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Double exit, death and gun shocker: 20 Christmas and New Year spoilers for EastEnders

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The EastEnders episodes are set to be a highlight of this Christmas with ..

Double exit, death and gun shocker: 20 Christmas and New Year spoilers for EastEnders
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The EastEnders episodes are set to be a highlight of this Christmas with blockbuster storylines, huge twists, massive showdowns and a life changing aftermath for the Branning family. With the big storylines just around the corner, we have pulled together all of the spoilers you need to know for a very grim, dark and shocking Yuletide in Walford.

With Lauren and Abi making their big exits, Max facing his worst downfall, Willmott-Brown facing the music and Aidan’s big plan going awry, there’s a lot to look forward to – and that’s not all either. There’s a Christmas miracle, wedding vows, a new family, a violent altercation and even a member of S Club 7 rocking up.

So reach for the…spoilers. Grab a mince pie, a mulled wine and feast your eyes on what there is to look forward to.

20 EastEnders Christmas spoilers

  • Stacey tries to support Max but when his behaviour oversteps the mark, she lashes out.
  • Aidan leaves the gift of a gun in the Vic after Mick pulls out of the job.
  • Karen finds the phones that Riley and Chatham have stashed and ensures Keegan returns Stacey’s back to her.
  • Linda and Mick invite their loved ones as they renew their vows in a ceremony but will it all go to plan?
  • Fi wants answers about the past from Kathy but she doesn’t want to think about it.
  • Mick is thrown into a panic and realises that he should never have crossed Aidan when he phones the police about the hidden gun.
  • Karen plays the angel in the local play but will she create a festive atmosphere or mess it all up?
  • Huge truths are uncovered as Jane’s voicemail is finally played and the net closes in on Max.
Max, Lauren and Abi destroyed in EastEnders Christmas
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  • Christmas Day brings a huge catastrophe for the Brannings and the entire family is torn apart in a huge way.
  • Willmott-Brown corners Kathy and tries to manipulate her but she turns the tables on him.
  • It’s the end of the line as Lauren and Abi make dramatic exits – but how will they go?
  • Karen reaches out to her sister Kandice for help and despite them clashing, there is a Christmas miracle ahead.
  • Fi discovers how much deceit lies at the heart of her family and she sets out to put everything right, bringing down Weyland & Co at long last.
  • Mick makes a huge decision and returns to Aidan’s job but Shirley tries to intervene and stop him, much to Aidan’s fury.
  • Kush and Denise look ahead to 2018 but Kush worries about telling her that Carmel and Shakil are moving in.
  • The criminal job gets out of control and things go spectacularly wrong at New Year.
  • Masood brings his aunt and uncle Mariam and Arshad to live in Walford but they struggle to adjust to their new home.
  • Joyce and Ted decide to make charitable donations to those in need but will their efforts be appreciated?
  • Linda and Shirley dread what they will find when they rush to the scene of the job – has something terrible happened to Mick?
  • Kathy hosts a tea party for the girls in the cafe and the friends all bond as they look ahead to the new year.

Christmas Eve: 8pm

Stacey turns on Max in EastEnders
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Stacey tries her best to support Max as his life lies in tatters but Martin is less than pleased to have him around. When Max then oversteps the mark, Stacey lashes out with fury and slaps her. Lauren and Abi meanwhile go their separate ways for Christmas, leaving Max alone.

Mick gets on Aidan’s bad side and is sent a sinister gift when he tells Phil that he no longer plans to be involved with the plan and Kathy tells Fi that she doesn’t want to revisit the past when she hassles her for answers. Elsewhere, Karen ensures that Stacey gets her mobile phone back after discovering Riley and Chatham’s stash.

Later, Karen gets her big moment to shine when she takes part in the nativity as the angel.

Christmas Day: 9pm

Abi and Lauren exit EastEnders
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Hour long episode.

Abi agrees to join Max for Christmas and he sets about trying to right his wrongs. Jane Beale’s voicemail is finally heard and the full truth about Max is revealed, leading to a catastrophic event which tears apart the Brannings.

On the day of his and Linda’s vow renewal, Mick faces a race against time to find the gun that Aidan has stashed and he realises that he should never have messed with him.

Boxing Day 7:30pm

Max’s sins have devastating repercussions as his family lies in tatters following a terrible event. Life will never be the same again as the drama of Christmas Day continues – but the consequences spread far wider than the Branning family.

Thursday 28th December: 8pm

Willmott Brown visits Kathy in EastEnders
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Willmott-Brown corners Kathy in the cafe in order to try and manipulate her once more but she takes control of the situation. Meanwhile, Fi’s fears about her dad grow and when she breaks into the office, she makes a startling discovery.

Karen reaches out to her sister Kandice after the bailiffs threaten court action but it doesn’t go well and Linda prepares a goodbye party for the Vic but Mick can see how much it is paining her.

Thursday 28th December: 9:30pm

Aidan takes action against Mick in EastEnders
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Mick is tempted to take Aidan up on the job offer while Linda remains hell bent on finding another local pub they can run. Fi realises the extent of Willmott-Brown’s lies and prepares to set things right once and for all.

The Taylors get a Christmas miracle thanks to Kandice.

Friday 29th December: 9pm

Denise doesn't react well in EastEnders
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The New Year’s Eve party is in full swing at the Vic while Aidan puts the final stages of the plan into action. Mick is faced with a dilemma but will he make a terrible decision? There could be deadly consequences as he tells Aidan that he will get involved after all.

Kush dreads telling Denise that he has invited Carmel and Shakil to stay with them in the New year while the Taylors invite the Murrays to join them in the Vic to see in 2018.

New Year’s Day: 8pm

Aidan, Mick and Phil make plans in EastEnders
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Hour long episode.

The men gather to undertake the job but Shirley takes drastic action to stop Mick from being a part of it while both Sharon and Bernadette have suspicions over what Phil and Keanu are up to. Aidan clutches a gun as things start to go wrong while Kathy has an idea.

Mick makes his way to join the others but the arrival of Masood could de-rail the entire plan. As things start to go wrong, the position of the men are precarious and disaster unfolds. Meanwhile, Masood welcomes the Ahmeds to the community.

Tuesday 2nd January: 8pm

Double exit, death and gun shocker: 20 Christmas and New Year spoilers for EastEnders
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Hour long episode.

Linda fears for the future after what Mick has involved himself in while Masood’s aunt and uncle try to settle into Walford but it doesn’t prove east to adjust. There are further consequences from Aidan’s job as those involved try to deal with the fallout.

Wednesday 3rd January: 8pm

Questions are asked and the pressure mounts for those involved in the job. Who will be regretting their involvement and is there any way out? Meanwhile, Ted and Joyce’s charitable efforts may not get the response they are hoping for.

Thursday 4th January: 7:30pm

Pressure increases on everyone involved with Aidan’s criminal job and cracks continue to grow. Elsewhere another resident of Walford gets a shock.

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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..

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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.”

“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 ..

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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).

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“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.

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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.

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“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.

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

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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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