Arts and Entertainment

Gary Barlow has expressed his bewilderment after another of his acts was axed from The X Factor last night.

2008: Macbeth; Lowland Hall, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh International Festival

A former cowshed beside Edinburgh Airport is transformed into a multi-level concrete bunker. Downstairs, the faithful obey the call to prayer. Upstairs, General Duncan watches an incident unfold on multiple TV screen. Captain Macbeth is refusing to obey the order to abort a mission. He leads his men into the mosque below where they shoot, stab and decapitate every worshipper in sight.

Alan Cumming plays Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the three witches in the Scottish play

Heads up: Macbeth

Out damn Scot! Alan Cumming makes a mad Macbeth

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DVD: Burlesque (12)

In Joseph Heller's Catch-22, one of the doomed pilots reads long, interminable books, reasoning it will prolong his life. Burlesque and The Green Hornet (see above) would have worked just as well.

Cinemas hit by freezing weather

The cold snap is expected to reduce cinema ticket sales by a quarter this month, losing the industry up to £24m. December is typically a big month, and with films such as the Christina Aguilera flick Burlesque, above, on release, cinema owners had high hopes for this year.

Burlesque (12A)

Starring: Christina Aguilera, Cher

Burlesque - Another go at the no-clothes show

Can two new movies about burlesque strip away the tacky legacy left by the excruciating 'Showgirls'? Kaleem Aftab finds out

Boogie Woogie (15)

Duncan Ward's muddled satire about the London art world has a strong cast mugging for all their worth.

Party Of The Week: The credits roll, and the stars roll up for Shane Meadows' Edinburgh credit crunch party

Most parties at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) are prim and held in hotels – but not director Shane Meadows' party. After the screening of his new mockumentary, Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee, the party on Tuesday night at St Peter's Church Hall was just plain silly. Invitations were sent out from Le Donk, a rock roadie, played in the film by Paddy Considine, inviting everyone to his credit crunch party. Considine, in character, arrived at the party in a rickshaw, while the Nottingham rapper Scor-Zay-Zee (aka Dean Palinczuk), who plays himself, pulled up in a pink limousine. Guests paid 75 pence to get into the party and the BAFTA-winning director Meadows took on the role of DJ. The tombola had a variety of prizes, including a hamburger in a can and a blow-up banana.

Tina Turner, O2, London<br>Imelda May, Koko, London

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My life in travel: Alan Cumming

'I don't think I ever arrive; life is a constant journey'

Nicholas Nickleby

Directed by Douglas McGrath

Green shoots: Lord Oxburgh, Chairman, D1 Oils

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Tamburlaine, Old Vic, Bristol

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