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     You can call it Midsummer, The Longest Day, Litha or The Summer Solstice.  Whichever you prefer just click the link to read all about it in our popular guide to The Wheel of The Year festivals…

https://lilywight.com/2013/06/20/litha-the-summer-solstice-the-beginners-guide-to-the-wheel-of-the-year/

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     Directed by Paul Leeson Taylor in association with FLUXOne20 for South Yorkshire Police, UK.  Featuring young actors from Hull, City of Culture 2017.

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     The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

     Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 50,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 19 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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     Perhaps you missed The Mist?  Frank Darabont works his magic on another Stephen King novel with a couple of appearances from The Walking Dead cast.  A new 10 part TV series based on The Mist has just been announced so catch-up now.  It’s more than worth a watch for that ending…

     There’s a great movie you might have missed every month at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana!

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     Darth Vader knows what you’ve got for Christmas – he felt your presents – and he’s on his way to East Yorkshire, UK to offer film fans the opportunity to solve all their festive gift needs.

     Movie Buffs Christmas Special is the latest event organised by Hullywood Entertainment and due to be held over two days, at Hull’s Princes Quay Shopping Centre, on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December 2013.

     The Christmas Special will be Hullywood’s eighth collectors’ fair and promises dozens of trade stalls offering unique, rare, new and vintage memorabilia.

     Special guest, Rusty Goffe will be in attendance, signing autographs and sharing his anecdotes and experiences on both days.  Rusty continues to enjoy a long and distinguished career in films and television and has appeared as a Jawa in the original Star Wars Trilogy and an Oompa Loompa in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.  Younger fans will know Rusty as a Gringott’s Goblin from the Harry Potter movies.

     The Movie Buffs Christmas Special will also feature a variety of exhibition props, costume groups, cosplay and face-painting.  For more information and to keep up-to-date with Hullywood Entertainment news and events send a Facebook friend request to Hullywood Crew or follow @HullywoodCrew on Twitter.

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Lily Wight

     Updated 04/12/2014   

     Peter Jackson has a penchant for British thespians and BBC drama serials so signing top toff totty Benedict Cumberbatch to provide voice and motion for The Hobbit’s dragon Smaug was hardly a surprise.

     More intriguing is Cumberbatch confessing to his role as “The Necromancer”, who – as Rings fans know – is non-other than Big Bad Sauron himself.

     Jackson originally intended to reveal Sauron’s face – as Annatar, his Elvish-guise – during a dual with Aragorn towards the end of The Return Of The King.  The footage was considered too confusing and distracting and only made it as far as the DVD extras (you can watch it below).

     Now, with a distinctly Elvish-looking actor properly cast and the last film in The Hobbit trilogy leading Gandalf towards a…

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Lily Wight

Updated 14/10/13

     Will the Christian Grey casting controversy ever end?

     After keeping fans guessing for over a year Charlie Hunnam has quit his coveted role in Fifty Shades of Grey within weeks of author E. L. James’ official announcement.

     Hunnam has cited his contractual obligation to TV show Sons of Anarchy as the reason for his departure, but did no one think to check the small print first?

     With the role now wide-open that marketing dream rumour-mill is sure to be turning. Perhaps there is still a chance for fan favourite Matt Bomer after all.

     Dakota Johnson (the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith) remains onboard as Anastasia Steele, following news that Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct what will undoubtedly be one of the hottest and hotly anticipated movies of 2014.

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Updated 14/10/13

     Will the Christian Grey casting controversy ever end?

     After keeping fans guessing for over a year Charlie Hunnam has quit his coveted role in Fifty Shades of Grey within weeks of author E. L. James’ official announcement.

     Hunnam has cited his contractual obligation to TV show Sons of Anarchy as the reason for his departure, but did no one think to check the small print first?

     With the role now wide-open that marketing dream rumour-mill is sure to be turning. Perhaps there is still a chance for fan favourite Matt Bomer after all.

     Dakota Johnson (the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith) remains onboard as Anastasia Steele, following news that Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct what will undoubtedly be one of the hottest and hotly anticipated movies of 2014.

