AFTER the prequels trilogy divided Star Wars fans, eyebrows were raised when Disney announced it was resurrecting the saga for three new sequels.
However, the franchise made a triumphant return with the well-received Episode 7 – The Force Awakens in 2015, and the similarly acclaimed spin-off film Rogue One at the end of 2016. Here’s all you need to know about the next chapter of Star Wars.
Who is in the cast for Star Wars: The Last Jedi?
John Boyega and Daisy Ridley will return as Finn and Rey, while Mark Hamill will play Luke Skywalker for the fifth time.
Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis and Lupita Nyong’o will all reprise their roles too.
And Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford, has been rumoured to reappear as a force ghost – though it’s unconfirmed whether this will actually happen.
Meanwhile these actors will be taking up roles for the first time…
What can we expect from The Last Jedi plot?
Episode 8 will follow on directly from the last film, when we saw Rey approaching Luke Skywalker on a remote island.
In the trailer she is seen practising her lightsaber techniques under Luke’s watchful eye whilst Finn is seen only briefly – seemingly asleep.
The Millenium Falcon returns, flying better than ever, while the villainous Kylo Ren appears completely lost to the Dark Side as he fires up his red lightsaber.
Rey actor Daisy Ridley has suggested the film will reveal the identity of the character’s parents.
Adam Driver, meanwhile, told Larry King the “humanity” of his character Kylo Ren would be explored in the new film, while several interviews with cast members have referred to how the film will be “darker” than The Force Awakens.
Fans have been speculating who the Jedi referenced in the title could be. Luke Skywalker and Rey are the more popular theories but there’s also a chance the title could actually be referring to a group of Jedi.
And fans are in for a treat with the runtime of Episode 8 reportedly set to make it the longest of the series at a Force-tastic 150 minutes.
When is the Star Wars: The Last Jedi release date?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been given an official release date for December 14, 2017.
Members of the cast appeared at the D23 Expo in July to tease the movie, including the release of some brand new posters.
The apparent date for tickets sales has been leaked on Reddit – if the rumours are anything to go by it sounds like tickets go on sale Monday 9 October.
Episode 9, the final film in the final trilogy, is set to be released in May 2019.
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When does Blue Planet II start on BBC One, is David Attenborough involved and what does the new trailer reveal?
IT WAS the astonishing and groundbreaking nature documentary which took us under the sea like never before. And 20 years on, the BBC is bringing you a new series of Blue Planet after film crews spent four years scouring the seas for a fresh cast of aquatic animals. Here is what you need to know… […]
IT WAS the astonishing and groundbreaking nature documentary which took us under the sea like never before.
And 20 years on, the BBC is bringing you a new series of Blue Planet after film crews spent four years scouring the seas for a fresh cast of aquatic animals. Here is what you need to know…
When is Blue Planet II on BBC1?
The new series of Blue Planet II was announced back in February and will air on October 29 at 8pm.
The seven-part documentary sequel comes 20 years after the original series, which set out to explore the deepest and darkest realms of the world’s oceans.
One of the most memorable and heartbreaking scenes was a brutal attack by a group of killer whales on one of their babies.
Other creatures featured included dolphins, fish including marlins and sea birds.
And when it aired in 2001, it received widespread acclaim from both the public and critics alike.
It also made nearly £20 million in the sales of DVDs, books and broadcast rights, while the show was sold to more than 150 territories across the globe.
Is there a trailer for Blue Planet II?
Yes – a brand new trailer for the series dropped on October 20.
It gives fans a tantalising peek at what’s in store, announcing that “new science and technology” will allow us an even closer look under the waves in the new episodes.
Dozens of creatures, from whales to seahorses, are seen in the eye-popping promo clip.
Is David Attenborough involved?
Renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough will be presenting the series and his familiar voice will form part of the narration.
Sir David turned 90 last year and had been rumoured to have been on the verge of retirement.
But his involvement in Blue Planet II is being seen as a coup for the BBC.
Sir David said: “I am truly thrilled to be joining this new exploration of the underwater worlds which cover most of our planet, yet are still its least known.”
Last year, he was the voice of the successful Planet Earth II series, which regularly drew in more than 10 million viewers.
And it is believed Sir David’s reputation will help the BBC with international sales of the new programme.
What new sea creatures are involved?
Blue Planet II is set to feature even more aquatic animals and has used highly ambitious filming techniques to capture them in their natural environment.
