- Guardian 10:33August 22, 2019Angel Has Fallen: is Gerard Butler Hollywood's weirdest action hero?Inane, profane and wholly humourless, the Fallen trilogy would be beyond redemption were it not for the thirsty work of its starThe many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics states that every possible outcome to every decision ever made will each happen, and each outcome exists in its own parallel universe. I am telling you this because Angel Has Fallen – the third of Gerard Butler’s Has Fallen series, is released this week – and I’m taking it as proof that we all live in the wrong universe.Cast your mind back to 2013. As with The Prestige and The Illusionist in 2006, or Armageddon and Deep Impact in 1998, two films with the same premise were released in quick succession. In both, terrorists storm the White House. But only one of them was any good. That film was White House Down, in which Channing Tatum, in his first charismatic rush of true moviestardom, swaggered and winked his way through an insurmountable wall of danger. It was far too stupid to win any awards but, as encapsulated in the scene where Tatum admonishes the president for bonking him on the head with a rocket launcher, its stupidness was self-aware. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 09:00August 22, 2019Filthy rich: why the awful antics of Succession are so addictiveThe slick, anti-aspirational drama about a rich Murdoch-esque empire shouldn’t be quite this compulsive but it remains an odd fascinationIt takes until the second season of Succession for a main character to express an ounce of everyday moral doubt. That character would be hapless Cousin Greg, former family outsider and now assistant to Tom Wamsgans, the new boss at a television network and son-in-law to its corporate overlord, Logan Roy. Pressed by Wamsgans, Greg admits to doubts about working at the network, ATN, which is implied to be ethically akin to Fox News. “ATN is like … kind of against my principles?” Greg says. “Your principles?” Tom gasps. “Greg, don’t be an asshole, you don’t have principles.” Related: Succession's Kieran Culkin on villainy, Home Alone – and Michael Jackson Continue reading...
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- Guardian 08:00August 22, 2019My best shot: Rena Effendi on haymaking in Transylvania‘The light was soft … They were so graceful. They are the last peasants, the last of their kind’ In 2012, I travelled to Transylvania to document what is effectively the last remaining bucolic landscape of Europe. England, for example, has lost most of its hay meadows because of large-scale agriculture, but in Romania this kind of small-scale sustainable way of farming persists. It survived the Ceaușescu regime. It survived the EU. Today, however, it is a vanishing way of life as young people increasingly choose to migrate to western Europe in search of work and faster money. I spent three weeks in Maramureş in the northern Carpathian mountains, exploring life in six tiny hamlets, each with no more than 500 inhabitants. It was August, the height of the haymaking season. Families worked in the fields from dawn to dusk. These women were from a village called Breb. I saw their haystacks from the road as my translator and I drove past. I shouted “stop!” and ran out of the car towards them. They smiled at me, but we didn’t talk, they just carried on with what they were doing. It was late in the day, and they were getting ready to go home. The women wear trousers to make hay because the wind blows their skirts up. Here, they were putting their headscarves and their traditional skirts back on. Then they gathered their baskets, in which they’d brought their lunch, and walked back to the village. I followed. The light was very soft, and the shadows long.Cutting hay and stacking it is physically demanding, I tried doing it myself and failed miserably Continue reading...
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- Guardian 07:30August 22, 2019Can Spider-Man survive outside of the Marvel universe?Disney and Sony have split over their web-slinging arrangement which could lead to disaster for Spidey or an intriguing new opportunityIs the Marvel Cinematic Universe going to have to say goodbye to its friendly neighborhood Spider-Man? Marvel and Sony discussions on how to share the webslinger’s universe have reached an impasse, meaning Spider-Man is barred from rejoining the Avengers. While there are arguments on both sides as to who is at fault, the stand-off raises an interesting question: if the two companies part ways, can Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters (SUMC) survive without any involvement from Kevin Feige? Related: Spider-Man out of Marvel Cinematic Universe after Disney split with Sony Continue reading...
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- Guardian 02:01August 22, 2019Jayde Adams: The Ballad of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face review – a pop at pop-feminismPleasance Courtyard, EdinburghThe Bristolian standup’s blunt good sense is deployed to optimal effect in taking fashionable feminism in the Instagram age to taskAfter several shows in which showbiz and song featured as prominently as standup, Jayde Adams doesn’t think she’s being taken seriously enough as a comedian. This year’s offering sets out to fix that. Having not read a book in seven years, Adams has been boning up on feminism. The glam couture has been swapped for a black turtleneck, uniform of the earnest. The Bristolian is not impressed by fourth-wave feminism – or by how Beyoncé and the Kardashians represent it – and is here to take it to task.The Ballad of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face – good title – is certainly a departure from her previous work, if not the great leap forward some have perceived. (The pop it takes at Beyoncé’s feminism is reheated from previous shows.) Adams pours cold water on the progressive claims made for pop culture icons, arguing they conceal the more radical work being done elsewhere. Perhaps – just perhaps – Jay-Z grabbing his wife’s backside onstage isn’t really advancing the gender equality cause, while Adams posits a very droll analogy for the attractive actor Jameela Jamil writing a book about body positivity. Continue reading...
