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  1. Joni Mitchell 'not in a coma'
  2. Louie Louie singer Jack Ely dies
  3. Bugsy Malone musical back on stage in London

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By Ian Youngs and Tim Masters

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It's a wrap

That's all for Wednesday's rolling coverage of arts and entertainment news.

Thanks for looking, and please come back tomorrow, when the agenda will include reaction to Oscar winner Chiwetel Ejiofor's appearance in Everyman at the National Theatre in London.

Top Gear 'will return'

BBC Two controller Kim Shillinglaw has been speaking about the future for Top Gear following Jeremy Clarkson's recent departure.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Media Show, she would not be drawn on whether co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond would stay on board.

"Conversations are ongoing with James and Richard about a whole variety of projects at the BBC, and while those conversations are ongoing I think they have to remain private," she said.

"Now that we are where we are, this is a really creatively exciting moment. It's a really good time to look at the show and all aspects of it."

But the show will return, she promised.

"I think what viewers of Top Gear really care about, certainly what I care about, is getting a really exciting show. That's the process that will take a little bit of time.

"I really care about the show, and rest assured any viewers of Top Gear who are out there, we care about our baby, we care about your baby, and we'll be determined to bring it back in a really exciting way."

Don't Look Now remake

The Hollywood Reporter

Don't Look Now, Nicolas Roeg's classic 1970s horror thriller, is being lined up for a remake.

The film starred Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie as a couple in Venice who are grieving for their daughter.

The 1973 movie was based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier and is famous for its graphic sex scene.

The Hollywood Reporter says film company StudioCanal has signed up Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman to produce the movie.

Read the full story.

Letterman on Colbert

New York Times

David Letterman

David Letterman (above) has made some interesting comments about the choice of Stephen Colbert (below) to replace him on CBS's Late Show

in an interview with the New York Times.

Asked whether he was consulted, Letterman replied: "No. Not my show. When we sign off, we're out of business with CBS.

"I always thought Jon Stewart would have been a good choice. And then Stephen.

"And then I thought, well, maybe this will be a good opportunity to put a black person on, and it would be a good opportunity to put a woman on. Because there are certainly a lot of very funny women that have television shows everywhere. So that would have made sense to me as well."

Stephen Colbert

Letterman bows out on 20 May after 22 years at the helm of the show.

Cinema goes underground

An underground cinema is coming soon to London's Charing Cross Station to celebrate the 24-hour opening of the Tube.

The pop-up cinema - hosted by Underground Film Club - will be held at the end of May.

Planned screenings include Paddington, Strangers on a Train and American Werewolf in London - which features a sequence on the underground.

Read the full story.

Bieber joins Zoolander

Ben Stiller and Justin Bieber

It looks like male supermodel Derek Zoolander will get a run for his money from a new kid on the block in the new Zoolander film.

Ben Stiller, who plays Zoolander, and Justin Bieber have posted this photo of them together in Zoolander 2.

The pop star

pointed out: #itsawignotmynewhair

The film is due to come out in 2016, which will be 15 years since the release of the original film about the hapless model-turned-assassin.

Peter Kay in driving seat

Car Share

Peter Kay's first BBC One sitcom Car Share makes its debut on TV in the UK later - but the opening episode has already been watched a million times on the BBC iPlayer.

The series was put on iPlayer in its entirety before being screened on old-fashioned TV.

In total, the BBC said there had been 2.8 million requests to watch the six episodes, making it "BBC iPlayer's most successful series to premiere as a box-set to date".

The show, in which Kay stars as a supermarket worker who takes part in a car share scheme with a colleague, airs at 21:30 GMT.

Mrs Brown's marriage plea

Mrs Brown

Brendan O'Carroll, star of Mrs Brown's Boys, has made a video in which his alter ego calls on Irish voters to support same-sex marriage in Ireland at a referendum on 22 May.

The video has had more than two million views

on Facebook.

Using her trademark colourful language in places, Mrs Brown says: "Marriage isn't easy. Changing the law isn't easy. Changing attitudes is even harder. But we can do it. We've done it before and the world didn't end."

Blur whip up album sales


Returning Britpop heroes Blur are set for the sixth UK number one album of their careers with The Magic Whip, their first studio album for 12 years.

