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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
Why is Amy Winehouse Biopic Back to Black dividing fans?

Why is Amy Winehouse Biopic Back to Black dividing fans?

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(photo-Sowmya Singhdeo) Back to Black will be the first biopic dedicated to Amy Winehouse but her admirers have certain fears about the representation of a singer who was exposed to exploitative media for most of her stardom. Thirteen years after Amy Winehouse’s passing, the late multi-Grammy winner gets the biopic treatment with Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Back to Black which gears up for its premiere today (Monday) at Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square. With the musical drama eyeing an April 12 wide release, the movie follows the footsteps of Bob Marley: One Love as the next big music biopic of 2024. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYzIOBwyhIU The Camden native already had her life chronicled in Asif Kapadia’s Oscar-winning 2015 documentary Amy. But Back to Black, named in honour of Wi
Ballet classic The Red Shoes comes alive at BFI exhibition

Ballet classic The Red Shoes comes alive at BFI exhibition

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BFI celebrates the 1948 ballet romance classic The Red Shoes with a free-for-all exhibition (photos-Shaurya Thapa) The 1948 British drama The Red Shoes gets a vibrant retrospective at the British Film Institute Southbank Centre with an exhibition celebrating the many talents involved in the ballet-centric tragiromance. "Don’t forget, a great impression of simplicity can only be achieved by great agony of body and spirit." says Boris Lermentov, the tough-as-nails impresario behind a majestic ballet production in The Red Shoes. Perhaps this piece of dialogue sums up the very essence of the 1948 film helmed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the directing/writing duo also known as The Archers. https://www.tiktok.com/@shaurya_thapa/video/7311730139388300545?_r=1&_t=8i7
Don’t let TV Shows sugarcoat your dream career

Don’t let TV Shows sugarcoat your dream career

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If you've ever found yourself captivated by a late-night TV show marathon and daydreamed about becoming a top-notch lawyer, a skilled surgeon, or a recognised journalist, you're not the only one. Credits: Unsplash We enjoy glimpses into thrilling careers on screen as the story unfolds. However, here's the unexpected twist, TV shows are meant to appeal it’s audience. Actual jobs rarely sparkle as brightly as Hollywood portrays them. While shows like Suits, Grey's Anatomy, and Firefly Lane spark motivation to pursue meaningful careers, they tend to overlook the day-to-day challenges. The glamour and constant excitement we see are often dramatically exaggerated. In reality, resident doctors combat fatigue by putting in over 80 plus hours a week, focusing on gaining essential ski
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
Lights, Camera, Audition: TikTok’s Influence on Emerging Talent in Theatre

Lights, Camera, Audition: TikTok’s Influence on Emerging Talent in Theatre

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New Diorama Theatre at Regent's Park. Image by: Malavika Pradeep TikTok has basically become the new casting frontier. People who were once nobodies are now going viral with audition tapes and snagging lead artist and actor roles. The platform has thrown open the doors for equal opportunities, especially when traditional casting avenues took a hit during the COVID chaos. We spoke to a few arts, theater, and culture students at universities around London, and they spilled the beans on the real and raw casting tricks happening on TikTok. According to them, it's all about enabling diversity and creating opportunities for everyone. And guess what? Theatre companies are all over TikTok. They're using it to hook in the younger crowd. Like, have you seen the #Wicked TikTok challenge...
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
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 ...
Would you ‘dance, dance, dance with your hands’? Wednesday is breaking Netflix records and capturing TikTok

Would you ‘dance, dance, dance with your hands’? Wednesday is breaking Netflix records and capturing TikTok

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The phenomenal number one trending show on Netflix breaks records in the 93 countries where the service is available. Image credit: Netflix The series revolved around the Addams family’s daughter Wednesday. Unlike previous movies, this show looked closely on just her life, problems at new school. It also brought a mythical dark element. Wednesday was Tim Burton’s representation of a famous family. It raised topics of being an outcast, being different and introverted. Netflix said “Wednesday now holds the record for most hours viewed in a week for an English-language series on Netflix, with 341.2 MILLION HOURS!” Ratings are higher than the 4th season of Stranger Things and the Crown. It was a breaking phenomenon in Netflix history. https://twitter.com/netflix/sta