4 House of Cards faces a singular challenge as it returns to Netflix for a fourth season: how to rival the thrills and twists of a real-life American Presidential race more absurd than anything Hollywood might conjure? In a world where Donald Trump is a plausible electoral force, what does Kevin Spacey's dastardly President Francis Underwood have to do to get our attention? Whether by design or accident, David Fincher's darkly addictive reimagining of Andrew Davies’s Nineties series for the BBC seems to have contracted some of the delirium currently sweeping American politics. A feverish urgency has taken hold of a show that, when it began, wore a cool, calm countenance even as it gleefully depicted terrible people doing awful things to one another as they jostled for power and influence. As the story resumed Commander-in-Chief Underwood was fighting for his political life, with principled insurgent Heather Dunbar (Elizabeth Marvel) threatening to wrest the Democratic … [Read more...] about House of Cards, Season Four, first-look review: a deliciously dark return to form
With her messy brown hair, no-frills manner and willingness to pull down her underwear to urinate in public, DCI Helen Weeks is the TV detective we’ve all been waiting for. The new star of BBC’s In The Dark, played by MyAnna Buring, is the latest in a line-up of strong female cops - from The Killing’s Sofie Gråbøl to Happy Valley’s Sarah Lancashire. Like these anti-heroines, Buring’s character is complex, chaotic and completely relatable. “She really is,” agrees Buring, 37, over breakfast in central London. “She’s someone you can go on a journey with, which is a challenge; it’s really easy to play a hard cop with no heart, but I didn’t want her to be hard.” Directors and producers are proving that the stereotypical white male, aged 30-50, isn’t the only interesting hero The Northern detective finds out she is pregnant around the same time as her best friend’s husband is … [Read more...] about In The Dark’s MyAnna Buring: ‘We don’t want young women in bikinis solving murders’
Disney has defended its decision to "brown up" white actors for non-white parts in its forthcoming remake of Aladdin, a move that had been called "an insult to the whole industry". The film is a live-action version of their 1992 animated hit, based on a tale from The Arabian Nights. Egypt-born Canadian actor Mena Massoud is to star as Aladdin, alongside Will Smith as the Genie, while Guy Ritchie directs. A Disney spokesman told BBC Newsbeat that cast and crew members were "made up to blend in" only in "a handful of instances when it was a matter of specialty skills, safety and control," such as when stunt artists or animal handlers were required. One crew member, 32-year-old Kaushal Odedra, told the Sunday Times he saw 20 "very fair-skinned" actors lining up to have their skin colour changed. “On one set, two palace guards came in and I recognised one as a Caucasian actor, but he was now a darkly tanned Arab," he told the … [Read more...] about Disney defends ‘browning up’ white actors for roles in live-action Aladdin
REFEREE Paul Tierney was the talk of Twitter after turning to his vanishing white spray at Wembley. The man in the middle caused a stir on social media when marking a free-kick to Tottenham in the second half. The pitch was covered in snow, and ref Tierney reached for the vanishing white spray that was clipped onto the back of his shorts. BT Sport Commentator Ian Darke said: "What's the point of the spray here from the referee? He can put that away." Tierney did appear to put the spray back, but not before it caused some amusement on social media. Twitter users were adamant Tierney used the white spray to mark the dead-ball situation. TV cameras cut away from the referee when the ball and defensive wall were being marked out. It looked as if Tierney came to his senses and put the spray back, but try telling that to Twitter. One social media post read: "Ref gets out white spray to draw a line in the snow - Absolute Joker." Another Tweet said: "Ref uses white spray on pitch covered in … [Read more...] about Did ref Tierney use white spray to mark free-kick on a snow-covered pitch?
This matchup — Clemson’s Dabo Swinney vs. Miami’s Al Golden — was a mismatch. (Getty Images) [Richards out for the season after new injury] [Diaz ignores coaching carousel, thankful to be a Cane] CORAL GABLES — It was one of the worst days in Hurricanes history. It was also, in a way, one of the best.On Oct. 24, 2015, Clemson beat Miami 58-0 at Hard Rock Stadium. The previous meeting of the two teams in the ACC Championship game (8 p.m., ABC) happened to be the most lopsided loss in the 92-year history of Miami football. That fateful game led to Golden’s dismissal, which preceded the arrival of Mark Richt, who has guided the Hurricanes to a rematch with Swinney and the Tigers. A spot in the College Football Playoff semifinal is on the line. The teams are unquestionably different today, especially Miami (10-1, 7-1 ACC). That game is proof of how far UM has come. “It’s put us to where we are now,” said UM quarterback Malik … [Read more...] about Clemson 58-0 will live in Miami infamy, but dark day sparked Hurricanes’ rebirth