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The Academic will ‘play it cool’ in front of Stones

Irish band The Academic, who are the only support act for The Rolling Stones' Croke Park gig, say they will "play it cool" in front of the legendary musicians.

The Mullingar indie-rockers were announced to be supporting the Stones back in April and said it was a "childhood dream" to play a venue like Croke Park with the veteran rock band.

Frontman Craig Fitzgerald said that he and his fellow bandmates Dean Gavin, and brothers Matt and Stephen Murtagh, will try to hold it together in front of the Stones.

Craig from The Academic says they'll "play it cool" in front of The Rolling Stones

Speaking to Eoghan McDermott on 2fm, Craig said of meeting the iconic musicians: "I think we'll play it cool because I presume they would play it cool, they're very cool guys."

He added jokingly: "But if there is a bit of fun going on I might ask him what does he think about the Maroon 5 song Moves Like Jagger."

When asked if they have been rehearsing like crazy ahead of their supporting slot in front of an estimated 70,000 people, Craig said: "We have been rehearsing a lot more than we usually rehearse but I wouldn't say it's all day every day.

"We're fairly relaxed about rehearsals but I would say we've rehearsed maybe four or five times which is a lot for us."

They have a setlist of around 30 to 35 minutes planned for the Thursday night gig.

"There won't be any sad moments, we're going to keep it pretty upbeat so you can expect the greatest hits from The Academic and if you don't know what that means you can go on Spotify and prepare yourself for it!", Craig said.

The singer said he hopes they will be able to enjoy the performance in the moment. "I really hope I do enjoy it in the moment, but it is Croke Park so I don't know!"

The Academic take to the stage at 7.15 at Croke Park.

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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."

Much of the original cast will return for the feature film

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.

Mr Depardieu allegedly said he wanted citizenship
Image: Gerard Depardieu became a Russian citizen in 2013

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".

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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."

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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".

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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.

THE VAMPIRE DAIRIES, Matt Davis in 'Coming Home Was a Mistake' (Season 8, Episode 5, aired November 18, 2016). ph: Bob Mahoney/The CW Network/courtesy Everett Collection

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!

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, (from left): Steven R. McQueen, Zach Roerig, 'The Hybrid', (Season 3, ep. 302, aired Sept. 22, 2011), 2009-. photo: Quantrell D. Colbert /  CW / Courtesy: Everett Collection

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)!

Image Source: Everett Collection

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