The original queen of pop talks to Vanessa Grigoriadis about inspiration, aging, motherhood and why she refuses to cede controlThe night before the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas in May, Madonna was sitting in the arena attached to the MGM Grand hotel, staring at a double of herself. The double, who was standing on the stage many yards away, was younger and looked Asian but wore a similar lace minidress and a wig in Madonna’s current hairstyle, a ’30s movie star’s crimped blond waves.“It’s always the second person with the wig — she wants to see it,” a stage designer said, adding that when she makes a decision, she is definitive.Madonna was observing Madonna to make sure Madonna was doing everything perfectly. Up on the stage set of a funky urban street with lampposts and a tiled bar, the double hit her marks and held a fist up to her mouth like a faux microphone for a rendition of “Medellín,” the on-trend, Latin-inflected … [Read more...] about What next for Madonna?
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As EMEA Executive Director for one of the world’s largest video game publishers, Alain Corre is uniquely placed to assess the state of an industry on the brink of a revolution. For generations gamers have indulged their passions by purchasing a physical disc or cartridge and inserting it into a physical box, usually connected to a television in their homes. However, with new streaming and subscription services on the horizon - not to mention the next super-powerful iterations of the Xbox and PlayStation - Ubisoft’s stated aim of reaching five billion gamers no longer seems like the stuff of fantasy. Greeting The Telegraph in a private room on top of Ubisoft’s enormous booth in the Los Angeles Convention Centre’s West Hall, Corre is almost in a unique place physically as well. Rivals Electronic Arts and Activision are notable absentees from what feels like one of the least glamorous E3 show floors in some time. As evidenced by their bombastic press … [Read more...] about “We want 5 billion players”
Donal Skehan rarely gets angry. At least not in public. His eternally sunny disposition was a feature long before he ever swapped Howth for sun-kissed California, where he has been living since 2016. Yet today, he’s a little under the weather. The reason? Jamie Oliver. Jamie’s business woes have been making front-page headlines recently – his chain of British restaurants was put into administration last month with the loss of 1,000 jobs – and Skehan is devastated for his “lovely” and “genuine” friend. “Jamie has been a big mentor for me and played a massive role in my career to date,” Skehan says. “He took me under his wing when we started a YouTube channel in 2014 and that channel now has over 800,000 subscribers. The push it has given me has only propelled me forward, so I was gutted to hear his news.” It’s not just the news that has upset Skehan, but some of the reaction on social media. … [Read more...] about Watch it, cook it, eat it
Here comes the summer. As June arrives in our calendars, so does a heap of new content on Netflix , from new films to addictive binge-worthy series. In the film stakes, we have Murder Mystery with Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler , alongside a new adventure for Shaft with Samuel L. Jackson . In the land of new series, we have the return of acclaimed dystopian anthology series Black Mirror with three new adventures - including a role for pop star Miley Cyrus , alongside a new run of Tales of the City which sees Laura Linney return to Barbary Lane for some diverse and heart-warming LGBTQ+ adventures. Whether you are after thrills, spills, tears, or laughter, it seems the streaming giant has everything for all ages. Check out what you can stream this June. Netflix Film Oh, Ramona! (1/6/2019) Awkward 16-year-old Andrei is infatuated with his alluring but aloof schoolmate Ramona -- until he meets stunning hotel clerk Anemona while on vacation. Alles ist gut (6/6/2019) A … [Read more...] about What’s new on Netflix in June 2019
Quentin Tarantino signed a letter to Cannes audiences this week, saying the festival was all about "discovering a story for the first time" and asking that "everyone avoids revealing anything that would prevent later audiences from experiencing the film in the same way". No spoilers then. When you see Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood, you absolutely understand why. But how long can such first-time viewing be protected?The Manson Family murders of Sharon Tate, her unborn child and four others in 1969 have often been seen as the end of the Sixties, the death of the hippie dream, ushering in an age of violence, the age in which Tarantino's explosively violent films have triumphed. Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood is his outrageous riposte to that charge.For two-thirds of its 2hr 41 minutes, it's a highly enjoyable but pretty leisurely in-joke, a fond homage to the way Hollywood was back in the day, a few months before that fateful date in 1969. Leonardo DiCaprio is wonderful as … [Read more...] about Cannes 2019: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood review