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18:28 2019-07-22

Natasha Lyonne: ‘There’s a fighter in me that wants to survive’ Natasha Lyonne used her starring role in Orange is the New Black to shake off her demons and reinvent herself. The actor and director talks about third chances, crosswords and being the class rebelIn a busy Manhattan restaurant, Natasha Lyonne is eating chicken hearts and talking about resurrection....
10:26 2019-07-21

'Fallout 76' Desperately Needs to Test-Play Its Patches More This week's game news: update troubles for 'Fallout 76,' Nintendo Switch's possessed joysticks, and the bizarre trailer for 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.'...
00:39 2019-07-20

The pioneering female photographer Ida Wyman – in pictures The US documentarian has died aged 93. A member of the influential Photo League cooperative in New York, she believed that ‘photos could be used to effect change’. At a time when few women pursued a career in the industry, she worked on photo essays and film sets and was a regular contributor to Lif...
22:13 2019-07-19

'I will never hear my father's voice': Ilya Kaminsky on deafness and escaping the Soviet Union Until his family migrated to the US when he was 16, the Ukrainian-born poet lived without sound. He discusses his family’s persecution and his first collection in a decadeIlya Kaminsky has only published two poetry collections in 15 years, but his second, Deaf Republic, has been hailed as “a contemp...
22:13 2019-07-19

Edward Furlong to return to Terminator franchise for Dark Fate Producer James Cameron and Deadpool director Tim Miller join forces for the latest in series, that also reunites Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda HamiltonEdward Furlong, John Connor in 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, is to return to the franchise for the first time in 28 years for the forthcoming ...
22:13 2019-07-19

Myth-busting Midsommar: why today's shockers need to do more with folk horror Directors are once more turning to pagan rituals for frighteners, but cleverly researched storylines don’t make for effective horrorIf the low-budget indie horror Midsommar is to be believed, the prescribed medication for the traumatised American is a trip to quaint old Sweden. Even if its a murder-...
22:13 2019-07-19

Sharon Stone: I was forgotten like Princess Diana after I had a stroke Actor says it took seven years to recover from illness that first struck in 2001, during which time the actor says she was treated with ‘brutal unkindness’ by HollywoodSharon Stone has accused Hollywood of being “brutally unkind” in its treatment of her as she struggled to recover from a stroke in 2...
22:13 2019-07-19

Should books include credits like films? Books are generally presented as the work of one person, but almost 60 others worked on mine. But will readers care enough to read about them?We writers lead a necessarily solitary life – at least, that’s what we like to think. Though the act of writing can involve lots of lonesome glaring at an ope...
13:00 2019-07-19

Eve: 'I thought of rap as a sisterhood. It was not like that' As she launches her first album in six years, Eve talks about life at the top of the 00s rap scene – and educating her white, British billionaire husband about life as a black womanOn a balmy night in Paris recently, Eve found herself hiding in the corner of a nightclub. The opening bars of her 2001...
13:00 2019-07-19

Lily Allen: ‘The book I wish I’d written? Harry Potter, for obvious reasons' The singer and memoirist on the appeal of Enid Blyton, Russell Brand, and why George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is overratedThe book I am currently readingConversations with Friends by Sally Rooney. I haven’t finished it yet, but I really like the way she writes – short, shocking, personal senten...
13:00 2019-07-19

Alec Baldwin: 'You naughty English could fold sex into dentistry' Playing the fallen car entrepreneur John DeLorean, skewering Donald Trump on SNL, Woody Allen, #MeToo … Why is it so hard to pin the actor down on anything?A conversation with Alec Baldwin feels rather like being in a holding pattern above New York. Not that it’s boring: on the contrary, talking wit...
07:26 2019-07-19

Queer Eye season four review – Jonathan Van Ness for president! In the most moving series yet, the Fab Five continue their glorious nationwide makeover – and secure their status as fearless leaders for a new America You can never have too much of a fab thing. Or so Queer Eye seems determined to prove, with four seasons in less than two years, plus a special, set...
07:26 2019-07-19

Iggy Azalea battles for chart supremacy against ... Peppa Pig? The Australian rapper has seen her bid for chart domination under threat with the news that the children’s favourite animated porker is releasing an albumFirst there was the Beatles v the Rolling Stones. Then there was Blur v Oasis. Now the music industry is about to be plunged into a destructive ne...
00:39 2019-07-19

Goodbye, Alan Moore: the king of comics bows out The pioneer of serious superheroes – who is retiring – has transformed the genre over 40 years of rebellious inventionOne of the most significant fiction writers in English is retiring, to the greatest fanfare of his singular and titanically influential career. Alan Moore has promised that the (extr...
00:39 2019-07-19

From Rio to Siberia: Evangelia Kranioti's world of lost souls – in pictures Ship fumigators crossing the Bering Sea, Asian maids trapped in Lebanon – Evangelia Kranioti puts marginalised figures from all over the world at the centre of her powerful work• Evangelia Kranioti’s The Living, the Dead and Those at Sea is at Arles photography festival until 22 September Continue r...
10:26 2019-07-18

'Forgotten by society' – how Chinese migrants built the transcontinental railroad In a new exhibition, the overlooked contribution of Chinese workers is being brought to the light for the 150th anniversary of the railroad’s completionWhen one thinks of the transcontinental railroad, rarely do Chinese migrants come to mind. But in a new exhibition at the National Museum of America...
10:26 2019-07-18

'Don't blame me': 10 Tupac quotes to get you through the working day Jerry Foxhoven was fired from his job at Iowa’s social services agency after quoting Tupac too much. Here are some of the rapper’s best lines to use at workWhat role should the late, great rapper Tupac Shakur play in the day-to-day life of a public servant? It’s a question 66-year-old Jerry Foxhoven...
10:26 2019-07-18

Quentin unchained: what will Tarantino's 10th and final film be? The acclaimed film-maker is releasing his ninth film this summer and has openly stated that he will retire after he completes his nextJust over a week away from the US release of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, the showbiz-cum-true crime epic Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the anticipation among fi...
10:26 2019-07-18

Paul McCartney writes first musical, stage version of It's a Wonderful Life Former Beatle is to write songs for Frank Capra’s ‘universal story’, working with Lee Hall, author of Billy Elliot He has written perhaps the greatest canon of pop music, collaborated with everyone from Elvis Costello to Rihanna, and even soundtracked a video game, but at 77, Paul McCartney is ticki...
02:26 2019-07-18

Kevin Spacey: prosecutors drop case accusing actor of groping teen The actor was accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man at a Massachusetts resort island bar in 2016Prosecutors have dropped a case accusing Kevin Spacey of groping an 18-year-old man at Massachusetts resort island bar in 2016.The Cape and Islands district attorney said on Wednesday that the...
23:26 2019-07-17

From Homecoming to The Good Fight: this year's Emmys snubs and shocks Game of Thrones is leading the pack but, as usual, a long list of worthy nominees failed to make this year’s nominationsOh, the cruelty of letting D’Arcy Carden announce the 2019 Emmy nominations. From relative obscurity, she’s undoubtedly had a barnstormer of a year; The Good Place – one of the mos...
17:52 2019-07-17

Top 10 queer rural books Sexual freedom is most often associated with the city, but a small but growing canon including EM Forster and Sarah Waters tells a different storyIf the countryside appears at all in LGBT+ stories, it is usually only as somewhere to escape from. For many of us, this is a pattern that never fitted, a...
17:52 2019-07-17

Archie Panjabi: ‘Not getting on Eastenders didn’t turn out too badly’ Rejected by the soap three times, the British star was told an ‘Indian actress’ wouldn’t make it in Hollywood. Now she’s in demand both sides of the Atlantic ... just don’t ask about The Good WifeIt says a lot about British actor Archie Panjabi that the best piece of advice she says she ever receive...
17:52 2019-07-17

Stephen Colbert on Trump: 'Old school racism minus the school' Late-night hosts continued to discuss the US president’s racist tweets and his attempts to prove that they were not racistLate-night hosts spent a second night attacking Donald Trump over his racist Twitter attack on four Democratic congresswomen of colour while also discussing his defence strategy....
17:52 2019-07-17

Chance the Rapper was The Lion King's 'nostalgia consultant'. That's not the oddest movie credit From roach wrangler to orgy adviser, here are six surreal jobs you didn’t know the movies requiredChance the Rapper was brought on board The Lion King by Donald Glover as a “nostalgia consultant” – mostly, it seems, because he has been obsessed with the original cartoon since he was a kid. (Plus it ...
17:52 2019-07-17

Stand By Me by Wendell Berry review – the soul of Kentucky The farmer-environmentalist’s precisely drawn tales about family loyalties span a century of rural lifeWhen you say the word “Kentucky”, most Americans think of long-time Republican senator Mitch McConnell, arguably the man behind the curtain in the present US governmental collapse, as well as of ho...
13:00 2019-07-17

Screaming? Crying? Confessing? How will Big Little Lies end? A mixed second season of the female-fronted drama is coming to a close and some big questions are set to be answered It’s quite possible that the coming second season finale of Big Little Lies will be the last time we’ll check in with the Monterey Five. Earlier this year, HBO’s president, Casey Bloy...
10:00 2019-07-17

True crime author's claims to have interviewed serial killers contested Mind Games by Paul Harrison withdrawn from sale, after his accounts of interviews with Ted Bundy, Peter Sutcliffe and others were called into questionPublishers of a true crime book by an “experienced criminal profiler” have pulled his work from sale, after his claims to have interviewed serial kill...
01:52 2019-07-17

Emmys 2019: Game of Thrones leads race with record 32 nominations The final season of the fantasy drama leads the pack while The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Fleabag, Chernobyl and When They See Us follow behindGame of Thrones leads this year’s Emmy nominations with a record 32 nods, with The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and Chernobyl close behind.The final season of HBO’s fanta...
20:52 2019-07-16

Banksy is the Brits’ favourite painter of all time - is this status deserved? The secretive stenciller is no Rembrandt – but a new poll shows that ‘high art’ alienates the public more than any other cultural formThe anthropologist Marcel Mauss believed gift-giving is at the heart of human interaction. He might have seen the success of Banksy as proof, for Banksy is nothing if...
18:39 2019-07-16

Dead Poets Society: 30 years on Robin Williams' stirring call to 'seize the day' endures | Luke Buckmaster From its enthusiasm for literature to its rousing finale, Peter Weir’s film is a salute to inspiration itselfTo appreciate the cultural impact of Peter Weir’s 1989 coming-of-age classic, Dead Poets Society, one need only note that for a whole generation the line “O Captain! My Captain!” evokes not t...
18:39 2019-07-16

What could happen in the Friends reboot? Jennifer Aniston has teased a cast reunion – bring on the @ChandlerBong tweets and Joey’s #MeToo allegationsModern Toss on FriendsWhat would the characters of Friends be doing now? Well, it’s a mixed bag. Joey, with his profile as former soap lead-turned-former buddy cop lead-turned-failed actor, ge...
18:39 2019-07-16

Beyoncé reveals African collaborators for new album The Lion King: The Gift R&B star announces numerous African pop and rap stars on album out Friday, as well as Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and daughter Blue IvyBeyoncé has outlined details for her 14-track new album to accompany The Lion King remake, entitled The Lion King: The Gift, to be released on Friday. The albu...
18:39 2019-07-16

From Date My Mom to Plain Jane: the MTV shows we don't need rebooted The relaunch of The Hills will be followed by a new take on Making the Band, which makes us fear which misjudged series will be brought back nextRemember O Town? Danity Kane? Donnie Klang? No, of course you don’t, because they were all groups formed through MTV’s reality series Making the Band, and ...
18:39 2019-07-16

Stephen Colbert on Trump's racist attack: 'A new personal best in being the worst' Late-night hosts discussed Trump’s attack on four Democratic congresswomen of colour and his decision to stand behind itLate-night hosts took apart Donald Trump’s Twitter attack on Democratic congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, calling his behaviour...
18:39 2019-07-16

Seeing science – in pictures Photography and science have long been intertwined, helping to shape the way we look at the world, as Marvin Heiferman shows in Seeing Science: How Photography Reveals the Universe, published by Aperture Continue reading......
18:13 2019-07-15

Kate Nash: '40-year-old men were hanging out with me, happy to profit, not concerned about my health' Overnight fame in the mid-noughties led Nash to a nervous breakdown and bankruptcy. Now, with a documentary capturing that harrowing time and a new career as an actor, she talks about the dangers young musicians faceLate in 2017, an article appeared on Buzzfeed with the headline: “33 Singers That On...
18:13 2019-07-15

Spoiler alert: it’s getting harder to keep plot lines from readers | Paul Chadwick In the age of watching TV shows weeks, or even years, after an episode has aired, how long should spoiler alerts last?“I can’t be the only one in the boat on this,” complained a reader about separate newspaper interviews in which actors discussed the fates of characters they had played in two immens...
18:13 2019-07-15

From evil twins to deepfake videos: the best books about doppelgangers The rise of deepfakes has stoked the old fear that our lives can be hijacked by demonic doubles. Laurence Scott shares his favourite books on convincing impostersThe rise of deepfake technology provokes a modern version of a deep-seated fear that our lives can be hijacked by doppelgangers and double...
18:13 2019-07-15

How did horror become a year-long box office slayer? Once reserved for Halloween, films such as Midsommar and Gwen prove the genre’s popularity. Let’s hope ubiquity doesn’t affect its scariness Climate change is affecting everything, even cinema. It used to be that horror movies were for winter, when the nights were drawing in and summer blockbusters ...
18:13 2019-07-15

Game of groans: how boring historical accuracy ruined Vikings The show was every bit Game of Thrones’s equal, until its linchpin character died and the plotting became wildly illogicalWhen Ian McShane pithily remarked that Game of Thrones was “just tits and dragons”, you had to concede he had a point. Yes, it’s one of the greatest TV shows of all time – you, a...
18:13 2019-07-15

The new 007 is a black woman – don't make her a Bond girl Online joy over Lashana Lynch inheriting James Bond’s codename may be premature. White men won’t give up their hero status so easilyFans have been hoping for a black actor to play James Bond at least since 2012, when Idris Elba was first rumoured as a possible successor to Daniel Craig. The franchis...
18:13 2019-07-15

Easy Rider at 50: how the rebellious road movie shook up the system In 1969, Dennis Hopper and friends set out to make one of the last great movies of the decade, changing independent film-making foreverIt’s a matter of historical record that Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson smoked marijuana while shooting in character on the epochal road picture Easy ...
18:13 2019-07-15

'Things could get so much worse': inside the Handmaid’s Tale’s darkest season yet Its latest episode featured one of its most sickening images to date – but, argue the show’s stars and creators, the drama only reflects an increasingly disturbing America‘I have a very high tolerance for things that are dark and brutal,” says Elisabeth Moss, cheerfully. That, you must conclude, is ...
18:13 2019-07-15

Meditating in Manchester: Tao of Glass – in pictures This world premiere at Manchester international festival combines Philip Glass’s mesmerising music and performer-director Phelim McDermott’s theatricality Continue reading......
02:39 2019-07-13

Blood Orange: Angel's Pulse review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week (Domino)Dev Hynes’ new mixtape contains a flood of musical influences – from shoegaze to dancehall and found sound – and is only occasionally self-indulgent There was a time when a mixtape was clearly defined in opposition to an actual album. It was a free, low-key, interstitial release that enabled...
02:39 2019-07-13

Cressida Cowell: ‘Books are better than films at teaching children creativity and intelligence' The new children’s laureate and How to Train Your Dragon author talks about how to get kids reading and why we need the space to make mistakesThere is a primary school across the road from Cressida Cowell’s west London home, so the author of the How to Train Your Dragon series writes with a backdrop...
02:39 2019-07-13

Hear this! The best audiobooks of 2019 – so far From Elisabeth Moss revisiting The Handmaid’s Tale to banter from Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer, here are this year’s must-listens - and some of the best for children and young adults tooBest books of 2019 so farThe Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, read by Elisabeth Moss (Random House) Continu...
02:39 2019-07-13

Your new reality TV addiction? A show about artisanal glass-blowing It’s niche, it’s pretentious and it’s full of cliches. But Netflix’s Blown Away is so hilariously absurd that simply everyone has to see itMasterChef is old hat. The Apprentice has been rendered unpalatable thanks to its tendency to validate genuine monsters. Quite frankly, you have room for a new k...
02:39 2019-07-13

The Matrix trilogy review – pop-culture juggernaut still lands a thrilling punch Keanu Reeves’ first trip down the rabbit hole is as electrifying as ever – and Carrie Anne-Moss’s charisma elevates the sequels“You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland and I show you how d...
12:39 2019-07-12

