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The Top 20 Songs About Growing Old

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The Top 20 Songs About Growing Old August 22, 2019 | Posted by David Hayter Tweet It’s my birthday this week. So I thought, what better way to celebrate than by going down the pub with all my… no scratch that, by writing a list of the best songs about growing older. Disclaimer: This week I’m very much not going for a historical best of, these are songs that have helped me reflect on and understand the aging process and I am consciously picking songs that represent the different stages of life and thought process we all go through as we age. As such, they are ranked in accordance to their meaning to me . I could have done one track for every year of my life, but that would have been depressing, so you’ll have to settle for 20. 20. Mistaken For Strangers – The National “You get mistaken for strangers by your own friends when you pass them at night”. There’s no feeling stranger or more unsettling than growing apart from people you genuinely loved. This is an essential aspect of aging. The moment when you sit down with someone who you know inside and out and – after a number of years – you can barely hold a conversation. You cannot go beyond niceties and platitudes. Its horrible, the death of a friendship, not by malice or neglect, but by the glacial drift of life and time. 19. Dammit – Blink-182 Not all songs about aging, require the protagonist to actually, you know, be old. Some of the most crucial steps in the aging process happen in your formative years (hence the name) and, oh yes, that brings us to… …getting dumped (most likely for being immature). “Dammit” captures the moment when you find yourself running around in mental circles trying to undo the damage you’ve done. Thrown into confusing and doubt, you wonder about what could have been, before finding solace in the arms of a friend as she helps you accept that its over – and, suddenly, you come to the realization that, hey, “I guess this growing up”. 18. Dream On – Aerosmith “Dream On” is a beautiful acknowledgement that much of life has already passed us by. What’s done is done. You cannot have it back, nor can you rewrite it and, sooner rather than later, you’re going to forgot most of it. So what should we do, well that’s simple: “Sing for the year, sing for laughter and sing for the tears, sing with me, it’s just for today”. 17. Gravity Is A Bitch – Miranda Lambert This one is pretty self-explanatory. Miranda Lambert is at her pithy and acerbic best as she rails against that bitch called gravity (not to mention that bastard mirror): “Conversations turning from Rock and Roll, to kids and politics and how much money you owe/Got bags under your eyes, bigger hips and bigger thighs, you’ve got places you can’t even itch/You can nip it, tuck it, squeeze it, but you’re never gonna beat it/Because gravity’s a bitch”. 16. Help The Aged – Pulp Jarvis Cocker’s “Help The Aged” might seem like a crafty joke, but of course it’s a reflection on a generation of a new rock stars who were passing him by as Britpop died. “Help the aged, one time they were just like you: drinking, smoking cigs and sniffing glue…don’t just put them in a home”. The fear of being put on the shelf and left to rot creates a wonderful allegory for the quarter-life-crisis – for a brief moment the loss of youth feels as terrifying as the prospect of being jettisoned from society itself. 15. My Generation – The Who “I hope I die before I get old”. Of course this song was going to feature. Naturally, it’s not directly about aging, it’s actually about the older generation’s disparaging view of youth culture – but that makes it one of the great aging anthems. Each and every year I hope I don’t become that curmudgeon (you know the one), even as I witness my best friends complaining about new music, hipster fashions, GenZ and YouTube culture (I admit, I can’t stand the latter). “My Generation” is an internal credo, not to literally “die before you get old”, that misses the point entirely, but to never be that blowhard who tried to shit all over your generation’s culture. 14. When I’m 64 – The Beatles McCartney is obsessed with aging and, between “When I’m 64” and Elvis Costello’s “Veronica”, he mastered the art of writing pop about being wrinkly and withered. “When I’m 64” is of course a projection from a very young man, but therein lies its deepest insight. He’s observed retirees pottering around in the garden and imagined him and his wife in their shoes. What’s amazing, is that’s he turned this dream of having grandchildren on his knees into one of the most charming and utopian love songs of the pop era by asking that existential question: would you still love me, when I’m 64? 13. “Losing My Edge” – LCD Soundsystem The ultimate snarling hipsters shrug in the face of a newer, fresher, better dressed and more influential generation. So what if you’re what’s hip! I was there when the scene was formed! It’s my fucking scene! I built the house of cards upon which you stand, punk. Of course, as the resentment and sarcasm grows more caustic, James Murphy lists more and more improbable events – sure he might have played Daft Punk to the rock kids in the early 2000s, but he most certainly wasn’t at the first Suicide sessions. This song always strikes a chord with me because, I can’t lie, I’ve pulled the “I was there card” before, be it with Pink Floyd, Amy Winehouse, Pantera or a million others. 