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Des O’Driscoll with the latest entertainment news and events

GIG WISE: Cork Opera House hosts two hugely promising gigs over the weekend, with Paul Brady and Andy Irvine long sold tonight; and still tickets left for Angel Olsen tomorrow.

Over at Cyprus Avenue, it’s music of a very different kinds as British dance producer Skream does his DJ thing.

It’s only May, but the first news of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival (Oct 27-29) has reached our ears. Detroit-born saxophonist Kenny Garrett will be one of the headliners at what will be the 40th instalment of the event.

December also seems so far away, but the Divine Comedy have announced an Irish tour for that month, which will probably sell out far in advance. Dates include Cork Opera House (Dec 4); Limerick, University Concert Hall (5th); and Olympia, Dublin (8th). Tickets on sale now.

And finally, a reminder that tickets went on general sale this morning for The National’s September gigs in Cork and Dublin.

FILM TIPS: Is Guy Ritchie’s take on the King Arthur legend really as bad as some people have been saying? You can find out for yourself as it opens in this country today. The cast includes Jude Law, Charlie Hunnam and David Beckham, but the film has already been signalled as a major loss-maker for Warners and financiers Village Roadshow after it flopped badly for its opening weekend in the US.

Cannes doesn’t have much in the way of big Hollywood films this year, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Interestingly, the festival does have a strong TV presence, not least with the premiere of the new Twin Peaks series and several Netflix titles.

French cinema owners obviously still have a powerful voice in their homeland as pressure from them has apparently led to the introduction of new rules for next year that state any films in competition in Cannes must have a cinema release. That measure is mainly aimed at Netflix which has been buying up films to show exclusively on their network.

From Sunday, Triskel in Cork has The Sense of an Ending, starring Jim Broadbent Charlotte Rampling; and Egyptian film, Clash, set amidst the political upheavel of 2013.

THEATRE NIGHTS: Corcadorca’s production of Far Away on Spike Island promises to be one of the highlights of the Cork Midsummer Festival, and Pauline McLynn has been revealed as one of the three main cast members. The former Mrs Doyle takes on the part of Harper in Caryl Churchill’s play.

The Everyman will also host Midsummer events, and this week, the theatre has also revealed the rest of its programme for the months ahead. My Real Life by Eoin Colfer runs at the Everyman from Monday, in a production starring Skibbereen man Don Wycherley.

Dancing at Lughnasa will be the theatre’s main summer show, running through much of August, while Paul Muldoon and his band will also feature for a one-night event.

LITERARY PURSUITS: Former Cork county archaeologist Catryn Power’s collection of short stories is in the running for the People’s Book Prize sponsored by Sky News, which is currently up for public vote.

The Dublin International Literary Festival has an impressive lineup of authors over the next week or so, including Will Self, Werner Herzog and Jo Nesbø.

From there, Listowel Writers Week (May 31-June 4) is next on the calendar, with Richard Ford, Room author Emma Donoghue and Alan Cumming among the visitors.

ON THE TELLY: Graham Norton’s guests tonight include Nicole Kidman and Alan Cumming, while Lorde is the headline act on Jools Holland’s show on BBC Two on Tuesday.

On Sunday, BBC Four begins a new series on the history of American roots music, while Fair City fans can soon expect some sort of resolution to the longest-running kidnap plot in Irish TV history.


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