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New Freeview channel Spike TV launches

1 Apr 2015

Breaking Bad among the highlights on new TV channel Spike, launching on Freeview and Sky

Spike TV is coming to the UK. On 15 April Viacom – the network behind MTV, Channel 5, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon – are launching a new channel available via Freeview, FreeSat and Sky. So what have they got in store? The biggest news is that Spike…

New Daily Show host Trevor Noah is already in Twitter trouble

31 Mar 2015

Jokes on the social network about women and Jews has made comedian's anointment kinda awkward

The online ink is barely dry celebrating the announcement that senior international correspondent Trevor Noah is to become the next host of The Daily Show, replacing the much loved Jon Stewart, and already Comedy Central bosses might have a bit of an…

Best Record Store Day 2015 events across Edinburgh and Glasgow

27 Mar 2015

Releases from David Bowie, Miracle Strip and Biffy Clyro are on sale as part of Record Store Day

You can keep your MP3s and your iTunes and whatnot, it's been eight years now and thankfully, the UK is still not over Record Store Day. This year plenty of acts are getting in on the act and putting out special releases – there's David Bowie, with a…

Jesse Eisenberg looks terrifying as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

25 Mar 2015

First image of actor as evil genius is far more intimidating than Hackman or Spacey ever were

We've all met Ben Affleck as Sad Batman already, and we know Henry Cavill as Superman took the whole 'man of steel' thing quite seriously. But for those who have been waiting and wondering what kind of Lex Luthor we're getting our of Jesse Eisenberg…

Preacher: Joe Gilgun joins the cast of upcoming TV show

25 Mar 2015

Actor set to play Cassidy in the adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's comic series

Television's current appetite for horror and comics collides, as Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's supernatural series Preacher takes one step closer to reality. Brit actor Joe Gilgun (Misfits / This is England) is the latest name confirmed for the cast…

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The X-Files new season: the best Twitter reactions

25 Mar 2015

The universe reacts to news of Mulder and Scully’s return

The truth is out there friends, and we may very well learn it some time next year, as a new season of The X-Files has been announced. Fox has ordered a new six-episode ‘event series’ which will be helmed by Chris Carter, a writer on the original…

Glasgow Film Theatre launches deaf and hard of hearing film club

24 Mar 2015

Visible Cinema is run in partnership with Film Hub Scotland and Solar Bear

Independent cinema Glasgow Film Theatre has launched Visible Cinema, a new initiative designed to both increase awareness about cinema access and to provide a relaxed and welcoming environment, where those who are deaf or hard of hearing can enjoy a…

Edinburgh Art Festival 2015 programme is announced

24 Mar 2015

For the first time, the EAF features an open call for submissions by early career artists

Edinburgh Art Festival announced its 2015 programme today. For the first time the festival is issuing an open call for proposals by early career artists, giving recent graduates a chance to have their work seen by an international audience.

Mogwai 20th anniversary tour, dates added and lineup details

23 Mar 2015

Cork and Dublin stops added to the tour, with Glasgow support now including Loop and The Vaselines

Scottish post-rockers Mogwai are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a recently announced series of June gigs in London and Glasgow, have now added dates in Cork and Dublin to their tour schedule. Also announced are the supporting acts joining…

Aye Write! launches 2015 programme

19 Mar 2015

Glasgow’s annual book festival welcomes Jane Hawking, Kevin Bridges, Lucy Ribchester and more

Launched in 2005 and hosted annually in the iconic Mitchell Library, Glasgow's book festival Aye Write has reached its tenth birthday. To mark a decade showcasing international literature, the festival is hosting a celebratory event There's Only One Aye…

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Solar eclipse 2015: best places in Scotland to see it

19 Mar 2015

Where to see the phenomenon, from Edinburgh's Camera Obscura to Shetland's Sumburgh Lighthouse

So, you figured out where to buy your solar eclipse glasses, you think you look pretty good in them, and now you’re all dressed up with nowhere to go witness the phenomenon. If you’re searching for a place to go when the sun’s light is blocked out on…

Magners Summer Nights 2015 lineup revealed

18 Mar 2015

Highlights include: King Creosote, Roddy Frame, Glasgvegas, Joan Armatrading, Ben Folds and more

The lineup for this year's Magners' Summer Nights festival has been announced featuring a series of summertime gigs in Glasgow (Thu 6 Aug – Sat 15 Aug) and Edinburgh (Wed 26 Aug – Fri 28 Aug). Glasgow's Bandstand in Kelvingrove Park will feature…

Bloc Party recording new album

17 Mar 2015

Listen to Bloc Party's new music as the band announce they are working on a fifth album

