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Summary

  1. News and updates for 24 March 2016
  2. Axl Rose to join AC/DC?
  3. A Tribe Called Quest's touching tribute to Phife Dawg
  4. First trailer for new film from Ricky Gervais
  5. Pat Butcher 'returns from the dead' in EastEnders

Live Reporting

By Victoria Lindrea and Frances Cronin

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

So that's all from us for a wee while. It's Easter. Take a break. Eat some chocolate. Enjoy the - erm - rain!

The Entertainment live page will be back next Tuesday, after the long weekend, when we'll have loads of news and videos to share, and probably some social media shenanigans too - I mean, 4 days is a long time for Kim and Kanye to keep quiet...

Until then, there's a world of art and theatre out there to enjoy. Why not check out a local exhibition or catch a show? And if you really can't be bothered to dig out the umbrella, stick on some music or a film, or just curl up with a good book (and, of course, the obligatory Easter snacks). Whatever you do, enjoy the weekend.

See you next week. 

What to expect as Line of Duty returns for third series

Line of Duty
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Line of Duty, Jed Mercurio's cult TV drama about the police anti-corruption squad AC-12, returns to BBC screens for its third series tonight.

This time the plot centres around Daniel Mays' ambitious sergeant Danny Waldron, taking over from critically-acclaimed turns by Lennie James and Keeley Hawes as the leads in series one and two respectively.

AC-12 regulars DS Steve Arnott, DC Kate Fleming, DS Matthew Cottan and Superintendent Ted Hastings return in a show that should satisfy the void left by Happy Valley.

For those new to the show, where have you been?!  Fear not, the Guardian has prepared a handy catch-up guide.

Meanwhile Craig Parkinson (Cottan) and Vicky McClure (Fleming) discussed getting into character on this morning's BBC Breakfast.

Line of Duty airs at 21:00 GMT on BBC2 tonight.

Line of Duty is back for a third series, after the second won Best Drama at the RTS awards

Batman v Superman 'for fans not critics', says Amy Adams

Amy Adams
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A bit more from Amy Adams, who we spoke to about playing Lois Lane in new superhero epic Batman v Superman. 

The film, released tomorrow, has had mixed reviews from critics, with some saying it has a "muddled" storyline. 

But Adams said the film was for the fans rather than critics.

You know, what do they say - if you believe the good ones, you have to believe the bad ones. I know that Zack [Snyder] makes movies for his fans and not for the critics.

In this case, I don’t really pay attention… I try not to pay attention to it. It’s hard not to, sometimes. But I feel you’ve got to remember who you’re making these films for and if you try to pander to critics, it usually doesn’t work. You have to make the film with the vision that you have and be true to yourself.

Amy Adams on the super women in Batman v Superman

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice may be a testosterone-fuelled comic book hero face-off, but for Amy Adams - who plays Lois Lane - women are the real stars.

Adams said she was "so happy" to have Wonder Woman represented on the big screen for the first time. She also applauded director Zack Snyder for casting women of all ages in key roles. 

The film pits Ben Affleck's Batman against Superman, played for a second time by British star Henry Cavill. 

But it's the presence of Gal Gadot, as Wonder Woman, and Holly Hunter, as a US senator who tries to keep both Superman and Lex Luthor (played by Jesse Eisenberg) in check, that excites Adams. 

Amy Adams reprises her role as Lois Lane in Batman v Superman.

It’s not only Wonder Woman and Lois that have this role as strong women and how they’re represented, but he [Zack Snyder] also introduces Holly Hunter in a role that he could have given to a man. And I like that he chose Holly. Also the mother role is represented as a really strong influence on Superman, and I like the way he represented different ages.

Adams said having a five-year-old daughter, Aviana, made the matter even more important for her. 

She knows there’s an election coming up and she asked who the candidates were. So we got out a paper and I was explaining who everyone was. And she said: ‘Wait, a woman can be president?’. And I was like: ‘Yeah, a woman is running for president.’

And she kind of puffed up and I could see a world of possibilities open for her. And that’s why it’s so important. We want to show role models for women that are not just about how they look and not just 22 [years old]. As we age, we become such rich human beings and I love to see that being represented. I would love for my daughter to know that.

Wahlberg heads offshore in oil rig disaster film

"Inspired by the true story... of real heroes"

Deepwater Horizon, starring Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson and John Malkovich, takes its lead from the offshore oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 - and the events that caused one of the largest man-made environmental disasters in recent memory.

The film opens in September with Battleship's Peter Berg at the helm.

Watch the trailer.

