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  1. Top Gear faces fresh Ofcom probe over pun
  2. Regulator clears Kanye West's Brit appearance
  3. Avengers sequel tops North American box office

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By Emma Saunders and Neil Smith

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Jagger on song

Emma Saunders

Entertainment reporter

Sir Mick Jagger

We leave you today with news that Rolling Stone Sir Mick Jagger is to sing backing vocals on Beverley Knight single Look Into Your Heart, to raise funds for survivors of the Nepal earthquake.

His bandmate Ronnie Wood will play guitar on the song.

The track was produced by Pink Floyd's Nick Mason and recorded at Abbey Road studios in London.

All profits go to Save the Children's

Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
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That's it for today, but do join us on Wednesday for more rolling news from the world of arts, media and entertainment.

Avengers director quits Twitter

Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon, director of Avengers Assemble and Avengers: Age of Ultron, has deleted his Twitter account.

"Thank you to all the people who've been so kind and funny and inspiring up in here," the 50-year-old wrote before going offline.

The director had faced criticism over how Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow character was represented in his latest film, which some accused of being sexist.

Before directing the two Avengers films, Whedon was best known for writing and directing the Buffy: The Vampire Slayer TV series.

Read more on this story.

Lupita's big reveal


Lupita Nyong'o

In case you missed it over the Bank Holiday weekend, Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o let us into some exciting news.

"The secret is out at last: I play Maz Kanata in Star Wars VII," said the 12 Years a Slave star of her upcoming role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

You'll have to wait until the film is out in December to learn which side of the Resistance - the new term for the Rebel Alliance - Lupita's CGI character is on.

In the meantime,

check out the Vanity Fair site to see some of the exclusive photos Annie Leibovitz took on set.

Sam Smith cancels more dates

Sam Smith

Singer Sam Smith is to see a specialist in the US after being forced to cancel more dates due to a haemorrhage on his vocal cords.

The 22-year-old had been due to appear in Tokyo and Manila this week but has travelled to America instead "to see what to do from there".

Smith, who is due to begin the US leg of his world tour on 15 May in Alabama, called his situation "horrid"

in a strongly worded Instagram post.

Last week the singer announced the cancellation of his Australian tour, saying he had been "vocally exhausted for a while now".

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HBO acts to stop Thrones leaks

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Sophie Turner and Aidan Gillen in Game of Thrones

After the first four episodes of Game of Thrones' fifth season were leaked online, broadcaster HBO has announced it's taking measures to avoid any further breaches.

In an email to film reviewers, an HBO spokesperson said that new shows would be made accessible via a secure streaming service, rather than sent out on DVDs.

Read more on this story.

Ellen Albertini Dow RIP


Ellen Albertini Dow in The Wedding Singer
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Remember the old lady who rocked her own version of Rapper's Delight in Adam Sandler's 1998 hit, The Wedding Singer?

Well, the lady in question - Ellen Albertini Dow - has sadly passed away at the grand old age of 101.

Dow also appeared in such TV series as Moonlighting, Murphy Brown, The Golden Girls and The Wonder Years.

Read more on this story and
watch the actress in action.

Britney and Iggy

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea
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A little bit of music news for you: Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea have just premiered their new single, Pretty Girls.

The pop pair will take to the stage on 17 May for the debut television performance of the track at the Billboard Music Awards.

Pretty Girls, which was written and produced by the Invisible Men, will be released on 14 June.

Listen to the track on YouTube.

Malala film gets release date

Davis Guggenheim and Malala Yousafzai

A documentary about Malala Yousafzai, the inspirational Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman and who went on to become the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize, is to be released in the UK on 6 November.

He Named Me Malala is the latest from An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim (pictured above with his subject) and is described as an "intimate portrait" of the activist and campaigner.

Kanye cleared by Ofcom

Kanye West (centre) performing at the Brits

Kanye West's controversial performance at the Brits in February will not be investigated by Ofcom, despite it generating more than 150 complaints.

The broadcasting watchdog was asked to look into West's repeated use of a six-letter racial epithet while singing his All Day track, which could still be heard despite ITV muting sections of the performance.

"We received a number of complaints that Kanye West's language, shortly after the watershed, was offensive but we will not be taking the matter forward for investigation," said a spokesman for the media regulator.

