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14 Jan 6:20pm True Detective review – sufficiently gripping despite the mumbling
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Stifling atmosphere, deep and meaningful conversations and intersecting timelines are all present as the one-time cultural phenomenon tries to salvage its reputation with its third series When True Detective (Sky Atlantic) first appeared in early 2014, it was impossible to predict that it would become the cultural phenomenon it did, even with the star power of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson firing it up from its core. Neither could anyone have anticipated the Icarus-like fall that came with its second season, which took its wares to California and disintegrated into a confusing and aimless mess that wasted the presence of Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell. It is little wonder, then, that the third season, which opens with a double bill, has a sense of back-to-basics about it. There’s a hardboiled detective duo at the centre once again, Roland West and Wayne Hays, this time played by Stephen Dorff and an outstanding Mahershala Ali. They’re in Arkansas, investigating the disappearance of two children on bikes, made all the more ominous by the presence of creepy, hand-crafted dolls (a less rustic version of the twiggy effigies in season one, as if the maker had done an NVQ in arts and crafts). It’s a tough, grizzled man’s world, and Ali and Dorff have the gruff deep-and-meaningful mumblings to prove it. It’s as if Rust Cohle never left.
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14 Jan 1:51pm Screen Actors Guild accuses Academy of ‘intimidation’ over Oscars ceremony
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SAG-AFTRA union criticised the Academy over its ‘graceless pressure tactics’ to secure presenters for this year’s awards show The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been accused of intimidation by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). In a statement, SAG-AFTRA has claimed that an “extraordinary and unwarranted pressure” is being placed on their members to appear on stage at this year’s Oscars without previously presenting at this month’s SAG awards.
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14 Jan 12:15pm Anthony Scaramucci to enter the US Celebrity Big Brother house
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He will become the second former Trump staffer to appear on the CBS show, following in the footsteps of Omarosa Anthony Scaramucci’s time as White House press secretary
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14 Jan 11:20am Hugh Grant appeals for return of script stolen from his car
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Actor reports bag being taken and asks for it to be returned to film company in west London Hugh Grant has appealed for help tracking down personal items stolen from his car, including a script. The actor tweeted on Sunday night about the theft, writing: “In the unlikely chance that anyone knows who broke into my car tonight and stole my bag, please try and persuade them to at least return my script. Many weeks’ worth of notes and ideas. And perhaps [also return] my children’s medical cards.”
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14 Jan 10:48am The Space Oracle by Ken Hollings review – why humans are star-struck
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From astrology’s houses of the zodiac to the ‘lost cosmonauts’, this beautifully written book appraises humanity’s relationship with the stars At the start of this succinct survey of our undying love affair with the cosmos, Ken Hollings notes that we are all, even in this scientific age, “secretly familiar with our star sign”. His book’s 12 chapters echo the 12 houses of the zodiac. It is not a defence of astrology, though, rather, a wonderfully impressionistic exploration of how we have tried to make sense of the stars, from
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14 Jan 10:27am Downton Abbey creator plots to make ITV hit out of forgotten novel
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Julian Fellowes will adapt his historical novel, Belgravia, about the secrets of the nouveau riche – though it failed to capture the imagination in book form Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is set to return to ITV with an adaptation of his historical novel Belgravia. The six-part series – a tale of scandal and intrigue set in 1840s London, around three decades before Downton – will explore tensions between the rich and the nouveau riche. It will go into production with Carnival films (who also produced Downton) in the coming months, Deadline reports.
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14 Jan 8:45am Kanye West ruled out of Coachella after he demands a new stage
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Rapper’s last-minute request for a custom-built dome would have meant removing a large number of toilets, say festival organisers
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14 Jan 8:04am The Zoe Ball breakfast show review – no rivalry here, babes
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The first BBC Radio 2 breakfast show front-woman is a canny, worthy successor to Wogan – and apparently there’s no hard feelings with Chris Evans or Sara Cox After choosing Aretha Franklin’s Respect as the first record of her Radio 2 breakfast tenancy, Zoe Ball earned it for herself in a warm and fluent debut, in which she cannily bigged up her listeners, kickstarting their households and cars on a cold day, as the true “morning superstars”. As it dawned that she was now in the line of succession to Terry Wogan and Chris Evans, Ball’s pulse could almost be heard thumping under the opening link at 6.30am. But in the next three hours, she was confident without being cocky, stumbling verbally only once after the Radio 2 “bosses” turned up behind the glass. The arrival of managers seems to have, even for a rare employee earning more than her employers, much the same impact as on a factory floor.
