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Source: The Guradian

Booksmart review – wild, warm high school comedy puts girls on top

Today 08:05 GMT

During the first act of SXSW crowd-pleaser Booksmart there’s a fantastically humbling, game-changer of a moment for Molly (Beanie Feldstein), a smart if smug overachiever desperately tying up administrative loose ends on her last day of high school.

Her film reaches the audience-friendly highs of a studio comedy while retaining an indie sensibility, both in its visuals and its tone, and coupled with the script’s rooted awareness of the moment we’re now in, it feels fresh, a film that will be rewatched and quoted, held on a pedestal by those who understand its necessity.

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Source: BBC

How do reality TV shows care for their stars?

Today 08:05 GMT

Today's reality TV gives its stars so much instant influence that you don't even have to wait until the next morning to be an overnight success.

Millions of social media followers and lucrative brand deals await the stars of shows like Love Island and The Only Way is Essex. But the death of 2017 contestant Mike Thalassitis has sparked debate over whether there is enough support for the people who go from ordinary to celebrity in a matter of hours.

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Source: The Guradian

'Finally feeling happy in my skin': American Boys captures the trans experience

Today 00:35 GMT

I am so grateful to be able to transition and for finally feeling happy in my skin and not caring what anyone else thinks.”

It’s not just the transgender killings, especially of trans women of color, but also with police brutality and murders, coming from where I come from, being African American and being Dominican as well, knowing that struggle coming into my own struggle within me, instead of being scared, I decided to stand up and fight for what rights I have as a human being.

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Source: The Guradian

David Bailey: 'Deneuve said it's great we're divorced – now we can be lovers!'

Today 08:04 GMT

Flicking through them all at once makes you realise the extraordinary extent to which Bailey created the touchpoints of what our culture looks like.

He has always managed to straddle both the establishment and the counterculture: in the 70s, Bailey was the photographer chosen to go with prime minister James Callaghan to China.

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Source: Common Domain

20 Minutes With: Director Steven Soderbergh on His Spirit Brand Singani 63

Monday 20:00 GMT

Despite his success, Soderbergh has shifted some of his attention away from the entertainment world with the launch of his spirit brand Singani 63.

A newcomer to the liquor industry, Soderbergh dived into the deep end by embarking on a journey to introduce singani, Bolivia’s centuries-old national spirit, to American imbibers. The spirit, which shares similarities with brandy—it’s distilled from white Muscat of Alexandria grapes—can only be produced in the high valleys of Bolivia, and thus inhabits a category of its own.

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Source: The Guradian

The Act review – true crime drama tells a staggeringly disturbing story

Tuesday 23:38 GMT

At the conclusion of the first episode of The Act, Gypsy Rose Blanchard (Joey King) sits up in bed next to her mother, Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette).

The Blanchards’ story of abuse and deception prompted a blockbuster BuzzFeed article by Michelle Dean (who also co-created the show with Nick Antosca) and a feature-length HBO documentary (Mommy Dead and Dearest); now, Hulu has adapted the saga into a mini-series that builds on America’s fascination with true crime, bad parenting and scams.

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Source: Common Domain

Do this to ward off a case of the Mondays

Wednesday 14:30 GMT

Mentally prepping for your workday before it begins — also known as “reattachment to work” — is associated with mobilizing job resources you need to pursue work goals, anticipating “task focus” (expecting that you’ll be able stay concentrated on work), and experiencing positive feelings like excitement, energy and determination, according to research published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Management.

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Source: Fox News

International swimming star Kenneth To dies at 26 after feeling unwell in Florida

Wednesday 11:46 GMT

Kenneth To, an international swimming star who was training for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, died Monday, hours after he reported feeling unwell at a practice in Florida, Hong Kong Sports Institute announced.

He had been undergoing a three-month training program with the Gator Swim Club of the University of Florida, he felt unwell at a training session and was taken to hospital where sadly, he passed away,” the HKSI statement said.


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