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Summary

  1. David Gest's funeral held
  2. Peter Capaldi's huge Doctor Who book collection
  3. Line of Duty ends in dramatic fashion

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By Victoria Lindrea and Keily Smith

All times stated are UK

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Rylan the redhead

Victoria Lindrea

BBC Entertainment and Arts reporter

That's it for today. And as we bid our farewells, here's how a fellow redhead (who knew?) made his exit this morning... 

TV presenter Rylan Clark-Neal seemed genuinely shocked to be exposed as a natural redhead on live TV.

He was taking part in a discussion about redheads having good genes with fellow hosts Ruth Langsford and James Martin on This Morning.

As a cycle of photos of famous gingers was shown up popped one of Rylan as a schoolboy showing off his natural colouring. 

The Big Brother winner made a big show of walking off set - and didn't come back. 

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Stallone to play mob boss in new TV series

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Sylvester Stallone is to play a mob boss in a new television series backed by The Weinstein Company. 

Based on the final novel by The Godfather author Mario Puzo, Omerta will see Stallone play Raymonde Aprile, the last great American Don.

The series will be directed Antoine Fuqua, whose films include the Oscar-winning Training Day and the recent Jake Gyllenhaal boxing film Southpaw.

According to Deadline, Harvey Weinstein bought Puzo’s final novel a decade ago to turn it into a movie, but it proved too difficult to condense into a feature-length script.

Omerta marks Stallone's first leading TV role. The actor was hailed by critics for his comeback role as Rocky Balboa in 2015's Creed, which earned him an Oscar nomination. 

Doctor Who artist's dinosaur embarrassment

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Arts and Entertainment correspondent

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If somebody had said this would be happening in 2016 back in 1973 I would have laughed.

So says Chris Achilleos, the artist who designed the covers of many Doctor Who novelisations during the 1970s.

As we told you earlier, a lot of those illustrations are now on display at London's Cartoon Museum.

Achilleos (seen above with Peter Capaldi) produced 28 Doctor Who covers as a freelance artist – and has now designed three new jackets for a reissue of seven books in 2016. 

He told me how difficult it was back in the early 1970s to find source material for his covers.

Once you'd seen the programme that was it. It was pretty difficult to find a decent picture. I used to go through to the BBC and go through the filing cabinet and find three or four black and white stills. If you found one you could use you were lucky.

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One of his most controversial book covers was for the Dinosaur Invasion - which featured the cartoon-style word "Kklak!" to indicate the sound of an attacking pterodactyl.  

It caused a lot of trouble. They said 'you’ve got to get rid of that - it’s not a comic'. I was embarrassed. I was in my early 20s and I didn’t want to make a scene, but I wasn’t prepared to do it again.

Achilleos no longer owns his original paintings, but says its "amazing" they are still causing a fuss four decades on.  

I sold the original paintings for very little and now they are worth a mint – but they still look great. That’s how it goes.

Threatened with death for working on TV

Aryana Sayeed
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When the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in the 1990s they were quick to ban television, along with music and theatre. 

The post-Taliban era has seen an explosion of activity in the media, but TV personalities have become targets for militants. 

Read about the experiences of two women employed by the country's most-watched TV station, Tolo, who work under the constant threat of death,

Prequel to The Omen planned

A prequel to the classic horror film The Omen is in the pipeline, 40 years after it was first released.

The film, with the working title The First Omen, will explore the events that led to Damien's birth.

The original 1976 film, which starred Gregory Peck, spawned three sequels, as well as a remake in 2006.

Antonio Campos is in talks to direct. His most recent film, Christine, won acclaim when it debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival in January. It tells the story of 1970s TV reporter Christine Chubbock, who killed herself on live television.

Stars attend David Gest's funeral

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Kerry Katona, Kym Marsh and Darren Day were among those attending David Gest's funeral at Golders Green Crematorium in London.

Denise Welsh, Danniella Westbrook, Vanessa Feltz and Dean Gaffney also joined the mourners on Friday afternoon.

Gest, the former husband of singer Liza Minnelli, died at the Four Seasons hotel in Canary Wharf on 12 April, aged 62.

The entertainer and producer was best known in the UK for his appearances on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! and Celebrity Big Brother.

