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From Fortnite to Love Island: how the ‘fight to the death’ defines our times

From books and films to TV shows and video games, the last-man-standing trope is massively popular. Is it a reflection of our dog-eat-dog free-market ideology? You are dropped on to a remote island with only your wits. You are going to have to scavenge weapons, ammunition, first-aid kits and the like, while 99 other people do the same. And then, …

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Why I, Tonya is a gamechanger in the world of female sports movies

The Tonya Harding biopic is not the first film about women and sport. But, refreshingly, its one that isnt about female athletes trying to break into a male-dominated world If Tonya Harding had been no more than the first female ice skater to land two triple axels in competition, most of us would have forgotten her by now. But in …

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John Boyega: ‘I’m very direct. I can’t lie’

He shook up Star Wars as its first black stormtrooper and hasnt looked back since. John Boyega on facing down bullies and not being nicey-nice John Boyega is talking about the day his world changed – and he knew everything would be OK. It’s not when he got the lead role in his first film, Attack The Block, aged 18, …

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Ant-Man’s 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 civilian sidekick. This is the …

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Every Jason Statham film – ranked!

We rate the action mans bone-crunching output from Guy Ritchies cockney geezer to the Fast & Furious movies 39. In The Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) From German shlockmeister Uwe Boll, this tepid fantasy yarn tasks Jason Statham’s sturdy yeoman with slapping down evil sorcerer Ray Liotta. The undisputed low point. 38. Turn It Up (2000) …

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‘I did a whole lot of crying’: the spectacular fall and rise of Ronda Rousey

The ex-UFC champion opens up about her fall from the top of the sporting landscape, her eclectic second act and how to prepare for the apocalypse Ronda Rousey was once again situated on the dais to promote an event she’s prominently featured in, but this time the other participants weren’t fighters. They weren’t even fellow WWE wrestlers, though she would …

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Hollywood basks in diversity praise but Latinos ask: are we invisible?

The Oscar nominations for black and female film-makers has Hollywood beaming but a new hashtag has also been born: #LatinosLeftOut Hollywood basks in diversity praise but Latinos ask: are we invisible? Oscars The Observer Hollywood basks in diversity praise but Latinos ask: are we invisible? The Oscar nominations for black and female film-makers has Hollywood beaming – but a new …

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The world champion who survived boxing and thrived in Hollywood

Michael Bentt was forced into boxing by his domineering father but now he is plotting his own path among the stars The former WBO heavyweight champion, Michael Bentt, is taking a break from writing a screenplay. He expresses himself on stage and screen as an actor and director these days, but thoughts of his life in boxing are never far …

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Who is the best Oscar winning lead actor of all time?

Stewart? Poitier? Scofield? De Niro? Day-Lewis? Our chief critic selects a winner from his nominees and reveals who you chose as your peoples champion The best actor Academy award has always had a totemic fascination. Peter O’Toole was tortured throughout his career by getting nominated eight times without winning, and actually considered turning down a lifetime achievement Oscar in 2003 …

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Jay-Z and Eminem claim Weinstein Company owes them more than $800,000

In court filings, the rappers claim they were underpaid for projects including the Jake Gyllenhaal movie Southpaw and a forthcoming Trayvon Martin TV documentary Rappers Jay-Z and Eminem have claimed the Weinstein Company owes them hundreds of thousands of dollars, in a lawsuit that is currently preventing the sale of the company in the wake of its bankruptcy. The Weinstein …

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