• Rose McGowan ‘heartbroken’ by news Weinstein accuser Asia Argento ‘paid off’ child actor over alleged sexual assault
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    Rose McGowan ‘heartbroken’ by news Weinstein accuser Asia Argento ‘paid off’ child actor over alleged sexual assault

    Rose McGowan has responded to the news that fellow #MeToo activist Asia Argento reportedly settled an accusation of assault made against her by a former child actor. According to documents obtained by the New York Times, the actor and director agreed to pay musician Jimmy Bennett a total of $380,000 over the course of a year and a half after allegedly assaulting him in a California hotel room when he was just over the age of 17 years old. The documents report that Bennett was initially planning to sue Argento for $3.5m in damages citing emotional distress, lost wages and assault.

  • Asia Argento: Weinstein accuser ‘paid off' child actor over alleged sexual assault
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    Asia Argento: Weinstein accuser ‘paid off' child actor over alleged sexual assault

    Asia Argento – a leading #MeToo activist – has reportedly settled an accusation of assault made against her by a former child actor. According to documents obtained by the New York Times, the actor and director agreed to pay musician Jimmy Bennett a total of $380,000 over the course of a year and a half after allegedly assaulting him in a California hotel room when he was just over the age of 17 years old. The state’s legal age of consent is 18.

  • TV preview: Brilliant documentary Dwarfs in Art: A New Perspective and Tattoo Age on ink masters
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    TV preview: Brilliant documentary Dwarfs in Art: A New Perspective and Tattoo Age on ink masters

    Dwarfs in Art: A New Perspective does rather suggest that there was an old perspective that somehow had to smashed by some contemporary dwarfish iconoclasts. For we all do have a cultural perspective of dwarfism, in the widest sense. Think Mini-Me, the late Verne Troyer, in the Austin Powers films.

  • Robin Green on being the only female journalist on the masthead of 'Rolling Stone' in the 1970s
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    Robin Green on being the only female journalist on the masthead of 'Rolling Stone' in the 1970s

    Of the many illuminating chapters in Robin Green’s new memoir, The Only Girl, in which she recounts her time as the sole woman writing for US music magazine Rolling Stone during its early 1970s heyday, the one entitled A Big Journalistic No-No is surely one of the more memorable. When she drifted towards San Francisco in the late 1960s in the hope of dropping in on the offices of her favourite magazine, the very apex of her ambition was the possibility of landing a secretarial role. Instead, charmed by her deadpan humour, editor Jann Wenner was soon asking her to write 5,000-word cover stories on subjects ranging from David Cassidy to Marvel Comics, Green thereby almost instantaneously graduating to a level most rock hacks can only dream of.

  • Picture Perfect: The photo duo behind some of fashion’s glossiest shots
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    Picture Perfect: The photo duo behind some of fashion’s glossiest shots

    Piggott asked Alas for a light, the pair got talking, and rapidly discovered they had plenty in common, not least a love of fashion. Three years later, the duo now known as Mert and Marcus had moved into a derelict loft in East London, converted it into a studio, and had their first collaborative photographic work published in Dazed & Confused.

  • The Drama Teacher by Koren Zailckas, book review - An intriguing take on the domestic noir genre
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    The Drama Teacher by Koren Zailckas, book review - An intriguing take on the domestic noir genre

    Koren Zailckas’s new novel, The Drama Teacher, is an intriguing take on the domestic noir genre that’s flourished in recent years. What sets it apart from its predecessors though is a simple twist: Zailckas’s titular protagonist isn’t the passive victim, taken in by a seemingly charming husband who eventually turns out to be some kind of criminal mastermind; she’s the seasoned grifter, setting the traps that ensnare others.

  • Celebrity Big Brother (Channel 5), TV review: A spectacle of fame as devalued as the Turkish lira
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    Celebrity Big Brother (Channel 5), TV review: A spectacle of fame as devalued as the Turkish lira

    The common factor of the 2018 Celebrity Big Brother is supposed to be that all of the contestants have lived through public humiliation, tabloid hell and been traumatised by fame. During which time and for long after, they will, as well we and they know, find themselves living through public humiliation, tabloid hell and further fame based trauma. Addicted to fame as they all so obviously and painfully are – otherwise why go through it?

  • Omarosa 'Unhinged' book review: In this inflated, bizarre and horrifying book, Trump's presidency might have found its ultimate document
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    Omarosa 'Unhinged' book review: In this inflated, bizarre and horrifying book, Trump's presidency might have found its ultimate document

    Unhinged by Omarosa hopes to offer “an insider’s account of the Trump white house”, according to its subtitle. As a book, it is exaggerated, dramatic, sometimes given to outright lies and never fails to be entertaining even in its abject horror – which is to say it could be the ultimate document of the Trump presidency. The facts as we know them are this: Trump first met Omarosa when she was a contestant on The Apprentice and since then they have had a rocky relationship, which continued into a job at the White House.

