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  • Swift and Smith lead Billboard nominees

    Swift and Smith lead Billboard nominees

    Pop star Taylor Swift and British soul singer Sam Smith, who were among the top-selling musical acts in the US last year, led the nominations for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards finalists. Swift, 25, picked up 14 nominations while Smith, 22, got...

  • U2 recording studio demolished

    U2 recording studio demolished

    The studio where U2 recorded their debut album Boy has been demolished. Van Morrison is among the other famous acts to have used Windmill Lane in Dublin’s docklands premises. The 4,046-square-metre site was bought by property investment firm...

  • Cue: laughter!

    Cue: laughter!

    If you’re a theatregoer, then you may well have stopped to wonder how all the magic of show business actually comes together. How do the actors learn their lines? What happens when someone forgets to bring a prop on? And does the cast and crew...

  • Display mannequins turn into art at New York exhibition

    Display mannequins turn into art at New York exhibition

    Mannequins, usually used to display garments, turn into art objects themselves in a new exhibition dedicated to mannequin designer and manufacturer Ralph Pucci. Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design is the...

  • A business trip gone wild

    A business trip gone wild

    Unfinished Business (2015)Certified: 15Duration: 91 minutesDirected by: Ken ScottStarring: Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, Sienna Miller, June Diane Raphael, Ella Anderson, Britton Sear, James Marsden, Nick FrostKRS Releasing Ltd Vince...

  • Sean Penn on target in mercenary tale

    Sean Penn on target in mercenary tale

    The Gunman (2015)Certified: 15Duration: 115 minutesDirected by: Pierre MorelStarring: Sean Penn, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, Idris Elba, Peter FranzénKRS Releasing Ltd Sean Penn does a Liam Neeson-style action...

  • Furious 7’s debut among top 10 openings in history

    Furious 7’s debut among top 10 openings in history

    Furious 7 raced to the top of the N. American box office, picking up a massive $143.6 million in its opening weekend. That establishes a new high-water mark for the month of April, blowing past the $95 million debut of Captain America: The Winter...

  • The Prodigy top UK music album charts with first release in six years

    Electronic music group The Prodigy went straight in at the top of the British music album chart on Sunday with The Day Is My Enemy, their first studio album in six years, the Official Charts Company said. The track is the band’s sixth number one...

  • Downton creator hopes for spin-off

    Downton creator hopes for spin-off

    Downton Abbey fans upset that the show is bowing out will be pleased to hear that the Dowager Countess may again appear on screen. Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, played by Dame Maggie Smith in the hit period drama, might return in a...

  • Helen Mirren fights to rescue stolen art in film

    Helen Mirren fights to rescue stolen art in film

    Before Helen Mirren agreed to play elderly Jewish WWII refugee Maria Altmann in the new film Woman in Gold, the Academy Award-winning actress checked the last page of the screenplay to see if the character was still there. It is a trick Mirren...

  • Bridging the generation gap

    Bridging the generation gap

    Anna Formosa speaks to Veronica Stivala about her new project that will see elderly people pass on their stories and experiences to a younger generation by means of drama, music and art Darba Waħda... is an inter-generational project involving...

  • The journey continues

    The journey continues

    As Winter Moods celebrate 30 years of music with a new album, frontman Ivan Grech talks to Michael Bugeja about the band’s past, present and future. A household name even beyond music circles, Winter Moods is indisputably Malta’s most popular rock...

  • Rock from our neighbours

    Rock from our neighbours

    They’ve become one of the fixtures at Rock the South, this Italian punk-rock band whose music has acquired a substantial following in Malta. The self-styled ‘power’ trio that is Marco Fiorello and twins Marco and Matteo Camisasca are known for a...

  • The meditative pianist

    The meditative pianist

    Downward dogs and descending scales are not commonly heard in the same sentence or the same room for that matter, but pianist Erik Azzopardi tells Veronica Stivala they go hand in hand. Meditation and yoga have been an important part of pianist...

  • Berlin-based artiste to launch new EP

    Berlin-based artiste to launch new EP

    Malta-born DJ Dean Demanuele is set to continue making inroads away from these shores with a three-track EP that will be launched on Berlin-based label Einmusika Recordings. The launch of the new tracks, which the artiste describes as deep-house,...

  • Saying ‘no’ to spring hunting through song

    Saying ‘no’ to spring hunting through song

    SHout’s recently-released campaign song, also named Shout, has attracted plenty of positive attention. Singer Nick Morales tells Jo Caruana why he is proud to use music as a method for empowering people and change. Campaign songs are a genre in...

  • DJ Zadig in Malta performance

    DJ Zadig in Malta performance

    DJ Zadig, also known as Day is Dying, will be giving a three-hour set in Malta next month. The artiste made his mark on the rave scene in the 1990s until five years of mixing indus, hardcore and acid music made him long for a change of scene. No...

  • Caught in the middle

    Caught in the middle

    Hunting was essential for man’s survival. It has also, for centuries, been considered a hobby. Historically, it has been intimately associated with the idea of a sport for rulers, emperors and nobles and due to its environs, Verdala Palace was...

  • Extra performance for contemporary play

    Extra performance for contemporary play

    Kristu fi Strada Stretta, a contemporary theatrical performance based on an original script in Maltese by actors/directors Carlos Farrugia and Joe Galea,will be running repeat performances on Friday at 8pm at The Splendid, Strait Street,...

  • Digital art by Josette Caruana

    Digital art by Josette Caruana

    Josette Caruana is holding a studio exhibition showcasing her latest digital arts collection. The experimental artist is sponsored by Xerox Malta. Viewing is by appointment at Sappers Street, Valletta, or by calling 7925 1474.

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