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08:00 2019-09-15

Sam Smith on being non-binary: 'I'm changing my pronouns to they/them' Singer ‘scared shitless but feeling super free right now’ and asks fans to be kind The pop star Sam Smith has come out as non-binary and asked to be addressed by the pronouns they/them. Smith, 27, wrote on Instagram: “After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for...
14:00 2019-09-14

Colbert on the Democratic debate: let the 'humble background games' begin Late-night hosts sorted through three hours of soundbites and campaign promises from the Democratic presidential debateIn a live show following the three-hour Democratic debate, Stephen Colbert picked through a laundry list of potential water-cooler moments, starting with Bernie Sanders’s more grave...
14:00 2019-09-14

After Caroline Calloway: should ghostwriters speak out against their subjects? Natalie Beach’s tell-all about the controversial influencer wasn’t the first case of a ghost exposing their subject, following Julian Assange and Donald TrumpThirty years after ghostwriting Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal, Tony Schwartz described the experience as like putting lipstick on a pig. ...
14:00 2019-09-14

Ordinary Love review – Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville in potent weepie There are strong, sensitive performances in a melancholic film about a couple dealing with the fallout from a cancer diagnosisLisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn are the two film-makers who in 2013 directed Good Vibrations, a tremendous film about the 70s Belfast punk scene. Now they have changed the...
14:00 2019-09-14

American Beauty at 20: is the Oscar-winning hit worth a closer look? In the years since its release, critics have turned against 1999’s Oscar-winning suburban satire but it remains a telling snapshot of the timeI was 16 when I first saw American Beauty; it was the ideal age for it, though I didn’t know it then. In my last year of high school, with the adult world bec...
14:00 2019-09-14

WIRED's 13 Must-Read Books for Fall From the *Handmaid's Tale* sequel to Edward Snowden's memoir, the upcoming book season is looking deadly serious. Up to and including lesbian necromancers....
18:26 2019-09-13

Ai Weiwei: I'm looking forward to arguing with Brits about Brexit The Chinese dissident artist on his UK move and why no one wants to get on the wrong side of ChinaAi Weiwei has described his recent move to the UK as a step into the unknown and said he was looking forward to getting involved in arguments about Brexit.In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, sp...
16:52 2019-09-13

Felicity Huffman to be sentenced in college admissions bribery scandal case Actor is first parent to be sentenced among 34 charged in US scheme involving wealthy parents and elite universitiesFelicity Huffman returns to court in Boston on Friday afternoon to be sentenced for her role in a sweeping college admissions bribery scandal.The Desperate Housewives and Transamerica ...
16:52 2019-09-13

Bad fauxmance: when celebrity couples become PR stunts From Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes to J Lo and Drake, pop is awash with accusations of fake relationships – but who’s for real?Modern Toss on PR-stunt celebrity fauxmancesFar be it for us to stand in the way of young love, but there is something about the romance between new-gen pop stars Shawn Me...
16:52 2019-09-13

Clemency review – Alfre Woodard dominates devastating prison drama The ever-reliable character actor is given a rare opportunity to lead in a tough-minded film about a prison warden questioning the morality of death rowThere’s little room to breathe in writer-director Chinonye Chukwu’s constricting, devastating drama Clemency, an intentionally airless film processi...
16:52 2019-09-13

Unbelievable review – grimly credible story of trauma, power and injustice Netflix’s drama about a retracted rape allegation is a fiercely feminist look at the nature of truth and whose stories get heardAccording to the latest figures, convictions for rapes and sexual assaults are at their lowest in the UK for more than a decade. There are just 919 convictions for the 60,...
16:52 2019-09-13

What Happened to Urban Dictionary? The crowdsourced dictionary once felt like a pioneering tool of the early internet era. Now in its 20th year, it has become something much more inhospitable....
14:26 2019-09-12

Two, four, six, eight, anticipate! – in pictures Gamblers wait for the wheel of fortune to stop spinning. Ice creams start to drip. A family photo in mid-burn. What do these shots of the moments inbetween tell us about the world? Continue reading......
11:39 2019-09-12

‘I was a dangerous person’: Casey Legler on life as a teenage Olympian – and raging alcoholic At 19, Legler broke the Olympic freestyle swimming record. But she was also an alcoholic and drug dealer who had suffered years of abuse from her trainers. She is surprised she is still alive, she saysOne day, when she was a teenager, Casey Legler woke up with a hangover, then jumped into a pool and...
11:39 2019-09-12

Friends costume designer Debra McGuire on making the look of a decade She created the looks for six of TV’s best known characters – and influenced the wardrobe of a generation. Here McGuire talks Joey’s jackets, Phoebe’s prints – and finding fame with a young, new crowdRead more from the autumn/winter 2019 edition of The Fashion, our biannual fashion supplementFriends...
11:39 2019-09-12

Fighting Instagram's $1.3 Billion Problem—Fake Followers As influencers strive for ever-higher engagement numbers, the battle between fake followers and fake-follower-detection tools is turning into an arms race....
14:13 2019-09-10

Civilisation: a breathtaking vista of life in the 21st century – in pictures A photography exhibition featuring more than 200 images from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe, explores the phenomenal complexity of modern life • Civilisation: The Way We Live Now is on at the National Gallery of Victoria from 13 September to 2 February 2020 Continue reading......
14:13 2019-09-10

Thomas Piketty's new War and Peace-sized book published on Thursday French economist’s Capital and Ideology expands on themes in Capital in the 21st Century, which sold 2m copies Six years after being catapulted to fame with a blockbuster about the concentration of wealth, the French economist Thomas Piketty has returned with an epic new book on capitalism.Abiding b...
14:13 2019-09-10

Ban Marvel's gay kiss? You might as well ban the Sistine Chapel The mayor of Rio de Janeiro’s attempts to censor an Avengers comic isn’t just bigoted. It ignores the fact that Christian artists pioneered same-sex snoggingHe may be an evangelical bishop, but you do have to wonder how much Christian art the mayor of Rio de Janeiro has seen. Marcelo Crivella ordere...
14:13 2019-09-10

Inside Hemen & Co: the tiny Kolkata sitar shop that supplied the Beatles George Harrison and Ravi Shankar were loyal customers. More than 70 years since it opened, this family business is still crafting instruments that last a lifetimeIn a dusty, crowded corner of south Kolkata, India, is a quaint 73-year-old musical instrument shop that easily goes unnoticed. Nobody cha...
14:13 2019-09-10

Simon Rattle webchat The music director of the London Symphony Orchestra will answer your questions at 1.15pm on Monday 16 September 3.19pm BST Liverpool-born conductor Sir Simon Rattle begins his third season as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra this week. Under his inspirational leadership, the orchestra...
14:13 2019-09-10

How we made Quadrophenia, by Phil Daniels and Leslie Ash ‘Riding the scooter along the clifftop at Beachy Head, I got too close and fell off’I wasn’t well when I went for the auditions at Shepperton Studios in Surrey. I’d been in South Africa filming Zulu Dawn and got some sort of disease. I looked washed out. When the director Franc Roddam saw how sick I...
14:13 2019-09-10

Ford v Ferrari review – motor-racing drama gets stuck in first gear Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in a handsome-looking but dull account of the rivalry between the US and Italian car-makersFord v Ferrari is a great-looking, handsomely produced but tiringly acted and inert sports drama about two good ol’ boys from the self-admiring world of motor racing – which ...
14:13 2019-09-10

After the metal has gone – in pictures In Britain in the 1980s, the Black Country’s metal industry was hit hard and a landscape that had been formed by the Industrial Revolution disappeared. John Myers’ book The End of Industry captures that time Continue reading......
08:39 2019-09-10

'It Chapter Two' Ruled the Box Office This Weekend It fell short of beating its predecessor, though. Also, 'Joker' won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival and Kristen Stewart wants to play a gay superhero....
18:52 2019-09-09

How Babylon 5 went from space opera to space junk After almost being cancelled, the sci-fi show with heart and brains became a shadow of its former selfBabylon 5 was a show that should never have been commissioned. Five seasons of the United Nations set in space, anyone? Well, set your phasers to stunned because while Star Trek gets all the glory –...
17:13 2019-09-09

Spaceships, spooks and shoot 'em ups: the best video games of the autumn From ultra-violent alien hunts to a honking, flapping goose simulator, here are our video game highlights for the seasonThe third title in the comic book-inspired sci-fi looter-shooter series takes its familiar cast of antiheroes on another hyperactive, ultra-violent alien hunt across a range of pos...
17:13 2019-09-09

The Testaments, 34 years in the making: the longest gaps between sequels The three decades between The Handmaid’s Tale and Margaret Atwood’s much anticipated follow-up makes the wait for George RR Martin’s The Winds of Winter seem briefThose lucky enough to get an advance copy of Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments – though not those who got an early look thanks to Amazon’s...
17:13 2019-09-09

Wildlife photographer of the year – highly commended images The Natural History Museum has released a selection of highly commended photographs from a range of categories. The winners will be announced on 15 October and the exhibition opens on 18 October Continue reading......
11:39 2019-09-09

The Goldfinch review – Donna Tartt adaptation settles for silver An elegantly made attempt to transport the Pulitzer prize-winning novel to the screen boasts a strong cast but a confused emotional focusIs Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer prize-wining novel The Goldfinch unadaptable? Is it possible to condense 784 globetrotting pages of romance, terrorism, grief, drug addic...
11:39 2019-09-09

Iggy Pop: Free review – enjoyably quixotic (Loma Vista/Caroline)The highlights of Iggy Pop’s solo career have generally come about when he’s been taken under the wing of a big-name collaborator, from Bowie in the 1970s to, more recently, Underworld and Josh Homme, who produced 2016’s Post Pop Depression, scoring Iggy his first UK top five al...
11:39 2019-09-09

Succession recap: season two, episode five – a test of moral character that nobody passes The Roys are required, for 48 hours, to impersonate an alcoholically abstemious clan that is socially conscious and free of moral turpitude. Some hopeSpoiler alert: this recap is for people watching Succession season two, which airs on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic in the UK. Do not read on unless ...
11:39 2019-09-09

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood review – Tom Hanks charms as Mister Rogers The star takes on the beloved children’s TV figure in a moving and engrossing departure from a traditional biopicIn last year’s lucrative yet scattershot documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the world of the much-loved children’s TV staple Mister Rogers was gently cracked open for an audience who ...
11:39 2019-09-09

Carol Guzy’s best photograph: a little girl in the war-ravaged ruins of Mosul ‘It was innocence amid war – this tiny girl who should have been enjoying her childhood trapped in this catastrophic battle’I was one of the last photographers left in Mosul during the final days of the battle to liberate the Iraqi city from Islamic State in July 2017. I have covered the humanitaria...
18:39 2019-09-06

A Minuscule Adventure review – sweet animated tale minus Hollywood distractions The lack of smart-alec seagulls is not a problem in this simple but not simplistic film for children full of gentle charm and imaginative soundscapesThere is perhaps a rule in the critics’ handbook that bans watching kids’ films in the company of actual children. But, like other parents doing a chil...
18:39 2019-09-06

UK drill rappers OFB: 'No one helps us round here. Music is the only way' One of the collective is the son of Mark Duggan, whose death sparked the 2011 London riots. But the drill trio OFB are trying to move the genre beyond the violence for which it has been demonisedAt the nucleus of the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham, north London, is a road that local young peopl...
18:39 2019-09-06

A bold new podcast takes on the Epstein scandal – podcasts of the week Big Short director Adam McKay teams up with investigative journalists for a deep dive into the case of the disgraced financier Adam McKay, whose recent films The Big Short and Vice have tackled the 2007-2008 financial crisis and the career of Dick Cheney , is turning his attention to another real-wo...
18:39 2019-09-06

