Rory’s 2mins Review: The Maze Runner

Another young-adult novel comes to the big screen in the hopes of becoming the next blockbuster franchise.  This one all about a bunch of lads stuck in a giant maze and it stars Dylan O’Brien (from ‘Teen Wolf’), Will Poulter (from ‘School of Comedy’), Kaya Scodelario (from ‘Skins’), and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (from ‘Love Actually’).

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Will it be as big as ‘The Hunger Games’?  Is it any good?  Here’s my 2mins review!

I’m on Twitter @showbizgeek and @theroryjohn

‘The Maze Runner’ is out now in the US and out on October 10th in the UK & Ireland. 

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Quick Updates!

The most important information out there today.

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have a baby girl.  They famously played a couple in ‘That 70s Show’ but only got together in real life years after his marriage to Demi Moore and her long-term relationship with Macaulay Culkin ended.

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s jazz album ‘Cheek To Cheek’ has reached the number spot in the US.

Catherine Zeta Jones has been cast as the real-life Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanca in a biopic. Blanca was known as ‘The Black Widow’ and is thought to have ordered hundreds of assignations  before being killed in a drive-by shooting in 2012.

I think it’s a very flattering bit of casting for aul Griselda.

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Adam Sandler has signed a 4 movie deal wit Netflix.  He’ll produce and star in the films exclusively for the streaming service.

Sir Michael Caine has let slip that Daniel Radcliffe will play his son in ‘Now You See Me 2′, the sequel to the 2013 heist thriller.  Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Isla Fisher, Mark Ruffalo and Woody Harrelson will all return.

Afraid of clowns?  You’ll enjoy this new title sequence for ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’.   The cast includes AMS regulars Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts and Naomi Grossman amongst others.  It’s due to begin on October 8th.


Quick Quiz

Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  The Oompa Loompas in the 1971 film ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ were famously orange skinned, but what colour was their hair?

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2   According to the classic rock anthem ‘Great Balls of Fire’, what does “too much love” do to a man?

3   Ben Whishaw is set to play Freddie Mercury in a new biopic, but who dropped out of that lead role after being attached to the project for several years?

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4  The third James Bond actor, a ‘Dodger’ from the Beano comics, and the alien from ‘American Dad!’ –  What’s the link?

5  A romantic drama starring Scarlett Johansson and Robert Redford – what’s the title?

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

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Kiesza Chiefs

Proof that nothing cannot be improved by a headscarf, a tractor, some river slapping, and an old man with an accordion. The Russian tribute to Kiesza’s ‘Hideaway’ is freaking amazing.

That chicken-dunking move is probably not one to try at home though.

17 Things To Know About Kiesza HERE

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Rory’s 2mins Review: The Calling

Adapted from a 2008 novel by Michael Redhill, ‘The Calling’ follows Susan Sarandon as a small-town detective investigating a religious serial killer.  It also stars former ‘Ally McBeal’ star Gil Bellows, former ‘That 70 Show’ star Topher Grace and Ellen Burstyn.

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But is it any good?  Here’s my 2mins review!

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‘The Calling’ is out in the UK & Ireland on October 19th. Check out the trailer after the jump!

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Quick Casting Updates!

Heaps of casting announcements gets announced each day, and here’s a quick look at today’s lot..

Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad (Olaf in ‘Frozen’), Danny McBride, former Saturday Night Live stars Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph, and ‘Game of Thrones’ star Peter Dinklage will all lend their voices to the upcoming ‘Angry Birds’ movie (due out July 2016).

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Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey are voicing characters in ‘Boss Baby’, a DreamWorks film about a business-minded baby and his jealous older brother.  Baldwin will voice the baby and Spacey will voice an evil corporate CEO.

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‘Sherlock’ star Andrew Scott has been announced as King Louis in ‘The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses’.  The BBC 2 adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI and Richard III will also star Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Michael Gambon, Judi Dench, Sophie Okonedo, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Keeley Hawes, Tom Sturridge, Philip Glenister, Adrian Dunbar, and Ben Daniels.

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The first series of ‘The Hollow Crown’ aired in 2012 and its adaptations of ‘Richard II, Henry IV Part 1 & 2, and Henry V starred Ben Whishaw, Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Irons, Julie Walters, John Hurt and Tom Hiddleston.

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Oscar Winners in Space

Here’s the final trailer for Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’, the story about a regular bloke who travels through the stars in the hopes of saving mankind.

The stellar (ahem) cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Matt Damon and Sir Michael Caine.

‘Interstellar’ is due out on November 7th.  Looking forward to it? @showbizgeek

EastEnders: The Biggest Week Ever!

They did a live episode for their 25th anniversary in 2010, now ‘EastEnders’ have announced they’re topping that with an entire week of live drama* to celebrate their 30th anniversary in February 2015.

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The week will see the reveal of the ‘Who killed Lucy Beale?’ storyline and producers say action elsewhere will give ‘a nod to the past and welcome to the future’.

More details after the jump!

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Quick Quiz

Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  The song ‘Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An actor’s life for me)’ features in which animated Disney classic?

2  According to the Carly Simon classic ‘You’re So Vain’, “You walked into the party like you were walking onto a…” what?

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3  The iconic comedy show ‘Saturday Night Live’ comes live from which US city?

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4  Jennie Garth’s character in ‘Beverly Hills 90210′, the first ‘American Idol’ winner, and the lead singer of Stereophonics.  What’s the link?

5  Which two U2 members reached number 7 in the US and the UK in 1996 with a cover of the ‘Mission Impossible’ theme tune?

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

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