Tag: Pop Culture
Nominations bring some surprises for Oscars 2012
The nominations are out for the 2012 Academy Awards, with Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ and Michel Hazanavicius’s ‘The Artist’ among the favourites. Why so much love for films about filmmaking?
Silent film goes back to basics for surprise hit
In a world of 3D blockbusters and surround sound, a silent, black and white movie has taken cinemas by storm. How has something so simple and old-fashioned done so well?
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?
‘Genius’ Apple founder dies after brilliant career
Steve Jobs, the visionary responsible for some of the world's best-loved gadgets, has died aged 56 after a long battle with cancer. He changed the way we view the digital world.
Rihanna’s field day censored by Irish farmer
Filming of a risqué music video was interrupted by a devout 65-year-old, who insisted that the scantily-clad singer cover up. Was he right to object to the salacious scenes?
Fashion Week cheers London amid economic gloom
The UK's premier fashion event comes to an end today after shows that ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous. It is a welcome boost to Britain's economic morale.
Downton Abbey triumphs again in Hollywood
The new series of the acclaimed TV drama launched this weekend to a rapturous welcome from critics, public and Hollywood showbiz moguls. What's the magic?
River swim earns million pounds for charity
Comedian David Walliams has completed a 140-mile swim down the River Thames, enduring sickness, sewage and angry swans to raise money for street children in Kenya.
Joy and controversy over book and music awards
It's awards season, and the worlds of literature and music are celebrating and bickering over the Mercury and Man Booker prize contenders. Does winning matter, beyond boosting sales and careers?
Reality show still a hit despite controversy
The UK's Celebrity Big Brother was dropped by its old broadcaster for being outdated and exploitative. Now it's back on a new channel – and millions of Britons are tuning in.
Sonic boom: gamer icon turns twenty
He's been a hero to millions of gamers since he was created. Now, Sonic the Hedgehog is 20, and is to be relaunched – but have gamers outgrown him?
Shock winner crowned in Britain’s Got Talent
An anonymous blogger claimed the show was fixed. Then the public choose a surprise winner. Is BGT a fair contest? And why are we so addicted to it?
Oprah bows out of self-made stardom
With 25 years of tears, laughter and soul-baring on her TV talk show, Oprah Winfrey has inspired millions. Survivor, media and business phenomenon, and America's best friend: what's her story?