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What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week1h 2m Updated What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week
Stephen Mueller’s “Orchidaceous”; Sara Greenberger Rafferty’s glass works; Mahmoud Khaled’s photo installations; Chelsea Culprit’s mixed-media paintings; and Minus Space’s three-woman show.
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Making ‘Making a Murderer,’ Again1h 10m Making ‘Making a Murderer,’ Again
The creators Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi discussed what it was like returning to the series that launched their careers.
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Nonfiction: Vagabond Lives: Happier Memories From Kathryn Harrison’s Childhood1h 13m Nonfiction: Vagabond Lives: Happier Memories From Kathryn Harrison’s Childhood
Her previous memoirs delved into her parents’ traumatic influence. Now, in “On Sunset,” she introduces the beloved Old World grandparents who raised her.
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1h 15m Updated Original Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, Leaves ‘Sesame Street’ After Nearly 50 Years
Mr. Spinney’s remarkable run as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, two of the most beloved characters on television, will end this week.
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Match Book: Indigenous Stories for Young Readers1h 30m Match Book: Indigenous Stories for Young Readers
Young adult and middle grade fiction to educate children in the vast terrain of Native American history.
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Critic’s Pick: ‘Halloween’ 1978: The Times Finally Reviews a Horror Classic1h 31m Critic’s Pick: ‘Halloween’ 1978: The Times Finally Reviews a Horror Classic
We didn’t review “Halloween” in 1978 because of a newspaper strike. Forty years later, our critic takes a new look at John Carpenter’s masterpiece.
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1h 39m Updated ‘Halloween’ 1978: The Times Finally Reviews a Horror Classic
We didn’t review “Halloween” in 1978 because of a newspaper strike. Forty years later, our critic takes a new look at John Carpenter’s masterpiece.
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Nico Muhly on the Drama of Bringing His New Opera to the Met1h 50m Updated Nico Muhly on the Drama of Bringing His New Opera to the Met
“Marnie,” based on the novel that inspired Hitchcock’s film, opens on Friday, the work of hundreds of people. It just took a couple of tough cuts.
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Review: ‘Mid90s’ Skates Back to a Less Innocent Time1h 56m Review: ‘Mid90s’ Skates Back to a Less Innocent Time
This period-specific coming-of-age story was written and directed by Jonah Hill.
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‘The Real World’ on Facebook and More: Your Wednesday Pop Culture Cheat Sheet2h Updated ‘The Real World’ on Facebook and More: Your Wednesday Pop Culture Cheat Sheet
What you need to know from today’s TV, music and movie news.
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What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘CMT Artists of the Year’ and ‘Hell or High Water’2h Updated What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘CMT Artists of the Year’ and ‘Hell or High Water’
Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and others perform on CMT. And “Hell or High Water” airs on TMC.
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Oli Herbert, All That Remains guitarist, dies at 443h Oli Herbert, All That Remains guitarist, dies at 44
Oli Herbert, founding member of the US metal band, dies suddenly aged 44.
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Album Review: Greta Van Fleet Blasts Toward the Past3h Updated Album Review: Greta Van Fleet Blasts Toward the Past
The Michigan quartet indebted to Led Zeppelin revels in the sounds — but not the swagger — of the 1970s on its debut album, “Anthem of the Peaceful Army.”
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Show Us Your Wall: She Loves a Good Aria, but Also Appreciates Eskimo Goggles4h Show Us Your Wall: She Loves a Good Aria, but Also Appreciates Eskimo Goggles
Ann Ziff’s eclectic art collection is the product of decades she and her husband spent searching for things they loved to live with.
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Neneh Cherry Never Stopped Taking Risks. Now She’s Making Politics Personal.4h Updated Neneh Cherry Never Stopped Taking Risks. Now She’s Making Politics Personal.
“Broken Politics,” the shape-shifting musician’s new album recorded with Four Tet in Woodstock, is a loop back into the past and a leap into the future.
