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  • Kate Bush sets chart record after absence

    Kate Bush sets chart record after absence

    Kate Bush has become the first woman in history to have eight albums in the Official Albums Chart at the same time. The achievement comes following her return to the stage after 35 years went down a storm with critics and fans alike, who hailed...

  • Status Quo strip down for album

    Status Quo strip down for album

    Veteran rockers Status Quo stripped down, down, deeper and down to pose naked on the cover of a new acoustic album. The pair, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, appear on the front of Aquostic (Stripped Bare) with only a pair of guitars to protect...

  • Venice festival tackles hard-hitting subjects

    Venice festival tackles hard-hitting subjects

    The Venice Film Festival has earned a reputation over the decades for tackling controversial political and social issues head on, and this year has been no exception. German-born Turkish director Fatih Akin’s The Cut, shown on Sunday, is a...

  • Behind the scenes of Gone with the Wind

    Behind the scenes of Gone with the Wind

    Before Gone with the Wind hit the screen, it was a questionable investment that became a touchstone for race relations and was embroiled in moral questions ahead of Rhett Butler saying he did not give a damn. The film went on to become the biggest...

  • Belafonte to receive honorary Oscar

    American singer and actor Harry Belafonte, French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, Japanese animated film director Hayao Miyazaki and Irish actress Maureen O’Hara will be honoured with Governors Awards, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and...

  • Nick Cave’s 20,000 days on earth

    Nick Cave’s 20,000 days on earth

    Iconic singer Nick Cave’s autobiographical film feature, 20,000 Days on Earth, will premiere in Malta next month. Ramona Depares interviews directors and long-time Cave collaborators Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. Few singers have quite mastered...

  • Finding the right audience

    Finding the right audience

    His song made it on the blockbuster How to Train Your Dragon 2 and he’d like to collaborate with Malta on the Junior Eurovision contest. Marc Bayliss interviews 2009 Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak. Music is a term which is best described as a...

  • Death metal from Italy

    Death metal from Italy

    Unless you’re me, Italy is not a country you associate with supremely technical death metal with an anti-dogmatic message. You probably think of pasta, Barolo, works of art, perhaps Rome. And in 1999, it was out of Rome that Hour Of Penance...

  • Artists in aid of LifeCycle

    Charlene Vella reviews a collection of paintings that are being sold to help a worthy cause that will see a cycling challenge over 2,000km in Japan. Maltese cyclists have been training for this year’s upcoming LifeCycle Challenge which will see...

  • Organ festival kicks off

    Organ festival kicks off

    As the first edition of the Malta International Organ Festival kicked off to a great start, music lovers are enjoying a wide variety of unique performances from some of the world’s leading organists in the remarkable acoustical space of several of...

  • Writing from the female perspective

    Writing from the female perspective

    Child sexual abuse, the fragility of body, giving birth, Syria... The topics of female writers at this year’s Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival are all weighty subjects. Making something beautiful out of a hard topic is a challenge these...

  • Creating one’s own world

    Creating one’s own world

    In less than a month’s time, Malta marks the 50th anniversary since its independence and the end of British colonial rule. But the influence of that rule – starting from the language this very article is being written in – is far from gone. Malta...

  • Artists, activism and visibility in the Arab world

    Artists, activism and visibility in the Arab world

    The terraced hills of Amman, Jordan, spin on my screen as Khadija El Bennaoui shows me her surroundings off her iPad as we’re about to start our interview over Skype. She’s in Jordan for Dewan, a symposium retreat with a focus on contemporary...

  • Helping launch indie film

    Helping launch indie film

    It has long been said that director Steven Soderbergh’s seminal 1989 film Sex, Lies, and Videotape (styled as sex, lies and videotape) was the film to launch the independent movement. Granted, the concept of independent cinema (fluid though that...

  • Indonesia massacre and Iran sanctions impact Venice films

    Indonesia massacre and Iran sanctions impact Venice films

    Films about a 1960s massacre in Indonesia and the harsh conditions in Iran under present-day international sanctions and how they affect ordinary people struck sombre notes at the Venice Film Festival. A French caper based on a fictionalised...

  • Gold-dusted parties

    Gold-dusted parties

    There may be no more breathtaking place than Venice to throw a big party. That must be why, to open the festival, there were two of them – back to back, dripping with glamour, gourmet food and a cocktail made with gold powder. Francesca Rocco, a...

  • Joan Rivers is ‘resting comfortably’ at hospital

    Joan Rivers is ‘resting comfortably’ at hospital

    Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers “rested comfortably” at a New York hospital where she was admitted after she suffered a cardiac arrest and stopped breathing during a vocal cord procedure, a spokeswoman said. There was no change in...

  • Cyrus’s MTV date turns himself in

    The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who was sought on an arrest warrant has turned himself in. Jesse Helt, 22, went to the Polk County Jail in Dallas, Oregon, was booked on a probation violation...

  • Shakira pregnant with second child

    Shakira pregnant with second child

    Shakira is pregnant with baby number two. The Colombian singer, who made the announcement on her Facebook and Twitter pages, wrote: “Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes!” Shakira and FC Barcelona footballer...

  • Shakira pregnant again

    Shakira pregnant again

    Shakira is pregnant with baby number two. The Colombian singer, who made the announcement on her Facebook and Twitter pages, wrote: "Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes!" Shakira and FC Barcelona footballer...

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