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  1. News and updates for 23 May 2016
  2. First look at Emma Watson as Belle in live action Beauty and the Beast
  3. Britain's Got Talent first semi-final draws 8.3 million viewers
  4. The Weeknd wins big at Billboard Music Awards
  5. Ken Loach wins Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival

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By Frances Cronin and Genevieve Hassan

All times stated are UK

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That's all from us today, but we've saved the best for last - well hopefully. 

We have high hopes for the live action version of Beauty and the Beast and now we've had our first glimpse of the film starring Emma Watson. 

And glimpse is the word for how much you see of Emma in the first official teaser.  

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Chesney Hawkes cut from Warcraft movie

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Warcraft director Duncan Jones has revealed he filmed '90s teen heart-throb Chesney Hawkes singing a Bardic version of The One and Only for his film, but his scenes ended up on the cutting room floor. 

But fear not Chesney fans, thankfully Duncan's promised we will get to see it at some point - in the DVD extras if not before. 

The director and star Robert Kazinsky (that's Sean Slater for EastEnders fans) revealed the story in a live Periscope chat with fans earlier today and even gave a little rendition. 

Watch the Periscope chat

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Countdown rude word spurs internet search

Countdown's Susie Dent has revealed that an episode last week which featured a rude word has had an influence on internet searches ever since.  

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Sir Lenny Henry joins Broadchurch

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Sir Lenny Henry and Roy Hudd are joining the cast of Broadchurch for the third series, ITV has announced. 

A picture of David Tennant and Olivia Colman on their first day of filming has been released, including a few more details about the final series which will bring a new case for DI Alec Hardy (Tennant) and DS Ellie Miller (Coleman) as they reunite to investigate a serious sexual assault.

Characters from the previous two series including Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan will return to play Beth and Mark Latimer, while new characters played by Julie Hesmondhalgh, Bafta winner Georgina Campbell and Sarah Parish will also feature. 

We're told the series explores the consequences of the sexual assault as a Dorset community comes under the scrutiny of Hardy and Miller’s investigation.

Writer Chris Chibnall said he hopes it is an appropriate farewell for the award-winning show.

We have one last story to tell, featuring both familiar faces and new characters. I hope it’s a compelling and emotional farewell to a world and show that means so much to me.

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It's Corrie wedding time

Coronation Street's big wedding week gets fully under way tonight at 21:00 BST with Nick and Carla heading down the aisle. 

The soap is on at the same time for the next few nights as it is sandwiched between the Britain's Got Talent live semi-finals and results show. 

Here's a little taster of the wedding trouble ahead to get you in the mood. 

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No Ofcom action over Jeremy Irons swearing

You may recall back in March Jeremy Irons caused a bit of a kerfuffle on Chris Evans's BBC Radio 2 breakfast show after swearing and dropping the F-bomb live on air.

After investigating, Ofcom has ruled it will take no further action on the matter.

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Chris Evans show cleared over swearing

The Chris Evans Breakfast show on BBC Radio 2 will face no further action from Ofcom after actor Jeremy Irons swore on air.

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Palme d'Or flies home to Britain

Ken Loach's film company has posted a very sweet picture of his winning Palme d'Or trophy flying home on its own seat. 

Or it could be that Ken had just popped to the loo and left it there, but as it's got its seatbelt fastened we reckon it had it's own seat. 

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Adele debuts new video Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

After teasing it last week, Adele debuted her classy new video for Send My Love (To Your New Lover) during the Billboard awards. 

Dressed in a floral Dolce & Gabbana maxi dress, the video sees multiple versions of Adele appear as if you're watching her through a kaleidoscope. It's the latest track to come from her global smash album 25.

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The singer's currently on tour, ahead of her Glastonbury headline performance, so had to accept her multiple Billboard Awards via video. 


Adele is also rumoured to be about to sign a £90m deal with Sony.

Her existing contract with XL Recordings apparently ran out with the release of 25 in November.