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Microaggressions at School? The ‘Hate U Give’ Team Has Been There4h Microaggressions at School? The ‘Hate U Give’ Team Has Been There
The author Angie Thomas, the star Amandla Stenberg and the director George Tillman Jr. know what it’s like to be outsiders, and put that in their work.
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V&A to stage UK’s largest ever Christian Dior exhibition5h V&A to stage UK’s largest ever Christian Dior exhibition
Princess Margaret’s birthday gown will feature in Designer of Dreams show in London A V&A exhibition celebrating the life and work of the fashion designer Christian Dior is expected to be the largest retrospective ever staged on the
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Why Does ‘First Man’ Say Gemini as ‘Geminee’? NASA Explains. Sorta.5h Why Does ‘First Man’ Say Gemini as ‘Geminee’? NASA Explains. Sorta.
The pronunciation of the 1965-66 program is a space agency thing. Sometimes it was pronounced normally. NASA’s chief historian gives the back story.
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Review: ‘The Conners’ Is a Bittersweet Pill5h Review: ‘The Conners’ Is a Bittersweet Pill
ABC’s “Roseanne” sans Roseanne mourned its materfamilias in raw, irreverent style. But the legacy of the polarizing revival is still with it.
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Tiffany Haddish: ‘My Career Is a Delicious Roasted Chicken’5h Updated Tiffany Haddish: ‘My Career Is a Delicious Roasted Chicken’
Trust us — it makes sense when you hear how doggedly she pursued success. It’s time to find out whether the “Girls Trip” star can make it last.
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6h Updated Astrology Is Hard, Even if It’s Fake
There’s an exam, and it involves math. In fact, there are many exams.
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Can the language of the Vikings fight off the invasion of English?6h Can the language of the Vikings fight off the invasion of English?
Icelandic has retained its literary vigour since the Sagas, but TV and tourism are a growing threat “Coffee and kleina,” reads a large sign at a roadside coffee shop by one of the main roads in Reykjavik. Not so many years ago, such a billboard would simply have read: “
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The celebrity montage is a time-honoured American artform6h The celebrity montage is a time-honoured American artform
Many have criticised Andy Thomas’s painting of Trump drinking with other Republican presidents as “tacky” but such paintings have a long artistic tradition In his 60 Minutes interview on Sunday, Donald Trump suggested his defense secretary might soon leave the White House and claimed climate change would “change back”. But little he said attracted as much interest as a brief glimpse of a picture hanging on a White House wall.
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Man Booker Prize: Anna Burns becomes first winner from Northern Ireland7h Updated Man Booker Prize: Anna Burns becomes first winner from Northern Ireland
Anna Burns, the writer of Milkman, is the first author from Northern Ireland to win the prize.
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The inside story of judging the Man Booker prize 2018 | Val McDermid7h The inside story of judging the Man Booker prize 2018 | Val McDermid
Novelist and judge Val McDermid reports that, contrary to award lore, the drama was restricted to the books at this year’s deliberations So that’s it for another year.
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Ariana Grande announces break from social media8h Ariana Grande announces break from social media
The singer posts a cryptic message on Instagram about "trying very hard to keep going".
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Piers Morgan gets pied over Daniel Craig baby comments8h Piers Morgan gets pied over Daniel Craig baby comments
Comedian Harry Hill uses shaving foam to speak up "for all those men that wear papooses".
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Man arrested after David Bowie statue vandalised for second time in six months8h Man arrested after David Bowie statue vandalised for second time in six months
Ziggy Stardust sculpture in Aylesbury has been covered in blue paint, following an earlier attack in March A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after a statue of
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Fahrenheit 11/9 review – Michael Moore v Donald Trump = stalemate9h Fahrenheit 11/9 review – Michael Moore v Donald Trump = stalemate
In his latest documentary, Moore’s bewildered fury at the president is powerfully evident, but he fails to deliver a knockout blow M
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Thom Yorke releases Greenpeace single Hands Off the Antarctic10h Thom Yorke releases Greenpeace single Hands Off the Antarctic
The Radiohead star’s new track is accompanied by footage shot by Greenpeace’s research ship Arctic Sunrise
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The Titanic’s Legacy Is Likely to Belong to Hedge Funds Soon10h Updated The Titanic’s Legacy Is Likely to Belong to Hedge Funds Soon
Salvaged artifacts have been the focus of a tussle over who gets to own a part of the ocean liner’s history. They’re worth $19.5 million, at least.
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Don’t Step on the Starfish: Elmgreen & Dragset at FIAC10h Don’t Step on the Starfish: Elmgreen & Dragset at FIAC
These Scandinavian artists take a humorous and often irreverent approach, but they’re dead serious about topics like immigration and climate change
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From Poetry to Chemistry to ‘a Shared Museum,’ Performances at FIAC10h From Poetry to Chemistry to ‘a Shared Museum,’ Performances at FIAC
Parades, a festival within the fair, will present 17 productions this year, with a focus on verse and dance. Here’s a sampling of the most intriguing.
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In a Busy Month for Art Fairs, FIAC Counts Collectors Among Its Treasures10h In a Busy Month for Art Fairs, FIAC Counts Collectors Among Its Treasures
As patrons have ever more choices, the Paris event is still a favorite for many. “What’s not to like?” a New York collector said.
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For Tadao Ando and France, It’s Been a Long Romance10h For Tadao Ando and France, It’s Been a Long Romance
Mr. Ando, a Japanese architect, once went to France with the hope of meeting Le Corbusier. He now has a major retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
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Art Holds Its Own Conversation in Some FIAC Booths10h Art Holds Its Own Conversation in Some FIAC Booths
About a dozen galleries at this year’s edition of the fair are presenting artists “in dialogue” with each other — or, as one put it, in “a duel.”
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Help Desk: I’ll Have What She’s Having: Books for Better Sex and Better Relationships11h Help Desk: I’ll Have What She’s Having: Books for Better Sex and Better Relationships
Judith Newman’s latest Help Desk column ventures into the minefield of marriage, dating, desire — and divorce.
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Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong granted a divorce11h Updated Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong granted a divorce
The decision, ending the 11-year marriage, was made by a judge at a central London court in under 30 seconds.
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Best of Late Night: Trump Has Raised $100 Million for 2020. To James Corden, It Makes Sense.11h Best of Late Night: Trump Has Raised $100 Million for 2020. To James Corden, It Makes Sense.
Mr. Corden joked, “Trump has raised so much money, this time he says he might not even need the Russians.”
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Reporter’s Notebook: At Unsound Festival, the Weirder, the Better14h Updated Reporter’s Notebook: At Unsound Festival, the Weirder, the Better
Established in 2003, Unsound has established itself as an international destination for experimental and club music. But it’s at odds with the historic city where it takes place.
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Roseanne exits The Conners, and she is not happy about it15h Roseanne exits The Conners, and she is not happy about it
SPOILER ALERT: this story contains details of a show that has just aired in the US
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Review: Stockard Channing Is a Mother to Remember in ‘Apologia’18h Updated Review: Stockard Channing Is a Mother to Remember in ‘Apologia’
Portraying a celebrated art historian with two resentful sons, Ms. Channing finds the anguished heart in a didactic comic drama.
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British-Nigerian filmmaker Adeyemi Michael: all immigrants are conquerors20h British-Nigerian filmmaker Adeyemi Michael: all immigrants are conquerors
Adeyemi Michael's mum stars in his film, riding a horse down a busy London street in Nigerian dress.
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Breast enlargement ads shown during Love Island banned by ASA21h Breast enlargement ads shown during Love Island banned by ASA
Ad watchdog found cosmetic surgery was treated in an ‘irresponsible and harmful’ way Adverts for breast enhancement surgery that were shown during ITV Two’s Love Island have been banned by the advertising watchdog after it backed campaigners who complained they were exploitative of young women’s insecurities. The commercials for the firm MYA, which depicted women dancing and laughing around a swimming pool and on a beach and a boat, were labelled “irresponsible and harmful” by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) on Wednesday. Its report said the adverts glamorised and trivialised such surgery.
