Kids TV Classics: Bangers and Mash

‘Bangers and Mash’ was a  British cartoon about two troublesome chimp twins based on Paul Groves books.  The low-key adventures from TreeTown first aired in 1989 and were repeated until around 1993.

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Here’s the catchy theme tune from Chas and Dave.  I hope that’s mud their flinging around and not their own sh*t (well, they are chimps..)

Check out a full episode after the jump and more Kids TV Classics HERE

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Quick Updates!

Is Chris Brown about to be a dad?  In an Instagram post he suggested girlfriend Karrueche Tran is either pregnant or they’re planning to have a baby.

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Brooklyn Beckham turned up to support his girlfriend Chloe Moretz at the premiere of ‘If I  Stay’ in Hollywood.  The pair have apparently been dating for three months and papers say his parents have given the relationship their blessing. Brooklyn is now 15 (Chloe is 17), check out pics of how he’s changed here.

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Just one year after Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jurassic Park’, the bar for dinosaur based special effects was raised infinitely higher with ‘Tammy and the T-Rex’. 

Back in 1994 a pre-fame Denise Richards and the late Paul Walker starred in what seems like a typical teen romcom for the first 40 seconds of this trailer, after that… well, it’s best you see for yourself.

Anyone love to see a screening of this? @showbizgeek

Check out the entire movie after the jump!

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Quick Quiz

Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  Debra Jo Rupp, who played Frank Jr’s fiancé in ‘Friends’, is also known for appearing in which other sitcom?

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2  Which 90s boyband had hits with ‘Steam’, ‘Thunder’ and ‘Let It Rain’?

3  A computer system used to track balls in sport, an Avengers character, and Alan Alda’s character in M*A*S*H.  What’s the link?

4  The lyrics to the REM song ‘Everybody Hurts’ go “When the day is long, and the night, the night is..” what?

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5  Which 2009 film’s title means ‘unconquered’ in latin?

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

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Flashback Track of the Day

- “Sweet Harmony” by Liquid reached number 15 in the UK in 1992.  A remix reached number 14 in 1995.  It was remixed again in 2004, 2007 and 2010.

- Liquid were a British dance act formed by Eamon Downes (a.k.a. Ame) and Shane Heneghan (a.k.a. DJ Model). Shane led the group in the early 90s.

- The piano and vocals were sampled from Ce Ce Rogers’ 1987 song ‘Someday’.  Check out the original after the jump!

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Poochinski – Greatest TV Concept Ever?

This televisual treat was cruelly denied to the world back in 1990.

‘Poochinski’ was a TV pilot about a dead cop who was reincarnated as a talking and farting English bulldog.  He teams up with his ex-partner to fit crime and make surly remarks through his mangled face.  Behold…

Amazing stuff.  Btw the partner you half recognise is George Newbern who was the fiancé in ‘Father of the Bride‘ and later played a neighbour who Rachel fancies in ‘Friends‘.

Check out the full pilot episode after the jump!

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Who will be King of the Jungle Book?

Two rival live-action/CGI retellings of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’ are on the way, both with big name casts.

We know Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o and Sir Ben Kingsley are voicing characters in Disney’s version, now the cast of Andy Serkis’ ‘Jungle Book: Origins’ is taking shape.

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In his version Rohan Chand will play Mowgli, Benedict Cumberbatch will voice Shere Khan, Christian Bale is Bagheera, Cate Blanchett is Kaa, Peter Mullan will be Akela the wolf-pack leader, Naomie Harris and Eddie Marsan are wolves Vihaan and Nisha.

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Tom Hollander will voice a baddie jackal called Tabaqui, and Andy Serkis will both direct and voice Baloo.

‘Jungle Book: Origins’ is due out in October 2016.

Which is sounding better to you? @showbizgeek

Bond AND Batman?

During a discussion on reddit, Pierce Brosnan revealed that he was once in talks to play Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 movie, but he just couldn’t take the idea seriously -

“I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman. But I just couldn’t really take it seriously, any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously. That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I? Don’t get me wrong, because I love Batman, and I grew up on Batman. As a kid in Ireland, we used to get our raincoats and tie them round our neck and swing through the bicycle shed…”

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The studio were not keen on the idea of (the eventual Batman) Michael Keaton as he was mostly known for comic roles like ‘Beetlejuice’ or ‘Mr Mom’ at the time.  Other names in the hat included Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner, Charlie Sheen, Tom Selleck and even Bill Murray.   50,000 protest letters were sent to Warner Bros by angry fans when Keaton’s casting was finally announced (and it seems with the recent Ben Affleck controversy Batman fans still haven’t learned to shut up and wait for the movie).

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Robin Williams really pushed to play The Joker and other suggested names included Tim Curry, Willem Dafoe, David Bowie, John Lithgow and James Woods.  Director Tim Burton wanted to go with Brad Dourif but producers pushed for Jack Nicholson. 

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What a Carrie On

Yes, I know it’s all in the name of a good cause and it’s raising money etc etc, but the sight of smug self-promoting celebrities doing this *HILARIOUS* ice bucket challenge does not fill me with warm-fuzzy feelings. Just cold, cynical, unamused feelings.

Now every charity is locked into all-night meetings trying to find their own viral campaign – hotdog swallowing? Jellyfish humping? Slathering your naked body with baked beans to the sounds of ‘Cotton Eye Joe’? The exciting possibilities are endless and no doubt people will leap on the idea as long as it can raise their social media profile money

In the meantime here’s one bucket challenge with a bit of inventiveness. The Foo Fighters have recreated the famous blood bucket scene from ‘Carrie’.

Donations in Ireland are going to the IMDA, you can MND to donate €2 to 50300. 

In the UK it’s the MacMillan Cancer Support more info here.

UPDATE  - Ok so I enjoyed this one – Vogue editor Anna Wintour taking a bucket over her famous bob.


What Ever Happened To… the other stars of The Inbetweeners?

A catch-up with the supporting cast of ‘The Inbetweeners’ may seem a little premature but as there’s a new film out and it’s been four years since the series ended, I thought why not have a school reunion and find out what all those who didn’t graduate to the big screen have been up to.

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Before we get onto their co-stars - James Bukley (Jay) is now a married dad of two who played Del Bey in ‘Only Fools’ spin-off ‘Rock and Chips’, Simon Bird (Will) stars in ‘Friday Night Dinner’, Joe Thomas (Simon) has been in ‘Fresh Meat’ and ‘Threesome’, and Blake Harrison (Neil) stars in the seaside sitcom ‘Edge of Heaven’.

What happened to the other teenagers from the series?  Find out after the jump!

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