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New: Two and a Half Men Season Nine Image

A new teaser image for the upcoming ninth season of American hit comedy, Two and a Half Men has been released. Below, shows the two remaining cast members of the original classic trio, Alan Harper (Jon Cryer) & Jake Harper (Angus T. Jones). However, in the middle, replacing the hilarious, yet crazy Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen) is comedy man, Ashton Kutcher, who will be playing Raymond; a friend of Charlie’s. A fairly big spoiler ahead – Charlie Sheen will be getting killed off, although it’s unsure as to how this will happen, although it may possibly be a car crash. Kutcher apparently buys Charlie’s lovely beach house. Check out this image:

Although it’s supposed to be Jake in the middle, I suppose it’s fair enough having Kutcher in the middle, seeing as he’s the new character. However, I don’t know what to think. It just doesn’t seem right. Of course, Kutcher has a very different style of comedy to Sheen, so I’m assuming a fair bit of the comedy in the sitcom will take a different turn. Whether this will be positively or not, I’m not sure. Although I don’t mind Kutcher as a comedian, I’m not sure whether he’ll be good for the show. He never really stood out as a hugely funny person to me, particularly in comparison to other funny men, including Charlie Sheen, who I think is hilarious, idiotic life-decisions aside (his problem, not mine). I just don’t think Kutcher will live up to the same comical standard as Sheen.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and find out. The 9th season of Two and a Half Men begins on the 19th September in the US.

By Manpreet Singh


Channel 5 launching Big Brother, will this reality show haunt us forever?

The eye for the final series of Celebrity Big ...

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Last year Big Brother came to a honourable end as we all said goodbye to Davina McCall and the house. Whether you hated or loved the show or watched it on the odd occasion, it created talking points, made the media go into frenzy and caused controversy around the nation.
The shocking reality this reality show had to face, ironically, is that it had to end whether the public hated it or not. When the show first started ratings were high, viewing figures flattered Channel 4 at the time and people were obsessed with the concept, which was  a bunch of celebrities or normal people living together in a confined space, participating in challenges and under-pressure situations. Endemol and Channel 4 must have been rubbing their hands together, with the money sign lighting up in their eyes.

But then they started being an enemy to their own success.  The concept became flawed, viewing figures halved because people did not find watching people in a house as interesting any more. Endemol retaliated not to the media, but by putting in even more crazier people in the house. This helped ratings a little but did not stop the already open wound.

I personally liked Big Brother, but I couldn’t help but thinking the end was nigh. As much as I wanted the show to produce the rabbit from the hat, I knew it wasn’t possible for them to brighten up the concept so much that they doubled the viewing figures and ratings again. And a little part of me (and some fans probably could feel this too) could understand why people absolutely despised the show. It came across as desperate in the later series and controversy wasn’t built up over time but nearly every week as something ‘big’ happened. Even our sweetheart Davina, looked tired of the show near the end, until her massive good bye show.

So when we all thought that the show was rid of, and the house had become scarce, Channel 5 or FIVE announced that they had a two year contract with Endemol in which to have 4 new series of Big Brother. Two series with normal everyday people in the house and two series with Z list celebrities. Now without trying to sound stuck up, Five is surely a step back from Channel 4. In the last 10 years, Channel 4, along with E4 and more 4 have managed to put themselves up there as one of the big TV networks. They have given us programmes that match most target audiences, more noticeably the teenager target audience. Channel 5 however have never really made a huge step on their network. In fact I don’t remember the last time I went on the channel. Probably when I watched the Europa League football, but they even made football look dire, with bad analysis of the game and bad commentating.

I don’t understand why they would want to carry on the show so desperately that they agree terms with low a rated channel. They could have left it a couple of years to see if a bigger channel would want them. I mean, the show does have a heavy CV. I remember when I was working the other week and Channel 5 employees came in and started talking to people about applying for the show. I recall about three people asking what channel it is on now, and with the reply being channel 5, the conversation kind of died off from there. It’s shameful that they are even trying to keep the series going. Especially after the big funeral episode last season and Davina categorically saying she will never host another Big Brother again.

