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Summary

  1. News and updates for 6 July 2015
  2. Simon Cowell's mother dies, X Factor auditions cancelled
  3. Jurassic World retains US box office lead on Independence Day
  4. Dave Grohl makes stage return

Live Reporting

By Emma Saunders and Mark Savage

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's a wrap!

    And with that we must bring our live page to a close for the day - has it been eight hours already?

    If you're just joining us scroll down for updates on Comic-Con, the Back to the Future concert, Lionel Richie celebrating his first UK number one album in 23 years and much more.

    We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:30 BST so do join us then.

  2. Is my lobby too Bootylicious for you?

    Beyonce building

    Beyonce's already a towering giant of the music industry. Now she's becoming a giant tower.

    Aussie architects Elenberg Fraser have designed a skyscraper based on the superstar's curves, which will dominate the Melbourne skyline.

    In a blog on their website, the firm say the building was inspired by the video for Ghost, in which Mrs Carter dances under both a black veil and a silver bodystocking.

    See if you can spot the difference.

    Beyonce video
    The Beyonce Building
  3. What to expect at Comic-Con

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    The San Diego Comic-Con kicks off in three days and, although Marvel's film division has pulled out, there are plenty of exclusives planned - from Doctor Who to Star Wars.

    The Hollywood Reporter rounds up the big panels and potential surprise appearances.

    Meanwhile, if you're planning to attend the event in costume, organisers have issued an unintentionally hilarious reminder about the weapons policy.

    Remember, if you simply have to bring a foam sword, it must be tied to your outfit in such a way that it can't be drawn.

  4. Lemony Snicket update

    Lemony Snicket trailer

    Apparently Netflix is not behind the mysterious Lemony Snicket trailer we showed you earlier - but never fear, the series based on Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events book series is definitely still happening.

  5. Ballet breakthrough

    Misty Copeland

    Ballerina Misty Copeland, who recently became the first African-American woman to be a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, is about to grab another first with a debut on Broadway.

    Copeland is due to join a revival of On the Town from 24 August to 6 September, playing Miss Turnstiles, a love interest of a sailor on shore leave in 1940s New York.

    "I don't know if I know what I'm in for. It's going to be a huge challenge for me. It's quite a departure from what I'm used to. But I love a challenge and I think it's going to help me grow as an artist,'' Copeland said.

    We all know she's a top dancer but can she sing?

    "I can carry a tune. We'll see what happens," she said. "I'm excited. I'm a Virgo and we're a little bit anal and we're definitely hard workers, so I'm going to put my all into this."

  6. Neville joins Charlatans

    Gary Neville

    Football star Gary Neville joined one of his favourite bands at the weekend as he took to the stage with The Charlatans.

    The gig, for just 150 fans, took place at the former Manchester United star's Hotel Football in Old Trafford.

    He played guitar along with the band as they performed Just When You're Thinking Things Over.

    The audience seemed to enjoy it, while frontman Tim Burgess told the Manchester Evening News: "It was great - best part of the night so far."

    So if the Sky punditry work ever dries up Gary, you should have a word in Tim's ear.

  7. Alesha under fire

    Britain's Got Talent judge and singer Alesha Dixon got some stick for her rendition of God Save the Queen at this weekend's British Grand Prix.

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    But not everyone thought it was terrible:

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    And Alesha was quick to defend herself tweeting: "There's a difference between getting the words wrong and choosing to sing a particular version! Boring story, very sad!"

  8. Monet's lilies

    Waterlilies

    Monet's famous lily paintings might never have been created had his neighbours had their way.

    Local farmers wrote to the town hall to object to his plans to extend his garden at Giverny in northern France in 1893.

    The original documents about the case were unearthed by Ann Dumas, co-curator of the Royal Academy's Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse exhibition.

    "There was a protest from local farmers who were very suspicious of these strange aquatic plants that Monet wanted to plant because they they would poison their water and kill their cattle," she said.

    Read the full story.

  9. BBC quality 'will not be affected'

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Labour MP Seema Malhotra asked whether the culture secretary could guarantee the BBC would continue to be a world-class broadcaster after taking on the £600m-plus cost of free licence fees.

    Mr Whittingdale replied: "This announcement is the result of an agreement with the BBC and I am confident the BBC will be able to continue the sort of world-class programming she has just described."

  10. Licence fee 'will not be means tested'

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    The SNP's John Nicolson asked if the BBC will be allowed to introduce means testing for the licence fee.

    Mr Whittingdale said all over-75s will continue to get free TV licence fees during this parliament. After that, it will be a matter for the BBC.

