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Summary

  1. News and updates for 13 April 2016
  2. BBC Proms: 2016 line-up unveiled
  3. Playwright Sir Arnold Wesker dies
  4. First Doctor Strange trailer released

Live Reporting

By Neil Smith and Genevieve Hassan

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye for now

    Neil Smith

    Entertainment reporter

    That's all we have time for on today's live page, but we'll be back tomorrow with the six-strong shortlist for this year's Man Booker International Prize, news of what's in store on BBC Music Day and the official line-up for next month's Cannes Film Festival. Phew!

  2. Kanye inspires Scotland police tweet

    Kanye West

    Who says the police don't have a sense of humour?

    After rapper Kanye West reportedly went to the Scottish island of Skye this week to shoot a video, the team behind Police Scotland's Lochaber and Skye Twitter account were inspired to tweet a Kanye-inspired road safety warning.

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    Read the full story.

  3. Bataclan announces first concerts since Paris attacks

    The Bataclan in March

    The Paris concert hall at the centre of last year's terror attacks is to open with a series of concerts in November, its managers have announced.

    British singer Pete Doherty and the Senegalese star Youssou N'Dour will play the Bataclan on November 16 and 18 respectively.

    US rock band Nada Surf and French group MZ have also been booked to play the concert hall in the east of Paris in December.

    The venue has been shut since Eagles of Death Metal's rock concert on 13 November was stormed by gunmen, resulting in the deaths of 90 people.

  4. Polish director slams 'boys' club' film industry

    Agnieszka Holland

    Cinema is a "boys' club" run by male decision-makers who are reluctant to entrust women with big-budget films, a leading female film director has claimed.

    Agnieszka Holland, whose films include The Secret Garden, Total Eclipse and the Oscar-nominated Europa Europa and In Darkness, also claims that male directors are forgiven more readily than their female counterparts if their films do not succeed at the box office.

    Read more on this story.

  5. Funeral held for This Morning's Denise Robertson

    Pallbearers and mourners at Denise Robertson funeral

    The funeral of This Morning agony aunt Denise Robertson has taken place in her home city of Sunderland.

    Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby

    Presenters Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Eamonn Holmes and his wife Ruth Langsford joined family and friends at Sunderland Minster to pay their respects to a woman Holmes said had been "a national treasure".

    Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Lansgford

    "I don't think we will see anything like that again," Holmes continued. "No one can expect to have a gig for as long as she did - 28 years on one programme."

    Order of service

    Robertson, who had been with the show since it began in 1988, died last month at the age of 83, having revealed in February she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

  6. Potter star goes unnoticed at Potter theme park

    Would you recognise a cast member of the Harry Potter films if they walked past you on the street? Maybe not - but you might be more likely to recognise them if you were at a Harry Potter theme park, where the boy wizard would presumably be on your mind.

    Apparently, though, even then it's unlikely, as actor Jason Isaacs found out yesterday. The star, who played the evil Lucius Malfoy in most of the films, visited Universal Studio's Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction in Los Angeles... and was able to walk about unnoticed.

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    Perhaps it was the lack of his character's trademark blonde hair that disguised him?  

    The star happily snapped pics and selfies beside Hogwarts, in front of the Hogwarts Express train and kissing a Slytherin blazer, while other visitors passed by blissfully unaware.

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  7. Bono's funny solution to tackling Islamic extremism

    BBC Newsbeat

    Bono

    Singer, songwriter, campaigner and bringer of world peace Bono has set out his plan for halting so-called Islamic State in its tracks.

    It involves sending Chris Rock, Amy Schumer and Sacha Baron Cohen behind enemy lines.

    He was speaking in front of a US Senate subcommittee on Tuesday as part of a discussion about violent extremism.

    "Don't laugh, but I think comedy should be deployed," he said.  

    No word yet from Chris and Sacha, but we can't actually print Amy's response...

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  8. Behind the scenes on Citizen Khan tour

    The self-appointed fictional community leader Citizen Khan is leaving the streets of Sparkhill and going on a national tour.

    The comedy character's creator, Adil Ray, has been filmed undergoing his make-up transformation into his bumbling alter ego.

