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Summary

  1. Top Gear's Matt LeBlanc dismisses rumours of fallout with Chris Evans
  2. Angelina Jolie lands London professor role
  3. Rebel Wilson to make West End debut
  4. Eminem sells off bricks from childhood home

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By Steven McIntosh and Emma Saunders

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Something special to leave you with today - Hank Azaria delivering a commencement address to graduates at Tufts University in Massachusetts at the weekend.

    "That sounds pretty boring, I'm going to go and visit a more interesting rival entertainment live page," you might be thinking.

    But wait! There's a twist - he does so in the voices of the many Simpsons characters he voices - including Apu, Chief Wiggum, Moe the bartender and Comic Book Guy.

    It's well worth a watch.

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    We're back at 08:30 BST tomorrow.

    Enjoy your evening!   

  2. Johnny Depp explains dog apology

    Johnny Depp has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel to explain his now infamous video apology to Australia after failing to declare his Yorkshire terriers when entering the country last year.

    Tongue firmly in cheek again, Depp revealed "a genius" wrote the script and an iPhone directed it. He also said he didn't watch the video, which also starred his wife Amber Heard, before releasing it.

    We think it's safe to say it won't be landing him an Oscar nomination...

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  3. Seth McFarlane sings for his supper

    US comedian and actor Seth McFarlane is getting excited about his upcoming animated Sing, in which he voices a crafty and smooth-talking mouse called Mike.

    The film, which also features the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, Taron Egerton, Reese Witherspoon.

    McFarlane has tweeted the latest trailer from the Universal Pictures movie, which is set for release this Christmas.

    The story centres around a talent show featuring various singing animals. What's not to like?

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  4. Ariana Grande premieres Into You video

    "A little less conversation and a little more touch my body" must be one of the truly great pop lyrics of our time.

    Ariana Grande, not content with being the co-writer and singer of this terrific tune, has now also provided us with an accompanying video.

    It's very pink and quite saucy and set in a desert and is basically brilliant:

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  5. Sturgeon to play herself in Radio 4 drama written by Val McDermid

    Val McDermid and Nicola Sturgeon

    Nicola Sturgeon is to appear in a new Radio 4 drama which has been written by Val McDermid.

    The crime writer has adapted John Wyndham’s classic 1953 science fiction novel The Kraken Wakes for the radio and moved the setting from North Yorkshire to Scotland.

    Scotland's First Minister will be heard calmly broadcasting instructions to the survivors of an alien invasion.

    McDermid told the Radio Times:

    Quote Message: It’s a wee bit of fun, but it’s rooted in the reality of the situation. This is not me being partial – truly. In the book, the protagonists take themselves off to Cornwall, but if the water rose that high, there isn’t going to be a Cornwall. The part of the UK that’s going to have most of it left is Scotland, so I thought that rather than it be the English Broadcasting Corporation that reports on the disaster, as it is in the book, it made more sense for it to be the SBC, and I thought it would be quite amusing to see if Nicola would play herself.
  6. Grab a piece of Mad Men history

    Mad Men's Christina Hendricks, who played Joan Harris

    Mad Men fans, gather round. More than 1,500 official props and memorabilia used on the set of the hit US show will be available for auction from the beginning of next month.

    Fans will be able to place a bid for items including Don Draper’s wallet, Peggy Olson’s typewriter and Joan Harris’ office ice bucket and tumbler set.

    Many of the items up for grabs were featured in the Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men exhibit at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image in 2015 and at Modernism Week 2016 in Palm Springs.  

    The award-winning series, based around a New York advertising agency in the 1960s, ended its run last year.

    Auction items will be available for bidding on ScreenBid.com from Wednesday 1 June. Lots will begin closing on 13 June and conclude on 15 June. 

    Credit cards at the ready!

  7. New musical off to a flying start in Sheffield

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    Entertainment reporter

    Mark Meadows as Albert Harris and Clare Burt as Ada Harris in Flowers For Mrs Harris

    A world premiere of a brand new stage musical is a pretty rare event in British theatre. It's rarer still for the show to open outside London to unanimously gushing reviews.

    That's the case with Flowers For Mrs Harris at the Sheffield Crucible, adapted from a 1958 novel by Paul Gallico. Mrs Harris is a south London cleaning lady, played by Clare Burt, who inhabits a world of dirty cobbles and Hovis-coloured cardigans - until she catches a glimpse of a Christian Dior dress in a wealthy client's wardrobe.

