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Robert special and Tom Waterhouse reveal: 20 big Christmas and New Year spoilers for Emmerdale

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Emmerdale is going experimental for the main feature of its Christmas whe..

20 big Christmas and New Year spoilers for Emmerdale including betrayal and twist
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Emmerdale is going experimental for the main feature of its Christmas when Robert Sugden goes on a journey that he will never forget. But there are other storylines playing out to get excited for too as the aftermath of Moira Dingle’s reveal as Emma Barton’s killer continues to cause misery in the village while Debbie Dingle is about to get the shock of her life thanks to shady Tom Waterhouse.

Elsewhere, Rebecca White has a big decision to make, Bob Hope may have some making up to do, Harriet Finch feels the strain and Aaron Dingle’s self confidence over his scars affects his relationship with Dr Alex.

Here’s your big Christmas guide for the Dales:

20 Emmerdale Christmas and New Year spoilers

  • Robert embarks on a journey as he faces several confusing but eye opening scenarios in an odd Christmas Day experience.
  • The Dingles gather for Christmas and Aaron brings Dr Alex along but is his mind elsewhere?
  • Moira struggles as she reflects on the past couple of years and she realises that she has to be there for Adam and Isaac.
  • Harriet and Cain feel the strain as he continues to support Moira while she feels frozen out.
  • Faith has words of advice for Aaron when he admits that his scars are making him reject intimacy with Alex.
  • Aaron and Alex spend the night together but will it strengthen the relationship or does Aaron still have feelings for Robert?
  • Jimmy finds himself pulled into the golf course plans and he starts to regret his involvement.
  • Rebecca sees Robert’s genuine remorse and starts to thaw towards letting him back into Seb’s life.
  • Lachlan intervenes to ensure Robert is painted as the villain again and Rebecca and Chrissie react to events.
  • Garry seriously suffers after a heavy Christmas at the Dingles’.
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  • Sam and Lydia take action but find themselves arrested – is Tom the one behind it?
  • Lachlan makes it clear that he wants Chrissie to buy a flat in Leeds for him and Belle but do the Whites have other ideas?
  • Debbie reaches out to Tom over Sam and Lydia’s arrest and can’t shake her suspicions as something seems amiss…
  • …and when she is duped into signing important paperwork, the penny starts to drop.
  • The police arrive in the village with more questions but can Moira sort things out once and for all?
  • Leyla makes plans to move to Greece and tries to persuade Jacob that it will be a good thing.
  • Tension remains for Bob in the wake of his betrayal – will he and Brenda find themselves on the rocks?
  • Alex needs to buy a birthday present for Aaron and when Robert sees he has got something he won’t like, will he help out?
  • Cain declares his love to Moira but she reacts violently and lashes out.
  • Tom’s betrayal has far reaching consequences but can he turn things back in his favour?

Christmas Day: 5:50pm

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Hour long episode.

Robert faces a bizarre journey as he wakes up in several different realities. As he faces up to the events of the past year, will his Christmas Carol like experience give him an epiphany? Elsewhere, Aaron’s mind is elsewhere as he and Alex attend the Dingles’ for lunch while a surprising cameo takes Robert aback.

Boxing Day: 6:10pm

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Aaron comes clean about his self harming to Alex after a pep talk from Faith while Gerry suffers from a hangover following a very heavy Dingle Christmas. Chrissie urges Rebecca to get rid of the presents Robert left for Seb but Lawrence insists that she has to make the decision in her own time.

Wednesday 27th December: 7pm

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Alex and Aaron continue to grow closer after sleeping together, much to Liv’s delight while Victoria pledges to help Robert see Seb but someone in the White family has other ideas when Rebecca starts to thaw.

Zak comes up with an idea to try and help the Dingles keep their home and enlists Faith’s support.

Thursday 28th December: 7pm

Hour long episode

Rebecca makes plans while Robert realises what Lachlan has done and considers his next move after speaking to Victoria. Morris introduces himself to Jimmy and could be about to lure him into the golf course plans. Bernice plans to go on a date with Daz.

Friday 29th December: 7pm

20 big Christmas and New Year spoilers for Emmerdale including betrayal and twist
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The Dingles prepare for the enquiry and Jimmy is nervous about his involvement while Chrissie and Rebecca try to deal with their situation in the wake of what has happened.

New Year’s Day: 7pm

Sam’s plan with Lydia to sabotage the land backfires when the pair are arrested but is Tom behind it? Cain and Harriet feel the strain in their relationship as Cain pledges to continue helping Moira while Lachlan attempts to persuade Chrissie to agree to buy a flat but will she be swayed? Or does she have other plans?

Tuesday 2nd January: 7pm

Hour long episode.

Faith’s support is met with gratitude from Moira while Debbie is shown around the office as she starts work with Tom but when she is lured into signing some important paperwork, there are big consequences.

Wednesday 3rd January: 7pm

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Moira lashes out at Cain when he tells her again that he loves her while Tom tries to win Debbie round after the betrayal becomes clearer. The police arrive with more questions and Jacob tries to change Leyla’s mind about moving to Greece.

Thursday 4th January: 7pm

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Liv makes plans for Aaron’s birthday and Leyla tries to persuade Jacob that her move to Greece will be a good thing as he tries to put a stop to it. Debbie has a decision to make over Tom and tension rises between Bob and Brenda.

Thursday 4th January: 8pm

Cain and Moira try to sort things out while Alex tries to cheer up a sad Aaron. Debbie is left reeling after recent events but where does Tom stand with her? Doug makes an attempt to lift Bob’s spirits.

Friday 5th January

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Cain is left furious by recent events. Meanwhile he makes an effort with Harriet but does his heart remain with Moira? Robert sees an opportunity to help Alex where Aaron is concerned after he realises that Alex’s birthday gift idea won’t be a hit but what will he do?

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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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