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  1. News and updates for 4 May 2016
  2. 'Star Wars Day' celebrated by fans
  3. Boyega to play Woyzeck at Old Vic
  4. Stars post post-Met Gala images

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By Frances Cronin and Neil Smith

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Let's blow this thing and go home

Frances Cronin

Entertainment Reporter

That's it for another Star Wars day, but we'll be back again tomorrow at 08:30 BST to do it all over again. Well, except for the Star Wars stuff - unless they announce something major to do with the next film, of course.

We're going to stop now and leave the last word to John Boyega.

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Orlando Bloom visits Ukraine for Unicef

He was dressed up to the nines at the Met Gala this week, but now we have a picture showing another side to Orlando Bloom. 

He's paid a visit to eastern Ukraine to highlight the need for children to continue their education during humanitarian emergencies.

Unicef made sure their goodwill ambassador dressed suitably for travel near the front line of the conflict.

Orlando Bloom

But the safety gear was off when the Lord of the Rings star hung out with the children. 

Orlando Bloom

Carla Lane's career in comedy

Carla Lane

If you haven't visited the BBC Genome blog yet, it's well worth a look.

Not only does it allow you to look back at all the BBC’s listings between 1923 and 2009, but it also hosts articles on some of the great talents and shows from the corporation's illustrious history.

The guest blogger today is comedy expert Aaron Brown, who's been taking a look back at the glittering CV of writer Carla Lane (pictured).

Read the article.

Good news for Mindy Project fans

Good news for fans of the Mindy Project - Hulu has announced it has renewed the show for a fifth series. 

Hulu picked up the show from producers Universal Television for its fourth series after it was cancelled by Fox. 

The show is shown on E4 in the UK. 

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A wren perched and calling in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Mark Savage

BBC entertainment writer

BBC Radio 3 will regularly broadcast birdsong as part of its commitment to "slow radio".

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Little Richard denies reports of ill health

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Little Richard
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Little Richard's lawyer has denied reports the rock and roll legend is unwell.

It follows a now-deleted post on Facebook by Funkadelic bassist Bootsy Collins, who apparently said: "He is not in the best of health so I ask all the Funkateers to lift him up."

But according to Little Richard's attorney William Sobel, the singer is fit and healthy:

He said, 'You know, I want you to talk to [the press] because I'm really annoyed. This thing started on Facebook. Not only is my family not gathering around me because I'm ill, but I'm still singing. I don't perform like I used to, but I have my singing voice, I walk around, I had hip surgery a while ago but I'm healthy.'

He added:"He's 83. I don't know how many 83-year-olds still get up and rock it out every week."

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New Top Gear trailer

BBC America has released a new trailer for the revamped Top Gear - though we're not sure the opening rainy scenes in Blackpool give the best impression of the country to our American cousins. 

We understand the show starts on 22 May in the UK. 

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Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersward dies

Carl Fredrik Reutersward
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Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersward - best known for his sculpture of a revolver with a knotted barrel that stands outside the UN headquarters in New York -  has died at the age of 81. 

Reutersward made the bronze sculpture, called Non-Violence, after his friend John Lennon was murdered in 1980. 

There are 17 copies of the sculpture around the world, 10 of which can be found in the artist's native Sweden.

May the 4th message from Hamilton star

This could be one of our favourite May the 4th messages today.

It comes from Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose hip-hop musical Hamilton received a record 16 Tony nominations on Tuesday.

He decided to celebrate by sharing this gif of a miniature BB-8 being mobbed by baby chicks. 

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Not really: he actually celebrated with a big party, a slightly mangled picture from which he subsequently posted on Twitter.

Lin-Manuel admitted he got quite teary - bless. 

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The Hateful Eight

Italian composer Ennio Morricone cancels concerts in Rome because of health concerns.

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Mills and Giedroyc: Eurovision police

Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills has been giving a hint of what's in store for himself and co-host Mel Giedroyc when next week's Eurovision Semi-Finals are shown on BBC Four.

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Stuart Flanders

Former BBC Economics Editor Stephanie Flanders is to chair the judges of the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction.

