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1h 8m Updated Toy Story 4 trailer, cast and release date: Everything we know about the Pixar sequel
The Independent
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and Joan Cusack will all return as the voices of Woody, Buzz, and Jessie
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1h 16m Boyfriend of Love Island star killed himself, coroner rules
The Guardian
Aaron Armstrong, 25, died just under three weeks after finding body of Sophie Gradon The boyfriend of Love Island star Sophie Gradon killed himself just weeks after he found her dead at her parents’ home, a coroner has ruled. Aaron Armstrong, 25, had taken cocaine and drunk alcohol before his death, the inquest found.
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1h 18m Toy Story 4 trailer teases emotional end to Woody and Buzz journey in Pixar sequel
The Independent
Tom Hanks' beloved sheriff and Bo Peep hit the road in what could well be the franchise's final chapter
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James Corden to host Tony Awards (again)1h 41m James Corden to host Tony Awards (again)
BBC
The British chat show host and actor first hosted the prestigious US theatre awards in 2016.
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2h Game of Thrones star Kit Harington sought therapy after Jon Snow death scene in season 5
The Independent
The actor said the year after the scene was broadcast 'wasn't a very good time' in his life
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2h Therapy on the couch, plus the London book fair – books podcast
The Guardian
On this week’s show, Claire and Sian meet up at London book fair to discuss the trends and biggest books announced for 2019 and 2020. Then they sit down with neuropsychologist AK Benjamin and novelist Anthony Good, who have written two very different books turning the tables on therapy. Benjamin’s genre-busting take on mental health, Let Me Not Be Mad, puts the author centre stage, while Good’s Kill [redacted] is a thriller in which a man grieving the murder of his wife attempts to justify his right to revenge through letters to his therapist.
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2h Leaving Neverland: Music video producer believes 'almost every word' in damning Michael Jackson documentary
The Independent
'If the Michael Jackson legend is destroyed by this, the person responsible is Michael Jackson,' says Rudi Dolezal
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3h Frozen musical based on Disney animated film to open on London's West End in 2020
The Independent
'Frozen' has been running on Broadway for a year and received three Tony award nominations
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3h National Portrait Gallery turns down £1m grant from Sackler family
The Guardian
Artists had asked gallery not to accept sum from family behind firm making opioid OxyContin The National Portrait Gallery has turned down a £1m grant from the multibillionaire Sackler family after an
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3h Once Upon a Time in Hollywood poster shows Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate in new Tarantino film
The Independent
The director's ninth film is set to the backdrop of the Manson Family Murders
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4h Toy Story 4 trailer: Full look teases emotional end to Woody and Buzz journey
The Independent
Tom Hanks' sheriff and Bo Peep hit the road in what looks like the franchise's final chapter
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5h Slaughterhouse-Five blurs time – and increases the power of reality
The Guardian
Does Kurt Vonnegut expect us to believe his crazy story? This novel may be funny, but it’s still deadly serious “After Trout became famous,” wrote Kurt Vonnegut in Breakfast Of Champions, “of course, one of the biggest mysteries about him was whether he was kidding or not.” Kilgore Trout is a recurring character in Vonnegut’s books and the author of many science-fiction novels. Breakfast of Champions is the first book Vonnegut (the author of many science-fiction novels) wrote after
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Bohemian Rhapsody film editor responds to criticism6h Bohemian Rhapsody film editor responds to criticism
BBC
John Ottman says he 'wants to put a bag over his head' when he sees criticised scene that went viral.
