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  1. Cannes Film Festival set to kick off
  2. Sir Roger Moore wins libel damages
  3. The Jacksons to headline BBC Proms in the Park

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By Sarah Jane Griffiths and Genevieve Hassan

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So long, farewell...

Sarah Jane Griffiths

Entertainment reporter

So that's it for today's Entertainment Live page, but we'll be back tomorrow with more - including the latest from our reporter at the Cannes film festival.

The jury have assembled ahead of tonight's opening gala and are ready to be wowed by this year's film selection - starting with French drama La Tete Haute (Standing Tall).

US directors and Presidents of the Feature Film jury Joel Coen (3rdL) and Ethan Coen (3rdR) pose with jury members (L), British actress Sienna Miller (2ndL), Malian singer/songwriter Rokia Traore (2ndR) and French actress Sophie Marceau during a photocall ahead of the opening of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

Judging the films are (L-R) actor Jake Gyllenhaal, Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, French actress Sophie Marceau, Malian composer Rokia Traore, US directing duo Ethan and Joel Coen - this year's presidents, Spanish actress Rossy de Palma, Canadian director Xavier Dolan and British actress Sienna Miller.

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Cannes reporter's diary.

It's time to get things started!

The first trailer for the new Muppets TV series has been released, showing the return of all your favourite Jim Henson characters.

Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie and the rest of the gang will be back on screens this autumn on prime-time US TV.

The Muppets

The official ABC trailer on YouTube isn't available to watch outside the US, but handily there are multiple versions around.

Watch the trailer.

Kermode's soundtrack series

Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode's sharing his favourite film soundtracks in a new four-part series which kicks off on BBC Radio 4 at 22:00 BST tonight.

The Soundtrack of my Life includes music from Midnight Express, Sorcerer, Shock Treatment and one of Kermode's favourite movies Jeremy.

Find out more on this week's

Kermode Uncut.

Jack Reacher tops UK chart

The Bookseller

Lee Child
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Lee Child's latest Jack Reacher thriller, Personal, has topped the official UK top 50 book chart for a third consecutive week.

The novel sold 22,680 copies in the week ending 9 May and it's the first time a book featuring the character has spent more than a fortnight at the top.

Kim Kardashian was the highest new entry on the hardback non-fiction chart with Selfish, her collection of selfie portraits. However it only managed to sell 1,940 copies.

Read the full story (subscription site).

Cash-free festival

Download poster

We're all for a faff-free life and it seems the organisers of Download Festival are too.

Organisers have just announced this year's event is going cashless - the first major UK festival to do so.

Festival goers will pre-load money onto their Dog Tag wristband and then use it to pay for food, merchandise and drinks - reducing queues for the bar and of course removing "the faff of cash".

Find out more

on their website.

Noomi to play opera star Maria Callas

Noomi Rapace
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Prometheus star Noomi Rapace has been chosen to play influential opera singer Maria Callas in a new biopic.

Callas will focus on the American-born Greek singer's almost two-decade long relationship with Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis (pictured together below).

Aristotle Onassis and Maria Callas
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"This movie is about an extraordinary woman whose deepest desire is to lead an ordinary life with the man of her choice," said the film's producer.

But it faces competition from an HBO biopic, announced last year, in which Meryl Streep will play the singer in later life.

Read more.

Our man in Cannes

Kev Geoghegan

Arts and entertainment reporter

Advertising does play a tiny part out here. Tiny(ish)..

Cannes Film Festival

Writer William Zinsser dies

William Zinsser working in his office in mid-Manhattan
Mark Ostow

Multi-million-selling author and writing coach William Zinsser has died in New York, aged 92.

Zinsser died at his Manhattan home after a brief illness, according to his wife Caroline Fraser Zinsser.

His 1976 book On Writing Well became a standard in the classroom, and an essential text for people trying to sharpen up their prose.

Its advice was straightforward: write clearly, avoid jargon and make the reader think you enjoyed yourself.

Read more of his best writing tips.

Marvel eyes Selma director

The Wrap

Ava DuVernay

Could Marvel be about to hire its first female director and its first black director in one fell swoop?

The Wrap's been told by "multiple individuals with knowledge of the situation" Marvel wants Selma director Ava DuVernay to take the reigns on one of its next films.

It's thought they've had discussions about DuVernay directing either Black Panther - featuring the company's first black superhero - or Captain Marvel, who is a woman. Insiders think Black Panther - which is due in July 2018 - would be the most likely.

