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Sundance Film Review: ‘God’s Own Country’

Sundance Film Review: ‘God’s Own Country’
In case it didn’t court “Brokeback Mountain” comparisons directly enough with its tale of two young sheep farmers finding love in a hopeless place, “God’s Own Country” seals the deal with one winkingly quoted shot: a work shirt draped on a wire hanger, poignantly removed from its wearer. 12 years on, Ang Lee’s film has proven enough of a cultural milestone to merit such affectionate homage; luckily, Francis Lee’s tender, muscular Yorkshire romance has enough of an individual voice to get away with it. Skipping some of the more predictable narrative obstacles we’ve come to expect from the coming-out drama, this sexy, thoughtful, hopeful film instead advances a pro-immigration subtext that couldn’t be more timely amid the closing borders of Brexit-era Britain. Bolstered by a particularly sympathetic lead turn from rising star Josh O’Connor, Lee’s auspicious (if somewhat dourly titled) debut feature is
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Patrick Wolf to score Noel Coward biopic starring Glee's Chris Colfer

Patrick Wolf to score Noel Coward biopic starring Glee's Chris Colfer
Patrick Wolf will score a new Noel Coward biopic.

B Good Picture Company's film based on the early life of Coward was announced at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and has Glee's Chris Colfer attached to star as the playwright.

"I am so thrilled for my first film soundtrack composition to be about Noel Coward's early life. We both grew up in the same parts of south west London, and began our journeys onto the stage and into writing at the same precocious age," Wolf said.

"The script, director, Noel Coward Estate and the cast attached combined are already in perfect synergy to make this something magical. It's an honour to be the next piece of such a legendary puzzle."

Provisionally titled Noel, the screenplay has been written by Martin Sherman and will be directed by Joe Stephenson, his second feature following his debut Chicken.

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Patrick Wolf adds two new UK dates to world tour

Patrick Wolf has announced a further two UK dates to his ongoing acoustic world tour. The 29-year-old will play a half-hour in-store set before a signing session at Rough Trade Records East, London on December 5. Tickets for the event can be bought in store and are on sale now. Wolf will also perform at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall on April 6, 2013, with tickets on sale from November 21. His global tour, which started at The Old Vic Theatre in August, has seen the singer (more)
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Patrick Wolf covers Lana Del Rey's 'Born to Die' - listen

Patrick Wolf covers Lana Del Rey's 'Born to Die' - listen
Patrick Wolf has covered Lana Del Rey's 'Born to Die'. The singer-songwriter performed the track on Dermot O'Leary's BBC Radio 2 Show. "When I first heard this song I just felt like I'd known it for years," Wolf said. "It's by an artist I find really intriguing and quite brave and I guess a very successful underdog." 'Born to Die' is the title track from Lana Del Rey's major label debut. Wolf next month releases double (more)
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Patrick Wolf live at The Old Vic: 'I wrote a song to a city'

You wouldn't think it to look at him, but at 29 years of age, Patrick Wolf is practically a pop veteran. Ten years and five albums into his career, he's taking a glance back with acoustic re-recordings double-album project Sundark and Riverlight, which he showcases tonight (August 29) with an unplugged set in some pretty swanky surroundings. Wolf's string section opens up the show and he starts singing 'Ghost Song' offstage before sauntering on complete with cape and gold laurel wreath, setting the tone for the night ahead. At his best, Wolf is a vessel for melody, magic, theatre, a fair bit of ridiculousness and romanticism so heartfelt it can overwhelm. The classical sensibility of John Cale with the rock 'n' roll heart of Lou Reed. Tonight we get bucketloads of all of that. There's also a certain ramshackle charm which stops (more)
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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear

Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear
Listen to our ten favourite new songs below, including Leona Lewis, Major Lazer, Patrick Wolf, Nelly Furtado and more. Leona Lewis ft. Childish Gambino: 'Trouble' (out October 7)

The X Factor's poster diva is back doing what she does best. Big beats, big strings and even bigger vocals make 'Trouble' a welcome return for Leona Lewis - and the Childish Gambino feature is rather nice too. Lc Major Lazer ft. Amber: 'Get Free' (out now)

Knob-twiddling collective Major Lazer dropped the video for their latest track 'Get Free' in time for this year's Notting Hill Carnival. Fortunately, its bouncy, reggae-flecked beats also work perfectly for a post-party hangover. Watch the official clip below: Rc Patick Wolf: 'Overture' (out October 15)

