Disney Confirms It Will Give Marvel Fans 2 More Movies at Disney+ Launch

Disney+ made a lot of waves Monday by announcing a cornucopia of titles coming to the service when it launches on Nov. 12. The good news for Marvel fans is that two new titles have been added to the mix. 

The bad news is that not every single Marvel movie will be there. Besides that, quite a few other titles will be missing as well. And they’re not all obscure movies that only people steeped in Disney lore would know. 

What Marvel movies will be on the service?

According to Comicbook.com, the two films newly confirmed to be on Disney + at launch day are the movies that wrapped up Phase Two: Avengers: Age of Ultron and the first Ant-Man. Those movies surprised this author by being opposites in quality: Age of Ultron was not nearly as good as it should have been, while Ant-Man was a delightful surprise. 

In a way, the movies were polar opposites of each other. The very fate of the world hung in the balance in Ultron, while Ant-Man was basically about an ex-convict turned hero who mainly wanted to win the love of his daughter. 

Joining those two will be these Marvel movies: 2008’s Iron Man, 2013’s Iron Man 3, 2014’s Thor: The Dark World, and 2019’s Captain Marvel.  From Captain Marvel forward, the MCU movies will always be going to Disney+ first.  

What Marvel movies are not on the service at launch?

MCU fans who were looking forward to bingeing as many of the 23 movies as possible will have to deal with a few holes, the most gargantuan one being Avengers: Endgame.

While that will arrive in December, it will be 2020 before we see Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Black Panther, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man 2 and Thor: Ragnarok.

The reason those movies are arriving on Disney+ later is because Disney is honoring its contracts it had with other streaming services like Netflix, which still has Infinity War, and Iron Man 2, which is on Amazon Prime and Hulu.

So if you want to binge as many Marvel movies as possible, you’ll have to hop streaming services once Disney+ goes live next month.  It will be next year before Disney+ will come close to being a one-stop shop. 

And even if Disney+ never has all the MCU movies at once, there will be lots of new TV shows to keep fans busy. The first of these will be The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, coming in the fall of 2020.

Joining the group the following year will be WandaVision, Loki, What If, and Hawkeye. And besides all that, there will now be four MCU movies in 2021: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in February, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness in May, Spider-Man 3 in July and Thor: Love and Thunder in November.

So especially in 2021, Marvel fans will be anything but deprived. 

What else is missing from Disney+?

It’s important to remember that Disney never explicitly promised their streaming service would have absolutely everything on it. Still, when the company started tweeting out title after title this week, it was easy to think the offering would be very comprehensive.

After all, if they’ve got their 1976 movie Gus, about a football-playing mule on there, what wouldn’t they have?

Quite a lot, as it turns out. Another Twitter account called Not on Disney Plus started to list all the titles that are excluded from the service on launch day. It should surprise no one that the controversial Song of the South will not be there.

Although it features the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” still heard every day by Disney park visitors who ride on Splash Mountain, the ongoing debate over its racial depictions will probably keep it from the streaming service for good. 

However, there are a number of familiar titles missing, including Pixar’s Up, which is odd, because that’s one of the three animated movies that received a Best Picture Oscar nomination.

And as long as we’re talking about silly animal movies like Gus, lovers of very small, feisty dogs will surely mourn the exclusion of Beverly Hills Chihuahua

However, instead of focusing on what we aren’t getting, it might be wiser to remember that we’re getting an awful lot for only $7 a month, less than the cost of even a matinee movie ticket these days. 

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Michelle Pfeiffer Has Catwoman Advice For Zoë Kravitz and Her Suit

Stepping into an iconic role like Catwoman, which has been done by many other talented actresses, can be daunting. With the recent news that Zoë Kravitz will play Selina Kyle, Kravitz might be feeling the gravity of the role. Luckily for her, a few of the actresses that have played Catwoman in one of her past nine lives gave Kravitz praise and advice. 

Michelle Pfeiffer’s sensible advice

In an interview with Michael Strahan on Good Morning America on Oct. 14, Michelle Pfeiffer gave the most vital piece of advice for Kravitz when it comes to playing Catwoman, specifically in regards to the suit. “Make sure, whilst designing the costume, they consider how you’re going to go to the bathroom — minor detail,” she said, Entertainment Weekly reported. “It’s an important one.” She also admitted that it was one of her favorite roles she’s played and that she is very excited to see Kravitz in the catsuit. 

