7’s The Big Music Quiz has a Great Concept but Less than Stellar Host.

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Bindi Irwin and Rebel Wilson on 7’s The Big Music Quiz.  (c) Channel 7 2016

Successful and good quiz shows featuring celebrity panelists comes down to three defining factors.  1: A smart yet funny quiz show offering up great questions.  2: A great selection of celebs that not only get into the game but are also good sports.  3: A good host that can interact well with those celebs appearing on said show.  The Big Music Quiz hits two of those three points and without the third, it painfully shows.

The premise is pretty simple, two teams of semi well known faces show off their music knowledge over six rounds of questions….all of which are of course musical based with the loosing team forced into humiliation by ending out the show with a dance off.

The selection of celebrities in the shows first outing range from Screaming Jets front man Dave Gleeson to model Kris Smith to Winners and Losers star Melanie Vallejo and over the coming episodes includes Rebel Wilson, Ada Nicodemou and Kate Ceberano.

The big miss with The Big Music Quiz is in host Darren McMullen – he of former The Voice Australia host and House Husbands actor – does not mesh well with either the celebrity guests or the show in general.  I hate to say it as I like McMullen but the quick wit required to host these type of shows is missed completely by him as he manages to miss any and all opportunities for zingy comebacks…even when presented to him on a silver platter.

For example, in the first round of the first episode, contestants are given a short 20 seconds to identify the artist of a well known song, model Kris Smith says “I remember 20 seconds being a lot longer than that!”  McMullen laughs and moves right onto a score check.  Heck, even guest Laurence Mooney (probably ascertaining the lack of hosting ability) attempts to have a decent crack at poking some tongue in cheek comments.

It’s a hosting gig perfect for someone like Paul McDermott or even say Hamish Blake who have a proven track record with this kind of thing.

The big Music Quiz is just that…a big music based quiz show, a flashier version of Spicks and Specks and of the first episode available for preview, it’s without the witty banter between host and celebrities that make those shows even more watchable.  Good news is that The Big Music Quiz is not a lost cause thanks to its host.  The mix of fun rounds, easy to moderately tough questions and great selection of celeb guests pick up the slack.

If there is anything 7 could take away from The Big Music Quiz it’d be to cast a wider net when looking for a host and look into viewer interaction via an app or website.  A show like this would work perfectly with at home viewers so they can watch and play along at the same time on a second screen device.

The Big Music Quiz starts soon on Channel 7 (possibly Sunday August 28th)

Pilot Review: Code Black

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Marcia Gay Harden leads new medical drama Code Black (c) CBS 2015

Medical dramas are a staple on television and have been for years.  From M.A.S.H to Chicago Hope, ER to Greys Anatomy and some other ones in between.  They’re like your cop/crime procedurals that infiltrate our TV listings but sometimes there’s a bit more blood and a bit more drama but in the end, there’s nothing really new or exciting about them.  Code Black (starting August 25th, 9.10pm on Channel 7) attempts to throw out everything we know about medical dramas and smears it with added blood for good effect.

Code Black follows the hectic work lives of doctors and interns at Angels Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles where on numerous occasions the patients outnumber the staff and resources available – hence the title Code Black.  Even in the opening scene we’re informed “while the average ER goes into code black five times per year, Angels Memorial hits that level 300 times per year.

For those familiar with the array of medical dramas that have been televised, the opening scenes of Code Black may feel a little familiar with Senior ER nurse Jesse (Luis Guzman)  going through the motions of introducing four new interns (including Bonnie Somerville as Christa and Benjamin Hollingsworth as cocky Mario) to life at Angels Memorial – what to do, what not to do and how not to kill patients before Dr. Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden) whips through the ER like a medical genius hurricane informing the crew that a “Code Black” is imminent.

While your usual shows like Greys are full of pristine hospital wards where everything is white and sterile and most staff can maintain their ‘inside voices’ while spewing out hospital speak, Code Black is full of shouting, yelling people moving very fast… and  blood stained floors saturated by unflattering hospital UV lighting.  It’s a major contrast to what we know but also feels very ‘slap-in-the-face-we’re-different-ok?’