The LP has been outselling the rest of the top five combined so far this week, according to the Official Charts Company.

Their nearest challenger is Josh Groban with Stages. Paul Simon, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are also in the top five at the midweek point.

Meanwhile, Carly Rae Jepsen looks likely to score her second UK number one single with I Really Like You.

Benefits Street is back

Benefits Street
Richard Ansett

The second series of Channel 4's Benefits Street has been launched with a press screening, and seems likely to stir up a similar controversy to the first.

The original Benefits Street attracted more than 2,000 complaints in 2014.

Residents featured in the new series, which was filmed on Kingston Road in Stockton-on-Tees, include mother-of-six Julie Young (above right) and unemployed Neil Maxwell, who is seen taking and dealing drugs.

Kieran Smith from Love Productions said: "We are never suggesting to Maxwell that he does this on camera, we don't encourage him in any way shape or form."

The series begins on 11 May. There's more about the launch

on The Guardian.

Justice is blind...

Elton John's glasses

Police in Mississippi have arrested a man who is suspected of stealing a pair of Sir Elton John's heart-shaped glasses from the Rock 'n' Soul Museum in Memphis a week ago. reports that 26-year-old Matthew Colvin was arrested on Tuesday and will be extradited back to Memphis on Wednesday.

The glasses, worth $2,000, will go back on display on Wednesday.

Portraits on parade

Annabelle and Guy
Matan Ben Cnaan/National Portrait Gallery
Annabelle and Guy

Three artists have been shortlisted for a competition to find the world's best portrait painter.

The winner of the BP Portrait Award 2015 will collect £30,000 and will be commissioned to paint a portrait for the National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection.

My Mother and My Brother on a Sunday Evening
Borja Buces Renard/National Portrait Gallery
My Mother and My Brother on a Sunday Evening

The three shortlisted works were chosen from a total of 2,748 portraits from a record 92 countries.

They are Israeli artist Matan Ben-Cnaan for Annabelle and Guy (top); British artist Michael Gaskell for Eliza (below); and Spanish painter Borja Buces Renard for My Mother and My Brother on a Sunday Evening (centre).

Leicester-based Gaskell - who painted his then-14-year-old niece - has been a runner-up three times already.

Michael Gaskell/National Portrait Gallery

Hollywood 'disgustingly sexist'

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart says women have to work harder in Hollywood because the industry is "disgustingly sexist".

In her latest film, Clouds Of Sils Maria, the Twilight star plays a personal assistant to a veteran actress, played by Juliette Binoche.


told Harper's Bazaar UK: "Women inevitably have to work a little bit harder to be heard. Hollywood is disgustingly sexist. It's crazy. It's so offensive it's crazy."

She also says she didn't enjoy fame. "Fame is the worst thing in the world. Especially if it's pointless. When people say, 'I want to be famous', Why? You don't do anything."

Paddy's date with Corrie

Paddy McGuinness

Comedian and actor Paddy McGuinness is to have a guest role in Coronation Street as a wilderness survival enthusiast.

The Take Me Out presenter will star in six episodes of the soap as Dougie Ryan who meets up with the Tinker and Dobbs families on a camping holiday.

McGuinness, whose acting credits include Phoenix Nights, Max and Paddy and The Delivery Man, starts filming next month, and the episodes will be shown in August.

He said: "Being asked to appear in Coronation Street was a very special moment for me. I remember Peter [Kay] telling me how much he enjoyed his guest spot on the show and I can't wait to get started.

"An iconic and much loved show not just in the UK but around the world. The character I'll be playing is very funny and I'm sure the Corrie fans will love him."

Robert Downey Jr on walk-out

Robert Downey Jr

Actor Robert Downey Jr has spoken for the first time about walking out of a UK TV interview earlier this month.

Quizzed by US DJ Howard Stern, the Avengers star dubbed Channel 4's Krishnan Guru-Murthy "a bottom-feeding muckraker" for bringing up his past problems with drugs.

The actor said he had been "promoting a superhero movie" and suggested his interviewer had a "creepy dark agenda".

Read the full story.

Big Brother's uphill battle

Earlier, we asked on Twitter whether the latest Big Brother revamp would make you want to watch.

