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  1. News and updates for 25 May 2016
  2. Deaf model Nyle DiMarco wins Dancing with the Stars
  3. Johnny Depp's feud with Australia's deputy PM rumbles on
  4. Beauty and the Beast teaser beats The Force Awakens to most watched record

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By Chris Long and Genevieve Hassan

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Chris Long

Entertainment reporter

That's all we have time for today. Thanks for joining us for another busy day at the entertainment coalface.

And before you go giving us a disapproving look for leaving you, know this - you'll not better the one that someone (literally Some One, as that's the user name) has made Luke Skywalker give.

Re-editing the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and don't shout at me, it's been in the cinemas and out on DVD for yonks now, so it's not a spoiler), they've made the moment Rey hands him his lightsaber look like he's giving her a Death Star-sized cold shoulder.

But then he was hiding on an island on a distant planet when she barged in to his rocky outcrop, so maybe this version is closer to the truth than the one JJ Abrams came up with.

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McFly postpone tour following Harry Judd back injury


Pop band McFly have postponed their entire UK tour after drummer Harry Judd (pictured second-right above) suffered a herniated disc.

His injury occurred at the base of his neck, and will require several months rest and treatment.

"I'm absolutely gutted that we've had to postpone the tour," he said in a statement to fans.

"I've honestly tried everything to make it work, but I'd never want to do a tour where I wouldn't be able to give you the 110% performance you deserve."

Bandmate Tom Fletcher cheekily added: "Sorry we've had to move the tour. Completely Harry's fault. All complaints to be sent to @mcflyharry."

Artist live casts sculpture in Liverpool

If you were in the Liverpool area last week, you may have seen Swiss artist Raphael Hefti perform a live casting of his latest sculpture.

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The artist shipped in 80 tonnes of sand to turn a part of Kings Dock into a makeshift foundry to create a piece to be displayed at the Pullman Liverpool hotel.

Demonstrating his thermite welding technique - that's melting and joining steel to you and me - the process was filmed to also create a digital artwork.

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Little Mix singer Jesy performs in a wheelchair

Little Mix's Jesy Nelson has returned to the stage after injuring her foot playing in Kuala Lumpur on 21 May.

She pulled out of the remainder of the gig after tearing a ligament during a vigorous dance routine at the Malaysian capital's Live at Life Centre.

But fans in Singapore were rewarded when she returned on Monday night with the aid of a wheelchair. 

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Such a trooper.

Burroughs' Naked Lunch to become a punk album

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Fifty years after it was ruled as being "not obscene" by a court in America, William S Burroughs' jarring and controversial novel Naked Lunch is to be turned into a punk album featuring recordings made by the author himself.

Published in 1959, the profanity-laden Naked Lunch became one of the go-to texts for the 1960s counter-culture and remains the last book prosecuted for obscenity in the US.

Shortly before his death in 1997, Burroughs recorded parts of the novel to create an album, but the project was abandoned.

However, producer Hal Willner - best known for his work with Lou Reed - and punk act King Khan are resurrecting the recordings for an album.

Let Me Hang You, named after one of the episodes in the novel, will be released on 15 July.

And if you want an idea of what it might end up sounding like, you'll have to have a root around the internet for Burroughs' clips yourself, because it really is so heavily littered with swearing that we couldn't possibly include one here.

The Coral recall their studio excesses

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Music reporter

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Indie-rock heroes The Coral headline Liverpool Sound City this weekend, riding hot on the heels of their comeback album Distance Inbetween.

Released in March, it was the band's first album of new material in six years - an almost unimaginable gap given their prolific productivity in the early 2000s.

Speaking to me ahead of Sunday's show, singer James Skelly and keyboard player Nick Power talked about their creativity, and how it sometimes spiralled out of control.

Residential recording studios are always in the hills somewhere so you end up with cabin fever. We did a concept album about an otter once, in a £1,500-a-day studio. It's a good laugh but it’s not the most productive.

Nick Power

We hereby start the campaign to get this lost album (You Otter Know? Otter Than Hell?) released. If someone could set up a Kickstarter page, that'd be grand.

Jekyll and Hyde revives dance at Old Vic

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London's Old Vic hasn't put on a dance production in over a decade, so choreographer Drew McOnie was always facing the weight of expectation when he was asked to bring the artform back to the theatre.

His choice of subject, a version of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, made his task even greater, given that modern audiences already know the big reveal which shocked Robert Louis Stevenson's readers 130 years ago.

As a result, British dance's new prodigy has had to come up with ways to make the darkly psychological story work in 2016, including setting the story in the 1950s.

