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  1. Ben E King, US R&B and soul singer, dies at 76
  2. New York's Whitney Museum reopens in new location
  3. The Gap Band get belated writing credit on Uptown Funk

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By Victoria Lindrea and Neil Smith

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  1. That's all folks!

    Victoria Lindrea

    Arts and entertainment reporter

    That concludes our service for today. Enjoy your extra-long weekend and we'll be back on Tuesday, bringing you lots more fabulous arts and entertainment news.

    See you then.

  2. Elsewhere on the BBC

    Before we sign off for the day, and the week, here are some other media- and arts-related stories we've been reporting on:

    • DJ Neil Fox will stand trial on sex charges on 5 November, a London court has ruled. [Read more on this story]
    • Music-streaming service Grooveshark has announced that it is shutting down. [Read more on this story]
    • Two of Africa's most famous musicians have released a song against the recent violence against foreigners in South Africa. [Read more on this story]
    • Super Furry Animals' front man Gruff Rhys has been nominated for the Wales Book of the Year award. [Read more on this story]
    • Thousands gathered on Calton Hill in Edinburgh on Thursday for the annual Beltane Fire Festival. [Read more on this story]
  3. Heritage award for Pulp

    Jarvis Cocker

    Pulp will be presented with a PRS for Music Heritage Award on Bank Holiday Monday.

    The group, led by Jarvis Cocker, will be honoured with the accolade at The Leadmill in Sheffield, site of the band's first gig on 16 August 1980.

    The band will also unveil a Heritage Award plaque at the historic venue, marking The Leadmill's 35th anniversary.

    "The award-winning Leadmill is Sheffield's longest-running live music venue and club," a PRS spokewoman said.

    "The venue has been central to the emergence and dominance of iconic British music for 35 years."

    BBC6 Music's Steve Lamacq will broadcast a live birthday concert from the venue, headlined by Cocker and Steve Mackey's Desperate Soundsystem.

  4. Flying Dutchwoman

    Caro Emerald

    Dutch chanteuse Caro Emerald performed at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival last night, wowing the crowd with her jazzy swing hits as well as new material from her upcoming third album.

    But don't just take our word for it. Listen for yourself on the BBC iPlayer.

  5. Clandon House fire 'under investigation'

    The marble hall of Clandon Park House after the fire

    The investigation into the cause of a fire that ravaged Clandon Park House "will take some time" owing to its complexity, Surrey fire service has said.

    The blaze at the Grade I listed National Trust property near Guildford on Wednesday left the structure gutted.

    About 80 firefighters tackled the blaze at its height. Crews managed to save a "significant" number of valuable antiques that have now been put into storage.

    Parts of the hall remain intact and there is "a glimmer of hope" it can be restored.

    That's the view of Christopher Rowell, who oversaw the restoration of Uppark House in West Sussex after a blaze in 1989.

    Read the full story.

  6. Street drama

    Kate Ford as Tracy Barlow, in Coronation Street

    Things are hotting up in Coronation Street.

    Toxic Tracy, Weatherfield's foremost troublemaker, is set to exact her revenge on arch-nemesis Carla Connor later this month, after Carla scuppers her chance of becoming the Rovers landlady.

    Expect fire(works) and watch the trailer.

  7. Milli star mikes up

    TMZ Online

    Milli Vanilli

    Girl, you know it's true...

    Fab Morvan, one half of the infamous Milli Vanilli duo, is back in the recording studio with John Davis - one of the two men who provided the vocals for the lip-syncing stars back in their heyday.

    Davis and Charles Shaw sang the vocals on 1989's Girl You Know It's True, picking up a Grammy for Morvan and the late Rob Pilatus.

    The Grammy was later retracted following a fumbled live TV performance in July 1989 and a subsequent confession that the pair had not sung any of their own songs.

    Now Morvan is teaming up with John Davis to release a full album entitled Face Meets Voice: A True Milli Vanilli Experience.

    "Everyone knew Fab DIDN'T sing, but had no idea he actually COULD sing. And really great," said Davis.

