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1h 42m Secret Cinema presents Romeo + Juliet review: Glastonbury for cinephiles
The Independent
An impressive fusion of music festival atmosphere and intimate, immersive cinema
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1h 54m Edinburgh Fringe: Nina Conti is Monkey, comedy review: Fine ventriloquism that's enjoyably close to the bone
The Independent
This Conti greatest hits show poses an interesting question about just how much a ventriloquist uses their puppet as a guise for their darker thoughts
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2h I know how hard it is for working-class actors to succeed. We can change that | Eddie Marsan
The Guardian
Money is a huge obstacle for people trying to get into the arts. We need positive policies – even quotas – to improve diversityI’ve been acting professionally for more than 25 years now, but I know what it’s like to have that dream jeopardised by a lack of money. I never received a grant for drama school. My first year’s fees were cobbled together by my late mother and an East End bookmaker. And at the end of my first year, I had to audition for a scholarship to pay for the rest of the course. If I hadn’t won that I would have been out – dream over before I’d even begun. So I welcome what Maureen Beattie, the president of Equity, had to say about
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Edinburgh Fringe: A round-up of shows about toxic men - Daughter, De Fuut, Unsung, Angry Alan, Square Go2h Edinburgh Fringe: A round-up of shows about toxic men - Daughter, De Fuut, Unsung, Angry Alan, Square Go
The Independent
Daughter (★★★★☆), De Fuut (★★☆☆☆), Unsung (★★★☆☆), Angry Alan (★★★★☆), Square Go (★★★★☆)
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2h Female roles vastly outnumbered by male in Hollywood films, says study
The Guardian
Women played only 32% of the characters in the top-grossing releases of 2016, with even fewer cast in lead roles Female characters are outnumbered two to one by their male counterparts in the most successful Hollywood films, a new report shows. According to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Sex Roles, authored by US academics Conor Neville and Phyllis Anastasio of Saint Joseph’s University, just over 32% of characters in 50 of the US’s top-grossing films of 2016 were women. When the analysis was narrowed down to lead characters, the proportion dipped even more, to just over 31%.
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3h The film Maurice is 30 years old, but its frankness is ahead of its time | Charlotte Higgins
The Guardian
The rereleased Merchant-Ivory film depicts gay love with a straightforwardness that few films since have matchedIn 1987, Ismail Merchant and James Ivory’s film Maurice was released – their first film after
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A Northern Soul director Sean McAllister defies film censors over 15 rating3h A Northern Soul director Sean McAllister defies film censors over 15 rating
BBC
Bafta-nominated Sean McAllister is letting under-15s watch his film for free, after BBFC classification.
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Carrie Fisher: Growing calls for her to get a Hollywood Walk of Fame star3h Carrie Fisher: Growing calls for her to get a Hollywood Walk of Fame star
BBC
William Shatner joins Mark Hamill in calls for a posthumous star for the Princess Leia actress.
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5h Updated Edinburgh Fringe: Vapelord review - Jamali Maddix casts a disgruntled eye over society, posssibly for the last time
The Independent
It would be a real shame if his on-stage claim to be retiring from stand-up is true, because his point of view is fresh and his set was honest and enjoyable
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5h When Dad died, I unearthed my teenage diaries – and turned my time as a rock star into a play
The Guardian
I had just left school when I signed a record deal and toured with Blur and Radiohead. Now, 25 years later, I’m taking those memories to Edinburgh
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The Festival review – mud, drugs and jolly druids from Inbetweeners crew5h The Festival review – mud, drugs and jolly druids from Inbetweeners crew
The Guardian
The Inbetweeners’ Joe Thomas crowdsurfs a weekend of misadventures and self-abasing nudity in Iain Morris’s likable comedy Director Iain Morris first enlivened this quiet-to-dead corner of the cinematic silly season with the astonishingly successful
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7h Jackmaster apologises for 'inappropriate and offensive' behaviour at Love Saves the Day festival
The Independent
'Over the last few weeks I have done everything in my ability to confront and address the repercussions of my actions head-on, and apologise personally to those that I affected'
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7h Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century by Kehinde Andrews – review
The Guardian
A new survey of western black radical thought is lucid, fluent and compellingBlack radicalism, Kehinde Andrews argues, is the most misunderstood ideology of the 20th century. And he’s right. It has become a vague term, lazily employed to encompass everything from the black nationalism of WEB Du Bois or Martin Delany, the Pan-Africanism of Kwame Ture (AKA Stokely Carmichael) and the black Marxism of
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7h Beyond The Cove: what happened after the Oscar-winning documentary?
