REPOST: Game Of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to play a SoCal gangster in Shot Caller

We are so used to seeing Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as the skillful Jaime Lannister in the ‘Game of Thrones’ that it can be quite difficult for us to think of him as another totally different character. But him playing a gangster’s role does sound interesting. Read more details about his character in his upcoming crime thriller ‘Shot Caller’ in the article below:

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Now that he’s done fending off hordes of Spanish women in between takes on the set of Game Of Thrones, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is putting his hand back on to play the lead in the crime thriller Shot Caller. Stuntman-turned-director Ric Roman Waugh will direct the modern drama, in which Coster-Waldau plays a gangster who gets released from prison, only to be pressured by his gang leaders into committing a major crime with another rival gang. The setting for all these gang-related situations will be the gang-related streets of Southern California.

Details beyond the gang-related nature of the film are scarce, and as of yet Coster-Waldau doesn’t have any co-stars. Game Of Thrones fans are no doubt eager to learn just what level of witty banter and incest the Kingslayer will partake in when yanked out of Westeros and dropped into the streets of Los Angeles—or San Diego, or Oxnard, or whichever specific Southern California streets his new character’s gang hangs out on. We’re hoping the gang leader role ends up filled by Charles Dance, a.k.a. Tywin Lannister. Come to think of it, why not just bring in all of House Lannister and fill the rival gang up with actors who play members of House Stark? Could be a fun little role play.

Production on Shot Caller will begin May 26 on the mean streets of New Mexico.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is one of my favorite actors in David Benioff and D. B. Weiss’s fantasy drama. As an avid fan of the series, I might still think of him as Jaime Lannister even if he’s already wearing a stereotypical gangster costume in his new movie. Anyway, the Brent Morgan Waco fan he has will still support him all the way. Let’s continue chatting on Twitter.

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Ninja warrior in the making: The parkour advantage

I chanced upon an episode of “American Ninja Warrior” while browsing channels after my favorite show “The Game of Thrones.” As the contestants traversed a series of physically demanding obstacles, I cannot help but wonder if I could be one of those competitors. This is not just wishful thinking. As a parkour enthusiast, I believe I have an edge.

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Parkour is known to have begun as a military exercise measuring agents’ efficiency in getting from one point to another as quickly as possible regardless of obstacles or terrain. Currently, parkour is considered the art of traversing settings imbued with hurdles, sprints, and jumps, and has been visible in sports, dancing, films, and other stunt-filled spectacles.

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Parkour movements and stunts are every challenging to execute. It took all of my dedication and perspiration before I could master the basics. Parkour challenges one’s speed, stamina, agility, and strength, every move apt for the various stages of “American Ninja Warrior,” which pits contestants against each other, as each of them struggle to successfully complete such stages within the shortest time possible.

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Going back to becoming a ninja, I have reviewed previous episodes of the show and what I have seen so far impressed me enough to make me hesitant to even submit an application. I am an enthusiast but I consider myself a novice compared to the likes of Kacy Catanzaro who went for the 2014 finals. You might want check this video out to see how real parkour is done.

I might as well be dreaming about becoming a ninja warrior. Maybe I need to enroll in extensive parkour programs. For the meantime, I will maximize whatever chance I get to practice my moves and become better.

I am Brent Morgan Waco. I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and I work as a physical therapist. When I am not helping my patients recover from their injury or ailment, I spend time getting fit though yoga and parkour. Add my Google+ page to your circles if you wish to share my passions.

REPOST: Can this guy’s parkour skills save him from the zombie onslaught?

The new ad for video game ‘Dying Light’ appeals not just to zombie-hating gamers but also to parkour enthusiasts. In the video, a man jumps from rooftop to rooftop using his impressive parkour skills to escape a pack of chasing zombies. CNET.com has the report on this adrenaline-pumping trailer:

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If there’s one thing TV and movies have taught us, it’s that surviving the zombie apocalypse requires quickly and skillfully getting out of tough situations.

In a video produced by Ampisound and directed by Scott Bass, hero runner Toby Segar uses his parkour skills to run from rooftop to rooftop in Cambridge, England, to try to escape the clutches of brain-hungry zombies.

For a while, his escape seems to be going pretty well, but those pesky zombies keep catching up with him or appearing in front of him. Then reality kicks in, and as he fails to make his final jump, he’s devoured by the zombie waiting for him below.