12. The Story Of O.J. – Jay-Z If you don’t think this is a song about aging, then you’re probably not old enough to have regrets about say…the property market or the money you frittered away on god knows what in your youth. Of course, “The Story Of O.J.” is a manifesto for how young black men can avoid the trap of commercial slavery (see Kanye West’s “New Slaves”), but in explaining how to achieve true wealth, Jay accidentally expresses the regrets of an entire generation (generation rent, in fact) – who wished they’d brought that certain property, back when it was actually affordable: “I bought every V12 engine, wish I could take it back to the beginning/I could a place in Dumbo, before it was Dumbo, for like 2 million/That place today is worth about 25 million, guess how I’m feeling: Dumbo”. 11. Do You Realize? – The Flaming Lips So my dad died of cancer a couple of years ago, so I’d be remiss if this list didn’t include at least one song about coping with grief and understanding mortality. It is a hallmark of aging that is utterly unavoidable. There are so many beautiful songs about this topic, but they tend to dwell on the specifics. “Do You Realize?” by The Flaming Lips captures something greater. It embraces the scientific reality of decay and death – it takes that shocking realization and, rather than reaching for religion or embracing nihilism, in the face of that tragic sense of finality, it leads them to wholeheartedly embrace life itself – both the memory and vitally the moment: “Do you realize everyone you know, someday, will die? And instead of saying all of those goodbyes, let them know you realize that life goes fast, it’s hard to make the good things last, you realize the sun don’t go down, it’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round” 10. Evening Sun – The Strokes This is a song that probably won’t feature on anyway else’s list, but, as I’ve previously stated, it’s my birthday and my rules. “Evening Sun” is a wonderful act of rose tinted reminiscence. Sitting in the evening sun, in the twilight of youth, Julian Casablancas is dossing around, lost in retrospection as the world passes him by – but, in this reverie, he stumbles on a truism: there might be nothing more beautiful than the naivety of youth, but he wouldn’t trade it for prospect growing old with the one he loves. “All actors they’re pretending and singers they will sometimes lie/Kids are always honest ‘cause they don’t think they’re ever going to die/Oh, you’re the prettiest, smartest captain of the team/I love you more than being seventeen” The awkward forced rhyme (captain of the team?) was worth it for the single best line The Strokes have ever written. (Naturally, The Strokes are a hugely nostalgic band for me). 9. Still Crazy After All These Years – Paul Simon Of course age changes you, but you don’t actually have to change. The premise of this Paul Simon classic is simple. One day, walking the streets of New York, he bumps into an old lover and rather than being awkward and uncomfortable, he finds age has dampened resentment and they go to a bar and disappear into nostalgic reveries. This experience teaches Paul not to pine for the days of yore, but to shake his head in bewilderment at all those years he spent lost in anxiety and despair over decision made and not made. It didn’t really matter in the end and was never really worth the worry. He’s lived one hell of life, left plenty of emotional wreckage in his wake, but he wouldn’t change a god damn thing and you’d be foolish to believe he’ll changing his ways anytime soon. 8. Hurt – Johnny Cash Hardly in need of an explanation, Johnny Cash’s masterful cover of this Nine Inch Nails’ hit transforms the song from an ode to nihilistic drug fuelled destruction to a weathered and desperate cry from a man facing his own mortality. He’s outliving his loved ones, he’s medicated to within an inch of an eyeballs, but the tragedy is not that he’s lost to dementia, but that he’s stuck with his mind and memories, seeing the damage his physical deterioration has wrought on his loved ones, while being forced to stew on his every last regret, ad infinitum. 7. Fluorescent Adolescent – Arctic Monkeys “You used to get it in your fish nets, now you only get it in your night dress”. What more need be said, that is aging incarnate – and, whether we care to admit it or not, true love too. We all, damn you biology, land in Alex Turner’s “very common crisis” where we’ll be “flicking through a little book of sex tips” to spice things up and remembering “when the boys were all electric”. So what should we do? Well, nothing truth be told. We can wonder where our youthful spirit went, but if we could have it back, would we really want it? Memories truly are a misery. 6. Landslide – Fleetwood Mac Could there be a better metaphor for time itself than that of a landslide. Love and life being swept along and aside by a force that cannot be denied, nor resisted. So what is a woman to do? Well if you ask Fleetwood Mac, you might be terrified of moving on from lovers and your children a like, but you have no choice. You must ride the waves and be swept along in the landslide, wherever it may take you. The message should not be read as “enjoy the ride”, that misses the point entirely (“Landslide” is steeped in both remorse and teary-eyed memory), instead its about persistence, acceptance, self-doubt and forces beyond our control as we ask: “can I handle the seasons of my life?” 5. 