    The Guardian's Alfred Hickling gave it five stars:

    Quote Message: Writer Rachel Wagstaff and composer/lyricist Richard Taylor have succeeded in transforming this ration-era fairytale into one of the most heartwarming and tear-forming British musicals of recent years.

    Sarah Crompton on WhatsOnStage.com (4*):

    Quote Message: What I loved about Flowers for Mrs Harris is its understated humanity. In avoiding the big effect, it yields rich dividends of emotion. There is barely a dry eye in the house by the close.

    Critic and broadcaster Libby Purves (4*):

    Quote Message: Note that it needs a good provincial producing-theatre to have the nerve to do this with so much style: a middle-aged charlady heroine in a brown cardi and faded print, a story dominated by women, an untried musical of an unfashionable ‘50s book, and no megastars… But it works.

    The show is a swansong for director Daniel Evans after seven hugely popular years as Sheffield Theatres' artistic director. He's moving to another powerhouse of English theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre.

    The Stage's critic Mark Shenton said (4*):

    Quote Message: For his final production he has nurtured and shepherded a brand-new British musical to the stage that’s a poignant, winning portrait of friendship and of trying to fulfil seemingly unreachable dreams.
  8. New Finding Dory trailer premieres

    Finding Dory, the Finding Nemo spin-off, has a new UK trailer, which has just gone live on Disney's official YouTube channel:

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    According to the helpful video caption, the film "reunites everyone’s favourite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?" 

    We're excited, not going to lie.

    The film is released on 29 July, just in time for the school summer holidays.

    Finding Dory
  9. BreakingBurt Kwouk has died

    Burt Kwouk

    Burt Kwouk, who played Inspector Clouseau's manservant Cato in the Pink Panther films, has died aged 85, his agent has said.

    He was born in Manchester but raised in Shanghai, and was awarded an OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List. 

    The actor appeared in three James Bond films including Goldfinger and played Major Yamauchi in the 1980s wartime television drama Tenko. 

    He appeared in Last of the Summer Wine from 2002 to the show's end in 2010.   

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    Doctor Who paid tribute - Kwouk played Lin Futu in Four to Doomsday.

  10. Christina Aguilera and Usher to voice new animal show

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Christina Aguilera, Usher

    Musicians including Christina Aguilera, Usher, Ellie Goulding and Joan Jett are indulging their inner David Attenborough by taking part in a new nature series from the Discovery Channel. 

    According to The Hollywood Reporter the six-parter called Hello World! will take a closer look at natural wonders with the help of the stars' music and narration.

    Aguilera’s episode will use her song Light Up the Sky to showcase strong maternal caregivers including a mountain goat and a cheetah, while Jett’s Bad Reputation will soundtrack animals that get a bad rap.  

    Steven Tyler will also feature along with Dave Matthews, with the show due in the US in July.

    Usher’s episode will feature his song Stronger as a sea turtle and red fox demonstrate how adversity makes them more resilient - here's what he had to say on the matter:  

    Quote Message: Not many people may know of my strong affinity for animals and nature. Hello World! gave me an opportunity to not only look cool to my boys, but also help introduce a new and modern way of learning about the world and the animals living within it.
  11. Artist Ciara Phillips creates 'dazzle ship' design

    Dazzle ship

    A Glasgow-based artist has created a massive screen-print design for a 72m (239ft) long ship as part of World War One centenary commemorations.

    Turner Prize nominee Ciara Phillips is the fourth artist to be commissioned to make a dazzle ship design.

    The work celebrates the untold histories of woman during the war.

    It was inspired by the team of women who worked under British marine artist Norman Wilkinson, who invented the dazzle technique.

    Mr Wilkinson designed the abstract dazzle ship patterns and disorientating shapes to prevent the enemy from determining a vessel's range, speed and direction of travel.

    Ms Phillips's work is entitled Every Woman and was co-commissioned by centenary art commissions body 14-18 NOW and Edinburgh Art Festival.

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  12. Paul McCartney: 'I love Kanye... he's a monster'

    As well as revealing the struggles he went through after The Beatles came to an end (scroll down to watch), Sir Paul McCartney has also been chatting to Radio 4 about his relationship with Kanye West.

