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  1. Paul Walker remembered at SXSW festival
  2. Sir Elton John calls for fashion label boycott
  3. Disney's Cinderella tops US box office chart
  4. Critics go wild for Chenoweth on Broadway

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By Neil Smith and Genevieve Hassan

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Neil Smith

Arts reporter

Time for us to sign off, but we'll be back tomorrow with news on this year's Royal Television Society Programme Awards plus lots of other bulletins from the world of entertainment, arts, media and culture. In the meantime, here's a lovely picture of an owl.

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Walker remembered at SXSW

Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges in Fast & Furious 7
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The first public screening of the latest instalment in the Fast and the Furious franchise has taken place at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas.

Released next month, Fast & Furious 7 marks the final screen appearance of Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in November 2013 midway through production.

"We honestly lost a dear friend, brother, comrade, while we were making this movie," said producer Neal H Moritz, who asked those present on Sunday night not to reveal what becomes of Walker's character in the film.

Those who see it when it reaches cinemas will see Walker, pictured above with fellow cast members Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, remembered with the words "For Paul" before the final credits.

Tape art

Proving you can make art out of pretty much anything, Dutch artist

Max Zorn uses brown packing tape as his medium.

With the help of a scalpel, he adds and cuts back multiple layers of the tape to create his masterpieces, which are then backlit.

Max Zorn
Max Zorn

If you want to see his work, Zorn is currently artist-in-residence at London's Sanderson Hotel.

And if you still can't quite figure out how he does it,

watch this video.

BBC Radio's plans for the future

Digital radio

Helen Boaden, the BBC's director of radio, has been speaking at the RadioDays conference in Milan about the corporation's ambition to offer users a personalised online radio service.

"We are in the early stages of developing a 'smart' online radio service that could let users build their own radio station from our live, on-demand and archive content, alongside a traditional, linear-scheduled listening experience," she said.

"Alongside this, we are looking at how to combine FM, DAB and IP to optimum effect. This is vital in a multimedia, multi-device world and is the reason why we are working with a range of European broadcasters on co-ordinated plans for 'hybrid radio' in smartphones.

"These sort of developments could give us the opportunity to reinvent radio for the internet age, based on its core principles: a simple, portable and personal experience."

Pet Shop Boys revival

Closer to Heaven

The Pet Shop Boys-penned musical Closer to Heaven is to receive its first London revival next month.

First staged at the Arts Theatre in 2001, the show is set against the backdrop of a London nightclub and the excesses of club life.

Casting has yet to be announced for the musical, which opens at the Unicorn Theatre on 22 April.

Hirsch in court in Utah

Emile Hirsch

Actor Emile Hirsch has made his first court appearance since being charged with aggravated assault

after allegedly choking a female film executive at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

The 30-year-old star of Speed Racer and Into the Wild declined to comment as he arrived for his brief appearance at the court in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Inside the Royal Court

Maxine Peake and Michael Shaeffer in How to Hold Your Breath
Tristram Kenton

You'll have a tough time getting a ticket to

How to Hold Your Breath at the Royal Court, which has been doing record-breaking business since opening last month and is now sold out for the duration of its run.

But thanks to BBC Arts' latest feature on plays produced at this London theatre, you can at least see what all the fuss is about.

Read the full article.

The Crow flies again

Jack Huston
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Released in 1994, The Crow is best known as the film in which Brandon Lee, son of Bruce and a budding action star in his own right, lost his life when a stunt involving a firearm went tragically awry.

Top brass at Pinewood Studios' new Cardiff off-shoot will be hoping for a happier outcome now their facilities have been chosen to host a big-budget remake of the film.

Jack Huston (pictured), an actor with his own distinguished lineage, is said to be in talks to play the lead role of Eric Draven, a rock musician who returns from the dead to avenge his own murder.

Read more on this story.

Ross back on Radio 2

Jonathan Ross
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Jonathan Ross said he was "delighted" to be filling in for Radio 2's Steve Wright on Monday afternoon before remarking he would be receiving a "surprisingly small cheque" for his efforts.

Before Ross left the BBC in July 2010, his last contract was reportedly worth £6 million a year.

EastEnders tribute for Jim Branning:

Digital Spy

EastEnders actors June Brown and John Bardon

BBC One soap EastEnders is to pay tribute to actor John Bardon with a storyline that will see his character, Jim Branning, pass away.

Bardon, who appeared on the programme for 15 years until 2011, died in September aged 75.

The scenes are due to air in a few weeks' time.

Read the full story.

