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Disney Has Just Announced ALL The Films It Will Be Releasing Over The Next Four Years


Disney movies have evolved a lot since we were little. 

The studio has announced all the movies that they’ll be releasing in the next few years, and we’re seeing a lot fewer princesses, and a lot more Marvel.
They’re also planning to make full use of their rights to the Lucas franchise, and will be releasing at least one Star Wars film a year. And, keeping our childhood favourites in mind, they’re also planning sequels and remakes to some of their greats…
1. The Good Dinosaur (27th November 2015) 
Hitting our screens in just a few weeks, The Good Dinosaur is Pixar’s latest film, and takes place in a universe in which dinosaurs didn’t go extinct, and co-exist alongside humans.
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (17th December 2015)
Set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is being tipped to beat Avatar as the highest grossing movie ever, especially after releasing an incredible trailer last week.
3. The Finest Hours (29th January 2016) 
Based on a true story, this dramatic movie sees the coast guard attempt a daring rescue after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard. Starring Chris Pine, it looks all set to be a winter winner.
4. Zootropolis (25th March 2016)
A more traditional Disney movie, in ‘zootopia’ there are no such things as humans – only selfie-taking animals. Jason Bateman and Idris Elba star as a fox and a rabbit who have to team up – despite being ‘natural enemies’ – to fight a conspiracy.
5. The Jungle Book (15th April 2016)
Again with the voice of Idris Elba, The Jungle Book is a live-action remake of the movie we loved so much as kids. Naturally, we’re very excited…
6. Captain America: Civil War (29th April 2016)
The next instalment from Marvel will pick up from where Age of Ultron left us. Apparently, Captain America (Chris Evans) will get into a fight with his ally Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Which can’t be good…
7. Alice Through the Looking Glass (27th May 2016) 
The sequel to the much loved Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland isn’t being directed by Tim Burton, but we’re still looking forward to seeing Johnny Depp dressed up as the Mad Hatter (who Alice will have to rescue) again.
8. The BFG (22nd July 2016) 
In a massive throwback to our childhood, Steven Spielberg is making a film of The BFG. Starring Bill Hader as the eponymous big friendly giant, we already have ‘high’ (because he’s tall…) hopes for this film.
9. Finding Dory (29th July 2016) 
We have literally been waiting for this film since Finding Nemo came out in 2003. Reuniting Dory with Marlin and Nemo, it will focus on the famously forgetful Dory trying to find answers about her past…
10. Pete’s Dragon (12th August 2016) 
While we’re too young to remember the original Pete’s Dragon, this remake looks like it’s going to be fun. It sees a young orphan – with the help of his pet dragon – run away from his abusive adopted parents.
11. Doctor Strange (28th October 2016) 
Benedict Cumberbatch fans will be pleased come October, when the brooding English actor will play Dr. Strange – an arrogant surgeon who is taught to fight evil after his career is destroyed.
12. Moana (2nd December 2016) 
Another traditional-looking Disney flick, this film will star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as a demi-god called Maui. We don’t know much about the plot, but apparently there will be singing.
13. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (16th December 2016) 
Almost exactly a year after the force awakens, we’ll get our next Star Wars hit. Spin-off ‘Rogue One’ will take place before the events of A New Hope, and see a group of rebel fighters try and stop the Death Star from being built. Guess we know how that’s gonna end…
14. Beauty and the Beast (17th March 2017) 
There’s already a lot of hype around this live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, and starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as ‘beauty’ and ‘the beast’, we imagine that it’ll live up…
15. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (28th April 2017) 
After Guardians of the Galaxy was such a massive hit, we’re pretty annoyed they’re making us wait until 2017 for the next instalment. We don’t know much about the plot, but all the main cast are expected to remain.
16. Star Wars VIII (26th May 2017)
There are basically no details about the eighth episode of Star Wars, apart from its release date. Sorry.
17. Cars 3 (16th June 2017) 
Another Cars movie will hit our screens in 2017.
18. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (7th July 2017) 
The first Pirates of the Caribbean movie came out in 2003. Just 14 years later, the fifth movie will see both Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom return to fight yet more pirates.
19. Thor: Ragnarok (27th October 2017) 
Another one from the Marvel universe, while there aren’t too many details about this Hulk movie, we do know that Mark Ruffalo (aka The Hulk) will be in it. Interesting…
20. Coco (23rd November 2017) 
Another Disney film that’s actually for kids, Coco doesn’t have a cast yet, but will be based on Mexican festival Dia de los Muertos.
21. Avengers: Infinity War – Part One (27th April 2018)
The next Avengers film will be split into two parts, the first part of which will hit our screens in April 2018.
22. Black Panther (6th July 2018) 
We are getting well into the future now, but superhero fans will no doubt be excited to learn that the Marvel universe is getting a new one: Black Panther.
23. Toy Story 4 (13th July 2018) 
The fourth Toy Story looks like it’s going to be a love story between Woody and Bo Peep, after the gang apparently go in search of her after she is given away…
24. Avengers: Infinity War- Part Two (26th April 2019)
The second part of The Avengers Infinity War will come to us in 2019.
25. Inhumans (12th July 2019)
Disney have announced that all the way in 2019, they will be having a stab at Marvel’s version of the X-Men, and making a film about super-humans.
There are other Disney films in the works (more Star Wars sequels, as well as The Incredibles 2) that haven’t got a UK release date yet. And the studio has also announced – following the success of their live-action Cinderella remake – that they will be remaking four more of their classics.

