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college tribune entertainment supplement 25.10.11 CHRIS O’DOWD UCD alumnus talks to e Siren STEPHEN MERCHANT CATCHER IN THE RYE MELANCHOLIA STYLE ON CAMPUS

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Issue 4 of The Siren. Interviews with Chris O'Dowd and Stephen Merchant


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    CHRIS ODOWDUCD alumnus talks to e Siren


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    Bombay Bicycle Club Video Games (Lana Del Rey Cover Radio 1 Live Lounge)When the words Live Lounge and Bombay Bicy-cle Club come to together, you know youre in for a treat, and this cover cer-tainly delivers. Taking Del Reys husky-voiced, nostal-gia-ridden ballad, the boys (plus Lucy Rose) make it their own with cresend-ing drums entwined with their trademark enchating harmonies. Better then the original? With that xylo-phone; perhaps.

    Nightbox Bears Born and bred in Wicklow, these Irish fellows have been spending the last year making their name in Toronto. Spreading their musical wings in the same land that produced Bieber himself, this ercly trendy and endearingly funk- lled tune, threatening to get you up and throwing the shapes, makes you hope theyll come back again soon, before Usher gets a hold of them.

    Lady Gaga You and I (Wild Beasts Remix) While the opening of this song does certainly sound like an interlude of one of Gagas concerts, everything changes with the inclusion of Wild Beasts frontman Hayden Thorpes tinkling piano notes. Stripped of the country-western twang, Gaga as a man and repeti-tive verses; Thorpe takes the points where her vocals are really something spe-cial and turns it into a hazy, moody and all round chilled delight.

    Jessie Ware - Strangest Feeling Rising from the under-ground, you might be more acquainted with this girl than you know; hav-ing provided the vocals for post-dubstep producer SBTRKTs track Nervous. Breaking away from the masked DJ sees her fully embracing her amazing vo-cals. Over drumbeats her voice is like syrup, owing from one word to another and as the synthesizer leads the way to the end, you nd yourself already clicking back to the start for another





    The 1990s saw a great deal of change, inven-tiveness and rebellion against auto-tuned groups, Brit-Pops rise and the re-creation of the Pixies. In an era that was framed by Nirvanas intense re-devel-opment of rasping guitars, which undermined broken up lyrics rather than shap-ing them, a host of bands would break the oppression of this noise driven ideology. Post-rock was yet to be es-tablished, yet a genre, whose image would soon be diluted by Mogwais lyric-less instru-mentation, was brewing in the United States. Ambigu-ous is one description tossed around by many to demean the persona of slowcore. Its obscurity takes most by the scruff, either they believe that it is a positive reaction to the racket of Grunge, or they dont. The genres in uence can be found in Galaxie 500, reverie/dream-pop extraor-dinaires who took bold steps forward in the aftermath of early R.E.M. LPs.

    Slowdive, slowcores next of kin artist who pre-date the genre, hail from Reading.

    Englands response to My Bloody Valentine re-created an approach to shoegazing bands.

    A short record producing lifespan as well as closeness in sound suggest a similar-ity between the Irish kings of coarse yet subtle guitars and Nick Chaplins assem-bly. However, focused more on delusional back-drop gui-tars and strings, Slowdives brand of dream-pop was in a world of its own.

    Just 4 years later in Min-nesota, 1993, Alan Sparhawk brought together the collabo-ration between Mimi Parker (his wife) and John Nichols. Slowcore was created out of no hatred for their disparate

    Lows rst full length release, did not take the world by storm. Despite this, through long winded tours and the grace of ICLIH, and with its use of downtrodden lyrics and the fresh voices of one of the most under-rated cou-ples to ever perform together, Low established themselves upon their innovativeness, garnering independent criti-cal acclaim.

    It may have taken over 5 years to break through the great musical divide, nevertheless, Minnesotas minstrels created possibly musics rst new-original Christmas EP, featuring songs such as Little Drum-mer Boy and Silent Night. The sometimes bleak mini-malistic take on festiv-ity shocked and forced awe amongst the media, from alternative to mainstream. What makes the album is the use of reverberated gui-tar, which produces incred-ible sleigh bell-esque noise, pouncing vocals and bleak turned optimistic lyrics (see Just Like Christmas). The record produces a typically Low sounding apogee for Christmas cover records. Fi-nally, (in relation to Lows

    Seattle rockers, rather a need for an opposing sound of simplicity in alternative rock. Though they have dabbled in electro-pop sounds and quick tempo guitar tracks, Low will forever be known for their literal creation of slowcore, a genre not known to many. In particular, I have fallen in love with the sparse vocals which are blended be-tween Sparhawk and spouse, Parker, crafting luscious har-monies sweeping through their string-like guitars. The idea of Lows creation was heightened yet slow-paced guitars constructed upon plenty of reverb, backing these ornate vocals.

    I Could Live In Hope,

    more recent records) if any album deserved the accolade of de ning a genre, Things We Lost in the Fire takes the award home. From its care-fully aligned guitars in open-er Sun ower, Sparhawk ignites mystery and loss within the hearts of listeners. Whores disheveled female vocal takes nothing away from the alternation between picked arpeggios and meas-ured, dwindling strumming. What is the whore youre living for?

    Forgive me for focus-ing too much on Sparhawk & Co., as not only did they invent slowcore, they also maintained it (almost sin-gle-handedly). However, a signi cant ascent of art-ists whose styles are deeply rooted in Slowcore and Low in uenced techniques have emerged to top the list of new alternative bands. Red House Painters experimented in over-the-top levels of calm in their music, while minimal-istic contemporaries, even as mainstream as Death Cab for Cutie show dedications to slowcores architects. Slow-cores reach has been both varied and immense, and can grasp even the most unlikely observer into the fascinating world of this under appreci-ated genre.

    Magnum Opus - The Stone RosesWith the news last week that Man-chester band The Stone Roses are due to re-form, beginning with two sold out gigs in Manchester in June, followed by a world tour and quite possibly new material, now is as good a time as any to re ect on the benchmark that any future work will be held up against their eponymous 1989 de-but album.

    From the slow, grinding, industrial build up of I Wan-na Be Adored, to the breath-taking outro that concludes I Am the Resurrection, The Stone Roses is a nigh-on awless record, and quite possibly the one of the great-est debuts ever made. Held up (alongside the Happy Mondays Pills n Thrills and Bellyaches) as the epitome of the late-80s Madchester/Acid House scene, it begins the fusion of guitar pop and dance music that would later

    be expanded on by Primal Scream on Screamadelica in 1991.

    The majority of the album was written by lead singer Ian Brown and guitarist John Squire, but both bass player Gary Mani Mount eld (later of Primal Scream) and drum-mer Alan Reni Wren (fa-mous for his distinctive hat) received writing credits, as well be ts one of the all-time great rhythm sections in mu-sic. Despite all members hav-ing a punk rock background

    (Brown and Squire originally bonded over a mutual love of The Clash), The Stone Roses is more immediately in u-enced by 1960s pop and West Coast psychedelia. Thats not to say the band shed their anarchistic views, as can be heard on the four-line track Elizabeth My Dear, where Brown sings about Queen Elizabeth II; Tear me apart, and boil my bones, Ill not rest til shes lost her throne, My aim is true, my message is clear, Its curtains for you,

    Elizabeth my dear. He also stated in an interview around the release of the album that hed like to put a bag over the Queen Mothers head and shoot her, so its fair to say that they didnt entirely buy into the peace and love mes-sage of the music that in u-enced them.

    Planting psychological bombs, as Mani later de-scribed the above comments, is all well and good, but The Stone Roses had the music to back up their swagger, having no ller on the album could have spawned 8 or 9 singles from this album alone. She Bangs the Drums is a de-lightful slab of pure pop with lyrics that slightly betray the feeling of the music (I feel my needle hit the groove... Kiss me where the sun dont shine), Made Of Stone is another gritty-sounding an-them with a glorious, cyclical guitar hook intro, and I Am The Resurrection contains wonderfully cocky lyrics (I am the resurrection, and I am the light), followed by a four-minute jam which ends the album on a deliriously ecstatic note.