'I'm a perfectionist' – director Lynne Ramsay on delays, self-image and dancing with Joaquin Phoenix She’s one of the greatest voices of contemporary cinema, yet the Scottish director is far from prolific. Perhaps, she says, it’s because of her obsessive natureLynne Ramsay crash-lands on an armchair on the terrace – hair flying, skirts swirling – looking as though she has just been blown in from th...
18:39 2019-09-06

Malcolm Gladwell: ‘A book that changed my life? Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ The writer on ‘the boss’ Janet Malcolm, grappling with the Libor scandal and being read the Narnia books by his fatherThe book I am currently readingBudd Schulberg’s Moving Pictures: Memoirs of a Hollywood Prince. He was the son of an early studio boss, and wrote On the Waterfront. I’m addicted to e...
18:39 2019-09-06

The Institute by Stephen King review – return to DuPray Cosmic forces move beneath the surface in the latest Stephen King novel – but it’s a replay of his greatest hitsWhen each new Stephen King novel starts to read like the literary equivalent of a greatest hits album, I can’t help wondering if we are seeing the fulfilment of a prophecy King’s detractor...
10:26 2019-09-05

Oscar season heats up as J-Lo, Hanks and an imaginary Hitler head to Toronto This year’s festival will unveil some of the most hotly anticipated movies, and a string of A-listers are hoping for awards buzzJennifer Lopez as a stripper, Tom Hanks as a much-loved children’s TV presenter, Fred Rogers, and Taika Waititi as Hitler are just three of the most anticipated performance...
10:26 2019-09-05

Gender and racial diversity on the up in blockbuster films, study finds Survey finds more inclusivity in casting – but not behind the camera – while LGBTQ and disabled people remain marginalisedThere were more leading roles for women and people of colour in blockbusters in 2018 than any previous year, according to a new survey. USC’s Annenberg School for Communication a...
10:26 2019-09-05

The Painted Bird review – savage, searing three-hour tour of hell Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel and Udo Kier star in this phantasmagorical horror about eastern Europe that saw half the Venice audience walk out. I couldn’t look awayOne day they’ll make a film about the first public screening of The Painted Bird, inside the Sala Darsena at the 2019 Venice film fe...
11:13 2019-09-04

Strung out: the afterlife of War Horse's Joey and other puppet stars When the curtain falls on a marionette’s show, they’re put out to pasture, given a facelift – or turned into burglar deterrents‘This thing is alive, this thing is alive, this thing is alive.” The insistence of this fact, says puppeteer Toby Olié, is essential to his job. “You are the soul and life f...
11:13 2019-09-04

Gregory Halpern's American heartland photography – in pictures Photographer Gregory Halpern has been capturing life in the midwestern city of Omaha, Nebraska, for 15 years and now his most impactful images have been pulled together for the book Omaha Sketchbook. His work revolves around themes of masculinity, aggression, class and power and is laid out as a loo...
11:13 2019-09-04

Fears of a clown: why the original It will always be the best While the two-part re-adaptation of Stephen King’s supernatural hit may be reaching a wider audience, the 1990 miniseries remains the scarier alternativeNobody really trusts clowns, do they? I don’t know if it’s the makeup, hiding their real faces; if it’s the sense of enforced fun, this idea that y...
11:13 2019-09-04

Intimate portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama – in pictures Photographer Callie Shell documented the Obamas at home in Chicago, on the campaign trail and in the White House. Her new book shares candid images from the 10 years she spent photographing the family. Hope, Never Fear is published by Chronicle Books Continue reading......
18:26 2019-09-03

The One where Friends is Analysed to Death is not an episode we need to see | Frances Ryan There are, of course, valid criticisms to be made regarding the politics of the 1990s sitcom. But why argue over its quality?Ahead of Friends’ 25th anniversary this month, the website Buzzfeed has published a new viral article arguing that the much-loved show was, in fact, “terrible”.“Friends, a sho...
18:26 2019-09-03

You're on! Jude Law, Judi Dench and more just before curtain up – in pictures Simon Annand has photographed most of the UK’s leading actors on stage. But his images of them off stage – in the half hour before curtain up – offer a rare glimpse of private momentsAn exhibition of Annand’s portraits is at the Lawrence Batley theatre, Huddersfield, 7 September until 29 February Co...
18:26 2019-09-03

Justin Bieber shares emotional post about depression, drug use and delinquency Singer blames past erratic behaviour on child stardom and credits marriage, his faith and friends for helping himJustin Bieber has shared an emotional essay about how childhood stardom led him to make a string of bad decisions and become “the most hated person in the world”, resulting in thoughts of...
18:26 2019-09-03

Kristen Stewart told to stop 'holding her girlfriend’s hand in public' The Twilight actor says she was told she should hide sexuality to land big movie rolesKristen Stewart was told to stop holding her girlfriend’s hand in public in order to win mainstream movie roles, the actor has said.In a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Stewart said that, before she became an e...
18:26 2019-09-03

Traveling While Black: behind the eye-opening VR documentary on racism in America In the Emmy-nominated virtual reality project, viewers are given an immersive historical experience on the depressingly topical dangers of being black in AmericaThe theatre has luxurious red velvet upholstered seats, grand ceilings and gilded trimmings. The rows of chairs stretch back into the osten...
18:26 2019-09-03

It Chapter Two review – Stephen King's homicidal harlequin of hell returns The gang returns as grownups to fight King’s devilish clown, but the truly scary thing about this painfully long horror show is the possibility of a third movieIt’s back. The second half of Stephen King’s horror bestseller about the terrifying clown (is there any other kind?) has now been adapted as...
18:26 2019-09-03

Can Blink 182’s Tom DeLonge prove there’s life on other planets? Unidentified is a new doc series about aliens, funded by the pop-punk guitarist and ET hunterIf you ever wanted proof that we were on an alternate chaos timeline in parallel to another Earth where only normal stuff happens, then news earlier this year that “Tom DeLonge is producing a UFO documentary...
17:26 2019-08-31

Judy review: Renée Zellweger goes full rainbow in vanilla biopic Zellweger rises to the challenge superbly in a standard-issue heartwarmer, premiering in Telluride, that sugarcoats the sadnessFor Judy Garland fans, the final station of the cross in the ordeal of her last years was a five-week booking at the Talk of the Town nightclub in London in 1969, which she ...
09:00 2019-08-31

Official Secrets review – Keira Knightley carries whistleblower drama The actor’s performance is the indisputable highlight of a well-intentioned but often plodding film about Katharine GunBefore the Sundance premiere of Official Secrets, an introduction named it one of many films during the festival that focuses on a character taking on the system. It proved to be an...
21:52 2019-08-30

Lana Del Rey: Norman Fucking Rockwell! review – an artist you can depend on Del Rey goes back to her well of swooning melodies, twanging guitars, Twin Peaks-ish Americana and cinematic ballads about women in love with ne’er-do-wellsWe live in a world of terrifying flux and instability, where any consideration of what might happen next comes with a side order of blind terror...
21:52 2019-08-30

Marriage Story review: Adam Driver v Scarlett Johansson in devastating divorce drama Noah Baumbach reminds us that breaking up is hard to do in this finely judged relationship retrospectiveIf you’re young, pretty and privileged, you have to work doubly hard to screw up your life. Just ask Nicole and Charlie, the gilded theatrical couple in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story. When we fir...
21:52 2019-08-30

Ed Sheeran criticised by fans as anti-touting scheme backfires Resale fee imposed to thwart touts has made it almost impossible to get rid of unused tickets Ed Sheeran fans claim they have been left hundreds of pounds out of pocket after measures to prevent ticket touting during his record-breaking Divide tour backfired.Sheeran and his promotion company Kiliman...
21:52 2019-08-30

Drugs, exploitation, 72-hour shifts: can Hollywood take care of its child stars? The film Judy tracks the final year of Judy Garland’s life, the quintessential cautionary tale of child stardom. The list of tragic names since suggest things have not improved much – although some directors are tryingJudy Garland was a walking ghost story. Watch footage of the patron saint of child...
21:52 2019-08-30

'Women don't belong in balloons': stand back for an unexpected Theory of Everything 2 Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne reunite for The Aeronauts, another restrained period biopic that looks like it might at some point become absolutely completely horrifically frighteningThe Theory of Everything was a phenomenon. A moving, inspirational, beautifully acted period drama about a genuine...
21:52 2019-08-30

And the loser is ... when award show hosts tank on stage The backlash surrounding comedian Sebastian Maniscalco’s performance as VMAs host puts him in good, or rather bad, company While MTV is no longer the vanguard of youth culture, the channel has gone to great lengths to keep their annual flagship event, the Video Music Awards, reflective of and subser...
21:52 2019-08-30

An Officer and a Spy review – Polanski's iron-heeled inquest into 1890s antisemitism Could the controversial director be drawing personal parallels with this solid account of the Dreyfus affair, about a falsely accused French-Jewish army captain? Alfred Dreyfus was a Jewish captain in the French general staff, a man of spotless reputation and character accused of selling military se...
21:52 2019-08-30

Carnival Row review – Orlando Bloom has it away with the fairies Clanging parables abound as an Irish-accented Cara Delevingne ferries migrants to a Dickensian wonderland in Amazon Prime’s spectacularly silly fantasy taleIsn’t life grand?! There you can be, all mopey about Brexit and Trump and the Amazon burning, then along comes something like Carnival Row and c...
07:26 2019-08-30

Ones that got away: posters for films that never happened – in pictures Designer Fernando Reza has created a set of imaginary posters for films that couldn’t make it past pre-production, from Tim Burton’s Superman Lives to Alfred Hitchcock’s Kaleidoscope. Each print can be purchased and arrives with a fake movie ticket Continue reading......
07:26 2019-08-30

Ad Astra review: Brad Pitt reaches the stars in superb space-opera with serious daddy issues The actor blasts off in search of long-lost pops Tommy Lee Jones in James Gray’s intergalactically po-faced take on Apocalypse NowBrad Pitt is an intergalactic Captain Willard, taking a fraught mission up-river in James Gray’s Ad Astra, an outer-space Apocalypse Now which played to rapt crowds at th...
22:26 2019-08-29

The Laundromat trailer: Meryl Streep rinses Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas A first look at Steven Soderbergh’s crime caper about the Panama Papers, which premieres at the Venice film festival later this week, has been releasedTwelve years since the release of heist sequel Ocean’s 13, Steven Soderbergh appears to be repeating the trick, with a pointed yet irreverent take on...
19:13 2019-08-29

Roman Polanski attacks 'absurd' abuse accusations on eve of Venice premiere Director portrayed as persecuted victim of ‘neo-feminist McCarthyism’ in interview for latest film An Officer and a SpyThe figure of Roman Polanski hung once again over the Venice film festival on its second day after he released press notes for his new film that sought to discredit several women wh...
19:13 2019-08-29

Shape of success: should we all follow Ed Sheeran’s surprisingly effective career strategy? Seven years ago, Sheeran explained his plans for the future in impressive detail, from album releases to his semi-retirement this week. Can we learn from his example?Ed Sheeran has announced his sort-of-retirement at the tender age of 28, with a reported net worth of £160m. On stage at Chantry Park ...
20:52 2019-08-28

The Truth review – Catherine Deneuve's grand diva dominates mixed Venice opener Hirokazu Kore-eda’s English-language debut kicks off this year’s festival with zingers but no real fireworks, as Deneuve’s ageing star rips strips off daughter Juliette BinocheThe sun rises on day one of the Venice film festival and it catches the guests in a delicate state. They’re still sleepy, st...
20:52 2019-08-28

