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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 18:52 on 17/08/2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Movie Review – The Inbetweeners Movie 

    I literally don’t know where to begin with this one.

    For a start, it’s practically unreviewable; anyone who watched and enjoyed The Inbetweeners on TV (and let’s face it, hardly anybody didn’t) will definitely be going to see this film, if they haven’t already.

    You’d have to be an even bigger geek than Will not to know about The Inbetweeners, but in case you haven’t, here’s the general idea: four college students, hardly losers but by no means popular, struggle to get through their teenage years with their dignity intact, and fail tragically in the process. After three series covering their college years, their first movie takes them on that most ill-advised teenage rite of passage: a lads’ holiday abroad.

    As a film, it’s difficult to tell whether it works or not. I mean, it’s a mess; there’s precious sign of a plot for at least the first half – entire characters are given significant introductions only to be forgotten about and never shown again. What’s more, you find yourself asking where else they can go with the crass humour and the attempts at shocking; I guess they could always murder someone, but murder just isn’t funny. Although that doesn’t stop them getting pretty close…

    Don’t worry, though: the laughs are there. There aren’t as many as you might want, but the vulgar language, nauseating toilet humour and questionable approach to the rights of disabled holidaymakers are all present and correct, and you’ll leave laughing regardless of the film’s weaker moments.

    But if you’re just looking for a series of crude insults and casual violence then move on, because whilst there’s easily enough of that kind of thing, there’s just more to it than that. I’d even go as far as to say that there are some tender moments, too; the characters all go through their respective rough patches, and you genuinely end up wanting to know how it all works out for them. And to be honest, that’s where the film’s great strengths lie.

    And the ending. THE ENDING. Well OK, not actually the ending, just the bit at the boat party (you’ll know which bit I mean). You won’t expect that.

    So if you want to know if Simon manages to get back with Carly, whether or not Will finally shakes off his nerdy image (I’ll tell you now: he doesn’t) and if Jay lives up to the string of filthy lies he tells about himself, then go and see it. You’ll get all that and more. Including a naked Mr Gilbert.

  • 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 10:28 on 12/07/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Emma Watson, , , Jedward, Kate Hudson, Louis Walsh, Matt Bellamy, Muse, Robbie Williams, Take That, ,   

    Newsmound – The best of what you may have missed 

    Welcome the the Newsmound – our weekly look at the obscure entertainment news stories you might have missed. This week: Harry Potter’s Tom Felton and Emma Watson, Louis Walsh, Jedward and more.

      • Ahead of the release of the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Tom Felton has announced that he intends to pursue a hip-hop career. Yes really. Speaking to The Sun, he said: ‘I was thinking of doing some N-Dubz style stuff. I am looking to get into the grime rap UK scene.’ Well I think we can all agree we’re looking forward to that. More from NME.
      • Emma Watson hates her younger self. Or, more precisely, she feels embarrassed about her acting skills in the first few Potter movies: ‘It’s somewhat embarrassing to see myself go through all the awkward stages of growing up,’ she told the Daily Telegraph. So much time has passed and so much has happened that it seems that I don’t know her, but it’s interesting to see how the character has evolved and how much I have changed.’ More from 4Music.
      • Robbie Williams is trying to sort himself out so he can become a dad. Writing in his official blog, the Take That star explains that he’s trying to get over his crippling stage fright and social awkwardness: ‘I’m going to be a dad… maybe next year or the year after and I don’t want their dad to be emotionally inept, for my own well-being as well as theirs.’ More from 4Music.
      • Louis Walsh is set to call in Jedward to help him pick this year’s X Factor finalists. According to Holy Moly!, the horrific pop duo will join forces with Louis to help him choose the acts he’ll take through to the live shows in the autumn. Crikey. More from Holy Moly!
      • Actress Kate Hudson and Muse star Matt Bellamy have had their first child. It’s a boy – born on Saturday and weighing in at 7lb 12. We’ve no idea heavy that is, and so we wouldn’t like to comment. In the spirit of the occasion, however, we are willing to plant a tree; that’s how Hudson has asked her friends to congratulate the couple on their new birth. More from 3am.
      • Oh, and the News of the World is in a right pickle. Apparently.
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