TOMBOY TARTS: ENTERTAINMENT

THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #10: WHAT WOULD BEYONCE DO?

This February in our Funny Women Diaries, Kate was struck in bed with a mystery flu-like illness during Valentine’s Day but was cheered up by Katherine Ryan and Luisa Omielan on television. Now she is back in action and recently saw the work-in-progress musical comedy Prom Kween at the VAULTS Festival. Hello? This thing on? Hi! It’s been a while, a couple of the Funny Women team were struck down with a mystery illness, it’s not quite flu but it’s more than a bad cold but it’s not Norovirus or anything dramatic like that. Needless to say…

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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 – A BALLISTIC GUN-TOTIN’ GOOD TIME AT THE MOVIES!

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Deadpan humour meets dead folks and deadly stunts in a sequel that’s pretty damn lavish and glorious about its scale, world building and generous body count. The legendary Russian mob demolishing and puppy avenging hitman – John Wick – returns. Black suit, black boots and prodded by another wily shmuck to go back to his old ways again. How do you think this will end folks? John Wick: Chapter 2 is so hardcore, surreal and stunt crazy, it makes the entire world of Grand Theft Auto (GTA) look like Yoga Camp by comparison. John Wick’s…

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WHAT WENT WRONG WITH POWERLESS DESPITE ITS INITIAL OFFBEAT APPEAL?

DC’s new TV venture is Powerless, an office comedy set in the DC Universe about a team of creative tech people whose job it is to come up with new products that the public can use to stay safe during risky superhero battles. There’s something refreshing, even exciting about Powerless’ clever premise as shifting the focus from flashy supermen and women to the bystanders in danger could open up a lot of different avenues, many of which perfect for television series, comedy or otherwise. How about following a crew tasked with cleaning up Metropolis after…

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THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE : THE MOST FUN YOU HAVE HAD YET IN A BATMAN FILM

Who knew the dark knight’s super dark saga would make for the perfect delivery system for some lightheaded & ridiculously delightful gags? Let’s take a trip on the BAT-SIDE. Yes. My history with the caped dark is a long and emotional one. I love Batman. I also love Bacon …but that is unrelated to this review. Bacon Sandwiches with Mayo for the win (now that I could work with). Mustard in them. Yes, mustard is great too. Do you know what else is good? The Lego Batman Movie. But before we talk further on that… let…

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A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS IS DEPRESSINGLY WONDERFUL

When Netflix announced that it would be producing a full series based on Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events, fans of the sinister but fun children’s books rejoiced as the film adaptation from 2004 felt somewhat like a missed opportunity. There are 13 novels altogether; all written between 1999 and 2006, so cramming three of them into one movie was never going to work. Having said that, the result was an entertaining, stylish-looking film with the right visuals, the right tone, and the right cast. Jim Carrey’s take on the villainous Count Olaf, however,…

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ALLIED: BRAD PITT AND MARION COTILLARD “UP” THEIR BOND GAME IN WW2 THRILLER

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Dames in Dresses in times of stresses. Watch Brad Pitt & Marion Cotillard up their ‘Bond’ game! What does Brad Pritt love to do on screen apart from grabbing some munchies between multiple lunchies? Well.. it’s give Tom Cruise a run for his money at playing the Spy Game. Who’s up for the set piece that is Breaking Brad : Unfinished Sandwich Edition? Forgive me as I digress. I love making fun of Brad Pitt. Now here’s an actor who only occasionally pushes the envelope but is often & most decidedly playing himself. I was…

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THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #9: THIS IS THE NEW US

This January in our Funny Women Diaries, Kate became a television extra for the first time and she is pretty sure this is the year we keep all our resolutions. Funny Women returns with brand new shows this year, so stay tuned! Okay, it could be that I am just getting plain old but 2017 seems to be slipping through my fingers already. We’re way past any Happy New Year greetings and any questions about how Christmas was is going to get some strange looks. We aren’t talking celebrations anymore! We’re busy detoxing – or explaining…

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THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #8: OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY

This December in our Funny Women Diaries, Kate reflects on why she is not a fan of office Christmas parties, a busy year at Funny Women and taking part in the BBC’s 100 women Wikipedia editathon. Christmas is coming! We will be celebrating this at Funny Women after our busiest year yet, by going for a training day in CMS, rounded off with drinks and there is talk of going to see DICK: The Adult Panto… OH NO we aren’t! I’d like to say, but it’s rude to go against the office organised Christmas fun,…

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ZELDA WILLIAMS OPENS UP ABOUT HER GIRL IN THE BOX ROLE

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Zelda Williams stars in Lifetime thriller Girl in the Box. She shares why she is drawn to dark roles and what it is like to play Janice Hooker in this dark psychological drama. Girl In The Box is a fictionalized retelling of Colleen Stan’s real-life abduction nightmare. The then 22-year-old was kidnapped in Red Bluff, California by a young couple who imprisoned her under their bed in a box the size of a casket from 1977 to 1984 before her eventual escape. Be forewarned: This is not your typical feel good Lifetime movie. The daughter…

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GOTHAM: MAD CITY IS POISED FOR MURDER AND MAYHEM THIS YEAR

Proving once again that you don’t need Batman himself to have a successful Batman-themed TV show, Gotham reaches its third season after teasing us with various villains, new cast members and potential plot-points. Entitled “Mad City”, this first half of the season picks up where the last one left off, with Hugo Strange’s experiments roaming the streets of Gotham following the takedown of his shady Arkham laboratory and Jim Gordon working as a bounty hunter after leaving the GCPD. We briefly follow Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett-Smith) as she uses her nifty, yet limited super-powers to…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: EMELI SANDÉ

Tomboy-styled musician Emeli Sandé has taken a few years away from the music business to live life, get married (and divorced) and the struggle is real with her latest release, “Long Live The Angels” which maps out her path to strength and wisdom. ‘O heaven! O heaven! I wait with good intentions. But the day – it always lasts too long….’ If the chorus of ‘Heaven’ Emeli Sandé’s first single from her debut album a few years ago wasn’t enough to convince you that this tomboy-styled musician has a serious set of pipes to accompany the soulful…

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THE WALKING DEAD AND THE ART OF THE BUMMER

Before reaching its explosive finale, Season 6 of AMC’s The Walking Dead was solid if slightly underwhelming. After a tense build-up, however, we are finally introduced to intimidating new villain Negan in season 7 and a brutal cliffhanger soon follows leaving us to wonder which one of our heroes is a goner. Slight spoilers ahead, you’ve been warned. As the sadistic Negan (played by a perfect Jeffrey Dean Morgan) swings his beloved barb-wired baseball bat “Lucille” over and over, pummelling one of the main characters to death in a purposely mysterious point-of-view shot as the end…

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THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #7: STAYING INSPIRED BY BADASS WOMEN

This November in our Funny Women Diaries, the Funny Awards may be over but the funny woman Kate is not resting on her laurels with plenty of upcoming events and planning for looming 2017. 2016 has been a year of crappy news but she’s staying inspired to continue the Funny Women by two compelling BBC documentaries about badass women. Having repeatedly mentioned how busy we are at Funny Women HQ because of the Ed Fringe and then the Funny Women Awards you might think this diary entry will be all about resting on our laurels….

