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  1. Angelina Jolie has preventative cancer surgery
  2. Oritse from JLS on his new project OWS
  3. Singer and actor Lil'Chris found dead at the age of 24

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Who's afraid to knock?

Inside No 9

Just when you though it was safe to turn on your television...

League of Gentlemen and Psychoville duo Reece Shearsmith are back with the second series of their dark comedy Inside No 9.

"What we want is for people to watch all of them and each week to think, where's this going to go this week? That's what we enjoy about it." says Reece.

Read more here.

Dark Lord funk


If you haven't seen it yet, we strongly recommend you watch

this Harry Potter parody of Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk.

Sing... "Albus sent you Hallelujah."

Cumberbatch marks royal ties

Benedict Cumberbatch

He's a distant cousin to the man of the moment, King Richard III.

And now, Sherlock and The Imitation Games actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, will play a prominent role at the king's reburial service at Leicester Cathedral.

Benedict will read a specially-written poem penned by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, on Thursday.

The Sherlock star will also play the former king in an upcoming BBC Two drama. Is he hoping for a knighthood?

Read more on this story.

Corden 'utterly brilliant'

James Corden

More TV viewers have been taking to Twitter to give their verdict on James Corden's first Late, Late Show.


Char Range said: "so proud, gutted I can only watch clips on YouTube, really am proud of u james-cordon-late-late-show, xxxxx"


Rsidney, using the Twitter handle @rdotsidney, wrote: "i'm not a fan particularly of your work but kudos for your usa talk show - craig ferguson was a tough act to follow so well done."

Fellow user

@SuziApples tweeted: "Yes!!! What a way to blast everyone away. Utterly brilliant. So much love and respect xx"

'Polite lovely guy'

Chris Hardman aka Lil' Chris

More tributes are coming in for the late Chris Hardman...

Strictly Come Dancing winner

Caroline Flack writes: "Oh my god . Lil Chris . He was a regular guest on TMI. Always always such a polite lovely guy . That's so sad."

McBusted's Dougie Poynter says: "So sad to hear about Lil Chris. He was such a genuinely sweet and funny guy."

Former McFly star and writer of Loserville

James Bourne adds: "Chris . I will miss you . Your friendship and your talent ! Rest in peace ."

Fifty Shades

Fifty Shades poster

For anyone who felt too British i.e. too embarrassed to watch Fifty Shades of Grey in public at the cinema last month, never fear.

The DVD will be launched on 22 June and will include additional content such as an alternate ending or an extended version of the movie, depending on which format you buy.

Or how about a 360 degree set explorer of Christian Grey's apartment? Hot stuff.

Doughnut anyone?

James Lucas and Mat Kirkby
Mat Kirkby

Who needs an Oscar statuette when you can have a lifetime supply of doughnuts?

Best live action short winner Mat Kirkby was promised doughnuts "for good" after namechecking Orford's Pump Street Bakery at last month's ceremony.

And Kirkby, who won the award for The Phone Call, starring Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent, is making sure they keep to their side of the bargain.

He took his Oscar into the Suffolk bakery to receive his first offering.

"I've had nine doughnuts this weekend and am having second thoughts," he said.

Only nine? If you're ever struggling to finish a box, Sam, the team here are only too happy to help. Just give us a (Phone) Call.

Read more on this story.


Twitter screenshot

McBusted drummer Harry Judd

pays tribute to Chris Hardman aka Lil' Chris.

The Hoff on Sharknado

The Huffington Post

David Hasselhoff
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Well, it's an interesting take on film promotion.

Everyone's third-favourite action man (and pop star), David Hasselhoff has told a reporter on Huff Post Live that Sharknado films are the worst.

The Hoff, who stars in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, said: "It's the worst movie you have ever seen... the first one is the worst. The second one is even worse than the first!"

He redeemed himself by adding, "I'm so honoured to be in Sharknado 3".

Oh, that's alright then.

Luckily, Hoff tells us "the people who make the movie have such a great sense of humour".

Let's hope so, Dave. Let's hope so...

East, west, Home is best

Press still

Animated comedy Home beats Insurgent, the second film in the Divergent series - starring Shailene Woodley - to the top of the UK box office.

Starring The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons and Rihanna, Home took more than £6m over the weekend.

The Gunman, starring Sean Penn as an ageing hitman, struggled to make an impact with just over £400,000, while the equally hard-as-nails Jason Statham in Wild Card, limped into the top ten with £152,000.

Rock School star dies

What's On Stage

Sad news now, actor and singer Chris Hardman, known to TV audiences as Lil' Chris, has died aged 24.

According to What's On Stage, the cause of death is believed to be suicide.

Hardman rose to fame on the Channel 4 series Rock School in 2006 and went on to star in the Musical Loserville by James Bourne and Elliot Davis.

