I’m a Celebrity Round-Up: Caitlyn Jenner, Ian Wright and other stars tackle Australian jungle

It’s the time of year when it begins to feel like Christmas is on its way. And what gets us more in the Christmas spirit than watching a number of celebrities tackle critter-filled tasks in the middle of the Australian Jungle.

We are almost a week in and things are already heating up. Between radio DJs Roman Kemp and Adele Roberts tiffing over Adele’s luxury item – a photo of Jane McDonald, of course – and the entire British public already rooting for Caitlyn Jenner to be crowned Queen of the Jungle, it appears to be a very entertaining cast.

We saw the split-up of the group on the first day after they went into pairs to complete tasks which would place them into Snake Rock, the dreaded ‘rough’ camp, and the main camp where they would receive an evening of jungle luxury, well, beds and food.

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Caitlyn Jenner, Ian Wright, James Haskell, Jaqueline Jossa, Andrew Maxwell and Kate Garraway had the misfortune of spending the first night in Snake Rock eating the small portions of beans and rice.

It took just a few hours for Caitlyn to spill the beans on her life as a Jenner and living with the Kardashians. She is already proving to be a fan favourite and fellow campmate Jaqueline Jossa is no exception. As admitted on the first night of the show, she is the Kardashians’ biggest fan and is just as excited as the rest of us to see what stories Caitlyn will tell over the next 3 weeks.

Adele Robertson, Nadine Coyle, Roman Kemp and Myles Stephenson spent their night in the main camp, taking in their new surroundings.

Fans have taken to twitter to demand I’m a Celeb provide subtitles for the Northern Irish Girl’s Aloud member, Nadine Coyle. Though her accent is thick, we all heard her admit she doesn’t actually know any of the lyrics to the iconic Girls Aloud songs on last nights episode.

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This is the first year the producers have banned eating live insects since facing a lot of backlash the last few seasons, but that doesn’t mean to say that the trials are any less gruesome. So far there have been three of the famous Bush Tucker Trials, Caitlyn and Kate were voted to do the first trial. Arguably one of the less horrid trials the show has seen, the pair had to drop five balls each into a bucket whilst lying in perspex boxes high in the air filled with, of course, multiple critters.

Snake Rock took on the helmet challenge, where each camp mate’s hamlet was filled with different critters and in true I’m a Celeb style, suspiciously matched to the camp mates’ fears.

The two camps were reunited on Tuesday night after spending a couple of nights apart.

And last night, Roman and Adele took on the Just Desserts eating challenge, where Roman’s dad took to twitter to admit he was voting for his son to eat some form of balls. No such luck for Martin Kemp, but he did have to eat a bull’s penis.

Tonight we will see the introduction of two new camp mates, Coronation Street star Andy Whyment and former EastEnders actor Cliff ‘Minty’ Parisi, added into the mix as the next stage commences.

Film Review: ‘Le Mans ’66’ ★★★★

Director: James Mangold
Screenplay: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller
Cast: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Caitriona Balfe, Noah Jupe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas
Length: 152 minutes
Rating: 12A

You hear the race cars before you see them, the roaring vibrates from the screen and fades in and out from the opening to the end credits. Roaring into action with a literal road race, ‘Le Mans ‘66’ focuses on the 24 hours of Le Mans, the oldest active endurance sports car race in the world and the rivalry between Ford and Ferarri to win it. Indeed, the film is titled ‘Ford v Ferrari’ in almost every other territory. Brace yourself for a showdown of technical excellence in speed, skill and endurance as we go behind the scenes of the enduring annual endurance competition and the car manufacturers that vie for victory.

‘Le Mans ‘66’ (Ford v Ferrari in other territories) film poster

Introduced in quick succession are Carroll Shelby (Damon), an American car designer and engineer, and Ken Miles (Bale), a British professional race car driver whose relationship drives the film as much as the exceptionally mounted racing action sequences. Miles’ wife Mollie (Balfe) and son Peter (Jupe) are no mere background scenery characters, as can often happen in films anchored on two leading roles. Henry Ford II, CEO of Ford (Letts) and Leo Beebe, Senior Executive Vice President of Ford (Lucas) also get their moments to shine.

In an effort to rebrand its image for a new generation and become a car-maker of artistry instead of mere practicality, Ford attempts to buy a bankrupt Ferrari who have won the last four Le Mans events. But Ferrari choose Fiat, prompting Ford to challenge their racing dominance at Le Mans by designing, building and testing a car of their own in order to beat Ferrari at their own game. That’s the plan anyway. In ninety days, Shelby and Miles, backed by Ford, must fight the limits of automotive engineering, the corporate structure and occasionally each other (you won’t be disappointed).