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CAROL WALSH SHARES HER SECRETS TO WRITING GOOD COMEDY

The Funny Women Awards season has come to a close and a new batch of comedy winners have emerged. Meet Carol Walsh who won the Comedy Writing Award for her script Savages. Writing about tragedy is easy – it’s comedy that is hard. We laugh at jokes but we don’t always appreciate all the hard work that goes behind it. Often comedy writing is not given its dues, which is why writing awards like this are so important to acknowledge our unsung comedy heroes. Carol Walsh is obsessed with family and uses it as a…

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DOCTOR STRANGE IS MARVEL’S TRIPPIEST SUPERHERO MOVIE YET

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Move over Gandalf – thy beard was pretty weird. Step away Dumbledore – oh wait, you died. Percy Jackson, you ain’t seen shit. Jon Snow? You slobbering fool. Doctor Strange is here to take your fool asses to school! Alright, let’s be fair. We all know that Jon Snow doesn’t belong in this list but he needs to crawl back into the snow if he mopes around anymore. I’m sick of Jon Snow’s bearded and worried mug across my TV Screen. This has nothing to do with the below review. But I just felt like…

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RIDE THE HIGHWAY TO HELL WITH THE STARS OF GANGLAND UNDERCOVER

Gangland Undercover debuted last year to rave reviews for its gritty portrayal of a former undercover informant who had successfully infiltrated an outlaw biker gang. The show was written and created by the same undercover informant turned writer, Charles Falco, who based the story on his actual experiences. Renewed for a second season, the History Channel series is back with another round of high stakes biker culture docudrama. The second season will follow the events of the first season and see Charles Falco (played by Damon Runyan in the show), living a new life in…

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WESTWORLD: HBO AND THE NOT-SO-OLD WEST

Based on the 1973 film of the same name, HBO has finally released the first few episodes of its TV adaptation of Michael Crichton’s cult sci-fi story and who better to bring us an edgy new Western show than the network that once gave us Deadwood? The original film was like a precursor to The Terminator with Yul Brynner taking on the role of an unstoppable, dead-eyed killing machine. The underrated film’s overall concept was an ingenious one so a re-imagining would have plenty to work with and a lot of potential to expand. In…

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PERSEVERANCE PAYS OFF FOR COMEDY SHORTS WINNER CAROLYN GOODYEAR

The Funny Women Awards season has come to a close and a new batch of comedy winners have emerged. Meet Carolyn Goodyear whose short film Ambition has just won the Comedy Shorts Award. If at first, you don’t succeed, try again. The third time is the charm for filmmaker Carolyn Goodyear whose film Ambition clinched the coveted award. Inspired by her real-life experience as an actress, Carolyn set out to make a dark comedic film about rejection and how often the person who deserves the award or job the most, doesn’t always get it. Harvey Gumball’s…

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NEIL GAIMAN WANTS YOU TO DREAM DANGEROUSLY IN NEW DOCUMENTARY

Signing your name in a book is usually not a health hazard, unless you are Neil Gaiman, one of the world’s best-known fantasy authors, who did it at least 150,000 times, plus dedications, without a break over 90 days in the U.S. and U.K. True to his rock star persona, Neil Gaiman does not merely fade into the night before retiring as a public figure. Instead, he embarked on a whirlwind farewell book-signing tour, as poignantly documented in “Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously. ” Emily Haines of Metric once sang about why we shouldn’t meet our heroes…

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TIM BURTON CHARMS AGAIN IN MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children plays like a ‘Best of Hits’ Platinum Album of Hollywood’s favourite and sometimes disturbingly repetitive goth-fanboy auteur – Tim Burton. Tim Burton: lover of blue hues, skeletons, white face paint and gorgeous bleak surroundings is back with a tale that’s as magical as it’s well ‘Burtonesque’. Tim Burton is to goth aesthetics what Tom Cruise is to missions involving saving the planet. Never before has there been a more snug fit of the director and the material he is playing with. I can only imagine how many sleepless nights of…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: SUSAN SURFTONE

Ever since Elvis Presley entered her life when she was three years old, Susan Surftone knew she wanted to live the rock n roll life and age hasn’t stopped her from shredding her guitar on her latest release entitled “The Magician”. The former Special FBI agent sits down with us to tell us about her influences on the new album and life as a tomboy musician.  She is a former FBI agent turned singer/songwriter who shreds the guitar playing surfy bluesy rock n roll. That’s almost unheard of but life has a funny way of dealing…

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THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #6: MEET FUNNY WOMEN AWARDS WINNERS!

This October in our Funny Women Diaries, it’s time to celebrate. Kate congratulates the winners of the recently concluded Funny Women Awards 2016. We now declare Awards season over! Last week we filled KOKO in Camden to the rafters and tickled it pink with comedy for the 2016 Funny Women Awards. This was, without doubt, our biggest year yet! We had some of the best of UK comedy in to see who of our six finalists would win our coveted Stage Award. Kerry Godliman returned as our host but this year her hosting duties were a little…

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BASKETS: LOUIS C.K. SENDS IN THE CLOWN

After the success of Louie on FX, prolific comedian Louis C.K. was soon given the freedom to produce some other projects for the network. One of them is this month’s Better Things starring the always great Pamela Adlon and the other is Baskets, which premiered earlier this year. Baskets stars Zach Galifianakis as Chip Baskets, a loser with a dream of becoming a professional clown. After studying clowning in Paris despite not knowing a word of French, he finally comes back home to Bakersfield, California with a woman who married him just to get a…

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ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE AND STORAGE WARS

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The hit reality show about competitive bidders seeking treasure troves in abandoned storage lockers is back for the ninth season. The success of Storage Wars also stems from its eclectic cast of charismatic buyers, including fan favourites Brandi Passante and Jarrod Schulz. The owners of Now and Then Second Hand Store may not be the most experienced or possess the deepest pockets in the game, but the tenacious competitors bring on enough attitude to be a match for the Storage Wars veterans. With their business and family on the line at every auction, every bid is…

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LOFT TEAMS UP WITH WRITER JESSI KLEIN FOR COMEDY SHORTS

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“Inside Amy Schumer” comedy writer and executive producer as well as NY Times bestselling author of “You’ll Grow Out Of It”, Jessi Klein partnered with women’s brand LOFT to create the mission inspired ‘Coming Clean’, a hilarious ad campaign for the clothing company. Toddlers and comics. That’s a lethal combo because both have a mouth on them. One spouts out uncomfortable truths. The other burps, drools and likes stuffing their oral cavities with anything they can get their hands on. So it kinda made sense that LOFT, the brand known for its versatile, everyday essentials, optimistic brand spirit and support…

