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Summary

  1. French sports stars killed in helicopter crash while filming TV show
  2. Sarah Brightman speaks about her journey to the International Space Station
  3. An all-male Ghostbusters sequel in the pipeline
  4. Dame Evelyn Glennie and Emmylou Harris named 2015 Polar Music Prize winners

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Gay character for Star Wars:

BBC Newsbeat

Star Wars
Twitter/Paul Kemp

Star Wars is to introduce its first gay character - but she won't be seen on the big screen just yet.

The Lords of the Sith novel will feature a lesbian character called Moff Mors, according to fan websites.

Speaking on the Full of Sith podcast, the book's editor Shelly Shapiro talked about a need for diversity in Star Wars.

"This is certainly the first [LGBT] character in canon," she said.

Andy Serkis on Jungle Book set

@andyserkis

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Ladles and jellyspoons, delighted to be shooting with our wonderful crew & cast of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book!"

Jungle Book clapper board
Twiiter/Andy Serkis

'Justice is blind'

Vincent D'Onofrio
Netflix

Netflix has released a new trailer for its Daredevil series, which stars British actor Charlie Cox in the title role.

The trailer, which seems to be geared more towards an adult audience rather than the 2003 big screen version, sees Vincent D'Onofrio as the villainous Kingpin muscling his way through New York.

It also shows more of Matt Murdock's back story, with him training to clean up the streets of Hell's Kitchen.

The series will be released on Netflix on 10 April, but in the meantime, you can

watch the new trailer on YouTube.

Tribute paid to Sam Simon:

5 live

Sam Simon
Reuters

An animator of The Simpsons has paid tribute to co-creator Sam Simon who has died at the age of 59.

David Silverman, who has worked on show since 1987 and directed the Simpsons Movie, told 5 live Simon was "totally important" and involved in the cartoon "from the very beginning".

Mr Silverman said although his death had not come as a surprise because of his battle with colon cancer, "it still hits us".

Listen to the interview

Holy Moly - it's closing!

Holy Moly
Holy Moly!

Entertainment website Holy Moly! has announced its closure after 13 years creating celebrity headlines.

"For some reason a website dedicated to being needlessly unpleasant about Olly Murs is no longer financially viable. Go figure," read the post on its site.

It appears the gossip site will be closed down as of Tuesday.

Read their announcement (caution: contains strong language).

Zootropolis release date announced

Disney has announced its latest animation adventure Zootropolis will be released in the UK on 25 March 2016.

The film is directed by Byron Howard (Tangled) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph).

This is a sneak peek of the mammal metropolis where the action will take place which looks like London's skyline might have been an influence.

We're definitely seeing similarities to the Shard and the Gherkin in there.

Zootropolis
Disney

Calling all young poets

Pens at the ready - the prestigious Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is open for entries.

The competition is looking for the most exciting writers aged 11-17.

Last year there were entries from 7,603 aspiring young bards from 78 countries.

This year's world-class winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on National Poetry Day on 8 October. You can find out more

on the Poetry Society website.

James Bond casting

@007

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We are pleased to announce that @SigmanStephanie has joined the cast of #SPECTRE as Estrella."

Stephanie Sigman
Twitter

Catwalk capers

Those well-known fashion muses, Derek Zoolander and Hansel - otherwise known as Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson - just strutted their stuff at Paris Fashion Week.

Empire Magazine

tweeted a picture of the pair on the catwalk looking suitably glum. Fashion mag Vogue
showcased its own photo of the pair.

Watch out, Cara Delevingne, Hollywood is invading your runway.

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson
Empire Magazine
Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller
Vogue

A tribute to Alexander McQueen

Vincent Dowd

Arts reporter

Alexander McQueen
PA

Savage Beauty, a new V&A exhibition about Alexander McQueen, opens in London later this week.

I spoke to two of his close friends and his biographer, who shared their memories of the talented, revolutionary fashion designer.

Read the feature.

Date for Walking Dead spin-off:

The Hollywood Reporter

Wake up, zombie fans - the AMC network has revealed The Walking Dead's spin-off series is going to premiere in the US later this summer and will feature six one-hour episodes.

The Waking Dead
AMC

The show has been commissioned for two series, with the second due to air in 2016.

AMC president Charlie Collier said the creative team "have created something remarkable and clearly distinct".

Read the full story.

Phillip lashes out

Phillip Schofield
PA

This Morning host Phillip Schofield has decided to speak out after Ofcom launched an investigation into a recent "bondage for beginners" feature, inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey, on his show.

"In the old days, people would pick up the phone and complain or they'd write a letter," he said.

"But now they go to Ofcom and they must be sick to death of all of this. Any minor outrage that anyone's got, they go to Ofcom. They must be inundated with minor complaints."

