Quick Quiz

Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  What’s the name of the KFC mascot?

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2   She played the US president’s wife in ‘The West Wing’ but is also known for which film musical?

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3  Which US State is mentioned in the song ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’?

4  Which Disney princess had a prince called Philip?

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5  Who played Gilbert Grape in the 1993 movie ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’?

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Flashback Track of the Day

- “Frontier Psychiatrist” by The Avalanches reached number 18 in the UK in August 2000. It was taken from their debut album ‘Since I Left You’.

-  The Avalanches are an Australian group who have been through loads of line-up changes over the last 15 years and are yet to produce a long awaited second album.

- Check out their other major hit ‘Since I Left You’ and a video showing where the samples come from after the jump!

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Quick Updates!

Here’s a first look at Paul Rudd in Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’. Peyton Reed has replaced Edgar Wright as director on the project and the cast also includes Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, John Slattery, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña and TI.  It’s due out in December 2015.

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Here’s a new trailer for a TV movie about the making of ‘Saved By The Bell’.  Check out the cast members here.

‘EastEnders’ have cast Davood Ghadami as a new market trader Khoroush ‘Kush’ Kazemi.  He has previously appeared in ‘Doctors’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Skins’ and ‘Taggart’.

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Richard D James has announced a new Aphex Twin album called SYRO, the first one in 13 years.

Tim Vine has won the funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival award for the second time.  TV channel Dave awarded him for this one – “I’ve decided to sell my Hoover… well it was just collecting dust.”

Here’s the first trailer of Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black in a new three-part ITV biopic called ‘Cilla’.

This pic of 19 year-old Robert Burt from Maine posing for a mugshot while wearing a t-shirt of his last mughot is getting shared around the world today.

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(Ps he actually wore the second t-shit while turning up to serve jail-time for his original arrest – a DUI).

Fox TV have turned down Tina Fey’s idea for a new series called ‘Cabot College’.  It was written by her ’30 Rock’ colleague Matt Hubbard and is about a college for women that begins to accept men as students.

Want to hear brand new music from Gerard Way and Labrinth?

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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 which country did Bridget Jones find herself imprisoned in ‘Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason’?

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2  The ‘Star Wars’ franchise is divided into ‘episodes’, which episode number was ‘The Empire Strikes Back’?

3  A 2002 Robin Williams thriller and a 1995 Faithless hit.  What’s the title?

4  Who directly succeeded Desmond Llewelyn as ‘Q’ in the Bond franchise?

5  Sitcom sums time – if you add up the main family’s children in series 1 of ‘Home Improvement’, ‘Malcolm In The Middle’, and ‘Roseanne’ how many do you get? (Just to emphasise: two of those added babies in later series – don’t count them).

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Flashback Track of the Day

- “Pacific State” by 808 State (the single edit known as ‘Pacific 707′) reached number 10 in the UK in 1989.

- 808 State were a Manchester group including Graham Massey, Martin Price and Gerald Simpson (who left to form ‘A Guy Called Gerald’). Martin Price also left to pursue his own production career and Andrew Barker and Darren Partington joined in 1989.  They are still together and last released on EP in 2012.

Random Flashback: He-Man Toys

An 80s cartoon which was created purely to sell toys is getting a CGI-heavy blockbuster reboot? Surely not.  Let us return to a simpler time when we got hours of fun making He-Man ‘punch’ another toy by stiffly rotating his entire upper body a half-inch.

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There was a wide variety of skilled toys of course, pretty much all of them with the exact same body.  Here’s an early 80s ad for ‘Man-E-Faces’.

“Friend and ally, he’s just kinda weird sometimes..” We all know one.

All the He-Man ads ever made after the jump!

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What Ever Happened To… the ‘Generation Game’ Hostesses?

Joyous cries of ‘cuddly toy!’ broke out across the nation as we discovered ‘The Generation Game‘ is coming back for a new generation.

This time it will be hosted by Miranda Hart, so while cheesy catchphrases, gentle innuendo, and orchestrated chaos will still ensue, I doubt there’ll be much need for the glamorous female assistants (or ‘hostesses’ as they were called).

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But what happened to the hostesses who served alongside Bruce Forsyth, Larry Grayson, and Jim Davidson?  Find out after the jump!

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Quick Updates

Former ‘EastEnders’ and ‘Love Actually‘ star Martin McCutcheon has announced she’s pregnant with her first child.  She and her husband Jack McManus are due to have the baby next Valentine’s Day.

Meanwhile Kate Richie, who played Sally in ‘Home and Away’ for over 20 years, has given birth to her first child. She and her husband Stuart Webb welcomed a baby girl over the weekend.

The hit series ‘Orange is The New Black’ was based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, now her ex-girlfriend is going to publish her side of the story. Cleary Wolters was renamed Alex in the drama and is played by former ‘That 70s Show‘ star Laura Prepon (below).

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