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Some of the headlines you may have missed out on.

Topping the charts in the UK – Band Aid 30’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ is the number 1 single, One Direction’s ‘Four’ is the number 1 album.

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Here’s the first teaser trailer for ‘Jurassic World’.  The film hoping to revive the franchise is directed by Colin Trevorrow and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson (more on them here) . It’s due out on June 12, 2015.

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Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1 ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Viva Forever’, ‘Never Forget’, and ‘Mamma Mia!’ are (or were) all stage musicals using the songs of a particular band – name those four bands.

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2  Madonna acted in two films with female names in the titles – what are those names?

3  Which Jane Austen novel centred on a woman called Emma Woodhouse?

4  Which Hollywood actor was mentioned in the 2001 Alcazar hit ‘Crying At The Discotheque’?

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5  Diretor Oliver Stone has made two films with US Presidents initials in the title, what are they?

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Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  What two colours were Noddy’s car? (It was in the theme tune!)

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 Which 80s band famously wore ‘Choose Life’ t-shirts in a music video?

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3  Michael J Fox played the lead in the first one, Jason Bateman replaced him in the sequel – what was the 80s franchise?

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4  Christopher Lee played a baddie called Scaramanga and Lulu sang the theme tune – what’s the Bond film called?

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5  ‘West Side Story’ featured two rival gangs, ‘The Sharks’ and ‘The Jets’. Which one was the Irish-American gang?

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Angelina Jolie has confirmed she’ll quit acting after an planned new version of ‘Cleopatra. She plans to focus on directing instead – “I didn’t ever think I could direct, but I hope I’m able to have a career at it because I’m much happier.”

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One Direction want to take you on a date in their video for ‘Night Changes’ – the latest single from their album ‘FOUR’.  It includes a soup assault on Zayn’s hair..

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Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  Who or what was the ‘Red Dwarf’ of the sci-fi comedy series title?

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2  Which former Spice Girl has released the fewest solo albums?

3  Of the six released ‘Star Wars’ movies, how many feature Darth Vader’s mask?

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4  Who wrote more books – Enid Blyton or Agatha Christie?

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5  Which British kids TV classic actually began as a French show called ‘Le Manège enchanté’?

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What Ever Happened the boy from the Cornflakes Christmas ad?

This time last year I tracked down the little “ho ho ho” girl (or rather twin girls) from the classic Cornflakes ad that has marked the start of the Christmas season every year in Ireland since the late 80s.

alexandra holly stapley cornflakes ad christmas

Check out what happened to her HERE

But what happened to the older brother?

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Some of today’s bits you might have missed.

Director Mike Nichols has died aged 83.  He directed classics such as ‘The Graduate’, ‘Working Girl’, ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’, ‘Closer’, ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’, ‘Annie’, ‘The Birdcage’, and ‘Angels in America’.

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Djimon Hounsou is reportedly in talks to replace Idris Elba as Merlin in Guy Ritchie’s ‘Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur’.  ‘Queer as Folk’ and ‘Sons of Anarchy’ star Charlie Hunnam will play the mythical king.

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Here’s the latest trailer for ‘The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death‘.  It’s set 40 years after the creepy Daniel Radcliffe horror and features Phoebe Fox, Jeremy Irvine, Helen McCrory and Oaklee Pendergast.  (It’s due out in February 2015)

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Five more pop-culture questions for you!

1  Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, River Phoenix – who died youngest?

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2  Sam Sparro had a major hit in 2008, but which two colours feature in the song title?

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3  Retired and Extremely Dangerous, Artificial Intelligence, Extra Terrestrial. What’s the link?

4  According to the Tears For Fears song ‘Mad World’ (covered by Gary Jules for the ‘Donnie Darko’ soundtrack), what kind of dreams are “the best I ever had”?

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5  A 1971 Michael Caine movie about a gangster avenging his brother’s death, a 2005 drama starring Samuel L Jackson as a basketball coach, and a flop 2012 action-adventure set on Mars.  What’s the link?

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Here’s the first trailer for Disney’s live-action adaptation of ‘Cinderella’. The film’s directed by Kenneth Branagh and features ‘Downton Abbey’ star Lily James in the lead role alongside Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Hayley Atwell, Stellan Skarsgård and Derek Jacobi.  It’s due out in March.

Joanna Lumley plays a cabaret sister in Paolo Nutini’s new video for ‘One Day’ – the latest single from his album ‘Caustic Love’.

Mark Ronson has teamed up with Bruno Mars for ‘Uptown Funk’. The single is due out on Jan 11th and will be followed by Mark’s new album ‘Uptown Special’ on Jan 26th.

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