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2019-08-18, 19:17

The Poem on the Statue of Liberty Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, thinks the poem on the Statue of Liberty could use a rewrite. Yes, re...
2019-08-18, 16:16

Passionate, tender, heartbreaking … letters reveal Leonard Bernstein’s 10-year secret affair The West Side Story composer met and fell in love with a young Japanese fan on tour and their romance lasted until his deathOne was among the most br...
2019-08-17, 16:32

Friendly Fires: Inflorescent review – deliciously cheesy 80s disco vibes (Casablanca Records/Polydor)Harking back to the era of funkily optimistic pop may not speak to our times, but FF’s first album in eight years is trul...
2019-08-17, 12:32

Singer in the 1975 Matt Healy defies UAE's anti-gay law by kissing man at concert Matt Healy tells gay fans God loves them, in country where gay sex is illegalThe singer of the band the 1975 defied Dubai’s anti-LGBT laws during a c...
2019-08-17, 12:32

'In many ways, it was a miracle': looking back at Woodstock at 50 The influential, star-packed 1969 festival is remembered by those who organised, photographed and performed “Woodstock was a just few hours in my 60-...
2019-08-17, 12:32

Art Spiegelman: golden age superheroes were shaped by the rise of fascism Created in New York by Jewish immigrants, the first comic book superheroes were mythic saviours who could combat the Nazi threat. They speak to the d...
2019-08-17, 12:32

Darkly funny, desperate and full of rage: what makes a millennial novel? Crushingly self-aware protagonists, the search for a place to call home, a longing for stability ... is the millennial generation too fragmented to b...
2019-08-17, 12:32

Apple Puts the AR in 'Art' (and in 'Transparent Sky-Being') The company’s newly launched augmented-reality walks may only be available in five cities, but [AR]T Walk creates wildly ambitious deployments of pub...
2019-08-16, 21:00

Living off-grid for 77 years – in pictures A wind-up radio, a smattering of colour photos and a stack of glossy books: these are the only signs that Margaret Gallagher lives in the modern worl...
2019-08-16, 14:00

Sleater-Kinney: The Centre Won't Hold review | Ben Beaumont-Thomas's album of the week (Mom + Pop)Drummer Janet Weiss has left the band since recording this St Vincent-produced album – but their songwriting suggests they can weather any...
2019-08-16, 14:00

Metal Wolf Chaos XD review – unreconstructed mad mech trash PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One; FromSoftware/Devolver DigitalIn this slightly upgraded 2004 game, you rampage as a robot President – discharging your ba...
2019-08-16, 14:00

American Factory review – a sobering documentary by the Obamas This first film in their post-White House careers is an absorbing study of the culture clash in a Chinese-run Ohio car plant‘There is no magic wand t...
2019-08-16, 14:00

Three days of peace: Woodstock at 50 – in pictures Woodstock’s co-founder Michael Lang talks through his memories of the three-day festival to celebrate a new book looking back on the 1969 event Conti...
2019-08-16, 14:00

All bands on deck: aboard the Belle and Sebastian Med and music cruise Tempted by dolphins, flamingos, golden twilights and great bands, 2,000 fans signed up for the Boaty Weekender, some even coming from New Zealand. We...
2019-08-16, 14:00

Phoebe Waller-Bridge says she is writing new feature film and plans to direct it Fleabag and Killing Eve creator says she ‘blatantly will end up’ acting in her film Phoebe Waller-Bridge is working on a new feature film that she in...
2019-08-16, 14:00

What is happening in Kashmir? The best books to help understand With Kashmir under lockdown, Preti Taneja chooses books that explore the history of the most militarised region in the worldSeventy years after parti...
2019-08-16, 14:00

Comment: The accusations go back years – so why has the opera world rallied round Plácido Domingo? Opera houses might have turned a blind eye to sexually predatory behaviour in the past, but no-one should be above the lawNearly 30 years ago, a famo...
2019-08-16, 14:00

White professor investigated for quoting James Baldwin's use of N-word Laurie Sheck, who teaches at the New School, says inquiry followed a complaint that she had discussed Baldwin’s use of the slurThe Pulitzer-nominated...
2019-08-16, 14:00

The Family: inside the sinister sect that has infected western democracy A disturbing new Netflix documentary shows how a rightwing Christian organisation has for decades secretly swayed US politics ... all the way to the ...
2019-08-16, 14:00

What happens when a festival gets cancelled? Several events have had to be pulled this summer, causing disappointment all round. But disgruntled punters wanting their money back are far from the...
2019-08-16, 14:00

'We still need to be seen': behind the rise of black punk culture Amid increased backlash to the business of Afropunk, a host of collectives, festivals and artists of color have continued the punk resistance elsewhe...
2019-08-16, 14:00

'I thought we were the unlucky ones': the experimental treatment that inspired a murder mystery Angie Kim’s debut Miracle Creek is a dissection of US healthcare and immigration, wrapped in a courtroom thriller. She talks about her son’s medical ...
2019-08-16, 14:00

Trevor Noah: 'I think Donald Trump is trying to deport Melania' The Daily Show host re-examines Trump’s immigration policy crackdowns and concludes: they all target his wifeFollowing another immigration crackdown ...
2019-08-16, 14:00

Where'd You Go, Bernadette review – Cate Blanchett is lost in drab drama The Oscar winner stumbles in Richard Linklater’s much-delayed adaptation of Maria Semple’s bestseller about a woman in need of an escapeWhere’d the b...
2019-08-15, 03:32

WIRED Takes a Good Hard Look at Dick Pics The dick pic—so commonplace, so controversial—has undeniable cultural importance, but media coverage of it tends to strike a single chord: “Ew, bad.”...
2019-08-14, 16:00

Good Boys review – gleefully bad-taste tween comedy When a gang of goofy boys are invited to a spin-the-bottle party, their research into the mysteries of kissing goes horribly wrongSome massive laughs...
2019-08-14, 15:32

Walter Chandoha's purrfect cats – in pictures In 1949, Walter Chandoha adopted a stray kitten in New York. When he began taking pictures of his new pet, Loco, he was so inspired by the results th...
2019-08-14, 11:00

Trevor Noah: Jeffrey Epstein's plea deal 'was the conspiracy' Late-night hosts consider the conspiracy-laden fallout – including the president’s – from Epstein’s apparent suicide in jailNews broke on Saturday mo...
2019-08-14, 11:00

47 Meters Down: Uncaged review – shark horror sequel has teeth A follow-up to 2017’s surprise hit removes the cage and finds surprising suspense as four teens try to survive an underwater onslaughtClosing out the...
2019-08-14, 11:00

Ruby slippers and Retrotopia: LensCulture winners – in pictures The LensCulture art photography awards recognise visionary photographers who are pushing the boundaries of the medium through experimentation. Here’s...
2019-08-13, 08:32

Succession season 2 review – chilling, despicable and horribly addictive The hit black comedy about a monstrous media dynasty is back – and it’s as ruthless and flawless as everIn an era when every decision of vital import...
2019-08-13, 08:32

One Child Nation: looking back at China's horrifying policy Director Nanfu Wang discusses her shocking, award-winning new documentary and the dangers she faced while making itAuthoritarian states have a quiet,...
2019-08-13, 08:32

Why Universal shouldn't have cancelled The Hunt Kowtowing to Donald Trump’s political machinations by censoring artists is not the way to go and commentators should condemn itIn a sign that US cine...
2019-08-12, 23:00

Is There Still Sex in the City? by Candace Bushnell review – fancy-free and 60 The Sex and the City author’s reflections on midlife dating and female friendships are surprisingly revealingAs Carrie Bradshaw might ask: “Is it pos...
2019-08-12, 18:00

Jia Tolentino: ‘I like to write about instincts that are in some way good and in some way dangerous' Hailed as the Joan Didion of our times – informed, funny and fearless – the New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino is making sense of the world one essay at a ti...
2019-08-12, 18:00

Toni Morrison’s gift was to make black people feel seen | Irenosen Okojie In her inspirational writing, she gave voice to reality of the African American experienceIt is impossible to fully encapsulate the magnitude and inf...
2019-08-12, 18:00

Magic, meth and mayhem: behind the year's most mind-bending documentary In The Amazing Johnathan Documentary, a magician’s tricks start to confuse the line between fiction and realityThere’s a moment, about six minutes in...
2019-08-12, 18:00

The Crown: first glimpse of Olivia Colman’s Queen as hit drama returns Netflix have released a first look at the Oscar winner as she prepares to enter the palace – and set a date for the third seasonThe first look at the...
2019-08-12, 18:00

John Oliver on Trump's 'pathological lack of empathy' after mass shootings The Last Week Tonight host has criticised the president for his response to recent mass shootings John Oliver has criticised Donald Trump’s behaviour...
2019-08-12, 18:00

'A brutal dinner': celebrities talk about meeting Donald Trump Woody Harrelson is the latest person to share his embarrassing story of meeting the reality TV star before he became presidentIf you think it’s bad e...
2019-08-12, 18:00

Small is beautiful in Tokyo's Golden Gai – in pictures Nearly 300 bars and restaurants are squeezed into an area about the size of half a football pitch in the Golden Gai area of Tokyo. Everything is smal...
2019-08-12, 16:00

Does Seth Rogen's Good Boys take kids’ comedy too far? The new film’s adult subject matter reflects a confusion about what tween movies should be aboutGood Boys’ trailer begins with producer Seth Rogen ex...
2019-08-12, 16:00

Peaches on her post-human sex toy art show: 'It's disturbing – but a lot of fun' The pop provocateur has created an artwork in which an army of ‘fleshies’, or masturbation devices, seek sexual liberation. She talks us through its ...
2019-08-12, 16:00

Joseph Fiennes: ‘I’ve done my bit for society – I’ve illustrated the patheticness of misogyny’ The star of The Handmaid’s Tale says he doesn’t like to equate Donald Trump’s politics with the show. But, he adds, sometimes you just have to point ...
2019-08-12, 16:00

Succession recap: season two, episode one – TV's most vicious family are back! Schemes are afoot and the profane putdowns are flowing as Jesse Armstrong’s dynasty drama returns. But who is in pole position to take the crown?Spoi...
2019-08-12, 16:00

'The show needed to come back': how Drake rescued the druglords of Top Boy It was ‘Britain’s answer to The Wire’. But the gang drama was dead – until the rapper stepped in and pitched it to Netflix. Its stars and writer talk...
2019-08-12, 16:00

Rose McGowan to make directorial debut with dog animation Actor and #MeToo activist says her cartoon Pomerania will focus on race, breed and classismThe actor Rose McGowan is to make her directorial debut wi...
2019-08-12, 16:00

Sarah Silverman: I was fired from film after blackface photo resurfaced The comedian says she was let go from a movie project after producers became aware of a 2007 comedy sketch in which she wore blackfaceSarah Silverman...
2019-08-12, 16:00

Space hoppers and superstars: Edinburgh festival 2019 – in pictures Our photographer Murdo Macleod has been seeking out the wildest, weirdest and best shows during the second week of the Edinburgh fringe festival Con...
2019-08-11, 21:32

