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  1. TTFN

    Emma Saunders

    Entertainment reporter

    Well, that's it for another whirlwind day on the arts and entertainment news desk. Make sure you check back in with us tomorrow when we'll have news on the Bailey Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist and much more besides. 'Til then.

  2. Furious still racing ahead

    Paul Walker

    Furious 7, starring the late Paul Walker and Vin Diesel, is still beating the pack at the top of the US box office with more than $61m (£41.6m).

    It was top for a second week, as the seventh film in the franchise which has taken more than $2bn (£1.3bn) since 2001.

    Children's alien animation Home is still doing well, with $19m (£13m) in its third week, while The Longest Ride, an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' romantic novel starring Clint Eastwood's son Scott, was third.

    Here is the box office in full:

    1. Furious 7
    2. Home
    3. The Longest Ride
    4. Get Hard
    5. Cinderella
    6. Insurgent
    7. Woman in Gold
    8. It Follows
    9. Danny Collins
    10. While We're Young

    Source: Exhibitor Relations

  3. Incredibles return

    The Incredibles poster

    It's been more than 10 years since the release of Disney's The Incredibles and it looks like a sequel is finally in the offing.

    Brad Bird, writer and director of the original 2004 film, has confirmed he is working on a new script about the team of superheroes disguised as an ordinary family.

    Disney had announced that a follow-up was planned early last year but no more details had emerged until now.

    "I'm just starting to write it, so we'll see what happens," Bird told NPR.

    Let's hope it doesn't take too long to write.

    Read more on this story.

  4. Stone the Crowes!

    Russell Crowe

    Oscar winner Russell Crowe teased Leeds Utd fans recently with a question asking his Twitter followers if he should buy the troubled football club.

    Now the Hollywood star has set his sights on bringing rugby league to the US.

    The plan is to make Australia's South Sydney Rabbitohs, the premiership-winning team he part-owns, to become a global brand.

    The New Zealand-born, Australian-trained actor wants the top four teams from the two best rugby league competitions in the world, Australia and England, to develop the game internationally by playing a condensed competition in Las Vegas to decide who's number one

    Is there no end to Russell's talents?

    Read the full story.

  5. Pitter patter

    Singer Katherine Jenkins is pregnant with her first child.

    The Welsh mezzo-soprano, 34, announced the news on Monday that she and American husband Andrew Levitas were expecting a baby girl.

    The singer posted a picture on her Instagram and Twitter accounts of two pink baby boots on top of a framed picture of the married couple.

    Next to the image she wrote: "Couldn't be more excited to meet our little girl!"

    Katherine Jenkins

    Read the full story.

  6. Tidal waves

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    Mumford & Sons

    Madonna, Rihanna, Kanye West et al may have lined up to join Jay Z's new streaming service, Tidal, but Mumford & Sons are not impressed, calling it the preserve of rich musicians.

    The £20 a month operation was launched last month with promises it would "change the course of music history".

    But the service has attracted its critics, with some saying it was "out of touch" with modern users' needs and budgets.

    Mumford & Sons are among those who won't be in any hurry to sign up.

    In an interview with the Daily Beast, the band said the service was being run by "rich plutocrats" trying to corner the market.

    Don't expect a call anytime soon, Jay Z.

    Read more on this story.

  7. Buried treasure

    Mosaic dish, Kelshall

    It's an archaeologist's dream - "exceptional" Roman artefacts have been found in a field in Hertfordshire, which date back to 174 AD.

    A metal detectorist found three jugs and a bronze dish in a field in Kelshall near Royston last year.

    A subsequent dig unearthed artefacts from a "cosmopolitan" burial including mosaic glass dishes and cremated bone.

    Experts are "clamouring" to study the "unique find," the council said.

    The artefacts are not currently classed as treasure and are owned by the farmer and the finder but North Hertfordshire Museum Service wants to raise the money to buy them.

    Unless anyone else wants to step in with a bid?

    Read more.

  8. David Bowie - your views

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    Lots of you have got in touch about David Bowie's upcoming musical stage show - and you're all excited.

  9. Flatley's back

    Michael Flatley

    Lord of the Dance star Michael Flatley is returning to his show for extra performances after cancelling several appearances after his father died in March.

    He will take to the stage for Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games, at London's Dominion Theatre and will also be making a special appearance at the final date of the UK Tour at the Wembley Arena on 4 July.

    The show features holographs, dancing robots and world champion acrobats as well as a troupe of Irish dancers.

    Flatley will appear on Friday and Saturday evenings only from 8 May to 27 June as part of the 200-plus date tour across 15 countries over the next 18 months.

  10. Gay penguins book shocks US

    And Tango Makes Three cover

    A picture book about two male penguins raising a baby penguin has again made a list of books to have received the most complaints from library users.