As the story goes, Code Black is a hectic show with lots going on.  Leanne is dealing with a traumatic past, Christa’s personal demons involving a close to home death cloud her judgement and Mario’s over inflated ego mix right into the crazy world of week to week cases – and there’s plenty of those too.  To pull off the Code Black feel, the pilot alone features seven cases among a myriad of background patients and a waiting room literally overflowing with more medical professional seeking members of the public suffering from ailments ranging from common colds to broken limbs.

A major play that Code Black has going for it is that while there is sooooooooooo much going on, unlike our beloved Greys Anatomy residents, there is no time for Code Black staff to bang each other in medical supply rooms while wondering “does he really like me?  Like really like me?”   And while sex between docs is on the down low, there is still a few hints of flirting among each other, but thankfully it doesn’t register on the McDreamy scale that Greys forcibly pushed onto us.

Code Black begins 9.10pm, Thursday August 25th on Channel 7.

The Bachelor Australia Via the Eyes of a First Time Viewer.

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“I love you, You love me, We’re a happy family” (c) Network Ten 2016

So I have to admit, I have never watched a single episode of The Bachelor Australia.  Like never ever.  None of the US versions when they aired here and none of the three previous seasons of our very own locally made series either.  It’s not like the show has never been on my radar…The whole Blake Garvey fiasco and “Dirty Street Pies” flooded my social media timelines when they were taking place but truth be told, I have never been that interested.

That was until however I began watching the very awesome UnReal (currently streaming on STAN) which offers a rather gloomy and depressing look at the goings on behind the scenes of a show very much like The Bachelor and it got me wondering how having watched a show like UnReal would affect how I would watch a show such as The Bachelor. And luck be it, a brand new season of The Bachelor began last night.

The Bachelor himself, Richie Strahan, an orphan from the first series of The Bachelorette, is stupidly handsome and utterly charming enough for anyone to ever remember Bachelorette Sam Frost deemed other men more worthy to marry than him.  Anyways, it seems as though much like myself watching for the very first time, he had no idea what was in store as leggy lady after leggy lady disembarked from their black limousine to be introduced to Richie.

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In case we forget their names. (c) Network Ten 2016

It’s here I began to devise a drinking game to go with watching The Bachelor.

*Take a shot anytime Richie’s eyes dart somewhere south when talking to a potential match.

This goes along with the following…

*Take a shot anytime the camera zooms in on cleavage or side-boob.

*Take a shot anytime Eliza sings her self penned song – either to Richie, to the other women or to herself.

*Take a shot anytime a woman is seen clutching at her hip slit dress in an attempt to keep her vah-yayyay covered.

*Take a shot anytime the camera pans to Osher Gunsberg and you find yourself yelling “YOUR NAME IS ANDY G!”

*Take a shot anytime one of the girls rolls their eyes or offer up a killer resting bitch face.

*Take a shot anytime the ‘token brunette’ demands she’s different from the other girls here.

*Take a shot anytime Olena comes on screen and you begin to question your sexuality.

You get the drift but basically, anyone playing this game, i’m assuming should be hammered by about the 20 minute mark of each and every episode.

So this brings me back to UnReal.  Throughout this first episode, all I could think was “God save the poor soul tasked with handling Keira”, “Is Alex, Faith or Megan the ‘wifey’ this season?”, “Is Janey the unstable one?” and other such questions that make UnReal so darned perfect to watch.  As the first episode dragged on however, I actually stopped thinking about the UnReal version and what could be going on behind the scenes and found myself, much like Richie, drowning in what what going on in front of me.  This sort of tag team system that was taking place as each girl goes to spend one on one time with Richie while the others watch on offering ‘if looks could kill’ glances at each other all while hoping to be the lucky recipient of not only a red rose (that according to Russian import Sasha is quite yummo to nibble on) by the end of the night but the exclusive and awe inspiring white rose.

As a first time viewer, it’s all quite bizarre and funny to watch a group of women henpeck each other over the attention of a goofy yet handsome man that may or may not profess his love to one of them but not before romancing and pashing all the ones he likes.

