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Interview: Sam Powell of Speaking In Shadows

Speaking In Shadows are an alternative rock five-piece from Nuneaton. With an impassioned and energetic drive that allows them to stick out in their genre, the band are well on their way to becoming scene staples. Recently, CultNoise was able to speak with bassist Sam Powell about the band’s plans for 2015.

News: Bioshock Creator Ken Levine Talks New Game

Ken Levine, co-founder of Irrational Games and creative mind behind Bioshock, one of the most influential games created on last generation consoles, recently answered questions on twitter concerning his latest project.

Five of the Biggest Upsets in FA Cup History

The FA Cup is the world’s oldest football tournament. First held in 1871-72, the structure of the tournament has remained remarkably unchanged since: teams from all levels of the game down step six of the National League System compete on an unseeded knockout basis until two remain.

News: Emma Watson to Play Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Reboot

It was announced yesterday morning that actress Emma Watson will play Belle in the new live-action version of Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. The film, which will begin production later this year, marks 24 years since the animated version was released, and will be directed by Bill Condon.

The Success of Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’

The video has over 134 million views on YouTube and for Mark Ronson, it’s his first number 1 hit single in the USA. Of course I’m talking about ‘Uptown Funk’, the song that features Bruno Mars and is currently a very popular song around the world. But what is exactly the success story behind this song?

Artist Feature: Kids

Kids are a band that meld childhood adventure with adult challenges and are showing the pop music scene that being different can inspire a wealth of creativity. The band, who currently reside in Fort Lauderdale, are set to release one of 2015’s best releases and CultNoise was given an exclusive sneak peek.

Film Review: The Theory of Everything

For over one hundred years, the silver screen has been bringing us stories that chronicle the lives of well-known individuals. The Theory of Everything is the newest addition to the long line of biographical films and it’s another moving example of why the genre has endured for so long.

Taylor Swift’s Lessons in Public Relations

Swift has gained multiple awards, record album sales and most importantly, legions upon legions of loyal fans. However, it’s not just music smarts on display from the hottest act today, but a savvy understanding of the business of Public Relations.

News: Ori and the Blind Forest Receives Release Date

Ori and the Blind Forest, an exclusive title headed to Xbox One, will be releasing on March 11th. Created by Moon Studios, this 2D Metroidvania-style platformer sports a beautiful art style that resembles animated film, much like Ubisoft’s UbiArt Framework.

Dieting: Why Do We Give Up?

When it comes to dieting, we’re all guilty of promising ourselves that we’ll begin on Monday, and we’ve all heard of the widely overused ‘new year, new me’ but what excuses do we use to break our diet? A recently survey commissioned by Soda Stream that asked 2,000 women their reasons for giving up…

News: Five Free Tracks for DriveClub

On the heels of a disastrous launch that left many players unable to use online components, DriveClub is giving away five free racetracks now that the issues have stabilised.The five new DriveClub tracks are all set in Japan, with each one correlating to a new car featured in the upcoming Apex Expansion.

Interview: Ryan Lamont

I was recently able to speak with Ryan Lamont, a 21-year-old up-and-coming vlogger from New Zealand, about his journey on YouTube and the opportunities its afforded him. What came of it was an honest discussion with one of the site’s most down-to-earth creators.

Interview: Sacha Parkinson on Her New Role in Mr Selfridge

Since leaving Coronation Street at the end of 2011, Sacha Parkinson has been involved in a long line of projects that has seen her killed in a car crash, work at a mill and turn into a vampire. Now we get to watch her in season 3 of ITV period drama Mr Selfridge. Joining her is former Waterloo Road ladies’ man Leon…

News: Zooey Deschanel Announces Pregnancy

New Girl and She & Him star Zooey Deschanel is pregnant! The 34-year-old actor announced to People Magazine that she and her boyfriend, Jacob Pechenik, 42 are expecting their first baby later this year.

Movie Review: Locke

What does it take to come up with a new idea for a film? Innovation is quite the risk in any kind of entertainment as audiences may or may not be drawn to it or the film may suffer from poor direction and writing. It tends to be a relatively safe bet for filmmakers to make movies that appeal to as wide an audience as possible…

News: Top Online College of Journalism Rebrands

Media training organisation CTJT has today changed its name to the College of Media and Publishing (CMP), while also providing learners with a fresh new website. The business, which was founded back in 2003, has delivered the NCTJ qualification by distance learning to more than 2,500 students in over 100 countries…

Song Review: Kelly Clarkson – ‘Heartbeat Song’

The singer-songwriter’s new single ‘Heartbeat Song’ can be compared to Clarkson’s greatest hits, ‘Since U Been Gone’, ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’, and ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’, which are all catchy anthems. ‘Heartbeat Song’ is no exception to this concept. Once again, Clarkson’s vocal performance stands out.

Interview: Greg Miller Talks Kinda Funny, Leaving IGN, and Taylor Swift

Greg Miller, ex-IGN editor, internet personality and chicken wing connoisseur, is one of the most genuine and humble people I have ever met, despite where his web stardom has taken him. We talked to Greg over video chat to discuss where the decision to leave IGN came from, how to make it in games journalism, and Taylor Swift. We even made him cry a little.

QUIZ: Which Big Bang Theory Character Are You?

Take our Big Bang Theory quiz to find out which of the show’s characters you’re most like.

Rupaul’s Drag Race: The Shiniest Jewel in Reality TV’s Crown

Every once in a blue moon when the stars are perfectly aligned and all the real housewives are either awaiting parole or heavily medicated the general public is blessed with a reality TV phenomenon so irrefutably bold you can do nothing but scoop your jaw off the floor and look on in awe. But enough about Simon Cowell’s mammary glands…

‘Wedding Dresses: 1775 – 2014′ at the V&A Museum

At the V&A Museum from 3 May 2014 to 15 March 2015 there is a particularly lovely and interesting exhibit entitled “Wedding Dresses: 1775 – 2014″. The exhibit notes that the globalisation of fashion has vastly contributed to the wedding industry.

