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‘Magpies are the sound I remember most’: bird-watching with Paul Kelly57m ‘Magpies are the sound I remember most’: bird-watching with Paul Kelly
Ahead of the release of his new album, Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds, expert twitcher
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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Poster Tantalizes Fans1h 47m ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Poster Tantalizes Fans
The poster, revealed at D23 Expo, Disney’s largest fan event, was one of several announcements for fans of “Star Wars,” Marvel and Pixar.
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You Call It Craft, I Call It Art4h You Call It Craft, I Call It Art
Weavers, sculptors and visionary eccentrics at the International Folk Art Market have liberated traditional definitions of craft. Social media is challenging ideas about who can make art.
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Dan K. Webb Is Named Special Prosecutor in Jussie Smollett Case5h Updated Dan K. Webb Is Named Special Prosecutor in Jussie Smollett Case
Mr. Webb, a former United States attorney, will consider whether renewed charges against the actor are warranted.
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Book clinic: how can I restore my love of literature?5h Book clinic: how can I restore my love of literature?
Great stories, beautifully told, are the best way to reconnect with the pleasure of reading
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Charles Santore Dies at 84; Illustrated Classic Children’s Books6h Charles Santore Dies at 84; Illustrated Classic Children’s Books
He began his career creating magazine advertisements and covers for TV Guide, and later focused on vibrant new versions of classic children’s tales.
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‘Dummy wasn’t a chillout album. Portishead had more in common with Nirvana’6h ‘Dummy wasn’t a chillout album. Portishead had more in common with Nirvana’
On the 25th anniversary of their classic debut, Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley reflect on how the album came togetherTwenty-five years ago, during the summer of Blur’s
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Taylor Swift Emerges From the Darkness Unbroken on ‘Lover’6h Updated Taylor Swift Emerges From the Darkness Unbroken on ‘Lover’
The singer and songwriter’s seventh album is a recalibration, playing to her old strengths while hinting at new paths forward.
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Can Virgil Abloh Fit in a Museum?7h Updated Can Virgil Abloh Fit in a Museum?
“Figures of Speech” in Chicago tries to capture the essence of a prodigious fashion designer. It’s an endeavor with radical juxtapositions, clever products and some missed opportunities.
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7h Updated Ethical Drama Wins Edinburgh Theater Prize
“Mouthpiece” by Kieran Hurley won $25,000 to fund a transfer from the Edinburgh Fringe to New York.
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Ex-call centre worker wins top Edinburgh comedy award8h Ex-call centre worker wins top Edinburgh comedy award
Jordan Brookes wins prize for best show while Catherine Cohen crowned best newcomer
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Anna Paquin: ‘I am absolutely a control freak. It’s in my DNA’8h Anna Paquin: ‘I am absolutely a control freak. It’s in my DNA’
The actor, 37, on breaking Oscar protocol, loving film-set pranks, and being a backseat producer even as a child
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Simon Starling: ‘It seemed like an irresistible moment to make a show about a divided painting’9h Simon Starling: ‘It seemed like an irresistible moment to make a show about a divided painting’
The Turner prize winner on his latest exhibition, sawing a car in two for it, and why he steers clear of social media The artist Simon Starling, who won the Turner prize in 2005 for
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Sam Taylor-Johnson: ‘I’ve lost people very dear to me through addiction’9h Sam Taylor-Johnson: ‘I’ve lost people very dear to me through addiction’
The film-maker on adapting James Frey’s controversial rehab memoir A Million Little Pieces, whether she’s still making art and the joy of chickens Since leaving the art world to become a film-maker, Sam Taylor-Johnson has shown impressive range. Her debut feature film,
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Jordan Brookes is disturbingly funny – and a worthy Edinburgh Comedy awards champ10h Jordan Brookes is disturbingly funny – and a worthy Edinburgh Comedy awards champ
Brookes has won the biggest prize in live comedy, with Catherine Cohen named best newcomer and Jessica Brough recognised for her Fringe of Colour project The Edinburgh Comedy award has found itself another deserving winner in Jordan Brookes, who has bagged the biggest prize in comedy – now sponsored by the TV channel Dave – for his show
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10h Ed Sheeran fans react to first Ipswich homecoming gig
More than 40,000 fans packed into Chantry Park in Ipswich for the first night of four homecoming tour dates.
