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  • Jazz bash in Valletta

    A two-day jazz bash featuring some top and up-and-coming names is being held in Valletta. The line-up includes Sandro Zerafa on guitar, Oliver Degabriele on bass and Manuel Pulis on drums on Friday. Saturday continues with The Manuel Pulis Project...

  • Deceptively simple, truly profound

    Deceptively simple, truly profound

    The LunchboxDirector: Ritesh BatraStarring: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui104 mins; Class PG; Eden Cinema Every day, the streets of Mumbai are travelled by the dabbawallahs, a community of 5,000 dabba (lunchbox) delivery men. Every...

  • London festival to close with Brad Pitt war drama

    London festival to close with Brad Pitt war drama

    Brad Pitt’s new World War II drama Fury will bring down the curtain on 2014 London Film Festival. The 50-year-old Oscar-winner – who plays a battle-hardened army sergeant in the film, which has been announced as the event’s closing movie – will...

  • Cowell backs Betty Boop venture

    Cowell backs Betty Boop venture

    Simon Cowell has teamed up with the company behind the Lego movie to bring animated character Betty Boop back to the big screen. The film, described as “a music-driven” comedy, is the result of a deal between Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Animal...

  • ‘Quo history’ as Parfitt misses gig

    Guitarist Rick Parfitt missed his first Status Quo gig since joining the band in 1967 after being told to rest by medics following surgery. The 65-year-old musician had been due to return to the line-up yesterday following an operation to correct...

  • Williams masked depression with comedy

    Williams masked depression with comedy

    From an eccentric alien to an animated blue genie, a loveable British nanny and a fatherly therapist, actor Robin Williams used his multilayered brand of comedy to make people laugh. But behind the boyish exuberance and hyperactive energy was a...

  • Police defend actor’s death report release

    Police in California have defended their decision to release details about how actor Robin Williams killed himself, saying state law required that they be disclosed to the public. Marin County Sheriff’s lieutenant Keith Boyd said the agency would...

  • Zelda Williams quits all social media

    Zelda Williams quits all social media

    Robin Williams’s daughter has abandoned her online social media accounts in disgust following what she called “cruel and unnecessary” messages sent to her following her father’s death. Zelda Williams, 25, wrote that she was deleting her Twitter,...

  • Accent on young performers

    Accent on young performers

    RecitalGennaro (violin) and Raffaella (cello) CardaropoliItalian Cultural Institute A pair of highly accomplished young siblings gave a marvellous recital at the splendid main salon of the Italian Cultural Institute. The evening was one of the...

  • In praise of sacred and profane love

    In praise of sacred and profane love

    ConcertCappella Sanctae Catherinae and guestsDir. Alex Vella GregoryCarmelite Church and Priory, Mdina The Cappella Sanctae Catherinae (CSC) came up with something new and very practical. In view of the nature of the works performed, they sang the...

  • Music, the spark of life

    Music, the spark of life

    Begin Again (2013)Certified: 12ADuration: 104 minutesDirected by: John CarneyStarring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, James Corden, CeeLo Green, Mos Def, Catherine KeenerKRS Releasing Ltd Dan Mulligan (Mark Ruffalo)...

  • Return to the land of vehicles

    Return to the land of vehicles

    Planes: Fire and Rescue (2014)Certified: UDuration: 84 minutesDirected by: Roberts GannawayVoices of: Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Danny Mann, Teri Hatcher, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Wes Studi, Dale DyeKRS Releasing Ltd Set in the world of...

  • Sixth Harry Potter film is ‘hard to watch’

    Sixth Harry Potter film is ‘hard to watch’

    They earned him a fortune estimated at around €75 million, but Daniel Radcliffe is still able to be critical of his Harry Potter film performances − even hating one of them. Radcliffe, 25, who played the schoolboy wizard in eight films from the...

  • Ninja Turtles beat Marvel’s Guardians at US box office

    Ninja Turtles beat Marvel’s Guardians at US box office

    The return of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles earned $65 million in ticket sales at US and Canadian movie theatres over the weekend, easily winning a box office battle with Marvel’s outer space hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Ninja Turtles, a reboot...

  • Steven Seagal performs in Crimea concert for bikers

    US actor Steven Seagal has reportedly performed at a concert in Crimea on a stage decorated with the flag of pro-Russian separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine. Seagal, who knows Russian President Vladimir Putin, apparently performed in the Black...

  • Secret Cinema sends film fans ‘back to the future’ in London

    Secret Cinema sends film fans ‘back to the future’ in London

    Film fans can break through the fourth wall and walk straight into 1955 and Hill Valley, the fictional California town that was the setting for the 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future. The latest incarnation of Secret Cinema, which aims to provide...

  • Beyoncé to be honoured at MTV Video Music Awards

    US pop star Beyoncé, currently on a US tour with rapper husband Jay Z, will receive a special award and perform at the MTV Video Music Awards this month, the cable TV network said. Beyoncé, who received eight nominations, will be awarded the...

  • Paintings flood billboards in US cities and rural areas

    Paintings flood billboards in US cities and rural areas

    From the stern couple in American Gothic displayed at a bus station in New York to the colourful flags in Allies Day over an intersection in Chicago, paintings are popping up everywhere in what is billed as the world’s largest art show. Art...

  • Tucked in by Marina Abramovich

    Tucked in by Marina Abramovich

    When being tucked in for the last time as a kid – I must have been five years old or thereabouts – I couldn’t have imagined the next person to pop me under the bed sheets fondly would be one of the most famous performers in contemporary art:...

  • The Kappillan of Malta at St Elmo’s

    The Kappillan of Malta at St Elmo’s

    Staġjun Teatru Malti's commissioning of a dramatisation in Maltese of Nicholas Monsarrat's celebrated The Kappillan of Malta ties in beautifully with Mario Philip Azzopardi's policy of bringing audiences in their droves to the...

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