More than 120 people complained over the segment which featured an interview with a "sex expert" and a range of sex toys.

Read more on this story.

All-male Ghostbusters: Your views

Email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk or tweet @BBCNewsEnts

Earlier we asked you who what your dream Ghostbusters team was.

Raised By Film tweets: @JamesFrancoTV @JonahHill and @MrCraigRobinson would be hilarious. Get @evandgoldberg on board to help write

Mumfords return:

BBC Newsbeat

Marcus Mumford
Getty Images

Annie Mac launched her

new Radio 1 show last night and her special guest was Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons (or Mr Carey Mulligan if you want to get technical).

Believe, the band's first single from their third studio album, Wilder Mind, had its first play on the show. It then had its second play as it was aired again straight after.

Mumford said the new record was a different sound to their last - which spawned the banjo-laden hit I Will Wait - but said "there wasn't some sort of big burning of banjos meeting".

Read more on this story. or
listen to the show.

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent

Sarah Brightman logo
BBC

Sarah Brightman said she had been working with former husband Andrew Lloyd Webber on a song to perform in space.

"To sing in micro gravity is a very different thing to singing down here," she said.

"We use the earth to ground ourselves when we sing and the air around us. This is going to be very different.

"I'm trying to find a piece that is beautiful and simple in its message as well as not complicated to sing."

French TV tragedy - Your views

Email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk or tweet @BBCNewsEnts

Jan McGeachie emails:

"In my opinion all reality show producers should think again about the ethics of their programmes especially after the loss of such high-ranking French sports stars in Argentina.

"They should ask themselves is it really worth it to put their 'celebrities' into so much danger just for so-called entertainment?

"People who work here in Britain are encouraged to always consider health and safety, yet that is totally forgotten when fans sit down to watch I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! for instance and see people doing such crazy and more daring stunts - all for entertainment.

"It's all very well winning awards, but is it really worth it to put so many lives at risk?"

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent

Sarah Brightman on singing in space:

"All of the astronauts and cosmonauts love music, the Americans have a band and perform when they can. A lot of them are keen musicians.

"With me all I can do is do what I can do - and that's sing. We are working on the music, and trying to work out the technical details.

"I would like to connect with a choir, or children or another singer or orchestra on Earth because I think that will be a beautiful thing.

"I'm going up for 10 days and you're quite overwhelmed when you get there, so it might take seven days to get myself together."

UK box office

Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel still
AP

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has topped the UK box office for a second consecutive week.

Here's a run-down of the top five:

  • 1. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - £8.6m
  • 2. Focus - £1.3m
  • 3. Fifty Shades of Grey - £1.06m
  • 4. Chappie - £1.01m
  • 5. Big Hero 6 - £818,737

Sarah Brightman in space

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent

Sarah Brightman and Carol Vorderman
BBC

Sarah Brightman has been talking about being the first professional singer to perform on the International Space Station this year.

The Phantom of the Opera and Hot Gossip star said she had talked to many people who have travelled in space.

"They have all said it is indescribable. You feel a mixture of laughter and tears. You feel humble but you can see the bigger picture," she said.

"It's been an unusual path that has taken me to this point and it hasn't been an easy journey. I've found out a lot about myself."

Sarah Brightman
Getty Images

If her cosmonaut training goes to plan, Brightman will blast off on 1 September for 10 days aboard the space station - 260 miles (418 km) above Earth.

She will be part of a three-person crew travelling to the ISS. It is thought the 54-year-old singer is paying around £34m to become the eighth space tourist.

The last space tourist to make the trip was Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte in 2009.

'Pirate threat' on film set

Suspect
Queensland police

A man dressed as a pirate has threatened a security guard with a knife on the Australian set of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,

according to 9 News in Queensland.

Police are hunting for the man, who was also seen with a parrot on his shoulder, although a police spokesman could not confirm if the parrot was real or not.

Queensland police released a photo of the man - and the bird - they are looking for in connection with the incident.

"It doesn't surprise me, when you see the characters we've got on the Gold Coast, people will try anything to be a part of the movies," spokesman Des Lacy said.

Yaaaaarr, me hearties!

News round-up

Some of the other headlines you may have missed on the BBC News website this morning:

  • Sam Simon, the co-creator of The Simpsons, has died of colon cancer aged 59. [
    Read more]
  • Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has been signed to play an FBI agent in the American television drama, Quantico. [
    Read more]
  • The Mystery Plays, a centuries-old series of plays performed by amateur actors, is set to return to York Minster for the first time in 16 years. [
    Read more]
  • Artwork valued at more than £20,000 was stolen in a raid at a gallery in Worcestershire. [
    Read more]

Madonna takes early chart lead:

Official Charts Company

Madonna
AP

Madonna's 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, has taken an early lead in the race for this week's number one, outselling its nearest rival by three to one.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' Chasing Yesterday is currently in second place.

