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Summary

  1. Keith Harris funeral takes place in Blackpool
  2. BB King's family have legal action thrown out
  3. Mel Gibson attends Mad Max: Fury Road premiere

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By Victoria Lindrea

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Victoria Lindrea

Arts and entertainment reporter

So that completes our live page for the day. Have a lovely weekend, enjoy the sunshine (?) and remember to check back here for all the lowdown on Sunday's Bafta TV Awards. Loser faces at the ready!

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Hold your horses

Gustavo Aceves, Lapidarium
Reuters

A public sculpture exhibition taking place at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two.

Lapidarium is made up of 20 giant horses crafted out of Italian marble, bronze, cast iron and granite, with some of them reaching six metres (19.7 ft) in height.

Created by Mexican artist Gustavo Aceves, the horses are intended to offer "a unique perspective on migration".

The exhibition will travel to cities including London, Venice, Beijing and Mexico City over the next two years.

BBC to close arts fund

Adele
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The BBC Performing Arts Fund - a charity which supported the likes of Adele, the Bristol Old Vic and Nuffield Theatre in Southampton - is to close after 13 years.

Born off the back of short-lived talent show Fame Academy, it pooled the money earned when viewers called premium rate phone lines to cast a vote on BBC shows, including The Voice and How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria?

But as more votes are now cast online and through apps, the fund has started to dry up.

"I owe the start of my career to this incredible charity - devastating times,"

tweeted Irish actor Fra Fee, who starred in the big screen adaptation of Les Miserables.

You can read more about the closure

here.

Fashion goes bananas

The Minion Collective
Universal Pictures

In a unique collaboration, fashion students have created a series of outfits inspired by the Minions.

The Minion Collective showcases the top 10 designs by students at London's Central St Martins college under the strapline: 'Yellow is the new black".

"I love the minions," said student Roxanne Milner. "The whole vibe is happy and fun and crazy, like me."

But which one is Kevin?

Watch the video.

Ben E King funeral held

Ben E King funeral
AP

Soul singer Ben E King has received a standing ovation at his funeral in New Jersey.

More than 600 guests gathered for the memorial - including Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, singer Darlene Love and Mike Stoller, who co-wrote King's biggest hit, Stand By Me.

Gospel singer Angela Workman sang His Eye Is On The Sparrow, changing the lyrics to: "I sing because I'm happy, I sing because Mr. King - Mr. King - you are free!"

According to local newspaper

The Record, King's nephew Sean Nelson prompted the ovation, after addressing the mourners.

"He told me the family is the most important thing you have. I want to give him a standing ovation for his family."

Hugh said it

Hugh Jackman
Reuters

It seems Hugh Jackman has finally had enough of the company of wolves.

The actor confirmed on an Australian talkshow that the third Wolverine movie "will be my last one".

"It just felt like it was the right time to do it," he told Dr Oz.

"And let's be honest, 17 years! I never thought in a million years it would last, so I'm so grateful to the fans for the opportunity of playing it.

"I kind of have in my head what we're going to do in this last one. It just feels like this is the perfect way to go out."

But just what sort of exit will he make? And will this be the last we see of the hairy mutant who's so desperately in need of a manicure?

Ain't no party like...

S Club 7
S Club 7 / Twitter

Reformed pop group S Club 7 opened their comeback tour last night in Birmingham and the reviews are in... Or rather the review, singular.

The Birmingham Mail's Luke Beardsworth, who confesses Bring It All Back was the first single he ever bought, went to the show so you didn't have to.

And his verdict? "

Awful yet compelling".

"A show that offered nothing they didn't have in their prime," he opined, "and yet, I did enjoy myself at times."

Over on Twitter, the response was a little more effusive.

"S Club 7 were awesome,"

wrote Cristina Fritzer. "Childhood dream became a reality!"
added Charlie, while a despondent
Emilia Cope asked: "Why am not seeing S Club again tonight?"

Munch meets Van Gogh

Axel Ruger
Twitter / Axel Ruger

Axel Ruger

has been tweeting a series of pictures from a preview of a "Munch + Van Gogh" exhibition, which opens to the public in Oslo's Munch Museum tomorrow.

Ruger, director of Amsterdam's Van Gogh museum, has lent several works to his Norwegian counterpart for the exhibition - which compares the style of the two troubled artists.

