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  • Crowds pack screenings

    Crowds pack screenings

    Critics and early viewers are agreed that The Interview is less than a masterpiece, but thanks to threats from hackers that nearly derailed its release, it has become an event. Hundreds of US cinemas, from The Edge 8 in Greenville, Alabama, to...

  • Silent Night is UK’s most loved carol

    Silent Night has recaptured affections to be named the UK’s favourite Christmas carol for the first time in 12 years. The tune, written to tide over a Midnight Mass after mice had put a church organ out of action, has ousted O Holy Night, which...

  • Biblical spectacle

    Biblical spectacle

    Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)Certified: PGDuration: 150 minutesDirected by: Ridley ScottStarring: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver, María Valverde, Indira Varma, Hiam Abbass,...

  • The return of Lloyd and Harry

    The return of Lloyd and Harry

    Dumb and Dumber Too (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 109 minutesDirected by: Bobby and Peter FarrellyStarring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Laurie Holden, Kathleen Turner, Brady Bluhm, Steve Tom, Rachel Melvin, Rob Riggle, Paul Blackthorne, Dalton Gray,...

  • Final Hobbit film draws holiday season crowds

    Final Hobbit film draws holiday season crowds

    The last movie of Peter Jackson’s three Hobbit films rode to the top of US and Canadian weekend box office charts, selling an estimated $56.2 million worth of tickets and boosting the holiday movie season that is crucial to Hollywood. The Hobbit:...

  • Ben Haenow’s single is Christmas number one

    Ben Haenow’s single is Christmas number one

    The X Factor UK winner Ben Haenow has won the battle for this year’s Christmas number one. The 29-year-old’s single Something I Need had combined chart sales of over 214,000 and is now the second-fastest selling single of the year, behind Band Aid...

  • Cartoons ‘more violent than films’

    Cartoons ‘more violent than films’

    Children’s cartoons are more violent than films for adults, with their main characters more than twice as likely to be killed off as those in films for a more mature audience, according to research. A study of cartoons released between 1937 and...

  • US racial justice quest comes full circle in Selma

    US racial justice quest comes full circle in Selma

    When director Ava DuVernay was shooting the Martin Luther King Jr movie Selma, she was nervous how relevant the story of a 50-year-old battle for black voting rights would feel for 21st-century Americans. She needn’t have worried. Selma, the first...

  • School of Rock set for Broadway

    The stage adaptation of the 2003 film School of Rock, about a wannabe rock star who works as a teacher and forms a rock band with his students, will open on Broadway next year, its producers said. School of Rock – the Musical, which is set to open...

  • Long live our rock ’n’ roll king

    Long live our rock ’n’ roll king

    He’s into his seventh decade but, much to the delight of his loyal fans, shows no signs of slowing down. Michael Bugeja catches up with rock ’n’ roll legend Freddie Portelli. Mention Malta and rock ’n’ roll in the same sentence and the name...

  • German romanticism, Maltese prowess

    German romanticism, Maltese prowess

    The Manoel Theatre was packed to the gallery in anticipation of an exciting evening for the second concert of the MPO Series. They were not disappointed. Under the animated baton of Brian Schembri, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) gave us a...

  • New single from Chris and Moira

    New single from Chris and Moira

    Chris and Moira have released their fifth single from their album Ninety Nights and a Monday, available on iTunes. This is the first slow single release for the band and marks the end of a successful year, celebrating the band’s 20th anniversary...

  • Cable 35 release Boznish video

    Cable 35 release Boznish video

    Punk/grunge band Cable 35 have released their latest video to accompany the single Boznish. The last track from their EP Fungus, Boznish has been given the ultimate pop culture treatment, placing a wannabe Vladimir Putin, arcade game whack-a-mole...

  • Let the metal play this Christmas

    Let the metal play this Christmas

    Metal music isn’t typically associated with the season’s festivities, but this has not stopped Loathe from turning their annual Boxing Day concert into an eagerly-awaited tradition. The season of goodwill is upon us and, like an unsightly yet...

  • Pin-ups for a good cause

    Pin-ups for a good cause

    A sexy lady dressed in a white nurse’s outfit; a beautiful woman in a stylish dress eating cupcakes, surrounded by two pretty children. These are not the typical images that would come to mind when one thinks of Dar Merħba Bik – a shelter for...

  • New Year’s Eve celebrations

    The new year is set to be welcomed with music, dance, entertainment, champagne, smiles, hugs and kisses at Samsara - The ever turning wheel of life. The name Duncan F is synonymous with good parties, especially on New Year’s eve, where he is known...

  • Spectacular ballet

    Spectacular ballet

    What words come to mind when someone mentions ballet? To me, it’s always been discipline, determination and dedication, because it is an art form that requires strength and stamina, but which ballerinas must veil with grace and...

  • ‘Tis the season to be jolly

    ‘Tis the season to be jolly

    From politics to current affairs and things that went viral, it is time to put those satire glasses on as panto and comedy season hits our theatres. Ramona Depares catches up with the scriptwriters behind some of this year’s local...

  • The trouble with some women

    The trouble with some women

    Leanne Ellul, a young and hitherto unknown playwright, caused a stir when she won last year’s Francis Ebejer competition for plays with a work due to be performed next year. Another work by her, Marjelena, has now been per-formed by a recently...

  • Joseph Calleja Christmas concert

    Joseph Calleja Christmas concert

    Joseph Calleja will be performing at a Christmas Concert on Saturday. The concert will be an intimate one, with a venue capacity of just 800 people who will be able to enjoy a unique Christmas concert with the Maltese tenor as the protagonist,...

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