  8. Samuel L's Blackpool selfie

    The excitable Samuel L Jackson has posted a selfie of his "first look at Blackpool", taken as he arrived to begin shooting a new film with Tim Burton.

    There's not a tower or donkey or stick of rock in sight, so we'll just have to take his word for it.

    Samuel L Jackson Instagram post

    Read more on this story.

  9. Goodbye Zayn

    Devastating news from the world of social media. Five weeks after quitting One Direction, Zayn Malik has changed his Twitter handle from @ZaynMalik1D to ZaynMalik.

    The fans are inconsolable all over again, launching the (factually incorrect) hashtag #YouWillAlwaysBeZaynMalik1D.

    One even posted the following image.

    Zayn Malik tweet

    Zayn, however, has been reliably enigmatic about his new direction, tweeting his followers with deep philosophical questions such as: "Is speech an extension to our thoughts or an image that we like to create?"

  10. Prince records Baltimore tribute


    Prince artwork

    Rock star Prince has recorded a song in "tribute to all of the people of the city of Baltimore," following this week's civil unrest.

    Although release plans haven't been announced, it's understood the track will address the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died in hospital from spinal injuries a week after police took him into custody.

    It was recorded this week at Prince's Paisley Park studios. Billboard magazine shared the artwork (above) while announcing the single.

    It is not the first time the artist has responded to a civil crisis in America. In 2005, he released a single to support relief efforts in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

  11. Stone age Spike

    Spike Lee

    Director Spike Lee has acknowledged he is "a dinosaur" and says he is uncomfortable with the notion of people watching films on a Smartphone.

    "There's something still for me actually being in a movie theatre," he said at an Entertainment and Technology conference for industry magazine Variety in New York.

    "I know it's not a popular view, but as a film-maker - we kill ourselves with editing. With lighting. With sound," he said, adding: "It's heartbreaking."

    Lee is currently working on the film Spinning Gold, a biopic of 1970s record producer Neil Bogart, starring Justin Timberlake.

  12. BreakingBreaking news

    Ben E King in 1977

    Singer Ben E King has died at the age of 76, his publicist has confirmed.

    His best-known song was Stand By Me - a UK number one.

    The R&B and soul star, pictured above in 1977, was lead singer with The Drifters before going solo.

    Read more on this story.

  13. Globe trotter

    Emma Rice

    Emma Rice has been announced as the new artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe.

    Rice will take over from Dominic Dromgoole next April, once the Globe to Globe Hamlet tour completes its two-year adventure.

    Rice, joint artistic director of Kneehigh theatre company in Cornwall, becomes the theatre's third artistic director, following in the footsteps of Dromgoole and Mark Rylance.

    "Open to the elements, and to its audience, this unique and important space demands theatre that brims with passion, joy and humanity," said Rice.

    "Mindful of the extraordinary artists I follow, I will take custody of this incredible organisation with an open heart, fierce passion and excited mind."

    Globe Theatre

    Read more on this story.

  14. Channing's alien project

    Channing Tatum

    Warner Bros is paving the way for a possible new franchise after the studio outbid Sony for the rights to The Forever War, with Channing Tatum on board to star.

    Based on the sci-fi book by Joe Haldeman, it has long been eyed as potential blockbuster material.

    Richard Edlund held the rights to the book for 27 years, while the past seven saw it ear-marked as a joint project for Fox and Sir Ridley Scott, reports Deadline.

    However, after several draft scripts, it never made it to the big screen.

    In other words, don't hold your breath.

  15. Savile review delayed

    Publication of a report into how Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall abused people while they worked at the BBC has been delayed.

    Dame Janet Smith's review is finished, the team working on it has confirmed.

    However, the Metropolitan Police said publishing findings could hamper ongoing investigations into sexual abuse claims.

    Publication is to take place "as soon as possible", the report's authors said.

    Read the full story.

  16. 'Exceptional' number of new films

    In what may well be a new record, the Film Distributors' Association (FDA) lists no less than 24 new film releases in UK cinemas this week.

    Some of these - literary adaptation Far From the Madding Crowd, for example, or animated caper Two By Two: Ooops... The Ark Has Gone (pictured) - will have so-called "saturation" releases.