Madge makes Neighbours comeback:

BBC Breakfast

Anne Charleston

Neighbours star Anne Charleston was on the BBC Breakfast sofa earlier, offering a few hints on how her Madge Bishop character is returning to Ramsay Street for the Australian soap's 30th anniversary despite being killed off in 2001.

"I'm not allowed to say exactly [how it's going to happen], but I'll say it's ambivalent," teased the 72-year-old, suggesting Madge will either be a ghost or a figment of another character's imagination.

Watch the full interview.

NZ X Factor firing:

BBC Newsbeat

Willy Moon and Natalia Kills
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Husband-and-wife X Factor New Zealand judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon have been sacked from the show for bullying a contestant.

Sunday night saw the series' first live show, where hopeful Joe Irvine sang a rendition of Michael Buble's Cry Me a River.

But the performance failed to impress Bradford-born Kills, who said: "

You're a laughing stock. It's cheesy, it's disgusting. I personally found it absolutely artistically atrocious.

"I am embarrassed to be sitting here in your presence, even having to dignify you with an answer of my opinion."

MediaWorks, the owners of the show's broadcaster TV3, said the comments were "completely unacceptable" and it would "not tolerate such destructive tirades from any of the judges."

Read more on this story.

Marsan weighs in on 'posh actor' debate:

Irish Times

Eddie Marsan
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Eddie Marsan, who appears with Rafe Spall in the aforementioned X+Y, has been offering some salient thoughts on whether actors from a privileged background get a better rub of the green than others in the profession.

"I do worry about that," says the actor, who was born in east London and spent years out of work before getting a break. "It's a terrible thing for the industry.

"Nobody is saying Benedict [Cumberbatch] and Eddie Redmayne are bad actors. The problem is, there are other people with that potential who are losing out.

"And it's not just actors. Writers, people who are commissioning stuff: they are all from the same background. That's not right."

Read the full interview.

Spall the rage

Rafe Spall
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Rafe Spall can be seen in cinemas at the moment in British drama X+Y, playing a maths teacher grappling with both complicated equations and multiple sclerosis.

But the actor is interested in other numbers as well, popping up not just during Dermot O'Leary's Comic Relief dance marathon on Friday but also in the video for Jack Savoretti's new single The Other Side of Love.

Take a look at the video.

British Museum - Mummies day



This mummy has never been unwrapped, but 3D scans have revealed amulets inside."

Mummy and 3D scan of mummy
British Museum

Australia Eurovision entry - your views

Now Australia has revealed its Eurovision entry, you've been telling us what you think of Guy Sebastian's Tonight Again:

  • Ingermar Turner tweets: "I like it. It has influences from the 70s. The only thing I don't like is the lyric: 'I don't want tomorrow'."
  • Oathy: "Love it. Shame I cant say the same about the BBC choice for UK."
  • Andy Newman: "As long as it's not "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport", it should be OK."
  • Brian Ingarfield: "Nothing against the Aussies but it beats me how they can be included in the Eurovision Song Contest? Who next?"

No more 2U 4U, says Sinead

Sinead O'Connor

It was the song -

and the video - that arguably made her name. Now, though, Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has announced she will no longer perform her best-known song.

"The time has come for me to cease singing Nothing Compares 2U,"

she wrote on Facebook, referring to the Prince track with which she topped charts around the world in 1990.

"After 25 years of singing it, nine months or so ago I finally ran out of anything I could use in order to bring some emotion to it.

"I don't want audiences to be disappointed coming along to a show and then not hearing it, so am letting you know here that you won't," she continued, saying it would be dishonest to sing the song "just to please people".

O'Connor is scheduled to appear at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday, so maybe she'll sing Waltzing Matilda instead.

Rogue One gets composer:


Alexandre Desplat

Fresh from winning an Oscar for The Grand Budapest Hotel, beating his own score for The Imitation Game in the process, French composer Alexandre Desplat has been lined up to score Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spin-off Rogue One.

The prolific Desplat, who wrote the music for Edwards' recent Godzilla film, spilled the beans on France's Radio Classique station, news that was swiftly picked up by Empire and others.

Felicity Jones from The Theory of Everything will play the lead role in Edwards' film, set for release in December 2016.

Regular Star Wars composer John Williams is writing the music for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, due out later this year.

Sam Smith wins Juno

Sunday night saw the Juno Awards - Canada's top music prize - handed out in Hamilton, Ontario.

Sam Smith collected yet another award for his record In the Lonely Hour, winning international album of the year.

