Harry Potter RPG Coming Soon

12th December 2017

Warner Bros recently created a new label to specifically publish Harry Potter games. There have been many made in the past, but they were all a bit awful. It was revealed last month that there would be a Pokémon Go esc game called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, in which you go around shooting spells at […]

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Assassin’s Creed Black Flag Free on PC

12th December 2017

Yep, it’s in the title. Possibly the best Assassin’s Creed game to date, Black Flag, is now free for a limited time on Uplay. This is to promote the series’ tenth anniversary as a whole. From now until December 18th you can snag a copy of the swashbuckling, stabby-stabby simulator through Ubisoft’s game service. Assassin’s Creed IV: […]

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More Met Office Warnings

12th December 2017

Icy cold conditions are due to hit the northern reaches of the UK in the coming days after last weekends amber warnings over snow and ice. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice from 16:00GMT to Wednesday 11:00GMT, with the most dangerous areas being the north east and Scotland. Last weeks hundreds […]

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Morrissey Denies Defending Kevin Spacey

12th December 2017

Morrissey has denied defending Kevin Spacey against allegations of sexual assault, regarding comments he made in a recent interview. The German newspaper Der Spiegel ran a story quoting the singer as saying the victims knew what they were getting into. He reportedly added that he would kill Trump ‘for the safety of humanity’, for brownie […]

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Charts and That

12th December 2017

Charts and That Been a while right? Yep, I totally forgot to do this last week I apologise. But after a small hiatus, we’re back in time to see what people are playing, watching and listening to in the lead up to Christmas. Films first! Again, we’re cutting the whole income thing, it takes far […]

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NYC Bombing Suspect Charged

12th December 2017

The suspected bomber of the New York City bus terminal has been charged with terror offences, police have said. 27-year-old Akayed Ullah was wounded in a failed attack on the city, using a low tech improvised explosive, in the Post Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan on Monday. Mr Ullah was reported as being in a […]

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A week in mild amusement

12th December 2017

Astronomers have discovered the most distant supermassive black hole known to science. At 13 billion light-years away, Eddie Izzard has already begun training to jog there for sports relief. Scientists are baffled by how the quasar (a word I don’t understand but enjoy using) accumulated such mass in such a ‘short’ period of time. To […]

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Review: Bollywood Jazz 2017

12th December 2017

5/5 Of all the combinations in the world, ‘Bollywood Jazz’ initially seems an unlikely pairing. However, in order for cultures to truly respect one another, combinations like this are a must in today’s world. It’s not just an appealing idea, though: it sounds good too. What is Bollywood Jazz? The project is the brainchild of Supriya […]

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#ChristmasMovieProblems

12th December 2017

With Christmas movies, there’s one internal logic flaw that has always bothered me. And since I’ve now been given the forum to vent my overthinking of inconsequential matters in such a way, I finally have an opportunity to get it off my chest. The flaw is as follows: In movie universes where Santa Claus exists […]

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Could the US Be About to Lose The Internet?

12th December 2017

Ever since the invention of the Internet, there have been absolutely no barriers in the way of posting and viewing whatever you want online. Anyone can access any Internet service and anybody can create sites and share information with millions. This basic concept is called ‘net neutrality’. It means that Internet providers have to treat […]

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Is Fairytale of New York Offensive?

11th December 2017

With the exception of a few Victoria’s Secret models, it’s widely accepted that non-black people shouldn’t say the N word while singing along to a song. This year, a certain lyric in an iconic Christmas song is causing a similar debate. In particular, it’s this verse in ‘Fairytale of New York’ by the Pogues featuring […]

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Man Detained After Failed NYC Terror Attack

11th December 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio has said ‘terrorists won’t win’ in a speech after a blast in the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan this morning. The suspect, named Akayed Ullah, 27, was wounded when a ‘low tech explosive device’ strapped to his body exploded in an underpass, officials state. Four other people have sustained minor […]

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Spider-Man Animated Movie Coming 2018

