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June 25th, 2017 by admin

The director of Senna and Amy on falling in love with his subjects, tackling Maradona, and how his films resemble pop art

London-born director Asif Kapadia is known for his “true fiction” documentaries: 2010’s groundbreaking Senna, about the Formula One icon Ayrton Senna; and Amy, on the short life of Amy Winehouse, which won the Oscar for best documentary feature in 2016. He is currently working on a film about another troubled genius, Diego Maradona. Before factual films, Kapadia made narrative dramas. His first feature, The Warrior, will be screened this summer as part of a Bafta Debuts tour, which showcases a handful of Bafta-winning debut films from leading British directors, such as Lynne Ramsay, Andrea Arnold and Steve McQueen.

The Warrior won two Baftas – for best debut and for outstanding British film in 2003 – but it’s been seen less than some of your other films. Do you think it stands the test of time?
I’ve not seen it! I genuinely haven’t seen it on the big screen for many a year, if not a decade.

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June 25th, 2017 by admin

Wherever you are in the world, this week we’d like to see your pictures on the theme ‘party’

The next theme for our weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review is ‘party.’ Share your photos of what party means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

The closing date is Thursday 29 June at 10 am. We’ll publish our favourites in The New Review on Sunday 2 July and in a gallery on the Guardian site.

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June 25th, 2017 by admin

The three-times Tour de France winner feels fresh and is not perturbed by his failure to win the Critérium du Dauphiné

Chris Froome is certain he is on track to contend for a fourth Tour de France victory next month despite his not managing to win the Critérium du Dauphiné, traditionally his warm-up race for La Grande Boucle. The Team Sky leader won the eight-day race in France each time before his Tour victories in 2013, 2015 and 2016 but this year could finish only fourth to the Dane Jakob Fuglsang.

“I’m not the superstitious type, to think that winning the Dauphiné is a precursor to winning the Tour,” Froome says. “It’s certainly good for the morale and the confidence to win your last race before the Tour but I don’t think it’s a prerequisite.”

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June 25th, 2017 by admin

Asics and VF Corporation also affected by spate of blackouts among 600,000-strong, predominantly female workforce employed by major sports brands

Women working in Cambodian sportswear factories supplying some of the world’s best-known brands are suffering mass faintings, the Observer can reveal.

Over five months, more than 500 workers in four factories supplying to Nike, Puma, Asics and VF Corporation, were hospitalised. The worst episode involved 360 workers who collapsed over three consecutive days.

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June 25th, 2017 by admin

Royal Albert Hall, London
You can hear the men-machines’ classical roots and the modern sounds they helped shape in this blissful 3D show

When audiences first sat down to watch the earliest moving pictures, they were reported to be terrified of the image of a train steaming towards them, and ran. No one seated in the Royal Albert Hall at the start of Kraftwerk’s three-night stint actually cringes as flying numbers pelt through the air towards them during the first song, Numbers. But it’s a close-run thing. The edges on those 7s could slice your ear off.

Limpid notes purr round our heads, thanks to the surround-sound setup. Later, as Kraftwerk play out an enriched version of 1978’s Spacelab, I’m gored by a communications satellite. Girders of block colour disassemble and spin towards us balletically on The Man-Machine – one of Kraftwerk’s greatest songs, particularly magnificent in its current remix. Everywhere are majestic visualisations of sound: waveforms, computer read-outs, flying quavers, synaesthetic blocks of colour. We are seeing them through regulation-issue 3D glasses, the better to appreciate the blissful, ominous music of this seminal outfit.

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June 25th, 2017 by admin

A quarter of a century after winning an Oscar for My Cousin Vinny, the actor is causing a stir as Spider-Man’s Aunt May. She talks about being allowed to ‘get old’ and her reputation as a great on-screen kisser

T oo hot, too young, too sexy: these were the cries of outraged comic-book fans on social media when Marisa Tomei was cast as Spider-Man’s Aunt May in July 2015. And the then 50-year-old Oscar winner agreed with the backlash. “I know, right?” laughs Tomei down the phone from New York, where she’s preparing for the blockbuster’s premiere this week. “It’s lucky I didn’t know much about Aunt May, because I might have been horrified if I’d seen the original image of a grey-haired pensioner. Don’t toy with my heart, Marvel. Is that really how you view me?”

