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Monday, 18 November 2019

UNIVERSAL AND DREAMWORKS ANIMATION RECRUIT CAST FOR NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES FAST & FURIOUS: SPY RACERS



November 18, 2019 - Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation have announced the cast of the Netflix original series Fast & Furious: Spy Racers, based on Universal's multi-billion dollar franchise.  The series is executive produced by Vin Diesel, Neal H. Moritz, Chris Morgan, Tim Hedrick and Bret Haaland and is slated to debut on Netflix December 26.


Teenager Tony Toretto follows in the footsteps of his cousin Dom when he and his friends are recruited by a government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league serving as a front for a nefarious crime organization bent on world domination. Hedrick (DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender) and Haaland (All Hail King Julien) serve as executive producers and showrunners. The series is also executive produced by Diesel, Moritz and Morgan, who have all served as producers on the live-action Fast & Furious film franchise.

The cast features Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) as Dom's younger cousin turned spy racer Tony Toretto; Camille Ramsey (American Vandal) as Layla Gray, a notable underground racer who works for SH1FT3R, Luke Youngblood (Harry Potter) as Frostee Benson, a 13-year old tech genius; Charlet Chung (Overwatch) as Echo, a master artist and natural spy; Jorge Diaz (Jane the Virgin) as Cisco Renaldo, both the muscle and the sweetheart of the crew; and Manish Dayal  (The Resident) as Shashi Dhar, the leader of the criminal organization SH1FT3R

The series also features an array of guest voices, including Similce Diesel as Frostee's younger sister Sissy; Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton) as the team's secret agent liaison Ms. Nowhere; and Jimmy Tatro (American Vandal) as local knucklehead Mitch. Carlos Alazraqui (The Fairly OddParents), Eric Bauza (The Adventures of Puss in Boots), Grey Griffin (DC Super Hero Girls), Kevin Michael Richardson (Trolls: The Beat Goes On!), Fred Tatasciore (Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia), and Tru Valentino (Archibald's Next Big Thing) also guest star.

First look at Nick Mohammed’s new comedy series Intelligence starring David Schwimmer



Sky has released a first look image of its upcoming original comedy Intelligence, due to air on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV on 18th February.

Created and written by Nick Mohammed, Intelligence is a workplace comedy set in the UK's GCHQ — a kind of weedier, geekier version of MI5, where they tackle international and domestic Cyber Crime from a desktop.

When an arrogant, maverick NSA agent Jerry (David Schwimmer) comes over from the U.S. to join the team, he enlists an inept and tactless computer analyst Joseph (Nick Mohammed) in a power grab that threatens to disrupt the team's ability to combat cyber terrorism.

The 6x30 Sky original series also stars Sylvestra Le Touzel, Jane Stanness, Gana Bayarsaikhan, Oliver Birch, Eliot Salt and Colin Salmon.

David Schwimmer said: "I think you'll find this is the best TV comedy made in the last two hundred years. You can't see my face, but I'm super serious."

Nick Mohammed said: "Given that David is most well-known for his dramatic roles, it's nice to see him finally have a go at comedy. Hopefully it'll lead to more work of this quality"

Competition: Win Balance, Not Symmetry on DVD

Balance, Not Symmetry is out on DVD on 25th November.

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

Synopsis
Using a groundbreaking concept, Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil worked alongside director Jamie Adams to create Balance, Not Symmetry, a film and album of the same name, using both as inspiration for each other to create two wonderful works of art.

Following its premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival, the film is set for its release on DVD and digital thanks to Pinpoint Films via Sparky Pictures, with rising Hollywood stars Laura Harrier (BlacKkKlansman, Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Bria Vinaite (The Florida Project, The OA) taking the leads.

When he announced the project, Neil said: “The record will influence the film and then feed back to the music. It’s an unusual way to make a record, and that’s why I’m buzzing about it – it’s a different way to feel inspired.”