     Read all about Dakota Johnson right here https://lilywight.com/2013/09/16/fifty-shades-of-dakota-johnson/

Click for previous rumour – Matt Bomer As Christian Grey

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     Movie fans may sense a serious disturbance in The Force this Saturday when Darth Vader’s shuttle arrives at Hull’s Movie Buffs Collectors Fair.

     Actor Dave Prowse, who gave Darth Vader his imposing presence in the original Star Wars Trilogy, will be visiting the city for the very first time to meet fans, sign autographs and enjoy some Yorkshire hospitality.

     The former Green Cross Code Man will be joined by special effects gurus and Jabba The Hutt puppeteers, Toby Philpott and John Coppinger, who have worked on a variety of memorable movies including Harry Potter, Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal.

     Movie Buffs is the seventh film and cult TV fair hosted by Hullywood Entertainment, an independent Yorkshire-based events company launched five years ago with support from The Prince’s Trust.

     This Saturday’s event will be held in the first floor atrium of Hull’s Prospect Shopping Centre from 10am – 4pm and will also feature a spectacular array of trade stands and exhibits.  Charity costume groups, such as the world-renowned UK Garrison and the UK Ghostbusters will be mingling with visitors alongside a variety of cosplayers.  Movie Buffs events have become well-known for their party atmosphere and visitors are always welcome to turn-up in fancy dress.

     Tickets for Movie Buffs, Hull 17/08/2013 are available on the door.

Click here for further information http://moviebuffs.co.uk/MovieBuffs/Home.html

Send Hullywood Crew a friend request or follow for regular news and updates https://www.facebook.com/hullywood.crew

Hullywood Crew on Twitter https://twitter.com/HullywoodCrew

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     A determined family of Yorkshire cyclists conquered rolling hills, slipped chains and a puncture to complete a gruelling 75 mile bike marathon.

1044375_665159336831332_1503137070_n     The Crazy Wheelers team; comprising Gary Stephenson, son Harry (16), brother-in-law Allan Davidson and nephew Lex (13) cycled from London to Brighton to encourage sponsorship and raise awareness for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

     Gary lost his father-in-law, Pat Sullivan to pancreatic cancer last year within weeks of a surprise diagnosis and with survival rates for the disease especially low, at just 3%, the need to fund ongoing research is vital.

936459_665159586831307_600355296_n     The Wheelers journey is even more incredible as their youngest member, Lex Stephenson is already familiar with the devastating effects of cancer having battled leukaemia since the age of 4.  Lex, who is now in remission, continues to receive considerable support from local and national childhood cancer charities and wanted to extend his fundraising to help other organisations.

1002699_665159780164621_1289522462_n     At the time of writing the team have raised over £1,700 of their £2,000 target and are still accepting donations now their challenge is complete.  It is easy and safe to donate online via the following link…      

 http://www.justgiving.com/teams/crazywheelers – you can also support individual team members and find information on how to donate by text.

Read more about The Crazy Wheelers…

https://lilywight.com/2013/06/22/london-to-brighton-pedalling-to-beat-pancreatic-cancer/

http://www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk/Lex-13-cycling-marathon-beating-leukaemia/story-19428770-detail/story.html#axzz2Xb4rBeV2

DONATE HERE 🙂

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2013-05-23-073     A brave and determined Yorkshire schoolboy is set to cycle an astonishing 75 miles to raise funds for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (registered charity no. 1103253).

     Lex Stephenson, age 13, will be taking part in the Capital To Coast Cycle Challenge on Sunday 30th June 2013, starting at The London Eye and finishing at Brighton Pier.  Lex will be riding as part of a four man team, The Crazy Wheeler’s, with his Dad, his Uncle and his sixteen year old cousin.  The Wheelers were inspired to take part in the fundraising challenge after losing a family member to Pancreatic Cancer suddenly last year.

