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‘Evolution is part of tradition’: musician Makaya McCraven on the future of jazz

Each day we have so many choices to make and we are constantly improvising them, just like playing jazz,” says the drummer-composer Makaya McCraven. “Even when we try to organise and sanitise the world so that we can function – that’s us improvising in different frameworks. It’s all an expression of life.” Wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan “Listen more” – as if signposting to his interviewer – the 38-year-old McCraven is fizzing...


ABBA's new festive song Little Things to compete for Christmas number one

ABBA are throwing their hats in the ring for a chance to grab this year's Christmas No1 slot with their first-ever festive song, out today.


Toni Collette and Anna Faris to star in The Estate

Toni Collette, Anna Faris and Thomas Haden Church are to appear in Dean Craig's 'The Estate'.


Harlem review – Girls Trip creator’s Amazon series is a mixed bag

I don’t want to start this review by talking about Insecure, Issa Rae’s seminal HBO comedy about four Black twenty-to-thirtysomethings in LA that broke ground for Black female friendship onscreen and built a pipeline for Black creatives off it. Amazon’s Harlem, a 10-episode series about four Black thirtysomethings in the storied New York neighborhood created by Girls Trip writer Tracy Oliver, should be measured on its own merits. But it’s hard...


London Christmas theatre shows and ballet 2021: A Christmas Carol to The Nutcracker

London Christmas theatre shows and ballet 2021: A Christmas Carol to The Nutcracker - Ho ho ho, we can actually go out and see things this Christmas


No Rome - It’s All Smiles review: Short, sweet, sandpapered pop

No Rome - It’s All Smiles review: Short, sweet, sandpapered pop - 4/5 On his debut album, Rome Gomez delivers a sound that feels very much his own


Hulu pulls Astroworld documentary following backlash

Hulu officials have removed a documentary about the Astroworld Festival tragedy following backlash to the special's release. The documentary, Astroworld: Concert From Hell, was uploaded to the platform on Wednesday without any promotion and was quickly noticed by social media users. "Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival was supposed to be the concert...


Stormzy to host an unforgettable Christmas party for Croydon residents today

The grime icon himself will be attending


Khalid review, Scenic Drive: R&B singer delivers a second album that’s all vibe, no edge

2/5 ‘Scenic Drive’ is no doubt a listening experience with each track blending seamlessly into the next – but maybe that’s the problem


BTS surprise fans with Butter 'holiday remix'

K-pop megastars BTS surprise their fans by dropping a "holiday remix" of hit single 'Butter'.


Vin Diesel remembers wonderful advice Paul Walker gave him before death

PAUL WALKER received a beautiful tribute from his Fast and Furious co-star Vin Diesel this week, marking the eight-year anniversary of his death.


How much will contestants be paid for I'm a Celebrity 2021?

How much money are do I'm a Celebrity campmates earn to spend three weeks in the Welsh castle?


I'm a Celebrity responds as intruders break into the castle

ITV have confirmed there was a "security breach".


Vintage Western movie poster art

Movie posters have been helping promote films since the advent of cinema. The golden era of poster art began in the 1920s, and continued well into the 1970s. It was during this period that the Western achieved the height of its popularity. In fact, some of the earliest posters made publicize cowboy films. Of high artistic merit and created by some of the best designers in the business, these posters were presented in full color, a real bonus when many of the films they represented were made in black and white! Click through and admire the art of the vintage Western movie poster.


Teen who travelled globe after being inspired by Jules Verne's novel

Palle Huld (pictured in Moscow) had won a competition held by a Danish newspaper to celebrate 100 years since the birth of Around the World in 80 days author Jules Verne.


The 25 best Christmas TV episodes to rewatch over the holidays

These are the best Christmas TV episodes to get you in the festive spirit


Why are so many hilarious comic actors suddenly hosting game shows?

As Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg take the reins of a new baking competition, Kevin E G Perry examines the comedy-star-to-game show-host pipeline


19 actors who almost died on set

Even famous actors and actresses aren’t immune to the occasional near-death experience. Need proof? Check out this list. It’s jam-packed with thrilling tales of close calls and unfortunate accidents that those involved were lucky to walk away from.


Alec Baldwin says wife Hilaria gives him 'reason to live'

Alec Baldwin thanks his wife Hilaria for giving him "a reason to live" after the tragic death of Halyna Hutchins.


Alec Baldwin claims one of the crew members suing him said he bore no responsibility for fatal shooting

‘They’re entitled to change their mind,’ actor says


Why Hawkeye is more groundbreaking than you realise

He's the hero some of us have been waiting a very long time for.


BBC replace Andrew Marr with Sophie Raworth for flagship Sunday morning show

Sophie Raworth has been announced as the interim presenter of BBC One's flagship Sunday morning programme as Andrew Marr leaves the broadcaster.


17 actors you forgot were in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)

Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, and The Walking Dead alumni all appeared first in the MCU


Around the World in 80 Days release date, trailer, cast, plot: When is series out?

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS is the latest adaptation of the Jules Verne novel, and Express.co.uk has all the details on the series.


‘I didn’t think this would air on the BBC’: the stars of shocking legal drama You Don’t Know Me

When he first read the script for You Don’t Know Me, Samuel Adewunmi assumed that the TV drama was set in the US. “It didn’t strike me as something that would air during primetime on the BBC,” he says. “It had so many Black characters at the forefront.” Once he clarified that the show was set in London (albeit filmed in Birmingham) it was “a must-have role. The whole story just felt truthful. I thought, this is a really interesting guy – his...


Ron Howard wins Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Filmmaker Award

Ron Howard is to receive a Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Filmmaker Award in honour of his illustrious career in the movie industry.


Marvin Humes found it tough getting in shape for JLS reunion tour

Marvin Humes has admitted that getting into shape ahead of the JLS tour was tough as he hadn't danced in years.


Arca - KiCk ii/iii/iiii/iiiii review: 43 tracks of wild electronic experimentation

Arca - KiCk ii/iii/iiii/iiiii review: 43 tracks of wild electronic experimentation - 4/5 With four new works, the Venezuelan producer delivers a pentalogy that can mesmerise and terrify


Alexandra Daddario engaged to Andrew Form

Alexandra Daddario is engaged to producer Andrew Form. The White Lotus actress sparked engagement rumours when she was snapped wearing a sparkler on her ring finger while out in Los Angeles earlier this week, and the ring was noticeably present in a photoshoot she shared on Instagram on Thursday. And her representative subsequently confirmed to mul...


Makaya McCraven: Deciphering the Message review – ingenious hard-bop homage

Like Miles Davis, the Chicago drummer, remix producer and “beat scientist” Makaya McCraven senses that celebrating the jazz past means sympathetic reinvention by today’s improvisers, not turning long-gone performances into set-in-stone repertory music. Deciphering the Message, McCraven’s pithy homage to the Blue Note Records hard-bop catalogue of the 1960s, is seamlessly assembled from a mix of sampled live shows by his fine band, clips of the...


Seth Rogen was stoned at Adele show

Seth Rogen smoked "a ton of weed" before Adele's TV special because he hadn't realised it was being filmed.


Pucker Up (or Don't): Celebrities Reveal Their Worst On-Screen Kisses

Suddenly our first kiss stories don't sound so bad anymore?


Ed Sheeran and Elton John review, Merry Christmas: Gooey as a wheel of old camembert

3/5 It’s not brilliant. Nor is it offensively bad. It’s just fine


These are the best holiday albums of all time

Here are plenty of albums to keep you in a festive mood all the way until December 25. Read on to discover the 20 best Christmas albums of all time. From jazz, rock, and folk to pop and classical, there’s something for every music lover to enjoy during this season of rejoicing.


