For a long time, accusations of ‘theft’ of Fela’s songs and artistry have dogged Burna Boy and his career.
On March 31, 2020, Nigerian superstar, Burna Boy took some time off his self-isolation to do a questions and answer (Q&A)session with fans on Twitter. This comes after Burna Boy had voiced his frustration at the limitation of his movement on March 27, 2020.
During the Q&A, he spoke about Wizkid, Fela, early days, new album in 2020 and ‘Odogwu (Remix)’ featuring Phyno, Zoro, Illbliss and Nigga Raw. Nonetheless, something dramatic happened when Burna Boy replied a fan who told Burna Boy that, “With all this fela songs yhu dey drop back to back shior.”
Burna Boy who had obviously had enough bit back and replied, “The Fools that say this sh*t don’t even really know Fela songs. Fela went through much more hate from you fuckers than I currently do and all he did was speak the truth even more than I do,” He tweeted, adding “U are just pained that I’m King and I’m Flawless with the vibes. Unstoppable.”
For a long time, accusations of ‘theft’ of Fela’s songs and artistry have dogged Burna Boy and his career. The last one was when legendary Nigerian rapper when to TVC and talked about how Burna Boy steals Fela’s songs and how Burna Boy wouldn’t have a career without Fela’s songs.
Big Zulu Sends A “Voets*k” To AKA. If you have been following up on SA Hip Hop Mag you would be reminded that the past weeks have been hectic with the AKA-Cassper beef.
The conflict between the rappers didn’t just end with them, it escalated to a point where it involved other people.
Fans are known for doing a good job in pinning celebrities against each other on social media, at times artists find themselves on a trap. Big Zulu gave fans what they wanted : Drama. A fan commented on him stating that he would whoop AKA if it was him he was dissing like he was Mufasa.
Replying to a now deleted tweet Big Zulu told the fan and “his” AKA to go fu*c off. There’s never been a beef between the two nor have they worked together, but now it seems Zulu isn’t fond of AKA and his behavior of insulting parents.
“Abothuka mina ngomama nobaba bese ebeka iDate nendawo ubone ukuth ngeke ngimlume yin,” wrote Inkabi, meaning “those who will insult me with my parents must set a date and place and see if I won’t bite.”
Kings of Leon have unveiled a video for their new song, “Going Nowhere.” Directed by Casey McGrath, the black-and-white clip was shot live from Nashville, Tennessee and they released it on Tuesday.
The visual features band frontman Caleb Followill. He is seen sitting on the arm of a couch as he’s filmed with his back to the camera while he is alone performing the reflective ballad on acoustic guitar. The minimalistic backdrop and setting befits the song’s of-the-moment longing themes of yearning to be with someone while looking forward to better days. “I’m going nowhere/If you’ve got the time/And it’s a long, hard road/’til I can get to you,” Followill sings. “And I’ll be holding on/Hoping the sun comes shining through.”
“Stay safe. Stay home. We will see you as soon as we can,” the band captioned the video. Kings of Leon are currently scheduled for a handful of European tour dates over the summer. On September 25th, the band is also slated to headline Ohana Festival, which runs September 25th-27th, at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California. Kings of Leon released their seventh studio album, Walls, in 2016.
In the words of Woody Harrelson’s character, Tallahassee, in the critically-acclaimed motion picture Zombieland…
BILL FUCKIN’ MURRAY.
I love Bill Murray. Everything about him. A fellow Chicago guy, and a fellow country music guy, and a BIG John Prine Guy.
With the news of John in the hospital, battling this awful Coronavirus, people have been sharing their well-wishes, and stories of how he’s impacted their lives and their careers. Everyone from Kacey Musgraves to Sturgill Simpson. But a few years back, Bill Murray recalled how John’s music literally pulled him out of a battle with depression.
While listening to John’s Great Days record, he heard “Linda Goes To Mars,” and according to Bill, that was the “beginning of the return.”
Gotta love it.
Get well soon John, country music needs you. The fans need you, the artists need you, and even the mythical Bill Murray needs you too.
