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  1. News and updates for 12 April 2016
  2. Music producer and reality star David Gest dies at 62
  3. New cast announced for Broadchurch 3
  4. BBC launches iPlayerKids app
  5. Cyndi Lauper receives star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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By Genevieve Hassan and Emma Saunders

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We shall leave you with one of David Gest's final interviews - he spoke to BBC South East last week to talk about his upcoming show in Eastbourne.

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I'm a Celebrity co-stars pay tribute

David Gest's fellow camp mates from when he took part in I'm Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here...! in 2006 have also paid tribute.

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Gest tour was due in the summer

David Gest was planning to go on tour in the UK in July 2016, playing 24 dates with his show called David Gest Is Not Dead But Alive With Soul Tour!

Several singers were due to appear on the tour, including Dina Carroll and Freda Payne.

The show's name was taken from an incident in January when Gest was on Celebrity Big Brother.

Confusion was caused when fellow housemate Angie Bowie told Tiffany Pollard "David is dead" - meaning her ex-husband David Bowie - but Pollard misunderstood her, thinking she meant Gest who had been ill in bed that day.

Gest eventually left the reality show early on medical grounds.  

Gest's friend Imad Handi pays tribute

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Gest's friend and former bodyguard Imad Handi said in a statement:

It is with great sadness that I can confirm that David Gest has died today. David was truly larger than life. He was not just a huge talent and a dear friend but a showbiz icon. I know he will be missed by millions of fans around the world, and particularly in Britain, who came to love his charm and blistering one-liners. If I may steal the words of one eminent critic, David was a natural star and a genuine celebrity. I will miss him desperately.

Gest was married to Liza Minnelli from 2002-03 before they divorced in 2007 and appeared in reality TV shows including I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Here! and more recently, Celebrity Big Brother.  

Metropolitan Police statement

A Scotland Yard spokesman said:

Police were called at 10.17 on Tuesday 12 April to the Four Seasons hotel, in Westferry Circus, E14, to reports of an unexplained death of a man in his 60s. London Ambulance Service were called to the scene. Life was pronounced extinct at the hotel. A post-mortem will be held in due course. Next of kin are in the process of being informed. This is being treated as non-suspicious at this stage.

BreakingDavid Gest has died aged 62

Reality TV star and music producer David Gest died today in London aged 62, his friend Imad Handi said in a statement.

All change on plans for Ian McKellen bus tour

Tim Masters

Arts and Entertainment correspondent

Sir Ian McKellen

Back in January, we reported that Sir Ian McKellen would be hosting public bus tours of the locations seen in his 1995 film Richard III.

Sadly, that intriguing prospect looks like it won't be happening any time soon. 

The bus tour had been part of the BFI Presents Shakespeare on Film season in April and May to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death.  

A BFI spokeswoman told me today: 

Unfortunately, due to Ian McKellen’s very busy schedule this spring, the bus tours have been postponed.

The tour locations were to have included St Pancras station, Battersea Power Station and the building that is now Tate Modern.

A screening of Richard III, with a post-film on-stage discussion between Sir Ian and the film's director Richard Loncraine, will be simulcast across UK cinemas on 28 April.

Seasick Steve in celebration mode

American blues musician Seasick Steve first came to our attention when he made his UK debut on Jools Holland's annual Hootenanny BBC TV show on New Year's Eve in 2006.

In anticipation of the 10th anniversary of his "discovery", the artist is treating British fans to a one-off concert at Wembley on 14 October.

Steve is calling it a big "party" and "hopes you want to come!"

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Nadiya branches out into women's fiction

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Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya Hussain, winner of last year's series of BBC One's The Great British Bake Off is adding another string to her bow - she is going to write three women’s fiction novels.

The first will be released in hardback in January 2017, according to The Bookseller. 

She already has a cook book and a children's book in the works, both of which are due to be published later this year.

Hussain said: “I’m so thrilled to be making my women’s fiction debut with Harlequin and the opportunity to connect with a wide new audience of readers.”

But will her writing be as good as her fizzy pop cheesecakes or will it be more like her eclair tower (a bit wobbly and not her tastiest)? Watch this space.

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Asian Provocateur returns

Comedian Romesh Ranganathan is back in Asian Provocateur - in the first series on BBC Three, we saw Romesh sent by his mother on a ramshackle odyssey around his parents' homeland of Sri Lanka in an attempt to connect him with his roots.

But watch out Rom, people are already saying your mum is funnier than you! And she's back...

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Spinning the wheels of steel

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Ahead of Record Store Day this Saturday, Gilad Tiefenbrun - the boss of high-end turntable maker Linn - has been on Business Live. 

He says there is "something magical about the tactile experience” of vinyl, which he argues "sounds better” than other formats. 

However, Linn also makes digital streaming products and Mr Tiefenbrun says the future is higher quality music files from streaming platforms such as Tidal.

