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Back to Black: Not Just Fans, Amy Winehouse Biopic Divides Critics as Well

Back to Black: Not Just Fans, Amy Winehouse Biopic Divides Critics as Well

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(art by JCX/@jcxdesigns) The new Amy Winehouse biopic premiered last night in Leicester Square, receiving lukewarm reviews from critics. While Marisa Abela’s performance as Winehouse was widely praised, many had issue with the script, as well as the portrayals of Winehouse’s father and ex-husband. Reviews of the film varied but primarily leant in a negative direction, with The Daily Mail and The Evening Standard both giving it one-star reviews. In a two-star review The Independent called it a “sanitised biopic” and said the portrayal of Winehouse’s ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil is “a mix of Heathcliff, Sid Vicious and Mary bloody Poppins.” However director Sam Taylor-Johnson had previously stated that “We had to understand why Amy fell in love with him, so it wasn't about maki
Golden Globes 2024 Nominations: Barbenheimer, Taylor Swift and two new categories

Golden Globes 2024 Nominations: Barbenheimer, Taylor Swift and two new categories

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(photos- IMDb, cover design edited by Shaurya Thapa, background image designed by Shaurya Thapa via DALL-E) Nominations for the 81st Golden Globes were announced today, honouring the best of 2023 movies and TV shows. The nominee list featured expected favourites like Oppenheimer and Killers of the Flower Moon as well as surprise picks like non-English features like Past Lives and Anatomy of a Fall making it for Best Picture. Stand-up comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer and That 70's Show star Wilmer Valderrama announced the nominees via a CBS livecast on Golden Globe's official YouTube channel. This ceremony also introduced three new categories: Cinematic and Box-Office Achievement, and Best Stand-Up Comedian on Television. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrhXU2-eoXw ...
From magenta velvet to Oompa-Loompa: Inside the glamorous Wonka premiere

From magenta velvet to Oompa-Loompa: Inside the glamorous Wonka premiere

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The world premiere of Wonka was hosted at the Royal Festival Hall in central London on Tuesday. The world premiere of Wonka in London. Picture credit: Yasmin Call Me By Your Name actor, Timothee Chalamet, 27, who plays the movie’s titular character, attended the premiere bare-chested, wearing a magenta velvet-look suit. Oscar-winner Olivia Colman, who plays Mrs Scrubbit in the movie, and Horrible Histories actor Matthew Baynton, who stars as Fickelgruber in the film, were seen interacting with fans, clicking selfies and signing autographs. Also at the premiere were actor and comedian Matt Lucas, who plays Prodnose in the upcoming movie, and Mr Bean star Rowan Atkinson, who potrays a priest in the film. Comic actor Simon Farnaby, who wrote the screenplay for Wonka alongside
From “Love Actually” to “Home Alone”: Your ultimate guide to timeless Christmas movie magic!

From “Love Actually” to “Home Alone”: Your ultimate guide to timeless Christmas movie magic!

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Artwork by Shaurya Thapa With the holiday season inching closer, it's never too soon to cosy up with a hot cup of cocoa and revisit some of our favourite Christmas films that stood the test of time. Whether you are a fan of heartwarming romantic comedies or classic laugh-out-loud films, get ready to jingle through the holiday season with our handpicked selection of the top five movies. These films, from timeless classics to modern favourites, are sure to bring joy and cheer to your Christmas celebrations. Love Actually https://youtu.be/H9Z3_ifFheQ?si=880AnVrjtU5iGkw3 Love Actually. Credit: YouTube "Love Actually", written and directed by Richard Curtis, has become the go-to Christmas film since its release in 2003. With an ensemble cast of a young Kiera Knightly, dapper H...
Booker Prize 2023: Three Pauls nominated but did the right one win?

Booker Prize 2023: Three Pauls nominated but did the right one win?