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6h Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Cast, poster and release date for epic new Quentin Tarantino movie
The Independent
A film exec said the movie has 'the best screenplay that I have had the privilege to read'
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6h Love Death & Robots review – prestige TV with added sexbots
The Guardian
Perfect for anyone with a low attention span, David Fincher’s pic’n’mix show is short, satisfyingly wicked and self-consciously NSFW If being online constantly has hacked away at our attention spans, commissioning the future-shock pic’n’mix Love Death & Robots seems like a smart move by Netflix. This is prestige TV in convenient pill form: a sprawling anthology of 18 animated shorts that run at an average of just 12 minutes, lashed together by a prominent David Fincher producing credit. After Se7en, Fight Club and even Netflix’s own compromised
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7h Grime music being stifled by 'institutionalised racism' in UK, MPs' report concludes
The Independent
Report emerges as part of a wider investigation into the UK's live music scene
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7h Ariana Grande kicks off Sweetner world tour in New York
BBC
The star plays a hit-packed, 31-song setlist in New York.
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7h Piers Morgan fumes at 'political correctness' as Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam accused of 'sexism'
The Independent
The fire brigade slammed the use of 'stereotypical gender-specific wording' in children's shows
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7h Francis Spufford pens unauthorised Narnia novel
The Guardian
The Stone Table hailed as a ‘seamless recreation’ of CS Lewis’s style, but this addition to the acclaimed series of children’s books may never be published Francis Spufford has taken a break from writing award-winning adult literature to fill in the details of what exactly went on in Narnia before The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. But he isn’t expecting his novel, set in CS Lewis’s magical world, to be published any time soon. Spufford, who has been writing for the past three and a half years without the permission of the Lewis estate, began Narnia story The Stone Table on a family holiday to entertain his daughter Theodora. After he had published books including
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7h You vs Wild: Interactive Bear Grylls series coming to Netflix
The Independent
'I'm about to embark on one of my most epic adventures, and this time you're in charge'
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7h Updated Game of Thrones prequel series: Everything we know so far, including release date, cast, plot and spoilers
The Independent
This is all that's currently known about the next 'Thrones' project on HBO's agenda
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8h Metallica announce S&M 20th anniversary concert with San Francisco Symphony
The Independent
Heavy metal legends are also preparing for a UK stadium tour in June
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8h Game of Thrones prequel: Harry Potter and Blackadder alumni Miranda Richardson joins cast
The Independent
The Oscar-nominated actor joins Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse and Naomi Ackie
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8h Peppa Pig accused of sexism by London Fire Brigade for using the word 'fireman'
The Independent
'Using out of date stereotypical gender-specific wording prevents young girls from becoming firefighters'
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8h Harry Potter and Blackadder alumni joins Game of Thrones prequel
The Independent
The Oscar-nominated actor joins Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse and Naomi Ackie
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9h Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind at 15: Why the mind-bending film remains a perfect portrait of heartbreak
The Independent
Michel Gondry's surreal delight challenges us to question why we allow ourselves to be so ruled by our emotional scars, Clarisse Loughrey writes
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9h Updated Viagogo: MPs warn live music fans not to use ticket reselling site
The Independent
Company has demonstrated 'disdain for not only the legislative process, but its customers'
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11h Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine: how we made Sheriff Fatman
The Guardian
‘We used my flat’s rank toilet on the record sleeve with my guitar shoved into it – though I put a plastic bag over it first’ I had read about a dodgy landlord in the
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Smack The Pony: Amanda Holden was first choice for show13h Smack The Pony: Amanda Holden was first choice for show
BBC
The Britain's Got Talent judge could have had a much bigger role in the Channel 4 sketch show.
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19h This Time with Alan Partridge, episode 4, review: There has never been a Partridge moment more genius than this
The Independent
'I am racking my mind to think of a funnier bit of Partridge/Steve Coogan over his eventful 28-year long career but can't'
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20h Andre Williams death: Legendary R&B singer and songwriter dies, aged 82
The Independent
Williams's manager says Williams was recently diagnosed with colon cancer
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25h Anna Burns and Sally Rooney on Rathbones Folio prize longlist
The Guardian
Booker winner Milkman and Normal People, which took the Costa novel award, among 20 contenders for the £30,000 prize The 2019 Rathbones Folio prize longlist spans the world, from a Booker-winning novel set amid the Troubles in Northern Ireland to a life of St Francis of Assisi told in verse.
