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  1. Blues legend BB King dies aged 89
  2. Johnny Depp's dogs leave Australia
  3. U2's The Edge falls off stage

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By Victoria Lindrea and Keily Smith

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Victoria Lindrea

Arts and entertainment reporter

That concludes our service for today, with our coverage dominated by lavish tributes for the late, great BB King.

So, as we head into the weekend - to borrow from the title of King's 1999 album - Let the Good Times Roll!

Rubber body


Britain's Got Talent is back on ITV on Saturday - and one act is sure to make you wince.

Going under

the stage name Bonetics, 17-year-old Junior from Essex contorts his body as if he's made from rubber.

It certainly looks painful, and the judges have a hard time watching!

True Detective moves to California

Colin Farrell

The trailer for the new series of True Detective has been released online - and Colin Farrell is sporting that moustache again (see our earlier Lobster post).

This time the action moves to California, with Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch "without his shirt" (

TV Guide assures us) in the lead roles.

Nic Pizzolatto's script focuses on "three police officers and a career criminal, who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder".

Check it out.

'Judge Woody on films'

Emma Stone, Woody Allen and Parker Posey

Woody Allen's biographer Jason Solomons tells BBC's Vincent Dowd that critics should judge Woody Allen's films on merit, rather than based on ideas about his morals and behaviour.

79-year-old Allen premieres his 46th film, Irrational Man, at the Cannes Film Festival.

Listen to the interview.

Queen's birthday plans

Katherine Jenkins
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With a year still to go, plans for celebrating The Queen's 90th birthday next year are being unveiled.

Classical singer Katherine Jenkins will be among those taking part in four days of performances from 12-15 May 2016, with The Queen attending the final night when it will be broadcast live on TV.

The shows will feature 550 horses and 1,200 performers from around the Commonwealth.

Pret a Cole Porter

Neil Smith

Arts reporter

Ellie Bamber and Jamie Parker (foreground) in High Society
Johan Persson

"Who wants to be a millionaire?" sang the chorus midway through Thursday's first night performance of High Society at London's Old Vic theatre.

"I do!" piped up a woman in the stalls, no doubt emboldened by the brief bout of audience participation that kicks off Maria Friedman's exuberant revival of the Cole Porter musical.

It's a fun, zesty, sunny production, with nice turns from Ellie Bamber and Jamie Parker (above) among others, and a spectacular party sequence that involves a couple of brave hoofers tap-dancing on a piano lid.

The critics have been

largely won over by a show which brings the curtain down on Kevin Spacey's 11-year tenure as artistic director of this historic venue.

Spacey's time at the Vic has seen striking highs (the Sam Mendes-directed Richard III), baffling lows (a Much Ado About Nothing starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave) and one universally derided clunker (2006's Resurrection Blues, one of the final projects to be undertaken by film director Robert Altman).

All things considered, though, the Hollywood star has made a significant contribution to the London theatre scene that makes High Society, if not a crowning achievement, then at least a fitting send-off.

Find out what the composer Neil Brand thought of it

in his review on Radio 3's Free Thinking programme.

New Hockney exhibition

David Hockney sits in front of his work 'Sparer Chairs' at the launch of his new exhibition
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David Hockney has opened a new exhibition of painting and photography at a gallery in London.

"Artists don't retire. You just go on until you fall over. That's all I'll do," the 77-year-old told reporters at the exhibition opening at the Annely Juda art gallery.

"I like working, what else is there to do?" he added.

The new show centres on 40 works shot and painted in Hockney's studio in Los Angeles over the past 18 months.

"Playing with photography excites me. You can make a new kind of picture," explained Hockney. "I've only recently realised what digital photography can do. You can play with perspective.

But he added that it was not a replacement for drawing which remains "absolutely essential".

Slash pays tribute

Devastated by the passing of BB King. My favorite blues guitarist. & a truly wonderful man. RIP BB.

Devastated by the passing of BB King. My favorite blues guitarist. & a truly wonderful man. RIP BB.

Lobster film proves odd fish

Kev Geoghegan

Arts and entertainment reporter

The Lobster
Cannes Film Festival

"Just being in it doesn't mean I know more about this than any audience member who will see it."

That's Colin Farrell's verdict on The Lobster, which premiered in Cannes on Friday.

The film, by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, is about single people are sent to a hotel to find love.

If they find a mate who shares similar attributes, they can return to the city to live in happiness. If they fail, they become animals and are allowed to roam the forest. Or they can choose to be loners and live a feral existence in the woods, where they risk capture and involuntary metamorphosis into a creature.

