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Did RuPaul just announce he has a fracking empire on his ranch?

The host of RuPauls Drag Race revealed recently that he leases the mineral rights of the 60,000 acres he owns in Wyoming to oil companies RuPaul, of the beloved RuPauls Drag Race television show, said in a recent interview that he leases the mineral and water rights of his land in Wyoming to oil companies. In an interview with NPRs Terry Gross on her show Fresh Air (the irony), Gross asked RuPaul about the 60 acres of land he owns in Wyoming. Oh, no, no no. No, no, no. Sixty…

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Lena Dunham: Caroline Flacks death hit me with a sickening power

I adored the former Love Island host, and wish we could have shown her a more hopeful reality: that women who err and fail are worthy of love My adoration for Cher) and the empathy she brought to a bloodless and occasionally unkind television format lent her an air of approachable glamour, a local-girl-done-good sheen, aspirational but earthy. Not since I saw Storm I C Cup, and took comfort in her durable, bounce-back brand of vulnerability. Her quotes about heartbreak (I feel at my most calm, in control and happiest…

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The diehards of doom! Why Doctor Who is the show fans love to hate

For 56 years and counting, Whovians have been railing against the wheres, whys and, well, everything about their beloved series. Will anything quell this rage? WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE MAGIC OF DOCTOR WHO? This was the question posed in full caps by the president of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society in its magazine, TARDIS. The year was 1977, and the story under scrutiny was The Deadly Assassin. Today, this Manchurian Candidate-riffing conspiracy thriller is regarded as one of Doctor Whos all-time greats, from the height of Tom Bakers stripy…

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Katy Perry offers no respite for the embattled royals

Another blundersome week for the royal crew who, still reeling from Harrys exodus and revelations about Andrew, now find out that the singer has no Asian heritage Over the past few years, the royal helicopter took off comparatively infrequently from the field by Kensington Palace. Over the past month, however, it has been like an Oliver Stone movie out there. Its the Platoon of ribbon-cutting, the Nam of nursery visiting. Since Harry and Meghan decided to step back from their royal duties, the general stepping forward of other royals has…

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Saturday Night Live: Adam Driver hosts a third time and outdoes himself

Show takes on impeachment trial and for the first time in about two years delivers a great cold open Saturday Night Live returns from holiday hiatus with Republican Senators Mitch McConnell (Beck Bennett) and Susan Collins (Cecily Strong) discussing their desire for a fair Alan Dershowitz (former cast member Jon Lovitz). Despite their protestations, he compares Trump to some of his famous former clients: rey Epstein, Claus von Blow. Suddenly, Dershowitz suffers a heart attack and wakes up in Hell, where a star-struck Satan (Kate McKinnon) fawns over him and…

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Aaron Hernandez: how did a $40m NFL star become a convicted killer?

In a Netflix docuseries, the shocking true story of a much-loved athlete convicted of first-degree murder is placed under the microscope Even by the standards of Americas obsession with stories of spectacular falls from grace, the trajectory of Aaron Hernandez, a star New England Patriots football player turned convicted murderer, was particularly steep and unusually compelling a senseless, horrific collapse unfolding in real time. Three years before fake news became an ominous catch-all, Hernandezs summer 2013 arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd at his mansion in North Attleborough, Massachusetts…

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Streaming: all eyes on the Netflix crown

Apple TV+, Britbox and the long-awaited Disney+ are circling, but one streaming giant continues to reign supreme Last year was transitional for the streaming scene, at least in the UK: the promised avalanche of major new outlets to dent mixed reviews, punched through into public consciousness, while Apples plans to take on Netflix in the prestige film stakes got off to dropped from thewarily regarded in some quarters. Why pay a monthly subscription for the free-to-air content covered by my licence fee, runs the argument not helped by a The…

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The decade that broke me! Could anyone keep up with TV’s golden age?

Forget prestige television the real glory days were back when there was nothing on. No wonder people fib constantly about what they watch. Heres how to do it convincingly Speaking as someone who writes about television for a living, the 2010s have absolutely broken me. It all used to be so simple. There were five channels, three of them good, and you watched whatever they decided to show you. It didnt matter if it was rubbish, either. Soap operas. Game shows. So many documentaries about the British Transport Police youd…

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Moral of the story: 2019’s boldest culture asked what it means to be good

At a time when deceit is trumping decency, artists from Kanye West to Greta Gerwig and Phoebe Waller-Bridge have taken it upon themselves to pose questions about virtue and privilege In Little Women, a haughty publisher dismisses Jo Marchs stories as unfashionable. Morals dont sell nowadays, he tells the aspiring author. People want to be amused, not preached at. Hopefully the statute of limitations has expired on spoiling a 151-year-old story: March an avatar for her creator, Louisa May Alcott proves him wrong. As has Gerwig, reviving Little Women in…

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Clive James remembered by John Simpson

The BBC world affairs editor on a charismatic wit and gifted poet who elevated British life with his televisual panache He came into my life in the same way, I imagine, as he came into everyone elses: with a joke and a certain amount of bounce, but also with a degree of authority that meant you took him seriously, even while you were laughing. Jesus, what do you do here put on Wagner? It was Clives, and my, last year at Cambridge University, and I was living in a medieval…

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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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Robert Forster: a coolly charismatic character actor with an intensely sympathetic air

Forster was a performer whose all-American looks could convey a deeper, more complex personality, something Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch picked up on If ever an actor grew into his looks, it was Robert Forster, whose cleancut mainstream handsomeness evolved and cragged up over the forty-odd years of his career in film and TV into something that fascinated audiences and directors alike. He started out looking like Alain Delons roughed-up elder brother; later he came to be a coolly charismatic and distinctive American character actor who lent style and weight…

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All hail Tina Fey: the funniest comic of the 21st century

From skewering Sarah Palin to handing us Liz Lemon on 30 Rock, here are 10 of the SNL legends most hilarious moments A nice girl with an anarchic bent and a tongue as sharp as a boning knife, Saturday Night Live), network comedy (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), while writing Jimmy Fallon, the goofy little brother to her sardonic big sister, then with The 2004 movie, which Fey blithely adapted into Alec Baldwins Jack Donaghy. For Fey at her neurotic, lemon-scented best, try the second-season episode Sandwich Day, which shows her…

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Queen Olivia Colman, an epic budget and a cast of thousands: a year behind the scenes on The Crown

With its 50m budget, army of experts and Oscar-winning Queen, The Crown is gearing up for another blockbuster season Watching a days filming for the new season of The Crown, I had the dizzying impression that organising a shoot of Winston Churchills state funeral must have been only marginally less complex than organising Winston Churchills state funeral. On a sunny September day last year there was a cast of 300, many of them in full military costume, and a crew of 250. The congregation was issued with perfect facsimiles of…

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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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