORDS N QUOTES had the pleasure to interview the super secretive and sensual Michael Faudet. As a nebulous character on Tumblr, Faudet’s reputation follows a riddle, yet to be solved. When we spoke with Faudet, we discovered that behind the anonymity lies a true gentleman. Humble and unpretentious, Faudet’s natural ease with words reflects his charming disposition. Now that we have confirmed his existence, we dare you to catch a glimpse of the elusive Michael Faudet. 

WNQ: When did your love for writing poetry begin? 

M.F.: Poetry is just one expression and my passion for writing certainly doesn’t end there. I’ve always loved storytelling and started as soon as I could pick up a pencil. As a child, I wrote strange little stories in school and constantly made up silly rhymes in my head. In fact, words have always been my constant companion throughout my life and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I recently got signed by literary agency, Writers House, New York, who represents many of my favourite authors, including John Green, Neil Gaiman and Ken Follett. So, the only difference really is that writing has become a full-time job.

WNQ: What are your writing habits like? Do you write every day?

M.F.: I wish I did write every day but I’m afraid I’m far too easily distracted. However, this is not such a bad thing. Getting away from the pen and exploring life, in all its weird and wonderful complexities, often helps inspire my writing. I love writing in cafés or quiet bars or at my house, sitting upstairs and staring out to sea. Basically anywhere that’s within easy reach of a strong black coffee, glass of wine or shot of vodka. In bed, late at night, is another favourite spot to write.

WNQ: Your writing is a mixture of explicit eroticism and coyness. Where do you draw the line?

M.F.: I don’t really draw the line anywhere as such. I just write what I write and take it from there. To be honest, when the words come they tend to do so very quickly. I never spend too much time critically analysing my work or playing around with it. Sure, I might do some literary cosmetic surgery later, but often I find the first draft is the most honest expression of the idea. I enjoy writing about love, loss and relationships as subject matters. So naturally sex becomes relevant when you explore such intricate themes. For me, it’s all about balance, mixing the bitter with the sweet, which is why I called the title of my new book, Dirty Pretty Things.

WNQ: How does a poem begin for you?

M.F.: Whether it be a poem, a piece of prose or a story, everything I write starts with a single-minded idea. What inspires that idea could be almost anything, It might be a snippet of conversation, nature, art, travel or a life experience. Having a vivid imagination helps, as does vodka.

WNQ: Do you think social media has influenced your writing? If so, how?

M.F.: In some ways, it certainly has played a role in how I write. I like to paint pictures with as few words as possible to allow the reader to personalise the story and finish it within their own imagination. Making the overall experience more social than dictatorial. Rather than overtly influencing my writing, social media has made it far more accessible for people from around the world to discover.

WNQ: Do you still become excited when you watch your writing on Tumblr reach thousands of notes?

M.F.: Yes, I still do get excited. It’s always a little scary posting a new piece, but I’ve always felt that’s half the fun of social media. It’s a brutally honest system and extremely democratic. I consider writing to be no different to any other piece of content posted online. The same simple rule applies. If people love it, they will share it and the more that happens, the more viral it becomes.  

WNQ: What are your favorite books and authors? 

M.F.: Far too many to list, but I do love re-reading Alice In Wonderland, The Little Prince and Candide. As for authors, my all time favourite is my girlfriend, Lang Leav. 

WNQ: How important is it for you to write about the themes of love and romance?

M.F.: I’m just constantly fascinated by the complexity of love and romance. In fact, most people are in some way or another. It’s just good old fashioned human nature. The primal need to love and be loved in return. Romance is the by-product of this basic truth.

WNQ: To us, it is obvious you are a romantic. You dedicated Dirty Pretty Things to author, Lang Leav. Do you consider yourself a romantic? 

M.F.: Yes, I do consider myself a romantic, but I certainly don’t walk around the house with a bunch of flowers constantly in one hand and a box of chocolates in the other. I dedicated Dirty Pretty Things  to Lang because she is an integral part of everything I do. Lang is my best friend, creative partner, lover and soul mate.

WNQ: Do you and Lang often share each others’ work for revision, thoughts or ideas?

M.F.: All the time. We discuss everything we write and bounce ideas off each other constantly. Lang has almost finished her next book, a novel, and I’ve read every single word of it. It’s one of the many joys of being a literary couple actively writing. Personally, I think this new book is the best thing Lang has ever written.

WNQ: What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received? 

M.F.: The more you write, the more you write. It’s that simple.

WNQ: Do you write on a typewriter or a computer? Or do you use paper and pen?

M.F.: All of the above. However, my Mac Air does most of the heavy lifting. I have a 1960s Brigitte typewriter at home and sometimes use it for social media posts. You’ll find bits and pieces of writing on scraps of paper or on the back of envelopes, all over our house. Lang is constantly scribbling on something, somewhere.

WNQ: Do you have other creative outlets other than writing?

M.F.: I quite like cooking when I’m in the mood and listening to all kinds of music. I consider drinking wine and having crazy conversations with friends to be a creative outlet too. Playing chess is something I enjoy but seldom do. Reading is important too. For me, pastimes and creative outlets are one and the same.

WNQ: Finally, what would you like to tell your fans?

M.F.: Thank you so much. I’m truly grateful and really appreciate all the wonderful support I receive. I write because you exist.

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