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Summary

  1. News and updates for 12 April 2016
  2. Music producer and reality star David Gest dies at 62
  3. New cast announced for Broadchurch 3
  4. BBC launches iPlayerKids app
  5. Cyndi Lauper receives star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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By Genevieve Hassan and Emma Saunders

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    We shall leave you with one of David Gest's final interviews - he spoke to BBC South East last week to talk about his upcoming show in Eastbourne.

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  2. Gest tour was due in the summer

    David Gest was planning to go on tour in the UK in July 2016, playing 24 dates with his show called David Gest Is Not Dead But Alive With Soul Tour!

    Several singers were due to appear on the tour, including Dina Carroll and Freda Payne.

    The show's name was taken from an incident in January when Gest was on Celebrity Big Brother.

    Confusion was caused when fellow housemate Angie Bowie told Tiffany Pollard "David is dead" - meaning her ex-husband David Bowie - but Pollard misunderstood her, thinking she meant Gest who had been ill in bed that day.

    Gest eventually left the reality show early on medical grounds.  

  3. Gest's friend Imad Handi pays tribute

    Liza Minnelli

    Gest's friend and former bodyguard Imad Handi said in a statement:

    Quote Message: It is with great sadness that I can confirm that David Gest has died today. David was truly larger than life. He was not just a huge talent and a dear friend but a showbiz icon. I know he will be missed by millions of fans around the world, and particularly in Britain, who came to love his charm and blistering one-liners. If I may steal the words of one eminent critic, David was a natural star and a genuine celebrity. I will miss him desperately.

    Gest was married to Liza Minnelli from 2002-03 before they divorced in 2007 and appeared in reality TV shows including I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Here! and more recently, Celebrity Big Brother.  

  4. Metropolitan Police statement

    A Scotland Yard spokesman said:

    Quote Message: Police were called at 10.17 on Tuesday 12 April to the Four Seasons hotel, in Westferry Circus, E14, to reports of an unexplained death of a man in his 60s. London Ambulance Service were called to the scene. Life was pronounced extinct at the hotel. A post-mortem will be held in due course. Next of kin are in the process of being informed. This is being treated as non-suspicious at this stage.
  5. BreakingDavid Gest has died aged 62

    Reality TV star and music producer David Gest died today in London aged 62, his friend Imad Handi said in a statement.

  6. All change on plans for Ian McKellen bus tour

    Tim Masters

    Arts and Entertainment correspondent

    Sir Ian McKellen

    Back in January, we reported that Sir Ian McKellen would be hosting public bus tours of the locations seen in his 1995 film Richard III.

    Sadly, that intriguing prospect looks like it won't be happening any time soon. 

    The bus tour had been part of the BFI Presents Shakespeare on Film season in April and May to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death.  

    A BFI spokeswoman told me today: 

    Quote Message: Unfortunately, due to Ian McKellen’s very busy schedule this spring, the bus tours have been postponed.

    The tour locations were to have included St Pancras station, Battersea Power Station and the building that is now Tate Modern.

    A screening of Richard III, with a post-film on-stage discussion between Sir Ian and the film's director Richard Loncraine, will be simulcast across UK cinemas on 28 April.

  7. Seasick Steve in celebration mode

    American blues musician Seasick Steve first came to our attention when he made his UK debut on Jools Holland's annual Hootenanny BBC TV show on New Year's Eve in 2006.

    In anticipation of the 10th anniversary of his "discovery", the artist is treating British fans to a one-off concert at Wembley on 14 October.

    Steve is calling it a big "party" and "hopes you want to come!"

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  8. Nadiya branches out into women's fiction

    The Bookseller

    Nadiya Hussain

    Nadiya Hussain, winner of last year's series of BBC One's The Great British Bake Off is adding another string to her bow - she is going to write three women’s fiction novels.

    The first will be released in hardback in January 2017, according to The Bookseller. 

    She already has a cook book and a children's book in the works, both of which are due to be published later this year.

    Hussain said: “I’m so thrilled to be making my women’s fiction debut with Harlequin and the opportunity to connect with a wide new audience of readers.”

    But will her writing be as good as her fizzy pop cheesecakes or will it be more like her eclair tower (a bit wobbly and not her tastiest)? Watch this space.