By the way, here’s the latest on John from his wife Fiona:
I need to clarify what I mean by “John is stable”. That is not the same as improving. There is no cure for Covid-19. He needs our prayers and love – as do the thousands of others who are critically ill. Stay at home. Wash your hands. We love you.
It’s not quite October, when the time traveling shenanigans of Back to the Futuretake place, but now’s as good a time as any to rewatch the classic adventure film, which turns 35 this year.
The movie—and its two sequels—are set in the fictional California town of Hill Valley, but it was shot entirely in Los Angeles County, and some of its filming locations (Griffith Park and the Gamble House, for instance) are recognizable LA landmarks in their own right.
Here’s a guide to some of the places seen in the film. As its legion of adoring fans well know, most are around and relatively intact in the future that is the present day.
It might surprise some, then, to find that El Dorado bombed at the box office and was mostly panned by critics. The main complaints? That the story was too derivative, the animation too similar to the pantheon of Disney Renaissance movies that came before it, the audience too unclear, the movie too obviously chasing Disney glory.
Watching it now, it’s obvious why it was a miss at the box office back in 2000. El Dorado is the perfect movie for the internet age. Its downfall is that it came just before the rise of the Very Online generation. But it found a second life and a long-lasting legacy, since it came out at the perfect time to make it a nostalgic movie for people who grew up with the internet.
The Road to El Dorado follows two Spanish con artists, the pragmatic Tulio and the idealistic Miguel, who unwittingly land in El Dorado, the City of Gold. Mistaken for gods by the locals, they hatch a scheme to bring back a boatload of gold to Spain and live like kings. Two problems: Conquistador Hernán Cortés is hot on their tails, and El Dorado’s High Priest Tzelkan is beginning to suspect that these two strangers aren’t gods after all. Elton John does the soundtrack, though the movie isn’t a musical. With the exception of one sung-through song (which the movie sets during a party with heavy drinking), all the songs are montages.
It’s a colorful, vibrant adventure-comedy that doesn’t share much with the Disney movies of the previous decade, despite what the critics of the time argued. At the turn of the millennium, Disney had just come out of its Renaissance period, the international hits The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. Any animated movie in the immediately ensuing period was always going to look like a copycat endeavor.
Looking back at how El Dorado compares to the movies of the Disney Renaissance, perhaps the only strong comparison is the animation style, with lush backgrounds and 2D character designs. Unlike the sweeping romances, Broadway-style musicals, and coming-of-age tales under the Disney banner, though, El Dorado is a comedy first and foremost. DreamWorks as a studio was still finding its tonal and stylistic footing. 1998’sPrince of Egypt wove a more mature story meant to eschew the notion that animation was just for children, while the studio’s debut, Antz — infamous because of the controversial public feud between DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steve Jobs and John Lasseter of Pixar — was full of crass humor and pretty grim violence.
El Dorado wobbles a line between these two movies: It’s primarily a comedy, it isn’t as crass and referential as Antz. It isn’t a Biblical epic, with the limited and specific audience that implies, but it shares the visual style and mature approach of The Prince of Egypt. It’s a movie caught between animated movies past (with its lush 2D animation that heavily features song-based storytelling) and future (with its emphasis on comedy that appealed to adults and kids.) So it didn’t make sense to audiences of its time. But the aspects of El Dorado that alienated viewers in 2000 helped it stay relevant 20 years later.
El Dorado is full of GIFable moments — hilarious scenes and quippy dialogue that transcend well to short visual formats. Even people without fond memories of rewinding a Road to El Dorado VHS to relive the highlights have probably seen the GIF of Tulio and Miguel nodding and going “Both? Both. Both is good.” There are other popular favorites, too: Miguel furiously strumming his guitar, the duo’s terrified screech, Miguel popping up on the screen to say “Not today.” The GIFs are the most noticeable memes, but fans have also created a fair number of screencap memes. El Dorado’s quippy banter and the range of animated facial expressions make it prime fodder to live on in GIFs. This is the aspect of El Dorado that’s most likely responsible for its wide reach across the internet.
