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Dec 262017

Love Actually




Movie Review

Against the backdrop of aged has-been rock star Billy Mack’s Christmas themed comeback cover of “Love Is All Around” which he knows is crap and makes no bones about it much to his manager Joe’s chagrin as he promotes the record, several interrelated stories about romantic love and the obstacles to happiness through love for Londoners are presented in the five weeks preceding Christmas. Daniel’s wife has just passed away, leaving him to take care of his adolescent stepson Sam by himself. Daniel is uncertain how to deal with Sam and his problems without his wife present, especially in light of a potential budding romance within their household. Juliet and Peter have just gotten married. They believe that Peter’s best friend and best man Mark hates Juliet but won’t say so to his or her face. Others looking at the situation from the outside believe Mark is jealous of Juliet as he is in love with Peter himself. Jamie, a writer, is taking a writing retreat by himself in rural France

Very cheesy but a must for Christmas viewing. Bill Nighy is brilliant as the ageing rock star and Keira Knightley and Martine McCutcheon add some glamour.

IMDB RATING : 7.7 / 10


Dec 262017

On This Day



1982 – Carl Baker

Carl Paul Baker is an English footballer who plays as a winger or as an attacking midfielder for Indian Super League club ATK.

He has made over 450 professional career appearances in the Football League and Conference as well as domestic cup competitions, including 160 appearances for Coventry City.

Baker played 50 times for Portsmouth scoring 9 goals between 2016 – 2017

Age 35

1982 – Noel Hunt

Noel Hunt is an Irish footballer, who plays as a striker for Wigan Athletic. He began his career in Ireland with Shamrock Rovers, also playing for Waterford United on loan. He moved to Scotland in 2003, where he played for Dunfermline Athletic and Dundee United. He has played in England since 2008, with spells at Reading, Leeds United, Ipswich Town and Southend United prior to joining Portsmouth in 2016.

Hunt has also represented the Republic of Ireland national team. Having previously played at under-21 and B international level, he won three full caps between 2008 and 2009. His brother, Stephen Hunt, is also an Irish international footballer.

Hunt played 26 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal between 2016 – 2017

Age 35

1982 – Roxanne Pallett

Roxanne Pallett is an English actress and singer. She is best known for playing the role of Jo Sugden in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale from 2005 to 2009. She was crowned the winner of Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes (2006), Soapstar Superstar (2006) and Dancing on Ice (2009), has won critical acclaim for numerous stage roles in theatre and is known as a Scream Queen for starring in several horror films, including Lake Placid 3 (2010), Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort (2014) and Devil’s Tower (2014) and the art-house film Habit (2016).

Age 35

1991 – Eden Sher

Eden Rebecca Sher is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Sue Heck on the ABC comedy series The Middle, which she won the 2013 Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and as Star Butterfly on the Disney XD original animated series Star vs. the Forces of Evil.

Age 26

On This Day

Dec 252017

On This Day



1944 – Kenny Everett

Maurice James Christopher Cole, known professionally as Kenny Everett, was a British comedian, radio DJ and television entertainer. Everett is best known for his career as a radio DJ and for The Kenny Everett Video Show.

Died: 04 April 1995

Aged 50

1952 – C.C.H Pounder

Carol Christine Hilaria “C. C. H.” Pounder is a Guyanese American actress. She has appeared in numerous films, made-for-television films, television miniseries, and plays, and has made guest appearances on notable television shows. From 1994 to 1997, she played Dr. Angela Hicks in the medical drama ER. From 2002 to 2008, she starred as Detective Claudette Wyms in the FX police drama The Shield. In 2009, she appeared as Mo’at in James Cameron’s film Avatar. She starred in recurring roles as Mrs. Irene Frederic on the series Warehouse 13 until its series finale on May 19, 2014 and DA Thyne Patterson on the FX series Sons of Anarchy. Currently she portrays medical examiner Dr. Loretta Wade on NCIS: New Orleans.

Age 65

1957 – Chris Kamara

Christopher Kamara is an English former professional footballer and football manager who now works as a presenter and football analyst at Sky Sports.

As a player, he was known as a tough-tackling midfielder. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of 16, before being signed up to Portsmouth in November 1974. He spent three years at the club before being sold on to Swindon Town for £14,000. He returned to Portsmouth in 1981 for a £50,000 fee, but was traded to Brentford in October 1981. He spent four years with the “Bees” before leaving the club after picking up a runners-up medal in the Football League Trophy in 1985.

