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Summary

  1. More accusers point the finger at Bill Cosby
  2. Child actor from Everybody Loves Raymond dies
  3. Avengers stars apologise for interview joke

Live Reporting

By Kev Geoghegan and Keily Smith

All times stated are UK

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Bon voyage!

Keily Smith

Entertainment reporter

Well, this is us mooring up the good ship Entertainment Live for another week. We hope you've enjoyed reading up on all the latest from the world of entertainment, arts and culture.

Have a fabulous weekend wherever you are, and don't forget to return on Monday when we will be back on deck offering up the best entertainment stories from around the world.

Four Royal Weddings and a State Funeral

Kristen Scott Thomas
JOHAN PERSSON

The first production photos of Dame Kristen Scott Thomas as Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan's The Audience have been released.

Kristen Scott Thomas and David Calder
JOHAN PERSSON

The Audience imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Queen and each of her 12 prime ministers in their weekly audience at Buckingham Palace.

The new production, which originally starred an Oliver Award-winning Dame Helen Mirren, is currently in preview at the Apollo Theatre and is running until 25 July 2015.

Michael Gould and Kristen Scott Thomas
JOHAN PERSSON

No Moore TV premieres?

Julianne Moore
Reuters

Oscar winning-actress Julianne Moore has been speaking her mind at the CinemaCon meeting of film distributors in Las Vegas.

She launched an attack on the trend for releasing films simultaneously in cinemas and to on demand services to watch at home.

She complained: "A movie never looks the same on television."

She added she was "disappointed" when a film was released simultaneously: "We work very hard as creators in creating a theatrical experience."

Read Moore, we mean more on this...

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Olivia Colman in London Road
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The National Theatre

has tweeted a link to a trailer for the film adaptation of its hit musical London Road - set during the Ipswich serial murders and subsequent trial of killer Steve Wright.

The film stars Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy and is directed by the NT's new artistic director Rufus Norris.

It's out on 12 June.

Smith for royal role

The Daily Mail

Matt Smith and Prince Philip (c. 1947)
PA

Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith is in the running to play Prince Philip in The Crown - Peter Morgan's television drama series that will explore the Queen's 60-plus years on the throne

If reports are accurate, Smith would play the Queen's consort from the time of their wedding at Westminster Abbey in 1947 through to the early '60s.

Wolf Hall actress Claire Foy has signed up to play the Queen in a the drama, which is being directed by Billy Elliot's Stephen Daldry.

Read more.

Hammond future unclear

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Richard Hammond
BBC

Richard Hammond has given a non-committal response to speculation about his future with Top Gear, following James May's comments saying he would not return to the show.

Hammond wrote: "To be clear amidst all this talk of us 'quitting' or not: there's nothing for me to 'quit'. Not about to quit my mates anyway."

Rickman tied the knot... finally

Rima Horton and Alan Rickman
PA

Massive congratulations to Alan Rickman who has married his partner of 50 years Rima Horton.

The 69-year-old actor and director has been in a relationship with Rima since they met when he was 19 and she was 18.

Alan revealed to German newspaper Bild that they recently tied the knot in secret.

"It was great because no one was there. After the wedding in New York, we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and ate lunch," he said.

Mumford & Sons phone ban

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Marcus Mumford
BBC

Mumford & Sons have apparently banned people from bringing phones into a show at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange on 27 April.

Ticketholders were, rather ironically, sent an electronic message reading: "As this show is happening pre-album release, the band have requested all mobile phone and recording devices to be prohibited inside the venue."

Those who do decide to take their phones to the gig should allow "a minimum of an hour" before the show to check their phone in.

Read more on the story.

Head over heels with The Falling

Maisie Williams and Florence Pugh in The Falling
Metrodome

Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams stars in new movie The Falling, a study of mass hysteria at an all-girls school.

Set in 1969 at a strict English girls' school, the film tells of a mysterious fainting epidemic that breaks out in the aftermath of a tragedy.

The idea for the film, according to director Carol Morley, "came to me over a decade ago, when a friend and I ended up in bursts of hysterical laughter on the phone."

Read more.

Theatre 'more popular' with 18-24 group

The Stage

A billboard advertising the musical Mamma Mia!
PA

The theatre is more popular with 18 to 24 year-olds than with older generations, a new poll has revealed.

The research, reported in the Stage, found a third of survey respondents aged between 18 and 24 consider themselves to be theatre fans, compared with just a fifth of over 55s.

According to the survey, by Amazon Local, more than a third of 18 to 24 year-olds prefer the theatre to other live performance genres.

The Lion King, Mamma Mia! and Wicked were found to be the most popular West End shows.

Read more.

Top Gear's driving force

Top Gear
BBC

Outgoing Top Gear producer Andy Wilman has penned a first person account of how Top Gear was reinvented so successfully.

Writing in this month's

Top Gear magazine, he paints a picture of a difficult and anarchic start, and how Jeremy Clarkson was instrumental in saving the show from extinction.

