John Cleese may sue makers of hit Edinburgh Fringe show

John Cleese may sue makers of hit Edinburgh Fringe show

Legendary comedian John Cleese is threatening legal action against the production company behind a smash-hit Edinburgh Fringe show over what he claims is a “rip-off” of his comedy sitcom Fawlty Towers. The television icon said he was unaware of the “astonishing financial success” of the Faulty Towers Dining Experience from Imagination Workshop. The interactive show – which started in Brisbane in 1997 but has become a feature of the Edinburgh Fringe, where it sells out almost nightly at…

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The Weeknd quits Rihanna’s world tour – including Hampden Park gig

The Weeknd quits Rihanna’s world tour – including Hampden Park gig

The Weeknd will no longer support Rihanna at her summer gig in Scotland – or any of the other dates on her current world tour. Rihanna recently kicked off her tour in support of latest album ANTI and is due to visit Glasgow’s Hampden Park on June 27 – but Grammy-winning R&B singer The Weeknd has reportedly quit the tour due to ‘unforeseen changes with upcoming projects’. A statement from promoters Live Nation reads: “Due to some unforeseen…

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The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus gets tattoo tribute to Lemmy

The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus gets tattoo tribute to Lemmy

The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus, who plays loveable redneck Daryl Dixon in the hit TV series, has paid tribute to late Motorhead frontman Lemmy with a tattoo. Reedus, who has been a chief zombie-slayer in The Walking Dead since 2010, was spotted at the weekend getting the tattoo with Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds. The pals visited the Abracadabra Tattoo shop in New Orleans, with the tattoo parlour posting a photo to Instagram, along with the caption: “Just…

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens triumphs at the Empire film awards

Star Wars: The Force Awakens triumphs at the Empire film awards

The force was strong at last night’s Jameson Empire Awards as sci-fi blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens emerged as the big winner, scooping five gongs including best sci-fi/fantasy, best visual effects and best director for JJ Abrams. There were also awards for Star Wars actors John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, who won the best male and female newcomer prizes respectively. The Force Awakens trumped Mad Max: Fury Road, which took a respectable four awards, with recognition for its make-up, costumes, soundtrack and…

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Bay City Rollers’ debut voted Greatest Scottish Album Of All Time

Bay City Rollers’ debut voted Greatest Scottish Album Of All Time

The Bay City Rollers’ 1974 album Rollin’ has been voted the Greatest Scottish Album Of All Time. The 70s sensations beat off competition from 15 other classic albums, voted for in a poll by readers of The Sun. The Edinburgh band came out on top ahead of the likes of Paolo Nutini and Teenage Fanclub, before trouncing Frightened Rabbit in the final with a staggering 85% of the vote. Rollin’ was their Rollers’ first full-length…

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Prince to publish autobiography

Prince to publish autobiography

Pop superstar Prince has announced that he will publish an autobiography next year. The book will be titled The Beautiful Ones, taking its name from a song on the Minneapolis maestro’s 1984 album Purple Rain. It will focus on the singer’s early life to his Super Bowl XLI halftime show performance in 2007. The memoir is set for release in autumn 2017, and will be published by Random House imprint Spiegel & Grau. The Beautiful Ones is described in a…

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Ian Rankin reveals details of new Inspector Rebus novel

Ian Rankin reveals details of new Inspector Rebus novel

Edinburgh crime writer Ian Rankin has revealed the title of his next Inspector Rebus novel. In a short video posted on his Twitter account, Rankin said: “The title of my new book is going to be Rather Be The Devil. It’s a song by John Martyn. I’m a big fan of John Martyn, so is Rebus, and this is a Rebus novel. “Siobhan [Clarke] is there, Malcolm Fox is there, [Big Ger] Cafferty is there… the…

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Supermodel Kate Moss stars in new Massive Attack video – watch

Supermodel Kate Moss stars in new Massive Attack video – watch

Fresh from their collaboration with Edinburgh’s Mercury Prize-winning trio Young Fathers, British trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack have released the video for the title track of their recent EP, Ritual Spirit, which stars supermodel Kate Moss. Scroll down to watch. Massive Attack, the Bristol triumvirate known for hits such as Unfinished Sympathy and Teardrop, last month released the Ritual Spirit EP, which features collaborations with Tricky, Roots Manuva and Azekel, as well as Young Fathers. Moss is seen dancing with…

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New government legislation will protect Edinburgh music venues

New government legislation will protect Edinburgh music venues

The live music scene in Edinburgh – and the UK as a whole – got a major shot in the arm today (14 March) with the news that new government legislation designed to protect small music venues will come into force next month. The new regulations will require property developers planning to turn an office block into a residential building to seek prior approval from their local authority on the impact of noise on potential residents….

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Eagles of Death Metal singer says sorry for Bataclan comments

Eagles of Death Metal singer says sorry for Bataclan comments

Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes has apologised for recent comments he made suggesting some Bataclan theatre security guards may have known in advance about the Paris venue being attacked last year. The Californian rock band were in the middle of their headline set on 13 November when four Islamist militants shot and killed 90 fans. Hughes took to Facebook to apologise for his comments on Fox News last week about six security guards who were not at work…

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