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Tanita Cross

Editor and writer

Location icon United Kingdom

I am a B2B magazine editor and journalist, specialising in digital media for professionals on the go.

In my spare time, I'm studying for the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism by distance learning. I have a degree in English from the University of St Andrews.

I am on the lookout for freelance commissions or staff writing roles in the lifestyle and entertainment sectors. Some of my favourite topics to write about are film, TV, music, fashion and food and drink.

With two years of experience in B2B PR under my belt, I am also available for copywriting projects or reporting roles in the B2B space.



Festival Baby
Two minutes with FEMME

FEMME is a one-woman powerhouse of electro-pop culture. Best known for her sassy and bass-heavy solo work, she also fronted Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich's supergroup Ultraísta. FEMME's latest single 'Fever Boy' was released to critical acclaim in the UK. We caught up with her for a quick chat about festivals before she hits the road...

Festival Baby
Two minutes with Mighty Oaks

Hailing from three different countries (USA, Italy, UK), the latest darlings of the indie-folk scene Mighty Oaks are relatively new to the festival circuit. As the season gets started, we caught up with the lads for a quick chat about spending summer on festival stages.

Lifestyle Features

Festival Baby
Five awesome festival comebacks

"We will never play live again", is probably the most devastating sentence your favourite artist can utter. Well, until they decide to stage a phenomenal comeback tour. And what better setting to kick off a new campaign of live shows than at a major music festival?

Festival Baby
Five on stage collaborations we'd love to see

Amy Winehouse and The Specials at V Festival 2009. Stevie Wonder and Drake at OVO Fest 2011. Jay-Z and Nas at this year's Coachella. Some of the most mind-blowing musical collaborations have happened on the festival stage. With festival season now in full swing, we started fantasising.

Festival Baby
Top five festival friendly sandals

With virtually every colour and design on its books, you will find the perfect flip flops for any festival at Gandys. Not only will they keep your feet comfy and cool, but 10% of Gandys’ profits go to help disadvantaged children across the world. Go for a pair of ‘Glitters’ for a touch of sparkle, or one of the more daring prints to jazz up your fancy dress outfit.

Festival Baby
Top five fancy dress costumes at Secret Garden Party

Arguably more famous for its burgeoning creativity than its lineup, Secret Garden Party is the home of glorious eccentricity. Aside from the mud wrestling and infamous paint party, one thing SGP is renowned for is fancy dress. This year's theme is Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, so expect to see lots of glittery red shoes and tin hats.

Festival Baby
Five essentials for wet weather

You know how it works. In the run up to the festival the weather is glorious. You excitedly stock up on factor 50 sun cream, flip flops and sunglasses. But two days before the festival, the sky turns grey. One day before the festival, the heavens open.

Festival Baby
Top five portable speakers

You've danced the night away in front of the stage and staggered back to the campsite, only to find no music playing to carry on the party...sad times. Don't get caught short this summer and get yourself kitted out with one of our top five portable speakers.

Festival Baby
Top five festival stage smash ups

Nothing says rock and roll like completely losing it at a festival and destroying your guitar/mic stand/drum kit by hurling it at the stage/amps/drummer. We’ve pored through the festival archives and picked five of our favourite scenes of epic destructive brilliance – most of which have taken place at Reading, funnily enough. Don’t try this at home, kids…

Festival Baby
Top five tents to stand out from the crowd

We had serious trouble picking out just one of FieldCandy's striking tents for this list. From a giant watermelon, to a scene from Space Invaders, pretty much every design you can think of is available. Eventually, we settled on Glastocows. A tribute to the iconic Glastonbury festival, the looming cow faces on this tent cannot be missed.

Festival Baby
Woodstock 1969: unseen photos from the legendary festival

Woodstock 1969 was the ultimate festival: it was about so much more than the music (although that's not to say that the lineup wasn't a smasher). It was a defining moment in a decade that gave rise to the hedonistic counter-culture of the hippies.

Film News

'Star Wars Episode VII' adds two rising stars to cast list

Camp Star Wars has announced two undiscovered actors to join the film's star-studded cast list. The two talented newcomers, Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen, were chosen from over 37,000 hopefuls who attended open casting calls. Crystal Clarke is an American actress studying in Glasgow.

Tina Fey set to work her magic on 'Hocus Pocus 2' - or is she?

