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The Thanksgiving Miracle of Taylor Swift’s Acoustic ‘Folklore’ Session

The Thanksgiving Miracle of Taylor Swift’s Acoustic ‘Folklore’ Session
It’s Thanksgiving in America and where are we? Deep in the woods with Taylor Swift, in a secluded rustic cabin in upstate New York, strumming through her most personal and heartfelt and just-plain-superb album yet, Folklore. On Tuesday, Swift announced she had a November surprise up her sleeve: a live special on Disney+, playing the Folklore songs for the first time, face to face with her two key collaborators on the album: the National’s Aaron Dessner and her longtime wingman Jack Antonoff. They worked together long-distance to cut
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Taylor Swift Drops Lyric Video For ‘The Lakes’, Which Seemingly Reveals Details About Her Relationship With Joe Alwyn

Taylor Swift Drops Lyric Video For ‘The Lakes’, Which Seemingly Reveals Details About Her Relationship With Joe Alwyn
Swifties can officially calm down now, knowing that Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn are still going strong! Following the release of Swift’s surprise album Folklore earlier this month, the singer has now dropped the lyric video for “The Lakes”. Some fans were questioning whether Swift and Alwyn had called it quits due to all of the lyrics and songs about heartbreak. However, Swift’s
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Why Taylor Swift Fans Are Convinced "the lakes" Is About Joe Alwyn

Why Taylor Swift Fans Are Convinced
Taylor Swift is taking her fans to the lakes. On Tuesday, Aug. 18, the superstar singer made her folklore bonus track "the lakes" available for streaming—and fans are convinced that the song is a nod to her relationship with Joe Alwyn. "Take me to the lakes, where all the poets went to die / I don't belong and, my beloved, neither do you," she sings on the romantic track. "Those Windermere peaks look like a perfect place to cry / I'm setting off, but not without my muse." As many Swifties may know, the Grammy winner has penned a number of songs about Alwyn, including "Gorgeous" and "Call It What You Want." Now, with...
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Taylor Swift Channels Romantic-Era Poetry With ‘The Lakes’

Taylor Swift Channels Romantic-Era Poetry With ‘The Lakes’
Taylor Swift goes deep on the Romantic poet references for Folklore bonus track “The Lakes,” now out on all streaming platforms. The song was previously only available for fans who had purchased physical copies of her surprise-released eighth album.

Like the love songs on Reputation and Lover, “The Lakes” frames an unconditional love within a controversial life and painful experiences. “I’m not cut out for all these cynical clones/These hunters with cellphone,” she sings in the first verse. Later, she fends off a “namedropping sleaze” who wants to
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Taylor Swift’s New ‘folklore’ Album Is Scoring Legendary Sales In Its Early Run

Taylor Swift’s New ‘folklore’ Album Is Scoring Legendary Sales In Its Early Run
Update: Taylor Swift’s new folklore album has had a fabled sales beginning.

Since its Thursday release, the album surpassed 1.3 million global sales in its first twenty-four hours, according to her Republic Records label.

Beyond that, folklore also dominated on the global streaming platforms. Spotify said Swift’s total of 79.4 million streams is a new record for an album by a female artist. Apple Music’s total of 35.47 million is a new high for a pop album.

That means the album will easily debut at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart, and will have the best showing since Swift’s Lover album came out in 2019.

Final first-week numbers will not be available until a week from Monday.

Earlier: In a perfect world, Taylor Swift would be out on the road doing a stadium tour this summer. As we all know, it’s not a perfect world.

But sometimes when things don’t go as planned,
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The Brilliant Marketing of Taylor Swift’s Mysterious Bonus Track

The Brilliant Marketing of Taylor Swift’s Mysterious Bonus Track
Try to think of another time when a star released an album with a physical-only bonus track — but that physical product was only made available online, through one website, with a weeks-long shipping delay. Therein lies the marketing genius of Taylor Swift’s Folklore, which dropped on Friday, sans one rare track.

