UK Top 100 Music chart summary & my views w/e December 27th 2014: Christmas 2014 chart

December 27th 2014Going straight in at No.1, in the UK Top 100 Music Chart w/e December 27th 2014, is Ben Haenow with Something I Need. It won the X-Factor. I haven’t heard it, and I won’t be listening to it. Then again, the alternatives were Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and bloody Olly Murs, so there’s no worthy competition around at the moment.

As such, Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars drops to No.2 with Uptown Funk, and they make it sound like there’s a swear word in the chorus beginning with F. How childish.

There’s just one other new entry in the Top 10 – No.5 for thug Wealdstone Raider with Got No Fans.

You can hear the Iron Maiden track at No.44 here:

Christmas TV Programme and Movie Highlights 2014 (Dec 20-26th)

Christmas TV Programme and Movie Highlights 2014Christmas TV Programme and Movie Highlights 2014 at DVDfever Towers are as follows.

Saturday December 20th

Rik Mayall: Lord of Misrule (BBC2, 10.05pm) gives a tribute to the comedian who died aged 56 earlier this year.

Expect clips from The Young Ones, Kevin Turvey, MP Alan B’Stard in The New Statesman, Richie in Bottom, plus Lord Flashheart in Blackadder. Narrated by Simon Callow, there’s rare and unseen archive footage. Contributors include Michael Palin, Simon Pegg, Lenny Henry, Ben Elton, Alexei Sayle, Christopher Ryan, Tim McInnerny, Jools Holland, Ruby Wax and Greg Davies.

Kirsty Duffy – where has she gone from The Wright Stuff?

kirsty-duffyKirsty Duffy is the longest-serving “babe in the booth”, albeit not in a booth any more as the ‘booth’ is now part of the audience, and she’s been on the show since May 2009. The fact she hasn’t been on has led to some viewers thinking she’s quit – or as Matthew said some viewers have suggested, that he had killed her(!) – but thankfully neither of these are the case, as she explained when she was on The Wright Stuff this morning.

Kirsty is pregnant, but then fell ill, suffering from a complication called Hyperemesis, causing nausea, and along the way more illness befell her including a a haemorrage, as the baby was drinking her blood, and now she is suffering from anemia.

McVitie’s Victoria Biscuits Christmas Choir – TV Advert

McVitie’sMcVitie’s Victoria Biscuits Christmas Choir is a new TV Advert for this Christmas which I’ve only just seen but while it made me laugh, with the animals barking and meowing, etc, to Yazoo‘s Only You, as originally sung by Alison Moyet.

I do wonder, however, whether the advert will make children think that they will get a puppy or kitten for Christmas, but then John Lewis has made everyone think children will get a penguin!

Check out the advert below:

Black Mirror: White Christmas – The DVDfever Review

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black-mirror-white-christmasBlack Mirror: White Christmas begins with Matt Trent (Jon Hamm, below) relating three stories to Joe (Rafe Spall, bottom pic) while Matt makes Christmas dinner, and Joe drinks himself into an early night.

The first sees Matt advising people what to wear for going out – as he describes, “helping dorks trawl the single bars”, picking up women, while he goes through social media sites on the fly to help them get the most out of the evening, by knowing the names of people in a works do, for example. Meanwhile, Matt is streaming this online, which the ‘dork’ doesn’t know about.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in 3D IMAX – The DVDfever cinema review

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The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies takes us back into J.R.R. Tolkein‘s Middle Earth for the final time. The poster hypes this entry as being “The Definining Chapter” – it’s not, it’s just the last one.

The film begins with Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) travelling towards Laketown to blow it apart with fire – which you know is going to happen, whether you’ve read it in the book or simply by knowing that, at the end of part 2, the dragon was heading in that direction. That is an amazing sight to see, particularly in 48fps HFR, but for a long time after that, an awful lot of not-a-lot happens. Then, the battle in the title begins around halfway through the film and never really ends. It’s an amazing spectacle, but as they say – less is more. Okay, so this film is shorrter – 144 minutes long compared to Part 1′s 169 minutes and Part 2′s 161 minutes – but the whole affair could easily have been cut down to two films, not least by cutting out much of the singing in the first film.

Dumb And Dumber To and Night at the Museum 3 lead the new cinema releases & trailers – w/e December 19th 2014

dumb-and-dumber-toThis weekend there are five new films out for you to choose from, and from the list below, the last two are actually released the next day, December 20th – the latter of the two clearly trying the trick of “We’ll get a 9-day ticket count for high box office entry”, but I’m listing them here as Boxing Day has a number of big films which will dominate the schedules: comedy in Dumb And Dumber To and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, bizarre sort-of comedy in PK, British drama in Dragonfly and a horror of a musical remake in Annie.

Dumb and Dumber To reunintes Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as Lloyd and Harry, 20 years after the dimwits set out on their first adventure, and they head out in search of one of their long lost children in the hope of gaining a new kidney.

I never saw the first film, nor the follow-up without them which everyone seems to have forgotten about so it must’ve sucked, but this one is again directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly, and stars Angela Kerecz, Kathleen Turner, Laurie Holden and Paul Blackthorne, and it does look good from the trailer so will be worth a look when it’s released.

Hit or Miss? Verdict:

GTA Online Heists – new trailer – coming early 2015 to all formats

gta-v-pc-600GTA Online Heists is a new four-player co-op mode for Grand Theft Auto Online coming early 2015 to all formats, which allows players to plan, prepare and execute multi-tiered Heists across Los Santos and Blaine County.

These will require tight communication and coordination, with players taking on specified roles at each point to accomplish multiple objectives on the way to each Heist’s epic finale. Featuring new gameplay, new vehicles, new weapons, new clothing and much more.

GTA Online Heists are due in early 2015 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

Check out the trailer below:

Movie Charts – UK & US – w/e December 14th 2014

December 14th 2014This week’s Movie Chart for the UK w/e December 14th 2014 is as follows:

    1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
    2. Paddington
    3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
    4. Penguins of Madagascar
    5. The Imitation Game
    6. Get Santa
    7. Tinker Bell And The Legend of the Neverbeast
    8. Nativity 3: Dude Where’s My Donkey?
    9. Horrible Bosses 2
    10. Interstellar (review)

Blackhat – Official Trailer #2 – Chris Hemsworth Movie HD

blackhatBlackhat is a new Michael Mann film starring Chris Hemsworth as Nicholas Hathaway, a man is released from prison to help American and Chinese authorities pursue a mysterious cyber criminal. The dangerous search leads them from Chicago to Hong Kong.

The film also stars Viola Davis, William Mapother and Wei Tang.

Blackhat is released in the UK on February 20th 2015 and looks like another great thriller from Mann.

Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-sized image:

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