Review: MagicFest Christmas Special, George Square Theatre

Review: MagicFest Christmas Special, George Square Theatre

With Christmas being the most magical time of the year, it seemed only fitting that the organisers of the Edinburgh International Magic Festival decided to launch a festive special to top off 2016. Taking place in George Square Theatre, MagicFest Christmas Special: A Collection of Wonders followed a cabaret format and comprised several spellbinding performances from some of the world’s leading magicians. Hosted by likeable festival founder Kevin Quantum, the family-friendly show lasted two hours…

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Careless Whisper not “appropriate” tribute to George Michael, says Wham! buddy

Careless Whisper not “appropriate” tribute to George Michael, says Wham! buddy

George Michael’s Wham! partner and good pal Andrew Ridgeley has said a newspaper campaign to re-release Careless Whisper is not the most “appropriate” tribute to the late singer. The campaign is being spearheaded by The Sun, a newspaper Michael said had branded him a “poof” and a “pervert” during his lifetime. The proceeds from the proposed re-release of Careless Whisper would go to several of the singer’s favourite charities. Since news broke of his death…

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Watch first trailer for Alien: Covenant

Watch first trailer for Alien: Covenant

Sci-fi fans got an unexpected Christmas present today when the first trailer for Alien: Covenant was shared online. The movie, directed by Ridley Scott, will arrive in cinemas next year and is the sequel to 2012’s Alien prequel Prometheus. Michael Fassbender and Guy Pearce will return in the movie. As previously announced, Noomi Rapace will not be returning. The cast also includes James Franco, Danny McBride, Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup, among others. Speaking about the film,…

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Ewan McGregor reveals Renton’s new addiction in Trainspotting 2

Ewan McGregor reveals Renton’s new addiction in Trainspotting 2

The eagerly-awaited sequel to 1996’s Trainspotting hits cinemas next month – and fans can’t wait to find out what Renton, Spud, Begbie and Sick Boy have been up to for the past 20 years. Trainspotting 2 – or T2 as it’s being billed – sees the original cast (including Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller) return, while director Danny Boyle is back at the helm. A new teaser sees McGregor, who plays Renton, talk…

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New Star Wars film takes $290.5 million in first weekend

New Star Wars film takes $290.5 million in first weekend

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story raked in $290.5 million (around £235 million) at the Global Box Office this weekend. The Star Wars spin-off film premiered on Saturday night (December 10) in Los Angeles, before it hits cinemas worldwide on Thursday (December 15). The figure makes it the second-highest grossing December-opener – behind last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which took $395 million. Rogue One, which stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen and Mads Mikkelsen, tells…

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Bay City Rollers would only return with Eric Faulkner and Derek Longmuir

Bay City Rollers would only return with Eric Faulkner and Derek Longmuir

Following the news they are to split when their current tour comes to an end, Bay City Rollers guitarist Stuart “Woody” Wood has said they would only return to the stage if they are joined by the other two members, Eric Faulkner and Derek Longmuir, from their most famous line-up. He said: “If they could get the five of us together that would be something special. “It’s been nice the three of us but it just…

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Where to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in Edinburgh today

Where to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in Edinburgh today

The year’s most eagerly-awaited movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in cinemas arcoss Edinburgh today – and you can check out all the screening times below. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen and Mads Mikkelsen, tells the story of a group of rebel fighters on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The film is the first in a series of on-screen adventures exploring stories outside the…

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The Walking Dead star joins Star Trek cast

The Walking Dead star joins Star Trek cast

The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green has reportedly signed up for the upcoming Star Trek TV series, Star Trek: Discovery. Martin-Green, who plays Sasha Williams in the cult zombie show, will lead the first new Trek series in over a decade. According to Entertainment Weekly, Martin-Green will play a lieutenant commander in the series, which will air on CBS in the US. Despite the reports, CBS has declined to comment on the news. Earlier this week, AAA reported that Andrew Lincoln, who…

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Andrew Lincoln promises better things when The Walking Dead returns

Andrew Lincoln promises better things when The Walking Dead returns

Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead, knows fans of the cult zombie series are “unhappy” and promises the “exact opposite” when the show returns next year. Since The Walking Dead returned for its seventh season, a backlash has been brewing. It’s not the first time fans of The Walking Dead have been less than impressed with the show. The last episode of season six saw arch villain Negan beat one of…

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Listen to new song by The Jesus and Mary Chain

Listen to new song by The Jesus and Mary Chain

Scottish noise-pop legends The Jesus and Mary Chain have shared a new song from their first album in nearly two decades – and you can listen to it here. The track, Amputation, features on their forthcoming seventh studio album, Damage And Joy, announced earlier today. The record marks the group’s first since 1998’s Munki and was produced by Youth (Killing Joke co-founder Martin Glover), who also plays bass on the record. The album will also include contributions from…

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