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24 May 5:00pm Million Pound Menu review – Dragons’ Den meets Masterchef
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First Dates’ Fred Sirieix adds charm to a show in which pop-up restaurants vie for boring backers to make them stay-ups We didn’t do this one when it started last week because there was something more interesting around. Today there isn’t, so Million Pound Menu (BBC Two) it is. Each week, two new restaurant ideas get their own pop-up (or “peurp up”, because it’s Frenchman Fred Sirieix from First Dates presenting) in Manchester, and try to get an investment from some industry people. Dragons’ Den meets Hell’s Kitchen meets Masterchef? Yes, that. So here’s Finca, a Cuban street-food concept dreamed up by three lads from Havan … oh, no, from Liverpool. But one of them went on holiday there once. They do a Cubano sandwich (which originated in Florida), and some Central American delicacies such as twice-fried plantain fritters. Kinda Caribbean/Latin with a scouse twist, then. The investors – shall we call them soup dragons? – like the idea, though: four of them are interested.
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Jeffrey Tambor: the problem with his post-#MeToo comeback 24 May 3:29pm Jeffrey Tambor: the problem with his post-#MeToo comeback
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The actor, who was ousted from Transparent after sexual misconduct allegations, has found himself under scrutiny again with resurfaced verbal harassment Earlier this week, it was announced that Jeffrey Tambor, an actor whose name was one of many mentioned in the post-Weinstein rush of sexual misconduct allegations, would be returning to this year’s Emmys race. The 73-year-old star, who has previously won two awards for his role as a trans woman in Transparent, was submitted by Netflix for his work in the latest season of Arrested Development launching at the end of the month. It felt like the beginning of a comeback, a slow crawl back to the top after being ousted from the Amazon drama. But his good luck was short-lived. Later that same day,
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Readers recommend: share great solo performances 24 May 3:00pm Readers recommend: share great solo performances
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Nominate in the comments and a reader will pick the best eligible tracks for a playlist next week – you have until Monday 28 May Anything goes this week – so long as it’s a single person performing throughout, with instrumentals also welcome. For more on how to interpret the theme, keep an eye on the comments.
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24 May 1:06pm Morgan Freeman accused of sexual harassment by multiple women
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A new report alleges that the actor subjected women to sexual and verbal harassment on film sets and at his production company
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‘DJ culture became weaponised elevator-music’: how Despacio is fighting EDM 24 May 11:00am ‘DJ culture became weaponised elevator-music’: how Despacio is fighting EDM
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A collaboration between LCD Soundsystem and Soulwax, Despacio plays deep disco and classic rock but, with a rig heavier than Metallica’s, it holds its own against the big drops of mainstream DJs James Murphy is bleary-eyed as he welcomes David and Stephen Dewaele – the Belgian brothers behind
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24 May 10:07am Chicken decapitation and battered cats: Hollywood’s history of animal cruelty
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The sight of a duckling having its foot prised off in Lars von Trier’s new film sent Cannes audiences scurrying. Why are we so willing to allow animals to suffer for our art? If I am not looking forward to Lars von Trier’s
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24 May 9:04am Ode to whiteness: British poetry scene fails diversity test
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Study shows poets of colour are underrepresented in the UK, as Forward poetry prizes announce trailblazing shortlists The British poetry world is “failing to meet even the most basic measurements of inclusivity”, according to a new report which highlights the “systemic exclusion” of poets and critics of colour from UK and Irish poetry magazines. Collecting data from 29 magazines and websites including PN Review, Poetry Review, the Guardian and Oxford Poetry, the study found that between 2012 and 2018, 9% of almost 20,000 published poems were by poets of colour. Of the 1,819 poems, 502 were published in a single magazine, Modern Poetry in Translation; if this is taken out of the equation, only 7% of poems were by poets of colour.
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Gwyneth Paltrow: Brad Pitt threatened to kill Weinstein over alleged assault 24 May 8:38am Gwyneth Paltrow: Brad Pitt threatened to kill Weinstein over alleged assault
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Paltrow has said that her then-boyfriend threatened the disgraced mogul after he allegedly acted inappropriately towards her in a hotel room in 1995 Gwyneth Paltrow has released more details of her alleged experiences with Harvey Weinstein. Speaking on Wednesday on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show, Paltrow again accused Weinstein of sexually harassing her in the 1990s. “We had one incident in a hotel room where he tried to make a pass at me,” she said, saying that he requested she give him a massage.
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24 May 8:00am Every Star Wars film – ranked!
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From the saga’s debut in 1977 to this month’s Solo and (almost) everything in between, we rank 14 of the Star Wars films and spin-offs What a disaster. Never was so much anticipation and excitement loaded into a single movie, which shortly after its release in 1999 became known as A New Crushing of Hope. This monumentally obtuse and dull prequel episode utterly failed to answer 15 years’ worth of what-happened-next? (or is that what-happened-before?) excitement, and featured the intensely annoying – and borderline offensive – character Jar Jar Binks.