    The case for decriminalisation of the licence fee and the future scale and scope of the BBC will be considered during the charter renewal process, he added.

  11. BBC will take on licence fee costs

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    John Whittingdale speaks to Parliament

    John Whittingdale, the culture secretary, has confirmed in Parliament that the BBC will meet the cost of paying for free licence fees for the over-75s.

    The policy will be phased in from 2018, with the BBC taking on full costs in the financial year 2020 to 2021.

    "The government is pleased that the BBC has agreed to play its part to contributing in reductions in spending like much of the rest of the public sector," he said.

    "As part of these new arrangements, the government will ensure the BBC can adapt to a changing media landscape," he added, saying that legislation to extend the licence fee to catch-up services, like the iPlayer, would be brought forward "in the next year".

    Shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant said it was an "an utter shambles" that Sunday papers had been briefed in advance about the the policy.

    Mr Bryant said this is "no way to run a whelk stall let alone the world's most respected broadcaster".

    He added that the public and parliament should have been consulted on the future of the BBC's funding.

  12. New season at National

    Ann-Marie Duff

    Anne-Marie Duff is returning to the National Theatre in DH Lawrence's Husbands & Sons later this year.

    A new play by Caryl Churchill, titled Here We Go, will also be staged, alongside Damon Albarn and Moira Buffini's wonder.land, which premiered at the Manchester International Festival last week.

    Click here to find out more of what's on offer from the July to January season.

    Meanwhile, the former editor-in-chief of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, has been appointed to the Board of the National Theatre.

  13. Back to the Future rocks in concert

    Genevieve Hassan, Entertainment reporter

    Back to the Future in concert

    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of classic film Back to the Future, London's Royal Albert Hall hosted a special screening with the score performed live on stage by the 21st Century Orchestra, conducted by Ludwig Wicki.

    The score's composer, Alan Silvestri, agreed to share 15 minutes of new music for the event, which was peppered throughout the film.

    How could we resist getting our Marty McFly on?

    We went along with hundreds of other fans who must have watched the film a million times, but still cheered wildly at all the pertinent moments.

    We weren't allowed to film during the actual movie screening, but here's a bit of the end credits for you to experience the joy of the brass and string sections.

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    After the intermission, fans were treated to a surprise performance of the theme used in Back to the Future 3.

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    And after the closing bars of the score, Wicki returned to the stage for not one, but three curtain calls, with the crowd shouting for an encore which sadly didn't materialise.

    But the disappointment didn't last long, because a Delorean was conveniently parked outside the hall, to the delight of fans.

    Then we made like a tree, and got out of there.

    Delorean
    Delorean
  14. Marvel Experience to close

    Captain America

    Avengers dissemble: The Marvel Experience, a high-tech travelling theme park, has cancelled most of its US summer tour.

    The show, including 360 degree projections, 4D motion ride and holograms, will skip planned dates in Chicago, New York and St Louis.

    And we have no idea why, although refunds will be given.

    The show was produced by the same team who brought the ill-fated Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark to Broadway,.

    Back to the drawing board.

  15. Shaun's Show

    (L-R) Shaun the Sheep, Shaun the Sheep, Shaun the Sheep, Shaun the Sheep, etc...

    This week, 70 hand-painted Shaun The Sheep statues will appear around Bristol, as part of a fund-raising effort for children's hospitals.

    The figures are a lot of fun but, says artist Jenny Urquhart, they're a nightmare to paint.

    "It's a massive surface area and it's a really awkward shape. Painting things like the underneath and the legs is a killer, particularly when doing really fine detail. You bang your head on his chin and his tail every half hour."

    Read more about the project.

  16. Superman lives?

    Nicolas Cage

    Now here's an afternoon treat for you. Remember the ill-fated Superman Lives, a blockbuster which never actually made it to the big screen?

    Well, Tim Burton's ill-fated project is now the subject of a documentary, aptly titled The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?

    And the LA Times have got a first look at a clip featuring Nicolas Cage, who was to star in the film.

    Have a gander at the long-haired superhero during his costume test. Hmmm.

    The documentary will be released on 9 July on DVD.

  17. Has the BBC received a 'hospital pass?'

    Marc Williams

    Newsnight Election Producer

    Callum McManaman's tackle on Massadio Haidara

    There's a term in football called a "hospital pass". This is defined as "a pass to a player likely to be tackled heavily as soon as the ball is received."

    Following credible reports that George Osborne is going to offload the £650m annual cost of providing free TV licences to the over 75s, it seems that the Chancellor is about to give the BBC one of those hospital passes.

