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Creed II review – Rocky saga continues with knockout sequel 16 Nov 1:00pm Creed II review – Rocky saga continues with knockout sequel
Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone add emotional heft to the latest chapter in the long-running boxing franchise Before he delivered arguably Marvel’s most dazzling chapter to date, Ryan Coogler had managed something close to impossible in Hollywood: he had found a fresh way to reboot a dusty franchise. In a landscape of endless thirst and vacant remixing, he had somehow managed to concoct a nifty, imaginative way back into the Rocky saga with Creed, a film that felt old-fashioned yet fresh, intimate yet grand, a rousing return from the grave.
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David Hockney painting earns record $90.3m for living artist 16 Nov 11:42am David Hockney painting earns record $90.3m for living artist
Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) beats $58.4m record set by Jeff Koons
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The Crimes of Grindelwald: do JK Rowling fans really want to read a script? 16 Nov 10:54am The Crimes of Grindelwald: do JK Rowling fans really want to read a script?
With the Fantastic Beasts script having sold more than 420,000 copies, fans seem up for buying the Harry Potter author’s work in any format – but is it any good? It’s 11pm on a Thursday night and a gaggle of twentysomethings are crowding around a tub of Lego in London’s Waterstones Piccadilly, making wands. It’s an hour before the latest JK Rowling adventure,
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Butch Cassidy and Princess Bride scriptwriter William Goldman dies aged 87 16 Nov 10:40am Updated Butch Cassidy and Princess Bride scriptwriter William Goldman dies aged 87
Key member of 1970s New Hollywood generation won two Oscars for his screenplays The Oscar-winning screenwriter and novelist William Goldman, best known for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride, has died aged 87.
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DIY call centres and puppet shows help Athens Biennale fight the power 16 Nov 7:48am DIY call centres and puppet shows help Athens Biennale fight the power
With work that stars Kim Jong-un and jockstraps, artists give us a glimpse of a brighter future At a beautiful resort in Tahiti an incongruous mix of local islanders, smart-casual tech bros and financiers gather to hear plans for
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Home Front and Tommies: epic radio dramas of the first world war 16 Nov 7:34am Home Front and Tommies: epic radio dramas of the first world war
Unfolding in time with the events of the war, after four years, these two fantastic BBC series have concluded As the last bugles sounded to mark a century’s distance between us and the war to end all wars, a modern campaign of a different kind – planned with no little military precision – was brought to an end. For the past four years, the BBC has presented radio listeners with two outstanding drama serials timed to unfold in parallel with the events of the first world war. Home Front told the interwoven stories of families in England, while Tommies followed soldiers, both British and colonial, on fronts stretching from Europe’s trenches to the deserts of the Middle East. Home Front’s writers were charged with bringing to life the extraordinary social change wrought by the conflict. And they succeeded – over more than 600 13-minute episodes, across 15 series, the show tackled issues that ranged from volunteering and industry to nursing and faith. As the families’ stories progressed, real events – a factory explosion, the first aerial bombing raid, the Russian revolution – framed the action.
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The highbrow film critic who was also a fanboy: the genius of VF Perkins 16 Nov 6:30am The highbrow film critic who was also a fanboy: the genius of VF Perkins
He eschewed star ratings and saw things others didn’t. Stephen Merchant, Paul WS Anderson and J Blakeson recall being taught by the great film theorist In 2006, an elaborate work of graffiti appeared on a wall at the University of Warwick. It depicted the stencilled face of the department’s founder, the film theorist VF (Victor Francis) Perkins, beaming from within three frames of celluloid. Scrawled next to it was a line of punky text: “VF Perkins, head & shoulders above the rest”. Respect for him was not restricted to the Warwick campus. His criticism was admired by film-makers – when François Truffaut empties out a bag of film books in Day for Night, Perkins’s work is among them – and with good reason: he had been among the first to argue for cinema as an art form when the Observer’s
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And all that jazz... performers pick their highlights from the 2018 London jazz festival 16 Nov 6:00am And all that jazz... performers pick their highlights from the 2018 London jazz festival
Expect goosebumps, fireworks, inspiration and invention – five stars of the London jazz festival tell us the acts not to miss
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Tracks of the week reviewed: Cheryl, Girl Crush, These New Puritans 16 Nov 6:00am Tracks of the week reviewed: Cheryl, Girl Crush, These New Puritans
Just Cheryl’s back with a bolshy banger, Girl Crush shrug off being ghosted, while These New Puritans serve up a goth-rock stomper
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Mighty Sparrow: the king of calypso on freedom, Windrush and oral sex 16 Nov 5:30am Mighty Sparrow: the king of calypso on freedom, Windrush and oral sex
He inspired Bob Marley’s political awakening, survived a coma, and has sung about everything from sex workers to Khrushchev. And at 83, the calypso great still wants to turn the news into song
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Dreamers by Volker Weidermann review – Munich 1919, a moment of anarchy 16 Nov 4:00am Dreamers by Volker Weidermann review – Munich 1919, a moment of anarchy
A superb account of an episode when the writers took over and it seemed all could be different. Then people were rounded up and shot On 7 November 1918, a critic and journalist called Kurt Eisner, with long grey hair, a wild beard and pince-nez, led a victory parade through the streets of Munich, calling for revolution. Crowds flocked, among them the many disbanded soldiers returning from the war. Eisner dreamed of a free and independent Bavaria, run by councils of writers and workers in which artists would elevate and educate the masses and there would never again be war. He would be prime minister. It could not, indeed did not, last. But for three chaotic weeks, ungoverned Munich was in perpetual carnival mood, with women sitting outside on their porches in the sunshine and prophets, “hypnotists, and those who had been hypnotised” preaching anarchy and happiness. Thomas Mann’s son Klaus, 13 at the time, saw himself as “an animal feeling the approach of an earthquake”. In his extremely enjoyable
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Green Book: the true story behind the Oscar-buzzed road trip drama 16 Nov 3:00am Green Book: the true story behind the Oscar-buzzed road trip drama
In the crowd-pleasing new movie, an interracial friendship is born while navigating the deep south at a time of racial division, highlighting discrimination that still exists in much of the US In 19 out of 24 states
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Maggot-eating and weeping in hammocks: what to expect from 2018’s I’m a Celebrity 16 Nov 3:00am Maggot-eating and weeping in hammocks: what to expect from 2018’s I’m a Celebrity
From hunky mum favourites such as Nick Knowles to a barrage of tepid soap stars, here’s what might happen in the reality show camp Yes,
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Middle England by Jonathan Coe review – a bittersweet Brexit novel 16 Nov 2:30am Middle England by Jonathan Coe review – a bittersweet Brexit novel
Reactionaries and remoaners clash in a meditation on anger, loss and the passing of time featuring the characters from The Rotters’ Club At one point in
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Back from the red – return of the Russian baddie 16 Nov 2:00am Back from the red – return of the Russian baddie
With the son of Drago showing up in Creed II – and a real live Dr Evil in the Kremlin – the beasts from the east are having a menacing resurgence ‘I must break you.”
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Mumford & Sons on Jordan Peterson, the Grenfell tragedy – and being hated 16 Nov 1:00am Mumford & Sons on Jordan Peterson, the Grenfell tragedy – and being hated
They’re a band that the British public love to sneer at, but they say it has long stopped bothering them. And, anyway, they have bigger fish to fry
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