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  1. Updates from 8 April 2016
  2. Charlize Theron joins Fast and Furious 8
  3. Eastenders' Beales to face 'explosive storyline'
  4. All Saints release comeback album

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By Chris Long and Genevieve Hassan

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  1. Goodbye

    Chris Long

    Entertainment reporter

    That's all from us for the day and, in fact, the week. Thanks for joining us. We'll be back on Monday morning with more entertainment and arts news from around the world.

    And in case you wondered what we're up to this weekend, we're going to try something new - just like Stephen Colbert did when he invited the Japanese music phenomenon Babymetal onto his show for their US TV debut.

    Hopefully, whatever we try over the next two days will get a better reaction than the straight-faced thanks the talk show host gave the band.

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  2. Max and Paddy's Phoenix Nights motorhome up for auction

    Phoenix Nights motorhome

    TV memorabilia takes different forms, but you won't find many more unusual items than the one currently listed for auction online - a motorhome from Peter Kay's hugely popular series, Phoenix Nights.

    The show - set in the fictional Phoenix Club and featuring its management, staff and clientele - ran for two series on Channel 4 in 2001 and 2002.

    Fans will remember it closed with the club's bouncers Max and Paddy - played by Kay and fellow comic Paddy McGuinness - driving off in a motorhome.

    It set the scene for the spin-off series Max and Paddy's Road To Nowhere, which saw the pair travel around in the vehicle.

    The eagle-eyed will know that the motorhome they left in and the one they took out on the open road were two different models - and it's the original one that has been offered up for sale.

    According to the seller, it doesn't run any more, has no MOT and has a faulty seatbelt. But on the plus side, it does have a TV aerial, so if Phoenix Nights is ever repeated, you could tune in and watch its appearance from the comfort of its living area.

    Bidding stands at £3,600 and the auction closes later - we'll bring you the sale price on Monday.

  3. Melissa McCarthy WILL appear in Gilmore Girls reunion

    Melissa McCarthy

    It's the final piece of puzzle in the jigsaw for fans of Gilmore Girls. 

    Melissa McCarthy has confirmed she will now appear in the new episodes of the show.

    The rest of the main cast had revealed they were coming back for four movie-length episodes that will go out on Netflix, but McCarthy told Ellen Degeneres that her busy schedule meant they had only just managed to make it work.

    She said the show had been "near and dear" to her heart and she was "so excited" and "very happy to go back to Stars Hollow".

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  4. Harry Potter star ordered to pay agent 286,000 euros

    Devon Murray in 2005

    Devon Murray, who played Seamus Finnigan in the Harry Potter films, and his parents have been ordered to pay the actor's former agent more than 260,000 euros (£210,000) in unpaid commission.

    Murray's former agent Neil Brooks claimed he was owed 286,000 euros (£231,000) in fees by the actor and his parents after securing a higher salary for the actor in the third and fourth Potter films. 

    He was later sacked after Mrs Murray claimed he failed to protect her son when pictures of him smoking when he was 13 appeared in newspapers.

    The court found the agency agreement was valid but ordered the amount sought should be reduced.

    Mrs Murray also told the court the family had no money despite her son's earnings from the film role, which totaled nearly one million euros (£808,000).

    She said he had "gone out drinking, taken out girls and bought cars, because that is what teenage boys do".

    Speaking after the case, the actor said there were a lot of things he put his money into, including buying horses - which he thought was a good idea at the time - and property. 

    "It wasn't all women, cars and drink," he added.

  5. Angelina Jolie Pitt to talk on refugee crisis for the BBC

    Angelina Jolie Pitt

    Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie Pitt is to give a keynote speech on the refugee crisis as part of a special day of BBC News programming. 

    The star is a UN special envoy and will deliver her speech in a session hosted by the Today programme's Mishal Husain. It will be broadcast live on Radio 4, BBC World Service and BBC World News on 16 May. 

    Jolie Pitt said she was "looking forward to exploring these issues with the BBC and its global audience". 

    She said:

    Quote Message: The debate on the refugee crisis is often polarised and based on fear and misconceptions. We need to have a rational discussion that focuses on how we strengthen the systems designed to protect those fleeing war and persecution, while understanding and taking into account the concerns of citizens in host countries. Above all, we need to address the conflict and insecurity that are the root causes of the mass movement of refugees.
  6. Hugh Dancy joins Fifty Shades Darker

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    Hugh Dancy

    British actor Hugh Dancy has signed up to star in Fifty Shades sequel Fifty Shades Darker.

    Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will reprise their roles in the film, which sees Anastasia Steele start a new job while dealing with the reappearance of some of Christian Grey's former flames.

    Dancy, who is married to Homeland star Claire Danes, will play Dr John Flynn - the psychiatrist Christian begins seeing after the reappearance of his former lover Elena “Robinson” Lincoln (played by Kim Basinger). 

    If you're familiar with the books, you'll know it was Elena who initiated Christian into the world of sado-masochism. Oo-er.

    The author of the Fifty Shades books, E L James, tweeted her approval of the casting.

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  7. Audience boo violent Royal Opera House production

    Lucia di Lammermoor

    The opening night of a production of Lucia di Lammermoor has been booed by the audience at the Royal Opera House.

    The production of Donizetti's tragic opera, directed by Katie Mitchell, had been preceded by warnings of explicit sex scenes and violence.

    It featured extra scenes that included a miscarriage on stage.

    Charlotte Higgins, chief culture writer for the Guardian who was in the audience, called the reception "pretty extraordinary".

    "It was booed as much as it was cheered, so there was a real feeling of division in the audience", she told the Today programme.

    German soprano Diana Dammar, who plays the role of Lucia, defended the production saying: "This production is not for the sake of showing off blood."

    Lucia di Lammermoor

    The production has divided critics - while Higgins called it "an incredibly powerful production" with "extraordinary performances from the cast", that left her "moved and completely compelled by it", The Guardian's Rupert Christiansen gave the opera two stars calling it "too leaden even for the hecklers".

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  8. Sharing shameful music tales in #indieamnesty

    Are you barred from a venue for an "incident" with a member of a band? Have you ever ripped off a rock star to get money for the phone? Did you fall asleep in a band's bass bin while they were playing? Then worry not - Twitter has the hashtag for you.

    Started by The Rhythm Method's Rowan Martin, who wanted to share his shame at writing lyrics about porridge, #indieamnesty has seen the great and the good (and the not-so-great or good) own up to some embarrassing moments.

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    DJ Erol Alkan, former Deputy PM John Prescott and Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos all confessed.

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    Once the ball was rolling, there were plenty of people willing to join in and admit some remarkable things.

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    Things are dying down now - it seems the amnesty might well be over, so if you have a sorry tale about giving Radiohead's Thom Yorke the wrong directions to the toilets or pushing Oasis out of the way at a bar to meet their support band, maybe you should keep it to yourself now.

    Oh, and in case you wondered, all of those examples at the top of this update are ones that 6Music's Lauren Laverne owned up to. What a legend.

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  9. Dev Patel's 'mathematical bromance'

    Dev Patel

    Dev Patel's latest film, The Man Who Knew Infinity, is a period drama telling the story of one of the greatest mathematicians in history.

    We know, a film about maths is probably a hard sell - but the Slumdog Millionaire star says the film is a "mathematical bromance" between him and his co-star Jeremy Irons.

    We spoke to the star about his latest role, hating his first trip to India and why he doesn't mind being typecast any more.

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  10. Rogue One filmed on the London Underground?

    Felicity Jones in Rogue One

    Cometh the Star Wars trailer, cometh the picking apart, and the latest promo for Rogue One is no different.

    Fans of the franchise have been poring over the new teaser for clues to what the film will contain and have stumbled on an unexpected twist - that one of the scenes was filmed not in a galaxy far, far away, but on the London Underground.

    The Guardian reports that fans have claimed a scene in the clip appears to show the film's central character Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones, fleeing stormtroopers not in the Death Star, but on the Jubilee Line platform at the remodeled but recognisable Canary Wharf station.

    Not everyone is convinced it is Canary Wharf though, with others guessing that it could be North Greenwich, Canada Water or Westminster.

    A lot of the filming for the last Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, took place in the UK and Ireland, with Pinewood Studios near London being heavily used, so chances are the team behind Rogue One have been around these parts again.

    Here's a picture of the station and some of those tweets claiming its the Rogue One location - it does look like a good fit, but we'll let you make your own mind up.

    Jubilee Line at Canary Wharf
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  11. Ross Kemp returns to Albert Square

    They say a picture paints a thousand words, but for Eastenders fans, Ross Kemp's selfie in Albert Square daubs just four in an excited scrawl - Grant Mitchell is back.

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  12. Vladimir Putin 'liked BBC's War and Peace'

    War and Peace

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he enjoyed the BBC's recent TV adaptation of War and Peace.

    Speaking at a media forum held by the All-Russian Popular Front political movement, the president said he loved patriot films, specifically the 1966 Oscar-winning Russian language version of Tolstoy's classic.

