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  1. News updates for 23 July 2015
  2. Local museums could re-introduce admission charges
  3. One Direction turn five
  4. NWA and Eminem to stage joint tour
  5. Sharknado savaged by critics

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By Kev Geoghegan and Mark Savage

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all folks.

    That's your lot from today's Entertainment Live page, come back and see us again tomorrow and keep getting in touch with your thoughts on whether or not local museums should charge for entry. As for the white tux debate, you can pour yourselves a dry martini and talk amongst yourselves.

  2. Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult

    Peter Capaldi plays Malcolm Tucker in In The Loop

    BBC Films is marking its 25th anniversary by putting some of the scripts it has commissioned into the public domain.

    Among the screenplays available for download are Oscar-nominees My Week with Marilyn, An Education and In The Loop.

    You can see the whole archive on the BBC Writers Room website.

  3. Wish you were here?

    Bill Morrison

    Top illustrators and comic artists have come up with some alternative postcards of the Lake District in advance of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

    They show some of the region's lesser-known sights - such as diving aliens, swimming pugs and parachuting birds.

    Simpsons Comics artist and Futurama co-creator Bill Morrison is among those taking part, proclaiming It's All Hunky-Dory In Cumbria! (top).

    Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre

    Writer/illustrator double-act Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre have depicted the Traditional Pug-Bathing at Friar's Crag (above).

    Bryan Talbot

    Sandman, Luther Arkwright and Grandville illustrator and all-round graphic novel legend Bryan Talbot has submitted The Shooting Party (above).

    Jonathan Edwards

    Castlerigg Day Out (above) was created by Jonathan Edwards, whose work you may have seen in publications like The Guardian, Q and the Radio Times.

    The Lakes International Comic Art Festival takes place in Kendal in October.

  4. Eminem: Voluminous verbose vocabulary

    The Daily Telegraph


    Eminem has the biggest vocabulary in music, according to a new study.

    The research has been carried out by Musixmatch which has compiled the 100 most linguistically dense songs of the top 93-selling artists ever.

    The study looked at word count and frequency of use with the erudite Eminem notching up a phenomenal 8,818.

    The other top four artists are Jay-Z (6,899 words), Tupac Shakur (6,569 words), Kanye West (5,069) and Bob Dylan, with a somewhat paltry 4,883 words.

    Among the lowest? The Spice Girls, Bruno Mars and Kenny G (we thought he just played sax?).

    The average non-musician's vocabulary is about 35,000 words.

  5. A smile of sadness

    Amy Poehler

    "No-one can be happy all the time and that's ok, in fact, sadness may get you where you need to be."

    Strange words coming from the lips of Amy Poehler, one of America's funniest women.

    She's been taking about her role in the new Pixar Film Inside Out, in which she plays Joy, one of five emotions inside the head of an 11-year-old girl called Riley.

    "It's a very revolutionary idea," she continues. "Especially for parents who are constantly obsessed with their children's happiness, and in doing so don't often allow them to be in the moment and feel their feelings."

    Inside Out

    Read more.

  6. Louis Tomlinson: "Thank you"

    Louis Tomlinson

    We mentioned earlier that Harry Styles had been thanking One Direction fans (and their backstage crew) as the band celebrate the fifth anniversary of their formation.

    Now Louis Tomlinson has followed suit - in his first tweets since it was revealed he was to become a father with stylist Briana Jungwirth.

    Here's what he said: 

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  7. Return of the white tux

    The Daily Mail


    The new Spectre trailer has been viewed more than 4.5 million times on YouTube since its launch on Wednesday morning. It is the equivalent of 3,000 plays per minute.

    Among all the excitement about the return of Bond, the new car and a fleeting glimpse of Sherlock star Andrew Scott, is some excitement in the fashion fraternity about Daniel Craig rocking a white tux.

    Does Daniel pull it off and who wears it best?