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- Mashable 00:14August 22, 2019Turtle ASMR is cute as (s)hellIf we’ve learned anything from this video, it’s that the internet needs more turtle ASMR content. Like, yesterday.
For everyone that has ever wanted to experience the cuteness overload brought on by little turtles getting their munch on pond-side, YouTube channel The Fish Whisperer has got your back (er, your shell, in this case).
Given a mic, a naturally picturesque background, and an assortment of fruits, veggies, and crunchy buggies, the turtles are free to casually waltz up the hill, grab a quick bite, and slip back down to the pond. The turtles have obviously mastered the art of somehow being wholesomely charming while eating. If only we could learn to do the same. Read more...More about Cute Animals, Asmr, Turtles, Culture, and Animals
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- Mashable 22:53August 21, 2019People are mocking that viral Instagram hoax with hilarious parodiesThe hoax that went viral on Instagram, tricking celebrities and your aunt who shares too much about her marriage on Facebook alike, is being viciously parodied.
Publicly declaring that a social media platform can't invade your privacy by posting on that social media platform is much like Michael Scott from The Office declaring bankruptcy by literally declaring the word "bankruptcy" out loud — neither action actually protects you from anything. On Tuesday night, Instagram users worldwide pulled a major Boomer move by sharing a screenshot of a Notes App that claimed the platform could start using users' photos "in court cases in litigation against you." The viral text and its variations also claimed that privacy violations were punishable by law under the Rome Statute — which, by the way, was the international 1998 treaty that established the International Criminal Court. The United States already has a complicated relationship with the ICC, and the likelihood of the court prosecuting an American corporation who used someone's photos because they didn't share a screenshot is next to nothing. Read more...More about Instagram, Memes, Parody, Culture, and Web Culture
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- Business Insider 22:23August 21, 2019NRA head Wayne LaPierre made $1.4 million in 2017. Here's what we know, and don't know, about the finances of America's most public gun rights advocate, who can reportedly change Trump's mind on gun policy with a single phone call.REUTERS/Joshua Roberts Wayne LaPierre is the CEO and executive vice president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), an American gun rights advocacy group.
While LaPierre's exact net worth is unknown, one estimate has put it at $10 million.
He was paid more than $1.4 million in total compensation in 2017, according to NRA-filed tax documents.
LaPierre travels by private plane for security reasons.
His spending has come under scrutiny under recent months, as leaked documents suggest that the CEO spent nearly $275,000 over 15 years at a luxury men's clothing boutique in Beverly Hills, California.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As the CEO and executive vice president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), Wayne LaPierre has been the public face of gun rights advocacy for years — and records indicate that he's made millions doing so.
While LaPierre's exact net worth is unknown, one estimate has put it at $10 million. The NRA declined to comment on LaPierre's net worth when reached by Business Insider.
LaPierre was paid more than $1.4 million in 2017, according to NRA-filed tax documents. The Washington Post found that he made more than $5 million in 2015, including a payout that year of a $3.7 million retirement plan.
Here's what we know about the CEO's finances.Wayne LaPierre is the CEO and executive vice president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), an American gun rights advocacy group.
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LaPierre has held the position for 28 years, since 1991.
While LaPierre's exact net worth is unknown, one estimate puts it at $10 million. In 2017, his compensation was more than $1.4 million.
While LaPierre's exact net worth is unknown, one estimate by Celebrity Net Worth has put it at $10 million, based on his NRA salary as disclosed in the organization's Form 990 filings.
Celebrity Net Worth looks at publicly available information including salaries, real-estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements, removing estimated taxes, manager's fees, agent fees, and lifestyle expenses.
In 2017, the most recent year available, NRA paid LaPierre a salary of $1,366,688, plus an additional $67,289 in "other compensation from the organization and related organizations," according to the company's 2017 990 tax form. That brings his total compensation that year to $1,433,977.
Five years earlier, in 2012, LaPierre made $974,867 in total compensation.
In 2004, the earliest year the NRA's 990 forms are available, LaPierre's salary was $633,823. LaPierre's income from his books and speaking engagements is unknown.
And LaPierre's pay wouldn't necessarily cease if he were to step down from the company.
According to an investigation by The New Yorker, state records show that LaPierre's contract "provides for consulting services and personal appearances upon the end of his employment, at an annual rate that starts at his currently contracted final base salary and is later reduced." As in: The exec would continue to make his salary, or close to it, after retirement.
In response to The New Yorker's reporting, Bill Brewer, a lawyer who represents the NRA, told the publication that the NRA "has serious concerns about the accuracy of this reporting and The New Yorker's sources. Of course, we cannot comment on privileged communications or personnel matters."
Between 2014 to 2015, as the NRA thrived, the CEO got a pay increase to more than $5 million.
Thanks to a retirement payout, LaPierre's compensation rose by more than $4 million, according to tax forms obtained by The Washington Post. A San Francisco tax attorney, Marc Fosse, told the Post that such retirement payouts are typical for highly compensated employees.
"It probably had a vesting age, a normal retirement age, a normal retirement date in it, and that date hit and he had to take the benefits," Fosse said.