    But Mr Putin said he was also impressed by English language versions of the novel - especially the BBC's version starring Lily James and James Norton.

    He said:

    Quote Message: I also watched it and I liked it. It seems to me that they were able after all to capture the Russian soul, the epoch and the depth of Tolstoy’s thought.
  13. Charlize Theron to star in next Fast and Furious film

    Mad Max: Fury Road star Charlize Theron is to star in the eighth instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise.

    Universal Pictures announced the actress will join stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez in the film to be released in April next year.

    Although no plot details were given, Universal said Theron would be the crew's "greatest adversary ever".

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  14. Kermit's New Girl

    Miss Piggy needs to watch out, as New Girl's Zooey Deschanel has fulfilled a "lifelong dream" and partnered Kermit on stage. 

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  15. EastEnders' Beales to face 'explosive storyline' in summer

    Christian and Jane in Eastenders

    Given what they've been through in recent years, you'd forgive the Eastenders' Beale family if they were yearning for a quiet life. 

    Happily (for us viewers) that's not what bosses have in mind for them, as they're set for "an explosive storyline" involving the return of "two familiar faces".

    And while the powers that be won't give any details of what will happen, they have revealed the returners are John Partridge and Lynda Baron, who will reprise their roles as Jane Beale's brother Christian and mother Linda.

    Christian has not been away from the Square too long, as he returned last summer for Ian and Jane's wedding in the 30th anniversary live specials, but Linda was last seen in 2009, when she left for Florida with her husband Roger.

    Partridge says he's "thrilled" to make the return, which will be on screen in the summer:

    Quote Message: Christian is never far from my mind - I turn my back for five minutes and look what happens!
  16. Jennifer Lawrence reveals she's no good at partying hard

    Jennifer Lawrence

    It's a scenario most will recognise - heading out to see a concert you've been excited about for ages, you meet some friends for a few drinks beforehand and everything goes a little skew-whiff from there.

    Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence certainly does, as her admission to Harper's Bazaar goes to show.

    Alongside discussing her films, she also revealed - in technicolour terms - that's she's not cut out for partying, as she discovered while at Adele's recent show in LA, though thankfully she had showbiz pal on hand to help her through the worst.

    Quote Message: I'm kind of a bummer. I'm a nana. It's hard to get me out, and when I do go out I don't really stay out late. If I do stay out late and I'm partying hard, I will throw up. I don't have the tolerance to black out; I just start puking.
    Quote Message: Ask Emma Stone. It was the night we saw Adele in LA. She just started rubbing my back. She was really sweet. I was like, 'Get out of here. It's so gross'.

    We feel for you, J-Law. We've all been there.

  17. Chris Rock and Jack White on Andre 3000 album?

    Chris Rock has posted a photo of himself and a few of his celebrity mates, including Jack White, suggesting that are working on a new Andre 3000 album together. 

    We're not sure if this is just a big tease or what Rock's role is in all this, but we'd love to hear it. 

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  18. No red flags for Red Flag

    All Saints

    It's 10 years since All Saints last put out an album - Studio 1, which met mixed reviews on its release - so expectations are understandably high for Red Flag, which is out today.

    But has it been worth the wait? The reviews we've read suggest for the most part, it has.

    Giving it four out of five stars, Digital Spy's Lewis Corner said it "feels like an album created for themselves, first and foremost. And for that reason, it sounds like some of the strongest, most genuine material All Saints have ever recorded".

    Time Out's Nick Levine also hands it four stars, saying it "succeeds above all because it feels grown-up without being boring" and that "give or take one soppy ballad, All Saints have made an impressively sin-free return".

    The Guardian's Harriet Gibsone is more restrained, calling the album a "pop comeback beset by rogue energies" in a three-star review.

    And forgoing a star rating completely, the Daily Mail's Adrian Thrills nevertheless is upbeat about the album, stating that "the R&B-tinged pop of All Saints was always a more laid-back proposition than the entertaining silliness of the Spice Girls, but it has aged well enough here to suggest that this comeback might just last".

  19. Kylie Minogue and Jess Glynne to perform at Queen's 90th birthday

    Kylie Minogue

    Kylie Minogue, Jess Glynne and opera singer Katherine Jenkins will be among the stars to perform at the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations.

    The event, which is part of a four-night celebration, will be hosted by Ant and Dec in May on the private grounds of Windsor Castle.

    Also performing will be soul singer Beverley Knight, actor Martin Clunes and Wolf Hall star Damian Lewis.

    Ant and Dec said they were "honoured to be hosting the special celebration".

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