It’s not uncommon for an artist to offer bonus tracks on physical products like CDs and vinyl records: Such tactics help boost the appeal of owning a physical album and can drive consumers to spend more money in the streaming age.
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Taylor Swift Leaves Her Comfort Zones Behind on the Head-Spinning, Heartbreaking ‘Folklore’

Taylor Swift Leaves Her Comfort Zones Behind on the Head-Spinning, Heartbreaking ‘Folklore’
So here we are again. The world was in the middle of the cruelest summer ever, just staggering through late July, when Taylor Swift decided to make it all so much messier — her specialty. In a move that nobody saw coming, she announced a surprise album on July 23rd, less than a year after her career-capping smash Lover. (A year to the day after she dropped “The Archer.”) Like the rest of us, Swift had to cancel her summer, including her LoverFest shows, which would have been next week. Instead,
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Watch Taylor Swift and Her Magical Piano Travel Through Realms in ‘Cardigan’ Music Video

Watch Taylor Swift and Her Magical Piano Travel Through Realms in ‘Cardigan’ Music Video
Taylor Swift dropped the music video for her new song “Cardigan” at midnight on Friday, giving her cooped up fans a way to escape the dark realities of their world for the magical realism of the one she created for the first single off her new album “folklore.”

In the music video, which you can view above, Tay starts off playing an old piano in a rustic home, but soon realizes it’s not a regular instrument at all but a portal to another land. She climbs into the piano pops up in a moss-covered magical realm and plays a little more of “Cardigan” by a waterfall. She ventures back into the piano again and turns up in the sea during a storm, with only the piano to use as a raft. Eventually, she returns home, sopping wet and looking for something to warm her. Oh, look, it’s a cardigan.
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Hear Taylor Swift’s New Album ‘Folklore’

Hear Taylor Swift’s New Album ‘Folklore’
Taylor Swift surprise announced her eighth studio album, Folklore, which she released on Thursday at midnight.

In a post on social media, Swift said that the album came about after many of her plans for 2020 — including several shows in support of her 2019 album, Lover — had to be scrapped due to Covid-19. With her free time, however, she came up with the collection of new songs that will comprise Folklore. Swift wrote and recorded all the songs on the album in the past four months while in quarantine, collaborating with Aaron Dessner of the National,
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‘Catholic preoccupation with sin is perfect training for a writer’ – Jimmy McGovern

Cracker’s creator opens up about his faith

He is renowned for bleak, bruising and brilliant dramas from Hillsborough and Cracker to The Lakes, Accused and last year’s blistering take on the consequences of the Iraq war, Reg. But Jimmy McGovern says that he might not have become a writer had he not been raised in the Catholic faith with its particular attention to the nature of sin.

“I’m a writer because I was a Catholic and I took the examination of conscience really seriously,” says McGovern, 67, who was brought up in a large working-class family in Liverpool. “That means I came up with five motivations for every possible sin I committed and that’s perfect training for a writer, that ability to think about why someone might act as they do.”

Related: Lack of working class actors is changing what gets made, says Jimmy McGovern

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The Messenger review: Robert Sheehan sees more dead people

The Messenger review: Robert Sheehan sees more dead people
Director: David Blair; Screenwriter: Andrew Kirk; Starring: Robert Sheehan, Joely Richardson, Lily Cole; Running time: 101 mins; Certificate: 15

It's no surprise to discover that The Messenger's director David Blair also helmed several episodes of the wonderful 1990s BBC One drama The Lakes. He has a wonderful knack for imbuing nature and buildings with an ethereal quality that entrances our eyes and establishes a foreboding atmosphere, as is evident in his latest film.

The unsettling tale follows Robert Sheehan's troubled soul Jack, a young man burdened by all the dead people that talk to him. "I don't want to help people, I want to get rid of them," he bemoans at one stage. But can he use what he learns to figure out the grizzly demise of someone connected to him? Or will the police, concerned by his bizarre behaviour, deal with him first?

