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Big Little Lies season one had us absolutely GRIPPED with the underlying tension and complex relationships, not to mention the stellar acting from stars like Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Laura Dern and Nicole Kidman.

We can't get enough of the Monterey mums and their crazy tale, and jumped for joy when HBO commissioned a season two with seven new episodes. Oh, and MERYL STREEP. *Weeps*

The sophomore series is due to premiere on June 9, 2019 and the first-look images are ridiculously intense. It looks like plenty of confrontations will take place, and epiphany moments.

The teaser shows plenty of screaming, which proves weirdly entertaining. Meryl is seen throwing some world class shade at the end, playing the role of Perry's mother. If you've forgotten, Perry is six feet under after his abuse escalated and he was pushed down the steps by Bonnie.

We just KNOW that Meryl is going to bring something special to the show. Perry's mum arrives in town with plenty of questions about her son's death.

Nicole Kidman shared the first picture of Mary Louise Wright (Meryl's character) last August, alongside Celeste's "darling boys." What are they looking at, we wonder? Perry's mum and Madeleine also appear to have a showdown.

Reese and Meryl were seen filming a scene involving an ice cream cone being thrown in Los Angeles; basically Madeleine hurls the cone at Mary Louise. They both appear to be fiery characters, and it's unsurprising that they clash.

The show finally has it's own Instagram account, so we're guessing that it'll be riddled with BLL hints about the new season fairly soon. Currently, it's just a grid of videos and gallery posts about the cast.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A new director is also attached to the project: Andrea Arnold. Every episode of season one was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, but he was quoted saying, "If we do a season 2, we’ll break a beautiful thing and spoil it."

He decided not to do season two, basically. Arnold previously worked on episodes of Transparent and the Oscar-winning short film Wasp.

News also broke that This Is Us and American Horror Story actor Denis O'Hare is set to become a regular cast member for season two. His role is yet to be described though, we're waiting.

It also looks like all the OG members of the Monterey Mom patrol are returning. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will also return as executive producers (girl power) and Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz are reprising their cast roles.

Rumour has it, Alexander Skarsgård could be back? The actor won a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a SAG Award for his incredible portrayal of Celeste's abusive husband, Perry. Though he's definitely dead (thank you, stairs)…he could appear in flashbacks.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Celeste's husband could still appear in her nightmares. Executive producer Bruna Papandrea recently responded “not that I know of” when asked if Alexander will return.

Alexander has also teased, “I don’t even know if I’m really dead or not. I feel okay right now, but we’ll see.” He's keeping the option open, it would seem.

Liane Moriarty is the author of the book, Big Little Lies. She also wrote the story for season two, despite never publishing a sequel to the book. The season one showrunner and writer David E. Kelley is also returning.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Word on the street is that Bonnie's parents show up to stir trouble. In April 2018, the Hollywood Reporter broke everyone's hearts by claiming Zoë’s real-life VIP parents Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet will not play Bonnie’s parents on BLL. 

Crystal Fox plays Elizabeth Howard, and Martin Donovan (Weeds) will portray Bonnie's father, Martin. Bonnie will struggle to process what she did to Perry, and it has an important emotional link to her past. Deadline reports that Perry's death drags up unsavoury memories from her childhood.

Renata is also due to have a few alterations to her marriage, according to Deadline.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Good news: a hot, "offbeat" surfer hits up Monterey. Give a warm round of applause to actor Douglas Smith, who will play Corey Brockfield. The character is an “aspiring marine biologist” and Jane’s (Shailene) co-worker. Romance alert?

The Canadian actor has worked on The AlienistCSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Big Love. All we know about him is that he looks damn good on the beach.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The cast are getting some TASTY pay raises (#TimesUp). ABC News reported in April 2018 that the cast will get increases for the season season.

Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming told THR in a different interview that this was a “direct result” of the Time’s Up movement, so clap clap to Reese for that; 

“One of the things that’s come out of thinking about the movement and some conversations with Reese, who’s really at the forefront, is something we’ve done recently. We’ve proactively gone through all of our shows- in fact, we just finished our process where we went through and made sure that there were no inappropriate disparities in pay, and where there were, if we found any, we corrected it going forward.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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THR claimed in January of last year that Nicole and Reese, who produce the show, will earn $1 million per episode on season two, compared to $250,000 to $350,000 per episode on season one.Did someone say, "glow up"?