11th December 2017

Well, this is unexpected, as Sony and Marvel team up for an animated look at a new take on Spider-Man. He began his life in The Ultimate Spider-Man comic series which started a few years ago. Miles becomes the new Spider-Man as Peter Parker is now an older bloke. He has since crossed into several […]

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The Rock Can’t Be President

11th December 2017

Rumours have circulated for months about whether Dwayne Johnson would be body slamming into the Presidential run in 2020. But, it would appear those dreams of this big muscly boy being President: Have been denied. Earlier this year it was shown that the 45-year-old’s polling rating was higher than that of the current POTUS, a […]

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Plummer Nominated for Spacey Role

11th December 2017

Christopher Plummer, who took over as the lead role for All the Money in the World has been nominated for a Golden Globe. Plummer took over the lead role in Ridley Scott’s upcoming film after a string of allegations were levied against Kevin Spacey by multiple men in Hollywood. The nominees for best drama film […]

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Jessica Jones Returns in March 2018

11th December 2017

Jessica Jones, everyone’s favourite alcoholic, pessimistic, super-strong PI is coming back to Netflix next year in March. Krysten Ritter will return to portray Jessica, who is still reeling from the end of Season 1 and is still learning that having friends can be a good thing. From the looks of things, drinking, swearing and generally […]

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Overkill’s Walking Dead Game Gets Trailer

11th December 2017

Another Walking Dead game is on the way, after a few years of basically nothing. The last memorable Walking Dead game was Survival Instinct which was just awful. A broken, buggy, horrible looking thing. This one, however…might be worth having a look at, if cinematic trailers are anything to go by. This trailer looks at […]

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The Witcher TV Show Gets Writers

11th December 2017

The Witcher is coming to Netflix and now has a writer attached to it. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will reportedly write the show. She wrote The Defenders, the okay Marvel mashup exclusive to Netflix and Daredevil, which was arguably more fun. She also helmed the political drama The West Wing. With her on board, the show […]

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The Last Jedi Early Reviews

11th December 2017

As you may know, Disney’s The Last Jedi hits cinemas on Sunday. As with all movies, the premiere releases early, allowing critics to get a look at the movie before anyone else. So, what was the reaction? Well… Luke was right: "This is not going to go the way you think." #TheLastJedi will shatter you […]

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Mind your Language: How to Talk about Self-Harm

11th December 2017

It would be so easy to begin this article and call everyone idiots. After all, there are plenty of (deliberately) ignorant people out there who enjoy provoking heated and fragile discussions around self-harm. But I doubt you’re one of those people as you wouldn’t be reading this if you were. First and foremost, it’s good […]

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What Annoyed the Internet This Week?

11th December 2017

Who’d have thought that selling a pair of tights could go so badly wrong? As seen with Kendall Jenner’s infamous Pepsi ad, sometimes brands miss the mark when it comes to selling their products. Rather than just hiring a plus sized person to model a pair of plus sized tights, Wish.com chose to do this: […]

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Colin Kaepernick Awarded by Sports Illustrated

11th December 2017

But like, actually awarded. Not just a pat on the back. Yes, 2016’s hot topic American football star Colin Kaepernick has been awarded the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. He won by using his position to promote change, given that he sat during the US national anthem last year to protest over the ongoing […]

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#YEAR13PROBLEMS

11th December 2017

We’ve got no snow It says something when Newcastle and Gateshead have missed out on the serious snow. Well, when the rest of the country is shutting down schools and suspending flights, anyway. There’s a light covering in some areas, but other than that, we’ve got nothing. Saying that, though, we did have quite a […]

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Snow Warnings Across the UK

8th December 2017

Snow continues to fall in many parts of the UK, causing power cuts, school closures and disruption to travel services. The Met Office has issued a yellow ‘be aware’ warning for parts of the country, with an amber ‘be prepared’ alert in place for Sunday. Hundreds of buildings have lost power across Scotland and the […]

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Another Uber Loss

8th December 2017

Uber has lost its license in Sheffield after it failed to answer questions about its management, the city council reports. It’s not looking good for the private car hire company. The firm, still in a battle for the ban in London, can operate until 18th December in Sheffield and can appeal the decision, just as […]

