How To Build A Funded Proposal

All productive relationships are built on trust between two people and doing business is no different. Generally, for a sale to take place there has to be a relationship of trust between the purchaser and the supplier. In the world of big business and multinational companies the relationship may be between a brand name and the person buying, as in “I always buy a Mercedes because they never break down”!

When you are buying face to face or from a recognised brand it is easy to make a “trust” judgement and commit to the purchase. One of the challenges of the online world however, is that there have been some very dodgy people who have effectively “scammed” their customers and this has lead to prospective purchasers being very guarded in their decisions. The world of Internet Marketing certainly has some credibility issues!

A Funded Proposal is in part a way of dealing with this and starting to build a relationship with your customer base. By initially offering a high value but low cost product, you capture the customer’s contact information (usually their e-mail) and now have permission to market to them on an ongoing basis. This now becomes an automated drip feed of increasingly more expensive goods or services until some will buy your headline product.

In “How To Build A Funded Proposal”, matt lloyd takes you through the exact system he has used to take his business from $700 a month to over $300,000 a month in just over a year and a half! Everything is laid out in a clear and progressive way with nothing hidden or left for doubt.

Setting up a funded proposal is an essential skill for anyone serious about building a sustainable business online. Watch Matt’s free online training webinar to see exactly how it should be done!


Matt Lloyd’s “my online business empire” license rights program is definitely something that anyone looking to make money online should take a look at.

Matt devised this program as a viable alternative to affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is no longer the business it was and it has become a very difficult for a beginner to make any real money in it. The M.O.B.E. license rights program is a much easier system to work with an doffers a great starting point for anyone hoping to become independently wealthy.

So, how does it work? With this program, you will become a fully licensed partner of Matt’s proven business model that does over $260,000 per month in sales. In real times this is very similar to buying into an offline franchise – all the hard work has been done for you and, so long as you follow the system, you will get results! With the license you have the right to sell Matt’s products by driving qualified traffic to your partner links. From there on his own staff take over the follow-up and upsell process and they are VERY good at what they do!

As your efforts build you may soon find yourself on track towards earning an income that would be far greater than any of the commissions available through traditional affiliate marketing programs. Having worked as an affiliate marketer for several years I can vouch for the fact that M.O.B.E is a far superior approach that will allow even a total newbie to start earning an online income.

And here’s the reason. When you act as an affiliate you get to keep only a small percentage of the purchase price, your commission for gaining the sale. With the M.O.B.E program you keep up to 90% of the initial purchase price and up to 50% of any upsell products that the customer later buys!

All Matt’s products are cutting edge information and online marketing products and are great practical tools in their own right. Among the products you would be selling would be the My Email Marketing Empire, How to Build a Funded Proposal, Affiliate Bonus Domination, and the 10,000 Leads in 100 Days. However, the real strength of the system is the full time sales team that Matt employs to follow up with your leads and close them on your behalf! The closing rates of this team is way above the industry average and this is definitely “the difference that makes the difference”!

Because you are not required to create your own product; or design and set up landing pages or websites; or have to build a list or organise webinars;  etc, etc, you are able to start earning money very quickly. All you have to do is send traffic to Matt’s links and the “system” takes care of the rest

The “My Online Business Empire” licensing model is a very novel concept and many of Matt’s licensees have achieved great success – including many who have “failed” to make money using other online programs. Those interested in trying out an alternative to affiliate marketing might consider this venture to be worth the investment.

You can find more information on matt lloyd’s My Online Business Empire License Rights Program by reading Matt’s IM Revolution E-book. Simply complete the web inquiry form on the right to gain access to your free copy.

If you think that Matt Lloyd’s M.O.B.E. program may be something you would be interested in I would be very happy to help you build your business. I have extensive online marketing experience and can support and help you as we build your own online business empire! Simply contact me directly by e-mail

Wealthy Affiliate University

What is your motivation? Are you in a job that you hate, just living for the weekends and holidays? Perhaps you have been made redundant or have just retired and found that money is very tight? Whatever your reasons here is one of the most important lessons of earning money online – WORK YOUR PASSION!

