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Ayaan Paul

Ayaan Paul

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Ayaan loves writing about film and TV and is a huge sci-fi nerd. He's a Sub-editor at DailyO.

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Oscar winner Parasite predicted Seoul's Banjiha flooding tragedy 3 years ago

Remember the claustrophobic flooding scene in Parasite? Three years after Bong Joon-ho’s 2020 Best Picture Oscar winner served as a cautionary tale, Korean authorities moved to ban the infamous semi-basement flats after 13 people drowned in Seoul floods.

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With The Menu set to release at TIFF, here are five restaurants across the world that will blow a hole in your pocket

While The Menu mocks the elitist world of the cordon-bleu experience, we couldn’t help but wonder where it might have drawn some real-world inspiration from. Here’s some of the most bougie fine dining restaurants in the world (which we’d probably have to auction a couple organs to ever get to eat at).

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Timothee Chalamet’s cannibal love story, Bones and All, reveals first look ahead of Venice premiere

Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s Bones and All revealed its first look as lead star Timothee Chalamet dropped a teaser on Twitter. Here’s the first glimpse of what the film has in store.

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Golden Globes 2.0: The HFPA strikes back

The previously cancelled Golden Globes are reportedly making a resurgence on NBC. Once an important precursor award ceremony at the annual awards race, the Golden Globes have earned a reputation of being mocked at and ridiculed for the indifference with which they carry themselves, and in light of recent controversies, perhaps rightly so. 

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Miniseries Under The Banner of Heaven explores the Mormon Church's history of violence

FX miniseries, Under The Banner of Heaven, explores the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the grisly true crime story involving Mormon fundamentalist brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty. The roots of the crime lay deep in an American religion practiced by millions.

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Biden looks at prisoner swap for Brittney Griner, but what about his own stand on cannabis?

Following American women's basketball star Brittney Griner's nine-year prison sentence in Russia for possessing hash oil, the US government has opened negotiations regarding a prisoner swap. While the Biden administration is working hard to secure her release, here is a better picture involving cannabis-related crimes in the States.

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The ‘Brenaissance’ is here. Brendan Fraser’s comeback to cinema is a story of courage and compassion

Ever wonder what happened to Rick O’Connell from The Mummy? With director Darren Aronofsky’s feature, The Whale, set to screen at both Venice and Toronto next month, here is a retrospective on its lead, Brendan Fraser, and the actor's return to cinema after a considerable hiatus.

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Before Prey releases, here's what you need to know about the Predator

With the release of Prey, Hulu’s prequel to one of the most distinct sci-fi franchises in cinematic history, here is a detailed look at the iconic pop culture figure, the Predator, and the culture and history of its development.

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Why Reservation Dogs, on Hotstar, is one of the most important comedies streaming right now

FX's indigenous comedy series Reservation Dogs is paving the way for an authentic representation of indigenous communities on screen. However, Hollywood still has a long way to go in terms of telling indigenous stories. 

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Star Wars Rogue One prequel series Andor trailer is here. Plus a Rogue One quiz for you

It has been over six years since Gareth Edwards' addition to the Star Wars canon, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, hit theatres. Now in the Disney+ era of the franchise, the latest Star Wars series Andor, teases the return of familiar faces and exciting stories waiting to be told.

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These four composers (who aren't men) are worth all the hype

Universal Pictures released the first trailer for their upcoming feature Tár, starring Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett playing a fictional renowned musician and composer Lydia Tár widely considered one of the greatest living composers and first-ever female chief conductor of a major German orchestra. While the fictional character may be described as the greatest there has been, here is a closer look at four of the finest non-men composers of this decade that you should watch out for.

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Never Gonna Give You Up: The greatest meme of all time turns 35

Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up celebrates its 35th anniversary. Here is a crash course on one of the greatest internet memes of all time.

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The films premiering at TIFF 2022 you should be excited for

TIFF announced its lineup of Gala and Special Presentation programs for its 47th edition. A slew of major titles that film-lovers have been waiting for in nervous anticipation.

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What could Partha Chatterjee have bought for Rs 50 crore?

Following the Enforcement Directorate's raids on the houses of Arpita Mukherjee, a close aide of former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee, Rs 50 crore was found. We cannot help but wonder what all that cash could have bought Chatterjee (and Mukherjee).

