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  1. Joni Mitchell treated in intensive care
  2. Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding to join Coronation Street

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By Sarah Jane Griffiths and Genevieve Hassan

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So long, farewell...

Sarah Jane Griffiths

Entertainment reporter

Congratulations on making it through April Fool's Day! Now everyone's had their fun and we can all go back to being normal again.

But in case you missed out on any of the high jinx, here are a few worth catching up on...

Don't forget to join us again tomorrow for more goings on from the world of entertainment, media and the arts - and get in touch if you've got anything to share. Tweet us

@BBCNewsEnts or email

Playing a gigloo

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Bands are not averse to playing gigs in unusual locations - Metallica played in Antarctica in 2013, The Grateful Dead played the Giza pyramids in 1978, The White Stripes even played a bowling alley in Canada.

Now British metal act Tesseract have performed on top of a massive igloo in Lapland.

So how do you play guitar in minus 20 degree temperatures when your fingers want to fall off? Well, each band member was given a special heat sack - as hot as a freshly-microwaved baked potato - to hold between songs.

"One of the main challenges is keeping the instruments at the same temperature," bassist Amos Williams

told Metal Hammer.

"If the strings become colder during the set then tuning will become a massive issue."

Inside Laura's lounge

Laura Marling video

Forget interiors magazines, the latest way to showcase your beautiful hipster home is to set your new music video there, a la Laura Marling.


promo for new track Gurdjieff's Daughter - from forthcoming album Short Movie - is filmed at her home in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles.

Friends and fellow musicians including singer Marika Hackman and Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij are seen chilling in her lounge and lounging in her backyard as the usually shy Marling sings to her guests and even to the camera.

Laura Marling video
Laura Marling video
Laura Marling video
Laura Marling video

Avril 'bedridden' by bug


Avril Lavigne
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Avril Lavigne has revealed she was "bedridden for five months", after contracting a severe case of Lyme disease - a condition spread by infected ticks.

"I had no idea a bug bite could do this," the Canadian singer told People magazine.

"I felt like I couldn't breathe, I couldn't talk and I couldn't move. I thought I was dying."

Read the full story.

Talking dementia

BBC Radio 5 live

Samuel West, Timothy West and Prunella Scales

Actor and director Samuel West - the son of actress Prunella Scales (pictured together above in 1999 with Timothy West) - says his mother's dementia is "pretty manageable" for his family, but wasn't a surprise when she was diagnosed.

"We'd known that she was forgetful and that sometimes she forgot where she was or that she got a little confused with things for a while," he said.

He added that she was "still quite a functioning person, and a brilliant reader and writer and radio actress".

Listen to the interview.

Cara and Pharrell

Model of the moment Cara Delevingne and collaborator extraordinaire Pharrell Williams performed their track CC the World at a special Chanel show staged by Karl Lagerfeld in New York last night.

Cara Delevigne and Pharrell Williams

The song featured in

short film Reincarnation starring the pair, which premiered in December, but it was the first time they had performed it live.

Pharrell posted this photo of the pair backstage

on Instagram, with the words: "So proud of you @caradelevingne."

Carrie Fisher - Twitter teacher


Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher


I'm here with my mother, showing her what tweeting is, or Twitter....what should I tell her? Any advice or messages for my twit student?"

Some of the best responses so far:

  • Monte Cook
    tweets: "Get out while you still can."
  • PatriciaR
    tweets: "People really like photos especially selfies."
  • Kent Lindstrom
    tweets: "Stay away from @WilliamShatner"
  • William Shatner
    tweets: "Send my best to your mother."

Blur's listening list

He's pretty good at churning out the tunes, but ever wondered what Damon Albarn listens to when he's not making music? In anticipation of Blur's new album, The Magic Whip, the band have been sharing their favourite albums

with iTunes.


Damon's include his "favourite record at the moment" - Sacred Music of Duke Ellington - and The Poet by Bobby Womack, who he says is "one of the biggest inspirations of my musical life".

Alex James picked out Joy Division's Still, Carpenters' Kind of Hush - which reminds him "of being 6 years old"- and Chic's C'est Chic... "The record that made me want to play the bass. And dance. And go to New York."

Dave Rowntree's selections include Nick Drake, Radiohead's Ok Computer and Air's Talkie Walkie while Graham Coxon loves Talk Talk's "utterly jaw droppingly wonderful, spiritual and wide" album Spirit of Eden and The Kinks.

New Mad Max trailer released

Mad Max: Fury Road trailer
Warner Bros

A new full-length trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road has been released by Warner Bros and it is a full-on, high-octane action fest.

The plot is a bit difficult to tell amongst all the flames, car explosions and chastity belts with teeth on them, but after a number of fairly disappointing "re-tellings" of '80s classics, could this be the film that bucks the trend?