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14 Jan 7:36am How Alice Nutter went from Chumbawamba to prestige TV
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She spent two decades in the anarchist band who drenched John Prescott at the Brits. Now she’s writing big-budget shows starring Hillary Swank The scruffy camper van in the drive looks promising. Apart from that though, there’s little to suggest that this handsome former vicarage on a sleepy cul-de-sac in a working-class area of Leeds is home to an anarchist. One who once, along with some of her bandmates, very publicly poured a bucket of icy water over the deputy prime minister’s head. There’s even a festive wreath hanging on the front door – that’s practically bourgeois isn’t it? To be honest I’ve been doubting Alice Nutter’s continued anarcho-punk credentials since speaking to her on the phone, when she tipped me off that for an extra £20 I could upgrade to first class on the train. First class?! What, so I can attack the enemy from the inside? No, because it’s easier to get some work done …
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14 Jan 5:00am Will Smith’s Genie: why the internet thinks he’s Sinbad from Shazaam!
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In the latest case of collective misremembering, the actor’s role in Aladdin has gained comparisons to a character in a film that never existed
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14 Jan 5:00am Teffi: A Life of Letters and of Laughter by Edythe Haber – review
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A meticulous biography unravels the life of the female Russian humorist who charmed tsars, revolutionaries – and Paris societyNothing dates faster than humour. The Russian writer Teffi (born Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya in 1872, the sixth child of a lawyer) had the misfortune not only to be an astringently witty and fiercely professional female author – an unusual breed in 19th-century Russia – but almost untranslatably so. “Miss Duncan, why go barefoot when tights have been invented?” (You’re smiling? Neither am I.)
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14 Jan 4:20am Game of Thrones: creepy new trailer reveals release date for final season
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Jon, Sansa and Arya venture into the Winterfell crypts in an ominous first teaser for the fantasy drama’s eighth and final run The much-anticipated final season of
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14 Jan 3:00am The Sopranos at 20: how the hit show changed the gangster genre
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Since the end of the landmark drama, big and small screen attempts to recreate the magic have struggled with a muddled understanding of what made Tony Soprano so impactful Two brief months separate the series premiere of The Sopranos on 10 January 1999 and the theatrical release of Analyze This on 5 March of the same year. So striking are the similarities between them that unwitting present-day viewers would be forgiven for assuming one influenced the other. Both focus on a made guy dealing with internal turmoil by going to consult a shrink at the possible cost of his alpha-dog standing within the capital-F Family, and both wedded humor with the ambient menace of the gangster genre.
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14 Jan 2:00am Kathryn Hunter: how theatre guru Jerzy Grotowski changed my life
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They never met but the brilliant Polish theatre-maker and theorist had a huge influence on Kathryn Hunter. On the 20th anniversary of his death, she celebrates his radical methods When I left
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14 Jan 1:00am Playing it straight: should gay roles be reserved for gay actors?
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From Freddie Mercury to Queen Anne, awards season is set to be dominated by queer characters played by non-LGBT performers. So is this sexuality’s equivalent of blackface – or is it simply acting? It is 1992. A young actor named Will Smith, already a famous rapper and sitcom star, is nervous about his first big film role, as a gay con artist in
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14 Jan 1:00am Mutiny on the Sex Raft: how a 70s science project descended into violent chaos
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When Santiago Genovés set sail across the Atlantic with 10 attractive people, he didn’t foresee hurricanes, epiphanies and murderous scheming. Marcus Lindeen’s new film retells a remarkable saga In 1973, Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés set out to test a hypothesis. He had been researching the connection between violence and sexuality in monkeys. “Most conflicts,” he noted, “are about sexual access to ovulating females.”
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