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Man Utd Transfers: 7 Reasons Why Gareth Bale Will Join In The Summer

19 hours ago

Gareth Bale isn’t having a great time of it at present. Over midway through his second season after completing a world transfer record move to Real Madrid and the cracks are starting to appear in the relationship between player and club. It was a strong debut season for Bale at Los Blancos. He scored 22 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions. His brilliant individual run and finish helped overcome Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey final. A headed goal in the Champions League final against fierce city rivals Atletico helped secure Real their long targeted La Decima. Yet much like a musician’s oft quoted difficult second album, there appears little chance of repeating his heroics a second time around.

A succession of embarrassing defeats and insipid performances the season after has soured the post-honeymoon period for Bale and Real alike, culminating in a defeat to fierce rivals Barcelona that »

- Dale Armitage

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron – 10 Biggest Surprises That Will Get Fans Talking

20 hours ago

Marvel Studios

The seemingly endless cycle of promotion – trailers, interviews, rumours, reports, leaks, over-analysing merchandise and Lego figures, badly Photoshopped posters – has come to an end. The glitzy premieres have rolled up their red carpets. Joss Whedon can finally have a well-deserved rest. Idris Elba is no doubt relieved to be out of his cheesy costume and off of the green screen set again.

Avengers: Age Of Ultron finally saw its UK release today, following midnight screenings across the country. Which means that, if you’re in the country, you must have seen it, right? At this point, the hype machine has done its job, and can do no more – it’s time for the film to stand on its own two feet. And for the most part, it does that just fine.

From the amount of information pieced together from all those trailers, fans already had a good idea »

- Tom Baker

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About LeBron James

20 hours ago

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LeBron James is arguably the biggest sports star in America, and has been part of such a discussion for a decade now. His on-court dominance and freakish physical ability have led to such nicknames as “The King” and “The Chosen One”, while his stock has only risen since finally capturing his elusive NBA Championship ring in 2012 (and a second in 2013). As well as becoming a major talking point on the court, LeBron’s controversial switch from Cleveland to Miami in 2010 (and back again in 2014) cemented him as one of the most intriguing figures in basketball history.

As with any celebrity of such fame and stature, James’ life has been subject to intense media scrutiny over the years. However, there are a few surprising facts which many of his fans and admirers are completely unaware of. Although he seems a relatively straightforward figure, outgoing, loud and uncomplicated – especially when contrasted with his icy, »

- Jack G King

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20 Damn Sexy Pizzas You Totally Need In Your Life Right Now

20 hours ago

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Pizza is a meal which near-enough every person on the planet can enjoy in some variety.

Meat-lover? Sure, plenty of varying, plentiful meat pizzas out there. Vegetarian? Not to worry, you non-meat-eaters are covered, too. Allergic to gluten or dairy? Fear not, there are pizzas that take this into account so that you guys can indulge in the goodness as well.

Even if you’re not a fan of your standard dough/sauce/cheese pizzas, we’re now at a place where the pizza landscape reaches beyond. There are dessert-based pizzas or even pizzas which remove some of the primary, traditional make-up of the beloved dish altogether.

Across the globe, there are so many differing takes on this most iconic of meals, with different cultures and tastes toying with the very idea of what a pizza is. There are some that use more refined, exquisite ingredients, there are some »

- Andrew Pollard

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14 Problems Only People From Milton Keynes Will Understand

20 hours ago

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If you didn’t know already, Milton Keynes is a large town in Buckinghamshire (note town, not city – efforts have been made to change its status, but it’s still deemed a town). It’s a pretty young place – not due to the youths who roam there, but because the town itself was formally designated in 1967, and built a few miles away from the original ye olde village of Milton Keynes, which no one seems to pay any mind to. It’s likely that Milton Keynes is actually younger than your grandparents.

But you’ve got a few problems with living here. The fact that Mk is bigger than Luton, Ipswich, Corby and Norwich and Still doesn’t feature on the local weather map is a fact that has never failed to drive you mad. And even though you’ve lived here your whole life, you just can »

- Rachel Bailey

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10 People Who Threatened To Kill WWE Wrestlers

20 hours ago

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WWE wrestlers getting death threats is a sad reality of their industry. Fame and fortune can lead to all sorts of problems, particularly when a wrestler’s job purposefully involves inciting people.