    And Tango Makes Three - based on a real-life story of two male penguins who hatched an egg at the New York Zoo - is accused of promoting a homosexual agenda.

    It came third in a list of titles the American Library Association said had received the most complaints from parents and educators.

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian topped the list, Sherman Alexie's tale of a young Native American at a predominately white high school, topped the list.

    Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, a graphic novel about a young Iranian girl growing up in the years after the country's Islamic Revolution, was ranked second.

    Read more here.

  11. Reid and Morgan's first date

    Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid

    Susanna Reid has joked that she wants her usual sofa buddy Ben Shephard to return to Good Morning Britain, having done her first morning with Piers Morgan.

    She tweeted: "Well....that was different. When are you back @benshephard?"

    Morgan is co-hosting ITV's breakfast show for a week while Shephard is on leave. Last year his US talk show on CNN, Piers Morgan Live, was cancelled.

    Andrew Stewart tweeted: "Piers Morgan presenting Good Morning Britain this week. Well, they've gained an extra viewer .................. for BBC Breakfast."

    The Telegraph added that the show saw "Reid and Morgan ostensibly joshing along nicely, yet all the while jostling for position - Reid batting away accusations of flirting through gritted teeth".

    Mark Grainger tweeted: "Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain, instantly rendering the show's title ironic and oxymoronic."

    But The Mirror's Ian Hyland was more positive, saying he was"disappointed" that "Piers Morgan is actually quite good on Good Morning Britain".

    A user going under the name @toolbob wrote "piersmorgan Fantastic on GMB this morning", while Morgan himself tweeted: "It's all kicking off. Jeez."

  12. Flying high

    Two aeroplanes once owned by Elvis Presley, named the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II, could be moved from Gracelands soon.

    The Shelby County Land Use Control Board approved a proposal from the planes' current owners, OKC Partnership, to place the aircraft near Presley's former home, where they would be part of an outdoor display and museum for tourists to visit.

    The planes have been at Graceland since the mid-1980s. They were sold after Presley's death and were eventually purchased by OKC Partnership in Memphis.

    OKC Partnership and Graceland agreed to bring the planes to the singer's home. The agreement meant that OKC Partnership received a cut of ticket sales in return for keeping the planes there.

    Elvis Presley

    The Memphis City Council still has to approve the plan. It's now or never.

  13. Smith portrays blogger's cancer battle

    Sheridan Smith

    Actress Sheridan Smith has revealed she hopes her portrayal of blogger Lisa Lynch's battle with cancer is "keeping her spirit alive".

    Smith is playing Lynch, who died of cancer in 2013, aged 33, in BBC One film The C Word.

    "She was one of the people who said it how it is," said Smith, adding: "Because Lisa was funny, she's brilliant and her humour was what we all adored about her, but you've got to show that very real side to it, too."

    The film is based on the blog, Alright Tit, and a subsequent book.

    Smith added: "Lisa first contacted me via Twitter and we quickly became friends. Her zest for life was infectious and I was moved and inspired by her courage and bravery. I couldn't help but love her. That's why I want to tell her story."

    The C Word is being broadcast in May.

  14. Bowie takes the stage

    David Bowie

    David Bowie is not sitting on his musical laurels.

    His latest project is a forthcoming musical stage show, for which he's written a number of new "classics" about love and violence.

    Sadly for Bowie fans, its director Ivo van Hove confirmed Bowie would not be appearing on stage in Lazarus, which is based on the 1963 novel, The Man Who Fell to Earth.

    The singer is co-writing the show with Irish playwright Enda Walsh, the award-winning writer of the musical Once, which won best song at the Oscars.

    Summing up the new material, van Hove said: "There are romantic songs - because his songs are deeply romantic - and there are songs about violence and the ugly world surrounding us. That's what these new songs are about."

    It is set to premiere at the New York Theatre Workshop in December.

    Read more here.

  15. Anger at Paltrow's poverty attempt

    Gwyneth Paltrow has sparked ire online for her attempt to live on $29 (£19.86) - the equivalent of food stamps - for a week.

    Paltrow tweeted a picture of her week's shopping, which included seven limes and kale.

    Food shopping

    She took on the challenge as part of US chef Mario Batali's Food Bank Challenge to raise "hunger awareness" about the "struggle to afford food on a food stamp budget".

    Business Insider said her choice of food was "completely unrealistic" while comic Katy Brand tweeted that it was "more ludicrous than even I could have hoped. Seven limes. Seven...limes...".

    Mother Jones wrote: "Gwyneth Paltrow confuses her latest master cleanse with attempt to relate to the poor."

    And Liberty Voice questioned whether the challenge was "just a ridiculous publicity stunt?"

  16. Music Day

    George Ezra

    Tom Jones, Lulu, Ricky Wilson, George Ezra, Mark Ronson and Kanika Kapoor.

