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  • Keaton in fine form in Venice festival opener

    Keaton in fine form in Venice festival opener

    Former Batman star Michael Keaton gave a soaring start to the 71st Venice Film Festival on Wednesday as a crestfallen superhero in Birdman, a film its Mexican director Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu called an experiment that could have failed...

  • Kate Bush hits spot – but not Heights

    Kate Bush hits spot – but not Heights

    Kate Bush has made a sensational return to the concert stage. At 56, she may no longer be able to hit the high notes of her teenage years and she might have cut back on the dancing, but she still has the trademark long dark hair, and she still...

  • ‘Spellbinding’ show wows critics

    Kate Bush’s return to the stage wowed the critics, who have called her first live performance for 35 years “spellbinding”, “stunning” and “incomparable”. Andy Gill, for the Independent, gave Bush a five-star review, saying: “It’s quite stunning,...

  • Miley Cyrus' MTV awards date wanted on probation violation

    Miley Cyrus' MTV awards date wanted on probation violation

    The young homeless man who accepted Miley Cyrus' MTV Music Video Award has a warrant for his arrest in Oregon on a probation violation, his probation officer said. Lee Warren, the Polk County probation officer of 22-year-old Jesse Helt, said local...

  • Emmys exalt TV’s old favourites over newcomers

    Emmys exalt TV’s old favourites over newcomers

    For all the talk about newcomers raising the game of television, the industry chose to bestow its top Emmys on the long-running shows Breaking Bad and Modern Family and long-time television actors who held off challenges from film stars. Breaking...

  • A cosmic tribute

    A cosmic tribute

    The 66th annual Primetime Emmys took a sombre turn towards the end to remember Robin Williams, the versatile actor and comedian who died two weeks ago in an apparent suicide at the age of 63. With a lump in his throat and a tremble in his voice,...

  • The storm rages on big screen

    The storm rages on big screen

    Into the Storm (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 89 minutesDirected by: Steven QualeStarring: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Jeremy Sumpter, Nathan Kress, Max Deacon, Kyle Davis, Scott...

  • In Betweeners go Down Under

    The In Betweeners 2 (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 96 minutesDirected by: Damian Beesley and Iain MorrisStarring: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas, Emily Berrington, Freddie Stroma, David Field, Belinda Stewart-Wilson, Tamla...

  • Venice Film Festival still a cinema lifeline

    Venice Film Festival still a cinema lifeline

    Saverio Costanzo, the Italian director of the New York City-set low-budget drama Hungry Hearts that will compete for the top prize at the Venice Film Festival opening today, sees the exposure his film will get as a godsend. “For a movie like this...

  • September is bumper month for film releases

    September is bumper month for film releases

    A film bonanza will hit cinema screens next month with 12 new releases and another 16 films set for Children’s Cinema Day. Two blockbusters are among the line-up: the thriller Before I Go To Sleep, starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, and crime...

  • Kate Bush returns to the stage tonight

    Kate Bush returns to the stage tonight

    Singer Kate Bush returns to the stage tonight - 35 years after her only tour. The star will perform live to kick off a 22-show run at the Hammersmith Apollo in west London - the same venue where she effectively retired from live performances after...

  • Beyoncé rules at MTV VMAs

    Beyoncé rules at MTV VMAs

    With some twerking and shaking, the leading ladies of pop music dominated the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, while an emotional Miley Cyrus and a touching moment between Beyoncé and her family led the Moonman award wins of the night. Cyrus, who...

  • Tributes pour in for ‘titan of British cinema’

    Tributes pour in for ‘titan of British cinema’

    Politicians, Hollywood stars and industry leaders reflected on the life and times of esteemed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, who dominated the British film business for more than half a century. Lord Attenborough, who moved...

  • Pop's ladies lead MTV VMAs with raunchy moves and tears

    Pop's ladies lead MTV VMAs with raunchy moves and tears

    With some twerking and shaking, the leading ladies of pop music dominated the MTV Video Music Awards last night, while an emotional Miley Cyrus and a touching moment between Beyonce and her family led the Moonman award wins of the night. Cyrus,...

  • Race for best comedy at Emmys takes edgy turn

    Race for best comedy at Emmys takes edgy turn

    When ABC’s Modern Family vies for its fifth consecutive best comedy Emmy award today, not only will it battle the beloved geeks of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory but also a bunch of irreverent, foul-mouthed characters from cable and Netflix. For the...

  • Disney brings the Force with Star Wars goods

    Disney brings the Force with Star Wars goods

    Walt Disney Co. is ramping up its first major push to promote the Star Wars franchise it purchased from George Lucas in 2012, blitzing consumers this year with a mobile game, animated TV show and an expanded line of toys and clothes. The...

  • Touching exposé about autism

    Touching exposé about autism

    Part whodunnit, part political intrigue and part a touching exposé about autism, X’Seta’ Ġralu lil Kevin Cacciattolo? promises to keep readers guessing. Ramona Depares asks writer Mark Vella about what prompted this debut novel. This month sees...

  • Taking creative risks

    Taking creative risks

    Creating theatre should not be selective or secretive, says choreo-grapher and director Rob Tannion. Veronica Stivala attended his two-day workshop and, bruising aside, is glad she took the risk. It goes without saying that all those who turned up...

  • Violinist Nadine Galea chosen to join the European Union Youth Orchestra

    Violinist Nadine Galea chosen to join the European Union Youth Orchestra

    Violinist Nadine Galea has been chosen to form part of the 2014/2015 season of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO), joining the talented group of young musicians who will bring to life the orchestra’s programme over the next season. Over...

  • Skimmed return to the stage as duo

    Skimmed return to the stage as duo

    Skimmed return for their third gig as a duo alongside The Velts and newcomers Pyramid Suns. Since taking the step of becoming a duo earlier this year, Skimmed have been busy re-working and experimenting, leading to an evolution in their music...

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