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Directed by: Ron Clements & John Musker
Written by: Jared Bush
Edited by: Jeff Draheim
Composed by: Marc Mancina

Traumatic experiences in Disney films are normally swept under the rug with some quick comic relief in order to keep the children watching from being too distressed by what they’ve just seen. Take Hakuna Matata coming directly after Mufasa’s death in The Lion King – whether through the death of a loved one or another experience, Disney love to focus on trauma and what it does to the character.

Moana is a 2016 animated musical adventure film which follows the journey of Moana (Auli’i Cravalho), the daughter of the chief of a Polynesian village who is selected by the ocean to restore the heart of the goddess Te Fiti after it was stolen by demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson).

There are many themes in Moana that you can discuss such as friendship, family, the impact of humanity on nature etc. But one theme that I would like to focus on is the journey people have to face after a traumatic experience. There are four main characters who embody this – Moana, Maui, Tui and Te Fiti – but they are all at different places in their journey.

Let’s begin with Tui (Temuera Morrison), Moana’s father and chief of the village of Motunui. There’s plenty of theories about this man that he was the original ‘chosen one’ by the ocean to restore the heart of Te Fiti. His trauma stems from the loss of his best friend when they originally went out to voyage – from that moment on, he knew that he couldn’t lose anyone else again and tightened the reins on his villagers, especially his daughter. This is a similar theme to Finding Nemo, that he ends up actually pushing her further by this.

Then we have Moana who has been relatively untouched by trauma until the events of the films – we see that even though she feels restricted by her father’s parenting, she lives a happy life on the idyllic island where she is learning how to take on her new role as chief. But then she is struck with the tragic loss of her grandmother, Tala (Rachel House). Her loss is the event that prompts Moana to go on the journey that she needs to go.

This is where the different impacts of trauma come into play – Tui was so affected by what had happened to his best friend that he became reserved and stuck his head in the sand. People cope with trauma, grief and guilt in different ways as is shown by Moana. She has no time to fully grieve her grandmother and instead, is called to action by it. She wants to fulfil Tala’s dying wish – to find Maui, sail across the sea and restore the heart of Te Fiti.

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When Maui is first introduced to the audience, it is almost as if he’s a villain – he’s the reason for all of the islands beginning to decay as he was the one that stole the heart. But in the second act of the film, the audience learn his backstory – that (for some reason that isn’t explained) his parents didn’t want him when he was born and they cast him as a baby in to the sea. Ever since, he has been looking for acceptance of some sort.

This is how he deals with his trauma; covering it up with arrogance and the need to please when he pretends that he isn’t. All he wants to do is be accepted as a hero of men – but it’s only through fixing his mistakes that he can do it. But he has to address it and realise that maybe acceptance of others isn’t what he needs, but an acceptance of self. An understanding that he wasn’t the reason that his parents tried to kill him but it was through their shortcomings. He also has to learn that he can’t hurt people just because he is hurting.

Which leads us onto Te Fiti. While Maui is trying to find a way to fix his trauma, he brings it upon someone else – there are plenty of depths you could go to with the fact that Te Fiti’s heart is literally stolen but that’s what it feels like when something traumatic happens to you. You feel it in your heart, like something has been stolen from you. But as Moana says to Te Ka in order to bring her back, this does not define you. This is not who you are.

Sometimes, when bad things happen to us, we can lose who we are – sometimes, that’s a good thing and sometimes it’s a bad thing. The embodiment of Te Ka’s anger and ‘heartlessness’ came in the form of fire and ash, a need for revenge – which is a complete opposite to who Te Fiti really is. She’s someone who brings life, joy and light. But she couldn’t do that without her heart – and in the end, she ends up forgiving Maui for what he had done.

Which is the thing that binds all of these moments of trauma – acceptance. Tui realises that he has to accept that things can’t be the way they were and if they treat the sea with respect as a people then there is no reason why they cannot voyage. Moana realises that she has to let her grandmother go but that her lessons and wisdom can live on through her and she can be her own person. Maui realises a similar lesson through Moana – he doesn’t have to be accepted by others so long as he is accepted by himself. And finally, Te Fiti learns the art of forgiveness and acceptance of Maui’s actions – she sees from his point of view that he hadn’t done it maliciously.

Obviously, trauma is a subject that cannot be universal – everyone deals with things differently and forgiveness isn’t always the best way to move forward. We are all a product of what has happened to us but we don’t have to let it define us and I think Moana embodies that perfectly.

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Sam Heughan has announced that he would like to be the next James Bond after he missed his chance when he auditioned the first time for Casino Royale.

When predecessor Pierce Brosnan left, Daniel Craig stepped into 007’s shoes but Heughan had been desperate to play the role himself. With Craig now leaving in his last film No Time to Die, the subject of who will be the next Bond is a hot topic once again.

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“Obviously it’s a dream for every actor. I auditioned for it back when they were doing Bond 21 when Daniel Craig was cast… I think a lot of actors were seen in the U.K.”

Sam Heughan, This Morning

The competition for the next Bond is tough, however, with actors such as Idris Elba, Henry Cavill, James Norton, Goran Visnjic, Richard Madden and Tom Hiddleston also in the rumoured lineup.

Who would you like to see as Bond? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more film news.

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Directed and written by: Damien Chazelle
Edited by: Tom Cross
Cinematographer: Linus Sandgren
Composed by: Justin Hurwitz

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Let’s address the elephant in the room – I did not enjoy La La Land. The likability I have for it now resounds in a few factors; the first, that it’s one of my sister’s films so it reminds me of her and it makes her happy so naturally, it makes me happy. Second, I cannot deny how beautiful the film is. Third, I love the soundtrack.

So, why didn’t I enjoy it? Among all of these factors, it should have been perfect – but it wasn’t and that is what frustrates me the most about this film. If you’ve been reading my essays for a while then you’ll know that one of the things I love to talk about most is characters arcs, goals and motivations. For me, a film cannot have much emotional impact with me if I am not rooting for the characters to achieve their goal.

La La Land is an American romantic musical which follows an aspiring actress, Mia Dolan (Emma Stone) as she falls in love with beaten down jazz pianist, Sebastian Wilder (Ryan Gosling). While the pair search for their dreams to come true, they begin to realise that they can’t have their relationship and the dream career that they want, too.

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Their goals are instantly provided to the audience which is the first box ticked off for the makings of a solid plot. The problem I find lies in the fact that I didn’t find myself rooting for Mia in the slightest and therefore, I didn’t root for their relationship. In the early scenes of the film, we are shown Mia auditioning for parts that she clearly isn’t happy in – but we are also shown that she isn’t the best actress. Whether that’s the part that she’s going for or the people she’s auditioning for, that is the point that comes across to the audience. She isn’t Oscar-worthy, she just blends in.

Which is juxtaposed to Sebastian, who is clearly a very talented pianist from the moment we lay eyes on him. We as an audience now know what his goal is – to open his restaurant and bring jazz back to life but we also know that he is more than capable of doing it, something which is a grey area to Mia’s dream.

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When the pair begin to fall in love, they encounter another problem. Sebastian runs into old friend, Keith (John Legend), who suggests that they start a jazz fusion band. He refuses but then overhears Mia talking to her mother, implying that Sebastian isn’t able to provide for them financially like he should be able to. Prompted by this, he accepts Keith’s offer – even though it isn’t his dream, he can see that it is a stepping stone towards it. Mia, however, cannot.

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There are certainly questionable relationships throughout romantic films. Take The Notebook for instance; Rachel McAdams’ character frequently hits Gosling’s and they make consistent arguing out to be something that is romantic in a relationship because they were ‘crazy about each other’. The most toxic trait in La La Land is how Mia flip-flops between supporting Sebastian’s dream while being completely selfish in her own. Relationships are about balance, supporting one another’s dreams even if it has some impact on your relationship such as not being able to spend as much time together.

If Mia’s career were to take off, she would be on set all the time similar to how Sebastian is on tour with his band. Even though she unknowingly was the catalyst for him deciding to accept Keith’s deal, she is unsupportive from the start and doesn’t seem to understand how the world works. Yes, he isn’t doing what he wants but he is still managing to play music for money and it is a stepping stone towards what he wants. Mia wants everything handed to her on a plate and wants Sebastian to follow along with her – and that is what ends up happening at the end of the film. Mia gets what she wants (a film literally focused on her) and finds someone who is nondescript and doesn’t have much personality of his own.

In the end, we’re supposed to feel sad that the pair don’t end up together but I was glad that both of them managed to escape from one another. Sebastian was the more likeable but was also rather pretentious. So, back to the title – what would have made La La Land better for me?

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A more cathartic end for me would have been if Mia decided that acting wasn’t for her at all and decided to pursue being a playwright or a screenwriter – they set up that acting isn’t working out for her, that nobody really liked her play or her auditions but that she does have a keen interest in writing. I think it would have felt more believable, too – how many people move to L.A. with the dream of becoming an actor/actress only to receive disappointment after disappointment? This happens universally, too. Not everyone gets their dream and sometimes, they discover new dreams along the way.

I’m speaking from personal experience, too. When I was applying for college, I was deadset on joining an acting course even though my drama teacher had told me time and time again that acting wasn’t for me. I wanted to be all ‘screw you, Mr L’ during my Oscar acceptance speech. But as I was applying, I began to feel uneasy – in that moment, the teacher for the film course began to speak to me and asked if I would be interested in joining that. Film had always been something that was of great importance to me and after a long conversation with him, I accepted.

Now, I can’t see myself doing anything else. I love writing about film, watching film and I have written and created some films in the past that I’m proud of. What I’m trying to say is not everyone gets their happy ending that they thought of; sometimes, it’s something we never expected.

If you’re still here, congratulations. That one got long, didn’t it? I hope you enjoyed reading all the same and please be sure to comment to let me know which film you would like me to review/analyse next. And be sure to follow for more film news, reviews and analyses.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the CW’s shows have been pushed back until early 2021 – but Supergirl won’t be released until summer of 2021.

Although the pandemic has delayed the entertainment industry in a massive way, the reason for the delay on Supergirl is due to the fact that the lead star Melissa Benoist is currently pregnant with her first baby. Alongside husband Chris Wood, The CW want to give the actress plenty of time to deliver her child and have some time with him/her before returning to set.

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During this time, they can promote the other Arrowverse shows and the new Superman and Lois series starring Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent. The show will differ from the previous adaptations of the comics that we have seen and will focus on Clark and Lois raising their teenage sons together.

