Ascot TV presenter Rosie Tapner, 24 — who spent her teens as a model, appearing in campaigns for Burberry and Topshop — says there is a dark side to the industry. 'Modelling ruined my confidence, absolutely,' Rosie (right) tells me at the Royal Ascot fine dining preview. It's cut-throat, you have to be a certain weight and you're always being scrutinised for what you look like. … [Read more...] about EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Ellie Goulding’s Old Etonian husband Caspar Jopling in race to win a space in the blue boat
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Is there anything more powerful than the Mother of Dragons aboard her favorite son firebombing the city of King's Landing into oblivion? Maybe the fan backlash. Daenerys went from flawed heroine to heel in the season's penultimate episode. That spawned Twitter outrage, a petition demanding a do-over, and perhaps regret among the hundreds of American parents who, according to the Social Security Administration, named their daughters Daenerys or Khaleesi back when she was breaking chains instead of burning innocents. Many viewers, however, thought it a logical, even inevitable, turn of events. The daughter of the Mad King had just seen her best friend beheaded, her longest-serving retainer killed in battle, and her cherished birthright cast in doubt by the man she loves. Now, having conquered the capital, with a ruthless army still intact and her dragon seemingly unstoppable, she has everything she once wanted, except Westeros' love. Having horrified her closest allies, will she hang on … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones Season 8: The future of Westeros is finally revealed as a SHOCKING ruler takes the Iron Throne and the Mother of Dragons’ fate is revealed in the EPIC feature length series finale
They are meant to be old snaps from glory days of The Queen Vic - but many of them are thought to be promo images from the soap's PR operation plus grinning members of the crew. … [Read more...] about EastEnders hid EIGHT jokes for die-hard fans in its 35th anniversary week – did you spot them all?
Onward indicates early on that it is going to be a quest movie. It even signposts how it is not taking the straightforward route but the “path of peril”. As with the best of Pixar’s output, the journey is as much inward as outward (or onward). Our heroes are two blue-skinned elves: weedy, insecure Ian (voiced by Tom Holland) and his slow-witted elder brother Barley (Chris Pratt, channelling Jack Black), whose encyclopedic knowledge of arcane magical lore might just come in handy. Their father died before Ian was born (mum is now dating the centaur cop), but he left the brothers an odd gift to open on Ian’s 16th birthday: a spell to bring him back for a day. As anyone who has seen the trailer will know, the spell only half-works: the bottom half. All the brothers end up with is their father’s feet and legs. How to materialise the rest of him before sunset? Quest time! … [Read more...] about Onward review – Pixar’s best film in years is Frozen for boys
“In the film ’71, I can’t help but watch the children. By 1971 there were eight children under 11 years old in my family. It was not unusual. We were proper steps-and-stairs – a Catholic family living in the posh part of Enniskillen in a house my father had built. It was on a hill overlooking a lake – the lake that amplified the sounds of bin lids banging on the streets of the town; it was the lake that brought home the fact that riots were no longer duotone images on television, but real and in our town too. The Troubles came in the night, acoustically. … [Read more...] about How a generation recalls the reality of Belfast’s streets in 1971