Former EastEnders star Shane Richie has spoken out to clarify comments he made in a recent radio interview which stated that he wouldn’t be up for returning to the show as Alfie Moon. He had appeared to dash the hopes of fans angling for a Kat and Alfie reunion on screen by suggesting that he had declined an offer to come back but he has now set the record straight, saying that down the line, he’d love to revisit the character.
He explained to Metro.co.uk: ‘Forgive me I used the wrong words. I wouldn’t – and in fact have never declined going back to EastEnders – as it’s part of my life. It’s like family! And it goes without question that if EastEnders want me, I’d jump at the chance of stepping back into Alfie’s boots!’
An EastEnders insider told us: ‘Shane and Alfie will always be part of the EastEnders family. It’s very exciting to have Kat, Mo and Jean joining Stacey on the Square and there will always be unfinished business where Kat and Alfie are concerned so who knows what the future holds?’
Alfie’s fate was left hanging in the balance at the end of Redwater as he underwent an operation but it was left to a cliffhanger as to whether he survived. When Jessie Wallace comes back as Kat in coming weeks, we very much doubt we will see her revealing that Alfie is dead so it’s safe to assume that he is still alive out there somewhere.
Shane recently confirmed that he would be appearing in four episodes of the upcoming series of Benidorm.
Kat and Alfie are fan favourites and have come through a lot over the years but the storyline around Kat, Mo and jean’s comebacks remains to be seen. But given that Stacey is about to go to war with husband Martin over the house and kids, it’s safe to assume that they will be on hand to help her through this. Look out, Martin!
‘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.