On Friday, it was also confirmed that a planned tour by Gest, entitled David Gest is not Dead but Alive With Soul - would go ahead in his honour.

The tour was originally named after a mix-up on this year's Celebrity Big Brother.  

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Will Smith boosting Obama's young people's initiative

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith are joining forces with President Barack Obama's charity aimed at boosting opportunities for young people of colour in the US. 

The actors' family foundation is launching a Careers in Entertainment Tour to support Obama's My Brother's Keeper Initiative. 

The tour will target vulnerable high school and college students interested in going into the entertainment industry. 

"The Careers in Entertainment Tour is an engine for change in our industry, and a means of closing the gap between dreams and the tools necessary to achieve them,'' Pinkett-Smith said, in a statement.

Chair of My Brother's Keeper, Broderick Johnson, said the Obama's task force "applauds the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation for responding to President Obama's call to action to ensure all youth have clear pathways to opportunity and success'.' 

The Smiths were at the forefront of protests over the lack of diversity at this year's Oscars.

Ronnie Wood artwork goes on sale

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Rolling Stone star Ronnie Wood is selling some of his personal artwork.

The exhibition sees the guitarist, and former art student, document his life as a Rolling Stone on stage and in the studio, alongside abstract portraits of landscapes and horses. 

A selection of the exhibits will be for sale, hand-signed by Wood and embossed with the Private Collection seal.

The collection can be viewed at the five Castle Fine Art galleries across London. Prices start at £2,250.

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It will draw the eye of all who happen upon it. This pictorial journey through the annals of rock and roll is a joy to behold

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Kasabian announce one-off footie celebration gig

Kasabian at King Power Stadium
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Famous Leicester City fans Kasabian have announced they'll play a special one-off gig at their team's football ground, King Power Stadium. 

They band have promised to "throw the city the greatest party they have ever seen" on Saturday 28 May, two week's after the team's last game against Chelsea. 

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The band say they'd already signed up to play a gig there next year but decided to move it forward as Leicester City are currently flying high at the top of the Premier League. 

Peter Capaldi's 'vast' Doctor Who book collection

Tim Masters

Arts and Entertainment correspondent

Peter Capaldi at the Doctor Who artwork exhibition
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Peter Capaldi says he's accrued a "vast" collection of old Doctor Who books sent into him by young fans.

The actor was speaking to me at the launch of a new exhibition of original artwork from the covers of the classic Target range of Doctor Who books in the 1970s and 80s.

Very sweetly, children will send me copies they find lying around in secondhand bookshops and jumble sales - and so I have a vast collection of yellowing Target books. They're absolutely lovely, because you've got to remember that when these books first began there was very little in the way of merchandise on the shelves. If you were interested in the show any new image would be exciting.

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Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat pointed out that the Target novels were the only way that fans could re-live the show in the days before VHS recorders. 

Back in the day you didn't have the video recording at all, the BBC showed them once and then chucked them in the skip. So when the book came along it replaced the TV show. It wasn't just a novelization - it was the only version of the programme around. The visuals on the cover often matched the ambition of the script better than was possible at the time on television.

Doctor Who book covers
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Later on today's live page we'll bring you an interview with Chris Achilleos, one of the artists who worked on many of the book covers.  

Doctor Who: The Target Books Artwork Exhibition is at the Cartoon Museum 28 April - 15 May. 

Westlife star's Eurovision hopes

Westlife's Nicky is taking on Ireland's Eurovision bid
After years singing with his Westlife bandmates Nicky Byrne is now going solo and representing Ireland at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

He singing in the second Eurovision semi-final - hoping to win a place in the final on 14 May.

Mitchell and Webb 'Back' together

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Comedy double act David Mitchell and Robert Webb just can't bear to be away from each other - professionally, of course.

Fresh from the end of Peep Show, the pair are back together in Back, a pilot that's been shot for Channel 4.

Simon Blackwell, one the creative geniuses behind Veep and The Thick of It, has written the script, which is about a dysfunctional family running a pub. 

The show is a collaboration between Mitchell and Webb's production company and Big Talk.

Channel 4's head of comedy, Phil Clarke, told The Guardian: “To have Mitchell and Webb and Simon Blackwell working together is a very exciting prospect.

