Cillian Murphy had his eyes on the Free Fire target

Cillian Murphy may be in the midst of the busiest period of his career, but he was still willing to approach one of his favourite directors to ask for a part in Free Fire, writes Esther McCarthy.

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Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

Des O’Driscoll’s got all the home-grown music and entertainment news you need to know rounded-up right here.

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New theatrical show takes the top of the world to the stage

Pat Falvey’s new theatre show tells how a builder from the north side of Cork climbed Everest and undertook other great feats of exploration, writes Ellie O’Byrne.

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A question of taste: Marlene Enright, musician and music booker

Marlene Enright is from Bantry, Co Cork. She is music booker for The White Horse in Ballincollig, and is also a musician and songwriter. She is about to release her debut solo album, Placemats and Second Cuts, writes Des O’Driscoll.

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When poetry is a curse and a gift

Aidan Murphy mines the events of his life, good and bad, for his poetry, writes Colette Sheridan.

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Omid Djalili brings his unique comedy style to Ireland

Omid Djalili’s stand-up show brings his particular brand of humour to current affairs. ‘Liberace presenting Question Time’, he tells Ellie O’Byrne

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Thandie Newton gets in Line for top cop drama

THE wait is almost over for fans of Line Of Duty — and series four is set to be the best yet, promises actress Vicky McClure.

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Five Irish people share their favourite poems of all time

Today is World Poetry Day, so Jonathan deBurca Butler asked a number of people to select their favourite work

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America’s piano whisperer is coming to Cork

Marc Copland brings his gentle playing style to Cork at the weekend, writes Philip Watson

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One of the works by Katsushika Hokusai at the exhibition at Trinity College. Picture: UNSODO. Inc

Exhibition shows importance of manga in exposing Japanese culture to the world

A new exhibition in Dublin underlines how important manga has been in bringing Japanese culture to the wider world, writes Don O’Mahony.

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Variety is the spice of life

With his role in Jim Sheridan’s new film, The Secret Scripture, Eric Bana has added to his reputation as one of the most versatile actors around, writes Esther McCarthy.

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5 thing to do this week

Stuck for something cultural to broaden your horizons this week? Des O’Droscoll has you covered.

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Book review: A trilogy of Maoism, one of the worst tyrannies of the 20th century

Ryle Dwyer reads a trilogy that traces the life and crimes of the tyrant responsible for the deaths of millions of his fellow countrymen. 

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Book review: Who Lost Russia?: How the World Entered a New Cold War

JP O’Malley talked to author Peter Conradi about the authoritarianism behind the growing tension between a former superpower and its neighbours in the Baltic and the EU.

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Book review: Teethmarks on My Tongue

Eileen Battersby, literary correspondent at The Irish Times, has written a fine debut novel that is peppered with high-cultural references and yet manages to be a thumping good yarn, despite the fact that the first person narrator isn’t altogether likeable.

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Book review: Time Travel: A History

IF you’re expecting a rip-roaring ride through the wackily entertaining world of time travel films and TV shows, you could be in for a disappointment here. 

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Book review: Ragdoll

IN a horrific turn of events, a body is found with the mutilated parts of six victims sewn together like a puppet, dubbed the ‘ragdoll’ by the media.

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Book review: Under The Almond Tree

“WE don’t choose the stories we tell,” writes Laura McVeigh in Under The Almond Tree’s afterword, “they choose us.”

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Book review: Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep

Every American loves their national treasure, Meryl Streep, except Donald Trump.

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Book review: Golden Hill

The pure raw delight that Golden Hill manages to conjure pretty much immediately is testament to author Francis Spufford’s love of the 18th century novel and his ability to create a Manhattan Island pulsing with energy and danger.

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Children's books...

 

* Human Body by Heather Alexander (Wide Eyed, €11.50 HB)  

* My Name Is Victoria by Lucy Worsley (Bloomsbury, €8.20) 

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Your TV wrap for the week ahead

Graham Norton presents a special live chat show as part of the Comic Relief events at 10.35 on BBC1 on Friday.

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Movie reviews: Beauty and the Beast, Get Out, Personal Shopper

Here are the top three films you don’t want to miss this week, writes Declan Burke.

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Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover reflects on ups and downs of a life in heavy rock

Pioneering hard rock band Deep Purple are back with a new album. Roger Glover tells Joe Nerssessian how he’s learnt from some of his bad experiences.

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Dickie Rock still going strong after more than 50 years in the music business

At 78, Dickie Rock is still packing out venues. He also tells Marjorie Brennan that he has no intention of retiring any time soon.

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Twilight star Kirsten Stewart welcomed with open arms by independent cinema

When Kirsten Stewart wanted to step away from the mainstream, Olivier Assayas was happy to be her go-to director, writes Esther McCarthy.

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Clash-of-cultures comedy Educating Rita explores darker themes too

EDUCATING RITA has a special place in the hearts of Irish audiences, cinema audiences at any rate.

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A Question of Taste: Harpist Úna Ní Fhlannagáin

Úna Ní Fhlannagáin is a harpist and harp teacher based in Co Galway. She recently won the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal for harp in a competition broadcast live from Cork on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.

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Art review: David Hockney, Tate Britain, London

Given that the Tate Britain website crashed when booking opened for its David Hockney retrospective, I shouldn’t have been surprised at the Mona Lisa-at-the-Louvre level crowds there to see the work of one of the world’s most popular living artists.

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Classical review: Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, National Concert Hall, Dublin

Opening with the arrival of a flustered White Rabbit and ending with the murder of a Red Queen, Gerald Barry’s pick-and-mix of Lewis Carroll’s Alice books was a hysterical hour of operatic delirium.

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Virtual reality has finally caught up to the dreams of the past

Virtual reality will be one of the big talking points at the GamerCon event in Dublin. Ronan Jennings looks at how the technology has evolved through the years.

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Joe Chester  thankful for small mercies after missing Nice attack

After just missing the attack in Nice, Joe Chester is happy to be making music, writes Steve Cummins.

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Gerry Andrews' photos on display in the Hunt Museum, Limerick

When Gerry Andrew’s photographs of the Milk Market in Limerick were exhibited in the city in 2014, the response was hugely positive. 

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Calculated game of risk shows the lives of sex workers

Each night, Grace Dyas’s play features five male volunteers who react to various real-life scenarios, writes Colette Sheridan.

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Your TV wrap for the week ahead

Bianca and Heath get more than they bargained for when they head into the outback during an eventful week on Home and Away.

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This week’s must do, see & buy

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It’s pilates with a difference. Elite Pilates has opened a new fully equipped studio in Carrigtwohill with all you need for barre and reformer pilates. 

 

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Something for the weekend...

1. French Fancy
The 28th Cork French Film Festival continues this weekend with a fine selection for both young and old. 

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Movie reviews: Kong: Skull Island, Elle, Dancer

Here are he top three films you don’t want to miss this week, writes Declan Burke.

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