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Summary

  1. News and updates for 19 October 2015
  2. David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig take on Othello in New York
  3. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie begins filming
  4. Beasts of No Nation lacks box office bite

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By Emma Saunders and Helen Bushby

All times stated are UK

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  1. Re-Rewind - Craig David is back on form

    Emma Saunders

    Entertainment reporter

    Craig David

    It's goodbye from me and it's goodbye from Craig David. We leave you with the news that he is a hot ticket again folks.

    It was announced over the weekend that he would be hosting his next TS5 show at Koko in London on 3 March 2016. Tickets went on sale at 9am this morning and in under 10 minutes they had all sold out.

    This follows on from an incredible weekend for Craig - with a sell-out TS5 show at Shapes in Hackney on Friday, plus appearances at London's Fabric and Major Lazer's Alexandra Palace show.

    For those of you old enough to remember, Craig introduced large swathes of the UK's yoof to garage. And he was famously sent up by Leigh Francis on sketch show Bo-Selecta! in the early noughties (the series title was based on the title of the Artful Dodger and Craig David song Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta).

    DJ, it's all up to you.

  2. Lindsay Lohan for President?

    Is Ms Lohan running for President in 2020?

    It seems that Kanye West has inspired others to walk in his footsteps of announcing their own bid for the White House.

    The 29-year-old actress announced on Instagram through a series of photos, that “she may run for president” in the 2020 elections.

    “Through ups and downs #YESWECAN lets do this @kanyewest#truespirits thank your for inspiring us to be better people @barackobama” she wrote on Instagram.

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    In the second photo (of her and possible rival, Kanye West), she wrote: “The first thing I would like to do as president of US is take care of all of the children suffering in the world.🎹💜🌏👊👊👊👊🙏💋🙌 #queenELIZABETH showed me how by having me in her country”

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    And in her final photo, Lohan quotes Gandhi followed by the hashtags:  #ghandi#unitingWORLDnations#2020

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    Despite her ambitions; Lohan will only be 34 years old by the time the 2020 elections arrive, making her a year too young to run for president.

    There’s always 2024!

  3. Oyelowo and Craig take on Othello

    Bond star Daniel Craig is to star in an off-Broadway production of Shakespeare's Othello opposite David Oyelowo. Craig will play the evil Iago opposite Oyelowo's tortured hero. The play will premiere in autumn next year.

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  4. Noel Gallagher tops Q Awards

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Noel Gallagher

    Noel Gallagher's Chasing Yesterday has won best album at this year's Q Awards, beating the likes of Blur and Florence + The Machine.

    "I'd like to thank my producer... which is me," said the star as he accepted the award for the High Flying Birds.

    Other prize-winners at the ceremony included James Bay, named best newcomer, and Ed Sheeran, who took home the best solo act trophy.

    The prizes were voted for by readers of the monthly music magazine.

    They named rock group Foals the "best act in the world today", recognising both their fourth album, What Went Down, and their incendiary live shows.

  5. Duran Duran big up the Midlands

    Duran Duran

    Duran Duran are looking dapper as ever on the Q Awards red carpet - and the Birmingham band have been discussing whether bands from the Midlands get the respect they deserve.

    "Liverpool had the spotlight for a long time, then Manchester hijacked it," said bassist John Taylor.

    "But there's a lot of good acts have come out of Birmingham over the years. I remember when we were rehearsing, right near the beginning, in 1981. On one side of us was UB40 and on the other was Dexy's Midnight Runners."

    "The thing is, Midlanders - present company excepted - are not mouthy folk," added Nick Rhodes.

    "We invented rock, more or less. Led Zeppelin. Black Sabbath. Judas Priest. All the greats."

  6. My old man's a dustman...

    Noel Gallagher and Sara MacDonald

    Noel Gallagher is up for three prizes at this year's Q Awards, including the main prize - album of the year.

    On the red carpet, he was asked about the new Adele single... and for once had very little to say.

    "I don't like her, I don't dislike her," he told the BBC. "I didn't even know she had a single out. Is it any good?"

    The former Oasis star was more preoccupied with his own music, having been inspired to write a new song this morning.

    "It's really annoying me at the minute. I've got this tune in my head and it's been doing my head in all morning. It sounds like My Old Man's a Dustman."

    Er, we can't wait to hear it...

  7. Fabulously exciting

    Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders

    Fab news - filming of the movie version of hit TV show Absolutely Fabulous has begun shooting in the UK and the south of France.

    Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie sees the return of Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as Edina and Patsy along with the rest of the original cast that includes Julia Sawalha as Saffy, Jane Horrocks as Bubble and June Whitfield as Mother.

    "I am thrilled and excited to finally start filming. We are all on the Sanatogen and hoping for the best," said Saunders.

