Woody Allen is enjoying his golden years

Woody Allen pops up as the narrator in his latest film, a tale of Hollywood in the 1930s, writes Helen Barlow

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Cork Academy of Performing Arts is instilling the spirit of Les Miserables

There is, we are told, no business like show business, and every year brings more and more starry-eyed youngsters beating at the doors of success and fame.

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Not quite teenagers any more

Rock‘n’roll. Such an evocative phrase. What do we think of when someone says it? Sex, drugs, youthful rebellion, private jets filled with groupies, and the odd TV thrown from a hotel room window...

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Need a laugh? Here are the best one liners from the Edinburgh Fringe

Masai Graham’s quip about heart donation has been named as the funniest joke of the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival.

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Festival: Edinburgh Art Festival

Over a couple of drizzly days in Edinburgh, I saw 10 shows across the cultural smorgasbord that includes a major arts festival, a book festival, and a sprawling fringe.

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Electric Picnic putting a fresh twist on New Order

The Electric Picnic headliners are relevant again, despite four decades on the road, writes Ed Power

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Waterford Walls providing much needed canvas and brightening city streets

The Waterford Walls project provides an outlet for artists from the locality and beyond, as well as helping to brighten up the city, writes Marjorie Brennan

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Young Offenders: It’s pure Cork, like

New comedy The Young Offenders gets its premiere this week, and those involved hope to do their home city proud, writes Esther McCarthy

 

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Showbiz round-up: Kristen Stewart’s gross love life

KRISTEN STEWART says her relationship with Twilight co-star ROBERT PATTINSON became “a product” which she called “gross”.

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Smalltown: We meet the director of the new TV3 drama

Gerard Barrett tells Esther McCarthy that his new TV3 drama ‘Smalltown,’ explores his love of and concerns about rural Ireland. 

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Movie reviews: David Brent: Life on the Road, Viva, Blinky Bill The Movie

David Brent: Life on the Road 4/5
Viva 4/5
Blinky Bill The Movie 3/5

 

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Books for kids...

FIRST DAY AT BUG SCHOOL
by Sam Lloyd [Bloomsbury €8.20]
Bug school will serve two purposes- for toddlers it will demystify the trauma of first day at school, and generate interest in the lives of bugs. 

 

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Book review: Blackwater

Author James Henry has taken what he learned from writing three prequels to R.D. Wingfield’s popular DI Jack Frost series and created this police novel set in Essex, featuring DI Nick Lowry, a hard-bitten cop with a talent for boxing. 

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Book review: The Ponzi Man

LIKE the conclusion of the latest court case involving a disgraced former banker, by the end of Declan Lynch’s fourth novel, The Ponzi Man, you’ll be left asking, is that it?

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Book review: Lily And The Octopus

Lily And The Octopus is a moving story of Ted, a gay man living in California with the love of his life, Lily the sausage dog.

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Book review: The Secrets Of Wishtide

Meet Laetitia Rodd, a widow in ‘reduced circumstances’ who also happens to be an ace undercover private detective. 

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Book review: I’m Travelling Alone

SCANDINAVIA is cool, and not just in terms of climate. It is cool for crime. 

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Book review: The House of the Dead

While Siberian gulags will forever be associated with the Soviet era, Neil Robinson finds that the Tsars were the first to send their people on the long march across the Steppes.

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Book review: The Way We Die Now

Many terminally ill patients that hospital consultant Seamus O’Mahony sees fail to die with dignity because they are in denial. He argues for a more truthful response from the medical profession, as Brendan Daly discovers.

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