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  1. Trevor Noah to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show
  2. Interstellar wins best film at Empire awards
  3. Jess Glynne scores UK number one

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  1. TTFN:

    Emma Saunders

    Entertainment and arts reporter

    Well that's it, another day in the heady world of arts and entertainment done and dusted. Join us tomorrow when we'll have news from the Eurovision 60th anniversary concert in London and find out who has been nominated for a funniest books prize.

  2. Strong cast:

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Mark Strong

    Mark Strong is set to join Fifty Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dornan in siege drama Jadotville.

    Strong revealed the news to The Hollywood Reporter at last night's Empire Awards.

    The movie was acquired by Netflix at the Berlin Film Festival last year. Set in 1961, the plot focuses on the real-life siege of an Irish UN battalion by 3,000 Congolese troops, led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies.

    "I'm going to be playing Max Vernon, the negotiator," said Strong. Vernon was a chief inspector with the London police during the six-day siege that ended in a deadly raid by British special forces.

    Dornan is playing Commandant Pat Quinlan, who led the Irish UN battalion.

    Strong, nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance in A View from the Bridge at London's Young Vic, also revealed he may be taking the Arthur Miller play to Broadway "later this year".

    Read the full story.

  3. Cloudy outlook

    The latest news from the Royal Academy of the Arts sounds like a weather forecast.

    Five giant "clouds" are to inhabit the RA's courtyard as part of its Summer Exhibition.

    The new site-specific installation, entitled The Dappled Light of the Sun, is by Conrad Shawcross, the Academy's youngest member.

    The RA in London says the steel clouds "will be made up of thousands of tetrahedrons and stand at over six metres high and weigh five tonnes each".

    Shawcross said: "The Greeks considered the tetrahedron to represent the very essence of matter. In this huge work I have taken this form as my 'brick', growing these chaotic, diverging forms that will float above the heads of visitors who will be able to wander beneath them."

  4. Ludacris back


    Rapper and actor Ludacris is to host the Billboard Music Awards for the second year running.

    He and model Chrissy Teigen, will jointly present at this year's ceremony on 17 May in Las Vegas.

    Teigen is married to singer-songwriter and actor John Legend.

    The show will air on ABC. Nominees will be announced on 7 April. Watch this space.

  5. Trevor Noah - South African reaction

    Milton Nkosi


    South Africans are overjoyed at the news that their compatriot will succeed Jon Stewart on the Daily Show. It was even the lead story in some local news bulletins.

    The Soweto-born comedian is a much-loved figure here. In a polarised country like South Africa he cuts across racial divisions with his great sense of humour.

    The department of Arts and Culture told me it was great news.

    "No doubt this is a big development for Mr Noah's career and a resounding statement that South Africa has the artistic talent of international stature and calibre," spokesman Sandile Memela said.

    "We wish to congratulate him on this significant achievement."

  6. Vote art


    A 22-year-old artist studying at Manchester School of Art has won a national competition to have a work of art shown on billboards across the UK this April.

    Jordan Alex Smith will join four other artists including Bob & Roberta Smith and Jeremy Deller as part of VOTE ART, a campaign to get the country to the ballot box.

    Of the campaign, Jeremy Deller said: "Political parties put up posters asking you to vote for them; we are putting up posters, just asking you to vote. Elections are a once-in-every-five‐year opportunity for everyone to make a choice, and I think we should take the chance by the horns. Youth of Britain - rise up and vote!"

    A rallying cry if ever there was one (although Russell Brand may not approve).

  7. Kids' Choice

    BBC Newsbeat

    Radio 1 and 1Xtra

    Angelina Jolie made her first public appearance since having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed earlier this month.

    Jolie was at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice awards to pick up the award for best villain for her role in Maleficent.

    In her speech, she told the audience: "When I was little, I was told I was different. Different is good. So don't fit in. Don't sit still. Don't ever try to do less than you are. When somebody tells you you're different, smile and hold your head up high and be proud. And as your villain, I would also say, cause a little trouble. It's good for you."

    Wise advice.

    Other winners included Emma Stone, who picked up favourite movie actress.

    Read more on this story on Newsbeat.

  8. Quantum leap

    Joe Armstrong and Louise Brealey

    Sherlock star Louise Brealey is to star in the UK tour of Nick Payne's hit play Constellations.

    Joe Armstrong will join Brealey in the two-hander which premiered at the Royal Court in 2012 (with Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins) and transferred to the West End.

    Its recent run on Broadway starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson.

    The UK tour of the play - which covers quantum multiverse theory, love and honey - opens in Woking on 14 May and will visit Liverpool, Bristol, Southampton, Salford, Cambridge, Richmond and Brighton.

