• Gemini Man on track to be Will Smith’s biggest box office flop since Wild Wild West
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    Gemini Man on track to be Will Smith’s biggest box office flop since Wild Wild West

    Will Smith’s latest sci-fi thriller Gemini Man is on track to be one of his biggest flops at the box office, after grossing just $20 million in its opening weekend.The film, directed by Ang Lee and starring Smith as a government assassin facing off against a clone of his younger self, cost $138 million to produce.

  • Bafta changes rules for TV awards after Killing Eve controversy
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    Bafta changes rules for TV awards after Killing Eve controversy

    Bafta has changed its eligibility rules following controversy over Killing Eve's inclusion at this year's TV awards.

  • Boris Johnson confirms he did write film script - but never heard back from 'distinguished' director
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    Boris Johnson confirms he did write film script - but never heard back from 'distinguished' director

    Boris Johnson today admitted being the author of a lost “blockbuster” movie script set in war-torn Iraq and Syria.The Prime Minister revealed for the first time how he posted his attempt to break into Hollywood to a “very distinguished director” and heard nothing back.

  • Peaky Blinders fans are convinced Tom Hardy’s Alfie Solomons will come back from the dead in series finale
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    Peaky Blinders fans are convinced Tom Hardy’s Alfie Solomons will come back from the dead in series finale

    Peaky Blinders fans are convinced Tom Hardy’s character Alfie Solomons will come back from the dead in the series finale, after Cillian Murphy’s gangster Tommy Shelby dropped a hint in Sunday night's episode.Tommy seemed to suggest that Alfie could still be alive despite the character having been shot in the face in the previous series.

  • Quadrophenia cast threatened strike on behalf of Trevor Laird after director allegedly said there could not be any interracial sex scenes
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    Quadrophenia cast threatened strike on behalf of Trevor Laird after director allegedly said there could not be any interracial sex scenes

    Trevor Laird has claimed that Franc Roddam, the director of the 1979 film Quadrophenia, cut him from a scene because he did not think he could show sex between “a black man and white women”.The cast of the cult film, who are celebrating its 40th anniversary, allegedly threatened to strike over the lack of interracial sex scenes in the film.

  • Star Wars: Anakin Skywalker return rumours sparked after panel with Hayden Christensen is cancelled
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    Star Wars: Anakin Skywalker return rumours sparked after panel with Hayden Christensen is cancelled

    A last-minute cancellation of a Star Wars panel at a fan convention has fuelled rumours of a huge casting announcement.Disney reportedly pulled the plug on an event at Salt Lake's FanX, which was set to be attended by Ian McDiarmid and Hayden Christensen – the actors who played Emperor Palpatine and Anakin Skywalker in the prequels.

  • Black Widow: Scarlett Johansson teases new spin-off as Marvel prepares to launch Phase 4
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    Black Widow: Scarlett Johansson teases new spin-off as Marvel prepares to launch Phase 4

    Warning: the story below includes spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.Scarlett Johansson has begun teasing out the Black Widow movie, which is expected to inaugurate Marvel‘s phase four.

  • Uncut Gems: New Adam Sandler movie has 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes
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    Uncut Gems: New Adam Sandler movie has 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

    Adam Sandler’s new movie Uncut Gems currently has a 100 per cent rating on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.The thriller, which premiered this weekend at the Telluride Film Festival, stars Sandler as a New York City jeweller and gambler.

  • Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo reveals last-minute change to iconic scene
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    Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo reveals last-minute change to iconic scene

    Warning: the story below contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.A last-minute addition changed an iconic scene in Avengers: Endgame, co-director Joe Russo has revealed.

  • The Walking Dead season 10 trailer reveals Negan is officially a good guy
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    The Walking Dead season 10 trailer reveals Negan is officially a good guy

    A new promo for The Walking Dead season 10 has been released by AMC and it establishes a former villain as one of the heroes.Cast members Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride and Danai Gurira will return for the new season that’ll see the main characters battle Alpha (Samantha Morton) and her villainous group of Whisperers.

  • Russo brothers try to clear up Star Wars plot hole in Spider-Man
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    Russo brothers try to clear up Star Wars plot hole in Spider-Man

    Peter Parker is a known Star Wars fan, so how come Spider-Man can happily hang out with Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) and not recognise Mace Windu, Jackson’s character in the franchise?That is the question that the Russo brothers attempted to explain away during a recent interview.

