Julia Stiles took two major gambles when she took on the role of Blue. First was the challenge of the part itself: an escort and working mother with a troubled past. Second was the method of delivery, with Blue initially released on YouTube by pioneering online production company WIGS (standing for 'Where It Gets...').
We all held our breath, dug fingers into palms, hoping, urging, and willing his tongue to let him talk. Every last bit of me wanted to leap over, create a distraction and save him from the torture of silence - and make it all better.
It would be easy for me to say that I wish I had a smaller nose, no lines on my face, and a thinner torso. But if I had all those things, would my life be suddenly improved? No. Because those things don't define me. They don't affect the way I live.
Before leaving the UK I had an idea of what to expect, but I never could have imagined how much of an impact the people would have on me. The positivity I experienced in Uganda is completely infectious and the individuals that I met had the biggest smiles, the biggest hearts.
The fans that jumped on Beyoncé's leaked images missed the point. Those images are going to reach out and reassure far more many women in a positive way than photos of her looking perfect every will.
There was a feeling of waking up from a bad dream because suddenly you can clearly hear sound, taste food, smell, see, feel everything as if for the first time. I felt I was who I really am under all the fear, competition and anxiety.
BDSM is not abuse. That's a given, and so a person might expect me to defend Fifty Shades against all allegations, but that isn't quite the case. There is certainly abuse depicted, but not in the way many believe.
So what, I beg, is the issue with an incredibly beautiful woman, who happens to be one of the most photographed, talked about, and recognised American icons of the present day, realising and claiming her worth, and capitalising on it in a way that any other corporation would love to have the chance to?
It's also true Christian Grey doesn't have any guttering. The water pours down the window and reflects back on the wall as Ana cries on grey satin sheets. Surely to goodness if he can afford first edition Thomas Hardy, he can afford to avoid the pitfalls of surface water.
Dates in the national diary that focus unashamedly on food are brilliant, so every February we throw ourselves with great gusto into Pancake Day, the age-old Shrove Tuesday tradition of using up rich ingredients like milk, eggs, and sugar before fasting for Lent.
Acknowledged by the industry as 'the' media event for diverse talent and which has come to be known as the 'black Bafta's', Screen Nation Awards celebrates, rewards and promotes products and professionals of African heritage working in the UK and global film, TV and digital media industries.
It was like scuba diving, something about being alone in the vastness of nature that makes you feel very small and very alive. Soon, the cloud closed in on us and the beautiful view was replaced with grey, which mirrored the approaching mood.
The Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation was bound to generate a lot of controversy. If you've seen the film or don't want to read any potential spoilers, then perhaps best go somewhere else. For those that have seen the movie, or just don't care, here are some of my observations on the most talked about film of the year.
In spite of Christian's constant efforts to explain his preferences to her, she continually ignores them, putting herself at emotional and physical risk in order to get the fairy-tale romance. No wonder when things reach a head, she breaks down.
Turing was posthumously pardoned and while he was a hero, there are thousands of casualties of that terrible law, thousands of men who are not heroes, but who cannot be overlooked for justice simply for seeking out the relationships to which all people are entitled... With this petition, I'm happy to play a small part in a campaign that can materially improve the lives of men convicted under discriminatory laws. The British government did the right thing by pardoning Turing, and now it's time for another positive step forward.
Since it was Valentine's Day, attendees were encouraged to dress up as Albert Square's all-time favourite couple, Kat & Alfie, and many did. But they're were also other characters on hand, such as Dot Cotton, Bianca Jackson and Den Watts, as you can see from the photos.