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Summary

  1. Jury rules Blurred Lines was copied from Marvin Gaye
  2. Reaction to Jeremy Clarkson's suspension from Top Gear
  3. Lord Grade says broadcasters are "playing politics" over election debates

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By Mark Savage and Genevieve Hassan

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Tiny sculpture destroyed:

Radio 5 live

Jonty Hurwitz sculpture on the eye of a needle
BBC

One of the world's smallest sculptures has been accidentally crushed.

Artist Jonty Hurwitz, from Chichester, West Sussex, uses 3D printing technology to construct models "narrower than the width of a human hair".

But a photographer who'd been invited to take pictures of the artworks accidentally brushed one of them with his finger, essentially rubbing it out of existence.

Hurwitz described the incident to 5 live.

Selfie stick ban - your views

There's been a lot of reaction from you on the National Gallery

banning selfie sticks "to protect paintings and preserve the overall visitor experience".

Fiona Unwin tweets: "Good. Pity they can't ban cameras."

Marc Takahashi: "Have we become so 'selfie' obsessed that it's come to this?"

John Burns: "Good! They are utterly ridiculous gadgets."

Alitar: "Who said photography can't be dangerous!!"

Iggy's tour is off:

Billboard

Iggy Azalea
AFP

Iggy Azalea has postponed her US tour due to "tour production delays".

The Great Escape tour was due to begin in April, but Def Jam Recordings said the tour would not be ready in time "to accommodate for creative team availability".

"It's important to Iggy that she delivers the show she envisaged to share with her fans and that requites more time in development," they said.

The tour has been rescheduled for September, beginning in San Diego on 18 September.

Gigantic artwork on display

The Funeral Procession of Arthur, Duke of Wellington
National Portrait Gallery, London

You wait ages for an artwork the size of a bus to turn up, then two arrive at once...

The National Portrait Gallery has announced it will show the largest work in its collection for the first time on 18 June.

The print by George Augustus Sala, depicts the funeral procession of the Duke of Wellington in 1872. It is 67 feet long - the length of two double-decker buses.

But you'll have to be punctual to see it - the delicate artwork will only be unfolded in its entirety for a single hour. But eight panels from the print will be on show from tomorrow, as part of an exhibition marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

Read more about the print on the NPG website.

BBC faces 'huge' Top Gear bill:

The Guardian

The BBC is facing a multi-million pound bill over its decision to suspend Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear, The Guardian suggests.

Foreign broadcasters could be eligible for compensation after the corporation failed to deliver the final episodes of the series on time, it says.

A spokesman for the BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, said: "We are working on supplying international broadcast partners with alternative content."

Read the full article.

Man with the Mohican:

BBC Radio 4

Roger Hill
Press release

One man can claim credit for the careers of actors including David Morrissey, Ian Hart, Kathy Tyson and Stephen McGann.

His name is Roger Hill - although in Liverpool, he was more widely known as "the man with the Mohican".

As the creative director of the Everyman Youth Theatre, he mentored hundreds of aspiring actors. And his long-running Radio Merseyside show championed the likes of Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Big In Japan.

Now Morrissey, who describes Hill as "a living legend", has presented a documentary charting his influence.

You can listen to it now

on the Radio 4 website..

Rihanna takes a bow

Rihanna
Reuters

Rihanna is to get a feature-length documentary charting her rise to pop supremacy.

Filmmaker Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) is behind the project, which is described as an "unfiltered look into Rihanna's life", that is "much more a character study than a music film".

Berg previously gave Rihanna her big acting break in the action movie, Battleship. Which, as everyone knows, was a creative and commercial triumph.

Clarkson talks

Jeremy Clarkson
Reuters

Jeremy Clarkson has made light of his suspension from BBC TV show Top Gear, after being met by the press outside his home in London.

"I'm just off to the job centre," he said as he left the property. But when asked if he had any regrets about what had happened, he replied "yes".

The star was also asked whether he would resign after an alleged altercation with a member of production staff, to which he replied: "I've been suspended, haven't I?"

Ricky Wilson is not feeling himself

@Rickyontour

Ricky Wilson on The Voice
BBC

"

Having a very lazy day. Just did an online quiz to see which @BBCTheVoiceUK coach I am... I'm @RitaOra."