Tiny Changes: A Celebration of The Midnight Organ Fight review – astounding tribute to a lost talent (Atlantic Records)Friends from Aaron Desner to Sarah Silverman cover songs from Frightened Rabbit’s 2008 album and prove Scott Hutchison’s enduring talent all over againThere’s a track on Frightened Rabbit’s 2008 album The Midnight Organ Fight that must surely qualify as one of the most uplifting so...
12:39 2019-07-12

Holliday Grainger: how the Strike star cast off her corsets The actor swaps period drama for partying hard in the film Animals, a subtle look at female friendship. She talks about playing drunk in Dublin and perfecting an Irish accentHolliday Grainger turned 30 last year in Dublin, while shooting her new film. In Animals, she plays Laura, a 32-year-old write...
12:39 2019-07-12

How Killer Mike reinvented Thomas More for the 21st century The rapper’s utopian attempt to secede from the US, as documented in his Netflix show Trigger Warning, is more than just clever TVThe word “utopia” was coined in the early 16th century by Thomas More, writer, philosopher and counsellor to King Henry VIII. His book of the same name fantasised about a...
12:39 2019-07-12

Doctors couldn't diagnose my mental health problems. But then they saw my art I was sectioned until painting changed my life. Now I want to help other people heal through embracing their artistic sideI spent nearly 20 years of my life mentally unwell, detained in various psychiatric hospitals while doctors argued about what was wrong with me. I received numerous conflicting d...
20:26 2019-07-11

For the sake of cinema, Disney needs to be broken up | Guy Lodge The studio has been consuming its rivals – and creating a film industry devoid of the innovation championed by its founderIt’s the kind of commercial supremacy about which Walt Disney and his brother Roy probably fantasised when they founded the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in 1923: just past the ...
20:26 2019-07-11

The Lion King review – deepfake copycat ain't so grrreat Disney’s reboot of its much-loved 1994 animation is a plausibly real retelling of the story of prince Simba and his struggle against wicked uncle ScarAfter 25 years, during which it gained classic status as the last Disney picture in the old style that Walt himself would have endorsed and enjoyed a ...
20:26 2019-07-11

HBO's 'Years and Years' Unlocks Sci-Fi's Ultimate Potential At its core, science fiction is a tool for building thought experiment machines. That's the game Russell T Davies' new show is playing so beautifully....
16:13 2019-07-11

Midsommar's ableism resurrects the dark history of eugenics-inspired horror Ari Aster’s latest film depicts the disabled body as something monstrous – recalling the impulses of the genre’s beginningsWARNING: contains spoilers!Other than pornography, there is no film genre so concerned with the body, nor of gouging a reaction from it, than horror. The word is derived the Lat...
17:39 2019-07-10

From #MeToo to missing baboons: the World illustration awards – in pictures Illustrators showcase their designs for books, magazines and advertising – featuring futuristic cities, plasticine circuit boards and the life story of a doomed dancer Continue reading......
11:52 2019-07-10

Why does Netflix keep making so many cheap TV movies? From the studio that brought you Roma comes Secret Obsession, the latest in an increasingly long line of sub-Lifetime channel, semi-ironic duds You don’t need to watch Netflix’s upcoming movie Secret Obsession to know exactly what it’s going to be like. There’s the title, which appears to be chosen ...
11:52 2019-07-10

Scream is back! But does the horror genre need Ghostface any more? The slasher movie has been rebooted once again for the small screen but in 2019, it might not be quite so welcomeIn the 23 years since the release of Scream, the horror genre has both violently expanded and brutally contracted. There’s been been a wealth of films and shows populated by a variety of ...
11:52 2019-07-10

Sarah Jessica Parker reports 'countless' cases of on-set harassment Sex and the City star comments on NPR about impact of #MeToo and reveals harassment by a ‘big movie star’Sarah Jessica Parker has spoken about “countless” incidents of men behaving inappropriately on film and TV productions, including one with a “big movie star” that was only resolved after her agen...
15:52 2019-07-09

Stranger Things 3: a flawless finale – but what a slog to get there The ending is spectacular and beautiful TV, but before that, we had to endure Stranger Things: The Soap Opera for hour upon mind-flaying hourThe end of Stranger Things 3 is tremendous. It’s a blockbuster in every sense of the word; exciting, spectacular, funny and so unbelievably affecting that I cr...
15:52 2019-07-09

How we made Closer – by Clive Owen and Patrick Marber ‘I wanted to write a Shakespearean scene with someone in disguise, so I went into a lesbian chatroom pretending to be a gay woman’I was in Atlanta in 1996 with a tour of my play Dealer’s Choice and I was dragged along to a lap-dancing club. It seemed a potent, haunting place for a scene about power ...
11:52 2019-07-09

Flutes you: Lizzo and the woodwind renaissance From Lizzo to André 3000, why is the instrument prevalent in pop culture?There are many things you might expect to find while waiting for an early morning flight at Los Angeles International airport. Overpriced breakfast sandwiches and bawling toddlers feature high on the list, but André 3000 pootli...
11:52 2019-07-09

K Flay: Solutions review – reasons to be cheerful (Night Street/Interscope)Joining the many trying to find hard-won notes of positivity amid climate catastrophe and political car crashes, Illinois native Kristine Flaherty has dedicated her third album to mustering “green lights, brighter views… to pull me through”, as she puts it on Good News, whic...
17:00 2019-07-08

David Nicholls: ‘Could I write a book that had no love story? I don’t know if I’d want to’ One Day made his name – and the nation cry. Now Nicholls is back with Sweet Sorrow, set over the summer of 1997. He talks about his Bafta win and why he’ll never tire of romanceWith the neat timing of one his books, David Nicholls’s new novel Sweet Sorrow is published exactly 10 years after One Day,...
17:00 2019-07-08

Love Island has a gaslighting problem – yet again Toxic masculinity is under the microscope in the villa, with the behaviour of Michael and Curtis displaying wider societal issuesMasculinity takes many tattooed forms in Love Island and the behaviour of two housemates this week shone, once again, a TV torch on one of its darker corners: gaslighting....
17:00 2019-07-08

Gentleman Jack is a true TV marvel – romantic, raw and totally radical The wonder of Sally Wainwright’s lesbian period drama is the way it mixed the traditional with the groundbreaking – all while pulling in millions of fansWarning: this article contains spoilers. Like Anne Lister herself, the Gentleman Jack finale strode its way to a happy ending with plenty of charm ...
17:00 2019-07-08

Midsommar: what the hell just happened? Discuss with spoilers A ‘Wizard of Oz for perverts’, exposing the rotten heart of western civilisation, or a bad trip comedy? Ari Aster’s bewildering horror leaves us repairing our frayed nerves•This article contains spoilers about MidsommarFor many viewers emerging from the cinema, the first question about Midsommar wil...
17:00 2019-07-08

'Obscenely enjoyable': why Harlots is the best show you're not watching The drama about warring mid-18th-century brothels has sex, backstabbing and strong-willed female characters but why isn’t anyone talking about it?Harlots has a huge and magnificent cast, intricate and labyrinthine plots involving ingenious backstabbing on a grand scale, and it has even developed its...
17:00 2019-07-08

Otis Williams: 'The Temptations didn't love themselves' The only surviving original member of the hit R&B group talks about the darker side of a legacy and the musical it inspiredOne of the first times Otis Williams, the founder and last surviving original member of the Temptations, realized his music made an indelible impact on their fans occurred after...
17:00 2019-07-08

The Handmaid's Tale recap: season three, episode five – breathtakingly horrific June’s fury bubbles over, Serena takes a crucial trip out of Gilead and Luke sobs for his old life. My heart was in my throat the whole hourSpoiler alert: this recap is for people watching The Handmaid’s Tale, series three, on Channel 4 in the UK.June has run-ins with her various female alliances th...
13:39 2019-07-08

From Uber driving to huge book deal: Adrian McKinty's life-changing phone call Despite awards and acclaim for his crime fiction, the impoverished novelist lost his home and was set to quit – then the phone rangIt was 1.30 in the morning in Melbourne and Adrian McKinty had just got home after dropping off his last Uber customer of the night at the airport. His phone rang. It wa...
13:39 2019-07-08

Mulan: first trailer for Disney live action reboot released The film, starring Liu Yifei as the eponymous fighter, will be released in March 2020The first footage of Disney’s live-action remake of its animated warrior saga Mulan has been released.Starring Chinese-American actor Liu Yifei as the eponymous fighter who takes her father’s place in the emperor’s ...
13:39 2019-07-08

Jokha Alharthi: ‘A lot of women are really strong, even though they are slaves' The first Omani woman translated in English and winner of the Man Booker International prize reflects on her ‘lucky book’ Celestial Bodies and Oman’s uneasy relationship with its historyJokha Alharthi’s second novel, Celestial Bodies, may have its roots in rural Oman – its irrigation canals and high...
13:39 2019-07-08

Spider-Man: Far from Home: Hollywood’s fixation with Euro cliches The new Spider-Man is one pair of clogs from full European bingo – further solidifying cinema’s ongoing pursuit of stereotypes“I may not know much but I do know that Europeans love Americans,” Peter Parker’s sidekick Ned tells him as they set off on their school trip. But if Spider-Man: Far from Hom...
13:39 2019-07-08

Big Little Lies recap: season two, episode five – Kill Me With the show building towards an ominous conclusion, its dreaminess has taken on a nightmarish qualitySpoiler alert: this blog is for people watching season two of Big Little Lies, which airs on HBO in the US, Sky Atlantic in the UK and Foxtel’s Showcase in Australia. Don’t read on unless you have ...
13:39 2019-07-08

The big picture: punks and skins in harmony The photographer who captured the spirit of punk has released a book of her most arresting portraitsIf they weren’t a band, they should have been. Janette Beckman, who chronicled the early years of punk in the UK, took this photograph in Coventry in 1980. She had by then made her name on Melody Make...
17:13 2019-07-07

Yoko Ono gets thousands ringing 'bells for peace' in Manchester – video report Manchester international festival has opened with a loud chorus of ringing bells as part of the Yoko Ono project Bells for Peace. At a Manchester's Cathedral Gardens, a stone's throw from the site of 2017's Manchester Arena attack, attendees were encouraged by Ono to create 'an incredible vibration'...
13:26 2019-07-05

Treasures in the loft: an Antiques Roadshow photo essay Photographer Anna Gordon gets inside one of the most successful television shows as the 40 year old roadshow arrives in WarwickshireDavid Long was surprised to see Jonny Depp wetting himself on one of his antiques chairs. Depp was starring in the film The Libertine, which Long was watching in his fr...
13:26 2019-07-05

Manchester's mythical makeover: Invisible Cities – in pictures In a production that fuses theatre, dance, design and visual art, a cavernous old railway depot has been turned into a series of fantastical worlds. Invisible Cities unpicks ideas of identity, imagination and empire and is at Manchester international festival this monthInvisible Cities runs until 14...
23:13 2019-07-04

Depth of Field: Alex Morgan and the Politics of Women in Celebration The US women’s soccer team forward scored in the team’s semifinal win over England. It is her moment alone. She’s earned it. We would do well to remember it....
15:13 2019-07-04

Yoko Ono joins the clangers: why bell-ringing is the new bed-in Fifty years since she and John Lennon slipped between the sheets, Yoko Ono has created another artwork for peace: 4,000 bells to wake up Manchester John Lennon once called Imagine “an ad campaign for peace”. Sadly, it wasn’t a very successful campaign; war has remained incomprehensibly popular even ...
17:52 2019-07-03

The real story behind The Greatest Showman is one of exploitation. It’s time we told it | Rhoda Roberts New First Nations cabaret Natives Go Wild will reveal the shocking true history of Indigenous people and the circus – through song, dance and humourThe character of PT Barnum – the founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, billed since 1919 as The Greatest Show On Earth – has been enjoying a pop cultur...
14:26 2019-07-03

Fifty shades of grey: great towers of the eastern bloc – in pictures David Navarro and Martyna Sobecka photographed postwar estates across central and eastern Europe, finding strange, stark beauty in these concrete giantsEastern Blocks: Concrete Landscapes of the Former Eastern Bloc is published by Zupagrafika Continue reading......
08:13 2019-07-03

Where the heart is: the British at home – in pictures The passionate attachment we have to our homes is part of our cultural identity. Britain’s homes are places where individual, social and cultural identities are exposed, and where submission to – or opposition of – the norm is revealed• Home Sweet Home exhibition is at Rencontres d’Arles, France, 1 ...
10:13 2019-07-02

From Kylie to Miley: Sunday at Glastonbury The world’s greatest music festival closed out with a hits-packed Cure set – plus choirs, cones and cutesy metalHangovers, fatigue and accumulated sweat were put aside for one more day in the sun, with the Cure delivering an epic final headlining set. Continue reading......
20:26 2019-07-01

On my radar: Florence Pugh’s cultural highlights The acclaimed actor on a wickedly funny Julia Davis podcast, gripping fiction and the album that inspired her performance in MidsommarActor Florence Pugh was born in 1996 and raised in Oxfordshire and southern Spain. Part of an arty family – her mother is a dancer and her three siblings are actors –...
20:26 2019-07-01

Mark Ronson: 'I got lost and was rescued by a drunk farmer' The musician, producer and DJ freaked out at his first Glastonbury. Now, he’s been tuning in to the festival’s chill vibe … and telling Miley Cyrus to get an early nightResplendent in (among other excellent outfits) a George Michael T-shirt, at this year’s festival Mark Ronson DJ’d on Friday night, ...
20:26 2019-07-01

I'm a sucker for happy endings but sometimes I just need to read a story about defeat | Lee Kofman Popular culture is saturated with so-called inspirational narratives. But we can’t always overcome adversity or find closureEarlier this year I appeared on a television morning show to discuss the many scars that crisscross my body. The scars are a result of several childhood misfortunes, and I was ...
20:26 2019-07-01

Before The Hunger Games: the best book prequels As Suzanne Collins announces a prequel to her bestselling trilogy, Lucy Mangan picks the most successful new beginningsDelighted cries rang out like the song of so many mockingjays when it was announced last week that Suzanne Collins is to publish a prequel to her multimillion-selling trilogy The Hu...
20:26 2019-07-01

Why should authors read your bad reviews? After Angie Thomas requested that she not be tagged into negative reviews of her books on social media, she has received a torrent of abuseHistory has yet to find the book that is universally adored – or the author who enjoys reading bad reviews. While Angie Thomas has topped the charts and scooped ...
20:26 2019-07-01

John Oliver on Amazon: 'A system that squeezes people lowest on the ladder' The Last Week Tonight host discussed the relentless pace of the warehousing industry and the many dangers that workers faceJohn Oliver has spoken out about the “brutal” conditions that many warehouse workers face, focusing specifically on Amazon. Related: John Oliver on climbing Mount Everest: 'like...
20:26 2019-07-01

Stranger Things: why brands love to piggyback on the show Netflix has promotional agreements with 75 different brands for season three of the show. Why do they like it so much?Netflix and the Duffer Brothers are up against it. In Stranger Things, they have managed to create a juggernaut that satisfies critics and fans in equal measure. But, at the same tim...
08:13 2019-07-01

Over 40 and loving it: let's celebrate fiction with positive older characters Too many books feature sterotypical older women who can’t use phones and don’t like sex. Gransnet and imprint HQ are looking for writers to change all thatThere is a passage from Jilly Cooper’s Rivals which, despite first reading it in my early teens, has stayed with me, popping into my head with in...
00:01 2019-06-29

Meet Rosalía - the flamenco pop star Her take on the Gypsy art form has powered the Catalan maverick’s rise, and as for cries of cultural appropriation: ‘Music is beyond races,’ she saysRosalía always knew she would be famous. “I’m a spiritual person so I had a vision of this moment in my life,” she says the day before her cover of Spa...
00:01 2019-06-29

Kim Petras: Clarity review – light as bubblegum and hard as nails (BunHead)The German singer takes the Britney blueprint and gives it an empowering punch in her latest dispatch from pop’s fringesGerman singer Kim Petras has been dropping songs steadily all year, piercing the attention economy with addictively crafted bubblegum pop. Seven of those tracks appear on ...
15:13 2019-06-28

The Black Keys: Let’s Rock review – rousing return makes good on its title (Nonesuch)Dan Auerback and Patrick Carney have remedied their blues via a no-nonsense album packed with crowdpleasing riffsIn 2002, when the Black Keys released their debut album, you could have got very long odds on them being the one early-noughties garage-blues band to not just survive but prospe...
15:13 2019-06-28

