Is Billie Eilish a devil worshipper? Hell, no

The video for the pop stars new single has outraged many Christians. But its no sin to sing about the climate crisis And the Bible said: God did not spare the angels when they sinned (Can I be a good Christian and like Billie Eilishs new music? On Twitter, a woman responded to Eilishs share of the video, saying: Prayers sent. Nobody asked for your prayers, Tina she claims it cost her a video for Judas, released close to Holy Week and Easter 2011, though Gaga said it was not a purposeful attack on religion: The only controversial thing about this video is that Im wearing Christian Lacroix and Chanel in the same frame, she joked to E!. In July, …

Unpaid, unelected, unknowable? The mystery of presidential first ladies

The author of new play Two Ladies explains how a photograph of Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron inspired her to consider the meaning and resonance of their proximity to power It is 14 July 2017. Donald Trump is guest of honour at the annual Bastille Day celebrations in Paris a double whammy that year, marking the centenary of Americas entry into the first world war. Emmanuel Macron and the French like some bizarre courtship ritual, simultaneously friendly and mildly aggressive. But as they primped and preened and smirked and backslapped, my eyes were drawn not to the men but to the two women standing, somewhat awkwardly, either side of them trying to smile. The wives. Brigitte Macron, the former schoolteacher …

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood read the exclusive first extract

Set more than 15 years after The Handmaids Tale, Atwoods Booker prize-shortlisted sequel revisits her dystopian republic Gilead Part one: The Ardua Hall Holograph Only dead people are allowed to have statues, but I have been given one while still alive. Already I am petrified. This statue was a small token of appreciation for my many contributions, said the citation, which was read out by Aunt Vidala. Shed been assigned the task by our superiors, and was far from appreciative. I thanked her with as much modesty as I could summon, then pulled the rope that released the cloth drape shrouding me; it billowed to the ground, and there I stood. We dont do cheering here at Ardua Hall, but …

The Crown: first glimpse of Olivia Colmans Queen as hit drama returns

Netflix have released a first look at the Oscar winner as she prepares to enter the palace and set a date for the third season The first look at the hugely anticipated third season of The Crown has arrived showing Olivia Colman (plus her corgi sidekicks) poised to succeed Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II. The third series of the royal smash hit will land on 17 November, Netflix has confirmed, with Oscar winner Colman taking the throne as the entire cast is given a reboot. Tobias Menzes will replace Matt Smith as Prince Philip, Helena Bonham Carter will become the new Princess Margaret, Game of Thrones star Charles Dance will play Lord Mountbatten and The Durrells Josh OConnor will …

Inland by Ta Obreht review a spectacular reinvention of the western

This follow-up to the award-winning The Tigers Wife is an otherworldly vision of 19th-century Arizona There are wounds of time and there are wounds of person, cautions a camel driver in the extraordinary second novel by The Tigers Wife, mapped the aftermath of civil conflict in an unnamed Balkan country still scarred by war, which was based on her native Serbia (born in Belgrade in 1985, Obreht moved to the US at the age of 12). The fictional territory of Inland is as vivid and as violent: Arizona in the second half of the 19th century, populated by cowpokes and prospectors, gunslingers and cattle kings and, yes, cameleers. Magic realism served Obreht well in her fable about Yugoslavias baroque divisions, …

R Kelly charged with prostitution and solicitation involving girl under 18

Kelly gets two felony charges for 2001 incident, in which R&B singer allegedly offered girl $200 to take off her clothes and dance Minnesota authorities charged the singer R Kelly on Monday with two counts of prostitution and solicitation involving a girl under 18 in 2001. The Hennepin county attorney, Mike Freeman, said Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is accused of soliciting the girl after meeting her at a concert in Minneapolis. Kelly was not performing at the time, but was doing promotional work. Freeman said the girl was trying to get an autograph from Kelly, and that the R&B performer gave her his signature and a phone number. When the girl called the number, she was …

WIRED Book of the Month: It Came From Something Awful

Any page of It Came From Something Awful would be the most shocking page of most books. Reading Dale Beran’s chronicle of 4chan, the anonymous imageboard where some of the internet’s worst scandals have been fomented, feels like scrolling through the forum itself. Each page turn sucks you ever deeper into chan culture, from emoticon cats telling you to “Please die” to harassment campaigns levied at adolescent girls to a man describing how he murdered his girlfriend. “Turns out it’s way harder to strangle someone to death than it looks in the movies,” that man said, alongside images of the woman’s dead body. Eventually, in Beran’s aggrandizing telling, 4chan’s crescendo of furious nihilism delivers President Trump to America. In 2017, …

Storyboards, Marvel’s Parts Unknown, Is Coming to Disney+

Ever since Disney announced its forthcoming streaming service, Disney+, there's been a question in the back of comic book fans' minds: What about Marvel? There's been talk of stand-alone shows for Loki, Wanda Maximoff, and Hawkeye; an animated series based on the Marvel's What If … ? comics is also in the works. Yet those shows are expected to be a year or two away. Today, Marvel is finally revealing one of the shows that'll arrive when the Disney+ service launches: Storyboards. Adam Rogers Here's How Disney+ Will Take Over the World Angela Watercutter John Wick's Writer Is Heading to Marvel's Falcon & Winter Soldier Brian Raftery The Streaming Wars Began in 2018—and They'll Only Get Worse Unlike the Star …