Jeremy Clarkson - your views

Email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk or tweet @BBCNewsEnts

Tracie Preece emails: "Shouldn't one be presumed innocent until proven guilty? As the BBC are 'investigating an allegation of a fracas', then surely Clarkson is currently presumed innocent. So why has the BBC denied viewers of the best (and funniest!) Sunday night's viewing by suspending Clarkson (and Top Gear) before he is even proved guilty?"

Alan Gibson says: "There is no way that Clarkson should be retained by the BBC. In any other walk of life, a final warning followed by an assault would lead to dismissal. As for losing audience numbers, I would start watching Top Gear if Clarkson was removed - and I predict that many more would follow my lead."

Keith emails: "Reading some of the comments on the BBC, I don't believe that some of the people writing them watch Top Gear. It's just a bit of light hearted fun with a bit of tyre smoke thrown in and us petrol heads out here love it. Save Top Gear, Save Clarkson."

Brenda Kingaby writes: "I would like to know if there is any proof that he did throw a punch. I think all this fuss is a bit premature when we don't know the facts."

Alistair Smith emails: "Entertainment should never be about one presenter on a car show. I think it is about time Richard Hammond and James May took centre stage. Both of them are brilliant presenters, without the same arrogance and snobbery. I think it would be harsh to ban Clarkson from the BBC but I think it is about time he learned a lesson."

Strike warning at the Globe

Shakespeare's Globe
Getty Images

Shakespeare's Globe has been given seven days to avert strike action, amidst a dispute over tour guides' pay.

Showbiz union Bectu

has notified the venue it intends to ballot its members next week if the situation is not resolved.

It says tour guides are paid £11.24 per hour, less than half of what guides get at the nearby Royal Opera House.

A spokeswoman for the Globe said it was "keen to enter into meaningful negotiations" but called Bectu's demands "unrealistic" and "out of line with the salaries of other staff at the Globe".

Simpsons tribute

Eric Keyes tweet
Eric Keyes / Twitter

After the sad news that The Simpsons' co-creator Sam Simon had died on Monday, Eric Keyes, an artist on the programme has tweeted the above picture in tribute.

Simon, who had colon cancer, left almost all of his profits from the animated series to charity.

French reality show will not air:

The Hollywood Reporter

From left to right: Camille Muffat, Alexis Vastine and Florence Arthaud
AFP

French reality show Dropped will not be broadcast, following a

tragic helicopter accident that claimed 10 lives.

Three sports stars were among those killed, including Olympic gold medal swimmer Camille Muffat, Olympic bronze medal boxer Alexis Vastine and sailor Florence Arthaud (pictured above, left to right).

Franck Firmin-Guion, head of production company Adventure Line Productions (ALP), said in an interview on TV channel TF1 that the show had now been scrapped.

Asked if he felt responsible for the accident, Mr Firmin-Guion said he viewed it as an inexplicable tragedy.

"What I see is a terrible accident," he said. "Above all we want explanations. We want to understand what happened."

Read the full article.

Selfie stick ban

Tourists using selfie sticks
PA

The National Gallery in London has banned selfie sticks "in order to protect paintings, individual privacy and overall visitor experience".

It is the latest arts institution to ban the gadgets which has seen a boom of popularity over the past year.

The move has prompted other museums and galleries to look at their policies over their visitor's use of selfie sticks.

Read more on this story.

'Its about heart not the hat'

Gregory Porter
BBC

Not since Carmen Miranda sprouted exotic fruit from atop her noggin has a musical artist been so closely associated with headgear.

Grammy-winning soul singer Gregory Porter and his sidechop and chin-covering titfer arouses much interest.

But, he tells us, the aim is "to make it less about image and less about my hat and more about my heart and my sound".

Read more on this story.

Behind the music:

Playbill

Julie Andrews in the recording studio
Playbill

Broadway magazine Playbill is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Sound Of Music by publishing some rare behind-the-scenes photographs from the film.

Pictured above is Julie Andrews recorded the iconic theme tune.

Click here to see the rest of the photo archive.

BreakingBreaking News

The producer alleged to have been involved in a "fracas" with Jeremy Clarkson has been named as Oisin Tymon.

Suggs "wants to find cancer cure":

The Daily Telegraph

Suggs
BBC

Suggs is best known for knockabout ska hits like Baggy Trousers and House of Fun, but he has recently devoted a lot of his time to fundraising for research into pancreatic cancer.

