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Stephen Colbert on Ben Carson: Not a rocket scientist, only a brain surgeon

Late-night hosts poked fun at the possibility of the presidents case being seen by Merrick Garland and Ben Carsons Oreo error Late-night hosts focused on Donald Trumps latest failure in court and the prospect of one of his cases being seen by the former supreme court nominee Merrick Garland. Stephen Colbert The Late Show with Stephen Colbert opened with a direct jab at the presidents losing battle with Congress, with the host telling his audience: If you pay attention, you know that Donald Trump and Congress are fighting. I would…

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Stop the nitpicking! This season of Game of Thrones is miraculous

Seeing the fury around The Bells baffles me. Are we watching the same show? Warning: this article contains spoilers. As Kings Landing burned, and characters whose lives weve been following since season one either fled the carnage or became permanent fixtures in it, the only hotter takes than the one Daenerys unleashed on her would-be subjects were those exploding across the internet. Some calmly listed inconsistencies. Others wailed about how this episode or the season thus far had retroactively ruined the show forever, because they didnt quite agree with certain…

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Fifteen minutes of prestige: how Hollywood went long on short content

Short-form content has graduated from YouTube to attracting big stars, big studios and big Hollywood backing. Is watching in snippets the future of TV? State of the Union opens in a bar, where Tom (Chris ODowd) and Louise (Rosamund Pike) hash out an agenda for their marital therapy session over drinks and witty diversions. The two banter and alternately confront and avoid the flailing state of their marriage, before the scene cuts at the therapists door. And by scene, I mean episode. Each instalment of State of the Union, developed…

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Seth Meyers: Trump ‘creates myths about himself until the truth comes out’

Late-night hosts discussed Trumps brewing trade war with China and the effect it could have on the American public Late-night hosts focused on Trumps trade war with China and the ongoing problem that is Rudy Giuliani. Seth Meyers On Late Night with Seth Meyers, the host took a closer look at the recent events of the Trump administration. Meyers first touched on Trump trying to cozy up to the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbn, a far-right strongman who has chipped away at democratic liberties during his time in office, who…

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Seth Meyers: Trump ‘creates myths about himself until the truth comes out’

Late-night hosts discussed Trumps brewing trade war with China and the effect it could have on the American public Late-night hosts focused on Trumps trade war with China and the ongoing problem that is Rudy Giuliani. Seth Meyers On Late Night with Seth Meyers, the host took a closer look at the recent events of the Trump administration. Meyers first touched on Trump trying to cozy up to the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbn, a far-right strongman who has chipped away at democratic liberties during his time in office, who…

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Seth Meyers: Trump ‘creates myths about himself until the truth comes out’

Late-night hosts discussed Trumps brewing trade war with China and the effect it could have on the American public Late-night hosts focused on Trumps trade war with China and the ongoing problem that is Rudy Giuliani. Seth Meyers On Late Night with Seth Meyers, the host took a closer look at the recent events of the Trump administration. Meyers first touched on Trump trying to cozy up to the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbn, a far-right strongman who has chipped away at democratic liberties during his time in office, who…

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Lesley Manville: I want to go dancing and drink too much and Im over 60

The Bafta nominee has been discovered by Hollywood after 47 years as an actor. She talks about ageism, losing her anonymity and spa trips with her Mum co-stars Simon Amstell spotted her and came up for a chat. He wanted to know what she was doing there. Manville affects bewilderment. I said: Well, why? Im going to get the bus. He said: I dont imagine you getting the bus. He could see her on a bus, but not actually waiting for it, perhaps because she seems both grounded and grand.…

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Trevor Noah pans ‘professional tickle monster’ Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign

Late-night hosts discussed the former vice-presidents presidential bid and Trumps angry response to it Late-night hosts discussed Joe Bidens presidential campaign and the coup attempt in Venezuela. Trevor Noah The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) Biden could take a page out of Trumps book: instead of letting a verbal miscue trip him up, just create a new reality and plow right through! May 1, 2019 Trevor Noah focused entirely on former vice-president and professional tickle monster Joe Biden and his entry into the presidential race, particularly his Pittsburgh rally, on The Daily…

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There are no black people on GoT: why is fantasy TV so white?