    A scene from Two By Two: Ooops... The Ark Has Gone

    Others, like the British Film Institute's reissue of Fellini's 8½, will have more limited roll-outs, broadening choice for cinemagoers while creating what the FDA's Mark Batey calls "a highly congested environment".

    "The amount of content coming into cinemas is diversifying almost by the week now that UK cinemas are 100% digital," he told the BBC.

    "It has literally remodelled how the distribution business functions."

    The FDA routinely lists around 15 releases a week on its invaluable film release schedule.

    According to its chief executive, though, 24 is an "exceptional" number.

  17. Latin passion

    Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias

    Romeo Santos and Enrique Iglesias (above right) dominated the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards, taking home 10 and nine awards respectively.

    Santos's awards included the coveted artist of the year title. Iglesias's Bailando, meanwhile, won a total of five awards, including Latin pop song of the year.

    "I want to thank my fans for their support and love all these years," said Iglesias, going on to thank "Miami, Latin America, Mexico and the world".

    Carlos Santana was honoured with a special award for his charity work, while singer-songwriter Roberto Carlos won a lifetime achievement prize.

    The ceremony in Miami included performances from Marc Anthony and - separately - his ex-wife Jennifer Lopez, who gave a vocal tribute to late Mexican singer Selena Quintanilla.

    Lopez (above left) played Selena in a 1997 film that helped forge her big-screen career.

  18. New PM for Kristin?

    Kristin Scott Thomas

    Spare a thought for playwright Peter Morgan on Election Night.

    The author of West End play The Audience may find himself hastily rewriting parts of the piece to incorporate a new Prime Minister.

    The play, which envisages a series of audiences between various PMs and the Queen, currently includes a scene of David Cameron talking about the pre-election period.

    "I think they're auditioning for Ed Milibands," Kristin Scott Thomas - who plays the Queen - jokingly told BBC Radio 4's Front Row.

    "I don't know what we're going to do, but I'm sure Stephen [Daldry] and Peter will come up with something brilliant and funny.

    "They're keeping it quiet and they're not letting me know," she added. "They don't want to fluster me."

    Listen to the full interview on Friday's edition of Front Row at 19:15 BST.

  19. Lily lands Idiot role

    Amelia Lily

    "Don't wanna be an American idiot!" yelled Billie Joe Armstrong on the title track of Green Day's 2004 album.

    Former X Factor hopeful Amelia Lily, however, clearly feels differently, having signed up for the West End premiere of the stage musical that hit album spawned.

    The show won two Tonys when it was staged in Broadway and went on to tour the UK. Now it's coming to the Arts Theatre in London for an 11-week run.

    Lily, who had a short-lived pop career after finishing third on The X Factor in 2011 and is currently touring the UK with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, will play a character called Whatshername.

    American Idiot runs at the Arts from 17 July to 27 September.

  20. Nine to Five girls reunite

    Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda

    Nine to Five stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda have reunited for Netflix series Grace and Frankie, 35 years after they starred together in the hit 1980 comedy.

    Fonda and Tomlin portray former rivals whose on-screen husbands - Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston - have fallen in love, with each other, and plan to get married.

    Speaking at a launch event on Wednesday in Los Angeles, Fonda said she felt "really lucky" to be working with Tomlin again.

    There were no plans, though, to complete the Nine to Five trio by bringing Dolly Parton on to the show.

    "Dolly is an icon. Dolly is great. It's just that we're creating a world of Grace and Frankie," said executive producer Howard Morris.

    The series makes its online debut on 8 May.

  21. Australia's new star

    Australian folk singer Gurrumul performs at the Subculture club in New York on April 29, 2015.

    Tickets to see Indigenous singer Gurrumul - dubbed "Australia's most important voice" - on his debut US appearance in New York have sold out.

    Folk musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu opened his US tour with a performance at New York's Subculture club.

    Born blind, Gurrumul sings in his tribal Gumatj dialect, spoken by no more than 3,000 people.

    The concert was co-presented by music producer Quincy Jones, who has called Gurrumul "unbelievable".

    Read more on this story.