'You think this is funny?': final trailer for gritty DC drama Joker lands The latest look at Joaquin Phoenix as the villain shows more of the dark origins tale before its Venice film festival premiereAhead of its Venice film festival premiere, Warner Bros has released the final full trailer for Joker, a gritty period take on the unhinged DC villain. Related: Funny peculia...
20:52 2019-08-28

Summer box office 2019: what are the major lessons of the season? Less reboots! More Keanu! Less Shaft! The summer season is over and it’s time to sift through the hits and misses to see what the industry can learn Continue reading......
08:13 2019-08-28

The Farewell's Lulu Wang: ‘I would love it if white men were asked the same questions as me’ In making her second feature, the film-maker refused to pander to US or Chinese audiences – and perfectly captured the Chinese diasporaChangchun, the capital of China’s north-eastern Jilin province, has a name that translates to “long spring”. According to folklore, the name was bestowed by an emper...
00:00 2019-08-28

Edinburgh international book festival 2019 – in pictures From prime ministers to sheep herders to broadcasters and novelists, photographer Murdo MacLeod captures the stars of this year’s event Continue reading......
17:39 2019-08-27

Keep rollin’: a look at Fred Durst’s directorial ‘masterpieces’ As the Limp Bizkit man releases his latest movie, it’s time to reflect on this auteur’s eclectic outputModern Toss on terrible filmsFred Durst off of Limp Bizkit is a film-maker now. You might have let this pass you by because it’s so hard to consolidate the idea of Durst as a 49-year-old arthouse-l...
17:39 2019-08-27

Weapon of choice: how lightsabers hold the key to the Star Wars universe Throughout the saga, weapons have offered a window to their owners’ soul – a theme revisited in The Rise of Skywalker trailerRecent Star Wars trailers have been masterpieces of tickling fanboy excitement while steering almost perversely clear of spoilers. That’s certainly true of the latest glimpse ...
17:39 2019-08-27

Less Trump, more weirdness: how Saturday Night Live can fix itself This week has seen hosts announced for the start of the new season but after an underwhelming string of episodes, big changes are needed In anticipation of its new season, Saturday Night Live just announced a return date of 28 September, while also unveiling the first round of guest hosts and musica...
17:39 2019-08-27

'You might see yourself in it': behind New York City's biggest-ever mural Spanish artist Domingo Zapata has brought a record-breaking new piece of art to Times Square and hopes it might cause crowds to pauseTimes Square is not exactly a hotbed of high culture. As Fran Lebowitz once said: “If you’re a New Yorker, and you run into another New Yorker in Times Square, it’s li...
08:52 2019-08-27

Peaky Blinders series five review – business as usual for the behatted Brummie gangsters Tommy Shelby adds yet another string to his bow, while the violence, moody dialogue and questionable accents remainThe year is 1929. A time for Americans to stand knee-deep in spooling ticker tape and wail “What gives?” A time for Helen McCrory as Aunt Polly to untangle herself from her lover in a M...
20:39 2019-08-26

‘Dummy wasn’t a chillout album. Portishead had more in common with Nirvana’ On the 25th anniversary of their classic debut, Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley reflect on how the album came togetherTwenty-five years ago, during the summer of Blur’s Parklife and Oasis’s Definitely Maybe, a darker, stranger record was released that would soon become huge. Its title and mood was ins...
20:39 2019-08-26

Zahia Dehar: from teenage escort to the summer star of French cinema At 17, Zahia Dehar was caught up in a football sex scandal. Now her first film is the talk of ParisA decade ago, Zahia Dehar, a French-Algerian teenager, woke up to find her picture on the front of France’s newspapers as the underage girl caught up in a prostitution scandal involving members of the ...
20:39 2019-08-26

Retro active: why film-makers are getting stuck in the past New movie Bait’s rejection of digital technology could open up new paths to creative expressionIn the same way that vinyl has made a comeback in the face of digital streaming, so cinema is in the throes of its own analogue revival. A certain breed of movie aficionado cherishes the soft richness of p...
20:39 2019-08-26

Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to new indictment forcing trial delay Revised charges against Weinstein may enable the prosecution to add testimony from actor Annabella SciorraHarvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty on Monday to a new indictment that included revised charges of predatory sexual assault. The revisions forced the delay of Weinstein’s trial from 9 September ...
20:39 2019-08-26

From Animal Farm to Catch-22: the most regrettable rejections in the history of publishing Faber is being urged to make amends for turning down George Orwell’s novella in 1944. But it is far from the only publisher to miss out on a future bestsellerAh, the heyday of publishing – big desks, lots of cash, martini-soused three-hour lunches, trying to appease your government. That was the wor...
20:39 2019-08-26

Leonardo DiCaprio pledges $5m to help save the Amazon Earth Alliance, an environmental group co-founded by the actor, said donation will help ‘focus critical resources’ amid wildfiresEarth Alliance, an environmental group co-founded by Leonardo DiCaprio, has announced over the weekend that it will donate $5m to help combat the fires currently ravaging ...
20:39 2019-08-26

Latino actors make up 4.5% of speaking roles in Hollywood, study finds New study examining representation in the top 100 films from the last decade shows community is largely ignored on the big screenA new report has found that in the top 100 Hollywood films from 2007 through 2018, only 4.5% of all speaking characters were Latino, far out of step with the US population...
20:39 2019-08-26

Venice film festival 2019: gender disparity debate rages for second year Lack of female directors and controversial slots for Roman Polanski and Nate Parker dominate buildupThe inclusion of controversial directors and a continued gender imbalance have dominated the buildup to the 76th edition of the Venice film festival, while a mix of Hollywood A-listers and arthouse au...
20:39 2019-08-26

Natural Born Killers at 25: the problem with Oliver Stone's hit film The controversy-courting 1994 road movie about a couple of bloodthirsty killers took the media to task but failed to investigate furtherNatural Born Killers came to theaters on 26 August 1994, only a few short months after OJ Simpson’s infamous flight from justice in a white Ford Bronco in June. At ...
20:39 2019-08-26

Is the political novel dead? Where is the Nineteen Eighty-Four of our times? As film and TV writers engage with our divided political moment, where is the campaigning literary novel?Jonathan Freedland on the great, forgotten political novel you need to readWhen Anna Burns, author of last year’s Booker prize-winning account of t...
12:00 2019-08-24

Armistead Maupin: ‘How do I relax? Grass’ The author on being in drag, coming out and Donald TrumpBorn in Washington, Armistead Maupin, 75, began a column called Tales Of The City in the San Francisco Chronicle in the 1970s; it went on to become a series of nine books that are currently being adapted by Netflix. His 2000 novel The Night Lis...
12:00 2019-08-24

Rich territory: how class warfare is taking over the multiplex Grisly comedy horror Ready or Not joins a vicious pack of films this year that have been pitting the upper class against the poor The thing about rich people is that they need the working poor much more than the working poor need them. The new horror film Ready or Not imagines a circumstance under w...
04:52 2019-08-24

Canada’s 10 coolest neighbourhoods – in pictures Canada has a lot more to offer than just breathtaking natural scenery – and there is plenty of that – its thriving cities also happen to be home to some of the hippest, most dynamic neighbourhoods in North America. Here are 10 of the best Fly WestJet from London year-round to explore Canada’s lively...
16:00 2019-08-23

60 years of the Notting Hill carnival – in pictures From the first indoor celebration in 1959 to the international event of the present day, carnival has been bringing music, dancing and Caribbean culture to the streets of west London for six decades Continue reading......
16:00 2019-08-23

Jidenna: 85 to Africa – Classic Man takes it back to the source The Wisconsin-born singer and rapper adds musical elements of his west African background, but the production lacks warmth(Epic)Pour out a little liquor for the Classic Man. It’s been a few years since Jidenna emerged with his pre-packed vision of vintage masculinity – all three-piece suits and tigh...
16:00 2019-08-23

Rapsody: Eve review – inspiring rap celebration of women of colour (Roc Nation)With every track named for a black woman, Nina, Aaliyah and Oprah among them, Rapsody’s playful flow is balanced by her dry witFollowing her searingly autobiographical 2017 album Laila’s Wisdom, North Carolina rapper Rapsody turns her gaze outward on her new LP, Eve. As well as an album ...
16:00 2019-08-23

Keith Haring’s Ignorance = Fear: political activism The pop artist and activist created the iconic poster that still resonates after 30 yearsPolitical activism pulsed through Keith Haring’s bright, brief career. He made posters and marched for nuclear disarmament and against apartheid. Meanwhile, alongside the signature dogs and babies, themes of rel...
16:00 2019-08-23

Miley Cyrus: I was fired from Hotel Transylvania over penis cake photos Actor-singer says Sony let her go from family animation after seeing images of her licking a phallic gateau bought for her then-boyfriend Liam HemsworthMiley Cyrus claims she was fired from children’s animation Hotel Transylvania after posing with a penis-shaped cake purchased for her then-boyfriend...
16:00 2019-08-23

Funny, sexy and totally empowering: why GLOW's nudity is so radical There’s nakedness aplenty in Netflix’s comedy about pioneering female wrestlers – but the male gaze is thankfully nowhere to be seenWe have all heard the standard defences: “Nudity is empowering!” they say, as the female character pouts silently into the camera, topless for some reason. “It’s essent...
16:00 2019-08-23

Stan Lee's daughter condemns Disney over Spider-Man split ‘No one could have treated my father worse than Marvel and Disney’s executives,’ says Joan Lee as she backs Sony in studio bust-upJoan Lee, the daughter of the late comics mogul Stan Lee, has spoken out in the wake of this week’s surprise split between studios Sony and Disney over the rights to Lee’...
16:00 2019-08-23

Tarantino's gruesome revenge fantasies are growing more puerile and misogynistic | Caspar Salmon The director dials up the stomach-churning violence in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. If only he had something meaningful to sayWarning: this story contains spoilersCompare and contrast two screen deaths. In Quentin Tarantino’s second film, Pulp Fiction in 1994, John Travolta’s Vincent Vega accident...
16:00 2019-08-23

Depth of Field: The Movie Poster Brexit Deserves John MacDougall’s portrait-style capture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggests the allure of a spy thriller....
23:39 2019-08-22

Taylor Swift's great re-recording plot: icy revenge or a pointless setback? As a swipe at Scooter Braun, the singer will recreate her first six albums from scratch. But her plan ignores one of music’s vital truthsLet’s assume it can be done, even though we don’t know. Let’s take Taylor Swift’s word for it when she says she is going to rerecord the six albums she recorded fo...
22:52 2019-08-22

Missy Elliott announces last-minute release for her first album since 2005 The rapper has revealed on social media that ‘a collection of new songs’ known as Iconography will be unveiled at midnightMissy Elliott has announced a surprise release of her first album since 2005.The rapper revealed on her social media accounts that Iconography will be unveiled at midnight and ha...
22:52 2019-08-22

To be beside the seaside: Whitley Bay's daytrippers – in pictures Markéta Luskačová fell in love with and photographed Whitley Bay in the late 1970s. Her warm and intimate images from 40 years ago capture families young and old enjoying the north-east coast – wind, grey skies and rain notwithstandingBy the Sea is at the Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol, until 5 Oct...
18:26 2019-08-22

Angel Has Fallen: is Gerard Butler Hollywood's weirdest action hero? Inane, profane and wholly humourless, the Fallen trilogy would be beyond redemption were it not for the thirsty work of its starThe many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics states that every possible outcome to every decision ever made will each happen, and each outcome exists in its own para...
18:26 2019-08-22

