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  1. Margaret Atwood honoured by Academy of Arts and Letters
  2. US comedy The Mindy Project is cancelled
  3. Positive reception to new Carrie musical

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'X' box special

The Vote
More 4

If you manage to cast your vote in time for tea, you might want to settle down for a bit of live, election-inspired theatre in your living room for afters.

More 4 is broadcasting new play The Vote live from London's Donmar Warehouse between 20:25 BST and 22:00 BST when the polls close. The setting? A fictional polling station during exactly the same time-frame.

Written by James Graham, the cast boasts Catherine Tate and Timothy West (both pictured below) plus Mark Gatiss, Nina Sosanya and Dame Judi Dench.

Catherine Tate and Timothy West

The Guardian's Michael Billington

gave it four stars, calling it "a buoyant farce". In
a five-star review, The Telegraph's Dominic Cavendish said the play "delivers on its promises and ushers in a state of landslide satisfaction".

So not a bad way to warm up for the main event - BBC One's election coverage kicks off at 21:55 BST, or there's a Gogglebox Alternative Election Special on Channel 4 from 22:00.

Beyond the Pavilion

The Company of Trees, Helen Sear
Helen Sear

Welsh photographer Helen Sear and Scottish artist Graham Fagen are among the artists representing Britain at this year's Venice Biennale.

BBC Arts editor Will Gompertz looks beyond Sarah Lucas' "giant phallic sculptures" in the British Pavilion, and ruminates on other artists making waves in Venice.

Read Will's blog.

Lewis takes centre stage

Digital Spy

Lauren Platt
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Remember when super-talented teen Lauren Platt was on last year's X Factor? And do you remember when her break-dancing little brother Lewis busted out some serious moves on stage with her?

Well he's about to show up on this weekend's Britain's Got Talent, where he's spotted by an eagle-eyed Simon Cowell, auditioning with his Essex dance troupe Entity.

Watch a sneak preview.

Lewis Platt on Britain's Got Talent

Sam Smith's surgery

Sam Smith

Singer Sam Smith has told fans on Twitter he's got to have surgery on his vocal chords next week.

The 22-year-old singer had to pull out of his Australian tour after doctors found a haemorrhage on them.

Sam Smith Twitter post

Smith tweets: "I am very upset to announce I have been battling to get my vocal cords better the last 10 days but unfortunately they haven't recovered and I'm going to need surgery."

The Stay With Me singer said he was "gutted" to be missing more shows, but that doctors had told him he should be back on stage in six to eight weeks.

Sadly, that means Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich is off the cards too.

Read the full story.

Scroobius on stuttering

Scroobius Pip
Distraction Pieces

Hip-hop artist Scroobius Pip was never one to let his stutter stand in the way of his musical ambitions - in fact, he's told BBC Ouch he thinks it's actually made him a better rapper.

Famous for tracks such as Thou Shalt Always Kill with Dan Le Sac, he's more recently become a podcast master, knocking the much-hyped Serial off the iTunes top spot with his podcast Distraction Pieces.

The 33-year-old says "tapping out the syllables on my arm, or a desk" can help when it comes to saying tricky phrases like "Dylan Moran" (the well-known comedian, whose name he struggles with).

"I think it's the rhythm, because I don't stutter when I rap or do spoken word and I think that's why. It's amazing."

Read the full story.

Anyone for cake?

Finalist Food Photographer of the Year 2015 - Maja Smend/Mondrian Battenberg

When is a cake, not a cake? When it's a Mondrian.

Maja Smend's photo is our favourite image from the finalists of this year's Food Photographer of the Year competition.

But which one won?

Find out here.

Woody's latest signing


Blake Lively
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Was Woody Allen a Gossip Girl fan? He's cast one of its former stars Blake Lively in his next film, according to Deadline.

The 27-year-old actress - who played Upper East Side darling Serena van der Woodsen in the (slightly trashy) New York drama series - is currently starring in Age of Adaline, in UK cinemas this weekend.

She'll apparently be joining Jesse Eisenberg, Bruce Willis and Kristen Stewart in Allen's next ensemble offering, which is still untitled.

Read more.

Pass the Picasso

Femme au chignon dans un fauteuil, Pablo Picasso (detail)

From one movie mogul to another...

Pablo Picasso's Femme au chignon dans un fauteuil, formerly owned by Hollywood legend Samuel Goldwyn Sr, has been purchased at auction by China's Wang Zhongjun, co-founder of entertainment giant Huayi Brothers Media Group.

