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The legend of Michael Gandolfini

With prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark about to hit cinemas, Michael Gandolfini talks stepping into the role that his late father, James, made so famous: that of Tony Soprano, the complex mob boss whose legacy has endured as one of TV’s greatest ever characters.

Jack O’Connell strips it all back

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack get your kit off! The Derby Lad plays a stellar polar explorer in intense BBC Arctic thriller The North Water.

How Awkwafina made it to Marvel

Move over, Avengers! In Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Three Rings, the actress adds Nora-from-Queens sizzle to the MCU’s most progressive film yet.

Pose and the limits of representation politics

The third and final series of Pose has come a close, the final episode airing on BBC Two last night. The show was a landmark moment for trans television representation, but ultimately, its obsession with being "seen" obstructed meaningful storytelling.

Petra Collins makes magic in the frozen food aisle

Flipping the script, the photographer becomes the muse in LA-based artist Moni Haworth’s new book, Lunar Library. Find her dressed as a pink-faced clown holding a chihuahua, sipping a Starbucks, buying board games... good stuff.

Can we watch Love Island with a clear conscience?

The vibes are off and the producers’ tactics are questionable, but we still can’t look away. As the 2021 series comes to a close, Paula Akpan asks whether it’s possible to ethically enjoy Love Island.

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