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By Victoria Lindrea and Keily Smith

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Au revoir, arrivederci, auf

An appropriately European sign-off, ahead of a weekend of entertainment shenanigans dominated by the Cannes Film Festival and the Eurovision Song Contest. 

For fans of the latter, Eurovision kicks off on BBC One at 20:00 BST on Saturday, with Graham Norton providing some much-needed light relief between stirring ballads and outlandish operatics. The UK's Joe and Jake are the penultimate performers, so the patriotic among you will have to grin and bear it!

Russia are the current favourites to win, while Norton himself has tipped Australia - read what he had to say about this year's performers in our Eurovision diary earlier today. 

With our reporters giving you all the latest from Stockholm and Cannes - and a special Eurovision live page kicking off tomorrow at 19:30 BST, you're spoiled for choice! 

Hasta la vista.

Watch your toes!

Blake Lively is starring in a shark attack thriller, so she naturally took questions from journalists at Cannes in front of fake shark fins. 

The Shallows sees her play a surfer who gets stranded just off a deserted shoreline and must summon all her strength to reach safety. 

The tagline for the movie is: "What was once in the deep is now in the shallows" - hence the film's name. 

By the sounds of it, it's going to make another generation fear the sea (or even the bathtub) just like Jaws did it in its day.

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Gaga 'will not be playing Cilla Black'

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga's publicist has issued a statement, saying the singer will not be playing Cilla Black in a biopic about Dionne Warwick.

“Lady Gaga is not attached to this project,” her publicist told Variety.

Earlier, at a press conference in Cannes, Dionne Warwick, who announced the casting of Gaga, said "it was an easy choice and she wanted to do it".

Journalists were even shown a promotional poster with Gaga’s name on it.  

So is this a double bluff? Is Gaga just looking for more money #pokerface?!

Depp Jr takes on Cannes

Lily-Rose Depp

Lily-Rose Depp is following in her father Johnny's footsteps with a slate of films due out this year.

The 16-year-old was facing the camera in Cannes today to promote La Danseuse (The Dancer), in which she plays celebrated dancer Isadora Duncan. 

American star Duncan, who was born in 1877, lived in London and Paris during her colourful career and was credited with creating a new art of free-form ballet. 

The film focuses on the difficult relationship between fellow American dancer Loie Fuller and her protegee Duncan. 

Affleck does his sums

Ben Affleck as a maths genius? Well if best bud Matt Damon can pull it off, and people are fooled by Russell Crowe (in A Beautiful Mind), then why not? 

The Accountant sees Affleck play a numbers genius with a double life.

It's mid-May - but in La-La land it's almost Oscar season again, so here's a trailer for the film being released in October. Accountancy just got thrilling...

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Gaga for Gaga

Earlier, we brought you the surprising news earlier that Lady Gaga is going to portray Cilla Black on the big screen. 

Representatives of Black's estate have now responded, and it's safe to safe they are delighted.

We think Lady Gaga is fabulous! She’s a great actress and we really look forward to seeing her portrayal.

First Look: A Catalogue of Errors by Stephane Graff

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Artwork from A Catalogue of Errors by Stephane Graff
Stephane Graff

An exclusive first look for you now on the Entertainment Live page at a new art exhibition opening next week in London.

A Catalogue of Errors is a collection of works by the British/French artist Stephane Graff, who's chosen to focus on the world of art auctions.

Each work in the exhibition is split in half - with some text from an auction catalogue printed on the left, and an existing famous artwork that Graff has recreated in paint on the right.

Just one problem - the text from the auction house doesn't actually have anything to do with the artwork next to it.

Don't worry, it's deliberate.

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Stephane Graff

Graff is questioning the way auctions houses standardise masterpieces – reducing them to a monetary value or a famous name.

Artists are often unhappy with the way auction houses value or describe their work, as they sometimes print simplified explanations of artworks and miss deeper meanings intended by the artist.

By mixing the up the paintings and the explanations, Graff is essentially suggesting that the text that auctioneers write about artworks are easily interchangeable.

Artwork from A Catalogue of Errors by Stephane Graff
Stephane Graff

My diptychs emulate the double page format of auction catalogues such as Sotheby's and Christie's. The text element, which I make as a silkscreen, is always on the left side and on the right is my painting of a known artwork.

