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It's the body positive movie we have been waiting a lifetime for.

If you've seen Netflix's adaptation to Julie Murphy’s novel, Dumplin', you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.

Starring Jennifer Aniston and Danielle Macdonald, it's a refreshing take on self-acceptance, beauty pageants and how the plus-size community are portrayed in the film industry.

Coming from a former fat girl, i.e. me, the movie didn't shy away from the very real stigma people face every day.

It's clear that the author and those who wrote the script had an insight into the real struggles plus-sized people face.

When the girls face this stigma, instead of running home and gorging on chocolate like most movies portray 'sad,' 'lonely' fat women, Danielle, who plays Willowdean Dickson, fights back.

In one scene, when a bully makes fun of another girl, Willowdean goes for the glory shot and punches him in the nuts, another clip shows her eye-rolling to slagging shouts of teens towards herself and co-star, Millie (played by Maddie Baillio). 

Instead of playing the victim and the sad, fat girl, they portray young women leading a body revolution, and the film rightly shows those who bully the girls as total assholes.

Another perception they tackle in the movie is when an absolute ride of a fella asks Willowdean out.

Bo Larson is the hottie that works with our leading lady and is utterly taken by the teen.

After an ole snog on their first date, it was Willowdean, not Bo who needed some time to reflect.

Bo didn't go out with her for a bet, no fat jokes were made or any attempts of trying to make her turn from an "ugly duckling" into a swan – he liked her for her.

In fact, we saw a very real admission from Willowdean about how guys like him didn't go for girls like her – and he totally called horsesh*t on it.

He confessed that he thought she was beautiful and she is.

The film shows how despite society's best efforts to make us conform to a certain look to feel beautiful, that there are leaders out there who want you to embrace you for you and feel empowered as the sexy ladies we are.

No shame, no excuses, just love for the skin you're in.

The movie follows four teenage girls who take on a pageant competition – they're all very different in shape, size and style and they want to redefine the look of a beauty queen. 

One of our fave part of Dumplin' is that it shows a number of different plus-sized women and drag queens totally owning their identity.

Instead of just one fat girl, there are plenty of plus-size role models – her aunt and friend, Millie.

The role models in the film extend their knowledge of self-acceptance and give the young women buckets of inspiration to go up on stage and take it over.

The women all go on very unique paths in the film, and it shows that plus-sized women are diverse and they have multiple voices on screen – they aren't cast as the 'fat friend'.

Dumplin' creates a positive body narrative through their journey and doesn't force the characters to lose weight in order to be confident.

They project the message that confidence is achieved through finding your inner-self and letting it shine – no diet plan or killer exercise regime required.

It shows that you can be fat and happy, which is the reality for millions of people around the world.

We applaud everyone involved in its creation and we hope this is the way forward for the portrayal of plus-sized women.

If you haven't seen the film, please do. 

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The temperature has MAJORLY dropped, Halloween is long gone and it's dark at 5pm; you know what this means. IT'S CHRISTMASTIME.

What better way to celebrate the festive season than Netflix and Chill? (literally, it's freezing)

We've decided to do a round-up of all the newest Netflix films which can get you in the holiday spirit, as well as remind you of the best ones available on the streaming service.

As "research", we've even decided to watch them all. Don't say we aren't committed to our jobs…

Netflix remains the Rudolph of the pack when it comes to streaming services, and they have made some absolute gems for us to enjoy this year.

1. The Princess Switch

While Vanessa Hudgen's latest offering contains a huge amount of confusing plot points (I mean, when the identical women who are both played by Vanessa Hudgens meet for the first time, they literally aren't shocked at all…) it cannot be denied that it's entertainment GOLD.

Stacy De Novo and as Lady Margaret Delacourt are a doppelganger duo who bump into each other and decide to switch places. Margaret wants to experience normal life, while Stacey (obviously) wants to be royal for a few days.

The Princess Switch is fairly inexplicable, but contains two charming men who Hudgens gets to kiss repeatedly, a lot of snow, a huge amount of Christmas themes and a gas game of Twister.

