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Summary

  1. News and updates for 18 April 2016
  2. Fans criticise 15-minute show by X Factor finalists Reggie N Bollie
  3. Princes William and Harry to visit Star Wars set
  4. Actress Amber Heard avoids dog-smuggling conviction in Australia

Live Reporting

By Steven McIntosh and Genevieve Hassan

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Steven McIntosh

    Entertainment Reporter

    That's just about it from us for today - we're back tomorrow morning at 08:30 BST.

    But before we leave you for today, there's just time to bring you lemonade.

    Unfortunately we don't mean a personal delivery of fizzy drinks to your door - but rather the new project from Beyonce. 

    We use the word project because we aren't entirely sure what it is she's about to launch - a tour? Album? Range of soft drinks? 

    This trailer is rather cryptic, but it does look ahead to some sort of broadcast on HBO in the US on Saturday night, so all will be revealed then. In the meantime if you can decipher the meaning of this trailer please let us know on Twitter!

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    See you tomorrow.

  2. Asa Butterfield: The unconventional child star

    Asa Butterfield

    Asa Butterfield must surely have one of the most varied filmographies of any actor.

    The movie that put him on the map, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, dealt with the holocaust. X+Y saw him play a socially awkward maths genius.

    His latest film, Ten Thousand Saints, covers a wide spectrum of serious themes for a teen film - adoption, drug abuse, death and teenage pregnancy.

    "I've played a worrying number of orphans, children who have been abandoned or had something terrible happen to them," Butterfield told us.

    "I think I'm good at playing dramatic and serious roles, but it's not necessarily what I want to keep doing."

    So what would the 19-year-old want to do instead? Well, you may be surprised to learn he's keen to break into the world of... wildlife documentaries.

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  3. JK Simmons on playing Commissioner Gordon in Justice League

    JK Simmons

    JK Simmons has been talking about his role in the upcoming Justice League film.

    The Zack Snyder-directed movie will feature - deep breath - Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and Superman (Henry Cavill) - along with one new comic book stalwart: Commissioner Gordon. 

    The Oscar-winning actor was confirmed to be playing Batman's ally earlier this year and now he's been speaking to Collider about the character, who he describes as the "older guy with the moustache".

    When asked whether he’s been reading comics to prepare for the role, the actor said:  

    Quote Message: I’m still a couple of months out from doing that and I have two other films before then, so I haven’t gotten started on that... I’m planning on learning as much as I can about him through the comics and getting my feet wet in the first movie, and then hopefully continuing on from there.

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  4. Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy to mark gas meter demise

    Carol-Ann Duffy

    Which subjects make the best poems?

    Topics like love, happiness, sorrow, loss, life and death may immediately spring to mind.

    But you can now add one more to that list: Gas meters.

    The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, is set to write an ode to old-fashioned gas and electric meters as they face extinction.

    Glasgow-born Duffy, who was appointed poet laureate in 2009, said she wanted to preserve the place of traditional "whirring" meters in household history.

    Mechanical meters have been a feature in British homes for about 100 years, but will phased out by 2020.

    The poem will be published in the next few months.

  5. In pictures: Stars attend Ronnie Corbett's funeral

    A pair of glasses laid on flowers in tribute to Ronnie Corbett

    Sir Michael Parkinson, David Walliams and Jimmy Tarbuck were among the mourners at Ronnie Corbett's funeral in London.

    The entertainer died last month aged 85, having been diagnosed with a suspected form of motor neurone disease.

    A service for family and friends was held at the St John the Evangelist Church near his home in Shirley, Croydon.

    Here are some photos of family and friends of Corbett arriving at the service to pay tribute:

    Sir Michael Parkinson
    Image caption: Sir Michael Parkinson
    Jimmy Tarbuck and Rob Brydon
    Image caption: Jimmy Tarbuck and Rob Brydon
    Barry Cryer
    Image caption: Barry Cryer
    David Walliams
    Image caption: David Walliams
    Ronnie Corbett's wife Anne Hart
    Image caption: Ronnie Corbett's wife Anne Hart

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    Video caption: Stars from the acting and comedy world attend Ronnie Corbett's funeral
  6. Also in the news today

    It's been a busy day on the entertainment desk - here are some of the other stories making headlines today:

    • An injunction preventing the reporting in England and Wales of allegations about the private life of a celebrity has been lifted - but he still cannot be named pending a possible appeal. [Read more]
    • The outgoing editor of The Archers has revealed Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles partly inspired its contentious domestic abuse subplot. [Read more]
    • British artist Richard Smith, best-known as a painter and print-maker of the 1960s avant-garde movement, has died at the age of 84. [Read more]
    • Sir Elton John has topped the list of the most generous celebrities, having given away nearly £27m to charity in the last year. [Read more]
    • Twitter has created an emoji of William Shakespeare to mark 400 years since his death. [Read more]
  7. OJ Simpson writer: 'Karma caught up with him'

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    BBC Radio 4

    It's a big night for TV fans later - The People v OJ Simpson, which has been running on BBC Two for the last 10 weeks, finally reaches its climax.