While some of its moments have become memes, El Dorado, unlike other DreamWorks movies Shrek andThe Bee Movie, hasn’t itself become one giant goof. It’s hard to remember what a great movie Shrek actually is after years of interacting with it primarily through videos and images like the infamous “Shrek is Love” meme from 4Chan. El Dorado hit a sweet spot, becoming the rare internet darling that wasn’t mutated by complex internet in-jokes into something absurd. People still interact with its images without thinking about a bunch of dark offshoots.
El Dorado’s memeability isn’t the only thing contributing to its long-lasting impact. The other standout element is the close relationship and quick banter between Tulio and Miguel, which make the characters the most memorable parts of the movie. Tossing actors Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh into the recording booth together was pure electricity. The dynamic of a more cynical schemer and an optimistic idealist is already a great pairing, ripe for comic potential. The fact that both characters are massively incompetent makes the humor even better.
The two share an easy repartee and a fun relationship. For instance, when they’re tossed in a ship’s brig, Tulio comes up with an elaborate escape plan. Miguel listens attentively, wide-eyed and nodding along. Tulio’s plan to row home afterward sounds ridiculous, which primes the audience to assume Miguel will disapprove. And when he asks “We row back to Spain? In a rowboat? That’s your plan?”, it sounds like the audience is right, and he’s about to point out all the reasons it won’t work. Instead, he takes a beat for viewers to set up their expectations. Then he responds enthusiastically. “Well, I like it! So how do we get on deck?”
Tulio and Miguel’s core relationship is perhaps the most memorable part of the whole movie. The two men care for each other, they infuriate each other, their ideals and motivations clash, but in the end, their friendship prevails. It’s a type of camaraderie that isn’t just fun to watch on screen, but prime for offscreen shipping potential.
There’s a pretty prevalent urban legend that the characters of Miguel and Tulio were originally written as a gay couple, and that the femme fatale co-lead, Chel (voiced by Rosie Perez), was only introduced to appease some higher-ups. The claim remains unverified, but the movie’s subtext is enough. The two banter like an old married couple, change easily in front of one another, strip naked to chill in a hot spring, and talk about how they always thought they’d die together. Toss in Chel, and there are plenty of polyamorous headcanons.
Parts of El Dorado don’t hold up. For one, the concept of white dudes being the heroes of a magical native civilization reeks of colonialist overtones. Chel is the movie’s sole speaking female character, and her design is hypersexualized. With two villains, the pacing suffers, especially at the film’s abrupt climax. On a less drastic note, showcasing the Elton John soundtrack without making the movie a musical means long, winding montages; some, like the “Trail We Blaze” sequence, are full of visual gags and fun moments, while others, like the “Friends Never Say Goodbye” number, just drag with scenes of Tulio and Miguel brooding and making angry faces at each other.
But while movie’s pacing suffers from its descent into lengthy animated Elton John music videos, the characters are dynamic and the story is pleasantly absurd. DreamWorks movies tend to have less straightforward plotlines than Disney films. El Dorado is pretty tame compared to, say, The Bee Movie, where an adult woman leaves her fiancé because she fell in love with Jerry Seinfeld’s bee-sona. The way Miguel and Tulio get through the whole movie by lying, scheming, and just barely managing to pull off great feats isn’t anything like previous Disney heroes, like kind-hearted Belle, fearless Pocahontas, or resilient Quasimodo. Even Disney heroes who lie about their identities either ‘fess up (Aladdin) or do it for the greater good (Mulan). But Tulio and Miguel lie and scheme for riches and adventure — and while they do sacrifice their gold to save the day, no one ever has qualms about the lying and scheming.
The overall message of friendship and adventure taking precedence over gold is true to the tone of the movie. But the lying and scheming is part of what makes the movie so funny and memorable. Miguel and Tulio are so incompetent that they somehow circle back around to being competent. A popular Tumblr post compares the movie to a Dungeons and Dragons campaign where the players only roll 1s and 20s. It’s generally hilarious to watch the characters’ antics unfold on screen. Say what you want about the adventure part of El Dorado, but the movie nailed the buddy-comedy aspect perfectly.
