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Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile: Lotta Sea Lice review – kindred spirits are on charming, kooky form 12 Oct 2017, 5:30pm Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile: Lotta Sea Lice review – kindred spirits are on charming, kooky form
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(Matador) Although the pairing of these two wonderfully languid singer-songwriters could have ended up too hazy, their mutually dreamy, drawling styles complement each other perfectly. The way their guitars jangle and chime together reflects a longstanding friendship. They sing on each other’s old songs: Barnett’s Outta the Woodwork or a joyously upbeat version of
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Gucci Mane: Mr Davis review – hooks and charisma but lacks lyrical edge 12 Oct 2017, 5:15pm Gucci Mane: Mr Davis review – hooks and charisma but lacks lyrical edge
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(Atlantic On the two tracks bookending this album,
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St Vincent: Masseduction review – abrasive, nuanced pop 12 Oct 2017, 5:00pm St Vincent: Masseduction review – abrasive, nuanced pop
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(Loma Vista/Caroline International) Mechanical beats and abrasive synths underpinned by producer Jack Antonoff’s feedback-pocked soundbed-of-nails: Annie Clark’s sixth album as
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Readers recommend: share your songs about pride 12 Oct 2017, 3:00pm Readers recommend: share your songs about pride
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Make your nomination in the comments and a reader will pick the best eligible tracks for a playlist next week – you have until Monday 16 October This week are looking for your nominations on the topic of pride and being proud. For more on how to interpret the theme, keep an eye on the comments. You have until
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Rez Abbasi: Unfiltered Universe review – punchy jazz guitarist merges west and east 12 Oct 2017, 2:00pm Rez Abbasi: Unfiltered Universe review – punchy jazz guitarist merges west and east
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(Whirlwind) Fans of the tightly-wound, rhythmically capricious New York downtown jazz sound of
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Writers step in to defend author accused of plagiarism in New York Times 12 Oct 2017, 11:41am Writers step in to defend author accused of plagiarism in New York Times
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Jill Bialosky’s Poetry Will Save Your Life was charged with extensive use of others’ writing, but peers say accidental repetitions ‘were not egregious theft’ More than 70 authors, including Pulitzer prize winners Jennifer Egan and Louise Glück, have come to the defence of the editor and poet Jill Bialosky after she was accused of plagiarism, saying that Bialosky’s “inadvertent repetition of biographical boilerplate was not an egregious theft intentionally performed”. A scathing review of Bialosky’s memoir, Poetry Will Save Your Life,
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Harvey Weinstein: police in New York and London investigating allegations 12 Oct 2017, 11:13am Harvey Weinstein: police in New York and London investigating allegations
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London’s Metropolitan police have opened an inquiry into the Hollywood producer’s alleged actions and the NYPD is reviewing for ‘additional complaints’ Police on both sides of the Atlantic have confirmed they are investigating Harvey Weinstein as the scandal surrounding the disgraced producer deepens. In London, the Metropolitan police are assessing a sexual abuse allegation made against him, while in his hometown of New York police are carrying out a “review” looking for new complaints against him.
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Andy Serkis: ‘King Kong was the epiphany. It was like: you can now do anything’ 12 Oct 2017, 10:11am Andy Serkis: ‘King Kong was the epiphany. It was like: you can now do anything’
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His performances in films from The Lord of the Rings to Planet of the Apes helped transform movie acting. But his decision to direct a film, Breathe, about a disabled-rights campaigner is a very personal one, he explains Breathe is not technically Andy Serkis’s first film as a director. He had already shot his adaptation of The Jungle Book using the performance-capture technology for which the man inside Gollum has become known. But while that was in post-production, Serkis found time to direct Breathe. There is a bit of CGI – Tom Hollander plays twins – but, otherwise, it’s an interestingly old-fashioned film from a man who likes to talk about digital characters and next-generation storytelling. It was the script that did it, he says. “I really did cry my eyes out, and that never happens to me.” It was one of the films on the slate of the Imaginarium, the performance-capture studio and production company Serkis had set up with the film producer Jonathan Cavendish. Serkis was lined up to do the more whizzy performance-capture films such as adaptations of Animal Farm and The Jungle Book – the latter an entirely separate reworking from the Disney adaptation released in 2016 (both films went into production at roughly the same time) – but he asked Cavendish if he could direct Breathe. Could anyone turn down Serkis? As soon as I meet him, I’m struck by how warm and bighearted he seems – blue eyes shining, wild badgery hair and an unassuming manner.
