Harry Potter and the Annual Redesign

Just a few months after New York Times illustrator Kazu Kibuishi redesigned the Harry Potter covers for the American market…

kazu kibuishi harry potter coversJonny Duddle has done the same for the UK market.  He has updated Harry with a manga-esque swoop of hair and added drama, swirling shapes, and possible slight-spoilers (but ones that would go over the heads of newcomers anyway).

When you compare to the original cover.. well there’s no comparison.

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The new covers are out in September, check out all 7  after the jump!

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Quick Quiz

Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  What’s Martin’s surname in ‘The Simpsons’?

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2  Which TV detective investigated deaths around the (not so) quiet town of Cabot Cove?

3  What kind of contest was the basis for the 2000 comedy ‘Best In Show’?

4  According to the hit ‘Nothing Compares 2U’, what did the doctor tell Sinead O’Connor to do?

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5   Lupita Nyong’o from Kenya won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014, which African actress won an Oscar for Best Actress in 2004?

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

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Flashback Track of the Day

- “Think About The Way” by Ice MC reached number 2 in Italy, number 3 in Belgium, 42 in the UK and number 20 in Ireland in 1994 and number 38 in the UK in 1996.

- ICE MC (real name Ian Campbell) grew up in Nottingham in the UK with both parents from Jamaica and was signed to an Italian record label in 1989.  The vocalist was Italian singer Alexia (real name Alessia Aquilani). 

- Check out his other hits “Rainy Day” and “Take Away The Colour” after the jump!

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Quick Updates!

Lana Del Rey dresses as a bride in her new ‘UltraViolence’ in what may be a reference to Andy Warhol Superstar Edie Sedgwick who married shortly before her death in 1971.

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It’s the latest single from her new album of the same name.  It seems she’s decided to go for a vintage look this time…

Drew Barrymore has released a short statement following the death of her half-sister Jessica Barrymore.  Jessica was found dead in her car shortly before her 48th birthday.  Drew, who did not have a close relationship with their father John Barrymore, has said “Although I only met her briefly, I wish her and her loved ones as much peace as possible. I’m so incredibly sorry for their loss.”

A new trailer for Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ has been uploaded to the film’s official website after showing at this year’s Comic Con.  Just go HERE and enter the code 07201969.

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The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Sir Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Ellen Burnstyn, Mackenzie Foy, Topher Grace and John Lithgow.  It’s due out in November.

Here’s a preview of the new season of ‘Sesame Street’ starring Claire Danes, Sir Ian McKellan, Zach Braff, One Direction, ‘Mad Men’ star Christina Hendricks, Tina Fey,  Zach Galifianakis, Lupita Nyong’o, Macklemore, Jonah Hill, Terry Crews, Zachary Quinto, Mindy Kaling, Ice Cube, Seth Meyers, Janelle Monae and more.

Check out my favourite ‘Sesame Street’ guest stars here.



What Ever Happened To… the cast of Hang Time?

We’ve already caught up with the cast of the original 90s teen sitcom ‘Saved By the Bell‘, the rip-off with the band (‘California Dreams‘), and now it’s time for the rip-off with the basketball team.

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‘Hang Time’ ran a respectable five years 1995 to 2000 and almost the entire cast was replaced before it bowed out.

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It was based around a high-school basketball team with one female member and included all the usual life lessons, canned laughter, and a will-they-won’t-they romance (probably).

Where are all (and the are many) cast-members now?

Find out after the jump!

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High School Reunion – Reunion?

Brainless blondes talking in ‘valley speak’?  While ‘Clueless’ remains the go-to 90s high-school comedy, ‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion’ has been a slow-burning cult favourite – not least because it follows the oblivious outcasts rather than the queens of the corridor.

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The 1997 comedy starred Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow as best friends who consider going to a high school reunion in the hopes of finally triumphing over the popular girls.

Now Mira has is calling for a sequel!  She told E!NewsDisney, if you’re listening—everybody wants it!.  Me and Lisa and Robin [Schiff, screenwriter] would love to do a sequel. We have asked Disney before. It’s Disney that has to decide to say yes.”

“[Disney] don’t realise what a cult phenomenon it has become. I mean, people dress up as us for Halloween.”

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Would you like to see the girls back again? @showbizgeek

BTW Check out why Romy and Michele live in the same world as Pulp Fiction here.

Quick Updates!

MailOnline reports that Orlando Bloom took a swing at Justin Bieber in Ibiza this week after Justin allegedly greeted the actor with ‘what’s up bitch?’.

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What’s their beef?  It was rumoured Bieber tried to sleep with Orlando’s ex-wife Miranda Kerr while they were still married, and the singer added fuel to the row by posting a pic of Miranda on Instagram following the confrontation.

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Lily Allen has confirmed that she’s no longer working on the Bridget Jones stage musical.  She says the book’s author Helen Fielding has completely reworked the show and Lily’s songs have been dropped – “It’s been a long-term project and I was happy to do my bit but I’m now out of the picture.”

Paramount Australia have apologised after releasing a poster featuring the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ leaping from an exploding skyscraper with the release date September 11th.   Check it out after the jump!

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Quick Quiz

Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  What was the 1963 Disney film based on the legend of King Arthur called?

2   It featured Charlie Brown and Snoopy but what was the comic strip called?

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3  In ‘The Fully Monty’, the men do their final strip to the song “You Can Leave Your Hat On”, who was the singer?

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4  Michael Jackson appeared with his (then) wife Lisa Marie Presley in a 1995 music video, what was the song?

5  In which film did Halle Berry play a character called Sharon Stone?

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

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Flashback Track of the Day

- “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House reached number 1 in New Zealand, Canada, number 2 in the US, number 8 in Australia, and number 27 in the UK in 1986.

- Crowded House were formed in Australia in 1985 (with New Zealander Neil Finn on vocals) and split in 1996.  They reformed in 2006 and have since had two number one albums in Australia.  Original drummer Paul Hestor sadly took his own life in 2005.

- Check out their other major hits “Weather With You” (UK no 7 in 1992) after the jump!

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