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Transcendence stars Johnny Depp

Alan Dee’s film preview: Will sci-fi thriller Transcendence allow Johnny to put Lone Ranger car crash behind him? video

It’s tough at the top, and even the biggest stars are only as good as their last movie.

Anchorman 2

Geoff Cox’s DVD reviews: Anchorman 2, American Hustle

It’s been a decade since Will Ferrell created arrogant newsreader Ron Burgundy in Anchorman.

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Cast of Alice leave us in an Easter Wonderland

Convinced that Christmas is the time for pantomime and not Easter? Then you should have seen Alice in Wonderland at Dunstable’s Grove Theatre on Good Friday where the cast pulled a rabbit from the hat with a magical show to silence any doubters, writes Steve Sims.

Marc Robinson as Buddy Holly in A Legend Reborn

Raving on with Buddy Holly

Actor Marc Robinson has been playing Buddy Holly in tribute shows for the best part of two decades.

Luton schoolboy Myles Smith Thompson is a TeenStar regional finalist

Self-taught guitarist in TeenStar finals

It’s a nail-biting time for the deputy headboy at Luton’s Lealands High School.
Composer and self-taught guitarist Myles Smith Thompson, 15, has won his way to the regional finals of the national TeenStar competition with Mask of Failure, a song he wrote himself.

Ever popular Punch & Judy will be at St George's Square, Luton, on Easter Saturday

Celebrate St George and Easter over the holidays

There’s something for everyone this holiday weekend, whether you want to celebrate England’s patron saint, enjoy traditional Easter activities like egg hunts or simply relax with friends and family.

Ever popular Punch & Judy will be at St George's Square, Luton, on Easter Saturday

An academic twist to traumatic saga

A leading academic at the University of Bedfordshire and an award winning film and theatre practitioner, is in Harare preparing the world premiere of a play which she developed with an acclaimed Zimbabwean playwright.

Luton International Carnival takes place om Sunday, May 25

Colourful carnival is nearly here!

This year’s Luton International Carnival promises to be bigger, better and even more exciting than before.

The Now Show's Steve Punt who hosted a recording at the University of Bedfordshire

Students v academics in comedy show

Hit comedy show The 3rd Degree will hit the airwaves at 3pm on Easter Monday.

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Alan Dee’s movie preview: Spidey swings back in hoping for webbed wonder video

Kids off school? Check. Sun beginning to show itself a bit? Fingers crossed. Sounds about time for the first of the summer blockbusters...

Theatre review

Fun G&S show The Mikado needed more energy

The Mikado is a G&S favourite and it always commands good audience figures, which was the case for Putteridge Bury Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

Luton schoolgirl Georgia Spicer who's landed a part in Grease

Grease is the word for aspiring dancer Georgia

It takes dedication, determination and guts to get to the top.

Robert Powell as Poirot in Agatha Christie's Black Coffee

Robert Powell in Poirot role

And now for something completely different . . . Robert Powell is the latest in a select band of stars to take on the role of diminutive Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, Kill Your Darlings

Ben Stiller’s remake of a 67-year-old film is his strongest attempt yet to move from full-on comedy into heartfelt drama.

The Hat Factory's 100% Young Producers

Songs for the Strange from talented Young Producers

Join Luton’s up-and-coming young theatre wannabes as they take you on a journey through an eerie set, spinning a story about a lost soul.

The Raid 2

Alan Dee’s film preview: Who will win this week’s sequel smackdown?

With the kids on holiday and family-friendly fare normally to the fore, it’s an odd time for The Raid 2 to batter its way on to our screens.

Luton playwright Rebecca Hill and producer Bradley Leech of Unbound Productions

Young Luton playwright who’s looking for crowd funding

A play that tackles sexual myths and mores head on is set to take the Edinburgh Festival by storm – if its talented young author can raise sufficient funds to get it there.

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Robin Cousins' new show Ice arrives at Milton Keynes Theatre

Theatre review: Robin Cousins’ ICE

If you fancy a night watching axels, salcos and toe loops, then get yourself over to Milton Keynes Theatre where Robin Cousins’ latest production, ICE, is set to run until this Saturday, writes Alan Wooding.

Gateway to Angkor Wat temple in Angkor, Siem Reap province, Cambodia. Picture: James Edgar/PA Photos.

Travel: Racing around Cambodia’s top sights

Training for a marathon is the perfect incentive to get fit, but now there’s a growing trend for entering races abroad.

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Something for everyone as MK theatre announces its summer extravaganzas

It’s full steam ahead as the Milton Keynes Theatre announces its summer offerings.


Matt Adcock’s film review: Divergent efficiently pushes the Hunger Games buttons for fans of teenagers being tested video

“You’re different. You don’t fit into a category. They can’t control you. They call it Divergent. You can’t let them find out about you.”