Lots of artists put out limited edition vinyl for Record Store Day, by the way - even mainstream acts such as Justin Beiber (pictured), who is releasing a picture disc version of his hit album Purpose.

Ready, Steady, Mo!

Ready, Steady, Mo!

British sporting hero Mo Farah is taking on another challenge - he's announced his first kids book with best-selling author Kes Gray.

The rhyming picture book aims to get children reading and running.

I’m very excited to be working with Hodder Children’s Books to create something really special – a book that will hopefully capture the imagination of kids across the world and build their sense of adventure and fun. Many children struggle with reading so it's important we make books as exciting as possible. I love to see my kids enjoying a good book and now I can’t wait to find out what they think of mine!

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Music industry returns to growth

Mark Savage

Music reporter

Sam Smith's Spotify page

After decades of decline, the music industry rallied last year, with revenues up 3.2% to $15bn (£10.5bn).

The growth has largely been driven by streaming, with 68m people subscribing to services like Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music. Such services now account for 19% of music industry revenues, says the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

British artists have played a large part in boosting the industry - with the likes of Sam Smith, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran all making the top 10 best-sellers list. 

Unsurprisingly Adele, a high-profile absentee from streaming services, was the year's biggest seller.

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Louis Tomlinson joins Soccer Aid

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Louis Tomlinson

Louis Tomlinson has signed up for his first big gig since the One Direction boys announced their break last year.

He's going to line up in the charity football match Soccer Aid against a Rest Of The World team on 5 June at Old Trafford.

Louis will be representing the England side which will be co-managed by Robbie Williams.

Other celebs already announced as taking part include former Towie star Mark Wright, comics John Bishop and Jack Whitehall, singer Olly Murs, chef Gordon Ramsay and former Westlife member Nicky Byrne.  

The event raises money for Unicef.

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Huntsman defends casting after dwarf controversy

Nick Frost

The director of The Huntsman: Winter's War has defended casting full-sized actors as dwarves in the film.

Sheridan Smith, Nick Frost and Rob Brydon are among the stars who play dwarf roles in the film, which also sees Chris Hemsworth reprise the role he made famous in 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman.

The first film caused controversy for not casting dwarves with some people, including Danny Woodburn - an actor with dwarfism who appeared on Seinfield - saying the issue was "akin to blackface".

But Huntsman director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan said the dwarf characters in the film were a "fantasy race" and he wanted to use actors who had appeared in the first film.

Speaking at the film's US premiere, the Frenchman told the Press Association:

We were staying with the first movie [where] it was about the actors who had been chosen to play the parts. We brought Nick back because he was part of the first movie. I was not like 'oh, we're going to change that'. I just kept the same concept. In this movie the dwarves are a fantasy race, it's a very different thing.

Ice Cube and Gene Simmons keep Hall of Fame dispute fresh

Gene Simmons

A row between rapper Ice Cube and Kiss star Gene Simmons doesn't look like abating any time soon.

The veteran musician (pictured above) criticised NWA's inclusion into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the weekend.

The rappers addressed the issue during their induction with MC Ren saying "I want to say to Mr Gene Simmons that hip-hop is here forever. We're supposed to be here."

Now Cube has taken to Twitter to point out the influence of black performers on the rock genre...

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Corrie's Hayley joins Broadchurch 3

Julie Hesmondhalgh

The ensemble cast for the third and final series of award-winning drama Broadchurch has been announced.

David Tennant and Olivia Colman reprise their roles as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller, with Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan returning to play Beth and Mark Latimer.

They will be joined by former Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh, Bafta winner Georgina Campbell (Murdered By My Boyfriend) along with Sarah Parish, Charlie Higson and Mark Bazeley.

Arthur Darvill also returns as local Vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe and Adam Wilson as Ellie’s son Tom.

Olivia Coleman and David Tennant

The new series will focus on a new case for Miller and Hardy with the detectives reuniting to investigate a serious sexual assault.

"This is the final chapter of Broadchurch," said series creator Chris Chibnall. 

"We have one last story to tell, featuring both familiar faces and new characters. I hope it’s a compelling and emotional farewell to a world and show that means so much to me.”

Filming will begin this summer in Bridport, West Bay and Clevedon, which all featured as locations in Broadchurch's first and second series.

Higson tweeted following the announcement:

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Dame Helen Mirren pays tribute to Alan Rickman

Dame Helen Mirren, speaking at the premiere of her latest film Eye in the Sky, says Alan Rickman - who also appears in one of his last roles - was "a consummate actor".

Led Zeppelin face copyright trial

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It's one of the most famous acoustic openings to one of the most famous rock songs of all time, but now a US judge has ruled that Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin should face a trial over whether Stairway to Heaven has infringed the copyright of another band.

