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In the 90’s we had the best television. Its official, if you pick a T.V guide now the amount television for Kids on BBC or ITV has declined.  All their shows have been pushed over to the satellite channels exclusively for kids like CBBC or CBeebies.  In 2004, ITV stopped commissioning kids T.V altogether, after a well meaning Jamie Oliver, started his campaign to improve school dinners.  He went to Downing Street and the government gave their support.  Under public pressure, the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom banned all junk food advertising in the children’s T.V schedule.  This has drastic effects, it…

The Descendants is the latest book to be given the Hollywood treatment.  Written by Kaui Hart Hemmings, the book was released in 2008 and the film was released in cinemas in early 2012. The film has received critical acclaim and has already won two Golden Globes for Best Picture – Drama and Best Actor – Drama. The film has gone on to be nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. It is likely that after the February 26th award ceremony, The Descendants will be the proud owner of even more awards. The Descendants…

This year will see a feminist surge of films where girls finally take the main role. We have had role models such as Hermione Granger, but the story was all about Harry. The only films in the past few years, that have been centred around women are – dare I say it – Twilight and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, even then Lisbeth was helping Mikael, it was how he was ultimately going to solve the case.  In the next few months we’ll see films with a heroine that saves herself, and in most cases, others too.  2012 will…

A breakthrough in CGI Animation, ‘Toy Story’ is as entertaining as it is innovative. Anticipation has swirled around Walt Disney’s latest release, ‘Toy Story’, for a long time prior to its debut in cinemas.  Not only is it Pixar’s first full length feature film, but also the first to be created entirely from CGI Animation.  However, despite the magnificence of its technological advances, it is the other elements of the film that make it truly special. The story follows the life of Woody, a pull-string cowboy doll voiced by Tom Hanks (Sleepless in Seattle, Forrest Gump).  Alongside the fellow toys,…

Originally the thought of watching 16-17 year olds destroy my favourite television programme by being young and incompetent filled me with dread. I really believed that their adolescent urges and young person hormones would take over and I could expect tantrums and hook ups galore, and while this would be comedy genius for the first couple of episodes, I would no doubt get bored and crave Stuart Baggs and Raef. So you can imagine my surprise when I realised that not only did I enjoy the Young Apprentice but I am now addicted. In fact as I am writing this…

Shake-ups happen all the time in TV nowadays, and this year, ITV’s hit talent show The X Factor was no exception. With music mogul Simon Cowell having hopped across the Atlantic to remodel the show for the States, Dannii Minogue’s commitments to Australia’s Got Talent and Cheryl Cole being snubbed left, right and centre, an almost entirely new line-up of judges and tweaked format injected some much-needed excitement into a show which had, without doubt, become a little bit repetitive. However, perhaps the producers of The X Factor could have done with listening to that old adage, ‘if it’s not…

On BBC Children in Need night we were treated to a special preview clip of ‘The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe’. The trailer looked brilliant! They’ll be four special guests: Claire Skinner, Bill Bailey, Arabella Weir and Alexander Armstrong. Alexander is best known for his role as Mr Smith in the Sarah Jane Adventures. The trailer showed Doctor Who arguably at its best; featuring plenty of twists and turns. It’s hard to say at the moment definitively what this episode will be like. My guesses are based on the fact that Steven Moffat is writing, which means that it…

After three doses of heart-stopping beauty courtesy of Robert Pattinson, fang-fanatic girls across the world have been waiting for this fourth installment of the Twilight movie franchise. The Twilight Saga tells the age-old story of forbidden love – but with more sparkles and sharper teeth. This fourth film adaptation of the best-selling teen vampire novel series brings to life what happens after “’til death do us part”. Edward Cullen (Pattinson) vows to spend an eternity with Isabella Swan (Kristen Stewart) in this years most anticipated wedding. Elegant dresses and an aisle strewn with white flowers are the breath-taking qualities in…

With the Christmas season just around the corner, Arthur Christmas is the first film to bring audiences into the Christmas mood. Released on 11th November Arthur Christmas tells the story of how the son of Father Christmas (Arthur) try’s to stop one child being missed after her present isn’t delivered. The film is presented in both 3D and 2D and answers the age old question that every child asks, “How does Santa deliver all of those presents in one night?” The audience is introduced early to the whole of the Claus family that includes, as well as Father Christmas, Arthur,…

Kill List was released in cinemas on 2nd September and was only screened in select cinemas based on a limited release. The film is an entirely British film and was filmed in Sheffield and South Yorkshire and is directed by British director Ben Wheatley. The film tells the story of a British solider who when he returns from Kiev, joins his old friend as a contract killer. But whilst out on the job his disturbed past surfaces and he loses control leading to his employers raising the stakes. The cast includes Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, Michael Smiley and Emma Fryer…

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