Academy Award winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in ‘Le Mans ‘66’

Gorgeous cinematography presents the film as shot in a perpetual hot summer sunset, adding to the exotic nature of sports car racing and the people that make it happen. Shelby and Miles are heat stroked and grease oiled to within an inch of their lives, leaving only the overpowering petrol fumes to the imagination, especially while the racing game is underway at various events preceding, as well as, Le Mans.

Attention to minute details like these are representative of a data-focused yet mechanical industry where time, weight and size can mean the difference between success and failure, separating the winners from the losers, becoming legends or footnotes in history. Essentially a period film set over half a century ago, for all the time and effort spent in search of the perfect lap the passion for driving and love for machines is what envelops us most.

Surprisingly romantic and entertaining to a fault, the film benefits from well executed editing and dynamic sound design. Commanding monologues allow for a fireworks display of charismatic acting performances from Letts, Lucas, Damon and Bale. After four Oscar nominations this decade, will Bale finally win Best Actor next year? While his Dick Cheney in ‘Vice’ brought him close, ‘Les Mans ‘66’ could push him over the finish line.

Prepare for high stakes in the front seat as drama punctuates the levity to draw the film away from mere satisfactory viewing. A soundtrack of drums and guitars, acoustic and electric, with tyres screaming and engines revving pulsate through the film, instilling a genuine adrenaline rush for each characters’ destiny. Armed with a propulsive script and muscular production values, ‘Le Mans ‘66’ is quite simply a cinematic tour de force.

‘Le Mans ‘66’ is in cinemas now.
★★★★

What’s on in Edinburgh this Christmas?

SANTA FUN RUN & WALK

West Princes Gardens will play host to the 15th anniversary of the Santa Fun Run & Walk, a fundraising event that sees a horde of Santas taking on a 2.5km circuit in order to raise funds for When You Wish Upon A Star.

The route will be accessible to all with wheelchair and pram access, as well as allowing our four-legged friends on leads to join. Registration for the event begins at 9:30am, and there are prizes in place for the best dressed Santa!

Price:
Adults: £15
Juniors: (5 – 11) £5
Juniors: (2 – 4) £3
Under 2s: Free

Date/Time: 1st of December, 9.30am – 3pm

CHRISTMAS MARKETS

This magical winter wonderland in the heart of the city is the best way to get in the festive spirit.

With food and drink and gift stalls lining the East Princes Street Gardens, you will find plenty that catches your eye. There is something for everyone at the Christmas Markets which makes it a must for your Christmas activities this year!

Price: Free Entry

Date/ Time: 16th of November – 4th of January 2020, 10am – 10pm every day
With the exceptions of:
16th of November, Early Afternoon – 10pm
24th of  December, 10am – 8pm
26th of December, 12pm – 8pm
31st of December, 10am – 6pm
1st of January, 12pm – 8pm

SANTA LAND

While visiting the markets at East Princes Street Gardens, don’t forget to stop off for some fun at Santa Land! Situated just beside the markets, there is plenty to do and see, such as a Santa Train, Carousel, Chair O Planes and even a Christmas Tree Maze.

Fun for all this festive period at Santa Land!

Price: Tickets vary from £2.50 – £4.50 with a 20% discount for EH postcode holders

Date/Time: Santa Land will run on the same days as The Christmas Markets. Time slots for each activity are subject to availability.

NATIVITY CAROL CONCERT

Start December right by joining the annual Nativity Carol Concert. Choirs from across Edinburgh gather at a brand new location, Mound Place, to perform a selection of traditional Christmas carols with the public.

Price: Free

Date/Time: 1st of December, 3pm

SANTA’S GROTTO

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the man himself… Santa!

This year, Santa’s Grotto will be situated on Castle Street, with group visits beginning every 30 minutes for a magical experience this winter.

Adults can be warmed up thanks to the bar below, which serves hot chocolate or mulled wine while you wait. However, if you wish to join in, each child can bring two adults, with the first receiving free entry and the second paying £5.

Price: Tickets from £8.50 with a 20% EH postcode discount applicable

Date/Time: 16th of November – 24th of December

SPECTACLE OF LIGHT AT DALKEITH

Hosted at Fort Douglas, the spectacle of light at Dalkeith looks to be a spectacle well worth exploring. This event promises to make you “marvel at the beauty of the Orangerie as you follow this visual and musical feast around the gardens and across the river”.

The event is a “continuous experience” which will offer entry times every 30 minutes from 4pm to 6:30pm, and the entire experience will take around 90 minutes to complete.

Toast marshmallows around the fire and stay as long as you wish.