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Moment Milkman author wins Man Booker22h Moment Milkman author wins Man Booker
The author from Northern Ireland took away the award for her book set during the Troubles.
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Art Review: Female Artists Strip Rape of Its ‘Heroic’ Underpinnings22h Updated Art Review: Female Artists Strip Rape of Its ‘Heroic’ Underpinnings
At John Jay College, contemporary art-makers find a new way to talk about sexual assault. They focus on aftermath and feelings, rather than flesh or spectacle.
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Books News: Anna Burns Wins the Man Booker Prize for ‘Milkman’23h Books News: Anna Burns Wins the Man Booker Prize for ‘Milkman’
The judges cited her use of dark humor to explore tribalism, state-sponsored terrorism, social division and sexual and political oppression.
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Informer review – counter terror drama is gripping and artful … but you’ll need to pay attention23h Informer review – counter terror drama is gripping and artful … but you’ll need to pay attention
The unsettling, disjointed quality of this new series suits the murky world of police informers. The main challenge is keeping track, but it looks to be worth the effort A woman leaves her phone on the Docklands Light Railway in east London. A stranger picks it up and follows her off the train in a bid to return it, but the woman has disappeared. He searches the streets and eventually spots her in a coffee shop. He will accept no reward for his gallantry. This is perhaps the least likely thing that happens in Informer (BBC One). Seconds later, a terrorist gunman runs in and shoots the good Samaritan, which is more believable than the random act of kindness that put him in the path of the bullet in the first place. Never mind – we are moving swiftly on. In an empty courtroom, counter-terrorism officer DS Gabe Waters (Paddy Considine) – presently known to us only as Witness K – is giving evidence about the coffee shop attack. “I can’t discuss this in an open forum,” he says, leaving us none the wiser. This is followed by a change of scene and the words “One year earlier”. We are now focused on another character: the cheeky, slightly roguish Raza Shar (Nabhaan Rizwan), as he nicks a camera, liberates his little brother from a school detention and buys some pills for a night out. So, it is possible that the beginning of the story was, in fact, the ending. Or it could be that the whole opening segment was a red herring, except that the woman was played by Jessica Raine from Call the Midwife. She must have a bigger part than Lost Phone Lady.
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Anna Burns wins Man Booker prize for ‘incredibly original’ Milkman23h Anna Burns wins Man Booker prize for ‘incredibly original’ Milkman
Judges unanimous in choice of Northern Irish winner for ‘utterly distinctive’ Troubles-era novel Anna Burns has become the first Northern Irish author to win the Man Booker prize, taking the £50,000 award for Milkman, her timely, Troubles-set novel about a young woman being sexually harassed by a powerful man.
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Chance the Rapper Isn’t Running: Your Tuesday Pop Culture Cheat Sheet24h Chance the Rapper Isn’t Running: Your Tuesday Pop Culture Cheat Sheet
What you need to know from today’s TV, music and movie news.
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Critic’s Pick: Is Sarah Lucas Right for the #MeToo Moment?24h Critic’s Pick: Is Sarah Lucas Right for the #MeToo Moment?
Ms. Lucas, whose career survey is on view at the New Museum, was part of a punk-era correction around class and gender. Now, with disintegrating borders and fluid genders, her art is being tested.
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Books of The Times: A Novel That Roiled India Is Now Translated Into English24h Books of The Times: A Novel That Roiled India Is Now Translated Into English
In Perumal Murugan’s “One Part Woman,” a religious festival allows childless women to sleep with men other than their husbands, in the hope of becoming pregnant.
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Mario Buatta, Interior Designer and ‘Prince of Chintz,’ Dies at 8224h Mario Buatta, Interior Designer and ‘Prince of Chintz,’ Dies at 82
He made exuberant use of pillows, fringes, swags, tassels, bows and ruffles for a list of clients that included the famous as well as the merely rich.
