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Comedy preview: Rob Delaney

21 May 2015

Catastrophe star drops into Scotland for rare appearance

A sticker plastered across his poster in The Stand heralding Rob Delaney’s only Scottish date this year says it all: ‘this show sold out even before we put this poster up’. Some people just don’t need much publicity to get the crowds rolling in. At…

Eurovision: the Twitter accounts you should be following

21 May 2015

The social media lubricants any self-respecting Eurovision viewing party demands

Eurovision. It comes round faster every year. Before you know it, the General Election has been and gone and it’s time to exercise your real democratic right. You know, the important one. Whether you’re planning to drink your way through it, watch…

FFS – FFS

21 May 20154 stars

Unlikely but brilliant collaboration between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks

FFS, indeed. Freshly-announced to the public earlier this year following much in-secret collaboration, this it-seems-strange-but-it-might-just-work fusion of Glasgow’s own Franz Ferdinand and Los Angeles’ arch pop classicists Sparks sees both bands…

Latitude Festival adds huge selection of artists to lineup

21 May 2015

Comedians Andrew Maxwell and Jason Byrne and writer Kate Mosse join Latitude lineup

This summer Latitude Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary and if nothing strikes you like a menagerie of all your favourites arts – comedy, literature, poetry, theatre and music – the festival has exciting news in the form of 50 new acts added to…

Guests to see at Glasgow Comic Con

21 May 2015

We chat to festival director Sha Nazir about the comic artists, writers and creators headed for Glas

Now in it's fifth year, Glasgow Comic Con brings together artists, authors, publishers and sellers in a celebratory showcase of comics, graphic novels, comic art and writing. Following a sell-out year in 2014, the two-day event expects to welcome 5,000…

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Sicario

21 May 20154 stars

Cannes 2015: Emily Blunt impresses in this tense thriller from Denis Villeneuve

Emily Blunt is superb in French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s tense and stylish action thriller set in a lawless land of drugs and guns. When her FBI agent, Kate Macy, is offered a new mission after her exemplary handling of a particularly grim…

Youth

21 May 20154 stars

Cannes 2015: More fabulous Fellini-esque antics from Paolo Sorrentino, with Michael Caine

Youth is a state of mind in the latest extravagant cinematic opera from Italian director Paolo Sorrentino. A baroque reflection on the regrets and indignities of old age, it finds Sorrentino increasingly happy to claim the title of a 21st century…

Daniel Kitson brings Polyphony to the Fringe

21 May 2015

Comedian's new play to be performed at Roundabout theatre in Summerhall

One of comedy's most elusive creatures, Daniel Kitson, is bringing his play Polyphony to Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year. Debuted at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Polyphony is, in typical Kitson style, subversive…

Film in the City returns: free outdoor cinema coming to Edinburgh

21 May 2015

Grassmarket and St Andrew Square to host interactive, family-friendly screenings in June

Free outdoor cinema is coming to the heart of city in June, thanks to a partnership between This is Edinburgh and Edinburgh International Film Festival. And in case that didn’t sink in the first time, yes, we really did say free. Screenings take…

Review: We Dance, wee groove

21 May 20154 stars

Interactive dance fun for pre-schoolers and their parents from Still Motion

Take your comfy shoes for this enjoyable blend of simple dance theatre, pre-school disco and structured active playtime, because you’re going to feel like you’re missing out if you don’t join in. In a darkened church hall, kids and their parents form a…

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Theatre review: Happy Days

21 May 20154 stars

Karen Dunbar dives into dramatic despair, as Andy Arnold gives Beckett's play a strong outing

Andy Arnold established his reputation at The Arches through evocative, site-responsive productions of Samuel Beckett's absurdist scripts; Karen Dunbar is best-known for her characters in Chewin' The Fat. Arnold's decision to cast Dunbar as Win, the…

The best films and events at 2015's Sheffield Doc/Fest

21 May 2015

Highlights from the UK's premier documentary film festival

We pick just some of the highlights form this year's packed programme at the Sheffield Doc/Fest which boasts an impressive 150 features and shorts alongside workshops, art instillations, music and interviews. The Look of Silence This year's opening…

