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  1. News and updates for 19 April 2016
  2. Richard Wilson to bring back Victor Meldrew at Edinburgh Festival
  3. Everybody Loves Raymond actress Doris Roberts dies

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By Genevieve Hassan and Helen Bushby

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Genevieve Hassan

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Our time is up for today. We'll be back bright and early tomorrow morning from 08:30 BST with more news.

We'll leave you with a tweet from former Loose Woman Denise Welch, who was partying at Coachella over the weekend where her son, Matt Healy, was performing with his band The 1975.

Who did she befriend while dancing away? Only Hollywood star Jared Leto! We're very jealous.

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Kanye lost early lyrics after daughter flushed his phone

Kanye West stories are like buses - you wait for one and two turn up.

Not only is the rapper being sued by a fan over his latest album, The Life Of Pablo, but it would appear he had problems with the record before it was even recorded.

It turns out Kanye had to rewrite lyrics for the album after his daughter, North, flushed his phone down the toilet and destroyed early drafts for the songs.

Kim Kardashian revealed the drama in the latest episode of sister Khloe's talk show, Kocktails with Khloe which will air this week in the US.

Watch a clip of Kayne's reaction to the event below.

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Cameron to make four Avatar films 'at the same time'

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Avatar director James Cameron has revealed exactly how he plans to make at least four more films in the series.

Last week he announced a fifth instalment, saying he had too much material to tell the story in the three films already planned. 

He told Famous Monsters of Filmland he would shoot the films concurrently rather than one after the other, saying it was "eight hours of story".

It’s not back-to-back - it’s really all one big production. It’s more the way you would shoot a miniseries. So we’ll be shooting across all four simultaneously. So Monday I might be doing a scene from movie four, and Tuesday I’m doing a scene from movie one.

It’s going to be probably the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. I’m sure the actors will be challenged by that as well. It’s like, ‘No, no, no, no, this person hasn’t died yet, so you’re still in this phase of your life.’ It’s a saga. It’s like doing all three Godfather films at the same time.

The director added he want more "real-world stuff" and less computer-generated footage.

And we only have to wait until 2018 for the first film, with the rest screening in 2020, 2022 and 2023. Put it in your diary.

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson 'personally crushed' over quitting live shows

Rolling Stone magazine

Brian Johnson

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has released a statement clearing up the reasons forcing him to step down from performing live with the band for the first time in more than 30 years. 

The singer had been advised to stop playing live by doctors concerned about his growing hearing loss. 

Guns N'Roses singer Axl Rose will join them for the remainder of their tour.

Johnson said he had taken the decision to speak out as "I don’t believe the earlier press releases sufficiently set out what I wanted to say to our fans or the way in which I thought it should be presented".

He added:

I was advised that if I continue to perform at large venues, I risked total deafness. While I was horrified at the reality of the news that day, I had for a time become aware that my partial hearing loss was beginning to interfere with my performance on stage.

Our fans deserve my performance to be at the highest level, and if for any reason I can’t deliver that level of performance I will not disappoint our fans or embarrass the other members of AC/DC.

The Gateshead-born singer, who joined AC/DC in 1980 following the death of original singer Bon Scott, said he was "personally crushed" at the decision but added:

I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that. For the moment, my entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing. I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances.

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Princes post pictures of Star Wars visit on Twitter

What do you do when you have a lightsaber battle with your brother? You put pictures of it on Twitter of course. Nice to see Princes William and Harry are no exception.

Kensington Palace posted a selection of images from the princes' visit to Pinewood Studios, where they seemed to have a lot of fun. 

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Princes William and Harry go to a galaxy far, far away

Princes William and Harry have been given a guided tour of the Star Wars set at Pinewood Studios by actress Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in the sci-fi franchise. 

The princes visited the creatures workshop and saw the heads of characters including Chewbacca as well as droids R2-D2 and BB-8. 

Prince William joked about not being able to stop stroking Chewbacca's head. 

The BBC was on hand for part of the tour, where the princes were shown a latex mask of Ridley's face.

The royal trip is aimed at recognising the sizable British creative talent involved in making the Star Wars films, Kensington Palace said. Prince William is also the president of Bafta.

The Force Awakens - the seventh film in the series - saw original Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill reunited. It was the UK's highest grossing film of all time.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is due to hit cinema screens in May 2017, with Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern among the new cast. Rogue One, the first of three spin-off films, is due for release in December. 

Len gives first 10 of Dancing with the Stars season 22

While we have to wait months on end to get our next Strictly Come Dancing fix in the UK, over in the US they're treated to two seasons of Dancing with the Stars a year.

The current series, which is now in week five, has seen Boyz II Men's Wayna Morris and The OC actress Mischa Barton compete, although the latter was the second to get booted off the show earlier this month.

Last night's episode saw head judge Len Goodman award his first perfect 10 to model Nyle DiMarco for his Viennese waltz, which he praised as "fantastic".

What makes the score even more extraordinary is DiMarco - who won the last series of America's Next Top Model - is deaf and needs a sign language interpreter to help learn the instructions from his professional partner.

