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Rape Crisis praises EastEnders consent storyline as Louisa Lytton receives messages from survivors

Stacey has been supporting Ruby (Picture: BBC)
Louisa Lytton has been left surprised by how quickly ..

Stacey has been supporting Ruby (Picture: BBC)

Louisa Lytton has been left surprised by how quickly she received reaction from EastEnders fans after the soap aired Ruby Allens rape storyline.

[It was] a great reaction, I was quite surprised, she said.

I had loads of people message on social media saying, “this is the closure I needed for so long, this incident happened to me and I questioned if it was rape or not and this episode has confirmed to me in fact it was.”

It was surprising how quickly that reaction happened but thats the whole point of this storyline. Its important to open this conversation for men and women and hopefully educate.

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Viewers have praised EastEnders for the story (Picture: BBC)

Ultimately were only telling one story but you have to do it justice because there will millions of viewers who will relate and need this as support or confirmation so its important it is done right, added Louisa.

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Viewers have been praising Louisas performance as a bewildered Ruby who was blaming herself and wondering if her own actions led to what happened – and also commending EastEnders for raising the subject of consent.

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Rape Crisis joined Louisa as she appeared on Lorraine on Thursday morning, with spokeswoman Katie Russell praising the show for tackling the topic.

It will be evident as the story unfolds but it is evident with the way the public has received the scene so far that we still have a lot of education and public awareness rising to do when it comes to the issue of consent, she said.

People refer to this as a grey area but its actually quite straight forward in law. We know about fight or flight as responses to terrifying situations, but there is also freeze and flop, which are actually much more common… consent is not just saying no or not fighting back, its actively, positively, freely saying yes, added Katie.

Raising awareness of that so survivors who will inevitably be watching can understand its a common reaction and its not your fault.

It is never the victim or survivors fault, we all have responsibilities in sexual relationships to be 100% confident the person we are with is just as happy with everything happening between us as we are, and remembering that their consent cab been given refused or taken back at any time.

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We need to be aware, consent is a live thing its not something you get once and bank for the future.

You can find information, support and advice by visiting Rape Crisis. 0808 802 999 is the confidential helpline number.

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Adam Ray To Star In The Bellmen; The Banker Adds Taylor Black

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EXCLUSIVE: Adam Ray is set to star as the lead in the upcoming film T..

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EXCLUSIVE: Adam Ray is set to star as the lead in the upcoming film The Bellmen directed by Cameron Fife. The movie follows a charming bell captain at a popular Arizona resort who decides becoming a manager is the only way to win the girl of his dreams

The cast of The Bellmen also includes Josh Zuckerman, Jonathan Kite, Andrew Caldwell, Alphonzo McAuley, Willie Garson, Kelen Coleman, Anjali Bhimani, Richard Kind, and Thomas Lennon. Jason Adler, who developed the script with Fife, is producing under his production company Park Avenue Creative, along with June Street Productions. Kim Waltrip is executive producing.

Ray can be seen in Ballers as well as the second season of American Vandal which is currently streaming on Netflix. He can also be seen in the forthcoming Jennifer Lopez comedy Second Act. His previous credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, and the Netflix film Game Over Man. He is repped by Gersh and Avalon.

Actress Taylor Black has been cast in The Banker, the George Nolfi-directed drama starring Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult, and Nia Long.

The fact-based pic centers on two African American entrepreneurs, Bernard Garrett (Mackie) and Joe Morris (Jackson), in the 50s who recruit a working-class white man, Matt Steiner (Hoult) to pose as the head of their business empire while they posed as a janitor and a chauffeur. Garrett and Morris become two of the wealthiest and most successful real estate owners in the country with Steiner as their front man, but their success brings about unforeseen risk of exposure that threatens everything.

Brad Feinstein is producing the film via Romulus Entertainment, which is financing. Joel Viertel, Nolfi, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jonathan Baker, and Mackie are producers as well. Black, whose credits include the A Rainy Day In New York, and recurring roles on Midnight, Texas and Lucifer, is repped by APA and Sweeney Entertainment.

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Halloween Review: Jamie Lee Curtis Battles Michael Myers (Again) In A Treat For Horror Fans

Ever since John Carpenters original Halloween and Michael Myers first came into our orbit in 1978, i..