Steven Seagal film to tell story of Syrian toddler who drowned in Mediterranean Action star involved in Aylan Baby, about the three-year-old whose death widened awareness of the migrant crisisThe tragic death of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian toddler who drowned off the Turkish coast in 2015, is to be made into a movie.Aylan Baby has begun shooting in the southwest of th...
15:13 2019-06-28

Keanu Reeves supports Rome cinema collective attacked by far right Actors and directors, from Richard Gere to Spike Lee, condemn violence that targeted Cinema AmericaHollywood names including Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe and Alejandro González Iñárritu have come out in support of an Italian cinema collective who have become a target of the far right.Cinema America, w...
15:13 2019-06-28

Midsommar director Ari Aster: 'I often cling to dead things' His wickedly hilarious films are the stuff of nightmares but the man behind the gory Hereditary has his own terrors to conquerMidsommar is an agonisingly lovely horror film about four American students bungling an invite to a pagan celebration in Sweden. It is highly likely to give you nightmares. T...
15:13 2019-06-28

Samantha Bee to Trump: 'Don’t say you have a rape type' Late-night hosts discussed E Jean Carroll’s sexual assault allegation against Trump and the first Democratic debateLate-night hosts discussed the first round of Democratic debates and the newest sexual assault allegation against Donald Trump from E Jean Carroll. Continue reading......
20:39 2019-06-27

Humans v the city: the staggering scale of Chongqing – in pictures Chongqing’s population is estimated at just below 10 million but that rises to more than 31 million if the built-up surroundings are included. Belgian photographer Kris Provoost finds that in a city so large, individuals can get lost Continue reading......
19:00 2019-06-27

‘I think therefore I cycle’: 50 years of Dutch anti-car posters – in pictures We rounded up half a century of protest posters and stickers from campaigns which helped Amsterdam become the ‘cycle capital of the world’Bike City Amsterdam by Fred Feddes and Marjolein de Lange is published by Bas Lubberhuizen Continue reading......
19:00 2019-06-27

Earth Photo 2019 – the shortlisted artists Contenders for prizes in the competition developed jointly by Forestry England and the Royal Geographical Society. The photographs will be displayed at the RGS, London, from 6 July-22 August Continue reading......
19:00 2019-06-27

'I search for chaos': street photography's new stars – in pictures From the stray cats of Istanbul to Belgium’s cross-dressing carnival, the LensCulture street photography awards celebrate a bold new wave of street-life chroniclers. Here’s our pick of the best entriesView more award-winners on LensCulture’s website Continue reading......
19:00 2019-06-27

Violence, romance and glittering jewels: the Bolshoi Ballet visits Australia – in pictures Russia’s globally renowned Bolshoi Ballet is in Queensland performing two ballets from the company’s repertoire: the bombastic Spartacus by Yuri Grigorovich, and the glittering triple bill Jewels by George Balanchine. Five 40-foot containers worth of sets and costumes travelled by sea from Moscow to...
19:00 2019-06-27

Apocalypse now: images of a world in turmoil Agence MYOP are taking over an abandoned school in Arles to exhibit images showing the major social, ecological and humanitarian crises we face MYOP is at Rencontres d’Arles, France, 1-7 July Continue reading......
19:00 2019-06-27

Luke Goss of Bros in the bath – Neil MacKenzie Matthews' best photograph ‘He had no problem getting completely naked. The makeup artist had to strategically apply the bubbles’People think of the Bros brothers as very serious and into themselves, but I’ve known them from the start and they’ve always been up for a bit of a laugh. This picture of Luke was taken for Cosmopol...
19:00 2019-06-27

'People are very scared': fighting dengue fever in Brazil – in pictures Dengue fever is one of the most deadly mosquito-borne diseases – half the world’s population is at risk from it. Adrienne Surprenant’s photos from the World Mosquito Program in Brazil capture the fight against it Continue reading......
19:00 2019-06-27

Annabelle Comes Home review – creaky funhouse horror threequel The Conjuring universe offers up another handsomely made yet astonishingly empty chapter about the havoc-wreaking demonic dollThere’s an extraordinary amount of creaking in demonic doll threequel Annabelle Comes Home, a schlocky horror set in a world where every door and cupboard hinge could do with...
19:00 2019-06-27

Anima review – Thom Yorke glimpses romance on the morning train Paul Thomas Anderson directs the Radiohead singer in a short, dialogue-free moodscape that’s unsure of its final destination To emerge alongside his new solo album Anima, Thom Yorke has released this short film for Netflix, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson; they are playfully calling it a “one-reele...
19:00 2019-06-27

Romeo and Juliet, from Ashcroft to Zeffirelli – in pictures Franco Zeffirelli, who died this month, directed beloved versions of Shakespeare’s tragedy on stage and screen. We look back at productions starring, among others, Peggy Ashcroft, David Tennant and Paapa Essiedu Continue reading......
19:00 2019-06-27

Cardi B pleads not guilty to strip club assault The rapper is accused of ordering attacks on two bartenders, one of whom she accused of sleeping with her husbandCardi B has pleaded not guilty to assault following two altercations at a New York strip club in August 2018. The rapper, born Belcalis Almanzar, turned herself in to police in October fo...
19:00 2019-06-27

Bryan Stevenson: the lawyer devoting his life to fighting injustice Michael B Jordan is to play him in a new film – but first a documentary tells the incredible true story of a man taking on America’s criminal justice systemIn the 30 years since he founded the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, Bryan Stevenson has worked to free more than 100 inmates f...
19:00 2019-06-27

Carrie Underwood: 'I'd put on a happy face, then go home and fall apart' As she prepares to take Glastonbury by storm, the country star opens a bottle of red wine and talks about the personal tragedy that coloured her new songsSaturday night on the banks of the Ohio River, and the most American of scenes is unfolding. At the Ball Park, the Cincinnati Reds are playing the...
19:00 2019-06-27

'Just the tip of the iceberg': revealing Life's early female photographers In a new exhibition, six women who shot impactful imagery for Life magazine are finally getting the credit they deserveWhen Henry Luce, the owner of Time, bought Life magazine in 1936, he wanted to achieve many things. Among them, “to see man’s work – his paintings, towers and discoveries”.What we d...
19:00 2019-06-27

Madonna calls for gun control in violent video that depicts nightclub shooting Video scenes in God Control recall 2016 Orlando shooting that left 49 people dead, and end with the words: ‘No one is safe. Gun control. Now’WARNING: This video is disturbing and viewing discretion is advisedMadonna has released a graphically violent video for her new single God Control, which depic...
19:00 2019-06-27

The 10 best queer films you probably haven't seen In the month of Pride, LGBT cinema offers a great deal of hidden treasures beyond the more well-known landmarksWith Pride upon us, you may wish to celebrate by watching something LGBT-themed, but you’ve seen the obvious classics of the genre (from Victim to Paris is Burning to The Bitter Tears of Pe...
19:00 2019-06-27

The sadness of Euphoria: how the show captures teen melancholy In the button-pushing new drama, sex and violence sit alongside a surprisingly tender look at the overwhelming anxieties faced by teens todayMuch of the attention given to HBO’s buzzy new drama Euphoria has centered on how much it’s going to terrify parents. The show, which zeroes in on the lives of...
19:00 2019-06-27

Stupid, absurd, joyous: Detroiters deserves to be your new sitcom obsession Anyone besotted with Netflix’s I Think You Should Leave should check out its star’s previous series: a gloriously dumb comedy featuring skeleton gags and a defecating carI Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson is one of the greatest television programmes of 2019 so far. Put simply, it is a reinvi...
19:00 2019-06-27

Yesterday: the latest jukebox movie to put its women on mute Danny Boyle’s schmaltz-fest is all about musicians, and all of them are men. It’s another hero’s journey in which women are there to dote, scold and sell outWarning: this article contains spoilers for Yesterday and A Star Is BornThe premise of Yesterday should be intriguing: what would a world witho...
19:00 2019-06-27

The problem with Flash Gordon is racism – and animation won't fix it Born in an era of ‘yellow peril’ paranoia, the dagger at the heart of this story is hard to get past – a challenge Taika Waititi must overcome in the space hero’s next projectIt is not hard to pinpoint the mindset that inspired the creation of Flash Gordon’s extraterrestrial nemesis, Ming the Mercil...
19:00 2019-06-27

President Trump's Re-Election Rally Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup Last week President Trump announced his bid for re-election. The internet also got into a heated discussion about the definition of concentration camps....
15:26 2019-06-23

Himesh Patel: ‘It’s weird to think about a Beatle watching me sing their songs’ The actor on his role in Danny Boyle’s new film, the work ethic of EastEnders and the pain of following SpursCambridgeshire-born Himesh Patel, 28, discovered a love of drama at school. At 16, he landed the role of Tamwar Masood on EastEnders, a part he played for nine years. He was social worker Nit...
14:39 2019-06-23

‘I’ll never be a cute object’... Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace on bank heists, sexism and loving England As her latest film, The Captor, is released, the star of the Millennium trilogy tells why she’s determined to portray women taking control of their livesNoomi Rapace found fame across the world playing the fearless Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. The films based on the M...
14:39 2019-06-22

'I don't feel humiliated': Naomi Wolf on her book's historical inaccuracy The Outrages author appeared in conversation at a Manhattan bookstore to further delve into the controversy surrounding her new bookIt was a quiet night at the Strand bookstore on Thursday night in New York’s East Village, where Naomi Wolf was promoting her new book.“My friends are here!” she squeal...
22:00 2019-06-21

Anna review – Luc Besson's empty assassin thriller shoots blanks A vacuous performance from model Sasha Luss sinks the director’s attempt to add a modern spin on his 1990 thriller La Femme NikitaWho or what is Anna? Answers include a reminder of director Luc Besson’s action movie credentials, an attempt to start a female-fronted assassin franchise and a showcase ...
22:00 2019-06-21

Cindy Sherman's many masks and Romantic Scotland – the week in art The hugely influential artist arrives at the National Portrait Gallery, sculpture invades Yorkshire, and the National Museum of Scotland takes a hike through Highland history – all in your weekly dispatchCindy ShermanMasks, disguises and film fantasy abound in Sherman’s hugely influential art of sel...
15:39 2019-06-21

Dark season two review – wilfully confusing and deliciously creepy Who cares that you can’t tell who the characters are or which decade they’re in – this German time-travel saga offers an intoxicating mix of myth and nostalgiaThe streaming TV era has brought us many odd pleasures, and here’s one of them: a supernatural drama with the budget and global fanbase to go...
15:39 2019-06-21

Mark Ronson: Late Night Feelings review – the tracks of his tears (Columbia)Midas-touch producer’s divorce album moves from reggaeton to yacht pop with vocalists Yebba, Miley Cyrus and more – it’s oddly old-fashionedEarlier this year, Mark Ronson lamented the state of modern pop in a Guardian interview, saying songs are currently produced to sound “as loud as poss...
15:39 2019-06-21

Radiohead's Thom Yorke announces launch date for new album and film Musician’s ‘one-reeler’ will be released on Netflix on 27 June, the same day the record will come outRadiohead frontman Thom Yorke has announced that he will release his “dystopian” new solo album and an accompanying short film on 27 June.The “one-reeler”, created by Yorke and US filmmaker Paul Thom...
15:39 2019-06-21

From Bengal to boogie: Rupa Biswas, India's rediscovered disco diva She was a young woman who made a disco record on a whim during a holiday in Canada – and became a cult hero without her knowingAfter her album Disco Jazz sold a handful of copies in 1982, Rupa Sen Biswas faded into anonymity. All that was left was her first name on the album cover, on which she is p...
15:39 2019-06-21

A plait, a pear and a piano – new photography talent Free Range is a three-week exhibition in London, showcasing artistic talent from universities across the UK. Weeks one and two are dedicated to photography – here are our favourites, introduced by their student creators Continue reading......
13:52 2019-06-21

Jimmy Kimmel on Trump's re-election campaign: a '2020 comedy tour' Late night hosts focused on news surrounding Trump, including that of his re-election campaigning and the Middle EastLate-night hosts focused on the launch of Trump’s re-election campaign and the brewing tensions in the Middle East. Continue reading......
21:52 2019-06-20

Never mind the forelocks: why film should give up its obsession with the upper class As Downton Abbey is disinterred for the big screen, we should recognise that British cinema’s long bewitchment with the aristocracy serves a deeply regressive purpose‘Downton Abbey,” says oleaginous lackey Bates to inbred polecat Lady Mary, “is the heart of this community. And you’re keeping it beat...
19:52 2019-06-20

Child's Play review – a razor-sharp and exquisitely gruesome toy story The knife-wielding Chucky doll is updated for the digital era in a horror reboot that shrewdly skewers western consumerismTo paraphrase Cliff Richard, we have once again got ourselves a cryin’, talkin’, sleepin’, walkin’, increasin’ly disturbin’, menacin’, stabbin’, terrifyin’, livin’ doll. (Cliff w...
19:52 2019-06-20

Box office blues: can Netflix save the movie star? While A-listers are struggling on the big screen, the streaming platform is providing a splashy solution to ailing stardomIt’s proving to be an unusually cold summer in Hollywood, a sun-drenched town suddenly facing a rather worrying frost. Ever since the 70s, it’s a time of year that has brought wi...
19:52 2019-06-20

Disney's New *Lion King* Is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema Director Jon Favreau shot the remake of the animated classic inside virtual reality. He doesn't know what to call the result, but it looks like a real movie....
16:00 2019-06-20

Nirvana's 20 greatest songs – ranked! It’s 30 years since the release of the Seattle band’s debut album, Bleach. Over the rest of their short career, Kurt Cobain and co would belt out a torrent of classicsAlong with Mudhoney’s Sweet Young Thing Ain’t Sweet No More, Nirvana’s second single defined the initial sound of grunge: deeply unfa...
15:52 2019-06-20

That's not her – family and friends dismiss 'Frida Kahlo' audio clip Mexico’s National Sound Library unearthed recording of woman reading Kahlo’s essayRelatives and former students of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo have dismissed claims that a recently discovered recording could be the only surviving trace of her voice.Last week, the National Sound Library of Me...
15:52 2019-06-20

I Am Mother: why blockbuster sci-fi faces an extinction event Hilary Swank’s new thriller about an out-of-control environmentalist AI shows that ideas-led sci-fi is alive and well – just not in the multiplexes. Hollywood needs to think smallerIt is hardly surprising, in the era of Extinction Rebellion, that dystopian sci-fi is once again front and centre. Soon...
15:52 2019-06-20

Westeros to West End: Game of Thrones stars on stage – in pictures Actors from TV’s biggest show are invading UK stages this summer, from Gwendoline Christie at London’s Bridge to Daniel Portman at the Edinburgh fringeIndira Varma interview: ‘You have to deliver!’ Continue reading......
18:39 2019-06-19

Joy Harjo is first Native American named US poet laureate Oklahoma-born, Muscogee Creek Nation member who helped tell an ‘American story’ has been in the wings for a long time Poet, musician, author Joy Harjo has been appointed as the new US poet laureate, the first Native American to be named to the post.The Oklahoma-born, Muscogee Creek Nation member has...
18:39 2019-06-19

A day in the life: the best books set over 24-hours With Dalloway Day falling on Wednesday, Alex Clark picks books with a time limit – from Ulysses to a novel set over a lunchbreak“Where can we live but days?” asked Philip Larkin. It’s a matter of comprehending how the relentless march of time, portioned up into circadian chunks and daily duties, can...
17:39 2019-06-19

Ed Sheeran reveals all-star lineup for new album No 6 Collaborations Project Rappers and singers including Cardi B, Bruno Mars and Stormzy feature on the follow-up to ÷, the biggest selling album in the world in 2017Ed Sheeran has announced full details for his next album, the follow-up to ÷, which was the best-selling album in the world in 2017.Entitled No 6 Collaborations ...
17:13 2019-06-19

Lucidity and beyond: how Toy Story's visual effects transformed cinema Woody, Buzz and co didn’t just charm families in 1995 – they started an arms race that ushered in a new era of film-makingToy Story 4 review – new characters, same old StoryWith its fourth instalment out this week, the legacy of the Toy Story series is immense. Woody and Buzz Lightyear’s relationshi...
17:13 2019-06-19

