‘There’s nothing I can write or say that will do you justice. I want you to know that my life hasn’t been the same. That I’ve missed you everyday and that I’ve thought about you often.
‘That we talk about you all the time. That we still cry. Not always sad tears- sometimes happy ones- at our memories of you. We toast to you everytime we go out- and then always tell our favourite Paul stories. We all have different ones.’
She added: ‘But there’s always a theme- you were the best person we knew and we consider it a privilege to have called you a friend.
‘Paul Burns, you were too good for us and too good for this world. I’ll always love you.’
Last year, Vicky confirmed the sad news that Paul – who was dubbed ‘Mr Newcastle’ by his pals – passed away suddenly aged just 37.
Writing on Instagram she said: ‘I don’t know what to post. I don’t know what to say. But this seemed fitting. @mrpaulburns1 you are my best friend, my oldest friend and one of the most amazing people in the world.
‘I know I will never get over losing you and this still doesn’t feel real- I’m desperately just waiting for the moment I wake up from this nightmare.
‘The world will forever be less bright without you in it. But I suppose you were just too special. You were too good for us Paul and I hope they look after you in heaven.’
At an inquest into Paul’s death, coroner Karen Dilks said: ‘Given the evidence I have heard today it’s clear Paul Burns had no natural disease that could explain his death – the only significant finding was that of the toxicological findings of the level of MDMA.
‘The conclusion I must report is that it was a drug related death.’
Despite Alex not actually playing in the game as he was benched, the pair looked adorable as they posed together in Liverpool shirts with Alex proudly showing off his medal.
The loved-up duo couldn’t keep their hands off one another as they smiled and joked around on the pitch after the game, with Perrie proudly hugging her beau before they wrapped their arms around each other and posed for photos next to the team’s trophy.
Later they were pictured enjoying a quiet moment as Perrie was seen with her arms around Alex’s shoulders, gazing at him as he held her waist. So cute!
Before the game, and before she knew Alex would be benched, Perrie revealed her hopes that he would be able to take part in the match.
‘I’m going to be out in Madrid so if they win it’s going to be party central and I am ready to party,’ she told Forth 1 radio.
‘I just want Alex to be a part of it, that’s all I care about. I can’t even tell you how nervous I am and I don’t even know if he is going to play or not but my anxiety is through the roof – I just want them to win.’
When asked whether she gets nervous watching Alex play, she added: ‘It’s [the match] out of my control and I don’t know what the outcome is going to be, but I at least want him to play a little part of it.’
The Boondocks fans rejoice … because the best cartoon series of all time is coming back! Or at least that’s what John Witherspoon is saying.
It’s been almost five years since the fourth and final season of The Boondocks ended, but the voice of Granddad Robert Freeman says that the show is headed back to television for a fifth season.
The 77-year-old actor revealed the news during a recent interview on comedian Joe Rogan’s podcast. He was explaining how he stays true to himself with every role that he plays when he announced that The Boondocks would be returning to the small screen very soon.
“I’m on the cartoon—what is it? The Boondocks? I didn’t change my voice for The Boondocks,” Witherspoon said. “And they coming back. The Boondocks is coming back … It’s one of the best cartoons I’ve ever been on.”
There aren’t any details on when the show will return or where they are production-wise, and we have no idea if creator Aaron McGruder even will be a part of it.
McGruder famously parted ways with the series prior to season 4 after he and network execs at Adult Swim couldn’t come to an agreement on the show’s production and creative process.
Earlier this year, however, McGruder shared a series of The Boondocks comic strips (via Charlamagne tha God’s Instagram) addressing current hot topics like the Russia investigation, Trump’s Border Wall, the #MuteRKelly movement and more.
“Did these for fun (and to see if I still could). More to come… exactly how much more is tough to say,” McGruder said. “These strips were only possible due to the enormous talent of my good friend Seung Kim, who did the animation for the old show – and he’s a busy guy. Thanks to him and thanks to Charlamagne for putting these out for me while I get my instagram act together.”
With everything going on in the worlds of Pop Culture and Politics (and sometimes with someone like Donald Trump in office, those lines are incredibly blurred), something like The Boondocks is certainly needed today.
Looking forward to Season 5 and HOPEFULLY, Aaron McGruder will be a part of it so that it won’t end up being a big ole pile of trash like Season 4 (which never happened and was all a bad dream as far as we’re concerned).
Houston community activist Quanell X has provided a shocking revelation regarding the month-long disappearance of 4-year-old Maleah Davis.
Earlier today, Quanell said that he has talked with Maleah’s “stepfather” Derion Vence, who is the prime suspect in the Houston girl’s disappearance, and he said Vence told him that Maleah is dead and her body was dumped off a road in Arkansas.
Hours after revealing that shocking news, Quanell spoke with Houston’s ABC 13 (KTRK) Eyewitness News and told them what Vence said happened prior to Maleah’s disappearance.
