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  • Coldplay to go back to the future at Super Bowl show

    Coldplay to go back to the future at Super Bowl show

    Coldplay singer Chris Martin says the band's Super Bowl half-time show will try to honour the past, present and future. At a news conference, the band's members said they will have the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles there to represent the future...

  • Thorny issue of migration comes to St James Cavalier

    Thorny issue of migration comes to St James Cavalier

    Tackling the thorny issue of migration and cultural integration from a touchingly human perspective, the award-winning Lampedusa soon gets its overseas premiere in Malta. Director Herman Grech and actress Pia Zammit tell RAMONA DEPARES that, above...

  • Ricky Gervais wanted David Bowie to record his song about Slough

    Ricky Gervais had asked David Bowie to record a version of the Space Oddity-inspired song he had written about Slough before the rock star's death in January. Gervais had written the ode to the Berkshire town where sitcom The Office was set for...

  • Bill Cosby assault case headed to trial

    Bill Cosby assault case headed to trial

    A judge refused to throw out the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby, sweeping aside a former district attorney's claim that he granted the comedian immunity from prosecution a decade ago. Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill issued the ruling...

  • Shakespeare lives on

    Shakespeare lives on

    I refer to Lino Bugeja’s article The Eclipse of the Bard, published on January 15. Last month, the British Council launched a global celebration on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Shakespeare Lives is a major...

  • MPO concert requires ‘mental gymnastics’

    MPO concert requires ‘mental gymnastics’

    Prior to the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra’s Orchestral Concert at the Manoel Theatre tomorrow, French conductor Jean-Marc Burfin shares his thoughts on composers Debussy and Mahler with Marine Roger. He also tells her what it is like to work with...

  • Def Leppard postpone US tour due to illness

    The British rock band Def Leppard are postponing the remainder of their winter US tour due to an unspecified illness. A statement on the group's website said a concert scheduled for Tuesday in San Antonio and all concerts going forward through to...

  • Lady Gaga to sing the Star-Spangled Banner at Super Bowl

    Lady Gaga will sing the US national anthem at the American football Super Bowl on Sunday. The NFL said Gaga will sing The Star-Spangled Banner at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where the Carolina Panthers will take on the Denver...

  • It takes a village to raise a carnival

    It takes a village to raise a carnival

    A carnival village, a gay marriage with a twist, and an ever more inclusive performance space are just some of the highlights of carnival director Jason Busuttil’s plans. He speaks to Veronica Stivala. A carnival village, which will encompass...

  • Weekend of gaiety and amour

    Weekend of gaiety and amour

    Back in 2008, Frances Busuttil and her colleagues had sought to recreate the original form of the kumittiva when they reverted to an all-male ensemble. “We decided to try out the original dance, with half of the males cross-dressing as women, but...

  • To die for a piece of bread

    To die for a piece of bread

    Although carnival is generally associated with fun, exuberance and colour, it was tragedy and sadness which marked this festivity on February 11, 1823, after more than 100 children died in Valletta. Details of this terrible tragedy are...

  • Brave excursion into the dark waters of migration

    Brave excursion into the dark waters of migration

    Lampedusa, written by award-winning British playwright Anders Lustgarten and being staged by Unifaun at St James Cavalier next week, is the heart-wrenching story behind the headlines of two strangers finding hope and connection where they least...

  • This week at the cinema

    This week at the cinema

    The 33Genre: DramaCertification: 12ADuration: 127 minutesDirected by: Patricia RiggenStarring: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Mario Casas, Jacob Vargas, Juan Pablo Raba, Oscar NuñezKRS...

  • Female ninjas take centre stage in new Austen, zombie film

    Female ninjas take centre stage in new Austen, zombie film

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies took to the blood red carpet at London’s Leicester Square for its European premiere. Actress Lily James, 26, plays heroine Elizabeth Bennet in the mash-up movie of corpses and corsets in the horror/romance spoof of...

  • Adele’s songs used for political campaigns

    British singer Adele made clear on Monday that she has not given permission for anyone to use her music for political campaigns. Adele’s spokesman issued a statement after Republican US presidential contender Donald Trump played Adele’s 2011 hit...

  • Cosby appears in court, lawyers urge case dismissal

    Cosby appears in court, lawyers urge case dismissal

    Lawyers for disgraced comedian Bill Cosby are urging a Pennsylvania judge to throw out criminal charges of sexual assault against him, arguing that the case violates a prosecutor's decade old agreement not to charge Cosby. Cosby, 78, appeared in a...

  • Actors of colour win big at SAG awards

    Actors of colour win big at SAG awards

    “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to diverse TV,” Idris Elba joked on stage after winning twice at Saturday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, where actors of colour claimed a slew of wins. Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson and the cast of Spotlight – all...

  • Kung Fu Panda 3 dominates US box office

    Kung Fu Panda 3 dominates US box office

    Kung Fu Panda 3 showed plenty of power at the US box office with a solid opening weekend of $41 million at 3,955 theatres as the durable family franchise dominated moviegoing. Disney’s launch of Coast Guard rescue adventure The Finest Hours saw...

  • Decades old British comedy show "Dad's Army" gets cinema reboot

    Decades old British comedy show "Dad's Army" gets cinema reboot

    Popular British television show "Dad's Army" gets a cinema reboot this week in a new comedy hoping to garner the same laughs the sitcom did nearly 40 years after it ended. The BBC show, running from 1968 to 1977, followed the antics of an...

  • Actor Gabriel Garko hospitalised in explosion which leaves woman dead

    Actor Gabriel Garko hospitalised in explosion which leaves woman dead

    Italian actor Gabriel Garko was hospitalised this morning following an explosion at a villa in Liguria, where he was living in preparation for the Sanremo festival. The explosion, suspected to have been caused by a gas leak, took place at around...

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