Vincent O'Dowd spoke to him and his cast about his new show, which takes inspiration not just from the Victorian novel but also Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho and Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club.

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Temporary theatre to host all-female Shakespeare trilogy

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The Donmar Warehouse in London's Covent Garden is to set up an in-the-round, 420-seat temporary theatre at King’s Cross for 13 weeks to host versions of William Shakespeare's plays The Tempest, Julius Caesar and Henry IV.

All three productions will be directed by Phyllida Lloyd and star all-female casts, and be set in a women's prison. On special days the productions will also be performed back-to-back.

Dame Harriet Walter will lead all three productions, taking the roles of King Henry in Henry IV, Prospero in The Tempest and Brutus in Julius Caesar.

The plays will begin on 23 September, with 25% of the tickets being offered for free to under-25s as part of the theatre's Young and Free initiative.

Director Lloyd said the setting the plays in a women's prison was about giving a voice to the unheard.

The premise was to take the most voiceless group you might imagine - women prisoners. Refugees from our culture if you like - people without any access to the internet even - and watch them electrify an audience with nothing but Shakespeare's language.

Watch Rihanna at the Billboard Awards

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Music reporter


Rihanna's performance of Love On The Brain at Sunday's Billboard Awards has been widely praised as the stand-out moment of the night.

The star's raw-yet-nuanced delivery was a revelation - Rihanna is not particularly known for her vocal prowess - as she tore into the song's impassioned melody.

Although it wasn't available online immediately after the show, Rihanna's team have wisely added the performance to her YouTube channel this morning.

If you haven't seen it already, check it out. It's one of those rare songs that can completely change your perception of an artist.

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Dame Helen Mirren lends her voice to a recording of a new story by celebrated children's author Beatrix Potter, rediscovered after 100 years.

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Harry Hill pays tribute to Burt Kwouk

Burt Kwouk

Comic Harry Hill has paid a lovely tribute to actor Burt Kwouk in The Guardian. The Pink Panther star used to appear regularly on Hill's comedy show.

Here's a snippet:

I was always amazed he agreed to be a regular on my show, and I don’t think me or Al Murray or Stewart Lee who were all working on the show back then ever stopped being impressed that he was there, on set. But though he was a great stooge and always the most professional and prepared person on set, he made it clear he didn’t know why most of the parts I gave him were funny.

He would willingly dress up as one of the Chemical Brothers or the Proclaimers without any idea who they were. And when I once asked him what martial art he had learned for the role of Cato in The Pink Panther he just said: 'I don’t know any martial arts, I always just made it up'.

He remained wry to the end. We always remained in touch, even after we stopped filming together, and it was six months ago that I phoned him up. We had a running joke that my calls were only to check if he was still alive, but this time his response was: 'Well, Harry I’ve got cancer, so you need to get a better punchline to your joke.' I’ve spent the last few months seeing a lot of him, which I am really glad about.

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Jamie Bell to ring changes as 007?

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Jamie Bell

"The name's Bond... Jamie Bond."

That may not be the usual way the most famous of secret agents introduces himself, but if the latest rumours about who will play James Bond when Daniel Craig leaves the role turn out to be true, it soon could be.

Jamie Bell - who rose to fame in Billy Elliott and has since appeared in the likes of King Kong, The Adventures of Tintin and, most recently, Fantastic Four - has held informal talks with producers about replacing Craig, according to The Sun.

Bell is about to star in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, a project from Bond producer Barbara Brocolli, who has reportedly been a fan of his "for a long time".

The Night Manger and Avengers star Tom Hiddleston is thought to be the favourite for the role, though he laughed off the idea in an interview earlier this month. Others linked with the part include Luther actor Idris Elba, Poldark's Aidan Turner, Mad Max himself Tom Hardy and even X Files' Dr Dana Scully, played by actress Gillian Anderson.

As her counterpart in that show, Fox Mulder might have said, the truth remains out there...

Jay Z refers to Beyonce's Lemonade in new rap

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The internet is awash with lemon emojis again today, after Jay Z made a reference to wife Beyonce's huge album Lemondade on a new track. 

He joined Fat Joe, Remy Ma and French Montana on a new remix of Fat Joe's All the Way Up, which sees him rapping: 

You know you made it when the fact your marriage made it is worth millions. Lemonade is a popular drink and it still is.

Cleverly, you can only listen to the full track on Jay-Z's streaming service Tidal - although it did also get randomly premiered at a New York Yankees game.

