By Lucia Binding, news reporter
Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother are coming to an end, 18 years after the show first launched, Channel 5 has announced.
The reality show's official Twitter account shared the news and said that the 19th series, which begins on Friday night, would be the last.
"It's time for this game to end," the tweet read.
Big Brother premiered on Channel 4 in 2000 and immediately became a ratings hit – though viewing figures have dwindled in recent years.
It took its name from the character in George Orwell's 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four and was initially presented by Davina McCall, moving to Channel 5 in 2010.
The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last – of either celebrity or civilian versions – on Channel 5. We’d like to thank Endemol and all of the production team who have worked tirelessly to make the show a success.#BBUK
— Channel 5 (@channel5_tv) September 14, 2018
The first series of the show gained widespread attention due to the antics of Craig Phillips and Nick Bateman – dubbed "Nasty Nick" – and peaked with an audience of 9.5 million.
Other memorable characters have included Nikki Grahame, best known for her tantrums, and Jade Goody, who starred on both Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother before her death in 2009.
Last year's series finale had just 1.1 million viewers.
"The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last – of either celebrity or civilian versions – on Channel 5," a statement from the channel said.
One fan said it was the "end of an era", while another tweeted they were "sad to see it's ending".
"We'd like to thank Endemol and all of the production team who have worked tirelessly to make the show a success," Channel 5 added.
And you along with Emma @EmmaWillis and Marcus did an amazing job! Sad to see it's ending 😭can't wait for it to start again tonight 😁😀 xx
— val lea (@iggypooh) September 14, 2018
Sad about the Big Brother news. Means that I’ll have to make the effort to go to an eviction or be in the audience of BOTS one last time now 😬
— Robbie 😋 (@ROBBIEwatson) September 14, 2018
Absolutely Gutted 😢😢 @bbuk @Rylan I’ve been a loyal viewer since Day 1 , its an end of an Era !!! Just Gutted 😔 https://t.co/0zolZ0mHre
— Lucy Rebecca Oakey (@LucyOakey) September 14, 2018
Production company Endemol later released a statement saying it was "disappointed not to reach an agreement with Channel 5" over the future of Big Brother.
It hinted that it might not be the end of the show completely, adding "the decision opens up a new chapter and we are excited about future possibilities for Big Brother in the UK".
The most recent versions of Big Brother have been hosted by Emma Willis and narrated by Marcus Bentley.
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"We'd also like to thank our brilliant presenters – Emma on Big Brother and Rylan from Bit on the Side – for their consummate professionalism, Marcus, the voice of Big Brother and all of the housemates who have created so many memorable moments," the statement continued.
Downton Abbey film for September 2019 release
The highly anticipated Downton Abbey film has been slated for a September 2019 release date.
The hit period drama will take to big screens around the world on September 13, it has been announced.
Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski gave an update on the release schedule saying: "Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family's next chapter.
"We're thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen next September."
Downton concluded with a Christmas Special in 2015 after six seasons and a film was long hoped for by fans of the show, with an official announcement coming earlier this year that the Crawley family would be back.
Original castmembers Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Penelope Wilton and Dame Maggie Smith are all back for the film, with new additions to the cast including Imelda Staunton and Geraldine James.
Downton's creator Julian Fellowes has written the film's screenplay, while Brican Percival, who directed the series' pilot, will helm the film. Fellowes will produce alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge.
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Depardieu ‘reveals wish for Turkish passport’ on N Korea trip
French actor Gerard Depardieu has used a trip to North Korea to announce his intention to apply for Turkish citizenship, according to Turkish media reports.
The 69-year-old became a Russian citizen in 2013 after the French government criticised his decision to move abroad because of higher taxes.
But now Depardieu has reportedly told Turkish newspaper Ayndinlik he wants to gain citizenship in Turkey.
Ayndinlik says it interviewed the actor while he visited North Korea for the secretive state's 70th anniversary celebrations.
The newspaper features a photograph of Depardieu and an account of the actor answering its questions.
It follows a number of sightings of Depardieu in photographs of crowds in Pyongyang earlier this month.
Sporting a light straw hat and white shirt, the former actor appeared at an event celebrating North Korea's 70th anniversary – although it was unclear if he was due to take part or was there as a guest.
Oliver Hotham, managing editor of NK News, tweeted that he had spotted Depardieu at a hotel in the city but was told by a minder that he would have a “bad time” if he persisted in asking him for a quote.
Spotted Gerard Depardieu in Pyongyang’s Yanggakdo hotel just now – refused to allow photos and one of his dudes said “you’ll have a bad time” if I persisted in trying to get a quote from him
— Oliver Hotham (@OliverHotham) 7 September 2018
Last month, prosecutors in Paris opened a preliminary investigation into allegations Depardieu raped and sexually assaulted a 22-year-old comedian and dancer.
The actor’s representatives have denied the accusations.
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Depardieu has starred in more than 200 films across six decades, including The Man in the Iron Mask, Life of Pi and Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet.
