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Contend It Like Beckham

Injunctions! What are they good for? Absolutely nothing – and this latest David Beckham fiasco has gone and proved the point once again. Highlighting yet more problems with the legal system as it stands, this is what happened…

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Words Apart

How do the two different versions of Melania Trump’s defamation suit compare side by side? We counted up the uses of any particularly telling phrases in the initial filing back on February 2nd, and stacked them next to the recently submitted reworking…

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Sky: The Frozen Limit

Try as they might, Sky TV is struggling to make shows for the streaming era. They appear to be doing everything right – importing big name execs; pumping money into their own in-house productions; making meaty, gritty dramas. But where Netflix, Amazon, HBO and the BBC are all doing well, Sky is coming up short. Why?

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Star Spangled Blander

After a decade of women performing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, 2017 saw all-American country singer Luke Bryan belt out the Star Spangled Banner. It was well-received, hailed as a return to tradition, but was it actually? We scratched the surface – and found something unusual about it…

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Orderly Conduct

David Beckham is currently in possession of an OBE: the same honour that was apparently afforded to Katherine Jenkins for “singing opera, visiting the troops and taking coke”. We didn’t realise they gave awards away for that sort of things, but it explains a hell of a lot about the rest of the people who have one…

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Knights To Remember

Getting a knighthood isn’t all just charity work and greasing up to the right people. You have to live and breathe British values. So if David Beckham is so keen to become a knight of the realm, maybe he wants to follow the example of some of the people who have already been awarded one?

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Jack-O-Likes

Casting directors came under some pretty heavy fire for giving the part of Michael Jackson to Joseph Fiennes – but could modern technology have helped them out? We ran some recent celebrity biopic castings through a facial recognition programme to see who a computer thought these actors were playing

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Debbie Does Drama

Debbie Reynolds was many things in her lifetime – a film star, a dancer, a musician, an entrepreneur, a casino operator, a humanitarian – and she was widely applauded for all of them. But the most important work she did? The stuff that she went most unrecognised for. Sorting out all of your dumb shit problems.

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Trump Tracking

Look. We get it. It’s tedious to have to hear about Donald Trump and his various batshit activities 24/7. But now that a reality TV star is the Leader of the Free World and is waging war on the sorts of media outlets that report on prostitute piss scandals, he’s landed pretty squarely on our territory. So, quick as we can, let’s look at his ongoing attacks on the free press.

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