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Summary

  1. Free bassist Andy Fraser dies at 62
  2. Claudia Winkleman triumphs at RTS awards
  3. Neighbours celebrates 30th anniversary

Live Reporting

By Genevieve Hassan and Rebecca Thomas

All times stated are UK

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Signing off:

Rebecca Thomas

Entertainment reporter

That's all from us for today folks. Thanks for reading, we hope you've enjoyed it.

Now you're free to go indulge in your Neighbours fetish to your heart's delight - but don't forget to come back tomorrow for more live entertainment and arts news throughout the day.

We'll leave you with this rather interesting picture of US artist John Baldessari's Beethoven's Trumpet (With Ear) Opus #133, which is causing a stir at the Art Basel fair in Hong Kong.

John Baldessari's Beethoven's Trumpet (With Ear) Opus # 133
AFP

Gary's naked ambition

Gary Barlow
Getty Images

Is there no stalling Take That frontman Gary Barlow?

Not content with writing the music to the forthcoming stage version of the 2004 film Finding Neverland - not to mention a raft of other projects including preparing for Take That's imminent UK tour - Barlow now intends to give Calendar Girls the same treatment.

The original 2003 hit film starred Dame Helen Mirren and Julie Walters as members of the Women's Institute in Rylstone, North Yorkshire, who posed nude for a charity calendar in 1999.

The musical is being backed by tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire.

It's chief executive of the organisation, said: "To have someone of Gary Barlow's calibre working on a Yorkshire musical is amazing."

Read the full story.

He's... On the verge

Kev Geoghegan

Arts and entertainment reporter

Antonio Banderas
AFP

Antonio Banderas has just told me he is hoping to check out the musical adaptation of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown - starring Tamsin Grieg - while he is in London to promote the new Spongebob Squarepants movie.

In the animated film he plays a pirate called Burger Beard (though sadly his facial fuzz is absent a flame-grilled patty or two).

He also starred in the original Pedro Almodovar Women on the Verge... film in 1988 and was due to attend the play's opening night with the director but couldn't make it.

"I might ask them if I could have a ticket," he says rather humbly.

Like they're gonna say, "No."

Macca to induct Ringo

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr
Reuters

Paul McCartney stories are like buses - you wait for one then two show up at once.

Earlier we told you about how you can print your own 3D Sir Paul, now the ex-Beatle is going to induct his former band mate Ringo Starr into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month.

The drummer was inducted as a member of the Beatles in 1988, but he's finally made the cut as a solo artist.

Read more on this story.

Spielberg parts with Williams

Lizo Mzimba

Entertainment correspondent

A minor health problem, now corrected, means multi-Oscar winning composer John Williams won't be writing the music for Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies.

It will be the first Spielberg movie not scored by him since 1985's The Color Purple.

But Williams is still scheduled to do Spielberg's big screen adaptation of The BFG, which will start filming later this year.

Light fantastic

Usher Hall
Edinburgh International Festival

Exciting news for lovers of Edinburgh and its annual International Festival as this year it will kick off with a free open air celebration.

The event will see a digitally animated artwork projected onto the front of the city's Usher Hall and set to music.

Beginning on 7 August, the festival - which is more arts-based than its cousin the Fringe - will see more than 2,300 artists from 39 nations performing.

Highlights

in the programme include an operatic animation, a brass band spectacular and the world premiere of a staging of the Alasdair Gray novel Lanark.

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Madonna's Two Blues:

Billboard

Madonna's new album

failed to top the UK chart on Sunday, debuting at number two behind Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour - and now it's suffered the same fate in America.

Rebel Heart was pipped to the post by the soundtrack to TV show Empire, a sort of hip-hop version of The Sopranos.

The album, which features new songs by Rita Ora, Juicy J and Mary J Blige sold 130,000 copies, compared to Madonna's 121,000.

Read the full story

LGBT films get free airing

An Afternoon
BFI

Five gay-themed short films are to be made available to audiences around the world free of charge, the British Council and the British Film Institute has announced.

Chosen from BFI Flare - London's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender film festival which opens on Thursday - the films will be on the BFI player during the 10-day festival.

The shorts (including An Afternoon pictured above) have been made by lesbians, gay men and transgender film-makers, and range from "sweet short stories about first love" to documenting activism.

For more information on the five chosen films and how to watch them,

read more on the BFI's website.

Supporting Madge

Neil Smith

Arts reporter

Nadine Coyle
Getty Images

Former Girls Aloud member Nadine Coyle had some sympathetic words for fellow pop star Madonna at last night's opening night performance of Lord of the Dance at London's Dominion theatre.

"Poor Madonna!" she sighed, referring to the Material Girl's now infamous tumble at the Brits last month. "Things like that can happen so easily. I would not like to be the dancer who pulled [her] cape, that's for sure.

"In this show I come up in a trapdoor in a very long dress and I have to come down some very high stairs. So there's always that, 'Please don't fall, please don't fall!'"

Coyle is scheduled to play the singing goddess Erin in 10 performances of Michael Flatley's Irish dance spectacular but says she might be tempted to stick around.