    What do they all have in common?

    Well, they all have grand new titles - BBC Music Day Ambassadors, no less.

    The inaugural BBC Music Day, a nationwide celebration of music, will take place on 5 June.

    Events will take place across more than 10 UK towns and cities, with much of it broadcast on BBC Radio.

    So get in there early and check out what's happening on your patch.

  17. Redmane in Rowling film?


    Eddie Redmayne

    There are a couple of interesting casting rumours doing the rounds today - firstly, Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne is being touted to play the lead role of Newt Scamander in the highly-anticipated Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

    JK Rowling is making her screenwriting debut on the trilogy.

    And Sir Ian McKellen is set to star as butler-turned-grandfather-clock Cogsworth in Disney's live action version of its hit animation, Beauty and the Beast.

    He'll be joining a stellar cast including Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Emma Thompson.

    You'll have to wait a while though - production isn't due to start until later this year and the film won't be released until 2017.

    Read the full story.

  18. Sunny Afternoon

    Tim Masters

    Entertainment correspondent

    Ray Davies

    More news from backstage at the Oliviers: Ray Davies is planning to write an original musical.

    The Kinks legend had much to celebrate after the musical Sunny Afternoon, inspired by the story of The Kinks, won a clutch of accolades.

    It was crowned best new musical, won two acting awards and Davies was honoured for the show's score.

    "I'm feeling great," said Davies backstage. "I'm starting another musical at the end of the year."

    But he remained tight-lipped on the subject matter.

    "It's original - for my sins. It's going to be really iconic and spectacular."

    We hope it won't keep him working all day and all of the night.

  19. Last Leg

    Adam Hills

    Award-winning satirical chat show The Last Leg is returning to Channel 4 live from 23 April for three weeks.

    The show will focus as usual on the topical issues of the week as well as the build-up to election night on 7 May.

    Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker return as hosts on the sofa.

    After Alex Brooker's interview with Nick Clegg recently, it will be interesting to see what they have in store.

  20. Kanye walks on water?

    Fans descending on Kanye West in Swan Lake, Yerevan

    Rapper Kanye West was mobbed by fans after he jumped into a lake in Armenia during a free gig.

    Watch the footage here.

    He is visiting Armenia with his wife Kim Kardashian, their daughter North and Kardashian's sister Khloe.

    They are visiting Kardashian's homeland to observe the centennial of the mass killings of ethnic Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War One.

  21. Queen Penelope graces BFG:

    Tim Masters

    Entertainment correspondent

    Penlope Wilton

    She played the prime minister in Doctor Who, but Penelope Wilton has revealed she has an even more powerful role lined up.

    The Downton Abbey star, who was named best actress at the Olivier Awards on Sunday night, is to join the cast of Steven Spielberg's new film The BFG.

    The Big Friendly Giant is being played by fellow Olivier winner Mark Rylance.

    Backstage at the Oliviers, Wilton was asked what role she'll be playing.

    "The Queen," she replied. "What else?!"

    She was too polite to say whether she had to fight Dame Helen Mirren for the part.

  22. No way for Essex

    Joey Essex

    Prime Minister David Cameron has turned down the chance of a lifetime - being interviewed by reality TV star, Joey Essex.

    Essex, famed for his perma-tanned appearance and appearing on ITV2's The Only Way Is Essex, has already been granted interviews with the other main UK party leaders.

    As part of an ITV documentary on the election, Essex - who won Channel 4's The Jump in February - was hoping to put his questions to Mr Cameron.

    "It's a shame really," he told BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics. "I've met everyone else out of the MPs.

    "I really did want to meet him but it's not happening. I'm a bit gutted but he's a busy man, just like every other MP. It would have been just nice because I've met everyone else."

    So far, Essex has clocked up interviews with Labour's Ed Miliband, the Lib Dems' Nick Clegg and UKIP's Nigel Farage for the programme, which will be screened in the run-up to the election.

  23. N-n-n-n-19... again

    19 album cover

    Readers of a certain age will remember Paul Hardcastle's chart-topping anti-war single 19, which reached number one in 13 different countries in 1985 and sold six million copies.

    Thirty years on, Hardcastle is releasing a special edition album along with a remix of 19 to support war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

    The track is about the average age of a combat soldier in Vietnam being 19, compared with 26 in World War Two.

    The multi-platinum selling record won the artist an Ivor Novello award and was one of the first to feature a sampler.

    "I've included the original demo version that I still had on cassette tape - remember cassettes? This was the version I recorded in Leytonstone in late 1984," he said.

    "I actually convinced my mum that she didn't need her front room anymore and that the TV worked better in the kitchen. You can hear the nucleus of the track forming which actually got me the record deal."