22 – Lily Allen “When she was 22 the future looked bright, but she’s nearly 30 now and she’s out every night” – I might not be Lily Allen, but these thoughts went through my head on more than one occasion (especially doing my job!). There’s nothing quite as terrifying as being single and out at a bar surrounded by people nearly a decade younger than you, but don’t worry, you’re older and wiser – oh well not really, I’m stuck in the same cycle they are, expect I’m not enjoying it half as much as them. Okay, well at least I’m richer and more qualified, right? Ah, not according to Lily: “She’s got an alright job, but it’s not a career/Whenever she thinks about it, it brings her to tears” – fuck. Well lucky for me, when I was a flummoxed 28-year-old, I was a bloke so I didn’t have to worry about the most depressing part of the song: “It’s sad, but it’s true, how society says her life is already over”. Thank fuck for the distinguished older gentleman stereotype. 4. Step – Vampire Weekend Not only does “Step” capture Vampire Weekend at their most beautiful and wistful, the song represents the hard earned maturity that comes along with aging process. There’s plenty of nostalgia for youth running through this track’s veins, but there’s more strength to be found in growing old with your life partner than any memory of yesteryear. Erza alites upon a selection of wonderful incisive lines, from the glorious goofy metaphor hidden in “Step’s” chorus (“The gloves are off, the wisdom teeth are out”) to the track’s heartbreakingly beautiful conclusion: “Wisdom’s a gift, but you’d trade it for youth/Age is an honor, it’s still not the truth…The truth is she doesn’t need me to protect her/We know the true death, the true way of all flesh/Everyone’s dying, but girl, you’re not old yet” In short, just because we fully understand the profundity of reality, doesn’t mean we have to let it drag us down: we’re all dying, but no one reading this is dead yet – the glass remains half full. 3. Leaving The Table – Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen’s final album may just be his finest: a ferocious and unflinching reflection on aging, loves lost, women ruined and the unremitting pace of change. What makes “I’m Leaving The Table” so terrifying is that it deals with what is often a taboo subject, especially in rock and roll circles: the death of libido. “I don’t need a lover/The wretched beast is tamed” – that is a direct reference to 1988’s howling and lustful “I’m Your Man”. The unremitting lothario of legend is dead and buried and Cohen is now forced to reflect. He is sorry, but never remorseful. He’s loved the life he has lived and he is taking responsibility for each and every one of his actions – and therein lies maturity. He has no interest in rewriting history to make himself look better, he only seeks to accept and understand: “I don’t need a reason for what I became/I’ve got these excuses, they’re tired and lame/I don’t need a pardon, there’s no one left to blame/I’m leaving the table, I’m out of the game” He has baggage, but he has absolutely no interest in carrying it, what would be the point? 2. “Home” – LCD Soundsystem Yes two LCD Soundsystem songs, it’s my list inspired by my birthday, deal with it (consider yourself lucky I didn’t thrown in “New York I Love…” and “American Dream” while I was at it). “Home” is masterpiece and probably Murphy’s most unashamedly heartfelt statement. The scene of his youth has passed him by, if not faded from existence entirely. His New York City has been boarded up and painted over (hey, didn’t that vape shop, used to be our favorite bar?). His friends are drifting away, moving on and settling down, but for one last shining moment he and his loved ones are going to “stumble into the night”, shut out their woes and dance like they’re 17 all over again. This is not a nostalgic song. It is entirely accepting of the changes that are taking place, instead it is one a last hurrah. The formation of one last immortal memory and chance to climb into the shoes of those beautiful trailblazers that we once were, for the very last time. After the glory of a youth relived, Murphy forces his friends to make one solemn promise: “You might forget, Forget the sound of a voice/Still, you not forget, yeah, don’t forget/The things that we laughed about” …and therein lies the beauty, it’s not the pictures, it’s not the details: it’s the silly little asides, in jokes and anecdotes that immortalize a friendship and stick with you long after you and your buddies have grown apart. 1. Watching The Wheels – John Lennon I love this song: truly, madly, deeply I do. It’s such a simple concept from one of John Lennon’s most poignant solo albums. Lennon has given up the rock and roll lifestyle. The press are absolutely baffled, he’s abandoned the parties and celeb circuit at the height of fame, but for what exactly? And why on earth would anyone do that? The answer is simple: he’s ditched the glitz and the glamor in favor of, well, just sitting at home “watching shadows on the wall”. Lennon has forsaken superstardom for the love of family, privacy and the chance to watch his son, Julian, grow up in glorious slow motion. “Watching The Wheels” is magnificent precisely because it rejects nostalgia and it has no time for retrospection. Lennon is old, settled and happy. The only hint of tragedy comes from the context – this man, so in love with his wife, so adoring of little boy and so content doing absolutely nothing at all (while harming no one), would be gunned down in short order. So that’s my very personally list, but which songs define aging for you and may have even helped you mature? More Trending Stories

