HBO’s House of the Dragon and Amazon Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power . Photo-Illustration: Vulture; Photos by HBO and Prime Video In this era of video on demand, most streaming programmers have come to accept the Gospel According to Netflix: Audiences now watch TV shows when it’s convenient for them, and the specific time of day they arrive is irrelevant for streamers. This is why most streaming shows drop new episodes in the middle of the night, U.S. time; since we are all our own network schedulers now, deciding what to watch and when, there’s no reason to “program” new shows and movies for an optimal time of day. But the slightly different release patterns for Prime Video’s The Rings of Power and HBO’s House of the Dragon , along with some new Nielsen numbers, have had me thinking lately about the wisdom of the dogmatic approach pioneered by Netflix — and whether streamers should be thinking more about what time they release their original … [Read more...] about Dragons vs. Elves: Who Has the Better Release Strategy?
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Published 4 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing A schoolgirl who has performed with some of the world's biggest rock stars has released a new single inspired by her dad's health struggles. Nandi Bushell, 12, of Ipswich, Suffolk, has bookended this month by drumming at the Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins memorial gig and launching her track. The multi-instrumentalist has also won the attention of Barack Obama and tech giant Apple's CEO Tim Cook. Nandi said: "I wrote a song to cheer [my dad] up." The accompanying video to The Shadows, released on 30 September, charts Nandi's journey from toying around with instruments in her former South African home as a toddler to playing guitars and drums with her dad, with current studio footage of her playing a grand piano. "The single is about how my dad went through depression... because his auto-immune disease was … [Read more...] about Nandi Bushell releases debut single written to ‘cheer up Dad’
Royal Mail workers have voted for just shy of three weeks of strike days over the course of October and November. The industrial action, which is a wrangle over pay terms and working conditions, could have a huge impact on pre-Christmas shopping and other massive sales. The strikes will come in the form of single days and also rolling action across Royal Mail Group’s network, the Communications Workers Union (CWU) has announced. The CWU said the move revolves around the “outrageous” decision by senior management to withdraw from major national agreements, push ahead with cuts to workers’ terms and conditions, and a “complete side-lining” of the union. Royal Mail strike dates Royal Mail worker strikes in October and November could disrupt Christmas shopping ( Image: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Organisers at CWU said there will be 19 days of strike action over the course of the next two months. While the exact dates have not been announced, union … [Read more...] about Royal Mail strikes before Christmas — dates and how your online shopping is affected
Published 5 September Share close Share page Copy link About sharing A 12-year-old drummer said she had mixed emotions performing at Wembley Stadium as part of a memorial concert for Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. Nandi Bushell, from Ipswich, joined the band onstage and took Hawkins' place on the drum stool for Learn To Fly. Hawkins died earlier this year while the band were in South America. Nandi said: "It was amazing to play Wembley, but at the same time it was really sad." She was one of many musicians to fill Hawkins' seat on Saturday in London , including Blink-182's Travis Barker, Foo Fighters' bandleader Dave Grohl and Hawkins' 16-year-old son, Shane. The young drummer, who goes to school in Ipswich, went viral after challenging Dave Grohl to a drum battle during lockdown. Grohl introduced her as "one of the most badass drummers I've ever met in my … [Read more...] about Foo Fighters: Girl, 12, drums at Taylor Hawkins memorial gig
Published 5 September Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Eurovision Song Contest Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder said another dream was "coming to fruition" as he announced his album release date. The Essex singer came second behind Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. His success with pop song Space Man gave the UK its best result in more than 20 years. He said: "This year for myself and our team has been one filled with so many blessings, opportunities and dreams coming to fruition." The singer, who has just released the single Somebody, said the album There's Nothing But Space, Man! would be released on 18 November. Ryder has also just spent the weekend singing with Queen at the Wembley Stadium memorial concert for the Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins . His tour in 2023 will see him play across the UK, … [Read more...] about Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder says album is a dream coming to fruition
