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EastEnders star Max Bowden responds to Ben Mitchell child trafficking controversy

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EastEnders newcomer Max Bowden has addressed fan controversy over the surprising and ..

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EastEnders newcomer Max Bowden has addressed fan controversy over the surprising and dark twist that has seen his character Ben Mitchell involved in the crime of child trafficking.

With Ben falling into the dangerous world thanks to Danny Hardcastle (Paul Usher), fans were stunned to see that there was more than a hardened edge to the latest incarnation of Ben – he was an outright villain and many are concerned that this will put a shelf life on his character.

Of course, long term viewers wouldnt be too surprised by the fact that Ben has turned out this way. Always wanting to be accepted by a dad embroiled in crime who constantly dismissed him, Ben was also tortured by his stepmother.

His damaged family life led to him to off the rails, attacking a fellow child with a spanner and burning Louise with teaspoons like Stella did to him.

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His criminality deepened when he murdered Heather Trott in cold bood and subsequently he had to deal with the enormous shock of his mum Kathy Beale being revealed as alive and the devastating loss of the love of his life Paul.

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He was used and abused by businessman Luke Browning and Ben finally decided to take control by trying to steal the cash of gangster Aidan Maguire.

To have expected Ben to arrive back in Walford full of sunlight and repentence was always going to be a stretch – and Max has admitted that while Ben is badder than ever and seemingly now out for himself no matter who he hurts, its perfectly within character.

Responding to Twitter backlash over what Ben has become, Max tweeted: FYI Ben Mitchell is not here looking to be mother Teresa.

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Mark Medoff Dies: Oscar-Nominated Children Of A Lesser God Writer Was 79

Mark Medoff, who won a Tony Award for writing Children of a Lesser God and earned an Oscar nom for i..

Mark Medoff, who won a Tony Award for writing Children of a Lesser God and earned an Oscar nom for its movie adaptation, died Tuesday at Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces, NM. He was 79.

Children of a Lesser God won the 1980 Tony for Best Play and ran for more than two years and 880 performances at Broadways Longacre Theatre. The show about a hearing speech teacher at a school for the deaf who falls for a deaf custodian was turned into a 1986 feature directed by Randa Haines. The film starred William Hurt and Marlee Matlin, who won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the role. Hurt and supporting actress Piper Laurie also scored Oscar noms, and the film was up for Best Picture but lost to Platoon.

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A revival of Children of a Lesser God played on the Main Stem for six weeks last year. Medoff also penned Prymate, which had a brief Broadway run in 2004.

Medoffs other feature writing credits include The Outright Winner (2016), City of Joy (1992), Claras Heart (1988), Good Guys Wear Black (1978) and the 1979 adaptation of When You Comin Back, Red Ryder? — which was based on his play that won him the 1974 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding New Playwright.

Born on March 18, 1940, in Mount Carmel, IL, Medoff also had roles in more than a half-dozen films, including his penned pics Claras Heart, Red Ryder? and Santa Fe (1997). He also produced a handful of features.

His final film is Walking with Herb, a faith-based drama starring Edward James Olmos, George Lopez and Mary McDonnell. Medoff wroRead More – Source

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Angela Bassett Joins Lena Headey & Karen Gillan In Gunpowder Milkshake

EXCLUSIVE: 9-1-1 star Angela Bassett has signed on to co-star in Gunpowder Milkshake, the action thr..

EXCLUSIVE: 9-1-1 star Angela Bassett has signed on to co-star in Gunpowder Milkshake, the action thriller from Studiocanal and The Picture Company. Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado are directing the film from a script that they wrote with Ehud Lavski. Bassett, whose recent credits include the smash hit Black Panther, Bumblebee, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout, is joining previously announced stars Lena Headey and Avengers: Endgames Karen Gillan.

The pic is said to be a high-concept female-centric assassin thriller that spans multiple generations. Angela will play Anna May, one of the unassuming leaders of a massive armory.

The Picture Company partners Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce through their overall deal with Studiocanal.

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Angela Bassett Joins Lena Headey & Karen Gillan In Gunpowder Milkshake

EXCLUSIVE: 9-1-1 star Angela Bassett has signed on to co-star in Gunpowder Milkshake, the action thr..

EXCLUSIVE: 9-1-1 star Angela Bassett has signed on to co-star in Gunpowder Milkshake, the action thriller from Studiocanal and The Picture Company. Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado are directing the film from a script that they wrote with Ehud Lavski. Bassett, whose recent credits include the smash hit Black Panther, Bumblebee, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout, is joining previously announced stars Lena Headey and Avengers: Endgames Karen Gillan.

The pic is said to be a high-concept female-centric assassin thriller that spans multiple generations. Angela will play Anna May, one of the unassuming leaders of a massive armory.

The Picture Company partners Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce through their overall deal with Studiocanal.

Bassett, a Golden Globe winner for her iconic performance as Tina Turner in Whats Love GoRead More – Source

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