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Grimmfest, Manchester’s International Festival of Fantastic Film, celebrated its fifteenth anniversary this year with four days of the very best in genre cinema.
Brunel University Study Shows Video Games Can Help Children Learn
A study conducted by Brunel University shows that video games can help children to learn more effectively.
Disney Dreamlight Valley To Leave Early Access But Won't Be Free-To-Play
Disney Dreamlight Valley will leave Early Access in December, but won’t be free-to-play as originally promised.
Why is 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Era-Defining Even Now?
A new Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off audio series has been released by Audible titled Slayers: A Buffyverse Story and features a number of the original cast who return to voice their roles. But as fans of the original show brace themselves for the revival of their favourite characters, how …
Animated Series 'Carol & The End Of The World' To Premiere On Netflix
A new adult animated series entitled Carol & The End Of The World is coming to Netflix this December.
Gaming Theatre Experience Bridge Command To Open In 2024
The sci-fi story is set in the 22nd century, and participants will take on the role of the crew of a fully functioning starship. They will work as a team to fly the spaceship through various missions and defend humanity from disaster.
Spider-Man 2 Becomes Fastest-Selling PlayStation Studios Game
Spider-Man 2 is officially the fastest-selling PlayStation Studios game ever.
The Reaction To Molly Marsh's TikToks Highlights A Problematic Attitude Towards Being "Cringe"
Can a gal not have a boogie now without being called cringe? “If you cringe at something, you feel embarrassed or disgusted,” understands the Collins English Dictionary. The Cambridge Dictionary agrees. To cringe, it says, is “to suddenly move away from someone or something because you are frightened” or “to …
Grimmfest: Composer Patrick Savage Discusses The Creative Process Behind New Puppet Horror 'Abruptio'
As Grimmfest 2023 drew to a close on 8 October, festival organisers were pleased to welcome composer and musician Patrick Savage to present the final film of the festival: Evan Marlowe’s puppet horror, Abruptio.
Grimmfest: Director Travis Greene and Writer Jonathan Buchanan Discuss '8 Found Dead'—Their New Take on Home Invasion Horror
The Indiependent sits down with director Travis Greene and screenwriter Jonathan Buchanan to talk about their new home-invasion horror, 8 Found Dead.
Grimmfest: Director Raymond Wood Discusses His New Horror 'Faceless After Dark' and The Power of Imagination
The Indiependent caught up with Wood at the 15th edition of Grimmfest to discuss the film’s influences and how the fear of the unknown paired with our fervent imaginations provides fertile ground for horror.
Grimmfest: French Director Quarxx Discusses The Writing Process Behind His New Horror Flick 'Pandemonium'
As day two of Manchester’s annual horror film festival, Grimmfest got underway, festival organisers were pleased to welcome French director and writer, Quarxx along as one of this year’s honoured guests for a screening of his existential portmanteau film: Pandemonium.
'Potty The Plant' Is Hilariously Dark: Review
Adapted from the award-winning short film, Potty The Plant is a new dark comedy musical that was performed at Durham and Edinburgh Fringe earlier this year.
Lego To Collaborate With Animal Crossing
Lego has revealed they are working on Animal Crossing Lego sets.
'DESTINY' Expertly, Sadly Explores What It Means to be a Teenage Girl: Review
In this digital play, writer Florence Espeut-Nickless shares the experiences of the eponymous Destiny, a 16-year-old growing up in rural Wiltshire. Sporting a candy pink velour tracksuit and coordinated make up, the fearless teen has big hoops and even bigger dreams. With references to MTV Base, shell toe trainers, and …
'The Patriot Way': Tom Brady Limited Series Currently in Development
Tom Brady, NFL legend and one of the most iconic athletes of all time, is getting a scripted limited series about his reign at the top of the National Football League as the starting quarterback of the New England Patriots. The series will cover Brady’s journey from a 6-round draft …
TV Review: 'Ultimate Wedding Planner' — Irritating or not, I kind of loved it, to be honest
The press hasn’t been kind to the BBC’s recent contest-based reality show, Ultimate Wedding Planner. The Guardian was particularly scathing: “This pointless, trashy slog of a series sees wannabe organisers of nuptials badly struggle to run couples’ big days – judged by Fred Siriex. It’s so irritating it will make …
Grimmfest 2023: What Not To Miss!
