Netflix was down yesterday and the internet had a meltdown

Netflix was down yesterday and the internet had a meltdown

‘Women and children to the lifeboats.’

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Everybody remembers where they were last night when Netflix went down for one hour. Well, at least, the internet remembers. Yesterday evening, users all over the world found themselves unable to stream their favourite TV show and social media went into full meltdown mode.

The problem struck at around 10/11pm last night, prime time for the post-work crowd to put their feet up and stick a Netflix show on. However those keen to watch Queer Eye or The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt were faced with an error message that read, ‘Sorry, something went wrong. Please try again later.’

As tends to be the case with situations like this, people flocked to Twitter to freak out and harass Netflix until the problem was sorted. Netflix Down quickly became the phrase of the hour as #netflixdown began trending, alerting more and more people to the problem.

The service eventually issued a Twitter statement which read, ‘We are aware of members having trouble streaming on all devices. We are investigating the issue and appreciate your patience.’

Keep calm and carry on was not the mantra of the evening, as people began to spiral on Twitter.

Some had an existential crisis.

Some blamed other users.

Others rallied around one another.

Some found other things to do.

However after roughly an hour, Netflix fixed the problem and let everybody know they could go back to binging to their heart’s content.

People stopped talking to one another, queued up a season of Friends and watched Joey Tribbiani until their eyes blurred and they fell asleep.

And the world was at peace again.

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Claire Foy is ditching palace life as Lisbeth in the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sequel

Claire Foy is ditching palace life as Lisbeth in the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sequel

Liz, is that you?

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If you’ve ever wanted to see Queen Elizabeth tatted up, glittering with facial piercings and rocking black leather, well – you’re still not in luck. That said though, you’ll be able to imagine what a young goth Liz would have looked like when Claire Foy steps into the role of Lisbeth Salander this year: a.k.a. the badass protagonist of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series.

Given that Claire Foy has closed the door on her role as Queen Elizabeth on Netflix’s The Crown, it was only a matter of time before she moved onto something else. She could have done the safe thing and banked on the role that made her famous by doing a good old British period drama, but we’re absolutely ecstatic that she went for the polar opposite in Lisbeth Salander.

The new film is called The Girl Caught In The Spider’s Web and is based on the fourth novel of the bestselling Millenium series revolving around Lisbeth, written by Stieg Larsson. Claire will be the third person to take up the mantle and motorbike helmet as the unsettling crusader, as Noomi Rapace and more recently Rooney Mara played the role.

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We got a first glimpse of Claire looking unlike we’ve ever seen her before in a new trailer, where she’s all decked out in white face paint and rocking a short pixie cut. It seems like the new film directed by Fede Alvarez will set her up as a feminist champion who saves women from abusers and is literally referred to as ‘the righter of wrongs’ in the trailer.

While some Twitter users quibbled with Claire’s Svenglish accent, it looks like it’s going to be a pretty cool action hero flick. Unfortunately, Daniel Craig won’t be reprising his role as journalist Mikael Blomkvist (something that devastates me greatly) and instead Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason will be stepping into his shoes.

Stephen Merchant is also set to star in the gritty film, however his role hasn’t been formally announced. Your guess is as good as ours as to why the funnyman is there to begin with.

The film will be released later this year on 9 November, so you won’t have to wait too long. That’s just enough time to reread the entire Millennium series, if you need a little refresher.

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This is the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper news that we weren’t expecting

This is the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper news that we weren’t expecting

But we’re totally here for it.

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Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are two names that are rarely heard in the same sentence.

Sure, they’re both A-list and highly respected, but with Gaga being an experimental and provocative megastar (remember that meat dress?) and Bradley being your typical guy next door turned critically acclaimed actor, we can’t really see these two running in the same circles.

But it’s an unlikely collaboration between the two A-listers that’s got everyone talking this month.

Yes, really – and we cannot wait.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are teaming up in an upcoming feature film – and no one saw it coming.

The trailer for the hotly anticipated film, A Star is Born, has been released and everyone’s talking about it – think country music, romance and a lot of nostalgia. We’re in.

Bradley Cooper plays a country music singer who discovers a hidden talent, coming in the form of Lady Gaga.

But it’s not just the storyline that’s got everyone talking with A Star Is Born being a film of firsts, not only Bradley Cooper’s first directional project, but also Lady Gaga’s first leading role in a major motion picture.


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‘It’s a dream come true and an honor to be a part of this incredible movie. Bradley Cooper’s ability as a director, actor and musician is astounding,’ Lady Gaga posted to her Instagram account. ‘I can’t wait for people to see this authentic, epic, beautiful love story. It’s called “A Star Is Born,” and I’m beyond thrilled for you to meet Jack and Ally.’

