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  1. News updates for 25 April
  2. Ab Fab film cameos revealed
  3. Maisie Williams' Game of Thrones party surprise
  4. The Durrells to return

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By Frances Cronin and Emma Saunders

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That's it for today, we'll be back with all the arts and entertainment news from 08:30 BST tomorrow. 

But before we go we'll leave you now with an insight into the world of the rich and famous and a snap from Rob Lowe's holidays - we're not jealous at all!!!!!!!

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Florence debuts final part of short film The Odyssey

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It's not just Beyonce getting in on the film action... Florence Welch has debuted her new short film The Odyssey on her website.

Be warned, it is an 18 certificate and has until now been available in instalments.

Made with director Vincent Haycock, it re-tells the story behind third album How Big How Blue How Beautiful. 

Florence says the project was sparked by a conversation the pair had at LA celeb haunt Chateau Marmont. 

I was talking to him about the record and the car crash of a relationship break up I was going through. The highs and the lows of love and performance, how out of control I felt, the purgatory of heartbreak, and how I was trying to change and trying to be free. And we decided we would re-tell this story in full. We would re-claim this experience, re-imagine it and in some way perhaps I would come to understand it, to exorcise it. And so the Big Blue Odyssey began...”

Florence Welch

Meanwhile director Vincent had this to say:

The Odyssey, like the epic poem by Homer, is a journey. It’s Florence’s personal journey to find herself again after the emotional storm of a heartbreak. Like the layers of Dante’s purgatory, each song or chapter represents a battle that Florence traversed and physical landscape that embodied each song or story. It's a metaphorical journey about escaping your demons, confronting yourself and returning to the original Florence, the dancer, the performer, the lover.

Vincent Haycock

So there you have it.

Mark Gatiss and husband star in play

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Olivier Award-winning actor Mark Gatiss is to star alongside his husband Ian Hallard in The Boys in the Band at London's Park Theatre. 

It is a revival of Mart Crowley’s play, which premiered just months before the Stonewall riots, and became a cult film in 1970. 

The new Park Theatre season will also include the world premiere of Jonathan Maitland's new work Deny, Deny, Deny, which tackles the topical subject of doping in sport.    

There will also be two musicals - the European premiere of The Burnt Part Boys and the world premiere of brand new British musical This Little Life of Mine by Michael Yale.

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ITV show Britain's Got Talent will not be investigated by the broadcasting watchdog over a sword-swallowing act that drew 33 complaints.

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Bernie Clifton and Abhorrent Decimation

A list of tracks by a death metal band is accidentally printed on the back of a new album by comedian Bernie Clifton.

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Barmy Britain theatre special

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Horrible Histories

Horrible Histories Barmy Britain is celebrating five years in the West End with a special production The Best of Barmy Britain. 

David Walliams is excited.

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It will feature the best bits of Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain - Parts One, Two and Three

The production by the Birmingham Stage Company will open at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue on 9 August.  

Glenn Close WILL perform tonight

Bit of an update for you on Glenn Close who had been expected to miss tonight's performance of Sunset Boulevard - she will be performing tonight after all. 

The actress had been unwell since last Thursday and understudy Ria Jones had stepped into her shoes. 

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New face for Scottish £5 note


Scottish novelist and poet Nan Shepherd will feature on the Royal Bank of Scotland's new £5 note when it comes into circulation later this year.

The announcement came as the bank unveiled the designs for its new £5 and £10 polymer notes.

Scientist Mary Somerville had already been selected for the £10 note, which is due to enter into circulation next year.

They will be the first women to appear on the bank's main issue notes.

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Glenn Close still under the weather

Glenn Close

Hollywood star Glenn Close is set to miss another performance of Sunset Boulevard in London's West End due to illness. Last Thursday, her understudy Ria Jones faced boos as she waited in the wings but totally won the audience around by the end of the show.

Nice one Ria and get well soon Glenn!

We're sorry to announce Glenn Close is still unwell. @riajones67 will sing the role of Norma Desmond for tonight's performance #ENOSunset

Taxi Driver celebrates 40th anniversary

Taxi Driver

Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Jodie Foster and Cybill Shepherd turned out in New York to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Taxi Driver, the film that made De Niro a star.

The Martin Scorsese movie about a Vietnam veteran with insomnia who drives his taxi through the streets is considered a classic.