    The songs mentioned so far were all singles, but the remaining album tracks were of no lesser quality.

    Bye Bye Badman, written about the 1968 Paris riots, is a scathing polemicdrenched in pop bliss, (Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister is so psy-chedelic it claims that every member of Parliament trips on glue, Shoot You Down is just wonderful, jazzy pop with Browns typically soft vocals over the top, and This Is The One gets you so pumped its almost a shame it comes as the penultimate track on the album.

    So, even in one of the most eagerly awaited come-backs of recent times comes something of a damp squib; Browns voice seems to have deteriorated almost daily since 1989 and Reni and Squire havent played pub-licly in years. Not to worry, even if the Resurrection is underwhelming, there is al-ways this absolute classic to return too; where the Stone Roses remain frozen in time with all the hope, talent and bravado to take on the world. 22 years later, Brown has stated that as their goal, and with the success they de-served denied to them rst time round, heres hoping they succeed next year.

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    Lou Reed & MetallicaLulu

    JusticeAudio, Video, Disco

    1/10 7/10


    Back in June, the news that Lou Reed was col-laborating with Me-tallica on a studio album of pre-war German show tunes garnered a reaction about which nothing original can now be said. The metal world shrugged, while more con-ventional musical authori-ties were lost for an opinion. However, those who saw potential in the (admittedly strange) pairing could be forgiven for expecting great things- if Green Day could pull off a bombastic rock op-era, so could Loutallica. But they didnt.

    It is obvious that Metalli-cas willingness to work with Reed was born of delusions of grandeur more than any-thing else. Possibly think-ing that they might nally be taken seriously in the

    high-society circles they now move in, Metallica allowed themselves to bend to the septuagenarian art-rockers direction-to ad-lib as Reed rambled about German pros-titutes. Teaser single The View received positive feed-back from the Irish Times, partly out of spite to meat-headed heavy metal fans who had rubbished the track worldwide. But it is these same fans that know Metal-licas work and know exactly what they are capable of, and it is more than this.

    The album opens strong-ly with a grandiose chord progression on Branden-burg Gate, but this is also its last hurrah. Third-rate plodders like Iced Honey serve only as a platform for a game of Wheres Kirk Hammett, while the albums

    lowest ebb, the God-awful Mistress Dread, sees the band rattling away for seven minutes while Reed gibbers in the corner. His pleasant synths and string passages almost give the album a sav-ing grace, but we can barely appreciate them before they are attened by more leaden riffs; despite this irritating dynamic, orchestra conduc-tor Hal Willners clueless production makes the whole album sound like wasps in a biscuit tin.

    There will be posers who will claim to nd something here to praise, be it Reeds pseudo-poetic mumbling or the quaint, shouty music he chose to include. However, those who know anything about heavy metal (and that is, essentially, what Lulu is) are the ones to trust on this subject. In the opinion of someone in the know, this is dog shit. Avoid and forget.


    Its been four years since Justices debut album, an age in music terms, so to say Audio, Video, Disco has been eagerly anticipated is a massive understatement. Thats not to say that Gas-pard Aug and Xavier de Rosnay havent been keeping busy. Since 2007s Cross, they have released a live re-cord (A Cross the Universe) and remixed tracks for bands like U2, Lenny Kravitz and MGMT (for which they won no less than a Grammy). A mix for a Dior Homme fash-ion show was also recorded during that time (Plani-sphre appears as an iTunes bonus track).

    On rst listening it sounds like the French duo have been in uenced by the hair-spray loving glam rock era and try to replicate its sound

    on tracks like Horsepower, Canon and the mischievous Brianvision (think gui-tar solos on synths). Fans of their earlier poptronica sound may be disappointed with the album, but they must be credited for not re-producing their debut. While it doesnt have the brilliance of D.A.N.C.E. or funk of Genesis, the Parisian out t manage to keep their sound that made them a household name.

    Having said that, Audio, Video, Disco doesnt reach the same heights as Cross and for the most part the al-bum remains a slow paced affair. The pick of the tracks is undoubtedly Civilization which features vocals from Ali Love, who also did the vo-cals for The Chemical Broth-ers Do It Again. The album

    is improved by the penulti-mate Helix, which somehow successfully manages to fuse the 1970s krautrock sound of bands like Harmonia, with the aforementioned stadium rock sound that consist-ently appears throughout. The ber-catchy nal track, Audio, Video, Disco, man-ages to nally up the tempo in what is probably the most radio friendly track. With Queen-esque handclaps fused with vocoded vocals, Parade also deserves a men-tion.

    On the whole, the term second album syndrome springs to mind, but in years to come AVD may be classed as the better of other albums with the lofty ambition of following up over-whelming debuts. Having said this, Au-dio, Video, Disco can be con-sidered a slow burner and merits repeated listening.


    Surfer BloodTarot Classics

    Kelly ClarksonStronger

    8/10 5/10


    Nearly two years after the release of their critically-acclaimed debut album, Astro Coast, Surfer Blood have returned with a short teaser of new material, in the form of EP, Tarot Classics.

    The four-piece have made a bold move away from the cheerful summer vibes which coursed through Astro Coast and saw them placed along-side Beach House and The Drums as the new wave of in-die rock. Perhaps the group are actively trying to dis-tance themselves from their contemporaries, or maybe theyve been feeling the cold snap as much as the rest of us, but its clear that there is a new-found sharpness and polish to the Surfer Blood aesthetic.

    Without a doubt Kelly Clarkson is the most suc-cessful American Idol alum. Her debut album Thankful reached the Number 1 spot on the Billboard charts in the US and her sophomore album Breakaway spawned four top ten singles and won two Grammy awards. She received further chart suc-cess with her following two albums and seems set to achieve this success again with her release Stronger, despite the lacklustre music on offer.

    Stronger is another pop-rock post-break-up record which Clarkson claims is in uenced by Prince, Tina Turner and Radiohead. It is generally a decent effort, however, there is very little

    Im Not Ready sets the tone from the outset John Paul Pitts vocals take precedent over a simple melodic line and pared-down percussion, a far cry from the hectic, dis-torted sounds of their debut. Although the lyrics may not be poetic, the fast-paced de-livery is insanely catchy a stylistic trait which is relent-less across the record, as Pitts seems to barely pause for breath throughout.

    With Miranda, the boys already have a hit. All the ingredients of a commercial pop sensation are there a stomping woah-oh accom-paniment, a chanting chorus, and a girls name in the title.Some might say its a bit early to start referencing your own work on a second release, but thats what Voyager Re-

    that separates this album from every other one cur-rently on the market. The rst single from the album Mr. Know It All has already reached #2 on the Billboard charts in the US and is her second best selling single. Its your typical break-up inspired pop song featur-ing repetitive lyrics and a pretty generic chord pro-gression. It is a catchy song, but doesnt feature anything special. Furthermore, Love Me, clearly the Prince in u-enced song, features some 80s style guitar riffs, but lacks originality and features lyrics that youd be forgiven for thinking youve heard the song previously on the album.

    However, Clarkson does provide some decent songs.

    prise is built upon. With el-ements of the previous two songs incorporated into its melodies, the result is rather repetitive, and can feel over-whelming when you consider that there are just four songs on the record. However, the use of keyboards and strings save it from feeling stale, and are hopefully a sign of more experimentation on their up-coming sophomore LP.

    Closing track Drinking Problem is a slower-paced, sing-along lament with a se-rious undertone a step in the right direction for a group which is evidently trying to escape from the pigeon-hole of trendy surf pop.