Marvel have hired a woman to direct one of its films before, but Patty Jenkins - recently hired by Warner Bros to direct Wonder Woman - left Thor: The Dark World following creative differences.

Read more.

Global iPlayer switch-off date


The "global" version of the BBC iPlayer is to close next month, the corporation has confirmed.

It means users who had watched programmes via the app in Western Europe, Australia and Canada will no longer have the service from 26 June.

The BBC announced the movie last July, but hadn't given a shut-off date until now.

Read more on this story.

Take That's full house

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It's a hard life being on the road on tour - living out of a suitcase and spending all your time on a tour bus.

Take That are two weeks in to their UK dates and to spice things up for their crew they've been organising events to help keep their spirits up.

Displaying how truly rock and roll they are, they've been playing bingo and having quiz nights.

"We did bingo the other night and it went down a storm," Gary Barlow told Free Radio.

Maybe they could have a go at the classic games Twister and Operation on their next night off...

Roger Moore wins libel damages

Sir Roger Moore

James Bond star Sir Roger Moore has accepted undisclosed libel damages over claims he "groped" a woman during the filming of 1981 film For Your Eyes Only.

The star - who was knighted for his services to charity in 2003 - also received an apology and his legal costs over a story published by the Daily Mail and Mail Online in October 2014.

Associated Newspapers said it acknowledged the claims were untrue.

Read more on this story.

Sir Elton's plea for tolerance

Tim Masters

Arts and Entertainment correspondent

Sir Elton John

More from last night's 10th birthday performance of Billy Elliot the Musical at London's Victoria Palace Theatre.

Sir Elton John, who wrote the score, said the show was just as relevant now as when it was written and made a plea to the newly-elected Conservative government.

There are still struggles going on and we hope that the new government will be compassionate toward people who don't have much in the world. There's far too much between the haves and have nots. It's one thing that worries me and bothers me - and we hope that the new government can do something about that and not go off at a tangent.

And Sir Elton also praised Billy Elliot's message of tolerance.

Everyone needs to be accepted for who they are. There's been a lot of progress in this country for that compared to the '60s when people couldn't even be openly gay. I'm a married man now and I'm very proud of my country. We've made huge advances but there's still a lot of tolerance to be spread about and that is what this show does. It spreads love and tolerance and understanding - and you can't beat that message especially in the world we live in today.

The Jacksons at the Proms

The Jacksons

The Jackson's have been revealed as the headliners for this year's BBC Proms in the Park event - the annual Last Night of the Proms spectacular in London's Hyde Park.

Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon Jackson will perform some of their biggest hits in tribute to their late brother Michael at the show on 12 September.

"We're looking forward to coming to London, to Hyde Park, and when we get there we're going to be singing all the greats, and we're going to have a really big party," The Jackson's told BBC Radio 2's Ken Bruce as he made the announcement.

"We always bring great weather over from California!"

Proms in the Park
Mark Allen / BBC

The Jacksons will be joined by tenor Russell Watson, soprano Danielle De Niese, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Beverley Knight, Matt Cardle and the cast of Memphis and many more.

The show, hosted by Terry Wogan, will be broadcast live on Radio 2.

Tickets go on sale on Friday -

get the full details.

Billy Elliot to return to the big screen

Billy Elliot
Alastair Muir

Although the Billy Elliot musical was based on the 2000 film of the same name, Sir Elton John has revealed plans for a big screen adaptation of his stage show.

"There are other songs that we had had to leave out of the musical that would be great in the film," he told the BBC last night after the musical's 10th anniversary performance.

If the new film version was to, in-turn, become another musical, it might make our heads explode - a bit like looking at a mirror within a mirror forever.

Read more on this story.

Your views - Jason Donovan tour

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There seems to be a lot of excitement to the news Jason Donovan is touring his 1989 album Ten Good Reasons next year. Here's a sample of what you've told us:

@BBCNewsEnts yes yes yes!!! @JDonOfficial rocks!!!

No, but incredibly intrigued to see him as Lionel Logue in The King's Speech on stage. Fascinating casting.…

And here is some of the more excitable reaction from across Twitter:

@JDonOfficial I can't wait to see this. It was the first album I had on record

Ridiculously excited that Jason Donovan is going to be performing the Ten Good Reasons album IN FULL on his next tour.

