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The past decade has been a strange one for Chadwick Boseman.

The 37 year old had mostly appeared in television shows but the last couple of years have seen him earn stellar reviews for his role as real-life baseball player Jackie Robinson in 42 and more recently as legendary soul singer James Brown in the musical biopic Get On Up.

His new-found success has now landed him a major part in Marvel’s upcoming slate of superhero films for Phase 3. At an event held last night, Marvel’s President Kevin Feige confirmed that Boseman will play new Avengers character Black Panther in five of the upcoming releases.

The leather-wearing superhero is the alter-ego of African king T’Challa and has strong connections with the Fantastic Four.

The character will make his big-screen bow in the third Captain America film, Civil War which is due out in 2016. That will then be followed by his own individual outing which will be released on November 3rd 2017 before concluding with an appearance in the two-part Avengers: Infinity War installment.

Black Panther was one of several new films announced by Marvel with sequels to Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor confirmed as well as standalone productions for Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange.

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Britain’s favourite fictional bear is set to finally make his big-screen debut before this year concludes.

Paddington Bear, who first came to promise way back in 1958, embarks on an epic adventure in the upcoming live-action flick with British actor Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas) given the crucial task of voicing him.

A full-length trailer for the film premiered earlier today.

Directed by Paul King (The Mighty Boosh, Come Fly With Me), the story sees Paddington journey from his Peruvian home to London where he ends up staying with the friendly Brown family. However his presence soon attracts attention from a cunning museum curator.

Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, The Monuments Men) and Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky, Blue Jasmine) play Mr and Mrs Brown respectively with Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Australia) portraying the villainous Millicent.

Additional casting support also comes from Jim Broadbent (Iris, Cloud Atlas), Peter Capaldi (In the Loop, Doctor Who), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter series, The King’s Speech), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake, Maleficent) and Julie Walters (Harry Potter series, Mamma Mia!).

Whishaw took on the voice role of Paddington after original choice Colin Firth dropped out earlier this year.

Paddington will be released in the UK on November 28th.

Four years ago, Terence Winter and legendary film director Martin Scorsese began collaborating together on the exquisite gangster series Boardwalk Empire. The show, which focuses on the story of criminal Nucky Thompson’s control over Atlantic City during the 1920s, has been a renowned hit for HBO but like so many great television series, it all must come to end. Granted Boardwalk has suffered a little with its final run being reduced to eight episodes compared to the usual thirteen but we can blame those darn (expensive!) dragons from Game of Thrones for that! Nevertheless, Boardwalk can hold its head up high as one of the best series of the past decade especially for merging such an extraordinary cast and the carefully-mastered production design. With the final epsidoe due to screen in the States tomorrow evening, below are my five favourite moments!

“You can’t be half a gangster, Nucky. Not anymore.”

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#5 – “I ain’t building no bookcase.”

Known to many of us for his memorable role as Omar Little in HBO’s The Wire, Michael Kenneth Williams further enhanced his reputation as a bad-ass actor with his effective turn as black gangster boss Chalky White. While it was hard for many African-American people to cope in prohibition-era America, Chalky clearly wasn’t fazed by racial discrimination especially when sharing scenes with the titular character Nucky. But when the KKK begin to cause problems in a series one episode, he takes it upon himself to kidnap the leader and deliver a mesmerising monologue about his father’s own misfortunes with the group before preparing to torture him. Chalky’s coming yo!

 

#4 – Manny kills Angela Darmondy

While many Boardwalk fans were gutted to see the popular Jimmy Darmondy (Michael Pitt) get killed off in the series two finale, it was the murder of his wife Angela a couple of episodes previously which shocked me more. Though she wasn’t particularly memorable, she was one of the few characters to add some soul to the show amongst its violence and deceit. Her demise came during a pinnacle moment when vicious Jewish butcher Manny Horvitz (an underrated William Forsythe) turned up at the Darmondy household with the intention of killing Jimmy via Nucky’s instructions. But after mistakenly shooting Angela’s secret lesbian lover, he had no choice but to kill her too in cold-blooded fashion. Poor young Tommy became an orphan in the space of a couple of televised hours!
 