Price:
Adult: £15.75
Child (3 – 15): £9.90
Family (2 + 2): £44.55
Under 3s: FREE

Dates/Times:
7th – 8th of December
13th – 15th of December
17th – 23rd of December
27th – 31st of December
2nd – 5th of January

CASTLE OF LIGHT

The Castle of Light will take place at Edinburgh Castle and is highly accessible for all to enjoy and attend. Boasting “state of the art” light installations and “stunning visuals”, this event will make a great outing for anyone keen to see something visually sensational.

On the 2nd of December, there will also be an access night for those who suffer from conditions such as autism and dementia. This will come with an autism orientation map and support will be provided by event stewards.

Price:
Adult (16-59yrs) £20.00
Concession (60yrs+) £16.00
Child (5-15yrs) £12.00
Family (1 adult and 2 children) £40.00
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £58.00
Family (2 adults and 3 children) £68.00

Date/Time: 24th, 29th and 30th November and 1st – 2nd, 5th – 8th, 12th – 15th and 19th – 22nd of December

 

By Caitlin Gallagher

Edinburgh Art Fair 2019

Photo Credit: Arte in Europa

The Edinburgh Art Fair is set to celebrate its 15th anniversary this week.

The fair will take place between November 21 and 24 at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, where it has been based since 2005.

It will showcase the work of over 500 artists from across the world, hosting a wide array of different artworks such as paintings, ceramics and glassware, and it’s all by up-and-coming contemporary artists.

There will be art for every type of person, whether it is your first time at the Art Fair or if you are returning once again, and gallerists will be on hand to talk to you about the pieces.

Edinburgh Art Fair exists so people of all backgrounds can partake in the experience. The pieces included in the exhibition come with different price tags in order to make it more accessible to a wider range of people. Artwork will be on sale from £100 all the way up to £50,000, so there should be something for most people.

Some of the exhibitors due to be at the fair include Alpha Art, Bourne Art, and Axis Art.

Tickets for the fair cost £4 for a standard day ticket, and if you are looking for a group ticket for more than 10 people, it will cost you £3 per person – but only when you buy online. If you are a student or unemployed, then you can buy a ticket at the door for £2.

Edinburgh Corn Exchange can be found off Chesser Avenue on New Market Road. EH14 1RJ.

Christmas at the Botanics 2019

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It’s finally that time of the year again where Michael Buble’s Christmas album defrosts and our bank balances drop. So, as night falls, head over to the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh for their illuminated magical winter trail.

One of the Capital’s favourite festive events, Christmas at the Botanics, is returning to Edinburgh for the third year running this weekend.

The highly awaited return of the spectacular festive extravaganza will revamp the gardens into an extraordinary world of colours. Wander through the enchanted light garden with the glistening trees and a sparkling pathway.

Stroll through the laser garden and walk past the festive flotilla as hundreds of glowing boats bob along the glittering waterside.

Complete your walk with mulled wine, spiced cider or some hot chocolate and keep warm next to the fire pit with your family and friends and watch the projections dance in time to much loved Christmas classics.

Want to join in the merriment? The magical botanical event starts this weekend on November 22 until December 29.

Find out more and book your tickets on the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh website here.

UK’s first ‘fine art crawl’ to launch in Edinburgh on Saturday

Edinburgh will be hosting what is being called the UK’s first ‘fine art crawl’ on Saturday.

Tobermory Distillery is introducing their guided tour around the city which is aimed towards those who love art and a dram. The two-hour long tours will visit bars that have been transformed into pop up galleries, including Usquabae, Mather’s, The Green Room and Ryan’s Bar.

The tour will be a multi-sensory experience with a selection of Scottish whiskeys and gins. Foods such as cheeses, oysters, smoked salmon and haggis will be on offer at each stop while attendees can take in some fine art. Edinburgh artists such as Yulia Allan and Ann Cowan, amongst others, will have their work displayed across the venues with some artists attending to give first-hand insights into their pieces.


Speaking on the event, Tobermory Distillery Manager Stephen Woodcock said: “The passion for art in nature is reflected in the spirits that we craft at the distillery, and that’s why we’re introducing the first ‘fine art crawl’ at Edinburgh Art Fair, for art lovers, whisky and gin lovers to experience”.

Edinburgh’s Art Fair is celebrating their 15th anniversary and starts today until Sunday. The fair will be showcasing over 500 artists from around the globe and can be found at the Edinburgh Corn exchange.

The ‘fine art crawl’ will start at The Green Room and will be running from Saturday 23rd – 24th from 2:30 p.m. on each day with tickets priced £15.

New live music venue planned for Edinburgh

Edinburgh will soon be home to a new 1,200-capacity live music venue thanks to London-based Electric Group, an independent and privately owned music venue company.

Glasgow is known as the home of major live music performances thanks to its range of venues such as the SSE Hydro and 02 Academy, but with a new Edinburgh venue in the works, gig-goers may soon be headed to the capital. This will be welcomed news for the residents of Edinburgh, which has seen closures to numerous entertainment and music venues over the years.

