We're back from our fourth year at the Edinburgh Fringe and have lots of reviews and interviews for you from that. We had a good run of keeping our legends alive for a while - sadly, Gene Wilder, actor and screenwriter, has died aged 83. Lots of newsworthy performances came from the VMAs. And it looks as if this Autumn's cinema might be the saving grace of a lacklustre 2016 in film.
Outside the arts and culture, the fallout from Brexit is overshadowed by the controversial Labour leadership contest, whose online ballots opened this week, which itself was overshadowed by pictures of Jeremy Corbyn on a train. Apple has been told to remunerate the government of Ireland €13 billion/£11 billion after the EU found that a decades-old tax deal between the corporation and the country was illegal. Over in America, while the entire celebrity population of America appeared at Clinton's Democratic convention, Nigel Farage was the key figure at Drumpf's Republican convention. He chose not to endorse Drumpf but said he wouldn't vote for Clinton even if he were paid to.
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Gene Wilder dies aged 83
The legendary actor and screenwriter died following complications to do with Alzheimer's, which was kept under wraps until now. It emerged that Wilder was suffering by his family only after his death so that Wilder's ability to bring a smile to the face of his fans was not affected. He was most famous for his titular role in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Oscar-nominated roles in Young Frankenstein and The Producers. His working relationship with director, Mel Brooks, is one of the most famous in Hollywood history. Brooks was among the drama and comedy figureheads to pay tribute on social media alongside Jim Carrey, Ricky Gervais, and Stephen Fry.
Source: Yahoo! Movies
The Edinburgh Fringe ends; Voice's Pick of the Edinburgh Fringe winners announced
Yes, people. The Edinburgh Fringe of 2016 has come to an end for now, which was finished off perfectly with the Royal Tattoo (the one with the marching guards & horses with bagpipes, not a tattoo you put on to your body). But it was a very successful month for the Arts Award Youth Network, with 185 pieces uploaded this month consisting of reviews from the world's biggest arts festival. Go and check it out here.
The Olympics finish with Team GB's most successful Games ever
Rio 2016 has been led by controversy: from colour-changing water to Ryan Lochte, but none of it could even touch Team GB who left with 67 medals - our most successful Games ever, even beating our London 2012 record. Notable achievements came from Mo Farah who is now the greatest long-distance runner ever, after winning two more Golds. Andy Murray won his second singles Gold making him the most successful male player. Max Whitlock won the first two gymnastics Gold ever for Team GB and our women's field hockey won their first Gold ever, too. Elsewhere, Michael Phelps won 5 more Golds before retiring and Simone Biles became the most successful female gymnast ever in her first Games. Usain Bolt took the triple-triple - winning three track Golds in three Olympics. China were left reeling after finishing at an unexpected third place. One of their swimmers, Fu Yuanhui, made global headlines by breaking taboos about period after admitting she swam while on during an interview.
TV adaptation of Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses announced by BBC
Remember that favourite book you read back in secondary school? Well, it's about to grow up and become a BBC TV adaptation! Noughts and Crosses tells the fictional tale of reverse racism - Noughts (light-skinned people) are second to the ruling class of Crosses (dark-skinned people). Of course, the plot centres around two friends from both of these spectrums, and the novel follows their challenges as they face a society that is narrow-minded and ignorant. To see this being adapted is something to be incredibly excited for - let's hope it's a winner!
Frank Ocean releases long-awaited second album, Blonde, and visual album, Endless
We've reported on Ocean's album before. It has had three false release dates so far making this release all the more exciting for fans. Collaborators include the people whose albums Ocean himself has featured on such as Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé among others - the latter would no doubt have been a part of Ocean's decision to make a visual album. Although those two's contributions are barely spoken and are more used for background sound. The visual album, Endless, was released slightly earlier but the 45-minute film is not available for sale, only streaming. Critics have loved Blonde. With its experimental hip-hop and obscure R'n'B beats as well as showing off his own vocal abilities more than before, it is the lyrics that make the innovation. It is poetically written addressing a range of very personal topics. Its first week sales in the US were an astronomical 275,000 marking the third highest debut week of the year. Following the trend of the biggest artists, Ocean's album is available on iTunes, Apple Music, but not on Spotify.
Beyoncé dominates and Adele ignored at MTV Video Music Awards
Queen B won eight awards - a career best - for her stunning visual album accompanying her album, Lemonade, earlier this year. This included Video of the Year for Formation. This year sees her surge forward into the rank of most awarded artist in VMA history. Adele was nominated for eight awards between just the two videos released from 25 but won none. Rihanna won the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award - the VMAs own career recognition award - but was overshadowed by the speech made by Drake as he presented her with the Moon Man statuette in which he professed his love for her. She also won two more awards with Calvin Harris for This Is What You Came For. Beyoncé's 15-minute performance also his all the writes notes with a medley of songs from Lemonade.