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Alice Mann wins 2018 Taylor Wessing prize with series Drummies25h Alice Mann wins 2018 Taylor Wessing prize with series Drummies
Four portraits of South African majorettes from Western Cape are first time a series has won A portrait series on all-female teams of drum majorettes in South Africa’s Western Cape province has won a major photography award. Alice Mann, a London-based photographic artist, was awarded the 2018
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Winner of the 2018 Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize announced – in pictures25h Winner of the 2018 Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize announced – in pictures
Boxing, shopping, smoking, singing, swimming … the annual competition salutes the best in contemporary portrait photography, and with it the variety of human life. This year there were 5,000 submissions from 70 countries – here is the winning work from Alice Mann, plus all the runners-up and highlights from the accompanying National Portrait Gallery exhibition
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Nonfiction: The Man Who Pioneered Food Safety25h Nonfiction: The Man Who Pioneered Food Safety
In “The Poison Squad,” Deborah Blum tells the story of the early-20th-century U.S.D.A. inspector who changed the way we think about food.
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Taylor Wessing Prize: Alice Mann wins with portraits of drum majorettes25h Taylor Wessing Prize: Alice Mann wins with portraits of drum majorettes
South African photographer Alice Mann is announced the winner of the Taylor Wessing Prize.
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Critic’s Notebook: Goodbye to All That Blaze: Joaquin De Luz Dances His Farewell25h Updated Critic’s Notebook: Goodbye to All That Blaze: Joaquin De Luz Dances His Farewell
New York City Ballet’s fall season ended with Mr. De Luz’s final performance — and with debuts and promotions, too.
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Chance Is Not Running for Mayor: Your Tuesday Pop Culture Cheat Sheet26h Chance Is Not Running for Mayor: Your Tuesday Pop Culture Cheat Sheet
What you need to know from today’s TV, music and movie news.
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Review: Berlioz, Rendered Newly Audacious at Carnegie Hall26h Review: Berlioz, Rendered Newly Audacious at Carnegie Hall
John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique played two thrilling programs of the composer’s not-at-all-soothing music.
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Kanye Has Faced Criticism for Being a Black Trump Fan. Can You Relate?28h Kanye Has Faced Criticism for Being a Black Trump Fan. Can You Relate?
We’re hoping to hear from people of color who support President Trump and are politically active.
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Review: ‘The Price of Everything’ Asks $56 Billion Questions About Art28h Review: ‘The Price of Everything’ Asks $56 Billion Questions About Art
This documentary examines the global art market, and pauses to look at some pictures along the way.
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Doctor Who: Biggest first episode for new Doctor28h Doctor Who: Biggest first episode for new Doctor
Jodie Whittaker was the most-watched new Doctor in the history of the long-running series.
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Trump mocks Stormy Daniels after defamation case dismissed28h Trump mocks Stormy Daniels after defamation case dismissed
The president says he can "go after Horseface" after a judge threw out one of her lawsuits.
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Tom Stoppard, Always Tackling ‘The Hard Problem’29h Tom Stoppard, Always Tackling ‘The Hard Problem’
Can a drama about the nature of consciousness be emotional, too? For its latest production, he’s tinkered with the script to firmly answer yes.
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She Founded Me Too. Now She Wants to Move Past the Trauma.29h She Founded Me Too. Now She Wants to Move Past the Trauma.
One year after #MeToo upended Hollywood and politics, Tarana Burke talks about the movement’s future, the #HimToo backlash and advice for survivors.
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Amazon launches water-resistant Kindle Paperwhite31h Amazon launches water-resistant Kindle Paperwhite
Update of popular e-reader introduces thinner and lighter design, Bluetooth compatibility and audiobook support Amazon has launched a new version of its popular Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, which is thinner, lighter and now finally water resistant. The new 2018 Kindle Paperwhite is the second Amazon e-ink device to be given the water resistance treatment following the launch of the Rolls Royce of e-readers, the
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Fortnite cheat YouTuber sued by Epic Games31h Fortnite cheat YouTuber sued by Epic Games
A YouTube gamer is being sued for selling Fortnite cheats and promoting them online.
