Movie version of Still Game is ruled out by its creators

Still Game's creators have ruled out ever trying to turn Jack and Victor into cinema stars - as they fear the move would be a disaster.
"They may take our lives, but they'll never take our poetic licence!" Picture: Contributed

9 things you (probably) didn’t know about Braveheart

We all know Braveheart plays fast and loose with accuracy, but do you know which bits in particular fall foul of the history books?

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Leona Craig and Reece Liversedge play Dorothy and Gregory in the new musical.

Gregory’s Girl musical set to be launched

It is the coming-of-age Scottish comedy classic that has won the hearts of millions and turned its cast of unknowns into overnight stars.
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The  Magnificent Seven, from left to right: Vincent D'Onofrio, Martin Sensmeier, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Byung-hun Lee

Film reviews: The Magnificent Seven | The Girl With All The Gifts | Scottish Mussel | Little Men

There are nods to the rich visual tradition and symbolism of the Western, but The Magnificent Seven is more concerned with riding into multiplex land as a mainstream action film

Hibs  manager Neil Lennon on the set of Outlander in Glasgow. Picture: SWNS

Neil Lennon spotted on set of Outlander

Hibs manager Neil Lennon has been spotted on the set of the new series of Outlander.

Lorn Macdonald and Owen Whitelaw. Picture: Shiona Walker

Theatre review: Trainspotting, Glasgow

The first time I heard Irvine Welsh’s voice was in a Radio Scotland feature, back in 1993. All the programme could do, in half an hour or so, was conjure up a brief sense of the atmosphere of his new novel, Trainspotting, then about to be published. Yet I remember thinking this was absolutely new; the voice, the stance, the street-language of working-class Edinburgh, reworked and stylised into a running commentary on our global times with a confidence and swagger I hadn’t encountered since John Byrne did the same for Paisley, 15 years earlier.

Valorie Curry as Talia in Blair Witch

Film reviews: Blair Witch | Hunt For The Wilderpeople | The Infiltrator | The Clan | The Beatles: Eight Days A Week

With A Horrible Way to Die, You’re Next and The Guest, Adam Wingard established himself as one of horror’s hippest directors, expertly marrying the naturalism of mumblecore with the wigged out impulses of slasher movies and serial killer flicks. When trailers for his new film, The Woods, appeared earlier this summer it looked as if he was continuing in that vein with another gnarly and original horror film. But at San Diego Comic-Con in July he revealed this was all a ruse and he’d secretly been making an official sequel to The Blair Witch Project, the break-out low-budget horror phenomenon from 1999 that kick-started the now ubiquitous found footage trend. The ruse itself was a nifty way of paying tribute to the viral marketing campaign of the original movie and Wingard’s involvement was a promising sign that Blair Witch wasn’t going to be just another cash-in.

Dr John Scally, national librarian, at the new National Library of Scotland visitor centre in Kelvin Hall, Glasgow. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

National Library of Scotland opens Glasgow branch for first time

IT HAS been based in Edinburgh since its foundation by Act of Parliament in 1925, but has now finally opened a branch in Glasgow.

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Women's rights activist Ye Haiyan (aka Hooligan Sparrow)

Preview: Take One Action! Film Festival

What happens to a documentary maker when they find themselves so caught up in the world they’re filming that they become participants as well as observers? Two directors at the Take One Action! film festival – Nanfu Wang and Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami – explain how they made the leap from filmmaker to activist

The Filmhouse in Edinburgh will be one of the venues during the Take One Action Film Festivals. Picture: Toby Williams

Tamara Van Strijthem: Grassroots level can make a difference

This is the year that brought us the Panama Papers, the Zika virus, a US presidential nominee whose campaign unashamedly embraces lies and deceit, Brexit, countless terrorist attacks across several continents, rising inequality and the seemingly commensurate rise of the extreme right in European democracies, the bombing of thousands of innocents in Syria and Yemen and a refugee crisis that has led to thousands of deaths at sea or, too often, inhumane conditions for those who reached the shore.

McGregor, 45, is the director and star of the film. Picture: Getty

Ewan Mcgregor: Directing first film was a life-changing experience

EWAN McGregor has said directing his first movie was a “life-changing experience”.

Hell or High Water. Picture: Contributed

Film reviews: Hell or High Water | Captain Fantastic | Anthropoid

David Mackenzie’s Texas-set thriller evokes the spirit of the western as two brothers rob banks to save their farm. Only lumbering lawman Jeff Bridges stands in their way

New films are previewed, like the Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Picture: contributed

Film review: Screenplay Festival, Shetland

IT’S Wednesday night in Lerwick and before a capacity crowd in screen one of Mareel, Shetland’s (relatively) new purpose-built two-screen cinema and arts centre, film critic Mark Kermode is taking a picture on his phone of the assembled audience.

Lauren McCrostie. Picture: Debra Hurford Brown

Lauren McCrostie on celebrating peculiar in new Tim Burton film

It’s time to fly your freak flag, Lauren McCrostie tells Janet Christie, as the young star prepares for the release of Tim Burton’s new movie celebrating the peculiar.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in the superb La La Land. Picture: contributed

Venice Film Festival review: La La Land | Arrival | Light Between Oceans

THE programmers of the Venice Film Festival could not have made a better choice than La La Land (****) as the opening movie of the event’s 73rd edition.

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Film reviews: Cafe Society | Sausage Party | Brotherhood | Things to Come

The veteran director delivers more cinematic comfort food for grown-ups, helped by classy turns from Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart

Gene Wilder, as Frederick, and Peter Boyle as The Monster perform Puttin on the Ritz in Young Frankenstein, just one of the classic films that were lit up by Wilder's genius. Picture: Contributed

Euan McColm: Gene Wilder’s genius was a gift to humanity

Comedy is no laughing matter but its practitioners can lift the shadow from tragedy, writes Euan McColm

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Actor Gene Wilder starred in film classics such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Young Frankenstein. Picture: AP

Willy Wonka actor Gene Wilder dies, aged 83

Gene Wilder, the frizzy-haired actor who brought his deft comedic touch to roles such as the neurotic accountant in The Producers and the deranged animator of Young Frankenstein, has died.

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Scots actor Alan Cummin. Picture: Contributed

Alan Cumming ‘cures’ Nicola Sturgeon’s fear of dogs

SCOTTISH actor Alan Cumming claims to have helped cure Nicola Sturgeon’s lifelong fear of dogs after introducing her to his “very soothing” pet pooch.

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Julieta. Picture: Contributed

Film reviews: Julieta | War Dogs | Bad Moms | Cell

Wonderful central performances make Pedro Almodóvar’s playful, genre-busting melodrama a delight but the same can’t be said for reductive comedy Bad Moms, which passes up every chance to be witty or insightful about the lot of modern mothers

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