In Flames' Björn Gelotte: 'When We Write Music, We Write An Album; We Don't Write Singles' - Blabbermouth.net

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In a recent interview with Guitar Interactive , IN FLAMES guitarist Björn Gelotte spoke about the challenge of making full-length albums in an age when most people will listen to their music one song at a time. "We're old enough to come from the vinyl era," he said (see video below). "For us, when we write music, we write an album. We don't write singles. We might do an EP, but that would still be this old format, like, you have an A and a B side. And you're supposed to listen to the album from the first song to the last song. That's how we write it. And then how people wanna listen to it, as long as they listen, I don't give a shit. As long as they listen, at least [they will] have the experience. Then they can decide if it's good or bad — to their liking or not. But this is how we write. So this is how we listen to bands as well. So it's hard to really get into bands if they only release one single or they write one song at a time. Then you listen to the record, and it sounds nothing like it. So that could be hard. "The world is moving on, and we have to adapt, all of us," he continued. "And we do. I think. We have people that we work with — our record label, our management and everything; they get to choose whatever they wanna present first [as a single]. Because, for us, the record is done; you should listen to it from there to there. And that's how we write too. Really early on in the process, it's, like, as soon as we have a bunch of songs, we're, like, 'Okay, let's put them together in the right order and see what we're missing.' So you get this blueprint, in a way, and you see the holes where you need to fill. And then you write those songs. And it's a nice journey throughout the whole record. That's how we work." IN FLAMES ' latest album, "I, The Mask" , was released in March via Nuclear Blast (worldwide, excluding North America) and Eleven Seven Music (North America). The 12-track disc reunites IN FLAMES with Grammy -nominated producer Howard Benson ( MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE , MOTÖRHEAD ) who also produced 2016's "Battles" . Additionally, the album was mixed by Grammy Award winner Chris Lord-Alge ( CHEAP TRICK , LINKIN PARK ) and mastered by Grammy -winning mastering engeneer Ted Jensen ( PANTERA , EAGLES , GUNS N' ROSES ).