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Lammy responds to Comic Relief donation drop25h Updated Lammy responds to Comic Relief donation drop
BBC
David Lammy MP had criticised the charity telethon for promoting the idea of "white saviours".
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25h Updated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Cast, plot and release date for epic new Quentin Tarantino movie
The Independent
A film exec said the movie has 'the best screenplay that I have had the privilege to read'
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26h Updated Giant bronze statue of crouching woman arrives in Plymouth
The Guardian
Creator says seven-metre high Messenger is important counterpoint to the many statues of men across UK Even before Messenger, a giant bronze sculpture depicting a female actor, had been craned into place outside the Theatre Royal Plymouth, it was attracting a mixture of praise, anger and ribaldry. Some agreed with those who had commissioned the seven-metre-high, 9.5-tonne piece that it was an exciting and bold statement about the creative life of the Devon city.
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26h Sharks in Great Barrier Reef threatened by government programme
The Independent
The tiger shark population has declined by three quarters since the launch of the Shark Control Program
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26h Spiritual journey: the freed slaves who took gospel to the world
The Guardian
In 1873, the Fisk Jubilee Singers embarked on a gruelling international tour that changed the course of history. Their remarkable story is told in a new oratorio In 1873, a choir of African American students – all but two of them former slaves – set off for London on a fund-raising tour. Recommended by Mark Twain, who wrote “I would walk seven miles to hear them sing again ... they reproduce the true melody of the plantations”, the Fisk Jubilee Singers went on to give concerts across Europe and beyond, thereby introducing spirituals to the world. In England, the prime minister William Gladstone invited them for a private breakfast. Queen Victoria put in a special request for them to sing Steal Away, and it has become part of Nashville folklore that it was the Queen’s delighted praise that gave the choir’s Tennessee hometown the soubriquet Music City.
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27h White Chicks 2: Terry Crews says he would 'love' to star in 2004 comedy sequel
The Independent
'I will never, ever get out of shape because that movie's going to happen one day,' says Crews
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28h Music, fashion and town planning: how nightclubs change the world
The Guardian
From architecture to drug policy, nightlife quietly incubates ideas that then flourish in the mainstream. But, with brands moving in, club-cultural innovation is under threat In the popular imagination,
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29h Momo challenge: The real victims of the hoax are the parents who believe it
The Independent
Momo is just another moral panic, and parents are falling for it once again. But, says David Barnett, the kids will probably be all right
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29h All hail Billions – the smartest stupid show on TV
The Guardian
An antidote to self-serious antihero dramas, this zippy saga about filthy-rich white guys offers up some of the most thoughtful trash around Billions, the labyrinthine drama about a shady hedge-fund investor and the shady district attorney on his tail, is by far and away the smartest dumb show on TV. On the one hand it’s by-the-book Prestige Television, a glossy study of self-destructive antiheroes, moral grey areas and the soul-blackening effects of power. On the other, it offers everything the golden-era box sets didn’t. Billions has no time for the slow-burn and never skimps on surface-level fun, be it the whip-wielding sex workers or chic celebrity cameos. Factor in its exuberant refusal to take itself too seriously, and it’s a show that above all else will keep you entertained. Or to put it another way: the exact opposite of Mad Men. With its fourth season starting this month and as pulpily addictive as ever, it’s fair to say the writers have pulled off a neat trick. In the post-recession world, drawing breezy entertainment from a story about crooked and decadent financiers is no easy task. On top of that, the male ego is no longer the small-screen goldmine it once was. While a decade or two ago, the wounded psyches of Tony Soprano and co had us making a beeline for the water cooler, audiences have now become wise to privilege, and there’s no escaping the fact that Billions is a show about two filthy-rich white guys and their very expensive game of one-upmanship.
