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  1. News and updates for 18 April 2016
  2. Fans criticise 15-minute show by X Factor finalists Reggie N Bollie
  3. Princes William and Harry to visit Star Wars set
  4. Actress Amber Heard avoids dog-smuggling conviction in Australia

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By Steven McIntosh and Genevieve Hassan

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Steven McIntosh

Entertainment Reporter

That's just about it from us for today - we're back tomorrow morning at 08:30 BST.

But before we leave you for today, there's just time to bring you lemonade.

Unfortunately we don't mean a personal delivery of fizzy drinks to your door - but rather the new project from Beyonce. 

We use the word project because we aren't entirely sure what it is she's about to launch - a tour? Album? Range of soft drinks? 

This trailer is rather cryptic, but it does look ahead to some sort of broadcast on HBO in the US on Saturday night, so all will be revealed then. In the meantime if you can decipher the meaning of this trailer please let us know on Twitter!

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Asa Butterfield: The unconventional child star

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Asa Butterfield must surely have one of the most varied filmographies of any actor.

The movie that put him on the map, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, dealt with the holocaust. X+Y saw him play a socially awkward maths genius.

His latest film, Ten Thousand Saints, covers a wide spectrum of serious themes for a teen film - adoption, drug abuse, death and teenage pregnancy.

"I've played a worrying number of orphans, children who have been abandoned or had something terrible happen to them," Butterfield told us.

"I think I'm good at playing dramatic and serious roles, but it's not necessarily what I want to keep doing."

So what would the 19-year-old want to do instead? Well, you may be surprised to learn he's keen to break into the world of... wildlife documentaries.

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JK Simmons on playing Commissioner Gordon in Justice League

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JK Simmons has been talking about his role in the upcoming Justice League film.

The Zack Snyder-directed movie will feature - deep breath - Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and Superman (Henry Cavill) - along with one new comic book stalwart: Commissioner Gordon. 

The Oscar-winning actor was confirmed to be playing Batman's ally earlier this year and now he's been speaking to Collider about the character, who he describes as the "older guy with the moustache".

When asked whether he’s been reading comics to prepare for the role, the actor said:  

I’m still a couple of months out from doing that and I have two other films before then, so I haven’t gotten started on that... I’m planning on learning as much as I can about him through the comics and getting my feet wet in the first movie, and then hopefully continuing on from there.

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Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy to mark gas meter demise

Carol-Ann Duffy

Which subjects make the best poems?

Topics like love, happiness, sorrow, loss, life and death may immediately spring to mind.

But you can now add one more to that list: Gas meters.

The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, is set to write an ode to old-fashioned gas and electric meters as they face extinction.

Glasgow-born Duffy, who was appointed poet laureate in 2009, said she wanted to preserve the place of traditional "whirring" meters in household history.

Mechanical meters have been a feature in British homes for about 100 years, but will phased out by 2020.

The poem will be published in the next few months.

In pictures: Stars attend Ronnie Corbett's funeral

A pair of glasses laid on flowers in tribute to Ronnie Corbett

Sir Michael Parkinson, David Walliams and Jimmy Tarbuck were among the mourners at Ronnie Corbett's funeral in London.

The entertainer died last month aged 85, having been diagnosed with a suspected form of motor neurone disease.

A service for family and friends was held at the St John the Evangelist Church near his home in Shirley, Croydon.

Here are some photos of family and friends of Corbett arriving at the service to pay tribute:

Sir Michael Parkinson
Sir Michael Parkinson
Jimmy Tarbuck and Rob Brydon
Jimmy Tarbuck and Rob Brydon
Barry Cryer
Barry Cryer
David Walliams
David Walliams
Ronnie Corbett's wife Anne Hart
Ronnie Corbett's wife Anne Hart

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Also in the news today

It's been a busy day on the entertainment desk - here are some of the other stories making headlines today:

  • An injunction preventing the reporting in England and Wales of allegations about the private life of a celebrity has been lifted - but he still cannot be named pending a possible appeal. [Read more]
  • The outgoing editor of The Archers has revealed Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles partly inspired its contentious domestic abuse subplot. [Read more]
  • British artist Richard Smith, best-known as a painter and print-maker of the 1960s avant-garde movement, has died at the age of 84. [Read more]
  • Sir Elton John has topped the list of the most generous celebrities, having given away nearly £27m to charity in the last year. [Read more]
  • Twitter has created an emoji of William Shakespeare to mark 400 years since his death. [Read more]

OJ Simpson writer: 'Karma caught up with him'

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BBC Radio 4

It's a big night for TV fans later - The People v OJ Simpson, which has been running on BBC Two for the last 10 weeks, finally reaches its climax.

The author of the book on which the TV series is based, says the story contained everything that obsessed the American people.

"It had sex, it had violence, it had Hollywood, it had sports and the only eyewitness was a dog," Jeffrey Toobin told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Listen to the interview below:

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Britain's Got Talent pulls in biggest TV audience of the year

Alesha Dixon, Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden
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If you watched Britain's Got Talent on Saturday evening, it's fair to say you weren't alone.

