William Powell and Myrna Loy create marital bliss and movie history in their first two teamings as Nick and Nora Charles in W.S. Van Dyke’s The Thin Man (1934) and After The Thin Man (1936).
Taken from a novel by Dashiell Hammett and based on his relationship with playwright Lillian Hellman, this off beat husband and wife detective team round up a bunch of fabulous suspects played by top notch character actors and proceed to solve multiple murders. The results are a perfect combination of suspense, hilarity mixed with a touch of sophistication that simply can’t be beat. Happy Thanksgiving!
The truth about New York’s legendary "mole people". "Two decades after NYC sought to relocate its infamous tunnel-dwelling denizens, a years-long investigation reveals a few hardy souls still toiling and thriving beneath the city streets. They insist they wouldn’t live anywhere else."
Canada | This student let a man with learning difficulties cuddle up to him on the bus.
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40-year-old London man Stephen Port charged with the murders of four men he met online, and drugged with lethal amounts of GHB. The victims (pictured left to right) are 25-year-old Jack Taylor, 21-year-old Daniel Whitworth, 23-year-old Anthony Walgate, and 22-year-old Gabriel Kovari (not pictured).
Larry Kramer: Mainstream media continues to marginalise and discredit gay authors. "When we fall into the hands of book critics at The Times, we are amazed at their lack of understanding, empathy, of what we are trying to do and say. It is quite amazing how fervent and omnipresent is the homophobia that never-endingly remains the norm for gay writers in their book reviews."
Review | Jason & Shirley. "Fans of Portrait Of Jason will find it interesting, but also perhaps a bit frustrating, as Clarke’s film is genuinely fascinating – one of the only looks at the life of a gay, black man before Stonewall, which also does a great job on its own of questioning the nature of truth, both in terms of film and whether the image we present to others is what’s really happening inside ourselves. Jason & Shirley meanwhile is intriguing but to a certain extent it’s, well, pointless and too pretentious for its own good."
Review | Pasolini. "Those who appreciate the director’s movies will get something from it – and there’s no doubt that the cinematography is extremely good – but it’s more a brief sojourn into Pasolini’s life than something that will give you true insight."
Review | Match. "Despite its tendency towards going over the top, and the limitations of its setup, Matchis worth a look, largely thanks to Patrick Stewart and a plot that measures its excesses with subtlety when it needs it most."
Watch | The Hard Stop, the new documentary about the shooting of Mark Duggan in London, which triggered riots that spread across the whole of the UK; what Jurassic World might have looked like if had been released in 1978; and Remy Mars, Antonio Biaggi and director Matthew Doyle talk about their film Chasing Pavement...
Review | Please Like Me. "A great show that many will find is far closer to the truth of their own lives than 99% of other television series. Please Like Me manages to be funny, modern and honest, as well as extremely entertaining, and it’s great to see that as it goes into season 3, the quality isn’t slipping."
Watch | I Hate New York, episode 5 - A New York State of Mind; #NoHomo, episode 5 - The Real World; Where The Bears Are, season 4, episode 5 - Bathhouse Bears; and Kriegerisms, part 1, with Bianca Del Rio, Willam Belli, and Pablo Hernandez.
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Frank Ocean has an "advantage" in the music industry - and won a Grammy - because he’s gay, according to Wale.
Brooklyn gay bar Excelsior reopens (at a new location).
The death and life of the great British pub. "Across the country, pubs are being shuttered at an alarming rate – scooped up by developers and ransacked for profit – changing the face of neighbourhoods and turning our beloved locals into estate agents, betting shops, and luxury flats. This is the story of how one pub fought back."
On the demise of Kmart. "A trip to Kmart in 2015 is a trip to an American purgatory. If your town still has one, it probably seems cramped, ragged, poorly lit, and maybe a little bit dirty. Best case scenario, you're walking into what feels, more than anything else, like a counterfeit Walmart."
Twentyone sad photos of dead and dying Kmart stores.
1491. "Before it became the New World, the Western Hemisphere was vastly more populous and sophisticated than has been thought—an altogether more salubrious place to live at the time than, say, Europe. New evidence of both the extent of the population and its agricultural advancement leads to a remarkable conjecture: the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact."
A sea story. "One of the worst maritime disasters in European history took place a decade ago. It remains very much in the public eye. On a stormy night on the Baltic Sea, more than 850 people lost their lives when a luxurious ferry sank below the waves. An account of the Estonia's last moments [and] anarchy on the high seas."
"I would also like to take this opportunity to squash the persistent rumours about mysterious 'disappearances' and emphasize that rural and urban areas are now enjoying a life of harmony and peace. I'm sure you're glad to hear this. And I'm happy you're glad."