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The 50 best films of 2019 in the US: 41-50

We begin our countdown of the best movies released in the US this year with a giant leap for mankind, a triumphant Eddie Murphy, and a vicious take on the Fox News scandal 41 Apollo 11 A front row seat for the moon landings? Few could resist this astonishing documentary featuring previously unseen footage, released for the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrongs lunar walk. Read the full review. 42 Ray & Liz Richard Billingham mined his own family for this bleak debut, capturing the claustrophobic loneliness of a couple cut…

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Full metal junket: music tourism hits right note with fans

Numbers going overseas for music events are soaring Three thousand heavy metal fans disembarking from a cruise ship in Invergordon, imagine that, says Olaf Furniss, the founder of consultancy Music Tourist. Music cruises are one of the interesting growth areas of music tourism. There has been a boom; it is a real development of the last few years. Furniss is referring to the phenomenon that was the More than 90bn audio streams were listened to by British music fans last year but Furnisss three-year-old consultancy, which focuses on closer collaboration…

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Yael Stone on a year of growth: Im actively trying to be more like me

In the past 18 months the actor has become a student, a mother and a more mindful public voice Sitting at a picnic table in the sun, Yael Stone, 34, is unrecognisable from the Betty-Bo cute character she played for seven years on defamation action against News Corp. In doing so, she became the highest-profile voice in Australias troubled #MeToo movement. After time off after Stones Instagram from the past to the present and you can see an evolution taking place. If you look at the narrative of my social…

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‘Your throat hurts. Your brain hurts’: the secret life of the audiobook star

As the business booms, narrators talk tricky accents, lonely shifts and tackling 100 pages a day The author Bill Bryson is sitting before a lectern in Audibles London headquarters, narrating his latest book, a disquisition on human biology called The Body: A Guide For Occupants. Seen through the window of the recording booth, Brysons face is largely obscured by the microphone in front of him, but his voice is clear and measured. On the other side of the glass, Brysons producer follows the text on an iPad, adding cryptic marks…

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‘Our friendship was intimate on all levels’: Robyn Crawford on her love for Whitney Houston

The stars former assistant opens up about a 20-year relationship that weathered addiction, fame and secrecy The story told by Robyn Crawford in the pages of A Song For You, an account of her decades-long relationship with Dionne Warwick, was a veteran star; her mother, Eddie Murphy, and rap star Bobbi Kristina, died from a combination of drowning and drug intoxication at the age of 22; before she died, she spent months in a coma. Thats when I really tuned into Whitney, Crawford says. The tone of everything was negative…

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Woody Allen and Amazon end legal battle over four-film deal

Agreement in US district court sees $68m suit centering on #MeToo remarks dismissed without prejudice Woody Allen and Amazon have ended their legal battle. The filmmaker responded that Allen, whose daughter Dylan insensitive remarks released overseas, but not in the US. Allens career has slowed in recent years, with actors who had appeared in his films, among them Rebecca Hall, saying they would not work with him again. Others, Samantha Morton, have Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/nov/09/woody-allen-amazon-end-legal-battle-four-film-deal-metoo

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‘Nobody works like Jane’: hundreds join Fonda at latest climate protest

Activists of all ages join actor in Washington for her fifth Fire Drill Friday, focused on the military Hundreds of protesters joined the celebrity activist Jane Fonda in Washington DC for her fifth Friday urging radical change to fight the climate crisis. In front of the US Capitol, Fonda spoke of the urgency of the climate crisis and need for activism on an unprecedented scale. We cannot leave it to young people to fight this fight for their future by themselves, Fonda said. Donning her signature vivid red coat which…

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Release of Vaxxed sequel prompts fears dangerous propaganda will spread again

Anti-vaccination film to premiere in theatres as several states have been battling against localised outbreaks of measles Anti-vaccination campaigners are preparing to release the sequel to Vaxxed, the highly contentious film that has been used to spread the unfounded claim that vaccines cause autism and other developmental problems. Vaxxed II: The Peoples Truth will be premiered on 6 November in 50 venues across America. Its producers, led by Robert F Kennedy Jr, are keeping locations secret with tickets sold quietly in advance in the hope of foiling efforts to block…

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‘I did the first nude in Vogue’: Marisa Berenson on being a blazing star of the 70s and beyond

She was photographed by Warhol, and Dal wanted to paint her; the first films she made were Death in Venice and Cabaret. So why did she walk away? Most people, says Marisa Berenson, tend to live in my past. Which is fine. She smiles, well aware of the fascination. But I tend to live in the present and in the future. A 2001 profile of the model/actor in the New York Times described her as a Studio 54 birthday party the fabled night of the white horse and attended Truman…

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This Is Pleasure by Mary Gaitskill review pitch perfect response to #MeToo

The American writers extraordinary novella tells the story of one mans fall from grace with real nerve Ostensibly, it seems quite shameless of Serpents Tail to have put Mary Gaitskills This Is Pleasure between hard covers. Her novella runs to a mere 84 tiny pages, each one printed in a typeface so large, the middle-aged will not even need to put on their glasses to read it; the story has, moreover, already Shitty Media Men (a list of allegations about various individuals in American publishing) that circulated on the internet…

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American Utopia review: David Byrne starts making sense

The country is far from perfect, a Broadway audience will not chant the names of black Americans killed by police. The singer presses on More than a concert and less than a musical, a one-man show with a full backing band, American Utopia brings recent solo album, also called American Utopia, a back-up singer (Chris Giarmo) enters, then another (Tendayi Kuumba), a bassist (Bobby Wooten III, a pocket sun) follows, a guitarist (Angie Swan, sharkskin cool), percussionists and soon the stage is thronged with bodies, all in gray suits, all…

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Oxford professor accused of selling ancient Bible fragments

Dirk Obbink allegedly sold artefacts to US chain Hobby Lobby without permission An Oxford University professor has been accused of selling ancient Bible fragments to a controversial US company that has been involved in several high-profile scandals related to its aggressive purchases of biblical artefacts. Dirk Obbink, one of the worlds most celebrated classics professors, has been named after an investigation by staff associated with Oxfords project. He is accused of selling without permission a number of ancient fragments to the US arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby. Its owners,…

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El Camino: is the Breaking Bad movie worth the wait? Discuss with spoilers

The long-awaited return of Jesse Pinkman has landed on Netflix, along with some other surprise characters The past weekend saw the much-anticipated release of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on Netflix. As we knew from strong reviews, one talking point that keeps popping up is the notion that since it doesnt throw any big twists our way, or even really expand on what we probably surmised at the end of the original series re Jesses fate, the film is somehow unnecessary. Even without diving into a larger discussion about…

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Gemini Man review Will Smith out-performs his younger self

All the digital de-ageing technology in the world cant make this silly sci-fi thriller about a cloned hitman convincing Will Smith is a 51-year-old contract killer named Henry Brogan who wants out of the game. His bosses arent having it and send in Junior, an assassin tailor-made to kill him. But, on removing his sunglasses and backwards baseball cap, Junior is revealed to be a younger clone of Henry. Never mind the silly science or that Smiths face is shoddily de-aged with digital technology to enable him to play Junior:…

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