Nobber by Oisín Fagan review – a bloody and brilliant first novel Ireland in the 14th century, where greed, madness and the Black Death come together for a darkly comic debutOisín Fagan’s first novel is a dark and b...
2019-08-09, 16:00

Slipknot: We Are Not Your Kind review – Iowan behemoths' most brutal, gentle album (Roadrunner)Mixing their trademark raging riffola and tribal drumming with everything from krautrock to acoustic elements, Slipknot push their own li...
2019-08-09, 16:00

Why are there so many new books about time-travelling lesbians? At a time when historical amnesia is making itself widely felt, these stories show how readily the past can be rewrittenTime-travel stories sit at a ...
2019-08-09, 16:00

Ai Weiwei has ‘no trust’ UK can intervene in Hong Kong crisis Artist fears Britain will take no responsibility and is seen by China as ‘nothing’ Ai Weiwei, the Chinese dissident artist and activist, has said he ...
2019-08-09, 16:00

Farewell, telepathic octopus! Netflix has killed off The OA, and it’s a travesty Brit Marling’s drama was one of the most thrillingly strange shows on TV. Now it has been cancelled without getting the chance to finish its ambitiou...
2019-08-09, 16:00

Sexpionage! Why filmmakers can't resist a honeytrap From the Bond girls to Red Sparrow, seductive spies have been a movie staple – but the greatest Mata Hari was a Hitchcock heroineReports of the death...
2019-08-09, 16:00

How Friends taught the world to speak English – from Jürgen Klopp to Korean pop megastars The Liverpool manager has revealed how the sitcom has helped him get to grips with the language – and he’s far from aloneThey were there for him. Jür...
2019-08-09, 16:00

Jeremy Renner, Johnny Depp, Bradley Walsh: which is the best actor-turned-singer? Renner joins a long line of thesps trying to make a move to the world of musicModern Toss on actors deciding to become musiciansJeremy Renner has rea...
2019-08-09, 16:00

Phoebe Robinson: ‘I dreamed Oprah got Ricky Martin to come to my high school' The standup, podcaster, writer and actor on the things that make her laugh the most More often than not, I’m rewatching Wanda Sykes’s I’ma Be Me. To ...
2019-08-09, 16:00

GLOW season three review – gleeful, outrageous and dialling up the camp There’s more off-mat drama and Geena Davis as an ex-showgirl to prove that the ladies of wrestling still light up a room – and our heartsLas Vegas, 2...
2019-08-09, 11:00

The Abyss at 30: why James Cameron's sci-fi epic is really about love The director’s underwater folly might have flopped on release in 1989 but in the years since, various new cuts have granted it many more livesJames C...
2019-08-09, 11:00

The Art of Racing in the Rain review – Kevin Costner as a lovable pup Costner voices the inner monologue of a golden retriever in this three-hankie weeper with Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried There comes a time in ...
2019-08-09, 01:32

Life for Sale by Yukio Mishima review – a Japanese pulp classic An engaging all-action satire on 1960s Tokyo consumerism receives its first English translation“Human life is quite meaningless, and people are just ...
2019-08-09, 01:32

Jack Grey? … Jack White and Jack Black collaborate on new song The long hoped-for partnership was announced by Black at a concert with his band Tenacious DA uniquely satisfying collaboration is on the cards: acto...
2019-08-09, 01:32

Lot by Bryan Washington review – tough but tender stories A bruising, enthralling debut collection of interlinked tales portrays precarious lives in HoustonBryan Washington focuses on his native Houston for ...
2019-08-07, 23:32

Conductor James Levine settles lawsuit over sexual misconduct allegations The former musical director of New York’s Metropolitan Opera had sued the company for defamation and breach of contractThe New York Metropolitan Oper...
2019-08-07, 23:32

How we can learn to stop worrying and love language – books podcast On this week’s podcast, we’re exploring the ways language and punctuation are evolving. Guardian journalist David Shariatmadari comes in to talk abou...
2019-08-07, 23:32

I was attacked for calling for characters of colour in Chernobyl. But history proves me right When I wrote about the drama’s lack of diversity, the response was a volley of racist abuse. Then came the discovery of a real-life black rescue work...
2019-08-07, 23:32

'It felt like a wonderful dream' – DA Pennebaker on making Monterey Pop In a final, previously unpublished Guardian interview, the late great documentarian looks back at his groundbreaking film with Lou Adler, the legenda...
2019-08-07, 23:32

The Kitchen review – star cast can't save undercooked DC Comics disaster Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss struggle to rise above a cartoonish and shoddily constructed crime drama The Kitchen, a late sum...
2019-08-07, 23:32

'I should have died in 1992': Craig Ferguson's comedy comeback He quit booze and Scotland – and became a chat show sensation in the US. As he returns to standup on his home turf, we rescue him from selfie-takers ...
2019-08-07, 12:00

Summer and smoke: rock'n'roll in the warmer months – in pictures Musicians from Debbie Harry to Joey Ramone have been captured and collated enjoying the summer in a new exhibition at 72 Gallery in New York showing ...
2019-08-07, 12:00

Orange Is the New Black final series review – back to its very best Gut-wrenching but gripping and full of heart, the groundbreaking prison drama bows out by bringing back all the fan favourites – even the chickensThe...
2019-08-07, 05:00

'Hobbs & Shaw' Ruled the Box Office Last Weekend The Rock's muscles brought in more than $60 million domestically. Plus: *Spider-Verse* duo signs with Universal, *Batwoman* is the future, and *Dune*...
2019-08-06, 10:32

The Sixth Sense at 20: the smash hit that remains impossible to define M Night Shyamalan’s somber breakout brought him critical and commercial acclaim and gave us one of cinema’s most talked about twistsFor major studios...
2019-08-06, 09:48

Transamerica/n: celebrating the underrepresented history of trans art In a unique new exhibition, works from artists such as Andy Warhol and Nan Goldin, highlight the progression of transgender models and subjectsIf you...
2019-08-06, 09:48

R Kelly charged with prostitution and solicitation involving girl under 18 Kelly gets two felony charges for 2001 incident, in which R&B singer allegedly offered girl $200 to take off her clothes and danceMinnesota authoriti...
2019-08-05, 23:32

Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New India by KS Komireddi – review A blistering polemic exposes the country’s malaise under Narendra ModiAlmost a decade ago, I travelled to a small town in Gujarat, a state in the wes...
2019-08-05, 17:48

Nafissa Thompson-Spires: ‘I wanted to see more stories about nerdy black people’ The African American author on how a 19th-century abolitionist helped her portray life under Trump, living with pain and tackling taboosNafissa Thomp...
2019-08-05, 17:48

Yara Shahidi: ‘I’ll put my career on the line to talk politics’ The actor, model and activist is no ordinary 19-year-old. She’s filmed with Eddie Murphy and Angelina Jolie, she’s friends with Michelle Obama – and ...
2019-08-05, 17:48

From Skins to The Joys of Teen Sex: the most extreme teenage series ever House-party hedonism, adolescent vernacular and puberty-based animation – television has a rich history of YA controversy• Euphoria: the making of a ...
2019-08-05, 17:48

Feminist warriors: why wrestling for women is taking hold A famously sexist, ultra-masculine discipline is attracting participants nationwideThe thrill of being thrown around a dusty wrestling ring, flipped ...
2019-08-05, 17:48

Noel Gallagher: ‘I liked my mum until she gave birth to Liam’ Jeremy Corbyn, the climate crisis, nuclear war and feminism: the former Oasis songwriter has opinions to burn. But it’s all a bit of a laugh until it...
2019-08-05, 17:48

DA Pennebaker: restless, brilliant film-maker plugged into the 1960s zeitgeist Pennebaker, who has died aged 94, epitomised the counterculture with his interest in the legends of music as well as the backstage drama of politicsT...
2019-08-05, 17:48

Ask the StoryBots: a kids' TV show so good you will weep with gratitude In a sea of awful corporate children’s telly, this delightful Netflix series – featuring Jay Leno and velociraptor Beastie Boys – should make parents...
2019-08-05, 17:48

Fastest & Furiousest: how Hobbs & Shaw expands the $5bn franchise The action-packed spin-off shows how Hollywood’s most audacious franchise has more than enough gas leftIn the comedown off the adrenaline high result...
2019-08-05, 17:48

John Oliver on Trump's rhetoric: 'Something we cannot afford to get numb to' The Last Week Tonight host connected the twin mass shootings to ‘white national and anti-immigrant hysteria’ fostered by TrumpAfter a weekend in whic...
2019-08-05, 17:48

Going for gold: vintage sporting and summer posters Some of the world’s finest artists turned their hand to sports posters in the 20th century. Some of the best are up for auction next week, along with...
2019-08-04, 14:32

The big picture: the highs of Woodstock Elliott Landy’s photograph of fans scaling the sound towers at the legendary music festival captures the freedom of the 60sThroughout the Woodstock m...
2019-08-04, 14:32

‘A window to the past’: how old photos brought my parents' empty house back to life For Aram Balakjian, clearing the family home after his father’s death led to a ghostly photographic projectAfter his father died, Aram Balakjian bega...
2019-08-03, 00:32

Tyler Childers: 'In country music, nobody is thinking about how to move people' With John Prine and Willie Nelson among his fans and awards to his name, the Kentucky songwriter is a rising star of country – but he’s dismayed by i...
2019-08-03, 00:32

The Weil Conjectures by Karen Olsson review – maths and mysticism A vivid account of the relationship between Simone and André Weil takes in political action, unworldliness and the history of mathsOn 1 September 193...
2019-08-03, 00:32

The Angry Birds Movie 2 review – another fun-filled flutter Sworn animal enemies must team up as the smartphone game adaptation catapults towards another minor triumphSony Animation’s The Angry Birds Movie sur...
2019-08-03, 00:32

Fragile masculinity: why no one in the Fast and Furious films can lose a fight Details have emerged of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s contractual demands, which oblige their characters to throw equal numbers of punches. Wher...
2019-08-03, 00:32

Welcome to the raptor pit! The truth about comedy writers' rooms Grubby banter, sexless flirting and the smell of pizza and ambition ... writer Sarah Morgan reveals the funny business that goes on behind the scenes...
2019-08-03, 00:32

Ninja Is Leaving Twitch. What's Next? The pro gamer is going to Mixer. Also, the tenth season of 'Fortnite' will have giant robots and a classic open-world game finally gets an English ve...
2019-08-02, 16:48

Animals review – Holliday Grainger paints poignant portrait of singledom A handsome newcomer triggers fallout and existential crisis in this wisecracking adaptation of Emma Jane Unsworth’s novelEmma Jane Unsworth has adapt...
2019-08-01, 16:48

How White Nationalists Have Co-Opted Fan Fiction Opinion: In fan fiction, enthusiasts create whole new worlds from elements of cherished pieces of fiction or history. Racists have perverted the form...
2019-08-01, 14:32

Motheaten! Trump, Kim and Putin face an army of starving pests The ‘three biggest egos on the planet’ are being devoured by clothes moth larvae in a provocative – and controversial – new artwork by Sarah VaciIn t...
2019-07-31, 23:00

South of the river: London before gentrification – in pictures From denture repair shops to raunchy laundrettes, Niall McDiarmid’s portraits of the overlooked parts of deepest south London are a wonderful throwba...
2019-07-31, 23:00

