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 1 June and closes at 23:59 GMT on Monday 4 June 2018.
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: Two tickets to Kill the Beast’s new production ‘Director’s Cut’ at The Lowry on Thu 7 June 2018 at 20:00
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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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Cast of Broadchurch Series Two Announced

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David Tennant and Olivia Colman set to return for second series

After months of speculation, ITV has confirmed the returning cast for the new series of Broadchurch.

David Tennant and Olivia Colman will return as Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller for the second series of the popular TV drama.

Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan (who played Danny’s parents Beth and Mark Latimer) and Arthur Darvill (who played local vicar Paul Coates) are also set to return, with filming due to start in Dorset soon.

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Shakespeare on The Lawns

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Celebratory performances of Macbeth and A Comedy of Errors to mark 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth

Spinningfields, Manchester is to host two open-air Shakespeare performances this July.

Macbeth and A Comedy of Errors will be performed by the GB Theatre Company at The Lawns between 18 and 20 July.

Sir Kenneth Branagh’s sister, Joyce Branagh is to star as Lady Macbeth in the celebratory performance to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth...

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Bank Holiday New Film Releases

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If you’re looking for some entertainment this Bank Holiday weekend, you’ll be pleased to hear that five new films are due for release in UK cinemas this coming Friday.

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The eagerly awaited sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past hits UK cinemas on 23 May.

Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine and is sent back to the past in a desperate effort to change history. Characters from the original X-Men trilogy and X-Men: First Class join forces in the ultimate battle to save the f...

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