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Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell review – a brilliant sequel11h Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell review – a brilliant sequel
A heart-warming love letter to books and bookshops, by an amenable fellow turned antisocial old misanthrope “I was in here two years ago and you had a book by Roger Penrose. Do you know what happened to it?” Shaun Bythell – owner of the Book Shop in Wigtown, Galloway – has 100,000 books in stock, sells 20,000 a year, and has handled nearly 1m second-hand books since he bought the shop in 2001. Unsurprisingly, the Roger Penrose volume had not stuck in his mind. Before he entered the book trade at the tender age of 31, he was “amenable and friendly”. Now, after many years of fielding bizarre questions, constant haggling over prices (why is it “acceptable to try to screw the profit out of struggling small businesses” but not supermarkets?), and struggling to survive despite Amazon’s “icy grip” on bookselling, he has been forced to embrace the stereotype of the “impatient, intolerant, antisocial proprietor”.
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‘A steampunk fever dream’: why Carnival Row is not the new Game of Thrones12h ‘A steampunk fever dream’: why Carnival Row is not the new Game of Thrones
This new fantasy features Cara Delevingne, Orlando Bloom, penny farthings and lines like ‘Critch magic is a sin against the Martyr!’ What I think we can all agree we’re wanting in these barren post-
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James Acaster: ‘Adulthood is still a bit daunting’13h James Acaster: ‘Adulthood is still a bit daunting’
When the comic’s life fell apart, he sought solace in the music of 2016. He discusses the songs that saved his life
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13h Has Western L.G.B.T.Q. Activism Actually Hurt the Cause in Africa?
Robbie Corey-Boulet’s “Love Falls on Us” points out the negative consequences of American humanitarian efforts abroad.
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Armistead Maupin: ‘How do I relax? Grass’14h Armistead Maupin: ‘How do I relax? Grass’
The author on being in drag, coming out and Donald Trump Born in Washington,
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Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic by Simon Armitage review – collected poems14h Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic by Simon Armitage review – collected poems
The poet laureate’s commissioned work covers subjects as diverse as war and social comedyIt was an unwritten law of postwar Britain that all large parks should contain a commissioned
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Streaming: is this the film of the decade?15h Streaming: is this the film of the decade?
A low-budget Brazilian road movie that’s been wowing critics for two years finally makes its UK debut, thanks to Mubi I was late getting to this week’s selected film – though not as late as film distributors in the UK: it has never been picked up for a cinema or even a DVD release. For more than two years, respected colleagues have been talking up the merits of
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Is the political novel dead?15h Is the political novel dead?
Where is the Nineteen Eighty-Four of our times? As film and TV writers engage with our divided political moment, where is the campaigning literary novel?
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Becoming Beauvoir by Kate Kirkpatrick review – philosopher and pioneer16h Becoming Beauvoir by Kate Kirkpatrick review – philosopher and pioneer
The latest biography shines a spotlight on De Beauvoir’s views on the family and abortion, as well as her contrary relationship with feminism “Don’t be ‘Mlle Beauvoir’. Be me,” Simone de Beauvoir wrote in her diary in 1927. She was 19, and she had incurred her parents’ disapproval by starting a degree in philosophy. In love with her cousin, she still half hoped for a conventional marriage, but felt disturbed that she could only have “one life”. She wanted to fill it with as many different experiences as possible, already sure that her vocation as a philosopher compelled her to live differently, using herself as the raw material for her ideas. Two years later she recorded “curious certainty that this reserve of riches that I feel within me will make its mark … that this life of mine will be a well-spring from which others will drink”.
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16h Pictures: Ed Sheeran plays first Ipswich homecoming gig
The Suffolk star's world tour is drawing to a close over four nights in his home town of Ipswich.
