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  1. Hot Chocolate singer Errol Brown dies at 71
  2. The Who confirmed as last Glastonbury headliner
  3. Sarah Lucas unveils Venice Biennale exhibition

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By Ian Youngs and Neil Smith

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Farewell for now

On that sad note, we'll say goodbye and end the entertainment live page for another day.

There will be more reaction to the death of Errol Brown during the evening

in our news story and we'll be back with more rolling entertainment news on Thursday.

'Gutted' about Errol Brown


Soul singer Beverley Knight is among those who have been paying tribute to Hot Chocolate frontman Errol Brown on Twitter.

She wrote: "I am so gutted. Errol Brown was such a charismatic performer."

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Errol Brown performing with Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate singer Errol Brown has died at the age of 71, his manager has announced.

The band were famous for hits including You Sexy Thing and It Started with a Kiss. He died at home in the Bahamas.


our news story for more information and tributes as they come in.

Carry On Releasing

Lord David Puttnam
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The Film Distributors' Association (FDA) is to celebrate 100 years of organised feature film releases in the UK and Ireland next month with a special anniversary concert.

The event, to be held at the Royal Festival Hall in London on 4 June, will see the Philharmonia Orchestra perform music from such classic films as Zulu, Chariots of Fire, Lawrence of Arabia and The Dam Busters.

James Bond, Harry Potter and the Carry On films will also be represented via the busy baton of conductor Nicholas Dodd.

Lord Puttnam (pictured), the FDA's president, said the concert would celebrate "the essential process of releasing films and connecting them with audiences".

The prize isn't right

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A US game show contestant who won a running machine - despite being a wheelchair user - has said she thinks it's "the funniest thing".

Danielle Perez from Los Angeles won a treadmill and sauna on The Price is Right after correctly guessing the sauna cost $3,695 (£2,424).

"I originally thought I'd just won the sauna, but then it clicked," she said.

"I can recognise the irony of winning a treadmill with no feet and using a wheelchair."

Read the full story.

Friends in high places

Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid
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Former Friends actress Courteney Cox is to direct a music video for Irish band Kodaline.

The star heard the band when her fiance, Snow Patrol musician Johnny McDaid (above), was producing a track with them.

"They're amazing," she said. "When they were doing it at the studio, I said 'Guys, I have to direct this video.' I felt it, I saw it."

Cox recently directed her first feature film, Just Before I Go, in which her ex-husband David Arquette appears.


Kodaline (above) have had four UK top 40 hits to date, most recently The One in March.

Read the full story.

Writer 'embarrassed' by OBE

William Nicholson

Having been nominated for Oscars, Baftas and Emmy awards, screenwriter William Nicholson is used to being recognised for his work.

Yet the writer of Gladiator, Shadowlands and Unbroken said he had not expected to receive the OBE he was awarded by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace earlier.

"These honours are really for people who have served the public," he said after Wednesday's investiture ceremony.

"I'm a little bit embarrassed because I feel I haven't served the public."

The 67-year-old started out as a BBC film-maker and has since written novels for both adults and children.

Nick of time

Nick Park

We haven't heard much from Nick Park since the last Wallace and Gromit short film, A Matter of Loaf and Death,

made its debut in 2008.

So it's good to report he has a new feature film in the works - a prehistoric tale called Early Man, set in a world of cavemen, dinosaurs and woolly mammoths.

Set at "the dawn of time", the stop-frame adventure will revolve around an inept tribe of cave-dwellers who unite against "a mighty enemy".

The film will be Aardman's second film with French-based StudioCanal after the success of their first project together, Shaun the Sheep Movie.

Benefits Street drugs trial

Samora Roberts

Four residents of TV's Benefits Street ran a drugs operation, a jury in Birmingham has been told.

Tina Thomas, 47; Charlene Wilson, 31; Samora Roberts (above), 33, who was known as Black Dee in the Channel 4 show; and Ian Wright, 39, were charged after raids in Birmingham in June 2013.

The four, from James Turner Street in Winson Green, deny charges of conspiracy to supply drugs.

Read the full story.

No girl for New Girl

The Hollywood Reporter

Zooey Deschanel
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Actress Zooey Deschanel is to miss four episodes of her TV comedy New Girl when she has a baby, the show's creator has revealed.

The sitcom's fourth series ended in the US on Tuesday, but Deschanel will be absent for the first four episodes of the fifth season, Liz Meriwether said.

"The first episode without her is actually called No Girl," she said, explaining that Zooey's character Jess will supposedly be on jury duty.

"The idea behind it was to be able to do those pastel courtroom sketches, so you could still see her in the jury. It's a little weird, but we're having fun with it."