Now we really do try to be balanced here at the BBC, but the response was pretty unanimous. Here's a representative selection of replies.


Inside No 9 series finale

Ian Youngs

Entertainment reporter


If you've been watching it, you'll already know this - but BBC Two's Inside No 9 is the best thing on TV.

This series is ending this week, but the final episode has moved from its usual Thursday slot to tonight.

Co-writer Reece Shearsmith has posted this tweet drily suggesting it is "a bid to shake off viewers".

There's always

the iPlayer, of course, where you can catch up with the series so far (if you're in the UK, that is).

Sabbath bye bye Sabbath?

Ozzy Osbourne

Black Sabbath's farewell looks as though it won't take place until 2016, according to frontman Ozzy Osbourne.

Metal Hammer reports that Osbourne told a press conference at the Monsters Of Rock in Brazil: "The plan is that next year we'll do the final Black Sabbath tour and album. I'm not stopping... my wife spends all my money so I can't."

Read the full story.

Bugsy Malone gets rave reviews

Bugsy Malone
Manuel Harlan

Critics have splurged the new production of Bugsy Malone at London's renovated Lyric Hammersmith with rave reviews.

Giving it five stars

in the Telegraph, Dominic Cavendish said the stage version of Alan Parker's much-loved 1976 film was a "blast".

"The mind boggles at the logistical challenges involved in bringing a 35-strong company, aged nine to 22 (with the leads, in general the youngest, performing in repertoire), to the peak of razzmatazz perfection," he wrote.

In another five-star review,'s Michael Coveney said: "All in all, this was an extraordinary and unforgettable night, and a highly significant one for the ecology and future of London theatre."

Calling it a "triumphant homecoming",

The Stage's Mark Shenton said the show was a "bold statement for the young people at the centre of its creative vision".

"This radically redeveloped theatre positively brims with youthful energy," said Michael Billington

in the Guardian.

Lil' Chris inquest

Lil Chris
Suffolk Constabulary/PA

Singer Lil' Chris's death was caused by hanging, an inquest has heard.

Lil' Chris, whose real name was Chris Hardman, rose to fame in Channel 4's Rock School. He was found dead at a house in Lowestoft on 23 March.

Read the full story.

Where the art is

Paul Karalius

A major new arts centre called Home is opening in Manchester next month.

To warm up, choreographer Hofesh Shechter is presenting the world premiere of a new work titled The Bad there tomorrow night.

With big money also being spent on other venues in the city, is Manchester on course to become a cultural powerhouse to rival London? Or could it be the new Barcelona?

Read our feature.

Tony Awards snubs and surprises


After yesterday's

Tony Award nominations, Broadway watchers have looking at who got in and who got left out.

"In a busy Broadway season that encompassed a slew of well-received productions but no clear juggernaut, there was an anything-goes element to prognosticating the nominations for the 2015 Tony Awards," said Variety's Gordon Cox.

"Still, every awards maven had expectations, and, as happens every year, plenty of deserving work didn't make the cut."

Read Variety's analysis of the biggest snubs and surprises.

Return to Room 101

Manuel Harlan

The recent stage version of 1984, seen in London and on tour last year, is coming back to the West End this summer.

The Headlong production will return to the Playhouse Theatre in June before going on an international tour.

The adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian novel - which features the infamous Room 101 - premiered at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2013 and then played to sell-out houses at the Almeida Theatre before its move to the West End.

The producers have announced that 101 seats for every performance will be available for £19.84.

Savile's school abuse

More details about Jimmy Savile's abuse in the 1970s have just been released.

Surrey Police have said the former TV presenter abused at least 22 pupils and a visitor at Duncroft Approved School in Staines.

Read the full story.

Partridge Family daughter dies

Suzanne Crough Condray, who played Tracy Partridge, the youngest daughter on hit 1970s television show The Partridge Family, has been found dead at the age of 52.

Condray appeared in the show as a young girl between 1970-74 and played tambourine in the family band.

She was found dead Monday night at her home in Laughlin, near Las Vegas, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Las Vegas police said she suffered a "medical episode" and that the circumstances of her death were not suspicious.

