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  • Violent protests over Bollywood epic in India

    Violent protests over Bollywood epic in India

    It's a Bollywood drama based on the legend of a 14th Century Hindu Queen. But several states in India now stepping up police presence in the run-up to the Thursday release of the film "Padmaavat". Street protests this week turned increasingly...

  • Oprah Winfrey not running for US president

    Oprah Winfrey not running for US president

    Oprah Winfrey has said she is not interested in running for US president and that she does not "have the DNA" for it. The talk show host and actress sparked speculation that she could be in line for the job following her rousing speech at the...

  • Shakira investigated for tax evasion in Spain

    Shakira investigated for tax evasion in Spain

    Spanish tax authorities have launched an investigation into Shakira for tax evasion, saying they suspect the Colombian pop star dodged income taxes in the country between 2012 and 2014.  Shakira, who has been in a long-term relationship with...

  • Elton John to stop touring after 50 years

    Elton John to stop touring after 50 years

    Sir Elton John is to retire from touring after almost 50 years. The 70-year-old hitmaker will make the announcement later on Wednesday, according to the Daily Mirror. The musician's website currently displays a countdown clock set for 5.30pm GMT...

  • On track to setting education record

    On track to setting education record

    The Helen O’Grady Academy has teamed up with St Edwards College in support of the Eminence Arts and Education’s Right-To-Write initiative, to mark Global Handwriting Awareness Day on January 23.   This initiative was launched by Managing Director...

  • This week at the cinema - January 24, 2018

    This week at the cinema - January 24, 2018

    The Post (2017)Genre: DramaDirector: Steven SpielbergStarring: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Sarah Paulson, Matthew Ryhs, Bruce Greenwood, Alison BrieDuration: 116 minutesClass: 12AKRS Releasing Ltd After the children’s film The BFG, director Steven...

  • Guizhou dancers dazzle for New Year

    Guizhou dancers dazzle for New Year

    Hundreds were entertained in Kalkara last weekend by an ethnic minority folk dance troupe, which marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Malta with a performance in aid of charity. The Guizhou Congjiang theatre company danced...

  • Shape of Water leads Oscar nominations

    Shape of Water leads Oscar nominations

    Shape of Water, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's fantasy/drama about a woman who who discovers a secret at a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore, is leading this year's race at the Oscars with 13 nominations.  The 90th...

  • Three Billboards the big winner as sex scandal dominates Screen Actors Guild awards

    Three Billboards the big winner as sex scandal dominates Screen Actors Guild awards

    Dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won three prizes at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Sunday in a ceremony marked by women and their stories amid the sexual misconduct scandal that has swept Hollywood. The Fox...

  • Dark, brooding, intense

    Dark, brooding, intense

    In a recent interview with The Guardian newspaper, actor Christian Bale said: “I was asked to do a romantic comedy. I thought they’d lost their minds!” Well, the idea of Bale ever doing a romantic comedy – or any comedy, really – is an idea that...

  • When everyone’s right

    When everyone’s right

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri5 starsDirector: Martin McDonaghStars: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam RockwellDuration: 115 minsClass: 15KRS Releasing Ltd Seven months have passed since her daughter was raped and murdered by the...

  • Church modelling dates back to the Knights of St John

    Church modelling dates back to the Knights of St John

    The annual exhibition of the Għaqda Dilettanti Mudelli ta’ Knejjes is a well-known event in the Maltese cultural calendar. Whereas the exhibition is usually held in the first fortnight of Lent, this year it has been shifted to January, coinciding...

  • The invisible visible

    The invisible visible

    Giulia Privitelli, from Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, writes about Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, the two Spanish artists that took on the world and whose works will be on exhibit in Malta later this year. “The spectacle of the sky overwhelms me. I...

  • The new Antigone

    The new Antigone

    As director Tyrone Grima gears up for the first drama in the Manoel Theatre’s 2018 programme, he tells Iggy Fenech about the vision behind the world-first setting of the ancient story. They say some stories are timeless; that their message spans...

  • Exciting kickoff for Teatru Malta

    Exciting kickoff for Teatru Malta

    What do boxing champions, bird trappers, professional mimes, għannejja and winners of the Royal Court’s Pinter Commission, and Our Lady of Sorrows all have in common? They all form an intrinsic part of Teatru Malta’s vision for 2018. Teatru Malta...

  • Sitting in the hot seat

    Sitting in the hot seat

    Just under a year ago, I met up with the revered Maltese violinist Carmine Lauri to interview him about his performance of Alexander Glazunov’s Violin Concerto at the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra’s Russian Masters concert last April. I recently...

  • The Kinks, Zombies bassist Rodford dies

    The Kinks, Zombies bassist Rodford dies

    The Zombies bassist Jim Rodford has died aged 76, his cousin and the band's frontman Rod Argent has confirmed. The musician, whose career spanned six decades and included 18 years with The Kinks, died on Saturday after a fall on the stairs. He...

  • Tom Petty died due to "accidental drug overdose"

    Tom Petty died due to "accidental drug overdose"

    Rocker Tom Petty died in October due to "multisystem organ failure" brought on by an accidental overdose of seven medications, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's office said on Friday. The coroner's office attributed Petty's death at the...

  • Mexican hotel keeping Hotel California name after Eagles settlement

    Mexican hotel keeping Hotel California name after Eagles settlement

    A hotel in Mexico named Hotel California plans to continue using the name in that country after settling a lawsuit brought by the Eagles over rights related to the country-rock band's classic 1976 song. Hotel California Baja LLC said on Friday it...

  • Sketches play on elements of Maltese spirit, tradition

    Sketches play on elements of Maltese spirit, tradition

    Teatru Triptiku has prepared a different treat as part of the opening week of Valletta 2018.   Directed by Jacob Piccinino, in collaboration with Arthur Dumas and Alan Stuart Goldie Cairncross, the ensemble presents three mini-sketches that...