C’est Belle

Emma Watson will play Belle in a live-action version of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

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She confirmed the new on Facebook and said, “I’m finally able to tell you … that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There.’ My six year old self is on the ceiling — heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it.”

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The new version of the 1991 hit follows live-action versions of Disney classics such as ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ (‘Maleficent’), ‘Cinderella’, and an upcoming take on ‘The Jungle Book’.

Check out how Disney films compare to the dark fairytales that inspired them HERE


What Ever Happened To… the cast of Heathers?

‘Heathers’ (1988) was an early ancestor to ‘Mean Girls’, but with shoulder-pads, hairspray, and a pitch-black homicidal humour.  It followed the reluctantly popular Veronica and her psychotic boyfriend JD as they kill off several classmates and make their deaths look like suicide. Funny, eh?

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It also featured some truly bizarre slices of dialogue which have no doubt played a hand in turning the initial box-office disappointment into a massive cult favourite. Check out the ‘chainsaw’ line at 53 seconds.

So what happened the cast?  Find out after the jump!

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Quick Quiz

Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1 According to the 1993 hit from Urban Cookie Collective, “I’ve got the key, I’ve got the secret, I’ve got the key to..” what?

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  One of the Gallagher brothers famously attended Tony Blair’s ‘Cool Britannia’ party in 1997, but which one?

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3  Which iconic kids TV character was given a wife called Sara and a son called Julian in 1996?

4  Which 1991 hit film featured Sean Connery as Richard I of England (aka Richard The Lionheart)?

5  The fictional beer company is ‘Duff’, what’s the fictional cigarette brand called in ‘The Simpsons’?

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Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  In the original ‘Grease’ musical Sandy was American, what nationality was she in the film?

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2  “That’s me in the corner, that’s me in the spotlight.” What was Michael Stipe doing there according to the 1991 REM song?

3  Braveheart’ may have had a few kilts, but which other hit 1995 release featured 53 different patterns of tartan?


4  ‘War.. huh!… What is it good for?’ What’s the answer according to the 1969 Edwin Starr song?

5  What is the only Bond film to feature entirely black and white scenes?

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Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  John and Olivia had seven children in ‘The Waltons’, what was the eldest called?

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2  Robert Englund has played the same character in eight movies from 1984 to 2006, what was the character name?

3  Which of the four ‘Sex and the City’ stars once played Joey’s date on ‘Friends’? (Note: Their names are Kim Catrrall, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis)

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4 It apparently was the “next stop” but what was the name of the motel in Warren G & Nate Dogg’s hate 1994 hit ‘Regulate’?

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5  There are four Walt Disney animated films with one word titles that aren’t also character names – ‘Dinosaur’ (2000), ‘Frozen’ (2013) … what are the other two? (Note: Not counting any Pixar or Disney-Pixar films)

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Corrie Legend dies aged 60

‘Coronation Street’ star Anne Kirkbride has died aged 60.  David Beckett confirmed to ITV that  his wife passed away peacefully in a Manchester hospital after a short illness.

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She played Deirdre on Corrie for 44 years and  the show’s exec producer Kieran Roberts says, “We know only too acutely how much Anne meant to the millions of people who watched her create the legendary character of Deirdre Barlow. She will be greatly missed by the Coronation Street team who share happy memories of working with her. We feel blessed and honoured to have known her. Our thoughts are with David and their family.”

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Coronation Street’s creator Tony Warren added “Anne was very easy to love. Her talent over the years made a massive contribution to Coronation Street.”

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William Roache who played Ken Barlow has also paid tribute –

“I feel Anne’s loss so personally having worked closely with her for over 40 years. She was such a loving and vibrant person. You always knew she was there because her laugh was never far away.

“She was an impeccable performer with superb comedy timing and an immense gift for really heightened drama. We had some rows over the years as Ken and Deirdre and it was wonderful to play those scenes opposite her. Coronation Street has lost one of its iconic characters and Anne will be greatly missed.”

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Check out my previous tribute to Anne – 8 Reasons Why We Love Deirdre Barlow


Quick Updates!

Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated drama ‘The Sniper’ is coming under fire by fellow stars. Seth Rogen has compared it to a propaganda film that features within ‘Inglourious Basterds’ and documentary maker Michael Moore tweeted, “We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse.”

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Hugh Jackman and ‘The Kingsman‘ star Taron Egerton are set to star in a film about the UK’s Olympic ski-jump icon Eddie The Eagle. Hugh will play trainer Chuck Berghorn and Taron will play Eddie – who became a plucky hero despite coming last.

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‘King’ is the brand new single from Years & Years. The band are tipped for big things having recently won the BBC Sound of 2015 Poll.  You might recognise the lead singer Olly Alexander – he’s previously starred in ‘Skins’ and ‘Penny Dreadful’.

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Quick Quiz

Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  Which is older – the BBC or Bruce Forsyth?

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2  Carol, Emily, Rachel – what’s the link?

3  Which car brand had ‘va va voom’ according to an ad campaign with French footballer Thierry Henry?

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4  The four Bucket sisters from ‘Keeping Up Appearances’ (including the unseen one with a “Mercedes, sauna and room for a pony”) were each named after a flower – what were those names?

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5  Paul Young in 1984, Kylie Minogue in 1989, Chris Martin in 2004, One Direction in 2014. What’s the link?

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