Janet Jackson's classic albums reissued review | Alexis Petridis's album of the month From 1986 to 1997, the youngest Jackson eclipsed her brother with albums produced by Jam and Lewis that still sound empowered, sexy and whip-smartLif...
2019-07-31, 23:00

Wolfenstein Youngblood review: two women blast racists into goo PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch; MachineGames/BethesdaThe Nazi-splattering franchise returns, with thoughtful level design compensating ...
2019-07-31, 23:00

Moulin Rouge review – high-kicking Broadway remix is hard to resist Al Hirschfeld Theater, New YorkA glitzy, silly stage version of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 pop musical doesn’t have much of a plot but it glides thanks to i...
2019-07-31, 23:00

The Boys review – sick of superheroes? Here's the remedy Bored to death of billowing capes? This black comedy about an anti-superhero unit is a rocket full of Kryptonite – and a welcome respite from Marvel ...
2019-07-31, 23:00

Lucinda Williams review – battle-scarred alt.country star burns bright Barbican, LondonThe singer brings poignancy and raw feeling to this revealing celebration of her defining album Car Wheels on a Gravel RoadSinger-son...
2019-07-31, 23:00

Gemma Chan: ‘Nothing will top the night I pole-danced with Celine Dion on a bus’ Starring in Crazy Rich Asians and Captain Marvel turned Gemma Chan into a household name. But it was not always so easy. She talks about giving up la...
2019-07-31, 23:00

'Kathy Acker was incredibly warm – but her writing was so aggressive' As she prepares to direct an unstaged script by the late pirate queen of counterculture, theatre-maker Kate Valk recalls how they met – and how she d...
2019-07-31, 23:00

On my radar: Elaine Welteroth’s cultural highlights The former Teen Vogue editor on Ava DuVernay’s latest TV series, why she models herself on Blanche from The Golden Girls, and what she listens to in ...
2019-07-31, 23:00

Ken Burns on America: 'We're a strange and complicated people' Through war, baseball and music, Burns’ monumental TV documentaries have told the story of the USA – a mission he says is even more urgent in the age...
2019-07-31, 23:00

How we made I Think We're Alone Now: Tommy James and Tiffany on their shared hit ‘Having a No 1 at 15 was a wild ride. I didn’t realise it was about the prohibition of teenage sex – but we got away with it’When I was a kid I used ...
2019-07-31, 23:00

Can comedy survive in an age of outrage? Comedy is under scrutiny as never before. So when is a joke not a joke? Context, intent and expectations are all key, say leading exponents of the ar...
2019-07-31, 23:00

When will the white rockumentary conveyor belt end? Blinded By the Light and Yesterday are essentially uncritical, feature-length promos for heritage bands, and there’s more to comeIf you only have a p...
2019-07-31, 23:00

Disney breaks own record for global box office returns in a year The Lion King helps Disney amass $7.67bn to date in 2019, passing the previous best mark of $7.61bn in 2016Disney has broken its own record of worldw...
2019-07-31, 23:00

As they re-enter the mainstream, can Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart keep their cool? For years, K-Patz have avoided the obvious. They’re back with Batman and Charlies Angels, threatening their hard-won credibilityModern Toss on child ...
2019-07-31, 23:00

Rupert Everett: 'I'd have done anything to be a Hollywood star' He lit up the screen in the 80s – but things did not go as planned. As he takes on Chekhov, Everett speaks about stardom, midlife crises and penis pa...
2019-07-31, 23:00

Hip-hop and funk producer Ras G dies aged 39 Afrofuturist producer was an influential figure on LA alternative hip-hop scene and co-founded the Brainfeeder collectiveHip-hop and funk producer Ra...
2019-07-31, 23:00

Lil Nas X's Old Town Road sets new record for most weeks at No 1 in the US Rapper’s breakthrough hit smashes Billboard record set by Mariah Carey’s One Sweet Day’ more than 20 years agoLil Nas X has broken Mariah Carey’s 23-...
2019-07-31, 23:00

Bruce Lee's daughter hits out at father's portrayal in Tarantino film Shannon Lee says that actor depicting Lee was ‘directed to be a caricature’ in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in HollywoodWarning: This article...
2019-07-31, 23:00

A$AP Rocky pleads not guilty to assault at start of trial in Stockholm US rapper and two members of entourage accused of attack in Swedish capital on 30 JuneA$AP Rocky has pleaded not guilty to assault at the start of hi...
2019-07-31, 23:00

14 Best Online Co-Op Games (2019): PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch Our favorite cooperative multiplayer games that let you play together online no matter what system you own—PS4, Xbox One, PC, or the Nintendo Switch....
2019-07-31, 19:16

Delirious Cities: capturing metropolitan life in the 21st century – in pictures In the sixth annual Delirious Cities exhibition, 23 artists from 14 countries have tried to showcase how the city can be an ever-changing landscape. ...
2019-07-25, 09:32

Remembering Rutger Hauer, Black-Armored Knight of the Genre His monologue in Blade Runner turned Hauer—who died this week at the age of 75—into a go-to actor for lending gravitas to genre for the next four dec...
2019-07-25, 05:01

‘It was too much loss. I fell apart’: Samantha Mathis on River Phoenix and her career revival The actor kept quiet for years about witnessing her then-boyfriend dying outside the Viper Room in 1993. But rediscovering her love for stage acting ...
2019-07-24, 17:01

Human Discoveries: did Zac Efron just make the next Simpsons? Starring Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Lisa Kudrow as a murderous elk, this funny prehistoric animation is stuffed with sex and fire-starting. We migh...
2019-07-24, 17:01

Nepotism in the movies: it's time to call out the acting school of mum and dad If you’ve got famous parents, your chances in the film industry appear to improve exponentially. If we’re serious about equality, this has to change ...
2019-07-24, 17:01

Colbert on Boris Johnson: 'Former foreign secretary and shaved muppet' Late-night hosts discussed the new UK prime minister and drew comparisons to Donald TrumpLate-night hosts covered Boris Johnson rising to the positio...
2019-07-24, 17:01

What the nanny saw: Vivian Maier's street photography – in pictures Maier spent her working life caring for the children of families in New York and Chicago. What none of them knew is that she also took thousands of p...
2019-07-24, 10:16

Share review – sobering, sensitive drama focuses on high-school rape In Pippa Bianco’s impressive feature-length debut, a high schooler’s life crashes around her after a devastating video goes viralThe innocuous bing o...
2019-07-24, 08:16

Is See You Soon the most hilariously awful film of the year? A troubled footballer falls for a Russian single mother in a romantic drama so catastrophically incompetent that it’s destined for cult statusIt’s ge...
2019-07-24, 08:16

Kirill Serebrennikov, director detained in Moscow: 'Complexity is resistance' Once the toast of Russia’s avant garde, Serebennikov now faces a 10-year jail sentence. As his powerful, sexually charged play Outside is staged in A...
2019-07-23, 13:48

Hip-hop horseman: Fab 5 Freddy gallops through Renaissance art The rapper and graffiti art legend is taking a ride through Florence and its masterpieces. He talks about their enlightened depictions of black peopl...
2019-07-23, 13:48

'He humps all the other dogs … I’m his humping accomplice': comedians on their pets As the Edinburgh festival approaches, Ed Byrne, Susan Calman, Stevie Martin and others on why their pets are friends, companions and a source of insp...
2019-07-23, 13:48

Ocean Vuong and the new Great American Novel - books podcast This week, the Vietnamese-born poet Ocean Vuong joins Sian to discuss his prose debut, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. Taking the form of a letter w...
2019-07-23, 13:48

ZVUK: the Kazakhstan club night that dances for truth In conservative, authoritarian Almaty, a small techno event aims to create a safe space for activists and the LGBT communityIt is a rainy spring nigh...
2019-07-23, 13:48

The Great Hack review – searing exposé of the Cambridge Analytica scandal This chilling documentary lays bare the cynicism and chaos surrounding the data research company that harvested information from millions of Facebook...
2019-07-23, 13:48

Art Neville, New Orleans funk star, dies aged 81 Keyboardist and singer behind the Meters and the Neville Brothers hailed as an icon by Louisiana governor John EdwardsArt Neville, one of the most ce...
2019-07-23, 13:48

How we made Moon – by Sam Rockwell and Duncan Jones We were concerned the audience wouldn’t know which clone was which. We talked about using a wig, but I stole Ratso Rizzo’s cough for the sick cloneI ...
2019-07-23, 08:16

Drop Dead Gorgeous at 20: how dark pageant comedy works better in 2019 The pitch-black small-town mockumentary was a flop on release and left critics cold but 20 years later its vicious indecency remains daring Drop Dead...
2019-07-23, 08:16

Leonardo DiCaprio flooded with requests to save Siberian lake Russian environmentalists inundate actor’s Instagram with messages urging him to support campaign to ‘Save our Baikal!’As one of Hollywood’s best kno...
2019-07-22, 19:32

Thor! Blade! Picard! The 10 biggest surprises from Comic-Con 2019 San Diego’s annual pop culture gathering saw a big reveal of trailers, stars and release dates, including some major Marvel newsThe inscription on Mj...
2019-07-22, 18:16

Did Jane Austen write the first seaside novel? The author visited the new resorts of Lyme Regis and Sidmouth, and is rumoured to have had a holiday romance. Did she also create a new genre with Sa...
2019-07-22, 17:16

Lights, camera, caption! Why subtitles are no longer just for the hard of hearing An enormous number of people with unimpaired hearing are choosing to watch with words. Why? And is it time captions became the norm?‘Subtitles aren’t...
2019-07-22, 17:16

Avengers: Endgame tops Avatar to be highest grossing film Marvel Studios sequel has earned $3bn since its release in April, breaking 10-year recordAvengers: Endgame has surpassed Avatar to become the highest...
2019-07-22, 17:16

How did stunt men take over the film industry? With action in high demand, David Leitch, director of Hobbs & Shaw, and Chad Stahelski are dominating cinemaTo state the obvious: one essential ingre...
2019-07-22, 17:16

Big Little Lies recap: season two finale – I Want To Know As the season, and probably the show, bows out, what became of the Monterey Five? And were there fireworks in the Streep-Kidman showdown?Spoiler aler...
2019-07-22, 17:16

What a state: how Veep went from clever to crude After Armando Iannucci’s exit, the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-starring comedy took a turn for the worseIn 2012, with Obama a shoo-in for a second term and t...
2019-07-22, 17:16

Natasha Lyonne: ‘There’s a fighter in me that wants to survive’ Natasha Lyonne used her starring role in Orange is the New Black to shake off her demons and reinvent herself. The actor and director talks about thi...
2019-07-21, 09:32

Why millennial stories are saving Hollywood After decades of older generations portraying the age group inaccurately, a new wave of auteurs are shaking up the film industryMillennials: avocado-...
2019-07-20, 14:16

Aziz Ansari’s Netflix special: #metoo allegations and Spike Jonze Directed by Spike Jonze, the comic leads with the accusations made against him last year, introducing a more contrite Ansari 2.0Yeah, he leads with i...
2019-07-20, 14:16