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Venice International Film Festival 2022 and the cool films to watch out for

In a year of stiff competition, the Venice Film Festival is a very important film event indeed. It is the oldest film festival in the world - this year will mark its 90th anniversary- as well as the most prestigious of the lot. Although it takes place over several days, there are enough screenings per week to bag awards and keep things exciting.

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In the new Black Panther Wakanda Forever trailer, Kendrick Lamar brings back spirit of defiance with Alright

In the wake of the slew of Marvel Studios announcements last weekend, paving the way for the future of the franchise, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever debuted its first trailer featuring a mashup of the late Bob Marley and hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar’s music. Here is a look at Kendrick Lamar’s close association with the Black Panther franchise and how he has shaped the fabric of African-American culture in popular media.

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Ukraine burns, President Zelensky's Vogue cover sets fire to the Internet

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky and First Lady Olena Zelenska are being trolled apart online for their viral Vogue photoshoot.

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Shazam and Black Adam spark new hope for DC at San Diego Comic Con 2022

With this weekend’s San Diego Comic Con 2022 releases sending a barrage of consecutive dopamine hits for comic fans across the world, the DCEU teased two of its biggest upcoming projects at the event this weekend, with Shazam! Fury of the Gods and Black Adam releasing trailers at the event.

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Netflix docuseries How To Change Your Mind will change your mind about psychedelics (well, it should)

The latest Netflix docuseries, How To Change Your Mind, inspired by New York Times bestselling author Michael Pollan’s eponymous novel, tracks his journey exploring the world of psychedelics. Here is a history of the substances and how they are soon set to revolutionise mental health care across the world forever.

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All of the Marvel Studios Multiverse Saga movies and their release dates: Latest from San Diego Comic Con 2022

After a series of upcoming projects from a variety of different franchises and platforms were announced at the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) 2022, with the event's return for the first time in three years, the Marvel Studios announcements at this year’s SDCC took Hall-H by storm, with some of the most exciting titles announced during their panel at the event.

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It's Vijay Deverakonda vs Mike Tyson in the Liger trailer. First reactions

The trailer for the upcoming sports action film, Liger: Saala Crossbreed launched at Hyderabad's Sudarshan Theatre today. The film stars Telugu action star Vijay Deverakonda as an MMA fighter named Liger (since he’s apparently the cross between a lion and a tiger) and features Mike Tyson in his first cameo in Indian cinema.

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Suzume no Tojimari trailer has Indian otakus excited

Anime fans all over the world have been eagerly waiting for filmmaker Makoto Shinkai's upcoming project. The trailer of the film has provoked fans into spamming the comment sections and messages to PVR Cinemas, pleading for an Indian release.

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She Said, the story that brought down Harvey Weinstein and ignited the #MeToo movement

Universal Pictures just dropped the trailer for the upcoming drama She Said starring Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan. Do we have ourselves another Spotlight in this year’s Oscar race?

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Dune 2 begins filming. Here’s what sci-fi fans can expect from the sequel

The second installment in the director Denis Villeneuv’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic Dune, has begun production. Here’s what we know so far and what we can expect from the film.

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Why isn’t Roman Polanski in jail yet? A timeline of the 45-year-old rape case

Hollywood has had the most curious ways of protecting its abusers. A 45-year-old case in point involving director Roman Polanski intoxicating and raping a minor and then fleeing the country, absconding from all legal action against him.

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The teaser for Rings of Power, the most expensive TV series ever made, is here. How did Twitter react?

Amazon Prime Video dropped the first teaser to the long-awaited Lord of the Rings series, The Rings of Power last weekend. Long-time fans of author JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth franchise have had a series of divisive reactions towards the most expensive series ever made. 

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Jurassic Park’s long standing battle against scientific accuracy: The rights and the wrongs

Here are some of the things Jurassic Park didn't quite nail and what it earned in the thumbs up from paleontologists.

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No points for second place: Those who didn’t make the Top Gun sequel

Over 30 years since the original, here are characters who didn’t make the Top Gun sequel, and what they’ve been up to ever since.

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Why the new Stranger Things song by Kate Bush deserves all the attention

British artist Kate Bush's 80s single Running Up That Hill has found renewed attention as it climbs the Billboard charts following the release of Stranger Things 4.

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5 weirdest films from Cannes 2022 that you should watch

Cannes 2022 had some of the most absurd titles among their Official Selection, reactions to which have left many scratching their head or being repulsed to the point of walk-outs.

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