It was a good run for Segar, but it just goes to show that no matter how fast you are and no matter how good your parkour skills, pesky humans can only survive the zombies for so long.

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Hey folks! I’m Brent Morgan Waco, a parkour enthusiast and ‘Game of Thrones’ fan. Subscribe to my blog for more fun discussions on fitness and pop culture.

REPOST: Why Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant Still Refuses To Be A Prisoner Of Success

A Led Zeppelin reunion may never happen. Thirty-four years after the band quit making music following the death of drummer John Bonham, the surviving members seem to be resolute on their decision. Lead vocalist Robert Plant is particularly headstrong about avoiding a nostalgia trip despite big-money offers. Forbes’ Rob Ashgar has the full details below:

A successful person will never have peace unless he or she can finally walk away from the big stage, on his or her own terms. Otherwise, such a person will become a prisoner of life’s big parade, a mere monkey to the organ grinders of the world.

That brings us to Led Zeppelin, considered by many to be the greatest of rock bands. Thirty-four years ago today, the three surviving members of the group announced they would disband after the sudden death of the man considered by many to be the greatest of rock drummers, John Bonham.

Their statement went down in musical history for its poignant brevity:

We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were.

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That was that. Until it wasn’t. Not long after, the immense respect for Bonham was outweighed by immense nostalgia on the part of band members—and especially their hordes of fans, who only became more numerous and passionate as the years went by.

The fly in the ointment, the turd in the reunion punchbowl, consistently, was lead singer Robert Plant. Plant, who idolized Elvis, had long said that he despised the cartoonish Las Vegas oldies phase of the King. He would not be pulled into such a witless sunset, and he knew the easiest way to be pulled into it would be to team up again with guitarist Jimmy Page and multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones, to tour stadiums, shovel fresh cash into their vaults, and be the butt of jokes about over-the-hill people who don’t know when to quit.

“I’m not a prisoner of the big parade,” Plant sang defiantly about 30 years ago, early in his solo career. But the Internet being what it is, some lyrics websites quote Plant as singing “I’m not a prisoner, I’m the Big Beret.” Huh?

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Maybe that explains it: People simply misunderstood his words and his point, and so they continue to try to drag the Big Beret back to the Big Parade, against his will and better judgment. In recent weeks reports arose about Sir Richard Branson himself putting up a chunk of his fortune to incentivize a Zeppelin reunion. Branson squashed the rumor, saying that, as much as he loved the group, he deeply respected Plant’s desire to do his own music on his own terms, even though it meant doing it on a smaller stage. “As Robert told me,” Branson said, ‘Look, Richard, I just do things because I love them and I want to do more new things that I love.’ I couldn’t agree more.”

Author and prominent rock critic Charles R. Cross is among those who believes that, aside from quenching nostalgic thirst, there’s little artistic or commercial reason compelling a reunion.

“Almost every reunion tour is motivated first by money,” Cross told me this week by email. “But sometimes there’s also a motivation to reframe a group in history by repositioning their catalog into a modern context, particularly when the group’s work has been neglected by time. In the case of Led Zeppelin, none of the members need the money–though the offers for the reunion are insane. But they also don’t need to be reconsidered, as that music still has a vitality and remains at the center of modern rock music, even decades later. So kudos to Robert Plant for being one of the first people in rock to simply accept his legacy, and his already large bank account, and avoid a nostalgia trip.”

Cross, who happens to be the author of two excellent books about Zeppelin (Heaven and Hell and Shadows Taller Than Our Souls) in addition to influential bios of Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix, confesses he has mixed feelings. “As a music critic, I applaud Plant for sticking to his guns,” he wrote. “As a music fan and a Led Zeppelin fanatic, I’d of course love the chance to see the tour–but I’m also glad that at least I don’t get a chance to see a diminished Led Zeppelin.”

I wrote a piece in 2012 praising Plant for his willingness to exit the Big Parade, and I ended up getting more criticism than for any other piece I’ve ever written. As someone who’s written a lot about politics and religion, I found that interesting. Fans verbally mauled me (and Plant) out of frustration with his refusal to “give the people what they want.”