It’s likely that we won’t see Supergirl until the end of the first series of Superman and Lois which is a shame for fans but it is always exciting to see a new superhero on screen.

Are you willing to wait for Supergirl? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more TV news.

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James Gunn has revealed that if there will be a Guardians of the Galaxy 4 that some of the gang we know and love would have to leave to give newbies a chance at the big screen.

The director has just finished production on The Suicide Squad and is moving onto the pre-production stage for Guardians of the Galaxy 3. This brings a sigh of relief to the fans as he was originally fired from the franchise due to some resurfaced tweets.

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Taking to Instagram, Gunn stated that Guardians of the Galaxy 3 would ‘probably’ be the last film he directs and the ‘last with the current team’ even though he wrote tongue-in-cheek that ‘you never know’. There are plenty of characters that haven’t been given the limelight in the MCU but there would certainly be members of the current Guardians that would be sorely missed by fans.

Who would you like to see in the revamped team? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more film news.

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Killing Eve has been slammed for a photo (which has now been deleted) showing the writers’ room which is comprised of all-white writers. The show has been a fan-favourite; starring Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri and Jodie Comer as Villanelle, the show shows a cat and mouse game of chase between the pair.

Kayleigh Llewellyn tweeted the photo of a Zoom call showing the writers of the show – nine of them that were all white. Fans flocked to criticise the lack of diversity within the writers’ room alongside other TV writers. This has urged fans to detail other problems that they have had the series such as how Eve Polastri’s character has been pushed to one side in lieu of Villanelle having more screen time.

RELATED: Questions Killing Eve series 4 needs to answer.

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In the current movement happening now with protests across the world, diversity is more of a hot topic than ever – especially within the entertainment industry. Last week, Michael B. Jordan called out Hollywood for not having enough Black creators and not telling enough Black stories. The insight into the writers’ room of Killing Eve shows that while gender may be gaining more traction within the industry, race is still at a slow plod.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more TV news.

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Good news, American Bond fans! No Time to Die will be released five days earlier than originally intended on the 20th of November 2020.

The film had already been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic; it was supposed to be released on the 10th of April. This new release date means that the latest instalment to the Bond franchise will be up against Pixar’s Soul in the box office.

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Bond fans are itching in their seats for the latest release but we are hoping that it will be worth the wait. Daniel Craig will be reprising his role as the daredevil spy everyone loves while Cary Joji Fukunaga will be taking the helm as director. Rami Malek will be coming on board as the latest villain up against Bond.

Are you excited for No Time to Die? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more film news.

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Safety guidelines have been published by the UK Cinema Association detailing how drive-in cinemas can reopen in England.

There are currently only 20 drive-in cinemas across the UK but this could change if traditional cinemas are unable to reopen due to the current coronavirus pandemic. The guidelines provided focus on maintaining social distancing, good hygiene and how the drive-ins can serve food and drink to their customers.

“It’s fair I think to say that we’ve been on a steep learning curve around the operation of drive-in cinemas given their relative scarcity until now.
While we will be delighted to see drive-ins flourish in the coming weeks, months and years, our key focus remains ensuring that the hundreds of cinema venues across the U.K. that have now been closed for almost three months are able to open as soon as possible. Our work on guidelines for those sites continues, and we hope to make an announcement soon.”

Phil Clapp, Chief Executive for UK Cinema Association

This currently only relates to drive-ins in England, not across the entirety of the UK.

What do you think? Would you go to a drive-in cinema now? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more film news.

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Directed and written by: Dan Gilroy
Edited by: John Gilroy
Composed by: James Newton Howard

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Films are often so much more than what is on the surface – while the characters, plot and cinematography are all vital parts of the film, the directors are often trying to convey a message of sorts to the audience. They are offering a commentary on a subject that is relevant to the current society, no matter when the film is set.

Nightcrawler is an American thriller which details the sociopathic rise of aspiring journalist, Louis Bloom, as he begins his own news video production company in the heart of Los Angeles. He hires intern Rick to help him along the way but soon realises that he is willing to do whatever it takes to get a good story.

The film is a commentary on the corruption of the news service specifically in America and how the pressures on society can have a significant impact on the individuals there. Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) encompasses all of these attributes in his character which the audience gets a close look into.

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I know I have spoken time and time again about how a film needs a strong character arc in order to be successful – but for this film, I’m going to make an exception because there is a strong character arc but not in the conventional way that we would expect. From the moment we meet Lou, it clear that he is morally ambiguous to say the least – he is a thief who sells scrap metal in order to make some money but is eager to reach full employment when he asks if there is an internship available at the scrapyard. When he stumbles across an accident and meets a stringer, Joe Loder (Bill Paxton), he discovers that that could be a route he could try for his own career.

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Often, unemployment is looked upon by governments as a sign of laziness, even though it is often the laws put in place by them that forces people into unemployment when they are more than capable of completing the job. This is the case for Lou; even though he isn’t conventionally academically inclined, he is always looking for ways to improve himself through self-help articles and online courses. When he decides to become a stringer, he puts his all into it. But it is the pressures of society that forced him to become a stringer in the first place, even if he sees it as a blessing in disguise. Especially when the news director, Nina Romina (Rene Russo), encourages him to keep bringing his gory footage.

Enter his distorted mirror image, Rick (Riz Ahmed). I call him this because he is alike Lou in a lot of ways – he is unemployed, willing to do most things for some money and has generally been pushed over by the society around him. The difference is that he doesn’t have the same cold, vapid nature that Lou does – when he realises that Lou has set it up that they’re going to watch a shoot-out take place in the diner, he begins to question the mentality and morality of his boss. In the end, Lou punishes him for this by filming him die when he is caught by a bullet.

Louis Bloom is everything that is wrong with the American news corporation; he doesn’t care how bad he looks or how he dehumanises those that he is filming so long as it sells and makes a good story. In recent times (I’m writing this in June of 2020 for anyone who may be reading this in the future), the news has especially come under fire for censoring and doctoring the news to during the protests that are happening globally. Nina herself says that the news only sells when it is a suburban neighbourhood that is in danger, when it is a white person that has been stabbed or murdered. While this sounds cold, it is an accurate portrayal of today’s news.

So, back to what I said about character arcs. The frustration and genius of Lou’s character arc is that it starts off in the conventional way that his flaw is introduced to the audience – that he is cold and willing to do whatever it takes to make money. But whereas most protagonists through the events of the film are forced to change their ways, Lou isn’t – if anything, the events that happen in the film worsen his flaws and make him colder than he was before. It’s unnerving for the audience and is similar to a villain origin story – but is there a Louis Bloom in all of us somewhere every time we turn on the news?

I hope you enjoyed this analysis – last week, I wrote on human greed in Jurassic World which you can read here. Please let me know if there are any other films you would like me to analyse and be sure to follow for more film news and reviews.

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Directed by: Scott Cooper
Written by: Jez Butterworth and Mark Mallouk
Edited by: David Rosenbloom
Composed by: Tom Holkenborg

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Black Mass is a biographical crime drama which details the true story of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, a mobster in the heart of Boston who worked closely with the FBI as an informant in order to wipe out his enemy – a member of the Italian Mafia. Not all was at it seemed however, as he was playing the FBI in order to get what he wanted in return.

Biopics are becoming prevalent in the film industry today and they are enjoyable for audiences to watch as they also can learn something – whether it’s a moment of history they were unaware of or the backstory of a singer that they have long been a fan of. It works well for the screenwriters, too, as they have plenty of source material to work off of. Sometimes too much. This is where Black Mass falls short.

The film was adapted from the novel by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill, entitled Black Mass: The True Story of An Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob. The problem is that the screenwriters, Butterworth and Mallouk didn’t seem to know what to cut out which ends in a lengthy plot that doesn’t have any direction and nothing for the audience to work towards.

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The film opens with one of the Winter Hill Gang (Bulger’s gang) giving a police officer insight into the crimes that Bulger committed. We are then subsequently introduced to James Bulger, portrayed by Johnny Depp. This is where I am going to take a moment to praise the film – this might be the best I have ever seen Depp, aside from Jack Sparrow. Controversies aside about him, there have been roles that I’ve seen him in where I can’t see past the fact that he’s Depp, no matter how many prosthetics he may be covered in. I fully believed his portrayal of Bulger and it is a terrifying performance to be remembered. He improvised a lot of his work and creates a villain that is no way intended to make the audience empathise with him.

While on the positives of this film, every member of the cast excels themselves – we have Joel Edgerton playing John Connolly, the gang’s contact in the FBI who grew up with Bulger. He constantly impresses me in every film I’ve seen him in, he’s yet to disappoint. We then have Benedict Cumberbatch as Billy Bulger, James’ brother who sells the brother torn between two conflicting worlds incredibly. Other honourable mentions are Corey Stoll as Fred Wyshak, the man who inevitably brings the gang down; Julianne Nicholson as Marianne Connolly, John’s wife and David Harbour as John Morris. While I was excited to see that Dakota Johnson was in this, too, she was thoroughly wasted and it’s definitely not the strongest performance we’ve seen from her but I think that’s the fact she was playing off of Depp at his best.

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If you’ve followed this website for a while, you’ll know that I love to talk about narrative structure and what makes a strong plot. When dealing with a biopic, you can allow for some flexibility in this as real life doesn’t work in the way that films do but the problem with Black Mass is that its main plot point is cleared up within an hour of the runtime.

When creating a plot, screenwriters should establish the goal for the character, the stakes up against them and the urgency for them to complete the task. Initially, that’s what Black Mass does – Bulger’s enemy, Angiulo has made a threat upon his life so the mobster decides to work with his childhood friend Connolly (who so happens to be in the FBI) in order to rid him of the Mafia boss for good. There’s the goal. The stakes are that their ‘informant’ relationship isn’t exactly legal and that they’re paying off the FBI agents. The urgency is that Bulger could lose his life and Connolly could lose his reputation and his job. Sounds good, right?

Wrong. As I mentioned, this was cleared up within the first act of the film so there was no further tension or plot point for the audience to hold onto to keep them watching. If I’m honest, Depp’s performance was the only thing that kept me mildly entertained while the plot meandered on with no real direction or focus. The rest of the film was rather uneventful even though it seemed a lot was happening – it all felt empty because there was no telling how it was going to end. And not in a good way.

