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Ben Whishaw lands lead in new series ‘This is Going to Hurt’

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June 14 (UPI) — A Very English Scandal, Skyfall and Paddington star Ben Whishaw has landed the lead role in This is Going to Hurt, a new dramedy for the BBC and AMC.

The series is an adaptation of obstetrician/gynecologist Adam Kay’s memoir of the same name.

Lucy Forbes — whose credits include In My Skin — is to direct most of the episodes.

“I am proud to join this exciting adaptation of Adam Kay’s terrific book This is Going to Hurt based on his experiences working in the National Health System. It’s an honest, hilarious, heart-breaking look at the great institution and the army of unsung heroes who work there under the most stressful conditions,” Whishaw said in a press release.

“The COVID-19 crisis has now shed even more light on their great work and underlines the necessity to support the NHS and its workers. I look forward to telling this story with director Lucy Forbes and the great team at SISTER to bring Adam’s words to life and I am really grateful to be a part of it.”



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Watch: Treasure plays in waves in ‘I Love You’ video

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Sept. 18 (UPI) — South Korean boy band Treasure is back with new music.

The K-pop group released the single album The First Step: Chapter Two and a music video for the song “I Love You” on Friday.

The “I Love You” video shows the members of Treasure visit a beach, where they play in the waves. The group is also seen performing an energetic dance routine in front of a screen showing crashing waves.

The First Step: Chapter Two also features the song “B.L.T. (Bling Like This).”

Treasure was formed on the reality competition series YG Treasure Box in 2019. The group made its official debut in August with the single album The First Step: Chapter One.

Treasure consists of Hyunsuk, Jihoon, Yoshi, Junkyu, Mashiho, Jaehyuk, Asahi, Yedam, Doyoung, Haruto, Jeongwoo and Junghwan. The group celebrated the The First Step: Chapter Two‘s release on Twitter with photos and videos featuring the members.

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Amal Clooney resigns as British media envoy over plan to break EU treaty

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Sept. 18 (UPI) — Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney on Friday resigned her role as Britain’s envoy on media freedom in response to the country’s plan to break part of its Brexit agreement with the European Union.

Clooney said the bill would, “by the government’s own admission, ‘break international law’ if enacted.”

“Although the government has suggested that the violation of international law would be ‘specific and limited’, it is lamentable for the U.K. to be speaking of its intention to violate an international treaty signed by the prime minister less than a year ago,” she wrote in a letter to British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is supporting an internal market bill that, if passed by Parliament, would allow the government to override aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement concerning how goods move between the four nations of the United Kingdom. Britain signed the agreement with the European Union in January and passing the internal market bill would break the treaty.

The international law and human rights attorney, who is married to Oscar-winning actor George Clooney, said she was disappointed to leave the position because she’s “proud of the U.K.’s reputation as a champion of the international legal order.”

“However, very sadly, it has now become untenable for me, as special envoy, to urge other states to respect and enforce international obligations while the U.K. declares that it does not intend to do so itself,” she wrote.

Clooney isn’t the only official to protest the legislation. Leaders of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales said they’re concerned the bill would allow the government to spend in their countries without their own government’s involvement.

The law officer for Scotland, Richard Keen, resigned earlier this week over the legislation, saying he “found it increasingly difficult to reconcile” his role as a lawyer with the bill’s plan to “break international law.”

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Sony announces PlayStation 5 price, previews ‘Final Fantasy XVI’

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Sept. 16 (UPI) — Sony announced the price for its Playstation 5 and Playstation 5 digital models Wednesday during a live streamed showcase.

The regular PS5 will retail for $499.99 while the digital only version is $399, both available Nov. 12.

The live streaming presentation also included a look at several games coming to PS5.

Sony showed off cinema scenes and gameplay of Final Fantasy XVI, which has no release date.

A presentation on Spider-Man: Miles Morales included a cinema scene at a Harlem street fair and gameplay of Miles fighting off Tinkerer’s minions and rescuing passengers from a bus and collapsing bridge. The game is slated to release holiday 2020.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War included gameplay footage from the first campaign set during the Iran hostage crisis. It also promised multiplayer, an alpha of which players can test Friday through Sunday. The full game is coming holiday 2020.

Games previewed for 2021 release included Hogwarts Legacy from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, set in the 1800s; Resident Evil: Village; a Q2 PS5 exclusive Death Loop; and a teaser for God of War: Ragnarok.

Other game previewed included Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach and Oddworld: Soulstorm. Demon’s Souls, Devil May Cry 5 and Fortnite will be available at launch.

The Playstation Plus Collection will offer new Playstation Plus benefits for the PS5. Classic PS4 games such as God of War: Ragnarok, Monster Hunter, Fallout 4, Uncharted 4, Ratchet & Clank, Battlefield 1, Batman: Arkham Knight, The Last Guardian, The Last of Us Remastered, Persona 5, Resident Evil: Biohazard and more will be available digitally at launch.

Sony rival Microsoft has already announced that Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X will be released Nov. 10 for $299 and $499, respectively.

The PlayStation 5 will have an 825 GB solid state drive which will make load times in games faster.

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