Grimmfest, Manchester’s International Festival of Fantastic Film, is set to return for its 15th year next weekend at its regular venue: Manchester’s Odeon Great Northern.
From Crumpets to Chlamydia Outbreaks — The Legacy of Netflix’s 'Sex Education'
As the iconic, widely-loved Netflix original ends with a bang (pardon the pun), writer Hannah Bradfield chats to those working in the sex and sexual health spaces to discuss the real-world impact of Laurie Nunn’s small screen triumph. I distinctly remember watching Sex Education for the first time. My university …
Jodie Comer: How The Scouse Powerhouse Has Cemented Herself As The Actress Of Our Generation
Since her breakout performance as the hilariously lovable Russian assassin Villanelle in the BBC’s spy-thriller series Killing Eve, British actress Jodie Comer has taken the acting world by storm. Now a two-time BAFTA, Emmy, Olivier and most recently Tony award winner, there’s just nothing this scouse powerhouse can’t do. Comer …
Marvel's Avengers Reduced In Price Ahead Of Delisting
Marvel’s Avengers has faced a price cut after it has been announced that the game will no longer receive official support after 30 September.
New Trailer Released For Final Season Of 'Sex Education'
The official trailer for the fourth and final season of Netflix’s teen sex comedy drama Sex Education has been released ahead of its premiere this week. The fan-favourite series primarily follows Otis (played by Asa Butterfield) who decides to become a makeshift sex therapist at his school, Moordale Secondary. After …
'Never Have I Ever' is a Fiery Exploration of Cultural Conflict: Review
Deborah Frances-White’s play Never Have I Ever serves up a steaming pot of cultural conflict, offering a provocative exploration of identity politics, social activism, fidelity, and friendship.
'The Strongest Girl In The World' Is A Touching Tribute To The Writer's Father: Review
Truly Siskind-Weiss’ solo, autobiographical show The Strongest Girl In The World is a play about her father, who passed away when she was ten years old from cancer.
Album Review: GUTS // Olivia Rodrigo
Olivia Rodrigo’s highly anticipated sophomore album GUTS has finally landed and is sure to leave its mark on the music industry. With the album’s first single ‘vampire’ topping the UK’s singles chart, Rodrigo officially holds the most UK number one singles by a female artist of this decade. At just …
Hozier Releases Music Video For Track 'De Selby (Part 2)'
Irish singer-songwriter Hozier has premiered the music video for his latest single, ‘De Selby (Part 2)’. The song is the fifth single from his third studio album, Unreal Unearth, released on the 18th of August. It follows his self-titled 2014 release that spawned the megahit ‘Take Me To Church’, and …
Hulu Releases Trailer For Thriller Series 'The Other Black Girl'
The official trailer for Hulu’s upcoming psychological thriller The Other Black Girl has been released ahead of its premiere next month. Based on the 2021 bestselling novel of the same name by Zakiya Dalila Harris, The Other Black Girl centres around aspiring book publisher Nella Rogers (played by Sinclair Daniel). …
'Junk Monkey' Is A Hidden Gem About Infatuation And Bad Decisions: Review
Olivia Mcleod’s one-woman show Junk Monkey follows Olivia, who is on the train home when she stumbles—almost literally—into the most beautiful woman she has ever seen.
'Le Wine Club' Is Delightful For Wine Lovers and Haters Alike: Review
At first glance, Le Wine Club seems like an odd choice of a Fringe show for a non-drinker like me to attend.
'We’ll Have Nun of It' Is A Lively and Touching Production With A Strong Display of Vocal Talent
Inspired by real-life stories from the writers’ families, We’ll Have Nun of It captures a year in the life of four friends at an Irish Catholic boarding school in the 1960s.