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Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell to bring brand new show to Hull next year

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YouTuber and Strictly Come Dancing finalist Joe Sugg will team up with his real life partner Dianne Buswell in a brand new show that will visit Hull next year.

Expect music, comedy and of course a little bit of dance in this never-before-seen variety show from The Joe & Dianne Show when the couple head to the Bonus Arena, Hull on the 10th April 2020.

Tickets for this all seated show go on general sale on Tuesday morning.

Together for their first ever joint tour, The Joe & Dianne Show will give audiences a fantastic evening of performance, full of glitz, magic and plenty of laughs, guaranteed to leave fans of all ages spellbound.

The pair were put together on last year’s Strictly Come Dancing TV show and won the hearts of the general public, as well as each other. They eventually finished runners up.

Since the show finished the pair confirmed they were in a relationship and co-present the YouTube show ‘In The Pan’.

Talking about the upcoming tour, Joe and Dianne said: “We’re so excited to be presenting a brand new show directly for our fans. We have loved performing together over the last 12 months both on stage, TV and online and we cannot wait to bring this live tour to a city near you.”

Tickets go on general sale Tuesday 2nd July at 9am from www.bonusarenahull.com Alternatively call 0844 8440444. Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Accessible tickets can be purchased by calling 0800 9884440.

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Is Toy Story 4 a fitting send off for Woody and co?

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By Adam Brannon
Film Reviewer from Movie Metropolis for What’s On Hub

I’m not crying, you’re crying. That’s the way it goes with Disney and Pixar movies, right? The general consensus about the Toy Story trilogy is one of unanimous praise – you only need to look at the Rotten Tomato reviews for that. Where sequels are ordinarily inferior to their predecessors, the Toy Story franchise is one that has managed to stay relevant and strikingly animated over the course of its 23-year history.

So successful it is that the planned finale, 2010’s Toy Story 3, is no longer that. Taking over $1billion worldwide, Disney decided to release another, much to the disdain of many fans and film critics like myself. Why risk ruining something that has meant so much to so many people across the world? Surely another sequel will only taint a franchise that has been practically perfection? In true Disney fashion, they pressed on regardless. But is Toy Story 4 a shameless cash-in?

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Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky (Tony Hale). The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep (Annie Potts). As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realise that they’re worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.

Pixar’s track record with sequels is less than stellar. Finding Dory was a paint-by-numbers adventure that relied far too heavily on its predecessor and Cars 2 was a bit of a mess. And with rumours that Disney twisted Pixar’s arm somewhat to get Toy Story 4 to cinemas, things weren’t looking particularly rosy for our merry band of toys. Thankfully though, the studio delivers its best sequel to date in an emotionally effecting and truly comedic entry in their roster of animated flicks.

The voice cast are all on top form here with Tom Hanks providing that warm energy he has exuded for so long. His arc here feels beautifully fleshed out as he comes across new and existing issues throughout the film’s running time. Tim Allen’s Buzz Lightyear is as endearing as ever and there are some nicely placed call-backs to the original film from 1996 and some cracking chemistry between the two of them.

While the story is a simple one, the primary antagonist, a Chucky-esque female doll called Gabby Gabby, is anything but. In the vein of all great villains, she’s a complex and terrifyingly creepy character with a multi-faceted personality. Her story in Toy Story 4 is one of heartbreak and loss – something which impacts the majority of the newer characters in this instalment, giving a fairly melancholic vibe to the entire picture.

And that brings me to the only real negative in this film. While the new characters, and there are a lot of them, add some new vigour and life to the series, some of our favourites take a backseat, rarely getting more than one or two lines of dialogue throughout. This is a bit of a shame, but a necessary evil to ensure the movie doesn’t tread old ground too much.

Elsewhere, the animation is absolutely exquisite and probably the best to have ever graced the big screen. With this and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, animated films have never looked better and the bar has been set very high indeed. Everything from the glisten in Woody’s eyes to the rope-like fabric of Jessie’s hair is astounding and needs to be seen on the biggest screen possible. There are shots here that wouldn’t look out of place on your living room wall, they are breath-taking.

Of course, the main test of a good Pixar movie is how it makes you feel. And Toy Story 4 delivers heart and humour in spades with a witty script and beautiful send-off to these beloved characters. If Disney makes good on its promise that this IS the final part of a quadrilogy, then they’ve created something very special indeed. We may have lost two animated series’ in 2019, but boy did they go out with a bang. Now pass me the tissues for god’s sake.

Our score: ★★★★

Toy Story 4 is showing now at Odeon Luxe Cinema, Hull

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Love Island star to be part of special beauty event at the Bonus Arena

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A Love Island star is to appear at a special beauty event at Hull’s Bonus Arena.

As the popular TV show returns to screens, season 1 star Cally Beech has announced she will be appearing at the #beYOUty Show at the Myton Street venue on Saturday, 28 September.