Elton John says addiction struggles made him want to help other musicians: ‘You learn to pass the message on’

Musician is known for supporting young artists in their careers


McFly release Christmas cover of Walking In The Air

'All About You' hitmakers McFly drop a Christmas cover of 'Walking In The Air' from 1982 animated classic 'The Snowman'.


Katy Perry's festive pictures leave fans upset – but her Christmas tree is goals

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom spent Thanksgiving in Calirfornia and shared several photos with fans


30 of the greatest girl groups of all time

With some of our favorite bands of the '90s and '00s reuniting as of late, now's as good a time as any to look back on the greatest girl groups of all time. And it's not just pure nostalgia either: the success of newer acts like Little Mix and Fifth Harmony are proof that fans are still very much interested in girl groups. Although Little Mix are part of the new generation, they have now been together for almost a decade! Remaining members Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jade Thirlwall have announced that they'll be taking a well-deserved break after their 10-year anniversary. The hiatus will begin after the conclusion of their Confetti tour in May 2022. The girls insist that this isn't the end of Little Mix: "We are not splitting up - Little Mix are here to stay. We have plans for more music, tours and performances in the future. We’ve made so many incredible memories with you all, and we can’t wait to make so many more." In this gallery, we explore the best of the best. Did your faves make the cut? Click on to find out!


Sting thinks new album will be 'overshadowed'

Sting has spoke out about how his album will be 'overshadowed', facing competition from the likes of Adele and Ed Sheeran.


The full cast for the stage adaptation of The Da Vinci Code has been revealed

The theatre may be something many of us have missed over the past year or so, with the global pandemic putting a stop to many enjoyable activities. However, in recent months, the world has begun to open up again, which means that this world is one that can now thankfully carry on... The Da Vinci Code has announced the stars that will be taking cent...


Movies that should have gotten a sequel, but didn't

Some movies get sequels so bad that they fail to do justice to the original, while others leave fans hungry for follow-ups that never happen. Much-loved movies that leave audiences hanging tend to generate frenzied speculation about possible sequels, but sometimes these just never happen. Much to the dismay of fans, sometimes a sequel looks set for production, then gets stuck in studio limbo. Ready to get lobbying the studios for a follow-up to your favorite film? Click through this gallery to discover some movies that really deserve a sequel.


One Direction reunion 'likely' - 'Harry would never say never'

ONE DIRECTION went on an indefinite hiatus in 2016 and their fans have long since been calling for the band to reunite. Now a member of the historic band Fleetwood Mac has said a reunion could happen after beginning a close relationship with Harry Styles.


Adele says she drank to deal with ‘boring’ people

‘I would normally drink to make other people interesting, rather than to spice myself up,’ says singer


Alec Baldwin thinks his 'career could be over' following Rust shooting

Alec Baldwin thinks his career could be over following the 'Rust' shooting, but is determined just to focus on family now.


How NBC's Annie Live! Proved That Less Can Be More For TV Musicals

NBC brought musicals back to TV with Annie Live! and it wasn't a hard knock life to watch.


Mel B made secret cameo in Only Fools and Horses: The Musical

Mel B secretly appeared in the 'Only Fools and Horses: The Musical' in the West End as part of an 'A League of Their Own' skit.


Album reviews: Broken Chanter, Disquiet Black Country, Adam Stafford, V4Velindre

Broken Chanter - Catastrophe Hits It may be a fortunate coincidence, but recorded in the wake of Covid, David MacGregor’s excellent second album under his Broken Chanter alias appears in the week of COP26 in his native Glasgow. However, the songwriter clearly has the state of the world on his mind, as lead single ‘Extinction Event Souvenir T-Shirt’...


The best Christmas movies on Netflix

Crackers all round.


'It's rubbish': Joanna Lumley slams The Crown

Joanna Lumley won't watch 'The Crown' because she thinks the show is "rubbish" and "laughable".


Drive: What The Cast Of The Ryan Gosling Movie Is Doing Now

Grab your driving gloves and scorpion jacket...