  • Making a Murderer's Steven Avery loses bid for new trial
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    Making a Murderer's Steven Avery loses bid for new trial

    Steven Avery, the subject of Netflix series Making a Murderer, has had a bid for a new trial rejected.Judge Angela Sutkiewicz denied Avery's request to be tried again after being convicted of killing photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005.Avery, a native of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, is currently serving a life sentence, but claims he did not commit the crime.In April, Avery won a motion to appeal the verdict – a development hailed by his lawyer Kathleen Zellner as a “big win”.The motion to appeal, filed by Zellner on Avery’s behalf, meant that a Wisconsin circuit court re-examined the case following claims some evidence had been mishandled by authorities.Tests were inconclusive about whether Halbach's bones, allegedly found in the Avery family's salvage yard, were animal or human.Avery's bid was based on the argument that the state turned over bones to the Halbach family without notifying the defence, but – according to WLUK-TV – the judge ruled that does not mean Avery should get a new trial.Zellner said an appeal against the ruling is likely.Avery’s nephew Brendan Dassey is also serving a life sentence over Halbach's murder.Additional reporting by Agencies.

  • Stranger Things season 4: Disturbing theory suggests Eleven will be chief villain
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    Stranger Things season 4: Disturbing theory suggests Eleven will be chief villain

    Stranger Things season four may not have been officially announced by Netflix, but this hasn’t stopped fans from theorising over what will happen.The third run of the popular show ended in heartbreak with Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) moving away from Hawkins, Indiana with her sons and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) six months after the death of Jim Hopper (David Harbour).Despite Harbour’s recent comments making it seem like his time on the show is up, many are hoping that several cryptic hints are teasing that his character is still alive.Whatever happens, trouble will find the characters in the fourth season – and Reddit user weedmonkey666 has come up with a theory that positions someone very surprising as the primary villain.Remember the gruesome scene where the characters had to pull a part of the Mindflayer out of Eleven’s leg? The theory goes that this actually infected her and she’ll spend the majority of season four under its spell in the same way that we’ve seen Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) and Billy Hargrove (Dacre Montgomery) be in previous episodes.This could explain why Eleven is unable to use her powers. we’re led to believe it’s due to her grief over Hopper’s death, but maybe there’s a more disturbing reason for it.You can find a compilation of everything we know about season four – from the returning cast to loads of other exciting fan theories – here.

  • The Simpsons composer sues Fox, claiming he was fired over disability and age
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    The Simpsons composer sues Fox, claiming he was fired over disability and age

    Alf Clausen, who composed music for The Simpsons for 27 years, has filed a lawsuit against Fox, claiming that he was fired from the show in 2017 due to his “perceived disability and age”.Simpsons producer Richard Sakai told Clausen at the time that the show was seeking a “different kind of music”, and that his services were no longer required, according to a report in Variety.“This reason was pretextual and false,” the suit states. “Instead, Plaintiff’s unlawful termination was due to perceived disability and age.”Clausen provided the score for more than 560 episodes of The Simpsons and conducted a 35-piece orchestra.He was nominated for 23 Emmys for his work on The Simpsons and won twice.After his dismissal, Clausen was replaced by Bleeding Fingers Music, a production company co-founded by Russell Emanuel, Hans Zimmer and Steve Kofsky.The suit states that Clausen’s replacement “was substantially younger in age, who was not only paid less, but was not disabled.”

  • Bond 25: Lashana Lynch to be 'introduced' as female 007 in new film
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    Bond 25: Lashana Lynch to be 'introduced' as female 007 in new film

    Bond 25 is said to introduce a female version of the spy.According to reports, British actor Lashana Lynch will be introduced as the new 007 in the next instalment in what is being described as a “pivotal” scene.A film insider told Mail on Sunday that she’ll be tasked with tracking Daniel Craig’s character and bringing him out of retirement for a new mission.“There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M [played by Ralph Fiennes] says, ‘Come in 007,’ and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman,” the insider said, adding: “It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman.The reports suggest that Bond will try to seduce the female Bond, who will resist his advances.Bond 25, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, has been co-written by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge.It was revealed this week that Christoph Waltz will reprise his role of Spectre character Blofeld after the actor was spotted on the film’s set in Pinewood Studios.Lynch’s breakout role came in recent blockbuster Captain Marvel.

  • Stephanie Niznik death: Star Trek and Everwood actor dies, aged 52
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    Stephanie Niznik death: Star Trek and Everwood actor dies, aged 52

    Star Trek actor Stephanie Niznik has died at the age of 52.According to Variety, the star – also known for playing the neighbour Nina Feenery in US drama Everwood – reportedly died unexpectedly on 23 June.Niznik, who was born in Maine, started out with small acting roles in Vanishing Son and Murder She Wrote before landing a recurring role on Diagnosis Murder.It was Star Trek that shot Niznik to wider recognition. She played Trill Starfleet Ensign Kell Perim in the 1998 film Star Trek: Insurrection and returned to the universe to play the Wraith in a 2002 episode of Star Trek: Enterprise.Her other credits included Grey's Anatomy, NCIS and a season four episode of Lost.As well as acting, she was an active force in voluntary work for hunger, children and animal rescue organisations.Niznik's cause of death is unknown. She is said to be survived by her mother, stepfather, brother, sister-in-law, niece, nephews, aunt, uncle, and her beloved dogs, Nucleus and Jake.