    Overall, Tarot Classics is an excellent sample of the maturity and focus of the Floridian quartet, and will certainly tide fans over until the release of their second al-bum next year.

    The title track What Doesnt Kill You (Stronger) features anthemic lyrics, catchy syn-thesiser and outshines all the other tracks on the album, all the while burying itself in your memory in a not unpleasant way. It is a clear effort by Clarkson to com-pete with the current elec-tro-pop trend in the charts and is bound to achieve her some success. The War Is Over and Dark Side are two honourable mentions as they stood out from the other standard poppy love and heartache songs on the album.

    Clarkson is clearly a great singer with a powerful voice. Stronger is an enjoyable listen with a few stand out tracks, however, there is very little that is new or original on this album. Although it is bound to achieve moderate chart success, there is noth-ing new or groundbreaking here, she was on American Idol after all.



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    Youre a college student. Youre reading the Arts section. You should by all accounts be an intelli-gent, capable person. So, the question ishave you read this yet?Every issue the College Tribune will bring you a featured literary work that you should read in order to solidify your position as an intelligent, to-be-taken- se-riously academic.(If youve stumbled upon this section on your way to Sport, this goes for you as well!) So get your spectacles out and read on.

    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

    Holden Caul eld has just been expelled from his fourth prep school for poor per-formance. After an violent

    tussle with his philandering roommate, Holden decides to leave early for a sojourn to the city, a little vacation as he calls it, to ease his nerves, before the inevitable face-off with his parents later in the

    empathizing with this disen-chanted young Flneur.

    The story is told in rst person stream of conscious-ness, a style which allows us to identify more with the narrator who is able to de-scribe his feelings in a way we would miss, if the story was told from a objective third person point of view. The story underlines that dif cult angst- lled mid-teen period of alienation that many have experienced, as they come to grips with the challenges and perceived hypocrisies of the adult world.

    As the hours and days wind on Caul elds behav-iour becomes increasingly er-ratic and self-destructive as he careers through a boozed-fuelled New York weekend. He gets hustled by a whore and socked in the guts by her pimp, has a bust-up with his girlfriend when she refuses to elope with him, discusses

    The Bard with a duo of nuns and has a weird encounter with an old teacher, while never managing to nd out where the ducks go when the lake freezes over in central park

    We hear a lot about his 10 year old sister Phoebe throughout, but dont meet her until towards the end. He describes her wise beyond her years, whom he adores as much as he did his deceased brother. Will her affection and loyalty be enough to save him from himself in the end?

    So dear reader, this writer suggests you take a sojourn of your own into the world of Holden Caul eld and see if he doesnt get you question-ing the often perplexing na-ture of the human condition.

    adults that irritate him but also his girlfriend Sally who is too eager to enter the adult world of super ciality and his roommate Stradlater (a play on Straddle?) who seems singularly concerned with adding notches to his bedpost. His brother D. B. has just written a success-ful book of short stories and Holden considers him the best writer. He condemns him for later prostituting his talents out to Hollywood.

    This distrust of Holly-wood was shared by the au-thor who never allowed his book to be lmed. Holden begins to imagine himself as a purveyor of innocence, the catcher in the rye; as the children play at the cliff edge, he will save them from falling into a sea of impurity.

    Holdens adolescent ram-blings may irritate some, and while he is self-contradictory on occasion, we cannot help

    week. The book was written in

    1951 by J. D. Salinger, a short story writer from New York. Catcher in the Rye was his rst and only novel. Upon its publication it was met with immediate popular suc-cess yet critics were divided. Lauded by some as a brilliant rst novel, the religious press complained about its use of profanity.

    Now considered a classic, Holden Caul eld shares cen-tre stage with Huck Finn and Jay Gatsby.

    The novels main con ict is between Holden and the grown-up world. He feels that most adults he knows hide behind a social veneer, concealing their true selves. He calls them phonies. (Ah -ha, now I know who that guy was, on Family Guy shouting Big Fat Phonie at Peter Grif- n).

    However it not only the



    Have you read this yet?


    16 Possible Glimpses-Marina Carr

    The Abbey Theatre30th September 29th Oc-tober

    Monday Saturday:8pm

    Saturday matinee:2.30pm

    Marina Carrs latest play deals with the life and times of Chekhov. Having been

    told he has a mere ve min-utes to live, Chekov witness-es a selection of scenes from his short life. Starring Pat-rick OKane, the play shows Chekhov as a traveller, re-turning from his exploits overseas; it shows Chekhov as a doctor of medicine, and as an ailing patient; it shows Chekhov as a family man, and as a lover. But, rst and foremost, it shows Chekhov as a writer. Cathy Belton plays the role of Chekhovs wife. 16 Possible Glimpses is running in the Abbey The-atre until 29th October, as part of the Ulster Bank Dub-lin Theatre Festival.Ticket prices range from 13 25. Tickets are on sale at

    B For Baby- Carmel Winters

    The Abbey Theatre2nd November 19th No-vember

    Monday Saturday:8pm

    Saturday matinee:2.30pm

    Set mostly in a care home for intellectually disabled peo-

    ple, this play focuses on the lives of B (Louis Lovett) and Dee (Michele Moran), both of whom are residents in the care home, as well as carer Mrs C (Moran), and also D (Lovett). The play shows the subtle aspects of their eve-ryday lives, and, in the pro-cess, it allows both actors to demonstrate their versatility at their craft. Ticket prices range from 13 to 25, and are on sale from


    The Gaiety Theatre25th October 29th October

    Monday Saturday:7.30pm

    Saturday matinee:2.30pm

    King Shahriyar has been betrayed by his wife. To en-sure that this does not hap-pen again, he determines to wed a new bride each and every night, and have them beheaded before they have a chance to betray him. Hav-ing done this for thousands of nights (and having killed thousands of women), he marries a lady named Sche-herazade. Knowing she is about to be beheaded, she asks for permission to tell a story before facing her doom. King Shahriyar is so intrigued by her story that he decides not to execute her. This happens again for 1001 nights, before King Shahri-yar decides not to kill Scheh-erazade, and instead to make her his queen. Ticket prices range from 22.50 to 40, and are on sale at


    Medical experts through-out the world are perplexed by a deadly infection that is spreading globally in this high budget thriller. Faced with this pandemic, society begins to crumble while ur-gent attempts are made to nd a cure. Directed by Ste-ven Soderbergh (who also directed Traf c and Erin Brockovich), the lm was well received when it pre-miered at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year. With a star-studded cast in-cluding Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fish-burne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet, the lms tremendous suc-cess in the Box Of ce since its US release just over a month ago comes as no sur-prise. Contagion can be seen in Irish cinemas from the 21st October.



    Paranormal Activity 3

    Set 18 years before the pre-vious Paranormal Activity lms, this third instalment in the series sees sisters Ka-tie and Kristi (Katie Feath-erson and Sprague Grayden) haunted by a supernatural being. Although it appears harmless at rst, the entity

    soon becomes a problem for Katie and Kristi, as well as their families. This lm, which was directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, will be of particular interest to fans of the Paranormal Activity formula. Paranor-mal Activity 3 will be show-ing in cinemas nationwide from October 21st.

    We Need to Talk About Kevin

    Based on the novel by Li-onel Shriver, this lm deals with the events leading up to the massacre of a school by a young man named Kevin (played by Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell, and Rocky Duer), from the perspective of the boys mother. We Need to Talk About Kevin was premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Fes-tival, where it was met with praise from critics. It was di-rected by Lynne Ramsey, and it stars Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly. Release in the UK and Ireland is set for the 21st of October.


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    me. I dont do anything for recognition, I do it because I love writing or performing or directing. I wanted to make TV and lms when I was a kid and so I spent years learning the craft. I did it because it interested me, not because I wanted to be in Heat Magazine.