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This is truly a shame as the rest of the film had a lot of potential. The cinematography and direction is up there with some of the best directors; Cooper focuses on symmetry and closed spaces in order to show how isolated Bulger is from the rest of the world and how his world centers around himself. There’s also really slick editing from Rosenbloom and the score by Holkenborg is one of the strongest components within the film. But it goes to show, without a good plot, you create an unmemorable film. I’m giving it 3 stars for the cast’s acting, the cinematography and the score.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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The finale of Brooklyn Nine-Nine series seven concluded with Amy giving birth to her and Jake’s baby boy, who he named after his obsession with Die Hard. However, there are changes that are going to be made to the upcoming series that will revolve around racism and police brutality.

The Black Lives Matter movement is bigger than ever currently with protestors on the streets against police brutality and systemic racism. Terry Crews revealed in an interview with Seth Meyers that the show will be tackling these important issues in their next series.

Definitely. We actually all got on a Zoom call just the other day because of what’s happening in this country. We were witnessing so many abuses of power. We had some somber talks and some really, really eye-opening conversation about how to handle this new season.

Terry Crews, Late Night with Seth Meyers

It won’t be the first time that the show has tackled issues of racism as they have also showcased racial profiling when Terry Crews’ character, Terry Jeffords was racially profiled by a fellow police officer and deemed suspicious because he was Black. There will be great care needed when tackling the issues that are so prevalent and important to the world but we are certain that the showrunner, Dan Goor will be able to do it.

He has donated $100,00 to the National Bail Fund Network while Stephanie Beatriz has donated $11,000, urging the rest of her castmates to do the same.

What would you like to see from the next series? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more TV news.

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With the Infinity Saga coming to a close with Avengers: Endgame, there has been a lot of confusion and speculation about where the MCU will turn to next and how they will continue in their next phase. Black Widow is the next film to return but will be a film set prior to the events that we have seen in the Infinity Saga.

Linda Cardellini first appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron when she took on the role of Laura Barton, Hawkeye’s wife. She also had a brief cameo in Avengers: Endgame before her character was Thanos-snapped out of existence.

I mean, you know, it was one of those things where I was sort of brought into the universe and it truly is its own universe. It’s its own entity with this fandom that is incredible and to be part of it is, I don’t know, it’s pretty fun. My daughter’s friends love it. It’s one of those kinds of things, you know? So it’s always fun. I mean, would I love to see a Laura Barton movie? Sure! But I don’t think that’s gonna happen. I think people are more interested in the superheroes.

Linda Cardellini, Collider

There has been no clarification of what will happen with the Hawkeye family and whether they will be involved in the limited series on Disney+ but it is certainly a way to get them back on our screens. The production was due to begin filming in autumn but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the filming has been halted until it is safer to recommence.

Would you like to see Linda Cardellini back? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more film and TV news.

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Director: Colin Trevorrow
Written by: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly

Even if it may not seem like it on the surface, most films have a theme underlying everything that happens within the script. Whether it’s the importance of family, the effect of racism or mental health, there is always a message that the director is trying to convey to their audience using the medium of film. More often than not, the message is supposed to make audiences think on their own lives and reflect on what they would do in such a situation were it to arise.

Jurassic World is a sci-fi disaster film which follows on from the events of the original Jurassic Park trilogy while revamping it into something new. The story follows the re-opened park, Jurassic World in which the owners believe that they won’t make the same mistakes that John Hammond did and that they can control the dinosaurs. You can guess how well that works out.

While the Jurassic franchise has often been labelled as silly as many believe that there is no chance that they would make the same mistake over and over again, I would like to raise the idea that that’s the point of the film. I mentioned themes earlier and the theme that is prevalent is human greed.

Human greed is presented in a number of ways during the film and through different characters. There is no clear sole protagonist but rather a group of main characters (you could argue that Owen [Chris Pratt] is the protagonist but he isn’t introduced until well after Zach, Gray and Claire are all introduced.) The greed that is presented within their character flaws is also constantly juxtaposed with the greed of the Indominus Rex. But we’ll get onto that in a moment.

While there is no true protagonist, there is also not one sole antagonist, even though you would likely believe that the Indominus Rex is the antagonist. There are three others – Doctor Henry Wu, Victor Hoskins and money itself, with the latter being the most dangerous out of the group. Without the pursuit of money, it’s likely that none of this would happen which is a point that is made throughout the screenplay. The scientists and business CEOs are so eager to make money from the dinosaurs that they don’t realise the impact that this could have – they just see the dollar signs.

Firstly, let’s talk about the greed of one of our main protagonists, Zach (Nick Robinson). Zach is introduced as a regular moody teenager that only looks for what he can get and how the events of the day affect him rather than what is best for everyone around. He knows that this trip is important to his little brother, Gray (Ty Simpkins), but he is more obsessed with talking to his girlfriend back home and seeing which other girls are on offer in Jurassic World. His greed is self-fulfilling and equally damaging to the characters around him. The impact that it has on his little brother is sufficient as he is constantly pushed to one side in lieu of Zach’s needs.

The Indominus brings out the best in Zach as he is forced to put the needs of Gray before his own. He realises that shouting and bullying his way through this will only result in getting them killed. With his selfish-glasses off, he begins to see that Gray is brave, intelligent and worth looking after – he just didn’t see that when he was focussing on his own wants and gains. Gray is his antithesis as he is automatically much warmer and vibrant than his brother from the moment we meet him. He is clearly excited to be spending time with him and is aware of the people around him – namely his parents when he has begun to notice that their marriage may not be as pleasant as it seems on the surface.

Next, we have Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong). A callback from the past films, he has clearly learned nothing from the events of the past as he is still pushing for dinosaur breeding to become a regular practice that will continue to generate income for humanity. His greed comes from his need for success which neatly compares him alongside Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), who even though she doesn’t openly state it is also eager to impress. She pushes aside her own life and responsibilities within it to do the best possible job that she can do for Jurassic World.

Despite the fact that Dr. Wu was an active part of what happened in Jurassic Park, he is still eager to get the science right in order to generate profits from the park and be known for his knowledge in the science field.

[The Indominus Rex is] meant to embody [humanity’s] worst tendencies. We’re surrounded by wonder and yet we want more, and we want it bigger, faster, louder, better. And in the world of the movie, the animal is designed based on a series of corporate focus groups. There’s something in the film about our greed and our desire for profit. The Indominus rex, to me, is very much that desire, that need to be satisfied.

Colin Trevorrow

Finally, we have Victor Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio) whose greed comes from a far darker place – his need for war. War and greed often come hand in hand as a pair and Vic is a perfect representation of a warmonger. When others see the dinosaurs as an advancement in technology and new life, he sees them as nothing more than a weapon which comes back to bite him. Literally. From the moment the audience are introduced to him, he is automatically figuring out how he can use the raptors for his own gain and inevitably, it is by their power that he meets his end.

As far as themes go, Jurassic World is quite open in its commentary on corporate and human greed while also creating a tense romp for audiences to sink their teeth into. There’s plenty more that can be said about this franchise so if there is any other essay you would like to see from it, comment below.

I hope you enjoyed this essay. Please comment if there’s any other films you would like to see an analysis on and follow for more film analyses.

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Hartley Sawyer was this week fired from The Flash for unearthed misogynistic and racist tweets. The actor has been on the show for three series portraying Ralph Dibny or the Elongated Man before he was sacked for tweets that weren’t fitting with the show’s message.

Eric Wallace, show runner for The Flash slammed the actions of Sawyer in a statement that stated that he was committed to bringing ‘permanent change’ to the working environment on set. The show is for ‘all families’ and he promised to find Black and Brown cast and crew to work with in future.

Grant Gustin, lead of the show, also admonished the actor’s actions in a statement of his own which was later backed up by Arrow star Stephen Amell.

“I don’t have much to add because Eric’s thoughts are stated so eloquently and powerfully. I will say I was shocked, saddened and angry when I saw the tweets. Words matter.”

Grant Gustin, Twitter.

There are some fans, however, that haven’t been convinced that the star should have been sacked and they have created a petition to have him restored to the show. It seems as if Wallace is rightly sticking to his guns, however, and will not be restoring him to the show.

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A musical based on the biggest hit by singer Lionel Richie is being worked on by Disney. It will be a live action film, the working title is All Night Long but this could be subject to change.

Richie will be working on the project itself, producing the film with Bruce Eskowitz (his manager), Dana Brunetti and Matt DelPiano. Richie pitched the film himself in January. The singer has had a fifty year long career that has proven fruitful with 100 million records sold worldwide and four Grammys under his belt. He has also been nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscars three times.

The screenplay is being written by Pete Chiarelli who penned Crazy Rich Asians. The aesthetic of the film is to be similar to the cult favourite Mamma Mia! which was released in 2008, based on the songs of ABBA.

What’s your favourite Lionel Richie song? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more film news.

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The leads of Killing Eve have finally put an end to their chase and admitted their feelings for one another. But what will happen for Villanelle and Eve next?

The third series focused on their own growth and character arcs rather than them as a relationship but it also opened up a lot of questions that fans are hoping will be answered in the fourth series. Laura Neal will be taking over as head writer from Suzanne Heathcote.

The series should ideally start with what happens next on the bridge with Villanelle and Eve – despite the fact they turned around, there’s no real confirmation that they will decide to run away together even though that is the most likely event. But Jodie Comer believes that they will just walk away from each other and doesn’t believe that a happy ending is in store for Villanelle.

“I’m not sure I see a true happy ending for Villanelle, because I think her own worst enemy is herself and we all know that’s impossible to get away from.”

Jodie Comer, Variety

RELATED: WILL VILLANELLE GIVE UP BEING AN ASSASSIN?

Aside from Villanelle and Eve, there is a question about what will happen to Konstantin. Will he truly be able to retire or will the pull of the life he lived before be too strong for him to resist? Or will he be forced to confront it as The Twelve are still pursuing him. And while on the subject of The Twelve – who are they? They have been a firm part of the show but there has been no real clarification as to who they truly are.

What do you want to know about Killing Eve? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more TV news.

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Fans of Killing Eve have been left in happy and sad tears following the series three finale as the events unfold, ending on a cliffhanger leaving them begging for more in series 4.

WARNING: SPOILERS FOR KILLING EVE SERIES 3 AHEAD, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Villanelle and Eve have finally come to terms with their feelings for one another in the finale of series 3. Ever since the beginning of the show, the pair have been in a game of cat and mouse while realising that their feelings were far different from the enemies that they were supposed to be from the start.

The pair met on the Tower Bridge in London and Eve confessed her feelings for Villanelle by stating, “When I try and think of my future, I just see your face over and over again.” Villanelle was touched but was worried that she was a bad influence on Eve as she encouraged her to take her first life at the end of the second series and they were both involved in Dasha’s death. But Eve comforted her, stating that she secretly wanted her dark side to be released all along.