Have a watch of their dance below.

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Ridley and Abrams 'team up on thriller Kolma'

The Hollywood Reporter

JJ Abrams and Daisy Ridley

Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Daisy Ridley is working with the film's director JJ Abrams on the fantasy thriller Kolma, according to reports.

Abrams will produce the film, with Ridley starring as woman who is in a car accident that kills her boyfriend. 

Decades later when she dies, she is given the choice of returning to the day of the accident to live again - or being reunited with her love.

It's based on the 2003 Israeli TV movie All I've Got (Kol Ma She'Yesh Li). 

Sounds intriguing.

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Castle star Stana Katic dropped from series

Deadline Hollywood

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Castle fans prepare to weep - Detective Kate Beckett is no more.

US network ABC has dropped actress Stana Katic from the crime drama's upcoming ninth series as part of a major shake-up.

Deadline reported Katic, along with fellow original cast member Tamala Jones, who played medical examiner Lanie Parish, were not asked to come back for series nine "for budgetary reasons".

Katic wouldn't comment on the circumstances around her departure, but told Deadline:

Rather then distract from what was an amazing experience, I would just like to say that I’m very grateful to ABC for giving me the opportunity to be a part of a much beloved show. Thank you to the fans.

Castle creator Andrew Marlowe, who left the show last season, said he was "heartbroken" at the decision.

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The silver lining is Rick Castle himself, Nathan Fillion, is in negotiations to return for season nine, but it is likely to be shortened to a 13-episode run.

ABC said in a statement:

Kate Beckett has been a beloved character on our hit series Castle for the past eight years. We are grateful for Stana Katic’s talent and dedication to the series and we hope to continue our relationship. Tamala Jones has also been an integral part of the series and we are grateful she was a part of Castle.

Kevin Spacey on playing President Nixon

Hollywood actors Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon talk about playing President Nixon and Elvis Presley in their latest film - Elvis & Nixon - which documents a meeting that took place between them in 1970. 

Spacey is used to playing White House figures - one of his most renowned roles in recent years has been the character Frank Underwood in the political drama House of Cards.

Rap and R&B Hamilton wins Pulitzer drama prize

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Hit Broadway musical Hamilton has won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

The show raps its way through the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton and of America's birth, adding a bit of R&B for good measure.

Judges described it as "a landmark American musical".

In the prize's 100-year history it is only the ninth musical to win, with the award usually going to plays.

Its writer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda said: "To win beyond my wildest dreams.

"It is a tremendous honour to even be considered for this very prestigious award."

Paul Gambaccini criticises TV awards shows

Mark Savage

Music reporter

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Broadcaster and music historian Paul Gambaccini will host the Ivor Novellos for the 29th time this year. At his first ceremony, in 1987, he gave Stock Aitken and Waterman the songwriter of the year prize.

Speaking to me backstage at this year's nominations, he explained why The Ivors are his favourite show.

It’s my favourite of all the awards because it has the most artistic integrity.

Unfortunately almost all of the televised awards ceremonies have additional priorities. Quality is one of the considerations, but there’s also record company promotional priorities – who are supported in the nominations; and then there’s telegeneity, which dictates who actually gets to be on air.

Whereas with the Ivors, it’s just writers judging writers. That’s it.

Cruz Beckham shows off Pitch Perfect talent

David Beckham has been having a proud dad moment on Instagram, posting a video of his 11-year-old son, Cruz, giving a rendition of the song Cups - made famous by Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect - complete with clapping and cup percussion.

Beckham wrote: "Look at my little man go... Ridiculously cute and the enjoyment in his face whilst doing it just makes us smile."

We wouldn't be surprised if Cruz followed his mum's footsteps into the music industry.

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Jurassic World 2 director announced

Following the release of monster box office hit Jurassic World last year, we've been eagerly awaiting news of who will be directing the sequel.

Colin Trevorrow directed the first instalment and although he will still have a hand in Jurassic World 2, he ruled himself out of the director's chair after signing up to helm Star Wars: Episode IX.

Trevorrow has now announced via Twitter that Spanish director JA Bayona will direct the follow-up. The official Jurassic Park Twitter account confirmed the news shortly afterwards.

Bayona previously directed 2012 tsunami film The Impossible, starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, and is also behind the upcoming adaptation of Patrick Ness's A Monster Calls.

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Pearl Jam cancel gig over law on LGBT rights

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder

US rock band Pearl Jam have cancelled a concert in North Carolina in protest against the state's new law on LGBT rights. 

The new law, brought in last month, invalidated several local anti-discrimination measures that protected gay and transgender people. 

Other music artists, including Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr, have also scrapped their shows in protest. 

Pearl Jam said they "must take a stand against prejudice". 

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Fans beg me to abuse them, says Thrones star

Owen Teale

Game of Thrones fans appear to have unusual tastes when it comes to public transport.

Actor Owen Teale - who plays the villainous Ser Alliser Thorne - has revealed fans on London's Underground ask him to abuse them in the style of his character.

"People love the character. They come up to me on the Tube and ask me to abuse them."

