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  1. Cannes Film Festival line-up announced
  2. James May slams Twitter 'threats' to Sue Perkins
  3. Imelda Staunton gets raves reviews on stage in Gypsy

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By Sarah Jane Griffiths and Mark Savage

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As they say on the telly, that's all we've got time for today - but don't forget to come back tomorrow when we'll have loads more goings on from the worlds of entertainment, media and the arts.

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Juice Terry returns

BBC Arts

Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh has been chatting to BBC Arts about his new book, A Decent Ride, following cabbie, and former addict, Juice Terry - a recurring character who appeared in Welsh's novel Glue and various short stories.

The Trainspotting author sat down in one of his favourite haunts, Leith Dockers Club, to talk about the novel, dividing his time between the US and Edinburgh and the changing face of Scottish nationalism.

Watch the interview, but be warned it does contain some bad language.

The Jinx gets UK airing

Robert Durst

You may well have read about HBO's true crime documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, which tells the story of the multimillionaire property heir and his reported links to several unsolved murders and his wife's disappearance.


hit the headlines recently when he was arrested due to key new evidence that came to light in the documentary, which has already aired in the US.

The Jinx gets its UK TV premiere tonight on

Sky Atlantic at 21:00 BST.

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

The Guardian called it "an addictive true detective story told in six hour-long parts, whose first-hand affidavits, court recordings and microfiche headlines are enhanced by dramatic reconstruction so hard-boiled you could be watching a Coen Brothers movie."

Director Andrew Jarecki previously made a feature film based on Durst's story - 2010's All Good Things starring Ryan Gosling - and it was thanks to this film that Jarecki secured his interview with Durst, who saw the drama and called him up to offer his side of the story.

Metal protector

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent

Artist Conrad Shawcross has made his latest giant public sculptures out of cheap metal in the hope that it will deter thieves.

Conrad Shawcross with Three Perpetual Chords

His looping creations, Three Perpetual Chords, are set to be unveiled on Saturday in London's Dulwich Park.

The artwork was commissioned to replace a Barbara Hepworth sculpture stolen from the park in 2011.

The Hepworth, insured for £500,000, had been there since 1970. It is thought to have been taken by metal thieves.

The insurance money from the stolen bronze Two Forms (Divided Circle) was used to pay for - and insure - Shawcross's new work.

Read the full story.

Droning on

Matt Bellamy from Muse
Getty Images

Muse have revealed they are planning to fly drones over the audience at some of their forthcoming live dates.

Their seventh album - called Drones - is out in June and the band have shared some of their plans with Los Angeles radio station

Alt 98.7.

"There's going to be some difficulty with red tape of health and safety about flying things over," said frontman Matt Bellamy, "but the general idea is that as the tour starts we'll be using flying objects."

Kimye make Time's most influential list

Kanye West, Bradley Cooper

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift are among the stars to make it onto Time magazine's 100 Most Influential list.

Kim and Kanye are featured in the Titan's section and he is one of five people on the list (including Bradley Cooper) to get their own front cover.

Chris Pratt, Richard Linklater, John Oliver, Amy Schumer and Kevin Hart are among the stars joining Cooper in the Artists section, while Swift is in the Icons section alongside Bjork, campaigner Malala Yousafzai and Pope Francis.

Each person on the list has an essay written about them by another famous person, with some interesting pairings.

Martha Stewart pays tribute to Kim and asks if the Kardashians are a modern day Brady Bunch.

CSI Special Victim Unit's Mariska Hargitay writes Swift's tribute and reveals Swift named her cat after her.

Check out the full list.

UK dramas honoured

BBC drama The Honourable Woman is one of two British TV shows being handed a

Peabody Award this year.

The Honourable Woman

Judges for the US broadcast awards said the Maggie Gyllenhaal thriller - set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestine conflict - "suggests complexities and age-old vendettas that often escape even the best documentaries, to say nothing of the evening news".

Channel 4 drama Black Mirror is also being honoured. Peabody judges said Charlie Brooker's "cinematically arresting, brilliantly written series from England is an anthology of dark-side tales - dark as a black hole.