Trying to do something that you are not passionate about is soulless and will eventually crush your spirit. But when you are sharing something you really love it somehow doesn’t seem like work any more. Everything changed for me when I made this jump and you will save yourself a huge amount of pain and anguish if you get this right now.

This is why I love the Wealthy Affiliate University. Their starting point is to get you to tell the world about your passion and make money while you do so! If that seems too simple let’s break down the steps to see why the Wealthy Affiliate University provides you with the best training and resources for making money online.

In true Internet Marketing style I’m going to calls these the Four Magic Steps!

Magic Step 1 – Promote Your Passion

What interests you? Everyone has a hobby or something that gets them excited and jazzed when they think about it. There are literally millions of different ideas that you could choose from. Rest assured, if you are interested in it then lots of other people will be too. Worldwide, there are nearly 3 billion people online now and regardless of the topic you choose, many of those people will want to hear from you!

Whatever your niche the goal is to have fun with what you are doing. I teach and I know that if I am enjoying the lesson then the kids will be too! When you share your passion, success is much more likely to follow.

Magic Step 2 – Build a Website

Wealthy Affiliate make it ‘simples’ to build an amazing website. Within 30 seconds you can have a beautiful looking, revenue ready, web presence. In the past I have spent 100’s of hours trying to put up and optimize sites and to get something up and running really quickly makes life so much easier.

Your website is going to be the foundation of your business and it’s where you will be able to write about, review, and discuss everything related to your passion.

Magic Step 3 – Get People To Look At Your Site

This is probably the hardest part of all Internet Marketing. Without traffic your future business will be dead in the water.

Methods of generating visitors are changing all the time and the great thing about the lessons in Wealthy Affiliate is that you will be learning about the most current traffic techniques and how you can get loads of targeted customers to your website.

Remember: More People = More Opportunity = More Sales!

Magic Step 4 – Earn Money

Once you have got people to your website, you can promote quality products and services through special programs called “affiliate programs”. Effectively you act as a sales window for the product and the owner will give you a ‘finders fee’ or commission for every successful sale.

The choice of affiliate products is huge – there are literally millions of things that you can promote.

Wealthy Affiliate will teach you the proper techniques to build, and scale up the earnings from your site. There are many ways to make money from a website and the experience behind WAU will make sure that you have tall the information that you need to make the right choices for your business.

By now you’ve probably realized that the Wealthy Affiliate University is not a ‘Get Rich Quick’ scheme but rather the basis for building a proper, lasting business. The best way of finding out the truth of all this is to try it out for yourself. You can sign up for free without any commitment or having to put credit card details in! Simply click the link below and you can begin your free trial with Wealthy Affiliate University.

A Fool And His Money

They always say a wise person learns from their mistakes – but perhaps a really wise person will learn from the mistakes of others. So, before we go any further there are some hard won “Truths” about Internet Marketing you need to take on board:

  • You won’t get rich by next Thursday – if someone tells you this, they’re lying.
  • You can’t double your money every week – Warren Buffett can’t, neither can you.
  • Nobody’s going to flood your PayPal account with money while you sleep.
  • The “Gurus” don’t care about you – they just want your money. Sorry, but it’s true.
  • There is no “Secret” formula that only a few people know, but is yours for a price!
  • People will lie to you to get you to send them money.
  • When honest people deal with dishonest people – the dishonest people always win.
  • No “Sponsor” is going to do the work for you – there is no “free lunch”!

If your in-box is anything like mine you have probably flooded with “Get Rich Quick” type schemes. Please delete them – they are seriously not worth your attention. Really, they are not!

Think about it. If a stranger came up to you in the street and said “Give me £57 and I will double your money in a week” would you do it? I doubt it, and yet this is exactly what people do everyday on the Internet. No wonder the Internet is seen as a glorified ATM machine by some!

And I was guilty of the same mistake too! There was a part of my life where I desperately needed to make some extra money, and building an Internet business part-time seemed like the ideal way to do it. Probably safer than robbing a bank!

