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Sing again

The sequel to the 2016 animated jukebox musical Sing hits UK screens this week, with Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon again lending their voices to anthropomorphic animals who like to, well, sing. U2 function with your song saved my life, the kind of mid-tempo ballad for a textbook movie that marks a Oscar nomination without touching the sides.

bond and edge
Bono and the Edge of U2, whose song saved my life appears on Sing 2… Photograph: Getty Images

All the people

Last year, Bono and the Edge teamed up with Dutch DJ Martin Garrix for the Euro 2020 anthem (2021). We are people, the kind of uptempo ballad for a football tournament that is played at the opening ceremony and never heard again. Somewhat confusingly, the video for the song featured former Irish international Jason McAteer reenacting a 2001 goal he scored for Ireland in a completely different football competition, but that’s a rabbit hole alone.

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…joined DJ Martin Garrix for last year’s Euro anthem… Photography: Shutterstock

Trapped in a euro you can’t get out of

Few will forget the last European Championship: England reached the final, a fan stuck a flare in their butt and Italy won it all. In the quarter-finals, Roberto Mancini’s side dispatched the much-desired Belgium, Lorenzo Insigne’s impressive goal taking them over the line.

England fan with flare on buttocks
…which Italy won and on the way beat Belgium with a spectacular goal from Lorenzo Insigne… Cinematography: Elliott Franks

let’s go naples

Insigne is the current captain of Napoli in Serie A: an honor Diego Maradona once had. The 1984 arrival of the world’s greatest footballer in Naples provides the backdrop for Paolo Sorrentino’s recent “extravagantly personal film”, The Hand of God (Netflix).

Diego Maradona
… Distinguished Napoli captains; Former captain Diego Maradona is the subject of The Hand of God… Photograph: Getty Images

she will follow

This Must Be the Place, Sorrentino’s 2011 regular English-language debut, featured the breakout role of Irish actress Eve Hewson, most recently seen in the Netflix series Behind Her Eyes and BBC’s The Luminaries. Hewson is Bono’s daughter who, as well as providing a song, lends her vocal talents as a lone rock star lion in …Sing 2 from English writer-director Garth Jennings.

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…directed by Paolo Sorrentino, whose film This Must Be the Place featured Bono’s daughter Eve Hewson, who lends her vocal talents to Sing 2… Photography: BBC

Pairing Notes

Odyssey of a milk carton

Clock Before Jennings took Hollywood by storm, he was one half of the Hammer & Tongs team of directors and producers, creators of witty music videos, including a milk carton odyssey for Blur’s. coffee and tv.

Eat In Sorrentino’s 2013 Oscar-winning play The Great Beauty, Jep, the writer and protagonist, has a working lunch of what looks like a tomato-based risotto. Tasting it, Jep wisely intones: “Reheated rice is always tastier than freshly cooked rice. Old is better than new.”

illustration of three rabbits

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