"If its narrative shocks don't wreck your sleep pattern, its moral conundrums will."

Martin Freeman in Fargo
Rex Features

Also on the list are The Americans, Fargo (starring Martin Freeman, above), Inside Amy Schumer, Jane the Virgin, The Knick, Rectify and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

The 74th annual Peabody Awards will be dished out at a ceremony on 31 May, with the news and radio winners announced later this month.

Life on Marbs

The Only Way is Marbs

Fans of The Only Way is Essex will already be familiar with the mantra "No carbs before Marbs" - adopted religiously every summer before the TOWIE lot decamp to Marbella for their holidays.

Now ITV has commissioned a whole series based on the people who live in "Europe's most luxurious resort" - cleverly titled Life on Marbs.

The reality show will air on digital channel ITVBe this summer with "a wealth of new characters to get to know".

ITV says: "From 'Super-Club' owners to designer-clad housewives, from millionaire bachelors to entrepreneurs; the series will reveal what life is really like living in Marbella."

We can expect cameos from the TOWIE stars in the 12-part series too, which starts filming in the south of Spain next month.

Montreux reveals line-up

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

Sam Smith, Lady Gaga and Lionel Ritchie are among the less jazzy acts confirmed for the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso - friends and collaborators from their youth in Brazil - will make a rare appearance together during the two-week Swiss event in July.

"To have Caetano Veloso is quite rare, so having him is already something special but together with Gilberto in duet is not something you see every year," said festival director Mathieu Jaton.

Gaga will perform with Tony Bennett, with whom she has recorded a jazz album.

"It's a meeting of a crooner and Queen of Pop that really fits Montreux. They'll be singing jazz standards," added Jaton.

Quaid's Funny or Die prank

Dennis Quaid
Funny or Die

Comedy website Funny or Die has owned up to being masters of the Dennis Quaid meltdown video that recently "leaked" on the internet.

The expletive-laden footage that first appeared looked like

it was shot on a couple of mobile phones (WARNING: There is bad language right from the start) - and some thought late night US TV host and prank-fan Jimmy Kimmel was behind it, forcing him to
issue a denial.

However it has now emerged it was all part of an elaborate set-up for this (very sweary)

Funny or Die video.

News Flash

The Hollywood Reporter

Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn is in negotiations to direct Flash Gordon, a movie based on the classic comic strip character.

JD Payne and Patrick McKay, who wrote Star Trek 3, are understood to have written the script for the forthcoming Fox film.

Gordon was first created in 1934 by iconic artist Alex Raymond.

The story finds our hero, along with the lovely Dale Arden and mad scientist Hans Zasrkov, on the planet Mongo fighting its tyrannical ruler, Ming the Merciless.

"He'll save every one of us". According to Brian May.

Zach be nimble

Zach Galifianakis
Sesame Street

Hangover star Zach Galifianakis has taken a walk down Sesame Street alongside orange monster Murray.

Galifinakis is tasked with demonstrating how to be nimble, but needs a little help with what the word actually means.

Watch the clip.

Countdown cock-up

Rachel Riley on Countdown
PA / Channel 4

Nick Hewer struggled to stifle his giggles when two Countdown contestants offered a risque sounding eight-letter solution to the word game.

Both Gerry Tynan, from Dublin, and Anne Lewin, from Brighton, offered up erection as their answer.

But Susie Dent in dictionary corner beat them with a nine-letter word: Recondite.

The whole episode reminds us of a classic

Fry and Laurie parody from 1992, where the solution to the conundrum was, of course, Sloblock.

Screenshot from A Bit of Fry and Laurie

Band's record shop at risk

Ian Youngs

Arts reporter

Frankie & The Heartstrings at Pop Recs Ltd in 2013

Pop Recs Ltd,

the brilliant record shop opened by indie band Frankie & the Heartstrings in Sunderland in 2013, is under threat after their premises was sold to become student flats.

As well as selling records, the shop has staged gigs by James Bay, The Vaccines and The Cribs in the past few weeks and hosts local writing, poetry and stitching groups and music tuition from one of The Futureheads.

