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Summary

  1. Live news updates from 11 May 2016
  2. New Top Gear series gets premiere date
  3. Clarkson, Hammond and May reveal new show title
  4. Justin Bieber says he won't take photos with fans anymore
  5. US band Yacht admit sex tape leak was PR stunt
  6. Courteney Cox discusses new UK sitcom

Live Reporting

By Steven McIntosh

All times stated are UK

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Thank you for joining us on today's Entertainment Live page.

"But wait," we hear you cry, "aren't you going to leave me with an engaging piece of original video content featuring those nice chaps from The Voice who are representing the UK at Eurovision?"

Glad you asked, yes we are.

Here's Joe and Jake speaking to BBC News ahead of this Saturday's contest:

Pop duo Joe and Jake are hoping to win the 2016 Eurovision song contest

Have a nice evening.

Fifth Harmony Work their way to a historic No. 1

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What do you think is the best song of 2016 so far?

If you said Work From Home by Fifth Harmony, then congratulations, you are correct. (These are our views and not those of the whole BBC, of course).

This wonderful tune has now worked (sorry) its way to a historic victory atop a US airplay chart.

To explain - in America, there are a number of different airplay charts compiled by Billboard for different genres of music; rock, country and so on.

One of these airplay charts is specifically dedicated to "Rhythmic Songs". 

Love a good Rhythmic Song.

Fifth Harmony's ranking atop this week's Rhythmic Songs Airplay Chart (okay look we admit this is a bit niche but stay with it) marks the first time in 15 years that a girl group has hit the summit. The last time was in 2001, with Destiny’s Child's Survivor.

This is all basically a long-winded way of saying that the US has clearly been going through quite a girlband drought for the last few years. Thank goodness we've had Little Mix to keep us going on this side of the Atlantic.

Could Fifth Harmony just have helped America fall back in love with girlbands?

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(We're hoping we've now used the phrase Work From Home in this article enough times that our boss might let us do just that tomorrow, given this horrible weather.)  

First look at Ben Wheatley's new movie Free Fire

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The first promo image of director Ben Wheatley's new film Free Fire has been released (above).

"But why are all these people with dodgy facial hair walking through a warehouse?" you might reasonably wonder.

Fortunately, we can also bring you a little more on the plot of Free Fire, straight from the press release:

"Justine (Brie Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart-stopping game of survival ensues."

We love a heart-stopping game of survival, so bring it on.

David Guetta and Zara Larsson preview Euro 2016 anthem

Mark Savage

Music reporter

David Guetta and Zara Larsson
BBC

Luxuriantly coiffeured dance producer David Guetta has teamed up with Zara Larsson to record an "anthem" for this summer's kicking a ball tournament, Euro 2016.

The full song isn't available yet, but who listens to full songs anyway in today's fast-paced attention-deficit always-on- culture? Losers, that's who.

So here is a 24-second preview of This One's For You, which features a crowd of football supporters chanting both "hey" and "ho".

It's good, but it's no Gute Freunde Kann Niemand Trennen.

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Top Gear announce new series air date

Well, it's certainly a busy old day for fans of motoring TV shows...

Earlier, Clarkson, Hammond and May announced that their new show will be called The Grand Tour (scroll down for more on that).

Now, the BBC has announced a premiere date for the new series of Top Gear, fronted by Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc.

It will begin on 29 May on BBC Two. 

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You can watch the new, extended trailer for Top Gear - released yesterday - below:

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Woody Allen launches Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes film festival has officially kicked off in, er, Cannes, and will run until 22 May.

The opening film this year is Cafe Society, directed by Woody Allen.

He and cast members Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively and Kristen Stewart held a press conference to launch the festival this lunchtime, and we thought we'd bring you a few photos:

Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Woody Allen and Kristen Stewart
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Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Woody Allen
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Woody Allen and Blake Lively
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Kristen Stewart, Woody Allen, Blake Lively, and Jesse Eisenberg
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Azealia Banks dropped from London festival following Twitter rant

Azealia Banks
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A hole has opened up in US rapper Azealia Banks' diary this June after she was dropped from the line-up of a music festival in London following a racist rant on Twitter.

The outspoken former BBC Sound of 2012 contender attacked Zayn Malik over his new single and video and used several racial slurs.

She then continued to rant about the UK rap scene calling artists "a disgrace".

Now, the Born and Bred festival in Hackney has posted the following message on Twitter:

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Sharon Osbourne disccusses Ozzy marriage rift

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
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Sharon Osbourne has said she has "no idea" if she has a future with husband Ozzy after she threw him out of their home. 

The former X Factor judge said she "can't keep living like this" as she addressed reports the couple's 33-year marriage could be coming to an end. 

Appearing on her US television show The Talk, she confirmed it was true that she had kicked the Black Sabbath frontman out of their Beverly Hills mansion but added now "he's back, and I'm out of the house". 

She said:

I honestly at this point today have no idea what I'm going to be doing with the rest of my life. I don't know where I'm going, who I'm going with and I just need time to think. I need to think very carefully about where I want to go and what I really want. At this point, honestly... I have no idea. I'm 63 years of age and I can't keep living like this.