However, the two sides never match up as you would expect. I'm interchanging names, titles, ideas from one artwork to another like a crazy museum. It can suggest new meanings to an artwork, like seeing it from a different angle. I'm drawn to the tension and irony that's created through these juxtapositions.

Stephane Graff

A Catalogue of Errors opens at the Almine Rech gallery on 19 May.

Super Furry Animals release footie anthem Bing Bong

Last week they told us it was coming, and today Super Furry Animals have released their first new music in seven years. Their new single Bing Bong is their un-official anthem for Wales' journey to Euro 2016 (the Manics have recorded the official one, watch the video on yesterday's Music News LIVE page).

The band had announced the single with the words: "Let's come together this summer, in song and let that song be BING BONG. Please await further transmissions." 

You can watch the video on The Guardian website

And you can also hear a taster below, during 6 Music's Matt Everitt amusing chat with frontman Gruff Rhys all about the band's return:

Meanwhile Super Furry Animals have been confirmed as headliners for this year's By The Sea festival in Margate this Autumn, along with Wild Beasts.   

London theatre 'to be built for Bowie musical'

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The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye reports an 800-seat theatre is being built in London's Kings Cross to house the David Bowie musical, Lazarus, with a mooted start date for this autumn, or next Spring.

It follows the appearance of a website, touting the show's forthcoming appearance in London.

The musical, co-written by Irish playwright Enda Walsh, premiered off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop last December, with Dexter star Michael C Hall in the lead role. 

The surreal show includes several of Bowie's best-loved songs including Absolute Beginners and Changes. It was playing in New York when the singer died in early January.

No word yet as to whether Hall will be available to return to the role for the London run.

I don't believe it!

You'd better believe it - Richard Wilson has put up a defence of the BBC following publication of the White Paper into its future. 

The One Foot in the Grave star recorded a video essay for The Week, saying he was willing to march in the streets to protect the corporation. 

A tortoise also takes a starring role.

Actor Richard Wilson warns BBC "should stick to what it’s good at".

New punk exhibition opens at British Library

An exhibition dedicated to punk's impact on music, fashion and design across the UK between 1976 and 1978 has opened at the British Library.

The exhibition is to explore punk's roots in the French Situationist movement and New York City art-rock scene.

Arts correspondent Marilyn Rust has been along to have a look.

Gordon Ramsay expanding his empire

The Ramsays are definitely keeping up with the Olivers. Gordon Ramsay has just announced and his wife Tana are expecting their fifth child. 

He revealed the news on James Corden's Late Late Show last night.

His youngest child is 14-year-old Tilly, who has her own show on CBBC.

Fellow celebrity chef Jamie and wife Jools are expecting their fifth child in August. 

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Good Wife spin-off 'in the pipeline'

The Good Wife

Things are looking up for fans of The Good Wife. Reports suggest US network CBS is in final negotiations to create a spin-off  show focusing on Christine Baranski's character, Diane Lockhart.

British actress Cush Jumbo, who joined The Good Wife in the drama's final season, is also expected to star in the spin-off.

The final episdoe of The Good Wife was broadcast in the US on 8 May, and is due to conclude in the UK (where it screens on More 4) shortly. 

Variety reports that the series closer "generated much discussion about the fate of its central characters and the denouement between Baranski’s Lockhart and Julianna Margulies’ Alicia Florrick" paving the way for a spin-off.

If it goes ahead, the new series will air on CBS All Access, bolstering subscriptions to the network's On Demand service. 

Scherzinger angers Lloyd Webber

Nicole Scherzinger
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Andrew Lloyd Webber is "furious" Nicole Scherzinger has pulled out of performing in Cats on Broadway, and has pretty much confirmed she will return to the X Factor. 

Lord Lloyd-Webber was speaking on The Economist radio about her decision to quit the role which she played to great effect in the West End.

A week before we are going to go into rehearsals on Broadway with Cats, which luckily I'm not producing, I get the news that she's decided to do X Factor, having agreed everything. I mean, she's crazy but the American producers just took the view 'that we'll just get somebody else' because she's not actually very well-known in America, amazingly, and she's much better known here.