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The track also sees Jay Z rapping about daughter Blue Ivy's gold chains and Prince, paraphrasing Let's Go Crazy.

Meanwhile reports claim the much-rumoured joint album from Beyonce and Jay Z is in production - with Page 6 claiming sources have exclusively told them it's "complete" and will be heading to Tidal soon.

Netflix and Amazon face locally-made quota in EU


On-demand video streaming services face a call that at least 20% of the catalogues they offer to EU subscribers should be made locally.

The European Commission has also proposed the programming must be given "good visibility".

The move would affect US-based services including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

However, one expert suggested the new rules might not have as much impact as intended.

The call is part of a proposed update to the 28-nation bloc's Audiovisual Media Services directive.

Other measures include:

  • a requirement that video-sharing platforms including YouTube adopt "better" measures to protect minors from violent content and people of all ages from clips that act as an incitement to hatred
  • a call for the creation of new symbols or phrases that would warn viewers of potentially harmful video content - such as bad language, sex or drugs - that would be used across the EU by both broadcasters and internet-based platforms
  • the ability for TV broadcasters to have more flexibility as to when they show adverts

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Peake to 'explore the complexities of Blanche' at Royal Exchange

Maxine Peake as Blanche DuBois
Royal Exchange Theatre

Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre celebrates its 40th year this autumn with a modern retelling of an American classic and a look at one of Britain's most brilliant minds.

Maxine Peake, who stars as Titania in BBC One's adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream to be screened on Monday, will take on an equally weighty role at the theatre, starring as Blanche DuBois in a new production of Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire.

The production, which opens the season on 8 September, will "explore the complexities of Blanche", according to director Sarah Frankcom - who previously worked with Peake on productions of Hamlet and Miss Julie at the theatre.

It will be followed in October by a revival of Hugh Whitemore's Breaking The Code, which tells the story of mathematician and computer pioneer Alan Turing.

Turing, who worked in Manchester and died at his home in nearby Wilmslow in tragic circumstances, will be played by Daniel Rigby, who was most recently seen in the Channel 4 dark comedy Flowers.

Other highlights include new play Wish List, which looks at "the helpless uncertainty of zero-hours contracts", and a Christmas production of the musical Sweet Charity - which gave the world the songs Big Spender and If My Friends Could See Me Now.

Robert Plant forced to cancel appearance at Meltdown festival

Robert Plant

Robert Plant says it is with "great disappointment" he's had to withdraw from the bill at this year's Meltdown Festival, being curated by Guy Garvey in London next month. 

A statement from Plant's representatives said: 

"Robert is a defendant in a court case in LA which was due to take place May 10th. Through court rearrangements, the hearing has been moved to June 14th."

The Led Zeppelin star and bandmate Jimmy Page are currently at the centre of a copyright claim over their song Stairway to Heaven. Lawyers for the estate of one of the members of the band Spirit claim they stole the intro from Spirit's 1968 song Taurus. 

Led Zeppelin have denied the claim.

Plant was set to take part in an all-day event addressing the refugee crisis called The Boat We're In at the Southbank Centre on 19 June - a special concert to launch Refugee Week featuring Garvey, Nick Mulvey and Nadine Shah. 

The statement said Plant had been "passionately drawn" to the Meltdown event and had hoped to increase "awareness and support of so many powerless and distraught peoples."

Beyonce performs on the Formation World Tour

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Music and theatre tickets are being sold unlawfully on the UK's biggest secondary websites - including Viagogo, Stubhub and Seatwave - says Which?

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Dancing stormtroopers through to Talent final

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Where else can you see stormtroopers dancing to classic disco hits on TV other than Britain's Got Talent? We're pretty sure nowhere.

The dancing troupe scraped through to this weekend's final after splitting the judges, but gaining the largest share of public votes.

British Army soldier and magician Richard Jones was the overall winner of the third semi-final after performing a trick involving a page of Amanda Holden's autobiography.

The semis continue tonight at 19:30 on ITV.

Johnny Depp's feud with Australia rumbles on

You'd have to be living under a rock to not have heard about the recent trouble Johnny Depp had after his wife Amber Heard avoided a conviction for illegally bringing their two dogs into Australia.

The star and Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce have been trading jibes ever since - the latest coming from Depp describing Mr Joyce as looking "somehow inbred with a tomato".

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Now Mr Joyce has responded by saying he's moved on from the dispute but is still inside Deep's head "pulling little strings, pulling little levers".

"Long after I've forgotten about Mr. Depp, he's remembering me," he said.