"We do have to find new premises," drummer Dave Harper says. "The necessity for Pop Recs to exist is obvious. It's the logistics of making that happen which is an issue."

The current building has been sold by the council to developers. Meanwhile, the band are fitting their rota around releasing a new album in July and

going on tour in May.

A Love Supreme

John Coltrane
Evening Standard/Getty Images

Fifty years after the release of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme - often cited as one of the greatest albums ever made - a new BBC World Service documentary has been exploring what makes the jazz record so unique and important.

British saxophonist Courtney Pine is joined by a trio of leading British jazz musicians who've been shaped by the album to explore why it's still inspiring music lovers around the world.

Listen to the programme.

Behind the scenes with Cogsworth

Sir Ian McKellen's taken fans behind-the-scenes of the first cast read-through for Disney's new live action Beauty and the Beast in pretty spectacular fashion.

The actor - who's playing Cogsworth -

tweeted a long description of the elaborate reading - which featured live musicians and a 30-person choir, as well as a clock, feather duster, and candelabra.

Ian McKellen's twitter post

He said director Bill Condon "decided to put on a show and I've never seen or heard anything like it."

Sir Ian added: "All the long way home, I hummed 'Be [Our] Guest,' in which I shall get to sing a line or two. Aren't I the lucky one?"

He's not the only one excited about his role. Earlier this week Josh Gad - who's playing Le Fou - posted

this selfie of the cast, including Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston), Kevin Kline (Maurice) and The Beast himself, Dan Stevens.

Josh Gad's Instagram post

Broad City comes to UK telly

Broad City
Comedy Central

If, like us, you've heard great things about Broad City but have yet to find out exactly what's so great about it, there is good news.

Comedy Central UK has announced it's got exclusive rights to broadcast the comedy from Amy Poehler, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer in the UK - starting from Tuesday 28 April.

The show, about two best friends (Jacobson and Glazer) navigating their twenties in New York, started life as a web series before being picked up by the US Comedy Central network - which recently green lit a third season.

Cannes cracks down on selfies

Lea Seydoux in Cannes, 2014

Cannes is cracking down on selfies, like the one taken by Lea Seydoux last May (above).

"We don't want to prohibit it, but we want to slow down the process of selfies on the steps," said the film festival's director, Thierry Fremaux, while announcing this year's line-up.

"We think it's ridiculous and grotesque and really slows things down."

He added: "You never look as ugly as you do in a selfie."

We'll let Thierry be the one who breaks the news to Sylvester Stallone.

Cast of the Expendables in Cannes, 2014
Getty Images

Cannes reveals line-up

Former Palme d'Or winner Gus Van Sant's in the line-up for this year's Cannes Film Festival - with his new film The Sea of Trees starring Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts - as is Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, starring Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender.

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara will also be heading to La Croisette with their new film Carol from Todd Haynes, while The Lobster has Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman, Lea Seydoux and John C Reilly in its cast.

Cate Blanchett in Carol
Weinstein Company

Also vying for the prize "In Competition" this year are Joachim Trier's Louder Than Bombs - with Gabriel Byrne and Jesse Eisenberg - Paolo Sorrentino's Youth, starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, and Mexican drugs trade drama Sicario from director Denis Villeneuve with Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin.

Still from Amy documentary

Amy Winehouse documentary

Amy - from Senna director Asif Kapadia - will also be screened at the festival, out of competition.

See what else was announced at the press conference in Paris on the Cannes festival


Will Young: Politics 'missing respect'

5 Live

Will Young

Singer Will Young says he's "not fully engaged" with the election, and his "eyes lose focus" when people start talking politics.

"All I hear is statistics and people quoting polls. People never actually get to their own manifesto because they're just trying to score points.

"What's missing is respect. They're all obsessed with their jobs. Can you get to the top of the ladder in any party and stick to your principles?"

Watch the interview.

Portrait Painters on show

Sir Donald Sinden
Michael Noakes

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition opens today at London's Mall Galleries.

