Coming soon: £150m Hollywood-style film studios to Reading

Film industry US-based movie-maker Blackhall Studios says production complex could bring up to 3,000 jobs Tom Hardy in the 2018 film Venom, made by Blackhall Studios who want to build new studios in Reading. Photograph: Allstar/Marvel Entertainment A US movie studio group behind blockbusters including…

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Brit awards 2020: follow the red carpet, winners and performances live!

Can Stormzy, Dave, Billie Eilish and more win big at the biggest night in British music? Follow our liveblog to find out LIVE Updated Mabel opens the 2020 Brit awards. Photograph: JM Enternational/REX/Shutterstock Key events Show 8.59pm GMT20:59 Dave’s performance reviewed 8.59pm GMT20:59 Best international…

UK car factories running out of parts due to coronavirus, warns Jaguar

Jaguar Land Rover Carmaker says it has two weeks’ supply left as Apple cuts billions of dollars off sales forecast and big firms warn of fallout Live blog: Japan to trial HIV drugs The Jaguar assembly plant in Castle Bromwich, UK. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty…

Spain risks US ire after approving digital services tax

Spain Similar levy on tech firms in France provoked threats of retaliation from Washington Officials around the world are grappling with ways to tax tech companies such as Google and Facebook. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Spain’s government has approved a digital services tax, after a similar…

‘The most boring part’: why the killer didn’t matter to Georges Simenon

Reading group Georges Simenon Identifying the murderer in Maigret and the Man on the Bench is of scant concern to a writer preoccupied with deeper secrets Georges Simenon, pictured in 1962. Photograph: Stuart Heydinger/the Observer It isn’t normal to begin reviews of detective novels by…

Trust your nose: what rich people can learn from Parasite

Parasite Bong Joon-ho’s savage Oscar-winning satire offers plenty of helpful insights into how the wealthy can avoid being preyed on by the less fortunate Warning: contains spoilers Get a smaller table … the oblivious Park family in Parasite. Photograph: CJ ENM Corporation, Barunson E&A Now…

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Brit awards 2020: who will win every award … and who should

Brit awards Lewis Capaldi could sweep the board in his breakthrough year, but he faces strong competition from Stormzy, Dave and Michael Kiwanuka Contenders … from left, Stormzy, FKA twigs and Lewis Capaldi. Composite: PA/Redferns/Getty Images Group of the year ColdplayFoalsBring Me the HorizonD-Block EuropeBastille…

From rep to reps: can a ‘Shakespeare gym’ solve the crisis in verse-speaking?

Acting From rep to reps: can a ‘Shakespeare gym’ solve the crisis in verse-speaking? Michael Billington The Royal Shakespeare Company has vowed to drill the Bard’s rhythms into its actors – but our alienation from his language runs deeper Ear-opening … Paapa Essiedu as the…

Rose McGowan says she regrets Natalie Portman Oscars dress comments

Film McGowan tweets that she ‘lost sight of the bigger picture’ after calling fellow actor a ‘fraud’ ‘All voices are valid’ … Rose McGowan, centre, stands with other accusers of Harvey Weinstein outside the New York Supreme Court on the first day of his criminal…

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