     Lex hopes his 75 mile journey will raise awareness of the vital need to fund research into cures for all types of cancer.  In 2004, when he was just four years old, Lex was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and underwent a gruelling three years of continual chemotherapy treatment.  Despite great discomfort and long stays in hospital Lex continued to ride his bike regularly and believes that fresh air and exercise helped him to stay fit and keep positive throughout his illness and recuperation.  Lex remains in remission and celebrated the end of his treatment with a Star Wars Fundraising Party for Children With Cancer UK (registered charity no. 298405).

     During the last forty years survival rates for Childhood Leukaemia have risen from few to 80% whilst survival rates for Pancreatic Cancer remain low at just 3%.  Lex is now focusing his continuing fundraising efforts towards helping to beat a deadly disease in need of greater awareness.

     You can read about Lex’s bike ride challenge and support him with an immediate donation via the link below.  If everyone who reads his story shares it and donates £1 Lex will be well on his way to reaching his fundraising target.

Donate here ~ http://www.justgiving.com/Lex-Stephenson

Thank you 🙂

Related Links

Children With Cancer UK ~ Lex’s Story

Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Website

Capital To Coast London To Brighton Charity Bike Ride Website

PLEASE SUPPORT LEX ON HIS CYCLE RIDE  ~ http://www.justgiving.com/Lex-Stephenson

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     So here it is, our first look at the next installment of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth multiplex pleaser.

     Despite the portentous dialogue snippets it seems much lighter than The Two Towers – a fellow sufferer of middle movie syndrome – and more action-oriented than it’s predecessor, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

     When The Hobbit was first mooted Jackson declined the director’s chair, fearing perhaps that his confidence and experience would lead him to “do a George Lucas” and start tinkering self-indulgently and retconning his screen creation to its detriment.

     Alterations and additions are always necessary when adapting a story from one medium to the next but they are only truly successful if they integrate seamlessly with the original author’s vision:  we have a trailer that looks more like Peter Jackson’s Hobbit than Tolkien’s.

     If Jackson wants to make an Elf movie wouldn’t he be better adapting The Silmarillion?  Poor old Bilbo scarcely gets a look-in as we are treated to tree-running Timotei models who skid into shot with the enthusiasm of sugar-dosed kids on polished floors.  Back in his Rings days Jackson wisely cut leaked scenes of “Action Arwen” kicking Orc at Helm’s Deep after incurring the wrath of Tolkien fans.  Now it is hoped those same fans will accept original invention, Tauriel – a red-haired female Wood Elf who has achieved warrior status decades before poor Éowyn has to sneak off to Minas Tirith in drag.

     The biggest surprise is the full close-up reveal of Smaug’s head.  Despite the opportunity to allow the art department’s imagination to run riot the trailer delivers a very conventional-looking dragon – unless he’s hiding a serpentine body or a clockwork limb.  This may be a way to get the critique over and done with so, by December, audiences can relax and enjoy the flying, fire-breathing and vocal stylings of Benedict Cumberbatch.

     We revealed here some months ago that Cumberbatch had been cast as  Sauron The Necromancer (link to the article below) yet, whichever evil nasty he is portraying New Line seem desperate to keep Cumberbatch’s contributions under wraps.

     It’s nice to catch a glimpse of Luke Evans although such a pivotal character might have warranted a bigger fanfare and what about “sexy” Dwarf Kili – and all the other supporting Dwarves for that matter.  We need a longer trailer, but share your thoughts on this one while we wait…

Benedict Cumberbatch Is Sauron – Click to read.

Annatar ~ The Many Faces Of Sauron – Click to read.

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     Some people dance around Maypoles or enjoy a day-trip to the seaside, if you’re a film fan however the Bank Holiday Weekend is all about May The Fourth or National Star Wars Day!

     Yorkshire-based special events company, Hullywood Entertainment will be hosting another of their famous Movie Buffs Collectors Fairs in the airy atrium of Prospect Shopping Centre (Kingston upon Hull, UK) on Saturday 4th May from 10am – 4pm.  Special guest, Ian Whyte – all seven-foot one of him – will be meeting guests and signing autographs.  Ian played the iconic Predator in Aliens vs. Predator (2004) and The Space Jockey in franchise revival Prometheus (2012).  Genre fans will also know him from Clash Of The Titans (2010) Harry Potter (2005) and his first dramatic role as Gregor Clegane “The Mountain That Rides” in HBO’s award-winning TV Show, Game Of Thrones.

