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  • X marks the spot for One Direction

    X marks the spot for One Direction

    X Factor supremo Simon Cowell says One Direction could be the real stars of the final because the hugely successful boy band still think they are in the competition. The mogul, who said he could not decide which of his two acts he wants to win,...

  • Cumberbatch, Redmayne up for Globes

    Cumberbatch, Redmayne up for Globes

    The surreal show business satire Birdman, a darling of critics for its innovative storytelling, led the Golden Globe Awards film nominations yesterday, with its seven nods making it a front-runner early in the Hollywood awards season. The story of...

  • Birdman leads SAG awards nominations

    Birdman leads SAG awards nominations

    The cast of dark existential comedy Birdman led the Screen Actors Guild film award nominations on Wednesday, earning four nods from its peers in the kick-off of the Hollywood awards season. Birdman was followed by coming-of-age chronicle Boyhood,...

  • Pooh drawing makes £314,500

    Pooh drawing makes £314,500

    A familiar image of Winnie the Pooh as he played ‘Poohsticks’ with Piglet and Christopher Robin has sold at auction for more than £300,000. The illustration by E.H. Shepard − first published in 1928 − one of the most famous images of Pooh, had...

  • The different faces of female oppression

    The different faces of female oppression

    TheatreMarjelenaPjazza Teatru Rjal With rising awareness of the often hidden plight of women in daily life, including the local scene, Leanne Ellul’s new play, Marjelena, performed by Bakkanti Troupe at the Green Room of Pjazza Teatru Rjal, was a...

  • A Santa Claus classic

    A Santa Claus classic

    Get Santa (2014)Certified: UDuration: 102 minutesDirected by: Christopher SmithStarring: Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall, Kit Connor, Stephen Graham, Ewen Bremner, Jodie Whittaker, Michael Walter, Warwick Davis, Joanna Scanlan, Nonso Anozie, Perry...

  • Tinkering with Hobbit was ‘all for a good cause’

    Tinkering with Hobbit was ‘all for a good cause’

    The final movie based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is here for the holidays and while the creators of the popular franchise admit they have taken a few liberties, they say it is all for a good cause. A new character, the female elf warrior...

  • Judi Dench wept at demise of agent M

    Judi Dench wept at demise of agent M

    Dame Judi Dench has told how she cried when James Bond producers told her that M was being killed off. The veteran actress played the MI6 chief in seven 007 films but her character met her demise in Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig, in 2012. She...

  • Birdman, Unbroken among top 2014 films

    From Birdman to Unbroken, the American Film Institute (AFI) selected an eclectic range of films already gaining momentum in the Hollywood awards race as its top picks for 2014, the organisation said. Breaking the traditional selection of 10 films...

  • Tom Hanks, Sting get high-profile honours

    Tom Hanks, Sting get high-profile honours

    Hollywood stars, ballet dancers, and soul singers celebrated Kennedy Center Honors winners actor Tom Hanks, singer-songwriter Sting and comedienne Lily Tomlin during Washington’s high-profile tribute to excellence in the arts. Ballerina Patricia...

  • Bowie and Swift lead BBC nominees

    Bowie and Swift lead BBC nominees

    David Bowie, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift are among the nominees in the first ever BBC Music Awards. Bowie and Sheeran are up against Elbow, Jungle, Royal Blood and Sam Smith for the accolade of British Artist of the Year. It is the second nod for...

  • Mockingjay retains top spot at US box office

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, the third film in the dystopian action series starring Jennifer Lawrence, collected $56.9 million to hold off advances by animated films Penguins of Madagascar and Big Hero 6 and claim victory at the US...

  • Fidelio wows La Scala

    Fidelio wows La Scala

    Daniel Barenboim celebrated his final season premiere as musical director of La Scala on Sunday with a performance of Fidelio, Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera, winning a 13-minute ovation on the opening night of a new modern-dress...

  • Graffiti artists cover Miami neighbourhood, wall-to-wall

    Graffiti artists cover Miami neighbourhood, wall-to-wall

    The acrid smell of spray paint fills the air in Miami’s once-blighted Wynwood neighbourhood where graffiti artists from all over the world have descended, covering walls – sometimes invited, sometimes not – with eye-popping murals from traditional...

  • Kate Moss in Christmas drama

    Kate Moss in Christmas drama

    Supermodel Kate Moss makes a young boy’s dreams come true as he joins her at a glossy fashion shoot in a BBC Christmas drama. In the first images from her appearance in the BBC One adaptation of David Walliams’s book The Boy in the Dress, she is...

  • Benedict Cumberbatch to play Doctor Strange in film

    Benedict Cumberbatch to play Doctor Strange in film

    He has solved cases as Sherlock Holmes, been exiled as Julian Assange and saved Britain from the Nazis as Alan Turing, but British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is not done playing the hero as Marvel announced he will star as Doctor...

  • Paddington’s first adventures on sale

    Paddington’s first adventures on sale

    A copy of Paddington Bear’s first adventures – complete with hand-written notes by its creator Michael Bond – is expected to fetch around £9,000 at auction today. The book, a first edition from 1958, will be sold off to raise money for Quentin...

  • Series on El Salvador civil war planned

    One of the most notorious atrocities of El Salvador’s 12-year civil war, the 1989 killing of six Jesuit priests, is to be the subject of a new television series starring Mexican actor Diego Luna, producers said. Focusing on the priests’ murders,...

  • Fostering teen creativity

    Fostering teen creativity

    When a 14-year-old Henry Galea was asked by his drama teacher to work on developing the character of the Mad Hatter for a production of Alice in Wonderland, little did he imagine that the school assignment would open the doors to his creative...

  • An exhilarating experience

    An exhilarating experience

    The opening concert of the Malta Philharmonic’s 2014/2015 season was held under the enthusiastic and energetic direction of French conductor Jean Marc Burfin. The works chosen for this performance represented music of the late 19th and early 20th...

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