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Lindstrøm: It’s Alright Between Us As It Is review – back on track with bubbling beats, jazz piano and goth feathers 19 Oct 5:15pm Lindstrøm: It’s Alright Between Us As It Is review – back on track with bubbling beats, jazz piano and goth feathers
(Smalltown Supersound) Oslo producer Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, already known for being pretty cosmic, went further out than ever before with his last album, a
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Jessie Ware: Glasshouse review – smooth soul, ramped up when the diva lets loose 19 Oct 5:00pm Jessie Ware: Glasshouse review – smooth soul, ramped up when the diva lets loose
(PMR/Island) Emerging at the tail end of the dubstep movement, south London’s Jessie Ware has long been the
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Laura Cannell: Hunter, Huntress, Hawker review – brutally alive, roaring folk improv 19 Oct 1:30pm Laura Cannell: Hunter, Huntress, Hawker review – brutally alive, roaring folk improv
(Brawl Records) On the dark edges of folk music lingers Laura Cannell, a violinist and
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Margo Price: All American Made review – country contender with nous 19 Oct 1:30pm Margo Price: All American Made review – country contender with nous
(Third Man Records) All American Made
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My Week as a Muslim documentary sparks racism row 19 Oct 12:44pm Updated My Week as a Muslim documentary sparks racism row
Muslim Council of Britain accuses Channel 4 documentary of brownface and says it has caused deep offence A Channel 4 documentary in which a white woman is given the appearance of a Pakistani Muslim in order to experience public attitudes and Islamophobia has caused “deep offence”, the Muslim Council of Britain has said. For the programme, to be aired next Monday, makeup artists darkened the skin of Katie Freeman and gave her a prosthetic nose. She was dressed in traditional Muslim clothing, including a hijab.
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Vida survey of publications identifies shortage of female authors 19 Oct 12:25pm Vida survey of publications identifies shortage of female authors
The annual Vida count of authors across the world suggests about two-thirds of those published, and the critics who review them, are men – but their intersectionality survey is less conclusive The
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Thor: Ragnarok review – Chris Hemsworth unleashes comedy superpowers on emo Cate Blanchett 19 Oct 12:11pm Thor: Ragnarok review – Chris Hemsworth unleashes comedy superpowers on emo Cate Blanchett
Hunt for the Wilderpeople’s Taika Waititi infuses the third Thor movie with a generous dose of self-deprecating Kiwi humour, even if it all remains somewhat inconsequential He might be able to summon lightning from the skies and smite foes with his mighty hammer, but this latest comic-book outing bestows upon Thor an even super-er superpower: a sense of humour. It’s there from the opening seconds, when we find our Norse god dangling before some horned demon, whose portentous monologuing is undercut by Thor’s continual interruptions, as he slowly spins around on his chains: “Hang on a minute… coming round again.” For a relative newcomer to the Earth, Thor has clearly got the knack of 21st-century comic timing. That’s the general register of this entertaining but frankly inconsequential Marvel movie. It’s what you’d call a “romp” – and one whose lurid 1980s-retro stylings bring it closer to the Guardians of the Galaxy end of the spectrum, though its spiritual forebears would also include Mike Hodges’ Flash Gordon, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and possibly Red Dwarf. Comic-book movies have spent a long time striving to be taken as serious, grownup entertainment but Thor: Ragnarok is almost an admission that you can’t play this material straight.