Read the full interview.

ITV staff to strike

ITV production workers and other staff are to strike on 14 May in a dispute over pay, broadcasting union Bectu has announced.

Bectu, with the NUJ and Unite unions, called the strike ballot in protest at the company's 2% pay offer.

Broadcast magazine

recently reported that they originally planned to strike on 7 May, the day of the election.

It was felt, though, that a strike on the days after it could have a greater impact, especially if there is a hung parliament.

Read more on this story.

Big in Japan

Taylor Swift
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"The 1989 World Tour has officially started," Taylor Swift

tweeted on Tuesday. "I love you. I love you. I love you."

Yes, the all-conquering pop queen has indeed kicked off her latest campaign with a sold-out show in Tokyo.

The 25-year-old put on a "superb show"

according to Billboard, which said she "massaged the keyboards" and "boogied on the catwalk" before an "elated" audience of 55,000.

Swift will entertain another 55,000 Japanese fans later before moving on to dates in North America and Europe.

Van Gogh goes under hammer

Van Gogh painting L'Allee des Alyscamps

An Asian collector has paid $66m (£43.5m) for Van Gogh's L'Allee des Alyscamps - the highest price for any Van Gogh painting since 1998.

At the same auction at Sotheby's in New York, one of Monet's iconic water lilies from 1905 sold for $54m (£35.6m).

Sotheby's said there was "tremendous bidding power in the market right now".

Read more on this story.

Goodness Gracious CBE

Meera Syal with the Prince of Wales

Actress and writer Meera Syal admitted feeling "a bit stunned" to be made a CBE after receiving her honour from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.

"It's so hit and miss," said the Goodness Gracious Me star. "You go from one job to another, every job is different and you hope the work you do is reaching people."

Sanjeev Bhaskar, Syal's husband and fellow performer, accompanied his wife to Wednesday's investiture ceremony and said her award was "hugely deserved".

Bhaskar himself

was made an OBE by the Queen in 2006.

Meera Syal with husband Sanjeev Bhaskar

'Spectacular' King remembered

Robert Plant and Ben E King

Led Zeppelin giant Robert Plant has paid generous tribute to the late Ben E King,

who died last week aged 76.

"His was the voice of my coming of age - dramatic, imploring, pained [and] spectacular," he said of the Stand By Me singer.

"I learned his every nuance. I lived in grief and joy in his songs and, crazily much later in time, we became friends."


told Uncut magazine that King was "a wonderful, kind man" and "a huge influence, loved and respected by so many."

Listen to Plant's cover version of King's Young Boy Blues on YouTube.

Election selection

Official Charts Company

Reggae artist Omi will be top of the charts when the UK goes to the polls on Thursday, with a track whose title - Cheerleader - has a vaguely fitting ring.

It's not half as suitable as this week's number three single, though: I Really Like You by Carly Rae Jepsen (pictured).

Carly Rae Jepsen
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Should you wish to know what was number one on previous election days, the Official Charts Company

has helpfully compiled the answer.

Harold Wilson arguably got the worst luck, having had his 1966 premiership ushered in to the sound of The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore by the Walker Brothers.

Godfather director honoured

Francis Ford Coppola
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Film-maker Francis Ford Coppola has been awarded a 50,000 euro (£36,893) prize for his contribution to cinema.

The director of The Godfather, The Conversation and Apocalypse Now will receive Spain's Princess of Asturias award in the autumn, for making films that have become "universal icons of contemporary collective imagery and culture".

"An outstanding narrator, he occupies a prominent place in film history,"

reads a citation by this year's jury.

"His career has been a continuous struggle to maintain total independence as a creator and entrepreneur in all the facets he has cultivated as a director, producer and screenwriter."

Sounds like an offer he couldn't refuse.

AC/DC drummer speaks

Phil Rudd (left)

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, who

pleaded guilty in April to threatening to kill a former employee, has given his first interview since his arrest.

He told Australia's Channel Nine that his actions were the result of a "meltdown".

"It was a mistake," said the musician, who is out on bail until another hearing in June. "We all make mistakes."

Rudd also said he was disappointed his bandmates had not been in touch with him.

Watch the interview.

UK box office

Shelley Henning in Unfriended
Universal Pictures

No surprise to see Avengers: Age of Ultron remain top of this week's UK and Ireland box office chart, or that it left the competition flailing in its wake.

The latest instalment in Marvel's seemingly unstoppable superhero saga made £8.59m between Friday and Sunday.

That was around six times what Carey Mulligan's Far From the Madding Crowd film and chatroom horror Unfriended (pictured) made over the same period, and 17 times more than animated caper Two By Two, another new release.

