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By Kev Geoghegan and Victoria Lindrea

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  1. Over and out

    Victoria Lindrea

    Arts and entertainment reporter

    Ornette Coleman/Sir Christopher Lee/Ron Moody

    It's been a day of farewells, with the entertainment world marking the passing of three legends: Sir Christopher Lee, Ron Moody and jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman.

    Read today's live page, to see the many tributes paid to these heavyweights of the film and music industries and the great talent and charisma which they brought to their respective fields.

    And join us again tomorrow for more news from across the world of arts and entertainment.

    See you then.

  2. Sir Christopher: 'last of a kind'

    Sir Christopher Lee and Tim Burton

    Filmmaker Tim Burton, who worked with Sir Christopher Lee on five films including Sleepy Hollow and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, called Sir Christopher "an enormous inspiration".

    "Christopher has been an enormous inspiration to me my entire life. I had the honour and pleasure to work with him on five films," Burton told ITV News.

    "He was the last of his kind - a true legend - who I'm fortunate to have called a friend. He will continue to inspire me, and I'm sure countless others, for generations to come."

  3. Sir Christopher's connections to history

    Christopher Lee

    Sir Christopher Lee was the only cast member from the Lord of the Rings trilogy to have met JRR Tolkien.

    It happened "quite by chance" he told Cinefantastique in 2012.

    "I met him with a group of other people in a pub in Oxford he used to go to, The Eagle and Child. I was very much in awe of him, as you can imagine, so I just said, 'how do you do?'"

    But that wasn't his only brush with history. As a boy, the actor was introduced to Felix Yusupov and Dmitri Pavlovich - the killers of Rasputin.

    While he barely remember the meeting, he later played the Russian faith-healer on screen. When Rasputin's daughter met him in 1976, she commented that the actor looked uncannily like her father.

    "It startled me slightly because I'm taller than he was and my eyes are dark brown and his were grey-blue," he recalled.

    "When I mentioned that she said, 'Oh, no, what I meant was the expression.' I didn't pursue that. I wasn't quite sure what she meant."

  4. New (book) cover of Pharrell's Happy

    Happy book cover

    The new cover to Pharrell Williams' debut children's book, Happy, has been revealed.

    The picture book features photographs of children across the world celebrating what it means to be happy, inspired by the words of his much-loved, slightly overplayed song.

    Frankly, it looks like a very complicated game of Twister.


  5. Your thoughts: Sir Christopher Lee

    Here is a selection of emails received by the BBC News website, following the death of Sir Christopher Lee.

    Simon Bradley writes: I met Christopher Lee when I was about 12. A friend's dad was in the film business. We had all just finished listening to a Hammer House of Horror cassette and wandered into the dining room only to be greeted by Dracula himself sitting at the table!

    Bronwen White writes: My father, the late writer Jon Manchip White, was a great pal of Michael Carreras and, as such, knew all the Hammer film actors. Christopher Lee would come to our flat in Hamilton Terrace for supper and, thinking back on it, the tipple was invariably a cheap Spanish wine called Bull's Blood! Rather fitting for an actor who specialised in vampire roles!

    Tim Capon writes: One of the little known facts of Christopher Lee was that he was an early member of the SAS. I spoke to him a couple years ago. He said that he had signed the official secrets act and he honoured it. He then produced from his wallet his SAS association membership card.

    Mrs Thomas writes: Christopher Lee was a friend of my father's and frequently used to come to our lavish cocktail parties. He, like my father, was distinguished, interesting and funny. I always looked forward to seeing him.

  6. Influencing Quentin

    Film scenes

    We all know that director Quentin Tarantino is a self-confessed movie geek.

    Well, some bright spark over at the website Indiewire has cut together a short video with some of his most famous shots and the earlier films which probably influenced them.

    It's an interesting watch but - be warned - it is, predictably, a little violent...

  7. Theatrical battlefield

    Sir Trevor Nunn

    Sir Trevor Nunn will direct what he has dubbed "Shakespeare's Game of Thrones" later this autumn.