It’s those reasons mentioned above though that also make me understand why it’s so delicious to watch and why it get’s everyone talking.

My hot tip – Olena, Faith and Megan for the final three!

The Bachelor Australia airs Wednesdays and Thursdays 7:30pm on Network Ten.

Did Looking: The Movie, Offer a Fitting Farewell?

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There’s always a trepidation when coming into a ‘farewell movie’ of a series that one has grown to love but was cut short on us.  We find ourselves asking “Will we get the answers we want?  Will it give us a feeling of a proper conclusion?  Will we be happy with how we have to say goodbye?”  Even in Looking’s two season short life span, those questions begged to be asked and required answers.  Thankfully not only did we get our some answers but most fans should be able to say a final goodbye to a pack of characters we quickly grew to love.

Looking back, It’s been well over 12 months since Looking’s untimely demise.  Patrick (Jonathan Groff) ended his tumultuous relationship with Kevin (Russell Tovey) and had all but destroyed any chance of any kind of relationship with his ex Ritchie (Raul Castillo). Dom (Murray Bartlett) rekindled his long standing friendship with Doris (Lauren Weedman)  and was about to start a new professional journey while Augustine (Frankie J Alvarez) and HIV positive Eddie (Daniel Franzese) were on the cusp of starting a brand new relationship together.

The 90 minute farewell movie attempts to answer those looming questions but still leave enough open to assume that while Looking may in fact be over, Patrick, Dom and Augustine are still living their lives and making life changing choices even if it’s not visible to us.

Oddly enough while the series was about three gay men living life in San Francisco, this finale movie sees most of the narrative hinging on Patrick’s love life – or in fact, where he left off and what’s in store when he returns to San Francisco after a 9 month hiatus living and working in Denver.  Granted the Ritchie/Patrick/Kevin triangle played one of the major arcs in Looking’s second season, but the force of pushing this right into the main story for the movie sadly left Dom and Augustine relegated to side characters that only either offered a reason for Patrick to even be back in SF or give him a reason to question his own motives.

It’s a odd move by writers Michael Lannan and Andrew Haigh who seemed to assume viewers were only invested in Patrick and his life and not that of Dom and Augustine’s. It’s a shame really as of the three, Augustine was shown to be the one that had grown the most from the pilot episode to the second season closer.

Yes, we’re offered answers and you know what, while not everyone will be satisfied, we should be happy with them even if certain elements are not clear cut in stone.  There’s enough there for us to make up our own minds as to which way the story ends for Patrick. Perhaps that was the intention all along?  Give us the equation, hint at a resolution but allow us to find the answer that sits the best with us.

I for one am happy we got one last outing with Looking even if it was a bit too much focused on Patrick at the expense of the other players.

 Looking: The Movie is currently screening on Showcase via Foxtel.

Marvel’s Ultimate Alliance Bundle Goes Live For PS4

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Classic console game series Marvel Ultimate Alliance has been given a re-birth as Activision and Marvel bring the classic series to next gen consoles but it’s not all good news as fans balk at the costly price.

Boasting one of the biggest rosters ever seen in any Marvel based game, Marvel Ultimate Alliance and it’s follow-up Ultimate Alliance 2 have been brought to next gen consoles allowing old fans to replay the classic games and new fans the chance to finally play those games not available on current consoles.  The first Marvel Ultimate Alliance features 22 playable characters including Captain America, Black Panther, Storm and The Invisible Woman and included more than 140 iconic Marvel characters such as Psylocke, Winter Soldier and Loki spread across its story.  Players can customize and upgrade their squad of heroes in the single-player campaign, co-op and competitive online and local multiplayer for up to four players.

It’s successor, 2009’s Ultimate Alliance 2 followed the Marvel Civil War story line and included an impressive roster similar to the games first outing.