You can watch a clip of the interview below, from Entertainment Tonight's news report:

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Fergie, Big Sean and Wizkid join Wireless line-up

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A quick Wireless update now for all you festival fans - some new names have just been added to the line-up, including Wizkid and former Black Eyed Pea Fergie.

It's also good news for fans of musicians with the surname Sean, with Jay Sean and Big Sean added to the bill.

Here's the newly-updated poster:

Wireless line-up
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Clarkson, Hammond and May announce new show title

Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May
BBC

A statement has just been released from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May who are - finally - ready to announce the name of their new Amazon Prime car show.

It's going to be called The Grand Tour.

Jeremy Clarkson said: 

Thing is, we'll be travelling the world hosting each episode in a different country, from a giant tent. It's a sort of 'grand tour', if you like. So we've decided to call it The Grand Tour.

James May admitted to being underwhelmed by the name. "I wanted to call it ‘Nigel', or ‘Roger'. We needed a name, and they're names."  

Richard Hammond was more positive. 

"I already love camping. But this is something else. We are like our pioneering and prospecting forebears, sallying forth into a new frontier of broadcasting, and making our home where…" 

But at this point, according to the statement, Clarkson and May "strangled him with a guy rope".

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This is all very well and good, but what does Jay Marine, VP of Amazon Video Europe, have to say about the new show?

Good question.

Jay Marine, VP of Amazon Video Europe, said:

After nine months of deep thought, debate and deliberation, the guys have come up with a name that reflects the global ambition of the new show. The Grand Tour will be one of the most anticipated TV launches ever, and we’re excited to be bringing it to Amazon Prime customers around the world this autumn.

A teaser, which pokes fun at the number of names that were suggested and rejected, has also been released:

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Danger Mouse ditched 15 Red Hot Chili Pepper songs

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers
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The Red Hot Chili Peppers are on the verge of the releasing their 11th studio album, The Getaway, and for the first time since Blood Sugar Sex Magik, it has been produced by someone other than Rick Rubin.

Instead, Gnarls Barkley star Danger Mouse is at the helm, and singer Anthony Keidis told Jo Whiley the producer had been pickier than he expected. 

"If I look at it now, he knows what he likes very immediately," Kiedis explained. "He listened to about 25 songs that we'd written and he liked about 10 of them.

"You're like, 'Jeez, that's harsh or arrogant or presumptive' or whatever - but the more you get to know him and see how he operates and thinks, it's just a matter of taste and he wants every song to be classic."

Listen to the full interview below...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' frontman gives Jo a lowdown on the new record 'The Gateway'.

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Queen of Katwe: Trailer and poster released

Queen of Katwe traile
Disney

The trailer for Disney's Queen of Katwe has been released.

The film stars David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.

Queen of Katwe tells the true story of a young girl (played by Nalwanga) selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda, who finds her world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess.

As a result of the support she receives from her family and community, she pursues her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

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No word yet of an official UK release date - but it's likely to be around September.

Kate Beckinsale joins Instagram

Okay - stop everything.

We have got the biggest news story of the day for you now.

Kate Beckinsale... has joined Instagram.

More on this story as it develops but early signs suggest she is a fan of the black-and-white filter.

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Johnny Depp hits Leicester Square for Alice premiere

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Johnny Depp thanked the London policemen who once arrested him as he arrived in the capital at the premiere of his latest film. 

The actor prompted screams from the crowd as he walked on to the red carpet for the screening of Alice Through the Looking Glass at the Odeon in Leicester Square. 

He appeared without his wife Amber Heard, but said he was grateful to her for "putting up with him".

He said: 

I think everybody has a sense of themselves, we are all living our lives together and living closely with someone. I know I wouldn't be considered normal, I suppose, so I thank her for that. I thank my mum for that, I thank my father for that, for putting up with me. I also thank the London policemen when I was arrested here, they were very nice and gave me a cup of tea.

Depp was arrested in London in 1999 after a scuffle with photographers outside a restaurant and was later cautioned. 

In his new film, Depp returns to the role of the Mad Hatter after the huge success of Alice In Wonderland, which was directed by Tim Burton in 2010. 

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, Mia Wasikowska (pictured) and Sherlock star Andrew Scott join the all-star cast for the second outing, which was directed by James Bobin. 

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Depp said:   

It was a lot of fun to come back to the Mad Hatter, it was a gas to get back together with the cast and the addition of Sacha upped the stakes quite a lot. This particular film has a bit more of the Hatter's layers and things going on.

Alice Through The Looking Glass is released in UK cinemas on May 27.  

Meghan Trainor releases 'un-altered' video

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Yesterday we told you how Meghan Trainor had pulled her new video off the internet, claiming her body had been digitally altered to make her waist look smaller. 

Well the new 'un-altered' version of the video for Me Too has now been posted online, and at the time of writing had already had 1.3m views.

Warning: third party content may contain adds.

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However, not everyone's convinced it wasn't a giant publicity stunt, with many sites, including Fusion, speculating on why Trainor may or may not have duped her fans. Cue the backlash on Twitter:

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Show Boat musical to close early

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Show Boat
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Daniel Evans's revival of Show Boat will end its West End run early, it has been announced.

