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Why Superhero Satire The Boys Turned Off Its Rightwing Fanbase
There seems to be a low-key competition within the culture at the moment as to who can produce the worst sort of fan. For years, Star Wars has been the far and away winner, with fans bitching and crowing like wounded animals any time the series dares
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Discipline, Teamwork, Acceptance: Why Football Is A Lifeline For Queer Cambodian Teens
As a teenager Lorn “Leak” Sreyleak looked forward to playing football every week with friends in his home town of Kampong Chhnang. But the 15-year-old couldn’t help but envy another team that sometimes practised on an adjacent pitch. Led by a gruff
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All Shook Up: How Accurate Is Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Biopic?
Austin Butler sparkles in the lead role, but perhaps Baz Luhrmann’s high-octane, live-action graphic novel should not be called a “biopic” at all. For a start, if you want to talk about the life of Presley, there are plenty of omissions: his time at
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From Strictly Ballroom To Elvis: The Career Of Baz Luhrmann – Sorted
As we know from having had our senses pounded by various glitter-filled, hyperactive and blindingly bright spectacles, Baz Luhrmann’s films don’t talk – they shout. The Sydney-born auteur practises a film-making ethos he and veteran editor Jill Billc
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House Music Had Its Black Roots Ripped Up – Now Drake And Beyoncé Are Reclaiming Them | Michelle Kambasha
This week, Drake treated fans to a surprise drop of his new album Honestly, Nevermind. Its release, just nine months after his last record, Certified Lover Boy, received lukewarm reviews from critics, was unexpected. Fans had hoped for a return to th
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Wit, Wisdom And Better Than Wordle: Why You Should Visit Dr Johnson’s Birthplace Museum
Civilisation comes in many sizes and, for Dr Samuel Johnson, compiler of A Dictionary of the English Language (1755), his home town of Lichfield was a microcosm of educated and ordered society. He once wrote of a visit to the Staffordshire city with
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Dita Von Teese Looks Back: ‘Going Into That Fetish Store Sparked My Entire Career’
Heather Renée Sweet, better known as Dita Von Teese, is the 1950s-inspired model and performer who helped repopularise burlesque. Raised in West Branch, a working-class rural town in Michigan, she started her career as a fetish model and stripper bef
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Merry Widows? How Attitudes To Bereaved Women Have Changed
There’s a downside to “till death us do part” – it does. For example, 60s model Jan de Souza, co-host of Tramp nightclub with her husband Johnny Gold, died recently: of loneliness, her obituary said. He’d died a year earlier, after 50 years of marria
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‘Those Bastard Developments’ – Why The Inventor Of The Shopping Mall Denounced His Creation
‘Every day will be a perfect shopping day,” cooed the adverts for America’s first indoor mall when it opened in Edina, Minnesota, in 1956. Edina is blanketed by snow and ice in winter, and baked by unbearably humid heat in summer. The Southdale Cente
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‘KHAAAAN!’: Why Wrath Of Khan Remains The Greatest Star Trek Movie, 40 Years On
When JJ Abrams began rebooting Star Trek with a fresh cast and crew of the Enterprise in 2009, many hardcore Trekkers complained that the new movies lacked the Apollo-era optimism and vision of space adventure as one giant cosmic morality tale that,
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‘It Stays Mind-blowing’: Billie Eilish’s Mum On Her Daughter Making Glastonbury History
Headlining Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage – the most recognised festival platform in the world – has always been a career-defining moment. When 20-year-old Billie Eilish makes history as the youngest ever solo headliner on Friday, one familiar face is g
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‘I Chatted About The Weather With Janet Jackson’: The Glastonbury Festival I’ll Never Forget
I first went to Glastonbury to play in a band [Kenickie], then with friends, and then for work. I’ve covered each event since 2002 and it’s a huge privilege to bring the festival into people’s homes. Glastonbury has shaped my life. I went from stayin
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The 20 Best Films Set On Trains – Ranked!