  • Bond 25: Rami Malek refused to play Arabic-speaking terrorist in new 007 film
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    Bond 25: Rami Malek refused to play Arabic-speaking terrorist in new 007 film

    Rami Malek has revealed that he insisted upon just one thing prior to accepting his role as the villain in Bond 25: that his character wouldn’t be an Arabic-speaking terrorist, or a villain who uses religion as justification for his crimes.“It’s a great character and I’m very excited,” Malek told The Mirror. “But that was one thing that I discussed with [director] Cary Fukunaga. I said, ‘We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or a religion. That’s not ­something I would entertain, so if that is why I am your choice then you can count me out’. But that was clearly not his vision. So he’s a very different kind of terrorist.”The Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar winner said that his own ethnic background, and his awareness of the importance of positive representation, drove him to the decision.Speaking of his Egyptian heritage as “the fabric of who I am”, Malek added: “I am Egyptian. I grew up listening to Egyptian music. I loved Omar Sharif. These are my people. I feel so gorgeously tied to the culture and the human beings that exist there.”As for Bond 25, Malek teased that it is “another extremely clever script from the people who have figured out exactly what people want in those movies. But I feel a substantial weight on my shoulders. I mean, Bond is ­something that we all grow up with.”

  • Grace Jones ‘quits’ Bond 25 ‘moments after arriving on set’, reports claim
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    Grace Jones ‘quits’ Bond 25 ‘moments after arriving on set’, reports claim

    Grace Jones has reportedly quit what was intended to be a secret cameo in the forthcoming Bond 25, mere minutes after arriving on set.According to The Sun, Jones was scheduled to appear in the film and share a scene with Daniel Craig, but upon arrival on set was shocked to discover how few lines she had. A source told the newspaper that Jones was expecting to appear in a far bigger role in the film.Jones, at the peak of her celebrity, appeared in the 1985 007 film A View to a Kill as May Day, henchwoman to Christopher Walken’s Max Zorin. Initially contracted to kill Bond, played in the film by Roger Moore, she ends up falling for the secret agent before appearing to perish in an explosion.Rumours about Jones’s appearance in Bond 25 appear to solely stem from an Instagram photograph published in May by the supermodel, actress and musician in which she teased “exciting news coming soon”. The image, depicting a beach in Jamaica, coincided with the Bond 25 production team shooting scenes for the film on the island.Jones’s representative has confirmed that the star has “no comment” on the story, while The Independent has reached out for a further statement from Eon Productions.

  • Richard Madden reveals he was 'thankful' to be killed off in Game of Thrones season 3
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    Richard Madden reveals he was 'thankful' to be killed off in Game of Thrones season 3

    Richard Madden has revealed he was glad to be one of the earlier stars to leave Game of Thrones.The actor played Robb Stark on the HBO series up until its third season in 2013. He reflected upon the twist during an interview with Amy Adams as part of Variety‘s Actors on Actors feature.“It was such a hard thing to finish because from first pilot to my death was five years,” he said. “But five years was a great time to be on the show. It helped me so much with my career and experience. I learned a lot from shooting 30 hours of television. You really start to learn the trade doing that. And then I was thankful to leave it.”He added: “The actors [who made it to the end] must be 11 years into playing these characters. Give these guys some medals, because that is a marathon.”Madden previously recalled “sobbing” so much on the flight home after filming his character’s death scene that other passengers were forced to move seats.“I looked like I’d murdered someone and got on that flight which, in fact, I hadn’t – I’d been murdered,” he told GQ.The Bodyguard star – who is hotly tipped to become the next Bond \- is rumoured to have signed up to star in new Marvel film The Eternals alongside Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani.You can find a ranking of every single Game of Thrones character – form worst to best – here.