What follows is a bizarre, frightening, moving and darkly funny tale. And one which is very much open to interpretation.

Read our reporter's diary.

Jools Holland on BB King

Musician and presenter Jools Holland recalls working with the late, great BB King.

Jools Holland/BB King

He was, without question, one of the most modest and calm and humble people that I have ever met. I could honestly say, and I worked with him on a few occasions, I never heard him speak a cross or ill word. And what's more when he played...once he got into a boogie he was lost in it, and his neck would involuntarily start to move and he'd start to play the blues. Once he got lost in it, it was great. He was really an inspiration to us to enjoy not just the blues, but music. He was really a musician's musician, in that sense that he was a true, great artist that has never really been swayed by fashion. And what BB played was very easy for people to understand but had a great depth to it as well. You didn't have to know anything about the blues to kind of hear him playing the guitar. Suddenly everything feels great.

Knopfler on BB King death

Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler joins the growing list of guitarists paying tribute to the late BB King.

BB King was an enormous influence on me and for countless others. I first heard him on the record Live At The Regal at 15, and was struck by the sound and the emotion in his playing and singing, and the effect of both on the audience. It was an honour to be a part of BB King and Friends, his 80th birthday recording of duets. BB will always be in my heart.

Mark Knopfler

Iannucci takes on Stalin



Armando Iannucci is to direct a film based on the graphic novel Death of Stalin.

Created by French writer Fabien Nury, the novel focuses on the final days of Stalin and the demise of the regime after his death.

Iannucci, who created the Thick of It and Veep, is expected to

start filming next year.

Poet in motion

Sir Andrew Motion

Poet Sir Andrew Motion is to leave Britain for a new job at a university in the US, saying he found living in the UK as a former poet laureate "suffocating".

Sir Andrew said: "I feel I'm spending roughly half my time hiding in plain sight because I used to be something.

"And the other half of the time I feel still so hard pressed to the national bosom that I'm suffocating. So I'd quite like to go and live in America."

Read more.

Matisse returned


A Matisse painting looted by the Nazis and uncovered in the vast treasure trove held by art collector Cornelius Gurlitt has been returned to the heirs of the original owner.

Woman Sitting in an Armchair was originally owned by Jewish art dealer Paul Rosenberg, who was forced to leave his collection of artworks behind when he fled France in 1940 to escape Nazi persecution.

Mr Gurlitt, the son of Adolf Hitler's art dealer, had for years hidden more than 1,000 works by artists including Picasso and Monet.

The art collector died last May. His two potential heirs agreed the Matisse could be returned to Rosenberg's family.

Living on the Edge

The Edge
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The Edge has gone over the edge.

The U2 guitarist fell off the stage on the opening night of the world tour in Vancouver.

The group were performing their encore at the Rogers Arena when the 53-year-old took a tumble.

A video posted online of the incident shows the guitarist appearing to misjudge the unconventional shape of the stage and stepping off the side.

He later posted a picture of his grazed arm on Instagram saying: "Didn't see the edge, I'm ok!"

Read the full story.

'No hard feelings' over Malik departure

One Direction

One Direction have insisted there are "no hard feelings" between the band and Zayn Malik, despite a recent Twitter row between Malik and Louis Tomlinson.

The foursome made their first TV appearance since Malik quit the group on US talk show The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Speaking about their Twitter altercation last month, Tomlinson said the pair had cleared the air.

"There was a bit of back and forth... we're on good terms now," he said. "I've never been very good at biting my tongue, I think I get it off my mum."

Liam Payne said the band had recovered from their initial "disappointment" at Malik's departure.

"We were angry at first, but then just more disappointed," he said.

"But we wish him the best of luck with whatever he gets up to. There are no hard feelings."

Read the full story.

Mad Max in Cannes

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn
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Post-apocalyptic action reboot Mad Max: Fury Road had its European premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last night, with Hollywood stars Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy among those gracing the red carpet.

Theron was accompanied by partner Sean Penn, who seemed happy posing alongside the actress in front of the vast throng of photographers.

The film also stars Brits Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Nicholas Hoult, as well as Zoe Kravitz, daugther of Lenny.

The film has been receiving

rave reviews from critics.

Mad Max cast
Julianne Moore

Motown comes to West End

Motown the Musical

Broadway hit Motown the Musical has found a home in London's West End, opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre in February 2016.

The show will chart the rise of Motown and its founder Berry Gordy, and will feature some of the biggest hits from the label, including Ain't No Mountain High Enough, My Girl and I Heard It Through the Grapevine.

