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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer leaks online

17 Apr 2015

Trailer for Warner Bros' prestige picture leaked online in cameraphone footage

It would take a man with nerves of steel to release a film trailer mere hours after THAT one made its debut. Unfortunately for Warner Bros, someone seems to have concealed their cameraphone at a secret screening of the trailer for next year's Zack…

New on Netflix UK and MUBI: May 2015

17 Apr 2015

Serial Mom, Cold Fish, Fast & Furious 6 and Drive all coming to VOD next month

Netflix have added ‘Pope of Trash’ John Waters’ skewering of suburban America, Serial Mom. Kathleen Turner is marvellous and mischievous as a mother who turns into one of America’s most wanted when she goes on a killing spree. It’s one of her best…

Interview: Timothy Spall, ‘I turned it down at first, because it frightened me'

17 Apr 2015

Veteran actor talks about new haunted house drama The Enfield Haunting

In 1977 a family was terrorised by poltergeist in a non-descript council house. It was one of the most documented hauntings ever studied in the UK. That these shocking events happened in the middle of suburbia just made them even more terrifying. Now…

Theatre review: 52 Shades of Maggie

17 Apr 20153 stars

A comic romp not for the easily offended

Despite the title, this 52 Shades has little to do with BDSM or life-style pornography: beneath the heroine's bluster, there are no expensive consumables or romantic millionaires. Rather, this comic monologue sequel to the successful 51 Shades is a…

Theatre review: O is for Hoolet

17 Apr 20154 stars

Ishbel McFarlane explores the mither tongue in her one-woman show

Platform 18 winner Ishbel McFarlane swaps an obsession with trains – as seen in her previous work, Even in Edinburgh and Glasgow, which was performed on the Glasgow to Edinburgh commuter train – for a lively exploration of linguistics, in which she…

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Doctor Who film and other TV series we want made into movies

17 Apr 2015

As reports of Doctor Who on the big screen emerge, we dream of a Friends movie and more

Whovians, brace yourselves. According to the Independent, a series of leaked emails between Sony executives reveal that a Doctor Who film is being planned, and will be hitting the silver screen within the next eight years (which is basically nothing in…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer frame-by-frame analysis

17 Apr 2015

Many Bothans died to bring us this information

JJ Abrams, you're really spoiling us. The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit the web last night and caused everyone to collective lose their minds, whilst simultaneously regressing to the childhood selves. Unless you were born mid-90s…

Charlie Hebdo: book from late editor Charb to be published posthumously

16 Apr 2015

Stephane Charbonnier defends his editorial stance and upholds the right to ridicule religion

A book written by Stephane Charbonnier (Charb), former editor of French magazine Charlie Hebdo, is to be published posthumously. Entitled An Open Letter to the Fraudsters of Islamophobia who Play into Racists' Hands, the work was finished just two…

Cannes full lineup announced

16 Apr 2015

Films from Todd Haynes, Stephane Brize and Gus van Sant are included in Palme d'Or

The full lineup for the 68th Cannes Film Festival was announced today. Films selected for competition in Palme d'Or include Todd Haynes' Carol, Stephane Brize's A Simple Man and Gus van Sant's Sea of Trees. Award-winning directors Joel and Ethan…

Toni Morrison – God Help The Child

16 Apr 20153 stars

Morrison's latest novel takes an unflinching look at the long term effects of child abuse

Toni Morrison's latest novel explores the damage adults inflict upon children and the lasting effect it has on their lives. Most of the dramatic events in the book have taken place years previously and we are only witness to the aftermath, calmly…

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Kids theatre review: Celeste’s Circus

15 Apr 20153 stars

Puppetry and pretend French in circus-themed show for pre-school children

A micro-play for pre-school children old enough to hold their attention on a performer even just for a few minutes, Celeste’s Circus works on two levels. One, for the children, because it revels in a sense of visual invention which offers gleeful…

McG to direct Mortal Instruments TV adaptation Shadowhunters

15 Apr 2015

Director announced for new television series based on Cassandra Clare's fantasy novels

After the success of The Hunger Games, studios were desperate for yet another young adult fantasy series. Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments novels (the first six book series in a proposed five part opus The Shadow Chronicles) seemed to fit the…

Talbot Rice Gallery launches TRG3

15 Apr 2015

Steven Anderson, the first artist selected for TRG3, explains his plans

The Talbot Rice Gallery celebrates its 40th anniversary in May and to celebrate it has launched TRG3, a new project designed to showcase innovative, experimental projects from emerging artists, hosted in the gallery’s iconic ‘Round Room’. Scottish…

Glastonbury lineup announcement: who is the Sunday headliner?

