Mentrification: how men appropriated computers, beer and the Beatles | Van Badham

Throughout history, women have been written out of cultural moments they helped shape. And now we have a new word for it Star Trek fandom has already made legendary contributions to popular culture, but its latest sweet encapsulation deserves special recording: in the dictionary. Earlier this month, a fan post on Tumblr from user @obstinatecondolement mourned the lack of acknowledgment given to women as the source of the series original popularity. They wanted to know when Star Trek stopped being perceived as light, fluffy, not-really-legitimate sci-fi that ~housewives~ liked and started being seen as serious nerd business that girls had to keep their gross cooties off? A reply repeated the question, but in regards to the Beatles. When did the …

Hot Chip: Escapism is the opposite of what we should be doing

On the eve of their seventh album, the best British pop act of their generation talk about two decades of music-making A quiet Friday afternoon by Londons Regents Canal. Two dads who have known each other since they were 11 theyre now 39 are having lunch without the kids. One is a smiling, broad-shouldered bear in a pink T-shirt. The other is smaller and bespectacled, hiding under a baseball cap. They look slightly hipsterish, but blend into the background seamlessly. A huge yellow bag and rucksack under the table contain their rather different outfits for later that day. Five hours later, Alexis Taylor is in front of thousands at the All Points East festival in Victoria Park, Hackney, his cap …

‘Mmmm, it was electrifying! Natalia Osipova on finding her perfect partner

As the explosively powerful dancer makes the leap into film, she talks about feeling bloodied and bruised by her latest work and how loving her dogs helps her perform Natalia Osipova was standing in a queue at Moscow airport recently, waiting for her flight back to London, when she overheard a woman mention her name. She was talking about the show, says Osipova, who had just finished performing The Mother, a contemporary dance drama. The woman said, She could have danced another classical ballet. Why is she spending her time on this? Osipova sighs. I felt quite vulnerable. Why am I not understood? Some of her fans might not be ready to accompany the Russian ballerina on her odyssey into …

‘Mmmm, it was electrifying! Natalia Osipova on finding her perfect partner

As the explosively powerful dancer makes the leap into film, she talks about feeling bloodied and bruised by her latest work and how loving her dogs helps her perform Natalia Osipova was standing in a queue at Moscow airport recently, waiting for her flight back to London, when she overheard a woman mention her name. She was talking about the show, says Osipova, who had just finished performing The Mother, a contemporary dance drama. The woman said, She could have danced another classical ballet. Why is she spending her time on this? Osipova sighs. I felt quite vulnerable. Why am I not understood? Some of her fans might not be ready to accompany the Russian ballerina on her odyssey into …

Michael Sheen: Anything I do, I commit to

Michael Sheens many roles, from Caligula to Blair, have always been full-blooded. But now its social injustice that really gets him going, says Tim Lewis One of the things the actor David Lynch, Sheens all-time favourite director, was one: Oh God, as a David Lynch fan, he was everything you could possibly want. Laurie Anderson, avant garde artist, composer and partner of Lou Reed. Now, says Sheen, when I was 11 or 12 one of the first singles I ever bought was O Superman. Ive played it all my life to people, it used to drive them mad, and Ive made my daughter listen to it, so she has a weird thing about it now. Its had a huge effect …

What We Do In the Shadows review the undead prove dead funny

This seductive blood-sucking comedy about the everyday struggles of a gang of vampire housemates in New York is silly, deadpan and full of killer gags Television loves a good vampire, but for some reason, the eternal torment of immortal parasitic killers tends to lend itself more to melodrama than humour. From The Vampire Diaries, bloodsucking fiends are usually much less funny than they are in the wonderful and charismatic new comedy What We Do In the Shadows. The series is based on the Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Alternate Endgame: what got cut from the Avengers finale?

The record-breaking Marvel blockbuster may have sprawled over 182 minutes but still, there were key moments that didnt make the cut With Avengers: Endgame ending its third weekend of world domination with its self-imposed vigorously denying early guesses that it would be called Endgame. Another favorite guess was Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet a direct acknowledgment of the original comic book series from which the story takes the bulk of its inspiration. Zoe Saldana seemed to confirm the latter title in April of 2018 during an interview with Happy Sad Confused podcast) that Infinity Gauntlet was the initial title, was quickly noted. The first, in which Black Widow gets in some target practice at Avengers HQ, never seemed to have much importance, …

Top 10 end-of-the-world novels

Fresh from writing his own first sci fi thriller, physicist and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili chooses favourite books that tackle the Earth in peril Having written a books, I decided three years ago to try my hand at fiction. How hard could it be, I reasoned arrogantly. Well, harder than I thought. But I enjoyed writing Margaret Atwoods In Sunfall, science is trying to save the world. So, here are my top 10 end-of-the-world science fiction books: 1. line on climate change, I cannot but admire the man who gave us the movie Westworld. And like much of his sci-fi work, The Andromeda Strain is a terrific thriller. 2. Moonseed by Stephen Baxter Baxter is a prolific British hard sci-fi writer …

