Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s divorce has taken a huge turn

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s divorce has taken a huge turn


Here’s what we know so far…

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Credit: REX

Despite filing for divorce 20 months ago, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt‘s custody battle is still ongoing – yes, really.

When Angelina Jolie originally filed for primary physical custody of their six children back in 2016, Brad Pitt kept a relatively low profile, and although we knew they were disputing over custody in court, little news has since emerged.

This month however, the former couple’s divorce has taken a turn, with a court order issued last week over the custody of Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 9-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.

The verdict? Angelina is reportedly required to give Brad more access to their children.

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Angelina Jolie with her family and the cast of First They Killed My Father. Credit: Rex

Angelina, who has primary custody of their three daughters and three sons, was reportedly told by the judge to improve her estranged husband’s access and relationship to their children.

How is this happening?

Brad has apparently been given unrestricted phone rights. This means that that the 43-year-old actress must provide her former husband with the mobile phone numbers of each child and allow them to be in contact with their father at any time, with an additional clause that she is not allowed to monitor the text messages or phone calls.

Additionally, the court is said to have arranged a summer visitation schedule for the couple, apparently including supervised visits with physicians, and it is said that when the children are with Brad, Angelina is restricted to one phone call a day – scheduled at a prearranged time.

Not only this but according to CNN, the court order issued last week requires Angelina to tell her children that they are ‘safe with their father’ and that the ‘court has determined that not having a relationship with their father is harmful to them’.

Opening up about Angelina’s approach to the divorce proceedings, a source told PEOPLE, ‘she will focus only on their children and being with them’.

 

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Eyal from Love Island has a YouTube channel, and it’s as bizarre as you’d expect

Eyal from Love Island has a YouTube channel, and it’s as bizarre as you’d expect


There is tree hugging involved.

Poor Eyal isn’t the nation’s favourite Love Island contestant right now.

The 22-year-old model has quickly become the real villain of the show after snaking out Alex George to claim new girl Megan Barton Hanson as his own.

Doctor Alex was naturally pretty annoyed when the pair (read: Eyal) seemed to go out of their way to make out in front of him in the villa. Tsk.

Fans of the show were appalled when Megan, below, then went on to choose Eyal over Alex in the re-coupling at the beginning of Wednesday’s episode (although she’s now having second thoughts. Duh).

But, back to Eyal and the tea we’ve got on his life before the Island.

Described by memes everywhere as a walking, talking gap year, internet users have now discovered the gem that is Eyal Booker’s YouTube channel.

In the below video he can be seen doing a monkey impression, sharing his favourite colour and hugging a tree.

Prepare your eyes, because you’re probably not ready for this. It’s deep. Real deep. Probably too deep.

The guy has more than 13,500 subscribers but as yet, this is the only video he’s posted.

Shame.

Love Island drama continues tonight on ITV2 at 9pm. #TeamAlex

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Meghan Markle and the Queen are living their best lives together in Cheshire

Meghan Markle and the Queen are living their best lives together in Cheshire


And it’s too much.

Meghan Markle is probably the most talked about woman in the world, from her powerful fashion influence to her transformation from Hollywood actress to full-on royal since assuming a Duchess title.

One of the most talked about aspects of Meghan’s life however is her relationship with her grandmother-in-law, the Queen.

There was concern when a framed photo of Meghan and Harry, previously seen in Queen Elizabeth’s audience room, was moved, but royal experts were quick to explain that the Monarch has a tendency of moving her photographs around, assuring the public that the Queen and Meghan are big fans of each other.

The two power women then proved this today, going on their first official outing as a pair.

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Queen Elizabeth has made a noticeable effort with Meghan, making a lot of exceptions to welcome her into the fold, even inviting her to spend Christmas in Sandringham before she was officially a royal.

But it was her actions this week that really made an impact, with Queen Liz inviting Meghan to accompany her on her personal train – the royal train – to Cheshire, an honour usually reserved for senior titles. Even Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton are yet to receive the honour.

The Queen and the now Duchess of Sussex arrived today in high spirits, disembarking the royal train after having spent the night onboard.

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Meghan wore a light beige pencil dress with a caped top by Givenchy, whilst the Queen opted for a lime green Stewart Parvin suit dress, teamed with a Rachel Trevor Morgan hat.