De Niro reportedly told the crowd that every day for 40 years "at least one of you has come up to me and said - what do you think - "You talkin' to me?"

Come on Robert, you've done alright out of it!

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Gary Shandling's A-list memorial

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Gary Shandling

Stars including Sarah Silverman, Johnny Depp, Jeffrey Tambor and Adam Sandler paid tribute to Garry Shandling last night at a memorial service at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. 

The actor and comedian, who influenced a generation of comedians with his Emmy-nominated TV series It's Garry Shandling's Show, died last month, aged 66.

Warren Beatty, Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Conan O'Brien, Albert Brooks, Rob Reiner, Tom Petty, Ray Romano, Jon Favreau, Henry Winkler, Tim Allen, Vince Vaughn, Jeremy Piven and Eric Idle were also among the 500 of his closest friends, co-workers and family in attendance. 

Hollywood Reporter has a lovely write up of the night and all the funny and emotional tributes paid. 


Graham Norton in Ab Fab movie

Graham Norton has admitted his cameo in the Ab Fab film is a "dream come true".  

He tweeted a picture of his appearance to give us a taster. 

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Amy Schumer cover star

Amy Schumer has been made cover star for this month's Vanity Fair and has tweeted a few of the pictures to give us a sneak preview - one dressed down and one very entertainingly dressed up. 

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And in true Amy Schumer style she tweeted fans asking what they thought of her new look. 

Neel Sethi with 'Baloo the Bear' in The Jungle Book and Emily Blunt in The Huntsman: Winter's War

Disney's The Jungle Book makes more than three times as much as its nearest rival, The Huntsman: Winter's War, in North American cinemas over the weekend.

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Nikki Sixx

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Motley Crue co-founder Nikki Sixx launches a campaign asking Google to pay musicians more money when their videos appear on YouTube.

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Top Gear trailer - Matt LeBlanc as Mad Max

Matt LeBlanc ends up looking a bit like Mad Max in the new trailer for the new Top Gear. 

It's just weeks away now until the new series starts - what do you think? 

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The Durrells to return

The Durrells cast

Good news for fans of The Durrells - Keeley Hawes has confirmed there will be a second series, and highly likely a third one too. 

The show based on the books by Gerald Durrell has become a hit on Sunday evenings on ITV. 

Keeley confirmed news of the second series to superfan Chris Evans on his breakfast show on Radio 2 this morning - as well as chatting about her first experience of Shakespeare. 

Kate Moss and Joan Collins join Ab Fab

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Darlings! Big news! Kate Moss and Joan Collins are among those who will be making a cameo performance in this summer's Ab Fab film.

Barry Humphries - Aka Dame Edna Everage, Graham Norton, Dawn French, Stella McCartney, Jerry Hall, Jean Paul Gaultier and... er... BBC foreign news correspondent, Orla Guerin will also make an appearance.

Returning cast members include Kathy Burke, Helen Lederer and Celia Imrie alongside Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks and June Whitfield.

The movie will see Patsy and Edina blamed for a major incident at a party, forcing them to flee to the French Riviera.

The film will be released on 1 July.

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Bafta shock for Chewing Gum star

Michaela Coel star and writer of Chewing Gum was a pretty shocked winner at last night's Bafta TV Craft Awards where she won the Breakthrough Talent Award. 

Here's her stunned acceptance speech.

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Chewing Gum is also up for best scripted programme at the Bafta Television Awards on 8 May and Michaela is up for best female comedy performance against Catastrophe's Sharon Horgan.

But it seems there's no rivalry between the programmes as seen by this tweet from Michaela and Catastrophe's Rob Delaney.  

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Gervais says Bowie 'kept his cancer secret' from him

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais has told the BBC he was exchanging emails with David Bowie two weeks before his death but that Bowie kept the state of his health a secret.

The comic cast Bowie in the second series of his hit comedy Extras.

Gervais told Radio 5 live he had contacted the musician - who he'd been "pen pals" with - to say he loved his new album Blackstar.

Bowie's death aged 69 sparked a global outpouring of grief from fans. 

"What dignity. He was an amazing man. It was something for him and his family. Dignity to the end. And amazing work to the end.

Ricky Gervais

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Billy Paul in glasses and a top hat, singing in to a microphone

The American soul singer Billy Paul, best known for his 1972 Me and Mrs Jones hit, dies at the age of 81.

