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Avengers: Infinity War review – supremely entertaining showdown in the grand Marvel tradition 24 Apr 6:00pm Avengers: Infinity War review – supremely entertaining showdown in the grand Marvel tradition
Super-sized set pieces, sharp one-liners and surprising deaths abound in the Russo brothers’ colossal and utterly confident comic-book movie mash-up Not infinity perhaps, but a really really big finity war. Colossal, cataclysmic, delirious, preposterous – and always surreally entertaining in the now well established Marvel movie tradition. It’s a gigantic showdown between a force of cosmic wickedness and a chaotically assembled super team of Marvel superheroes made more complicated by Doctor Strange’s tendency to multiclone himself in moments of battle stress. There are some very unexpected family relationships that we had no idea about – potentially compromising unity in the face of encroaching evil. There are also some very surprising deaths – of which of course the less said the better. There are moreover some surprising omissions in the cast list. Or are there?
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Mayfly review – a heartbreakingly funny debut 24 Apr 10:56am Mayfly review – a heartbreakingly funny debut
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Virago to publish two new collections by Ballet Shoes author Noel Streatfeild 24 Apr 9:56am Virago to publish two new collections by Ballet Shoes author Noel Streatfeild
The forgotten stories, discovered among the late writer’s papers, will be published beginning in November with Christmas Story Collection Two collections of forgotten stories by Noel Streatfeild are to be published for the first time. They were discovered among the late writer’s papers. Streatfeild, who died in 1986, is the author of some of the best-loved classics of children’s literature, from Ballet Shoes, her tale of the adventures on the stage of the Fossil sisters, to White Boots, about rivalry on ice skates. She began writing children’s books in 1931 after working in munitions factories and canteens during the first world war and as an actor.
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Stormzy and Ed Sheeran up for two Ivor Novello awards 24 Apr 9:15am Stormzy and Ed Sheeran up for two Ivor Novello awards
The difference in the nominees should be celebrated but number of women is still too low, says presenter Paul Gambaccini
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Music streaming revenues overtake CDs to hit $6.6bn globally 24 Apr 8:50am Music streaming revenues overtake CDs to hit $6.6bn globally
Popularity of services such as Spotify and Apple Music outstrips traditional formats Streaming music revenues surpassed income from the sale of traditional music formats for the first time last year, as the booming popularity of services such as Spotify put an end to the era of the CD. Revenue from music fans paying for services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music surged more than 41% last year to $6.6bn (£4.7bn), accounting for more than 38% of the $17.3bn total global recorded music market. The sale of physical formats, primarily CDs, fell 5.4% to $5.2bn to account for 30% of the global market.
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Rampage digs its heels in at UK box office, but sunshine is real winner 24 Apr 7:47am Rampage digs its heels in at UK box office, but sunshine is real winner
Still No 1 despite a 55% drop from last week, the monster movie is still running amok in the hiatus ahead of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War A combination of sunny skies and a relatively low number of new releases a week ahead of the opening of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War combined to lay waste to the UK box office. Takings overall tumbled 55% from the previous frame, delivering the third-worst weekend of the past 12 months in the UK market, and the worst since early December. Apart from
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Modigliani sets world record with estimate in excess of $150m 24 Apr 7:40am Modigliani sets world record with estimate in excess of $150m
Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) may fetch more than £170.4m paid for another nude in 2015 A Modigliani reclining nude is to be offered at auction with an estimate in excess of $150m (£108m), the highest pre-sale figure for work of art. Sotheby’s announced the estimate as it unveiled the 1917 painting Nu couché (sur le côté gauche), a star of the recent
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Slaver! Invader! The tour guide who tells the ugly truth about museum portraits 24 Apr 6:46am Slaver! Invader! The tour guide who tells the ugly truth about museum portraits
Was Lord Nelson a white supremacist? Was Queen Victoria a thief? Alice Procter take us on one of her Uncomfortable Art Tours, which aim to show how the empire still exerts a grip on British galleries Last June, Alice Procter started running free gallery tours. She had answered a call-out from
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Measure for Measure gender swap may be theatrical first 24 Apr 5:00am Measure for Measure gender swap may be theatrical first
Male and female stars to share roles in new spin on Shakespeare tale of sex and power Gender fluidity on stage will be taken to the next level when the actors Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden alternate the same role in a new version of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.
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Thrillers review: The Hunger; All the Beautiful Lies; Paper Ghosts 24 Apr 3:00am Thrillers review: The Hunger; All the Beautiful Lies; Paper Ghosts
The bloody conclusion to a wagon train’s journey across the US, a beautifully told crime story and a dark tale of murderous obsession are the standouts this monthThe true-life story of the Donner party, American pioneers who set out for California in 1846 but took a poorly advised shortcut through the mountains and ended up snowed in for the winter, with survivors reportedly resorting to cannibalism, is terrifying enough on its own. In Alma Katsu’s
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Women are being excluded from the stage. It’s time for quotas | Julia Pascal 24 Apr 3:00am Women are being excluded from the stage. It’s time for quotas | Julia Pascal
Theatre is devoted to male narratives, and only a fifth of artistic directors are female. We need to impose a 50/50 gender splitIt’s a century after some British women were allowed to vote, and a statue of the suffragist Millicent Fawcett is being unveiled in Parliament Square, so why is women’s presence on the English stage still unequal to men’s? In a
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The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli review – a worthy heir to Stephen Hawking 24 Apr 2:00am The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli review – a worthy heir to Stephen Hawking
Is time real or simply a useful measurement of change? The author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics takes us to the limits of our understanding with clarity and styleIn Hitler’s Germany, a handful of physicists bristled at the mere mention of quantum theory. The troubling uncertainties of Einsteinian relativity and other physical exotica were viewed as “Jewish science” inimical to German nationhood and the Newtonian mechanics of Deutsche Physik. “German physics” (sometimes called “Aryan physics”) failed to make inroads in 1930s Germany because its champions were so plainly deluded. To forward-looking German physicists such as Max Planck and Werner Heisenberg, the idea that relativity was a “Jewish fraud” was manifest nonsense. Albert Einstein was indeed Jewish, but had he masterminded a “world crisis” in physics, as the anti-relativity lobby insisted? Hardly. Nobody said that relativity theory was easy. Einstein’s notion that time and space are essentially one (the concept of curved “spacetime”) is the stuff of abstract poetry. Fortunately, the Italian physicist
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The Seagull review – all-star cast brings out the comedy in Chekhov 24 Apr 2:00am The Seagull review – all-star cast brings out the comedy in Chekhov
Packed with names such as Annette Bening, Elisabeth Moss and Saoirse Ronan, this adaptation of the classic play is brisk and funny
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Growing up in the Wild Wild Country cult: ‘You heard people having sex all the time, like baboons’ 24 Apr 1:00am Growing up in the Wild Wild Country cult: ‘You heard people having sex all the time, like baboons’
In 1976, Noa Maxwell’s family joined Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s ‘free love’ commune, now the subject of a Netflix series. He talks about his ‘weirdo’ childhood, and his struggle to adjust to life outside
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Hanson: how we made MMMBop 24 Apr 1:00am Hanson: how we made MMMBop
‘Taylor’s voice was breaking as we were recording. We got a vocal coach in and tried to catch him on a good day. But in the end, we cheated and slowed the tape down’ We were home-schooled and spent a lot of time reading poetry and listening to rock’n’roll. Although our dad was an accountant, he’d studied ballet at college and had wanted to be a poet. Both our parents were really supportive. They tolerated the drum-set in the living room of our house in Oklahoma – despite people in church circles saying things like: “Why would you form a band? It’s awfully dangerous.”
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