Here's how this week's top five panned out.

  1. Avengers: Age of Ultron (£8.59m)
  2. Far From the Madding Crowd (£1.45m)
  3. Unfriended (£1.34m)
  4. Fast & Furious 7 (£1.11m)
  5. Home (£0.73m)

Whedon explains Twitter absence

Joss Whedon

On Tuesday, we reported that director Joss Whedon had abruptly left Twitter after facing criticism for the way the Black Widow character was portrayed in the latest Avengers film.

It appears, though, that the two things were not related, with the Buffy man now insisting he merely needed "a quiet place" to concentrate on his writing.

"I saw a lot of people say, 'Well, the social justice warriors destroyed one of their own!'" he told Buzzfeed News. "It's like, nope. That didn't happen.

"The real issue is me," the film-maker went on. "Twitter is an addictive little thing, and if it's there, I gotta check it."

Read more on this story.

Adele's your man


Adele apparently celebrated her 27th birthday on Tuesday by donning a leather jacket and stubble to dress up as George Michael.

Adele as George Michael

She posted this photo on Twitter, with the message: "Thank you for the birthday wishes I had a wonderful time! I was my hero x #gottahavefaith"

Still no mention of a new album though. After her first two hit LPs 19 and 21, could 27 be the age for the long-awaited return?

Even if it's a George Michael covers album, we'll take it.

Dame Kristin's regal role

Dame Kristin Scott Thomas with Stephen Daldry
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Now that Dame Helen Mirren

has taken her Queen to Broadway, Dame Kristin Scott Thomas has stepped into her royal shoes in the hit West End play The Audience.

Speaking to the BBC after Tuesday's first night at the Apollo theatre, Dame Kristin - pictured above with director Stephen Daldry - said it had been "odd" meeting the Queen in March knowing she would shortly be portraying her.

"I've always not really wanted to play people who actually existed and I gave in to this one," said the 54-year-old.

Critics have been quick to draw comparisons between the actresses, with the Telegraph suggesting Scott Thomas is more "icily regal" than her award-winning predecessor.

Read more on this story.

Happy birthday Orson

BBC Radio 4 Today

Today marks the centenary of the birth of legendary film director and actor Orson Welles.

Orson Welles in 1938

Radio 4's Today programme paid tribute to him earlier with a discussion of his influence between actor Simon Callow, who has written Welles' biography, and Professor Sarah Churchwell.

"I think he was one of the most absolutely extraordinary personalities who ever walked the earth, to be honest - as a man, never mind any of his achievements as an artist," said Callow.

Listen to what they had to say, then
find out more about Welles' best-known film, Citizen Kane.


the BFI has just announced a major Orson Welles season.

Alesha's statement of independence

Alesha Dixon
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In a textbook example of striking while the iron is hot, Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon has unveiled a new single - her first since 2010.

The Way We Are, a Samba-inflected floor-filler redolent of her time with Mis-Teeq, is out on 21 June and is taken from Dixon's new album, to be released on her own label.

"Doing it independently this time feels great," said the 36-year-old. "I love being the boss and taking the reins creatively."

Listen to an excerpt on YouTube.

Sarah Lucas at the Venice Biennale

Will Gompertz

Arts editor

Sarah Lucas

The rather grand British Pavilion, which sits regally at the end of a tree-lined avenue in the Gardini Gardens, has been given the full Sarah Lucas treatment.

It starts in the portico, which she has adorned with a fourteen-and-a-half foot phallus, bolt upright and painted bright yellow.

If, for some inexplicable reason, you failed to notice the giant sculpture, there's a near identical version in the first room you enter.

The sunshine comes in the form of an all-yellow colour scheme covering all the walls and doorways. "I had to get eggs in there somewhere," she says.

Anyone who knows Sarah Lucas's oeuvre will be familiar with her aesthetic and sense of humour. Some love it; others do not.

Whatever your opinion, the show demands your attention.

Read Will's full review.

Soap star to scriptwriter

Deborah McAndrew

Long-serving Coronation Street fans will remember Deborah McAndrew, who played Angie Freeman in the soap in the 1990s.

Since leaving, she has forged a career as an award-winning playwright.

Her new play, One of Each, is about fish and chips and has its opening night in the original Harry Ramsden's restaurant in Leeds later.

Read what she told us about switching from acting to writing and why she turned down a return to the soap, in its script department.

The BBC's Colin Paterson has also been speaking to people involved in the production.

Martin's Marvel-lous role

Martin Freeman

Martin Freeman, star of Sherlock and the Hobbit films, has joined the cast of Marvel's upcoming blockbuster Captain America: Civil War.