Colson Whitehead: ‘We have kids in concentration camps. But I have to be hopeful' The Underground Railroad made him a household name. Now the author is back with a ‘Trumpian novel’ – inspired by a horrifying but ignored part of US ...
2019-07-20, 10:48

'Fallout 76' Desperately Needs to Test-Play Its Patches More This week's game news: update troubles for 'Fallout 76,' Nintendo Switch's possessed joysticks, and the bizarre trailer for 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegr...
2019-07-19, 21:48

'I will never hear my father's voice': Ilya Kaminsky on deafness and escaping the Soviet Union Until his family migrated to the US when he was 16, the Ukrainian-born poet lived without sound. He discusses his family’s persecution and his first ...
2019-07-19, 21:32

Lily Allen: ‘The book I wish I’d written? Harry Potter, for obvious reasons' The singer and memoirist on the appeal of Enid Blyton, Russell Brand, and why George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is overratedThe book I am currentl...
2019-07-19, 21:32

Edward Furlong to return to Terminator franchise for Dark Fate Producer James Cameron and Deadpool director Tim Miller join forces for the latest in series, that also reunites Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hami...
2019-07-19, 21:32

Myth-busting Midsommar: why today's shockers need to do more with folk horror Directors are once more turning to pagan rituals for frighteners, but cleverly researched storylines don’t make for effective horrorIf the low-budget...
2019-07-19, 21:32

Sharon Stone: I was forgotten like Princess Diana after I had a stroke Actor says it took seven years to recover from illness that first struck in 2001, during which time the actor says she was treated with ‘brutal unkin...
2019-07-19, 21:32

Stephen Colbert on Trump: 'Our horror only makes him stronger' Late-night hosts discussed the president’s desperate attempts to distance himself from his rally crowd’s racist chant Late-night hosts criticised Don...
2019-07-19, 21:32

Alec Baldwin: 'You naughty English could fold sex into dentistry' Playing the fallen car entrepreneur John DeLorean, skewering Donald Trump on SNL, Woody Allen, #MeToo … Why is it so hard to pin the actor down on an...
2019-07-19, 09:32

Queer Eye season four review – Jonathan Van Ness for president! In the most moving series yet, the Fab Five continue their glorious nationwide makeover – and secure their status as fearless leaders for a new Ameri...
2019-07-19, 09:32

Should books include credits like films? Books are generally presented as the work of one person, but almost 60 others worked on mine. But will readers care enough to read about them?We writ...
2019-07-19, 09:32

Behind the exhibition aiming to move Caribbean art 'away from trauma' In The Other Side of Now, 14 young artists are looking to the future of the region rather than focusing on the past“Is it possible to move Caribbean ...
2019-07-19, 09:32

Eve: 'I thought of rap as a sisterhood. It was not like that' As she launches her first album in six years, Eve talks about life at the top of the 00s rap scene – and educating her white, British billionaire hus...
2019-07-19, 09:32

Tom Cruise returns to the skies in trailer for Top Gun: Maverick The actor is reprising his role as a hotshot fighter pilot in the long-awaited sequel also starring Jennifer Connelly and Jon HammThe first trailer f...
2019-07-18, 23:32

The 30 greatest Disney songs – ranked! Yes, of course Let It Go is in there somewhere … but where does it rank among Disney’s other big-screen belters?It is not clear if Little April Showe...
2019-07-18, 20:32

Seth Meyers to Trump: 'If their country is crime-infested then that's on you' Comics discussed the Republican party’s failure to call out Trump’s racist attacks on Democratic congresswomen of colourLate-night hosts continued th...
2019-07-18, 20:32

Thor 4: Taika Waititi drops Akira for second bite at God of Thunder The problematic Warner remake of the classic anime is put on hold while the Ragnarok director returns to Marvel’s Cinematic UniverseIf ever one neede...
2019-07-18, 17:00

Game of Thrones: the stars forced to nominate themselves for Emmys Gwendoline Christie and Alfie Allen have had go it alone after HBO chose not to put them up for awards consideration. But can they win, against the o...
2019-07-18, 17:00

Venice to open with Kore-eda's The Truth, Toronto with film about the Band Palme d’Or winner’s new film starring Catherine Deneuve to kick off the Venice film festival, while Toronto gets a documentary about the legendary fi...
2019-07-18, 17:00

Iggy Azalea battles for chart supremacy against ... Peppa Pig? The Australian rapper has seen her bid for chart domination under threat with the news that the children’s favourite animated porker is releasing an ...
2019-07-18, 17:00

Does Andrea Arnold's experience on Big Little Lies suggest that auteurs are doomed? When film-makers are lured to the small screen, things don’t always go smoothly – but the situation is barely any better in the movies The first epis...
2019-07-18, 17:00

Goodbye, Alan Moore: the king of comics bows out The pioneer of serious superheroes – who is retiring – has transformed the genre over 40 years of rebellious inventionOne of the most significant fic...
2019-07-18, 17:00

Archie Panjabi: ‘Not getting on Eastenders didn’t turn out too badly’ Rejected by the soap three times, the British star was told an ‘Indian actress’ wouldn’t make it in Hollywood. Now she’s in demand both sides of the ...
2019-07-17, 20:16

Stephen Colbert on Trump: 'Old school racism minus the school' Late-night hosts continued to discuss the US president’s racist tweets and his attempts to prove that they were not racistLate-night hosts spent a se...
2019-07-17, 20:16

Chance the Rapper was The Lion King's 'nostalgia consultant'. That's not the oddest movie credit From roach wrangler to orgy adviser, here are six surreal jobs you didn’t know the movies requiredChance the Rapper was brought on board The Lion Kin...
2019-07-17, 20:16

‘The city has changed beyond all recognition': Derelict London – in pictures Paul Talling photographs the land of long-forgotten tube stations, burnt-out mansions and gently decaying factoriesDerelict London, all new edition, ...
2019-07-17, 17:00

Top 10 queer rural books Sexual freedom is most often associated with the city, but a small but growing canon including EM Forster and Sarah Waters tells a different storyIf ...
2019-07-17, 17:00

April Dawn Alison's photography: 'the unregulated expression of and for the self' Alison reveals a self-contained world where a deeply internalized identity is produced and seenIn April Dawn Alison’s photography, her solitude manif...
2019-07-17, 17:00

The greatest photos ever? Why the moon landing shots are artistic masterpieces From a spacesuited everyman to a golden-legged invader, the lunar images were astonishingly poetic works of art that captured humanity evolving befor...
2019-07-17, 11:16

How Liz Johnson Artur chronicled black culture – in pictures The photography of Russian-Ghanian Liz Johnson Artur is being showcased in her first solo exhibition, now on at the Brooklyn Museum in New York until...
2019-07-17, 11:16

Stand By Me by Wendell Berry review – the soul of Kentucky The farmer-environmentalist’s precisely drawn tales about family loyalties span a century of rural lifeWhen you say the word “Kentucky”, most America...
2019-07-17, 11:16

The 10 most beautiful video game consoles of all time The pastel-hued Nintendo Switch Lite, out in September, is far from the only beautiful console in video game history. These 10 were much more than un...
2019-07-17, 11:16

Screaming? Crying? Confessing? How will Big Little Lies end? A mixed second season of the female-fronted drama is coming to a close and some big questions are set to be answered It’s quite possible that the com...
2019-07-17, 11:16

Beyoncé reveals African collaborators for new album The Lion King: The Gift R&B star announces numerous African pop and rap stars on album out Friday, as well as Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and daughter Blue IvyBeyoncé ...
2019-07-16, 17:32

From Date My Mom to Plain Jane: the MTV shows we don't need rebooted The relaunch of The Hills will be followed by a new take on Making the Band makes us fear which misjudged series will be brought back nextRemember O ...
2019-07-16, 17:32

Stephen Colbert on Trump's racist attack: 'A new personal best in being the worst' Late-night hosts discussed Trump’s attack on four Democratic congresswomen of colour and his decision to stand behind itLate-night hosts took apart D...
2019-07-16, 17:32

Banksy is the Brits’ favourite painter of all time - is this status deserved? The secretive stenciller is no Rembrandt – but a new poll shows that ‘high art’ alienates the public more than any other cultural formThe anthropolog...
2019-07-16, 16:32

What could happen in the Friends reboot? Jennifer Aniston has teased a cast reunion – bring on the @ChandlerBong tweets and Joey’s #MeToo allegationsModern Toss on FriendsWhat would the char...
2019-07-16, 16:32

True crime author's claims to have interviewed serial killers contested Mind Games by Paul Harrison withdrawn from sale, after his accounts of interviews with Ted Bundy, Peter Sutcliffe and others were called into questio...
2019-07-16, 16:32

Dead Poets Society: 30 years on Robin Williams' stirring call to 'seize the day' endures | Luke Buckmaster From its enthusiasm for literature to its rousing finale, Peter Weir’s film is a salute to inspiration itselfTo appreciate the cultural impact of Pet...
2019-07-16, 16:32

Real life film noir: crime scenes from the LAPD – in pictures Warning: this gallery contains images some people may find distressingCrime scene photographs shot by Los Angeles police officers in the line of duty...
2019-07-16, 16:32

Netflix cuts controversial suicide scene from 13 Reasons Why The scene, which had been criticised by mental health experts, has been re-edited by the streaming service more than two years on from its releaseNet...
2019-07-16, 16:32

'Everyone is welcome to the party!': the B-52s on 40 years of new wave The band’s singer Kate Pierson talks about the joy and tragedy behind her favourite songs of their back catalogue, from Rock Lobster to Love Shack‘We...
2019-07-16, 16:32

Wall-to-wall Europe: the continent's manmade barriers – in pictures As barriers continue to rise up all over Europe, a new documentary photography exhibition investigates walls, fences and defence lines and the dramas...
2019-07-16, 08:16

Spoiler alert: it’s getting harder to keep plot lines from readers | Paul Chadwick In the age of watching TV shows weeks, or even years, after an episode has aired, how long should spoiler alerts last?“I can’t be the only one in the...
2019-07-16, 04:00

From evil twins to deepfake videos: the best books about doppelgangers The rise of deepfakes has stoked the old fear that our lives can be hijacked by demonic doubles. Laurence Scott shares his favourite books on convinc...
2019-07-16, 04:00

Game of groans: how boring historical accuracy ruined Vikings The show was every bit Game of Thrones’s equal, until its linchpin character died and the plotting became wildly illogicalWhen Ian McShane pithily re...
2019-07-16, 04:00

'Things could get so much worse': inside the Handmaid’s Tale’s darkest season yet Its latest episode featured one of its most sickening images to date – but, argue the show’s stars and creators, the drama only reflects an increasin...
2019-07-16, 04:00

Nile Rodgers | This much I know The musician, 66, on being united in the disco era, his friendship with Stephen Hawking, and inventing hip-hopI love New York, it’s given me everythi...
2019-07-13, 15:32

Why do light-skinned women dominate the pop charts? From K-pop stars to Beyoncé, the issue of colourism remains rife in the music industryIt seems every conversation about colourism in pop music must c...
2019-07-13, 14:32

Meditating in Manchester: Tao of Glass – in pictures This world premiere at Manchester international festival combines Philip Glass’s mesmerising music and performer-director Phelim McDermott’s theatric...
2019-07-12, 23:00