    Sean Connery
    Image caption: Sean Connery?
    Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto
    Image caption: Matthew McConaughey? Maybe Jared Leto?
    Terry Scott
    Image caption: What about the late Terry Scott?

    Read more.

  8. Diary of a Teenage Girl makers criticise 18 certificate

    Diary of a Teenage Girl

    The director and makers of a new "coming of age" movie have criticised the decision to give it an 18 certificate.

    The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which won best international movie at the Edinburgh Film Festival, has been rated 18 for strong sex and drug references by the British Board of Film Classification.

    Distributors Vertigo complained that the reviewing panel were all men "and we feel that they have missed the point of the film and its message."

    Director Marielle Heller added: "A girl's coming of age is rarely seen on screen or given the same treatment as a boy's. 

    "Sexuality is something we're both experiencing and so if one side's perspective is reflected, the other side should be reflected too."

    But the BBFC defended its decision, saying:"The sex scenes and references are too numerous and sustained for a 15 classification to have been defensible."

    Here is an excerpt from the classification body's full decision,which you can read on its website.

    Quote Message: Strong sex scenes include mechanical thrusting, breast and buttock nudity, and implied oral sex. Other issues include several moments of drug use, including cocaine use. Some still pictures and short animated sequences include the sight of penises, both erect and flaccid.
  9. Jake Gyllenhaal is concerned for fellow actors

    Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw

    Jake Gyllenhaal says an actor once asked him for advice on whether he should take drugs for a role.

    "Someone came to me and said, 'I'm going to play a drug addict - should I try the drug?' and I was like, 'no'," he told the BBC.

    The star, who underwent a drastic physical transformation for his new movie, Southpaw, said it was important to "be mindful" about "taking risks".

    Read more.

  10. King of Comedy to become Broadway musical

    Robert De Niro in character as Rupert Pupkin

    It got a critical kicking on its release, but Martin Scorsese's creepy comedy The King of Comedy has, over time, been reassessed as a classic.

    The 1983 movie starred Robert De Niro as oleaginous comedian Rupert Pupkin, who kidnaps his favourite talk show host in order to get a spot on TV.

    Now, it is being turned into a Broadway musical, via the combined talents of composer Stephen Trask (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and book writer Chris D'Arienzo (Rock of Ages).

    The show is being developed by New Regency, the company which made the Oscar-winning movies 12 Years a Slave and Birdman.

    They said the film's "themes surrounding fame and celebrity" are even more relevant today than when the film premiered in the 1980s.

    Now Pupkin will get the chance to be "king for a night" after all.

  11. Madonna compares herself to Picasso


    Pop star Madonna has argued that creativity does not have an expiration date, after accusations that Radio 1 refused to playlist her because of her age.

    Speaking to the Associated Press, the singer said: "I like to compare myself to other kinds of artists like Picasso. He kept painting and painting until the day he died. Why? Because I guess he felt inspired to do so. Life inspired him, so he had to keep expressing himself, and that's how I feel."

    The Like A Prayer singer is preparing to launch her Rebel Heart Tour on 9 September and says choosing the setlist has been a tough task.

    "I sit there for weeks and weeks and weeks trying to figure out which of my old catalogue I want to do," she said.

    "It's a puzzle that we have to put together 'cause thematically the songs - the old and the new - they have to go together; sonically they have to go together."

  12. MTV rocks Plymouth

    Crowds turn out for MTV Crashes Plymouth

    Some of music's biggest stars descended on Devon last night for MTV Crashes Plymouth.

    Some 35,000 fans attended the outdoor show on the historic Plymouth Hoe, to see performances from Tinie Tempah, Foxes and Kodaline.

    Tinie Tempah
    Steve Garrigan of Kodaline

    Little Mix were also there to play their number one single, Black Magic, giving fans the first chance to see Jesy Nelson's engagement ring up close.

    The 24-year-old's boyfriend, Jake Roche from boyband Rixton, proposed to her onstage at an Ed Sheeran gig last weekend.