Top 10 books about cults | Claire McGlasson From fiction by Margaret Atwood to Haruki Murakami’s reportage, novelist Claire McGlasson picks favourite accounts of these ambitious, dangerous sectsThe word “cult” is used only by outsiders. There is nothing extreme or ridiculous about the Truth if you believe it. In a world of secularity and cyni...
17:13 2019-06-19

Murder Mystery breaks Bird Box's Netflix viewing record Adam Sandler comedy was watched by 31m accounts in its opening weekend, according to streaming giant’s own figuresAdam Sandler’s latest film in his eight-movie deal with Netflix has broken the streaming giant’s record for opening weekend views.Murder Mystery is a Europe-set comedy in which Sandler s...
17:13 2019-06-19

Netflix and cull: why is the streaming service cancelling so many shows? Once upon a time, the tech giant let shows linger on well past their best. Now series like Chambers are getting axed after a season. What is behind this lurch into ruthlessness?By anyone’s standards, Chambers died young. Just 56 short days after debuting on Netflix, it has now been consigned to the ...
17:13 2019-06-19

Drunks, dress disasters and dad dancing: real wedding photographs In contrast to the forced smiles and schmaltz of traditional wedding photography, Ian Weldon takes a documentary approach – capturing the real character of the big day Continue reading......
10:00 2019-06-19

The Monkees review – nothing left to prove in fun and moving 'final' show • Sydney Opera HouseJane Caro was a pre-teen fanatic screaming her lungs out at the Monkees in 1968. Their alleged final gig was, she says, a rollicking good time In 1968 I was an 11-year-old who was obsessed with the Monkees. Their concert at the Sydney Stadium (usually a boxing ring) was the first...
10:00 2019-06-19

Trevor Noah on police brutality video: 'What happened to protect and serve?' Late-night comics focused on the latest Trump controversy and highlighted a viral video of cops threatening a black family in PhoenixLate-night hosts made light of Trump’s re-election campaign efforts, his interview with George Stephanopoulos, and his recent polls. Trevor Noah, however, chose to foc...
22:26 2019-06-18

Jon Stewart fires back at Mitch McConnell over 9/11 victims fund bill Ex-Daily Show host continues to demand Congress act to aid September 11 responders, with appearance on Stephen ColbertAs generations of opponents have discovered, it can be hard to land a punch in a political fight against Mitch McConnell, the longest-serving Republican Senate majority leader in US ...
19:26 2019-06-18

Labour of luxury: the migrant workers who build high-end Shanghai – in pictures Photographer Jonathan Browning pictures Chinese migrant workers in front of advertising billboards for the projects they are helping to construct – office complexes and luxury apartments for the wealthy of Shanghai Continue reading......
16:39 2019-06-18

On the edge: life in Europe's easternmost city - in pictures Since 1996, John Peter Askew has been heading 1,500km from Moscow to photograph the Russian city of Perm. His intimate shots capture family meals, frozen merry go-rounds and men in their trunks Continue reading......
16:39 2019-06-18

'It's important to be nice': Dwayne Johnson urges compassion in MTV awards speech ‘The most powerful thing we can be is ourselves’ says actor on an evening where inclusivity was celebratedDwayne Johnson told fans of the power of compassion and “being ourselves” while accepting a top honour at the MTV Movie and TV awards.“The most powerful thing we can be is ourselves,” said Johns...
16:39 2019-06-18

'An obsessive, mischievous genius': actors pay tribute to Franco Zeffirelli Brooke Shields, Robert Powell, Jeremy Irons and Fanny Ardant share their memories of working with the virtuoso directorHe was very tough but in a loving way. Franco was always wanting and expecting more from me. You want your director to have enough faith in you that they urge you to be your best. N...
16:39 2019-06-18

Why Hollywood can’t resist an evil rock mogul Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody positioned the manager as the villain – but were they really that bad?Since both Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman have cashed in at the box office in the past 12 months, audiences are about to find out just how many heritage acts have a narrative arc with humble-enough...
16:39 2019-06-18

Nicholas Sparks sorry for 'appearing intolerant' of LGBT pupils at his school After leaks showed him banning an LGBT club at the Christian school he co-founded, the novelist apologises for any hurt causedRomance novelist Nicholas Sparks has apologised for “potentially hurt[ing] young people and members of the LGBTQ community”, after leaked emails showed him banning students f...
16:39 2019-06-18

‘You need as many wigs as possible’: a guide to making the perfect pop parody Ellie White and Natasia Demetriou, whose new sketch show features their take on Ariana Grande, offer up some crucial adviceModern Toss on parody actsEllie White and Natasia Demetriou met at the Edinburgh fringe, went on to become a comedy duo and now, nearly 10 years of ridiculous stage shows later,...
16:39 2019-06-18

The Wild Bunch at 50: the enduring nihilism of Sam Peckinpah's western In 1969, the film’s violent cynicism came as a shock to the system and now, it seems to have aged disturbingly wellPresent day audiences remember Sam Peckinpah’s off-the-wall western The Wild Bunch for its blood, but no less shocking is the film’s moral carnage. Two orgies of bullets bookend the adv...
16:39 2019-06-18

Don't look now: in defence of trigger warnings at the movies Calls for audiences to be alerted to potentially distressing scenes of sex, violence or drug use are under fire – but everyone has the right not to be upset at the cinemaRocketman, the Elton John biopic, has been applauded for its raw portrayal of the singer’s heavy drug use and its surreal renderin...
16:39 2019-06-18

Mike Dunn: the funky freak still uniting rap and house A thwarted deal with P Diddy left the Chicago house star ‘in a real dismal place’. But by reconnecting with the propulsive hip-house genre that he pioneered, he’s bounced back brighter‘Well all right, you squares …” So begins Mike Dunn’s 1995 house classic God Made Me Phunky, as if he’s settling int...
16:39 2019-06-18

John Cusack under fire for antisemitic 'follow the money' tweet Actor posts message alongside popular far-right motto before backtracking amid barrage of criticismJohn Cusack has apologised after coming under fire for an antisemitic tweet.Cusack retweeted a quotation, accompanied by a Star of David image, popular among the far right: “To learn who rules over you...
16:39 2019-06-18

The Lavender Scare: the shocking true story of an anti-LGBT witch-hunt In an eye-opening new documentary, director Josh Howard reveals the horrifying state-sanctioned homophobia that once plagued the USWhen Josh Howard began working on his documentary The Lavender Scare, way back in 2009, America was a very different place – not least for its LGBT citizens. Barack Obam...
16:39 2019-06-18

Nicholas Sparks defends diversity record at school after emails leak Author of The Notebook and school’s co-founder says emails to former headmaster are ‘not news’ ahead of trial in AugustBestselling romantic novelist Nicholas Sparks has rejected claims that he fostered an anti-LGBT environment at a school that he co-founded, after emails between him and a former hea...
17:52 2019-06-17

Are horror's audience-baiting puzzles detracting from the plot? Both Brightburn and Midsommar leave clues for fans to follow, but there’s a danger it’s leading them down a rabbit holeLooking to establish an evil horror cult? The first thing you will need is a good graphics department. It used to be that a trusty pentangle or inverted crucifix would do the trick,...
17:52 2019-06-17

Russian Doll is a comic delight – but do we really need a second season? The first season of the Netflix drama delivered a perfect story arc. So why bring it back, and risk an attack of difficult-second-season syndromeIt is hard to be ecstatic at the news that Russian Doll has been renewed for a second season. Not because the first season of Russian Doll wasn’t good enou...
10:13 2019-06-17

The best (and worst) songs of the summer, from Rihanna to Las Ketchup Every year has its anthem, be it Drake, Calvin Harris or Beyoncé, but which one is the best of the millennium so far?Security banned umbrellas from her gigs following complaints that people were getting poked in the eye. A summer song worth risking a cornea for, in our opinion. SW Continue reading.....
08:39 2019-06-15

Why are Marvel’s Spider-Man posters so bad? The latest Spider-Man: Far From Home poster is dizzyingly witless – but it isn’t the only bad artwork in the franchiseMarvel movies exist on the cutting edge of entertainment technology. Doctor Strange blasted viewers into a trippy fractal realm. Captain Marvel magically de-aged Samuel L Jackson by ...
22:13 2019-06-14

Trapped in the city of a thousand mountains – video A new phenomenon has taken the internet by storm: Chinese rap. But behind its skyrocketing popularity, there is a struggle for freedom of speech. Rappers try to figure out what they can and cannot say after more censorship is announced Continue reading......
14:39 2019-06-14

Blaque: How a forgotten R&B trio rescued their album from oblivion Blaque had the world at their feet but a double tragedy left them struggling to release their musicThere was a moment, around the turn of the millennium, where everything went Blaque. Discovered by Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, the teen three-piece perfected the slinky stutters of that era’s R&B pop, with ...
14:39 2019-06-14

Photographer Stephen Dupont looks back – a picture essay The renowned Australian photographer chooses 10 of his most memorable images and explains why they had an impact. He is talking at Aperture, the southern hemisphere’s largest photography conference, held from 22 to 23 June in SydneyNorthern Alliance soldier, Bagram, Afghanistan, 1998 Continue readin...
12:52 2019-06-14

Euphoria review – dizzying high school drama is one of year's best Zendaya plays a student battling addiction in a Drake-produced series that manages to bring both style and substanceDespite the 13-plus reasons why Netflix teen series 13 Reasons Why was unquestionably problematic, there remained a grimly persuasive force that kept many of us frantically clicking fo...
12:52 2019-06-14

Michael Caine’s best films – ranked! As The Italian Job gets a 50th anniversary re-release, we have painstakingly charted the charming hardnut’s 50 greatest performances, from Alfie to ZuluThere’s much to find risible about this Hollywooded-up footballers-against-the Nazis yarn, but Caine’s avuncular presence keeps it watchable, bridgi...
12:52 2019-06-14

Murder Mystery review – Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston buoy fun Netflix comedy Old-fashioned movie star charm lifts a goofy, likable film that puts a New York couple in the middle of a European whodunnitAdam Sandler’s monstrous eight-movie deal with Netflix arrived as both a blessing and a curse for those who had actually endured any of his last eight self-produced theatrical ...
12:52 2019-06-14

Harlan Coben: 'I cry a lot when I write – I need to cry more when I’m reading' The thriller author on the book that explains why writers are ‘plain nuts’, and the William Goldman novel that started him on his career pathThe book I am currently readingTwo at the moment: The Wych Elm by the great Irish crime writer Tana French: lyrical, suspenseful, unpredictable. And every year...
12:52 2019-06-14

Madonna: 'I wanted to be somebody – because I felt like a nobody’ She wanted to rule the world – and did. Madonna looks back on four decades of fame, why the music industry needs a #MeToo moment, and her still insatiable ambitionOn YouTube, you can find a clip of Madonna appearing on American Bandstand in January 1984. She is still promoting her eponymous debut al...
07:13 2019-06-14

The Secret Life of Bees review – sweet, buzzy musical is one to watch Linda Gross Theater at the Atlantic Theater Company, New YorkThe latest from Spring Awakening’s Duncan Sheik is a lush and emotionally impactful production with a smart book from Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Lynn NottageWhat’s that buzz? Bees, of course. Strings, too. And also the unmistakable ...
06:26 2019-06-14

Toy Story 4 review – new characters but the same old Story It may only be a repeat of earlier ideas and plotlines, but compare it to the fourth films in other franchises and Pixar’s latest is an amusing and charming gemHaving done so many things unimaginably better than so many other movie franchises, it’s fitting that the Toy Story series now gives us a cl...
19:00 2019-06-13

Seth Meyers on Trump: 'He always makes it obvious when he’s lying' Late-night hosts turned their attention to the 2020 campaign trail and ‘the 124th wild presidency week in a row’Late-night hosts joked about the 2020 presidential campaign trail and the strategies that Donald Trump and his Democratic opponents have been using. Continue reading......
19:00 2019-06-13

Denis Villeneuve Is Working on a 'Dune' Series The 'Blade Runner 2049' director, who is also working on a film adaptation of Frank Herbert's work, is going to direct the pilot for series about the Bene Gesserit....
17:26 2019-06-13

Paul Schrader remembers Pauline Kael: 'She was my second mother' In an edited version of his 2001 Film Comment essay, the director and screenwriter recalls his heartbreaking relationship – and reconciliation – with the critic who kickstarted his careerThe warrior critic: in praise of Pauline KaelI remember the evening I first met Pauline as vividly as a first dat...
16:52 2019-06-13

Binge TV: a lovely sugar rush, but ultimately unsatisfying | Sarah Hughes Viewers who watch all episodes of their favourite shows at one sitting are missing out on something more rewardingHow do you watch TV? All in one gulp or paced out slowly in weekly increments? This week a Radio Times survey suggested that the latter method is falling out of fashion, with 80% of resp...
16:00 2019-06-13

Roman Polanski's lawyer: Oscar Academy expulsion of director a 'total sham' Attorney outraged by new statement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defending as ‘fair and reasonable’ its process to expel the director in 2018A lawyer representing Roman Polanski has called an explanation by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampas) of its move to e...
20:52 2019-06-12

Spice Girls to become superheroes in animated movie All five original band members are set to lend their voices to a film that will feature original singles and new songsAn animated Spice Girls movie is in the works at Paramount. The film will feature the voices of all five members of the original band and a plot in which the quintet become superhero...
20:52 2019-06-12

Men in Black: International review – a galactically gormless fall to earth The earnest introduction of gender and migrant issues can’t save this space-invaders caper from CGI-dependent mediocrityIt’s time once again for what must now be called the Meh in Black, making another intensely tiresome and pointless reappearance, now with Liam Neeson and Chris Hemsworth on excepti...
20:52 2019-06-12

Stephen Colbert on Trump v Biden: 'Only one of you is sitting on Putin’s lap' Late-night hosts focused on the war between the president and his Democratic foe, and other drama on the campaign trialLate-night hosts focused on the new fire on the campaign trail as Joe Biden and Donald Trump trade shots, and US relations abroad. Related: Stephen Colbert on Trump’s cancelled Mexi...
20:52 2019-06-12

The Apology by Eve Ensler review – my father, who abused me The Vagina Monologues writer revisits her childhood in a powerful imagined letter from her father – the words of repentance he never utteredEve Ensler begins her memoir with a simple dedication: “For every woman still waiting for an apology.” Ensler counts among these women herself. The award-winnin...
12:52 2019-06-12

Top 10 houseguests in fiction | Jessica Francis Kane Visits are great engines for storytelling – and from Jane Austen to Ali Smith, here are some of the bestTwo of the most vivid images I carry with me from my childhood reading concern the arrival of a guest. The first is from Carmilla, the early vampire novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. I found the...
12:52 2019-06-12

Backlash in Samoa over 'hypocritical' Rocketman ban Activists accuse censors of ‘selective morality’ in nation where transgender women are widely acceptedThe banning of Rocketman, a biographic film about the life of musician Elton John, in Samoa has prompted criticism by human rights activists of “selective morality” in a country where transgender wo...
12:52 2019-06-12

The Black Godfather: the untold story of the man holding up Hollywood In a new Netflix documentary, the incredible tale of music executive Clarence Avant is told by people he worked with, from Barack Obama to Snoop DoggSurrounded by dark wood, seated in a cushy chair, his fingers steepled and his gray hair brushed back, sits a sagacious Clarence Avant. His demeanor is...
12:52 2019-06-12

Radiohead: MiniDiscs (Hacked) review – blueprints for the best album of the 90s This hoard of material from the OK Computer era is an endlessly interesting chronicle of a band reinventing the mainstream by rejecting it‘Not v interesting” is Thom Yorke’s assessment of the 16-odd hours of unheard Radiohead music, recorded between 1995 and 1998, that the band have just shared onli...
12:52 2019-06-12

Vapes, snakes and fireworks: hanging out at the Cracker – in pictures The Cracker is scrubland in Tipton, West Midlands, that has become a sort of youth club without walls – or rules. Laura Pannack’s series documents the young people she met there Continue reading......
11:26 2019-06-12

Cat lovers question ethics of Nicole Kidman hiking with pets in backpack The actor’s revelations that she often goes for walks toting cats – and that she ate ants – have been met with scepticism by animal rights groupsWhether looking out of a window, reclining beneath a Christmas tree or sitting in a suitcase, Nicole Kidman’s pet cats are frequently the star of her Insta...
18:52 2019-06-11

Nancy Meyers: focusing on my movie kitchens is sexist Director of It’s Complicated and Something’s Gotta Give says male directors who make ‘gorgeous’ films don’t face similar criticismNancy Meyers, the multimillion-dollar grossing director of The Intern and It’s Complicated, has hit out at critics who focus on the lavishly designed domestic interiors f...
18:26 2019-06-11