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Stars out for People, Places and Things

Acclaimed play People, Places and Things transferred to the West End last night after its sell-out run at the Dorfman Theatre.  

Duncan Macmillan’s look at the rehab process opened at the Wyndham's Theatre where it will run for 14 weeks.  

Fiona Mountford in the Evening Standard gave last night's performance five stars and said Denise Gough gives "the greatest stage performance since Mark Rylance in Jerusalem". 

Guest Russell Tovey was clearly blown away by the performances too.  

My head hurts and my mouth feels alien X #PeoplePlacesThings #pressnight #excellent

Andrew Scott, Denise Gough, Russell Tovey
Craig Sugden

He was there with Sherlock's Andrew Scott - pictured at the party with Denise Gough. 

Also on the guest list were a very happy Jamie Cullum and Sophie Dahl. 

Jamie Cullum, Sophie Dahl
Craig Sugden

Also there were Frank Skinner, David Baddiel, Jessica Hynes, Reece Shearsmith, Jeremy Vine, Harvey Keitel and Fiona Bruce - with her leg in a cast. 

Jeremy Vine, Harvey Keitel and Fiona Bruce
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Criminal Minds loses an agent

Criminal Minds is losing one of its agents - Shemar Moore, who has played the headstrong FBI Special Agent Derek Morgan on all 11 seasons of the US show, is leaving the CBS drama.

Wednesday’s episode represented his final appearance - we won't give away what happened because it'll be a while before we get to see it in the UK.  

He teased the episode on Instagram, telling fans: "You DON'T want to miss THIS DRAMATIC, EMOTIONAL, and ACTION Packed Episode!!!"

Criminal Minds poster
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Easter weekend TV and radio

If you're not heading off for Easter there's plenty on TV to keep you hooked. 

On Sunday night the big event is the final episode of The Night Manager. Can the “worst man in the world” Hugh Laurie be beaten by potential Bond-in-waiting Tom Hiddleston - and, more importantly, will he take his top off again? 

All will be revealed, We hope. 

Tom Hiddleston
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On Easter Monday (ITV; 21:00 BST), Rowan Atkinson steps into the shoes of legendary French fictional detective Maigret - in the first of two films for ITV. 

Set in 1950s Paris, it's the Blackadder star's first major television role in almost 20 years.

Rowan Atkinson
ITV

Or if you're in the mood for a bit of costume drama and Michael Fassbender...

Mia Wasikowska & Michael Fassbender star in #JaneEyre this Saturday at 10pm on @BBCTwo bbc.in/1UbS7W7

Mia Wasikowska & Michael Fassbender star in #JaneEyre this Saturday at 10pm on @BBCTwo bbc.in/1UbS7W7

Meanwhile on the radio this weekend, Hacker T Dog, from CBBC, is a special guest on 6 Music. 

This #EasterWeekend join me & Shirley W. Keaveny for a @BBC6Music Eggstravaganza! It's on Sunday @1pm cockers! #eggs

This #EasterWeekend join me & Shirley W. Keaveny for a @BBC6Music Eggstravaganza! It's on Sunday @1pm cockers! #eggs

We hope he wears his special Easter outfit for Shaun Keaveny. 

I've got my #EasterWeekend outfit sorted. Let's hit the town cockers!

I've got my #EasterWeekend outfit sorted. Let's hit the town cockers!

Memorial planned for Viola Beach in hometown

Viola Beach
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A permanent memorial is being planned for Warrington band Viola Beach, who died with their manager in a car crash. 

Kris Leonard, River Reeves, and Jack Dakin - all aged 20 - Tomas Lowe, 27, and their manager Craig Tarry, 33, died outside Stockholm on 13 February. 

Warrington Council is raising funds for a lasting memorial in the town. 

Mayor Geoff Settle said he hopes families and friends can "seek solace" through a tribute to "five young men who were set to take on the world".

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Former Blue Peter star joins Wicked cast

Former Blue Peter presenter Mark Curry is joining the cast of Wicked as the Wizard.

Based on the untold story of the witches in the Wizard of Oz, Wicked officially opened in London's West End in 2006.

It has since been seen by over seven million people in London alone.

Mark Curry
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Katy B to host her own radio show

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Music reporter

Katy B
AP

Pop star Katy B has long been associated with Rinse FM - the pirate-turned-legitimate urban music station that's supported London's grime and garage scene for the last two decades.

It was the first place to play her music, back when she was a teenager recording under the name Baby Katy, and she still counts the studio as her home from home.

"There’s always something going on," she says. "Everyone’s always sharing tunes, or making jingles, or planning a rave."

