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UK City of Culture 2021: Can Coventry rise up from grimy decline?

What was it like growing up in Coventry, 2021’s UK City of Culture, and how has it started to regain its confidence? Going to school in Coventry in the 1970s there was what probably nobody yet called a shared narrative about the big, busy city we all lived in. The …

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Bryan Singer: Director denies raping 17-year-old boy

Film director Bryan Singer has denied sexual assault after being sued for allegedly raping a 17-year-old boy. According to court filings obtained by Deadline, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman has alleged he was sexually assaulted by the director on a yacht in 2003. In a statement, a representative for Singer said the director …

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James Arthur: 'I've been a tortured soul'

Up to now, James Arthur has built his career on ballads. From his X Factor single, a cover of Shontelle’s Impossible, to the global smash hit Say You Won’t Let Go, the singer has proved he can tug on your heartstrings like a puppy on a postman’s trousers. Those slow-tempo …

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Jack Whitehall to host 2018 Brit Awards

Jack Whitehall is to host the Brit Awards for the first time next year. The comedian takes over from Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis, who shared hosting duties earlier this year. Brit Awards chairman Jason Iley said Whitehall would bring his “enormous enthusiasm, charisma, fun and passion” to the annual …

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Greta Gerwig on Lady Bird's perfect Rotten Tomatoes score

“It’s astonishing, it really is. I’ve nothing to say to it that’s eloquent – it’s amazing.” That’s Greta Gerwig’s reaction to Lady Bird, her directorial debut, getting a 100% score on reviews site Rotten Tomatoes – making it the most well-reviewed film in the site’s history. Not that she reads …

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JK Rowling 'happy' about Johnny Depp casting

JK Rowling has said she’s “genuinely happy” to have Johnny Depp stay in the Fantastic Beasts cast, despite concerns about stories about him in the press. The author admitted recasting the role had been “naturally considered” after Depp was accused of domestic abuse by ex-wife Amber Heard – claims he …

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Streep, Hanks and Spielberg film The Post gets warm reviews

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep’s historic press freedom film The Post, directed by Steven Spielberg, has had very positive reviews from critics. The film follows the real-life story of Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and proprietor Kay Graham, who published the classified Pentagon Papers in 1971. Deadline described the film …

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UK City of Culture 2021: The lowdown on the contenders

The UK’s next City of Culture will be named later, with Coventry, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea all in the running. The winner will be named on BBC One’s The One Show from 19:00 GMT and will have the honour for 2021. The title is awarded every four years and …

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Now That's What I Call Music albums dominated iTunes in 2017

If you think the instant availability of all of the music, all of the time has killed off compilation albums… you’re completely wrong. Apple Music has just revealed its biggest albums of the year, and the Top 10 includes four entries for the Now That’s What I Call Music! series. …

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Breast milk and soot mark Turkey's fading beauty

KIZILTEPPE, Turkey (Reuters) – When Ayse Yusufoglu was a girl, she and her friends in southeast Turkey tried to win the hearts of young men in their village using breast milk and soot. Fatma Dogru (70) poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in …