The Guardian
In new documentary A Whale of a Tale, film-maker Megumi Sasaki revisits the Japanese town of Taiji and examines the damage left behind The 2009 documentary The Cove, which depicted the practice of corralling and slaughtering dolphins in a small bay tinged crimson from the blood, has visited a bewildering past decade upon the small Japanese town of Taiji.
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Strictly Come Dancing: YouTube star Joe Sugg joins line-up7h Strictly Come Dancing: YouTube star Joe Sugg joins line-up
BBC
The British author and vlogger is the fourth contestant confirmed for the forthcoming series.
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Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul 'gravely ill' in hospice care 7h Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul 'gravely ill' in hospice care
The Independent
The singer is said to be surrounded by close friends and family
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Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller – review8h Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller – review
The Guardian
The English writer brings the full range of his virtuosity to bear in a Napoleonic-era tale that veers from comedy and romance to outright menaceIt’s a wonder
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9h How to Love a Jamaican and Heads of the Colored People – reviews
The Guardian
Impressive debuts by Alexia Arthurs and Nafissa Thompson-Spires bring grit and wit to issues around racial identity The stories in the debut collection from Alexia Arthurs shuttle between Jamaica, her birthplace, and the US, where she lives. Among the varied scenarios you find depictions of island life, in which a betrayed wife turns up at the home of her husband’s lover brandishing a (blunt) machete; a student party in Brooklyn brought to a halt by a quarrel about Lena Dunham’s
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10h Tuesday’s best TV: On the Edge: Through the Gates; A Passage to Britain
The Guardian
A bravura performance kicks off the first in a three-part drama anthology about criminal justice, while a new series provides valuable perspectives on immigration
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Why Brexit is getting laughs at the Edinburgh Fringe10h Updated Why Brexit is getting laughs at the Edinburgh Fringe
BBC
The Edinburgh festival known for its comedy is finding plenty of humour in the political hot potato.
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Strictly: Faye Tozer and Danny John-Jules join line-up20h Strictly: Faye Tozer and Danny John-Jules join line-up
BBC
The pair join broadcaster Katie Piper as part of the confirmed line-up for the forthcoming series.
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Oya Festival 2018 review: The best lineup of the summer23h Oya Festival 2018 review: The best lineup of the summer
The Independent
Two of the world's biggest bands played on the same evening
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Ewan McGregor latest star to read CBeebies Bedtime Story23h Ewan McGregor latest star to read CBeebies Bedtime Story
BBC
The actor, currently starring in Disney's Christopher Robin, will appear on CBeebies later this week.
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25h Why drag queen Vicky Vox is starring in the summer's big musical Little Shop of Horrors
The Independent
Usually, Audrey II is brought to life by a feat of stagecraft. So why cast a living, breathing drag queen in the role? It's all in the service of director Maria Aberg's determinedly anti-realist, subversive approach, and because drag is having a crossover moment, says Alice Saville
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Edinburgh festival 2018: the 10 best jokes26h Edinburgh festival 2018: the 10 best jokes
The Guardian
From patriarchy and perineums to why Donald Trump is like a bikini wax ... the funniest gags so far from this year’s standups
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26h I watched three days of nudity at the Edinburgh fringe – this is what I learned
The Guardian
Sex sells, which explains why performers have been getting their kit off at the fringe for years. But my fleshy odyssey was also mindbending – and profoundly moving Fifteen naked people in a single day is a record for me. For a Monday, at least. I am in Edinburgh to attend the fringe, where I have been given a brief to … well, avoid briefs. Ban bras, skirt skirts – free willy. Go to Edinburgh, and see the naked shows, was the plan. Bring a towel to sit on, a venue said. Nudity is not new at the fringe, established in 1947, when eight theatre companies decided to turn up uninvited and stage their own shows alongside the Edinburgh international festival. This sounds a bit like turning up outside someone’s house with a boombox, but it obviously proved successful. Last year, the Fringe consisted of more than 3,000 shows in 300 venues.