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BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE IS NO LAUGHING MATTER

After successfully adapting Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns in a thrilling animated two-parter, DC soon turned its attention to another iconic Batman graphic novel, Alan Moore’s Batman: The Killing Joke. With both Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill returning to voice-acting duties as Batman and The Joker respectively, comic-book fans instantly looked forward to this new adaptation. But The Killing Joke being a much darker Batman tale with Joker at his most diabolical, Commissioner Gordon very nearly losing his mind and Batgirl (in)famously being shot and paralysed by the villainous clown with Batman ultimately finding…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: TOMGIRL

It’s been a really long time since a Singaporean band broke any new ground in the local or international music scene but with the release of TOMGIRL’S brand new self-titled debut, the island’s indie music space looks set for a big change. Their creatively refreshing sound is already getting big love from both local and international audiences. We speak to Cherie and Ted, the duo behind TOMGIRL in our latest Tomboy Musicians Series to find out more about the band and their music… Imagine a love child of Garbage and Cowboy Junkies fused into a Quentin…

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THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #5: COMEDY, SEXISM AND AMY SCHUMER

This September in our Funny Women Diaries, Amy Schumer is in town to preview the new series of her show Inside Amy Schumer, just a few days after the comedian shredded a sexist heckler at her Stockholm show.  Kate and her team are busy reading scripts and watching comedy shorts to pick out shortlist for Funny Women Awards as their new He-Manesque legs recover from rigors of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Our leg muscles are in recovery having returned from the mountainous terrain that is the Edinburgh Fringe festival. It is not just the hilly streets,…

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STEVIE NICKS HITS THE ROAD IN 24 KARAT GOLD TOUR WITH THE PRETENDERS

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Stevie Nicks will get out of her gypsy camper van to hit the road with the Pretenders in October for what could possibly the ultimate classic female-led rock n roll concert of the year. Stevie’s 24 Karat Gold Tour comes two years after the album’s release but as they say, better late than never. Read on for more on the concert and event details… Gypsy woman Stevie Nicks is doing what she does best; hitting the road in all her witchy gloriousness on a 27 North American city tour with friends, Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders. Now…

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WILL IT BE THIRD TIME LUCKY FOR THE TICK?

If you grew up watching cartoons in the 90’s then you’re probably no stranger to The Tick, the tale of a confident yet clueless superhero in a blue rubber suit and his mild-mannered sidekick Arthur as they rid the city of various goofy supervillains. Created by Ben Edlund, the animated series ran from 1994 to 1996 and it was certainly way ahead of its time. Poking fun at every superhero cliché with tons of wit and energy, The Tick was immensely clever, extremely silly and a heck of a lot of fun. Had the series…

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SHIN GODZILLA IS BIG, UGLY AND SCARY AS HELL FOR ITS HERO HOMECOMING

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OH MY GODZILA! Trust the Japanese to infuse love, painstaking detail and rocket fuel into the legendary Kaiju Godzilla franchise that our American friends have been buggering up time and time again. In true return to daddy fashion, the Shin Godzilla narrative is firm and dives deep into disaster management zone like few films ever have! There is something deeply cathartic about watching a giant monster stomp and roar its way through an urban jungle and wreck a king’s portion worth of horror and real estate damage that would even have Rolland Emmerich and Michael…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: GRIMES

Wild, quirky and certainly not afraid to speak her mind about an industry that is mired by sexist ideas and habits, Claire Boucher or Grimes as the world knows her is a tomboy-spirited rebel who is changing the music industry with more than just her crazy music. There is no musical lovechild that can describe the manic musical experimentations of Toronto native, Claire Boucher or Grimes as she is known in her fantastical alter-ego world. She is building her own Grime-tastic world similar to what Kate Bush, Bjork, PJ Harvey and Tori Amos did when they were at…

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TRAIN TO BUSAN IS ZOMBIE-POCALYPSE ON THE KOREAN EXPRESS

It’s the Zombie-pocalypse & this time its our friends in Korea who are in for the crapfest delights of the season. Oh… and they’re on a train to Busan. A really really fast train with zombies on it! Train to Busan is blockbuster filmmaking done right and a masterclass in balancing emotional storytelling with speed burst adrenaline. Throw in a message about the ugly side of class warfare (is there any other side?) and you’ve gotta ask yourself if zombies are truly scarier than human beings. Speeding towards an uncertain fate, an estranged father (Gong…

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HEY MARVEL – STOP TEASING BLACK WIDOW AND MAKE IT HAPPEN ALREADY!

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Black Widow started out as a supporting kick-ass female character in an all-testosterone caper but for the love of butt-kicking heroines everywhere, isn’t it time Marvel Studios gave Natasha Romanov, assassin extraordinaire, her own movie? Purely as a fan of action movies, I’ve really enjoyed Marvel’s Black Widow character (as played by Scarlett Johansson, of course). Sure, the character started off as an excuse to put one of the most bonkers bodies in Hollywood in the tightest possible costume, but over time the character has really emerged, and now you can’t deny it: the girl is…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: BONNIE BEATS

The Miami DJ scene is infamous for acts that just seem to put the spice to beats like Caligula and legends Murk but the female DJ scene is brimming with loads of talent like our featured Tomboy Musician this time around – Bonnie Beats. We first discovered Bonnie Beats when we stumbled on her impeccable style on Instagram and selected her as a fashion inspiration for edition #2 of our weekly Inspiring Tomboy Style Look of the Week series. Named one of Miami’s Top 10 Female DJs, Bonnie Beats is a modern day renaissance woman. The tech…

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SUICIDE SQUAD IS SUICIDAL TO WATCH

Fanboy and The Movie Rogue’s Aman Bhonsle sees a disturbing disconnect between what the Suicide Squad trailer promises and what the movie actually delivers. Watch at your own risk! Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in its own $#it. No escape from this crappity! For me to fully list down all the strikes that this movie has committed against me as a fanboy would require me to write a document longer than the constitutions of some countries. Hence, I’ll keep the effort short & as pain-free as I can. I had…

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MOMMY AND HER FUNNY BUSINESS

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Stand-up comedian and Tomboy Tirade co-host Joanna speaks up for the stand-up comic mothers: I talk about whatever I want on stage. I am nervous every time I get on stage. I have only one symptom: my tongue gets itchy. I would be questioning myself “Why do I get myself into this?” But clearly, it is too late. At that moment, one must focus and make it work, which is not unlike having children. Once they are out, there is no going back. You do the best you can. I have a passion for stand-up…

