Albert Square’s latest resident, Lady Gaga’s new role, a virtual panto, and more

Here’s a round-up of some of the entertainment news from this week that you might have missed.

Michael McIntyre is making his Netflix stand-up comedy debut next month with Michael McIntyre: Showman. The special was filmed at the London Palladium before lockdown and includes his take on shark attacks in Australia, New Zealanders’ strange relationship with vowels and  the difference between performing for a US audience vs. a British audience. It will be released on 15th September.

Queen and Adam Lambert are releasing their first live album 2nd October. Live Around The World. It will feature 20 tracks from their shows all around the world. The live album will be available in CD, CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray and Vinyl versions, with the DVD and Blu-ray featuring extra performance footage which includes a Roger Taylor ‘Drum Battle’ with drummer son Rufus Taylor.

Have you heard about the latest resident in Albert Square? Singer Mica Paris is joining EastEnders when it resumes filming next month. She’ll be playing Ellie Nixon, who is described as a wolf in sheep’s clothing and has a surprising connection to one of the Square’s residents. She’ll appear on screen for the first time in September.

If you’re sad about the possibility of no pantos this year, former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan is taking his panto virtual. He is currently filming a version of Jack and the Beanstalk in his backgarden, which will be streamed to families and audiences in their own homes. It’ll be available on a dedicated website, “Panto Online” from 4 December. Tickets cost £15, with a portion of profits being donated to six charities.

Two music stars are heading back to the big screen. Lady Gaga is set to star alongside Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Adam Driver in Gucci, a new film from Ridley Scott. She will play Patrizia Reggiani, the ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci who was tried and convicted of orchestrating his assassination on the steps of his office in 1995. She served 18 years in jail before being let out in 2016. 

Meanwhile, Bjork is currently filming The Northman alongside Nicole Kidman and Willem Defoe  in Ireland. The film is described as a gritty revenge drama set in 10th century Iceland, and Bjork will be playing a witch. Filming is already underway.

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