     Britain’s Got Talent favourite, The Entertainer-nator – who reached the live semi-finals with his Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonation – will also be putting in an appearance, releasing his “Keith Lemon Clone” and treating fans to a few new characters.

     As well as the usual specialist stalls selling Movie, TV, Sci-Fi and Fantasy collectibles and memorabilia there will be opportunities to take photographs with a Back To The Future Replica DeLorean and a scaled-down Tim Burton style Batmobile complete with Hullywood Entertainment’s own Mini-Joker.  You can  get up close and personal with an amazing Captain Jack Sparrow Lookalike-Impersonator and view a variety of rare movie-themed props and exhibits.

     Ian Whyte will be supported by The UK Predators costume group.  The UK Garrison will be attending with a variety of costumed characters from the world of movies, games and television and, if you’re experiencing any problems with the paranormal, you’ll be able to consult costumers from the UK Ghostbusters.

     Attending Movie Buffs: May The Fourth in fancy dress is positively encouraged.  Children who attend the event in Star Wars themed costumes will gain free entry and there will be plenty of folk from the Hull Cosplayers group to show you how it’s done.

     The event marks the fifth anniversary of Hullywood Entertainment’s launch and The Force is sure to be with them!

Links for event information

Official Website  http://www.moviebuffs.co.uk/MovieBuffs/Home.html

Send a friend request on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/hullywood.crew

Follow on Twitter  https://twitter.com/HullywoodCrew


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Lily Wight

Updated 14/10/13

     He’s in, he’s out and Matt Bomer may be in again now that Charlie Hunnam has officially quit the coveted role of Christian Grey in the movie adaption of Fifty Shades.

     Hunnam has cited contractual obligations to TV show Sons of Anarchy as the reason for his departure, let’s hope that Matt still has a space in his calendar.

Link to

Charlie Hunnam Leaves Fifty Shades of Grey

Everything You Need To Know About Dakota Johnson

Matt Bomer Facts & Pictures

Matthew Staton Bomer was born on 11th October 1977.  He is a 34-year-old Libran.   Matt’s father is former Dallas Cowboy John Bomer.

Matt attended Klein High School (Houston) with actor Lee Pace (Pace will soon be seen as King Thranduil of Mirkwood in The Hobbit, the father of Legolas).

Matt got his big TV break in the ABC soap…

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     Updated for 2015

     Imbolc (pronounced i-MOLK meaning “in the belly”) is one of eight seasonal festivals marked on the ancient calendar known as The Wheel Of The Year.  Imbolc is observed on 1st February each year.

     Imbolc heralds the first stirrings of  Spring as it lies halfway between The Winter Solstice (Yule) and The Spring Equinox (Ostara).  It is a time when days lengthen, new buds and shoots appear and the first lambs are born.

     Imbolc was originally observed by the Gaelic (Irish, Scottish and Manx) people as a vital indicator of a new agricultural year.

     The festival was deemed sacred to the Gaelic goddess Brighid (pronounced breed) the midwife of the year and protector of women, children and newborns. 

     Hearthfire celebrations involved the baking of bannocks; the origin of Pancake Day.

     Corn Dollies and Brighid’s crosses would be made from dried stalks, reeds and rushes to bless the coming season.

     Imbolc was a time for weather forecasting.  Watching for snakes or badgers to emerge precedes the North American tradition of Groundhog Day.

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     Movie news, reviews and curios made August the busiest month of the year at The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana.

     You might like to check-out or re-visit the following;

     Top Lord Of The Rings Spoofs 🙂

     Fifty Shades Of Grey Cast ~ Introducing Matt Bomer As Christian Grey 🙂

     Black & White Alice In Wonderland (1915) ~ View The Full Movie Here 🙂

     A Whole Month Of Movie Recommendations 🙂

     Back in August movie-fans worldwide were still reeling over the tragic mass-shooting that took place during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado.