So I bought in to some of the quick, easy money, schemes. My credit card took a real hammering and someone else was getting access to their own ATM at my expense!

Fortunately, before this became terminal I got myself a real life education. I was able to see the error of my ways and start again on a path that stood a real chance of making some money. It is also a path that has integrity, a quality that I had tried to maintain throughout my business life – for me “selling my soul to the devil” was not an option.

I would encourage anyone looking to make money online to begin by getting themselves educated. It will save you so much money and emotional energy in the long run and will start you on a path that will be successful. Remember there are no ‘free lunches’; just a lot of hard work and study. Treat your business seriously and professionally and it will reward you.

The Internet Wealth Myth

“Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration” – Evan Esar

I suspect you’ve arrived at this site because you want to change your current financial situation for the better. You’ve probably heard that the Internet is a good place to do that, after all, people are making millions online aren’t they? The truth is very different! 97% of people who try to make money online will fail! That statistic should be held firmly in your mind – you should set your path to join the 3% who succeed!

I love the quote from Evan Esar that headlines this page. It really sums up what you need to do to join that 3%. Ask yourself these questions:

Do you REALLY want to earn extra money? Not just as a pleasant daydream, but as something tangible that you can see, feel, taste, and touch? If you can honestly answer “Yes” then you have the aspiration.

Do you have a real need to make extra money? Again, this has to be more than a vague wish to have a few more zeros in your bank balance. It has to be a real emotional drive for you – something that will get you up early and keep you at it until late. Find your motivation and then make it as though your very life depends on your success! When you can capture that feeling you have your ‘desperation’.

Are you prepared to really work at a plan to breathe life into your new business? Nothing will happen until you take action. Unless you are prepared to put in the effort then you are destined to fail. The Chinese term “Kung Fu” does not necessarily have any thing to do with martial arts – it simply means an excellence that has been gained through time and personal effort. If you can answer “Yes” to giving that effort then that is the perspiration.

These are the three qualities that you need to bring to the process!

Fortunately, the inspiration has been provided by others! All you have to do is follow the plan. If you follow the system and do the work then your eventual success is as “guaranteed” as anything can be. You will get the results you seek. If you deviate from the plan you will waste both money and time!

This site is about the education you need to make it online. In particular it promotes the training and resources available at the Wealthy Affiliate University. This is both a center of online education and a community of brilliant people who are all at various stages in their own journeys. Many of them are very successful indeed – the key to their  success is that they have worked the plan, learned from mistakes, and come up with a formula that generates a pretty good income. The great news is that we don’t have to re-invent the wheel – the hard work has all been done for us.

The affiliate business  model is a real gift to anyone struggling with their current financial situation. I also believe it to be an honest and fair way to build income – providing certain rules are followed! It certainly isn’t the only way you can make money online but I can say with certainty that it does work. It may not even be the quickest way but it does reward those who are prepared to work and follow the system – to make that leap of faith.

Rome wasn’t built in a day though, so you are going to have to give this time to build up. The amount of time it takes will depend on how much time and effort you can devote to the plan but typically you should start to see results within 3 months. Ask yourself, if in 90 days time you had an extra 1500 dollars/pounds/euros coming in monthly, would that help you?

This is a time of great financial adversity – as we edge into 2016 the financial markets are once again taking a massive hit. The Chinese character for adversity also implies opportunity! You really can reverse the effects of any forthcoming ‘crash’ and continue to provide for your family and love ones.

If you want to find out how to make money online then you must get yourself an education! Visit the Wealthy Affiliate University completely risk free and begin your journey to Internet Marketing success.

Panasonic DMC-TS6

The Panasonic’s photos are almost as good as the Olympus’s. While the results typically aren’t quite as sharp, the Panasonic’s brains tend to make better decisions when subjects are backlit or when the lights get low. This is important because you likely don’t want to fumble with settings while you’re out on your adventures; you want to trust that the auto mode will pick the right settings. The Panasonic does well on this task. That said, the Olympus has a faster focusing system and takes better-quality photos overall, with less image noise in dim light thanks to a fast lens.