    The pair have collaborated on a few tracks, including FourFiveSeconds with Rihanna, and Macca told Mastertapes presenter John Wilson that Kanye's "a monster... a crazy guy that comes up with great stuff”.

    Watch the star recall his time in the studio with the "eccentric" rapper who he says "inspires me". 

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    Video caption: Sir Paul reveals some illuminating stories about his collaboration with Kanye West.

    The show, which will be broadcast in full on Radio 4 on Saturday, was recorded in front of a star-studded live audience at Maida Vale earlier this month. 

    Noel Gallagher was in attendance with Paul Weller - and Weller's celebrity plus one? Brad Pitt, who was in town filming new spy drama Five Seconds Of Silence and apparently keen to hang out with the modfather. Not a bad way to pass a break from filming...

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  13. Fearne Cotton and Paul Gambaccini get new Radio 2 shows

    Let's have a look at the current Radio 2 schedule:

    There's Chris Evans, who used to be on Radio 1. Sara Cox, who used to be on Radio 1.

    Simon Mayo, who used to be on Radio 1 and Jo Whiley, who used to be on Radio 1.

    To sum up, it's fair to say that Radio 2 like to employ people who used to be on Radio 1.

    Which brings us to Fearne Cotton.

    Fearne Cotton

    The former Radio 1 DJ is also now joining Radio 2. 

    Not as a permanent presenter, but standing in with Martin Kemp to cover Graham Norton when he's on holiday from his Saturday morning show this summer.

    If you're a fan of lively radio shows full of banter, good music and top guests, then we have very good news for you - as the BBC said in a press release that Fearne and Martin will be presenting a lively show of banter, good music and top guests.

    Other schedule changes announced by the station include Paul Gambaccini's appointment as the new presenter of Pick Of The Pops, replacing Tony Blackburn.

    Here he is wearing a nice blue tie:

    Paul Gambaccini

    Gambaccini said:

    Quote Message: I am honoured to be asked to present one of Britain's iconic radio programmes. I will strive to meet the standards of my illustrious predecessors, including Alan Freeman and Tony Blackburn.

    Blackburn was fired by the BBC following the Dame Janet Smith inquiry into sexual abuse at the corporation, because his evidence to the Jimmy Savile sex abuse inquiry "fell short" of the standards demanded, according to BBC director general Tony Hall. 

    Blackburn said at the time he had given his "honest account and best recollection" of the events which took place.

    Blackburn tweeted about his replacement:

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  14. Alice Through the Looking Glass premiere

    It was yet another glitzy evening in Hollywood last night as stars gathered for the premiere of Alice Through the Looking Glass. While us plucky Brits usually have to queue for hours in a dark and rainy Leicester Square to catch a glimpse of our idols, the sun was predictably shining for film fans in LA.

    Red carpet - Alice Through the Looking Glass

    Mia Wasikowska reprises her role as Alice in the sequel to Wonderland and looked thrilled as she greeted fans outside the El Capitan theatre.

    Mia Wasikowska

    Mad Hatter Johnny Depp and Sacha Baron Cohen, who is cast as Time, played up for the cameras.

    Johnny Depp and Sacha Baron Cohen

    Anne Hathaway, who gave birth to her first child Jonathan a couple of months ago, plays Mirana in James Bobin's film based on Lewis Carroll's book.

    Anne Hathaway

    And pop star Pink performed her new single from the film soundtrack, Just Like Fire.

    Pink

    The film opens in the US and the UK on 27 May.

  15. BGT: Sword swallower reaches final, but viewing figures drop

    Swing singer Wayne Woodward and sword-swallower Alexandr Magala have each won a place in the Britain's Got Talent final. 

    Woodward was the overall winner in the live semi-final of the ITV show last night. Magala made it through after the judges picked him ahead of ballet dancers Shannon & Peter Parker. 

    Magala promised there would be more unbelievable stunts on Saturday night. He stunned the audience and judges by climbing a pole blindfolded, before dropping down and stopping only inches away from moving drill bits below him. 

    Alexandr Magala

    But far fewer people watched last night's semi-final than the previous evening's.

    On Sunday night, 8.7 million people tuned in, but last night's only attracted 7.2 million - a drop-off of 1.5 million.

    Maybe everyone goes to bed earlier on weeknights. Or maybe viewers are being put off by the number of ad breaks.

