Top five films this week

Top five films this week

There are loads of films to watch in Edinburgh’s cinemas this weekend – both old and new – but here’s the five currently on offer that I think you’d be silly to miss… 45 Years For a second week, Andrew Haigh’s beautiful and devastating 45 Years is sitting comfortably at the top. A big winner at several film festivals to date, this drama deserves every single accolade. And the fact that the box office receipts…

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Top 10 jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe

Top 10 jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe

A pun by comedian Darren Walsh scooped the prize for funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe. The 39-year-old, whose show Punderbolt was a big hit at the Pleasance, took first place in the vote by TV channel Dave. It was the eighth year that the joke award has been made. Previous winners include Tim Vine, Stewart Francis, Zoe Lyons and Nick Helm. Do you agree with the judges? Or did you hear a funnier joke at this…

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Pat McGarvey’s AAA Edinburgh

Pat McGarvey’s AAA Edinburgh

Pat McGarvey is a vocalist and banjo player with the acclaimed and award-winning Edinburgh-based roots collective Southern Tenant Folk Union. The band’s latest album, The Chuck Norris Project, is their sixth since they formed in 2006 and, like all their releases, was widely praised in the media, with rave reviews from the likes of The Guardian, Independent, Sunday Times, Mojo, Uncut and Irish Times. Most memorable capital event? I’ll just say the most recent thing I went…

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Fringe: Lucie Pohl interview

Fringe: Lucie Pohl interview

NYC comedian Lucie Pohl, creator of the Fringe 2014 smash hit Hi, Hitler, is back this summer with Cry Me A Liver, her new “soul-twerking character comedy joyride”. In it, we meet a fame obsessed Sia wannabe, a philosophising Brooklyn bum, Putin’s sperm, a German mind and body healer with a serious crush on Benicio del Toro, and more. AAA caught up with Lucie earlier this week for chat. How has your Fringe been so far?…

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Fringe preview: No Exit

Fringe preview: No Exit

M+E Theatre take on Jean-Paul Sartre’s nightmarish No Exit at this year’s Fringe. The celebrated French thinker and writer’s one-act existential play concerns three dead characters, locked in a room together, for eternity, and questions who put them there in the first place – their own guilt, or a wicked god? Soon they will come to the realisation, “Hell is other people”. AAA caught up with Melissa Jean Woodside, winner of the Royal Reel Award 2015, who stars in…

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Fringe preview: Oh Là Là

Fringe preview: Oh Là Là

Fantastique and féline, Parisian cabaret star Isabelle Georges returns to the Fringe this year with her trademark soaring vocals, theatrical delivery and a stunning five-piece band. AAA caught up with the chanteuse for a chat. How has your Fringe been so far? Exciting, challenging, very inspiring! A feast for the eyes, the ears… and the stomach :o) Tell me a bit about the show you’re in? My show is called Oh Là Là! I chose this…

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Fringe: Jamie Kilstein Interview

Fringe: Jamie Kilstein Interview

Whether it was through screaming at monkeys in Jumanji, setting his blouse alight in Mrs Doubtfire or by fearlessly using stand-up to highlight the political issues that he held close to his heart, Robin Williams managed to entertain us all with his unfailing ability to draw laughter from virtually any situation. But for Fringe comedian Jamie Kilstein, who counted Williams as both a personal friend and a mentor, the profound impact he had on his…

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Liam Rudden’s Edinburgh Fringe

Liam Rudden’s Edinburgh Fringe

He’s a busy man, Liam Rudden. A Leither born and bred and entertainment editor at the Edinburgh Evening News for almost 15 years now, he is also an award-winning writer, director and producer. At this year’s Fringe, Liam has a hand in no fewer than a half-dozen productions – all of which are worthy of inspection. Here, we take a look at those six shows… Thief by Liam Rudden Sailor thrives in the bars, dives and doss-houses of…

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Jokes of the Fringe – the good, the bad and the ugly

Jokes of the Fringe – the good, the bad and the ugly

Over the course of The Fringe, we’ll be bringing you the best and worst jokes. Meanwhile, here’s the highs and lows from previous years. The best of 2014, from The Guardian 1. “I’ve decided to sell my Hoover… well, it was just collecting dust.” – Tim Vine 2. “I’ve written a joke about a fat badger, but I couldn’t fit it into my set.” – Masai Graham 3. “Always leave them wanting more, my uncle…

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Fish’s AAA Edinburgh

Fish’s AAA Edinburgh

Born in Dalkeith in 1958, Fish (real name Derek Dick) shot to superstardom in the Eighties as lead vocalist for prog rock band Marillion, selling over 15 million albums worldwide, before embarking on a successful solo career. What’s your most memorable Capital event? Most memorable Capital event? Hibs parading the League Cup in December 1972 after seeing them beat Celtic 2-1 at Hampden. Standing with my Dad cheering them as they raised the cup on a…

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