Over the past two days, the Hocus Pocus sequel dreams of every 90s kid have been raised and dashed in one fell swoop. The Tracking Board reported on Tuesday that Tina Fey and her company Little Stranger would produce the much-anticipated Hocus Pocus 2.

Kevin Spacey quashes James Bond villain rumours

Kevin Spacey has denied reports that he could play the villain in the next James Bond film, due for release in 2015. The rumour mill had been in overdrive since late 2012 when Spacey admitted that it would be "sublime" to work on the next Bond film with his friend, Skyfall director Sam Mendes.

Third time lucky? Marvel entertains idea of Hulk standalone movie

Star of Avengers Assemble, Mark Ruffalo has revealed that Marvel is considering an Incredible Hulk standalone movie. Audiences failed to warm to 2003's Hulk and to The Incredible Hulk in 2008, but the success of the first Avengers movie has sparked a renewed interest in the big, green giant.

Sigourney Weaver resurrected for 'Avatar' sequels

You're not going mad. Sigourney Weaver's character Dr Grace Augustine did pop her clogs in James Cameron's first instalment of Avatar. However, Cameron and 20th Century Fox announced on Monday that Weaver will return to Pandora for the trio of planned Avatar sequels.

'The Fault in Our Stars' shines bright at US box office

Set to be the tearjerker of the summer, teen movie The Fault in Our Stars topped the US box office in its opening weekend, taking $48.2m (£28.7m). The tragic romance comfortably beat Tom Cruise's action film Edge of Tomorrow, which made $29.1m (£17.3m) and slid to third place at the box office, behind Angelina Jolie's fairy tale flick Maleficent in second.

'Earth to Echo' poster and stills touch down

Earth to Echo is the family friendly sci-fi movie which charts the last adventure of best friends Tuck, Munch and Alex before their houses are bulldozed to make way for a new motorway. Best described as the E.T. for the smartphone generation, the story begins when the kids begin to receive cryptic messages on their mobiles.

'Sonic the Hedgehog' races his way onto the big screen

Sony is working with producer Neal Moritz (Fast & Furious, 22 Jump Street) to bring Sega's best-selling video game Sonic the Hedgehog to a cinema near you. The studio is partnering with Japanese production company Marza Animation Planet, a division of the Sega Sammy Group, to make a hybrid computer-animated/live-action feature.

Watch Danny Dyer blow his lid on the set of 'The Hooligan Factory'

King of the Cockneys, Danny Dyer swore up a storm last week when he gatecrashed the set of football hooligan spoof film, The Hooligan Factory. Sick of being mocked for his back catalogue of hooligan roles, the main source of Dyer's four-letter word tirade wasn't actually being the butt of the joke.

New bridge trailer sets up 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Twentieth Century Fox has released a handy video to help bridge the gap between the Rise of the Planet of the Apes and its upcoming sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Incorporating footage from the first film, the video shows how an incurable strain of simian flu engulfs the planet, almost wiping out the entire human race.

First trailer for 'The Nut Job' crash lands on screens

Everyone loves an animated comedy, which follows a merry band of woodland creatures on a mission. The Nut Job is the latest such family caper from Warner Bros. Pictures. After clumsily destroying his scurry's winter food store, city park squirrel Surly (Will Arnett) teams up with his rat friend Buddy to plan a nut-store heist.

Melissa McCarthy runs from the law in new clips from 'Tammy'

Ahead of its UK release this Friday, Warner Bros. has unveiled two new clips from Melissa McCarthy's latest slapstick flick, Tammy. After losing her job and being cheated on by her husband, Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) hits the road with her irreverent, hard-drinking grandmother played by a white-haired Susan Sarandon.

'Keeping Rosy' trailer exposes 'The Inbetweeners' star Blake Harrison's dark side

Transitioning from comedy to intense drama is never an easy task for a young actor. However, in British psychological thriller, Keeping Rosy, Blake Harrison has done just that. Best known for playing dopey Neil Sutherland in The Inbetweeners, Harrison is chillingly convincing as the psychopathic security guard in the new trailer for the upcoming indie drama.

Colin Firth leaves 'Paddington' on the platform in 'conscious uncoupling'

Colin Firth has departed his role as the voice of Paddington because the bear "simply doesn't have [his] voice." With the film almost complete and set for release this November, it is fairly late in the day for the lead voice actor to leave the production. However, the decision was apparently mutual.

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