Watch to switch off your brain and succumb to holiday cheer. 

2. The Holiday Calendar

Kat Graham stars as a struggling but talented photographer who inherits an antique holiday advent calendar which can PREDICT THE FUTURE.

The question is, can she use the calendar to find love this festive season? Quincey Brown plays her love interest; we are hooked already.

You don't have to ask us to watch this, we're already on the couch ready for the ultimate That's So Raven Christmas experience.

3. The Christmas Chronicles

Kate and Teddy Pierce are siblings who hatch a scheme to capture Santa Claus, played by Kurt Russell, on Christmas Eve.

However, the plan goes awry and the kids must join forces with a somewhat jolly Saint Nick and his loyal elves to save Christmas before it's too late, experiencing the adventure of a lifetime while they're at it.

Russell has dedicated his performance to his father and the California wildfire victims.

The Christmas Chronicles will be released November 22, 2018.

4.  A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

OH. MY. GOD.

When the news came in that 2017's iconic A Christmas Prince had a sequel, it's fair to say we had an absolute meltdown.

The first movie was essentially a 'SOB, Prince Harry is taken' comfort flick, featuring Rose McIvor as an aspiring young magazine journalist, Amber Moore, who is sent to Aldovia to cover a press conference with prince Richard.

Richard, a rumoured playboy, is set to take the throne following his father's recent death, but has mixed feelings about the task. While snooping around the palace for a story, Ambers mistaken for young Princess Emily's new tutor.

Amber then goes undercover. Royal security just doesn't exist in Aldovia it would seem.

OF COURSE, a love story ensues between Amber and Richard, but will they make it down the aisle? STAY TUNED:

Don't forget the original: A Christmas Prince

Classic Netflix Christmas movies:

Don't miss these absolute gems from previous years, if you've already watched all of 2018's Christmas additions. (We can't help it okay? We're addicted.)

It's a shame Love Actually or How The Grinch Stole Christmas haven't made it to Irish Netflix yet, but here's hoping for 2019. Fingers crossed, lads.

A Christmas Inheritance

Ambitious heiress Ellen Langford is in line to inherit her father's business, but before this happens she must deliver a special Christmas card to her dad's former partner in Snow Falls.

A snowstorm strands her at the town inn and hinders her goal, but will she learn a few lessons about the true meaning of Christmas while trapped in the town?

We suspect so. There's a clumsy meet-cute, a love/hate relationship with the love interest Jake, a fiance who isn't good for her; in other words, the classic rom-com Christmas clichés.

Cliché-ridden nonetheless, we're still going to watch it, aren't we?

Arthur Christmas

James McAvoy voices Arthur, Santa's youngest son who must deliver a crucial present before Christmas morning dawns.

Santa Claus delivers presents to every last child on Earth, but what everyone doesn't know is that Santa accomplishes this with the assistance of a very high-tech operation beneath the North Pole.

The unthinkable happens, and Santa misses one child out of millions. Will Arthur save the day?

The Christmas Wedding Planner

A wedding planner's world is completely turned upside down when a devilishly handsome private investigator is hired to disrupt her biggest job yet, but will they put their differences aside?

Kelsey Wilson's must organise her cousin's lavish wedding to perfection, but Connor McClane quickly upends the upcoming nuptials after being hired by a private source.

Hint: sparks fly. Otherwise there would be no movie…

Jack Frost

Michael Keaton stars in the 1998 Christmas flick about a touring musician clinging to dreams of stardom.

Ageing rocker Jack Frost doesn't dedicate enough time to his wife Gabby, and young son, Charlie. Following Jack's tragic death in a car accident on Christmas Day , Charlie plays a mournful tune on his father's harmonica.

To his understandable shock, his dad Jack Frost is magically brought to life as a snowman on the family lawn. Charlie and Jack struggle to make up for lost time as father and son, it's the ultimate family tearjerker.

