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The True Story of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”

When Ryan Murphy, the producer of TV shows from “Glee” to “American Horror Story,” began a new anthology series on celebrated criminal cases, his “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” a celebrity-filled recreation of the trial, received nine Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes. And while the bloody murders at the heart of that case were never showed in the 10-part series that aired in 2016, the lavish new installment of the series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” that premieres tonight on FX begins with…

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Arsenal FC news: Story about Gunners Christmas party during early Wenger years

Established Arsenal players were not impressed when a young Patrick Vieira told them he was driving to and from their Christmas party Sunday, December 24, 2017 As footballers put away their Batman costumes for another year following their collective Christmas fancy dress parties, Retro Football Blog has a tale about an Arsenal knees up in 1996. Shortly after Arsene Wenger took over at Highbury, he brought his young compatriot, Patrick Vieira, with him and, as Lee Dixon recalled in an interview with Four Four Two, the Frenchman was very reluctant…

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“West Side Story” and the American Idea of Getting Along

This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of “West Side Story,” which opened in 1957, on Broadway, with music by Leonard Bernstein, a libretto by Arthur Laurents, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim—it was Sondheim’s Broadway début (Oscar Hammerstein convinced Sondheim to give it a go). The choreography was by Jerome Robbins, who had begun thinking about a “Romeo and Juliet” musical, set in present-day New York. At the beginning, Tony was Irish Catholic and the girl who became Maria was a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust. When the curtain went up,…

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Story about Laura Kuenssberg 'breached press code'

Political website The Canary has been found in breach of press regulator Impress’s code over an article it wrote about the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg. In September, the website reported the BBC’s political editor was “listed as a speaker” at the Tory Party conference. The Canary went on to claim it raised questions about her impartiality and the BBC’s. The BBC made it clear she would not be speaking and was at the event “to report impartially for BBC News”. According to press regulator Impress, The Canary “did not correct this…

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Why the New Yorker's 'Cat Person' story struck such a nerve

The internet is always full of surprises. For example, this week, social media is being torn apart by a fictional short story that ran in the New Yorker. Literature nerds: it’s your time to shine.  The story, titled ‘Cat Person’ by Kristen Roupenian, is an excruciating read – especially for Millennial women, who by just about all accounts, found the characters (Margot and Robert) and plot (their flirtation culminating in a bad date and its consequent fallout) all too relatable. Social media is being torn apart by a fictional short…

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Holiday Windows, a (Sort of) Love Story

At this time of year I often peer into store windows for clues to what I should feel. Standing before a winter wonderland scene of wicker deer and frosted apples, assorted miniature wassailers in bobble hats and tartan, all set against snow-dusted spruce intertwined with fairy lights (and in the background the heroic figure of Santa, ho-ho-ho-ing a bit too strenuously in the face of untold strain), well — it can help you make believe that all is right with the world. Or right-ish. Loiter a minute more and a…

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