Weekly Watch: The Fresh Prince Bringing It Back

Last week’s Graham Norton Show saw the Smith father and son duo take over. In an attempt to top the YouTube views of Will Smith’s last visit to the show, he bought along his son, DJ and fellow Fresh Prince of Bel Air star.

Jaden Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Alfonso Ribeiro took to the stage to join Will in performing a medley, including the Fresh Prince of Bel Air rap. The audience saw the rapping talents of the father and son, the DJing skills of Jazzy Jeff and the famous moves of Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro).

The video featured on the BBC’s YouTube Channel and has already topped Will’s last video from the show, with over 14 million views. If you’ve not already seen this clip of their spectacular performance then what are you waiting for? This is a must watch.

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An Abundance of Katherines Review

It’s safe to say John Green has taken over our bookshops with ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ receiving remarkable reviews, which made me wonder if any of his other books could ever live up to the superiority of his bestseller.

An Abundance of Katherines’ is the third John Green book I’ve got my head stuck into after reading ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and ‘Looking for Alaska’. The book lived up to the high expectations and even carries a surprisingly unique and unusual style. It stands out from Green’s other books due to its mathematical sideline and happy ending.

If you’re after a John Green tearjerker, this is not the book for you. Nonetheless, ‘An Abundance of Katherines’ will have you laughing throughout, with the humour matching the young adult audience perfectly.

Genius prodigy, Colin Singleton, sets off on a road trip with his only friend and sidekick, Hassan, after getting dumped by yet another Katherine (the 19th girl he has dated named Katherine!). The road trip turns out to be a new adventure for the best friends, meeting new people along the way and Colin’s place to work on his theorem to predict the curve of a relationship.

Colin and Hassan end up spending their summer in the town of Gunshot, where they meet Lindsey Lee Wells, who sets them up with a home and work for the season with help from her mother, Hollis.

Will Colin Singleton break his streak of only dating Katherines? I recommend you read ‘An Abundance of Katherines’ to find out. This book will have you gripped from the very beginning, smiling throughout and unless you’re a Maths genius, have you baffled but intrigued by the mathematics.

Weekly Watch

This YouTube video begins  the Intuitive Mind Reviews  ‘Weekly Watch’ which comes from the American television show, The Ellen Show. It will have you laughing and smiling at the adorableness of this 4-year-old singing the Bruno Mars song ‘When I Was Your Man‘.

The young Kai returns to The Ellen Show after his cover of Bruno Mars’ ‘Grenade’ being a hit with the viewers.

This is a must watch and will have you oozing with joy at the cuteness.

The Hunger Games Sequel Ignites

The first footage from the highly anticipated Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, has been released. Returning to our screens will be Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark as their victory causes a rebellion of the Districts vs The Capitol.

After, Katniss and Peeta, the district 12 tributes, win The Hungers Games together, the Capitol are not too pleased with their act of rebellion. The girl on fire and her Mockingjay pin become a symbol of hope and revolution. How will the game makers restore order in the districts?

The teaser trailer looks as if the film will live up to the success of The Hunger Games with it’s dramatic storyline, extravagant costumes and romance.

For readers of the book the film adaptation must be an accurate representation of the story and live up to the picture in every reader’s head.

Fans can expect the films to hit their screens on the 22nd of November 2013. Will Catching Fire be the film of the year as expected?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyPnQw_Lqds – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Trailer courtesy of TheHungerGamesMovie

By Danielle Ricketts

Journalism Exposed

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Based on a true story, ‘Shattered Glass’ attempts to be a film covering a media topic which is rarely covered; journalism. The controversial and opposing view which the public hold of journalists is tackled within the film.

Stephen Glass, played by aspiring actor Hayden Christensen, captures a charismatic charmer who is able to fool his fellow journalists into believing his phony stories are utterly truthful.

As the film progresses it is revealed that Glass’ ‘remarkable’ talent to find and produce unusual and entertaining news stories comes from his ability to write fraudulent articles.

Working at ‘The New Republic’ (TNR), based in Washington D.C., Stephen Glass nearly shatters the reputation of the magazine. TNR is a highly renowned magazine which relies on its accurate content and serious tone.

Christensen is joined by Hank Azaria and Peter Sarsgaard who play opposing good cop, bad cop characters. Michael Kelly (Azaria) plays a well respected, strong leader who is more than willing to stand up and fight for his writers. When Kelly is given the sack, Chuck Lance (Sarsgaard) unwelcomingly takes his place.

As Stephen Glass’ article ‘Hack Heaven’ flags up issues of fraud, Chuck Lance doubts Glass’ credibility as a journalist. Loyal friends and fellow writers deny the possibility of Stephen being a phony. As Glass’ life crumbles and cracks around him Lance takes the role of the good guy by restoring the honour of journalism.

