This Is Spinal Tap

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Harry Shearer: 'To say Trump is "beyond satire" is an admission of defeat'
He went from Spinal Tap to The Simpsons. Now, with his album The Many Moods of Donald Trump, the comic takes aim at America’s ‘encyclopedia salesman’ president

Hadley Freeman

29, Oct, 2020 @8:00 AM

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Fred Willard obituary
American comedy actor who found his niche in mockumentaries such as Best in Show and Modern Family

Anthony Hayward

21, May, 2020 @7:11 PM

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Live Aid to Sonic Death Monkey – the best gigs at the movies
As the Queen and Elton John biopics prove, great concert performances are at the heart of the best films about music. Here are 15 of the finest

Tom Fordy

29, May, 2019 @6:32 AM

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This Is Spinal Tap at 35: the faux-rockers reunite at Tribeca film festival
Director Rob Reiner and the stars of the cult mockumentary came together for a special event reminiscing about their comedy that wasn’t always quite so loved

Charles Bramesco in New York

28, Apr, 2019 @3:31 PM

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Spinal Tap creators aim to 'go to 11' with $400m lawsuit
Harry Shearer joined by fellow band members and director Rob Reiner in claim Vivendi has not fully shared profits

Rob Davies

08, Feb, 2017 @9:11 AM

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The 50 funniest films… chosen by comedians
From the canonical to the controversial, and in no particular order, we asked 10 standups to pick 50 movies that make them giggle. They made some surprising choices…

18, Dec, 2016 @9:30 AM

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This is Spinal Tap star sues Vivendi for $125m in profits row
Harry Shearer alleges parent company of Universal Music and StudioCanal withheld millions of dollars in profits owed to creators of rock mockumentary

Mark Sweney

18, Oct, 2016 @10:13 AM

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Readers recommend: songs about dogs | Peter Kimpton
Wild wolves to whippets, fleet foxes to patient pointers, fluffy, ferocious or faithful, give your canon of canine songs a walk - it’s time they had their day

Peter Kimpton

03, Sep, 2015 @7:01 PM

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Life Moves Pretty Fast review – a funny, absorbing study of 80s Hollywood
A riveting, deeply personal study of 80s cinema, and its underrated treatment of feminism, teen angst and male bonding

Barbara Ellen

17, May, 2015 @11:00 AM

Harry Shearer, voice of Ned Flanders and Mr Burns, set to leave The Simpsons
The actor, also known for Spinal Tap, wrote a pair of tweets about leaving the long-running animated show – which is set to recast the likes of Mr Burns and Principal Skinner

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

14, May, 2015 @8:34 AM

The 10 best quotable films
… to mark the return of Withnail and I to the big screen. By Kathryn Bromwich

Kathryn Bromwich

26, Sep, 2014 @11:02 AM

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As the Palaces Burn review – from Spinal Tap to courtroom drama

A would-be rockumentary changes tack in gripping fashion when Lamb of God's singer stands trial for manslaughter, writes Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode

02, Mar, 2014 @12:04 AM

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