Nadiya Hussain reveals she was sexually assaulted aged five

Great British Bake Off winner says assault by relative played role in her anxiety and PTSD Great British Bake Off, has revealed that she was sexually assaulted aged five by a relative. The chef, who is also an author and presenter, did a programme in May about her struggles with anxiety, in which she discovered that she probably suffered from PTSD. Her problems, which included panic attacks and voices in her head telling her she was not good enough, were traced back to her childhood when she said racist bullies would pull her hair out, slam her fingers in doors, and flush her head down the toilet. She also had to contend with both of her younger siblings being seriously …

Streaming: Elisabeth Moss in Her Smell not to be sniffed at

Elisabeth Moss thrills as a strung-out rock star in Alex Ross Perrys tremendous, terribly titled new film A bad title can be a debilitating handicap to even the best of films: if it makes you wince even to say the thing, its that much harder to get invested in watching it. This is a truth that has been learned the hard way by the new film from American independent writer-director Alex Ross Perry: a daring, grungily immersive and quite brilliantly acted character study that has been saddled, for reasons best known to Perry himself, with the buzz-killing moniker Her Smell. Try telling people, as I have for several months now, that they should be looking out for a terrific film …

Blackbird review Sarandon and Winslet’s lifeless death drama

A terminally ill matriarch gathers her family together before she ends her life in a starry, but flat, drama that lacks insight and compelling conflict More than any other major festival, Toronto is quite often blinded by stars. A smattering of of recognisable faces in a film can distract programmers from a small thing like quality and so the lineup reliably features at least four or five flashy but time-wasting disappointments, forgettable films that will live and die at the festival, pre-premiere hype evaporating by the time the credits roll. One of this years most glaring examples is Blackbird, a film that might tempt festivalgoers with its high-wattage cast but will struggle to exist anywhere else. The promise of Susan …

Monica Lewinsky to produce American Crime Story drama about Clinton scandal

Latest series of the US hit show will recount the former White House interns affair with the then president that led to his impeachment in 1998 Monica Lewinsky is among the producers on a new series of American Crime Story focusing on the Bill Clinton sex scandal. Titled Impeachment: American Crime Story, the Ryan Murphy-helmed anthology drama will recount the notorious affair between the then US president Clinton and former White House intern Lewinsky, and the subsequent impeachment proceedings called against him by the US House of Representatives. Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein will star as Lewinsky, with Sarah Paulson playing Linda Tripp, the civil servant who secretly recorded phone calls the 22-year-old made about her affair with Clinton, who was …

Trevor Noah: Fox News seems to forget that guns are everywhere in America

Late-night hosts address the coverage of mass gun violence in America, from Fox News distractions to Trumps visit to El Paso Trevor Noah On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah continued to address this weekends deadly shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, as he debunked conservative commentators attempts to distract from the issue of guns. While many legislators are seeking to expand background checks, reinstate the assault weapons ban or ban high-capacity magazines, according to [former Arkanasas governor Mike] Huckabee and many people on the right, the real problem in America is not access to guns, its a lack of access to God. pic.twitter.com/IfMk5UeUZP the New York Timess Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost …

Gemma Chan: Nothing will top the night I pole-danced with Celine Dion on a bus

Starring in Crazy Rich Asians and Captain Marvel turned Gemma Chan into a household name. But it was not always so easy. She talks about giving up law, dealing with shyness and becoming Hollywood royalty Gemma Chan is nervous, as if shes waiting for the dentist to perform a particularly painful extraction. We meet in a caf filled with babies and tired-looking mothers, in a fancy, rich-people part of north London. The setting is appropriate, given what were here to talk about: I Am Hannah, the new improvised Channel 4 drama she co-created with director Dominic Savage. It tells the story of a woman in her mid-30s who dates, scattershot, via apps, while feeling the weight of the biological and …

New York’s historic Paris Theatre under threat after more than 70 years in business

Future of citys last single screen cinema, opened by Marlene Dietrich and frequented by David Bowie, hangs in the balance The Paris Theatre has become one of New Yorks cultural landmarks since it was officially opened by the actor Marlene Dietrich as a cinema for showing French films in 1948. Down the road from Central Park and across the street from the Plaza hotel, it attracted queues around the block as the go-to place to watch arthouse and foreign language films and was known for showing the same movie for months on end. In the early 00s it gained cult status with Sex and the City fans after Carrie Bradshaw declared it one of the best features of Manhattan life …

Juice WRLD: ‘There is just so much trash in rap’

With a US No 1 album, Jarad Higgins is the man taking emo rap overground and he owes it all to fancying a goth girl at school Death Race for Love, will be at No 1 in the US charts. This weekend, he plays alongside Cardi B, Travis Scott and Future at Londons SoundCloud rap also-ran to chart-busting mainstream name. Exploring anxiety and unrequited romance over booming trap beats and minor-chord guitars, he has won a fanbase raised in an internet era in which genre tribalism has been dissolved. Tracks such as his Sting-sampling 2018 breakout hit Lucid Dreams have earned him billions of streams and the approval of Alicia Keys, who covered it at this years Grammys. Not that …

Taylor Swift laments ‘worst case’ sale of back catalogue to mogul Scooter Braun

Brauns Ithaca Holdings acquires Big Machine Label Group, prompting singer to write on Tumblr sale is worse than worst nightmares Taylor Swift on Sunday lamented the sale of her catalogue to the manager and mogul a scathing Tumblr post that she was sad and grossed out that her music now belongs to a man she accuses of subjecting her to years of incessant and manipulative bullying. This is my worst case scenario, Swift announced on Sunday that it is acquiring Big Machine Label Group, which released all of Swifts studio albums and owns her masters. Swift said she learned of the sale the same day. Swift left Big Machine and signed with Universal in November because, she said, she knew …

Samantha Bee: Alabama lawmakers ‘wouldn’t know a vulva if it bit them’

Late-night hosts discussed the damaging effects of Alabamas strict new abortion law and the problematic nature of its contents Late-night monologues from Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee focused on the strict all yes votes coming from white Republican men, though it might be the last time those Republican men will be coming for a while, the host cheekily quipped to his audience. He also focused on this dangerous trend of Republican-led legislatures who have passed similar bills, from states such as Ohio, Georgia and Mississippi. While Colbert did tell his audience reasonable people can disagree on the topic, he informed his audience the law was not sincere, rather a purposeful and cynical overreach because they just want to use this …

The Projectionist review Abel Ferrara’s wistful, indulgent ode to cinema

In a loving yet overlong documentary, the director looks back on 1970s New York and how movie-watching has changed Of Martin Scorseses classic Taxi Driver, the film critic Ty Burr once wrote, Before Times Square was a Disneyfied tourist heaven, children, it was hell. The New York of the 1970s had the dangerous luster of a well-polished razor blade, with hedonism and crime simultaneously hitting a hysterical peak. Forty-second Street was full of coke, pimps and working girls; the downtown scene was all art freaks and experimentalists creating raw expressions of urban fervor with whatever they could get their hands on. The neon lights of porn theaters would advertise smut with the same caliber of pizzazz as the major cineplexes. …