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Summary

  1. Nicole Kidman to make West End comeback
  2. BBC Three online move 'put back to 2016'
  3. Sir Paul McCartney tops rich musicians list

Live Reporting

By Genevieve Hassan and Neil Smith

All times stated are UK

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Give you good morrow

Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter

That's your lot for today, but be sure to return tomorrow morning from 08:30 BST for more entertainment and arts news updates.

In honour of the 399th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, we shall leave you with a famous quote from Romeo and Juliet:

"Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow."

Marvel gives Star Wars a hand

Guardians of the Galaxy
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Marvel boss Kevin Feige has revealed the film studio has been hiding references to Star Wars in all of its 'Phase Two' movies.

Why? "I'm obsessed with Star Wars," he told CinemaBlend, going on to explain how the scene where Luke Skywalker loses a hand in The Empire Strikes Back has been emulated in every Marvel release since Iron Man 3 (including Guardians of the Galaxy, above).

"Somebody gets their arm cut off in every Phase Two movie. Every single one."

Mild spoiler alert: this also includes the current Avengers film and the upcoming Ant Man movie.

Read the full story and watch the video proof.

New Dawn in London

Dawn French
PA

Speaking of Michael Grandage, it has also been confirmed that Dawn French's solo show - which he directed - is to have its own West End run later this year.

The critically acclaimed, humorously autobiographical

30 Million Minutes will play at the Vaudeville Theatre from 11 November to 5 December.

French said she would be "buying new pants in honour of this exciting opportunity to bring my show into London's glittery West End".

"Every audience member can relax in the knowledge that I will be fully contained and utterly fragrant at all times."

Kidman to make West End comeback

Nicole Kidman and Rosalind Franklin
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Nicole Kidman is to make her West End comeback, 17 years on from her sizzling turn in Sir David Hare's The Blue Room.

The Australian actress - who won an Oscar for playing Virginia Woolf in The Hours - will play another real-life person, British scientist Rosalind Franklin, in the UK premiere of Photograph 51.

Written by Anna Ziegler, the play tells of Franklin's pioneering work on the structure of DNA - work that was not formally recognised at the time of her death in 1958.

The play, which opens at London's Noel Coward theatre in September, sees Kidman reunite with director Michael Grandage, which whom she recently collaborated on his first feature film Genius.

Mr Fifty Shades

The Hollywood Reporter

EL James and Niall Leonard
Getty Images

Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James has enlisted her husband to write the script for its big-screen sequel.

Niall Leonard has previously written for such British TV shows as Silent Witness, Holby City, Wire in the Blood and Wild at Heart.

"Niall is an outstanding writer in his own right, with multiple established credits, and we are lucky to have him join Team Fifty," said producer Michael De Luca.

Read the full story.

Girl power

Maisie Williams, Carol Morley and Florence Pugh
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If superheroes and explosions are not to your taste, you may be relieved to hear the latest Avengers epic is not the only new film in cinemas this weekend.

In what sounds like a canny piece of counter-programming, a little British number called The Falling also goes on general release from Friday.

Set in an all-girl school at the tail-end of the 1960s, it tells of a rebellious young student - played by Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones fame - whose mysterious habit of fainting spawns a spate of unexplained copycat incidents.

The result is a strange, unsettling, yet compelling film that boasts a strong, predominantly female cast.

Speaking at the BFI Southbank on Wednesday, its director Carol Morley - pictured above between Williams and her co-star Florence Pugh - offered would-be film-makers a useful tip on how to secure funding for similarly esoteric fare.

"One thing I have learned is to keep applying for money and hope somebody loses their job," she revealed after a screening of her BBC-backed film.

Come back tomorrow for a full interview with Morley and Williams.

Big Draw theme revealed

Annual drawing festival The Big Draw has announced this year's theme is "Every drawing tells a story".

Aimed at encouraging people to connect with museums, artists, designers and illustrators at more than a thousand events around the world, it will take place from 1 to 31 October.