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MEET DESTINY YOUR NEW HAITIAN SUPERHERO

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Dorphise Jean’s Caribbean Haitian background played a huge part in creating Spirit’s Destiny, a coming of age story about Destiny, a young Haitian woman who is coming to terms with her new found abilities and the pressure of deciding how to use them. A personal trauma nearly put a halt to her comics dreams but Dorphise bounced back with her debut comic, hailed as an original new voice in comics. Back in 2014, while reading a Teen Titans comic, Dorphise Jean pondered about writing her own. The avid comics lover tried to came up with…

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THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #4: EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE

This August in our Funny Women Diaries, Kate pays tribute to two fantastic comedians and heads to Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  It is full steam ahead for the Funny Women with shows to review, a regional final and a weekend academy for comedy at the Fringe Central. We are down to the regional finals now at Funny Women – so far we have three comedians from Dublin, Manchester and London heading to the Funny Women Awards finals at Koko, Camden on 28th September, as well as some exciting wildcards. We still have another regional final to go…

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STAR TREK IS BEYOND SAVING ITSELF FROM SELF-DESTRUCTION IN THIS NEW FILM

Star Trek Beyond is the latest instalment of a once-exciting rebooted franchise for the fans of the show, like me, in the new millenium. However, sadly this film fails to deliver on so many counts, it’s hard to find a sweet spot as to where I can even begin panning this iconic, beloved sci-fi series of without me shedding a tear in the process. WARNING! MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. O god, what can I say being a Trekkie for most of my life? You know that feeling where you decided to open up an investment account at…

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STRANGER THINGS IS 80s NOSTALGIA AT ITS SPOOKY BEST

It’s no secret that Netflix-produced content is a bit of a hit or miss deal: for every Daredevil or House Of Cards, there’s a bad Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon sequel or a rushed Adam Sandler movie no-one likes. That said, for the most part, it’s been good stuff and brand new show Stranger Things is most definitely that. Set in the 1980’s and taking a page, several pages in fact, out of Steven Spielberg’s book by focusing on a group of clever kids and troubled parents as they investigate the disappearance of a young boy…

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GHOSTBUSTERS 2016 ANSWERS THE CALL

Answer the call or bolster the fall. Ghostbusters had everything going against it right from the word go. When the ice breaks, the vox populi shall be waiting with pitch forks. Hailed as being the most hated trailer on the Internet, this movie was in for some major online mudslinging. Right at the outset when its all female cast was announced by the studio, people started saying nasty things about how this movie would turn out. So does Ghostbusters hold up despite all these feverish odds stacking up against it? The answer is both yes and…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: MAUREEN “MOE” TUCKER, VELVET UNDERGROUND

Nobody can deny that tomboy musician, Maureen “Moe” Tucker, the androgynously-dressed drummer from The Velvet Underground was an integral part of the band’s sound. We find out how she developed her musical style and how she made her way into one of America’s most iconic avant-garde, experimental punk-rock bands. Most drummers bang their way through their music careers sitting down but not Velvet Underground’s Maureen Ann “Moe” Tucker, the androgynously-dressed member of one of America’s best loved indie punk bands that spent more time hanging out with Andy Warhol than he probably did with his own…

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DC CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF WONDER WOMAN IN A BIG WAY

 The iconic superhero turns 75 this year and she is busier than ever. Can we just take a moment to talk about the awesome Wonder Woman trailer that was just unleashed at the San Diego Comic Con? Great Hera! To celebrate this important milestone,DC kicks off their year-long celebration with new releases and other special events. “There’s no better time than now,” DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson tells PEOPLE of the resurgence of Wonder Woman. “The overall conversation that’s happening in our culture right now – about having stronger gender equality representation in media and in…

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INDIE COMIC HEX11 USHERS IN A NEW AGE OF MAGIC

Move over Harry Potter. The Wizarding World has gone high tech. A new age of magic has risen in the indie comic HEX11 under a Blade Runner-esque future. In the world of HEX11, magic is now a form of technology that can be harnessed and commodified by giant corporations. It is no longer exclusive as your typical human can use magic via an aural implant-like piece of device. As the society moves from the Digital Age to the Magic Age, magic has become the currency by which corporations use to strengthen their stranglehold on the society….

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THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #3: PLEASURE AND PAIN

This July in our Funny Women Diaries, Kate Stone lives it up at the screening of the Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and has a message for the talented comedians who didn’t make it through the Funny Women Awards regional finals: Don’t give up! We’re living through uncertain times here in the UK. We don’t know where we are or who we are right now as a country. So if ever there was a time for a laugh it is now. I was lucky enough to be invited to the screening of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie….

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WAYWARD PINES UPS ANTE FOR NEW SEASON. IS THE PAYOFF WORTH IT?

If M. Night Shyamalan did one thing right these past few years it was producing Wayward Pines, the sci-fi TV series based on Blake Crouch’s books. The first season was a solid fish-out-of-water story with Matt Dillon’s puzzled Secret Service agent at its centre. After a car accident, the character wakes up in a small town called Wayward Pines only to find that there is no way of ever leaving it. Nifty plot twists followed and every episode left us on a mouth-watering cliffhanger: de-evolved ghoulish cannibals, cryogenically frozen people woken up in a post-apocalyptic…

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IF GHOSTBUSTERS FAILS, IT WON’T BE BECAUSE OF ITS FEMALE COMIC LEADS

That’s right! If Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters fails, it won’t be because of its all-female cast but many other reasons. Persis, co-founder of this site and ardent Ghostbusters fan, tells you why. If there’s anything to be learnt from box-office duds over the years like ‘John Carter’, ‘Fantastic Four’ or even the recent ‘Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice’ is that internet hate coupled with bad storytelling is a recipe for seismic disasters for studios. Then came the reboot phenomenon, which isn’t really a phenomenon because Hollywood has been remaking films for years, feeding off our…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: JENNA MCDOUGALL, TONIGHT ALIVE

Tonight Alive’s Jenna McDougall may only be in her early 20s but she is already a roaring voice in the hard rock scene. Since joining the band in 2008 when she was only in high school, we explore what makes her such an amazing tomboy musician and a great role model for other young women of her generation in this edition of our Tomboy Musicians Series. You’re not a contemporary rocker tomboy until you’ve had at least one Tonight Alive album on your Spotify playlist. This Australian rock band from Sydney, was conceived in  2008. Jenna…

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WARCRAFT DELIVERS ORCS, ACTION AND NOT MUCH ELSE

Borecraft. Snorecraft. Meh is an expression that wouldn’t cut it for this arduous film about … what takes up two hours of screen time. The bar has decidedly been lowered for movies based on video games and Warcraft is no different. Warcraft is slow, replete with mythos you have no clue about even after the lackluster expositional scenes. It has a story so drab and witless that you’re better off viewing security cam footage of someone sawing wood for a more dramatic viewing experience. What Warcraft lacks in the ‘feels’ – it also lacks in…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: BUSH TETRAS