Harrier plays Caitlin, an American student who must return to her studies at the Glasgow School of Art following the death her father. Leaving behind a grieving mother (Kate Dickie – The VVitch, Prometheus) and supported by her fun-loving flatmate Hannah (Vinaite), Caitlin struggles to navigate grief and inspiration.

With an end of year art project failing to come together, budding romance in the air, and a growing resentment towards her best friend, will Caitlin be able to find her voice through her art? The words of Scotland’s best loved rock band, “reinvigorated and exploring thrilling new territory” ensure that “there is magic here, unquestionable magic” (NME).

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

Who is the director of Balance, Not Symmetry?

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1. Closing date 02-12-19
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Most Terrifying Ghost Towns in the World


Throughout history, in one way or another, entire villages disappeared or were devastated by natural disasters, radioactive threats, entire populations fled for fear of death.

These places became intriguing and often adventurous sources for many intrepid people who dare to visit them.

Here are some of the creepiest sites around the globe.

Japan: Hashima Island
This site had its peak at the end of the 18th century due to its known underwater coal mines. The island had its population peak in 1960 reaching about 5000 individuals, including miners and their respective families.

Years later, the mines began to dry up, and around 1974 almost the entire population had to emigrate. After this, the prosperity of the island went out.

Now abandoned, Hashima Island is visited by tourists who walk its streets, visit its abandoned houses and shops. A certain air of terror sets the former mining town.

Italy: Craco
This city was founded around the 8th century but was devastated by several natural disasters, including:

1963: Evacuation of the city due to a significant landslide.
1972: A flood conditioned the stay of the locals.
1980: The city was completely abandoned due to a strong earthquake.

The city, currently located on the tip of a hill, miraculously saves the bust of the Virgin Mary, due to which, it still gathers visitors to celebrate religious festivals throughout the year.

Namibia: Kolmanskop
With an out of place aspect, this ghost town had its peak in the early 1900s. The German miners were those who inhabited the town in the middle of the desert to look for the precious diamonds in the area.

The Germans brought their architecture, which gave a singular air to the place in the middle of nowhere.

After World War I, the city began to lose its peak. In 1928 the real decline began due to the discovery of a new area along the coast, rich in diamonds, leaving a gloomy and abandoned city.

In the nearby city of Lüderitz, you can book walks to Kolmanskop, which was gradually being eaten by the vast desert.

Alaska: Kennecott
This city, now of terror, was known for its mills. During the years 1911 and 1938, it produced millions of dollars for copper production, until the day the supply was exhausted. By becoming a city without much to offer, residents began to leave their homes and small businesses, leaving behind a desolate city sad and corroded with terror.

The city was totally like a ghost town in the 50s. Finally, in 1986 it became a National Historic Landmark in charge of the National Park Service, offering tourist tours.

Ukraine: Pripyat
This city is probably the most sadly famous ghost town in the world. It was home to approximately 50,000 people, who were evacuated when part of the Chernobyl Nuclear Station exploded in April 1986.

This disastrous event resulted in the immediate evacuation of the population due to high levels of radiation, leaving practically everything behind.

In recent years, radiation levels dropped considerably, leaving the area marked by scientists as a "safe zone".

Today travelers from all over the world travel through the creepy city. At the same time, it served as inspiration for many horror stories and movies.

As the main attraction, the New Safe Confinement was built with an area equivalent big enough to hold three football stadiums from any of the teams in the NFL betting odds.

Final thoughts
There are many other ghost cities or small creepy towns around the world, desolate and dark, full of sad stories and terror, often of madness.

No doubt the world is full of surprises for people who dare to discover them again or to stay away and forgotten due to their sad outcomes.

Would you visit any of these places?

Competition: Win Catherine the Great on Blu-ray


Catherine the Great is out on Blu-ray and DVD November 25th

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and a copy on Blu-ray to give away.

Synopsis
Epic and romantic drama about the power, politics, and passions of the legendary monarch.

Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen) stars as one of the greatest rulers in history, the legendary mother of the Russian Empire, Catherine The Great, a lavishly realised limited series with incredible creative credentials.

With Emmy® Award- winners Nigel Williams (Elizabeth I) writing and Philip Martin (The Crown) directing Jason Clarke (Mudbound) stars alongside Gina McKee (Bodyguard) and Rory Kinnear (Guerilla).

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

Who stars as Catherine the Great?

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1. Closing date 02-12-19
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Competition: Win Doc Martin - Series 9 on DVD


Doc Martin - Series 9 is out on DVD November 25th

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies on DVD to give away.

Synopsis
Dr. Martin Ellingham (Clunes - Men Behaving Badly, Warren), is back for eight new episodes of the ratings winning drama as the sole GP of a sleepy town. With a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood, he continues to treat and challenge the community of the idyllic hamlet of Portwenn in Cornwall.

Caroline Catz (DCI Banks, In Fabric) once again stars as Doc Martin’s wife Louisa Ellingham, who has resigned from her job as headmistress at the local school to pursue a new career in child counselling. Concerned that their son James Henry is becoming too much like his father, she considers whether they should try for a little brother or sister. But with her career change and Martin under review from the General Medical Council following complaints from his patients, is now the right time?

Returning cast include Dame Eileen Atkins (The Crown, Robin Hood) as Doc Martin’s formidable Aunt Ruth, Ian McNeice (Rome, Dune) as Bert Large, with Joe Absolom (Eastenders, Vincent) as his son Al, Jessica Ransom (Horrible Histories, The Armstrong and Miller Show) plays receptionist Morwenna Newcross, Caroline Quentin (Jonathan Creek, Dickensian) as vet Angela Sim and Selina Cadell (The Lady in the Van, Wild Child) as pharmacist Mrs Tishell.

They are joined by a roster of special guest stars: Danny Huston (Wonder Woman, Stan & Ollie) plays Robert Brooke, a man who is shot by a farmer who thinks he is stealing eggs, Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones, Dublin Murders) plays a GP who is sent to assess Martin and Tom Conti (Paddington 2, Four Seasons) plays an eminent surgeon.

Settle in for your dose of Doc Martin – on the doctor’s orders.

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For your chance to win just answer the question below.

Who stars as Doc Martin?

Send your name, address and of course the answer to competition@jonn.co.uk

Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 02-12-19
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!


I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE! Starts Sunday 17th November at 9pm on ITV I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! is back which can mean only one thing… the time has come for a brand new cast of celebrities to head down under and battle it out in TV’s toughest entertainment challenge.

Leaving their plush pads and luxuries far behind, our celebrity campers will spend up to three weeks taking on the harsh surroundings of the Australian Jungle, with a whole host of brand new nasty surprises created just for them.

The ten celebrities heading into the Jungle for the new series are:
Ex footballer and broadcaster – Ian Wright MBE
Pop star – Nadine Coyle
‘Rak-Su’ singer – Myles Stephenson
Radio 1 DJ – Adele Roberts
Comedian – Andrew Maxwell
Soap Star– Jacqueline Jossa
Capital Radio DJ – Roman Kemp
Olympian and TV personality – Caitlyn Jenner
Ex England rugby player – James Haskell
TV and radio presenter – Kate Garraway

Last year’s highlights included John Barrowman being ‘fabulous’, Noel Edmonds and Harry Redknapp’s bromance, Fleur East and Emily Atack’s original Jungle song ‘I Like My Bum’ and much-loved Harry Redknapp being crowned King of the Jungle.

Whoever does end up in the terrifying and legendary Jungle camp will find themselves cut off from the outside world and praying the public doesn’t send them straight into a dreaded Bushtucker Trial.

Who will be crowned this year’s King or Queen of the Jungle? Find out this Autumn on ITV.

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly will present all the big stories live from the Jungle every night.

And remember - I'm A Celebrity...Extra Camp is back every night on ITV2 with a brand new presenting line up directly after the ITV show.