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  • Amy Winehouse documentary is UK box office hit

    A film telling the story of Amy Winehouse’s life has become the second most popular documentary at the UK box office. The latest figures show Amy has grossed £3.44 million. Directed by Asif Kapadia, who was also behind the award-winning Senna...

  • Cliff Richard still worries about tour ticket sales

    Cliff Richard still worries about tour ticket sales

    Sir Cliff Richard has admitted he still worries about selling tickets to his shows, as he prepares for his 75th birthday tour. Speaking to BBC Radio 2’s Paul O’Grady, Sir Cliff, who is due to tour the UK next month, said he “still wonders if...

  • Sir Elton John slams ban on same-sex relationship children’s books in Venice

    Sir Elton John slams ban on same-sex relationship children’s books in Venice

    Sir Elton John has attacked the new mayor of Venice on social media after he banned books about homosexuality from the city’s schools. The multi-award winning singer told his fans that “beautiful Venice is indeed sinking, but not as fast as the...

  • One Direction scoop eight Teen Choice awards

    Boy band One Direction have landed eight Teen Choice awards, bringing their “lifetime” total to 23. The band, currently on tour, accepted the awards in a taped video shown at the Los Angeles ceremony. The 17th Teen Choice Awards threw its full...

  • Brit lights up Berlin with spies, lies, censorship art

    Brit lights up Berlin with spies, lies, censorship art

    British artist and anti-surveillance activist James Bridle is illuminating Germany with artwork exploring the darkest state secrets, cover-ups and information blackouts. Bridle’s The Glomar Response, showing this month at the newly-opened Nome...

  • Architecture festival, curtains down

    Architecture festival, curtains down

    The past 17 days saw the ditch around Valletta enjoying a flurry of unusual activity with a number of events luring passers-by towards an area of the city that is typically devoid of life. The events were part of the European Architecture Student...

  • 5 things to escape to this season

    5 things to escape to this season

    5. A gig on a bus The Busker’s bug gig is back for a second round with a delightfully retro and unique approach to the eternal question: where can a young band hold a gig? Judging by the response from last year, “on a vintage Maltese bus” is one...

  • Prime purveyors of percussion

    Prime purveyors of percussion

    Some believe that music and rhythm can be created using anything and everything available. With a musically-attuned ear one can transform the bustle of everyday noises into a melody of music and rhythm. To some extent that is what Stomp did in...

  • Exploring the contemporary

    Exploring the contemporary

    As the annual Divergent Thinkers exhibition gets set to return to St James Cavalier as part of the Valletta International Visual Arts Festival later this month, Jo Caruana learns more about the young artists who will be presenting their work this...

  • Tribali with a bang

    Tribali with a bang

    Michael Bugeja caught up with Tribali’s Peter Paul Galea to talk about the band’s recent international experiences, their next album and what makes their upcoming concert so special. Quite likely Malta’s top world music act, Tribali are most...

  • Leave the Planet

    Leave the Planet

    This London-based duo is known for their dreamy soundscapes that take your mind on an aural fantasy. Made up of Nathalie Bruno and Jack Milwaukee, the band was born in East London after Nathalie and Jack became flatmates and discovered their...

  • Chris and Moira single on movie soundtrack

    Chris and Moira single on movie soundtrack

    Duo Chris and Moira recently released No Turning Back, a new single from their album Uncivilised, which preceded their latest recording Ninety Nights and a Monday after the 2007 single was chosen as the soundtrack for a short movie, Cheat. The...

  • Da Vinci Spotting

    Da Vinci Spotting

    As the ultimate Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci is as relevant and admired today as he was during his lifetime. Indeed, there’s really no underestimating the scope of his discoveries and creations. From mathematics to science and architecture...

  • A story too familiar

    A story too familiar

    SouthpawDirector: Antoine FuquaStars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona LaurenceDuration: 124 minsClass: 15;KRS Releasing Ltd In the long-standing tradition of great actors physically transforming themselves depending on the requirements of...

  • Too tiresomely obvious a story

    Too tiresomely obvious a story

    PixelsDirector: Chris ColumbusStars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle MonaghanDuration: 106 minsClass: PGKRS Releasing Ltd While watching Adam Sandler movies, I often get the feeling (among many other usually negative feelings) that he makes...

  • Downton Abbey wraps up and cast shed tears

    Downton Abbey wraps up and cast shed tears

    The women rule Downton Abbey – at least according to Hugh Bonneville, who plays the Earl of Grantham, Robert Crawley, in the period drama. “As we all know, the house is actually run by the women,” he said. “People like Robert are allowed to think...

  • Elmo finds new home at HBO

    Elmo finds new home at HBO

    The producers of long-running US children’s TV show Sesame Street have struck a five-year partnership with cable channel HBO that will bring much-needed funding for the future of the award-winning show, both companies said. The deal will make the...

  • ‘Daughter of Liverpool’ died from ‘traumatic’ head injury after fall

    ‘Daughter of Liverpool’ died from ‘traumatic’ head injury after fall

    Cilla Black died from a “traumatic” head injury following a fall at her home in Spain, the inquest into her death heard today. Andre Rebello recorded the official verdict of accidental death at a brief hearing at Liverpool Coroner’s Court, calling...

  • Sir Tom Jones quits The Voice as Boy George and Paloma Faith join the panel

    Sir Tom Jones quits The Voice as Boy George and Paloma Faith join the panel

    Singers Paloma Faith and Boy George have joined The Voice, as Sir Tom Jones leaves the show. The pair will sit in the spinning red chairs alongside returning coaches Will.i.am and Ricky Wilson for the fifth series of the BBC One show, following...

  • On The Buses actor Stephen Lewis dies aged 88

    On The Buses actor Stephen Lewis dies aged 88

    Actor Stephen Lewis, known for his role in sitcom On The Buses, has died aged 88, his family said. The “funny man” died peacefully at 1.50am on Wednesday in the Cambridge Nursing Home, in Wanstead, east London. Lewis, born in Poplar, also in east...

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