The show was due to run at the New London Theatre until 7 January 2017, but it will now close on 27 August.

Show Boat transferred to the West End following its opening at the Sheffield Crucible, where it garnered a string of strong reviews.

The musical, which features music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, follows the lives and loves of three generations aboard a show boat as it travels the Mississippi River.

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Eurovision: Russia and Netherlands make it though to the finals

Things are looking good for Russian star Sergey Lazarev, who is widely tipped to win Eurovison on Saturday after making it through Tuesday night's semi-final in Stockholm with his techno ballad, You Are The Only One.

Russia was beaten to second place by Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow last year.

A total of 18 countries took part in Tuesday's competition, but only 10 made it through to the Grand Final.

There have been a lot of excited tweets over Armenia's entry LoveWave, by the leotarded Iveta Mukuchyan..

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The other qualifying countries were Austria, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary and Malta.

Spare a thought for Iceland which failed to qualify for the second year in a row.

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Taylor Swift collects Taylor Swift award

Mark Savage

Music reporter

Taylor Swift
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Pop star Taylor Swift has been presented with a prize in her own name at the BMI pop awards in Los Angeles.

The eponymous award recognised the singer's "artistic talent and influence".

Swift told the audience: "If they had chosen someone else to give the Taylor Swift Award to, I'd be kind of bummed about it."

It is only the second time the BMI has created an award in an artist's name. The first was Michael Jackson in 1990.

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Courtney Cox to play 'kooky' American in UK sitcom

Courteney Cox
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It goes without saying that we all know Courteney Cox for a certain show that was on TV many years ago.

Cougar Town.

She was also involved in a slightly less successful sitcom about friendship, but she's putting all that behind her now as she plans to star in a new British comedy.

The actress has spoken of her plans to play a "kooky" American in Truthing.

Cox will play a character at the head of an "emotional rehab" centre. 

Asked whether she would film the sitcom in Britain, Cox replied: "I hope so, that's the plan." 

As we reported last month, ITV is expected to co-produce the show which is likely to start filming next year. 

The production company behind the show, Big Talk, produced the BBC comedy Rev and is responsible for the return of Cold Feet to ITV. 

Sounds like Courtney's in safe hands - we look forward to seeing it.

US band admits sextape leak was a PR stunt

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Two members of the US band Yacht have admitted their claims they had a private sex tape leaked on to the internet (as featured in yesterday's page) was a hoax, designed to promote their latest single.

The band is fronted by Jona Bechtolt and Claire L Evans, who said the privately-made film had made its way into the public domain. 

Writing on Facebook, they said they were "humiliated" and asked fans not to watch calling it "exploitation". 

In a later post, they decided to seize control of the situation and sell the video themselves. 

People are now very upset.

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In a statement, Yacht said: 

We created a story that was quickly revealed as fiction by the internet. We expected interest, skepticism, and laughter. We didn’t anticipate the outpouring of genuine support, due partially to the credulity with which this story was so extensively and immediately reported.

The couple admitted the sex-tape was real and was available to view on porn sites, adding:

We never make light of victims of any form of sexual abuse. Frankly, it’s disturbing to us that press outlets could make the incredibly irresponsible leap from “celebrity sex tape,” which is the cultural trope this project explicitly references, to “revenge porn,” which is unfunny, disgusting, morally repugnant, and completely unrelated.

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Justin Bieber is 'done taking pictures' with fans

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On the face of it, being a pop star looks like a lot of fun.

Chart success, adoring fans, getting to travel the world... let's be honest, it could be worse.

But one of the side effects of smartphone-age fame is the constant requests from fans for photos with you.

Having your photo taken doesn't sound like that much hard work, but then again for most of us the only person that's asked you for a photo recently is the the bloke at the Post Office who was renewing your driver's licence. 

Whereas if you're a pop star - the selfie requests are pretty relentless. And Justin Bieber has had enough.

Here's what he wrote on Instagram:

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Car park orchestra wins classical award

The Multi-Story Orchestra
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An orchestra that plays in a multi-storey car park in south London has won a top prize at the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.

The Multi-Story Orchestra was praised for its "ingenuity and impact in the local community" as it picked up the audience engagement prize.

Sakari Oramo, leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, won best conductor.

And the National Youth Orchestra took the ensemble award, as judges called it "a beacon of excellence for decades".

They reserved particular praise for the orchestra's outreach campaign, which aimed "to engage hundreds more teenagers" at a "time when music has such a precarious place in the schools' curriculum".

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Good morning

Steven McIntosh

Entertainment Reporter

Welcome to Wednesday's Entertainment Live page.

We're halfway through the week - Monday is a distant memory, and the weekend is nearly in sight.

To celebrate, why not put the kettle on (white coffee, one sugar for us today please, cheers) and get ready for all the news from the world of Arts & Entertainment.

Coming up today, the Eurovision semi-finals, more news on Courtney Cox's new UK sitcom and why you're unlikely to be getting a selfie with Justin Bieber anytime soon.

Stay tuned and we'll get started shortly.