The pair will first be heading to the Mersey Gateway Bridge, before watching a performance by local school children. Then they will journey to Storyhouse to meet a Syrian settlement group and watch a dance and singing performance by the Fallen Angels dance company and A Little Night Music. Then their final stop in a jam-packed schedule is lunch at Chester Town Hall with locals.

But it’s not their itinerary that is going viral, but the adorable photos of the two women living their best lives, laughing and joking together throughout their tour.

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‘It is the way of the royal family – all part of the training and getting used to being in public life and under public scrutiny,’ Elizabeth’s former press secretary, Charles Anson, told PEOPLE of the Queen’s taking Meghan under her wing. ‘Showing people the ropes is a high priority for the Queen.’

So, does the Queen have a soft spot for Meghan? It certainly looks like it.

We love this friendship.

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A Frida Kahlo exhibition has come to London and we’re here for it

A Frida Kahlo exhibition has come to London and we’re here for it


Here’s everything you need to know from how to get tickets to the woman behind the exhibition…

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Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is an icon, with a colourful and compelling life story, but having died in 1954, most of what we learn about her is from books and films, with Salma Hayek nominated for an academy award for portraying her in Frida.

Now however, we will be able to see for ourselves as a brand new exhibition has come to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, showcasing Frida’s most intimate personal belongings – from artefacts to clothing.

Introducing: Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

Locked away for 50 years after her death, this collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico – and it’s set to give us a fresh perspective on her incredible life story.

What is in the Frida Kahlo exhibition?

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up will present some of Frida’s most intimate personal belongings, with the highlights including a Guatemalan cotton coat with Mazatec huipil belonging to the artist, a selection of Frida’s cosmetics and the prosthetic leg with a leather boot that she used to wear.

When is the Frida Kahlo exhibition?

The Frida Kahlo exhibition is running from Saturday 16th June till Saturday 4th November so we should all be able to get tickets.

How can I get tickets for the Frida Kahlo exhibition?

Tickets for Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up can be purchased either on the door of the V&A or online – and cost £15 each. It is recommended that you book in advance via their website though, with the exhibition set to be very popular.

What is Frida Kahlo’s life story?

With a sickening crash, the bus collided with a trolley car on a packed street in Mexico City. It was 17 September 1925, and as passengers were flung helplessly from the wreckage, an iron handrail pierced 18-year-old Frida Kahlo’s abdomen, fracturing her spine and shattering her pelvis. Her collarbone was broken, her right leg – already withered from childhood polio – was fractured in 11 places and her foot dislocated. Frida’s boyfriend at the time, Alejandro Gomez Arias (known as Alex), was travelling with her and remembers the scene: ‘Someone in the bus had been carrying a packet of powdered gold, which fell all over Frida. When people saw her they cried, “La bailarina!” With the gold on her red, bloody body, they thought she was a dancer.’

The physical, emotional and psychological impact was devastating. Frida was encased in a full-body cast for three months and underwent more than 30 operations. ‘She lived dying,’ said a close friend. But she found a way to communicate her fear and desperation through her uncompromising art. In 1926, confined to bed after a relapse, Frida was given an easel and paints by her parents. In the 29 years between her accident and her death in 1954, aged 47, she would create sensual, disturbing, powerful art, many self-portraits that challenged convention, pre-dating Tracey Emin’s artistic self-exposure by decades. ‘I paint myself because I am often alone and I am the subject I know best,’ Frida said.

Born on 6 July 1907 in Coyoac·n, a suburb of Mexico City, Frida later made a political gesture by claiming her birth date was 1910, so her life would begin with the Mexican Revolution. Raised with three sisters by their German father Guillermo, a photographer, and mother Matilde, Frida’s upbringing was unconventional. At six, she contracted polio, spending nine months confined to bed. Against the odds, eight years later she was one of only 35 girls in Mexico City to attend an elite prep school. A natural-born rebel, Frida would let off firecrackers in class and wear men’s clothing to taunt visiting artists. One visitor was world-famous painter Diego Rivera, who was invited to paint a mural in the school’s amphitheatre in 1922. He was 36 and Frida just 15, but she declared: ‘My ambition is to have a child by Diego Rivera.’