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British writers scoring highly in huge US poll to find ‘Great American Read’32h British writers scoring highly in huge US poll to find ‘Great American Read’
Nationwide contest that has drawn millions of votes enters closing stages, with Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and JK Rowling ranking high From Jane Eyre to Pride and Prejudice, a clutch of very British books have emerged as frontrunners for the title of the US’s best-loved novel, as a public poll that has seen millions cast their votes draws to a close. US public service broadcaster PBS
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Warung: the Brazilian paradise that had to fight for the right to party33h Warung: the Brazilian paradise that had to fight for the right to party
For its first 10 years, this remote mecca for house music battled nature and its neighbours to keep its doors open. Now it is bringing its distinct sound to Europe
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A Star Is Born outshines Venom and Johnny English at UK box office33h A Star Is Born outshines Venom and Johnny English at UK box office
The acclaimed romance starring Lady Gaga takes a late leap to the top spot as Neil Armstrong biopic First Man steps in at No 4 For its opening weekend at the UK box office, Bradley Cooper’s
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Review: ‘Charm City’ Vividly Captures the Streets of Baltimore33h Review: ‘Charm City’ Vividly Captures the Streets of Baltimore
Marilyn Ness’s documentary is dedicated to the memory of the more than 1,000 people said to be killed in Baltimore during the film’s making.
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Review: Paul Butterfield’s Story Is Told in ‘Horn From the Heart’33h Review: Paul Butterfield’s Story Is Told in ‘Horn From the Heart’
A documentary explores the life of the blues musician who was prominent in the 1960s and ’70s.
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Review: ‘Impulso’ Goes Backstage With a Flamenco Innovator33h Review: ‘Impulso’ Goes Backstage With a Flamenco Innovator
This documentary follows Rocío Molina, a cutting-edge dancer, as she prepares for a Paris show.
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Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Says Warren’s DNA Test Reveals She ‘Is Running for President’34h Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Says Warren’s DNA Test Reveals She ‘Is Running for President’
Colbert focused on President Trump’s pledge to give $1 million to a charity of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s choosing if she could prove her Native American ancestry.
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Whisper it … The Good Place might need divine intervention34h Whisper it … The Good Place might need divine intervention
Season one of The Good Place was fantastic, season two was awe-inspiring. How could season three top it? Short answer: it hasn’t
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Kamila Shamsie on Trench Brothers: an ode to whitewashed war heroes34h Kamila Shamsie on Trench Brothers: an ode to whitewashed war heroes
The stories of more than a million men who fought in the first world war for Britain – and against racism in their own ranks – have gone untold. A new theatre show sets the record straight History does not record whether there was any contact during the first world war between the men of the Indian army who were being treated in hospitals in Brighton for injuries sustained on the western front and the men of the British West Indian regiment training further along the Sussex coast in Seaford. If there was, they’d have had much to discuss, both in terms of the camaraderie between soldiers and the racial discrimination that followed these men who had volunteered to fight for the empire.
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Ant McPartlin granted divorce from Lisa Armstrong34h Ant McPartlin granted divorce from Lisa Armstrong
The decision was made by a judge at the Central Family Court in London on Tuesday morning.
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‘The three-day benders would put me in hospital now’: why I left the 90s music scene behind34h ‘The three-day benders would put me in hospital now’: why I left the 90s music scene behind
John Niven lived every part of the rock’n’roll lifestyle. Then one day at a gig, aged 35, he saw the fate awaiting him … The playwright Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem, Mojo) and the musician Alex James (Blur, cheese) were staggering out of the Groucho Club back in the late 90s when they had the realisation that they were both nearly 30 – positively youthful for a playwright, but in rock’n’roll terms, a veritable Methuselah. Boxing, as Marsellus Wallace forcefully reminds the ageing prize fighter Butch in Pulp Fiction, is not an industry where people grow old gracefully. “See, this business is filled to the brim with unrealistic motherfuckers. Motherfuckers who thought their ass would age like wine. If you mean it turns to vinegar, it does. If you mean it gets better with age, it don’t.”
