Sunday, November 30, 2008

Pushing Daisies Axed

Anna Friel in Pushing Daisies

Pushing Daisies will be pushing up it's own daisies after TV chiefs in the US axed the quirky show. The third series has just been filmed, but ABC are understood to have pulled the plug on any further episodes - due to disappointing ratings during the second series.

Anna Friel won critical acclaim for her role in the triple Emmy Award winning as Charlotte 'Chuck' Charles, which aired on ITV earlier this year winning over almost 6m viewers on it's UK debut. The final episode attracted just 2.4m viewers for ITV1 but proved a hit with fans, earning the status as a 'cult' show already.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Glastonbury: New Bands Given Chance To Perform

Scouting For Girls @ Glastonbury

Glastonbury Festival is going back to it's roots next year with the return of of the Emerging Talent Competition, giving up and coming bands a chance to perform in front of thousands at the UK's largest music festival.

Scouting For Girls (pictured above at Glastonbury 2008), previously won the title, which ran for four years before being axed. The competition is open to unsigned bands/artists until January 26th 2009, with the winner performing at one of the festival's main stages next year.
The public will have the opportunity to vote a 'wild card' into the final.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Enemy: NME Awards Launch Brixton Gig

Liam Watts @ NME Awards Launch, Brixton

The Enemy performed in front of 200 excited fans during the NME Awards Launch, held at The Prince in Brixton last night (26/11/08). The Coventry trio took a break from the Welsh recording studio to be at the event hosted by NME magazine.

Tom Clarke, Andy Hopkins and Liam Watts were in high spirits as they belted out ten songs from their debut album "We'll Live And Die In These Towns" and had time for a little back stage humour with Chesney Hawkes "I Am The One And Only". The song appeared on the set list but thankfully The Enemy didn't perform the chart topping cheesy track.

Tom Clarke on stage in Brixton

The Enemy are set for a busy year themselves as they put the final touches to their follow up album and get back to their roots with smaller gig venues around the UK and Ireland. This is then followed up with a stadium tour with the mighty Oasis.

Fans are treated to a special gig

Fans reacted positively to the performance, once again singing along to the anthem tracks and soaking up the exciting atmosphere being created once again by The Enemy. Time and time again Tom, Andy and Liam have managed to ignite a room with their viberant mix of social sounds and upbeat tunes. Sending out a clear message that there will be more to come in 2009.

Andy Hopkins

Following The Enemy's performance the voting for the 2009 NME Awards opened up ahead of the London ceremony at London's Brixton Academy on February 25 next year.

For more on this story check and more exclusive pictures can be found at

Liam Watts

VIDEO: The Enemy - Had Enough / Aggro @ NME Launch Awards, Brixton

*More videos of The Enemy performing live at NME Awards Launch can be seen: HERE - for all the pictures and videos of The Enemy from the gig.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Mamma Mia! Becomes Fastest Selling DVD Ever!

Mamma Mia! The Movie has become the UK's fastest selling DVD ever this week, it sold 1,669,084 copies on Monday's release date, smashing the previous record held by Titanic - selling 560,000 more copies in the process. As we reported here, Mamma Mia! has already taken over £67m to become the UK's most popular film.

A spokesman for supermarket Asda said 300,000 copies had been sold in its stores with, 15% of shoppers buying a copy on Monday.

Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot said: "This is an absolutely phenomenal opening day for Mamma Mia! The Movie - we genuinely have never seen its like before in 10 years of tracking DVD retail sales."

