Film Review: Hercules

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Dwyane Johnson stars as Hercules. Image Credit: Paramount Pictures / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson brings mythical Greek legend to life in Hercules

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returns to UK cinema screens this week in Hercules, an epic action-adventure film that looks set to rival Pompeii.

Based on the graphic novel, Hercules: The Thracian Wars, the film tells the story of Hercules (Dwayne Johnson), a Greek demigod who is said to be the son of Zeus...

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Album Review: Wayfarer by Nell Bryden

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Catchy, light and seductively upbeat, Nell Bryden’s new album looks set to be the smooth soundtrack of the summer

Following the success of her second studio album Shake The Tree, Nell Bryden looks set to dominate UK airwaves with the release of her new album Wayfarer.

For those who don’t recognise know, Nell Bryden is an American singer-songwriter who shot to fame in the UK following the release of her first album What Does It Take in 2009...

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Theatre Review: BILLY LIAR at Royal Exchange Theatre

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Royal Exchange Theatre provides perfect setting for Keith Waterhouse’s tragicomedy

It may be more than 50 years old but Keith Waterhouse’s play about 1960s northern life is still capable of captivating a modern audience, as demonstrated at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre last night.

Adapted for stage by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, BILLY LIAR first opened in London’s West End in 1960 with Albert Finney in the title role...

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New Film Trailer: The Penguins of Madagascar

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Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovitch star in Madagascar spin-off

The first official trailer for the Penguins of Madagascar has been released by DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox, featuring an all-star cast including Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovitch.

The new animated film, which is due in cinemas in time for Christmas, is a spin-off from the popular Madagascar series and is tipped to be one of the blockbusters of the year.

The 3D comedy adventure follows fan-favourite penguins Skipper,...

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Album Review: 48:13 by Kasabian

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Kasabian release album worthy of headline slot at Glastonbury

Ten years after the release of their self-titled debut album, Kasabian are set to return the UK album chart with 48:13.

48:13 (named after the album’s running time) is Kasabian’s fifth studio album and follows Velociraptor! released in 2011. Produced by Sergio Pizzorno, the album marks a ‘new language’ for Kasabian, combining electronic and hip hop elements with boisterous rock & roll numbers and semi-psychedelic sounds.

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Billy Liar Heads to Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre

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Harry McEntire stars in classic tale of northern life in 1960s Britain

BILLY LIAR – a classic tale of northern life in 1960s Britain – heads to Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre next week in an exciting new production of Keith Waterhouse’s famous 1959 novel.

Adapted for stage by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, the play tells the story of Billy Fisher, a 19-year-old nobody who dreams of escaping the day-to-day drudgery of northern life in the 1960s.

Living with his parents and stuck in a...

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Album Review: Broken Toys by Smoove & Turrell

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Smoove & Turrell on top form with new album Broken Toys

Newcastle’s finest Smoove and Turrell look set to continue to rise through the ranks of British soul with the release of their new album Broken Toys.

For those who don’t know S&T, Smoove & Turrell (Jonathan Scott Watson and John Turrell) are a British modern soul act. They propelled to fame in 2009 following the release of their first album, Antique Soul, which scored them two records of the week on Radio 2 and a gig at Glastonbury and...

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Film Review: Maleficent is Magnificent

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Angelina Jolie exemplary as the fairy badmother in Maleficent

Disney’s dark and highly anticipated fantasy adventure film, Maleficent, is on general release in UK this weekend and is set to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. 

Maleficent tells the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain, the evil fairy from Sleeping Beauty. Once a beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent lived a happy and carefree life in the peaceable forest kingdom...

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1. Competition opens 09:00 GMT Friday 10 February 2017 and closes at 17.00 GMT on Sunday 12 February 2017.
2. Competition is open to UK residents only.
3. Winner to be announced at @FranklyMyDearUK and on www.franklymydearuk.co.uk
4. To enter participants are required to retweet competition tweet and follow @FranklyMyDearUK
5. The Prize: 1 x CD album DREAM COUNTRY by Sarah Darling.
6. No purchase is necessary but a valid Twitter account is required.
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Film Review: The Two Faces of January

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Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac delight in gripping tale of greed, murder and jealously

Patricia Highsmith’s tightly-woven thriller The Two Faces of January is on general release in UK cinemas this month, offering movie goers a refreshing break from the contemporary norm.

Deep, dark and dramatic, The Two Faces of January follows the story of Rydal (Oscar Isaac), an American rich kid who is foolishly sucked into a fast unfolding web of deceit, murder and jealously.

Set in Athens i...

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