In the old days, death threats were a normal part of the business. Fans thought what they were watching was real, so the emotions raged that much harder. But back then, wrestlers never really fretted too much about the odd death threat here and there. They’d ride into town, work their match, get drunk, sleep with whatever girl they had going in that town, and then move on.

Plus, in those days, if anyone messed with a wrestler, then the wrestler would just batter the offender. It was a different era and shoot bar fights happened regularly.

But now the WWE is a corporate empire. Wrestlers are constantly under scrutiny and simply have to take fan abuse with gritted teeth. »

- Grahame Herbert

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10 Things You Didnt Know About The Walking Dead Cast

20 hours ago

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The fifth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead has come to an end, and though there is an upcoming spin-off prequel series Fear The Walking Dead to look forward to, for now, the adventures of Rick, Daryl, Michonne, Glenn and all the rest have come to a close until next fall. Which makes this the perfect time to reflect on those characters, and actors, still with the show – and those who aren’t.

Like many shows with a high body count (Game of Thrones is a particular standout here as well), there has been a lot of turnover as far as actors on The Walking Dead are concerned. In fact, from the original group in season one, only the characters of Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Carl (Chandler Riggs), Glenn (Steven Yeun), Carol (Melissa McBride), and Daryl (Norman Reedus) remain, and of those, only Rick, Carl, and Glenn have been there for every outing. »

- Jay Anderson

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20 Best Video Game Controllers Ever

20 hours ago

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Video game controllers come in many forms – gamepads, joysticks, steering wheels, dance mats, musical instruments, guns, paddles, head tracking Vr and these days even body movements. They’ve been evolving for decades and along the way designers have occasionally come up with something new, innovative, something brilliant – be it in the shape of technology, form, function and complexity.

During this evolution mice lost their balls and gained optics, leaf switches turned into microswitches, hardwired controllers cut their tails and thousands of smart folk played with all manner of shapes, sizes, colours and ergonomics.

What differentiates a good controller from bad is subjective, but sometimes a device comes along that is universally lauded and loved. From the single button gear stick from Atari to the familiar multi-buttoned Xbox and Playstation controllers, today is the day to showcase the best controllers from the annals of gaming history. Regardless of »

- Vynny Ward

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10 Best Joker Deaths

20 hours ago

Rocksteady

The Joker is immortal. At least that’s his claim in “Endgame,” the current storyline in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman comic series. Forget Jared Leto’s haircut— this is the biggest Joker event going. For the first time, he seems to be explaining his history of countless returns from the grave.

Resurrection is a huge part of superhero comics, certainly. Most characters have died a dramatic and hyped-up death, only to return a year later with a half-hearted excuse. But Joker’s ability to cheat death goes beyond even the most flexible comic book mortality rules.

Through his seventy-five years in comics, movies, animation, and video games, he’s been shot, stabbed, dropped down smokestacks, and fed to sharks. Sometimes he seems truly gone for good. More often, it feels inevitable that he’ll return, leaner and meaner than ever. Because Joker just keeps on truckin’.

Join me, »

- Nathan Hastings

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Nwo Reveals The Undertaker Almost Jumped To WCW In 2000

21 hours ago

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The Undertaker almost left WWE and signed with WCW in 2000, according to Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman. The Nwo stars were talking with Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard, and they stated that Taker was close to signing when his WWF contract was expiring.

“We had ‘Taker close. All of a sudden he wasn’t the Deadman. He became the American Badass for a reason. That Deadman wasn’t going to f***in’ come to WCW. He would have been the biker character and gone by Mark Calaway,” Nash states.

The article adds that Taker was a free agent and unhappy with the direction of his character in WWE. It is unknown if the ‘American Badass’ was what he was unhappy with, or in fact if the character change was part of Vince McMahon’s attempts to keep Taker by giving him something more realistic.