Ever since John Carpenters original Halloween and Michael Myers first came into our orbit in 1978, it has been the gift that keeps on giving at the box office, with so many spinoffs, sequels and reboots it is hard to keep track. From Halloweens II, III, IV and Vto a 20-year revisit in 1998 and Halloween: Resurrection in 2002, hell there even are three films just simply titled Halloween II. There seems to be no need even to hide what the film is anymore — the 2007 reboot, and the current incarnation, are using the same title as the original! It is a brand all by itself.


Jamie Lee Curtis has been a part of four of them, and now returns as Laurie Strode in the update, set 40 years after Myers first terrorized her in Haddonfield, IL on Halloween Night 1978. Here is my advice: Forget all the Halloweens that came between that one and this one and just look at this one as the purest sequel, a battle royale between Strode and Myers that has been four decades in the making and, as I say in my video review above, is a royal treat for horror fans as new director David Gordon Green clearly has a place in his heart for what made the original a classic of the genre in the first place.

Basically the new film has much in common with Carpenters vision, as the film opens with Myers (Nick Castle) institutionalized and about to be transferred to an even harder facility on — when else — the day before Halloween. In no time the bus carrying him has flipped over and Mike is on the loose, presumably headed to Haddonfield in a truck he hijacks (disposing of the occupants) to complete some unfinished business. That “business” would be a final confrontation with Strode, who has never forgotten that 1978 hallowed night, and has prepared for decades for what she believes is Myers inevitable return to gory, er glory.

The problem, as is the case in so many of these kinds of movies, is that no one shares her concerns and basically thinks her obsession is just not realistic. After all, Myers is locked up, right? Among those doubting her fears are her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak), who only slowly get the message that maybe Grandma is possibly on to something. In the meantime, the focus shifts to other characters on Halloween who become catnip for Myers as he makes his way to a rematch with Laurie. Among them is Hawkins (Will Patton), the cop who was there 40 years ago and still recalls every detail, as well as Dr. Sartain (Haluk Bilginer), MMs psychiatrist or “the new Loomis” as Strode greets him, a reference to the dispatched character Donald Pleasance played in the original.

All the acting this time around is first-rate, and thanks to the casts dedication in making you believe all this stuff is scary and happening, this 2018 Halloween ranks easily as the best since the first and is the perfect companion piece. At its heart is the fiercely defined performance of Curtis, aged up to come across as a dangerous and determined victim out for revenge and closure. Plus she has wired the house for what she knows will be Michaels arrival at any moment, and has the guns to prove it. Curtis plays this version of Strode very much on the edge, and it really works.

Green has done a great job keeping up the spirit of what makes this franchise pop, and has great help from co-screenwriters Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley who havent forgotten the roots of this saga. Happy Halloween indeed. Producers are Malek Akaad, Bill Block and Jason Blum. Universal and Blumhouse can count on making a fortune when it opens Friday just in time for… guessed it.

Do you plan to see Halloween? Let us know what you think.

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Luca Guadagnino And RT Features To Adapt Bob Dylan Album Blood On The Tracks

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Luca Guadagnino has given us summer Italian romance through Call..

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Luca Guadagnino has given us summer Italian romance through Call Me By Your Name and supernatural dance academy conspiracies in the forthcoming remake of Suspiria. Now he is looking to tackle Bob Dylan. The Academy Award-nominated filmmaker is reteaming with RT Features for an adaptation of the legendary musicians 1975 album Blood on the Tracks.

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Richard LaGravenese is set to write a script to the classic drama, which is based on an idea by RT Features Rodrigo Teixeira, who is producing with Guadagnino. RTs Sophie Mas and Lourenço Sant Anna are executive producing alongside Marco Morabito. RT Features produced Guadagninos Call Me by Your Name.

Blood on the Tracks is Dylans 15th studio album which was released by Columbia Records in 1975. The platinum-selling album, which is considered one of his greatest, include the songs “Tangled Up in Blue,” “Simple Twist of Fate” and “Shelter from the Storm.” It is ranked by Rolling Stone as the 16th greatest album of all time.

Guadagnino is represented by WME and LaGravenese and RT Features by CAA.

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