    The plot follows Edina and Patsy living the high life as they swan around London's trendiest hotspots. Nothing new there. But when they're blamed for a major incident at an uber-fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi.

    Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent.

    The film will be released in 2016.

    Sweetie, darling, it can't come soon enough.

  8. Guess who's going to be Batgirl?

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Rosario Dawson

    Rosario Dawson is to voice Batgirl in Lego Batman, the spin-off of the hugely successful Lego Movie.

    Rosario's character begins as Barbara Gordon, the daughter of police commissioner James Gordon, who later becomes the heroine.

    Apparently, the actress is a huge comic book fan who has just finished shooting season two of Netflix and Marvel's Daredevil, in which she plays the Night Nurse.

    Will Arnett is reprising the Caped Crusader from the original Lego Movie.

    Read more.

  9. Iommi on lifetime achievement

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Tony Iommi

    Black Sabbath star Tony Iommi is getting a lifetime achievement prize in honour of his groundbreaking guitar work at today's Q Awards.

    "I never thought I'd be up for anything like that," he told me. "The only thing I ever thought of was to be able to get out and play.

    "In fact, our main aim when we started playing was to be able to get a gig in London. You don't plan anything. You just do it because you love it."

  10. Halfpenny takes trip to Paradise

    Jill Halfpenny

    Jill Halfpenny (pictured during her winning Strictly stint) and Keith Allen are to guest star in BBC One's detective drama Death in Paradise, filmed on the island of Guadeloupe and starring Kris Marshall.

    They are among several names joining the shows's regulars, along with Wendy Craig, Tara Fitzgerald and Not Going Out's Sally Bretton.

    Kris Marshall in Death in Paradise

    Halfpenny said: "It was such a treat to dip into the world of Death in Paradise. One of the great joys of my job is being able to film with such strong talent and in such gorgeous locations!"

    Lucky her.

  11. Bailey Rae likes Q's 'well-preserved stars'

    Corinne Bailey Rae

    "I really like the characters at the Q Awards," says Corinne Bailey Rae as she walks the red carpet. "It's not glitzy or based on commercial appeal. I like to see all the well-preserved rock stars!"

    The musician, who has just finished recording her new album, is also a judge for this year's Mercury Prize.

    "There were a lot of arguments," she said about the shortlist, which came out last Friday. "But the way it works is you have to argue positively to get something on the list. It's not a case of saying 'not this one, not this one'.

    "You end up saying, 'this has to be recognised'."

  12. Liverpool's haunted Playhouse

    Prepare to be terrified. Shirley Jackson's classic novel The Haunting of Hill House, which inspired 1963 horror film The Haunting, is to be adapted for the stage at the Liverpool Playhouse.

    The ghost story tells of a paranormal investigator who takes three strangers to a haunted house in search of supernatural activity. The Playhouse says it will be the first major stage adaptation.

    The novel will be adapted by Anthony Neilson and directed by Melly Still, who said it was "a ghost story cloaked in horror and like all horror stories it plays on our fears, but not with a safe-in-your-seat thrill".

    It is being staged in collaboration with West End supremo Sonia Friedman and horror producers Hammer - suggesting there may be bigger plans for the show if the Liverpool audiences are suitably scared.

    It runs at Liverpool Playhouse from 7 December to 16 January.

  13. Josh Hartnett: 'TV is repetitive'

    Genevieve Hassan

    Entertainment reporter

    Josh Hartnett

    Penny Dreadful star Josh Hartnett spills the beans about living in the UK and what it's like to work in TV rather than film.

    You live here now, how have you adapted to British life?

    I've been here for six months every year for the last three years doing Penny Dreadful and I've spent a lot of time here over the years so I feel fully acclimated. I'm still the clumsy American, but I don't mind being that way. I can walk around and do whatever I want, but I might get hassled a bit. It has its ups and downs, but I don't really consider it harassment anymore - if people are interested in me, it means they care about what I'm doing.

    How are you finding working in TV rather than film?

    It's repetitive. I've never done sequels before either, so you're coming back with the same crew and cast and continuing the story. In a certain sense it's shorthand when you come back with the directors and writers, so you don't feel like you're starting afresh - but you don't feel like you're under pressure to create a character from scratch so it has its ups and its downs.

    I kind of find it reliving the moment as we are in our third season and everybody knows their job so well. There is not a lot of rehearsal, I can do that on my own here.

    It's been a joyful experience, but it's the first time I've done television and who knows what I'll do after this. But I doubt I'll be jumping right back into another series if this ends up getting cancelled, as I do enjoy the challenge of doing a different job.

    I think you do get crazy fandoms more in TV because you're coming into people's homes on a weekly basis and they start to feel familiar with you. It's a different level of familiarity with your character and what they think you are [than in films] so people do get a little bit nuts.

