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  1. News for Tuesday 29 March 2016
  2. Dermot O'Leary to return as X Factor host
  3. Woody Allen latest to open Cannes
  4. Rowan Atkinson's Maigret reviewed

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By Neil Smith and Chris Long

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Goodbye for now

Chris Long

Entertainment reporter

That's it from us today, but we'll back with more news, trailers and other fun stuff tomorrow.

We'll leave you with some wonderful fan footage of Bruce Springsteen (gently) rocking out with his 90-year-old mother Adele in the crowd of his New York show last night. What's not to like?

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Dubai's walls host street art exhibition

Nick Walker stencil

This lively stencil by British artist Nick Walker is one of several adding a spot of colour to the United Arab Emirates this spring.

It's all part of Dubai Walls, an exhibition featuring 14 of the world's leading street artists that, according to its organisers, "aims to create the conversation about this exciting art form with residents and visitors in the region",

Here are a few more examples of the works on display.

Nick Walker stencil
Eelus stencil
Fire hydrant wrapped in yarn by Magda Sayeg

Ricky Gervais announces 'low-key' stand-up shows

Ricky Gervais

Ever a whirlwind of activity, Ricky Gervais has announced he'll be following the release of his new Netflix film Special Correspondents in April with a series of stand-up shows.

The comic writes on his blog that the shows would be his "first in about six years, if you don't count hosting the Golden Globes", adding he had "booked a couple of low key warm-ups" in London in May with some of those involved with his comedy series Derek "to flesh out the bill a bit".

And, of course, there's a bit of news about his upcoming David Brent movie, Life on the Road, which is out in August.

We started mixing the album this week and we have 15 tracks. This means our vinyl edition will be a double album. How cool is that? I'm like Prince. (But slightly taller.)

Coins to depict Queen's Beasts

A new set of gold and silver coins, based on the Queen's Beasts sculptures that were made to mark her coronation in 1953, are to be minted.

The two metre high sculptures were created by James Woodford and were themselves based on the King's Beasts, a collection of 10 statues made for Henry VIII that line the bridge over the moat at Hampton Court Palace.

Dragon beast statue at Kew

The Queen's Beasts can now be found at the Canadian Museum of History in Quebec, while Portland stone replicas, which were also carved by Woodford, stand next to the Palm House in London's Kew Gardens (see above).

The Royal Mint's new coin series will begin with the Lion of England. Coin designer Jody Clark has been describing the process he went through to create his "beast".

The lion in my design takes a rampant stance, the most fierce. I researched imagery of lions in the wild to make sure that mine had a true likeness to the creature's character, but I was careful that it wasn't too realistic. In this context the lion is a 'beast' and I wanted it to feel fantastical, so when it came to areas like the eyes I kept them blank.

Here's how his design will shortly look like in a pocket near you.

Lion of England coin design

Actors chosen for BBC sitcom remakes

Earlier this month, we brought you news that Till Death Us Do Part, Steptoe and Son and other classic comedies are to return to the BBC as part of a special season of one-off sitcom remakes.

It's now been confirmed who will take on some of the roles in these new-for-old makeovers.

Simon Day and Warren Mitchell

Simon Day (left) will play Alf Garnett, the outrageously outspoken character Warren Mitchell (right) made his own, in a recreation of a "lost" episode of Till Death Us Do Part from 1967, which sees Alf arrive home to an empty house and a burnt supper.

Wilfed Brambell and Jeff Rawle

Jeff Rawle (right) will play Albert Steptoe, the "dirty old man" so memorably first played by Wilfred Brambell (left), in a new version of Steptoe and Son.

Ed Coleman will play Albert's son Harold in A Winter's Tale, another "lost" episode that sees Harold attempt to go on a skiing holiday without his dad.  

Jon Culshaw and Sid James

Dead Ringers star Jon Culshaw (left), meanwhile, will step into Sid James's shoes in The New Neighbour, a new version of a Hancock's Half Hour first aired in 1957.

Kevin McNally will play Tony Hancock in the episode, reprising on screen a role he first played on radio in 2014.