    The author of the book on which the TV series is based, says the story contained everything that obsessed the American people.

    "It had sex, it had violence, it had Hollywood, it had sports and the only eyewitness was a dog," Jeffrey Toobin told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

    Listen to the interview below:

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    Video caption: Author of OJ Simpson book discusses the enduring fascination of the OJ Simpson trial
  8. Britain's Got Talent pulls in biggest TV audience of the year

    Alesha Dixon, Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden

    If you watched Britain's Got Talent on Saturday evening, it's fair to say you weren't alone.

    Overnight viewing figures for Saturday night's episode - the second of this year's series - show that 11 million of us tuned in at its peak.

    Overall, an average of 9.8 million people watched the episode, giving it a 46% share – almost half the viewing audience.

    Saturday's instalment of the talent show saw 14-year-old Jack Higgins impress the judges with his ballet display. It's since been reported he is the cousin of another contestant, Beau Dermott - one of this year's favourites.

  9. Metallica's manager is not a fan of YouTube

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Metallica

    Peter Mensch - manager of bands like Metallica, Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Def Leppard, isn't known for mincing his words.

    Asked about the impact of YouTube on the music industry, here's what he said:

    Quote Message: YouTube? They’re the devil. If someone doesn’t do something about YouTube, we’re screwed.
    Quote Message: If the only way you make money is advertising on money around your video, then it’s really over. Someone turn off the lights.

    He added: "The record business is eroding faster than we can have this interview. Very few products on the planet have gone down in price. Cars haven’t, theatre tickets haven’t, the TV licence hasn’t. The cost of buying a record is less now than it was 20 years ago. 

    "The music industry is lurching from Adele release to Adele release."

    His comments came in a new Radio 4 documentary The Business of Music with Matt Everitt.

    YouTube contests it has paid more than $3bn to the music industry, and that many acts who deal directly with the site have made millions through their partnership.

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  10. Ricky Gervais announces London gig for David Brent

    Ricky Gervais as David Brent

    You may remember us writing about the first trailer for the big-screen spin-off of The Office when it was released earlier this month.

    It showed David Brent explaining his new career as a singer-songwriter to his former colleagues.

    Well, now Ricky Gervais has tweeted his intention to play a gig, in character as Brent, in August - to launch Brent's album. 

    He will be appearing with his old band Forgone Conclusion at an as-yet unknown London venue, to coincide with the release of the film, called Life On The Road, on 19 August.

    Recording a whole album by a fictional character? Gervais could rival Daniel Day Lewis for method acting techniques...

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  11. Get ready for the Proms

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    The line-up for the 2016 Proms festival was announced last week, and BBC Radio 3's In Tune has been helping fans get in the mood with a series of live sessions previewing the season.

    First up is saxophonist YolanDa Brown, performing Massaganna by The Abyssinians. Brown will be performing at the second ever Gospel Prom on 19 July.

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    Video caption: Satta Massaganna by The Abyssinians with Manley O'Connor, Ben Trickey and Simon Tellier

    For those of a more classical bent, here's Lucy Crowe Dove performing Sono from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro with pianist Anna Tilbrook.

    Lucy will appear with the Choir of King’s College for a Prom of choral classics on 17 July.

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    Video caption: Performing Dove Sono from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro with pianist Anna Tilbrook

    You can see more of the Proms sessions on the BBC In Tune website.

  12. JK Rowling reveals Draco and Ginny will appear in Potter play

    We're 50 days away from the first performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and author JK Rowling has just tweeted a picture of the main characters' wand designs.

    Interestingly, it includes the wands for Draco Malfoy and Ginny Weasley/Potter - who have yet to be announced or confirmed as appearing in the production.

    As Ginny married Harry it was probably safe to assume she would also appear in the play, which focuses on their youngest child Albus. But this confirms she hasn't met a grisly end prior to the story picking up 19 years after the conclusion of The Deathly Hallows.  

    Eagle-eyed fans will also spot Ginny's wand is made of the same wood as Voldermort, ahem... we mean He Who Must Not Be Named.

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  13. Mumford & Sons to headline Radio 1's Big Weekend

    The line-up for BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Exeter has just been announced, with Mumford & Sons headlining Saturday night.

