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  • DIY setting for Fifty Shades’ first video clip

    The first official clip from new movie Fifty Shades of Grey has been unveiled − and it features Christian Grey picking up just a few of his bedroom essentials in a DIY store. The footage sees the billionaire protagonist, played by Jamie Dornan,...

  • Dornan wins ‘sexiest man’ accolade

    Dornan wins ‘sexiest man’ accolade

    Screen stars Jamie Dornan and Benedict Cumberbatch have topped a list of the world’s sexiest men. Fifty Shades of Grey and The Fall star Dornan, who won fans as a model before gaining success as an actor, took first place in Glamour magazine’s...

  • Sotheby’s breaks sales record

    Sotheby’s breaks sales record

    Art lovers came out in force and with deep pockets as a world famous auction house recorded a record total. Sotheby’s celebrated the highest figure for any auction held in London, with evening sales amounting to €246.6 million. Buyers featured...

  • Auction house raises charges for art buyers

    Auction house raises charges for art buyers

    Buying art at Sotheby’s has become more expensive as the top international auction house increased its buyer’s premium, the rates it charges a successful bidder. As of last Sunday, anyone who purchases a work of art has to pay 25 per cent to the...

  • Beckham to present Bafta award

    David Beckham is getting his hands on a Bafta – but not for long as he is set to present one of the awards at this weekend’s ceremony. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star is one of a raft of stars set to walk down the red carpet on...

  • The power is in the eyes

    The power is in the eyes

    Big Eyes (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 106 minutesDirected by: Tim BurtonStarring: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Jon Polito, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Terence StampKRS Releasing Ltd In the late 1950s Margaret (Amy Adams)...

  • Disney superheroics

    Disney superheroics

    Big Hero 6 (2014)Certified: PGDuration: 92 minutesDirected by: Don Hall, Chris WilliamsVoices of: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Génesis Rodríguez, Maya Rudolph, James CromwellKRS Releasing...

  • Devil in excessive detail

    Devil in excessive detail

    TheatreIx-Xitan Kunjomu MaltiManoel Theatre The personification of evil has always been a fertile space for genre scripts to let loose and draw on horror and the occult to represent the eternal and much-analysed battle between good and evil. In...

  • Power of belief and redemption

    Power of belief and redemption

    Talenti Theatre Company is no stranger to focusing on specific historic individuals and adapting their story to theatrical performances. Commissioning original dramatic monologues to Mario Micallef’s great ability in single-handedly delivering the...

  • 50 Shades of Grey to premiere at Berlin film festival

    50 Shades of Grey to premiere at Berlin film festival

    Two blockbusters will have world premieres at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival opening tomorrow, but neither 50 Shades of Grey nor the new Disney live-action Cinderella will compete for the main Golden Bear prize. That’s because the...

  • Madonna to perform at Brit Awards

    Madonna to perform at Brit Awards

    Madonna will be performing at the Brits, the star has confirmed. The 56-year-old singer was previously rumoured to be on the bill for the music awards ceremony, when her spokeswoman called the news “just speculative”. Now she has posted a message...

  • Conchita Wurst to star in Eurovision special on BBC

    Conchita Wurst to star in Eurovision special on BBC

    Austrian drag artiste Conchita Wurst will be returning to the limelight in a BBC1 show to mark the 60th anniversary of Eurovision. Wurst, who won the competition last year, is the first act confirmed for a concert which will feature the “very best...

  • Magna Carta unification

    Magna Carta unification

    The four original surviving copies of the Magna Carta have been brought together under the same roof for the first time. The document – one of the first steps in the journey towards parliamentary democracy – are on show at The British Library in...

  • Bronzes linked to Michelangelo

    Bronzes linked to Michelangelo

    Two bronze sculptures which had languished in obscurity for more than a century may be the work of Michelangelo, researchers have revealed. It has long been thought that no bronzes by the Italian master had survived but a team of international...

  • Oh what a starry night!

    Oh what a starry night!

    Stars converged on the Super Bowl both on and off the field, with celebrities including Britney Spears and Mark Wahlberg among the spectators and an elaborate half-time show by Katy Perry. Wahlberg, a Boston native, was pulling for a victory by...

  • Fifty shades of grey passed uncut by UK censors

    Cinemagoers are guaranteed an eyeful after censors passed the film version of raunchy best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey without any cuts. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) have unsurprisingly made Sam Taylor-Johnson's take on EL...

  • Leviathan ‘touched something’ in Russia

    Leviathan ‘touched something’ in Russia

    Director Andrei Zvyagintsev, whose bleak depiction of his homeland in the Oscar-nominated film Leviathan divided Russia, said the polarisation proved his movie had “touched something very important”. The Golden Globe-winning film exposes some of...

  • Libertines at T in the Park

    Libertines at T in the Park

    Organisers of the T in the Park music festival have announced that The Libertines will be one of the headline acts at this summer’s event. The indie rockers are the first to be named as performers at the festival taking place between July 10 and...

  • Stoppard’s new play lifts the lid on brain science

    Stoppard’s new play lifts the lid on brain science

    Tom Stoppard, the grand old man of British theatre, is back with his first new stage play in nine years, tackling typically big ideas: consciousness, science and God. The Hard Problem is a 100-minute gallop, with no interval, through neurobiology,...

  • Jim Parsons in celestial role

    Jim Parsons in celestial role

    Four-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons, best known as the nerdy scientist Sheldon Cooper in the TV comedy The Big Bang Theory will be ascending to new heights when he plays God on Broadway this spring, the show’s producer said. Parsons, 41, will star...

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