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Everyone's a Winner

Paul Bassett Davies | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Paul Bassett Davies

Our growing insistence on giving each other prizes is creating a culture that's beginning to seem like Sports Day at a progressive kindergarten, where no child goes home empty-handed, even if they fell over before their race began.

Who Are the Beatles of Our Era?

Joe Pennell | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Pennell

Iconic status is difficult to achieve. To be recognised as the defining sportsman, politician, or artist of one's generation is, in many ways, the highest accolade that can be lauded on a public figure...

Philip Seymour Hoffman: A Man of Conflict and Pain and Guilt and Longing

Oliver Arnoldi | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Arnoldi

Playing the notoriously uncool music critic Lester Bangs in Cameron Crowe's 2000 film Almost Famous, Philip Seymour Hoffman remarks, 'great art is about conflict and pain and guilt and longing'. Found dead, alone, and with a needle of heroin in his arm in his New York apartment this month, the conflict and pain that linked so many of Hoffman's characters began to resonate with the final image of the man himself.

Sykes In The Driving Seat For BT Sport's MotoGP Coverage

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Sport

Melanie Sykes will front BT Sport's coverage of the MotoGP. Sykes will present race weekends alongside alongside MotoGP experts, former British and...

Audiences to Takeover BBC Radio 1's Studios During 'Access All Areas' Month

Rebecca Frank | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rebecca Frank

Just to get mushy for a minute, it's projects like these that make you proud to wear your BBC lanyard. Having the freedom to design a celebration around something as human as openness is pretty amazing, it's something only Radio 1 and 1Xtra would and could do.

My Voice on The Voice

Nathan Amzi | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Nathan Amzi

This Saturday I step out in front of - or should I say behind - Ricky Wilson, Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue and Will.i.am in one of the most nerve-wracking things I've ever done - The Voice UK on BBC One! In my blogs I want to share my experience on the show and what led me to finally audition, after applying for every season so far but never actually queuing up and going through with it.

World Radio Day: Empowering Women Through Radio

Melanie Hargreaves | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Melanie Hargreaves

Today is World Radio Day, which celebrates radio as a way to communicate and promote access to information, freedom of expression, gender equality and women's empowerment around the world.

Where Are the Women Who Will Raise Their Voices for Those Raped, Hit, and Attacked for Being Women?

Skin | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Skin

This Friday, I'll be taking to the stage in Trafalgar Square, and shouting from the top of my lungs that we do not have to be fed up, that we do not have to accept this. At midday I'll be joining One Billion Rising, a global campaign that has made it its mission to end violence against women, and rising up for justice for women here in the UK and far further afield. We will call for political change, from mandatory sex education in schools, action to ensure that women in immigration detention centres are safe from violence, and the repeal of visa laws that tie domestic workers to their employers and put them at serious risk of exploitation. We will dance and sing - and we will make ourselves heard.

What's New, Woody Allen?

Martin Newman | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Martin Newman

The famously neurotic director has not been accused by anyone else of sexual assault, his loving wife Soon-Yi defends their relationship vigorously and he will probably never be charged, let alone found guilty of what he's been accused of. But between what has been alleged by Dylan and what we know of Soon-Yi, who among us will ever think of him in the same way again?

What The Hell Is Shia LaBeouf Up To?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Entertainment

Erm... where do you start with this one? Shia LaBeouf stormed out of a press conference promoting his new film, 'Nymphomaniac' and later appeared o...

Duel Night on 'Dancing on Ice'

Ray Quinn | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ray Quinn

The thing about these shows is that they become hugely addictive for those competing. It's great fun doing a bit of dress-up on a Sunday night, getting your spray tan and being taught to do some pretty dangerous lifts and jumps every week.

Rastaman Vibration

Neil Cossar | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Cossar

Born on this day, 6 February 1945, Bob Marley, singer, songwriter and guitarist. Marley's influence is unparalleled, irrespective of race, colour or creed, he is credited with helping spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience.

