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  • 50 Shades ‘a dark fairy tale’

    The director of racy movie Fifty Shades of Grey said she tells her children it is “a love story they’ll never see”. Film-maker and artist Sam Taylor-Johnson described the erotic romance story as “a dark fairy tale”. The film, based on the book by...

  • Power of the written word

    The Book Thief (2013)Certified: 12 ADuration: 131 minutesDirected by: Brian PercivalStarring: Geoffrey Rush, Sophie Nélisse, Emily Watson, Ben Schnetzer, Nico Liersch, Joachim Paul Assböck, Sandra Nedeleff, Hildegard Schroedter, Roger Allam,...

  • A generous sprinkle of fairy dust

    Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy (2014)Certified: UDuration: 78 minutesDirected by: Peggy HolmesVoices of: Mae Whitman, Christina Hendricks, Tom Hiddleston, Lucy Liu, Raven-Symoné, Megan Hilty, Pamela Adlon, Angela Bartys, Jim Cummings, Carlos...

  • A hero for all times

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 136 minutesDirected by: Anthony Russo, Joe RussoStarring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley...

  • Divergent warriors defeat Muppets at US box office

    Dystopian thriller Divergent, the story of a society that divides people based on personality traits, dominated weekend movie charts with $56 million in US and Canadian ticket sales, kicking off a new franchise for Hunger Games producer Lions Gate...

  • George Michael beats Kylie Minogue in UK album chart battle

    Singer George Michael racked up his seventh British number one album on Sunday as Symphonica took top spot in the charts, beating off competition from Australian pop diva Kylie Minogue, the Official Charts Company said. Michael’s first new album...

  • British museums, galleries coming together on Twitter

    Museums often house ancient fossils and precious artefacts from bygone eras, but this week museums across the UK are going digital – and are even encouraging selfies. More than 300 museums, galleries and cultural institutions nationwide are coming...

  • Rihanna honoured by fashion world, Cher launches tour

    Rihanna is set to be honoured for her fashion sense. The singer has been selected to receive the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Fashion Icon Award. The award is presented to people whose style makes an impact on pop culture around the...

  • Discarded Cash album finally sees light of day

    Johnny Cash helped define American country music with hits such as I Walk the Line and A Boy Named Sue, but in the early 1980s he recorded an album of songs which his record label refused to release and is only now seeing the light of day. Out...

  • Conflict in his blood

    The title for Walid Nabhan’s novel L-Eżodu taċ-Ċikonji (The Storks’ Exodus) is no accident. To tell his story, the Palestinian-Maltese author chose the word that represents the people of Israel’s flight. His reasoning is no mystery. At its heart,...

  • Popular works by Weber

    Recordings of Carl Maria von Weber’s popular Clarinet Concerto No. 2 and various overtures from his operas and stage works will be played at the next music appreciation evening being organised by the German-Maltese Circle’s Classical Music Group...

  • An evening of Irish poetry and world music

    Irish Ambassador Jim Hennessey recently hosted a musical-literary evening at the embassy in Ta’ Xbiex. The aim was to commemorate the Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) who undoubtedly left his mark on world literature as so...

  • Top artists for Gaulitana’s Tosca

    The highlight of this year’s Gaulitana: A Festival of Music will undoubtedly be the full-scale production of Puccini’s masterpiece, Tosca – a collaboration between the local festival and the prestigious Taormina Festival. The opera will be...

  • Brian Schembri’s engagements

    Brian Schembri, who was recently appointed artistic director and principal conductor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, has a number of prestigious international engagements lined up for this year. On April 3, he will be conducting the...

  • The making of a true musician

    With her new single Liars charting at Number 4 on iTunes, Lauren Aquilina’s star is definitely on the rise. Iggy Fenech finds out how the Maltese-born singer is fast becoming one of the hottest names on the London music scene. Most of us rarely...

  • Contemporary rhythm and form

    The variety of musical styles which prevailed over the past decades make it rather difficult to suggest a clear definition of contemporary music. However, one may easily recognise specific traits such as rhythm, harmony, form and contemporary...

  • Beyond classical music

    A few years back, pianist Clifford Borg had approached me with a mock-up of a double album he was planning to release. It was an ambitious project to undertake for a budding musician with just one album to his name, but an exciting one too. For...

  • Armani’s Endless Flame

    Endless Flame is the latest release from international Maltese DJ and producer Joseph Armani. Featuring vocals from notorious club kid Cazzi Opeia, the single was given a worldwide release earlier this month via Smilax Records, which is one of the...

  • Music & Steel festival on Sunday

    As part of the programme of national celebrations being overseen by the Fondazzjoni Ċelebraz­zjonijiet Nazzjonali (FCN), the former Malta Shipbuilding shed will today week be transformed into a music venue; its last stand before being taken over...

  • Demo recording from Deluge of Sorrow

    They’ve been around in some form or other for more than a decade, but it is only now that Deluge of Sorrow have finally got round to recording their music. On Oceans of Failure is the first of what is hoped are many demos to follow; a track that...

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