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Bonfire Night 2015: Why do we celebrate with fireworks displays? Who was Guy Fawkes?


November 5th marks the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, when Catholic explosive expert Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament and Britons everywhere set fire to things

A masked participant at a  'pagan' Bonfire Night in Susssex. In Sussex there are several bonfire societies that begin their celebrations in September
Remember, remember the 5th of November... Photo: Rex Features

What is Bonfire Night?

Bonfire Night commemorates the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in November 1605 by a gang of Roman Catholic activists led by Warwickshire-born Robert Catesby.
When Protestant King James I acceded to the throne, English Catholics had hoped that the persecution they had felt for over 45 years under Queen Elizabeth would finally end. When this didn't transpire, a group of conspirators resolved to assassinate the King and his ministers by blowing up the Palace of Westminster during the state opening of Parliament.
Guy (Guido) Fawkes and his fellow conspirators, having rented out a house closed to the Houses of Parliament, managed to smuggle 36 barrels of gunpowder into a cellar of the House of Lords - enough to completely destroy the building.
(Physicists from the Institute of Physics later calculated that the 2,500kg of gunpowder beneath Parliament would have obliterated an area 500 metres from the centre of the explosion).
Guy Fawkes foiled!Guy Fawkes foiled!
The scheme began to unravel when an anonymous letter was sent to the William Parker, the 4th Baron Monteagle, warning him not to avoid the House of Lords.
The letter (which could well have been sent by Lord Monteagle's brother-in-law Francis Tresham), was made public and this led to a search of Westminster Palace in the early hours of November 5th.
Explosive expert Fawkes, who had been left in the cellars to set off the fuse, was subsequently caught when a group of guards discovered him at the last moment.
Fawkes was arrested, sent to the Tower of London and tortured until he gave up the names of his fellow plotters and Lord Monteagle was rewarded with £500 plus £200 worth of lands for his service in protecting the crown.

Who were the Gunpowder Plot conspirators?

Guy Fawkes, Thomas Bates, Robert and Thomas Wintour, Thomas Percy, Christopher and John Wright, Francis Tresham, Everard Digby, Ambrose Rookwood, Robert Keyes, Hugh Owen, John Grant and the man who organised the whole plot - Robert Catesby.
The conspirators were all either killed resisting capture or - like Fawkes - tried, convicted, and executed.
The traditional death for traitors in 17th-century England was to be hanged, drawn and quartered in public. But, despite his role in the Gunpowder Plot, this proved not to be the 35-year-old Fawkes's fate.
As he awaited his punishment on the gallows, Fawkes leapt off the platform to avoid having his testicles cut off, his stomach opened and his guts spilled out before his eyes.
Mercifully for him, he died from a broken neck but his body wassubsequently quartered, and his remains were sent to "the four corners of the kingdom" as a warning to others.

The aftermath

Following the failed plot, Parliament declared November 5th a national day of thanksgiving, and the first celebration of it took place in 1606.
After the Gunpowder Plot, King James sought to control non-conforming English Catholics in England. In May 1606, Parliament passed 'The Popish Recusants Act' which required any citizen to take an oath of allegiance denying the Pope's authority over the king.
Observance of the 5th November Act, passed within months of the plot, made church attendance compulsory on that day and by the late 17th Century, the day had gained a reputation for riotousness and disorder and anti-Catholicism. William of Orange's birthday (November 4th) was also conveniently close.
Dominic Selwood is sympathetic towards Fawkes and thinks the Reformation was all a colossal mistake.
"The truth is that the Reformation was not a gentle evolution achieved by a few Parliamentary acts and redrafted ecclesiastical canons. It was a violent rupture with our country's recent history, achieved at the point of a sword.
"Change was effected by a brutal battle of attrition fought with hangings, burnings, and bloodshed, in England and on the continent."

Guy Fawkes Day today

The Houses of Parliament are still searched by the Yeomen of the Guard before the state opening, which has been held in November since 1928. The idea is to ensure no modern-day Guy Fawkes is hiding in the cellars with a bomb, although it is more ceremonial than serious. And they do it with lanterns.
Beefeaters carrying out the Ceremonial SearchBeefeaters carrying out the Ceremonial Search on the State Opening of Paliament
The cellar that Fawkes tried to blow up no longer exists. In 1834 it was destroyed in a fire which devastated the medieval Houses of Parliament.

