Well, that happened....

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Well, that happened....

Good day, reader!

You may recall that last week I got very nostalgic and reflective over the development and growth of this section over the last 8 months. Well, we have decided to try and return this 'news snapshot' back to its roots, and I will publish a separate column alongside this every Saturday.

This means that there will be a clearer divide between angry, scathing news analysis, and the quick and lighthearted news breakdowns that we have endeavoured to provide each week.

Starting from next Saturday, I will be publishing my own column over in the blogs section, and (depending on those deadlines I bemoaned last week) will link across to it from these articles.

Hopefully you will enjoy this return back to basics, because sometimes less is more!

I remain,


State Opening of Parliament outlines new Government plans

Did you know that the speech read by the Queen is writing by the Government? Well, it is, and during the Opening of Parliament, that speech is used to outline the Government plans for the upcoming year. Included this year are radical plans to reform prisons, the sugar tax on soft drinks, plans to replace the Human Rights Act, a U-Turn on the academies reform, reforms to adoption procedures and support, legal rights to have access to fast broadband, investments in driverless cars and a continuation with the Snooper Charter. There was plenty more announced and the BBC have summarised it all.

Source: BBC

The Cannes Film Festival kicks off - Spielberg's 'BFG', Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake' well received


We're reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. Except we're not. But it is taking place. On the back of it, the re-boot of BFG by Steven Spielberg is what's on everyone's lips. Ken Loach's latest social drama has received a high-profile standing ovation and reduced people to tears. Written by longtime collaborator, Paul Laverty, the film addresses the state of our welfare system and what Loach calls 'the demonisation' of the poor. Another deeply personal and heartfelt drama on the tail of his 2014 period drama, Jimmy's Hall, this is a prudent example of Loach's body of work which aims to encourage social consideration and responsibilities. The film comes after heavy criticisms of the strain being put on the benefits system by the Government and the revelations of the excruciatingly ill-health of claimants who have been told they're 'fit for work'. Other films making waves include American Honey with Shia LeBeouf, Loving by Precious director, Jeff Daniels, and starring Joel Edgerton, and The Neon Demon from Drive director, Nicolas Winding Refn, and starring Elle Fanning.

Source: The Huffington Post | Festival de Cannes

The trailer for the reboot of 'Prison Break' is released

Prison Break from U.S. network, FOX, ran for a mere four seasons from 2005-2009. In this short time it became phenomenally popular for its prolonged storyline about the anti-hero felons escaping from jail. Returning to the helm, seven years later, are all the original characters including Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell. The trailer shows that Miller's protagonist, Michael Scofield, has been missing and is found to be alive and in prison. At learning this, this brother and pals hatch yet another genius plan to get him out. The programme's prolonged success was put down to its continued popular ratings on Netflix and, knowing this, FOX decided it was worth another stab at it. The show made stars of its cast but they had little success outside of the series.

Source: The Independent

Toby Jones cast as the villain in the fourth series of 'Sherlock'


The Golden Globe-nominated actor famous for 2010's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and 2012's Berberian Sound Studio will join Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in the series. He will play the new villain, following on from Moriarty played by Andrew Scott. His name and his case is not known, yet though. Toby Jones has a firm place among the ranks of British acting legends and his casting in what is probably Britain's most popular current TV export is sure to bring a new dimension of pure goodness to the infallible Sherlock.

Source: BBC News

'The Vegetarian' wins the Man Booker Prize


This is news by the Voice staff's resident veggie. The South Korean author, Han Kang, has one the Man Booker prize - one of the biggest prizes in literature, with her book about "a woman who wants to reject human brutality." The prize of equal to £50,000 will be split - for the first time - between the author and the book's translator, Deborah Smith, whose first ever book translation this is. Kang is "honoured" to be the first ever South Korean to win the award. It was chosen as the winner by all five judges over six other novels from around the world. Before this year the award was available to an author's body of work so long as it has been translated into English. This year on, it is only awarded to a single piece of English-language fiction.

Source: Al-Jazeera

Image: The Telegraph

The trailer for Studio Ghibli's latest, 'The Red Turtle', is released

Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli, is famous for some of the most beloved animations in living history outside Hollywood like the Oscar-winning Spirited Away back in 2002 which is one of my favourite films. They have made the move of an international co-production with Dutch animator, Dudok De Wit. The result is The Red Turtle, which, hot off the press circuit at Cannes, is an adaptation of a Hans Christian Andersen fable. It is completely dialogue-less and promises to be a style of animation that is unseen by Ghibli's body of work. Without any dialogue, the film has certainly not got a universal appeal. But there exist a number of art films whose images are so striking that they are compelling enough in themselves to attract an audience.

Source: Variety

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Despite Suicide Squad not opening for another three months, Warner Bros. have already greenlit a spinoff film with Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the project is not a Quinn solo movie, but will feature many of DC's female characters - both villains and heroes. It also reports that Robbie herself was the driving force for the film, bringing a writer in to develop the idea before then taking it to Warner Bros. Details are scarce at the moment, but more are likely to be announced in the following months.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

BBC to launch Netflix competitor


The Government have given the green light for the BBC to develop their own subscription based streaming service. The Guardian suggest that the service would viewers to watch BBC content once the 30-day window currently provided by iPlayer has elapsed. This news comes after the announcement that those who only use the catch-up service will still be required to pay the license fee, which currently sits at £145.50 per year. It is being suggested that the new service will work in collaboration with commercial partners, making it more akin to a UK based equivalent to streaming giant Netflix.

Source: Guardian

Google I/O 2016

The annual Google developer conference launched on Wednesday with a two-hour keynote where Google's vision of the short and midterm future was laid out, and I'm not going to lie, it's pretty exciting. Announcements include Daydream -Google's vision for mobile VR, Google Home -which is a wifi speaker with Google Assistant built in for home automation, new messaging apps -because they really don't care about Hangouts, and more details on the next version of Android. I live blogged the whole event, and that can be read here. The Verge have summarised the important announcements.

Source: The Verge


Bhavesh Jadva contributed to this report

Header image: BBC


Tom Inniss

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Tom is the Editor of Voice. He is a politics graduate and holds a masters in journalism, with particular interest in youth political engagement and technology. He is also a mentor to our Voice Contributors, and champions our festivals programme, including the reporter team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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