Electric Group CEO and co-founder Dominic Madden said: “Very little can compare to the thrill of a live gig and with our extensive experience in the music and entertainment business, and with sound financial backing from the Lewis family, we are committed to growing our business around the UK in key city centres.”

An Edinburgh University study found that the capitals live music scene was currently worth around £40 million a year to the city’s economy, half of what Glasgow pulls in.

Arts and Culture Quiz: Thursday October 31st

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From Brexit to Trump: Laugh Your Way through Political Pains

 “It’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times”

A Tale of Two Cities got the current political and comedy climate spot on. The Trump administration and the on-going conundrum that is Brexit may be the two biggest political travesties to face the UK and the US in recent years but they have also brought out the best political satire both countries have seen.

This week, the never-ending story of Brexit has caused some of the nation’s best-loved comedy duos to come back to the action and return to their Radio 4 roots. The creators of the sketch show ‘Little Britain’, Matt Lucas and David Walliams, have announced they will return for a one-off Brexit themed special, renaming their much-loved comedy ‘Little Brexit.’ The program will air this evening at 18:30, Thursday, October 31st, the day we were supposed to have left the European Union.

As well as forcing the hands of comedy legends, the poor state of political affairs has thrust new faces into the limelight. Since 2015 Trevor Noah has been serving up quality political satire that has not only made America laugh but sit up and pay attention. Speaking to the Tribeca TV Festival in 2017 Noah said: “Comedy is a tool we all use to process what’s happening to us.” Noah uses satire as a way to help people cope with as well as understand major political issues.

Donald Trump and Boris Johnson are two of the most powerful men in the world, yet are ridiculed constantly in stand-up routines up and down the US and UK. The more ridiculous the statement they say the funnier the comedic content gets and the more ammunition comedians have. Trump, in particular, has been an impressionist’s dream with Alec Baldwin’s Trump impressions on Saturday Night Live being one of the best.

Comical political impressions have spanned to the most unlikely corners of pop culture this week with contestants on the UK versions of the hit show Ru Paul’s drag race giving Trump and Margaret Thatcher their best shot.

 

 

 

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Apple TV Ready To Disrupt Your TV Habits

Apple TV Ready To Disrupt Your TV Habits

Tomorrow, Apple will be joining streaming giants Netflix and Amazon Prime in competing for our viewership after they launch their own streaming platform, ‘Apple TV’.

Apple have undercut its competitors by pricing their monthly subscription service at £4.99 a month and free for a whole year for those who purchase a new Apple device. One subscription allows the use of Apple TV on 6 devices. In comparison Netflix charge £8.99 a month for use of its service on multiple devices. Amazon’s Prime Video charge’s £5.99 a month for their TV service.

Apple may be dipping in to an already crowded market but with over 19 million people across the UK using streaming platforms and 2 out of 5 adults using them as their main entertainment source there may be enough room for everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple TV will include a mixture of new original titles and old TV and Film favourites. Ten star studded Apple originals have already been announced and will be available to binge watch when the service goes live. They have pulled out all the stops with big names like Jenifer Aniston, Reece Witherspoon, Jason Mamoa and even snoopy on board but only time will tell if this will be enough to convert viewers from their favourite platforms.

With Disney launching their own streaming platform in the coming months with nostalgic favourites and new adaptions under their belt creating even more entertainment choices and competition.The battle of the streaming platforms has already began and as an audience get ready to reap the benefits.

 

If you are thinking of giving Apple TV a go here is what you have got to look forward to.

 

The Morning Show

 

Genre: Drama

Premise: Aniston and Witherspoon ( The Green Sisters) are reunited for this drama revolving around an American TV morning show.

Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Reece Witherspoon, Steve Carell

See

Genre: Drama

Premise: Set in a dystopian future where a deadly virus has disrupted the world leaving the survivors blind.

Cast: Jason Momoa, Alfre Woodard, Hera Hilmar, Sylvia Hoeks, Christian Camargo, Archie Madekwe, Nesta Cooper and Yadira Guevara-Prip

 

 

Dikinson

                                 

Genre: Comedy

Premise: Steinfeld takes on the role of Emily Dickinson, a rebellious poet, set in the 19th Centuary.

Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Jane Krakowski, Toby Huss, Adrian Blake Enscoe, Anna Baryshnikov and Ella Hunt

For all mankind

Genre: Drama

Premise: This Drama asks the question what if the space race never ended?

Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Sarah Jones, Shantel VanSanten, Wrenn Schmidt and Jodi Balfour

 

 

Snoopy in Space

 

 

 

The Elephant Queen

 

Helpsters

 

Ghostwriter

 

Servant

 

Truth be told

 

 

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