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Notting Hill carnival can unite divided country, organisers say16h Notting Hill carnival can unite divided country, organisers say
Street festival will remember Windrush victims and is ‘more important now than ever’ The Notting Hill carnival is the ideal way to bring together
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The Week in Arts: Alton Brown Returns; Lil Nas X Plays the Hit16h The Week in Arts: Alton Brown Returns; Lil Nas X Plays the Hit
Food Network’s brainy cooking show comes back after seven years, ‘Othello’ goes up in Bryant Park and the ‘Old Town Road’ rapper takes on Pier 17.
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Taylor Swift: ‘I was literally about to break’17h Taylor Swift: ‘I was literally about to break’
The singer spills on feuds, fame, failure – and why she’s taking on Trump Taylor Swift’s Nashville apartment is an Etsy fever dream, a 365-days-a-year Christmas shop, pure teenage girl id. You enter through a vestibule clad in blue velvet and covered in gilt frames bursting with fake flowers. The ceiling is painted like the night sky. Above a koi pond in the living area, a narrow staircase spirals six feet up towards a giant, pillow-lagged birdcage that probably has the best view in the city. Later, Swift will tell me she needs metaphors “to understand anything that happens to me”, and the birdcage defies you not to interpret it as a pointed comment on the contradictions of stardom. Swift, wearing pale jeans and dip-dyed shirt, her sandy hair tied in a blue scrunchie, leads the way up the staircase to show me the view. The decor hasn’t changed since she bought this place in 2009, when she was 19. “All of these high rises are new since then,” she says, gesturing at the squat glass structures and cranes. Meanwhile her oven is still covered in stickers, more teenage diary than adult appliance.
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What’s on TV Saturday: A Motown Documentary and ‘Mapplethorpe’17h What’s on TV Saturday: A Motown Documentary and ‘Mapplethorpe’
Berry Gordy revisits his label’s influence, and Matt Smith portrays the iconic American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
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Bollywood to depict Indian air strikes on Pakistan over Kashmir bombing18h Bollywood to depict Indian air strikes on Pakistan over Kashmir bombing
Vivek Oberoi movie will tell ‘true story’ of reprisals after February attack in which 40 Indian troops were killed Bollywood is to make a movie based on the “true story” of Indian air strikes on Pakistan this year, its producer said, the latest patriotic film to hit the silver screen. The 26 February attack took place after a suicide bombing claimed by a militant group based in Pakistan
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David Koch, Embraced as an Arts Patron, Even as Criticism Grew19h Updated David Koch, Embraced as an Arts Patron, Even as Criticism Grew
The cultural world Mr. Koch inhabited as benefactor and board member did not typically engage in the political discourse that made him a figure of intense debate.
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What They Left Behind: Toons, the Snurfer and ‘Macho Man’19h What They Left Behind: Toons, the Snurfer and ‘Macho Man’
Some gems from the life’s work of people remembered in obituaries in The Times.
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Review: Kirsten Dunst Fights for Her Piece of the Pyramid Scheme20h Updated Review: Kirsten Dunst Fights for Her Piece of the Pyramid Scheme
In Showtime’s satirical drama “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” a woman squares off with a crooked cult in a battle for the American dream.
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Review: A Bristly Interloper in Music’s Dog Days20h Updated Review: A Bristly Interloper in Music’s Dog Days
The Time Spans festival of contemporary music held its final main-series concert of the year on Wednesday.
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20h Updated Pesaro’s Opera Festival Accelerated Rossini’s Renaissance
This beachfront festival, devoted to a beloved native son, may be the world’s most seductively charming annual opera event.
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Dora the Explorer and the Quest for Authentic Indigenous Representations20h Updated Dora the Explorer and the Quest for Authentic Indigenous Representations
From lines in Quechua to scenes involving Incan technology, the new movie worked to get right what previous Hollywood efforts have not.
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When It Comes to Dance, ‘Pose’ Never Stands Still20h Updated When It Comes to Dance, ‘Pose’ Never Stands Still
The show’s commitment extends beyond voguing and runway. It also has an unexpected modern-dance bent.
