Your weekly Watercooler Fueller, including another squashed rumour about Banksy’s identity, a Peaky Blinders video game and an outpouring of support for a TV showing of Black Panther
By Laura Rutkowski, Staff Writer
Want to stay up to date with the latest entertainment stories hitting the headlines this week? We've got you covered, thanks to our breakdown of the news you need to know about.
From hot-off-the-press trailers and brand-new release dates to hilarious tweets and online oddities, allow us to bring you bang up to speed with the best of what's been going on.
Read on for our pick of the six best entertainment stories over the past seven days you might have missed...
1. Black Panther dominated TV in the US
You’ll have heard the sad news of actor Chadwick Boseman’s death on 28 August, after living with colon cancer for four years. Tributes for the talented actor flooded in online and everyone was shocked to hear that some of his greatest work was done while he was undergoing chemotherapy and operations. Hours after his death was reported, films he starred in, including Black Panther, 42 and Marshall all hit the iTunes and Amazon top ten sales charts.
In the US, ABC aired a commercial-free showing of Black Panther on 30 August, which drew in a whopping 6.3 million viewers, making it the most-watched entertainment broadcast on all of TV – on Sunday night and for the whole week. This was the biggest audience for a feature film on any American network in almost four years.
A statement posted on Boseman’s Twitter after his death (which is now the most liked post on Twitter ever) said: “It was the honour of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.” He truly was a king amongst men.
2. Peaky Blinders has received a video game
Peaky Blinders: Mastermind, available on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC
Let’s face it: everyone who has watched Peaky Blinders kind of wishes they could be a Peaky Blinder. Take the popularity of flat caps as proof of that! Well, now’s your chance with Peaky Blinders: Mastermind. It’s set before the events of series 1 as Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) discovers a plot that’s intended to put the family out of business.
In this puzzle-adventure game, play as all your favourite characters, including Arthur, Polly, John and Ada, as you use strategy to decide their next move, and even have the ability to alter time. Fans will also be pleased to know that band Feverist, who created the music for the first series, developed the soundtrack for the game, and it’s just as killer.
3. Get ready to couple up with new dating shows
ITV2 knows you’re missing Love Island this summer, which is why they’ve commissioned two new reality dating series that you can look forward to. Based on the ITV Studios format Let Love Rule, The Cabins matches couples, who then immediately move in together (yes, in log cabins). After 24 hours, they have to decide whether they want to continue getting to know each other or pack their things.
Love Bites is a blend of Dinner Date and Ready Steady Cook, where three individuals cook a three-course meal side by side using the same ingredients to wow their date. The singleton then chooses one of them to date based on their culinary skills. If it’s anything like Dinner Date, we know the food doesn’t really matter – it’s all about how things heat up outside of the kitchen.
4. Neil Buchanan is NOT Banksy
Theories circulated on Twitter about the former Art Attack host being the mysterious graffiti artist after a user posted on 4 September: “Just heard that it’s rumoured Neil Buchanan is Banksy. If true, it’s the funnies s**t ever. Aintree’s finest.” The belief is mainly because Banksy’s artworks appeared in places where Buchanan’s former band Marseille played gigs. Also, let’s face it, Buchanan clearly has the artistic ability. Users weighed in, tweeting, “Neil Buchanan WAS known for his big outdoor pieces utilising multimedia props and items to craft uncanny replicas” and “I’m here for this conspiracy theory.”
The rumour blew up so much that Buchanan had to address it on his website. The statement read: “Neil Buchanan is NOT Banksy. PLEASE NOTE: We have been inundated with enquiries over the weekend regarding the current social media story. Unfortunately this website does not have the infrastructure to answer all these enquiries individually, however we can confirm that there is no truth in the rumour whatsoever.”
5. Noel Clarke stars in the first ITV drama to begin filming since lockdown
I spy with my little eye...
Filming has begun in Manchester for new series Viewpoint. In this first-look image, Noel Clarke (Bulletproof) stars as surveillance detective Martin King. He sets up his observation post in the home of single mother Zoe Stirling (Alexandra Roach, No Offence). Her windows look out onto the home of missing primary school teacher Gemma Hillman (Amy Wren, The Last Kingdom). Viewpoint is based on an idea by Fleabag’s director Harry Bradbeer and it was co-created and written by Ed Whitmore (Safe House, Manhunt). Count us in!
6. Adrian Dunbar will present a new Channel 5 series
Irish star Adrian Dunbar, who is best known for his role in Line Of Duty, is set to host new show Scenic Ireland. In the two-part series, he will embark on a personal journey across the country. From climbing the summit of Skellig Michael, to chatting with the last salmon fisherman on Carrick a Rede, he takes in the stunning views, jokes with the locals and samples delicious food. Until Line Of Duty returns for a sixth series, we’ll definitely enjoy watching the gaffer catch some rays (more like rain, but still) until he can catch bent coppers again.
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