Burton’s Back?

No Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, forced and clichéd quirkiness, or eye-mauling CGI?  Here’s a Tim Burton film you may actually want to see.

‘Bright Eyes’ stars Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams as Walter Keane and Margaret Keane, a married couple who battled in court over which one was the true artist.

‘Big Eyes’ is out this Christmas.


Quick Quiz

Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  According to his 1998 single, Wyclef Jean will be gone until what month?

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2  In the Beatrix Potter books, what was Peter Rabbit’s cousin’s name?

3  Indiana Jones married to Catwoman?  What is the 2000 psychological horror?

4  Bombay Bicycle, Black Rebel Motorcycle, Buena Vista Social – what’s missing?

5  Which two stars both appeared in ‘This Boy’s Life’ (1993) and ‘The Great Gatsby’ (2013)?

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

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Aronofsky’s Stolen Goods

As Picasso (and later Steve Jobs) famously said “Good artists copy, great artists steal”.  Cinema is packed with scenes, shots, and plots that were clearly “heavily inspired” by another person’s work.

Take for example this shot from the 1997 anime thriller ‘Perfect Blue’ and the 2000 psychological horror ‘Requiem For a Dream’.

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In this case director Darren Aronofsky can’t be accused of daylight robbery, he covered his ass by actually buying the US remake rights to ‘Perfect Blue’ before slipping this bathtub shot in.

Some cinema sleuths also reckon Aronofsky’s ‘Black Swan’ regurgitated a few shots from the Japanese film too .  Check out the evidence after the jump!

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EastEnders cast Miss Peacock!

She’s always on the blower to her daughter, now we’ll finally get to meet Linda Carter’s mum Elaine!

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Maria Friedman is set to play Elaine Peacock in ‘EastEnders’ and will arrive in the Square this Autumn to support Linda after she gets raped by Dean.  It won’t all be heavy drama though, we’ll also see where Linda gets her love of the spotlight and sparkles as Elaine is a “larger than life, glamorous landlady who loves to be the centre of attention”.

Maria says “Working alongside Kellie Bright and the rest of the Carter clan has been an absolute joy. It has also been a lovely experience to take my West End shoes East for a short trip!”

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Who is this Maria lady?  She’s an award-winning West End star who has appeared in productions of  ‘Chicago’, ‘The Woman in White’ and ‘Ragtime’, perfect for a new dramatic diva in the Vic!


Meet the new Danger Mouse!

David Jason voiced him in the original 80s series, now the BBC has announced that comedian, actor, and ‘Pointless’ host Alexander Armstrong will voice Danger Mouse in a revival of the cartoon spy spoof!

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The series will be narrated by Dave Lamb (aka the snarky ‘Come Dine With Me’ voice), Kevin Eldon (below) will voice Penfold and Shauna MacDonald will play a new character called Professor Squawkencluck.

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The new series is set to air in 2016.


Check out an original episode of ‘Danger Mouse’ after the jump!

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Quick Quiz

Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  According to Eminem’s ‘The Real Slim Shady’ who is dead and locked in his basement?

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2  The lyrics to the Sonny & Cher classic ‘I Got You Babe’ go “.. and when I’m sad you’re a clown, and if I get scared you’re …” what?

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3   Before he played James Bond, Daniel Craig starred opposite Tom Hanks and Jude Law in which 2002 film?

 Who is the oldest – Ryan Gosling, Ryan Phillippe or Ryan Reynolds?

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5  Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher, Jean Pierre Jeunet – what’s the movie franchise?

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

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What Ever Happened To… Son of Dork?

After the collapse of Busted in January 2005 the ever-entrepreneurial songwriter James Bourne decided to get a new ghd-friendly guitar band together.  The result was the dramatically short-lived Son of Dork.

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The lads had a number 3 hit with their debut single ‘Ticket Outta Loserville’ and their follow-up, ‘Eddie’s Song’, reached number 10, but after just one album and two tours they split.

As you may know James turned that album concept into the relatively short-lived West-End musical ‘Loserville: The Musical‘ and recently had a right laugh touring as part of McBusted.

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But what about the other Son of Dork band members? Find out what happened to them after the jump!

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Random Flashback: Teddy & Shannen

Here’s an unlikely 80s partnership, an unconvincing Teddy Ruxpin and a teenage Shannen Doherty in what looks like an early version of ‘Between Two Ferns’.

Teddy Ruxpin, a bear that moved lip-synched to a cassette tape shoved in his back, was a huge toy craze in the mid 80s and, like all heavily-marketted 80s toys, he ended up with his own popular cartoon series.

His creators, World of Wonder, folded in 1991 and Teddy was revived by several other toymakers before quietly slipping away in 2006.

Shannen Doherty went on to star in ‘Beverly Hills 90210′ (more on that cast here) and ‘Charmed’ (more on that here).  More recently she’s appeared her own reality TV shows.


Quick Updates

‘Boardwalk Empire’ star Jack Huston is set to play the title role in ‘Ben Hur’.  The 1880 novel about a fictional slave during the time of Jesus was famously turned into a Hollywood movie in 1959, this new version will also star Morgan Freeman.  Jack’s granddad was the famous director John Huston and his aunt is Angelica Huston.

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ITV isn’t going to bother with new talent show format ‘Rising Star’.  The format was a hit in Israel but a flop in the US and Germany and so ITV have decided not to air it as planned next January.

Liam Neeson and Bono are working on a film script together about Ireland’s showband scene in the 1970s.

Forget Bieber’s efforts, is Nick Jonas the new Timberlake? The youngest lad from Jonas Brothers, has released this video for ‘Jealous’, the second single from his debut solo album.