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Francis Cronin and Emma Saunders

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That's all for today's live page - we hope you're now fully up-to-date on Stephen Hawking's advice to One Direction fans.

Not to mention Vanilla Ice speaking out about playing Mark Twain in Adam Sandler's new comedy film The Ridiculous Six.

We'd love it if you'd join us again tomorrow from 08:30.

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The row over the new Adam Sandler Netflix film is continuing to rumble on, with Vanilla Ice joining in the debate.

Last week eight Native American actors quit the production of the satirical Western The Ridiculous Six, over complaints about offensive names and religious scenes.

Now enter Vanilla Ice who plays Mark Twain (yes that isn't a typo) in the film. He told TMZ: "It's a comedy. I don't think anybody had any ill feeling or any intent; this movie isn't Dancing with Wolves, it's a comedy."

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Praise for Hathaway's one-woman play

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Anne Hathaway has earned good reviews for her performance off-Broadway in a one-woman play Grounded.

Hathaway plays a fighter pilot who sits behind a desk and drops missiles thousands of miles away using drones.

The Guardian

gave the play four stars and Charles Isherwood in
the New York Times said Hathaway "gives a fiercely good performance".

Marilyn Staserly in Variety

said: "Hathaway masterfully navigates her terrifying dive from high-flying heroics to the appalling reality of guiding drones to their soft human targets".

The play which is directed by The Lion King's Julie Taymor is on at the Public Theater.

Bruce Jenner gets documentary series

Bruce Jenner

US reality TV star and former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner is to star in an eight-part documentary series about his new life as a woman.

The former gold medalist and stepfather to Kim Kardashian recently came out as transgender in an interview with Diane Sawyer.

The series will be on E! and Jeff Olde, executive vice president at the channel, said: "Bruce is incredibly courageous and an inspiration, and we are proud to be entrusted with this deeply personal and important story.

"This series will present an unfiltered look as Bruce boldly steps into uncharted territory and is true to himself for the first time."

US box office

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Furious 7 is continuing its dominance at the top of the box office in the US and Canada for a fourth week.

The latest Fast & Furious film took £18.3m (£12.2m), with Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 in second with $15.5m (£10.3m).

Last weekend Furious 7 became the fastest film to make more than $1bn (£669.5 million) internationally.

The US has yet to see Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opens there on Thursday.

The Marvel film leads the box office chart internationally - it opened in 44 territories, taking $201.2m (£133.8m).

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Mel Giedroyc heads to Eurovision

Mel Giedroyc

Great British Bake Off's Mel Giedroyc will join Scott Mills to host BBC Three's coverage of the two Eurovision Song Contest Semi Finals.

The shows will be broadcast live from Vienna, Austria on 19 and 21 May.

Mel, who is a big fan of Eurovision says "words cannot express" her "excitement" to be joining the BBC team.

"I have dreamed of this since the age of nine, when my siblings and I would mount our own Eurovision at home, taking the parts of different countries," she said.

"I would always be allotted Mexico and only at the very end of our competition, would be disqualified on the grounds that I was not part of the European Union.

"I can't say that I'm any more geographically savvy than I was then, but I hope to bring some truly trivial Eurovision knowledge with me to Vienna, and certainly a lot of deep love for the contest!"

Julian Fellowes moves on to another period drama

Julian Fellowes

Good news for Downton Abbey fans who must dread the end of the popular series - its writer, Julian Fellowes, is adapting one of his favourite novels for ITV. Hurrah, another period drama!

Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope is the story of a local quack who lives with his beautiful but penniless niece, Mary. Scandal follows when a local aristocrat falls for her - his mother is outraged as the family's finances are in peril and she wants to secure an heiress for her son to save the family estate.

Filming of the three-part drama will begin later this year.

ITV's director of drama, Steve November, said: "It's a rich and multi-layered story of class and social standing and a timeless love story which Julian has brought to life brilliantly with his inimitable wit and warmth."

We can't wait!

Young ones on Radio 3

Martin James Bartlett

Calling all young talent from the arts world - BBC Radio 3's Young Artists Day is set to take place on Monday 4 May.

The day of programming kicks off with teenage poets on Breakfast, 18-year-old dancer and choreographer Folu Odimayo on Essential Classics plus a chat at lunchtime with the teenage winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2014, Martin James Bartlett.

Other highlights include In Tune live from London's Roundhouse, whilst Radio 3 Live in Concert will broadcast live from Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music.

So check it out - you may catch some future big name performers.

