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11 Jan 1:12pm Dr Fauci estimates live performance venues could reopen ‘some time in the fall’
The Independent
According to America's top infectious disease expert, around 70–85% of the population would need to be vaccinated before venues got green light to open
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11 Jan 12:54pm Silence of the Lambs’ Clarice Starling returns in first trailer for sequel TV series
The Independent
New show focuses on Starling’s career post-Hannibal Lecter
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11 Jan 11:50am Coronation Street actor finds 4ft royal python on toilet seat
BBC
Harry Visinoni was brushing his teeth when he saw the snake sat on the toilet seat "staring" at him.
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11 Jan 11:25am From BLM to LGBT+: why Sex and the City will need a 2020 rethink
The Guardian
Back with a new name – and minus just one core cast member – the 90s classic show will have to update its race and sexual politics for a very different world Sex and the City is back, with a new name – And Just Like That … – and a new cast, which is to say, the old cast, minus Samantha (Kim Cattrall). Anyone who is surprised to see them recovered from the bruising experience of the movie sequel just has too long a memory. Sex and the City 2
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11 Jan 11:00am The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud review – video game send-up is virtually pointless
The Guardian
This affectionate spoof of early 90s gaming scores high in nostalgia, but lags without comedic heavy-hitters Here is a throwaway space spoof, an affectionate send-up of the naffness of early 90s video games, that lovingly recreates the vintage details with its production design and fight choreography, but is troublingly low on scripted gags. It plays out in two dimensions: virtual and real life. Inside a computer game, explorer Max Cloud is an intergalactic hero, a preposterous macho knucklehead in latex, sturdily performed by actor and martial arts expert Scott Adkins, who has appeared in a few of the Marvels. I did wonder if an actor with the comic chops for some megaton silliness might have done some heavier lifting here. Meanwhile, in actual Brooklyn, teenage gamer Sarah (Isabelle Allen) is hooked on the Max Cloud video game. After a fight with her dad she is mysteriously teleported into the game – and into the body of a minor character, chef Jake (Elliot James Langridge). You might consider this a waste of a female lead – putting her into the body of a male actor – but there she stays for most of the movie. For any chance of making it back to her real life she must complete the game with the help of her friend playing in her bedroom (Franz Drameh). John Hannah is painfully unfunny as ultra baddie Revengor, who wants to destroy planet Earth over a past snub.
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11 Jan 10:49am Danny Boyle to direct Sex Pistols TV series
BBC
The Trainspotting director is making a six-part series about the trailblazing punk band.
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11 Jan 10:47am This Morning: Graham Norton defends Alison Hammond after dead dog exchange
The Independent
‘I did it in a deliberate way to be awkward,’ said Norton
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11 Jan 10:31am Franka Potente: How we made Run Lola Run
The Guardian
‘I had to sprint across Berlin in a pair of Dr Marten boots – and I was smoking two packs a day back then’ I was in New York shooting a couple of films when I got this script called Lola Rennt (Lola Runs). I read it and thought: “This is cool – but kind of weird, too.” I flew back to Berlin, met the writer-director Tom Tykwer, and realised the energy I had felt on the page came from him.
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11 Jan 10:25am Simon Rattle to leave London Symphony Orchestra in 2023
The Guardian
Conductor will take up a new role with Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for ‘personal reasons’
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11 Jan 10:23am The Mandalorian star Gina Carano addresses social media backlash: ‘I bring the fire out in people’
The Independent
Fans of The Mandalorian have called for Carano’s removal from the series
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11 Jan 10:02am India’s celebrity super couple Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma welcome baby girl
The Independent
‘Anushka and the baby are both healthy,’ Kohli wrote on Twitter
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11 Jan 9:31am Updated Table for three: Sex and the City to return without Samantha
BBC
The much-loved TV series is back with a new name but only three of the original four leads will star.
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11 Jan 9:09am Bring back Samantha! Can Sex and the City work without its greatest character?
The Guardian
The stars of the hit show are reprising their roles in a spin-off series – but fan favourite Kim Cattrall will not be appearing
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11 Jan 8:53am Paris set to turn Champs-Élysées into ‘extraordinary garden’
The Independent
The redevelopment should be completed by 2030 meaning it will not be ready in time for the Olympic Games in Paris
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11 Jan 8:09am Sex and the City to return for new series, stars confirm
The Guardian
The rebooted show will be called And Just Like That ... and will feature the original stars, apart from Kim Cattrall On a very basic level, it is only television. But there is TV that comes and goes and then there is television that defines an era. The hullabaloo that has greeted news that Sex and the City will be given a 2021 makeover, places it firmly in the latter category. The excitement follows confirmation from the US streaming service HBO Max of the long-swirling rumours that the video-on-demand arm of the prestige TV brand was considering commissioning a revival of the 90s and 00s show On Sunday night, three of the four stars of the original show, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis, shared a trailer for the series on social media platforms.
