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Joseph Fiennes: Ive done my bit for society Ive illustrated the patheticness of misogyny

The star of the hit dystopian drama says he doesnt like to equate Donald Trumps politics with the show. But, he adds, sometimes you just have to point out the blazingly obvious Its alluded to in the novel someday, something will happen to Fred. Quite soon. In a neutral-looking cafe in central London, Joseph Fiennes is talking about the future of his role in The Handmaids Tale. Why, though? I plead with him. Why does he have to die? Its in the novel, Fiennes explains very patiently. Hes got to.…

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Through Our Eyes pictures taken by young migrants in Greece

Teenage asylum seekers document daily life in a camp on Samos Island This collection of photographs taken by teenage asylum seekers in Samos offers an intimate and powerful portrait of the hardship they face at the islands refugee camp, which was built for 650 people but is home to more than 4,000. The camp is one of five registration centres, or hotspots, for asylum seekers on the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/12/through-our-eyes-pictures-young-migrants-samos-greece

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Four Weddings and a Funeral review is it a remake? I hadn’t noticed

A 10-part series loosely based on the 1994 romcom plays more like an easily digestible greatest hits collection of Working Titles back catalogue In these reboot/remake/remix-heavy times, theres something bizarre and inevitable about Mindy Kaling reworking Four Weddings and a Funeral as a 10-part series for Hulu. Its as MadLibs as anything else weve seen commissioned of late, whether it be a 007-lite action show. It never ends, and its with a certain sense of exhaustion that one approaches another one of these Frankenshows, conjured into being via what sounds…

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Yogi Berra’s baseball bat and a $17,500 typewriter: a visit to the auction of Philip Roth’s estate

The great American novelist died last year and a huge stash of personal effects went on sale last week. J Oliver Conroy went along About 10 years ago, Philip Roth asked his friend Russ Murdock the longtime caretaker of Roths rural Connecticut home and, as he got older, of Roth himself to carve his headstone. Roth told Murdock, a stonemason, to model it on Albert Camuss: just names and dates, in simple block letters, etched into a stone Murdock later dug up on the property. Then, last spring, Roth, who…

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Cats trailers weirdness would have appealed to TS Eliot, suggests estate

Trustees of the poets legacy, welcoming the forthcoming film, say it is no stranger than his Old Possums Book of Practical Cats Although the trailer for the film adaptation of Cats divided the internet when it was released last week, TS Eliot would likely have approved of the rich strangeness that has disturbed so many, according to his estate. Thomas Stearns Eliot wrote the poems that form Old Possums Book of Practical Cats, on which both Andrew Lloyd Webbers stage musical and Tom Hoopers forthcoming film are based, in the…

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Zack Seckler’s best photograph: wild Iceland from the air

The pilot flew me around the volcanic coast in his tiny homemade plane with the door open and me hanging out taking pictures I shot this off the southern coast of Iceland, from a ultra-light aircraft, in the days before drones were ubiquitous. I love the stark nature of the Icelandic landscape and its contrasts. Deltas form from glacial meltwater running down towards the shoreline, picking up silt and different materials along the way to create these ribbon patterns. Theres all sorts of wildlife too birds, beautiful wild horses, seals.…

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How war-shattered Aleppo is preserving its culture

Thousands of Aleppians are using a Facebook group to share their way of life before the Syrian war Going to the hammam was once a beloved ritual for Aleppo resident Atef Shikhouni and his friends. Recalling the boisterous, joyful experience, the 55-year-old wrote: Here is a man shouting, Where is the soap? while another one is asking for the shampoo and a third wants someone to rub his back. It becomes very noisy. After spending some time in the sauna, it is time for the rubbing man. He uses a…

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Sole to the highest bidder: Sotheby’s to auction rare Nike sneakers