A fascinating lead turn from the
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The Walking Dead: Updated List of Cast Appearances

*Updated 5/12 with new events and guests* There are dozens of horror and comic events every year, and that gives fans plenty of opportunities to meet Robert Kirkman or one of the many cast members from The Walking Dead. Although it's a bit early for some of the bigger conventions to announce their full guest lists, we put together an initial list of stops so you can start making your travel plans.

New to the The Walking Dead convention circuit in 2015 are Tyler James Williams, Alexandra Breckenridge, and Seth Gilliam, along with some of the other new cast members we've seen in Season 5. If you're looking to catch most of The Walking Dead cast together at once, your best chance will be at the San Diego Comic-Con in July and the New York Comic Con in October. Those looking to meet Norman Reedus will have plenty of opportunities, as he is
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Jimmy McGovern tackles Australia's dark past

A seven-part series set during the turbulent period of the establishment of the penal colony in Sydney in 1788 may seem a stretch for Liverpool-born and based writer Jimmy McGovern.

Yet Banished, which starts shooting in Sydney on Monday, deals with themes the writer has often explored in the UK series he's created in a distinguished 30- year career.

.Jimmy.s stories are about the moral complexities which human beings face when they are in difficult situations,. his producing partner Sita Williams tells If. .He asks the audience: .What would you have done in that situation? Would you have done it any differently?..

David Wenham heads the large Australian/British cast as Governor Arthur Phillip, a pragmatic idealist who hopes to turn the penal colony into a land of opportunity for all. Joseph Milson portrays his nemesis Major Ross, who believes the only chance of survival is to rule with an iron fist.
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Jimmy McGovern announces Australian convict drama Banished

Russell Tovey will star alongside MyAnna Buring, Julian Rhind-Tutt and David Wenham in the BBC drama about a group of convicts in 18th-century Australia

Jimmy McGovern has defined his own brand of humanistic British crime drama with Cracker, The Lakes and Accused – now he turns his attentions to the former colonies. His next BBC drama is Banished, set in 18th-century Australia and centered on the lives of a group of convicts.

A BBC statement describes the series as exploring "the lives, loves, relationships and battle for survival of a group of convicts, the soldiers who guard them and the men who govern them in the early days of this settlement". It stars Russell Tovey, known for his roles in Him & Her and The History Boys as well as current HBO gay drama Looking, playing a convict who struggles on his arrival at the penal colony. He forms bonds with other
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BBC announces 'Moving On' as first drama to premiere on iPlayer

BBC One has announced a new series of Jimmy McGovern's Moving On.

The fifth run of the daytime series will be the first drama to premiere in its entirety on BBC iPlayer.

As with previous series, the drama will consist of five stand-alone films, produced by Accused creator McGovern.

Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street), Anita Dobson (EastEnders), Anthony Flanagan (The Village) and Jo Joyner (EastEnders) will be among the new series' stars.

Lee Ingleby (Inspector George Gently), Duncan Preston (Love And Marriage), Ray Fearon (Harry Potter), Emma Cuniffe (The Lakes), Sharon Horgan (Pulling) and Craig Kelly (Coronation Street) will also appear.

The lineup is completed by Taj Atwal (Stella), Amy Nuttall (Downton Abbey), Ramon Tikaram (White Heat), Jo-Anne Knowles (Waterloo Road) Rosalind Ayres (Outnumbered), Emma Lowndes (Cranford) and Keith Barron (The Chase).

Johnny Vegas and Robert Glenister will also direct two of the films.

BBC Daytime's Damian Kavanagh said: "Moving On
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On my radar: John Simm's cultural highlights

The actor on listening to Lloyd Cole, watching Man of Steel and reading Stoner by John Williams

John Simm is a British actor best known for playing Sam Tyler in Life on Mars and the Master in Doctor Who. He began performing as a teenager, singing and playing guitar alongside his musician father in northern working men's clubs. He attended Drama Centre London where he studied the Stanislavski school of method acting. He received huge acclaim for his roles in Paul Abbott's State of Play and Jimmy McGovern's The Lakes. He was recently to be seen in the first world war drama The Village and Sky's surreal crime caper Mad Dogs. He is currently playing the priggish Gibbs in Jamie Lloyd's theatrical production of Harold Pinter's The Hothouse at Trafalgar Studios, London.