Clothes Show Live 2014: The Fashion Event of the Year

If you didn’t visit the biggest beauty and clothing event in Britain this year then you most definitely missed out. Being a girly girl and fashion blogger myself, the Birmingham Clothes Show Live 2014 was like stepping into heaven.

Top 3 Fashion Fails

I am not one to hinder anyone’s fashion sense, or to say what’s hot or not, however, there are still things that I consider suicide in the fashion world. Read on for my top three fashion fails and how you can avoid them.

Your How-To Guide To The Classic Cat-Eye Look

The classic cat-eye will simply forever be in style. It is after all the most elegant and sophisticated go-to-look. Unfortunately, not all of us can pull it off. It took me probably a year to master this signature look, so I thought I’d share my go-to guide of how to pull it off.

10 Commandments of Fashion

Do you need any advice on how to dress to impress? Here are my 10 commandments of fashion:
I. Thou Shalt Always Feel Confident: This is the most important commandment of all…

Preston Fashion Show Live: 2014

On Friday October 24th at 12 noon onward Preston held it’s most fanciful Fashion Show, live with dancers from in and around Preston, at the St. George’s Mall. Preston hosts this event annually, as an opportunity for fashion students to reflect on their profession.

Interview: Award Winning Young Business Owner of Black & White Boutique

It takes a lot to run your own business, even more so to make it successful! CultNoise sat down to have a chat with the award winning business owner, Rowena Simmons of online jewellery store, Black & White Boutique.

Travel Back in Time with Antique

Antique is a clothing brand from right here in the United Kingdom. Established in 2010 by friends Max Helyer (You Me At Six) and Henri Pickersgill, the brand has grown leaps and bounds, and the duo hope to keep that growth going with their Ancient Egypt inspired autumn/winter collection.

It’s Time to Sail Away With Cheer Up Clothing’s New Line

Cheer Up is a clothing brand from right here in the United Kingdom. Created by You Me At Six bassist Matt Barnes and Twin Wild’s Edward Thomas, the company has grown from a tiny home-grown operation to one of the country’s most successful.

High (In Taste) Fashion For Autumn & Winter ’14

Something exciting happened to fashion this autumn and winter. A handful of iconic designers took over the reins of equally iconic fashion houses and we all waited in anticipation to see what their visions and interpretations would be for the fall.

Is the Society We Live in Causing More Women to Turn to Eating Disorders in Order to Feel Pretty?

Everyday, we are surrounded by fashion, the media and adverts showing impeccable individuals, with their slim stomachs and toned thighs, whom we aspire to look like. However, is this causing the view on body image to become blurred?

Autumn Winter Fashion Trends 2014

Summer has sadly come to an end. Long gone are the days of denim shorts and band tees, it’s time to dress for the weather! After all, Winter is rapidly approaching.

You Can’t Read This If You Aren’t a Size 6

Now this is a topic that is close to my heart and something I believe incredibly strongly about – I think the entire issue started to really make my blood boil following the aftermath of ‘the‘ photo of The Only Way is Essex star Gemma Collins, 33, holding a sign outside her cupcake shop that read ‘If you’re thin you can’t come in’.

Ralph Lauren Launch First Ever 4D Fashion Show

Held in Central Park, New York, Ralph Lauren presented its Spring ’15 collection during New York Fashion Week, also marking their first Polo flagship store on Fifth Avenue.

Breaking News – Joan Rivers dead aged 81

Many wondered what it would take to silence the comedienne that spoke her mind religiously and often joked about the suicide of her husband, but Joan Rivers has passed away after a routine throat operation at the age of 81.

Katy Perry and the Importance of Fashion Faux Pas

Last week’s VMAs were a notably tamer affair than the 2013 ceremony, which was perhaps kind of inevitable given that they had the task of following the monstrous media clusterfuck that was #MileyGate or as it’s referred to by certain scholars, ‘Robin Thicke’s last shred of cultural relevance’.

Interview: 10 Minutes with Naomi & Amy, aka Two Shoes, One Pair

Amy-Rose Watts and Naomi Rowland, creators of fashion blog Two Shoes, One Pair, are really making a name for themselves. Having worked previously with such big names as Urban Outfitters and New Look…

Stylelikeu – A Truly Inspirational YouTube Channel

My latest Youtube obsession has been with the channel Stylelikeu, particularly their series ‘Dailies’. It features men and women telling the story of their outfit and a little bit about what they do in their lives. Each person is just so different and incredibly inspiring.

Couture: Red Carpet Questioned at Viktor and Rolf

Paris, France- The continuous clapping that sounded in the background as the models walked down the runway was most deserving- the ability to merge a runway with the clothing whilst conveying a message is not an easy task.

Interview: Caggie Dunlop – Creator of ISWAI

Caggie Dunlop first took our TV screens by storm back in 2011 in the Channel 4 hit series Made in Chelsea. She quickly became everyones favourite Chelsea chic and her departure at the beginning of season 3 was a sad day for all.

News: Emma Watson to Play Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Reboot

It was announced yesterday morning that actress Emma Watson will play Belle in the new live-action version of Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. The film, which will begin production later this year, marks 24 years since the animated version was released, and will be directed by Bill Condon.

Film Review: Birdman

Alejandro González Iñárritu, the first Mexican film director to be nominated for Oscars, has created movies that have resulted in hit after hit with critics everywhere and his newest project is certainly capable of continuing that thread. His newest offering is Birdman, a film which proves that technical aspects can make just as big an impact on audiences as plot and characters can.

Film Review: The Theory of Everything

For over one hundred years, the silver screen has been bringing us stories that chronicle the lives of well-known individuals. The Theory of Everything is the newest addition to the long line of biographical films and it’s another moving example of why the genre has endured for so long.