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The pair met again at a party six years later and, despite becoming known as something of an odd couple – her parents called them ‘the elephant and the dove’ (he was immensely overweight) – they married in 1929. He built them adjacent houses, joined by a bridge, and Frida would lock the connecting door when she was angry with him, usually over one of his many affairs. ‘She never got used to his loves,’ remembers her friend Ella Wolfe. ‘Diego never cared. He said having sex was like urinating. He couldn’t understand why people took it so seriously.’

The affair that caused Frida most pain was Diego’s relationship with her beloved younger sister, Cristina, in 1934. Frida described feeling as though she was being ‘murdered by life’ in her painting A Few Small Nips, which is also based on a newspaper account of a woman stabbed by her boyfriend. For a short time, Frida moved out. ‘I suffered two grave accidents in my life. One in which a streetcar knocked me down. The other accident is Diego.’

Openly bisexual, Frida also had extra-marital relationships with both women (which Diego encouraged) and men (which enraged him). Despite their difficulties, they were compulsively drawn to one another. Frida suffered multiple miscarriages and a medically advised abortion as she tried and failed to have Diego’s child, as a result of her pelvic injuries from the bus accident. She portrayed her pain in her painting Henry Ford Hospital, which shows her lying on blood-soaked sheets after a miscarriage. ‘Never before has a woman put such agonised poetry on canvas,’ said her husband at the time. Together, the couple became the centre of art, culture and Marxist politics in 30s Mexico.

Frida Kahlo painting In Bed. Photographed By Juan Guzman, Mexico City, 1952. Credit: Rex

In 1937, Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky and his wife came to live at Frida’s family home, Casa Azul, for two years, after he had been expelled from his country by Stalin. Trotsky and Frida had an impassioned affair (she called him 
‘el viejo’, old man, and he would leave her love notes inside books he loaned her). In Frida’s famous self-portrait Between The Curtains, she is holding a document that says, ‘To Trotsky with great affection, I dedicate this painting November 7, 1937. Frida Kahlo, in San Angel, Mexico.’ Two years later, both she and Diego were suspected, but cleared, of involvement 
in Trotsky’s assassination.

Meanwhile, Frida’s reputation as an artist was growing. In 1938, she was invited to exhibit her work in New York; artist Georgia O’Keefe came to the opening and Hollywood actor Edward G Robinson bought four of her works. ‘She became one of a group of post-revolutionary intellectuals who reinvented traditional culture through a lens of modernity,’ says Adriana Zavala, curator of a new exhibition of Frida’s work that opens at The New York Botanical Garden in May.

Known for her exotic outfits, Frida adopted the traditional costume of Mexico’s Tehuana Indians, with ribbons in her hair. She sometimes wore gold and diamond tooth caps that glittered when she smiled. Refusing to conform to feminine beauty ideals, she would blacken her faint moustache and heavy eyebrows to exaggerate them. When she walked down the streets, children would mob her and ask where the circus was. Her mother had dressed in Indian costume as a child and Frida originally began wearing the full skirts to disguise her withered leg. ‘Indigenous culture was adopted by Mexican intellectuals and Communists to signal their support of native practices,’ explains Zavala. ‘But Frida’s way of dressing was so extreme, it was a form of aggression; she was asserting her will to be different and to flout convention.’

Frida Kahlo. Credit: Rex

Her compelling image is still resonant today. Madonna said last year that when she was a struggling dancer in New 
York: ‘I would look at a postcard of Frida Kahlo taped to my wall, and the sight of her moustache consoled me. Because she was an artist who didn’t care what people thought.’ Even the latest Valentino Resort collection was inspired by Frida’s look. ‘We are fascinated by a character able to live following her own schemes and rules, not subjected to any kind of protocol,’ said joint creative director for the label, Pierpaolo Piccioli.

Frida showcased this independent attitude in Paris in 1939, when she was invited by Andre Breton to show her work. Unwell with a kidney infection, she was missing Diego and reportedly hated the ‘artistic bitches’ of the city’s bohemian cafe society. Nevertheless, her time in Paris was a triumph. Elsa Schiaparelli designed a dress inspired by her, the Louvre bought one of her paintings – its first by a 20th-century Mexican artist – and she even helped 400 refugees from the Spanish Civil War escape to Mexico. ‘They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t,’ she said at the time. ‘I never painted my dreams. I painted my own reality.’

