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2016 Emmy nominations announced

2016 Emmy nominations announced

Game of Thrones, HBO’s epic fantasy series, was nominated for 23 Emmy awards, including best TV drama, propelling Time Warner’s premium cable network to the front of the pack in the annual race for

The Nice Guys: LA noir with a comic twist

<i>The Nice Guys</i>: LA noir with a comic twist

“Such a lot of guns around town and so few brains.” Humphrey Bogart said it in The Big Sleep, but he could have been talking about the collection of klutzes, goofballs and goons that populate late 1970s Los Angeles

The new Top Gear reviewed

The new Top Gear reviewed

An episode of Doctor Who, one of the BBC’s other flagship shows, once saw Clara Oswald jumping into the Doctor’s time stream, getting split up into multiple versions of herself across the fabric of time and space. “The soufflé”, she explained

Can Top Gear survive without Clarkson?

Can <i>Top Gear</i> survive without Clarkson?

The much anticipated return of Top Gear to the BBC raises a big broadcasting question: is the post-Jeremy Clarkson version doomed to fail or will it help sustain the brand’s success? The stakes are high for the corporation. Top Gear is widely

Where to next for Game of Thrones

Where to next for Game of Thrones

As season six of HBO’s Game of Thrones looms, speculation is rife. Is Jon Snow really dead? What do the clips featuring a blind Arya mean? And what are the implications of the return of the Dothraki? This last question is the one that has got me

10 Cloverfield Lane: the little genre film next door

<i>10 Cloverfield Lane</i>: the little genre film next door

In a year where Hollywood seems determined to prove that more is more – more superheroes per film, more explosions, more garish special effects – the economically directed and scripted 10 Cloverfield Lane is a rare pleasure. It’s an unassuming genre film that

A beginner’s guide to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld

A beginner’s guide to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld

Terry Pratchett once told me that he didn’t actually recommend beginning your relationship with the Discworld through his first novel in the series, The Colour of Magic (1983). That’s because

The Hateful Eight review: high octane

<i>The Hateful Eight</i> review: high octane

Quentin Tarantino has secured his place in popular culture by reaching into neglected corners of cinema for genres that are ready for reinvention and rediscovery. This approach saw the motor-mouth filmmaker bring postmodern panache to the

How has the Internet changed art?

How has the Internet changed art?

How has the Internet changed art? It is this ambitious question that an exhibition enticingly named Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966) at the Whitechapel Gallery in London sets out to answer. The exhibition takes you through a

The truth is still out there: The X-Files returns

The truth is still out there: The X-Files returns

The return of The X-Files to television screens after a 14-year absence was met with justifiable excitement and trepidation. It was an important show, combining Twilight Zone-style fantasy with humour, drama and emotion. The X-Files took its subject matter seriously, and

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