On this edition of the Tomboy Musicians Series, we hit the 80s Manhattan underground post-punk clubbing scene and discover the timeless groove of the Bush Tetras fronted and founded by Cynthia Sley and head guitarist, Pat Place as we find out more about this iconic cult band of tomboy proportions. As I’ve written, espoused, glorified and raised toasts before to how new wave and punk helped carve a path so women could dominate rock n roll many times in this series, we’ve yet to give credence to another iconic punk band to have been spit out of the…

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THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #2: BRIGHTON FRINGE

This June in the Funny Women Diaries, Kate Stone checks out Brighton Fringe – a place for comedians to present their works in progress and shares with us what comedy shows to expect for the preview festival on the Good Ship Benefit. Festival season is upon us! Not the type that requires you to camp out in a tent in a field with a group of people who USED TO BE YOUR FRIENDS until the Pot Noodle incident, where tempers are frayed by late nights and portaloos. No, comedy festival season! Specifically Brighton Fringe, where…

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WHY WE LOVE OUTCAST, THE TV SERIES (AND YOU SHOULD, TOO!)

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Kyle Fowler of A.V. Club reviews the new series by The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman from a creaky door out in the woods. There’s no zombies but you might just want to wear a charm while reading this review. After watching the series premiere of “Outcast”, the latest comic-to-TV adaptation from Robert Kirkman, there’s certainly an urge to use the show’s goriest, most frightening scenes to describe what this show is and what it could be. After all, much like The Walking Dead, “Outcast” delivers its creepiness and violence immediately. A child watches a bug crawl…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: SARAH SLATON, EDISON

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This week on the Tomboy Musicians Series, we chat with Edison—singer/guitarist Sarah Slaton who shares her experiences about life on the road as a travelling musician and how the band has been able to maintain a packed touring and recording schedule since their formation in 2014. We’re stoked to have Edison—singer/guitarist Sarah Slaton chat more to us about life in touring band, their music inspirations and even some tips on surviving the road on the Tomboy Musicians Series this week. Slaton, along with drummer/vocalist/trumpeter/mandolinist Dustin Morris, and Grammy nominated guitarist Maxwell Hughes (formerly of The Lumineers) is a…

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HISTORY CHANNEL ROOTS APPEALS TO A MODERN AUDIENCE

This year, History Channel releases its own adaptation of Alex Haley’s powerful novel Roots, the goal here being to bring the story to a modern audience, not surpass or diminish the beloved original 1977 miniseries. Some critics have called this project unnecessary, the likes of Snoop Dogg even going as far as to denounce further depictions of American slavery like 12 Years A Slave, but the new Roots miniseries pilot episode should silence most doubters since it’s pretty clear from the get-go that this new adaptation shows the source material the respect it deserves. Set…

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X-MEN: APOCALYPSE MAKES THE END OF THE WORLD LOOK BORING

Claws. Flaws. And a succession of bores. The X-Men franchise has rarely come this close to a dreary lullaby. This X-Men: The Last Stand-ish level of mediocrity is not only disappointing and worrying, but what a train wreck! Why doesn’t someone just axe these X-Men already? I mean really, If Jennifer Lawrence looks bored any further in a movie, you might just mistake it for a Hunger Games film without the Hunger and with none of the games. Her screen time looks and feels laboured and there is literally nothing for her to do on…

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PREACHER: SETH ROGEN ABSOLVES HIS TAINTED COMIC BOOK RECORD

When you put Vertigo Comics’ TV series, Preacher and Seth Rogen in one article title, the reaction could go two ways – people either love it or hurl at first commercial break. Thankfully, Seth Rogen was able to knock a few balls out of the park on this show. Comic book adaptations usually fall into one of two clearly defined categories: one, work that angers the original fanbase, and two, the ones that don’t. There are a few – very few – exceptions which manage to make pretty big changes from the source material but…

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JANE GOT A GUN: NATALIE PORTMAN’S WESTERN REVOLUTIONISES GIRL POWER

Jane Got A Gun is Natalie Portman’s ode (and a door kick) to the Western film genre. There are all the usual emotions and plot-lines we’ve come to love in a Western but without all that machismo hype. Instead, the film is a sober, pragmatic look at one woman’s fight for survival in the wild, wild west that has revolutionised the genre with it’s own brand of girl power. When you think of Natalie Portman and westerns, it’s like making pancakes with soy sauce. Her career has volleyed from indie Euro action (“Leon: The Professional”) to…

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WYNONNA EARP SHOWS AMAZING POTENTIAL BUT NEEDS WORK

As we mourn the cancellation of Marvel’s Agent Carter, Syfy brings us a TV adaptation of Beau Smith’s modern-day Western comic-book series Wynonna Earp. Melanie Scrofano takes on the titular role, a descendant of iconic lawman Wyatt Earp, who comes back to her hometown (amusingly called Purgatory) after spending some time in a juvenile correction facility. Our gunslinging heroine Wynonna Earp finds out that she is pretty good at taking out the red-neck demons who roam the city with the ultimate goal of freely feasting on all the living. In a decidedly Buffy turn of…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: ESG

Our Tomboy Musicians Series focuses this time on ESG (Emerald, Sapphire and Gold), a tomboy-styled American post-punk band with great dance-punk grooves to funk you all night long. Despite the band becoming one of the most important dance-funk bands to emerge from the 80s, commercial success eluded them throughout their musical career. If there’s ever a sad lesson to be learnt in the music industry, it’s that really good music and the musicians that make them may not all necessarily be rewarded financially or in popularity. The good ole days of indie bands like Sex Pistols, Human League, U2,…

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THE FUNNY WOMEN DIARIES #1

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Starting from May, we are launching a new comedy column, Funny Women Diaries, with Funny Women, UK’s leading female comedy community. In this first entry, Kate Stone writes about what is like to launch Funny Women Awards 2016 and how the awards help female comedians from UK get their start in comedy. It’s Monday. The Funny Women team is gathered around a table in our Covent Garden office above the Benefit Cosmetics shop. It’s 16:00. “Where are we on the agenda?” Lynne asks our intern Kat “Item three” “Great!” “Of 10” “Oh.” We have all been…

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR DELIVERS EPIC SUPERHERO SMACKDOWN

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Furrowed eyebrows meet air dashes as push comes to kick in this latest cinematic Captain America: Civil War mega meat pie. Make no mistake, Marvel’s digging for the meat as it sorts and snorts this intoxicating white powdered mashup of Superheroes into eternal celluloid greatness! It is an all-star cast in an all-star vehicle and you best wash your mouth with soap before you turn into a naysayer about these fantastical times we live in. If you’re a cynic, this is not the article for you. Marvel at Marvel’s ability to make sure no saga sags…

