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  • Pink Floyd welcome home album’s giant inflatable pig Algie

    Pink Floyd are to rehome a giant inflatable pig which featured on the cover of one of their hit albums, after the neglected creature was mistakenly listed for auction. The blow-up animal, which measures 12 metres in length, was famously flown...

  • Star Wars toys get marathon roll-out

    Star Wars toys get marathon roll-out

    Star Wars producers have announced a marathon, worldwide roll-out of toys next week for its upcoming The Force Awakens movie in a promotional push that seeks to capture the excitement that once greeted new Harry Potter book releases. The toys will...

  • Cowell shows off beard at The X Factor launch

    Cowell shows off beard at The X Factor launch

    Simon Cowell was sporting some impressive new facial hair at the official launch of the The X Factor 2015, which he says was a symbol of his “sense of freedom”. The music mogul joined Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and new judge Nick Grimshaw on the red...

  • Toronto film festival turns 40

    Toronto film festival turns 40

    The 40th Toronto International Film Festival will play host to a star-studded roster of top film-makers and movie stars next month, including Ridley Scott, Matt Damon, Sandra Bullock and Johnny Depp. The festival, a frequent launch-pad for Oscar...

  • Cumberbatch’s Hamlet astounds fans in London

    Cumberbatch’s Hamlet astounds fans in London

    Benedict Cumberbatch delivered a Hamlet for our time in London in a production that played to his strengths, dressed up Shakespeare for a younger crowd and had the British actor’s fans roaring in approval at the end. Ever since the 12-week run was...

  • Bob Dylan’s Hard Rain lyrics to be auctioned

    A draft of the lyrics for Bob Dylan’s protest song A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall is going up for auction in London next month and is expected to fetch up to £200,000, Sotheby’s auction house said. The typewritten manuscript, with the date 1962,...

  • High on street art and crime

    High on street art and crime

    Anti-Social (2015)Certified: 15Duration: 117 minutesDirected by: Reg TravissStarring: Greg Sulkin, Meghan Markle, Josh Myers, Christian Berkel, Richie Campbell, James Devlin, Andrew Shim, Sophie Colquhoun, Caroline Ford, SkeptaKRS Releasing...

  • Canine hero

    Canine hero

    Max (2015)Certified: 12ADuration: 110 minutesDirected by: Boaz YakinStarring: Josh Wiggins, Dejon LaQuake, Thomas Haden Church, Robbie Amell, Lauren Graham, Luke Kleintank, Jay Hernandez, Miles Mussenden, Mia Xitlali, Owen Harn, Joseph Julian...

  • High school play gone bad

    High school play gone bad

    The Gallows (2015)Certified: 12Duration: 81 minutesDirected by: Travis Cluff, Chris LofingStarring: Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos, Cassidy Gifford, Price T. Morgan, Jesse Cross, John Tanskly, Emily Jones, Travis Cluff, Mackie BurtKRS...

  • Exhibit focusing on motherhood opens on Expo’s sidelines

    Exhibit focusing on motherhood opens on Expo’s sidelines

    They called it The Great Mother, but organizers of an exhibit focusing on motherhood opening this week on the sidelines of the Milan Expo world’s fair may just as well have been called Mamma mia. Curator Massimiliano Gioni said there was some...

  • One Direction: 'We are not splitting up' but taking a break

    One Direction: 'We are not splitting up' but taking a break

    One Direction members have broken the band's silence over rumours about their future, vowing: "We are not splitting up." Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson told fans on Twitter the four-piece, also featuring Harry Styles and Liam Payne, would just be...

  • Local and foreign authors converging in Malta this week

    Local and foreign authors converging in Malta this week

    The 10th edition of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival, organised by Inizjamed, will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at Fort St Elmo, in Valletta. Eleven writers from eight countries are reading at the festival, which also...

  • Calvin Harris lights up V Festival

    Calvin Harris lights up V Festival

    Calvin Harris lowered the curtain on an eventful V Festival weekend with a set that electrified Hylands Park, Essex. The Scottish DJ produced a headline set which was defined as much by spectacular lighting and pyrotechnics as it was by his...

  • One Direction to split for year after new album

    One Direction to split for year after new album

    The hugely successful boy band One Direction will take a year-long break next year so that members can pursue separate interests, a report in a British newspaper said today. The break will come after the band, reduced to four members following the...

  • Gang rape movie helping women halt sexual abuse

    Gang rape movie helping women halt sexual abuse

    Aisha, an ambitious young businesswoman living in the city, returns to her home village for her younger sister’s wedding and reconnects with her past, meeting family and friends. Perhaps because she stands out, dressing differently, working far...

  • Band Aid single promoted in ‘cold and calculating’ way

    Band Aid single promoted in ‘cold and calculating’ way

    Former Ultravox frontman Midge Ure said the way he went about obtaining the Christmas number one for Band Aid was “cold and calculating”. In an interview with Reader’s Digest, Ure recalls making the song with Bob Geldof, and details the process of...

  • Belka and Strelka: space dog pioneers

    Belka and Strelka: space dog pioneers

    A pioneering mission by the first dogs in space is celebrated in a new exhibition at London’s Science Museum. On August 19, 1960, Belka and Strelka made history by circling the earth 18 times on the Soviet Korable-Sputnik 2 spacecraft. Their trip...

  • British Museum in Lonely Planet must-see list

    London’s British Museum has been named as a global must-see spot, alongside some of the world’s most prestigious heritage sites. In an ultimate travel list drawn up by travel website Lonely Planet, and dominated by members of Unesco’s World...

  • Reality digitally reinvented

    Reality digitally reinvented

    During the recent Malta Street Art Festival in Valletta, digital artist Toni Gialanze got together with street artist Bond Truluv to create what is probably the first project involving graffiti video projection mapping in Malta. Toni walks us...

  • 5 things to escape to this season

    5 things to escape to this season

    5. Enjoy some world music For the second time this summer, Mundo Muzika presents a mix of traditional music and fusion from around the world, including (but not limited to) Arabic, Middle Eastern, Gypsy, Indian, African, Spanish and Latin American...

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