Entertainment

The slime mould instruments that make sweet music

It is probably safe to assume the slime mould Physarum polycephalum doesn’t long for the limelight. It normally spends its life quietly eating microbes surrounded by decaying wood and leaf litter. But this humble single-celled organism has nonetheless found itself centre stage in an unusual musical movement. Eduardo Miranda thinks we’ve spent too much time building wacky instruments and touchscreen controllers for making ... Read More »

Hywel Bennett, star of television and film, dies aged 73

Bennett began his film and television career in the 1960s Actor Hywel Bennett, known for his roles in Shelley and EastEnders, has died aged 73, his agent has confirmed. The Carmathenshire-born actor’s roles included 1960s films The Family Way, with Hayley and John Mills, and The Virgin Soldiers, with Lynn Redgrave. But it was in the long-running sitcom Shelley that ... Read More »

Five Hollywood Movies You Shouldn’t Miss This August

Hollywood. Like its Indian cousin, or a successful drug dealer, it pushes a lot of product. Some of it make the grade; others sadly don’t. Here are five movies to watch out for this month, and one you probably shouldn’t as a bonus. You can thank us by treating us to popcorn. Or nachos. Yeah, let’s go with nachos. The ... Read More »

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Xbox One X Frame-Rate Revealed

HIGHLIGHTS PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds runs at 30 to 40fps on the Xbox One X This is remarkably low given the Xbox One X’s specifications It could change prior to release Announced at E3 2017, PC hit PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will be coming to the Xbox One and Xbox One X later this year. Now, its creator, Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene has revealed what frame-rate it will run at on the ... Read More »

IDW Entertainment Launches Digital Studio Initiative

IDW Entertainment, the independent content studio that is a division of IDW Media Holdings, has launched the IDW Digital Studio, aimed at content development, production, distribution and engagement with a primary focus on building franchises. “IDW Digital Studio’s primary objective is to become a global leader in ground breaking, original, on-demand entertainment for the “geek culture” audience across digital media networks,” ... Read More »

Anushka enjoys characters that challenge her philosophy

As an actress, Anushka Sharma, who essays a Gujarati girl in “Jab Harry Met Sejal”, says she enjoys playing a character that has different beliefs from her own. She says essaying such a character gives her a creative high and adds to her perspective. Asked if the process of convincing oneself to believe in a character that one has to ... Read More »

Music Monday for July 24

Whither Christian Jonassen? The day Christian Jonassen came into my life—courtesy of Bob Moss and Mike Kirkland, who handed me a copy of his debut album—was one of the most confusing and happiest days of my life. The towering towhead with ice-blue eyes could’ve crushed my skull with one swat, but he was soft-spoken and gentle, resembling a huge kindergartener. ... Read More »

Call of Duty: World War 2 Nazi Zombies Trailer Leaked

HIGHLIGHTS The Nazi Zombies mode will be officially revealed at San Diego Comic Con The likes of David Tennant are voicing playable characters It seems to be a grittier take on the game mode Call of Duty: World War 2’s Nazi Zombies mode has been leaked. The long-running shooter series see the return of zombies to the fold with a trailer ... Read More »

George A. Romero, father of zombie movies, dies at 77

American film director George Romero poses for a photo during the Lucca Film Festival on April 7, 2016 in Lucca, Italy. George A. Romero, creator of the zombie film genre with “Night of the Living Dead” and a series of sequels that left a lasting impact on horror movies, died of lung cancer in a Toronto hospital on Sunday, his business partner ... Read More »

The pleasures of a good video game horizon See those mountains?

There’s a wind farm being built just outside of Brighton. It’s a huge project and so it seems to be taking forever. And at the same time, it seems to be moving ludicrously fast, a vast ship zipping back and forth across the edge of the sea, leaving silver stilts in its wake – the poles which will soon be ... Read More »