Lawyers acting for Michael Skidmore - the trustee of late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe - say Zeppelin's 1971 song is a copy of their 1968 instrumental track Taurus. 

US District Judge Gary Klausner has ruled they have shown enough evidence to support their case.

The judge wrote that while the songs have some differences, lawyers for Wolfe's trustee may be able to prove they are substantially similar. 

Mr Skidmore was able to overcome a statute-of-limitations hurdle to sue over Stairway to Heaven because the song was remastered and re-released in 2014. 

A jury trial is scheduled for 10 May in Los Angeles.

In this BBC video Jimmy Page describes how Stairway was put together:

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Bailey's shortlist announced

Tim Masters

Arts and Entertainment correspondent

Anne Enright and her novel The Green Road

This year's Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist features one previously shortlisted author, Anne Enright, and three debut writers.

Margaret Mountford, chair of judges, said the final six were chosen after "a long and often passionate debate".

Cynthia Bond, Lisa McInerney and Hannah Rothschild are the debut writers, while Hanya Yanagihara and Elizabeth McKenzie complete the shortlist of six.

The winner of the award - formerly the Orange Prize - will be named on 8 June.

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Cyndi Lauper receives star on Walk of Fame

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun singer Cyndi Lauper has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of her musical career.

She received her star along with actor Harvey Fierstein, who wrote the hit musical Kinky Boots with the singer.

Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper

Sharon Osbourne paid tribute to Lauper at the ceremony, saying: "She's had an endless career which spans decades. She's an incredible performer. Nobody sounds like Cyndi Lauper - she's instantly recognisable. She's a true original. She's been original from the day she was born with her style."

Sharon Osbourne and Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper's Walk of Fame star

Downton Abbey actress to star in Morrissey biopic

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Jessica Findlay Brown

Downton Abbey actress Jessica Brown Findlay is to play a close friend of former Smiths frontman Morrissey in an upcoming biopic about the singer.

She will portray visual artist Linder Sterling opposite Jack Lowden - who will play Morrissey.

You might recognise her as Downton's Lady Sybil, who controversially married the family chauffeur, Tom Branson. 

The film is titled Steven (Morrissey's first name), and will be directed by Mark Gill, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2014 for his short film The Voorman Problem, starring Martin Freeman.

The biopic will follow the musician from his early life in the 1970s before he went on to become a star.

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Festival-goers ‘should be banned from setting off flares'

Mark Savage

Music reporter

The audience at Glastonbury Festival

Parliament is to hear a proposal to ban audiences from bringing flares and fireworks to music festivals later this morning. 

The motion is being made by Conservative MP Nigel Adams, who is also chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Music. He says several hundred people a year are injured by incidents involving fireworks at festivals.

"Many people I talk to are stunned to find out that carrying and deploying flares and fireworks in the crowd at a live music event is not banned – unlike at football matches," he says.

If Mr Adams's motion is successful, a Bill will be put forward for its first reading. 

The proposal would not stop festival organisers from putting on fireworks displays.  

Danger Mouse, Elmo and Phoebe launch iPlayerKids

Some of CBBC and CBeebies' best-loved characters travelled into London this morning to launch the BBC's new iPlayerKids app.

Working like the iPlayer, the service will only feature content suitable for children as well as CBBC and CBeebies content.

Phoebe and Elmo seemed to be enjoying the app a bit too much on the Tube though, and kept Danger Mouse waiting at Oxford Circus station.

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Kerry Howard lands Hyacinth role

Kerry Howard

In case you missed the news late yesterday, Him & Her actress Kerry Howard is to play Hyacinth Bucket in the upcoming one-off Keeping Up Appearances prequel.

The 1990s classic sitcom was a hit around the world and the prequel will air on BBC One this summer.

Howard, who is the sister of comedian Russell Howard, said: "This is a gift of a part... I can't wait to play her."

Set in the late 1950s, a young Hyacinth will be seen desperately trying to force her family to climb the social ladder.

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Kat and Alfie spin-off cast announced

Kat and Alfie Moon in EastEnders

An all-Irish cast will star in EastEnders spin-off Redwater, featuring characters Kat and Alfie Moon.

Downton Abbey's Maria Doyle Kennedy and Ian McElhinney from Game of Thrones are among those who will appear.

Lost's Fionnula Flanagan, Shameless's Angeline Ball and Brooklyn's Peter Campion will also star.

The series sees Kat and Alfie arrive in Redwater, a fictional Irish harbour village, in search of Kat's long-lost son. It will air on BBC One in 2017.

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Good morning

Emma Saunders

Entertainment reporter

Hello and welcome once again to the entertainment and arts live page, where we'll be bringing all the latest stories from the heady world of showbiz and beyond.

Stay tuned as we bring you casting news for the latest BBC dramas and the shortlist for one of the world's top fiction prizes.