In its default Standard color mode, colors generally appear a bit more realistic (though more muted); if you prefer the more saturated, vibrant look that the Olympus produces, however, you can change the Panasonic to its Happy color profile, and the photos will pop just like those of the Olympus. The Panasonic’s flash works much, much better than the Olympus’s, and it’s smarter about when it engages.

Olympus TG-4

Your photos are ready to go straight from the camera, and they will look fantastic when you post them on Facebook. You can see comparison images between last year’s TG-3 and our alternative pick at the time

But easy, good-looking photos are only the beginning. The TG-4 has a 16-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor. That’s a pretty standard sensor for compact cameras, so the resulting photos won’t blow your mind, but they will certainly be up to snuff and on a par with images from other modern point-and-shoots. Thanks to the camera’s 16 megapixels, you’ll have plenty of room to crop if you’re looking to create a Facebook photo or a 3-by-5 print. The TG-4 also has an optically stabilized (which not every camera has) 4x-zoom, 4.5-to-18.0-mm lens (35 mm equivalent: 25 to 100 mm). That means its field of view goes a bit wider than that of most tough compact cameras, so it’s fantastic for capturing broad, sweeping landscapes and getting a lot of scenery into a single image.

Career Evolution – Matthew McConaughey

The career of Hollywood legend Matthew McConaughey has certainly been an unpredictable roller-coaster of change and reinvention in an industry that can only be described as hit-and-miss for actors and actresses looking for that big-break.

The Early Years

For this proud Texan, with looks fit for a Hollywood leading man, the question was not if he would crack the silver-screen, but when – and for Matthew, that break came in the form of a commercial for the Austin, Texas daily newspaper. With one single speaking line, that was all it took to turn heads and secure McConaughey his first film role in Richard Linklater‘s (School of Rock) high-school comedy, Dazed and Confused (1993), in which he starred alongside Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy) and Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil franchise).

Dazed and Confused (1993) proved to be the break McConaughey had been hoping for, with the film becoming somewhat of an instant cult classic, he found himself busy with a steady flow of small parts in movies such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994), Boys on the Side (1995), and Lone Star (1996).

The Big Break

Many actors and actresses find themselves waiting years for that film that defines their big break moment – for Matthew however, his talent and skills in front of camera found him almost immediate recognition when he was cast alongside Sandra BullockSamuel L. Jackson, and Kevin Spacey in Joel Schumacher‘s, A Time To Kill (1996).

Centered around a distraught father, Carl Hailey (Samuel L. Jackson), accused of killing two men that raped his 10-year-old daughter and the young lawyer, Jake Brigance (McConaughey) who chooses to defend the protective father from a law system that is still very much broken when it comes to skin colour.

The film was a triumphant success and officially put McConaughey on the Hollywood radar, although perhaps not in the way he may of envisioned.

The ‘Dabbling in Film Genres’ Phase

The late 90’s proved to be an exciting time for McConaughey as he dabbled in a wide range of film genres, gradually starting to cement his place as Hollywood‘s next go-to leading man.

Many would claim this Texan first worked his way into the hearts of women everywhere with his portrayal of Palmer Joss in Robert Zemeckis‘s (Back to the Future) Sci-Fi drama, Contact (1997). Co-starring Jodie Foster and Tom Skerritt, the film proved to be McConaughey‘s introduction to the mainstream Hollywood market.

Following on from the success of Contact (1997), McConaughey appeared in Steven Spielberg‘s Academy Award-nominated slavery biopic, Amistad (1997), starring Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins. The film garnered critical-acclaim for it’s hard hitting and often sensitive storyline, and made people sit up and take notice of this new-kid-on-the-block and his incredible versatility and stand-out screen presence, something not easy achieved when sharing the silver-screen with two legendary Academy Award-winning actors (Freeman and Hopkins).

