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  1. News updates for 20 May
  2. Beckhams reimagined as modern day 'gods'
  3. Sean Penn's movie slammed at Cannes
  4. Sneak peak of Stephen Fry's US sitcom
  5. Cher turns 70

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By Victoria Lindrea and Frances Cronin

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So that's it for today - Friday night beckons!

We'll leave you with a treat: a fish in a wig...


Actually, it's a plug for Sia's cover version of the Nat King Cole classic, Unforgettable, which will play over the end credits of the long-awaited film sequel Finding Dory.

Now why don't you just switch off and go out and do something less boring instead - and we'll see you on Monday.

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Sneak peak of Stephen Fry's US sitcom

If you've been wondering what Stephen Fry has been up to lately, we have a sneak peak of the American sitcom he's been filming. 

He stars in the The Great Indoors as the editor of an adventure magazine alongside Community's Joel McHale as the magazine adventurer who struggles to settle back into an office full of millenials.

No word yet on whether the CBS show will head to the UK. 

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Anita Dobson joins Wicked

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Anita Dobson is joining the cast of Wicked in London's West End, as part of the musical's 10th anniversary celebrations. 

She will play Madame Morrible from September until January next year, at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

The musical, which tells the backstory of the two witches from The Wizard of Oz is the eighth longest-running show in the West End. 

Joining Anita will be Rachel Tucker, who returns from playing Elphaba on Broadway, and Suzie Mathers, who joins as Glinda from the Australian production.

Sean Penn responds to critics

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Despite a critical slating on Friday morning, Sean Penn has told reporters he "stands behind" his latest directorial effort, The Last Face.

"Certainly everyone is entitled to their response," he said at a press conference in Cannes, when asked about the focus of the film, which details a romance between two aid volunteers.

"I’ve finished the film, so it’s not a discussion I’d be of value to,” he added.

The film, which stars Penn's former squeeze Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem, will have its gala premiere on Friday night. 

See our earlier post to get a taste of what the critics thought - some of them were less than kind. 

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Eagles of Death Metal dropped from French music festivals

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Eagles of Death Metal have been dropped from the bill of two French music festivals, after singer Jesse Hughes reiterated claims security guards at the Bataclan were complicit in last year's terror attacks.

Ninety people were killed at the venue last November when gunmen opened fire during the band's set.

Hughes accused venue staff of allowing the terrorists into the show in March.

Despite apologising, he repeated the statements in an interview last week.

"There's no denying the terrorists were already inside, and they had to get in somehow," he told journalist Gavin McInnes in Taki's Magazine.

Following publication of the interview, organisers of the Rock En Seine and Cabaret Vert festivals have dropped the band from their line-up, saying they are "in total disagreement with Jesse Hughes' recent allegations".

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From tepid reviews to personal attacks, Woody Allen had a Cannes to forget. Was this the year the festival fell out of love with him?

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David Byrne pens new musical

After the success of Here Lies Love, the disco musical about Imelda Marcos, former Talking Heads frontman, David Byrne, has written another musical. 

This time he is focusing on Joan of Arc. 

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This show is about Joan of Arc - a story everyone sort of knows, or knows something about anyway. Everyone certainly knows how it ends, which I like - it means that everything that happens will feel like an irrevocable tragic advance toward a preordained ending.

Like Here Lies Love, this one is almost all contemporary music with very little spoken text, though this time around the music is more anthemic and 'spiritual' rather than the clubby disco grooves of Here Lies Love.

It will open next spring at The Public Theater here in New York, and we're hoping it will head to the UK like Here Lies Love did.    

#BringBackNashville gains momentum

There's a growing campaign to bring back TV series Nashville, which was cancelled in the annual shake-up by US networks earlier this month.

The drama, set against the backdrop of the country music scene, starred Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, though the latter, who is struggling with postpartum depression, recently took a break from the series.