Embraced by Russia in 2013, Depardieu met Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi and called the country "a great democracy, and not a country where the prime minister calls one of its citizens shabby".
Cage finds internet memes “frustrating” and unfair
Nicolas Cage has voiced his frustration with "Cage Rage" internet memes, declaring they are "frustrating" and unfair to him and the directors of his films.
In an interview with Indiewire, the highly-expressive actor is promoting his latest film Mandy, a schlock-horror movie in which he plays a man thirsting for revenge on an evil biker gang.
Cage declared: "I’m sure it’s frustrating for (director) Panos (Cosmatos), who has made what I consider a very lyrical, internal, and poetic work of art, to have this ‘Cage Rage’ thing slammed all over his movie … the internet has kind of done the movie a disservice."
'Cage Rage' is a loose term which has crept into movie parlance, used by the sceptical to describe Cage's acting antics, deemed by them to be quite over-the-top and arguably unnecessary to the portrayal.
The Hollywood actor explained the thinking that underlies his approach to acting, declaring that "It’s all very thought out and carefully planned."
He aimed, he said, to realise his "abstract and more ontological fantasies with film performance, by playing people who were crazy, or by playing people who were on drugs, or supernaturally possessed."
The actor was chuffed by Ethan Hawke’s positive comments in a recent Reddit Ask Me Anything web-chat. In that web-chat Hawke observed that Cage was "the only actor since Marlon Brando that’s actually done anything new with the art of acting; he’s successfully taken us away from an obsession with naturalism into a kind of presentation style of acting that I imagine was popular with the old troubadours".
"That made me feel good," Cage admitted. "The list goes on and on about these old troubadours who embraced a kind of charismatic and larger-than-size stylisation. A grandeur, if you will."
Modern Family is killing-off a ‘significant character’
Much-loved US mockumentary Modern Family is about to do the unthinkable and kill off what co-creator Christopher Lloyd described as a "significant character".
The sitcom – a Friday night regular on Sky One – is about to begin its tenth season and Lloyd has revealed to Entertainment Weekly that something deadly serious is about to go down for the extended Pritchett family.
"We're handling some bigger life events in this season," Lloyd said. "We do deal with a death, which is certainly a topic that families have to deal with, and on television, it's not easy to do because that's a heavy subject.
"But at the same time," he added, "it would seem unusual for a family not to go through it."
Understandably, Lloyd didn't provide any clues as to the identity of the condemned character, or if it will be one of the main family members, but he did say that it's a "significant character on the series" and the death will have "repercussions across several episodes".
So, Which Vampire Diaries Characters Will Be Showing Up on the New Spinoff?
Legacies, the second spinoff of the wildly popular The Vampire Diaries franchise, is coming to The CW this Fall, and we're pretty excited. The series is slated to focus on the teenage Hope Mikaelson, last seen on the series finale of The Originals, and her adventures at the supernatural boarding school that was founded in the epilogue of the finale of the original The Vampire Diaries. The question on everyone's mind, of course, is which existing characters from the TVD universe will show up?
Two beloved characters are already confirmed as series regulars. Danielle Rose Russell and Matt Davis will reprise their roles as Hope Mikaelson and Alaric Saltzman as the main characters of Legacies. Hope, the daughter who resulted from a brief TVD-era fling between werewolf Hayley and hybrid Klaus, will be learning more about her supernatural abilities, while Alaric is running the Salvatore Boarding School For the Young and Gifted while raising his twin daughters.
Russell and Davis aren't the only familiar faces slated to pop up, though! It was recently confirmed that Zach Roerig, who played Matt Donovan, will appear at least once, probably more, on Legacies. Matt is the sweet human who miraculously makes it through eight seasons of The Vampire Diaries as a human and a survivor and is seen taking over as sheriff of Mystic Falls in the TVD finale. But the Matt we're about to see might not be the same Matt we know and love.
"He kind of went off the deep end," Roerig explained to Entertainment Weekly. "We see him in the future a little more frazzled and a little out of his mind from the vampires. He's crazy sheriff Matt Donovan." Although he's still a friend to Davis's Alaric, he's also hell-bent on keeping Mystic Falls safe from more supernatural damage, which makes him a dangerous potential antagonist too.
At least one more TVD character is headed back to Mystic Falls. News broke in August that Steven R. McQueen had reached a deal to reprise his role as Jeremy Gilbert. He's not scheduled to be a recurring character; at the moment, he's only making a cameo appearance in the third episode of the first season. No details have come out yet about the context of his return, although the former "hunter" could probably teach a thing or two to the supernatural students at the school!
Legacies is also going to welcome back one of the original Salvatore brothers — though not in the context you might think. Paul Wesley (aka Stefan Salvatore) has been tapped to direct an episode sometime during the first season. Although no other established characters have been announced to appear, creator Julie Plec says the door is always open — we certainly hope we see more familiar faces walk through that door (once they've been invited, of course)!
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