Smashing Pumpkins put back together for 'mini-set'

A reunion long dreamed of by rock fans took place on Saturday, when Smashing Pumpkins were joined on stage in Los Angeles by original guitarist James Iha.

Iha, who co-founded the Chicago band in the late 1980s, has not played with them since they broke up in 2000. (They were subsequently resurrected by frontman Billy Corgen and drummer Jimmy Chamberlain in 2006.)

Footage filmed by fans showed Iha and the band's current guitarist Jeff Schroeder playing together on 1993 single Today.

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Rolling Stone reported that Iha joined the band - on his 48th birthday - for a "seven-track mini-set" that drew heavily from classic 1993 album Siamese Dream.

Chamberlain tweeted that it was "pretty cool" to have Iha back on stage with him.

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First footage of Jenna Coleman as Victoria

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Jenna Coleman makes the leap from the Tardis to the throne in the first trailer for Victoria, which was released by ITV over the Easter weekend.

Former Doctor Who companion Coleman, who shared a photo on Instagram of the "blue eyes" she has been given for the role, is starring as the young queen, alongside Rufus Sewell and Tom Hughes.

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Sewell, who was recently seen in Amazon's The Man in the High Castle, plays Victoria's first prime minister Lord Melbourne, while Hughes takes the role of her husband, Prince Albert.

The channel has yet to announce a broadcast date for the eight-part drama.

Avicii announces retirement from touring

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Swedish DJ Avicii has decided that, at the age of 26, the time is right for him to take a rest. So he has announced he is retiring from touring at the end of the year.

The Grammy nominee, whose hits include Wake Me Up and I Could Be the One, says his tour and shows in 2016 will be his last and encouraged his fans to "make them go out with a bang".

In a statement on his website, he wrote:

I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist.

I've become an adult while growing as an artist, I've come to know myself better and realise that there's so much I want to do with my life.

I have strong interests in different areas but there's so little time to explore them.

There is a glimmer of hope for fans, though, as he also asked fans to text him thoughts on what he had announced - addingthat  "one part of me can never say never. I could be back ...but I won't be right back."

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Poldark battles Bake Off for Bafta audience award

Aidan Turner as Poldark

It's a case of scythes versus spatulas at this year's TV Baftas, where Poldark will go head to head with The Great British Bake Off in the competition for the Radio Times audience award.

The period drama and baking contest are two of four BBC shows on a shortlist of six from 2015, alongside Peter Kay comedy Car Share and drama series Doctor Foster.

Channel 4's sci-fi drama Humans and Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer complete the list.

The award, to be handed out at the Bafta TV Awards in London on 8 May, is the only trophy at the prestigious ceremony to be given purely on the basis of a public vote.  

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Lil Wayne sues Universal Music over 'unpaid royalties'

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Rapper Lil Wayne claims he's owed millions of dollars in unpaid royalties by Universal Music Group.

The rapper is suing the record company, claiming he hasn't been paid for discovering and nurturing talent like Drake, Nicki Minaj and Tyga.

Lil Wayne - whose real name is Dwayne Carter Jr - claims Universal has diverted his profits to repay itself for the $100m (£70m) it advanced to Cash Money Records, the arm of the company with which his own Young Money label has a deal.

He also wants damages of $40m (£28m) and a ruling to clarify how the royalties are split.

In a statement sent to the Hollywood Reporter, Universal denies the claims.

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David Bowie concert to be streamed live for charity

David Bowie

Fans of the late, great David Bowie will be able to watch a live stream of a memorial concert in return for a donation to charity, organisers have said.

Due to "unprecedented interest", promoters have teamed up with Skype so fans donating a minimum of £15 can watch the show.

The Music of David Bowie will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Friday, with Mumford & Sons, Blondie and The Pixies due to perform.

Bowie's producer, Tony Visconti, is also expected to take to the stage.  

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Hansberry at the National

Lorraine Hansberry
Joi Gresham & Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust

If you know the name Lorraine Hansberry at all, it's probably for her groundbreaking 1959 drama A Raisin in the Sun. But she wrote more radical plays too, one of which - Les Blancs - is currently being revived at the National Theatre in London.