He describes how Richard Hammond nearly didn't make the cut following a dismal audition but pulled it back after "he started to talk about his woefully unsuccessful career as a radio DJ, with the highlight being his late-night spot on Radio Cumbria, reading out the names of lambs that were up for adoption".

Part two will be in next month's mag.

BBC goes to Hay

Jacqueline Wilson
BBC

The BBC has revealed the line-up of events for its tent at the upcoming Hay Festival.

Headline events include a behind-the-scenes of The Archers chat with editor Sean O'Connor, a week of Radio 3 live broadcasts and concerts and a chat with Colm Toibin ahead of an Imagine programme about the author.

Children's author Jacqueline Wilson will introduce a screening of CBBC drama Hetty Feather, based on her best-selling books.

The festival runs from 21-31 May.

See the full festival programme.

World photography winner announced

John Moore/Sony World Photography Awards
John Moore

The prestigious Sony World Photography Awards has announced its category winners, with subjects ranging from mental health to female fighters in Bolivia covered.

American John Moore was the overall winner for his pictures of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, selected from more than 180,000 entries.

See the winning photographs.

The Boss honours The Who

Bruce Springsteen
PA

Rock legend Bruce Springsteen will honour British veterans The Who as they celebrate a half-century in music at a star-studded concert in New York next month.

Springsteen is to present the band, led by frontman Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend with an award, while Joan Jett and Billy Idol are both set to perform at the event on 28 May.

The Who
Reuters

The benefit show has been organised by the Recording Academy, as part of its MusiCares programme to support musicians in need.

The Who were behind some of rock's best-known anthems including My Generation and Won't Get Fooled Again.

They have recently embarked on what they have called their final tour.

Calling time on Kevin

Kevin Spacey and Matthew Warchus
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We speak to Matthew Warchus about his first season as the new artistic director of London's Old Vic, taking over from Kevin Spacey.

"It's funny because people used to to say: "How can a Hollywood actor run a theatre?," he says.

"Last night [at a party celebrating Spacey's tenure] people were asking if I was nervous about taking over from Kevin. It's like only Hollywood actors can run a theatre now!

Read the full interview.

Out the way Eamonn..

Eamonn Holmes
Sky

In case you missed it, Eamonn Holmes grabbed even more air time when he walked in front of the camera during his colleague's weather report on Sky News.

He unwittingly ambled across the weather map during the live report, and gave a little wave when he realise his error.

He later

tweeted: "It's like being on Big Brother - Cameras everywhere. U literally cannot Move without being recorded in here!"

Watch the clip.

Sweeten "gone from us far too soon"

Patricia Heaton
Reuters

Patricia Heaton, who played the title character's wife Debra in Everybody Loves Raymond, has been expressing her grief over the death of Sawyer Sweeten.

Writing on Twitter,

she said: "Sawyer Sweeten was a funny and exceptionally bright young man. He is gone from us far too soon.

"The entire cast of #EverybodyLovesRaymond is in shock. Prayers for the Sweeten family."

One hit wonder to President (of a school)

Of all the sentences we didn't imagine we may write today, former chart-topper Glenn Medeiros is named president of an all-boys Catholic school in Honolulu, is our absolute favourite...

Glenn Medeiros
BBC

Yes, that Glenn Medeiros, seen here rocking double denim as he performs his only UK chart hit Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You

on Top of the Pops in 1988.

Glenn, who has doctorate degree in education from the University of Southern California, will start his new job on 1 July, at the St. Louis School.

He's currently vice principal at Maryknoll High School.

Fun facts: popstars who used to be teachers - Sting, Gene Simmons Sheryl Crow and Brian May.

Do you know any other teachers who later found fame or famous folk who turned to teaching? Tweet us @BBCNewsEnts or email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk.

Cosby accused of more sex offences

Bill Cosby
AP

Three new women have come forward, accusing comedian Bill Cosby of sexually abusing them decades ago.

Janice Baker Kinney, Marcella Tate and Autumn Burns said at a press conference on Thursday, hosted by attorney Gloria Allred, that the comedian, now 77, drugged and sexually assaulted them in separate incidents between between 1970 and 1982.

Autumn Burns, Janice Baker Kinney, and Marcella Tate
Reuters

The claims come ahead of Cosby's final show on his US comedy tour.

They join more than three dozen women who have made similar accusations in public over the past year.

Cosby has denied all the allegations.

Jasper John assistant jailed

Museum visitor looks at a Jasper Johns piece
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A former assistant to famed US artist Jasper Johns has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after confessing to stealing more than 20 unfinished pieces and selling them to a New York gallery.

James Meyer said he was "truly devastated that I destroyed the close relationship that I had with the man who was my mentor, employer and friend."

Read the full story.

Virgin comedy wins award

Robert De Niro and Michael Rappaport
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An Icelandic romantic comedy about a 43-year-old virgin has walked off with the top prizes as the Tribeca Film Festival.