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Lesbian storyline defended by film director Francis Lee29h Lesbian storyline defended by film director Francis Lee
BBC
Francis Lee's Ammonite, about pioneering fossil collector Mary Anning, stars Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.
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29h Keith Flint: Mural paying tribute to late Prodigy singer appears in Southend
The Independent
Created by local artist John Bulley, the mural is situated on Southend High Street
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30h The bridges that never were – in pictures
The Guardian
Bridges are often defining urban features – but what if your city had chosen one of these designs instead?
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Pulp Fiction guitarist Dick Dale dies at 8130h Updated Pulp Fiction guitarist Dick Dale dies at 81
BBC
Tributes pour in for the "King of Surf Rock", whose music featured in the classic film Pulp Fiction.
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30h Yuli: this portrait of Carlos Acosta and Cuba is a dance film like no other
The Guardian
Ballet and film complement each other perfectly in a biopic of the superstar dancer that captures life under Castro’s rule Dance on film can have many functions. It might act as a showstopping decoration to the drama (most movie musicals), a shorthand for its protagonist’s obsession or madness (Black Swan, The Red Shoes) or a blunt tool for illustrating cultural difference (Step Up, Save the Last Dance and every other ballet-girl-meets-hip-hop-boy movie). But, aside from Jerome Robbins’ masterpiece
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30h The Walking Dead reveals the story behind Michonne and Daryl's 'x' scars
The Independent
Episode 14 of season nine, titled 'Scars', featured a flashback explaining the origin of the marks
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31h Dying of the light: why Hollywood needs to get over its obsession with terminally ill teens
The Guardian
Five Feet Apart is the latest film about doomed young heartthrobs – a trope rife in popular culture since Romeo and Juliet Teenage terminal illness: it’s so romantic, isn’t it? Apart from the dying bit. And the physical deterioration, the pain, and the medical intervention that often precedes it. But as a movie genre, it ticks so many boxes: despair, alienation, suffering, seize-the-day recklessness, inbuilt tragedy. Basically all the things teenagers experience already, minus an easy excuse to dismiss them. No wonder dying-teen movies seem to be going, er, viral right now. Next up is Five Feet Apart, whose attractive leads, Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse, both have cystic fibrosis – a genetic condition that leads to buildup of fluid in the lungs. More than half of sufferers die before they reach 28 years old. To prevent cross-infection, people with CF must not come within six feet of each other, hence the title: when these two fall in love, they decide to steal back a foot’s worth of intimacy.
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31h Myspace loses 'over 50 million songs' from website after server migration project goes wrong
The Independent
Once-popular social network was used by millions of bands and singers to share their music
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31h Dick Dale death: Tributes paid to surf rock pioneer behind Pulp Fiction theme song
The Independent
Dale is credited with pioneering the surf music style, by drawing on his Middle-Eastern heritage and experimenting with reverberation
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32h An Impeccable Spy review – wine, women and state secrets
The Guardian
Owen Matthews’s rip-roaring account of the life of Richard Sorge is great fun, but shows how badly Stalin let him down This is a golden age for spy biographies. Almost every month there is another fascinating portrait of an agent who fought or supported one of the great totalitarian philosophies of the 20th century. I think it is fair to say, though, that no matter how many of those stories get told, none will be as absolutely belief-beggaring as that of Richard Sorge. Born in Baku, of Russian-German parentage, he grew up in Wilhelmine Germany, and served in the first world war. Injured on the eastern front, he grew progressively radicalised by the misery all around him, and became a communist. His is a story with uncanny parallels to Kim Philby, except he took the struggle to the streets for a while, even working as a miner in the Ruhr in an attempt to take the party’s message to the workers, before discovering his natural vocation as a spy.
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32h Dick Dale death: Surf rock pioneer behind Pulp Fiction theme song dies, aged 81
The Independent
Dale is credited with pioneering the surf music style, by drawing on his Middle-Eastern heritage and experimenting with reverberation
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32h Kevin Smith confirms Method Man and Redman cameo in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot
The Independent
The director announced the news on Instagram, adding that the film will 'finally answer the immortal question: How high?'
