Will Smith smashes In My Feelings Challenge with bridge dance

Will Smith smashes In My Feelings Challenge with bridge dance

If you’ve not seen the #InMyFeelingsChallenge being shared on social media, where have you been?

The dance craze was started by Instagram comedian Shiggy, who encouraged others to get involved – and get involved they did.

Shiggy first started encouraging his 1.4 million Instagram followers to #DoTheShiggy in late June.

He was filmed in the street dancing to Drake’s In My Feelings on a car stereo and it has evolved massively from there.

It has appealed to civilians and celebrities alike, but most people seem to agree that Will Smith’s attempt is the best so far.

It’s certainly the most extra.

But, in defence of anyone planning on trying it in their cul-de-sac with a smartphone, Will Smith recorded his with at least one cameraman, drones and access to an impressive building – so “smashing it” was always going to be the outcome here.

Will says the video was spontaneous and that he didn’t have legal permission to enter the bridge building – a contributing factor to his “stiff” dance moves.

Shiggy says he’s in awe of the fact that so many celebrities have taken up the challenge – especially Will.

“I like the fact that he took it to the next level, and plus he really took his time,” he tells Newsbeat.

“It’s like he risked his life just to do the challenge and that’s crazy because I look up to Will Smith.”

Despite Will being the most famous celebrity to do the Shiggy, his favourite attempt was by his mum.

“That showed me how big an impact it had before the celebrities were doing it,” he says.

“Being a fan of Will Smith and me being so afraid to put my mum on camera because she doesn’t like it. It’s the best of both worlds.”

Other big names to have shared their versions of the challenge include Ciara.

Her video features in Will Smith’s epic. It’s set against a view of the mountains and ocean in Cape Town.

Having a car to jump out of to start the dance isn’t essential, but it certainly helps.

You can do it while you pop to the shops, if you like.

And it’s not just customers who are getting involved – you might find yourself queuing at the check-out while the staff upload their attempts at the challenge.

Pregnancy is certainly no obstacle to taking part.

And neither is being Lucius Best, aka The Incredibles’ Frozone.

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Downton Abbey film (finally) confirmed

Downton Abbey film (finally) confirmed

Fans of Downton Abbey can breathe a sign of relief – a film of the hugely successful TV series has finally been confirmed after much speculation.

The “original principal cast” will begin production later this summer, the film’s producers said.

The show’s creator Julian Fellowes has written the film’s screenplay, and he is also going to co-produce as well.

The period TV drama, which was a hit around the world, ended at Christmas 2015 after six series.

Brian Percival, who directed The Book Thief, About a Girl and the Downton Abbey pilot, will direct the film.

The series, which had an ensemble cast led by Hugh Bonneville and Dame Maggie Smith, followed the many ups and downs of the Crawley family and their servants.

They all lived together in an Edwardian English country home at the turn of the 20th Century.

It received a special Bafta tribute in 2015 and won three Golden Globes, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards and 69 Emmy nominations.

Not surprisingly, Downton is the most nominated non-US show in the history of the Emmy Awards and was shown in more than 250 territories worldwide.

Gareth Neame, the film’s producer, said, “Now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production.

“Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen”.

Joanne Froggatt, who played maid Anna Bates, tweeted that she was “delighted”.

Many fans of the show took to Twitter to welcome the news.

Jeremy Swift, who played butler Septimus Spratt, told ITV’s Lorraine last year: “It’s supposed to be happening – filming – this year, but it hasn’t been locked down yet.”

In 2016, Fellowes had said he was already thinking about a plot for a film adaptation to avoid being “caught on the hop” if it was given the go-ahead.

Stig of the Dump author Clive King dies aged 94

Stig of the Dump author Clive King dies aged 94

The author of children’s classic Stig of the Dump, Clive King, has died aged 94.

Stig of the Dump has never been out of print and has sold more than 2 million copies since it was published in 1963.

King’s book, Hamid of Aleppo, was published in 1958. Other books included The Twenty-Two Letters, The Town that Went South and Snakes and Snakes.

He died in Norfolk on 10 July and is survived by his widow Penny and three children.

Stig of the Dump, about a boy who discovers a cave-boy living at the bottom of a chalk pit, captured children’s imaginations from the moment it was published.

It drew on Clive King’s own adventures growing up with his three brothers in Kent.