Back in Mexico, that reality was to become even harsher. After five months apart, Frida and Diego’s marriage was over – he claimed he ended it to avoid causing her more pain with his infidelities. ‘I understood that for him it is better to leave me. Now I feel so rotten and lonely,’ she wrote at the time. But Diego couldn’t live without her, either. A year later, they remarried, with conditions – Frida insisted on supporting herself and refused to have sex with her husband.

Frida Kahlo photographed by Gisele Freund with her doctor and painting of the two of them. Credit: Rex

Their uneasy reconciliation coincided with Frida’s deteriorating health. From 1944 until her death, she suffered repeated operations on her spine – another consequence of her accident – spending 28 months encased in a plaster corset, sometimes suspended from iron hoops in the ceiling, or with sandbags attached to straighten her back. In 1953, in Mexico, she appeared at her final exhibition, in a huge four-poster bed decorated with skeletons and pictures of her friends, family and Diego. ‘I am not sick. I am broken,’ she said. ‘But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.’

Eventually, she was diagnosed with gangrene and her leg was amputated from the knee. Frida, who had occasionally used drink and drugs to cope with the agony of her condition, became even more dependent on them – sometimes drinking two litres of cognac a day and injecting a cocktail of opiates. She tried hard to maintain the Frida persona, wearing red leather boots with gold embroidery and bells to disguise her prosthetic limb, but her depression and despair were obvious. ‘If I were brave, I would kill her. I cannot stand to see her suffer so,’ lamented Diego.

She died in 1954 – whether from suicide or natural causes is still a mystery – but her passing was characteristically macabre. At her cremation, the intense heat of the furnace caused her body to sit up and her hair flame around her head ‘like a sunflower’. The shape of Frida’s body was apparent for a few moments in the ashes. The young girl who had been covered in gold dust was now a silvery skeleton.

Today, Frida remains the world’s most recognised female artist, according to Zavala. ‘There’s a very powerful self-presence in her paintings, but her work isn’t purely biographical: it reflects the politics and environment of her times and that has influenced generations of artists and feminists ever since.’ As Frida herself once said: ‘I used to think I was the strangest person in the world, but then I thought there must be someone who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this, yes, it’s true, I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.’

The Frida Kahlo exhibition will be open at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, from Saturday 16 June 2018 to Sunday 4 November 2018.

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People think Sophie Turner’s Game of Thrones tattoo is a major season 8 spoiler

People think Sophie Turner’s Game of Thrones tattoo is a major season 8 spoiler


WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

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Game of Thrones fans, steel yourselves. We might finally know how the dramatic HBO fantasy shakes out and who wins a place on the Iron Throne thanks to a bit of ink. A tattoo artist claiming to have inked Sophie Turner revealed a picture of her work and the internet has gone full on speculation nation, as it seems to hint that the Stark family comes out victorious.

The blockbuster show recently wrapped filming its final season and the cast celebrated in style at a massive Belfast party, where everybody got a little tipsy and things escalated with Jason Momoa and Emilia Clarke attempting that Dirty Dancing lift. It seems like Sophie Turner wanted a more lasting celebration of the show she essentially grew up on, as tattoo artist Lauren Winzer revealed a fresh new direwolf tattoo that appears to belong Sophie Turner.

However, it was the words underneath House Stark’s sigil that blew everybody’s minds. They read, ‘The pack survives.’

Cue the sound of a million fans screaming all at once. What does it mean? Does it mean that the Starks win the Iron Throne? Does that mean Sansa survives? Is it metaphorical and none of them survive? WE NEED SOME ANSWERS.

Immediately, avid fans flooded the comments. One user called @hellohemmy decided to go straight to the source and tagged Sophie saying, ‘Is this a spoiler? @sophiet’

Unsurprisingly, Sophie didn’t respond.

Others made up their own minds about what it meant, with one user @wolfsbaneandsilver saying, ‘She survives! Shut your pieholes you haters!’

Another called @pau_inlaw86 made a bolder claim, saying, ‘sansa, arya and Bran will survive to the great war’.