Unfinished at the time of her death in 1965, this ambitious drama tells of the return of a young man to his home village in an unnamed African country.

The BBC's Vincent Dowd spoke to the play's director, Yael Farber, and Margaret Wilkerson, Hansberry's biographer, about what the production hopes to add to its author's legacy.

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Main Glastonbury line-up revealed

Glastonbury revellers

A semi-complete line-up for this year's Glastonbury Festival has been unveiled, courtesy of a snazzy-looking poster.

In addition to previously announced headliners Muse, Adele and Coldplay, the programme includes such top acts as Beck, Foals, Ellie Goulding and The 1975.

Joining them on the bill will be the more seasoned likes of Art Garfunkel, Cyndi Lauper, Ronnie Spector and ZZ Top.

Here's the poster in all its multi-coloured glory.

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Beethoven named as UK's most popular composer

Ludwig Van Beethoven
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The beefy compositions of Beethoven have seen him crowned as the nation's most popular composer in the 2016 Classic FM Hall of Fame list.

The German, who died in 1827, saw 19 pieces make it into this year's chart, with Piano Concerto No 5 (Emperor), Symphony No 6 (Pastoral) and Symphony No 9 (Choral) all included in the top 10.

Austrian genius Mozart, who has previously been named most popular, only managed to get 16 pieces into the chart, with his Clarinet Concerto being the lone inclusion in the top 10.

Classic FM presenter John Suchet said the use of Beethoven's music in recent films might have accounted for his current popularity. 

I think that Beethoven's new position as the most popular composer has to do with films such as the Oscar-winning The King's Speech, which famously used his 7th Symphony, but his music is so universally popular.

The radio station also revealed that the poll, which saw 170,000 votes cast, named Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending as the UK's favourite piece of classical music.

And who are we to stand in the way of a nation's enjoyment? Here is the piece in question, performed at the 1995 Proms by Tasmin Little and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

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Woody Allen latest to open Cannes

Woody Allen

This year's Cannes Film Festival will open with Woody Allen's latest work, the title of which has been confirmed as Cafe Society.

According to organisers, it tells the story "of a young man who arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry, falls in love, and finds himself swept up in the vibrant cafe society that defined the spirit of the age."

Jesse Eisenberg, currently to be seen as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, co-stars with Kristen Stewart in the film, which also stars Steve Carell and Blake Lively.

This will be the third time the US director has launched the festival, having previously done so with Hollywood Ending in 2002 and Midnight in Paris in 2011.

Cafe Society will screen out of competition at this year's event, which runs from 11 to 22 May.

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'World's first supermodel' Janice Dickinson has breast cancer

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Janice Dickinson

Janice Dickinson, the self-titled "world's first supermodel", has revealed that she has breast cancer.

Dickinson, who was a contestant in last year's Celebrity Big Brother, told the Daily Mail she was diagnosed with the disease after her doctor found a lump in her right breast during a routine medical examination on 12 March.

Following tests, the former America's Top Model judge was found to have early stage ductal carcinoma in situ - a common form of breast cancer that starts in the milk ducts.

The 61-year-old said she was "very scared" before launching into a typically defiant statement.

Don't feel sorry for me, this is not a pity party. I'm Janice Dickinson and I'm gonna stick around for a long, long time - you ain't getting rid of me yet.

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Rowan Atkinson as Maigret: reviews round-up

Rowan Atkinson as Inspector Maigret

Rowan Atkinson made his first appearance on ITV on Monday as Inspector Jules Maigret, the pipe-smoking detective who made his first appearance in print 85 years ago.

The Blackadder and Mr Bean star was in unusually contemplative mood in the two-hour drama, which found Georges Simenon's sleuth on the trail of a serial killer who is murdering young women in Paris's Montmartre district.

The Times' James Jackson was generally enthusiastic about Atkinson's portrayal, but admitted it took "an initial adjustment" to disassociate the actor from his better-known comedic roles.

