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Russell Crowe: the Noah story 'predates religion... it's more of a shared human experience'

31 Mar 2014

The A-list actor shares his opinion on the historical accuracy of Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic

Biblical blockbuster Noah made its UK debut at a handful of ‘fan screenings’ on Saturday, with star Russell Crowe making a personal appearance. The film, directed by Black Swan helmer Darren Aronofsky, is an adaptation of the story of the great flood…

WATCH: The hilarious teaser trailer for Aardman's Shaun the Sheep movie

3 Apr 2014

The scene-stealing sheep from Wallace and Gromit is set for his own big-screen adventure

A teaser trailer for Aardman Animation's Shaun the Sheep movie has landed, and it's reassuringly hilarious. While the new footage doesn't offer any plot details – the movie itself won't be released until 2015 – Aardman's signature talent for humanising…

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…

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…

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…

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Martin Scorsese, Jarvis Cocker, Julien Temple and Jeremy Deller among highlights of inaugural Art Screen doc fest

19 Mar 2014

The new film festival will take place in Glasgow in April 2014

Jarvis Cocker, Julien Temple and Jeremy Deller will be among the live guests at Art Screen, a new Glasgow-based documentary film festival set to take place in April 2014. Martin Scorsese's name is also being hailed as a highlight of the programme…

WATCH: 'Growth', the new motion poster for Darren Aronofsky's Noah, is a thing of beauty

5 Mar 2014

New gallery and mini-trailer for the ark-based epic, also starring Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins

A new motion poster for Darren Aronofsky's Noah has just debuted and, while 'motion poster' is usually just a euphemism for 'oddly formatted, super-short trailer with no plot details' this one is actually kind of beautiful. It's titled 'Growth', which…

Interview: Liam Murray Bell discusses his new novel The Busker

2 Apr 2014

The author of So It Is tackles the music industry, Occupy and homelessness in his latest novel

Would you rather be a musician or a writer? I’m happy being a writer because I don’t think I was quite cut out to be a musician to be quite honest. I was in a band as a teenager – it was myself and another singer but I was the sort of ‘Bez’ character…

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…

A Story of Children and Film

4 Apr 20143 stars

Mark Cousins’ film essay/poem is an impassioned look at childhood in cinema

A fervent supporter of world cinema, Mark Cousins’ new documentary provides some examples of the way childhood has been captured by filmmakers around the globe in the hundred years since cinema’s birth. Focusing on filmmakers from Francois Truffaut to…

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Edinburgh International Science Festival 2014: 5 GastroFest highlights

24 Mar 2014

Including Jelly & Gin's Sensation, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and The Feast of the Commonwealth

Sensation Edinburgh-based food pioneers Jelly & Gin host a sequel of sorts to last year’s Sensory Dining, with a selection of delicious food installations designed to explore the flavours, textures, shapes and smells of our food. Summerhall…

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…

Killers

3 Mar 20144 stars

A confident and well-made Indonesian/Japanese horror from The Mo Brothers

Following the failure of a major investigation, Indonesian reporter Bayu (Oka Antara) is feeling deeply depressed - the only things that even arouse his attention any more are his estranged family and the online snuff videos created by Japanese serial…

Mindscape

3 Mar 20141 star

An outdated and unoriginal 'subconscious thriller' starring Mark Strong and Brian Cox

Poor dialogue, wooden acting and a lack of originality are the major sins which scupper this pseudo-cerebral neo-noir from Jorge Dorado. Mark Strong frowns his way through his first leading role as John, a 'memory detective' tasked with investigating…

Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and Faith No More to play British Summer Time Festival 2014

1 Apr 2014

Presale tickets available from Wed 2 Apr; general sale available from Fri 4 Apr

Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and Faith No More are the latest names to be added to the British Summer Time series of gigs set to take place in Hyde Park this July. The metal titans will head up a line-up that also features Motorhead, Soulfly, Wolfmother…

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WATCH: There's a new Transformers: Age of Extinction trailer around - does anyone still care?