Twenty years after its release, The Road to El Dorado has defied poor critical reviews and bombing box office. Its easily packaged humorous moments weren’t appreciated at its time, but as people who grew up with the movie also grew up with online communities, they took their appreciation to the internet. While the adventure and the plot’s historical aspects aren’t perfect, the characters’ dynamic has transcended the pacing issues and other irritations. El Dorado’s reputation has been reclaimed by generations of people who’ve recontextualized the movie outside of the Disney shadow it was stuck under in 2000.
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I was 12 in a time before there was streaming, before there was Blockbuster, when someone with a VCR in their home boasted playground status roughly equivalent to the captain of the football team combined with the kid whose parents ran a newsagent and could get you free sweets. So your favourite film was either one you had seen a single time in the cinema, or one you had seen on one of the three television channels. In practice it was likely to the latter, because they were the only ones you were able to see more than once.
Certain films retained their blockbuster status on TV. Even though they had been made years before, they were repeated frequently over public holidays. The Great Escape was one, but my favourite – the one that thrilled me to the bone – was Where Eagles Dare. I say it was my favourite film when I was 12, but it was my favourite film when I was 10 as well, and when the great film writer David Thomson asked me a few years ago to name my three favourite films, it was still one then. I’ve just rewatched it, and while I accept there are more emotionally rewarding movies, it was 155 minutes I didn’t begrudge.
It’s not that Where Eagles Dare was a family favourite, one we all sat down to watch together. My mother never much cared for action films; my dad fancied himself a bit of an arthouse buff – the films I recall watching with my family were the old seasons that BBC Two used to show: Hitchcock, Chabrol, Malle and so on. (I just tried thinking of sitting in the living room with my whole family, and the film that sprang to mind was Lacombe, Lucien. Pretentious, moi?) Maybe I loved Where Eagles Dare because it was mine, my solitary pleasure.
It’s hard to credit now, but when I was a kid in the 1970s and 80s, the second world war was pretty much the heart of childhood entertainment: I am of the generation that grew up assuming “Schnell!” and “Achtung!” were pretty much the only words anyone from Germany ever spoke. I watched 633 Squadron and The Bridge at Remagen; I read novels by Sven Hassel; I played with Airfix Afrika Korps soldiers and built models of HMS Hood and the battleship Tirpitz; in the playground, we played the game simply known as “War”, in which everyone divided into English and German and pretended to shoot each other. (It was tacitly agreed that, whichever side you were on, the English got to win.) But Where Eagles Dare seemed to stand, somehow, above that. It was – and I use the word advisedly – classier than the competition.
Even when I was young, Where Eagles Dare looked different. Unlike so many shoot-’em-up-and-churn-’em-out war movies, it was filmed largely on location, in Austria and Bavaria. The Schloss Adler is a real castle; the Alpine village is a real village; the cable car to the castle is a real cable car. It had a brilliant theme tune by Ron Goodwin, over a brilliant opening-credits sequence of a Junkers Ju 52 flying through the Alps at night. It had a pair of proper A-list stars, in Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood (albeit the script required Burton to do little more than bark orders and Eastwood merely to shoot anyone who crossed his path). It had a screenplay by Alastair MacLean, then the king of adventure novelists. And it had stunts – the most daring stunts seen in movies when it was made in 1968, which still looked spectacular more than a decade later: the jump from the cable car, which was real, though to my mind not as thrilling as the sight of Burton and Eastwood (well, their stunt doubles) riding the roof of the car, the valley far beneath them, as they ascend to the Schloss Adler.
Where Eagles Dare is more than a war film, though. I’m not about to claim it’s a meditation on the human condition, because it plainly isn’t, but it skips across genres with a kind of abandon. At various times it is a heist movie (get into impregnable target, get goods, get out), an odd-couple movie (Burton and Eastwood are clearly a very odd couple, even if they don’t ever argue), a suspense movie (will the evil Gestapo major figure out that Mary Ure is One of Ours? Will she give the game away by mistake?) – and it has the brilliant and bonkers central sequence in which Burton bamboozles everyone by swapping sides again and again as he both explains and unravels the plot. That section has more in common with Sleuth than it does The Dirty Dozen.