Andrew Marr announced this year's theme while drawing Henri Matisse, a personal hero of the BBC journalist's.

Watch the video.

Women on the Verge musical to close

The Stage

Tamsin Grieg with other cast members of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Jay Brooks

West End musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is to close on 23 May, three months earlier than planned.

The Olivier-nominated musical, which stars Tamsin Greig, officially opened in January and had been booking until 9 May.

Last month its run was extended until 22 August. Now, though, the show will close on 23 May.

"We're very proud of this production, our superb cast and creative team, and the wonderful critical and audience response during the season," said its producers.

No reason has been given for the show's early closure.

Read more on this story (subscription site).

BBC Proms launches new season

BBC Proms 2015
Andrew Hayes-Watkins

This year's BBC Proms will feature concerts inspired by the Ibiza dance scene, Sherlock Holmes and the Hubble space telescope.

Other highlights include Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane joining the John Wilson Orchestra to mark the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra's birth, Bryn Terfel in Fiddler on the Roof and the complete Beethoven piano concertos performed by Leif Ove Andsnes.

The festival begins on 17 July at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Read more on this story.

Thor interviews Iron Man

@RobertDowneyJr

He may have had an awkward interview with Channel 4 News, but Robert Downey Jr has tweeted a clip of another interview with which he was more than happy.

This time he was quizzed by a mini-Thor, who asked him what his favourite food was and to demonstrate his best Iron Man pose.

"

Asgardian micro-journalism at its finest," the star said.

Robert Downey Jr and mini Thor
Twitter

Iron Man has left the building

Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Robert Downey Jr
Twitter

The press junket is a strange beast. For film stars, it's an endless circuit of answering the same questions. For journalists, it's trying to cram as many questions as you can into five minutes (if you're lucky).

After asking Robert Downey Jr some questions about his latest film, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Channel 4's Krishnan Guru-Murthy decided to probe a bit further into the star's life and history of drug abuse.

That's when it got awkward, prompting Downey Jr to walk out of the interview and remark: "It's getting a bit Diane Sawyer and you're a bit of a schmuck."

Read more on this story.

New Whitney set to welcome visitors

Whitney Museum
AP

Next week the Whitney Museum of American Art will open the doors of its new home - a $422m (£281m) purpose-built gallery in New York's Meatpacking District.

Designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, the building overlooks the High Line elevated walkway and boasts twice as much space as the Whitney's former home on the Upper East Side.

The new building, says the museum, "will vastly increase the Whitney's exhibition and programming space, offering the most expansive display ever of its unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art."

Piano's other edifices include The Shard in London, the tallest skyscraper in western Europe.

Witherspoon lands audio book role

Reese Witherspoon
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Reese Witherspoon is to narrate the audio edition of Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee's eagerly-awaited follow-up to her classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

"As a Southerner, it is an honour and privilege to give voice to the Southern characters who inspired my childhood love of reading," the actress said.

"I am eager for readers to be transported to a pivotal time in American history in the manner that only Harper Lee's gorgeous prose can deliver."

The audio book will be released alongside the physical and e-book editions on 14 July.

May 'rules out Top Gear return'

James May with Jeremy Clarkson in 2011
PA

James May has apparently ruled out returning to Top Gear alongside Richard Hammond without their former co-host Jeremy Clarkson.

"I don't think you could carry on with two people and put someone in as the new Jeremy," he told The Guardian.

"Me and Hammond with a surrogate Jeremy is a non-starter. It has to be the three of us."

But May did suggest there "might be an opportunity" for the Top Gear trio to reunite on "a car show of some sort".

Read the full story.

Animated Spidey returns

The Wrap

Spider-Man
AP

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the writers and directors of The Lego Movie, are to make an animated Spider-Man feature film, Sony Pictures has announced.

It will be the first time the web-slinger has appeared in animated form in a full-length feature.

Lord and Miller will write and produce the film. Its director, though, is not yet known.

The movie will be released on 20 July 2018, a year after the next live-action Spider-Man film is expected in cinemas.

Read the full story.

