‘Olympus Has Fallen’ or, as I like to call it, ‘Shift 3: Rise of the Hashtag’

This has to be one of the greatest moments in film history.

Someone got Oscar nominee Angela Bassett to shout ‘Shift 3!’ forming part of the deactivation code that resulted in America not being obliterated by its own nuclear weapons. All I can assume from this is that Secret Service Director Lynne Jacobs, played by Bassett, is one serious PC-using Twittering motherfucker. Oh, and Mike Banning, the Secret Service Agent played by Gerard Butler (‘Don’t let yersel luke tirrred. Nuff said.’), needs to work on his keyboard skillz.

Seriously Gerard, you have a Twitter account.


Someone wrote this script. Think about that.

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Produced in association with the Wellcome Trust, this debut graphic novel by Dr. Hana Roš and Dr. Matteo Farinella is a journey through the human brain: a place of neuron forests, memory caves and castles of deception.

Buy it

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Real-world noise

Jon Hopkins was born in Wimbledon and loves ‘Groundhog Day’.

‘Real-world noise of any sort has a very wide frequency range, far wider and more complex than any electronically generated sound. Mixing found sounds in with computer or synth-made music gives it a width, depth and character that it can otherwise lack.’ Dummy Mag

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I wish I’d pulled a coat over my lurid polyester nightie, tied up the laces of my Puma Classics and walked across the sand dunes to meet him. I didn’t. I stayed under the covers, untwisting the twine that held a key around my neck and breathed out as the moment that could have changed everything passed me by. 

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A new solitude

‘Loneliness has become the most common aliment of the modern world.’

We need to stop editing our lives and share real experiences.

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‘They’re all together ooky’

‘You Rang, Mr. Addams?‘ tells the story of Charles Addams, an American cartoonist who developed the characters we now know as the Addams Family.

Robert Mankoff of the New Yorker on Addams, ‘He tapped into that vein of American gothic that has a touch of paranoia about it, seeing behind every comforting façade the uncomfortable truth about the duality of human nature.’

His characterisations were so magical and endearing that they haven’t changed through many renditions.

Wednesday: ‘She is a solemn child. Prim in dress and on the whole pretty lost. Secretive and imaginative. Poetic. Seems underprivileged and given to occasional tantrums. Has six toes on one foot.’

Morticia: ‘Low-voiced, incisive and subtle. Smiles are rare. This ruined beauty has a romantic side too and is given to low-keyed rhapsodies about her garden of deadly nightshade, henbane and dwarf hair.’

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