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Lenny Henry to explore racial diversity as guest editor of Today programme

Lenny Henry,Culture,Radio 4,BBC,Radio industry,Media,Tracey Thorn,Music,John Bercow,Politics,Mervyn King,UK news<p>Actor given Radio 4 platform after vocal criticism of broadcasting industry for lack of minority ethnic people on and off screen<p>Lenny Henry, the actor and comedian who has recently been a …

Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever: snark meets schmaltz

<b>What’s the name of the show?</b> Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.<p><b>When does it premiere?</b> Saturday, 29 November at 8pm EST on Lifetime. Don’t worry, it will be rerun a whole bunch.<p><b>What is this movie?</b> It’s your typical schmaltzy Lifetime made-for-television Christmas movie, but starring that lovable …

Online Feminism: Who Are We Excluding?

The feminist blogosphere has become as much a space for social activism and encouraging change as it has for people to air their opinions and comments without fear of consequence. Though online feminism has been instrumental in bringing important issues to light, others worry that it has become …

'Yo Jackass, We All Think Our Kid Is the Cutest'

As social media has mutated into a ravenous, many tentacled time-eater, news from our friends about their families' triumphs and trials has become omnipresent, unrelenting -- a never-ending vacation slide show from hell. As a result, every day there's a new complaint from those who follow: too much …

Swedish cinemas take aim at gender bias with Bechdel test rating

You expect movie ratings to tell you whether a film contains nudity, sex, profanity or violence. Now cinemas in Sweden are introducing a new rating to highlight gender bias, or rather the absence of it.<p>To get an A rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechdel test, which means it must have at …

From Game of Thrones to Doctor Who, meet culture's most devoted fans

Some people 'like' a show or film. Others take it to a whole other level...<p>In 1995, Elio Garcia, a 17-year-old high-school pupil, began communicating with Linda Antonsson, a 20-year-old student in Sweden, via the then fledgling World Wide Web.<p>The pair began playing an online game, based on JRR …

Give in to your anger: the new Stars Wars needs a dose of Princess Leia's fury

As the world reacts to The Force Awakens teaser trailer it’s worth taking a moment to remember the disdainful heroine who stood out in a man’s world<p>During the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you catch a brief glimpse of a woman sitting on some kind of flying tank. She is the actor Daisy …

One Film Festival Is Introducing an 'F' for Feminist Rating

It looks like the film world is in for another much-needed feminist shake-up. The Bath Film Festival, which opens this Thursday, has introduced a new "F" rating, which will be given to movies that feature a strong female lead, director, producer or writer.<p>According to the <i>Daily Mail</i>, the festival …

Hollywood’s “female stuff” problem

“I don’t want to give spoilers, but there will be more female characters and more female stuff.”<p>That’s <i>Lego Movie</i> co-director Chris Miller talking to …

Where on earth are all our older female TV presenters? Dead?

As Dame Judi Dench hits back at those urging her to retire, broadcaster Cathy Newman explains why she hopes to emulate the many male broadcasting titans comfortably the wrong side of 60 and 70<p>Many fans’ hearts were broken when in <i>Skyfall</i>, Judi Dench’s character, M, was shown to be a mere mortal. …

Smartphone filmmaking: everyone's doing it

Early adopter: Park Chan-Wook<p><b>As technology improves and prejudice from certain quarters wanes, we find more and more influential filmmakers shooting</b> …

Hollywood screenwriting guru: 'Television is the future of storytelling'

Send us a story<p>Sign up to our <b>Daily</b> newsletter<p>HOLLYWOOD screenwriting guru Robert McKee was today breaking bad news for cinema.<p>Click here to read part …

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11 Great Indie Films From the ’90s Streaming on Netflix Now: From ‘Fargo’ to ‘Pulp Fiction’

11 Great Indie Films From the '90s Streaming on Netflix Now: From 'Fargo' to 'Pulp Fiction'<p>Nostalgia for the ’90s is in full bloom these days, with a …

10 Mistakes Aspiring Cinematographers Make

The other day I was talking to a guy who is trying to get into the video production business. He was asking me of for some technical advice as well...