"And there’s a big room full of merch[andise], so I’m always in there stealing t-shirts."

So having spent 10 years at the station, why has she never stepped behind the mic and presented her own show?

"Well, actually," she says. "I don’t even know if I’m allowed to talk about this but I’m going to do it! 

"I've been practising behind the desk and soon I will have a show."

The 26-year-old says the programme will "have a lot of guests" and a selection of her own music amongst the station's playlisted tracks.

And she's been brushing up on her interview technique.

"Having been on the other end of it over the years, I know what questions I’d like to be asked," she says. 

You can read our full interview with Katy B - in which she discusses her new album, the #BritsSoWhite controversy and working with Craig David - over here.

Katy B and Craig David perform their single ‘Who Am I’ and Katy sings two more tracks.

Coleman shows off her 'baby blues' as Queen Victoria

Former Doctor Who companion Jenna Coleman has tweeted a picture of herself on the set of Victoria - the forthcoming ITV drama about Queen Victoria in which she plays the monarch..

WIth the caption: 'Blue eyes are Back' - the picture showed Coleman in contact lenses, making her naturally brown eyes blue for the role. 

Jenna Coleman
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A Royal Albert Rave

Mark Savage

Music reporter

Hacienda Classical at the Royal Albert Hall
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Hacienda Classical at the Royal Albert Hall
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The Royal Albert Hall became a nightclub last night, as Hacienda: Classical descended on London.

The show features a raft of dance classics accompanied by an orchestral score. Last night's set saw a guest appearance from Pete Hook, playing bass on Blue Monday, and Happy Mondays dancer Bez, who added his unique shuffling groove to Voodoo Ray.

Aged ravers seemed to appreciate it.

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The show now goes on tour - visiting Glasgow, Lancaster and Dundee amongst others.

Get your glowsticks ready.

Stan Lee's Lucky Man to return to Sky 1

James Nesbitt's Sky 1 drama Lucky Man, created by Marvel legend Stan Lee, is getting a second series. 

The new ten-part series will air in 2017. 

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Series two will see James Nesbitt's Detective Inspector Clayton continue to struggle to control his compulsions and the never-ending battle between good and bad luck.

They say that you make your own luck and I’m pleased to say that in this case we did! I’m delighted that Lucky Man was so popular with viewers and look forward to being back on Sky 1 in 2017.

Co-creator Stan Lee is pretty happy about the news too.

What a thrill it is that Lucky Man’s coming back for another sensational season! It’s going to be a terrific new ride with Harry and the gang, where fortune smiles on those who catch my king sized cameo in season two!

James Nesbitt

Nude Kardashian mural 'must go'

David Bowie murals get listed status. Kim Kardashian murals? Not so much... 

The City of Sydney has said a giant mural of the reality star, by the Melbourne street artist Lushsux, must be removed within 14 days.

The mural, which stands two storeys high, was commissioned by bar owner, and owner of the wall, Zigi Ozeri. But Mr Ozeri has been told it had to go after a neighbour complained to the council, and it emerged that he had not submitted the correct paperwork.

He told the Guardian's Steph Harmon, he just wanted "to make the lane livelier, rather than a dark, boring wall".

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Maybe [we should] put a bra and undies on her, and then see if Kim Kardashian still offends someone.

Zigi Ozeri

Meanwhile, a second mural - this time of Kim's other half, Kanye West - has appeared further down the same lane. 

The image, painted  by Sydney street artist Scott Marsh, depicts Kanye caught in a lip-locker with... himself. And it seems nobody is complaining about that. Yet.

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Brookside star joins Emmerdale

A bit of soap cross-pollination for you now, with the news that John McArdle from Brookside is joining Emmerdale. 

The actor played Billy Corkhill in the Liverpool soap and has also appeared in The Bill, Waterloo Road, Holby City and New Tricks. 

He will play Ronnie Hale in Emmerdale - a "down-to-earth plumber who finds himself at the centre of a Home Farm family dispute" when Chrissie suspects he could be her biological father. 

I am really pleased to be joining the cast of Emmerdale. The standard of the show is equal to anything I have worked on before and I am really happy to become part of that.

Channing and Jenna Tatum's TV dance show

Variety

Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum
AP

Good news for fans of Strictly Come Dancing or Dancing with the Stars: Variety are reporting that NBC has ordered a new show from dancer and actress Jenna Dewan Tatum and hubby - star of Magic Mike and 21 Jump Street - Channing Tatum. 

The Supergirl actress will serve as judge and mentor and we're told Channing will appear on the show too. We're hoping he'll be donning some sequins...

