October Favourites 2014

TV: The Apprentice

This year is the show’s 10th series, so they’ve switched up the format and brought in 10 men and 10 women to battle for the prize of being Lord Sugar’s new business partner. So far, we’ve had triple-firings, coach trips and bright yellow candles. Who knows what shenanigans we’ll be witnessing next?

Wednesday 9pm, BBC1

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Music: Fall Out Boy – Centuries

I haven’t listened to many Fall Out Boy songs, but this one is so epic that I might end up on a mass shopping spree to hunt down more of their music. The video’s not bad, either…

Tech: YouTube

I know YouTube has been available since 2005, but it was over half term that I really started to appreciate its no-limit policy, because I watched an insane number of talent show auditions; BGT, AGT, The Voice UK, The Voice USA, most European adaptations of The Voice, X Factor, I watched them all. And I liked it. So much so that I must prepare you for an upcoming video-heavy post about my favourite versions of The Voice from around the world, but I will save it for after Christmas (yes, I did just say Christmas) to allow you to recover after my last few posts.

Top Films Released in UK Cinemas: Nov/Dec 2015

There have been so many great films out this year, including The LEGO movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and you’d be right in thinking that some of the best films have been reserved for Christmas release (new instalments of The Hobbit and The Hunger Games to come!). There are some sequels as well as spin-offs and new ideas in the line-up, so let’s get started!

NB: I desperately tried to avoid a video-heavy post so soon after the Disney song list, but it’s difficult to make a decision on whether or not to see a film without having seen the trailer.

November release

14th – Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?

Starring: Marc Wootton, Martin Clunes, Jason Watkins, Celia Imrie, Catherine Tate, Adam Garcia

Mr Poppy is back! This time, Martin Clunes is the teacher of the St Bernadette’s children, and together they go on the search for Archie the donkey as they race to reunite Mr Sheppard (Clunes) with his fiancée Sophie (Tate) in New York. But how will Gordon Shakespeare interfere this time?

20th – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks

Since destroying the hunger games, Katniss (Lawrence) has to fight to save Peeta (Hutcherson) and the rest of Panem.

28th – Paddington

Starring: Ben Whishaw, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi

The marmalade-sandwich-loving bear stars in his first feature-length film as he travels to London in search of a home. The Peruvian soon feels lost at Paddington Station until he meets the Brown family, who take him into their care after seeing, “Please look after this bear!” hung around his neck.

December release

5th – Penguins of Madagascar

Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch

We knew it wouldn’t be long before the loveable, cunning penguins got their own film. They already have their own TV series on VIVA (Freeview channel 21) but obviously DreamWorks have decided that we don’t see enough of them (I’m not complaining, they are rather entertaining) and we don’t have to wait long to see it! Skipper, Private, Rico and Kowalski are back, this time to team up with another squad, led by Agent Classified (Cumberbatch). They must defeat the evil Dr. Brine and foil his plan for world destruction.

12th – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Starring: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the release of the next Hobbit film, would it? The third and final instalment in Peter Jackson’s trilogy sees Smaug rage terror over Lake-town, while Thorin is only interested in the reclaim of his homeland, leaving Bilbo and the dwarves to fight for themselves. Will Middle-Earth survive?

19th – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Starring: Ben Stiller, Dan Stevens, Robin Williams, Steve Coogan, Owen Wilson

Either they kept this very quiet, or I’ve lived under a rock for the past year, because I had no idea they were making a third Night at the Museum film! I thought the second film was funnier than the first one, but I’m not sure if they’ve exhausted all their jokes, and I don’t really see how a further film could add to the storyline, but it could work. As the tablet of Ahkmenrah begins to die out, Larry must go globetrotting with the help of Sir Lancelot (Stevens) to save the magic.

All information correct at time of writing

Top 60 Disney Songs: 5-1

5. The Gospel Truth –  Lillias White, Vaneese Thomas, Roz Ryan, LaChanze, Cheryl Freeman (Hercules)

4. Colours of the Wind – Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas)

3. For the First Time in Forever (Reprise) – Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel (Frozen)

2. After Today – Aaron Lohr (A Goofy Movie)

JOINT 1ST. I’ll Make a Man Out of You – Donny Osmond, Cast (Mulan) AND I Won’t Say (I’m In Love) – Susan Egan (Hercules)

If you think I have missed any amazing Disney songs, please leave a comment below!

Top 60 Disney Songs: 10-6

We’ve finally arrived at the penultimate post in what has to be one of the most dragged-out ideas for a top 10 list, but it truly would have been impossible to represent the wonders that are Disney film soundtracks in just 10 songs. Apologies for yet another video-heavy post.

10. Go the Distance – Michael Bolton (Hercules)

9. Short Hair/Mulan’s Decision – Gerry Goldsmith (Mulan)

8. Let it Go – Idina Menzel (Frozen)

7. Mother Knows Best – Donna Murphy (Tangled)

6. I 2 I – Tevin Campbell (A Goofy Movie)

Top 60 Disney Songs: 19-11

19. When Will My Life Begin? – Mandy Moore (Tangled)

18. Do you Wanna Build a Snowman? – Agatha Lee Monn, Katie Lopez, Kristen Bell (Frozen)

17. Honour to us All – Lea Salonga, Cast (Mulan)

16. Circle of Life – Lebo M, Carmen Twillie (The Lion King)

15. I’ve Got a Dream – Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Brad Garrett, Jeffrey Tambor (Tangled)

14. Zero to Hero - Tawatha Agee, Lillias White, LaChanze, Roz Ryan, Cheryl Freeman, and Vanéese Y. (Hercules)

13. Stand Out – Tevin Campbell (A Goofy Movie)

12. Just Around the River Bend – Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas)

11. Friend Like Me – Robin Williams (Aladdin)

NB: I have not stated Elton John as the artist of The Lion King songs because I am using the versions from the film, which were sung by the cast.

Top 60 Disney Songs: 29-20

29. A Whole New World – Brad Kane and Lea Salonga (Aladdin)

28. Friends on the Other Side – Keith David (The Princess and the Frog)

27. Hakuna Matata – Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella (The Lion King)

26. Human Again – Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast)

25. Under the Sea – Samuel E. Wright (The Little Mermaid)

24. Almost There – Anika Noni Rose (The Princess and the Frog)

23. Prince Ali – Robin Williams (Aladdin)

22. A Girl Worth Fighting For – James Hong, Harvey Fierstein and Lea Salonga (Mulan)

21. One Last Hope – Danny DeVito (Hercules)

20. That’s How you Know – Amy Adams (Enchanted)