#3 – Eli vs. Agent Knox

Boardwalk Empire had a lot of well-choreographed fight scenes which included Nucky vs Eli, Chalky vs. Dunn Pursley and more recently, Van Alden vs Capone. But perhaps the most intense of those came in the series four finale where Eli found himself engaged in a brutal showdown with psychotic FBI Agent Knox (Brian Geraghty). With Knox threatening to have Eli’s son placed in prison and gloating about it, this proved a step too fear for the younger Thompson sibling as he finally decided to tackle his foe in hand-to-hand combat. Given the amount of twists that the show was famed for, there were many Eli fans fearing the worst for him at certain parts of the scuffle. Thankfully this breathtaking sequence ended with Knox being strangled to death but would ultimately lead to Eli facing exile. These dark American shows sure love their fight scenes!

 

#2 – Van Alden goes nuts with an iron

This well-judged series succeeded in attracting many established actors to appear on the show as well as giving underrated ones a chance to shine. That was the case for Michael Shannon who made the role of crazed FBI Agent Nelson Van Alden his own. His deranged facial expressions and calm posture made him a fans favourite on the show even when the character found himself on the run at the end of series two. The following year saw him try to rebuild his life with a new family and a new identity but a crappy job as a salesman proved to be an unsatisfying experience. This explosive moment (which put me off ironing!) sees him snap completely when a cocky colleague taunts him about his shoddy performances in work and at home which results in the poor bugger getting scalded by an iron. Shannon is simply outstanding in this scene as he unleashes his fury on those who’ve taunted him. If ever an actor is needed for a scary role, this is your guy!
 

#1 – Richard’s botched assassination / death

The greatest moment of Boardwalk Empire is one that produces sheer heartbreak for one character and an emotional farewell for another in the space of several minutes. In the Season 4 finale, Chalky enlists help from Nucky in taking revenge on Doctor Narcisse (a menacing Jeffrey Wright) by staging an assassination at his nightclub. As the two men exchange words at their table, the useful Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) prepares to shoot Narcisse from the curtains with his rifle but a hesitant moment proves tragic when he accidentally kills Chalky’s daughter Mabel. Chalky’s devastated reaction says it all and amidst the panic, Harrow is wounded whilst escaping from the club. As he hides away on the beach, he dreams about reuniting with his family in Wisconsin but it proves to be a fool’s hope as the final shot shows him lying dead, his mask having fallen off. Harrow became an unlikely favourite amongst Boardwalk fans and many rooted for him to find happiness but sadly it wasn’t to be. However the entire duration of this show shows how calculating and unmerciful a show like this could be!

Farewell Boardwalk Empire, you will be greatly missed!

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The world’s greatest team of superheroes are about to reignite their collaboration following the grand success of their previous outing in 2012.

Marvel’s iconic team of Tony Stark / Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Steve Rogers / Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Bruce Banner / Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) all return for the first official trailer for the upcoming superhero sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Marvel themselves were forced to release the preview earlier following a leak on Youtube last night. Hydra are said to be responsible….

Directed once again by Joss Whedon, the follow-up sees the group having to overcome a dangerous new enemy in the form of the robotic Ultron (played by The Blacklist’s James Spader).

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Further trouble also comes in the form of mutant siblings Quicksilver, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass, Godzilla), and Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Oldboy) as the pair are brought in by Ultron to assist him in his quest to destroy Earth.

Franchise regulars Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) are also back for the sequel with Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings series, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) making his Marvel debut as an unspecified character.

Age of Ultron will be released in the UK on April 24th 2015.

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Actor and entertainer Neil Patrick Harris has landed the lucrative gig of hosting the 87th Annual Academy Awards.

The four-time Tony Awards host has been confirmed to present the 2015 ceremony which will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 22nd 2015.

On being given the job, Harris wrote a statement saying:

“It is truly an honour and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards. I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show. To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true.”

Additional words came from Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron who said:

“We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars. We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage. To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage.”

Harris is known to most people for his leading role as Ted Mosby in the recently-ended CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother as well as his Tony Award duties.

However he has also enjoyed a fine year on the big-screen with key performances in Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West and the current box-office smash Gone Girl.

The 41-year old will be following in the footsteps of another homosexual host in Ellen DeGeneres who has helmed the ceremony twice.

The brilliant Gone Girl is currently dominating at the box-office and is already being touted for Oscar success.

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Loyal fans of the hit BBC sitcom Dad’s Army may be on the verge of panicking after today’s big news.

