Cheryl sends fan ADORABLE message about ‘love and happiness’ as Liam Payne speaks out on ‘difficult’ split

Chez has made one super-fans day

Cheryl at Syco Summer Party, Victoria and Albert Museum, London 9 July 2018

Cheryl might be one of the most famous women on the planet with a comeback album in the pipeline and a spot on brand new show The Greatest Dancer, but that doesn’t mean she has forgotten about her fans.

In fact, the mum-of-one has proved she’s just as dedicated to her loyal followers as ever after she shared an adorable message with one lucky lady on her wedding day.

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Michelle Willingworth got married on 21 August, and after sending Chez a private message with a wedding photo, the pop star was quick to wish her luck on the special day.

Cheryl, 35, wrote: ‘Oh my goodness. Congratulations to you both gorgeous girl. I hope you had a magical day filled with love and happiness. You look amazing. I can’t believe you’re a wife now.

‘Hope you have an amazing honeymoon. Wishing you both many happy memories in your future together as husband and wife.’

The newlywed was clearly thrilled with the response as she couldn’t resist sharing a screengrab of the message along with the caption: ‘I wouldn’t normally share anything like this but my girl… she’s actually just messaged me and congratulated me.. I am absolutely over the moon. Thank you so much @CherylOfficial speechless.’

This comes after Chez’s ex Liam Payne finally spoke out about their split on Friday, admitting they called time on the two-year romance weeks before announcing in to the public in July.

Speaking on Big Top 40’s Kat Shoob, the 24-year-old said: ‘I’m feeling OK, I’m a bit fragile at times. No I’m alright you know, it’s been OK. Obviously there’s a lot of stuff I’ve still got to sort out with my life but…

‘I mean that bit of it is difficult and you’re tryna like, you break up and like obviously we’ve broken up and then it was like a couple of days or a couple of weeks before we actually like put the announcement out and that’s the bit when it really hits home I guess.’

The former One Direction star – who shares one-year-old baby Bear with Cheryl – added: ‘But at the same point it’s like breaking up twice like, we already did this once and now I’m having to go through all of that again just because…’

Liam also hinted that Chez might have been the one to call it quits in his new track Depend On It, where he sings: ‘Oh there you go putting words in my mouth/ it’s about to go down/ I’m not ready yet/ there’s still a thread left.

‘If I could just hold on/ onto unraveling hope/ give it one last go/ I don’t know why just need us to try.’

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‘Such an inspiration!’ Fans praise Kerry Katona as she reveals ‘weight gain’ in sexy underwear snap

WOW! The TV star looks incredible

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KERRY KATONA: ‘GOING PUBLIC ABOUT HER BIPOLAR WILL HELP MARIAH HEAL’

Mariah Carey shocked fans yesterday when she revealed that she has been battling bipolar disorder for over 17 years. Speaking to America’s People magazine, Mariah spoke for the first time about her diagnosis and how she has lived in constant fear that her illness would be exposed. Well one person who knows only too well what it’s like to live with bipolar disorder and be in the public eye is Kerry Katona. Kerry has often made headlines because of her erratic behaviour caused by her bipolar, but still doesn’t regret sharing her illness so openly with the public. She joins us today to tell us why she believes being honest with her fans will be a big step in Mariah’s recovery.

When it comes to sexy underwear snaps, Kerry Katona has definitely got it down to a fine art. Just one look at her Instagram page and you’ll see what we’re talking about…

My abs are in there somewhere!!! I know they do start in the kitchen 💪🙏

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But while the mum-of-five likes to keep her followers updated on her fitness journey, Kez has been unusually quiet online since catching a nasty bug earlier this month and losing a lot of weight.

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Luckily, the TV star was back with a bang yesterday as she revealed her incredible figure once again after managing to get herself healthy.

Sharing a snap of herself posing in the mirror of her hotel room, she wrote: ‘So pleased I put the weight back on from when I was poorly!! I look so much more healthier’.