News of its cancellation after four seasons was greeted with dismay by fans - or Nashies, as they're known. But they are not taking it lying down. 

An online campaign, #BringBackNashville, has been trending since Wednesday, when the penultimate episode aired in the US. Cast members, and the show's creator, Callie Khouri, have also joined the social media chorus.

Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Nashville producer Lionsgate TV  "is actively having conversations with interested networks". It may not be time to hang up your stetson just yet.

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And look who else is getting in on the act...

Sir Elton appeared in the 18 May episode, singing a duet with Sam Palladio's character, Gunnar.

Will the Nashies get the ultimate star backing?

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It's a dog's life on the Croisette

Every dog has its day.

The Mail's Baz Bamigboye has tweeted that Nellie, the bulldog in Jim Jarmusch drama Paterson has won this year's Palm Dog - the alternative award presented by international film critics at the Cannes Film Festival for the best canine performance. 

Bow wow. 

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Jodie Foster on her friendship with Warhol

Jodie Foster has revealed how Andy Warhol used to tell people he was her aunt. 

The actress/director was a guest on the Chris Evans breakfast show this morning and told how she became close to the artist. 

Nick Hornby and Helena Bonham Carter turn to TV

Nick Hornby and Helena Bonham Carter are turning to TV for their latest project. 

Author Nicky Hornby earned an Oscar nomination for his script to the film Brooklyn -  his latest work is TV drama, Love Nina, which starts tonight on BBC One. 

It's based on the award-winning book by Nina Stibbe, about a nanny in a north London home, and stars Helena Bonham Carter as the children's mother. 

With that calibre, we'll definitely be checking it out. 

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Joe Jonas gets saucy in new DNCE video

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DNCE's breakout single Cake By The Ocean is still going strong, more than six months after it was released.

Speaking to the BBC last month, the band admitted the song's long run at the top end of the charts had delayed plans for a follow up - but the wait is finally over.

Toothbrush is the second single from their EP Swaay, and tells the story of what happens when a relationship moves to the next level. To whit, Joe Jonas sings: "you can leave your toothbrush at my place". How romantic.

The video features Jonas cavorting around with Swimsuit Illustrated model Ashley Graham - who has become an advocate for more realistically-shaped fashion models.

She is currently campaigning for the term , saying: I've got plenty of friends [of all sizes] and different shapes and everything and I don't want any of them to feel like they aren't 'real women.'"

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John Barrowman head over heels on Loose Women

John Barrowman has had an eventful appearance on Loose Women.

He joined the ladies for their live trail into This Morning but when he put his feet up on the table to show off the high heels he was wearing, things went a bit wrong....  

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But don't worry he's ok. Thank goodness for that, we hear you cry!  

The show tweeted a little film of the aftermath to prove he had made a full recovery. 

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Speaking on the show later, Barrowman said he used his stunt training from his new show Arrow and when he felt he was falling went into "tuck and roll" to protect himself. 

To end his visit to the The Loose Women studio, the gang then got him to have his legs waxed - so he could experience a little of what it is like to be a woman. 

Bet he's glad he got out of bed this morning. 

School of Rock heading to West End in November

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The stage version of The School of Rock is coming to London's West End in November.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is already a hit on Broadway where it premiered last autumn. Based on the 2003 film starring Jack Black, the musical will open at the New London Theatre on 14 November, replacing Show Boat which is closing four months earlier than anticipated, in August.

A nationwide search is now under way for 39 children who will appear in the rotating cast.

The Broadway production continues at the Winter Garden Theatre and is currently booking to February 2017.

Whitney Houston estate pulls hologram appearance on The Voice

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Whitney Houston's estate have apparently stopped The Voice US from using a hologram of the star after rehearsal footage was leaked.

The late singer, who died in 2012, was due to duet with Christina Aguilera appear using similar technology to that which brought late rapper Tupac Shakur to life at Coachella.

