Mean Girls sequel?

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This may not be strictly a sequel but there is a project in development that may take place in the same place as the 2004 cult classic Mean Girls. Having just recently celebrated the films tenth anniversary many of the films cast Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried and Amy McAdams were asked about a sequel but nothing has been announced yet. This doesn’t include the straight to DVD ‘Mean Girls 2’ that didn’t fill anyones sequel hunger.Writer of the film Tina Fey sparked rumours of a reunion but did go on to deny any rumours of her writing a sequel.

The first film was wrote by 30 Rock and SNL alum Tina Fey but she adapted the story from Rosalind Wiseman’s book ‘Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence’. Mean Moms which has a current release date of May 2015 will be based on another of Wiseman’s book ‘Queen Bee Moms & King Pin Dads: Dealing with the Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Make—or Break—Your Child’s Future’. 

The story will be based around a new mother who moves into a rich suburbs and has to deal with the new world of competitive parenting. Cast in this role has been Jennifer Aniston whose sassy demeanour sounds like it will suit the character well. Aniston has took on some more brutally honest comedic roles recently especially seen in ‘Were the Millers’ and ‘Horrible Bosses’ which sequel in which Aniston will reprise her role is set for a late 2014 release. However the audience are responding to these characters with both films making over $25 million in their opening weekends and well over $100 million worldwide.

There have been a whole cluster of names associated with the film but non have been confirmed including Reece Witherspoon. The most interesting rumour has to be that Rachel McAdams will reprise her role as Regina George and we will get an insight into how the original Mean Girl became the Mean Mom.

Batman Begins (Again?)

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Arguably the most anticipated new series to be announced, Gotham will act as a origin story for Bruce Wayne looking around the time of his parent death as well as the early days of Detective Gordon.

Casting for the series has been controversial with many people not being able to see Gary Oldman’s Gordon from the Nolan films younger self being played by The OC and Southland alum Ben McKenzie and everybody knows that you don’t want to piss off comic book fans. The series also will give insight not only into Bruce Wayne as a child but also Ivy Pepper (Poison Ivy) and Selina Kyle (Catwoman).

The main storyline will focus around the newlywed Gordon in his new position in Gotham as he’s assigned to a high profile case, the murder of the billionaire parents of Bruce Wayne. Also featured in the trailer heavily is Jada Pinkett Smith’s character of Fish Mooney, a mysterious nightclub owner but no signs of Alfred played by Elementry’s Sean Pertwee.

The series has no official air date but it is expected to start in the US October time and no official UK release however the series will be shown in Australia and Canada. The series will follow in Arrow on the CW and ABS’s Agents of Shield expanding on Marvel and DC successful film outings. As long with Marvel’s Netflix productions it appears that superhero may not just bee for the big screen. 

Binge, Bitch!

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Since the evolution of online watching especially thanks to Netflix the fad of binge watching TV, watching more then three episodes of the same programme in a row, has almost become the norm.

But what programmes top the list of the most binge watched programmes around and what is it that allows a programme to top the list?

Through surveys conducted by TiVo the company found that the most binge watched programme by Americans was Breaking Bad with 35% of people surveyed saying that they watched the series in quick succession. But what is it about Breaking Bad that made people not be able to stop watching. It cant be the first two seasons, which many people say they struggled to watch due to slow story line and even say they contemplated stopping watching the series. I think the main draw for Breaking Bad, other then its gripping story lines and brilliant award deserving acting, is the massive hype it gathered. If you weren’t watching it you were and outcast and when you did finally start the series you made it your mission to convert anyone else who was a Breaking Bad virgin. 

Other heavy hitters on the list included Netflix’s House of Cards which even if you aren’t interested in politics then Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood is so captivatingly vicious that you have to keep watching because his actions are so unbelievable. The series came second on the list with 29% of people surveyed saying they immersed themselves in Washington DC up to three hours at a time.

Third on the list with 25% admitting to binge shows viewers travelling into George R R Martin’s Game of Thrones series. After just finishing its fourth series with 7.1 million viewers showing an increase from the previous seasons viewings showing that the series is just becoming more and more popular. 

The rest of the list shows popular and award winning dramas from Mad Men to Homeland but there was one surprise not to be seen on the list. After the massive hype that surrounded its second season’s release Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black the dark comedy got allot of fans binge watching the whole series its opening weekend. I myself finished the whole second series in as little as three days.

Unfortunately this means that I can now be deemed a ‘super binger’ meaning someone who watches an entire series in only a couple of days. But who can blame a nation of super binge watchers when we are said to be in the ‘golden age’ of television. 

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