"I love the show, I love watching it from the side of the stage and I love performing the songs," she told me.

"I'm only doing 10 days initially, but now I'm thinking, 'Maybe I'll do a few more?' It's a great spectacle to be part of."

Amy on film

Back in 2011, Asif Kapadia won two Baftas for Senna - his intimate portrayal of Brazilian Formula One superstar Ayrton Senna.

His next big screen project is a biopic of Amy Winehouse, which has been several years in the making.

It's just been given a title - Amy - and a release date of 3 July.

The film promises "unseen archive footage and previously unheard songs". Here's the poster:

Amy Winehouse film poster
On the corner films

Guillem to receive Olivier

Sylvie Guillem
Publicity

Celebrated ballet dancer Sylvie Guillem is to receive a special prize at this year's

Olivier Awards in London, in honour of her achievements over the course of her 33-year career.

It comes after the French star - who has worked at many prestigious venues including the Paris Opera Ballet, the Royal Ballet and Tokyo Ballet and Sadler's Wells - announced last year she would be retiring.

Before she hangs up her dancing shoes, Guillem will be embarking on her ambitious Life in Progress "goodbye" world tour.

The Olivier organisers are no doubt hoping she finds a small window in her hectic schedule to make their ceremony on 12 April at the Royal Opera House.

Read more on this story.

Neighbours memories - your views

Tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk

Here are more of the Neighbours memories you've been telling us:

  • Douglas McJannet tweets: "Charlene's arrival via window..anything with Eileen!"
  • Paul Richards: "Plain Jane super brain getting fit."
  • Ben Bone: "The epic Flick and Steph showdown after Steph was jilted at the alter,"
  • Lydia: "I still refuse to believe Dee is dead."

'Legless' Flatley

Neil Smith

Arts reporter

Michael Flatley
bbc

A changing of the guard is taking place at London's Dominion Theatre at the moment, where Irish-American Riverdance star Michael Flatley is handing the reins of his Lord of the Dance show on to younger leads, and feet.

"I don't want to leave but I'm not making the decision," said the 56-year-old hoofer, who is appearing on selected nights of the show's London run and its

UK and Irish tour before hanging up his boots for good.

"I'm afraid it's my old legs.

"My job now is to try and chase my son down the hallway. I've never won a race yet, but it sure is fun."

Lord of the Dance
Brian Doherty

Tuesday's performance - held, fittingly enough, on St Patrick's Day - was a poignant affair for Flatley, whose beloved father, also named Michael, died last week.

"I'm off to Chicago at 6am [for the funeral]," he revealed. "But I would never let this troupe down. They've worked for months and months and months."

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games continues at the Dominion until 5 September. Be advised - this show contains cyborgs.

Eyes pied

Jennifer Garner and Jimmy Fallon
YouTube

Everyone loves watching someone get pied in the face - who doesn't?

To prove how funny it is, US chat show host Jimmy Fallon decided to introduce a new game to his stable, titled Rock, Paper, Scissors, Pie.

In a cross between the regular game and the classic game of risk Buckaroo, the loser of each round faces the chance of getting a pie to the face.

Actress Jennifer Garner was the first contender,

see how she fared on YouTube.

Partridge for Top Gear

Alan Partridge
BBC

Campaigners are calling on the BBC to hire Alan Partridge as the new presenter of Top Gear.

More than 15,000 people have signed a petition to have Steve Coogan's fictional broadcaster, replace Jeremy Clarkson on the show after he was suspended following a "fracas" with a producer.

"Alan has a strong track record for broadcast presenting. He has good experience with motoring TV, after his brilliant work on Crash! Bang! Wallop!," the petition argues.

Read more on this story.

D&G love Elton

Dolce and Gabbana
CNN

After making a

very unhappy man of Sir Elton with their comments about gay adoption and IVF, Italian fashion designers Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce seem to be trying to calm the storm.

In an

interview with US news network CNN, the pair - who are themselves gay - have expressed nothing but love for the musician - and gay adoption.

"We love gay couples. We are gay. We love gay adoption. We love everything. It's just an express (sic) of my private point of view," said Gabbana.

Dolce added he was not boycotting Sir Elton and was in fact a big fan: "I love the music of Elton John," he said. He added he believed they could end the dispute: "Every people (sic) resolve everything by talk... we start to talk, the problem is resolved."

Here's wishing them luck...

New Dragons:

BBC Newsbeat

Nick Jenkins, Sarah Willingham and Touker Suleyman
BBC

Following the departure of three entrepreneurs on Dragon's Den this series, BBC Two has announced who will be replacing them.

Greetings card website Moonpig.com founder Nick Jenkins, Hawes and Curtis owner Touker Suleyman and Sarah Willingham - the former owner of The Bombay Bicycle Club Indian restaurant chain - will join Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden in the den.

Read more on this story.

Neighbours memories - your views

Tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk

Lots of you have been in touch to tell us your favourite Neighbours moments from the past 30 years.