Their children's school will get a brand new teacher at Otter Bay Elementary. Mo McRae, of Pitch fame, will play Michael Perkins; a second grade teacher who causes Renata's daughter to have panic attacks about the environment. 

HBO confirmed that P. J. Byrne will reprise his role as the school’s principal last May, and Poora Jagannathan (GypsyThe Night Of) will play a new character named Katie Richmond. We're assuming she's a mum, but nothing's been set in stone.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Meryl has been having a WHALE of a time on set with the ladies, even going group bowling with the cast. Nicole Kidman is set to create more projects with Liane Moriarty, specifically her upcoming book Nine Perfect Strangers.

Nicole has bought the film and tv rights, so we're in for a treat. We have no word on whether or not there'll be a Big Little Lies season three. BLL creator and executive producer Kelley has said,

“It’s one and two, and we like our closure with season two, but that will probably be it.” Nicole seemed to disagree, saying, “There’s no plan for it to end, specifically. This was a long shoot for us, and it was an enormous amount of work, and we’re just amazed that we can be here.” Hmmm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Production wrapped in August of 2018, and we're predicting big things…especially after seeing Perry's mother/Meryl say: 

“I want to know what happened that night” while the camera pans to the ladies in a lineup at the police station.

The excitement is officially building: only 40 days left to wait.

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(Warning: This article contains BLL season one spoilers)

We already love Nicole Kidman, that's confirmed. However, we may just have fallen in love with the actress even more after she dropped a huge hint regarding Big Little Lies season two…

Poor Reese Witherspoon had to tell Kidman to stop talking, before she spoiled the entire season. *gasps*

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We've been feeling down in the dumps ever since season one ended, after Zoe Kravitz pushed Alexander Skarsgård's abusive character down a flight of stairs at a costume party.

Bonnie killing Perry was a twist none of us saw coming, and HBO is taking it's sweet time bringing us back to Monterey Bay, California. We are CRAVING more drama from the mums in the community.

The cast had a panel discussion recently to celebrate the upcoming launch of season two, but Nicole Kidman may have let a few things slip about the plot that could get her in trouble.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Nicole was mentioning how incredible it was to act alongside Alexander in the debut season, and dropped a huge spoiler regarding his return to season two…But he's dead? He went splat on the tarmac?

According to People, the 51-year-old veteran actress said,

"He was the most incredible acting partner, and then he came back for season two." Directly after this comment, her co-star and fellow producer Reese Witherspoon laughed and immediately made a gesture that was literally code for; "SHUT YO MOUTH."

Nicole tried to dig herself out of that massive hole and added, "He has a little bit of a part in the sense of…the basis of…okay, I’ll be quiet. He didn’t abandon us. We’ll put it that way." AHHHHH.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In the teaser trailer for the next season, Perry is nowhere to be seen so the fact that he'll be in the coming episodes is a MAJOR suprise.

Perry is confirmed as a dead character, unless he somehow gained rejuvenating powers to bring himself back to life. Somebody needs to make sure Melisandre from Game of Thrones is nowhere near him.

Nicole's truth bomb could mean that there will be flashbacks involving Perry, and his assault on Shailene Woodley's character, Jane. His abuse of his wife Celeste, portrayed beautifully by Kidman, may also be a focus.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Perry's mother will be played by Meryl Streep, who comes to Monterey to find answers about his shady death, so that should be interesting.

Big Little Lies season two returns to HBO on June 9, get ready gals for some high-quality gossip to obsess over. These mums have mad sh*t going on in their lives, and now a murder case to escape from.

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Hollywood hottie Alexander Skarsgard appeared on the Late Late Show last night to promote his new movie War On Everyone.

He was joined on the couch by his co-star Michael Pena and director John Michael McDonagh, but had quite the awkward moment with Ryan when he said he once “back-packed” in Ireland.

After a confused glance, Alex said: “12 hours, I’ve spent 12 hours here.

“I lived in Leeds for a while. We spent one night in a youth hostel in bunk beds with German back packers.

“We had one meal, and we went to McDonalds,” he laughed.

Michael then joked: "Well done with that research," before Alexander awkwardly added: “Great story guys…"

The lads also didn't realise the show is filmed live, and had another pretty funny moment in the clip above.