The film, set in 1998, tells a story where the message is timeless. It teaches all wishing journalists to never take a risk by printing something inaccurate and dishonest, no matter how much you want your writing to be noticed.

With Tom Cruise working behind the scenes as executive producer it is surprising this film is not more renowned. Cruise appears to keep a low key profile around the film, however, his name is revealed in the beginning credits exposing his work in the film.

Shattered Glass’ can be merited for its originality and courage to cover a truly tricky subject. Cinematically, the film visually from the very start grabs the audience’s attention with the slow motioned pace and voiceover welcoming watchers. Not only does it begin with this fascinating sequence, it ends with it too. Although, ‘Shattered Glass’ uses innovation it does however lack real depth in its narrative. The plain, basic storyline may cause any reader not interested in journalism to bore extremely quickly.

Pulling the Panic Cord

Singer-songwriter, Gabrielle Aplin, has released her new music video for ‘Panic Cord’. The re-worked version of one of her most loved songs has hit our television screens. The new sound of the song has made the song more cheery and the risk of altering a beloved song seems to have paid off for Aplin.

The music video tells the story behind the lyrics wonderfully and puts Aplin’s acting skills to the test, for the first time, by starring in the tale of a broke-down relationship. The talents of her acting work for the video and it appears naturally, like a well-established artist. Although, I don’t think Aplin will be the next Kiera Knightley with only basic acting needed for the video. The video features Aplin wearing beautiful outfits, including a floaty, white dress making Gabrielle look very angelic.

Visually, the video’s vintage look is lovely to watch and along with the broken down love story is an admirable video to watch.

The question will now be if she can beat the number 6 position, in the Official UK Singles Chart, her last single ‘Please Don’t Say You Love Me’ received. Or could she even get another number 1 alongside ‘The Power of Love’.

‘Panic Cord’ will be Aplin’s third song released off of her debut album, ‘English Rain’. ‘Panic Cord’ is out on May 5th and ‘English Rain’ is to be released on May 13th. Pre-order available here http://gabrielleaplin.co.uk/english-rain-album/.

You can watch the ‘Panic Cord’ video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLdTcr98fSs

Jeopardising Journalism

Most journalists often avoid talking, and especially writing, about journalism ethics due to the fear that admitting the subject matters will destroy their story. Malcolm dives in and tackles the topic by focusing on the lawsuit filed by convicted murderer, Jeffrey MacDonald to sue journalist, Joe McGinniss.

Joe McGinniss is the author of the best-selling book, Fatal Vision, in which he wrote about the conviction of Jeffrey MacDonald for the murders of his wife, two daughters and unborn child. McGinniss had exclusive access to MacDonald, his legal team and the murder trial allowing him to interpret the case as he wished.

After Fatal Vision was published in 1983, MacDonald sued McGinniss for misleading him to think he believed his innocence, but writing him as a “murderous psychopath”. Janet Malcolm analysed the MacDonald-McGinniss case within the book which teaches journalists a valuable lesson, and other readers how journalists should not be trusted.

The way in which Janet Malcolm tells the true story constructs it somewhat like fiction. The people feel like characters, the case seems unreal and overall the horror is unbelievable. Joe McGinniss is a journalist who deceived his subject and Jeffrey MacDonald is a convicted murderer. Strangely, the reader can’t help but side with the betrayed murderer as he is not the one on trial and is part of the prosecution.

The book is intelligent in the way that it compellingly compares journalism to psychology. Malcolm’s comparison of a journalist’s subject to participants, in Milgram’s psychological study of Obedience to Authority, suggests people look at journalists as authority figures who they can trust with their deepest darkest secrets. In the research subjects were asked by an authority figure to shock the learner every time they answered a question incorrectly. Results showed that many participants shocked learners to what would have been a painful level of shock if they would have been real. Malcolm describes the “experience received by the subject of the Milgram experiment when he was debriefed” to be “comparable to the dislocation felt by the subject of a book or article when he first reads it”.

Now published by Granta Books, with only 163 pages most would assume the book is an easy read but after reading the book the audience will discover they have been on a deep, dense and controversial journey, teaching journalists the necessity of honesty. However, as each sentence is complicatedly structured holding a dense amount of information, this is not a book to read without full concentration, or you may find yourself re-reading the same line twice or even for a third time.

The book’s fictional feel, knowledgeable comparisons and analytical critique takes readers on a remarkable journey through the MacDonald-McGinniss case. The book is a captivating read which allows the audience to make their own decision on whether the writer or subject is in the right. It may additionally teach journalists crucial lessons of the trade, however, it will cause any reader not interested in journalism to bore extremely quickly due to its repetitive nature.

Details

Title: The Journalist and the Murderer

Author: Janet Malcolm

Publisher: Granta Books

Price: £9.99

Published: 7 June 2012 (Third Edition)

ISBN: 9781847085344