The year (1997) proved to an incredibly successful and yet busy one for McConaughey, perhaps not so surprising then that the following year saw him scale back to just the one film – teaming up again with Dazed and Confused (1993) director Richard Linklater in the bank robbing biopic, The Newton Boys (1998). Co-starring Ethan Hawke and Skeet UlrichMcConaughey took on the role of Willis Newton, one of the infamous Newton brothers who became history’s most successful bank robbing gang. Despite it’s gripping storyline and powerhouse cast, The Newton Boys (1997) proved to be McConaughey‘s first career flop, yet that wasn’t about to stop him.

The Leading Man’s First Leading Role

The 90’s were coming to an end and just over the horizon lay a new millennium – fitting then that McConaughey would star in arguably perhaps his most iconic role with fans around the world. Edtv(1999), directed by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard (Apollo 13), became a cult-classic after it’s release and showed Hollywood why McConaughey was one of it’s most promising leading actors.

As well as providing McConaughey with his first leading role and turning him into a global sex symbol, Edtv (1999) would also be the beginning of highly successful onscreen partnership between McConaughey and real-life best bud Woody Harrelson.

New Millennium, New Career Chapter

The Naughties had arrived and McConaughey was well and truly in the pretty-boy category of Hollywood‘s finest leading men – but for this chiseled Texan, that may just prove to be his downfall. When emerging from the infancy phase of a Hollywood acting career, the next choices for any actor or actress are crucial in determining their future direction and any stereotypes that more often then not follow.

With his first outing as a leading man proving to be an outstanding success, McConaughey‘s choice to take on a World War Two biopic was incredibly brave considering the complexity presented with war films. U-571 (2000), tells the true story of the heroic American submariners hunting the infamous Nazi Enigma machines, who after losing their submarine to a German torpedo, are forced to take control of an unfamiliar Nazi U-boat in hostile waters.

Ten Years of Hard Grafting

With the box-office success of U-571 (2000), and an edge of your seat performance worthy of any leading man, you’d be forgiven for believing that McConaughey‘s career was about to explode onto another level – but for some reason it stalled somewhat as he found himself stereotyped into the dreaded Rom-com genre.

The Wedding Planner (2001), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Failure to Launch (2006), and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009), it seemed McConaughey‘s career was doomed – never to be taken seriously or cement his name as the gifted actor he showed promise to be. Fortunately however thing’s were about to change as his long overdue entry into A-list territory was about to take effect.

The Golden Years

In 2011, McConaughey‘s career took a drastic turn away from the repetitive rut that is the romantic comedy scene and he found himself finally presented with the opportunities to turn in career defining performances, starting with The Lincoln Lawyer (2011). The story is centered around defense attorney Mick Haller (McConaughey) who has a crisis of conscience when he represents a wealthy, but shady, client who has a foolproof plan to beat the system. McConaughey‘s performance gathered rave reviews, putting him on the radar of Hollywood‘s elite filmmakers.

The next year (2012), McConaughey put in a performance worthy of critical-acclaim, as a harmless and mysterious fugitive, in Jeff Nichols spirited drama Mud (2012). Also starring Reese WitherspoonMichael Shannon, and Sam Shepard, the film premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews.

This Texan A-Lister may now be on the top of the Hollywood pile for seriously talented actors, but that doesn’t stop him embracing his sex symbol status and providing women all over the world with a serious case of high blood-pressure.

Magic Mike (2012), directed by Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh and charting the lives of a group of male strippers as they welcome new blood into their brotherhood, was a box-office smash for McConaughey – not surprising considering every woman on the planet probably went to see it. For a film that cost a mere $7 million to make and took over $160 million worldwide, it proved to be a very smart move for McConaughey, especially considering the year he was about to have.

The Highest of Accolades

Every actor and actress dreams of making this career milestone, and in 2013 Matthew McConaugheyachieved this with a performance that can only be described as unforgettable.

Dallas Buyer Club (2013), which charts the story of AIDS victim Ron Woodroof (McConaughey) in 1985 as he works around the fractured system to hustle medication into the US for fellow patients, earned McConaughey the Academy Award for Best Actor and propelled him into the elite of Hollywood‘s finest.

The year would go on to be the most successful in McConaughey‘s career so far, with the release of Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), it would put him into a very select group of individuals who’ve had two films in the Academy Awards Best Picture category in the same year. As well as winning the Academy AwardMcConaughey also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for Dallas Buyer Club (2013).