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If you're staying in tonight then we'd suggest watching the Late Late Show, because there's going to be some major (and hot) Hollywood stars on set.

Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Pena will join Tubbers on the couch right after their film, War on Everyone's Dublin premiere.

Alexander is known for starring in True Blood, Zoolander and he most recently took on the role of Tarzan in the new blockbuster movie.

Michael has starred in a long list of movies such as American Hustle, Ant-Man, Gangster Squad, Million Dollar Baby and The Martian.

We'll also see appearances from Jilly Cooper, Kerry Deputy Michael Healy Rea and will have music from Josh Christina, Smokie and Heroes in Hiding.

It looks like a great show!

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Our favourite Aussie actress, Margot Robbie, has confessed to being a super-fan of our very own Hozier.

The Wolf of Wall Street star spoke to RTÉ TEN recently, where she explained how excited she was at the news of Hozier's involvement in the Tarzan project. 

Hozier signed on to write the theme song for Margot's latest movie The Legend of Tarzan, and she has referred to the Greystones man as "the nicest guy in the whole world".

"When I heard Hozier was doing the song for this I could have died. I am a massive fan of him," the actress said. 

“Funnily enough, it was when we were shooting Tarzan in 2014 that I was absolutely obsessed with his album for the first time."

Margot's Tarzan co-star, and total HUNK, Alexander Skarsgard, said that she used to play Hozier's album on set during filming. 

How cute is that?

The Legend of Tarzan is in cinemas now, and it is ABSOLUTELY brilliant! 

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As we enter into the age when our beloved animated Disney classics are being made into live action films, we feel like we are sort of re-living our youth. 

With the release of Cinderella this year and the announcement that the more than capable Emma Watson will be taking the helm as Belle in Beauty & the Beast, we almost forgot that there is a live action film of Tarzan being made. 

But now that we have seen the pics, we won't be forgetting again. 

Alexander Skarsgard was definitely an interesting casting choice for the loin-cloth wearing, long-haired, tree-swinging hero of the jungle.

But any doubts we may have been harbouring are officially non existent. 

Oh and in case you didn't know, the film also features Margot Robbie as Jane. 

In a recent interview with USA Today, Skarsgard revealed that the plot will not be identical to the 1999 animated original. 

"It’s almost the opposite of the classic tale, where it’s about taming the beast.

"This is about a man who’s holding back and slowly as you peel off the layers, he reverts back to a more animalistic state and lets that side of his personality out."

We will take one front row ticket please!

Watch the trailer for the upcoming film below. 

 

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We have some bad news, ladies – it looks as if True Blood hottie Alex Skarsgard is a taken man…and WAIT until you hear his new rumoured girlfriend!

The actor has been spotted not once, but twice this week hanging out with British IT girl sweetheart, Alexa Chung!

We did not see that one coming. Can you imagine the beautiful babies those two would make?! 

The pair were seen hanging out on Monday night where a source for People magazine say things looked ‘cosy’: “They were deep in conversation.”

Then, Alexa and Alexander (we love the sound of that!) were spotted together enjoying a coffee in the city.

Hmm, we can’t wait to see where this goes! 

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Actress Margot Robbie has supposedly been in a relationship for the last seven months, but it certainly didn't seem that way over the weekend.

The Wolf of Wall Street star was spotted getting very cosy with actor Alexander Skarsgard during a recent event at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, where Margot is promoting her upcoming film Z for Zachariah. 

The pair met on the set of Tarzan, which comes out next year, but onlookers said they definitely looked like more than just co-stars during a night of partying on Friday.

Margot and Alexander were seen sitting together at a 10AK Tinder party looking seriously cosy. "They were there late-night holding hands. Margot and Alexander definitely looked like a couple," an eyewitness told E! News. "They were very touchy-feely and at one point were full on kissing."

Despite the apparent PDA on Friday, Margot has been seeing film director Tom Ackerley for around seven months, since the pair met together on the set of Suite Francois.

No reports of a split have emerged – in fact the couple even holidayed in Margot's native Australia together over the festive season, with Tom spending Christmas at Margot's family home in Queensland followed by two weeks of touring the Gold Coast.

Although Margot kept quiet about the trip on her own social media accounts, Tom posted a number of pictures on Instagram throughout his visit.

For his sake we really hope the reports of Margot's cheating are untrue!

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