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US radio organises mass Prince tribute

Prince performing

Inspired by the original lyric from Nothing Compares 2 U, a US radio station is calling for the track to be played, exactly seven hours and 13 days after Prince's death.

Sinead O'Connor changed it in her version to 'seven hours and fifteen days'.

The song will be broadcast today at 17.07 CT (23.07 BST).

The tribute is organised by The Current in Minnesota, Prince's home state, and host Jim McGuinn has explained the thinking behind it:

We thought marking this moment... with one of Prince's most ubiquitous songs would be a wonderful way to honour his legacy. We hope that wherever Prince fans are, and whatever radio station they are listening to, they will take a minute to listen and remember his musical genius and artistry.

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Meanwhile, a significant reissue of some of Prince's albums has been reported by Modern Vinyl.

It includes Sign O The Times, The Black Album, the Batman soundtrack and Lovesexy.

Star Wars actor heads for Old Vic

John Boyega
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Here's a propitiously timed announcement from the Old Vic theatre, given today's date - the news that John Boyega, of Star Wars: The Force Awakens fame, is to tread its boards next year in a new version of Woyzeck.

Adapted from Georg Büchner's 19th Century original by playwright of the moment Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), it tells of a young soldier whose life is ruined when he agrees to take part in some questionable medical experiments.

John's pretty excited.

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Matthew Warchus's second season as the London playhouse's artistic director will also see Glenda Jackson return to the stage to play the title role in King Lear (yes, you did read that correctly) and a 20th anniversary production of Art, the Yasmina Reza play that gave Warchus one of his biggest stage successes.

Find out more on the Old Vic website.

GoT's Alfie Allen to make West End debut

Alfie Allen

Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen will be making his West End debut this month in The Spoils. 

Jesse Eisenberg, who wrote the play, also stars in it alongside The Big Bang Theory's Kunal Nayyar and Katie Brayben, the Olivier-winning star of Carole King musical Beautiful.

Described by The Hollywood Reporter as an "acerbic comedy about American privilege and millennial neuroses", the play tells of a misanthropic would-be film-maker who sets out to sabotage an old schoolmate's engagement.

First seen in New York last year, The Spoils runs at London's Trafalgar Studios from 27 May

Tributes to Brookside and Hollyoaks actor

Kristian Ealey
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Tributes have been paid to former Brookside and Hollyoaks actor Kristian Ealey, who has died at the age of 38.

Ealey played Matt Musgrove in Brookside from 1998 to 2000, before going on to play the character again in sister show Hollyoaks from 2000 to 2004.

He was also a popular musician in Liverpool with the band Tramp Attack, and appeared as Ringo Starr in the film In His Life: The John Lennon Story.

It's not known how he died, but his Brookside co-star Suzanne Collins said the actor was in Italy at the time.

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Fellow Brooksider Jennifer Ellison has also paid tribute, saying she is "absolutely devastated" by the news.

Jennifer Ellison Instagram message
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Leon Lopez - another former Brookside cast member - is another to express sadness on Twitter.

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'It's not like buying a pair of shoes'

BBC Radio 2

Nikki Chapman was on Chris Evans' Radio 2 breakfast show earlier to talk about Escape to the Country, the 17th series of which she is currently filming.

The BBC Two series sees Chapman and her fellow show hosts help prospective buyers find their dream home in the country.

According to the Popstars judge turned TV presenter, though, things don't always go entirely to plan.

Prince 911 calls revealed


It's been revealed that emergency calls were made from Prince's Paisley Park estate 46 times in the past five years.

A log released by Minnesota authorities showed the 911 calls related to everything from medical emergencies to false fire alarms.

It included one call in 2011 in which an unidentified woman said she was concerned about Prince's cocaine use. No police action was taken.

Prince's representatives have not commented on the claims.

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Stanley Spencer drawing

An unpublished sketchbook by the artist Stanley Spencer, containing his earliest known drawings and a short story, is to go on display in West Yorkshire.

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Star Wars Day celebrated in Taipei

A few images now showing how they've been celebrating May the Fourth in the Taiwanese capital.

Star Wars Day celebrations in Taipei
Star Wars Day celebrations in Taipei
Star Wars Day celebrations in Taipei

Pretty impressive, agree we think you will. It appears, though, that some people aren't trying quite as hard as others.

