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Summary

  1. James Norton lands Flatliners role
  2. X-Men star wants 'more strong, powerful, black, female' roles
  3. Rodin sculpture sells for record price
  4. Sheridan Smith pulls out of Funny Girl performance

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By Chris Long and Emma Saunders

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So that's it for another day, folks. Thanks for joining us - we'll be back tomorrow for all the latest from the world of arts and entertainment, so see you then!

Harry Potter star Fiona Shaw returns to Privet Drive

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Actress Fiona Shaw returned to the home of her character Aunt Petunia to celebrate the opening of the original set 4 Privet Drive at Warner Bros Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter.

The opening coincides with the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Up until now, fans have only been able to pose outside the Dursley residence but now they'll be able to go inside and see an installation of the Hogwarts letters that shot out of the fireplace in the first film in the series.

Let's apparate there pronto!

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Meghan Trainor video back on Vevo

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Meghan Trainor is back! After she withdrew her latest music video for her track Me Too over claims she was digitally altered to give her a smaller waist, a new version approved by the lady herself has now been uploaded.

Looking good, Meghan!

Earlier, the star spoke to TV host Andy Cohen on US late night talk show to explain why she had wanted to withdraw the original video.

I saw and I was like, 'Oh my God,' and I called the gods of Vevo and said 'Take that down now.'

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Laura Marling is unveiled as a headline act for the 2016 Green Man festival in the Brecon Beacons.

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Rare Victorian photo album gives insight into 'one of Britain’s great artists'

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Rare Victorian pictures by early art photographer Oscar Rejlander have been revealed by the National Portrait Gallery.

The album of images, which were subject to an export bar after they were found in a Yorkshire family's collection, included portraits of poet and dramatist Sir Henry Taylor and the Hon Lionel Tennyson, the grandson of Poet Laureate, Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Rejlander was a pioneer of art photography and used multiple negatives to create new compositions. 

The Swedish artist, seen above with his wife, trained in Rome and established a photographic studio in Wolverhampton in the 1840s, before moving to London in 1862.

He was an influence on noted photographers Julia Margaret Cameron and Lewis Carroll and worked with Charles Darwin and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

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The gallery's head of photographs, Dr Phillip Prodger, said the album had become "one of the jewels in the crown of our already impressive collection of 19th century photographs".

"It transforms the way we think about one of Britain’s great artists - and it contains some of the most beautiful and expressive portraits of the Victorian era.”

The album, which was acquired by the gallery using an Art Fund grant, will go on display in October.

Tickling the ivories for Eurovision

Roll up, roll up - here's an offer you can't refuse. The BBC's Steve Rosenburg will be playing your Eurovision requests live on the piano tonight.

There's still time to make a request - anyone for Jemini?

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Booker writer reveals why she uses pseudonym

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One of the hot favourites for this year's Booker Prize is The Story Of The Lost Child by Italian writer Elena Ferrante. 

It's the final part of a series known as the Neapolitan Quartet, about the 60-year friendship between Elena, a successful writer, and Lila, her friend from childhood. 

Ferrante refuses to have a public profile and uses a pseudonym, but she does communicate via email and agreed to an exchange with the BBC. Her answers have been voiced by an actress.

So why does she keep such a distance between life and work?

Cranston to star in Philip K Dick series

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Breaking Bad and Trumbo star Bryan Cranston is to appear in the  10-part sci-fi anthology series Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K Dick for Sony Pictures Television and Channel 4.

Electric Dreams will celebrate the famous sci-fi novelist’s work and each episode will be a standalone drama.

"This is an electric dream come true," said Cranston in a statement. 

"We are so thrilled to be able to explore and expand upon the evergreen themes found in the incredible work of this literary master."

Cranston will also be an executive producer on the series.  

Zorro role for Gael Garcia Bernal

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Gael García Bernal is to star in Z, a film reboot of Zorro.

Set in the near future, Z re-imagines the classic legend based on the masked swashbuckler.

The picture is a co-production between Lantica Pictures and Mark Amin’s Sobini Films.  

"I have always loved Gael for this role," said Amin, who is producing with Lantica’s Albert Martínez Martín. 

"Zorro is a hero who is charming, witty and clever. 

