Published work – September 2014

Metro iconAs it’s almost October, I thought I’d share some of the articles that I’ve written for Metro Blogs throughout September.

After going to the launch of Glue, E4’s latest drama, I’ve written a couple of pieces about the show – which has since become one of my favourite programmes on television at the moment.

I also celebrated the 20th anniversary of Friends by selecting my choices of the sitcom’s best episodes and revealed some of my favourite Derren Brown shows – an article that was then shared on the illusionist’s Facebook page.

Check out the following blogs:

Friends turns 20: 20 episodes you need to watch

7 reasons I’ll be watching Strictly for the first time this year

9 best moments from the McBusted Tourplay announcement

11 types of students you’ll meet during freshers’ week

9 reasons why E4’s Glue is an unmissable yet shocking drama

Bad Education is back: 10 reasons Jack Whitehall is top of the class

9 reasons to be excited about Disney Infinity 2.0

13 things you need to be a convincing pirate on Talk Like A Pirate Day

11 lessons learned from Educating the East End (including how to run an election)

7 best moments from Our Girl series opener

Our Girl: Can anybody compete with Downton Abbey?

8 times Derren Brown blew our minds

Glue: 8 biggest shocks from episode two

8 reasons why How I Met Your Mother should’ve used its alternative ending

Giant spiders vs crane flies: Who wins?

And there’s plenty more to come in October…

Everything You Need To Know About Monsters University

Mike and Sulley return as teenagers in 'Monsters University'

Mike and Sulley return as teenagers in ‘Monsters University’

It’s hard to believe that we were first introduced to Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc. a little over eleven years ago.

The loveable duo captivated hearts as their friendship, and careers as professional ‘Scarers’ in parallel city Montropolis, were put to the test when they accidentally let a human, Boo, through to their world. The story followed Mike and Sulley as they attempted to keep Boo secret and return her to her own world.

This Summer a prequel, Monsters University, is being released and will show Mike and Sulley during their university years and explain that, despite their closeness in Monsters Inc., they weren’t always friends. 

Here’s the low-down on what we know about the prequel so far:

It’s been a long time coming…

Plans for a second Monsters Inc. film have been in process since 2005, however, disagreements between then-Disney CEO Michael Eisner and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs caused issues. Changes in management at Disney and renewed negotiations led to the confirmation of a Pixar-made film in 2012.

In a screenshot from the film we see villain Randall is featured in the film. [Image courtesy of www.filmofilia.com]

In a screenshot from the film we see villain Randall. [Image courtesy of http://www.filmofilia.com]

Many of the characters from Monsters Inc. will be returning…

John Goodman (Sulley), Billy Crystal (Mike), Steve Buscemi (Randall), Jennifer Tilly (Celia), Frank Oz (Jeff Fungus) and John Ratzenberger (the Abominable Snowman) are all reprising their roles for the sequel. Kelsey Grammer will replace James Coburn as Henry J. Waternoose III following Coburn’s death in 2002. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Boo will be returning.

New additions to the cast include Ken Jeong as a character named Mack, Rob Riggle as a character named Jenny and national treasure Helen Mirren will appear as head of the school Dean Hardscrabble.

You can enroll too…

In order to prepare for the film release, Pixar have revealed a fully functional website for Monsters University

The website is presented as the university’s own and includes admission information, campus news and a store where you can buy merchandise.

Here are some of my favourite elements of the website:

The website features many humorous articles including "Excel at the Art of Extreme Creepiness"

The website features many humorous articles including “Excel in the Art of Extreme Creepiness”

Comments by “students” are the kind of sickingly sweet quotes found in actual university prospectuses

A short film will be released alongside it…

As is the case with it’s predecessor, Monsters University has a short attached to it for it’s theatrical release. The short in question is The Blue Umbrella, directed by Saschka Unseld and produced by Marc Greenberg.

According to The Big Cartoon Database, the synopsis is as follows:

Amidst the rain in a singing city, two umbrellas– one blue, one red– fall eternally in love. The blue umbrella notices and takes a shine to the red umbrella. Distance and natural forces halt their attraction, but objects on the street- such as construction signs and a mailbox- come to life to help bring them together again.

The film will be featured in Disney Infinity…

If you’ve yet to hear about Disney Infinityit is the upcoming video game that uses collectable figurines of Disney characters that are then virtualised into the game. These virtual characters are then available to interact with in the game.