What the people want is to see Zeppelin in its glory. But its true glory exists somewhere else now. As Cross says, “They survive on those albums, concert bootlegs, and only in memory, the one band that still stands untarnished by compromise.”

Untarnished by compromise. That’s indeed the best reason to quite while you’re spectacularly ahead. Zeppelin has grown in mystique and critical acclaim since that somber day 34 years ago. Their peers of the rock pantheon, like the Rolling Stones and Who, have been able to give fans a nostalgia blast on a regular basis, but at the expense of a certain amount of their musical credibility.

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Meanwhile, anyone who wants to relive the full roar of the old Zeppelin glory simply needs to go the 7:15 mark of this video, as the original, full band takes a bow at Knebworth 35 years ago. It was one of the final true glimpses of that era (to quote the title of Mick Wall’s Zeppelin biography) “When Giants Walked the Earth.”

And since then, Plant has made his stand. He won’t be bought. And “the Big Beret” still won’t be a prisoner of the Big Parade. More power to him. He’s found a pathway to a more meaningful kind of success than what the rest of us futilely chase.

As much as I love Led Zeppelin, I don’t think their glory can be revived by a reunion. Strike me a up with a conversation about the band on this Brent Morgan Waco Facebook page.

REPOST: Flashback: The Beastie Boys Meet Joan Rivers

The RollingStone Magazine revisits Joan Rivers’ classic interview with The Beastie Boys two months after the release of their hit album “Licensed to Ill.”

“How’d you three all get together?” Joan Rivers asked the Beastie Boys. “Juilliard?”

While the comment was snarky, Rivers seemed pleased to have the Beasties as guests on The Late Show, her short-lived late-night talk show on the fledgling Fox network. (This appearance dates from January 1987, about halfway through Rivers’ seven-month run, and two months after the rap trio released their chart-topping debut album Licensed to Ill.) She told the audience, “My next guests have previously been referred to as a bunch of loudmouth brats and kids that stomp around the stage like awkward thugs – well, to me, I just like to think of them as my guys.”

While introducing the band, however, Rivers flubbed the name of their album, calling it Licensed to Kill. After she put on her glasses and figured out the correct title, she told them, “That’s a stupid name for an album.” An off-camera Beastie shot back: “Do I detect a note of jealousy in your voice, Joan?” The late Rivers and the group were kindred spirits, unlikely as it might have seemed at the time: four iconic smart-asses from New York City.

The Beastie Boys performed “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” in full knucklehead mode, jumping around, posing, pushing each other down, rolling around, even doing a handstand. Onstage with them was DJ Hurricane and a go-go dancer named Eloise, gyrating in a bra and fishnets. But even though the performance is chaotic and sloppy, it’s also exhilarating: prime early Beasties.

Twelve years later, Adam Yauch (aka MCA) reflected on the band’s meathead image in this era, which he said was originally intended as parody: “By drinking so much beer and acting like sexist macho jerks we actually became just that,” he wrote in the liner notes to The Sounds of Science. “So I guess that the story could have a couple of possible morals. One might be, ‘Be careful of what you make fun or you might become it.’ But the other one, the one that I like is, ‘All of the sexist macho jerks in the world are just pretending cause they’re caught in a rut, and maybe, at some point in the future, when the planets line up in a certain way, they’ll all just snap out of it.'”

The Beasties also played the album closer “Time to Get Ill” during the show’s closing credits – or two and a half minutes of it, anyway. They did the line “I got more rhymes than Phyllis Diller” with extra vigor, perhaps considering her a peer of Rivers. And Ad-Rock replaced the line “I’m the king of all kings” with “I eat the Colonel’s wings.”

In between, the trio did an interview segment with Rivers, presenting her with a dismembered apple, amiably bantering with her and shaving a few years off their ages when asked. (Adam Horovitz, then 20, claimed to be 19. He turns 48 on Friday, October 31 – happy birthday, Ad-Rock!) Horovitz did his Pee-Wee Herman impression and sat on Rivers’ desk, while Yauch sat behind it, knocking over a glass of water. “I’m enjoying you,” Rivers told them, “because this is not my house.” Watching it now will make you miss both Rivers and Yauch all over again.