Standing on her tiptoes and showing off those incredible abs, the blonde bombshell is looking incredible in the sexy snap.

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And clearly we’re not the only ones who think so, as one follower replied: ‘You look truly amazing Kerry and the happiness shines through you ❤’.

‘Curves are womanly, Keep flaunting that real beauty x’, wrote another, while a third added: ‘Such an inspiration throughout everything you’ve been through. Hot mama.’ 

This comes after 37-year-old Kerry shocked fans two weeks ago when she shared a series of photos of her very flat stomach and gaunt-looking face online after falling ill.

But after she was criticised for the weight-loss snaps, the Atomic Kitten star hit back at the trolls with a fiery message saying she ‘hates being skinny’ because it’s ‘not a healthy look’.

I have been stuck down by the novovirus wouldn’t wish this upon my worst enemy feel like a shadow of my former self!!! I am on the mend but feel so weak!!! 🤢🤢🤢 really don’t like being this skinny it’s not a healthy look!!!! I’ve taken pics so people can see how severe this bug is and that I have not intentionally lost this much weight purposely!!! WOW… absolutely shocking some of the comments on here!! Been severely sick since Tuesday today is the first day I feel a tiny bit better!!!!!! Regards to the weight loss which is completely out of my control… was only showing how severe this illness has been and I wouldn’t wish it upon anybody bloody hell people what’s the matter with you?????? Get a bloody grip!! But for those who don’t have a sad life and have sent me well wishes thank you…. the rest of you small minded people please unfollow and take your negativity and shove up your whole!! Amen 🙏🙏🙏🙏😘😘😘😘 absolutely in shock at the vile comments I’ve received!! So sorry for being poorly!! It’s clearly all my fault!!! 🤔🤔

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Slamming the ‘vile’ comments she received, Kerry wrote: ‘WOW… absolutely shocking some of the comments on here!! Been severely sick since Tuesday today is the first day I feel a tiny bit better!!!!!!

‘Regards to the weight loss which is completely out of my control… was only showing how severe this illness has been and I wouldn’t wish it upon anybody bloody hell people what’s the matter with you?????? Get a bloody grip!!’ You tell ’em!

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Meanwhile, it looks like Kez is well and truly back to her old self as she recently headed off on a family holiday with her hunky new boyfriend Ryan Mahoney and three youngest children.

During the sweet weekend away in Brighton they enjoyed meals out, rollercoaster rides on the pier and a day of swimming.

Good to see you’re feeling better, Kerry!

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Celebrity Big Brother fans cringe after noticing something awkward during Emma Willis’ eviction interview: ‘Hard to watch!’

Viewers have branded it the ‘worst eviction ever’

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So, there we have it, after completely dividing the nation, Natalie Nunn became the first person to be evicted from last night’s Celebrity Big Brother.

The Bad Girls Club star took on former The One Show presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli, but during the live shows viewers decided to kick out Natalie first. And the whole thing was pretty awkward…

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As host Emma Willis read out her name, the 33-year-old stayed completely silent and adjusted her crown – while the rest of the housemates barely made a squeak.

Unfortunately, the awkwardness didn’t end there as conversation soon heated up during Natalie’s eviction interview.

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During one part, the show replayed the former housemate getting angry at Chloe Ayling for sitting in her seat with wet clothes.

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Natalie shouted: ‘I didn’t do anything wrong. Who sits in somebody’s seat soaking wet like that?’

Emma, 42, then tried to defend Chloe, hitting back: ‘It seemed like such a huge reaction over a seat, it is really not your seat’.

As Natalie claimed Chloe was out to get her, Emma snapped: ‘Do you really think she did it on purpose?’

Before finally telling her: ‘I’m not cutting you off, but here are your best bits.’

And it looks like viewers at home found the whole thing a bit uncomfortable, and many were divided over Emma’s interviewing technique.