Berry Gordy, who has written the show, said: "I am thrilled to be bringing Motown back to the UK, 50 years after our first visit back in 1965, when Diana Ross and The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and I came to London for our very first UK tour.

"Half a century later we are delighted to be returning."

Grayson embraces Essex roots

A House for Essex
FAT/Living Architecture

The essence of Essex has been captured in a holiday home created by conceptual artist Grayson Perry.

In A House for Essex, situated near Wrabness on the North Essex coast, Perry tells the story of Essex mum Julie, creating her likeness in his trademark ceramic.

Although it looks surreal, it is actually a functional building and will eventually be let out as a holiday cottage - although no news yet on how much it will cost.

The BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz

takes a tour of the house.

Clapton pays tribute to King

Eric Clapton has paid tribute to his "dear friend" BB King in a video posted on Facebook.

Eric Clapton and BB King

I want to thank him for all the inspiration and encouragement he gave me as a player over the years and the friendship we enjoyed. "There is not a lot left to say because this music is almost a thing of the past now and there are not many left who play it in the pure way that BB did. "He was a beacon for all of us who love this kind of music and I thank him from the bottom of my heart.

Boss fear for BBC Sport future

Opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games
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The BBC could lose the rights to major sporting events like the Olympics if the licence fee is cut significantly, the head of BBC Sport has said.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Barbara Slater warned of "a tipping point" at which the BBC will not be able to afford top championships.

The BBC has the rights to the Olympics until 2020, as well as events like Wimbledon and the Six Nations.

But Slater said any significant cut "would be enormously damaging to the ecology of sports broadcasting".

Read the full story.

Door still open for Shearer

Harry Shearer/Mr Burns

The Simpsons producer Al Jean has told Entertainment Weekly that showrunners hope Harry Shearer might yet return to the animated hit, despite tweeting his departure from the show yesterday.

"Well, we’re still hoping he might come back," said Jean. "Nothing’s done ‘til it’s done. He tweeted that it was over, but… 

"There’s an offer that the rest of the cast accepted, and Harry has not accepted it. It’s not going to change, because the rest of the cast took it. So we’re hoping he does. If he doesn’t within a certain period of time, we would have to recast - but we haven’t started.  

Meanwhile, Futurama star John DiMaggio has told fans to stop speculating over replacements for the Mr Burns star and have some "respect".

To everybody joking/tweeting about me or @MAURICELAMARCHE or @TheBillyWest replacing @theharryshearer, just stop. Please? Have some respect.

Picture This at 20

Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet

Wet Wet Wet have announced a tour to mark the 20th anniversary of their album Picture This.

The album featured the hit cover Love Is All Around Us, which was number one in the UK for 15 weeks, until lead singer Marti Pellow insisted it was deleted, supposedly because he was so sick of it.

The Scottish quartet's first album, Popped In Souled Out, was released in 1997.

The 2016 Big Picture tour starts in 21 February in Rhyl and finishes in Inverness on 14 March, with tickets on sale on 21 May.

007 as undercover Stormtrooper?

The Sun

Stormtrooper/Daniel Craig

Will Daniel Craig be playing a stormtrooper in the forthcoming Star Wars film... or is Simon Pegg just pulling our leg?

The Sun claims that Pegg "confirmed" Craig's role at the Man Up premiere in London on Wednesday.

"I wasn't a Stormtrooper. Daniel Craig, he was a Stormtrooper," he "let slip" while fending off questions about his own apparent cameo role in Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

"I shouldn't have said that," he added.

James Bond star Craig is rumoured to have an uncredited role in the film.

Sneak preview of Hateful Eight

A handful of critics have seen a sneak peek of Tarantino's latest film The Hateful Eight at Cannes.

The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw offered hilarious insight into the Harvey Weinstein party which showcased the company's key offerings for the forthcoming year, including Tarantino's Western.

“I’ve been married to Quentin Tarantino for 22 years: the best marriage of my life," Weinstein told reporters.  

The film stars Tarantino regulars Tim Roth, Samuel L Jackson and Michael Madsen "as a bunch of bounty hunters marooned during a blizzard in post-civil-war Wyoming".

Bradshaw labelled the film "the real star turn" at the event.  

Fellow critics Damon Wise and The Telegraph's Robbie Collin seem to agree.

Hateful Eight footage pretty damn tasty at Weinstein reception #Cannes2015

Just saw some footage from The Hateful Eight. It looks *very* structurally similar to Reservoir Dogs. And also amazing. #Cannes2015

Rowling gets her day in court

JK Rowling

JK Rowling has won her legal challenge to be allowed to read a statement in open court as part of a libel settlement against the Daily Mail.

