Amber Riley and John Boyega nominated for stage award

Amber Riley and John Boyega nominated for stage award

You might know them best from Glee and Star Wars – but it’s Amber Riley and John Boyega’s performances on the London stage which have bagged them nominations for a top industry award. Both are up for the Joe Allen Best West End Debut prize at the inaugural The Stage Debut Awards. It recognises a debut performance in the West End, with the winner decided by a public vote. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s…

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John Bernecker: Walking Dead stuntman dies in fall

John Bernecker: Walking Dead stuntman dies in fall

Stuntman John Bernecker has died after suffering a fall on the set of The Walking Dead. AMC Networks said production on the eight season of the hit zombie TV series was “temporarily” shut down after Wednesday’s “tragic” accident. A coroner in Georgia confirmed Bernecker died of blunt force trauma in hospital in Atlanta. The stuntman’s other credits include Black Panther, Logan and the 2015 version of Fantastic Four. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays Negan in…

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John McAfee settles Intel legal action over name

John McAfee settles Intel legal action over name

John McAfee, known for the anti-virus software bearing his surname, has settled legal action with technology giant Intel over the commercial use of his name. The chip-maker had warned Mr McAfee against renaming his current company – MGT Capital Investments – as “John McAfee Global Technologies”. Intel argued this amounted to trademark infringement. It bought Mr McAfee’s former company, McAfee Associates, in 2010. The legal action has now been settled, and Mr McAfee has agreed…

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John McDonnell: Grenfell victims 'murdered by political decisions'

John McDonnell: Grenfell victims 'murdered by political decisions'

Labour’s John McDonnell has claimed victims of the Grenfell Tower fire were “murdered” by “political decisions”. The shadow chancellor made the claims at a Glastonbury Festival event on Sunday – a day after Jeremy Corbyn addressed thousands of people there. Mr McDonnell claimed the decision to “view housing as only for financial speculation” meant the Grenfell Tower victims were “murdered”. He also said closing fire stations “contributed” to the deaths. At least 79 people are…

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John Avildsen, Oscar-winning director of Rocky, dies aged 81

John Avildsen, Oscar-winning director of Rocky, dies aged 81

John G. Avildsen, the Oscar-winning director of Rocky and The Karate Kid, has died at the age of 81. Avildsen’s son Anthony told US media the filmmaker had died of pancreatic cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Rocky – starring Sylvester Stallone as a rags-to-riches boxer – became the highest grossing film of 1976, despite having a relatively low budget. It won an Oscar for best picture, as well one for Avildsen as…

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Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes dies at 83

Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes dies at 83

Media playback is unsupported on your device Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes, who hosted the show in the 1960s and 1970s, has died aged 83. Noakes was the BBC children’s show’s longest-serving presenter, appearing for more than 12 years, and was often seen with his dog Shep by his side. He was also known for his daredevil stunts like climbing Nelson’s Column and jumping out of planes – and for his famous encounter with…

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John Boyega 'shines' in Woyzeck play

John Boyega 'shines' in Woyzeck play

John Boyega has made his first return to the stage since his career went stellar in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In Woyzeck, at London’s Old Vic theatre, he plays a young British soldier in 1980s Berlin during the Cold War. While the play is a dark experience to sit through, Boyega’s performance has been widely praised. The Guardian described him as “compelling to watch”. We first meet Woyzeck in the grim Berlin apartment where…

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John Cleese to make BBC sitcom comeback

John Cleese to make BBC sitcom comeback

In 2015, John Cleese said there was “no way” he’d work at the BBC. Now, though, he appears to have changed his mind. Almost 40 years on from Fawlty Towers, the 77-year-old is to make a new BBC sitcom that will reunite him with his Clockwise co-star Alison Steadman. In Edith, they’ll play old flames whose rekindled romance hits the buffers when her 50-year-old son moves back in. According to Cleese, Charles McKeown’s “are the…

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