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Hey, Lara Spencer, Ballet Is for Boys20h Hey, Lara Spencer, Ballet Is for Boys
When the “Good Morning America” host laughed at the idea of Prince George studying ballet, the dance world went online to educate her.
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Anna Torv of ‘Mindhunter’ on Playing It Cool, if Not Straight22h Updated Anna Torv of ‘Mindhunter’ on Playing It Cool, if Not Straight
The Australian actress talked about the protective stoicism of her closeted character and why even serial-killer shows shouldn’t hit you over the head.
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23h Can Daniel Craig complete his biggest mission - modernising James Bond?
Producers say the new film "should reflect" shifting attitudes - so can Daniel Craig modernise Bond?
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Werner Kramarsky, Rights Official and Arts Patron, Dies at 9325h Updated Werner Kramarsky, Rights Official and Arts Patron, Dies at 93
He played prominent roles in both city and state government in New York. He wore another hat as well, supporting artists and building a vast drawing collection.
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25h Updated 11 of Our Best Weekend Reads
Venus Williams gets her due. A father-son journey in Iceland. How Uber got lost. The legacy of “Sesame Street.” And more.
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26h Updated Ed Sheeran closes Divide tour with Ipswich homecoming gigs
Up to 160,000 fans are expected as the singer ends his record-breaking tour with four Ipswich gigs.
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Things to Do in N.Y.C. This Weekend26h Things to Do in N.Y.C. This Weekend
A guide to the concerts, art exhibitions and movies to check out on your days off.
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Two New Books Have Anglophiles and Bibliophiles Covered27h Two New Books Have Anglophiles and Bibliophiles Covered
“Human Relations and Other Difficulties” gathers acute, witty essays and reviews by Mary-Kay Wilmers, and “Faber & Faber,” by Toby Faber, tells the history of the venerable publishing house where Wilmers and others have worked.
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27h The Politicization of Academic Life
Anthony Kronman talks about “The Assault on American Excellence,” and Christopher Benfey discusses “If,” his new book about Rudyard Kipling.
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Taylor Swift Says She Will Rerecord Her Old Music. Here’s How.28h Updated Taylor Swift Says She Will Rerecord Her Old Music. Here’s How.
The singer and songwriter could gain control by creating new master recordings of material that has been sold. It’s a drastic but not unheard-of move.
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Taylor Swift Releases ‘Lover’ the Old-Fashioned Way28h Updated Taylor Swift Releases ‘Lover’ the Old-Fashioned Way
The pop star’s 18-track, seventh studio album is out now, featuring the Dixie Chicks, St. Vincent and production by her go-to collaborator Jack Antonoff.
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In ‘This Way Up,’ Aisling Bea Lets Everyone Be Complex28h In ‘This Way Up,’ Aisling Bea Lets Everyone Be Complex
Bea discusses her new British comedy, which explores loneliness, codependence and the smaller ways politics impacts our lives.
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12 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend28h Updated 12 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend
Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
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The Playlist: Missy Elliott’s Throwback, and 11 More New Songs29h Updated The Playlist: Missy Elliott’s Throwback, and 11 More New Songs
Hear tracks by Thom Yorke and Flea, Jay Som, Jazzmeia Horn and others.
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A Film Career Built on Videotape (Sex and Lies, Too)29h Updated A Film Career Built on Videotape (Sex and Lies, Too)
On the 30th anniversary of “Sex, Lies and Videotape,” a look back at Steven Soderbergh’s first feature and how it changed the independent film landscape.
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Jillian Bell on ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ and Chasing Down Roles29h Jillian Bell on ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ and Chasing Down Roles
The comedian puts laughing matters aside — for now, at least — to go deep in “Brittany Runs a Marathon.”
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‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ | Anatomy of a Scene30h Updated ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ | Anatomy of a Scene
The writer and director Paul Downs Colaizzo narrates a scene from his comedy featuring Jillian Bell and Michaela Watkins.
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31h Pierre Cardin’s Space-Age Fashion Takes Us Back to the Future
The Brooklyn Museum opens its doors to the 97-year-old French designer, still defined by his groovy late ’60s fashions.