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(Designed by Shaurya Thapa, image of Paul Lynch by The Booker Prize, book covers by Oneworld, Hamish Hamilton and Hutchinson Heinemann) Paul. All iconic groups need one. Jesus’s 12 Apostles had one. And so did The Beatles. But this year’s lineup of the Booker Prize-nominated writers had three! With the award night live-streamed on November 26 (Sunday), 2022 Booker winner Shehan Karunatilaka presented the coveted literature trophy to Paul Lynch for his fifth novel Prophet Song.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgIGnfxISk0&t=3503s But among bibliophiles, there remain a few who feel the Irish film critic-turned-author might not have been the best Paul to win. With three out of six nominees this year sharing the first name Paul, here’s a look at each one of them and the
“Black women shouldn’t go on reality TV”: I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here review

“Black women shouldn’t go on reality TV”: I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here review

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YouTuber Nella Rose’s promo photograph for 23rd series of I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Credit: @Imacelebrity via Instagram  YouTuber, Nella Rose, has received a backlash after her appearance on I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. Some viewers even suggested black women should no longer appear on British reality TV.  The tenth day of I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here has arrived. This year’s lineup has certainly not disappointed its viewers in terms of drama. With the likes of Nella Rose, Nigel Farage and Jamie Lynn Spears featuring on the show, there were bound to be iconic moments from early on.  One controversy came when TV presenter Fred Siriex said of Rose that he’s old enough to be her dad. But Rose’s father passed away during lockdow
From laughter to loss: Londoners share their favourite Chandler Bing memories after Matthew Perry’s death

From laughter to loss: Londoners share their favourite Chandler Bing memories after Matthew Perry’s death

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A man engrossed in a newspaper featuring Matthew Perry on the front cover. (Credit: Carys Ladd) Londoners say that Matthew Perry’s untimely death has left them “saddened and in shock”. Perry, 54, remembered as Chandler Bing from the hugely popular 90s TV sitcom Friends, was found dead at his LA home on Saturday (October 28). His initial post-mortem report was inconclusive, while officials await the results of toxicology tests. AbuBakr (Credit: Somya Singh Deo) AbuBakr, a 35-year-old journalist working in London, said:  “I felt very sad and really old. I remember the time when me and my friends would gather around and watch friends. Chandler was our favourite character and now he is gone.” “He died very young,” said fellow Londoner, Ross. “Watching Friends gave
The journey of Harry Styles: from X-Factor to the Grammys

The journey of Harry Styles: from X-Factor to the Grammys

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Harry Styles wins two more Grammy nominations and remains one of the most popular artists of modern generation. Here is what you need to know about his journey. Image credit: Ekaterina Egorova (used with permission) Yet another magnificent night falls onto 21st century’s music industry and all stars were shining bright. The constellations of them were there, at 65th Grammys 2023, giving another sparkle for Harry Styles.  Styles won two more Grammy’s nominations last night (5 February), bypassing Beyoncé with an album of the year. The BBC reported: “This year, Harry Styles took the crown, with Grammy voters recognising the slick, radio-friendly pop of his third record Harry's House.” As Billboard acknowledged, these are his first nominations in Big Fou
Big Boys season two will have moments of pathos

Big Boys season two will have moments of pathos

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Jack Rooke gives an exclusive interview at Westminster World. He talks about the series Big Boys on Channel 4 and reveals what we should expect in the upcoming season two. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHjiIhUzBAM Jack Rooke talks about Big Boys season two on Channel 4 that will be shown next year. Credits to: Mellina Shahrom and Hera Kruja Jack Rooke is the writer and creator of Big Boys. It is a sitcom that has been positively praised. It stars Dylan Llewellyn and Jon Pointing, who live together in 2013 and are university students in their first year. Jack, who is Llewellyn's character, is a semi-fictionalized version of Rooke. The series tackles grief and mental health issues in a light and funny way. The first season was shown on 26 May 2022 and it can be watched ...
Balenciaga called out for new Gift Shop campaign

Balenciaga called out for new Gift Shop campaign

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©Emmanuelle Lemoine Spanish high-couture brand Balenciaga is under fire for its recent Spring-Summer 2023 Gift Shop campaign amid child-abuse allegations. The photos – which have now been removed – showed children holding teddy bear bags styled with BDSM gear. Creative designer Demna Gvasalia joined the eponymous brand in 2015 and has successfully upheld its legacy whilst adding his innovative touch. The Georgian designer was in Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2022. However, the tables seem to have turned. Both the brand and Demna are facing backlash following not just one, but two controversial campaigns. The first issue of contention is the Spring-Summer 2023 Gift Shop photoshoot. Children are photographed either holding or standing next to the new teddy bear bags.