From Executive Producer Mike Jones, “The team did work really hard on improving performance, some UI and graphic enhancements as well as making the games compatible with modern platform features.” Jones adds that the games “play really smooth.”                                                                                                                                                                                                 Upon original release, both games included DLC that included extra characters, alternate outfits and comic missions but since the bundle’s release, it’s been noted the DLC that was part of Ultimate Alliance is missing while UA2 does include the DLC.  It’s a bit of a kick in the face for fans who weren’t told about this prior to purchasing the bundle.

Speaking of which, both games, currently available on the Aussie PSN store can be bought separate for $50 each (yes $50 per game!!!) or as a bundle for $60.  While most are excited about seeing the games available on their next gen console, the high price point on decade old games – some of which are missing dlc – is another misstep.

 

 

 

The Marvel Ultimate Alliance bundle is available for PS4 and PC now and is set for a July 28th release on Xbox 1

Pilot Review: Shades of Blue

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Liotta and Lopez struggle with right and wrong on Shades of Blue. (c) NBC 2016

Premiering Tuesday, August 2 at 8.30pm on Universal Channel is a brand new police crime series that sees all-rounder Jennifer Lopez go toe-to-toe with screen veteran Ray Liotta.  Titled Shades of Blue, the series delves into the corruptness within a Brooklyn police department led by Liotta’s Lieutenant Matt Wozniak.

What starts out as a cover up involving a skittish rookie with a touchy trigger finger and a drug dealer playing video games quickly evolves into an all-out undercover operation involving Lopez’s cash strapped Harlee Santos against her tight-knit crew of officers.

Harlee must find the line between protecting those she works with, her own family and giving the FBI what they need.  It’s not an easy task for Harlee as Wozniak is quick on the mark to note a mole within his crew.

As a whole, Shades of Blue doesn’t really bring anything new to the police procedurals that have flooded our screens over the years involving crooked cops but there is enough twisty plot moments within the first handful of episodes that actually keep the show slightly riveting.  Especially with the question of how much information on her crew Harlee keeps to herself and how much she hands out to the FBI while Wozniak is on the hunt for the mole in his crew.  Sadly though, once you’re past episode three, the series begins to stray away from its main story and offer up filler weekly cases and a somewhat unnecessary look into Harlee’s home life and her unruly teenage daughter.

Liotta, playing crooked cop dedicated to his team, is in his element here.  He tears through every scene he appears in, ready to lay some smack down and dole out some tough talking. While it works for Liotta, he is easily outshone by star Lopez…but not in a good way.

The ‘real’ problem with Shades of Blue is in fact Lopez herself.  It’s not that she is a bad actress or over-acts or anything like that because actually Lopez does hold her own against Liotta and fast talking Drea de Matteo (as officer Tess Nazario).  It’s that..well…it’s Jennifer Lopez.  Curves in all the right places, her perfectly tousled bob flowing effortlessly in the breeze as she totes her gun and flashes her badge in gritty and grungy NYC.  If anything, Lopez is basically one big distraction through no real fault of her own.

You’ll like it if: You enjoy serialized cop dramas with a gritty feel and some interesting plot twists.

You’ll hate it if: You enjoy heavily fleshed out police/crime dramas that delve deeply into character development while maintaining a steady pace to the main story line.

Shades of Blue begins  Tuesday, August 2 at 8.30pm on Universal Channel .

Literal Blood, Sweat & Tears for Wentworth’s Season 4 Finale

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Lady be crazy!  (c) Fremantle Media/SoHoTV

WHAT A FINALE!!

Why is everyone so shocked?!  I mean really come on, this is Wentworth people!  The team creating this show have always set the bar high for compelling television and continue to raise that bar with each and every season finale!

My last post, I offered up some season 4 end game theories which came off from not having previewed the episode but from reading what Wentworth had offered up during the season.  My score card?  Not the greatest…i’m giving myself a 3.5 out of 8….so not even 50% but let’s look back at that finale and how my I went in my predictions.

SPOILERS BELOW!!  Do not continue if you have NOT watched the season 4 finale!

1: Ferguson Becomes a Free Woman (sort of right) /// I was partially right on this one!  Joan did in fact find freedom after raking in Jake (Bernard Curry) to kill star witness Nils Jesper (Tony Nikolakopoulos).  It was a bold move on Ferguson’s behalf but that final scene proved that her freedom will be certainly short lived.