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Lots to do out and about this Easter

The Easter holidays are just around the corner and there are lots of eggs-citing activities taking place right on your doorstep, which are sure to put a spring in your step.

The Harry Hill Movie

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: The Harry Hill Movie, Nebraska

Harry Hill is like Marmite – you either love him or hate him. I fall in the latter camp as I just don’t get the big-collared comedian’s humour.

Ricky Vallance is coming to Louth

Glenn Miller Years

The Happy Wanderers are presenting a celebration of the era when music had melody and words had meaning.

Fresh fish stalls are a common sight in the Brussels suburbs. Picture: Alan Wooding

Travel feature: Brussels’ sustainable food culture

In her quest to take a look around Europe’s traditional markets, Sandra Shevey visits Belgium where its capital is a true food city.

Joanna Croll (Molly Ralston) and Ryan Saunders (Christopher Wren): Picture: Helen Maybanks

Agatha Christie whodunnit at the Grove as entertaining as ever

The Mousetrap was finally sprung last year after 60 years of playing to bemused audiences in the West End, writes Anne Cox.

Easter Parade at the Savoy in 1948

New movies were on the move for Luton cinemas

Many years before the internet and when very few people owned a TV, film distributors and cinema managers came up with some novel ideas to promote the latest movies.

Voices with Soul meet Chantry academy pupils on their Sing Up day

Voices With Soul sing with Chantry pupils

Pupils from Chantry academy enjoyed a day of singing and were joined by X Factor finalists Voices With Soul on Monday.

Voices with Soul meet Chantry academy pupils on their Sing Up day

Rosie at Hat Factory

Acclaimed Camden Fringe comedienne Rosie Wilby presents her amusing one-woman show Is Monogamy Dead? at The Hat Factory tonight (April 3) at 7.30pm.

Picking tea at the Glenlorna estate in Coorg, Karnataka, India. Picture: PA Photo.

Travel: Look what’s brewing in India

It’s as much a British institution as the royal family, but a freshly-brewed cuppa has far humbler origins.

The Secret Seven mounting an exhibition of their artwork at Luton's Hat Factory

Secret Seven band together for an art exhibition with a twist

Take seven aspiring artists ranging in age from 19 to 60 something.

Russell Crowe in Noah

Alan Dee’s movie preview: Will punters queue up two by two to catch grizzled Russell Crowe build an ark? video

For all the rumours of final cut wrangles, studio meddling, soaring budgets and tepid test screenings its easy to think of Noah as a sort of Biblical Waterworld – a soggy mess that’s going to see a lot of cash poured down the plughole.

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There’s something for everyone as The Grove theatre welcomes the Spring

As Dunstable’s premier theatre unveils its Spring season there’s never been a better time to check out The Grove.

The Church of the Spilled Blood

Travel: Cruising in the land of the Tsars

Russia had always been on my ‘must visit list’ but I had a problem, writes Professor Ian Cooper, the international business author and speaker who experiences the ‘Waterways of the Tsars’ from St Petersburg to Moscow, with Viking River Cruises.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Geoff Cox’s DVDs: The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, Old Boy

The second part of the long drawn-out film adaptation of JRR Tolkien classic The Hobbit can be a frustrating watch.


Singing for Keech

Caritas Harmony (formerly Pasque Harmony) award winning ladies choir singing for Macmillan Cancer Support at St Augustine’s Church Icknield Way, Saturday 5 April at 7pm

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Kevin Bryan’s record reviews

Marcus Malone, “Stand or Fall” (Redline Music)­Detroit born Malone has been making quite an impact on the European concert and festival  circuit during the past few years and this earthy  performer’s  sixth album is a gem of the highest order, boasting some compelling original  material  delivered by a finely honed band steeped in the spirit of the blues. The singer­guitarist’s  vocals may be eerily reminiscent of Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company fame ontracks such as “Living The Blues” and “Under Pressure” but he’s a major talent in his own right too, and “Stand or Fall” should be an essential purchase for blues enthusiasts everywhere.

The Grove Theatre's Easter production of Alice in Wonderland with Paul Daniels.

The king of magic, Paul Daniels, joins Alice In Wonderland at The Grove Theatre

Legendary magician Paul Daniels is going to be pulling something rather special out of the Mad Hatter’s hat this Easter when he stars in the panto Alice In Wonderland.

Keukenhof Gardens is a kaleidoscope of colour at this time of year.

Travel: Petals, pots … and politicians!

Alan Wooding and his wife Jo travelled to Holland over the weekend

A scene from the Faultlines trilogy finale - A Tale of Coriander and the Dog

Play showing Asian life as it really is

It’s hard hitting and humorous – A Tale of Coriander and the Dog from Open Minds Theatre Company presents Asian life in the UK as it really is.

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Severe cuts to Luton Music Service

Luton Music Service, launched in 2012 to give every child the opportunity of learning a musical instrument, is facing swingeing cuts.

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