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A star is reborn: what we can learn from actor-turned-director debuts35h A star is reborn: what we can learn from actor-turned-director debuts
As Bradley Cooper and Jonah Hill step behind the camera for A Star is Born and Mid90s, how do their films benefit from their A-list status? A critic will often watch a director’s first film with one eye on what is and one on what might be. For novice feature film-makers, a debut doubles as a diagnostic, an opportunity to show potential as much as present skill. Because first-timers often have to work within constricting parameters – a finite budget, a caliber of actors commensurate with that budget, limited access to the resources of a studio – viewers will give a little leeway in the understanding that they’re watching the film the director was able to make until he or she gets the green light to make the film they truly want
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Sculpting With Bodies at American Ballet Theater35h Sculpting With Bodies at American Ballet Theater
The choreographer Jessica Lang, who is as interested in imagining shapes and compositions onstage as in inventing steps, makes her second work for the company.
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Fiction: A Psychedelic Epic That Wants to Consume the World35h Fiction: A Psychedelic Epic That Wants to Consume the World
“CoDex 1962,” by the Icelandic cult writer Sjon, is a trippy, philosophical, shaggy-dog novel combining a love story, a crime mystery and a science-fiction thriller in one.
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Fiction: In Haruki Murakami’s New Novel, a Painter’s Inspiration Is Supernatural35h Fiction: In Haruki Murakami’s New Novel, a Painter’s Inspiration Is Supernatural
The Japanese novelist’s latest book, “Killing Commendatore,” features a stymied artist, a haunted painting and a host of paranormal mysteries.
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Round Table: 3 Writers on the Emotional Toll of Being Undocumented35h Round Table: 3 Writers on the Emotional Toll of Being Undocumented
New books by Jose Antonio Vargas, José Olivarez and Julissa Arce explore what being part of mixed-status families, in which either they or their relatives were undocumented, has meant to them.
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From Cat Power to Coldplay: the best, worst and weirdest Rihanna covers35h From Cat Power to Coldplay: the best, worst and weirdest Rihanna covers
The Last Shadow Puppets turned vampiric, Harry Styles harked back to prog rock and Patti Smith was overcome by nerves … How 15 acts laid down their love for the queen of R&B Continuing her run of sublime cover versions (there have been two albums of them), the second single from Chan Marshall AKA
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Piers Morgan mocks Daniel Craig for carrying baby35h Piers Morgan mocks Daniel Craig for carrying baby
The TV hosts questions the James Bond star's masculinity - and social media erupts.
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Can BBC Informer finally subvert the Muslim stereotype problem on TV?36h Can BBC Informer finally subvert the Muslim stereotype problem on TV?
From oppressed wives to crazed jihadists, TV’s Islamophobia is rife. Nabhaan Rizwan stars in the new BBC thriller hoping to change the narrative
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The Conners: how does Roseanne survive without Roseanne Barr?36h The Conners: how does Roseanne survive without Roseanne Barr?
The retooled sitcom brings back the cast that surrounded the disgraced star for a competently realized, if formula-reliant look at suburban life without a matriarch In the wake of Roseanne’s cancelation last May, following racist tweets sent out by star and producer Roseanne Barr, many observers took to the site of her downfall to joke about looking forward to the show’s eventual return under the new title Dan. Those jokes proved to be pretty on-the-money, although the latest iteration of the series is called The Conners. It brings the rest of its cast back intact – John Goodman as the gruff-but-loving patriarch Dan; recent Oscar-nominee Laurie Metcalf as aloof Aunt Jackie; Sara Gilbert and Lecy Goranson as night-and-day sisters Darlene and Becky; Michael Fishman as the constantly ignored DJ; and the various newcomers and guest stars (including Johnny Galecki, Juliette Lewis and Mary Steenburgen) that make up their various kids, partners, exes, friends, neighbors and co-workers – as well as its trademark brand of character-driven humor suffused with working-class melancholy. It also retains its interest in issue-driven storylines (the two episodes screened early for critics, one and four, deal with addiction, sex, sexual orientation, healthcare and job security), while this time avoiding any explicit mention of current controversies and figures (ie there’s no mention of Trump).
