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Nigerian producer closes Netflix's first multi-title African deal

Nigerian producer Mo Abudu has signed a multi-title Netflix deal. Abudu’s production company EbonyLife becomes the first African production company to close such an agreement with the streaming giant. Read more: How to support Black Lives Matter and anti-racist organisations if you can’t protest “The conversation started months and months ago, we’ve been talking about it […]

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Sufjan Stevens says performing at 2018 Oscars was “traumatising”

Sufjan Stevens has spoken about his experience of performing at the 2018 Oscars, calling it “traumatising”. The indie musician was invited to perform at the Hollywood awards ceremony after his song ‘Mystery Of Love’ – written for the Call Me By Your Name soundtrack – was nominated for Best Original Song. Read more: Sufjan Stevens […]

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Prince Collaborators Reflect on 1987 Opus 'Sign O' the Times'

By the mid-80s, Prince was a global superstar thanks to the worldwide success of 1984’s Purple Rain.  So when he started work on his follow-up — eventually released on March 31, 1987 as the double-LP Sign O’ the Times — it came amidst a creative tsunami that saw two more classic albums with his longtime band the Revolution […]

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America is testing $150 COVID plan for filmgoers to rent out entire cinema

A cinema chain in the US is trialling a $150 system allowing film fans to rent out the entire cinema to themselves, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The Alamo Drafthouse chain is giving patrons the option to pay $150 to book out the whole venue to a support bubble of family and friends. Read more: […]

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Gus Dapperton Learned How to Leave Control Behind on 'Orca'

Gus Dapperton isn’t about the facade that musicians — or anyone famous, really — are superheroes. And like everyone else, they deal with mental health issues. “[Musicians] are usually afraid to portray … to a large audience if they’re suffering or if they’re feeling depressed,” Dapperton tells SPIN. “I think it’s important to just express […]

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Bee Gees documentary 'How Can You Mend A Broken Heart' out this fall

A new Bee Gees documentary titled How Can You Mend A Broken Heart has been acquired by HBO, with release plans set for later this year. The film, which was set to premiere at the 2020 Telluride Film Festival, will launch on HBO this winter and will then be available to stream on HBO Max. There […]

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Blue Chips: September 2020 in New Hip-Hop

Blue Chips is a monthly rap column that doubles as a scouting report. Each month, SPIN selects a new starting five, a group of rappers who could be Rookie of the Year candidates turned Hall-of-Famers or forgettable flashes in the pan. Only the passing seasons (and the number of streams) will tell. To read previous […]

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Vin Diesel releases debut single 'Feel Like I Do' | NME

Action film star Vin Diesel has today (September 25) made his first foray into pop music, with the release of his debut single ‘Feel Like I Do’. Diesel teamed up with Norwegian DJ Kygo on the tropical electro song, singing with his distinctive deep voice. Listen to ‘Feel Like I Do’ below: For fans of […]

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Henry Golding says first week shooting 'Snake Eyes' was "literal hell"

Henry Golding has shared some details about his experience shooting the upcoming new film Snake Eyes. Read more: Henry Golding: “People don’t see me as fully British” Speaking in a new interview with NME, the actor, who has starred in films such as Crazy Rich Asians, The Gentlemen and Last Christmas, discussed his role as the titular […]

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BAFTA revamps entire voting and membership organisation for film awards

BAFTA has unveiled a radical change in its voting methods ahead of its annual film awards. Read more: They’ve snubbed the brilliant ‘Blue Story’ – what is the actual point of the BAFTAs? The new changes will see an expanded number of films eligible for outstanding British films, as well as 1000 new members from under-represented […]