Sundance London to return in 2016

After taking a break this year, Sundance London - the UK off-shoot of the Sundance Film Festival in Utah - is to make a comeback in 2016, and in new digs.

Having spent three years at the O2 in Greenwich, the festival will now be held at the Picturehouse Central, a new multiplex in central London that's set to open this summer.

"We look forward to returning next year and reconnecting with London film enthusiasts," said festival director John Cooper.

Sundance is also set to return to Hong Kong in September following an inaugural mini-festival in 2014.

Read more on this story.

Savile biography up for prize

Jimmy Savile
BBC

A biography of disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile has been shortlisted for a prestigious £10,000 book prize.

In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by Dan Davies is one of four works up for the James Tait Black biography prize,

awarded annually by the University of Edinburgh.

Another four titles compete for the best novel prize, among them debut novels by Smith Henderson, Matthew Thomas and Zia Haider Rahman.

The winners of the prizes will be announced in August at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Robin Windsor on Strictly absence

@Robinwindsor

Following the announcement of the new Strictly pro dancers, many of you have commented on Twitter about the absence of series regular Robin Windsor, who was forced to pull out last year due to injury.

He's now tweeted: "

Sadly I will not be returning to @bbcstrictly this year - I have had a fantastic 5 years and wish everyone the best of luck!"

Robin Windsor tweet
Twitter

New Strictly dancers revealed

Gleb Savchenko, Otlile Mabuse and Giovanni Pernice
Gleb Savchenko/Getty Images/Alex Calderone

Three new professional dancers are to join Strictly Come Dancing this year.

Russian-born Gleb Savchenko, who appeared on the US version Dancing with the Stars, eight-times South African Latin American champion Otlile Mabuse, and Italian dance champion Giovanni Pernice will join the 16-strong line-up.

Pro favourites Ola Jordan, Brendan Cole, Anton Du Beke and Kristina Rihanoff will all return in the autumn.

But Iveta Lukosiute, who partnered rugby player Thom Evans last year, and Trent Whiddon, who danced with Pixie Lott, will not be back to strut their stuff.

Read more on this story.

Radio 2 Folk Awards

Welsh band 9Bach won the album of the year prize at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards on Wednesday.

The ceremony at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff also saw Yusuf - better known as Cat Stevens - receive a lifetime achievement prize.

Here's a full list of this year's winners.

9Bach
9Bach

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West warns of acting 'time bomb'

Samuel West
BBC

Obliging actors to work for next to no money could have a disastrous effect on the profession as a whole, the actor Samuel West has warned.

"Actors should never be asked to work for nothing when other professionals in the production are drawing salaries," he wrote in the acting union Equity's magazine.

"Unless we keep the widest possible demographic... we are building a time bomb into the future of the industry," he went on to warn.

West, the son of actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales, can be seen later in W1A when BBC Two's satire about the inner workings of the BBC returns.

Read the full story.

Mirror, mirror on the wall

People

Sandra Bullock
AP

Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock has been named People magazine's most beautiful woman for 2015.

The star laughed when she heard about the honour. "I just said, 'That's ridiculous'," she revealed. "I've told no one.

"Real beauty is quiet," she told the magazine. "The people I find most beautiful are the ones who aren't trying."

Bullock joins the likes of Lupita Nyong'o, Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Roberts, who have all topped the magazine's beautiful people list in past years.

Read the full story.

Goodfellas' lasting legacy

Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese
AP

The Tribeca Film Festival

comes to a close on Saturday with a 25th anniversary screening of Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas.

The event at New York's Beacon Theatre will be followed by a conversation with Scorsese and members of his cast, including Robert De Niro (pictured above with the director).

Released in 1990, the drama - a detailed depiction of a real-life mobster's rise through the ranks - is now considered one of the greatest crime films ever made.

It was also highly influential, leaving a lasting legacy on both film and television. HBO's The Sopranos is just one show on which it clearly left its mark.

The BBC's Tom Brook has been analysing the impact of Goodfellas and exploring why it is now held in such esteem.