Samoa bans Elton John biopic Rocketman over gay scenes Pacific nation’s censor says homosexual activity depicted on screen violates its lawsThe Pacific nation of Samoa has banned the Elton John biopic Rocketman because of its depictions of homosexuality.About 97% of people in Samoa identify as Christian, and the society is generally considered conservat...
18:26 2019-06-11

All aboard the Bob Dylan express! How Rolling Thunder revved round America When Dylan chanced upon a huge Roma gathering in France, he was transfixed – and formed his own travelling supergroup. As Martin Scorsese brings its ragtag magic to screens, we hitch a ride back to 75In May 1975, his marriage breaking up, Bob Dylan spent six weeks in the south of France. His host, a...
18:26 2019-06-11

Rewriting Shakespeare makes his plays live again. Don’t knock it | Alex Clark Criticism of a Timon of Athens production by the former National Theatre director, Richard Eyre, missed the markI feel a certain sympathy for Richard Eyre. The former director of the National Theatre was asked at a literary festival about alterations made to the text of Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens...
09:26 2019-06-11

Michelle Wolf: 'My new period joke is for men – and they love it' The upfront standup took down Trump with a blistering routine at the White House correspondents’ dinner. But she won’t joke about him againHere are some things the comedian Michelle Wolf won’t do. Wear shorts on stage. “Because I don’t want people to look at my legs, I want them to listen to my joke...
09:26 2019-06-11

Richard Linklater: how we made Dazed and Confused ‘When the studio head realised I was directing, he thought, “Oh no, it’s going to be one of those arty, jerk-offski movies.” I still have PTSD thinking about it’I thought the 1970s sucked. Dazed was supposed to be an anti-nostalgic movie. But it’s like trying to make an anti-war movie – just by depi...
09:26 2019-06-11

True Grit at 50: the throwback western that gave John Wayne his only Oscar Released in the same year as The Wild Bunch and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Henry Hathaway’s western was defiantly old-fashioned in comparisonThe year 1969 was a true inflection point for the American western, a once-dominant genre that had become a casualty of the culture, particularly when...
09:26 2019-06-11

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese review – passion on tour This freewheeling doc hitches a ride in Dylan’s ’75 tourbus, with Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and a young Sharon Stone in tow‘Life isn’t about finding yourself or finding anything,” says Bob Dylan. “It’s about creating yourself.” At 78, the musician moves into a new phase of self-creation with this int...
05:26 2019-06-11

Why this year's Tony awards lacked that Broadway magic With most of the awards landing in predictable hands and a host who failed to add the requisite pizzazz, the annual Broadway love-in felt rather flatThe 2019 Tony awards began with James Corden slumped on a sofa in a schlubby sweatshirt. A man who left theater for network TV, he sang an opening numb...
19:01 2019-06-10

Beauty, beasts and Olympic sprints: David Bintley's ballets – in pictures David Bintley, the choreographer and director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, is standing down after 25 years. We look back at some of his most compelling work with the companyBirmingham Royal Ballet: (Un)leashed is on tour Continue reading......
17:26 2019-06-10

The Handmaid's Tale recap: season three, episode one – is that hope we're feeling? There’s revolution brewing in Gilead as the dystopian drama returns with a surprisingly optimistic opener. It’s almost enough to make you punch the air Spoiler alert: this recap is for people watching The Handmaid’s Tale, series three, on Channel 4 in the UK. Please do not add spoilers for later epi...
17:26 2019-06-10

Big Little Lies recap: season two, episode one - What Have They Done? There’s a sense of the calm before the storm as the acclaimed drama returns, but a terrifying new arrival has put everyone on edgeSpoiler alert: this blog is for people watching season two of Big Little Lies, which airs on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic in the UK. Don’t read on unless you have watch...
17:26 2019-06-10

No Visible Bruises by Rachel Louise Snyder review – domestic violence in America An explosive new book condemns the male culture that sees 50 women a month in the US shot dead by the men they loveWhat do we talk about when we talk about domestic violence? We talk about the scary, rageaholic man and his hapless female partner. We talk about the sudden boiling over. We talk about,...
17:26 2019-06-10

Ed Sheeran is UK's most-played artist of 2018 despite not releasing any music Ed Sheeran tops chart for second year running, with Britons making up nine of top 10 most-played artistsEd Sheeran was the most-played artist in the UK in 2018, topping the chart for the second year running despite not releasing any new music last year.Sheeran finished ahead of Calvin Harris, who ca...
17:26 2019-06-10

Goodbye to The Good Place: TV's best comedy will end on a heavenly high The inspired sitcom about life after death will meet its maker after its fourth season. But unlike some shows, it has chosen the right time to fall on its forkStop all the clocks, cut off the fro-yo machine: The Good Place, the smart but silly sitcom that has reliably wrung laughs out of the afterli...
17:26 2019-06-10

Space oddities: why the Futurama reboot went from sci-fi to sci-why The show was axed and remade, moving to Comedy Central and leaving its comedic legacy behindMatt Groening could do no wrong in 1999. The Simpsons was still both witty and money-spinning, and he could get any project he wanted greenlit – even a sci-fi comedy cartoon called Futurama. The show began wi...
17:26 2019-06-10

Project Scarlett: what we know so far about the next Xbox Having announced its next video game console at E3 2019, Microsoft is being tight-lipped on further details – but the clues are there if you’re lookingThere still isn’t much that’s clear about Project Scarlett, Microsoft’s follow-up to the Xbox One, which was revealed for the first time at the E3 co...
17:26 2019-06-10

Big Little Lies season two review – it's the Meryl Streep show now Streep is downright terrifying as a mother who arrives in town to uncover the truth about her son’s death – adding extra brilliance to an already sensational dramaWarning: this review contains spoilers for season one and season two, episode one of Big Little Lies.Meryl Streep in the new season of Bi...
17:26 2019-06-10

The big picture: Miguel Rio Branco captures incongruous city life Decay and renewal are encapsulated by fresh pastries on a banger’s bonnetThis picture is taken from a book called Maldicidade by the Brazilian photographer Miguel Rio Branco. The title translates literally from the Portuguese as “malice”, but it carries too the echoes of the words “city” and “cursed...
11:52 2019-06-09

Laura Dern: 'I feel like I’m ready to try anything – and to dive deeper’ Laura Dern decided to become an actor when she was just six. But it’s only now, with 55 films under her belt and as Big Little Lies returns to our screens, that she really feels free to ‘try anything’To hear her mother tell it, it’s a miracle that Laura Dern exists at all. In the early 1960s Diane L...
09:39 2019-06-09

A daily take on life in north-west England – in pictures In June 2013, artist John Hewitt started making daily drawings inspired by his dog-walking encounters, and posting them on Instagram. Six years later, he has 2,400 sketches, not missing a single day. “I set up a system and I can’t escape,” he says. His drawings show a variety of subjects observed in...
21:52 2019-06-08

Is Loqueesha the worst film ever made? Jeremy Saville’s movie – about a white man who pretends to be a black woman – is flawed in many ways, which we will now listI don’t know where to start. I do not know where to start. Let’s get the synopsis out of the way: Loqueesha (Amazon Prime Video, for some reason, streaming now) sees Jeremy Sav...
13:13 2019-06-08

'There's still hope' – behind gentrification drama The Last Black Man in San Francisco Director Joe Talbot and star Jimmie Fails discuss their buzzy, award-winning film that looks at a city they love as it falls further from their graspThe Last Black Man in San Francisco, the debut film from director Joe Talbot and star/partner/friend Jimmie Fails, is about a city in danger of disappe...
09:52 2019-06-08

Publisher drops Central Park Five prosecutor Linda Fairstein after outcry Ex-prosecutor turned novelist has seen her relationship with Dutton ‘terminated’ after the release of When They See UsLinda Fairstein has been dropped by her publisher as the fallout continues for the former Central Park Five prosecutor over the wrongful conviction of five teens in the 1989 rape and...
23:52 2019-06-07

Dr John: the voodoo-fuelled showman who beat his own path through rock The trailblazer who injected New Orleans R&B with sinister psychedelia will live on as an icon of curdled idealismFor a few years after the Summer of Love, record stores were thick with hastily knocked-together concept albums about astrology or Indian mysticism or the occult, designed to cash in on ...
16:52 2019-06-07

The heat is on: how to make the feelgood hit of the summer The warmer months have replaced Christmas as pop’s key battleground. But what strange alchemy brings about a Shotgun or Despacito, and who are this year’s contenders?As the days get longer, a strange phenomenon occurs. Everything you do becomes soundtracked by one seemingly omnipresent melody, one i...
16:13 2019-06-07

Again, again! Why the new Teletubbies movie may not be all it seems Once, children’s films had original concepts and plots – but the latest spin-offs use stitched-together versions of old TV episodes. But is it only the adults who feel cheated?Teletubbies Songtime at the Cinema is released today, and the film promises to be the perfect culmination of every major cin...
16:13 2019-06-07

Tales of the City review – a queer classic returns, flawed but often fabulous Netflix take on Armistead Maupin’s fiercely loved LGBT series veers into try-hard territory occasionally, but it’s still a pleasure to have it backHow much has San Francisco changed since the 60s? This is the question posed to Anna Madrigal – ANNA MADRIGAL! – in the opening frames of Netflix’s Tales...
16:13 2019-06-07

Since U been on: will Kelly Clarkson succeed as a talkshow host? Like Lily Allen and Charlotte Church before her, the singer faces the challenge of transitioning from pop star to presenter Huge news: Kelly Clarkson is getting a chatshow. Which is amazing: she is literally the pop star we would all like to have a long chat on the sofa with. Kelly, who is also a co...
16:13 2019-06-07

Is the new James Bond film cursed – or just losing the plot? Explosions, injuries, rewrites … Bond 25 seems beset by crisis. The result of intense media scrutiny, or a sign that the series is struggling to find a new direction? The new Bond film is tearing the roof off – literally, it would seem. Reports emerged this week from Pinewood Studios that an explosi...
16:13 2019-06-07

Drop it like it’s hot: style inspiration from London’s new home of cool At Coal Drops Yard, creativity is all around you, from the architectural juxtaposition of old and new to the contents of the stores and the people who work in them. We spoke to staff and owners about their personal approaches to fashion, and what it’s like to work in London’s hottest new shopping an...
12:52 2019-06-07

Actors playing nightmarish versions of themselves in cinema – ranked! Keanu Reeves’s cameo in Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe – as himself, yet absolutely ghastly – is a showstopper. But what about those other stars who have parodied themselves on screen?The collision of high and low culture that occurred when Al Pacino appeared as himself in Adam Sandler’s lamentable cr...
11:39 2019-06-07

Out of tune: why Miley Cyrus' Black Mirror episode hits the wrong note The new season of Charlie Brooker’s Netflix series stumbles with its Vox Lux-lite fantasy about a singer who gets turned into an Amazon Echo. Major spoilers aheadThe new season of Black Mirror succeeds most the further it strays from traditional Black Mirror territory. Smithereens is a gripping mode...
11:39 2019-06-07

Google Stadia Lands This Year—If You're Willing to Pony Up The Founder's Edition, which includes a controller and three months of premium subscription, is the only way to use the cloud-gaming service in 2019....
01:00 2019-06-07

'Not again': the online artists accusing pop stars of stealing work Chris Brown’s video Wobble Up features artwork allegedly copied without their consentMarius Sperlich says his first thought when he saw Chris Brown’s music video for his song Wobble Up was “not again”. The image of a nipple that acts as a temperature dial and another of a tropical island shaped like...
16:13 2019-06-06

Game of Thrones petitions and Star Wars trolls? Fans have become far too entitled | Seb Patrick Enjoy, criticise, analyse – yes. But demanding to have a say in the work itself isn’t part of the dealIt’s a common refrain from franchise movie directors when a film fails to set the critical world on fire that they have, in fact, not made it for those elitist critics in their metropolitan bubble o...
16:13 2019-06-06

A new knight rises: what will Robert Pattinson make of Batman's poisoned chalice As the anti-Batfleck choice, the Twilight star brings hard-won arthouse chops to the most troublesome superhero role Has there ever been a more poisoned chalice than the role of Batman? Of the five actors who have played the caped crusader on the big screen in the modern era, only two (Michael Keato...
16:13 2019-06-06

'I had to honour him': the friends who finished Avicii's final album After the EDM star died aged 28 last year, his family decided that his album Tim should be completed. How did the chosen collaborators handle such a sensitive task? Last summer, a carefully chosen group of producers was given a challenging task – to complete Tim, the third album by the late Swedish ...
16:13 2019-06-06

Kind Hearts and Coronets: on the set of the brilliant Ealing comedy – in pictures Released in 1949, Kind Hearts and Coronets remains one of the all time classics of British cinema. As a 4k restoration is released for its 70th anniversary, we see actors Dennis Price, Alec Guinness and Joan Greenwood and director Robert Hamer at work•Kind Hearts & Coronets is in UK cinemas on 7 Jun...
13:52 2019-06-06

Baby Shark the TV series is coming – haven't parents suffered enough? It is already playing at top volume in homes across the nation. Now the kiddie YouTube sensation is being remade as Nickelodeon cartoon. There is no escape!There is going to be a Baby Shark cartoon. A real Baby Shark cartoon. Not just another YouTube Baby Shark cartoon, where the baby shark swims ar...
13:52 2019-06-06

Madonna: 'Harvey Weinstein crossed lines when we worked together' Singer recalls mogul being ‘incredibly sexually flirtatious’ when they worked together for 1991 documentaryMadonna has said that the disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein “crossed lines and boundaries” when they worked together on her 1991 tour documentary Madonna: Truth or Dare, which was distribut...
13:52 2019-06-06

Stanford sexual assault survivor to publish book about her ordeal Publisher promises the as yet untitled work by ‘Emily Doe’ will reclaim her story and ‘change the way we talk about sexual assault forever’The anonymous Californian woman who was sexually assaulted by Stanford University student Brock Turner and whose powerful victim’s statement was read by millions...
13:52 2019-06-06

Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week (Columbia Records)Trailed as a break with tradition, the lush orchestrations and swooning vocals of this finely wrought album, in fact, chime beautifully with Springsteen’s historyThe 19th Bruce Springsteen album has been heralded as a dramatic break from tradition. So dramatic, in fact, that in the...
13:52 2019-06-06

Outside the multiplex: the best smaller films to see this summer From a troubling film about race in America to a shocking documentary about China’s one child policy, this season offers more than just superhero sequels Continue reading......
08:52 2019-06-06

Best films of 2019 so far Charlize Theron flips into funny with Seth Rogen, Mel Gibson picks Vince Vaughn as his accomplice and Avengers reach their Endgame – the finest movies yet this year released in the UKMore of the best: TV | Music | BooksA New Year’s Day release date in the UK for Yorgos Lanthimos’s period romp kicked...
07:39 2019-06-06

Every episode of Black Mirror – ranked! When Charlie Brooker’s series gets it right, its mix of sci-fi and satire is like nothing else on our screens. Here’s its 23 episodes so far, from worst to bestAn hour of television so relentlessly dour that it leaves nothing for anyone to cling to. Andrea Riseborough plays a surly murderer forced t...
07:39 2019-06-06

From hip-hop theatre to bearded drag, cabaret is open to everyone Profoundly inclusive and spectacularly eclectic, cabaret is what ‘theatre could have been if it hadn’t started building walls’ “Growing up, I never saw anyone who looked like me in the arts industry,” says musician and cabaret performer Sophie Koh.Koh is a New Zealand-born, Australia-based singer-so...
00:13 2019-06-06

Late Night review – battle of words in the TV writers' room | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week Mindy Kaling stirs up the stale, male writing team behind Emma Thompson’s talk show in this warm and witty comedy‘I wish I was a woman of colour so I could get a job with zero qualification!” The authentic voice of establishment self-pity is given here in all its foot-stamping shrillness. Mindy Kali...
20:13 2019-06-05

Miley Cyrus speaks out against man who groped her in public Pop star says a woman ‘can be wearing what she wants … She can’t be grabbed without her consent’Miley Cyrus has spoken out after a man grabbed and kissed her following a festival performance in Barcelona last weekend. She posted footage of the incident to her Instagram and Twitter feeds, which shows...
15:39 2019-06-05

Rihanna named world's richest female musician Forbes magazine estimates the musician’s fortune at $600m, a figure bolstered by her lucrative fashion and beauty venturesRihanna has been named the world’s richest female musician by Forbes magazine. The singer’s worth is estimated at $600m (£472m), including revenues made from her fashion and beau...
15:39 2019-06-05