     Evidence is still being collected and hearings continue while James Holmes remains in custody.

     Click the link for the latest news from the New York Post http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/batman_shooter_asked_for_notebook_N1pYnPEN2CpK6jrt9JkBPL

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     I am thrilled and incredibly grateful to receive the online blogging community’s Blog Of The Year Award 2012.

     There is a pleasing synchronicity to accepting this award on the day I renewed my website and blog’s domain name: so I would like to thank InkAshlings http://inkashlings.wordpress.com/ for presenting me with the award and awakening motivation and inspiration for 2013!

     As a special festive treat I will be presenting a single much-coveted Blog Of The Year Award to one lucky Blogsprite on Christmas Day – Good luck 😉

     Click below to learn more about the Blog Of The Year Award

     http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/

     https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/

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     Congratulations to the following websites whose authors have truly earned their One Lovely Blog Awards!

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Updated 14/10/13

     He’s in, he’s out and Matt Bomer may be in again now that Charlie Hunnam has officially quit the coveted role of Christian Grey in the movie adaption of Fifty Shades.

     Hunnam has cited contractual obligations to TV show Sons of Anarchy as the reason for his departure, let’s hope that Matt still has a space in his calendar.

Link to

Charlie Hunnam Leaves Fifty Shades of Grey

Everything You Need To Know About Dakota Johnson

Matt Bomer Facts & Pictures

Matthew Staton Bomer was born on 11th October 1977.  He is a 34-year-old Libran.   Matt’s father is former Dallas Cowboy John Bomer.

Matt attended Klein High School (Houston) with actor Lee Pace (Pace will soon be seen as King Thranduil of Mirkwood in The Hobbit, the father of Legolas).

Matt got his big TV break in the ABC soap All My Children (2000).  He has also appeared in Tru Calling, North Shore and Chuck.

Matt is probably best known for playing Neal Caffrey in White Collar (from 2009).

Matt’s big screen credits include Flightplan, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and In Time.  He can currently be seen in Magic Mike.

Matt attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and graduated the same year as True Blood’s Joe Manganiello (his Magic Mike co-star).

Matt may be the best-looking gay man on the planet.  His partner is Hollywood Publicist Simon Halls and he has three children; Kit (2005) and twins Walker and Henry (2009).

Matt Bomer IS Christian Grey.  Oh look… he’s all wet…

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Thanks for this, Stephen. It’s a lovely post.

Stephen Kelly Creative

In what I think is a wonderful show of support, The Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale visited with victims of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shootings yesterday, pictured above with patient Carey Rottman.

Bale spent two and a half hours with victims, medical staff and first responders, and then visited the memorial set up outside the theater (below). As he walked among the 12 crosses erected for each of the slain victims, many people didn’t realize who he was or chose to leave him alone.

Bale was there on his own (with wife Sibi Blazic) and not as a movie studio representative. “Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers,” a representative for the studio told the Denver Post. Bale had wanted to keep the visit private and media were not notified.

Janie Bowman-Hayes, assistant vice president of surgical services at Swedish Medical Center, said Bale thanked…

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     It is a long time since I won a netball trophy and I fear I have missed the selection process for the 2012 Olympics Egg And Spoon Relay.  I am however suitably chuffed with the blog awards recently presented to me by the following Blogsprites.

Kreativ Blogger Award from http://sherrykey.wordpress.com/

The Versatile Blogger Award from http://parlorofhorror.wordpress.com/ 

One Lovely Blog Award from http://bluebutterfliesandme.wordpress.com/

One Lovely Blog Award from http://goodoldworld.wordpress.com/ 

One Lovely Blog Award from http://emelinemimiemorin.wordpress.com/

One Lovely Blog Award from  http://dbryantsimmons.com/ 

Daisy Award from http://letterstodom.wordpress.com/ 

 

     Huge virtual squeezes to the presenters of these awards and do take a peak at their websites and blogs x

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     By the power of Grey Skull!!!  It’s the End of Days, people!

     Just click the pic for the full story :0

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