"Gael possesses all those characteristic and he’s able to deliver them with a modern spin to introduce the Zorro character to a new audience." 

Singer-songwriter Claire Maguire - back from the brink

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After her first album failed to live up to expectations, Clare Maguire turned to alcohol and was given two weeks to live. She tells the BBC how she turned her life around, and poured her darkest thoughts into a head-turning new album.

Read the full story. 

Tom Hanks returns as Robert Langdon in Dan Brown's Inferno

He's already taken on and beaten two seemingly impossible quests as Professor Robert Langdon and now Tom Hanks is stepping into the role again for the big screen adaptation of Dan Brown's bestseller Inferno.

Hanks, who played Langdon in 2006's The Da Vinci Code and 2009's Angels & Demons, is joined by Rogue One's Felicity Jones for the Ron Howard-directed thriller.

Out in October, the first trailer for the film has been released and it all looks suitably tense and action-packed.

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Eighteen countries prepare for Eurovision semi-final

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Prepare your flags and your bunting, as it's Eurovision time again - tonight sees the first of two semi-finals (the other one is on Thursday), ahead of the grand final on Saturday.

As always, there is a wide variety of songs and, indeed, stage costumes on offer, which will provide a bucketload of entertainment.

And that's before you even get to Saturday evening's performance from Justin Timberlake, who will be taking to the stage before the voting begins for a performance of his insanely catchy new song, Can't Stop The Feeling.

With such a multitude of melodies on show, it's hard to know who is going to win - thankfully, here's a guide to the main runners and riders (although, obviously, we're behind the UK's Joe and Jake all the way).

Incidentally, tonight 18 countries - from mighty Russia to minnows San Marino - take to the stage and you can see how they all get on on BBC Four from 20:00.

Cilla-owned Lowry paintings up for auction

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Three paintings by LS Lowry, which were owned by the late singer and television presenter Cilla Black, are to go under the hammer. 

The artworks are expected to fetch more than £500,000 when they are auctioned by Sotheby's in a sale of Modern and Post-War British Art.  

The paintings are titled the Family Group, Black Church and The Spire.

Black's sons - Ben, Robert and Jack Willis - said their mother was introduced to Lowry by her manager Brian Epstein. 

They said: "Mum and Dad bought art that they loved and that they could relate to, and since LS Lowry painted the world that our mother grew up in, there was very much a personal connection."

The paintings will be auctioned at Sotheby's in London on 13 June.

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Rothko and Basquiat works to go under the hammer

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A large blue and green painting by Mark Rothko and a self-portrait by Jean-Michel Basquiat, both of which are estimated to be worth about $40m (£27m), are to go under the hammer in New York later.

Rothko's No. 17, which was painted in 1957, was first exhibited in Britain in the 1960s and is being sold by a private collector.

Basquiat's Untitled, 1982 depicts the artist, wh0 died at the age of 27 from a drug overdose, as a fiery, demonic figure and has been shown around the world.

Auctioneers Christie's say both works should meet their estimates and the Basquiat piece could even break the auction record for the artist, which currently stands at $48.8m (£34m).

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James Norton set for Flatliners remake

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James Norton has joined the cast for the remake of the 1990 sci-fi film Flatliners.

The movie, which originally starred Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon and Kiefer Sutherland, follows a group of medical students who create near-death experiences which put their lives in jeopardy.

Norton will star in the remake as would-be doctor Jamie, joining Ellen Page, Diego Luna and Nina Dobrev.

Neils Arden Oplev, who was behind the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, will direct.

Norton recently starred opposite Paul Dano and Lily James in the Weinstein/BBC drama War & Peace. 

His other credits include the award-winning BBC drama Happy Valley and ITV's Grantchester.

Veteran actor William Schallert dies aged 93

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Veteran actor William Schallert, who appeared in everything from Star Trek to the Oscar-winning film In The Heat Of The Night, has died aged 93.

Schallert, who was best known in the US for his roles in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis and The Patty Duke Show, also served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1979 to 1981.

