Efron told CNN his decision to star in "The Greatest Showman" alongside Hugh Jackman boiled down to two factors: the director, Michael Gracey and the movie's message of inclusion. Efron plays Phillip Carlyle, a performer and business partner of P.T. Barnum, who launches what will eventually become the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Efron's character falls in love with Anne Wheeler, a mixed-race trapeze artist played by Zendaya. Phillip and Anne's interracial relationship courts controversy in the film and Efron wanted to use their love story to send a message to viewers. "That was one of the most important things to get across with this role and one of the most profoundly important things that Zendaya and I wanted to both get across and felt capable of in this part," Efron told CNN. "What else can you do through a musical other than spread love and communicate a message that you really care about?"Related: Hugh Jackman commands center stage in 'Greatest Showman'Despite the progress we've made since the 1800s, racial tensions still exist today and Efron hopes "The Greatest Showman" will help effect change. "We are still dealing with these issues today." he said. "There's no question that … we are dealing with certain aspects that are so antiquated and I love singing and celebrating that we can overcome these issues … I think that's what Phillip and Anne are all about."Efron's decision to return to the musical genre seems to be paying off. "The Greatest Showman" was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, including best movie musical or comedy. For Efron, who came to fame for his leading role in the "High School Musical" franchise, his return to his musical roots hasn't been easy."It's not like riding a bike, you can't just remember instantly and pick up where you left off," he said. "These dances were leveled up for sure. The one with Hugh 'The Other Side,' I think we got it on take 56 or something like that. It was a long day at work. But it was nice when we finally got it. Efron also credits Gracey for his return to musicals. "The Greateat Showman" is the Australian director's first foray into feature films. Gracey previously worked as a visual effects artist and directed commercials. "Michael Gracey is someone I've always wanted to work with," Efron said. "I thought if there was any way I could add value or help him accomplish this movie then I wanted to. I heard Hugh was in it and that wasn't a bad thing either. Those are two of the greatest showman ever.""The Greatest Showman" hits theaters December 22.
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Big Brother will return next year on ITV2 and online
Big Brother, one of the original UK reality TV shows, will return to screens in 2023, years after being axed by both Channel 4 and later Channel 5.
The show, which launched careers of ITV presenter Alison Hammond and Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts, will be revived by ITV2 and new streaming platform ITVX.
A promotional video aired during the Love Island series finale on Monday evening.
Officials said the famous house will return with a “contemporary new look”.
The returning programme – which was originally on for 18 years – will see a cast of “carefully selected housemates from all walks of life” live together under strict surveillance for up to six weeks.
Similar to previous editions, the public will regularly vote contestants off in live evictions, as well as deciding on an overall cash prize winner.
“We’re beyond excited to bring this iconic series to ITV2 and ITVX where it should especially engage with our younger viewers.”
The series, which takes its name from the all-seeing ruler in George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, first appeared on Channel 4 in 2000, and was won by Liverpudlian builder Craig Phillips.
It was influential, both as a public social experiment and also in creating a new form of celebrity, with normal people prepared to have their every waking (and sleeping) moment caught on camera and broadcast to the world.
Celebrity editions aired, featuring the likes of Katie Price, Gemma Collins and Mark Owen.
Despite its early success and influence, the National TV Award-winning programme soon found itself embroiled in controversy over reports of bullying, racism, fixing, and general toxic behaviour in the house, with complaints being made to both the police and Ofcom.
The show moved to Channel 5 in 2011 but was axed in 2018 amid a ratings slump. Channel 5 controller Ben Frow later said he had no regrets over the decision and that the media landscape had become “very crowded with reality shows”.
‘Jumping the shark’
Speaking on the BBC Sounds Podcast, Unreal: A Critical History of Reality TV, this summer, Big Brother’s creative director Philip Edgar-Jones said audiences “very clearly hated it” when producers intervened in the programme too much.
“We call it ‘jumping the shark’ in television, when you the hand of the producer is too overt and you feel like the show has therefore lost that sense of authenticity – that’s when the audience gets more angry.
“Being authentic to the show, you create this world with its own internal logic, and you can’t break that internal logic, otherwise you break the magic and you lose the trust of the audience.”
At the time, Big Brother producers said they were open to “future possibilities”, apparently leaving the door open for a return one day.
Irish singing duo Jedward, the identical twin brothers who twice appeared on the celebrity version of the show, have made an early bid online to host the returning series.
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Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those ele..
Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those elements is set for a change in the latest adventure.
Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is working on the script for the 25th Bond film, is on a mission to make sure the movie will "treat women properly" – even if the spy does not.
Ahead of the release of the as-yet-untitled film, Waller-Bridge told Deadline: "There's been a lot of talk about whether or not (the Bond franchise) is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women.
"I think that's b*******. I think he's absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow.
"It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly.
"He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to this character."
Waller-Bridge says she intends to ensure the female characters, including those played by Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux and Ana de Armas, feel "like real people ".
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She added: "I just want to make sure that when they get those pages through, that Lashana, Lea and Ana open them and go, 'I can't wait to do that'.
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