Top 10 novels about pariahs | Richard Zimler In characters such as Scrooge, Ira Ringold and Hawthorne’s Hester Prynne, those society seeks to exclude and expel make for compelling readingWriting about pariahs lets an author explore the lives of individuals persecuted for their beliefs or desires and who are branded dangerous traitors or misfit...
15:39 2019-06-05

Black Mirror season five review – sweet, sadistic and hugely impressive Charlie Brooker’s dystopian series returns more confident than ever, offering up an ambitious tale of sexual and gender fluidity and a barnstorming performance from Miley CyrusThe Bandersnatch boy is back. After the innovative-if-not-wholly-unprecedented interactive standalone episode under the Blac...
15:39 2019-06-05

The lame show: why has David Letterman become so bad at interviews? He was once known for his no-holds-barred back-and-forth, but on his Netflix series the talk show host has become tediously deferential. What happened?When discussing David Letterman, one incident always tends to crop up. It took place in April 1996, nine months after Letterman’s rival Jay Leno had ...
14:52 2019-06-05

'What makes action games fun hasn’t changed': Devil May Cry's Hideaki Itsuno Capcom’s veteran game director reveals how one of the year’s best games was made – and why successful game design need not be a crunch momentIn 2002, veteran Capcom game director Hideaki Itsuno – then working on a pitch for an original action-RPG that later turned into Dragon’s Dogma – was called up...
14:52 2019-06-05

Outlook not so good: why we really don't need a Magic 8 ball movie Mega-producer Jason Blum, whose credits include Get Out and Whiplash, is making a film based on a mysterious toy, an idea that isn’t worth playing withJason Blum is on a hell of a roll right now. More or less everything he touches turns to gold. In Paranormal Activity, he produced the most profitabl...
14:52 2019-06-05

French prosecutors drop rape investigation against Gérard Depardieu Allegations dating from August 2018 will not go forward due to lack of evidence, according to authoritiesProsecutors investigating the French actor Gérard Depardieu over allegations that he raped a young actress have closed the case due to lack of evidence, the Paris prosecutor’s office said on Tues...
20:26 2019-06-04

Woody Allen to shoot new film this summer with Christoph Waltz The writer-director has confirmed that he will shoot his 51st film in San Sebastian after his deal with Amazon was terminated Woody Allen will shoot his 51st film in Spain this summer with a cast including Christoph Waltz and Gina Gershon.The writer-director was dropped by Amazon after resurfaced al...
20:26 2019-06-04

Trevor Noah on Trump and Boris Johnson: 'Failed clones of each other' Late-night comics focused on Trump’s antics surrounding his visit to London and his ongoing beef with Sadiq KhanLate-night hosts discussed Donald Trump’s visit to the UK and his ongoing war with the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Continue reading......
19:00 2019-06-04

'It's a celebration': tracing the roots of hip-hop through photography In a new exhibition, photos from rappers from Jay-Z to Cardi B are on show to trace the rise of a genre from the streets to the White HouseOn Monday, Forbes revealed Jay-Z to be the first billionaire rapper, a far cry from his early days selling CDs out of his car in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bed...
19:00 2019-06-04

Brittany, France's 'Little Britain'– in pictures Mark Neville’s Breton project began in June 2016, the day the UK voted to leave Europe. The images in his book Parade explore the region of north-west France where pigs outnumber people two to one Continue reading......
15:26 2019-06-04

The 12 most-anticipated games of E3 2019 From Star Wars and Marvel-themed juggernauts to village life sims and monster hunts, these are the games we’re most interested in at next week’s E3 in Los Angeles Continue reading......
15:26 2019-06-04

What to expect from Handmaid’s Tale season three The third season of the dark drama begins this month. Its cast and creators reveal what to expectComing hot on the heels of the disturbing real-life rollback of reproductive rights in the States, the award-winning dystopian drama returns this month in the US for a third season. Having left Margaret ...
15:26 2019-06-04

Licensed to fill out: from Stranger Things to Star Wars, the tie-in novels continuing the story After the credits roll, have you ever wanted to know what happened next? Authors explain how they win the blessing of Hollywood – and fansIf you’ve ever wondered what Han Solo did after the Battle of Endor, or whether Doctor Who would enjoy the Isle of Lewis, then you’re in luck. These days, fans of...
15:26 2019-06-04

Best albums of 2019 so far Ariana Grande delivered swaggering pop, there was state-of-the-nation rap from Slowthai, Dave and Sleaford Mods, Billie Eilish shouted out for the teens, and Angélique Kidjo blended Africa with CubaAnchored by sturdy, stunningly pretty folk-rock backings, Adrianne Lenker, her voice tremulous but ten...
15:26 2019-06-04

Star Wars trolls to blame for Solo's box-office failure, says Ron Howard Director says ‘aggressive’ campaign staged via review aggregator sites was a major factor in spin-off film’s meagre ticket salesRon Howard has blamed the disappointing box office of Solo: A Star Wars Story on an online trolling campaign.Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, the film’s director...
15:26 2019-06-04

You Could Live Forever With This Sci-Fi Time Hack In science fiction, time passes in funny ways—vastly slowed down, insanely sped up. Maybe this trope is the secret to eternal life in the real world....
14:13 2019-06-04

How we made Luniz's I Got 5 on It ‘Everybody was rapping about getting high but our slang camouflaged it. We got a weed anthem on mainstream radio’The record we sampled, Why You Treat Me So Bad by Club Nouveau, was always the dopest. A million rappers were rapping over another record of theirs, Rumors, but I was always about this be...
09:00 2019-06-04

'A horrible way to die': how Chernobyl recreated a nuclear meltdown From ‘painting on’ radiation sickness to making the explosion less ‘Die Hard’, the acclaimed drama has gone to great lengths to evoke the chaos and terror of the Soviet-era disasterWe were lucky to have survived the Cold War without a nuclear attack. The pop culture of that chilly era warned what th...
09:00 2019-06-04

Madonna: Madame X review – her most bizarre album ever (Live Nation/Interscope/Maverick)The lows, featuring white-saviour narratives and witless lyrics, are really low. But by embracing Latin pop, Madonna sounds more natural than she has in yearsWe all get old, but never at the same age. Some of us are old when we’re children, bringing briefcases to sch...
09:00 2019-06-04

Jay-Z is world's first billionaire rapper, report claims In a new cover story, Forbes has valued the rapper and business mogul’s empire at $1bn, including real estate and other ventures Jay-Z has been named the world’s first billionaire rapper in a new Forbes cover story.The magazine has claimed the 49-year-old’s empire “conservatively” totals $1bn after ...
23:26 2019-06-03

Kevin Spacey in surprise appearance at sexual assault case hearing Spacey, 59, accused of groping young man in Nantucket barActor pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery chargeWearing a gray suit and glasses, Kevin Spacey appeared on Monday at a Massachusetts courthouse where a judge was set to hold a hearing in the case accusing the disgraced actor of g...
18:52 2019-06-03

Nano-robots and VR for refugees: EPSRC 2019 winners – in pictures An image of a Syrian refugee using virtual reality to help researchers design a shelter has been chosen as the winner of the 2019 national science photography competition organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The competition attracted 169 entries from EPSRC-funded rese...
16:39 2019-06-03

‘The public has a right to art’: the radical joy of Keith Haring Colourful and cartoonish, accessible and political, Keith Haring’s work has never gone out of fashion. But what drove him?• ‘He has changed things’: Keith Haring remembered by those who knew himThough he died in 1990, in many ways Keith Haring is still alive. His art is everywhere. There are Haring ...
16:39 2019-06-03

'Our leftover ideas? We sell them to Samsung': Black Mirror creators reveal all Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones answer Guardian readers’ questions about Doctor Who, James Bond – and what gives them nightmares‘Happy? I have my moments’ – read the interviewBarbara, Beckenham Continue reading......
14:39 2019-06-03

Best TV of 2019 so far Devastating drama in Chernobyl, a fitting finale for Fleabag and the climax of Game of Thrones. Already, it’s shaping up to be a phenomenal viewing yearDaisy Haggard’s downbeat gem took on a tough topic – a woman’s return to her home town after a stretch behind bars – and turned it into a meditation...
14:39 2019-06-03

How Mindy Kaling’s Late Night exposes TV’s women-less writers rooms US shows are filled with male hosts and production teams. The comic’s new film draws from her experiences in the industryRevenge must feel sweet for Mindy Kaling. Fourteen years ago, she was the “diversity hire” – the first female writer and person of colour on the US version of The Office – and pre...
14:39 2019-06-03

Big brows and tight waistcoats: inside the mediocre Jonas Brothers film Chasing Happiness fails to offer any analysis of how and why the boyband happened in the first placeIf a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around to hear it, did it make a sound? Similarly: if a six-years-on-hiatus boyband release a comeback single without a 90-minute documentary about how diff...
16:39 2019-06-01

Kapow! The history of fighting games We’ve come a long way since that 80s one where you punched a bull in the face. As fighting games hit home in Black Mirror’s Striking Vipers, we chart their evolutionNicole Beharie Q&A: ‘Technology might hinder a relationship in the Black Mirror world’It was not an auspicious beginning. The first vid...
16:39 2019-06-01

Why Tales of the City is still a revolutionary show Armistead Maupin’s creation has been rebooted for a new generation. Laura Linney and its makers talk LGBTQ life on TVFor five decades, Tales of the City has been life-affirming, life-changing and even life-saving. Armistead Maupin’s books, which began as a newspaper column in 1976, took readers insi...
11:39 2019-06-01

Meryl Streep: 'We hurt our boys by calling something "toxic masculinity"' The actor has taken issue with the phrase, saying that such labels block communication, and that women can also be toxicMeryl Streep has criticised the phrase “toxic masculinity”, saying it is offensive to men. “We hurt our boys by calling something toxic masculinity,” she said. “Women can be pretty...
19:52 2019-05-31

Black Mirror: the five best episodes so far Black Mirror is back. From an 80s lesbian romance to a murderous choose-your-own adventure, here are the essential dystopian stories you must watch before the new season drops next weekSeason 2, Episode 1 Continue reading......
19:52 2019-05-31

'You get used to the gunfire' – filming the Libyan women's football team Denounced on TV, they train at secret locations watched by armed guards. We meet the woman from Hastings who made a fascinating film about Libya’s guttsiest football squad‘Just what our country needs!” rails the imam sarcastically on Libyan TV. “A women’s football team! And what’s more, they chose t...
17:26 2019-05-31

Miley Cyrus: She Is Coming review – pop chameleon finds her true colours (RCA Records)Once shuttling awkwardly between different personas, Cyrus draws together all sides of her personality with this new EPFew pop stars ricochet between personas as quickly as Miley Cyrus. Somehow still only 26, the country-hip-hop-Disney-hybrid star seems to have lived nine lives, both as...
17:26 2019-05-31

Phoebe Waller-Bridge: new Bond film must 'treat women properly' – even if he doesn't The Fleabag and Killing Eve writer has expanded on her role polishing the script for the 25th 007 film – which is rumoured to concern genetic engineeringNews of the recruitment of Phoebe Waller-Bridge to polish the script of the 25th James Bond film was met with relief from fans fretful about the fi...
17:26 2019-05-31

Killer Ratings: did a Brazilian TV host arrange murders to boost his show? A new Netflix documentary tells the extraordinary story of Wallace Souza who, it is alleged, took extreme actions in the hunt for new viewersSuppose that, in a future season of Line of Duty, the reveal turned out to be that the organised crime syndicate had been using hitmen to kill drug dealers in ...
17:26 2019-05-31

Jimmy Kimmel on Trump: 'He knows we're seeing his tweets, right?' Late-night hosts discussed the race to impeach the president as well as his latest ‘category 5 tweetstorm’Late-night hosts ridiculed Donald Trump for his latest Twitter meltdown and discussed the rift within the Democrats over the fight to impeach him. Continue reading......
17:26 2019-05-31

Good Omens review – Sheen and Tennant fight the devil with dill sauce The two leads shine as an angel and a demon facing down the apocalypse. But this adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s novel goes to hell when they’re not aroundIn my heart I believe that Michael Sheen will never be better than he was as Liz Lemon’s “settling soulmate”, Wesley Snipes, in 3...
13:52 2019-05-31

When They See Us review – Netflix's gut-wrenching tale of the Central Park Five Ava DuVernay pulls no punches in this urgent, astonishing retelling of an assault case that opened a window on injustice in AmericaDirector Ava DuVernay doesn’t spend long establishing the normality of the lives of young teenagers Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise and Raymond...
13:52 2019-05-31

About a boy: Boy George biopic in the works Sacha Gervasi, the director of Hitchcock and Anvil!, is attached to write and direct a film about the life of the Culture Club frontmanA movie about the life and career of Culture Club frontman Boy George is in the works at MGM. No cast is yet attached but the director, Sacha Gervasi – whose previou...
18:39 2019-05-30

Musician Leon Redbone dies aged 69 Singer-songwriter, known for his Vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley music, released 16 albums and retired in 2015 after health problems Singer-songwriter Leon Redbone has died at the age of 69.Redbone, known for Vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley music, had retired in 2015 after health problems. Throughout his ...
18:39 2019-05-30

Trevor Noah on Trump: 'The president has obstruction herpes' The late-night host tackled Robert Mueller’s press conference: its delivery, content and its impact on the presidentTrevor Noah focused on Robert Mueller’s press conference and the hype, speculation and the conclusion surrounding it. Continue reading......
18:39 2019-05-30

Bruce Springsteen's albums – ranked! Ahead of the release of the Boss’s latest album, Western Stars, we rate all 18 of his studio albums to dateOld songs, covers, revivals of old covers. It seemed as though, on his 18th studio album, Bruce Springsteen was, for the first time, casting around for inspiration. It’s not bad – no Springstee...
16:52 2019-05-30

Deadwood: The Movie review – brutal, beautiful farewell for a TV classic Thirteen years after it was abruptly cancelled, David Milch’s grimy, glorious western finally gets the ending it deserves. Take note, Game of Thrones!The moral panic caused by the Game of Thrones finale was a reminder that your biggest fan can turn Rupert Pupkin if they think you didn’t quite nail t...
15:26 2019-05-30

Charles Dance on making Godzilla: 'The catering was sensational!' Freed from Game of Thrones and waging eco-terror in the new monster flick, cinema’s go-to bad aristo talks about turning down 007 and paparazzi ambushesCharles Dance is 15 minutes late. “London, yer know?” says the 72-year-old actor through a mouthful of pastry. His friends call him “Charlie” and Am...
15:26 2019-05-30

Can no one hear us scream? Please Ridley, no more Alien films! Ridley Scott has announced his intention to make a third Alien prequel. When will he and sci-fi’s other great auteurs learn to leave their franchises alone?If a film-maker sets out on a new project with the best of intentions, is it really fair for fans to criticise them when the result of their end...
15:26 2019-05-30

JK Rowling to publish four short books on the history of magic Pottermore Publishing due to release non-fiction ebooks, modelled on the curriculum followed by Harry PotterHarry Potter fans are due to be given new insight into the “rich history” of JK Rowling’s wizarding world in a new series of four short books exploring the origins of magic.Rowling’s Pottermor...
15:26 2019-05-30

The Goldfinch: watch the emotional trailer for the film based on Donna Tartt's novel – video After 13-year-old Theo's mother is killed in a bombing at New York's Metropolitan Museum, his life is thrown dramatically off kilter, and the choices he makes in the aftermath set off a chain of events that will follow him through his teenage years and into adulthood. Directed by John Crowley, The G...
10:26 2019-05-30

Domino review – atrocious thriller is new low for Brian De Palma The veteran film-maker races to the bottom with an astonishingly amateurish crime thriller that bores, frustrates and bewilders in equal measureThere are a number of reasons why the hollow new thriller Domino is a tough watch. Firstly, it’s inarguably dull, an 81-minute film that’s somehow still pla...
10:26 2019-05-30

Bigmouth strikes again and again: why Morrissey fans feel so betrayed Once his songs of loneliness and shyness made him a hero to misfits and outsiders. Yet now he is voicing his support for a far-right partyIt was once a hearing aid, or a swinging bunch of gladioli. In the 80s Morrissey had a unique way with stage props – let’s face it, he had a unique way with every...
08:00 2019-05-30