By modern standards, it’s a leisurely film. The first shots are fired after 50 minutes; the first action sequence is after 59; it’s an hour and 24 minutes in before Burton reveals his multiple-cross; and only after that does the movie enter the period of maximum shooting. It depends on plot and scenario much more than it does on explosions, even though the last hour is constant explosions. It’s the kind of action film I still like, in which you don’t get a headache from constant gunfire.
It’s often terrible, too. The dialogue is cursory (“Some people have a sixth sense. He has a sixth, a seventh and an eighth. He’s our best agent”); poor Ingrid Pitt appears to have been cast as a pair of tits; it rather strains credulity that a group of men who, Eastwood apart, look more like a bank’s darts team than hardened killers have been sent to storm a Nazi fortress. But if you can’t suspend disbelief at the movies, where can you?
A few years ago I made my son sit down with me one half-term to watch Where Eagles Dare. He was the right age for it, I told him. He’d understand why I’d spent years telling him what a great film it was, how much more exciting it was than the things he liked. At the end I turned to him and explained how the stunts were real, how dangerous it all was, what a pioneering film it had been. “They should have used greenscreen,” he replied. “Might have actually made it interesting.”
In Space… No Once Can Hear the hundreds of thousands of Alien fans screaming for some word on the fate of their beloved Alien franchise!
Disney have announced via their official website that a new Alien film is currently in production and is slated for an April 1st, 2022 release date. The title for the new film is currently unknown but sources speculate the film will deviate from the established Prometheus lore created by Ridley Scott and venture into deeper space – uncovering new mysteries surrounding the universe’s Xenomorph infestation. The brief synopsis does mention the iconic Weyland-Yutani corporation however, so we can expect the company to be at the forefront of whatever is to come next:
5 Years after visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott introduced audiences Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in the iconic Alien saga will be uncovered. Releasing April 1st, 2022, Disney and 20th Century Studios invite you to embark on a perilous journey with Weyland-Yutani to the far reaches of space to further explore the Xenomorph terrors which await.
If you’ve read this far and your heart is beginning to race like a Chestburster is eager to exit your rib cage, then I must apologize. If you haven’t clued in yet, today is April Fool’s Day and unfortunately this is merely a joke and none of the above mentioned information is true.
I realize this may anger some of you, myself included are of the majority disappointed by the lack of Alien news being shared since Disney took control of Fox film assets. Every year we take part in April Fool’s Day with a joke. If anything – despite angering some of our fellow fans by pulling on a few heart strings – I hope this piece brings fresh light to the Alien franchise and ignites discussion once again on the prospect of continuing the franchise on in some form or another!
I hope this transmission reaches Disney and they get to work on that new Alien film / TV series so many of us are eagerly waiting for…
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The state of the Alien: Covenant sequel continues to remain uncertain. Ridley Scott has mentioned previously that they have a story already in place and know exactly where the sequel to Covenant will go, however the recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox film properties by Disney have potentially put the rumored-to-be-titled Alien: Awakening on hold for the time being. As new details arise concerning Alien: Covenant 2 we will be your premiere source and you can find information on the Covenant sequel by visiting the About Alien: Awakening page here.
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“Star Wars” actor Andrew Jack has died in Britain as a result of the coronavirus, his agent said on Wednesday. He was 76.
The actor, who also worked as a dialect coach for actors such as Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth, died in a hospital in Surrey on Tuesday, Jack’s agent Jill McCullough said in a statement.
“Andrew lived on one of the oldest working houseboats on the Thames, he was fiercely independent but madly in love with his wife, also a dialect coach,” McCullough said.
Jack appeared in “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” as General Ematt, as well as “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.”
His wife, Gabrielle Rogers, who is quarantined in Australia, posted on social media: “Andrew Jack was diagnosed with coronavirus 2 days ago. He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all ‘with’ him.”
We lost a man today. Andrew Jack was diagnosed with Coronavirus 2 days ago. He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all ‘with’ him.
Passengers arriving in Australia must isolate in hotels for two weeks.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
Greg Grunberg, who co-starred with Jack in Star Wars, wrote on Twitter: “Devastated to hear of the passing of the wonderful, talented, beloved gentleman #AndrewJack. He is one of the kindest people I’ve ever worked with. Please stay safe. Please stay home!!! #RIPAndrewJack.”