  9. Celeb streaming


    After her spat with Spotify, Taylor is turning to a new streaming site - and she's not the only A-list musician signing up.

    Kanye West, Jack White, Rihanna, Madonna and Coldplay are among those getting behind a new "artist-friendly" streaming site, called Tidal.

    But it's not any old Tom, Dick or Harry behind the new service. This is Jay-Z's baby.

    All the stars turned their Twitter profiles teal blue, to reflect Tidal's branding, on Sunday night.

    The site launches on Monday, promising CD-quality streaming and thousands of music videos, for a subscription fee.

    Jay-Z's empire just got bigger.

    Read more on this story

  10. Ferguson play


    A new play based on grand jury witness testimony from the controversial Michael Brown police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, will be presented for four nights in Los Angeles next month.

    Ferguson will be presented by Theater Verite Collective at the Odyssey Theatre as a staged reading.

    After the reading, the audience will then judge whether police officer Darren Wilson should have been indicted.

    The performances will take place between 26 and 29 April.

    The group plans to take the play on the road and eventually stage it in Ferguson.

    Read the full story.

  11. Zombie-fest

    The Walking Dead season finale in the US on Sunday was a great excuse to air the first trailer for spin-off drama, Fear the Walking Dead.

    Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead

    The main characters are two single parents, played by Cliff Curtis and Kim Dickens.

    The trailer opened with a mock news TV story with the camera panning over Los Angeles as the presenter tells viewers: "Hope you got your flu shot. A strange virus is going around..." before switching to a shot of a zombie in a tunnel. Creepy.

    Mass carnage no doubt awaits. Nice.

    Read more about the news series here.

  12. Ritchie's the Guy for Henry

    Neil Smith

    Arts reporter

    Henry Cavill

    Man of Steel star Henry Cavill was once screen-tested for James Bond, only to lose out to Daniel Craig. Ten years on, though, he's finally getting to play a debonair spy in a big-screen version of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    Bond creator Ian Fleming had a hand in creating the original 1960s TV series in which Robert Vaughn and David McCallum appeared. As far as Cavill is concerned, though, there is little shared ground.

    "You can't compare The Man from U.N.C.L.E. with Bond," the British actor told the BBC at Sunday's Empire film awards. "Fleming may have been at the base of both, but they're very different things."

    The 31-year-old Brit has nothing but praise for Guy Ritchie, director of the new film. "He's a man who goes above and beyond anyone else in his own remarkable, effortless way," he gushes. "Couple that with the '60s genre and you can't lose."

    We'll find out if he's right when The Man from U.N.C.L.E. opens in August.

  13. Bed-time story

    My Bed

    Tracey Emin's controversial artwork My Bed is returning to Tate Britain for the first time in 15 years.

    The 1998 work - which features an unmade bed and a floor littered with empty vodka bottles, cigarette butts and condoms - is a highlight of Tate Britain's newly rehung displays which open tomorrow.

    Emin has also gifted six of her recent figure drawings. They will be shown alongside My Bed together with two paintings by Francis Bacon, Study of a Dog 1952 and Reclining Woman 1961.

    My Bed sold at auction for £2.2m in July 2014. Count Christian Duerckheim, the piece's new owner, agreed to loan the work to Tate "for a period of at least 10 years".

  14. Sticky situation:

    LA Times

    Selfie stick

    If you want to take a selfie at the Coachella or Lollapalooza festivals this year, don't take along a selfie stick.

    Both US music festivals have updated their FAQ pages to reflect policies that prohibit the stick that enables you to hold your smartphone at more than arm's length.

    The decision follows museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens in Washington, DC, which already have selfie stick rules in place.

    Read the full story.

  15. Stark in the Tardis

    Maisie Williams in the Tardis

    Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams is among the guest stars announced for the next series of Doctor Who.

    Williams, best known for her role as Thrones' Arya Stark, said on her first day on set: "I'm so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it's such a big and important part of British culture. I can't wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we'll be shooting not too far from my home town."

    Steven Moffat, Doctor Who's lead writer and executive producer, added: "It's not possible to say too much about who or what she's playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell."

    Other guest stars include Rufus Hound and CBBC's Horrible Histories star Tom Stourton.

  16. Daily Show


    And news just coming in from the US, comedian Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

    Stewart will step down later this year. His targets - and his guests - have been politicians and public figures, addressed in tones that are often indignant, or teasing.

    Noah is a comedian from South Africa and is already a contributor on The Daily Show, with appearances on The David Letterman Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno already under his belt.