Curator Maite van Dijk says

the show was partly inspired by visitors who thought Van Gogh had painted The Scream.

Munch, for his part, was an admirer of Van Gogh, writing of the painter: "Fire and ardour were in his brush during the few years that he consumed himself for his art".

Read more about the dual exhibition on the

Munch Museum website.

Back for [Os]good?

Ingrid Oliver as Osgood
BBC

Having being killed off by Missy in the show's series finale last year, it may be a surprise to learn Doctor Who's biggest fan, UNIT scientist Osgood, is back from the dead.

"We recently confirmed that Osgood was definitely dead and not returning," said the show's lead writer Steven Moffat.

"But in a show about time travel, anything can happen."

Actress Ingrid Oliver will return to the role in a two-parter that's currently being filmed in Cardiff.

"The brilliant Ingrid Oliver is back in action," said Moffat. "This time though, can the Doctor trust his number one fan?"

Doctor Who returns to BBC One this autumn.

Audience updated

The Audience
Johan Persson

West End show The Audience - which dramatises meetings between Queen Elizabeth II and her Prime Ministers - has been updated in light of today's election result.

New dialogue between The Queen and David Cameron, played by Kristin Scott Thomas and Mark Dexter, will be performed for the first time at this evening's performance.

Playwright Peter Morgan said: "Kristin and Mark will be rehearsing this new dialogue this afternoon and I hope tonight's audience in particular will enjoy our immediate response to today's results."

Scott Thomas has previously said the prospect of learning a new scene hours before the curtain goes up was "a little nerve-wracking".

BB King's family loses legal bid

BB King
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A Las Vegas judge has dismissed a legal action accusing blues legend BB King's business manager of financial and welfare abuse.

King's long-time manager Laverne Toney will remain in legal control of the 89-year-old's affairs.

Three of King's children claimed Toney was stealing money and neglecting the musician's medical care.

A judge said investigations found no evidence of abuse or reason to take power of attorney away from him.

Read the full story.

Library anniversary

@Britishmuseum tweet

The iconic Reading Room first opened #onthisday in 1857.

Discover how it was constructed.

British museum tweet
Twitter / British Museum

Farewell to Keith Harris

Mourners gathered earlier at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Blackpool to pay their respects to ventriloquist Keith Harris, who died last month aged 67.

Keith Harris funeral
PA
Keith Harris funeral
PA
Keith Harris funeral
PA

Family, including his fourth wife Sarah and children attended the ceremony, alongside Coronation Street star Ken Morley and comedian Jimmy Cricket.

A floral tribute from the Nolan sisters read: "For Keith, a great pro, fantastic talent, [and] a lovely man who will be sorely missed".

Win a cinema!

A cinema, yesterday
Thinkstock

A retiring cinema owner is giving away his business in an essay contest.

Robert Newton has run the living room-style Cape Ann Community Cinema in Massachusetts since 2008 - but says he needs to step down to "focus on my health and my family".

And so, he's decided to hand over the business. All the prospective owner has to do is write 250 words on the subject "Why I Want To Own And Operate A Small Seaside Cinema" (and hand over $99, natch).

The best answer will not just get the cinema, but $20,000 (£13,000) to get started.

It's worth noting, however, that the cinema is currently running a

crowdfunding campaign to help balance its books.

The rules for the contest can be found here.

Cast announced for Obama drama

The Hollywood Reporter

Barack and Michelle Obama - archive picture from the FLOTUS Twitter account
Twitter

Actor Parker Sawyers has been cast to play a young Barack Obama in a romantic drama about his first date with Michelle.

Southside With You "covers the eventful date in 1989 when a young associate named Barack Obama was trying to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson on a summer afternoon and evening, that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing, to their first smooch outside of an ice cream parlour".

Sawyers, whose previous credits include Zero Dark Thirty and Kick Ass 2, will star alongside Tika Sumpter in the film, which shoots in Chicago this summer.

Read more.

Playwrights in Focus

Steven Berkoff
Bronwen Sharp

Southwark Playhouse is to host an exhibition of photographs featuring some of Britain's best playwrights.

Steven Berkoff, Mike Leigh and Timberlake Wertenbaker are among the famous scribes who will adorn the walls of the playhouse bar.

