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  1. Stars celebrate Bafta TV Awards
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road gets rave reviews
  3. John Whittingdale named new UK culture secretary

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By Genevieve Hassan and Ian Youngs

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That's all folks!

Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter

And with that, our live coverage for the day has come to an end. But be sure to return tomorrow from 08:30 BST for more news and updates.

We'll leave you with this clip someone (with possibly a lot of time on their hands) has posted on YouTube - an edit of every single time Owen Wilson has said "Wow!" in a film. WOW.

Watch the video.

Owen Wilson

Mad Max blows away critics

Mad Max: Fury Road
Warner Bros

The reviews for the new Mad Max film are flooding in - and they are almost all raving.

Mad Max: Fury Road has got five stars from

The Daily Telegraph ("a Krakatoan eruption of craziness"),
Time Out ("a tornado tearing through a tea party"),
Total Film ("some of the greatest action ever put on screen") and
Empire ("I-Max will melt your brain").

Hollywood bible

Variety said the "word-of-mouth excitement over the film's beautifully brutal action sequences should lend it tremendous commercial velocity".

And The Guardian's critic Peter Bradshaw awarded a mere four stars but admitted

on Twitter: "Slightly embarrassed with myself at how very much I enjoyed the barking Mad Max: Fury Road."

You can see for yourself when the film's released on Friday.

Orange is the New Black's back

Orange is the New Black

If you're a fan of Orange is the New Black, you'll be pleased to hear season three will be available on Netflix from 12 June.

The online service has released a new trailer to whet your appetite and get you in the mood.

Netflix has also hinted there will be a fan event the day before the release, teasing the hashtag #OrangeCon.

Watch the clip on YouTube.

The face of Cannes

Cannes poster

Preparations for this year's Cannes Film Festival are in full swing, with workers putting up the official posters, which bear the face of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman.

Cannes poster

The 68th annual celebration of the art of cinema gets under way on the French Riviera on Wednesday.


Organisers have just announced French director Agnes Varda will receive an honorary Palme d'Or at this year's festival - the first female to be handed the award.

Read the full story.

Artist's paper bridge

Paper bridge
Steve Messam

A bridge made entirely of red paper has been constructed in the Lake District by artist Steve Messam.

Messam (pictured below) used 4.2 tonnes of paper and nothing else - no other materials or supports - to build the 5m (16ft) bridge over a river in the Grisedale Valley.

The installation is part of the Lakes Ignite Culture festival and will be in place until 18 May. Messam said it would act as "a focal point within a vast open landscape".

He said: "The piece is a temporary artwork made for and about the landscape of the Lake District, based on local stone bridge construction dating back to Roman times."

Watch how the bridge was built.

Steve Messam
Greg Stephenson

'Bad idea' for more Missing

Radio Times

Ken Stott

Ken Stott, who played Ian Garrett in BBC drama The Missing, has said he's "disappointed" there will be another series of the drama, saying the corporation should have let it end after eight episodes.

"The Missing doesn't need a second series," he said. "I really don't know why they're doing it. I have my own reasons why I think they're doing it, but it must be for financial reasons, not art."

Stott played a paedophile who was beaten to death in the Bafta-nominated thriller, and therefore won't appear in the second series.

Read the full story.

Happy Birthday!


Tate tweets: "Today Tate Modern is 15 years old!"

Tate Modern

Duchovny takes the mic

Hell or Highwater
Thinksay Records

On 1 April, we told you that X Files and Californication star David Duchovny was planning to release an album.

It turns out it wasn't an April Fool's joke and there actually is an album - called Hell Or Highwater. Heavy on the guitar and with the tracks slightly samey sounding, the actor makes quite a sullen rock star.

The New York Times has put the record online in its Press Play section - the place the newspaper "debuts noteworthy new music".

Listen to the album.

TV Baftas - your views

Tweet @BBCNewsents or email

Here's a selection of your messages about the winners (and losers) at last night's Bafta TV Awards:

  • Ian tweeted: "Where is the fellowship for Noel Edmonds Mr Saturday Night? If you didn't have Noel, no Ant or Dec!!"
  • Graham Roberts: "Sarah Lancashire not winning lead actress for Happy Valley is a travesty."
  • mummaleak: "Marvellous - best single drama #BAFTATV. Well deserved. Amazing show."
  • Wendy Louise Webb: "@Detectorists - best thing on TV I saw last year! Laid up with torn ligaments in ankle and this brightened my evenings."
  • Sarah Hilary: "Ben[edict Cumberbatch] will get one eventually because he's consistently excellent. But Jason [Watkins] was stupendous in a one-off drama; he earned it."

Whose Line? to return

The Daily Telegraph

Clive Anderson

Comedy improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? is to return to Britain for its first outing since 1999, as a new stage production reunites the original team for two weeks of "fruity" comedy.

The West End run at the Adelphi Theatre will see host Clive Anderson reunited with regulars Colin Mochrie, Josie Lawrence, Greg Proops and Brad Sherwood for a mix of old and new games.

Read the full story.