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Neon and corporate dystopias: why does cyberpunk refuse to move on?37h Neon and corporate dystopias: why does cyberpunk refuse to move on?
Repeatedly reproduced and reimagined since the 80s, the tropes of cyberpunk must evolve or die The future has looked the same for almost four decades. A skyline of densely packed skyscrapers, corporate logos lighting the night sky, proclaiming ownership over the city below. At street level, a haze of neon shines down from the cluster of signs above and shimmers at your feet in the rain that runs down the filthy streets. Here, the have-nots, excluded from the safe, luxurious enclaves enjoyed by the super-rich, are preyed upon by hustlers dealing in illegal tech and street gangs composed of green-haired, leather-clad technopunks, decked out with cyborg enhancements and high on synthetic drugs. You know this city. You’ve seen it a million times since it was first constructed in the 80s by the pioneers of cyberpunk, most notably William Gibson in Neuromancer and Ridley Scott in Blade Runner. Hollywood recently returned to it with Blade Runner 2049. In the first episode of Netflix’s Altered Carbon, an adaptation of Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 novel, protagonist Takeshi Kovacs gazes upon it from his window; fire flickers from the top of a tall tower, just as it did in opening scene of Blade Runner, prompting a double-take where you wonder whether the window is actually a screen replaying Scott’s movie.
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Square Eyes by Anna Mill and Luke Jones review – dystopia to die for37h Square Eyes by Anna Mill and Luke Jones review – dystopia to die for
A tech pioneer loses control of her creation in this striking, intoxicating bookI’m always telling people how little time, relatively speaking, it takes to read a graphic novel, something that can often make the experience all the more powerful. But I’d be lying if I told you that
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Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’ to Undergo Years of Restoration37h Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’ to Undergo Years of Restoration
The portrait holds pride of place in the Rijksmuseum, the Dutch national museum, and will remain on display so the public can see the process.
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I’m a Joke and So Are You by Robin Ince review – beyond a joke and into our brains38h I’m a Joke and So Are You by Robin Ince review – beyond a joke and into our brains
Comedian Robin Ince uses his profession as a springboard to an exploration of the human mindRobin Ince is quite possibly the UK’s best-read comedian and is certainly one of the most criminally undercelebrated. If I had my way, he’d have his own show on primetime television at least twice a week, with the impressive array of guests from the worlds of science and entertainment that he lines up for his live variety shows. For more than a decade, this becardiganed polymath has been expanding the universe of standup, his interest in cosmology and neuroscience leading to collaborations with eminent scientists. Now Ince has turned his voracious curiosity to the subject of consciousness, in his first book. He wants to understand why we humans struggle so much with our sense of who we are: impostor syndrome, masks, daydreaming, anxiety. More specifically, he wants to understand these things as they relate to his own specific subset of humans, comedians, who often seem to embody our frailties and vanities writ large.
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From Judi to Edna: the women who electrified the 70s – in pictures38h From Judi to Edna: the women who electrified the 70s – in pictures
In 1977, the National Portrait Gallery staged a landmark exhibition, featuring 90 portraits of eminent British women photographed by Mayotte Magnus. The gallery is now updating the project with Illuminating Women, which runs until 24 March
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Jean-Michel Jarre: how we made Oxygène39h Jean-Michel Jarre: how we made Oxygène
‘Hi-fi shops played it as an example of state-of-the-art music. I didn’t tell them I made it with Sellotape in my kitchen’ I played in rock bands as a teenager and would use a tape machine my grandfather gave me to get processed sounds out of my guitar. During the
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What’s on TV: ‘The Kids Are Alright’ and ‘The Blair Witch Project’39h What’s on TV: ‘The Kids Are Alright’ and ‘The Blair Witch Project’
Brace for a packed house in “The Kids are Alright,” and experience horror firsthand in “The Blair Witch Project.”
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