Pfeiffer played the iconic, sultry villain (or antihero) in 1992’s Batman Returns with Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito. She was only the second actress to ever take on the role, following Lee Meriweather’s job in 1966. Pfeiffer also admitted to Strahan that it was one of her favorite roles she’s played and that she is very excited to see Kravitz in the catsuit.

It’s the same thing Christian Bale told the Batman actors

Interestingly enough, that is the same advice Christian Bale told his Batman counterparts, Ben Affleck and (soon-to-be Batman) Robert Pattinson, according to Entertainment Weekly. “Be able to pee by yourself,” Bale said in an interview with Variety. “You don’t feel much like a superhero when you can’t take a piss by yourself.” Sensible and sanitary.

A couple of other Selina Kyles added their praise, too

Pfeiffer might have been the most iconic Catwoman, depending on who you ask, but she was followed up by two very accomplished actresses as well. “Special shout-out to your new Catwoman, the eternally graceful & extremely badass Zoe Kravitz,” Halle Berry tweeted. “Keep shining Queen & welcome to the family!” Berry played Catwoman in the 2004 self-titled solo film.

Anne Hathaway — who played Selina Kyle in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises alongside Bale — also added her congratulations to Kravitz. “The biggest congrats to Zoë Kravitz on landing the role of a lifetime. Well, one life anyway…⁣⁣ Enjoy the ride, Selina,” Hathaway wrote on Instagram.

Don’t expect a Batman or Catwoman like you’ve seen before

Even though Catwoman is on her fifth cinematic version, don’t expect to relive the same performances from before. Of course, Kravitz will bring her own self to the role, but also the story seems like it’ll be a different narrative than those before it, too. Affleck’s most recent turn as the Caped Crusader was not taken as seriously as Bale’s and it sounds like Pattinson’s won’t be as much of a hero as fans might be used to. 

“Batman’s not a hero… He’s a complicated character,” Pattinson said to the New York Times on Oct. 17. “I don’t think I could ever play a real hero — there’s always got to be something a little bit wrong. I think it’s because one of my eyes is smaller than the other one.” Despite the joke, Pattinson did touch on a pretty common thread in Batman’s characterization: his darkness. It’s part of the reason why the character has a fling with Catwoman, or even Poison Ivy, every now and then.

Even though Kravitz was just announced, and Pattinson hasn’t even seen his suit yet, the hype for the movie is definitely there for fans.

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Is Belle Delphine Just Trolling Everyone Or Is She Completely Clueless?

In an age where anyone can become famous for almost anything at all, cosplay models have created a niche all of their own. Foremost among these is Belle Delphine, a young girl from South Africa who rose to fame by posting a series of photos of herself wearing baby-doll style anime costumes.

Unlike her fellow cosplayers, Delphine has made a name for herself by pulling some truly outrageous online stunts. It has many people wondering if she actually believes her own publicity, or if she’s simply doing all of it as some sort of out-there social commentary. Find out more about who Belle Delphine is, some of her crazier stunts, and why people think that she’s trolling the internet.

Who is Belle Delphine?

Belle Delphine was born in South Africa in 1999. There’s remarkably little information available about her early life and how she spent her childhood, but she started posting to Instagram in 2015. She created a YouTube account in 2016 and, by the time mid-2018 rolled around, Delphine had created a persona that would really start to shake up geek and cosplay culture.

Starting in 2018, Delphine started to expand her social media content well beyond pictures of costumes and scantily-clad selfies. A video that she posted of herself eating a raw egg drew an incredible number of likes. She followed up that stunt with other, similarly bizarre ones, such as placing sticker googly eyes on a dead octopus.

In an interview, Delphine admitted that her “weirder content” gets a bigger reaction, and that could be one reason why she pursued that direction. Still, she was careful to maintain her image as a playful, NSFW social media star, and continued to post lots of pictures designed to draw in new followers and fans. 

Did Belle Delphine really sell her bathwater?

In July 2019, Delphine enacted her most out-there stunt yet when she posted jars of her bathwater for sale. Even more shocking than the stunt itself was the fact that all the jars sold out immediately.

Delphine claimed that she got the idea from her fans, and after the first round sold out in record time, she said that she would soon be posting more. The bathwater caused a lot of controversies, with some people claiming that the water gave them herpes. Delphine spoke out in acknowledgment of the claims and denied that her bathwater would have given anyone an STD. 