  • What I found when I infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan
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    What I found when I infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan

    Spike Lee’s powerful new film BlacKkKlansman tells the true story of Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer who infiltrates a local branch the Ku Klux Klan in 1979. Like Stallworth, I wasn’t a true believer and had a very different agenda from the Klan’s. It was autumn 1979, and I was a first-year reporter at the Hartford Courant when David Duke launched a recruiting effort in, of all places, Connecticut.

  • Madonna at 60: How one woman turned herself into an icon
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    Madonna at 60: How one woman turned herself into an icon

    Born in Michigan in 1958, Madonna Louise Ciccone was the third of six children in a working-class Italian-American family. Whatever the motivation, after 60 years, Madonna is the wealthiest woman in the music business and one of its most radical icons. Madonna’s journey from the American suburbs to the American Dream began in 1978, when she arrived in New York with nothing but a winter coat and $35 – “The bravest thing,” she once said, “I have ever done.” In 1983, after years of hard grit, she appeared before the world fully formed.

  • Who was the real Lorax? Seeking the inspiration for Dr Seuss
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    Who was the real Lorax? Seeking the inspiration for Dr Seuss

    In 1970, millions of people observed Earth Day for the first time, and the Environmental Protection Agency was born. At his wife’s suggestion to clear his mind, they travelled to the Mount Kenya Safari Club, an exclusive resort where guests watched animals along Kenya’s Laikipia plateau. It was Dr Seuss’s favourite book and one that was much discussed for its environmental resonance.

  • Trainspotting at 25: How Irvine Welsh's debut novel brought Edinburgh’s sleazy, violent drug culture to vivid life
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    Trainspotting at 25: How Irvine Welsh's debut novel brought Edinburgh’s sleazy, violent drug culture to vivid life

    Trainspotting’s collection of stories-connected-by-characters, which detailed the degradations enjoyed by Mark “Rent Boy” Renton, Simon “Sick Boy” Williamson and Daniel “Spud” Murphy, with brutal contributions from Francis “Franco” Begbie, is now a quarter of a century old. It inspired an era-defining film and is written in an Edinburgh dialect so thick that it is at first as impenetrable as the “Nadsat” that Alex and his droogs speak in Burgess’s masterpiece. All of Welsh’s psychic children turned out to be bastards.

  • The Book List: The fake titles Charles Dickens used to decorate his library
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    The Book List: The fake titles Charles Dickens used to decorate his library

    Five Minutes in China Forty Winks at the Pyramids​ Abernethy on the Constitution A Carpenter’s Bench of Bishops Toot’s Universal Letter-Writer Orson’s Art of Etiquette​ Downeaster’s Complete Calculator History of the Middling Ages Jonah’s Account of the Whale Captain Parry’s Virtues of Cold Tar Kant’s Ancient Humbugs​ Bowwowdom. A Poem The Quarrelly Review The Gunpowder Magazine Steele. ...

  • Inside the Factory (BBC2), TV review: Greg Wallace lifts the lid on how our curries are made
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    Inside the Factory (BBC2), TV review: Greg Wallace lifts the lid on how our curries are made

    In which case, maybe we can share my learnings from Inside the Factory’s comprehensive coverage of this hot topic over a nice chicken tikka masala, prepared with Sharwoods cook-in sauce, with a little lime pickle on the side, seeing as that, plus various curry auxiliaries, was the subject of this week’s show. Did you know (I didn’t, I confess, with shame) that they’re made from chick pea flour and many of those available commercially are, even in this day and age, handrolled and sundried out in India before making their way over here to be processed and packed, ready for your delectation. Yes, indeed, and you’ll be pleased to be reminded that this popular little menu item has its origins in the south of India, with a veggie filling.

  • Who is America: Sacha Baron Cohen dupes Trump surrogates into defending neo-Nazi groups
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    Who is America: Sacha Baron Cohen dupes Trump surrogates into defending neo-Nazi groups

    Two of President Trump’s most loyal supporters were caught out by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen on last night’s episode of Who is America?, his weekly political satire series, during discussions about support for the far-right. Sheriff David Clarke – the cowboy hat-wearing former sheriff of Milwaukee county who frequently appears on Fox News to defend Trump – said “you don’t want to take sides” when asked about fascists and anti-fascists in Nazi Germany during the 1930s.

  • Punctuation Without Tears by Dominic Selwood, book review: Puts simplicity and fun back into good writing
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    Punctuation Without Tears by Dominic Selwood, book review: Puts simplicity and fun back into good writing

    Selwood begins by repunctuating Shakespeare, then invites you to do the same. English teachers of a certain sort – mainly retired now – will not be amused. The fact is that most people who try to follow the old rules have some degree of punctuation anxiety.