The best Stephen King movies … ranked! With It Chapter Two out next month, plus the news that an adaptation of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is back on track, we count down the finest big-screen versions of King’s terrifying talesCujo arguably has more thrills. Apt Pupil certainly has more chills. But with his sole directorial effort, St...
18:26 2019-08-22

Dance turn-off: why Sean Spicer shouldn't become a reality TV star The inclusion of Trump’s former press secretary in the new season of Dancing with the Stars has led to online fury and threats of a boycottDancing with the Stars has weathered its fair share of controversies over the years. It managed to survive when it hired Bristol Palin in 2010. It clung on when ...
18:26 2019-08-22

Angel Has Fallen review – Gerard Butler's pyrotechnics fizzle out In the latest overblown and underpowered instalment of the Fallen franchise, Butler’s beleaguered secret service agent goes on the run after being framed, seeking out estranged and unintelligible dad Nick Nolte Is Gerard Butler hellbent on remaking every last action movie of the 90s? The thought aro...
05:52 2019-08-22

For sale: Jack Nicholson's Shining axe and Samuel L Jackson's lightsaber Film fanatics have a chance to buy up pieces of Hollywood history as memorabilia from blockbuster movies goes under the hammerFilm fans will be able to acquire pieces of Hollywood history as memorabilia from the world’s most famous movies is sold at auction.Roman general armour worn by Russell Crowe...
05:52 2019-08-22

A world of ice and fire: life with the Nenets – in pictures For thousands of years the Nenets people have migrated with their reindeer herds across the Yamal Peninsula in the Russian Arctic. In October 2016, Alegra Ally travelled to north-west Siberia to join a family and document their way of life as autumn turned to winterNew Path – A Window on Nenets Life...
10:39 2019-08-21

The age of comfort TV: why people are secretly watching Friends and The Office on a loop We are in an era of ‘prestige television’, with unprecedented choice and quality. So why are so many of us streaming endless reruns of 90s sitcoms?In the opening episode of Netflix’s animated Hollywood satire BoJack Horseman, the eponymous steed gives a drunken speech about Horsin’ Around, the (fict...
10:39 2019-08-21

Keanu Reeves set to return for The Matrix 4 The $1.6bn sci-fi franchise is returning with Lana Wachowski at the helm and the original stars back in front of the cameraKeanu Reeves is set to return to the world of The Matrix with a fourth chapter now officially confirmed.Lana Wachowski, who created the franchise with sister Lilly, will also re...
00:39 2019-08-21

sex, lies and videotape at 30: how Steven Soderbergh changed independent cinema In 1989, the micro-budget drama took the industry by surprise and changed our concept of what an indie film could achieve“I’m still making movies about two people in a room,” Steven Soderbergh told Filmmaker magazine last year, suggesting his cinema hadn’t drifted all that far from the sparse setup ...
15:52 2019-08-20

From Cyberpunk 2077 to The Outer Worlds: are role-playing games getting too predictable? Two forthcoming games are generating a lot of buzz – but they also suggest the genre is in need of a shakeupIt might be set in space rather than on an Earth ravaged by nuclear war, but there is a strong argument that The Outer Worlds, a forthcoming first-person role-playing game (RPG) by storied dev...
15:52 2019-08-20

How John Steinbeck ‘opened up’ The Grapes of Wrath's readers It is not simply the plight of his real-life subjects that still draws readers in their millions. The story’s force depends on its craftWhen Steinbeck finished The Grapes of Wrath in 1938, he expressed doubts about its quality. Since then, critics and the public alike have decided that he needn’t ha...
15:52 2019-08-20

From Sun to Sun: the photo series livening up New York City bus shelters Elle Pérez has used 100 bus stops in the city to showcase their experience growing up as a non-binary Puerto Rican New YorkerThe punk community in the Bronx has a secret handshake called the Flight. It involves a fist bump, a finger point and a chest pat. Most of us will never understand it, but we ...
09:52 2019-08-20

Life after apartheid: images from the new South Africa Thabiso Sekgala’s solo show features work taken by the late South African photographer offering nuanced, alternative narratives about life in contemporary Africa. His work focused on the idea of home and the personal, political or economic conditions that determine our relationship to it. Continue ...
09:52 2019-08-20

Ben Wheatley to direct zombie-pensioner TV satire on divided Britain Kill List and High-Rise director’s drama for Channel 4 will skewer tensions between age groupsAfter setting films in a High-Rise and A Field in England, the director Ben Wheatley is turning his attention to a provincial British town for a new six-part zombie drama satirising intergenerational divide...
22:52 2019-08-19

Game of Thrones' Daniel Portman: 'People expect Podrick – that's not what they get' Renowned as the squire and surprise Casanova in Thrones, the star is now wrestling with audiences in Edinburgh. He talks about his meteoric rise to fame and why he won’t be going back to schoolDaniel Portman is soaked in sweat and locked in battle. There is an epic swell of music as he lunges at his...
22:52 2019-08-19

Killers Anonymous: Has the Hollywood hitman had its day? The besuited assassin seems to only exist in films. Perhaps it’s time to put them out of their miseryThe central gimmick of new movie Killers Anonymous is an AA-style support group where various underworld assassins come to “share”. That’s about all it has to bring to this flagging party, other than...
22:52 2019-08-19

'If Israeli soldiers start shooting, we won't stop the interview': Palestinian hip-hop crew BLTNM Palestine’s rich hip-hop heritage is born out of the tension in the region, but BLTNM don’t just want to make music inspired by conflict – they want to have fun tooBefore I meet Palestinian hip-hop’s new wave, I hear them everywhere. Al Nather’s sleek productions pump out of car speakers in the Jord...
22:52 2019-08-19

The Hunt: director breaks silence over film where elites kill 'deplorables' Craig Zobel, whose controversial satirical thriller was dropped after a backlash, has claimed that people have misinterpreted his intentionCraig Zobel, director of controversial political thriller The Hunt, has spoken out about the film’s cancelled release claiming its plot and message have both bee...
22:52 2019-08-19

sex, lies, and videotape at 30: how Steven Soderbergh changed independent cinema In 1989, the micro-budget drama took the industry by surprise and changed our concept of what an indie film could achieve“I’m still making movies about two people in a room,” Steven Soderbergh told Filmmaker magazine last year, suggesting his cinema hadn’t drifted all that far from the sparse setup ...
22:52 2019-08-19

De Niro's company sues ex-employee for $6m for embezzlement and Netflix bingeing Canal Productions alleges Chase Robinson accrued enormous hotel and Uber bills as well as watching TV during working hours Chase Robinson, who until recently held a senior role in Robert De Niro’s film production company, has been sued by her employer for $6m.According to Variety, who have seen pape...
22:52 2019-08-19

John Oliver: bias in medical care is a 'discussion that we need to have' The Last Week Tonight host examined medical bias, from dismissing women’s pain to the black maternal mortality crisisOn Last Week Tonight, John Oliver argued for an honest discussion around gender and racial bias in medical care, noting that “if you are a woman and/or a person of color in the US, yo...
22:52 2019-08-19

Upstart Crossword Puzzle Builders Get Their Point Across (and Down) A new wave of crossword creators started to notice something: The old guard didn't have a clue. Now this band of enthusiasts is thinking outside the boxes....
13:52 2019-08-19

Netflix's Carla Engelbrecht Chooses Her Own Adventures The master of nonlinear TV creates shows that demand to be played, not just watched. But when you determine your own path, you have to face the consequences....
13:52 2019-08-19

When Influencers Switch Platforms—and Bare It All You follow them on Instagram, admiring their bodies, envying their lifestyles. And then they get intimate on OnlyFans. The influencers are now obtainable....
13:52 2019-08-19

Alvin Baltrop: remembering New York's forgotten queer photographer The Bronx-born photographer captured gay culture on the outskirts in 70s Manhattan and his work is finally receiving the attention it deservesBronx-born photographer Alvin Baltrop spent days on end documenting gay life at the piers lining Manhattan’s west side. At times, he did so while living in a ...
08:26 2019-08-19

Manhunts, musicals and a sizzling stir-fry: the Edinburgh fringe – in pictures Our photographer snaps this year’s performances, from an Oedipal election-night drama to Rose McGowan’s sci-fi-inflected fringe debut Continue reading......
01:13 2019-08-19

The Poem on the Statue of Liberty Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, thinks the poem on the Statue of Liberty could use a rewrite. Yes, really....
17:39 2019-08-18

George RR Martin: ‘Game of Thrones finishing is freeing, I’m at my own pace’ The TV series may have reached its conclusion, but with two books to finish as well as a host of spinoff projects, the writer of the novel series that spawned it is busier than everIf George RR Martin could be granted one wish, it would be for more time. The bestselling author of the Song of Ice and...
12:13 2019-08-18

Passionate, tender, heartbreaking … letters reveal Leonard Bernstein’s 10-year secret affair The West Side Story composer met and fell in love with a young Japanese fan on tour and their romance lasted until his deathOne was among the most brilliant composers and conductors of the 20th century, a sexagenarian who brought the world one of the great love stories of musical theatre. The other ...
16:39 2019-08-17

'In many ways, it was a miracle': looking back at Woodstock at 50 The influential, star-packed 1969 festival is remembered by those who organised, photographed and performed “Woodstock was a just few hours in my 60-plus-year-long career,” says Leo Lyons, the bassist for blues rock band Ten Years After, who performed on the final day of the festival in the summer o...
13:00 2019-08-17

Art Spiegelman: golden age superheroes were shaped by the rise of fascism Created in New York by Jewish immigrants, the first comic book superheroes were mythic saviours who could combat the Nazi threat. They speak to the dark politics of our timesNews: Spiegelman’s Marvel essay ‘refused publication for Orange Skull Trump dig’Back in the benighted 20th century comic books...
13:00 2019-08-17

Darkly funny, desperate and full of rage: what makes a millennial novel? Crushingly self-aware protagonists, the search for a place to call home, a longing for stability ... is the millennial generation too fragmented to be defined, asks Olivia Sudjic“There’s no writing,” Bret Easton Ellis declared recently of millennials. “They don’t care about literature. None of them ...
13:00 2019-08-17

Seth Meyers on Trump: 'Lying for him is as natural as breathing' Late-night hosts covered Trump ‘freaking out’ over a possible recession and his attempts to shift blame over the economyLate-night hosts discussed the possibility of an impending recession and how Donald Trump is already trying to shift blame. Continue reading......
23:52 2019-08-16

Apple Puts the AR in 'Art' (and in 'Transparent Sky-Being') The company’s newly launched augmented-reality walks may only be available in five cities, but [AR]T Walk creates wildly ambitious deployments of public art....
20:39 2019-08-16

Singer in the 1975 Matt Healy defies UAE's anti-gay law by kissing man at concert Matt Healy tells gay fans God loves them, in country where gay sex is illegalThe singer of the band the 1975 defied Dubai’s anti-LGBT laws during a concert on Wednesday by venturing into the crowd and kissing a male fan on the lips.Video footage taken by fans and posted on Twitter showed Matt Healy ...
15:26 2019-08-16

'I'm an expressionist nihilist at heart': the dark allure of Tom Burke The actor is best known as the TV detective Strike, but there’s something about his deeply troubling lead film role in The Souvenir that suits him down to the groundIf you are asking Tom Burke to a party, for God’s sake don’t tell him it’ll be fun. “Hate the word! Ugh! The idea that there’s any sort...
15:26 2019-08-16