Your new reality TV addiction? A show about artisanal glass-blowing It’s niche, it’s pretentious and it’s full of cliches. But Netflix’s Blown Away is so hilariously absurd that simply everyone has to see itMasterChef...
2019-07-12, 20:00

Cressida Cowell: ‘Books are better than films at teaching children creativity and intelligence' The new children’s laureate and How to Train Your Dragon author talks about how to get kids reading and why we need the space to make mistakesThere i...
2019-07-12, 15:16

Hear this! The best audiobooks of 2019 – so far From Elisabeth Moss revisiting The Handmaid’s Tale to banter from Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer, here are this year’s must-listens - and some of t...
2019-07-12, 15:16

'Artists don't value it': pop accused of taking advantage of dancers Vague promises of ‘exposure’ used as cover for poor pay and insecure working conditions, Guardian toldLast year, one of pop’s rising stars was headin...
2019-07-12, 15:16

Aciiiiid! Rave's first 30 years – in pictures From warehouse parties to the acid house explosion, new exhibition Sweet Harmony: Rave Today captures a dancefloor revolution. Warning: contains knit...
2019-07-12, 12:48

Tiny Changes: A Celebration of The Midnight Organ Fight review – astounding tribute to a lost talent (Atlantic Records)Friends from Aaron Desner to Sarah Silverman cover songs from Frightened Rabbit’s 2008 album and prove Scott Hutchison’s enduring t...
2019-07-12, 12:48

How Killer Mike reinvented Thomas More for the 21st century The rapper’s utopian attempt to secede from the US, as documented in his Netflix show Trigger Warning, is more than just clever TVThe word “utopia” w...
2019-07-12, 12:48

Newly found Stanley Kubrick script ideas focus on marital strife Exclusive: three 1950s works date from time film-maker was having troubles with then wifeHe is revered as a master film-maker and visual stylist, but...
2019-07-12, 10:16

Point Blank review – mediocre action thriller remake lands on Netflix Anthony Mackie rises above a rickety remake of a French thriller about a nurse teaming up with a criminal after his wife is kidnappedIn order to crea...
2019-07-12, 10:16

Exhalation by Ted Chiang review – stories from an SF master The emotional and the cerebral are expertly balanced in these meditations on the mysteries of existencePerhaps the world’s least hasty writer, Ted Ch...
2019-07-12, 10:16

Love Island USA: are Americans ready to crack on with the remake? The sun-and-sex ratings hit has made its way across the Atlantic with a fancier villa, a cast of toned singletons and a less-than-compelled audienceT...
2019-07-12, 10:16

Pop sensation Dorian Electra: 'I'm not a woman dressing as a man. It's more complex' The gender-fluid star talks about performing as a stripper, giving queer people strength and dressing up as BonoInvariably, queer pop stars worship D...
2019-07-12, 10:16

The Matrix trilogy review – pop-culture juggernaut still lands a thrilling punch Keanu Reeves’ first trip down the rabbit hole is as electrifying as ever – and Carrie Anne-Moss’s charisma elevates the sequels“You take the blue pil...
2019-07-12, 10:16

Holliday Grainger: how the Strike star cast off her corsets The actor swaps period drama for partying hard in the film Animals, a subtle look at female friendship. She talks about playing drunk in Dublin and p...
2019-07-12, 10:16

For the sake of cinema, Disney needs to be broken up | Guy Lodge The studio has been consuming its rivals – and creating a film industry devoid of the innovation championed by its founderIt’s the kind of commercial...
2019-07-11, 18:00

Streep, Clooney ... Cruise? Why no one is 'too big for TV' any more Hollywood stars used to turn their noses up at television, but now Meryl Streep and George Clooney are stealing the show in your living room. Who mig...
2019-07-11, 18:00

Men behaving badly: why cinema's great hellraisers were a breed apart Rip Torn belonged to a high-spirited tradition that was fuelled by too much booze and testosterone. Like it or not, we may never see their like again...
2019-07-11, 18:00

HBO's 'Years and Years' Unlocks Sci-Fi's Ultimate Potential At its core, science fiction is a tool for building thought experiment machines. That's the game Russell T Davies' new show is playing so beautifully...
2019-07-11, 17:16

Metallica to publish children's book, The ABCs of Metallica Illustrated book tells the history of the metal band, and will benefit their charity All Within My HandsMetallica, the metal band known for their tox...
2019-07-11, 15:48

Doctors couldn't diagnose my mental health problems. But then they saw my art I was sectioned until painting changed my life. Now I want to help other people heal through embracing their artistic sideI spent nearly 20 years of ...
2019-07-11, 15:48

Space evaders: why sci-fi sequels don't need to spell it out In explaining their premises, sci-fi movies lose the mystique that makes them great. When aliens invade, sometimes less is moreIf there is a perfect ...
2019-07-11, 15:48

Blood Orange: Angel's Pulse review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week (Domino)Dev Hynes’ new mixtape contains a flood of musical influences – from shoegaze to dancehall and found sound – and is only occasionally self-in...
2019-07-11, 15:48

Worst holidays in cinema – ranked! As Spiderman: Far From Home and Midsommar bring the well-worn trip-gone-wrong back to the big screen, here are 20 of film’s most appalling vacationsT...
2019-07-11, 15:48

From Midsommar to martial arts: how movie cults got real In a spate of new releases, big screen cults have found the human element among the madness and mayhemAs he’s been making the press-circuit rounds in...
2019-07-11, 15:48

From #MeToo to missing baboons: the World illustration awards – in pictures Illustrators showcase their designs for books, magazines and advertising – featuring futuristic cities, plasticine circuit boards and the life story ...
2019-07-10, 08:16

Why does Netflix keep making so many cheap TV movies? From the studio that brought you Roma comes Secret Obsession, the latest in an increasingly long line of sub-Lifetime channel, semi-ironic duds You d...
2019-07-10, 08:16

Scream is back! But does the horror genre need Ghostface any more? The slasher movie has been rebooted once again for the small screen but in 2019, it might not be quite so welcomeIn the 23 years since the release of...
2019-07-10, 08:16

Rip Torn, cult actor and Artie in the Larry Sanders Show, dies aged 88 Star of a string of 60s classics fell foul of Hollywood because of his temper but found a fresh lease of life in comedy, from TV’s Larry Sanders Show...
2019-07-10, 08:16

Sarah Jessica Parker reports 'countless' cases of on-set harassment Sex and the City star comments on NPR about impact of #MeToo and reveals harassment by a ‘big movie star’Sarah Jessica Parker has spoken about “count...
2019-07-09, 15:16

Stranger Things 3: a flawless finale – but what a slog to get there The ending is spectacular and beautiful TV, but before that, we had to endure Stranger Things: The Soap Opera for hour upon mind-flaying hourThe end ...
2019-07-09, 15:16

Flutes you: Lizzo and the woodwind renaissance From Lizzo to André 3000, why is the instrument prevalent in pop culture?There are many things you might expect to find while waiting for an early mo...
2019-07-09, 13:00

How we made Closer – by Clive Owen and Patrick Marber ‘I wanted to write a Shakespearean scene with someone in disguise, so I went into a lesbian chatroom pretending to be a gay woman’I was in Atlanta in...
2019-07-09, 09:16

I Love You, Now Die: behind the text suicide scandal that shocked America In an eye-opening new documentary, the story of the teenager accused of coercing her boyfriend to kill himself via text is brought to lightDocumentar...
2019-07-09, 09:16

K Flay: Solutions review – reasons to be cheerful (Night Street/Interscope)Joining the many trying to find hard-won notes of positivity amid climate catastrophe and political car crashes, Illinois na...
2019-07-08, 21:16

David Nicholls: ‘Could I write a book that had no love story? I don’t know if I’d want to’ One Day made his name – and the nation cry. Now Nicholls is back with Sweet Sorrow, set over the summer of 1997. He talks about his Bafta win and why...
2019-07-08, 21:16

Gentleman Jack is a true TV marvel – romantic, raw and totally radical The wonder of Sally Wainwright’s lesbian period drama is the way it mixed the traditional with the groundbreaking – all while pulling in millions of ...
2019-07-08, 21:16

'It sickens me': Gillian Flynn slams Gone Girl theory in missing woman case Lawyer for Jennifer Dulos’s husband is exploring whether her disappearance is a ‘Gone Girl-type case’, provoking fury of author behind bookGone Girl ...
2019-07-08, 21:16

The Mulan trailer is a dismal sign Disney is bowing to China's anti-democratic agenda | Jingan Young Mulan has been transformed from life-affirming epic to patriotic saga, showing Hollywood is prioritising box office successDisney have just released ...
2019-07-08, 21:16

From Uber driving to huge book deal: Adrian McKinty's life-changing phone call Despite awards and acclaim for his crime fiction, the impoverished novelist lost his home and was set to quit – then the phone rangIt was 1.30 in the...
2019-07-08, 15:32

Mulan: first trailer for Disney live action reboot released The film, starring Liu Yifei as the eponymous fighter, will be released in March 2020The first footage of Disney’s live-action remake of its animated...
2019-07-08, 15:32

Jokha Alharthi: ‘A lot of women are really strong, even though they are slaves' The first Omani woman translated in English and winner of the Man Booker International prize reflects on her ‘lucky book’ Celestial Bodies and Oman’s...
2019-07-08, 15:32

Spider-Man: Far from Home: Hollywood’s fixation with Euro cliches The new Spider-Man is one pair of clogs from full European bingo – further solidifying cinema’s ongoing pursuit of stereotypes“I may not know much bu...
2019-07-08, 15:32

Big Little Lies recap: season two, episode five – Kill Me With the show building towards an ominous conclusion, its dreaminess has taken on a nightmarish qualitySpoiler alert: this blog is for people watchin...
2019-07-08, 15:32

'Obscenely enjoyable': why Harlots is the best show you're not watching The drama about warring mid-18th-century brothels has sex, backstabbing and strong-willed female characters but why isn’t anyone talking about it?Har...
2019-07-08, 15:32

The big picture: punks and skins in harmony The photographer who captured the spirit of punk has released a book of her most arresting portraitsIf they weren’t a band, they should have been. Ja...
2019-07-07, 14:00

Goal lines: sketches of the Women's World Cup – in pictures Inspired by her 12 years playing football, Ruby Boddington from website It’s Nice That commissioned 11 illustrators to capture the 2019 Fifa Women’s ...
2019-07-06, 20:32

Yoko Ono gets thousands ringing 'bells for peace' in Manchester – video report Manchester international festival has opened with a loud chorus of ringing bells as part of the Yoko Ono project Bells for Peace. At a Manchester's C...
2019-07-05, 15:32

Treasures in the loft: an Antiques Roadshow photo essay Photographer Anna Gordon gets inside one of the most successful television shows as the 40 year old roadshow arrives in WarwickshireDavid Long was su...
2019-07-05, 15:32

Manchester's mythical makeover: Invisible Cities – in pictures In a production that fuses theatre, dance, design and visual art, a cavernous old railway depot has been turned into a series of fantastical worlds. ...
2019-07-04, 23:16