2: Sonia reveals her true freak (right) /// Sonia (Sigrid Thornton) kept us guessing for most of the season as to her guilt or innocence and as I called it, we would discover that Sonia in fact is a cold hearted murderer but in the way we found out was nothing short of chilling.  After a meeting with Det. Don Kaplan (Steve Bastoni) Liz (Celia Ireland) discovers that the body of Sonia’s missing friend had been found with a shaved head.  It was an odd mention to reveal and after seeing Sonia’s devastated response to her friends death, Liz believed Sonia to be innocent.  It’s not until Sonia offers to be the one to shave Maxine’s head as she goes through chemotherapy that Sonia, so calm and gentle mind you, mentions the power one has when shaving someone’s head and that it’s a symbol of rebirth.  It’s the first reveal of Sonia’s inner freak that Liz or us viewers have ever seen.

3: There Will be no Top Dog (wrong) /// Karen (Tammy Macintosh) says early on in this final episode that she doesn’t want the job…”let someone else take charge”.  It’s after a brutal fight between herself and Bea in which Bea believed Kaz to be the one to give Allie (Kate Jenkison) a ‘hot shot’ that she overdosed on.  It’s not until she’s ‘drafted’ by the other imates that she accepts the job of prison top dog.

4: Boomer Does not Fall Pregnant (right) /// It was only a short scene, a very quiet mention in which Boomer (Katrina Milosevic) reveals to Liz that the pregnancy didn’t take.  While only a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene, it was another touching moment for Booms this season.

5: Vera Will Discover Jake’s Past Offences (wrong) /// Jake managed to not only keep his secrets hidden from Vera, he left his co-worker Will Jackson (Robbie Magasiva) exposed as he kept his tracks hidden when Vera (Kate Atkinson) demanded an officer wide drug test to try and find who helped smuggle the drugs in that somehow ended up in Allie’s veins.

6: An Inmate Will Die (sort of wrong) /// To be clear, Allie woke up from her coma and Bea…well they can’t kill Bea right?!  Wentworth played a sneaky game on us by making us believe Allie would not wake from her induced coma thanks to the overdose provided to her by Joan.  In the meantime, we all believed that Bea would finally get her final revenge on Joan for those actions but when the tables turned on Bea, she, like us, all believed there was no hope for Allie and literally surrendered herself to the brutality of a stabbing with a screwdriver.

7: Doreen’s Sentence is Extended/Reduced (sort of right) /// While there was no mention of Doreen’s (Shareena Clanton) current sentence being altered, it was revealed she “doesn’t have that much time left” and that it should play well for her if she were to request a transfer to Perth where Nash (Luke McKenzie) is currently holed up with their son Joshua.  There wasn’t much more for Doreen this episode but it looks like this decision will play heavily into her story line for season 5.

8: Franky Distances Herself from Wentworth (wrong) ///  Can I just say though, was I the only one thinking the worst when Franky (Nicole da Silva) put the gun she took from Shayne (Hunter Page-Lochard) into her pants outside the court where Joan’s trial was taking place?!  While that scene decided to go no where, it seems like Franky has no desire to remove herself from the ladies inside Wentworth and that was shown in a touching scene between herself and Bea in the visitors room where the two talked love and life.

So there you have it.  Another wonderful season, another spine tingling season finale!  Will Bea survive her attack?  Will Allie make a full recovery?  What will happen to Ferguson? Will Jake keep his secrets close? Will Doreen make the transfer to Perth?  Will Franky and Bridget live happily ever after?  Sound off in the comments above!

EIGHT WENTWORTH SEASON FOUR ENDGAME SUSPICIONS…

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Yes, sadly it’s that time of year where another excellent season of Foxtel’s Wentworth comes to a close and I write about some of my suspicions for what could happen in the season closer.  Thankfully and not at all surprising, Wentworth has been picked up for a fifth season!