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RADIOHEAD RETURNS IN BLAZING FORM WITH BURN THE WITCH

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After a mysterious social media kamikaze exercise on the Internet recently, followed by the release of their latest single,”Burn The Witch”, it’s easy to see why the highly anticipated new Radiohead album could be the band’s most political one yet. There was a social media phenomenon percolating under the Game of Thrones fever of the last two weeks. It was kept very much under the radar but it was percolating nonetheless in the way the music artiste that was linked to such percolations has been known to do. Suddenly a whiteout of its social media accounts took place as if the band was…

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TOMBOY MUSICIAN SERIES: TINA WEYMOUTH

Tina Weymouth is an understated legend in the music world. The former bass player of Talking Heads, drops the bass effortlessly in every hit song in the band’s discography and beyond, in the disco-funk grooves of Tom Tom Club, her next musical project with husband and ex-Talking Heads member, Chris Frantz. We pay tribute to this bassist who has had a big slap hand in revolutionising the punk new-wave and disco funk landscape.   | CHECK OUT TINA WEYMOUTH’S FUNKY BASSLINE IN TOM TOM CLUB’S “GENIUS OF LOVE” HIT FROM ’82 She’s a producer, musician and a composer but…

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GAME OF THRONES SEASON 6: WHAT WE (DON’T WANT TO) KNOW

The hysteria and hype surrounding Game of Thrones Season 6 is nauseating, if not a little disturbing. The media has been pawing – no wait – gouging out whatever they can about the upcoming season. As once-fervent fans of the show, we wanted to give you, the fans out there, a reality check and tell you what we don’t (want to) know about Game of Thrones Season 6 in a nutshell… So in the world of the ‘Internets’ where massive hysteria has built up over the shocking denouement of Game of Thrones Season 5 and the start of Season 6, we’ve had…

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TOMBOY ICONS: THE A’ GO-GO ASIAN BEATNIK ERA OF MUSIC

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People don’t know this but here in Asia, we had our own tomboy icons of the music world. They were the A’ Go-Go music artistes of the Asian Beatnik era. Women’s culture and styles in Asian history is something that is a challenge to find information on, but we struck gold recently with some rare record covers from the 60s and 70s, revealing some true blue classic Asian tomboy originals. Remember all those poetic Allan Ginsberg wanna-bes of the 60s with their beret hats, slim ciggies and deep, potent poetry? Well, Asia had their own version of…

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SINGAPORE COMEDY FRINGE: IN FUNNY WE TRUST

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The Marvel Avengers are assembling for The Civil War but the superheroes in Asian comedy are here on a different mission. The annual Singapore Comedy Fringe is back and it’s bigger than ever! Bono thinks that comedy can help to fight the ISIS. And he is right. We believe comedy is a superpower in itself. Instead of sending over the usual boring suspects such as Amy Schumer and Chris Rock, we propose sending in an international team of superhero comedians to fight the war on terror. In fact, the Bono should come to down to…

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THE ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS MOVIE: BITCHING IT IN STYLE

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The Absolutely Fabulous movie is one of the summer’s most anticipated comedy films that will be a special event for all AbFab fans, so bring out your champagne glasses coz we’re going to celebrate how fun it is to be loud, glam and decadent. Get your champagne, botox, Lacroix and cocaine overdose ready because Absolutely Fabulous –  the most decadent female comedy show of the last century and this millenium, is coming back, bigger than ever – to your local theatre like now! That’s right, the badly behaved, recalcitrant duo of Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone will be hitting the big screen, with…

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COACHELLA 2016: SNAPSHOTS FROM THE BIGGEST DESERT PARTY

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Coachella 2016 is back and is, along with Glastonbury, one of the most highly anticipated music and arts festivals around and although we couldn’t be there, we’ve got some snapshots from the world’s biggest desert party. Check them out below. The hipsters have awoken! If there was a modern equivalent to Woodstock, then the annual music and arts festival at Coachella that takes place at the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley, right smack and centre of the Colorado Desert, fits the bill, kicking up a communal hippy dust storm every year. It’s a star-studded event where you can expect the…

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TOMBOY MUSICIANS SERIES: MNDR

She writes and produces all her music in her bedroom, she kills all the club competition when she performs solo and her club cred is so wild that anyone and everyone in the dance music business wants to be her friend. We could only be talking about the tomboy-spirited Amanda Warner, better known to the music world as MNDR – electro dance wizard. When I first discovered MNDR, it was another uneventful thumb-twiddling day at work, browsing through the new music review pages of New Music Express online. Interested to hear what a tomboyish-bespectacled DJ…

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ELEKTRA IS BADASS IN DAREDEVIL SEASON 2

Netflix launches Season 2 of ‘Daredevil’ and all we can say is that it is “elektra-fying!”. Check out our thoughts on this brand new season below. One of the great things about this new season, along with that whole Frank Castle (a perfect Jon Bernthal) business and an intense Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) subplot, was the introduction of ninja anti-heroine Elektra, played by Elodie Yung. The Marvel comic book character, of course, appeared both in the 2003 ‘Daredevil‘ movie and a follow-up spin-off with Jennifer Garner in the role. Garner was a decent choice to…

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THE KICKASS WOMEN OF AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D

They’re the kickass women from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Yes, we’re talking about Agents “Bobbi” Morse, Melinda May, Daisy aka “Skye” and Jemma Simmons who are kicking down the doors for action heroines on the small screen. We give you a case-by-case breakdown of how these characters are smoking up one of Marvel’s hottest TV shows right now. KAPOW! BOOM! PUNCH! That’s just some of the sounds of some serious butt-kicking and jaw-dropping moments that you will experience in this season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from its leading female characters, giving viewers a bruised eye while watching it….

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WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BINGE WATCH THE WALKING DEAD

As The Walking Dead finally reaches its season finale, we finally get to find out just how good old Rick and his team manage to screw up this new potentially normal life they’ve built for themselves. Because they tend to do that. The last thing I expected from The Walking Dead series was to like it as much as I actually do. I had my doubts seeing as hype tends to be a bit misleading when it comes to TV shows and zombies aren’t exactly my “thing” horror-wise. But after sitting through the excellent pilot…

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LEGENDS OF TOMORROW: THE NEW DOCTOR WHO?

