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  2. Comic Sandi Toksvig to set up the Women's Equality Party
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That's it for another day. Check back tomorrow for another round-up of all the day's entertainment and culture news.

Bond teaser

Daniel Craig filming Spectre in Rome

James Bond fans will get another glimpse of 007's latest adventure when Sony Pictures releases behind-the-scenes footage later today.

Director Sam Mendes said fans would see "a cat-and-mouse game through the night time streets of Rome, at great speed, between two of the fastest cars in the world".

"It's amazing. It's one of those scenes that's going to be very iconic," added actor Dave Bautista, who plays henchman Mr Hinx.

The footage will be available online at from 17:00 BST.

Spectre, the 24th official James Bond film, will be released on 6 November.

Ice, ice, bye-bye

This year's Cannes Film Festival will take the unusual step of closing the festival with a documentary.

The film, Ice and the Sky, focuses on glaciologist Claude Lorius and his study of Antarctic ice, which he began back in 1957, bringing to the fore the issue of global warming in the mid-'60s.

Luc Jacquet, who directed the Oscar-winning March of the Penguins, said it was "a huge opportunity".

Organisers said the film was intended to send a message to officials who will be attending the Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year.

This year's festival closes on 24 May.

Mobile music

Nathan Carter
Nathan Carter

Singer Nathan Carter is launching what is dubbed "Britain's first mobile record shop" in order to get his forthcoming album Beautiful Life out to a wider public.

The Nathan Carter Mobile Record Shop will travel across the country, stopping at towns without record shops and giving 'in-store' performances along the way.

"I thought, wouldn't it be interesting (and fun) if I were to bring my music to people in a different way?," said Nathan.

"People still want to connect with music beyond the digital world and it's sad there aren't as many local record shops around anymore for them to do that."

Oops moment for Britney

TMZ Online


Britney Spears
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Britney Spears had an awkward fall while performing her Las Vegas show, and unfortunately everyone in the audience seemed to have a camera phone!

It appears she went over on her ankle while singing Crazy, but managed to get back and carry on with the help of her dancers.

She later

tweeted: "Thank you for all of the sweet wishes! Had a little scare on stage tonight with my ankle, but I'm ok."

Rat's entertainment!


The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra is hoping to snare new fans by catching them early, with a production appealing to under-4s.

The orchestra will perform along to a screening of Pixar's Ratatouille, the hit movie about a rat on the hunt for gourmet food in Paris. Pixar is releasing the film in high-definition to accompany orchestras around the world performing composer Michael Giacchino's Oscar-nominated score.

The UK premiere will be held at London's Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 28 October, during October half-term, with under-4s admitted free with a paying adult.

Tickets go on sale on Friday morning.

Fellini's masterpiece

BBC Arts

Federico Fellini's 8½
Courtesy of BFI

Federico Fellini's 8½ was a hit with both audiences and critics on its 1963 release, and won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

By rights, it should have been one of the most self-indulgent movies ever made - yet it is often cited as Fellini's greatest masterpiece.

Now 8½ is being re-released in cinemas throughout the UK by the British Film Institute, lovingly restored from the original negatives by Gaumont and Eclair.

BBC Arts re-evaluates the restored film and asks what makes 8½ a great film.

Read the full story.

A concert for Concert Day!

Kid Rock

There's a day to celebrate just about everything from National Wildlife Day to National Mustard Day, and now plans are afoot to spawn National Concert Day.

Events company Live Nation has set aside 5 May for its big launch, with a concert in New York's Irving Plaza.

Kid Rock (pictured), Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, Wiz Khalifa and Florida Georgia Line are on the inaugural bill.

It will have to share the day in the US with National Teacher Appreciation Day, National Hoagie Day and National Totally Chipotle Day!

Partition drama

Screen Daily

Gillian Anderson/Hugh Bonneville
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Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville and The Fall's Gillian Anderson are to star in Gurinder Chadha's forthcoming partition drama Viceroy's House, which is set to shoot in India later this year.

The feature drama will chart life inside the Viceroy's House, the Delhi home of the British rulers of India, and the momentous political decisions that led to the Partition of India in 1947.