Depth of Field: Alex Morgan and the Politics of Women in Celebration The US women’s soccer team forward scored in the team’s semifinal win over England. It is her moment alone. She’s earned it. We would do well to reme...
2019-07-04, 21:32

Parkland survivor Emma González criticises Madonna for gun violence video Madonna described the video for God Control, in which a shooter opens fire on a nightclub dancefloor, as a ‘wake up’ callEmma González, a survivor of...
2019-07-03, 16:48

Yoko Ono joins the clangers: why bell-ringing is the new bed-in Fifty years since she and John Lennon slipped between the sheets, Yoko Ono has created another artwork for peace: 4,000 bells to wake up Manchester J...
2019-07-03, 16:48

The real story behind The Greatest Showman is one of exploitation. It’s time we told it | Rhoda Roberts New First Nations cabaret Natives Go Wild will reveal the shocking true history of Indigenous people and the circus – through song, dance and humourT...
2019-07-03, 11:16

Where the heart is: the British at home – in pictures The passionate attachment we have to our homes is part of our cultural identity. Britain’s homes are places where individual, social and cultural ide...
2019-07-02, 16:32

Why should authors read your bad reviews? After Angie Thomas requested that she not be tagged into negative reviews of her books on social media, she has received a torrent of abuseHistory ha...
2019-07-01, 20:01

Etiquette classes in Shanghai – in pictures Against a soundtrack of classical music, children learn social skills, dining manners and deportment – hence the books on their heads to teach them h...
2019-07-01, 17:00

From Kylie to Miley: Sunday at Glastonbury The world’s greatest music festival closed out with a hits-packed Cure set – plus choirs, cones and cutesy metalHangovers, fatigue and accumulated sw...
2019-07-01, 17:00

On my radar: Florence Pugh’s cultural highlights The acclaimed actor on a wickedly funny Julia Davis podcast, gripping fiction and the album that inspired her performance in MidsommarActor Florence ...
2019-07-01, 17:00

Mark Ronson: 'I got lost and was rescued by a drunk farmer' The musician, producer and DJ freaked out at his first Glastonbury. Now, he’s been tuning in to the festival’s chill vibe … and telling Miley Cyrus t...
2019-07-01, 17:00

I'm a sucker for happy endings but sometimes I just need to read a story about defeat | Lee Kofman Popular culture is saturated with so-called inspirational narratives. But we can’t always overcome adversity or find closureEarlier this year I appea...
2019-07-01, 17:00

Before The Hunger Games: the best book prequels As Suzanne Collins announces a prequel to her bestselling trilogy, Lucy Mangan picks the most successful new beginningsDelighted cries rang out like ...
2019-07-01, 17:00

Masters of street photography – in pictures The evolving landscape of street photography is showcased in a book that explores the creative secrets and technical aspects of the genre. Masters of...
2019-07-01, 17:00

Doll parts: why there's always room for creepy toys in Hollywood With the return of Chucky and Annabelle plus Toy Story 4’s Gabby Gabby, the freaky kids’ toy is terrorising our cinemas againIt is an image straight ...
2019-07-01, 17:00

What is going on with Taylor Swift, her back catalogue and Justin Bieber? Taylor Swift is back in the headlines after denouncing the sale of her back catalogue. One Guardian Australia staffer asked another to explain this c...
2019-07-01, 17:00

'There aren't many fairytale endings': behind the bleak immigration exhibition The work of 75 artists from over 15 countries is being shown at a tough, timely exhibition looking at displacement and migration on a global scaleLas...
2019-07-01, 17:00

Extended scares: in defense of the two-hour-plus horror movie In Midsommar, Ari Aster’s divisive follow-up to Hereditary, scares are drawn out for 140 minutes, allowing for a more effectively nightmarish experie...
2019-07-01, 17:00

Stranger Things: why brands love to piggyback on the show Netflix has promotional agreements with 75 different brands for season three of the show. Why do they like it so much?Netflix and the Duffer Brothers...
2019-07-01, 07:32

Kim Petras: Clarity review – light as bubblegum and hard as nails (BunHead)The German singer takes the Britney blueprint and gives it an empowering punch in her latest dispatch from pop’s fringesGerman singer Kim Pe...
2019-06-29, 02:48

The Black Keys: Let’s Rock review – rousing return makes good on its title (Nonesuch)Dan Auerback and Patrick Carney have remedied their blues via a no-nonsense album packed with crowdpleasing riffsIn 2002, when the Black Ke...
2019-06-29, 02:48

Steven Seagal film to tell story of Syrian toddler who drowned in Mediterranean Action star involved in Aylan Baby, about the three-year-old whose death widened awareness of the migrant crisisThe tragic death of Alan Kurdi, the t...
2019-06-29, 02:48

Over 40 and loving it: let's celebrate fiction with positive older characters Too many books feature sterotypical older women who can’t use phones and don’t like sex. Gransnet and imprint HQ are looking for writers to change al...
2019-06-29, 02:48

Meet Rosalía - the flamenco pop star Her take on the Gypsy art form has powered the Catalan maverick’s rise, and as for cries of cultural appropriation: ‘Music is beyond races,’ she says...
2019-06-29, 02:48

The Loudest Voice review – Russell Crowe flounders as Roger Ailes In a fast-moving new drama series, the birth of Fox News is examined in gory detail yet with a frustrating lack of depthIt’s extremely difficult for ...
2019-06-28, 14:16

Midsommar director Ari Aster: 'I often cling to dead things' His wickedly hilarious films are the stuff of nightmares but the man behind the gory Hereditary has his own terrors to conquerMidsommar is an agonisi...
2019-06-28, 14:16

Humans v the city: the staggering scale of Chongqing – in pictures Chongqing’s population is estimated at just below 10 million but that rises to more than 31 million if the built-up surroundings are included. Belgia...
2019-06-28, 03:48

‘I think therefore I cycle’: 50 years of Dutch anti-car posters – in pictures We rounded up half a century of protest posters and stickers from campaigns which helped Amsterdam become the ‘cycle capital of the world’Bike City A...
2019-06-28, 03:48

Earth Photo 2019 – the shortlisted artists Contenders for prizes in the competition developed jointly by Forestry England and the Royal Geographical Society. The photographs will be displayed ...
2019-06-28, 03:48

'I search for chaos': street photography's new stars – in pictures From the stray cats of Istanbul to Belgium’s cross-dressing carnival, the LensCulture street photography awards celebrate a bold new wave of street-l...
2019-06-28, 03:48

Violence, romance and glittering jewels: the Bolshoi Ballet visits Australia – in pictures Russia’s globally renowned Bolshoi Ballet is in Queensland performing two ballets from the company’s repertoire: the bombastic Spartacus by Yuri Grig...
2019-06-28, 03:48

Apocalypse now: images of a world in turmoil Agence MYOP are taking over an abandoned school in Arles to exhibit images showing the major social, ecological and humanitarian crises we face MYOP ...
2019-06-28, 03:48

Luke Goss of Bros in the bath – Neil MacKenzie Matthews' best photograph ‘He had no problem getting completely naked. The makeup artist had to strategically apply the bubbles’People think of the Bros brothers as very serio...
2019-06-28, 03:48

'People are very scared': fighting dengue fever in Brazil – in pictures Dengue fever is one of the most deadly mosquito-borne diseases – half the world’s population is at risk from it. Adrienne Surprenant’s photos from th...
2019-06-28, 03:48

Annabelle Comes Home review – creaky funhouse horror threequel The Conjuring universe offers up another handsomely made yet astonishingly empty chapter about the havoc-wreaking demonic dollThere’s an extraordinar...
2019-06-28, 03:48

Anima review – Thom Yorke glimpses romance on the morning train Paul Thomas Anderson directs the Radiohead singer in a short, dialogue-free moodscape that’s unsure of its final destination To emerge alongside his ...
2019-06-28, 03:48

Romeo and Juliet, from Ashcroft to Zeffirelli – in pictures Franco Zeffirelli, who died this month, directed beloved versions of Shakespeare’s tragedy on stage and screen. We look back at productions starring,...
2019-06-28, 03:48

Cardi B pleads not guilty to strip club assault The rapper is accused of ordering attacks on two bartenders, one of whom she accused of sleeping with her husbandCardi B has pleaded not guilty to as...
2019-06-28, 03:48

Bryan Stevenson: the lawyer devoting his life to fighting injustice Michael B Jordan is to play him in a new film – but first a documentary tells the incredible true story of a man taking on America’s criminal justice...
2019-06-28, 03:48

Carrie Underwood: 'I'd put on a happy face, then go home and fall apart' As she prepares to take Glastonbury by storm, the country star opens a bottle of red wine and talks about the personal tragedy that coloured her new ...
2019-06-28, 03:48

'Just the tip of the iceberg': revealing Life's early female photographers In a new exhibition, six women who shot impactful imagery for Life magazine are finally getting the credit they deserveWhen Henry Luce, the owner of ...
2019-06-28, 03:48

Madonna calls for gun control in violent video that depicts nightclub shooting Video scenes in God Control recall 2016 Orlando shooting that left 49 people dead, and end with the words: ‘No one is safe. Gun control. Now’WARNING:...
2019-06-28, 03:48

The sadness of Euphoria: how the show captures teen melancholy In the button-pushing new drama, sex and violence sit alongside a surprisingly tender look at the overwhelming anxieties faced by teens todayMuch of ...
2019-06-28, 03:48

Stupid, absurd, joyous: Detroiters deserves to be your new sitcom obsession Anyone besotted with Netflix’s I Think You Should Leave should check out its star’s previous series: a gloriously dumb comedy featuring skeleton gags...
2019-06-28, 03:48

Yesterday: the latest jukebox movie to put its women on mute Danny Boyle’s schmaltz-fest is all about musicians, and all of them are men. It’s another hero’s journey in which women are there to dote, scold and ...
2019-06-28, 03:48

The problem with Flash Gordon is racism – and animation won't fix it Born in an era of ‘yellow peril’ paranoia, the dagger at the heart of this story is hard to get past – a challenge Taika Waititi must overcome in the...
2019-06-28, 03:48

President Trump's Re-Election Rally Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup Last week President Trump announced his bid for re-election. The internet also got into a heated discussion about the definition of concentration cam...
2019-06-23, 21:48

Himesh Patel: ‘It’s weird to think about a Beatle watching me sing their songs’ The actor on his role in Danny Boyle’s new film, the work ethic of EastEnders and the pain of following SpursCambridgeshire-born Himesh Patel, 28, di...
2019-06-23, 21:48

‘I’ll never be a cute object’... Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace on bank heists, sexism and loving England As her latest film, The Captor, is released, the star of the Millennium trilogy tells why she’s determined to portray women taking control of their l...
2019-06-22, 16:32

Cindy Sherman's many masks and Romantic Scotland – the week in art The hugely influential artist arrives at the National Portrait Gallery, sculpture invades Yorkshire, and the National Museum of Scotland takes a hike...
2019-06-21, 17:16

The Edge of Democracy review – to the heart of Brazilian politics Petra Costa’s powerful documentary charts the state’s descent into populism and the fraying of its democratic fabricBrazilian actor-writer-director P...
2019-06-21, 17:16