In 2014, LaPierre made $985,885, according to the documents. The very next year, in 2015, he brought in $5,110,985.
Most of the extra cash came from the payout of a $3.7 million retirement plan. His salary was also bumped to $1,090,515 and he received a $150,000 bonus.
The NRA did not respond to a request for comment from Business Insider on the nature of the retirement payout.
The raise coincided with a bump in revenue of the NRA itself. The organization brought in $336 million in revenue in 2015, about $26 million more than the year before.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Lisbon is the hottest travel destination for millennials in 2019. We asked 20-somethings for their best travel tips — from fairy-tale castles to buzzing nightlife, here's what they said.Here's how much space $1,000 in rent will get you in 11 major US citiesMatthew Perry just listed his Los Angeles penthouse for $35 million, and it's the most expensive condo in the city — here's a look insideSEE ALSO: 2020 Democratic candidates blame the NRA, push gun-control measures after El Paso shooting
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- Guardian 22:00August 21, 2019Cyborgs and supermodels hit the dancefloor at EdinburghIn Ritualia and Learning from the Future, Colette Sadler poses questions about the human body. But does she find answers?It’s a bold move for any contemporary choreographer to reimagine Bronislava Nijinska and Igor Stravinsky’s modernist ballet Les Noces, an apogee of Ballets Russes avant-gardism. Colette Sadler employs big wigs, black crochet bodysuits and some thumping bass for her version, Ritualia (★★★☆☆), and dispenses with the Russian peasant wedding in favour of a more gender-fluid festivity. The body itself appears to be the source of celebration, but a frustrating sense of superficiality prevails.In the original ballet, separate huddles of men and women submit to collective custom with grim blankness. Sadler’s dancers, however, exude the expressionless insouciance of catwalk models. Ritualia is all androgyny, with snappily splayed, corrugated limbs and undulating ensemble work. Continue reading...
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- The Daily Beast 19:34August 21, 2019Fox News Tried to Get Jill Abramson to Call the New York Times Biased. It Backfired.During a lengthy Fox News interview on Wednesday morning, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson repeatedly frustrated America’s Newsroom anchors Sandra Smith and Jon Scott as she rebuffed their attempts to get her to criticize the paper’s coverage of President Trump.In recent days, Fox News has been laser-focused on a transcript of the newspaper’s recent town-hall meeting, claiming it showed current Times executive editor Dean Baquet admitting the paper switched narratives from the Russia investigation to racism in an effort to take out the president. Abramson, who has not been shy in her criticism of the paper she once ran, began the segment by immediately praising Baquet as “really doing a brilliant job” under the circumstances of Trump’s presidency.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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- The New Yorker 18:40August 21, 2019“Salome” Is the Opera That Fascinates Me MostAlex Ross writes about Richard Strauss’s opera “Salome,” whose staggeringly original score, unsettling sexual and racial politics, and disjointed scale effectively raised the curtain on twentieth-century music.
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- Mashable 18:12August 21, 2019I choose to believe that Hillary Clinton wants 'Truth Hurts' to be the national anthemIt is simply true that any Lizzo song would make a great national anthem. Even Hillary Clinton thinks so.
On Tuesday, the singer tweeted a clip from a 2016 Democratic presidential debate featuring the then-candidates — including blasts from the past Martin O'Malley, Jim Webb, and Lincoln Chafee — putting their hands over their hearts for the national anthem. Except "The Star-Spangled Banner" is not playing in the background — the perfect Lizzo song "Truth Hurts" is. The opening line, "Why're men great 'til they gotta be great?" plays as the camera pans across the 5 candidates.
SEE ALSO: Lizzo playing the flute while Megan Thee Stallion twerks is the most 'hot girl summer' thing ever Read more...More about Hillary Clinton, Lizzo, Culture, Web Culture, and Celebrities
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- Guardian 17:57August 21, 2019Edinburgh Comedy awards 2019: surrealists, standups and sausage act vie for prizeLondon Hughes and Jessica Fostekew are among the comics on the shortlist of nine nominees, while Catherine Cohen is up for best newcomer The shortlist for the biggest prize in live comedy, the Edinburgh Comedy award, has been announced – and it’s one of the most diverse in the history of what used to be the Perrier. Straight standup, autobiographical shows, experimentalism and prop comedy are all recognised, alongside two sketch shows – representing a mini-revival for the artform. A year after New Zealand’s Rose Matafeo became the first person of colour to win the main award as a solo performer, two strong black British comedians also feature.It’s a shortlist (or not-so-shortlist, given the record-equalling tally of comics involved) that features old hands and first-timers. The convention-bending Jordan Brookes makes a second appearance after 2017’s Body of Work, and his new, part-improvised offering I’ve Got Nothing will be among the favourites. Goofball Spencer Jones – whose sitcom The Mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk recently broadcast on BBC2 – was also nominated two summers ago. Birmingham standup Darren Harriott – a best newcomer nominee in the same year – graduates to the main list. Continue reading...
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- Mashable 17:09August 21, 2019Jeff Bezos, Lil Nas X, and Katy Perry hung out, and the photos are as awkward as you thinkLil Nas X took his horse to an Amazon concert and as a result we now have some really strange Instagram photos.