Following the success (more)
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Patrick Wolf announces tenth-anniversary UK acoustic tour

Patrick Wolf has announced a tenth-anniversary UK acoustic tour. The singer-songwriter plays The Old Vic in London on August 29. He then plays several European shows before returning to the UK for further dates in November and December. "Patrick will take the stage playing grand piano, Celtic harp, dulcimer and more, he will be accompanied by one other musician on stage," read an announcement on his official website. "He will be digging deep into his ten year, five album catalogue creating a different set list for every night of the tour. "Patrick has recently been recording at Real World Studios with a record release planned for later this (more)
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Patti Smith announces full UK tour

Patti Smith has announced a full UK tour this autumn. Following her previously-announced shows in June, the singer-songwriter takes new album Banga on the road this September. The shows mark Smith's first full UK tour in over five years. In recent years, her band has occasionally included the likes of Kevin Shields and Patrick Wolf alongside long-time collaborators Lenny Kaye and Tony Shanahan. Tickets go on general sale this Friday, April 20 and are priced at £25 for all shows except London, which is £27.50. A pre-sale is available on Smith's official website from tomorrow (Wednesday). The full Banga UK tour (more)
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Patrick Wolf, Lianne La Havas added to Sundae Weekender

Patrick Wolf and Lianne La Havas are the latest acts to be added to this year's Sundae Weekender. The singers are the most recent additions to the event, which takes place at East London's De Montfort Hall and Gardens between August 17-19. They are joined by acts including headliners Adam Ant, Katy B, Ghostpoet, Willy Mason and Ocean Colour Scene. (more)
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Grace Jones confirmed as final headline act for Lovebox 2012

Grace Jones confirmed as final headline act for Lovebox 2012
Grace Jones has been confirmed as the third and final headline act for this year's Lovebox. The iconic singer and model will top the bill on Sunday, June 17 for the Out and Our Fierce day of the weekend-long event, which takes place in Victoria Park, London. Jones will head a lineup that already features performances from Lana Del Rey, Azari & III, Niki & The Dove, Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, Holly Johnson and Patrick Wolf. It will be the second time the star has performed at the festival after headlining the Sunday night of the event back in 2010. Mika has also been added to the Sunday lineup and will play the 'This Is Circus' (more)
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Lana Del Rey added to Lovebox festival lineup

Lana Del Rey added to Lovebox festival lineup
Lana Del Rey has been announced as the latest addition to this year's Lovebox festival. The singer will play Sunday's 'Out & Out Fierce' day, alongside Holly Johnson and Patrick Wolf. Other new acts to be announced are DJs Skream and Benji B for Friday's event, as well as Ms Dynamite and Redlight, who will perform on the Rinse FM stage. They join (more)
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Patrick Wolf 'moved to tears' by new Patti Smith album

Patrick Wolf has said that he was moved to tears by Patti Smith's new album. The singer-songwriter, who has played live with Smith on several occasions in recent years, revealed on Twitter that he had heard the unreleased and as-yet untitled record. "Just had a first listen of the new Patti Smith album in electric lady studios + moved to tears," Wolf said. "Its going to be a classic! Goodbye NYC xx Pw ." Wolf did not confirm whether or not he performed on the record, which will be Smith's first new album release since 2007's covers collection Twelve. Earlier this month, Smith revealed that she (more)
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The Essentials: The 5 Best Tilda Swinton Performances

Tilda Swinton is a pretty unconventional kind of movie star. The daughter of a Scottish Major-General and one-time classmate of Princess Diana, she got her start acting in experimental theater and at the Royal Shakespeare Company before going on to become a muse of British iconoclast Derek Jarman. Over time, she's featured in performance art (including sleeping in a glass box in the Serpentine Gallery in London for a week), worked with fashion designers, founded a traveling film festival in the Scottish Highlands, and even appeared on an album by pop eccentric Patrick Wolf. Not exactly Julia Roberts, right? But all the same, she's become a household name, a favorite of auteurs like Jim Jarmusch, David Fincher and the Coen Brothers, and has cropped up in blockbusters from Danny Boyle's "The Beach" to the "Chronicles of Narnia" series. And most importantly, she's one of our finest actors, winning an
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Patrick Wolf teases "seasonal" 'Brumalia' Ep

