25 years since the release of ‘Take That & Party’

Here’s a blog post I wrote today for one of my other blogs, Merryn Music.

Merryn Music

Today, 17th August, marks the 25th anniversary since Take That released their first ever album ‘Take That & Party’ back in 1992. I remember it well, I had been following Take That since their first single ‘Do What U Like’ dropped in July 1991, with its saucy video including jelly covered bodies (which was intriguing to my 12 year old self!).

So, fast forward to August 1992 and ‘Take That & Party’ was released including top 40 hits ‘I Found Heaven’ (UK #15), Tavares cover ‘It Only Takes a Minute’ (UK #7), ‘A Million Love Songs’ (UK #7), ‘Promises’ (UK #38), ‘Why Can’t I Wake Up with You’ (UK #2) and Barry Manilow cover ‘Could It Be Magic’ (UK #3).

To celebrate this 25th anniversary, we have created a #ThrowbackThursday playlist featuring 50 boybands from The Monkees in the 1960s through to Lawson from last year. Enjoy!

– Jenny

 

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May 2017 film releases that I want to see

I’ve been checking out up and coming films for May, and even though it is a quiet month for films I fancy watching, here are my favourites 🙂

The Levelling
UK release date: 12th May 2017

Synopsis: Somerset, October 2014. When Clover Catto (Ellie Kendrick) receives a call telling her that her younger brother Charlie (Joe Blakemore) is dead, she must return to her family farm and face the man she hasn’t spoken to in years: her father Aubrey (David Troughton). (via IMDb)
Stars: Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden

Away
UK release date: 12th May 2017

Synopsis: A story set in the north English seaside town of Blackpool and centered on two kindred spirits who form an unlikely friendship. (via IMDb)
Stars: Juno Temple, Timothy Spall, Matt Ryan

Colossal
UK release date: 19th May 2017

Synopsis: Gloria is an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in NY and move back home. When reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon. (via IMDb)
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell

Do you like to discover new music?

One of my side projects is Merryn Music where I interview unsigned UK and Ireland music artists every Monday for a feature I creatively called “Independent Music Monday”.

One of the other parts to Merryn Music is the Spotify account. Since Merryn Magazine launched in April 2016, I have been collating ‘new music’ playlists on the Spotify account. These are updated each week and I also have a playlist where I compile the 20 best songs of the week. These playlists feature UK and Ireland artists only.

There are now 300 songs (18 hours 30 minutes of music) on the February playlist:

There are over 300 songs on the March playlist:

I have added a new batch of songs to the Top 20 playlist, so if you fancy a listen, here’s the playlist! 🙂 (NB: I can’t get Naropa’s song off the playlist! I think it’s because it was removed from Spotify, my playlist starts with Brave Giant).

April 2017 film releases that I want to see

I’ve been checking out up and coming films, and there are quite a few that I fancy watching 🙂

Mad To Be Normal
UK release date: 6th April 2017

Synopsis: Mad To Be Normal tells the story of world-renowned Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing and his unique community at Kingsley Hall, East London, during the 1960’s. (via IMDb)
Stars: David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Gambon

Table 19
UK release date: 7th April 2017

Synopsis: Eloise, having been relieved of maid of honor duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, decides to attend the wedding anyway, only to find herself seated with five fellow unwanted guests at the dreaded Table 19. (via IMDb)
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson

Unforgettable
UK release date: 21st April 2017

Synopsis: A woman sets out to make life hell for her ex-husband’s new wife. (via IMDb)
Stars: Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Whitney Cummings

Their Finest
UK release date: 21st April 2017

Synopsis: A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg. (via IMDb)
Stars: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy

Handsome Devil
UK release date: 28th April 2017

Synopsis: Ned and Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their boarding school. The loner and the star athlete at this rugby-mad school form an unlikely friendship until it’s tested by the authorities. (via IMDb)
Stars: Fionn O’Shea, Nicholas Galitzine, Andrew Scott

 

January 2017 film releases that I want to see

I’ve been checking out up and coming films for January 2017, and there are quite a few that I fancy watching 🙂

A Monster Calls
UK release date: 1st January

Synopsis: A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mom’s terminal illness. (via IMDb)
Stars: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson

Manchester by the Sea
UK release date: 13th January
Synopsis: An uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies. (via IMDb)
Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler

La La Land
UK release date: 13th January
Synopsis: A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. (via IMDb)
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt

Sing
UK release date: 27th January
Synopsis: A koala named Buster Moon has one final chance to restore his theater to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. (via IMDb)
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane,  Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Jennifer Saunders, Jennifer Hudson

Further Ed
UK release date: 30th January
Synopsis: A young, vibrant, character driven comedy set against the backdrop of a British University. Two students decide to make their own unique brand of L.S.D to pay of their tuition fees, and ultimately try and stay in school. (via IMDb)
Stars: George Webster, David Fricker, Zoe Croft

 

The Dunkirk trailer is online!