    The Rose Theatre, at Kingston, Surrey, will stage The Wars of the Roses, a gripping adaptation of four of Shakespeare's history plays, from 16 September to 31 October.

    The play, first produced at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1963, encompasses Henry VI Parts I, II & III and Richard III.

    "It has long been an ambition of mine to stage The Wars of the Roses," said Sir Trevor.

    "It's an extraordinary adaptation, by two extraordinary men - Peter Hall and John Barton - to both of whom I am profoundly indebted for their influence on my life and career."

    "I hope this event will be fitting celebration of them and their unique legacy."

  8. Shush!... we're laughing


    Rebecca Front

    The Thick of It star Rebecca Front and Morwenna Banks are to star in a new Radio 4 sitcom based in a library.

    The pair co-wrote Shush!, which will be recorded in front of a live studio audience in London next month.

    Front will play Alice, described as "a former child prodigy who's scared of everything". Banks will play a "slightly confused individual" called Snoo.

    Read more.

  9. Rocky producer Chartoff dies

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Sylvester Stallone and Robert Chartoff

    Robert Chartoff who, along with his partner Irwin Winkler, produced such Oscar-winning films as Rocky and Raging Bull, has died aged 81.

    The Hollywood heavyweight (above with Sylvester Stallone), who most recently worked on the sci-fi film Ender's Game in 2013, died on Wednesday at his Santa Monica home, of pancreatic cancer.

    Between 1967 and 1985, Chartoff-Winkler Productions turned out more than 25 feature films including John Boorman's pulp classic Point Blank and They Shoot Horses, Don't They? starring Jane Fonda.

    In addition to Rocky, the pair also received best picture Oscar nominations for Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull and The Right Stuff.

    Read more.

  10. Ornette Coleman tributes

    Musicians and fans are playing tribute to jazz great Ornette Coleman, who has died at the age of 85.

  11. Midnight release for Mockingbird sequel

    Go Set A Watchman, book cover

    Fans will be able to get their hands on Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird sequel a minute after it goes on sale.

    Go Set A Watchman, Lee's much-anticipated follow-up to her 1960 novel, will be available in selected Waterstones bookstores at one minute past midnight on Tuesday 14 July.

    The novel follows the now-adult Scout's return to her native Alabama from New York, to visit her father.

    Waterstones boss, James Daunt, said: "We open our shops at midnight to queues of excited customers only very rarely - in my career for [Gabriel Garcia] Marquez's Love In The Time Of Cholera way back in 1988, then the run from 1999 to 2007 for JK Rowling and now, most unexpectedly and seemingly miraculously, for Harper Lee in 2015."

  12. Jazz great Ornette Coleman dies

    Ornette Coleman

    One of the most innovative musicians in modern jazz, the saxophonist Ornette Coleman, has died at the age of 85.

    Coleman began his career in the 1950s and later caused controversy by playing a style of music that he described as free jazz.

    His 1959 album, The Shape of Jazz to Come, influenced many avant-garde composers and musicians.

    His death was confirmed by his publicist, Ken Weinstein.

    Coleman was born and raised in Texas but died in New York, where he spent much of his career.

    You can delve into his career on the Radio 3 website.

  13. 'Not just Dracula'

    Sir Christopher Lee famously disliked being linked to the role of Dracula, which he played nine times early in his career.

    Film journalist MJ Simpson bravely asked him about vampire in 1996. Here's (part of) the lengthy answer he received.

    Quote Message: It's the old familiar story of sloppy journalism, because it's so easy to put a label on somebody. They still refer to Sean Connery as 007, and they will do the same with Pierce Brosnan, no matter what else he's done. He was far more famous as Remington Steele in his television series, in terms of viewers. Far more people watched that than will ever watch Goldeneye. But the press will not accept it. As far as they are concerned, that's the label and you'd better conform. I won't conform and I never have. When people ask me what I do, I say I'm an actor. I leave it at that.

    Read the full interview.

  14. Friday is the new Sunday...

    Florence Welch least in music chart terms.

    According to new research for the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), 60% of consumers who buy or stream new music (and who expressed a preference), prefer it to come out on a Saturday or Friday.

