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Monsters inc. 2 aka Monsters University

I’m a massive Disney fan! I adore the films, theme parks and series that come out of the animation and Pixar studios. Brave currently is hitting our cinema screens but only recently were we graced with another exciting clip… from Monsters University (also known as Monsters Inc. 2)

I loved the original, Monsters Inc. with its smart yet also youthful humour twisting everything we were brought up believing concerning Monsters. The only thing close to this for me growing up was Fugus the Bogieman.

The relationship between Mike and Sulley made the film so the sneak peak shows them at “war” in college and how they came together, possible with hints or snatches of characters we know and love in the original.

I can’t wait to see how it goes, though I am hoping it won’t be too much like “wicked”, though we all know the adult audience is similar.

Netflix

So moving into a new house didn’t fix the tv situation, so we have got a subscription to netflix.

In the past I thought these things would be a big waste of money, yet this is cheaper than the alternative of virgin media. It may only be a pound cheaper for the service, but unlike virgin, I only pay once to have it every where.

This means we have entertainment on our Wii upstairs and PS3 downstairs!

So is the service good? Yes! There are a couple of “bargain basement films” mixed in with some amazing cult classics!

Currently I am watching Dollshouse, which I have wanted to watch for ages, along with classic Dr who, and Dexter.

I’m a very happy bunny with the service, though I can’t wait to see what new delights come up!

New Doctor who companion revealed

It has been clear for a while that Rory and Amy Pond were set to leave our screens for a hopefully happy future together, taking no more trips in the Tardis. With each companion having a major impact on the storyline and feel of the series, there is now a hint of the direction or feel of what the series will be like.

But who is this new companion about to make their steps into the Tardis? It is Jenna-Louise Coleman who has alredy had a (unknown) career in TV

Source: BBC News

Apparently from Emmerdale, Jenna-Louise has already started taking her steps into the Tardis for the Christmas episode already being filmed in Wales.

Hopefully she won’t bring her soapy background with her, and the fun and natural feel of the show won’t be ruined.

But then, Billie piper went from teen pop star, Chav companion to classy Call girl!

So the new companion is very pretty, which after the beautiful and fiesty Karen, she’s got alot to look up to! Stephen Moffat has made some great choices in the past series, so we should have something exciting and new to look forward to as he deals with the Doctor finding a new companion!

Bring on new Doctor Who, we will be sad to see Amy and Rory leave though.

 

Dancing on ice “prop” week

I love Dancing on Ice, it is a my dirty habit once a year to tune into. Having watched all but the original series, I look forward to props week. This year however was a complete disappointment compared to previous years!

Yes this year the skating is far better than any other year, with two skaters constantly pushing at the top, closely now followed by two others vying for thte title, but it was more skating and less props! Jorgie did a great routine, with a ribbon twirling at all times while flying around the ring, yet had low scores, while others like Chico acted with a prop for a whole of two seconds before flying to the next one! The only routine that really seemed to embrace it was Danielle’s with suitcases, buckets and squirting flowers!

There was no umbrella, no table or chair! So to get your fill of a real props week, here are my top 10 props week.

10. Ray with the Hat 

This other than the drop and slight stumble, showed how to use a hat as a prop, and not just a feature to sit on your head!

Ray Dancing on Ice 2009 props week

9. Jessica under her Umbrella (hella..)

Yes the skating is no where even near the bottom skaters in this year’s competition but it shows what you can do to really involve a prop into a routine. I mean to be swung around by the umbrella or sat on it during a spinning lift is using it!

8. Stefen gets Chris involved

I love this one as Chris was involved in the routine and even in his two snippets acted along to make the piece seem even better!

7. Danielle clowning around

I have loved Danielle from week1 this year, and it is not because of her skating but her fun and bubbly personality! I enjoyed her routine this year, with its cheeky side, even squirting the crowd with water in the routine.

6. Roxy gets sexy with her chair

Got to love her reaction to her mum watching her sexy routine, and then how great it was, spinning off the chair compared to the “prop” week we were shown this year. Yes the skating is no where as goo, but it still puts it to shame!

5. Jorgie should have twirled higher

I loved this routine, it was beautiful in how it appeared and I know her skating was not as excellent as normal, but you try twirling that thing constantly throughout a floor routine without tangling your self up, let alone on ice being lifted, its not easy!