A Wish for Christmas

Lacey Chabert (OMG it's Gretchen Wieners in Mean Girls) stars as Sara, a frustrated web designer who makes a Christmas wish for the courage to stand up for herself.

After exposing her boss for stealing her ideas, Sara is thrust into the spotlight and may get more than she bargained for in both her work and love lives.

Be careful what you wish for, but our Netflix wishes have most definitely come true.

The Holiday (coming 7th December)

Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Jude Law and Cameron Diaz star in the classic 2006 winter season house-swap comedy.

Two women plagued with guy-problems swap homes and countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

It's such a perfect movie for friends and family to watch together, one of the best and most-loved rom-com's of the genre.

Remember Cameron Diaz blasting Mr Brightside in her cottage drinking wine? Us in roughly three hours.

Happy Netflix-ing, gals. These should keep you in the Christmas mood all throughout December, at least.

Enjoy all of the romance, comedy, drama and holiday festivities which streaming can give, we know we will.

Feature image; roysta18.wordpress.com

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Break out the broomsticks – there's a Hocus Pocus sequel reportedly in the works!

24 years after its original release, Forbes have reported that a follow up film is finally on its way.

Speaking to the magazine, the film's writer, Mick Garris, revealed that while he is not involved in the upcoming production, he believes a second script is in the early stages of development.

“I have heard they are developing the script, I haven't been involved in it but I think there will be a sequel it might be for Disney Channel or Freeform or ABC. I think it will be for television but I hear that it is moving ahead.”

It's not clear yet whether the original trio (Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker) will be reprise their roles, though Mick did say re-casting the film would be a “big mistake.”

"I think they are, yeah, I think they are. If they don't do that I think it would be a big mistake because all three of them are still so incredibly potent and powerful and great performers and who else can recreate those characters?"

According to Deadline, David Kirschner, producer on the original movie, is on board to executive produce, while Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) will direct.

We can not wait for this!

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Ladies, get ready for the throwback of all throwbacks! 

Omniplex Cinemas are bringing all your favourite old school films back to the big screen with the launch of #BringItBack.

Audiences will get the chance to re-discover a series of classic movies exactly the way they were intended to be enjoyed.

From October 2, Omniplex Cinemas in Mahon Point, Cork; Rathmines, Dublin; Dundalk, Limerick, Tralee, Wexford, Craigavon, Lisburn and Dundonald will play host to #BringItBack every Monday at 7:30.

From tearjerkers, to thrillers, Omniplex have created a programme of screenings to suit all tastes, including My Girl, The Godfather Part II, The Addams Family, The Princess Bride.

The October run concludes with a special screening of The Shining on Halloween night.

Warm popcorn, comfy chair and classic flicks – what more could you want?

Tickets are just €8 and are available at www.omniplex.ie.

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Irish people first fell in love with the ferociously talented Ruth Negga back in 2010 when she appeared as Rosie in RTÉ's hit crime drama, Love/Hate.

Since then, the Ethiopian born, Limerick-raised actress has been busy making quite the name for herself in Hollywood.

After a handful of movie roles and a stint on ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Ruth struck gold last year with her Oscar-nominated performance in the critically acclaimed Loving.

Following the film's success, movie fans around the world began to fall for the 35-year-old's Irish charm, and now it looks like she has cemented her status as a bona fide Hollywood starlet.

It's been reported that Ruth will star alongside Brad Pitt in the upcoming sci-fi adventure flick, Ad Astra.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the script follows a man who journeys across a lawless solar system in search of his missing father, a renegade scientist who poses a threat to all mankind.

It is not yet known what role the Irish-Ethiopian actress will have in the film, though reports have suggested that Tommy Lee Jones is also attached to the project.

Either way, we're beyond excited! 

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For those of you not familiar with the Bechdel test, it's basically a formula that examines whether or not women have significant speaking roles in a film.

It asks whether the script features at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man – a requirement just 50 per cent of films meet.

And if that wasn't enough to get your feminist blood boiling, new research has revealed that female actresses have considerably fewer lines than men. In fact, it's thought that male characters speak about 70 per cent of the total dialogue.

