Sweden hits back at Donald Trump in row over A$AP Rocky detention

Ex-Swedish PM tells US president political interference in rule of law is off limits Sweden has hit back at Donald Trump after the US president press assault charges against the American rapper A$AP Rocky, insisting its independent judicial system must do its work. The rule of the law applies to everyone equally and is exercised by an independent judiciary, former prime ministeran announcement earlier on Thursday by the prosecutor, Daniel Suneson, that he had filed charges against the rapper and …

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love review tender, vivid snapshot of a singer and his ‘muse’

Two love stories are explored in Nick Broomfields riveting documentary the affair between Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen, and one of his own Nick Broomfields riveting documentary gives us a vivid snapshot of the early 1960s and a complicated, mysterious love story. In this era, the poet and future music star thought of her as his muse, inspiring songs such as So Long, Marianne and Bird on a Wire. Or maybe he fell in love with himself, with his own …

Last Chance U: you won’t see a better drama all summer

The American football documentary just released its new series and it is heady, heartrending stuff hands down one of the best things on TV It is said that Netflix cancels shows after two or three seasons for a couple of reasons. First, its unlikely that more of the same thing will draw new subscribers to the platform; and second, the company produces content on a deal that sees producers get paid exponentially more when their show is recommissioned more than …

A$AP Rocky assault trial: prosecutor calls for six-month sentence

US rapper has been in detention since 3 July over incident in Swedish capital A Swedish prosecutor has demanded that A$AP Rocky serve six months in prison for assault causing actual bodily harm in a case that that has outraged the US rappers fans and inflamed transatlantic relations. The prosecutor, Daniel Suneson, told the court in Stockholm the musician, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, should serve a longer sentence than two members of his crew who are also accused …

‘A brutal dinner’: celebrities talk about meeting Donald Trump

Woody Harrelson is the latest person to share his embarrassing story of meeting the reality TV star before he became president If you think its bad enough just sharing a planet with Donald Trump, spare a thought for poor Woody Harrelson. Because according to the man himself, Harrelson once shared a dinner table with the president, and it went just as well as you would expect. In recalled in 2016. When the jeweller took a look, she recoiled and said: …

American Carnage by Tim Alberta review the riddle of Trumps rise

An investigation of Donald Trumps ascent to the Oval Office Like trauma victims replaying the calamity that befell them while they wonder how much they are to blame, Americans have spent almost three years asking themselves the anguished question that Tim Alberta poses in the stark first sentence of his book: How did Donald Trump become president of the United States? Answering this riddle, as Alberta calls it, is like rationalising the fall of man or coming to terms with …

Sleater-Kinney: Music has always been the playground of mens sexuality

The feminist punks new album, produced by St Vincent and inspired in part by a Rihanna song, is their most expansive yet. So why did their drummer just quit the band? By now, we know reunion culture is a con. The brief excitement of seeing a favourite band re-form is swiftly tempered by watching them resentfully trot out the hits and confront their mortality. Plus, the past is no longer a novelty but our perpetual groundhog day of recycled franchises …

Alia Shawkat: I think my teen self would be happy with me

The former Arrested Development actor talks about co-starring in buddy movie Animals A two-hour drive from Los Angeles, in the Coachella Valley desert, lies the resort city of Palm Springs: upmarket hotels, golf courses, palm trees as far as the eye can see, mountain ranges sprawling majestically in the distance. It was a slow, suburban kind of town a very chill place to grow up, says Alia Shawkat. By the time we were in high school, we would drive around …

Terry O’Neill on his best Bowie shoots: ‘David never needed coaxing’

He photographed the biggest stars on Earth but Bowie was his favourite. He recalls the stars irresistible charm, his most outlandish outfits and his druggiest shoot From Audrey Hepburn to the Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Elton John, there arent many the morning after winning an Oscar in 1977 became his wife, even if the memory now frustrates him. He agrees that a photographer falling in love with one of their subjects is rarely a good idea: That was a waste …

Rupert Everett: ‘I’d have done anything to be a Hollywood star’

He lit up the screen in the 80s but things did not go as planned. As he takes on Chekhov, Everett speaks about stardom, midlife crises and penis padding RUncle Vanya, in which Everett also stars, and all did not go as planned in its first preview. In a fight scene I elbowed the leading actor, John Light [who plays Dr Astrov], says Everett. He really hurt his eye and had to go to hospital. He came back and then, …