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11 Jan 8:00am So bad it’s good: do all great artists need a vice?
The Guardian
From Caravaggio’s come-ons to Bacon’s boozing, art is steeped in sex, drugs and drink. But is it just an excuse for bad behaviour?
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11 Jan 7:23am Death becomes them: why are ITV dramas so murder obsessed?
The Guardian
The channel used to have fun with the likes of Cold Feet and At Home With the Braithwaites, but now it’s all crime, all the time
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11 Jan 7:18am Sarah Jessica Parker addresses Kim Cattrall’s absence from Sex and the City reboot: ‘I don’t dislike her’
The Independent
Actor said Cattrall’s character ‘isn’t a part of this story’ as reboot is announced
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11 Jan 6:49am Simon Rattle extends contract at London Symphony Orchestra
The Guardian
Conductor will remain in role until 2023 and then lead Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich
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11 Jan 6:22am Video games have replaced music as the most important aspect of youth culture | Sean Monahan
The Guardian
The global video gaming industry took in an estimated $180bn in 2020 – more than sports and movies worldwide It would be incorrect to say video games went mainstream in 2020. They’ve been mainstream for decades. But their place in pop culture feels far more central – to gamers and non-gamers alike – than ever before. In part, this is due to desperate marketers hunting for eyeballs in a Covid landscape of cancelled events. Coachella wasn’t happening, but Animal Crossing was open was for business. Politicians eager to “Rock the Vote”
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11 Jan 5:41am Updated Sir Simon Rattle will leave the LSO for Munich
BBC
The musician's departure is considered a blow for Britain's classical music scene.
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11 Jan 5:40am Justice League’s Zack Snyder reveals which Marvel story would tempt him to the MCU
The Independent
Filmmaker is currently re-editing Justice League for HBO Max
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11 Jan 5:22am Updated Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis accuse Friends of stealing their Mr Bean joke
The Independent
‘I literally can’t believe what happened there’
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11 Jan 5:19am Why is Kim Cattrall not in the Sex and the City reboot?
The Independent
A revival of the beloved comedy-drama has finally been confirmed, but without scene-stealer Samantha – how did we get here?
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11 Jan 4:53am Legally Blonde 3: Mindy Kaling says new film will follow Elle Woods at 40
The Independent
Never Have I Ever creator is writing script with Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Dan Goor
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11 Jan 4:34am I’m a Celebrity producers ‘agree deal for Gwrych Castle’ for 2021 series
The Independent
ITV reality series still aims to return to Australia if Covid-19 restrictions permit
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11 Jan 4:00am Memorial by Bryan Washington review – the messy side of love
The Guardian
An unexpected visitor places extra strain on a couple’s rocky relationship in the award-winning American’s debut novel Bryan Washington’s award-winning debut,
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11 Jan 3:51am Avengers star Elizabeth Olsen reveals why she prefers Infinity War to Endgame
The Independent
Actor portrays Scarlet Witch in the Marvel franchise
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11 Jan 3:47am ‘Basic elements of our identity’: Unesco adds cultural traditions to its heritage list
The Independent
Unesco has given more traditions, sometimes at risk of fading away, especially during coronavirus, international recognition, writes Liza Weisstuch
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11 Jan 3:08am John Reilly death: General Hospital star dies aged 84
The Independent
Actor also appeared in Dallas and As the World Turns
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11 Jan 2:29am Sex and the City reboot: Fans furious over Kim Cattrall’s absence from revival
The Independent
Cattrall and her co-star Sarah Jessica Parker have been engaged in a feud for years
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11 Jan 2:00am Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Today – review
The Guardian
The great writer’s passion and resilience resonate anew in Eddie S Glaude Jr’s timely, powerful study Michael Ondaatje once wrote that if Van Gogh was “our 19th-century artist-saint” then James Baldwin was “our 20th-century one”. For many, Baldwin’s writing has long been a touchstone of anti-racist humanism, but the sense of that particular epithet has never landed more emphatically for me than while reading Eddie S Glaude Jr’s
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11 Jan 1:20am TV tonight: unsolved murders make a chilling, true-crime drama
The Guardian
Luke Evans stars in The Pembrokeshire Murders, nightly, until Wednesday. Plus: Liam Charles returns to judge young bakers. Here’s what to watch this evening
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10 Jan 9:58pm ‘The whiskey maker’s bible’: Jay Bradley on Truths About Whisky
The Independent
Written in 1878 by four of Ireland’s leading whiskey producers, ‘Truths About Whisky’ has remained an inspiration for Jay Bradley of The Craft Irish Whiskey Co, writes Christine Manby
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