Big Brother's revamp

Big Brother logo
Channel 5

In the latest attempt to keep up interest in Big Brother, Channel 5 has announced a new name and a new time-related theme.

The show is now Big Brother: Timebomb and a press release says that, when contestants enter this summer, "the clock will start ticking and the housemates' past, present and future will be in the hands of Big Brother".

It continues: "The BB House has been totally revamped and is decorated in a sophisticated, sleek 'Mad Men' 60s style.

"With Big Brother playing with the concept of time, the tasks, secret missions and twists promise to have tension, drama and intrigue."

The trailer, which makes it look like Big Brother is going a bit Doctor Who,

is on YouTube.

Will it tempt you to watch? Let us know on

@BBCNewsEnts or

Robert Redford honoured

Robert Redford

Robert Redford has been given the Film Society of Lincoln Center's prestigious Chaplin Award.

The 78-year-old Hollywood star, whose films include Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men, was honoured for his work in front of and behind the camera.

He said he still enjoyed making movies after more than 50 years in the industry.

"It's a creative enterprise, just like art, just like painting, music. Creating something can be done in different categories," Redford told Reuters.

Bugsy's back on stage

Lorna Blount

Entertainment reporter

Bugsy Malone at Lyric Hammersmith
Manuel Harlan

Splurge guns at the ready and custard pies in hand - Bugsy Malone's gala last night successfully marked the reopening of Hammersmith's Lyric theatre - after a £20m redevelopment.

Directed by Olivier Award-winning director Sean Holmes, it's the first professional UK stage production in over a decade of Alan Parker's 1976 film.

"I've never encouraged it to be on stage - I've never liked it in the past," Parker says.

"I said to Sean, 'Please just make it as good as the film,' and when I was watching the rehearsals I said to him, 'You're not meant to make it better than the film!' In some ways it is better."

McCartney's song exclusive

Paul McCartney
MJ Kim/MPL Communications

Sir Paul McCartney gave his fans in Japan a world exclusive when he played a Beatles song live for the first time - half a century after it was first released.

Another Girl, which appeared on the 1965 album Help, was on the set list for Sir Paul's gig at the Budokan Arena in Tokyo.

The Beatles played the venue in 1966. Sir Paul said: "It was sensational and quite emotional remembering the first time and then experiencing this fantastic audience tonight.

"It was thrilling for us and we think it was probably the best show we did in Japan and it was great to be doing the Budokan 49 years later. It was crazy. We loved it."

Elton's stolen glasses found

Elton John glasses

Heart-shaped glasses owned by Sir Elton John, which were stolen from the Rock 'n' Soul Museum in Memphis a week ago, have been recovered, police have said.

The flamboyant singer's signature spectacles are worth about $2,000 (£1,300).

Police in Southaven, Mississippi, retrieved the glasses on Tuesday and issued an arrest warrant for a suspect.

Meanwhile, in other Elton-related news, it has been announced that his husband David Furnish will return to his home city to lead the 2015 Pride Toronto Parade on 28 June as the grand marshall.

Read more about that on the Hollywood Reporter.

Joni 'not in a coma'

Joni Mitchell

A month after singer Joni Mitchell was taken to hospital,

TMZ posted what it said was a court document saying she was unconscious and unresponsive.


her official website was swift to issue a denial. "Joni is still in the hospital - but she comprehends, she's alert, and she has her full senses," a statement said. "A full recovery is expected."

It added: "As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight."

The Grammy Award winner is one of the greatest singers and songwriters of all time. A website for well wishes has been set up at

Read the full story.

Louie Louie singer dies

Jack Ely

Jack Ely, the lead singer of The Kingsmen, who were best known for 1960s hit Louie Louie, has died at the age of 71.

His son Sean Ely said the musician died at home in Redmond, Oregon, after a long battle with an illness.

Ely's incoherent singing on Louie Louie led the FBI to investigate the famous track on the grounds that it might be obscene.

Read the full story.

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Good morning

Ian Youngs

Entertainment reporter

Welcome to rolling coverage of Wednesday's arts and entertainment news.

Today's agenda includes news on the health of legendary singer Joni Mitchell and the verdict from the opening night of a new production of Alan Parker's Bugsy Malone at the newly renovated Lyric Hammersmith theatre in London.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the day.