Is Belle Delphine elaborately trolling people?

Inexplicably, Delphine dropped off the radar over the late summer, with her Instagram account indefinitely suspended. While fans have been wondering where Delphine went and what she’s up to, she has been posting infrequently to her Twitter account.

On October 7th, Delphine posted a tweet that said “I got arrested lol,” linking to a cheeky mugshot. Still, even that could be embellished. Reportedly, Delphine’s mugshot does not appear in any public database of mugshots and that the Metropolitan Police doesn’t watermark their mugshots in the first place. 

It is very possible that Delphine is playing the system, playing elaborate pranks on fans in order to keep herself relevant or to draw more likes on social media. Some people have even speculated that she’s much brighter than anyone really realizes and is making a statement about internet culture and the role that women have played in the stereotyping of “gamer” and anime culture.

While it is impossible to say, at this point, where exactly Delphine is coming from, fans may begin to learn more in the coming months. For now, Delphine is silent on social media, but that could change any day now.

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Keke Palmer Is Totally Unrecognizable Going Undercover as a Man

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It’s time for a little undercover action! 

On Thursday night’s episode of Watch What Happens Live, guests Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey got the surprise of a lifetime. The shows usual bartenders seemed fairly normal at first. Just two of Andy Cohen‘s colleagues from the IT department at the show named Keeland and Shawn. After joking with the guys about whether they’ve seen his browsing history, he later asked them if they thought their appearance on the show would help them get some dates. 

The men joked that they hoped it would, and Andy said that they’re all ready handy with computers, which is half the battle. After a little witty repartee, Andy shared with the audience and guests that the show is helping to promote a new show on Bravo called In a Man’s World, which follows women as they transform into men for a social experiment.

Then Keeland and Shawn reveal that they are actually Keke Palmer and Sara Haines from Good Morning America‘s Strahan, Sara and Keke

“I was trying so hard not to be myself,” Keke joked after the big reveal. “Me and Sara called her mom earlier and she said I looked like P. Diddy.” 

The two also joke about how much makeup they had to have on their faces in order to get their looks just right. Sara couldn’t even get her wig off, and Keke had to hide all of her braids which got a little bit hot under there. Andy can’t help but compliment their masculine prowess. “You both are really hot guys,” he jokes. “You’re really handsome guys.” 

They even poked fun at their outfits and revealed they might take them out for a spin in the city later on in the evening. 

You go, guys! 

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xXx Return of Xander Cage box office: The staggering amount Deepika Padukone film made

xXx Return of Xander Cage was a box office smash as it saw its star Vin Diesel return to the franchise. The success of xXx Return of Xander Cage has even led to fans begging for a fourth film, which will hopefully come to cinemas soon. But how much did xXx Return of Xander Cage actually make at the box office?

How much did xXx Return of Xander Cage make at the box office?

The D.J. Caruso-directed film made a staggering $44.8million (£35.9million) in North America alone, while bagging $301.2million (£241.3million) outside of the USA.

Technically, this is not a huge success in the USA, considering the first xXx movie earned the same amount domestically in its opening weekend that xXx Return of Xander Cage made in its entire run.

However, it really won over audiences in China, making a huge $164million (£131.4million) there, meaning it smashed its budget of $85million (£68.1million) in one country.

Not to mention the other success it achieved worldwide, giving it a total gross of $346.1million (£277.3million) which is phenomenal when compared to its budget.

Will there be a fourth xXx film?

It looks likely that the fourth film will happen, as Vin Diesel himself has spoken out about it.

Early this year, Diesel posted a still of himself and Deepika Padukone from xXx Return of Xander Cage, with the caption: “Heading into a xXx meeting this weekend… Who would you like to see added to the xXx League?”

This shows that there will be a fourth xXx, and it will likely be bigger than ever as the list of cast members gets bigger.

So far, Deepika Padukone and Vin Diesel have been “confirmed” as returning to the franchise, and it has been reported that they will be joined by most of the cast from the third xXx film.

Going on the box office figures alone, while xXx Return of Xander Cage did not necessarily impress American audiences, it was a major success in one of the fastest growing markets ever – China.