Thought you may have heard of the film before? You probably have, with this being the third remake of the story, with the 1937 version starring Janet Gaynor and Frederic March, and the 1976 version starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

Don’t be fooled though. This film is set to be different from its predecessors, with Lady Gaga actually writing some original songs for the film, with the studio reporting that artists Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell and Mark Ronson also came onboard to help with song creation.

A Star Is Born is due to hit cinemas on October 5th 2018 and we cannot wait.

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The live action Mulan film has scrapped Captain Shang for a new love interest

The live action Mulan film has scrapped Captain Shang for a new love interest


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Let’s get down to business – Captain Li Shang is officially not going to be in the live action Mulan movie. Instead, he’ll be replaced by another love interest called Chen Honghui and we’ve finally gotten a look at who’s going to be playing him…and we’ll begrudgingly admit that he’s a cutie.

While Mulan previously fell in love with her squad leader Shang in the Disney film, she’ll be finding romance further down the ranks in Chen Honghui, a new recruit who becomes her staunch ally. The Hollywood Reporter described him as a ‘confident and ambitious recruit’ in the same platoon as her, led by Mulan’s eventual mentor Commander Tung.

As for who’s playing Honghui? Well, say hello to New Zealander Yoson An.

Yoson is a relatively newcomer to the scene and this will be his first major Hollywood project. His previous screen credits include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny and the upcoming films The Meg and Mortal Engines.

He’ll be joining a star-studded and primarily Asian cast, which included Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s Donnie Yen as Commander Tung, Jet Li as the Emperor of China and Yifei Liu as Mulan. In the same casting announcement, two brand new characters were also revealed: a couple of con artists called Ramtish and Skatch played by Chum Ehelepola and Utkarsh Ambudkar respectively.

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Naturally, the decision to scrap Captain Li Shang has been a controversial one – almost as controversial as Disney’s decision to scrap all the songs from the remake. Shang and Mulan’s hate to love relationship was one of the biggest highlights of the animated film, plus nobody can forget his contender for Disney’s biggest bop I’ll Make A Man Out Of You.

He’s also seen renewed popularity as a bisexual icon in recent years, as many have pointed out that he seemed to be in love with Mulan when he first thought she was a man and as a woman.

People were very nervous when it first came out that Disney was doing a live action remake of the beloved flick, especially as they had optioned a script about a white male merchant which starred Mulan as a secondary character and love interest. However, Disney quickly reassured protesters that they were going to be reworking the script and have since hired a predominantly Asian cast.

We’ll have to wait till 2020 when Mulan is released to see if Chen Honghui holds up to Captain Li Shang, who is IMHO Disney’s best prince. Okay sure, he’s not technically royalty but he’s the king of my heart and deserves a throne – well, one smaller than Mulan’s anyway.

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John Travolta is into the Grease conspiracy theory that Sandy was dead the whole time

John Travolta is into the Grease conspiracy theory that Sandy was dead the whole time

Oh well, oh well, oh well oh-

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We’ve got an unexpected birthday that’ll make you feel ancient – Grease will officially be forty years old this year. While many avid musical fans have their annual viewing, other diehards spend their time coming up with dark conspiracy theories including the idea that Olivia Newton John’s Sandy was dead the entire time. Well, John Travolta finally weighed in on it and spoiler: he’s into it.

The 1978 musical has always been known for being super bubbly and lighthearted, even if some parts of it didn’t exactly age well. (Looking at you, Summer Nights.) However, this conspiracy theory believes it’s too good to be true.

If we follow its logic, while Danny Zuko tried to save Sandy from drowning at the beach on their first meeting, he wasn’t totally successful and she wound up lapsing into a coma where she dreams up the whole film. And then when she flies off into the sky in Danny’s car, it’s actually the moment she dies and goes off to heaven. WILD.

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John, who played Danny Zuko, really liked the idea but couldn’t totally get behind it. He told USA Today, ‘I could have fun with it. But I know the writers of Grease, and I was around in the original days. I can’t take it too far.’

He also unpicked one of the theory’s biggest arguments, namely the Danny Zuko line in Summer Nights that goes ‘I saved her life; she nearly drowned’ which kickstarted people’s imagination.

‘[Danny’s] bragging; it was made up to impress the boys,’ he says. ‘[Sandy and Danny] have two different stories and somebody is lying. Most likely, it’s Danny.’

That said though, he didn’t want to totally rule out the theory. He said, ‘I don’t want to spoil the fun for everyone.’

This theory isn’t exactly a new one, as it previously went viral back in 2016 to the glee and horror of many Grease fans. Even Sarah Michelle Gellar, Buffy the Vampire Slayer herself, thought it had some mileage as she shared the theory on her Facebook page way back when saying it has ‘blown [her] mind’.