Mad Max: Fury Road trailer
Warner Bros
Mad Max: Fury Road trailer
Warner Bros

The film will open in UK cinemas on 14 May -

reportedly showing the eagerly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer.

Watch the Mad Max trailer.

'Much ado about nothing'

Aasif Mandvi
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The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi has defended Trevor Noah - the programme's newly appointed host - amid controversy over old remarks the South African comedian posted on Twitter.

Mandvi called the furore "much ado about nothing", while Comedy Central said to judge Noah "on a handful of jokes is unfair".

Read more on this story.

Funny man

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart is to be awarded the comedic genius prize at this year's MTV Movie Awards.

The actor spread the news in a video sketch showing him phoning everyone who didn't laugh at his jokes before he was famous.

He'll collect the award at a ceremony on 12 April, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

Watch the video on YouTube.

Ellen's Emmy nods

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres has scooped 10 nominations at this year's Daytime Emmys. Among the nods are best talk show, writing and directing - as well as some of the more random categories such as "outstanding promotional announcement".

Soap opera General Hospital landed a whopping 28 nominations in total, with four of its stars competing for the top acting honours.

It would seem almost every programme on daytime TV received some form of recognition with 55 shows getting a nomination - even Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The ceremony will be broadcast in the US on 26 April.

Read the full list of nominations.

Liverpool's Git Award

The winner of Merseyside's answer to the Mercury Prize - the Git Award - will be crowned at a special ceremony in Liverpool this Saturday. But in the meantime organisers have revealed the winner of their One to Watch prize.

It's 23-year-old rock and roller Louis Berry, who has released

just one track to date - a former BBC Radio 1's "hottest record in the world right now" - called .45.

Louis Berry
Louis Berry

He's described by Peter Guy from Getintothis as "channelling the energy of Jerry Lee Lewis through the story-telling of Dylan".

Last year's winner, Lapsley, went on to sign a deal with XL and make the BBC's Sound of 2015 list. She's also in the running for the main Git prize this year -

find out who she's up against.

Cumberbatch confectionery

If you've given up chocolate for lent, you might want to look away now...

Chocolate Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch has been re-created in chocolate to mark the launch of a drama channel on UKTV's new on demand service uktvplay.

If that all sounds a bit random, the connection is that the Sherlock star was voted TV drama's "dishiest dramatic actor".

Chocolate Benedict Cumberbatch

For all you fact fans, it took eight people 250 hours to make the hollow chocolate figure which weighs in at 40kg. It goes on display at Westfield Stratford City on 3 April.

Wahlberg to tackle Boston bombing

Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg is to co-produce a film about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the city-wide manhunt that followed.

The actor may also star in the film, based on the account of Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis - who played a key role in hunting the brothers responsible for the attack.

It's the second film about the bombing currently in production - 20th Century Fox is also working on movie entitled Boston Strong.

Read more on this story.

Taylor Swift's April Fool warning



For the next 24 hours, TRUST NO ONE. *locks self in kitchen cabinet*"

Duchovny's musical debut

USA Today

David Duchovny

David Duchovny really is firing on all cylinders in 2015. Not content with an X-Files revival, new drama series Aquarius and a debut novel - the actor has just revealed he's got a folk-rock album in the works too.

Hell or Highwater will be released on 12 May, featuring 12 songs all written by Duchovny.

"It's a journey of discovery for me," says the star, who's planning a few live shows too. "I hope that I get to discover certain things before the audience does, so it's not too painful."

Read the full story.

*This may also be an April Fool...


The Bookseller

Woman reading in bed

Bookshop Foyles is to sell an electronic bookmark which can sense when a reader has fallen asleep and wake them up to continue reading.

The gadget monitors breathing patterns in order to detect any snoring or heavy breathing before waking readers from slumber with a voice shouting "boo!" at you.

Read the full story.

*This may be an April Fool...

Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton

Here's a first look at the cast of Universal's

NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton - which is set to debut its first trailer later today.

Due in cinemas on 14 August, the film tells the story of how five young men from Compton, California, "revolutionised music and pop culture" with their gangsta rap tales of life in the hood.

It's being produced by original NWA members Ice Cube and Dr Dre, and stars O'Shea Jackson Jr, Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr Dre and Eazy-E.

Return of the Mac(cabees)

The Maccabees
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The Maccabees have unveiled the first track from their forthcoming fourth album online, called

Marks to Prove It.

It's from the follow-up to their 2012 album Give To The Wild, which reached number four in the UK album chart and was nominated for the Mercury Prize.

The band

also announced a short UK tour in May, taking in Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester and London - tickets go on general sale tomorrow morning.

Curtis calls time on Tate

The Daily Telegraph

Penelope Curtis
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The director of Tate Britain, Penelope Curtis, is to leave the country to take up a new role at a Portuguese gallery, after facing heavy criticism from the UK art world.

