The new 007 is a black woman don’t make her a Bond girl

Online joy over Lashana Lynch inheriting James Bonds codename may be premature. White men wont give up their hero status so easily Fans have been hoping for a black actor to play first rumoured as a possible successor to Lashana Lynch is going to be the new 007. There was much celebration on social media, which is understandable. But it may be a little premature. Casting black female actors as legacy characters is a great step towards rectifying the historical racism and sexism that has led to a disproportionate number of those characters being white men. But its only a step. Black women also need to be written with respect; they have to be presented as natural, worthy heroes who …

Men behaving badly: why cinema’s great hellraisers were a breed apart

Rip Torn belonged to a high-spirited tradition that was fuelled by too much booze and testosterone. Like it or not, we may never see their like again The death of the film and TV star Rip Torn, whose drunken exuberance so often resulted in the breaking of glass, the splintering of wood and the bandaging of limbs, has led the industry to ponder that exotic creature whose rocknroll behaviour, from the 1960s onwards, persisted for decades to tolerant chortling from the similarly inclined or wistfully well-behaved gentlemen of the press. And that creature is the hellraiser a term that originates from a defiant credo espoused by the hard-drinking, hard-living Hollywood legend Richard Burton: Peter OTooles death in 2013 led to …

Pop sensation Dorian Electra: ‘I’m not a woman dressing as a man. It’s more complex’

The gender-fluid pop sensation talks about performing as a stripper, giving queer people strength and dressing up as Bono Invariably, queer pop stars worship David Bowie, and Dorian Electra is no different. My dad got me into Bowie from a really young age, they say. I looked up to androgynous rock stars. Whats less common is worshipping Bono. He was one of my heroes as a kid. I know, funny: everyone hates him. But I really loved him, and used to dress up as him. That was one of my first experiences in what I guess you could call drag, but I would call dressing up. I performed the song Vertigo, just for my family I drew on a little …

Book clinic: how can I get my teenage daughter back into books?

An array of fabulous fiction and nonfiction to tempt a 16-year-old girl away from social media Q: Please recommend some books to get my 16-year-old daughter off social media and Love Island and into reading again.A 47-year-old mother, London A: Bidisha, writer, broadcaster and film-maker/performer, writes:OK, first the addictive gateway drugs. No teenage brain is complete without a thorough immersion in Virginia Andrewss jaw-droppingly perverse Carrie by Stephen King (bullied girl with a Bible-beating mum cant take it any more weird stuff happens). That should prep the territory. Next, some fabulous and inspiring women from the real world. Comedian Mindy Kalings witty Character Breakdown, Mona Eltahawys defiant Once Upon a Time in the East, the great Maya Angelous The Girl …

Brazil mourns death of musician Joo Gilberto

Bossa nova legend, 88, earns warm tributes but not from president Jair Bolsonaro Brazil is mourning the death of Joo Gilberto, one of the countrys greatest musicians and composers, a reclusive genius in a nation of extroverts whose work recalled happier, more optimistic times for a deeply divided nation. Gilbertos funeral will be held on Monday at Rios Municipal theatre. It is not yet clear whether members of the public will be allowed in. The death on Saturday of the 88-year-old bossa nova legend whose Girl from Ipanema, recorded with his then-wife Astrud Gilberto, became perhaps Brazils best-known song worldwide was marked in newspaper headlines, in musical tributes and in homages from many of Brazils greatest living artists. But it …

Princess Diana was set to star in sequel to The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner

Actor has confirmed the late Princess of Wales was keen to play role after conversations instigated by Sarah Ferguson Kevin Costner has confirmed that the late Princess of Wales was set to star alongside him in a sequel to 1992 hit The Bodyguard, in which he starred as an agent assigned to protect a pop star played by Whitney Houston. Speaking to turned into a stage musical in 2012, and is still running in Londons West End. Houston died suddenly in 2012, drowning in the bath after a long history with drink and drugs.

Vampire Weekends Ezra Koenig: Rock music is dead, so it’s more joyful to me’

As his band gear up for Glastonbury, the singer talks about his Jewish politics and how there are musicians far more privileged than him If you have never been to Glastonbury, you will always get people telling you that its just got a different vibe to other festivals, man. Even platinum-selling musicians. Its like being in some weird medieval village, says Ezra Koenig, frontman of Father of the Bride in May, and like the previous two, it went to No 1 in the US and Top 3 in the UK. It came six years after the last one, Neo Yokio, which starred Jaden Smith and Jude Law; he also fell in love with the actor and director west African highlife …

Sun’s out, flops out: what’s the worst movie summer ever?

