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  • marcridley 19:09 on 08/04/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Britain's Got Talent, Cheryl Cole, Newsmound, One Direction, Ryan Gosling, ,   

    Newsmound – The best of what you may have missed 


    Welcome to the Newsmound – a regular look at the obscure entertainment news stories you might have missed. Today: Simon CowellOne Direction and Ryan Gosling.

      • Simon Cowell has finally conceded defeat to BBC One’s The Voice UK. Last night’s episode of Britain’s Got Talent scored a hefty 9.43m viewers for ITV1, but The Voice UK won out with an average of 9.54m. Cowell tweeted: ‘A slightly irritated congrats to Danny [Cohen, BBC exec] and the BBC. But you didn’t have a dancing dog!’ Right.
      • Ryan Gosling courted more comparisons to superheroes this week after saving journalist Laurie Penny from getting run over by a taxi in New York City. It’s not the first time Gosling has had to come to the rescue; last year footage surfaced of him splitting up a street fight. More from Political Scrapbook.
      • Last night, One Direction delivered a dull but admirable performance of ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ on US chat show Saturday Night Live. They sound pretty good but it’s nothing to write home about; and Niall looks a bit lost, bless him. Watch it here.
      • Cheryl Cole has reportedly decided to drop her surname when she launches her comeback later this year. This is a bad move, I think; ‘Cheryl’ is not a great name for a popstar. Grandmothers and middle-aged Loose Women presenters, not popstars, are called Cheryl. More from the Daily Mail.
      • Damon Albarn has signaled that Blur’s Olympics performance in Hyde Park this summer will be their last. Let’s hope so.
  • marcridley 12:06 on 13/07/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Paula Abdul, , , The X Factor USA, TV news   

    The X Factor USA – first full preview 

    Warning: If you think The X Factor here in the UK is ridiculously overrated, frustratingly omnipresent and unbearably over-dramatic, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

    The X Factor is headed to the USA, and is set to dwarf our version in almost every respect. It will make our pyrotechnics look like birthday cake candles. It will make our dramatic live finals look like a particularly tame episode of ‘Countryfile’. IT WILL MAKE DIVA FEVER LOOK SHY AND UNDERSTATED.

    IT’S TIME (well, almost). TO FACE (watch at three in the morning on ITV2). THE MUSIC (mentally unstable Americans trying to impress Paula Abdul).

    Here’s the full trailer.


    It will never, however, beat this:

    ‘Arrogant. Obnoxious. YOU’VE GOT FOUR YESSES.’

  • marcridley 12:58 on 12/07/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Channel 4, Cinema, , The Inbetweeners   

    Movie Preview – It’s The Inbetweeners! 

    It’s a momentous occasion for anyone even remotely interested in good television in the last couple of years; a full trailer for the upcoming Inbetweeners Movie is out now.

    If for some ridiculous reason you didn’t know, those laddish losers from Channel 4 are going to be coming to a big screen near you this August and we at Fresh Index cannot wait. All we’ve been given so far was a teaser trailer a few months ago showing Will, Simon, Jay and Neil walking down Malia’s infamous club strip, and although it didn’t give us much to go on, it was still bloody exciting to see that the movie was well on its way.

    The new trailer goes into a lot more detail and gives us more than a few hints as to the tone and content of the movie. So far it seems like the Inbetweeners’ saga will continue in typically crude form; as Jay will summarise for you, it’s ‘two weeks of sun, sea, booze, minge, fanny and sex’. Crikey.

    All the key elements of an Inbetweeners show are here: Will moaning about being a virgin, Neil doing his fantastic rendition of the robot, lots of puns based on the female anatomy and some glorious-looking unexpected bits (look out for Greg Davies as Mr Gilbert, drenched in booze).

    Sure it looks like it follows some of the well trodden Inbetweeners comedic paths. We know that Neil is probably going to get the girls, Simon won’t, Jay will make us doubt our faith in humanity and Will is going to remind us a little too much of ourselves for comfort [speak for yourself, Luke – Ed.], but that’s all we ever really asked for from the Inbetweeners. We hope to see you in your local cinema on August 19th ; here’s hoping they won’t mess up a brilliant show.

  • marcridley 10:06 on 11/07/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , music, Peter Andre, , The Wanted, , , TV   

    The Planner – 11th July 2011 

    A week is a long time in pop, so if we stand any chance of getting through the next seven days alive we’d better prepare ourselves. Here’s the Fresh Index Planner – your guide to anything and everything worth checking out in the next week.

    The Week’s Releases

    It’s a quiet week for new albums, but it’s good news if you’re a fan of The Horrors. Us neither. Their third album, ‘Skying’, is out today however, and you can expect a review here on Fresh Index later today. The Wanted’s Glad You Came is also available to download today, and if that’s not worth dragging yourself out of bed for, we don’t know what is. Harry Potter madheads can also get hold of the official soundtrack to the final film as well, so you can hear what Voldemort dying sounds like before it actually happens. We bet it’s pretty grim.

    The Week in TV

    The TV highlight of the week looks to be the premiere of the brand new series of Torchwood, which we previewed a few days ago, but there are also a few smaller new series starting this week which could be worth a watch. BBC Three has a couple of trashy but intriguing reality shows up its sleeve, including ‘Small Teen, Bigger World’ (BBC Three, Monday, 9pm) about a 17-year-old with the height of 9-year-old, and a new series of ‘Underage and Pregnant’ (BBC Three, Monday, 8.30pm) which follows a young mother bringing up a baby whilst working for thirteen GCSEs. Crikey.

    ITV2 premieres ‘Peter Andre: Here 2 Help’ on Thursday at 9pm, in which Andre travels to Solihull to help a working Mum look after her two kids. Yes, it sounds terrible, but it has to be better than his most recent TV work: poor Peter had to turn to shopping channel QVC to sell his new single after radio stations refused to play it. Obscure channel 5* has a new series starting this week called ‘Silent Library’ (5*, Tuesday, 10pm), in which contestants have to undertake a series of challenges in a library without making any noise. We’ll be watching with subtitles, just to see how they get around that.

    Channel 4 have two new quiz shows on air this week. The first is ‘Pop Up Pop Quiz’ (Channel 4, Saturday, 11.30am), which is presented on an inflatable set and stars the cast of The Only Way is Essex. This sounds ridiculous. On thankfully more familiar territory, C4 also have a new series of the actually quite good ‘Chris Moyles’ Quiz Night’ (Channel 4, Friday, 10.30pm), this week starring Ugly Betty’s America Ferrera, Kimberley Wyatt and Alan Carr.

    In Cinemas

    The only movie release of any note this week is ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’; it looks like nobody dared to tackle the Potter juggernaut head on. Frankly there’ll be no need to see anything else, but if you’re not a Potter fan and need something else to look forward to cinema-wise, check out our look ahead to the new movies hitting cinemas in the coming weeks.

    We hope that all helps the ride through to next Sunday a little easier. Good luck!

  • marcridley 19:52 on 10/07/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Joey, Joey Essex, Reem, The Only Way is Essex,   

    This makes us want to die a little 

    Photo by Darren Millar

    This is Joey Essex’s new ‘club track’, excruciatingly entitled ‘Reem’. It is truly awful and if I ever hear it in a club I will do my very best to get myself barred for life.


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