TV Partnership Gold

To say 2013 was an exhausting year for McConaughey would be an understatement, especially considering the physical stress he went through for his award-winning role in Dallas Buyer Club(2013), losing an incredible 30lbs for the part. So we’d forgive him for wanting to take some time out to consider his next big role – but that would not be the case for this dedicated actor.

Re-teaming with his best-bud and Edtv (1999) co-star Woody HarrelsonMcConaughey took up the part of Detective Rust Cohle in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning TV series, True Detective(2014). The series became an immediate hit and one of HBO‘s most watched programmes in it’s history.

The Future and Beyond

There’s no doubt that Matthew McConaughey‘s career has been an unexpected roller-coaster but in the end this gifted actor and all-round awesome guy has found the success he so rightly deserves, and with his current Hollywood blockbuster, Interstellar (2014), making the list of the ten greatest films ever made, there’s no limit to the heights this silver-screen icon will reach.

Career Evolution – Chris Pratt

***SUNDAY CALENDAR SNEAKS FOR APRIL 27, 2014. ***DO NOT USE PRIOR TO PUBLICATION*** BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MARCH 27, 2014 – Actor Chris Pratt photographed at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills hotel, Thursday, March 27, 2014. Pratt plays a charming trouble-maker in Marvel’s new space comedy “Guardians of the Galaxy.” (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times).

He’s the most in demand actor on the face of the planet, not to mention one of the coolest and genuinely nicest guys you could meet (according to anyone who’s ever met him – so how did he go from second string supporting to leading man so quickly?

Find out below as Film Review UK charts the rise of Hollywood’s ‘Golden Boy’.

The Early Years – One Man and a Van

Chris Pratt seems like the one of the most chilled out guys in Hollywood – not surprising considering how his career started.

The career of this comic genius began in 2000 when Pratt, living out of a van in Hawaii and waiting tables to earn enough money to eat, landed his first paid role in the straight-to-DVD horror film, Cursed Part 3.

Directed by Rae Dawn Chong, Pratt was paid just $700 for the short film, but at the time, having been living out of his van for the past couple of years, saw it as winning the lottery, as he was now a fully-fledged paid actor.

Of course his situation didn’t seem to bother the young actor and during recent interviews, Pratt has often referred to that period of his life in Hawaii as one of the best.

“It’s a pretty awesome place to be homeless. We just drank and smoked weed and worked minimal hours, just enough to cover gas, food, and fishing supplies.”

Regardless, Chris Pratt was now a paid actor and ceased the opportunity with both hands.

Starting Off Small – A TV Regular

For anyone that’s seen Chris Pratt on screen, there’s definitely something special about the actor and his ability to shine on camera, whether it be a starring film role or a supporting role on the small screen.

So it’s no surprise that once wrapping in his first acting project, it wasn’t long until he was right back in front of he camera – this time with a regular gig on a new TV drama.

In 2002, Pratt landed the role of Bright Abbot on the family drama, Everwood, alongside Treat Williams, Gregory Smith and Emily VanCamp, who played his on screen sister.

The show ran for four successful seasons, becoming a favourite for Warner Bros. defunct network The WB (now The CW) and picking up several nominations during its reign, including two Ememy nominations.

Pratt certainly proved his worth on the show, becoming a favourite for many of the shows fans – eventually though the show was cancelled after seeing ratings fall in its fourth season.

Getting Noticed – Comedy Timing

After the cancellation of Everwood, and having starred in several low budget straight-to-DVD films, Pratt found himself a recurring guest spot on the hit TV drama, The O.C., playing Che Cook, an activist-stoner who befriends Rachel Bilson’s character Summer Roberts when she attends Brown University in the shows fourth season.

Her – Review

Skepticism, judgmental, disbelief…just some of the emotions I felt leading up to the screening of this film. Emotions that were immediately irradiated the moment this piece of cinematic joy entered its first act.