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When good TV goes bad: why Murder One should have closed its case26h When good TV goes bad: why Murder One should have closed its case
The Guardian
Hill Street Blues creator Steven Bochco’s cult crime procedural was taut and tense – before wholesale changes sanded down its rougher edges
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Ruby Rose exits Twitter amid Batwoman casting backlash26h Updated Ruby Rose exits Twitter amid Batwoman casting backlash
BBC
The reaction to her casting as a lesbian Batwoman is "ridiculous", the actress says.
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27h Little Shop of Horrors, Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London, review: 'You'd be mad to miss this uplifting revival'
The Independent
Alan Mencken and Howard Ashman's tongue-in-cheek 1982 musical tells the Faustian story of a hapless Skid Row florist who wins love, fame and fortune when he cultivates a rampantly bloodthirsty plant
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Victoria and Albert Museum tour of British identity27h Victoria and Albert Museum tour of British identity
BBC
The director of the V&A Museum takes us on a tour of items which explore British identity.
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27h Red Dead Redemption 2 could be just the video game we need in 2018
The Guardian
Let’s hope Rockstar Games’ follow-up has the same emotional heft as its predecessor while also reflecting our troubled times After years of promotional material largely consisting of moody western landscape shots and artwork of men on horses, the new gameplay trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 has finally given us a better idea of what you can actually do in Rockstar Games’ death-of-the-old-west America when the game comes out in October. But while there’s plenty to get excited about – I mean, that’s definitely Steven Ogg two minutes and 55 seconds in, right? – it would be great if Red Dead Redemption 2 reflected the times. The world is a vastly different place to the one that greeted the first Red Dead Redemption in 2010. Twitter was a fun little diversion in 2010, rather than an open sewer full of Nazis. Donald Trump was just a sideshow clown. The word Brexit didn’t even exist. We might be more in need of a truly great video game to distract us from the trash fire that is real-world current events than we ever have been before.
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27h Disney cast straight actor to play its first openly gay role and it went down about as well as you'd expect
The Independent
In typical Disney fashion, the media giant made waves by creating its first ever openly gay character - but then whipped them into a furious storm by casting a straight actor to play the role.
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27h Riverdale leads Teen Choice Award winners
BBC
The Netflix show and films The Greatest Showman and Black Panther were among the big winners.
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Greg James webchat – answering your questions now!27h Greg James webchat – answering your questions now!
The Guardian
The Radio 1 DJ is about to take over the breakfast show – and he is here to answer your questions
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Good riddance to GetMeIn and Seatwave. But fans should still beware27h Good riddance to GetMeIn and Seatwave. But fans should still beware
The Guardian
Ticketmaster may be closing its resale sites. But the industry in fleecing gig-goers is still a going concern
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Who is America: Sacha Baron Cohen dupes Trump surrogates into defending neo-Nazi groups29h Who is America: Sacha Baron Cohen dupes Trump surrogates into defending neo-Nazi groups
The Independent
Sheriff David Clarke and Corey Lewandowski become the latest political figures to be fooled by the satirist
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29h How free should novelists be to imagine radically different lives?
The Guardian
For me – a middle-aged British man writing in the voice of a teenage Egyptian girl signing up with Isis – this is a tough question. Here is how I answer it My new novel may need justifying. Half of it is narrated by Sofia, a 17-year-old girl born in Cairo; I’m a 47-year-old man who has never lived outside the UK. More to the point, the story opens with Sofia arriving in Syria to join Islamic State – a long way from any experience of my own. Privately, I have been asked what gives me the right to tell this story. With the book newly out, I expect to have to answer this publicly. It’s a good question. And a vexed one, debated with understandable heat over the last few years. One side sees an act of presumption or, worse, exploitation: those who are used to having an audience for their stories usurp the experience, culture and identity of those who are never heard. To object to this is right. Control the past and you control the future, as Orwell tells us; the fictional stories we tell shape us as powerfully as history does. This responsibility ought to sit with the owners of the stories – not only because it is morally right, but also because their chances of being heard diminish every time someone tells their story for them. Like a child who never gets a word in because their older siblings speak for them, they are robbed of the chance to find their own voice.