They then had a decision to make – either run away together and begin a new life or leave each other in the past for good. They decided, eventually, to go their separate ways. But they were unable to and the show ended with the pair looking back despite the fact they promised they wouldn’t.

What did you think of the ending of the series? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more TV news.

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In light of the Black Lives Matter movement, Michael B. Jordan has called on Hollywood to invest more in black creators and storytelling.

I want us to invest in Black staff. I’m proud to have an inclusion rider and all that good stuff, and I use my power to demand diversity, but it’s time the studios and agencies and all these buildings we stand in front of to do the same. You committed to a 50/50 gender parity in 2020. Where is the challenge to commit to Black hiring? Black content led by Black executives, Black consultants. Are you policing our storytelling as well? Let us bring our darkness to the light. Black culture: the sneakers, sports, comedic culture that you guys love so much. We’ve dealt with discrimination at every turn. Can you help fund Black brands, companies, cultural leaders, Black organizations?

Michael B. Jordan, BLM protest in Los Angeles.

RELATED: JUST MERCY AND SYSTEMIC RACISM IN DEATH ROW.

Jordan came to fame after his role in Fruitvale Station which is relevant to the recent events in America – it details the events of Oscar Grant’s death, a black man who was killed at the hands of police brutality in 2008. He was also in 2020’s Just Mercy which focuses on systemic racism in Death Row. The film is now available for free rental for the month of June in the US in order to educate others on the movement.

Click this link to find ways you can help and donate to the movement.

Kenneth Branagh has said that even he isn’t sure if he’s playing the villain in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. The film has already been known for being so mysterious that the cast themselves aren’t too sure what it’s about or what’s going on.

“I kid you not, I read this screenplay more times than I have ever read any other thing I have ever worked on. It was like doing the Times crossword puzzle every day, I would imagine. So my conversations with [Nolan] about my character were constant, because the character’s evolution was not set. It was a series of constant surprises.”

Kenneth Branagh, Total Film

The recent trailer made Branagh’s character look as if he was going to be the villain – he’s a Russian national who is attempting to start World War III, even if audiences aren’t sure why. There are many questions surrounding the highly-anticipated film and Nolan is playing his cards close to his chest.

The biggest of all of these questions regarding Tenet is when it will actually be released. It has been intended to be released for the 17th of July but with lockdown measures in place due to coronavirus, it remains to be seen whether this will happen.

RELATED: Christopher Nolan Pushes For Cinemas to Re-Open

It will inevitably be pushed back until cinemas are safe to re-open again and people are more willing to attend but it will definitely not be released to VOD rental as many have chosen to do.

Are you excited for Tenet? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more film news.

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13 Reasons Why has come to an end with its fourth series, created by Brian Yorkey. But what happened in the series finale? Read on to find out.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR 13 REASONS WHY SERIES 4, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. MENTIONS OF SUICIDE AHEAD.

The most surprising moment of the finale for fans was the reappearance of Hannah Baker, portrayed by Katherine Langford. The actress originally left at the end of the second series and fans didn’t expect to see her back.

The series began as a direct adaptation of Jay Asher’s novel and it details the effects of a young girl’s suicide and the thirteen tapes that she left behind to tell her story of why she found this to be the only way out. Clay Jensen, portrayed by Dylan Minnette, is the protagonist of the story as he acts as the audience, listening to the tapes and being told what happened to Hannah through her eyes. The rest of the series focus on his guilt and how he copes with the death.

13 Reasons Why has been critiqued for a number of reasons – the first, the extreme detail they presented Hannah’s suicide in and the redemption arc that Bryce Walker went through in the third series to make him a sympathetic character when he has been anything but for the rest of the series.

Hannah’s return came as a means to provide Clay with closure for her death. While everyone else managed to move on with their lives following the events, Clay has always been unable to let go of Hannah. But the events of the fourth series forced Clay to address his hero complex and realise that he couldn’t possibly save everyone. Hannah appears before him to signify this but before he can speak to her, he is interrupted by a new love interest to portray the fact that he has moved on.

What did you think of the series? Are you happy with how the story ended? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more TV news.

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Directed and written by: James Demonaco

The strength of a plot comes in three four factors: goals, stakes, pacing and complete character arcs. The genres that suffer from having clear goals and character arcs are normally action films, comedies and slashers. They’re more focused on the action set-pieces, on making the gags and scaring their audience respectively to focus too much on keeping their plot strong. So long as the premise is good enough to get bums on seats in the cinema, that’s all that matters. But it can make the film forgettable and empty.

The Purge is a dystopian slasher-thriller set in America. In order to combat the rising rates in poverty and crime, the New Founding Fathers made the decision to have a ‘Purge’ night once a year which allows Americans to commit crimes without ramifications until 7am the following morning.

Although it would be inaccurate to say that it’s a masterclass in screenwriting, it has a strong script that establishes character’s goals, the stakes of the reality that is presented to audiences and creates a sense of urgency for the plot to keep moving forward. All of this is meaningless without strong character arcs.

Our protagonist is James Sandin, portrayed by Ethan Hawke. His family is the focus of the narrative – his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), daughter Zoey (Adelaide Kane) and son Charlie (Max Burkholder). All of the characters are introduced to the audience with basic character traits in order to help give them an insight into who they are. We immediately see that James is arrogant, obsessed with his job and works for a security company. Mary is more passive, there’s no insight into what she does for a job or whether she has one but her love for her family is there in the opening scenes. Zoey is having a secret relationship with older boyfriend, Henry, that James doesn’t approve of while Charlie is smart and more sympathetic.

When introducing a character, the screenwriter should provide them with a flaw that they will be forced to work on by the happenings of the narrative. This is their internal conflict which can also provide the internal stakes for the plot – the antagonist of the film often is the one to push them to resolve this. Let’s take a look at James – he’s egotistical and pushy with his children. He’s living in a James-bubble that revolves around him but he doesn’t see this as a problem. When the lockdown for the Purge begins, he reveals that he ‘doesn’t feel the need to’ get involved with purging, which hints that he could if he was pushed.

Enter our first antagonist – Henry, portrayed by Tony Oller. He is an embodiment of the internal stakes that is motivated by the external stakes. The writers present that there is a conflict between Henry, Zoe and James earlier in the film which pays off when Henry shoots at James in an effort to kill him. He can only do that by the external stakes of the Purge night. He helps move along James’ character arc as James was somewhat ignorant about taking part in the Purge but when he shoots Henry to kill him, the reality of the situation ways down on him and he is forced to put his arrogance to one side in order to protect his family.

Before Henry shoots at James, the next stake is introduced – the homeless stranger (Edwin Hodge) being let into the Sandin home by Charlie. The stake was initially external when Charlie saw him through the CCTV but became internal when he allowed him in. Now, the stranger is loose in the house without anyone knowing where he is.

Then, our second antagonist is introduced – the Polite Leader of the Masker Purgers, portrayed by Rhys Wakefield. He is the one that forces James to establish his goal for the film which is to find the homeless man in their home and hand him over to the Purgers. This happens about halfway through the runtime which is interesting as the goal of the film is normally introduced at the very beginning and there is a loose non-character-specific one for all the characters – to survive.

James is forced to put aside his character flaw in order to achieve his goal and save his family. In this moment, he isn’t only concerned with saving his own skin but saving everyone. However, this conflicts with another character’s goal – Charlie’s. Charlie’s goal is established before James’ is; to save the homeless man. Conflicting character goals is the perfect way to establish a conflict between the characters on screen. It also conflicts with the homeless man’s goal which is the survive.

But when he alters this goal, self-sacrificing himself by saying that the Sandins can hand him over to the Purgers in order to save his family, James’ goal is also altered in return. His new goal is to fight for his family and in turn, for the homeless man. He is moved by the man’s self-sacrifice and lack of arrogance that it addresses his character flaw which is arrogance. This is the culmination of James’ character arc so when he dies at the hands of the Polite Leader, it feels like a clean end for him – even if it is sad and subverts expectations for the audience for their protagonist to be killed.

This film isn’t without its flaws; the jump scares are unnecessary, the character arcs for Mary and Zoey are lacking and the motive for the final antagonist, Grace is wishy-washy at best. But we’ll talk about the antagonists another day. In terms of character creation, James Sandin is a developed character that goes through a character arc which is lead by his goals so Demonaco should be commended for it.

What do you think of The Purge? I’d like to write about the antagonists in this film so if you’d like to see an essay on that then please be sure to comment. Follow for more film analyses and reviews.

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Amber Riley has put her hand to the Black Lives Matter movement by performing Freedom by Beyonce during a protest in Los Angeles yesterday.

Following this, the ex-Glee star then encouraged her followers on Twitter to speak out, too, and use their platform to support the black community during this time.

“We all have voices. I don’t care how many followers you have. All of our voices and how we utilize our platforms is important. If it’s 10 followers, radicalize them, make them believers in themselves, that they can change the world and themselves for the better! Don’t rely on celebrities… Do YOUR part.”

The support has come at a good time for the Glee fandom who are currently reeling from the accusations that came that Lea Michele bullied many of her POC co-stars during her time on set. Riley has since spoken out about the situation, stating that she couldn’t give a s*** about the drama amid protests.

Keep saying George Floyd’s name and keep donating. You can donate to his memorial fund here.

Steve McQueen, director of 12 Years a Slave and Shame has dedicated his latest films Mangrove and Lovers Rock to George Floyd. The films have been selected for Cannes which is going to be virtual as it cannot take place physically due to coronavirus.

“I dedicate these films to George Floyd and all the other black people that have been murdered, seen or unseen, because of who they are, in the U.S., U.K. and elsewhere. If you are the big tree, we are the small axe. Black Lives Matter.”

Steve McQueen

Small Axe is an anthology of films created with BBC Films. John Boyega, who attended the BLM protest in London yesterday, will be starring in one of the films.

Mangrove details the true story of the Mangrove 9 activists in 1970 and the trial that followed at the Old Bailey. It stars Letitia Wright, Malachi Kirby and Shaun Parkes alongside others. Lovers Rock, the second film is the romantic tale that takes place during a blues party in the 1980s. Amarah-Jae St Aubyn will be starring in a lead role alongside Micheal Ward.

Keep saying his name and keep donating. You can donate to George Floyd’s memorial fund here.

Dwayne Johnson has called out Donald Trump on Twitter in a passionate video for showing a lack of caring leader ship during the Black Lives Matter protests that have followed after George Floyd’s death.