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American Music Awards 2008 Winners List

Here is the full list of winners from the 2008 American Music Awards and a selection of pictures from the event. Click the images below to see bigger pictures of Rihanna, Pink, Beyonce and Leona Lewis:


Leona Lewis


Full List of winners at the AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS 2008:


Favorite Male Artist: Chris Brown
Favorite Female Artist: Rihanna
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Daughtry
Favorite Album: "As I Am" Alicia Keys


Favorite Male Artist: Brad Paisley
Favorite Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Rascal Flatts
Favorite Album: "Carnival Ride" Carrie Underwood


Favorite Male Artist: Chris Brown
Favorite Female Artist: Rihanna
Favorite Album: "As I Am" Alicia Keys


Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Three 6 Mafia
Favorite Male Artist: Kanye West
Favorite Album: "Graduation" Kanye West


Favorite Artist: Jordin Sparks


Favorite Artist: Enrique Iglesias


Favorite Artist: Linkin Park


Favorite Artist: Third Day


Favorite Album: "Alvin and the Chipmunks"

Jonas Brothers

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Countdown: New Presenters Revealed

Countdown will continue with two new presenters next year, Channel 4 revealed yesterday. The longest running programme on the TV network has vowed to keep the show going with added zest. as Jeff Stelling from Sky Sports takes over the presenting role from Des O'Connor.

He will be joined by Rachel Riley, an Oxford graduate who replaces Carol Vorderman after she was ousted from the show after 26 years. Riley was chosen from more than 1,000 applicants by auditions in which they conducted an interview and solved problems. The final choice was from a shortlist of six who took a screen test solving numerical conundrums.

Jeff Stelling will continue to present Sky's Gillette Soccer Saturday and live Carling Cup and Champions League football as well as presenting Countdown. It is believed his pay on Countdown is substantially less than previous presenters, so keeping his other jobs may turn out to be a wise choice.

How long will Countdown survive without Carol Vorderman? It is only a matter of time before the long running show is finally axed from Channel 4.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Guy Ritchie Proves He's A Real English Gentleman

As news of the divorce settlement between Madonna and Guy Ritchie whips the media into a frenzy, something more profound appears in this story. Guy Ritchie proves himself as the true 'English Gentleman' because he didn't make the divorce about money, but about the children. Something so often looked over when celebrity couples go their separate ways.

The press have written volumes about Madonna's monetary value and how much they thought Guy would get or ask for in the much publicised divorce, and yet the British movie maker has maintained his integrity, even when the pressure was on. Divorce need not be about taking each other to the cleaners or demanding what is rightfully yours - sometimes it is about agreeing to go your separate ways amicably and peacefully. In this instance it appears Guy and Madonna have put the welfare of their children first, by agreeing they should spend equal time in the UK and US between both parents.

No divorce is ever without it's problems, but it is refreshing when two adults can put aside their differences and see the bigger picture. The same was true in the case of Billie Piper and Chris Evans, where the couple remained friends even after the divorce and Billie refused to divorce over money. While Madonna and Guy may not end up as close friends as Billie and Chris, at least they can hold their heads high, which is more than Heather Mills could do after her bitter divorce with Paul McCartney.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sargeant Quits Strictly Come Dancing

John Sargeant on Strictly Come Dancing

John Sargeant has sensationally quit the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing contest after fears he could actually win the contest. The ex-political journalist has been constantly slammed for his poor dancing skills by the judges yet loved by the public. Week after week millions of viewers have warmed to his dance moves and consistently voted to keep him in the contest.

At today's press conference John Sargeant talked of his decision to leave saying, "It's like when you decide when you leave a party, and the time to leave a party is before the fight starts, and I think that's really what's happened on this occasion."

Bruce Forsyth, Strictly Come Dancing co-host said, "He was put in the most awkward position, looking at the other dancers and knowing they were better than him. He must have felt guilty in a way." Yet John was worried this may have been a joke too far as concerns grew that he could actually win the contest. Sargeant will return on Saturday for a farewell dance.

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Star Trek Video Trailer and Pictures

Star Trek just got sexy if the new trailer video and pictures are to be believed. Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) gets his kit off for some steamy action with Uhura (Zoe Saldana), as seen below. The trailer gives the sci-fi series a much needed sexy make-over, with a new younger cast and plenty of action and adventure.