The British singer wasn't at the ceremony, but many other multiple winners were. They included Magic!, who won single of the year for their number one hit Rude and were named breakthrough group of the year to boot.

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R&B singer The Weeknd was named artist of the year and won R&B/soul recording of the year for Often.

The Weeknd

Kiesza, who also collected two awards (breakthrough artist of the year and dance recording of the year for Sound of a Woman), posed on the red carpet with two Canadian Mounties.

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Alanis Morissette, meanwhile, was inducted into Canada's Music Hall of Fame.

Alanis Morissette

See the full list of winners

on the Juno website.

British Museum reigns supreme

British Museum

The British Museum in London continues to be the most popular visitor attraction in the UK with 6.7 million people visiting the institution, according to new figures.

The National Gallery and Southbank Centre were the second and third most-visited attractions respectively.

The newly built Library of Birmingham was the only attraction outside of London to make the top 10, squeezing in at number 10.

Read more on this story.

Iggy Iggy Iggy, Oi Oi Oi

Iggy Pop

Rock veteran Iggy Pop is to become a permanent presenter on the BBC's 6 Music station next month - not that he looks all that happy about it.

The 67-year-old sat in for Jarvis Cocker last year and had such a good time he is returning to host a regular slot on Fridays from 19:00 to 21:00.

"I'll try to play quite a bit of music that's new and stimulating mixed with very old classics... that are a little more moody," he says. "I'm gonna think of myself as a kind of atmospheric bartender."

Iggy's arrival will see Tom Ravenscroft's show shunted to 21:00, where it will replace 6 Mix.

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What do you think of Guy Sebastian's Eurovision entry for Australia? Do you think it can win - or will it get nul points? Get in touch and let us know.

Australia unveils Eurovision entry

Guy Sebastian

After the

surprise announcement last month that Australia is to compete at this year's Eurovision Song Contest, broadcaster SBS has revealed the song Guy Sebastian will perform at the 60th edition.

Written over the past week, Tonight Again begins as a ballad before launching into a brassy, toe-tapping pop tune.

"I'm delighted Guy and his team have delivered such a powerful song for the occasion," said SBS's Michael Ebeid.

"I know that Tonight Again will perfectly showcase Guy's vocal talent and have a real impact in the competition this year."

Take a listen to the song.

Test your movie knowledge

The cast of The New Avengers

How much do you know about Pinewood Studios? Our colleagues at BBC Wales have put together

a fun picture quiz to mark the first year anniversary of Pinewood's Cardiff off-shoot being announced.

And yes, one of the questions is about The New Avengers.

Little girl power

Matthew Warchus (left) and Tim Minchin with Matilda Shapland, Lara McDonnell, Anna-Louise Knight and Violet Tucker
Manuel Harlan

It's a big week for pint-sized talents Anna-Louise Knight and Lara McDonnell, who will be joining Matilda Shapland and Violet Tucker in Matilda The Musical at London's Cambridge Theatre from Tuesday.

The show's producers have marked their arrival by releasing this photo of director Matthew Warchus and composer-lyricist Tim Minchin with the four girls who will take turns to play the title role in the Roald Dahl-inspired musical.

Mays in line for Duty

Daniel Mays
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Lennie James and Keeley Hawes are just two of the big names to have been seen (off) in Line of Duty, BBC Two's top-rated drama about the efforts of anti-corruption unit AC-12 weeding out police misconduct.

So how will Daniel Mays fare now he's joined the cast of the show's upcoming third series? It remains to be seen, though the actor himself says he is "absolutely thrilled" to come onboard.

Mays, previously seen in Mike Leigh's film Vera Drake and alongside Hawes in Ashes to Ashes, will play an officer in the armed response unit whose unpredictable behaviour sees him come under investigation.

Filming starts in Belfast later this month.

Spacey's time

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent

Kevin Spacey as Clarence Darrow
Johann Persson

As Kevin Spacey reaches the end of his tenure as artistic director at London's Old Vic, he is an receiving an ecstatic reception for his valedictory role as Clarence Darrow.

Darrow (1857-1938) was an American legal legend and formidable orator who stood up for the underdog. At last night's performance, Spacey received one of the most enthusiastic standing ovations I have ever witnessed in a theatre.

Why is the actor so good in this one-character play? Maybe its because he's played Darrow before, and not just in the Old Vic's limited run in 2014.

Darrow was one of Spacey's first on-screen lead roles in 1991 TV movie Darrow on PBS. And he played a lawyer based on Darrow in the Old Vic's 2009 production of Inherit the Wind.