The sight of Gene Wilder blacking-up under the tutelage of Richard Pryor is enough to get this lightweight comedy-thriller cancelled faster than a train on strike day. But there’s still plenty to enjoy, from a sleeping-compartment scene between Wilde
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Top 10 Books About Terrible Jobs
Terrible jobs are a staple of literature. But it is a somewhat loaded term inviting images of scrubbing toilets, cleaning vomit, etc, when, really, all jobs are terrible, otherwise they would not have to pay us to do them. I knew I wanted to write a
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‘Queer, Hilarious And Full Of Joy’: The Rise Of LGBTQ+ Romance Fiction
“I have read some really fantastic fiction about queer women, but I have quite often felt that it leans towards the slightly gloomier side,” says author Laura Kay. For the London-based writer, it was natural that her debut novel, The Split, would be
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From J-Lo To Taylor Swift, ‘Pop Docs’ Are Glamorous Fun – And Smart Propaganda | Hannah Strong
Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Charlie XCX, Olivia Rodrigo: over the past decade, there has been a boom in documentaries about female pop stars. These glossy, behind-the-scenes films promise to share an unfiltered and au
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Once Banned, Now Knighted: How Horace Ové Became The Godfather Of Black British Film-making
Later this week, my friend and mentor Horace Ové will head to Buck House to be made a knight of the British empire. Those of us who know Horace rejoice at this richly deserved honour. We are also amused by the deep irony. For the very empire that wil
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Less Of Ewan McGregor Please! The Big Problem With Obi-Wan Kenobi
There is a scene towards the end of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith that encapsulates everything that went wrong with the prequel trilogy. Anakin Skywalker, Force wunderkind turned emo Jedi slayer, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, his former chum and
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A Star Is Forlorn: Bradley Cooper And The Mystery Of The ‘Asshole Director’
If you haven’t heard it yet, Bradley Cooper’s recent appearance on the SmartLess podcast is a total doozy. Not only does he reveal he was once heavily addicted to cocaine – and that he ended the habit when one of the podcast’s hosts, Will Arnett, cal
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Why Are Big Festivals Like Glastonbury So White? | Stephanie Phillips
There are a few things you can count on in a British summer: two or three days of sunshine, an afternoon spent burning sausages to a crisp at a mate’s barbecue, and the cultural ubiquity of music festivals. Pitching a tent in a field to watch some of
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The Big Idea: Are We Responsible For The Things We Do Wrong?
The question of whether we are responsible for the harm we cause goes to the heart of who we think we are, and how we believe society should run. Guilt, blame, the existence of evil, and free will itself can complicate this question to the point of n
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Rogues By Patrick Radden Keefe Review – A Preternaturally Attentive Reporter At Work
Patrick Radden Keefe is among the hallowed practitioners of American long-form journalism. Every year or so at the New Yorker, he comes up with the eminently bingeable, religiously fact-checked and seductively globetrotting piece of narrative reporta
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‘There Was Practically A Riot At King’s Cross’: An Oral History Of Harry Potter At 25
“He’ll be famous – a legend – every child in our world will know his name.” So predicts Professor McGonagall in the opening chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Breaking sales records from the beginning, Harry Potter is the biggest su
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Revealed: Why Van Gogh’s ‘Empty Chair’ Paintings Were Never Shown Together
Shortly before Vincent van Gogh cut off his left ear and had a breakdown after quarrelling with his fellow artist, Paul Gauguin, in the French city of Arles in 1888, he created a pair of extraordinary paintings. One, Gauguin’s Chair, depicts a couple
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Heat: Robert De Niro And Al Pacino Reunite To Discuss Their Hit Thriller
Any misgivings about terseness at a Q&A panel dedicated to Heat, a film in which men prefer to let their automatic rifles talk about their feelings for them, were quickly put to one side last night at the dazzling United Palace theater in Manhattan’s
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The Book That Tore Publishing Apart: ‘Harm Has Been Done, And Now Everyone’s Afraid’
At the end of March, a book that had been condemned to die came back to life. There was no star-studded launch, and no great fanfare, although this book is now somewhat famous. The new publisher of the poet Kate Clanchy’s memoir Some Kids I Taught an
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Destination Masterpiece: 75 Great Artworks To See Across The UK
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At 80, Paul McCartney Still Makes Genius Look Effortless
There’s a lovely scene in Peter Jackson’s recent documentary The Beatles: Get Back that sums up the taken-for-granted brilliance of Paul McCartney. It’s another day in Twickenham studios, where McCartney is single-handedly wrestling the Beatles into
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‘The Nation Had Lost Its Mind’: The Extraordinary New Documentary About The Death Of Princess Diana
Only a genius of longform plotting could have planned the sting in the tail of the royal 2022. In the rolling melodrama of the British monarchy, the platinum jubilee was always slated for this year, gratitude splashed across the Daily Express. But no
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Is The Lord Of The Rings Now A Never-ending Franchise Like Marvel And Star Wars?
‘The road goes ever on”, wrote Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. But the esteemed Oxford don and creator of the high fantasy genre probably wasn’t expecting it to lead to a billion dollar multimedia franchise to rival Marvel and Star W
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