    Which is just as well, as we have the official start date for the new BBC Radio 1 chart show, which moves from its traditional Sunday slot to Greg James drivetime show on Friday 10 July.

    Read more.

  15. Sir Christopher's villains

    Empire magazine

    In a 2009 interview, Sir Christopher Lee explained why he'd chosen to play villains so many times in his career.

    Quote Message: They’re more interesting, because there’s a greater variety you can apply: you can be very cruel or charming, amusing or dangerous. But one of the most important things to get over to the audience is that some of these people are doing things they can’t really help. There’s a sadness about them. Anthony Hopkins used to say, “I don’t play villains, I play people,” and it’s a quote I use all the time.

    Read the full interview.

  16. Mark Gatiss pays tribute

    Sherlock star Mark Gatiss tweeted a picture of the portrait he commissioned of Sir Christopher Lee.

    He paid tribute in an earlier tweet, calling the Wicker Man star "a Titan of cinema".

  17. Sir Christopher Lee clips

    Sir Christopher Lee and Vincent Price

    Here are some of the more illuminating clips of Sir Christopher Lee we've found online.

  18. Blur fans break barriers

    Colin Paterson

    Entertainment correspondent

    Damon Albarn

    Blur's gig at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool had to be halted on Wednesday night when a barrier in front of the stage gave way.

    The collapse was apparently triggered by a mosh pit which formed during the second song, There's No Other Way.

    Singer Damon Albarn stopped the song and asked fans to step back to allow the staff to repair the faulty barrier.

    A 10-minute delay followed.

    "It's the worst thing that could have happened," said Albarn, apologising to fans afterwards.

    "Well, unless something had happened," he added.

    Read the full story.

  19. Tribute to an "old friend"

    Sir Roger Moore mourns the loss of his friend, colleague and co-star Sir Christopher Lee.

  20. Felt tip frenzy

    Scene from Game of Thrones

    Fans of Game of Thrones, sharpen your pencils.

    An adult colouring book celebrating George RR Martin's fantasy novels - on which the hit TV series is based - is being published this autumn.

    The colouring book, featuring 45 original black-and-white illustrations based on the series, is hoping to pick up on the new craze for colouring among adults.

    Definitely not for children.

  21. Post update

    Bart denies split rumours

    Bart Simpson has tweeted a furious response to reports that Homer and Marge will split in a forthcoming episode of the long-running cartoon series. 

  22. Sir Christopher Lee 'master of the macabre'

  23. More tributes to 'film giant' Lee

  24. Christopher Lee obituary

    Christopher Lee

    The career of actor Sir Christopher Lee, who has died at the age of 93.

    Though he remains best remembered for his iconic turn as Dracula, his career spanned horror, drama, comedy and science fiction.

    Read more.

  25. Twitter tributes to Sir Christopher Lee

  26. BreakingBreaking News

    Sir Christopher Lee dies at 93

    Sir Christopher Lee

    Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93.

    The screen legend's career encompassed James Bond, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, as well as iconic roles in Dracula and The Wicker Man.

    The actor was awarded the Bafta Fellowship in 2011.

    He died on Sunday 7 June at a hospital in London.

  27. Clooney turkey

    George Clooney

    Disney could be looking at losses of up to $140m, after fantasy film Tomorrowland failed to win over audiences at the box office.

    The George Clooney film, about an inventor and a budding young scientist and their fantastic voyages to another world, could be Disney's biggest flop since the $190m loss made on Johnny Depp movie The Lone Ranger.

    Directed by The Incredibles' Brad Bird, the film debuted to weak reviews which questioned whether it was intended for an adult or a family audience.

    It also marks a new low for Clooney, whose career has seemed unstoppable over the past decade, before hitting a wall with The Monuments Men last year.

    However, with The Avengers on course to be the first film to cross the $2bn barrier, and the latest Star Wars film due out in December, we doubt Disney will be too worried about empty coffers just yet.

  28. Duran Duran to get lifetime honour

    Duran Duran

    Duran Duran are to be presented with a special award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards on 3 July.