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24 May 6:40am Poldark star Eleanor Tomlinson calls for pay equality with male lead
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Producers say actor is paid less than Aidan Turner because she has less screen time The gender pay gap debate has reached one of the BBC’s most popular dramas after the Poldark star Eleanor Tomlinson called for pay equality with her fellow lead Aidan Turner. Although the actor recognised that Turner was a bigger name when the series began in 2015, following roles in the film The Hobbit and several other BBC dramas, she argued that they are now both its leads and should be paid the same salary.
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24 May 6:14am Gwyneth Paltrow: Brad Pitt threatened to kill Harvey Weinstein over alleged assault
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Paltrow has said that her then-boyfriend threatened the disgraced mogul after he allegedly acted inappropriately towards her in a hotel room in 1995 Gwyneth Paltrow has released more details of her alleged experiences with Harvey Weinstein. Speaking on Wednesday on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show, Paltrow again accused Weinstein of sexually harassing her in the 1990s. “We had one incident in a hotel room where he tried to make a pass at me,” she said, saying that he requested she give him a massage.
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Spotify to pay out $112m in royalties to songwriters after settlement 24 May 5:53am Spotify to pay out $112m in royalties to songwriters after settlement
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The streaming company will recompense songwriters not paid enough royalties, but one unhappy music publisher claims ruling is ‘a free pass on wilful infringement’ Spotify will pay out $112m (£83.5m) in a settlement agreement, following two lawsuits that claimed songwriters hadn’t been paid enough in royalties for their work being streamed on the service. The class action, a combination of the two lawsuits, originally came from David Lowery, an musicians’ rights advocate from the band Camper Van Beethoven, and Melissa Ferrick, a songwriter and owner of a music publishing company. They each asserted that Spotify had failed to obtain proper licences to songwriters’ work; Ferrick accused them of “wholesale copyright infringement”.
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Zama review – desire and despair at the end of the world 24 May 3:00am Zama review – desire and despair at the end of the world
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In Lucrecia Martel’s magnificent drama, a Spanish officer stuck at a remote South American outpost numbs his burgeoning panic with erotic reveries Horror and despair hover just out of the frame, or below the surface, or behind the curtain, of Lucrecia Martel’s mysterious and dreamlike movie Zama. It’s a film that returns Martel to her themes of guilt, sex and shame – her first picture, in fact, since the enigmatic
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Natives by Akala review – the hip-hop artist on race and class in the ruins of empire 24 May 2:30am Natives by Akala review – the hip-hop artist on race and class in the ruins of empire
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In this memoir-polemic, the author refuses to fall into the trap of thinking his escape from poverty is proof of personal exceptionalism What was it like to grow up poor, mixed race and politicised in the Britain of the 1980s and 90s? Why is the structural racism that so evidently determines the life chances of so many non‑white people virtually invisible to some of their fellow citizens? Why do the majority of people in Britain today remain convinced that the empire was a force for good in the world, despite the growing weight of evidence to the contrary? And how does a bookish youth with dreams of becoming a scientist turn, in just a few years, into a knife-carrying teenager? These, and multiple others, are the questions at the centre of
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Bardot, TS Eliot, JFK: the lens of Larry Burrows – in pictures 24 May 2:00am Bardot, TS Eliot, JFK: the lens of Larry Burrows – in pictures
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Movies stars, world leaders, great writers … Life magazine’s Larry Burrows captured everyone who was anyone in the 1950s
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Reboot, revive, repeat: has retromania really taken over TV? 24 May 1:00am Reboot, revive, repeat: has retromania really taken over TV?
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Modern culture has long been accused of failing to move on from the past – and new versions of The Generation Game and The Price is Right would suggest that TV is no different. But in fact the opposite is true The current, much-discussed spate of reboots has convinced many that British TV is eating itself, feasting on the goose of its golden age. The Generation Game was brought back, albeit to decidedly mixed reviews, with Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins taking up the Bruce Forsyth role. There is talk also of a new series of The Price Is Right, starring Alan Carr, following a Christmas pilot. There’s
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Ariana Grande responds to sexist criticism about breakup with Mac Miller 23 May 8:21pm Ariana Grande responds to sexist criticism about breakup with Mac Miller
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Singer tells Elijah Flint he is minimising ‘female self-respect and self-worth by saying someone should stay in a toxic relationship’ Ariana Grande has admonished a Twitter user for suggesting that she should take responsibility for her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller’s recent car accident and subsequent DUI.
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Buy a masterpiece for 65p! New stamps by Tracey Emin, Yinka Shonibare, Grayson Perry and more 23 May 7:01pm Buy a masterpiece for 65p! New stamps by Tracey Emin, Yinka Shonibare, Grayson Perry and more
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Tracey Emin drew her dying mother, Grayson Perry honoured Warhol, and Yinka Shonibare sneaked a bit of Africa into some English brollies … artists reveal all about their dazzling new stamps If your heart is set on acquiring a work by Grayson Perry, Yinka Shonibare,
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