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Recent articles by Christopher:

How to tell if your old copy of Harry Potter is worth up to £40,000

An entire generation of book lovers are likely to have well-thumbed Harry Potter books lurking in cardboard boxes at their parents’ houses... and some of them could prove to be goldmines. Online book marketplace AbeBooks, which specialises in rare books, has detailed exactly which editions are worth a good deal more than their cost price - ranging from £200 to over £50,000. → Read More

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood isn’t a love letter, it’s an obituary

Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film laments the loss of a moment in culture that will never be repeated. → Read More

The Favourite review: A period drama with a laugh rate on a par with Airplane!

This review was first published on 2 January 2019 Dir: Yorgos Lanthimos; Starring: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult. Cert 12A, 120 mins​. → Read More

Bao: Watch Pixar's Oscar-nominated short streaming for free

First published on 19th December 2018 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed its 2019 shortlist earlier this week, with Pixar’s latest short, Bao, up for Animated Short Film. Directed by Domee Shi, the short was tacked onto the front of Incredible 2 in cinemas, but in light of its shortlisting has been made available for free on YouTube for one week. You → Read More

Post Malone releases new song 'Wow.' just in time for Christmas

Post Malone has made good of his promise to drop a new song ‘”before the year ends”, making a new track titled “Wow.” available on Spotify, Soundcloud and Apple Music. The song sees Posty bragging about his new-found riches and was given an animated, Christmas-themed music video on YouTube. The rapper’s most recent song prior to “Wow.” was “Sunflower”, which was a → Read More

Story of Yanxi Palace is the most googled show of 2018

The most googled TV series of the year is from China, a country where the search engine is largely blocked. Story of Yanxi Palace has been a huge hit on iQiyi, China’s Netflix-style streaming service, where it has been streamed more than 15 billion times. The period drama centres on Wei Yingluo (Wu Jinyan), a maid in the 1700s working at the palace of Emperor Qianlong and → Read More

20 best movie dogs: From The Artist's Uggie to Widows's Olivia

In the face of declining Oscars viewing figures, The Academy is floundering. A Best Popular Film category was posited earlier this year as a remedy, only to be embarrassingly ripped apart by filmmakers and viewers alike. → Read More

Santa Claus film portrayals ranked by authenticity: From Elf's Edward Asner to The Christmas Chronicles's Jeff Bridges

We've had good Santas and bad Santas, but which is the most Santa Santa? → Read More

Santa Claus film portrayals ranked by authenticity: From Elf's Edward Asner to The Christmas Chronicles's Kurt Russell

Children are enchanted by Father Christmas, and a bad movie Santa can ruin the magic for them in the same way a bad shopping mall one can. There are one or two acting greats who have taken him on, namely Jim Broadbent and Kurt Russell, but for the most part it's a bit of a mixed bag. Here we rank the best movie Santas, based on their authenticity and effectiveness in spreading → Read More

Bodyguard and Killing Eve dominate BBC iPlayer's most watched TV shows of 2018

The BBC has revealed the most watched shows of the year on iPlayer, and to no one's surprise, Bodyguard has come out on top. The Richard Madden-starring series that gripped the nation consisted of six episodes, all of which are in the top 10 most watched episodes of 2018. Unexpected hit Killing Eve is the only other show that joins Jed Mercurio’s series, taking the second, → Read More

Game of Thrones actor makes bleak prediction for how season 8 finale will end

With his character having died back in season 3, Richard Madden is able to enjoy Game of Thrones like a regular fan. Asked whether he had kept up with the show by The Hollywood Reporter this week, Madden said: “Absolutely. I can’t wait for the new season. → Read More

Bao: Pixar's latest short now streaming free to celebrate Oscars shortlisting

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed its 2019 shortlist earlier this week, with Pixar’s latest short, Bao, up for Animated Short Film. Directed by Domee Shi, the short was tacked onto the front of Incredible 2 in cinemas, but in light of its shortlisting has been made available for free on YouTube for one week. You might think that a film about a sentient → Read More

'Man-free' music festival found guilty of discrimination

A Swedish music festival that generated headlines due to its ban on male attendees has been found guilty of discrimination. → Read More

Kendrick Lamar says he isn't working on a new album but something 'long-form'

With the Black Panther soundtrack and a world tour now behind him, you might assume that Kendrick Lamar is now working on his next album. But in a rare interview with the Los Angeles Times, he says he’s been writing “long-form”, though not on a new album. From the interview: → Read More

Snoop Dogg sides with Drake in Kanye West beef: 'He acting a plum damn fool'

Snoop Dogg has waded into the spat between Kanye West and Drake, saying he’s “getting tired” of the former’s tweets. Kanye accused Drake of “threatening” his family and “sneak-dissing” him last week, and Snoop opens his latest Instagram video nodding his head to Drake’s “From Time” track and saying: “This n***a Drake hard. → Read More

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Cast, plot, release date

Quentin Tarantino’s next film is set to be a landmark entry into his filmography, a period piece exploring hippie culture and the Hollywood studio system in late 1960s LA. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will star the dream pairing of Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, have a generous budget of $95 – $100 million, and no doubt be one of the biggest films of 2019. → Read More

'Nobody wants to be associated' with Maroon 5's Super Bowl halftime show

Just as no-one seems to want to host the Oscars, no-one seems to want to play the Super Bowl halftime show. Maroon 5 are set to play the 13-minute slot at Super Bowl LIII, but are reportedly struggling to find artists to join them for the traditional group medley. → Read More

The Dark Knight actor recalls how he could have died during the Joker's pencil trick

The stunt actor was knocked out three times, and narrowly avoided a pencil to the eyeball → Read More

Emmys address Black Mirror's stranglehold on TV movie award with rules change

The TV Academy has set a minimum length threshold of 75 minutes for films to be eligible for the TV Movie award, Deadline reports. The move clearly targets standalone episodes of TV shows, which have dominated the category in recent years. → Read More

Netflix is testing a 'restart scene' button

It 'may or may not roll it out more broadly in the future' → Read More