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Summary

  1. News and updates for 17 March 2016
  2. Tributes paid to magician Paul Daniels who dies aged 77
  3. Madonna angers fans with two-hour concert delay
  4. The Who headline Isle of Wight Festival
  5. Cult film Heathers to get TV reboot

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By Victoria Lindrea and Genevieve Hassan

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye from us and Paul

Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter

That's all we have time for today. It's been a sad one, but we'll leave you with a short video featuring some of Paul Daniels' magic tricks for which he will be best remembered.

In Paul's words: "You'll like this... not a lot, but you'll like it."

X-Men: Apocalypse gears up for war

The latest trailer for the forthcoming X-Men: Apocalypse has been released online and features a closer look at Professor Xavier's mutant students as they square off against villain Apocalypse in a fight to save the planet - as you do.

The film is out in UK cinemas on 18 May, but until then, take a look at the trailer.

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Cult film Heathers to be turned into TV series

The Hollywood Reporter

Heathers (1988)
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Cult 1988 film Heathers is to get a TV reboot.

The original movie saw Winona Ryder and Christian Slater as the outsiders who exact their revenge on the high school elite - a trio of populist princesses called Heather.

This time round, it's the Heathers who are the typical school outcasts: "Heather McNamara is a black lesbian; Heather Duke is a male who identifies as gender-queer whose real name is Heath; and Heather Chandler has a body like Martha Dumptruck," writes the Hollywood Reporter. But they're still as vicious as ever.

The pilot is being made by US channel TV Land, with insiders likening it to the recent Fargo reboot in terms of being an "anthology" series where a new group of Heathers could be featured across multiple seasons.

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Charlie heads to Broadway

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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The West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is heading to Broadway next year.

The musical, directed by Sam Mendes, first opened in London in 2013 and will close in early 2017.  

Tony award-winner Jack O'Brien will direct the revamped Broadway production which will pay homage to the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder. 

Sam and I have both spent our careers putting our personal spin on classics, be it William Shakespeare or Roald Dahl.

Since the first production was created for London, it's only fair we do an American version. And in America, our connection is to the 1971 movie and the indelible impression of Gene Wilder as the slyly wicked Wonka

Jack O'Brien

Turner Prize nominee to create 'ghost tree' in Manchester park

Missing tree in Whitworth Park
Alan Williams

A Manchester park is to get a "ghost tree", created by Turner Prize nominee Anya Gallaccio.

The public sculpture, which will sit in the park alongside the Whitworth gallery, will be a reimagining in steel of a tree that was removed during the recent £15m redevelopment of the building.

While work was being carried out, it was found the tree had died of natural causes and had to be taken down - noticing the absence when she visited, Gallaccio decided to create "a ghost of the real tree". 

The work will be unveiled during an arts festival at the gallery in June.

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'Sofa-gate': One Show stars swap seats

More from Sofa-gate now... and last night saw a radical shift of position for The One Show presenters Alex Jones and Matt Baker, as Jones moved to sit on the left of co-host Baker.

It follows the furore about new BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker being placed on the left of fellow presenter Louise Minchin, a position traditionally associated with 'pre-eminence', according to media pundits.

A BBC spokesman stressed the segment was "light-hearted" and there was "no seniority attached to presenter seating positions on The One Show".  

The One Show
BBC

Some of you may be freaked out because we’ve just swapped sides because of the news this morning that the male presenter always sits on the left so we thought we’d change it up.

Alex Jones

Former Countryfile host Miriam O'Reilly, who won an ageism case against the BBC after she was dropped from the show, told The Guardian, seating choices were the result of “deep-rooted misogyny in newsrooms”.

I’ve worked on enough news and current affairs programmes to know that men are seen by editors as having the "gravitas" to lead a show. Sadly women on breakfast news programmes, particularly, have the role of the bit of fluff by his side. They are there to smile, laugh, giggle or tease – and to show legs and cleavage.

On Thursday's BBC Breakfast edition, Minchin and Walker were replaced by Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty, with the former positioned on the left.