‘Probably the most awkward and uncomfortable evection I have ever witnessed #CBB, blasted one fan on Twitter.

Another agreed: ‘This interview is so awkward. It’s hard to watch #cbb’.

While a third suggested: ‘#CBB I think Emma was a bit scared of Natalie in her exit interview…’

And they weren’t the only ones…

This comes after Channel 5 boss Ben Frow revealed at the Edinburgh TV Festival yesterday that Big Brother could be dropped for a while when its contract expires in December.

‘I plan for a year without Big Brother,’ he explained.

‘I never say never because the world is constantly changing, and I think it would be irresponsible to not keep all options open, but at the moment I’m planning for a year without Big Brother.’

What are we going to do without all this controversy in our lives?!

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Simon Cowell’s plan to get Cheryl ‘back on top’ after Liam Payne split: ‘She’ll do whatever it takes’

Will Chez be Queen Bee once again?

She was once the nation’s sweetheart and could do no wrong in the eyes of the public, but Cheryl Cole’s crown has slipped over the past few years.

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Now, after a challenging time with a failed marriage, becoming a mum and her split from Liam Payne, the singer is ready to get back on top – and she wants Simon Cowell to help her.

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We can reveal that Cheryl and her mentor Simon have hatched a plan to turn the new BBC talent show The Greatest Dancer into ‘The Cheryl Show’.

‘Cheryl hasn’t had the easiest time lately but she’s determined to turn her new show into a success and do whatever it takes to win over the audience,’ explained an insider.

‘She’s never looked better and she’s got a different attitude as well. She’s focused on moving forward with her career and part of that is making sure The Greatest Dancer is a hit.’

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The dancing show is the first time both Cheryl and Simon have worked with the BBC, so it’s important for them that it’s a ratings winner, especially as it’s set to go head to head against The Voice.

It looked like their plan was working when the auditions kicked off last week at the ICC in Birmingham, with Cheryl as a Dance Captain alongside Matthew Morrison and Strictly pro dancer Oti Mabuse.

Had such a great day yesterday! 💃🏻🙌🏼🔥 excited for you guys to see 💥

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And it seems Cheryl has settled in well to her new role of queen bee, as videos from the first round of auditions also showed her walking to the judging panel with her hit Call My Name playing in the background as well as dancing on the stage to another of her songs, Crazy Stupid Love.

‘It was clearly all about Cheryl,’ the insider explained. ‘She had the best outfit in the publicity photos. She got the biggest cheer. She didn’t let the smile leave her face. She wowed the audience with her dance moves. There was no doubt she was the head judge and she had earned her place to be there.’

The atmosphere in the arena was a return to the glory days and the reaction Cheryl received when she joined The X Factor in 2008. She left in 2011 to join the American panel of the show. She returned in 2014, signing a £1.5m contract, but never reached the same level of adoration.

Being back on top in her career is particularly important for Cheryl as she deals with a difficult time in her personal life.

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The former Girls Aloud star split from Liam Payne, with whom she has a one-year-old son, eight weeks ago after two and a half years together.

It seems Liam, 24, has already moved on and has been spotted cuddling up to his new girlfriend Cairo Dwek just six weeks after the break-up.

The couple went on a romantic holiday to Italy together with the One Direction star even cheekily putting his hand on the American Instagram star’s bum as they left the posh Villa D’Este Hotel.

‘When things go wrong in her personal life, Cheryl always throws herself back into work,’ the insider added. ‘She’s determined to be on top again.’

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Woman Accuses 40-Year-Old Boyfriend of Sleeping With Her Teenage Daughter

What would you do if you found out your 40-year-old boyfriend and your teenage daughter were (allegedly) going behind your back and having sex with each other? One woman from Selma, Alabama says she found herself in that position recently, and let the whole world know via Facebook.

In late July, Tresa Murphy took to Facebook to expose her boyfriend “Boomane” for allegedly sleeping around with her now 18-year-old daughter Brionna.

