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Megan Mullally, who plays Karen in Will and Grace, has suggested that the presidency of Donald Trump will be mentioned in the new series.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live Afternoon Edition, Mullally said: “The show was not only funny but topical, so the elephant in the room that has now burst out of the room and is now straddling the earth will be mentioned from time to time.”
NBC announced the comedy would be returning for a 10-episode series in 2017.
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Who wants a copy of a 16-year-old compilation album? Quite a lot of us, it seems.
Sales of Now That’s What I Call Music 48 surged last week, after the double CD (“featuring 41 top chart hits!”) provided the soundtrack to the BBC sitcom Peter Kay’s Car Share.
It even entered Amazon’s compilation chart, despite being out of print, on the strength of second-hand sales.
Prices shot up too, rising from as little as 11p to more than £20.
In the show, supermarket employee Kayleigh Kitson (Sian Gibson) announces it’s her favourite album, much to the horror of her curmudgeonly carshare partner John Redmond (Kay).
He prefers Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours: a classic, no doubt, but one which lacks Now 48’s impressive roster of six number one hits (not to mention two solo singles by former members of the Spice Girls).
Music from the 2001 compilation permeated the first episode of the show’s second series, prompting that unlikely interest in hand-me-down copies.
Ahead of the broadcast of episode two on Tuesday, we take a look at some of Now 48’s more interesting moments.
Hear’Say – Pure And Simple
At the end of the first series of Car Share, Kayleigh moves house, meaning her lift to work (and burgeoning romance) with John is no longer necessary.
She gives him a copy of Now 48 as a parting gift. “I’ve got two copies,” she explains, “our Kieran used to fiddle Britannia*”.
Inside is a note reading: “Track two is from me to you, you’re a star. Love always, Kayleigh.”
Series one ended and series two began with that song – Pure and Simple – which brings a tear to John’s eye.
Famously, the song was the UK’s first ever talent show number one, emanating from the awkwardly-punctuated Hear’Say, who were cobbled together by ITV’s Popstars series in late 2000.
To watch the show now, it’s unbelievably clunky, with none of the sheen and polish of X Factor or The Voice. There isn’t even a live audience, as the show (like a lot of the early reality shows) presented itself more as a documentary than a competition.
The single is similarly laborious, borrowing heavily from All Saints’ Never Ever, and displaying none of the cartoonish energy you’d associate with co-writer Alison Clarkson – aka Betty Boo.
Bet you can still sing it, mind.
*Note to younger readers: The Britannia Music Club was a company that used to send CDs through the post, usually offering an unbeatable introductory offer (“get six CDs for a pound”) before fleecing you dry for the rest of your subscription period. Everyone who joined inevitably ended up with a copy of Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell, whether they wanted it or not.
Shaggy ft RikRok – It Wasn’t Me
The top-selling single of 2001, beating even Kylie Minogue’s almighty Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, this was Mr Boombastic’s biggest hit.
No matter how damning the evidence, his advice is to deny everything. “She saw me kissin’ on the sofa (it wasn’t me) / She even caught me on camera (it wasn’t me).”
However, while writing the song, Shaggy worried about alienating his female fanbase.
“It was like, ‘ok but this might offend a lot of people, we’re talking about infidelity and making fun of it,'” he told NBC. “So we came up with a disclaimer at the end that says, ‘I’m gonna tell her that I’m sorry for the pain that I caused.’
“So even though I’m playing the bad guy, at the end of it he [RikRok] is saying, ‘I’m not taking your advice. Everything about it is wrong.’ And that’s how we win the ladies back.”
Martine McCutcheon – On The Radio
A high-energy cover of Donna Summer’s disco classic, this was former EastEnders’ star Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting’s final chart hit in the UK.
It’s pretty inoffensive stuff, but that didn’t stop the NME giving it zero stars and carping that, “Martine McCutcheon continues to try and convince us she’s a pop star and not just a dead barmaid.”
U2 – Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
One of U2’s most underrated singles, Stuck In A Moment was written in response to the death of INXS singer Michael Hutchence in 1997.
The star had been a close friend and sometime rival to Bono, and they would spend summers together in France before Hutchence took his own life, shortly before INXS’s 20th anniversary tour of Australia.
The song is “a row between mates,” Bono told Rolling Stone in 2005.
“You’re kinda trying to wake them up out of an idea. In my case it’s a row I didn’t have while he was alive. I feel the biggest respect I could pay to him was not to write some stupid soppy song, so I wrote a really tough, nasty little number, slapping him around the head.