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Kevin Spacey – More Allegations

8th December 2017

The King of Norway’s former son-in-law is the latest to accuse actor Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct. Spacey groped him after a Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2007. He told radio station P4, that it happened after the actor hosted the event ten years ago. Ari Behn was sitting next to the actor, who said […]

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The Kingdom Has Fallen

8th December 2017

We said it was coming and here we are. The first trailer for next year’s Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom has arrived. It features dinosaurs, explosions and Chris Pratt being dreamy. In a small spot on YouTube, the director claimed there would be more dinos in this movie than ever seen before in a Jurassic […]

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Top 10 Christmas Movies

8th December 2017

Let’s get this straight, most Christmas movies are cheap, rehashed ideas that are quick ways to make money during the holidays. Considering this fact, let’s have a look at some of the exceptions. A Muppets Christmas Carol – Can’t fault this film really. Starring a young Michael Cain, it’s a lovely take on the classic […]

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The Game Awards 2017 Roundup

8th December 2017

So, another year gone, another Game Awards out of the way. This year, we had some incredible games, so let’s see who won what. Plus, we’ll be looking at the few trailers that dropped during the show, including the newest trailer for Dead Stranding. So, awards then. Just to keep it short, we’re going to […]

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A Brief History of Parliament

8th December 2017

The Houses of Parliament has a long and varied history spanning nearly 1000 years. From the Gunpowder Plot to the first televised House of Commons, many pivotal historical moments have taken place in or around this iconic building. Here is a timeline of Parliament, from the very beginning to the present day: 1045- Edward the […]

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Autism Academy Launches

8th December 2017

More than 1 in 100 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum. That equates to around 700,000 people. However, there’s still a lack of understanding and support for those with autism and their families. That’s where The Autism and Neurodiversity Academy comes in. Thought to be the first of its kind in the country, […]

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The Best Xmas Songs Countdown

8th December 2017

In the words of Slade, it’s Christmaaaas! Here at b**p we’re in the festive mood and are cranking up those Christmas songs on the radio and wrapping ourselves in blankets ready for a Christmas film binge. Speaking of Christmas songs, we thought we’d do a classic countdown of the best tunes to get you in […]

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Sia Defends her actions

8th December 2017

Sia has defended working with 15-year-old Maddie Ziegler on tour after concerns over the young dancer’s exposure. The singer pointed out that she wanted to ‘empower’ Maddie, after a Guardian article pointed out that the 15-year-old’s face was out in the open, with Sia hiding behind a wig. The reporter who wrote the article asked, […]

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Ballon d’Or 2017

8th December 2017

Lat night some of the greatest players on the planet came together for the Ballon d’Or. This prestigious award labels the best footballer on the planet followed by the 30-man ‘shortlist.’ Some big Premier League players such as Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, Chelsea’s  forward Eden Hazard and Liverpool’s Mane were all there to […]

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Venom First Promo Art Revealed

7th December 2017

While Spider-Man may be on loan to Marvel Studios, Sony is well underway with work on Venom, starring Tom Hardy. The film is the first of several planned spin-off movies, including a Silver Sable and Black Cat movie which are two of Spider-Man’s lesser-known feminine compadres. The first piece of promotional art has been revealed, […]

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Australia Approves Same-Sex Marriage

7th December 2017

In a landslide vote, the House of Representatives has passed a bill allowing same-sex marriages in Australia. This result brought an end to a decade-long debate. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said, ‘What a day for love, for equality, for respect.’ ‘Australia has done it.’ The legalisation drifted through parliament without so much as one amendment […]

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Detective Pikachu Gets a Voice

7th December 2017

Ryan Reynolds will star as the voice of Detective Pikachu in the upcoming movie, based on the game. Detective Pikachu will see the iconic Pokémon character take up a voice and a magnifying glass and will be directed by Rob Letterman. The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter which says the movie will follow a […]

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Wolverine Podcast Coming in 2018

7th December 2017

Marvel, having dominated the box office once again this year, is getting into podcasts it turns out, starring Wolverine. Mashable reported that Marvel will release a 10-episode series based around the popular X-Man. The project, titled Wolverine: The Long Night will premiere on Stitcher Premium in Spring 2018. It will then make its way to […]

