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11 Oct 4:29pm Woman who bought shredded Banksy artwork will go through with purchase
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Buyer of Girl With Balloon, who paid £1.04m for work, says she has her ‘own piece of art history’ The buyer of the Banksy print that was partially shredded immediately after its auction will go ahead with the £1m purchase amid claims that its value will have significantly increased following the self-destruction. The art world was left stunned when around half of Girl With Balloon, one of the street artist’s most famous stencil drawings,
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11 Oct 11:00am James Patterson says saving libraries is down to readers
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Speaking during Libraries Week, the thriller writer, who has donated large sums to fund reading in schools, says ‘it really starts with the people’ Spending is plummeting and visits are on the decline, but James Patterson’s prescription for embattled libraries is a marketing campaign. “Free books!” Patterson tells the Guardian. “Imagine in the mall if there was a free store. You wouldn’t be able to get in the place.”
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Harvey Weinstein: prosecutors in New York drop part of sexual assault case 11 Oct 10:18am Harvey Weinstein: prosecutors in New York drop part of sexual assault case
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Dropped charge – announced in court with Weinstein looking on – involves claims made by Lucia Evans, one of case’s three accusers Manhattan’s district attorney has decided to drop part of the criminal case against Harvey Weinstein. The development was announced in court Thursday with Weinstein looking on.
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11 Oct 9:48am Ryan Gosling movies – ranked!
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Whether crooning in La La Land or essaying a blank would-be killer, the First Man star is capable of keeping all his characters’ contradictions on display Even The Notebook’s writer, Nicholas Sparks, knew that there wasn’t much to Noah, the romantically deranged, mansion-restoring, beard-growing war veteran in this insipid tearjerker. “It’s a guy who falls in love and then he just kinda does nothing,” he admitted. But director Nick Cassavetes had sound reasons for choosing Ryan Gosling. “You’re not handsome, you’re not cool, you’re just a regular guy who looks a bit nuts,”
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11 Oct 9:27am Updated Natural History Museum defends hosting Saudi embassy event
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London venue urged to cancel reception after Saudi journalist disappears in Istanbul The Natural History Museum has defended an event it is hosting for the Saudi embassy in London as global outrage grows about the disappearance in Istanbul of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The museum said the reception on Thursday to celebrate Saudi Arabia Day was booked two months ago, none of its staff would attend, and
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11 Oct 7:12am Tea and buns with Laurel and Hardy: Derek Malcolm on the day he met his comedy heroes
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In 1947, the teenage Derek Malcolm saw the legendary duo perform in London – and was then invited backstage. As the biopic Stan & Ollie premieres, the former Guardian film critic still cherishes the memory As someone who met Orson Welles, Luis Buñuel, John Ford, Satyajit Ray, Howard Hawks, Katharine Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin and many others in the course of a long stint as the Guardian’s film critic, I am often asked who was my favourite movie star. The answer is none of them.
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11 Oct 2:30am Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak review – Death steals the show again
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Five boys alone in a house seek redemption through construction in the long-awaited follow-up to The Book ThiefIt takes courage, not to mention a macabre twist of the imagination, to conceive a novel for young adults narrated by Death. Markus Zusak’s 2005
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Nancy review – Riseborough shines in engaging psychodrama 11 Oct 1:00am Nancy review – Riseborough shines in engaging psychodrama
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A young woman tries to convince a couple she is their long-lost daughter in Christina Choe’s worthwhile debut feature Good performances and interesting, though undeveloped narrative ideas in this debut feature from writer-director
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10 Oct 7:01pm Haruki Murakami: ‘You have to go through the darkness before you get to the light’
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His surreal stories are read by millions but the Japanese novelist is bemused by his celebrity. The eternal Nobel favourite reveals why his books appeal in times of chaos The day before we meet in Manhattan, a woman stopped Haruki Murakami in Central Park, where he had come for his late-morning run. “Excuse me,” she said, “but aren’t you a very famous Japanese novelist?” A faintly odd way of putting the question, but Murakami responded in his usual equable manner. “I said ‘No, really I’m just a writer. But still, it’s nice to meet you!’ And then we shook hands. When people stop me like that, I feel very strange, because I’m just an ordinary guy. I don’t really understand why people want to meet me.” It would be a mistake to interpret this as false modesty, but equally wrong to see it as genuine discomfort with fame: so far as it’s possible to tell, the 69-year-old Murakami neither relishes nor dislikes his global celebrity. His outlook, instead, is that of a curious if slightly bemused spectator – both of the surreal stories that emerge from his subconscious, and of the fact that they are devoured by readers in their millions, in Japanese and in translation. It’s surely no coincidence that the typical Murakami protagonist is a similarly detached observer: a placid, socially withdrawn and often nameless man in his mid-30s, who seems more intrigued than alarmed when an inexplicable phone call, or the search for a lost cat, leads him into a dreamlike parallel universe populated by exploding dogs, men in sheep costumes, enigmatic teenage girls and people with no faces.
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