Written and directed by Spike Jonze, the visionary behind Being John Malkovic and Where The Wild Things Are, and starring three time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix, Her will change your entire perception of love.

Set in the Los Angeles of the near future, and reeling from the pain caused by the breakdown of his marriage, Theodore (Phoenix) is a broken man who’s given up on love. That is until love presents itself from arguably the most unlikely and somewhat unconventional of places…his computer (voiced by Scarlett Johansson).

Can an Artificial Intelligence truly be capable of love, and can humans really develop connections with our technological creations?

Her explores the deeper connections that makes love possible and questions what it truly means to be �?human’, to feel, love, and care for one another, regardless of what we are now, everything started off the same way.

Spike Jonze has created a timeless romantic masterpiece that really can stand the test of time and fills us all with a sense of hope for the future!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season 1) – Review

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV, 2013- ) is a breath of fresh air in the crowded waters that are US sitcoms – co-written by Emmy Award-winning writer Michael Schur, the genius behind Parks and Recreation (TV, 2009- ), Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows the chaotic and often disastrous day-to-day lives of detectives in the NYPD’s 99th precinct.

Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher) takes over Brooklyn’s 99th precinct, which includes Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), a talented but carefree detective who’s used to doing whatever he wants. As the 99th precincts unofficial golden-boy, who leads the way in arrests, Jake tends to take competitiveness seriously, especially with Detective Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), his over achieving and competitive partner.

Detective Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) is the bad-ass of the department who takes to prisoners… literally. This of course always proves to be a stumbling block for Detective Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio), Jake’s best friend, who just so happens to have a gargantuan crush on Rosa.

Keeping this successful, yet highly dysfunctional team together is Detective Sergeant Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews), who after the birth of his twin girls, will no longer go out on assignment due to the unpredictable hazards he’d be presented with.

Together, this wacky team are going to test Captain Holt to his limits, that is unless he turns out to be just as crazy the rest of his team.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine has already proven to be an instant fan-favorite in the US, winning two Golden Globes last year (2014) including Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical and Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical for it’s star Andy Samberg.

Oscars 2016 – Nominees Announced

It’s the biggest night in the awards calendar and this years nominees for the 88th annual Academy Awards have been announced and it’s already causing a stir in Hollywood for an undeniable lack of diversity amongst it’s nominees.

Will this years prove to be Leonardo DiCaprio’s year when he goes up against the likes of Matt Damon and Eddie Redmayne for the Best Actor award. This year will mark the fourth time The Revenant actor has been up for the award, and many have tipped the prolific actor to walk away victorious.

Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence once again find themselves up for Leading Actress gong – many have been quick to crown Blanchett the likely winner in a category is lacking career defining performances this year.

The main talking point this year, when the winners are announced on Sunday 28th February, will be the Best Film category – box office titan Mad Max: Fury Road is a pleasing inclusion for the biggest award of the night. Starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, the Mad Max remake gained critical acclaim last year when it hit cinemas worldwide. Despite none of the films stars receiving individual category recognition for their performances, leading man Tom Hardy has received a Supporting Actor nod for his performance in The Revenant.

Check out the full list of nominees below:

Best Picture

“The Big Short”

“Bridge of Spies”


“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Martian”

“The Revenant”



Best Director

Adam McKay, “The Big Short”

George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “The Revenant”

Lenny Abrahamson, “Room”

Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”

Matt Damon, “The Martian”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, “Carol”

Brie Larson, “Room”

Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”

Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”

Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, “The Big Short”

Tom Hardy, “The Revenant”

Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight”

Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”

Rooney Mara, “Carol”

Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”

Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Best Original Screenplay

“Bridge of Spies”

“Ex Machina”

“Inside Out”


“Straight Outta Compton”

Best Adapted Screenplay

“The Big Short”



“The Martian”


Best Foreign Film

“Embrace of the Serpent”


“Son of Saul”


“A War”

Best Documentary Feature


“Cartel Land”

“The Look of Silence”

“What Happened, Miss Simone?”