"We noted that before the programme ITV took steps to ensure that offensive language was not used, and during the programme to mute the majority of it."

Read more on this story.

In other Kanye news, the singer has announced his new album will be called Swish instead of So Help Me God.

"I might change it again but that's the name now," the rap star

tweeted over the weekend.

Historic cinema reopens

BBC Breakfast has been granted a look inside the Regent Street Cinema in London, which has reopened its doors following a multi-million pound restoration.

The cinema hosted the UK's first proper public screening in 1896 and is justly considered the birthplace of British cinema.

Watch Graham Satchell's report, filmed just a few doors down from the BBC's Broadcasting House.

Female president for Cannes jury

Sabine Azema
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French actress Sabine Azema has been invited to chair the Camera d'Or jury at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

The prize, given each year to the best first film shown at the event, has previously been awarded to Steve McQueen, Jim Jarmusch and John Turturro.

Azema is the widow of French director Alain Resnais, in whose films she regularly appeared.

Sibling duo Joel and Ethan Coen will chair the main competition jury at this year's festival, which runs from 13 to 24 May.

Football on 5

Watford players celebrate their promotion to the Premier League

It's all change for the football highlights from next season, now that Channel 5 has wrangled Football League highlights from the BBC.

While BBC One will continue to showcase Premier League highlights on Match of the Day, all highlights from the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two games will now be aired ahead of MOTD on Channel 5.

Before the BBC's current Football League Show airs late on Saturday night, Channel 5's new 90-minute programme will grab a prime slot between 21:00 and 22:30.

"This is an exceptional opportunity for the Football League to work with a broadcaster that will schedule our matches in a prime-time slot," said Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey.

"It will take our games to a wider, younger audience by giving us the chance to be first in front of fans on a Saturday night."

Wonder who the presenters might be? Watch this space. Don't expect to see Watford on their new programme, though, as the Championship team (pictured above celebrating on Monday) will be a Premiership side next season.

Solitude first edition stolen

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Colombian police are investigating the theft of an autographed first edition copy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, stolen while on display at a book fair in Bogota.

The book, taken on Saturday from a locked display cabinet, was part of an exhibit paying homage to the Colombian author, who died last year.

Alvaro Castillo, the book's owner, said he had no idea how the book was stolen and has now pulled the remainder of his rare book collection from the exhibition.

The book is one of just 8,000 copies printed in 1967 by an Argentine publisher.

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Avengers sequel rules

Jeremy Renner in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron has topped the US and Canada box office with opening weekend takings of $191.3m (£126.5m) - the second-biggest opening weekend ever in North America.

Yet the sequel failed to beat the record-breaking opening of the original Avengers film, which took $207.4m (£137.2m) when it debuted in 2012.

The superhero sequel was number one in the UK last weekend and has now taken more than $630m (£416.3m) worldwide.

The film marks the return of Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans as Iron Man, Black Widow, The Hulk and Captain America.

Read more on this story.

Spooks on the big screen

Peter Firth and Kit Harington in Spooks: The Greater Good
Pinewood Pictures

Sexy spy alert! BBC spy drama Spooks has made the leap from the small to the big screen, with Game of Thrones star Kit Harington as its dashing new lead.

Entertainment reporter Emma Jones caught up with him and co-star Peter Firth to see how Spooks: The Greater Good rates alongside the likes of Bond and Jason Bourne.

Read the feature.

Polanski honoured in Krakow

Roman Polanski

Mixed fortunes for Roman Polanski, who has been given one of Poland's top film awards just as he is facing a renewed US extradition request.

The director, who is still wanted in the US over 1977 charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl, was given the Against the Current award at Krakow's Off Camera film festival on Friday.

The 81-year-old is due back in court in Krakow - the city he grew up in during World War Two - for another hearing on 22 May.

Read more on this story.

Magna Carta on stage

Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral

The Magna Carta will take centre stage at the Salisbury Playhouse this autumn, with the 800-year-old document inspiring plays from four leading playwrights.

Timberlake Wertenbaker, Howard Brenton, Anders Lustgarten and Sally Woodcock have been commissioned to write four short plays, which will be performed as one theatrical event later this year.