According to Murphy, Brionna and Boomane had been having sex since she was 17 years old, and she had her suspicions, but didn’t want to publicly speak on it until she knew it was 100% true. Once she found out, she decided to “put them on blast” via Facebook, and she said no longer has a relationship with her neither the man nor her daughter.

“Thank God for putting me in the right place at the right time. I said when I found out about the situation with Boomane (the guy I was seeing) and my daughter I would confirm it on FB,” Murphy wrote. “Well I just ran into some people that have been seeing them together all along. They didn’t know she was my daughter until after the post. So YES FB it was true!”

She continued, “His 40-year-old a**, soon to be 41, was dating me and sleeping with my daughter when she was 17. SMH, but I’m over it. Just wanted to put them on blast and as far as I’m concerned, they can have each other. I just thank God for removing both of them out my life!”

WHEW, CHILE … THE GHETTO!!!

When Brionna found out her mom had put her “on blast,” she responded with her own Facebook status, saying that what her mother said was all lies:

“I really said I [wasn’t gonna] post no status, cause I AIN’T GOTTA POINT TO PROVE TO NO MFN BODY! Don’t none of y’all miserable messy mfs know wtf going on so all y’all can stfu and die y’all b**ches/n****s just want some to talk about. Y’all live for sh** like this cause y’all mfs ain’t got sh** going for y’all self, but brionna gone live her best life still. DON’T NOBODY KNOW WTF I GO THROUGH, and them lies y’all can kill and die with.”

“Only reason I’m so pissed is because this sh** coming from MY OWN F***ING MAMA. I could never see myself putting my child through the sh** she put me through. But God ain’t sleep, and neither am I. I’m off this sh**.”

Brionna reiterated her statement in a Facebook Live video and apologized to the man for her mother’s actions.

“That man could’ve really went to jail for some sh** like that,” she said. “That sh** ain’t no sh** that you can go around and blame somebody on. That sh** ain’t nothing to play with, but I just leave that sh** in God’s hands ’cause how I feel about the situation, I’ll beat a hoe up.”

After Brionna went off on her, Tresa fired back with another post:

“I could care less what anyone has to say about my post yesterday. Irrelevant people who don’t know jack about me running they di*k suckers like they know me personally. But FYI…I was a damn good mother and if you knew me ‘personally’ you would know that. Some may not agree with how I handled the situation (not like I GAF) but I don’t regret it and it would still be up if my sister didn’t talk to me. Regardless of how good of a mother you are it takes two to raise a child. So until you know my entire situation… just like you… your opinion about me will always remain IRRELEVANT! I’m not explaining sh**! I’m just clearing that up.”

According to Alabama’s age of consent laws, individuals aged at least 16 years old are legally old enough to consent to participate in sexual activity.

So while it isn’t against the law for a 17 or 18-year-old to have sex with a 40-year-old old, it is still considered to be morally wrong, especially when that teenager is the child of your significant other.

As for the accusations, it sounds like the mother is a real messy bitch who lives for drama … because even if this were true, why would you take something like that to Facebook, of all places?

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Lisa Fleming From “My 600-lb Life” Dead at 50, Cause of Death Not Related to Weight

Arleasher “Lisa” Fleming, a woman who once weighed over 700 pounds and was featured on TLC’s “My 600-lb Life,” has died at 50 years old.

Deadline reports Fleming died at her home in Texas Thursday (Aug. 24) of unknown causes. Fleming’s daughter, Danielle, announced the sad news on Facebook Thursday evening, noting that she’d held her mother’s hand for four hours that morning “knowing nothing I could’ve done would bring you back to me.”

When Lisa Fleming started out on the show, she weighed more than 700 pounds, but Danielle said her mom’s cause of death was not related to her weight. Danielle told TMZ that her mother had been sick, but didn’t specify the illness. She said Lisa had lost more than 200 pounds since her appearance on “My 600-lb Life,” and was actually able to stand on her own.