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12 Oct 2017, 8:00am School Life review – endearing doc about an unusual Irish prep
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The small-scale study of a boarding school shows pupils rehearsing Teenage Kicks and flourishing under the tutelage of some gifted teachers This endearing documentary tracks life at
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Harvey Weinstein: all of the women who have accused him so far 12 Oct 2017, 7:19am Harvey Weinstein: all of the women who have accused him so far
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A growing number of actors and others in the film industry have made accusations against the Hollywood film producer
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The Snowman review – Michael Fassbender plays it cool in watchable Jo Nesbø thriller 12 Oct 2017, 7:00am The Snowman review – Michael Fassbender plays it cool in watchable Jo Nesbø thriller
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The bestseller about a maverick cop on the trail of a serial killer reaches the big screen in a gruesome but watchable adaptation from Tomas Alfredson Of course it’s a letdown to discover that
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Readers recommend playlist: songs featuring echoes 12 Oct 2017, 7:00am Readers recommend playlist: songs featuring echoes
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This week’s reader has listened – and listened again – to your suggestions to produce a list including Cocteau Twins, Queen and Tom Petty
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The war with no end: why American television refuses to leave the trenches 12 Oct 2017, 6:00am The war with no end: why American television refuses to leave the trenches
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American TV has long been a barometer for the country’s feelings on its military – so what do a new crop of shows say about the opinions of a divided nation?
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Oscars to discuss response to Harvey Weinstein allegations 12 Oct 2017, 5:08am Oscars to discuss response to Harvey Weinstein allegations
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Academy has criticised film producer’s alleged behaviour and there is speculation it could suspend his membership The organisers of the Oscars are to meet to discuss their response to the mounting allegations of sexual harassment against the disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences added its voice to the growing chorus of disgust against the alleged behaviour of a man it awarded a best picture Oscar to in 1999 for producing Shakespeare in Love.
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Bitch review – tame feminist satire lacks bite 12 Oct 2017, 5:00am Bitch review – tame feminist satire lacks bite
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Marianna Palka’s drama about a homemaker who starts behaving like a dog offers under-developed characters and no insights That’s “bitch” in both senses of the word: a female dog and the pejorative term for a woman. But disappointingly, the provocative title is not matched by the movie here – a tame feminist satire written and directed by the Scottish-born film-maker Marianna Palka, who also stars as a housewife. Her character is inspired by a patient of the radical psychiatrist
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The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris review – grisly medicine 12 Oct 2017, 4:00am The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris review – grisly medicine
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Joseph Lister, the pioneer of antiseptic surgery, is the hero of this story of Victorian doctors with grubby hands and infected knivesLong after William Hogarth depicted a gaggle of bewigged and urine-tasting physicians under the title
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The Square and the Tower by Niall Ferguson review – a new understanding of global history? 12 Oct 2017, 2:30am The Square and the Tower by Niall Ferguson review – a new understanding of global history?
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Don’t leave networks to conspiracy theorists, argues the prolific historian in a book that ranges from the Illuminati to Brexit and Trump
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Wim Wenders on his Polaroids – and why photography is now over 12 Oct 2017, 1:00am Wim Wenders on his Polaroids – and why photography is now over
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Vigils for John Lennon, road trips with Annie Liebovitz, portraits of Dennis Hopper … Wim Wenders took thousands of Polaroids while making his classic films. He shares the stories behind them Wim Wenders reckons he took more than 12,000 Polaroids between 1973 and 1983, when his career as a film-maker really took off, but only 3,500 remain. “The thing is,” he says, “you gave them away. You had the person in front of you, whose picture you had just taken, and it was like they had more right to it. The Polaroids helped with making the movies, but they were not an aim in themselves. They were disposable.”
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Back review: farewell to Mitchell and Webb’s squirmingly good sitcom-cum-thriller 12 Oct 2017, 1:00am Back review: farewell to Mitchell and Webb’s squirmingly good sitcom-cum-thriller
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Simon Blackwell’s comedy about a suspected cuckoo in the nest was surprisingly touching without veering into sentimentality. Bring on series two Channel 4 likes its comedies to emerge all tangled up in a mess of genres. The dearly departed
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The Ballad of Shirley Collins review – brilliant story of lost folk singer 12 Oct 2017, 1:00am The Ballad of Shirley Collins review – brilliant story of lost folk singer
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After she lost her voice on stage in the 70s, Collins dropped off the folk map – but here she comes clean about her grief, her recovery and her music Life imitating art? In a tale of treachery and tragedy straight out of a ballad, the English folk singer Shirley Collins dramatically lost her voice on stage in the late 70s. Her husband had just her left for another woman, who’d taken to showing up at Collins’s gigs – rubbing salt in the wounds by wearing the offending ex’s jumpers. Humiliated, Collins opened her mouth but nothing came out. “He undid me. I should have got angry, but I got heartbroken,” she explains in this portrait of the artist as an older and wiser woman. Diagnosed with dysphonia, Collins dropped off the folk map until, aged 82, she released a comeback album last year. With the help of old letters, yellowing photos, audio recordings and old home-movie footage, Collins recalls her life – with additional interviews by adoring young folk singers, plus superfan
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