“And I’m sorry, but that’s how it came out of me.”
The 2000 Christmas number one, this is somehow the 140th best-selling single ever in the UK.
Fragma featuring Maria Rubia – Everytime You Need Me
The beauty of revisiting the Now albums is that they obliterate pop’s habitual revisionism.
Fragma’s dance hit may have spent five weeks in the top 10 in early 2001, but it’s all been erased from history (it was played once on UK radio last month, by Tamworth’s community radio station TCR FM).
But don’t feel too sorry for them: This is a pretty flimsy affair, from the generic trance beat to the throwaway lyrics – “You know I will be there / You know I really care.”
In fact, Now 48 has more than its fair share of forgettable also-rans. Bonus points to anyone who can hum Kaci’s Paradise, or Joe’s Stutter.
Coldplay – Don’t Panic
Coldplay’s third appearance on a Now… compilation (after Trouble and Yellow) is something of a rarity for the series: as Don’t Panic never officially charted in the UK.
One of the band’s earliest songs, it was performed at their first ever gig, and was included on their Blue Room EP before being re-written and re-recorded as the opening track of their debut album, Parachutes.
At just 2 min 17 secs, it is one of the shortest songs ever to feature on a Now album. Oasis’s Songbird is shorter, though, clocking in at 2 min 04 secs.
Mya – Case of the Ex
A slinky R&B number that’s notable as the first UK chart appearance of writer-producer Christopher “Tricky” Stewart – who went on to create Rihanna’s Umbrella, Beyonce’s Single Ladies and Justin Bieber’s Baby.
Eva Cassidy – Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Almost unknown when she died of skin cancer in 1996, singer Eva Cassidy posthumously took the charts by storm with this fragile, haunting cover of Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
Recorded years earlier, it was ignored upon its release – until Terry Wogan heard it, and immediately played it on Wake Up To Wogan, his Radio 2 breakfast show.
“The e-mails, phone calls and faxes flooded in”, said his producer Paul Walters. Subsequent plays brought the same response: people told how they had to stop their cars because they were in tears.
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Broadchurch fans took to social media to post their reactions as the ITV crime drama reached its shocking finale on Monday night.
The third and final series ended with cab driver Clive’s 16-year-old son Michael (Deon Lee-Williams) revealed as Trish Winterman’s rapist, having been forced into it by his friend Leo Humphries (Chris Mason).
Humphries also admitted raping three other women previously.
The final episode attracted the drama’s biggest audience ever, with an average of 8.7 million viewers tuning in and a peak of 9.3 million, according to overnight figures.
The average figure also includes the number of viewers who switched on to watch the episode on ITV+1 an hour later.
The highest figure enjoyed by the show previously was the 8.6 million who tuned in to the series one finale back in 2013.
This final series – written by the show’s creator Chris Chibnall – has been widely praised for how it has handled its harrowing subject matter.
Critics were broadly positive about the finale, but many criticised certain elements of the series as the whole.
In his four-star review in The Telegraph, Michael Hogan wrote: “After a disappointing second series, this third chapter in Chibnall’s trilogy represented a return to the fine form of the debut run.
But he added that the dialogue during Leo’s confession “didn’t quite ring true – a rare misstep in a series which has strived for authenticity and procedural accuracy”.
Metro‘s Claire Rutter said: “While it didn’t quite surpass the original series, Chris Chibnall and his team should take a bow as it did reaffirm that British crime drama can be at the top of its game and really keep you in suspense week by week.”
But, she added, in her three-star review: “This series didn’t live up to the intensity and suspense of ‘who killed Danny Latimer?’ stopping abruptly at the cusp of rabbit holes rather than exploring the warrens like season one leading to believable red herrings.”
Tom Eames praised the show but also sounded a dissenting note in his review for Digital Spy.
“Broadchurch at its best was one of the best crime dramas the UK has ever produced,” he said.
“But conversely, it can also be one of the most frustrating. Series three was much better than its disappointing predecessor, but it never quite caught the public’s imagination like its first run.”
The Independent‘s Sally Newall gave the series finale four stars, adding that the show leaves behind “a legacy Chibnall should be proud of”.
“As cameras panned along those now familiar cliffs, it was hard not to feel a twinge of sadness for the end of Hardy and Miller, for now at least,” she said.
“David Tennant and Olivia Colman as the duo have managed to make us cry, laugh and really think – and left us wanting more.”
Writing in The Daily Mail, Jan Moir said some devotees may feel slightly cheated by the ending.
“I was convinced ex-husband Ian Winterman was the guilty party – but DS Miller’s rage and fury at the ghastliness of some men were majestic to behold.
