Scene and heard: This week's entertainment news

MUSIC NEWS: There have been plenty books written about Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, but you’d imagine the band’s former manager Danny Goldberg, will still have plenty interesting anecdotes about his time with them, from 1990 to 1994. 

Published in April, Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain, looks like being a more positive account of the grunge star’s rise to stardom than we’ve read previously, focusing on his talent and decency rather than just the addictions and mental health issues. 

While Cobain’s death is fairly straightforward, an investigation by CNN claims to have uncovered suggestions that James Brown was actually murdered. 

The Godfather of Soul died in hospital in 2006, aged 73, and an autopsy was never performed on his body.

Several people who were close to the singer claim foul play was involved.

FILM TIPS: Irish film The Hole in the Ground got good reviews at the Sundance film festival in the US, and the Seana Kerslake-led horror opens in Ireland on March 1. 

There’s also an Irish connection to The Nightingale, another highly-rated offering at Sundance, with Dublin actress Aisling Franciosi starring in the rape revenge tale. 

Among today’s releases is All Is True, with Kenneth Branagh directing and starring as William Shakespeare in the final days of the great writer’s life. 

If Beale Street Could Talk is also out today; it’s an adaptation of by Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) of James Baldwin’s New York-set tale of injustice. 

For younger viewers, The Lego Movie 2 will be the biggie this weekend.

Triskel in Cork has a season of Dennis Hopper films over the next few days, while Cork Cine Club on Thursday has French comedy C’est la Vie. 

On Tuesday at 5pm, UCC Film Society begins its series of public events with a visit from Irish film-maker Ken

Wardrop, director of His and Hers, Undressing My Mother, etc.

ON THE TELLY: If you watch one music documentary over the weekend, let it be David Bowie: Finding Fame, on BBC Two tomorrow. 

As well as various people who knew the late rock star, the film also features previously unseen footage and audio files, as well as a dissection of some of his most famous songs, using the original studio master tapes. 

The Defiant Ones also begins its run on BBC Four tonight, with the six-part series delving into hugely lucrative partnership of Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine, the duo behind the Beats headphone brand. 

Also tonight, Graham Norton’s guest list includes Ricky Gervais, who has started the publicity push for After Life, his new Netflix comedy due in March. 

Hopefully, it will fill that hole left by Catastrophe, above, which has its final episode on Tuesday on Channel 4.


ALL AND SUNDRY: Cork-born human rights campaigner Mother Jones is one of the frontrunners to have the new bridge in the city named after her, and an annual festival to remember her has also put a call out for songs in honour of “the most dangerous woman in America”. 

Organisers of the Mother Jones Festival (July 31-Aug 3) say the song should reflect Mother Jones or issues such as social justice, mining or the labour movement. 

Galway duo the Silken Same play a Sirius Suppers event at the Cobh arts centre next Friday. 

The admission of €20 includes meal and music. Fontaines DC have announced their debut album for April, and an appearance at All Together Now (Aug 2-4) in Co Waterford.

QUARTER BLOCK PARTY: The annual arts festival based around North and South Main streets in Cork takes place over the weekend, with tonight’s events underlining the eclectic nature of it all. 

For example, Beats and Sweat at Dali mixes architecture and Sir Henry’s nostalgia; Fat Blokes at Firkin Crane is a contemporary dance piece challenging attitudes to overweight people; and Shookrah bring some modern soul to An Spailpín Fánach.

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