DC’s plan for ultimate television domination takes another step forward this year as their latest superhero opus, Legends Of Tomorrow, presents an Avengers-style team-up on the small screen. Closely linked to DC’s other hits (or not-so-hits) The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl, the show works both as a spin-off and its own thing as it gives underused characters some limelight while introducing a big new concept and fresh threats aplenty. In its Pilot, Legends Of Tomorrow presents us with Central City’s apocalyptic future, a dystopian world of fire, death and hammy, bearded villains. It’s therefore up…

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE HATEFUL EIGHT

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Button up, buckle down and put a kettle on! It’s the age of Quentin Tarantino again – a borderline renegade / genius / maverick director whose cuss ridden bloodfests have become a thing of beauty over the years. Let’s not forget that Tarantino has taught Hollywood the beauty of Non-Linear storytelling and he loves himself a good shootout. Tarantino’s movies can best be described as hell-painted fairylands where thrills don’t just scratch at the frill and where the man with the motor mouth gets the most claps. The Hateful Eight is no different. People talk…

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FARGO SEASON 2: MOB WARS

The Coen Brothers’ 1996 cult dark comedy Fargo enjoyed a successful transfer to television as a series last year with a thrilling first season, which proved, once and for all, that there can be good movies-to-TV adaptations. Also, that Billy Bob Thornton is a frightening, frightening man. Now, with its second season, instead of continuing the story somehow, the show runners decided to go back and check out what happened in Fargo nearly 30 years prior thereby offering us a prequel of sorts instead. The 70’s-set plot would centre around a State Trooper (played by Patrick…

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LENA HEADEY & GENDER INEQUALITY IN HOLLYWOOD

Lena Headey recently went androgynous in a photo-spread for Jocks & Nerds as she spoke out against gender inequality in Hollywood; a phenomenon that has, of late, started ruffling feathers once again with the recent diversity brouhaha surrounding the Oscars 2016 nominations. We explore how such a gaping divide affects women who work in entertainment industries around the world and its long-term impact. Game of Thrones Season 6 is still a few months away but that hasn’t stopped the conniving and ruthless Queen Cersei (ahem – we mean Lena Headey) from striking a classic tomboy pose for Jocks & Nerds November 2015 edition as she bends gender…

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THE X-FILES: WELCOME BACK MULDER & SCULLY

Every critic out there has called out the pilot episode of The X-Files revival for being a piece of dry alien dung stuck under a lost spaceship in Roswell but I beg to differ. In fact, it’s just the slow build-up to what I hope will be a mini-series that captures the essence of what made it one of television’s greatest shows. “The aliens are here! The aliens are here!” Yes, that’s right. If  Tattoo was still alive on Fantasy Island and watching The X-Files, he would be the first one to ID any of…

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TOMBOY MUSICIAN SERIES: ELLIE INNOCENTI, DELUKA

Deluka’s Ellie Innocenti, who does vocal and guitar duties in this LA-based Birmingham band, is the epitome of cool tomboy chic with her punk-influenced style and music. To match her royal coolness, we put on our leather jackets, fedoras and Chucks for this interview to find out more about Ellie Innocenti’s musical process and what’s affecting her in her world as we speak. British indie, new wave rock and even some glam are weaved into the toe-tapping music of a band we all know as Deluka with lead vocalist, Ellie Innocenti. Before this trans-atlantic band decided to go ‘West Coast,…

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RICK AND MORTY SEASON 2: LET’S GET SCHWIFTY

 One of the biggest cult hits to come out of Adult Swim this year was Rick and Morty’s second season which, despite not having received as much praise as the show’s first, really put the animated sci-fi comedy on the map in a big way. The first season of Rick and Morty had a perfectly balanced amount of gross-out jokes, surreal adventures, surprisingly affecting twist endings and, of course, oddly-timed belches. Showrunners Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon effortlessly turned a very, very wrong old Youtube spoof into one of the most promising animated shows since,…

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JESSICA JONES: WHY IT SUCCEEDED (AND FAILED)

Critics and viewers have been raving about Marvel’s new offering on Netflix, the noir-ish Jessica Jones; the youngest tomboy comic character of Marvel’s superhero canon, this brutally dark and haunting series has tipped the critics scales on how moody, brooding comic book characters should be executed onscreen but it has also found a way to cut the umbilical cord on the rest of its much cheerier peers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We discuss what made the series such an amazing piece of work as well as how it disappointed.   SPOILER ALERT! THIS ARTICLE DISCUSSES EVENTS…

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YOUR ESSENTIAL TOMBOY HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: TOMBOY BOOKS

Dear Santa, we have been good tomboys all year and are spreading the good word around. For this year’s Christmas, can we have the new Amazon Kindle Paperweight so we can read all the cool tomboy books on it? Amazon has just crushed this year’s Black Friday weekend with record sales of its own devices, including sparkling new Amazon Kindle Paperweight that has set our geeky hearts on flutter. Whether you are one of those lucky new owners or a traditionalist who prefer to put your nose in a real book, here are a few awesome…

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SUPERGIRL: A SUPER PILOT?

DC comic book TV series have certainly been on the rise since Marvel’s The Avengers filled our cinema screens only 3 years ago. “Arrow”, “Gotham”, “The Flash”, “Legends Of Tomorrow” and now “Supergirl” are just some of the offerings on hand for DC Comics fans who want to see their iconoclastic heroes onscreen. Now, as someone who used to enjoy the 1984 film starring Helen Slater and Faye Dunaway despite its obvious flaws, the prospect of a series based on Superman’s equally gifted cousin was a pleasing one. Even after the reveal of Supergirl’s cosplay-friendly…

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE WALK

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Great Scott! Levitt levitates above the world and for the world in a retelling of the famous twin towers high-rope walk by Philippe Petit and faces the classic double for his trouble conundrum of risking it all for his moment in the sky. Gasp and grasp any nearby objects or people. It’s going to get dizzying folks. Director Robert Zemeckis is here to take you on an altitude sickness inducing journey of self-discovery and audience recovery. Apply balm shortly thereafter. For all detractors of the 3D or IMAX format, here’s a film that quite literally…

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9 SCARY YOUNG ADULT BOOKS FOR HALLOWEEN

Halloween is just around the corner and what better way to spend these chilly autumn nights than curling up with a spooky book in hand? Here are our top 9 horror must-reads in young adult fiction. 1. ‘LOCKWOOD & CO. BOOK FOUR: CREEPING SHADOW‘ by Jonathan Stroud New York has Ghostbusters who “ain’t afraid of no ghosts” to save the Big Apple from Stay Puff the Marshmallow Man. Across the pond, London has its own Ghostbusters to tackle the supernatural outbreak that has baffled Scotland Yard for the past 50 years. Lockwood & Co. might be the smallest Psychic Detection…

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MOVIE REVIEW: KNOCK KNOCK

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Neo has been taken down by the combined power of the skirts. Swing a bat at him, cough in his face & call him a fool & it will still not come close to destroying the idea & purity that is KEANU REEVES! How dare they!!! Keanu Reeves bathes in rose water & milk but that’s just on Tuesdays. He has stopped moving buses, he has dodged crashing trucks, he has discovered the meaning of life, he has time traveled & even infiltrated thieving gangs. He also does a terrible British accent but hey –…

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ALICE GUY-BLACHÉ: THE PIONEER FILMMAKER WHOM YOU NEVER LEARNT ABOUT IN FILM SCHOOL

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The year was 1896. Alice Guy-Blaché had made her first film in at the age of 23. She would become the first female movie studio owner, and one of the most prominent filmmakers in the industry.  The first women director in history went on to write, direct and produce more than a 1,000 films over her 20-year-long career. Then it all ended. Her name disappeared from film history, and her legacy vanished into the shadows. And she was forgotten. Filmmakers Pamela Green and Jarik van Sluijs wanted to bring her untold story to the screen….