She disagrees, though, that her casting was an example of Hollywood’s negative attitude towards age. She points out that it makes sense in the context of the franchise’s latest reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming, starring 21-year-old Londoner Tom Holland as the wall-crawling web-slinger in his high school days: “They aged Peter Parker down too. He’s 15 in this movie. I ended up picking the brains of my brother Adam, who’s been an encyclopaedia of Marvel since we were little, and he explained that May’s not related to Peter by blood – she’s his aunt by marriage to his uncle Ben. So she could be elderly or pretty young, depending what age she met her husband. I thought maybe I should lean into it and made a case for them to age me up. A lot of young girls are wearing that silver hair now, so it was something we toyed with.”

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June 25th, 2017 by admin

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The rapper and former Crip’s urgent second album juxtaposes California sunshine with the horrors of gang life

You’ll occasionally hear seagulls on Vince Staples’s records. Raised in Compton and Long Beach, the 23-year-old California rapper includes them, you suspect, to remind listeners where his taut flows come from. The squawks are sometimes followed by gunshots – more sonic signatures from those LA neighbourhoods.

Juxtaposing Cali sunshine and Cali gang hell is just one thing Staples is good at; playing with time is another. His 2016 EP, Prima Donna, was a self-contained work about fame and death that wound backwards in time.

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June 25th, 2017 by admin

Korean director Bong Joon Ho’s genetically modified satire puts a skewer through the meat industry – while also shaking up the future of film

A few months ago, BBC iPlayer released Carnage, a sci-fi inflected satire written and directed by Simon Amstell, set in a near-future world in which a now-vegan human race struggles to come to terms with its meat-eating past. Now, Korean director Bong Joon Ho’s cautionary tale of genetically modified meat arrives on Netflix, with a limited but welcome UK theatrical release. Like Carnage, Okja uses the trappings of sci-fi fantasy to ask uncomfortably down-to-earth questions about where our food comes from, exposing the savage teeth of consumerism behind the friendly smile of corporate capitalism.

In the remote mountains of South Korea, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has raised and bonded with Okja, one of a batch of “super-piglets” created by the agrichemical corporation Mirando as a potential solution to global hunger. Okja is a gentle giant, bred to tread softly upon the earth – to “consume less feed, produce less excretions”, but (most importantly) to “taste fucking good”. Yet she’s also intelligent and empathetic enough to perform complex self-sacrificing feats when her teenage human companion is in deadly danger. That, of course, means little to Mirando’s wall-toothed CEO Lucy (Tilda Swinton, reuniting with Bong after Snowpiercer), who retrieves her prize product to take part in a porcine beauty pageant in the US, intent on serving her up on a plate.

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June 25th, 2017 by admin

Comment that he considered giving up his title follows suggestion that none of the royals wants the throne

Prince Harry has admitted he once “wanted out” of the royal family.

The confession from the fifth in line to the throne follows recent comments when he said he doubted any of the royals “wants to be king or queen”.

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June 25th, 2017 by admin
  • The Tin Man wins a dramatic Diamond Jubilee Stakes

5.52pm BST

Well, that’s another Royal Ascot over. A dramatic final day with the big race won by The Tin Man who survived a stewards’ inquiry. The winner of the first race, September, will be a filly we will be hearing a lot about. I think I’ve seen the Stewards’ Cup winner at Glorious Goodwood in August and his name is Projection, the horse who finished third in the Wokingham today winning the race on the ‘wrong’ side. Royal Ascot will be back next year and I can predict one thing for certain: the royal procession will be the same.

5.46pm BST

1 Oriental Fox (J Fanning) 10-1

2 Thomas Hobson (M Harley) 2-1 Fav

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