Some never before seen animals have been caught on film for the first time – including the Hoff Crab, which is named after Baywatch star, David Hasselhoff.
Among the creatures to be filmed for the first time and featured in the series include hairy-chested Hoff crabs, snub fin dolphins that spit water through the air and a tool-using tusk fish.
Other animals set to be shown also include coral groupers, reef octopus and giant trevally fish.
New specially developed camera technology allowed the crew to film predators front-on, and even “travel” on the backs of whales, sharks and orcas.
One scene will even show a sperm whale mother and her young calf as they head deep into the abyss to hunt.
Where was it filmed?
Camera crews travelled to every continent and worked across every ocean to film scenes for the new documentary.
The series is set to show both icy polar seas, vibrant coral atolls and the storm beaten Atlantic coastline.
Viewers will also be shown new landscapes such as methane volcanoes which erupt in the Gulf of Mexico and the so-called boiling sea phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean.
For the first time, the show will also show footage of the Antarctic at 1000 metres deep after taking two manned submersibles to explore the polar ice cap.
Executive Producer James Honeyborne said: “The oceans are the most exciting place to be right now, because new scientific discoveries have given us a new perspective of life beneath the waves.
“It will provide a timely reminder that this is a critical moment for the health of the world’s oceans.”
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When does the Walking Dead season 8 start? UK release date, cast and spoilers revealed
THE Walking Dead are almost upon us once more as the hit zombie-thriller heads into its eighth season. Rick and Negan might be braced for war but there are some others out there that could make life very difficult for our favourite survivors – here’s everything you need to know. When does The Walking Dead […]
THE Walking Dead are almost upon us once more as the hit zombie-thriller heads into its eighth season.
Rick and Negan might be braced for war but there are some others out there that could make life very difficult for our favourite survivors – here’s everything you need to know.
When does The Walking Dead air in the UK?
The premier of The Walking Dead season 8 airs on UK screens on Monday 23 October on Fox at 9pm.
You can watch Fox if you have a Sky subscription or if you have a Now TV account.
What will happen in the The Walking Dead season 8?
The latest series of The Walking Dead is likely to be one of the most explosive in the show’s history.
The premiere is going to pick up right where the season 7 finale ended, with Alexandria, The Kingdom and The Hilltop Colony declaring war on Negan.
In a total twist on the premiere from Season 7, where Negan destroyed all hope within our favourite characters, season 8 will start with something more hopeful.
Negan no longer has control and it becomes more plausible that his tyranny will not last forever. This opening episode could be the one where we get the old Rick Grimes back.
On the premiere, Andrew Lincoln (who plays Rick Grimes) said: “We are going to have to come and bring one of the greatest episodes we’ve ever attempted, and we’re going to start the season with it. And, it will be the hundredth episode, which is one of the greatest.”
Who’s in the The Walking Dead cast?
Andrew Lincoln, 44, is a British actor who is by now best known for his role as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead.
He first entered the public realm of consciousness as one of the favourite soppy-hearted, love-sick fools on Love Actually where he played carol music and told Keira Knightley that he loved her.
He got married to Gael Anderson in 2006 where Chris Martin and Gwenyth Paltrow’s daughter served as a flower girl. They have two children together – a son and daughter.
Norman Reedus is an American actor who is essentially now completely synonymous with the character Daryl Dixon.
The Walking Dead was not his first rodeo, in fact he had been building up quite the career having acted in Guillermo del Toro’s Mimic as well as Blade II, American Gangster, 8mm and The Boondock Saints.
Since The Walking Dead Norman’s career has gone from strength to strength.
He is currently working with Guillermo del Toro again, along with legendary Hideo Kojima, on PS4 game Death Stranding.
Lauren Cohan is best known for her role on The Walking Dead but she’s also had recurring roles on Supernatural, Chuck and The Vampire Diaries.
The actress graduated with BA in Drama and English Literature at the University of Winchester before she embarked on her Walking Dead adventure.
Interestingly, she acted alongside Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the Martha Wayne to his Thomas Wayne, mother and father of Batman, Bruce.
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Jeffrey Dean Morgan, 51, is an American actor who is probably best known for his role as John Winchester on Supernatural.
That however is definitely changing because of the energy and vibrancy he brings to the deliriously dangerous Negan.
For many comic book fans he is also a major star in The Watchmen where he played The Comedian, the vigilante who is driven by his greed and inherent love for violence – something similar to his Walking Dead character.
