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Are you looking for ‘the one’? What if you can continue your search ‘scientifically’?

This Netflix limited series coming this Friday, 12 March, features a different way of finding your soulmate. The One, adapted from the John Marss novel of the same name, explores the possibility of finding your perfect match with a simple DNA test. Pretty cool, right? Well, everything changes when someone turns up dead, and investigators turn their attention to the woman who started it all: Rebecca (Hannah Ware). This science-fiction series is reminiscent of the ‘Hang the DJ’ episode of Black Mirror, but the teaser offers a glimpse into a different chilling storyline. Take a look.


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Also coming to Netflix is Audrey: More Than An Icon, a documentary film featuring the life of international superstar, fashion icon and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn. Originally released late last year, this docu-film by Helena Coan will have an intimate look at Hepburn’s life, with access to exclusive never-before-seen footage from her family’s personal collection, providing an unprecedented and insightful view on Audrey.


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Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel and Pulitzer Prize awardee ‘The Sympathizer’ is having a sequel, ‘The Committed’. In the first book, readers were introduced to the unnamed protagonist, a half-Vietnamese, half-French communist double agent navigating life, love, loyalty and espionage in Los Angeles after the fall of Saigon. In the sequel, the narrator is ‘still a man of two faces and two minds.’ But now he is also ‘a revolutionary without a revolution’ a refugee in 1980s Paris who is grappling with politics, ideologies, and himself. In an interview with LA Times Book Club, Nguyen said that he isn’t done with his story yet. The sequel, he says, allowed him ‘to expand upon what I’ve always felt, which is that ‘The Sympathizer’ is not only a Vietnam War novel but a novel about race and colonialism.’


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Blackpink fans, popularly known as ‘Blinks’ are at the edge of their seats as they await for the highly-anticipated release of Rose’s first single album, -R- on Friday. Australian-Korean singer Rose (full name Roseanne Park Chae Young) first teased ‘Gone’ ahead of Blackpink’s first-ever livestream concert ‘The Show’ earlier in January. The teaser video, which featured Rose singing over a minimalist guitar melody quickly gained a staggering 47 million-plus views.


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