#Grief

Geoff Lloyd | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Geoff Lloyd

Outsized reaction to celebrity death is not a new thing, it even has its own entry on Wikipedia: Mourning sickness. Its zenith in this country was the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, a period in our history during which we behaved so peculiarly that we still can't look each other in the eye whilst talking about it. A madness took us, like a Bacchanalian orgy, only with less orifice-filling and more commemorative crockery.

Weekly Wipe - It's Not Just Comedy

Alexander Leivesley | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alexander Leivesley

You might love Charlie Brooker, you might loathe him, but the fact is he and his show are really quite remarkable, because it really takes apart the horrendous products of modern television and really hits home the issue of shoddy mainstream journalism, something that many of us let easily slip by.

Working With the National Theatre: An Interview With Zack Momoh

Rhiannon Davies | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rhiannon Davies

Emerging from the stage door of the National Theatre in a pair of jeans and simple t-shirt, Zack Momoh looks a world away from his role as the soldier/cyclist in the performance of From Morning to Midnight. He has only a few hours before he's back on stage for the evening show, yet he greets me with an easy smile and relaxes into an armchair in a room looking out over London's Southbank...

Celebrating 80 Years of Liberty's Ongoing Fight for Fairness and Freedom

Shami Chakrabarti | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Shami Chakrabarti

As we prepare for and look forward to this milestone, an exhibition charting our history opens in London this week. This exhibition not only takes us back to our roots, it's also a timely tribute to all we've achieved and the campaigners, writers and artists who've helped us along the way. It's quite the walk down memory lane, and fills us with inspiration and hope for the future as we prepare for the inevitable challenges and threats to our rights and freedoms ahead.

Will Self Talks To Jeremy Paxman On Newsnight About Drug Addiction Following Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK

On Monday's Newsnight , author Will Self talked to Jeremy Paxman about heroin addiction in the wake of fresh details about the death of actor Philip S...

Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Entertainment

Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in New York reports the Wall Street Journal. An official from the New York Police Department said the ac...

Scarlett Johansson Oxfam Saga Highlights Problem With NGOs and Charities

Joseph Blake | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Joseph Blake

If you asked the general public whether they believed in charity the overwhelming response would be yes. Of course charities do good work; no one can deny that charities help tens of thousands of vulnerable people in all manner of difficult situations. However, most of the mainstream charities and NGOs have become corporatised, choosing relationships with corporates and government instead of grassroots social change movements.

What's Shocking Here Is NOT Beyonce's Outfit, it's...

Mia Freedman | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mia Freedman

What shocked me was seeing Beyonce being all sexy with her husband, Jay-Z, who features in the song and shared the stage with her. Hot monogamy? Now that's not something you see every day.

Don't Pretend Benefits Street Is Fiction

Christian Guy | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics
Christian Guy

Far from a one-off, clusters of social breakdown blight thousands of similar streets across Britain. The injustice is real and the costs to our country are high. When Benefits Street is over we can't just sit back and wait for a second series. We have seen and we must act.

Peter Capaldi Doctor Who Costume Revealed

PA | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Entertainment

Where Matt Smith's Doctor had his bow tie, and Tom Baker had the scarf, the latest regeneration of the famous Time Lord could yet be defined by his da...

Why I Can't Keep Schtum on Liz Jones

Christina Franks | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Christina Franks

It is with a degree of trepidation that I find myself coming to the defence of a woman who many believe is indefensible. In any case, under normal circumstances she can more than speak for herself.

Lena Dunham and Vogue

Rosa Doherty | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rosa Doherty

What big feminist point was Jezebel hoping to prove by exposing what we already know, that Vogue alters photographs?

Who Was The Wolf of Wall Street, Really? We're Still None The Wiser

Philip Ellis | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Philip Ellis

'The Wolf of Wall Street' is, by many standards, a good film. Sure, it follows all of the predictable plot beats that any given "money and drugs in the Eighties" flick entails, but it makes up for its lack of narrative surprises with its strong central performances and highly stylised depictions of excess.