"I first fell in love with the painting and then I fell in love with its story," said Wang Zhongjun.

"The Goldwyn family is legendary in our industry and in this one work, I can see not only Pablo Picasso's genius, but also Samuel Goldwyn Sr's creative vision."

The Honeytrap backstory

Jessica Sula as Layla in Honeytrap

After premieres at London Film Festival and SXSW in Texas, British film Honeytrap hits UK cinemas this weekend.

The tragic teen romance is set in Brixton, South London, and inspired by true events. It tells the story of 15-year-old Layla - played by Jessica Sula - who lures a boy who's in love with her into a deadly trap set by her gang leader boyfriend.

Director Rebecca Johnson

told BBC Arts about the challenges of bringing her debut feature film to the screen.

Drugs are bad

Jackie Chan, at launch of anti-drug mobile phone game

Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan has said he supports the use of the death penalty for some drug offenders.

Chan, whose son was jailed for drugs offences, said that with drugs "you're hurting thousands of young children".

Jaycee Chan spent six months in prison in China after police found marijuana in his home.

Read the full story.

Damage report

One room of Clandon Park House - the National Trust mansion devastated by fire last week - has survived "almost intact".

The fire at the Grade I-listed property near Guildford, Surrey, gutted the house, but The Speakers' Parlour on the ground floor has suffered less damage.

Speakers' Parlour ceiling
National Trust

Its decorative plaster ceiling is now being propped up to protect it. The room celebrates three members of the Onslow family, the former owners, who were speakers in the House of Commons.

Read the full story.

Hesmondhalgh set for Pulitzer play

Julie Hesmondhalgh
Joel Fildes

Actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, best known for playing Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street, will return to the stage next year to play a poetry professor who faces up to a serious illness.

Hesmondhalgh will star in the UK premiere of Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit at the Royal Exchange theatre in Manchester.

It's part of the venue's new season, which

has just been announced.

The season also includes Maxine Peake in Caryl Churchill's The Skriker and a transfer of Alistair McDowall's Pomona, which got rave reviews at the Orange Tree Theatre in London.

It's a stick up

Bafta TV awards - preparations
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Sheridan Smith on a stick? Or Tom Hollander?

Preparations are underway for Sunday's Bafta TV awards, with a host of Britain's top performers expected at the ceremony.

Smith is nominated for best actress her role as Cilla Black in a field which includes Keeley Hawes, Georgina Campbell and Sarah Lancashire, while Hollander battles W1A's Hugh Bonneville, Matt Berry and Brendan O'Carroll for best male in a comedy.

No sticks required.

Sugar, sugar

Adam Levine

In a nod to Maroon 5's latest track, frontman Adam Levine was hit by a blast of powdered sugar moments before he appeared on US TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The singer was greeting fans outside the Hollywood venue, when his attacker struck.

If only he'd moved like Jagger.

Read the full story.

Funds for Orson

Orson Welles, 1970

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to complete Orson Welles' unfinished final film.

The Other Side of the Wind, which began filming 45 years ago and stars cinematic legends John Huston and Peter Bogdanovich, has never been seen.

The movie has been described as "a scathing tale of friendship, betrayal, media and ambition in Hollywood".

A goal of $2m (£1.3m) has been set on crowdfunding site Indiegogo, to fund the editing, score and post-production.

Read the full story.

A factual feast

Joshua Oppenheimer
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It's wall-to-wall documentaries at 2015's Sheffield Doc/Fest next month - with the UK premiere of Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence kicking off the six-day event on 5 June.

It's the follow-up to his Oscar-nominated film The Act of Killing, and sees a family that survived the genocide in Indonesia confront the men who killed one of their brothers.

The same night members of Sigur Ros will perform their new score for Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson's film The Greatest Shows on Earth: A Century of Funfairs, Circuses and Carnivals.

The festival will close with the international premiere of Monty Python: The Meaning of Live at the Crucible Theatre on 10 June.

There are 150 British and international feature-length and short documentaries being screened across the city. Check out the full line-up on

the Sheffield Doc/Fest website.

Talking point

James Corden
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James Corden's US talk show has been nominated for a Critics' Choice TV award, less than two months on from the British star's late-night debut.

Graham Norton's BBC chat show is also up for the best talk show award, as is The Daily Show, in what will be Jon Stewart's final year as host.

HBO scores the most nominations this year, with 27 considerations for such shows as Olive Kitteridge, Girls and Game of Thrones.

The awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on 31 May.

Read the full story.

Time suspended

A new partnership between The Royal Academy and HS1 Ltd will see leading international artists provide artwork to hang from St Pancras International's iconic Barlow Shed roof.

It offers 48 million travellers each year the chance to experience the latest contemporary art as they pass through the London station.

Cornelia Parker will launch the initiative, with One More Time - a working replica of the station's DENT London clock, reversed out in black with white hands and numerals. The black clock is suspended 16 metres in front of the original, so for those alighting from the trains the original face will gradually appear eclipsed.

"The clock is the most conscious focus of a railway station, a dominant force," explained Parker.

"Everyone is watching the clock, checking if they are late. The piece will introduce the idea of a parallel frame of reference, that of a slower astronomical time."

One More Time will be unveiled on 28 May.

There will be blood

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent

Evelyn Hoskins in Carrie the Musical
Claire Bilyard

Skip to the next item if you're squeamish.

Carrie the Musical - based on Stephen King's horror novel - has opened at London's Southwark Playhouse.

The famous scene at the high school prom, in which a bucket of blood is emptied over telekinetic teen Carrie White (Evelyn Hoskins), didn't disappoint.

Kim Criswell as Margaret and Evelyn Hoskins as Carrie in CARRIE - THE MUSICAL
Claire Bilyard

At the end of the show the audience had to exit carefully across a stage floor awash with red gloop.

A notorious musical flop on Broadway in the 1980s, this reworked version of Carrie earned an ecstatic reception from last night's packed house.

And theatre critic Mark Shenton gave it a four-star thumbs up in

The Stage describing it as "an unmissable chance to see a piece of musical theatre reclaimed from notoriety".

And the composer of the show's music? The aptly-named Michael Gore.

Mad for it

Jon Hamn as Don Draper in Mad Men

As Mad Men fans gear up for the drama's big finale, Jon Hamm's already moved on from ad man Don Draper (above).

He's signed up to play a US diplomat in 1980's Beirut in Tony Gilroy's new political action thriller High Wire Act.

Tony Gilroy, the screenwriter behind the Bourne series, also produced Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Nightcrawler, and has teamed up with director Brad Anderson (Transsiberian, The Machinist) for this film.

"I'm thrilled the way the project's come together. Jon Hamm was made to play the part," said Gilroy in a statement.

"I've been trying to work with Brad Anderson from the moment I saw Transsiberian and every conversation we have confirms my confidence. I can't wait to see a script that means so much to me get up and running."

Lost for words

Joseph Mitchell

He was once known as ''the voice of New York'', but American writer Joseph Mitchell also suffered one of the country's most infamous bouts of writer's block - spanning 30 years.

A new biography of the non-fiction writer reveals how Mitchell penned intimate, boundary-pushing portraits of the city's colourful characters for New Yorker magazine for many years - until 1964, after which he failed to ever finish or publish another article.

Thomas Kunkel, who wrote the biography Man in Profile, shared Mitchell's story with the BBC.

Watch the video.

Iron maiden

Meryl Streep in Ricki and the Flash
Sony Pictures

From Iron Lady to ageing rocker...

Meryl Streep will next be seen in the guise of Ricki Rendazzo, a musician who deserted her family in favour of life on the road.

Returning home after her daughter's marriage collapses, Ricki must face the music - and the antipathy of those she left behind.

Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter, Mamie Gummer, in the Ricki and The Flash, directed by The Silence of the Lambs' Jonathan Demme.

Watch the trailer.

Kurt Cobain - the album

Kurt Cobain
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It seems a Kurt Cobain solo album could finally come to fruition, 21 years after his death.

The director behind the new documentary about the Nirvana frontman, Montage of Heck, has told New York website

Bedford and Bowery, "We're going to be putting out an amazing album this summer".

Brett Morgen said the recordings "will feel like you're kind of hanging out with Kurt Cobain on a hot summer day in Olympia, Washington as he fiddles about.

"It's going to really surprise people.

"Just to be clear, it's not a Nirvana album, it's just Kurt and you're going to hear him do things you never expected to come out of him."

TV's Supergirl

Supergirl is to get her own TV series.

Warner Bros TV

Glee star Melissa Benoist - recently seen in the film Whiplash - will take the lead role of Krypton-born Kara Zor-El, cousin to the more famous Clark Kent.