The genre has a problem with diversity, and George RR Martins series is no exception, but some feel its omissions reflect reality This month, the biggest TV show in the world returns for one final dragon-slaying, wall-toppling, throne-nabbing season. In the time since it last aired, memes have been shared, elaborate theories have been devised and revised, bets have been laid (Lyanna Mormont FTW) and cos-play outfits have been lovingly stitched. Yet there is one aspect that is yet to receive adequate attention: George RR Martins skewed spin on medieval…

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Serial is back but can it make a difference in the gritty new era of true-crime podcasting?

From The Teachers Pet to Spr, true crime is making a real dent in the criminal justice system worldwide. Can the third series of the pioneering podcast Serial keep up? On paper, the first season of Serial, launched in 2014, didnt exactly scream hit. Who would have bet on aThis American Life spin-off podcast that investigates a 16-year-old murder case in 12 episodes of excruciating detail without ever reaching a definite conclusion about who was guilty? Yet the host, Sarah Koenig, correctly judged the publics appetite for true-crime stories, and…

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KSI v Logan Paul:was the YouTubers’ fight more than just hype?

The pairs boxing bout on Saturday drew a global audience of two million. For a fanbase used to fake online beef, it was a welcome next step To understand why millions of people watched two YouTubers duke it out in the Manchester Arena this weekend, you have to remember one thing: it had very little to do with boxing. KSI, real name Olajide William JJ Olatunji, and Logan Paul are better known for their antics online than they are for their boxing prowess. Yet, after months of online feuding, they…

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Insatiable: how offensive is Netflix’s controversial new comedy?

The story of a girl who loses weight and takes revenge on her bullies has already inspired an online petition for fat-shaming One of the recurring images on Netflixs new show, Insatiable, is that of the shows heroine, Patty, played by Debby Ryan, gorging on food. While my classmates were out losing their virginity, she says in the first episode, I was at home stuffing another hole. The shows palpable disgust for Pattys desire for food is visceral. Throughout the series, anytime Patty feels out-of-control, angry, desperate or sad, she…

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Barry Chuckle, one half Chuckle Brothers duo, dies aged 73

Manager says comedy entertainer died peacefully at home with his wife and familyBarry Chuckle a life in pictures The entertainer Barry Chuckle, one half of the comedy duo #Chucklevision Paddy McGuinness (@PaddyMcGuinness) One of my favourites from childhood years, teenage years and as an adult! Gutted. Barry Chuckle RIP sir. August 5, 2018 It has since emerged that Elliot had been suffering from ill-health for more than six months before his death. The brothers had recently filmed a new series, Chuckle Time, for Channel 5. Elliott was unwell toward the…

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Solo: A Star Wars Story review Han Solo origins film is boisterous bromance

Alden Ehrenreich ably apes Harrison Ford in this straightforwardly rollicking adventure, which betrays little trace of its troubled production Solo: A Star Wars Story is a crackingly enjoyable adventure which frankly deserves full episode status in the great franchise, not just one of these intermittent place-holding iterations. And Han also chances across a charismatic dandy-ish smuggler, gambler and flier called Lando Calrissian, a very funny performance from Donald Glover. It is Lando who is the owner of the Millennium Falcon, but sporting man that he is, Lando is willing to…

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Patrick Melrose review a brilliant portrayal of addiction

Benedict Cumberbatch had long wanted to play Edward St Aubyns character and David Nichollss adaptation shows the actors deep understanding of the role The phone rings, one of those telephones from my childhood, with a curly wire connecting the receiver. A stripy-shirted arm reaches for it tentatively. Hello? says a voice deep, aristocratic, lugubrious and woozy, but unmistakably Benedict Cumberbatch (confirmed when the camera eventually looks higher). There is a delay and an echo on the line (remember that?). Sad news from New York: his father has died. Patrick Melrose,…

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