The sitters include late actor Sir Donald Sinden, painted by Michael Noakes (above); and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, painted by Teri Anne Scoble (below).

Lord Fellowes
Teri Anne Scoble

Among the prize-winners on show are Brian Morris's Upp at Backen (Up The Creek), which receives the £10,000 Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture.

Brian Morris' Upp at Backen
Brian Morris

RuPaul's Drag Race

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

The Drag Queens
Getty Images

The biggest stars from cult reality show RuPaul's Drag Race are currently touring the UK on the 2015 Condragulations world tour.

Newsbeat got them on the phone - from the exotic surroundings of their coach on a Midlands motorway - to hear about life on the Netflix series, where contestants compete to be crowned America's Next Drag Superstar.

According to Sharon Needles the tour is like "a mixture of summer camp and prison".

Read more.

"No rush" on Queen biopic

The Independent

Roger Taylor and Brian May
Getty Images

The on-again-off-again saga of the Freddie Mercury biopic is fascinating.

Ben Whishaw is currently signed on to play the moustachioed rock star, after Sacha Baron Cohen quit over creative differences - bringing to mind the adage: "I was creative, they were different".

Speaking to today's Independent, Queen drummer Roger Taylor admits the slow progress of the film is frustrating.

"It seems that the wheels turn very slowly in the film world. They turn a lot quicker in the musical world. But I have to say, Brian [May] and I are in absolutely no rush. We're not bothered. We just want it to be right."

And he gives his explanation for Baron Cohen's exit.

"In the end, we felt that Sacha, brilliant, subversive comedian though he is, wasn't really at heart an actor. We didn't want to make it funny. We wanted a brilliant actor who was going to move people in both directions, to tears and laughter and joy. We didn't really feel in the end that he was right."

Read the full interview.

Carey's not-so glam life

She might have dazzled at last night's premiere of her new film Far from the Madding Crowd, but Carey Mulligan has revealed life as an actress can often lack glamour.

In one of the film's scenes, her character Bathsheba Everdene tries to impress a love interest by wading into a sheep bath with him and the animals.

Carey Mulligan

"That was so much fun," Mulligan told reporters on the red carpet. "Although slightly disgusting by the end of the day. The sheep were doing their business in the water.... which was a joy."

Salford, so much to answer for

Ian Youngs

Arts reporter

Mike Joyce

The Smiths drummer Mike Joyce is to portray Ewan MacColl at a reading to mark the centenary of the folk singer's birth in the original dirty old town.

Joyce - who has dabbled in acting - will take part in the reading at the University of Salford on 10 May.

Dirty Old Town, which MacColl wrote about Salford, remains one of his best-known songs.

There's a link with The Smiths through MacColl's daughter Kirsty, who sang backing vocals on a few of the band's tracks including Ask.

Portishead star in streaming rant

Geoff Barrow

Portishead's Geoff Barrow is the latest musician to criticise the royalty rates for streaming music.

Taking to Twitter, he

revealed that he'd been paid just £1,700 for 34 million streams of songs like Only You and Glory Box.

That works out as 0.005 pence per stream.

Notably, Barrow's complaint wasn't just aimed at services like Spotify and YouTube, but also at his record label "for selling our music so cheaply".

Geoff Barrow's tweet
Twitter / Geoff Barrow

He later

clarified that the sum was a "rough estimate" of his income after tax, and added that he wasn't trying to prompt a debate on the validity of streaming music.

"It's here and it works! What I tweeted was just a fact, take from it what you will."

May's fury over death threats

James May and Sue Perkins

Top Gear star James May has criticised the people who sent death threats to Sue Perkins after she was tipped to replace Jeremy Clarkson.

Writing on Twitter, May said anyone who made such threats "could do the world a much bigger favour by killing yourself".

"Obviously, I don't actually want people to kill themselves," he added hastily. "But, really, we don't want them as fans."

James May tweets
Twitter / James May

Read more.

Cryer joins Corden

James Corden and John Cryer
The Late Late Show with James Corden

James Corden's feeding YouTube with a steady stream of videos from The Late Late Show. For the latest, he's teamed up with Pretty in Pink star Jon Cryer to recreate a classic scene from the 1986 teen movie.