Just shows non of the judges know how to ribbon it up! Jason should have been there, with his crazy cravats through the previous seasons, he woul have known the issues involved!

4. Chris and Frankie fly under the table

Frankie is my favourite professional and I am so sad that in the past few years, her partner has always been out by week 2 or 3. When she was paired with the full of spark Chris, it was a gleeful series!

3. Laura mixes it up with attitude

Laura mixed lots of items, and made it look great! If you’re going to mix props, watch this lady

2. Did they or didn’t they?

The question that plagued us all for weeks was whether Hayley and Dan kissed at the end of their routine! This was a joy to watch, and even stands to show how much passion she could put through her skating. I think I have only see Jorgie act out a better routine than Hayley.

I must say I am definately on the yes team, as through all the weeks, their initimate skates bloomed with real spark only I have never seen acted in anything I have watched.

Find out what you think here!

1. That suitcase

Who, if you have ever seen it, can forget that suitcase. The one that stole the show! It was the first time I feel in love with props week and has stuck with me ever since. I am pretty sure that other than Hayley’s very famous Ja Ho! performance, that this is my most memorable routine ever. The suitcase came part of Karen and Melanie’s pairing that it was named Wally!

 

Just goes to show you to keep it simple stupid!

15 years ago tv changed

15 years ago, TV as we know it changed with Buffy reaching our screens. It is hard to think of my teenage years without Buffy there throughout! And its impact is still evident.

It is strange to think of the excitement of waiting for the series to start, with the saddness of the finale as we waved goodbye to these characters we fell in love with.

It was great to have a show that from the outset that there was death of “main characters” so from week to week, there was no expectation of everyone pulling through. It had the ability to deal with the taboos of teenage life too, sex, love friendship, popularity yet in a fun and often scary manner.

It is great to see it has continued in a great graphic novel series, but I still miss the excitement and thrill that awaited me each week.

I do feel old with it being 15 years since it aired, though buffy didn’t hit the UK screens till 1998/1999, it still shows me age! I rememeber watching buffy from the start of secondary school right till the end of my GCSE’s.

I know there are probably many young people who have not seen it, but know of it as a classical (and I suggest they watch it). While they have Glee in their lives to try and deal with many issues, it still doesn’t have the same standing as this horror classic that changed our TV. I mean there was “All the small things” before Glee, and it hasn’t changed other shows! But Buffy did and still does.

So in 30 years time, there will still be people looking back to when it started with fond memories. I just wonder how many other shows will have that same reaction!

Reality TV

I am not going to lie, but I watch Dancing on Ice. It is my flithy habit, but when I don’t have sports channels here at my flat, so I can’t watch the professionals, it gives me a chance to watch skating, with aload of breaks inbetween (I don’t watch anything but the skating).

I have though, gotten into the habit or watching the twitter channels for news and opinions, especially with Dancing on Ice or when forced to watch shows I don’t like. Tonight I was shocked at the support a guy called Andy from Corrie (i think). His skills are clearly the poorest of the whole lot, yet there are people claiming how amazing he is!

I am glad there are other people who think like me, and realise his skill is lacking, and he should leave so better skaters can stay on. I was shocked more when someone believed half of his skating votes should be based on who he is rather than on his skills!

If that’s the case I should go on, stand there and get voted through by the country for being the underdog/non-celeb and for everything I have been through. Or what about the Queen?

These shows have been designed to sucker people into voting and how they wish. But it is still shocking to see how people are really fooled into voting for poor skaters, but then I guess, they need to diffientiate between those that aren’t going to win…

Wow blue peter has gone down hill!

Everyone in this country these days remembers Blue Peter from their childhood. You remember the animals, presenters and format.

For once, I watched a modern episode of this beloved children’s program today. It was so terrible, with its clean and wonderful nature almost gone. The crafts were quick and terrible change to trainers that didn’t have “here is one I prepared earlier” uttered once.

With the garden moved this episode, the incorrect greeting to her HRH Princess Anne, and the rude approach of the gardener was a terrible example to a nation of children.

Followed by Cher Lloyd, the show ended with a similar level to how the rest of the show had been run.

The presenters were silly and made me miss the days of great legends that have come before them.

I only hope the beeb take a good hard look to back at the brilliant history of the show, taking it back to what made it a great and well respected kids show.

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