Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

Des O’Driscoll looks at what’s events are happening at the moment

Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

FILM TIPS: Early reviews of Star Wars: The Last Jedi have ranged from “a significant letdown” (CNN) to “an explosive thrill-ride of galactic proportions” (The Guardian), but no matter what the critics say, fans will be flocking to see it over the next few weeks.

And, for many of them, as soon as its run-length of 152 minutes comes to an end, the countdown will begin immediately for the third episode of the sequel trilogy, due in December 2019. Incidentally, George Lucas himself described the film as “beautifully made”, but then he probably would say that, wouldn’t he.

With Star Wars towering over the holiday box-office, the only film that might put any dent in its definite domination will be Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, due next Friday. Triskel in Cork is among the venues showing seasonal films from Sunday, with a roster including It’s A Wonderful Life, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and Die Hard.

MUSIC NEWS: Anybody hoping that The Cure will take in an Irish festival this year may be disappointed to hear that the band are pushing their appearance at Hyde Park in London on July 7 as their “only European show of 2018”.

Tickets for that gig went on sale this morning. Perhaps we’ll have more luck with David Byrne who has already confirmed several festival appearances in Europe, with the 65-year-old promising his “most ambitious show” since the Stop Making Sense concerts he did with Talking Heads.

Finally, singer Sheryl Crow has blamed money and fear as keeping country music stars from speaking out in favour of gun control in America. As she prepared for the release of her new song that pays tribute to the 26 people killed at Sandy Hook school, she told the Guardian: “There’s no one that I know of in the popular country world that is willing to step out and really to take a stand on this, and that’s really unfortunate.”

GIG WISE: By the time you read this, The Script may well have sold out their appearance at the Marquee in Cork on Monday, June 25. If so, will the Dublin band put on another gig, as both the group and venue seem to be free for a few nights afterwards?

Alanis Morissette (July 4) and Nathan Carter (July 1) also announced appearances at the Leeside venue. One of the big questions on the lips of Cork music fans is whether Microdisney will play a gig in their hometown following the addition of the Barbican in London (June 9) to their sold-out appearance at the NCH in Dublin.

Meanwhile, the summer gig roster is quickly filling up, with a double bill of Beck and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (3Arena, May 23) the latest to tempt punters. For a springtime sojourn, there are still a few tickets left for just one (March 8) of The Gloaming’s seven gigs at the NCH in Dublin.

ON THE TELLY: Graham Norton has a Star Wars special tonight, with appearances from such stars as Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.

The League Of Gentlemen returns to BBC for a three-part special over consecutive nights from Monday. On the same night, TV3 has one of the better recent Irish films, Cardboard Gangsters, about a group of young drug dealers on a council housing estate in Dublin.

Another show for your planner could be U2 At The BBC on Tuesday, which has the Irish fab four performing songs and opening up in an interview at the Abbey Road studios in London.

ALL AND SUNDRY: Anyone who had already bought tickets online to one of Peter Kay’s six dates in Dublin in January 2019 should be automatically refunded via Ticketmaster after the English stand-up cancelled the entire tour “for family reasons”.

The Glucksman gallery in UCC currently has an exhibition Outposts, featuring a number of artists linked through the theme of national boundaries and identities.

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