Quick Quiz

Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  What was the father’s job in ‘Mary Poppins’?

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2  Which of the original Indiana Jones trilogy did not involve a biblical artefact?

3  Felix Leiter is a CIA agent in which film franchise?

4  Griff Rhys Jones was part of a comedy duo with which late comedian?

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5  Five full-length traditionally-animated Disney films had “and the” in the title, what were they?

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

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Flashback Track of the Day

- “Right Thurr” by Chingy reached number 1 in New Zealand, number 2 in the US and number 17 in the UK in May 2003.

- Chingy (real name Howard Bailey, Jr) grew up in St Louis and was supported by fellow Southern-rappers as he toured with Nelly and was Ludacris’ protégé.

- He has released four albums (with a fifth due soon) but his debut single has been his biggest international hit to date.

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- Check out his other US hits ‘Holidae Inn’ and ‘One Call Away’ after the jump!

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Summer Whine

‘Amnesia’ is the latest single from Aussie boyband 5 Seconds of Summer (well, some fans insist they’re NOT a boyband, those fans need to get a grip).  

This less of a nu-punk/McBusted type number and more of a wet-eyed ballad.

Judging from what I see on the ShowbizGeek Twitter feed a lot of teenagers have migrated from Team 1D to Team 5SOS in the last year (I can reveal a lad called Luke is the current hot favourite).  

Have they stolen the boyband crown? Are One Direction’s days numbered?  So many big questions…

Check out their other hits after the jump!

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Wood You Believe It?

James Corden opposite Meryl Streep in a musical!?

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Here’s the first trailer for ‘Into The Woods’, Disney’s big screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s dark stage musical.

The film, which mixes several classic Grimm fairytales, stars Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as her prince, Johnny Depp as the Wolf, Meryl Streep as a witch, and James Corden and Emily Blunt as a couple who cannot have children.

It’s due out on Christmas Day in the US and on January 9, 2015 in the UK & Ireland.

(Via DigitalSpy) @showbizgeek

How Do You Do?

Katy Perry just released this vid for ‘How We Do’, the latest (and surely the last?) single from her album Prism.

She the line about sucking at singing Mariah Carey songs at karaoke (1 min 15)?  Possibly a reference to the time a vid with Katy and Robert Pattinson stumbling through Boyz 2 Men was leaked.

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Check that out after the jump!

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Birdman Returns

Here’s the first trailer for ‘Birdman’, starring former ‘Batman’ star Michael Keaton as an actor who is best known for having once played a famous superhero…

That line about ‘Birdman 4′?  Michael Keaton turned down $15 million for ‘Batman Forever’ as he didn’t like the script.

‘Birdman’ also stars Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. 

It’s due out in October in the US and January in the UK & Ireland.


Pan’s People

‘Girls’ star Allison Williams has been cast as Peter Pan in a new TV musical adaptation of the classic book.

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She’ll star opposite Christopher Walken‘s Captain Hook in ‘Peter Pan Live!’ after ‘Frozen’ and ‘Veronica Mars’ star Kristen Bell dropped out because of scheduling difficulties.   It might sound unusual, but it’s far from the first time a woman has played Pan, in fact that’s how the traditional stage-show has always cast the ever-young boy.

Here’s how Alison’s dad, news anchor Brian Williams, reported the news on NBC.

The live musical will air in December.


SpongeBob’s Back!

The first trailer for ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’ sees Antonio Banderas as an evil pirate, former Guns n Roses guitarist Slash as a busker, and Patrick as a beefed up 3-D ice-cream-obsessed superhero.

‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’ will be is out in the US in February 2015, and in the UK and Ireland in March.

What’s your first impression – yah or nay? @showbizgeek

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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