It's not yet known what role he'll play, but he'll be appearing alongside Chris Evans as Captain America and Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, as well as Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen.

"Martin's range from the dramatic to the comedic has consistently impressed us," said studio president Kevin Feige.

Fans have only a year to wait for the film's release.

Read more on this story.

Classical stars honoured

Christian Gerhaher
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The leading lights in classical music were honoured at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards (RPS) in London last night.

German baritone Christian Gerhaher (above) was named best classical singer, just 10 days after he won top male vocalist at the International Opera Awards.

Andris Nelsons, the outgoing head of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, was named best conductor.

And the English National Opera (ENO) got some respite from its current financial troubles by winning the opera and music theatre award.

Read the full story. Highlights from the ceremony will be broadcast
on BBC Radio 3 on Monday.

Vergara 'doing right thing'

Sofia Vergara with Nick Loeb in 2014

Actress Sofia Vergara has broken her silence about the legal battle she is waging with her former fiance over the couple's frozen embryos.

Nick Loeb, pictured with the Modern Family star last year, wants a surrogate to give birth to two embryos he and Vergara created through in vitro fertilisation before they split up.

Vergara, though, has refused - and on Monday she insisted she was "doing the right thing".

"[A child] needs a loving relationship [between the] parents, that get along and don't hate each other," she told US "shock jock" Howard Stern.

She and Loeb had an agreement, she went on, that the embryos could only be brought to term with both parents' consent.

"Fortunately or unfortunately... this is the law in the United States," she said. "It's signed, it's done, we have a contract and that's it."

Listen to the full interview.

Bragg unhappy at UKIP connection

Okay, so this isn't a totally election-free zone.

Singer Billy Bragg was not happy when last night's Channel 4 News used his track A New England during a segment featuring UKIP candidate John Bickley.

Billy Bragg on Twitter

Charlie Hebdo honoured

Jean-Baptiste Thoret at the PEN gala in New York
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Four months ago, film critic Jean-Baptiste Thoret (above) escaped the attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo because he was late for work.

On Tuesday night, he joined its editor-in-chief Gerard Biard - in London at the time of the 7 January massacre - at a gala in New York to receive a freedom of speech award from literary association PEN.

The magazine was a controversial recipient of the organisation's Freedom of Expression Courage Award, with several prominent authors opting to boycott the event.

One who did not was The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie, who called the boycott "horribly wrong".

Read more on this story.

Sarah Lucas does Venice

BBC Radio 4 Today

Sarah Lucas

Artist Sarah Lucas is flying the flag for the UK at this year's Venice Biennale, filling the British Pavilion at the annual art extravaganza.

The Young British Artist, who is known for her lewd and playful sculptures, spoke to BBC arts editor Will Gompertz earlier on Radio 4's Today programme.

Sarah Lucas work in Venice
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"There are a lot of strange taboos that we all live under the influence of without thinking very much about," she said.

"The thing that tickles me is to present some of those strange areas and open them up to the sunshine a bit."

Sarah Lucas work in Venice

We'll bring you more from Will in Venice later. In the meantime,

read more on this story.

Who better for Glastonbury?

Roger Daltrey

The Who have been confirmed as the final headline act at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

The band, who last headlined in 2007, will perform on Sunday 28 June at Worthy Farm in Somerset, two days after playing in Hyde Park in London.

"It's great to be ending this part of a 50-year career at the most prestigious and respected music festival in the world," said frontman Roger Daltrey (pictured).

Foo Fighters will be the main act on the Pyramid Stage on the Friday, while Kanye West is the choice for the Saturday's prestigious headline slot.

Read more on this story.

News round-up

First of all, let's catch up on the news with a round-up of stories that have been published across the BBC in the past few hours.

Salman Khan
  • An Indian court has found Bollywood star Salman Khan (above) guilty of killing a homeless man in a 2002 hit-and-run driving incident in Mumbai.
    Read the story.
  • The evolution of western pop music, spanning from 1960 to 2010, has been analysed by scientists.
    Read the story.
  • Charges filed against R&B singer Chris Brown, who was accused of punching a man during a game of basketball in Las Vegas, have been dropped.
    Read the story.
  • Royal Blood will be looking to repeat their Brits success after being nominated for a Kerrang! rock award.
    Read the story.

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Ian Youngs

Entertainment reporter

Hello and welcome to Wednesday's rolling coverage of the world of entertainment and arts. If you're looking for an alternative to the UK election frenzy, this is the place to be.

It's a busy day, with the announcement of Glastonbury's final headliners, reaction to Dame Kristin Scott Thomas taking over from Dame Helen Mirren in The Audience, and the opening of the art world's biggest annual festival, the Venice Biennale.