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Series Two of Love Soup

Friday, February 29th, 2008

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For those of you opting for a quiet night in tomorrow comes the second series of Love Soup (BBC1, 9pm). Love Soup follows Tamsin Greig (Green Wing, Black Books) as Alice Chenery on what the Beeb describes as “an entertaining and provocative… search for sanity, sex and a soul-mate.” She is ably supported by chums Cleo Martin played by Sheridan Smith (The Royle Family, 2 Pints of Lager) and Milly Russell (Ashes to Ashes’ Montserrat Lombard.)

This girl-centric hour of comedy, friendship and relationship hi-jinks comes courtesy of One Foot in the Grave’s David Renwick, who explains: “Series two continues with Alice on the look-out for love, lust and the meaning of life. The friendship between Alice, Cleo and Milly and their witty, quirky take on romance lent the first series great warmth and humour. We have built on the girls’ friendship to create what we hope is an even more entertaining mix of the varied, often unusual forms taken by human relationships.” Head on over to the BBC website for a taster of tomorrow night’s yummy new treat.

The winners from last night's NME awards

Friday, February 29th, 2008

NME LogoLast night rock music came to town with the NME awards in London. Interestingly, awards magnet Amy Winehouse did win, but perhaps not in a category she had hoped to score in – the Worst Dressed star of the year. The bee-hived singer was beaten to the Best Solo Artist award by Kate Nash, while Mercury Music winner’s the Klaxons picked up the Best Album gong for Myths of the Near Future. The big winners on the night were those Sheffield scruffs the Arctic Monkeys taking home both Best British Band and Best Track for Fluorescent Adolescent.

Las Vegas band The Killers were awarded the Best International Group honour, while newcomers The Enemy were hailed as the Best New Band. The Godlike Genius award went to Welsh rockers The Manic Street Preachers but there were plenty more prizes served up on the night. Click over to the NME website to catch up with all the winners in full.

Leona Lewis' new video

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

She might have missed out at the BRIT awards, but X-Factor winner Leona Lewis looks set to secure another mammoth hit with her hew single Footprints in the Sand. It’s a rousing ballad that starts quietly only to build to an emotional climax and again firmly establishes the young singer as a warbler up there with the likes of Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion.

It is the official Sports Relief song and will be a double A-side with Better in Time. It isn’t out until March 10th, but for those Leona lovers that need their fix now watch the new video below. Like Bleeding Love, it looks set to hit the top spot and nestle there for a good long while. See Leona’s website for more news on the singer.

Propose to your man on February 29th

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Leap year picFor many, this Friday might be more important as the last working day of the week (woo- hoo!) but as the 29th of February, it is also a leap year. There is a commercial from Galaxy chocolate that encourages women to enjoy this extra day and rather predictably, indulge in a little cocoa fun, but traditionally this day means more to females than a sugary snack – it means we can propose marriage to men. Now of course in this enlightened 21st Century, we ladies don’t need history to approve of our life choices, but for those that like having century’s worth of support – tomorrow is the day to talk commitment with your man.

Where did this bizarre custom come from? The Scottish parliament as ruled over by Queen Margaret introduced a law in 1288 that a women could propose on such a day. If the man said no, he should offer a gift of a silk gown, gloves or a kiss to avoid disappointment, with Switzerland and France also enjoying similar traditions. So practice getting down on one knee this leap year and of course, let us know here at The New Pink how it all goes. See the Leapzine for further info.

The Other Boleyn Girl trailer

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Having Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman fight over you sounds like every man’s dream and for lucky Eric Bana the dream becomes a reality in The Other Boleyn Girl. The two young actresses play the Boleyn sisters, Mary (Johansson) and the infamous Anne (Portman), who become rivals for the affections of Henry VIII (Bana). Based on the 2002 best-selling book by Philippa Gregory, the film received a royal premiere last week and has been garnering much attention for having two young female lead roles.