But after footage appeared online, Whitney's sister-in-law Pat Houston - the executor of her estate-  said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight:

"We were looking to deliver a ground-breaking duet performance for the fans of both artists. Holograms are new technology that take time to perfect, and we believe with artists of this iconic calibre, it must be perfect." 

Whitney’s "devoted fans", it added, "deserve perfection".

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Top Gear teases us again

If you're counting down the days until the start of Top Gear we've got another little teaser trailer to keep you going until the big day on 29 May. 

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Beckhams reimagined as modern day 'gods'

David and Victoria Beckham, by Pegasus

David Beckham and Victoria Beckham have been reimagined as modern day versions of Michelangelo's David and Venus de Milo.

London-based street artist Pegasus said he wanted to "rework classic art that has been admired for centuries... and turn them into modern day celebrities".

The artwork appeared last week on Princelet Street, off Brick Lane in east London. The artist said the originals were being sent to the Beckhams, with Victoria said to be "very flattered".

Sean Penn's movie slammed at Cannes

Sean Penn's latest directorial outing has been savaged at the Cannes Film Festival, where it is playing in competition.

The Last Face stars Charlize Theron as the director of an international aid agency, and Javier Bardem as a doctor.

Critics, including the Telegraph's Tim Robey and the Daily Mail's Baz Bamigoye, were unequivocally damning, following a press screening which ended with loud boos.

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Crowe and Gosling are Nice Guys in London

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Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe were in London last night for the premiere of their new film The Nice Guys. 

The comedy thriller is set in LA in the 1970s and from their larking around on the red carpet, it looks like they bonded. 

Ryan said it was good to have the opportunity to show off their comic skills in the film. 

I think they cast us not because we're funny, but because we're not funny, and that's funny. We're in such ridiculous situations in this movie, and it's so much fun, it's so silly, that I knew it would work because I know that Russell, he doesn't really do anything that doesn't work.

And here's a lovely film of them on the red carpet telling us a bit more about making the movie. 

Cher turns 70

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It's Cher's 70th birthday today - can you Believe it?!

Fans and media are having a field day looking back at seven decades of sequins and big hair. 

No word from the lady herself yet. Let's hope she is having a lie-in, and not in a dark room singing If I Could Turn Back Time.

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Turns out she shares her birthday with Hollywood icon James Stewart. Now there's a double bill we would have liked to have seen!

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Grey's Anatomy star leaving

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Sara Ramirez, who plays Doctor Torres on Grey's Anatomy, is leaving the show after ten years. 

Season 12 ended in States last night and Ramirez tweeted the news of her departure afterwards. 

ABC have confirmed the news, but there are no more details about whether she will return after having time off from the show. 

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Kesha's performance at the Billboard Music Awards is back on after Dr Luke's record label gives it the go-ahead.

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Unseen Bowie pictures

Previously unseen photos of David Bowie are going on display in Los Angeles. 

The images were taken by Markus Klinko, who created the cover for Bowie's 2002 album Heathen and directed the video for his track Valentine's Day. 

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Working with David was one of the best experiences because he knows exactly what he wants. If he gives you the job it's because he wants your input. It's a collaboration in the best sense of the world because he's someone who is going to railroad you into a corner where you just have to execute his commands.

David Bowie
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The reason we have so many shots that are unseen is because once we did the cover for Heathen - which took several hours and which he very precisely had mapped out in his head - he then turned very playful and allowed me to have fun. Some of the images I cherish the most are when there's this element of improvisation.

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David Bowie
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Bowie Unseen at Mr MusicHead Gallery in Hollywood runs until June 15.  

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Glamour at the annual Cannes Aids fundraiser

The annual AmfAR gala took place in Cannes last night - otherwise known as the 'Where we go to kiss Harvey Weinstein's ass' festival, according to Kevin Spacey, who opened the event with a series of impersonations of figures including Johnny Carson, Bill Clinton and Jack Lemmon (check out the suit).