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Bonfire Night events around the UK

Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated in the United Kingdom, and in a number of countries that were formerly part of the British Empire, with fireworks, bonfires and parades. Straw dummies representing Fawkes are tossed on the bonfire, as well as those of contemporary political figures.
Dummies have been burned on bonfires since as long ago as the 13th century, initially to drive away evil spirits. Following the Gunpowder Plot, the focus of the sacrifices switched to Guy Fawkes' treason.
Matt cartoon, 3 NovemberMatt cartoon, 3 November
Traditionally, these effigies called 'guys', are carried through the streets in the days leading up to Guy Fawkes Day and children ask passers-by for “a penny for the guy.”
Today the word 'guy' is a synonym for 'a man' but originally it was a term for an "repulsive, ugly person" in reference to Fawkes.
The fireworks represent the explosives that were never used by the plotters.
In the small village of Ottery St Mary in south Devon, in a tradition dating from the 17th century, barrels soaked in tar are set alight and carried aloft through parts of the town by residents.
Men, women and children run through the streets of Ottery St Mary, Devon carrying burning barrels soaked in tar in an age-old Bonfire night traditionMen, women and children run through the streets of Ottery St Mary, Devon carrying burning barrels soaked in tar in an age-old Bonfire night tradition
Only Ottregians - those born in the town, or who have lived there for most of their lives - may carry a barrel.
Lewes, in southeastern England, is the site of a celebration of Guy Fawkes Day that has a distinctly local flavour, involving six bonfire societies whose memberships are grounded in family history stretching back for generations.
Bonfire societies parade through the streets during the Bonfire Night celebrations on November 5, 2013 in Lewes, Sussex in EnglandBonfire societies parade through the streets during the Bonfire Night celebrations on November 5, 2013 in Lewes, Sussex in England
The only place in the UK that does not celebrate Guy Fawkes Night is his former school St. Peter’s in York.
They refuse to burn a guy out of respect for one of their own.
Remember, remember, there are fireworks going off all over the country this week. Here are the best.

Remember the firework code!

Fireworks should be enjoyed at a safe distance and adults should deal with firework displays and the lighting of fireworks. They should also take care of the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used.

Here are the 10 rules to follow

  1. Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
  2. Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
  3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
  4. Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back.
  5. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
  6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
  7. Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
  8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
  9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
  10. Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.

Make sure your pets are safe

As Guy Fawkes night approaches, animal welfare groups have issued warnings to pet owners: this can be a frightening and even dangerous time of year for pets.
Remember, remember the 5th of November...Remember, remember the 5th of November...

How does that Guy Fawkes rhyme go?

Remember, remember, the fifth of November
Gunpowder treason and plot
We see no reason
Why Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot ….

Who invented fireworks?

During the 10th century a Chinese cook discovered how to make explosive black powder when he accidentally mixed three kitchen ingredients – potassium nitrate or saltpetre (a salt substitute used in the curing of meat), sulphur and charcoal.
The cook noticed that if the concoction was burned when enclosed in the hollow of a bamboo shoot, there was a tremendous explosion.
Fireworks arrived in Europe in the 14th century and were first produced by the Italians. The first recorded display was in Florence and the first recorded fireworks in England were at the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486.
The word ‘bonfire’ is said to derive from 'bone-fire', from a time when the corpses of witches, heretics and other nonconformists were burned on a pyre instead of being buried in consecrated ground.

Big bang theory

In 2005, 1000 kg (2204 pounds) of gunpowder stored in 36 wooden barrels was used to blow up a replica of the 1605 Westminster 'House of Parliament' to demonstrate the damage it might have caused.

'Anonymous' protests

Political activists sometimes wear Guy Fawkes masks to protect their identity.
These masks were inspired by Alan Moore's dystopian 'V for Vendetta', the 1988 graphic novel which is loosely based on the story of Guy Fawkes.

There's a Guy Fawkes Island...

Isla Guy Fawkes (also known as Guy Fawkes Island) is a collection of two crescent shaped islands and two small rocks north-west of Santa Cruz Island, in the Galápagos Islands, which are part of Ecuador.

Traditional Bonfire Night food

The traditional cake eaten on Bonfire Night is Parkin Cake, a sticky cake containing a mix of oatmeal, treacle, syrup and ginger.
Yorkshire Parkin is a gingerbreaad cake traditionally eaten in early NovemberYorkshire Parkin is a gingerbreaad cake traditionally eaten in early November
Proper parkin is a dark, sticky cake-cum-flapjack, not just a gingerbread. It’s good warm with custard as a pudding, perhaps with some poached pears, too.
  • 4 1/2oz /125g butter
  • 4oz/110g caster sugar
  • 5oz/ 140g black treacle
  • 4oz/ 110g golden syrup
  • 8oz/225g medium oatmeal or porridge oats blended in a food processor to a coarse sandy consistency
  • 4oz/ 110g self-raising flour
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tbsp milk
Preheat the oven to 140C/Gas 1. Grease and line a 20cmx20cm cake tin.
Put the butter, sugar, treacle and syrup and heat gently until the butter is melted. Don’t let it boil.
Mix the oats, flour, ginger, spice and salt together in a bowl and add the contents of the pan, stirring well until the dry ingredients are well coated.
Mix in the eggs and milk. Scrape the mixture into the prepared baking tin. Bake for an hour, checking often that it doesn’t get too dark on top (cover it with paper or foil if it threatens to burn).
Leave to cool in the tin, then wrap it well and store in an airtight container. If you can leave it a few days, so much the better – it’ll get stickier with time.
Cut into squares to serve.