According to a report in The Sun, the new deal which would be the most expensive in music history.

A reminder for Harry Potter fans

JK Rowling has tweeted a message for those keen to catch the upcoming Potter play.

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You need deep pockets though as one lot is currently at £8,500 for two tickets, with invitations to the after show party and a signed script. 

Although there are some tickets for £620 with a signed poster and Quibbler print. 

It's all for JK Rowling's Lumos charity and the auction ends at 19:00 BST. 

But if you don't have that much cash there's still a chance to buy tickets for the play in the Friday Forty scheme - where every Friday (starting on 3 June) at 13:00 BST they will release 40 tickets for every performance the following week at a reduced price. 

Sofia Coppola attracts stars to opening night of La Traviata

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Lost in Translation director Soifia Coppola attracted a star-studded list of guests to the gala performance of La Traviata, her debut directing an opera, in Italy at the weekend.

Kanye and Kim, Keira Knightley and Liz Hurley all attended the event at the Rome Opera House.

The costumes were designed by Valentino and the set was made by the designer behind the Batman movie sets.  

Coppola was brought in to turn around the fortunes of the ailing opera house, which has played second fiddle to La Scala in Milan.

The 15-night run has nearly sold out.

Kim, of course, found some time to tweet while there...

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It's World Turtle Day....

It's not usually an event in our calendar, but Twitter has seen a flurry of #WorldTurtleDay activity.

A number of arts institutions have got in on the act too, tweeting some of the turtle artworks in their collections.

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Needless to say, as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is out in cinemas this week in the UK, the heroes in a half-shell have made an appearance too.

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Craig David turns weatherman

Craig David co-hosted the Radio 1 Breakfast show this morning with Nick Grimshaw and this is a bit of a highlight - he sang the weather forecast. 

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Game of Thrones star to tread the boards in New York

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Jack Gleeson, otherwise better known as King Joffrey in Game of Thrones, is to appear on stage in New York in September.

He's going to star in the rather brilliantly titled Bears in Space - about two bears on a spaceship being chased across the universe by villains, featuring music and puppets.

Gleeson previously starred in the show for runs in Dublin and Edinburgh in 2014 and at London's Soho Theatre over Christmas.

It will run at the 59E59 Theatres from 6 September to 2 October. 

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Florence performs bedside show for sick fan in hospice

Florence Welch stopped by a hospice in Austin, Texas to give a private show to a fan who'd missed her show in the city due to her illness. 

Staff at the Hospice Austin's Christopher House posted the video online saying "today we were privileged to witness the clear joy of a room full of teenagers singing with Florence Welch and guitarist Rob Ackroyd from Florence and The Machine".

They added: "The room was full; full of joy and warmth and love and life and singing. Thank you, Florence!"

Watch her perform Shake it Out and Dog Days Are Over with the teenager below: 

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Sir Tom Jones

Sir Tom Jones is to appear at this year's Hay Festival - his first public appearance since the death of his wife.

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Duncan James joins Hollyoaks

Soap news now and former Blue star Duncan James is joining the cast of Hollyoaks. 

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He will play Ryan, a new character that moves to the village with his family this summer. 

"Ryan is a good guy in a committed relationship. He is a grounded family man with principles and integrity, but who will fight tooth and nail for what he believes in."  

The singer and actor is currently touring in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. 

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Kesha gets a standing ovation for Bob Dylan cover


After being momentarily blocked from performing at the Billboard Music Awards by Dr Luke's record label last week, Kesha was given a standing ovation after taking the stage to sing a cover of Bob Dylan's It Ain't Me Babe. 

She was accompanied by Ben Folds and a violinist for the low-key but emotional performance.


Other highlights from the show included a dramatic Pink performance, Ariana Grande, DNCE, Rihanna and Belinda Carlisle with The Go-Go's.

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Beverley Callard tells of her 'nerve-racking' return to Corrie

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Beverley Callard has spoken about her "nerve-racking" return to Coronation Street after taking time off to recover from depression. 