Born in 1922, he appeared in numerous hit shows in the 1950s, 60s and 70s - including Hawaii Five-O, Gunsmoke, The Waltons, Bewitched, Quincy and Bonanza - but began his career on stage at university, where he was directed in a production of Somerset Maugham's Rain by Charlie Chaplin.

In later years, he added the likes of Desperate Housewives, My Name Is Earl, How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Medium and True Blood to his impressive CV.

On the big screen, he had roles in many films, including the 1959 Rock Hudson and Doris Day romcom Pillow Talk, the 1968 Elvis Presley musical Speedway and in the 1987 sci-fi comedy Innerspace.

For Trekkies though, he will always be Nils Baris, the Federation official that discovered the furry aliens in the classic and much-loved 1967 episode, The Trouble With Tribbles.

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Sheridan Smith pulls out of Funny Girl

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Actress Sheridan Smith pulled out of another performance of Funny Girl in the West End on Monday.

Just hours before the show was due to start, the Savoy Theatre tweeted that understudy Natasha Barnes would take her place.

Sheridan tweeted: "I apologise profusely. Sorry! Sorry I'm not strong enough," before adding a comment seeming to blame the media for "letting [her] down".  

Smith was also forced to defend herself on social media after looking noticeably disappointed when she lost out to Suranne Jones for the leading actress award at Sunday's Baftas.

She was nominated for her performance as a cancer patient in The C-Word.

"When will you stop bullying?" she wrote, while retweeting hurtful messages about her reaction to not winning.

The actress previously pulled out of two performances in March after her father became unwell.

Playhouse's work with young people receives lottery boost

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West Yorkshire Playhouse's scheme to improve the creative opportunities for young people with learning difficulties has been extended for another four years, thanks to a Big Lottery Fund grant.

The £375,731 allocation will see the Leeds venue expand its Buzz programme as well as continuing its weekly workshops for youths aged 14 to 25.

The scheme was established in 2011 and offers an accredited education course for those wanting to make a career in the arts.

Executive director Robin Hawkes said allowing those with learning difficulties to "take part in life-enhancing arts activities is of paramount importance to the Playhouse".

This grant recognises the impact that Buzz has on young people with learning disabilities and their families and our commitment to this vital work. We’re thrilled that we can further our provision over the next four years.

Rodin sculpture sells for record price

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A marble work by French sculptor Auguste Rodin has sold for a record price of $20.4m (£14.1m) at auction in New York.

Eternal Springtime, which was created between 1901 and 1903, depicts two lovers in a passionate embrace and is carved from a single block of marble.

It is believed to be the fifth in a series of 10 known carvings of the subject.

The previous record for a Rodin work was the $16.6m (£11.5m) paid for the bronze piece Iris, Messenger of the Gods at a sale in February.

That work was sold by none other than Rocky himself, actor Sylvester Stallone - no wonder it was such a knockout price.

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X-Men star wants more 'strong, powerful, black female roles' in Hollywood

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Alexandra Shipp, who stars as Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse, has said there are not enough "strong, powerful, black female roles" in Hollywood.

Speaking at a fan screening of the new film in London, she also revealed that she had relished the chance to play the superhero, though she was a little daunted by the role.

"It is really exciting [playing Storm] because there aren't enough strong, powerful, black female roles out there," she said.

"I am really happy to be able to portray one of them."

Referring to Halle Berry's portrayal of Storm in the original X-Men films, she said playing the role was "very scary, but I had to tell myself 'Alex, this has to be your interpretation, it can't be a copycat of anybody else's, it has to be you'.

"So I had to stay true to that."

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Meanwhile, her co-star Lana Condor, who plays Jubilee in the film, also spoke about playing a "sassy woman with youthful energy".

"It is amazing, I am so proud to be a woman in this industry and be able to play such a strong, confident girl.

"And I think it is going to be amazing for young girls to see it as well."

Good morning

Chris Long

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Hello and welcome to another day of entertainment, which today brings with it news of a Rodin sculpture being sold for a record price, rare glimpses of a Victorian photographer's world and rumours that the Stone Roses might be about to release a single.

We'll also be telling you about the expansion of the Desert Trip festival - which features The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan and Sir Paul McCartney - and getting our flags out for the build-up to the first Eurovision semi-final.

So, as Pink once said, we'd better get this party started.