Kamara played 84 times for Portsmouth scoring 10 goals between 1975 – 1981

Age 60

1971 – Dido

Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong, known as Dido, is an English singer and songwriter. Dido attained international success with her debut album No Angel (1999). It sold over 21 million copies worldwide, and won several awards, including the MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act, two NRJ Awards for Best New Act and Best Album, and two Brit Awards for Best British Female and Best Album. Her next album, Life for Rent (2003), continued her success with the hit singles “White Flag” and “Life for Rent”.

Age 46

1984 – Georgia Moffett

Georgia Elizabeth Tennant (née Moffett) is an English actress. She played Detective Inspector Samantha Nixon’s daughter Abigail in The Bill. She played The Doctor’s clone daughter Jenny in the Doctor Who episode “The Doctor’s Daughter” and Lady Vivian in the show Merlin.

Age 33

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Dec 242017

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Dec 242017

Emily Robinson



Gallery update

Emily Robinson (born October 18, 1998), is an American actress.

In 2010, she made her off-Broadway debut in Horton Foote’s epic, Orphans’ Home Cycle at the Signature Theatre in New York, directed by Michael Wilson. She played the roles of Lily Dale, Molly and Irma Sue. The Wall Street Journal called the plays, which were performed in repertory, “the most significant theatrical event of the season, the kind of show you tell your grandchildren you saw.” A special Drama Desk Award was presented to the cast, creative team and producers.

Emily’s television credits include: Transparent (Amazon), Rizzoli & Isles (TNT), Criminal Minds (CBS), Scorpion (CBS), The Following (FOX), CSI:NY (CBS), Person of Interest (CBS), A.N.T. Farm (Disney), Saturday Night Live! (NBC), Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) and The Guiding Light (CBS).

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Dec 242017

A Christmas Carol




Movie Review

In 1840s London, Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean-spirited businessman who receives his terrifying comeuppance. One Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley, his dead business partner. Marley foretells that Scrooge will be visited by three spirits, each of whom will attempt to show Scrooge the error of his ways. Will Scrooge reform his ways in time to celebrate Christmas?

A much filmed story of A Christmas Carol. This is my favourite version apart from some god awful child acting. Patrick Stewart on the other hand is brilliant

IMDB RATING : 7.4 / 10


Dec 242017

On This Day



1941 – John Levene

John Levene is an English actor. His best-known role was that of Corporal, Sergeant, and later Warrant Officer, John Benton, of the UNIT in the science-fiction television series Doctor Who.

Age 76

1964 – Mark Valley

Mark Thomas Valley is an American film and television actor, best known for his roles as Brad Chase on the TV drama Boston Legal, Oliver Richard on the NBC drama Harry’s Law, FBI Special Agent John Scott on Fringe, Christopher Chance in Fox’s action/drama Human Target, and Tommy Sullivan in ABC’s Body of Proof.

Age 53

1981 – Neil Barrett

Neil William Barrett is an English semi-professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Isthmian League Premier Division club Metropolitan Police.

Barrett started his career in the youth system of Chelsea, before joining Portsmouth in 2001. He made over 20 appearances in his first season with Portsmouth, but having not played over a season-and-a-half he moved to Dundee on loan. He joined them permanently in 2004, but left a year later following their relegation from the Scottish Premier League. Following a period with Livingston, he signed for Conference National club Woking in 2007. After half a season with them he joined Ebbsfleet United, and played for them in their victory in the 2008 FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium.

Barrett played 26 times for Portsmouth scoring 2 goals between 2001 – 2002

Age 36

1991 – Vincent Caso

Vincent “Vince” Caso is an American actor and writer best known for his co-starring role as Bladezz on the critically acclaimed web series The Guild.

Age 26

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Dec 232017

Match Report

League One


Shrewsbury Town    2



Portsmouth    0


It was not exactly the Nightmare before Christmas.

But Pompey were certainly lacking festive cheer after individual errors saw their fine run of form brought to an end at high-flying Shrewsbury.

Things appeared to be going the visitors’ way when Luke McGee saved Shaun Whalley’s penalty following a lifeless first half.

But Whalley and substitute Stefan Payne both capitalised on sloppy defending to maintain the Shrews’ magnificent home record.

