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Will Ferrell’s ‘Eurovision’ Film Is Looking Even Better Than The Comp Itself

His voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

Very few movies can build up hype without having a pre-existing fan base, but Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is doing just that. In a matter of days, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga has become one of the most anticipated films of the year and for good reason. Let’s break down everything we know about this upcoming flick.

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The story follows Lars Erickssong (played by Will Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdottir (played by Rachel McAdams), who are two small-town, Icelandic singers who get the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country in the Eurovision Song Contest. Literally, we can’t believe this movie hasn’t been made already. 

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In the past few days, we’ve been exposed to more details that make this upcoming feel-good comedy look like one that we’ll be talking about for ages.

Firstly, Graham Norton has been brought onto the project to play himself and we couldn’t be more excited. The iconic British talk-show host also happens to be a commentator for Eurovision in the UK and Ireland and thus, he will be brought onto the project to play a fictional version of himself. We love to see it.  

Also, in case you missed it, 007-alumni, Pierce Brosnan, is also on board for the project.

In an interview with the Late Late Show, Brosnan said, “It takes place in Iceland and Will and his girlfriend, they want to sing in the Eurovision Song Contest. I play Erick, the father, possibly ‘the most handsome man in Iceland’, as they say. And I’m a fisherman; I shun these kinds of foolish ways… I think it’s a wonderful film!”

In addition to all of this, Netflix has released a song performed by the film’s protagonists Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir called ‘Volcano Man’ and far out, it’s a literal banger.

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The song which was also released via SBS’ Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! showcases Rachel McAdams’ flawless vocal ability and Will Ferrell giving us Pitch Perfect realness. Remind us again why she isn’t a popstar yet? Watch the incredible clip music video here.

All this information has us on the edge of our seats for the film to come out. Look, we are sad that the contest was cancelled this year, but we’ll gladly take this Eurovision film instead.

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‘Masterchef’ Proves Asian Representation Is As Easy As Two-Minute Noodles

“This is the real on-screen diversity we’ve all been waiting for.”

Last night’s Masterchef episode was one for the ages. While this season has been filled with some wild challenges that involved sushi trains, shocking twists and Katy Pery, this episode gave voice to a very important slice of Australia. 

We spoke about this season of ‘Masterchef: Back To Win’ on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

The episode was all about instant noodles. And while some of you were wondering where the Mi Goreng noodles were or learning how to pronounce ‘Maggi’ correctly, we saw something quite beautiful on-screen. For hours, during prime-time tv, Australian audiences were subject to Asian culture, Asian representation and Asian women killing it.

As Poh Ling Yeow, Reece Hignell, Jess Liemantara and Simon Toohey were all challenged to “pimp out” two-minute noodles, Asian families around Australia gasped at the sight they were seeing.

Benjamin Law put it best when he said, “This is the real on-screen diversity we’ve all been waiting for.”

But, he’s not the only one. The #MasterchefAU hashtag was popping off on Twitter, with many praising the Australian-Asian representation on-screen from not only the noodle challenge but the following ‘comfort food’ challenge, which saw both Poh and Jess plate up Asian-inspired dishes. 

A lot of the discourse around Masterchef this season has been about the positive representation on screen, with each episode diving into new cultures and giving them a platform to be enjoyed by the wider-Austalia. Additionally, the introduction of an Asian-female judge and the abundance of queer, ethnic and non-men voices on screen make this show feel like it does capture the reality of Australia.

Speaking of representation on-screen, we spoke about Netflix’s ‘Hollywood’ on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Funny that Austalia was worried that the new season would flop without the OG judges returning but, after what’s happened this season, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Disney+ Is Finally Giving ‘The Simpsons’ The Refresh We Deserve

Well, that's a plus.

When Disney+ announced what was going to be on their streaming platform, many eyes went straight to The Simpsons.

While it didn’t come under the Disney-family umbrella, it became a huge product offering for the new streaming service and hardcore fans around the world became excited. But, that excitement soon evolved to disappointment because of how The Simpsons was presented to its audiences. 

Cast your mind back to watching The Simpsons a decade or two ago. Those episodes were originally broadcast in a 4:3 aspect ratio to fit our squarish TVs. But now, as widescreen has taken over, the later episodes of The Simpsons were created to fulfil a 16:19 widescreen ratio. 

Speaking of iconic tv shows right now, we spoke about ‘Hollywood’ on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

And while that’s all good, the earlier episodes of The Simpsons (the first 19 seasons to be exact) have been adjusted to fit this new ratio on streaming services, which has left a lot of previous episodes cropped weirdly, left a poor image quality and some jokes missed. Here’s one example.

As a result, fans around the world were pissed, so much so that they took to social media to ask Disney+ to rectify this mistake. And well, rectify they did. In a week’s time, on May 28, Disney+ will restore all the old Simpsons episodes to fit the aspect ratio it was intended for. Thank God for that. You can check out the official announcement that Al Jean (the animation’s showrunner) made via Disney+’s official Twitter account. 

Also, the day after this change happens (on May 29), audiences will also have access to the Oscar-nominated, 2011 animated short The Longest Daycare, so that’s exciting.

Also, The Simpsons also teased  “new features” and “additional viewing options”, so who knows what that’ll entail. Only time will tell.

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