Earlier this year, Chadha - director of Bend It Like Beckham - said she had "unearthed... secret documents" which "point to another truth which I'll reveal in my film,"

she told BizAsia.


Noel Coward Theatre

Magic doesn't often get top billing in London's West End, but a show coming to the Noel Coward Theatre in the summer hopes to change that.

A group of eight magicians are coming together for the show Impossible, which will feature grand stage illusions, psychological tricks and escapology.

Among the magicians are Jonathan Goodwin, Chris Cox, Ben Hart and Katherine Mills, who've all shown off their skills on various TV shows.

The show runs from 24 July until 29 August.

Jumped up

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in 22 Jump Street

Sony Pictures is developing a female-led spin-off to its hit comedy franchise 21 Jump Street.

It will rival the studio's all-female Ghostbusters, due to be released next year with Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy in leading roles.

Last year's sequel, 22 Jump Street, grossed $320m worldwide.

Rodney Rothman, who penned the sequel, is currently writing the third film in the series, with stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill returning as the bumbling detectives.

Everyman 'a seductive spectacle'

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent

Scene from Everyman
Richard Hubert Smith

Everyman, the first play to be directed at the National Theatre by Rufus Norris since he took charge, has largely impressed the critics.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was Oscar-nominated last year for 12 Years a Slave, stars as coke-snorting hedonist who faces death on his 40th birthday.

Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy's reworking of the 15th Century morality play is described in one review as "a seductive spectacle". Another, however, found it a "dumbed-down jumble".

Norris's production features an impressive arsenal of stage effects including a giant video screen, suspended silver statues and a wind machine - along with energetic choreography by Javier de Frutos.

Kate Duchene plays God as a cleaning lady who opens the play sweeping the floor. The character of Death is played by Dermot Crowley as a dry-humoured Irishman.

Read the full reviews round-up.

Double vision


Now you see him, now you see him again...

Tom Hardy can be seen playing both the Kray twins in the official teaser trailer for the film Legend, due to be released on 11 September this year.

The film, directed by Brian Helgeland, sees Inception star Hardy - shortly to be seen fronting the latest Mad Max film - playing both Ron and Reg Kray, the notorious East End gangsters who terrorised London in the 1950s and '60s.

Check out the trailer here.

Web rumour

Asa Butterfield
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The internet is awash with rumours that Asa Butterfield could be the new Spider-Man - but nothing we can confirm.

The character is due to appear in the forthcoming film Captain America: Civil War, which stars shooting imminently.

Butterfield, best known for his titular role in Martin Scorsese's Hugo, has been linked to the Peter Parker role for some time.

He is due to appear in Tim Burton's adaptation of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children next year, but his diary may well have been cleared for web-slinging thereafter.

What do you think of the Butterfield's Spidey potential? Let us know who you'd like to see in the role. Tweet@BBCNewsEnts or email

Latitude adds to its bill

Tim Burgess

The Charlatans, The Boomtown Rats and Badly Drawn Boy have been added to the line-up for this year's Latitude Festival.

Alt-J, Portishead and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds have already been announced as headliners for the event - which is seen as as a festival for "grown-ups".

The Charlatans' Tim Burgess, he of the blond mop, confirmed the band were playing the BBC 6Music stage

on Twitter.

The music and arts festival in Henham Park, Suffolk, runs from 16-19 July.

Earthquake movie marketing rethink

San Andreas
Warner Bros

The tragic earthquake in Nepal has left Warner Bros re-evaluating its marketing strategy for disaster movie San Andreas.

Starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, the film is set in California and imagines the devastated state following a magnitude-9 earthquake.

Warner is sticking with the 29 May release date, but promotional materials will now include information about ways in which people can participate in relief efforts.

Read more on the story.

Kiss honoured

Kiss and Dave Grohl
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Kiss and the Doobie Brothers were among the acts honoured at the Ascap Awards in Las Vegas - it stands for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, in case you didn't know.

Kiss were presented with the Founders Award by the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl.