As a parkour enthusiast-cum-physical therapist, I’ve got to keep up with the hype and energy to stay up and running. In most days, I pop The Beastie Boy’s “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” on loop in my iPod or listen to my very own Brent Morgan Waco playlist for added inspiration or some mood lifting. Follow me on Twitter to get a glimpse of my mood-booster playlist and for more hip-hop talk, album reviews, and music info.

REPOST: Parkour site is given the thumbs-up

With more cities opening up new facilities for parkour, enthusiasts can have better access to a fast-growing sport that can potentially serve a cost-effective but equally beneficial alternative to gym-based exercise routines. Read the following story for more insights.

Parkour fans from across the Midlands came to Loughborough to enjoy the first Parkour Park in the area.

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HAILED as the only park of its kind in the Midlands, scores of free-running enthusiasts from Loughborough and beyond came for the opening of the town’s first Parkour playground.

Parkour is an urban sport, where participants use their entire bodies to jump, flip and crawl from one location to the next using the natural environment.

This can be from walls, rails, benches and bins.

The sport derived from the French, but in Loughborough, it was a small group called the Flowflys that really set the trend.

The council has been working with the group as well as Natural Sports and Jump Parkour to bring the bespoke park to the people of Charnwood.

It was officially opened at Southfields Park on Saturday, October 18.

Andrew Lloyd, known as Floyd and founder of the Flowflys, told the Echo: “It is amazing. The community will benefit so much from it.

“It is a permanent base for us and this will enhance what we have already got in Loughborough and will be a place to train and practice.”

The new park includes a number of obstacles and has been funded by £42,000 of Section 106 money, which is money gained from new developments.

Marcus Reader, managing director of Natural Sports, which builds Parkour parks, told the Echo: “It is very important. There is a big desire for people to train in Parkour.

“People have had the wrong idea in the past. There is an anti-social preconception about it, but it is the complete opposite.”

Dan Timms, of coaching organisation Jump Parkour, added: “Sites like this get to show people the community side of things and it is a safe place to train.

“We have got people all over the Midlands here from Derby and Rugby. This will be the destination park for the whole Midlands.”

Coun David Snartt, cabinet member for neighbourhood services, attended the event with Coun Hilary Fryer and Mayor of Charnwood Coun Paul Day.

He said “I am excited to see this new facility brought alive by the Parkour community and would once again like to thank the youngsters who helped us to create this space.

“We already have a small Parkour community within the borough and we hope this new facility will introduce the sport to even more people.”

I am Brent Morgan Waco, a fitness buff and parkour enthusiast. Follow me on Twitter to know more about how parkour works.

The most iconic lines in ‘Game of Thrones’

For its past four seasons, “Game of Thrones” provided us not only with a plethora of remarkable characters and haunting scenes, but also with some of the most unforgettable lines delivered on television. As we await the show’s fifth season, let’s recall a few of GOT’s infamous and iconic lines (Take heed, some spoilers ahead):

“The things I do for love.”

Jaime Lannister said this to her sister, Cersei, before pushing young Brandon Stark out of the window, crippling the boy and sparking events that led to the War of the Five Kings.

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“What do we say to the God of death?” “Not today.”

The lessons the bravo Syrio Forel imparted to Arya – the art of sword fighting, as well as fortitude in the face of death – helped the young Stark survive her many misadventures.

“I demand a trial by combat.”

For two distinct occurrences in the hit HBO series, the dwarf  Tyrion Lannister out-maneuvered a rigged trial by playing the last ace up his sleeve: deferring judgment to the gods and demanding a warrior’s arena as his court.

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“You know nothing, John Snow.”

The line that launched a thousand memes, this quote, attributed to the wildling Ygritte, is a slight on John Snow’s youth, naiveté, and unsullied principles.

“Winter is coming.”

Formally the motto of dour House Stark, these words are best associated with its patriarch, Eddard, who, upon acceptance of the king’s offer to become the hand, anticipated a bleak future ahead of him and his family.

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What more witty, sardonic, and game-changing dialogue are in store for GOT’s rabid viewers? With the next season expected to premiere on April 2015, we have more than half a year to simmer our excitement.

I’m Brent Morgan Waco, and watching Game of  Thrones is a way for me to unwind following a day’s work as a physical therapist in Minneapolis. For more about my thoughts and views about this award-winning fantasy series, please add me to your Google+ circles.