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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...

Do You Know Your Jigger From Your Muddler?

Jamie Oliver's Food Tube | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jamie Oliver's Food Tube

Are you master of the Margarita, boss of the Bellini or ruler of the Rob Roy? You could be exactly what Jamie Oliver's Drinks Tube are looking for with their brand new competition - Jamie Oliver's Search for a Cocktail Star with Bacardi... It's open to professionals and amateurs alike, whether you shake it up for family and friends only or if you're in a top hotel bar.

Millions of Humans Are Sold Every Year - It's Time We Face the Truth and Do Something About It

Neerja Naik | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neerja Naik

I had the role of Anita, another girl who finds herself imprisoned in a brothel in Kolkata... 20 million people are in some form of slavery in the world, of that 4.5 million are victims of forced sexual exploitation, 5 million are children. And this "industry" is worth $150 billion a year in illegal profits.

Alone Amongst Many

Ruby Wax | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I had a dinner party last week where I invited a few famous people I knew from when I did my interview shows. Many of them suffer from something I call 'movie star disease.' They live in their own time zone so when invited to dinner at seven they either come in at eleven with no apology or not at all.

Review: Richard Armitage in The Crucible, Old Vic Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

At the heart of this production is an immense performance from Richard Armitage who perfectly captures the profound inner conflict within John Proctor, a man increasingly at odds with both his wife and the society in which he lives.

Sex, Drugs and Buddha: Tales of a Hollywood Supermensch

Will Stubbs | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Will Stubbs

Credited with creating the first celebrity chefs, rescuing Teddy Pendergrass from the "gangsterism" of club promoters and instrumental in forging Alice Cooper's horror-show persona, Shep is the subject of a rollicking and sweetly touching documentary by Mike Myers.

Piers Morgan Sits On Fence - Highlights Utter Irrationality Of Gaza Debate

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK

Piers Morgan, divisive and inflammatory on Twitter at the best of times, decided to wade into the debate on the escalating crisis between Israel and G...

Paedophile Ian Watkins Thinks His Sentence Was 'Too Harsh'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK

Former Lostprophets singer and paedophile Ian Watkins has launched an appeal against his sentence. The former rock singer, described as a "determin...

Platonic Morality in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

Around the fourth century B.C. - in the Gregorian rather than the Middle-earth calendar - Plato and a couple of wise old friends pondered the formation of ethics.

'Big Brother' 2014 - Week 5 Recap

Matthew Davies | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

It might have only been 10 days since my eviction from the Big Brother house but somehow it already feels like a lifetime ago I lived in there.