So, I’ll happily admit calling bull on Ferguson ending up inside the walls of Wenworth but will also happily admit that, that scenario made for compelling television!

So here we go, my eight season four end game suspicions – POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THOSE NOT UP-TO-DATE!

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Free bird?

1: Joan Ferguson Becomes a Free Woman /// The latter part of this season has focused a lot on Joan’s pending court hearing and her attempts to be rid of her former paid thug Nils Jasper and prison top dog Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack), both of whom, acting as witnesses pose a threat to her possible freedom.  Joan’s recent attack on Allie (Kate Jenkinson) could set forth a chain reaction that might see Bea blame enemy Karen Proctor (Tammy MacIntosh), retaliate and end up in ‘the slot’ thus unable to become a star witness against Joan.

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Not as innocent as perceived?

2: Sonia Reveals Her True Colors to Liz /// New inmate Sonia Stevens (Sigrid Thornton) has been a tough one to crack so far.  Liz (Celia Ireland) currently tasked with finding out if Sonia actually murdered her best friend (and possibly her husband) has left Liz recently sensing a much darker side to wealthy cosmetics queen.  Could Liz finally tell one story too many pushing Sonia into either confessing all or shutting Liz up for once and for all?

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Queen Bea No More…

3: There Will Be No Top Dog /// With Bea voluntarily stepping away from the ‘top dog’ position after admitting she lagged on Mercado (Charli Tjoe) and Kaz once again on the wrong end of a beat-down from Bea, it could be that no one ends up in the role of prison top dog and even though many liked Maxine (Socratis Otto) and her kinder nature when she filled in for Bea, her ill-health would prevent her from taking the leadership.

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No Bun in the Oven

4: Boomer Does Not Fall Pregnant /// With Boomer (Katrina Milosevic) able to get her hands on Maxine’s baby juice, there’s been a big lead-up to any kind of reveal to whether she is actually pregnant or not so much so, Boomer has even stepped aside from any ‘grunt’ work in case she is pregnant.  Don’t be surprised if the pregnancy doesn’t take or for something bad to happen in season 5.

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5: Vera Will Find Out all of Jake’s Past Offences /// Bad boy Jake has gone from new prison officer to dealing with the devil and everything in between and his relationship with Vera (Kate Atkinson) could end up fizzling out when and if his past indiscretions come out.  Not only will the relationship be over but so would his job at Wentworth.

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Sore Tummy Bea?

6: An Inmate Will Die /// While it’s not clear who it would be but with the prison in total disarray, chances are, one of the inmates could die.  Whether it’s from an attack or from an overdose , there’s enough bad karma floating around to see this happen.

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Staying or Going?

7: Doreen’s Sentence is Extended/Reduced /// Torn between two gangs, her baby Joshua and partner Nash (Luke McKenzie) dashing out of state, things aren’t going too well for Doreen.  To tie up these loose ends, Doreen will do something that could see her stay at Wentworth extended even longer or we’ll see Doreen leave on parole and deal with life outside Wentworth but without access to her son.

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Bye Frankie?

8: Frankie Distances Herself more from Wentworth /// While it took some time for Frankie to remove herself from the grasps of Wentworth, she’s found herself back in the thick of it dealing with Shayne (Hunter Page-Lochard) and his relationship to Ferguson and Will Jackson (Robbie Magasiva).  Could Frankie finally wash her hands of her past life and completely stay away from Wentworth?

So there you have it!  Eight of my suspicions for season fours finale – and while i’ve offered these suggestions, some of these I hope don’t come true!  I’d actually like to see Bea retain top dog status, I’d like to see Jake stick around.  The Ferguson getting free…I feel like this is the big one the season has been playing up to.

What do you guys think?  Am I headed down the right path or am I missing something all-together?  Sound off in the comments below!

Wentworth Season four finale airs Tuesday night, 8:30pm on SoHo.

6 Awesome Themed Coloring Books You Need in Your Collection NOW!

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A sample from Lightburst Media’s Groovy 70’s coloring book

It’s been well over a year since coloring books for adults began to saturate the market with everything from flora and fauna, star wars and fantasy line art all readily available to buy online and in stores all over.  So popular the trend that Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford topped Amazons best selling list and has to date sold over 2 million copies world wide.