Mr Spock (Zachary Quinto) is a central storyline as we follow him on his journey to the Starship Enterprise. Original Spock, Leonard Nimoy also appears in the movie which is expected to hit UK cinema screens on May 8th 2009.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

James Bond Tops US Box Office

Daniel Craig as James Bond

The latest James Bond movie 'Quantum of Solace' has enjoyed a record opening weekend in the US, beating the previous Bond movie ( Casino Royale) by $27m to top this week's Box Office US charts. Die Another Day had been the highest 007 film with $47m gross on it's first weekend. The initial figure of $70.4m was lowered after ticket sales estimation figures filtered through.

This follows a record breaking £15.5m opening weekend in the UK at the beginning of November and a world-wide income of $250m after just two weeks general release.

The US Top Ten:

1. (-) Quantum Of Solace - $67,500,000
2. (1) Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa - $36,130,000
3. (2) Role Models - $11,710,000
4. (3) High School Musical 3: Senior Year - $5,879,000
5. (4) Changeling - $4,247,000
6. (5) Zack And Miri Make A Porno - $3,200,000
7. (6) Soul Men - $2,428,000
8. (9) The Secret Life Of Bees - $2,400,000
9. (7) Saw V - $1,790,000
10. (8) The Haunting Of Molly Hartley - $1,649,000

Monday, November 17, 2008

Robbie Williams In Take That TV Show?

Robbie Williams
*PIC: Guardian

Robbie Williams may be about to appear with Take That in their 'An Audience With' Christmas TV programme. It depends which Sunday newspaper you read of course, The People believe Robbie Williams will be in the audience as a guest. Yet according to the News of the World, Gary Barlow is blocking Robbie's return for fear of losing his leadership status.

Take That will be appearing on this Saturday's X Factor and filming for 'An Audience With' takes place in Manchester on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd November.

All will be revealed in due course..........

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Kylie To Host Brit Awards 2009

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue is to present the Brit Awards in February 2009, according to an ITV insider. The Aussie pop star will team up with James Corden and Mathew Horne (Gavin and Stacey) in hosting the music awards show from London's Earl's Court.

Last year Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon presented the Brit Awards on ITV, watched by millions, making it the biggest music awards bash in the UK. Next year could be the best yet with the Pet Shop Boys already being announced as winners of the Outstanding Contribution To Music award.

The Brit Awards show takes place on Wednesday 18th February 2009.

Top of the Pops To Return in 2009?

*pic: wikimedia

Top of the Pops could be making a return to the BBC according to media stories in the Telegraph and Times. The programme was axed after 42 years in March 2006 as reported on 'robmacca's entertainment news'. The decision to end the popular music programme caused an outcry, with Oasis singer Noel Gallagher being one of many who have called for it's return. The BBC have now confirmed that there will be two special shows - one on Christmas Day and one on New Years Eve, presented by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates, but deny any plans for a return to a weekly TOTP.

X Factor judge, Simon Cowell even offered to buy the rights to show TOTP on ITV, but was turned down by the BBC. The corporation may yet bring back a Christmas TOTP this year, leaving the door open for the show to return to our screens during 2009.

While TV has evolved and Top of the Tops could no longer command 14m viewers like it did at it's peak in the 1970's, it is believed the iconic music programme could cater for the YouTube generation. Exclusive videos could easily be shared through popular websites.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Carol Vorderman's Final Countdown

Carol Vorderman outside TV studio
*PIC: Daily Mail / John Mather

Carol Vorderman filmed her very last Countdown show for Channel 4 today, in what has been described as "emotional" by The Press Association. The final Countdown programme featuring Carol Vorderman and Des O'Connor will be aired on Friday 12th December on Channel 4 and will be followed by a special tribute programme presented by Gyles Brandreth.

It was all smiles and tears as Carol attended the Yorkshire Television Studios for the final time after spending just over 26 years working on Countdown. Carol was the first woman to appear on Channel 4 when it was launched on Tuesday 2nd November 1982. As reported here, Carol was forced to quit earlier this year when TV chiefs demanded she took a 90% pay cut.

Carol Vorderman told reporters, "It is more like a party atmosphere in there." She also appeared with her 16 year old daughter, Katie who said, "'I was here as a baby and I have a photo of me here, and now I'm here for the last show". In the audience were her 11 year old son Cameron, mother and celebrities for the farewell show which Carol described as "a very special send-off." Talking about her departure from Countdown, Carol concluded, "I can't believe it has come to an end".