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Jussie Smollett Case: Special Prosecutor Appointed31h Updated Jussie Smollett Case: Special Prosecutor Appointed
Dan K. Webb, a former United States attorney, will consider whether renewed charges against the actor are warranted.
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6 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend32h Updated 6 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend
Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.
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32h Scarlett Johansson tops Forbes highest-paid actresses list
Scarlett Johansson's wages rocket, but female stars remain way behind men on the whole.
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Rich territory: how class warfare is taking over the multiplex32h Rich territory: how class warfare is taking over the multiplex
Grisly comedy horror Ready or Not joins a vicious pack of films this year that have been pitting the upper class against the poor The thing about rich people is that they need the working poor much more than the working poor need them. The new horror film
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32h Updated 12 Instagram Accounts That Reveal Life as a Times Journalist
Use these feeds to visit the New York Times Building, travel around Afghanistan, find cooking inspiration and more.
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How Do You Stage Disney’s ‘Hercules’? Invite Everyone33h Updated How Do You Stage Disney’s ‘Hercules’? Invite Everyone
The world premiere adaptation of the 1997 animated film puts everyday New Yorkers — 117 of them — in the production at the Delacorte.
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Will Adamsdale: Power-hungry puppets ate my comedy career33h Will Adamsdale: Power-hungry puppets ate my comedy career
Pesky meerkats, War Dogs, Basil Brush … The puppets are taking over, says the standup – and they’re sabotaging his Edinburgh show My reaction time is too slow to be a proper standup. It takes me about two weeks to come up with a decent riposte to a heckle. It turns out you can’t just email audience members what you should have said a fortnight after the event. Although sometimes at the fringe I probably could have – once I had eight people in. Or was it seven? It’s hard to tell in the dark. How has it come to this? I was nearly a somebody 15 years ago. Was it the dwindling talent? The laziness? The ever creakier old boys’ network? The answer came to me one day as I was walking along the Royal Mile, which was thick with old flyers and memories. The street was brought to a standstill by a procession of puppets. Suddenly it clicked. It was all the puppets’ fault.
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33h Jeremy Kyle working on pilot for new ITV show
The host is is developing a new programme, three months after his daytime series was cancelled.
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London Hughes: ‘I had a blond bob that made me look like black Miley Cyrus’33h London Hughes: ‘I had a blond bob that made me look like black Miley Cyrus’
The standup, writer and presenter on the things that make her laugh the most
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Afropunk and 8 Other Outdoor Concerts to Put on the Calendar34h Updated Afropunk and 8 Other Outdoor Concerts to Put on the Calendar
A guide to some of the late-summer shows coming up in New York City, including the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival this weekend.
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‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Review: Racing With a Heavy Heart34h Updated ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Review: Racing With a Heavy Heart
This comedy glosses over its protagonist’s emotional wounds and instead aims to treat what’s physical.
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Jeremy Kyle set for TV return, says ITV boss34h Jeremy Kyle set for TV return, says ITV boss
Kevin Lygo says presenter should not be blamed for failings of axed Jeremy Kyle Show Jeremy Kyle is set to return to TV screens, months after his eponymous chatshow was cancelled following the death of a participant who had a failed a lie-detector test. ITV’s director of television, Kevin Lygo, said the presenter was piloting new programmes for the channel, in addition to working on his investigative strand The Kyle Files: “He is a consummate broadcaster and it would be absolutely wrong to apportion blame of the show against the presenter of it.”
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How Brittany Starts Running in ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’34h Updated How Brittany Starts Running in ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’
The writer and director Paul Downs Colaizzo discusses a sequence where the lead character of his film, Brittany (Jillian Bell) tries to begin an exercise routine.