And this is why, finally after all the years of me defending the show, I’ve finally fallen out with them. They should have held their heads high and gone out with a bang and left it at that, with their dignity intact. I reckon they’ll struggle to even make 2 million views, never mind 4 million, which Channel 4 were respectably getting near towards the end. I don’t know how the followers of the show are doing. Maybe all of them have stayed loyal and will be tuning in later this year. But if some of the fans are thinking like me, a lot of them won’t be watching it this year.

Big Brother has become a show that will haunt us forever, unfortunately.

By Daniel Hart


The problem between Harry Potter books and the films.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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With the final Harry Potter film being released this Friday to the general public I thought I’d give you an overview of the last 10 years. I’m sure all of you are very excited for the film and are probably counting down the days with your pre-booked tickets. However, fans who have given the effort to read the books will have a different insight. Well, some will.

Since the first film, we’ve had to go through the pain of watching the films in a different light. What some fans don’t realise is that key moments out of the books are missing, which sometimes brings down the reputation of the story. I’m not stating that the films are bad, in fact they do reflect a good story, but they do sometimes tip toe round the most complicated areas of the storyline. I can clearly see the problems that the  makers of the films have had to face, they had to keep it entertaining and ‘magical’. Perhaps sometimes they added too many funny parts in the films when it’s about to get dark, to appeal to family audiences? Maybe. But these distractions sometimes cost the hearts of the readers of the books who wanted to see the book come into life.

There is also the problem that bringing a fictional novel to life in a film is always a difficulty, because there aren’t enough minutes in a film. Which brings a positive to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 and 2, because they have enough time to fit most of the important parts of the storyline.

Although I do question Daniel Radcliffes’ acting, they did pick a perfect lookalike of Harry Potter. My only problem in the series is the character doesn’t seem to put enough emotion into the cause, whereas in the books you can clearly feel upset for Harry. When you have a Harry Potter film where Harry’s friends Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) portray better emotion and acting from the books then as a reader and audience, you feel confused.
The films have gotten considerably better since they decided to make them darker, which I think they should have done from The Chamber Of Secrets, which was dark, but didn’t hit you as a dark film.

The majority of my friends, although they don’t represent a mass audience, think the Prisoner Of Azkaban was the best film, which ironically, portrayed the book the best out of the 7 films. If you look at a fine example where the film has done the book justice, then you would have to go back to the Lord of the Rings. Where the director, Peter Jackson decided to try and include as much as possible from such a heavy book. That, including the history that is played in the book. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is probably the best set of films that have justified their books to date, and Harry Potter won’t beat that.

However, I do enjoy the Harry Potter films, and some of the book lovers will feel the same opinions I share. The Deathly Hallows Part 1 is probably my favourite film so far, I hope you all enjoy part 2 this Friday. But which is your favourite Harry Potter film? Take part in the poll below:

By Daniel Hart


Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ Gets Release Date

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The latest movie classic in the works by blood-loving director, Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained“, is reportedly set to hit cinema screens on December 25, 2012, by film studio, The Weinstein Company.  The movie, with a Spaghetti Western-style story, focuses on an American slave, Django, who has been freed and joins forces with a German bounty hunter, in the hope to save his wife from a plantation owner, Calvin Candie.

The latest news has it that Leonardo DiCaprio, is in talks to be playing Candie. I think it would be very interesting to have DiCaprio playing the bad guy, considering he tends to play the role of the protagonist in most movies he is in. Samuel L. Jackson, is also rumoured to be having a role in the movie, along with Christoph Waltz, who may be playing the German bounty hunter. However, no one has been cast as Django yet.

Quentin Tarantino, director of a range of classics, including Inglorious Basterds, Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction, and renowned writer, is definitely one of my favourite directors, and has built a reputation as a legend in the movie industry, being considered to be in the same category as such directors as Spielberg and Scorsese. Personally, I look forward to this movie, and with a brilliant cast, I have high hopes for Django Unchained.

Keep tuned for more movie news and rumours.