"I hope that these brand new portraits reveal a bit more about the writers behind people's favourite plays and helps bring playwrights into the focus they deserve," said photographer Browen Sharp.

The free exhibition runs to 15 November.

First look at Hateful Eight

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly cover
ANDREW COOPER for EW

US publication Entertainment Weekly has been granted behind-the-scenes access to Quentin Tarantino's latest film, Hateful Eight.

According to the article, The Hateful Eight sees eight gunslingers trapped together in a frontier way station.

Tarantino says the film's close-quarters drama can be closely compared to his debut, Reservoir Dogs, as it features "a bunch of guys in a room who can't trust each other".

"That wasn't a marching order when I sat down to write the script, but pretty quickly I realised this is kind of a nice coming-full-circle."

Read more.

It's not easy being green-lit

The Muppets
ABC

It's time to play the music. It's time to light the lights... ABC has given the green light to a new series of The Muppet Show.

The Big Bang Theory's Bill Prady is behind the series, which promises a "more adult" take on Kermit and Co.

Billed as a "contemporary, documentary-style show", it will explore the Muppets' personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work.

What would Statler and Waldorf say?

New Hendrix film

Deadline

Jimi Hendrix
Getty Images

Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass is being lined up to direct a Jimi Hendrix biopic - this time with permission from the singer's estate.

Legendary Pictures has reached agreement with Experience Hendrix and is now progressing with what it hopes will be the "ultimate" film on the man whose guitar wizardry and psychedelic fashion sense made him one of the most iconic stars in rock history.

An unauthorised film Jimi: All is By My Side, starring rapper Andre 3000, went ahead in 2013 without permission from Experience Hendrix meaning it was unable to feature many of the star's most famous tracks in the film.

Hendrix died in 1970 at the age of 27. There is no word yet on who might play the singer, but Anthony Mackie - currently starring in Avengers: Age Of Ultron - was an early favourite when the project was first mooted in 2011.

Greengrass is expected to begin shooting the film after he has finished work on the forthcoming Bourne instalment with Matt Damon.

Top Gear going to ITV?

The Guardian

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May
PA

Former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have held talks with ITV, reports the Guardian.

The trio met programme chief Peter Fincham, accompanied by the show's former executive producer, Andy Wilman - raising the prospect of a move to the station.

Although they couldn't use the Top Gear brand, which is owned by BBC Worldwide, the programme-makers could launch a rival to the hit motoring show.

An ITV spokesman said: "We haven't commented and aren't planning to comment on the continual Top Gear speculation which is swirling around the television industry."

Read more on this story.

Amy film clip released

Amy Winehouse
BBC

The first clip from Amy, the documentary about Amy Winehouse's all-too-brief life, has just premiered

on YouTube.

Featuring an unreleased demo recording, played over images of the star's handwritten lyrics, it also introduces her manager, Nick Schmansky, who talks about discovering Winehouse's talent in the 1990s.

Still from Amy Winehouse trailer
Altitude Film

Amy's father Mitch recently called the movie "preposterous", telling ITV's This Morning: "They've portrayed Amy's last three years as lonely and unhappy and nothing could be further from the truth."

But director Asif Kapadia, who previously made the critically-acclaimed Senna, has defended the movie, saying he "approached the project with total objectivity".

Fans will have their first chance to decide who's right when the film debuts at the Cannes Film Festival next week.

Pushing the envelope

Lindsay Lohan
AP

A judge has told Lindsay Lohan that she will "face consequences" if she does not complete her community service later this month.

In February, the Mean Girls actress was told to carry out 125 further hours of community service after decreeing that activities she performed while appearing in London play Speed the Plow last year did not count.

At a hearing in Los Angeles on Thursday, Judge Mark Young noted that Lohan had managed to work fewer than 10 hours of the mandated 125.

According to TMZ, the star - currently living in London - has blamed a change in location of the community services centre. Her lawyer told the court the actress has to hire "a car service" (we assume she means taxi) for the 3-hour round trip.

Earlier in the week, Lohan posted

an Instagram photo featuring a stack of envelopes entitled 'Community Service'.

"If not done by May 28, there will be consequences," Judge Young said yesterday. Lohan was not present in court - so presumably she's still stuffing envelopes... or in a cab.

Kimmel no show

David Letterman/Jimmy Kimmel
Reuters/AP

Jimmy Kimmel has said he will not host a live show opposite David Letterman's final Late Show instalment on 20 May.