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Real Reason Laura White Got Booted From X Factor

Laura White

The real reason Laura White got booted off the X Factor was nothing to do with her singing but has more to do with her fashion sense we can reveal. She had been the bookies favourite to win this year's X Factor competition then was sensationally voted off the show on Saturday by the judges.

The frumpy Laura was being managed by Girls Aloud Cheryl Cole, who should have known better and yet ignored comments made by Simon Cowell about the appearance of Laura White. The picture above, taken on Monday outside the ITV studios, give a prime example of why Laura White failed to impress.

Forget all the protests about getting Laura reinstated, get her to the High Street with a stylist and then come back!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Geri Halliwell Splits From Dancing Lover

Geri Halliwell and Ivan ‘Flipz’ Velez part company

Gerl Halliwell seems destined to remain a single mother as it became public that the Spice Girl has split up from her backing dancer Ivan Velez. The couple became an item after the Spice Girls Reunion Tour last December and things had progressed, as Geri and daughter Bluebell spent most of the summer in Los Angeles with Ivan.

Yet, like the Spice Girls tour - all good things must come to an end and it appears Geri Halliwell called time on the relationship, ending it via a phone call several weeks ago. Close friends say Ivan had been hoping Geri would change her mind, according to this weeks Closer magazine.

'She couldn't deal with the distance between them and thought it was best to end it before he got even more hurt,' a source is quoted telling the magazine.

How much of the story is true is any body's guess, but I'm sure Geri Halliwell will have no shortage of offers from available bachelors!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Girls Aloud 'Out of Control' Tops Album Chart

Girls Aloud have achieved their first #1 studio album this week in the UK with their fifth studio album 'Out of Control'. They knocked Pink off the top spot after just one week also beating Enrique Iglesias with his Greatest Hits and Razorlight (Slipway Fires) to secure the number one album.

The album success follows a fantastic week for Girls Aloud who have recently enjoyed their fourth #1 single (The Promise), making it a record-breaking 18th consecutive Top 10 hit. They have also confirmed they will be touring during 2009, dispelling any rumours of a split.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Girls Aloud Announce 2009 Tour

Girls Aloud on Tour

Girls Aloud have announced they will be touring the UK during May 2009, promoting their new album 'Out of Control'. The chart topping girls said it would be one of their slickest, biggest and most exciting tours ever. Girls Aloud recently celebrated their fourth UK number one with their latest single, 'The Promise' - taken from their new studio album released this week.

The dates announced so far are listed below, with the two Irish dates added, but check out the official Girls Aloud website or Ticketmaster for any additional dates:

30th April - Belfast, Odyssey Arena
2nd May - Dublin, The O2
5th May - Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
8th May - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
11th May - Nottingham Trent FM Arena
12th May - Trent FM Arena Nottingham
15th May - Sheffield Arena
16th May - Manchester MEN Arena
19th May - Liverpool Echo Arena
20th May - Birmingham NIA
23rd May - London The O2 Arena
27th May - Wembley Arena
29th May - MEN Arena Manchester
30th May - SECC Glasgow
1st June - NIA Birmingham
3rd June - Liverpool Echo Arena
5th June - Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Friday, November 07, 2008

MTV Music Awards: The Winners

Paul McCartney performs @ MTV Awards

*PIC: REUTERS/Phil Noble

Here are the winners of the 15th annual MTV Europe Music Awards:

Album of the Year — Britney Spears, "Blackout"

Act of 2008 — Britney Spears

New Act — Katy Perry

Ultimate Urban — Kanye West

Most Addictive Track — Pink, "So What"

Headliner — Tokio Hotel

Rock Out — 30 Seconds to Mars

Video Star — 30 Seconds to Mars, "A Beautiful Life"

Best Act Ever — Rick Astley

Artists' Choice — Lil Wayne

Europe's Favorite Act — Emre Aydin, Turkey

Ultimate Legend — Paul McCartney

Beyonce and Kanye West were among the performers in Liverpool as the city hosted this years MTV Music Awards. Around 10,000 music lovers packed out Echo Arena as Britney Spears and 30 Seconds To Mars became double award winners with Paul McCartney stealing the show in his home city.