Danielle told TMZ that her mom was sick before the show, and the various illnesses had just eventually taken their toll. “At the end she was sick and her body was tired and her body just gave out,” Danielle said.

Lisa was featured on the show’s sixth season back in February. She said on the show that her struggles with weight began when she was a child, and it got worse after her parents divorced and after her brother was murdered. She also said her weight problems got worse after she got pregnant four times back-to-back.

While on the show, Lisa was bedridden and unable to care for herself. She was in such bad shape while filming her episode that seven paramedics were needed to remove her from her bed to take her to the hospital. After she complained about having a pain in her leg, her daughter checked and saw that she had maggots in the fold of her skin.

While hospitalized, Lisa lost almost 90 pounds, but had trouble maintaining her diet after leaving, gaining nearly 30 pounds after she was sent home, Radar Online reported. According to Radar, she was kicked out of Dr. Younan Nowzaradan’s weight loss program and never underwent the weight loss surgery.

Lisa is the third person from “My 600-lb Life” to die within the past 12 months. Last November, 41-year-old Robert Buchel (who weighed 842 pounds) died of a heart attack before his episode aired on television, and earlier this month, 30-year-old James “L.B.” Bonner—an amputee who underwent gastric bypass surgery on the show—was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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Robin Leach, Host of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” Dead at 76

Robin Leach, famed TV host and celebrity columnist, has died at the age of 76.

The journalist, who rose to fame in the 1980’s as host of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” died Thursday night (Aug. 23) at a hospital in Cabo San Lucas, according to a statement by his family. His cause of death was a stroke.

“Despite the past 10 months, what a beautiful life he had. Our Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and friend Robin Leach passed away peacefully last night at 1:50 a.m. Everyone’s support and love over the past, almost one year, has been incredible and we are so grateful. Memorial arrangements to follow,” Leach’s son Steven said in a statement, which was also attributed to his other sons Gregg and Rick.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Leach had been hospitalized since November 2017 after suffering a stroke while he was vacationing in Cabo San Lucas. He suffered a second stroke this past Monday (Aug. 20), which he, unfortunately, did not recover from. He was placed in hospice care soon after.

After suffering a mini-stroke last year, he spent several weeks recovering in a hospital in Las Vegas. Leach’s son arranged for a private plane to take his father to Saint Rose Dominican Hospital when he realized his dad couldn’t eat or walk, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

“I started rehabilitation on my right side,” Leach told Daily Mail. “I need my right hand to type!”

Robin Leach was born in London during World War II. He started working as a journalist when he was still a teenager, including a stint at the Daily Mail. He moved to the United States in 1963 and would go on to write for the New York Daily News, Ladies’ Home Journal and People magazine, where he wrote their first 11 cover stories.

Leach transitioned from written journalism to television journalism at the start of the 1980’s, with appearances on CNN’s “People Tonight” and helping launch the syndicated program “Entertainment Tonight.”

He teamed up with producer Al Masini on the show he’d become best known for, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” which went to become a wildly popular syndicated series that ran from 1984 to 1995. The show took viewers inside the lavish homes and vacation spots of well-known international celebrities, and is credited for helping to pave the way for what would go on to become reality TV. He would sign off each episode with his signature catchphrase: “Champagne wishes and caviar dreams.”

Leach moved to Las Vegas int he 1990’s where he worked as an entertainment columnist at the Las Vegas Sun and the Las Vegas-Review Journal, the latter of which was the first to report his death. He spent the next two decades there chronicling the city’s celebrity and dining scenes. He went on to host VH1’s “The Surreal Life: Fame Game” in 2007.

Leach’s 77th birthday would have been next Wednesday, August 29th.

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Bow Wow Says His Son Died Earlier This Year: “I Lost My Son, I’m in So Much Pain Bro!”