Bernadette Peters: 'Every role I've played, I've thought – that's me!' The Broadway powerhouse talks about trusting Sondheim, hearing others sing her songs and waiting to be taken seriouslyCafe Luxembourg, the closet-sized New York bistro Bernadette Peters chooses for our lunch, opened in 1983 and seems almost unchanged. That also goes for Peters, although she has been...
08:00 2019-05-30

Feminists with a bullet: how the ageing heroine became screen gold As a greying Linda Hamilton dusts off the rocket launcher to take on a new Terminator, we look at how the cowering victims of 70s horror paved the way for today’s grizzled gunslingersThe trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate hinges on the return of Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor to the franchise. Halfway...
08:00 2019-05-30

When They See Us: behind the harrowing Netflix drama about the Central Park Five The cast of Ava DuVernay’s devastating fact-based drama talk about the story’s prescience and their memories of the original caseFrom the 39th floor of the Mandarin Oriental in New York, Central Park’s spring blossom takes centre stage in a sweeping Manhattan panorama. But even from this high up, it...
08:00 2019-05-30

Thy name is woman: female Hamlets from Sarah Bernhardt to Cush Jumbo - in pictures Ophelia and Gertrude are the chief female characters in Hamlet but many female actors have taken on the lead role itself including Asta Nielsen, Frances de la Tour and Maxine Peake Continue reading......
14:13 2019-05-29

Gabriel Diniz, Brazilian pop star, killed in plane crash aged 28 Singer with huge Brazilian fanbase died amid concerns that aircraft was not licensed for air taxi travelGabriel Diniz, one of Brazil’s most successful current pop stars, has been killed in a plane crash, aged 28.His plane took off from the city of Salvador in Bahia state on Monday 27 May, bound for ...
14:13 2019-05-29

Live Aid to Sonic Death Monkey – the best gigs at the movies As the Queen and Elton John biopics prove, great concert performances are at the heart of the best films about music. Here are 15 of the finestAs the elaborate live performance scenes in Elton John biopic Rocketman demonstrate, you can’t deny the power of a well-executed concert, one of cinema’s mos...
14:13 2019-05-29

'Is this going to be a joyous place?' … the architects asking revolutionary questions How do you build the perfect town? You send for Public Practice, the initiative that’s tempting architects back into the public sector“Developers keep looking at me as if I’m a total nutter,” says Ione Braddick. “I’ve got into the habit of asking them if people would feel joy when walking around th...
14:13 2019-05-29

Godzilla: King of the Monsters review – sound, fury and stupidity A clunky sequel has rare moments of visual splendour but they can’t disguise a laughable script with a ramshackle narrativeIf there’s one positive outcome from Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the summer’s first inarguably bad blockbuster, it should be that the marketing team at Warner Bros receives ...
00:39 2019-05-29

Ken Loach has competition: meet the new heroes of socially conscious cinema | Caspar Salmon In Cannes, a new breed of imaginative, poetic directors are making Loach’s approach to sociopolitical drama look old hatThis year’s Cannes film festival staged a clash that might have passed viewers by: namely, a fight between good old-fashioned social realism and a new, politically conscious cinema...
23:00 2019-05-28

From anemoia to zagreb: how 'fictionaries' are liberating the word Everyone from Flaubert to the Moomins has had fun with creating words – we should all challenge our lethologica and start doing the same, says Eley WilliamsSondern. the realisation that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.It is unlikely that you will find this defi...
13:26 2019-05-27

Does Booksmart spell the end of high school stereotypes? Olivia Wilde’s new film provides a hierarchy without the misfits, jocks and nerds that once occupied teen storiesTeen movies love to classify people into cliques and categories but Olivia Wilde’s new comedy Booksmart blows that all apart. It is a teen movie for the ages, mixing elements of Superbad,...
13:26 2019-05-27

Patricia Arquette: ‘I don’t want to play the ingenue for ever’ The actor has taken on her toughest part yet, playing a mentally ill mother in new true crime show The Act. Here, she talks about ageing, activism and midwiferyPatricia Arquette’s new US television true crime series, The Act, is as unsettling as it is fascinating. She portrays Dee Dee Blanchard, a m...
16:13 2019-05-26

The big picture: joy and nostalgia in a French water park Photographer Franck Bohbot evokes the freedom and friendships of summers past in his dreamlike series Forever YoungThe earliest family holidays Franck Bohbot remembers were in Alicante, in the south of Spain. The first thing he and his parents did was go to a big water park. “It was so much fun,” he...
12:26 2019-05-26

Follow the Bird Lady! Cinderella costume parade – in pictures Christopher Wheeldon is bringing his in-the-round Cinderella ballet to the Royal Albert Hall in London, complete with 370 costumes. We went behind the scenes for English National Ballet’s final preparations Continue reading......
16:01 2019-05-25

Courtney Love: ‘A Hole reunion? We are definitely talking about it’ As Live Through This turns 25, the band discuss the trauma and pop tactics that charged its release – as well as their comebackRaw, beautiful and extremely angry: 25 years ago the grunge movement birthed its most powerful album. A raging takedown of body fascism, self-doubt and sexual assault in pre...
12:00 2019-05-25

Tarantino is back! 10 things we learned from Cannes 2019 Elle Fanning wins the style stakes, Quentin Tarantino gets movie nostalgia, film stars watch TV just like us, and everyone’s crazy about The LighthouseGood news from Cannes for anyone who went off Quentin Tarantino when he started making westerns and war films: the director has gone back to his Pulp...
08:26 2019-05-25

'We knew we had something extraordinary': looking back on Woodstock, 50 years on In new documentary Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation, the defining festival gets a closer look with never-before-heard insightEarly in the planning of Woodstock, 50 years ago this year, co-founder Joel Rosenmann had a hunch that he and his team were on to what would soon become a cultu...
08:26 2019-05-25

Watched plots … Hilary Mantel and the writers under pressure from fans With the Wolf Hall novelist set to finish her trilogy in 2020, Philip Pullman, Anne Rice and others discuss how expectations can affect the creative processPhilip Pullman waited 17 years before allowing readers back into the world of Lyra Belacqua, Joseph Heller took 33 to return to Catch-22, and Ge...
04:26 2019-05-25

Sylvester Stallone: next Rocky film should focus on immigration Actor outlines premise that ‘could work’ for franchise but says his all-American heroes were never intended as political symbolsSylvester Stallone has said he wants to make a new Rocky film in which the boxer encounters an immigrant living illegally in the US.Speaking during a Q&A at the Cannes film...
04:26 2019-05-25

It Must Be Heaven review – Palestine's holy fool lives the dream The latest satire-fable from Elia Suleiman is as droll as ever, but while there’s a kernel of seriousness here it too often lapses into elusive mannerismThe Palestinian film-maker Elia Suleiman, dishevelled yet dapper at all times and never without his hat, saunters across continents in this new mov...
04:26 2019-05-25

Booksmart review – wild, warm high school comedy puts girls on top Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut is a funny, filthy, female-fronted competitor to Superbad that boasts its own distinctive style During the first act of SXSW crowd-pleaser Booksmart there’s a fantastically humbling, game-changer of a moment for Molly (Beanie Feldstein), a smart if smug overachiever ...
18:00 2019-05-24

Flying Lotus: Flamagra review – cosmic voyager's cartoonish cinematic vision (Warp)Always known for Technicolor hip-hop odysseys, Flying Lotus has now gone fully cinematic. Following his directorial debut with the gross-out flick Kuso, Steven Ellison’s sixth album includes a short story from David Lynch and cartoonish rap miniatures such as Yellow Belly, a collaboration with...
18:00 2019-05-24

Morrissey: California Son review – clumsy covers with a troll-like spirit (BMG)A week after Morrissey appeared on a late-night talk show wearing a badge in support of an anti-Islam, far-right minor political party (not to mention the preceding decade of contentious proclamations), it is impossible to hear a number of the covers on California Son in anything but a chilling...
18:00 2019-05-24

Neil Gaiman: ‘Good Omens feels more apt now than it did 30 years ago’ Before Terry Pratchett died, Gaiman told his friend he would adapt their novel about an angel and a devil stopping the apocalypse. As Good Omens starts on TV, he discusses fame, politics and honouring that promiseYou’d never know from watching Good Omens, Neil Gaiman’s effervescent apocalyptic comed...
18:00 2019-05-24

To be continued … can the sequel album save Usher’s musical reputation? The R&B star has hinted at a follow-up to Confessions, but history is littered with late-career gimmicksThe last we heard from Usher Raymond IV, he was taking a curling iron to his hair and dressing up for a New Year’s Eve party like a lost member of the Rat Pack. Unfortunately, that temporary new ’...
18:00 2019-05-24

Cannes 2019: Peter Bradshaw's picks – and Palme d'Or predictions Our chief critic’s considered verdict on new movies from big-hitters Almodóvar, Tarantino, Malick and Loach, as well as the buzz around homegrown talent Céline SciammaThis has been an excellent Cannes, despite a middling opener from Jim Jarmusch – a tongue-in-cheek zombie comedy called The Dead Don’...
18:00 2019-05-24

Steve Lacy: Apollo XXI review – a casually confident kaleidoscope (3QTR) As a teenager, Steve Lacy released two albums with funk troupe the Internet, one of them Grammy-nominated; he also released a solo EP, and, often building beats purely on his iPhone, worked with Kendrick Lamar, Solange, Vampire Weekend and many others. He also became a Louis Vuitton model. At...
14:00 2019-05-24

No place like home: eastern Europeans in the West Midlands – in pictures Jon Tonks’ Stories of Home is a study of central and eastern European communities living in the Sandwell district of the West Midlands, home to the UK’s biggest Polish population. Taken in the two years after the 2016 referendum, the series explores questions around home and identity Continue readin...
09:52 2019-05-24

How do you write a play about the climate crisis? As part of a new initiative, playwright Bess Wohl was tasked with writing a play about climate crisis, a daunting proposition that’s morphed into the off-Broadway drama ContinuityTime. Comedic timing. The freezing of time. How much time humanity has left before certain catastrophe.In Continuity, the...
09:52 2019-05-24

Rocketmen, raves and rhapsodies: how the music biopic became a Hollywood hit Elton John is the latest rock star to get the movie treatment in Rocketman. When did singers become as bankable as superheroes at the box office?The doors swing open and through the smoke swaggers a figure in bejewelled orange horns, gold popped collar and fiery plumage. The Avengers have fought the...
08:00 2019-05-24

What/If review – Renée Zellweger in deranged gender-flip of Indecent Proposal Netflix’s absurd new drama doesn’t reinvent the morality tale, but it is tremendous funIt is my contention that any programme that chooses to demonstrate the bone-deep villainy of its protagonist by having her practise archery in her office is the best programme. All others can go home. I’m not here...
08:00 2019-05-24

Seth Meyers on Trump: 'Treat him like he's a grandpa in a nursing home' Late-night hosts focused on the strange battle between the president, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck SchumerLate-night hosts focused on tDonald Trump’s snap press conference on Wednesday as well as the controversy over Democratic candidates appearing on Fox News. Continue reading......
19:52 2019-05-23

Killer Sofa to Dogman's Rabies: the worst movie posters at Cannes 2019 Think Cannes is all about red carpet premieres and arthouse masterworks? Think again – there’s a whole other side to the festival where the terrible film reigns supreme. Here are some of the most pitiful efforts Continue reading......
19:26 2019-05-23

The Secret Life of Pets 2 review – return of the funny furry friends In this wittier and less frenetic sequel, the arrival of a newborn baby upends the world of pampered pooch MaxIn 2016, the team behind Despicable Me and Minions pulled off a blatant act of flattery with The Secret Life of Pets – a family animation imagining what the animals of a New York apartment b...
19:26 2019-05-23

Chelsea Manning director: 'She's a kind of punk rock figure for me' An intimate new documentary follows Chelsea Manning after her prison release – from a safe house in the woods to a run for the senate. ‘We had to tread carefully,’ says Tim Travers HawkinsThe night Chelsea Manning was released from Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas, her first steps as a fre...
19:26 2019-05-23

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – what we learned from the Vanity Fair special JJ Abrams and co have hinted the finale will involve less CGI, more new characters … and screen time for Carrie FisherIn just under seven months’ time, a saga spanning nine films, three generations and 42 years will finally be over, bringing the epic story of the Skywalker family to a close. After s...
19:26 2019-05-23

Dog weepie movies – ranked! With mutts all over our screens in John Wick 3, A Dog’s Journey, Paw Patrol and more, which of film’s furry friends can melt the most hearts?Russian mobsters kill Daisy, the beagle puppy left to John Wick by his late wife. The sadness of the puppy death is offset by Wick going on to kill everyone wh...
16:39 2019-05-23

Terminator: Dark Fate trailer – first footage released online The sixth Terminator film, which brings back Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, is produced by James Cameron The first teaser trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate has been released online.This is the sixth film in the Terminator series, which began in 1984 with the James Cameron-directed The Ter...
16:39 2019-05-23

Matthias & Maxime review – Xavier Dolan's heartfelt tale of male longing Two friends’ playful kiss rekindles suppressed feelings in a film swept along by rattling dialogue and simmering tensionsXavier Dolan’s unstoppably garrulous, sweet-natured new movie is a coming-of-age film, or possibly an approaching-thirtysomethinghood film. Or perhaps it’s a portrait of a bunch o...
15:00 2019-05-23

The Lonely Island's Unauthorised Bash Brothers Experience: dizzyingly genius TV Like Beyoncé’s Lemonade ... but for 80s baseball players, this ‘visual poem’ sounds unbelievably niche. But it is, in fact, half an hour of hilarious beautyEven by their own standards, The Lonely Island’s new Netflix ‘visual poem’ is a very, very specific piece of work. The Lonely Island Presents: T...
15:00 2019-05-23

The Phantom Menace at 20: was the infamous prequel actually that bad? It’s 20 years since George Lucas outraged fans, derailed careers and introduced us to Jar Jar Binks. Is it time to forgive him?It is hard to believe that The Phantom Menace is 20 years old this year. In the decades since we first met Jar Jar Binks, Anakin Skywalker and those weird cod-Japanese bloke...
15:00 2019-05-23

The Perfection review – gory Netflix horror offers imperfect intrigue Get Out’s Allison Williams plays a mysterious cellist in an intermittently alluring yet flatly directed B-movie that tries too hard to shock In Netflix-acquired curio The Perfection, confusion reigns. As viewers, we’re wrongfooted both by the film’s twisting plot and its genre, oscillating between b...
11:39 2019-05-23

After Maria: the Netflix documentary looking at life after a hurricane The makes of a new documentary short about Puerto Rican families after Hurricane Maria talk about the importance of illuminating a crisisAt Glenda Martes’s 43rd birthday celebration last summer, party favors mix with evidence of transience: there’s a plastic tiara, balloons and silly string; generic...
11:39 2019-05-23

Top 10 books about angry women Stories of female rage were for centuries often stifled or spun. From Euripides to Jean Rhys, Stephen King to Gillian Flynn, here are some of the exceptionsWe are angry. If the last two years have taught us anything, it’s that. There’s a quiet rage, simmering and unspoken, among women – an anger tha...
00:52 2019-05-23

After Game of Thrones: what on Westeros should we do now? The end of GoT isn’t just the end of a show. It’s the end of gorging ourselves silly, collectively. Will anything ever fill this buzz vacuum?Game of Thrones finale recap – The Iron ThroneGame of Thrones review – final epic episode corrects some major wrongsIn the dying days of Game of Thrones, it’s ...
00:52 2019-05-23

Man Booker International prize: Jokha Alharthi wins for Celestial Bodies First female Omani novelist to be translated into English shares £50,000 prize with translator Marilyn Booth – the first time an Arabic book has wonJokha Alharthi, the first female Omani novelist to be translated into English, has won the Man Booker International prize for her novel Celestial Bodies...
16:00 2019-05-22

The bogs are alive: how art is healing Scottish peatlands An ambitious project is restoring areas of blanket bog in the heart of the Flow Country in northern Scotland that have been damaged by forestry plantingA commission to produce a series of visual, sonic and kinetic installations has been awarded to Cryptic, a Glasgow-based arthouse, as part of the Pe...
16:00 2019-05-22

Forget the songs you love, it's radio dross that's the real soundtrack of your life We might hope that the songs that bookmark our most important moments are ones we adore – but, as Louis Theroux revealed, it’s often just the ones that are top of the chartsLauren Laverne’s interview with Louis Theroux on Desert Island Discs is still making me smile, days after Friday’s broadcast. A...
16:00 2019-05-22