Wax honour

Ruby Wax

Comedian and mental health advocate Ruby Wax will be awarded an OBE at the Honorary British Awards to Foreign Nationals.

US-born Ruby is being given the honour for her services to mental health.

Having experienced clinical depression herself, Ruby is a patron for the British Neuroscience Association and is an ambassador for the charities Mind and Sane.

Her live show Losing It is based on her own experiences of depression and she has become a leading speaker on mental health issues.

Celebrities including Annie Lennox, Joanna Lumley and Sir Ian McKellen paid tribute to her after hearing the news.

Richard Branson quipped: "How can anyone with the surname Wax be given an OBE?! And she's a bloody foreigner. Delighted! Well deserved."

Oh Richard, you old charmer!

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Matt LeBlanc at the BBC

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Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan, Matt LeBlanc

The stars of Episodes were beaming today as they turned up to the BBC to talk about the new series that starts in May.

Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan and Matt LeBlanc have become friends while making the BBC show and they certainly looked happy to be spending time in each other's company again.

Opera for all

Hansel and Gretel promotional poster
Opera for All

For all the culture lovers in and around Coventry, here's something to look forward to.

Coventry now has its first professional opera company, HighTime, and will be showcasing its debut production, Hansel and Gretel, at the Belgrade Theatre in May.

The company is aiming to make opera accessible to everyone - they've got 60 local school children in the production and are fundraising to help 45 mental health patients to attend one of the performances.

But if you're looking forward to seeing the witch in her gingerbread cottage, think again - it's been re-imagined with a childcatcher-style circus ringmaster who tries to lure children away with the "intoxicating smell of frying hot dogs".

Mmmm, the mind boggles.

Streaming record

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Wiz Khalifa

As Wiz Khalifa's track See You Again broke the record for the most number of streams in the UK in a week, the boss of the Official Charts Company has been explaining how streaming can help a track to the top of the chart.

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Kate Tempest portrait on display

Kate Tempest
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The cover photo of Kate Tempest's debut solo album Everybody Down, taken by Dave Stewart, is to be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery.

It will be part of the Picture the Poet exhibition featuring leading poets working in Britain including Dame Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage and Benjamin Zephaniah.

The major touring photography exhibition is aimed at encouraging young people to engage with poetry.

Will Mellor joins Line of Duty

Will Mellor, Daniel Mays, Arsher Ali and Leanne Best

Will Mellor is joining the cast of the critically-acclaimed crime drama Line of Duty.

The actor, who has starred in Three Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps as well as Broadchurch, will play a member of a firearms unit which comes under investigation in the third series, alongside Daniel Mays who plays Sergeant Danny Waldron.

The show's creator, Jed Mercurio, said: "Sergeant Danny Waldron appears to run a team of crack firearms officers, but hidden tensions simmer beneath the surface. We're all hugely excited that Will Mellor, Arsher Ali and Leanne Best have agreed to play these pivotal roles."

It was announced last year that two more series of the award-winning BBC drama have been commissioned by BBC Two.

Bacon's rediscovered portraits

Three Studies for a Self-Portrait

Two self-portraits by Francis Bacon are going on public display for the first time after being rediscovered in a private collection.

Self-Portrait 1975 and Three Studies for Self-Portrait (1980) will go on show at Sotheby's in London and New York, before being sold in July.

Although experts knew the works by the late painter existed, they had no idea who had bought them.

Descendants of the original owner have decided to sell the paintings, which are expected to fetch up to £15m each.

The self-portraits go on sale at Sotheby's London Contemporary Art Evening Sale on 1 July.

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Poldark bows out

Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark

Poldark bowed out last night, with 5.9m viewers tuning in to the final episode of the series.

The BBC One drama won a 25.4% of the overall audience and comfortably beat Vera, over on ITV, which had an audience of 4.9m.

Poldark starred Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark, whose chest-baring scenes have sent Twitter crazy in recent weeks.

It's now been recommissioned for a second series, which will be based on the third and fourth books of Winston Graham's series set in 18th century Cornwall.

Winehouse family unhappy with documentary

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Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse's family has criticised a film about her life, saying it's "misleading".

Speaking to Newsbeat, Amy's dad Mitch said the producers left out key details.

He said the film is unbalanced, and isn't happy with the way he's portrayed.

The documentary, Amy, is due to be shown at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Amy died aged 27 from alcohol poisoning in July 2011.

