Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio has been planning the “H” conspiracy since day one. The identity of the mysterious character has not been revealed, with the ongoing secret continuing to grip that nation and propelling the series to become the most-watched show of 2019 so far. Speaking at the BFI television festival, Mercurio – who created the show – said that, although there was a plan, he was always open to changing who “H” could eventually be.
Gwendoline Christie has spoken about being “deeply distressed” by the final season of Game of Thrones. The actor, who plays Brienne of Tarth on the HBO show, made the comment while speaking on Good Morning America. The forthcoming season of Game of Thrones marks the final six episodes of the entire show.
Disney has confirmed that Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool has survived the company's merger with Fox. Despite the Merc with a Mouth being the antithesis to the family-friendly films Disney are known for releasing, they confirmed at CinemaCon that the current iteration of Deadpool will live on. Alan Horn, the studio's chairman, was midway through their presentation when tweets from Reynolds' social media account, poking fun at the merger, were shown on screen.
New footage from Avengers: Endgame debuted at CinemaCon yesterday (3 April), teasing the team’s plan to defeat the villainous Thanos. According to EW, the footage begins with Captain Marvel, now on Earth, being asked by Don Cheadle’s War Machine why she has not been to Earth sooner. Karen Gillan’s Nebula, who has now returned to Earth with Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark, says Thanos had a garden realm to tend.
Two new trailers for the eighth season of Game of Thrones have been released. The clips, though only 30 seconds long each, contain a small amount of new footage, including one scene that sees Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) standing before Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) in Winterfell.
Marvel has released the official plot synopsis for Avengers: Endgame. The studio’s official website posted the update on its website, teasing a dramatic conclusion to a tale that’s been 11 years and 22 films in the making. While it doesn’t reveal any details about specific plot points in the final Avengers film, it does heighten the excitement for what is sure to be one of the biggest events in the history of cinema - and also promises the end of the Avengers as we know them.
Critics have lambasted Netflix‘s new documentary examining the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The Telegraph‘s Ed Power called The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann “crashingly turgid” and “exploitative filmmaking on auto-pilot“, stating it revealed that “the true crime genre has become prisoner to its crassest tendencies”.
The second part of Leaving Neverland, the documentary that addresses allegations of child sexual abuse against Michael Jackson, has been broadcast in the US. Before it was even released, Leaving Neverland was one of the most polarising and controversial releases of 2019, particularly because the late singer's estate has publicly condemned it on multiple occasions. Representatives for the estate have branded Wade Robson and James Safechuck – two men who claim Jackson abused them for years when they were children – as "opportunists" and "admitted liars".
The first part of Leaving Neverland, the controversial docuseries that addresses allegations of child sexual abuse against Michael Jackson, has aired in the US. Director Dan Reed’s film follows two of Jackson’s accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who describe in graphic detail the acts they claim the late pop star committed against them. Robson met Jackson after winning a dance competition when he was five years old, and says the sexual abuse began when he was seven.
Channel 4 will proceed with their scheduled broadcast of controversial Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland, which details two new accusations of child sex abuse against the singer. Part one of the documentary aired on HBO in the US on Sunday (3 March). The Jackson estate posted a concert film midway through Leaving Neverland's broadcast in seeming defiance to Dan Reed’s film.
The BBC has released the first trailer for its forthcoming series of Line of Duty. The crime procedural is set to return this spring, with original stars Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar all reprising their roles. The series, from Bodyguard creator Jed Mercurio, follows AC-12, a fictional police squad assigned with uncovering corruption within the police force.
Simon Pegg has undergone a drastic body transformation for a role in forthcoming thriller, Inheritance. The 49-year-old actor’s personal trainer Nick Lower posted photos of the Shaun of the Dead star on Instagram, revealing he’s lost 19 pounds and four per cent body fat over the past six months. Pegg’s fans were impressed by the photos with some commenting he was channelling Christian Bale in reference to the Batman actor who has undergone several transformations throughout his career.
Luke Perry‘s castmates have shown their love and support for the actor after TMZ reported he had suffered a major stroke. The 52-year-old actor rose to fame thanks to his role as Dylan McKayon the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210, which ran from 1990 to 1995, then again from 1998 to 2000.