    Perrie and Jesy of Little Mix
    Leigh-Anne and Jade from Little Mix

    The gig was filmed, and will be screened on MTV around Europe later this summer.

  13. From the court to casting

    The Trainwreck

    His transition from basketball star to film star has been smoother that most (we're looking at you Shaq), now LeBron James - who stars as himself alongside Amy Schumer in The Trainwreck, has signed a new big buck entertainment deal.

    The 6ft 8in Cleveland Cavaliers NBA star and his company, SpringHill Entertainment, have signed a content deal with Warner Bros. that includes potential film and TV projects.

    James says he wants to connect with his fans by "telling meaningful stories".

  14. American Idiot reviews:

    American Idiot musical

    American Idiot, a Broadway musical based on Green Day's punk concept album, has transferred to the West End.

    A tale of disaffected youth in a post 9/11 America, it won Tony Awards back in New York, but there were some concerns the subject matter would alienate British audiences.

    Critics were allowed through the doors of the Arts Theatre last night. Here's what they thought.

    • "American Idiot pulses with raw energy and rage in a manner that very few shows can muster. I've never seen anything quite like it before, and I think that's a compliment." [Evening Standard]
    • "The sound balance is excellent: you can hear all of Billie Joe Armstrong's lyrics even on the odd occasion when you rather wish you couldn't." [Independent]
    • "I had called the original production the single most exciting and original live rock musical I'd ever seen, but I'm afraid some of the punch has been taken out of this stage version." [The Stage]
    Amelia Lily and Aaron Sidwell in American Idiot
    Image caption: X Factor star Amelia Lily and Aaron Sidwell lead the cast
  15. Kylie Minogue and Nile Rodgers - together at last

    Kylie Minogue and Nile Rodgers

    Australian DJ duo Nervo - most famous for co-writing the David Guetta and Kelly Rowland hit When Love Takes Over - have enlisted a cast of A-listers for their new single.

    Called The Other Boys, it features vocals from Kylie Minogue and Scissor Sister Jake Shears, over an unmistakable Nile Rodgers guitar lick.

    The song, "about not getting the attention from the boy you want" is "as disco as we have ever been," the sisters told Nylon magazine

    Listen below.

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  16. Hollywood studios and Sky TV hit by antitrust probe

    Sky Movies

    Sky TV and six major Hollywood studios have been accused of breaking EU competition rules by blocking access to movie channels outside the UK.

    The EU Commission's anti-trust regulator has issued a formal complaint, accusing the companies of illegally geo-blocking their content.

    "European consumers want to watch the pay-TV channels of their choice regardless of where they live or travel in the EU," said Margrethe Vestager, the EU commissioner in charge of competition.

    The studios involved are Disney, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros.

    All parties now have a chance to respond to the complaint.

  17. Jurassic World is the third-biggest film of all time


    Jurassic World

    Jurassic World is now the third highest-grossing film in history, behind Titanic and Avatar.

    The dinosaur thriller has racked up $1.52 billion (£974 million), overtaking Marvel's Avengers Assemble.

    The film, starring Chris Pratt and a cast of CGI dinosaurs, has yet to open in Japan - but it is unlikely to make enough to dethrone Avatar from the top of the chart.

    James Cameron's blockbuster made $2.79 billion (£1.78 million) back in 2009.

    Read more.

  18. Hamster in the jungle

    Richard Hammond

    Former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond is to return to TV as a nature presenter.

    He will venture into the Amazon jungle, armed only with a camera, in two one-hour episodes of Richard Hammond's Jungle Quest on Sky 1.

    He said he hopes viewers get "a sense of the magic, splendour and wonder of the place as animals and humans live side-by-side amidst the threats they face".

    It will be broadcast in September - and no jokes about him having previous experience of working with a couple of large wild beasts, please.

  19. Fancy living in Enid Blyton's house?

    Enid Blyton's former home, estate agent pictures

    The Buckinghamshire home of children's author, Enid Blyton, has gone on sale.

