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Michael Kiwanuka wins Mercury Prize 2020: ‘I’m speechless’

The London-born artist won for his self-titled third album. The news was revealed in an announcement on the BBC’s The One Show, by BBC Radio One presenter and Mercury Prize judge Annie Mac.  

Kiwanuka said: “I don’t even know what to say – I’m speechless. This is amazing…I don’t even have any words. This is ridiculous, it’s crazy! I’m so happy. Third time’s a charm. It’s blown my mind. I’m over the moon, I’m so excited – this is for art, for music, for albums. 

“This is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do so to win a Mercury is a dream come true. I’m so happy. Music and art means so much to me and this is an award that celebrates that so I’m over the moon.”

Kiwanuka won from a shortlist that included pop stars Dua Lipa and Charli XCX, grime stars ...

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Michael Kiwanuka announced as winner of Mercury Prize 2020

The London-born artist won for his self-titled third album. The news was revealed in an announcement on the BBC’s The One Show, by BBC Radio One presenter and Mercury Prize judge Annie Mac.  

Kiwanuka said: “I don’t even know what to say – I’m speechless. This is amazing…I don’t even have any words. This is ridiculous, it’s crazy! I’m so happy. Third time’s a charm. It’s blown my mind. I’m over the moon, I’m so excited – this is for art, for music, for albums. 

“This is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do so to win a Mercury is a dream come true. I’m so happy. Music and art means so much to me and this is an award that celebrates that so I’m over the moon.”

Kiwanuka won from a shortlist that included pop stars Dua Lipa and Charli XCX, grime stars ...

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Prada-Simons dialogue launches in virtual Milan preview

Milan designers skirted the line between the virtual and the physical Thursday, taking lessons learned in lockdown to create new collections that are relevant in a reshaped world.

The most anticipated event of the week was Prada’s virtual unveiling of the Miuccia Prada-Raf Simons collaboration announced in February.

Their first collaboration expanded on their mutual devotion to fashion as a uniform, something utilitarian that allows the wearer the ease to both think and work. The designers joined the virtual audience for a dialogue after the presentation, responding to questions that had been submitted in advance.

‘’It is really a strange situation,’’ Prada said, sitting opposite Simons on socially distanced settees...

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South Africa lifts spirits with Jerusalema dance amid virus

South Africans of all walks of life are dancing to “Jerusalema,” a rousing anthem to lift their spirits amid the battle against COVID-19.

In response to a call from President Cyril Ramaphosa to mark the country’s Heritage Day holiday Thursday, people from townships to posh suburbs are doing line dances to the tune.

In the upbeat song in the Zulu language, the singer implores to be taken away from the troubles of the world to go to Jerusalem, effectively heaven. The song, by popular DJ Master KG with vocals by Nomcebo Zikode, was a hit in South Africa last year and became even more popular this year as people saw its message as a way to cope with the tragedies of the coronavirus pandemic.

It was picked up in Angola, where a video showed a group of people interrupting their mea...

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11ft brass statue of Alan Partridge appears in Norwich city centre

The iconic character, who is played by Steve Coogan in a variety of BBC series including I’m Alan Partridge and This Time with Alan Partridge, has been celebrated with a large brass model, which is currently at The Forum until Saturday (26 September).

The work was created by sculptors Nick Dutton and Gavin Fulcher, who work in film and have sporadically worked on the statue for the past three years.

In the work of art, Alan is seen wearing a suit, argyle tank top and polo neck while standing with his foot up on a rock and clutching a cup of tea.

The plinth on which the statue stands is inscribed with the character’s catchphrase: “Aha!”

Describing the project as “a bit of fun”, the pair said that the statue was a “gift to Norwich”, the town from which Alan originates...

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‘The Witcher’ recasts major role for season two due to coronavirus scheduling complications

The Witcher has been forced to drop a key actor for its second season due to pandemic-related scheduling issues.

Actor Thrue Ersted Rasmussen was set to star opposite Henry Cavill in the hit Netflix show as Eskel, a fellow Witcher who will play a large part in the forthcoming second series.  

Rasmussen had already begun filming as Eskel when lockdown measures and filming restrictions were enforced, leading to an amended shooting schedule.

He announced the “heartbreaking” news in an Instagram post shared on Wednesday (23 September).

The Fast and Furious star wrote to his followers: “Sadly, due to the rescheduling because of Covid-19, I will not be portraying Eskel in The Witcher...

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Album reviews: Idles – Ultra Mono, and Deftones – Ohms

★★★★☆

Idles tackled the potent themes of white privilege and the state of the NHS in their 2017 breakthrough Brutalism, while their Mercury Prize-nominated follow-up, 2018’s Joy as an Act of Resistance, probed toxic masculinity, Brexit and the benefits of immigration.

Ultra Mono is no less angry, or political. And it could be the most vital album we’ll hear all 2020.

It doesn’t get more urgent than the furious “War”, which melds descending licks and post-punk rhythm guitar with a cacophony of distortion, rolling drums and frontman Joe Talbot’s full-throttle battle-cry. Like all the songs here, it’s finished with sharp precision; the Bristol band’s tightness helps to hammer their every message into the core of the listener.

There are some surprising gues...

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Bake Off: Matt Lucas’s Boris Johnson impression draws more than 200 complaints

The sketch, which opened the new series of Bake Off, saw Lucas wear a blond wig and stand behind a podium akin to the one used at daily coronavirus briefings.

“Stay alert, protect cake, save loaves” was written on the podium.

It also saw the show’s judges, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood, offer advice on the pronunciation of “scone”, and Lucas-as-Johnson bumbling his way through a press conference about the famous Bake Off tent.

Ofcom has confirmed that the sketch has so far received 202 complaints from viewers, yet the television regulator has yet to decide whether they will investigate the sketch.

One viewer suggested that the cakes looked like there had “been a fire at Madame Tussauds”.

Matt Lucas impersonates Boris Johnson on 'The Great British Bake Off'
Matt Lucas impersonates Boris Johnson on ‘The Great British Bake Off’(Channel ...
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Teen movies based on classic literature, ranked

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f the teen movies of the 1980s were defined by John Hughes, those of the 1990s were best known for their literary links. Many of the period’s most enduring success stories, such as Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You, took inspiration from works of classic literature and attempted to transfer these well-known stories to high-school settings.

In the late 1990s to early 2000s, a trend emerged for these kind of films, with some of the biggest young stars of the era – Julia Stiles, James Franco, Reese Witherspoon – getting their big breaks in them.

Funny, romantic and filled with teenage angst, they managed to walk the line between light-hearted trash and the kind of film an adolescent could convince an adult they were watching for revision.

While these films were mostly present...

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Friends: Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel Green was originally going to be played by a different cast member

Rachel Green in Friends will always be synonymous with Jennifer Aniston – but another star has now revealed that they were originally going to be cast in the role.

Aniston’s Friends co-star Jane Sibbett, who played Ross Geller’s (David Schwimmer) ex-wife Carol in the show, has claimed producers had lined her up to play Green. “I actually was up for another character,” she told News.com.au. “They wanted me to be one of the main six.”

Sibbett added: “It was actually Rachel but I usually don’t tell people that because Jen… There’s no one who could’ve done it like Jen.”

The actor said she turned down the role because she was pregnant.

“I asked them [her agents] if they’d told the producers I was pregnant and they said, ‘Oh no, we thought we’d tell them lat...

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