Preview: Cottier Dance Project

20 May 2015

Dance and music come together in UK’s largest chamber music festival

Few dance fans would dispute the importance of music in a performance – yet so often it’s relegated to an orchestra pit or pair of speakers. So it’s refreshing to see both genres receive equal billing at the Cottier Dance Project. As festival…

Anne Hathaway monster movie sued by Godzilla owners

20 May 2015

Legal trouble for film described as 'Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich'

Voltage Pictures, makers of serious Oscar-awarded films such as The Hurt Locker and Dallas Buyers Club, have run into a spot of trouble with an upcoming project. Colossal, currently seeking funding, is about Gloria, an 'ordinary woman' played in the…

Scottish Opera new 2015–16 season announced

20 May 2015

World premiere of supernatural opera The Devil Inside among the highlights

From popular classics Carmen and The Mikado to a brand new stage work by writer Louise Welsh and composer Stuart MacRae, Scottish Opera’s 2015–16 season, announced today, features seven productions and a total of 111 performances in 41 towns across…

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Poltergeist

20 May 20153 stars

Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt head up this so-so update of the 80s horror classic

A nice family move into a blighted house, things go bump in the night and the youngest child is kidnapped by vengeful spirits, necessitating a psychic showdown with the help of some paranormal experts. Whether or not you know the influential 1982…

Inside Out

20 May 20154 stars

Cannes 2015: Truthful and delightful Pixar animation, with Amy Poehler

Pixar deliver the goods yet again with a delightful, poignant and hysterically funny animation which takes us inside the mind of a troubled young girl named Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias). Her brain is imagined as a well-oiled factory hub commanded by…

Made in Scotland 2015 programme announced

20 May 2015

New world class theatre, dance and music from Scottish artists and companies

A major new production from Glasgow’s Vanishing Point theatre company, a musical requiem for Edward Snowden and transgender retelling of the Gospel story are among the 21 shows in the Fringe’s Made in Scotland showcase this year, it’s been announced…

Preview: Cottier Chamber Project

20 May 2015

The chamber music festival adds a dance strand into the mix

It’s difficult to believe that there used to be summers in Glasgow without the Cottier Chamber Project. Hardly a project any more, it is now a full blown festival in its fifth year with at least 60 events going on over almost the whole month of June.

Preview: Lucy Clout and Marianna Simnett What Will They See of Me?

20 May 2015

CCA showcases bold new video-work by Jerwood/FVU Awards 2015 winners

This exhibition sees the culmination of an ambitious yearlong project undertaken by winners of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2015. Lucy Clout and Marianna Simnett were each awarded £20,000 to develop their very different moving-image works in response to the…

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New on Netflix UK: June 2015

19 May 2015

Orange is the New Black season 3, Sense8 and Obvious Child make up the June highlights on Netflix

Look out for season three of female prison drama Orange is the New Black premiering on Netflix on June 12th. We see the return of Piper’s ex-girlfriend Alex and find out whether Vee really is dead on the side of the road. Another Netflix original…

New to Amazon Prime UK and MUBI: June 2015

19 May 2015

Bonkbuster Fifty Shades of Grey and controversial North Korea comedy The Interview lead June lineup

Satirical comedy The Interview starring James Franco and Seth Rogen comes to Amazon Prime Instant Video in June. It caused North Korea to issue an official statement against the USA with President Obama stepping in to support its release. If you’re a…

Theatre preview: Bard in the Botanics 2015

19 May 2015

Outdoor Shakespeare festival returns with two rare treats

‘I think we're in a unique position at Bard in the Botanics,’ says artitic director Gordon Barr. ‘Because we're now Scotland's biggest producer of Shakespeare, our audiences are really keen to experience the full range of his work, and that gives us the…

The Arches club closure: key clubbers respond

19 May 2015

Members of Glasgow's renowned club scene respond to the closure of The Arches as a nightclub

There’s nothing more appealing than controversy. You could argue that it goes hand in hand with any club worth its salt. Music, like probably every other artform, began scaring people in authority from ancient Greek times to today with its power to…

Best Eurovision games to play when the big night arrives

19 May 2015

Everything you need to celebrate Europe’s sparkliest event, from a drinking game to bingo

Music fans (we use that term loosely) be prepared: the big day is almost upon us. Participating countries have selected their representatives, Graham Norton is primed and ready for some right-on-the-line commentating, and roughly a metric tonne of…