He took up the fight after his sister-in-law died from the disease in 2012, aged 60 - and he's become so passionate about it he's met MPs at the House of Commons to persuade them to raise awareness.

"It's very hard to diagnose so, more often than not, people with pancreatic cancer are way down the line and that's the tragedy of it," he says.

"You think, 'Oh my God, that's such a virulent form' because they die so quickly, when in fact it's not really, it's just they've been diagnosed so late. It can be misdiagnosed as all sorts of things."

Read the full interview.

Secret Cinema strikes back

Secret Cinema poster
Secret Cinema

Last year's Secret Cinema event caused a bit of a storm when its Back to the Future event was forced to cancel the first few screenings as the venue wasn't ready in time.

This year, organisers are hoping the Force will be on their side as they present Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back at a secret London location.

It's promised fans will be transported "into a richly detailed galactic space opera" when screenings begin on 4 June (presumably May the Fourth was a bit soon for them).

Tickets go on sale in a few minutes at 13:00 GMT.

Pooping dinosaur success

Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter
World Book Day

They have number one singles, number one albums and now McFly boys Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter have a number one best-selling book to add to their list of accolades.

The Dinosaur That Pooped A Lot! - the latest in their series of children's books - was last week's bestseller, thanks to it being on the list of titles for World Book Day (WBD).

It sold 52,656 copies, up 12% on last year's WBD bestseller, Hello Hugless Douglas, which sold 47,130 copies over the same period.

Overall, nine of last week's top 10 books were WBD titles, selling a combined 339,133 copies.

Watch the McFly boys give a short reading of their book.

Blurred Lines bonanza

@officialcharts

"

ChartFact: #BlurredLines now has chart sales of nearly 1,729,000 in the UK."

Bricks and mortar on the boards:

BBC Radio 4

Deposit
Hampstead Theatre

The housing crisis has inspired not one, not two, but three separate stage plays, all of which debut this month.

In Mike Bartlett's

Game, currently on at the Almeida Theatre in London, a couple agree to become participants in a reality show in exchange for a house.

Philip Ridley has written

Radiant Vermin, in which the offer of a free house comes with deadly small print, and Matt Hartley's
Deposit (pictured) sees the friendship of two couples torn apart when they try to share a one-bedroom flat in order to save money for a deposit on their first home.

The spate of housing dramas was discussed on last night's Front Row, which you can

hear again on the BBC iPlayer (the discussion starts 21 minutes into the programme).

Johnny Marr covers Depeche Mode

Johnny Marr and Depeche Mode
BBC

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has recorded a version of Depeche Mode's I Feel You.

The song - which you can hear

on Soundcloud - will be issued on 7-inch vinyl for Record Store Day, which takes place on 18 April.

In total, 592 exclusive and limited edition records will be released for the annual celebration of independent record shops.

Paul McCartney is putting out a re-pressing of The Family Way, his long-out-of-print score to the 1967 Hayley Mills film of the same name.

The Doors are putting out the mono edition of Strange Days; while Jack White is reissuing the first Elvis recording ever put to vinyl - 1953's My Happiness - after paying $300,000 for the acetate at auction.

See the full list of releases.

Jeremy Clarkson - your views

Email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk or tweet @BBCNewsEnts

Jeremy Clarkson
BBC

You've been contacting us in droves about the Jeremy Clarkson saga. Here are some more of your emails.

John Tyler writes: "Top Gear cancelled because of the actions of one presenter? How childish and ridiculous to deprive us of the best programme on the BBC."

Philip Meade says: "I can't believe people are signing a petition to keep Clarkson. What part of final warning don't they understand? He is NOT the programme and there are plenty of good presenters out there could take over easily."

Geoff Fry writes: "Top Gear has excellent ratings and is a good revenue stream [but] the BBC must stand firm on workplace behaviour, where hitting colleagues is unacceptable."

Nathan Brazil writes: "Political correctness is ruining the BBC, and if Clarkson is not put back on air you will be alienating tens of millions of viewers."

Super flicks:

Empire

Guardians of the Galaxy
AP

Empire magazine has conducted a very scientific study on the greatest superhero movies "of all time". And by scientific, we mean it's entirely down to a public vote.

Check out the top 30, which includes mentions for Man of Steel, Kick-Ass, The Incredibles and Guardians of the Galaxy.

But can you guess which film makes the top spot?

Read the full story.