Why the Momo Challenge Film Might Beat the Meme Movie Curse

Momo is not coming for your children, but she may be coming soon to a theater near you. The creepy face, which became the center of a viral hoax that petrified thousands of parents earlier this year, is reportedly about to be the basis of a horror movie from Orion Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment, and producer Taka Ichise. It's easy to see why. It's Pennywise wishes he could stretch his smile that wide. There's a freakishness to Momo's over-taut skin and bulging eyes, and she's not even moving. Oh, and did we mention she has bird legs? Momo won't be the first meme character to make her way to the movies, but, for a lot of reasons, she might be the …

The Lion King review deepfake copycat ain’t so grrreat

Disneys reboot of its much-loved 1994 animation is a plausibly real retelling of the story of prince Simba and his struggle against wicked uncle Scar After 25 years, during which it gained classic status as the last Disney picture in the old style that Walt himself would have endorsed and enjoyed a long afterlife in theatres all over the world with Julie Taymors staging and costumes, the 1994 animation The Lion King has been remade as a quasi-live-action digital movie. This is an anthro-leonine deepfake of impressive proportions, but the new Lion King gains in shock and awe while losing in character and wit. These are walking, talking animals that are realer than real and whose facial/speech patterns are eerily …

Why does Netflix keep making so many cheap TV movies?

From the studio that brought you Roma comes Secret Obsession, the latest in an increasingly long line of sub-Lifetime channel, semi-ironic duds You dont need to watch Netflixs upcoming movie Secret Obsession to know exactly what its going to be like. Theres the title, which appears to be chosen via some sort of generic thriller tombola. Theres the typography, which has a crack through it. Theres the cast, who all unfailingly look like catalogue models troubled by the incoming prospect of gastroenteritis. But mainly you know exactly what Secret Obsession will be like thanks to its trailer, which does a very good job of explaining the entire story. A woman suffers from amnesia. Her husband takes her back to their …

Stranger Things 3: a flawless finale but what a slog to get there

The ending is spectacular and beautiful TV, but before that, we had to endure Stranger Things: The Soap Opera for hour upon mind-flaying hour The end of Stranger Things 3 is tremendous. Its a blockbuster in every sense of the word; exciting, spectacular, funny and so unbelievably affecting that I cried for about 15 minutes after it ended. The final episode of Stranger Things 3 is a flawlessly executed, truly beautiful piece of television. But theres a problem. To watch the final episode of Stranger Things 3, you first have to watch the preceding seven episodes of Stranger Things 3. And, oh boy, are those a slog. Im starting to get the feeling that nobody expected Stranger Things to last …

Notes from a Hollywood divorce: ‘We had a primal connection. But we hung by a thread for years’

I wrote a part for my husband in my first movie. By the time filming was over, so was our marriage In every city Ive lived, my sister has been the one to set up the printer, testing it by printing me the lyrics to George Michaels Freedom! 90. I am not the only grown woman entwined with their family, as I am not the only British person entwined with George Michael. When, in 2010, he drove his car through the wall of the Hampstead Snappy Snaps, the resulting hole was quickly daubed with the legend WHAM, by a local who meant it in a loving way. Walking to the underground, I saw it (as well as the aftermath and …

Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift

At this point, thinking sober thoughts about a new Taylor Swift song is painfully predictable. It's a here we go again exercise that think-piece writers and social media pundits have come to dread and celebrate in equal measure. Yet, no matter how formulaic the Swift responses are, the internet must be fed. Luckily for all involved, her latest single, "You Need to Calm Down," is irresistible hot-take fodder: It's been hailed as revolutionary, slammed as queerbait, praised as inclusive, and condemned as intolerant. The lyrics and music video nod to Swift's many celebrity feuds, but also include a GLAAD endorsement and a petition to ratify the Equality Act. There is homophobia, and also a food fight. It's a Tayfecta of …

Game of Thrones’ Indira Varma: ‘All I was being offered was women undressing’

She was ruthless Ellaria in the TV epic. As she appears in a Nol Coward comedy, the actor talks about her dreams of returning to mime and why sticking with her name may have hurt her career People always talk about that scream, says Indira Varma over salad and strawberries at the Old Vic theatre. The actor is recalling the howl she lets out in season four of Game of Thrones, after her lover Oberyn has his eyes gouged out by a hulking brute called the Mountain. Splatter flies and we cut to her character, Ellaria, who gives a blood-curdling screech. What personal demons, I wonder, was Varma summoning to produce that? It was the last thing they shot that …

For The Last 10 Years, Ive Been Traveling To Inaccessible Corners Of The World And Photographing Indigenous People (30 Pics)

Alexander Khimushin. I am a traveling photographer born and raised in Sakha (Yakutia) – the coldest region of the world and one of the most isolated regions of Siberia. 10 years ago, I packed a backpack and set out on a journey that continues to this day, traveling alone to the most remote and inaccessible corners of the world. Visiting Indigenous People and learning about their cultures and traditional ways of living has become the most inspiring experience of my life. The last several years I dedicated to The World In Faces photo project that showcases the incredible diversity of our multicultural world through photo portraits and personal stories of Indigenous People. I made it my mission to tell the …