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TV REVIEW: WAYWARD PINES

Night Shyamalan developing a mini-series in the vein of Twin Peaks could have gone either way: The Happening-style misguided hilarity or something more along the lines of The Village, a bizarre yet clever journey into the slightly dark and twisted. As a long time Shyamalan apologist, I couldn’t wait for the show either way. Lucky thing, then, that Wayward Pines was pretty much exactly what I was hoping it would be. After Matt Dillon’s Secret Service agent Ethan Burke wakes up in small Idaho town Wayward Pines following a car accident that occurred when he…

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MOVIE REVIEW: ANT-MAN

In this latest outing by Marvel, Ant-Man proves that small things do come in big packages by giving us an entertaining origin story that doesn’t get too embroiled in the morality & mortality of it all. Small problems make for big adventures & big adventures make for the little pleasures of life. Forgive me as I take off on a tangent. Ever taken a 12 hour long flight? Damn those squeezey seats. You’re coiling like a snake to find a better way to sit. You hate it. You hate it very much. Suddenly, the search for…

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TV REVIEW: GOTHAM SEASON ONE

With the first season of Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham having reached its finale last month, we can finally look back at a show with a lot of potential, a show which looked promising from the start. But did Gotham live up to its hype? Let’s see [SPOILERS AHEAD!]. The Pilot episode seemed to suggest a focus on a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), with the help of good cop Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), tracking down his parents’ murderer. That and The Penguin’s (Robin Lord Taylor) rise to power in the Gotham underworld, of course. Here…

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SILVER SCREEN MOVIE SHOWDOWN: JURASSIC WORLD

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It’s two differing views on the same movie as Katie and Melissa, the hosts of the Silver Screen Queens film podcast, bring their differing views on the latest films here to our site. On their debut review they shred apart this year’s ultimate blockbuster offering, ‘Jurassic World’. Katie pits her wits against Melissa on whether the film matched up to its hype and it’s predecessors after all. “This movie never needed to be made.” A friend of mine said this in response to my discussion of Jurassic World, and it’s a phrase that got me thinking. What film needs to be made? We’re…

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TV REVIEW: DAREDEVIL

If there was one superhero I never expected to resurface with a bang it certainly was Daredevil. The lacklustre response to that 2003 Ben Affleck-starring movie alone would surely banish that particular Marvel character to the forgotten sidelines with the likes of Punisher and Elektra. In a world where The Avengers exist and superhero movies are not only popular but constantly growing in scale to the point where talking raccoons and very tiny Paul Rudds start making complete sense as concepts, who would have thought that there would be room for The Man Without Fear?…

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MOVIE REVIEW: AVENGERS – AGE OF ULTRON

Avenge, scavenge, lozenge and shout till your gut rumbles! The world needs a savior and they’re coming in tumbles! So here’s the Hulk and bulk of the razzmatazz abolish someone new and ruin architectural marvels of another city. Speaking purely as a fanboy, I enjoyed this film for what it offers. But the burning question is – Did I enjoy it enough? Here’s what it is – an escapist, fantastical belly rub of explosions and implosions. Tony Stark invents artificial intelligence at a time when we’ve seen Arnold Schwarzenegger take on killer bots since back when he was…

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MOVIE REVIEW: BOYHOOD

He walks around. Shuffling from one odd situation into the other. He’s blitzing through his life for 12 years at the pace of a snail but does he get where he wants to?

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MOVIE REVIEW: NIGHTCRAWLER

When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he uncovers a nocturnal underbelly of film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and all victims are converted into dollars and cents. Damn… he’s creepy! He makes Heath Ledger’s Joker look like his bummer first cousin who missed the cutoff to University. If Hannibal Lecter was his uncle, you know where he’d be spending his Christmases! Who is he? You want to hug him, then slap him & then…

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TV REVIEW: AGENT CARTER

It’s no secret that there are way too many male-led TV shows out there these days, even when it comes to comic book adaptations. From The Flash to Gotham and Constantine, it looks like women, whether they be superheroes or not, are constantly being relegated to sidekick status. And that’s not acceptable, we think. Well, at least not in the Agent Carter Universe. Butt-kicking it’s way through Jarvis’ vintage car backseat comes “Agent Carter”, Marvel’s new spin-off from “Captain America: The First Avenger“. Led by Hayley Atwell, the show promised a retro, spy-themed take on…

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THE HOBBIT BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES

Despite going into ‘The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies’ without any expectations, this final instalment of Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films feels far short of a prequel to its predecessor, ‘The Lord of The Rings’, if it was meant to serve that purpose, because it really doesn’t feel that way. I’m an hour fresh from watching the final installment of ‘The Hobbit Battle of Five Armies” and I have to say, that by the end of it, I didn’t expect to be jolted out of Middle Earth so soon into the vacuous existence I now…

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TV REVIEW: CONSTANTINE

With comic book movies and TV shows looking like they should be still ruling us for years to come, there was really no better time to pitch a new adaptation of “Hellblazer”. Of course, the uninitiated will mostly remember the Vertigo/DC comic through that Constantine movie from 2005. While there were rumours of an R-rated sequel and Guillermo Del Toro being involved, nothing ever materialized. Since the film, fans have wished to erase the memory of their beloved blond, British, chain-smoking cursed exorcist/sorcerer as portrayed by Keanu “Ted Theodore Logan” Reeves. Not that the latter…

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TV REVIEW: THE FLASH

“The Flash” premiere is now CW ‘s most-watched show ever. Admittedly the bar is set pretty low, but still the initial numbers look promising. Does “The Flash” live up to its hype? Could it the turning point for the DC in their showdown with Marvel? With Marvel ruling the world of comic book movies the way they’re currently doing, it was only a matter of time before DC would catch up or, at the very least, attempt to catch up. There are, of course, many DC movies on the way from Superman V Batman: Dawn…

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MOVIE REVIEW: GONE GIRL

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The only thing worse than a broken marriage is when the broken pieces stab you where it hurts. These shards of hatred are exactly what might be awaiting you on the other side of the bed. You’re about to reach around for some hasty nasty and you never know what devil’s dilemmas await you under the sheets. A marriage is a pact but the level of tact that it needs to put up with another human may requires almost a detective story- esque diligence. It is this uncertainty & shakiness that power Gone Girl – a…

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