Art

Sia: ethics of fame and Maddie Ziegler 'a question I have asked myself often'

Sia: ethics of fame and Maddie Ziegler ‘a question I have asked myself often’

Performing artist Sia Furler has responded to concerns about her use of 15-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler as a creative partner, saying the use of children in entertainment is “a conversation we should all be having”. On Thursday the enigmatic singer responded to a Guardian column which questioned Sia’s use of Ziegler as an avatar of herself in her live performances and music videos. The column asked ...

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Six women file class-action lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and 'complicit producers'

Six women file class-action lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and ‘complicit producers’

Harvey Weinstein and his former film production company are facing a class-action lawsuit from six women, who are seeking to represent “hundreds” of other women allegedly victimized by the disgraced movie producer. The proposed class action comes as Weinstein is facing numerous criminal investigations across the globe following accusations of sexual assault, rape, harassment and misconduct from dozens of women. The named plaintiffs in the suit ...

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Star Wars actor Daisy Ridley: social media is bad for mental health

Star Wars actor Daisy Ridley: social media is bad for mental health

The actor Daisy Ridley, who will soon be seen on the big screen when she reprises her role as Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has said social media is “highly unhealthy for people’s mental health”. In an interview with the Radio Times, Ridley described social media as damaging to mental health, especially for teenagers. “It’s such a weird thing ...

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Late-night hosts, Trump, 'morally degenerate', Roy Moore

Late-night hosts on Trump’s ‘morally degenerate’ support of Roy Moore

Late-night hosts discussed the increased Republican support of Roy Moore, including from the president himself. On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert brought up Donald Trump’s vocal support of Moore. The president has stressed the importance of having a Republican over a Democrat in the Senate, regardless of the sexual misconduct allegations. In response, Moore tweeted that he wants to help Trump #MAGA. ...

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Johnny Hallyday, the 'French Elvis', dies at 74

Johnny Hallyday, the ‘French Elvis’, dies at 74

France’s biggest rock star, Johnny Hallyday, the leather-trousered “French Elvis” who sold more than 110m albums over a career spanning more than half a century, has died aged 74. His wife, Laeticia Hallyday, said on Wednesday: “Johnny Hallyday has left us. I write these words without believing them. But yet, it’s true. My man is no longer with us. He left ...

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Mobo awards 2017: Stormzy dominates and Jeremy Corbyn salutes grime's influence

Mobo awards 2017: Stormzy dominates and Jeremy Corbyn salutes grime’s influence

Stormzy, the charismatic grime MC who won the approval of Jeremy Corbyn as well as millions of fans, was the big winner at the 2017 Mobo awards. He scooped three prizes: best male artist, best grime act, and best album, for the chart-topping Gang Signs & Prayer. Corbyn made his mark at the ceremony with a recorded message which said: “It’s more important ...

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White House library lowers the tones with its Christmas book tree

White House library lowers the tones with its Christmas book tree

What do these books have in common? Esquire’s World of Golf, Robert Daley’s thriller Tainted Evidence, Simon Stow’s political analysis American Mourning, Dianne E Gray’s coming-of-age story Holding Up the Earth and James Hall’s “odyssey into the spirit world of Africa”, Sangoma? Well, they’re all green. That was enough for them to be selected as part of the Christmas tree ...

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Geoffrey Rush denies allegations of 'inappropriate behaviour' in play

Geoffrey Rush denies allegations of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ in play

The Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has denied allegations of “inappropriate behaviour” during a Sydney Theatre Company production of King Lear, after the company said it had received a complaint against him. Rush’s lawyer said in a statement that Rush had not been informed of the nature of the complaint by the complainant or the theatre company, either at the time the complaint ...

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Poem of the week, Sonnet to Vauxhall, Thomas Hood, poem

Poem of the week: Sonnet to Vauxhall by Thomas Hood

Sonnet to Vauxhall “The English Garden.” – Mason The cold transparent ham is on my fork – It hardly rains – and hark the bell! – ding-dingle – Away! Three thousand feet at gravel work, Mocking a Vauxhall shower! – Married and Single Crush – rush; – Soak’d Silks with wet white Satin mingle. Hengler! Madame! round whom all bright sparks ...

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Rita Ora, eggs, frozen, 20s, Australian breakfast TV show

Rita Ora: I had my eggs frozen in my early 20s

Rita Ora has revealed that she had her eggs frozen in her early 20s. Appearing on the Australian breakfast TV show Sunrise, the British singer said her family doctor recommended undergoing the procedure sooner rather than later. “You’re healthiest now and I think it would be great, why don’t you put them away now and you’ll never have to worry about ...

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