Friendly Fires: Inflorescent review – deliciously cheesy 80s disco vibes (Casablanca Records/Polydor)Harking back to the era of funkily optimistic pop may not speak to our times, but FF’s first album in eight years is truly joyousWhen Friendly Fires released their debut album in 2008, the St Albans trio’s busy, brooding brand of electro-punk seemed precision-engineered f...
15:26 2019-08-16

Sega Genesis at 30: the console that made the modern games industry In 1989, the machine the rest of the world called the Mega Drive was launched in the US with a new name and a bold new idea: that gaming could be coolThe US launch of the Sega Genesis, on 14 August 1989, probably didn’t seem like a huge deal outside the video game industry. The machine was launched ...
15:26 2019-08-16

Return of the Jedi: Ewan McGregor to reprise role as Obi-Wan Kenobi The Star Wars actor will return in a Disney+ series about the Jedi master – a role he first played in The Phantom MenaceEwan McGregor’s eagerness to return to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the character he first played in 1999’s The Phantom Menace prequel, has long been documented.But it now looks as ...
15:26 2019-08-16

Living off-grid for 77 years – in pictures A wind-up radio, a smattering of colour photos and a stack of glossy books: these are the only signs that Margaret Gallagher lives in the modern world. For all of her 77 years, she has lived in a 200-year-old thatched cottage in Northern Ireland without running water, electricity or an indoor toilet...
15:00 2019-08-16

Sleater-Kinney: The Centre Won't Hold review | Ben Beaumont-Thomas's album of the week (Mom + Pop)Drummer Janet Weiss has left the band since recording this St Vincent-produced album – but their songwriting suggests they can weather anythingIn WB Yeats’ most famous line, “things fall apart, the centre cannot hold”. Things were pretty bad when he wrote that in 1919, the first world war...
15:00 2019-08-16

Metal Wolf Chaos XD review – unreconstructed mad mech trash PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One; FromSoftware/Devolver DigitalIn this slightly upgraded 2004 game, you rampage as a robot President – discharging your bazookas, missile launchers and railguns in the name of freedomIn 2004, when Metal Wolf Chaos was first released on the original Xbox, it didn’t have a s...
15:00 2019-08-16

American Factory review – a sobering documentary by the Obamas This first film in their post-White House careers is an absorbing study of the culture clash in a Chinese-run Ohio car plant‘There is no magic wand to bring back jobs,” said US president Barack Obama in 2016. Now he has returned to this sombre realist theme with the first documentary feature in his ...
15:00 2019-08-16

All bands on deck: aboard the Belle and Sebastian Med and music cruise Tempted by dolphins, flamingos, golden twilights and great bands, 2,000 fans signed up for the Boaty Weekender, some even coming from New Zealand. We join them in the hot-tub‘Dolphins!” yells Stuart Murdoch, springing across the top deck of the Norwegian Pearl. A pod has been spotted cresting the te...
15:00 2019-08-16

Phoebe Waller-Bridge says she is writing new feature film and plans to direct it Fleabag and Killing Eve creator says she ‘blatantly will end up’ acting in her film Phoebe Waller-Bridge is working on a new feature film that she intends to direct and will likely end up acting in.The writer-actor-director has spoken about the new project, which she began after her acclaimed televi...
15:00 2019-08-16

What is happening in Kashmir? The best books to help understand With Kashmir under lockdown, Preti Taneja chooses books that explore the history of the most militarised region in the worldSeventy years after partition, the annexation of Kashmir by India is the endgame of Devraj, the Hindu nationalist businessman protagonist of my 2017 novel We That Are Young. Hi...
15:00 2019-08-16

Comment: The accusations go back years – so why has the opera world rallied round Plácido Domingo? Opera houses might have turned a blind eye to sexually predatory behaviour in the past, but no-one should be above the lawNearly 30 years ago, a famous soprano told me privately that Plácido Domingo was “a bit of a groper”. She herself had been the object of the tenor’s unwanted sexual attentions du...
15:00 2019-08-16

White professor investigated for quoting James Baldwin's use of N-word Laurie Sheck, who teaches at the New School, says inquiry followed a complaint that she had discussed Baldwin’s use of the slurThe Pulitzer-nominated poet Laurie Sheck, a professor at the New School in New York City, is being investigated by the university for using the N-word during a discussion ab...
15:00 2019-08-16

The Family: inside the sinister sect that has infected western democracy A disturbing new Netflix documentary shows how a rightwing Christian organisation has for decades secretly swayed US politics ... all the way to the topA clandestine religious sect secretly controls the US government! In an age when we are all grasping for outlandish solutions to what’s gone wrong, ...
15:00 2019-08-16

What happens when a festival gets cancelled? Several events have had to be pulled this summer, causing disappointment all round. But disgruntled punters wanting their money back are far from the only problem for organisers“It feels like a film set where a film was never shot.” That’s how Houghton festival described its site last week, when it ...
15:00 2019-08-16

'We still need to be seen': behind the rise of black punk culture Amid increased backlash to the business of Afropunk, a host of collectives, festivals and artists of color have continued the punk resistance elsewhereIn the summer of 2001, a young first-time film-maker traveled across the US, shooting a documentary about an overlooked subject: black people inside ...
15:00 2019-08-16

'I thought we were the unlucky ones': the experimental treatment that inspired a murder mystery Angie Kim’s debut Miracle Creek is a dissection of US healthcare and immigration, wrapped in a courtroom thriller. She talks about her son’s medical crisis, ‘goose fathers’ and Trump’s slursTwice a day, every day for almost a month, Angie Kim and her then-two-year-old son would enter a hyperbaric ox...
15:00 2019-08-16

Trevor Noah: 'I think Donald Trump is trying to deport Melania' The Daily Show host re-examines Trump’s immigration policy crackdowns and concludes: they all target his wifeFollowing another immigration crackdown by the Trump administration – this week, it moved to revoke green cards from immigrants deemed likely to use public assistance – Daily Show host Trevor...
15:00 2019-08-16

Three days of peace: Woodstock at 50 – in pictures On the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the founder and creator Michael Lang talks through his memories of the three-day festival to celebrate a new edition of a book looking back on the 1969 event Continue reading......
08:39 2019-08-15

Good Boys review – gleefully bad-taste tween comedy When a gang of goofy boys are invited to a spin-the-bottle party, their research into the mysteries of kissing goes horribly wrongSome massive laughs, a huge Stephen Merchant cameo and the most impressive school play on film since Wes Anderson’s Rushmore are all on offer in this very funny teen – or...
23:52 2019-08-14

WIRED Takes a Good Hard Look at Dick Pics The dick pic—so commonplace, so controversial—has undeniable cultural importance, but media coverage of it tends to strike a single chord: “Ew, bad.”...
13:52 2019-08-14

Walter Chandoha's purrfect cats – in pictures In 1949, Walter Chandoha adopted a stray kitten in New York. When he began taking pictures of his new pet, Loco, he was so inspired by the results that he started photographing kittens from a local shelter, thereby kickstarting an extraordinary career that would span seven decadesWalter Chandoha. Ca...
10:39 2019-08-14

47 Meters Down: Uncaged review – shark horror sequel has teeth A follow-up to 2017’s surprise hit removes the cage and finds surprising suspense as four teens try to survive an underwater onslaughtClosing out the summer with far greater efficiency than one might expect, the brisk, brutal sequel 47 Meters Down: Uncaged is notably impressive because it almost did...
10:39 2019-08-14

Plácido Domingo: US opera houses respond to 'concerning' allegations Domingo, who has been accused of sexual harassment by several women, has seen an invitation rescinded as internal investigations are mountedThe Philadelphia Orchestra rescinded an invitation to opera singer Plácido Domingo on Tuesday afternoon, and the LA Opera promised an outside investigation, aft...
22:26 2019-08-13

Succession season 2 review – chilling, despicable and horribly addictive The hit black comedy about a monstrous media dynasty is back – and it’s as ruthless and flawless as everIn an era when every decision of vital importance appears to have been taken somewhere hidden from the public, Succession (Sky Atlantic) promised a peek behind the curtain. It peeled back the laye...
21:13 2019-08-13

IMDb changes names policy after transgender protest The film website now allows users to remove birth names, revising earlier policy after feedback from LGBTQ+ groupsThe Internet Movie Database, the web’s largest resource of film and TV information, is revising its policy on whether birth names must be included in talent profiles.The site – which is ...
21:13 2019-08-13

One Child Nation: looking back at China's horrifying policy Director Nanfu Wang discusses her shocking, award-winning new documentary and the dangers she faced while making itAuthoritarian states have a quiet, insidious way of dressing up the immoral in the dowdy finery of the bureaucratically sanctioned. To an audience member sitting for Nanfu Wang’s harrow...
21:13 2019-08-13

'My nerves are going fast': The Grapes of Wrath’s hard road to publication Famously written in 100 days, John Steinbeck’s novel drew on years of other work and an agonised sense of duty to migrant farm workersIn March 1938, shortly before he began working on The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck wrote to his agent Elizabeth Otis to turn down a commission to write about migra...
21:13 2019-08-13

Little Women trailer: first look at Greta Gerwig's starry adaptation Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Timothee Chalamet, Meryl Streep and Laura Dern star in Louisa May Alcott dramaThe first trailer has been released for Little Women, Greta Gerwig’s upcoming version of the Louisa May Alcott novel, which is set for release in December.The film is the eighth c...
21:13 2019-08-13

Trevor Noah: Jeffrey Epstein's plea deal 'was the conspiracy' Late-night hosts consider the conspiracy-laden fallout – including the president’s – from Epstein’s apparent suicide in jailNews broke on Saturday morning that Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy and well-connected financier accused of sex trafficking underage girls, was found dead by apparent suicide in h...
21:13 2019-08-13

Woke up Broadway: the difficulty of updating stories for the stage The uptick in hauling older scripts, from Tootsie to Moulin Rouge, to the stage has left playwrights with many hurdlesHere is a question from Tootsie, the Broadway musical about an out-of-work actor who cross-dresses for success: “At a time when women are literally clutching their power back from be...
21:13 2019-08-13

Peaches on her post-human sex toy art show: 'It's disturbing – but a lot of fun' The pop provocateur has created an artwork in which an army of ‘fleshies’, or masturbation devices, seek sexual liberation. She talks us through its deeper meaningsBest known for her vagina bodysuits and sexually charged lyrics, Peaches seems an unlikely art-world darling. But in 2007, the French ar...
21:00 2019-08-12

Toni Morrison’s gift was to make black people feel seen | Irenosen Okojie In her inspirational writing, she gave voice to reality of the African American experienceIt is impossible to fully encapsulate the magnitude and influence of Toni Morrison, a writer of such power, gravitas and ingenuity, the rhapsodic praise almost seems inadequate, anti-climactic. But we must do s...
21:00 2019-08-12

Does Seth Rogen's Good Boys take kids’ comedy too far? The new film’s adult subject matter reflects a confusion about what tween movies should be aboutGood Boys’ trailer begins with producer Seth Rogen explaining to its trio of 12-year-old heroes that they are actually too young to watch their own movie. “That’s fucked up,” says one of the kids (which k...
21:00 2019-08-12

The Crown: first glimpse of Olivia Colman’s Queen as hit drama returns Netflix have released a first look at the Oscar winner as she prepares to enter the palace – and set a date for the third seasonThe first look at the hugely anticipated third season of The Crown has arrived – showing Olivia Colman (plus her corgi sidekicks) poised to succeed Claire Foy as Queen Eliz...
21:00 2019-08-12