“Where are you? Where is our leader? Where is our leader at this time when our country is down on its knees, begging, pleading, hurt, angry, frustrated, in pain with its arms out, just wanting to be heard? Where is our compassionate leader who’s going to step up to our country who’s down on its knees, and extend a hand and say, ‘You stand up, stand up with me because I got you. I hear you, I’m listening to you. And you have my word that I’m going to do everything in my power, until my dying day, my last breath, to do everything I can to create the change that is needed, to normalize equality because Black lives matter.’ Where are you?

We must become the leaders we are looking for. I’ll ask it one more time: Where are you? Where is that compassionate leader who steps up and takes accountability for his country and all the people in our country? Where are you? I’ll tell you what, we’re here. We’re all here. The process to change has already begun. You can feel it across our country. Change is happening. It’s going to take time. We’re going to get beat up. We’re going to take our lumps. There’s going to be blood, but the process of change has already begun.”

Dwayne Johnson, Twitter

Alongside this, Johnson also calls out anyone who uses the ‘All Lives Matter’ movement to combat what is happening in the nations of this world at this moment. He said that he agrees but that black lives at the lives we are focusing on right now.

Johnson has never hidden his interest in politics and even stated that he would consider running for office.

What do you think? Would you vote for him? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more celebrity news.

John Boyega joined in on the Black Lives Matter protest in London yesterday afternoon in response to George Floyd’s death while under custody of the Minneapolis police department.

The actor has always been an advocate for the movement and has often used his platform to speak his mind and promote quality. He went to Hyde Park yesterday for the protest and made a speech to thousands as they marched to 10 Downing Street.

“I’m speaking to you from my heart. Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but f— that. This is a moment where we are now a physical representation of our mentality, of our shared idea that Black lives matter. We have the right to live a balanced and healthy life. We are a physical representation of our unity, and it’s very important at this time that we stick together in mind, in spirit and in body. Today is about innocent people who were halfway through their process.

Every Black person here remembered when another person reminded you that you were Black…I need you to understand how painful this s— is. I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing.”

John Boyega, Black Lives Matter protest in London

Boyega also called for justice for Belly Mujinga, a black railway ticket officer who died from coronavirus when she was spat at by a member of the public who knowingly had the virus.

Despite his comment that this speech could have an impact on his career, friends, co-stars and producers have flocked to support the young actor in his statement. More protests in the UK are set to continue from the 6th of June.

You can donate to George Floyd’s memorial fund here. Please continue to support the Black Lives Matter movement and educate others during this time.

While fans may be mourning the end of series 4 of Rick and Morty, they can rejoice in the fact that the show has been confirmed for a fifth series and possibly up to a tenth series. The animated show details the adventures of genius scientist Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty Smith as they travel through the multiverse and get into comedic antics. The show was created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland. Here’s what we know about the upcoming series.

The end of series 4 finished with the realisation that Rick did clone Beth and sent one of the clones off into space – but he doesn’t know whether it was the clone or whether it was Beth. The Beths made amends and it’s likely that Space Beth will be a series regular in the next series. There’s been no inclination as of yet what the series’ arc will be for the fifth as it often follows the format of setting it up in the first episode and following through in the last. But there are hints that Evil Morty could return.

The plan for the release schedule of the popular show was for there to be limited breaks between the series as producers were aware of the eagerness for updates of the show. But with coronavirus, it’s likely that Rick and Morty will also fall prey to the long list of delays that it has caused in the entertainment industry. Hopefully, it will be released at the end of 2020.

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WARNING: SPOILERS FOR KILLING EVE SERIES 3 AHEAD. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Killing Eve series 3 has come to an end with Are You Leading Or Am I? and now fans have to wait an unspecified time for the next series and instalment of Eve and Villanelle’s story. But here’s everything we know about series 4 so far.

The series finished with hope for shippers that Eve Polastri and Villanelle could have hope for their future. The final episode had plenty of scenes for fans to be able to hold onto as the majority of the third series kept the two leads apart and focused on their separate storylines. Eve was investigating the death of Kenny Stowton while Villanelle went back to work for The Twelve. However, she went through an identity crisis as she struggled to kill in the cold way that she used to be able to.

The series will be following through with its tradition of starting each series with a new female head writer, Laura Neal of Sex Education will be taking the reins from Suzanne Heathcote. However, we don’t know when production will be able to begin as coronavirus has brought delays across the entertainment industry which means it will likely not return in April 2021 as promised.

But on a positive note, Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer will be returning to the series as the leads – but there’s been no further confirmations of who will be joining them in the cast. We can guess that Fiona Shaw and Kim Bodnia will be rejoining them, however and possibly Camille Cottin as she still has some loose ends to cut short with Villanelle. The character that we can’t say either way is Niko Polastri as the events of the past series could see that he’s out of the show for good.

So, what will happen? We already mentioned that Villanelle has had an identity crisis and there was a question mark over whether she would be returning to the assassin life after she quit the Twelve. But they don’t take resignation lightly so the pair could be in more danger than ever – but after realising that they can’t be apart, at least they’ll be facing it together.

What do you want to happen in the next series? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more TV news.

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Skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood and hair as black as night. Everyone knows those popular words and know who they relate to – the kind figure of Snow White, a fairytale character who has become an iconic symbol in pop culture. In this series, we’re going to be looking into popular characters and tropes in pop culture and their impact on it.

Snow White - Wikipedia

The Brothers Grimm were the original creators of the Snow White fairytale which they published in 1812 as Tale 53, Sneewittchen. The tale was rewritten several times until the final revision was published in 1854. The iconic symbols that come from the story have been used throughout fantasy films and other stories ever since – the poisoned apple, the magic mirror, the glass coffin, an Evil Queen and of course, the dwarves.

The inspiration for the tale has been debated by scholars throughout history but the most likely is the true story of Margaretha von Waldeck, the daughter of Philip IV in 1533. When Margaretha was just sixteen years old, she was forced to move to Brussels by her stepmother, Katharina of Hatzfeld. Guess who she was the inspiration of? It worked in Margaretha’s favour, however, as she fell in love with her Prince Charming, Prince Philip II of Spain. But her parents didn’t approve of the relationship for political reasons and soon after, Margaretha died in mysterious circumstances. It was revealed during post mortem that she was poisoned – contrary to the poetic license that the Grimm Brothers took, it was likely that it was the King of Spain who conspired to murder her, not the stepmother. But it could be that they colluded together.

The most famous adaptation of Snow White’s fairytale is Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs but it wasn’t the first time that it was brought to life on screen. In 1916, J. Searle Dawley directed Snow White which was a silent romantic fantasy. It starred Marguerite Clark as the titular character – she previously played Snow White on the stage – and Creighton Hale as the Prince. The film was believed to be lost to a fire but was restored in 1992. Before the fire, however, there was one particular member of the audience who was inspired by it – Walt Disney.

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At just fifteen years old, he was drawn in by the story of Snow White. In 1937, he made history by developing the first full length feature animated production in Disney history. There had been other animated features but Snow White has been renowned for changing animation forever. In glorious technicolour, the film was a triumph and still stands strong to this day for the acclaimed project it is.

However, to a modern audience, many find it difficult to relate to the lead character as they believe her to be rather two-dimensional and not the feminist icon that many look for today. But I would like to make a case for Snow White as I feel she receives an unreasonable amount of backlash in comparison to the other Disney Princesses that we have in the vault. The first thing to acknowledge is the time in which this was released – even though it isn’t right, it was at a time when women weren’t largely though of as much more than housewives. So the fact that Snow White spends most of her time playing house in the run of the film makes sense. This is pre-land-girl times, too, so ‘strong’ women weren’t the run of the mill in the media. Does it make it right? No. Does it reflect the times it was made in? Absolutely. Does it make the film suffer? Absolutely not.

I’ve discussed this previously in my Femininity Vs. Forced Feminism article on Wonder Woman but I can’t be the only person who is tired of seeing forced feminism where a woman is reduced to nothing more than ‘strong’ qualities – which almost always mean that she’s emotionally cold but can kick your ass while looking good doing it. One of Snow’s qualities is her kindness; the animals flock to her, she even turns the misogynistic Grumpy from muttering ‘women’ to crying at her coffin. Many claim this is purely because of her beauty as the dwarfs stopped their attack on her once they saw how beautiful she was – I don’t think the dwarfs would have killed any woman, they were expecting an intruder.

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To counter this feminist criticism, director Rupert Sanders offered Snow White and the Huntsman where Snow White fights back against the Evil Queen, Ravenna. Don’t get me wrong, I actually love this film despite how widely hated it is but I feel it kind of misses the point of Snow White which is that her courage is in her kindness. She doesn’t need armour and a sword to be strong. But I do like the new take that it offers on the tale – what is the true meaning of beauty? It’s hinted at in the original tale but emphasised in this adaptation. Charlize Theron plays the Evil Queen and while she doesn’t just have it in her mind to kill Snow White, she’s willing to kill everyone and anyone so long as it means that she can maintain her beauty. But when it’s revealed that she’s doing it out of revenge for her mother, it gives her more motive other than ‘I want to be the fairest of the them all’. For Snow, all she wants is to be free from the abusive life that her stepmother has put her under. I really do recommend watching this without hate-goggles on because the cinematography is beautiful, the acting is really strong from both Kristen Stewart and Theron and it adds a new spin onto the beloved tale.

Disney has plans to adapt Snow White again twice; the first in Red Rose which is going to be the story of Snow White’s sister and the second, a live action adaptation of the original which is to be directed by Marc Webb. What they do with the characters will be interesting to see – whether they do alter the criticisms of the original or stick to their guns with some minor tweaks.

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The UK sector for film and TV have released guidelines for how the entertainment industry can work safely during the coronavirus pandemic when producing new projects.

This allows productions to continue filming so long as they fulfil the requirements set in front of them – but the issue comes with insurance. The sector have submitted an insurance help plan to the government which they are waiting on confirmation of.

The guidelines set out are to ensure the implementation of personal and environmental hygiene measures and keeping all cast and crew two meters apart. All training must be carried out online and daily symptom checks should be undertaken to ensure the safety of all cast and crew members. The on-set crew should be minimised to the bare essentials to ensure there are as few people as possible on set at each time.

“We’ve worked hard to support the industry through these difficult times, and I’m delighted we’ve been able to agree this step forward towards getting the cameras rolling safely again.”

Oliver Dowden, Culture Secretary

What do you think? Should filming begin again? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more film news and TV news.

