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20 big Christmas and New Year spoilers for Coronation Street with Carla return and Phelan death rampage

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There’s Christmas chaos in Coronation Street this year as the festive sea..

Carla return and Phelan rampage: 10 big Christmas and New Year Corrie spoilers
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There’s Christmas chaos in Coronation Street this year as the festive season brings deadly showdowns, families hitting rock bottom, upsetting secrets and a potential murder discovery as the net closes in on Pat Phelan.

However, it’s not all horror and angst as there is some saucy passion for Steve McDonald and Tracy Barlow, festive antics for Brian Packham and some hope for Aidan Connor and Robert Preston in the form of Christmas fairy godmother Carla.

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20 Corrie Christmas and New Year spoilers

  • Billy’s confession pushes Peter over the edge, leading to a clifftop showdown that ends terribly.
  • Carla arrives home and eventually agrees to be the savior for Underworld and she has more positive gestures to make.
  • Adam hits rocks bottom after the revelation about Susan’s death and Daniel finds him passed out after an overdose.
  • Carla admits a big secret to her friend Roy but swears him to secrecy.
  • Brian arrested for breaking in to Dev’s to leave a peace offering and things get even worse when he punches someone for badmouthing Cathy.
  • Amy reacts badly to Tracy and Steve’s reunion and sets out to sabotage them.
  • Bethany reveals to Craig that she feels ready to embark on a relationship with him.
  • Alya is stunned when she realises that her new clients are racist but will Aidan stand up for her?
  • Adam vows to get justice for Susan and joins forces with Geraldine in order to ensure that Billy loses Summer.
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  • Toyah is uncomfortable with Carla’s return and worries that Peter still holds feelings for his ex.
  • Luke stands up for Alya and confronts the racist clients but it lands him in trouble with the police.
  • Seb vows not to let Phelan down and the crooked builder ensures the youngster’s fingerprints end up on the gun.
  • Daniel seems set to expose Chesney’s lies on a public DVD showing and Chesney knocks Beth to the ground while trying to stop it.
  • Luke discovers that Phelan lied about Andy and starts to suspect that something sinister has happened.
  • Robert walks in while Kate and Rana are getting passionate in Michelle’s flat.
  • Steve offers Michelle cash that he feels he owes her from the divorce settlement but Tracy isn’t happy.
  • Sean attracts trouble when he accidentally leaves fruit in George’s reach before then accusing Jude of Angie of having it in for him.
  • Zeedan is stunned when he is told that Rana is pregnant and she prepares to confess about the affair.
  • Chesney confesses his actions to Sinead and she doesn’t know if she can go through with the wedding.
  • A car chase ensues after Luke makes a discovery but can Phelan stop him blowing everything?

Christmas Day: 8pm

Hour long episode.

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Peter lashes out and takes revenge on Billy, driving him to the edge of a cliff. The consequences are disastrous and Ken takes control, ordering the Barlows to keep quiet about what has happened. Carla brings joy to the Connors but hides a secret while Amy is annoyed to discover that Tracy and Steve are back together and plots to sabotage the relationship.

Elsewhere, Brian ends up arrested after breaking into Dev’s and punching a stranger while Adam is staggered to discover the truth about his mum.

Boxing Day: 9pm

Hour long episode.

Adam reels from the news about what Billy did and Daniel finds him in a bad way after he takes painkillers with alcohol. Meanwhile, Billy’s life hangs in the balance as he arrests and is rushed to surgery while Eileen continues to worry about Todd – whose letter has been destroyed by Adam.

Carla makes a nice gesture to Aidan but urges Roy to keep quiet about her secret. Meanwhile, she is intrigued to learn about Kate and Rana’s affair from Michelle. Amy and Simon try to split up Steve and Tracy while Bethany tells Craig she is ready for a relationship and Alya demands to know why Aidan has arranged to meet the new clients without her.

Wednesday 27th December: 7:30pm

Alya faces racist abuse in Coronation Street
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Alya is horrified to be on the receiving end of racist abuse from her potential new clients, who make appalling comments about her religion while Carla’s proposition to clear Robert’s debt infuriates him. Steve clocks Robert and Michelle arguing while Robert offers Daniel his job back.

Adam vows to get justice for his mum while Eileen wants to know more about what happened to Billy. Toyah fears that Peter still carries a torch for Carla so Angie urges her to get answers while Tracy tells Steve that Amy will just have to get used to their relationship.

Friday 29th December: 7:30pm

Roy confronts Carla when he thinks that she is drinking at the New Year party. When Carla slips out in tears after being hailed as a hero to the Connor family, Roy makes her an offer to stay in Weatherfield. Adam joins forces with Geraldine to make Billy pay and offers to help her get Summer taken away from the vicar.

Tracy is annoyed when Michelle proves to be a distraction to Steve while they are on a date and Brian invites Cathy and Alex to move in.

New Year’s Day: 7:30pm

Chesney tries to cover things up
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Daniel plots to expose Chesney’s lies and takes his revenge in the bistro, making Chesney believe he is going to play the footage in the ginnel to Sinead – with dramatic consequences as Beth is injured in the melee.

Luke stands up for Alya as she faces more abuse at a further meeting and Roy implores Carla to tell the truth to her family after she gets cold feet about staying around. Elsewhere, Steve’s kind act of handing money he feels he owes to Michelle infuriates Tracy.

Wednesday 3rd January: 7:30pm

Carla helps a shaken Roy in Coronation Street
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Luke finds himself on the receiving end of an intimidation campaign but when he later finds a clue to Andy, his curiosity is piqued. A break in at the garage has terrifying results for Roy when he is caught up in it.

Tyrone makes Daniel realise that he has gone too far and he apologises while Sinead expresses doubt for the future and Faye closes down Seb’s attempts to build bridges.

Roy springs a birthday party on Carla while Brian breaks the news that he is moving out.

Wednesday 3rd January: 8:30pm

Carla return and Phelan rampage: 10 big Christmas and New Year Corrie spoilers
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Luke continues to suspect Phelan and gets in touch with Matt after finding Andy’s wire model in the cab office. Phelan learns that Gary is working on the mill where Vinny and Andy’s bodies are and Sinead doubts whether she can go ahead with the wedding.

Elsewhere, Robert heads to the flat after seeing Michelle handing the keys to Kate and Rana but will he catch them in the act? Roy is shaken off after the robbery and Carla reaches out to help her friend in need.

Thursday 4th January: 8:30pm

Tracy and Steve embrace in Coronation Street
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Faye offers Seb a place to stay if he changes his statement about Anna and he is furious and returns to Phelan’s side where he is plied with booze. Phelan ensures that Seb’s fingerprints end up all over the gun used to shoot Andy and Vinny.

Steve hands a cheque to a touched Michelle then promises Tracy that he has no feelings for her. Luke grows more suspicious and is distracted from his day in court and Eileen is questioned by police over Todd.

Tyrone begs Sinead to give Chesney another chance while Toyah is uneasy to see how well Peter and Carla get on.

Friday 5th January: 7:30pm

Luke confronts Phelan about Andy after seeing him talking with Matt and discovering the truth while Zeedan is shocked to learn that Rana is ‘pregnant’.

Elsewhere, Sean makes a mistake by leaving fruit in George’s reach leaving Jude and Angie furious while Shona tells Eileen that Nicola hasn’t moved to Australia. Meanwhile Alya receives hate mail and Adam hires Imran. Meanwhile Toyah and Eva double book the back room, leading to tension.

Friday 5th January: 8:30pm

Luke has sussed Phelan in Coronation Street
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Luke and Phelan come to blows as a truth emerges and a violent fight leads to an intense car chase. Sean accuses Jude and Angie when he loses his job at the medical centre but it appears that he has the wrong end of the stick.

Rana assures Kate that she plans to finally tell Zeedan the truth. Imran vows to help Alya.

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‘Antebellum’ has a ‘Get Out’ vibe, but doesn’t live up to its twist

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Originally destined for a theatrical run, the movie hits digital platforms trumpeting a “Get Out” pedigree in its marketing campaign, since there’s an overlap among the producing teams.

More directly, the film marks the directing debut of Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz, who have championed social-justice issues through their advertising work. The opening script features a quote from author William Faulkner, whose intent will eventually become clearer: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

If that sounds like a timely means of drawing a line from the horrors of slavery to the racism of today, you’ve come to the right place.

The story begins on a plantation, where the brutal overseers carry out grisly punishments against those tilling the fields. A few have just tried to escape, led by Veronica (Janelle Monae), and they pay a heavy price for their resistance, which does nothing to curb her defiance.

Also written by Bush + Renz, the script take too long before revealing what makes “Antebellum” different, but the middle portion — a “The Twilight Zone”-like phase when it’s hard to be sure exactly what’s going on — is actually the film’s strongest. (Even the trailer arguably gives away too much, so the less one knows, the better.)

The final stretch, by contrast, veers into more familiar thriller territory, and feels especially rushed toward the end, leaving behind a host of nagging, unanswered questions. That provides food for thought, but it’s also what separates the movie from something like “Get Out,” which deftly fleshed out its horror underpinnings.

Although the filmmakers (in a taped message) expressed disappointment that the movie wasn’t making its debut in theaters, in a strange way, the on-demand format somewhat works in its favor. In the press notes, Bush says the goal was “to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped ‘Antebellum’ would spur.”

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‘Chemical Hearts’ director Richard Tanne on the film’s ‘bittersweet’ ending and what he hopes fans take away from the movie

“Chemical Hearts” director Richard Tanne spoke to Insider about the film’s “bittersweet” ending and ..

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“I think it’s gonna disappoint some people, and maybe all people on a certain level, ” the 35-year-old filmmaker told us. “It’s bittersweet. But that’s OK.”

The film, based on Krystal Sutherland’s 2016 book “Our Chemical Hearts” and now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, centers on 17-year-old high school senior Henry Page (Austin Abrams), who finds himself drawn to a mysterious and secretive new transfer student named Grace Town (Lili Reinhart).

“Chemical Hearts” is told from Henry’s perspective, chronicling his first heartbreak after he falls in love with the person he thinks Grace is.

Tanne, who wrote the screenplay, said that he was impressed by how the story goes ‘a little bit deeper than your average teen romance’

“I loved how it embraced the dark side of being young, the pain and the grief and the loss, the idea of crossing the threshold from being an adolescent to an adult for the first time,” he told us.

By the end of the movie, Henry learns about Grace’s tragic past. On their last day of senior year, the characters don’t end up together. Instead, they prepare to explore different futures, with Henry heading off to a school for writing and Grace taking a year off to continue therapy.

Even though fans might be disappointed by the love interests splitting, Tanne said that ‘not everything has to be escapist’

“Sometimes, younger people watching movies don’t know that it’s OK to have unhappy endings because they’re fed a steady stream, a steady diet of escapist happily ever after movies,” he told us. “And that’s OK.”

He added: “There’s a place for those, I’m not knocking them. But I just wanted to make something that didn’t talk down to the younger audience. I wanted to make something that either meets them at their level or asks them to reach a little bit higher or dig a little bit deeper.”

Tanne said that having to confront that ‘bittersweet ending’ could also be useful to viewers

The director described the conclusion as bittersweet because “there’s hope at the end, maybe not for their relationship, but for other aspects of their lives.”

“Maybe it will be helpful for young people to see that and walk away with the same sting that Henry has, but to know that it’s going to be OK, to know that Henry will be OK,” he said.

Abrams, who was 22 when he filmed the movie, told Insider that hopefully, audiences will empathize with Henry.

“I think in terms of I supposed how he’s navigating relationships, I feel like hopefully at least anyone can relate to that,” he said.

Abrams told Insider that Henry and Grace’s relationship status at the end speaks to the film’s realistic nature

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“I hope that maybe they take away things that I didn’t even think of, because everyone’s different and at a different point in their life and hopefully will be able to relate to it in different ways.”

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Julia Sawalha furious after being told she is ‘too old’

Julia Sawalha has said she has been “plucked, stuffed and roasted” after being told that she would n..

Julia Sawalha has said she has been “plucked, stuffed and roasted” after being told that she would not be cast in the forthcoming sequel to the hit Aardman Animation film Chicken Run as her voice sounded “too old”.

In the original film, released in 2000, Sawalha voiced the lead role of Ginger, the plucky hen who inspires her fellow egg-layers to escape from a farm when they are threatened with being turned into pies. News of the development of a sequel first emerged in 2018, and Netflixs involvement was announced in June. It is due to be directed by Sam Fell (ParaNorman) and start production in 2021.

Sawalha posted a statement on social media saying she was told a week ago that she was not wanted for the sequel. “The reason they gave is that my voice now sounds too old and they want a younger actress to reprise the role.”

She added: “Usually in these circumstances, an actress would be given the chance to do a voice test in order to determine the suitability of their pitch and tone, I however was not given this opportunity. I am passionate about my work and I dont go down without a fight, so I did my own voice test at home and sent it to the producers … However, they stated, We will be going ahead to recast the voice of Ginger.”

Sawalhas protest follows reports that Mel Gibson, who voiced the character of daredevil rooster Rocky, would not be involved in the sequel. While Rocky is named as a character in the official plot synopsis for Chicken Run 2, the role is due to be recast. Variety magazine reported that Gibson was told that as “the sequel will revolve around younger chickens, therefore casting younger voice actors” was necessary. The report also claimed that Gibsons history of controversial behaviour, including an accusation of antisemitic comments by actor Winona Ryder, which Gibson denies, played no part in the recasting.

Sawalha added: “I feel I have been fobbed off with the same excuse … To say I am devastated and furious would be an understatement. I feel totally powerless.”

No official announcements have been made for the Chicken Run 2 cast, but original film cast members Jane Horrocks and Lynn Ferguson have been added to the films IMDb page.

Aardman has been contacted for a response.


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