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Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline: How to watch every MCU film and TV show in chronological order

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has now been rolling forward for over 10 years and as these movies (including Avengers: Infinity War, Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel) have gone on, they’ve also become ever-more interlinked, featuring regular cameos, references, and Easter Eggs t → Read More

Men in Black International: On set with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson

This is the most aliens I’ve seen on set so far,” says Chris Hemsworth, wearing a white shirt, slim black tie, black trousers and makeup that’s gradually coming off. He looks cool. → Read More

Toy Story 4 reviews roundup: Critics praise 'delightful' Pixar sequel

There has been some trepidation towards Toy Story 4. Toy Story 3 was a seemingly definitive full stop for the series – one that led to an almost perfect emotional send-off for the plastic character. Would a sequel not ruin that? Fear not, Pixar fans, as the fourth film in the series has been rapturously received by critics, the film currently holding a 100 per cent score on → Read More

Quentin Tarantino gives updated on R-rated Star Trek movie

December 2017 was an extremely exciting month for Star Trek fans. Not only was Star Trek: Discovery‘s first season midway through its run, but news broke that filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was preparing to boldly go where no man has gone before. → Read More

Rocketman star Taron Egerton joined Elton John on stage to perform a rendition of 'Your Song' at Hove

Taron Egerton joined Elton John on stage last night (10 June) to perform a rendition of "Your Son". The actor – who plays John in the biopic Rocketman – appeared on stage during the singer's 95th show on the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. → Read More

Bushwick Bill dead: Geto Boys rapper dies aged 52

Bushwick Bill, one of the founding members of American rap group Geto Boys, has died, aged 52. Bill’s publicist confirmed in a statement that the artist died at a Colorado hospital on Sunday (9 June) surrounded by his family. The publicist had earlier that day denied reports that Bill had died from cancer, saying that the rapper had been placed on a ventilator. They later → Read More

Tony Awards LIVE: Hadestown and Ain't Too Proud lead nominations as James Corden prepares to host

The 2019 Tony Awards take place tonight (9 June), with James Corden handling hosting duties for the second time. Hadestown, an adaptation of Anaïs Mitchell's folk opera album of the same name, leads the way with 14 nominations. → Read More

Dark Phoenix: X-Men film starring Sophie Turner crashes at box-office for a series low

Dark Phoenix, the latest instalment in the X-Men series, has collapsed at the box office. Following reshoots, the Sophie Turner-led film – co-starring Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender – cost a reported $200 million to produce, not including marketing costs. → Read More

Toy Story 4: First reactions to long-awaited Disney sequel are in

Following a screening of Toy Story 4 in the United States, the first reactions have been posted online. While some fans were sceptical about the third sequel thanks to Toy Story 3 being arguably the perfect conclusion to the trilogy, those fears have likely been squashed by the initial verdicts. "Toy Story 4 made me cry with laughter and then just straight-up cry," writes The → Read More

Black Widow: Photos of Scarlett Johansson in Marvel film leak online

The first photos of Scarlett Johansson on the set of Marvel's forthcoming Black Widow movie have been posted online. The scene, shot just in the woods just outside of London’s Pinewood studios, sees the eponymous hero walking and talking to someone on a mobile phone. → Read More

Gavin and Stacey Christmas special: James Corden teases return of cult BBC sitcom

James Corden has spoken about what fans can expect from the forthcoming Gavin & Stacey Christmas special. The actor and television presenter announced earlier this year that the BBC comedy series will return this December for a one-off episode. → Read More

Fast and Furious 9: John Cena joins cast of sequel

The Fast and Furious family just got a little bigger. John Cena has joined the franchise, with Vin Diesel and the former WWE wrestler appearing in an Instagram video together to announce the news. There are few details known about Cena's character other than he plays “a badass". → Read More

Black Mirror: All the episodes ranked from worst to best as season 5 is released on Netflix

In the seven years since Black Mirror first aired, Charlie Brooker’s dystopian vision has started to seem less and less implausible. The acclaimed British anthology series, which explores society’s relationship with technology, predicted the likes of Animoji, robotic bees – even, somehow, David Cameron’s “piggate”. In 2016, in a move that eerily recalled series one episode → Read More

Gwyneth Paltrow forgot she appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Gwyneth Paltrow has a lot going on in her life. Alongside authoring multiple cookbooks, running the company Goop, and being the face of numerous lifestyle brands, she also plays the character Pepper Potts in the Avengers film. → Read More

Ghostbusters 3: Sigourney Weaver to return alongside original cast in new movie

Sigourney Weaver has confirmed that she will appear in the next Ghostbusters film. The actor played the character Dana Barrett in the original two Ghostbusters films and had a cameo role – as a different character – in the Paul Feig directed reboot. → Read More

Marvel leak: Phase 4 villain will allegedly appear in Captain Marvel 2 as MCU details appear online

A new leak has seeming revealed the villain who will terrorise the Avengers over the course of Marvel‘s Phase Four. → Read More

The Good Place: NBC and Netflix sitcom to end after season 4, creator announces

All good things must come to an end. NBC has announced that the fourth season of The Good Place will be the show's last. However, the series – which initially saw four humans adjust to entering the heavenly 'Good Place' – has not been cancelled. Instead, the writers have decided to conclude the story now, rather than prolong it with filler. → Read More

Phoebe Waller-Bridge: Fleabag creator developing 'very strange' new movie script

With Fleabag having ended, many people have been wondering what’s next for Phoebe Waller-Bridge? The actor/writer was not involved with the second season of Killing Eve (she acted as showrunner on the first) and has completed work on the forthcoming James Bond script. → Read More

23 films to watch out for this summer, from Spider-Man: Far From Home to Midsommar

Now that the record-breaking Avengers: Endgame has fallen from cinema screens, film studios are flooding multiplexes with their summer offerings, hoping to earn even a fraction of the Marvel behemoth's box-office takings. Disney – who have already had a stellar year thanks to Captain Marvel, Dumbo and Aladdin – have one more live-action adaptation to release: their new version → Read More

Olivia Colman 'totally thrilled' to be made CBE in the Queen's birthday honours

Olivia Colman has said she is ”totally thrilled” and “humbled” to be made a CBE for services to drama in the Queen’s birthday honours. The 45-year-old, whose most recent role was as the twisted Godmother in Fleabag, said: ”I’m totally thrilled, delighted and humbled to be in the company of these incredible people, most of whom have been nowhere near as visible as I have, but → Read More