What?!?!? @JDonOfficial is going on tour!!!! This is HUGE #theoneivebeenwaitingfor #fingerscrossedforKylie

Cannes casting news

Screen Daily

As Cannes gets underway some new casting announcements have already been made.

Rachel Weisz
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Rachel Weisz will star in and produce a kidnapping thriller called Snatchback, based on the true story of a US woman who spent a decade looking for her daughter after her ex-husband took her to the Middle East.

The Hobbit's Richard Armitage and Bond actress Naomie Harris will also appear in an action drama called Clearance, about a mine clearance expert and his wife who must escape a vast minefield after they're kidnapped in South Sudan.

Read the full story.

Kennedy channels Hendrix

Nigel Kennedy / Jimi Hendrix

Violin maestro Nigel Kennedy's been a longtime fan of Jimi Hendrix - he released an album of Hendrix covers called The Kennedy Experience back in 1999 - and he's just announced some special Hendrix-inspired shows.

He'll play Cambridge Corn Exchange, Oxford New Theatre and London's Royal Festival Hall in September.

"What attracts me to Jimi Hendrix's music is the amazingly open mind that he had," says Kennedy.

"There were any number of influences that he could hear through the compositions; these ranged from rock, blues and Celtic through to trance and experimental styles.

"Maybe that's why I find it so natural exploring his music, having been involved in so many similar styles myself".

Tickets are on sale from 15 May except the London show, which goes on sale 23 May.

Chicken and (Hot) Chips

Hot Chip

Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor (centre) has been sharing some of the stories behind their sixth album Why Make Sense?

Fifteen years after they started making sweet dance anthems together he reveals why Hot Chip find it impossible to take a break, how they made each copy of the album unique and what inspired him to write a song about fried chicken.

Read the full interview.

Uganda's Tarantino

Isaac Nabwana and Alan Hofmanis

Ugandan film-maker Isaac Nabwana lives in a slum and makes his films for around $200 (£130), fashioning bullets out of wood and using condoms filled with fake blood to recreate gunshot injuries.

So why did New Yorker Alan Hofmanis quit his life in the US and move to Kampala to star in the movies?

Read the feature.

Our man in Cannes

Kev Geoghegan

Arts and entertainment reporter

In a few minutes these seats will mainly be filled by Tom Hardy and Nicholas Hoult talking about Mad Max: Fury Road.

Cannes junnket

One woman show

Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono is the latest artist to take centre stage at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, kicking off her new exhibition Yoko Ono: One Woman Show at a special press launch.

The show focuses on work she created between 1960 and 1971 and includes pieces about her late husband John Lennon.

Yoko Ono

The prints, paintings, performance art, music and video installations begin with Apple, Ono's 1964 work showing a piece of fruit on a pedestal.

Yoko Ono with Bag Piece

The exhibition, which opens on 17 May and runs until 7 September, also includes Bag Piece, which sees two guests enter a cloth bag together. Sounds cosy.

Big Brother returns

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Overnight figures suggest an average 1.7 million tuned in to see Big Brother return to Channel 5 live last night.

It's slightly down on last year's launch show, which attracted an average two million, not including Channel 5 +1 viewers.

The launch show saw 16 contestants enter the house although, in a shock twist, unlucky housemate Simon Gross was evicted just one hour after he arrived.

Were you watching? What did you think of the show? Get in touch and let us know!

Rupert's swashbuckling new role

Rupert Everett in The Musketeers

Rupert Everett's joined the cast of BBC One's swashbuckling drama The Musketeers.

He'll play corrupt 17th Century Paris governor Marquis de Feron - Louis XIII's illegitimate brother - in the third series.

The actor said he loves the show and is "very excited" about the role, which will see him clash with the Musketeers, played by Tom Burke, Santiago Cabrera, Howard Charles and Luke Pasqualino.

Read the full story.

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Will you be buying a ticket to see Jason Donovan in concert? Do you love the nostalgia or is it so 1989?

Tweet or email and let us know.

Jem is my name

Jem cartoon

A bit more nostalgia for you now. If you remember the original 1980s TV series Jem, or had one of the Hasbro dolls, you will be excited to hear

the first trailer for new live action movie Jem and the Holograms has been released.


The film's directed by Jon M Chu (Step Up 2, Step Up 3D, GI Joe and not one but two Justin Bieber documentaries) and stars Aubrey Peeples as Jem, alongside Juliette Lewis and Molly Ringwald.

