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Author Lauren Weisberger of The Devil Wears Prada fame joins Claudia to talk about her latest book.

Actors Anna Chancellor and Anthony Calf join Claudia to chat about starring in Private Lives.

We go behind the scenes of the Lowry retrospective at the Tate Britain - Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life - and catch up with Brian and Michael from Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs fame

Plus Robbie Collin has the latest film news; Alex Heminsley brings in a selection of books to review; and Andy West has the arts round up, looking at the events coming up around the country in the next seven days.

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Anna Chancellor and Anthony Calf talk about Private Lives

Anna Chancellor and Anthony Calf talk about Private Lives

The witty and elegant language of Noel Coward’s Private Lives has stood the test of time, weaving an undercurrent of tragic emotion through its somewhat simple but sharp plot. The comedy tells the story of divorcees Elyot Chase and Amanda Prynne whose paths cross when they book adjoining honeymoon suites with their new spouses. This story of rekindled feelings is now in the West End starring Anna Chancellor as Amanda and Anthony Calf, as Victor, her long suffering husband. 

Private Lives at the Gielgud Theatre, runs until the 21st September.

Robbie Collin brings latest film news

Robbie Collin brings latest film news

1. Stories We Tell

Director: Sarah Polley
Cast: Rebecca Jenkins, Peter Evans, Michael Polley

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sarah Polley, takes on the role of detective and director as she investigates some of her own family's secrets. By interrogating a cast of family members and acquaintances, of varying reliability, Sarah gets to the bottom of her family's mythology surrounding her late mother, Diane Polley. In doing that, she unravels the essence of family and how their narratives can shape our lives as individuals.
Stories We Tell is in cinemas now.


2. This Is The End

Director: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Cast: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson

The comedy This Is The End follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside.  Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption.

This Is The End is in cinemas now. 

3. Hummingbird

Director: Steve Knight
Cast: Jason Statham, Agata Buzek, Ian Pirie, Vicky McClure

Jason Statham plays Joey, a damaged ex-special forces soldier trapped in London’s criminal underworld who is transformed into an avenging angel when opportunity enables him to assume another man’s identity.  Hummingbird is a brutal, and yet surprisingly tender, thriller in which a man who believes himself beyond redemption seeks out his own version of justice and is rewarded, if only fleetingly, with love.
Hummingbird is out now.


4. Despicable Me 2

Director: Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud
Cast: Steve Carell, Ken Jeong, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Miranda Cosgrove

Now that the ever-entrepreneurial Gru has left behind a life of super crime to raise Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher ), Gru, Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) and the Minions have some free time on their hands. 

But just as he starts to adjust to his role as a suburban family man, an ultra-secret organization dedicated to fighting evil around the globe comes knocking.  Now, it’s up to Gru and his new partner, Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig), to discover who is responsible for a spectacular crime and bring him to justice.  After all, it takes the world’s greatest ex-villain to catch the one vying to take his place… 
Despicable Me 2 is in cinemas now.


5. Cloud Atlas (DVD) 

Director: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski
Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, Keith David

An adaptation of David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas published in 2004, the film follows six different narratives, all interwoven and spanning across various locations and time periods. From the remote 19th century South Pacific to the far post-apocalytic future, each of the 6 tales are told from the characters point of view for a short period of time until we are propelled to the next. The exploration reveals how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future. It shows how a single action can ripple across centuries shaping a soul from a killer to a hero, or inspiring a revolution.

Cloud Atlas is on DVD and Blu ray now.

Lauren Weisberger talks about Revenge Wears Prada, sequel to The Devil Wears Prada

Lauren Weisberger talks about Revenge Wears Prada, sequel to The Devil Wears Prada

Ten years ago, Lauren Weisberger was penning 100 word book reviews by day and taking writing classes at night. Her first novel, The Devil Wears Prada became a publishing smash and blockbuster film. Set in the bitchy and ludicrous world of fashion, the book introduced us to the boss-from-hell, Miranda and her put-upon assistant Andy. A decade on, they’re back in the sequel Revenge Wears Prada.  

Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger is published by Harper Collins and out now.



Brian, Michael and Andy at the Lowry Exhibition, Tate Britain

Brian, Michael and Andy at the Lowry Exhibition, Tate Britain

L.S Lowry's paintings were largely ignored by the critics and London’s artistic elite for decades but are now on display thanks to Tate Britain.

Andy West visited the exhibition and met with Helen Little, Curator of Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life and Brian and Michael, who penned the 1978 Number one hit about L. S Lowry, Matchstalk Men And Matchstalk Cats And Dogs

Photography courtesy of Rossanne Pellegrino

Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life exhibition is at Tate Britain until 20th October.


Alex Heminsley reviews the latest books

Alex Heminsley reviews the latest books

1. Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach - her debut novel
Leila has never met Tess, but she now knows more about Tess than anyone in the world. She’s read all of her emails, researched her past and asked Tess for every detail about her friends and family. Tess has never met Leila. But if she wants to slip away from the world unnoticed, she needs to trust Leila with her life.
At first, Leila finds it easy to assume Tess’s identity, and no one has any reason to distrust her. But as Leila is soon to discover, there is much more to a person than the facts and there are things about life you can learn only by living it . .
Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach is published by Picador and out 2nd July.


2. The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner 
It's 1977 and Reno arrives in New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. She meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs and begins an affair with  Sandro Valera, an artist, the semi-estranged heir of an Italian tyre and motorcycle empire. When they visit his family home in Italy, Reno falls in with members of the radical movement that overtook Italy in 1977.

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner is published by Harvill Secker and out now.


3. The Last Banquet by Jonathan Grimwood
One man’s search for the perfect taste set between the death of the Sun King and the start of the French Revolution, against a backdrop of the rise of Enlightenment and the collapse of the ancien régime. It’s a story of obsession, revolution and recipes.
It deals with his friendship with American revolutionary Ben Franklin, his correspondence with Voltaire and de Sade, and his part in the fall of the republic of Corsica, where he goes in search of a feted but highly unusual cheese.The Last Banquet by Jonathan Grimwood is published by Canongate and out 3rd July.


4. The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, dubbed The Wolf of Wall Street, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island.  Belfort's autobiography narrates a story of greed, power, and excess the story of an ordinary guy who went from hustling Italian ices at sixteen to making hundreds of millions. Until it all came crashing down.

The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort is published by Two Roads and out in September

Andy West brings news from the Arts Desk

Andy West brings news from the Arts Desk

Leeds –  the I Love West Leeds Festival – which runs from next Tuesday until the end of July. It describes itself, rather charmingly, as a quirky little arts festival, packed with quite barmy stuff. This year's highlights include a symphony orchestra floating in Bramley Baths, Washing Line exhibition and Lampost art for dogs

Plymouth you can go to the Piazza in the city centre tomorrow and watch Wimbledon on the big screen

Bangor  Pontio Bangor has built a special mobile theatre to host The Collection of Fears and Desires, a heartfelt piece of physical theatre from The Netherlands by Roos van Geffen. The production will be in Welsh, Dutch and English.  Roos collected the deepest fears and desires of random passers-by all over Europe and turned them into a play.

Burnham-on-Crouch,on the south east coast is holding an arts trail this weekend. Local artists are showcasing their work and people are opening up their gardens.

Leigh Folk Festival  Just down the road from Burnham on Crouch has an open mic competition.

Glasgow  from Saturday  The Centre for Contemporary Arts is hosting the Poets Conference - a day of events aimed at helping new, emerging poets looking for advice and support from the experts.