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Wild Honey Pie! review – flaky and undercooked 12 Jun 1:00pm Wild Honey Pie! review – flaky and undercooked
Jamie Adams’ rambling style hits an emphatic dead end with this aimless and implausible drama about a fraught marriage The loose and amiably meandering lo-fi style of writer-director Jamie Adams has borne creative fruit in the past, and I enjoyed his previous film
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Spice Girls to become superheroes in animated movie 12 Jun 10:21am Spice Girls to become superheroes in animated movie
All five original band members are set to lend their voices to a film that will feature original singles and new songs An animated Spice Girls movie is in the works at Paramount. The film will feature the voices of all five members of the original band and a plot in which the quintet become superheroes. It will be produced by 90s music mogul Simon Fuller, and written by Karen McCullah and Kiwi Smith, whose credits include The House Bunny and Legally Blonde. A director is not yet attached.
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A caring, sharing Top Gear? It actually just might work 12 Jun 10:16am A caring, sharing Top Gear? It actually just might work
Hosts Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris have toned down the ‘bantz’ in favour of hugs and heartfelt moments. Early signs suggest it might be an improvement The new series of
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Men in Black: International review – a galactically gormless fall to earth 12 Jun 9:00am Men in Black: International review – a galactically gormless fall to earth
The earnest introduction of gender and migrant issues can’t save this space-invaders caper from CGI-dependant mediocrity It’s time once again for what must now be called the Meh in Black, making another intensely tiresome and pointless reappearance, now with
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On the Red Hill by Michael Parker review – Reg and George, together 60 years 12 Jun 7:00am On the Red Hill by Michael Parker review – Reg and George, together 60 years
A moving, multilayered memoir – both exemplary gay social history and an account of the author’s quest for belonging Michael Parker’s extraordinary, ambitious, many layered memoir opens with a remarkable scene from 2006, a double civil partnership ceremony in the town of Machynlleth in rural Wales, only two years after such things became possible. The two couples are a fortysomething Parker and his somewhat younger lover Peredur, and Reg and George, respectively 79 and 89 years old. “Their 62 years together encompassed the full gamut of society’s attitudes,” Parker writes. “For the first 18 years of their relationship, its very existence was illegal. Yet they were together long enough to go from being outlawed by the state to being married by one of its officials.” The younger couple had become close friends with the older, but they were astounded to discover, when Reg and George died, that they had been bequeathed their grand house, Rhiw Goch, and all its contents, including their diaries, letters and photographs (many of them, says Parker, full of a “shy, sly, homoeroticism”). Consciously modelled on EM Forster’s
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Spielberg After Dark: will a horror show that can only be watched at night be scarier? 12 Jun 6:59am Spielberg After Dark: will a horror show that can only be watched at night be scarier?
Episodes of the mobile-only series are unlocked when the sun sets. But is TV that can only be watched at a certain time really groundbreaking?
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Bob Harris to pause BBC Radio 2 show to recover from heart scare 12 Jun 6:43am Bob Harris to pause BBC Radio 2 show to recover from heart scare
Country music DJ sustains torn aorta while out walking but tells listeners he is ‘on the road to recovery’
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Top 10 houseguests in fiction | Jessica Francis Kane 12 Jun 5:48am Top 10 houseguests in fiction | Jessica Francis Kane
Visits are great engines for storytelling – and from Jane Austen to Ali Smith, here are some of the best Two of the most vivid images I carry with me from my childhood reading concern the arrival of a guest. The first is from
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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak review – an extraordinary tale 12 Jun 5:00am 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak review – an extraordinary tale
The latest novel by an author under attack from the Turkish government is an unflinching look at sexual violenceIt’s a source of great irony and outrage that the Turkish authorities have decided to investigate
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Radiohead: MiniDiscs (Hacked) review – the blueprint for the best album of the 90s 12 Jun 4:19am Radiohead: MiniDiscs (Hacked) review – the blueprint for the best album of the 90s
This horde of material from the OK Computer era is an endlessly interesting chronicle of a band reinventing the mainstream by rejecting it ‘Not v interesting” is Thom Yorke’s
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This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik review – a modern comedy of manners 12 Jun 3:59am This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik review – a modern comedy of manners
What happens when a Muslim man is tasked with establishing a mosque in his sleepy English village?Ayisha Malik’s hapless, hijab-wearing girl-about-town Sofia Khan was one of the most engaging, cliche-busting comic creations of recent years. As the protagonist of two books inspired by Malik’s adventures on the British Muslim singles scene,
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The Black Godfather: the untold story of the man holding up Hollywood 12 Jun 3:00am The Black Godfather: the untold story of the man holding up Hollywood
In a new Netflix documentary, the incredible tale of music executive Clarence Avant is told by people he worked with, from Barack Obama to Snoop Dogg Surrounded by dark wood, seated in a cushy chair, his fingers steepled and his gray hair brushed back, sits a sagacious Clarence Avant. His demeanor is calm but slightly serious, as he relays the star-studded stories that have turned him into a major Hollywood figure. He unequivocally states: “Life is about one thing: numbers. Nothing else.” Avant’s quiet but meteoric impact on culture is the subject of the new Netflix documentary The Black Godfather, which traces his influence through the various stars, from Barack Obama to Snoop Dogg, that have been impressed by Avant’s business smarts. The film, which grapples with the idea of legacy and influence, brings into focus a stellar figure too long in the shadows.
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The Apology by Eve Ensler review – my father, who abused me 12 Jun 2:30am The Apology by Eve Ensler review – my father, who abused me
The Vagina Monologues writer revisits her childhood in a powerful imagined letter from her father – the words of repentance he never uttered
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Vapes, snakes and fireworks: hanging out at the Cracker – in pictures 12 Jun 2:00am Vapes, snakes and fireworks: hanging out at the Cracker – in pictures
The Cracker is scrubland in Tipton, West Midlands, that has become a sort of youth club without walls – or rules.
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Walt Whitman: celebrating an extraordinary life in his bicentennial 12 Jun 1:00am Walt Whitman: celebrating an extraordinary life in his bicentennial
The poet’s life and works are being explored in three exhibitions in New York, the city that saw him create some of his most profound poems In July 1855, a pair of Scottish immigrant brothers, Andrew and Thomas Rome, published
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Ken Jeong: insecure men find my nude scenes reassuring 12 Jun 1:00am Ken Jeong: insecure men find my nude scenes reassuring
After the smart-aleck sitcom Community and the outrageous Hangover movies, the rude and raging comedian is returning to standup Rage, mania and disinhibition are the common factors in
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