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17 Jan 3:14pm Bestselling Donald Trump exposé Fire and Fury to become TV series
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Michael Wolff’s peek inside the White House will head to the small screen in a seven-figure deal, with the author onboard as executive producer Michael Wolff’s bestselling Donald Trump exposé, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, is heading to the small screen in a reported seven-figure deal.
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‘And here’s Big Narstie with the weather’ – TV’s greatest fish out of water moments 17 Jan 11:44am ‘And here’s Big Narstie with the weather’ – TV’s greatest fish out of water moments
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The grime star joins the likes of Jeremy Paxman and the Fall’s Mark E Smith in taking on an unexpected television roleOn Tuesday, grime artist Big Narstie became a megastar. Tasked with
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Keira Knightley criticises rape culture in modern cinema 17 Jan 8:49am Keira Knightley criticises rape culture in modern cinema
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Speaking about #MeToo and Hollywood, the actor says there is ‘something distasteful in the way women are portrayed’ Keira Knightley has criticised the amount of sexual violence against women in films, saying that she prefers period stories to contemporary-set dramas because, in the latter, “the female characters nearly always get raped”.
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17 Jan 8:07am London libraries assess impact of Carillion collapse
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Croydon council has reacted to the service provider’s liquidation by taking the service in-house again, while Ealing and Harrow are laying contingency plans The fallout from the collapse of Carillion has hit the UK’s already beleaguered library sector, with several London authorities making moves to part ways with the bankrupt outsourcing firm – including Croydon council, which has announced it will start running its libraries itself after years of what it has called unsatisfactory service. Carillion, which
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The Bayeux Tapestry – historic, yes, but is it any good? 17 Jan 7:45am The Bayeux Tapestry – historic, yes, but is it any good?
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This majestic tapestry depicting the Norman invasion of 1066 is more than a fascinating record of British history – it’s one of the most powerful depictions of war ever created If you want to know why the Bayeux Tapestry truly matters, why it is one of the world’s great works of art and not just a corny bit of British heritage, the place to start is not the famous scene of
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17 Jan 6:30am The Assassination of Gianni Versace review – a grim portrait of gay life
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In his follow-up to The People v OJ Simpson, Ryan Murphy spins the designer’s murder into a compelling story of deceit, ambition and what it meant to be gay at the turn of the century The title of the new season of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story is tailor-made to drum up anticipation: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”, it reads, invoking one of the most notorious murders of the 1990s. Where the first installment of the anthology series – The People v OJ Simpson – was about exactly that, this time both the name and the promotional material amount to a shiny, sequined red herring. The assassination in question takes place in the very first scene of the series and, unlike the crimes of which Simpson was accused, there’s no ensuing legal battle that grips the country, collectively watching a White Bronco on the 405. So Murphy, television’s pre-eminent dramatist, quite literally flips the script. Versace doesn’t reach the heights of season one, and it’s slow to boil, but at it’s best it makes for thrilling, macabre, deliciously campy television.
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17 Jan 6:24am Star Wars actors mock fan who recut film to remove women
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Mark Hamill and John Boyega join social media derision aimed at ‘De-Feminized Fanedit’ A fan-made recut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, designed to remove women from the film, has been mocked on social media by the movie’s stars. The film writer and critic Priscilla Page posted a link to a news report about the recut, adding a long, drawn-out laugh to her tweet.
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Lost Connections by Johann Hari review – too many drugs, not enough understanding 17 Jan 2:30am Lost Connections by Johann Hari review – too many drugs, not enough understanding
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Part personal odyssey and part investigation, this rigorous if flawed study finds fault with contemporary treatment of depression and anxietyWhen
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17 Jan 1:00am The Sopranos to Blackadder – what are the definitive series of the best TV shows?
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Why is Mad Men’s second season the most important? How come Buffy’s fourth outing was its best? We asked our critics to define TV’s best seasons
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Rare Van Gogh sketches go on public display for first time in 100 years 16 Jan 9:07pm Rare Van Gogh sketches go on public display for first time in 100 years
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Drawings, together with works by Govert Flinck, on show at the Singer Laren museum in the Netherlands Art lovers are in for a rare treat as four forgotten works by Dutch masters Vincent van Gogh and 17th-century painter Govert Flinck have gone on display, after gathering dust for more than 100 years.
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16 Jan 7:16pm Before We Die review – more than Nordic noir by numbers
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There’s a certain amount of box-ticking with this gloomy Swedish crime drama but beyond the cliches, Marie Richardson’s seductive character hooks us in. Plus, Britain’s Favourite Dogs: Top 100 At a party, somewhere in Stockholm, a young man called Christian is selling drugs, to a woman called Inez, with a Z. Uh, oh, Christian’s mum, Hanna, a cop, suddenly shows up, with a couple of uniformed colleagues. Empty your pockets, son. “Happy?” he asks her, when they find a load of guilty little plastic bags on him.“Remember what I said?” she relies. That’s some pretty hardcore parenting, but she had warned him, I approve. Now he’s going to jail, two years in the naughty room. I’m not sure Christian’s going to forget it for a while, though, even after he’s released and gets a job as a washer-upper (is it just that though, just washing up, or is there something more to it?)
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16 Jan 7:01pm Hollywood buys film rights to debut novel by Scottish teacher
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Claire McFall is little known in Britain but is hugely popular in China where her children’s book Ferryman is a bestseller Her name is barely known in Britain, but a Scottish teacher has become a publishing phenomenon in China, where her debut novel for young adults has sold more than 1m copies over the past two years. Now Claire McFall, 35, from the Scottish Borders, is likely to become better known closer to home. Hollywood producers have snapped up the rights to her book for two major feature films – one version for English-language audiences and another for Chinese ones – prompting her to give up the day job.
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