    The actor and writer has been doing warm-up gigs in preparation for the tour, Citizen Khan: They All Know Me!, which starts on 25 April in Bradford.

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    Video caption: Behind the scenes as Citizen Khan prepares for national tour
  9. All Saints recall Top of the Pops trauma

    All Saints

    The return of girlband All Saints has been welcomed by fans after a 10 year hiatus.

    Their latest album Red Flag has just been released in the UK.

    It is nearly 20 years since the anti-Spice Girls burst on to the pop scene with a blend of R&B and attitude.

    But it was an incident on TOTP which still leaves the band cold.

    Quote Message: They were filming images of us to use as a backdrop and they wanted us to take our tops off. from Shazney Lewis
    Shazney Lewis
    Quote Message: Because it was such a huge show, we were told 'if you don't do it, you don't get to go on the show'. from Melanie Blatt
    Melanie Blatt
    Quote Message: We ended up having to compromise with the producers. We dropped our tops to here [indicating her armpits] so it would look like we were topless. from Natalie Appleton
    Natalie Appleton

    The BBC has since said in a statement:

    Quote Message: We're not able to comment on something that is alleged to have happened nearly 20 years ago, but today we seek to ensure that everyone working at the BBC does so in an environment in which they are comfortable.

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  10. CinemaCon: Ghostbusters stars show who's boss

    Ghostbusters cast with Paul Feig

    The female leads of the new Ghostbusters film were also at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, along with the movie's director, Paul Feig.

    They clearly showed him who's boss while posing for photos on a Ghostbusters rug.

    Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt

    Guardians of the Galaxy Chris Pratt was also at the event to promote two films - sci-fi Passengers, in which he stars opposite Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence (pictured above), and The Magnificent Seven, directed by Antoine Fuqua (pictured below).

    Antoine Fuqua and Chris Pratt
  11. BreakingBBC Proms: 2016 line-up unveiled

    Bryn Terfel, Katie Derham, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla and Leonard Elschenbroich

    A David Bowie tribute, a Strictly Come Dancing theme night and a concert in a car park are among the offerings in the 2016 BBC Proms.

    Here's a video to get you in the mood.

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    Video caption: Look ahead to the 2016 season of the world's largest classical music festival.

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  12. Muse want Adele to join them on stage at Glastonbury

    Matt Bellamy

    Now here's an idea we can get behind. Muse singer Matt Bellamy has suggested fellow Glastonbury headliner Adele should join them on stage for a collaboration during their Friday night set. 

    The singer told Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw a "little moment" like that might help ease Adele's nerves before performing in front of the huge Pyramid Stage crowd by herself when she headlines on Saturday.

    Quote Message: She'll obviously have a backstage pass, so the best thing to do would be to come the night before and watch us, and come on and sing a song with us. Come and sing Feeling Good or something and take the pressure off, you know. Like a no pressure little moment like that.
    Adele
    Quote Message: At least watch a few acts and get the feel for the stage before you go on the stage. A lot of people if they're nervous will just lock themselves away and then the first time they'll see it is before they go on. And then they'll really brick it."

    And Muse should know - this will be the third time they've headlined the festival. 

    Quote Message: It's a massive deal, it's huge. I think we're the first band to have headlined all three nights now. I was particularly happy to see the poster because our name was at the top. I texted Chris Martin the picture of the poster saying, 'keep writing the hits mate, you might get headline billing one day'. He'll love that."

    The band's live tour - which they're performing in the round - kicks off in Birmingham tomorrow. 

  13. FBI offers reward for stolen Warhol information

    Andy Warhol's soup can prints

    The FBI has announced a $25,000 (£17,500) reward for information leading to the recovery of seven Andy Warhol soup can prints stolen from the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri.

    The prints, which are part of a set of 10 created by Warhol in 1962, were stolen in a break-in at the museum in the early hours of 7 April.

    They've been on display at the museum since 1985 and are collectively valued at $500,000 (£351,000).

    Museum director Nick Nelson said:

    Quote Message: For those of us who work at the museum and in Springfield's art community, the theft of these iconic Warhol prints that the museum has had in our permanent collection for 30 years feels like the loss of a family member.

