Its all kicking off at Coronation Street as they plan to cram as many major storylines, twists and turns into the end of the year. In the run up to Christmas and in the beginning of the new year (hey, 2019 is just around the corner!), they are hitting us with all sorts from shocking deaths and explosive stunts to some heartbreaking devastation and some long awaited romance – hopefully!
And thats before we get to the scandal of Roy Cropper apparently being caught dogging by the police. Yep, Corrie have something for everyone – amid their Christmas of fun, warmth and laughter, there is also unmissable drama.
Here are 8 of the most scintillating twists:
Dead end for Lewis
Its no secret that Nigel Havers is leaving his role of Lewis for good at the start of next year as the oily con man will be killed off – but the nature of his exit and how it comes about remains a closely guarded secret.
Will Audrey lose another man she loves in a New Year tragedy or will Lewis reveal his true colours and end up being bumped off? Step away from those hair straighteners, Auds, hes not worth it…
Christmas in prison for Sally?
Viewers have been hoping that Sally might come home for her turkey and stuffing with the family after her prison ordeal but according to Sally Dynevor, we might have to rule this out as things are looking bleak.
She warned Inside Soap: I dont think shes going to have a happy Christmas. She thinks shell be home, and it just breaks my heart to think that she might not be at home on Christmas Day. Prison food!
Liz left for dead
Christmas is going to have a shocking sting in the tail for poor Liz as she is run down and left for dead in a shocking hit and run incident – but will she survive? And who is behind it? Fans will likely suspect Jenny or even the malicious fake daughter, Hannah.
But its Johnny who looks set to end up cuffed by police – have they got the right culprit?
Explosive boat horror
In a very dramatic start to 2019, it looks like the lives of Simon and Peter will be in serious jeopardy as reports have emerged that they will be caught in a blaze which takes hold of a boat. Keen on joining the navy, Simon is at the centre of the disaster.
Can Peter save his life?
After losing her beloved Cerberus, Evelyn is on a mission to hunt the pooch down and Roy is along for the ride – whether he likes it or not. But when the police see his car sitting suspiciously in a layby, he stands accused of a pretty inappropriate crime.
Can Roy talk his way out of this potential scandal and will Evelyn be reunited with Cerberus?
Kates major mistake
Desperate to have a baby, Kate is keen to have Robert as a sperm donor for herself and Rana – despite Rana being less than keen on starting a family at this stage. But things will get even worse when Kate makes the mistake of trying to seduce Adam as a plan B.
Thankfully, hope lies on the horizon and the return of Imogen acts as a catalyst to get the fractured relationship back on track so a 2019 wedding may still be on the cards!
A significant Christmas for Carla and Peter
Carla may have denied her feelings for Peter but fans know different and relations between them are set to thaw once more when she hands him a touching and significant gift this Christmas before the pair then cross paths at new year.
Could they kick off 2019 as a reunited couple?
Abi loses everything
After discovering that Tracy was behind the sabotage on Michelles car, Abi has to take the rap for Seb when he unleashes an angry attack on the florist. As Abi is left shocked to then be jailed for 16 weeks, she fears she has lost her twins for good.
Seb makes the decision to adopt them himself – but he will have to sacrifice his relationship with his troubled mum. What will he do?
DOC NYC: A Little Wisdom, Barbara Rubin & The Exploding NY Underground Among Winners
DOC NYC unveiled the winners for their ninth annual festival. A Little Wisdom, Barbara Rubin & the E..
DOC NYC unveiled the winners for their ninth annual festival. A Little Wisdom, Barbara Rubin & the Exploding NY Underground and Short In the Absence won gran jury prizes while Out of Omaha nabbed the Audience Award. This years DOC NYC kicked off November 8 and concludes on the 15. The winners were announced tonight during a ceremony at the Flatiron Room in Manhattan.
This years event included 137 feature-length films with a late addition of the world premiere of the Aretha Franklin concert film Amazing Grace. It also featured 93 short documentaries. Three juries selected films from each of the festivals Viewfinders, Metropolis and Shorts sections to recognize for their outstanding achievements in form and content. The audience casted their votes for the DOC NYC Audience Award from the Viewfinders and Metropolis sections, and a panel of industry professionals voted to select the winner of this years DOC NYC PRO Pitch Perfect Award, given to a work-in-progress.
Read the full list of winners below.
The jury selected from among nine films in this section, chosen by the programmers for their distinct directorial visions.
Grand Jury Prize Winner: A Little Wisdom, directed by Yuqi Kang, centers on a Tibetan Buddhist monastery where young novice monks try to balance rituals and discipline with the distractions of modern life and childhood.
The jury selected from among seven films in this section, which is dedicated to stories set in New York City.
Grand Jury Prize Winner: Barbara Rubin & the Exploding NY Underground, directed by Chuck Smith, is the untold story of an influential figure who defied sexist conventions and enabled surprising connections in the 1960s New York underground film scene.
All short films featured in the festival (with the exception of the DOC NYC U student showcases) were eligible for this jury prize.
Grand Jury Prize Winner: In the Absence, directed by Seung-Jun Yi, is an unflinchingly honest look at the Sewol Ferry Disaster in South Korea.
Special Mentions: Obon, directed by Andre Hoermann and Anna Samo, and King of the Night, directed by Molly Brass and Stephen Tyler.
Determined by audience voting at the primary screening of each film in the Metropolis and Viewfinders competitions.
Winner: Out of Omaha is a coming-of-age tale of twin African-American brothers filmed over eight years by director Clay Tweel (Gleason) and executive produced by musician J. Cole.
DOC NYC PRO Pitch Perfect Award
Recognized the best pitch given during DOC NYC PROs Pitch Perfect Day, based on the pitch itself, as well as the viability of the project, and was determined by industry professionals taking part in the daylong pitch event.
Winner: Civil War (or, Who Do We Think We Are), directed by Rachel Boynton, explores how America remembers the Civil War and what the stories we tell reveal about who we are, revealing a picture of contemporary society and our persistent conflicts within.
IF/Then Shorts Northeast American Pitch Award
New this year, in partnership with Tribeca Film Institute, the IF/Then Shorts Pitch at DOC NYC invited six filmmaking teams to pitch their short documentary projects focusing on stories of the American Northeast. One project was selected by an industry jury to receive up to $20,000 in completion funding, free post production services (provided by Sim NY), and the opportunity to participate in Tribeca Film Institutes IF/Then Shorts distribution initiative.
Winner: Mizuko (Water Child), directed by Kira Dane and Katelyn Rebelo.
Disney Offers A Behind-The-Scenes Glimpse Into The Making Of Ralph Breaks The Internet
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Animation Studios used the Wall Street Journa..
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Animation Studios used the Wall Street Journals technology conference to talk about how animators portrayed the internet in the film Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 and build some Silicon Valley buzz for its Nov. 21 opening.
Producer Clark Spencer said the internet provided an intriguing environment for the films two central characters, Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman), to explore, as they search for a replacement part for Vanellopes broken arcade game, Sugar Rush.
“The internet has two sides to it. It has this incredibly powerful side that connects people,” Spencer said. “It also has that dark side that preys on peoples insecurities. It was that duality that appealed to us.”
The film represents the internet as a vertical place, where websites are stacked one on top of the other. Defunct sites, like GeoCities and Napster, inhabit a subterranean “oldernet.” Below that lurks the darknet, a nefarious place populated with credit card numbers and mothers maiden names and inhabited by tricksters.
The modern internet is a shinier, bustling place occupying the surface.
Artists drew design inspiration from a visit to the data center at One Wilshire Blvd, a building that houses internet connections for the entire West Coast, with tens of thousands of computer servers and miles of cabling connecting the region with the Asia-Pacific.
“It inspired the development team to think of the internet as a city,” Spencer said. “The various sidewalks are connection points.”
The film finds playful ways to represent familiar internet services like Ebay, which is depicted as a cavernous, neon-lit auction house with gavel-wielding auctioneers driving up the bidding as the time runs down.
BuzzFeed and YouTube appear as a conglomeration, BuzzzTube, a social media platform that distributes viral videos — and dishes out some pretty harsh comments.
“On the internet, do not read the comments,” Shank (Gal Gadot) advises tells Ralph in one scene. “I should have told you that. This place can bring out the worst in people.”
Director Lukas Dhont Talks Netflix Drama Girl, Opening A Dialogue With Trans Community – Awardsline Screening Series
As Belgiums submission for this years Foreign Language Oscar race, the Lukas Dhont-directed drama Gi..
As Belgiums submission for this years Foreign Language Oscar race, the Lukas Dhont-directed drama Girl tells the story of Lara (Victor Polster), a 15-year-old girl born in a boys body committed to becoming a professional ballerina. The film, which is Dhonts debut feature and based on a real-life woman named Nora, premiered at Cannes and won the Camera dOr and earned Polster a Best Performance nod. It was also acquired by Netflix for North and Latin America. During an Awardsline screening, Dhont talked about the journey of making Girl and addressed the sensitive topic of transgender representation in film.
The seed of Girl was planted nearly a decade ago when Dhont read a newspaper article about a young trans girl named Nora who wanted to be a ballerina but was not allowed in the girls class. Dhont approached Nora about doing a documentary about it. They stayed in contact over the years and the idea went from being a documentary to a narrative feature film.
“What was so good about making it fiction rather than a documentary was that it was not only something for me or for the audience but something for her,” said Dhont. “She could use the film as a tool to talk about something that had happened in her past, but as a tool to let it go — and that was something very important to us.”
Dhont worked with Nora to write the film, but she didnt want her name to be attached to it. In the beginning of the process, he said she wanted to “stay in the shadows.”
“She would write with us but she wouldnt want her name attached because she was at a point in her life where although she was honest with the world and herself, she was at a moment in her life where she really wanted to fit in,” he pointed out.
Nora didnt want to stand out because that would lead to confrontation — and Dhont respected and related to her wishes. At the time, he was 18 and the project became more personal to him. “I wasnt open about my sexuality,” said Dhont. “For a very long time, I tried to fit in a heteronormative society. I recognized that need to fit in when she was talking to me.”
But as the project evolved, so did Nora. She became more vocal about herself and accepted her identity. She had a hand in casting Polster in the role. As his acting debut, Polster was nervous that he would not do her justice, but when she remained on set during his performance, thats when he knew she believed in him.
Transgender issues are a hot-button topic as of late and marginalized groups are watching Hollywood like a hawk when it comes to authentic representation. With Girl, Dhont is aware that he cast a cisgender male in a trans role (they found him in a genderless casting). He is also aware of the “diverse reactions” the film would bring — particularly with the trans community.
“For a part of the trans community, this is a film that is more difficult,” he admits. Dhont says that he is open to having a conversation with anyone regardless of their opinion of the film. “I like that dialogue. I like to talk about the idea of representation and the future of it. For me, thats the most exciting part about it — to share a dialogue with someone that can sometimes have a different opinion. That makes me learn as a person and hopefully a better director.”
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