Emma Thompson has detailed in a letter the reasons why she left the voice cast of Skydance Animation’s upcoming film Luck, citing the fact that the studio hired filmmaker John Lasseter. Lasseter took a six-month leave of absence from his role as Pixar’s chief creative officer then officially parted ways with Disney after publicly stating he made “missteps” in November 2017. A representative for Thompson confirmed to Variety that the actor had left the project in January, when Lasseter was hired to oversee Skydance by its CEO David Ellison.
The Oscars ended with two major shocks on Sunday night in Los Angeles, as Olivia Colman took home Best Actress for The Favourite and Green Book won Best Picture. Colman’s win in the Best Actress category brought Yorgos Lanthimos’s period piece back in the spotlight after being shut out for most of the evening, missing out on its two Best Supporting Actress nominations (for Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz), as well as nods in the Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Film Editing, Production Design, and Writing (Original Screenplay) categories. Green Book, meanwhile, took home the biggest award of the night despite an awards season marred by scandal, and even though it was up against mammoth contenders such as Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Roma and the extremely popular Black Panther – the first superhero movie to score a nomination in the Best Picture category.
Spike Lee was visibly angry after learning that Green Book had won Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, saying “the ref made a bad call”. The director, whose film BlacKkKlansman was nominated in the same category, waved his hands in disgust and seemingly tried to walk out of the Dolby Theatre. According to Associated Press, Lee made his way to the building’s exit while the film’s producers were delivering their acceptance speeches, but was stopped by staff members.
HBO has released brand new footage of Game of Thrones season 8. This being the final season, HBO has been reticent to reveal much about what to expect, but this hasn’t stopped fans from theorising. A cryptic trailer teased a huge reveal relating to the heritage of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), while also resurfacing a rather shocking theory about Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright).
Netflix, the internet streaming service, is facing a backlash after a record spend of up to $30 million on an Oscars award campaign for its film Roma.
HBO has been remarkably good at keeping information regarding the eighth season of Game of Thrones under wraps. A listing appeared on the official HBO website last week (and has since been removed) which seemingly confirmed over 30 names for the season eight premiere. While all the main players Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Nokolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime), Lena Heady (Cersei), etc – are all returning, there were two surprising inclusions: Kristofer Hivju and Richard Dormer, who play Tormund and Beric Dondarrion.
Game of Thrones actor Lena Headey says rejecting sex with Harvey Weinstein could have harmed her career. The British star, who plays Cersei Lannister in the HBO series, told The Sunday Times that her refusal to have sex with the disgraced film producer saw a lack of roles offered to her by ths studio Miramax.
Almost 100 filmmakers – including Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee – have signed an open letter to the Academy of Motion Pictures criticising their decision to present four awards during advert breaks in the Oscars ceremony. On Monday (11 January), the awards body announced that live-action shorts, make-up and hairstyling, cinematography and editing would all be handed out during breaks in the telecast. There was immediate outrage online from former Oscar-winners such as Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron, who said the move was disrespectful to workers in those disciplines.
The Walking Dead might have just killed off one of its main characters but that hasn’t stopped it from setting up the death of another. One moment in the ninth episode, titled “Adaptation”, set wheels in motion for the distressing death of a longstanding character. The character in question is Rosita (Christian Serratos).
Marvel fans attending Sony’s panel at Brazil Comic-Con were treated to a first look at the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home. The trailer begins with Peter Parker (Tom Holland), Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), with Happy attempting to flirt with May. Peter, along with Michelle/MJ (Zendaya) and Ned (Jacob Batalon), head to Venice, Italy, where Peter and MJ are seen lightly flirting.
Following months of anticipation, Marvel Studios finally released the trailer for Avengers: Endgame. Moments after the trailer went online, the website AvengersEndgame.com went live, with many fans presuming the website would link to more information on the fourth Avengers movie. Although a marketing prank – the new Deadpool movie reaches cinemas 12 December – the studio behind Avengers (Disney) should find some solace in the fact the rights to Deadpool will soon belong to them following the upcoming merger between themselves and Fox.
Priyanka Chopra has responded to an article published in The Cut – an offshoot of New York Magazine – that branded her a “scam artist” and accused her of being “brand obsessed” following her marriage to singer and actor Nick Jonas. Chopra married Jonas in a three-day wedding celebration earlier this week. Shortly after the ceremony had concluded, The Cut article, titled “Is Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s Love for Real?”, questioned the legitimacy of their relationship.