Van Morrison sells out

Peter Coulter

BBC News NI

Van Morrison and the street he immortalised in song
AP

Tickets for Van Morrison's show on Belfast's Cyprus Avenue have sold out in just under 45 minutes. The tickets were snapped up after going on sale at 09:00 this morning.

He's due to perform on the street, immortalised in one of his most iconic songs, on 21 August.

A blow for creative expression:

LA Times

Robin Thicke, Marvin Gaye and Pharrell Williams
AP

The decision to award Marvin Gaye's estate $7.3m in a copyright infringement suit against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke is a "blow for creative expression," writes Robert Randall.

Although the songs sound similar, Blurred Lines and Got To Give It Up are structurally different, he says. For example, Blurred Lines features more consistent chord changes throughout.

Tuesday's verdict could straitjacket artists in the future, Randall continues, noting that "pop music is at its base a form of creative theft, one in which each new generation of artists builds on the vibes and ideas that influenced them during formative years."

Read the full article.

Tron 3 making moves?

Slashfilm

Tron: Legacy
Disney

Although the much-anticipated Tron: Legacy was met with muted success in 2010, Tron 3 seems to be happening.

According to reports from Vancouver, the film will start shooting there in October, with Garrett Hedlund set to return to the role he played in the second film.

Disney has so far remained quiet on the reports.

Read the full story.

Jeremy Clarkson - Twitter reacts

The normally mild-mannered denizens of Twitter have been worked into a lather by Jeremy Clarkson's suspension from the BBC.

Here are some of the best tweets we've seen this morning.

Stuart Houghton Tweet
Stuart Houghton / Twitter

Stuart Houghton

tweets: "The smart money says Clarkson will regenerate into Idris Elba but maybe we are ready for the first female Clarkson."

Clarkson's co-host James May

tweets: "Save Clarkson? Save empty cardboard boxes and off-cuts of string. They're far more useful."

And

Ricky Gervais mocks the supposed trigger for Clarkson's altercation, writing: "I'm so hungry I could punch a producer."

Liam Gladdy Tweet
Liam Gladdy / Twitter

Liam Gladdy

tweets: "I really like Top Gear and
@JeremyClarkson but I find it odd that 250,000 people have signed a petition before they know what happened."

Broadcaster Dominic Dyer

tweets: "If he punched work colleague he is guilty of gross misconduct [and] should be sacked."

But Matthew

thinks otherwise: "Can we stop pretending there's even a vague chance of Clarkson being fired? There isn't. Not even a wee bit. At all. Ever."

Em Clarkson tweet
Em Clarkson / Twitter

Clarkson's own daughter, Em

tweets: "Oh God, BBC please take him back... He's started cooking."

Al Murray

adds: "Clarkson surely a shoe-in for Eurovision."

And Ern Malley isn't convinced by the show's new line-up.

Ern Malley
Ern Malley / Twitter

News round-up

Some of the other stories making headlines on the BBC News website this morning:

  • EastEnders actor Steve McFadden has described how articles published in the Mirror "destroyed" his relationship with ex-girlfriend and co-star Lucy Benjamin. [
    Read more]
  • Winston Churchill's plans to give the US a copy of the Magna Carta, in return for its support in World War Two, have been revealed as part of a new exhibition at the British Library. [
    Read more]
  • Broadcasters are breaching impartiality rules and "playing politics" in the row over election debates, says ex-BBC, ITV and Channel 4 boss Lord Grade. [
    Read more]
  • A portrait of Henry VIII as a young man has been unveiled at Anne Boleyn's childhood home at Hever Castle in Kent. [
    Read more]

Trending Impala

Tame Impala
Record label

Australian psychedelic rockers Tame Impala are trending on Twitter this morning, as fans rave about their new single, Let It Go.

The epic. eight-minute space-rock odyssey finds frontman Kevin Parker seeking refuge from the buzz and static of modern life - "and if I never come back," he sings, "tell my mother I'm sorry".

The song is a free download from the band's

Soundcloud page.

Election debate - your views

Email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk or tweet @BBCNewsEnts

Here is a selection of the comments we've received on

Lord Grade's intervention in the TV election debates:

Pat Pierce writes: "Lord Grade is trying to bully the BBC into doing what the Conservative party want."

Robert Peters writes: "Lord Grade states that the seat of democracy in UK lies with the House of Commons not with the broadcasters. It lies with neither. It lies with the people who are entitled to see what their potential leaders have to offer."