You’ll remember not too long ago, I delved into this world and wrote about some awesome finds for the pop culture minded as the range of books commonly available were filled with swirls and flowers and intertwining vines that weren’t my cup of tea.  Those Taylor Swift – Harry Styles – Jamie Dornan coloring books featuring base line art are starting to become more popular and more rampant on the market.

Take a peek at () books that are on my must-buy list!

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BACK TO THE 80’S : FADS AND FASHION COLORING BOOK FOR ADULTS BY LIGHTBURST MEDIA
Price Guide: Digital Download from etsy – $11AUD / Hard Copy – Approx $25 AUD via eBay

Featuring everything we love and love to hate from the 80’s – side pony tails, leg warmers, cassette tapes and hair bands, this 35 page coloring book is a must have for anyone that grew up in the era!

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CREATIVE COLOURING FOR GROWN-UPS: THE CLASSIC COMIC COLOURING BOOK
Price Guide: Hard Copy $17AUD from Booktopia

There’s over 100 pages featuring awesome comic cover art from the 1950’s in this book with femme fatales, aliens, monsters and heroes!

books2 THE 1990s COLORING BOOK : ALL THAT AND A BOX OF CRAYONS BY JAMES GRANGE
Price Guide: Hard Copy $15-$20AUD from eBay

While the artwork is very simple, there’s more of a nostalgia vibe, much like with the 80’s coloring book mentioned above.  Saved by the Bell, Clueless, 90’s fashion and much more is featured within the pages of this totally rad book!

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FAT LADIES IN SPAAAAACE BY THEO NICOLE LORENZ
Price Guide: Hard Copy $11AUD from Booktopia

The title says it all.  This coloring book is literally fat ladies in space….kicking butt!  The artwork is very clean and semi-disney-esque too!  There’s eighteen fat scifi heroines doing what they do best: trekking across the time and space, blasting off into adventure, and saving the day.

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MER WORLD PROBLEMS BY THEO NICOLE LORENZ
Price Guide: Hard Copy $11AUD from Booktopia (Pre-Order)

Continuing with Lorenz’s fun art is the soon-to-be-released Mer World Problems!  Filled with everyday problems the mermaid community deal with on a day to day basis with twenty examples of the most pressing issues mermaids face, including socially inept sea turtles, barnacle breakouts, interpersonal issues with fish, lack of wifi, and more.

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90210, Seinfeld, Degrassi, Saved by the Bell and more by Lovebug and Snapdragon
Price Guide: Digital Download from $5.50AUD from Etsy

Ever wanted to color your very own Elaine and Jerry or Dylan and Brenda?  With currently 11 hand drawn coloring books on offer, Lovebug and Snapdragon’s pop culture themed books are perfect for fans of shows like 90210 to Seinfeld to even Firefly!  The printable books range from 13+ pages!

Seen something you think I should add to this list?!  Sound off in the comments above!

HBO’s Looking: The Movie Reveals Drama is Never Far Away from Patrick

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It’s been well over a year since HBO’s gay themed drama Looking aired its final episode and while Looking’s second season was a much welcomed improvement on season one, we were never given a true and proper ending to Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and his drama seeking pals after the show was cancelled.

HBO listened to our cries and have delivered up a movie length goodbye to tie up the loose ends of Patrick and his love triangle involving Ritchie (Raul Castillo) and Kevin (Russell Tovey), Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez) and his new relationship with HIV positive Eddie (Daniel Franzese) and Dom (Murray Bartlett) and his fractured relationship with life-long friend Doris (Lauren Weedman) and his newly opened Portuguese chicken kitchen.

Check out the trailer below:

The plot sees Patrick return to San Francisco after living in Denver for almost a year to celebrate the upcoming wedding of some ‘close friends’ and ultimately finds himself face to face with unresolved issues surrounding his love life.

Looking: The Movie is scheduled to air July 23rd on HBO in America.

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