Dark season two review – wilfully confusing and deliciously creepy Who cares that you can’t tell who the characters are or which decade they’re in – this German time-travel saga offers an intoxicating mix of myth and...
2019-06-21, 17:16

Mark Ronson: Late Night Feelings review – the tracks of his tears (Columbia)Midas-touch producer’s divorce album moves from reggaeton to yacht pop with vocalists Yebba, Miley Cyrus and more – it’s oddly old-fashione...
2019-06-21, 17:16

Radiohead's Thom Yorke announces launch date for new album and film Musician’s ‘one-reeler’ will be released on Netflix on 27 June, the same day the record will come outRadiohead frontman Thom Yorke has announced that...
2019-06-21, 17:16

Facebook reverses ban on Led Zeppelin album cover featuring naked children Social network acknowledges ‘culturally significant image’ amid protests against its nudity policyFacebook has overturned a ban it made this week on ...
2019-06-21, 17:16

From Bengal to boogie: Rupa Biswas, India's rediscovered disco diva She was a young woman who made a disco record on a whim during a holiday in Canada – and became a cult hero without her knowingAfter her album Disco ...
2019-06-21, 17:16

From Killing Eve to Game of Thrones: why we all love a rehabilitated villain The plot device of a perceived baddie turning to the good side – even momentarily – has a long history in fiction. Why does it work so well?This arti...
2019-06-21, 17:16

Prince: Originals review – his hits, his way (Warner Bros)These guide demos of his own songs, recorded by other artists, show just how brilliant and casually confident Prince wasFor Prince, writ...
2019-06-21, 17:16

The art dealer who can't see: 'I always thought someone would find me out' Influential Berlin gallerist Johann König’s new memoir details how blindness taught him how to recognise good artWhen gallerist Johann König sold his...
2019-06-21, 17:16

Goldfinger: Prince Charles points at things on the James Bond set – in pictures The heir to the throne called in at Pinewood Studios to meet stars and crew on the 25th 007 film. We rate HRH’s top 10 gesticulations Continue readin...
2019-06-21, 17:16

‘His memory shouldn’t be shrouded in darkness’: How Frightened Rabbit coped with the death of Scott Hutchison After the musician took his own life last year, it was inevitable that going on would be hard for the surviving members. But an album of cover versio...
2019-06-21, 10:32

A plait, a pear and a piano – new photography talent Free Range is a three-week exhibition in London, showcasing artistic talent from universities across the UK. Weeks one and two are dedicated to photo...
2019-06-21, 08:48

Danny Boyle: 'They should get Robert Pattinson to be the next James Bond' The director’s new film imagines a world without the Beatles. He talks about bailing out on the latest 007 venture, being a national treasure and why...
2019-06-21, 08:48

I Am Mother: why blockbuster sci-fi faces an extinction event Hilary Swank’s new thriller about an out-of-control environmentalist AI shows that ideas-led sci-fi is alive and well – just not in the multiplexes. ...
2019-06-20, 23:16

Never mind the forelocks: why film should give up its obsession with the upper class As Downton Abbey is disinterred for the big screen, we should recognise that British cinema’s long bewitchment with the aristocracy serves a deeply r...
2019-06-20, 23:16

Child's Play review – a razor-sharp and exquisitely gruesome toy story The knife-wielding Chucky doll is updated for the digital era in a horror reboot that shrewdly skewers western consumerismTo paraphrase Cliff Richard...
2019-06-20, 23:16

Jimmy Kimmel on Trump's re-election campaign: a '2020 comedy tour' Late night hosts focused on news surrounding Trump, including that of his re-election campaigning and the Middle EastLate-night hosts focused on the ...
2019-06-20, 23:16

Disney's New *Lion King* Is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema Director Jon Favreau shot the remake of the animated classic inside virtual reality. He doesn't know what to call the result, but it looks like a rea...
2019-06-20, 13:32

'He never hit her in front of me again' – Donna Ferrato's domestic abuse photos As two exhibitions of the photojournalist’s work open in Madrid on her 70th birthday, Ferrato recalls some of the most powerful images in Holy – a re...
2019-06-20, 10:16

Shanghai Sacred: inside China's religious revival – photo essay Photographer and anthropologist Liz Hingley uncovers the spiritual landscape of China’s largest city, revealing the spaces and rituals of this cosmop...
2019-06-20, 10:16

Catch-22: has George Clooney broken the curse of the unfilmable novel? It’s a modern American classic, but Joseph Heller’s fractured story has defied suitable translation on to the screen – until nowFans of the unfilmabl...
2019-06-20, 10:16

Is Nicolas Winding Refn's Amazon show an indulgence too far? The Drive director’s 13-hour LA-set noir Too Old to Die Young has divided critics but the extended format has allowed him to create something undenia...
2019-06-20, 09:01

Westeros to West End: Game of Thrones stars on stage – in pictures Actors from TV’s biggest show are invading UK stages this summer, from Gwendoline Christie at London’s Bridge Theatre to Daniel Portman at the Edinbu...
2019-06-19, 22:16

Ed Sheeran reveals all-star lineup for new album No 6 Collaborations Project Rappers and singers including Cardi B, Bruno Mars and Stormzy feature on the follow-up to ÷, the biggest selling album in the world in 2017Ed Sheeran...
2019-06-19, 22:16

Lucidity and beyond: how Toy Story's visual effects transformed cinema Woody, Buzz and co didn’t just charm families in 1995 – they started an arms race that ushered in a new era of film-makingToy Story 4 review – new ch...
2019-06-19, 22:16

Murder Mystery breaks Bird Box's Netflix viewing record Adam Sandler comedy was watched by 31m accounts in its opening weekend, according to streaming giant’s own figuresAdam Sandler’s latest film in his e...
2019-06-19, 22:16

A day in the life: the best books set over 24-hours With Dalloway Day falling on Wednesday, Alex Clark picks books with a time limit – from Ulysses to a novel set over a lunchbreak“Where can we live bu...
2019-06-19, 22:16

Netflix and cull: why is the streaming service cancelling so many shows? Once upon a time, the tech giant let shows linger on well past their best. Now series like Chambers are getting axed after a season. What is behind t...
2019-06-19, 22:16

Pride sale celebrates 50 years since Stonewall – in pictures To mark WorldPride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, Swann Galleries in New York is holding a Pride sale, which explores and celebr...
2019-06-19, 09:32

The Monkees review – nothing left to prove in fun and moving 'final' show • Sydney Opera HouseJane Caro was a pre-teen fanatic screaming her lungs out at the Monkees in 1968. Their alleged final gig was, she says, a rollick...
2019-06-19, 09:32

Drunks, dress disasters and dad dancing: real wedding photographs In contrast to the forced smiles and schmaltz of traditional wedding photography, Ian Weldon takes a documentary approach – capturing the real charac...
2019-06-19, 08:16

Sexists assemble! Someone has 'defeminised' Avengers: Endgame An anonymous ‘fan’ has made a new edit of the Marvel hit with less women, less feelings, less male hugging and less entertainmentLike me, you probabl...
2019-06-19, 08:16

Feel-bad TV: why are we obsessed with small-screen tragedy? The surprise success of devastating fact-based dramas Chernobyl and When They See Us has shown that summer audiences aren’t always seeking escapism B...
2019-06-19, 08:16

Trevor Noah on police brutality video: 'What happened to protect and serve?' Late-night comics focused on the latest Trump controversy and highlighted a viral video of cops threatening a black family in PhoenixLate-night hosts...
2019-06-18, 21:00

Jon Stewart fires back at Mitch McConnell over 9/11 victims fund bill Ex-Daily Show host continues to demand Congress act to aid September 11 responders, with appearance on Stephen ColbertAs generations of opponents hav...
2019-06-18, 18:48

'It's important to be nice': Dwayne Johnson urges compassion in MTV awards speech ‘The most powerful thing we can be is ourselves’ says actor on an evening where inclusivity was celebratedDwayne Johnson told fans of the power of co...
2019-06-18, 18:00

'An obsessive, mischievous genius': actors pay tribute to Franco Zeffirelli Brooke Shields, Robert Powell, Jeremy Irons and Fanny Ardant share their memories of working with the virtuoso directorHe was very tough but in a lov...
2019-06-18, 18:00

Nicholas Sparks sorry for 'appearing intolerant' of LGBT pupils at his school After leaks showed him banning an LGBT club at the Christian school he co-founded, the novelist apologises for any hurt causedRomance novelist Nichol...
2019-06-18, 18:00

‘You need as many wigs as possible’: a guide to making the perfect pop parody Ellie White and Natasia Demetriou, whose new sketch show features their take on Ariana Grande, offer up some crucial adviceModern Toss on parody acts...
2019-06-18, 18:00

Don't look now: in defence of trigger warnings at the movies Calls for audiences to be alerted to potentially distressing scenes of sex, violence or drug use are under fire – but everyone has the right not to b...
2019-06-18, 18:00

Mike Dunn: the funky freak still uniting rap and house A thwarted deal with P Diddy left the Chicago house star ‘in a real dismal place’. But by reconnecting with the propulsive hip-house genre that he pi...
2019-06-18, 18:00

John Oliver on impeachment: 'The case for inaction is starting to get weak' The Last Week Tonight host made a case for impeaching Trump in the name of equality and fairness under the lawOn Last Week Tonight, John Oliver discu...
2019-06-17, 20:32

Nicholas Sparks defends diversity record at school after emails leak Author of The Notebook and school’s co-founder says emails to former headmaster are ‘not news’ ahead of trial in AugustBestselling romantic novelist ...
2019-06-17, 18:16

Are horror's audience-baiting puzzles detracting from the plot? Both Brightburn and Midsommar leave clues for fans to follow, but there’s a danger it’s leading them down a rabbit holeLooking to establish an evil h...
2019-06-17, 18:16

Hunger Games prequel book and possible movie on the way Suzanne Collins has written a book set in Panem 64 years before the original dystopian trilogy and Lionsgate has confirmed interest in adapting it fo...
2019-06-17, 18:16

Gloria Vanderbilt, New York artist, model, heiress and socialite, dies at 95 Son Anderson Cooper announces death on CNNVanderbilt worked well into old age and married four timesThe heiress, socialite, model, designer, artist, ...
2019-06-17, 18:16

War at home: how Big Little Lies deftly dissects domestic violence In the second season of the HBO drama, a nuanced depiction of surviving a violent marriage artfully evokes a form of PTSDBig Little Lies is a beautif...
2019-06-17, 18:16

Not OK, computer: how it feels to have your music leaked When Radiohead were held to ransom by hackers, they shrugged and put 18 hours of unheard material online for free. But for other artists, having musi...
2019-06-17, 08:00

Russian Doll is a comic delight – but do we really need a second season? The first season of the Netflix drama delivered a perfect story arc. So why bring it back, and risk an attack of difficult-second-season syndromeIt i...
2019-06-17, 08:00

The best (and worst) songs of the summer, from Rihanna to Las Ketchup Every year has its anthem, be it Drake, Calvin Harris or Beyoncé, but which one is the best of the millennium so far?Security banned umbrellas from h...
2019-06-15, 12:48

Trapped in the city of a thousand mountains – video A new phenomenon has taken the internet by storm: Chinese rap. But behind its skyrocketing popularity, there is a struggle for freedom of speech. Rap...
2019-06-14, 22:00