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- Grahame Herbert

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Doctor Who: 10 Most Embarrassing Classic Series Companions

21 hours ago

BBC

The Doctor needs a travelling companion. When he travels alone, he runs the risk of quickly turning into an out of touch egotist, ready to change history and spout guff like “I’m the Time Lord victorious!” Not only that, but viewers need a companion in the programme as a point of audience identification. It’s hard to feel empathy for a 2,000 year old alien who can feel the ebb and flow of the universe around him.

And almost always, these companions are terrific characters. Stalwart defenders of right and plucky helpers in the Doctor’s endless crusade to defeat evil-doers across the cosmos. But sometimes, just sometimes, they turn out to be less than marvellous additions to the Tardis crew. Not necessarily because they’re bad characters or poorly acted, but because they were designed by the production team to be that way. An incompetent assistant can be »

- Mike Morgan

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Dolph Ziggler Takes A Bizarre Shoot At Sheamus

21 hours ago

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Dolph Ziggler has posted a lengthy rant on his twitter. It appears to take some veiled shoot digs at Sheamus, the man he’ll be facing this Sunday at WWE’s Extreme Rules event. It also appears to express frustration with his own spot in the company.

The post in full –

“I’ve got the boyz to make the noize! Years in the marking, almost as long as we’ve been waiting for you to connect! Trust me, he connects. Frustrated, outdated, I really wanna be overrated. Overachievement and charisma almost equal being tall and wearing marital beads on your mouth, yet I’m the one with the attitude problem. It’s not `what can the system do for you,’ it’s `what can you do for the system’. You’ve got 5 months to prove that “I” need “You” This is for everyone screwed over bc they did »

- Grahame Herbert

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10 Doctor Who Stories That Would Make Great Musicals

22 hours ago

BBC

The West End theatre scene is flooded with musicals. The sprouting of singing extravaganzas out of every conceivable source, from the back catalogue of a pop combo to the life of a witch, is a phenomenon worthy of investigation by the good Doctor himself. The world’s longest running science-fiction programme has certainly capitalised on its success via the live circuit. As early as the 1960s there was the Curse of the Daleks play, followed by The Seven Keys to Doomsday.

But these were strictly dialogue-heavy affairs. Aside from the recent staged spectaculars with their orchestral accompaniments, the only bonafide show with full-on warbling was The Ultimate Adventure (pictured above), where Jon Pertwee and then Colin Baker got their knees up for a universe spanning lyric-fest featuring the likes of Daleks and Margaret Thatcher.

With audiences hungrier than ever for stars of the small screen to start belting their lungs out, »

- Steve Palace

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10 ‘Comedies’ That Were Secretly Really Depressing

22 hours ago

CBS Films

Because it’s assumed they’re fundamentally supposed to be about making you laugh, you generally expect comedy movies to bring some sense of happiness to your day. There’s no sense in seeing a comedy if all it’s going to do is bring you down – with climate change, economic chaos and massive inequality dragging the world to the edge of collapse, things are already depressing enough.

It can be pretty distressing, then, when you get to the cinema only to find that that film that looked nice and amusing in the trailers is in actual fact rather gloomy. That’s what you’d call a ‘botched advertising campaign’, and they happen all the time; for instance, just because it seems like a good way to get the punters in, a fairly downbeat film with one or two humorous moments might be sold by the marketing team as a straight comedy. »

- Brogan Morris

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20 Funniest Lines In Harry Potter

22 hours ago

The Boy Who Lived really did have it all: loyal friends, the ability to produce a kick-ass Patronus and a sense of humour. There are many characters in the Harry Potter series that made you chuckle endlessly, the obvious culprits being the Weasley twins and Ron, but almost every character manages to deliver a few good lines of golden comedy.

Even as the books got increasingly dark and murdery, the commitment to a wicked – and often very clever – sense of humour continued to run through. Even as Sirius took his last breath and it turned out Harry was a Horcrux there were still disarmingly cheerful moments, adding light to the end of the tunnel of gloom. Like a patronus made of LOLs.