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Moguls and starlets: 100 years of Hollywood’s corrosive, systemic sexism 19 Oct 12:08pm Moguls and starlets: 100 years of Hollywood’s corrosive, systemic sexism
From the earliest days of Hollywood, women were staged managed and manipulated by older men in powerful positions. And it’s clear that, although Harvey Weinstein has been outed, little has changed In the Hollywood dream factory, trauma surfaces as light entertainment. In 2013, introducing the list of best supporting actress nominees at a pre-Oscars event, comedian
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Dynasty review – an unashamed fun-ride of a reboot that’s trashy as hell 19 Oct 12:04pm Dynasty review – an unashamed fun-ride of a reboot that’s trashy as hell
The 80s oil-family soap has had a moreish makeover with the feuding Carringtons and Colbys reimagined as more interesting characters
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How Lemonade director Kahlil Joseph restored faith in the music video 19 Oct 11:44am How Lemonade director Kahlil Joseph restored faith in the music video
His role in bringing Beyoncé’s concept album to the small screen sealed his place as the planet’s hottest video maker. But fame, he says, doesn’t mean anything. It’s about the art and he’s got the work to prove itThere is a biblical proverb,
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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: anger, catharsis ... and show tunes 19 Oct 11:26am Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: anger, catharsis ... and show tunes
Rachel Bloom is back as Rebecca for a third season of the dazzling musical comedy with its clever takedowns of sexism and awareness of mental health Not many shows feature song and dance numbers about
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Harvey Weinstein has BFI fellowship removed 19 Oct 11:24am Harvey Weinstein has BFI fellowship removed
British Film Institute withdraws award it handed the producer in 2002, following similar action by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Bafta The British Film Institute has announced it will remove its prestigious fellowship from disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.
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Dina review – touching, tender documentary about couple with autism 19 Oct 10:30am Dina review – touching, tender documentary about couple with autism
This beautifully shot movie, whose principals emerge as intensely likable and intelligent, avoids cliche and sometimes feels like an arthouse reality show Here is a sweet, tender documentary study, showing a middle-aged man and woman, Dina and Scott, preparing to get married. They both have
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Niall Horan: Flicker review – awwww-inspiring Radio 2 filler 19 Oct 10:00am Niall Horan: Flicker review – awwww-inspiring Radio 2 filler
The One Directioner drifts towards the middle of the road with a debut album apparently designed to punctuate rounds of Ken Bruce’s PopMaster It would appear that at some point towards the end of their career as the World’s Biggest Boyband,
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Love Island for pensioners: which shows could benefit from ditching young people? 19 Oct 8:51am Love Island for pensioners: which shows could benefit from ditching young people?
The Dutch version of the Voice is set to only feature contestants over the age of 65. From The Apprentice to Big Brother, we wonder which others shows would thrive from the same treatment Very rarely does the television industry come up with a truly good idea. That said, it may have accidentally stumbled across one. The Dutch version of The Voice is about to make a spin-off series dedicated solely to pensioners. The Voice Senior will consist of a handful of episodes, none broadcast live, that will feature only contestants aged 65 or over. And, honestly, it sounds like the best possible version of
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Access All Areas review – Hollyoaks goes Bestival in a teen music festival caper 19 Oct 8:00am Access All Areas review – Hollyoaks goes Bestival in a teen music festival caper
A group of youngsters gatecrash the VIP zone in this energetic but uneven film that struggles with clunky dialogue
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Jennifer Tilly: ‘How frightening can Chucky be? He smokes a doobie’ 19 Oct 7:45am Jennifer Tilly: ‘How frightening can Chucky be? He smokes a doobie’
The star of the Child’s Play series on making the films more scary again – and what makes her a champion poker player
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1922 review – bleak, slow-burn Stephen King adaptation burrows under the skin 19 Oct 7:00am 1922 review – bleak, slow-burn Stephen King adaptation burrows under the skin
A lesser-known novella from the bestselling author lands on Netflix with a transformative performance from Thomas Jane and a mounting sense of dread Another week, another Stephen King adaptation. Following on from The Dark Tower, It and the effectively nasty sex-game-gone-wrong thriller Gerald’s Game, Netflix is quietly launching a brooding take on one of his lesser known works. The collection Full Dark, No Stars has already spawned two middling movies – Big Driver with Maria Bello and A Good Marriage with Joan Allen – and now, a third novella is hitting the screen with far more distinction.
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Armando Iannucci on The Death of Stalin, Donald Trump and disappearing democracy – video interview 19 Oct 6:39am Armando Iannucci on The Death of Stalin, Donald Trump and disappearing democracy – video interview
Backstabbing and deceit are the order of the day in the Veep creator’s historical satire, which stars Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Simon Russell Beale and Jason Isaacs as underlings vying for power in the wake of the Soviet dictator’s death. Its creator and cast explain why their film resonates in our current political climate and the parallels between Trump and Stalin
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Tom Jones says he faced sexual harassment in the music industry 19 Oct 6:00am Tom Jones says he faced sexual harassment in the music industry
The singer told the BBC “what’s tried on women is tried on men as well” during a conversation about Harvey Weinstein repercussions Tom Jones has said sexual abuse is widespread in the music industry, and talked about the harassment he faced in the early days of his career. Jones was discussing the Harvey Weinstein allegations with a reporter from BBC 5 Live’s Afternoon Edition when he mentioned an incident from early on in his career, which he said made him feel “terrible”.