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33h Updated Stars who died in 2019, from Keith Flint to Luke Perry
The Independent
We remember some of the notable figures from the arts world who have died in the past year
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33h What did Americans think of the British acts at the South By Southwest festival?
BBC
The BBC brought a bunch of up-and-coming musicians to Texas. So what did the locals think?
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33h Tomb with a view: why burial mounds are a better way to go
The Guardian
Cocktail parties, cartoon characters and firework shows: burial mounds are back in Britain – are they the future of death? Behind a hedge in the middle of a field in Shropshire, there is a grassy mound that looks like an overgrown spoil heap. It would be an unremarkable feature in this ancient agricultural landscape, were it not for the fact that it has a little stone doorway in its side. Step through and you find yourself in an atmospheric domed chamber where round stone pillars frame rows of candlelit niches. All that’s missing is Gandalf sitting in the corner, preparing his next spell. More than 5,000 years after our neolithic ancestors built great burial barrows (or mounds) across the land, a Shropshire farmer is reviving the tradition – and he’d rather you didn’t mention druids. “People like to pump mysticism into this stuff,” says Tim Ashton, standing in wellies and a tweed coat outside his new barrow. “But the people who built Stonehenge and the first barrows weren’t a bunch of wishy-washy people in white robes. They were practical farmers like me.”
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33h Streaming: in praise of James Gray
The Guardian
The decade’s greatest US film never to have been seen in UK cinemas has been released without fanfare on BFI Player Away from the Netflix publicity machine, online-only film releases are rarely advertised or visibly scheduled in the same way cinema releases or even DVDs are. Some of the best ones come my way by word of mouth, or entirely by chance. So it was only from a friend’s tip last week that I learned that a title whose UK release I’ve been waiting years for has recently, quietly slipped into the streaming realm –
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33h Harry Potter fans mock JK Rowling's latest Dumbledore revelation
The Independent
Rowling has detailed Dumbledore and Grindelwald's 'incredibly intense' relationship
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33h Dick Dale death: Surf rock legend who played guitar on Pulp Fiction theme song dies, aged 81
The Independent
Dale is credited with pioneering the surf music style, by drawing on his Middle-Eastern heritage and experimenting with reverberation
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34h John Oliver tells Jay Leno to 'go f*** himself' in row over late night 'civility' comments
The Independent
'May I offer my new book: Oh the Places You Can Go F**k Yourself, Jay Leno!'
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34h Guestbook by Leanne Shapton review – persistently uncanny
The Guardian
Sharp prose and visual artwork combine in these seductive modern ghost storiesIn the lexicon of reviewer-speak, entries don’t come more hackneyed than “haunting”. The urge to reach for it should be a critic’s cue to do more thinking, and yet in the case of
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35h The Inventor review – ordinary documentary about extraordinary crime
The Guardian
The fascinating story of Elizabeth Holmes and the Theranos scandal is frustratingly underexplored in Alex Gibney’s disappointing new film There’s a commonly held belief that the US is a place where a person of humble means can make their way to the highest echelons of power through sheer grit. This myth remains stable, despite being repeatedly punctured by events like the Fyre Festival, Trump’s presidency and this week’s college admission scandal. In Alex Gibney’s newest documentary, The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, it receives another dent thanks to the incredible story of Elizabeth Holmes and the Theranos scandal. It’s the story of a woman who managed to procure millions for a blood testing machine that didn’t exist, a classic tale of connections mattering more than cognition. It inspired an award-winning book, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou and is set to inspire a splashy Oscar-aiming biopic starring Jennifer Lawrence.
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Getting inside the head of the man who was Frank Sidebottom 17 Mar 11:33pm Getting inside the head of the man who was Frank Sidebottom
BBC
For the first time a new documentary tells the full story of Chris Sievey, the man behind the mask.
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