Film Review: Whiplash

This is an uncompromising movie that examines the real price you have to pay for fame. JK Simmons plays Mr Fletcher, the demonic music teacher. His style could be likened to that of a psychotic army drill instructor; he is brutalising perfection out of his students.

Film Review: Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher is the true story of DuPont and his ultimately fatal obsession with Mark Shultz and his brother Dave, who are both champion wrestlers. DuPont, one of America’s richest men, invested huge amounts of his personal fortune to form his own wrestling team. The tragedy in this obsession is that it leads to him shooting and killing Dave Shultz in a rage.

Film Lives Here: The New York Film Festival

Tucked away on the northern edges of Lincoln Center, past the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic and the New York City Ballet, on the stretch of West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, is a place where for a couple of weeks every autumn, a little bit of movie magic happens.

Movie Review: Locke

What does it take to come up with a new idea for a film? Innovation is quite the risk in any kind of entertainment as audiences may or may not be drawn to it or the film may suffer from poor direction and writing. It tends to be a relatively safe bet for filmmakers to make movies that appeal to as wide an audience as possible…

Movie Review: Unbroken

When it comes to films made about World War Two, a question arises; will they be based in the battles of the European front or the more naval and air focused warfare of the Pacific? Following David Ayer’s tank based Fury in October 2014; director Angelina Jolie has turned her attention to…

The Story Behind The Imitation Game

“Are you paying attention?” This is the opening line of the recent film The Imitation Game, which depicts the life of Alan Turing, a pioneering mathematician, code breaker and computer scientist who was crucial to cracking the ‘Enigma code’ towards the end of the Second World War.

Film Review: The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies

Since 2001, the film adaptations of Tolkien’s Middle Earth have captivated audiences everywhere and, after 13 long years, the saga finally comes to a close with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, a film that has effectively carried the momentum generated by last year’s The Desolation of Smaug.

What is the Best Christmas Movie of All Time?

So you’re more stuffed than a turkey dinner, and have overindulged in Christmas cheer. What’s left to do, except kick back and watch your favourite Christmas movie? We all have a favourite, but does yours make the list? Vote below, and let the poll decide which is the best Christmas movie!

Christmas Movies to Fill You with Ho-Ho-Holiday Cheer

Nothing is better for getting into the holiday spirit than by watching and re-watching our favourite Christmas movies. Check out our ultimate list of Christmas classics to indulge over in this season.

The Best and The Rest – The Movies of 2014

With the awards season just around the corner, now seems a good time to think about my personal favourite movies of the year and those I wished I hadn’t bothered with. 2014 seems to have been a vintage year for quirky, interesting and independent films.

Film Review : ‘Starred Up’

The publicity headlines for Starred Up claim this is a ‘brutal British prison drama’ and, whilst the content may be ‘brutal’, it’s the underlying drama that makes this a far more compelling commentary on ‘Broken Britain’.

James Bond 24 Revealed: ‘Spectre’

Film director Sam Mendes took to the stage this week to announce that the next James Bond film will be called ‘Spectre’. This will be James Bond’s 24th outing and will be released late in 2015. Mendes had originally said that after his last stint at the helm of a Bond film, the phenomenally successful Skyfall…

QUIZ: How Divergent Are You?

Read all the books? Think you know your stuff? Take this quiz to find out if you’re truly a Divergent mastermind.

Film Review: ‘St Vincent’ by Theodore Melfi

Let me start by saying that I loved this film. It’s a warm poignant cliche-filled pot of loveliness. The plot in a nutshell is a familiar one. Single mom (McCarthy) moves into a new area, where work commitments force her to ask a grumpy neighbour (Murray) to look after her son…

Film Review: The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1

Since they began in 2012, the film adaptations of The Hunger Games trilogy have been met with great mainstream success, putting them alongside the likes of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. The end is beckoning for Suzanne Collin’s dystopian series, but by splitting the final book into two parts, we’re left with a somewhat lacking opening chapter.

Don’t Miss These Films This Winter Season

Choosing a film is already hard enough for the more indecisive of us – how can we possibly choose now when the cinema is full of new and mostly good releases? In an attempt to help you decide what to watch next, here are the films you should definitely not miss this movie season.

Best Films of 2014

There’s something very satisfying about looking back over the year and picking out highlights, a ‘best of’ if you will. When it comes to something as ethereal as films, it often involves “oh yeah, that one” moments or “was that really this year?”

News: Bioshock Creator Ken Levine Talks New Game

Ken Levine, co-founder of Irrational Games and creative mind behind Bioshock, one of the most influential games created on last generation consoles, recently answered questions on twitter concerning his latest project.

News: League of Legends 2015 World Championship in Europe

Riot Games announced that the 2015 League of Legends World Championship will take place across multiple cities and countries in Europe this October.

News: Beta Testing of New Halo Release

In order to avoid systemic problems in an upcoming content addition to The Halo Master Chief Collection, 343 industries is offering a beta test to select members of the Xbox Live community.

News: Nintendo to Discontinue Club Nintendo Program

Nintendo has announced that, as of September 30, 2015 in Europe and Australia and June 30, 2015 in North America, Club Nintendo will be discontinued. Nintendo has announced a new rewards program that will replace the service, but rewards have not yet been announced. Registered members of Club Nintendo will receive instructions on how to sign up for the new program later this year.

News: New Game ‘Ronin’ from Devolver Digital

From the Publisher of Hotline Miami, Broforce, the Talos Principle, and OlliOlli comes Ronin, a turn-based action platformer set to release later this year.

News: Classic Star Wars Games Being Re-Released

Good Old Games, a PC games distribution system, has re-released a new batch of classic Star Wars games following their initial offerings, which included Star Wars: X-Wing and Star Wars: TIE Fighter. A countdown on Good Old Games’ website alludes to another “wave” of releases to bolster this new digital offering of Lucas Arts games.