  • Judas: How a sister's betrayal brought down a criminal mastermind and caused a murderous family feud that has gripped a nation
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    Judas: How a sister's betrayal brought down a criminal mastermind and caused a murderous family feud that has gripped a nation

    Astrid Holleeder is a household name here in the Netherlands. Holleeder’s memoir, Judas: How a Sister’s Testimony Brought Down a Criminal Mastermind, has just been released in the United States and Britain. It tells the story of her life as an unwilling confidante to her brother, Willem Holleeder, a notorious Dutch crime boss, with flashbacks to their childhood in a home with an alcoholic and abusive father.

  • Teen Choice Awards 2018: When is it, who is nominated and how can you watch it?
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    Teen Choice Awards 2018: When is it, who is nominated and how can you watch it?

    With summer coming to a close and awards season fast approaching, the 2018 Teen Choice Awards is the first to kick-off the months-long season of ceremonies. This year’s Teen Choice Awards will air on Sunday August 12, live from Los Angeles, California - and you can expect an entertaining two hours filled with performances, accolades, and fashion. The show, which will be co-hosted by YouTube Star Lele Pons and Nick Cannon, begins at 8pm on Fox and will also be available live-streamed on Fox Now.

  • In photos: The centuries-old makeup tradition bringing comfort to Rohingya women and girls in refugee camps
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    In photos: The centuries-old makeup tradition bringing comfort to Rohingya women and girls in refugee camps

    Swirls of yellow paste made from ground tree bark decorate the cheeks of Rohingya Muslim women and girls in the refugee camps of southern Bangladesh. “The makeup is my hobby, and it’s our tradition,” says Juhara Begum, 13, who arrived in Cox’s Bazar in September last year after fleeing a military attack on her village in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Now, she lives on a hilltop in the crowded refugee camp of Jamtoli.

  • Michael Moore says Donald Trump will be 'last president' in newly released Fahrenheit 11/9 trailer
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    Michael Moore says Donald Trump will be 'last president' in newly released Fahrenheit 11/9 trailer

    Michael Moore’s newest documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 sees the left-wing filmmaker turn his eye on President Trump’s America - juxtaposing Mr Trump’s presidency with neo-nazi riots and school shootings. Referring to Mr Trump as “the last president of the United States,” the documentary preview includes references to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, as well as the Flint water crisis. The documentary comes as a sequel of sorts to Moore’s previous George W Bush documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11 - the highest-grossing documentary ever - which was released in 2004 and depicted the then President’s war on terror.

  • Ant McPartlin will not host I'm A Celebrity and will take rest of year off
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    Ant McPartlin will not host I'm A Celebrity and will take rest of year off

    Ant McPartlin has pulled out of hosting I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! for the first time since the show began 16 years ago. The TV presenter announced a break from all television duties for the rest of 2018 following a drink-driving conviction earlier this year. The 42-year-old added he and Declan Donnelly, his presenting partner, made a "joint decision" not to present a new series of Saturday Night Takeaway next year.

  • Love Island Australia is officially coming to the UK
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    Love Island Australia is officially coming to the UK

    Love Island Australia is officially coming to the UK, a mere two weeks after Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer were crowned winners of the British version of the show. In June, a video of two of the male contestants aggressively brawling went viral on social media, with many Twitter users expressing their preference for the Australian edition of the show. “Unpopular opinion but Love Island Australia is better than the UK one,” one person admitted on Twitter.

  • Study reveals Vogue cover models from seven different countries all have the same average face
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    Study reveals Vogue cover models from seven different countries all have the same average face

    Faces of Fashion study reveals that despite analysing Vogue covers from seven different countries, over 25 years, the average face of each cover model looks strikingly similar.

  • Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller, book review: 'Perfect heatwave reading'
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    Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller, book review: 'Perfect heatwave reading'

    Bitter Orange, Claire Fuller’s heady, claustrophobic third novel, makes for perfect heatwave reading. Frances, the story’s narrator is an elderly woman. Lying in her sickbed, her mind is wandering: “My wasting disease has eaten away more than flesh: it has taken any memory of last week as well as the names and titles I was told about an hour ago,” she bemoans, “but it is kind enough to leave the summer of 1969 intact.”

  • TV review, £10k Holiday Home: can Julia Bradbury find paradise on Earth for a four-figure sum?
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    TV review, £10k Holiday Home: can Julia Bradbury find paradise on Earth for a four-figure sum?

    If you’re an idiot, or given to envy, or both – a toxic combination – then you really don’t want to be watching ITV’s latest vehicle for Julia Bradbury, £10k Holiday Home (ITV). Ms Bradbury, I had thought, was just a rambler, by which don’t especially mean her style of commentary, but her telly speciality subject, that being walks in the countryside, hikes around hills, that sort of thing. Well done, Julia.