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.


Quick Quiz

Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  What kind of animals were Shenzi, Banzai and Ed in ‘The Lion King’?

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2  Which musician did Paul McCartney duet with on the 1982 hit ‘Ebony and Ivory’?

3  Sir John Gielgud played the title character’s valet in the 1981 film ‘Arthur’, who played the role in the 2011 remake?

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4  In the Bond film ‘Diamonds are Forever’ two baddie Bond girls are named after  characters from which Disney movie?

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5  Which 2003 action sequel had the sub-title ‘The Cradle of Life’?

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

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They All Began On Nathan Barley

‘Nathan Barley’, a 2005 series from the sharply snarky minds of Chris Morris and Charlie Brooker, may have only lasted six episodes but it left a permanent mark on the telly landscape as one of the most eerily prophetic satires ever made.

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It ripped the piss out of Shoreditch try-hard new-media-bullshitters, now commonly known as hipsters.  Nathan, a self-proclaimed “self-facilitating media node”, lived in a laughably exaggerated world where everyone was a pseudo-creative blogger, DJ or photographer who would “babble into handheld twit machines” (remember this was before Twitter existed).

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But the show didn’t just predict society’s fall into self-promoting poser-dom, it also was the birthplace for some of Britain’s brightest stars.

Check out who started out on Nathan Barley after the jump!

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Quick Updates!

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes reportedly have a baby girl.  Eva is said to have given birth last Friday (Sep 12th) thought nothing has been 100% confirmed yet.

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Sony Pictures are working a reboot of ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’.  The 1997 original starred Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr as teenagers who are killed off one-by-one by a vengeful fisherman with a hook and a floppy hat.

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The next Bond film is due to begin filming in December.  Currently referred to as ‘Bond 24′, it will see the return of Daniel Craig, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes.

Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass are in talks with Universal about a new ‘Bourne’ movie.  It’s reported that Jeremy Renner, who starred in the dreadful ‘The Bourne Legacy’ will be getting another spin-off film in the franchise too.

Here’s Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, and Jonathan Pryce in the first trailer for ‘Listen Up Philip’,  the most Woody-Allenesque film not actually directed by Woody Allen.

Check out Ellen DeGeneres and Kristen Wiig singing ‘Let It Go’ from ‘Frozen’ together after the jump!

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Quick Quiz

Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  According to ‘Star Trek’, what is the final frontier?

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2  Which film opens with the words “There comes a lion, yes it’s a lion, we’re going to conquer” sang in Zulu?

3  The sequel to ‘The Matrix’ was called ‘The Matrix Reloaded’, what was the third film called?

4  Which day of the week features in song titles from Sonic Youth, Maroon 5, No Doubt, and Blondie?

5  Which Steven Spielberg film features Christian Bale and Ben Stiller?

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

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