Wheatus: how we made Teenage Dirtbag ‘I wanted it to sound like Metallica and AC/DC from the waist up and Public Enemy from the waist down’I’d had the riff in my head since college. I wrote Teenage Dirtbag lying on a futon staring at the ceiling in a rented apartment on Long Island, New York. The song is fictional, but has a bit of sce...
16:00 2019-05-22

Pacific Ocean coup: how Ronald Reagan helped bury a Beach Boy at sea The US president had promised the band that if they ever needed his help, he would be on hand. So when Dennis Wilson died, he started making some callsMinutes after sunset on 4 January 1984, the body of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson entered the Pacific Ocean from the deck of a US Coast Guard ship...
16:00 2019-05-22

James Ellroy webchat – post your questions now The demon dog behind LA Confidential, American Tabloid, The Black Dahlia and new thriller This Storm will be answering your questions on Monday 27 May at 3pm BST 3.21pm BST I’m very pleased to say that the demon dog himself, James Ellroy, will be joining us for a webchat on Monday 27 May at 3pm BST....
16:00 2019-05-22

Natalie Portman criticises 'creepy' Moby over 'disturbing' account of friendship Musician says in memoir the pair dated, but Portman disputes account, saying ‘my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me’Natalie Portman has criticised Moby for a “very disturbing” account of their friendship in his new memoir Then It Fell Apart.In the book, the musician, now 53, claim...
16:00 2019-05-22

Boom to bust: faded smalltown America – in pictures Niko J Kallianiotis travelled through the main streets of Pennsylvania to photograph ‘the silhouette of what once was’ now the coal industry has gone Continue reading......
10:00 2019-05-22

Saturday Night Live: the 10 best sketches from the 44th season From an unlikely bodega musical to the return of Opera Man, a patchy season still brought with it some hilarious momentsSaturday Night Live finished its 44th season this past weekend – which means it’s time to look back at the period’s best moments. If there’s anything to be gleaned from this highly...
10:00 2019-05-22

Parasite review – creepy invasion of the lifestyle snatchers Bong Joon-ho’s bizarre black comedy about a rich Korean family and a poor one in a modern-day Downton Abbey situation gets its tendrils in youBong Joon-ho has returned to Cannes with a luxuriously watchable and satirical suspense drama. It runs as purringly smooth as the Mercedes driven by the lead ...
01:13 2019-05-22

Facing the Ubiquity of Fortnite in Our Kids' Lives About a week after the *L* dance was decoded, and 72 hours after the carpool surveillance, my wife and I convened the Fortnite security council again....
20:39 2019-05-21

Inside the Hybrid Digital-Analog Lives of Children For our kids, the digital world is as much their native environment as the physical world. It's up to parents to help them thrive in this often mystifying existence....
20:39 2019-05-21

It's the World Slime Convention! Let's Goo! Welcome to the World Slime Convention, where fans and purveyors of the internet's gloppiest trend gather to network and talk shop—many with their parents in tow....
20:39 2019-05-21

The life of Alexander von Humboldt, plus foraging for food – books podcast On this week’s show, we’re talking about two books that encourage us to look anew at nature. Claire sits down in Cartegena with Andrea Wulf, who won the Royal Society prize in 2016 for The Invention of Nature, her biography of Alexander von Humboldt. They discuss her latest take on the polymath expl...
16:52 2019-05-21

Rem Koolhaas video: 'I've seen Britain transformed for the better by Europe' The revered architect and theorist is on a mission to explain why being a part of Europe is good for the national interest - and lovers of coffeeI was present in Britain when it became part of the EU and I’ve lived in London for a very long time since, so I can say that I’ve really experienced the i...
16:52 2019-05-21

Downton Abbey movie: first trailer promises warring butlers and mega-Maggie The first full-length trailer suggests a faithful transfer for Julian Fellowes’ hit TV series as the household prepares for a royal visitAfter the hors d’oeuvres of a teaser trailer, some posters and much buzz-building at, er, Comic Con, the starter has arrived in the lavish banquet that is the rele...
16:52 2019-05-21

Is Renee Zellweger's Netflix thriller the best trash TV show of 2019? In the absurd yet absurdly compulsive drama What/If, the Oscar winner makes an unlikely comeback as a devious, scenery-chewing billionaireIt’s tricky to explain Renee Zellweger’s new Netflix show What/If to somebody who hasn’t seen it, because it’s an exercise in diametrically opposed contradictions...
16:52 2019-05-21

David Severn's best photograph: men hunting rabbits for beer ‘They’re out on the site of the old Newstead Colliery. They do eat the rabbits they catch – or trade them for beer. Thirty years ago, they would have been miners’I started my Thanks Maggie project back in 2012. The title is definitely sarcastic. It’s a series of photographs about culture and social ...
15:00 2019-05-21

The best British press photography – in pictures The Assignments exhibition is an annual chance to see the top images by UK photojournalists, as chosen by the British Press Photographers’ Association. Warning: readers may find some of the images upsetting Assignments runs from 17–19 May at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London SE1 9PH. Entry is free...
15:00 2019-05-21

Stephen Shore's Los Angeles – in pictures Photo London has named Stephen Shore as its master of photography for 2019. New work will be shown at Somerset House alongside this classic series Los Angeles, which features 60 photographs taken in one day in 1969 Continue reading......
15:00 2019-05-21

'The Lost Metropolis': 1930s Tokyo street life – in pictures Kineo Kuwabara captured these rich images of everyday life the city during the buildup to the second world war. The series is on display 18-19 May at the Special Edition of The London Photograph Fair Continue reading......
15:00 2019-05-21

Rob Ball's Funland: British seaside towns – in pictures “To me, the seaside is heady and joyous all year round,” says photographer Rob Ball. “We have memories of family holidays or time spent by the coast, so we all have a connection to it.” Ball has published three books of coast-based photos since moving to Whitstable on the north coast of Kent more th...
15:00 2019-05-21

The big picture: national pride flourishes amid war in Ukraine Mark Neville captures a moment full of symbolism on the fringes of the conflict in DonbassOver the past three years, London-based photographer Mark Neville has been travelling around Ukraine to work on several wide-ranging projects: one about holidaymakers in Odessa, another about people at worship,...
15:00 2019-05-21

UFO religions, microscopic ants and lunar landscapes – in pictures Foam Talent are presenting 20 emerging artists who are lighting up the world of contemporary photography – here are some of the highlights Continue reading......
15:00 2019-05-21

Prominent refugees and their contribution to the UK – in pictures Ahead of Refugee Week, Jillian Edelstein portraits celebrate the contribution of people from diverse refugee backgrounds. You, Me and Those That Came Before, commissioned by Counterpoints Arts, will preview at the Tate Exchange in London as part of its Who Are We? programme, before transferring to t...
15:00 2019-05-21

Sorry We Missed You review – Ken Loach's superb swipe at zero-hours Britain The I, Daniel Blake director raises his game yet further with this gut-wrenching tale of a delivery worker driven to the brinkDirector Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty have come storming back to Cannes with another tactlessly passionate bulletin from the heart of modern Britain, the land of z...
15:00 2019-05-21

Rocketman review – Elton John biopic that's better at the tiaras than the tantrums Taron Egerton does a good impression of the flamboyant musician in this sucrose treatment, a by-the-numbers approach authorised by Elton himselfDexter Fletcher’s rousingly good natured Rocketman is the authorised-version movie about the legendary singer-songwriter Elton John: written by Lee Hall, pr...
15:00 2019-05-21

Happy Talk review – Susan Sarandon can't save Jesse Eisenberg's trite play The Pershing Square Signature Center, New YorkA reliably accomplished performance from the Oscar winner isn’t enough to add weight to an uneven tale with a thudding twistThere are a number of nagging questions that arise during Happy Talk, the latest play from the Oscar-nominated actor turned playwr...
15:00 2019-05-21

Portrait of a Lady on Fire review – burning desires and flashes of Hitchcock Girlhood director Céline Sciamma’s gripping 18th-century story of obsession demonstrates a new mastery of classical style Céline Sciamma has brought a superbly elegant, enigmatic drama to Cannes that compels a shiver of aesthetic pleasure and fear. With this new story, she demonstrates a deeply sati...
15:00 2019-05-21

Then It Fell Apart by Moby review – sex, drugs and self-loathing The superstar DJ’s account of his journey from poverty to wild parties in mansions is funny and often harrowingFor many people, evacuating your bowels in a squalid Times Square strip-club lavatory because you have drunkenly ingested a furious stripper’s entire bag of cocaine might qualify as “rock b...
15:00 2019-05-21

Whodunnit! The secret artists' auction – in pictures Pictures on a Postcard auctions anonymous signed works by big-name photographers from Larry Clark to Roger Ballen, Todd Hido and Karen Knorr. Here are our favourites … Continue reading......
15:00 2019-05-21

PEN World Voices Festival: Meditations on war Presented with The GuardianThe 2019 PEN World Voices Festival will bring more than 200 writers and artists representing over 50 nationalities to New York City and Los Angeles this month to discuss and debate the theme Open Secrets — what we reveal and what we withhold, and the opportunities and dang...
15:00 2019-05-21

PEN World Voices Festival: Transfronterizo Life Presented with The GuardianThe 2019 PEN World Voices Festival will bring more than 200 writers and artists representing over 50 nationalities to New York City and Los Angeles this month to discuss and debate the theme Open Secrets — what we reveal and what we withhold, and the opportunities and dang...
15:00 2019-05-21

PEN World Voices Festival: Siri, where's my democracy? Presented with The GuardianThe 2019 PEN World Voices Festival will bring more than 200 writers and artists representing over 50 nationalities to New York City and Los Angeles this month to discuss and debate the theme Open Secrets — what we reveal and what we withhold, and the opportunities and dang...
15:00 2019-05-21

PEN World Voices Festival: Surveillance Capitalism, Human Autonomy, And you Presented with The GuardianThe 2019 PEN World Voices Festival will bring more than 200 writers and artists representing over 50 nationalities to New York City and Los Angeles this month to discuss and debate the theme Open Secrets — what we reveal and what we withhold, and the opportunities and dang...
15:00 2019-05-21

PEN World Voices Festival: Person, Place, and Politics: Recusing Ourselves from States of Turmoil Presented with The GuardianThe 2019 PEN World Voices Festival will bring more than 200 writers and artists representing over 50 nationalities to New York City and Los Angeles this month to discuss and debate the theme Open Secrets — what we reveal and what we withhold, and the opportunities and dang...
15:00 2019-05-21

PEN World Voices Festival: It happened to me Presented with The GuardianThe 2019 PEN World Voices Festival will bring more than 200 writers and artists representing over 50 nationalities to New York City and Los Angeles this month to discuss and debate the theme Open Secrets — what we reveal and what we withhold, and the opportunities and dang...
15:00 2019-05-21

PEN World Voices Festival: The Big Chill: Creativity in the era of data mining Presented with The GuardianThe 2019 PEN World Voices Festival will bring more than 200 writers and artists representing over 50 nationalities to New York City and Los Angeles this month to discuss and debate the theme Open Secrets — what we reveal and what we withhold, and the opportunities and dang...
15:00 2019-05-21

Julianna Margulies on her shocking Ebola drama: 'I panicked in my hazmat suit!' The star of ER and The Good Wife is back – as a doctor fighting to save humanity. She gives her bodyguard the slip to talk about our imperilled planet – and her love of Sussex A-roadsBefore I meet Julianna Margulies, I spend three days staring at her bodyguard. He’s impossible to miss: one of those ...
15:00 2019-05-21

Andy Warhol's friendship with Jean-Michel Basquiat revealed in 400 unseen photos Book offers ‘voyeuristic glimpse’ into the two artists’ lives with hundreds of Warhol’s images and diary entries A “voyeuristic” glimpse into the world of two of the late 20th century’s greatest artists is to be revealed in a book that finally brings to light some of the 130,000 photographs that And...
15:00 2019-05-21

Meet Rose Garnett, the mastermind behind Britain’s best movies The head of BBC Films is worshipped by everyone from Rachel Weisz to Steve McQueen. How did an ex-heroin addict become the biggest hitmaker in British cinema?Once upon a time, movie moguls were cinema’s biggest mystery. Wreathed in cigar smoke and secrets, the puppet masters who ran the studios were...
15:00 2019-05-21

Arnold Schwarzenegger 'not pressing charges' after drop-kick attack Actor sends message of empathy to his assailant after initially failing to notice the flying kick into his back at sports galaArnold Schwarzenegger has confirmed he will not be taking legal action after he was attacked at a sports event in South Africa.Schwarzenegger, 71, responded to concerns for h...
15:00 2019-05-21

John Oliver: 'A death certificate isn’t like a degree from USC. It means something' The Last Week Tonight host focused on the underfunded system of medical examiners and coronersThis Sunday’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver focused on death investigations. While portrayed glamorously on television, the field is suffering. Over half a million bodies end up being investigated by c...
15:00 2019-05-21

Burning desire: John Wick and the undying appeal of the revenge thriller In the third chapter of the Keanu Reeves action franchise, one man’s violent mission continues to provide us with an uneasy catharsis To justify a murderous massacre filled with infinite fusillades of gun-toting violence, 2014’s John Wick offers the death of a dog. To sever the connection between ma...
15:00 2019-05-21

A whole new world: does the new Aladdin fetishise Middle Eastern culture? Guy Ritchie’s new film evokes a fantasy Arabia, following Hollywood’s long tradition of problematic stereotypes A new Aladdin movie means a return to Hollywood’s perennial Arab problem, which in this case boils down the awkwardness of setting a family fairytale in a region that has been both vilifie...
15:00 2019-05-21

How Heidi’s romance with Spencer sparked the end of the Hills As the couple’s empire grew, the augmented reality show became a little too real – and a lot less funThe Hills will once more be alive with the sound of histrionics, as MTV revives its iconic late-aughts show this June. And yet, unlike The Real Housewives franchise, it didn’t initially trade in scan...
15:00 2019-05-21

James Ellroy thinks he's a moralist – do you agree? American Tabloid is populated almost entirely with baddies of one sort or another, and ethical judgments are left up to the reader• Warning: this article contains spoilers for American TabloidLet’s take a look at the character arcs of some of the leading players in American Tabloid:Ward J Littell: I...
15:00 2019-05-21

Sex, money and idiots in power: Restoration comedy's endless appeal These late 17th-century plays – with their sea of unfamiliar words – can be daunting for actors. But this disillusioned world speaks to our own age of uncertainty ‘It’s the most terrified I’ve ever been on stage,” Justine Mitchell says flatly. The Irish actor shudders at the thought of the elegant r...
15:00 2019-05-21

Frankie review – Ira Sachs' bickering poshos bore us to tears Isabelle Huppert sleepwalks through a film that proves even great directors are capable of crimes against cinemaEven the very best film-makers can lay an egg sometimes. And Ira Sachs has laid one so big that the walls of the Palais des Festivals may have be knocked down so it can be safely removed. ...
15:00 2019-05-21

Whitney Houston hologram tour, album and Broadway show planned New deal with estate clears path for raft of new projects featuring the late soul and R&B singerThe late Whitney Houston is set to tour as a hologram, according to the company behind the postponed Amy Winehouse hologram tour.In a statement, Base Hologram described the show as an “awe-inspiring live ...
15:00 2019-05-21

Johnny Depp accuses ex-wife Amber Heard of 'painting-on' bruises Depp makes deposition in $50m defamation case, claiming Heard faked evidence of physical abuseJohnny Depp has accused ex-wife Amber Heard of having “painted-on bruises”, as he denied being physically abusive in newly filed court documents.Hollywood actors Depp and Heard married in 2015 before an acr...
15:00 2019-05-21

After Game of Thrones, what's the next must-see fantasy epic? The TV version of George RR Martin’s series has given many their first taste of the genre. Which books deserve the next big-budget take to sustain the spell?By now, the dust has settled and the final occupant of the Iron Throne has ascended to their royal station. (Or, more likely, the throne itself...
15:00 2019-05-21

'Her legacy is incredible': behind the Shirley Chisholm 'anti-monument' An ambitious ode to the first ever black congresswoman is set to launch in Brooklyn in 2020, with the two artists aiming to subvert expectationsWhen it was announced in December that Shirley Chisholm, the first black congresswoman, would get a statue in New York, many echoed the sentiment she stood ...
15:00 2019-05-21

From Billie Ellish to Hall & Oates: the best US summer festival lineups Across America, this summer will bring with it a variety of genre-spanning live music events, featuring a range of diverse artistsWhile US festivals have lately been earning less than rave reviews – with the ongoing fallout of Fyre festival, May’s logistical collapse of North Carolina’s alt-rock Epi...
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