Before that, on 15 June, Edward Fox will read extracts from Magna Carta at the Playhouse as part of a

panel discussion on the document's relevance today.

Salisbury Cathedral holds one of four copies of the historic charter in its Chapter House.

Other highlights of the Playhouse's autumn/winter season include a new production of Noel Coward's Fallen Angels and its Christmas pantomime, Cinderella.

Gosling's cereal tribute

Ryan Gosling
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Ryan Gosling has paid generous tribute to a late Scottish namesake who achieved internet fame after creating a series of video clips spoofing the actor.

Ryan McHenry became an online sensation after posting video clips of the Canadian actor apparently refusing to eat cereal.

Following McHenry's death from cancer at the weekend, the Drive star posted

a Vine of his own in which he is finally seen eating a mouthful of cereal.

Ryan Gosling Vine
Ryan Gosling/Vine

"My heart goes out to all of Ryan McHenry's family and friends," the actor

wrote on Twitter. "Feel very lucky to have been a part of his life in some small way."

Read more on this story and
watch a 2013 interview with McHenry on YouTube.

Top Gear probed over Pike's Peak pun

Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson (right) with James May and Richard Hammond

Speaking of Top Gear, it has emerged that the BBC show is being investigated by Ofcom over its use of the word "pikey" in 2014.

The show in question saw former presenter Jeremy Clarkson erect a placard that read "Pikey's Peak" during a segment in which he, James May and Richard Hammond raced 1980s hatchback cars.

A representative of the Traveller Movement complained to the broadcasting watchdog about the usage of the word, a complaint that is now being looked into.

Earlier this year the BBC Trust

rejected a complaint over the same programme, claiming the word had merely meant "cheap".

Read more on this story.

More power to his Elba

Idris Elba
James Cheadle

Actor Idris Elba, renowned for his love for speed, has successfully surpassed the 'Flying Mile', one of the original land speed records set by Sir Malcolm Campbell.

The record was set while the Luther star was filming four-part Discovery Channel series Idris Elba: No Limits in south Wales.

"I'm absolutely elated to have broken the 'Flying Mile' at Pendine Sands," the actor said.

"It's an honour to have taken on the challenge, and to successfully follow in the footsteps of the illustrious Sir Malcolm Campbell."

Elba achieved an average speed of 180.361 mph during the attempt. Ever fancied hosting Top Gear, Idris? We hear there's a vacancy.

Michael Blake RIP

Michael Blake

Michael Blake, the writer whose novel Dances With Wolves spawned the hit film of the same name starring Kevin Costner, has died aged 69.

Blake died on Saturday in Tucson, Arizona, after being diagnosed with cancer some years ago.

Dances With Wolves, about a US army lieutenant who befriends a Native American tribe, won seven Oscars, including one for Blake's adapted screenplay.

Blake spent several years living out his car and on friends' couches while he wrote the novel.

Actress Mary McDowell, who played the role of 'Stands With A Fist' in Costner's 1999 film, remembered Blake on Twitter as "

an extraordinary spirit".

Blur earns Liam's praise


Liam Gallagher and Damon Albarn

Back in the '90s, Blur and Oasis were at the centre of a pop feud as the two bands battled for chart supremacy.

Now, 20 years later, former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher has tweeted his fondness for Blur's latest single.


Lonesome St by Blur song of the year LG x," wrote the singer with apparent sincerity.

The jaunty track features on Blur's

chart-topping album, The Magic Whip.

Carlyle to kick off Edinburgh festival

Robert Carlyle
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Robert Carlyle has been no stranger to the

Edinburgh International Film Festival over the years, so it seems fitting his first feature as a director will kick off this year's event.

The Legend of Barney Thompson, in which Carlyle appears alongside Emma Thompson, Ray Winstone and Sir Tom Courtenay, will receive its world premiere on 17 June.

Based on a novel by Douglas Lindsay, the film sees the Trainspotting and Hamish Macbeth star play a lowly barber who crosses the path of a serial killer.

"It really is such an honour for me to have my first feature as director premiered in Edinburgh at the festival that has played such a huge part in my life," said the 54-year-old Scot.

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Elton Down Under

Sir Elton John
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Sir Elton John's Australian fans will be pleased this morning -

the singer has just added an Australian leg to his world tour.