Johnny Depp arrives at court

Australia MP is 'Depp's Hannibal Lecter'

Australia's deputy PM says he's "pulling strings" in Johnny Depp's head, after the actor says he is "inbred with a tomato", in the ongoing dog-smuggling saga.

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Alesha Dixon departs pro-Brexit gig in Birmingam

Alesha Dixon

Following Tuesday's news that noughties boyband Five (or the two members that still perform as Five) had withdrawn from a live show in Birmigham sponsored by the Brexit campaign, now Alesha Dixon has also pulled out of the gig. 

"When Alesha was approached to perform at this event it was on the understanding that she would be there purely as an entertainer," her manager told Newsbeat.

"We have decided to withdraw Alesha from the event. We wish to apologise to any fans who may have purchased tickets.

"I would like to make it clear that Alesha has no political allegiances either way on this issue."

The two remaining members who still record under the name East 17 have also apparently told Digital Spy that they too have withdrawn from the show on 19 June, four days before the European referendum.

And Gwen Dickey aka soul singer Rose Royce is also understood to be considering her position.

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The Voice US picks its latest winner

Dancing With The Stars wasn't the only US reality series to crown its winner last night, as The Voice also revealed who had won its 10th series.  

Alisan Porter, whose previous claim to fame was her lead role in the 1991 film Curly Sue, beat Adam Wakefield, Hannah Houston and Latih Al-Saadi to take the title.

Here's a reminder of what Alisan used to look like in the film.

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The final, which saw her perform a duet with mentor Christina Aguilera, also included guest performances from Zayn Malik, Sia, Ariana Grande and country foursome Little Big Town.

It's the first time a female coach has guided a contestant to the title in America.

Here's Alisan singing her lungs off to Somewhere from West Side Story and the duet with her mentor.

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Niall Horan: Abusive messages keep me awake

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One Direction singer Niall Horan says abusive messages sent to his phone have kept him awake at night.

Writing on Twitter, he said the abuse has been happening for the past fortnight:

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It follows similar abuse suffered by his bandmate Louis Tomlinson who released a recording alleged to be a fan threatening his family.  

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Beauty and the Beast becomes 'most watched teaser of all time'

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We knew that everyone was excited to get a glimpse at the new live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, but we didn't know quite how excited.

The first look at the Disney film, which features Emma "Harry Potter" Watson as Belle and Dan "Downton Abbey" Stevens as the Beast, has become the most-viewed teaser of all time in its first 24 hours, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The clip received a staggering 91.8 million views - about four million more than the previous title holder, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and 30 million more than the third placed teaser, Captain America: Civil War.

Perhaps what's most impressive about the numbers is that it doesn't actually give much of a glimpse of the film at all, containing only a fleeting view of Watson and the Beast's trademark growl - and the unmistakable tones of Sir Ian McKellan, who plays Cogsworth in the film, and Ewan McGregor, who voices Lumiere.

The film is due out next March - and you can have a look at the teaser for yourself above.

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Dancing With The Stars champion crowned

Peta Murgatroyd and Nyle DiMarco
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Nyle DiMarco, the deaf model who was also the last champion of America's Next Top Model, was crowned the winner last night.

DiMarco beat finalists Paige VanZant, a cage fighter, and Good Morning America's Ginger Zee to land the coveted Mirror Ball trophy.

He dedicated his victory to "the 70 million deaf people in this world".

"That’s the reason I’m here. That’s why I did so well every week. They really gave me that inspiration. I’m so grateful for that,” he told reporters after his win.

DiMarco’s partner Peta Murgatroyd said the "whole thing has been so incredible because of this man. I owe everything to him".

The judges - Strictly Come Dancing's Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman, and Carrie Ann Inaba - awarded the couple a perfect 30 for their final dance, a cha cha/tango fusion which began with the pair signing a thank you to one another.

It's the second time Murgatroyd has won the title, having previously taken top spot with American Football star Donald Driver in 2012.

Watch their top scoring dance below, and the winners' announcement.

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Genevieve Hassan

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Good morning

Chris Long

Entertainment reporter

Welcome to the peak of the week, where memories of last weekend start to fade into dreams of the next one.

Enough daydreaming though, here on the live page, we're concentrating on what's happening in the world of entertainment today, which includes more rumours surfacing about who is going to be the next James Bond, a pair of authors becoming the first joint winners of a comic fiction prize and a hint the popular political drama The West Wing could return.

We'll have all that and more as the day goes on, so strap yourself in, it's going to be a lively one.

And remember, if you need to catch up with yesterday's news before you get stuck into today's, you can find a full round-up here.