Lloyd Cole: Standards

I was about 13 when Lloyd Cole was big in the
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On my radar: John Simm's cultural highlights

The actor on listening to Lloyd Cole, watching Man of Steel and reading Stoner by John Williams

John Simm is a British actor best known for playing Sam Tyler in Life on Mars and the Master in Doctor Who. He began performing as a teenager, singing and playing guitar alongside his musician father in northern working men's clubs. He attended Drama Centre London where he studied the Stanislavski school of method acting. He received huge acclaim for his roles in Paul Abbott's State of Play and Jimmy McGovern's The Lakes. He was recently to be seen in the first world war drama The Village and Sky's surreal crime caper Mad Dogs. He is currently playing the priggish Gibbs in Jamie Lloyd's theatrical production of Harold Pinter's The Hothouse at Trafalgar Studios, London.

Lloyd Cole: Standards

I was about 13 when Lloyd Cole was big in the
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John Simm interview: 'I don't really do awards'

The Mad Dogs actor on Sky's television drama, taking on challenging roles as an antihero, and the joys of being a dad

On a break from filming beneath the baking Balearic sunshine, John Simm sits on a white plastic patio chair and ponders "second album anxiety". Along with Philip Glenister, Max Beesley and Marc Warren, Simm is back in Majorca making the second series of Mad Dogs for Sky1.

The first – a darkly comic thriller about a lads' holiday blighted by dead bodies, drug barons and a gun-toting dwarf in a Tony Blair mask – was one of the channel's highest-rated and most acclaimed home-grown dramas. It earned a Bafta nomination in 2011 for best serial – but was, perhaps predictably, beaten to the prize by Channel 4's jury-pleasing Any Human Heart.

"Success, however you judge what that even means, brings with it certain pressures," says Simm, "but we were chuffed by
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Redfern Now set to employ 250 jobs

New ABC series Redfern Now will create over 250 Job opportunities for indigenous filmmakers.

It is the first drama series produced by Indigenous Australians.

Produced by Blackfella FilmsDarren Dale and Miranda Dean, the series will employ Indigenous Australians in various roles, from producers, directors, writers, actors and production and post production staff.

The series, due to begin production in early 2012, has been created by Jimmy McGovern (The Street, Cracker, The Lakes) and is currently working on the scripts with a team of writers.

“We’ve all been working hard on the scripts,” said McGovern. “And this is a wonderful reward for our efforts. I think it’s going to be a brilliant series.”

Producer Darren Dale said: “As Samson & Delilah and Bran Nue Dae created excitement for Australian cinema, I am positive that Redfern Now will be a bold and adventurous television series.”

The series is set in six households
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Box Set Club: The Lakes

Twentysomething sex, drink and drugs collides with harsh reality in Jimmy McGovern's Cumbria-set morality tale

Current Spooks scheduling aside, we all know what Sunday evening television on the BBC is supposed to be: rolling hills, gentle plotlines, the occasional priest ambling politely into view. It's Hamish Macbeth, Ballykissangel, Monarch of the Glen. But for four weeks in 1997, Sunday evening on BBC1 was Jimmy McGovern's The Lakes – and while the priest and rolling hills were still in place, the plotlines were a long way from gentle.

A Cumbria-set tale of Liverpudlian likely lad Danny Kavanagh (John Simm), The Lakes is a hard-bitten riot of a show. Set in the dog days of the last century, it tackles everything from gambling addiction to how it feels to be the outsider in a small community when tragedy hits.

Rewatching it now the most notable (and in some ways shocking) thing is how little has changed.
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