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‘Those Bastard Developments’ – Why The Inventor Of The Shopping Mall Denounced His Creation
‘Every day will be a perfect shopping day,” cooed the adverts for America’s first indoor mall when it opened in Edina, Minnesota, in 1956. Edina is blanketed by snow and ice in winter, and baked by unbearably humid heat in summer. The Southdale Cente
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‘KHAAAAN!’: Why Wrath Of Khan Remains The Greatest Star Trek Movie, 40 Years On
When JJ Abrams began rebooting Star Trek with a fresh cast and crew of the Enterprise in 2009, many hardcore Trekkers complained that the new movies lacked the Apollo-era optimism and vision of space adventure as one giant cosmic morality tale that,
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‘It Stays Mind-blowing’: Billie Eilish’s Mum On Her Daughter Making Glastonbury History
Headlining Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage – the most recognised festival platform in the world – has always been a career-defining moment. When 20-year-old Billie Eilish makes history as the youngest ever solo headliner on Friday, one familiar face is g
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‘I Chatted About The Weather With Janet Jackson’: The Glastonbury Festival I’ll Never Forget
I first went to Glastonbury to play in a band [Kenickie], then with friends, and then for work. I’ve covered each event since 2002 and it’s a huge privilege to bring the festival into people’s homes. Glastonbury has shaped my life. I went from stayin
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The 20 Best Films Set On Trains – Ranked!
The sight of Gene Wilder blacking-up under the tutelage of Richard Pryor is enough to get this lightweight comedy-thriller cancelled faster than a train on strike day. But there’s still plenty to enjoy, from a sleeping-compartment scene between Wilde
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Top 10 Books About Terrible Jobs
Terrible jobs are a staple of literature. But it is a somewhat loaded term inviting images of scrubbing toilets, cleaning vomit, etc, when, really, all jobs are terrible, otherwise they would not have to pay us to do them. I knew I wanted to write a
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‘Queer, Hilarious And Full Of Joy’: The Rise Of LGBTQ+ Romance Fiction
“I have read some really fantastic fiction about queer women, but I have quite often felt that it leans towards the slightly gloomier side,” says author Laura Kay. For the London-based writer, it was natural that her debut novel, The Split, would be
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From J-Lo To Taylor Swift, ‘Pop Docs’ Are Glamorous Fun – And Smart Propaganda | Hannah Strong
Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Charlie XCX, Olivia Rodrigo: over the past decade, there has been a boom in documentaries about female pop stars. These glossy, behind-the-scenes films promise to share an unfiltered and au
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Once Banned, Now Knighted: How Horace Ové Became The Godfather Of Black British Film-making
Later this week, my friend and mentor Horace Ové will head to Buck House to be made a knight of the British empire. Those of us who know Horace rejoice at this richly deserved honour. We are also amused by the deep irony. For the very empire that wil
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Less Of Ewan McGregor Please! The Big Problem With Obi-Wan Kenobi
There is a scene towards the end of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith that encapsulates everything that went wrong with the prequel trilogy. Anakin Skywalker, Force wunderkind turned emo Jedi slayer, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, his former chum and
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A Star Is Forlorn: Bradley Cooper And The Mystery Of The ‘Asshole Director’
If you haven’t heard it yet, Bradley Cooper’s recent appearance on the SmartLess podcast is a total doozy. Not only does he reveal he was once heavily addicted to cocaine – and that he ended the habit when one of the podcast’s hosts, Will Arnett, cal
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The Big Idea: Are We Responsible For The Things We Do Wrong?