“It’s a unique configuration of some seriously big comedy minds. Simon has written a very funny and clever script with a strong emotional heart that takes Robert Webb and David Mitchell in a new and genuinely intriguing direction.”

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Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent

Peter Capaldi has revealed how a theatre trip to see the new Doctor Who companion turned into a test of his acting skills.

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DC Fleming's McClure to play James Bond?

Vicky McClure - better known as Line of Duty's DC Kate Fleming - has been tweeting about the series finale.

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There's even talk of her playing the next James Bond....

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Overnight figures show the police drama drew 4.1m viewers - equal to 20% of the available audience - beating both BBC One and ITV in the 9pm slot.

Not much love for Special Correspondents

Special Correspondents
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Ricky Gervais' much-hyped Netflix movie Special Correspondents has finally been released - but the reviewers have not been kind. 

The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw wrote:

Special Correspondents shows that Gervais has a plausible Hollywood career, but there’s a baffling lack of real laughs and performance chemistry between the leads, and very little of the acid characterisation and cynical discomfort which is vital to his screen presence. These have been brutally minimised by commercial and generic considerations; it’s all gooey oyster and no grit, and the romcom element is cumbersome.

Mike Hail in the New York Times said:

There’s nothing wrong with the type of movie Special Correspondents wants to be. The problem is that Mr Gervais doesn’t appear capable of making a good version of it. He shows no talent for writing the kind of light, piquant dialogue the form calls for, and his direction does nothing to perk things up.

Shia LaBeouf apologises to man assaulted 'for looking like him'

Shia LaBeouf
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Transformers star-turned-man with a paper bag on his head, Shia LaBeouf, has left a phone message for a man who was punched in the face for looking like the actor.

New Yorker Mario Licato claims he was assaulted leaving the subway last Saturday "because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf", Licato told Gothamist. He posted a picture of his injuries on Instagram.

According to multiple media outlets, LaBeouf, 29, later rang Licato to apologise.

Hey, this is Shia LaBeouf … I just read an article that you were punched in the face because you look like me? … Aw, man. That sucks. I’m so sorry. But I get it. It’s happened to me before …

I wish I was in New York. I’d come bring you soup … This sucks. I don’t even know what to say. I’m sorry. People are just crazy.

Call me back if you want to. We could chat. Let’s giggle over this. Maybe there’s a silver lining in all this

LaBeouf, who starred in the Wall Street Money Never Sleeps and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, is becoming better known for his oddball antics. They include being arrested after disrupting a performance of Cabaret on Broadway and, more recently, spending 24 hours riding an elevator at Oxford University.

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Cattrall spills the beans on 'crippling insomnia'

Kim Cattrall has been speaking about the insomnia that stopped her from working. 

Last year, the Sex and the City star pulled out of a play at London's Royal Court Theatre, less than a week before opening night "at the advice of my doctors".

On Friday morning's Woman's Hour, on BBC Radio 4, Cattrall likens insomnia to "being pinned down by a three-ton gorilla".

Without sleep... there is no way to clear and cleanse the thoughts that bracket morning to night

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Kim Cattrall talks about the crippling insomnia that prevented her from working.

Alicia Vikander takes on Lara Croft

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Oscar winner Alicia Vikander has signed up to play Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider film.

She's following in the footsteps of Angelina Jolie, who starred in the first two adaptations of the game series more than 10 years ago.

It's widely credited as the role that turned Jolie into a global star - a year after her own Oscar win in 2000, for Girl, Interrupted.  

There have been rumours of a sequel for years, with various Hollywood actresses linked to play the archaeologist-adventurer.

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Man admits killing EastEnders actress

Sian Blake
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The partner of former EastEnders actress Sian Blake has admitted killing her and their two young children at a court appearance in London. 

Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, of Pembroke Road, Erith, Kent, appeared at the Old Bailey.

The bodies of Blake, eight-year-old Zachary and four-year-old Amon were found buried in the garden of their home in Waltham Forest, east London, in January.

Mr Simpson-Kent's QC told the court his admission could be reported because the jury at the trial in October would be told this information.

Mads reveals Rogue One character

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POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT!

Mads Mikkelsen seemed to give away a bit too much information about his Star Wars Rogue One character during a live interview. 