With films like The Meg, which was clearly made with Chinese audiences in mind, raking in money at the box office, xXx 4 will surely be high on the priority list in order to capitalise on the growing market.

As well as that, the film was a huge success in other countries outside of America, with Bollywood star Deepika Padukone undoubtedly drawing in audiences outside of the usual Hollywood sphere.

While nothing has been officially confirmed, and the film is seemingly still in development, it seems likely that this film will make it out soon – but how soon is another question altogether.

Of course, one of the reasons why the film may not be coming to cinemas soon may be due to the other commitments of its actors.

Over the past few years, Vin Diesel has been busy making Marvel movies, including Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers Infinity War, along with a number of films linked to The Fast and Furious universe.

As well as this, he is expected to have a role in the upcoming, long-awaited Avatar sequels, as wells the starring role in the upcoming superhero film Bloodshot, which will launch the Valiant Comics universe, the VCU (Valiant Cinematic Universe.)

Along with Vin’s busy schedule, Deepika has a number of films coming out next year, including Chhapaak, where she plays an acid attack survivor, as well as 83, a sports film where she stars alongside her husband, Ranveer Singh.

And Ruby Rose has also been busy putting together the new Batwoman series for The CW Arrowverse based on DC Comics characters.

She is also expected to play roles in upcoming movies SAS: Red Notice, performing opposite Outlander star Sam Heughan, as well as Doorman, an action story about an army veteran who is forced to turn vigilante.

xXx Return of Xander Cage is out on DVD and Blu-ray now

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Kelvin Fletcher is STILL being lined up for Dancing on Ice after blowing bosses away with his performances on Strictly – The Sun

KELVIN Fletcher is STILL being lined up for Dancing on Ice after blowing bosses away with his performances on Strictly.

Insiders say they continue to have hopes of persuading Kelvin to sign up for the ITV show.

The former Emmerdale actor was said to be in talks with producers after impressing with his skating videos.

Clips of him on Instagram showed off his skills – but he was snapped by Strictly bosses instead.

Now a source has told The Sun Online: "The door is still being left open for Kelvin to return to DOI.
"He had been agonising for ages whether to take up the Strictly opportunity after being so far in advanced stages of talks with DOI.


"But they still want him on the show for potentially the series after next."

Kelvin was partnered with Oti Mabuse on the show and stunned the judges and audience with his sexy samba from the off.

The 35-year-old raised the temperature in the Strictly ballroom to boiling point with his sizzling performance.


Bruno Tonioli even called it the best opening Samba he'd seen in 15 years of being a telly judge.

And it was reflected in the scoring, with Kelvin and Oti scoring a leaderboard topping 32 points.

Having already admitted to catching the dancing bug, Kelvin could be keen on going straight into training for the ice.

He'd be skating alongside Michael Barrymore,  Maura Higgins and Ian 'H' Watkins who have all signed up.

Kelvin was drafted in as a last-minute replacement for Strictly following Jamie Laing's injury.

The Made in Chelsea star was left in agony after landing awkwardly during the group dance on the pre-recorded opening show.

Kelvin has been making sure he does everything to keep his strength up for Strictly.

Despite eating 3,000 calories a day, he's lost 11lbs by getting up at 5am to workout before a full day of dance rehearsals.

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Why Fans Believe Kylie Jenner Is Irresponsible With Her Newfound Wealth

Some people go shopping after a breakup. Sometimes some new threads are just what you need to move on from an ex. Kylie Jenner is just like everyone else: She also needed to splurge after her breakup with Travis Scott.

When she treats herself, it’s a little pricey. This should come as no surprise considering Jenner is a billionaire. Much like a lot of what she does, even her post-breakup shopping splurge creates controversy. 

Jenner’s recent purchase has fans and critics wondering if she’s mature enough to make good use of her wealth.

What did Kylie Jenner do?

Some people buy nice, comfy sweaters when they’re feeling the fall season. Not Kylie. To celebrate fall, she bought a brand new Bugatti Chiron. The ride costs around 3 million dollars. 

Jenner already has quite a few fancy cars. She poses with them often on Instagram. Her collection includes a Rolls-Royce, Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari, and two Range Rovers. Fans are mad that she’s bought yet another expensive car instead of doing some good with her extra cash. 

Some fans are happy for her though. Considering how hard her year was, there are people who wouldn’t begrudge her an expensive treat. 