    Cult status? I thought I was a household name? says Stephen Merchant, returning to stand-up performance after nearly a decades absence. The writer and star of Extras and The Of ce, Merchant has taken to the stage for his new tour Hello Ladies... about the geeky stars escapades and his search for love and companionship. The show is about my failed search for a wife and how I thought fame would be the answer to everything and it isnt. My life has always revolved around my search for a mate and the show explores every aspect of that, from teenage hopelessness, to the time I got thrown out of a wedding. Its very confessional. I dont use chat-up lines but if I did it would be, Would you like to meet Karl Pilkington?

    So why after so much success in relation to the Of ce, Extras and co-presenting The Ricky Gervais show, has he decided to re-attempt the daunting task of a stand-up tour? Well, originally I did stand-up after I left university and I was a nalist in some comedy competitions. I was good enough to get paid, I used to gig regularly, but somewhere along the line I lost interest. Once The Of ce took off, it just seemed easier not do it. I didnt get enough of a kick from performing to warrant driving up and down the motorway to gigs, eating Ginsters in service stations at midnight. I used to look at Ricky doing stand-up and think, Whys he bothering? Its so much effort. Then I just woke up one day and I had the itch again. I felt Id never really nailed stand-up. So I started doing ve or ten minute slots here and there and Ive been pottering around the circuit for a few years now. This tour is the result of that itch.

    After his many collaborations with friend Ricky Gervais, many critics have found it dif cult to separate the pair as independent sources of comedy and after asking Stephen if he found it dif cult to be recognised in his own right?, he said that It doesnt concern

    I dont use chat-up lines but if I did it would be, Would you like to meet Karl Pilkington?

    Stephens modesty ows from the off and he speaks of how he never expected

    the of ce to take off to the heights of acclaim that it has achieved and how his time on XFM helped him develop his ideas as well as meeting fellow popular co-stars Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington. Ricky had a boss character that he would sometimes perform for me in our of ce at the radio station.

    After I got a job at the

    BBC we were able to develop that character into an entire show. We thought it would be popular with a small cult audience - we never imagined it would go global in the way it has. Nobody predicted that. Ricky and I were red from XFM but after our TV success we got invited back to host a radio show. Karl was our producer and once we started asking him questions on air we realized he was a comedy goldmine.

    When I visit my parents my mum still makes me unload the dishwasher and peg out laundry like she always did.

    For all Stephen Merchants success as co-writer and director of The Of ce and Extras, writing and directing his rst feature lm Cemetery Junction, there is something deliciously modest and level headed about the 32-year-old. He tells us that people at home still treat him the same When I visit my parents my mum still makes me unload the dishwasher and peg out laundry like she always did. Looking at his life, the evidence is piling up that he is becoming a hugely in uential gure in British comedy, with aspects of his writings extending to America. He feels that stand up is yet to be a form of entertainment yet to be conquered. Yes, stand-up is really dif cult. Its also very raw and direct. There is nowhere to hide. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself

    by getting back to what I had started my career doing. It seems to have gone well so far.

    He notes his in uences as a child being a little more obscure, even though highly popular names in comedy. His love for Woody Allen and John Cleese, have had an in uence on his style and material. Im sure I have learned from the people Ive worked with but I was doing stand-up long before I worked in TV or lms, so I developed my style a long time ago.

    Merchant has been compared both in height and in features to footballer Peter Crouch, when asked was he equally as bad at football Stephen replied, Crouch is great at football. Look at his strike rate for England. Hes scored 22 goals in 42 appearances. Wayne Rooney has only 28 in 73 appearances. The stats dont lie. Peter is also an incredibly handsome man.

    His resume is ever expanding and the awards are tallying up. Stephen tells the College Tribune that he has done a new sitcom called Lifes Too Short starring Ricky Gervais and dwarf actor Warwick Davis. In the show Warwick is hustling for work and contending with a divorce, a failing career, a giant tax bill and the fact that he is only 36. Warwick is exceptional in it : great at comedy and drama, tremendous at physical comedy as well. Big stars pop up on occasion such Johnny Depp, Liam Neeson and Sting are all in the show.

    Stephen Merchant plays Dublins Vicar Street on 22nd November 2011


    Hello Ladies...ARTSARTS

    Stephen Merchant talks to Ryan Cullen about his stand-up, The Of ce and Karl Pilkington

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    At the age of 32, Chris ODowd has an im-pressive set of lms under his belt. Aswell as roles in big Hollywood blockbust-ers like Bridesmaids, Gul-livers Travels and Dinner for Schmucks, Irish and British audiences know him from his role as Roy in the Channel 4 show The IT Crowd. But life hasnt always been rosy for the Roscommon man he once lived in Belgrove.

    ODowd stud-ied sociology and politics in UCD - I didnt n-ish my de-gree. The politics part of it was ne, but I

    was doing sociology as-well and I could never bring my-self to nd an interest in it. Confronted with the pros-pect of returning to nish his degree as a mature student, ODowd laughed,oh yeah, so fucking mature!Seriously though, I have thought about coming back to nish the degree a lot. It doesnt bother me really, but it would be kind of nice, I have never nished anything at some stage it would be good to nish something.Like many the UCD student, ODowd found the move from rural Ireland to Dublin somewhat a culture shock when he rst came to the university.

    What I found weird [about UCD] until I found

    my clan. Its so fuck-ing Donnybrook. I found it strange to feel so instantly ridi-culed for my accent. But then I started becoming friends

    with loads of guys from Ag Soc and then I could ridicule them for their accents. It was just kind of a vicious circle.

    ODowd who lived in digs in his rst year before mov-ing onto campus for his second and third year was

    highly involved in an array of societies on campus: I found out quite early on that it is the best way to go through college for free. I think in my second year I was on eight different committees and I never bought a pint.I think I was the head of de-bating for C&E, I mean most of them couldnt spell debat-ing, he laughs.ODowd however was a real debater and was a prominent gure in the L&H - I feel like the only time I saw the inside

    of Theatre L was when I was doing a debate. Taking the piss out of world leaders.

    ODowd recounts one oc-casion when his role as L&H records secretary got him in some hot water. I remember one time when I was on the

    L&H committee and I was the guy who would introduce people.

    We had F.W. De Klerk on. My feelings about F. W. De Klerk arent great. I al-ways thought he was the guy who decided he wasnt racist when it looked bad. So armed with that and a few drinks to calm my nerves I decided to welcome him to the packed Theatre L in front of national media by doing the national anthemn of South Africa and I asked everyone to sing it

    as he came down the steps. The song that I sang was push a palm tree get a co-conut. I guess it was pretty disrespectful, a lot of people booed, but there was still a good two dozen people who sang it.

    As-well as the L&H, ODowd said he spent much of his time in UCD under the ground in the Dram Soc theatre. ODowd thought the society had moved to its new base in the student centre, but when he was informed that this was not the case and they were still in the base-ment, he joked - its the fucking best place for them.

    The College Tribune re-minded Chris of a mini-soap he made while on campus called Melgrove Place. The

    video which is on YouTube has less than 600 views, in-volves a young Chris, with his top off, engaging in what appears to be some form of Tai Chi on the Merville foot-ball pitches. Chris cant recall making the lm but joked I

    imagine its amazing, I was a big dude then as-well. (The video can be seen on

    ODowd made very few mistakes as he progressed to a glittering career in show business, however one poor decision does stand out he once wrote for the Univer-sity Observer. I dont think I ever held a position at the paper, I would just contrib-ute occasionally, I cant really remember.

    Asked did he ever con-


    Donie OSullivan talks to Bridesmaids star and former UCD student Chris ODowd. Described as one of Hollywoods leading men, ODowd recounts his time in UCD, his involvement with the L&H and offers students one very important piece of advice - Dont sleep in bushes!

    I think I was the head of debating for C&E, I mean most of them couldnt spell debating,

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    sider writing for the College Tribune, ODowd quickly re-plied, I didnt, only because I had self-respect.

