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  • Meghan Trainor cancels US tour

    Meghan Trainor cancels US tour

    US singer Meghan Trainor canceled the remainder of her MTrain Tour after suffering a haemorrhaged vocal cord. Trainor, 21, who broke out last summer with the body-positive song All About That Bass, said she will be undergoing surgery. “I have...

  • Tali Lennox 'shattered' by death of boyfriend Ian Jones

    Model Tali Lennox has said her “heart is shattered” as US authorities confirmed a body found in the Hudson River is her boyfriend Ian Jones. The 22-year-old daughter of singer Annie Lennox shared photos of the pair in happier times on her...

  • Return of the arcade games

    Return of the arcade games

    Pixels (2015)Certified: PGDuration: 105 minutesDirected by: Chris ColumbusStarring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Matt Lintz, Brian Cox, Ashley Benson, Jane Krakowski, Denis Akiyama, Sean Bean, Affion...

  • Packing a punch

    Packing a punch

    Southpaw (2015)Certified: 15Duration: 123 minutesDirected by: Antoine FuquaStarring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, Naomie Harris, Victor Ortiz, Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson, Miguel Gomez, Oona Laurence, Beau Knapp, Rita Ora, Clare...

  • Shakira’s Loca not plagiarism

    A case in which pop star Shakira’s 2010 hit single Loca was found to be an illegal copy of a Dominican songwriter’s work came crashing down on Monday when a US judge said the songwriter had lied to the court and the cassette tape on which his...

  • Body found in hunt for boyfriend of Tali Lennox

    A body has been found in the search for Ian Jones, the boyfriend of Annie Lennox’s daughter who has been missing since a kayaking accident in the US. Tali Lennox, 22, and photographer Jones, 32, were kayaking on the Hudson River, north of New...

  • Spanish police in Corsica to retrieve Pablo Picasso painting

    A team of Spanish police experts has flown to the French island of Corsica to retrieve a masterpiece by Pablo Picasso which was smuggled out of Spain. The Head of a Young Woman is considered a national treasure in Spain and is valued at €24...

  • Fantastic Four bombs with $26.2m weekend

    Fantastic Four bombs with $26.2m weekend

    Scathing reviews and an indiscreet tweet left Fantastic Four on the slab, after the franchise reboot flopped at the weekend box office. Fox’s hopes of rejuvenating the comic book characters and turning the super-team into a cinematic juggernaut to...

  • To film, or not to film...

    To film, or not to film...

    Benedict Cumberbatch has urged fans not to film his performance as Hamlet, describing it as “mortifying”. The star, who is playing the lead in the fastest-selling play in British history, said there was “nothing less supportive or enjoyable” than...

  • Glitch forces Sir Tom Jones fans to take the green, green path to home

    A concert promoter has apologised to furious fans of Sir Tom Jones after a show costing up to £95 per ticket ended early due to a power cut. The Welsh showbiz legend had got some way through his Saturday night set in a field beside Alnwick Castle,...

  • ‘It hurts to laugh after A Fish Called Wanda’

    ‘It hurts to laugh after A Fish Called Wanda’

    Jamie Lee Curtis has revealed she ruined so many takes by laughing in classic comedy A Fish Called Wanda that she now causes herself pain to keep a straight face in funny scenes. Curtis starred opposite John Cleese, Kevin Kline and Michael Palin...

  • Steve Jobs’s life in opera

    Steve Jobs’s life in opera

    Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is to be the subject of an opera. Since his death from cancer aged 56 in 2011 he has been the subject of documentaries, books, a film and even a graphic novel. The Santa Fe Opera announced this week that its latest...

  • Introductions

    It must be a case of serendipity that the first issue of Escape, which every Sunday will bring you news about the latest from the arts, travel and foodie scene, had to be published right before Santa Marija week kicks off. For those who are only...

  • 5 things to escape to this week

    5 things to escape to this week

    5. Brave one of the St Marija morning marches One of the biggest band marches in Gozo kicks off on Saturday at 11am, with the 12th May Band of Żebbuġ (Malta) and the Visitation Band of Għarb joining forces to create an aura of festivities across...

  • Valletta burning bright

    Valletta burning bright

    Some 40 artists, 20 bands and eight electronic musicians recently came together for three days of arts and fun at the Malta International Street Art Festival in Valletta. We bring you some of the highlights. It was not just Valletta residents who...

  • More than a footnote

    More than a footnote

    The band that pretty much single-handedly reintroduced traditional Maltese instruments and music to the local scene is reuniting for a new, local performance after eight years. Ramona Depares interviews members of the newly-rebranded...

  • From silks to acrylics

    From silks to acrylics

    Saz Mifsud is making a name for herself not only as a fashion designer but now as an artist. She speaks to Veronica Stivala about her first painting exhibition, Scene from an Island. You may be familiar with the Saz Mifsud design label. The...

  • The naked truth

    The naked truth

    The Maltese theatre scene is still reeling from allegations of sexual assault committed during a one-on-one training session, which case is now in court. In the wake of the Association of Performing Arts Practitioners’ proposal for guidelines,...

  • Free the Fringe lover in you

    Free the Fringe lover in you

    It’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival season, for all the lucky people on their way to Scotland right now. Don’t miss out on the new venues – get the low-down here. As the Edinburgh Festival Fringe continues to grow and evolve, 14 additional venues are...

  • A weak reboot

    A weak reboot

    Fantastic FourDirector: Josh TrankStars: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. JordanDuration: 100 minsClass: 12 Created by comic book greats Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, The Fantastic Four was one of the first superhero teams to appear in Marvel...

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