  • Marvel leak: Trusted source appears to reveal Phase Four films and key MCU details
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    Marvel leak: Trusted source appears to reveal Phase Four films and key MCU details

    A new leak seems to reveal every film Marvel will released over the next decade.The news comes from the mysterious “Roger Wardell” who has been hailed by Marvel fans as the most trusted source since he accurately revealed key Avengers: Endgame plot points back in December.As well as listing the films Marvel will apparently release as part of its fourth phase, Wardell also makes some big claims about the series as a whole.He says that, going forward, the series will present “mini-arcs” as opposed to a decade-spanning saga and that there will be a clear divided between the characters based on Earth and those based on other planets.If Wardell is to be trusted, the recurring villain for the former will be Norman Osborn, who is expected to be introduced in Spider-Man: Far From Home.So, the films – according to Wardell, Marvel is developing Black Widow, The Eternals, Black Panther 2, Shang-Chi, Doctor Strange 2, Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. He adds that there are plans to make new Thor, Ant-Man and Captain Marvel sequels and suggests there could even be New Avengers, Young Avengers and Dark Avengers films. Most interesting is the appearance of Nova. He is a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Nova Corps and, in the comics, has had dealings with the Guardians, Captain Marvel and Thor.The leak claims that a very unexpected Black Panther cast member will return for the sequel. The leak also claims that Black Widow will star Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, who will be introduced as the new version of Scarlett Johansson’s character while Richard Madden will take the lead role of Ikaris in Chloé Zhao’s The Eternals. We won’t know any of this for certain until San Diego Comic Con where Marvel president Kevin Feige will no doubt unveil the studio’s slate of films that’ll be released well into the 2020s. It takes place 18-21 July.You can find a ranking of every Avengers character – from worst to best – hereClick here for an extensive recap of every MCU film to date

  • Avengers: Endgame directors defend the film's divisive final shot
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    Avengers: Endgame directors defend the film's divisive final shot

    WARNING: Spoilers for Avengers: EndgameWith Avengers: Endgame having already been out in cinemas for several weeks now, directors Joe and Anthony Russo decide to finally discuss some of the film’s bigger secrets and surprises. One of them has been fairly divisive within the Marvel fanbase: Endgame‘s final shot, which reveals that Captain America (Chris Evans) used time travel to return to the past and live a lifetime with his true love, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). The film closes with the pair slow dancing in the living room of a suburban house, finally reunited after years of grief and yearning. While some have praised the sense of closure the moment brings, others have pointed out that, in Captain America: Winter Soldier, it’s established that Peggy Carter had a husband who Steve Rogers saved in World War II, alongside two children. Did Steve’s time travel essentially erase Peggy’s family? Or was Steve the husband that Peggy spoke about all along?At a Q&A in Washington DC (via The Hollywood Reporter), which took place on 30 April but whose details were kept secret until now, Joe and Anthony Russo revealed the answer to fans’s queries. “If you went back to that timeline, between the point where Steve went into the ice [in Captain America: The First Avenger] yet before Peggy met her husband, Peggy was available,” Anthony Russo said, with the brothers adding that Peggy’s family still “exist in a different timeline”. The Russos have also revealed why Katherine Langford never appeared in the final cut of the film, despite the fact she was cast a mysterious unnamed character last year. The pair told the Happy Sad Confused podcast that Langford was meant to play the adult version of Morgan Stark, the daughter of Tony (Robert Downey Jr). She would have appeared in a scene that mirrored the sequence in Avengers: Infinity War in which Thanos (Joe Brolin) saw a vision of a young Gamora after he used the Infinity Gauntlet to cause the snap, but the moment proved too confusing for test audiences.

  • Simon Pegg undergoes radical transformation for new film Inheritance: 'You've gone full Christian Bale'
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    Simon Pegg undergoes radical transformation for new film Inheritance: 'You've gone full Christian Bale'

    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.You can see the results of Pegg’s transformation below.> View this post on Instagram> > 👏👏👏 • SimonPegg 6 month body transformation for InheritanceMovie • The brief for this role was lean, VERY lean. It required a specific body shape & look. • Body weight: 78kg ⬇️ 69kg • Body Fat: 12% ⬇️ 8% • A mix of strength, circuits, core & 60km p/w trail runs! • A sound nutrition plan that worked for him and his goals • 6 months of hard work has paid off and I tip my hat to you sir...🙌> > A post shared by Nick Lower, Pn2 : Fitness Pro (@rebourne_fitness_nutrition) on Mar 1, 2019 at 1:26am PST In 2004, Bale lost 63 pounds for the role of Trevor Reznik in The Machinist, and recently piled on the pounds for Oscar-winning drama Vice, in which he played Dick Cheney.Pegg’s transformation is for new film Inheritance, which also stars Lily Collins, Kate Mara and Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford.The film, due for release later this year, explores what happens when the patriarch of a wealthy and powerful family suddenly passes away, leaving his wife and daughter with a shocking secret inheritance that “threatens to unravel and destroy their lives”.Pegg will reprise his role of Benji Dunn in two brand new Mission: Impossible films alongside Tom Cruise. The most recent outing, Fallout, was one of the franchise's most critically-acclaimed since Brian De Palma's 1996 original.