    Celebrating more than 120 million records sold worldwide in a four-decade career, the band will be awarded the highly coveted Spotify lifetime achievement award.

    Kasabian - relative newcomers by comparison - will be awarded the Royal Albert Hall Best Band.

    Last year, they headlined several festivals including Glastonbury.

    In a statement, they said: "As musicians, it means a lot to us to be recognised by a charity which does such great work using music to help people."


    Since launching in 1976, the Silver Clef Awards have raised more than £8.5 million to fund Nordoff Robbins' music therapy work.

  29. Pratt wrestles reporter

    BBC News challenged Jurassic Park star Chris Pratt to an arm-wrestle a recent press junket.

    Chris Pratt

    Our very own Genevieve Hassan took on the Lego Movie actor, but despite "a really good workout", his bulging biceps - OK, fingers - proved no match for our Gen's manicured digits.

    Watch the video.

  30. Armstrong trailer unveiled

    The Program

    The trailer for the new movie about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has been unveiled.

    The Program, directed by British filmmaker Stephen Frears, stars Ben Foster in the lead role as Armstrong - who was banned for life nearly three years ago for doping offences, with Chris O'Dowd playing David Walsh, the journalist who uncovers his deceit.

    The film is based on Walsh's book.

    It's a pretty dramatic 90 seconds.

  31. Thor joins Ghostbusters

    Chris Hemsworth

    Thor is taking over reception duties on the new Ghostbusters movie.

    Chris Hemsworth is stepping into the role of Janine, alongside Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, in Paul Feig's female reboot about a gang of ghost removers.

    It something of a career swerve for the Australian actor who made his name playing macho roles such as F1 driver James Hunt, The Huntsman and the muscle-bound God of Thunder.

    Then again, who says receptionists can't be manly?

  32. Ron Moody tributes

    Tributes are being paid to Oliver! star Ron Moody on Twitter, as news spreads of his death at the age of 91.

    Here are some of the more interesting messages so far.

  33. Palace honour for Cumberbatch?

    The Sun

    Benedict Cumberbatch

    Benedict Cumberbatch is to be made a CBE, if you believe everything you read in The Sun.

    The Sherlock star may have missed out on an Oscar earlier this year, but the newspaper claims he is in line to be honoured for his services to drama at the forthcoming Queen's birthday honours, alongside Sir Lenny of Henry.

    But if the rumours are true, the 38-year-old star is keeping it under his deerstalker.

  34. Fagin at the Oscars

    YouTube clip

    To mark the sad death of Oliver! star Ron Moody, here is a little gem of a video, broadcast ahead of the 1969 Oscars, at which Moody was nominated for his role as Fagin.

    We wonder if he did, indeed, manage to "pinch one".

  35. BreakingBreaking News

    Fagin actor Ron Moody dies

    Ron Moody

    Actor Ron Moody, who played Fagin in the hit film of Oliver!, has died aged 91, his family said.

    He was nominated for an Oscar for the role in 1969.

    His widow, Therese, said: "He brought joy to his family and to the hearts of many and will be greatly missed.

    "He was singing until the end."

  36. More episodes

    Matt LeBlanc

    Get ready for more Matt Le Blanc, baby....

    Showtime has commissioned a new season of Episodes, the comedy starring LeBlanc as an exaggerated version of himself.

    Currently being shown in the UK on BBC Two, the nine-episode series, which co-stars Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Grieg, will begin filming in London in 2016.

    "We are so pleased to continue working with David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, two of the sharpest creative minds in comedy, along with the incredibly talented cast, led by Matt LeBlanc," said Showtime Networks president David Nevins.

  37. Lost in translation

    The Guardian

    Apparently, here in the UK, we have "embarrassing" tastes in books.

    Nick Barley, director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, has put together an ambitious programme for this year's festival including authors from North and South Korea, and the Colombian writer and politician, Sergio Fajardo.

    "What I want to get across is that these people are megastars in their own countries," said Barley.

    "The UK's reading habits are something of an embarrassment," he said, noting that less than 5% of books printed in the UK were initially published in any other language than English.

    "It's the responsibility of a festival like ours to make available literature in translation," Barley added.