Virgin Mountain won best narrative feature, best screenplay and best actor for Gunnar Jonsson.

Hannah Murray
Getty Images

The jury said the film's mixture of humour and pathos "captured our hearts".

Game of Thrones actress Hannah Murray won best actress for Welsh suicide drama Bridgend, from Danish director Jeppe Ronde. The film also collected awards for best editing and cinematography.

The festival was co-founded by Robert De Niro in 2002.

Sawyer Sweeten reaction

Ray Romano
Getty Images

Everybody Loves Raymond star Ray Romano has paid tribute to his on-screen son Sawyer Sweeten, who died yesterday at the age of 19.

"I'm shocked, and terribly saddened, by the news about Sawyer. He was a wonderful and sweet kid to be around. Just a great energy whenever he was there," he said in a statement.

"My heart breaks for him, his family, and his friends during this very difficult time."

Reviving Gremlins and Goonies

Chris Columbus
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Chris Columbus has been speaking about reviving two of his biggest writing successes - Gremlins and The Goonies.

Speaking to

MTV News at Cinema-Con in Las Vegas, Columbus said despite his initial reservations he was excited about how a rebooted Gremlins was taking shape.

"I've seen what happens when sequels can actually work, and improve - certainly not improve on the original, but have a different direction. So I was open to the idea, and I think we have a really good take."

And the key to eventually bringing back The Goonies in a sequel 30 years after the original, he said was a case "cracking the right story without offending the sensibility of the original story".

Depp transformed

Johnny Depp
Warner Bros

Here's a first look at a transformed Johnny Depp as real-life Boston gangster Whitey Bulger

in a trailer for the forthcoming film Black Mass.

Before his arrested in 2011, organised crime boss Bulger was prominently listed on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, second behind Osama bin Laden.

In 2013, the 83-year-old was found guilty of 31 counts, including racketeering charges and involvement in 11 murders.

The film is due out in September.

Draft Breakfast Club script uncovered

Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy
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A first draft of a script for The Breakfast Club has been found in a filing cupboard in the school where it was filmed.

The script was uncovered while workers were clearing out offices at the former Maine South High School, which is no longer an education facility.

One insight from the discovery of the script is that Molly Ringwald's character was originally going to be called Cathy Douglas, instead of Claire Standish.

Ringwald (top-left) and co-star Ally Sheedy (right) recently reunited to mark the film's 30th anniversary.

Lynne gets his own star

Jeff Lynn
AP

Former ELO frontman Jeff Lynne has been given his own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame to honour more than 40 years in the music business.

As well as his own music, the Birmingham-born guitarist produced three of the Beatles - Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison - and was part of the supergroup The Travelling Wilburys, with Roy Orbison.

Speaking on the Walk of Fame, he said: "It got off to a funny start, my career. I started out on a plastic Elvis Presley guitar with one string, one little nylon string and I'd play every tune of the day on that one string. It just drove me wild.

"I never expected to be on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with that little plastic guitar with one string."

Groovy get-together

@GroovyBruce

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@GroovyBruce

Bruce Campbell

tweets a picture of himself with director Sam Raimi and producer Robert Taperts, with the caption "The boys are back", as they prepare to start work on the long awaited horror sequel Ash vs. Evil Dead.

Or maybe its the new Top Gear team?...

Former child actor dies at 19

Sawyer Sweeten and Madylin Sweeten
Getty Images

Sad news from the US, former Everybody Loves Raymond child actor Sawyer Sweeten has died at the age of 19.

The actor is thought to have taken his own life on Thursday while visiting family in Texas.

In a statement, his actress sister, Madylin Sweeten, called his death "a terrible family tragedy".

Read the full story.

Tate Modern boss to leave

Tate Modern
BBC

Chris Dercon, the boss of Tate Modern has announced plans to leave in 2017.

He is heading for a post at Berlin's experimental Volsbuhne Theatre.

BBC arts editor Will Gompertz has called his departure a "significant blow to the organisation".

Read the full story and analysis.

When superheroes go bad...

Captain America and Hawkeye
Disney/Marvel

Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans have apologised for "a tasteless" joke about Scarlett Johansson's character Black Widow.

On their recent UK press tour,

they were quizzed by a female journalist about the possibility of a romance between the Black Widow and Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner aka the Hulk.

Renner called her "a slut", with Evans adding she's "a complete whore," as they both laughed.

Evans, who plays Captain America, has now said said they responded "in a juvenile and offensive way".

Renner's apology was slightly more defiant. The actor, who plays Hawkeye, said he was sorry "that this tasteless joke about a fictional character offended anyway," adding it was just some fun, "during an exhausting and tedious press tour".

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Keily Smith

Entertainment reporter

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Kev Geoghegan

Arts and entertainment reporter

Welcome to another entertainment live page, we've got that Friday feeling so stick with us and we'll ease you into the weekend with arts, movies, music, theatre and everything else in-between.

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