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However one user called @gerzzzey suggested what we think is the most likely answer, saying, ‘Just bec a tattoo said “the pack survives” doesn’t mean it’s a spoiler and the starks survived. The phrase came from her monologue back in S7 ! Why aren’t people thinking about that?’

They’re of course referring to an emotional moment between Sansa and Arya Stark during the final episode of season seven, when the reunited sisters stood on Winterfell’s battlements and quoted their late father Ned Stark’s motto.

The phrase goes, ‘The lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.’

While Sophie hasn’t confirmed whether or not she’s the person in Lauren’s photograph – she’d be far from the last cast member thinking of grabbing a Game of Thrones tattoo. In fact, she and her co-star Maisie Williams already have matching tatts of the date they both found out they had landed their roles.

Emilia Clarke of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons also recently revealed that she wants a little dragon tattoo on her wrist.

She said in a Live! With Kelly and Ryan interview, ‘I’m going to get a dragon right here, kind of flying away. So I think that’s cool. A little kind of peace out.’

We’re not even going to try to read into that one.

We’ll have to wait until next year to find out whether any of our wild theories about Sansa and House Stark are true, as the final Game of Thrones episodes will be released some point in 2019.

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Niall’s friends ‘can’t get hold of him’ after his shock Love Island exit

Niall’s friends ‘can’t get hold of him’ after his shock Love Island exit


Here’s what we know so far…

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Love Island series 4 is only in its second week, and we’re already obsessed.

Why did Kendall have to be the first to go? Are Danni and Jack in it for the long haul? And, will Alex find love?

There are so many questions already, and we are deeply invested.

This week has been dominated however by the shock departure of one of the public’s top favourite Islanders, 23-year-old Niall Aslam, with his unexpected exit breaking the hearts of Love Island viewers, and his ‘rainbow fish’, Georgia.

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‘Niall has left the villa for personal reason,’ ITV announced in a statement, something that fellow islander Alex later confirmed to the group.

‘For personal reasons unfortunately Niall can’t continue or come back to the villa,’ Alex announced to the islanders. ‘I’m obviously sad that Niall’s left the villa. We got on really, really well. He’s such a great guy. And I look forward to catching up with him and having some fun with him outside.’

While ITV is staying tight-lipped about the 23-year-old construction worker’s departure from the show, it has been reported by the Mirror Online, that the decision was down to health reasons, made jointly by Niall and the Love Island bosses.

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Causing further concern, The Sun Online reported that Niall’s friends were unable to get hold of him after his departure, with one friend reportedly telling the publication, ‘We don’t know what’s gone on and we haven’t spoken to him so we’re in the dark.’

‘We are as shocked as everyone else is,’ another reportedly added. It’s a shame as he was doing really well and taking the show by storm.’

‘Obviously I was coupled up with him so obviously I came closer to him than most people in here,’ his Love Island other half Georgia explained of Niall after his exit. ‘But it wasn’t just that. He was actually my friend, my buddy.’

Niall has yet to speak out about his exit.

We’re sending him our thoughts.

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This is the reported nickname that Meghan will be able to call the Queen once they’re close enough

This is the reported nickname that Meghan will be able to call the Queen once they’re close enough


And we don’t know how we feel about it.

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Meghan Markle is probably the most talked about woman in the world, from her powerful fashion influence to her transformation from Hollywood actress to full-on royal since assuming a Duchess title.

One of the most talked about aspects of Meghan’s life however is her relationship with her grandmother-in-law, the Queen.

Queen Elizabeth has made a noticeable effort with Meghan, making a lot of exceptions to welcome her into the fold, from inviting her to spend Christmas in Sandringham before she was officially a royal to inviting Meghan to accompany her on her personal train – the royal train – to Cheshire just last week, an honour usually reserved for senior titles. Even Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton are yet to receive the honour.

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There was concern when a framed photo of the couple, previously seen in Queen Elizabeth’s audience room, was moved, but royal experts were quick to explain that the Monarch has a tendency of moving her photographs around, assuring the public that the Queen and Meghan are big fans of each other.

In fact, it was recently reported that Meghan may one day be able to refer to the Queen by an affectionate nickname, provided the time is right.

While Meghan will refer to the Queen as ‘You Royal Highness’, ‘Your Majesty’ or ‘Ma’am’ for now, she may one day refer to her as something more personal, ‘Mama’.