This is a fleshy, naked emergency – pop stars are too sexy for our kids

The parenting website Netmums has polled its members and found that more than 80% of respondents have seen their children sing or repeat sexual lyrics without realising their meaning. A third also said their child had copied the overtly provocative dance moves they had seen pop stars perform. As …

Fans in focus

We recently called out for stories from you, our fans, about what the Eurovision Song Contest means to you, receiving an overwhelming response, right …

Five Eurovision myths debunked

Eurovision 2013 on MUZU.TV.<p>Reading on mobile? Click here to view video<p>It's not easy to be a Eurovision fan in Britain. As if watching the home team crash and burn year after year wasn't painful enough, we also have to endure the annual round of tired arguments as to why there's no point competing …

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Russian military ensemble aims for Eurovision 2014 - Russia Beyond

The famous Aleksandrov Ensemble recently celebrated 85 years of performances. In the beginning, the ensemble had 12 people; at present, the group has 186. Now, they have set their sights on Eurovision 2014.<p>Despite the fact that typical Eurovision style is far from the style of the military …

Meet Conchita Wurst, Austria’s Controversial Choice for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest

The annual Eurovision song competition has had its share of controversial contestants over the years, like transgender singer Dana International, or …

What does your music say about your politics?

Labour MP Stella Creasy is recruiting a parliamentary researcher. Aside from the generic skill requirements of "excellent communication skills" and the "ability to prioritise tasks", Creasy has said that applicants would benefit from a "knowledge of mid- and late-90s indie music". On the face of …

Music is vital to political struggle across Africa – not just in Mali

At dinner last month after a concert by the Congolese rapper Baloji, I found myself sitting next to his drummer, Saidou Ilboudo. As we chatted over the chicken, he told me the remarkable story of how as a teenager growing up in Burkina Faso he had been recruited one day by Thomas Sankara, the …

10 Great Music Videos With a Political Message

The nominations for MTV’s Video Music Awards were released this week, and amongst the usual shower of nondescript commercial bilge, there was the …

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How the global box office is changing Hollywood

As global cinema audiences grow, their appetite for US movies is having a profound effect on the way that Hollywood films are being made, reports Tom Brook.<p>Hollywood is like an octopus with tentacles extending across the globe. For decades most of its sustenance came from domestic ticket sales …

Byzantium puts the fear back into vampires

The teen vampires of the Twilight franchise have been relegated to the grave – and Neil Jordan is bringing the genre back to the gothic with his new film, Byzantium.<p>Jordan was of course behind the box office success of Interview with the Vampire, which combined the acting talents of Tom Cruise and …

The Internship: One long ad for Google?

Product placement is nothing new – but a new film set in Google’s headquarters takes it to new heights. Tom Brook looks at how movies can be vehicles for marketing messages.<p>When I go to see a movie, I expect to see actors and visuals brought together to tell a good story; if I’m lucky that story …

Film chronicles the hunt for the perfect dosa in NYC

The short film Dosa Hunt follows a group of young men searching for the perfect Indian crepe in New York City – tackling issues of cultural identity on the way.<p>The dosa is a crispy, savoury pancake and a staple of south Indian cooking. But where can you get the best ones in New York City?<p>This is …

The lure of the disaster movie

Marauding zombies, terrorist attacks and apocalyptic visions are all the rage in the multiplex. Why are audiences so keen to watch the end of the world as we know it? Tom Brook investigates.<p>This year has seen a worsening of Syria’s civil war, severe floods, terrorist attacks, building collapses and …

Why won’t cinema embrace female superheroes?

The comic world is full of strong, dynamic female superheroes. But very few have made it onto the cinema screen. Why is the movie-making world dragging its feet?<p>It has been another blockbuster year for superhero and comic book movies. Characters such as Iron Man, Superman and Wolverine have proven …