• 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.

  • 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.

  • Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio has been planning 'H' twist since day one
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    Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio has been planning 'H' twist since day one

    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.

  • Game of Thrones season 8: Gwendoline Christie ‘deeply unsettled’ by finale
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    Game of Thrones season 8: Gwendoline Christie ‘deeply unsettled’ by finale

    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 confirm Deadpool's future following Fox merger
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    Disney confirm Deadpool's future following Fox merger

    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.

  • Avengers: Endgame footage revealed at CinemaCon teases plan to defeat Thanos
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    Avengers: Endgame footage revealed at CinemaCon teases plan to defeat Thanos

    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.

  • Game of Thrones season 8: Two new trailers released by HBO
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    Game of Thrones season 8: Two new trailers released by HBO

    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.

  • Avengers: Endgame official synopsis teases 'one final stand' as conclusion to 22 Marvel films nears
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    Avengers: Endgame official synopsis teases 'one final stand' as conclusion to 22 Marvel films nears

    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.

  • The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann: Critics lambast Netflix documentary as 'exploitative' and 'morally bankrupt'
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    The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann: Critics lambast Netflix documentary as 'exploitative' and 'morally bankrupt'

    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”.

  • Leaving Neverland: The 10 most shocking moments in part 2 of Michael Jackson documentary
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    Leaving Neverland: The 10 most shocking moments in part 2 of Michael Jackson documentary

    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".

  • Leaving Neverland: The most disturbing moments in Michael Jackson documentary part one
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    Leaving Neverland: The most disturbing moments in Michael Jackson documentary part one

    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.

  • Leaving Neverland: Channel 4 refuses to pull documentary despite backlash from Michael Jackson fans
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    Leaving Neverland: Channel 4 refuses to pull documentary despite backlash from Michael Jackson fans

    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.

  • Line of Duty series 5 trailer shows Stephen Graham making debut as Balaclava Man
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    Line of Duty series 5 trailer shows Stephen Graham making debut as Balaclava Man

    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 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.

  • Luke Perry's castmates post messages of support after actor 'suffers major stroke'
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    Luke Perry's castmates post messages of support after actor 'suffers major stroke'

    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 refuses to work with John Lasseter because she 'can only do what feels right'
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    Emma Thompson refuses to work with John Lasseter because she 'can only do what feels right'

    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.

  • Oscars 2019: Five talking points, from Spike Lee storming off to Olivia Colman's touching speech
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    Oscars 2019: Five talking points, from Spike Lee storming off to Olivia Colman's touching speech

    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 storms off in disgust after Green Book wins Best Picture at Oscars 2019
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    Spike Lee storms off in disgust after Green Book wins Best Picture at Oscars 2019

    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.

  • Game of Thrones season 8: Arya Stark sees dragon for first time in new footage
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    Game of Thrones season 8: Arya Stark sees dragon for first time in new footage

    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 spends record $30 million on its Oscars campaign for Roma, double what the movie cost to make
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    Netflix spends record $30 million on its Oscars campaign for Roma, double what the movie cost to make

    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.

  • Games of Thrones season 8: HBO cast list leak reveals major character is missing from episode 1
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    Games of Thrones season 8: HBO cast list leak reveals major character is missing from episode 1

    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.

  • Lena Headey: Game of Thrones actor says refusing sex with Harvey Weinstein hurt her career
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    Lena Headey: Game of Thrones actor says refusing sex with Harvey Weinstein hurt her career

    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.

  • Oscars 2019: Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee criticise Academy in open letter
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    Oscars 2019: Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee criticise Academy in open letter

    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 season 9 episode 9 set up show’s most distressing death since Glenn
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    The Walking Dead season 9 episode 9 set up show’s most distressing death since Glenn

    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).