The couple, who met when they starred together in the 2006 dance movie Step Up, will also executive produce the show.  

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Brie Larson thanks co-star Tremblay for keeping "the silliness alive"

Oscar winner Brie Larson has paid tribute to her Room co-star Jacob Tremblay in an emotional post on Instagram, marking the end of a lengthy publicity tour for the award-winning film.

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28 weeks ago (according to Instagram) @roomthemovie premiered at the #telluridefilmfestival. After the screening @jacobtremblay and I toasted. He had chocolate milk and I had red wine. I remember feeling so vulnerable after sharing this movie with the world for the first time; unsure of what was to come. Last night marked what may be our final toast to this film . He had a soda and I had sake. We are in Japan.

Together we have traveled the globe, spent almost two years hanging out, playfully arguing about things like who can hold their breath longer and talking at length about Room. At its core, every step of the way has been taken with love. We were generous and patient with each other. We laughed a lot, especially when it was hard. We picked each other up, answered for the other when one was tired and always kept silliness alive. Thank you Room for bringing us together. Thank you Room for uniting us with the rest of the world. Thank you to everyone who shared this journey with us. I will never ever forget it.

Brie Larson

Pat Butcher 'raised from the dead' for Peggy's farewell

Pat St Clement and Barbara Windsor, in 2014
BBC

Reports in today's newspapers suggest that the late Pat Butcher may be coming back to EastEnders... but, fear not, in the words of Imagination, "it's just an illusion".

Soaps are famous for their character revivals, most famously Bobby Ewing emerging from the shower and consigning an entire season of Dallas to dreamland.

EastEnders is no stranger to the resurrected character, with Dirty Den, Nasty Nick and, most recently, Kathy Beale, all seemingly returned from the dead. 

Pam St Clement was killed off on New Year's Day in 2012, but reports suggest she will reappear for Dame Barbara Windsor's final episide, as a hallucination conjured up by a dying Peggy Mitchell.

Coronation Street's Vera and Neighbours' Madge Bishop both appeared as ghosts, making a spectral reappearance to their nearest and dearest - and Pat herself made a 'back from the dead' cameo for a Children in Need special in 2014. 

Timothy Claypole, you have some competition... 

But the people in the know at EastEnders are not confirming anything.  

We have lots of special treats in store for Peggy’s final episodes but we are not going to confirm anything as we don’t want to spoil the surprise for the viewers.

EastEnders spokesperson

Is Beyonce about to Beyonce an album?

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Pop star Beyonce kicked-started the "surprise album" trend back in 2013, when she uploaded her fifth album (and 17 music videos) to iTunes with no warning.

Now, fans suspect she's at it again.

Fan site The Beyhive claims a new record is due in April, and will be accompanied by a "mini-movie".

Meanwhile, Twitter account Shady Music Facts says the star has uploaded 13 private videos to her YouTube account. Furthermore, it claims that Beyonce's iTunes page was briefly unavailable on Wednesday, suggesting it was being updated with new music.

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So is Beyonce about to Beyonce a new record?

It would certainly make sense to have some new material ready for her Formation World Tour, which kicks off in the US next month.

But the same was said about 2013's Ms Carter tour - which ran for 101 nights before the star released her self-titled album.

Furthermore, the unavailability of Beyonce's iTunes page is likely to be a red herring. The star released her latest single, Formation, exclusively on Tidal - the streaming platform in which she is a shareholder.

If a new album does emerge (and, let's face it, anything is possible) expect it to be a Tidal exclusive for at least a fortnight.

Mick Jagger speaks (halting) Spanish in Cuba concert promo

Mark Savage

Music reporter

Mick Jagger
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Tomorrow night, the Rolling Stones will stage a free concert in Havana - becoming the biggest act to play Cuba since the 1959 revolution led to the rejection of rock bands.

To celebrate the fact, the band have filmed a message for their Cuban fans, in which Mick Jagger makes a faltering attempt to speak Spanish.

"We've performed in many incredible places, but this concert in Havana is going to be a historic event for us," says the star.

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Whether anyone in Cuba will see the video is another matter. Only five per cent of households currently have internet access. Where connection is possible, the speed is so slow that users are generally only able to check email.

Nonetheless, The Rolling Stones concert is expected to attract 500,000 to Havana’s Ciudad Deportiva de la Havana. According to Reuters, the band shipped 61 containers with an estimated 500 tons of equipment to Cuba last week.

They aren't the first band to play the country since diplomatic relations with the US eased, however. That honour went to dance act Major Lazer earlier this month (while The Manic Street Preachers played there in 2001).