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Iron Maiden land best British band Kerrang! nomination

Iron Maiden
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There is life in the old dogs yet as metal band Iron Maiden pick up Kerrang! nominations for best British band and best album for The Book of Souls, their first new music in five years.

While fellow veterans Metallica could also see themselves crowned best international band.

Biffy Clyro, Bring Me The Horizon and Enter Shikari are also in the running for British band while best event sees the reunion of Slash, Axl Rose and Duff McKagan from Guns N'Roses go toe-to-toe with teen favourite 5 Seconds of Summer's Sounds Live Feels Live tour, Slipknot's sold out shows at Alexandra Palace in London and Biffy Clyro's Edinburgh Hogmanay performance.

You Me At Six's benefit show for band The Ghost Inside also made the list

The ceremony at east London's Troxy on 9 June will be co-hosted by The Darkness singer Justin Hawkins and Skindred's Benji Webb.

Calling all budding painters


The BBC is looking for budding painters for a new TV show in which amateurs will receive intensive tuition to unlock their potential inner Picassos.  

They are calling for people who think they could become a truly great artist if they had the right coaching and inspiration. 

It's called 'BBC Painting Show' at the moment - a working title we hope they'll brush up a little before transmission.

Get in touch here.

Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift dance off

Some great footage has emerged from inside the Met Gala of Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston having a dance-off.

The song that got them on the dance floor was Crazy in Love - but where was Beyonce?

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Bowie fans' delight at Blackstar secret

Fans of the late David Bowie have been thrilled to discover that if you expose the gatefold of his Blackstar album to light, a galaxy appears. 

A fan posted the revelation on the Ingur sharing site, calling it a "beautiful secret".

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Duncan Jones, Bowie's film director son, was touched by it too.

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UK and Ireland box office

A scene from Captain America: Civil War

No surprise to see the new Captain America film in pole position on this week's UK and Ireland box office chart.

The latest outing for Marvel's stable of costumed superheroes took £14.4m between Friday and Sunday and swelled its coffers further on Bank Holiday Monday with an extra £4.6m in takings.

Disney's The Jungle Book was no pushover though, sinking its claws into second place by taking a none too shabby £5.75m in its third weekend in cinemas.

Further down the chart, meanwhile, Holocaust drama Son of Saul - the winner of this year's best foreign film Oscar - took a solid £178,617 at its 55 locations.

Here's this week's top five.

  1. Captain America: Civil War - £14.46m
  2. The Jungle Book - £5.75m
  3. Eye in the Sky - £0.52m
  4. Zootropolis - £0.51m
  5. Bastille Day - £0.33m

Lorde's A-list cast

Lorde at and after the Met Gala
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Another post-Met Gala photo, this time from Lorde, who was seen at Monday's event (above) sporting a mystery arm cast.

Afterwards she gave her Instagram followers a peek at some of the celebrity autographs she collected.

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Wonder if she'll sell it on eBay after she gets it taken off...

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Beverly Hills pop

Paige Brewster and Eddie Murphy

Congratulations to Eddie Murphy, who has just become a father for the ninth time. Yes, you read that right: there are now nine little Murphies out there in the world. 

The comedy star's spokesman announced the arrival of daughter Izzy Oona on Tuesday morning - Murphy's first child with Australia actress Paige Butcher. 

Met Gala aftermath

After all the glamour of the Met Gala we brought you yesterday, now we have pictures of the aftermath - starting with Taylor Swift, the girls from Haim and a picture entitled "After the after party is.. Well.. This."

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Stars are celebrating May the 4th

Davina McCall and her husband Matthew Robertson are among those getting into the Star Wars spirit today.

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Daisy Ridley wishes Star Wars fans a Happy May the 4th

To start us off, here's a cute film from Force Awakens actress Daisy Ridley thanking Star Wars' legions of fans. 

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Good morning and May the 4th be with you

Frances Cronin

Entertainment Reporter

Yes, it's that special day for Star Wars fans - May the 4th. Welcome to another day of live entertainment and arts news updates. 

Keep reading for all the latest news and, quite possibly, some Star Wars-themed items.

We've got a good feeling about this one.

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