The filmmakers, including director Asif Kapadia who was also behind Senna, said: "When we were approached to make the film, we came on board with the full backing of the Winehouse family and we approached the project with total objectivity, as with Senna.

"During the production process, we conducted in the region of 100 interviews with people that knew Amy Winehouse; friends, family, former-partners and members of the music industry that worked with her.

"The story that the film tells is a reflection of our findings from these interviews."

We have a feeling this one is going to rumble on for some time.

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The C Word - new TV drama

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Sheridan Smith
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Sheridan Smith hopes powerful new drama The C Word, based on Lisa Lynch's acclaimed book and blog, will encourage people to talk more honestly about cancer.

When writer Lisa Lynch was diagnosed with breast cancer at just 28, it wasn't long before she decided a blog - to "tell it the way I see it" - was the only way to cope with whatever came next.

"The universe might be in control of what's going on in my body, but I'm in control of what's going on in my blog," she wrote.

Now her inspirational, funny and "unflinchingly honest" blog and book have been turned into a one-off drama starring Sheridan Smith, who Lynch handpicked to play her.

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Mackenzie Crook wins first Bafta

Mackenzie Crook
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Behind-the-scenes talent has been honoured at the Bafta Craft awards.

Penny Dreadful won three awards, while Sherlock won two for sound and editing and X Factor and Doctor Who won one each.

And Mackenzie Crook received his first ever Bafta for writing the Detectorists, in which he also starred.

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Hawking gives hope to One Direction fans

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One Direction fans still mourning the loss of Zayn Malik have been given hope from an unlikely source - Professor Stephen Hawking.

While giving a talk to an audience in Sydney live streamed from Cambridge he was asked what the "cosmological effect" of Zayn's departure from the band was.

"Finally, a question about something important," he joked.

"My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay close attention to the study of theoretical physics.

"Because one day there may well be proof of multiple universes.

"It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe lies another different universe. And in that universe, Zayn is still in One Direction."


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Shakespeare's women

Find yourself spitting chips over the portrayal of women in The Taming of the Shrew? But love Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing?

Well, actress and Shakespeare expert Tina Packer has just published a new book - Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare's Plays.

It takes a look at the way Shakespeare developed his female characters, and how his own views of women changed over time.

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Britain's Got Talent's ratings high

Princess the Hypno Dog

Britain's Got Talent is continuing to rule the ratings on a Saturday night.

A high of 11.9 million viewers watched Simon Cowell being "hypnotised" by Princess the hypno dog.

The ratings made it the highest rated entertainment show of the year and equals the EastEnders Live shows, where the killer of Lucy Beale was revealed, as the most watched show of 2015 so far.

It was the third week in a row that the show had broken through the 10 million barrier, according to BARB, the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board.

RIP Sid Tepper

The Wrap

Sad news from the US over the weekend - Sid Tepper, the songwriter who penned tracks for the likes of Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard, has died at the age of 96.

One of his biggest hits was The Young Ones by Cliff Richard and The Shadows, which he co-wrote with Roy C Bennett.

He also co-wrote the Beatles' track Glad All Over, which was first recorded by rockabilly artist, Carl Perkins.

He co-wrote more than 40 songs for Elvis including The Lady Loves Me, which The King performed with Ann-Margret, and GI Blues.

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Betty White honoured at Daytime Emmys

Betty White

US actress Betty White has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the Daytime Emmys in Burbank, California.

The 93-year-old Golden Girl currently plays elderly Polish caretaker Elka Ostrovsky in the sixth season of US sitcom Hot in Cleveland.

"Hello, beautiful," she said to her trophy. "When I started in 1949 I had no idea that I'd still be around at this point, for one thing, or that I'd still be privileged enough to still be in this business. And it is such a privilege."

Hot in Cleveland will air for the final time next month but Betty has no plans to retire. Go girl!

Soap awards

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The late Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride is up for a British Soap Award nearly four months after her death.

The 60-year-old actress, who played Corrie favourite Deirdre Barlow, had starred in the ITV soap for 44 years. She died in January from cancer.

She is nominated in the scene of the year category for the episode in which Deirdre threw a trifle - one of her final scenes in Weatherfield.


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Jay Z defends Tidal

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Jay Z

Jay Z has spoken out to defend his music streaming service Tidal.

Launched last month with his showbiz friends including Madonna and Alicia Keys, it has been criticised for not attracting enough subscribers.

But in a series of tweets, Jay Z said: "Tidal is doing just fine. We have over 770,000 subs. We have been in business less than one month.

"We are here for the long haul."

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