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James Cameron and Jon Landau, director and producer of Avatar respectively have returned to Wellington, New Zealand in order to resume filming of the Avatar film series.

The filming will not begin immediately as they will have to follow through with the two week quarantine period. How did they get through the border controls while they’re still closed? Cameron and Landau used an exemption clause for ‘significant economic value’. This is due to the fact that the Avatar films are receiving money from the New Zealand location subsidy scheme for foreign film and TV shoots.

When production does begin, it will be for the second, third and some of the fourth instalment to the franchise. It’s the first film to use this clause but could it open up the clause for other foreign productions?

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The rumours have been confirmed and Cate Blanchett has officially signed on to be a part of the Borderlands film adaptation directed by Eli Roth, who she worked with before in The House with a Clock in Its Walls. She will be taking on the lead role of Lilith.

Eli Roth began his directing career when he directed Cabin Fever and has since created a strong portfolio of work. To have Cate on his side will automatically draw viewers into watching the film with her renowned acting talent – even if they know nothing about the games.

The Borderlands games have been increasing in popularity, with the latest being released last September. Cate’s character of Lilith is one of the playable characters in the first game and then was an NPC in the following films. She’s a siren (so we approve) who lives on Pandora.

There have been no further confirmations of who will be joining Cate but the production team of the video games have hinted that they wanted Dwayne Johnson to be a part of the game as Claptrap for a while. There is also no release date or any further pre-production information.

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Paul Rudd has revealed that he feels like he’s an ‘imposter’ in the glamorous world of Hollywood and that he doesn’t feel that his talent amounts to that of the co-stars that he works with.

Beginning his film career in 1995 in Clueless, the star appeared in a few films alongside his role in Friends but secured his title in the Hollywood Hall of Fame when he was cast as Scott Lang or ‘Ant-Man’ in the MCU. Even though he is a fan favourite, the actor recently spoke out about his insecurities in the industry.

I still have that feeling – ‘I’m an imposter, I’m not as good as the people I’m working with,’ or I feel I just don’t have it.

Paul Rudd, BAFTA Breakthrough Mentoring Scheme

He combats this by writing and producing his own work and ensuring that he works with actors that he has worked with previously in order to feel more comfortable.

Rudd is next to appear in Ghostbusters: Afterlife which was due to be released in July of this year but has now been pushed back to March 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Henry Cavill has been in ‘talks’ about returning as Superman in a new DC film. This will be his fourth time reprising the role as he started in Man of Steel, appeared again in Batman v. Superman and most recently in Justice League.

With the announcement of the Snyder Cut of Justice League, fans will also get to see unreleased footage of Cavill as Superman. The new DC film in question will be either The Suicide Squad, The Batman or Aquaman 2.

“The cape is still in the closet. It’s still mine. I’m not going to sit quietly in the dark as all the stuff is going on. I’ve not given up the role. There’s a lot I have to give for Superman yet. A lot of storytelling to do. A lot of real, true depths to the honesty of the character I want to get into. I want to reflect the comic books. That’s important to me. There’s a lot of justice to be done for Superman. The status is: You’ll see.”

Henry Cavill, Men’s Health

Details have yet to be revealed by Warner Bros. about what the cameo will involve or whether he will get another standalone film but Cavill isn’t ready to give up the cape just yet.

Do you like Henry Cavill’s Superman? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more film news and updates on new projects.

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Last week, we reported on the fact that Ruby Rose announced that she would be leaving her role as Batwoman in CW’s Batwoman after just one series. Now, the crew are left with the decision of who will be taking on her role – it could be the make of break for the show as Ruby Rose already had a large fan base from her role in Orange is the New Black.

Wallis Day who was in a previous DC show, Krypton has revealed that she would be interested in taking on the role. She took to her Twitter, tweeting: Hi guys.. first of all I want to address the fact that I’ve seen your tweets of love & support over the last week. I am so humbled and truly flattered that you think of my work so fondly enough to trust me with a role so precious to so many of you.. Thank you so so much. Xx

But she’s not the only one to have thrown her had in the ring as Stephanie Beatriz from Brooklyn Nine-Nine has also hinted that she would be interested in the role. She took to Twitter also, stating that she was ‘reading up’ everything there was to know about Batwoman. Jade Tailor from The Magicians has also openly stated her interest as she posted a video of her showing her fighting skills.

CW have yet to comment on who they would be interested in casting but they need to get on it as it is due to come back in 2021. They have plenty of talented, interested actresses.

Who would you be interested in seeing take on the role? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more TV news.

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Many Hollywood actors have tried new ways to keep themselves and their fans entertained during the coronavirus lockdown period, from short films to Zoom calls. But Chris Hemsworth has taken a somewhat more healthy way to entertain fans while sharing some secrets as to how he got his Thor-bod.

Last year, the actor released a fitness app called Centr which gave consumers access to trainers, wellness gurus and nutritionists similar to the like of what he had to take on in order to prepare for his role in the MCU. Following the lockdown, the numbers of people subscribing to the actor has increased by a whopping 300%.

However, it hasn’t been plain sailing as a few weeks ago, it was revealed that Centr was charging $99 without permission to those who download it. There’s a six week trail beforehand but users stated that the app then took the money despite cancellation. Since, the app has stated that they will be especially mindful – especially in this scary time.

Will you be downloading it? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more film and celebrity news.

DC fans have had a week of exciting updates following the announcement that the Snyder Cut of Justice League will finally be released to HBO Max. Many actors have already contributed their thoughts on how they feel about the release and even though Jesse Eisenberg wasn’t a huge part of the original Justice League, he has stated that he will have a bigger role in the new cut.

I spoke to Zack a couple of weeks ago and he told me about it. Yeah [I’m excited], because I’m friends with Zack. I’m so happy for him that he gets to release something he’s proud of. I mean, I can’t think of any other precedent in history where there was something of this scope. Because it’s not just about releasing the movie, but it required all of this… we call it post-production. So it’s not just they’re releasing scenes that are finished, they had to do a lot of post-production and it’s such a big process. And yeah, I’m so happy for him. He’s a great guy with a very, very specific vision and so, yes, I’m happy that he gets that. And he seemed really happy.

Jesse Eisenberg

The prompt for the Snyder Cut to be released came when the director, Zack Snyder, sadly had to leave set upon a family tragedy. From a number of reshoots and editing, the project came out entirely differently from how he had intended for it to be. Fans then continued to campaign for the film to be put through its paces again under Snyder’s watchful eye.

The budget for this comes from HBO Max and will cost up to $20-30 million. But fans can’t help but think that it will be worth it for the intended vision for the film to finally be released.

What do you think? Are you excited to see the Snyder cut? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more film news and updates on new projects.

During lockdown, Josh Gad has been keeping busy making content for fans to keep them motivated and happy during this difficult time. Recently, he’s started arranging reunions of the casts of some of the most famous films in history, including The Goonies and Back to the Future. Now, he has his sights set on the cast from The Lord of the Rings.

Gad released a teaser to show the cast communicating after almost twenty years since filming. The teaser includes Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan and Sir Ian McKellen but the cast will also include Peter Jackson, Karl Urban, Andy Serkis, Viggo Mortenson, John Rhys-Davies, Miranda Otto, Liv Tyler and Sean Bean.

The reunion will be uploaded to Youtube this Sunday (31st of May) at 9am PST.

Will you be watching? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more film news.

There has been an ongoing fight over which studio will take on Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon which will be starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro in the lead roles. But now, Apple and Paramount will take on the distribution together with Paramount taking on the cinemas and Apple to distribute the film its streaming service.

It will mark the biggest film to be released on the streaming service yet and shows how much of a competitor Apple could truly be in the film industry. It’s also recently taken on Greyhound, written by and starring Tom Hanks.

The film is an adaptation of the David Grann novel, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. It details the mysterious string of murders of rich Osage Native Americans back in the 1920s when oil was discovered beneath their sacred grounds. The investigations were the prompt for the FBI to be created and was a pivotal part of American history.

De Niro and DiCaprio haven’t worked together since This Boy’s Life of which DiCaprio thanked De Niro for his tutoring as he became a breakout actor.

Are you excited to see the new film? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more film news and updates on new projects.

Last week, Ruby Rose announced that she will not be returning to CW’s Batwoman as the titular role for the second series. Ever since the announcement, she has been somewhat quiet on the news or how she feels about it. But now, she has spoken out on her social media – albeit cryptically.

It wasn’t an easy decision but those who know, know… I have stayed silent because that’s my choice.

Ruby Rose, Instagram

It was reported that Rose wasn’t happy during the filming of the series which created an atmosphere on set so it was unlikely that they were could have continued with her as the lead all the same. However, it doesn’t seem to be a problem between the cast and crew as she has praised them and the show.

Whether she will ever open up to what happened remains to be seen. There are rumours as to who will take on the role from Rose but there has been nothing confirmed as of yet.

Why do you think she left? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more TV news.

Matthew McConaughey has handed out 110,000 masks alongside his wife, Camila in order to help more rural hospitals in Texas. He partnered with the truck company Lincoln in order to provide hospitals with the essential PPE they need to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

This isn’t the first contribution that the actor and his wife have made to the cause as they previously donated 80,000 masks to frontline workers in Texas and Louisiana. The masks were a combination of surgical and KN95 which were desperately needed.

“It was important for us to make sure that here in Austin, not just the hospitals got them, but also the police department and the fire department as well. In this moment, we’ve got to find ways to help both sides because they’re all on the front line right now and we can’t afford to lose any of them.”

Camila Alves, Instagram

If you want to help the cause then you can find out how to make your own masks and where to donate them here. Be sure to follow us for more film and celebrity news.

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With the announced release of the Snyder Cut, DC fans have been excitedly anticipating what other director’s cuts they could have of other DCEU films that they weren’t happy with – including Suicide Squad. Fans are now trying to persuade Warner Bros. to release David Ayer’s cut of the film.

Especially has he has now revealed that it definitely exists.

“Of course it exists. And it is almost complete except for some visual effects.”

David Ayer, Twitter

When the supervillain team-up was released, fans were excited to see Jared Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn but upon viewing, they believed that it was rushed and that the character of the Joker was pushed to one side rather than being a big part of the film. Especially as he was used in a substantial amount of the marketing. Fans were also disappointed with Harley Quinn’s characterisation, of which has been amended slightly in Birds Of Prey.

The Ayer Cut also ties in with Justice League so it would make sense for both intended cuts to be released to see the connection between the two. There are rumours that Warner Brothers are already ahead of the game and are working to release it on HBO Max alongside the Snyder cut.

