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Time is up for Woody Allen': are Dylan Farrow's allegations finally sticking?

‘Time is up for Woody Allen’: are Dylan Farrow’s allegations finally sticking?

When Dylan Farrow first shared her public account of sexual assault at the hands of her father Woody Allen, actors ignored her personal pleas for support. It was 2014, and celebrities brushed aside the child molestation allegations as unproven or a private family matter, often deeming it too risky to comment further. In 2018, it appears the biggest risk is staying silent. ...

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From Blurred Lines to New Rules: how sex in pop has changed for ever

From Blurred Lines to New Rules: how sex in pop has changed for ever

When Robin Thicke and Pharrell released Blurred Lines on 26 March 2013, they had no idea (or claimed not to) that it would kickstart a debate about rape culture and misogyny in pop . The outraged response to its suggestive lyrics – particularly the refrain “I know you want it” – permanently changed the standards to which pop is held, and the ...

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Fire and Fury: could a book bring down a president?

Fire and Fury: could a book bring down a president?

We seem to be living through a golden age for the political tell-all. After all, there is so much to tell! As politics careens from one car wreck to the next, it is irresistible to hear from the people at the wheel how it felt as the next pile-up lurched into view. And they can’t resist explaining to anyone who ...

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Dylan Farrow denies being brainwashed in first TV interview about Woody Allen allegations

Dylan Farrow denies being brainwashed in first TV interview about Woody Allen allegations

Dylan Farrow has denied that she was “brainwashed” or “coached” into accusing her adopted father Woody Allen of sexual assault, in her first televised interview about the allegations. In the interview on CBS This Morning, Farrow detailed her version of the events of 4 August 1992, when she alleges Allen assaulted her as a 7-year-old, and denied that her mother had influenced ...

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Pavel Filonov’s Shostakovich’s First Symphony: art at its most musical

Pavel Filonov’s Shostakovich’s First Symphony: art at its most musical

All in the mind In Pavel Filonov’s response to the expressionist composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s First Symphony, the canvas swarms with abstractions. They feel like notes or beats, from which faces emerge; thoughts taking shape. Make it new Part of the generation of artists who came of age around 1917, he wanted to change the world and rethink art, with his ...

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The most exciting sci-fi, fantasy and horror films of 2018

The most exciting sci-fi, fantasy and horror films of 2018

Alita: Battle Angel James Cameron has been working on this drama, based on a manga series about an amnesiac cyborg, for the best part of two decades. But now he’s bogged down in a billion Avatar sequels, so Robert Rodriguez is directing instead. Annihilation Alex Garland’s eagerly anticipated follow-up to the quietly disturbing Ex Machina stars Natalie Portman as a ...

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Should the Last Jedi have gone over to Star Wars' dark side?

Should the Last Jedi have gone over to Star Wars’ dark side?

It is a battle that has been raging for more than four decades. No, not Team Luke vs Team Vader but the ongoing war for the soul of Star Wars. It is fought between those who believe these movies are just space fantasies for the under 12s, and those certain there is something more sombre and sophisticated beneath the surface – or ...

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Eminem attacks Donald Trump: 'He's got people brainwashed'

Eminem attacks Donald Trump: ‘He’s got people brainwashed’

Eminem has attacked President Trump in a new interview, saying: “I get almost flustered thinking about him – that’s how angry he makes me.” In the interview with Vulture’s David Marchese, the rapper said Trump “makes my blood boil … I want our country to be great too, I want it to be the best it can be, but it’s not going ...

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Peter Jackson: I blacklisted Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino under pressure from Weinstein

Peter Jackson: I blacklisted Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino under pressure from Weinstein

Film director Peter Jackson has admitted to blacklisting actors Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in response to a “smear campaign” orchestrated by accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. “I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs,” Jackson said, referencing the production company Weinstein ran with his brother Bob. As a direct ...

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Abba's Björn Ulvaeus: I had no idea 1970s Britain was so gloomy

Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus: I had no idea 1970s Britain was so gloomy

There were endless strikes, power cuts, three-day weeks, TV programmes that finished at 10.30pm and Noel Edmonds. “You get very close to the reality of Britain in the 70s,” said Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus. “I had no idea it was so gloomy.” Ulvaeus was speaking at the first preview of a new immersive Abba show at the Southbank Centre, which aims to ...

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