Not one to hold back, the musical impresario continued: 

I'm furious because I really believe she's the most fantastically talented girl, and I went out on a limb to get her into the Palladium here and it makes me look like an absolute 'twot' with them all. Never mind, there will be another girl on Broadway and Nicole will not get her Tony Award.

Agent Carter cancelled

Agent Carter

Another TV show that will not be returning is Marvel's Agent Carter, which lasted two seasons on ABC.

Brit actress Hayley Atwell played the post-World War spy Peggy Carter in the Marvel spin-off, having first appeared as the character in Captain America: The First Avenger. 

Atwell won't be out of work for long however, having already signed up to star in Conviction, in which she plays a lawyer and former First Daughter who avoids jail time by agreeing to work on wrongful conviction cases. 

Nice trip, Meghan?

Meghan Trainor took a tumble on Jimmy Fallon's show - and didn't ask for them to edit it out. 

She was appearing to promote her latest single, Thank You, when she turned to face the audience, and went over on her ankle. 

She later responded to fans' concern, saying she was fine. She even retweeted a video of the incident.

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Invictus choir release new charity single

Invictus Choir

Gareth Malone and The Choir for the Invictus Games have released their charity single Flesh and Blood - after performing it at the opening ceremony in Orlando. 

The choir of wounded, injured or sick ex-servicemen and women formed on Gareth’s latest TV show, a two-part BBC documentary which you can watch on iPlayer

The show followed their journey writing and recording the single, using the singers' personal experiences of injury and recovery to shape the lyrics.

We know when music is honest, we know when it speaks directly to our hearts. The Invictus Choir have proved that music can heal and music can help give back so much that has been lost in war. For these wounded, injured and sick ex-service men and women, the struggle continues. However, through this song, they have come together to say that they are unbreakable, proud of their achievements and hopeful for the future. That is the spirit of Invictus. We are all 'Flesh and Blood'.

Gareth Malone

Soprano Laura Wright also features on the track and her own song Invincible, also written for and inspired by the Invictus Games, forms a double A side.

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Ex-Doctor Who stars back on London stage

Matt Smith/Billie Piper

Two former Doctor Who alumni are returning to the London stage this summer.

Billie Piper will make her debut at the Young Vic, playing the lead in a new production based on Federico Lorca's Yerma, about a woman whose inability to have a child tears her life apart.

Matt Smith will return to the Royal Court in a new play by Anthony Neilson, which will be created in the rehearsal room. The story, which will be documented online as it evolves, will centre around an obsessive film director.

Both plays will open in July.

Gaga to play Cilla Black in Dionne biopic

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Lady Gaga/Cilla Black

Dionne Warwick wafted into Cannes this morning to announce a film is to be made about her life. 

LeToya Luckett, an original member of Destiny's Child, will play the singer in the biopic - in which Lady Gaga will also appear as Cilla Black.

Warwick and Black had quite the rivalry back in the day, particularly when Cilla's version of Anyone Who Had a Heart eclipsed Dionne's original.

Asked on Friday why she regarded Black as her nemesis, Warwick said it was "because she stole my music".

Danny Glover will play Dionne Warwick's father in the film.

Homer Simpson in live fan phone-in

Homer Simpson will appear live for the first time, in a fan phone-in this weekend. 

At the end of Sunday's episode, Simprovised, Homer will answer fan phone calls live on air during both the East Coast and West Coast broadcasts.

It will be made possible by motion capture technology, which will track the head and arm movements of actor Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer, and immediately animate them for broadcast.

Al Jean, executive producer said there would be a seven second delay, to avoid any inappropriate questions.

He's going to take questions for three minutes, talk about events of the day - I'm sure Donald Trump is going to say something stupid, so the material's already written,"

Al Jean

The Simpsons is coming to the end of its 27th season this month, making it the longest-running primetime scripted programme on US TV.  

The live phone in was plugged on Instagram earlier this week.

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Joan Rivers family settles medical case

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The family of Joan Rivers has settled its legal case against a medical clinic in New York which it blamed for the comedian's death in 2014.

Rivers died days after she suffered a cardiac arrest while undergoing a procedure to examine her throat at the Yorkville Endoscopy centre.  