    The 17th Century thatched cottage, set in 1.5 acres of land, is nicknamed Old Thatch - and inspired a series of books of the same name.

    Blyton lived there with her first husband Hugh Alexander Pollock, and their two daughters, Gillian and Imogen, from 1929 to 1938.

    During that period, she published books including Brer Rabbit Retold, Adventures of the Wishing Chair, and The Strange Tale of Mr Wumble.

    It's yours for a bargain £1.8m.

    Interior of Enid Blyton's cottage, estate agent picture
    Interior of Enid Blyton's cottage, estate agent picture
  20. Manchester venue takes shape

    Ian Youngs

    Arts reporter

    More details have been released about Manchester's new theatre, music and art venue The Factory - including the fact that it will cost up to £110m, not £78m as originally planned.

    A document published by Manchester City Council says it will host shows in partnership with organisations like the Tate, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Paris Opera and Ballet, Melbourne Festival and Abu Dhabi Festival.

    The government has pledged £78m, with the remaining £32m to be found by the council.

    Grande Hotel

    The Factory will be part of a development on the site of the old Granada TV studios. The Factory's architects won't be appointed until later this year - so here's an artist's impression of the nearby Grande Hotel instead.

    The Factory is due to open in time for the Manchester International Festival in July 2019.

  21. Donny Osmond throat trouble

    Donny Osmond

    Donny Osmond's doctors have advised the singer and presenter that he will need surgery to repair a hemorrhagic polyp (that's a bleeding lesion to you and me) on his right vocal cord.

    It will be carried out by the Dr Steven M Zeitel, the same surgeon who poked around the voice boxes of Adele and Sam Smith.

    There's no date yet on when Osmond will go under the knife but he does have a continuing engagement performing at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas which is planned to resume in October after he recuperates.

    Several solo shows in September will also have to be rescheduled.

  22. Big screen turkeys

    The Daily Telegraph

    Taken 3

    "Psychotically unfunny."

    "Embarrassing, dated and tedious."

    "Just Liam Neeson hitting people."

    The Telegraph has compiled a list of the worst movies of 2015 (so far).

    See if you agree.

  23. Thoughts shape music


    Researchers at Cambridge University have carried out a study about how the way people think can shape what kind of music they like.

    The research, published in Plos One, found empathetic people preferred more mellow, low-energy music while "systemisers" - people who analyse patterns in the world - enjoyed punk, metal and more complex music.

    Read more.

  24. Springfield recreated in Lego


    The Lego-lution continues as one creative chap in the US has recreated the whole of Springfield, the home town of The Simpsons in plastic bricks.


    Writing on his Flickr page, Matt De Lanoy said: "I love building layouts, and with already having built New New York from Futurama, Springfield seemed an obvious choice for my next project."


    Check out more of his pictures.

  25. Sharknado savaged by critics


    Critics have been pouring buckets of scorn on the third instalment of Sharknado - a TV "event movie" that imagines America's eastern seaboard struck by a tornado of sharks (the clue is in the name).

    Here are the highlights:

    • "Having now watched "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" I find myself in the position of having to write about it. And I am not sure which is worse, really, or even how to proceed." [LA Times]
    • "Even the best joke isn't as funny the third time you tell it." [The Wrap]
    • "It frequently felt more like Victoria Wood's wobbly-setted soap spoof Acorn Antiques than a proper production." [The Telegraph]
    • "Sharknado 3 is bad, as it should be. As it must be. I only wonder how much time we're all willing to devote to something that's now totally awful by demand." [IGN]

    The question is, do the critics' opinions matter?

    When the series is deliberately designed to be diabolical, and audiences revel in the amateur acting and the terrible cameos (Jedward!), any analysis is automatically redundant. Surely, the only true test is the viewing figures...

  26. One Direction are five years old

    One Direction in 2010

    Five years ago this month, at an X Factor bootcamp, Dr Simon Frankenstein stitched five solo artists into a 10-legged boyband behemoth.