The game began in cautious fashion and neither side really looked like scoring in a scrappy opening 45 minutes.

Pompey’s three bookings were arguably the most noteworthy incidents, although the Blues could perhaps feel aggrieved to see Matt Clarke, Jamal Lowe and Brandon Haunstrup’s names all taken.

There were a few balls pumped into Shrewsbury’s box, but nothing to trouble Dean Henderson between the sticks.

More concerning was a long-range attempt by Kennedy on 19 minutes, with the keeper managing to push the ball clear after it bounced awkwardly in front of him.

Not too much was happening at the other end of the pitch, although Clarke had to head away Alex Rodman’s curling effort.

And Christian Burgess then made a well-timed challenge inside the box to halt Carlton Morris’ path to goal.

But, with the game drifting towards the interval, neither stopper had realistically looked like conceding.

That almost changed in stoppage-time, though, as McGee showed good reactions after Whalley’s cross was diverted towards the net by an inadvertent Haunstrup deflection.

Half Time

Shrewsbury Town 0

Portsmouth 0

The first half had been forgettable – and Blues fans will be keen for the second period to also escape their memories.

Shrewsbury were given an excellent opportunity to break the deadlock soon after the restart when Christian Burgess lost the ball to Whalley.

He burst into the box and when McGee came charging from his line to deal with the danger, referee Darren Handley decided he took the man and not the ball.

It was Whalley who stepped up to take the spot-kick, only for his tame effort to be saved by the diving Blues keeper.

Pompey almost made him pay for his profligacy when Brett Pitman won a free-kick, but Henderson was equal to the skipper’s effort.

And it was the hosts who took the lead just before the hour mark when McGee tried to stop a deflected Jon Nolan effort from going out for a corner.

The keeper could not keep hold of the ball, however, and Whalley capitalised by sliding it into the net.

Jackett immediately made a double substitution, with Lowe and Kennedy making way for Oliver Hawkins and Kyle Bennett.

But the Blues were looking ragged after falling behind and McGee did well to beat Whalley to Carlton Morris’ threaded pass.

Conor Chaplin replaced Pitman in one last effort by Pompey to try to find a spark of magic and grab an equaliser.

Instead, Shrewsbury grabbed a late second goal, as Payne stole the ball from Clarke and found the target, despite McGee’s best efforts to keep it out.

Pompey kept plugging away – no doubt inspired by a noisy travelling army – but there was to be no Christmas miracle.

Shrewsbury (4-1-4-1): Henderson; Bolton, Nsiala, Sadler, Beckles; B.Morris; Whalley, Nolan, Ogogo (c), Rodman (Godfrey 87); C.Morris (Payne 75)
Goals: Whalley 59, Payne 81
Booked: C.Morris, Nolan
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Riley, Gnahoua, Dodds, John-Lewis

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Haunstrup; Close, Rose; Lowe (Hawkins 60), Evans, Kennedy (Bennett 60); Pitman (c) (Chaplin 77)
Booked: Clarke, Lowe, Haunstrup
Subs not used: Bass, Donohue, May, Main

Referee: Darren Handley

Attendance: 7,429 (1,094 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Dec 232017

Italia Ricci



Gallery update

Stephanie Italia Ricci (born October 29, 1986) is a Canadian actress mostly known for playing “Emily Rhodes” in Designated Survivor.

Ricci made her major acting debut in 2007, in the American Pie direct-to-video film, Beta House. She then went on to have a recurring role on the Disney XD series Aaron Stone. Ricci also appeared in the music video “Hate” by Plain White T’s as the ex-girlfriend.

During 2009, Ricci began appearing in American productions with minor roles in How I Met Your Mother, House and Greek. During that same year she had a recurring role in the Comedy Central series Secret Girlfriend as Sasha. In 2010, she co-starred in the Cartoon Network live-action series Unnatural History as Maggie Winnock. She also appeared in a Clean & Clear commercial as herself. In 2011, she appeared in the short film Valediction.

In 2013, Ricci appeared in a small role in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut film Don Jon. Also in 2013, she was cast in the lead role of April Carver in the ABC Family series Chasing Life. The series premiered in 2014. On October 2, 2015, ABC Family canceled Chasing Life after two seasons.