    ODowd also dabbled in student politics while he was here but never ran for a posi-tion himself.I am sure I always backed some candidate in an elec-tion, because there was al-ways the chance of free beer

    coming out of it.I didnt have, as I dont

    now, any big political al-legiances. I always found it strange when I saw people who were like young Fianna Fail there. How could you be young Fianna Fail? They stand for everything young people should hate, it always seems so weird to me.

    As is the case with some SU sabbatical candidates even today, ODowd said he considered running for Ents of cer when he realised he

    wasnt going to pass his ex-ams - As my nals were fast approaching and I realised I wasnt going to pass them I would have done anything to get out of the ring line re-ally.

    I think I ran a campaign or two. I got Niall Donnelly elected. He was an Ents of- cer who ran his year at the greatest loss of any year.

    I hadnt seen him since col-lege and randomly I was in a bar in LA three months ago and bumped into him.He runs a bar and is a really successful entrepreneur. We have been hanging out, hes fucking great craic!

    ODowd said he managed to get through college with-out getting a part time job by scamming some of the universitys biggest socie-ties, I managed to work out another scam. My dad is a graphic designer and I would

    get him to make all the soci-eties brochures their Fresh-ers kind of stuff at the week-ends . So that would sort me for the year and would mean I wouldnt have to get a real job.

    Speaking about his me-teoric rise to fame, ODowd explained that appearing on shows like Conan OBrien is quite a surreal experience.

    My life is surreal, it has changed a lot in a reasonably short amount of time. I am really enjoying it though.

    I have been shooting a couple of lms for the past month or so. I was doing one in Australia and Vietnam called Sapphire. Its based on a true story about three Aboriginal girls who end up almost becoming an Austral-ian version of the Supremes.

    I play an Irish entertain-ment of cer who brings them on tour of the America

    air force bases during the Vi-etnam war.

    Sapphire wont be in Irish cinemas until later next year, but in the meantime we can expect to see Chris in Friends with Kids, which also stars Kristen Wiig. Wiig and ODowd proved to be a formidable pair in the summer hit Bridesmaids - Bridesmaids was so funny

    and just so on the money and I always think American hu-mour is more close to Irish humour than British humour is. There is a very similar mentality.

    Images of ODowd in a swimming pool with Megan Fox and Jason Segel ap-peared in newspapers and magazine all around the world last month. Fox will also feature in Friends with Kids and also alongside Chris in Judd Apatows This is Forty. On Fox Chris said,

    what can I say, she loves to swim.

    Weirdly the last two lms Ive been in, she has been in them too, she just insists on it now, he laughs.ODowd, who has starred in four series of the IT Crowd says that although they may not have time to make an-other series we will de -nitely do a special, or a few specials.

    I am writing and starring in a TV show in Boyle, which I am just nishing off writ-ing now with my mate from Kilkenny. We are going to be shooting it in January and it will be on next summer on Sky One I think it will be really funny.

    ODowd is a Twitter en-thusiast and has almost 70,000 followers, I have to say Im not that great at re-plying to everybody. I just use it as a platform to write jokes and say stupid things. Its hard to get exactly what its for.

    He expressed his disap-pointment at the lack of abuse he receives on Twitter

    and has challenged Tweet-ers - I really want people to have the balls to give me more shit.

    ODowd offers a refresh-ing form of humour, is very humble and his vivid memo-ries of UCD show he hasnt forgot where he came from surely the L&H will reward one of their most enthusias-tic former members with a James Joyce award in the not too distant future.

    Asked to offer one piece of advise to new UCD students, ODowd, speaking with expe-rience, gave a very important tip - Dont sleep in bushes - it always feels like oh its ne, its one in the morn-ing, its so far to walk back to Dundrum, or whatever but at four and ve in the morning when it gets so cold youre going to regret it. Just go around knocking on doors , like a cute Longford whore!

    On not writing for the Tribune: I didnt, only because I had self-respect.

    Scan QR code to watch Chris in Melgrove Place

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    Usually dark with ru-ral undertones, Ma-rina Carrs plays have been captivating Irish audi-

    qualities give vitality to the performance that perhaps otherwise would be a bit camp and dull.

    For fans of Carr and eve-ryone else, this production is a must see. A new wave of Carrs work is put onstage.

    tion in this piece. Carr is writing not about

    the work of the artist but about the life of the artist. It allows the audience to wit-ness both the preparation and the inspiration involved in producing works of great art.

    The audience is spoilt for choice on where to look onstage. The cinematic

    discussion between Chekhov and Tolstoy, involves the dis-cussions of semicolons and sentence structure. I have a feeling that when I killed Karenina, I killed a vital part of myself, Tolstoy admits. The dialogue between Chek-hov and Tolstoy is witty, raw and artistic in its delivery. The emphasis is on artistic preparation not just inspira-

    with women both romanti-cally and familially. The title eludes the sixteen glimpses that the audience receives of Chekhovs life. These non-linear glimpses cover him from man to death.

    However this play, written by one playwright about an-other, is mostly an explora-tion of art and the artist. The most humorous scene, the

    ences since the late 80s. 16 Possible Glimpses continues to captivate in a style new to Carr on the Peacock Stage.

    16 Possible Glimpses il-luminates the life of Anton Chekhov, focusing primar-ily on his personal life rath-er than his written works. Checkov played by Patrick O Kane is haunted by an eerie grim reaper gure, The Black Monk, who tries to guide him through his days. The women in his life can never seem to agree on what is best for him and their relation-ships are fraught with trag-edy, unrequited love and joy.

    The relationship between Chekhov and his sister Ma-sha in this piece is turbulent. It allows the audience to wit-ness Chekovs relationship

    Review - Contagion

    Contagion is Steven Soderberghs new medical thriller which follows the rapid spread of lethal virus which kills in days and has the potential to wipe out a substantial chunk of the worlds population.

    The movie follows sev-eral different characters over a number of weeks dur-ing which they deal with the initial outbreak up until the possible vaccine. As the pan-demic grows and people be-gin to panic, the worldwide

    medical and health commu-nity struggle for a cure. All the while society is falling apart as people look to avoid what seems like inevitable infection.

    The movie begins with Beth Emhoff (Gwyeneth Pal-trow) who is in Hong Kong on a business trip. We follow her as she has a night out in a fancy restaurant where she tries some delicious pork, then onto Chicago where she sleeps with an ex-boyfriend before going home to her lov-ing husband (Matt Damon).

    The movie then moves up a gear when Beth and her son suddenly become ill and die with shocking suddenness. A confused Damon looks for answers, but at rst nobody seems to realise that this is the beginning of a virus. That is until it begins to rap-idly spread from Hong Kong, Chicago and Minneapolis to being a worldwide problem.

    For this movie, Soder-bergh has enlisted quite an all star cast. The movie could have worked without the fa-mous faces but they do pro-

    vide some great portrayals of some very interesting char-acters. After losing his wife and son, Matt Damon plays the confused everyman who still has to protect his daugh-ter.

    In a traditional disaster movie, his character would be combined with Lawrence Fishburns head of the CDC. But it adds realism that he is exactly like what most of the world would be powerless and scared.

    Fishburn along with Kate Winslet, Jennifer Ehle and Elliot Gould portray the lead-ing scientist/doctors who battle to gure out a vaccine

    Review: 16 Possible GlimpsesBy: Marina Carr

    Directed by: Wayne Jordan

    Venue: The Peacock

    Dates: 30th Sept 29th October

    Cast Includes; Patrick O Kane, Malcolm Adams, Cathy Belton, Michael James Ford, and Deirdre Mul-lins.

    Price: 13-25.


    DONAL LUCEYDirected BySteven Soderbergh.

    Starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyenth Paltrow, Lawrence Fishburn, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Ehle.