Take That perform at the MTV Awards

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Amy Winehouse Attacks Photographer - The Video

Amy Winehouse lashes out *pic

Amy Winehouse went on the rampage by attacking photographers outside her Camden apartment as seen in the video below:

VIDEO: Amy Winehouse attacking reporters

Husband Blake Fielder-Civil was released from jail yesterday after spending a much documented year behind bars and the press were on a picture frenzy on his return home to London. No wonder Amy struck out at photographers - not even being allowed to leave her apartment without being harassed, on a very emotional day for her and Blake.

According to The Sun, Amy asked the press "who wants some?" as she lunged towards them, as well as flashing her chest and crashing out in the back of a taxi.

Amy Winehouse on the attack again

*PIC: Daily Mail/

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Nadine Sparks Girls Aloud Split Rumours

Girls Aloud minus Nadine at Music Industry Awards *PIC: PA

Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle has sparked fresh rumours the band could be on the verge of splitting up after noticeably being absent from the glitzy Music Industry Trust Award last night in London.

On the week Girls Aloud release their fifth studio album 'Out of Control', could it be that Nadine Coyle has gone out of control and on the verge of quitting Britain's most popular girl band?

Kimberley Walsh, Sarah Harding, Cheryl Cole and Nicola Roberts appeared happy and upbeat at the musical extravaganza last night, posing for photographers and were even pictured with Take That (see picture below). The Sun newspaper described the meeting as 'the moment Britain’s biggest girl band met Britain’s biggest man band.'

Girls Aloud have denied all rumours of any kind of split, even with Cheryl Cole's 'X Factor' commitments and Nadine Coyle's US business ventures but stories about the demise of Girls Aloud resurfaced when Sarah Harding was quoted as saying they had "one or two albums left".

Girls Aloud meet Take That *PIC: Dave Hogan

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Pint Shot Riot Live @ Zavvi, Coventry

Pint Shot Riot - Live @ Zavvi, Coventry

Coventry's Pint Shot Riot put on another live show for the people of Coventry at Zavvi record store. While it may have been freezing outside, Pint Shot Riot turned up the heat inside with a blistering performance featuring their latest hit single 'Holes'.

The upbeat set included firm favourite 'Riot Act' and previous indie hit 'Start Digging' and 'Punches Kicks Trenches and Swords'. Family and friends were close by with fans lapping up the musical feast.

Pint Shot Riot are well known in Coventry and recently sold out the 1,000 capacity Kasbah venue as well as performing at the Godiva Festival during the summer. The band have also set up their own record label (Life In The Big City Records) as they continue to grow in popularity.

Pictures can be seen at robmacca EXTRA
Check out the videos below of their performance:

Pint Shot Riot - Holes (Live)

Pint Shot Riot - Riot Act (Live)

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Harry Potter Films Dominate UK Cinema Charts

Harry Potter cast

Harry Potter dominates the Top 10 British movies at the UK box office, according to official figures released by data experts Neilsen/EDI. All five movies have made it inside the Top 10 list, with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone becoming the highest earner in the series. The 2001 release went on to win numerous awards around the globe, including an Empire Award (UK) for outstanding contribution to British cinema.

The latest addition to the Top 10 list comes from Mamma Mia, which has proved a massive hit here in the UK and internationally. Since it's release in July, the film has become the number one film of the year in 13 countries including Germany, New Zealand, South Africa and Sweden. Here in the UK it has become the #1 British movie at the box office already, taking £67.2m ($109m)


1. Mamma Mia! - £67.2m
2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - £66.1m
3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - £54.8
4. The Full Monty - £52.2m
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - £49.4m
6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - £48.8m
7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - £46.1m
8. Bridget Jones's Diary - £42m
9. Love Actually - £36.9m
10. Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason - £36m

*Source: Neilsen EDI
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