The Survivalist: The Irish sci-fi about to hit the big screen

An Irish sci-fi script was chosen as one the hottest in Hollywood in 2012. As it hits the
big screen this week, Ed Power talks to its writer and star

 

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McFall's Chamber have a long tradition of blurring boundaries

Mr McFall’s Chamber hope to push the Cork audience out of their comfort zone, writes Ed Power

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Five things to do this week

Five things from the worlds of arts, culture and film this week

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LeBlanc challenges Stephen Mangan to ‘Top Gear’ car duel

NEW Top Gear co-host, MATT LEBLANC, has challenged his Episodes co-star, STEPHEN MANGAN, to a car duel.

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Book review: Mr Splitfoot

IN THE 1970s, an orphaned boy and girl called Nat and Ruth develop an unusual bond to survive the agonies of being raised by a religious cult — and the pair harness Nat’s apparent ability to channel the dead as a means of escape.

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Book review: The Astonishing Return Of Norah Wells

THE Astonishing Return Of Norah Wells marks the triumphant return of Virginia Macgregor, author of What Milo Saw.

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Book review: Wilde’s Women

MOST books about Oscar Wilde view the events of his life in terms of his relationships with men, especially the disastrous affair with Lord Alfred Douglas, which brought about his downfall.

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Book review: The Portable Veblen

IF YOU see squirrels as rats with bushy tails, here’s a warning: this review contains vermin (and nuts). 

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First Thoughts: Journey Under the Midnight Sun

IN 1973, with the Yom Kippur War in the Middle East threatening worldwide oil prices, a pawnbroker is found murdered and robbed in an abandoned building in Osaka.

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Beginner’s Pluck: Rosie Nixon

After university, Rosie worked for a book publisher in Brighton.

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This week's best books for children

Reviewing some of the best books for children available this week.

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Ellie Kemper is smiling her way to success

Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt topped countless polls for the best TV show of 2015. Shilpa Ganatra interviews its star, Ellie Kemper.

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Movie Reviews: Strangerland, Trumbo, Dad’s Army

Set in the Australian Outback, Strangerland (15A) opens shortly after Catherine (Nicole Kidman) and Matthew Parker (Joseph Fiennes) move to a remote town with their teenage daughter Lily (Maddison Brown) and young son Tom (Nicholas Hamilton).

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What to watch on TV this week

Check out the best of this week’s TV.

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Ian Bostridge’s study as enigmatic as Schubert’s masterpiece

WHEN it comes to art songs in German, there is a special kind of prejudice that afflicts us.

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It’s not just Strictly astrology for colourful celebrity Russell Grant

Dancing on Strictly didn’t just reboot Russell Grant’s celeb status — it proved a key step in his struggles with depression and obesity. The famous astrologer talks to Hannah Stephenson about dementia, dark days and the power of disco.

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Charles Haughey left a poisonous legacy

The jury is still out on whether Charles Haughey did more harm than good for Ireland during his long political life and, in particular, his time in power. Ryle Dwyer reads between the lines of Conor Lenihan’s assessment.

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Singer Louisa Allen is ready for a new beginning as Foxes

After enduring a painful break-up, the artist formerly known as Louisa Allen has laid out her heart on her new album, writes Ed Power

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What happens when you change the setting of Juno and the Paycock from Dublin to Cork

New meanings have emerged from Sean O’Casey’s classic play by not setting it in Dublin, writes Colette Sheridan

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Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

FERGUS O’FARRELL: The Irish music world has been paying fulsome tribute to Fergus O’Farrell, 48, the Schull-based musician who passed away on Tuesday.

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