Chandler Riggs, 18, is best known for his role as Carl Grimes on The Walking Dead.
He was cast in the role at just 10 years of age and is his biggest role to date.
He starred in Keep Watching alongside Bella Thorn and Ioan Grufford in 2017 where he played a member of a family that was being terrorised by intruders.
Christian Serratos, 27, is best known her role of Rosita Espinosa on The Walking Dead.
The California native also had a starring role in the Twilight saga – she played Angela Weber
Christian is an animal activist who takes the rights of our furry friends seriously. She has posed for a number of PETA campaigns to promote a vegan lifestyle.
Danai Guirira, 39, is an American actress and playwright who is probably best known for her role on The Walking Dead.
Her parents came to the US from what was called Southern Rhodesia, which is now Zimbabwe. She was born in Iowa but moved with her family to Zimbabwe when she was five, after the country gained its independence.
In 2016 Dana’s play Eclipsed was nominated at the Tony Awards for Best Play and won Best Costume Design.
She’s a headstrong activist having partnered with J+J against HIV/AIDS and founded the non-profit organisation Love Our Girls, which aims to highlight the issues and challenges that affect women around the world.
Lennie James, 51, is an English-born actor who has been working in the business for over two decades.
He has been in films like Snatch, Blade Runner 2049 and Les Miserables.
He originally starred in the pilot episode of The Walking Dead and wasn’t seen or heard of again until the third series. After that he didn’t appear on the show until season 5. In the sixth series he became a regular cast member.
Despite his few appearances in the show overall, Lennie plays one of the most convincing and beloved characters in it.
Alanna was born in July 1988 in Long Island, New York, to parents Carol Masterson and Joe Reaiche, a former Australian Rugby League Player.
Her brother Jordan is also an actor, as are two of her half-brothers; Christopher Masterson, who played Francis in Malcolm in the Middle, and Danny, who is best known for his role as Steven on That 70s Show.
Alanna joined The Walking Dead in 2013 for the fourth season in the episode called Live Bait, which focuses on The Governor, played by British star David Morrissey.
She then became a series regular and once in Alexandria, forms a romantic relationship with the community’s doctor Denise Cloyd.
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What is Movember, when does it start, what causes is No-Shave Month supporting in 2017 and how can you get involved?
NEXT month thousands of men and women all over the world will be getting hairy for charity. That’s because it’s Movember again – here’s our guide to what’s it all about and how you can get involved and help out. What is Movember? It started in 2003 with a group of 30 lads in Melbourne […]
NEXT month thousands of men and women all over the world will be getting hairy for charity.
That’s because it’s Movember again – here’s our guide to what’s it all about and how you can get involved and help out.
What is Movember?
It started in 2003 with a group of 30 lads in Melbourne who decided to grow moustaches for a bit of a giggle.
The next year 450 men took part and they raised around £25,000 for prostate cancer research.
The trend quickly grew into a global phenomenon and is now a major annual event.
Now around five million people – dubbed Mo Bros and Mo Sistas – take part in at least 21 countries.
The Movember Foundation charity raises awareness and vital funds for the biggest issues in men’s health: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.
Every year 10,000 men die of prostate cancer – one an hour – and suicide is the biggest cause of death in men under 50.
The charity says men are facing a health crisis that isn’t talked about, and by 2030 aims to cut the number of men dying prematurely by a quarter.
How do I get involved with Movember?
The first thing you need to do is register.
Once signed up, you can decide whether you’re working alone, or whether you want to team up or join another “pack”.
There are also events to join such as fun runs or some attend Sandown Park Gentleman’s Day.
You could even host your own party for you and your mates to compare facial growth.
What are the rules for Movember?
Every participant starts with a clean shave on October 31 – with a “before” photo to prove it.
Mo Bros then spend the next 30 days growing and grooming their upper lip hair. You get extra kudos for unusual styles or recreating the look of a famous tache wearer.
If you’re being strict, no beards are allowed. That means you cannot join your moustache to sideburns, or join chin hair to handlebars.
However the organisers want as many people as possible to get involved, so people who already have a beard are encouraged to sacrifice it to make way for a Mo at the start of the month.
On November 30, take a photo of your effort and share it with friends, colleagues and anyone you begged to sponsor you.
One of the great things about Movember is the sense of community. Even if you don’t know anyone who is doing it, you can join in the events and parties and connect with tache growers across the world through the Movember app.
Girls can get involved too by donning false moustaches at the parties and fun runs.
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