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  14. No 'cop running' for pregnant Suranne Jones

    BBC Radio 2

    Actress Suranne Jones was on Chris Evans's Radio 2 breakfast show earlier to talk about the latest series of police drama Scott & Bailey, which kicks off tonight on ITV at 21:00 BST.

    The latest run is only three episodes, partly because Jones fell pregnant during filming - a condition, she said, that explains why there's not much "cop running" this time around.

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    Video caption: Suranne Jones talks to Chris about series 5 of the ITV drama Scott & Bailey.
  15. Roundhouse remembers 'arts champion' Wesker

    Marcus Davey, Sir Arnold Wesker and Sir Torquil Norman

    Marcus Davey, chief executive and artistic director of the Roundhouse in north London, has added his voice to the tributes being paid to playwright Sir Arnold Wesker.

    In the 1960s Sir Arnold helped convert the building - a former shed used to rotate and service train engines - into Centre 42, the first incarnation of the performing arts hub the Roundhouse is today.

    Quote Message: We're deeply saddened to hear that Sir Arnold Wesker has passed away. Fifty years ago he founded the Roundhouse as an arts centre to champion art for all - a passion and a promise we remain committed to, to this day. He shaped arts and culture as we know it and he will be truly missed.

    Sir Arnold is pictured above with Davey, left, and businessman Sir Torquil Norman, right, in 2006, when the Roundhouse re-opened after a major facelift.

  16. How to get ahead in fashion

    BBC iWonder

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    Video caption: Four fashion gurus give their insight into the fast-paced industry.

    The UK fashion industry is famous for its glamour and creativity - and for being a notoriously difficult place to launch a career.

    But around 800,000 jobs, covering a wide range of roles, are supported by the industry, and BBC iWonder has gathered tips from some of fashion's leading lights on how to get one of them.

    So if you have designs on fashion, watch tips from journalist Sarah Mower, creative pattern cutter Emma Askew Miller and designers Grace Weller and Betty Jackson above, and look at the full iWonder guide.

  17. CinemaCon: Superhero film announcements

    This year's CinemaCon - an annual gathering of cinema owners in Las Vegas - saw some big news being spilled about the next tranch of comic book-inspired blockbusters.

    First came the announcement the next "stand-alone" Spider-Man film, starring Britain's Tom Holland (below) as the titular web-slinger, will be entitled (drum roll, please)... Spider-Man: Homecoming. It confirms what our entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba reported last week.

    Tom Holland

    A snippet of footage from the film, to be released in July 2017, was screened at the event that showed the teenage Parker coming home to find his Aunt May, played by Marisa Tomei, speaking with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr), also known as Iron Man.

    Ben Affleck

    It was also announced at CinemaCon that Ben Affleck, recently introduced as "Dark Knight" Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, will both direct and star in a new stand-alone Batman movie for Warner Bros as part of its expanded DC Comics film universe. But will it be as successful as Marvel's recent blockbusters?

    Stay tuned for more CinemaCon colour.

  18. US stars pay tribute to David Gest

    US music acts who worked with David Gest have taken to Twitter to pay tribute, as has TJ Jackson, the youngest son of Tito.

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    Tiffany Pollard, the reality TV star at the centre of the confusion on the most recent series of Celebrity Big Brother regarding the death of David Bowie - which she misunderstood as the death of David Gest - has also paid tribute.

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  19. Premiere stars grace red carpets in London and LA

    A couple of film premieres took place last night, among them one for Florence Foster Jenkins - a period comedy starring Meryl Streep as a woman who was famous (or rather infamous) for butchering operatic classics.

    Streep was joined on the red carpet in London by our own Hugh Grant, who plays Jenkins' loyal (if philandering) husband in Stephen Frears' film.  

    Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant

    Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Robert Downey Jr, Anthony Mackie and Chris Evans were suited and booted for the world premiere of Captain America: Civil War.  

    Robert Downey Jr, Anthony Mackie and Chris Evans
    Paul Rudd, Marisa Tomei and Paul Bettany

    Paul Rudd, Marisa Tomei and Paul Bettany were among other cast members on hand to usher in the Marvel comic book blockbuster.