  22. Claudia's cautionary tale

    Claudia Winkleman

    Strictly host Claudia Winkleman will appear on BBC One's Watchdog this month as part of the programme's investigation into the dangers of bonfires and open fires.

    The presenter missed three episodes as co-host of Strictly Come Dancing last November when her eight-year-old daughter's Halloween costume went up in flames, putting her in hospital with burns.

    At the time a family statement said they were "hopeful of a full recovery" but went on to warn "about the dangers of candles, open fires and fireworks".

    The episode, to be broadcast on 14 May, will see Winkleman speak in depth for the first time about the accident.

  23. Sir Derek to reunite with Sir Ken

    Sir Derek Jacobi

    Sir Derek Jacobi has accepted an invitation from fellow actor knight Sir Kenneth Branagh to join the theatre company he is putting together for a season of plays at London's Garrick Theatre.

    Sir Derek, 76, will play the role of Mercutio in Sir Kenneth's production of Romeo and Juliet, reuniting with his Cinderella co-stars Richard Madden and Lily James.

    The Last Tango in Halifax star said "it was always a privilege to return to Shakespeare" and called Mercutio "an exciting and intriguing challenge to take on".

    It'll be intriguing for audiences as well, given that the part of Romeo's quick-witted pal is usually played by a much younger actor.

    In an interview with the Daily Mail, though, Branagh said the casting of Jacobi would offer "a fascinating chance to chart a different experience of the defiance and independence of the character".

    Romeo and Juliet will run from 12 May to 13 August next year as part of Branagh's 13-month season.

  24. Modern Family star's legal tussle

    Sofia Vergara

    Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara is in a legal battle with her former fiance, who wants to have children from the couple's frozen embryos.

    Nick Loeb said he wants a surrogate to carry and give birth to two embryos he and Vergara created through in vitro fertilisation before they split up.

    Loeb said the actress, who plays Gloria in the ABC comedy, has refused to countenance their use.

    Vergara, who has been named the highest-earning actress on TV for the last three years, has declined to comment.

    Read the full story.

  25. Mutants, assemble!

    Director Bryan Singer has been keeping fans up to date on the shooting of X-Men: Apocalypse with a constant stream of photos from the set.

    His latest Instagram post shows Lana Condor - aka new mutant Jubilee - with Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner, who will be taking on the role of Jean Grey in the 2016 release.

    Bryan Singer Instagram post
  26. Sir Terry's taxi tour

    Sir Terry Wogan

    Sir Terry Wogan is heading back to the BBC for a new series about the best of British food.

    The veteran chat show and radio host is teaming up with London taxi driver Mason McQueen for a road trip tracing the country's culinary culture.

    "I've taken the high road in the back seat of Mason's black London cab, as together we travel the country... in our fearless pursuit of epicurean excellence," he said.

    The series will be broadcast on BBC Two later this year.

  27. King wins an Edgar

    Stephen King with his Edgar award

    Stephen King's Mr Mercedes has won a top award for mystery writing in the US.

    The novel, in which a retired cop is hounded by the perpetrator of a massacre he never managed to solve, has won this year's Edgar award, presented annually by the Mystery Writers of America.

    Other contenders for the award included Ian Rankin, who tweeted: "I didn't win the Edgar award - some young ruffian called Stephen King did.

    "On the plus side... I got to meet Mr King."

    The awards, named after author Edgar Allan Poe, have been running for more than 60 years and have previously honoured the likes of Raymond Chandler and John le Carre.

  28. A new home for the Whitney

    Whitney Museum of American Art

    Architect Renzo Piano has created a bold new home for New York's Whitney Museum of American Art, which opens to the public on Friday.

    "Celebrating American art is about freedom," said Piano, the Italian architect behind The Shard in London. "That's why this building is brave, slightly wide... and a bit impolite."

    The eight-storey riverside monolith provides double the space of the museum's former home on New York's Upper East Side, including extensive outdoor galleries.

    Michelle Obama at the Whitney Museum ribbon-cutting ceremony

    First Lady Michelle Obama officially opened the new building on Thursday, saying "just about every space in this museum is magnificent".

    Watch a video about the Whitney's new home.

  29. Globe debut for Jonathan Pryce

    Lorna Blount

    Entertainment reporter

    Jonathan Pryce in The Merchant of Venice

    Game of Thrones star Jonathan Pryce has returned to the stage to make his debut at the Shakespeare's Globe, playing Shylock in The Merchant of Venice - part of the London venue's 2015 summer season.

    The award-winning actor takes on the role of the infamous money lender who's after his pound of flesh. And he's appearing alongside his own flesh (and blood): daughter Phoebe, who plays his on-stage daughter Jessica.

    Pryce played the title role in King Lear at the Almeida in London in 2012 and was a notable Hamlet at the Royal Court in the 1980s.

    Director Jonathan Munby told the BBC it had been a long-held ambition of his to work with Pryce, adding that the 67-year-old was a perfect fit for his current role.

    Jonathan Pryce with daughter Phoebe in The Merchant of Venice

    "He brings such humanity and integrity to Shylock and he was born to the play the Globe," said Munby.

    "He and the rest of the case are so committed to breathing life into all the dark corners of the play."

    The Merchant of Venice, the director continued, "captures something of the zeitgeist and asks us to confront racial tensions and prejudices we're currently living with".

    The production continues at Shakespeare's Globe until 7 June.

  30. Bono's handicap

    New York Times

    Bono has revealed that the injuries he sustained in a cycling accident last year could mean he will never play the guitar again.

    "It feels like I have somebody else's hand," said the U2 front man.

    "They say that nerves heal about a millimetre a week, so in about 13 months I should know if it's coming back."


    "The shoulder's better, the face is better," he continued. "But this is the hard bit because I can't play guitar."

    The 54-year-old, who broke his arm in six places and fractured his eye socket, hand and shoulder blade while cycling in New York's Central Park in November, went on to joke that the rest of the band "don't seem to mind" about his inability to play.

    Read the full story.

  31. Mr and Mrs Mumford

    Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford

    It's a big weekend for husband and wife Marcus Mumford and Carey Mulligan, both of whom are currently unveiling new artistic endeavours.

    Mulligan's new film version of Thomas Hardy's novel Far From the Madding Crowd is in UK cinemas from today. Find out what drew her to the role of the spirited Bathsheba Everdene in our feature about the film.

    Her husband, meanwhile, has been talking to us about Wilder Mind, the third album from his all-conquering folk band Mumford and Sons. Read our interview with him to find out why so many of the tracks are named after scary creatures.

    If any other members of the Mumford family would like to get in touch, we would love to hear from them.

  32. Britney takes a break

    Britney Spears in Las Vegas

    Britney Spears has cancelled two concerts in Las Vegas after falling while performing earlier this week.

    "Britney injured her ankle during her performance Wednesday evening and her doctor has advised her not to perform Friday and Saturday evening so that she may heal," said a statement released by Caesars Entertainment.

    The singer took a topple during her performance at the Planet Hollywood casino on Wednesday when she rolled on her left ankle mid-way through Crazy.

    She was forced to perform most of the rest of the song from a sitting position, before being helped to her feet by her dancers.

  33. Mind The Gap


    Bruno Mars (centre) in the Uptown Funk video

    Mark Ronson's smash hit Uptown Funk has gained another five writers after scribes of The Gap Band's 1979 hit Oops Up Side Your Head were belatedly added to the track's writing credits.

    The Gap band members (and brothers) Charlie, Robert and Ronnie Wilson, along with keyboardist Rudolph Taylor and producer Lonnie Simmons, were added in the wake of a copyright claim put forth by publisher Minder Music.

    It follows the high-profile legal battle that saw Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams ordered to pay more than $7m to Marvin Gaye's family over similarities between Blurred Lines and Gaye's 1977 hit Got to Give It Up.

  34. Get involved

    Neil Smith

    Arts reporter

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  35. That Friday feeling

    Victoria Lindrea

    Arts and entertainment reporter

    Good morning - it's the end of the week and the bank holiday weekend beckons! So embrace that Friday feeling and stay with us for the best of today's arts and entertainment news.