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Among the auction prizes was a week-long stay in Leonardo Di Caprio's Palm Springs home - "something only a few hundred Victoria's Secret models have had" quipped Spacey - a walk-on part in The House of Cards, and a painting by actor Adrien Brody.

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"This is a fish," remarked Brody, drumming up bids for his artwork. "Please bid on this fish." 

Brody's Jumbo Dropfish eventually went for 450,000 euros, just 50,000 euros shy of the 500,000 paid for the House of Cards role. A holiday in DiCaprio's villa was a snip at 300,000 euros. I wonder if it's child-friendly?!

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Uma Thurman auctioned a kiss snapped up by entrepreneur Lapo Elkann, who also paid one million euros for a Ferrari.

Entertainment was provided by Katy Perry (after a quick wardrobe change) and the Village People - sadly no shots are available of stars doing those YMCA moves.

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British artists account for one in six albums sold worldwide

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The huge success of artists like One Direction, Coldplay, Adele and Ellie Goulding means British artists accounted for one in every six albums sold worldwide last year.

The UK's music industry recorded its highest share of the global music market for the second year running - up from 13.7% in 2014 to 17.1% in 2015.

Adele was, unsurprisingly, the driving force - selling 17.4 million copies in just six weeks. Her success marked the eighth time in the last 11 years the global best-seller has come from the UK.

But the British Phonographic Industry, which promotes British music, said the surge in popularity was not being matched by proceeds from advertising-funded streaming websites such as YouTube.

They said the industry made more money from vinyl sales last year than they did from music video streaming, and called for a reform of YouTube's royalty payments.

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Original Beastie Boy John Berry dies aged 52

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John Berry, an original member of the Beastie Boys, died on Thursday at a hospice in Danvers, Massachusetts. He was 52.

His father confirmed the news to Rolling Stone magazine, saying his son suffered from frontal lobe dementia, which had worsened in recent months.

The band was originally formed as a four-piece hardcore punk band named The Young Aborigines in 1978, comprising Michael Diamond (vocals), John Berry (guitar), Adam Yauch (bass) and Kate Schellenbach (drums).

Berry (second from right in the picture above), who was credited with coming up with the Beastie Boys' name, played on the group's first EP Polly Wog Stew, in 1982. He left the group shortly after; and they later found fame with a new line-up featuring Adam "Ad Rock" Horowitz.

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Stars join EU referendum debate

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Jude Law, Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch are among stars who have signed a letter saying Brexit would "damage" the creative industry. 

Almost 300 actors, musicians, writers and artists are backing calls for the UK to stay in the EU. 

They say "vital EU funding" and work across borders has been key to projects from galleries to blockbusters. 

But House of Cards author Lord Dobbs said British success in the industry was "not because of the EU".

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Kanye West rants...again

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Kanye West launched into a major rant on Ellen on Thursday - leaving the normally ebullient host speechless.

The rapper's free-flowing, somewhat incoherent, diatribe namechecked everyone from Picasso and Walt Disney to President Obama and Michael Jackson.

"I know it's daytime TV, but I feel I can make a difference while I'm here," raged the outspoken star. 

Don't tell me about being likeable. We've got a hundred years here. We're one race, the human race, one civilization. We're a blip in the existence of the universe, and we're constantly trying to pull each other down. Not doing things to help each other... I'm an artist, and I feel that I can make things better through my skill set.

West concluded the six-minute oration: "I'm sorry for the realness."  

If you've got some time on your hands, you can watch it here. Or just take our word for it.

Morning all

Thank Crunchie, it's Friday! (other chocolate bars are available).

As Cannes Film Festival winds down, we'll be checking out what the critics have had to say about this year's films - and bringing you all the glamour from last night's annual AmfAR Aids fundraiser. 

Plus, what Kanye said next...and how he left Ellen speechless.

Stick with us and the weekend will be here before you know it.