  14. Grim up north?

    Broken Brutalism

    A painting which explores Park Hill in Sheffield, a Grade II listed council estate and one of Britain's largest examples of Brutalist architecture, has won the £10,000 Valeria Sykes Award at the New Light Prize Exhibition.

    The prize celebrates art from the north of England.

    Broken Brutalism was painted by Sheffield-based artist, Mandy Payne.

  15. Ure hails 'rock and roll' Q Awards

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Midge Ure

    Midge Ure is first down the red carpet at today's Q Awards and he says they stand out because they're more "rock and roll" than other ceremonies.

    "Last one I was at, I presented Kate Bush with her outstanding achievement award and John Lydon was here. Lydon was absolutely desperate to have his photo taken with Kate Bush. Huge fan.

    "You wouldn't have thought it. So you see all the real stuff here. No posing. No sucking your cheeks in."

    Northern Irish singer Soak added she was "blown away" to make the Mercury shortlist last week.

    "I knew two or three days before," she said. "My managers Facetimed me and told me. All my band and crew were there and we all went a bit mental."

    Before she finds out whether she's won a Mercury, she's up for best new act at today's Q Awards.

  16. Strictly exit - spoiler alert!

    Strictly Come Dancing

    Irish eyes were unsmiling last night as Strictly bade farewell to Daniel O’Donnell.

    Daniel and his partner Kristina Rihanoff have become the third couple to be eliminated after competing in a final dance-off against Kirsty Gallacher and Brendan Cole.

    Daniel, 53, and Kristina danced the American Smooth to Fly Me To The Moon by Frank Sinatra and received a total score of 23 points.

    After his elimination, Daniel stated that he had a "great time" on the show whilst his partner Kristina gushed at how much of a “joy” he was to work with.

    Viewers (and Strictly's Take Two host) took to Twitter to tweet their comments:

    But viewers were still gripped by Daniel's departure, with 8.8m tuning in to watch Strictly, while 7.8m watched X Factor.

  17. Murphy wins top US comedy prize

    Eddie Murphy and family

    Eddie Murphy was honoured with the US's top comedy prize on Sunday, and was joined by comedy stars such as Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Kathy Griffin.

    The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented Murphy with the Mark Twain Prize.

    Comic Tracy Morgan called Murphy his "comedic hero".

    "He's the reason I'm in comedy. He's the reason I have a job. He's the reason I have a career,'' Morgan said.

    Morgan said Murphy was the first person to call him on the phone and make him laugh after the accident he had in 2014 that killed a fellow passenger, James McNair.

    Coming to America star Murphy said it was a "tremendous honour," but asked the organisers to re-name the prize.

    "Actually, it's an award, but they call it a prize," he said.

    "Usually when there's a prize, there's money."

  18. Big Hero 6 makes children's Baftas shortlist

    Big Hero Six

    Big Hero 6, The Next Step and Bin Weevils are among the films, TV shows and games shortlisted for the Bafta Kids' Vote.

    They are the only categories voted for by children at the Baftas, which will be held on 22 November.

    Each category has 10 choices, with the full shortlists detailed here.

    Children aged seven to 14 can cast their vote on the Bafta Kids website.

  19. Geri Halliwell 'to release folk album'

    The Sun

    Geri Halliwell

    Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell is going to release a "mature" album of "folk music" under her married name Horner, according to reports.

    It will apparently tell the story of her life so far, with one song featuring a Wurlitzer organ and another a children's choir.

    Song titles are said to include Phenomenal Woman and Sheriff.

    She will be hoping it's going to be more successful than her 2013 single, Half of Me, which stalled in the charts with sales of just 393 copies.

    Read more here.

  20. Lynch laid bare

    David Lynch

    Here's your chance to find out more about Hollywood's man of mystery, David Lynch.

    The Wild at Heart and Twin Peaks director is publishing his memoirs. Kind of.

    Life & Work will be a "hybrid of memoir" by Lynch and biography by Kristine McKenna, who has been a friend of Lynch and a close observer of his work since his first feature, Eraserhead (1977).

    The Blue Velvet director said there was a lot of nonsense published about him in books and on the internet.

    "I want to get all the right information in one place, so if someone wants to know something, they can find it here. And I wouldn't do it with anyone other than Kristine; she and I go way back, and she gets it right."

    Lynch will discuss his friendships, struggles and creative work, while McKenna's biographical sections will be based on new interviews with approximately 90 of Lynch's friends, ex-wives, family members, actors etc.

    He will then read these remembrances and respond.

    Sounds like an interesting way to write it. The book should be published in 2017.

  21. Beasts of No Nation lacks bite at US box office

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    Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation

    There was a lot of hoo-hah earlier this year when Netflix announced it had bought the distribution rights to Idris Elba film Beasts of No Nation.