Casting the Blackadder actor feels akin to John Cleese doing King Lear...[Yet] Atkinson seemed to work hard to keep his face still in fear of hinting at clownish elasticity... [and] scored points for his sense of inner melancholia.

According to the Telegraph's Gerard O'Donovan, "comedians rarely make good detectives". Yet he too found himself won over by Atkinson's minimalist turn. 

For those of us who enjoyed beefy Michael Gambon in the role in the Nineties (or indeed Rupert Davies's Sixties portrayal, which many consider definitive), Atkinson's less physically imposing, and entirely less hearty Inspector Maigret took some adjusting to... But Atkinson's chameleon-like qualities gradually asserted themselves.

In his four-star review, the Mail's Christopher Stevens compared Atkinson's casting to that of Hugh Laurie in BBC One's The Night Manager.

This must be one of Baldrick's cunning plans. The stars of Blackadder are swiping all the best roles in serious telly drama... Atkinson is on the slight side for the role [but] has a superbly expressive face that crinkles with compassion or hardens into an implacable wall of determination with the flicker of a few muscles.

Writing in The Guardian, however, Lucy Mangan found her viewing experience suffered due to "a completely leaden script"

I was not sure, at first, why the team involved chose to do one of the Simenon books that was covered during the Michael Gambon years... Then I wasn't sure about Rowan Atkinson, who erred more and more on the side of 'blankly sullen, possibly depressed'... as time went on. And then I wasn't sure about how much time was going on. Events unfolded so slowly... that I thought my watch had stopped.

Maigret Sets a Trap is currently available to view on the ITV Hub.

Trap Door animator Terry Brain dies

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Terry Brain
David Brain

If, like me, you're of a certain age and a certain sense of humour, you will have uttered a sad "oh globbits" at the news that Terry Brain, creator of ITV's much-loved 1980s children's show The Trap Door, died at the weekend.

Forty episodes of the show, which featured a put-upon dungeon master called Berk (below) and his skeletal friend Boney, were made by Brain, who also co-created the BBC show Stopit and Tidyup.

Berk from The Trap Door

Many took to social media to pay tribute to the Bristol-born animator, who "passed away peacefully" on Friday morning according to his son David. The 60-year-old, who had had cancer, had two children and three grandchildren in all.

There were tweets from Oscar-nominated animators Mackinnion and Saunders and Neighbours and House actor Jesse Spencer. But it was comedian Robin Ince, host of BBC Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage, who summed up Brain's work best.

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X Factor winner makes West Ham appearance

Speaking of The X Factor, it was a busy weekend for Louisa Johnson, the most recent winner of the ITV series.

The 18-year-old West Ham fan was at the London club's Boleyn Ground on Monday to perform at Mark Noble's all-star testimonial match.

Here's a brief clip of Johnson in action.

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Afterwards, Louisa had time for a selfie with the man himself.

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Dermot O'Leary 'excited' over X Factor return

The big news today is that Dermot O'Leary is to return as host of The X Factor after one year away from the ITV series.

Here's how the show announced the news:

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O'Leary himself, whose shoes were filled for one season by Olly Murs and Caroline Flack, said he was "excited to be back".

There is nothing more exciting than hosting live TV on a Saturday night. The show is naturally very close to my heart, after having hosted it for eight years.

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Superheroes and Sydney rescues: the weekend round-up

Batman v Superman
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It's been a busy Easter weekend in the world of showbusiness, with superhero blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (above) taking a huge $424m globally in its first five days of release. and BBC One's thriller The Night Manager beating ITV's Our Queen at 90 in the ratings battle. (If you've not seen the final episode of The Night Manager, be careful as our story does contains spoilers.)

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Here's a round-up of the other news from the weekend, in case you missed it:

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Good morning

Neil Smith

Entertainment reporter

Welcome one, welcome all to our first post-Easter live page, bringing you all that's going on in the world of arts and entertainment.

Today, we'll be running the rule over some of the reviews that Rowan Atkinson has received for playing Inspector Maigret in ITV's big Easter Monday drama.

We'll also be bringing you reaction to the news that Dermot O'Leary is to return as host of The X Factor.

Stick with us and we'll do our best to brighten up your day.