John Oliver on Trump's 'pathological lack of empathy' after mass shootings The Last Week Tonight host has criticised the president for his response to recent mass shootings John Oliver has criticised Donald Trump’s behaviour after recent mass shooting, condemning his “pathological lack of empathy”.On his HBO show Last Week Tonight, the British comic said Trump’s visit to a...
21:00 2019-08-12

'A brutal dinner': celebrities talk about meeting Donald Trump Woody Harrelson is the latest person to share his embarrassing story of meeting the reality TV star before he became presidentIf you think it’s bad enough sharing a planet with Donald Trump, spare a thought for poor Woody Harrelson. Because according to the man himself, Harrelson once shared a dinne...
21:00 2019-08-12

Why Universal shouldn't have cancelled The Hunt Kowtowing to Donald Trump’s political machinations by censoring artists is not the way to go and commentators should condemn itIn a sign that US cinema is going through a bit of a rough patch right now, the cancelled release of Universal Pictures’ The Hunt following a tweet by Donald Trump has met w...
21:00 2019-08-12

Space hoppers and superstars: Edinburgh festival 2019 – in pictures Our photographer Murdo Macleod has been seeking out the wildest, weirdest and best shows during the second week of the Edinburgh fringe festival Continue reading......
17:00 2019-08-11

Nobber by Oisín Fagan review – a bloody and brilliant first novel Ireland in the 14th century, where greed, madness and the Black Death come together for a darkly comic debutOisín Fagan’s first novel is a dark and bloody tale, well leavened with bone-dry humour, and with a dramatic climax that has about it the flavour of a Jacobean tragedy (or Kurosawa, for the mo...
06:52 2019-08-10

Slipknot: We Are Not Your Kind review – Iowan behemoths' most brutal, gentle album (Roadrunner)Mixing their trademark raging riffola and tribal drumming with everything from krautrock to acoustic elements, Slipknot push their own limitsSlipknot are never too far from trauma. Having long outlived the terrors of nu-metal, the Iowan masked behemoths’ last album, .5: The Gray Chapter,...
06:52 2019-08-10

Ai Weiwei has ‘no trust’ UK can intervene in Hong Kong crisis Artist fears Britain will take no responsibility and is seen by China as ‘nothing’ Ai Weiwei, the Chinese dissident artist and activist, has said he has “no trust” that the UK can or will respond to the recent Chinese crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong, and that Beijing thinks Britain is “nothing”...
06:52 2019-08-10

Why are there so many new books about time-travelling lesbians? At a time when historical amnesia is making itself widely felt, these stories show how readily the past can be rewrittenTime-travel stories sit at a nexus of the literal and figurative. All of us are travelling through time – at the ambling pace of a human life, moving in a direction we think of as ...
06:52 2019-08-10

How Friends taught the world to speak English – from Jürgen Klopp to Korean pop megastars The Liverpool manager has revealed how the sitcom has helped him get to grips with the language – and he’s far from aloneThey were there for him. Jürgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, has credited Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Joey and Chandler with teaching him English. Watching the long-running ...
06:52 2019-08-10

Phoebe Robinson: ‘I dreamed Oprah got Ricky Martin to come to my high school' The standup, podcaster, writer and actor on the things that make her laugh the most More often than not, I’m rewatching Wanda Sykes’s I’ma Be Me. To me, it’s a flawless 87 minutes. I’ve watched it probably about 10 times and laugh just as hard with each viewing. Continue reading......
06:52 2019-08-10

Francis Ford Coppola: 'Apocalypse Now is not an anti-war film' Forty years since its first release, the director has been reworking his masterpiece for a definitive edition. How does he view his film – and the madness of its making – after all these years? Founded in 1887 by a Finnish sea captain named Gustave Niebaum, Inglenook is a sprawling 1,680-acre winery...
08:26 2019-08-09

GLOW season three review – gleeful, outrageous and dialling up the camp There’s more off-mat drama and Geena Davis as an ex-showgirl to prove that the ladies of wrestling still light up a room – and our heartsLas Vegas, 28 January 1986. Opening night of the spanking new, still playing-to-the-cheap-seats GLOW live stage show. And unfortunately for our easily eclipsed Gor...
08:26 2019-08-09

The Abyss at 30: why James Cameron's sci-fi epic is really about love The director’s underwater folly might have flopped on release in 1989 but in the years since, various new cuts have granted it many more livesJames Cameron’s The Abyss was released in theaters on 9 August 1989. Exactly three months later, the Berlin Wall was demolished, putting a symbolic end to the...
08:26 2019-08-09

David Berman charted the jagged landscape of America – and himself The Silver Jews songwriter refracted Americana to illuminate knotty problems of self and state with simple, brilliant poetryDavid Berman, acclaimed US indie songwriter, dies aged 52The United States is so geographically vast, so culturally unaligned, that it’s rare that one sound, one voice, has eve...
19:26 2019-08-08

Life for Sale by Yukio Mishima review – a Japanese pulp classic An engaging all-action satire on 1960s Tokyo consumerism receives its first English translation“Human life is quite meaningless, and people are just puppets anyway,” says Hanio Yamada, as he sits in a warehouse with three men who want him dead. “What’s the big deal?” The big deal is the first Englis...
17:00 2019-08-08

Jack Grey? … Jack White and Jack Black collaborate on new song The long hoped-for partnership was announced by Black at a concert with his band Tenacious DA uniquely satisfying collaboration is on the cards: actor and musician Jack Black has worked with Jack White to create a partnership that has, inevitably, been dubbed Jack Grey.Black made the announcement du...
17:00 2019-08-08

Game of Thrones creators ditch HBO for Netflix in big-money deal David Benioff and DB Weiss will exclusively develop shows and films for the streaming giant in a deal worth a reported £164mGame of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss have become the latest high-profile names to join Netflix, signing an estimated $200m (£164m) deal with the streaming giant....
17:00 2019-08-08

The Matrix rebooted: do we want to go down the rabbit hole again? The influential cyberpunk trilogy conjured a terrifying future where humans were enslaved to technology. How might a new film’s creative revamp top that?It was surely inevitable that Hollywood would eventually return to the world of The Matrix. After all, the Wachowskis’ turn-of-the-century cyberpun...
17:00 2019-08-08

From Trolls to Transformers: toy films – ranked! Lego … Care Bears … My Little Pony … all great toys. But which film spin-offs delivered, and which were cynical cash-ins?For the uninitiated, a Bratz doll is a Barbie doll without any of the intellectual heft. Accordingly, Bratz: The Movie is what Mean Girls would have been if everyone gave the impr...
17:00 2019-08-08

Lost Proust stories of homosexual love finally published Written in the late 1890s but held back from publication, the nine tales in Le Mystérieux Correspondant are due out this autumnNine lost stories by Marcel Proust, which the revered French author is believed to have kept private because of their “audacity”, are due to be published for the first time ...
17:00 2019-08-08

Samantha Bee: 'Being a racist monster isn't a mental illness' Late-night hosts address further fallout from last weekend’s mass shootings – calling for action and calling out TrumpIt’s been mere days since the back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that killed 31 people last weekend, and the nation is “so sick of living in fear for no...
17:00 2019-08-08

'I wanted to carve out a world both culture specific and race-free': an essay by Toni Morrison In this piece from her personal archive, Morrison reflects on how ‘the pitched battle between remembering and forgetting’ powered her novels, and in particular, BelovedI suspect my dependency on memory as trustworthy ignition is more anxious than it is for most fiction writers – not because I write ...
12:13 2019-08-08

Henri Belolo, co-founder of Village People, dies aged 82 The producer, lyricist and promoter helped disco-era pop group to hits in US and UK, but later became embroiled in a legal dispute with their singerHenri Belolo, a co-founder of pop group Village People, has died aged 82.The group confirmed the news on their Facebook page, along with Belolo’s record...
12:13 2019-08-08

Books about ‘kick-ass’ women might be a pain in one – but we need to hear these wondrous stories Just like men, women want the freedom to be utterly mediocre and then heralded for years to come. But until we have equality, we need as many books on great forgotten women as possibleThe ever-insightful late Toni Morrison once famously said: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t b...
21:13 2019-08-07

I was attacked for calling for characters of colour in Chernobyl. But history proves me right When I wrote about the drama’s lack of diversity, the response was a volley of racist abuse. Then came the discovery of a real-life black rescue worker at the plant... The US TV network HBO has been seen as a TV trailblazer, frequently bringing diverse, multidimensional characters to our screens in ...
21:13 2019-08-07

'It felt like a wonderful dream' – DA Pennebaker on making Monterey Pop In a final, previously unpublished Guardian interview, the late great documentarian looks back at his groundbreaking film with Lou Adler, the legendary music festival’s promoterDA Pennebaker dies, aged 94In 1967 there was a meeting at Mama Cass’s house that included Paul McCartney. The general conve...
21:13 2019-08-07

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut review – crazed exposé of the heart of darkness From Marlon Brando’s extraordinary cameo to Dennis Hopper’s crazed photojournalist, Coppola’s epic ‘definitive’ cut of his brilliant 1979 war film is triumphant in restating the inhumanity of empire‘Someday this war’s gonna end,” is the sage comment from surf-crazed Wagner enthusiast Lieutenant Colo...
21:13 2019-08-07

Trevor Noah: Fox News ‘seems to forget that guns are everywhere in America’ Late-night hosts address the coverage of mass gun violence in America, from Fox News distractions to Trump’s visit to El PasoOn The Daily Show, Trevor Noah continued to address this weekend’s deadly shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, as he debunked conservative commentators’ attempts to ...
21:13 2019-08-07

Lot by Bryan Washington review – tough but tender stories A bruising, enthralling debut collection of interlinked tales portrays precarious lives in HoustonBryan Washington focuses on his native Houston for his first book, Lot. Houston is prosperous yet, like many cities in the US, thousands of its inhabitants are only one missed paycheck away from ruin. I...
15:13 2019-08-07

Beat that: how dominatrix turned comic Desiree Burch plans to top her hit show Her last standup show, about working in a New York sex dungeon, was a fringe hit – and is now bound for TV. How will she top it?Desiree Burch is putting the finishing touches to her new Edinburgh fringe show. “This is the part where you’re like, ‘None of this matters. No one’s going to be changed af...
15:13 2019-08-07

How we can learn to stop worrying and love language – books podcast On this week’s podcast, we’re exploring the ways language and punctuation are evolving. Guardian journalist David Shariatmadari comes in to talk about Jacob Rees-Mogg’s much discussed language rules for his staff, and why he banned words such as “very”, “ongoing” and “unacceptable”, and declared the...
15:13 2019-08-07

50 great tracks for August from Taylor Swift, Kano, Jenny Hval and more Swift delivers her most personal song yet, while gospel and church organs keep the faith in this month’s roundup of new music – read about our 10 favourite tracks below Continue reading......
15:13 2019-08-07

Conductor James Levine settles lawsuit over sexual misconduct allegations The former musical director of New York’s Metropolitan Opera had sued the company for defamation and breach of contractThe New York Metropolitan Opera has settled a pair of lawsuits out of court with its former conductor James Levine, who has denied accusations of sexual misconduct.Levine’s lawyer E...
15:13 2019-08-07

'I should have died in 1992': Craig Ferguson's comedy comeback He quit booze and Scotland – and became a chat show sensation in the US. As he returns to standup on his home turf, we rescue him from selfie-takers on the streets of GlasgowOn the morning we meet, Glasgow seems especially delighted to have Craig Ferguson back in town. From the taxi driver who depos...
09:00 2019-08-07

Summer and smoke: rock'n'roll in the warmer months – in pictures Musicians from Debbie Harry to Joey Ramone have been captured and collated enjoying the summer in a new exhibition at 72 Gallery in New York showing until 22 August. In Summer and Smoke, the photographs on show are designed to ‘snap you out of your summer doldrums’ Continue reading......
09:00 2019-08-07