Quanell said Vince told him he felt overwhelmed because he took care of Maleah and his other kids most of the time, and Maleah’s mother, his fiancée (at the time), Brittany Bowens, wasn’t there to help.
According to Quanell, Vence said around the time Bowens left town to attend her father’s funeral, she called home and they got into an argument, and she accused him of being gay, which Quanell said set Vence off.
“Derion snapped, and I believe he punched that child in the head because that’s what he had done before,” Quanell told ABC 13 anchor Chauncy Glover.
“The mother admitted to me that he had done it before … He was angry with Brittany and he was very agitated with Brittany about her discovering him, sending these pictures of his private parts to another man and she calling him gay and saying that she was giving a ring back to him and that drove him over the edge.”
Quanell said Vence told him he put Maleah’s body in a trash bag, put the trash back in the trunk of his car, and then drove to Arkansas and dumped the bag in a wooded area.
Earlier today, police confirmed that a black garbage bag “with a foul odor” and containing bones and blood was found off I-30 in Fulton in Hempstead County, in the southwest part of Arkansas.
Investigators are still working to identify the remains in the bag.
June 1st marks the arrival of Pride Month, a time to celebrate and affirm the LGBTQ+ community. Pride 2019 comes at an especially poignant time, as this year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, where members of the queer community fought back against police harassment at the Stonewall Inn in the neighborhood of Greenwich Village in New York City.
But while massive strides have been made for LGBTQ+ rights since then, we’ve seen a disturbing rollback of protections for the queer community, most specifically the Trump administrations heinous attacks on trans rights.
We talk a lot about the importance of representation on this site, and with good reason. Compassionate and thoughtful representation of marginalized groups serve two important purposes: it allows those groups to see themselves portrayed and celebrated on screen. It also serves to educate and de-stigmatize preconceived prejudices for less tolerant viewers.
GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis said, “With anti-LGBTQ policies being debated here and abroad, the stories and characters on television are more critical than ever before to build understanding and acceptance of LGBTQ people.”
To celebrate Pride Month, we’re shining a light on five of our favorite queer series. Some are new, some are returning, but all explore intersectionality and sexuality in bold new ways.
HBO and BBC One’s historical drama follows the life and loves of Anne Lister, one of England’s first and most prominently out lesbians. A landowner and gentlewoman, Lister lived openly as herself and refused to adhere to the expected female conventions of 1832. The series, created by Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley), is based on Lister’s collected diaries, which feature over 4 million words written in code that detail her various love affairs and adventures.
The series stars Suranne Jones as Lister, following Lister’s return to Halifax, where she manages tenants on her land, explores the growing coal industry, and woos wealthy neighbor Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle). The series is a smart and quick-witted, easily moving between cheeky comedy and heartfelt emotional drama.
FX’s Pose took television by storm last year, with the largest transgender cast ever assembled on a single series. The show’s exploration of ballroom culture of the late 1980s features a star-making performance by Mj Rodriguez as the mother of House of Evangelista, where she provides a loving home for her adopted children Angel (Indya Moore) and Damon (Ryan Jamaal Swain), while contending with the house mother she left behind, Elektra Abundance (Dominique Jackson).
Pose has style but its real beauty lies in its heart and compassion for its subjects. The series deftly explores the AIDS epidemic and the importance of finding your tribe, as well as the yuppi-fication of the 1980s. The first season is available now on Netflix, with the second season premiering on FX on June 11th. If you haven’t been watching one of the best shows of 2018, there’s no better time to start.
Starz’s Vida follows the relationship between the Hernandez sisters as they return to East L.A. for their mother’s funeral and discover that their mother was secretly married to another woman. This news shocks Emma (Mishel Prada), a Type-A headstrong woman who is also a lesbian, and her free-spirited but flighty younger sister Lyn (Melissa Barrera).
The series, created by Tanya Saracho, delivers not only a passionate queer story, but an intimate look at a Latinx family that is all too rare on television. Season two explores the sister’s attempts to re-open their mother’s bar, as they clash with each other and their ever-chaning neighorhood. The series just got renewed for a third season, and the first two seasons are now available on Starz.
Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City
Based on the novels of Armistead Maupin, this Netflix limited series is a long-awaited sequel to the 1993 PBS miniseries which follows the eccentric, mostly queer residents of San Francisco’s 28 Barberry Lane. Olympia Dukakis, Laura Linney, and other reprise their roles nearly two decades later, where they are joined by Ellen Page, Jen Richards, and more. Orange Is The New Black’s Lauren Morelli is the showrunner, and Maupin is an executive producer on the project. The series premieres on Netflix on June 7th.