But others have been critical of her purchase and consequent “social media brag.” The Blast reported that one follower commented: “How can people justify buying more cars then they possibly need when there are people out there who can’t eat!” Another commented: “Oh yay! Another new car! Meanwhile, there’s people struggling to make ends meet and feed themselves. I’m happy for her but damn when is enough enough?”

Jenner has since deleted the post.

Kylie Jenner had a rough year

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Jenner has had a rough year. She and her best friend Jordyn Woods parted ways on very bad terms. Woods was actually living with Jenner when she got caught up in a huge cheating scandal: Woods hooked up with Tristan Thompson, who was with Khloe Kardashian at the time.

Kardashian found out, and it meant the end for her and Thompson. It also meant the end for Jenner and Woods. The Kardashian/Jenner clan proved that for this family, blood is thicker than water. The whole family turned on Woods, including her one time friend Kylie. They all said some nasty things, on-air, and on social media. 

What’s more, Jenner and her longtime boyfriend — Travis Scott — broke up this year too. Scott is the father of Jenner’s daughter Stormi. While the real reason behind the breakup is unclear, there are some theories circulating.

There were cheating rumors. Plus, Scott was an up and coming rapper when he and Jenner got together, but it may be hard for him to work on his own career while he’s dating someone who is so rich and successful. Living in Jenner’s shadow can’t be easy.

Does Kylie Jenner do anything good with her money?

Jenner does donate to charity, although maybe not as much as fans hope. She has brought awareness to charities helping perform surgeries on children with cleft pallets. Her company developed and sold a special lip kit for the effort. All proceeds from the sales of that kit went to the organization. 

In 2017 a portion of all sales made on her birthday went to a cancer charity. Again, it’s not as much philanthropic activity as fans would like to see, but Jenner is still young. Hopefully, when she gets older she’ll dedicate more time to helping others. Either way, it doesn’t seem fair to criticize her and not other celebrities who may do even less. 

There is a sexist element to the criticism. A lot of male celebrities collect cars, and no one attacks them for having too many. Jay Leno owns more than 100 cars, but when he posts about them on social media the comments aren’t usually in the same vein as the ones on Jenner’s post.

Yes, having money means you have a certain obligation to be charitable. No, Jenner didn’t need another car. But that doesn’t mean she should be attacked for it. If we jump on her for buying herself an expensive treat, we should do the same with all billionaires. 

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EastEnders and Corrie deaths, Emmerdale explosion and 22 more soap spoilers

Lives are hanging in the balance in a tragic week of soap drama – but who will live and who will die? As Coronation Street’s local prison is rocked by a stabbing, the final hours of Sinead Tinker (Katie McGlynn) dawn back on the Street and life will never be the same again. Elsewhere, a sudden death in EastEnders brings back horrific memories for Jay Mitchell (Jamie Borthwick) – and leads him on a path to revenge.

Over in Emmerdale, there is a major fight for life as Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) takes on Nate Robinson (Jurell Carter) over his affair with Moira (Natalie J Robb) and when an explosion rips through the boat, not everyone may surface. Over in Hollyoaks, the death of Harry Thompson, brings Tony Hutchinson’s (Nick Pickard) father Edward (Joe McGann) to the village – but not all is as it seems.

EastEnders

1. As Ben tightens his control over Martin, he confides in Kush and the friends hatch a plan to bring Ben down. But as Ben sets out to prove that he is not one to be messed with, things between him and Martin reach breaking point and Martin is in serious danger.

2. Jay is given a new funeral to arrange and he and Callum are taken aback by the demands from the family. Jay is taken aback when he finds out that the deceased is Terry Bates, the man who killed his dad Jase. Vowing to expose him for what he was, what is Jay planning?

2. Chantelle returns to work at the salon and is overjoyed to be a part of the team again. But as she gets comfortable, Gray is less than impressed. Later, Chantelle is surprised when he makes a sudden and public announcement about her pregnancy.

4. Jean is delivered a parcel containing a message from Daniel, who insists that she lives her life to the full and takes risks. But as she takes his message on board, she goes a little bit too far and gets herself into trouble.

5. Keanu and Louise are shocked by Lisa’s plan to take them to Portugal but Louise starts to come round to the idea. However, when Lisa overhears Louise’s gratitude towards her ‘second mum’ Mel, she can’t help but feel upset.