Since arriving on Earth, Kara has kept her powers under wraps, but aged 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities.

The series, co-starring Calista Flockhart and Britain's David Harewood, has been picked up by US network CBS - with original Supergirl Helen Slater and TV superman Dean Cain set to feature in the pilot.

Jar Jar's demise?

JJ Abrams

Star Wars director JJ Abrams has implied that he may effectively kill off the much-loathed character of Jar Jar Binks in the forthcoming film, The Force Awakens.

"I have a thought about putting Jar Jar Binks bones in the desert there", the director said, while discussing a frame of the new film

with Vanity Fair's Bruce Handy .

"I'm serious! Only three people will notice, but they'll love it," he added.

Jar Jar Binks, a divisive alien from the planet Naboo, was a central character in George Lucas's 1999 prequel The Phantom Menace.

The character was reportedly intended to provide comic relief, but was a target of derision for critics and fans alike.

E4 shutdown


E4 is championing democracy today and closing the digital station down in a bid to encourage young voters to visit the polling station instead of getting distracted by the telly.

E4's control room

Darren in the control room was seen switching things off at 07:00 BST when polling stations opened and will be minding the on/off switch until 19:00 BST, just in time for Hollyoaks (phew).

E4 tweet

Sandra Bullock's 'stalker'

Sandra Bullock

A man accused of breaking into Sandra Bullock's Los Angeles home in June last year has pleaded not guilty to 26 charges.

Joshua James Corbett, 39, is accused of stalking, burglary and possession of a machine gun - after police found an arsenal of weapons at his California home.

He was arrested at Bullock's home in Beverly Hills - the actress was at home at the time and had locked herself in her bedroom wardrobe until police arrived.

Read the full story.

Cinema's UK birthplace restored

Regent Street Cinema in the 1800s
University of Westminster

A 119-year-old cinema in central London is reopening to the public after more than 30 years behind closed doors.

Regent Street Cinema was the first place in the UK to show a film, namely the Lumiere brothers' Cinematographie, in 1896.

The cinema - which has been used for lectures by its owner, the University of Westminster, since 1980 - has been rebuilt in art-deco style following a £6.1m restoration project.

Read the full story.

Mindy's future

Mindy Kaling
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Fans of US comedy The Mindy Project are not happy today, after Fox announced they were cancelling the show after three seasons.

But it might not be the end - American online streaming service Hulu could come to the rescue, and is currently said to be in talks with Universal Television to take it on for at least two new seasons.

Mindy Kaling plays Dr Mindy Lahiri in the show, which

airs on E4 in the UK.

Read more.

Atwood honour

Margaret Atwood

Author Margaret Atwood has been made an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Canadian writer, whose award-winning novels include A Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace, is among this year's batch of foreign inductees, which also includes British composer Peter Maxwell Davies and Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima.

William H Gass won the Academy's William Dean Howells medal for the best novel of the past five years, for his 2013 work, Middle C.

The New York-based academy is composed of 250 writers, composers, artists and architects.

Zayn v Louis


Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik

Former One Direction member Zayn Malik has already been on Twitter this morning to reassure fans he hasn't forgotten them, after yesterday's Twitter spat between him, his producer friend Naughty Boy and former bandmate Louis Tomlinson (Read

Newsbeat's round-up of the war of words).

He tweets: "Don't know why I'm being attacked for defending myself, people got it twisted! I love my fans ?! Every single one of you x"

Legions of One Direction fans had rushed to defend Tomlinson on Twitter using #TOMLINSONSLAYSAGAIN, after the pair came to blows on the social media site.

The spat seemed to start when Naughty Boy

posted a picture of himself and Zayn along with the caption, "Replace this" - which Zayn then retweeted.

Naughty Boy's tweet

Louis then wrote: "Remember when you were 12 and you used to think those Mac filters for your pictures were cool haha ! Some people still do HA!"


later replied directly to Louis, saying: "Remember when you had a life..?"

Sir Elton goes to the Senate

Sir Elton John
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Sir Elton John has called on US Congress to continue their efforts in the fight against Aids.

"The Aids epidemic is not over and America's continued leadership is critical," the singer told a Senate hearing on Wednesday.

"We cannot afford to let the window close if our efforts flag.

"This is the most powerful legislative body in the world and this Congress indeed has the power to end Aids."

Read the full story.

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Coming up today - news on the future of US comedy The Mindy Project, hear the verdict on Carrie: The Musical, and much more.