  • Ben Bone tweets: "Emma Bunton cameo has to be one of them!!!"
  • jmcloughlin: "Whenever somebody who was in Prisoner: Cellblock H turned up in a guest role/became a regular."
  • Jenny Barber: "Has to be Scott and Charlene's wedding."
  • Nic Radford: "Joe Mangel finding that Toby has been sneaking cigarettes and makes him smoke loads to get him to realise how bad it can be."
  • Alan Hardy: "Lunchtime Neighbours...the reason I was late for college EVERY afternoon!!! #failededucation."

James Bond poster

@007

"

Here is the official #SPECTRE teaser poster."

Spectre poster
Twitter

RTS red carpet

Sheridan Smith and artist Grayson Perry were among the stars who attended last night's RTS awards. Perry's Channel 4 special, Grayson Perry: Who Are You?, won the the best arts programme prize.

Sheridan Smith and Grayson Perry
AP/Getty Images

Broadchurch's Jodie Whittaker and Line of Duty's Keeley Hawes clearly both attended the how-to-pose-on-the-red-carpet briefing. Melvyn Bragg may have missed the memo.

Jodie Whittaker, Melvyn Bragg and Keeley Hawes
Getty Images/PA

Tom Hollander won best actor for his portrayal of Dylan Thomas in BBC Two's A Poet in New York. EastEnders stars Laurie Brett and Adam Woodyatt represented the soap in the continuing drama category, but lost out to Casualty.

And adventurer Bear Grylls decided to swap his survival gear for a blue cummerbund - which is just as well as his show The Island won the best popular, factual and features award.

Tom Hollander, Laurie Brett and Adam Woodyatt, Bear Grylls
Getty Images

3D Beatle

Sir Paul McCartney
AP

At the end of last year

Sir Paul McCartney was scanned in 3D for his Hope For The Future music video.

Now, you can download a file to

make your very own multi-faceted version of the former Beatle - providing you have a 3D printer, of course.

Sir Paul wrote Hope for the Future for the Bafta Award-winning video game

Destiny.

Right now, however, Sir Paul is busy continuing on his Out There world tour, which has so far attracted near enough two million fans to its shows,

In May he hits Europe, kicking off in London on 23 May, before moving on to Liverpool and then to Amsterdam and beyond.

Python bites back

Michael Palin
PA

Monty Python star Michael Palin has said his co-stars John Cleese and Eric Idle could be "very difficult" to work with at the height of their fame.

"John and Eric had a lifestyle that was slightly more, how shall we say, complicated than ours," he said at a Bafta event at which he was being honoured.

"They were stars and we weren't and the trouble with stars is they can be very difficult."

When asked how many people on the Monty Python team had to like an idea for it to work, Palin replied: "John, and then the others."

Miaow - saucer of milk for table number three please.

Finaldi analysis

Will Gompertz

Arts editor

Gabriele Finaldi will re-join a National Gallery that is outwardly on reasonably good form, having presented critically-acclaimed exhibitions like the recent Late Rembrandt show, while also boasting high visitor numbers.

He will start with the staff largely on his side, having won many friends in his previous stint at the gallery.

The trick will be to keep them happy, while delivering more money-spinning blockbusters, without losing sight of the free-to-see collection displays.

National Gallery gets new boss

Gabrielle Finaldi
Getty Images

Gabriele Finaldi has been appointed the new head of London's National Gallery, replacing Nicholas Penny who announced his retirement last year.

Currently the deputy director for collections and research at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, Finaldi will take up his post on 17 August.

He is no stranger to the National though - he was curator at the gallery from 1992 to 2002.

Finaldi said he was "deeply honoured" to be returning and taking on the directorship.

Read more on this story.

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In honour of Neighbours' 30th anniversary, we want to know what your favourite memories of the Aussie soap are.

Scott and Charlene's wedding? Bouncer the dog's dream sequence? Get in touch and let us know!

Happy birthday!

Much-loved Australian soap Neighbours is 30 years old today - but have you been watching across the decades?

Paul Robinson in Neighbours
Fremantle

While celebrating Ramsay Street's landmark anniversary, read our bumper birthday feature to test just how many of the key events you remember from over the years.

Test your Neighbours knowledge

Claudia's RTS victory

Claudia Winkleman
BBC

Last night saw the Royal Television Society hand out its programme awards.

Claudia Winkleman won the best entertainment performance prize for her role hosting Strictly Come Dancing, beating Graham Norton and Keith Lemon.

Other winners on the night included Happy Valley's Sarah Lancashire, Tom Hollander, Billy Connolly and BBC dramas Line of Duty and The Honourable Woman.

Read more on this story.

Andy Fraser death

Andy Fraser
Presser

We begin with the sad news Andy Fraser, a founder member and bassist with the rock group Free, has died aged 62.

Best known for co-writing the band's 1970 hit All Right Now, the musician had been fighting Aids and cancer, although the official cause of death is not yet known.

Read more on this story.

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Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter

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G'day mate!

Rebecca Thomas

Entertainment reporter

And many happy 30th anniversary returns to Australian soap Neighbours, may all the residents of Ramsay Street celebrate in style - as well as all you fans. Stay with us all day as we're going to bring you all the latest from the world of entertainment and arts, plus all the winners from last night's Royal Television Society Awards.