The question of whether we are responsible for the harm we cause goes to the heart of who we think we are, and how we believe society should run. Guilt, blame, the existence of evil, and free will itself can complicate this question to the point of n
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Why Are Big Festivals Like Glastonbury So White? | Stephanie Phillips
There are a few things you can count on in a British summer: two or three days of sunshine, an afternoon spent burning sausages to a crisp at a mate’s barbecue, and the cultural ubiquity of music festivals. Pitching a tent in a field to watch some of
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‘There Was Practically A Riot At King’s Cross’: An Oral History Of Harry Potter At 25
“He’ll be famous – a legend – every child in our world will know his name.” So predicts Professor McGonagall in the opening chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Breaking sales records from the beginning, Harry Potter is the biggest su
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Heat: Robert De Niro And Al Pacino Reunite To Discuss Their Hit Thriller
Any misgivings about terseness at a Q&A panel dedicated to Heat, a film in which men prefer to let their automatic rifles talk about their feelings for them, were quickly put to one side last night at the dazzling United Palace theater in Manhattan’s
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The Book That Tore Publishing Apart: ‘Harm Has Been Done, And Now Everyone’s Afraid’
At the end of March, a book that had been condemned to die came back to life. There was no star-studded launch, and no great fanfare, although this book is now somewhat famous. The new publisher of the poet Kate Clanchy’s memoir Some Kids I Taught an
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Destination Masterpiece: 75 Great Artworks To See Across The UK
1. Lucas Cranach the Elder – Judith With the Head of HolofernesThe Burrell Collection, Glasgow The culture clash that underpinned Cranach’s art – German courtly splendour and strait-laced religious reformation – powers a magnetic imagining of Jewish
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At 80, Paul McCartney Still Makes Genius Look Effortless
There’s a lovely scene in Peter Jackson’s recent documentary The Beatles: Get Back that sums up the taken-for-granted brilliance of Paul McCartney. It’s another day in Twickenham studios, where McCartney is single-handedly wrestling the Beatles into
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‘The Nation Had Lost Its Mind’: The Extraordinary New Documentary About The Death Of Princess Diana
Only a genius of longform plotting could have planned the sting in the tail of the royal 2022. In the rolling melodrama of the British monarchy, the platinum jubilee was always slated for this year, gratitude splashed across the Daily Express. But no
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Is The Lord Of The Rings Now A Never-ending Franchise Like Marvel And Star Wars?
‘The road goes ever on”, wrote Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. But the esteemed Oxford don and creator of the high fantasy genre probably wasn’t expecting it to lead to a billion dollar multimedia franchise to rival Marvel and Star W
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It’s Groundhog Day … Again! Why TV Can’t Get Enough Of Time-loops
A man keeps waking up on the same morning, over and over again. Is he going mad? Is he suffering a pesky case of deja vu? Nope, he soon works out that he is somehow stuck in a time loop. Now all he has to do is work out how to escape it. This isn’t o
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Ryan Gosling As Ken In The New Barbie Film Is A Masterstroke Of Casting
We live in fractious times. The internet has reduced us all to thousands of ultra-specific tribes, all of whom sit in angry, steadfast opposition to one another. At our worst, it feels like humanity might not ever be able to agree upon anything ever
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Top 10 Forests In Fiction | Zoe Gilbert
Long before Dante found himself lost in a dark wood, forests have been put to metaphorical use by storytellers. They are perhaps the “symbol of symbolism”, as Robert Pogue Harrison has it in his aptly titled book Forests: The Shadow of Civilisation.
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‘Landmark’ Anthology 100 Queer Poems Published For Pride Month
This Pride month, a new anthology featuring the work of queer poets such as Langston Hughes, Ocean Vuong and Kae Tempest is “questioning and redefining what we mean by a ‘queer’ poem”. 100 Queer Poems, edited by Andrew McMillan and Mary Jean Chan, fe
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To Infinity – Actually, Let’s Go Back: Why Can Film Franchises No Longer Look To The Future?
The best known line of dialogue from Toy Story – the best known line from any Pixar film, in fact – is Buzz Lightyear’s gloriously nonsensical catchphrase, “To infinity – and beyond!” It’s hardly surprising, then, that he says it once every 15 minute
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Lapvona By Ottessa Moshfegh Review – A Carnival Of The Grotesque
There’s something encouraging, and perhaps telling, about Ottessa Moshfegh’s success. Her abject, pervy, excremental fictions carry a whiff of deviance and nihilism into a squeaky clean mainstream that comforts some while alienating others. Although
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Pushing Buttons: Why Every Big Game Looks The Same
The absence of the E3 expo in Los Angeles for the past two years has left a gigantic vacuum in the video game calendar. Last week, the industry did its best to fill that gaping content maw with three online events – the Summer Game fest, the Xbox and
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The Bourne Identity At 20: The Surprise Hit That Changed Action Film-making
In the early 2000s, the action movie was in mortal danger. The reliable heroes of the 80s and 90s – Sly, Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Mel Gibson – were getting old and out of touch. Director Michael Bay was the new guy on the block, with hits lik
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He Can’t Handle The Truth! Did Simon Pegg Really Reveal Tom Cruise’s Darkest Secret?
If you were online at all this weekend, you may very well have noticed an interview that Simon Pegg gave to The Times (£). It didn’t offer much new information when it comes to Pegg (he had an alcohol problem, he wants to be taken seriously, he has t
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Does Anyone Ever Really Feel ‘Grown Up’? I Asked Some Older People To Find Out
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a grownup. As children, my friends and I would play at being shopkeepers and customers, thrilled to inhabit an adult role. As a teenager, I lived alone abroad. By my 30s I had all the things I thought
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