News: Ori and the Blind Forest Receives Release Date

Ori and the Blind Forest, an exclusive title headed to Xbox One, will be releasing on March 11th. Created by Moon Studios, this 2D Metroidvania-style platformer sports a beautiful art style that resembles animated film, much like Ubisoft’s UbiArt Framework.

News: Sunset Overdrive Gets Price Drop, More Achievements

Sunset Overdrive, the Xbox One exclusive from Insomniac Games, has received a short-term 40% price drop bringing it from 59.99 to 35.99 USD, alongside 75 more achievement points. The price drop and added achievements was announced at Xbox Wire.

News: Five Free Tracks for DriveClub

On the heels of a disastrous launch that left many players unable to use online components, DriveClub is giving away five free racetracks now that the issues have stabilised.The five new DriveClub tracks are all set in Japan, with each one correlating to a new car featured in the upcoming Apex Expansion.

News: Firaxis Announces ‘Sid Meier’s Starships’

Firaxis has announced a new turn-based strategy game called Sid Meier’s Starships that will have players exploring space in order to secure peace by building a “planetary federation”. Set for release in early 2015, it’ll feature connectivity to Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth.

Interview: Greg Miller Talks Kinda Funny, Leaving IGN, and Taylor Swift

Greg Miller, ex-IGN editor, internet personality and chicken wing connoisseur, is one of the most genuine and humble people I have ever met, despite where his web stardom has taken him. We talked to Greg over video chat to discuss where the decision to leave IGN came from, how to make it in games journalism, and Taylor Swift. We even made him cry a little.

News: Greg Miller Leaves IGN

Internet star Greg Miller has left IGN to further support his YouTube venture Kinda Funny, along with senior editor Colin Moriarty and two senior video producers. The decision was announced earlier today via a new Kinda Funny Patreon page for Kinda Funny Games.

QUIZ: Which Legendary Video Game Character Are You?

Are you stoic like Solid Snake, or adventurous like Nathan Drake? Take our quiz to find out which legendary video game character you are!

The Cyber Den – Dave Fennoy Interview

Jake Parr interviews Dave Fennoy, known for roles like Lee from Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Bluebeard from The Wolf Among Us, Rodin from Bayonetta, and much more.

The Cyber Den – Larry Bundy Jr. Quiz

Professional game reviewer Larry Bundy Jr. takes a shot at The Cyber Quiz on retro games, right here on The Cyber Den! Tune in for more great content with the wonderful Jake as your host, only on Siren FM 107.3!

So You Want to Be a Let’s Player?

Let’s Plays on YouTube have become incredibly popular recently, coming from the likes of PewDiePie, Markiplier, JackScepticeye, and the Game Grumps who receive thousands of views per video. Gaming on YouTube has becoming increasingly popular in the last few years, and recently I too became a Let’s Player on my channel The Gaming Metalhead.

Why Are Movies Based on Video Games Terrible?

Hollywood is guilty of cranking out some truly terrible movies based on video games just to make a quick few (million) dollars. But why are they so dreadful? Every movie gets shunned by websites like Rotten Tomatoes and MetaCritic with palsy scores, yet they (usually) make a profit by gullible fans who stroll into the cinema in hopes that…

The Cyber Den – Frank Klepacki Interview

Jake Parr interviews voice actor Frank Klepacki, who is better known as the mastermind behind the critically acclaimed soundtracks for the Command and Conquer series! Jake discusses with Frank the beginnings of his career, working on the Command and Conquer games, and the upcoming real-time strategy Grey Goo by Petroglyph Studios.

The Cyber Den – Highlight Reel

This highlight reel compiles some of the best moments in The Cyber Den radio show, including goofy snippets from the show and some fun chats on the interviews.

News: Microsoft Buys Minecraft Developer for $2.5 Billion

Microsoft has purchased Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion, it has been revealed. Rumours of the deal have been circulating since last week, but remained conjecture until the news broke on the company’s official site yesterday.

Dieting: Why Do We Give Up?

When it comes to dieting, we’re all guilty of promising ourselves that we’ll begin on Monday, and we’ve all heard of the widely overused ‘new year, new me’ but what excuses do we use to break our diet? A recently survey commissioned by Soda Stream that asked 2,000 women their reasons for giving up…

Cute Dog & Baby Clips: Accident Waiting to Happen?

YouTube, mobile phones and social media sites have enabled these popular clips of cute family moments to be turned into instant entertainment. But, in view of the recent infant deaths at the hands (or jaws) of our most trusted family companions, is it really wise, or indeed safe, to take these close interactions between baby and pet quite so lightly?

To Wear Clothes, or Not To Wear Clothes

If it were allowed, I would walk the streets naked. If you really knew how comfortable I am in my own skin, it would probably make you re-evaluate your entire existence as a human being.

Bulimia Nervosa: A Vicious Cycle

“I feel helpless and powerless over my weight and life. I hate my body and I hate myself. I don’t feel like I have control over anything.” This is a typical justification of someone suffering from Bulimia Nervosa, an eating disorder characterised by periodically consuming large amounts of food and then attempting to remove the food from the body by purging.

Beauty Review: Lush Sea Spray Hair Mist

BY EMILY WALTON | December 1, 2014 I like to mess around with my hair, but...

Product Review: MultiVAPE – A Smoking Alternative

BY MAL MCGINLEY | November 29, 2014 The multiVAPE, manufactured by multiCIG...

NYC Gets Tough With ‘Man Spread’

The urban dictionary describes the term ‘Man Spread’ as follows: “When a dude sits down on a chair and spreads out his legs to make a V shape with them.”

Do You Look Better In Photos or In Person?

It wasn’t until a few days ago when I was told I look better in person than on my photos that I stopped to think; why am I still wasting my time turning the brightness up and down a million times and testing out filters if it doesn’t actually make me look any better?