Ricci joined the cast of Supergirl in December 2015 as Siobhan Smythe (aka “Silver Banshee”) – the character transforms from Kara’s rival and CatCo mean girl to full-on villain. “I think they do a really good job with telling that story in a way that keeps her honest and doesn’t paint her as a one-dimensional villain,” Ricci says of her character. “You can see that there is still a good person somewhere in there; it’s just she’s choosing to put her away for now.” Ricci is no stranger to the DC universe. Her husband Robbie Amell played Firestorm on The Flash in season one, and Robbie’s cousin, Stephen Amell, is Oliver Queen on Arrow.

Since September 2016, Ricci has starred as Emily Rhodes in the ABC political drama Designated Survivor.

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Dec 232017

On This Day



1943 – Harry Shearer

Harry Julius Shearer is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, writer, musician, radio host, director and producer. He is known for his long-running roles on The Simpsons, his work on Saturday Night Live, the comedy band Spinal Tap and his radio program Le Show. Born in Los Angeles, California, Shearer began his career as a child actor. From 1969 to 1976, Shearer was a member of The Credibility Gap, a radio comedy group. Following the breakup of the group, Shearer co-wrote the film Real Life with Albert Brooks and started writing for Martin Mull’s television series Fernwood 2 Night.

Age 74

1974 – Matt Robinson

Matthew Richard Robinson is an ex professional footballer who last played as a full back for Swindon Supermarine.

Robinson played 77 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal between 1998 – 2000

Age 43


2006 – Charlie Drake

Born: 19 June 1925

Charles Edward Springall, known professionally as Charlie Drake, was an English comedian, actor, writer and singer.

With his small stature (5′ 1″/155 cm tall), curly red hair and liking for slapstick, he was a popular comedian with children in his early years, becoming nationally known for his “Hello, my darlings!” catchphrase.

Died Aged 81

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Dec 222017

On This Day



1969 – Jason Rees

Jason Mark Rees is a Welsh former professional footballer and Wales international.

Rees played 48 times for Portsmouth scoring 3 goals between 1994 – 1996

Age 48

1978 – Joanne Kelly

Joanne M. Kelly is a Canadian actress, known for her appearances in films such as Going the Distance and in the TV series Warehouse 13, in which she played Secret Service agent Myka Bering.Summary 2

Age 39

1980 – Luke Nightingale

Luke Nightingale is a retired footballer. Having previously played for Portsmouth, Swindon, Weymouth and Southend he moved to Bognor Regis Town in 2004. He scored over 70 goals for Bognor in his four-year spell. However, on 28 March 2008, he was sold by Bognor Regis Town to Havant & Waterlooville in a player swap with Phil Warner. In January 2010 he returned to Bognor Regis Town, on loan for the remainder of the season, although a knee injury ended his season prematurely. Back to full fitness, he then re-joined Bognor Regis Town on a permanent basis for season 2010–11. Having started the 2011–12 season at Bognor, Nightingale announced his retirement in October 2011 after a series of knee injuries.

Nightingale played 50 times for Portsmouth scoring 8 goals between 1998 – 2001

Age 37

1998 – Genevieve Hannelius


Genevieve Knight “G” Hannelius is an American actress and singer. She starred as Avery Jennings in the Disney Channel sitcom Dog with a Blog. Prior to this, she had recurring roles in the Disney Channel series Sonny with a Chance and Good Luck Charlie. She has also starred in Leo Little’s Big Show and has done voice work as Rosebud in the Air Buddies films. She also guest starred in Disney Channel’s series Jessie.

Age 19

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Dec 212017

The Holiday




Movie Review

In London, Iris Simpkins writes a wedding column in a newspaper and nurtures an unrequited love for her colleague Jasper Bloom. Near Christmas, she is informed that Jasper is engaged to marry another colleague, and her life turns upside down. In Los Angeles, the movie-trailers maker Amanda Woods has just split with her unfaithful boyfriend Ethan and wants to forget him. Through a house exchange website, Amanda impulsively swaps her mansion for Iris’ cottage in Surrey for the holidays. While in Surrey, Amanda meets Iris’ brother and book editor Graham and they fall in love with each other. Meanwhile, Iris meets her new next door neighbor the ninety year old screenplay writer Arthur, who helps her retrieve her self-esteem, and the film composer Miles, with whom she falls in love.

IMDB RATING : 6.9 / 10