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Off-screen meddling delivers ‘trainwreck’ rose ceremony on Bachelor in Paradise

“She wants me to mingle, I'm going to mingle,” says Jarrod, snapping his fingers. Within second..

"She wants me to mingle, I'm going to mingle," says Jarrod, snapping his fingers. Within seconds, Simone is forced to use her date card on him when he's not even her type. They go for a session of stand-up paddle-boarding yoga (it's a thing) that involves some R-rated poses.

"Paddle-boarding yoga", apparently.

Keira, realising she's probably out of a rose, admits she might've misjudged the situation. She tries to make a deal with freelancer Michael but he's not biting. "This is not Survivor!" he tells her, earning a bonus for plugging another Ten show.

One too many mango daiquiris to the wind, she throws in the towel. "No one's interested in me," she sobs. Ah, there's always that open bar.

Buck up, Keira.

Remember Eden and Nina? The producers are bored of them, too.

Back at the resort, he starts making moves on newcomer Elora, mainly because he loves "a bit of meat" on his women, but also because Nina doesn't want to kiss till the show's over. Just ahead of the rose ceremony, he takes Nina aside to pine his blue balls.

"I have needs," he tells her, suddenly transforming into Optimus Douche.

"I don't wanna feel pressured to do something I don't wanna do," she replies. "I'm not going to jump your bones, stop asking me to."

"I have needs," says Eden.

Eden accuses her of being selfish, making him the resident sex pest suddenly. Probably not what he was after from this show, but such are the whims of the show's producers.

Michael, perennially alone with his three-quarter pants, has also hatched a plan to "dial up" the rose ceremony, implying he'd pass his rose to Lisa, even though she's securely loved up with Luke.

Of course, a suspiciously timed conversation sees Luke telling Lisa, off the cuff, that he'd totally make a move on another girl if someone he was attracted to walked in. After that bombshell, Lisa's bitter. A producer hidden behind the couch coughs "Michael!" (probably), and she sets off to try her luck.

Turns out Michael and Lisa have a secret handshake, a bit like Will and Jazzy Jeff's thing on the Fresh Prince. Luke looks in trouble.

"It's f—ing funny how shit just blows up over nothing," he says without a hint of sarcasm. The producers' room giggles.

The rose ceremony kicks off, and it's a mess. Jarrod, still feeling fun and free in his post-Keira bliss, picks Simone. We've all read the headlines but worth a try, Ten.

Michael launches into a grand speech, like he's Bill Pullman in Independence Day. "I only want to give roses to girls I want get to know. I sold out. I'm not going to do it anymore!" he says as the music swells. He gives his rose to Lisa, shocking all involved.

Michael feels bad about betraying "bro-code".

"It's a trainwreck," says commentator Sam. "Whatever bro-code there was, not only has it been stopped, it's been decimated."

Back on the bro-line, Michael breaks down over his treachery and stumbles off-set. The music cuts out and the camera man fumbles his camera for added effect. A bunch of production staff go running into the jungle darkness. It's some savvy fake reality.

"Oh, that's awkward, mate," cries Michael. He wipes his tears on his shirt collar, conveniently unbuttoned to his nipples, and gets back on the set. Osher pretends nothing happened, even though camera men are tumbling like bowling pins around him.

With everyone in a headspin, Luke gives his rose to Keira, saying "everyone deserves a second chance", whatever that means. Jarrod's eyes get all red and puffy.

The final decision is left to Eden, who surprisingly gives his rose to Elora over Nina. In the episode's funniest move, he steps up to give Nina a hug goodbye.

Nina is "super pissed".

"No, I don't have anything to say to you," she tells him.

"I'm super pissed off, and at the end of the day I think that proves what kind of a guy Eden is," she adds. "If you're not going to put out, he's sending you home."

Eden saunters off with his head down. The producers' room giggles.

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007 film must treat Bond girls properly, says Waller-Bridge

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.

Image: Cast members (l-r): Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch at the launch of the new Bond film

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.

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"He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to this character."

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Sir Elton hits out at Russia for ‘cruel’ Rocketman censorship

Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic..

Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic Rocketman.

The critically acclaimed film charts the British singer's rise to fame, and its scenes of kissing and sex between men, as well as drug use, contributed to it earning a 15 certificate in the UK.

But in a bid to play down the sexuality of Sir Elton, played by actor Taron Egerton, for a conservative Russian audience, an estimated five minutes of footage was reportedly removed ahead of its debut in Moscow.

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The Moscow Times quoted a Russian film critic who had seen the film at its world premiere in Cannes on 16 May as saying "all scenes with kissing, sex and oral sex between men have been cut", as well as a photo displayed during the end credits featuring Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish.

Sir Elton, 72, a prominent gay rights campaigner, released a joint statement with the makers of the film to accuse censors of being "cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people".

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"We reject in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor Rocketman for the Russian market, a move we were unaware of until today," they said.

"That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended, is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people.

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Ben Affleck steps out to drop off kids as Robert Pattinson is announced as new Batman

Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)
Ben Affleck has been pictured ..

Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)

Ben Affleck has been pictured performing his parental duties in Los Angeles, as his official replacement in the Batman role is announced.

The 46-year-old actor was seen in the early hours on Friday (31 May) dropping off son Samuel, seven, and daughter Seraphina, 10, to school.

Affleck has three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner – Seraphina, Samuel and 13-year-old Violet.

On the same day the actor was pictured, it was announced Robert Pattinson will take over as Batman in a planned trilogy of movies with director Matt Reeves.

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Affleck, who played Bruce Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and 2017s Justice League, stepped down from the role in January earlier this year – after being originally down to direct and star in his own film.

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Speaking about his departure in March, Affleck stated how he was never happy with the script they were planning to use.

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