Kim Kardashian revealed why she has assumed the social justice warrior mantle and it all has to do with her family.
During a guest appearance on “CBS This Morning” recorded from her home, the reality star opened up to Gayle King about what ignited her passion for reforming the criminal justice system, which began by taking on the case of Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for a first-time drug offense.
“I thought, okay that does not add up. This just is not fair,” the 38-year-old explained. “If she did something against the law, of course, she should do time, but what is that sentencing time? And so for me, realizing they lock up black and brown people five more times than white people — I am raising mixed kids. To me, that becomes really personal.”
Kim shares North, 6, Saint, 4, Chicago, 2, and Psalm, 10 months, with Kanye West.
After Kim visited with Donald Trump to plead the case, Johnson was granted clemency in June 2018.
On the daytime talk show, she also revealed that said she felt like the case “found her.”
“I happened to be on my phone and saw a video that she did — like a video op-ed that she did — and she explained her story. She was the phone mule and she got a harsher sentence than Charles Manson did,” she detailed.
“I just couldn’t sit back and see Alice spend the rest of her life in prison when I saw that she had her big family and it just reminded me of my family,” she continued.
“I thought, ‘What if one of us made a decision that just changed our family for the rest of our lives?'”
Kim said once she realized there are many more women like Alice in prison, she had to take some action. Now she said she believes in second chances and that people can transform once she went to prisons and met with the inmates.
Gayle asked what Kim’s father would think about her foray into the legal world, as Robert Kardashian Sr. was a famous attorney who passed in 2003.
“Him and I talked about it a lot. I know he would be really proud. I think knowing that when I get exhausted and think I want to give up, I know that he’s pushing me not to give up.”
Veteran Nollywood Yoruba actor, Sadiq Abubakar Daba, better known as Sadiq Daba is on the verge of losing his sight as his health condition worsens.
Popular social media commentator, Faleye Oluwatosin shared the actor’s health condition on his platform stating that the actor needs help.
“It is a tough time as Government is battling Coronavirus but i will blame myself if i dont do this and something happens to him. He needs help. Whoever wants to help should reach me and i will link him directly to the person (Sadiq Baba)”
Daba has reportedly been battling leukaemia and prostate cancer for some years now and over the span of this illnesses, he’s been aided by well meaning Nigerians but as it stands, his healths seems to keep worsening.
It was also revealed that the actor was diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2017 – barely months after he was hospitalised due to leukaemia.
Over the past few days, fans and followers of Nigerian singing sensation, Davido had pressured the singer to redo his Covid-19 test after his fiance, Chioma and Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, whom he had close contacts with, tested positive to the virus.
After announcing earlier that the mother of his son tested positive to the virus, netizens were unconvinced that his own result was negative because he had close contacts with her at a party few days back and as such, asked the singer to redo the test.
The pressure became even more when Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde revealed that he’s tested positive for the virus and coincidentally too, Davido had had contact with him prior to the test.
Now the singer has finally revealed that he has redone the test and yet again, his result came out negative. He took to his Twitter page moments ago to give the announcement, writing,
I did a second test for the covid19 virus again …. once again I’m Negative ….
I did a second test for the covid19 virus again …. once again I’m Negative ….
Jodie Quits! Julia Foster is the 14th Doctor, with Tennant Back as Companion
Veteran actress Julia Foster will replace Jodie Whittaker after she bows out from Doctor Who in this year’s festive special.
Despite claims to the contrary, Whittaker in fact filmed her final scenes late last year. Producers were hoping to spring a surprise regeneration on fans, but fears it would leak early have forced an official statement now.
Foster is no stranger to Doctor Who, having appeared earlier this year in the critically acclaimed “Orphan 55”.
Foster’s casting is said to be part of an attempt to take the show “back to basics” with an older, more seasoned actor in the iconic role. Producers are also considering filming exclusively in black and white again to capture a “Hartnell vibe”.
Due to concerns over ratings, David Tennant will be brought back, but with a twist. This time he’ll not be playing the Doctor, but in fact new companion, Ben.