Rebel Heart has received some favourable reviews so far, with

Time describing it as "her most consistent album in a decade".

Read the full story.

BBC Radio 4 Today

Dame Evelyn Glennie and Colin Paterson
BBC

Following the news Dame Evelyn Glennie has been announced as one of this year's Polar Music Prize winners, entertainment correspondent Colin Paterson went to meet her.

The deaf percussionist spoke about how she hears music and why she'd most like to collaborate with rapper Eminem.

Listen to the interview.

Nation accepts Churchill paintings

View From a Bathing Hut at the Miami Surf Club
Churchill Heritage Ltd

A collection of 37 paintings owned by former Prime Minister Winston Churchill has been accepted by the government as a gift to the nation in lieu of inheritance tax.

The artworks

were offered in October after the death of Lady Soames, the politician's daughter, last year.

Thirty-five of the paintings have been allocated to the National Trust and will remain at Chartwell, the family home in Kent.

Of the remaining two, one will hang in the Houses of Parliament and the other in the Churchill War Rooms.

Read more on this story.

Manford on all-male panels

Jason Manford
BBC

Comedian Jason Manford has said the BBC's decision to "ban" all-male panels on comedy shows "brilliant", but said it should not have been made public.

"By saying it, you're undermining the female on the panel show because now she's thinking, 'Am I here because I'm funny or because they needed one?'"

Danny Cohen, the BBC's director of TV, announced the policy change in February last year.

Manford tweeted a link to a BBC News story on his comments this morning, adding: "Wonder how this will eventually backfire and blow up in my face." He later deleted the post.

Read more on this story.

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With an all-male Ghostbusters in the pipeline, and Channing Tatum mooted to be in the cast, who would your dream Ghostbusters cast be?

Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogan? Chris Rock or Owen Wilson? Or would you go for a mixed cast?

Get in touch and let us know.

Who you gonna call?

Channing Tatum
Getty Images

There was much controversy in January when an all-female cast cast

was announced for the much anticipated Ghostbusters sequel.

Now Sony is reportedly making another sequel to follow the one set for next year - this time with an all-male cast, which could include Channing Tatum.

Original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman and star Dan Aykroyd are both involved in the production, which they promise will be "just the beginning" of "a lot of wonderful movies".

Read more on this story.

Watership Down remake:

Radio Times

A new CGI version of Richard Adams' classic children's book Watership Down is being developed by the BBC, the Radio Times has revealed.

The story has already been a big screen hit - the now classic 1978 film featured the voices of John Hurt, Ralph Richardson, Denholm Elliott and Richard Briers.

It tells of a group of rabbits who have to escape their doomed warren to find a new home and face many dangers along the way.

The script for the new film is still in its early stages.

Read the full story.

Polar Music Prize

Dame Evelyn Glennie and Emmylou Harris
Presser

Scottish percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and country singer Emmylou Harris have been named this year's Polar Music Prize winners.

Dame Evelyn, who has been deaf since the age of 12, said she was "extremely surprised" to receive the award.

The pair will be presented with their prize by Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf in Stockholm on 9 June.

Harris said of her win: "Every day brings a new adventure. I have to admit, I thought, 'Oh boy, a trip to Sweden!' I love to travel. I just hate packing and flights."

Sam Smith cancels concert

@samsmithworld

It was bad news for Italian fans of Sam Smith on Monday night after he had to cancel his concert in Milan due to laryngitis.

The Brits winner

apologised to his fans on Twitter but he reassured them he will reschedule the gig in June. He is due to play in Zurich, Switzerland, on Tuesday night.

Sam Smith tweet
Twitter

Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction
Presser

The longlist for this year's Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction has been announced.

Among the 20 are previously shortlisted authors Ali Smith, Sarah Waters, Rachel Cusk and Samantha Harvey.

The shortlist will be revealed on 13 April, with the winner named on 3 June.

Read more on this story.

Helicopter crash

Camille Muffat, Alexis Vastine and Florence Arthaud were confirmed dead by President Hollande's office
AFP

We begin with the sad news three French sports personalities were among those killed in a helicopter crash, while filming a TV survival show in Argentina.

Yachtswoman Florence Arthaud, Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat and Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine all died when two helicopters collided in La Rioja province.

The incident happened while the celebrities were taking part in the popular French show Dropped, shown on the channel TF1.

Read more on this story.

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Entertainment reporter

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Good morning:

Emma Saunders

Entertainment reporter

Welcome to Tuesday's live page, your one-stop shop for the latest stories from the world of arts and entertainment.

Stay with us throughout the day as we'll be reporting from singer Sarah Brightman's press conference, where she'll be talking about her forthcoming journey to the International Space Station, along with the rest of the day's news.