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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: If we go to war, we could lose all we’ve built.

Allegory. Simple and effective. Allegory is where science fiction really thrives and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes uses this for all it’s worth. The conspiracies, political intrigue, imminent war, and more – in both the human and ape camps – could be applied to almost any political setting ...

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Neil Gaiman live at the Barbican

Neil Gaiman tweeted that he was going to be performing at the Barbican in London. I dropped what I was doing and headed immediately to the Barbican’s website and bought my tickets. That was back in January. When July finally rolled around, I was excited to see Neil in action, ...

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Monty Python (mostly) Live: The greatest hits – remixed

When Monty Python first announced they would perform live at the O2, only one night was booked in. I was lucky enough to be one of the few to get tickets to the show that sold out in under a minute. Then they announced another 9 shows. What cheek! Hardly ...

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Chef: Jon Favreau’s food porn

Food porn. That’s essentially what this film is. The food is stunning. I felt my mouth watering as my imagination took over. I could taste the slow cooked meats, the simple pasta dishes, toasted cheese sandwiches. Thankfully, I’d had a big meal before we went to the cinema. The food ...

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David Mitchell’s new Twitter-published story, The Right Sort

Following in the footsteps of other authors who have used Twitter as a storytelling medium (such as Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, and Jennifer Egan), Mitchell has begun publishing a 6,000 word story on Twitter. The story will play out over 280 tweets, published in the next 7 days, with 20 ...

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New Harry Potter story by Rowling

The World Cup in Brazil has spread sport fever all over the world… and in other worlds. JK Rowling has been writing about the Quidditch World Cup to coincide with the Muggle football (or soccer, depending where you’re from) World Cup. The final article in this series will go up ...

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Cult show Community picked up for a 6th Season

The cult sitcom Community was cancelled by NBC after the show’s fifth season and for a while it looked like the show’s cheeky references to “Six Seasons & a Movie!” were not to be. Thankfully, the fans prayers have been answered and Sony Pictures Television have announced that season six of Community will ...

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First teaser for Mockingjay Part 1 drops

The first teaser trailer for Mockingjay Part 1 has dropped. For those of us who have read (and loved) the books, the clip might mean a bit more. There’s very little given away in the clip, a Presidential address to the citizens of Panem, featuring President Snow and Peeta, all ...

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