  38. From Me Tu-lip You

    Paul McCartney with Jac Uittenbogaard and Rose van Teylingen

    What do you get the man who has everything?

    A simple flower, it seems, will suffice - for Sir Paul McCartney anyway. He has been presented with a tulip grown in his honour in Amsterdam. Where else?

    He's in the European city to play two sell-out concerts over the weekend.

    The flower, which has been 20 years in development, carries the botanical name of Tulipa 'Paul McCartney'.

  39. UK's biggest albums: any surprises?

    Olly Murs

    We've got some more charts news coming up, but first a list of the UK's best-selling albums of the decade so far has been released - and there may be a couple of surprises.

    So who is top? Not surprisingly, the list is dominated by Adele's multi award-winning 21, followed by Take That's Progress and Michael Buble's festive treat for mums, Christmas.

    Emeli Sande's Our Version of Events and Ed Sheeran's X round out the top five. Sheeran's + album is at number six

    But who else has more than one entry? Well, there are two for Lady Gaga, two for Rihanna and pop juggernauts One Direction have managed three separate entries. has Olly Murs.

    Yep, Olly Murs has three of the decade's best-selling albums.

    Read more.

  40. Degas' dancer for sale

    Petite danseuse de quatorze ans

    Edgar Degas' sculpture of a Little Dancer Aged Fourteen is to be sold at auction.

    You had better have saved your pennies though, if you're thinking of contacting Sotheby's: Petite danseuse de quatorze ans, comes with an eye-watering estimate of £10-15m.

    It's one of only a handful of bronze casts by Degas still in private hands. Tate London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Musee d'Orsay in Paris all have one.

    Now you can too...

    Read more.

  41. Magneto and Professor X kiss and make-up

    Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart

    Mutants and humans rejoice! Magneto and Professor X have kissed and made-up. Well, kind of.

    Actors Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart got caught in a lip-lock at the premiere of Sir Ian's new film Mr Holmes in London on Wednesday.

    The actors and long-time friends played deadly rivals in the X-Men films and starred together in the play Waiting For Godot.

    Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart

    Sir Ian plays a 93-year-old version of detective Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon's drama.

    The Odeon cinema in Kensington, London was transformed into Baker Street for the event.

    Sir Ian McKellen

    Sir Ian, who turned 76 last month said he plans on taking it easier when it comes to work in the future.

    "I'm not giving up, not retiring and shutting the door but doing less, yes," he said.

  42. Another bite at fame?

    All Saints

    If your appetite for new All Saints material was whetted after last year's live shows, then you are in luck.

    It seems the ladies weren't too badly burned by their last comeback attempt in 2006. After their album, Studio 1 flopped, Mel Blatt proclaimed: "All Saints are never getting back together again."

    But now they have posted a new teaser video boasting "Britain's coolest girl group All Saints are back and better than ever"

    Apparently they will embark on more headline shows in 2015 and have a number of other "exciting projects" in the pipeline.

  43. Chicago raid over nude pics

    Jennifer Lawrence

    It has emerged that a house in Chicago was raided last October over the leak of hundreds of nude photos of female stars, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence.

    The FBI seized computers and mobile phones from the house, which were thought to be linked to female celebrities' Apple iCloud accounts being hacked.

    However no-one has yet been charged.

    Speaking last year, Lawrence called the leaks a "sex crime".

    Read more.

  44. Get involved

    Victoria Lindrea

    Arts and entertainment reporter

    As always, it's important for us to hear your thoughts on today's news so please do get in touch.

    Tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email

  45. Hello and good morning

    Kev Geoghegan

    Arts and entertainment reporter

    Congratulations, you've all made it to Thursday. Welcome to today's Entertainment Live page, where we'll be keeping you up to date with all of today's news from the worlds of culture, art and showbiz.

    On the agenda: An iconic piece of art is up for sale, if you happen to have a spare £10m-15m, plus there's some very important chart news coming at 10:00.

    If you missed yesterday's live page, we had a first look at the new Batmobile and a viral video of tiny dancers with attitude. By all means go for a quick peek while we get ready for today's onslaught.