Nikes famous Moon Shoe and limited-edition trainers produced by Kanye West, Air Jordan and Adidas will be sold Sothebys in New York has announced its first-ever auction dedicated to sneakers. The auction house will sell 100 pairs of the rarest sneakers ever produced, including a sample of one of the first Nike running shoes with a pre-sale high estimate of $160,000. The Nike Moon Shoe is one of only 12 pairs created. It was designed by Nike co-founder and track coach Bill Bowerman for runners at the 1972 Olympics trials…

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Starwoman? Mattel announces David Bowie Barbie dressed as Ziggy Stardust

Toy company heralds the ultimate pop chameleon with new doll, complete with striped jumpsuit and accessories Mattel has announced its latest Barbie doll: one dressed as David Bowies iconic alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Complete with red boots to match a backcombed mane of hair and a striped jumpsuit, plus some cosmic accessories and face paint, Barbie replicates the look of Bowies bisexual messenger from the stars though her usual pleasant smile doesnt quite match the intense stare usually associated with the character. Introducing the $50 (40) doll, The Rise and…

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‘There aren’t many fairytale endings’: behind the bleak immigration exhibition

The work of 75 artists from over 15 countries is being shown at a tough, timely exhibition looking at displacement and migration on a global scale Last Wednesday, the ongoing border dangers faced by migrants while attempting to find asylum in the US. Its a sad day to talk about this, there arent many fairytale endings, said Massimiliano Gioni, the artistic director of New Yorks New Museum, the same day. Together with associate curator Natalie Bell, hes assembled a timely new exhibition focusing on the history of migration in America.…

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John Oliver on impeachment: ‘The case for inaction is starting to get weak’

The Last Week Tonight host made a case for impeaching Trump in the name of equality and fairness under the law On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver discussed the growing calls for impeachment and what it might actually mean for Donald Trump and Democrats. Ever since this president was elected, some people have been dying to see him impeached, sometimes literally, Oliver opened, showing an Inside Edition clip where two old men passed away only after their families told them impeachment had begun. But the question of impeachment hasnt just…

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The Wizard of Oz at 80: how the world fell under its dark spell

The 1939 classic has inspired everyone from David Lynch to Salman Rushdie. Novelist and super-fan Luiza Sauma explores why the films message about home still holds such power Eighty years ago, in the summer of 1939, 16-year-old Judy Garland appeared on cinema screens as the orphan Dorothy Gale, dreaming of escape from bleak, monochrome Kansas. Find yourself a place where you wont get into any trouble, her aunt beseeches, too busy for poor old Dorothy, who soon breaks into song: Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue / And the…

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Moonwalk and 9/11 photographs part of ‘global visual memory’

Results of 12-nation survey show that some iconic images are better known than others From the spacesuit-clad form of Buzz Aldrin on the moon to the middle-distance gaze of Che Guevara, some photographs really are seared into the publics mind all over the world, research suggests. While some images have long been hailed as iconic, experts say there has been little research to show that certain photographs are widely recognised and what people read into them. An international study by a researcher in the Netherlands set out to examine just…

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Cindy Sherman: I enjoy doing the really difficult things that people cant buy

Ahead of a major London show, the artist talks about her childhood, therapy and her tricky relationship with success Perhaps the most intriguing exhibit in Cindy Shermans forthcoming retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery is the first, Cindy Book, a family photo album she began making when she was just six years old. It comprises 26 snapshots pasted on pages torn out of a school exercise book and placed inside stapled-together plain covers that are now stained and discoloured with age. For all sorts of reasons, it is a good…

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Kevin Spacey in surprise appearance at sexual assault case hearing

Spacey, 59, accused of groping young man in Nantucket bar in 2016 and faces up to two and a half years in jail if convicted Wearing a gray suit and glasses, Kevin Spacey appeared on Monday at a Massachusetts courthouse where a judge was set to hold a hearing in the case accusing the disgraced actor of groping a young man at a Nantucket bar in 2016. Spaceys appearance was a surprise as he was not required to attend the hearing and has stayed away from the courthouse except for…

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