Were you happy with Suicide Squad? Or would you be happy to see a new cut of it? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more film news.

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With the victory over #ReleasetheSnyderCut, the DCEU fandom are excitedly awaiting news on what the new cut of Justice League could involve. Zack Snyder reported that 75% of the film will be unseen footage which opens up the possibility of his cut being unrecognisable from the original. Especially in the fact that it could include Supergirl, a rumour which he denied two years ago.

During a watch party for Man of Steel, Snyder stated during the scene where an open pod on the Kryptonian ship was shown that it was his way of telling the audience that he was ready to introduce Supergirl into the DCEU at some point. Even though we know that she won’t be a big part of Justice League, it’s looking as if she could appear for a cameo – for fans of the CW show, however, it’s not going to be the same casting. Sources state that the studio is looking towards Elle Fanning for the role.

The Snyder Cut is looking to be up to four hours long and could be released as a series rather than a singular release so it’s plausible that Supergirl could appear in order to set up a future film or establishing her character in the universe to appear later.

What do you think? Will Snyder add Supergirl into the mix? Is Elle Fanning a good cast for it? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more film news and updates on new projects.

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Game of Thrones is one of the most potent TV series of all time; from the beginning of the show, it had a great impact upon all TV for the rest of the series. Scene Siren is everything you need to know about the big and little screen so where better to start than rewatching Game of Thrones and analysing each episode up until that Marmite last episode? I will be discussing the good, the bad and the ugly and I hope you will enjoy the ride! 

You can read the analysis of the last episode here and read all of the analyses here.

Directed by: Brian Kirk
Screenplay by: Bryan Cogman

Ned Stark begins to dig into the inner dwellings of King’s Landing and the history of it as he looks into the death of his predecessor, Jon Arryn. Meanwhile in the wall, Jon Snow befriends Samwell Tarly and declares that he will defend him against the more brutish men of the Knight’s Watch. In Vaes Dothrak, Viserys is growing impatient with the Dothraki not providing him the army that he was promised. On her way back to Winterfell, Catelyn Stark is found by Tyrion Lannister but she repays him by arresting him for the attempted murder of her son, Bran.

This is the first episode of the series that wasn’t written by Benioff and Weiss and was critically well-received. The main elements that were praised were the developing scenes at the Wall and Michelle Fairley’s performance as Catelyn Stark in the final scene.

  1. A symbolic moment – the conversation between Ned and Cersei.

One of the strongest traits in Game of Thrones is the ability to have a loaded conversation that has deeper meaning buried within it – it’s the intelligence of the show that they can show who the enemies are without them bashing their heads together (although they still do do that.) Ned and Cersei is one of the more interesting dynamics of the first series and it’s a shame they didn’t get a chance to explore it more. But this scene where Ned states that he was trained to kill his enemies and Cersei merely replies ‘So was I.’ shows how out of his depth Ned is. He knows that Cersei won’t pull a knife on him there and then; where his power comes with a sword, hers comes with manipulation and her words. It’s another show of the power play constantly happening between the Lannisters and the Starks.

2. A moment that made me feel something – Catelyn arresting Tyrion

Tyrion has always been a fan-favourite and I think already at this point in time, he was the favourite of many. One of the most wonderful techniques within film and TV is giving your audience insight into something the characters don’t have – they could have easily left it open to the audience, too, as to who it was that tried to kill Bran in order to make it something of a murder mystery. But they didn’t, giving the audience power over the characters and also making them frustrated when we see they are going down the wrong path – Catelyn is certain that Tyrion had some involvement in Bran’s attempt but the audience know that he had nothing to do with it. In terms of making me feel something, it makes you feel worried for Tyrion and frustrated at Catelyn.

3. A moment that developed a villain – Petyr giving Ned insight into King’s Landing

Even though I wouldn’t say that Petyr is in the same league as some of the other villains that crop up throughout the series, he is certainly one of the more memorable ones. He has his fingers in all the pies he possibly can and this scene is starting to show the audience more of what he’s capable of, similarly to what he’s doing to Ned. There’s no secret of who he has in the wings, spying on everyone and everything. While it may look to Ned as if he is trying to help him out, it’s yet another display of power over the Stark – a warning that he knows everything and so do Vary and Cersei.

4. A moment that developed a character – Daenerys standing up to Viserys.

For most Daenerys fans, this is one of the most memorable scenes in the franchise – it’s the first time we truly see her stand up to her brother and not letting one of the Dothraki do it. Throughout the first few episodes, she’s been somewhat empathetic towards him even though this has been lined with fear of him. She’s an abuse victim, through and through and he is her abuser. To see her finally strike back and fight against him (and it’s clear from Viserys’ reaction that this is the first time she’s done it) is such an empowering moment and shows how much she’s truly changed in just the short span since she’s been at Vaes Dothrak. She is aware of her worth now, even if Viserys has always seen her as something worthless. The next time you raise your hand to me will be the last time you have hands.

5. A moment that developed a relationship – Jon standing up for Sam

Jon and Sam’s friendship is one of the most important in the show, one that was beloved by the audiences and this is the first time we meet Sam in the series. When he comes under the fire of the other men at the Wall and Ser Thorne, Jon decides that he’s going to appoint himself as his protector while persuading the others to leave him alone. Not only does this show the immediate care that he has for him, it’s also a darker side of Jon that we’ve not seen before as he sets Ghost upon one of the men in order to threaten him. Previously, he’s been rather quiet but we know that he’s willing to fight for what’s right and right now, looking after Sam is what he believes to be right.

Overall, the episode matches the last title which I discussed ‘Lord Snow’ where the characters were fighting against the labels that had been placed upon them. The title of the episode is a direct quote from Tyrion, “I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples and bastards and broken things.” The cripple is obviously referring to Bran, who is trying desperately to shrug off the name of ‘cripple’ and be able to walk again. The bastard is in reference to Jon who is trying to make a name for himself outside of what he had been known as in Winterfell. Without his father’s shadow over him, he can be a man and begin to make his own decisions. Finally, I believe the broken things is in reference to Daenerys. In the first few episodes, she’s someone who’s maltreated by the men around her but now, she’s beginning to regain power over her life and fight against the people who seek to hurt her, to prove that she’s not broken anymore.

Are there any other TV series you’re interested in seeing an episode-by-episode analysis of? If so, let me know in the comments below! What did you think of this episode? Be sure to follow this site so that you can see the next episode.

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Dakota Johnson has followed in the footsteps of fellow actress Reese Witherspoon and has started up her own production company in order to have more creative control over what she makes during the filmmaking process, rather than just what she brings to the table as an actress.

Finding fame in the Fifty Shades of Grey series, Johnson stated that she was beginning to get pushed to one side when it came to filmmaking and didn’t have any control over the final product of what she was helping to create. Alongside Ro Donnelly, an ex-Netflix executive, the star began TeaTime Pictures.

“For a long time, I’d do a movie and have no say. I could go into something, and it’ll be one thing, and then it comes out as a totally different thing. As an artist, you’re like, ‘What the f**k?’ When I work, I’m constantly thinking about the job. It takes up so much of my brain… Not all of my projects are only good messages, but all of them have a little bit of something that makes me feel like it’s an okay thing to pour my heart into.”

Dakota Johnson, Marie Claire

She has denied that this is any shade towards the Fifty Shades films but rather a general commentary on how she felt as an actress – she wanted to have involvement in casting and how the finished product came out. With this in mind, she can make more of the decisions in her craft than she could have before.

What do you think? What sort of films do you think Dakota will create now? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more film news.

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Robert Pattinson was hit with a reality check when he entered into 2019 job-less, realising that his future in mainly independent films wasn’t a viable one. The actor started looking to more indie films after he had been a part of two massive franchises, Harry Potter and Twilight. Since then, he’s been in films such as High Life, Good Time and The Lighthouse – all of which he’s given fantastic performances in.

But they weren’t enough to keep securing him big roles as not enough audiences were watching the films, despite their love by the critics. Pattinson, in his fashion, had some choice words to say about it.

“I started the beginning of last year with no job. And I was calling my agent and just being like—I had gotten good reviews in stuff—and I was like, ‘What the f**k? I thought this was a pretty good year, and I’m f**king starting the year like I’ve just done a pile of trash.”

Robert Pattinson, GQ Magazine

When he rose the matter to his agent, he said that casting directors didn’t look to him for big blockbusters as they believed that he was done with them, not because he wasn’t capable of doing them. So, he made the decision to balance between the two in order to keep himself in the acting limelight – which was the best decision that he could have made as he was soon hired for Christopher Nolan‘s Tenet and Matt ReevesThe Batman for the titular character.

Film fans can’t wait to see what he does in both roles, even if he has created himself a controversy for joking that he wasn’t going to bulk up for The Batman.

What do you think? Did he make the right decision? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more film news.

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Rob McElhenney has confirmed that when the show returns, the gang from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will have to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in an episode.

The show is one of note in the comedy world as it is the longest running US comedy of all time with a whopping 14 series since it started in 2005. Alongside Rob McElhennery, the stars also include Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Danny DeVito and Kaitlin Olson. The show centers around a group of questionable characters who run a bar in South Philadelphia and run into plenty of antics along the way.

“Well, we actually do have an episode called ‘The Gang Gets Quarantined‘ [season nine, episode seven] where we quarantine ourselves in the bar. I think there’s a big flu going around Philadelphia or something like that. When we come back, don’t worry, we will address all this in the way only Sunny can!”

Rob McElhenney, NME

There doesn’t look like there’s an end to the show either, as in the interview, he also revealed that they are actively trying to negotiate two more series and beyond. He stated that he wants to be a part of the show forever. It’ll be interesting with the changes in filming requirements how they will manage to film the episode and whether the gang will all go stir-crazy in quarantine together in Paddy’s Pub. If you thought your time in quarantine was bad, let’s not think about what it would be like if you were stuck with ‘the Gang’.

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Directed by: Joel & Ethan Coen
Screenplay by: Joel & Ethan Coen

Antagonists are found within most pieces of literature and media – they provide a point of conflict for the protagonist in some form while raising the stakes of the narrative in one way or another. For more light-hearted films, this can be they attack the emotional standpoint of the protagonist such as a bully and for superhero films, they pose a threat on a global or universal scale. However, for thrillers, it’s more intimate. The antagonist is normally targeting the protagonist singularly and anyone that would have an effect on them such as their loved ones.