    Let's play a game of "good chart, bad chart" for the BBC, Let's start with the bad chart:

    Number of people over 75, UK

    This obligation is manifestly a demographic time bomb which will detonate at yearly interviews as the number of over 75s continues to grow over the next twenty years. Indeed, the number will nearly double in that period.

    So, what about the good chart? Here is BBC analysis of use of iPlayer by demographic.

    iPlayer use by demographic

    The quid pro quo for taking on the over 75s obligation is that the BBC might be allowed to charge for use of iPlayer. Here the demographics are working in the BBC's favour. At a time when linear television watching (and ownership) among 16-34s is in decline, iPlayer viewership among that same group has been stable. 

    Whether these people would continue to want to watch BBC content if they had to pay for it remains to be seen. However, at a time when the BBC is faced with a long-term existential threat to the licence fee, the short term hit (and it would be considerable) suffered by taking on the free licence fee cost might in the long run be offset by financially binding in a group of people who might otherwise disappear over the horizon, never to be seen again.

  18. Now you can blow up Jeff Koons' artworks

    Jeff Koons looks at one of his artworks from the Balloon Dog series

    Jeff Koons is known for his brightly-coloured, cartoonish artworks - such as the balloon dog series (shown above).

    While many find his work refreshing and carefree, others brand it kitsch, crass and cynical.

    If you're in the latter camp, you'll be pleased to hear you can now blow the artist's sculptures to smithereens with a rocket launcher.

    The opportunity comes in Hunter Jonakin's video game Jeff Koons Must Die!!! which has just gone on display at Berlin's KW Institute of Contemporary Art.

    However, if you do choose to destroy an artwork, an animated Koons will set the museums guard's on you (along with lawyers, assistants and curators).

    "In the end, the game is unwinnable, and acts as a comment on the fine art studio system, museum culture, art and commerce, hierarchical power structures, and the destructive tendencies of gallery goers, to name a few," says Jonakin on his website.

  19. Can you create a language?

    Are you fluent in Gobblefunk? Eloquent in Elvish? Versed in Sindarin?

    They're all fictional dialects created by (in order) Roald Dahl, JRR Tolkien and George RR Martin.

    But what is the point of inventing a language? And how do they serve fiction?

    Professional bookworm Hephzibah Anderson investigates over on the BBC Culture website.

  20. Taylor Swift threw a big Independence Day party

    Taylor Swift had a short break in her 1989 world tour for Independence Day weekend but instead of putting her feet up and watching back-to-back episodes of Game of Thrones like any sane person would, she threw a humongous showbiz party.

    Guests included supermodel Gigi Hadid, super DJ Calvin Harris, super sisters Haim and super ginger Ed Sheeran.

    And, just to rub it in, she put the pictures on Instagram. 

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  21. Vanessa Williams gets married

    Vanessa Williams and Jim Skrip

    Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives star Vanessa Williams married her fiance Jim Skrip at the weekend.

    The 52-year-old tied the knot in front of family and friends, People magazine reports.

    The couple met on a trip down the Nile in Egypt, she told Madame Noire earlier this year.

    "I wasn't looking for anything. I'd been alone for a number of years and divorced for 10," she said. "He happened to be travelling alone and happened to know who I was but wasn't a super fan. He accepted me for who I was after a wonderful first three-hour date of talking about ourselves. We found out we had a lot of things in common. Three years later we're getting married."

    As well as her acting career, Williams is a former Miss America, who scored a number one in the 1990s with Save the Best for Last,

  22. Minaj just about makes it

    BBC Newsbeat

    Radio 1 and 1Xtra

    Nicki Minaj

    Even the rich and famous can't do much about the traffic, as Nicki Minaj found out to her cost on Sunday.

    The rapper was due to be David Guetta's supporting act at the Wireless Festival in London but arrived two hours late.

    A message which flashed up on screen said: "Special announcement: We are told that she was due to be speeding down the M1 from Luton Airport as we speak but we have lost contact with her, we are hoping that she will be here soon."

    Minaj had performed at a festival in Denmark the previous night.

    She finally made it on stage to perform a song with Guetta.

    The rapper told the crowd: "Our plane couldn't get out because of the weather but I want to tell you how much I love y'all. I want to tell you how much I appreciate you guys for showing up from day one."

    We suggest a helicopter next time, Nicki.

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  23. Grateful Dead say farewell

    Grateful Dead

    Rock stalwarts The Grateful Dead, who have been together for 50 years, bowed out with a gig at Soldier Field at the weekend.

    The farewell show came 20 years after the death of their lead guitarist, Jerry Garcia.

    The surviving four members were joined by three other musicians, and opened with China Cat Sunflower and I Know You Rider.