Overnight viewing figures for Saturday night's episode - the second of this year's series - show that 11 million of us tuned in at its peak.

Overall, an average of 9.8 million people watched the episode, giving it a 46% share – almost half the viewing audience.

Saturday's instalment of the talent show saw 14-year-old Jack Higgins impress the judges with his ballet display. It's since been reported he is the cousin of another contestant, Beau Dermott - one of this year's favourites.

Metallica's manager is not a fan of YouTube

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Peter Mensch - manager of bands like Metallica, Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Def Leppard, isn't known for mincing his words.

Asked about the impact of YouTube on the music industry, here's what he said:

YouTube? They’re the devil. If someone doesn’t do something about YouTube, we’re screwed.

If the only way you make money is advertising on money around your video, then it’s really over. Someone turn off the lights.

He added: "The record business is eroding faster than we can have this interview. Very few products on the planet have gone down in price. Cars haven’t, theatre tickets haven’t, the TV licence hasn’t. The cost of buying a record is less now than it was 20 years ago. 

"The music industry is lurching from Adele release to Adele release."

His comments came in a new Radio 4 documentary The Business of Music with Matt Everitt.

YouTube contests it has paid more than $3bn to the music industry, and that many acts who deal directly with the site have made millions through their partnership.

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Ricky Gervais announces London gig for David Brent

Ricky Gervais as David Brent

You may remember us writing about the first trailer for the big-screen spin-off of The Office when it was released earlier this month.

It showed David Brent explaining his new career as a singer-songwriter to his former colleagues.

Well, now Ricky Gervais has tweeted his intention to play a gig, in character as Brent, in August - to launch Brent's album. 

He will be appearing with his old band Forgone Conclusion at an as-yet unknown London venue, to coincide with the release of the film, called Life On The Road, on 19 August.

Recording a whole album by a fictional character? Gervais could rival Daniel Day Lewis for method acting techniques...

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Get ready for the Proms

Mark Savage

Music reporter

The line-up for the 2016 Proms festival was announced last week, and BBC Radio 3's In Tune has been helping fans get in the mood with a series of live sessions previewing the season.

First up is saxophonist YolanDa Brown, performing Massaganna by The Abyssinians. Brown will be performing at the second ever Gospel Prom on 19 July.

Satta Massaganna by The Abyssinians with Manley O'Connor, Ben Trickey and Simon Tellier

For those of a more classical bent, here's Lucy Crowe Dove performing Sono from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro with pianist Anna Tilbrook.

Lucy will appear with the Choir of King’s College for a Prom of choral classics on 17 July.

Performing Dove Sono from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro with pianist Anna Tilbrook

You can see more of the Proms sessions on the BBC In Tune website.

JK Rowling reveals Draco and Ginny will appear in Potter play

We're 50 days away from the first performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and author JK Rowling has just tweeted a picture of the main characters' wand designs.

Interestingly, it includes the wands for Draco Malfoy and Ginny Weasley/Potter - who have yet to be announced or confirmed as appearing in the production.

As Ginny married Harry it was probably safe to assume she would also appear in the play, which focuses on their youngest child Albus. But this confirms she hasn't met a grisly end prior to the story picking up 19 years after the conclusion of The Deathly Hallows.  

Eagle-eyed fans will also spot Ginny's wand is made of the same wood as Voldermort, ahem... we mean He Who Must Not Be Named.

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Mumford & Sons to headline Radio 1's Big Weekend

The line-up for BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Exeter has just been announced, with Mumford & Sons headlining Saturday night.

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Frontman Marcus Mumford spoke to Scott Mills on the phone from a tour bus in the US and told him the band's current tour was basically a warm up for their first ever Big Weekend.

We're really excited. I think we're having more fun playing live now than we've ever had, I just think we're getting better at it. I've never been to Radio 1's Big Weekend, I've never been invited. So we've got a lot of catching up to do. I want to make up for five year's worth of riders, so I want the rider to literally have a slip 'n' slide on it, you know, go big on the rider because we're making up for lost time.

They join the likes of Jake Bugg, The Weeknd, OneRepublic, Years & Years, Ellie Goulding, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Bastille, Tom Odell, Meghan Trainor, The 1975, Chase & Status, and Iggy Azalea at the two day event on 28 and 29 May - plus Sunday night headliners Coldplay.

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Tiny Shakespeare sculpture goes on show

The small sculpture of William Shakespeare

An artist famed for his tiny sculptures has created a microscopic William Shakespeare to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death.

Willard Wigan, whose works are so small they can fit inside the eye of a needle, has dubbed the creation To See or Not to See.

Smaller than a full stop in a newspaper and only viewable with a microscope, the piece took four weeks to complete.

It's on display at the Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton.

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Liberty X to reform?

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So, Kevin Simm's first solo effort since winning The Voice may not have set the chart alight (All You Good Friends came in at number 24 this week), nevertheless his TV success has sparked reports of a Liberty X revival.

The Sun reported the band have already set up their first gig, but according to former members Jessica Taylor and Michelle Heaton, the show has been a long time coming.

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According to the Sun, Kevin will join the band at Birmingham Gay Pride.

