Out this week
- Trench by Twenty One Pilots: Fifth album by the American duo, the follow-up to Blurryface (2015); includes the singles ‘Jumpsuit’, ‘Nico and the Niners’, ‘Levitate’, and ‘My Blood’.
- Also out this week: Scottish singer KT Tunstall’s sixth album Wax; and American R&B singer Mario’s fifth album Dancing Shadows.
- Venom (starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott) – action, the first film in Sony’s Marvel Universe; a journalist (Hardy) trying to revive his career becomes bound to an alien symbiote that gives him superpowers.
- A Star Is Born (starring Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott, Dave Chappelle) – musical romance, third remake of the original 1937 film; a struggling singer’s (Gaga) romance with her mentor (Cooper) becomes strained after her career takes off and begins to overshadow his.
- Stephen Fry (@stephenfry): Just came across this in Dickens's Bleak House:
“"A person of the name of Michael Jackson, with a blue welveteen waistcoat with a double row of mother of pearl buttons…" Mr. Bucket immediately answered.”
Certainly sounds like the one we know.
- Sam Morril (@sammorril): “You gotta fight for your right, to say you have other plans and then stay in.” – Beastie Boys as adults.
- Dolly Parton (@DollyParton): It's never too late to start chasing dreams! You're not getting older, you're getting better.
Kate Elizabeth Winslet
- Born on 5th October 1975 in Reading, Berkshire, England.
- Has two sisters, Anna and Beth, and a brother, Joss.
- Family suffered financial hardships in her childhood.
- Was drawn towards acting at a young age, inspired by the actors in her family.
- Appeared in stage productions as a child.
- Made her television debut in the series Dark Season (1991) and her film debut in Heavenly Creatures (1994).
- Gained recognition after starring in Sense and Sensibility (1995) before shooting to massive fame in 1997 following the unprecedented global success of Titanic (1997).
- Subsequently turned down parts in potential blockbusters in favour of independent productions and period dramas – like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Finding Neverland (2004), Little Children (2006), Revolutionary Road (2008), and The Reader (2008) – which earned her critical acclaim.
- Is regarded among the best actresses of her generation.
- Has been married thrice and divorced twice. Was previously married to directors Jim Threapleton (1998 to 2001) and Sam Mendes (2003 to 2011), and is now married to businessman Ned Rocknroll (since 2012). Has three children – daughter Mia (born 2000), son Joe (born 2003), and son Bear (born 2013) – one from each marriage.
Also born today: Jacob Tremblay, Nicola Roberts, Jesse Eisenberg, Parminder Nagra, Colin Meloy, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Imran Khan, Bob Geldof
Cast: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Sterling K. Brown
Director: Shane Black
Tagline: The hunt has evolved.
- Action; a group of PTSD-afflicted soldiers must fight off invading Predators.
- Is the fourth instalment in the Predator film series, the sixth counting the two Alien vs. Predator films.
- Had a budget of $88 million; has made $115 million in less than three weeks.
- Has received negative to mixed reviews from critics who found it messy and incoherent.
- The entire climax was reshot following poor test screenings.
- Score composed by Henry Jackman.