Her family had claimed the clinic performed unauthorised procedures and failed to take appropriate action when her vital signs weakened. 

They also alleged doctors snapped a selfie with Rivers while she was unconscious.

The family said it was pleased with the settlement but did not reveal the amount of compensation.

Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said the settlement allows her to "put the legal aspects of my mother's death behind me and ensure that those culpable for her death have accepted responsibility for their actions quickly and without equivocation'.'  

In a statement, the Yorkville clinic said:

Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the Rivers family. We remain committed to providing quality, compassionate healthcare services that meet the needs of our patients, their families and the community.

Stone Roses release All For One: what do the critics say?

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After years of rumours and false starts, Manchester heroes The Stone Roses have released their first new song in more than two decades.

All For One sees the band return to the kind of jangly psychedelia which defined their self-titled debut album in 1989. 

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The NME reported: "'All For One captures that classic Roses sound but drags it right into the 21st century as Brown croons: 'All For One. One For All. If We All Join Hands We'll Make A Wall' over Squire's spine tingling guitar licks and stunning extended solo."

The Telegraph's Neil McCormack gushed: "Short and sweet (clocking in at a mere 216 seconds) this is a simple, straightforward, uplifting Madchester anthem, a loved up Ian Brown singalong homily to rave unity, shuffling on a baggy beat from Mani and Reni, with a long, sparkling, weaving guitar riff from John Squires that travels all the way from 1965 to 2016."  

The Independent said: "Well, they're back and All For One, quite simply, is more of the glorious same; a jangly crowd-pleaser boasting plenty of ingredients present in their tracks of old."

Tim Jonze, writing in the Guardian lamented: "In truth, this feels more like an imitation than the real thing – it has the swagger but it’s heavy handed too, toiling away like a bog-standard Britpop rocker."

Castle gets the boot

Nathan Fillion

Castle fans will be in mourning today, following the news that the detective show has been canned. 

The show had been in turmoil in recent weeks, with lead actress Stana Katic, who plays Detective Kate Beckett, already announcing that she was leaving. 

Following her announcement, there were rumours that she and lead actor Nathan Fillion, the eponymous Richard Castle, had a fraught on-set relationship. 

Fillion had said he hoped the series would continue past season eight - but alas it's not to be and ABC has pulled the plug.

A number of other shows have also been axed by networks, including Nashville and CSI: Cyber - the last of CSI franchise still on air.

Hiddleston in Bond meeting rumours are 'completely false'

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Bad news for those of you hoping to see Tom Hiddleston as the new James Bond. 

Contrary to reports in many of this morning's tabloids, a spokesman for the actor has denied the Night Manager star met with director Sam Mendes to discuss the role.

According to the Metro newspaper, the spokesman labelled rumours that Hiddleston attended a secret meeting with 007 producer Barbara Broccoli and Mendes on Wednesday as "completely false".

Last week, the actor - who is currently starring a biopic about singer Hank Williams - told Graham Norton: "The thing is the position isn’t vacant as far as I am aware. No one has talked to me about it."

Westlife's Nicky out of Eurovision final

Nicky Byrne

Westlife's Nicky Byrne has been knocked out of the Eurovision Song Contest. The 37-year-old star performed Ireland's entry Sunlight in the semi-finals in Stockholm on Thursday, but failed to qualify for Saturday's grand final.

Ireland is the most successful country in the contest's 61 year history, with a total of seven wins - the last in 1996.  

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The 10 countries that qualified on Thursday are Latvia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Australia, Ukraine, Serbia, Poland, Israel, Lithuania and Belgium.

They will join Azerbaijan, Russia, The Netherlands, Hungary, Croatia, Malta, Austria, Armenia, Czech Republic and Cyprus who all made it through the first semi-final on Tuesday.

As one of the big five countries who fund the contest, the UK's Jo and Jake automatically qualify for the final on Saturday. 

Good morning

It's Friday - the weekend is almost here! 

Today we'll be bringing you all the news from the Cannes Film Festival and Stockholm, ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night - plus which TV shows have survived the annual cull by US networks, and which of your favourites will not be returning for another series. Fans of The Muppet Show, look away now.

Stay tuned.