Quick Bytes: including Tina Fey's Girls spoofby Fiona Rae
A "true honor" said Lena Dunham.
A few language obsessives have been documenting the anachronisms in Downton too. Check out this video of several from season two and their explanations.
THE HORROR, THE HORROR: Speaking of tropes, Guillermo del Toro packs every horror monster he can think of into his opening sequence for the annual Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode (No XXIV), including a few from his own movies:
LOOK HOW FAR YOU’VE COME: You know you’ve made it when Tina Fey does a Saturday Night Live spoof of your show. Fey returned to open SNL’s new season with this Girls sketch in which she is the new flatmate, “Blerta from Albania”. Girls creator Lena Dunham, later tweeted that the parody was a “true honor”.
GREEN ACRES: Property-obsessed Aucklanders may enjoy this blog with the self-explanatory title of Terrible Real Estate Agent Photographs. New Zealand has a sort-of equivalent with the Twitter feed @madpropsnz (“Putting the eh? into real estate listings since ages ago”), which is thanks to Listener book reviewer Jolisa Gracewood and friends.
THEATRICAL FREEDOM: A short film starring Jude Law and Nicolai Khalezin highlights the fate of many Belarusians arrested or sent into exile after the 2010 elections. Law is a supporter of the Belarus Free Theatre and has appeared in their shows at the Young Vic in London. In the film, called Connection, he and Khalezin find themselves stranded at that in-between place, the airport:
The relatively young Australian Attorney-General Christian Porter has a track record in law and order that unsettles many.Read more
For his documentary That Sugar Film, Damon Gameau consumed 40 teaspoons of the sweet stuff a day.Read more
The road toll for 2017 was 380 – 53 more than for 2016 and the highest figure since 2009.Read more
On a map are hundreds of brightly coloured dots, each colour signifying a type of incident: red for assault, cyan for motorbike crashes.Read more
Trump may be “stable” and “smart”, but Americans need to decide whether to fire their leader.Read more
Neil Oliver's live shows are based on a prolific career of making the past come alive on television and in print.Read more
Hilary Barry takes over Seven Sharp and ex-Green candidate Hayley Holt replaces her on Breakfast. But not all are happy at the seat shuffling.Read more