Ipsy: November 2014 Glam Bag!

BY KAITLIN WALSH | November 14, 2014 For years now I have heard so much...

Your How-To Guide To The Classic Cat-Eye Look

The classic cat-eye will simply forever be in style. It is after all the most elegant and sophisticated go-to-look. Unfortunately, not all of us can pull it off. It took me probably a year to master this signature look, so I thought I’d share my go-to guide of how to pull it off.

12 Ways to Achieve a Positive Mental Attitude

BY ALEX MATTHEWS | November 4, 2014 “All that we are is the result of...

Mental Health Awareness – Putting Anxiety into the Spotlight

BY MICHELLE TAYLOR | October 10, 2014 Every year in May, Mental Health...

The Next Big Thing in Beauty… Paper Makeup?

BY LAURA STELFOX | October 8, 2014 Yes, you have read that right, paper make...

Beauty Review: Seventeen Back Lash mascara

BY LAURA STELFOX | October 6, 2014. On a recent trip to Boots to pick up a...

Welcome to Europe’s First Mermaid Academy

BY LAURA STELFOX | October 1, 2014 Have you always dreamed of being a...

It’s Time to Sail Away With Cheer Up Clothing’s New Line

Cheer Up is a clothing brand from right here in the United Kingdom. Created by You Me At Six bassist Matt Barnes and Twin Wild’s Edward Thomas, the company has grown from a tiny home-grown operation to one of the country’s most successful.

Beauty Review: Balance Me ‘Moisture Rich Face Cream’

BY MADDI BLACK | September 30, 2014 A couple of years ago I picked up a...

Is the Society We Live in Causing More Women to Turn to Eating Disorders in Order to Feel Pretty?

Everyday, we are surrounded by fashion, the media and adverts showing impeccable individuals, with their slim stomachs and toned thighs, whom we aspire to look like. However, is this causing the view on body image to become blurred?

Hospices and The Needs of Dying People

BY MARLEEN STRUIK | September 25, 2014 Public health care is one of the...

You Can’t Read This If You Aren’t a Size 6

Now this is a topic that is close to my heart and something I believe incredibly strongly about – I think the entire issue started to really make my blood boil following the aftermath of ‘the‘ photo of The Only Way is Essex star Gemma Collins, 33, holding a sign outside her cupcake shop that read ‘If you’re thin you can’t come in’.

Interview: Sam Powell of Speaking In Shadows

Speaking In Shadows are an alternative rock five-piece from Nuneaton. With an impassioned and energetic drive that allows them to stick out in their genre, the band are well on their way to becoming scene staples. Recently, CultNoise was able to speak with bassist Sam Powell about the band’s plans for 2015.

EP Review: Rooftop Revolutionaries – White

Hailing from Los Angeles, Rooftop Revolutionaries are an alternative rock group aiming to create change through the “get money out of politics” movement, as they believe all the issues we face today can be directly linked back to the power of money in politics. These strong opinions come out loud and clear with their latest EP, White.

The Success of Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’

The video has over 134 million views on YouTube and for Mark Ronson, it’s his first number 1 hit single in the USA. Of course I’m talking about ‘Uptown Funk’, the song that features Bruno Mars and is currently a very popular song around the world. But what is exactly the success story behind this song?

Song Review: Affairs – ‘Blood Science’

“It’s blood, it’s blood science,” is the line that stands out in the new single of the band Affairs. The band’s new song brings you right back to the 80s and will probably remind you of movies like Sixteen Candles and bands like Joy Division and Depeche Mode.

Artist Feature: Kids

Kids are a band that meld childhood adventure with adult challenges and are showing the pop music scene that being different can inspire a wealth of creativity. The band, who currently reside in Fort Lauderdale, are set to release one of 2015’s best releases and CultNoise was given an exclusive sneak peek.

Song Review: Day Old Hate – ‘Tides’

Day Old Hate are an alternative rock band from Leeds. With influences spanning the likes of Mallory Knox and Deaf Havana, the band are setting out to make a name for themselves with their powerhouse take on the genre, and they just might be doing so with the release of their debut single, “Tides”.

Album Review: Robbie Boyd – So Called Man

From the minute it starts to the minute it ends, it’s clear that Robbie Boyd’s debut album So Called Man has a simple message to preach: live your dreams. It’s a message pronounced with such bouncy enthusiasm that it’s impossible to dislike.

Is Taylor Swift the Nicest Pop Star Ever?

You will rarely hear of any controversy from the star, you will never see her performing any ridiculous stunts. She is what you see, a 25-year-old female loving life. A generation of young girls want to be her, lads wants to date her, and parents are secretly dancing to her tune.

Tyler Carter Releases Solo EP

Issues frontman Tyler Carter has released his debut solo EP, Leave Your Love, via Velocity and Rise Records. A six-song release, Leave Your Love will leave listeners hooked and wanting more from the talented and multi-genre musician.

Song Review: Kelly Clarkson – ‘Heartbeat Song’

The singer-songwriter’s new single ‘Heartbeat Song’ can be compared to Clarkson’s greatest hits, ‘Since U Been Gone’, ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’, and ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’, which are all catchy anthems. ‘Heartbeat Song’ is no exception to this concept. Once again, Clarkson’s vocal performance stands out.

Song Review: Kodaline – ‘Honest’

We all lie sometimes. The world would be a lot different when everyone stopped lying and started telling the truth. The Irish band Kodaline has recently written a song with the topic ‘honesty’. The guys from Dublin paved the way to success with their beautiful debut album In A Perfect World (2013).

Charming Liars Stream Unreleased Tracks

Los Angeles-based pop-rock band Charming Liars are looking to enter 2015 in full force as the five-piece have uploaded two previously unreleased tracks to YouTube. The songs, entitled “I Know You Won’t” and “Wanting More” are a thank you to fans who have been patiently awaiting new music from the group.