So why not take a walk down memory lane – or Diagon Alley – and re-introduce yourself to the humour in the beloved wizarding series? Even Fred went out laughing at the end of things. »

- Sara Weir

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James Spader: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

22 hours ago

Marvel Studios

Why become an actor? Some people do it for the craft or the fame or because they can’t see themselves doing anything else. If his IMDb page is anything to go by, James Spader does it for the money: “Every single film I’ve ever done I’ve taken because of the money. Every single one. I’m not ashamed to say that.”

Admittedly this quote comes from all the way back in 1990 – pre Stargate – but it’s a refreshing display of honesty from the star whom Rolling Stone recently called “The Strangest Man on TV”. This is not to cast aspersions on his integrity – by most accounts, Jimmy, as he likes to be called, has an obsession for detail that can make him difficult to work with. Indeed, from snarky-yet-sincere legal genius Alan Shore in Boston Legal, a role for which he won two Emmys, to jubilant, »

- Robert Wallis

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20 Biggest College Football Stadiums

23 hours ago

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Sport is the lifeblood of America. It oozes across the country, from the east coast to the west, infiltrating every city and town, with a huge focus on college sports.

The entire concept of university teams battling it out in front of thousands of screaming fans is completely alien to the UK, but that’s the way things work on the other side of the atlantic.

NFL teams are seen as state-representatives, with each of them the size of small – or sometimes even large – countries. They are to American fans, what international football teams are to Europeans.

Colleges provide the Us public with ‘their’ local team, as the university level sport attracts a vast number of viewers from the stadium stands to mass media coverage on every sports channel. It’s a multi-million dollar empire, where the athletes involved aren’t directly paid a penny, instead they »

- Michael Potts

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10 Strangest WWE Extreme Rules Stipulations

23 hours ago

WWE.com

For the past six years, WWE has touted the Extreme Rules PPV as the one night of the year that the company goes extreme. While this is an obvious play on the now-defunct Ecw, it’s also become a catch-all description for various stipulation matches. Whereas WWE’s TLC PPV features tables, ladders and chairs for “extreme” matches, this event often focuses on various unconventional match types.

Throughout the previous six Extreme Rules PPVs, we’ve seen several 2-on-1 handicap matches, triple threat matches, steel cage matches, Last Man Standing matches and of course, Extreme Rules matches. Some of these matches also are seen throughout the year on other PPVs or on Raw and Smackdown, but WWE loves to use the “Extreme Rules” moniker to group them all together on one night.

However, several match stipulations have come up during the past six years that we really don »

- Scott Carlson

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10 Times Brock Lesnar Lost Clean

23 hours ago

WWE.com

Brock Lesnar is a once-in-a-lifetime wrestler. He’s the perfect combination of amateur wrestling credentials, the ideal physique that Vince McMahon loves, the intimidation factor, and the actual strength to lift men much heavier than him onto his shoulders. Though he has never been the best at promos, that was never important to him anyway; for him, actions definitely spoke louder than words.

At the same time, Brock Lesnar has enjoyed one of the most protected careers in WWE history. In his short WWE career, Lesnar has won the vast majority of his matches, and when he did lose, for the most part, it was either because he wasn’t the one defeated (i.e. in handicap matches, tag matches, Triple Threat matches, etc.), via disqualification (because, again, Brock Lesnar is a Beast), or due to interference or other controversial circumstances.

In short, Brock Lesnar has rarely lost clean, »

- Alexander Podgorski

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10 Things WWE Wants You To Forget About The Bella Twins

23 April 2015 12:54 PM, PDT

WWE.com

The Bella Twins are the top divas in WWE. Whether people like it or hate it, that’s how it has been for the past few years. They have been a part of WWE since 2007 and aside from taking a year off to take a break from the company, they have been featured performers since they arrived.

Brie and Nikki have no problem sharing their lives with the world. Brie married current Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan in 2014 just days after WrestleMania 30 while Nikki has been dating current United States Champion for at least three years. They showcase these relationships on the WWE reality show Total Divas, which has aired on the E Network since 2013 and returns for another season soon. Regular viewers of the show know that Brie is the more conservative one with Bryan while Nikki is more outgoing and spends a lot of time hoping John Cena »

- John Canton

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