UK Entertainment

Secret Cinema Opens... Finally

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK

The founder of the much-anticipated Secret Cinema, who cancelled the first four events to the fury of ticketholders, has announced that the shows will...

Nicki Minaj: Little More Than a Big Butt?

Gail Dines | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gail Dines

The media is on fire with questions about whether Nicki Minaj went "too far" with the artwork for her next single, Anaconda... Amazingly, what nobody is discussing is the wider issues of the historical roots, cultural resonance and contemporary implications of a mass circulated image that arguably reduces black women to just "big butts" and little more.

'The Hobbit' Fans, Wait no Longer, The New Trailer Is Here

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Entertainment

Bilbo's back. Hobbit fans rejoice, a sneak-preview of the third and final instalment of the epic fantasy franchise is finally here. Actually, yo...

'Big Brother' 2014 - Week 7 Recap

Matthew Davies | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

Despite the fact I made my short but sweet return to the house on Tuesday to effectively stir things up within an eventful 60 seconds, this week proved to be a little more interesting than previous since my departure.

Edinburgh Fringe: The Ten Australian Acts You Must See

Tomás Ford | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Tomás Ford

When I'm not onstage, I co-produce the independent Noodle Palace and Midlandia venues during Western Australia's Fringe World festival, so I'm out seeing a lot of shows come Australia's festival season from February through April. A lot of these end up at Edinburgh come August. Here are ten of my favourites. OK, eleven.

Down and Out in Paris and Kiev

Daniel Cadwallader | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Cadwallader

For acts like the Velvet Underground it can mean it takes years to build up the reputation their music deserves, or for other acts in can mean total obscurity for their entire career. For the composer and pianist Lubomyr Melnyk, it thankfully hasn't come to that.

Stunning Malevich Exhibition at Tate Modern

Victoria Sadler | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

In this first ever retrospective of Kazimir Malevich's work for almost 25 years, the Tate Modern has brought together a stunning collection of his work that offers not just an expansive view of this influential Russian artist's career - but also puts into context how radical and revolutionary Malevich was.

A New Breed: Lonely the Brave, Samoans and the One Hundred

Olly Hunter | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Olly Hunter

This is the second in a series of New Breed blogs introducing some of my favourite breaking bands that have captured my ears in 2014. Every summer hails the emergence of a new breed of young, up and coming bands heading out on festival season opening up muddy fields and tents across the country ready to make their name known to the world. Here are 3 of the best new bands destined to make big waves through the end of 2014.

'The Simpsons' 'Family Guy' Crossover Episode Trailer Is Amazing

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Entertainment

It's nearly here - the first 'The Simpsons' and 'Family Guy' crossover episode. A five-minute clip was previewed at the San Diego Comic-Con this we...

Rocking on Heaven's Door

Jamie Stangroom | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Jamie Stangroom

What is it about rock stars that won't make them quit while they're ahead? ... I mean, just think of some of the more hedonistic behaviour - eating bats (Ozzy Osbourne), the shark episode (Led Zepellin), urinating on the Alamo (Osbourne again) - if any of them behaved like that in a nursing home then they'd be dosed up and diagnosed with senile dementia.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trailer: First Prize for False Advertising

Gail Dines | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gail Dines

If there were a competition for false advertising, the much-talked-about trailer for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie would walk away with first prize... If we move from the trailer to the book, the sex isn't so much hot as violent and dehumanizing. Christian has a thing for what is generally called sadomasochism in the popular press, but in the book what we see is pure sadism carried out by a sophisticated predator who knows how to groom vulnerable girls. The most likely real-world ending of Fifty Shades of Grey is fifty shades of black and blue.

Utterly Bewitching: The Crucible, The Old Vic Review

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabrielle Leimon

Yesterday I headed out to the theatre to see the wonderful Richard Armitage take on the audience at The Old Vic in an atmospheric and ambitious performance of Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible' on a balmy Wednesday afternoon to celebrate my anniversary.

The Gift of Potential Disaster (Or Preparing For the Edinburgh Fringe)

Amy Gordon | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Amy Gordon

What on earth do I have to be afraid of? 1) Nobody will show up. The average audience size at the Edinburgh Fringe is four. Four people. My venue seats 200. With 196 opportunities to fail, nightly, this season is going to be downright sacred.

US College Offers Students Game Of Thrones Course

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students at a college in the US no longer need to feel guilty about binge-watching Game of Thrones as they can now opt to take it as a module. The ...

Butlins to Berlin: A Glimpse at the Future of Affordable Family Entertainment and Travel‏

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tetteh

Butlins in Bognor Regis I have to say kept us on our toes and our little man was skipping his naps to get in as much as possible of the entertainment. With family budgets not being what they were, less people are going abroad and are now enjoying a holiday in the UK.

On Getting Old

Ruby Wax | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

One thing I really will never recover from is the realization that I am an adult as in a grown up person. I never thought this would happen. I only realized when one day I was called 'ma'am' instead of 'miss'.

Bad News For Ian Watkins, Good News For Everyone Else

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK

Former Lostprophets singer and paedophile Ian Watkins has had an appeal against his 29 year jail sentence rejected by the Court of Appeal sitting at C...

REVIEW: Who Is Dayani Cristal?

George Washbourn | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Washbourn

The film succeeds in rendering a personal face to the so often aggrandised problem of immigration, but is undermined by the disjunctive fictional sub-narrative... the film is a real spectacle and a testament to the stark anthropic disassociation and dissemblance that occurs in migratory investigations.

Jail Term Appeal Considered For Ian Watkins Today

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK

Former Lostprophets singer and paedophile Ian Watkins will contest his sentence today. The former rock singer, described as a "determined and commi...

Finding Love in a Wheelie-Bin Full of Sick

Jeff Brazier | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

Coming in to a pre-packaged family is nothing short of a tightrope act but for those that do stick around long enough and apply themselves generously to the 'added extras', the benefits are there waiting, you just have to see them.

Home Comforts in Bromley on the 'Annie Get Your Gun' Tour

Emma Williams | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

This is Jonathan Wilkes' first full week on the show and as such it's the first time he's done a tech session with us. I think he's suddenly very grateful to not have to do these normally as they're pretty long and intense. There is much to soundcheck plus two new Little Jakes to rehearse in and the Churchill Theatre proves a slightly odd space sound-wise.

Throwing A Prosthetic Leg Is The New Standing Ovation

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Comedy

A rather enthusiastic music fan gave an unsuspecting Robbie Williams impersonator more than he bargained for when she threw her prosthetic leg at him....

Arts Council Funding 2014 Will Damage Local Arts Venues

Laura Maw | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Laura Maw

Arts funding is essential in keeping art accessible and affordable for everyone. It is essential in providing young people safe spaces in their communities. It is essential in providing economic and cultural assets to towns. It is essential in ensuring our cultural climate is diverse, fresh and exciting. Art should not be dull or inaccessible and enjoying art should not be expensive - and without sufficient funding, it will inevitably become these things.

'Big Brother' 2014 - Week Six Recap

Matthew Davies | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

The romance between Mark and Christopher seems to have fizzled out slightly over the last few days. Unknown to myself and others if sparks will fly in the next few weeks; I stand by earlier statement that I don't believe it is genuine, therefore would not be surprised if any recent flames do burn out entirely...

A New Breed: The Best Breaking Bands in 2014- Calling All Cars & Shrine

Olly Hunter | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Olly Hunter

This is the first in a series of New Breed blogs introducing some of my favourite breaking bands that have passed by my radar in 2014. Every summer ha...