The actress took a six week break in March after her medication became suddenly unavailable. 

She told the Daily Mirror she was "really scared" but she spoke to a photo of her late friend Anne Kirkbride, who played Deidre Barlow, on the wall of her dressing room and it gave her the courage to continue.  

Before I took time off, I’d lost myself so much I wasn’t confident enough to wear Liz’s clothes. Then when I returned, she’s getting out of a taxi wearing a pink leather jacket, fake leather leggings and the highest heels you’ve ever seen. That’s when I knew I was back to my old self.

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Elvis Presley guitar sells for $334,000

In case you missed the news yesterday, someone with deep pockets bought a guitar once owned by Elvis Presley for $334,000 (£230,000) at auction.

Other items at the auction included some handwritten lyrics by John Lennon and a jacket worn by Michael Jackson.

It wasn't good news for Lady Gaga's first piano though, which failed to find a buyer with its $100,000 (£69,000) price tag.

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Elvis Presley guitar sells for $334,000

A guitar Elvis Presley was given by his father, and John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite! are both sold at an auction in New York.

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The Weeknd cleans up at the Billboard Music Awards

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The Weeknd could barely carry all of his trophies, after coming out the biggest winner at last night's Billboard Music Awards. He picked up eight awards including top Hot 100 artist - which he dedicated to Prince - and top R&B artist.

Adele won five awards, including top artist and, despite not being at the ceremony, debuted her new video (more on that later). 

Justin Bieber won top male artist while Rihanna won the chart achievement award, voted for by the public.

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The Millennium Award went to Britney Spears, who opened the show with a medley of her hits and revealed on Twitter she actually just wanted a burger.

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Celine Dion performed an emotional version of Queen's The Show Must Go On dedicated to her late husband and was surprised on stage by her son, who handed her the Icon Award.   

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See the full list of winners. We'll have highlights of the biggest and best performances coming up.

First Britain's Got Talent live show attracts 8.3 million

100 Voices of Gospel

Last night's first semi-final of Britain's Got Talent was watched live by an average of 8.3 million people, overnight figures show.

Viewing peaked at 9.6 million during the last five minutes of the show just as singing act 100 Voices Of Gospel (pictured above) finished and a recap of all the acts was played.

An average 6.4 million viewers watched the results show, which saw the gospel singing act voted through to the final, along with mother and son duo Mel and Jamie. 

Mel and Jamie

Eva Longoria ties the knot

Congratulations to Eva Longoria who got married in Mexico at the weekend. 

She wed TV executive Jose "Pepe" Baston in front of family and friends in their garden. 

Best pal Victoria Beckham designed the wedding dress and posted a picture of the bride and herself on Instagram with a tribute:  

"Congratulations Eva Longoria. The smartest, most beautiful woman I have ever met. I feel honoured to call you my friend. Such a wonderful day filled with love. We love Pepe so much!"

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Ex-Megadeth drummer dies of heart attack

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Sad news from the weekend that Nick Menza, a former drummer for seminal metal band Megadeth, died after suffering a "massive heart attack" on stage.

The 51-year-old was playing with his band OHM at the Baked Potato in Los Angeles on Saturday night when he collapsed, his manager Rob Bolger said.

Menza had been taken to hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.

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Comedy world celebrates Cannes win

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The comedy world has been celebrating the success of one of their own - comedian Dave Johns has the lead role in I, Daniel which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. 

It's his first film role and he was pretty shocked at the news. 

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And it seems he's a very popular man in the world of comedy as many comedians were quick to tweet their congratulations. 

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Ken Loach wins Palme d'Or

There was British success last night at the Cannes Film Festival, where director Ken Loach won the top prize for his latest film I, Daniel Blake.

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Loach's I, Daniel Blake wins Palme d'Or

Ken Loach wins the Palme d'Or for I, Daniel Blake, the second time the British director has taken the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

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