    One spark later the pop monster was born as Liam, Harry, Niall, Zayn and Louis became One Direction... 

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    Since then, they've sold 50 million records, achieved a total of 91 number ones and performed to over 7.5 million fans worldwide.

    This year has been a little bumpy, though, with Zayn quitting and Louis set to become a father.

    But Harry Styles took to Twitter last night to thank the fans who've supported them over the last half-a-decade.

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  27. More museums could charge for entry

    York Art Gallery

    Would you pay to go to your local museum?

    The prospect has been raised after York Council recommend a proposed £7.50 entry charge for admission to the city's Art Gallery.

    It follows Brighton Museum and Art Gallery's decision to charge tourists.

    The head of the Museums Association says he's "absolutely certain" that other institutions are considering the change.

    What do you think? Should Museums be free? Drop us a line on and we'll publish the best responses.

  28. Still got attitude

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Ice Cube and Dr Dre

    Some exciting news for hip-hop fans.

    Gangsta rap pioneers NWA are set to reunite for a limited European tour, according to a Universal Studios executive.

    And they're going to be joined by none other than Eminem, replacing Eazy-E who died from an Aids-related illness in 1995.

    Donna Langley, the chairman of Universal Studios said the tour would coincide with the release of a Straight Outta Compton, a new biopic about the Los Angeles rappers, produced by band members Ice Cube and Dr Dre.

    "We don't have anything settled yet with everyone's schedules," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "But we think it can create a lot of buzz."

    Ice Cube reunited last month with former bandmates MC Ren and DJ Yella - although Dr Dre, who has a new show on Apple's new radio service, was absent.

  29. Anna Nicole case dismissed

    Anna Nicole Smith

    A US judge has dismissed conspiracy convictions against the boyfriend of late model Anna Nicole Smith, saying it was unfair to allow the case to go on any further.

    Howard K Stern was convicted in 2010, along with one of Smith's doctors, on two counts of using a false name and misrepresentation of prescriptions for a variety of medications the model took before her death in 2007.

    The 46-year-old had faced a maximum of three years in prison if he had been convicted in the case.

    Playboy model and reality star Smith died in Florida of an accidental overdose aged 39.

  30. Sharknado 4 gets the green light

    Sharknado 3 poster

    After last night's premiere of Sharknado 3, TV channel Syfy has confirmed a fourth instalment - and the plot is in your hands.

    The third instalment of the schlock thriller ended with a piece of space shuttle wreckage hurtling toward April Shepard (Tara Reid) - followed by a caption reading: "You decide if #AprilLives or #AprilDies."

    "Her fate will be revealed in Sharknado 4," revealed a voice-over "Because we're not done yet!"

    Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Reid confessed the twist came as a surprise

    "That was a shocker! I didn't expect that!" she said.

    "I think that's going to be a big turning point for the franchise. It gives it some excitement, and it's giving the fans a chance to interact. No matter what happens, I'm proud to be a part of this phenomenon."

  31. The perfect couple

    Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie

    You loved them as Kat and Alfie in EastEnders, now prepare to fall in love with them on stage.

    Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie are reuniting in a new adaptation of The Perfect Murder by crime author Peter James.

    Directed by Olivier award-winner Ian Talbot and adapted by Shaun McKenna, the dark comedy tells the story of married couple Victor and Joan; and Victor's attempts at getting his wife out of his life. Permanently.

    The play will opening at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham, on 2 February before embarking on a major UK tour.

    Jessie said (in the press release): "As soon as I read the script, I knew I had to do it! Watch out because sparks are going to fly and it's the perfect murder!"

  32. Good morning

    Kev Geoghegan

    Arts and entertainment reporter

    It's Thursday morning, the sun is shining (well it is here) and we have lots to tell you about in today's Entertainment Live.

    If you missed yesterday's feast of entertainment, arts, media and everything in-between, then pop on over to have a look.

    In the meantime, buckle up, keep your arms inside the ride at all times and away we go...