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Interview: Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero of The Room

25 Feb 2014

The two filmmakers discuss their so-bad-it's-good movie and Sestero's book, The Disaster Artist

When I meet Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero, I am woefully under-prepared. I’d come along to tonight’s screening of The Room – part of the Cameo Cinema’s centenary celebrations – as a paying punter, expecting to witness a bit of Tommy’s madness on-stage…

Calvary

27 Feb 20144 stars

Brendan Gleeson, Dylan Moran and Chris O'Dowd star in a thoughtful Catholic comedy-drama

Brendan Gleeson and John Michael McDonagh reteam following lacklustre 2011 comedy The Guard in this much more thoughtful examination of Catholic guilt. They're joined by the cream of Irish film and TV talent, including Chris O'Dowd, Dylan Moran, Aidan…

A brief guide to the many guests at The Grand Budapest Hotel

4 Mar 2014

Wes Anderson's latest stars Ralph Fiennes, Billy Murray, Jason Schwartzman and more

Wes Anderson's latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is 'perfectly realised caper' set in a continental hotel between the wars (at least, that's what our reviewer thought). The hotel setting provides Anderson with an ideal venue for showcasing the…

Preview of 2014: 10 cultural events you won't want to miss

17 Dec 2013

Featuring the Commonwealth Games, Drake, Dark Behaviour and Only Lovers Left Alive

The big hitters Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Even if you were the ‘forget your PE kit’ sort when you were at school, there’s little chance you’ll be able to avoid getting swept up by Commonwealth fever when it hits Glasgow at the height of…

WATCH: The new trailer for Sex Tape is raunchy, funny... and great product placement

1 Apr 2014

The film follows a couple - Cameron Diaz & Jason Segel - whose sex tape turns up on gift iPads

The trailer for Sex Tape, a new comedy starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz, has landed, providing an idea of the plot and sense of humour involved – as well as a healthy dose of product placement for Apple. Segel and Diaz play Jay and Annie, a…

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The Goonies: who would be available for a sequel?

7 Apr 2014

Director Richard Donner says he wants the original cast back for a remake - but are they available?

Director Richard Donner surprised a showbiz photographer recently when he casually mentioned he's working on a sequel to 1980s family adventure The Goonies – and that he hopes the original cast will be back on board. The seminal 1985 kids' film starred…

Alan Carr, Lee Evans & Michael McIntyre announced for Channel 4 Comedy Gala 2014

25 Feb 2014

Line-up also features Jack Dee, Jason Byrne, Jo Brand, John Bishop, Kevin Bridges and more

Have you ever noticed how many comedians have names beginning with J? Jack Dee, Jason Byrne, Jason Manford, Jo Brand, John Bishop, Jon Richardson, Jonathan Ross and Josh Widdicombe have been announced as part of the line-up for Channel 4's annual Comedy…

WATCH: New red band trailer and character posters for Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West

30 Jan 2014

The comedy western stars Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris and Amanda Seyfried

Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, Giovanni Ribisi and Amanda Seyfried feature in the newly released character posters for Seth MacFarlane's upcoming comedy western, A Million Ways to Die in the West. MacFarlane, who…

WATCH: The trailer for Calvary, starring Brendon Gleeson and Dylan Moran

11 Dec 2013

Domhnall Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd and Aidan Gillan also star in the darkly comic thriller

An impressive cast of Emerald Isle talent has been assembled for the new trailer for Calvary, which debuted today. Brendan Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson, Aidan Gillan, Chris O'Dowd and Dylan Moran (who first alerted us to the project in an interview earlier…

Still Game to return for live dates at The Hydro

23 Oct 2013

Stars Greg Hemphill and Ford Kiernan are also set to discuss a TV comeback with the BBC

Beloved BBC comedy series Still Game is set to be resurrected on stage at The Hydro from Fri 19 Sep–Thu 9 Oct 2014. Stars Greg Hemphill (Victor), Ford Kiernan (Jack), Paul Riley (Winston), Mark Cox (Tam), Jane McCarry (Isa), Gavin Mitchell (Boabby…

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Jay and Silent Bob creator Kevin Smith plans UK tour for summer 2014

13 Mar 2014

The writer-director will be joined by Jason Mewes and Ralph Garman

American writer/director Kevin Smith is set to tour the UK in June & July 2014 with a series of comedy dates. Smith, whose credits include Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks I & II, will make five live appearances, accompanied variously by…

Witching and Bitching

27 Feb 20143 stars

Alex de la Iglesia's action-horror-comedy starts well but stumbles halfway through

Cult director Alex de la Iglesia owes a lot to Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn in this fast-paced action-horror-comedy. As with FDTD, Witching and Bitching picks up with a gang of crooks on the run following a heist. Instead of hiding out in a…