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Game of Thrones party time

The sixth season of Game of Thrones started last night, broadcast simultaneously on Sky Atlantic at 02:00 BST over here and on HBO in America at a more regular viewing time.

Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark in the show, decided to find herself a few fans to surprise and joined their viewing party - which she chronicled on her Instagram account. 

She very sweetly admitted she was worried they wouldn't recognise her when she turned up at a party thrown by film students Mark and Kate's in LA.  

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Maisie Williams and her surprised Game of Thrones fans

She was very impressed with their Game of Thrones decorations and themed snacks, which included green dragon egg cookies. 

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Baftas' Catastrophe joy

Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan

Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan were beaming after their Bafta win last night for the writing on their sitcom Catastrophe. 

They posted a lovely smiley picture on Instagram from the Bafta TV Craft Awards, along with an expression of shock that is too rude to reproduce here. 

We don't think anyone else was shocked they won though. 

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Sharon Horgan is also up for best comedy performance at the Television Baftas that takes place on 8 May. Watch this space...

Stan Lee heads to Bollywood

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Comic Book legend Stan Lee is now planning his first Bollywood film in India.

Indian entertainment company Graphic India and Lee's Pow! Entertainment have announced a partnership with Phantom Films to begin work on Chakra The Invincible, the first Indian superhero who has been created by Lee.

Chakra The Invincible was originally launched as a kids animated film on Cartoon Network India two years ago, with three new animated TV movies currently in production to be released on the Cartoon Network and Toonami later this year.       

The live action film will be directed by acclaimed filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane and will feature an older version of the character in his twenties, set against the backdrop of Mumbai. 

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"I’m a fan of Bollywood films and am really excited about launching Chakra the Invincible as my first Bollywood superhero movie. Vikramaditya is an amazingly talented filmmaker who I have no doubt can make the Chakra film a massive hit in India and around the world. I only hope he remembers to include my cameo!"

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Nile Rodgers missing Prince

Nile Rodgers performed at the same venue he last played with Prince at the weekend and he worried he might "lose it". 

He managed to hold it together though and had a successful gig that was live streamed to remember the musician who died suddenly last week.

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Doctor Who new companion revealed

In case you missed it at the weekend, Doctor Who's new companion was revealed on Saturday on BBC One during half time at the FA Cup semi-final.

Enter 28-year-old Londoner Pearl Mackie who is promising to bring a "bit of attitude" to the Tardis alongside Peter Capaldi's Time Lord.

Filming for the next series of the long-running science fiction show will start this year but air in 2017.

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Here's a little film so you can get to know her. 

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Beyonce debuts Lemonade and sparks storm of speculation


There was much excitement over the release of Beyonce's 'surprise' new "visual album" Lemonade over the weekend - unveiled as a short film on US TV network HBO on Saturday night and on streaming service Tidal.

Featuring 12 new songs, fans have been especially interested in the project's focus on infidelity, with speculation over whether it marks the end for Beyonce and husband Jay-Z.

Featuring lyrics like "this is your final warning" and "you're gonna lose your wife", the singer says the album's based on "every woman's journey of self knowledge and healing".

Jay-Z does make an appearance nearer the end of the film though - in a section called forgiveness. 

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Whatever the real story, critics seem to be on board. Read our round-up of reviews.

Mark Rylance in Wolf Hall and Sir Ian McKellen in The Dresser

BBC Two dramas Wolf Hall and The Dresser are among the winners at this year's Bafta Craft Awards, which honour television's behind-the-scenes talent.

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Prince compilations enter UK chart following his sudden death

As fans of Prince struggle to come to terms with the singer's death at the end of last week, two of his compilation albums entered the top 20 in Friday's album chart.

Ultimate Prince was the highest at number nine with The Very Best of Prince at number 18.

The cause of the singer's death is still unknown and the results of Friday's autopsy could take at least four weeks.

The singer was cremated with a small, private service for family, friends and musicians over the weekend, his publicist confirmed.

Anna Meacham said the singer's "final storage" would be kept private.

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Emma Saunders

Entertainment reporter

Greetings one and all - welcome back to the arts and entertainment live page. We'll be bringing you all the latest plus anything you may have missed over the weekend. Stay tuned!