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YouTube: Carrie Hope Fletcher

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Carrie has been on YouTube for many years now and, through her honesty, her genuinely lovely character and her positivity, has been able to build a successful following online. Her videos are in a sit-down vlog style but occasionally Carrie will post a follow-me-around ‘daily’ vlog. Topics within her videos include Disney, covers of songs, her life and her work, her writing and general discussions and mini ‘motivational’ speeches.

Carrie is a very talented young lady with an amazing voice which she uses to sing covers, create original songs and for a living; she works playing Eponine in the West End’s Les Miserables. On top of  this, Carrie is a published author with her autobiographical non-fiction novel ‘All I know Now’ and she is currently writing her second novel, her first fiction book, ‘On the Other Side’ (which I cannot wait to buy and read).

With little else to say, check out her videos (examples below):

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-3037260/Carrie-Hope-Fletcher-bullies-making-me.html

Film: Cinderella

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Cinderella_2015_official_posterWho doesn’t love Disney right? We all love a good Disney Princess too. My favourite is Cinderella and always has been. I absolutely love Cinderella and recently got the Disney cartoon trilogy on DVD as a birthday present from a friend. You can imagine both my surprise and joy when, a few months back, I came out of the theatre at the cinema and saw a poster with a single glass slipper on it and nothing else. I had no idea a new Cinderella film was going to be made let alone how soon it was going to be released. So today, my Dad took me to see the 2015 film and I enjoyed it so much.

The story follows pretty similarly to the cartoon version (this being a live action version) until nearer the end, but even these slight variations have little influence on the narrative.  For some, that might signal a lack of imagination from the writers, but I think it’s good to bring back Cinderella in the same way for those of my generation, looking nostalgically to the past, and for a new generation who may not be familiar with the story.

‘A girl named Ella (Cinderella) has the purest heart living in a cruel world filled with evil stepsisters and an evil stepmother out to ruin Ella’s life. Ella comes one with her pure heart when she meets the prince and dances her way to a better life with glass shoes and a little help from her fairy godmother of course.’ (See link).518233194_6_610_433

The film has a fantastic cast including Lily James as the pretty Cinderella, Richard Madden as the handsome Prince, Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother, Cate Blanchett as the Stepmother and Derek Jacobi as the King. Further actors in the film are; Nonso Anozie, Stellan Skarsgard, Sophie McShera, Rob Brydon and Holliday Grainger.

Cinderella 2015 has a great mix of pure entertainment, humour and action with great costumes, soundtrack and actors. It’s emotional at times. I recommend it so much.

‘Have courage and be kind’.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the pictures in this post, they are from: http://news.moviefone.com/2014/05/15/disney-cinderella-teaser/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinderella_(2015_film).

Film and TV: Top 5 Christmas Films

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With each Christmas comes the same classic Christmas films. Unfortunately I’m not well-versed in Christmas films and I haven’t watched many more than the ones listed below, despite this I am 100% recommending these and urge you, 13475439681if you yourself aren’t well-versed in Festive Films, to watch them all.

Home alone (1990) – A film about a kid who gets forgotten by his family when they go on their Christmas Vacation. Being left was not the worse that could’ve happened to Kevin since he got to watch whatever TV he liked, eat whatever he wanted and he had an entire large house to himself to run around in. It’s the most fun he’s ever had, that is until a couple of burglars decide they’re going to rob his house on Christmas Eve, while the rest of the family is still away. 11174490_800

Scrooged (1988) – A fairly overlooked film, Scrooged is a wonderfully beautiful modern re-imagining of the wider known A Christmas Carol/Scrooge. Bill Murray’s character Frank treats people terribly, he’s not very postive, kind or loving. He expects his PA to work over Christmas and doesn’t pick a particularly nice Christmas gift for his brother. It takes a visit from The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present and The Ghost of Christmas Future for Frank to realise what he’s been doing wrong. It truly is a spectacular Compositefilm and it’s probably my favourite Christmas film.