Why are Marvel’s Spider-Man posters so bad? The latest Spider-Man: Far From Home poster is dizzyingly witless – but it isn’t the only bad artwork in the franchiseMarvel movies exist on the cutt...
2019-06-14, 22:00

Blaque: How a forgotten R&B trio rescued their album from oblivion Blaque had the world at their feet but a double tragedy left them struggling to release their musicThere was a moment, around the turn of the millenn...
2019-06-14, 22:00

Farewell, Jessica Jones: the last woman standing in the Marvel-Netflix era With Marvel’s owner, Disney, preparing its own streaming service, Netflix is throwing in the towel. But Krysten Ritter’s street-level superhero alway...
2019-06-14, 22:00

Exit stage far right: behind the pro-Trump play hitting Washington DC In what’s been called ‘Hamilton for the MAGA crowd’, Dean Cain heads up a dramatic retelling of the controversial anti-Trump FBI texts aimed at a rig...
2019-06-14, 22:00

Stephen Colbert on Trump: 'It’s even worse when he tells the truth' Late-night hosts discussed Trump’s ABC interview where he admitted he would take foreign information on his opponents and not report itWith Donald Tr...
2019-06-14, 22:00

Harlan Coben: 'I cry a lot when I write – I need to cry more when I’m reading' The thriller author on the book that explains why writers are ‘plain nuts’, and the William Goldman novel that started him on his career pathThe book...
2019-06-14, 12:48

The Secret Life of Bees review – sweet, buzzy musical is one to watch Linda Gross Theater at the Atlantic Theater Company, New YorkThe latest from Spring Awakening’s Duncan Sheik is a lush and emotionally impactful prod...
2019-06-14, 09:32

Euphoria review – dizzying high school drama is one of year's best Zendaya plays a student battling addiction in a Drake-produced series that manages to bring both style and substanceDespite the 13-plus reasons why N...
2019-06-14, 09:32

Michael Caine’s best films – ranked! As The Italian Job gets a 50th anniversary re-release, we have painstakingly charted the charming hardnut’s 50 greatest performances, from Alfie to Z...
2019-06-14, 09:32

Murder Mystery review – Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston buoy fun Netflix comedy Old-fashioned movie star charm lifts a goofy, likable film that puts a New York couple in the middle of a European whodunnitAdam Sandler’s monstrous ...
2019-06-14, 09:32

Denis Villeneuve Is Working on a 'Dune' Series The 'Blade Runner 2049' director, who is also working on a film adaptation of Frank Herbert's work, is going to direct the pilot for series about the...
2019-06-14, 00:48

Toy Story 4 review – new characters but the same old Story It may only be a repeat of earlier ideas and plotlines, but compare it to the fourth films in other franchises and Pixar’s latest is an amusing and c...
2019-06-13, 20:32

Seth Meyers on Trump: 'He always makes it obvious when he’s lying' Late-night hosts turned their attention to the 2020 campaign trail and ‘the 124th wild presidency week in a row’Late-night hosts joked about the 2020...
2019-06-13, 20:32

Laurie Anderson: 'It's a great time to be creating new realities' The avant-garde pioneer’s virtual-reality installation To the Moon is coming to Manchester international festivalThe moon has always been a playgroun...
2019-06-13, 14:48

Binge TV: a lovely sugar rush, but ultimately unsatisfying | Sarah Hughes Viewers who watch all episodes of their favourite shows at one sitting are missing out on something more rewardingHow do you watch TV? All in one gul...
2019-06-13, 14:48

Jessica Biel joins campaigner lobbying against Californian vaccination law The actor was thanked by prominent anti-vaxxer Robert Kennedy Jr after they apparently lobbied together in opposition to a bill intended to reduce me...
2019-06-13, 14:48

Bryan Singer to pay $150,000 to settle rape allegation Claim denied by director will be discharged following bankruptcy proceedings involving complainant Cesar Sanchez-GuzmanOne of the key allegations aga...
2019-06-13, 14:48

Revolution! Latin American photography – in pictures From the photos by Alberto Korda that helped canonise Che Guevara to snatched street images of resistance, new show Urban Impulses embraces a turbule...
2019-06-13, 08:16

'It's long overdue': the first exhibition for Native American female artists In a groundbreaking new exhibition, the often unseen or uncredited works of Native American women are being celebratedWalk into most museums and ther...
2019-06-13, 08:16

Stephen Colbert on Trump v Biden: 'Only one of you is sitting on Putin’s lap' Late-night hosts focused on the war between the president and his Democratic foe, and other drama on the campaign trialLate-night hosts focused on th...
2019-06-12, 19:00

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 utteredEve Ensle...
2019-06-12, 16:32

Backlash in Samoa over 'hypocritical' Rocketman ban Activists accuse censors of ‘selective morality’ in nation where transgender women are widely acceptedThe banning of Rocketman, a biographic film abo...
2019-06-12, 16:32

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 songsAn animated Spice Girls movie i...
2019-06-12, 16:32

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 mediocrityIt’s time once again for what...
2019-06-12, 16:32

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. Laura Pannack’s series documents th...
2019-06-12, 11:48

Cat lovers question ethics of Nicole Kidman hiking with pets in backpack The actor’s revelations that she often goes for walks toting cats – and that she ate ants – have been met with scepticism by animal rights groupsWhet...
2019-06-11, 23:00

Stephen Colbert on Trump’s cancelled Mexican tariffs: ‘The Lyin’ King’ Late-night hosts focused on the reports of the true origins behind the new Mexican border security agreementLate-night hosts focused on Donald Trump’...
2019-06-11, 23:00

Nancy Meyers: focusing on my movie kitchens is sexist Director of It’s Complicated and Something’s Gotta Give says male directors who make ‘gorgeous’ films don’t face similar criticismNancy Meyers, the m...
2019-06-11, 15:48

Samoa bans Elton John biopic Rocketman over gay scenes Pacific nation’s censor says homosexual activity depicted on screen violates its lawsThe Pacific nation of Samoa has banned the Elton John biopic Roc...
2019-06-11, 15:48

Rob Lowe, bobby on the beat? The US A-listers who ended up on British TV The West Wing star has a new role as a hard-bitten Miami cop decamping to Lincolnshire, in ITV drama Wild Bill. But he’s not the first American to ma...
2019-06-11, 15:48

Radiohead release hours of hacked MiniDiscs to benefit Extinction Rebellion Thom Yorke describes hours of recordings from OK Computer sessions as ‘not v interesting’, while climate activists thank the band for ‘unprecedented ...
2019-06-11, 15:48

From the horse's mouth to the door to hell: Magnum's images of obsession – in pictures Magnum photographers choose images on the theme of obsession for the world-renowned agency’s latest square print sale, in which museum-quality prints...
2019-06-11, 11:32

Michelle Wolf: 'My new period joke is for men – and they love it' The upfront standup took down Trump with a blistering routine at the White House correspondents’ dinner. But she won’t joke about him againHere are s...
2019-06-11, 11:32

True Grit at 50: the throwback western that gave John Wayne his only Oscar Released in the same year as The Wild Bunch and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Henry Hathaway’s western was defiantly old-fashioned in compariso...
2019-06-11, 11:32

Rewriting Shakespeare makes his plays live again. Don’t knock it | Alex Clark Criticism of a Timon of Athens production by the former National Theatre director, Richard Eyre, missed the markI feel a certain sympathy for Richard...
2019-06-11, 07:48

Richard Linklater: how we made Dazed and Confused ‘When the studio head realised I was directing, he thought, “Oh no, it’s going to be one of those arty, jerk-offski movies.” I still have PTSD thinki...
2019-06-11, 07:48

Queer fears: the problem with Black Mirror's 'no homo' episode There’s a frustratingly regressive tone to an episode about two men exploring their sexuality that feels embarrassed and coy about its subject matter...
2019-06-11, 01:16

Goodbye to The Good Place: TV's best comedy will end on a heavenly high The inspired sitcom about life after death will meet its maker after its fourth season. But unlike some shows, it has chosen the right time to fall o...
2019-06-10, 19:01

Bushwick Bill, rapper with Geto Boys, dies aged 52 Houston rapper who gave the southern US states their own version of gangsta rap had been recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancerBushwick Bill, a ra...
2019-06-10, 19:01

Space oddities: why the Futurama reboot went from sci-fi to sci-why The show was axed and remade, moving to Comedy Central and leaving its comedic legacy behindMatt Groening could do no wrong in 1999. The Simpsons was...
2019-06-10, 19:01

Big Little Lies season two review – it's the Meryl Streep show now Streep is downright terrifying as a mother who arrives in town to uncover the truth about her son’s death – adding extra brilliance to an already sen...
2019-06-10, 19:01

Why this year's Tony awards lacked that Broadway magic With most of the awards landing in predictable hands and a host who failed to add the requisite pizzazz, the annual Broadway love-in felt rather flat...
2019-06-10, 19:01

John Oliver: equal rights are 'so obvious, you assume we already have it' The Last Week Tonight host discussed the equal rights amendment’s importance and long journey to ratificationJohn Oliver’s Last Week Tonight on Sunda...
2019-06-10, 19:01

Beauty, beasts and Olympic sprints: David Bintley's ballets – in pictures David Bintley, the choreographer and director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, is standing down after 25 years. We look back at some of his most compellin...
2019-06-10, 13:32

The Handmaid's Tale recap: season three, episode one – is that hope we're feeling? There’s revolution brewing in Gilead as the dystopian drama returns with a surprisingly optimistic opener. It’s almost enough to make you punch the a...
2019-06-10, 10:32

Big Little Lies recap: season two, episode one - What Have They Done? There’s a sense of the calm before the storm as the acclaimed drama returns, but a terrifying new arrival has put everyone on edgeSpoiler alert: this...
2019-06-10, 10:32

No Visible Bruises by Rachel Louise Snyder review – domestic violence in America An explosive new book condemns the male culture that sees 50 women a month in the US shot dead by the men they loveWhat do we talk about when we talk...
2019-06-10, 10:32

Ed Sheeran is UK's most-played artist of 2018 despite not releasing any music Ed Sheeran tops chart for second year running, with Britons making up nine of top 10 most-played artistsEd Sheeran was the most-played artist in the ...
2019-06-10, 10:32

Karl the Fog: San Francisco's mysterious resident – in pictures Most instagram accounts rely on blue skies and sunshine, but Karl the Fog has amassed more than 200,000 followers with selfies depicting the grey mis...
2019-06-10, 10:32

Animal crackers: inside the world's most madcap menagerie With its Frankenstein fauna and cosmopolitan chickens, Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen’s eco-park puts the perverse into biodiversity A huge steel ca...
2019-06-10, 10:32

Will Hollywood’s new youthifying tech keep old actors in work for ever? From Samuel L Jackson to Will Smith, established stars are de-ageing in films – a trick that might not always benefit the industryHow old is Samuel L...
2019-06-10, 10:32

Tony awards 2019: folk musical Hadestown triumphs while Brits win big The mythic musical was the night’s big winner but Sam Mendes and The Ferryman also made an impression in a diverse ceremonyA box office record-breaki...
2019-06-10, 10:32