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16 Feb 5:30pm Framing Britney Spears review – a sobering look at sexism and celebrity
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The hit documentary arrives on Sky and Now TV, and explores the feeding frenzy that has surrounded the pop star since she was 10 years old The measure of Britney Spears’ celebrity can be taken by the fact that Sky has brought the New York Times documentary about the singer’s life to the UK so quickly after it became a huge hit and talking point in the US. And by the near-certainty that it was already too late. Social media had instantly filled with advice on how and where to watch the programme illegally online and everyone who wanted to has done so – easily at first, as someone posted the entire thing on YouTube almost the minute the official broadcast was over, and with slightly more difficulty after it was taken down. It’s also a measure of her celebrity that the documentary was made at all. Spears has been a star in the celebrity firmament since, alongside the likes of a tiny Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling, she was cast in The Mickey Mouse Club, Disney’s all-singing, all-dancing children’s TV show, in 1992 at the age of 11. She went supernova at 16 with her debut single (and album), … Baby One More Time, and has remained a superlative performer and tabloid fodder ever since.
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16 Feb 10:21am Unseen work by Proust announced as ‘thunderclap’ by French publisher
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The Seventy-Five Pages, out next month, contains germinal versions of episodes developed in In Search of Lost Time and opens ‘the primitive Proustian crypt’
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16 Feb 10:00am White Colour Black review – Dudley O’Shaughnessy is one to watch
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The boxer turned actor anchors this tale of a UK photographer who travels to Senegal after the death of his estranged father British-Nigerian director Joseph Adesunloye’s feature debut – made in 2016 but only now seeing the light of day – is the story of a London photographer travelling to Senegal for his father’s funeral. It’s a drifting movie, not entirely successful but grounded by the undeniable screen presence of boxer turned model turned actor Dudley O’Shaughnessy. (He was in the recent season of
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16 Feb 9:13am Updated Spanish police arrest fugitive rapper at centre of free-speech debate
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Pablo Hasél had barricaded himself inside university to avoid prison sentence on charges of glorifying terrorism Riot police have entered a university in the north-eastern Spanish city of Lleida and arrested a rapper who had barricaded himself inside the building to avoid serving a prison sentence for glorifying terrorism and insulting royalty and the police in his lyrics and on social media. In 2018, Pablo Rivadulla, known as Pablo Hasél, was given a two-year jail sentence and a fine of almost €30,000 (£26,000) after Spain’s highest criminal court ruled that his lyrics and comments went beyond the limits of free speech and were instead expressions of “hatred and attacks on honour”.
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16 Feb 8:00am Ashes in the Snow review – heartfelt but brutal YA gulag drama
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This soapy, semi-harrowing wartime drama follows Bel Powley as a teenager sneaking snogs behind the prison huts Here’s a soapy, semi-harrowing wartime drama based on
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16 Feb 6:00am Bad Tales review – suburban dysfunction in visceral Italian drama
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Superbly shot, the D’Innocenzo brothers’ film focuses on families, neighbourly envy and the feral behaviour of men which culminates in tragedy The 32-year-old D’Innocenzo brothers, Damiano and Fabio, are not newcomers; they shot a feature called
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16 Feb 4:00am How to Wash a Heart by Bhanu Kapil review – unsettling reflections on displacement
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The British poet, inspired by the tale of a California couple who shared their home with a migrant, examines the nature of hospitality in this TS Eliot prize-winning book Bhanu Kapil, poet and performance artist, recently won the TS Eliot prize for
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16 Feb 2:00am Take your seats: unfiltered views of everyday life – in pictures
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The photographers in new book But Still, It Turns create work that speaks to ‘the brilliant tangle of reality’. Curator Paul Graham talks us through them ...
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16 Feb 1:20am TV tonight: The case of Britney Spears prompts a tabloid reckoning
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The coverage of female stars in the early 00s is examined. Plus: Alan Carr’s interior design competitors tackle a wedding venue. Here’s what to watch tonight
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16 Feb 1:00am The Great British Art Tour: A Chinese student in the bronze age
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With public art collections closed we are bringing the art to you, exploring highlights from across the country in partnership with Art UK. Today’s pick: Dora Gordine’s portrait of Chia-Chu Chang, in Kingston
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