Summer 2018 hasn’t been very kind to Bow Wow, and unfortunately for him, it seems like things haven’t gotten much better.

Not even a month ago, he went on a highly publicized Twitter rant, in which he went off on his critics, threatened to quit rap to work at GameStop and gave away money to random fans on Cash App.

And now, he’s venting to his Twitter followers again about being crucified by the media, suffering heartbreak from his former relationships, and his father’s alcoholism, which has resulted in an undisclosed illness.

The rapper also revealed that he “lost” a son earlier this year, and even though he doesn’t go into much detail about this loss, we can only assume that his girlfriend Kiyomi Leslie was pregnant with a boy and she had a miscarriage.

“I’m over everything,” he shared on Twitter. “Mentally I feel detached I’m in so much pain bro…”

Next, he vented on Instagram, revealing that he had been drinking and pushing away any critics who plan on judging him for sharing his feelings on social media.

“I’m off henny ANYBODY CAN GET IT TONIGHT! F*** EVERYBODY IF THEY ON THE F*** SH**! F*** YOU! Y’all don’t know what I go thru. Y’all have no clue!” he wrote. “These women, this life… I feel like mafukkas after me. LORD WHY CANT I JUST HAVE SUM PEACE SUMBODY HELP ME. I’ve already lost my mind but got damn!”

He continued: “I don’t know why folks play [with] me like I’m not crazy! I just hold back but if I start using this social media sh** and talking how I feel lno one will ever get a headline because they will be [talking] about the stuff that came out my mouth!”

It’s obvious Bow Wow needs some help, and hopefully, those around him can get him to on the path to getting that much needed help.

h/t: Jasmine Brand

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The Top Eight Women Who Should Direct the Next James Bond Film

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With Danny Boyle dropping out of Bond 25, rumors are swirling around which director will helm Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007. Names such as Edgar Wright (Baby Driver), Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild), and Sam Mendes (Skyfall and Spectre) have been tossed out as possible replacements. But after 23 Bond films helmed by white men (with Die Another Day‘s Lee Tamahori, who is half Maori, as the only exception) isn’t it time for a woman to direct James Bond? What could be more in the zeitgeist than a female director taking on the world’s manliest, most womanizing spy? There’s certainly no shortage of talented directors who are more than up to the challenge. Here are our top picks for Bond 25.

Lynne Ramsay

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Ramsay broke onto the scene with the mysterious and moody Morvern Callar, starring Harlots‘ Samantha Morton. She then terrified prospective parents with the hauntingly poetic We Need to Talk About Kevin, which featured Ezra Miller in a breakout performance as a disturbed teen. Ramsay’s most recent work, You Were Never Really Here with Joaquin Phoenix won best actor and best screenplay at the Cannes film festival. The Scottish director clearly has the dramatic chops to take on Bond, but to be honest I’d be more excited to see what she does with the villain.

Amma Asante

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You may not recognize her, but this British former child actor has quickly made a name for herself with her lavish period films that center of people of color, like Belle, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw (A Wrinkle in Time) and A United Kingdom with David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). Plus, she’s already working on a film about the cold war called The Billion Dollar Spy, so she’s already in the Bond mindset.

Kathryn Bigelow

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Let’s face it: there’s no making this list without the first and only female director to win an Oscar. Kathryn Bigelow has been making stylish action films for decades now, and she’s a consummate pro. Her taught, cerebral thrillers like The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty speak for themselves. And the woman can wear a suit … maybe she should star as a suave secret agent.

Mira Nair

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Mira Nair, the director who brought us Monsoon Wedding and Vanity Fair, doesn’t seem like a likely choice for a Bond film. But she proved she has a serious flair for action thrillers with her 2012 film The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a sharp drama starring a then unknown Riz Ahmed. Nair has worked in a several different genres, making a name for herself as a journeywoman director and a force to be reckoned with.