On 12 April, a day after Clarence Darrow ends its run, Spacey will receive a special honour

at the Olivier Awards for his 11 seasons at the Old Vic. He's undoubtedly going out on a high.

Me against the music

Trevor Cox

How hard is it to remove music from one's life completely? Harder than you might think, according to a university professor who decided to deprive himself of music for Lent.

Tiredness, a desire to hum and an over-active "inner jukebox" were just some of the things Trevor Cox, professor of acoustic engineering at the University of Salford, discovered during the course of his non-religious experiment.

The results of his findings can be heard later in

Giving Up Music for Lent on BBC Radio 4. In the meantime,
read how he prepared for the programme.

Lange 'done' with American Horror Story:


Jessica Lange

Lady Gaga may be checking into Hotel, the fifth season of award-winning anthology series American Horror Story, but Jessica Lange has confirmed she is checking out - permanently.


I'm done," the actress revealed at a panel event in Los Angeles on Sunday, saying she had "a great run" with the previous four series.

Having played a Southern belle, a waspish nun, a commanding witch and a carnival ringmaster in each incarnation of the FX series, no one could accuse the 65-year-old of taking it easy while shooting a show for which she has received two Emmys, a Golden Globe and a SAG award.

Magic Mike star Matt Bomer will join Lady Gaga when American Horror Story returns to US TV screens later this year.

Belle of the box office ball

Lily James in Cinderella

Disney's live-action take on Cinderella has topped the North American box office in its opening weekend, taking $70.1m (£47.4m).

The film, directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, stars Downton Abbey's Lily James as the girl prone to leaving glass slippers behind at posh balls.

The top five films:

  1. Cinderella - $70.1m
  2. Run All Night - $11m
  3. Kingsman: The Secret Service - $6.2m
  4. Focus - $5.8m
  5. Chappie - $5.8m

Read more on this story.

Toto bass player 'now at peace'

Mike Porcaro (left) with Lukather, Greg Philinganes, Bobby Kimball and Simon Phillips in 2006
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"It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you. There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do."

If those lyrics from Toto's Africa send a nostalgic shiver down your spine, you'll no doubt be saddened to hear Mike Porcaro, long-time bass player with the US rock outfit, has died at 59 from motor neurone disease.

Porcaro, who joined brothers Steve and Jeff in the band in 1982 following the departure of its original bassist David Hungate, appeared on such albums as Isolation (1984), Fahrenheit (1986) and Through the Looking Glass (2002).

"My brother Mike Porcaro is now at peace," wrote guitarist Steve Lukather on Facebook. "I will miss him more than I could ever put into words."

The picture above shows Porcaro (left) with Lukather, Greg Philinganes, Bobby Kimball and Simon Phillips in 2006.

Read the full story.

Chenoweth 'dynamite' on Broadway

Kristin Chenoweth (centre) in On the Twentieth Century

On Friday we reported on the various mishaps that befell Kristin Chenoweth's new musical On the Twentieth Century on its way to its Broadway opening last week.

None of them, fortunately, appear to have had an impact on the finished product, which critics in New York have been lining up to garland with glowing superlatives.

The "dazzling" production,

writes Marilyn Stasio in Variety, "has been mounted in high style and is performed with manic energy by a super cast".

"It's hard to remember a recent production in which the cast was so uniquely suited to each and every role," agrees Entertainment Weekly's Jason Clark, who calls the show "

a veritable dais for the abilities of Broadway's choicest clowns".

Inevitably, perhaps, it is Chenoweth who gets the lion's share of praise, with

the New York Times' Ben Brantley calling her performance "one of the most virtuosic portraits in song ever on Broadway".


Chenoweth is a stick of blond dynamite," echoes Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News, calling her turn as a film star taking a train from Chicago to New York "the engine of [this] blissful Broadway revival".

Sir Elton John vs Dolce & Gabbana

David Furnish and Sir Elton John with oldest son Zachary
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We start with the ongoing war of words between Sir Elton John and fashion label Dolce & Gabbana, prompted by an interview given by the latter in which they spoke out against gay couples adopting and so-called "children of chemistry".

Sir Elton responded furiously to Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana's comments, calling for a boycott of their products and slamming them "for wagging judgemental little fingers at IVF (in vitro fertilisation)".

Evidently stung by Sir Elton's criticisms, Stefano Gabbana has now backtracked somewhat, saying "it was never our intention to judge other people's choices".

Sir Elton and his partner David Furnish have two sons, Zachary (pictured above) and Elijah, who were both born to a surrogate mother.

Read the full story.

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