LFO

24 Feb 20143 stars

Lo-fi black comedy about a trance-inducing sound engineer

Maladjusted sound technician Robert (Patrik Karlson) has stumbled upon an amazing discovery: a sound frequency which immediately puts the listener into a hypnotic trance, susceptible to any suggestion they might hear. Armed with speakers, a pair of…

Interview: Jack Thorne, BAFTA-winning writer of A Long Way Down

19 Mar 2014

The screen writer talks Travolta, taps and extra-terrestrials

First record you ever bought Jive Bunny’s ‘Swing the Mood’. Yes, I know. Last extravagant purchase you made I just bought a house with my wife Rach and we’re currently doing it up. And it turns out taps are really expensive. So, taps. First…

Hot 100 2013: 100-90

11 Dec 2013

Kieran Hurley, Fern Brady and Peter Doig among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

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WATCH: Anchorman 2 - Trailer 2!

23 Oct 2013

New footage from The Legend Continues introduces a clash of news values, and Fantana's jimmy cabinet

The latest trailer for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues has landed online, featuring blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearances from Harrison Ford, James Marsden and Greg Kinnear alongside the old team of Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), Brian Fantana (Paul…

WATCH: The new trailer (plus images) for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

19 Feb 2014

Chris Pratt and a talking raccoon feature in the trailer for the sci-fi action comedy blockbuster

An extended teaser trailer for Marvel's upcoming blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy debuted on US chat show Jimmy Kimmel last night – you can take a look at it, along with a gallery of images, below. What with the footage being billed as 'teaser'…

Comedian Rap Battles – The Stand, Glasgow, Wed 15 Jan 2014

16 Jan 20143 stars

A hit-and-miss night of comedic verbal jousting, featuring The Wee Man and Jellybean Martinez

The traditional rap battle has its roots in US inner-city playground game The Dozens, in which two opponents take turns to sling insults at each other (often but not always pertaining to the size or promiscuity of one’s momma). The game has been adapted…

The Mighty Boosh confirm new tour and album NOT in the works

6 Jan 2014

Noel Fielding and Dave 'Bollo' Brown tackle rumours of a Boosh reunion

Members of The Mighty Boosh have stated that they will not be back on the road in 2014 (via Boosh fansite The Velvet Onion). The story, originally published by The Mail on Sunday and picked up by outlets including The Guardian and Chortle, had Boosh…

Interview: comedian Ed Byrne on Prince, pork ribs and pre-internet babysitting

14 Oct 2013

The Irish comic runs the gauntlet of our First and Last questionnaire

First record you ever bought It was the 12" version of ‘Let's Go Crazy’ by Prince and the Revolution. Still the perfect crossover between rock and pop music anyone has ever written. And the B side (‘Erotic City’) had the F-word in it which 12-year-old…

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DVD review: Sharknado

7 Oct 20132 stars

Seriously silly aquatic disaster flick starring Ian Ziering, Jaason Simmons and Tara Reid

Let’s acknowledge one thing from the off: Sharknado is only too aware of how trashy a film it is. The tagline reads, ‘Enough Said!’ The cast includes D-list stars from Baywatch (Jaason Simmons) and Beverly Hills 90210 (Ian Ziering). There’s a reliance…

Bill Burr – O2 Academy, Glasgow, Wed 4 Dec 2013

17 Dec 20133 stars

The US comedian struggles with venue difficulties but wins out overall

There are a couple of stumbling blocks on this first date of Bill Burr’s UK tour. Glasgow’s O2 Academy is a tad too expansive for a comedy gig, leading to problems with both sound quality and temperature (rather than complain about audience members…

Profile: American comedian Bill Burr

21 Nov 2013

He's not the new Louis CK, he's a very naughty boy

Name: Bill Burr Born: 1968, Massachusetts, US Where do I know him from? If you’re a Breaking Bad fan, you may recognise him as Patrick Kuby, one of Saul Goodman’s associates – he first crops up in season four. Or perhaps, as a video game fanatic…

Monty Python unveil details for 2014 stage show at The O2, London

21 Nov 2013

The show will feature new and old material, animation and 'a tiny bit of ancient sex'

The surviving members of Monty Python – John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones – officially announced some details of their forthcoming stage show, which will take place at The O2, London on Tue 1 Jul 2014. Tickets will go…

The Film Formula: Filth

30 Sep 2013

We discover the different elements behind the James McAvoy-starring crime movie

When it comes to movies about bad cops – and James McAvoy's Bruce Robertson, the protagonist in Filth, is as bad as they come – it's hard not to mention the bobbies who were so bad, they named the film(s) after them. Harvey Keitel's coke-snorting…