Coincidentally, the new ways into the entertainment industry necessarily being found by black talent are highlighted by the imminent launch of Laid In America, a mass-market offering which stars the black British comic vlogger and rapper KSI, real name Olajide Olatunji, the cult youth star who boasts 14.4 million subscribers to his YouTube channel. Laid in America, a raucous buddy movie co-starring fellow vlogger Casper Lee, is aimed at the sort of audiences that once flocked to teen comedies like American Pie and Superbad. The film, in which the two play high-school exchange students desperate to lose their virginity with the girls of their dreams on their last night in America, may not go on to win any arthouse plaudits, but it does demonstrate the potential commercial appeal of more culturally diverse voices. … [Read more...] about Awards, high-profile stars, box-office hits: black cinema enters a new era
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The structure at Chelsea is far clearer and while Solskjaer has been at pains to talk up his role in transfers, Lampard has made it clear such matters are largely out of his hands. By voicing his displeasure at a lack of signings in January, he cleverly moved to absolve himself of any blame. … [Read more...] about Chelsea v Man Utd: Why does Lampard get an easier ride than Solskjaer?
“To try to protect the brand. If it was 6am and they were doing their job and watching the front, someone must have seen her go over. Or if they didn’t, they’re covering up why they didn’t.” She falls silent. Then she says, “Bex made hundreds of people happy. The passengers loved her. They all loved her. You’d think Disney would give something back. They owe it to her to find out what happened.” rebecca-coriam.com … [Read more...] about Rebecca Coriam: lost at sea
'People want to be liked too much. It feels very much like people want to fit in. There is some pride on my behalf in not being liked' We Are The Best! marks a change of tack. Based on a graphic novel written by his wife Coco, it follows Bobo and Klara, two 13-year-old girls growing up in 1982 Stockholm who are, respectively, lonely and angry, and decide to form a punk group to antagonise the swaggering, testosterone-fuelled metal band who practise in the local youth club. Initially, they thrash out terrible songs about saving the children of Africa and hating PE lessons, but when they discover the school's devout Christian and guitarist extraordinaire, Hedvig, their band begins to take shape. As they run riot around the city in oversized charity shop rags with unintentionally sweet punk haircuts, the film follows the three girls as they triumph in the face of adversity: namely sexist boys, bitchy girls and embarrassing parents. It paints a picture of pubescent friendship and, more … [Read more...] about We Are The Best!’s Lukas Moodysson is cinema’s eternal teenager