5 Mar 2014

Do we really need another instalment of Michael Bay's brainless, CGI-heavy shenanigans?

A new trailer has landed for Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth film in Michael Bay's robotic smash-'em-up franchise – you can have a look at it below. Once again, it features a small, human element caught between two technologically advanced…

Mogwai, Hudson Mohawke, Optimo and Numbers join forces for the East End Social's Last Big Weekend

26 Mar 2014

The two-day music festival will take place in Glasgow on Sat 30 & Sun 31 Aug

Mogwai, Hudson Mohawke, Optimo and Numbers have been announced as acts at the East End Social's Last Big Weekend, a new two-day music festival to be held in Glasgow in August 2014. Mogwai will headline the first day of the festival on Sat 30 Aug, while…

Glasgow International 2014: programme highlights

25 Mar 2014

Featuring Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne, Henrik Pätzke, Sue Tompkins, Hudinilson Jr and more

Anthea Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne: Love The once abandoned Govanhill Baths continues its new lease of life as an arts venue, this time hosting Hamilton and Byrne’s inflatable sculptures, first installed at London’s Poplar Baths during the 2012…

The Question: What's your favourite art gallery?

25 Mar 2014

We ask a question, you answer it. This month: your favourite art galleries

Justina Stonyte Summerhall. Keith Epps Union Gallery. @yasmin_sul I'd say Edinburgh's Gallery of Modern Art – especially if you arrive via the Water of Leith walk in summer. Hidden Door Collective, Whitespace, Superclub Gallery and…

The Notwist, with Jel – Mono, Glasgow, Sun 16 Mar 2014

19 Mar 20144 stars

The long-running German alt.rockers team up with the Californian hip hop electronicist

Given The Notwist’s (comparatively) recent move towards electronica, it’s not too surprising to see Jel join the long-running German alt.rockers on this European tour. The co-founder of alternative electronica/hip hop label Anticon, he’s carved a niche…

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Programme announced for the Edinburgh Art Festival 2014

13 Mar 2014

The festival will feature works by the likes of John Byrne, Susan Hiller and Isa Genzken

Works and exhibitions by Isa Genzken, Susan Hiller and John Byrne are among the highlights of the Edinburgh Art Festival 2014 programme. The festival, which runs from Thu 31 Jul–Sun 31 Aug this year, celebrates visual art at a time when the…

Chase & Status, MIA and A$AP Rocky announced for Lovebox Festival 2014

13 Mar 2014

Tickets for the London music festival go on sale Fri 14 Mar

UPDATE: The second wave of artists at Lovebox 2014 has been announced, featuring rapper Nas alongside dance acts Adam Beyer, Breach, Soul II Soul, Cottam, Craig Charles and more. Nas will be performing his debut album Illmatic, which is 20 years old…

The LaFontaines, New City Kings and Fizzy Blood lined up for ListLive

13 Mar 2014

The latest edition of our live gig series explores the various subgenres of rock

Our next ListLive event is shaping up to be yet another genre-crossing affair, this time exploring the various subgenres of rock. Scottish quintet The LaFontaines specialise in combining danceable indie rock with a lyrical hip hop overlay (not to…

Disclosure with Joey Bada$$ - Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Wed 5 Mar 2014

6 Mar 20144 stars

Poor sound quality can’t hamper a night of near-perfect pop-house

Given that the Corn Exchange is used as much for wedding fayres and corporate events as for live music performances, it’s not surprising that it lacks the decent acoustics of purpose-built gig houses. Tonight’s support act, Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$…

Gary Shteyngart – Little Failure

3 Mar 20144 stars

A truthful and humourous memoir from the author of Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story

‘They fuck you up, your mum and dad’. Philip Larkin’s most famous opening line doesn’t appear as an epigram for Gary Shteyngart’s memoir, but it wouldn’t be out of place. The novelist’s life, from early childhood in Soviet Russia to panic…