By Mark Savage Published 4 September Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl choked back tears as he played the band's first show since the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins in March. The star was singing Times Like These when he paused to collect his emotions on the lyric: "It's times like these you learn to love again." Earlier, Grohl described Hawkins as his "dear friend, bandmate and brother". He said of Hawkins "no-one else could make you smile or laugh or dance or sing like he could". "And for those of you that admired him from afar, I'm sure you've all felt the same thing," Grohl added. "So sing and dance and laugh and cry and scream and make some noise so he can hear us right now." Grohl was speaking as Foo Fighters topped the bill at an all-star concert in honour of Hawkins' life at London's Wembley Stadium. … [Read more...] about Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert: Foo Fighters give drummer a loving send-off
A man once convicted for the murder of his seven-week-old daughter has been found in breach of a parole condition to steer clear of non-prescribed drugs and alcohol. Steven Templar was jailed for life in May 1990 for the murder of his child, before being released on parole in 2001. The most recent report related to Templar, issued by the New Zealand Parole Board and dated February 22, 2021, said he had been the subject of a final recall order in April 2016, after being convicted on an assault with intent to injure charge. He was released again on parole in August 2020 and is subject to a range of conditions, which are monitored by Corrections. One of these is to not use non-prescription drugs or alcohol. On Thursday, Templar appeared in the New Plymouth District Court where he faced two charges of breaching release conditions. The court heard how the charges, laid by the Department of Corrections, related to the defendant returning a positive result for cannabis and … [Read more...] about Convicted murderer in Taranaki court over condition breach
Published 56 minutes ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Liz Truss will meet the head of the UK's independent economic forecaster later after days of market turmoil. In an unusual move, the prime minister and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng will meet the chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) to discuss the fallout after last week's mini-budget. The watchdog offered to prepare a draft forecast in time for the mini-budget but it was not taken up. A group of MPs has called for the forecast to be released "immediately". The Treasury Select Committee said the lack of this forecast before last Friday's announcements had "in some part driven the lack of confidence in the markets". News of the meeting with OBR chairman Richard Hughes came as a new poll gave Labour a 33 percentage point lead over the Tories. Five key exchanges from Liz Truss interviews … [Read more...] about Mini-budget: PM to meet head of OBR following market turmoil
1 NEWS South Korean police arrested a woman over the deaths of two children whose bodies were found in suitcases in New Zealand. New Zealand authorities are yet to make a formal application for the extradition of a woman accused of killing two children, two weeks after her arrest in South Korea . That’s despite police announcing on September 15 that an application had been made for the extradition. The 42-year-old was arrested in Ulsan, South Korea that same day after the remains of a boy and a girl were found in suitcases at a south Auckland property on August 11. “NZ Police have applied to have her extradited back to New Zealand to face the charges and have requested she remain in custody whilst awaiting the completion of the extradition process,” the press release that announced the woman’s arrest said. READ MORE: What we know about the children found dead in suitcases and the arrest in South Korea 'I didn't do it': Suitcase murders suspect detained in … [Read more...] about No formal extradition request yet made for accused in Auckland suitcase deaths
Bosnia and Herzegovina is preparing for a general election on Sunday, 2 October. Here we explain how the election works, who the main parties and candidates are, and what the likely outcome might be in a country said to have the most complicated system of government in the world. How did Bosnia end up with the world’s most complex administration? The Balkan country of about 3.2 million is facing a difficult set of choices in its ninth general election since the first multi-party vote in 1990. At the time, Bosnia was still a part of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia — a communist country that soon crumbled and set off a series of wars and conflicts between 1991 and 1999. As one of the seven independent states that came out of the breakup, Bosnia experienced its own war between 1992 and 1995. Until recently, it was considered the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II. Bosnia remains extremely vulnerable to the increased nationalist … [Read more...] about Bosnia election explained: How does it work? Who is running? Who is likely to win?