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Ant and Dec will host the 2015 Brit Awards. They replace James Corden who has hosted the music event for the past three years.

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Meanwhile James Corden and his wife Julia have a new baby daughter called Carey (named after her mum’s maiden name).  The couple already have a 3 year-old son called Max.

Roy Keane could be going on ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!’.  The assistant manager for Aston Villa and the Rep of Ireland admits –  “I met the jungle people, but I thought, ‘Nah, not for me’. But the more you say no, the more determined they are to get you, so who knows? There’s more to life than football.”

Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field have named their newborn son Charlton Valentine Williams.  The couple also have a 2 year-old daughter called Teddy.  He posted this short vid celebrating the new birth.


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Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ and ‘Hocus Pocus’ both featured a talking… what?

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2  ‘Murder She Wrote’ star Angela Lansbury starred in one (mostly) live-action Disney film and voiced a character in an animated one – name those movies!

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3  ‘Boss of Me’ by They Might Be Giants was the theme tune to which family sitcom?

4  What specifically links the Harry Potter film roles of Dumbledore, The Fat Lady, and Lavender Brown?

5  Which advertising mascot was introduced first – the Duracell Bunny or the Energizer Bunny?

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Answers after the jump!  Please let me know how you do at @showbizgeek

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Young Fathers win the Mercury Prize

A “psychedelic hip-hop boyband” from Edinburgh called Young Fathers have won this year’s Mercury Prize with their debut album ‘Dead’!

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Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and ‘G’ Hastings beat Damon Albarn, Jungle, FKA Twigs, Royal Blood, Anna Calvi and Bombay Bicycle Club to the prestigious award at an event in London tonight (Oct 29th).

They join previous winners like PJ Harvey (twice), James Blake, alt-J, Elbow, Pulp, Dizzee Rascal, Klaxons, Arctic Monkeys and Primal Scream

Here’s a brief run-down of all the other contenders.

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Jason Bateman is going to direct and star in ‘IPO Man’, the true story of a man called Mike Merrill who sold his life on the open market and let his shareholders decide how he should live it.

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Here’s an extended trailer for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ with the Avengers all trying to lift Thor’s hammer.  The movie is due out in the UK & Ireland in  April 2015 and in the US in May.

And some said she would never work again with her new face! Renée Zellweger is joining Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou and Jon Voight in ‘Same Kind of Different as Me’.  It’s an adaptation of a novel about a husband who befriends a homeless man in order to save his marriage (not sure who that idea works…)

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Daniel Radcliffe is a damn impressive rapper!  Check out his performance of Blackalicious ‘Alphabet Aerobotics’ on ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’.

Oh and there are brand new music videos from George Ezra (feat Sir Ian McKellen!) and Olly Murs

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Check them out after the jump!

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Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  In the chorus of ‘Jolene’ how many times in a row does Dolly Parton repeat the name?

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2   Which biblical figure did the Dreamworks animated film ‘The Prince of Egypt’ focus on?

3  Which Shakespearean role have both Mel Gibson and Kenneth Brannagh played on film?

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4   Boyzone’s number 2 hit ‘Picture of You’ was the theme tune for which 1997 film?

5  A tricky one – Only two animated feature-length Disney movies have a colour in the title, what are they?

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Marvel have announced that Chadwick Bosewell will play Black Panther in a 2017 movie.  The superhero is a leader from the fictional African country Wakanda. Chadwick has also appeared in the movie ’42’ and played James Brown in ‘Get On Up’.

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Marvel also announced that female-lead ‘Captain Marvel’ film will arrive in 2018.

It’s reported that Chris Martin and Jennifer Lawrence have split after dating for a few months. They apparently got together in June after her relationship with Nicholas Hoult ended and he separated from Gwyneth Paltrow.

Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field have a baby boy.  The little lad joins their 2 year-old daughter Teddy.

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‘Geordie Shore’ star Vicki Pattison has quit the MTV reality series after 9 seasons.  She says, “The show hasn’t grown up, and I have. I know a lot of people in the house are going to be quite content to sort of be 40 years old and still downing Jägerbombs and bucking birds, but for me that was just never an option.”

Here’s a new trailer for ‘Paddington’, a live-action/CGI adaptation of Michael Bond’s books starring Ben Whishaw (as the voice of Paddington) Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton and Nicole Kidman.  It’s due out in the UK & Ireland on on November 28th and the US in January.

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What Ever Happened To… the cast of ‘Hangin’ With Mr Cooper’?

‘Hangin’ With Mr Cooper’ (1992-1997) started out like a 90s version of ‘Three’s Company’ with a cheeky bachelor who lives with with two ladies…

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..  but after the first season it morphed into a more Cosby-esque family-friendly format with the addition of cute kids and life-lessons.

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Oh and En Vogue sang the theme tune!

So where are the cast now?  Find out after the jump!

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Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  How many members of ‘The Simpsons’ family usually have their arms covered?

2  Aqua’s first song was about a Barbie doll, which iconic movie character did their second single seem to be about?

3  Gene Kelly and ‘A Clockwork Orange’ star Malcolm McDowell both famously sang which 1929 song on the big screen?

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4  They have appeared in three films together, but in which1992 movie did Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves play a married couple?

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5  The 1963 comedy ‘The Pink Panther’ doesn’t feature a panther at all (except for the cartoon one in the opening credits), what was the title referring to?

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Deadline reports that Benedict Cumberbatch will play the lead in Marvel’s Doctor Strange.  It was previously rumoured that Joaquin Phoenix, Colin Farrell and Keanu Reeves were all up for the role of the ex-neurosurgeon who defends the earth from mystical threats.  The movie is due out in July 2016.

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Mark Rylance is the BFG!  The stage star’s set to play the title character in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book about a little girl called Sophie who helps the Big Friendly Giant protect the world from bad giants.

Check out Roald Dahl’s books in the proper order here.

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(Pic via RoaldDahl.com)

Robbie Williams has posted a few videos mucking around while his wife Ayda goes into labour with their second child.  The couple already have a daughter called Teddie.

Ok Go are famous for their meticulously planned and inventive videos, here’s their brand new one for ‘I Won’t Let You Down’. 

Here’s the first teaser trailer for ‘Insidious Chapter 3′.  The prequel to the previous films follows the psychic lady Elise (Lin Shaye) as she helps a a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott).  It’s due out in May in the US and no wider release date has been announced yet.

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