A BBC statement on Wednesday claimed seating positions on the BBC Breakfast sofa were "all about judging which is the best camera angle for the presenters”.  

Lumley and Moore set for Sheffield's Doc/Fest

Joanna Lumley
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The "absolutely adventurous" Joanna Lumley is to give a talk about her career in TV and film at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre as part of the city's Doc/Fest in June.

The festival, which celebrates the "art and business of documentary", will be opened by acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore, who will also host a Q&A after a showing of his latest work, Where To Invade Next.  

Alongside Lumley and Moore, the event will also see a showing of John Hull's Notes On Blindness, an immersive work which uses actors to lip sync the audio diaries Hull created after he went completely blind in 1983.  

Moore, Lumley and Hull have in their own distinct and brilliant ways creatively challenged the status quo with real and meaningful impact. I am thrilled to be able to announce these three incredible game changers will be part of Doc/Fest.

Elizbeth McIntyreDoc/Fest director

There will also be a celebration of Dr Clifford Shaw, the event's "oldest and most beloved audience member" who attended every festival until his death last October and who the organisers say was a "true cinephile", watching films "from morning til night each year".

Paul Daniels prop-maker pays tribute to 'down-to-earth genius'

Colin Young

Presenter, BBC Shropshire

A Shropshire magician who helped make props for Paul Daniels has described him and as a "genius" who was "down-to-earth".

Paul Rushworth said he used to stay with their family when he came to visit Shrewsbury and had been booked to appear at an event in the town this Saturday.

Mr Rushworth said his family made around a dozen illusions for Mr Daniels's TV and stage shows and in return he got advice on his own act:

He would send up the idea and my dad would work it out and then we would go in the workshop and make it at night time, so that nobody else could see what we were doing.

The Big Bang Theory's Leonard unveils his dad

Judd Hirsch/Johnny Galecki
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So who is playing Leonard's dad in The Big Bang Theory?

Turns out his anthropologist father - briefly mentioned but never yet seen - will be played by Taxi star Judd Hirsch.

Johnny Galecki, aka Leonard, who announced the comedy's latest cast member at a fan session in LA, said he himself proposed the role to Hirsch at NBC's James Burrows tribute.

“I ran up to him and just kind of bombarded him with verbalisation,” said Galecki.

The Good Wife's Christine Baranski, has a recurring guest role as Leonard’s mother, Dr Beverly Hofstadter. 

West Wing star launches commentary series

Ten years after the cult show concluded, former West Wing alumni Joshua Malina has released the first of his West Wing commentary podcast series.

Fans of the political drama, which concluded in 2006 after seven seasons, can watch as they listen to Malina's blow-by-blow dissection of each episode in The West Wing Weekly.

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Scandal star Malina, who played speech writer Will Bailey in the West Wing from 2002-2006, has promised there will be special guests, including more former co-stars - before turning his attention to another Aaron Sorkin show, Sports Night, perhaps...?  

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Paul Daniels 'loved entertainment, not money'

BBC Radio 5 Live

Illusionist Uri Geller has paid tribute to “first-class magician” Paul Daniels.

Geller said although he eventually became great friends with the “extremely talented” magician, they had a rocky start to their relationship.

“Our careers started off by him trying to debunk me and so we had a kind of a row in the early 70s but then it turned into a very, very close friendship and I'm saddened for his family,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.

“He really cared about entertainment and not about money… it wasn’t financial, it was solely and purely entertainment,” he said.

Listen to the full interview below.

Paul Daniels best tricks

BBC Newsbeat

If you'd like a reminder of some of Paul Daniels' best tricks, Newsbeat has put together a list of 10, including this tubes and bottles routine.

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Paul Daniels from the archive

Remember when Paul Daniels appeared in BBC children's show Wizbit? We found this picture in the archive of the magician with alien Wizbit himself, Wooly the rabbit, former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan and presenter Phillip Schofield.