Kimmel

told the New York Times that ABC, the network which airs Jimmy Kimmel Live, will show a repeat out of "respect" for Letterman, who steps down after 22 years.

"I have too much respect for Dave to do anything that would distract viewers from watching his final show," Mr. Kimmel said in an email. "Plus, I'll probably be crying all day, which makes it hard to work."

Kimmel's spokeswoman confirmed the report.

NBC's rival Tonight show, the late-night institution that provided an early launching pad for Letterman's career - now hosted by Jimmy Fallon - has stated it will run a new episode opposite Letterman's final bow.

Letterman announced his retirement last year after 22 years hosting the CBS show and 11 years on NBC's Late Night. He will be succeeded by Stephen Colbert.

Xander has the X Factor

Alexander Armstrong
BBC

File this under "unexpected": Alexander Armstrong has just signed a record contract with East West records, home to Simply Red and Michael Buble.

The Pointless host was once a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge and it is that medium he'll be exploring on his debut album, "which will celebrate songs of the British Isles" according to a press release.

"Singing has had to take a back seat for the past 25 years of my life, but with this fabulous project I get to put that right," said Armstrong, in the same press release.

The album's not out until later in the year. In the meantime, you can enjoy Xander's rendition of You Make Me Feel So Young by hitting the blue text at the

end of this sentence.

Netflix meets the Wachowskis

Sense8 (screen grab)
Netflix

Netflix have released a trailer of their latest original series Sense8, a thriller from the Wachowskis, best known as creators of the Matrix trilogy.

"Eight cities... eight strangers... one connection," thunders the trailer in which Britain's Naveen Andrews features heavily.

The entire 12 episodes will be released on 5 June. Looks like it could be one to watch - assuming the trailer's not just a compilation of the best bits.

Check it out here.

Modern star

Sofia Vergara on Hollywood Walk of Fame
EPA

Sofia Vergara has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Colombian actress attended the ceremony with her fiance, True Blood star Joe Manganiello.

"The only thing that I can tell you is [that] to remember that working a lot and not resting, respecting yourself and others, you can achieve things you never dreamed of," said the Modern Family star, one of the highest-paid actresses on US TV.

Vergara is currently locked in a dispute with her former fiance Nick Loeb over the's couple's frozen embryos. Loeb wants a surrogate to carry and give birth to them, so he can raise the children himself, but an earlier contract between the couple states the embryos can be brought to term only with both parties' consent.

The case will be in court on 22 May.

Monster plans for West End

The Daily Mail

Mel Brooks
Getty Images

Mel Brooks is hoping to bring a "reimagining" of his stage musical Young Frankenstein to London's West End.

The Blazing Saddles director told Baz Bamigboye that he and co-collaborator Susan Stroman are on the hunt for a London theatre to host the show.

The musical - based on the 1974 film starring Gene Wilder - was poorly received by critics when it debuted on Broadway in 2007.

"I really didn't do it the kind of justice I should have when I did it on Broadway about eight years ago," Brooks told Bamigboye.

"It was a little too big, and a little too much of a musical comedy, instead of the crazy, black-and-white, intense wacky comedy that I created for Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn."

Read more.

Election ratings arrive

David Mitchell and Jeremy Paxman
Channel 4

Channel 4's Alternative Election programme, anchored by David Mitchell and Jeremy Paxman, beat ITV's coverage, according to early overnight ratings.

For the first hour after polls closed, Channel 4 averaged 1.9 million viewers, compared to ITV's 1.45 million.

But BBC One's results show dominated proceedings, attracting 6.2 million people as the exit polls were announced at 22:00, and averaging 6.35 million during the first 60 minutes of coverage.

Sky News attracted an average audience of 356,000 in the same time period.

Read more.

Could Girlhood change French cinema?

Karidja Toure in Girlhood
Studio Canal

Coming-of-age drama Girlhood has proved to be a critical and commercial hit in France.

The story, set in the deprived outskirts of Paris, made more than £1m at the domestic box office and was nominated for four prestigious Cesar awards.

What makes it unusual is that the four lead stars are black girls, in a film with an all-black cast - making it almost unprecedented in the history of Gallic cinema.