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Bel-Air Mansions Hit by Fires

7th December 2017

Another wildfire has erupted in California, consuming several homes in the Bel-Air area, as it spread over 150 acres. The so-called Skirball Fire is the latest eruption in the state, which has already seen its fair share of wildfires this year. The largest of which, the Thomas Fire, covered 90,000 acres. By Wednesday night, California’s […]

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The Conundrum of Midnight Showings

7th December 2017

I like to flatter myself as a savvy cinemagoer/misanthrope. The cinema experience is different for everyone but for me it’s comforting darkness, peaceful solitude and sanctuary from outside stresses for two hours. To this view, I normally attend midday showings on weekdays for the best odds of emptier screens; away from the drooling slurpers and […]

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Women’s Darts: the Part-time Professionals

7th December 2017

This week, I was messaged by a friend. He messaged to tell me that, this week at his work’s Christmas do, it came out that one of the women working in the office for Rickerbys had previously found success as world number five in women’s darts. This called to mind an experience when watching the […]

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Crisis on Earth-X: Review

7th December 2017

This week the four primary CW Arrowverse shows had their annual crossover event. Over two days and four forty minute instalments the likes of Green Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and the Legends of Tomorrow were pitted against a world ending threat in the closest thing the CW gets to an exciting premise. As the sole […]

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I’m a Snob

7th December 2017

I feel like it’s time to admit it. I’m a snob. I do my bit of shopping at Sainsbury’s, I look down my nose at newsagent sandwiches and the people that buy them. I’ll buy Pringles at full price because I have problems with self-control. Why am I telling you all of this? Well, you […]

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What’s Going on with Northern Ireland?

6th December 2017

Brexit negotiations have been pretty tricky to say the least and they are showing no sign of easing up as Theresa May faces a row with the Northern Irish government. The row is dominating news and opinion at the moment, but it is incredibly difficult to get your head around, however clued-up on politics you are. […]

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We Found Santa!

6th December 2017

But he’s been dead for hundreds of years. Sorry kids. A bone fragment, which was supposedly St Nicholas, the inspiration for Father Christmas, has been carbon dated by the University of Oxford. The test found the relic dating way back to around 343AD, which was about the time St Nicholas was supposedly from. While it […]

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Google Cutting Ties With Amazon

6th December 2017

Google plans to cut the YouTube app from Amazon’s Fire TV streaming device from the start of 2018. Amazon recently stopped selling a bunch of Google’s tech also, showing how close to cutting ties with each other the companies are. Experts have said that this is a mark of escalation of a business row in […]

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Metro: Exodus News and Darkest Dungeon Newest Expansion

6th December 2017

The Game Awards are tomorrow evening, with a debut of PUBG’s desert map and now a new look at some never before seen footage of the upcoming Metro: Exodus in 2018. This comes from long-serving presenter Geoff Keighley, who promised a ‘brand-new look’ at the upcoming FPS. Thursday night, don't miss a brand new look at […]

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Unconventional Comes to Mind

6th December 2017

Deadpool was the runaway hit of 2016. A gory, sweary, wonderfully directed movie featuring the Merc with a Mouth. The advertisements were also as gory, sweary and wonderful. The next movie, however, Deadpool 2 is due out next year and we’ve already had one or two weird marketing campaigns. From a happy families magazine cover […]

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One to Play

6th December 2017

Operation White Noise, Ubisoft’s newest update for Rainbow Six Siege is finally out. With the game recently celebrating its second birthday, now would be a pretty good time to get into the tactical shooter. I never did a review for Siege, simply because I didn’t know enough about it. I still don’t know a lot […]

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Thomas The Tank Engine but It’s Lit

6th December 2017

You ever wonder what would happen if Red Bull sponsored Thomas the Tank Engine? Well, I think we’ve found the next best thing. This video that shows off a Thomas track toy has gone viral this week for the right reasons. Thomas is pulling off some sick stunts and jumps before he backs up into […]

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