Black Rheno announces debut album and Eyehategod support shows

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Home News: Australia & NZ Black Rheno announces debut album and Eyehategod support shows Black Rheno announces debut album and Eyehategod support shows August 23, 2019 The Rockpit Sydney’s genre bending heavy groove exponents Black Rheno are stoked to announce they will release their debut album, Noise Smasher , on October 25. Right after they launch Noise Smasher out into the wild, Black Rheno will decimate stages around Australia supporting sludge legends Eyehategod in November. Preorders are available here . Noise Smasher is an absolute face tearer of a record that traverses all the best bits of heavy music with big fat thunderous riffs, grinding blasts and thrashed out periods of intensity that slide into hugely groovy hooks. Think an an unholy merger between Clutch, Pantera and Napalm Death. The first single “ Human ” – which premiered on triple j’s The Racket this week – is a bit beefy in subject matter as it grapples with loss, deep hurt and the intense suffering that gives life meaning. The video, however, is a cracker of a time with Black Rheno appearing where you’d least expect them at the flick of a switch. Don’t believe us, just watch. One of the best videos you’ll see this year, promise. Even Rage agrees, making the film clip a Wild One this week. Black Rheno have built a reputation from their intense live shows and all or nothing attitude, which is something they carried over into the studio and poured into their debut. Noise Smasher was captured at Housefox Studios in Sydney with their vocalist Ryan Miller putting in overtime as the producer. The band also worked closely via intergalactic trans-communications (email) with Kurt Ballou (Converge) from GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts. Black Rheno demoed and tweaked their way until the band and Kurt felt everything was just right, then Black Rheno hit the studio hard to lay down this self-produced debut record with Kurt stepping in on the mix. Since their inception in 2015, this three-piece power house have left an undeniable mark on the scene. They’ve built a solid fan-base through their high energy live shows and ability to translate their blend of stoner, sludge, punk, grind, groove metal into a wild and rollicking good time. They’ve crisscrossed the country several times in their short tenure, playing alongside esteemed belters Napalm Death, Brujeria, Red Fang, Psycroptic, King Parrot, Revocation and Lock Up, to name a few. Black Rheno also took their wares to South by Southwest in 2017 and most recently did a lap of Australia with Phil Anselmo & The Illegals. The chance to catch Black Rheno live will be in November when they support sludge heroes Eyehategod. With special guests Black Rheno Thursday 7th November – Badlands, Perth Friday 8th November – Enigma, Adelaide Saturday 9th November – Max Watts, Melbourne Sunday 10th November – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart Monday 11th November – The Basement, Canberra Wednesday 13th November – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle Thursday 14th November – Crowbar, Sydney Friday 15th November – Crowbar, Brisbane Tickets on sale now from eventbrite

Newcomer Dustin Nichols Joins the Cast of Upcoming Horror Movie, “My Last Halloween”

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American Actor Dustin Nichols Will Star Opposite of “SAW” Film Actress, Shawnee Smith in the Upcoming Horror Movie Up-and-coming actor Dustin Nichols has nabbed his biggest role to date in the upcoming horror movie, “My Last Halloween” directed by Jeff Gress. Dustin Nichols is set to play Kevin Preston, who on Halloween night, is abducted and held captive by a sadistic killer. Dustin Nichols will be joining a talented cast that includes Shawnee Smith who has become well-known to a bigger audience for her role as Amanda Young in the horror franchise “SAW”. She has been called a “scream queen” due to the number of horror films in which she has appeared. Shawnee Smith is set to play Pam Preston mother to Kevin Preston. “To be a part of this film is truly a dream come true.” said actor Dustin Nichols. “I’m a fan of Shawnee Smith’s work and actually watched the “SAW” movies growing up. To be able to work with her on a horror film is an opportunity I’m tremendously grateful for.” When asked what he’s most excited for, “I can’t wait to create a horror film that fans really love. Not a movie full of jump scares, but a movie with great story, thought-out characters, and gore. Lots of it.” The movie, “My Last Halloween” is in pre-production with more actors soon to be joining and is set to film in Georgia. He is repped by Pantera/Murphy, The Agency Dustin Nichols IMDb: imdb.me/dustinnichols “My Last Halloween” https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7344272/?ref_=pro_tt_visitcons Dustin Nichols Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dustinnichols/