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Ricky Gervais - Special Correspondents trailer

The first trailer for Ricky Gervais's new film Special Correspondents has been released. 

The film will premiere on Netflix, and it's looking very funny. 

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Kyle taking over as ITV breakfast host

Jeremy Kyle is stepping into Piers Morgan's shoes "and even on his toes" over the Easter holidays, as he takes over hosting duties on Good Morning Britain, alongside Kate Garraway.

Both Morgan and co-host Susanna Reid will be away over the Easter break, leaving the way clear for motormouth Kyle. 

This could be a real marmalade dropper...

Along with Kate Garraway, I'll be helping to wake the nation up.

Jeremy Kyle
Jeremy Kyle
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Kyle is set to present from 28-30 March. ITV News presenter Mark Austin will also cover three days as a co-anchor with Ranvir Singh, from April 6-8, with the remaining days covered by Garraway and Ben Shephard.

A Tribe Called Quest release statement on Phife Dawg

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The hip-hop world was left reeling yesterday when news broke of Phife Dawg's death at the age of 45, following a long struggle with diabetes.

His bandmates in A Tribe Called Quest did not immediately release a statement - but the eloquence and tenderness of their tribute, which appeared overnight, isn't the sort of thing you can rush.

"Our hearts are heavy. We are devastated. This is something we weren’t prepared for although we all know that life is fleeting," they said in a statement. 

"It was no secret about his health and his fight. But the fight for his joy and happiness gave him everything he needed. 

"The fight to keep his family happy, his soul happy and those around him happy, gave him complete and unadulterated joy… until he heeded his fathers call."

You can read the full statement on the band's website.

Axl Rose to join AC/DC?

Mark Savage

Music reporter

Axl Rose
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File this one under "I'll believe it when I see it".

Reports from Atlanta suggest Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has been rehearsing with AC/DC and will replace lead singer Brian Johnson on their upcoming tour dates.

Earlier this month, the heavy metal veterans postponed their live shows, explaining Johnson was at risk of going deaf if he continued to perform.

Now, a radio host in Atlanta claims he's spotted Rose in the city and that he was practicing with the band.

"It's all but a done deal that Axl will front AC/DC for the 10 remaining [US] shows," Jason Bailey said on his show on rock station WNNX.

Meanwhile, Rose is preparing to reunite with the original line-up of Guns N' Roses at the Coachella festival in California next month.

Clooney pays tribute to Ken Howard

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Stars have been tribute to the Emmy and Tony-winning actor Ken Howard who has died aged 71. 

The actor, who appeared most recently in 30 Rock, was president of the US acting union SAG-AFTRA. 

George Clooney, a fan of Howard's work in US sports drama The White Shadow, released a statement about his death, recalling how he had met him early in his career.

The pair eventually worked together on the 2007 legal drama Michael Clayton.    

George Clooney
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There’s a story about how a young actor met Ken on the Fox lot in 1983 and told him what a fan he was of The White Shadow. Ken asked that actor what he did and the young man said, ‘Well someday I hope to be lucky enough to work with you.’

Then he told Ken he had an audition all the way across town at Paramount but he wasn’t going to make it because all he had was a bike. So Ken put his bike in the trunk of his car and dropped him off at Paramount.

Then Ken just waved goodbye and said good luck, ‘I hope we do get that chance to work together.’ I didn’t get that audition. But I did get the chance to work with him years later. It was an honor. Today his obituary read that he was six foot six, but he was so much taller than that.”

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Piper and Fox announce marriage break-up

Billie Piper and Laurence Fox
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Actors Billie Piper and Laurence Fox have split up after more than eight years of marriage.

A statement on Fox's official Facebook page said no-one else was involved and asked for "space and privacy".

Lewis star Fox, 37, and Piper, 33 - former pop singer and Doctor Who companion - married in December 2007 and have two sons together.

"Laurence Fox and Billie Piper have separated. No third parties are involved," the statement read.

"For the sake of our family we request and appeal for space and privacy at this time."

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Good morning

Victoria Lindrea

BBC Entertainment and Arts reporter

And welcome to today's live page, bursting with all the latest news from the world of art and showbiz.

Overnight saw John Cleese threatening to sue an Australian theatre company over their 'tribute' production, The Faulty Towers Dining Experience, leading to a lengthy spat on Twitter...

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Meanwhile, George Clooney and Alec Baldwin are among the many Hollywood faces to have paid tribute to Emmy and Tony winner Ken Howard, recently seen on 30 Rock.

Read on, to find out more.