Speaking to Sky News, the James Bond baddie said: "I read the script and it was very beautiful, and Felicity [Jones] is playing this lovely, strong woman and I play her father. And that was too much. I'm sorry."   

Jones is playing Jyn Erso, the only character that so far has a name. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is the man in control of the Star Wars spin-off, which is due out in December this year. 

Drake talks about his friendship with Kanye West

Drake and Kanye West
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While discussing his new album on Beats 1, Drake touched upon his friendship with Kanye West - who just so happens to be his neighbour.

We live up the street from each other. I’ll pull up at his house and see what he’s doing. We’ll just sit and collaborate, that’s what music is all about.

'Ye is one of my favorite people. Period. In the world man. I love 'Ye. I grew up with [Kanye] as a role model, he is a reason I am here.

The baby-faced star added that he and Kanye had plans to make a collaborative mixtape or album - but nothing has been committed to tape as yet.

Meanwhile on 1xtra this morning it's been all about the Drake Listening Party. Listen live.

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Overdue library book returned after 67 years

An overdue library book has been returned 67 years after it was first taken out in 1948.

According to the Guardian, a woman in New Zealand made a special trip to the city of Auckland to visit family and return the book: Myths and Legends of Maoriland by AW Reed.

“She told me she had checked out the book as a child and been meaning to return it for years,” said librarian Zoe Cornelius, adding "she seemed a bit embarrassed".  

The woman was told she would not incur any late fees as the book had been taken out when she was a child, and children do not incur late fees.

Just as well. The paper calculated that at today's late charges of NZ$1 a day, she would have had to pay NZ$24,605 (£11,700)!

Baldwin revives US Blankety Blank

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Alec Baldwin is reviving quiz show Match Game, the inspiration for the UK's own Blankety Blank. 

The panel show features six celebrities who aid contestants trying to match phrases by filling in the missing blank. 

Match Game premiered in 1962 and went through a number of hosts before it was finally shelved in 1991.

The show will be back on ABC on 26 June.

The game ends with the head-to-head "super-match game", and if you were a regular viewer of Blankety Blank you'll now have the "Super Match Game" jingle running through your head - sorry!   

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Line of Duty finishes with dramatic showdown

Vicky McClure in Line of Duty
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The third series of Line of Duty came to dramatic conclusion last night as The Caddy was finally unmasked.

We won't spoil it for you - in case you are planning on catching up over the weekend - but just to warn you you won't want to leave the sofa, so have all your refreshments in place!

The critics have hailed the 90-minute finale as creator Jed Mercurio's "Macbeth"  with the Guardian describing it as "butt-clenchingly brilliant"undefined and the Mail calling it "the most brilliantly bleak, raw, realistic British cop show since The Sweeney

Those who stayed to the end credits also learnt that there will be a fourth series of the show, leaving many scratching their heads as to where the plot will head next. I guess we'll find out in 2017.

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Keily Smith

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If you want to comment on any of the stories or if there's anything else you fancy letting us know about, we'd love to hear from you. 

Share your thoughts by tweeting @BBCNewsEnts or emailing entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk

Calvin Harris premieres single on Radio 1

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Calvin Harris' new collaboration with a young singer you might have heard of, Rihanna, has just premiered exclusively on BBC Radio 1.

"It makes me want to sack my job off and go out raving," said host Nick Grimshaw, who described the track as a summer anthem.

"If you're telling me that, I'm going to go with what you're saying," replied Harris. "As long as it's positive."

Listen to the preview below. 

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Show doesn't go on for Funny Girl

Sheridan Smith
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West End musical Funny Girl was abandoned last night less than half an hour into the show for "technical reasons". 

Sheridan Smith has been winning rave reviews playing comedy musical star Fanny Brice in the revival. 

The show recently transferred from the Menier Chocolate Factory to the Savoy Theatre.  

The theatre said those affected should contact the box office. 

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Good morning

Victoria Lindrea

BBC Entertainment and Arts reporter

It's Friday! 

We have news from the Doctor Who camp, a new single from Calvin Harris and Rihanna and reaction to that Line of Duty finale - plus the promise of another series. 

Stay tuned -  or miss out!