Patrick Wolf has said that his new Ep Brumalia is like the shadow of his current album Lupercalia. The singer-songwriter follows a series of festival appearances with a new tour starting this Saturday at Edinburgh's Liquid Room. Wolf told Metro: "I really like stuff to be seasonal. This is an autumn/winter tour, so it makes sense to have new material. "Brumalia is like Lupercalia's shadow; it's more home-produced, with song themes including London's riots." Writing on Twitter earlier this month, Wolf confirmed that the Ep would be released on November 28 and be "a musical story written around the song "Together'". He has since added (more)
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Bestival 2011: Patrick Wolf thanks fans for "amazing" year

Patrick Wolf has thanked fans for an "amazing year" during his last festival appearance of 2011 at Bestival. The 'Time of My Life' musician played songs from his most recent album Lupercalia as well as a few old favourites during his Big Top set. Greeted with a fervent reception, Wolf told festival-goers: "This has been an amazing year for me and my band... thanks so much for keeping us on stage." He later added: "I'm gonna cry," before joking: "You horrible people, you're going to make me cry!" Wolf entertained the crowd by dancing on top of the DJ booth during 'Together' and stepping down from the stage to greet the front row during 'The City' - in which he also changed (more)
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Patrick Wolf celebrates third appearance at Reading Festival

Patrick Wolf thanked his fans for their support as he celebrated his third appearance at this year's Reading Festival. The singer and multi-instrumentalist took to Reading's NME/Radio 1 stage earlier today. Wolf told the crowd: "This is my third Reading Festival. I first came here when I was 13. I feel ancient now - but you make me feel alive again! You make me feel young." Wolf opened with a rousing instrumental followed by recent single 'House'. He quipped: "We're glad the sun came out, but this is a sad song, I guess," before playing 'Time of My Life' (more)
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Patrick Wolf dedicates song to Amy Winehouse

Patrick Wolf dedicates song to Amy Winehouse
Patrick Wolf dedicated 'The Magic Position' to Amy Winehouse during his live show in London last night. The singer-songwriter played the track during the Q Live gig at Concrete, which had been rescheduled from August 10 after the riots in London earlier this month. Wolf, who wore diamanté-studded in-ear monitors throughout the set, told the crowd: "To be honest, I used to get bored of singing this song. I always thought I should sing it and sometimes I got really bored of singing it, but now I'll never get bored of it. "I sung this once recently, and it was just after Amy Winehouse died. We went on tour with her, and I just want everyone to know that this one's for her because she used to request this one before we'd go on stage. Now it means an awful lot more to me, so this one's for her." Wolf and
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Patrick Wolf 'forced to wear pants under kilt at T in the Park'

Patrick Wolf decided to go against tradition while wearing a kilt for his T in the Park set earlier today. The singer, who recently released his fifth album Lupercalia, had intended to go without underwear on stage - in keeping with Scottish tradition - but couldn't due to the angle of the stage. "I was gonna do the whole hog, but I realised the angle you were going to get," he told the crowd at his lunchtime set. "You see how high I am onstage, people would just be looking at a penis rather than a microphone," he explained to NME after the show. When asked what clan's tartan he was wearing, he replied: "I don't know what it is but a lot of the bagpipe people here are wearing exactly the same one - maybe it's (more)
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AfterElton Briefs: "The Voice" Finishes Strong, Thomas Roberts on "Barbarians," Never Trust the Seven-Second Delay, and More!

Happy 28th Birthday to bisexual singer/songwriter Patrick Wolf

Oh jeez. A man's bank card was canceled over the phone because the agent didn't believe his high voice was a man's, and thought he was an impostor. "This [agent] decided that I was a woman and didn’t ask any questions and canceled everything on me." He was eventually given an apology by the bank for the "bad service." Richard Madden talks to TV.com about playing gay paramedic Ashley on Sirens, and the difficulties of being naked in a cupboard. Just a reminder to tune in to Logo (our parent company) tonight at 11 Pm Est for a special live episode of 1 girl, 5 gays 1 girl, 18 gays. Hey, If I have to suffer through it, so do you. You're welcome.

After huge ratings for the finale, NBC has confirmed that all four judges will return for Season Two of The Voice (perhaps
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Badly Drawn Boy, Tim Minchin for Apple Cart Festival

Badly Drawn Boy, Patrick Wolf and The Magic Numbers are among the artists announced to perform at a new one-day London festival. The Apple Cart Festival in Victoria Park will be staged on August 7, and will be a mixture of live music, comedy, cabaret and interactive art. Saint Etienne, Steve Mason and Soul II Soul have also been confirmed to play. Comedians Tim Minchin and Mark Steel will appear too, (more)
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