    Fans - known as "Deadheads" - who were unable to get tickets were able to watch a simulcast on cable TV.

    The band ended with Buddy Holly's Not Fade Away, Touch of Grey and the Attics of my Life.

    Before the last songs, bass player Lesh told the crowd: "God bless you all, and thank you for listening."

  24. BBC changes format of Wimbledon 2Day

    Wimbledon 2Day

    The BBC is revamping the format of its Wimbledon highlights programme Wimbledon 2Day after a week of negative press coverage.

    The show, presented by Clare Balding, is believed to have received hundreds of complaints over its format, in which experts like Lindsay Davenport and John McEnroe stood awkwardly amidst a live studio audience.

    Viewers were also dissatisfied by the lack of highlights, with airtime given over to home videos of babies playing tennis.

    Announcing the changes, a BBC spokeswoman said: "We said from the outset that Wimbledon 2Day would evolve throughout the championship.

    "Of course we listen to audience feedback and that helps to shape the changes we make.

    "We have moved to a new location, on top of the Centre Court building, which gives an excellent backdrop of the heart of Wimbledon, as the Championship builds to its climax."

  25. Hello Kitty movie planned

    Hello Kitty

    If Angry Birds can have a movie, why not Hello Kitty?

    The famous feline, originally drawn by designer Yuko Shimizu to appeal to kindergarten children, is being propelled towards the cinema by its owners Sanrio.

    The project is expected to cost $162m to $242m (£104 to £155m) - including marketing costs - and is due in cinemas in 2019.

    Sanrio already makes $759m (£488m) from the character each year. But did you know she's not a cat? She's supposed to be a school girl named Kitty White, who was born in the London suburbs.

  26. Dalai Lama portrait

    Dalai Lama

    To mark the 80th birthday of the Dalai Lama, this portrait by British artist Chris Levine has been unveiled.

    The portrait was photographed using 3D light technology, similar to Levine's portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2012.

    All proceeds from sales and royalties will go to charities involved in the relief effort in the Himalayas following the recent earthquake in Nepal.

    Levine says much of his work is inspired by the practice of meditation, so it must have been an honour to meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.

  27. Is this a Lemony Snicket trailer?

    Lemony Snicket trailer

    It's 11 years since Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events was made into a movie, and fans have long accepted that a sequel is not forthcoming.

    But last November, Netflix announced it had acquired the rights to the 13-book series, which it planned to adapt into a live-action TV show.

    The children's books tell the tale of three orphaned children and their villainous uncle Count Olaf (Jim Carrey in the movie) as they try to uncover the secret of their parents' death.   

    The creepy, sinister tone of the novels is maintained in this trailer, which was uploaded to a YouTube account in the name of Eleanora Poe -  the editor of a fictitious newspaper called The Daily Punctilio in the series.

    While Netflix hasn't claimed ownership of the trailer, the use of a fictional character's YouTube channel is a neat nod to how the books blur the line between text and real life.

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  28. NME to go free

    NME

    Influential music magazine the NME is to go free after its circulation fell to 15,000, its publishers have announced.

    The £2.50 cover price will be waived and the print run boosted to 300,000. Copies will be distributed at train stations, retailers and student unions.

    "NME is already a major player and massive influencer in the music space, but with this transformation we'll be bigger, stronger and more influential than ever before," said the magazine's editor, Mike Williams.

    The publication will become free from 18 September.

    Read the press release.

  29. Lionel Richie toasts his fans

    Lionel Richie

    Lionel Richie has topped the album chart, after his Glastonbury set prompted a huge sales spike.

    New converts and lapsed fans snapped up copies of greatest hits album Lionel Richie & The Commodores: The Definitive Collection, sending it shooting up from 104 to number one.

    The collection had previously peaked at number 10 when it was released in 2003.

    As soon as the news was announced, Richie raised a glass to his fans.

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  30. Chris Moyles to join XFM?

    Chris Moyles

    There's been no confirmation yet but this story is everywhere - former BBC Radio 1 breakfast host, Chris Moyles, is apparently joining alternative music station XFM.

    According to several newspapers, he will replace Jon Holmes on XFM Breakfast from September.

    This rumour follows on from last week's rumblings about Vernon Kay possibly joining XFM too in a mid-morning slot.

    Watch this space.

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  31. Elsa climbs baby name list

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Elsa from Frozen

    The Frozen bandwagon shows no signs of stopping - as a generation of Elsa's is born in the US.

    The name has now re-entered the chart of the top 500 most popular baby for the first time in nearly 100 years.

    A total of 1,131 babies born last year in the US were named Elsa, making it the 286th most common name given to newborn girls.

    There was no big leap in the chart for Anna though, Elsa's sister in the movie.

    Read the full story.

  32. Who will be the first Friday chart-topper?

    Official Chart logo

    This week sees the Top 40 countdown move to Friday nights, as the music industry adopts a new "global release strategy" - meaning new music is released at the same time everywhere.

    The shift means that this week's chart will be compiled from five days of sales, instead of the usual seven.

    It could have an interesting effect on the Top 10, as artists with big fanbases tend to see a sales peak at the start of the week; while perennial hits (like Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud) sell/stream consistently throughout the sales period.

    So if the first Friday chart could be weighted in favour of new music, who stands to benefit?

    The Official Charts Company has helpfully published a list of all the week's new releases; with Mark Ronson, Nathan Sykes, and US girlband Fifth Harmony all vying for the top spot.

    But our money is on BBC Sound of 2015 winners Years & Years, whose second single Shine is already at number 5 in the UK airplay chart.

    Read the new release line-up on The Official Charts site.

  33. Dinos roar

    Jurassic World

    Jurassic World held on to the top spot at the North American box office over the Independence Day weekend, holding off Terminator Geneisys and Magic Mike XXL (both of which had adult ratings).

    The dinosaur sequel has now been number one for four weeks, and took an estimated $30.9m (£19.8m) between Friday and Sunday.

    Pixar's Inside Out took $30.1m (£19.3m) in its third weekend of release.

    Terminator Genisys, the fifth film in the Schwarzenegger series, made $28.7m (£18.4m) over the weekend.

    Back in 1993, Jurassic Park also won the battle with Arnie - it held off Last Action Hero to take top spot.

  34. Damon Albarn carried off stage after five-hour set

    Damon Albarn carried off stage

    Damon Albarn was carried off stage by security staff this weekend after he refused to end a five-hour set at the Roskilde Festival. 

    The Blur frontman was playing with his Africa Express side-project, and was joined onstage by the likes of Laura Mvula, Songhoy Blues, Nick Zinner and Jeff Woote.

    He was still going at four in the morning when organisers intervened - but he didn't go down without a fight.

    After playing The Clash's Should I Stay Or Should I Go, he encouraged the crowd to protest at the plug being pulled. 

    "You want more, we're going to give you more," Albarn declared, before two guards emerged, put the singer's jacket over his shoulders and lifted him off stage.

    The incident was captured on video by fan Yulia Galkina.

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  35. Grohl back on stage

    NME

    Dave Grohl

    The Foo Fighters are back!

    The US band have played their first concert since they were forced to cancel several European shows (including Glastonbury) after Dave Grohl broke his leg performing in Sweden.

    And the famous frontman wasn't in the mood to be subtle. He took to the stage in a giant throne so he could perform whilst resting his injured leg.

    The performance was part of a 20th anniversary concert at the Robert F Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington DC.

    Other acts on the bill included Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and LL Cool J.

    Welcome back, Dave.

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  36. X Factor auditions called off as Cowell mourns mother

    Julie Cowell, Simon Cowell, Sinitta

    The first live auditions for X Factor have been cancelled after Simon Cowell's mother died at the weekend.

    Judges were due to start hearing acts in Manchester this afternoon, but the try-outs will no longer go ahead.

    Julie Cowell died yesterday at the age of 89, the family announced. She was the mother to four boys - Nicholas, Simon, Tony and Michael - and step-mother to John and June.

    "Today our beloved mum Julie passed away," they said in a statement.

    "Anyone who had met her would know what a truly special and kind lady she was. We are heartbroken and will miss her terribly, but she is now at peace."

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  37. While you were away

    Douglas family

    Some stories from the weekend you may have missed.

    • Actress Diana Douglas, the first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother to Michael Douglas, has died. [Read more]
    • Lionel Richie has gone to number one in the album charts, after a Glastonbury-inspired sales boost. [Read more]
    • The BBC will have to cover the £650m cost of providing free TV licences to the over-65s. [Read more]
    • Dozens of people gatecrashed the Wireless festival in London after a security door was unlocked. [Read more]
  38. Get involved

    Emma Saunders

    Entertainment reporter

    If you've got an opinion on today's news; or a story you think we've missed, drop us a line.

    Our email address is entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk.

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  39. Good morning

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter

    Good morning and welcome to Monday's live page. We'll be bringing you all the latest updates from the worlds of art, culture and entertainment from now until 16:30.

    Our art correspondent is down at the Royal Academy for the launch of the forthcoming exhibition Painting the Modern Garden; and we'll be looking ahead to the first-ever Friday chart countdown. Plus all the breaking news across the day.