During the company's annual post-Prime Day concert, which Geek Wire reports was held on Tuesday night for thousands of Amazon employees in Seattle, the record-setting rapper hung out backstage with fellow artist Katy Perry, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. An odd and unexpected trio, don't you agree?
It seems the three had a mini photoshoot backstage, because they each posted several "I'm Having A Great Time" shots on social media. View this post on Instagram i am the now the new owner of amazon and i stole katy perry’s dog
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- Huffington Post UK 16:55August 21, 2019Teens Deny Homophobic Attack Against Women On Bus
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- Guardian 16:00August 21, 2019James McNicholas: The Boxer review – a knockout comedyPleasance Courtyard, EdinburghMcNicholas throws down a heavyweight hour of standup and storytelling about his champion grandad Terry DownesTerry Downes was world middleweight boxing champion in the early 1960s. His grandson James McNicholas is a writer, actor and comedian whose biggest success was an advert for TUC biscuits. “He left big shoes to fill,” McNicholas tells us – “even for a clown.” But McNicholas, one third of the sketch troupe Beasts, goes some way to filling them with this gem of a show about his grandfather’s life – and one his struggle to live up to it.It starts loosely in Grandpa Terry’s character, as McNicholas adopts a London accent and recounts the early days of his pugilistic career. “I’m taking to this like a duck” – pause – “who’s really good at boxing,” he says, which gives a flavour of the narrative voice. It’s one stuffed with anachronisms and silly jokes, but true to the spirit of a young Londoner hard-scrabbling his way to sporting success. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 15:54August 21, 2019'The ultimate binge-watch': why football docs top Game of Thrones for dramaStuffed full of agony, redemption and melodrama, football is the perfect fit for the streaming age, as Amazon’s engrossing Leeds United documentary provesVery few Leeds United fans regard the denouement to the 2018-19 football season as anything other than the cruellest and cheapest of dramatic devices. It was as painfully inevitable as a dutiful cop being shot in the head on his last assignment before retirement. But like all football fans, Leeds supporters are suckers for punishment. They will relive this misery and pay for the privilege of doing so. In fact, they will look forward to the prospect – Leeds Twitter has been abuzz with talk of a new Amazon documentary series about their glorious failure for several months. Related: Russell Crowe, Kalvin Phillips’ gran and hope – Leeds documentary has it all (apart from Bielsa) Continue reading...
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- Guardian 14:44August 21, 2019Succession's Kieran Culkin on villainy, Home Alone – and Michael JacksonThe former child star is having a ball as foul-mouthed Roman Roy in HBO’s compulsive dynasty drama. So why did it take him 29 years to enjoy his job? ‘I’m enjoying the fuck out of my job!” Kieran Culkin announces, with the same foul-mouthed ebullience one might expect from his character in Succession, the compulsive drama about a vicious media dynasty. It becomes easy to imagine that it’s his small-screen persona sitting in front of you in a conference room in HBO’s New York office, only without the fancy jewellery and stinging bile.New York? “It’s fucking impossible to live here!” Ratings? “I don’t give a fuck!” Erm, Only Fools and Horses? “I fucking love that show!” Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 14:04August 21, 2019Edinburgh fringe 'must do more' to tackle sexual harassmentCall comes as Equity union is inundated with complaints from acts appearing at festivalThe Edinburgh festival fringe has an “appalling” record of sexual harassment and assault, according to a leading union and a workers’ organisation, which say employers at the event do not take the issue seriously enough.Fair Fringe, a campaign for workers’ rights at the festival, said the event had a huge issue with harassment and encouraged employers to do more to address the issue. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 13:17August 21, 2019Top 10 caregivers in fiction | Lila SavageWriters from Alice Munro to Ottessa Moshfegh explore some of life’s most gruelling experiences in ways that build in survival toolsShortly before the publication of my first novel, I learned that my mother’s cancer had returned. I am not yet her caregiver but I have cared for folks with cancer before – and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and other afflictions, mostly of old age. I worked as a professional companion for elderly people for nearly nine years before I began writing about my caregiving work in the form of Say Say Say – the story of young woman who cares for a woman with a brain injury, and the complex intimacies that emerge within her family as she declines.During that time I thought about why people might want to read work on difficult or dark subjects, but it was largely an abstract consideration. By the time I began reading and rereading for this list my own pre-emptive grieving was well under way. It changed how I experienced the stories; I was startled by the comfort they offered. Certainly my tears were closer to the surface than when I had first encountered these texts, but I felt grateful when the tears came, grateful that the words could pull me outside of my own sadness and into empathy. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 11:49August 21, 2019Spider-Man out of Marvel Cinematic Universe after Disney split with SonySony expresses disappointment over push by Disney – the parent company of Marvel – for greater shareSony Pictures, the studio that owns the rights to comic book character Spider-Man, has spoken out about the split with Disney that will see the webslinger booted out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.A statement released by Sony on Tuesday night said the company was “disappointed” by Disney’s demand for a greater stake in the Spider-Man films and by its proposal to scale down the involvement of Marvel president Kevin Feige in the movies. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 08:00August 21, 2019Crystal Rasmussen review – drag star with charisma by the bucketloadUnderbelly Cowgate, EdinburghA Romanov raised by wolves meets a struggling Lancashire boy in a memoir dipped in glamour and pulsating to powerpopThere’s a well-travelled road from boy- or girlband glory to solo success. So why shouldn’t it be open to alumni of the drag queen quintet Denim? Crystal Rasmussen sings in that supergroup and now turns their memoir Diary of a Drag Queen into a fringe show. It charts the life stories of Crystal – a Romanov who fled the Bolsheviks to be raised by wolves – and their alter ego Tom, a gender nonconforming boy in Lancashire, struggling to live a life without shame. They meet; they help one another; they become one – with costume changes and powerpop cover versions en route.The twin-track narrative is a nice conceit, and it’s thrilling when they come together – by which stage, Crystal is married to seventh husband Mr Blobby and Tom is listening to Madonna on the school bus while being pelted with oranges. (The homophobia they experience gets worse, and is shocking.) Then the distinction between the two personae blurs, as Rasmussen reads from chapters of his memoir representing their various stations of their cross. Kate Bush, Madge herself and Minnie Riperton – if not quite with her signature top note – help the story along its way. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 08:00August 21, 2019'I'm all feathered out' – why mas is the heart of Notting Hill carnivalWith its dancers, devils and elaborate handmade costumes, mas – short for masquerade – is carnival’s oldest tradition. We meet the women keeping it aliveIn a workroom in the Yaa Centre in west London, surrounded by bolts of fabric and sewing machines, Allyson Williams is reminiscing about her first mas camp. For the uninitiated, mas camps are where carnival bands gather to make their costumes by hand. Now 72, the former midwife – she was awarded an MBE for her services in 2002 – smiles broadly at the memory. “It was wonderful. I thought, oh my God! This is like home.”For the Williamses, mas is a family business. It started with Allyson’s husband, Vernon, who came to London in 1956. As a Trinidadian, like Allyson, carnival was in his blood. After meeting his wife-to-be in 1975, Vernon wasted no time in introducing her to Notting Hill Carnival, which he had co-founded in 1966. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 08:00August 21, 2019The age of comfort TV: why people are secretly watching Friends and The Office on a loopWe are in an era of ‘prestige television’, with unprecedented choice and quality. So why are so many of us streaming endless reruns of 90s sitcoms?In the opening episode of Netflix’s animated Hollywood satire BoJack Horseman, the eponymous steed gives a drunken speech about Horsin’ Around, the (fictional) feelgood sitcom that made him a star in the 90s. “For a lot of people, life is just one long, hard kick in the urethra,” he says. “And sometimes, when you get home from a long day of getting kicked in the urethra, you just want to watch a show about good, likable people who love each other – where no matter what happens, at the end of 30 minutes, everything’s gonna turn out OK.”BoJack Horseman is a rare thing on Netflix in that it is a) original, b) critically adored and c) extremely popular. It is the 15th-most-viewed Netflix show in the US, according to the analytics firm Jumpshot (one of the best guides to what is popular on the platform, as Netflix doesn’t release stats). Continue reading...
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- The Daily Beast 06:29August 21, 2019Anderson Cooper: ‘If You Can’t Be Tough With the NRA, Go After the Danish Prime Minister’Following President Trump’s sudden Tuesday night announcement that he was canceling his Denmark trip because the Danish won’t entertain the idea of selling Greenland to him, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper observed that the president couldn’t seem to muster the same tough talk in his dealings with the National Rifle Association. After it was reported earlier this week that Trump had repeatedly asked his advisers about the idea of purchasing Greenland from Denmark, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called the notion “absurd,” leading to Trump’s Twitter blow-off of his upcoming visit.Asking CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta about the latest developments on Trump’s canceled trip, Cooper pointed out that this all came across as a comedy bit on late-night TV.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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- The Guardian(UK) 02:01August 21, 2019Practice does not always make perfect, finds study of violinistsResearch undermines 10,000-hour rule as average players practice more than best onesWith blatant disregard for the public benefits of motivational idioms, researchers have concluded that practice does not, necessarily, make perfect.A study of violinists found that merely good players practised as much as, if not more than, better players, leaving other factors such as quality of tuition, learning skills and perhaps natural talent to account for the difference. Continue reading...
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- The New Yorker 00:50August 21, 2019Deciphering the Presidential-Campaign Songs of the 2020 RaceAmanda Petrusich writes about the campaign songs of Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush, and how campaign songs will represent the candidates in the 2020 Presidential-election.
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- The New Yorker 21:56August 20, 2019The Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Is Here to Save AmericaHelen Rosner writes about the Popeyes fried-chicken sandwich, a new menu item at the fast-food chain, and the history of its viral popularity on Twitter.