    Read more on this story

  17. Statue stays

    Statue of Sekhemka

    A 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue that was controversially sold by a council for £15.76m will not be allowed to leave the country, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has said.

    Northampton Borough Council sold the Sekhemka statue to an overseas buyer in July to help fund an extension to the town's museum and art gallery.

    But Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export ban on the statue, which was "gifted" to the council in 1880.

    Read more on this story.

  18. Daphne & Celeste

    Daphne & Celeste

    No, you're not dreaming. The delightful duo behind the irritatingly catchy Ooh, Stick You are back after 15 years in the pop wilderness, reports Pop Justice.

    The pair's new song, You & I Alone, is being released today, a collaboration with electronic artist Max Tundra.

    But will they reach the dizzy heights of their original brief but heady chart reign?

    Take a look on YouTube and make your own mind up if you dare.

  19. Karen Gillan's hairy situation

    Neil Smith

    Arts reporter

    Karen Gillan

    The last time we met actress Karen Gillan, her trademark red hair was barely more than stubble - a legacy of the shaved head she was obliged to endure in order to play a blue-skinned alien in Guardians of the Galaxy.

    Her evil Nebula character is set to make a comeback in the movie's 2017 follow-up, which suggests the fetching bob she was sporting at Sunday's Empire Awards may not long for this world.

    "I think I'll be making an appearance in the second one but I don't know if I'll shave my head again," the ex-Doctor Who star told the BBC. "Who knows if that will be required?"

    In the meantime the 27-year-old Scot will be swapping space-age threads for 17th Century smocks in The Devil You Know, an HBO drama based on the infamous Salem Witch Trials. "We don't wear any make-up so prepare to be freaked out by that," she warns.

  20. Ozzy surgery:

    Rolling Stone

    Ozzy Osbourne

    Sad news that Ozzy Osbourne has had to pull out of the Mexico leg of Ozzfest - dubbed Ozzfiesta - due to surgery, according to Billboard.

    Organisers say the Black Sabbath star will undergo an unspecified operation once the singer's upcoming South American tour ends on 2 May. He was due to play Ozzfiesta on 27 May at Riviera Maya's Hard Rock Hotel but the procedure "requires at least four weeks of recovery time," Ozzfiesta promoter Cool Breeze Concerts said in a statement.

    We wish Ozzy a speedy recovery.

    Read the full story.

  21. Madge and Swift

    Digital Spy

    Madonna and Taylor Swift

    The Queen of Pop hooked up for a surprise duet with global superstar Taylor Swift at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday.

    Taylor played the guitar on Madonna's performance of her latest single, Ghosttown.

    Ghosttown is the second single to be lifted from Madonna's 13th studio album Rebel Heart.

    After her recent trip at the Brits, Madge wisely took a seat for this performance. She did bravely stand up halfway through but kept it simple - no cloak or backing dancers. Phew.

    Read the full story here.

  22. Freddie film:


    Sacha Baron Cohen

    The saga continues regarding the Freddie Mercury biopic - will it ever happen?

    Sacha Baron Cohen pulled out of the project in July 2013 but Queen manager Jim Beach was reported to have said that Cohen was back on board in Saturday's Daily Mail.

    "An important breakthrough is that we have now managed to persuade Sacha Baron Cohen to write, produce and direct this movie, and he has also agreed to star."

    But Queen guitarist Brian May wrote on his website: "(Beach) said, in response to enquiries about the progress on the Freddie feature film, that Sacha Baron Cohen had been re-engaged to write, produce, and direct the film, as well as starring in all four major roles!"

    "I'm afraid some folks might have taken it seriously."

    Another one bites the dust?

  23. Empire awards go ape for Serkis

    Neil Smith

    Arts reporter

    Andy Serkis

    Andy Serkis was pleased as punch to be named best actor at the Empire awards on Sunday, for playing an ape named Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

    It is the first time in the event's 20-year history that the prize has gone to a computer-generated performance - a testament to both the huge technical advancements in this field and Serkis's own part in bringing it to the movie world's attention.

    "Motion-capture" performances like his are becoming so accomplished these days there have been calls to recognise them at awards events with their own category.

    Surprisingly, though, Serkis is not one of those calling for special treatment.

    "It shouldn't be considered a separate thing at all," he told the BBC after the ceremony. "It isn't anything but acting.

    "It goes without saying there's a huge army of talented people who take the performance and transmute it and put it into the CG avatar you see on screen.

    "But the characters are authored, breathed life into and brought to life like any live-action character."

    Serkis is currently hard at work on Jungle Book: Origins, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's stories that will see Cate Blanchett play a snake, Benedict Cumberbatch play a tiger and Naomie Harris play a wolf.