It has been adapted for TV three times, in 1981 and in 2002 and 2013.

His publishers Penguin have paid tribute to the author.

Francesca Dow, MD of Penguin Random House Children’s said: “We feel privileged and proud to be Clive King’s publisher and are sad to hear of his passing. This year our Stone Age Stig is 55 years old.

“However, the book’s depiction of the vivid interior life and imagination of a child, the delight of roaming free, making shelters and dens away from the grown-ups, as well as ideas such as the universal language of friendship – and even the importance of recycling – feel as fresh and relevant today as they did when Puffin first published it in 1963.

“I remember reading Stig of the Dump when I was little and longing for a special secret Stig and dump of my own. We extend our thoughts and sympathies to the family.”

Fans have also been paying tribute on social media – pointing out how the illustrations for the book by war artist Edward Ardizzone captivated readers.

Born in Richmond in Surrey in 1924, he studied at Cambridge and the School of Oriental and African studies in London.

He travelled the world as a Royal Naval Reserve and as a language teacher for the British Council and his travels inspired many of his children’s books.

He also wrote plays for children included Poles Apart, Get the Message and The Butcher of Rye.

Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker set for World Cup debut

Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker set for World Cup debut

Fans will get their first chance to see Jodie Whittaker in action in the new series of Doctor Who on Sunday.

Footage promoting the next series of the time travel drama will air during the BBC’s half time coverage of the World Cup final.

Even though England are not playing it is still expected to attract viewing figures in excess of 10 million.

Sunday’s footage comes almost exactly a year after Whittaker was revealed to be replacing Peter Capaldi as the Doctor.

She’s the first woman to play the title role in the long running series.

Jodie Whittaker’s companions on the show will be played by Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.

In an interview published this week with US magazine Entertainment Weekly Whittaker said the new series was “hopeful and fizzing with wonder”

On Thursday she and co-stars Cole and Gill will also be appearing at the world’s biggest entertainment event of its kind Comic-Con in San Diego where more details about the series are expected to be revealed.

Earlier this month, BBC Studios which makes the drama took legal action in the US after a short clip of the Whittaker’s first episode was leaked online along with two stills of the actress.

Henry Cavill sorry for 'rapist' comment

Henry Cavill sorry for 'rapist' comment

Superman actor Henry Cavill has apologised for claiming that the #MeToo movement has left him scared to date women for fear of being “called a rapist”.

In a statement, Cavill addressed the “confusion and misunderstanding” over his GQ interview.

“Insensitivity was absolutely not my intention”, he continued, confirming he holds women in “the highest regard”.

The comments sparked both empathy and anger online.

What did Cavill originally say?

The British actor made the outspoken comments during an interview with GQ Australia, as part of his promotional activities for Mission Impossible: Fallout.

When asked how #MeToo affected him, Cavill said that while society “had to change” regarding the treatment of women, the altered landscape has left him feeling unsure about “chasing a woman”.

“I think a woman should be wooed and chased, but maybe I’m old-fashioned for thinking that,” he admitted.

“It’s very difficult to do that if there are certain rules in place. Because then it’s like: ‘Well, I don’t want to go up and talk to her, because I’m going to be called a rapist or something.’

“So you’re like, ‘Forget it. I’m going to call an ex-girlfriend instead, and then just go back to a relationship, which never really worked,'” he continued.

“But it’s way safer than casting myself into the fires of hell, because I’m someone in the public eye, and if I go and flirt with someone, then who knows what’s going to happen?”

‘Absurd’ or ‘unspoken truth’?

The comments proved divisive on social media – while many were quick to attack Cavill for his “absurd ” views, a number of men echoed Cavill’s sense of confusion.

Much of the criticism focused on the way he appeared to conflate asking a woman out with committing sexual assault.

Grace Petrie also attacked Cavill’s belief that a woman “should be chased”.

But others felt that the Man of Steel actor, rather than speaking maliciously, had simply used a poor choice of words, and called for a more considered response.

“I like to think I know what he meant,” wrote Rhonda.

“Poor Henry Cavill. I understood what he was trying to say,” added Austin.

Others expressed support for Cavill’s comments, arguing the #MeToo movement had turned dating into a “minefield”, particularly for Hollywood stars navigating a post-Weinstein era.

Elsewhere, others, including Twitter user Rulian, called for a more nuanced debate, in which rational voices do not get “drowned out”.