    It was simultaneously released in cinemas and on the streaming service this weekend, but it failed to draw viewers out of their homes to see it on a big screen.

    It earned just $50,699 (£32,800) from the 31 cinemas it was shown at in North America. Results from the UK have yet to be released.

    We won't know how many people watched it on Netflix as the company doesn't reveal its streaming figures, but it told Deadline it was "very happy".

    Given the film had a limited theatrical US release to qualify it for the upcoming awards season, Netflix may not be too fussed by the box office result.

    Did you watch Beasts of No Nation over the weekend? What did you think? Get in touch and let us know.

  22. Redmayne voice coach Wilson-Dickson dies

    The Guardian

    Julia Wilson-Dickson's Facebook page

    Voice and dialect teacher Julia Wilson-Dickson, who worked with Eddie Redmayne on his Oscar-winning performance in The Theory of Everything, has died aged 66.

    Wilson-Dickson also worked with film stars including Robert de Niro on Frankenstein, Helena Bonham Carter on Mighty Aphrodite, Julianne Moore on The End of the Affair and Glenn Close on Albert Nobbs.

    Her brother Andrew wrote that she died after a brain haemorrhage, describing her as having "profound technical knowledge combined with an intellectual and emotional understanding of both text and dialogue".

    Her nephew Oliver wrote on her Facebook page: "She was remarkable - a larger than life character who will be remembered by all who knew and worked with her and with love and gratitude by her family."

    Read more here.

  23. News catch-up

    Imelda Staunton

    Here's a look at some other headlines from the weekend:

    Actress Imelda Staunton has been honoured at an award ceremony for the best theatre created outside London.

    Staunton won the UK Theatre Award for best performance in a musical for her role in the Chichester Festival Theatre's production of Gypsy.

    And it was prizes all round for the acting fraternity as Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett was also honoured, this time with the BFI Fellowship at the London Film Festival (LFF) Awards.

    Fellow actor Sir Ian McKellen handed over the prize to the Australian star at London's Banqueting House on Saturday night.

    And sadly, we also learned that Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh has bladder cancer.

  24. Is Adele back?

    Adele
    Image caption: It has been almost five years since Adele's last album

    Adele has apparently revealed the first snippet of material from her third album during a 30-second TV advert.

    The clip was played during the X Factor on ITV in the UK on Sunday, almost five years since her last album, 21.

    Viewers heard a voice singing, accompanied by the lyrics on an otherwise black screen.

    Her new album has been widely rumoured to be coming out in November. There was no name or release date on the clip and her spokesperson declined to comment.

    Mysterious.

  25. Kate wows LFF

    Kate Winslet

    In case you missed it, Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet brought the BFI London Film Festival to a close with their film about computer pioneer Steve Jobs.

    Fassbender, who plays the late Apple co-founder, said it was "pretty special" to have the film as the closing night gala.

    Also on the red carpet in London's Leicester Square were director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

    Boyle said Jobs had "changed our lives in an extraordinary way".

    It is the third Boyle film to close the festival, following Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours in previous years.

    Read more.

  26. Goosebumps scares up US box office

    Jack Black in Goosebumps

    The big screen adaptation of the children's book series Goosebumps has topped the North American box office.

    The film, starring Jack Black as a horror writer whose imaginary demons are accidentally set free, took $23.5m (£15.2m) in its opening weekend, bumping Matt Damon's The Martian into second place with $21.5m (£13.9m).

    Here's how the top five looked:

    1. Goosebumps - $23.5m
    2. The Martian - $21.5m
    3. Bridge of Spies - $15.4m
    4. Crimson Peak - $12.8m
    5. Hotel Transylvania 2 - $12.3m
  27. Matthew Bourne's next step

    Ian Youngs

    Arts reporter

    Matthew Bourne at UK Theatre Awards

    Yesterday, star choreographer Matthew Bourne was among those honoured at the UK Theatre Awards - the ceremony for theatre created outside London.

    Bourne was given The Stage Award for outstanding contribution to British theatre, and said it was a good time for dance in the UK at the moment.

    He said: "We've got some of the best choreographers in the world here and the most interesting new work, as well as shows like Strictly on TV and musicals like Billy Elliot that have encouraged ordinary people to get into dance.

    "The combination of those things, with great new work being done - the popular appeal of dance has grown over the last few years."

    He also revealed he is currently adapting a classic film for the stage - but would not reveal which one.

    "I've got a world premiere next year for my company," he said. "It's based on a famous British film about dance, about a ballet company. People can guess."

    Any ideas?

    Read about all the winners at the UK Theatre Awards.

  28. Morning all!

    Emma Saunders

    Entertainment reporter

    Roll up, roll up, get your fix of arts and entertainment news as it happens. We've got lots in store today, including all the red carpet action from the Q Awards in London. So buckle up and join us for the ride.