He told Radio Times they want to record him swearing at them as the master-at-arms of the Night's Watch, asking him to "say it with real contempt".

The set for Castle Black, the Night's Watch headquarters, is "a permanent set filmed in this disused quarry not far from Belfast".

Teale said filming can be tough going:

Once you're in the quarry you can't get to your comforts as an actor - to the caravans, to the food wagon; and they just keep you in there.

When it rains it takes two people to put that enormous cloak on me and once it gets wet it probably weighs my own weight again, which is about 15 stone.

So it's a bleak, horrible situation, often with me standing up to my ankles in water. But I think it helps. This is what Ser Alliser thinks the world is like.

It's all worth it though - you're doing it for the fans, Owen.

Rihanna... bigger than The Beatles?

Billboard magazine

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Rihanna has officially surpassed The Beatles for second-longest cumulative weeks at number one in the US Billboard chart.

Her latest release Work has topped the singles chart for nine weeks.

It now gives her a total of 60 weeks spent at number one in her career - compared with the Fab Four's 59 weeks.

Mariah Carey is still the one to beat having spent 79 weeks topping the chart.

The Beatles still have bragging rights when it comes to number one singles though, with 20 in total.

Work is Rihanna's 14th, which is already one more than Michael Jackson on 13. 

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Adele snubbed at Ivor Novello awards

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Music reporter

Despite having the best-selling album of 2015, Adele has failed to receive a single nomination at the Ivor Novello Awards. 

The star previously won best songwriter and most-performed song (for Rolling In The Deep) in 2011 - but her recent record, 25, has been ignored by the composers who vote for the annual songwriting awards. 

Instead, the main nominees are:

Best song 

  • Bloodstream - Ed Sheeran 
  • Bros - Wolf Alice 
  • Wasn't Expecting That - Jamie Lawson 
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Best contemporary song 

  • All My Friends - Snakehips ft Tinashe & Chance The Rapper 
  • Cargo - Roots Manuva 
  • Shutdown - Skepta 

Most performed work 

  • Hold Back The River - James Bay 
  • Hold My Hand - Jess Glynne 
  • King - Years & Years 

Best album 

  • Darling Arithmetic - Villagers 
  • In Colour - Jamie xx 
  • Matador - Gaz Coombes 

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Fan sues Kanye West and Tidal over album

BBC Newsbeat

Kanye West
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A man is claiming Kanye West and Tidal tricked people into subscribing to the streaming service by claiming it was the only way to buy the rapper's new album The Life Of Pablo.

The record has since appeared on streaming sites such as Apple Music and Spotify.

Justin Baker-Rhett says the exclusivity promise was a fraudulent ploy to add millions of subscribers to a struggling Tidal.

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Victor Meldrew to return at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Scotsman

Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson is reviving his popular One Foot in the Grave character Victor Meldrew for a one-man show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The star has decided to step back into the grouchy pensioner’s shoes after a positive response to a skit he performed at a charity event last year.

“Last year I did a one-off fundraising show at the Sheffield Crucible," he told The Scotsman.

“I played Victor in the first half, using one of David Renwick’s scripts, then did a question and answer session as myself in the second.

“I can’t tell you how much the audience loved it. I had such a good time we decided to take it to Edinburgh. I loved doing it, so I guess I must miss acting.”

Wilson's Edinburgh show will follow the same format at Assembly’s Roxy Central venue from 16 - 28 August.

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Stars pay tribute to Raymond actress Roberts

Ray Romano and Doris Roberts
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The death of Doris Roberts, 90, who played the meddling mother Marie Barone in hit US sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond has prompted tributes aplenty on Twitter. Here are just a few:

The show's creator Phil Rosenthal led the way, saying:

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Roberts' co-star Patricia Heaton said she loved and missed her, while Casino and Scary Movie 2 star James Woods remembered her sense of fun.

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Taxi star Tony Danza, who featured Roberts in his eponymous show, also paid a fond farewell.   

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And comic Denis Leary fondly recalled her humour.

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Politician mocks Johnny Depp and Amber Heard video

Yesterday we brought you the video message recorded by actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, apologising for not officially declaring their dogs when they travelled to Australia last year.

Heard escaped conviction for illegally importing animals after pleading guilty to falsifying documents.  

Here's the video again if you missed it:

Now Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce - who had threatened to put down the dogs if they did not return to the US - has made fun of the apology, saying Depp looked like he was "auditioning for The Godfather".

"I don't think he'll get an Academy Award for his performance," Mr Joyce said.

He also denied directing the video himself, saying:

As far as me directing this atrocious movie, no, even I could have done a little better than that. Do it again Johnny, do it with gusto mate, a little gusto.

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Helen Bushby

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Welcome to Tuesday's Entertainment Live page - we'll bring you all the latest news, including Princes William and Harry's visit to the Star Wars set at Pinewood later on.

We'll also bring you reaction to the death of Everybody Loves Raymond actress Doris Roberts, who played meddling mother Marie Barone in the hit US sitcom.

Stay tuned for happenings around the world in music, art, film and TV between now and 16:30 BST.