2015 One To Watch: Flyte

Indie-pop quartet Flyte are full of melancholy-on-high as they make their way onto the popular music scene, all singing and clapping. The London born group were supported by Radio 1’s Zane Lowe back in 2013, when they made their debut with a 3-track EP, entitled ‘Live’.

2015 One to Watch: Kid Astray

Norway based indie-pop innovators Kid Astray are set to grab the alternative music scene by both hands next year, armed with their brand new EP ‘Back to the Ordinary.’ The title track, released on 15th December, is an upbeat pop concoction led by the band’s high pitch…

BBC’s Live Lounge Graced by Bombay Bicycle Club

BBC’s Live Lounge was graced earlier this week by electro-indie pioneers Bombay Bicycle Club, with a cover of Christmas carol ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ and a flawless rendition of their original song ‘Home by now.’

What It’s Like to Be a Superfan: An Interview

We are all guilty of fangirling over our crushes, Googling the latest news, and putting their tweets on text alert. But for Darren Millington it is a hobby that has seen him meet the likes of Brooke Vincent, Keith Lemon, Ellie Goulding, Michelle Keegan and someone called Janet Devlin, but you won’t hear her name again in this interview… much.

Interview: Sharon Rooney

Many will know Sharon Rooney as Rae Earl in My Mad Fat Diary, but recently, the Bafta nominated Scottish actress has been lending her voice to Justice for Women. ‘Daddy’s Gone’, which is sung by Sharon with help from the cast of Henry IV and their director Phyllida Lloyd, was recorded to raise awareness for the charity.

EP Review: North Seasons – Eyes For The Blind

Coming from diverse musical backgrounds, the five guys that make up North Seasons are still at the very beginning of their musical journey. Now, piling into a bedroom to record their debut EP Eyes For The Blind has not compromised their music in any way, and the band are now setting their sights on injecting their distinctive style of heavy music into…

Song Review: Bear Paw – ‘I Need A Reason’

They may be a completely new band, but they don’t sound like that at all; their tunes are thoughtful and sound very professional. They are Bear Paw, a melodic indie folk band from the marshes of North-East London. Their debut single consists of two songs – ‘I Need A Reason’ and ‘Trail of Empty Bottles and Broken Hearts’.

Peace Serve Up a Live Version of ‘Gen Strange’

Critically acclaimed English rock quartet Peace have unveiled the latest single from their forthcoming album Happy People in a live video at The Pool. The Worcester band was formed by brothers Harry and Samuel Koisser, Douglas Castle and Dominic Boyce back in 2010. Since then, they have been successfully grooving their way on to the popular music…

News: Bioshock Creator Ken Levine Talks New Game

Ken Levine, co-founder of Irrational Games and creative mind behind Bioshock, one of the most influential games created on last generation consoles, recently answered questions on twitter concerning his latest project.

News: Taylor Swift’s Twitter & Instagram Accounts Hacked

The group reportedly behind the PlayStation network hijacking has struck again, this time taking over Taylor Swift’s social media. Tweets posted to the star’s 51.4M Twitter followers on Tuesday implored them to follow members of the hacking outfit, Lizard Squad.

News: League of Legends 2015 World Championship in Europe

Riot Games announced that the 2015 League of Legends World Championship will take place across multiple cities and countries in Europe this October.

News: Beta Testing of New Halo Release

In order to avoid systemic problems in an upcoming content addition to The Halo Master Chief Collection, 343 industries is offering a beta test to select members of the Xbox Live community.

News: Nintendo to Discontinue Club Nintendo Program

Nintendo has announced that, as of September 30, 2015 in Europe and Australia and June 30, 2015 in North America, Club Nintendo will be discontinued. Nintendo has announced a new rewards program that will replace the service, but rewards have not yet been announced. Registered members of Club Nintendo will receive instructions on how to sign up for the new program later this year.

News: New Game ‘Ronin’ from Devolver Digital

From the Publisher of Hotline Miami, Broforce, the Talos Principle, and OlliOlli comes Ronin, a turn-based action platformer set to release later this year.

News: Ori and the Blind Forest Receives Release Date

Ori and the Blind Forest, an exclusive title headed to Xbox One, will be releasing on March 11th. Created by Moon Studios, this 2D Metroidvania-style platformer sports a beautiful art style that resembles animated film, much like Ubisoft’s UbiArt Framework.

News: Sunset Overdrive Gets Price Drop, More Achievements

Sunset Overdrive, the Xbox One exclusive from Insomniac Games, has received a short-term 40% price drop bringing it from 59.99 to 35.99 USD, alongside 75 more achievement points. The price drop and added achievements was announced at Xbox Wire.

News: Five Free Tracks for DriveClub

On the heels of a disastrous launch that left many players unable to use online components, DriveClub is giving away five free racetracks now that the issues have stabilised.The five new DriveClub tracks are all set in Japan, with each one correlating to a new car featured in the upcoming Apex Expansion.

News: Anne Kirkbride Passes Away Aged 60

Known by a nation as Deirdre or the ‘Weatherfield One’ in Coronation Street, actor Anne Kirkbride has passed away aged 60 in a Manchester hospital following a short illness.

News: Zooey Deschanel Announces Pregnancy

New Girl and She & Him star Zooey Deschanel is pregnant! The 34-year-old actor announced to People Magazine that she and her boyfriend, Jacob Pechenik, 42 are expecting their first baby later this year.

News: Top Online College of Journalism Rebrands

Media training organisation CTJT has today changed its name to the College of Media and Publishing (CMP), while also providing learners with a fresh new website. The business, which was founded back in 2003, has delivered the NCTJ qualification by distance learning to more than 2,500 students in over 100 countries…

Is This The End of Soho?

