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Bloc Party's Upcoming Fifth Album - Everything We Know So Far About 'Hymns'

Back in August, Bloc Party played their first gigs since 2013. Miles from home in California, founding members Kele Okereke and Russell Lissack unveiled both new songs and new bandmates. On drums was 21-year-old Louise Bartle – who would have been 11 when debut album ‘Silent Alarm’ came out – and on bass was Justin Harris of Portland duo Menomena. The new faces were a big deal. Relations seemed rocky when Bloc Party went on a break in 2009, and after going on another hiatus following touring commitments for ‘Four’ in 2013, they announced the departure of bassist Gordon Moakes and drummer Matt Tong. The new look Bloc Party officially clocked back in at the office this Monday (October 5) with a day of radio sessions and interviews. That evening, after premiering a distinctively dancey new single frontman Kele revealed that their fifth album is due out next year. Here’s what we know about it so far.

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10 Standalone Films That Deserve Sequels More Than Fast And Furious 7 Does

Vin Diesel recently – and depressingly – announced the eighth, ninth and tenth instalments of the Fast and Furious franchise. "I promised the studio I would deliver one last trilogy to end the saga," he said. It's a real hackle-raiser: can the narrative arc of any single three Fast and Furious films be described as a trilogy? And how does one final trilogy cap off 7 films? That's just poor maths. Our real bugbear, though, is that piles of Hollywood cash are being poured into Vin Diesel's petrolhead fantasy series: that's money studios could spend on concepts actually worth expanding on. Here are 10 of the best standalone films we'd give a shot at franchises.

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'Mad Max: Fury Road' Director George Miller On Making 2015's Most Thought-Provoking Action Film

When Mad Max: Fury Road sped into cinemas in May, NME called it [url=http://www.nme.com/reviews/various-artists/16075]"the most exhilarating film of 2015 so far"[/url]. Since then, director George Miller's high-octane chase movie has grossed $375 million at the global box office and become one of the most analysed blockbusters in recent memory. Everything from its punky aesthetic to its supposed feminist agenda to its freaky flamethrower guitarist has prompted a breathless internet thinkpiece. With Fury Road now being released on DVD and Blu-ray, NME sat down with Miller to find out his take on the theories surrounding the film.

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