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Now, you may or may not know that I am a massive One Direction fan, and I am about to fangirl all over this post… The trailer for Christopher Nolan’s new film, Dunkirk, was released at 3pm this afternoon. In case you hadn’t made the link: Harry Styles is in Dunkirk.

Even though the film isn’t due out until 21st July 2017 (a mere 31 weeks away – sigh), we are all very excited in the fandom, and oh so proud of Harry.

As well as Harry, the film also stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh,  Barry Keoghan, Tom Glynn-Carney, Aneurin Barnard, Jack Lowden and Fionn Whitehead.

I can’t wait to see it! Here’s the trailer:

October 2016 film releases that I want to see

Happy October!

I’ve been checking out the up and coming film releases for this month and there are quite a few that I fancy watching 🙂

Gridiron
UK release date: 3rd October 2016

Synopsis: Based on a true story in 1985. Derek is a dreamer and a loser. No matter how hard he tries he fails at everything he attempts. Determined to show the world he can succeed at something he forms an American Football team in a country dominated by Soccer, Rugby, Cricket and Fish & Chips. His desire to succeed consumes his life and he is blind to see that his success will lead to him losing everything. (via IMDb)
Stars: Michael Dixon, Andrew Harwood Mills, Dorsey Levens

Storks
UK release date: 14th October 2016
Synopsis: Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby. (via IMDb)
Stars: Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer

American Honey
UK release date: 14th October 2016
Synopsis: A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits. (via IMDb)
Stars: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough

One Crazy Thing
UK release date: 18th October 2016
Synopsis: Jay is a former daytime TV star whose life has hit rock bottom until he meets his dream girl. Hannah is bright, beautiful and hates modern life. There’s just one problem. How does Jay tell Hannah about the leaked sex tape which made him an internet sensation? (via IMDb)
Stars: Ray Panthaki, Daisy Bevan, Dan Renton Skinner

Trolls
UK release date: 21st October 2016
Synopsis: This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. (via IMDb)
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar,  Gwen Stefani

Keeping Up with the Joneses
UK release date: 28th October 2016
Synopsis: A suburban couple becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbors are government spies. (via IMDb)
Stars: Gal Gadot, Isla Fisher, Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm

Burn Burn Burn
UK release date: 28th October 2016
Synopsis: Following the death of their friend, two girls in their late twenties embark on a road trip to spread his ashes. Seph and Alex take turns driving. Dan is in the glove compartment, in tupperware, decreasing in volume as the trip progresses. (via IMDb)
Stars: Laura Carmichael, Chloe Pirrie, Jack Farthing, Joe Dempsie, Sally Phillips

Ethel & Ernest
UK release date: 28th October 2016
Synopsis: This hand drawn animated film, based on the award winning graphic novel by Raymond Briggs, is an intimate and affectionate depiction of the life and times of his parents, two ordinary Londoners living through extraordinary events. (via IMDb)
Stars: Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn, Luke Treadaway, Pam Ferris

The Comedian’s Guide to Survival
UK release date: 28th October 2016
Synopsis: One man’s journey around the world to discover the secret of comedy. (via IMDb)
Stars: James Buckley, Paul Kaye, Tim McInnerny, Jimmy Carr

 

I’m writing a book!

After the sad news that I can’t produce my magazine at the moment due to a family situation, I do have some good news: I’m writing a book! The two things aren’t related (except for coming around at the same time) and the time frame for the book being written is two years.

It will be a romantic comedy and will be written in real time over the two year period, starting later this month. It will tell the story of Millie and Jack, how they get together, their relationship and the trials and tribulations of life.

I am so excited to get started, I really hope people will like it! 🙂

Do you know an unsigned UK artist or band?

One of the things I love to champion is unsigned UK artist and bands. With that in mind, I run a regular feature on the Merryn Magazine website on Mondays called Independent Music Monday where I interview a different singer or band each week. If you know of anyone that I should be featuring, please ask them to take a look at this webpage, as that will give them more information 🙂

Happy birthday Janet Jackson!

Today (16th May 2016) is Janet Jackson’s 50th birthday! I have always been a big fan of Janet’s, ever since I was given a cassette copy of her 1989 album Rhythm Nation 1814 when I was 11 years old. It’s such a great album and I was hooked from the start. Not only is it a great album, but her videos are filmic masterpieces. To celebrate Janet’s birthday, here’s my favourite song from Rhythm Nation 1814 🙂