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- Guardian 21:00August 20, 2019When the fringe is no joke: minding your mental health in EdinburghPerforming at the festival can be a taxing experience. Objectively Funny has created a peer support network that turns attention offstageIt’s lunchtime in Edinburgh’s Old Town and I’ve swapped comedy for something more serious. On stage, psychotherapist Rachel O’Connor draws a picture of the brain while people in the room share stressful moments from the first fortnight of the fringe: flyers arriving late, nightmares about missing their own show. Soon, we are all releasing tension with some diaphragmatic breathing.While punters enjoy the buzz of the fringe, others often have a much tougher experience. Those working here deal with low wages, fragile living arrangements, long shifts and constant rejection. Performers face a potent mix of financial stress, pre-show anxiety, pressure to party, and the dread of a two-star review. Comedy production company Objectively Funny is working with O’Connor to provide support. Continue reading...
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- Mashable 18:33August 20, 2019Nintendo forces YouTube to remove vids featuring its musicRecently, two YouTube channels with a combined 900,000 subscribers have found themselves hit with copyright infringement violations. In the case of one channel, termination was the end result.Read more here. Read more...More about Music, Mashable Video, Nintendo, Video Games, and Culture
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- Guardian 18:27August 20, 2019Kristen Stewart's new film is nothing like Alien – except for all the bits like AlienIn the trailer for Underwater, Stewart runs around a dark base chased by a creature, but don’t for a moment think that it resembles a certain cult classicUnderwater is a forthcoming film where a lot of scared military-industrial workers led by a jaded short-haired female rush around a dingy-looking base, chased by a terrifying creature of unknown origin. But don’t for a moment think that it’s like Alien, because it is completely different in almost every way. Look, here’s the trailer. Let me show you. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 17:59August 20, 2019Bring back Val! In praise of Bake Off’s older bakers, this year’s missing ingredientThe latest lineup includes the youngest ever assortment of bakers. We remember some of the most experienced and entertaining contestants of all time – from Howard to FloIt is a casting as hotly anticipated as Strictly, but with less sparkle and prurient speculation on potential couplings: the new Great British Bake Off lineup has been announced. That said, this year’s bakers are so young that the tent could well become a canvas-covered Love Island. With seven contestants in their 20s and the oldest, HGV driver Phil, a mere 56, the average age is 31, making it the youngest season by far. Will the delicate GBBO soufflé rise without the magic ingredient: older bakers?Previous seasons have seen contestants in their 60s and older triumph over patisserie pretenders young enough to be their grandchildren – but also, more importantly, bond with them in the loveliest way over split crème pat, deflated choux and Paul Hollywood’s ludicrous posturing. With its multigenerational flapping over pie crust and oven temperature, GBBO paints a picture of Britain we recognise: all ages and ethnicities, prey to anxiety and fond of a bun or six. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 17:55August 20, 2019Was Simone de Beauvoir as feminist as we thought?Seventy years after The Second Sex reinvented women’s liberation, her legacy has its contradictions – but it should not be overlookedSimone de Beauvoir is a feminist icon. She didn’t just write the feminist book, she wrote the movement’s bible, The Second Sex. She was an engaged intellectual who combined philosophical and literary productivity with real-world political action that led to lasting legislative change. Her life has inspired generations of women seeking independence, and this was largely attributed to her unconventional relationship with the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, which seemed like a love that didn’t come at the cost of her freedom or professional success.But in the decades since Beauvoir’s death in 1986, several waves of previously unknown letters, diaries and manuscripts have shocked readers who thought they knew her. Her letters to her American lover, Nelson Algren, showed the depth of her passion for another man. Letters to Sartre revealed not only that she had lesbian relationships, but that her lovers were young and her students. There is no doubt now that she hid both significant professional successes and serious moral failings from the story she told in her autobiographies. So what are we to make of the author of The Second Sex, 70 years on from its publication? In light of what she didn’t tell us, was she as feminist as we thought? Continue reading...
