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5 Nov 2019, 5:30pm Rich Hall’s Red Menace review – down with the nuclear nitwits!
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From megaton bombs stuck in trees to the scientist who put his head in a particle accelerator, this deadpan history of the Cold War is a flabbergasting look at US and Russian ineptitude The first thermonuclear bomb got stuck up a tree. The second crashed into a field. Both had tumbled from a B-52G Stratofortress after a mid-air refuelling snafu that led to a wing falling off and three of the eight-strong crew dying in the resulting crash. If either of the 3.8 megaton bombs had detonated that day in January 1961, Big Daddy Road in North Carolina would have suffered the equivalent of 250 Hiroshimas. “Given the nature of basic human ineptitude, one question stands out,” said the US comedian sagely, in Rich Hall’s Red Menace (BBC Four), his deadpan history of the cold war. “How did we not blow each other up?”
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5 Nov 2019, 5:19pm Ernest J Gaines, author of A Lesson Before Dying, dies aged 86
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The acclaimed, award-winning novelist was known for his stories of the African American experience in the south The novelist Ernest J Gaines, whose poor childhood in a small Louisiana plantation town germinated the stories of black struggles that grew into universal stories of grace and beauty, has died. He was 86. The Louisiana governor’s office on Tuesday released word of his death.
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5 Nov 2019, 5:05pm Colin Farrell in talks to play the Penguin in The Batman
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The actor is in negotiations to join Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz and Paul Dano in a neo-noir take on the DC superhero Colin Farrell is in negotiations with Warner Bros to play the Penguin opposite Robert Pattinson’s Batman.
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5 Nov 2019, 11:27am French dogs and death camp skies reach Deutsche Börse photography prize final
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Mark Neville’s French Little Britain and Mohamed Bourouissa’s clandestine capitalism make shortlist, with Anton Kusters’ sad skies and Clare Strand’s 1930s image transfer experiment In its 24th year,
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5 Nov 2019, 10:03am Elaine May to make directing comeback at 87
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Actor Dakota Johnson reveals that she will work with the Ishtar director on a new film called Crackpot Elaine May is to make a return to directing aged 87, 32 years after the disastrous release of Ishtar, her last feature-directing credit in 1987.
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5 Nov 2019, 9:12am Richard Ford’s literary honour questioned by peers after history of aggressive behaviour
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The Paris Review’s decision to give Ford the Hadada prize has been criticised in light of conduct that has included spitting on Colson Whitehead The Paris Review’s decision to award its august lifetime achievement prize to Richard Ford has been criticised, with readers pointing to the American novelist’s history of poor conduct, such as when he spat in the face of fellow writer Colson Whitehead. Ford will be presented with
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5 Nov 2019, 9:00am Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington to step down
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Editor-in-chief Katharine Viner hails the ‘extraordinary’ career of the celebrated critic who started at the newspaper in 1971 After almost 50 years and some 10,000 reviews,
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5 Nov 2019, 4:00am Drone yoga, bowler hats, QI repeats: which Radiohead member are you?
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As three of the group explore their solo pursuits and reveal more of their personalities, take our quiz to find if you are a tempestuous Thom or a flirty Phil Radiohead: an enigma wrapped inside a conundrum concealed within a mystery, hiding behind a bloke dancing like a deranged cockerel in heat. Who are
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5 Nov 2019, 2:01am Punk persecution: how East Germany cracked down on alternative lifestyles - in pictures
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Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germany’s secret police regarded punks as the most dangerous youth element in the country and ‘the leading force’ behind anti-government activities. These unnamed police mugshots from the former DDR demonstrate the lengths to which the security services would surveil, harass and detain punk ‘adherents’ and ‘sympathisers’.
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5 Nov 2019, 2:01am The Topeka School by Ben Lerner review – a work of extraordinary intelligence
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The knowing US novelist displays a new maturity in this state-of-the-nation novel about violence and public discourseReading a new book from a writer you admire is never a straightforward thing, particularly when the advance buzz, while positive, suggests a change of direction, a new maturity and seriousness. Ben Lerner’s first two novels,
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5 Nov 2019, 1:00am Darkest fate: how the Terminator franchise was finally terminated
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The apocalyptically bad box office for the sixth Terminator film is looking like the final nail in a particularly rusty coffin The Terminator franchise is dead. It might not technically be official yet (studios rarely publicly admit as much, just in case) but after the sixth Terminator film crashed, burned and descended into a vat of lava this past weekend, thumb down, it’s looking like it’s finally time to say hasta la vista.
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