Louis Lavery: "Who does Michael Grade think he is? After well over 30 years of listening to peers spouting their puffed up ideas you'd have thought they'd have learned their place, and have ditched their misguided ideas of their own importance."

'Missed opportunities'

Untitled artwork
Getty Images

If you're an England football fan, this may sting a little.

An artwork which details the team's international defeats, with the scores etched into a large granite block, has sold at auction for £435,000.

Created by Italian Maurizio Cattelan, the 2.2m (7.2ft) high piece begins with a 2-1 defeat by Scotland and ends with a 2-1 loss to Romania at the 1998 Wold Cup.

"I guess it's a piece which talks about pride, missed opportunities and death," the artist said.

Read more on this story.

When Noel met Paul

Noel Gallagher interviewed by Matt Everitt
BBC

What's it like to meet your idol?

That's the question Matt Everitt asked Noel Gallagher for the new series of The First Time on BBC 6 Music.

He describes being invited to a party by Stella McCartney, who didn't tell him her dad would be there "because they thought I was going to freak out".

Gallagher was greeted at the door by Twiggy - and the night only got more surreal after that.

You can listen to the anecdote, which Matt has illustrated himself, on the

BBC 6 Music site.

The full, hour-long interview airs on Sunday, 15 March at 13:00 GMT.

Jeremy Clarkson - your views

Email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk or tweet @BBCNewsEnts

You've been emailing us with your comments on Jeremy Clarkson's suspension.

John says: "Clarkson should be dismissed not only for his style and comments, but also encouraging people to drive like idiots."

Dr Tim Smith says: "He is an embarrassment to the BBC, which is generally regarded in high esteem, and is continually bringing it into disrepute. This should not be allowed to continue."

William Vaugh disagrees: "I am extremely disappointed to hear that a talented man such as Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended. It is clear that some people are jealous and will do anything to put this person down."

Paul Gale adds: "We watch the programme because he is a strong character with forthright views. He is controversial at times, and also extremely popular because he is not afraid to speak his mind. Get him back on the air ASAP or your ratings will suffer."

Brand back on air

Russell Brand
BBC

Russell Brand is making a return to the airwaves, seven years after the prank phone call that saw him leave Radio 2.

The comedian-turned-revolutionary has secured a weekly slot on XFM - a station that previously fired him for reading pornographic content on air.

His new show will feature "selected content" from his twice-weekly audioBoom podcasts, which are co-presented with his Radio 2 sidekick Matt Morgan.

Sparrow's wings clipped:

Variety

Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean
Disney

Johnny Depp has suffered an undisclosed injury while on location for Pirates of the Caribbean 5.

According to insiders, Depp, who was not filming at the time of the incident, will be flown back from Australia to the United States to have surgery.

The film, which is not due in cinemas until 2017, is not expected to be delayed by his temporary absence.

Read the full story.

No Direction

No Direction
Twitter / Beverley Dixon

With One Direction off on their world tour, Comic Relief producers were left with a gap in the running order for this Friday's fundraising show.

So step forward No Direction - aka Johnny Vegas, Vic Reeves, Jack Dee, Patrick Kielty and Nick Helm (from the sitcom Uncle).

The picture above was

tweeted by Vegas's personal assistant, Beverley Dixon, who described the five-piece as "possibly the best One Direction tribute band in the world".

Should Clarkson step down?

Jeremy Clarkson filming Top Gear
BBC

This morning's papers are full of reaction to Jeremy Clarkson's suspension from Top Gear.

Writing in The Guardian,

Deborah Orr asks: "Why does the BBC put up with Clarkson? Why does Clarkson put up with the BBC?" she asks.

"Surely, whatever the details of The Fracas, it's time for a parting of the ways. It's long been clear that Clarkson is either unwilling or unable to accept the limitations placed upon him by mainstream professional broadcasting. He is a popular figure but he is also a liability."

The Telegraph's

Alex Proud agrees: "Perhaps you can offend some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of time. But you can't get away with offending all of the people all of the time."

But the Business Insider points out the rest of the world doesn't realise Clarkson is "despised at home".

Stefano Pozzebon writes: "The Brits understand that Clarkson is a media clown, an entertainer who can't be taken seriously. But the act is getting stale. And this time, it looks as if the even the BBC is bored of it."

Meanwhile,

a petition to reinstate the presenter has been signed by more than 200,000 people.