Cally – who came fourth in the show in 2015 – will be talking about her international modelling career as well as giving beauty tips and advice. Tickets for the event, which are free, are available now.

Cally, who is from Hull, will also be showcasing two of her own businesses – So Smile and Latona London. Cally’s background as a trained dental nurse was the inspiration behind So Smile, a safe teeth whitening system for home use and an ice blue teeth whitening stain remover. Latona London is a brand new skin care range taking the beauty world by storm.

Cally said: “I am looking forward to attending the show in my home town at the Bonus Arena and to showcasing my products to a local audience. Love Island is more popular than ever and the show gave me an amazing platform to be able to go on and travel the world as a model, but to also set up So Smile and Latona London.”

The #beYOUty Show is sponsored by Viking FM in association with Princes Quay and HullBID. It will be a one stop shop for everything including fashion, health, well-being, hair, aesthetics’, cosmetics, make-up, entertainment, treatments, accessories and more.

Other exhibitors confirmed to appear include Brown Sugar Lounge and Training Academy and Berry’s Jewellers.

Laura Harrison, Conference and Event Sales Executive at the Bonus Arena, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this brand new event that will bring a wide range of beauty items and techniques all under one roof. Cally Beech has gone on to have huge success as a model and businesswoman since leaving Love Island and we are looking forward to hosting her at the show in September.”

Free tickets for the event can be book here – https://www.universe.com/events/beyouty-tickets-PV1GB6

If you would like more information about exhibiting at the show email laura.harrison@smg-europe.com or call 01482 456222.

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Kaiser Chiefs and Razorlight to perform at the Bonus Arena, Hull

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Yorkshire’s very own Kaiser Chiefs are coming to the Bonus Arena early next year.

The band – famed for songs such as I Predict A Riot, Ruby and Every Day I Love You Less and Less – will visit Hull on 21 January 2020. They will be joined by special guests Razorlight.

Tickets for this standing and seated event go on sale at 9am on Friday, 21 June.

The announcement is the latest massive band to visit the Bonus Arena following gigs by Stereophonics, Noel Gallaghers’ High Flying Birds, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Courteeners.

Kaiser Chiefs release their brand new album Duck next month and will tour the UK early next year in support of the record. As well as their visit to Hull – the only Yorkshire date on the tour – the band perform at London’s 02.

Their album Employment enjoyed critical and commercial success with over three million copies sold. It has won the band three Brit Awards, including the award for Best British Group, a NME award for Best Album, and was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize.

Razorlight, fronted by Jonny Borrell, hit the top of the charts with America. The Brit Award nominated band also hit number two in the singles chart with In The Morning.

Under 14s are prohibited from standing at gigs at the Bonus Arena, however they can purchase seated tickets as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, 21 June from www.bonusarenahull.com Alternatively call 0844 8440444. Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. For hospitality options email hull@smg-europe.com

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How you could be in Shrek the Musical

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Let your Freak Flag fly and join Hessle Theatre Company for “Shrek the musical” auditions.

Hessle Theatre Company will be holding auditions on Sunday 7th July 2019 from 9am for principals and chorus at Hessle Town Hall, with the evening of Monday 8th July reserved for call-backs if necessary. Everyone is welcome to audition, whether they have performed with us before or not, so please feel free to spread the word!

To familiarise you with the show, there is a sing-through evening on Monday 10th June at 7.30pm at Hessle Town Hall where you will be able to hear first-hand information from the director (Martin Beaumont) about the show and sing through the audition pieces with the musical director (Alan Drever-Smith).

There is no need to complete an audition form for this evening – just turn up. For preview glimpses of the show try searching ‘Youtube’ for ‘Shrek the Musical’ where there are clips you may find useful.

Once the show is cast, rehearsals will take place between late September 2019 and April 2020 on Monday / Wednesday / Friday / Sundays as needed. They are currently looking at rehearsal venues and will confirm details at a later date.

Note: There are a couple of roles for children, but they will not be auditioning children until later. They will post announcements once dates have been agreed. This will likely be in October. Interested children are welcome to attend the sing-through evening on Monday 10th June.

Nearer to the audition weekend (about a week before) a timetable will be sent and posted on the HTC website to let you know when you will be needed.

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Humber Street Sesh reveals Friday night lineup

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Humber Street Sesh returns in August of 2019 on Hull’s Marina, showcasing over 200 artists to an audience of 32,000 people.

The event, which has focused mainly on local talent in previous years, now boasts a variety of established indie artists which festival director Mark Page hopes will further establish Humber Street Sesh as one of the UK’s finest emerging music festivals.

“Following seven years of providing a powerful platform for emerging artists from the region, we’re now engaging a little more from outside the city to help create powerful networks and raise the festival’s profile within the industry. We’re delighted with the line up for 2019, which features some of the country’s hottest bands and fully intend to put Hull on the UK festival map.”

Having become a two day attraction in 2018, 2019’s Humber Street Sesh offers a varied lineup of international touring acts with a variety of talented local performers.

Headlining The Main Stage, The Hunna have established themselves as one of the UK’s most in-demand bands.

Having experienced a rapid rise that saw the band land at #13 in the UK album charts, 10 months into their career, The Hunna have gone on to achieve a massive amount in the 18 months that have followed. The band’s Spotify catalogue has also topped 125 million streams. Previously referred to as ‘Rock’s Next Big Thing’ by Kerrang Magazine, singles ‘Bonfire’ and ‘You & Me’ helped to sell over 50,000 copies of their debut album ‘100’, making it one of the most successful releases by a UK band in recent times.

The Friday lineup also includes Yonaka, The Blinders as well as Life, a postpunk four-piece from Hull that have played Leeds and Reading, Latitude and Great Escape whilst also touring with Idles and Slaves.

Friday evening, August 2nd, will operate 7-11pm, Island Wharf, (West Marina) and will remain a 14+ event.

Saturday 3rd August, 11am – 11pm is all ages. 12 years and under go free when accompanied by a fee paying adult (wristbands collected on-site on the day of the event)

Saturday will operate 11am-11pm, across the whole site, East and West Marina, and will feature a host of emerging creative brilliance both musically and artistically from the region and beyond.

Advance individual day tickets £15, weekend tickets £25 available at hullboxoffice.com.

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Is Godzilla: King of the Monsters worth a watch?

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By Adam Brannon
Film Reviewer from Movie Metropolis for What’s On Hub

2014’s Godzilla was a thrilling and somewhat underrated return to form for the king of the kaiju. Directed by visionary film-maker Gareth Edwards, Godzilla’s return to the big screen was beautifully filmed with some of the best set pieces ever seen on celluloid. It certainly made up for the Roland Emmerich monstrosity that shall remain nameless here.

Little did we know 5 years ago that Edwards’ mega movie would be the start of a franchise culminating in a battle of the ages: Godzilla vs Kong. Follow-up film Kong: Skull Island was again, beautifully filmed, feeling like a movie from a completely different era. Now the follow-up to the follow-up is here. Still with us? Good.

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Members of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species-thought to be mere myths-rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Taking over from Gareth Edwards after he chose not to return to the franchise is director Michael Dougherty. If the name rings a bell, it’s because he co-wrote X2 and directed the fantastic horror comedy, Krampus. Used to much-lower budgets than this $200million behemoth, Dougherty crafts a film that throws everything including the kitchen sink at the audience, but lacks the lightness of touch that made its predecessors such popcorn-munching fun.

With a cast that includes Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, Charles Dance and Kyle Chandler, you’d be forgiven that everything from a characterisation point of view would be spot on. Unfortunately, that just isn’t the case. The story and screenplay, penned by Dougherty himself is really lacklustre with poor, cringeworthy dialogue and some wooden performances by actors who should really know better. The attempts at Marvel-esque humour fall completely flat and this is a real shame.

Making her feature film debut, Mille Bobby Brown salvages what she can from the script and performs very well but when the screenplay doesn’t know what to do with individual characters, they’re tossed aside as Ghidorah fodder and completely forgotten about. Not only is this frustrating for the audience, but it certainly isn’t script-writing best practice.

Thankfully, things start to turn around when it comes to the cinematography. Lawrence Sher, who has worked on Paul, The Hangover and the upcoming Joker movie picks some outstanding shots that make you feel very much part of this almost apocalyptic universe the Titans are roaming. While stopping short of beautiful, many of the sequences are too messy for that, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a very attractive film indeed and the colours used are ethereal in their nature and require the biggest screen possible to get the most from them.

The special effects too make a lasting impression. This was not a cheap film to make and thankfully this shows on screen. Whilst naturally heavy on CGI, Dougherty has stated that practical effects had been used wherever possible. Perhaps the biggest compliment here is that it’s impossible to tell where practical meets CG.

Godzilla is beautifully rendered and while the look is less successful on King Ghidorah, it’s not enough to detract from the exceptional visual effects work that has gone into making Godzilla 2. Mothra in particular is a sight to behold.

Bear McCreary’s score too is very good. After working on relatively low-budget films until now, his orchestral and vocal compositions work beautifully with what’s being shown on screen and the music has an operatic vibe that feels truly fitting of a film of this magnitude.

Nevertheless, Godzilla: King of the Monster’s downfall is in that shoddy script. None of the actors bring their a-game here and moments that should have emotional poignancy don’t hit home because they’re not allowed to. Within 10 minutes of the film’s opening, we’re smack bang in the middle of an action sequence with it rarely letting up until the thrilling finale 2 hours later.

Overall, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a perfectly adequate outing for the king of the kaiju but one that comes with a dash of disappointment. The bar was set incredibly high by Gareth Edwards and while the special effects and action scenes are impressive, that’s not enough to mask poor storytelling and thinly drawn characters.

Our score: ★★★

Watch if you liked: Pacific Rim

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is showing now at Odeon Luxe Cinema, Hull

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