“Her stellar performance was just one of the many things that made Broadchurch a hit – along with the magical location.”
Rapist and groomer Humphries, played by actor Chris Mason, was seen in shocking scenes in the police interview room coldly telling detectives Ellie Miller and Alec Hardy (Tennant) that he was “proud” of his crimes and that rape was “beautiful”.
Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support, a charity that advised writers on the ITV series, said the show performed “excellent work” in portraying the reality of rape.
And Avon and Somerset Police deputy chief constable Gareth Morgan said: “That was harrowing viewing but vital message landed. Rape is not sex. It’s about power and control.”
The series also focused on the prevalence of porn and charities such as UK Says No More lauded the series for highlighting such issues.
“#Broadchurch offered a powerful portrayal to the aftermath of rape and leaves the audience to start the conversation about porn & consent,” the charity posted on Twitter.
Julie Hesmondhalgh – best known for playing Hayley in Coronation Street – was also singled out for praise.
This series has seen many twists and turns as Hardy and Miller strove to find the perpetrators.
The main suspects for the attack on Trish included her ex-husband Ian (Charlie Higson), her best friend’s husband Jim Atwood (Mark Bazeley), cab driver Clive Lucas (Sebastian Armesto) and Trish’s boss, shop owner Ed Burnett (Sir Lenny Henry).
“In the end, my love for Rocket, Groot, Gamora, Star-Lord, Yondu, Mantis, Drax, and Nebula – and some of the other forthcoming heroes – goes deeper than you guys can possibly imagine, and I feel they have more adventures to go on and things to learn about themselves and the wonderful and sometimes terrifying universe we all inhabit,” he told fans in his post on Tuesday.
Netflix has come a long way since it started as a mail-order DVD rental service. It has largely been responsible for dragging television into the online world and its dozens of original productions such as House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black have helped it win a huge global audience.
Last year its programming became available in another 130 countries, bringing the total to more than 190.
But Netflix faces increasing competition from online rivals such as Amazon and Hulu, while television networks start to launch their own streaming services and make new shows available in binge-ready box sets.
Sky Atlantic, for example, has made all six episodes of the new drama Guerrilla – starring Idris Elba, Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay – available to stream, meaning viewers will not have to wait a week for their next fix.
Growth of US subscriptions, which account for almost 60% of Netflix’s revenue, has also slowed.
Analysts and investors will closely watch its subscriber growth when results for the most recent quarter are released later on Monday.
The company, whose shares have jumped almost 30% in the past 12 months to just over $140, is expected to report revenues of $2.5bn, with the subscriber total tantalisingly close to the 100 million mark.
But some question how long Netflix can continue adding customers at the same pace.
How will international expansion hold up?
Netflix had more than 44 million international subscribers at the end of 2016, nearly 50% higher than the year before, as well as 49 million in the US.
It expects to add another 4 million to the international total this quarter.
Formerly sceptical analysts are increasingly confident that the firm can deliver. A consumer survey conducted for Jefferies bank in Germany and India turned up the surprising finding that services such as Netflix and Amazon are more appealing than local streaming options, despite potential language barriers.
The survey also suggested that Netflix’s pricing could hold up, even in a wider variety of markets.
However, the company has warned that growth could be hurt if the dollar climbs much higher.
Who is watching its shows?
Netflix started making its own shows in 2013, with House of Cards one of its first big hits and Stranger Things more recently. The company plans to spend more on original content this year and reduce outlays on licensed material such as movies.
Awards and critical acclaim for dramas such as The Crown have helped attract viewers. Yet analysts at Jefferies fear that cutting back on other content such as films could reduce Netflix’s overall appeal.
Will it be affected by the Hollywood writers dispute?
Netflix casts a long shadow on the negotiations that started in March between the Writers Guild of America and production companies and studios over what writers are paid. The existing agreement expires on 1 May and a strike could be on the cards.
One of the main sticking points concerns residual payments for streamed shows and writers for some Netflix productions are covered by the agreement.
The growth of online television has also contributed to the rise of shorter series than on broadcast networks, which has meant lower fees for writers.
Netflix stands to benefit from any disruption to major broadcasters. It also has flexibility to withstand a work stoppage, since it’s not bound by the traditional TV calendar.