Rex Brown (Ex-Pantera, Etc.) Finishing Up New Album

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Rex Brown (Ex-Pantera, Etc.) Finishing Up New Album Aug 23rd, 2019 - 3:14pm 0 Former Pantera / Down bassist Rex Brown has spoken with Loudwire about his forthcoming sophomore solo album. Brown has been putting the finishing touches on that effort for a late 2019/early 2020 release and was upfront in saying “there’s not a ballad on this fucking record.” Instead he described the album as “a stoned-out groove record,” sharing the following of the sessions for it: “We smoked lots of hash making this album, I’ll just put it that way. And I’m not gonna make the same record twice: It’s got its rockers, it’s got that heavy blues tinge. It’s got some upbeat anthems that I brought in at the last minute, some I even had tucked away for a long time.” THC isn’t the only thing that helped shape the record though, as the grief of his former Pantera bandmate Vinnie Paul Abbott dying last year also worked its way into the songs: “This record is really introspective, but in the sense that it just came naturally. I think that anytime somebody close to you dies — even though Vinnie and I weren’t really close at the end — you have to go back and peel the onion, just go through the layers of what life really means. The first four or five tracks that we did were really just — man, I swear to God, you hear about this stuff happening and it’s never happened to me before — but where the pen just starts going to the paper, and it just starts writing itself.” Tags

“Malévola: Dona do Mal” ganha novo pôster e Angelina Jolie aparece na D23 Expo

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Fãs de Disney e todos seus produtos, que dia! Tivemos pôster oficial de “Star Wars” , data oficial de lançamento de “Pantera Negra 2” , a apresentação dos trajes dos personagens de “Os Eternos” e agora Angelina Jolie chegou para falar de “Malévola: Dona do Mal”. Olha só a nova arte para o filme: On October 18, evil will reign. Here’s a brand new piece of art from #Maleficent : Mistress of Evil that just debuted at #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/8xT37FxNcA — Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) August 24, 2019 Além disso, Jolie, que estará em “Os Eternos” está na convenção para falar do novo filme da “vilã”. #Maleficent herself, Angelina Jolie, takes the stage at #D23Expo . pic.twitter.com/poT7sm8V1M — Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) August 24, 2019 Bem como Pfeiffer e Dakota Fanning: Angelia Jolie is joined by Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer and Chiwetel Ejiofor at #D23Expo to discuss #Maleficent : Mistress of Evil pic.twitter.com/tW8Kd4Pgth — Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) August 24, 2019 Dirigido por Joachim Rønning, o novo projeto continuará a explorar o complexo relacionamento entre a fada (Angelina Jolie) com a princesa Aurora (Elle Fanning) enquanto precisam formar novas alianças e enfrentar novos inimigos com o objetivo de proteger os seres mágicos de Moors. O elenco é recheado com nomes de peso como Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Anos de Escravidão”) e Ed Skrein (“Deadpool”). Inicialmente previsto somente para o primeiro semestre de 2020, o filme foi adiantado e chega às telas dos cinemas brasileiros no dia 17 de outubro de 2019. Assista ao trailer:

Black Panther 2 vai estrear em Maio de 2022

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Black Panther 2 vai estrear em Maio de 2022 Por - 25 , Agosto , 2019 O filme live-action de Black Panther (Pantera Negra) foi um sucesso de bilheteira com mais de 1.3 bilhões de dólares em todo o mundo e o Marvel Studios na sua conta de twitter acabaram de confirmar que Black Panther 2 vai estrear nos cinemas a 6 de maio de 2022 novamente com direção de Ryan Coogler . Just announced at #D23Expo , Ryan Coogler returns to direct Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER 2, in theaters May 6, 2022. pic.twitter.com/9zfcFzOi6z — Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) August 24, 2019 No primeiro filme de Black Panther encontramos atores como Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman e Andy Serkis. TAGS