John said, ‘Imaginations are awesome. These things are bound to happen to something timeless like this. It’s so fun.’

Given that Grease is getting a shiny new restored Blu-Ray this year, you’ll be able to see if the conspiracy theory actually holds up. Quick, call your Pink Ladies crew.

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The Harry Potter pick up lines from last night’s Love Island are Tinder gold

The Harry Potter pick up lines from last night’s Love Island are Tinder gold

Being muggled off is but the next great adventure.

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The quickest way to a 90s kid’s heart is through some witty Harry Potter wordplay and after last night’s Love Island 2018 episode, we’re basically ready to marry Niall Aslam. Clearly, we weren’t the only ones who felt that way as the internet quickly fell in love with his quick-thinking Harry Potter puns – even if his former partner Kendall didn’t.

Before Abs McGee – a.k.a. newcomer Adam – stole Kendall away from him, Niall and Kendall has a cosy moment on the couches where he revealed he was a massive Harry Potter geek. When she asked him about his tattoos, he revealed that he actually had a tattoo from J.K. Rowling’s series: Hermione’s wand. (Also, we’re here for the great niche choice.)

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The two bonded over the Boy Who Lived after that, as Kendall revealed her least favourite book was actually the first one.

Niall quipped, ‘Why? You don’t want to Philosopher’s Stone and chill?’

However the Potter-based banter was shortlived, as Adam with his ‘fifteen abs’ arrived to break up the party. Boo.

Later that evening when Adam chose to pair up with Kendall, he coined a phrase that will forever go down in television history. He said, ‘I got muggled off.’

While Niall may have lost out this episode, he clearly won the internet with his magical puns when #muggledoff began trending on Twitter. Here’s a few of the funniest reactions below…

Hopefully he has a wand – or a strategy – in his back pocket this episode, otherwise he could very well be the first person to go home this season.

The next episode of Love Island will be aired tonight at 9pm on ITV2.

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Miss America has finally axed its swimsuit competition

Miss America has finally axed its swimsuit competition

‘We’re changing out of our swimsuits and entering a whole new era’


Anyone who has seen Miss Congeniality knows that the Miss America beauty pageant divides opinion.

The main point for debate? The swimsuit competition – involving contestants parading around the stage in bikinis and high heels as they answer interview questions and try to get public support.

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While the swimsuit competition is considered backwards – especially in the current #TimesUp climate, it has been a part of the show since the pageant began, founded in 1921, with many reluctant to modernise the show – even if it is objectifying women on the regular.

Well, it looks like change has finally come – yet more proof that this is a watershed year for women.

Miss America has finally ditched its outdated swimsuit competition. And why? Because people don’t want to be involved in it.

In an announcement made yesterday on Good Morning America, the Miss America Organisation broke the news that their pageant was shaking things up and getting with the times – finally.

There will now no longer be a swimsuit competition or an evening gown competition – and in perhaps the biggest move forward in pageant history, contestants will also no longer be judged on their physical appearance.

‘We’ve heard from a lot of young women who say, “We’d love to be a part of your program but we don’t want to be out there in high heels and a swimsuit,”’ explained Gretchen Carlson, Miss America 1989 and now the organisation’s chair of the Board of Trustees. ‘So guess what, you don’t have to do that anymore.’

Instead of the bikini and ball gown competitions where candidates strut the stage and are marked on their appearance and grooming techniques, contestants will be involved in an interactive session with the judges where they will be ‘asked to demonstrate their passion, intelligence and overall understanding of the job of Miss America.’

‘We are now open, inclusive and transparent and I want to inspire thousands of young people across this country to come and be a part of our program,’ Gretchen Carlson continued. ‘We want you and we want to celebrate your accomplishments and your talents and then we want to hand you scholarships.’

Well, that definitely sounds like progress to us.

About time! It is 2018 after all.

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These are the first set of Love Island 2018 couples and cue our new obsession

These are the first set of Love Island 2018 couples and cue our new obsession


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Love Island is back and we’re already cancelling any and all plans. To our friends, lovers, family members, doctors and whoever else may be concerned, we’ve got something more important to do: namely, watch a bunch of beautiful people hook up in a villa. Well, the pilot episode of the new season just aired on ITV2 and the first set of couples have been locked in.

Now that we’re over all that Kem drama and have met the new Love Island 2018 contestants, we’re already invested in the drama.

Love Island 2018 Contestants

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This year’s cast members include Dani Dyer, the daughter of EastEnders’ Danny Dyer, Dr. Alex George, West End performer Samira Mighty and others. There’s another former pop star called Eyal Booker in the line up and here’s hoping there’s another anticlimactic Marcel x Blazin’ Squad reveal on the show with the rest of the villa.

