Entertainment

Anything for this: The costs, benefits of life in elite sport

Mara Abbott on her way to a solo stage victory in Stage 9 of the 2015 Giro Rosa. If I had known as a college freshman — entering into adulthood of honing pure excellence in my tiny sphere, with errors and triumphs and struggles all rolled in — if I had known this fate lay ahead, would I have traded ... Read More »

How big tech became the new titan of television

Claire Foy and Matt Smith in a scene from Netflix’s The Crown. The show is nominated for an Emmy for outstanding drama series. Photograph: Robert Viglasky/AP In Hollywood, the screenwriter William Goldman once observed, nobody knows anything. But that was before technology companies rolled in sure of one thing: to conquer television you have to spend, spend, spend. The geeks ... Read More »

New music to listen to this week: XamVolo

One of my favourite new artists XamVolo is about to drop his best track to date, so it’s a kick that we get to premiere it today on The Independent.  “Feels Good”, the latest single from the Liverpool-based artist, lays all his jazz-influenced cards on the table and samples a rare version of “Thelonius” by Thelonius Monk. Produced with Paul Phamous [To Pimp A Butterly], it’s a ... Read More »

Summer Studio Movies Of 2017 Fail Vito Russo Test Of LGBTQ Representation

There’s the Bechdel Test and then there’s the Vito Russo Test. Where the Bechdel Test evaluates the portrayal of women in film, the Vito Russo Test examines the representation of the LGBTQ community in movies. The test was applied to the movies from this year’s summer box office season and the results did not indicate a pass with flying colors. In fact, they barely ... Read More »

Bassheads will love VAVA’s $26 wired ‘gaming’ earphones

Even though we’ve had Bluetooth wireless technology for years now, I’m still a sucker for wired earphones simply because there’s no battery to worry about charging up. What’s more, most of my wired sets sound far and away better than my wireless earphones. That’s why I was happy to try out VAVA’s new ‘gaming’ earphones. The Fremont-based company, which also makes speakers and other products, is ... Read More »

Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Announces Launch Of Universal Writers Program

The Global Talent Development & Inclusion group at Univeral Pictures has officially launched their new Universal Writers Program. Formerly known as the Emerging Writers Fellowship,  the program identifies experienced and up-and-coming screenwriters with unique points of view that build upon the Studio’s commitment to telling stories and creating films that reflect the vast diversity of its audiences. “We are a studio ... Read More »

Destiny 2 Microtransactions Can Get You Items That May Affect Gameplay: Reports

HIGHLIGHTS Destiny 2 was launched on Wednesday Eververse lets you buy Bright Engrams for Silver Engrams can be decoded for items that may affect gameplay Destiny 2 was launched on Wednesday for the PS4 and Xbox One. The sequel to 2014’s original online-only sci-fi shooter game brings back some of the characters including Tess Everis and her Eververse Trading Company. ... Read More »

Fox plans more 6-second ad slots, as digital influences television

Digital advertising hit a huge milestone this year: in the US, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) says that digital ad spend surpassed television ad spend for the first time ever. By most estimates, digital will overtake television on a global basis this year. As the balance of power shifts, the impact of digital is not only reflected in ad spend but in ... Read More »

The Politics of American Movies

The essence of the current cultural discourse is that everything we watch is at least latently political. And we, the people, are hungry for political art. This recurring column, The Politics of American Movies, will explore everything from racially progressive Westerns and anti-fascist comedies to documentaries about the working class and popcorn flicks with subversive bite. 2 hours ago On ‘Blue ... Read More »

TCA announces new music programme

A new eight-month-long music programme will bring together classical musicians from around the world to perform in Abu Dhabi. Run by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, the season includes the return of the concert series Abu Dhabi Classics (running from October 2017 to May 2018), Umsiyat (January 2018) and performances by students and graduates from Bait Al Oud. “Our Music ... Read More »