Speaking to WhatsOnStage, Davis said it was "awful, awful news", and confirmed that Hardman suffered from depression.

Gay first

It's a first on Broadway apparently - next month New Yorkers can see the first lesbian lead character in a new musical titled Fun Home.

The coming-of-age musical examines the relationship between a woman and her late father, a closeted gay man who ran a funeral home and taught English in rural Pennsylvania.

"It is the first lesbian lead character in the history of musical theatre and that is a story that needs to be told," director Sam Gold said.

"It feels like a very good time in our culture to give voice to that character."

Costello memoir:


Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello is putting pen to paper again - but he's not burning the midnight oil over lyrics this time. He's penning his autobiography.

Penguin, who will publish the book due out later this year, described it as "the long-awaited, unconventional but indelible memoir by one of the music world's greatest and most influential songwriters and performers".

That's some build-up. Fans can hopefully look forward to some bad boy anecdotes from the now elder statesmen, whose hits include Alison, (I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea and Accidents Will Happen.

The book is titled Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.

It's all rather apt for the man who also wrote the 1983 hit, Everyday I Write the Book.

Read the full story

G'day mate

Digital Spy

Ed Sheeran

Ah, the whims of being a pop star. "Ooh, I fancy appearing in my favourite Aussie soap opera," says Ed Sheeran. Consider it done, Ed.

The Brit-winning singer-songwriter has been spotted on a Sydney beach filming scenes for an upcoming episode of Home & Away.

Our Ed hasn't even had to go out of his way - he's in Australia anyway for his forthcoming tour.

He's expected to appear as himself in the episode to be screened later this year. Let's hope he's slapped plenty of sunscreen on that pale complexion.

Read the full story.

Selective audience

Radio Times

Strictly Come Dancing

You have the power. Oh, yes.

Viewers are being asked to choose from seven of 2014's top shows for the Radio Times Audience Award at this year's TV Baftas.

In the running are Sherlock, Strictly Come Dancing, The Great British Bake Off, Game of Thrones, Cilla, EastEnders and The Missing.


take your pick. The winner will be announced at a glitzy ceremony in London on 10 May.

Ai honoured by Amnesty

Ai Weiwei and Joan Baez

Ai Weiwei, the dissident artist and general thorn in the side of China and folk singer Joan Baez

have been jointly presented with Amnesty International's top 2015 human rights award.

The Ambassador of Conscience Award recognises "those who have shown exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights, through their life and work", Amnesty said in a statement.

Previous winners include Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, and Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

He slimed me....

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly


Ant & Dec were slimed as they accepted Nickelodeon's first ever Kids' Choice Award for UK TV Legends.

Viewers can see Ant and Dec getting covered in gunk during the annual awards ceremony on 29 March on Nickelodeon.

Election wipeout

Charlie Brooker

Who else would you expect to cast a critical eye over the forthcoming general election than beloved curmudgeon Charlie Brooker?

As the nation prepares to take to the polling stations, Charlie will eviscerate the good, the bad and the downright ugly of the election campaign in a 60 minute special for BBC Two.

He says: "At a time of great political uncertainty it'll be a honour to bring some much-needed confusion to the national debate. Since our show transmits in the run-up to the election, it will have to adhere to strict impartiality rules - which means it will - by law - be equally disparaging to all parts of the political spectrum."

Nazi-looted El Greco returned

El Greco's Portrait of A Gentleman
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A Nazi-looted El Greco painting has been reunited with its rightful owners more than 70 years after it was stolen.

Portrait of a Gentleman, pictured above and hanging prior to its theft, was seized by the Gestapo from the home of Julius Priester, a notable Viennese industrialist who had fled Vienna in March 1938.

The Commission for Looted Art in Europe and Art Recovery International have now returned the work to his heirs.

J-Law to dump her (X-) Men

Jennifer Lawrence
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Jennifer Lawrence has said the next X-Men movie will be her last.

Speaking to MTV News on the red carpet of the premiere of her new film Serena, Jennifer was asked about the forthcoming film Apocalypse, which follows on from First Class and Days of Future Past

"It is my last one, actually," she said.

Rabbit rabbit

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent

James Dreyfus and Maureen Lipman
Gregg Stone

In March 2014, a rabbit featured in the infamous "bunny boiler" scene in Fatal Attraction at London's Theatre Royal, Haymarket. A year on, another rabbit is stealing the show at the same theatre - but this one is 6 feet tall and invisible.

The 1940s stage farce Harvey opened last night with James Dreyfus as Elwood P Dowd (the role played by James Stewart in the 1950 film) while Maureen Lipman plays his long-suffering sister Veta.

This revival of Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize-winning play has already been on a UK tour.

The Mail's Quentin Letts said he "quite enjoyed" this West End production. "It creaks in places but this gentle show has gorgeous sets and a slow-burn charm."

But the

Evening Standard's Fiona Mountford said "it was two of the most mirth-free hours I've endured in a long time".