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‘I love working for Lidl’: the harsh reality of being a jobbing pop star34h ‘I love working for Lidl’: the harsh reality of being a jobbing pop star
Signed to an indie and working day jobs, girl band Unperfect are the new standard for 2019’s pop scene In the past, pop has represented the ultimate fairytale story via the promise of a seamless transformation from the mundane to the megastar. In the 90s, the
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Taylor Swift: Trump thinks his presidency is an autocracy34h Taylor Swift: Trump thinks his presidency is an autocracy
Exclusive: songwriter discusses her political awakening in a Guardian interview
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This week’s best home entertainment: from Peaky Blinders to Carnival Row35h This week’s best home entertainment: from Peaky Blinders to Carnival Row
The Brummie bad boys return to fight fascism, while Cara Delevingne stars in a steampunk shambles Tommy Shelby and his gang of be-capped ne’er-do-wells swagger on to BBC One, nudging no less than Ross Poldark from his 9pm slot in the process. Season five of the overwrought but oh-so-addictive between-the-wars drama opens with Tommy (Cillian Murphy) advancing his political career and exploring business opportunities with a certain Oswald Mosley.
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Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ Arrives the Old-Fashioned Way, and With Twists36h Updated Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ Arrives the Old-Fashioned Way, and With Twists
The pop star’s 18-track, seventh studio album is out now, featuring the Dixie Chicks, St. Vincent and production by her go-to collaborator Jack Antonoff.
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Tropical Fuck Storm: Braindrops review – punchy alt punks in a burning world37h Tropical Fuck Storm: Braindrops review – punchy alt punks in a burning world
This Australian band maps their own music from post punk, rock, funk and noise in songs about mind control and decay
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‘American Girl’ & Me37h ‘American Girl’ & Me
A podcast has helped me unpack how the historical doll and book series inspired a creative adulthood.
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Michael Rosen: ‘If I hadn’t written poems about my son Eddie, I might have lost those memories’37h Michael Rosen: ‘If I hadn’t written poems about my son Eddie, I might have lost those memories’
The author on the book that changed his mind about the British empire, and rewriting Mister Men books on the fly
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Téa Obreht’s Second Novel Is Finally Out. What Took So Long?37h Téa Obreht’s Second Novel Is Finally Out. What Took So Long?
There’s an eight-year gap between her award-winning debut, “The Tiger’s Wife,” and “Inland,” which has just hit the best-seller list.
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Dear Boris Johnson, watch these six films before you rip up the Irish backstop and trigger violence | Mark Cousins37h Dear Boris Johnson, watch these six films before you rip up the Irish backstop and trigger violence | Mark Cousins
In an open letter to the PM, Northern Irish film-maker Mark Cousins recommends six films, from Neil Jordan’s Angel to Bill Clinton’s eulogy to Martin McGuinness, to make him consider the consequences of no deal
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37h Cutting the Cord: What Parents and Teenagers Need to Know
In her Help Desk column, Judith Newman shares books on “adulting” — learning the skills we need to make it in the world, without Mom or Dad at the ready.
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Miley Cyrus: I was fired from Hotel Transylvania over penis cake photos38h Miley Cyrus: I was fired from Hotel Transylvania over penis cake photos
Actor-singer says Sony let her go from family animation after seeing images of her licking a phallic gateaux bought for her then-boyfriend Liam Hemsworth Miley Cyrus claims she was fired from children’s animation Hotel Transylvania after posing with a penis-shaped cake purchased for her then-boyfriend’s birthday. Listing a series of her lowest points on Twitter on Thursday, Cyrus – who started her career as a Disney Channel star – said she was “kicked off Hotel Transylvania for buying Liam a penis cake and licking it”.
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Headie One: Music X Road review – UK drill kingpin gets introspective38h Headie One: Music X Road review – UK drill kingpin gets introspective
A document of growth, tangled with claustrophobia and regret, shows the prolific MC moving forward creatively
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What to see this week in the UK38h Updated What to see this week in the UK
From Pain and Glory to Damien Hirst, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days
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The Gemma Collins podcast: rambling, inane, brilliant – podcasts of the week39h The Gemma Collins podcast: rambling, inane, brilliant – podcasts of the week
Collins claims she doesn’t know what a podcast is, but that hasn’t stopped her from launching a surprisingly entertaining one Good news for those who listen to the soundtrack for The Little Mermaid on repeat: Disney are launching a podcast series about their composers.