Chris Chibnall will remain in his position as the popular showrunner. He said: “We’re sad to lose Jodie, but thrilled to welcome Julia and David (again) in this next exciting chapter of Doctor Who. Julia’s performance in “Orphan 55” blew everyone away, and we knew we had found another dynamite bit of casting for the Doctor.”
Julia Foster said: “It’s a dream come true. If you thought my previous character was a badass, just wait until you see the 14th Doctor in action. She’s tough as nails, shouts a lot, and can wave her Sonic around like never before!”
David Tennant said: “I’m so excited to be working with the Chibster again! And now I get to be the companion. What a crazy world! And just wait until we’re 18 episodes in, when you finally find out Ben’s backstory…”
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Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, who officially stepped down as senior working royals yesterday, are said to have viewed a $20million mansion in the star-studded area as they look to set up a permanent home in the US following Megxit.
The property, which boasts a pool and tennis court, is close to a Tuscan-style villa that Dodi Fayed bought before his death in 1997.
Former royal butler Paul Burrell has previously claimed that Princess Diana was planning on moving to the sprawling Malibu home to escape the scrutiny of the British press before she died.
Harry and Meghan, pictured last year, are said to have viewed a $20million mansion in Malibu – the California neighbourhood where Princess Diana had reportedly been planning to move with Dodi Fayed before her death in 1997. Harry and Meghan stepped down as royals yesterday
‘She said, “This is our new life, just won’t it be great, think of the lifestyle the boys — nobody’s judgmental here in America, you don’t have the class system, you don’t have the establishment”,’ he recalled in a 2007 interview with ABC news.
It was reported last week that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had left the $10million bolthole on Vancouver Island, Canada, where they had been living since quitting the UK in January to relocate to the US before travel restrictions between the two countries were put in place.
The Sussexes want to be close to ‘their new team of Hollywood agents and PRs’ as well as Meghan’s friends and mother Doria, a source told The Sun. They are now believed to be in lockdown in the Hollywood area with ten-month-old baby Archie.
While it is not known where the couple will eventually choose to settle, Malibu would certainly be a logical choice; it has one of the most expensive ZIP codes in the country and boasts a stunning coastline, should Harry and Meghan have got used to being by the water in Canada.
The property viewed by Harry and Meghan is close to a Tuscan-style villa that Dodi Fayed bought before his death in 1997. Former royal butler Paul Burrell has previously claimed that Princess Diana was planning on moving to the sprawling Malibu home to escape the scrutiny of the British press before she died. Pictured, Dodi and Diana in St Tropez in August 1997
Last Month sources claimed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to rent this sprawling $20million Malibu mansion to get a feel for SoCal life post Megxit
While it’s more than 50km from central LA, it’s a quiet, secluded place ideal for nature-loving celebrities looking for privacy.
Its residents include the likes of Cindy Crawford, Courteney Cox, Leonardo DiCaprio, Steven Spielberg and Patrick Dempsey.
Last Month sources claimed Harry and Meghan plan to rent a sprawling $20million Malibu mansion to get a feel for SoCal life post Megxit.
The huge eight bedroom, 10 bathroom property, called Petra Manor, costs a hefty $15,950 a night, but sources told DailyMailTV the couple is keen to sample Malibu before laying down any long term roots.
The huge eight bedroom, 10 bathroom property, called Petra Manor, costs a hefty $15,950 a night, but sources told DailyMailTV the couple is keen to sample Malibu before laying down any long term roots
The recently renovated Italian style mansion sits in a secure gated community and boasts a swimming pool and cabana, jacuzzi and perfectly manicured grounds
Stay Awhile Villas owner Stuart Heller wouldn’t confirm the couple had chosen the manor, but did say: ‘Stay Awhile Villas is often contacted by high profile families seeking to test neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles before making any move permanent.
‘This is the perfect property for anyone wanting to move to the area and Harry and Meghan will want to see if Malibu suits their lifestyle.
‘The house is a short term rental, many people come to Malibu looking for a home and they will rent somewhere first to see if it makes sense for them and their family.’
The house in question would be just 30 miles away from her Meghan’s Doria, 63, in the Windsor Hills. Malibu also offers the couple easy access to Hollywood as they field offers from film and television powerhouses such as Netflix and Disney.
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