The artist formerly known as Oritse

Oritse Williams
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Former JLS star Oritse Williams is now trading under the name OWS; and he's gearing up to release what could be one of the more surprising records of the year.

His first solo single - the brooding, supple Waterline - was picked up by Jay-Z's Life and Times blog last year, and he's reportedly been in the studio with R&B heavyweights Miguel and Rihanna.

Not that Oritse would confirm any of that to the BBC when we bumped into him at the launch of the Silver Clef awards last night.

"I can't give away too much of who I've been working with, but it's people from all over the world," he said enigmatically. "From homegrown talent in the UK to Sweden and America."

Nonetheless, Oritse insisted the sound of the record would not be dictated by his collaborators.

"I'm really spearheading this," he said. "It's not just me turning up to the studio. We're starting from scratch and I'm co-producing a lot of the tracks.

"It's a very, very personal album. A lot of the songs are honest, autobiographical accounts of what I've been through. It's been very therapeutic for me. I got out a lot of emotions that I didn't actually realise I needed to get out."

So does this mean an end to JLS's constant odes to finding love in "da club"? Sadly, no.

"If I'm in the club and I'm getting inspiration in the club then so be it."

EastEnders' Tanya:

Radio Times

Actress Jo Joyner has spoken for the first time about her mistake during a live episode of EastEnders.

Jo Joyner

She used the line "How's Adam?", referring to the bactor Adam Woodyatt instead of using his character's name, Ian.

Jo told the Radio Times she could not bear to watch the scene.

"I don't need to because people were sending me pictures of my face in shock every day on Twitter. So I've seen that image a few million times…

"But I couldn't laugh about it until I'd gone out there the next night. I knew that people were watching to see if I messed up again. And to do that next episode live in front of 10 million viewers was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do."

That's serious pressure Tanya, I mean, Jo.

Man Booker nominees

It's a diverse bunch of writers on this year's Man Booker International shortlist, which has just been announced.

The authors come from 10 countries with six new nationalities included on the list for the first time. They are from Libya, Mozambique, Guadeloupe, Hungary, South Africa and Congo.

It's awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work has been translated into English.

Apart from the obvious prestige in winning such a prize, there's also £60,000 in cash up for grabs for the winner, who will be announced on 19 May. We wouldn't say no.

Read the full list of nominees here.

Paste it, Sam

Cannes film festival poster
Festival de Cannes

The 68th Cannes Film Festival is paying tribute to the Golden Age actress Ingrid Bergman with this year's poster.

She starred opposite Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca (hence our rubbish joke headline).


"Well, so many truly lovely messages about the show blown away,thank you. "

James Corden says thanks.

Mandela sequel

Nelson Mandela
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Exciting news in the literary world. The long-awaited sequel to Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom is to be published next year.

The book will focus on Mandela's South African presidency - the first book ended just as Mandela was voted in as the country's leader.

The book will be made up of Mandela's own manuscripts, together with archive material.

Mandela died in December 2013 at the age of 95.

Reactions to chart show move

Greg James

Radio 1 has announced the chart show will move from the traditional Sunday slot to Friday afternoons as part of Greg James's drivetime show.

The new chart will be two hours long and will focus on the top 20. It will be accompanied by a live TV programme on CBBC.

Some reactions have been coming in from you.

Bethany Stacey writes: "Hate the chart being mucked about with, & since when is music just for children! :("

Kate Crisp says: "I haven't know what the no. 1 single is since about 1988 so it could be any day of the week for me!"

Journo Mira writes: "All of this is wrong. No no no no. Sunday all the way!"

Corden cometh

James Corden

It was crunch time for James Corden last night as he took the helm of The Late, Late Show in the US.

Critics were quick to give their verdicts on the Gavin and Stacey star, with

Variety's Brian Lowry describing "baby-faced" Corden as "eager to please".

On this side of the pond, the

Guardian's Brian Moylan admitted he "was prepared to slag Corden off, but his performance on the first show entirely won me over".

It looks like the boy from High Wycombe done good. Wonder what Nessa would say?

Folio winner announced

Akil Sharma

Well done to Akhil Sharma who has won the Folio Prize 2015 for his novel Family Life.

It's the latest plaudit for the book which was selected by the New York Times as one of their Top Ten Books of the Year for 2014.

It took 13 years to complete and is described as "a heart-wrenching and darkly comic story of a boy torn between duty and survival".

The Folio Prize also comes with a £40,000 cheque. Which is nice.

Read the full story.

Jolie's cancer surgery

Angelina Jolie
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Starting with the sobering news this morning that actress Angelina Jolie has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a preventative measure against cancer.

Writing in the New York Times, Jolie - who lost her mum, grandmother and aunt to the disease - said she chose to have the surgery as she carries a gene that gave her a 50% risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Read the full story.

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