Orange Is the New Black final series review – back to its very best Gut-wrenching but gripping and full of heart, the groundbreaking prison drama bows out by bringing back all the fan favourites – even the chickensThere are not many shows that can lay claim to changing the television landscape during their lifetime, but Orange Is the New Black (Netflix) is one of th...
17:26 2019-08-06

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton co-write The Book of Gutsy Women Their book profiles more than 100 path-breaking women down the centuries, from a 17th-century radical nun to Greta ThunbergHillary Clinton is set to publish a new book about the women who have inspired her, from Mary Beard to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – “leaders with the courage to stand up to the st...
17:26 2019-08-06

Toni Morrison, author and Nobel laureate, dies aged 88 In novels including Beloved and The Bluest Eye, acclaimed author dramatised African-American experience with fierce passion‘Love is never any better than the lover’: Toni Morrison – a life in quotesToni Morrison, who chronicled the African American experience in fiction over five decades, has died a...
17:26 2019-08-06

'Hobbs & Shaw' Ruled the Box Office Last Weekend The Rock's muscles brought in more than $60 million domestically. Plus: *Spider-Verse* duo signs with Universal, *Batwoman* is the future, and *Dune* gets delayed....
06:26 2019-08-06

Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New India by KS Komireddi – review A blistering polemic exposes the country’s malaise under Narendra ModiAlmost a decade ago, I travelled to a small town in Gujarat, a state in the west of India, to hear Narendra Modi speak to a rally. It started late in the evening and a crowd had already spread across the vacant lot of land that wa...
00:13 2019-08-06

Nafissa Thompson-Spires: ‘I wanted to see more stories about nerdy black people’ The African American author on how a 19th-century abolitionist helped her portray life under Trump, living with pain and tackling taboosNafissa Thompson-Spires was born in San Diego, California and studied creative writing as a graduate student at the University of Illinois and Vanderbilt University...
00:13 2019-08-06

Yara Shahidi: ‘I’ll put my career on the line to talk politics’ The actor, model and activist is no ordinary 19-year-old. She’s filmed with Eddie Murphy and Angelina Jolie, she’s friends with Michelle Obama – and Oprah wants her to be a future US presidentWhen Yara Shahidi was a little girl, she ran out of history books to read at school. This was before she had...
00:13 2019-08-06

Noel Gallagher: ‘I liked my mum until she gave birth to Liam’ Jeremy Corbyn, the climate crisis, nuclear war and feminism: the former Oasis songwriter has opinions to burn. But it’s all a bit of a laugh until it gets to his younger brother‘This,” says Noel Gallagher, nodding towards my dictaphone, “is going to end in trouble. It always does.” Well, let’s hope ...
00:13 2019-08-06

From Skins to The Joys of Teen Sex: the most extreme teenage series ever House-party hedonism, adolescent vernacular and puberty-based animation – television has a rich history of YA controversy• Euphoria: the making of a controversial TV hitUntil Skins, every teen party on TV seemed to end in an overdose, every sexual encounter some kind of STI – but here we got to see ...
00:13 2019-08-06

Feminist warriors: why wrestling for women is taking hold A famously sexist, ultra-masculine discipline is attracting participants nationwideThe thrill of being thrown around a dusty wrestling ring, flipped over, then sat on isn’t one I’ve ever longed for. But Mercedez Blaze and Rebel Kinney, part-time warriors and full-time powerhouses, are determined to ...
00:13 2019-08-06

DA Pennebaker: restless, brilliant film-maker plugged into the 1960s zeitgeist Pennebaker, who has died aged 94, epitomised the counterculture with his interest in the legends of music as well as the backstage drama of politicsThe revolutionary film-maker DA Pennebaker, with his passion for music and political drama, invented tropes, ideas and procedures which became almost in...
00:13 2019-08-06

Ask the StoryBots: a kids' TV show so good you will weep with gratitude In a sea of awful corporate children’s telly, this delightful Netflix series – featuring Jay Leno and velociraptor Beastie Boys – should make parents rejoiceIt can be hard to think of things to be grateful for when you are lost in the guts of parenting. For example, I am not especially grateful that...
00:13 2019-08-06

Fastest & Furiousest: how Hobbs & Shaw expands the $5bn franchise The action-packed spin-off shows how Hollywood’s most audacious franchise has more than enough gas leftIn the comedown off the adrenaline high resulting from The Fate of the Furious, the eighth and most recent entry in the franchise of dizzyingly lucrative pedal-to-the-metal blockbusters, the future...
00:13 2019-08-06

R Kelly charged with prostitution and solicitation involving girl under 18 Kelly gets two felony charges for 2001 incident, in which R&B singer allegedly offered girl $200 to take off her clothes and danceMinnesota authorities charged the singer R Kelly on Monday with two counts of prostitution and solicitation involving a girl under 18 in 2001.The Hennepin county attorney...
00:13 2019-08-06

John Oliver on Trump's rhetoric: 'Something we cannot afford to get numb to' The Last Week Tonight host connected the twin mass shootings to ‘white national and anti-immigrant hysteria’ fostered by TrumpAfter a weekend in which mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton killed at least 29 people and injured dozens of others, John Oliver opened Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight...
00:13 2019-08-06

Going for gold: vintage sporting and summer posters Some of the world’s finest artists turned their hand to sports posters in the 20th century. Some of the best are up for auction next week, along with some charming old adverts for holiday destinations from Bermuda to NewquayAt Swann Auction Galleries, New York, 7 August Continue reading......
09:39 2019-08-04

The big picture: the highs of Woodstock Elliott Landy’s photograph of fans scaling the sound towers at the legendary music festival captures the freedom of the 60sThroughout the Woodstock music festival, which celebrates its 50th anniversary later this month, concert-goers scaled 70ft sound towers to get a better look at what was happenin...
09:39 2019-08-04

From Thelma and Louise to Animals: how female friendships on screen got real Animals is the latest film to explore women’s lives in a refreshingly realistic way. Why did it take Fleabag and Girls for cinema to realise there is more to a narrative than marriage?When did you last see a film with a friendship between two women that felt real, a friendship that didn’t play secon...
09:39 2019-08-04

A$AP Rocky freed from Swedish jail pending assault trial verdict US rapper had been in detention since 3 July over alleged brawl in Swedish capitalA Swedish court has freed A$AP Rocky and two co-defendants until 14 August, when the verdicts in their trial for assault will be announced.The platinum-selling US rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, and two member...
09:39 2019-08-04

Ninja Is Leaving Twitch. What's Next? The pro gamer is going to Mixer. Also, the tenth season of 'Fortnite' will have giant robots and a classic open-world game finally gets an English version....
03:13 2019-08-03

The Weil Conjectures by Karen Olsson review – maths and mysticism A vivid account of the relationship between Simone and André Weil takes in political action, unworldliness and the history of mathsOn 1 September 1939, Simone Weil sent a telegram to her brother André: “Recommend reading newspapers”. He was on holiday in Finland and she thought he might be too deepl...
17:26 2019-08-02

The Angry Birds Movie 2 review – another fun-filled flutter Sworn animal enemies must team up as the smartphone game adaptation catapults towards another minor triumphSony Animation’s The Angry Birds Movie surprised many three years ago by a) not being terrible, and b) actually being quite fun in a disposable way: the zappiest attempt at brand extension this...
17:26 2019-08-02

Fragile masculinity: why no one in the Fast and Furious films can lose a fight Details have emerged of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s contractual demands, which oblige their characters to throw equal numbers of punches. Where will the stalemate end?People may go and see Hobbs & Shaw for a variety of reasons. Maybe they’re Fast and Furious fanatics. Perhaps they love the id...
17:26 2019-08-02

Tyler Childers: 'In country music, nobody is thinking about how to move people' With John Prine and Willie Nelson among his fans and awards to his name, the Kentucky songwriter is a rising star of country – but he’s dismayed by its fixation on beer and pickup trucksAfter finishing his 2017 album Purgatory, Tyler Childers was talking to his producer, Sturgill Simpson. “He said: ...
11:00 2019-08-02

Animals review – Holliday Grainger paints poignant portrait of singledom A handsome newcomer triggers fallout and existential crisis in this wisecracking adaptation of Emma Jane Unsworth’s novelEmma Jane Unsworth has adapted her 2014 novel for the screen and the resulting movie, directed by the Australian film-maker Sophie Hyde, is flawed but interesting, kept upright by...
17:00 2019-08-01

How White Nationalists Have Co-Opted Fan Fiction Opinion: In fan fiction, enthusiasts create whole new worlds from elements of cherished pieces of fiction or history. Racists have perverted the form....
15:39 2019-08-01

Using AI and Film to Track Tear Gas Use Against Civilians Oscar-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras teamed up with a London nonprofit developing machine-learning tools to identify lethal weapons in online videos....
18:39 2019-07-31

14 Best Online Co-Op Games (2019): PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch Our favorite cooperative multiplayer games that let you play together online no matter what system you own—PS4, Xbox One, PC, or the Nintendo Switch....
18:39 2019-07-31

Motheaten! Trump, Kim and Putin face an army of starving pests The ‘three biggest egos on the planet’ are being devoured by clothes moth larvae in a provocative – and controversial – new artwork by Sarah VaciIn the corner of Sarah Vaci’s crowded Devon studio, beyond the piles of yarn, the self-portrait of the artist’s backside, and the decommissioned ambulance ...
18:00 2019-07-31

Park Jongwoo’s best photograph: unearthing bodies in Korea's DMZ ‘Many of the soldiers who died in the Korean war were teenagers, killed in their first two or three weeks of battle. Their corpses were never buried or identified’ Heartbreak Ridge sits in the east of the demilitarised zone, a 160-mile-long stretch that has separated North and South Korea since the ...
18:00 2019-07-31

Fear and defiance among Pakistan’s Hazaras - in pictures High walls around the neighbourhoods of the country’s embattled Hazara community in the south-western city of Quetta are designed to protect them from extremist militants. However, they also serve as a constant reminder of the threat they face from groups such as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Islamic State ...
18:00 2019-07-31

'Beautiful and terrifying': revisiting American cities in darkness For nearly 50 years, the photographer Camilo José Vergara has been documenting poor, segregated neighborhoods in large US cities. A few years ago, he started photographing his ‘familiar haunts’ at night. To him, ‘these nocturnal worlds are both beautiful and terrifying’ Continue reading......
18:00 2019-07-31

South of the river: London before gentrification – in pictures From denture repair shops to raunchy laundrettes, Niall McDiarmid’s portraits of the overlooked parts of deepest south London are a wonderful throwback to a time before the developers descended• McDiarmid’s book Southwestern is published by Setanta Continue reading......
18:00 2019-07-31

Janet Jackson's classic albums reissued review | Alexis Petridis's album of the month From 1986 to 1997, the youngest Jackson eclipsed her brother with albums produced by Jam and Lewis that still sound empowered, sexy and whip-smartLife as a Jackson never looked fun, but things seemed particularly tricky in the mid-80s. The siblings could once at least pretend they had equal billing....
18:00 2019-07-31

Wolfenstein Youngblood review: two women blast racists into goo PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch; MachineGames/BethesdaThe Nazi-splattering franchise returns, with thoughtful level design compensating for a lack of true play flexibilityLike its two teenage protagonists, Wolfenstein Youngblood has gone rogue. This new, two-player entry in the long-run...
18:00 2019-07-31

Moulin Rouge review – high-kicking Broadway remix is hard to resist Al Hirschfeld Theater, New YorkA glitzy, silly stage version of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 pop musical doesn’t have much of a plot but it glides thanks to its infectious energyA keg-stand when the keg is filled with absinthe, a banquet of drug-laced truffles, a riot, a wallow, a leg show and an all-time gr...
18:00 2019-07-31

The Boys review – sick of superheroes? Here's the remedy Bored to death of billowing capes? This black comedy about an anti-superhero unit is a rocket full of Kryptonite – and a welcome respite from Marvel overkillSuperheroes are big business, literally, in Amazon’s fantastical new comedy. The timing seems apt – The Boys touches down just as Avengers: End...
18:00 2019-07-31

Lucinda Williams review – battle-scarred alt.country star burns bright Barbican, LondonThe singer brings poignancy and raw feeling to this revealing celebration of her defining album Car Wheels on a Gravel RoadSinger-songwriter Lucinda Williams is celebrating last year’s 20th anniversary of her career-making, genre-spawning album, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, yet the y...
18:00 2019-07-31

Delirious Cities: capturing metropolitan life in the 21st century – in pictures In the sixth annual Delirious Cities Summer Open, 23 artists from 14 countries have tried to showcase how the city can be an ever-changing landscape. Inspired by Rem Koolhaas’ 1978 manifesto Delirious New York, the show captures life from America to Angola. Delirious Cities is on view until 29 Augus...
18:00 2019-07-31

Gemma Chan: ‘Nothing will top the night I pole-danced with Celine Dion on a bus’ Starring in Crazy Rich Asians and Captain Marvel turned Gemma Chan into a household name. But it was not always so easy. She talks about giving up law, dealing with shyness and becoming Hollywood royaltyGemma Chan is nervous, as if she’s waiting for the dentist to perform a particularly painful extr...
18:00 2019-07-31

'Kathy Acker was incredibly warm – but her writing was so aggressive' As she prepares to direct an unstaged script by the late pirate queen of counterculture, theatre-maker Kate Valk recalls how they met – and how she dealt with Acker’s challenging attitude to sexKate Valk leads the way up a winding marble staircase, past video screens showing unspeakable acts of body...
18:00 2019-07-31

On my radar: Elaine Welteroth’s cultural highlights The former Teen Vogue editor on Ava DuVernay’s latest TV series, why she models herself on Blanche from The Golden Girls, and what she listens to in the showerBorn in California in 1986, journalist and author Elaine Welteroth was named editor of Teen Vogue in 2016. The magazine’s first African Ameri...
18:00 2019-07-31

Ken Burns on America: 'We're a strange and complicated people' Through war, baseball and music, Burns’ monumental TV documentaries have told the story of the USA – a mission he says is even more urgent in the age of ‘alternative facts’Many birthday presents are rapidly discarded or forgotten, but a gift given to a 17-year-old Michigan high-school student, on 29...
18:00 2019-07-31

How we made I Think We're Alone Now: Tommy James and Tiffany on their shared hit ‘Having a No 1 at 15 was a wild ride. I didn’t realise it was about the prohibition of teenage sex – but we got away with it’When I was a kid I used to sing everywhere – the bathroom, the grocery store. When some musician friends of my parents had a party, my dad suggested I get up and sing. People ...
18:00 2019-07-31

Can comedy survive in an age of outrage? Comedy is under scrutiny as never before. So when is a joke not a joke? Context, intent and expectations are all key, say leading exponents of the artComedy is such a simple thing. One person tells a joke. Another person laughs. The end. Simple.Except, as every comedian knows, simple doesn’t mean ea...
18:00 2019-07-31

When will the white rockumentary conveyor belt end? Blinded By the Light and Yesterday are essentially uncritical, feature-length promos for heritage bands, and there’s more to comeIf you only have a passing knowledge of the work of Bruce Springsteen, then let Blinded By the Light enlighten you. The film is an adaptation of Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir a...
18:00 2019-07-31

US teenager becomes first Fortnite World Cup champion, winning $3m Sixteen-year-old Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf beat 99 other players at the Fortnite World Cup tournament in New YorkLast night, a US teenager who goes by the name Bugha – real name Kyle Giersdorf – became the Fortnite World Cup Champion. The 16-year-old beat 99 other players in the brightly coloured Battl...
18:00 2019-07-31

Disney breaks own record for global box office returns in a year The Lion King helps Disney amass $7.67bn to date in 2019, passing the previous best mark of $7.61bn in 2016Disney has broken its own record of worldwide film receipts by an individual studio in a single year, underlining its dominant position in the global film industry. According to Variety, Disney...
18:00 2019-07-31

As they re-enter the mainstream, can Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart keep their cool? For years, K-Patz have avoided the obvious. They’re back with Batman and Charlies Angels, threatening their hard-won credibilityModern Toss on child actorsWatching the first trailer for Charlie’s Angels, something is immediately off key. The first thing we see is a closeup of Kristen Stewart and she...
18:00 2019-07-31

Rupert Everett: 'I'd have done anything to be a Hollywood star' He lit up the screen in the 80s – but things did not go as planned. As he takes on Chekhov, Everett speaks about stardom, midlife crises and penis paddingRupert Everett is directing his first play and a few unfortunate incidents have occurred before opening night. It is David Hare’s new version of U...
18:00 2019-07-31

Hip-hop and funk producer Ras G dies aged 39 Afrofuturist producer was an influential figure on LA alternative hip-hop scene and co-founded the Brainfeeder collectiveHip-hop and funk producer Ras G, co-founder of the influential Brainfeeder collective, has died aged 39. No cause of death has been given but he had revealed in December that he h...
18:00 2019-07-31

Lil Nas X's Old Town Road sets new record for most weeks at No 1 in the US Rapper’s breakthrough hit smashes Billboard record set by Mariah Carey’s One Sweet Day’ more than 20 years agoLil Nas X has broken Mariah Carey’s 23-year-old record for most weeks at No 1 with his viral country-trap song Old Town Road.The breakthrough rapper smashed the record this week when the tra...
18:00 2019-07-31

Bruce Lee's daughter hits out at father's portrayal in Tarantino film Shannon Lee says that actor depicting Lee was ‘directed to be a caricature’ in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in HollywoodWarning: This article contains minor spoilersBruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon, has hit out at the portrayal of her father in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s...
18:00 2019-07-31

A$AP Rocky pleads not guilty to assault at start of trial in Stockholm US rapper and two members of entourage accused of attack in Swedish capital on 30 JuneA$AP Rocky has pleaded not guilty to assault at the start of his trial in Sweden in a case that has strained international relations after celebrity entertainers rallied to the US rapper’s cause and Donald Trump pu...
18:00 2019-07-31

OITNB's Jenji Kohan: 'I’d be far richer if I’d stayed on Friends' She worked on TV’s biggest hits – then revolutionised the way we all consume it with Orange Is the New Black. Jenji Kohan talks binge-watching, Love Island ... and giving Joey VDDeep into the new and final season of Orange Is the New Black, the groundbreaking Netflix show about life in a women’s pri...
18:00 2019-07-31

Remembering Rutger Hauer, Black-Armored Knight of the Genre His monologue in Blade Runner turned Hauer—who died this week at the age of 75—into a go-to actor for lending gravitas to genre for the next four decades....
23:39 2019-07-24

Human Discoveries: did Zac Efron just make the next Simpsons? Starring Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Lisa Kudrow as a murderous elk, this funny prehistoric animation is stuffed with sex and fire-starting. We might just have a classic on our handsFacebook Watch’s first breakout show was Sorry for Your Loss, a downbeat meditation on the minutiae of the grieving p...
18:39 2019-07-24

Kirill Serebrennikov, director detained in Moscow: 'Complexity is resistance' Once the toast of Russia’s avant garde, Serebennikov now faces a 10-year jail sentence. As his powerful, sexually charged play Outside is staged in Avignon, he vows he won’t be silencedOn the stage of a small theatre outside Avignon, a man paces around a mock-up of an apartment. Music issues from so...
11:39 2019-07-23

Hip-hop horseman: Fab 5 Freddy gallops through Renaissance art The rapper and graffiti art legend is taking a ride through Florence and its masterpieces. He talks about their enlightened depictions of black people – and reveals who was the Renaissance TupacThere’s something of the Renaissance man about Fred Brathwaite, AKA Fab 5 Freddy. A graffiti artist turned...
11:39 2019-07-23

'He humps all the other dogs … I’m his humping accomplice': comedians on their pets As the Edinburgh festival approaches, Ed Byrne, Susan Calman, Stevie Martin and others on why their pets are friends, companions and a source of inspirationComedians are needy, so of course we get dogs – they’re always pleased to see you. My cardigan corgi suits me: short legs, Welsh, doesn’t like w...
11:39 2019-07-23

Ocean Vuong and the new Great American Novel - books podcast This week, the Vietnamese-born poet Ocean Vuong joins Sian to discuss his prose debut, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. Taking the form of a letter written by a Vietnamese migrant to the US to his mother who can’t read English, Vuong’s novel has already been hailed as the latest Great American Novel...
11:39 2019-07-23

ZVUK: the Kazakhstan club night that dances for truth In conservative, authoritarian Almaty, a small techno event aims to create a safe space for activists and the LGBT communityIt is a rainy spring night in Almaty, and in a small back-alley club a young DJ is playing dark British techno while wearing a T-shirt that could easily land him in jail. I’m i...
11:39 2019-07-23

Art Neville, New Orleans funk star, dies aged 81 Keyboardist and singer behind the Meters and the Neville Brothers hailed as an icon by Louisiana governor John EdwardsArt Neville, one of the most celebrated funk musicians in the US, has died aged 81.His manager, Kent Sorrell, confirmed that the keyboardist and vocalist “passed away peacefully this...
11:39 2019-07-23

Lights, camera, caption! Why subtitles are no longer just for the hard of hearing An enormous number of people with unimpaired hearing are choosing to watch with words. Why? And is it time captions became the norm?‘Subtitles aren’t just for deaf people,” read the tweet that started it all. “Lots of my hearing friends use them, too. If you’re hearing and using subtitles on Netflix...
21:52 2019-07-22

Did Jane Austen write the first seaside novel? The author visited the new resorts of Lyme Regis and Sidmouth, and is rumoured to have had a holiday romance. Did she also create a new genre with Sanditon, her strange final work?Sanditon, abandoned unfinished in March 1817, four months before Jane Austen died, is set in a fictional fishing village...
21:52 2019-07-22

Avengers: Endgame tops Avatar to be highest grossing film Marvel Studios sequel has earned $3bn since its release in April, breaking 10-year recordAvengers: Endgame has surpassed Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all time.The Marvel Studios sequel, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, earned over £2.3bn ($2.9bn) in revenue by Sunday, since being ...
21:52 2019-07-22

How did stunt men take over the film industry? With action in high demand, David Leitch, director of Hobbs & Shaw, and Chad Stahelski are dominating cinemaTo state the obvious: one essential ingredient for a good action movie is … good action. And in an age when any old slob can be made to look like a superhero with a bit of green screen and CGI...
21:52 2019-07-22

Big Little Lies recap: season two finale – I Want To Know As the season, and probably the show, bows out, what became of the Monterey Five? And were there fireworks in the Streep-Kidman showdown?Spoiler 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 Austral...
21:52 2019-07-22

Thor! Blade! Picard! The 10 biggest surprises from Comic-Con 2019 San Diego’s annual pop culture gathering saw a big reveal of trailers, stars and release dates, including some major Marvel newsThe inscription on Mjolnir, Marvel’s spin on the weapon of Norse legend, reads: “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” It’s time t...
21:52 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