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Rocking the boat: how Cornish class war inspired a masterpiece39h Rocking the boat: how Cornish class war inspired a masterpiece
Forget Poldark’s pecs – with his film Bait, Mark Jenkin has captured the real Cornwall, a place of struggling locals and second-homeowners in simmering conflict Twenty years ago, Mark Jenkin returned to his boyhood home in north Cornwall to shoot his debut film,
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Legacy by Thomas Harding review – how the Lyons Company took on the world40h Legacy by Thomas Harding review – how the Lyons Company took on the world
Bombs as well as biscuits are on the menu from the starry family behind the cosy Lyons tea shops For most of the 20th century J Lyons & Co Ltd lodged at the heart of Britain’s social imagination. From the 1920s you could pop into a Lyons tea shop to be served by a “nippy”, a light-footed waitress got up like a parlourmaid. If you were a working girl of the newest and nicest variety – a secretary, teacher or shop assistant – you could eat an express lunch on your own in a Lyons without risking your respectability. If you were feeling particularly smart, you could go up to “town” and stay in the art deco-ish Strand Palace or Regent’s Palace hotels, vernacular versions of elite institutions such as Claridge’s or The Savoy. In the evening you might venture out to the “Troc”, or Trocadero, in your best togs, where you could enjoy a fancy dinner and dance to a jazz band. Back home, the stream of comforts continued as you sat down with a cup of Lyons tea while your children might get a Mivvi, a sumptuous ice-cream-lolly hybrid. Customers liked knowing that the firm that provided them with so many reliable treats was run by a family, although exactly who that family was and where it came from remained hazy. The name subliminally suggested “lion” and therefore something enduringly, heraldically British. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jo Lyons was connected to the Salmon & Gluckstein dynasty whose founder had arrived in Whitechapel from Prussia via Belgium in 1843. “Lyons” rolled off the tongue better than Gluckstein or even Salmon and it also kept the two sides of the business sounding separate, in case the risky move from cigars to mass catering crashed and burned. As well as muffling the firm’s Jewish origins, “Lyons” covertly signposted its imperial reach: agents for the company scoured the American south for the best-priced tobacco and the Indian subcontinent for the tenderest tea, and took inspiration from Europe’s smartest pastry counters, before metabolising these far-flung raw materials into a brand that felt as British as a rainy afternoon in Piccadilly.
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A Jade Goody would never get on TV under new rules, says ex-partner40h A Jade Goody would never get on TV under new rules, says ex-partner
Jeff Brazier tells Edinburgh TV festival the reality star wouldn’t have made it on to Big Brother Jade Goody’s former partner believes the Big Brother star would never have made it on to screen if she had been forced to go through the strict new duty of care requirements being placed on reality television producers.
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Jawline: behind the social media documentary about short-lived fame40h Jawline: behind the social media documentary about short-lived fame
In a compelling new film, a 16-year-old small town boy becomes a star thanks to livestreaming and an ever-changing new world opens up Sometime between 2016 and 2017 – a distinct period, if you follow the rapid hot and colds of social media platforms – 16-year-old Austyn Tester filmed a video just for himself. Shirtless in front of a wall in his Kingsport, Tennessee, home, Tester flicks his hair with barely contained excitement. After months of live-streaming his middle American high school life on
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The thud, thud, thud of techno music leaves no space for bad thoughts41h The thud, thud, thud of techno music leaves no space for bad thoughts
They say routine is good for mental health, and techno is nothing if not routine I am often asked what sort of things help me with my mental health. I think people expect me to say walking, nature, swimming. And all of those things
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What’s on TV Friday: ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ and ‘Uncle Vanya’41h What’s on TV Friday: ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ and ‘Uncle Vanya’
Stream the latest “Mission: Impossible.” Or, for something completely different, watch a well-received take on Chekhov.
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How Feist’s ‘1234’ Turned Into a ‘Sesame Street’ Blockbuster42h Updated How Feist’s ‘1234’ Turned Into a ‘Sesame Street’ Blockbuster
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