Yes, really. Royal expert Ingrid Seward explained to The Sun that Meghan would probably one day call the Queen ‘Mama’, a name that Princess Diana once referred to the Monarch as, but only when she ‘gets to know her as Diana did’.

Seeing as the two are yet to go on their first official tour together, we doubt she’ll go for ‘Mama’ just yet.

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You won’t believe this crazy plot twist that Wonder Woman 2’s new teasers reveal…

You won’t believe this crazy plot twist that Wonder Woman 2’s new teasers reveal…


Chris Pine, is that you?

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Our skin is clear, our crops are thriving, the sun is shining and we finally have an exciting first look at the new Wonder Woman sequel, which has us all in a tizzy at the office. The new film is called Wonder Woman 1984 and one interesting still made us hit the roof – namely, one of Chris Pine as Steve Trevor. Yeah, Gal Gadot’s cute love interest who ended up dying at the end of the last film. (Or so we thought.)

Until now, we thought that Chris Pine had kicked the bucket after courageously sacrificing himself at the end of the first Wonder Woman. BUT APPARENTLY NOT.

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In fact, a new movie still shows that Steve Trevor is alive and well – if not a little confused by his khaki tracksuit.

Patty Jenkins, who will be returning to direct Wonder Woman 1984, confirmed the news on Twitter saying, ‘Welcome to WONDER WOMAN 1984, STEVE TREVOR!’

We have SO MANY QUESTIONS. First of all, how? And why? And does Diana Prince know? What. Is. Happening?!

The team’s been keeping pretty tight-lipped about his reappearance in the series, however we have managed to glean some info about the new film. It’s set in the 1980s, so between the first film and the Justice League film that Diana popped her head into. (We don’t talk about the latter.) Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman will have to face off against a brand new super-villain in the upcoming sequel: The Cheetah, played by Kristin Wiig. Pedro Pascal of Game of Thrones will also be part of the star-studded cast, so here’s hoping he has a better run of it in the DC universe.

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The first film was a major win for women, both onscreen and off. Its director Patty Jenkins became the highest paid female director ever off the back of it, the film smashed through box office records and people responded to its strong feminist message, from celebrating little details like the way they resisted turning it into an eye candy fest.

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Gal Gadot has also since taken her responsibility as an IRL Wonder Woman to heart, as she’s become an outspoken advocate for gender equality in the industry and threw her voice behind Hollywood’s Me Too movement in a Critic’s Choice speech. She also reportedly threatened to walk from Wonder Woman unless alleged sexual harasser Brett Ratner was fired as a producer. (Give ‘em hell, Gal.)

Here’s hoping the second film is just as good as the first and we can’t wait to hear that iconic theme tune blare through the speakers. Wonder Woman 1984 will be released worldwide on November 1, 2019.

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Adam is not the true villain of Love Island – Eyal is

Adam is not the true villain of Love Island – Eyal is


There’s an inverse relationship between the number of times a man says ‘I’m deep’ with how deep he actually is. Eyal, my friends, is shallower than my niece’s paddling pool

Eyal has spent much of his Love Island air time honking on about his ‘spiritual side’. He came on the show to forge deep human connections (man) not to score a cheap fondle on a day bed. ‘The biggest thing I bring to a relationship is, like, truth’ he said.

Strange, then, that he spent his first few days chasing Hayley, a woman whom it was clear within five minutes he had absolutely nothing in common with. Ironically it was Hayley, not Eyal, who had the emotional intelligence to realise this. ‘There’s no chemistry’ she said, after Eyal had attempted to fondle her on the day bed, ‘I don’t feel like he brings my personality out, I feel like I’m very boring when I’m around him.’ When she confided to Laura and Wes about this ‘truth’ Eyal flew off the handle. ‘I’m not your hun, hun‘ he spat.

There also wasn’t a lot of ‘good energy’ in evidence last night when Eyal swooped in on an indecisive Megan, pulling her into a kiss in front of poor, unlucky Dr Alex, a move made even worse by the fact that Alex had been singing his rival’s praises to Megan a just a few hours earlier. In a vintage display of British passive aggression, Alex told Eyal ‘that’s not something I would do.’