    The Sun reports that nearly a quarter of the 90 minute show on Sunday evening was made up of advert breaks, totalling 21 minutes and 28 seconds in total. 

    Britain's Got Talent judges

    The laws on advert breaks are complicated, but fortunately, the Ofcom website is here to help.

    It states that TV networks are allowed 12 minutes of advertisements per hour.

    Mathematically, you'd think that a 90 minute programme like Britain's Got Talent would therefore be allowed 18 minutes of adverts. But that's not quite the case.

    In fact, the networks are allowed to divvy these allocated minutes up over a number of hours i.e across several shows. Which basically means they can run more than 12 minutes of ads per hour in one show but then run fewer adverts in one hour later that night, so it all evens out. Geddit?

  16. Justin Bieber isn't happy about awards ceremonies

    BBC Newsbeat

    Justin Bieber

    A day after the Billboard ceremony, Justin Bieber has criticised "hollow" award shows in a rant on Instagram.

    The singer won two awards for Top Male and Top Social Media Artist at Sunday's show in Las Vegas.

    But, it seems that wasn't enough to keep him happy.

    Quote Message: I don't know about these award shows.. No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it. Nothing but love for you guys and your support. But I don't feel good when I'm there nor after. I try to think of it as a celebration but can't help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance. A lot of people in the audience there to be seem worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with.
    Quote Message: When I'm doing a regular show I feel they are there for the right reasons and to strictly have a good time! But these award shows seem so hollow. I get the premise is to award people for their accomplishments, but is it really? Because when I look in the audience I see a bunch of fake smiles so that when the camera hits them they look happy.
  17. Menzel speaks out on Elsa girlfriend campaign

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    Idina Menzel

    Idina Menzel, the voice behind every six-year-old girl's favourite song, Let It Go, says she thinks "it's great" that Frozen fans are calling on Disney to give Queen Elsa a same-sex relationship in the upcoming sequel.

    The #GiveElsaAGirlfriend social media campaign was first launched by Twitter user Alexis Moncada who posted that "the entertainment industry has given us girls who have fallen in love with beasts, ogres who fall for humans, and even grown women who love bees. But we’ve never been able to see the purity in a queer relationship."

    "I think it’s great," said Menzel at the Billboard Music Awards this weekend. 

    "Disney’s just gotta contend with that. I’ll let them figure that out."

    She added that if Disney were to give Elsa a girlfriend for Frozen 2 she would support the decision "no matter what".

    Unfortunately, you'll have to wait a couple of years to find out. The film isn't due for release until 2018. Sigh.

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  18. Matt LeBlanc dismisses claims he and Chris Evans don't get on

    Matt LeBlanc

    Matt LeBlanc has dismissed claims he and Chris Evans are at war as a big load of rubbish.

    Rubbish wasn't quite the word he used, but you can probably use your imagination (or Google) to figure out the exact quote.

    The Top Gear presenting duo have been the subject of reports alleging they don't get on. 

    Top Gear presenters

    Former Friends actor LeBlanc told the Radio Times:  

    Quote Message: We've never had a rift! I'm a true car fan, Chris is a true car fan. We're hanging out, having a laugh, doing our best. He is an extremely smart guy. I'd beat him in a race, though - and you can tell him I said that.
    Quote Message: I didn't anticipate the ruthlessness of the British press. I know it's a big show but hey, we're not cowboys, it's all meticulously planned, permission granted, in writing. I didn't fire those guys (Clarkson, Hammond and May). I've met them, they're nice guys. I'll watch their new show. I wasn't there when any of it went down. It's not my fault they're gone.

    The show will return to television screens this Sunday, featuring the all-new line-up of Evans, LeBlanc and four other hosts, plus The Stig of course.  

  19. Angelina Jolie becomes LSE professor

    Angelina Jolie

    There are worse lifestyles to live than being a student. Entire days spent playing XBox, a diet exclusively made up of beans on toast, and a 10% discount in New Look. We'd go back to university tomorrow.

    But imagine turning up to lectures and being taught by Angelina Jolie. You'd basically never want to graduate, would you?

    The actress is to join the London School of Economics as a visiting professor on a new masters course.

    The LSE said the course will be run by its Centre for Women, Peace and Security, launched last year by Ms Jolie and Lord William Hague.

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