Bloc Party have confirmed that they are recording a new album. Speaking to Australian radio show, Triple J, frontman Kele Okereke confirmed that, following a hiatus that began in 2012 after their fourth album Four, the group are 'at the writing and…

Twin Peaks' return in doubt

16 Mar 2015

Uncertainty cast over the much-hyped new series of Twin Peaks, due to hit screens in 2016

Although co-creator David Lynch previously said he wouldn't talk about the new series until 2016, he broke his silence at the Between Two Worlds exhibition in Australia. When asked if the new Twin Peaks was happening, Lynch said, 'I don't know. There…

Frozen 2 is announced by Disney

13 Mar 2015

The highest-grossing animated film of all time is getting a sequel

Disney has announced a sequel to 2013's Frozen, the much-loved and staggeringly successful animated movie that's launched countless belted-out renditions of 'Let It Go' and earned its studio nearly $1.3bn. Disney & Pixar's Chief Creative Officer John…

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Terry Pratchett: Twitter users pay tribute to the late author

12 Mar 2015

Following the Discworld creator's death, many took to the site to express their sadness

Following on from news that renowned fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett OBE has died, several writers and celebrities took to Twitter to express their sadness at his passing.

Author Terry Pratchett has died

12 Mar 2015

Writer of the popular 'Discworld' series has died aged 66, after long battle with Alzheimer's

Renowned fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett OBE has died at his home, aged 66, it has been announced by his publishing company. Pratchett is best know for the Discworld series, which stretches to some 40 installments dating back to 1983, and with…

Revenge, torture, nudity and true love: when Princess Bride met Game of Thrones

12 Mar 2015

Princess of Thrones: it’s more than a kissing book (peeking allowed)

It’s a common tale. Boy is sick. Boy visits Grandpa. Boy asks Grandpa to read him a story. Grandpa whips out the old Game of Thrones! What? No? Well dreams have just become reality with Shawn Kohne and Todd Spence’s truly childhood altering mash-up of…

Young Fathers announce release of White Men are Black Men Too

12 Mar 2015

Young Fathers' new album White Men are Black Men Too released in April, new single 'Shame' out now

Young Fathers have announced their second studio album, White Men are Black Men too, will be released on Sat 6 Apr. Controversially-titled White Men are Black Men Too (more on that here), the Scottish trio's new album falls somewhere in between rock…

Back to the Future with live orchestra score at Edinburgh International Film Festival

12 Mar 2015

Film festival and RSNO to present 30th anniversary screening with Alan Silvestri’s legendary score

Edinburgh International Film Festival is celebrating timeless classic Back to the Future by teaming up with Royal Scottish National Orchestra for the 30th anniversary of the festival’s UK premiere of the film with a live scored performance at the…

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Watch trailer for Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck

12 Mar 2015

First authorised film about the Nirvana singer features home movies and unreleased music

Having premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Montage of Heck has already been described as ‘the definitive Cobain documentary’. It is the first authorised film about the lead singer of Nirvana, with Courtney Love and their daughter…

Blurred Lines verdict: Marvin Gaye family awarded $7.3m

11 Mar 2015

Court rules Pharell Williams and Robin Thicke copied Marvin Gaye song when writing 'Blurred Lines'

Court Rules Pharell Williams and Robin Thicke Copied Marvin Gaye Song When Writing Blurred Lines A US jury has decided that Pharell Williams and Robin Thicke, writers of controversial 2013 hit song Blurred Lines (), copied Marvin Gaye track Got to…

T in the Park 2015: T Break Stage open for submissions

10 Mar 2015

Unsigned bands can perform on the stage that helped Biffy Clyro and Paolo Nutini on the way to fame

T Break, the unsigned music stage at summer festival T in the Park, is open for submissions. Over it’s 20-year history T Break has showcased the early music of Snow Patrol, The View, Paolo Nutini and Biffy Clyro, who famously worked their way from the…

Olivier Award nominations announced

9 Mar 2015

Memphis The Musical, Beautiful, A View from the Bridge and Sunny Afternoon lead the pack

The nominations for the 2015 Olivier Awards have been announced. The frontrunner, with a startling nine nominations, is Memphis The Musical, with lead actors Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly each nominated for, respectively. Best Actress / Best…

Netflix teams up with FremantleMedia to launch The Returned

5 Mar 2015

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Mark Pelligrino set to star in remake of suspenseful thriller

Netflix and FremantleMedia have announced the launch of an original series, The Returned, on 10 Mar. Based on the Emmy award winning French supernatural thriller, Les Revenants, the series will be available to stream weekly in all regions outside of…