“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”

Best Animated Feature


“Boy and the World”

“Inside Out”

“Shaun the Sheep Movie”

“When Marnie Was There”

Best Film Editing

“The Big Short”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Revenant”


“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best Song

“Fifty Shades of Grey”

“Racing Extinction”


“The Hunting Ground”


Best Original Score

“Bridge of Spies”


“The Hateful Eight”


“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best Digital Effects

“Ex Machina”

“The Martian”

“The Revenant”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best Cinematography


“The Hateful Eight”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Revenant”


Best Costume Design



“The Danish Girl”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Revenant”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”

“The Revenant”

Best Production Design

“Bridge of Spies”

“The Danish Girl”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Martian”

“The Revenant”

Best Sound Editing

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Martian”

“The Revenant”


“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best Sound Mixing

“Bridge of Spies”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Martian”

“The Revenant”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best Short Film, Live Action

“Ave Maria”

“Day One”

“Everything Will Be Okay”



Best Short Film, Animated

“Bear Story”


“Sanjay’s Super Team”

“We Can’t Live Without Cosmos”

“World of Tomorrow”

Best Documentary Short Subject

“Body Team 12”

“Chau, Beyond the Lines”

“Claude Lanzmann”

“A Girl in the River”

“Last Day of Freedom”


The winners will be announced live on Sunday 28th February from the Kodak theatre in Los Angeles.

SAG Awards 2016 – Nominees


WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 09: Actors Anna Faris (L) and Anthony Mackie speak onstage during the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations Announcement at SilverScreen Theater at the Pacific Design Center on December 9, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Hollywood’s illustrious awards season has officially kicked off for 2016 with the official release of the Screen Actors Guild nominations – and it looks set to be a close fought battle between some of the industries elite.

Leading the film nominations is perhaps an unexpected inclusion in the form of 1940’s based drama, Trumbo – based on the life of blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, the highly rated biopic has received 3 nominations and stars Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren, who both find themselves up for leading actor nominations.

Among the other lead acting nominees are Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Eddie Redmayne, Cate Blanchett and Sarah Silverman, who will all battle it out in their respective categories. Perhaps surprising though is the exclusion of awards favourites Jennifer Lawrence, Matt Damon and Will Smith, who all failed to make the cut this year – surprising to some considering SAG nominees often find themselves nominated for Oscars.

Hip-hop biopic Straight Outta Compton finds itself nominated for Best Ensemble Cast, a category it is tipped by many to win, though Trumbo and Beats of a Nation will prove tough contenders.

It’ll be a big night for British talent, especially for Academy Award-nominee Idris Elba, who find himself nominated in both film and TV categories for his performances in Beasts of a Nation (2015) and Luther (TV). Another high-profile British export, Eddie Redmayne, will also be looking to capitalize of his 2015 Oscar success with the Best Leading Actor award for his breath-taking performance in The Danish Girl.

Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba will be looking to retain her SAG Award for Best Actress.

It looks set to be another year that sees TV heavyweights Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Homeland and House of Cards all battle it out for bragging rights when their leading stars go head-to-head in the acting categories.

See the full list of this year’s nominees below:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

BRYAN CRANSTON – “TRUMBO” (Bleecker Street)
JOHNNY DEPP – “BLACK MASS” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

CATE BLANCHETT – “CAROL” (The Weinstein Company)
HELEN MIRREN – “WOMAN IN GOLD” (The Weinstein Company)
SAOIRSE RONAN – “BROOKLYN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
SARAH SILVERMAN – “I SMILE BACK” (Broad Green Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

CHRISTIAN BALE – “THE BIG SHORT” (Paramount Pictures)
MICHAEL SHANNON – “99 HOMES” (Broad Green Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

ROONEY MARA – “CAROL” (The Weinstein Company)
HELEN MIRREN – “TRUMBO” (Bleecker Street)
KATE WINSLET – “STEVE JOBS” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

THE BIG SHORT (Paramount Pictures)
SPOTLIGHT (Open Road Films)
TRUMBO (Bleecker Street)

Television Programs

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

LOUIS C.K. – “LOUIE” (FX Networks)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series


Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

HOMELAND (Showtime)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

KEY & PEELE (Comedy Central)