James Bulger’s mum ‘disgusted’ at murder film
The 1993 murder of James Bulger by two 10-year-old boys, which sent shockwaves through British society, is the subject of an Oscar-nominated film. Bulger’s family say it should not have been...
Star Wars stirs critics with political edge
Can we take the politics of The Last Jedi seriously? The film promotes many liberal attitudes and has even been...
How science is transforming entertainment
Will we have more fun in the future? By 2050 we could take holidays in space, use cyborg superpowers, and play games in super realistic VR. Here are five predictions for the future of fun…
‘Most men would thrash Serena’ says McEnroe
Serena Williams is the greatest female tennis player ever. But ex-star John McEnroe thinks she would be out of her depth in men’s tennis. If this is true, does it devalue women’s sport?
A night of joy and mayhem in Barcelona
On Wednesday night Barcelona defeated Paris Saint-Germain 6–1 to complete one of sport’s most extraordinary comebacks. Is this why football is the world’s most popular sport?
Cinema slump highlights changing movie trends
In 2014, cinemas in the UK and Ireland experienced their biggest ever box office slump. Was a lack of blockbusters to blame, or is home entertainment changing the way we consume culture?
Paddington Bear revived for a new generation
The iconic, accident-prone immigrant from Peru has had a makeover for a new big budget film. It is one of many recent ‘reboots’ of children’s classics, but do remakes spoil the originals?
Halo ‘aliens’ invade Europe for video game launch
Halo 4, the latest instalment in the iconic Halo video game series, will arrive in shops tomorrow, greeted by millions of eager fans. What is it that makes the game’s faceless hero so appealing?
Review Of The Year: 2011’s pop culture bestsellers
As the year draws to a close, everyone’s talking about the culture that defined 2011. The biggest sellers are familiar to us all – but do they tell us anything about society?
China reality television up for elimination
Reality TV is big in China, where viewers go mad for ‘X Factor’ style shows. The state, though, is not amused – and it is cracking down on morally unsuitable programming.