The Holiday (2006) – A typical holiday Rom-com, yes. I remember finding this film while I was flicking through my TV channels one night and I instantly fell in love. I think this film is great and has great actors in it. The plot follows two women who are struggling in their romantic and work lives. They each feel the need for a change over Christmas and on a house-sharing website they swap houses over the holidays. Each find wonderful new people in their new surroundings and some of the characters even find true love. White_Chrismas_film

White Christmas (1954) – As I said, I’m not well-versed in Christmas films and so I have to admit White Christmas is the only older Christmas film I have watched. I have only watched this film twice and so I’m going to quote the IMDB description for it; ‘Having left the Army following W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-nlO5GZTBlpv88TRf1IhtvRjgTsPand-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, as the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General.’

The Santa Clause (1994) – This is one Christmas film I really want to watch again since I haven’t seen it in years, as a result I don’t remember the plot so well and so I will quote IMDB so that you gain a true understanding of it’s narrative; ‘Divorcee Scott Calvin is disgusted to learn that his ex and her husband have tried – and failed – to break it easy to their 6-year-old son Charlie that Santa isn’t real. On Christmas Eve, Scott reads The Night Before Christmas… then receives an unexpected visitor on his roof. When he’s startled by Scott’s calling out and falls, the Santa impersonator disappears, leaving only an 8-reindeer sleigh and a suit with instructions to put it on if he’s involved in an accident. Scott does, and is transported around the town dropping gifts through chimneys until he’s taken to the North Pole and informed by a group who claim they’re elves that he is now Santa. Charlie is proud of his dad’s new job, though Scott’s convinced it’s a dream. Until his hair turns white, his beard refuses to stay shaved, he gains weight inexplicably, even for his sudden love of junk food… Now he’s accepted it, there’s just one problem: how to keep it secret from his disbelieving family?’

Have a wonderful Christmas time!

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Ps. The Nightmare Before Christmas is technically one of my favourite Christmas films too but I tend to keep it in my Halloween Tradition as opposed to my Christmas Tradition.

Disclaimer – I do not own the pictures in this post, they are from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_Alone, http://jadoremusic89.wordpress.com/, http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/scrooged/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:White_Chrismas_film.JPG and http://pixgood.com/the-santa-clause-2-poster.html.

Music: Hollywood Ending

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hollywoodendingThis week’s music recommendation is the American/UK boy band Hollywood Ending. I found this band about two months ago as they supported McBusted on their arena tour around the UK. Out of the three support bands, Hollywood Ending was definitely the one that stood out. They have two albums already and are currently working on their third. Their songs are incredible and I absolutely love all of them, this isn’t a word of a lie, I honestly love all of their songs.

I’m now going to quote their website, as it probably sounds better than anything I could write about them, and it just tells you more about who they are and what they do: ‘Hollywood Ending is a pop-rock band formed in Summer 2011. The band consists of Tyler Wilson (Lead Vocals), Cameron Byrd (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Piano), Dan Geraghty (Vocals/Lead Guitar), and Chris Bourne (Vocals/Bass), all 18-21 years old. Hailing from all different parts of America and even the U.K., these boys met on Skype and came together with a shared dream of becoming big in the music industry. They got their start on Season 4 of Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing competition finishing in 3rd place. Since then they have appeared on many tours in the United States, Canada, and Europe opening for artists like The Janoskians, Austin Mahone, R5, Allstar Weekend, and many more. In Summer of 2012 they did their first headlining tour selling out shows across the US and Canada.’

They have a sound similar to McFly and Busted but with a mixture of more modern bands such as The Vamps and 5 Seconds of Summer. This to me just spells brilliance as these four bands are some of my favourites, McFly and Busted being my absolute favourite bands, so it was always likely that Hollywood Ending would be amazing. I really hope that big things come their way, as they certainly deserve it! Check ‘em out!

An example of their music is below:

 

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P.S. Chris Bourne, Hollywood Ending’s bass guitarist, is the brother of James Bourne, a third of Busted and a sixth of the supergroup McBusted.

Disclaimer: I do not own the above picture, it from the bands website: http://hollywoodendingband.com/