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Stranger Things 4 threads on repetitive themes, almost pandering to fan service nostalgia

The problem with Stranger Things 4 is not its widely publicised length but when the payoffs arrive, they’re deflatingly familiar — the show has gone from lovingly echoing 1980s touchstones to industriously copying itself.

India

Explained: How the blistering heatwave has damaged India's precious mango

Scorching heat has struck northern India weeks earlier than usual, devastating mango crops and threatening the way of life for the thousands of small farmers who grow the fruit and the millions more who consume it

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In Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial, attorney Camille Vasquez takes centrestage

Camille Vasquez, who serves as one of Johnny Depp's attorneys in his defamation fight with ex-wife Amber Heard, discredited Heard's abuse accusations.

World

French court upholds charges of complicity in human rights violations against Lafarge over Syria operations

The French cement manufacturer is facing a court battle over allegations that it put employees at risk and financed terrorist groups in a bid to keep operating in Syria

World

Meet Vladimir Putin, the family man: Ukraine war spotlights Russian president's personal life

The strategy of strictly shielding his family worked well for Putin till Russia invaded Ukraine. Now the facade is beginning to crumble and shedding new light on the Russian leader’s private life

World

Explained: How Democrats are trying to protect abortion rights in US

The Women’s Health Protection Act, if passed, would protect abortion access nationwide at a moment when it is under imminent threat, with multiple states enacting or proposing strict limits or outright prohibitions. But the legislation is all but certain to be blocked in the Senate

World

US embraces Finland’s move toward NATO membership, but what about Ukraine?

Why not allow Ukraine — the flawed, corrupt but also heroic democracy at the heart of the current conflict — to join as well, enshrining the West’s commitment to its security?

World

Ukraine war’s geographic reality: Russia has seized much of the East

The Russian defence ministry said Tuesday that its forces in eastern Ukraine had advanced to the border between Donetsk and Luhansk, the two Russian-speaking provinces where Moscow-backed separatists have been fighting Ukraine’s army for eight years

World

Medication abortions are increasing in US: What they are and where women get them

The protocol approved for use in the United States includes two medications. The first one, mifepristone, blocks a hormone called progesterone that is necessary for a pregnancy to continue. The second, misoprostol, brings on uterine contractions

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Of fan merch and support signs: What the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial says about stan culture

High-profile celebrity cases have drawn a wide audience ever since Court TV began broadcasting from courtrooms in the 1990s. But the trial of Depp and Heard has become a case study in what happens when complex claims are filtered through the lenses of stan culture and social media.

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Oscar Isaac discusses Moon Knight, the 'unexpected oscillations of his career' and more

Oscar Isaac on switching between various characters in #MoonKnight: 'When I started off, I was very adamant that I didn’t want to do the gimmicky, switching back and forth, Jekyll and Hyde part of it

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Inside the making of Gaslit: Why the story of Martha Mitchell's expose of Watergate scandal remained untold

“I really didn’t want to make a show that was a Wikipedia rundown of Watergate. I’m more interested in how complicity destroys people," says Robbie Pickering, writer of the miniseries Gaslit, starring Julia Roberts.

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Pamela Adlon on ending Better Things on a hopeful note after pandemic, and taking over direction from Louis CK

"After all everybody went through in terms of the shutdown and the world, I really wanted to leave people with a sense of hope that they could do better, and be more to each other," says Pamela Adlon, who stars in and directs the show Better Things.

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Netflix docuseries Drive to Survive dramatises Formula 1 rivalries, but is it really a bad thing for the sport?

Max Verstappen has become the only driver to refuse to be interviewed for Formula 1: Drive to Survive because he thought it faked rivalries and exaggerated incidents.

Entertainment

Nicolas Cage took jokes on him and turned them into a piece of art in his latest, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

“I don’t want to be one of those actors — and there are a lot of them, I won’t mention any names — who are high on their own supply,” Nicolas Cage says.

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Netflix and no chill: How the giant's loss of subscribers has shaken up the streaming industry

Netflix’s performance could also cause rivals to reconsider their own international expansion plans, potentially making more targeted efforts overseas.

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As Better Call Saul Season 6 premieres, here's a flashback to get you up to speed with the show

Producers have hinted that Walter White and Jesse Pinkman (Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul) from Breaking Bad could turn up in Season 6 of Better Call Saul.

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Imogen Poots on transcending 'love interest' roles with Outer Range: I have had a tendency to flicker around the edges

"On Outer Range, Josh Brolin said to me, 'You should take up a little more space; you’re still unsure about that.' That's maybe a symptom of having been a student for too long," says Imogen Poots.

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Mira Nair's Mississippi Masala, re-releasing in US cinemas today, is a story of continuous juxtaposition

The pop iconography of chain restaurants, motels, and gas stations is characteristic of 1980s independent films. But Mira Nair’s storybook ending is more ’90s, recalling the post-Cold War golden age when it seemed that American notions of “freedom” and self-invention reigned supreme.

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Janelle James on playing a lovable vamp in Abbott Elementary: 'Ava is like controlled chaos'

"Ava probably was a product of the same school system, so here she is — made it to principal; nothing has changed. So why not take advantage? Why not position herself in the best way with what she’s being dealt?," says Janelle James.