Eyal’s zen is disintegrating faster than a cheap sarong. There’s an inverse relationship between the number of times a man says ‘I’m deep’ with how deep he actually is. Eyal is shallower than my niece’s paddling pool. He didn’t give a flying fuck what breed of dog Hayley had, just as he doesn’t care if this is the closest his ‘boy’ Alex has come to finding a partner. ‘It’s dog eat dog’ he shrugged to camera, his last shred of beer mat Buddhism vanishing into thin air.

Much has been made of Adam’s ‘Nasty Nick’ status in the house, but I think Eyal might be the true villain of this series. Yes, Adam is a piece of work, but it’s all in an entertaining, pantomime villain kind of way. You can practically see him winking at the producers.

Eyal, on the other hand, is sly. A particular brand of entitled, faux-spiritual-bro we’ve all had a run-in with at some point or another. He’s the guy in the dolphin thong necklace who spends an evening mansplaining the work of Pedro Almodovar to you, even though you’re the person who studied it, he’s the guy who says he finds it hard to connect with ‘most women’ then talks about himself for two hours straight, he’s the one who says ‘what, don’t you trust me?’ when you turn down a one-night stand, who asks you a question then interrupts your answer with ‘you have amazing eyes.’ It’s what’s on the inside that counts, so long as the outside is a size 8.

‘I believe in a past life that I was some kind of monkey’ Eyal said in his intro to the show. If he keeps this up he’ll be spending his next life as a cockroach.

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The first Game of Thrones spinoff has just been confirmed

The first Game of Thrones spinoff has just been confirmed


But how does the original series end first?!?!

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Cue the Game of Thrones theme song, we’re heading back to Westeros. Although the final season of the series may be a painfully long way off, we could be getting more Thrones-based entertainment till then because a prequel to the HBO show is moving forwards.

There’s been big rumours that Game of Thrones spin-off shows were in the works (five to be exact) and now, we know at least one of them is going to be on our radar. George R. R. Martin, the author of the original series, revealed that HBO had ordered a pilot for a series written by Jane Goldman, a.k.a. the kickass Hollywood screenwriter behind the Kingsman movies, Stardust, the upcoming Little Mermaid film and – well – Kickass.

As to whether or not we’d be seeing our favourite characters? Unfortunately not, George clarified.

He wrote in a blog post, ‘Yes, this is a prequel, not a sequel. None of the characters or actors from GAME OF THRONES will appear in the new show. All of the successor shows we’ve been developing have been prequels, as I have mentioned before.’

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Okay, a little heartbreaking but we’re still here for it. The character development in Thrones is so impressive that we don’t doubt we’ll both love and hate whoever else pops up in King’s Landing. However, Westeros might even be totally unrecognisable as the show is set literally thousands of years in the past.

He said, ‘This one really puts the PRE in prequel, since it is set not ninety years before GAME OF THRONES (like Dunk & Egg), or a few hundred years, but rather ten thousand years (well, assuming the oral histories of the First Men are accurate, but there are maesters at the Citadel who insist it has only been half that long).’

Don’t get too attached just yet though, as HBO has only ordered a pilot of the untitled Thrones show – meaning that they haven’t green-lit the whole series. It’d probably depend on how the pilot turns out. Given that the order literally just came in, they still need to work out all the logistics: a director, cast, location – even the name of the show.

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According to Newsarama, the logline for the pilot reads: ‘Taking place thousands of years before the events of egan, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend … it’s not the story we think we know.’

OMINOUS. Consider our interest piqued.

Regarding the other potential shows, George also gave us a little update. He said, ‘If you have been following along, you know that we started with four, and eventually went to five. One of those has been shelved, I am given to understand, and of course Jane’s pilot is now moving to film. But that does not mean the others are dead.

Three more GAME OF THRONES prequels, set in different periods and featuring different characters and storylines, remain in active development. Everything I am told indicates that we could film at least one more pilot, and maybe more than one, in the years to come. We do have an entire world and tens of thousands of years of history to play with, after all. But this is television, so nothing is certain.’

It sounds like HBO’s taking a cue from the series and re-enacting a real life Game of Thrones situation behind the scenes. Only a couple of spin offs can sit on the Iron Throne. Valar Morgulis.

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