    Read more on this year's awards.

  24. More Wolverine

    Ryan Reynolds

    The first pic of Ryan Reynolds in costume as Marvel hero Deadpool has been unveiled.

    Reynolds first played Deadpool in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine but he never wore the famous red and black get-up, only a plain black suit.

    Deadpool is scheduled for release in 2016.

    See the image here - it's a parody of Burt Reynolds' famous nude image from a 1972 issue of Cosmopolitan. Enjoy!

  25. Poldark fever:

    The Daily Telegraph

    It all got a bit hot under the collar for Poldark star Aidan Turner when he did a Twitter Q&A after the fourth episode aired on Sunday night.

    Using the hashtag #askpoldark, the BBC invited fans to ask him questions about the show and his career so far.

    But Turner got more than he bargained for when he was bombarded with more than a few queries and compliments on his personal appearance. Here are a couple of classics:

    BBC Twitter
    Twitter post on Poldark

    Read the full story.

  26. Cinders casts a spell

    Lily James

    Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella has cast its magic over the UK box office this weekend, taking a projected £3.8m ($5.65m), according to Disney.

    In the US the film has taken $150m (£101m) and total global box office now stands at $336m (£226m) ahead of the Easter holidays.

    Filmed entirely in the UK, Cinderella is a live-action version of Disney's classic 1950 animation.

    British actress Lily James (pictured), best known as Lady Rose from ITV's Downton Abbey, stars as Cinderella. Cate Blanchett plays the stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter is the fairy godmother.

  27. Big money:

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Leonardo DiCaprio

    The Hollywood Reporter has revealed who the highest paid actors in Hollywood are.

    A survey of producers, agents and executives has revealed that at least six actors are earning as much as $20m (£13.5m) a picture.

    And they are (drum roll...) - Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr, Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington.

    Apparently, the deals they're on aren't as good as those offered during the height of the big star era in the 1990s. Our hearts bleed.

  28. Spaced out:

    The Hollywood Reporter

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Listen up, sci-fi fans. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - AKA the group that hands out the Oscars - has made an exciting purchase, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

    The Aries 1B trans-lunar space shuttle, to be precise. It's from the Oscar-winning 1968 Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    The prop is seen in the film when Dr Heywood R Floyd (William Sylvester) is transported from the International Space Station to the moon to take a look at a monolith.

    From 2017, you'll be able to take a look when it goes on display at the Academy Museum in LA. Any excuse to jet across the pond for a bit of much-needed sunshine.

  29. Mr and Mrs Theatre

    Will Smale

    Business reporter

    If the career of multimillionaire husband and wife theatre impresarios Rosemary Squire and Howard Panter was ever made into a play, then a red car would probably play a central role in the first act.

    The car in question was a small BMW, which Ms Squire had to use as her office when they bought their first theatre, the Duke of York, in London's West End.

    That was back in 1992. Fast forward to today and their company - the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) - is the UK's largest theatre business, with 3,500 employees.

    Read the full story.

  30. Jess goes top

    Jess Glynne

    Jess Glynne has topped the UK singles chart for the first time as a solo artist with her track Hold My Hand.

    The 25-year-old Londoner got two number ones last year as a guest vocalist on Clean Bandit's Rather Be and Route 94's My Love.

    "To get a number one in my own name is one of the most insane feelings," she said.

    Read the full story.

  31. Post update

    Ian Youngs

    Arts reporter

    Clockwise from top left: Tyneside Cinema, Catch-22 at Northern Stage, Theatre Royal Newcastle, Wet House at Live Theatre

    Three years after Newcastle City Council halved its arts budget, how has the city's cultural life been affected?

    Read the full story.

  32. Wolverine

    Hugh Jackman

    Could Hugh Jackman be parting ways with Wolverine? The Australian actor posted a cryptic message on his Instagram page: WOLVERINE... ONE LAST TIME. HJ.

    Hugh's Wolverine first appeared in 2000's X-Men. The Hollywood star has appeared in X-Men films six times, including 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past.

    Fans responded glumly. "Nobody can replace Hugh Jackman. Don't look like you have aged since the first X-men movie. #1 Wolverine/Hugh Jackman," wrote joshuaarkell. Sparksmidnight simply wrote: "You're the only Wolverine."

    Sniff. Sniff.

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    Tim Masters

    Entertainment correspondent

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  34. Manic Monday

    Emma Saunders

    Entertainment and arts reporter

    Monday's here again but never fear. We're here to entertain you. Hopefully. Stick with us for the latest stories from the world of arts and entertainment.