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Can Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order help fans feel the Force?

Respawn Entertainments forthcoming Star Wars video game, developed in close collaboration with Lucasfilm, hopes to capture the spirit of the films In 1983, millions of unsold cartridges of the Atari game ET The Extra Terrestrial were secretly buried in a concrete-covered landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Thanks to extremely rushed development and alleged interference from

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Superheroes swoop to boost Hollywood but Netflix shadow looms

While US box office grew about 9%, summer attendance figures are the second worst since 1992 A case of superheroes to the rescue in the form of Disneys Avengers: Infinity War and Incredibles 2 has fuelled the biggest boost to the US summer box office in more than a decade. However, Hollywood bosses have been

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Ant-Mans Agent Woo: do superhero films have a sidekick race problem?

Funny? Puny? Person of colour? Hollywoods problematic stereotype is seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp, Deadpool 2 and more As the comic-book movie machine churns on, spinning myriad variations on a limited set of themes, similarities are bound to emerge. Watching the new Ant-Man and the Wasp brought home a fresh one to me: the

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Childish Gambino and the Search for the Summer Anthem

The summer anthem yields to ritual. An untiring breed of musical ambrosia, its genealogy extends from slowburners like Janet Jackson’s “That’s The Way Love Goes” (1993) to the arena-scale decadence of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” (2007) and Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” (2010). But while the end result differs each time, the summer anthem commonly and above all

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A queer, diverse Nancy Drew: is this how to keep children's classics alive?

The girl detective and Little Women are both being updated to include LGBTQ and multiethnic characters to cater for a new generation of readers but this doesnt always work When the news broke that Nancy Drew, that plucky, Titian-haired girl detective with her handsome boyfriend and supportive girl gang, pulled from sale because everyone wanted