The Barometer: Steve Coogan; Heavenly Planet Festival; MobileAct Unsigned
Friday 05 December 2008
Steve Coogan complete box set
The perfect Christmas present. Put in your requests for the 14-disc box with all Coogan's comic alter egos.
Heavenly Planet Festival
Hooray for the first all-weather music festival, twinning Reading with Italy's sunny Palermo. Booking now.
Joan as Policewoman
The alt-country star and Rufus Wainwright are a winning combination on her gorgeous new piano-led single "To America".
...and what's not
Another TV talent contest; another nail in the coffin of British indie music.
The panto factor
Gareth Gates (in Joseph), Graham Norton (in drag in La Cage aux Folles) and Justin Lee Collins (in Chicago) all to be catapulted into West End musicals this January? Really.
X Factor one-year-on albums
Clause in contract means last year's second and third couldn't release albums until now. Rhydian, Same Difference, same week. Nooo.
musicReview: Culture Club performs live for first time in 12 years
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
ReviewThese heroes in a half shell should have been left in hibernation
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery reports: 'I'm living a fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
- 2 Disney announces new female-led film Moana
- 3 Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 Video: Boxer Vido Loncar brutally assaults referee following defeat
Mike Read 'apologises unreservedly' for Ukip Calypso and withdraws it from sale
Disney announces new female-led film Moana
Eight seconds of white noise is top of the Canadian iTunes chart because people love Taylor Swift that much
American Horror Story season 4, Fox - TV review: Sensitive, silly and sensational
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms