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Music news roundup 20th January 2017

starVinyl is set to become a billion dollar industry, as sales of the format over the last year have reached a 25 year high, with David Bowie’s final album ‘blackstar’ the highest-seller. UK Vinyl sales reached a high of 3.2 million in 2016- a massive increase of 53% from the previous year. According to Deloitte, “vinyl should account for almost a fifth of the sales of physical music production in 2017 and around 7 per cent of the $15bn that the global music industry is expected to take”.

 

gwenpharellGwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams are being sued for copyright infringement. The pair co-wrote Stefani’s 2014 song ‘Spark The Fire’, which is the subject of the lawsuit, as musician Richard Morrill is claiming that the track’s chorus bears musical and lyrical similarities to his 1996 song ‘Who’s Got My Lightah‘. We hope this doesn’t get too complicated for the pop stars!

 

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The Chainsmokers released their latest single, ‘Paris’ this weekend.The DJ duo, who hail from New York City, had been teasing the release of the new single for a number of weeks. It marks their first release of new material in 2017, following a breakthrough after their number one single ‘Closer’. We look forward to hearing the new song!

gagaLady Gaga returns to recording studio to work on new music. Brian Kennedy, a pop-R&B producer known for this work with Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson, shared a picture of himself with Gaga and country singer songwriter Dallas Davidson. Gaga Released fifth album ‘Joanna’ in October and is due to make her live return at the Super Bowl halftime show in Houston Texas on February 5th.

Technology News Roundup 19th January 2017

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The leading online TV streaming service

Hundreds of your favourite movies may have disappeared from Netflix over 2016, but worry not, this is the result of the streaming service’s decision to add newer content by ending deals with older distributors. It was a brave move – particularly given that its main rivals, such as Hulu, jumped at the chance to take on some of those titles Netflix decided it no longer wanted, in the last three months of 2016, the company’s stock rose by 9% and Netflix had added over 7 million new subscribers.

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Phone attachments are constantly upgrading

Scientists have built a smartphone attachment that can analyse your DNA, and it’s a fraction of the cost for lab-based kit. The creators of the  believe it could be mass produced for less than £406 a unit and that it could help doctors treat cancer, tuberculosis and other diseases more effectively than is sometimes possible in the developing world.

Technology News Roundup 18th January 2017

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The famous face of the social media conglomerate

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, appeared in court yesterday over accusations his company stole innovative VR technology. Zuckerberg appeared calm and collected during the case, which led to very few surpirses. The only thing the court case did was confirm that Facebook’s deal to buy VR company Oculus was even more expensive than first publicised, adding a further $1bn in order to keep key staff on the Oculus team and to provide incentives.

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EE’s Logo

The huge mobile networking company,EE  have been fined £2.7m for overcharging tens of thousands of customers after watchdog found they had broke a billing rule on two occasions. Users who called customer services number while roaming within Europe were incorrectly charged as if they had called the US, meaning customers were charged £1.20 a minute, rather than 19p. As a result, more than 32,145 customers were overcharged a total of £245,000.

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Nintendo’s new promising console

It has been announced that the Nintendo Switch is launching with only five games this March. The Wii U had 23 games available at release in 2012 in comparison. Although the list of games does inlcude the highly anticipated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, five games is still a minute amount. The list also includes 1-2-Switch, Just Dance 2017, Skylander: Imaginators and Super Bomberman R.

TV and Film roundup for 18th January 2017

Maisie Williams to star in animation

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams has signed up to voice a character in the new Aardman Animation film called Early Man. Williams will take to the Bristol based studios to do this role and Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park will be directing it.

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Maisie Williams with Eddie Redmayne and Nick Park

She will play a character called Goona, who is a loveable rebel who befriends the film’s hero and helps him steer through the stone age and bronze age civilisations. Early Man tells the story of how a brave caveman along with a sidekick can unite their tribe to overcome the battle of the might bronze age challenges.

This will be Nick Park’s first feature film since the academy award winning Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. The director said “Maisie is a terrific actress and she is of course no stranger to embodying a valiant heroine [referring to her character in Game of Thrones] and I’m most excited to see her breathe life into Goona.” Other stars to voice characters in this film are Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston.

Early Man arrives in cinema on 26th January 2018

More Taboo?

