Does TV and film influence us more than we realise? Probably. Are our brains being shaped by the violence, sex and nastiness we see on a daily basis? Most possibly. Is there a way we can stand up and shout when we see positive, surprising, heartwarming stuff on the screen as an antidote to all of the above? Yes, there is! Read on, and prepare to join in from the comfort of your favourite armchair.
Whilst I was absentmindedly posting some letters at the end of my road ready for Tuesday's first collection, I saw the most wonderful new piece of street art. Right at the end of my street. Here it is...
Now, historian Lauren Mackay has looked afresh at Chapuys' letters, returning to his actual words, to decipher exactly what he did have to say. And what he didn't. What emerges in this new book about the Tudor court is a complex diplomatic picture of a lively and clever man who defies the stereotypes perpetuated in some history books to shine as he takes centre stage.
With the release of his hit BBC TV detective drama Shetland on DVD, I spoke to the Scottish actor about the show... and thoughts on being an action figure.
It's easy to forget, given that we view it every week in our homes, that a TV show can be art. Mad Men is a work of art which is great whether you believe art should be appreciated for its style alone or also for its content.
For the most part, The Amazing Spider-man 2 is exactly what you expect: likeable teenager Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) continues to fight crime, while romancing gorgeous girlfriend Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone).
Jason is a young, about to blow comedian, who has Trinidadian heritage, but his new comedy sketch show (Sniggers With Attitude/ SWA ) for London Live TV is an inclusive comedy show for the new, young, pop culture demographic.
These themes - of identity and visibility, of posterity, of exposure and disclosure - all hover in the background of an exhibition called 'What Will They See of Me?' which I curated, and which is currently at Jerwood Visual Arts in London.
Starting with endless flat dialogue full of nonsensical techno-babble, the film skips to the Transcendence in double-quick time. There's little time to flesh out the characters and the urgency is placed on humanities fear of new technologies.
Bob Dylan's song and his persistent campaigning for Carter during the Rolling Thunder Revue tour meant that Rubin Carter's case was brought to the attention of mainstream America. Just two months after the Hurricane II show the New Jersey Supreme Court overturned the Lafayette convictions, ruling that the trial's prosecution withheld evidence favourable to the defendants
Two-piece The Midnight Barbers are loud. Self-assuredly, gleefully loud; the kind of sonic expansiveness that can bring a room of people to shocked attention.
To Arles, famed for its Roman antiquities, and a shrine to Vincent Van Gogh, is now set to become a a vital new hub for art -in-the-making.
During the BGT auditions, Team Midas will pick three acts, the acts we believe will get to the final. Last week the fantastic Lucy Kay took one of those places. Will anyone join her tonight...let's find out.
Debut Contemporary has become the Arts Hub and Meeting Point in Notting Hill in just three years since its existence. It is a place where you can practise yoga, play chess with gloves, wear a bespoke-made mask, have an Art-inspired dinner and attend a constant array of eclectic events.
Word of Fincher directing Gone Girl was doing the rounds since January of last year, but it was confirmed only when Ben Affleck was officially chosen in July for the lead role of Nick Dunne.
As a professional actor of 25 years, since being the first disabled actor to appear in a UK soap back in 1991, and the chair of the actor's union Equity's Deaf and Disabled Members Committee I know all too well just how high the standard of talent is within the disabled acting community.
It doesn't sound much of a plot but 'Locke' is amazing buzzing cinema. Shot in eight days on a limited budget it shows what can be done with an original and imaginative idea, a tight script and the nerve to go for it.
We've only just started this project, I'm dead excited about this one, its the sequel to an English movie called 'Monsters'. It's really not what you'd expect from that title, it's beautiful and dark, a powerful movie that deals with the acceptance of that which is alien to us (the West specifically, it was filmed in the Sudan).