Read the full article.

Lips to continuing syncing

Deadline

Dwayne Johnson
Channel 5/Spike TV

Fans of Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle will be pleased to hear the celebrity miming show has been renewed for a second series of 20 episodes.

The programme - which is executive produced by British funny-man Stephen Merchant - is the most-watched original series in Spike TV's history, averaging three million viewers in the US.

Clips of the show have also been a hit on YouTube, amassing more than 107 million streams in three weeks.

A clip of Anne Hathaway swinging on Miley Cyrus's Wrecking Ball was watched 14 million times alone.

Read the full story.

St George on canvas

@NationalGallery

"

Happy Saint George's Day! Here's Uccello's depiction of Saint George slaying the dragon."

Saint George and the Dragon by Paolo Uccello
National Gallery/Twitter

Sherlock struggles

BBC Newsbeat

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock
BBC

Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat has admitted it is getting harder to persuade stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman to appear in the BBC One drama.

"They don't need Sherlock anymore," he said. "We have to persuade them to do it."

Both actors have gone on to star in Hollywood films since the series began in 2010 and have less time to commit to the show as a consequence.

"I didn't think... we'd get a fourth series out of them," said Moffat at a Bafta event on Wednesday.

Read more on this story.

Mel B facing X Factor exit?

Mel B
EPA

Speculation is mounting over Mel B's future on The X Factor following reports she is to be axed after just one series on the judging panel.

Both The Sun and the Daily Mirror quote unnamed sources who claim the former Spice Girl is to be jettisoned in an attempt to freshen up the show.

We already know Olly Murs and Caroline Flack are taking over from Dermot O'Leary, so there are clearly changes afoot at ITV's annual talent search.

A spokesman for the show told the BBC no final decision has yet been made on this year's judging line-up.

Missing: Elton's specs

A pair of Sir Elton John's heart-shaped glasses have been stolen from the Rock 'n' Soul Museum in Memphis.

Police said employees noticed the glasses were missing from a display case on Tuesday.

According to the museum's manager said, the case sustained no damage so someone would have needed a set of tools to remove them.

No arrests have been made and the search for the specs - valued at about $2,000 (£1,300) - continues.

Sir Elton, 68, is known for his flamboyant outfits and outlandish spectacles.

We couldn't find a picture of the missing heart-shaped pair, but here's another pair just as elaborate.

Elton John
BBC

BBC Three online move delayed

Plans to move BBC Three online have been delayed as the corporation waits for the BBC Trust to approve its proposals.

The channel was originally supposed to become an online-only brand in autumn 2015.

According to its controller, though, the shift will not now occur until after Christmas.

"You simply can't turn around something as groundbreaking as this overnight," Damian Kavanagh told Broadcast magazine.

Read the full story.

Box office Marvel

Avengers
Marvel

Marvel's superhero cycle is set to become the biggest movie franchise in history this week, overtaking the Harry Potter series.

But how did the company - whose first cinematic venture was the notorious flop Howard the Duck - become so huge?

Read our feature to find out.

Screaming icons

Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream
PA

Primal Scream will be named musical icons at the Silver Clef Awards later this year.

The Scottish rockers said it was "a real honour" to be given the recognition.

Other winners include Rita Ora, who has been named best female, and DJ/producer Mark Ronson, who will receive the innovation prize at the London ceremony on 3 July.

The annual event raises money for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.

Read more on this story.

Macca's millions

Paul McCartney
PA

Sir Paul McCartney has topped the Sunday Times' annual rich list of musicians with his estimated £730m fortune.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John and Sir Mick Jagger also feature in the Top 10.

Adele topped the newspaper's list of music millionaires under the age of 30 for the third year running with an estimated fortune of £50m.

The full list will be published on 26 April.

Read more on this story.

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Good morning!

Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter

Welcome to another entertainment live page, packed with the latest stories making the headlines. Stick with us as we'll bring you news of which artists are topping the music rich list, the winners from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and an interview with Robert Downey Jr that met a sticky end.

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