Why Sweet Vicious kicks ass in more ways than one

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Let’s face it, 2016 was an absolute mess of a year. The only clear survivor to not be affected by all the death and impending destruction was television. It rose above all the nonsense and brought us shows like Westworld, Stranger Things, Preacher – it gave us the best it had to offer to remind us we can always numb ourselves to the pain of real life. Amongst all the amazing productions, one of the shows that has slipped under the radar is MTV’s Sweet Vicious.

Created by writer Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, the series is described by the MTV network as an “offbeat superhero story for the millennial generation.” And yet it is so much more than that.

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The premise of the show centralises on female leads Jules Thomas (played by Eliza Bennett) and Ophelia Mayer (played by Taylor Dearden)—two college students that have secretly become vigilantes in order to take on rapists who have been terrorising females on campus.

Robinson told E! News back in November when the first episode aired:

“I really wanted to write a story for and about empowered women, and women who were strong but could also be broken at the same time and to showcase that on television so that other women didn’t feel alone.”

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It’s because of this very reason the production stands alone as one of the most confronting and truthful accounts of sexual assault currently on television. Bennett’s character struggles to come to terms with the fact she is a victim of rape, trying to overcome her issues by becoming a role model for women at her college.

Dearden’s character witnesses the injustice happening around her and wants to be part of the solution even if that means getting violent. Despite their short list of accomplishments, Bennett and Dearden provide emotional and moving performances, bringing these issues to the forefront of younger generations. Interweaved in the show’s plot, police and campus officers are portrayed as the bad guys who stand by and do nothing about the growing issue.

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According to CNBC, a report in September 2016 released by the Association of American Universities, nearly 1 in 4 college women say they’ve been sexually assaulted before they’ve even graduated. The alarming statistics were based on responses of around 150,000 students at 27 top universities.

Sweet Vicious doesn’t shy away from exploring the darkest aspects of rape culture, and the fact that it’s vastly becoming a synonymous issue in universities around the world.

WATCH: We’re so keen for Trainspotting 2!

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The hype is real people. Renton, Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie are back. Director Danny Boyle, the genius behind a bunch of cinematic classics, has finally unveiled Trainspotting 2‘steaser trailer and we’re left with all the feels.

The 41 second clip is really far too short to reveal anything about the film. It does, however, feature all the movie’s original stars, looking somewhat aged from their 1996 counterparts. Another pleasant surprise is Iggy Pop‘s Lust for Life blaring in the background, which is no doubt a great indication the soundtrack will be just as entertaining.

T2 will be loosely based on Scottish author Irvine Welsh’s 2002 novel PornoThe book itself continues Renton’s story, ten years after the events of Trainspotting, however this time around it’s the pornography business rather than heroin use that’s central to the plot. Whether or not this will be the case for the film remains to be seen.

With Boyle at the helm, and the original cast members returning, we can safely assume there will be lots of laughter, drug references and that British black comedy we’ve all come to know and love.

The film is set for release on January 27 2017. Get keen!

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Trainspotting 2: What We Know So Far About The Cult Classic Sequel

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“Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family.”

Twenty years ago, the world was first introduced to Danny Boyle’s British black comedy Trainspotting. Now, a new generation will have a chance to share in the cult classics’ hype when its sequel Trainspotting 2 is released.

Based on Scottish writer Irvine Welsh’s novel of the same title, the original film is set in an economically depressed area of Edinburgh during the 1980s and follows a group of heroin addicts and their exploits. Welsh published his own sequel back in 2002 titled Porno, but I can’t imagine too many people would want to Google the movie, let alone ask for two tickets to “Porno” at the box office.

So here’s the low down of what we know so far:

1. The original cast will reprise their roles

Despite having previously stated “it would be a terrible shame to make a sequel if it wasn’t as good,” Ewan McGregor, who played the lead role of Mark Renton, will be returning. Robert Carlyle (Begbie), Ewen Bremner (Spud) and Johnny Lee Miller (Sickboy) will also star in the film.

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2. The original scriptwriter and creative team are back

John Hodges, who wrote the BAFTA-winning original script, has put pen to paper this time around too. Actor Robert Carlyle spoke to NME last year saying it was the best script he’s ever read. Director Danny Boyle (127 Hours28 Days Later), producer Andrew Macdonald (Ex MachinaSlumdog Millionaire), Bernard Bellew (Star Wars: The Phantom MenaceNotting Hill) and Christian Colson (Slumdog Millionaire) will also be involved in the film.

3. Trainspotting 2‘s budget will exceed its predecessors

Trainspotting had a modest budget of around €1.5 million and earned $72 million at the Box Office in return. The sequel is estimated to be under €15 million.

4. It’s loosely based on Welsh’s sequel, Porno

The film will be set 20 years later, seeing the main characters cross paths once again. Any further details about the plot are being kept well under wraps, so we’re just going to have to play the waiting game.

5. The release date

Filming began in Scotland on May 17 and it’s expected to hit cinemas January 27 next year. Check out the film’s first teaser trailer below.

Our First Sneak Peek of Emma Watson As Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

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It’s a tale as old as time. One that’s got Disney buffs like me clearing their calendars, like now, right this second. If you haven’t heard because you’ve been too busy trying not to drown in uni assignments and/or working hard for the money, Disney is releasing a live-action remake of the iconic classic Beauty and the Beast.

*cue internal screaming*

The first teaser trailer for the film dropped a few days ago and it certainly gives off the same vibes from the 1991 time-honoured animated flick. The film, directed by Bill Condon(Dream GirlsTwilight: Breaking Dawn), follows a slew of Disney Princess remakes (CinderellaSnow White and the HuntsmanMaleficent, ringing any bells?) and will no doubt bring the adventure-seeking, bookworm back to the fore minds of children everywhere.

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The trailer opens up with images of the enchanted castle in all its eerie, snow falling glory. It’s the quintessential B&TB piano piece, however, that gives you those familiar shivers. As we move throughout the castle, we finally land on a portrait of what we can assume is the Beast’s family right before he slashes it with his claws. Cue a fade to black before we hear a door in desperate need of WD-40.

Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen, who play Lumiere and Cogsworth respectively, also make a discreet audible debut, as Emma Watson, who plays the title role of Belle, reaches out for the enchanted rose. The trailer ends with the simple caption “Be Our Guest”.

The film is slated to be released for March 2017.

Dear Disney,

Give It To Me Now

Check out the trailer below and some of our other recent reviews here.