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  • Stars reveal sadness at Downton Abbey’s end

    Stars reveal sadness at Downton Abbey’s end

    Downton Abbey stars have spoken of their sadness that the hugely successful period drama is drawing to a close. Jim Carter, who plays butler Mr Carson, said it was probably “the right time” but added that the cast would “miss it enormously” when...

  • Oops! Britney, don’t do it again

    Britney Spears has fallen on stage in Las Vegas and injured her ankle forcing her to reschedule two shows. A video shot by an audience member on Wednesday showed Spears kicking and high-stepping on high heels during her single (You Drive Me) Crazy...

  • Salma Hayek in tribute to her Lebanese roots

    Salma Hayek in tribute to her Lebanese roots

    Mexican actress Salma Hayek says her new film The Prophet was a labour of love that helped her explore her relationship with her late Lebanese grand­father, who adored the book that inspired it. The animated film, which draws on the 1923 book by...

  • Blur heading for top of UK charts

    Blur heading for top of UK charts

    Blur’s first album in more than a decade is heading straight for the top of the charts and outselling the rest of the top five put together. The 12-track album, called The Magic Whip, was announced out of the blue in February and is inspired by...

  • Stonehenge from a tourism perspective

    Stonehenge from a tourism perspective

    A new exhibition is set to reveal the history of Stonehenge – as a tourist attraction. The Wish You Were Here! exhibition at the World Heritage Site includes the very first Stonehenge guidebook, printed in 1823, and memorabilia ranging from a...

  • Letter describes Waterloo courage

    Letter describes Waterloo courage

    A newly-published letter written from the body-strewn battlefield at Waterloo highlights the courage of soldiers in the face of “the most bloody” of conflicts, experts have claimed. Written by British soldier Captain William Turnor, the...

  • Bach portrait returns home

    Bach portrait returns home

    A portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach that was one of only two known to have been painted in Leipzig during his lifetime will return after more than 265 years to the German city where he worked and is buried. E.G. Haussmann’s 1748 portrait of a...

  • McCartney reprises 1965 track in Tokyo

    McCartney reprises 1965 track in Tokyo

    Japanese fans of Sir Paul McCartney heard a world first when the former Beatle played one of his old group’s songs live for the first time − half a century after it was first released. Another Girl, which features on the Fab Four’s 1965 album...

  • A woman of substance

    A woman of substance

    Woman In Gold (2015)Certified: 12ADuration: 109 minutesDirected by: Simon CurtisStarring: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, Jonathan Pryce, Moritz BleibtreuKRS...

  • In search of one’s sons in war

    In search of one’s sons in war

    The Water Diviner (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 111 minutesDirected by: Russell CroweStarring: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Dylan Georgiades, Yılmaz Erdoğan, Cem Yılmaz, Jai Courtney, Ryan Corr, Jacqueline McKenzie, Isabel Lucas, Mert Firat,...

  • Ventriloquist Keith Harris dies at 67

    Ventriloquist Keith Harris dies at 67

    British ventriloquist Keith Harris, famous for his act with his puppet duck Orville, died yesterday aged 67, his agent said. Robert C. Kelly said Harris was first diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and became ill again in January. He said: “I spoke to...

  • Kardashian pledges support for Jenner

    Kardashian pledges support for Jenner

    Reality television star Kim Kardashian pledged her full support on Monday for her stepfather, Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner, who said last week that he identifies as a woman. Kardashian, 34, spoke out for the first time about her stepfather...

  • True colours

    True colours

    TheatreThe PrideSt James Cavalier The most important lesson and the hardest to learn is to be comfortable with who we are – that is who we really are, rather than who society expects us to be. In our relentless and often futile struggle for...

  • A parody of Hollywood films

    A parody of Hollywood films

    Mostly Harmless Productions is staging Completely Hollywood (Abridged), an action-packed, laugh-a-minute parody of all things Tinseltown is made of. This smash-hit play, which has been performed all over the globe, was originally conceived and...

  • Family condemn Winehouse film

    Family condemn Winehouse film

    Amy Winehouse’s family has criticised a documentary about her life. The singer, who died in 2011, is the subject of Amy, which will be shown at at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Winehouse’s family distanced themselves from the film, claiming...

  • Experts make music out of tweets

    Experts make music out of tweets

    Tweets have been turned into beats by tech experts who claim to have translated emotions expressed on social media into musical notes. A team of Belfast-based data scientists who have already developed software to detect emotional responses...

  • Opera awards

    German bass-baritone Christian Gerhaher and his compatriot soprano Anja Harteros were named the top male and female singers respectively at the International Opera Awards on Sunday. Berlin’s Komische Oper won the award for best opera company while...

  • Schwarzenegger takes on his first dramatic role

    Schwarzenegger takes on his first dramatic role

    Action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger reveals his dramatic, tender side and sheds a few tears as a farmer struggling to care for his dying daughter in Maggie, an unconventional zombie film. The drama that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last...

  • Dinosaurs stomping cinema screens once more

    Dinosaurs stomping cinema screens once more

    Just when you thought a T-Rex was deadly enough, here comes Jurassic World. Jurassic Park fans have had a glimpse of the long-awaited fourth instalment in the dinosaur disaster franchise, with the release of the film’s trailer heralding a...

  • Kidman set for London stage

    Nicole Kidman will return to the London theatre stage in September to play British scientist Rosalind Franklin in Photograph 51, 17 years after the Hollywood actress made her West End debut. The play, by Anna Ziegler, tells the story of Franklin,...

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