Curtis, who was appointed director in 2010 and oversaw a major refurbishment of the gallery, has been appointed head of the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon.

Last year, some influential art critics called for her time at the helm to be brought to a swift end, citing exhibitions they felt unsuccessful and only appealing only to a minority.

Read the full story.

Corrie's new recruit

Sarah Harding

Former Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding is heading for the cobbles of Weatherfield - with a guest role in Coronation Street.

She'll be in four episodes this summer, playing "a feisty character who is going to make life difficult for troublemaker Tracy Barlow". Watch your back Tracy!

Sarah says: "I am extremely excited to be joining Coronation Street. As a fan of the show it is a huge honour for me to join the cast. I can't wait to get started!!"

Netflix renews Bloodline

It only debuted on Netflix a couple of weeks ago, but the streaming service has already renewed new thriller Bloodline for a second season.

The twisted family drama - starring Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights - will go back into production later this year to air in 2016.

Kyle Chandler

And it's that time of year in TV land - other series getting the go ahead this week include:

  • Zooey Deschanel comedy New Girl - renewed for a fifth season by Fox.
  • Cold-war thriller The Americans - renewed for a fourth season by Fx.
  • Don Cheadle comedy House of Lies - renewed for a fifth season by Showtime.

Banksy bamboozle

A mural of a crying figure by British street graffiti artist Banksy in the Gaza Strip, 28 February 2015

A Palestinian man says he was tricked into selling a Banksy mural estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Rabie Darduna told the BBC he was duped into selling the picture of a weeping Greek goddess for less than $175 (£118) by a local man who claimed he worked for the graffiti artist.

"Really, we're depressed. It's a matter of fraud," he said.

Read more on this story.

Madonna the mum

BBC Radio 2

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Madonna has revealed she was a "soppy mess" when daughter Lourdes left home for college.

She's been talking school runs, skateboarding and Frozen with BBC Radio 2's Jo Whiley.

The singer also revealed she can't watch her famous Brits fall back, as she hates watching herself on anything, and told Jo she loves Sam Smith: "He's so sweet!"

Listen to the interview.

Thompson's rolling pin problems

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent

The West End has two very different versions of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd on the menu at the moment.

Tooting Arts Club's intimate production in a pop-up pie shop on Shaftesbury Avenue (until 16 May) has been getting
rave reviews.

Last night the

English National Opera's Sweeney Todd - starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel - opened at the London Coliseum with a 40-strong cast and a full orchestra on stage.

Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson
Tristram Kenton

Thompson, who plays the pie-making Mrs Lovett, revealed after the show how she'd had to improvise after her rolling pin ended up in the pit.

"I had to do a lot of activity with some dough and no rolling pin - which was quite funny. That's theatre for you. If you're on a film set they just stop and get the rolling pin back."

The youngest member of the cast is Thompson's 15-year-old daughter, Gaia Wise, making her West End stage debut.

"We don't have much to do together, so I go backstage and watch her doing her thing," added Thompson, proudly.

Top Gear reunited

Jeremy Clarkson
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In case you missed it, Jeremy Clarkson fans had some good news late yesterday when it was confirmed the former Top Gear presenter will still be joining James May and Richard Hammond for a series of live shows.

A deal's been done to rebrand the shows from Top Gear Live to Clarkson, Hammond and May Live.

They kick off in Belfast on 22 May.

Read more on this story.

Get well Joni

Stars have been rushing to wish Joni Mitchell well, after she was admitted to hospital.

Joni Mitchell
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Billy Idol tweets: "Sorry to hear today's news about Joni Mitchell. I sang on her Dancing Clown single many moons ago, all the best for her recovery..."

The Charlatans'

Tim Burgess tweets: "Thinking of you Joni..."

BBC 6 Music's

Maryanne Hobbs tweets: "Get well soon Joni.. we love you."


Val McDermid tweets: "Distraught to hear Joni Mitchell in intensive care. Her music inhabits my heart, my very soul."


Laura Marling tweets: "Prayers for Joni please."

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Joni Mitchell in hospital

Joni Mitchell
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We start with the news that 71-year-old folk singer Joni Mitchell is in intensive care in hospital in Los Angeles.

A statement

on her website revealed she was "found unconscious in her home" but "regained consciousness on the ambulance ride".

The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter is now "undergoing tests" but is said to be "awake and in good spirits".

The message added: "Light a candle and sing a song, let's all send good wishes her way."

Read more on this story.

Good morning!

Sarah Jane Griffiths

Entertainment reporter

Hello and welcome to today's entertainment live page - stick with us for all of the latest happenings in the world of entertainment, media and the arts, where Spring is definitely in the air.

And Happy April Fool's Day! Here's hoping none of us get too badly pranked. Good luck!