Netflix’s Special is based on series creator and star Ryan O’Connell’s memoir, I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves. The series follows a gay man with cerebral palsy as he embarks on living a fuller life. The series is the first of its kind to focus on a disabled queer character, and doesn’t shy away from plot points about sex and dating. With a strong supporting cast and an offbeat comedic sensibility, Special forges a bold new path for queer and disabled representation.
What queer shows are you watching right now? Do you have any Pride Month must-sees?
It’s June 1st and summer is officially here. The sun is out, the bees are buzzing, and the pools are open. But for those of us with sensitive skin, allergies, and an aversion to chlorine, summer is a festival of hot uncomfortable nightmares. If you fall into the latter camp or you’re otherwise stuck at home, don’t fret. Between network, cable, and streaming channels, there’s no shortage of content out there for us indoor kids.
Here are our top picks for June releases, streaming straight from our televisions/laptops/phones into our eyeballs.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Batman Begins and The Dark Knight: the endlessly rewatchable first two chapters of the Nolan Batman trilogy are considered two of the best comic book movies of all time.
Cabaret: If you loved Fosse/Verdon, you won’t want to miss this seminal Oscar-winning 1972 film.
Carrie: Prom season may be over, but this seminal horror classic is a dark treat all year round.
Black Mirror: season five of Netflix’s tech-gone-wrong anthology series features Anthony Mackie, Miley Cyrus, and Andrew Scott in a trio of new episodes guaranteed to keep you up at night staring suspiciously at your smartphone.
I Am Mother: This sci-fi thriller follows a young girl (Cara Rugaard) raised by a robot called Mother (voiced by Rose Byrne) who questions everything she knows when a human woman (Hilary Swank) arrives from the outside world.
Jinn: Netflix’s first original Arabic series follows a group of teens who accidentally release a Jinn while visiting the lost city of Petra.
Jessica Jones Season 3: Netflix is unceremoniously dumping the final season of Jessica Jones with little to no promotion, an ignoble end to one of the streamer’s best series and the Netflix/Marvel partnership.
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse: Everyone’s favorite animated film of 2018 swings onto screens, bringing dazzling animation and a heartfelt story with it.
The Golem: The historical horror story focuses on a tight-knit Jewish community where a desperate woman creates a Golem to protect the town. They had me at “Jewish Frankenstein”.
Friday the 13th Films 1-8: Nothing says summertime like a trip to Camp Crystal Lake. Enjoy the first eight films in the iconic series as Jason Voorhees makes lanyards, gets into food fights, and murders a slew of horny teens.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3: The third season of Hulu’s acclaimed series focuses on the rising forces of resistance in Gilead. Check out our review here.
12 Monkeys, Season 4: Catch up on Syfy’s cult time-travel series based on Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film.
Das Boot: This international co-production follows resistance fighters during World War II and stars Lizzy Caplan and Vincent Kartheiser.
What are you looking forward to watching this month?
Next week will see the release of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the tenth live-action X-Men film to hit theaters. It will also be the last X-Men film completed before the Disney Fox merger, which returns the mutants to the Marvel fold (jury is still out on what all is happening with the much delayed New Mutants).
The film is written and directed by Simon Kinberg, who co-wrote The Last Stand and scripted Days of Future Past, and Apocalypse. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kinberg discusses revisiting the Dark Phoenix saga, as well as taking over for Bryan Singer, who helmed the first two X-Men films, as well as Days of Future Past and Apocalypse before his ensuing scandals brought him down.
The latest iteration of the X-Men started off strong, with 2011’s stylish X-Men: First Class. Director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, the Kingsman franchise) rebooted the series in the swinging sixties, introducing audiences to younger versions of the beloved characters. It helped that he assembled a stellar cast for the film, with Michael Fassbender as Magneto, James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, and Nicholas Hoult as Beast. First Class is also the only X-Men film with a female writer, Vaughn’s longtime collaborator Jane Goldman.
First Class was followed by 2014’s Days of Future Past, which was overstuffed but well received. The third film, 2016’s Apocalypse, stumbled with poor reviews and a middling box office performance. The film’s stars, whose contracts expired, were unwilling to return for a sequel unless Kingberg took over directing duties.
For Kinberg, it was a chance to redeem himself after his poorly received stab at the Dark Phoenix storyline in The Last Stand. He also solicited advice from his stars about what aspects the wanted to explore, with Fassbender wanting to delve into a Genosha storyline. “I knew Genosha [an island refuge for Mutants] was something Michael had wanted to explore. He was a fan of comics even before getting involved in the films and we’d never gotten to do it in the movies before, so when I was trying to come up with where geographically we would meet him, Genosha sprung to mind and it was something that interested him.”