In recent years, the trend towards green beauty has transitioned from “super crunchy” to “majorly mainstream,” with huge retailers including Target and Nordstrom expanding their natural beauty sections to keep up with demand. But how do you know if that natural beauty product you’ve picked up is really as good for you as the label indicates? Does “organic” automatically mean healthy, and who even ensures that all the claims are accurate? The FDA doesn’t implement much strict regulation about what harmful ingredients can’t be used in cosmetics, so it’s up to consumers to sift through the thousands of products on the market to figure out what’s actually good for us.
“Sadly, we are on our own when it comes to finding beauty products (and food for that matter!) that are truly safe,” RMS beauty founder Rose-Marie Swift told PeopleStyle. From dozens of different marketing terms to ingredients you probably can’t pronounce, it can feel overwhelming to find a product you can feel good about. So to cut through the clutter, we talked to some of the biggest experts in green beauty to break down exactly what all the terms and buzzwords you can’t stop hearing really mean.
What does it mean to be a certified organic beauty product?
Just because a product is labeled “organic” doesn’t necessarily mean it really is. “As part of the National Organic Program, you have to have a minimum content of 70 percent organic ingredients to get a ‘Made With Organic’ claim on the label,” said Tracey Favre, director of Quality Assurance International Inc. To be in the big leagues and earn an official UDSA seal, a product goes under even more scrutiny.
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“For the USDA seal, you have to have 95 percent or greater organic ingredients, and that extra 5 percent can’t be any ingredient that is listed as not allowed under the National Organic Program,” she added. So what about all those other products claiming to be organic? Stay wary – what you see may not be exactly what you think you’re getting. “The USDA doesn’t have jurisdiction over labeling claims on personal care products (they only do on the agricultural ingredients), so you really need to look for those marks to give you confidence of what you’re getting,” Favre said. “That is really key for consumers to understand.”
What about all-natural beauty?
Although there is no official government organization that oversees the natural beauty market or pinpoints a specific definition for it, many brands go through third parties to get certification. “For us, natural means choosing the purest and best forms of the most effective, nature-derived ingredients available,” said Tata Harper, who created her own namesake natural skincare brand.
According to Harper, the term “natural” in beauty means the complete formula is 100 percent synthetic free. “I thought consumer products were all tested and strictly regulated, and it was really shocking to learn that wasn’t the case,” she told us.
Since there isn’t a specific regulating body for natural products, Harper turns to Ecocert, an organization that works to specifically certify ingredients as natural. “Getting certified is optional, but it’s what we do to give our customers more clarity,” she said. Read a product’s website and label closely to see how natural the product you’re using actually is.
I’ve also been hearing about this thing called clean beauty. What’s that?
Like natural beauty products, for “clean” products, there is no official body by the government to regulate what’s what. But brands looking to reputably claim a “clean” designation get certified by a third party organization to give consumers confidence in what they’re buying.
“Clean safe, non-toxic and verified by a third party,” C2 California Clean co-founder Christine Falsetti told us. “A lot of things that are clean are also green. When I go in the shower, it all washes off into the ecosystem, so if you think about the larger footprint you have, it’s important.”
So what’s the difference between “clean” and “natural,” then? “I like to think of poison ivy and poison oak–that is something that is naturally occurring and beautiful in nature, but you’re not going to rub that on your body,” Falsetti said. “Or other things, like natural talc, can still cause allergic reactions in a lot of people, so that isn’t considered ‘clean.'”
What ingredients should I be wary of if I see them on an ingredient deck?
First and foremost, if anything on an ingredient list includes the words sulfates and parabens (which are used as artificial preservatives in cosmetics), it’s not green. “They have possible links to cancer and reproductive issues, and even though the link isn’t fully proven, there is enough doubt that we aren’t comfortable using it,” said Lanolips founder Kirsen Carriol.
Another big one to look out for: fragrance. “A lot of people use the word fragrance to mask bad ingredients in the product,” said Vert Beauty owner and makeup artist Amanda Hume. “Fragrance is a big red flag because you can hide a lot of things in it,” Farelli added. “Companies are allowed to use this term to hide the combination of other chemicals used in the ‘fragrance.'”
Mineral oil feels moisturizing on the skin, but in reality, speeds up aging. “It doesn’t penetrate the skin so it seals it and creates a barrier,” Hume said. “This doesn’t allow the skin to breathe (which is an important function of that organ) so it slows down the process of normal cell development which results in premature aging.”
What’s a good place to get started if I want to go green?
Don’t feel pressure to throw out all the beauty products you own and go all in right off the bat. “I think the best place to start is with products you use daily – whichever they are,” Harper said. “Say you use moisturizer daily but you don’t wash your hair daily. Start with moisturizer. Make a personal commitment and take your time finding the best things for you.”