The story is a classic historical romance with lots of stomping around palaces, grand shouty moments and yanks trying to do English accents. Even those of you who fell asleep during your school history lessons already know that it is Anne that marries the king and eventually falls victim to his jealous rage. With such glamourous Hollywood stars saucing up a controversial moment in Britain’s history, The Other Boleyn Girl looks set to perform better at the UK box office than it did in the States. The film is out on 7th March, but if you can’t wait that long, watch the trailer below or visit the film’s official site.

Madonna's new album called 'Hard Candy'

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Madonna AlbumShe’s back! Pop superstar Madonna has confirmed the title of her album will be Hard Candy. The album is due out in the States in late April (hows about a UK date?), with the first single to be released a duet with Justin Timberlake called Four Minutes. The trouser snake will feature on a number of the album’s tracks with current flavour of the month Timbaland, accompanied by Pharrell Williams and Nate “Danja” Hills, providing producer duties.

So why the sugary title? Madonna’s rep Liz Rosenberg explains: “It’s about the juxtaposition of tough and sweetness, or as Madonna so eloquently expressed ‘I’m gonna kick your ass, but it’s going to make you feel good.'” The Material Girl is said to “love candy”, with her tribute to her own sweet tooth continuing with another track called Candy Store. For more news on the Queen of Pop, visit her official site.

Cards for Mother's Day

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Mother’s Day cards for charityHaving bought my mum’s Mother’s Day card yesterday, I am all too aware of the shopping frenzy this day creates with people scrambling to purchase that perfect card that expresses the special love their share for their mum. To celebrate this one day of the year where mums can put their feet up and have a well deserved break, card manufacturer Hallmark has teamed up with breast cancer charities to produce a range of special cards.

These cards are part of the ‘Cards for a Cure’ campaign and are branded with the famous Pink Ribbon logo. Hallmark will donate £1/4million to these worthwhile causes for the second year running and have also produced a gifts range that features Forever Friends teddy bears. So, as you give that special card or gift to your mum, you are also helping contribute to the fight against this devastating disease. To learn more about Hallmark and the good work they are doing, click on over to the official site.

US drama Dexter on ITV1

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Dexter seriesDexter might not be your usual ITV1 fare, but it really is unmissable TV. First shown on FX last year, the debut series hits terrestrial screens tonight at 10.35pm and for those of you that like your shows with intelligence, spice and intrigue – be sure to tune in. The American import is one of many recently snapped up by the ITV network (look out for Pushing Daisies starring our own Anna Friel to be shown soon) and is the dark tale of Dexter Morgan – a good guy that by day helps catch murderers through his blood splatter analysis role for the Miami police, only at night to go out and kill those that deserve it.

He is essentially a serial killer with a conscience, and though this moral murkiness and violence might sound off-putting and confusing, the show remains charming, witty and engaging. Six Feet Under’s Michael C. Hall stars as the complex Dexter in a programme that could be your week’s televisual highlight. Interested? Skip on over to the ITV website for more information.

Saw 4 – Extreme Edition

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

saw-4-redone.jpgSo I guess most horror fans have been awaiting this day for a while, the release of the fourth instalment to the Saw collection that is.

If you’ve seen Saw 3 you’ll know that Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead, however even when dead they are still able to continue to set up more malicious and vindictive traps for those who don’t appreciate life. Just as gory and psychologically challenging as the other films so if that’s what you’re looking for then this ones worth a watch.

Pre-order your copy at Play online costing £12.99, due to be released on the 3rd of March 2008.

Gold To Get The Guy!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

benefit-pink-to-please-a-woman.jpgBenefit make up can do no wrong, with pretty packaging, sweet smells and cute colours there’s bound to be something you are interested in.

I still love the Bathina Body So Fine, velvet body balm; its amazing scent combined with an all over glow is irresistible. To add to my list of wants the new, Pink To Please A Woman… Gold To Get The Guy! This is a pink-n-gold coloured make up palette with a mixture of eye shadows and lip creams. The seductive gold’s are designed for the man’s attention and the light shades of pink are for us.

Get your Pink To Please A Woman… Gold To Get The Guy! Make up palette at Benefit online costing £21.50.