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- Guardian 16:33August 20, 2019'I want everyone to pay attention to me!' Meet Catherine Cohen, comedy's peak millennialCaught between self-love and neurosis, Cohen has taken Edinburgh by storm with a musical show that plays up to her generation’s stereotypes. She’s even got a song called Look At Me ... ‘The other day I woke up, I was like, ‘This is the most magical place on Earth!’” The New York cabaret and comedy performer Catherine Cohen is rhapsodising about her maiden Edinburgh experience. “This was me: ‘I’m in the exact right place!’ I was gonna cry.” But the rhapsodies don’t last long. “Last night I was sobbing, I was like, ‘Why would anyone do this to themselves?!’ After this, nothing else will ever be as hard.”That’s a spot-on precis of the fringe rollercoaster, and it gives a vivid flavour of Cohen’s show The Twist… ? She’s Gorgeous, which may be the most eye-catching comedy hour on the fringe. Houston native Cohen, 27 – who performs a weekly cabaret at Alan Cumming’s club in Manhattan – is the millennial paradox made flesh, and set to music. She is a dazzling, ravening ego on legs: her signature song is called Look at Me and repeats the phrase ad absurdum. Her act is a dance of death between self-love and neurosis, sequinned and staged because, hey, make your downward spiral sexy enough and you might get enough likes to spin back up again. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 16:14August 20, 2019'I would love more room for incidental queerness': Shura's second comingWhen the British electropop singer went from viral triumph to being dropped by her label, she found fearless creativity and new love in New YorkIn 2014, Shura uploaded a song to SoundCloud on a whim. Refreshing her phone during breaks at her old job at a post-production company, she gawped at what she saw. The track, Touch, surged in popularity, and Shura – real name Aleksandra Denton – decided to film a video on a shoestring budget, blowing most of it on smoke bombs. The video features a procession of couples of various genders kissing in a haze of lilac. This also went viral, with views spiralling quickly into the millions. The momentum didn’t slow: she was nominated for the BBC’s Sound of … shortlist at the end of the year, and signed a record deal with Polydor.“It was like getting undressed in front of people!” Shura says when we meet in her old hometown of Shepherd’s Bush, London, reflecting on the pressures of making a debut album under the world’s gaze. She sips black coffee and puffs on a vape as we talk, hiding under a white baseball cap nicked from her own merch stand. “It’s no coincidence that the first panic attack I’ve ever had in my life was during the making of my first record.” The New York Times said the result, Nothing’s Real, approached “something like perfection”. “It was a really strange experience to go from being a nobody to a semi-somebody,” she says. Then her relationship broke down, crumbling under the strain of a relentless touring schedule. “It couldn’t handle the shift,” she shrugs. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 15:28August 20, 2019Forget the Louvre, here's our loo: people who turn their homes into art galleriesWith exhibition space squeezed, artists are turning to their own domestic spaces to put on shows between the pots and pans in the kitchen, their bedrooms – and even the smallest roomTwo months after Isobel Atacus moved into her new home in Walthamstow, London, she made an unusual decision: she would turn her living space into an art gallery. Since then, exhibitions have happened in every room, even the loo.“Last year we exhibited a work that was a kind of ecosystem, stretched out over the floor of our living room,” she says. “There was was a block of ice melting through an unfired clay disc into a bowl below and the sediment water was pumped into a tank. It was a beautiful piece to live with for a few days.” Continue reading...
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- The Daily Beast 14:46August 20, 2019Flight Logs Reportedly Link Prince Andrew to Alleged Jeffrey Epstein Victim Virginia RobertsDuncan McGlynnFlight logs for Jeffrey Epstein’s private jet reportedly suggest that Prince Andrew was in the same part of the world as Virginia Roberts Giuffre on at least three occasions.Giuffre alleges she was “given” to Andrew by Epstein three times.The flight logs for Epstein’s luxury black Gulfstream jet are private, but the Daily Mail has obtained entries for March and April 2001, which show that Giuffre was flown around the world by Epstein, while Andrew was touring the globe himself, touching down in similar locations.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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- Guardian 12:42August 20, 2019Bone-shaking bass, costumes on wheels and the joy of jerk chicken: a guide to Notting Hill CarnivalWhere’s the best spot to watch the floats? What’s the tastiest food? And which songs will be this year’s earworms? Our writers check out the word on the streetThis is the beating heart of Notting Hill Carnival (NHC) and it’s responsible for pumping a steady flow of colour, feathers and good vibes across W10 and W11 over the August bank holiday. The parade – set to the infectious sounds of soca – is arguably the star of the weekend. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 12:23August 20, 2019Meet the Bake Off 2019 contestants – from the teacher to the TerminatorWho is most passionate about sponge – and who preferred the minibus they rode in on? We rank the bakers about to enter the tent, and predict the winner! Another year, another series of the Great British Bake Off. You know the deal by now. There’s a tent full of passionate home bakers, and week by week their will to live will be slowly eroded by impossible challenges that ask them to explain the quantum concept of particle-wave duality via the medium of biscuits.The new series of Bake Off begins next week, and it will be identical to every other series of Bake Off, and the only variation will be the influx of new contestants, so let’s rank them in terms of potential from worst to best. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 12:21August 20, 2019'It's an act of defiance': the rise of all-female festival lineupsMajor music festivals such as Reading and Leeds continue to feature mostly male artists, but a number of events are fighting back by removing men from the billing altogetherIn 2015, music blog Crack in the Road tweeted a doctored image of the poster for the Reading and Leeds festival, erasing all acts that didn’t include a female performer. Only 10 groups remained. It started a conversation about gender inequality at music festivals – an issue that, despite the outcry, persists in 2019. This weekend’s edition of Reading and Leeds features only one female performer, Billie Eilish, among the festival’s 11 top-billed acts. Scotland’s TRNSMT and metal festival Download each had only one act featuring women across their nine lead acts, while there are no female headliners at indie festivals Green Man and End of the Road.At this year’s Glastonbury, despite the presence of Janet Jackson, Kylie, Lauryn Hill and Miley Cyrus lower down the bill, the Pyramid stage headliners were all male. “The pool isn’t big enough,” said organiser Emily Eavis. “It’s time to nurture female talent. Everyone wants it, everyone’s hungry for women, but they’re just not there.” Continue reading...
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- Huffington Post UK 12:02August 20, 2019Rape Victim Cleared Of Homicide In El Salvador
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- The New Yorker 12:00August 20, 2019Crystals’ Resurgence in the Self-Care AgeRachel Syme introduces a video about crystals’ rise in popularity, featuring Marisa Galvez, a professor at Stanford University, and a crystal enthusiast on a visit at the Maha Rose Center for Healing, in Brooklyn.