Peter Duncan, Paul Daniels, Phillip Schofield and Wizbit
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The Who to headline Isle of Wight festival

The Who
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Veteran rockers The Who are to headline the Saturday night slot at this year's Isle of Wight Festival.

Organisers said the gig will be the band's only UK music festival this year.

The band previously played Isle of Wight in 1969, 1970 and 2004.

Rock legends Queen will top the bill to close the four-day festival, which also features Stereophonics and Faithless.

Festival organiser John Giddings said:

The Who are part of the fabric of the Isle of Wight Festival, and it's great to welcome them back to the island as part of their ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations.

Eurovision: The exhibition

Abba
BBC

The Eurovision Song Contest has announced a new exhibition devoted to the history behind the annual singing extravaganza.

An interactive exhibition entitled Good Evening, Europe! will open in Stockholm's Abba Museum on 7 May, ahead of this year's contest on 10 May.

From the first winner, Switzerland’s Lys Assia in 1956, to Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow in 2015, visitors can immerse themselves in 60 years of the world's longest running annual television competition.

The exhibition will include digital footage of every contest since 1956, as well as offering fans the chance to sing on a Eurovision stage and test their Eurovision knowledge with an interactive quiz.

Aficionados of Scandi-noir need not apply.

Justin Bieber settles legal action with photographer

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Justin Bieber has settled a legal action with a photographer who claimed the singer kicked and punched him.

Jose Osmin Hernandez Duran sued the singer for assault and emotional distress in 2013.

He alleged Bieber attacked him outside a shopping centre in Los Angeles while on a date with Selena Gomez in 2012.

A trial was due to start yesterday, but Duran's lawyer said the case had been resolved. The terms of the settlement remain confidential.

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Tony Bennett leads tributes to Frank Sinatra Jr

Frank Sinatra Jr
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Overnight there have also been tributes to US singer Frank Sinatra Jr, who has died at the age of 72 after suffering a heart attack in Florida.

Famously kidnapped at the age of 19, he followed his father into the music business as a teenager, and later became Sinatra's musical director and conductor.  

His sister Nancy wrote on her Facebook page: "Sleep warm, Frankie."  

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Madonna keeps concert goers waiting two hours

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Pop star Madonna has been labelled "breathtakingly arrogant" after coming on stage more than two hours late in Brisbane, Australia.

Hundreds of angry fans walked out and got a refund before the singer finally appeared at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre at 23:15.

Madonna later said she was "hardly ever late" and joked: "It's you people that get here early that's the problem".

"Stay home, do your hair and makeup, have a tequila. Just come late and I won't have to come early. We've got three more shows and we want to fix the problem."

Many fans took to Twitter to complain:

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Watch highlights of Paul Daniels' career

Daniels' son tweets his 'incredible sadness'

A brief history of Paul Daniels

Known for a string of catchphrases, including the line: "You'll like this... not a lot, but you'll like it", Paul Daniels made his TV debut on Opportunity Knocks in 1970.

He went on to become one of the biggest stars on British TV, fronting the BBC's Paul Daniels Magic Show, which ran for 15 years.

Married to his on-stage assistant Debbie McGee, he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in February this year.

He returned from hospital to his Berkshire home in March, with his son Martin Daniels saying at the time: "He has said before, 'When it's your time it's your time' and that's how he is trying to face up to things."

Read Paul Daniels' obituary.

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Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter

Got something to say on today's news or want to share your memories of Paul Daniels? Feel free to get in touch and tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk.

BreakingPaul Daniels dies

Paul Daniels
PA

TV magician Paul Daniels has died aged 77, after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, his publicist has said.

Good morning

Victoria Lindrea

BBC Entertainment and Arts reporter

Welcome to Thursday's Entertainment Live. 

Overnight came the sad news of broadcaster Cliff Michelmore's death, whose "personal approach recast the role of the TV presenter at the BBC" -  and the passing of Frank Sinatra Jr, crooner and conductor, and son of Ol' Blue Eyes. We'll have some tributes for you.

Plus Madonna turns up late... again. 

Stay tuned.