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Big Brother and CBB axed by Channel 5

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.

Winner Ryan Thomas leaves the Celebrity Big Brother house. Pic: Ian West/PA Wire
Image: Ryan Thomas won the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother.
Former Big Brother contestant Nikki Grahame with Davina McCall, who hosted the show on Channel 4 from 2000 to 2010
Image: Nikki Grahame with Davina McCall, who hosted the show on Channel 4

"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 ?

— 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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Former X Factor star Rylan Clark-Neal presents the spin-off show Bit on the Side.

"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.

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Fantastic Beasts script made Eddie Redmayne sweat

Eddie Redmayne told RTÉ Entertainment that his palms were sweaty reading the script for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, with the twists and turns making him need to read it a second time straight away.

Redmayne reprises his role as Newt Scamander in the follow-up to 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and he couldn't get over some of the "jaw-dropping" moments in the film.

Katherine Waterston and Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

"I literally got sweaty palms as I read the script and then I finished the script, took one massive deep breath, downed a glass of water and started all over again," Redmayne told RTÉ Entertainment.

"I was like, 'Is this real'. It's pretty jaw-dropping, isn't it?"

The first film was set in New York, The Crimes of Grindelwald sees matters move to Paris, and it's looking like the next instalment will be set in Rio de Janeiro, with JK Rowling tweeting that to her fans.

"Jo tweeted that the next one might be set in Rio de Janeiro so we found that out with the rest of the world, so Newt and Tina on the Copacabana Beach maybe?" Redmayne said before adding that he is "genuinely stalking JR Rowling on Twitter" in a bid for information.

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Ezra Miller is JK Rowling’s ‘happy puppet’

Fantastic Beasts star Ezra Miller has described himself as JK Rowling's 'happy puppet' telling RTÉ Entertainment that he is no longer as eager as he was be to get information and secrets about his character Creedence as he's happy to be left wondering.

"I have to say I feel like I was initially very eager, like first of all for time with her because she's my hero, so time with a mind like that," Miller told RTÉ Entertainment of Harry Potter creator JK Rowling.

"I was eager for information and I wanted to know my whole arc, but at this point I'm like, whatever time we get is precious and amazing.

"And then also just wanting her to spend time in her garden shed alone more than anything else, I want her confined to the garden shed where she writes."

Claudia Kim and Ezra Miller in The Crimes of Grindelwald

Speaking about the change in his outlook on knowing the secrets of the Wizarding World, he added, "I guess the hotline is what I was looking for at some point, but I love now that she just drops by and gives us what we need and we're left wondering and discovering with our characters. I'm like her happy puppet."

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits cinemas on Friday, November 16.

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Hold on to Your Santa Hat, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Christmas-Themed Wedding

Let's be honest, Winter is amazing. It's that time of year when you can bundle up near a fireplace and sip on hot cocoa all day and, best of all, you can spend your holidays with your loved ones. Well, photographer Jessica Palacios managed to capture the amazing essence of the holiday season in this gorgeous Christmas-themed wedding shoot. "By the time Halloween comes around, I'm ready for some holiday cheer. I know I'm not the only one!" said Jessica. "We wanted to embrace every essence of Christmas with the styled shoot. The textures of this shoot to the small details, I truly believe we captured Christmas in the form of a wedding."

This shoot absolutely embodies the Christmas spirit in every detail. Even the intricate embroidery on the bride's bodice is reminiscence of snowflake patterns. The groom looks festive in a sharp suit with a lapel pin above his breast pocket made from holly leaves. The food and drinks were laid out on a wooden table, which adds a rustic charm to the shoot, while mistletoe leaves, pine cones, and wreaths are elegantly used to decorate the room. In most of the photos, the most prominent colors are deep red, forest green, and gold, which perfectly reflect the magic of Christmas.

Keep reading to see these stunning photos and look out for more hidden details!

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20 Handmade Gifts So Thoughtful, No One Will Ever Guess They’re From Amazon

Looking for a personalized and thoughtful gift to impress someone this year? You're in luck because shopping for handmade gifts is easier than ever. Amazon features a shopping section on the site filled with handmade and customizable items. From phone cases to necklaces and wine glasses, there's no doubt you'll spot something for your loved ones, and maybe even yourself. Take a look.

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A Star Is Born’s Jackson Maine Was Almost Played by Jack White – We’ll Let That Sink In

It's hard to imagine Jackson Maine being played by anyone other than Bradley Cooper. And yet, the battered lead of 2018's A Star Is Born could have very easily been portrayed by an entirely different person. Apart from the initial, and well-reported, back-and-forth on who would direct and star in the remake, it was recently revealed that Cooper had Jack White in mind to portray Maine.

Before Lady Gaga was officially attached to the project, Cooper was interested in casting a real-life musician. "I saw this other person that I wanted to do this, who is an actual musician," he told Variety. "But [the studio] wouldn't make the movie with him." The publication later learned the musician in mind was the former White Stripes singer and guitarist.

A STAR IS BORN, Bradley Cooper, 2018. ph: Clay Enos/ Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection

Though Cooper would go on to deliver an impassioned performance, in his defense, White wasn't an entirely out-there casting idea. In fact, he previously acted in the 2007 comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and 2003's Cold Mountain, which was nominated for seven Oscars, including for best picture. That being said, we're still glad things turned out the way they did — if not, we would have never gotten to see Cooper and Gaga's incredible chemistry unfold before our very eyes.

Image Sources: Getty / JB Lacroix / WireImage and Everett Collection

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