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  9. Asian Provocateur returns

    Comedian Romesh Ranganathan is back in Asian Provocateur - in the first series on BBC Three, we saw Romesh sent by his mother on a ramshackle odyssey around his parents' homeland of Sri Lanka in an attempt to connect him with his roots.

    But watch out Rom, people are already saying your mum is funnier than you! And she's back...

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  10. Spinning the wheels of steel

    BBC Business Live

    Justin Bieber

    Ahead of Record Store Day this Saturday, Gilad Tiefenbrun - the boss of high-end turntable maker Linn - has been on Business Live. 

    He says there is "something magical about the tactile experience” of vinyl, which he argues "sounds better” than other formats. 

    However, Linn also makes digital streaming products and Mr Tiefenbrun says the future is higher quality music files from streaming platforms such as Tidal.

    Lots of artists put out limited edition vinyl for Record Store Day, by the way - even mainstream acts such as Justin Beiber (pictured), who is releasing a picture disc version of his hit album Purpose.

  11. Ready, Steady, Mo!

    Ready, Steady, Mo!

    British sporting hero Mo Farah is taking on another challenge - he's announced his first kids book with best-selling author Kes Gray.

    The rhyming picture book aims to get children reading and running.

    Quote Message: I’m very excited to be working with Hodder Children’s Books to create something really special – a book that will hopefully capture the imagination of kids across the world and build their sense of adventure and fun. Many children struggle with reading so it's important we make books as exciting as possible. I love to see my kids enjoying a good book and now I can’t wait to find out what they think of mine! from Mo Farah
    Mo Farah
  12. Music industry returns to growth

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Sam Smith's Spotify page

    After decades of decline, the music industry rallied last year, with revenues up 3.2% to $15bn (£10.5bn).

    The growth has largely been driven by streaming, with 68m people subscribing to services like Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music. Such services now account for 19% of music industry revenues, says the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

    British artists have played a large part in boosting the industry - with the likes of Sam Smith, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran all making the top 10 best-sellers list. 

    Unsurprisingly Adele, a high-profile absentee from streaming services, was the year's biggest seller.

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  13. Louis Tomlinson joins Soccer Aid

    BBC Newsbeat

    Louis Tomlinson

    Louis Tomlinson has signed up for his first big gig since the One Direction boys announced their break last year.

    He's going to line up in the charity football match Soccer Aid against a Rest Of The World team on 5 June at Old Trafford.

    Louis will be representing the England side which will be co-managed by Robbie Williams.

    Other celebs already announced as taking part include former Towie star Mark Wright, comics John Bishop and Jack Whitehall, singer Olly Murs, chef Gordon Ramsay and former Westlife member Nicky Byrne.  

    The event raises money for Unicef.

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  14. Huntsman defends casting after dwarf controversy

    Nick Frost

    The director of The Huntsman: Winter's War has defended casting full-sized actors as dwarves in the film.

    Sheridan Smith, Nick Frost and Rob Brydon are among the stars who play dwarf roles in the film, which also sees Chris Hemsworth reprise the role he made famous in 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman.

    The first film caused controversy for not casting dwarves with some people, including Danny Woodburn - an actor with dwarfism who appeared on Seinfield - saying the issue was "akin to blackface".

    But Huntsman director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan said the dwarf characters in the film were a "fantasy race" and he wanted to use actors who had appeared in the first film.

    Speaking at the film's US premiere, the Frenchman told the Press Association:

    Quote Message: We were staying with the first movie [where] it was about the actors who had been chosen to play the parts. We brought Nick back because he was part of the first movie. I was not like 'oh, we're going to change that'. I just kept the same concept. In this movie the dwarves are a fantasy race, it's a very different thing.
  15. Ice Cube and Gene Simmons keep Hall of Fame dispute fresh

    Gene Simmons

    A row between rapper Ice Cube and Kiss star Gene Simmons doesn't look like abating any time soon.

    The veteran musician (pictured above) criticised NWA's inclusion into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the weekend.

    The rappers addressed the issue during their induction with MC Ren saying "I want to say to Mr Gene Simmons that hip-hop is here forever. We're supposed to be here."

    Now Cube has taken to Twitter to point out the influence of black performers on the rock genre...

    Ice Cube
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