Yes, Prime Minister: Still true to life after 30 years?
"Perhaps the biggest challenge for Sir Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, the creators of the series, was making Hacker's elevation to Number 10 credible. Lynn told me: "There have been a large number of barely competent prime ministers and Hacker joins that rogue's gallery". Eddington, though, was thrilled."
Alanis Morissette: from queen of alt rock to Guardian advice columnist:
"The musician and actor is moving on. She talks about marriage, what gets her angry, what isn’t ironic – and answering readers’ questions for Guardian Weekend magazine."
BFI: The Home Front.
"Sandbags and searchlights, firefighters battling blazing streets; trains packed with departing children or servicemen... film has given us some of our most enduring images of war."
‘The Force Awakens’ set records, but that doesn’t mean it will change Hollywood:
"... while money talks, I think it’s important to be cautious before declaring that Rey and “The Force Awakens” will change everything. And even if they do, “The Force Awakens” illustrates just how far Hollywood still has to go to shed the assumption that its core customers are men who only want to see men on screen."
The New York Public Library's Remarkable New Digital Collection:
"A new online trove contains more than 187,000 maps, postcards, etchings, engravings, photographs, prints, illustrations, and more—all on the web, and freely available for anyone to use."
The Girl Who Was The ’90s: Mayim Bialik And Her TV Family Reflect On 25 Years Of ‘Blossom’:
"Before she would become a role model and fashion icon for teenage girls all over America, Blossom Russo was just a kid sister and a secondary character. Blossom creator Don Reo’s original vision for a coming of age sitcom revolved around a teenage boy named Richie, with an older brother named Anthony and a kid sister named Blossom, being raised by a single dad. But since there were already several series focusing on teenage boys at the time, including The Wonder Years, an NBC executive named Leslie Lurie offered Reo a suggestion: “Why don’t you make it about the girl?”"
How to Cultivate the Art of Serendipity:
"DO some people have a special talent for serendipity? And if so, why?"
Posted on Saturday, January 09, 2016