Great British Bake Off returns; Victoria airs on ITV; Stranger Things 2 announced
Mary and Paul are back on the highest-rated programme on British television, GBBO. So far, they've had to make Jaffa Cakes and gingerbread houses among other confectionary delights. This year's ITV period drama is one about the time of Queen Victoria's reign immediately following her coronation. Playing the tiny monarch is Jenna Coleman, of Doctor Who fame, who has put in an impressive turn, which I can see getting better as the role gets harder. Finally, in more global TV news, the highest-rated Netflix original yet, has announced the upcoming episode titles in a video announcing its 2017 series. The eight-part nod to 80s sci-fi fantasy took the world by storm and has showed itself to be some of the, if not the best television of the year.
Pretty Little Liars will end in 2017
"It's been an honor to work with such a talented cast and crew over the last seven years. We are a family, and it will be hard to say goodbye to a show that has made such an impact on young audiences and been a mouthpiece for cultural change." said showrunner, I. Marlene King in a Facebook Live video announcing the news. The popular teen drama has been running since 2010 and garnered a vast following globally by becoming an internet sensation. The series finale in April 2017 will be a feature-length farewell to Rosewood.
Source: E! Online
Oscar favourite, Birth of a Nation, pulled from the circuit as old rape allegation against Nate Parker emerges
Nate Parker, the writer, director, and star of slavery tale, Birth of a Nation, was acquitted in a sexual assault case in 1999 when he was in college. The film's co-writer, Jean Celestin, was also accused and charged but his sentence was overturned. Parker was acquitted on a case of whether or not consent was given. It emerged recently, to both the public and Parker, that the person to accuse Parker committed suicide back in 2012. This has sent the film that was supposed to be the 2017 awards season darling on a nosedive after being dropped from film festivals all over the world. This week, the film was picked up for the BFI London Film Festival with Parker expected to attend, which may cause some more controversy. Gabrielle Union, who stars in the film, wrote an op-ed about the situation. Union has been open about being sexually assaulted in her youth. Parker has previously been adamant about his innocence but has softened to public opinion by admitting his miseducation in what consent was.
Source: The Guardian
Colourblind casting of Spiderman: Homecoming lauded as ' a step forward' by Hollywood
Zendaya, Tony Revolori, Marisa Tomei, and Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino are the stars of the new Spiderman: Homecoming accompanying the new Petey Parker, Tom Holland. The diversity of the cast, compared to the entirely white cast from the comic book, has come under vast criticism for not being true to Stan Lee's creation. Comic book fandoms have long been disciples of the sanctity of the original texts. Casts of comic book adaptations have never been as drastically changed as this one - certainly not with regards to the ethnicities. But others have lauded the decision. Following the controversy stemming from the lack of nominations of artists of ethnic minorities at the last two Oscars, film audiences and people in the industry call the move 'a massive step forward' in greater and more diverse representation in Hollywood. Detractors also take issue with the fact that the Mary-Jane character has red hair while Zendaya, who is mixed race, does not have red hair.
Source: The Daily Beast
Pete's Dragon released, BrotherHood, The Magnificent Seven, Captain Fantastic, Imperium, Queen of Katwe, and Bridget Jones's Baby coming soon
This year has been somewhat underwhelming for Hollywood. While Suicide Squad, what was supposed to be the film of the year, made plenty of money, it was overshadowed by being critically panned. Even Captain America: Civil War doesn't have the power to single-handedly prop up the industry. It is, indeed, time for the second half of the year to prove its mettle. Pete's Dragon has been released to reviews more complimentary than its 1977 original. There's also The Magnificent Seven - a Hollywood ensemble film like we haven't seen outside of Marvel for far too long. It is also a remake. Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke and four middling Hollywood stars head up the big budget, action packed Western. Disney's next release will be Queen of Katwe, an original, live-action film set in Africa. Yes, that is a first. Starring David Oyelowo and Lupita N'yongo, there are vastly high expectations! Over here, we are finishing off the year by finishing off franchises - BrotherHood and Bridget Jones's Baby are coming back to show us that good things comes in threes. Finally, the humble indie will save America's film with the releases of Captain Fantastic with Viggo Mortensen and Imperium headed by Daniel Radcliffe to add to a so far stellar year for the low-budget US indie.
Change in policy means YouTubers now make less money from their videos
Vlogging is a vastly profitable business. But now, in an alleged change in YouTube's policy, many vloggers' videos can no longer be used to make money using advertising. The grounds on which these videos are being what is called 'demonetised' are also being called unfair and unreasonable. YouTuber, Philip DeFranco, has already uploaded a video describing how over a dozen of his catalogue of videos have now been flagged as inappropriate. He is among many famous video makers critical of the increase in censoring. DeFranco says his videos have even been taken down for bad language and lists additional reasons why YouTube might flag videos as inappropriate such as discussing natural disasters or even current events. While, of course, some content is more advert-friendly than others, that's the individual advertisers issue, not YouTube's to make the decision. Vloggers often discuss global issues and passion means they end up swearing a bit and yet they still garner massive audiences. It seems like a case of over-sensitivity to most.
Source: The Verge
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