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‘How Long’ is the latest single from Dundee band The View, and the first single released from their upcoming album ‘Cheeky For A Reason’. The band themselves have described the upcoming album as Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ done by The Clash, and if this single is anything to go by it’s going to be one of the most vital British albums of 2012. Unlike many of the indie bands that thrived post ‘Is This It’, The View have consistently delivered great music, if unappreciated. ‘How Long’ is a kick in the face of punk guitars and infectious melodies, urgently delivering the…

As part of Creative Corner, every week SEREN will look at the life of a famous artist. This week we turn to Lucian Freud. ———— Freud was born in Berlin on 8th December 1922, a grandson of famed neurologist Sigmund Freud. Alongside his Jewish parents, Freud moved to London in 1933 to escape the rise of Nazism, which would later take over the country during the Second World War. He studied briefly at London’s Central School of Art, before continuing his studies at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing, Dedham, and later Goldsmith’s College from 42-43. The same…

The Five Year Engagement is the latest offering written by and starring Jason Segel alongside co-star Emily Blunt released in the UK on 22nd June. Co produced by Bridesmaids producer Judd Apatow, The Five Year Engagement follows the lives of couple Tom, an up and coming chef and Violet, a British research student in experimental psychology. After a year of dating, Tom proposes to Violet and the two have to face the pressures of an upcoming wedding. More pressure is then added after Toms best man Alex (Chris Pratt) and Violets sister Suzie (Alison Brie) quickly get married after they…

Red Lights is written and directed by Rodrigo Cortés who brought us the 2010 thriller Buried. Red Lights follows the story of psychological and paranormal investigators Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) who investigate fake psychics. When the chance to investigate world-renowned psychic, Simon Silver (Robert De Niro), Tom can’t resist and gets involved with the messy world of psychic phenomenon. The first hour of Red Lights is strong and draws the audience in with its twists and turns and really does get you questioning the ability of psychics. Cillian Murphy (Batman Begin, Inception) is the strongest…

Released on 13th June 2012, Rock of Ages is the film adaptation of the already popular stage musical of the same name. The film tells the story of Drew (Diego Boneta) and Sherrie (Julianne Hough), both living in Los Angeles trying to chase their dreams. Set in 1987, Drew and Sherrie fall in love but their relationships faces challenges from the get go and is challenged further when rock icon Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) turns up in town.  As well as starring Diego Boneta (Mean Girls 2), Julianne Hough (Footloose, 2011) and Tom Cruise the rest of the cast is…

As part of Creative Corner, every week SEREN will look at the life of a famous artist. This week we turn to Tracey Emin. ————- Emin was born a twin on 3rd July 1963, in Croydon, London. She grew up in Margate, where her father owned the town’s Hotel International. When the business failed, the family suffered a severe decline in their standard of living. This harsh upbringing, including her rape at the age of 13, and abortion at 18, would later become an influence on her artwork, which is usually autobiographical and confessional. Emin studied fashion at the Medway…

As part of Creative Corner, every week SEREN will look at the life of a famous artist. This week we turn to L.S Lowry. ——- Laurence Stephen Lowry was born on November 1st, 1887 in Stretford, Lancashire, where his childhood was said to be difficult .He made few friends at school, and struggled to connect with his parents. They envied their friends ‘three splendid daughters’, as oppose to their ‘one clumsy boy’. 1905 saw Lowry securing a place at the Manchester Municipal College of Art, where he studied under the celebrated French Impressionist Pierre Adolphe Valette. In 1909, due to…

I have always been interested in the Brontë sisters since I knew that the original school that they attended, at Cowan Bridge, is only a twenty minute drive from where I live. However, much local talk and histories has revealed the link between the Brontë sisters, and my home in the Dales, is stronger than I once thought.  It appears that a local slave was inspiration for Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, and worked only five minutes away down the valley. The author, Emily Brontë, described Heathcliff’s skin colour “as dark as though it came from the Devil”. Until now, this…

BBC’s The Voice launched earlier on this year and is a concept brought across from the Netherlands. The voice like many current popular television programmes is a reality TV show based around singing.  However this show harbours a difference, initially the contestants take part in a blind audition where the “coaches” cannot see them. This means that the usually shocking auditions (anyone remembers Amanda Holden’s reaction to Susan Boyle) become much less surreal as the coaches just get simply blown away by powerful voices. If a coach wants to recruit an act to their team they had to hit a…

The third season of The Vampire Diaries has been an emotional rollercoaster, packing one hell of a punch. With a rapidly moving plot, the script ensures it supplies the audience with an aneurism every episode, keeping fans on edge with their hearts in their mouths. A hit supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries, developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, is loosely based on the book series of the same name written by L.J. Smith. Premiering in September 2009, the series takes place in the fictional Mystic Falls, a small town haunted by supernatural beings including vampires, werewolves, witches and hybrids,…

If you’re reading this I’m going to assume that you’re on American time, because it seems in the UK the only realistic way you can watch Glee is online.  As Graduation rapidly approaches, Gleeks start to prepare to say farewell to key characters that have been there from day one.  Can you imagine Glee without Kurt, Finn, Rachel or Santana?  Would you watch Glee without independent Quinn, or diva Mercedes? Or are you actually tired of Finchel and want something fresh? The mid season finale, left us witnessing Quinn in what looked like a fatal car crash.  The series’ writers…

When Being Human first premiered back in 2009 it took the UK by storm. The show quickly became one of the most popular shows on BBC iPlayer and has been comissioned for a fifth season. A British TV show that’s become a cult phenomenon naturally was going to be snatched by the Americans. However, unlike shows such as Life On Mars US, Being Human US works. The show first launched in January, 2011 following the same premise as the UK version, a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost sharing a house. Being Human US is set in the city of…

American Reunion is the fourth instalment of the original American Pie series and the eighth film for the American Pie Franchise. American Reunion brings audiences back with the original cast thirteen years after they have graduated high school when they gather for a ‘Class of ‘99’ reunion and a weekend together. Instead of people being intimate with apple pies, the storyline has moved on to depict the frustrating relationship problems of parents Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) and the frustration of being boring adults who have day jobs and relationships to maintain. When we meet the rest of…

There are many to whom the mere mention of Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Serenity) will instantly increase their interest in something. But, until The Avengers put him firmly into the Hollywood spotlight, there were many who had never heard the name – those are most likely the people not rushing out to see this independent horror film he created alongside writer/director Drew Goddard (Cloverfield/Lost). That the film was granted little advertisement worked in its favour – to go into Cabin in the Woods with more than a hint of the plot could seriously damage viewing pleasure. This is not…

The Avengers opened the spring cinema season on 26th April and has already set and broken records. Taking over $1 billon dollars worldwide, The Avengers has left the door open nicely for a summer cinema season of superhero’s, aliens, fairytale characters and rock gods. Officially kicking off the 2012 summer cinema season is Men in Black 3, which is released on 25th May. The film reunites Will Smith (Agent J) and Tommy Lee Jones (Agent K) as Agent J travels back to the 1960s to stop an alien from assassinating Agent K. More Alien life will be hitting cinema screens…

The online strategy game, League of Legends was released during autumn 2009 and is a game which requires the player to have quick reflexes and excellent teamwork abilities. Overall, the game itself is very simple but also complex at the same time, for reasons which will be explained later. The main aim of the game is to destroy the enemy nexus, however it is not all that simple to complete. Defending the nexus are three lanes of towers which are dangerous when you approach them, it is therefore essential that you gather the minions (creeps) that are spawned throughout the…

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