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    Frontman Marcus Mumford spoke to Scott Mills on the phone from a tour bus in the US and told him the band's current tour was basically a warm up for their first ever Big Weekend.

    Quote Message: We're really excited. I think we're having more fun playing live now than we've ever had, I just think we're getting better at it. I've never been to Radio 1's Big Weekend, I've never been invited. So we've got a lot of catching up to do. I want to make up for five year's worth of riders, so I want the rider to literally have a slip 'n' slide on it, you know, go big on the rider because we're making up for lost time.

    They join the likes of Jake Bugg, The Weeknd, OneRepublic, Years & Years, Ellie Goulding, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Bastille, Tom Odell, Meghan Trainor, The 1975, Chase & Status, and Iggy Azalea at the two day event on 28 and 29 May - plus Sunday night headliners Coldplay.

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  14. Tiny Shakespeare sculpture goes on show

    The small sculpture of William Shakespeare

    An artist famed for his tiny sculptures has created a microscopic William Shakespeare to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death.

    Willard Wigan, whose works are so small they can fit inside the eye of a needle, has dubbed the creation To See or Not to See.

    Smaller than a full stop in a newspaper and only viewable with a microscope, the piece took four weeks to complete.

    It's on display at the Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton.

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  15. Liberty X to reform?

    Kevin Simm

    So, Kevin Simm's first solo effort since winning The Voice may not have set the chart alight (All You Good Friends came in at number 24 this week), nevertheless his TV success has sparked reports of a Liberty X revival.

    The Sun reported the band have already set up their first gig, but according to former members Jessica Taylor and Michelle Heaton, the show has been a long time coming.

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    According to the Sun, Kevin will join the band at Birmingham Gay Pride.

  16. Corgi 'leaks' on BBC Breakfast sofa

    If you were watching BBC Breakfast this morning you may have seen Benji the corgi along with his owner, Mary Davies, whose stud was used to father the Queen's corgis. 

    What you won't have seen though, is Benji "had a little dribble on the sofa", according to presenter Dan Walker. He tweeted a picture of the "seepage" after the event.

    As they say, the hazards of working with animals... It's like the elephant on Blue Peter all over again.

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  17. Anger at X Factor stars' 'rip-off' show

    Reggie N Bollie

    Music fans have slammed a 15-minute "rip-off" show by X Factor stars Reggie N Bollie. 

    Fans said the six-song show at Cornwall beach bar The Watering Hole was an "absolute joke" and and a "rip-off". 

    "We are absolutely devastated and extremely disappointed," the venue said, which charged £22 a ticket. 

    Reggie N Bollie apologised to fans who "wanted us to play longer", but said they were booked to perform just the six songs. 

    The rappers, who finished second on The X Factor in 2015, played the Watering Hole in Perranporth on Saturday night. Fans took to social media after the show to criticise their short performance:

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    Many fans did defend the duo though, and many tweeted about their enjoyment of the show:

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  18. Princes William and Harry to visit Star Wars set

    Pinewood Studios will have some royal visitors tomorrow - and we don't mean Queen Amidala or Princess Leia.

    Kensington Palace has tweeted Princes William and Harry will be visiting the famed film studios to go behind the scenes of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII.

    The palace said actress Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in the franchise, will accompany them throughout the tour and the princes are expected to meet director Rian Johnson and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.

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    The princes and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visited the Harry Potter set at Warner Bros studios in 2013, where they posed for pictures with wands. Let's hope some similar pictures will appear tomorrow with lightsabers. 

    Prince Harry, Catherine Duchess of Cornwall and Prince William
  19. Jungle Book takes big bite out of US box office

    Tiger

    Disney's new version of The Jungle Book has taken a big bite out of the US box office, topping it with $103.6m (£73.1m) in its opening weekend.

    Its debut was the second biggest April opening in history, behind Fast and Furious 7's $147.2m (£104m) launch in 2015.

    According to Disney, Jon Favreau's film also made an estimated $136.1m (£96m) outside the US and Canada.

    Comedy sequel Barbershop: The Next Cut came a distant second, with opening weekend takings of $20.2m (£14.2m).

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  20. Sole male finalist wins Menuhin competition

    Menuhin Competition

    The only man in the field of 22 finalists has won the 2016 Menuhin competition.

    Ziyu He, from China, is 16 years old and has been playing violin since he was five. 

    He gets £10,000 and the year-long loan of a prestigious Stradivarius violin. 

    In the junior competition, 12-year-old Yesong Sophie Lee, from the USA, took home the top prize - winning £5,000 and the chance to play at dozens of international music festivals.

    You can watch them both in action below.

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