No Country for Old Men is an American Neo-Western crime thriller which is an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name. It follows the cat-and-mouse chase of Llewelyn Moss and Anton Chigurh which is being monitored by the Sheriff Ed Tom Bell. When Llewelyn Moss stumbles across a drug deal gone-wrong of which he takes a large sum of money from the scene, he is then pursued by Anton Chigurh, a hitman who will stop at nothing to make Llewelyn pay.

The film has been noted by critics as the best in the Coen brothers’ filmography as it defies narrative structure, poses thoughts of morality into the audience watching and creates memorable characters. One of which we are going to discuss today, Anton Chigurh, the antagonist of the film.

Portrayed by Javier Bardem, Anton Chigurh is the hitman who has been hired to retrieve the money that Llewelyn stumbled upon in the drug deal gone wrong. On a base level, he provides the conflict to keep the narrative moving which is the role of the antagonist. But the nuance of him from the classic storybook villain is that Llewelyn isn’t his mortal enemy that he must destroy once and for all such as the likes of Clark Kent and Lex Luthor. He’s just a part of his job.

The film opens with Chigurh being arrested, with the officer detailing over a radio the weapon that he uses – a captive bolt pistol. While waiting in the station, the audience can see him handcuffed in the background while the officer calls in his arrest before he slowly moves forward and strangles the officer to death with the handcuffs. Straight away, the audience are given an insight into two things – his strength and his lack of regard for human life. He doesn’t have anything in mind aside from the job that has to be done and everyone that gets in the way of that is just collateral damage.

He is something of a Grim Reaper who believes himself to be fully tasked with ridding the world of what he believes to be not worth saving. However, the scariest part of that is that he leaves it up to his decision or fate in order to decide who gets to live. One of his most famous ‘bits’ is if the morality in the situation is in the air and he hasn’t been specifically tasked with killing the person, but they do stand in the way of what he needs to get done, he flips a coin and leaves it up to fate. For others, they are killed instantly which shows just how unpredictable he truly is.

The narrative structure in No Country For Old Men is something that can be equally analysed and I no doubt will write another post on that some day but I do want to touch briefly on how it plays into the character of Anton. The film is book-ended by Ed Tom Bell’s musings on the way that the world is changing and growing more violent; but whereas the film closes with him in-shot, it opens with him speaking over the top of Chigurh’s arrest which leads onto his first on-screen murder.

This is important because it gives the audience insight that Moss and Bell don’t have, raising the stakes higher than before. Every interaction that Chigurh has with someone is automatically made more tense as the audience are aware of what he is capable of. The iconic gas station scene which is undoubtedly the best scene in the film would have been completely altered if the narrative structure had been changed. If the film had opened with Moss finding the money and being aware that someone could come after him, the threat would be somewhat empty. But by putting two and two together, the audience knows that Chigurh is the one after him even if it isn’t explicitly said through exposition until later in the film.

McCarthy’s antagonists often fall into the category of an unstoppable evil which Chigurh fits perfectly into – even though we see him wounded, he is almost like a man made of metal as he doesn’t seem to be too affected by his injuries. But the Coen brothers wanted him to be more than that and avoid him being one-dimensional which I think they do perfectly through subtle moments. Yes, the audience knows that he is unstoppable but they also know that he is particular about his boots from how he always checks that they’re clean after a kill. He doesn’t like people who don’t work hard for what they get, shown in the gas station scene where the owner reveals he married into the business. Most importantly, he’s a man of his word; even when that word was given to a dead man.

Overall, the awards that Javier Bardem won for his portrayal of Anton Chigurh are well deserved as he is one of the most enigmatic antagonists I have ever seen in a film. He brings a new option for screenwriters when writing antagonists, presenting new ways to be threatening while not being a cackling presence in the background. The juxtaposition of Bardem’s Chigurh and Bardem’s Salazar is insane when it comes to creating a villain, even though he plays them both with gusto. While I’m not normally a fan of the Coen brothers, I thoroughly enjoyed this film and will certainly be writing more analyses of it in the future. My star rating is only 4 due to the graphic nature of the film which I felt was too much in places as they showed their ability to masterfully tell the story without too much gore.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Josh Hutcherson took on the role of Peeta Mellark in the film adaptation of the book series by Suzanne Collins when he was just nineteen years old. He had previous work as a child actor when he starred in the memorable and heartbreaking Bridge to Terabithia. Going from a child actor in a small role to a popular actor in a major franchise had a significant impact on him.

It was worlds apart from anything I have ever experienced. It’s like a double-edged sword. Obviously the benefit of having more projects come your way is great. But when I set out to become an actor at 8, being famous and being recognized was not on my radar. I just wanted to make movies. That naiveté followed me until The Hunger Games slapped me in the face. It’s hard for anybody to digest, especially being a kid from Kentucky. It made me realize the kind of actor I wanted to be. The idea of doing big, big projects that make you even more well-known doesn’t sound as appetizing. If that opportunity came up again, I would have to think about it more.

Josh Hutcherson, EW.

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But he doesn’t look back on it in a bad manner, he was very grateful for the opportunity that was presented for him and marked it as his ‘coming-of-age’. The film lasted for four years until it finished with Mockingjay – Part 2. He wasn’t alone in feeling like this, however, as his co-star Jennifer Lawrence had only recently come to the front of public admiration following her Oscar-nominated role in Winter’s Bone. The Hunger Games propelled her forward into further fame and she has been a household name ever since. Hutcherson hasn’t been in anything major following it.

What did you think of his portrayal of Peeta? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more film news.

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Directed by: Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff
Screenplay by: Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton

Light has been historically used in all types of media to symbolise the difference between good and evil. Sometimes, as open as The Light Side and the Dark Side in Star Wars and other times through cinematography so that viewers can read between the lines themselves. For The Lion King, it plays a vital role in the story and is used in the cinematography if you look for it.

Everything the light touches is our kingdom.

Mufasa, The Lion King

The Lion King is an animated Disney musical that tells the story of Simba, a young lion prince who blames himself for the death of his father. While in exile, he discovers a new way of life but his old life is calling him home, urging him to rise to his responsibility.

In the beginning of the film, Mufasa is showing Simba around the kingdom that he will one day rule by himself. He states that ‘everything the light touches is [their] kingdom’. This is why Scar is often shown in the shadows or dim areas as his rebellion shows that he refuses to be ruled by Mufasa, he wants to be the king himself. We don’t want to traumatise anyone but the scene where the use of light is most prevalent is the saddest scene in the film – when Mufasa dies. Buckle up and get your tissues.

For those of you that haven’t seen the film (you need to get on that), then the scene begins with Simba’s evil uncle Scar has urged Simba into the gorge in order to lure Mufasa there and kill him, effectively making him king. He leaves Simba there while he goes to get Mufasa and Simba begins to practice his roar. But disaster strikes as a stampede of wilderness begins to peek over the top of the gorge. With the use of light in mind, let’s take a look at Simba when he sees the herd moving towards him.


Not only does the quick use of a dolly zoom motion emphasise the dread that Simba is feeling seeing the wildebeest come towards him, he also goes from being in the light of the gorge to covered in darkness. Throughout the film, as I mentioned previously, Scar is often seen in the shadows like the prowling villain that he is – this use of shadow on a character that has previously been in the light shows how Scar’s plan is about to impact Simba’s life. Even though there’s no real mention towards his age, it’s easy to assume that he is young and naive. The fact that he spends the first half of the film wishing to be king without fully recognising that that means losing his father shows just how naive he is to the ways over the world and now, he’s being thrown full throttle into them.

Skipping ahead slightly, let’s look at how the same effect is juxtaposed with another character – Scar. He’s in his regular place in the shadow, looming over the scene as he watches Mufasa claw up the cliff for dear life. Throughout the duration of the film, he’s been pretending to be something he’s not, hiding his true intentions by sarcasm that he can easily shrug off as a joke. For Mufasa, he knows that he’s a troublemaker but wouldn’t believe that he would do anything as sinister as this – why would he? He’s his brother. So as much as we the audience know he’s a villain, Mufasa doesn’t.

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Mufasa begs Scar for his life and all he does is watch in silence – before he leaps forward into the light and slams his claws into his brother’s paws. Shadow was used to show the dawning of reality for Simba and now, the same effect is used on Scar. He’s forcing himself into the light to show his true intentions, who he really is – the lion that’s going to take out his brother and become king. It’s a really clever moment that’s so quick that you could miss it but the next time you’re watching, be sure to look out for it.



They then use the same effect as they did with Simba on Mufasa – the realisation of what has been happening all along is dawning on him. That this was all either a spur of the moment decision for Scar to kill his brother, taking the opportunity where it was or that he’s planned it all out from the start. The dread on his features is apparent to the audience and emphasised by the use of shadow that spreads over him. It’s a similar effect to what happened to Simba – that he is now being covered in Scar’s plan.

Light is used throughout the rest of the film, the paradise that Simba finds with Timon and Pumbaa is very bright and colourful whereas the Pride Rock that’s now reigned over by Scar is very grey and dark. It’s a simple enough technique to use but one that is extremely effective, especially within an animation where they don’t have to rely on natural light in order to create the same effect.

What other films do you think use light effectively? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more film analyses and news.

Carice Van Houten, star of Game Of Thrones who played Red Priestess Melisandre has recently stated in an interview with Insider that she thought the reaction to the finale of the series was ‘ungrateful’. It’s been a year since the finale aired and it has still left fans disappointed with how it finished; not just with the finale, either. The last series was rife with episodes that fan hated.

We are currently rewatching the series from the start and writing meta analyses on each of them which you can read here.

But Carice, who appeared in the series for the majority of it as the mysterious Melisandre, had some choice words to throw back at the fans.

The fact that some people were so disappointed is because everything before that was so good. So it feels a bit ungrateful. You’ve had such great times and then yeah, you’re going to be disappointed because it’s not going to go exactly how you anticipated. Of course, you’re going to have all sorts of criticisms and I just thought it was a sign of how good the show was.

People sometimes take it too far and get too personal, but I can’t take that seriously. I just thought it’s people being really emotional about this show. It just always amazes me how people can go behind their computer and just type ‘die bitch die,’ I’m fascinated by that human psyche.

Carice Van Houten, Insider

While we can’t help but agree with Carice that the backlash was too strong when the show runners got personally targeted, people had put a lot of time into the show and there had been plenty of decisions made in the past by show runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff that were wrong on more levels than just narratively. With that in mind, the ending was accused of being ‘rushed’ and the final series had the least amount of episodes in which also spoke of its pacing.

What do you think? Is she right? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow for more TV news.