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- Guardian 11:00August 20, 2019Fleabag’s Vicky Jones: ‘Porn was the thing that kept coming up ’As the Phoebe Waller-Bridge hit begins its final theatre run, its director discusses its inspiration, and her new show about motherhoodVicky Jones has a lot to celebrate, and yet she has a natural inclination to undersell herself. As well as a playwright in her own right (2016’s The One), she is the director of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s hit play Fleabag, a show so popular its title has now become synonymous with every emotionally nuanced female character on screen.The play premiered at the Edinburgh fringe in 2013, bagged a Fringe First award, went on to have two runs at Soho Theatre, a Bafta-winning hit TV spin-off series and a recent, lauded, off-Broadway run. This month, Fleabag has its final victory lap at Wyndham’s Theatre in London. It is a phenomenal success story yet Jones is careful not to overplay things, describing the current West End run as “nerve-wracking; ridiculous; dream-time”. Continue reading...
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- C-Heads Magazine 10:36August 20, 2019Anyssa on Cultivate CultureWe sat down with Anyssa Maipauw of "The Crop Up" - a dazzling temporary 200m2 space in Oud-Zuid focusing on pop-up events, shared working space and exhibit artwork for you to take your passion seriously. The post Anyssa on Cultivate Culture appeared first on C-Heads Magazine.
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- Guardian 09:00August 20, 2019Does 'the English canon' still shape what we read? – books podcastWhat is the canon of English literature? When did it first emerge and why was it established? Who has challenged it and how has it changed as a result? And does it still make a difference to the books we get to read today? Richard Lea speaks to writers including Penelope Lively, Elaine Showalter, Caryl Philips, Howard Jacobson and Yomi Sode about how this conception of the definitive literary greats has changed over time. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 08:00August 20, 2019How we made Everything I Own: Ken Boothe and David Gates on their shared hit‘It could be interpreted as a love song, but when I played it for my wife she cried – she knew it was about my late father’I was staying with a friend in Canada. He played me Andy Williams’s version of Everything I Own, and said: “Ken, when you get back home to Jamaica, make sure you do this song.” In those days, you needed 10 or more songs to complete an album. So in 1974, when we were in Federal studios in Kingston searching for a 10th song, I remembered Everything I Own. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 08:00August 20, 2019‘We all have to be laughing by 5.30am’: how Radio 1’s Greg James saved BreakfastWith his stupid stunts and empathy for his audience, the Breakfast show host is a rare success story in radio. He talks about opening up on mental health, the problem with jingles – and why it’s such a great time to be sillyThe BBC Radio 1 Breakfast show, says its host, Greg James, is about “fun for fun’s sake”. This Wednesday morning, not long after dawn, that involves a lot of chat about bins. There are a couple of stories knocking about, James explains on air. A Nuneaton family accused of having smelly bins have defended themselves on TV. A binman has bought a birthday cake for a woman on his route who was turning 100. Plus, it is James’s bin day today. “And yes, I did remember to put them out before I came in.”James’s day starts at 5.30am, four days a week, with his show on air from 6.30am to 10am. As I listen at home, getting ready to join him in the studio for his final hour, it occurs to me: sometimes it is not enough just to go out in search of fun, it is more often about making your own – and hoping it translates. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 08:00August 20, 2019Puns and punches: the boxing standup donning his grandad's glovesJames McNicholas is used to performing comedy sketches. Now he’s letting his guard down for the story of middleweight champ turned movie star Terry DownesThey called him the Paddington Express. Terry Downes was a ferociously charismatic British boxer who steamed his way to the world middleweight title in 1961 and delighted fight fans with one-liners as sharp as his blows. Downes’s tale, from scrapping on the streets of London as a child to sporting success and an unlikely movie career, is the subject of a new show at the Edinburgh fringe performed by his grandson, James McNicholas. The Boxer, staged in one of the Pleasance’s sweaty Bunker venues and directed by Tom Parry, mixes punches with punchlines in a style that does Downes proud.With his first solo show, McNicholas – who has previously visited Edinburgh with the sketch comedy trio Beasts – contrasts his grandfather’s life story with his own. He takes to the stage in a Lonsdale tracksuit, and at one point dons boxing gloves, to play a heightened version of Downes. These character-comedy scenes about “Pop”, as McNicholas always knew him, are intercut with more traditional standup routines in which he compares his achievements with those of his grandad. Downes was a world champion at 25 while McNicholas was once told by a PE teacher that he was so unfit he’d be dead by that age. Continue reading...
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- The New Yorker 23:20August 19, 2019Always Too Soon: Writing Sketch Comedy in the Trump EraJay Martel, the showrunner of the Comedy Central sketch-comedy show “Alternatino with Arturo Castro,” on writing comedy during the outrages of the Trump era.
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- The New Yorker 21:33August 19, 2019College Daily, the “Post-Truth” Publication Where Chinese Students in America Get Their NewsHan Zhang on College Daily, a publication that brings news with nationalistic undertones to Chinese students living in America, via WeChat and other social-media platforms.
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