The closure of the legendary 12 Bar Club in Denmark Street (aka Tin Pan Alley) and Soho venue Madame Jojo’s marks the beginning of the end of Soho as we know it. The reason is new redevelopments that are about to take place around the area, most probably hardly influenced by the new Crossrail station at Tottenham Court Road.

News: Paris Shooting Leaves 12 Dead

The people of Paris are in a state of shock today as gunmen targeted the headquarters of French Satirical Magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’, leaving 12 dead including a police officer. France is on its highest alert level.

News: Greg Miller Leaves IGN

Internet star Greg Miller has left IGN to further support his YouTube venture Kinda Funny, along with senior editor Colin Moriarty and two senior video producers. The decision was announced earlier today via a new Kinda Funny Patreon page for Kinda Funny Games.

Royal Mail Costs UK Billions

The Royal Mail privatisation, and possible unscrupulous behaviour leading up to it, has caused much media furore and has eventually resulted in intense criticism. This comes after the government’s employment of the now seemingly useless ‘gentleman’s handshake’ agreement.

News: EE Announce the End of Orange Wednesday Deal

Film lovers on EE received a shock Thursday, as the mobile company announced the end of its Orange Wednesday cinema deal. The promotion is to end on the last Wednesday of February 2015, the 25th. The two-for-one offer has been popular with customers since its release in 2003.

Dan Bilzerian Arrested For Making a Bomb

The millionaire playboy, famous for his wild lifestyle documented on Instagram, was arrested on Tuesday night in LA. Reports say that Dan Bilzerian was busted for attempting to make a bomb using materials found in TNT. If he is convicted, he could face up to 6 years in prison.

FA Cup: Worcester Draw at Scunthorpe

An early second half goal from midfielder Daniel Nti ensured that Vanarama Conference North side Worcester City earned a 1-1 draw against League One side Scunthorpe United in an often cagey affair at Glanford Park.

Lily Allen Hits Out At Fleur East’s X Factor Cover

Lily Allen has condemned X Factor contestant Fleur East’s song selection. This comes after East took on Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”.

Five of the Biggest Upsets in FA Cup History

The FA Cup is the world’s oldest football tournament. First held in 1871-72, the structure of the tournament has remained remarkably unchanged since: teams from all levels of the game down step six of the National League System compete on an unseeded knockout basis until two remain.

FA Cup: Worcester Draw at Scunthorpe

An early second half goal from midfielder Daniel Nti ensured that Vanarama Conference North side Worcester City earned a 1-1 draw against League One side Scunthorpe United in an often cagey affair at Glanford Park.

CM Punk Signs For Ultimate Fighting Championship

UFC #181 may have seen “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler beat Johny Hendricks in the main event to become the UFC Welterweight Champion, but Phil “CM Punk” Brooks confirmed the big news that he has signed with Ultimate Fighting Championship on a “multi-fight deal”.

FA Cup: Blyth Spartans knock out Hartlepool

A goal in the 90th minute by Jarrett Rivers gave non-league Blyth Spartans a famous 2-1 win against League Two Hartlepool United at Victoria Park.

Australian Cricketer Phillip Hughes – Rest in Peace

The death of anyone aged 25 is a tragedy and ultimately a waste of life. The death of a 25 year old that was popular, admired, talented and destined for remarkable things is something that people don’t even want to comprehend. Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes was one of these people.

Sting Makes His WWE Debut at Survivor Series

A packed out crowd in St. Louis saw an amazing debut to WWE from WCW legend Sting, and a career defining match from Dolph Ziggler saw Team Cena defeat Team Authority, and in return end the reign of terror known as The Authority.

Formula One: Lewis Hamilton is World Champion

Under the lights of the Yas Marina Circuit, Lewis Hamilton won the Abu Dhabi GP and his second World Driver’s Championship as his team mate Nico Rosberg suffered issues with his car.

England Beat Scotland in Glasgow

England took the lead just after the half an hour mark, when Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere hit a perfect pin-point cross in the direction of his Arsenal team mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who glided the past David Marshall into the Scotland goal.

TV Review: Lucha Underground – Episode Three

Before this week’s Lucha Underground started, we were shown a recap of the past two episodes featuring the biggest stories going on in the company and last week’s brutal attack from Chavo Guerrero Jr. on near enough anyone around him.

Euro 2016 Qualifying: England Maintain 100% Record

Euro 2016 Qualifying: In a battle of the top two placed teams in Group E, a brace from Danny Welbeck and a penalty from Wayne Rooney to give England a 3-1 against Slovenia at Wembley Stadium.

Euro 2016 Qualifier: Scotland take Ireland down at Celtic Park

A splendid strike from Wigan’s Shaun Maloney gave Scotland a huge win at home against the Republic of Ireland in front of around 60,000 fans at Celtic’s Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow.

TNA One Night Only: Knockouts Knockdown 2 Review

The second annual Knockouts Knockdown “One Night Only” event was aired in the United States on the 7th of November, and in the United Kingdom a couple of days ago.

FA Cup First Round Recap

The FA Cup first round has come and gone but it has gifted us with yet again more cup upsets, more local heroes and more teams dreaming of making it to the third round for a glamour tie.

Formula One: Rosberg Wins the Brazilian GP

The FA Cup first round has come and gone but it has gifted us with yet again more cup upsets, more local heroes and more teams dreaming of making it to the third round for a glamour tie.

Wayne Rooney: The Footballer the Fans Love to Hate

For every footballing hero there’s just as many villains. Those pantomime soccer-bad-boys who rather than cheer at, we jeer at, every time they touch the ball.

FA Cup: Warrington Town Claim Scalp of Exeter City

Another classic moment in FA Cup history last night, as non-league Warrington Town beat League Two side Exeter City at Cantilever Park in front of 2,500 people.

TV Review: Lucha Underground – Episode Two

The second edition of Lucha Underground aired on the El Rey Network this week. The episode started with a recap of last week’s action to give any new viewers a basic idea of what is to be expected of the programme, and of course what happened in the last episode.