Blur cone please

The Guardian


To coincide with the release of their latest album, The Magic Whip, Blur are to launch their own brand of ice cream.

The "dairy vanilla custard ice cream rippled with raspberry sauce" - modelled after the neon cone featured on the album artwork -will be sold during the band's upcoming UK tour and at select Co-Operative food stores in June.

Read the full story.

End of the American Idol

Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr
Getty Images

American Idol is to air its final series next year after 15 seasons, Fox has announced.

The singing competition, which launched the careers of the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, drew a massive 36 million viewers in its heyday in 2006.

But ratings have fallen every year since, with the current season pulling in a series low of 11.6 million viewers.

Current judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr will return for the show's swansong next January, along with host Ryan Seacrest.

The current series is due to reveal its winner later this week.

Lord Sugar quits Labour

Lord Sugar

The Apprentice star Lord Sugar has said he is quitting the Labour Party after 18 years over its "negative" stance on business.

He said he intended to hold on to his seat in the House of Lords, having been made an "enterprise champion" by Gordon Brown's Labour government in 2009.

Read more on this story.

Voting day for Berlin Philharmonic

Sir Simon Rattle
Wolfgang Kumm

The Berlin Philharmonic orchestra is set to elect its new chief conductor and artistic director to succeed Sir Simon Rattle, who is leaving to join the London Symphony Orchestra.

Members are expected to meet in secret later to nominate candidates and pick their favourite. They will then call the winner and offer them the job.

Read more on this story.

Cuaron to head Venice jury

Alfonso Cuaron
Getty Images

Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron has been announced as the chair of the International Jury for the Competition at the Venice International Film Festival in September.

Cuaron's appointment comes two years after his film Gravity opened the festival out of competition. His previous films Y Tu Mama Tambien and Children Of Men also premiered at the event in 2001 and 2006.

This year's festival kicks off on 2 September.

Read more on the announcement.

Sherlock reaction

Tweet @BBCNewsnts or email

Lots of you have got in touch about the news filming will begin on the next series of Sherlock in spring 2016 - most unhappy that it's not happening sooner:

  • Johnlocked tweeted: "No I can't wait that long - why, why, why, we've been on a hiatus for like two years."
  • Rushi: "This is too long a wait."
  • iLemon Fu: "What the hell next spring???!!!"
  • April: "Choked on my drink after hearing this."

New culture secretary - analysis

David Sillito

Arts Correspondent

When it comes to understanding the brief, you would be hard pressed to find anyone better.

Previous appointments have suggested the department was seen as a post to test out rising stars to see if they were up to running one of the big government departments. John Whittingdale's appointment is different. He is there to do a specific job - decide the future of the BBC.

He is no fan of the licence fee, but has said he accepts it will probably survive for the next 10 years.

And secondly, almost forgotten now - the issue of press regulation lurks. His summoning of Rupert Murdoch to the culture committee was one of the key moments in the hacking scandal.

But anyone waiting for further action to enforce a 'Leveson compliant' system of press regulation will probably have to wait a good while longer.

Read more on this story.


Pitch Perfect 2
Universal Pictures

Can Pitch Perfect 2 break the curse of musical comedies? We spoke to the film's stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson about whether the movie can live up to the original, and "muffgate".

Read the feature.

Reliving the dream

Dreamland sign
Dave Callard

Margate's famous Dreamland amusement park used to be one of the UK's leading visitor attractions, with hundreds of thousands of visitors per year.

But in 2004, after years of decline, it shut its doors for the final time and has remained abandoned and derelict on the town's seafront ever since.

Now, Dreamland is just weeks away from reopening after a group raised more than £18m to bring the park back to life.

Watch the video.

Leona visits Ken


BBC Radio 2 tweets: "@leonalewis is HERE with @RealKenBruce talking about her new single, which we have a World exclusive FIRST PLAY of!"

Leona Lewis and Ken Bruce

US box office

Chris Evans

Superhero blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron has topped the US box office for a second consecutive weekend, taking a whopping $77m (£50m).

Here is the top five:

  1. Avengers: Age of Ultron - $77.2m (£50.1m)
  2. Hot Pursuit - $13.3m (£8.6m)
  3. The Age of Adaline - $5.6m (£3.6m)
  4. Furious 7 - $5.2m (£3.4m)
  5. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 - $5.2m (£3.37m)

Read more on this story.

James McAvoy reborn

X-Men director

Bryan Singer has posted this photo of James McAvoy having his head shaved in preparation for playing Charles Xavier in X-Men: Apocalypse.

James McAvoy

Singer wrote: "#Xavier reborn (in process)."

Culture secretary announced

John Whittingdale

Prime Minister David Cameron has just announced John Whittingdale as the new culture secretary.

Last October, when he was chairman of the culture, media and sport select committee,

he said the BBC licence fee "was unsustainable over 20 to 50 years", adding it was "worse than a poll tax" and must be "tweaked immediately".

In his new role, Mr Whittingdale will oversee BBC charter renewal, which currently runs until the end of next year.

Sherlock news

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent

Mark Gatiss, Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steven Moffat

Attention Sherlock fans. Co-creator Steven Moffat and producer Sue Vertue have confirmed the next series will start shooting in spring 2016.

They were speaking backstage at the Bafta TV awards, where the detective show won the Radio Times audience prize, the only category voted for by viewers.

Asked about the Victorian-era special that will air later this year with stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in period dress, Moffat said: "We wanted to see them do it in the proper outfit just once."

Something from the weekend

In case you were enjoying the sunshine, here are some stories you may have missed from the weekend.

  • Mumford & Sons top the UK album chart with their latest record, Wilder Mind. [
    Read more]
  • A 17-year-old contemporary dancer from Northumberland is named the first winner of the BBC Young Dancer award. [
    Read more]
  • Mike Leigh's opera directing debut receives mixed reception from the critics. [
    Read more]
  • Harry Potter author JK Rowling thanks Twitter users who offered words of support after she became a target for online abuse in the wake of the general election result. [
    Read more]

Culture secretary reshuffled

UK Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has been reshuffled to become the business secretary following the election. No word yet on his replacement.

Not a square Pegg

Sunday Times

Simon Pegg
Getty Images

Simon Pegg may have made his name in off-beat misfit comedies, but the actor seems to be trying to shake off that image.

"I'm not quite the nerdy man-child that everyone thinks I am," he told the Sunday Times Magazine.

"I mean, I still love genre cinema, and I'm very excited to be in the Star Trek films. But at home I'm not this toy-collecting, comic-book reading, video gaming... I'm just not, y'know?

"And I'm kind of feeling like it's time to move on from that, like that phase of my life might be coming to an end. I'd quite like to do some more films that aren't necessarily, er... set in space."

Read the full interview (subscription site)

More Bafta reaction

More big names from the TV world have been giving their reactions to the Baftas. Host Graham Norton also picked up the trophy for best comedy and comedy entertainment programme.

Graham Norton

Jason Watkins won best actor for his role in ITV's The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies.

Jason Watkins

James Corden, who's making his name in the US as a talk show host, made a flying visit back to the UK. His show The Wrong Mans was up for best situation comedy, but lost out to The Detectorists.

James Corden

EastEnders producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said he was "gutted" to lose to Coronation Street in the soap category - although the BBC One show's much-praised 30th anniversary week in February was not eligible because the cut-off date was 31 December 2014. Maybe next year Dominic.

Dominic Treadwell Collins

Finally, Benidorm writer Derren Litten said he was "massively disappointed" actor Kenny Ireland,

who died last July, was not remembered in the ceremony's in memoriam section.

Derren Litten

Bafta fashion

The stars were looking suitably glamorous on the Bafta red carpet last night.

There weren't many fashion faux pas we could see, although Sophie Ellis Bextor's choice of headwear was probably a bit questionable.

Sophie Ellis Bextor
Getty Images

You can see more of who wore what

in our picture gallery.

Stars enjoy Bafta party

The celebrations clearly went on long into the night after last night's Bafta TV Awards. Ant (or Dec), who won best entertainment performance and entertainment programme, posted this photo just before 6am.

Ant or Dec

Leigh Francis (aka Keith Lemon) - who lost out to Ant and Dec in the entertainment performance category - was up early and posted the below message.

Leigh Francis

And artist Grayson Perry couldn't be at the ceremony to pick up his specialist factual award for Who Are You? so there was champagne at 3pm in New York instead.

Grayson Perry

Louis loses the X Factor?

Simon Cowell has dropped a big hint Louis Walsh may have lost his seat at the X Factor judges' desk.

Simon Cowell on Twitter

He wrote on Twitter: "Louis Walsh is one of the good guys. We will always be friends. The door remains open and who knows what's next......."

The Daily Mirror earlier said BBC Radio One's Nick Grimshaw is being lined up to replace Louis.

But an X Factor spokesman told the paper: "There is a great deal of speculation over the judging line-up for this year's series. However, no formal decision has been made."

TV Baftas round-up

Ant and Dec

It was a glittering night at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where stars of the small screen gathered to pat each other on the back for their efforts over the past year.

Cheeky chappies Ant and Dec collected two Baftas for best entertainment show and entertainment performance for Saturday Night Takeaway, while the top acting honours went to Jason Watkins and Georgina Campbell for their roles in The Last Honour of Christopher Jeffries and Murdered By My Boyfriend respectively.

If you missed the ceremony last night, you can watch the proceedings again

on iPlayer.

But if you don't have two hours to watch it, you can

read our story about all the winners or look at our
at-a-glance winners list.

Get in touch

Ian Youngs

Entertainment reporter

Let us know what you thought of last night's Bafta TV Awards. Did the right shows and actors win? Did Coronation Street deserve to triumph over EastEnders in the soap category? Was Benedict Cumberbatch unlucky to have lost out on a best actor prize for a third time? Was your TV highlight of the year on the list?

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Monday Monday

Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter

Welcome to another week of entertainment live.

Stick with us as we bring you up to date with all the happenings from the Bafta TV Awards last night and the rest of the day's news.