All good. But where are the Misfits? And we're a little disappointed to hear One Direction soundtracking the trailer instead of the

original theme tune. Truly, truly, truly outrageous.

Jem and the Holograms

Jason's greatest hits tour

Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan
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If you grew up in the 1980s, Jason Donovan may have featured in your life in a big way thanks to Neighbours and Stock Aitken Waterman.

You may have had posters of him adorning your walls or imagined you were Kylie Minogue while singing into your hairbrush singing their hit Especially For You... OK, maybe that was just us...

Now it's time for Jasonmania to return as the Aussie singer and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant is going to embark on a 20-date UK tour of his 1989 album Ten Good Reasons and other greatest hits.

Ten Good Reasons spawned the number one Too Many Broken Hearts - which featured the star playing an (unplugged) electric guitar on top of a mountain.

"I've never played some of these songs live ever before!" Donovan said.

"Ten Good Reasons was a defining moment for me and my fans. The great thing about this tour is, I can re-live those feelings and share it with the fans who were there with me. They will have their own stories of firsts and growing up too."

Tickets go on sale this Friday for dates beginning next February.

Read more on Jason Donovan's Facebook page

From the Croisette

Kev Geoghegan

Arts and entertainment reporter in Cannes

Cannes poster

You know it's going to be a Cannes Film Festival of excitement and unpredictability when, on arriving at the airport in Nice, you spot - in no particular order Charlize Theron, John Legend and... former This Is Your Life host Michael Aspel.

I should add they didn't all arrive together. Which would have been weird.

The festival itself kicks off later, not with a Hollywood movie, but rather a French drama Standing Tall, directed by Emanuelle Bercot. Perhaps the organisers have learned a lesson after the lukewarm reception given to Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby in 2013 and the all-out pasting meted out to last year's opening movie Grace of Monaco.

Or maybe it was just a great opportunity to open the oldest and most French of film festivals with a local tale, starring the first lady of French cinema Catherine Deneuve.

Either way, there is a lot of excitement ahead of the first opening film at Cannes to be directed by a woman since 1987.

Read more and keep up to date with the Cannes reporter's diary.

The (Cannes) jury's in

Ethan and Joel Coen

Among the stars already in Cannes for this year's film festival are 2015's jury presidents - directing duo the Coen brothers. Joel (above left) and Ethan (right) were pictured meeting up with jury members last night, although they weren't particularly all smiles for the cameras.

Sienna Miller

British actress Sienna Miller is on the jury this year.

Jake Gyllenahaal and Thierry Fremaux

Fellow jury member Jake Gyllenhaal and the festival's general delegate Thierry Fremaux gave photographers a wave from the hotel balcony.

Thierry Fremaux, Sophie Marceau, Joel and Ethan Coen

French actress Sophie Marceau (above) joined them for their pre-festival natter.

Ethan Coen and Rossy de Palma

Singer Rokia Traore, director Guillermo del Toro and French-Canadian actor and filmmaker Xavier Dolan are also on the 2015 jury - along with Spanish actress Rossy de Palma, pictured above with Ethan Coen.

Avengers continue UK chart reign

Scarlet Johansson in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Superhero blockbuster Avengers: The Age of Ultron topped the UK box office for a third consecutive weekend, taking £3.5m and bringing its total UK haul to a whopping £40.4m.

Spooks: The Greater Good - a spin-off of the BBC TV series, entered the chart at two with £1m in box office receipts.

Other new entries saw Blake Lively drama The Age of Adaline at number five with more modest takings of £570,386 and Samuel L Jackson action adventure Big Game at seven grossing £535,905.

Here's the top five rundown:

  1. Avengers: The age of Ultron - £3.5m
  2. Spooks: The Greater Good - £1m
  3. Far From the Madding Crowd - £833,804
  4. Unfriended - £662,662
  5. The Age of Adeline - £570,386

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Entertainment reporter

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Good morning!

Sarah Jane Griffiths

Entertainment reporter

Welcome along to Wednesday's Entertainment Live page, where we'll be keeping you up to date with all the latest entertainment, arts and culture happenings.

It's a big day for the film world as the Cannes Film Festival kicks off in the south of France - we'll have updates coming from our reporter there throughout the day and we'll bring you the latest pictures from the Croisette.