Corgi 'leaks' on BBC Breakfast sofa

If you were watching BBC Breakfast this morning you may have seen Benji the corgi along with his owner, Mary Davies, whose stud was used to father the Queen's corgis. 

What you won't have seen though, is Benji "had a little dribble on the sofa", according to presenter Dan Walker. He tweeted a picture of the "seepage" after the event.

As they say, the hazards of working with animals... It's like the elephant on Blue Peter all over again.

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Anger at X Factor stars' 'rip-off' show

Reggie N Bollie

Music fans have slammed a 15-minute "rip-off" show by X Factor stars Reggie N Bollie. 

Fans said the six-song show at Cornwall beach bar The Watering Hole was an "absolute joke" and and a "rip-off". 

"We are absolutely devastated and extremely disappointed," the venue said, which charged £22 a ticket. 

Reggie N Bollie apologised to fans who "wanted us to play longer", but said they were booked to perform just the six songs. 

The rappers, who finished second on The X Factor in 2015, played the Watering Hole in Perranporth on Saturday night. Fans took to social media after the show to criticise their short performance:

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Many fans did defend the duo though, and many tweeted about their enjoyment of the show:

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Princes William and Harry to visit Star Wars set

Pinewood Studios will have some royal visitors tomorrow - and we don't mean Queen Amidala or Princess Leia.

Kensington Palace has tweeted Princes William and Harry will be visiting the famed film studios to go behind the scenes of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII.

The palace said actress Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in the franchise, will accompany them throughout the tour and the princes are expected to meet director Rian Johnson and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.

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The princes and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visited the Harry Potter set at Warner Bros studios in 2013, where they posed for pictures with wands. Let's hope some similar pictures will appear tomorrow with lightsabers. 

Prince Harry, Catherine Duchess of Cornwall and Prince William
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Jungle Book takes big bite out of US box office


Disney's new version of The Jungle Book has taken a big bite out of the US box office, topping it with $103.6m (£73.1m) in its opening weekend.

Its debut was the second biggest April opening in history, behind Fast and Furious 7's $147.2m (£104m) launch in 2015.

According to Disney, Jon Favreau's film also made an estimated $136.1m (£96m) outside the US and Canada.

Comedy sequel Barbershop: The Next Cut came a distant second, with opening weekend takings of $20.2m (£14.2m).

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Sole male finalist wins Menuhin competition

Menuhin Competition

The only man in the field of 22 finalists has won the 2016 Menuhin competition.

Ziyu He, from China, is 16 years old and has been playing violin since he was five. 

He gets £10,000 and the year-long loan of a prestigious Stradivarius violin. 

In the junior competition, 12-year-old Yesong Sophie Lee, from the USA, took home the top prize - winning £5,000 and the chance to play at dozens of international music festivals.

You can watch them both in action below.

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ITV series Scott & Bailey to end after current series

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Suranne Jones

Crime-fighting duo Scott & Bailey will soon be hanging up their handcuffs.

Despite its huge popularity with viewers, the drama starring Suranne Jones (above) and Lesley Sharp will come to an end after its current three-episode run.

ITV told Radio Times: "It's a mutually agreed decision by all parties. We totally respect that decision."

The series first began in 2011, based on an idea conceived by Jones and fellow actress Sally Lindsay.  

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Something from the weekend

David Walliams

In case you were out and about at the weekend and didn't have a chance to catch up on the news, here are some of the entertainment headlines you may have missed.

  • David Walliams has apologised if fans have not received replies from him, saying his post was stolen, including a "large box of letters from children". [Read more]
  • Singer Joss Stone has postponed shows in the Caribbean to be with her sick dog, which she said was "the closest thing I have to a child". [Read more]
  • Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose will replace AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson for the remainder of their latest tour, the Australian rock band has confirmed. [Read more]
  • BBC drama Doctors is to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of "Midlands boy" William Shakespeare with a week of episodes inspired by his work. [Read more]
  • Police investigating a stalker who targeted Lily Allen made her feel like a "nuisance rather than a victim", the singer has revealed. [Read more]

Johnny Depp's wife Amber Heard avoids Australia dog-smuggling conviction

Amber Heard, the wife of actor Johnny Depp, has avoided conviction for illegally taking dogs into Australia.

The actress, who appeared in court on Monday, had pleaded guilty to making a false statement on her immigration card about the couple's Yorkshire terriers.

But a Queensland judge gave her a one-month good behaviour bond with no conviction recorded. If she breaks the bond she must pay A$1,000 (£540).

Two illegal importation charges against her were dropped earlier, which carried a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail or fines of up to A$265,000 (£144,000).

Depp and Heard later recorded a video message, apologising for not declaring the dogs.

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Welcome to Monday’s Entertainment Live page.

It was a busy old weekend in the world of entertainment with plenty of new film releases, Record Store Day, plus Coachella and the Tribeca film festival in the US. Whatever you were doing, we hope you feel refreshed and ready for Monday morning.

We’ll be bringing you all the news from the world of music, art, film and TV between now and 16:30 BST. Make yourself a cup of tea (and one for us, cheers) and we’ll get started.