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The Mushroom at the End of the World review – life in capitalist ruins 19 Oct 5:30am The Mushroom at the End of the World review – life in capitalist ruins
A highly original study that turns the commerce and ecology of a rare fungus into a tale of environmental renewalWritten in “a riot” of short chapters, “like the flushes of mushrooms that come up after rain”, Anna Tsing’s highly original study explores ruined industrial landscapes and precarious livelihoods in this age of economic decline and globalisation. She travels the world in search of
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Lesley Sharp webchat – post your questions now 19 Oct 4:47am Lesley Sharp webchat – post your questions now
Currently winning rave reviews for her role in Simon Stephens’ version of The Seagull, Lesley Sharp will be here to take your questions on
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English by Ben Fogle review – Marmite, queuing and weather 19 Oct 4:00am English by Ben Fogle review – Marmite, queuing and weather
A lyrical portrait of Englishness takes in waxed jackets, cheese rolling and Wimbledon but fails to look outside the white, middle-class bubbleThere is, as various writers have noted over the years, something inherently contradictory about lavishing praise on Englishness. The English are understated, polite and self-deprecating – more comfortable apologising than blowing our own trumpets. As Ben Fogle points out in his book, we love heroic failures and gravitate endlessly towards the underdog. The English somehow manage to bring these qualities to the very act of
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Stonehenge builders feasted on animals brought from Scotland, study shows 19 Oct 2:00am Stonehenge builders feasted on animals brought from Scotland, study shows
Analysis for Feast! exhibition suggests workers ate hog roasts and beef stew made from animals taken to Wiltshire by boat Prehistoric people brought animals to Stonehenge from as far afield as north-east Scotland, more than 500 miles away, to feed the engineers who built the monument and to take part in lavish midwinter feasts, an exhibition has claimed.
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Earth: One Amazing Day review – wild pussycats and daft zebras run riot 19 Oct 1:00am Earth: One Amazing Day review – wild pussycats and daft zebras run riot
Robert Redford narrates this high-def documentary about wild animals that eschews a Werner Herzog-style emphasis on the brutality of nature This perfectly serviceable and somewhat conventional documentary tracks the daily struggle to survive for an assortment of wild animals. Adhering to the tried and tested tropes of nature documentaries, this one offers a discreet set of vignettes featuring assorted fauna in the full spectrum of landscapes (tropical, arctic, deserts and so on), usually in danger from predators or environmental risks. It subtextually reinforces the usual message about the diversity and resilience of nature and is sprinkled with a smattering of anthropomorphism. So here are many of the usual suspects: tenacious reptiles, adorably fierce pouncing pussycats (in this case servals, a type of African wild cat), daft zebras, bears rubbing themselves on trees set to corny lounge music, and so on. Judging by the release date, the intended audience is families, which is why there’s not a lot of gore or Werner Herzog-style emphasis on the brutality of nature.
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Trump & Russia: Sex, Spies and Scandal review – a perilous land of Oz, without the whimsy 19 Oct 1:00am Trump & Russia: Sex, Spies and Scandal review – a perilous land of Oz, without the whimsy
Matt Frei’s documentary is almost overwhelming – especially for those trying to avoid bad news. Plus: moral dilemmas in Army: Behind the New Front Lines Even if you try to avoid the headlines these days, you can’t help but catch snippets of news about how the world is going to hell. Plus there have been other subtle tipoffs, such as the birds fleeing across the skies as the firmament
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Remembering Sean Hughes: ‘The sadness is he didn’t get to be old, just lonely’ 19 Oct 1:00am Remembering Sean Hughes: ‘The sadness is he didn’t get to be old, just lonely’
Since his death, a complicated picture of the comedian has emerged. We were friends at the height of his fame and I saw his cruelty first hand. Others say that he later changed, before his drinking spiralled out of control
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