The study, conducted by USC, analysed 1,000 film scripts and discovered a few home truths about gender equality in Hollywood.

When it came to those behind the scenes, researchers found that there were seven times more male writers than female, and 12 times more male directors.

This pattern continued on screen as well, with 4,900 male characters, and just 2,000 female characters featured across all scripts.

What's more, female characters were often about five years younger than their make co-stars.

The study read: “Overall, researchers found that female characters tend to be more positive in valence, meaning they are more positive but this tended to be correlated with using language connecting with family values.

“Beyond the volume of dialogue attributed to men, male dialogue contained more words related to achievement, death and more swear words than the dialogue scripted for women.”

Unsurprisingly, the study also found that having more female writers in the rooms resulted in a 50 per cent increase in female representation, but with seven times more male writers in the industry, it seems the gender equality issues spans across every sector.

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When Star Wars decided to return, it came back with a bang.

After The Force Awakens came out last year, fans have been waiting eagerly for the next instalment, Rouge One.

But, with the latest Disney news, we think they might be going a step too far.

Now, don't get us wrong, the new movie's special effects were out of this world, but it's now been confirmed that the film will be hitting us until "2021 and beyond."

So, basically, nearly every single year for the next five years, we'll be seeing some Jedis pop up on our movie screens.

Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed his plans to Comic Book Movie, saying: "I had a meeting yesterday with Kathy Kennedy [producer] and we mapped out – well, we reviewed – the Star Wars plans that we have until 2020.

"We have movies in development for Star Wars until then, and we started talking about what we're going to do in 2021 and beyond."

With Rogue One due out next year, an untitled Han Solo film due in 2018 and Star Wars: Episode IX coming in 2019, we're going to be filled to the brim with light sabers for a while.

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We've all been there: desperately trying to remember a great film we saw way back.

Even worse – trying to explain to a friend that one of your favourite cinematic classics involves 'yer man the famous guy with the head and the hat and he has a horse but the horse dies'.

However, there now is a glorious website that is pretty much the answer to all our movie conundrums. 

Step forward What Is My Movie. Simply type in any key-words that come to mind and then sit back and watch it muster up an answer. We've been playing with it all morning and suffice to say that it's scarily accurate. 

Developed by Finnish startup Valossa, a company founded by computer science researchers and engineers from Finland’s University of Oulu, the site is fast becoming one of the most enjoyable ways to narrow down your Netflix choices.

And are some of our results from earlier:

 

1) Homeward Bound

 

2) Titanic 

 

3) Bruce Almighty

 

4) Harry Potter

 

5) Pirates of the Caribbean

 

6) Ben Hur

 

7) Clueless

 

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If you are one of the unfortunate souls who still has piles of Disney films on VHS and no video player to speak of, then we have good news.

According to reports, Disney is following in the footsteps of Netflix and launching its own streaming service called “Disney Life.” 

Even better, the service is going to be dedicated to the classic Disney films, so no Marvel characters sneaking to interrupt your on point rendtion of the Circle of Life.

A spokesperson has  told the BBC: “UK families embrace new technology, and demand more flexible entertainment, and this is supported by superfast broadband connectivity and the proliferation of digital devices in this market.” 

We are going to be inside for days, the number of duvet days are going to hit a record high we can just tell.

Yes there are a number of Disney films available on Netflix, but favourites missing simply because they don't exist online. Until now that is.

DisneyLive will launch in the U.K. first. The platform has a lot of the same features as the streaming sites you already know and love.

For one monthly price, you'll get the complete Pixar library, plus a number of beloved Disney classics. They' are set to continue to roll the service out through Europe in 2016. 

Until the glorious day arrives, we will have to be content with a new album of Disney remixes. 

Classic jams are getting a major pop makeover thanks to the collaboration record We Love Disney. It features some of the biggest artists around — think: Jason Derulo, Jessie J, Gwen Stefani, and Ariana Grande — putting their own spins on these beloved songs. 

The album is due to be released on 30 October, so start warming up your vocal cords. 

