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The Guardian
Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 08:10:54 AM mt

Meet the man behind the 'white guy blinking' meme



Have you seen the gif of the guy blinking in disbelief? Meet Drew Scanlon, the man behind the meme

How does it feel when your face is plastered all over the internet?

Ask Drew Scanlon he knows all about it. Hes the face of a new meme you may have seen in the past few weeks.

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The Guardian
Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 08:05:20 AM mt

La La Lands inevitable Oscars win is a disaster for Hollywood and for us



This years other best picture nominees have heart, soul and humanity. Damien Chazelles tawdry, dispiriting confection has none its the tale of two narcissists who sacrifice love for self-interest

Rarely have the Oscars seen such adead cert. If you fancy La La Land for best picture, the most attractive odds you will get are 9:2on. The film is also nominated in another 13 categories, tying with Titanic and All About Eve for most ever nods. It has already snagged a record-breaking seven Golden Globes, and five Baftas.

Critics have been equally charmed. In Britain, the coveted five stars have been bestowed not just by the Sun, the Mirror and Metro, but also by the Guardian, the Times and the Telegraph. Audiences have followed suit. The film has taken more than 10 times its $30m (24m) budget at the box office.

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The Guardian
Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 08:05:12 AM mt

Uncovering the forgotten punks of San Francisco in pictures



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The Guardian
Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 08:04:50 AM mt

Stormzy: Gang Signs and Prayer review teeming with original ideas



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The south London MC arrived on the grime scene fully formed and at just the right time but its his lyrical gifts that have made him a star

The second track of his debut album finds Stormzy reflecting on his rise to fame. I just went to the park with my friends, and I charted, he says of the video for Shut Up, which went from YouTube sensation to gold-selling Top 10 hit, transforming him from a hotly tipped grime MC into a mainstream star. It was obviously a bit more complicated than that, but the 23-year-old still seems like something of an overnight sensation compared to many of the grime stars hes frequently mentioned in the same breath as. Theres no lengthy back catalogue of releases suggesting years of underground grafting: he emerged at just the right moment, as grimes commercial resurgence got underway. It seemed that no sooner had he released his debut single than he was on Later with Jools Holland and picking up Mobo awards.

Related: Stormzy: Respect me like you would Frank Ocean or Adele

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Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 08:04:50 AM mt

Funny Girl review Sheridan Smith returns with passion pain and steel



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Smith is never less than astonishing as she kicks off a UK tour of the musical based on Fanny Brices rollercoaster vaudeville life

Thats where I live, on stage, says Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice. In this knowingly theatrical revival of Funny Girl, with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill, its easy to believe her. Michael Pavelkas set frames the Broadway star inside an ever-present, tilted proscenium arch the wonky mirror image of the one at the Palace theatre. The suggestion is that shes surrounded by audiences on both sides, forever the performer.

Back in the role of Fanny for the first leg of a UK tour, after a celebrated West End run interrupted by absences due to stress and exhaustion, Smith is showbusiness incarnate. In her hands, the lively Brooklyn joker is an intricate tangle of competing emotions, all covered up with a big, bright, Broadway smile. One moment, shes pulling an impressively elastic series of funny faces. The next, shes singing a feeling-drenched rendition of People, tears cascading down her cheeks.

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The Guardian
Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 08:03:07 AM mt

My favorite best picture Oscar winner: Titanic



Continuing our series of Guardian writers all-time Academy picks, Kate Hutchinson makes her case for James Camerons blockbusting romance

On the surface, Titanics redeeming qualities may seem as barely visible as a giant iceberg lurking in the north Atlantic sea. Crummy dialogue. Celine Dion warbling about hearts going on. Leonardo DiCaprios fringe curtains. The infuriating probability that if Kate Winslets Rose had just squidged up a bit there would have definitely been room for two on that raft. James Camerons 1997 disasterpiece was, in many ways, dodgy like the ocean liners own detector system. It was a box office ripper and an Oscars guzzler, for sure, but was at the same time rubbished for being the most expensive chick flick ever made ($200m, long since eclipsed by other blockbusters). To some eyes it was merely a hyperthermic romance schmaltzily clomped together by an action auteur known for making Arnold Schwarzenegger famous in The Terminator.

Related: My favourite best picture Oscar winner: The Sting

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Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 08:03:06 AM mt

Bay of punks: remembering when punk rock invaded San Francisco



The scene in the Bay Area was never chronicled in the same way as New York or Los Angeles. Now a new crop of photography books and projects are bringing San Franciscan punk into focus

In early 1979, photographer Jim Jocoy attended an auction at the Peoples Temple in San Francisco. More than 900 of its worshipers had died in a mass suicide-murder which came to be known as the Jonestown massacre, led to their deaths by activist-turned-doomsday cultist Jim Jones. When Jocoy saw some of the followers left-behind luggage, he saw a symbol of Jones hollow, empty promise, and took a picture. Jonestown, the assassinations they worked into the fabric of San Francisco, and unraveled its tapestry, Jocoy says. It was quite gloomy, that summer of hate, and punk was the soundtrack.

The image is in Order of Appearance, a new book of Jocoys photography from the San Francisco punk scene of the late-1970s. Its an intimate, diaristic view of an incipient youth subculture as Jocoys punk subjects primp and sneer while the city crumbles around them. Theres a yellow Volkswagen upturned in the street, freshly applied blue hair-dye, and allusions to the imminent outbreak of Aids.

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The Guardian
Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 07:58:04 AM mt

Trump is bullying transgender kids because he thinks he can get away with it Evan Greer



The gay and lesbian movement hasnt always prioritised the most vulnerable. Now, with immigrants and trans people under attack, its vital they do

The Trump administration is bullying children now. In a vindictive move, the Departments of Justice and Education just shredded federal guidelines that instructed public schools how best to protect transgender students from discrimination. Specifically, the guidance they revoked made it clear that Title IX the landmark law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational institutions requires schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.

The attack highlights the importance of an expected supreme court decision on the issue, but it should also serve as a wake up call to the mainstream LGBTQ rights movement, which for decades has failed to listen to and address the issues facing the most marginalized members of the queer community.

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Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 07:58:04 AM mt

Yes liberals are planning town hall protests. It's called democracy Ben Wikler



Donald Trump sneered at angry crowds holding politicians to account. Thats exactly what were doing and were only just getting started

Americans are flooding into town halls across the country. Fearful that their country is being torn apart, they are turning out to protest their representatives in record numbers. But Donald Trump is not impressed. In a sneering tweet, the president dismissed the so-called angry crowds at town hall events as planned by liberal activists. Well take that as a compliment.

More than two dozen progressive activist groups are using ResistanceRecess.com, a site posted just last week by MoveOn.org, to search among more than 500 local congressional events around the country. Anyone can RSVP for an event and get a reminder email. So yes, thats evidence of planning apparently more planning than goes into a typical executive order issued by this White House.

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Thursday February 23, 2017 @ 07:57:44 AM mt

Deportation orders threaten Trump's own turf: the real estate market



Immigrants represent a large share of the demand supporting house values, says a demographics expert amid warnings the system could be tested

Is Donald Trump, the property tycoon turned president, about to bust the housing market? Thats potentially one of the unanticipated impacts of the Trump administrations crackdown on illegal immigration, according to demographics experts and immigrants rights groups.

The effect of the mass deportations outlined in Department of Homeland Securities memos released this week may not only affect real estate values at the lower and middle end of the housing market, they warn: they could resonate up to the top of the housing chain, testing the entire system in ways that are both novel and not clearly understood.

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