The Diary: Martin Scorsese; Cornwall's Port Eliot festival; Edinburgh Fringe; Hannah Arterton; Chesil Beach; Julian Schnabel

Scorsese's festival fun

It will be the first and likely the last time that Martin Scorsese shares a bill with the WI. The Hollywood director has curated a programme of films for Cornwall's Port Eliot festival next weekend. On the bill are Murder on the Orient Express, All About Eve and Scorsese's favourite The Red Shoes. The director's costume designer on Gangs of New York, Sandy Powell, will also give a talk. Elsewhere, The Orangery will host the Port Eliot Flower Show, a tent run by Rambert designer Michael Howells, milliner Stephen Jones and the WI. Visitors can enter theatrically themed classes – designing a bouquet for a prima ballerina, making a Wizard of Oz scarecrow or fashioning a popstar out of greens for The Veg Factor. There will also be talks from gardener Dan Pearson and Justine Picardie and, of course, a cake stall. "Jarvis Cocker entered last year and Grayson Perry handed out the rosettes", says Howells. "And then you get Mrs Miggins from the village, too. It's just incredibly British." Will Scorsese pop in for a scone? "He's editing Hugo Cabret. We'd love him to come but his diary is so full", says Howells. "We have a secret A-lister to give out the prizes, though."

Stand wins Fringe bid

The Edinburgh Fringe shuffle continues apace. Already this year Assembly has been forced to relocate its programme to George Square while the Assembly Rooms close for a £13m refit. Now, in a major shake-up, The Stand has won the tender to manage the New Town venue for five years when it reopens in 2012, ousting Assembly, which has run it for the last 30 years. The Assembly Rooms will, confusingly, keep their name, according to The Stand director Tommy Sheppard, and a Jamie Oliver restaurant will open on site. The Stand will also operate as before. Meanwhile, the comedy club finds itself out on a limb in New Town this year asAssembly moves into its nowpermanent new home next to the Pleasance in Old Town. "It's an unhealthy development. The over-concentration of venues in one tiny area is bad for the city, bad for the Fringe and bad for visitors," says Sheppard. "From what I hear, a lot of the new Assembly venues are lecture theatres which are pretty echoey and cavernous."

Artertons are thenew Minogues!

Always on the lookout for fresh talent, Stephen Poliakoff has cast the newcomer Hannah Arterton in My City, his first new play in 12 years. Arterton, a final year student at Rada, will make her professional debut at the Almeida in September but it won't be her first premiere. She's attended several with her sister, the Bond girl, Gemma. "She's very petite and blonde", Arterton Sr. has said of her sibling. "We're like Kylie and Danni Minogue!" Hair colour aside, Arterton Jr. is following her sister to the letter: Gemma also landed her first job while still at Rada – in Poliakoff's Capturing Mary. Arterton Jr will play a waitress in My City. It's to be hoped that the Poliakoff effect is more positive for her than it was for Danny Lee Wynter, acclaimed co-star of Gemma in Capturing Mary, who recently wrote in The Stage about the fickleness of fame and his return to work as a waiter.

Sounds from the beach

Is Chesil Beach the most popular beach in art? First there was Ian McEwan's novel now Bill Fontana is planning an artwork for London using the sound of waves breaking on the stretch of Dorset shingle. Fontana will "wrap" the Wellcome Collection in a live feed of seaside sounds, using angled speakers and acoustic trickery to drown out the traffic on Euston Road and create a piece of coast in the heart of the city. In 1999 he installed sounds from the same beach at the National Maritime Museum. "He's a little obsessed with it and has been for a while," I'm told. "He lives in San Francisco, so the sea is in his psyche."

'Chauvinist' Academy

Never knowingly uncontroversial, Julian Schnabel has hit out at Oscar juries. "Gladiator came out when Before Night Falls did. Gladiator and Russell Crowe won the Academy Award," he told interview website The Talks. "Would I rather be Ridley Scott? No. Do I think Javier Bardem's performance was better than Russell's, although Russell is an excellent actor? Yes. Did we win the Oscar? No. Does it matter? No. He was the first Spanish actor to be nominated. What does that say about the Academy? There is a level of chauvinism over there; it's a club." And should Schnabel ever win an Oscar, I'm sure he'll turn down membership to said club.

Arts and Entertainment
Performers drink tea at the Glastonbury festival in 2010

GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival

Arts and Entertainment
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride

Arts and Entertainment
Jesuthasan Antonythasan as Dheepan

FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head

Arts and Entertainment
Måns Zelmerlöw performing

Eurovision
Arts and Entertainment
Graham Norton was back in the commentating seat for Eurovision 2015

Eurovision
Arts and Entertainment
The light stuff: Britt Robertson and George Clooney in ‘Tomorrowland: a World Beyond’
film review
Arts and Entertainment
Reawakening: can Jon Hamm’s Don Draper find enlightenment in the final ‘Mad Men’?
tv reviewNot quite, but it's an enlightening finale for Don Draper spoiler alert
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Arts and Entertainment
Breakfast Show’s Nick Grimshaw

Radio
Arts and Entertainment

Eurovision
Arts and Entertainment
'Youth' cast members Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, and Michael Caine pose for photographers at Cannes Film Festival
film
Arts and Entertainment
Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward and Robin in the 1960s Batman TV show

Comics
Arts and Entertainment
I am flute: Azeem Ward and his now-famous instrument
music
Arts and Entertainment
A glass act: Dr Chris van Tulleken (left) and twin Xand get set for their drinking challenge
TV review
Arts and Entertainment
MIA perform at Lovebox 2014 in London Fields, Hackney

music
Arts and Entertainment
Finnish punk band PKN hope to enter Eurovision 2015 and raise awareness for Down's Syndrome

eurovision
Arts and Entertainment
William Shakespeare on the cover of John Gerard's The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes

books
Arts and Entertainment

Game of Thrones review
Arts and Entertainment
Grayson Perry dedicates his Essex home to Julie

Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treat

tv
Arts and Entertainment
A scene from the original Swedish version of the sci-fi TV drama ‘Real Humans’
tv
Arts and Entertainment
Hugh Keays-Byrne plays Immortan Joe, the terrifying gang leader, in the new film
filmActor who played Toecutter returns - but as a different villain in reboot
Arts and Entertainment
Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road
film
Arts and Entertainment
Jessica Hynes in W1A
tvReview: Perhaps the creators of W1A should lay off the copy and paste function spoiler alert
Arts and Entertainment
Power play: Mitsuko Uchida in concert

classical
Arts and Entertainment
Dangerous liaisons: Dominic West, Jake Richard Siciliano, Maura Tierney and Leya Catlett in ‘The Affair’ – a contradictory drama but one which is sure to reel the viewers in
TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Richard Herring, pictured performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival two years ago
comedy
Arts and Entertainment
Music freak: Max Runham in the funfair band
theatre
Arts and Entertainment
film 'I felt under-used by Hollywood'
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

    Abuse - and the hell that follows

    James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
    Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

    It's oh so quiet!

    The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
    'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

    'Timeless fashion'

    It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
    If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

    Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

    Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
    New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

    Evolution of swimwear

    From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
    Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

    Sun, sex and an anthropological study

    One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
    From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

    Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

    'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
    'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

    Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

    This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
    Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

    Songs from the bell jar

    Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
    How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

    One man's day in high heels

    ...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
    Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

    Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

    Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
    The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

    King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

    The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
    More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

    End of the Aussie brain drain

    More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
    Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

    Can meditation be bad for you?

    Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
    Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

    Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

    Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine