Populist: items of interest this week

From a cheeky Blunt to a Neil Diamond's biggest fan

Blunt talking

James Blunt continues to prove his worth in every area other than music by telling The Sun that Damon Albarn has "got an orchard full of plums in his mouth and a silver spoon stuck up his arse".

A butt's life

Slacker kingpin Mac DeMarco has been given his own flash game, Squish'Em, in which you are tasked with squashing as many bugs as possible with a cigarette. Play it here

Diamond ringtone

A maths teacher was landed with a £2,600 phone bill after downloading a Neil Diamond album abroad, which is officially the most desperate anyone has ever been for a Neil Diamond album.

Foreign fields

Extremely unlikely remake news: Robert Redford's Sundance productions is plotting a US version of Peter Moffat's grim-up-north period drama The Village.

Hard-boiled Hoff

The trailer for John Slattery's directorial debut God's Pocket has dropped, intriguing us with its noirish charm while making us sad all over again about Philip Seymour Hoffman. Watch it here.

Freudian strips

Ace new Tumblr Time Is A Flat Circus mashes up wholesome US comic strip Family Circus with the dark existential musings of True Detective's Rust Cohle.

Family values

Frequently fighty and naked band Fat White Family have been banned from playing Somerset House's Summer Series as they "do not fit in with the ethos of the event".

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