The Daily Mail

has already apologised and paid damages over a 2013 story which falsely claimed her church had stigmatised her for being a single mother.

But the newspaper's publisher objected to a statement being read in court, appealing the High's Court original decision to allow it.

No timings have yet been given for when the statement will be read.

Buddy pays tribute

Blues guitarist Buddy Guy has posted his tribute to BB King on Instagram.

Buddy Guy
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This morning, I come to you all with a heavy heart. BB King was the greatest guy I ever met. The tone he got out of that guitar, the way he shook his left wrist, the way he squeezed the strings... man, he came out with that and it was all new to the whole guitar playin' world. He could play so smooth, he didn't have to put on a show. The way BB did it is the way we all do it now. He was my best friend and father to us all. I'll miss you, B. I love you and I promise I will keep these damn Blues alive. Rest well. All my love, Buddy

Women dominate book shortlist

Claire Fuller, Carys Bray and Emma Healey
Desmond Elliot

The shortlist for the Desmond Elliott Prize for new fiction has revealed an all-women final.

Emma Healey's Elizabeth is Missing, winner of the Costa first novel prize, lines up alongside Claire Fuller's Our Endless Numbered Days and Carys Bray's A Song for Issy Bradley.

The £10,000 prize, which will be announced on 1 July, was set up in memory of the celebrated literary agent to enrich the careers of new writers.

Read more on this story.

Stars' sadness at BB King's death

Fellow guitarists, musicians and actors acknowledged BB King's legendary status, as they paid tribute on Friday.

My friend and ledgend BB King passed.. I'm so so sad....he was so great to me... We've lost the King..... My love and prayers to his family.

RIP BB King, one of the best blues guitarists ever, maybe the best. He could do more on one note than anyone. #respect

Underworld rises again

Kate Beckinsale
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Kate Beckinsale has signed up to star in the fifth instalment of vampire action saga Underworld.

The franchise once again gets a new director, making it a different director for each film.

Anna Foerster will helm the latest one, having previously worked as a cinematographer on The Day After Tomorrow, Aeon Flux and Alien: Resurrection.

Our Man in Cannes

First screening in the massive Grand Theatre Lumiere in the Palais for The Lobster. Expecting weirdness. #BBCatCannes

First screening in the massive Grand Theatre Lumiere in the Palais for The Lobster. Expecting weirdness. #BBCatCannes

Leaving on a jet plane

Boo and Pistol, at a local grooming parlour

Boo and Pistol are leaving Australia.

Johnny Depp's dogs, currently the world's most famous Yorkshire terriers, are preparing to take flight on board the actor's private jet.

The pair of pooches were under threat of being put down after Australia's agriculture minister, Barnaby Joyce, accused Depp of sneaking them into the country illegally last month.

Mr Joyce told the BBC he believed they were leaving by private jet on Friday, which he said was "the wisest move".

Read the full story.

More BB King tributes

Snoop Dogg, Ringo Starr and country stars Lee Brice and Brad Paisley also shared their sadness at the loss of BB King.

On Instagram, Snoop Dogg wrote simply: RIP BB King.

God bless BB King peace and love to his family Ringo and Barbarax😎✌️🌟💖

B.B. King. My heart just broke into a million pieces. Not enough space to describe my feelings of the man. Legend, pure, real, teacher..

Sad to hear B.B. King has left us. I loved collaborating with him, loved his music, & his spirit. He changed music forever. God bless him.

Mondrian record smashed


An auction record for an oil painting by Piet Mondrian was set in New York last night, as Composition No. III, with Red, Blue, Yellow, and Black, sold for $50.6m (£25.8m).

The previous record for a work by the Impressionist was $27.6m, which had stood since 2009.

The total raised at the Christie's sale passed the $200m, topping an

impressive week for art sales in the US.

BB King tributes

Lenny Kravitz, Hugh Laurie and Will Young were among the first celebrities to pay tribute to Blues legend BB King, who has died in Las Vegas.

BB, anyone could play a thousand notes and never say what you said in one. #RIP #BBKing

BB, anyone could play a thousand notes and never say what you said in one. #RIP #BBKing

Oh God. BB King. Let the sad times roll.

#BB King- the most wonderful Blues singer and Guitarist I suggest everyone gets one of his records to hear true soul and spirit

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Victoria Lindrea

Arts and entertainment reporter

Another day, another live page! Today we will be bringing you all the reaction to the sad passing of Blues legend BB King, plus what's hot on the Croisette as our man in Cannes mingles with the stars on the French Riviera. It's a tough gig.