The band's Paul Stanley said: "You know, to be celebrated and honoured as songwriters is something really, really heavy - pardon the pun. But the truth of the matter is that a band or singer, any performer, is only as good as the song that they are singing."

The Doobie Brothers, whose hits include What a Fool Believes and Long Train Runnin', accepted the Voice of Music Award.

Luvvie love-in

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The great and the good of theatre - and a hirsute Sting - gathered in Manhattan on Wednesday to celebrate their nominations for this year's Tony Awards.

Dame Helen Mirren, nominated for The Audience, rubbed shoulders with fellow Brits Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy and Matthew Beard - all shortlisted for Skylight.

Among Dame Helen and Mulligan's rivals will be Elisabeth Moss, Geneva Carr and another Brit, Ruth Wilson.

Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan and Matthew Beard
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Also schmoozing with his fellow thesps was The Elephant Man's Bradley Cooper and co-stars Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola.

Alessandro Nivola, Patricia Clarkson and Bradley Cooper
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Stephen Schwartz and Kristen Chenoweth
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Sting is shortlisted for best original score, despite his musical The Last Ship closing early.

Glee star Kristen Chenoweth - pictured with here with Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz, who is picking up the Isabelle Stevenson award - will host the ceremony with Alan Cumming on 7 June.

Celebrating jazz

Femi Kuti

Today has been earmarked as International Jazz Day, with a concert in Paris the centrepiece of the celebrations.

The Unesco headquarters will play host to the All-Star Global Concert, which will be

streamed live. from 19:00 (GMT +2)

Among the artists performing are America's John Beasley, Russia's Igor Butman, Germany's Till Bronner and China's A Bu.

More mainstream musicians including Annie Lennox, Al Jarreau and Femi Kuti (pictured) are also on the bill.

Forever is 40

Judy Blume
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Judy Blume is one of the star names appearing at the Young Adults Literature Convention in London in July.

During her talk she will be discussing her seminal book Forever, which is 40 years old this year.

For those who may have missed it, Forever is about a girl's sexual awakening and was often passed around between young teen girls, with certain pages particularly well-thumbed! It was subject to various bans over the years, particularly in the US, over its racy themes.

Bafta recognition for TV writer

Sheridan Smith as Cilla

The writer behind such TV successes as Appropriate Adult and Cilla is to be given a special Bafta.

Jeff Pope will receive the Alan Clarke Award, named in honour of the late TV director, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to TV.

The trophy will be handed to him at the TV Baftas on 10 May. TV executive Jane Trantor was the last recipient of the Alan Clarke Award in 2009.

Read the full story.

Everyone's a critic

The Stage newspaper is launching a search for talented theatre critics around the country, with the prize being a chance to become a regular reviewer.

A shortlist of 12, one from each region, will be selected and invited to write a review for publication in The Stage, as well as receive mentoring.

Editor Alistair Smith said: "The role of the critic has been much debated of late, and at The Stage we believe wholeheartedly in the importance of excellent theatre criticism.

"Critics do not just to offer opinion and guide audiences to the best work UK theatre has to offer, but are also key to identifying and nurturing new talent.

"Whether in print, online or broadcast, critics are vital to the lifeblood of theatre, and are the meeting point between the industry and the public."

Find out more about the competition.

The end of Revenge

Channel 4

US drama Revenge, which airs on E4 in the UK, is bowing out at the end of its current season.

Now its fourth season, the ABC show centres around Emily Thorne and her tireless search for vengeance against the Hamptonites who damaged her family.

The cast, led by its star Emily VanCamp, have been tweeting about their love for the show.


wrote: "Four unbelievable years with the most incredible cast and crew. Could not be more grateful for the experience. #GoodbyeRevenge".

While, Gabriel Mann, who plays millionaire Nolan Ross,

tweeted: "We couldn't have done it without the most passionate brilliant fandom in the world."

Hebdo cartoonist talks


Charlie Hebdo cartoonist "Luz", who designed the front page of the magazine that appeared after the Paris attacks, has said he will no longer draw the Prophet Muhammad.

Renald Luzier

told French magazine Inrocks that drawing Muhammad "no longer interests me".