Wigs and white winklepickers transformed the pair into much-loved character Duckie, as they lip-synced along with Otis Redding's Try a Little Tenderness and busted out some well-remembered moves.

Watch the video.

Critics love Gypsy

Savoy Theatre

The West End revival of Gypsy - the musical about burlesque starlet Gypsy Rose Lee - is the first time the show has been seen in London for 40 years.

Starring Lara Pulver (Sherlock's Irene Adler ) in the title role and Imelda Staunton as her overbearing mother, the staging has been unanimously welcomed by critics.

"Imelda Staunton's staggeringly good performance as the ultimate showbiz parent, Momma Rose, could be the best chance of an epiphany you'll ever get in a theatre," said The Times' Dominic Maxwell in a

five-star review.

The Telegraph

reckoned the production will "bring a lump to your throat"; while Hollywood Reporter
said it "looks set to run for miles".

But The Arts Desk was the most effusive of all. "Everything in this London transfer from the Chichester Festival Theatre is solid gold,"

wrote David Nice.

"This really is as near perfect as a musical can get."

Read more.

Girls trip to Springfield

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams, and Lena Dunham
Getty Images

We already knew that Girls creator and star Lena Dunham would be showing up in The Simpsons soon, but now it's been revealed that her co-stars will be taking the trip to Springfield too.

Lena Dunham in The Simpsons
Matt Groening

Lena's playing a young, funny pharmacist called Candace, who starts a romance with Homer after he files for divorce from Marge.

Needless to say Candace's friends - played by Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, and Jemima Kirke (Marnie, Shoshanna and Jessa) - are asking the question "Why Homer?"

The Girls cast in The Simpsons
Matt Groening

Read more.

VE Day concert announced

Jane Horrocks, Ian Lavender and Alexander Armstrong

A star-studded concert has been announced to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

Hosted by Chris Evans, the show will feature performances influenced by the era from the likes of Jane Horrocks, Elaine Paige, Alexander Armstrong, Dads Army star Ian Lavender and four couples from Strictly Come Dancing.

VE Day 70: A Party To Remember takes place in London's Horse Guards Parade on Saturday, 9 May.

Tickets go on sale today, and the event will be broadcast by BBC One and Radio 2.

Stars shine for Tribeca

Robert De Niro

The Tribeca Film Festival kicked off last night with a celebration of another, older New York institution.

The opening night film, Live From New York!, is a documentary looking at the history of venerable comedy show Saturday Night Live.

Among those attending the opening night gala and aftershow party were the festival's co-founder Robert De Niro; rapper Ludacris; Furious 7 star Michelle Rodrigez and Saturday Night Live comedian Kate McKinnon.

Getty Images
Michelle Rodruiguez
Getty Images
Kate McKinnon

The BBC's Tom Brooks was there, too.

Watch his report on the festival.

The wisdom of Alan

Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge

Alan "Aha" Partridge is penning a second volume of his autobiography, due for release in 2016.

The announcement was made by his "ghostwriter", Neil Gibbons, on Twitter, who promised the book will include "new Monkey Tennis revelations".

Publishers Orion said the journal would be a collection of diary entries, letters, "think pieces" and programme and business ideas.

Neil Gibbons Tweet
Twitter / Neil Gibbons

Batman v Superman


Zack Snyder twitter post

Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder knows exactly how to get comic book fans very excited - and it takes less than 22 seconds.

He's tweeted a teaser trailer for the film, revealing that an actual trailer will debut at special events in Imax cinemas next Monday 20 April.

It's got a close-up of a strapping Superman chest...

Warner Bros

A very sinister looking Batman....

Warner Bros

And a mash-up logo...

Batman v Superman logo
Warner Bros

Excited much?

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Welcome to what's set to be another scorcher in the world of entertainment, media and the arts (we hope!). Stick with us for all the latest news, headlines and some other fun stuff - from the Cannes film festival line-up to Imelda Staunton's standing ovation.