Quick Video Updates!

Here’s Labrinth video for ‘Jealous’, an emotional song about a parent leaving his family when he was 4 years -old.  It’s the latest single from his forthcoming album ‘Take Me To The Truth’.

Take That dance about a glittery vicars in their video for ‘These Days’.  It’s the first single from the group as a threesome (Gary, Mark and Howard) and the first from their new album ‘III’.

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Quick Quiz

Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  Enrique Iglesias and Mariah Carey have both released hit songs the same title, what is it?

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2  Apart from being types of creatures, the names ‘Penguin’, ‘Ladybird’ and ‘Puffin’ are also types of what?

3  Tom Cruise walking through Time Square in ‘Vanilla Sky’, Cillian Murphy walking through London in ’28 Days Later’ – what’s the link?

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4   Which 1978 animated film featured characters called Fiver, Hazel, Bigwig, Blackberry, Pipkin, Dandelion, Silver and Violet?

5  Which of The Beatles produced the British films ‘Monty Python’s Life of Brian’, ‘Time Bandits’, ‘The Long Good Friday’, ‘Mona Lisa’ and ‘Withnail and I’?

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Same Story, Upgraded

Here’s the first trailer for ‘Ex Machina’, a near-future sci-fi pondering the ethics of humanity’s relationship to artificial intelligence.  Sound familiar?

This one doesn’t star Haley Joel Osment or the voice of Scarlet Johansson, instead there’s Alicia Vikander, Domhnall GleesonOscar Isaac and a lovely house in the countryside.

It’s written and directed by Alex Garland, who previously wrote ‘The Beach’, ’28 Days Later’, and ‘Sunshine’.

‘Ex Machina’ is due out in the UK & Ireland in January and in the US in April. 

BTW Domhnaill and Oscar are also starring together in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’, more on that cast here.

What Ever Happened To.. the cast of The New Addams Family?

Having re-watched the 1991 adaptation of the classic comic strip ‘The Addams Family‘ (see that cast here), I was struck by just how insanely horny for each other Gomez and Morticia were all the time and how brilliantly sharp and dark the script was.  Naturally I fell into a Wikipedia hole and found myself investigating all the other versions of the creepy, kooky, and all together spooky family – there’s been a cartoon series, a stage musical, and this 90s TV series.

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Don’t remember it?  ‘The New Addams Family’ only ran for two seasons but still had one more episode than the1960s series.

The new theme tune wasn’t quite as catchy as the original though…

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

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Quick Updates!

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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Quick Quiz

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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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.

Quick Updates!

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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Quick Quiz

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

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