6. Whitney is gutted when her stall is vandalised but Leo steps in to help her. However, Callum is soon left suspecting that Leo is not all that he seems and Leo fears that he could get in the way of his plan. Later, Whitney makes an admission.

7. Stuart starts working for Kathy and as he arrives at the restaurant, Ian takes the first opportunity he can get to humiliate him.

Coronation Street

8. As a prison riot gets underway, Abe encourages David to carry out his revenge against Josh. Amid the violence, David insists that he will deal out justice in his own way. Things take a dark turn when Josh is then stabbed and left for dead.

9. Sinead’s loved ones put on an early Christmas for her to enjoy but tensions mount between her and Daniel. Later, Daniel finds himself overcome with emotion and as Bethany comforts him, things get out of hand, leaving him filled with regret.

10. Max returns home, much to the reluctance of Marion, but Shona soon hears bad news about David.

11. Gail returns from Thailand and wants to pull her family together with yoga – but it looks like it’s going to take a lot more than that.

12. As Sinead deteroriates, she stirs in her bed to see her loved ones gathered around her and Dr Gaddas confirms that it’s too late to move her now – the end is nigh. Daniel siezes the opportunity to spend some emotional final moments with his beloved wife.

13. CCTV footage of the riot comes to light and David looks pretty guilty as he is seen close to Josh around the time of the stabbing. David insists that he is innocent but when Shona hears about this, even she is left doubting him.

14. After Sinead passes away, Daniel steels himself to deliver the devastating news to everyone. Life will never be the same for them again.

Emmerdale

15. After Faith gets the wrong idea about who Moira is cheating with, Cain is on the warpath and takes a violent Pete hostage. Pete is torn over whether to protect Moira’s secret but as Cain turns violent, he reveals she has been sleeping with Nate.

16. On the day of the Woolpack re-opening, Chas and Marlon get stuck in the loos when the lock breaks. Chas’ waters break and she is left in a panic that she only has Marlon’s help as she goes into labour.

17. Cain lures Nate and Moira onto a boat trip but before long, he is confronting Nate over his affair with Moira. As Nate gets confrontational, Cain attacks him and they end up in a fight of life or death.

18. Mandy and Vinny are delighted when their scam to get their hands on Lydia’s inheritance comes together but they are thrown when someone comes round to discuss the money – can they get Lydia out of the way?

19. Marlon and Chas’ shouts can’t be heard over the music so Marlon makes her a makeshift bed and helps her through the process. As she wills Paddy to arrive, she gives birth to their baby.

20. In the melee, Moira falls from the boat and finds herself trapped among the weeds. Meanwhile, an explosion rips through the boat, leaving everyone fighting for their lives.

Hollyoaks

21. With Tony missing, his dad Edward turns up and wants to be there for Diane as she tries to get her head around everything. He is soon charming the locals and proving supportive – but Finn is instantly suspicious of his true motives.

22. As Goldie fears that her mum is out of control following discovered evidence, she forces Breda to attend therapy appointments and Breda fears that she will give away too much. Later, Tony is hopeful when Goldie arrives at the pig farm…

23. Cindy hires Woody to get to work on her new building project and she ignores warnings about the unstable underground passage. Tom is frustrated that she seems to have just hired Woody for his looks and sets out to intervene.

24. Darren is put out by everyone fawning over Edward and so he plans a surprise for a delighted Mandy to prove that he can be impulsive and romantic. As he sweeps her off her feet, will he prove the point he is trying to make?

25. Luke advises Ollie against giving up the baby for adoption and Ollie is torn between what he wants and what Brooke is decided. Later, Luke determines to prove himself to Ollie and makes a business proposition.

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‘Downton Abbey’ Becomes Focus Features’ Highest-Grossing Pic At Domestic B.O. With $84M+, Unseating ‘Brokeback Mountain’

Here’s a little, but huge, box office stat: Focus Features’ Downton Abbey has outstripped the $83 million domestic box office gross of three-time Oscar winner Brokeback Mountain to become the label’s highest-grossing title of all time stateside. Brokeback Mountain owned the record for the last 13 years, and on Monday Downton beat it with $83.5M.

The current domestic box office for the Michael Engler-directed feature adaptation of the Carnival TV series is $84.9M. Worldwide take for Downton is $155.1M, while Brokeback‘s final global stands at $178M.

