London Lite Monday, 3 August 2009 17 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS The super-fit superheroineMalin akerMan Watchmen is out now on DVD. 11PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyLaurenPaxman COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC DaviD Byrne The legendary Talking heads star, right, performs songs from everything That happens Will happen Today, a celebration of his collaborative relationship with Brian eno. Barbican, Silk St eC2 (0845 120 7550, barbican., 7.30pm, returns only. Tube: Barbican CompiledbyLaurenPaxman Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out alice in chains JeRRY CANTReLL, right, and the Seattle grunge band release their first studio album in 14 years next month. hear tunes from Black Gives Way To Blue here first. Scala, 275-277 Pentonville Rd N1 (0870 060 0100,, 7.30pm, returns only. Tube: Kings Cross Beyonc IF YOU didnt get to her O2 shows earlier this year, make sure you dont miss the chance to see Beyonc, right, in all her fabulousness up close in November. 14 & 16 Nov, The O2, Millennium Way Se10 (0871 984 0002, uk), 6.30pm, 49.50. Tube: North Greenwich The oBserver ANNA ChANCeLLOR, right, stars in this drama about international observers in a West African state where violence is escalating. Until 3 Sep, National Theatre, South Bank Se1 (020 7452 3000, national, in rep, times vary, tonight 7.30pm, 10- 31. Tube: Waterloo Coming SoonTomorrowToday ForBiDDen BroaDway ANNA-JANe CASeY, right, Sophie Louise Dann, and more take a wry look at musicals in this spoof. Until 13 Sep, Menier Chocolate Factory, 51-53 Southwark St Se1 (020 7907 7060, menier, Tue- Sat 8pm, Sun 3.30pm, 15- 25. Tube: London Bridge legally BlonDe The Musical DUNCAN JAMeS and Sheridan Smith, right, take on the roles played by Matthew Davis and Reese Witherspoon in the film. With added singing. 5 Dec-23 May, Savoy Theatre, Strand WC2 (020 7836 8888), Mon & Wed-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu & Sat 2.30pm, Sun 3pm, 20-62.50. Tube: Charing Cross school For giFTeD chilDren ReLIABLY brilliant Robin Ince, left, hosts this Nerd Pride event, which claims to be a celebration of knowledge in all its forms. And tomorrow, Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd NW1 (0844 482 8008, uk), 9pm, 7.50. Tube: Chalk Farm Coming SoonTomorrowToday reggie waTTs The man GQ described as the black Bill Bailey, left, mixes comedy with some of the finest beatboxing youre ever likely to hear. Until Sat, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St W1 (0870 429 6883,, 10pm, 15, 12.50 concs. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd ricky gervais GeRVAIS, left, is still working out material that hell take to edinburgh later this month. This is a chance to watch the master at work. 17-20 Aug, Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon St WC1 (020 7388 8822), 7.30pm, returns only. Tube: euston PoPcorn LONDONS biggest weekly Monday club pumps out back-to- back dance anthems from DJs Jonesey, Bodum and Steven Geller, and underground house from Lisa German, left, Ariel, Gordon John and Terry Vietheer. heaven, Under The Arches, Craven St WC2 (020 7930 2020), 11pm, 8, concs free. Tube: Charing Cross Coming SoonTomorrowToday rePlay DIeGO cK, left, Anto Retox and Steve Nocerino are joined by a special guest at this weekly house night where you can dance until dawn for free. The Den & Centro, 18a West Central Street WC1 (020 7240 1083,, 9pm, 3, free before midnight. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd FaBric live DUB SYNDICATe, DJ Yoda, left, Adrian Sherwood, Moody Boyz, Scratch Perverts and The Nextmen head to the Friday night clubbing institution this weekend. Fri, Fabric, 77a Charterhouse St eC1 (020 7336 8898, fabriclondon. com), 10pm, 13, 10 concs. Tube: Farringdon Im a thrill-seeker, says malin Akerman, running her fingers through her long, blonde hair. Thats the fan- tastic thing about this business -- youre constantly expanding yourself. In Akermans case, its more like spandex-ing yourself. She poured her fantastic figure into the sleekest of cos- tumes for Watchmen, Zack Snyders epic take on Alan moores graphic novel. She won the role of superheroine Silk Spectre over Jessica Alba and milla Jovovich, got fighting fit, donned a jet-black wig and waded into a six- month shoot that could have been incredibly lonely if we hadnt all gotten on so well. It was an attention-grabbing role for the 31-year-old who started out as a model, upped sticks from Stockholm to California and landed a few support- ing roles on small and big screens. It was a pleasure to play a character who was so fully fleshed-out, and then to be able to live vicariously through her -- learning to fight and that stuff. Any injuries? A few bruises but its all choreographed. Sure its tough, but its not dangerous. Back to being blonde, Akerman is more like ditzy Juna, the character she played in Lisa Kudrows HBO comedy The Comeback, than Watchmens tough cookie Silk. She giggles a lot and says things like: Putting on any kind of costume, whether its latex, heels or a suit, its going to affect you in a different way. Which is kind of stating the obvious. Having been in 27 Dresses, The Heartbreak Kid and more recently The Proposal, shes more comfortable in comedy than drama, so Watchmen was a daunting prospect. Certain scenes called for emotional reactions and were a huge challenge for me, she admits -- she has never been to drama school. Shes back on safer ground with her next film, a romcom co-starring Vince Vaughn thats currently in production, but shes still doting on Watchmen. I found it phenomenal, she sighs. I think its an experience that will be hard to beat. 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