15 Apr 2015

We dream about who will play alongside Kanye West, Patti Smith, Foo Fighters and Pharrell Williams

If you haven’t already started airing out last year’s wellies and bulk-buying discount hand sanitiser in preparation for Glastonbury 2015, now would be a good time to start, as a whole load of new acts have been added to the ever-growing line-up. It…

Interview: John Luther Adams, ‘We’ve forgotten how we fit into the world’

15 Apr 2015

The environmental composer gets ready to debut new work at the East Neuk Festival this summer

‘For me, music is not what I do – music is how I understand the world. At a personal level, I think I’m trying to compose home.’ US composer John Luther Adams isn’t talking about some self-absorbed, new-age-y longing for security through sound. This…

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Glasgow Film Theatre expands its GFF Sound & Vision strand

15 Apr 2015

Events include a Record Store Day screening of Empire Records and mini-fest Live at Glasgow

The Glasgow Film Theatre is expanding its Sound & Vision programme of live events throughout April and May. There are screenings of rarely-seen movies with live music, a preview of the new Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You, and an entire…

T in the Park 'supremely confident', expects positive outcome

15 Apr 2015

As T in the Park awaits its fate, the festival remains highly upbeat despite opposition

T in the Park remain confident the festival will go ahead, despite rumours it will not continue if it cannot take place at Strathallan Castle this July. If Perth and Kinross Council side with those opposed to the new site due to environmental issues…

DCA: Maripol, Clare Stephenson and Zoe Williams

15 Apr 20154 stars

Dundee Contemporary Arts' exhibition Spring / Summer 2015 has substance as well as style

After a succession of impressively immersive shows that have felt at times like being in assorted night-club chill-out rooms, the DCA comes blinking into the (neon) light for this triple-headed glamour chase. The exhibition is spearheaded by the French…

Theatre review: Whisky Galore

14 Apr 20153 stars

The National Theatre of Scotland brings the traditional Ealing comedy to a contemporary audience

The Ealing comedy, Whisky Galore, is either a charming piece of British playfulness, or a dated parody of the Scottish obsession with alcohol, as the characters take on the most simplistic qualities of the highlander, all patriarchal fathers…

Brian Cox and Bill Paterson return to Lyceum for 50th anniversary season

14 Apr 2015

Waiting for Godot opens 2015-16 programme, followed by Tipping the Velvet

Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre Company celebrates its 50th anniversary this year – and to mark the occasion, their 2015-16 season is welcoming back two familiar faces: Brian Cox and Bill Paterson. Cox (Rushmore, Zodiac, Bob Servant) and Paterson (Truly…

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Listen to FFS’s new single Johnny Delusional

14 Apr 2015

Franz Ferdinand and Sparks release the first track from their debut album as FFS

The recently-formed supergroup, comprising art rockers Franz Ferdinand and American fraternal duo Sparks, have released the first single of their forthcoming debut album. The 12-Track, self-titled album will be released on Monday 8 June on Domino. It…

TV review: W1A Series Two, BBC Two

14 Apr 20154 stars

Hugh Bonneville stars in scarily plausible BBC mockumentary

More management doublespeak and pandering to political correctness as Hugh Bonneville returns as the BBC's Head of Values in mockumentary W1A. It’s a faked but scarily believable peek behind closed doors at the Beeb. In fact if you didn't know better…

All the Top Five Lists from High Fidelity

13 Apr 2015

The List celebrates the many lists of High Fidelity, published twenty years ago this week

'Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?' Nick Hornby's debut novel High Fidelity was published 20 years ago this week, and Stephen Frears' equally-beloved movie adaptation was released…

Watch Trembling Bells’ ‘Hallelujah’ music video

13 Apr 2015

Premiering a hallucinatory trip down Glasgow's High Street with Trembling Bells

Scottish folk-rock band Trembling Bells have a new and wonderfully hallucinogenic music video tour of Glasgow to accompany its 7” release of ‘Hallelujah’ as part of Record Store Day. Alex Neilson’s song-based group featuring Lavinia Blackwall’s…

Live Review: Nicki Minaj, The Hydro, Glasgow, Sun 12 Apr

13 Apr 20154 stars

Anaconda singer Minaj goes radge on her PinkPrint tour

So Minaj goes radge in Glasgow for the second time in less than six months – Her Pinkness was last at The Hydro back in November to host the MTV Europe awards, where she also picked up her own prize for best hip hop artist. There are plenty of purists…