Rory’s 2mins Review: Dracula Untold

Luke Evans, Sarah Gaden and Charles Dance star in ‘Dracula Untold’, an action-packed look at the iconic vampire’s origins as a family man tempted by dark powers.

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But is it any good? Here’s my 2mins review!

‘Dracula Untold’ is out in the UK and Ireland on October 3rd and in the US on October 10th. 

Any feedback? I’m on Twitter @showbizgeek and @theroryjohn

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Things Just Got Weird

The couch gag for the new “Clown In The Dumps” episode of ‘The Simpsons’ may surprise and slightly disturb you.

More of this and less LEGO, Family Guy, and Futurama cross-overs please.

That strange moment was brought to you by by Don Hertzfeldt.   He’s an independent animator and filmmaker with critically acclaimed work like ‘It’s Such a Beautiful Day’, ‘The Meaning of Life’, and the Academy-Award nominated ‘Rejected’.

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You can check out Don’s blog here and some of his animated shorts after the jump!

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Quick Updates!

Some headlines and assorted bits you may have missed!

This video of Taylor Swift singing an ‘Adele’ song with a leukaemia patient is getting shared around the world today.  The uploader says, “I recently underwent a bone marrow transplant due to leukemia. Taylor Swift stopped by the hospital for a surprise visit and dropped by my room to say hi! When she noticed the keyboard in my room, she asked me to play a song for her.”

Holly Willoughby has given birth to her third child, a boy called Chester.  She and her husband Dan Baldwin already have two older children – Harry James and Belle.  Check out 12 times Holly cracked up laughing on air here.

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Troubled former child-star Amanda Bynes was arrested for DUI in LA over the weekend, which means she has violated her probation.  Last year she was placed under psychiatric hold by a court and later went through rehab.

Here’s the first trailer for ‘Inherent Vice’.  Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom and Benicio del Toro.  Its due out in January 2015.


Quick Quiz

Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  Reece Witherspoon played the lead in the film and Sheridan Smith played her in the West End musical, what’s the title?

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2  Which fictional band included a member called Joey ‘The Lips’ Fagan?

3  Which TV franchise is based on a series of books called ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’?

4  The character Baby was famously embarrassed to be talking to her crush while holding a fruit in ‘Dirty Dancing’, what kind of fruit was it?

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5  ‘Hallelujah’ has been covered by Jeff Buckley and Alexandra Burke, but who sang the original?

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

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Rory’s 2mins Review: ‘Gone Girl’

‘Gone Girl’ is director David Fincher‘s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.

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But is it any good?  Here’s my SPOILER FREE 2mins review.

‘Gone Girl’ is out in the UK, Ireland and US on October 2nd. 

Feedback appreciated! I’m on Twitter @showbizgeek and @theroryjohn

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Quick Updates!

Some bits and bobs you may have missed.

George Clooney and human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin finalised their wedding vows with a low-key civil ceremony in Venice today (Sept 9th). They had a wedding for friends and family in Venice on Saturday.

Royksopp have announced a new album called ‘The Inevitable End‘, expected to be their last.  The band say “We have been able to say what we want to say and do what we want to do with the LP. We’re not going to stop making music, but the album format as such, this is the last thing from us.”  It’s due out on November 11th.

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Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl have signed up for a thriller called ‘Colonia’.  Set against the Chilean coup d’état in 1973, it follows a young woman who joins a cult in the hopes of getting her kidnapped husband back.

‘Mad Men’ star Jon Hamm will appear in a Christmas special of ‘Black Mirror’.  Charlie Brooker’s anthology series deals with dark near-future sci-fi stories, and this feature-length episode will feature three inter-twining stories.  It will also star Oona Chaplin and Rafe Spall.

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Quick Quiz

Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  Forrest Gump competed in two sports – what were they?

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2  This 2000 film starring Angelina Jolie might also have been called ‘Not here in 1 Minute’. What was the title?

3  Which Robbie Williams video was heavily edited by MTV to avoid complaints over gory content and was banned in the Dominican Republic over claims it was Satanic?

4  Meryl Streep as Kathy Burke’s sister? What’s the 1998 movie?

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5  ‘Airplane’ (1980), ‘Oklahoma’ (1953), ‘Oliver’ (1968), ‘Hello, Dolly’ (1969), ‘That Thing You Do’ (1996), ‘Moulin Rouge’ (2000).  What is missing from each?

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

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And Then A Hero Comes Along…

It looks like Disney are onto another hit with this one.  ‘Big Hero 6′ is their adaptation of an obscure Marvel comic about a teen lad and his pet/friend/doctor robot.

So why do they speak like Americans in what looks like a Japanese setting?  Well, the film is set in ‘San Fransokyo‘, a futuristic mash-up of Eastern & Western culture.

The lead character, Hiro Hamada, is voiced by 19 year-old Ryan Potter who preciously starred in the Nickleodeon series ‘Super Ninjas’. 

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‘Big Hero 6′ is out on November 6th in the US but won’t be out in the UK & Ireland until January 2015. 


Rory’s 2mins Doctor Who Review: The Caretaker

In this week’s ‘Doctor Who’ (Season 8 Episode 6 ‘The Caretaker), The Doctor goes into “deep cover” as a caretaker in Coal Hill School.  Forget the apparently dangerous robot lurking in the shadows, what will he make of Clara’s boyfriend Danny Pink?

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But was it any good?

I’m on Twitter @showbizgeek and @theroryjohn

Quick Quiz

Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  According to the song ‘Blame It On The Boogie’, what three things should you NOT blame it on?

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2  In the book and film adaptations where on her body does ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ have the dragon tattoo?

3  In 1993 Harrison Ford played Dr Richard Kimble, in 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger played Detective Henry Kimble.  What are the two movies?

4  Which two famous 90s musicians had a daughter together called Frances Bean?

5  The Red Hot Chili Pepper’s ‘Love Rollercoaster’ was the theme tune to which 1996 comedy film?

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

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