    106 mins.


    for this virus. Fishburn plays his character well, illustrat-ing the dilemmas facing any-one who holds privileged in-formation that can affect the ones closest to him. Finally, one of the most interesting characters is the Journalist Alan played by Jude Law. He is a blogger with a loyal online fan base and contro-versial ideas concerning the virus.

    Soderbergh has a sub-stantial amount of experi-ence handling large ensem-ble casts, having directed three Ocean lms and the Oscar winning Traf c, so it was a surprise for me feeling

    that he had not got the best out of the characters and ac-tors at his disposal. The lm has so many characters and subplots that there just is not enough screen time available to do them justice.

    Every time it feels like the audience could begin to con-nect with Jude Laws charac-ter, the movie is pulled away to Asia or some other less im-portant part of the story. By the end of the lm, the audi-ence is none the wiser as to whether he is meant to be a truth teller or a con man. So too the tale of the epidemi-ologist portrayed by Marion Cotillard, who shows hero-

    ism while trying to help the people of a small Chinese vil-lage. Her fate remains frus-tratingly open ended.

    There are a lot of good aspects about Scott Z Burns script. Unlike a lot of pan-demic movies, this one tries to focus on the human drama of the disaster. There are no big explosions or CGI pay-offs. It doesnt surprisingly turn out to be a corrupt phar-maceutical companys exper-iments gone wrong. Instead, all we get is a frighteningly realistic depiction of how an unknown virus could spread so easily worldwide and catch even our best doctors and scientists completely off guard.

    With the recent panic over Bird Flu and Swine Flu, Soderberghs movie evokes a unnerving fear in us. This lm offers a realism that is not seen often in these kinds of lms. It has been praised for its ability to stay true to scienti c plausibility and not forsake it for dramatic purposes. But, I believe the structure of this lm ham-pers it. Too many times are we whipped around the world instead of a more in depth focus on a character. With so many characters and such a broad scope, too may times I felt myself thinking that this would have been better in a TV mini-series format.

    Dont talk to me about happiness its for other people

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    Director: Lars von Trier

    Stars: Alexander Skarsgard, Brady Corbet,Charlotte Gainsbourg, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland, Kirsten Dunst, Stellan Skarsgard

    Runtime: 130mins Cert: 15

    Out now selected release

    Review - MelancholiaDARRAGH O CONNOR

    What can be said about Lars von Trier that would encompass his career with-out getting into a detailed discussion? I think someone who is constantly is pushing the boarders of accepted art house will do for now.

    That said Melancholia is an enjoyable movie despite

    itself. On the surface it is a disaster movie about a rogue planet that is set to crash into the Earth, thus wiping out all life. The whole plot of the movie is revealed in the movies spectacular opening sequence, so no spoilers here folks. Set against this back-drop is the tale of two sis-ters, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Claire (Charlotte Gains-bourg). This device allows the movie to split into two chapters and explore each character in-depth.

    The rst part of the movie is focused on Justine, a young woman suffering from severe depression. The rst section of the movie follows her lav-ish wedding reception. Her personal troubles plague her throughout course of the day as her depression en-folds her. The veneer of joy and fake happiness slowly tears apart, and then nally shatters in a glorious Diony-

    sian romp on the hotels golf course.

    The second half focuses on the other sister Claire and her family life. It is here that we see that Claire also suc-cumbs to her fears and her own personal melancholia. One focused on the arrival of the y-by planet, the bag-gage of Justine and her rela-tionship with her increasing distant husband, played by Kiefer Sutherland.

    The most striking aspect of this move is the scenes that serve to link the movie with the opening sequence or overture (the music of which is Richard Wagners prel-ude to his opera Tristan und Isolde). You are left unsure if these are actually occurring or rather internal con icts of Justines mind. Von Trier is genius in his presentation. Wagner is used through-out the movie to remind the viewer of what he has seen in

    the overture, and where the movie will end. The overture itself is a weird and distorted vision of the narrative. At the lms climax, we come full circle and everything makes sense. It is interest-ing that the horror of a global holocaust becomes an after-thought. The viewer is in-stead focused on the emotion of the protagonists, the panic of Claire and the stoic relief of Justine. It is chilling!

    The cast are superb. The outstanding performance of Dunst should leave no doubt of her acting ability. She is truly haunting during her descent into madness. There also some entertaining cam-eos including Udo Kier as the obsessive wedding planner. Kier well known for his vast corpus of B-movie roles and is a nice treat. As a sidebar, Kier will be appearing in Iron Sky (set for release in 2012), two words...Space Nazis! An-

    Review - Pirates of the Carib-bean: On Stranger Tides. DVDAIFRIC N RUAIRC

    Pirates of the Caribbe-an: On Stranger Tides sends Johnny Depps Captain Jack Sparrow reluc-tantly rattling off on another, vaguely supernatural high-seas adventure.

    This time Jack is setting forth in search of the Foun-tain of Youth and all the usual Pirates staples appear; ghostly ships loom out of the mist, Jack barely escapes ex-ecution in a wildly over-the-top action sequence, people still forget to address him as Captain and the annoying monkey is still annoying.

    The difference between On Stranger Tides and the previous incarnations of the Pirates franchise is that Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom are gone and have taken the overly sentimental romantic plots with them.

    This frees the lm up and allows for a shorter, action-packed, lighter lm. Gone too is Gore Verbinski who directed the rst three lms

    with Rob Marshall at the helm instead.

    On Stranger Tides is a vehicle for Depp and his swaggering Keith Richards impression (and confusingly Richards pops up in a cameo doing his best Johnny Depp impression) and the lm is free of the baggage previous plots have brought.

    The lm is a constant stream of gun- re explosions and swashbuckling sword- ghts and throughout Depp leaps from scene to scene, carrying the lm with his wry smiles and cocky one-liners.

    Despite this there is a cer-tain staleness to Depps Cap-tain Jack which, after four lms, is to be expected and it is dif cult to see where the character can take the fran-chise in the future. To further develop the character would be to ruin Captain Jacks mystery yet there is only so far this character can take us before becoming a parody.

    The lm also sees Geof-frey Rush return to his role of the pirate, Captain Bar-bossa and it is this perfor-mance that truly saves On

    Stranger Tides. Rush is light and humorous and lls the sparse plot with charm and wit. Rush and Depp together make a wonderful pair, not quite friends and not quite enemies, butting heads at every chance and almost transforming the lm into a buddy movie.

    The moments when they are together highlight the tri-umph the lm could have be-come if only there had been more opportunity for their crackling chemistry to devel-op. Rush once again proves that comedy is not beyond him and he truly is a worthy character actor.

    With the addition of Ian McShane as Captain Black-beard there are now so many pirate Captains staggering around the lm in inch-thick eyeliner that it is a delight to when Penelope Crus pops up as Jacks former ame An-gelica Teach.

    Crus has proven herself recently in a string of won-derful performances, partic-ularly in director Pedro Alm-odovars Volver and initially it seems that she has been of-

    fered a chance to shine here.Her character (literally)

    turns up as a female Captain Jack which suggests that she will parade the same charm as her male counterpoint. However it soon becomes clear Teach is nothing more than a wooden stereotype and does not afford Crus the same opportunities as Depp and Rush. Once again Hol-lywood seems unable to of-fer the same calibre of roles to women as European lms have in recent years.

    Rob Marshall utilises his skill as a musical director (he previously directed musicals Chicago and Nine) to ensure the lm ows quickly and the ght scenes are smoothly choreographed. With the shortest running time of the series and the simplicity of the plot Tides is the most light-hearted, fast-paced and fun lm the Pirates lms have seen since Curse of the Black Pearl.

    It still has many faults but its seems as though the lm franchise may have been set back on course,, DVD extras include a blooper reel, some

    Lego shorts and an annoying feature in which Timon and Pumbaa of Lion King fame try to og 3D Blu Ray to chil-

    dren. Presenting this an ex-tra on a newly bought DVD seems manipulative and un-ethical.

    other noteworthy cameo is that of John Hurt, as the di-shevelled father of Claire and Justine.