After a string of disappointments, analysts are calling 2019s summer season one of the most disastrous on record but there have been far, far worse This summer might have started with a bang, thanks to the Avengers finally reaching their Endgame, but its set to go out with more of a shrug, thanks to pretty much everything thats come since. Godzilla: King of Monsters; X-Men: Dark Phoenix; Men in Black: International, Shaft, The Hustle all loathed by critics and shunned by audiences. Animated sequels Toy Story 4 and The Secret Life of Pets 2 are far from flops but theyre both performing way below expectations. Aladdin might be a hit but its the second Disney live-action remake to have scored …

Anna review Luc Besson’s empty assassin thriller shoots blanks

A vacuous performance from model Sasha Luss sinks the directors attempt to add a modern spin on his 1990 thriller La Femme Nikita Who or what is Anna? Answers include a reminder of director Luc Bessons action movie credentials, an attempt to start a female-fronted assassin franchise and a showcase for the acting talents of model Sasha Luss. Or at least thats what could be said of the film, sight unseen. Because in actuality, the delayed, and rather dumped thriller (distributor Lionsgate refused to screen the film for press) is an unqualified failure on all three counts, a wide-releasing multiplex dweller that instead works best as an undemanding late-night TV watch, exactly where it should have been offloaded in the …

Chinese wedding photos – a picture essay

Pre-wedding photo sessions have become big business in China, as couples demand lavish mementoes of their big day in advance. Gone are the days when couples would be satisfied with a single black and white photo to commemorate their wedding China. A couple pose at the 27 Rome Brand photo studio The busy streets of Wuhan (left) and Beijing are backdrops to photos In the main touristic spots in different cities across China, it is easy to see couples having their pre-wedding photoshoots, which become the must-have for every Chinese couple before their marriage. Unlike western weddings, where couples usually have their photos taken on their wedding day, for Chinese people it is quite popular to have their day-long photo …

Bill Callahan: ‘I can’t die life is too good, it can’t end’

With help from his wife and Lee Scratch Perry, the artist formerly known as Smog has opened up. Hes even talking to his neighbours, he says Originally, I was going to interview Bill Callahan at home in Austin, Texas. Then he was going to fly to London for a more efficient European press trip. Then his publicist forwarded an email from the 53-year-old songwriter: Every round-trip flight from New York to London melts 32 sq ft of polar ice … in light of global warming, any chance this could be done via FaceTime? These empires must crumble! Reading about A River Aint Too Much to Love his last as Smog, the name he made music under since 1990 nature has …

The warrior critic: in praise of Pauline Kael

The New Yorkers legendary reviewer would have been 100 this year. Here, fans of her work assess her essential contribution to film journalism David Thomson Essential and kind of crazy To be mad about the movies, must you be mad? Isnt sitting in the dark, hooked on light, a little odd? The shrewdest thing to say about Pauline Kael beyond recognising that she was essential is that she was kind of crazy. Yet determined to seem rational or in control. She would have been 100 this year. That is a fanciful proposition, for she often seemed emotionally closer to 19, which must have been some strain if you realise she was nearly 50 before she stumbled into the authority she …

The great green expansion: how ring-necked parakeets took over London

Was Jimi Hendrix responsible for the bright-green tropical birds presence in the capital? Or was it Katharine Hepburn? Electric Ladyland wasnt the only thing Jimi Hendrix released in 1968. One day in that tumultuous year he left his flat on Brook Street, Mayfair, and strolled down nearby Carnaby Street with a birdcage in his hands. I like to think that he was dressed in a tasselled jacket and flares, his favourite Fender Stratocaster slung across his back. Or perhaps he travelled incognito, in a trenchcoat and dark glasses. Either way, somewhere on that street, the heart of Swinging London at the height of peace and love, he opened the door of the cage and unleashed two bright green birds: Adam …

The trouble with the tapback: No one agrees what they actually mean

They are instruments of chaos.Image: Vicky Leta / Mashable In September 2016, Apple released iOS 10. With it came the iMessage Tapback, the convenient and highly ambiguous reaction feature that — nearly three years later — no one quite knows how to use. Tapbacks were created, one assumes, to make texting more convenient. It’s true that they’re nearly effortless to employ: Simply press on a message until you’re presented with the Tapback options — a heart, a thumbs up, a thumbs down, a HAHA, a double exclamation point, and a question mark — and pick the one you want. Easy, right? You didn’t even have to type anything! Here’s the trouble, though. There’s no practical consensus on what, exactly, Tapbacks are supposed …

From Gentleman Jack to Killing Eve: who are TV’s greatest lesbian icons?

TV fans have been spoiled for women-on-women scenes on our screens of late. We celebrate with a rundown of the characters whose impact on the world is permanent and forever Get the rollers out! The drama about Gentleman Jack AKA Sally Wainwright. As youre playing her, youre aware that everybody has a right to be who they are, regardless of sexuality, Killing Eve or I heart you, and Pipers reply: I heart you? What is that I love you for pussies? Well, that, and their awarding her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 was a hugely emotional moment. Sophie Webster, Coronation Street Sophie (Brooke Vincent) starting her sapphic adventure was the key surprise element of the 2010 New Years …

Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry

Stefan Dinse/EyeEm/Getty Images (clouds) And yet I still love the big T, by which I mean either “technology” or “trillions of dollars.” Why wouldn’t I? I came to New York City at the age of 21, in the era of Java programming, when Yahoo! still deserved its exclamation point. I’d spent my childhood expecting nuclear holocaust and suddenly came out of college with a knowledge of HTML and deep beliefs about hypertext, copies of WIRED (hello) and Ray Gun bought at the near-campus Uni-Mart. The 1996 theme at Davos was “Sustaining Globalization”; the 1997 theme was “Building the Network Society.” One just naturally follows the other. I surfed the most violent tsunami of capital growth in the history of humankind. …