McAvoy wanted to delve deeper into the psychology of Charles Xavier, and the hubris and ego that comes with leading your own super team. “[James McAvoy and I] had talked in the past, not specifically about this movie, about the notion that there is an ego drive involved with this character [Prof. X], and a patriarchal side to a man who names a superhero team after the first letter of his last name. He lives in a mansion and feels that he has the right or the wisdom to define the fates and the identities of these kids around him. There was something about that that was obviously benevolent and paternal, and there was something about it that could tip into something that was a little patriarchal and domineering.”
Kinberg also discussed shifting the focus of the film to its female characters, who have long been relegated to the sidelines of their own stories, saying “The movies had been so focused on Xavier, Magneto and Wolverine as the leads of the films. I just thought this was an opportunity to tell a story where not just the lead character, but other female characters around her could at least take an equal amount of screen time and lines and focus from the main male characters.”
Dark Phoenix hits theaters on June 7th, 2019.
(via The Hollywood Reporter, image: Doane Gregory/20th Century Fox)
Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass, the Kingsman films) is currently on a publicity tour promoting Rocketman, the Elton John biopic he produced. In a new interview, he discussed his scrapped plans for Man of Steel 2, the expected follow-up to the 2013 film that kicked off the DCEU.
Many fans expected a sequel to the film, which grossed over $650 million worldwide, making it the most profitable Superman film ever. But middling reviews and the poor performance of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League put a planned sequel on hold. Rumors of Henry Cavill’s retirement from the role effectively shut down hopes for a sequel, as the DCEU continues to revamp their slate.
Vaughn originally pitched a Superman trilogy, which he developed with Mark Millar, that would have began with the first film set on Krypton that followed Jor-El’s attempts to save the planet. The film would have seen Kal-El grow up on Krypton, and then explore his allegiance to Earth in subsequent films. Vaughn had planned to lift several plot points from the pitch for Man of Steel 2, although it’s unclear how he would have incorporated them.
And while Vaughn is no stranger to comic book movies, it would have been exciting to see him bring his singular style to a Superman movie, which he described as “a massive, uplifting, hopeful thing”. Now that’s a Superman film I’d like to see.
On her decision to turn her back on reality TV, she admitted: ‘I felt like I had two choices. I was in this world that had a lot of drama, it was very public.
‘They had lost their mum, they don’t need a woman who is going to be out everywhere. They need someone who’s going to be home with them to give them love.’
The pair are now engaged and looking to the future as a family after Rebecca gave Rio her blessing to move on before she passed away.
Recalling a conversation she had with a friend, Lisa, Rio admitted: ‘Rebecca told Lisa something in the final weeks of her life. Months later Lisa told me what it was… “It kills me to think of Rio with a new partner, Lisa, you know it does. Of course it does.
‘”But you know what kills me even more? Thinking of him alone and lonely. If I don’t make it, Lisa, I don’t want Rio to be miserable. I want him to be happy.”‘
40-year-old Rio’s romantic tribute to Kate, 28, delighted fans who were concerned after she shared a cryptic post about being ‘let down’ last month.
Stephanie Davis has shared a touching tribute to herself as she celebrates being ‘alive’ and ‘sober’.
The 26-year-old is up for Best Actress award at the Soap Awards on Saturday night and took some time before the ceremony to reflect on the turbulent months that led up to playing Sinead O’Connor’s explosive storyline.
Alongside a string of unseen pictures – including one of her covered in bruises in hospital – Steph told her 915K Instagram followers that whatever the result, she is ‘winning’ – thanks to how far she’s come.
She wrote: ‘For where I am in life now, I’m winning. It’s all about my beautiful baby boy & if I’ve made him proud, then that’s all that matters!’
Having overcome ‘lies’ and ‘manipulation’ at the hands of her ex boyfriend Jeremy McConnell – who was found guilty of attacking Steph at her home in 2017 – the actress revealed she even tried to end her life and relied heavily on alcohol.
‘Drinking to block the trauma and PTSD,’ she went on. ‘Being lonely oh so lonely & drowning, no one listening, to finally trying to end my life…TO NOW… I fought through.
‘I’ve been knocked down massively but got back up & got back up & got back up again.’
Steph’s character, Sinead, was raped by her husband Laurie Shelby – played by Kyle Pryor – and the mum-of-one made no secret that she was channelling her own experience of being in a toxic relationship to bring her ‘heart and soul’ to the role.
‘I gave my story line I had my absolute ALL, my aim was to help people and it has!!!goal reached!! And I’m proud of my self for going over it all again. I still have bad days & need to remind my self of how far I’ve come, but that’s okay. Because I’m here, I’m alive, im sober & I’m helping others with my story.’
Having now moved on with new boyfriend Owen Warner, Steph found it ‘hard’ to go back to the place she’d left behind.
‘I really struggled with parts of the storyline. But I have found it cathartic, too,’ she explained. ‘I had to tap back into the emotions I didn’t want to tap back into. I’d closed the book on that chapter, but to make this story believable, I just had to go back into it. I had to be strong.’