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  • 'Sad day' as stars turn out for Ronnie Corbett's funeral

    'Sad day' as stars turn out for Ronnie Corbett's funeral

    Grandees from the golden age of British television have arrived to pay their respects at the funeral of Ronnie Corbett. The entertainer died last month aged 85 having been diagnosed with a suspected form of motor neurone disease. A service...

  • Montreux marks 50 years as the ‘Rolls-Royce of music festivals’

    Montreux marks 50 years as the ‘Rolls-Royce of music festivals’

    The Montreux Jazz Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a line-up featuring Van Morrison, Herbie Hancock and Patti Smith, as well as young bluesmen and electronic musicians stepping into the limelight. Marcus Miller, Neil Young,...

  • Vinyl records heading back to their glory days

    Vinyl records heading back to their glory days

    Sales of vinyl records have reached their highest level for 20 years and could be on track to return to the glory days of the Long Player in the late 1980s, a British music industry body said. Fans of vinyl say it offers a richer sound than its...

  • Horror tales come alive

    Horror tales come alive

    With disorientating corridors, dark enclosed spaces and freaky horror scenes, the hugely popular Goosebumps book series comes to life in a new immersive theatre show taking audiences through hair-raising stories. Based on the 1990s children’s...

  • George Clooney wants big money out of politics

    George Clooney would like to get big money out of politics - so he does not have to raise it. The actor hosted two weekend fundraisers in California on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Donations at an event in San...

  • Halfway between the universe and the kitchen table

    Halfway between the universe and the kitchen table

    Edward Bond’s writing makes me uncomfortable. I find it awkward, sometimes frustrating and often incomprehensible. A bit like life itself, I guess. Bond does not make things easy for the actors either. His plays do not give actors much possibility...

  • A fragment of a story

    A fragment of a story

    Jon Grech is an idiosyncratic artist in the visual arts scene. He seems to hibernate elusively for long periods, which are characteristically very productive journeys of self-discovery. His themes are varied. Technically, he is among the most...

  • A tribute to a great

    A tribute to a great

    So there I am, carefully calculating the seven steps that lead to Dominic Galea’s basement-cum-rehearsal space, when the band starts playing the title track off Miles Davis’ 1963 album, Seven Steps to Heaven. A coincidence without a doubt, but one...

  • When love triumphs

    When love triumphs

    Gluck’s Orphée Et Eurydice, composed in 1762, revolutionised opera. Gluck revised it in a French version in 1774 and in 1859 Berlioz edited the work in a new version, combining elements from the previous two. The latter was the one which recently...

  • Don’t stop them now

    Don’t stop them now

    Who doesn’t like to rock out to some classic Queen songs every now and then? Judging from the way Masquerade packed in the crowds for Simply Queen, the answer is: no one. Under the watchful eye of director Anthony Bezzina, the much-loved band was...

  • Not your usual Hollywood fare

    Not your usual Hollywood fare

    The Side Street Films concept, which sees the Eden Cinemas screening off-beat, arthouse and indie films, is two years old. Paula Fleri-Soler finds out how audiences have reacted. It’s been almost two years since Eden Cinemas launched their Side...

  • Constantly on edge

    Constantly on edge

    10 Cloverfield LaneDirector: Dan TrachtenbergStars: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Callagher JrDuration: 103 minsClass: 12KRS Releasing Ltd 2008’s Cloverfield was a found footage horror film that, thanks to an extremely clever...

  • A muddled fantasy epic

    A muddled fantasy epic

    The Huntsman: Winter’s WarDirector: Cedric Nicloas-TroyanStars: Emily Blunt, Sam Claflin, Charlize TheronDuration: 114 minsClass: 12AKRS Releasing Ltd The Huntsman: Winter’s War can be described as a prequel, sequel and equal to its predecessor,...

  • Acoustic guitar phenomenon to perform at Pjazza Teatru Rjal

    Acoustic guitar phenomenon to perform at Pjazza Teatru Rjal

    Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel, whose five-decade career has garnered hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide, will be bringing his passionate and infectious live show to the Pjazza Teatru Rjal in Valletta on August 10. This one-night-only...

  • Singer Prince recovering after emergency landing

    Singer Prince recovering after emergency landing

    Singer Prince's private jet was reportedly forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois after the singer fell ill with the flu and had to be hospitalised.  Celebrity website TMZ says Prince's private plane was forced to make an emergency...

  • Gigi D'Alessio in Malta

    Gigi D'Alessio in Malta

    Neapolitan Gigi D'Alessio arrived in Malta this afternoon to perform live with his band tomorrow at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. Upon his arrival, D'Alessio promised his fans an unforgettable show. Organised by CMC Concerts,...

  • Terry Wogan 'totally spoiled Eurovision'

    Terry Wogan 'totally spoiled Eurovision'

    Sir Terry Wogan "totally spoiled Eurovision" by mocking acts in his commentary, one of the song contest's bosses reportedly said. The late broadcaster was accused of creating a generation of Britons who see the show as irrelevant and "kitsch" by...

  • Cirque du Soleil cancels shows over transgender law

    Cirque du Soleil cancels shows over transgender law

    Cirque du Soleil said it was cancelling shows in North Carolina over a new state law that it called discriminatory, becoming the latest entertainment act to take a stance against the measure. "The new HB2 legislation passed in North Carolina is an...

  • Diverse novels make it to Man Booker Prize shortlist

    Diverse novels make it to Man Booker Prize shortlist

    Four countries have been represented for the first time as the diverse shortlist for the Man Booker International Prize 2016 was announced. Angolan author José Eduardo Agualusa’s A General Theory of Oblivion, Austrian Robert Seethaler’s A Whole...

  • One of Italy’s ‘best-kept secrets’

    For the first time, the Man Booker International prize could go to an anonymous writer this year, if a story of lifelong friendship in southern Italy beats the other five contestants in a short list announced this week. The Story of the Lost...

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