England Name Squad Against Slovenia and Scotland

Roy Hodgson has picked a 26 man squad for the 2016 European Qualifying match against Slovenia at Wembley, and the friendly against Scotland in a fortnight’s time.

Sports Welsh Premier League: New Saints vs. Airbus UK Broughton

This past weekend was one where some of the biggest names in English, German and Swiss football battled against each other and it was no exception in the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League as The New Saints and Airbus UK Broughton played…

Formula 1: Hamilton Makes it Five Wins in Five

On the six year anniversary of his maiden Individual World Championship triumph, Lewis Hamilton won his fifth grand prix in a row as he won the United States GP in Austin, Texas.

News: Anne Kirkbride Passes Away Aged 60

Known by a nation as Deirdre or the ‘Weatherfield One’ in Coronation Street, actor Anne Kirkbride has passed away aged 60 in a Manchester hospital following a short illness.

‘Girls’ Season 4: The Story So Far

Most of us know ‘Girls’ on some level, or at least we heard something about the American TV series, which premiered in 2012, and made a great stir in the industry from the very beginning. It quickly gained a huge following and was often called a more realistic Sex & the City.

Interview: Sacha Parkinson on Her New Role in Mr Selfridge

Since leaving Coronation Street at the end of 2011, Sacha Parkinson has been involved in a long line of projects that has seen her killed in a car crash, work at a mill and turn into a vampire. Now we get to watch her in season 3 of ITV period drama Mr Selfridge. Joining her is former Waterloo Road ladies’ man Leon…

Katie Hopkins – ‘Superbitch’ or ‘a Conduit for the Truth’?

In a sanitised world where, to quote most political commentators, ‘you can’t put a cigarette paper between the political parties’, it’s down to rent-a-gob motormouth columnists like The Daily Mail’s Richard Littlejohn, former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie and the current ‘enfant terrible’ Katie Hopkins to “tell it like it is”…

Rupaul’s Drag Race: The Shiniest Jewel in Reality TV’s Crown

Every once in a blue moon when the stars are perfectly aligned and all the real housewives are either awaiting parole or heavily medicated the general public is blessed with a reality TV phenomenon so irrefutably bold you can do nothing but scoop your jaw off the floor and look on in awe. But enough about Simon Cowell’s mammary glands…

The Success of Orange Is the New Black

As we eagerly wait for season 3 of the hugely popular Netflix prison drama ‘Orange Is the New Black’, I pick apart, analyse and dissect why it has become a phenomenon, and the cultural impact it has made.

Interview: Sharon Rooney

Many will know Sharon Rooney as Rae Earl in My Mad Fat Diary, but recently, the Bafta nominated Scottish actress has been lending her voice to Justice for Women. ‘Daddy’s Gone’, which is sung by Sharon with help from the cast of Henry IV and their director Phyllida Lloyd, was recorded to raise awareness for the charity.

Prey: Unfortunately it Failed to Catch Me

I really wanted to love ITV’s drama Prey; after all with Life On Mars’ John Simm in the starring role plus a feast of great acting talent supporting, the promise of a high calibre series seemed inevitable. Whilst there is no denying the wealth of quality on show from all cast members, in particular…

The BBC Refuses to Acknowledge the (Dead) Elephant in the Room

Elephants – incredible, majestic creatures at risk of extinction. They are facing the constant danger of slaughter by poachers, who savagely remove their beautiful ivory tusks for profit, then hack the elephant meat up, to be sold off piece by piece in the local market.

Mystery Illness Sees Tulisa Replace Mel B

The former Spice Girl, and now X Factor judge, Mel B is thought to be suffering from a mystery illness, unknown to the public. This comes just days before this year’s X Factor finale, which will see finalists Fleur, Andrea and Ben battle it out to become the show’s winner.

QUIZ: Which Harry Potter Student Are You?

You may not be able to attend Hogwarts, but if you take our Harry Potter quiz, you’ll at least know which magical witch or wizard best fits your personality.

QUIZ: Which Doctor Who Character are you?

Need to sort out your wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff? Take our quiz to find out which Doctor Who character you are! Allons-y!

QUIZ: Which Vampire Diaries Character Are You?

Mystic Falls is full of vampires, werewolves, and witches — so where do you fit in? Take our Vampire Diaries quiz to find out.

Very British Gangsters: The Peaky Blinders

magine sitting at the commissioning meeting and the producers having to begin their pitch by explaining how they came by the title. How it comes from the name of the Birmingham gang that acquired a reputation for using a razor blade hidden in…

What Bill Cosby Has Taught Me

There comes a time when I need to say something. I must say something about the whole Bill Cosby situation. This past couple of weeks or so I have learned several things. I learned that Cosby is a rapist.

5 Awesome Breaking Bad Gifts for Fans

The show that took the western world by storm; Breaking Bad had us hooked from season one right through to the very end…

Archer, Season 6: Coming January 2015

You know a show has a concrete following when memes about the show start springing up everywhere. Animated spy comedy Archer has been going for five seasons, and despite coming to a well-rounded and even touching conclusion earlier this year, fans have…

TV review: The Knick – A Bloody Good Set of Characters

The Knick ticked all the right boxes when TV executives were looking to green-light a new show. Big name yet admired actor in Clive Owen? Check! Hollywood director disillusioned with the movie business? Check!

‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’ Sneak Peak

Christmas is coming! The nights are getting darker earlier, the supermarkets are filling their shelves with unhealthy treats and I’m a Celebrity, Get me out of here is heading back to our screens. We’ve all seen the advert that has been aired over the last couple weeks…

TV Review – Doctor Who Series 8: Episodes 5-8

I feel as though I’m getting to the stage where I’m growing out of Doctor Who. It was originally created as a children’s show, after all. Either that, or this series is seriously going downhill.

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