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  • US fan videos study could help develop emotion-led playlists

    US fan videos study could help develop emotion-led playlists

    A study of home-made videos by U2 fans could help online music providers use emotions to better suggest and personalise playlists. The Irish band invited fans to create their own videos for Song For Someone, from U2's 2014 album Songs Of...

  • Violence in hi-tech visual world

    Violence in hi-tech visual world

    MADC paints Blue Box yellow with Image of an Unknown Young Woman, a play that tackles social media and in which perception plays a crucial role TheatreImage of an Unknown Young WomanBlue Box, MSpace, Msida The power of social media and the...

  • This week at the cinema

    This week at the cinema

    Bastille Day (2016)Genre: ActionCertification: 15Duration: 92 minutesDirected by: James WatkinsStarring: Idris Elba, Richard, Madden, Charlotte Le Bon, Anatol Yusef, Kelly Reilly, José GarciaKRS Releasing Ltd The action film, directed by...

  • Cannes on high alert

    Cannes on high alert

    Security at the Cannes film festival, which opens today, will be intense as France is still facing a high risk of attack, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said. With 45,000 people expected to visit the May 11-22 event, French authorities...

  • X-Men star calls for more ‘strong, black, female roles’

    X-Men star calls for more ‘strong, black, female roles’

    X-Men star Alexandra Shipp has said there are not enough “strong powerful, black female roles” in Hollywood. The actress, 24, said she relished the chance to get to play the fiery young mutant Storm in the latest film. Speaking at the global fan...

  • Justin Timberlake to perform at Eurovision finale

    Justin Timberlake to perform at Eurovision finale

    Singer Justin Timberlake will add some global superstar power to the Eurovision Song Contest finale. It is the first time in the history of the contest that a performer of global stature has taken to the stage to perform in a non competing role,...

  • Prosecutors mull charging Sir Cliff Richard with sex abuse

    Prosecutors mull charging Sir Cliff Richard with sex abuse

    Prosecutors are considering whether to bring charges against veteran entertainer Sir Cliff Richard over alleged historical sex abuse.The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that it will "carefully consider" the file of evidence passed on by South...

  • Actress optimistic about extradition of Mexican drug lord El Chapo

    Actress optimistic about extradition of Mexican drug lord El Chapo

    An actress holding the rights to make a movie about Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has welcomed the latest step towards his intended extradition to the US. Kate del Castillo said: "Today's news that El Chapo may be extradited to the...

  • X-Men star Alexandra Shipp calls for more 'strong, black, female roles'

    X-Men star Alexandra Shipp calls for more 'strong, black, female roles'

    X-Men star Alexandra Shipp has said there are not enough "strong powerful, black female roles" in Hollywood. The actress, 24, said she relished the chance to get to play the fiery young mutant Storm in the latest film. Speaking at the global fan...

  • Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne may be splitting up

    Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne may be splitting up

    Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne may be splitting up after more than 33 years of marriage. A spokesman for the couple said: "At this time Ozzy is not at the marital home." The Black Sabbath frontman, 67, has fought a public battle with drug and alcohol...

  • Wolf Hall wins big at UK's Baftas

    Wolf Hall wins big at UK's Baftas

    BBC Two's period drama Wolf Hall was one of the big winners at this year's British Academy Television Awards.The popular series, directed by Peter Kosminsky, was named best drama, and actor Mark Rylance took home the coveted leading actor...

  • Movie scores keeping ‘symphonic music alive’

    Movie scores keeping ‘symphonic music alive’

    Iron Man 3 composer Brian Tyler said musical scores for feature films helped to keep “symphonic music alive”. The 43-year-old American, who has composed scores for more than 70 films, conducted his music with the Philharmonia Orchestra at London’s...

  • Screenwriter adds lesbian kiss to Shakespearean play as ‘it’s 2016’

    Screenwriter adds lesbian kiss to Shakespearean play as ‘it’s 2016’

    Russell Davies has defended his decision to add a lesbian kiss to A Midsummer Night’s Dream because “it’s 2016”. The former Doctor Who showrunner has adapted Shakespeare’s comedy into a BBC TV film – but diverging from the original, Titania and...

  • 'God of wildlife presenters' Sir David Attenborough turns 90

    'God of wildlife presenters' Sir David Attenborough turns 90

    Sir David Attenborough has been hailed as "a god of wildlife presenters" on his 90th birthday.The naturalist enters his 10th decade as a beloved inspiration, according to the presenters of Springwatch.Michaela Strachan told the Press Association:...

  • Tom Hanks reveals struggle with loneliness as a young man

    Tom Hanks reveals struggle with loneliness as a young man

    Tom Hanks became audibly emotional as he described the loneliness of his "vagabond" childhood on Desert Island Discs. He had to pause to collect himself as he discussed the impact of hearing one of his music choices, Strauss' Also Sprach...

  • The crazy game

    The crazy game

    The game of football was dubbed “the beautiful game” by none other than the great Brazilian legend, Pele. Yet, he could have easily called it the “the crazy game”. Each year, millions of lives around the world are significantly affected (for...

  • Concert in aid of ALS Malta

    Concert in aid of ALS Malta

    ALS Malta will be organising Beat It May ALS, a concert to celebrate the first edition of the ALS May Awareness Month. The concert features Red Electrick, together with Malta Eurovision Song Contest winners Firelight and Amber and Planet Seed and...

  • A concert with a difference

    A concert with a difference

    Schola Cantorum Jubilate is organising a spring concert with compositions by De Prez, Elgar, Chappell, Silvey, Rutter and Diemer, among others. Some pieces will be sung a cappella and others will be accompanied by pianist Amy Rapa. The musical...

  • An improvised musical

    An improvised musical

    This may sound like an oxymoron, but Veronica Stivala braved the daunting prospect of performing in a musical improvised from start to finish, and loved it. It’s no joke to get up in front of an audience whether to speak, act, dance or sing to them.

  • Challenged to rethink

    Challenged to rethink

    We are living in a world that constitutes an infinite surge of objects and, like the obesity epidemic that afflicts most Western cultures, the avalanche has never been bigger. The ‘object’ in today’s age is one that takes on many forms yet...