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  • Indonesia massacre and Iran sanctions impact Venice films

    Indonesia massacre and Iran sanctions impact Venice films

    Films about a 1960s massacre in Indonesia and the harsh conditions in Iran under present-day international sanctions and how they affect ordinary people struck sombre notes at the Venice Film Festival. A French caper based on a fictionalised...

  • Gold-dusted parties

    There may be no more breathtaking place than Venice to throw a big party. That must be why, to open the festival, there were two of them – back to back, dripping with glamour, gourmet food and a cocktail made with gold powder. Francesca Rocco, a...

  • Joan Rivers is ‘resting comfortably’ at hospital

    Joan Rivers is ‘resting comfortably’ at hospital

    Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers “rested comfortably” at a New York hospital where she was admitted after she suffered a cardiac arrest and stopped breathing during a vocal cord procedure, a spokeswoman said. There was no change in...

  • Cyrus’s MTV date turns himself in

    The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who was sought on an arrest warrant has turned himself in. Jesse Helt, 22, went to the Polk County Jail in Dallas, Oregon, was booked on a probation violation...

  • Shakira pregnant with second child

    Shakira pregnant with second child

    Shakira is pregnant with baby number two. The Colombian singer, who made the announcement on her Facebook and Twitter pages, wrote: “Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes!” Shakira and FC Barcelona footballer...

  • FIAT 500 Cult now in Malta

    FIAT 500 Cult now in Malta

    The new Fiat 500 Cult has been brought to Malta by Ucim Ltd of Birkirkara. Launched earlier this year at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the 500 Cult introduces new product features in terms of style and technological content. They include three new...

  • Shakira pregnant again

    Shakira pregnant again

    Shakira is pregnant with baby number two. The Colombian singer, who made the announcement on her Facebook and Twitter pages, wrote: "Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes!" Shakira and FC Barcelona footballer...

  • Tomatoes may do wonders

    Tomatoes may do wonders

    Men who eat more than 10 portions of tomatoes each week have an 18 per cent lower risk of developing prostate cancer, research suggests. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. Researchers from the Universities of...

  • Keaton in fine form in Venice festival opener

    Keaton in fine form in Venice festival opener

    Former Batman star Michael Keaton gave a soaring start to the 71st Venice Film Festival on Wednesday as a crestfallen superhero in Birdman, a film its Mexican director Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu called an experiment that could have failed...

  • Rosé wines are on their way

    Rosé wines are on their way

    Last week, the very first Malta-grown red grapes hand-harvested from the 2014 vintage rolled into the Delicata winery, not for red wine- making, but for rosé. Normally the Maltese Syrah grapes would be harvested in a few weeks’ time – if the...

  • Crab saffron risotto with lobster, shrimps, sea urchin and scallops

    Crab saffron risotto with lobster, shrimps, sea urchin and scallops

    IngredientsFor the crab and lobster bisque1 crab1 small lobster500ml fish stock 1 tbsp tomato puree 100ml dry white wine1 onion 1 fennel 1 carrot1 star anise For the crab risotto150g rice1 shallot, finely chopped100ml dry white wine1 litre crab...

  • Kate Bush hits spot – but not Heights

    Kate Bush hits spot – but not Heights

    Kate Bush has made a sensational return to the concert stage. At 56, she may no longer be able to hit the high notes of her teenage years and she might have cut back on the dancing, but she still has the trademark long dark hair, and she still...

  • Mushroom and veal raviola tossed in tomato and truffle oil

    Mushroom and veal raviola tossed in tomato and truffle oil

    Serves 1 Ingredients100g selection of mushrooms60g veal50g onions2 garlic cloves5g thyme100g pasta dough For the sauce:200g fresh plum tomatoes150g ginger25g sugar5ml white vinegar15ml truffle oil Method For the stuffing, mince together the veal,...

  • Non-allergic peanut moves closer to commercial reality

    Non-allergic peanut moves closer to commercial reality

    A new method for removing allergens from peanuts means help could soon be on the way for millions suffering from a potentially life-threatening allergy to the popular food, the US Department of Agriculture said. In a blog post, the agency said...

  • ‘Spellbinding’ show wows critics

    Kate Bush’s return to the stage wowed the critics, who have called her first live performance for 35 years “spellbinding”, “stunning” and “incomparable”. Andy Gill, for the Independent, gave Bush a five-star review, saying: “It’s quite stunning,...

  • Miley Cyrus' MTV awards date wanted on probation violation

    Miley Cyrus' MTV awards date wanted on probation violation

    The young homeless man who accepted Miley Cyrus' MTV Music Video Award has a warrant for his arrest in Oregon on a probation violation, his probation officer said. Lee Warren, the Polk County probation officer of 22-year-old Jesse Helt, said local...

  • Emmys exalt TV’s old favourites over newcomers

    Emmys exalt TV’s old favourites over newcomers

    For all the talk about newcomers raising the game of television, the industry chose to bestow its top Emmys on the long-running shows Breaking Bad and Modern Family and long-time television actors who held off challenges from film stars. Breaking...

  • A cosmic tribute

    A cosmic tribute

    The 66th annual Primetime Emmys took a sombre turn towards the end to remember Robin Williams, the versatile actor and comedian who died two weeks ago in an apparent suicide at the age of 63. With a lump in his throat and a tremble in his voice,...

  • The storm rages on big screen

    The storm rages on big screen

    Into the Storm (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 89 minutesDirected by: Steven QualeStarring: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Jeremy Sumpter, Nathan Kress, Max Deacon, Kyle Davis, Scott...

  • In Betweeners go Down Under

    The In Betweeners 2 (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 96 minutesDirected by: Damian Beesley and Iain MorrisStarring: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas, Emily Berrington, Freddie Stroma, David Field, Belinda Stewart-Wilson, Tamla...

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