    There are various theories regarding the meaning of the lm, and I have no doubt much ink will be spilt on this

    subject. I will just say that Melancholia is the least of-fensive of Von Triers works, and in my opinion his best. As I have stated, despite its gloomy content Melancholia is an enjoyable movie.

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    FASHIONMan, I Feel Like A WomanCiara-Louise Murphy discusses fashions latest xation: the androgynous look.

    This daring trend of women imitating men in their choice of dress is seen on many of the high fashion runways around the world, but one must ask; is this trend often too daring to wear on the high street? If we look at the catwalk in-spired creations using this manly look we can see that

    they often team its mascu-linity with heavy smoky eyes and lashings of bronzer to create Gaga inspired cheeks.

    This however isnt feasible for even the biggest makeup enthusiasts among us, but does toning down this edgy daring look mean that we are no longer dressing as an-drogyny? How much, is too

    much and when do we cross the line into androgynous style without venturing into the realms of the transsexual with its stereotypical theatri-cal dramatics.

    Anyone who has stepped into Pennys, New Look, A-wear and top shop can see that the item to have and cherish is the billowing blouse with its full throat buttoning, this is often paired with brogue shoes and a satchel bag which are then classi ed as the an-drogynous look. This style is far more easily replicated than the slicked back hair to rival a greaser and the tux to match that we often associ-ate as androgynous thanks to the catwalks. We have formed our own masculine inspired style on the high streets which incorporates as much femininity as possible to soften this harsh look and make it more attractive and appealing to the eye. Long locks or cute hairpieces are a must with this street style as they liven up the starch stiff seams of a blazer or shirt and

    allow a playful tone to ring through. Topman has also become a female favourite cloth store as many of the stores quirky jumpers can be seen on women worn to perfection with cute skirts or tight jeans and various femi-nine airs in the form of hair accessories scarfs or jewel-lery. It is easy to replicate an androgynous look while re-maining feminine with these additions as it seems the high street and people in general are not ready for fully edged masculine tailoring and a matching male glare.

    Last week also saw many women Suit Up for inter-national suit up day and as I took part myself I found that my choice of suit was a little too masculine for peoples liking as I received many strange looks and sec-ond glances for my full white shirt, blazer and bow tie combination. In future I will take a leaf out of Ellie Gould-ings style guide and add a feminine twist of stockings, heels and a more modest neck piece.

    Ladies we Love: Juno TempleFrom fashion to lm, Emma Nolan explains exactly why we worship Juno Temple.

    This week were loving Juno Temple. This style savvy chica is best known for her roles in critically acclaimed movies like Kaboom, Atonement and Cracks, to name a few.

    At the moment shes in the spotlight for her upcoming roles in The Three Musket-eers, The Dark Knight Rises and Dirty Girl in which she plays the leading role. But her recent Dazed and Con-fused cover and her edgy photo-shoots for controver-sial celebrity photographer Tyler Shields have our style senses tingling about this one.

    The 22 year old has us fas-cinated by her own quirky image, she seems utterly fearless in her approach to dressing and choices of at-tire; an admirable quality.

    Juno is a self-confessed homeless person when it comes to her everyday per-sonal aesthetic, which is true, but her daring yet careless

    attitude towards fashion is what results in her personal style being so intriguing.

    This hobo-chic Temple so effortlessly carries off consists of her carefully se-lecting different textures and layering them in a creative way which demonstrates her natural are for style. Still the hobo look isnt all Juno

    has to offer when it comes to what shes wearing. Her more polished award show looks never fail to disappoint us, pretty much hitting the nail on the head every time. As a Miu Miu ambassador, her wardrobe is ladened with the brand, and its in uence on her is noteworthy in her own clothing personality.

    de nitely a fan. Like most girls though, she

    is a huge fan of heels. Pair-ing them with the shabbiest ensembles to add an unex-pected feminine touch, and the higher the better. Key elements in Junos wardrobe are leopard print pieces and her leather jacket (a girl after my own heart), which will add that bad girl element to any out t.

    Her unconventional sense of style, her talent, beauty and all round alluring charis-ma is why were loving Juno Temple this week; de nitely one to watch.

    Junos beloved Miu Miu, fea-tured lavish designs in their runway shows. From the humble polka dot, to ornate swirls and elaborate orals, this is a trend which can be achieved easily from the high street and from a root through your favourite char-ity shops to attain that Tem-ple are.

    Juno loves to mix her tex-tures, combining woollen pieces with silks and mesh, in the same colour. This is a terri c way to add depth to an out t. The same tech-nique can be applied for mix-ing patterns too, and Juno is

    Miu Miu the label itself perfectly encapsulates Juno Temples unique style with its modern and sensual aura, it, like Temple is playful yet re ned, possessing an eccen-tric demeanour whilst main-taining that sophistication she so abundantly radiates.

    Favouring a taste for lm roles on the quirkier side, Juno shows that shes not your run of the mill generic Hollywood girl. She enticed us as Lola Quincey in Atone-ment and her portrayal of the jealous Di in Cracks was superb.

    These serious roles dem-onstrate her stunning acting ability while her more playful roles in comedies Year One, Wildchild and St. Trinians show us a different side to her and illustrate her versa-tility as an actress. Some of her more obscure, yet highly praised lms in which she starred include Mr. Nobody with Jared Leto, Glorious 39, and Kaboom.

    On screen and off, she fas-cinates; her ethereal beauty combined with her edgy style and interesting roles serve to cement her it-girl status.

    How to get Juno Temples look you ask? To achieve Ju-nos distinctive style, aim for bold patterns. She is a huge fan of decorative prints and patterns. Evoking a sense of decadent luxury, this sea-son designers such as Mary Katrantzou, Balenciaga and Miu Miu Resort 12 Puff-Sleeve printed Dress, Cruise Collection

    Rochas Autumn 2011 Strapless Gown

    A typical catwalk androgynous look complete with heavy set make up.

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    FASHION Chic


    Say goodbye to leopard and tiger prints and prowl around in some real exotic designs. Peacock plumage will also suf ce.

    Parrot Feathers

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    Marci Klein

    The New Girl star is back and her Christmas album A Very She & Him Christmas is out today.

    Every time I go to bed with some guy, Im looking at my dads name on their underwear.

    Frankie Cocozza

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    The Anti-Christ of pop culture, not only has he the vocal chords of a donkey but a face to match too.

    I see fat people Stop looking in the mirror Hayley.

    So last year. Eradicate that headache with some magic-juice (i.e. a screwdriver with Pharmaton).

    The perfect mens tie can be what makes or breaks an out t. But with the countless amounts of fabrics, patterns, and col-ours to choose from we are left with a dif cult decision which often goes wrong. For most of us, the result is a small collection of similar, simple and safe coloured ties. While there is nothing wrong with choosing this easy look, with the correct styling can inject some charm which is essential for most classic mens looks.

    A solid coloured tie is the easiest style to match. Sim-ply select a block-coloured tie and match it to one of the colours in your out t and youre ready for a sophisti-cated night out on the town. Beware though, along with this minimalism comes the danger of over coordination, a faux pas which is prefer-ably avoided. Avoid black tie/black shirt combinations and instead pick something which can live up your attire;

    oxblood, cobalt blue even a metallic-coloured tie can achieve this.

    Equally classic is the mens stripe tie, which is easily matched with solid suits and shirts by selecting a stripe that compliments. In the case of a patterned jacket, shirt, or both, the key is to maintain colours that compliment and add a sense of harmony to your out t. A nely pinstriped suit calls for a boldly striped tie, while a strong checked shirt would be better suited by a more subdued stripe. One note of caution about striped ties: ensure your colours dont af- liate with any local college-colours (Im all for pride and patronage but you will end up looking like an extra in Hogwarts).