    The 30th Anniversary Collection includes all 14 mixes of the iconic track in one package - including Hardcastle's original demo recorded in his mum's front room. He has also mixed it with Marvin Gaye's What's Going On.

  24. RIP Guenter Grass

    Guenter Grass

    Sad news from the literary world just in - Guenter Grass, German Nobel literature prize winner and author of The Tin Drum, has died aged 87.

    Read the full story here.

  25. Missed chance

    Tim Masters

    Entertainment correspondent

    Mark Strong

    Mark Strong revealed at the Olivier Awards why one famous playwright had decided to skip seeing his latest play.

    "Everyone thinks they know A View From the Bridge," said the actor backstage, after picking up a best actor award for his brooding role in Arthur Miller's drama.

    But Strong said director Ivo van Hove had managed to "reveal the play anew".

    He went on: "Tom Stoppard told me he didn't come and see the show because he'd seen it so many times, and it was only when he started reading the notices he realised he'd really missed something.

    "Hopefully if we get to go to Broadway he can come and see it there!"

  26. House of Cards not toppled

    House of Cards

    House of Cards star Kevin Spacey has denied that the show is putting people off politics, despite his portrayal of "a murderer, an adulterer, a blackmailer - a seriously bad guy".

    Appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Spacey, who plays US politician Frank Underwood in the Netflix TV series, claimed it has made viewers "understand politics".

    The show, which depicts the double-dealing and ruthlessness of some politicians, has won a clutch of awards and has had viewers gripped across its three seasons.

    "I think it's really making them understand politics in ways that they, perhaps, never had before," said Spacey.

    But he wasn't going to be drawn on the rights and wrongs of his character's actions, adding: "The choices that people make and the morals of it, I'll leave for others to judge, because I can't judge the characters I play - I just have to play them."

  27. Reynolds run-in

    Ryan Reynolds

    Actor Ryan Reynolds was hit by a paparazzi driver on Sunday in Vancouver, his publicist and local police said.

    Luckily, Reynolds, who is shooting his new film Deadpool in the city, was uninjured.

    "While walking, Ryan was struck by a paparazzi driving a car through an underground parking garage," publicist Leslie Sloane said.

    "The man fled the scene. Ryan is okay."

    Well, what else would you expect of a Marvel anti-hero?

  28. Snow honour

    Jon Snow

    Good news for Jon Snow this morning - the Channel 4 News presenter and acclaimed journalist will be honoured with a Bafta Fellowship at the TV awards next month.

    Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by Bafta in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.

    "When I saw the list of fellows I was daunted by the idea that I could in some way be ranked amongst them. I thought at first Bafta must have the wrong Snow… There are several of my cousins they could have chosen," Snow joked.

    Previous recipients include Michael Palin, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, Bruce Forsyth, Melvyn Bragg, David Attenborough and Julie Walters. So you're in good company, Jon.

    Read more here.

  29. Starry, starry night

    Angela Lansbury

    It was a night to remember at the Olivier Awards in London, with Dame Angela Lansbury saying she was "so infinitely grateful" for her long-awaited win, for her role in Blythe Spirit.

    Kevin Spacey, who won for his tenure as artistic director at The Old Vic theatre, was given his gong by his good friend Dame Judi Dench.

    He went on to serenade the audience with a rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water, with Beverley Knight.

    Most of the prizes went to Arthur Miller's drama A View From the Bridge and The Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon.

    But it was Dame Angela who stole the show. "Here I am creeping up to 90 and feeling like a million dollars because I'm in London in this magnificent hall with all you - my roots, where I began," she said.

    Read more here.

  30. Ratings war

    It was Super Saturday in the TV ratings battle at the weekend, with Britain's Got Talent back on the small screen and two new entertainment shows making their debut.

    ITV's BGT was watched by 9.6m (not including catch-up figures), soundly beating BBC One's Atlantis, which drew in 2.6m viewers.

    Ninja Warrior, the notoriously tough assault course that has been a hit show in several countries around the world, had its first outing on ITV just ahead of BGT - it pulled in a respectable 4m viewers but BBC One's Pointless Celebrities pipped it with 4.3m.

    ITV also showcased its new sports quiz hosted by Holly Willoughby, Play to the Whistle, with Frank Lampard and Bradley Walsh as team captains. 3.3m tuned in but Casualty was watched by nearly one million more on BBC One in the same slot.

    So all to play for next weekend.

  31. Get involved

    Helen Bushby

    Entertainment and arts reporter

    Got something to say on today's news? Get in touch and let us know. Tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email

  32. The week starts here

    Emma Saunders

    Entertainment reporter

    With the glitz of the Olivier Awards still twinkling, we'll bring you the latest reaction to the gathering of stage stars at the Royal Opera House. Plus of course, news from the world of entertainment, arts, media and culture. Stick with us and we'll make sure you're fully briefed and up-to-date.