It has been revealed that a renowned cast of British actors have been chosen to play the popular platoon members for a new-look film.

Helmed by Oliver Parker (St Trinians, Johnny English Reborn) and written by comedian Hamish McColl (Mr Bean’s Holiday), the reboot’s acting ensemble can be seen in the gallery below with the new actors placed next to their predecessors.

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As confirmed back in April, BAFTA-winning actors Toby Jones (Infamous, The Girl) and Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean series) will tackle the iconic roles of the authoritative Captain George Mainwaring and the polite Sergeant Arthur Wilson respectively.

The part of the bumbling Lance Corporal Jack Jones will be played by veteran Tom Courtenay (The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, The Dresser) while fellow vet Michael Gambon (Harry Potter series, The King’s Speech) will portray the kind-hearted Private Charles Godrey.

The rest of the main platoon is completed by Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison as the naive Private Frank Pike, Daniel Mays (Atonement, Mrs Biggs) as the wheeling-dealing Private Joe Walker and Bill Paterson (Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Law and Order) as the moody Scot Private James Frazier.

There is also a surprise role in the film for Oscar-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (The Mask of Zorro, Chicago) as a glamourous journalist named Rose while additional support comes from Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Game of Thrones), Sarah Lancashire (Coronation Street, Happy Valley), Alison Steadman (Life is Sweet, Gavin and Stacey) and Annette Crosbie (One Foot in the Grave, Calender Girls).

The new Dad’s Army film will begin shooting in Yorkshire next month with a late 2015 release being targeted.

I think it’s safe to say that “we’re doomed” by the prospect of this reboot!

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Almost a year since its epic conclusion, AMC’s critically-acclaimed series Breaking Bad looks to have concluded its award success after it scooped five wins at last night’s Emmy Awards ceremony.

The show, which charts the journey of cancer-stricken chemistry teacher-turned-drugs kingpin Walter White, clinched the coveted Outstanding Drama Series award ahead of other much-lauded competitors like Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and the gritty True Detective.

Bryan Cranston won his fourth Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series gong for his powerful role as Walt overcoming stiff opposition from True Detective duo Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

His co-stars Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) and Anna Gunn (Skyler White) secured wins in the Best Supporting Actor/Actress categories. The former beat off the likes of Peter Dinklage (GOT) and Jon Voight (Ray Donovan) while the latter overcame Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt and Dame Maggie Smith.

Julia Marguiles triumphed in a tough Outstanding Actress in a Drama category overcoming two-time winner Claire Danes (Homeland), Robin Wright (House of Cards) and Kerry Washington (Scandal) amongst others.

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In the comedy section, Modern Family continued its Emmy dominance with victory in the Outstanding Comedy Series category ahead of Orange is the New Black and Veep. Star Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy) also enjoyed success in the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy beating off pressure from co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Pritchard).

Julia Louis Dreyfus added another Emmy to her collection as she triumphed in the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as long-suffering vice president Selina Kyle in the political sitcom Veep.

There was also more Emmy glory for Jim Parsons as he won Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for his humorous performance as the nerdy Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory. His stern competition included Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Louis CK (Louis) and British comedian Ricky Gervais (Derek).

Veteran performer Alison Janney was named Best Supporting Actress for her role as Anna Faris’ mother in the sitcom Mom.

In the television movie categories, the AIDs related drama The Normal Heart won the Outstanding TV Movie accolade ahead of Sherlock while the television-version of Fargo clinched the Outstanding TV Miniseries award.

Sherlock did manage to achieve some joy for its actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as the pair won the Lead and Supporting Actor gongs for their performances in the acclaimed British series.

Finally, Oscar-winning actresses Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates landed double success in the female categories as the female duo won for their performances in American Horror Story.

The official list of winners are below.

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad

Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Juliana Marguiles – The Good Wife

Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad

Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad

Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Anna Gunn – Breaking Bad

Comedy Series
Modern Family

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Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep

Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Jim Parsons – Big Bang Theory

Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Alison Janney – Mom

Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Ty Burrell – Modern Family

Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie
The Normal Heart

Lead Actor In A TV Miniseries Or Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock

Lead Actress In A TV Miniseries Or Movie
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story

Supporting Actor In A TV Miniseries Or Movie
Martin Freeman – Sherlock

Supporting Actress In A TV Miniseries Or Movie
Kathy Bates – American Horror Story