Saturday Night Live finale: Baldwin-Trump sings Queen and panics Pence

The finale fitted the season: some good ideas, Kate McKinnon shining, an impassioned message let down by a previous misstep The season finale opens with a message from Alec Baldwins Trump. Hes excited for summer, when hell get to indulge in activities he never has time for, such as golf, visiting friends in prison and enjoying all the fantastic new tariffs from Gina. After bragging about the economy, he goes into a rendition of Queens Dont Stop Me Now, changing the lyrics from thats why they call me Mr Fahrenheit to thats why they call me Mr Bad Advice. Hes joined by his inner circle, including the first lady (Cecily Strong), Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), Kanye West (Chris Redd) and …

Always Be My Maybe review another middling Netflix romantic comedy

Ali Wong and Randall Park cant spin enough charm from a flat-looking regurgitation of a formula we know all too well Our collective thirst for the release of a genuinely great romantic comedy has led to us looking back as well as forward, rewatching the classics ad nauseam, waiting impatiently for a worthy new addition. Those canny folks over at Netflix have been making note and as a result, they have been algorithmically constructing a string of lab-cooked, box-ticking impostors that sit creepily alongside the films theyre desperately trying to emulate. Last years summer of transformed Set It Up, To All the Boys Ive Loved Before and The Kissing Booth into global hits, with more than Baby Cobra remains one …

Mindy Kaling: I was so embarrassed about being a diversity hire

The star of The Office and The Mindy Project has defied typecasting by writing her own roles and working very hard. She talks about Late Night, her new film with Emma Thompson, remaking Four Weddings, and her own real life rom-com Oh my God, I cant believe youre doing it again, youre insane! I love it! But youre insane! Mindy Kaling cackles when she spots me waiting for her in a central London hallway and points to my large pregnant stomach. Kaling and I first met when I Inside Out, and I was doing some interviews while pregnant. Whereas most celebrities have forgotten the face of the journalist who interviewed them before they have even left the room, let alone …

‘You get used to the gunfire’ filming the Libyan women’s football team

Denounced on TV, they train at secret locations watched by armed guards. We meet the woman from Hastings who made a fascinating film about Libyas guttsiest football squad Just what our country needs! rails the imam sarcastically on Libyan TV. A womens football team! And whats more, they chose tall, young beautiful girls for the team and for months their legs will be exposed. Womens football may be getting its moment in the spotlight with the World Cup about to kick off. But, as the absorbing new documentary revolution that brought Muammar Gaddafis reign to an end. It seemed to promise a new era of democracy and freedom including womens freedom to play football. That period was really joyous, says …

Keanu Reeves: Grief and loss, those things dont ever go away

From Bill & Teds excellent dude to assassin John Wick, the actor has carved out a stellar career. But it hasnt come without personal tragedy Hey, Im Keanu, he introduces himself unnecessarily, of course, and yet very Keanu-ishly. Despite being so famous his surname has long been superfluous, Keanu Reeves has always given the impression of being utterly unaffected by his own celebrity. He is regularly described by his co-stars as kind (Winona Ryder) and humble (Laurence Fishburne) and it is easier to imagine him walking on the moon than knocking back champagne with other celebrities on a yacht in St Barts. After all, the most famous paparazzi photo ever taken of Reeves that devastating smile he flashed at Sandra …

‘Heroin chic and the tangled legacy of photographer Davide Sorrenti

A new documentary about the late fashion photographer, who died at the age of 20, recalls the rise of the controversial look with which he made his name There is a sequence in See Know Evil, a new documentary-biography of the late photographer Davide Sorrenti, when the then US president, Bill Clinton, takes time out of a prayer breakfast to comment on heroin chic, the provocatively titled mid-90s style of fashion photography that was accused of glamourising super-skinny, strung-out models. The president clearly liked to keep an eye on fashion he had previously complained about Calvin Klein photographs of half-dressed adolescents but this was a more forceful, overtly political interjection. You do not need to glamourise addiction to sell clothes, …

‘I hid my scars for years … I thought I was only good for horror movies’

A terrible fire left Vicky Knight physically and mentally scarred. Now a film role as the victim of an acid attack has changed her life and led her to love her body Vicky Knight smiles, shakes my hand and sits down to talk. But she doesnt remove her coat. It is a spring day and the cafe is warm, yet she leaves her parka zipped to the neck. Knight is the star of Dirty God, the new feature film from the Dutch director Sacha Polak. She plays Jade, a young mother who is the victim of an acid attack perpetrated by an ex-boyfriend. In the opening scene, we are witness to widescreen closeups of Knights scarred body. Her skin is …

She was our Michelle Obama: how Gilda Radner changed comedy for ever

The death of the SNL star 30 years ago robbed the industry of one its finest voices but not before she had blazed a trail for women such as Tina Fey to follow There is no shortage of excellent critical writing about the US comedy scene in the 80s, and John Belushi, Eddie Murphy and Gilda Radner, one of the original cast members of SNL, alongside Chase, Belushi, Aykroyd and others. Although she is comparatively little known today outside comedy circles, back then she was widely assumed to be the future megastar of that group. With her sharp parodies of celebrities and her skill at satirising her own femininity and neuroses, she set the mould for modern female comedians. Without …