So, who shacked up with who in the first episode? Here’s the gossip…

Love Island 2018 Couples

Niall Aslam and Kendall Rae-Knight

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It was love (or something like it) at first sight for Niall, who was the first boy to be thrown into the lion’s den. Kendall clearly liked what she saw as she stepped forwards and didn’t budge from her choice.

Dr. Alex George and Samira Mighty

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Things got a little awkward for poor Alex and Samira, as they had a pretty rough go of it this episode. To begin with, nobody stepped forwards for the doctor when he stepped out and he wound up choosing Laura (which didn’t last long). He and Samira were then paired together, as she was last on the bench.

Wes Nelson and Laura Anderson

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In the first tense moment of the season, Laura said goodbye to Alex and stepped forwards when Wes came into the picture. The bubbly blonde and kickboxer forced Alex back to the bench when Wes chose her.

Eyal Booker and Hayley Hughes

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It might have been his former pop idol status, but Eyal had the ladies seeing stars when he put his best foot forward. Three women – Dani, Samira and Hayley – all threw their hats in the ring, but it was Hayley who came out on top.

Jack Finchan and Dani Dyer

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Although Samira and Dani both stepped forwards for clean-cut Jack, it was Dani who eventually won him over. Who knows, maybe he’s a low key EastEnders fan?

And then there was Adam…

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Adam Collard arrived at the end of the episode to shake things up a bit and had the boys quaking in their flip flops. The Newcastle-based personal trainer has 24 hours to decide which of the girls he’ll be sweeping off their feet (and away from another contestant), so you’ll have to stay tuned for tonight’s episode…

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This series of Love Island has already broken television ratings records

This series of Love Island has already broken television ratings records

It only just started!

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You knew Love Island was going to be massive this year, but we never expected it to smash television records. And we’re only a couple of episodes in.

Although Dr. Alex may not have gotten the smooch he wanted last night and might be the first departure, ITV2 has revealed that the reality show has gotten a lot of love this season. The pilot episode which launched on Monday evening blew through television records for the channel, securing the most watched slot on telly that evening with 2.9 million viewers – peaking at a whopping 3.4 million.

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It’s a big step up and more than double last year’s cycle, as the first episode drew a respectable 1.3 million eyeballs when it first launched. In fact, the first episode of Love Island 2018 even beat the ratings for the finale last year which came in at 2.6 million.

As for who’s watching? Well, it’s no surprise that over half of the people watching were aged 16-34 years old. In fact, nearly half of all people watching telly that night tuned in for Love Island which is pretty massive.

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How does these ratings compare to previous seasons though? Well, the first episode of series 2 only had 825 thousand viewers while series 1 came in at a much lower 597 thousand. Love it or hate it, the Love Island series is definitely a television beast to be reckoned with – if that BAFTA they won last year didn’t tell you that already.

The third episode of Love Island will be shown on ITV2 at 9pm tonight.

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Aidan Turner’s hack for looking taller on Poldark is a little extra

Aidan Turner’s hack for looking taller on Poldark is a little extra


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Us shorties have our little tricks to look taller in photos and videos, like posing a certain way or tip-toeing inside our shoes, but Aidan Turner’s secret has us all beat. And it involves a horse.

The Poldark star spoke to Radio Times about cheating a few extra inches on the big screen, revealing that he’d actually been very particular about his character’s equine BFF. When given the choice between two horses, a big beefy lad called Jonny Wilkinson and another smaller boy called Seamus, he ended up making a decision based on which would make him look better on the show.

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He said, ‘Initially, I preferred a horse called Jonny Wilkinson because he’s a lot bigger and quite a goer. The two of us together made trainer Mark (Atkinson) quite nervous, so he persuaded me to go with Seamus.’

The Irish actor continued, ‘Cleverly, [Mark] said, ‘You look great on Jonny, but you look better on Seamus – he’s smaller, so he makes you look bigger.’ I immediately switched horse!’

Aidan plays Captain Ross Poldark in the BBC1 period drama and spends an awful lot of time trotting around the countryside on Seamus, who’s become one of his rocks on set.

He said, ‘When you’re filming with a horse and putting your life into his hands, you have to trust him and I completely trust Seamus. He is so experienced – his CV is probably better than mine! He’s a big celebrity these days.’

It’s no surprise that Aidan’s conscious about the way he looks in the hit show, as many of the marketing materials feature him scything his way through fields – sweaty and topless. He was actually at the centre of a row when many people began criticising the BBC for objectifying him, much in the same way many other shows are promoted with women.

Executive producer Karen Thrussell said at the time, ‘In the novels Ross Poldark goes swimming quite a lot, and he doesn’t wear anything at all. We’ve been true to the books and the novels and we’ve also been quite modest.’

Series four of Poldark will air on BBC1 on 10th June at 9pm.

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