By Manpreet Singh


2011, new year, new approach

With iHartMovies starting off really well, the blog will continue in 2011, and some of you will probably be thinking, why haven’t we made a post for a couple of weeks?Well, with Christmas and last minute deadlines at University approaching, we decided to give the site a break, and instead, do the occasional post. Starting in 2011, we will approach it differently and go for a set format, making sure we have up to date film news updates every other day, and also news of the week, along with more film reviews, and more articles about TV series episode by episode. I hope you are all having a very good Christmas and have a Happy New Year, and hopefully TV and Films will be just as good next year as it was the last. We will keep you posted 😉

Peace.


Meet The Gamer: The Interactive Documentary is here

After weeks of finalising our ideas, writing out a proposal and finding the best way to communicate our idea, the interactive documentary has finally been made. The documentary shows facts about gaming, both the negatives and positives. It’s been a tough few weeks and at one point production was stalled because of lack of edit suites, but perseverance has been key and now we are the stages of promoting it, thanks to all who have followed these exclusive project blogs.
Below is the video which starts you off on the documentary below, make sure you press start game, remember it is interactive at various points:

All comments are welcome after you have watched it. Let us know what you think whether good or bad.


Meet The Gamer: What Makes Games Social?

Photo of the console 128 bits Nintendo GameCube.

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As our editing team are applying the finishing touches to our project documentary I thought I’d write a blog about why games are social. I’ll take you back to an article written in August 2010, that includes various reports from scientists which state that Video Games improve social skills. It was reported on one website in particular http://www.worldtech24.com, the article stated that:

‘Scientists have found that children who spend hours playing online games may be developing friendships and nurturing vital social skills, a news report said Tuesday.Rather than causing them harm, playing computer games can help boost the self-esteem of shy youngsters and increase their satisfaction with life, the South China Morning Post reported.The benefits of online games were similar to those of making friends in the real world, the researchers from the Chinese University in Hong Kong concluded.More than 600 primary school children were interviewed for the study, which found they spent an average of 67 minutes a day playing online games and 44 minutes using hand-held game consoles.’

For the full article click this link: http://www.worldtech24.com/business/video-games-help-shy-kids-build-social-skills

The one thing that was highlighted in particular in this article was that gaming helps shy children and boosts self esteem. People have always imagined a person with a hobby like gaming to not go out and socialise but in most cases it actually helps them to socialise and make more friends. Especially now with online gaming expanding more and more every year you find friends who don’t necessarily want to go out, but can keep socialising whilst online, so even when they are gaming they are not losing touch with their friends.

Another positive social aspect of gaming was reported on http://www.msnbc.msn.com; games can actually help people with Aspergers disease. Here is a brief description of a particular game that helps people suffering from a form of autism:

Brigadoon” is a real-world experiment in social skills made virtual, a private enclave limited to a select mixture of caregivers and individuals with Asperger Syndrome, a higher functioning form of autism. The inhabitants, or “Dooners” as they call themselves, enjoy the same privileges as those in the more public arenas of “Second Life.” They are free to create their own digital representations of themselves, called “avatars,” build virtual houses and seek out friends. And, most importantly, they are free to create a “second life” with a level of social interaction that, for reasons of their condition, has been hard to come by in their real lives
Talk of video gaming can set off feelings of unease among parents — no one wants a kid to be glued to a screen for hours on end. But the stakes for children with Asperger’s and other autism spectrum disorders — who have difficulties with social interaction — tend to be higher.”

For the full article click here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7012645/ns/health-mental_health/

This shows gaming can also ease a mental condition in a socially interactive game. So should there be more projects like ours that try and show a positive outcome from gaming?  Do you think that gaming should be promoting campaigns when it comes to the social side? The Xbox360 campaigns and Nintendo wii and also PS3 do promote the social side of gaming in adverts, with the recently new releases of motion sensor gaming from Xbox 360 and PS3 the social skills in gaming will increase. The army in the USA are already using shooting games to increase hand-eye co-ordination skills and reactions.

Let us know what you think.