Entertainment

Wednesday’s best TV: Joanna Lumley’s India; The Windsors

On a charm offensive … Joanna Lumley’s India, ITV. Photograph: ITV Joanna Lumley’s India  9pm, ITV A three-part charm offensive from Joanna Lumley. As ever, it’s the lightly worn personal history (“When I was a model … where my grandfather was a political officer …”) and unforced people skills (“Hello, sweetheart”) that you tune in for as much as the ... Read More »

Music is a DISTRACTION when you’re driving: Listening to the radio makes it difficult to concentrate and can slow down reaction times

Listening to music while driving could be having a serious affect on your ability to concentrate. Scientists measured brain activity while volunteers concentrated on sounds coming from speakers. Participants were found to have slower reaction times and higher mental stresses when looking away from the audio source they were focusing on. The scientists behind the study believe the effect could ... Read More »

Server crashes, 40GB patches and DLC: gaming’s biggest irritations explained

Deals, deals, deals … the modern gaming store. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian Video games have changed immeasurably since the days of tape loading and cover-mounted floppy discs. Today, we get lifelike 3D virtual worlds where the player can seamlessly connect with companions and opponents from every corner of the globe. An online triple-A title will now offer literally ... Read More »

TN theatres shut for 2nd day over 30% entertainment tax even after GST

Theatres across Tamil Nadu will continue to remain shut on Tuesday for the second consecutive day protesting against the state government’s decision to levy 30 per cent entertainment tax over and above the 28 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST). The double taxation has left the Tamil filmdom in disarray, forcing the Tamil Nadu Film Chamber of Commerce to announce shutdown of theatres ... Read More »

The Best Movies and TV Shows of 2017, So Far

As we head off to our Fourth of July holidays to celebrate what’s left of America, it’s time to take a look back at the year we’ve had so far. Somehow we’re halfway through 2017—and, despite everything, we have seen quite a few good movies and watched some great TV. Which certainly is worth celebrating. For this list, we’re only counting movies ... Read More »

Phillies television broadcast team receiving high marks

Changes to the Phillies television broadcast are leading to continued success It’s been an incredibly bumpy ride for the Phillies broadcast team since the untimely passing of Harry Kalas in 2009. Comcast Spectacor and the team was clearly not (though understandably) prepared to replace Kalas. Tom McCarthy was getting his reps as the voice in the stands and the occasional play-by-play, ... Read More »

Monte Carlo TV Festival: Helen Mirren on Feminism, Rise of Television

“There is a pressure mounting behind a dam, and I hope that that dam is finally bursting in terms of women directors and women-led dramas,” she says. Oscar winner Helen Mirren built her career on British television before Prime Suspect made her into a household name — and earned her the first four of 10 Emmy nominations. On Tuesday night, she ... Read More »

Veteran critic Alan Sepinwall on how peak TV has changed television criticism

Sepinwall’s Breaking Bad 101, which compiles his recaps and writing on the series, comes out later this year.AMC Over the course of a 20-plus-year career covering television — a career that began with NYPD Blue write-ups in his University of Pennsylvania dorm room and is still going strong — one of the most crucial things Alan Sepinwall has learned is ... Read More »

Sony at E3 2017: God of War, Spider-Man, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and Skyrim for VR

HIGHLIGHTS God of War is coming early 2018 Spider-Man scheduled for 2018 as well Uncharted: The Lost Legacy arrives August 22 Unlike Microsoft, Sony didn’t have a new console to show off at its E3 2017 event on Tuesday – that’s because the PS4 Pro has been out since November – but it did provide a good look at some ... Read More »

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition With 4K Support Coming This Year, Beta Signups Open

HIGHLIGHTS Interested players can join the beta for the game All civilisations from original game will be available in new entry The game features both single player and multiplayer modes In terms of visual fidelity, video games might have taken giant leaps in last two decades but very few games can match the nostalgia of playing Age of Empires on ... Read More »