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Idris Elba responds to Bond rumours: 'My name's Elba, Idris Elba'29h Idris Elba responds to Bond rumours: 'My name's Elba, Idris Elba'
The Independent
Rumours started to resurface after Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli was reported to have announced the door was open for a black 007 in the future
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 Murder mystery of John Palmer the cocaine-fuelled conman 29h Updated Murder mystery of John Palmer the cocaine-fuelled conman
Daily Mail
John 'Goldfinger' Palmer died after being shot six times in his garden in Brentwood, Essex. Police initially thought he died of a heart attack but later drew up 16,000 potential motives for his killing.
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Insatiable is just the latest example of Netflix not understanding teenagers30h Insatiable is just the latest example of Netflix not understanding teenagers
The Guardian
The new show has been heavily criticised for its depiction of obesity, and it follows the similarly poorly received 13 Reasons Why. So is Netflix selling younger viewers short? If there’s one thing more painful than watching Netflix’s newly-released teen sitcom
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From Birth of a Nation to BlacKkKlansman: Hollywood’s complex relationship with the KKK30h From Birth of a Nation to BlacKkKlansman: Hollywood’s complex relationship with the KKK
The Guardian
Spike Lee’s latest film, about a black detective infiltrating the Klan, once again raises the issue of how seriously cinema should take the white supremacist group The movies have never quite been sure how seriously to take the Ku Klux Klan. Is it a terrorist organisation, or a glorified frat society for resentful losers who like dressing up in silly costumes? Over the decades, cinema has given us both versions, and a few more besides. Incredible as its truth-based story is,
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Strictly Come Dancing: Katie Piper announced as first contestant30h Updated Strictly Come Dancing: Katie Piper announced as first contestant
BBC
TV presenter Katie Piper is the first Strictly Come Dancing contestant to be announced for this year's series.
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Ruby Rose quits Twitter following backlash over becoming first gay superhero to lead series30h Ruby Rose quits Twitter following backlash over becoming first gay superhero to lead series
The Independent
Rose is set to play Batwoman AKA Kate Kane, as reintroduced by DC Comics in 2006 as a gay woman of Jewish descent
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31h The Handmaid's Tale season 2 episode 13 finale review: A dramatic ending, but was it the right one?
The Independent
With such a large and richly realised universe, the creators could have gone a multitude of ways with this season finale
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Strictly: Katie Piper announced as first Strictly contestant31h Strictly: Katie Piper announced as first Strictly contestant
BBC
TV presenter Katie Piper is the first Strictly Come Dancing contestant to be announced for this year's series.
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Ticketmaster to close resale sites Seatwave and Get Me In32h Ticketmaster to close resale sites Seatwave and Get Me In
BBC
Seatwave and Get Me In will be shut down in October in a bid to fight touts, Ticketmaster announces.
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Equity president warns working class struggle to get into acting33h Equity president warns working class struggle to get into acting
The Guardian
Maureen Beattie also hopes anti-harassment measures set out by UK actors’ union will be adopted by wider industry Working class youngsters who dream of becoming actors or performers are increasingly being kept out of the profession because of the cost and failures in the education system, the new president of
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33h Films for the heat of the moment…
The Guardian
Sweat it out with some classic sunstruck movies, from a steamy tale of the American south to an English seaside romcomIn most years at this point in August, a streaming playlist of summer-set films would have a wistful quality to it: “This, in case you’ve forgotten after three months of tepid drizzle, is what summer theoretically feels like.” Three months into the balmiest British summer since Labour was in power, however, the heat oozing off the screen in a
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Sex, sin and sausages: the debauched brilliance of Leigh Bowery34h Sex, sin and sausages: the debauched brilliance of Leigh Bowery
The Guardian
His shocking shows – featuring births, enemas and vomiting – thrilled and appalled. Two decades after his death, why is the influence of this 80s nightclub legend still so pervasive?
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12 Aug 11:17pm Who is America? episode 5 review: Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on the right to start genocide: 'I don't know about that'
The Independent
Though Donald Trump's approval ratings have dwindled, there is absolutely no budging his popularity with his base of which Sacha Baron Cohen's Who is America? character Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., PhD is clearly supposed to typify.
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Who is America? episode 5 LIVE: Corey Lewandoswki - Donald Trump's former campaign manager latest to be fooled 12 Aug 8:43pm Who is America? episode 5 LIVE: Corey Lewandoswki - Donald Trump's former campaign manager latest to be fooled
The Independent
Following Joe Arpaio and Roy Moore, another Trump ally is in the show's crosshairs
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