    Polka dots, paisley, and gure ties which consist of small repeating images and patterns have become much more common over the years. If chosen with good taste, shunning osten-

    tatious colours and designs, these ties can enliven any solid-coloured shirt. Ties like these should be coordinated in your out t by their prima-ry colour, with attention paid to avoiding secondary col-ours that visibly clash with the shirt.

    A great statement-fabric when organizing a politi-cal march, the knitted-tie is back and its here to stay. This should be worn with the plainest shirt as possible and become the focal point of your out t.

    Always look for qual-ity material and decent con-struction when choosing a tie, and avoid anything that appears poorly made. A good tie can last a lifetime. The most common tie textile is silk, and for most it is con-sidered unequal in its eld. Beware of cheap polyester impostors (the devil in dis-guise); polyester doesnt hold the same drape as silk, and has a sheen that leaves a lot to be desired.

    With attention to detail and an eye for sophistica-tion, you can quickly become a master at selecting the per-

    fect tie to complete your sav-vy ensemble. While the solid silk option is a safe and clas-sic choice, dont be afraid to take a risk with bold designs and textured fabrics.

    Ties made of tweed are a great way of mixing up the heritage trend with a more formal aspect. Novelty ties are best avoided, unless youre dressing up as off-trend this Halloween. If you really want to impress, the Keeling Gallery have a range of hand-painted bow-ties from Jack Kirwan with a range of designs from Goghs Starry Night to Monets Pop-pies. These require a certain sense of swag to pull off but are remarkable accoutre-ments nonetheless.

    Knit Picking: Textbook Ties

    When Fierce Becomes Freak: Nicki MinajWith Minaj possibly at the height of her ca-reer, Laura Donohoe debates the highs and lows of the bi-polar fashionista.

    Nicki Minaj- the name which sparks intense debate. The girl is everywhere, shes inescap-able, arguably more so for her eccentric fashion choices than her music.

    Shes shown more esh than a Vegas stripper, though it can be forgiven with that killer body, and shes often found in the best and worst dressed lists. What makes her so odd is her in-constancy- her rst appear-ance on the Ellen DeGeneres show, she looked stunning in a black body con dress and statement heels, but as her fame progressed, she became more of a circus act, with outrageous colours, themes and face paint make up. Now she looks to be the weirder Lady Gaga of Hip Hop, with downright weird ensembles, emblazoned with some form of tack or trash.

    Looking at her out t at MTVs VMAs 2011- This is easily one of the most offen-sive out ts the girl has ever worn to date. She literally

    looks like she selected the most scary statement pieces and then put them all to-gether. There is a cacophony of colour and texture which most designers wouldnt see in six seasons.

    The welded dress, the pink tutu, star printed leg-gings, white over-the-knee socks, clutching a giant bird-like teddy, while rocking an obnoxious ice cream cone necklace and a printed sur-gery mask. Even one of these would be reason enough to be sent off to the loony bin, combined, she looks like the modern day female version of Willy Wonka. Its hard to describe how or where she discovered this look, but for the sake of the children, let us hope it stays there.

    Nicki also shocked at Os-car de la Renta and Carolina Herreras shows. Minaj ex-plodes in with neon colours and looks absolutely obscene seated next to the cool and aloof Vogues editor in chief. Surprisingly, most accounts at the event revealed the two

    were having a chin wag, de-spite Nicki having the show being put on hold in anticipa-tion of her arrival, and pho-tos of Anna looking repulsed by the cartoon character sat beside her.

    Nicki tweeted from the show, sporting a multitude of bizarre colours, blended with her interpretation of Hara-juku style. Had she been an ordinary person, people would assume that shes mix-ing medications.

    While difference should be embraced and celebrated,

    Miss Minaj appears to actu-ally try to be beyond differ-ent, which is as counterpro-ductive as a unique person trying to appear normal. Her strange array of style and her revealing she takes on multiple alter egos just suggests she may not be of sound mind, or simply put, a bit of a freak! Nicki, pick one of your personalities and remain that way, as of the moment, you look like a one woman show of bat crap crazy.

    Whether for an interview, night-out or for-mal event, Cathal O Gara explains the im-portance in choosing the perfect neck-tie.

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    FASHIONTop Five Budget Beauty Buys for Under a Tenner

    As much as we wish it, more often than not our student budgets dont cover the cost of ne-cessities such as MAC eye-shadow quads, Chanel nail varnishes and Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks. Le sigh. So instead left with is a choice of affordable brands. I know, for some this may be a step too far; and Im not sug-gesting that all high-street brands are good; but every now and then you can nd a little gem that means you can eat for the week instead of forking out on its high-end counterpart. Here lies before you the top ve best budget beauty buys for under a ten-ner. Thank me later!

    Mavala Nail Polish: Because sometimes Chanel is just too bloody expensive. The Ma-

    vala range is available in most pharmacies, has a huge range of colours and textures and costs under 6 for a bot-tle; so whether its a dupe of an expensive nail polish, a dream to create ombre nails or just a little spend thrift, you cant really go wrong.

    Sleek Storm Eyeshad-ow Palette: W h e t h e r its an unas-suming day-time look youre after or a dark smokey eye; this twelve shadow pal-ette has it all. Shimmers, mattes and the odd base colour thrown in means your 8.50 will be very, very well spent. Avail-able from

    Maybelline Falsies Vol-ume Mascara Black: Because,

    lets face it, mascara isnt something we want to spend loads of money on. Or share with any-one. Ever. Available in Boots for 10.

    B o u r -jois Pas-tel Joues Blusher: The packaging isnt that bad and there is a great range of col-ours to choose from. Favour-ites for this season are Brun Cuivre and Rose Frisson, for just 9.

    And last but not least Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick: One, because Kate Moss de-signed them. Two, because they come in great bright shades that will set you apart from the nude-lipped posse. And three, because they come in at just under 8. Go forth, my friends, and spend, spend, spend!



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    Course: 3rd Year English & Drama

    Store of choice: Harlequin & Topman

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    Course: 1st Year Psychology, Film & Classics

    Store of choice: Zara, UO, River Island.

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    Course: 3rd Year English & Drama

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    Store of choice: Zara, UO, River Island.

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    Halloween EyesIf youre dressing as a Sexy Nurse, Snow White or Schoolgirl for Halloween this year, I suggest you stop reading now. If, however, youre a bit sick of the slutty Halloween out t clichs and want to attempt something a bit more creative, or even borderline scary, then this may be the place for you. Im under no allusion that any-one will want to put much effort into their out t, but if dressing up really isnt for you play with your face. And this spiderweb look is actually quite pretty.

    After your base has been set (foundation, concealer, bronzer etc), take any matte black eyeshadow and sweep it across the lid. Then tak-ing a uffy blending brush, blend the edges out so there are no harsh lines. Taking the same black shadow on a thin angled brush, start to draw lines up from the eye-socket towards the forehead

    and smaller lines under the eye towards the cheek, mak-ing sure they are not perfect-ly straight.

    Once this is done, take the product and draw horizontal curved lines to link up with the vertical ones, creating a spiderweb shape. With a white eyeliner pencil draw small circles throughout the web and then taking a black eyeliner pencil, line the in-ner rims of the eye and apply false eyelashes to the top and bottom lashes (for the bot-tom lashes, just turn normal

    lashes upside down and glue along the lashline). Penneys have a packet of ve lashes for 8 which would be per-fect for this look. Then, take a silver eyeshadow or glitter pigment and apply it to the inner corners of the eyes to open them up. Apply a salm-on-pink lipstick like Sleeks Milkshake Lip Tar (5.70, available at and youre all set to go. Thats it, simples. And you dont look like every oth-er girl this Halloween, which has to be a plus. Yes?

    Julie Kirwan of shows you how to get the perfect spider-eyes for Halloween

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    ites for this season are Brun Cuivre and Rose Frisson,

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