This year, films designed for the web, and made by web users, dominated the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. For its 2013 edition the festival’s YouTube channel spotlighted quirky, provocative films, racking up over 2 million hits. Such popularity could be explained by the fact that although young people are watching less television, they are spending more and more time in front of screens.
On today's culture show, Eve Jackson interviews one of the world's greatest living stand-up comedians. Eddie Izzard is in Paris performing his show in French...before heading off on his first ever tour of France.
One of the most famous filmmakers is set to lead the jury at what's probably the most prestigious film festival. In today’s show we find out how Steven Spielberg came to be the Cannes Film Festival jury president. Also on the show we’re looking at the latest internet dance craze, the Harlem Shake and the award winning author Chang Rae Lee talks to Eve Jackson about his novel "The Surrendered".
Pakistan plans to build a $30 million amusement park in the town of Abbottabad, where former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by US Navy SEALs in a May 2, 2011 raid on his compound, local officials said Monday.
The French chain of Virgin Megastores has declared itself bankrupt, putting 35 stores and 1,000 jobs at threat. On Wednesday, employees from across France gathered at the flagship store on Paris's Champs Elysées, protesting against Virgin France's parent company, Butler Capital Partners. Staff say they've been failed by the chain's owners and hope to find a buyer to take over the business. But what future is there for high street stores in the age of digital downloads and online shopping?
A Paris court has decided to overturn two building permits that would have allowed the construction of a two-floor nightclub in the heart of Paris’s “gay district", in a decision that has underlined tensions between residents and bar-owners.
British singer David Bowie released his first song in ten years on Tuesday, unveiling a new single “Where Are We Now?”, to coincide with his 66th birthday. A new album titled “The New Day,” will be released on March 11.
French retailer Virgin, which operates 25 stores in France, is declaring insolvency, a company spokesman said Friday. Virgin has seen plummeting CD and DVD sales due to an increase in the digital transfer of music and films.
“Gangnam Style” by South Korean rap star Psy on Saturday became the most-viewed music video ever on YouTube, with more than 809 million views, beating Canadian singer Justin Bieber's 2-year-old video for his song "Baby".
The Guardian argues the images of Barack Obama visiting victims of Superstorm Sandy could be the defining moments of the White House race 2012. Will the incumbent's advantage sink Romney? We also look at opium production in Burma and the Salafist threat in Tunisia. And, Darth Vader bows to Mickey Mouse. Join us for this look at the world's papers on Thursday 1st November, 2012.