Actually, let's rephrase that. Most of his Australian fans will be pleased, as he'll be putting on shows in Hunter Valley, Brisbane, Melbourne, Geelong, Adelaide and Sydney in December.

It's bad news if you're on the west coast, though, as there'll be no show in Perth.

Meanwhile, a 26-year-old man has been charged with theft of property over $1,000 (£661) after a pair of Sir Elton's heart-shaped glasses were stolen from a US museum display.

The spectacles were reported stolen on 21 April from the Rock 'n' Soul Museum in Memphis.

Hill cancels Tel Aviv concert

Lauryn Hill

US singer-songwriter Lauryn Hill has cancelled a performance in Tel Aviv because she was unable to also put on a concert in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

In a statement, Hill said she had wanted to perform in both cities in the hope of being "a presence supporting justice and peace".

Setting up a show in Ramallah, though, had "proved to be a challenge", prompting her to cancel her Tel Aviv appearance.

"It is very important to me that my presence or message not be misconstrued, or a source of alienation to either my Israeli or my Palestinian fans," she wrote on her

Facebook page.

The former Fugees star signed off with a wish for "healing, equanimity, and the openness necessary for lasting resolution and reconciliation".

More Simpsons commissioned

The Simpsons

The Simpsons juggernaut is showing no signs of slowing up, with news that the long-running animated sitcom has been renewed by the Fox network for two more series.

"I've outlasted [David] Letterman, Jon Stewart and 'McDreamy'" - a reference to Patrick Dempsey's Grey's Anatomy character - "because I have something they don't: a costly 200-donut-a-day addiction," said Homer Simpson

in a 'statement'.

The Simpsons premiered in 1989 and has gone on to win 31 Emmys.

The new series will take the total number of episodes to 625. As Bart Simpson might say, "Cowabunga!"

Django actress told to say sorry

Daniele Watts

Last year

we reported on a US actress who accused Los Angeles police of racial profiling after being found allegedly committing a lewd act with her boyfriend in a parked car.

Daniele Watts, who had a small role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, made a series of TV appearances following the incident, which led to an internal investigation into how the LAPD behaved.

On Monday, Watts and her boyfriend pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace and were ordered to write apologies to the officers involved.

The lewd conduct charge was dismissed and will be expunged from the public record if the couple keep out of trouble for a year.

Read more on this story.

Canine role for Williams

Robin Williams
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One of Robin Williams' last roles before his death last August was a voice appearance in Terry Jones' sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything.

The trailer for the film is now online, so you can hear the comic genius on screen one last time.

Absolutely Anything is about a teacher (Simon Pegg) who is granted the power to conjure up "absolutely anything" by a band of scheming aliens - voiced by Jones and his fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin.

Williams provides the voice for Pegg's dog in the film, which is out on 14 August.

Watch the trailer on YouTube.

Zhivago a no-no

Kelli Barrett and Tam Mutu in Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago may be a classic novel and film, but it seems its star quality hasn't rubbed off on the Broadway musical it inspired.

The production was

slammed by theatre critics when it opened in April, so it's not a huge surprise to learn it is closing on Sunday.

The show first opened at the La Jolla Playhouse in California a decade ago and played in Australia in 2011.


the transfer to Broadway was a step too far.

Nigel Terry RIP

Nigel Terry

Those with fond memories of John Boorman's Excalibur or the films of Derek Jarman will be sad to learn that the actor Nigel Terry died last week at the age of 69.

Terry played Arthur in the former and appeared in a number of Jarman's films, including The Last of England, War Requiem and Caravaggio, in which he took the title role.

A distinguished stage actor, he spent much of his later years appearing in such BBC staples as Cutting It, Casualty and Doctor Who.

Actor Eddie Marsan is among those to have tweeted about working with Terry, whom he remembers as being "

talented, funny, kind and irreverent".

Read an

obituary of Nigel Terry on the Guardian's website.

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Emma Saunders

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Welcome to another live page, packed with the latest stories after the Bank Holiday weekend. Stick with us as we bring you news from the world of arts and entertainment, including Vanity Fair's new Star Wars pics and what's topping this week's US box office chart.