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THE SMURFS 2 - 10 x Blu-rays to give away

THE SMURFS 2 - 10 x Blu-rays to give away

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Just in time for Xmas gifting, The Smurfs 2 are back on Blu-ray and DVD on December 2nd.  This heart-warming new adventure reunites the world’s favourite three apple-high creatures, bringing laughs for all of the family. This time evil wizard Gargamel is keen to get his hands on some magical Smurf-essence, and kidnaps Smurfette as part of his wicked plan! Papa Smurf and co are hot on his heels – can they save her? The film stars the voice talents of Katy Perry as Smurfette and there’s has a host of Smurf-tastic Special Features.

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Comedian Russell Brand has cancelled several gigs in the Middle East after promoters said they could not guarantee his safety.

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Experimentation is being pushed to the margins as labels rely on successful producers

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Philip Rucker and David Nakamura on the celebrity endorsements

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My Secret Life: Daniel Roche, 12, actor

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Writedowns take shine off improvement at EMI

EMI, the Coldplay and Beastie Boys music giant, has plunged to a loss of £349m in the year to March, as a result of significant writedowns.

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Trending: The all-singing, all-dancing, all-filming stars

Nothing says global pop star right now like appearing on the big screen in a documentary about your life: your music, your relationships, your family, your tantrums, your tears. It's a narcissist's dream. Now Beyoncé is said to be directing, producing and appearing in a film that will include concert footage, backstage scenes and interviews with her and her loved ones. Clearly her day job of singing, designing and acting wasn't fulfilling enough.

Katy Perry and Nora Ephron

Relationships: The art of a good divorce (hint: write a book)

D-I-V-O-R-C-E, spells out Tammy Wynette, in what is arguably the most famous song about the end of a marriage ever recorded. Wynette may not have actually written the 1968 hit, but anyone familiar with the pained vocal would not be surprised to learn that she had already been divorced twice.

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