Two weeks into its run, people are calling Tom Hardy’s Taboo “ludicrously entertaining” so it’s not surprising we can expect a lot more from the show. Writer and creator Steven Knight said he expects at least two more series, saying: “We think it has got a two and a three certainly, that’s the plan.”

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Knight is also the writer behind Peaky Blinders and is currently penning the fourth series, due to film in April ahead of an air date in October. It has been confirmed that a fifth series has also been commissioned but that will probably be the last.

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Writer Steven Knight with actors Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy on set of Peaky Blinders

The award winning writer commented on the possibility of Peaky Blinders stopping at a fifth series saying “never say never, but we feel that five may be the last”. He went on to say “I have got the end in my mind; whether that happens at the end of five is the question. I want it to end when the first air raid siren sounds in Birmingham.” Whether a fifth series happens or not our anticipation for the fourth is certainly building which should air roughly around late 2017.

The next episode of Taboo airs on Saturday 9pm on BBC One.

Armitage for Ocean’s Eight

The Ocean’s Eleven spin off Ocean’s Eight has been filming for a while now but it’s still not finished announcing cast members. It was revealed yesterday that Richard Armitage is the latest recruit. It hasn’t been said what role he will take on or whether he will just do a quick cameo but he is defiantly joining a cast full of stars.

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Armitage who is probably most famous for his role as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit

The star studded cast includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter, with people such as rapper Awkwafina, Matt Damon and James Corden showing up. Filling the villainous role in the caper movie is Homeland actor, Damian Lewis.

Gary Ross, whose biggest directing achievement was The Hunger Games in 2012, is directing the film and working on the script with Olivia Milch.

There is no UK release date for Ocean’s Eight yet but the US release date is set for June 8th 2018

TV and Film News Roundup for 16th January 2017

The Replacement on BBC

The BBC’s new year is well underway, kicking off 2017 with a whole host of new dramas including the new psychological thriller The Replacement.

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The first look at the stars in The Replacement

The three-part drama will star Morven Christie and Vicky McClure. McClure, who also stars in Line of Duty on BBC Two said: “it is an incredibly complex and thrilling script. I’m really excited to play a role that is miles apart from previous characters. She went on to say. I feel so honoured to be part of this wonderful team, bringing these complex and compelling scripts to life.” The Replacement will explore the darker side of motherhood and working women, as well as the issues surrounding “the right choice”. Alongside Christie and McClure, the show will also star Richard Rankin, Dougray Scott, Neve Mackintosh, Navin Chowdhry and Siobhan Redmond.

The drama will air later this year on BBC one.

 

BBC to adapt another John Le Carre novel

Following the huge success of last year’s now Golden Globe Award-winning The Night Manager, the BBC is once again teaming up again with AMC to adapt another of John le Carré’s novels for television.

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It was announced yesterday that a television adaptation of le Carré’s 1963 novel The Spy Who Came in From the Cold is in the works and will be co-produced by BBC and AMC. The script for the adaptation is set to be written by Academy Award winner Simon Beaufoy, who’s worked on 2008’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ as well as ‘The Full Monty’, ‘127 Hours’ and ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’.

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Simon Beaufoy after winning an Oscar in 2009

The writer said “It’s incredibly exciting to be working on the best Cold War spy story ever written.” After the success of The Night Manager here’s hoping this new adaptation will be a repeat of that.

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold will air on BBC one later this year.

Hidden Figures tops the Box Office

After a surprise last weekend which saw the final US box office calculations hand victory to Hidden Figures, the story of some unsung heroes from the American space race saw off fresh competition to stay top of the charts for a second weekend with $20.4 million, according to studio estimates.

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Some of the stars in Hidden Figures including Taraji P. Henson

There’s no chance of another shocker this weekend as the biggest film of January, La Land Land’ has been released.  In the States, the musical has made $74 million from appearances that started in just a few selected cinemas but is now being played all over the country. Worldwide the film has crossed the $128.8 million mark. This financial success doesn’t come as a surprise after the record breaking 6 wins at this years Golden Globes and 11 BAFTA nominations. We can only assume that this years Oscars, on February 26th, will be taken over by the musical and wonderful performances by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

The film is out now in the UK and to watch the trailer, click the link here: