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Coronation Street: The highs and lows of Carla Connor as she returns

She’s back! Aidan calls on Carla to help save the factory. (Picture: ITV)
We thought we’d seen the l..

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The highs and lows of Corrie's Carla Connor
She’s back! Aidan calls on Carla to help save the factory. (Picture: ITV)

We thought we’d seen the last of Carla Connor when she left Weatherfield last year for a new life in Devon. But this week the original queen of knicker factory Underworld is back!

To celebrate Carla’s return, we’ve charted the highs and lows of her original decade in Weatherfield. Like the Destiny’s Child song goes, Carla is a true survivor, having been married four times, held hostage at Underworld, framed for arson, suspected of murder, become an alcoholic and gambling addict, been attacked by thugs, had affairs with other women’s husbands, been the cause of a big car crash…and a whole lot more.

Carla gets the party started (December 2006)

Wahey! Carla Connor, armed with two bottles of champagne, makes her entrance during Christmas celebrations at Underworld. The factory staff are surprised to discover she is new boss Paul’s wife.

Beware of terrible Tony! (June 2007)

After Paul’s death in a car crash, Carla begins dating businessman Tony Gordon. But the Scottish charmer has a scary side…

Hands off my man! (Feb 2008)

Maria Sutherland discovers Carla has been having an affair with her fiance, Liam Connor. Even on Maria and Liam’s wedding day, Carla continues to make a play for the groom, until Maria stops her in her tracks with a classic soap slap!
‘Move on Carla,’ warns Maria. ‘Have a bit of dignity for once in your life.’

Hostage horror at Underworld (June 2010)

Having already arranged the murder of Carla’s lover, Liam and tried to drown Roy Cropper in the canal, terrifying Tony escapes from prison and holds Carla hostage at Underworld. She goes a bit Lara Croft in Tomb Raider and shoots him!

Carla is attacked by Frank Foster (September 2011)

Carla picks another bad ‘un when she starts a relationship with Frank Foster, the new co-owner of Underworld. Frank has a dark, violent side and rapes Carla but justice is served when Frank is later found murdered at the factory by his own mum Anne Foster.

Carla and Peter Barlow’s affair is exposed (February 2012)

History repeats itself when alcoholics Carla and Peter Barlow start an affair. Peter’s wife Leanne discovers the truth and sends Peter packing.

Carla’s brother Rob Donovan arrives (July 2012)

The highs and lows of Corrie's Carla Connor
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Carla’s brother Rob is released from prison and comes to live in Weatherfield. He falls for Tracy and the pair are soon up to all kinds of dodgy doings!

Carla and Peter get married (December 2013)

Carla and Peter get married. But little does Carla know, Peter has been having an affair with Rovers barmaid, Tina McIntyre.

Who murdered Tina? (May 2014)

Tina falls off a balcony to her doom soon after a confrontation with Carla over the affair. However, Tina’s real murderer is later revealed to be Carla’s brother, Rob Donovan. He confesses all to Carla and later goes on the run from the police.

Will Carla jump off a cliff? (May 2015)

Carla is trapped in a fire at Victoria Court, started by her arch-enemy Tracy Barlow. The fire kills local residents Kal Nazir and Maddie Heath. Thinking she is to blame, Carla considers suicide at the edge of a cliff. But Tracy admits the truth at the last moment!

Carla discovers Johnny Connor is her dad! (Jan 2016)

Carla is thrilled when Connor family relatives arrive in Weatherfield to help run Underworld. But she’s in for a shock when Johnny turns out to be her birth dad!

Will Carla survive a shock showdown with thieves? (Jan 2016)

Don’t mess with Carla and her designer handbag! When thieves target the Bistro, Carla gives chase when they snatch her handbag. But in the chaos, Carla gets thrown from a moving van and ends up in hospital.

Tracy wrecks Carla and Nick’s wedding day! (May 2016)

Tracy tries to sabotage Carla and Nick Tilsley’s wedding day with the revelation Carla had a drunken one-night stand with new Bistro chef Robert Preston. Nick eventually walks out on Carla.

Carla considers killing Tracy! (May 2016)

With her life in ruins, Carla tries to run over Tracy. But instead she causes a massive car crash involving Fiz Stape and Tyrone Dobbs whose van smashes into the Platt house!

Goodbye, Carla? (26 May 2016)

After almost a decade in Weatherfield, Carla decides it is time to leave the Street for good. During her emotional final goodbyes, she even appears to end her feud with Tracy. Well, at least for now!

One to watch: Don’t miss Carla’s return on Friday 22nd December at 7:30pm on ITV

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

“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definite..

“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definitely shouldn’t be spoiled even a little. Once that revelation is absorbed, however, the movie becomes less distinctive and inspired, reflecting an attempt to tap into the zeitgeist that made “Get Out” a breakthrough, without the same ability to pay off the premise.

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.”

“Antebellum” should add to that discussion, so mission accomplished on that level. Monae is also quite good in her first leading film role (she did previously star in the series “Homecoming’s” second season), but otherwise, most of the characters remain underdeveloped.
In a theater, the tendency with a movie so dependent on a central mystery might be to become antsy. At home, “Antebellum” is worth seeing, not only because of what it has to say about America’s past and present, but as a reminder of the often yawning gap between an intriguing idea and a fully realized film.

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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 ..

“Chemical Hearts” director Richard Tanne spoke to Insider about the film’s “bittersweet” ending and what he hopes fans take away from it.

“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

Abrams shared similar sentiments as Tanne, telling us that they tried to “portray the characters as honestly as possible,” which ties in to the conclusion.

“I think there are some people that meet one person and that’s who they’re with for the rest of their lives, who actually are Henry’s parents in the movie,” the 23-year-old actor told us.

“But then there are other people, and I think it’s probably a larger number, that are going to be in multiple relationships and some of them, a lot of them aren’t going to go well. I hope that that’s an aspect of the movie that people are able to relate to.”

Abrams added that he’s “perfectly fine” letting fans decide for themselves what their main takeaways are from “Chemical Hearts.”

“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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