“This isn’t just a huge achievement for Focus Features, but a huge sign that specialty moviegoers still very much want and are looking to have that theatrical experience,” Focus chairman Peter Kujawski tells Deadline. “Downton offered that and audiences responded in a big way.”

Indeed, Downton is a huge bright spot on the specialty front. At a time when streaming is stealing away genres from the box office and sending features like the Breaking Bad movie El Camino to Netflix, along comes the big screen version of Downton, an IP that Focus and parent Universal were smart about when it came to not leaving money on the table.

It’s not the first time Universal has rolled the dice on a small pic for the big screen: Green Book amassed $321.7M at the global box office and won the Best picture Oscar, while Jordan Peele’s Get Out won him the Original Screenplay Oscar and yielded a $255.4M global take. Imagine the money lost by sending those titles straight to streaming?

Downton Abbey, produced by Gareth Neame, Julian Fellowes and Liz Trubridge, opened to $31M, becoming Focus Features’ biggest domestic opening of all time, beating the $22.7M debut of 2015’s Insidious Chapter 3 and becoming the label’s first No. 1 opener since George Clooney’s The American over Labor Day weekend in 2010. The pic is also one of the first big box office hits — joining BlacKkKlansman, Darkest Hour and Won’t You Be My Neighbor — under Focus distribution boss Lisa Bunnell. She fielded numerous phone calls from exhibitors demanding Downton prints and made sure the pic was booked on their screens.

The success of Downton also proved the vitality of the mid-September box office, which can often be drowsy. Downton opened on September 20 and in its fifth weekend is still cooking with $4.9M, off just 39%.

Another takeaway and truism from Downton Abbey for the industry: Don’t ignore the senior crowd, because when you can serve the right film to them, they’ll come out. Typically they come out slowly to a film, and distribs have to fight with exhibition about constantly holding over those titles, but with Downton, they came out en masse. In the first weekend, Comscore/Screen Engine PostTrak exits showed the over-45 crowd repping 50% of Downton‘s attendance, with 74% females, and the 55+ sect repping 32% of all moviegoers.

Yes, it’s the young kids who stream, not so much the older crowd. And that’s just fantastic for the theatrical business.

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Kurt Sutter Fired From FX Show Over Behavior Complaints

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FX is parting ways with Kurt Sutter, multiple outlets report. 

The producer and screenwriter, who created Sons of Anarchy and co-created Mayans M.C., announced his firing in a letter sent to the cast and crew of the series spin-off. The strongly-worded note, which was obtained and published by The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday, detailed the apparent findings of an “investigation” into Sutter’s behavior on the set of Mayans M.C.

According to Sutter, FX CEO John Landgraf and Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment chairman Dana Walden fired him for “all the complaints levied against me.” Sutter added, “Not the way I wanted to end my 18 year relationship with FX. At least being fired for being an abrasive dick is on brand.” 

FX declined to comment on the matter when contacted by E! News. 

His letter, addressed to “Team Mayans,” began, “Apparently, Disney HR and Business Affairs has conducted an investigation into the unacceptable conditions that have been created on the set of Mayans in season 2. As you know, I’ve removed myself quite a bit this season, allowing others to take a bigger role in producing the show. It appears that philosophy has backfired.”

“It’s been reported by writers, producers, cast and crew that my absence and subsequent behavior when there, has only created confusion, chaos, hostility and is perceived as abandonment. Or at least that’s how Disney has interpreted it. I’m sure it’s true,” Sutter continued in the letter. 

Sutter, who is married to Sons of Anarchy star Katey Segal, apologized for making “people feel less than or unsupported.” He explained, “My intention was literally the opposite. But clearly I’ve not been paying attention. My arrogance and chronic distraction has created wreckage. Just know, I adore this cast and crew.”

As his letter came to a close, Sutter assured the team they are in “good hands” with co-creator Elgin James. “As I said at the premier, Elgin is ready to take on the challenge of running the show. I’m sure FX will get him the support he needs to find and follow his vision,” the letter continued. 

“For those of you who wanted me gone,” Sutter noted, “you win!” The multihyphenate concluded by declaring he does not “need, nor want replies or condolences.” “I know where the love is,” he wrote. “And for those of you who have it, I’m sure our paths will cross again.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sutter’s firing did not affect his deal with 20th Century Fox Television to develop additional projects. 

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