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While Netflix has managed to support our binge-watching addiction and supplies us with ample amounts of eyebrow-raising documentaries or brand new series to get lost it, sometimes we long for the comfort of something more familiar.

Everyone has their own favourite film that they would choose above all others. But, how likely are you to watch it when you can already recite every single line and now all the harmonies on the soundtrack?

Last week, Five Thirty Eight shared their findings of a survey that asked that exact question.

Following a survey that asked people to list the five films which they considered the most re-watchable, the top 25 were discovered.

Coming in at number one was Star Wars. 

The Wizard of Oz grabbed second place, while The Sound of Music, The Lord of the Rings and Gone With The Wind rounded out the top five spots.

Apparently we just cannot get enough of a good epic fantasy adventure as the majority of those surveyed admitted that they are willing to re-watch the Harry Potter series before The Notebook. 

Finding Nemo also makes an appearance, providing further evidence that a squeal is badly needed as it came in before The Avengers, which came in at number 25 on the list.

When breaking down the results by gender, The Wizard of Oz and Lord of the Rings are still in the top five. 

Still, there are some differences in taste: Films featured in the men’s top 20 but not the women’s include Pulp Fiction, The Matrix, Star Trek and Goodfellas. Films favored by women include Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman, Grease and Titanic.

People of each gender also had a few films in their top 20 that didn’t make the overall top 25 and failed to appear on the other gender’s list. Men enjoy viewing Die Hard and Gladiator, repeatedly while women preferred Love Actually and You’ve Got Mail.

However, the one constant regardless of age or gender discrepancies was Star Wars. The sci-fi epic consistently featured in the top 10. 

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You may not want to admit it, but at some point in you relationship things are going to move from steamy and exciting to stay in and chill. So, when it comes to thinking about how compatible you and your new significant other are, people are taking their Netflix que and DVD collection into account more than ever. 

The thousands of internet memes that propose we should look into using our Netflix accounts as an online match making service are finally becoming a reality. Netfling is hyping itself up as the best way to "find your perfect couch companion."

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Working much like Tinder, just without having to use a Facebook account to sort through your possible matches. Netfling would rely on your Netflix information to find people who watch the same TV series and films you do. 

So there will actually be a real-life verson of 'here's 25 other singles who just watched seven series of Grey's Anatomy'. 

The people at Netfling are making the claim that: “The secret to a happy relationship isn’t communication…it’s having the same Netflix taste.” 

Considering there has been a dating app that bases your possible love interests on their pet ownership status, among many more bizarre dating services, we are considering Netfling might be a success. Look, winter is a long season with shorter days and chilly, wet weather. It is a time when we will shamelessly indulge in lazy evenings on the couch, so why not make the most of it?

The argument can also be made that people's taste in TV will tell you a lot about them, but also maybe too much. Do we really want potential suitors to know just how much time we spend watching Say Yes To The Dress? Hmmm.

At the very least though, you will know that you have at least two common interests: TV and online dating. Recipe for success, yes?

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Pucker up ladies. 

If you're a mega movie fan you're in for a treat as there's a new tasty way to show your movie devotion… on your mouth. 

Gone are the days of having a film poster on your wall or wearing a t-shirt with your favourite character on it. The new craze to show your love… is lip art.

It might sound crazy but once you have seen these pictures of designs created by make-up artists Eva Senin Parnas, we guarantee you'll change your tune. Eva decided to design a visual treat for movie fans and created a slew of stunning designs to showcase her favourite movies. 

Talking to MTV News Eva said, “Make-up can tell a story or show that you are a fan of a film or a series. Some people have a poster in their rooms. I wear Game of Thrones lips to show my love for the series.”

Here's a look at some of her amazing designs:

The Hunger Games

 

Iron Man

 

Spiderman

 

Alice in Wonderland

 

Grease (red car and silver lightning at the closing scene of the movie)

 

Harry Potter (Slytherin House themed symbol)

 

The Cookie Monster

 

The Hunger Games Mockingjay

 

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