Rose and Rosie: ‘We don’t really have a filter’

‘I think when I have a baby, I’m going to livestream the birth.’ Rosie Spaughton is sitting in the Guardian canteen with her wife Rose Ellen Dix, talking about the future of their YouTube channels – and the prospect of parenthood. Known to their one million subscribers simply as Rose and Rosie, they slouch comfortably among a growing pantheon of online celebrities, pulling in vast audiences via the omnipresent video-sharing platform. Their videos have been viewed over 142m times. What do they do to attract such a huge following? Well,…

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Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya: ‘This is 12 Years a Slave: The Horror Movie’

Jordan Peele’s comedy-horror hybrid Get Out has struck a raw nerve with US moviegoers. Made on a slim budget of $4.5m, the film took in $33.3m on its opening weekend in late February, charging to the top of the box-office charts and making Peele the first black director to have a debut movie earn $100m. At a time when unabashed racism is rearing its head in various grotesque shapes – from “alt-right” trolls to the KKK’s fanatical support of Donald Trump’s discriminatory proclamations and executive orders – its success suggests…

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Patrick Stewart to apply for US citizenship to ‘fight’ Trump

Logan actor Patrick Stewart says that he plans to apply for US citizenship to “fight” President Donald Trump and his administration. Speaking on The View, Stewart said that his citizenship application “might be the only good thing as the result of this election”. Asked why, he said: “Because I want to be an American, too. All of my friends in Washington said: ‘There is one thing you can do. Fight, fight; oppose, oppose.’ But I can’t do it because I’m not a citizen.”

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Facing the music: Francesca Dego

Vinyl or digital? I’m addicted to the limitless access that online streaming and download platforms provide, but nothing gives me goosebumps like witnessing the actual moment music happens. What was the last piece of music you bought? I’ve just bought the score of the Busoni violin concerto. It’s a spectacular piece of music, sadly neglected, and I’d be delighted to learn it and reintroduce it to today’s audiences. What’s your musical guilty pleasure? My guilty pleasures are usually not musical! Does not practising count? I’ve gone on holiday a couple…

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Gustav Metzger: a true art revolutionary and a wonderful human being

The term “artists’ artist” is used a lot. My friend Gustav Metzger was more than that – he was a role model. In 1991, I found myself in the UK, giving a lecture tour for the Henry Moore Sculpture Trust. I’d never given a lecture in my life – at this point, I’d only organised an art exhibition in my kitchen. The first lecture happened in London and I remember visiting Norman Rosenthal at the Royal Academy who told me I needed to know about Gustav. After giving talks in…

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Can I forgive the man who raped me?

Thordis Elva is from Iceland and known to Icelanders as a writer, playwright, journalist and public speaker. She was voted Woman of the Year 2015 by the Federation of Icelandic Women’s Societies in Reykjavik for her work on gender equality, and has written a celebrated book on gender-based violence, 2009’s Á mannamáli (“The Plain Truth”). She currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden with her partner Vidir and their son. Tom Stranger is Australian. He met Elva when he was 18 and on a student exchange programme in Iceland, and the pair…

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Brooklyn sixth-grader wins Google doodle contest

A Brooklyn girl used her noodle — and drew a winning doodle for Google. Sixth-grader Gwendolyn McNamara of Bedford-Stuyvesant won the New York State Doodle 4 Google Competition. With the announcement of the honor Tuesday came acclaim, prizes and a chance to win the national contest. Two Google employees unveiled a blown-up version of Gwen’s doodle — actually the product of 2 1/2 weeks of work on the theme “What I see for the future” — in front of 54 fellow sixth-graders and their teachers at Community Roots Middle School…

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breaking moments from the Oscars that we just can’t forget

The Academy Awards are known for breaking the internet… for the wrong reasons. Case in point: this year’s Best Picture mix-up. But this isn’t a first for the prestigious award show. The Oscars mucks up each year with unexpected occurrences making history. Don’t believe us? We’ve got moments from the Oscars since 2013 which prove that the Academy is now a regular. Oscars 2017: Best Picture mix-up It was horrendous… nah, more amusing than horrendous, honestly, but in a first for the Academy, the Best Picture Award was erroneously handed…

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