Monsters University will be one of the worlds in the game and Sulley, Mike and the Abominable Snowman will all be featured characters. The game will see these characters interact with other Disney elements and although marketed for kids, I can’t wait to hear more information about it. Check out some screenshots below:

Sulley and Mike appear in their Disney Infinity set

Sulley and Mike appear in their Disney Infinity set

Mike and Sulley will also play alongside other famous Disney characters

Mike and Sulley will also play alongside other famous Disney characters

The UK will need to wait until 12th July to see it…

Whilst Monsters University is set to be released on the 20th/21st June in most countries, us poor Brits will have to wait a few more weeks to see the film. (Click here to see the scheduled release dates).

Until then, enjoy these trailers!!

Disney Stars – Too Much Too Young?

Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato on a night out

Demi Lovato is in rehab and Miley Cyrus is preaching that she “Can’t Be Tamed”, clearly shown in the recent video of her smoking a bong. It’s hard to believe that these girls have only just turned 18 and are seen as role models to young girls. Sure, the girls may be troubled; Lovato has openly spoken about how bullying led her to self-harm before and Cyrus is currently dealing with her parents divorce but is life in the public eye the reasoning for the paths they have taken in their life?

Cyrus has been in the public eye since the age of 12 and has had a career full of controversies. From apparent “racist” photo scandals to provocative photographs being leaked, she has been criticised for many of her decisions throughout her teenage life. Earlier this year, Cyrus released a song “Can’t Be Tamed”, again a very provocative image was shown throughout her promotion of the single and there was yet more uproar with people saying this girl shouldn’t be a role model.

The biggest scandal of Cyrus’ career has to be the recent video that has surfaced online of her smoking a bong of legalised drug Salvia and claiming she’s having a “bad trip” and is hallucinating a vision of her ex-boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth. Whilst a statement has yet to be made from a representative of Miley Cyrus, her father, Billy Ray Cyrus took to his twitter to say:

“Sorry guys. I had no idea. Just saw this stuff for the first time myself. Im so sad. There is much beyond my control right now.”

This new Disney star controversy has also taken the spotlight away from Camp Rock star Demi Lovato, who at the beginning of November checked into a treatment centre due to “emotional and physical” issues. A rep has since said:

“Demi Lovato left her tour early this weekend in order to seek medical treatment for emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time. Demi has decided to take personal responsibility for her actions and seek help.  She is doing just that. She regrets not being able to finish her tour, but is looking forward to getting back to work in the near future.”

Amongst other rumours that Lovato was self-harming again, was doing cocaine and got in a fight with Twilight star Ashley Greene, the new girlfriend of her ex Joe Jonas, it has been revealed that Lovato got into an altercation with a backing dancer from her tour. The dancer, Alex Welch, was planning an on-camera interview, but a request was made from Lovato’s publicist to wait until the legal negotiations had been finished.

Whilst I still find it shocking that these girls are only just 18 and that life in the public eye has pushed them to this, you have to wonder, is it all Disney’s fault for putting them in the public eye?

One To Watch: Beastly

Beastly (2011)

I’ll be the first to admit, I am an absolute sucker for fairy stories. Some of my fondest memories from growing up are sitting watching Disney films with my sisters. Between us, we probably have every Disney Classic VHS and to this day, I could probably still quote them word for word.

One of my favourite Disney films growing up was ‘Beauty and The Beast’. I couldn’t tell you exactly why, but I think I identified with the main character Belle; she’s very close with her father and has a love for literature, two qualities that I can identify with. The Disney version of the film heavily focused on her, which is any young girls dream, to be able to compare herself with a Disney Princess. I was therefore, initially very hesitant when I heard that the film was being remade in a modern day setting.

‘Beastly’ is set to be released in 2011 and the new trailer has just been released online. It will star Vanessa Hudgens of High School Musical fame and English actor Alex Pettyfer. I have to say, after seeing the trailer, I still have my reservations about what the response to the film will be, just because the Disney adaptation is so iconic to people of my age. The film appears to be more focused on Pettyfer’s character, which, for me, could save the film. From the trailer, he seems to be captivating and I’m sure will be a huge success, having already been attached to Now (2011) which stars Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake and Cillian Murphy among many other big names.

Despite my reservations, I’m sure I’ll be checking this film out. What do you think of the trailer?