Susanne Bier

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Susanne Bier is a Danish filmmaker who has been working steadily since the late 80’s. While she has several films under her belt, the reason she makes this list is her outstanding work in the BBC/AMC miniseries The Night Manager. Bier directed all six episodes of the John le Carré series, which was a twisty, sensual globe-trotting spy thriller that won several awards. Bier’s work is also the most convincing argument yet that Tom Hiddleston could take over as James Bond.

Melina Matsoukas

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Melina Matsoukas has been delivering stunning visuals for years, but her breakout work in Beyoncé’s Lemonade has reinvented the visual album. Matsoukas has also displayed her prodigious talents in shows like Master of None and Insecure, and is attached to direct the upcoming FX series Y, based on Y: The Last Man. There’s no doubt that she could make the most visually arresting Bond film we’ve ever seen.

Reed Morano

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The cinematographer behind Beyoncé’s Lemonade blew audiences away with her stunning directing work on The Handmaid’s Tale. Morano’s breathtaking visuals artfully captured the oppressive, claustrophobic regime of Gilead, winning her several awards and making her a possible contender to direct a film in the Star Wars universe. They should be so lucky.

Patty Jenkins

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Did you really think I was gonna finish this list without Patty Jenkins? The Wonder Woman director gave us everything in her hit film that we want out of a Bond movie: gorgeous locations, riveting action and fight sequences, romance. Jenkins is more than up to the task for Bond 25. Besides, if they ever wanted to do a gender swap of James Bond, I hear she knows Gal Gadot.

Who would you like to see directing Bond 25?

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Dominic Monaghan Joins Cast of Star Wars, Is Definitely Not Playing Thrawn or Rey’s Mom

Lost starred Dominic Monaghan as Charlie PaceAll at once, there was a great cry from the Lost fandom as if their wildest reunion dreams have come true: Charlie Pace himself is re-teaming with JJ Abrams for Star Wars: Episode IX. Dominic Monaghan, best known for his role as Merry in Lord Of The Rings, as well as his turn on Lost, has joined the cast in an exclusive published by Deadline.

Monaghan has expressed a desire to join Abrams in the past; he told Deadline: “The galaxy far far away has had almost as much influence as the one I live in, so I am delighted to be involved.”

Of course, it’s time to speculate who he’ll be playing. We can probably rule out him being Rey’s family, as well as Grand Admiral Thrawn, despite the fact that it is a truth universally acknowledged in Star Wars fandom that everyone cast in the new movies is either Rey’s mom, Thrawn, or Snoke.

The fact he’s a Brit points to a possible First Order alignment, as most villains come with a British accent in this universe. However, I am choosing to speculate that he’s probably playing a Resistance character, possibly a pilot or smuggler. Abrams’s other good friend Greg Grunberg plays pilot Snap Wexley, so it’s likely that Monaghan could be playing a similar character, though the announcement about his casting points to it being a larger role than Grunberg has.

We could also be making a trip to the underbelly of the Star Wars universe, and Monaghan could be playing a more menacing mercenary character who the Resistance is forced to work with as they struggle against the First Order. Of course, that would be incredibly similar to Benicio Del Toro’s DJ from The Last Jedi — speaking of him, where did he run off to? — and Abrams might be trying to avoid having the films be a mirror of each other. Monaghan’s comedic timing as Charlie and Merry also could mean he’ll be taking the comic relief element of the film, but again, this is purely speculation.

Much like with other new stars like Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell, we have nothing really to go on for speculation about Monaghan’s character. Still, that won’t stop Reddit from lighting up with spoiler-y theories until the day the film is released.

The addition to Episode IX’s cast does give the film an even more epic scale, with more characters on the board playing for the highest stakes in the saga. I’m looking forward to seeing what Monaghan brings to the role, as well as what role he is playing.

Who do you think Monaghan will play in the film? Sound off in the comments!

(via Deadline; Image: ABC)

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