Twelve people were murdered when two Islamist gunmen burst into the Charlie Hebdo offices on 7 January.

"The terrorists did not win," Luz insists.

Read more on the story.

Toksvig's political move

Sandi Toksvig

Comedian Sandi Toksvig has revealed that she quit BBC Radio 4's News Quiz to set up a new political party named the Women's Equality Party.

She has just told BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour: "I have made jokes over and over again about politics and, do you know, this election I've had enough.

"And I have decided that instead of making jokes about it, I need to participate. And so I am involved in the founding of a new political party.

"It's called the Women's Equality Party. It's a fantastic group of women - and indeed men - who have decided that enough is enough and we need to make some changes."

They aren't fielding candidates in this election but will do so in five years time, she said.

In Tennant's footsteps

Olivia Colman and David Tennant in Broadchurch

A Broadchurch walking trail has been launched along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset for fans of the TV series.

Walkers can visit locations filmed around West Bay and walk in the footsteps of the lead characters, played by David Tennant and Olivia Colman.

Also on the trail is a visit to the riverside home of Tennant's character DI Alec Hardy, and a visit to Harbour Cliff Beach, the opening scene of a murder in the first episode.

Read the full story

Clandon Park destruction

Clandon Park

The National Trust has been desperately trying to save artefacts from the devastating fire at its Clandon Park property near Guildford.

Many items from a large collection of 18th Century furniture, porcelain and textiles housed inside the property were destroyed when the house went up in flames on Wednesday.

A NT spokesman told the BBC they were "still working through what was actually saved".

"The full extent of the damage is not known but work is ongoing to salvage what can be salvaged from inside," the fire service said.

The fire gutted at least one wing of the Grade 1 listed mansion. It is not yet known what caused the fire.

Read the full story.

Blur heading to top

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra


Blur are heading to number one with their first studio album in 12 years, according to mid-week figures from the Official Charts Company.

The band's eighth studio album, The Magic Whip, is currently outselling the rest of the top five combined.

Read more on this week's midweek chart.

Money for nothing

Patrick Dempsey

They say every cloud has a silver lining....

Patrick Dempsey's departure from Grey's Anatomy will save US network ABC nearly $10 million, it has emerged.

The 49-year-old star, who made a dramatic exit from the medical drama last week, was earning roughly $400,000 per episode, according to

reports in the Hollywood Reporter.

Dempsey's charcter, popularly known as McDreamy, has been a central figure on the show for 11 years - and his departure prompted one fan to start a petition to bring him back.

Courtney Williams' petition

on has received nearly 92,000 signatures - but it's unlikely to prompt a Bobby Ewing-style comeback.

Seuss on the loose

Ellen DeGeneres
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Dr Seuss' surreal tale Green Eggs and Ham is coming to the small screen, with Ellen DeGeneres working with Netflix on the 13-part series.

We'll have to wait until 2018 to see the adaptation of the best-selling book, first published in 1960.

The PR team at Netflix was obviously tasked with coming up with a press release in the style of Seuss to reveal the news:

We'd love to share some happy news

based on the rhymes of Dr. Seuss.

Green Eggs and Ham will become a show

and you're among the first to know.

Watch Ellen

make the announcement.

Book prize

A memoir by the widow of a man who died of a brain tumour has won a prize for new books about health or illness.

Marion Coutts' The Iceberg beat five other titles to receive the £30,000 Wellcome Book Prize.

Coutts' memoir charts the last 18 months in the life of art critic Tom Lubbock, who died of a tumour that robbed him of the ability to write or speak.

Author Bill Bryson, chairman of the judging panel, said it was a book that "stays with you for a long time after".

Read the full story.

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Good morning

Keily Smith

Entertainment reporter

Hello and welcome to today's live page, where we will bring you all the latest news from the world of entertainment, arts and culture.

We'll be checking out the reviews for Chiwetel Ejiofor's first night in Everyman at the National Theatre, new names added to the line-up for the Latitude Festival and Ellen DeGeneres' plans to bring Dr Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham to the small screen. It's also International Day of Jazz -


And in case you missed yesterday's Entertainment Live round-up,

check it out.