But none of its leads (including Karidja Toure, pictured above) had ever acted before - a consequence, says director Celine Sciamma, of the lack of professional black actresses in France.

Read what she and her cast have to say about the situation, ahead of the film's UK release later today.

Wayans whips up a Fifty Shades spoof

A publicity image for Fifty Shades of Black
White Spark Creative

While the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey casts around for a director, spoof merchant Marlon Wayans has announced he's making a comedy version of the story, titled Fifty Shades of Black.

Wayans - responsible for such box office travesties as Scary Movie 5, White Chicks and Dance Flick - will co-write and star in the comedy, which will hit cinemas next year.

"Sex and comedy go hand-in-hand and I'm looking forward to having fun with this project," he said.

"It's amazing when a film of this calibre comes along begging to be made fun of. I'm really happy to be doing what I love with people I love to do it with. That double entendre was intentional."

And if that's the calibre of the jokes, we suggest you stay Fifty Shades of Away.

No appetite for Nigella

The Taste UK
Channel 4

US TV network ABC has cancelled Nigella Lawson's cooking show The Taste after three series.

The culinary competition, which pitted professional and amateur cooks against one another also starred Anthony Bourdain, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson.

By the end of the third series in January, only three million viewers were tuning in to watch the show.

The British version of the show has been off the air since last March.

Daily Show dropped

Chortle

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
AP

Comedy Central is dropping The Daily Show in the UK.

The broadcaster has been airing the programme, created by its American stablemate, on the Comedy Central Extra channel since 2012. But it now says it is "moving away from talk shows and focusing on other genres of comedy".

Comedy Central Extra's line-up today comprises reruns of Sex And The City, Impractical Jokers, Two And A Half Men and Friends. The only new show is the extreme cooking show, Epic Meal Empire.

The decision comes shortly before Trevor Noah takes over hosting duties from Jon Stewart in the autumn.

Salman Khan sentence suspended

Salman Khan
AP

Bollywood actor Salman Khan has had his five-year prison sentence suspended, pending an appeal.

Khan, one of India's biggest stars, was convicted on Wednesday of killing a man while drink-driving in a hit-and-run incident 13 years ago.

He was due to start his five-year prison sentence today, but the High Court in Mumbai has extended the terms of his bail until a final appeal hearing in July.

At his trial, Khan said his driver was at the wheel when his car crashed into a group of people sleeping on a pavement, killing one and injuring four others.

However, the judge said the actor was driving under the influence of alcohol.

Read more on this story.

Britney's bones

Britney Spears
AP

It's been a rough week for Britney Spears, who

fell onstage and injured her ankle, forcing her to cancel three shows.

But last night the pop star

tweeted a picture of her walking cast coming off, and announced she'd be back on stage on Friday.

The choreography might be scaled back - in the photo, it appears she still needs an ankle brace - but she is literally stronger than yesterday.

Britney Spears Twitter
Britney Spears / Twitter

Fast and Fury-ous

Mel Gibson, Tom Hardy and George Miller
Getty Images

Mel Gibson made a surprise appearance at last night's premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road in Hollywood.

The 59-year-old actor, who portrayed the original Mad Max in the 1979 action film, posed on the red carpet with director George Miller and British actor Tom Hardy, who takes over the role for the latest reboot.

Hardy has confessed he met Gibson ahead of the film's shoot "to touch base... and just say hello".

But the meeting wasn't a complete success. "He was bored with me,"

Hardy told Details magazine last month.

"He said, 'All right, buddy, good luck with that'. Bless him. I made him a bracelet. And then we talked for a couple of hours about all kinds of stuff.

"I left, and that was that. And then he called up my agent and said, 'I think you found someone that's crazier than I am.'"

Mad Max: Fury Road, which revives the franchise 30 years after the last film, will be screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in France ahead of its worldwide release.

Goodbye, duck

Keith Harris and Orville
BBC

The funeral of ventriloquist Keith Harris will take place later today in Blackpool.

Harris, who found fame with his bright green puppet Orville, died last week aged 67.

He had had cancer for several years.

The memorial service will take place at Sacred Heart RC Church, followed by a private burial.

The morning after

Victoria Lindrea

Arts and entertainment reporter

Good morning, and welcome to the morning after the night before.

Tired of election news, or just tired? Stick with us for some apolitical news from the world's of arts and entertainment... The weekend is nearly here!